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Saturday 19 January 2019

Around the districts: Cloonacool and Tubbercurry

Group from St John’s Hospital, Sligo enjoying a Christmas Party night at The Sligo Park Hotel. Pic: Carl Brennan
Group from St John’s Hospital, Sligo enjoying a Christmas Party night at The Sligo Park Hotel. Pic: Carl Brennan

Cloonacool - Cloonacool Players: Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year's production of 'I do not like thee Dr Fell' a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell.

Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 15, 16, and 17, at 8 p.m. each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday, February 28, again at 8 p.m.

Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night March 2, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

Operation Transformation

The GAA club is running Operation Transformation starting first week of January and will run for seven weeks. There are two 'Fit for all' classes (Wednesday evening and Satursday morning) and an organised walk on Sundays. It will be €70 per person for the seven weeks. After the seven weeks there will be night out to celebrate achievements. It promises to be a great community activity, with a lot on board already. We are on the lookout for group leaders, whose job is to solely recruit five other members. Email mc.

Intyre.brian@gmail.comfor more details.

Community Park Draw

The Cloonacool Community park lotto draw for November took place in Brennan's. There was no winner of the €2,400 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 6, 17, 19 and 32. There was one match-three winner Jason Brennan, who won €200. Next month's jackpot will be worth €2,500. Many thanks for your continued and generous support.

Photographic history

As a result of recent community meeting one group have taken on the task of developing a history of the times past by means of a photographic display. To do this the support of the community is required. We plan to source old photos of life in our area in the past. People at work and play and day to day life as it used to be. Anyone, who has such photos are asked to consider loaning them to have copies taken after which they will be returned to owners. The plan is to select photos that capture local lifestyle in years gone by for use in a heritage display in the village. Please contact Philomena at 087 9329873 or Julia 071 9184207 for further details or come along to the next community meeting date to be announced later.

Cloonacool Choir

Cloonacool Choir is seeking a musician (s) organist, pianist or guitarist who would like to play for the choir at Sunday 10 a.m. Masses in St Michael's Church, Cloonacool. If one or more musicians are interested, Sundays could be shared for example monthly or fortnightly. Our choir has been singing for 49 years and we look forward to continuing. The choir is made up of adults and juniors. If you are interested currently playing or wishing to return to the keyboard or the strings - please contact Sonia at 087 2772557 for further details.

Card game

The Cloonacool Card Game will take place at 8.30 p.m. in Cloonacool Community Centre each Monday evening.

Music Club

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.

Your news

Please send in your notes to Emma Gallagher by Friday to cloonacoolnotes@gmail.com.

Tubbercurry

Banada Monster Bingo

Monster New Years Day Bingo Tuesday, January 1, at Banada Abbey Hall commencing 8.30 p.m. Guaranteed payout of €2,500. Jackpot now €2,100 on 48 calls or less-it could be you. A great night guaranteed. Happy New Year to all our patrons.

Forest Walk Draw

The draw took place recently for the Forest Walk Fundraiser, and the results are as follows: First Prize, Rory Doyle, Cloonacool, second prize, Anna Tracy, Banada, third prize, Teresa and Declan Kerns, Rathscanlon, fourth prize, Maria Morahan, Tubbercurry, fifth prize, Peggy Devaney, Achonry.

The Forest Walk is located at the back of the Rathscanlon old Creamery and goes through 80 acres of woodlands including, Oak, Ash, Spruce and Pine trees before it reaches the bog at the back of the wood which straddles parts of Rathscanlon and Rhue Bogs.

Developed by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Community Association over the last number of years, the first phase was done about four years ago, and the second phase was completed over the last few months. Funding was secured for it through the town and Village Renewal Scheme Fund, and a local contribution had to be raised by the local community.

The local contribution has now been done, and the development committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wider community of South Sligo for their generous assistance. This is a community facility for the enjoyment of everybody, and we hope to see many walkers and families out walking on it over the Christmas holiday period. New Year Resolutions will also kick in, and this facility is ideal for those wanting to shed a few pounds right after the Christmas period.

The Forestry is owned by the Semi-State Company, Coillte, and they gave great assistance in helping to plan the route. The access laneway at the Creamery is owned by local Co-Op Aurivo, and they also were very generous with facilitating the project.

Bog owners in Rathscanlon and Rhue bogs were also very supportive and facilitating. A big thank you is extended to Coillte, Aurivo and Bog owners, and this is an example of how groups helping each other can be for the betterment of everybody.

Continued works and improvements on the walk routes will be done in the future as time and money allows, and if anybody missed contributing to the draw, and wish to do so, money will always be accepted by the Development Committee including, Geraldine Brennan at the Laundry Basket, and Roger McCarrick, Teeling Street.

Best Wishes for 2019 are extended to all from the Forest Walk Committee.

Fields of Gold

A new publication on the bookshelves in recent weeks is 'Fields of Gold', a history of Aurivo Co-Operative and farming in the West.

This is a very impressive and well presented hard back book which is meticulous in its details. Obviously, it has been very well researched and is a must for anybody interested in local and social history in the North Connacht area and in Counties Sligo and Mayo in particular. Running to over 500 pages, it traces the history of farming and farm production from its earliest days to the present time.

The period from the 1890s onwards is written about in detail where it traces the building of Creameries all over the country as part of the Co-Op movement under Horace Plunkett. The development of Creameries all over Co. Sligo are dealt with in detail including, Achonry, Rathscanlon, Gurteen and Ballymote.

The World Wars I and II, Irelands War of Independence, and Civil War is dealt with in detail as to how it affected agriculture and prices, and general social history is treated sensitively.

This is an essential read for historians of economies and society as well as farmers. At just €30 a copy, it is an encyclopaedia of information. Many characters of farm and businesses past and present feature. It makes you realise about how much work was done by so many to give us the Ireland we enjoy today. A quote from it we should all remember 'May those who drink the water never forget the debt they owe to those who dug the well'.

Cloonacool Players

Cloonacool Players drama group are busy preparing for the new season. Rehearsals are in full swing at present for this year's production of 'I do not like thee Dr Fell' a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell.

Directed by Peadar Conway, the play will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 15, 16, and 17, at 8 p.m. each night. It will then travel to the Ballina Arts Centre for a charity event performance on Thursday, February 28, again at 8 p.m.

Then it will compete on the festival circuit with the first competitive outing in Kiltyclogher on Saturday night March 2, and seven more festivals during the remainder of the month. This is a hectic schedule and we wish them the best of luck on their travels.

Dance Class

Why not join the dance 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.

Correspondent

Email Roger McCarrick - tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net.

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