Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Cloonacool and Tubbercurry
Achonry-Mullinabreena - Sligo Ploughing: The Sligo Ploughing championships will take place on the rescheduled date of Saturday, April 13, at midday on the farm of John and Francis Brennan, Chaffpool. All welcome along to what promises to be a great day with lots of side shows and displays.
The local group have been busy of late with works continuing on the back of grant money received. Car park lighting and a picnic area at Lavagh along with information signs at key historical sites in the area are great additions to the parish. Well done to the committee on all the hard work.
A conversation has been started locally about the possibility of starting up a Man's Shed group. Anyone interested can contact the local Community Enhancement Group.
Spring Clean thanks
The community group would like to thank everyone who came out to help during the week of the litter pick. A lot of planning went into the organising to make sure all the roads in the area were covered. It was great to see young and not so young out doing their bit. Please return all pickers asap.
Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running a two-day Easter fun camp on April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. each day. €30 per child, limited places. email firstname.lastname@example.org or 071 9181920.
25 Card Game
The popular 25 card game continues every Friday in St Nathy's Hall at 8.30 p.m. New players are always welcome.
Set dancing continues in St Nathy's Hall every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. Junior sets are from 7.45 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. and proving really popular in recent weeks.
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Card game - time change
The Cloonacool card game moves to the later time of 9 p.m. starting from Monday, April 1. This is for the summer season.
A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Men's Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe. Further details to follow.
Community Park draw
The community park lotto draw for March took place in Brennan's on Saturday night. There was no winner of the €2,800 jackpot, the numbers drawn were 7, 18, 28, 29. There were five match-three winners Brian Mcintyre, Conboy family, Maura Henry, Michael Henry and Orla and John Warren. Next month's jackpot will be worth €2,900. Many thanks for your continued support.
The Sound of Music
Good luck to the Cloonacool contingent: Karen McKim, Emily Muldoon, Paddy Cooke, Liam Carty, Mairead White, Mairead Conway, Aoibh, Silinn and Brendan McCauley who are all appearing in the Phoenix Players' production of the Sound of music which continues Wednesday the third, Thursday the fourth Friday the fifth and Saturday the sixth in St Brigid's Hall at 8 p.m.
The Mill, the Cloonacool Community Cafe will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a new venture for Cloonacool and with a rota of volunteers it is hoped to make it a regular weekend event. All support will be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to join the Cloonacool Community Environment Group then email Cloonacoolevironmentalgroup@gmail.com and let them know, they're happy to welcome new members any time.
A Cloonacool branch is currently being set up and new members are welcome. For more information. Further details available from Michael Armstrong 086 8185393.
The New Heritage group in the parish are in the process of collecting old photographs and local history. This collection will form the basis of a future exhibition and/or publication. Anyone interested in providing either photographs or stories can email the group on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloonacool Music Club takes place on Thursday at Brennan's Bar from 10 p.m. Come along for a great night of music and singing. There will be a bus available to collect and leave home on Thursday nights for music club. Pick up between 9: 30 and 10 p.m., and then leaving Cloonacool after the food. Please ring 071 9185037 for further information and to book your seat. There will be a minimal charge for the bus.
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The new Sewage Treatment Plant at Rathscanlon on the Ballina Road has been under construction over the last 12 months, and its completion is now near at hand. The last phase of the project is the laying of a new pipeline along the Ballina road out to the River Moy at Annagh to carry the treated water to discharge into the Moy at Annagh.
These works are just commencing and will take several months to complete. This will cause considerable delay to traffic using the road and it will be inconvenient to residents of the road. However, it is to facilitate a badly needed new facility for the town, so patience and understanding is required. Hopefully, a traffic management plan will be put in place to facilitate minimum disruption.
Meanwhile, the N17 road works continue on the Tubbertelly - Achonry stretch and the frustration of regular road users at this location is audible regularly around the town due to long traffic delays.
The local elections posters are beginning to appear around South Sligo, and it is great to see a good selection of new candidates putting their names forward for election. New names around so far include, Romauld Mullarkey, Barry Gallagher and Martin Connolly. Other new names are likely to appear in the coming weeks as well as many of the sitting councillors, most of whom do a great job representing their constituents.
Sitting councillor, Gerry Lundy will not be going forward this time, and he is wished well in his retirement.
It will be interesting to challenge the candidates on their canvas. Many of them are involved in community activities already, and they are all wished well in their campaigns.
The Sound of Music
The town of Tubbercurry, and the entire South Sligo area was alive to the sound of music over the last two weeks as the Phoenix Players presented the musical extravaganza 'The Sound of Music'.
Producer, Tom Walsh recruited a cast of approximately 100 people ranging in age from 6.85 years old, and they all played their part to full houses in St Brigid's Hall on seven different nights. The show was truly wonderful and generated standing ovations at the end of each show. The costume array and colour was like something from London's West End, while the live band that played just in front of the stage generated an electric atmosphere. Everybody involved should be very proud of their achievements as should the parents of the many wonderful children involved.
For a small South Sligo community to produce such an event is truly a testimony to the wonderful talent of acting and singing that is all around.
Rumour has it that after the cast take a well deserved rest, they may tour Ireland with the show. Further details later.
Pat Brennan R.I.P.
The recent death occurred of Pat Brennan at Bailey's Nursing Home. Pat was a resident at Bailey's Nursing Home over the past 16 years as he was struck as a young man with Multiple Sclerosis. He was formerly resident in Mountain View, Tubbercurry.
Aged 70, Pat worked all his working life in the Basta Factory till illness shortened his working life. In his youth, Pat was a fine soccer player and was a regular with Real Tubber during his playing career.
Pat always had a smile on his face and even in later years when MS limited his activities, he still managed to smile and never complained.
His remains reposed at the house of his daughter Caroline, where old friends called to pay their last respects. He was removed to the Church of St John Evangelist for funeral Mass, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.
Pat is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Caroline, sons Martin and Gerard, sisters, in-laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.
North Connaught College
Thank you to everybody who showed their support on Wednesday evening last at the Employer Acknowledgement event hosted by North Connaught Student Council. The event was a wonderful opportunity to thank Employers/and the Tubbercurry Community, who take our students on Work Experience and prepare them for work.
Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running a two-day Easter Fun Camp on April 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. each day. Cost €30 per child. Limited places. All enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 071 9181920.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
The annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from September October 26 3,2019, led by Spiritual Director, Fr Tim Flynn. Flights from Dublin with return airport transfers to Medjugorje, Half board accommodation in a private house, together with full religious programme, all included in the price.
For more information please contact, Breda Durkin at 071 9186123 or mobile 087 1873703.
Memorial Tractor Run
JJ McHugh Memorial tractor run in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place on Easter Monday, April 22, from Julians of Midfield, Swinford. Registration at 1 p.m. Run starting at 2 p.m. All types of tractors, vintage vehicles and trucks welcome. Refreshments after event with music by Eunice Moran. Entry fee €20. Contact Mary at 085 7477678 or Jarlath at 086 4045133. Your support would be appreciated.
Following his debut to Tubbercurry which was a huge success, Killorans Bar and Restaurant, are delighted to announce the return visit of Matthew O'Donnell and his band to Tubbercurry on Friday night, May 3, for what promises to be a great night of music and dancing. If you're looking for a good 'knees up' and love to dance the night away, put the date in your diary. A great night once again is guaranteed.
Banada Abbey Bingo
Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30 p.m. 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 Road Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. 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.
Cloonacool Card Game
The Cloonacool card game moves to the later time of 9 p.m. starting from last week.
Clothes Bag Collection
A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Men's Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe. More details later.
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