Turlough News

Posted in Local News on December 8, 2014.

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Text Alert Meeting

Turlough Community and Development Association has arranged a special Community Text Alert meeting in the Turlough Community Centre on Tuesday next December 16 at 9p.m.

Chairman Gerry Carney has arranged with Rowland Mc Intyre at An Garda Siochana for the meeting, to outline the guidelines of the district text alert scheme and be of assistance to the community in its development. The Text Alert programme is designed to facilitate immediate and cost effective communication from An Garda Siochana to the public, to be achieved in a structured and consistent way in conjunction with the existent Community Crime Prevention Programmes of Community Alert, Neighbourhood Watch Group and to establish a local Register of the Elderly. A representative from each household in the Turlough district is invited to this important community meeting.

Local Scenes Christmas Cards

Proceeds from the local scenes Christmas cards in Turlough by Christy Lawless will go to Cancer Care West Inis Aoibhinn Lodge. The cards are on sale in local outlets – Turlough Stores, Ballyvary Post Office, Dey’s Store Ballyvary and Lyons Late n Early, Castlebar. The Lodge provides accommodation to patients undergoing Radiotherapy treatment at UHG Galway. The lodge is located on the grounds of the hospital. It comprises 33 en suite bedrooms and has facilities for a patient’s family member or guest to share. It provides a home from home environment for patients while they are having radiotherapy which is administered on a daily basis for an average 6 to 7 weeks. Patients are looked after at the lodge by aprofessional, caring, friendly and compassionate staff that look after their every need. During patients time there they can avail of the facilities of two recreation rooms, library, internet access, music facilities, television and games. Each bedroom has a telephone, television/DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and the rooms are climate controlled. Breakfast and evening tea are provided for residents and their guest. Patients can also avail of the free car park attached to Inis Aoibhinn. Patients from long distances in counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and Carlow have availed of the accommodation since it opened in 2007. There is no cost to the patient or their family member or guest. Inis Aoibhinn is a registered charity and donations are always welcome.

Medal Winners

Parke ladies were medal winners at the Mayo Sports Partnership 2014 regional Indoor Bowls Boccia competition held last week at Breaffy GAA Sports Hall, three teams from the area of Turlough and Parke represented the Young at Heart club, competing in this regional competition.
The Parke ladies team of Maureen Walsh, Teresa Devaney and Mary Durcan, managed by Eileen Tolan were the silver medal winners loosing out by one point to Trophy winners No. 1 Ballina.


Parke Drama Group present the Michael Ginnelly drama, Thy Will Be Done, at the Linenhall, Castlebar – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY on December 17 and you are requested to please forward this information to friends, family, work colleagues and anyone you can think of, so get the word out.
Parke Arts & Drama Group is now in its 7th consecutive year of stage productions, previous productions included Pretend Sick & A Wake in the West by Michael J Ginnelly, Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree, Fortunes & Misfortunes & Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary and Drinking Habits by American playwright Sam Smith in 2014.
Parke drama has also performed at the Claremorris fringe festival.
In 2012, the group were invited to perform at the TF Royal for three nights and in 2014 we took ‘Drinking Habits’ to the Linenhall Arts Centre for two nights. Also in 2014, they were invited to perform at the Luton Irish Centre for two nights over St Patrick’s weekend.
Parke Drama Group was the 2010 winners of the EBS community award ‘for making a difference in our community’ and in 2012 won the Mayo Amateur Drama Award from Mayo Co. Co.

The Group has also contributed over €6,000 to Charity since being established. Among those to benefit have been: Western Alzheimer’s, Hospice Uganda, Parke NS, Enable Ireland, Mayo Autism Action, Japanese Tsunami Appeal (through the Irish Red Cross) and Parke Community Centre Extension Programme.
The Group is delighted to have been in a position to make such donations and is grateful for the support of its audiences and our sponsors in making such donations possible.

Parke Hall Festivities

The Traditional call ‘To Deck the Hall in Holly’ will be featured in the Parke Hall Festivities, on Sunday, December 14, festivities in the new community hall in Parke.
You will have Christmas Carols, Santa in his Grotto with lots of music, featuring Traditional, Ballad, Classical Singing and Instrumental Music, with a festive afternoon tea served by the elves.
Cost you €5, children €3 so bring a friend and stay as long as you want.

Big Card Game

Jimmy Doherty and Martin Mc Donnell, organizers at Turlough weekly card game at Turlough Community Centre tell me that Turlough has arranged a special charity card night this Wednesday December 10 in aid of The Irish Guide Dogs Association and the Irish Wheel Chair Association.
Both groups missed out on the earlier this year in the Turlough list of charity events and the card club are now making a special charity card game night at the Turlough Community Centre and all the regular players and friends are invited to come along for this great evening in Turlough.
This will be a 25 drive game of partners and the club has arranged for spot prizes on every game and a giant raffle for valuable prizes, admission is €10 and you will be supporting two great national charity organizations. First game is at 8-30p.m and the prize winners will be recorded in the local media.

Turlough Christmas Cards

Turlough XL Stores and Ballyvary Post Office have a lovely selection of local Christmas Cards now on sale, featuring a selection the delightful Turlough winter scenes, skilfully photographed by Christy Lawless, in his production of a range of quality greeting cards for the Christmas post.
The Christmas Cards with Photo Shots of Turlough Village include a night scene of Turlough Round Tower and a snow scene of Turlough Park House winter setting highlighting the National Museum, are greeting cards that will be treasured when received by any Turlough exile away from home.
A very special card scene is the Turlough Park woodland snow scene, a setting for the famous bronze sculpture ‘Counselor 11’ by Brother Joseph Mc Nally, a sculpture presented to Ireland by Singapore, in recognition to the contribution made by Ballintubber born, Brother Mc Nally to education in Singapore and Malaysia, a great Christmas Card to send to any part of the world.
All proceeds from those Christmas sales will support the western cancer care fund.

Genealogy Group

The Mayo Genealogy Group will meet in National Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park on Saturday, December 13, for the last monthly meeting of 2014.
The Mayo Genealogy Group, in conjunction with the National Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park, are compiling a list and record, titled 101 Mayo people of the past century, to have those life stories available on the genealogy web page, www.ouririshheritage.org.

Many Mayo people have been recognized for their various achievements and several of these Mayo people have biographies and articles recorded about their lives in Mayo and abroad.

Mayo Genealogy Group would like to include the stories of some not so famous people, whom the members would like to acknowledge in this project.
They would also like to invite contributions to the collection in order to celebrate and remember those who have passed; every life story deserves to be told; we will add new people on an ongoing basis.
If you feel that your family member/s have a story to tell please contact us via mayogenealogygroup@gmail.com

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or check out how we have got on so far by visiting http://www.ouririshheritage.org/category/101_mayo_people.

December Music

Turlough Inn has arranged a great selection of musicians to provide the December music and for the Christmas entertainment in Turlough.
Padraig McNella is on stage on Saturday December, 13, followed by Paul Watchorn on Saturday, December 20.
The Christmas holiday music is in the capable hands of, Kevin Durcan on Friday Dec. 26, Gerry Carney on Saturday Dec. 27 and Ray Lynam will ring out the old year on Wednesday, December 31.

Card Game

Last weeks winners at Turlough Card Game were:
First, Mgt. Mc Redmond and Breda Bent.
Second Tom Heneghan and Paddy Kelly.
Third, John Durkan and Martin Sweeney, Bridie Mc Dermott and Jimmy Coffey, Eileen Donnelly and Paddy Mc Dermott, Eileen Pigott and Mary Gavin, Mgt. Waters and Gerald Heneghan, Cathal Hennelly and Mattie Mc Ellin.
Best Last Ten. Evelyn Coffey and Mary Nolan.
Raffle, Mike Sheridan and Mgt Mc Redmond, John Durkan and Martin Sweeney, Mattie Mc Ellin and Cathal Hennelly, Mgt. Mc Donnell.
Quiz winner , Cathal Hennelly.
Everyone is invited to the Big 25 Card Drive on Wednesday, December 10 in aid of Irish Guide Dogs and the Irish Wheel Chair Association in Turlough Community Centre.

Christmas Dinner

The Young at Heart Group the Christmas with dinner and good conversation at the Bay Leaf Restaurant in Horkans Lifestyle and Garden Centre last Thursday and their group enjoyed the good food, the festive spirit and the wonderful Christmas settings at the Bay Leaf and at Horkans.

Christmas Toy Display

The Christmas programme at Turlough Park includes a toy display and children’s activity area as well as events ranging from making Christmas decorations and cards to carol singing and playing music.
During December you can see a charming display of festive artefacts – from the archives which will evoke memories of Christmases past with the toy-shop display of pre-loved toys.
Turlough Park has a Christmas greeting tree and children activity area where the young folk can relax beside this amazing tree which was designed by Mayo Art-Squad and take in the festive atmosphere while children colour and play with traditional games.
The Christmas Past programme lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and come celebrate the festive season with a crafty range of family activities at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. The programme includes a Christmas toy display and children’s activity area as well as events ranging from making Christmas decorations and cards to carol singing and playing music. Remember it’s all completely FREE!


On Saturday December 13 activity has drop-in-activity of a Christmas Card programme of Cards design and make your own Christmas cards inspired by the designs on examples from the Museum’s collections. On Sunday December 14 the activity is Christmas Felt Wreath making.
Join textile artist and designer Susan Basler to make your own unique Christmas wreath for the festive season. Perfect for adding that extra special touch to your homes festive flair. You can get in the Christmas spirit on Thursdat December 18, put on that Santa hat and join the Foxford National School Band for our annual Christmas carols sing-along. No booking required.


Stepping Stones Pre-School, Breaffy is now taking enrolments for September 2015 and onwards. Stepping Stones has just opened a beautiful new purpose built playground.
You can contact Bernadette by phone 0879450762, email bmcm.frazer@gmail.com or you can find us on facebook Stepping Stones Pre-School, Breaffy.

On Saturday December 6, you can join-in a Drop-in Activity of the Christmas Programme of Music Circle to practice, share and play traditional tunes and songs, with no booking required, this a family event.


Set Dancing Classes continue in Crimlin Community Hall on Mondays at 8.00 p.m. Everyone welcome, beginners and improvers.
Good night of fun and fitness is to be had.


Anyone wishing to book Parke Community Hall for meetings or events should contact Noreen Quinn on 087 – 2318563.

Parent and Toddler Groups

Turlough Community Centre on Tuesdays and Crimlin Community Centre on Thursdays are the locations for gatherings of parent and young toddler for the great fun packed morning.
The Tuesday morning gathering in Turlough Community Centre, of parents and children is a hive of activity and a great opportunity for children to have social interaction and playtime.
The Turlough Centre is an ideal location for the mums /dads to meet for a coffee and a good chat.
The Turlough parent and baby group are currently requesting any donations of good quality toys and if you would like to make donations of toys please drop them to the community centre Turlough on Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 p.m.


Parke Ladies Club have recommenced for the winter and will meet in Parke Community Hall and will meet every second Monday.
New members are welcome and old members are welcome back


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