The Achonry- Mullinabreena Parish committee will have their next meeting on Tuesday, September 5, in the Parochial House at 9 p. m.
Congratulations to all the local musicians who represented South Sligo at the recent all- Ireland Fleadh in Ennis. Results: Sinéad Johnston, first mandolin and third banjo age 12- 15. Aoife Johnston, second duet and first trio age under- 12. Ciara Lee, first trio age under- 12. Congratulations again to all involved including tutors and parents on a memorable week.
ST NATHY’S LADIES
Good luck to the St Nathy’s Ladies, who play in the Sligo senior championship final on September 16.
NACE O’DOWD PARK
Nace O’Dowd park is open again for activity with matches played there over the last few weeks. Many thanks to the hard working club committee for making this happen and to all the businesses who have come on board as park sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities still remain.
We are very proud now to have a top class facility available to the park users. Proof of the investment can be seen for all with the pitch in excellent condition despite all the recent heavy rainfall.
Coolaney- Mullinabreena GAA are currently running their annual club draw fundraiser with great Hotel Getaway prizes to the value of € 1,500 on offer this year. Tickets, at € 10, are available from all committee members, coaches and senior players. Your support is greatly appreciated for this crucial fundraiser. The draw will take place on Sunday, September 10.
Coolaney- Mullinabreena GAA are thrilled to announce the confirmation of an event sure to have a huge appeal near and far. A major rock gig headlining the superb talents of Sligo musicians, Shane McGowan, Séamie O’Dowd and Kieran Quinn will take place in St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry on Friday, October 27. This brilliant trio of legends are widely renowned and tickets are sure to be in great demand.
All proceeds go towards the park development fund. So save the date and be sure not to miss out. More details in the coming weeks.
There will be a blood donation clinic in St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, on Thursday, September 7, from 4.30 p. m. to 8 p. m. As always the call goes out and Blood is in short supply and everyone who can should consider donating.
It is a wonderful act of caring for others; a genuine gift of life to a person in desperate need. Someone will live because you give. Within three weeks of do- nation you can be assured your blood will have assisted in saving someones life. No greater gift is possible.
Sophia Housing Tubbercurry are hosting a Bric A Brac sale every Thursday between August 3 and October 26 Open 2 p. m. to 5 p. m. All support welcome.
Social dancing in St Nathy’s Hall every Monday at 8 p. m. for beginners and 9 p. m. for all others.
Contact All correspondence can be sent to ollielee@ hotmail. com. Phoenix Players. All Proceeds are in aid of the Concern Famine in East Africa Relief Appeal.
Drummartin Country Market ( 9km out the Ballina road from Tubbercurry, on right besides Joe Dan’s Pub) is open every Saturday, from 10.30 a. m. to 12.30 p. m.
As usual they have a fantastic range of home baked goods, free range eggs, organic dexter beef, organic lamb and organic vegetables by Crimlin Farm, Rose’s plants, wood turned products, Jackie’s baskets and many other crafts from knitted to printed.
Also they have a wonderful coffee shop for tea, coffee and cakes. Look forward to seeing you there. Find them on facebook. com/ DrummartinCountryMarket
Bingo is played every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey. € 1,600 guaranteed payout every night, full house € 200 on flier game and € 150 on last game. New 50: 50 draw each night. First game at 8.30 p. m.
GYM/ FITNESS STUDIO
Abbey Gym and Fitness Studio at Banada Abbey, consists of a fully equipped gym and full timetable of classes, with all age groups catered for. For more details or to book your place email abbeygymbanada@ gmail. com.
The Aclare Community lotto is now € 5,800. Tickets are available from Kennedy’s Supermarket, Aclare and from any ADC member.
If anyone wishes to put in local news please send an email to banatourlocalnotes@ gmail. com by 9 p. m. on Thursday evening. act of caring for others; a genuine gift of life to a person in desperate need. Someone will live because you give. Within three weeks of donation you can be assured your blood will have assisted in saving someone’s life. No greater gift is possible.
EDDIE BRENNAN R. I. P.
The recent death occurred of Eddie Brennan, late of Emmet Street, Tubbercurry. Aged 85, Eddie was an easy going, soft spoken and jovial character who always saw the good in everybody and everything. Eddie was a painter by profession and over his life time he painted in most of the houses of South Sligo and Tubbercurry, along with his father Pakie in the early years, and also with his brother Bernie.
Living two doors from St Brigid’s Hall all his life, he was a young teenager when St Brigid’s Hall was developed and opened in the 1940s as a dance hall and theatre, and it was natural that he partook in all the activities of that great facility.
The Showband scene and dancing to live music was big in the ‘ 40’ s and ‘ 50’ s, and Eddie was drumming in the great local band the Cleffonaires. Many members of the Cleffonaires went on to play in other show and jazz bands, including the Jazz Lads – Paraic Potter, Carl Neilson and Mickey Brennan, who all ‘ cut their teeth’ with Eddie Brennan and the Cleffonaires.
Due to early morning starts in his painting profession, Eddie had to retire from the band scene, but all through his life he enjoyed live music in St Brigid’s Hall or in the singing/ dancing lounges locally. He also loved the atmosphere generated by the South Sligo summer School over the last 30 years.
While never having played much Gaelic football, he was an avid fan of Sligo and Tubbercurry teams, and was always aware of the local and national starts and teams.
Eddie’s remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home prior to removal to the Church of John the Evangelist, Tubbercurry, and burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. He is survived by his brothers Bernie and Seán, sisters, Sr. Mary ( S M) and Agnes, brother in law, Martin, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces, relatives and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.
The yellow lines beside the pedestrian crossing at Surlis SuperValu are still being parked on by cars and vans on a daily basis. Drivers must realise that this is a most dangerous practise as it impairs motorists’ views of pedestrians stepping out onto the crossing. The Gardaí issue parking tickets on a daily basis to offenders parking on the yellow lines and this practice of parking near the crossing must stop.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Many South Sligo and Tubbercurry natives living abroad were at home visiting relatives during the month of August. A number of them advised the writer that they always keep up with the local news through the Tubbercurry notes in the Sligo Champion. It is encouraging to hear that local correspondents play such a role.
One local family that had a reunion was the Scanlon family from Carrentubber. This comprises the sisters of Bridie Kirrane, Carrentubber, who live in various parts of the USA and England. They include Kathleen Keady, Winnie Feeley, Ann Ferguson and Mary Scanlon, who emigrated in the 1950s, but always still call Tubbercurry home. They are already planning their next get together,
We will be starting the new term with our range of one year courses suitable for adults and school leavers on September 4. You are welcome to apply and come in for advice and information about options for qualifying for a career to suit you – no points requirement just interest and enthusiasm. Our website gives details and an online application system but you can also call in any time during the day from August 21 and receive a friendly welcome.
The first meeting of the association for the autumn/ winter session will be held in the Health Centre at 8.30 p. m. on Tuesday, September 12, New members are very welcome. You will hear of our plans for the coming months.
The Historical Dublin Tour, organised by the local Active Retirement Group, is now fully booked out, with a waiting list for cancellations. We would like to thank all who booked so promptly. The coach will leave Tubbercurry, Teach Laighne car park, at 8.30 a. m. on Monday, September 18, and we are all looking forward to a few enjoyable days together.
TUBBERCURRY GUN CLUB
Local Gun Clubs do great work in helping farmers and bird enthusiast’s control vermin such as foxes, mink, magpies, and grey crows. Various gun clubs are also involved in habitat development and preservation.
Tubbercurry gun club recently held their annual vermin competition and the winning team was that of Christy Wimsey, Second was team Michael Conway and third was team Alan Flynn. Work in now starting already for next year’s event.
The Rhue Cemetery Committee would like to express their sincere thanks for the generosity of the recent gate collection. The amount collected was € 1,315. This money will go towards the upkeep of the cemetery.
Led by Spiritual Director, Fr Martin Jennings, our pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from September 27 to October 4. Return flights from Knock, including full religious programme and return airport transfers to Medjugorje. Half board accommodation provided in a private house. For more information contact Breda Durkin at 071 9186123 or 087 1873703.
Single hand 25 card game every Sunday night in St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. Starting at 8.30 a. m.
Looking for some crafty time? Why not come and join the Tubbercurry Women’s Group. We meet every Wednesday from 5.30 p. m. till 8.30 p. m. at the community room at the Tubbercurry library. We’ll be delighted to see you.
Email Roger McCarrick – tubbercurrynotes@ eircom. net.
Pictured at the presentation of a cheque of € 14,224.78, proceeds from a recent charity cycle held in June in memory of the late Fiona Lee were ( from left) John Prunty, Levin Mc Morrow, Rose Tully, Tom Heneghan, Melanie Plesker Sheerin and Maureen Durcan from Sligo Cancer support centre, Dominic Quinn, Con Lee, John Molloy, Willie O Neill, Gary Rooney.