Friday 19 April 2019

Around the districts: Ballymote, Tubbercurry

Presentation of proceeds raised at table quiz in Doddy’s, Ballymote to St. Celia’s Special School, Sligo
Presentation of proceeds raised at table quiz in Doddy’s, Ballymote to St. Celia’s Special School, Sligo

The Corran Players proudly present 'Beauty and the Beast-The Panto' shows Friday the seventh, Saturday and Sunday, December 8, and nine, at 8 p.m. Matinee show Sunday, December 9, at 2.30 p.m. at the Art Deco Theatre, Ballymote. Great nights entertainment guaranteed.

Christmas Bazaar

Ballymote North West Hospice Support Group will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar in the Loftus Hall on Sunday, December 2, commencing at 2 p.m. Events will include ticket sales with great Stage prizes, bric-à-brac and Santa will be dropping by. For the children there will be Lucky Dip and Burst the Balloon. Tea and Coffees will also be served along with some nice buns and biscuits. Please come along on the day and bring a friend and help support this worthy cause.

Text Alert AGM

The AGM of Ballymote/Doo Community Text Alert Scheme will take place on Tuesday, November 27, at 9 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre, Ballymote. Existing and new subscribers are urged to attend.

Community Enterprise AGM

The AGM for Ballymote Community Enterprise Ltd will be held on Monday, December 10, at 8 p.m. in the Enterprise Centre. 25 card drives

25 card drives have started on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and will continue till Christmas. Five single hands trump to board. €5 entry. €2 re entry. Finals start at 8 p.m. Hayden's Bar November 25. December dates will be published later.

Thank you

All at St Cecilia's Special School in Sligo would like to thank all involved with two fundraisers held recently in Ballymote including the local businesses who provided spot prizes and sponsorship and to all who came along to support. An emotional, fantastic day was had by all at the Wedges motorbike and car run that was held in July in honour of the late Noel Dwyer AKA' The Wedge'.

We would like to express our gratitude to the family of Noel Dwyer and the committee who donated the proceeds of the run to the school - a massive €2,985 was lodged. Also thanks to John O'Connor and Kate Hoare, who arranged a table quiz in Doddy's pub which raised the fabulous sum of €1,210. All funds will be used to purchase wheelchair friendly equipment for the playground at the school which will make a fabulous difference to the lives of kids at the school.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Tommy Lyons, Keash; Frank Brennan, Riverstown; Muriel Cullen, Dublin, whose deaths occurred recently.

Coleman Music Centre

The Coleman Music Centre Gurteen brings Michael English and his band to St Patrick's Church Gurteen on December 2 at 8 p.m. This will be a beautiful concert with some Christmas numbers on the night. Tickets are now on sale. Phone 071 9182599 or

Young Explorers

Young Explorers Childcare is having its toddler, Preschool and Afterschool Care open day on Saturday, December 8, at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Young Explorers Purpose Built Facility in Abhainn Mór, Collooney, Co. Sligo. Please call us at 071 9133166 or for more information. Check us out on Facebook at Young Explorers Collooney.

Your news

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Drama Festival

Yes folks it's drama time in Tubbercurry again. Drama lovers will be delighted to know we have an excellent programme of plays in store, including brilliant comedy and terrific dramas. The One Act Festival runs the 22nd, 23rd, and November 24 at 8 p.m. in St Brigid's Hall Theatre, Tubbercurry.

We are delighted to announce that the Tubbercurry and District Credit Union is our sponsor for the entire festival.

Our WDF Drama Festival has attracted once again the top groups in the country and this year we are really looking forward to seeing them perform comedy. Opening our festival is Mullet Drama Group with a hilarious show, it will get our festival off to a lively start. We have three plays each night plus two plays on Saturday afternoon with a great mix of comedy and drama for your enjoyment.

Admission nightly is €10. You can buy the Season Ticket for €30 available only at the ticket office on opening night and this is brilliant value to see 11 plays being performed. Geoffrey O'Keefe is our adjudicator for the festival. As an adjudicator he is extremely popular and highly acclaimed. We look forward to hearing his keen observations during the competition and also looking forward to meeting and hearing our drama enthusiasts and patrons views on the plays. Come along and join us at our 75th Festival it will be a time to remember.

You will find details of the 11 first-rate plays on our WDF web site at the following link:

Greenway Meeting

A very well attended meeting took place last week at An Chroi, Tubbercurry in relation to the proposal for the development of a Greenway on the footprint of the old Sligo-Limerick Rail line, specifically between Charlestown to Collooney. A presentation was made by consultants RPS on their findings, and it looks as if a proposal for a Greenway will be submitted by Sligo County Council to Government for funding in the near future.

A healthy debate took place about the re-opening of the line for trains, and as it is not in Government Draft Strategies up to 2040 and possibly beyond, the consensus was that the Greenway proposal would be pursued. If it was ever deemed practical in the future by Government to re-open the line, it is within the terms of the proposal that a new Greenway Route would be developed running parallel to a new train track.

This is an exciting time for infrastructural and recreational development in South Sligo, an area that needs development so badly. Watch for updates on the Greenway from the Greenway Co-op committee.

25 Card Drive

A 25 card game takes place in Killorans, Tubbercurry on Tuesday, December 4, at 8.30 p.m. All proceeds in aid of Gallagher House Students Christmas party. Spot prizes and refreshments served on the night. Tickets €10 each on sale now. Your support will be much appreciated.

Festive Choral Evening

A Festive Choral Evening takes place in St John Evangelist Church, Tubbercurry Commences at 7.30 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, raffle and Refreshments after the performances in the Holy Family NS Performances by: Holy Family N.S Choir, St Attracta's Choir, Coolaney Gospel Choir, Sligo Concert Band, Tone Cold Sober Male Barbershop Choir, Ann Marie Gibbons Mezzo Soprano, St John Evangelist Church Choir, Declan Folan and friends, Fursey. Organised by Holy Family N.S parents' association. All proceeds in aid of School Development. Tickets €10. Available from the parents' association or from the Laundry Basket, Gillespie Menswear and Sport and Margaret Kennedy's. Please support.

Golf club AGM

The annual general meeting of Tubbercurry Golf Club will be held in the clubhouse on Friday, December 7, at 8.30. All members are asked to attend.

Cloonacool Players

The Cloonacool Players are busy at present rehearsing this year's play entitled 'I Do Not like Thee Dr Fell' - a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play which will compete on the festival circuit next season will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre in mid-February 2019. New data protection laws prevent the names of the cast and production crew being published at this time.

Forest Walk Extension

The recently developed extension to the Forest Walk behind Rathscanlon Creamery has been welcomed by all who have had the pleasure so far of walking around it. There are different options of loops available with nearly 5km in total of pathways. It is ideal for young and old and family groups as much of it is wheelchair and buggy friendly.

The project was developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association with the co-operation of land owners including Aurivo, Coillte and various bog users and owners on Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs. A local contribution needs to be raised by the community and raffle tickets are presently on sale locally, €20 each or a book of three tickets for €50.

We ask families and households do their best to contribute to this wonderful facility which will be there for visitors and locals. Many people are now doing a few miles daily on it wonderful to see.

Phoenix Players

Hurricane 'Moll' is gathering strength and is expected to make landfall in Tubbercurry on Thursday, Sunday, Thursday and Sunday, December 6, 9, 13 and 16. The safest place to be on those dates is St Brigid's Hall where one can watch Moll's progress while hearing gales of laughter and later thunderous applause.

History lecture

A lecture takes place in Moylough Community Centre on Tuesday, November 27, at 8 p.m. Title is 'Men of South Sligo, who lost their lives in World War one - All areelcome to attend.

Dance Class

Why not join our class on the Sligo Road on 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.


Donations of good quality women's, men's, children's clothing welcome. Also jewellery and bric-à-brac. All sales help to allow people with sight problems enjoy a better quality of life.

Regardless of condition we take old clothing, shoes, bags and belts (not including pillows/duets) for recycling. We need shopping/carrier bags. Shop open Monday Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Wolfe Tone Sq. Tubbercurry.

25 Card Games

25 Card Games single hands takes place in Tubbercurry in St Brigid's Hall at 8.30 p.m. every Sunday night. All welcome to attend.

Charlestown Christmas Market

There will be a Christmas Market in the CBD Sports Complex Charlestown on Sunday, November 25, from midday to 4 p.m., loads stall from Jewellery, Scarves, Hand made crafts, Christmas Decorations, Wreaths to name but a few, Santa will also be there, tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. Admission free.


Email Roger McCarrick -

Sligo Champion