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South Sligo

South Sligo

Where we meet: Family Resource Centre, Mountain Road, Tubbercurry

When we meet: Thursday

Adult Committee: Margaret O’Brien (Chairperson), Marian Gilmartin (Treasurer), Helen O’ Brien (P.R.O), Joan Gallagher (C.P.O),  Eoin Lappin, John White.

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Designated Programme Officer: Edith Geraghty


National Youth Awards 2017




South Sligo resumed club in September 2014 and 41 new members were affiliated. It’s always sad to see the old members move on but lovely to see a new challenge facing us with plenty of new faces to get to know! A busy year ahead planning activities but with the help of our Host and Hostesses a timetable was put in place. Talks on the effects of drink and drugs, cyber bullying and inclusion were put in place and thanks to Stephen Bourke and Con Nolan for some very informative and interesting nights.

Team bonding games, dvd night, bowling, snooker/table football tournaments were among some activities. At Christmas our members did huge work helping out and organising shoeboxes for the ‘Shoe box appeal’ in underprivileged countries. They covered and filled 28 boxes in total and put a smile on lots of Children’s faces in Africa.
The National Youth Awards in Claremorris proved to be a great success where both MaryAnn O Kennedy and David Brennan represented South Sligo as our Host and Hostess and came home with Runners up trophies. A great day was had by all.
The Valentines Ball in Claremorris was a big hit for all Host and Hostesses and great excitement is looming at the moment preparing for the Kilkenny ball.
So far this year our host and hostesses have helped out in our community doing a live crib for the tidy towns committee and the local hall committee. They also helped the chamber of commerce doing face painting at a children’s movie evening.
We had lots of fun recently with a local group of adults with intellectual disabilities who reside in Tubbercurry. Our host and hostesses helped each of the adults play fun bingo followed by a cuppa and chat. Lots of happy and smiling faces left for home after winning lots of yummy Easter eggs! It was a most enjoyable night and we look forward to inviting them back in a few weeks to do a short concert with all our Host and Hostesses showing their talents through music, song and acting.
The Supertalent show in Ballinrobe was full of great surprises where we were successful in getting through to the All Ireland Finals in Limerick with both acts – Colin Marren our Solo Musician and our full group participated in the Musical Cameo section. We look forward to travelling down to Limerick on 16th May after a few more weeks of practicing during club nights. We have some fund raisers organised – church gate collections, raffles, bake sale and again we hope to organise a fun quiz. All this funding helps to subsidise various outings and travel expenses.
We are hoping to arrange an overnight stay at Ox Mountain Adventure Camp in a few weeks and enjoy a lovely BBQ in open air amidst the lovely Ox mountains. Time is moving fast but so far we’ve had a fantastic year and look forward to the next few months where our host and hostesses will be kept on their toes to fulfil all the activities they set out to do last September. ‘Time fly’s when you’re enjoying yourself’!
Our end of year outing is fast approaching and as you can imagine there are lots of great suggestions after our amazing trip to Alton Towers last year……all we need now is to win the lotto!!!

2013/14 South Sligo No Name Club

Another busy year ahead this year with  50 host and hostesses attending each week. Lots of fun and games each night organised by the group. This year the Host and Hostesses decided to split into teams of 10 and take on a month each to organize activities each week. Some of the activities they organised were fun bingo, team games, cinema nights, snooker/table football tournaments, charades and fun table quiz. They also organised a few nights of self defense and picked up many tips from their instructor. Zumba fitness was also on the list.

As last years speakers were such a huge success from Alcoholics Anonymous we decided to invite them again. One speaker was only 3 years older than some of our host and hostesses and listening to her opened their eyes and had a huge impact on them. It was a super night and we very much appreciate both speakers for coming to club to chat with our youth.

The year didn’t go by without getting involved in the National Youth Awards where Rioghnach Ní Bhaoighill and Eamonn Gallagher were voted by their club members to go forward to represent South Sligo in the Regional Youth Awards in Claremorris. Both members did their club proud and came home with runners up trophies. We had a terrific time in Kilkenny at the National Youth Awards and everyone came home exhausted but extremely happy.

The Supertalent was a huge success where our  group were 2nd in the Musical Cameo in Ballinrobe. Two of our hostesses, Chloe Burke playing the flute and Lorna  Byrne solo singing went forward to the all All Ireland in Limerick. Both girls preformed very well on the day. Well done to Chloe who came home winning her category and was awarded an All Ireland Trophy. The year didn’t go amiss without helping out in our community to name but a few :- )

Our host and hostesses helped the tidy towns committee tidy our streets by washing the signposts and picking up litter about the place. They were busy helping the old fair day committee doing numerous jobs helping throughout the old fair week. They helped out as Santa’s elves in the local superstore when Santa came to town and helped out at the local drama festival.

One of the highlights of the year was helping out at the Darkness to Light Suicide Awareness walking in Sligo town where our host and hostesses helped taking in registration fees, and handing out tea shirts. Once work was done they took to the roads and enjoyed the walk starting in the pitch dark and finishing at dawn. A very memorable night to say the least!

A fantastic end of year trip was organised to Alton Towers. Our youth spent the summer fund raising by doing bake sales, monster fun quiz, raffles galore, bag packing and church gate collections. All their hard work paid off and in August, 36 Host and Hostesses boarded a plane in knock, along with 6 leaders and spent 3 nights in Alton Towers Splash Landing Hotel. It was a terrific break away and both youth and leaders had lots of fun and laughter. We had a very successful year and look forward to starting up club again after a little well earned rest but memorable year! 


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News and Pictures: 

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Julie Ross and Aoife Jennings, both members of South Sligo No Name Club, created a dress for the competition which is made entirely from waste electric cables. Read more here.

Members of South Sligo No Name Club Ice Skating before Christmas

Members of South Sligo No Name Club Ice Skating before Christmas

A brief history of our club: 

2012/13 Year in South Sligo N.N.C.

In total we have 75 Host and Hostesses affiliated this year so as you can imagine when everyone turns up, our club nights are hectic to say the least! We have had lots of activity since the club started back which includes some of our talented young Host and Hostesses bringing their musical instruments to sing the night away. Once the Super Talent show starts ye will get a taste of their talent and see how talented they are! More showed how crafty they were at Board games, Charades and showed how artistic they were by making sculptors with spaghetti and marshmallows – you’d be amazed at what they came up with!  We have had a Pizza night, Halloween party. Christmas treat night and New Year cinema night to add to the fun.

One of the highlights of our Club nights so far this year has been when 2 guest speakers came to South Sligo No Name Club from Alcoholics Anonymous telling their life stories which brought a tear to many young listening and some of us Adult leaders so hopefully all will have benefited from listening to their stories. We invited other Clubs in the Western region to join us and were delighted when other Host and Hostesses availed of the opportunity to join us.

Since September the Host and Hostesses have been actively participating with the Community and helped out in the following –

1. The One Act Drama Festival for the Western Drama Group selling programmes and raffle tickets  throughout the week

2. Helping when ‘Santa visited town’ for the Hall Committee taking in money at the door, supervising the bouncy castle, dressing up as Minnie and Mickey mouse, Santa’s elves, and doing face painting

3 Little Red Riding Hood Panto for the Phoenix Players Drama Group helping with ticket selling, programmes and face painting.

…….. So already our young teenagers are helping out big time in the community!

We had Diabetic Nurse Caitriona Coleman visit our club and speak on healthy eating , doing some blood sugars and taking blood pressure of some of our Host and Hostesses with the permission of their parents.  This proved to be very successful and we hope to have another night  with Nurse Caitriona in the near future.

South Sligo have the privilege of hosting the Regional Youth Awards and the RSA Public Speaking Competition this year for the Western region in Cawleys Hotel Tubbercurry.  We are busy preparing for the big day on 9th Feb!

We are also busy practicing for the Super talent show where lots of clubs come together to show their talents.

Our club has accepted Claremorris’ kind invitation to their Valentines Ball so excitement is mounting as the hosts and hostesses look forward to the big night mingling with other No Name Club in our Region.

We hope to have different activities during club nights organised for our youths in the near future – Zumba, Laughter Yoga, Fifa Tournament night, Hair and Beauty night  and many more

Our Host and Hostesses have arranged some fund raisers – a cake sale, church gate collections and bag packing as we need to raise money in order to participate and travel to all the events and mingle with other  clubs. So as you see we are a very busy and active club and hopefully will continue to be so.

So South Sligo have had lots of fun getting to know each other since September and participating in lots of events with other clubs.  We look forwards to the upcoming events for the remainder of the year!


2011/12 Year in South Sligo N.N.C.

Our club meets up in FFR every Thursday from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the club runs from September through to the end of June. We are always delighted to see new members attending each year. Interviews will be in held in September for the coming year.

Adult committee members: Joe Griffin, Marion Gilmartin, Joan Gallagher, Helen O’Brien, Alisha McElhone, Allen Gilhooly, Michael Heylin and Dermot Ryan.

Host for 2012: Colin Marren

Hostess for 2012: Rachael Flannery

Host and Hostesses 2011/2012: Shona O’Dowd, Rachel Flannery, Erin Fahy, Orla Burke, Ross Mc Carrick, Caoimhe Gallagher, Laura Gillespie, Lorraine Mannion, Liam Surlis, Stephen Barrett, Eoin Coleman, Darren Coleman, Sarah Kilcoyne, Colin Marren, Frankie Mc Donagh, Aoife Mc Guinness, Cliodhná Murphy, Muireann Ni Baoighill, Orla Coleman, Micaela  Murray, Marie Brennan, Aisling Henry, Cara Flannery and Niamh Mc Donagh.

Contact: Joan Gallagher on 087-9608592.

Formally known as Tubbercurry No Name Club, South Sligo No Name Club was founded in 2009 and is progressing in leaps and bounds. There are 25 members currently registered in the club ranging from 16 to 18-years-old from Transition Year to Leaving Cert students. All members attend St Attracta’s Community School in Tubbercurry and come from Tubbercurry, Curry, Moylough, Mullinabreena, Lavagh and Achonry.

In the last three years our members have made many friends from No Name Clubs from all over Ireland, by participating in many get-togethers and competitions, such as club discos, table quizzes, karaoke competitions, the National Youth Awards and Supertalent.

Each year the Road Safety Authority, in conjunction with the No Name Club, run a poster and card-making competition. Cliodhná Murphy did us proud and won €200 for the club with her Christmas card creation last year.

During our first year Michael Healy from Mullinabreena and Deirdre Gallagher from Tubbercurry were nominated to represent our club in the Regional Youth Awards in Claremorris. Both did our club proud and came home with runner-up trophies.

Last year Ross McCarrick from Tubbercurry and Niamh Brennan from Chaffpool represented the club as host and hostess. Ross was the overall winner in the Regional Youth Awards and went forward to the National Youth Awards in the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, coming home with the runner-up trophy.

This year Colin Marren from Lavagh and Rachel Flannery from Curry were nominated for host and hostess to represent our club. They too came home with runners-up trophies from the Regional Youth Awards.

The Supertalent show has brought many success to our club. The first year saw the Lundy sisters Jenny and Laura from Rhue come second doing Irish dancing in the regional show and Deirdre Gallagher from Tubbercurry also finish in second place playing piano.

Last year Rachel Flannery, Shona O’Dowd, Erin Fahy, Orla Burke and Niamh Brennan participated by making a terrific film promoting the No Name Club. Their hard work paid off by winning the regional finals, putting them through to the National Finals in Templemore, Co Tipperary, where they were awarded second place, winning a beautiful trophy.

This year Muireann Ni Baoighill and Orla Coleman, both from Tubbercurry, did us proud by winning the regional competition in their respective categories – Muireann, as a solo musician on the keyboard and Orla as a solo dancer doing ballet. Both members will travel with all their supporters and leaders to Templemore to participate in the National Finals on May 12. Good luck to both girls!

The members and leaders have had lots of fun and craic over the last three years doing activities on club nights. Members enjoyed a pancake competition, toasted sandwich making, pizza nights, Hallowe’en parties, cinema nights, board games and stand bingo to name just a few activities!

Each year we finish by having a day out and have gone to different adventure centres such as Bundoran, Westport and Fermanagh doing lots of activities, including paint balling, surfing, banana boating, row boats, archery, rock climbing and abseiling. We end our day with a BBQ and sometimes have fun at the fair.

Each year our members are involved locally in the Western Drama Festival, helping out selling the programmes and raffle tickets during the intervals. Last year some of our members helped out the Tidy Towns committee by painting the walls around the town, but unfortunately due to bad weather had to abandon ship! They were also involved in the Christmas Fair in St Brigids Hall, selling bits and bobs to fundraise.

All our money comes from fundraising within the club, so our members have to do bag packing, church gate collections, cake sales and ticket selling. A big thank you to St Attracts Community School for being so supportive and allowing the club to run some of these events in the school. By fundraising it enables us to travel to the various competitions throughout the year and enjoy our final day out before breaking up for July and August.

In the next few weeks we will be highlighting the importance of staying healthy. We will have lifeguards in to demonstrate some life-saving techniques and pass on some valuable tips in the event of an emergency occurring. Diabetic Nurse Catriona Coleman has kindly offered to give her services to highlight the importance of diet and speak on diabetes to the club. We will also have samples of healthy food to promote healthy eating.

Log onto our Facebook page, South Sligo No Name Club, to view photos and activities and get a taste of what our club is about!