TUBBERCURRY is gearing up for The Gathering.
The Murphy name – the most popular of all surnames of Irish origin – is synonymous with the South Sligo capital. And in June the first Murphy Global Gathering will take place in Tubbercurry.
It's also hoped to build a family history resource to assist individuals tracing ancestors.
"Discover your past and celebrate the Murphy name" is the message from the organisers.
There will be music sessions, ceili bands and story telling.
The 27 th South Sligo Summer School of Irish music, song and dance takes place in Tubbercurry in July.
The week features lectures, demonstrations, recitals, ceilis and concerts.
Many of the top amateur drama groups from around the country will feature in the 70th Western Drama Festival in March.
Past participants are being encouraged to return to Tubbercurry for the special anniversary event.
Tubbercurry's Tool and Gauge Company opened in the late 1950s.
Over the years it grew to become the largest toolroom in Ireland, or the UK.
Through the 1960s and 70s the number of employees continually increased to a peak of over 100.
Many employees came and went during the first decades and into the 1980's-many to establish their own tool making business or progressed into new careers. Now the plan is to bring them back. The Tool and Gauge Company reunion takes place in August.