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Tubbercurry or Tobercurry[2] (Irish: Tobar an Choire[2], 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.[citation needed] The village is currently twinned with Viarmes in France. [3]


Tobar an Choire
Skyline of Tobercurry
Tobercurry is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°03′00″N 8°44′00″W / 54.0500°N 8.7333°W / 54.0500; -8.7333Coordinates: 54°03′00″N 8°44′00″W / 54.0500°N 8.7333°W / 54.0500; -8.7333
CountySligococo.pngCounty Sligo
92 m (302 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceG520114
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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.


The local sports scene comprises Gaelic football and Hurling teams (Tubbercurry GAA), Real Tubber F.C. an association football club, and South Sligo A.C. in athletics. There is a golf course on the town's edge - Tubbercurry Golf Club. Other sports are catered for including Badmintion, Handball and Karate.


Tubbercurry is home to Saint Attracta's Community School, which was opened after the merger of Banada Abbey Secondary School and the Marist Convent. St. Attracta's C.S. was opened in November 2002. It is also home to The Holy Family N.S. primary school.


  • 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.[4] If the Western Rail Corridor is reopened in future it may be reverted.

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  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Tubbercurry". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ a b "Tobar an Choire/Tobercurry". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  3. ^ "Tobar an Choire twinning committee". Tubbercurry Exchange Committee. June 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  4. ^ "Tubbercurry station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  5. ^ "MICHAEL FINGLETON THE CV". Irish Independent. 2004-02-22. Retrieved 2010-04-30.

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