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CYMS Billiards competition held in the Gillooly Hall, Sligo. Pic: Jim Eccles.

CYMS Billiards competition held in the Gillooly Hall, Sligo. Pic: Jim Eccles.

CYMS Billiards competition held in the Gillooly Hall, Sligo. Pic: Jim Eccles.

Carraroe: Walking Group. We are examining the possibility for our registered members to have a regular weekly exercise session online in place of our session in the community centre

We are delighted that Arita Loughlin will be available to lead us. When final details are in place, we will Whattsapp all members to advise.

Seniors Alarm

We also ask everyone to test the alarm by pressing the red button on the pendant once a month at least. People that have the Seniors Alarm are advised to were the alarm pendant at all times including in Bed/Shower/Bath - it is waterproof.

The people monitoring the alarm will chat you to see all is ok so don't worry about testing as the people expect that to happen.

Anyone that requires help can also call any of the following: Bridie McLean 086 3998925, Pat Benson 087 2222835, Dympna O'Loughlin 087 9303540, Mary Murphy 087 6888293, Mary Dunbar 087 6669533.

Have Your Eircode Number Available.

Cadra reminds all residents of Carraroe the Eircode number of your house will assist emergency services to find your house faster. All residents are advised to place their house Eircode number on all telephones used to summon emergency services to ensure it is available in such an emergency.

Anyone, who is unable to find their Eircode can contact any of the following and we will arrange to print it for them Bridie McLean 086 3998925, Pat Benson 087 2222835, Dympna O'Loughlin 087 9303540, Mary Murphy 087 6888293, Mary Dunbar 087 6669533.

Keep Distance, Wash Hands and Keep Safe.

Let's keep our community safe. Sligo County Council emergency support freephone number 1800 292 765 is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to organise supplies and support.

Home Crime Prevention Advice

Be alert to online and telephone scams. Do not share personal or financial data. An Garda Síochána encourages the reporting of Hate Crime. KEEP UNEXPECTED CALLERS OUT

Do not open the door. Use the door chain. Look for ID. If you require assistance call your local garda station at 071 9157000.

CPR Advice

Community CPR is not advised in any case of COVID 19 infection as it may cause others to be infected and should be undertaken with appropriate PPE as available in GP, Hospitals, Ambulance etc. Please note the Defibs are located at Community Centre and Community Field Clubhouse. The code is posted beside the machine. Please be aware CCTV is in operation.

Age and Opportunity Exercise

Age and Opportunity Facebook page provide exercise sessions each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. Please click on the page and follow the Tutor.

Future News/Events

To have events/news items included in Carraroe section contact 087 2222835 or email to not later than Thursday each week.



THE death took place at Sligo University Hospital on Wednesday, April 22, of Phil Cryan, Bailey's Nursing Tubbercurry and a native of Seefin, Cloonloo.

Due to HSE and Government guidelines the Funeral Mass celebrated in St Patrick's Church, Gurteen on Thursday was private to family only. Burial took place afterwards in Knockbrack Cemetery.

A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Sympathy is extended to relations and friends. May he rest in peace.

THE death took place on April 17 of Michael O'Hara, Dublin and a native of Annaghmore, Gurteen. He was uncle of Kevin O'Hara, Pauline Phillips, Rita O'Hara and Gerry O'Hara to whom deepest sympathy is extended and sympathy to his son, and daughters, his sister, Celine, Boyle, extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace.

THE death took place on April 18 of Julie Maher, Brentwood, Essex and formerly of Moygara she was a sister of the late Frank O'Neill and is survived by sisters Teresa Coughlan, Corrigeenroe, Eileen Latour, Canada and Mary Cooke, Australia.

Her Funeral will take place in England. Sympathy to her nephews John and PJ and niece Kate, Moygara, and to all her relations and friends. May she rest in peace.


Application for enrolment forms for 2020/2021 are available from Tansey's Centra Foodmarket, Gurteen. Please enquire at checkout. Forms to be returned by Friday, May 29.

For more details or to request an application form email the



Currently Merville Community Centre remains closed under the COVID 19 directive from the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Health.

Please do not congregate anywhere in the Grounds or Environs at this time in the Interests of Public Health and Safety.

All Activities and Dreamchasers Childcare Services remain suspended and will resume in due course.

Follow our Social Media Pages for up to Date Community Supports and Information. Should anyone in our Community require information on Support at this time please contact 071-9150029 and Leave a Message. We will return your call and link you with the Help that you need.


What Price is Peace of Mind for the Older People in our Community at this Troubled Time? Merville Community Centre facilitate on behalf of our Community the provision to eligible persons of Social Monitored Pendant Alarms, under the Seniors Alert Scheme that is administered by POBAL. Equipment Funding is available for eligible persons over 65 years for the installation of an monitored alarm on a landline in the persons home.

The Alarms are now available to Persons age 65 or older and living alone, living with another person who meets the terms and conditions, living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household.

First year monitoring is now free for all new applicants. Subsequent annual monitoring charges are then payable by the user. Contact Merville Centre Office on Email or phone 071-9150029 and Leave a Voicemail for further information. We can Process the Application over the Phone. Installation is carried out line with all HSE Social Distancing Guidelines.


Local Voluntary and Community Groups are Reminded that any notices for Publication can be emailed to or hard copy left into the Merville Centre for inclusion in our Local Notes.


Normal People

The first two episodes of the 12 part series Normal People was televised last week amid mixed reactions. The next two episodes continue this Tuesday night on RTÉ and are also broadcast on BBC.

Many of the scenes were shot around Tubbercurry in local pubs, shops and street scenes as the story line follows two teenagers from a small West of Ireland town as they make their way through Leaving Cert and through college life.

Oliver Gannon r.i.p.

The death has occurred recently in Surrey England of Oliver Gannon, late of Circular Road Tubbercurry. Predeceased by his parents James and Mary, his brothers, Tommy Joe, Louie, Pádraig and Luke (Tubbercurry), Sisters Mae Quinn (Tubbercurry), Elisha, Kathleen, Rita and Philomena.

Born and reared in Tubbercurry, Oliver emigrated like most of his generation to England in the 1950s and spent all his working life there, being involved in the construction business like his father.

Oliver always enjoyed his visits back to Tubbercurry with his family, his most recent four years ago.

He is survived by his loving wife Yvonne, sons Neil and Paul, Daughters-in-law, Sarah and Rachel, grandchildren, brother Séamus (UK), Sisters Josephine (UK) and Monica USA, nieces, nephews and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Christine O'Neill r.i.p.

The recent death occurred of Christine O'Neill (née Walsh) late of Somerset and London, and originally from Ougham, Tubbercurry. Aged 78, Christine was reared in Ougham, just a mile outside Tubbercurry, and was educated in Tubbercurry and Swinford.

After finishing Secondary School, Christine did a secretarial course in Sligo, and then at the age of 19 emigrated to London in 1961 where she gained employment in the Banking World.

She met her husband Andrew in London and they lived there most of their lives before retiring some years ago. Christine was last home in Ireland about 10 years ago and had planned to return this Easter before ill health caught up with her.

Her funeral took place in Somerset. Christine is survived by her husband, Andrew, children Stephen and Allison, grandchildren, brothers Nathy (Belmullet), John (Ballinacarrow), Jerry (Luton), Kevin (Ougham), Sister Bernadette Murtagh (Rathscanlon, Tubbercurry), in-laws, and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.


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