Tubbercurry facts for kids
Tobar an Choire
|Elevation||92 m (302 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||G520114|
Tubbercurry or Tobercurry (Irish: Tobar an Choire, meaning well of the corrie) is the second-largest town in terms of both population and land area in County Sligo, Ireland. It lies at the foot of the Ox Mountains, on the N17 national primary road. Tubbercurry has a very active Tidy Towns Project which is setting out to transform the town's visual appearance. It was one of the first towns in Ireland to be awarded Fair Trade status and is now home to a large Polish community who work in many of the local industries and retail stores. The village is currently twinned with Viarmes in France.
The earliest mention of Tubbercurry is from 1397 when a battle took place in the town between two O’Connor families, the O’Connor Don from Roscommon and the O’Connors from Sligo town. St. Naithí and St Attracta are the patron saints of the area.
Tubbercurry boasts three of the most popular and successful festivals in the West of Ireland - the South Sligo Summer School of Irish traditional music, song and dance, held each year during the second week in July, the Old Fair Day Festival held annually in early August and the Western Drama Festival, held each year in early March. These events attract large numbers of performing artists and cultural tourists from all over the world.
- Currently public transport to the town is provided with a bus service which connects Tubbercurry directly with Galway, Sligo, Castlebar, Westport and Tuam, as well as frequent services to nearby Ireland West Airport.
- The town also has a number of private bus and hackney hire companies.
- Tubbercurry railway station opened on 1 October 1895, closed for passenger traffic on 17 June 1963 and finally closed altogether on 3 November 1975.
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