Weekly News Dec 1st

The Christmas Lights in Tubbercurry have got a brilliant new facelift this year and the official turn on took place a few days ago.  A very large investment was made by the local Chamber of Commerce  & Community Association in conjunction with funding from Sligo Leader Development Company, and it is certainly a sight worth seeing if you are not a regular visitor to Tubbercurry.  Anybody that wants to donate financially can do so by subscribing to a Go Fund Me page on Facebook or donations can be given to John Gillespie or Geraldine Brennan. 

N17 Study   Sligo and Mayo County Councils along with the National Roads Authority have commissioned a new study on the proposed new road from Knock Airport/Charlestown area to Collooney, by-passing Tubbercurry.  This is a project that was studied and decided upon 20 years ago, but never acted upon for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was not deemed urgent or a priority.  The study has the effect of putting on hold many planning and development projects in the South Sligo area over the next 12 months until such time as preferred routes are decided upon again.  This is a project that is urgently required, as those travelling to and from Sligo town from the South Sligo area for work will testify. A journey that should take 20/25 minutes often takes 40/45 minutes.  Comments and recommendations from individuals and community groups are sought by December 12th and further details can be got on line at www.sligococo/N17KCAEL.  Take time to study proposals and make your thoughts heard by the decision makers.

Late Peadar Gorman, Lavagh  The recent death occurred of Peadar Gorman, late of Carrowmore, Lavagh.  Aged 80 years of age, and son of the late Mike and Kathleen, Peadar was a well known and popular figure throughout Co. Sligo. He worked as an A.I. technician for 48 years, and those years probably brought him into every farmyard in Co. Sligo, and especially throughout South and East Sligo.  When his work on the farmyard was done he invariably discussed topics of the day with the farmer, especially if they related to GAA football or politics.  GAA and politics were his passions, and he was an avid supporter of Mullinabreena GAA club and the Sligo County teams, and often served as a club delegate on the Sligo County Board.  In politics, he was an avid Fianna Fail supporter.  Peadar also farmed at home on his farm at the foot of Knocknashee Hill, another hobby he enjoyed.  Over the years, and especially after their family were reared, his beloved wife Cathleen often travelled with him on his calls, and they were a lovely couple together, always able to enjoy each others company.  In his later years, poor health limited his mobility, but he always enjoyed life to the full as long as he could.  Peadars remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home, Tubbercurry prior to removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena, and burial took place in Court Abbey Cemetery.  Peadar is survived by his beloved wife Cathleen, daughter Noeleen, sons Seamus, Emmet and Cian, son and daughters in law, grand children, sisters Maeve and Maura, his twin brother Padraig,  in laws, nephews, nieces and many cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace.

Charles Gildea, Moylough  The recent death occurred of Charlie Gildea, late of Moylough, Tubbercurry.  In his 86th year, Charlie was born and reared in Moylough and like many of his generation he hit for England in about 1956 when aged 23.  However, even before he fully emigrated, and as a teenager, he had worked on various farms in Lincolnshire doing general farm labour, but mainly potato picking when seasonal.  When he went to Manchester on a permanent basis he got involved in the painting and decorating business and quickly moved up the ranks to position of foreman in a large firm that operated all over Manchester and further afield.  On the social scene in England, Charlie enjoyed cinema and Ballroom dancing and eventually became a very accomplished Ballroom dancer after receiving training.  He was also an excellent singer and could sing many of the songs made famous by Bing Crosby and others of the era.  After he married Una, a native of Westport, the children gradually came along, and after spending 15 years in Manchester, they decided to move back to Moylough in 1971 to rear their children in the Irish Countryside. Charlie quickly settled back to a farming life in Moylough and a full life was lived between work, rearing children, and all the other distractions of day to day living.  As his children grew up and were educated, he was very proud of their achievements in the various careers they followed.  They like their dad, were not afraid to accept challenges out of the ordinary and he admired that quality in them.  Charlie continued his farming activities until recent times but health challenges took their toll on him in recent years and he died peacefully in Baileys Nursing Home.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home Tubbercurry prior to removal to St. Patricks Church Moylough, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.   Charlie is survived by his wife Una, children Kevin, Anne & Una, grandchildren, brother Martin, in-laws, nephews, nieces & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace. 

Vincent Brett, Tullycusheen  The recent death occurred of Vincent Brett, late of Tullycusheen, Tubbercurry.  Affectionately known as Vinnie, he was in his early ‘80’s, but his good humour and fun loving behaviour was that of a person much younger in years.  Vinnie worked as a young man for many years with the Kilcoyne Vetinary practice in a time when cattle pens and crushes were few and far between.  Vinnie was a very strong and athletic man in his young and middle years, and it was his job to catch and hold cattle for the Vet while the necessary procedures were carried out on the cattle – be they cows or bullocks.  Very few farmers would be able to do today what Vinnie did for many years.  He also enjoyed farming his own farm at home. When not working, Vinnie enjoyed a drink and to socialise, and he was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry when work was done.  He was a very sociable man, and when in later years he gave up drinking alcohol, he still came to town to eat and have a soft drink for a sociable outing. Always one to ignite debate, no matter what opinion you expressed on a matter of great importance or a topic of the day, he would invariable interject with the words ”You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong”.  He would then take the opposite view just to generate debate.  In his later years as he slowed up, he still came to town daily for his dinner, and could be seen any day of the week in Murphy’s Hotel dining.  When he took ill and was hospitalised over the last few months, he was missed by all who enjoyed his company over lunch.  Vinnie’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in the family plot in Rhue Cemetery.  He is survived by his sister Beatrice Stenson, Curry and by various nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in peace. 

Phil McDonnell, Tubbercurry  –
The recent death occurred of Phil McDonnell, late of Church Street, Tubbercurry.  In her mid ‘80’s, Phil was born and reared in Tubbercurry and spent her working life there also.  She worked for many years in Basta when that great factory was going strong.  Always out and about town while she was able, her later years were confined to her house as she had various health challenges.  However, with the help of wonderful care workers who called to her regularly, she was able to continue living in her own home until her death.  Phil’s remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral home prior to removal to the Church of St. John Evangelist Church, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Sympathy is extended to her nearest relatives of the Gibbons and Wimsey families, and to all who mourn her passing.  May she rest in peace. 

Tubbercurry ’97 Part l  D.V.D.  In 1997 as part of the “Tubbercurry 600” Celebrations a special Video Project was commissioned recording various aspects of Life in Tubbercurry over the year 1997.  Now 22 years later, the First Part of a Trilogy of D.V.D.’s is available – Tubbercurry 1997 Part I .  It features a series of short Interviews with a number of business people of the town, describing their business, the changes they have seen over the years and their outlook for the future as they say it at that time.  Costing €15 each they are now on Sale in the following outlets:
Murphy’s Spar Supermarket,  John Gillespie,  K & B Hardware,  McCarrick’s Auctioneers,  Margaret Kennedy,  Daybreak, Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool.
Proceeds are in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

AIB Tubbercurry are hosting a Customer Day on Monday 9th December to thank our customers for their business throughout the year.  Please drop in and join us for some Festive Treats and Christmas Carols

Moylough Heritage Centre Fundraising Dance are holding a Fundraising Dance in the The May Queen, Tubbercurry on Friday Night 13th December.  Music is by “The Curly Bobs”.  Admission €10.  Support will be appreciated.  An enjoyable night is guaranteed.  Come along and join in the Christmas Party atmosphere.

Book Launches:  A fantastic array of 5 local books were launched in South Sligo over the last few months and any of them would make ideal Christmas Gifts over the next few weeks.  The Books include: 
Kilmactigue Parish – a history
South Sligo (James McGuinn)
The Way That It Was IV (Tubbercurry Active Retirement)
Returning Home (Padraic O’Dwyer)
The Windings of the Moy Revisited (Pat McCarrick)
All are available in various shops in Tubbercurry, Curry and Aclare.

Break In’s   A number of break in’s have occurred in the Tubbercurry area over the last few weeks and householders are advised to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas when extra money may be lying around houses.  The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai and Neighbourhood Watch.

Table Quiz :will be held in Killorans Traditional Pub & Restaurant in aid of Gallagher House Christmas Social on this Wednesday 4th December, 2019 starting at 9pm sharp – table of 4 @€40 – All welcome please come along and support a worthy cause, proceeds are for Gallagher House Christmas Party.  Refreshments served on the night.

Tubbercurry Comhaltas.  The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on this Friday 6th December. Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas session and bring along your friends.

Christmas Choral Night is taking place on Wednesday December 11th in St John the Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry starting at 7pm sharp. Organised by Holy Family Parents Association with all proceeds in aid of School Development.  Some of the fantastic acts taking part include,  Cathal Gavin, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Oisin McCann, Holy Family NS and St Attractas Secondary School.  MC for the night is Tommy Marren.   It was a sell out success last year so it is advisable to get tickets early. There will also be a mega raffle on the night and tickets can be bought separately.   Tickets are available from Holy Family NS, Gillespies, Kennedy’s Sweet Shop, The Laundry Basket and committee members.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place in Cawley’s Hotel on Sunday 15th December commencing with Mass at 2pm.  Further particulars from Maureen Vesey at the Day Care Centre.  All are welcome. 

Millennium DVD The Final DVD (Part 18) of the Kilmactigue Parish Millenium DVD Series was launched in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre last Friday night and is now available in Kennedys’ Supermarket, Aclare or from Tom Walsh 0872276628, Padraic Maye 0872284575 or Pat O Connor 0872245089

Traditional Music Classes  Traditional music classes continue in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on each Monday. Flute and Whistle for beginners.  Starts at 6.15pm, advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7.00pm, and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45pm.   All budding musicians very welcome.

Tubbercurry Card Game  Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

Social Dancing 
continues in the Ox Mountain Centre on December 7th.  Dancing to the Fabulous Sean Brennan.  Great nights dancing assured from 9-30 to 11-30. Admission €10.

National Learning Network Sligo 
The National Learning Network Sligo are currently enrolling for their FREE  courses; helping you learn the skills you need to get and keep a job, help build your confidence, improve your skills with hands on experience. Each one is designed to help you develop those skills and build your confidence to gain employment or to go onto further education/training.  Eligibility criteria applies; contact us today on 086 0438055 / 071 9145391 or email Sligo@nln.ie

Dance Classes  held very Wednesday night in Dancing West Studio, Tubbercurry starting at 8pm.  All welcome to join us for a great night. Why not join us for a lesson?  No Partners needed. Also learn new steps or practice and exercise, and meet new friends.  For more information call 0876674561  

St. Josephs Special School, Sligo   The students of St Joseph’s Special School, Ballytivnan, Sligo are busy getting ready to welcome everyone to their Annual Christmas Bric a Brac, Craft and Cake Sale on Friday Dec 6th in the school hall from 2pm to 5pm.  St Joseph’s Special School provides education to students aged 5-18 years of age from all over County Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal who have Mild General Learning Disabilities and associated special needs.  All support greatly appreciated.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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