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The West­ern Drama Three Act Drama Fes­ti­val Launch takes place in St Brigid’s Hall The­atre at 7.30 p.m. on Fe­bru­ary 15. This year Daniel Davey will launch the 2020 Three Act Drama Fes­ti­val.

Al­ready there is a bril­liant buzz and air of ex­pec­ta­tion for the com­ing drama sea­son. An in­ter­est­ing pro­gramme is planned for the event which kicks off at 7.30 on Fe­bru­ary 15 (Valen­tines Week­end) in St Brigid’s Hall The­atre.

Daniel loves the the­atre, hav­ing been raised the midst of drama in his for­ma­tive years, be­ing a son of re­nounced ac­tor and Di­rec­tor Peter and mul­ti­ple award win­ning ac­tress Eileen. He is de­lighted to launch the fes­ti­val and in­tro­duce the ex­cel­lent pro­gramme of plays on offer in our 2020 WDF which will run March 6 to March 14 – St Brigid’s Hall The­atre at 8 p.m. nightly – see web­site west­ern­dra­mafes­ti­val.com for de­tails.

This will be a fun night where a spe­cial am­biance and Valen­tines magic will be cre­ated by WDF Why not do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year for Valen­tines. We look for­ward to meet­ing you there, take a break from the telly and come out to meet friends and en­joy our wine and re­fresh­ments while chat­ting about the plays. Daniel is au­thor of the book, Eat Up Raise Your Game, and will no doubt take the op­por­tu­nity to offer ad­vice on the op­ti­mum man­ner to cel­e­brate the Valen­tines or any oc­ca­sion while keep­ing an eye on a bal­anced ap­proach to in­dul­gence. This promises to be an in­ter­est­ing evening as the WDF hosts this novel event; no doubt there will be plenty of drama about.


The an­nual Tub­ber­curry Old Fair Day Valen­tine’s cake sale is on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, Tub­ber­curry at 9.30 a.m. (Old Voda­fone Shop). All pro­ceeds are in aid of the 35th Old Fair Day fes­ti­val. All sup­port greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, thank you.


The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) is fight­ing hard to pre­vent the spread of the Corona Virus around the World. One of the Med­i­cal Con­sul­tants, who is fight­ing hard and on TV reg­u­larly is Dr Michael Ryan, who has strong Tub­ber­curry and South Sligo con­nec­tions.

Dr Ryan’s grand­fa­ther was Garda Tom Ryan, who lived in Tub­ber­curry for many years and served as a garda in the town through the 1950s, 60’s and 70’s. Af­ter re­tir­ing Tom con­tin­ued to live in Tub­ber­curry till his death in the 90’s. Dr Michael Ryan is a son of Meta and the late Harry Ryan, who lived in Charlestow­n and Curry. Harry Ryan grew up in Tub­ber­curry but moved to Charlestow­n on mar­ry­ing Meta and they ran ‘The Ship Inn’ there for many years.

Dr Michael Ryan was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Tub­ber­curry in his youth vis­it­ing his Grand Dad Tom Ryan, and it is great to see a South Sligo na­tive to the fore in in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. Meta, his mum still lives in Bel­laghy. Well done to all the Ryan fam­ily.


The next lo­cal Blood Do­na­tion Clinic will be Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in St Brigid’s Hall, Tub­ber­curry. As al­ways, the de­mand for blood con­tin­ues and every pos­si­ble do­na­tion is des­per­ately needed. In­jured and sick peo­ple live be­cause other peo­ple give. Blood is life and giv­ing some is one of the great­est ges­ture of love and care that most peo­ple will ever have chance to avail of. Just to re­mind peo­ple that the ban on blood do­na­tions from peo­ple who lived in the UK has now been lifted. For more in­for­ma­tion visit give­blood. ie.


The re­cent peace­ful death oc­curred of Nora Gal­lagher (née Mullarkey) late of Gold­field, Chaff­pool. Aged 93, Nora was a very sprightly lady who was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Tub­ber­curry to do her shop­ping and in­deed drove her own car to town till she was nearly 90 years old.

A na­tive of the Lav­agh area, Nora moved to Gold­field nearly 70 years ago on mar­ry­ing her hus­band Ed­ward. There she worked on the farm and reared her fam­ily that grad­u­ally came along. She was renowned as an ex­cel­lent cook and baker and her prod­ucts were al­ways a treat on the ta­ble for vis­i­tors. Her hus­band Ed­ward passed away about 15 years ago and Nora con­tin­ued to live in her home help­ing her son Gerry on the farm as best she could, and al­ways help­ing with her var­i­ous grand-chil­dren in Chaff­pool, Tem­ple­boy and Dromard.

Her re­mains re­posed at the fam­ily home where large num­bers called to pay their re­spects to a won­der­ful lady. Fu­neral Mass took place in Moy­lough Church and burial took place in Rhue Ceme­tery. Nora is sur­vived by son Ger­ard, daugh­ters Mary Mul­li­gan (Tem­ple­boy) and Philom­ena Boland (Dromard), in-laws, grand­chil­dren, great grand­chil­dren and re­la­tions, all to whom sym­pa­thy is ex­tended. May she rest in peace.


The re­cent peace­ful death oc­curred of John Lawrence, late of Cloon­agh, Curry. John was a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in the Golf Com­pe­ti­tions of Tub­ber­curry over many years till re­cently, and helped out on course devel­op­ment.

Sym­pa­thies are ex­tended to his wife Mary, daugh­ter Jillian, son John James, in-laws, grand­chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily. May he rest in peace.


Sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to Noel Bar­low on the re­cent death of his nephew Bernard Shan­ley in Manch­ester. Bernard is son of the late May Bar­low, who left Tub­ber­curry for Withing­ton Hos­pi­tal, Manch­ester to train as a nurse in 1946 af­ter the end of World War two.

May Bar­low lived all her work­ing life in the Greater Manch­ester area and was ex­tremely help­ful to other young girls from the West of Ire­land, who sub­se­quently came to Manch­ester to train as nurses or work in other em­ploy­ment. May they rest in peace.


Places are still avail­able on the fol­low­ing mod­ules in North Con­naught Col­lege Tub­ber­curry. Work Ex­pe­ri­ence Tues­day evening from 5.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. and Care Sup­port Tues­day evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Child Psy­chol­ogy will be on a Tues­day 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be start­ing on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 11, de­pend­ing on num­bers. Please con­tact the col­lege for more in­for­ma­tion by phone at 071 9185035 or by email nc­col­lege@msletb.ie.


The lo­cal Ac­tive Re­tire­ment As­so­ci­a­tion have re­sumed ac­tiv­i­ties with Curl­ing in Teach Laighne on Mon­days from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and group meet­ings in the lo­cal Health Cen­tre on Tues­day af­ter­noons at 3 p.m. Bowl­ing, yoga and Book Club con­tinue as usual, with var­i­ous out­ings to be ar­ranged. New mem­bers are very wel­come to join us and en­joy the many so­cial, men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits that the ARA of­fers.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est will be the Well-Be­ing Pro­gramme, given by the HSE, deal­ing with the Five ways of Well-Be­ing, Men­tal Health and Stress Man­age­ment. This course will be cov­ered over two af­ter­noons in the Health Cen­tre and com­mences on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, at 3 p.m. All in­ter­ested are wel­come.

The pop­u­lar an­nual hol­i­day, start­ing on May 31 and for six days/5 nights, is this year based on West Clare stay­ing in the Falls Ho­tel, En­nisty­mon, and with our usual JMG Lux­ury Coach avail­able for all travel and tours. De­posits of €100 per per­son are re­quired by March 1 with full pay­ment by May 1 – to­tal cost is €485. For fur­ther de­tails please ring 087 7720950 or 087 9042319.


There will be a Leav­ing Cert Ir­ish Oral Re­vi­sion Course March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Banada Abbey. To reg­is­ter or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please call or text Siob­hán at 087 4510572.


The Tub­ber­curry Word­smith group meet every Fri­day from 11 to one in the li­brary. All are wel­come to join them. No stan­dard. Just bring a jot­ter and biro –

Work­shop on short story – On Fri­day the 14th the group have or­gan­ised a work­shop on the short story. The fa­cil­i­ta­tor will be Gerry Boland, who has pub­lished a num­ber of books on po­etry and lit­er­a­ture. The work­shop is funded by Sligo county li­brary and it is open to the pub­lic. Time of work­shop is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so come along and en­joy some writ­ing.


Email Roger McCar­rick – tub­ber­cur­rynotes@gmail.com. Please note new email ad­dress.

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