Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Tubbercurry

The Strandhill National School Christmas concert
The Strandhill National School Christmas concert

Tubbercurry: Forest Walk Draw - The draw took place last week 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.

Danny Meehan R.I.P.

The recent tragic accidental death occurred of Daniel (Danny) Meehan, late of Tubbercurry. Aged just 51, Danny was a native of Gortahork, Co. Donegal, and after finishing school moved to London as a young adult for work. He worked for Islington Council for about 25 years before he and his partner Mandy decided to move back to Ireland about six years ago for a better quality life. He worked in recent years with McGrath Waste Company. Since moving back they lived in Tubbercurry, firstly at Cnoc na Sí, and in recent years at Mountain View.

Danny loved gardening and could often be seen out voluntarily in public areas of the estates he lived in, either planting hedges and shrubs, or watering and weeding as needed. A quiet spoken man who was always pleasant, he also had a love of all types of music.

His remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home where many friends and relatives of both Danny and Mandy called to pay their respects. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection took place in the Church of St John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery.

Danny is survived by his partner Mandy, daughter Gemma, his mother Gemma, brothers, Tommy, John and Eddie, in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.

Death at any time is sad but one through accident so close to Christmas is very hard, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved. May he rest in peace.

Save Your Sole!

If you want to save your soul, you could attend a church or practice a religion of your choice. However, if you want to save your sole, that is the sole of your shoe, you should call to Eunan McCormack who has recently opened a shoe repair shop at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, next door to Murphy's Hotel. Eunan could be considered a 'Shoe Doctor', and he will give a new lease of life to an old pair of shoes. He attends at weekends - on Friday Evening, all day Saturdays and Sunday Morning.

Kathleen Walsh R.I.P.

The recent peaceful death occurred of Kathleen Walsh (née O'Hara), late of Rhue, Tubbercurry. In her mid 80's, Kathleen was part of the furniture in Rhue for the last 65 years since she married her husband Pake as a young 19-year-old. A native of Gortermone, just a few miles over the road, Kathleen moved to Rhue after her marriage, and she and Pake set up home and farmed their small holding with great enthusiasm. The farm and growing family became the centre of her world, and her infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on all who knew her.

Kathleen took a great interest in sport, and as their family of 10 children grew and got involved in Tourlestrane GAA club, Kathleen was one of their great supporters. She had a great love of hurling as well as football, and she took great pride in her children and later grandchildren representing club and county with distinction.

Kathleen cycled everywhere and never drove a car, and she was renowned far and wide for the great soda bread she baked.

Her remains reposed at the Coen Funeral Home, and people queued for hours to pay their respects to a wonderful woman. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery, just a stones throw away from where Kathleen made her home and reared her family over the last 65 years. She is survived by daughers, Dorothy, Tina and Helen, sons, Mattie, Christy, Pauric, Michael, Brendan, Dermot and Eamon, sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Teresa, brother Eddie, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives, all to whom sympathy of the wider community is extended. May she rest in peace.

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. A great night guaranteed. Happy New Year to all our patrons.

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 the 15th, Saturday and Sunday, February 16, and 17,2019 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 Tubbercurry Dance Class on 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.

Christmas Greetings

As 2018 draws to a close, here at Tubbercurry notes we would like to extend Seasons Greetings, and every good wishes for the New Year ahead to all our readers, and to thank you for your support throughout this year. While Christmas is a Joyous time of year, it can also be a sad time for some, particularly those who are recently bereaved or living on their own, so it might be nice to take time over the festive season to call on neighbours and friends who may be struggling this time of year.


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Do you provide a Local Service, Trade or Class in the Coolaney or Ballinacarrow Area?

If so, you're invited to include your telephone number in the 2019 Coolaney United Local Services Telephone Directory.

This Telephone Directory will be printed and delivered free of charge to every house in the Coolaney and Ballinacarrow area. Contact Jerry O'Grady at 086 8867379 for details.

Our fabulous Gospel Choir will be singing in St. Joseph's Church Rockfield on Christmas Eve 24th December: Children's Mass at 5.30pm and Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 8pm.

The Annual Duck Race will take place on St. Stephens Day at 2pm. Ducks now on sale from the players, coaches, O'Gradys and available on the day down at the river.

Hot and Cold Beverages (mineral, beer, wine etc) and lots goodies like sweets and mince pies from 1.30pm onwards. Come down and enjoy a fun start to St Stephens Day.

Coolaney United Wednesday Night Bonus Ball Draw is to support fundraising efforts for the proposed new Astro Pitch in Coolaney Community park.

Each Bonus Ball is €5 with a weekly prize of €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS on Thursday and Friday's and in O'Grady's shop and Pub the rest of the week. Best of luck to all.

25 Card game has resumed in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9pm. All are very welcome.

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings will continue in Coolaney Community Centre Thursdays at 10.30am. The interactive classes include activities, occasional days out and professional people to give talks and classes.

The Foróige Club meet each Friday evening at Coolaney Community Centre between 7.30pm and 9pm. It is open to all youths aged 13 to 18 years.

For more information contact Mark 086 0740841 or Brendan 087 3964541.

Junior Youth Group meetings are every Wednesday evening at 8pm-9pm in the Coolaney Community Centre for Youths between the ages of 12-15.

Happy Christmas and a very healthy and Peaceful New Year to you all. Keep your notes coming in!

To include notes for next week's paper, please email: or call/text 0877667664.

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

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