DRAMA FESTIVAL LAUNCH
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.
VALENTINE’S CAKE SALE
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.
BLOOD DONATION CLINIC
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.
NORA GALLAGHER R.I.P.
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.
JOHN LAWRENCE R.I.P.
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.
BERNARD SHANLEY R.I.P.
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.
NORTH CONNAUGHT COLLEGE
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 email@example.com.
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.
IRISH ORAL REVISION COURSE
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note new email address.