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Around the Districts: Cloonacool, Coolaney-Rockfield, Gurteen and Tubbercurry


John Higgins former Principal, Culfadda National School and Peggy Gannon former teacher at Culfadda National School, at the function to mark Bernadette Dwyer’s retirement as Principal.

John Higgins former Principal, Culfadda National School and Peggy Gannon former teacher at Culfadda National School, at the function to mark Bernadette Dwyer’s retirement as Principal.

John Higgins former Principal, Culfadda National School and Peggy Gannon former teacher at Culfadda National School, at the function to mark Bernadette Dwyer’s retirement as Principal.



Park lotto

The Community Park lotto draw for June took place last weekend. There was no winner of the €6,700 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 11, 13, 19 and 31. Congratulations to our three match-three winners; Francis Kelly, Richard and Patrina McCarthy and Kate, Tara, Eoin and Liam Carty. The winner of the Surlis SuperValu voucher was Joe and Veronica Corscadden.

Thanks to Surlis SuperValu for their generous support. Next month’s jackpot will be worth €6,800. Renewed thanks for your continued support.

Music Club

The Music Club is back performing this week in the community centre on this Thursday, June 23. 9 p.m. is start time and all musicians of all ages and audience members are welcome. This is bonfire night and an excuse to get out and try something different.

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This session offers a great chance for your singers and musicians from all parts to come along and try out their material in a safe and encouraging space.

Café Open

The Mill Community Café will be open again this coming weekend 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Note however that Friday opening time is now 11 a.m.

Community Games

We are delighted to see the Community Games resume after a gap of two years. A new committee needs to be formed if parents wish Tubbercurry Cloonacool to enter children in the Community Games this year.

Without volunteers willing to participate, the area will no longer participate in the running, swimming, art, football, soccer and all the events that make up the Community Games and that bring such fun and games to our lives for a few weeks every summer.

If you wish to get involved or organise a new committee, please contact Enda O’Brien at 087 6824388 and he will be happy to provide the details.


The deadline for contributions, which are always welcome, is Sundays at midday Contact Pat McCarrick at 087 2512030 or email


Notes for the paper

Please contact me by text or call at 087 7667664 or email Please submit notes by Sunday evening for the following Wednesdays publication.

Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community. Stay Safe x.

Stay Fit, Not Still

Brand new exercise classes are coming to Coolaney Community Centre from June 28. Morning classes Tuesdays at 7 a.m. – start June 28. Evening classes Mondays at 7 p.m. – start July 4

Suitable for beginners, with progressions for those more advanced. 45 minutes in duration with a special introductory offer of €35 for a block of six classes. Booking is essential as limited spaces available. Contact Sarah Timlin at 086 3879635 or email on

Dog Owners note

Coolaney Rockfield Tidy Towns once again appeal to all dog owners to pick up after your dog does his or her business in a public area including grass areas. Free Pooper Scooper bags are available in all the usual outlets in Coolaney and we encourage dog owners to take a few of these bags and dispose of your dogs ‘business’ in a proper manner. Make the Coolaney/Rockfield and surrounding area enjoyable for all.

Wear a Hi-Vis jacket or vest

A reminder to those out and about in the Coolaney/Rockfield area to please understand the importance of wearing hi-vis jackets/vests, especially when out walking or playing on the roads. It is difficult for drivers to see pedestrians in the mornings and evenings, and as more people will be out and about to enjoy the longer days, please be mindful of yourself and others. Thank you.

Digital Hub for 60+

A Digital Hub for those aged 60+ is now opened on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre. The Digital Hub is operated by ALONE.

The digital hub offers: Telehealth video calling with health care clinicians with private rooms available; Video calling support with family and friends; Support for learning and using technology devices and the internet; Join virtual social groups; An opportunity to try out new technology from the ALONE technology catalogue.

Alone supports older people in a range of areas including visitation support and befriending, support coordination and telephone support. This can be accessed through the centre with Gerard.

If you have any questions or queries please call Gerard (Services Coordinator) at 086 0761083, Conor (Digital Hub Worker) at 086 1085592 or better again drop by the centre at the above times to say hello and find out more, you may even learn something.

GAA Club News

Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA Club’s Blue Kidz Academy has returned to action on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for boys and girls aged 4-11. New members welcome. Join our great group of qualified coaches for the popular Saturday morning slot. Children under-seven, under-nine and under-11 are all welcome.

Note: Club registration must be completed before the children participate. Visit and complete your registration. 2022 membership is now open.

N17 Achonry Farmers Market

Do you love the very best of local and artisan produce sourced and produced with love? Do you love the finest arts and crafts at amazing prices? Do you love to support local businesses? Would you like to help local community causes? Do you like to to shop with that personal touch? Do you want to be environmentally friendly by reducing your food miles?

Yes? Then we need you. By stopping by Achonry Farmer’s Market you can do all of the above in one fell swoop. Our stellar traders are here with the very best South Sligo has to offer and every cent you spend helps grow small and independent businesses while simultaneously returning profits back into the local community for us all to enjoy and benefit from. It’s absolutely a win-win scenario. See you every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for simply the best.

Coolaney United news

Soccer lotto – Bonus balls can be purchased in Pk Meats or O’Grady’s shop and cost €5 with the chance to win €100 and the Coolaney United crested beanie hat every week for the Wednesday and Saturday draws.


Recent deaths

The death took place on Wednesday June 15 of Colette McGann nee Molloy, in Woking, Surrey and late of Mullaghroe, Gurteen. Predeceased by her husband Tommy, daughter Sylvia and son Thomas. Sympathy to family, John, twins Charlie and Katie, Mandy and Siobhan and all the Molloy family in Mullaghroe. May she rest in Peace.

The death took place at Sligo University Hospital on June 12 of Paddy Finn, Kilturra, Bunninadden . Predeceased by his wife Lena, will be sadly missed by his niece Philomena and partner Michael who resided with him. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. His remains reposed at his residence and were removed to Bunninadden Church for Mass of the Resurrection on Wednesday celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly P.P. followed by burial in Kilturra Cemetery. May Paddy’s soul rest in Peace.

Cemetery Mass

There will be a Mass in Killaraght Old Cemetery on Sunday August 14 and in Templeronan Cemetery on Sunday July 31. Both will be at 1pm.

Gurteen Celtic

The Gurteen Celtic jackpot was not won on Sunday night June 12 numbers drawn were 9, 10,17,and 24. The €50 was won by Dennis Taheny, Gurteen. The jackpot is now €9,700 and the next draw will be held in the Crossbar Gurteen. Support greatly appreciated by the Club.

Eastern Harps Draw

The Eastern Harps 50/50 draw of €586 on June 13 was won by Kevin Gallagher, Gurteen support for the draw is greatly appreciated by the club.


Bingo continues every Friday night indoor Gurteen Hall and drive in at 8pm- Jackpot is now €1700 and the lotto raffle is now €300. Support is greatly appreciated. Date for the diary–the committee intend to return to traditional ‘indoor only ‘bingo in September–updates closer to the time.

Ukrainians in Gurteen

A group of 36 Ukrainians of varying ages came to live in Gurteen a few weeks ago and there was a meeting held in the local Hall on last Tuesday night from which a support group was formed. On last Saturday a quantity of clothing, shoes, soft toys and toiletries were made available in the Hall.

Defibrillator fund collection

There will be a Churchgate collection at Gurteen on July 3 for Gurteen Defibrillator fund. Monies collected goes towards maintenance of the two defibrillators, pads, batteries etc. to ensure both well maintained in the event of an emergency. Support for this very worthy cause will be greatly appreciated.

School holidays

Best wishes to the pupils, teachers and staff of the three Primary Schools in Gurteen Parish on holidays from this Thursday June 23.


South Sligo summer School

The South Sligo summer School of traditional music, song and dance makes a welcome return to live venues in Tubbercurry from July 10 to July 16. Online registration for all music, singing and dance workshops on

Tickets for ceilis with Swallows Tail, Dartry, Innisfree, Matt Cunningham, Salamanca and Glenside Ceili Bands nightly in St Brigid’s Hall as well as Tribute Concert to fiddle player Declan Folan, Monday, July 11, and Grand Traditional Concert, Friday, July 15, both in the May Queen, all can be bought online through our website. Online registrations remain open till July 4 with some places still available in all workshops.

Community Games

Tubbercurry/Cloonacool Community Games is back, after a gap of two years. A new committee needs to be formed if parents wish Tubbercurry/Cloonacool children to enter in the Community Games this year.

Without volunteers willing to volunteer, the area will no longer be able to participate in the running, swimming/Art, football, soccer etc. If you wish to get involved or organise a new committee, please contact Enda O’Brien at 087 6824388 and he will be happy to provide the details. The files can be forwarded to an interested group of volunteers who wish to take on the organising duties.

Leaving Cert Study Hub

Leaving Cert Study Hub continues at €5 per day in An Chroí Digital Hub till June June 28.

Parish News

The parish newsletter is available on the parish website at on Facebook at

Fr Vincent also contributes a night time prayer at 10 p.m. approximately; parishioners will pray the Rosary to mark the month of May in Tubbercurry Church.

The church car park has re-opened. There are fifty-seven Parking Spaces with an additional four Disabled Parking Spaces. New marking system in place and we are asked to follow the markings and signage. This work is of immense value to the community and to our church. Many thanks to the board of Directors and staff of the FRC who made this work possible.

Thanks to the workers, developers and designers of the car park. It is truly work well done and should serve the community well, long into the future. There will be an official opening of this renewed facility in June. Further details later. For now, we give thanks for the work done and welcome this development.

Activities at the Family Resource Centre

Connect coffee morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at FRC.

On Thursday we host a Connect coffee morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the Hello How Are You Campaign? We welcome all those who want to get out for a social cuppa, those who want to find out about the campaign and how to use it, those who need a listening ear or are feeling lonely or isolated and those who want to find out about supports available in the community.

A parent and Baby/Toddler Group meet in the centre every Monday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. No booking required. Queries welcome to 071 9186926.

Mid-Day Walkers meet every Tuesday at Tubbercurry FRC at midday for a social walk followed by a cuppa. New walkers always welcome.

Men’s Shed

Current Men’s Shed activities include art classes, Making Flower Boxes and the group is being joined by various Guest Speakers. The group is also planning a trip to Mayo Abbey, a Bee Keeping Course and much more. If interested in coming along to the shed and getting involved contact Pádraig at 087 0652023.

A welcome addition to the town from Tubbercurry Men’s Shed at Banada Abbey is the planter in the square. Tubbercurry Tidy Towns’ is very thankful to all involved.

Tubbercurry GAA Healthy Club

As part of Healthy club, Tubbercurry GAA is setting up a social walking group to provide their members with a healthy, safe and social environment. This will be done in association with Sligo Leader. So if you enjoy the outdoors and meeting up for a walk and talk in a relaxed and safe setting then this could be for you. If you are interested please get in touch with Reggie at 087 2276547 or Pat at 087 8182232. (This is dependent on walk leaders and numbers interested)