Weekly News June 22nd

A word of thanks from the Blood Donation Clinic.   There was a record turnout at St. Brigid’s Hall on Tuesday, 18 June last and all who registered to donate blood must be congratulated. There is great appreciation also of the many who publicised the event, encouraged others to donate and helped in any way make this clinic a great success. When someone gives blood they give someone who desperately needs support, another birthday, another anniversary, another day at the beach, another night under the stars, another talk with a friend, another laugh, another hug, another chance. Giving blood is giving life. 

33rd South Sligo Summer School
The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our websitewww.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Peggy Owens, Banada The recent death occurred of Peggy Owens (Nee McVann) late of Banada, Tourlestrane.  In her mid 70’s, Peggy was a lovely outgoing person who would always do her best to help those that required help.  Born and reared in the neighbouring townland of Gortermone, Peggy moved just a mile down the road on her marriage to her husband Sean in the mid 60’s.  Over the next 50 years while rearing her family, Peggy did a huge amount of work for the Banada and Tourlestrane Communities, especially through the work of the Banada Development Association.  She was also keenly interested in the farming activities of her husband Sean, and she made sure that the paperwork was always in order for their renowned Pedigree Herd of Charolais cattle.  The elderly of the Tourlestrane Parish were especially cared for by Peggy, as she cared for her own mother for many years at that time.  Family was always important to here and she was niece of the late Owen B Hunt, after whom the GAA Senior Championship Cup is named.  She always thought of others before she thought of herself.    Over the last few years Peggy had health challenges, but she never complained.  Her remains reposed at the Coen’s Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.  Peggy is survived by her beloved husband Sean and children Mairead, Caitriona, Finnian and Seadna, daughters & son in law, grand-children, relatives, neighbours, & many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest gently in Peace.

Brendan Connolly, Chaffpool   The recent peaceful death occurred of Brendan Connolly, late of Carrowkeel, Chaffpool, Tubbercurry, surrounded by his family.  Aged 92, Brendan was a very well known and respected man of the community having worked most of his working life on the staff of Sligo County Council.  He was a quiet spoken man who ensured jobs got done efficiently and without fuss.  After his retirement from the Council, he continued to run his farm at Chaffpool and kept an interest in the stock on the farm even through his last years.  He had a vast knowledge of the locality and its people which he willingly shared with others as required.  He also had a keen interest in the sporting and academic success of his grand-children as they came on the scene.  Brendan was pre-deceased by his wife Bridgie, their daughter Catherine and her husband Gary, as well as his daughter in law Bridget.  His remains reposed at his home in Chaffpool and at the Morahan Funeral Home, where many hundreds called to pay their respects and sympathy with the family.  Funeral Mass was in St. Nathy’s Church Achonry and burial took place in Achonry Cemetery.  Brendan is survived by his son Gerry, daughters Bernadette Cunningham (Ballymoe) Marie O’Hara (Tullinaglug)  Breege Walsh (Chaffpool) and Lennie McVeigh (Carrowmore, Sligo) sons in law, 24 grand-children, 10 great grand-children, sister Lennie (U.S.A.), nephews, nieces and friends, all of whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Bernie Kirrane, Tourlestrane  The recent death occurred of Bernie Kirrane, late of Gortermone, Tourlestrane.  In his early 80’s Bernie had some health challenges, but his death was unexpected.  Born and reared in Gortermone,  Bernie took over the home farm and worked for many years with Sligo Co. Council, being  involved in the water supply section of the Council.  Socially, Bernie was a keen player of 25 Card game.  He and his wife Mary Ellen has 6 daughters and he was very proud of each and every one of them.  His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home prior to removal to St. Attractas Church, Tourlestrane for funeral Mass, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.  Bernie is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ellen, daughters Caroline, Bernadette, Geraldine, Loretta, Martina and Joanne, sister Mary, sons in law, grand-children, nieces & nephews & extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019

One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12thAugust 2019.  The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group  The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.

MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.  Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school.

Kempton Male Voice Choir  The Kempton male voice choir from the Diocese of Augsburg Germany will perform in St Patricks Church Moylough on Friday 28thJune starting at 7pm. It is hoped that a large congregation will turn up to greet the visiting singers as this is a major honour for the community. Tickets cost €10 and will go on sale and can be booked by contacting 0868806482.  Light refreshments will be served in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre afterwards. This event will be part funded by the community and voluntary grant scheme funded by Sligo Co. Co and proceeds will be donated to nominated charities.

Labhair Gaeilge Linn  A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry.  No great proficiency in Irish required.  Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Mother Baby Group  The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

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.

Banada Abbey Bingo  Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot,  €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact.  087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

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