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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Email Roger McCar­rick – tub­ber­cur­[email protected]­com.net.


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: coolaney­rock­[email protected] 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.

The Strand­hill Na­tional School Christmas con­cert.

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