Saturday 21 September 2019

Around the districts: Boyle, Tubbercurry

Boyle: Free computer training - Úna Bhán Tourism are delighted to be offering free computer training courses again. This unique opportunity to develop digital skills and learn basic functions is for beginners or those eager to improve in a fun and easy way.

The course includes how to set up an email account, send and receive emails/how to search the internet in a safe and secure way/Complete vehicle taxation online instead of paper form and how to set up and use online banking. More importantly for the farming community the training will teach how to register your farm on, which allows you to Record the Birth of a Calf; Complete and Print Farm-to-Farm Movements and Print your Herd Profile for your Farm Accountant.

Courses are limited to 10 people at a time and will be held in Boyle Library. The training programme is funded through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). Please contact Nigel at 071 9663033 for more details or to book your place.

Courtyard Market

The all-weather Courtyard Market takes place every Saturday in the grounds of King House, Boyle from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. For further information, please call Una Bhan at 071 9663033.

Volunteers wanted

Volunteers required to work afternoons in Western Alzheimer's Charity Shop, Boyle. For further information, contact Fiona at 087 6873283.

Food & Crafters wanted

Food and craft producers wanted for O'Carolan International Harp Festival, Keadue for Sunday, August 4, if interested please contact Imelda at 087 6453840 or

Boyle Men's Shed

Boyle Men's Shed, The Crescent has reopened for the following days, Monday Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call in and see what we do - have a coffee and a snack. If you have grass that needs cutting, gates that need to be put up again or small tasks needing attention we are more than happy to help. Contact Tony Byrne 086 2324020 email

Knockvicar Organic Garden

There is a free guided tour of the gardens on Saturdays and bank holidays at 3 p.m. The last Saturday of each month there is a bring and bake using the wood fired oven from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boyle Arts Festival

The festival calendar already includes almost 50 events, including an impressive mix of live music, visual arts, opera, drama, film, comedy, interviews, workshops, storytelling, children's events, poetry, readings and much more. If you are planning a visit to Boyle this summer, then make it late July, so you can enjoy as much of BAF 2019 as possible. Boyle Arts Festival will open on July 18 and run till July 27 Some of the big names to watch out for in the live music genre include the Riptide Movement, who will perform in the Storehouse on July 20 and the Blizzards, who will play there on July 26.

Tommy Fleming will bring his 'Voice of Hope ll' concert to St Joseph's Church on July 21 Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Eurovision win with 'Rock'n' Roll Kids', during a rare performance together in the Church of Ireland, on July 23 For more information on Boyle Arts Festival 2019 please visit email Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Boyle Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Local Sponsors, Roscommon County Council and Fáilte Ireland. The Festival Programme for Boyle Arts Festival 2019 has just arrived. Look out around town for copies this weekend.

Weekly Bible studies

Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. on the top floor of the Spool Factory, Boyle.

Percy French Festival 2019

The 11th annual Percy French Festival takes place in Castlecoote House from July 10 to July 12 2019.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

Every Thursday at midday in St Joseph's Hall. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Their stated purpose is to enable 'members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.' It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical.

Boyle - through a child's eyes

Children from Boyle schools have been taking photographs of the town and their community over the last few weeks, as part of the Creative Ireland programme.

The results of this project are being very kindly printed by Tony Murphy Photography and will be displayed in the windows of the old Xtravision building on Main Street, during the Arts Festival.

Calling all craft producers

Boyle Craft Shop is seeking talented and unique Irish and local crafters. Are you a small scale producer seeking new opportunities to sell and promote your products? Boyle Craft Shop is the proud home of local and exclusive crafts in the Boyle Region. We are always looking to promote new and established local talent. If you wish to display and sell your crafts though our shop, please contact Anna by emailing or call us at 071 9663033.

Boyle Food Partnership

Community FEAD and Food Cloud. If you and/or your family need food, we distribute food through these programmes at Boyle Family Resource Centre (FRC). Please text the word FOOD + your first name to 086 0496467 to receive details. Distribution times are: Monday 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Wednesday 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. or Friday 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Boyle Breastfeeding Support

A space where you and your baby will receive lots of support, a warm welcome and cuppa. Older siblings are very welcome to come along as are expectant mothers. Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. in Boyle Family Resource Centre. Cost: €2 or donation

Spanish class with Laura

Please register your interest for a lunch time class from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. in Boyle Family Resource Centre 071 9663000. Dates to be decided.

Clothing Bank

There is a clothing bank outside Boyle Family Resource Centre which accepts old clothes and bed linen, handbags, and shoes that are sent for recycling. Your support and donations are very much appreciated as this helps raise funds towards the centres programmes and community work. NO DUVETS AND PILLOWS AS THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE RECYCLING COMPANY Thank you.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy is for anybody. Sometimes life can be difficult for us, it can be unmanageable and challenging. Counselling can be a great support or resource at times of crisis or difficulty in our lives. It involves meeting with a trained Professional Therapist in a safe confidential setting allowing you to talk about and explore life's challenges in a non-judgemental space. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, day and evening. Therapeutic Support for families, Adolescents, Couples and Individuals. The cost is on a sliding scale and is negotiable. Please contact Marie at 071 9663000 or Maura at 071 9663841 in Boyle Family Resource Centre. All our programmes and services are confidential and professional.

Suicide Bereavement

Roscommon Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service is a free and confidential service that provides assistance and support to families and individuals grieving the death of a loved one by suicide. Contact Tiffany Jennings Walsh, Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer at 085 7407856 or Boyle Family Resource Centre (FRC) at 071 9663000. This service is funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention.

Parent/Toddler Group

Parent/toddler groups can be a great way of meeting other people with children the same age as yours in your area. It is open to childminders, grandparents and other guardians. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Boyle Family Resource Centre (FRC) 071 9663000. Cost: Donation. A chance to meet and enjoy being with parents/carers where children can play together in a child friendly environment.

Boyle Summer Show

Where have the years gone? Boyle summer show will celebrate its 10th anniversary this August - from a humble but fantastic re-introduction in the complex back in 2009 to the Show Day we enjoy out in the Warren today. We are pleased to announce that application for stalls and side shows are now open. All clubs, groups, organisation, artisanal, craft, informative and food stalls welcome - booking is essential. Please contact us on Facebook at Boyle summer show.

King House opening hours

Opening Hours. From July 1 King House is also open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full opening hours are as follows: Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are also open on Monday during the Boyle Arts Festival and on bank holiday Mondays. Please allow a min of 40 minutes for a tour of the house.


'Stand-By, Rolling, Camera, Action'

These were the instructions being heard on the streets of Tubbercurry last week as scenes from the BBC adaption of Sally Rooney's award winning novel 'Normal People' was being filmed in various locations around the town. Nathy Brenna's Bar on Teeling Street was used for pub scenes, and while the general area baked in glorious sunshine, there was a prolonged shower in front of Burkes Garage which fortunately could be switched on and off as required for another scene. A nightclub set was constructed aside St Brigid's Hall and filming took place late into the night on Wednesday for this particular scene. Members of the Phoenix Players back stage crew, Peter Molloy, Mickey Curran and Joe Corscadden were on hand to help dismantle the set after filming was completed. St Brigid's Hall provided catering and costume changes for the numerous extras being used. Some of the local actors used as extras included, Peadar and Mairead Conway, Belinda Luma, Kelly Doyle and Tom Walsh.

Tubbercurry was selected as one of the prime locations for the 12 part TV Series as part of the story is based in a small West of Ireland rural town. The Director is Lenny Abramson, who also directed 'Garage' and the Oscar winning 'Room'. Although cast and crew have now moved on to other locations, they will be returning to film more scenes in Tubbercurry in September, so hopefully we will se more 'Camera, Lights and 'Action'.

Active Retirement

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association has ceased activities for the summer months except for our book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 p.m. in the library. The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty's 'Midwinter Break'.

The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week's holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey's Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous dinner and Cabaret Nights.

Celebrations will continue in the autumn when we will be launching our book four of the Way That It Was' series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent's time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century - a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.

(A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10)

Summer School

The 33rd South Sligo summer School of Traditional Music, song and dance will take place this year from Sunday, July 14, to Saturday, July 20. 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 website, 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.

Bridge Club

Tubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper. The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed. The club would like to extend thanks to the Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council and Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG - in particular Shona Heffernan. Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible.

The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at the May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome. Contact Colm at 087 2313631 or Mike at 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners' classes.

Golf Outing to Enniscrone

One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday, August 12.

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 9185051 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.

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 087 2276628. Proceeds are in aid of Áine 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.

Labhair Gaeilge Linn

A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11 a.m. 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.

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. 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 8.30 p.m.

Dance Class

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.


Email Roger McCarrick -

Sligo Champion