Monday 20 May 2019

Around the districts: Coolaney-Rockfield, Curry-Moylough, Drumcliffe, Maugherow, Tubbercurry,

Coolaney-Rockfield: Easter Egg Hunt - On Saturday, April 20, from 11am to 2pm there will be an Easter Egg Hunt around the River Walk. Find an egg and get a free rice krispie bun in Café Fia. Find the large Golden Egg and get a special prize. One prize per person.

Café Fia Pop Up is back

Café Fia Pop-up is opening on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. Drop in for tea, Coffees, sweet treats and some great lunch options. It will open on the second Sunday of each month.

Good Friday clean-up

The annual Coolaney-Rockfield Tidy Towns will take place on Good Friday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All to meet at Coolaney Community Centre at 5 p.m. where gloves and all equipment will be provided. If unavailable on that day you can do it on your own time and equipment can be picked up in O'Gradys.

Easter Draw

Coolaney Rockfield Tidy Towns Housing estates, residents' associations, local area groups and community groups are invited to participate in the Easter 2019 Raffle Draw. All proceeds raised is kept by the group. This is a great way to raise funds for your group. Great prizes on offer all donated by local businesses. Please contact Jerry O'Grady to collect your raffle cards.

Sligo Camino

Registration for the Sligo Camino is now open since Saturday the 13th. This year's Camino will take place on July 6.

Tractor Run

Tractor Run in aid of Pieta House will take place on Sunday, May 12, leaving form the Mountain Inn at 2 p.m. Registration at 1 p.m. Tractor, vintage cars and Motor bikes welcome.

Community Park Fundraiser

As part of the fundraising effort for the Coolaney Community Park and to pay off the €80,000 loan, a new fundraiser has been launched called 'Lamb for Coolaney Community Park' where local farmers are being asked to donate a Lamb. The scheme works by farmers choosing one Lamb to rear per usual, and when it comes to selling the lamb, you donate the proceeds to the Coolaney Community Park Astro Pitch Fund. All farmers who participate will receive recognition via a sign to be erected at the location of the Astro Pitch.

Also, thanks to our friends in Aurivo co-op stores, we will give you a 25kg bag of Nutrias Lamb feed to assist with feeding the lamb. If you wish to donate a lamb to our novel fundraiser or have any questions, please contact Michael Henry 087 2338435, David Ross 083 0039994, Jerry O'Grady 086 8867379 or Michael Gorman 086 7723411.

GAA news

Blue Kidz Training: Training continues Saturday mornings. New parents and children are very welcome to come along and get involved in their local GAA Club.

Club lotto: The 2019 Coolaney-Mullinabreena Club Supporter's lotto now launched. All support is greatly appreciated, and proceeds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park Development.

Coolaney United

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

Coolaney ICA

New members to the area are always welcome. For further information contact Mary Haran 086 1267458 or Mary O'Boyle 087 6695263.

Foróige Club

Foróige Club is for secondary school youths aged 12 to 18. The club takes place every Friday evening in the Coolaney Community Centre.

Card Games

Card game takes place in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m. All are very welcome.

Women's Group

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings continue in Coolaney Community Centre Thursdays at 10.30 a.m. The interactive classes include activities, occasional days out and professional people to give talks and classes. New members are very welcome. Open to all ages.

Junior Youth Group

Meetings are every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre for Youths between the ages of 12-15.

Water Boil Notice

All customers must boil their water before drinking. A map of the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes, detailing the areas affected, is available on and

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664 before Friday. Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


The Sound of Music

The 'Hills were alive with the sound of music' in recent weeks. Congratulations to the cast, director Tom Walsh, and everyone involved in the Phoenix Players production of the magnificent musical in St Bridget's Hall Tubbercurry, which was enjoyed and appreciated by the large audiences that attended for seven nights.

Litter pick

The community appreciate the great work during the litter pick up by volunteers last weekend. The litter warden inspected some items which ranged from an old fridge, bicycle and drink cans all of which can be recycled for free. Please keep our roads free of litter, and bring your rubbish home.

Family fun day

Members of Belt Torc are busy planning for forthcoming family fun day which takes place on Sunday, May 5, at the Heritage Centre. Volunteers are required for the success of the event, which will highlight a digger driving challenge, exhibition of Karate, yoga, Irish Dancing, Bouncing Castle, Burger Stall, Sports events and musical entertainment. Your support is appreciated.

Community Games

Well done to all competitors who turned out for Parish Community Games last Sunday the winners will go forward to the county finals.

Best wishes

Best wishes are extended to Martin Connolly Powellsboro, who launched his local election campaign in Cawleys Hotel, Tubbercurry last Saturday night. Martin has been a prominent successful trainer of Curry GAA ladies' team during the past number of years. A committed community activist and member of many organisations.

25 Card games

25 Card games single hands continue in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre on Wednesday nights starting at 8.30 p.m.


Carney Lissadell 10K

The annual Carney Lissadell 10k Road Race and Walk takes place on Easter Monday, April 22, Entry €15 online with or €18 on the day at Oxfield. Registration on the day starts at 9.30 a.m. followed by Kids Fun Run at 11 a.m., 10k Walk at 11.30 a.m. and 10k Run at midday.

History of Oxfield Centre

If you or anyone you know has any Oxfield Centre memorabilia e.g. photos, events, documentation, programmes etc. we would love to have it included as part of an ongoing History of Oxfield Centre project. If you would like to contribute to this project or receive further information please contact Damien Kerrigan or email

Easter Egg hunt

Rathcormac Craft Village and Market are holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your children, enjoy the fun, food, arts and crafts including demonstrations in pottery, woodturning, stained glass and wool spinning, face painting and children's art classes.

GOOD FRIDAY 5K RUN: The Grange Good Friday 5K Run starts at 7 p.m. with registration starting at 6 p.m. in Grange Sports Complex. Entry is €12 for adults and €5 for children. In aid of friends of Sligo Hospital.

Active 60+ Fitness Class

SFX Sports and Fitness, Rathcormac are holding a moderate intensity class for the 60+ age group every Tuesday at 11 a.m. The class will focus on mobility, flexibility, strength as we age and moderate cardio. It is also an opportunity to exercise among those of a similar age/level in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Call 087 9784628 for more details.

SEAN NÓS sean nós dance classes continue every Tuesday evening in the Old School, Rathcormac. Beginners start at 7 p.m., with improvers and advanced dancers starting at 8 p.m. All very welcome. Call 086 1925988 for further details.

Your news/events

If you have any news items or event details for inclusion in the Drumcliffe Community news, please email


Benbulben Comhaltas

The next monthly session of Benbulben Comhaltas will be held in Battys of Carney on Sunday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Lissadell Church

Due to popular demand Lissadell Church is delighted to welcome back Phil Coulter on Wednesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. All proceeds in aid of the church. Tickets available from Drumcliffe Teahouse, Liber Bookstore, Sligo, Grange Pharmacy, The Corner Shop Maugherow or by calling Heather at 087 1655880.

Community Games

There will be a cake sale in Maugherow Hall on April 19 after Good Friday Ceremonies at 5 p.m. All donations of baked cakes and buns will be greatly appreciated. Please come alomg and support with all proceeds going to Maugherow Community Games.

North Sligo AC

Good Friday 5k in AID of friends of Sligo University Hospital - a family friendly event is taking place in Grange Sport Centre at 7 p.m. Adults, children, families, buggies registration: From 6 p.m. at North Sligo Sports Complex, entry: €12 Adults - €5 Children. Refreshments afterwards.

Your news

Notes can be emailed to before 9 p.m. on Thursday.


The late Margaret Gormley r.i.p.

The entire County Sligo community was shocked last week when they heard of the peaceful death of councillor Margaret Gormley at her residence. Margaret was a public representative for the Tubbercurry electoral area for nearly 40 years, having taken over from her father Willie in 1980.

Margaret's work ethic was truly phenomenal, and she dedicated her life to serving her constituents. No job was too big or too small for her and she represented all her constituents to the best of her ability and till satisfaction was achieved for all concerned. Margaret probably worked 100 hours every week in the interests of her constituents. After Council meetings were over she would liaise with the county Council staff to raise issues on behalf of her constituents - these could range from road upgrades, housing list issues or financial assistance for community groups in her area.

Margaret was born and reared in Bunninadden, and she had a very close connection with all things Bunninadden, but she was not parochial in the narrow sense of the world. Her parish or constituency extended from Kilmactigue to Keash, and from Bellaghy to Ballymote, and if she was asked to make a representation by anybody in the sprawling constituency, she got on the case immediately. Her constituency continued to grow to take in West Sligo, and Margaret never complained about the challenges that increased for her.

Margaret had health challenges most of her life and while diminutive in stature, she was a giant in performance terms. Supporters often suggested she should represent Co. Sligo in Dáil Éireann, but a combination of health challenges and love of her South Sligo area kept her closer to home. Always an independent councillor with no associations with political parties, she often said that her family and supporters were her party.

Tubbercurry will also miss her, as she was a regular figure on the streets talking to her constituents and keeping in touch with problems associated with the decline in retail business, anti-social problems in estates and general neglect of rural areas. She recognised the problems of the closure of the Government Offices and the Aurivo offices in recent years and tried her best to have these decisions overturned.

Only a few weeks before her death, she again mooted the idea of a new N17 road between Curry and Collooney, a proposal that has been on the table for over 20 years. She was not afraid to speak about the neglect suffered by South Sligo while political party representatives scratched their heads.

The work performance of Margaret Gormley was of 'Gold Star' level, something to be aimed for by all public representatives, and it is hoped that political colleagues have learned from her performance.

Margaret is survived by brothers Brendan and Liam, sisters-in-law, Anita, Marie and Muriel, nieces, nephews and cousins, and thousands of friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.

Her remains reposed at her home over two days, and thousands called to pay their respects and offer their sympathy to a great family and a great lady. Her funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden, and burial took place in Cloonameehan Cemetery.

It was a pleasure to know Margaret and it was re-assuring to be represented by her. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Adventure Camp

Ox Mountain Adventure Camp are running a two-day Easter Fun Camp on April 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. each day. Cost €30 per child. Limited places. All enquiries email or Phone 071 9181920.

Memorial Tractor Run

JJ McHugh Memorial tractor run in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place on Easter Monday, April 22, from Julians of Midfield, Swinford. Registration at 1 p.m. Run starting at 2 p.m. All types of tractors, vintage vehicles and trucks welcome. Refreshments after event with music by Eunice Moran. Entry fee €20. Contact Mary at 085 7477678 or Jarlath at 086 4045133. Your support would be appreciated.


The annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from September 26 to October 3, led by Spiritual Director, Fr Tim Flynn. Flights from Dublin with return airport transfers to Medjugorje, Half board accommodation in a private house, together with full religious programme, all included in the price. For more information please contact, Breda Durkin at 071 9186123 or mobile 087 1873703.

Return visit

Following his debut to Tubbercurry which was a huge success, Killorans Bar and Restaurant, are delighted to announce the return visit of Matthew O'Donnell and his band to Tubbercurry on Friday night, May 3, for what promises to be a great night of music and dancing. If you're looking for a good 'knees up' and love to dance the night away, put the date in your diary. A great night once again is guaranteed.

Banada Abbey Bingo

Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot, €1,100 + on 45 calls or less. All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50: 50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

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.

Cloonacool Card Game

The Cloonacool card game moves to the later time of 9 p.m. starting from last week.

Clothes collection

A clothes bag collection will take place in aid of Cloonacool Men's Shed and Cloonacool Community cafe. More details later.


Email Roger McCarrick -

Sligo Champion