Wednesday 13 November 2019

Around the districts: Skreen-Dromard, Tubbercurry

Sorcha Codd, Kreation Hairdressing, Abbey Street, Sligo was a third place runner-up in the Junior category at the ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards 2019 at the RDS, Dublin. Pictured are: Laura Gethins, ALFAPARF Milano, Sorcha Codd, Kreation Salon, Sligo and model, Amy Lavin
Sorcha Codd, Kreation Hairdressing, Abbey Street, Sligo was a third place runner-up in the Junior category at the ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards 2019 at the RDS, Dublin. Pictured are: Laura Gethins, ALFAPARF Milano, Sorcha Codd, Kreation Salon, Sligo and model, Amy Lavin

Skreen-Dromard: The Diamond Ladies Lunch - The annual Diamond Ladies Lunch in aid of SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust) will take place in the Diamond Coast Hotel Enniscrone on Friday, November 27.

The afternoon will start with a Champagne Reception at 12.15 p.m. and will be followed with the four course lunch at 1 p.m. There will also be a Fashion Show Entertainment Fun and Surprises. Tickets cost €50 For further details or to book contact Geraldine at 087 2738879 or Rachael at 086 - 8860184 or Moya at 087 - 6811781. Coffee morning fundraiser.

The recently held coffee morning fundraiser at the home of Hugh and Helen Kilgallen raised €735 for the North West Hospice. Many thanks to all who supported in any way.

Church of Ireland Clothing Collection

A big thank you to everyone who supported and donated to the recently held clothing collection organised by the Skreen Church of Ireland. All items donated will be used to help people. Your support has been deeply appreciated.

Basketball Camp

The Red Hawk Basketball Club are holding a Basketball Camp in the Skreen-Dromard Community Centre from Wednesday, October 31, to Friday, November 1. The Camp is open to boys and girls with limited numbers of 25 per session. The Camp schedule is as follows - First to third class session - Boys and girls from 9.30 a.m. to midday.

Fourth to sixth class session - Boys and girls from 12.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost of the Camp is €20 for one child €35 for two children and €45 for three children. There is an additional fee of €5 per player for non-Club Members. For further information and to book a place Text 089 7000685 or email with the children's Name (s) and class. Each child should bring a bottle of water and a healthy snack each day. Cake sale fundraiser.

The parents' association of High Park National School are holding a Fundraising cake sale on Sunday next, November 3, in the Skreen-Dromard Community Centre from midday to 1 p.m. Donations of baked goods can be left in to the centre from11 a.m. Refreshments will be served and the funds raised will be donated to the Kennedy Family Trust.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the following families on recent bereavements.

to Vincent James and the James family, Ballinlig, Dromard on the recent death of his wife Connie James (née Brady), late of Ballinlig. Sympathy is also extended to her brother-in-law Hughie James and the James family, Cloonakeemogue, Dromard and to all her relatives and friends in the local area.

to Phil Kelly and the Kelly family, Carrowreagh, Dromard on the recent death of her mother Annie Mary O'Hara (née McNulty), late of Tourlestrane, County Sligo.

to Josephine Acheson and the Acheson family, Leekfield, Skreen; Tony McMunn and the McMunn family, Leekfield, Skreen and Pat McMunn and the McMunn family, Beltra on the recent death of their sister Marie Gallagher (née McMunn), late of Collooney, County Sligo. Sympathy is also extended to all her relatives and friends in the local area.


N17 Consultation

Once again consultations are re-opening on the long awaited proposed new road, running from Knock to Collooney. We were here before, 20 years ago, when extensive consultations and public meetings were held to discuss various options and various proposals for a new N17 roadway. The new route was chosen in or about the year 2000, and development of houses and infrastructure of all types were frozen on or near the chosen route since then.

The chosen route running from Charlestown towards Sligo ran more or less parallel to the existing N17, and by-passed Tubbercurry just along the edge of the western side of the town. From Tubbercurry it moved towards Collooney crossing the existing road around the Tubbertelly/Muckelty area and travelled towards Collooney on the east side of the existing road.

Now the whole route needs to be looked at with a fresh set of eyes to see what new constraints may affect the chosen route. A wide corridor will again be looked at between Knock and Collooney. The previously chosen route may be chosen again, or a new route might be preferred. One thing is for certain a new road is needed very soon as the existing N17 between Curry and Collooney is not fit for purpose. Hundreds of people travel from Tubbercurry and South Sligo every morning and evening to and from work in Sligo, and it is without doubt one of the most frustrating part of anybodies day. Get stuck behind a slow driver, or a trailer or truck and you are in a queue of traffic for 10 miles and can be 10 to 20 minutes late for your appointment or work.

Minor repairs and upgrades continue to be done every year on this road, but it is only scratching around the edges.

A consultation process is now beginning and it is up to all road users and property owners who may be affected to air their opinions and have your voice heard.

Information is available at the National Roads Project Office, Sligo County Council Business Centre, Market Yard, Sligo, from October December 29 12th, 2019.

Cock Pheasant Competition

The annual South Sligo Cock Pheasant of the Day Competition takes place this coming Saturday, November 2, starting at 9 p.m. in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry. Each year thousands of euro is raised at various Cock Pheasant of the day events throughout Co. Sligo and given to Charities. On this Saturday Night, November 2, the South Sligo Event takes place in the Yeats County Hotel in Curry starting 9 p.m.

The Pheasant Shooting season commences November 1 and Birds shot on the opening days are auctioned for charity while the various birds are judged to assess the best in terms of weight, length and plumage.

The public are invited to come along to this year's event in the Yeats County Hotel, Curry to raise money for the Beaumont Hospital, as local parents Michael and Mary Collins are doing a thank you fundraiser for Beaumont Hospital.

Active Retirement

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association members are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Mulled Wine Reception and Buffet Dinner in Cawley's Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 12, at 7.30 p.m. This will be followed by the Launch of our latest book, 'The Way That It Was IV', and Musical Entertainment. We hope that many of our past members and our friends will join us for this special occasion. Cost of the evening is €25. To book, please ring 087 1416991 before Monday, November 4. We will be looking forward to a great community get-together.

Comhaltas News

The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan's on Friday, November 1. Junior session starts at 8.30 p.m. and senior session begins at 9.30 p.m. All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas sessions and bring along your friends.

Margaret Mulkeen r.i.p.

The recent death occurred of Margaret Mulkeen (née Egan), late of Ballymote Road, Tubbercurry.

Aged 77, Margaret was a native of Culmore, Castlerea, and was a proud Roscommon woman all her life. Margaret moved to Tubbercurry in the mid 1960s as a young married woman with her husband Johnny, who came working as a mechanic and car sales man at the Tubbercurry Motors Garage at the top of Teeling Street. Tubbercurry was a very busy town at that time with hundreds of workers in the fledgling Basta and Tool and Gauge.

Johnny and Margaret saw a business opportunity and opened the first chip shop in Tubbercurry on Humbert Street, where the Raffaele Takeaway is now located. Margaret worked hard developing and growing this business as they also lived on the premises, and they ran this very successfully from the mid '60's till the late '70's till they sold to the present owner Raffaele.

The various children were born in those years and while Margaret worked the Takeaway, and reared the children, Johnny was developing his own garage, firstly on Ballymote road behind their new home, and later on the Sligo road where they are still based.

Margaret was always involved in the business decisions along with Johnny and became part and parcel of commercial life in Tubbercurry in those decades.

Over the last 20 years, Margaret had various health challenges which she took in her stride and without complaint. Her mobility failed a lot in the last few years, but her wit and sense of humour never deserted her.

In the last few years she often sat out on the footpath with her mobile chair to chat to neighbours as they passed and to keep up with the news. While all her neighbours on the Ballymote road were good to her, as were her home help people, there is no doubt that her good neighbour Marrietta Gallagher was one of the main reasons that Margaret was able to live in her own house till her death.

Margaret's remains reposed at her house on the Ballymote road, and funeral Mass took place just down the street from her home in St John Evangelist Church. Burial was in Rhue Cemetery.

Margaret is survived by her husband John, daughters, Caroline, Nuala and Patricia, son Shane, in-laws, grandchildren, sisters, nephew, nieces and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May her gentle Soul rest in peace.

Sligo Players honoured

The Sligo players of the victorious Connacht Team of 1969 were honoured recently in Markievicz Park at the Senior County Final. That was a Connacht Team that won the Railway Cup which was a highly prestigious event in that era.

Six Sligo players Liam Caffrey, Cathal Canley (RIP), Mickey Kerins, Jim Collery, Peter James Brennan and Brendan McCauley were all honoured.

Peter James Brennan and Brendan McCauley are now resident in Tubbercurry and thinking of coming out of football retirement to revive the fortunes of some local teams. Jim Collery is a native of Curry and now resident in London and made the trip home especially for the occasion. He conveyed messages to locals that he still reads these notes and follows the fortunes of locals from afar. Jim was a popular teacher in Banada Abbey Secondary School before he emigrated.

Well done to all involved who were an inspiration to following generations of players.

'Tubbercurry 1997' Part one

A DVD featuring short interviews with many of the business people of the town recorded in 1997 is being compiled at present, and will be available at the end of November.

Fr Dan O'Mahoney

Best wishes are extended to Fr Dan O'Mahoney, who has retired recently from his work as Curate in the Cloonacool Church and area.

Fr Dan has been based in Cloonacool over the last 10 years or so and threw himself totally into the local happenings around Cloonacool, as well as helping out in Tubbercurry which is all part of the one parish.

In his younger days after being ordained, Fr Dan was based in Tourlestrane and played football with Tourlestrane GAA Club and indeed won a Senior County Championship medal with them in 1978 starring at full back.

His work over the years took him to various parishes throughout the diocese of Achonry till he landed back in Cloonacool for the last decade or so. Fr Dan also said Mass each weekend in Bailey's Nursing Home, and this gave great comfort to the residents and staff there.

New and young priests are few and far between, and changes in the church will have to take place over the coming years. Our Parish of Cloonacool/Tubbercurry is no different than any other in Ireland, and lay officiation will become more and more the norm till major changes are made by the church Hierarchy.

In the meantime, Fr Martin Jennings is parish priest and doing marvellous work as a one man band, covering the entire parish for Christenings, Deaths, Marriages, sick calls etc.

Best wishes to Fr Dan and continued support will hopefully be given to Fr Martin from all in the parish.

Book Launch

Padraic O'Dwyer of Carnaleck is about to launch a book; his life story. Padraic's book tells the story of his travels in 52 countries around the world over the past 50 years. Some of the intake from book sales will be donated to Sligo Cancer Support Centre. Returning Home by Padraic will have its official launch in Brennan's of Cloonacool on Friday, November 8, at 8.30 p.m. Padraic is issuing a special invitation to attend to his many neighbours and friends in the parish. Light refreshments served.

Parenting Programme

Free four Week Parenting Programme - Shaping Ourselves and Our Children starting November 8 in the FRC This course is for parents/grandparents/carers or those working with young children.

We will explore: Hopes and fears we have for our children and their future, How home shapes our children for the world outside, Self-esteem and confidence, Communication skills - what parents say and what children hear, Learning through play, Respect for diversity and our changing communities. This programme will run from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Free lunch provided. Generous child care allowance for participants.To register for either course please contact Kate at 086 8276055 or email or pm us.


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