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Dr Reilly reneges on promise By Gerry McLaughlin


INE Gael Health Minister James Reilly has apparently given the kiss of death to the breast cancer services at Sligo General Hospital. The Minister did not do it publicly, but left one non-government local representative who attended a meeting in little doubt about the traumatic, but predictable outcome. Today we can reveal the real reasons why breast cancer services may not be restored to Sligo General Hospital despite the heroic efforts of the cancer campaigners. The reasons are not new but they appear to represent the actual position of the Minister for Health as opposed to the public one. In a public statement Minister Reilly said: "following today's(Thursday) cross party meeting with representa-

tives from the Sligo area I wish for the sake of clarity to confirm that while there are no immediate plans for the return of breast cancer surgery to Sligo General Hospital, the matter remains under review." The Minister added that he was pleased to announce that the hospital will have full colonoscopy services and two radiographers will be appointed later this year which will allow for the resumption of mammography services. Another oncologist will also be appointed. He will also review matters if UCHG is unable to cope with the workload as he is "not completely ruling out the return of services". But what the Minister did not tell the public, were the clear set of reasons which he gave to a meeting explaining why the services will not be coming back to Sligo.

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News Omagh cyclists heading for Sligo this Friday SLIGO is preparing for an invasion of cyclists this weekend when almost 150 members of the Omagh St. Enda's GAA club come to town. The Co. Tyrone cyclists will be staying in Sligo on Friday evening, July 1 after completing the first leg of their 153 miles journey from Galway to Omagh as part of a major fundraising effort for youth members of their club and for the Palliative Care Unit at the Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh. The 146 cyclists will be arriving in Sligo in groups from 4.30pm, travelling via the N17 and stopping off at IT Sligo. Motorists are asked to take particular care and attention as some minor delays are expected when they make their way through the town. Having travelled through Tubbercurry, Ballincarrow and Collooney on their way to Sligo, they will continue their journey back to Tyrone on Saturday morning via Rathcormack Grange, Cliffoney and Bundoran, after leaving Sligo between 10.30am and 11.15am.

Book of personal stories launched "SILENT Voices" contains 28 personal stories recounting the impact of the Troubles and Partition on the lives of people from or connected to Sligo It also contains some stories from people who have fled from conflict in other parts of the world and come to Sligo to seek refuge or asylum. The book was launched by RTE's North West correspondent Eileen Magnier, who said "On the one hand we have the historical fasts, so to speak... we know the headline makers and we all have our own little stories but, deep down we knew nothing of those who were intrinsically involved through accident of birth, family tradition or geographical proximity. "Now Silent Voices opens a door on the lives of those people, it reveals the complexities of their lives their emotions, the sad and serious sides, the funny and ridiculous sides - real life." The book is now available in bookshops locally. More images and details on the launch will be published in the Sligo Weekender next week.

Patricia Curran-Mulligan and Ivan Gawley at the launch of "Silent Voices".

Minister tells deputies of hard financial facts Continued from page 1 Minister Reilly told local deputies John Perry, Tony McLoughlin, Senator Imelda Henry, Susan O'Keeffe and Sinn Fein's Michael Colreavey that a lot had changed since he called for the restoration of the cancer services, according to Mr Colreavey. On March 29th 2010 Dr Reilly told cancer campaigners in a meeting in Sligo Park Hotel that he would restore the services when in power. He said he was "more than satisfied that cancer services could be satisfactorily delivered to the region where Sligo General Hospital would be a satellite of Galway". And he told the same meeting that breast cancer services WILL be restored within a year of

Fine Gael taking power. Mr Colreavey said he ended up at last Thursday's meeting by chance after meeting the Minister in a corridor in Leinster House. "The Minister said it was nearly two years since the services were taken out and the longer the services were removed, the more difficult it would be to return them," said the Sinn Fein deputy. "The Minister said that the specialist clinical opinion available to him through the Cancer Control Programme did not support the restoration of cancer services at Sligo General Hospital. "He said he could not ignore such expert advice." Mr Colreavey said that apart from the IMF/ECB it was the same arguments that previous

Health Minister Mary Harney put forward for terminating the services which were removed in August 2009. The only chink of light for the cancer campaigners was that the Minister "promised" a review if University College Hospital Galway was unable to cope with the workload. Mr Colreavy said that Dr Reilly and Fine Gael had made an unconditional promise to restores the services, immediately before the Election. "That's the promise they need to carry out." Meanwhile cancer campaigner Deirdre O'Sullivan said they were disappointed but "not surprised". "We have been dumped out on the scrap heap now that the election is over.

"Remember all those Fine Gael and Labour politicians telling us if it was their party that was treating the region the way Fianna Fail was, they would resign immediately. The hypocrisy is sickening." But Ms O'Sullivan vowed that the campaign will not go away. "We are here for the long haul and we are there to remind our local politicians of their broken pledges at every opportunity. "They can hide all they like and scurry around corners in the Dail but their day will come. "They will have to face the people of the North West again and the cancer campaign that they so disgracefully latched onto for their own self interest will be here waiting for them. Our day will come too."

Claims that heroin crisis has hit Sligo By Gerry McLaughlin


LEADING crime writer has claimed that Sligo has a major heroin problem. Paul Williams made the claim at a cross-border criminology conference in Sligo IT. Mr Williams said that Sligo was becoming a major centre for heroin. “Like many other towns heroin is becoming quite a major problem in Sligo. “It is a real scourge but it shows that if the demand is there then it will be supplied.” This newspaper exclusively revealed the existence of heroin in Sligo back in 1997. Meanwhile crime writer Williams said that the Sligo had its share of gangland killings also.

“There’s a lot of money to be made from selling drugs and it attracts a lot of ruthless individuals. “Sligo has had some gangland killings and has links to all the major players involved in the drugs trade. “There are connections between Sligo and all the major national players which include the McCarthy Dundon gangs in Limerick and the Don in Dublin, who was killed.” And Mr Williams warned that drug gangs may step up their activities as the recession bites deeper. “These gangs are always thinking up ways to make more money. “A lot of the focus is on the banks and the impact that has had on the country but the criminals may step into this vacuum at a time when we also have a reduction in the number of gardaí”.


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Dip at Dunmoran to deliver €100,000 BRAVING THE ELEMENTS: Wilomena Callaghan and her Chihuahua Richard, from Belturbet, Co. Cavan, at the female section of the ‚ “Dip in the Nip” at Dunmoran Strand, Co. Sligo, yesterday, in aid of cancer research. Photo: Frances Muldoon / PicSell8


HE organisers of last Saturday’s Dip in the Nip hope that the final figure raised will reach the €100,000 mark. Over three-hundred women and forty-five men peeled off all and took to the water at Dunmoran Strand early on Saturday morning. This was an increase of 190 on the turnout last year. The west Sligo venue was kept secret and was only revealed to participants the night before the event. The men used a section of the beach a little bit away from the women. Organiser Máire Garvey said afterwards: “Between us, we are committed to raising €100,000 by July 29. We are well on the way, and I have been blown away by the amounts that many others have raised”. Máire said the sense of adventure and fun was palpable on the beach before the big event. “We had live music from some of the Celtic Fringe musicians and a

DIP: Labour Senator, Susan O'Keeffe, who took part in the, “Dip in the Nip” at Dunmoran Strand, Co. Sligo, yesterday, in aid of cancer research. Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

Zumba class led by one of the dippers to get everybody warmed up before running into the unseasonally cold North Atlantic. “Source Sligo served up a great breakfast afterwards, with sausages courtesy of Gilligans Meats and bread rolls from O'Hehirs Bakery”. Many of the dippers headed off to the Sligo Park Hotel, where Sile Seoige was doing her first outside broadcast of her Newstalk Shenanigans Show. Sile, who is the Dip in the Nip’s first Ambassador, was presented with a bespoke slate Dip in the Nip clock by local crafstwoman, Louise Carroll. Funds from this year’s dip will go towards buying a €12,000 piece of equipment for cancer patients at Sligo General Hospital. The Irish Cancer Society will also benefit as will the Drogheda Cancer Research & Education Trust.

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WINGING IT: The female section of the “Dip in the Nip” at Dunmoran Strand, Co. Sligo, yesterday, in aid of cancer research.

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News Pamela on last days in Sligo THESE are likely to be the last days in Sligo for Pamela Izevbekhai and her two daughters. Ms Izevbekhai lost her final battle to remain here with the rejection of the European Court of Human Rights of her claims that her rights had been violated. The Nigerian woman and her two daughters Naomi and Jemima arrived in Sligo in 2004 seeking asylum. Her legal battle to remain in Sligo has involved more than 20 appearances in the High Court and a number of cases in the Supreme Court. It is estimated the cost of the cases is in excess of €1 million. Meanwhile her daughters Naomi, now aged 10 and Jemima aged 8 have been attending the Mercy Primary School at Pearse Road. Pupils said they had made many friends there. Ms Izevbekhai's fight to stay in Sligo was based on her claims the girls would face female genital mutilation if they had to return home to Nigeria. However, these claims were rejected by the courts. It is customary in deportation cases that deportees are brought to Dublin and held their until a number of them are ready to be flown out of the country together.

Planting containers A SPECIAL 'Planting up Containers' event will take place at Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre, Boyle this Saturday, July 2 at 2pm with a special emphasis on plants suitable for graves.

HSE face backlash over decision not to retain consultant T

HE management of Sligo General Hospital are facing a backlash as they attempt to replace a well-respected gynaecological consultant at the hospital. Already a petition and an online Facebook campaign have been launched to force the hospital's management into a U-turn on its decision not to renew the contract of Dr Raolf Sallam. Dr Sallam, who has studied in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as his native Egypt, has been working at the hospital for four years, but was informed last month that his contract would not be renewed at Sligo General Hospital and that he is required to finish up in July. The news prompted current and former patients of Dr Sallam as well as many of his colleagues in the hospital to sign a petition calling for his contract to be extended. And when the news was made public last week, many patients contacted Ocean FM to describe the very high regard in which Dr Sallam is held. "My oldest daughter wouldn't be alive only for Dr Sallam," one father told the Sligo Weekender. "My wife was labour for over 13 hours and Dr Sallam had to per-

Dr Raolf Sallam. form an emergency C-section." Dr Sallam was initially appointed as a locum in 2007 in Sligo General. He established a quick and friendly rapport with both staff and patients and has his own successful private practice. However, under HSE guidelines, he cannot be the attending obstetrician/gynaecologist for one if his private patients if he is

not working in the hospital, meaning many of his private patients will have to deliver their children without his help. Dr Sallam is regarded as one of the most qualified obstetricians in the country, with qualifications from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, from Wales University, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and from Zagazig University in Egypt. He is one of only a handful of coloposcopists in this country also, and the lead coloposcopist in Sligo General. His supporters have claimed that political motives in the HSE management are behind the decision not to award Dr Sallam a new contract. That decision has provoked some emotional responses from Dr Sallam's patients, current and former, as well as his fellow medical professionals. The Facebook page set up to campaign against his removal has several comments from staff who worked with Dr Sallam. One consultant said: "I'm a better doctor for having been fortunate enough to train under Dr. Sallam. "I can't believe that a clinician

with his credentials, experience and amazing bedside manner has not had his contract renewed. "He trained me and many other doctors, taught us diligently and with extreme passion, showed us that at all times your patient is your top priority, that honesty, diligence and hard work are what makes a good doctor." Another post, from a patient, read: "He is the most fantastic, caring, down to earth and approachable doctor I have ever known and only for him our baby may not even be here now." Echoing those views, another said: "Dr. Sallam has guided us through a heart breaking time in our lives. He gave us hope and encouragement and was always positive and caring. I have never experienced such professionalism and genuine care from a doctor before." The HSE have confirmed that Dr Sallam's contract will cease at the end of July, the same time as another gynaecologist/obstetrician will take up the post, giving a complement of three gynaecologists at the hospital. You can show your support for Dr Sallam via Facebook by searching "Save Dr Sallam".

Search is on for ‘Face of Sligo’ THE Face of Ireland show will be coming to the Clarion Hotel on Sunday next and it is expected to be an evening of glitz and glamour when ladies from all over Sligo will be competing to become the new ‘Face of Sligo’. The Competition, now its fifth year, is being brought to Sligo for the first time with support from local businesses

Salon 2, The Clarion Hotel, Sharon McCormack Makeup artist and Feehily’s Florists in Sligo. Twenty ladies from the entire region will be put through the paces by Television personality Deric Hartigan from Tv3 and a host of well known judges including celebrity DJ and Television personality Nikki Hayes, Eamon Horan and Audrey McGrath

from RTE will be the judges on the evening. The idea behind the Face of Ireland is to find a new ambassador, firstly for their county and then the successful candidates who will be selected in Sligo will go forward to the National Finals in Dublin in October to compete with 32 other ladies from around the country. Speaking ahead of the

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for an event due to be aired later in the year and local people from Sligo wishing to get involved or purchase tickets may do so by logging onto The evening will commence with a drinks reception and light entertainment at 7pm and there will be special guests and performers on the night.

Strandhill Show this Saturday SOMETHING for everyone is promised at the 15th Strandhill Show on Saturday July 2. The show at Lisheen, 'jumps' off at 10am in both the horse and pony arenas. There is a competitive range of classes with a large prize fund. The craft fair hosts its usual interesting mix of traditional crafts together, with a display of handcrafted gifts and foods. There will be demonstrations of butter and boxty making, straw weaving, pottery making, woodturning. And a special attraction this year will be the tinsmith. Enhancing the fair will be interesting displays of pottery, photographs and a varied selection of organic and handcrafted food and gifts. The fair opens at 12 noon. The dog show starts at 1.30pm, entries are taken from 12.30. Judging of the classes in home baking, eggs, jams, vegetables, flowers, photography and art takes place at 1pm. The Farm Tasks competition will be reintroduced this year and on the music and entertainment front, there is an afternoon of Irish and Sean Nos dancing while DJ Scruffy Duffy will be spinning some records. For the children there is an activity area with a slide, obstacle course, bouncy castle, merrygo-round and face painting. There will be one fee charged of €5 per child which will allow a child to play on all activities all afternoon. Ample car-parking will be provided provided.

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Medals for Sligo’s Megan S

EVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD, Megan Fahy from Tonnaphubble, is the pride of Sligo after she won Silver in the 100-meter sprint at 18th World Transplant Games held in Gothenburg, Sweden. After what was a very exciting contest and a splendid performance from Megan, she was placed second. Megan also shares a bronze medal for a 4 x 100m relay race with teammates Angela Sherlock, Liza Nikkinen and Sinead McGowan. The Irish athlete had a kidney transplant last year and has improved in leaps and bounds after receiving the life-saving surgery. She proved in Gothenburg she is a top class runner. Megan spoke of her excitement: “I am so happy, it is really nice to come to the World Games and return home with medals. Actually, I am really surprised. I can’t wait to show all my family and friends.” Most athletes are nervous before their event and this was no different for the Sligo teen. “I was really nervous this morning [before the run], but they were good nerves. I didn’t talk to anyone this morning, I just needed to focus by myself. While I was running, I just looked straight ahead and told myself that I can

do it. I am thrilled!” This is Ireland’s biggest ever team competing at the World Transplant Games. The Irish team of 33 athletes range in age from nine to over 70 and are among 1,100 athletes from over 50 countries who are participate in the Games which are being held in Gothenburg. The team returned home to a hero’s welcome in Dublin Airport on Friday last, greeted by friends, family, supporters and special guest Transplant Surgeon and former Dublin Footballer, David Hickey At the previous World Transplant Games which were held in Gold Coast, Australia in 2009, the Irish team of 19 athletes scooped 10 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. This time out the 33 members of Transplant Team Ireland brought home a massive haul of 36 medals, comprising 12 Gold, 12 Silver and 12 Bronze.

MEDALS OF HONOUR: Seventeen-year-old Megan Fahy hold aloft her silver and bronze medals for the 100-metre sprint and the 4x100 metre relay event respectively. Megan was one of two Sligo athletes competing in the World Transplant Games, the other being Bridie Nicholson.

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News "Creating a Shared Society"

Friday 8th July 2011 OMAGH LEISURE COMPLEX (Bus Leaving Sligo 9.00am; Returning 4.30pm) For Children Aged 7-14 Yrs Soccer, Rugby, Gaelic, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Athletics & Jujitsu FREE (**Pre-Booking Essential**) (Limited places available, places allocated on a first come first serve basis, an adult must travel with children) For more information and booking form contact, Theresa Kilgannon, Youth Sport West, VEC Offices, Riverside, Sligo Tel: 0719161511, Email: Youth Sport West welcome children of all ability levels to come along and take part in the ‘Come and Try’ Sports Festival. The day is based around fun, non-competitive participation and aims to introduce children to a range of different sports and activities while meeting and making new friends from a variety of backgrounds.

‘Bananas’ pamphlet urges action on Lissadell dispute By John Bromley


PAMPHLET urging action to resolve the Lissadell dispute is being distributed in Sligo. The full colour, 10-page publication, has been produced in conjunction with a website The Straight Bananas website states that it is a private business, which “aims to provide a forum where concerns, in this case the Sligo County Council / Lissadell crisis, can be discussed and possible solutions identified”. It states that the pamphlet was produced after consultation with many of Sligo’s tourism stakeholders. It also points out that it has been sent to each of Sligo’s county councillors, the owners of Lissadell and “numerous others, locally, nationally and interna-

tionally”. The pamphlet argues that Lissadell is “critically important to the future of Sligo’s economy and the development of its community”. It goes on: “In these times Lissadell is too important for us to let our elected representatives and those in leadership avoid resolving the problem. It’s up to each of us, individually and together, to make sure this crisis is resolved for everyone’s benefit.” One of those involved in Straight Bananas is Keith McNair of the Discover Sligo tourism company. He told the Weekender that the website and pamphlet had been produced by himself and some others with the aim of highlighting the Lissadell issue. “The closure of Lissadell is having a huge impact on Sligo

Suzanne outshines all in the style stakes FASHIONABLE Sligo woman Suzanne McGarry was named Best Dressed Lady at Ladies' Day at Ballinrobe Races in Co. Mayo last week. RTE "Republic of Telly" star Jennifer Maguire was the celebrity judge at the sponsored Best Dressed Lady on Tuesday last, June 21. "There were so many beautiful ladies to choose from that it was a really difficult task to select just ten finalists and the eventual winner from such a competitive line-up," said Jennifer. "The women from the west are some of the most stylish in the country and it was wonderful to see the variety here today. Suzanne put a tremendous amount of effort into her stunning outfit, it was great to see her individuality shine through so much." The winner, Suzanne, was picked from ten finalists. Suzanne wore a selfdesigned outfit which her mother, a former dressmaker, brought to life. Her red, navy and white hat

was designed by Martha Lynn. Speaking after her win, Suzanne said: "I've always enjoyed coming to Ballinrobe Races so it is a real honour to be selected as the Best Dressed Lady. "I designed the dress myself and my mother spent three months creating the outfit so it means a lot to me that her hard work is honoured here today. "Credit must go to Martha Lynn who designed the hat based on a piece of fabric I sent to her. It is the most personal outfit I have ever worn to the races. I couldn't believe it when Jennifer presented the cheque to me!" As Best Dressed Lady, Suzanne McGarry, won a €2,000 shopping spree with It is not the first time that this fashionista has come out on tops. In 2009 she was named Best Dressed at Ladies' Day in Sligo Racecourse and last year she was runner-up in this very event in Ballinrobe.

tourism. It was worth E20 million to the Sligo economy.” And he believed that figure could be doubled because two concerts a year could be held there. He said it was a flagship tourism attraction, which Sligo needed to provide jobs for our young people who are now having to emigrate. He believes that Sligo County Council should enter into mediation with the Lissadell owners to resolve the issue rather than adding to the legal costs with the hearing in the Supreme Court. The pamphlet puts forward what it is suggests would be a “solution” to the rights of way issue a new alternative walking route around Lissadell through Coillte land, to Lissadell beach.

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News As Sligo’s Gillooly Hall prepares to play host to Christy Moore on Friday night, Brian

From Finsbury Park to Gillooly Hall C

HRISTY Moore has travelled a long way in his musical career. But now over the space of a little over a week he is seeing a long journey in terms of types of venues. The weekend before last he shared a stage with Bob Dylan in front of 30,000 people at Finsbury Park in London. On next Friday night he will entertain 400 fans in an intimate show in Sligo’s historic Gillooly hall. Christy is no stranger to Sligo having played here many times. In his early days he played Sligo venues regularly and famously mentioned one of them, The Blue Lagoon, in his song “If I Get an Encore”. He also played Coolera House back in the early 70s. However, down the years since then, the Kildare-born singer / songwriter has moved on to play some of the biggest venues at home and abroad.

Now he is returning to his roots and performing in some more modest Irish halls. Last month he entertained a packed house in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle. A source close to him said he likes to play in old established halls close to the centre of town and he reckoned the Gillooly Hall would be ideal. The hall was built in 1895 to commemorate Bishop Thomas Gillooly who was Bishop of Elphin from 1856 to 1895. In its early days the hall was used for many functions. It hosted operas, musicals, plays, pantomimes as well as several indoor games. And up to recent years many political dramas unfolded there when the hall served as the counting centre at general elections. It is still used for several parish activities and underwent major refurbishment a few years ago.

Hall gave Bishop a love of music BISHOP of Elphin Christopher Jones was among those who this week spoke fondly of their memories of the Gillooly Hall. His earliest memories of the hall go back to when he was a student in Summerhill College. Bishop Jones said: “Back in the early 1970s it was a great hall for opera. If on the rare occasion when the hall

wasn't full for a show we'd be invited down as students to fill the seats. It gave me a great taste for that type of music”. He recalled that Paddy Thornton was the musical director at the time and Eric Koss and his wife from Wolfe Tone Street were highly involved in musicals there. “They did a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan stuff,” the bishop said.

He said that fundraisers in the Gillooly hall helped greatly with the building of St Anne's Church. “Back then the Sligo Family Circle was formed in Gillooly Hall by local people including Bill Reid, Loman Gallagher, Paddy Slevin and Johnnie Middleton among others. “They founded the

Sligo Family Circle and the people of Sligo sold cards with lines on them every week. It was a huge occasion every Sunday morning and the hall would be crowded with people waiting to see who won the Family Circle”. He said funds raised in these draws helped build St Anne's Church. The bishop said that up to this day

remaining members of the Family Circle still sit in the same seats in the Family Circle room in the Gillooly Hall as they did all those years ago. He spoke of the loyalty of the draw members. “Midgie Hynes of Knappagh Road still brings in 100 euros a week on the Family Circle. The loyalty of these people like Paddy Slevin and

John Crummy is amazing even in these times”. His other memories were of the Tops of the Town. “They went a bomb in the hall in the sixties and seventies,” he said. And he said the founding of the scouts in the Gillooly Hall was a big occasion in those times. “It was their first base in Sligo”.

Gillooly Hall • Hall built in 1895 • Gave Bishop Jones a love of music • Venue for first Sligo Panto • Hosted Tops of Town • Served alcohol for students hall • Was venue for political drama


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News McHugh talks to people who have fond memories of the hall in its earlier days

GIG: Christy Moore will play a gig at Gillooly Hall next Friday night.

Opposition to bar at students ball PADDY Monaghan of John Street was involved with the committee of the Gillooly Hall for many years. One of his outstanding memories of the hall was when it hosted the RTC student's ball. (The RTC has since become IT Sligo) As the premises had been established as a 'temperance hall" there was some consternation when it was proposed that alcohol would be on sale at the students’ event. Paddy Monaghan said: "To get a bar licence I had to lease the hall for the night. We ran with it and the students provided 18 bouncers themselves, we didn't have to employ anybody".

"The place was packed. We had food for 700 people. Pork stroganoff and rice was the main course. We had a fantastic night". He said the only hitch was that there wasn't strong enough electric power on the night. "We had to bring an extension lead from a neighbouring house to boost electricity". He said the big annual events were the parish bazaars and the Tops of the Town. "The hall would be packed you wouldn't get into it". Another former committee member was Paschal Morrison. His outstanding memories of the hall was when Sligo's original pantomime was staged, with Joe

Burns and Tom Palmer being the main people behind it. It was a big panto venue long before the Hawk's Well Theatre, he said. "The Tops of Town was a big event, a highlight of the year. Local businesses and groups like the Post Office would enter groups in it. Each had a night. Then when the finals came up the hall would be jammed." Paschal said he had the distinction of being the first to put the famous Sligo country singer Maisie on stage. "I coaxed her to sing a few songs one night during a show in the hall put on by the Richard Fitzgerald ceili band from Bundoran".

Gillooly motto: Ireland sober is Ireland free THE Gillooly Temperance Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the deceased Bishop Thomas Gillooly who had moved the seat of the diocese of Elphin from Athlone to Sligo. Bishop Gillooly had founded Summerhill College in Athlone in 1857 and brought it to Sligo in 1880. He founded the Cathedral

in 1875 and built St. Mary’s Presbytery. He was auxiliary bishop and then bishop from 1856 to 1895. He saw the abuse of alcohol as contributing to Ireland’s difficulties and so the hall was built to honor his memory by promoting temperance. The statue of the

bishop on the plinth shows him on the parapet preaching that “Ireland sober is Ireland free” The hall is situated on a plot described as the Malt House It has a fine stage and wonderful stucco work. The interior is classic Victorian – polished mahogany and leaded glass. The exterior is grim and

foreboding, and reminiscent of many a presbytery or small religious institution around Ireland. The hall performed and performs many functions. During Holy Week and Easter it still hosts fesianna. Many Sligo children got their first taste of speech and drama there. It also had squash courts. When

the Cathedral was been renovated in the 1970s for its centenary it served as a temporary church for the town. Many will remember Gillooly Hall as the place where political careers were won and lost. It served for several years as an election count centre, including general

election counts. Others will recall it as the venue for the indoor football league of the late 60s, badminton training, the renowned snooker club The 1970s saw regular "live" gigs" with Limerick rockers Reform and local favourites Southern Comfort to the fore. The building has

undergone refurbishment and maintenance over the past few years. This included the provision of a new kitchen, renovations to the toilets. The old snooker rooms were also upgraded. Part of the roof was replaced of the roof at a cost of more than €150,000.


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Eleven students start Kilimanjaro climb By Brian McHugh


LEVEN courageous Sligo students are this morning, Tuesday, starting the arduous 20,000 feet climb of Kilimanjaro mountain in Africa. The climb is the culmination of 12 months of training and fundraising for the eight boys and three girls from Coláiste Muire in Ballymote. Monies raised from the Sligo students’ expedition will go towards the Irish Cancer Society, North West Hospice, Meningitis Ireland and Alzheimer's Ireland. The eleven climbers, who flew out from Dublin airport on Monday morning are Kevin Coleman, Garrett Lavin, Michael Faney Glenn Devlin, Eric Wheeler, Ronán MacTiernan, Louise Ellis, Diarmaid Heffernan, Emir Coyle and Norwegian native Joanne Strand. The idea for the Kilimanjaro challenge came after Sean Wynne, a past pupil of the school, completed the climb in 2009. Sean returned to the school in May of last year to suggest that the climb would be a great project for the students of Coláiste Muire. The school agreed and got the

ball rolling in July 2010 with the aim of a group of students to achieve their target this year. Students had to raise €4,000 each before they could travel. This includes their costs of travel and accommodation in Tanzania. Deputy principal Michelle McDermott said the group had a great work ethic when it came to fundraising. “Come hail, rain, shine, they were out and about collecting money and training”. She said they even climbed Croagh Patrick in the snow to help build their fitness. “This has been a wonderful journey for our students and their hard work will hopefully pay off this week as they ascend Kilimanjaro over six and a half days and descend in one and a half days. “The students have really gelled together over the past year. It is great for their personal wellbeing, discipline and sense of maturity and responsibility,” said Michelle. She thanked all who have supported the climbing venture over the past year. Fundraising activities included a school walk, non-uniform days, table quiz and selling Valentines sweets.

WHAT THEY SAID: Kevin Coleman: "It has been a long year of training and waiting for the trip to come, but it is finally here and it’s really exciting. We have had to stick to a strict diet and training regime throughout the year and especially for the last 3 months. “This has been difficult, but hopefully worth it. We have also done a number of training climbs in Ireland including Croagh Patrick, Carrauntouhil and hills in Glendalough. As well as this, we have done training ourselves in the gym and playing football." Garrett Lavin: "Kilimanjaro will be

an experience I will never forget. Fundraising was hard from bag packing to table quizzes. All in all it has been a great experience and I haven't even climbed the mountain yet! I think the training has given the group a close bond which will make it easier on the mountain because we will be with friends. Overall, it is a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget."

Michael Faney: "I've really enjoyed all

the practice climbs and the training. Everyone in the group is great fun. I'm now looking forward to our climb in Africa. After all the hard work, it is now paying off."

Glenn Devlin: "It has been a great

experience, I have made friends into close friends. I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us. I'm looking forward to getting to the summit of Kili. It is truly a once in a life time experience."

Eric Wheeler: "What have i gotten myself in for?"

Ronán MacTiernan: "Overall I think this trip will be definitely one to remember. At first I couldn't believe that such an opportunity could present itself to me. “I would never have dreamed last June that I would be going to Tanzania in a year’s time. Also that I'm going with many of my good friends adds to the fact that this trip will be one to remember for a long time. " Louise Ellis: "It was really great getting to know the group and Mrs. McDermott. Croagh Patrick was

great fun in the of the best experiences of our training. I can't wait for the real’s going to be unreal. And a big thank you to everyone who helped"

Sean Wynne: "As long as they come back alive!"

Diarmaid Heffernan: "Such a great experience, it has really brought my friends and I closer. It has made us more responsible, mature young adults. When I heard how much money we had to raise, I couldn't believe it, but working as a team, we managed it. It truly shows that there is strength in numbers... ní ceart go cur le cheile... and God bless Ian for giving us this chance of a lifetime."

Emir Coyle: "A good experience, made me less lazy, got me outside doing things I wouldn't have done in the past" Joanne Strand was not available for comment as she was at home in Norway. She flew back to Dublin to travel with the group to Africa yesterday, Monday.

CLIMBERS: Ten of the eleven students from Colaiste Muire Ballymote who will climb Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro. Missing from the photo is Norwegian native Joanne Strand.


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News Community service order A SLIGO man who pleaded guilty to a public order offence is to be sentenced to community service instead of a jail sentence. Shane Heron, St Joseph’s Terrace, Sligo, appeared in custody at Sligo court last week after having been remanded in prison for a week at the previous court. At that court he had admitted being guilty of threatening and abusive behaviour at St Bridget’s Place, Sligo, on March 28 last. The court was told that he had a previous conviction. Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded him on bail to July 28 for a probation report to see if he would be suitable for community service. If so the judge said he would impose 140 hours community service in lieu of two months in jail.

Stopped ‘shy’ of checkpoint A DRIVER who stopped “shy” of a garda checkpoint was fined a total of €1100 and banned from driving for a year at Sligo court. Luke Johnston, Garvagh, Dromahair, was fined €800 and disqualified for a year for having no insurance and €300 for no tax on his car at Coolbeg, Drumcliffe, on March 27 last. Garda Duffy told the court that they were operating a checkpoint on that occasion when a car “stopped shy of the checkpoint.” “We took off after the car and stopped it. There was no tax displayed on the vehicle and the driver said he did not have insurance or driving licence when we asked him. He was very honest.”

Broadband extended EIRCOM has announced it has broadband enabled the Carraroe Junction telephone exchange. This means that customers connected to the exchange (whose lines qualify) can now sign up for eircom's broadband products.

Man claimed jeep was stolen when ex friend went to get it By Gerry McLaughlin


TUBBERCURRY man who kept a jeep belonging to his friend for a period of four months has been convicted and ordered to pay €4,000, at the district court. Steven French, Cnoc na Si, Tubbercurry admitted a charge of stealing a BMW X5 jeep belonging to Ryan Monaghan on a date unknown between March 1 and April 30. Detective Garda John Molloy told the court that the defendant and Ryan Monaghan had bought a jeep together when they were sharing a house in Carney last year. The jeep was bought in Donegal for €14,000 with Mr Monaghan’s money.

Mr Monaghan had received compensation for a road traffic accident a year previously when he reached 18 years of age. He was subsequently befriended by the defendant and they shared a house in Carney. The two friends then bought the jeep for the stated price of €14,000 the court was told. However they had a parting of the ways and moved to different locations. When Ryan Monaghan went to retrieve his jeep, he was told by French that it had been stolen. The 19 year-old Monaghan went to the gardai and French was questioned on suspicion of theft. The vehicle was then returned to Mr Monaghan but in a very bad condition.

The court heard the vehicle had previously been badly damaged. Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern said his client was prepared to hand over €4,000 as compensation.. He had not stolen the jeep and it was a case of two friends who had a parting of the ways. Prosecuting Inspector Donal Sweeney said that a figure of €10,000 would be much more reasonable. Judge Kevin Kilrane noted the age difference of seven years between the defendant and Ryan Monaghan. “This is not the first time that advantage has been taken of young people. “The defendant acted dishonestly by keeping the jeep”, said the judge.

The judge said Ryan Monaghan was only 19 and had come into money and the defendant had taken advantage of that fact. Judge Kilrane said this was an aggravating factor. The judge added that a jeep had been bought which had subsequently been shown to be defective. And there was very little room for redress. There was no suggestion that French was part of the sale of the defective vehicle, the court heard. Judge Kilrane said he was convicting French. He ordered the defendant to come up with €4,000 by July 27 when the matter would be finalised.

Families get pedalling to school Kids and parents throughout County Sligo cycled to school on Wednesday last, June 22 as part of National Bike Week. The Cycle On Wednesday (COW) initiative was organised by An Taisce's Green Schools programme and involved primary and secondary schools throughout the county. "It was great to see so many people out on their bikes", said Imelda Ryan-Jones, An Taisce's local Travel Education Officer. Imelda attended Sooey NS's first cycle to school event on National COW Day. Pupils had undertaken Sproket Rocket cycle training for eight sessions during the Summer term with Martha Van de Meulen and Daire Mooney. Imelda organised for Martha, a parent and cycling enthusiast from Sooey NS, to do the training with Sligo Sports Partnership, which is now a great asset to Sooey NS who began working on the Green-Schools Travel theme in Sept 2010. Following the very successful cycle to school morning, where 31 pupils cycled to

PEDAL POWER: Parents and kids, suitably attired, cycle to Sooey NS on Wednesday last. school along with approx 20 parents, Daire and Martha presented the senior pupils with their Cycle Training Certificates. Daire also presented two prizes of €50 vouchers sponsored by Gary Cycles in Sligo town to two of the

lucky children. "I am delighted to be able to report back to both An Taisce and National Bike Week of the fabulous response by families in County Sligo on getting on their bikes and moooooving to school on National COW day"

said Imelda. "I heard two girls separately on the morning say to their mothers 'can we do this every day, please'. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, even in the rain. Imelda also ran a 'Get in Gear' course at

St Edwards NS in Ballytivnan on Monday 20 June for parents interested in cycling safety with their children. This was the first in Co Sligo and Imelda hopes to roll this out to all her Travel schools in the coming academic year.

Cannabis found in apartment WHEN gardai searched an apartment in Sligo they found a quantity of herbal cannabis, the local court was told. The court heard that gardai searched the apartment of Ray Gralton (19), Millbrook Apartments, Riverside, Sligo, on March 3 last. They found a small quantity of the drug valued at around €50. The defendant admitted that it was his and he had it for his own use. The court was told that he had previous convictions for theft and criminal damage. Imposing a fine of €400, Judge Kevin Kilrane said that this man was “working the system” and that he had “got his chance” when he had previously appeared before him at Carrick-on-shannon court.

Alerting communities to elder abuse MUINTIR na Tire in association with HSE and Aclare Community Alert are holding an information seminar entitled "Alerting Communities to Elder Abuse" in the Hilary Room, Banada Abbey on Monday July 4 starting at 8pm. There will be presentations on elder abuse, what it is and how to deal with a suspected abuse and where to go for help. There will be information on the Warmer Homes Programme grants along with information on entitlements for older persons and how to avail of the same. The seminar is open to all and will be of particular interest to community groups and those working with older persons.

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News Salon 2 in the frame for award SALON 2, Adelaide Street, Sligo have been shortlisted to the final of The Irish Photographic Awards 2011 which will take place in Dublin on July 10. Their creative hairstyles were chosen in The Best Bridal Image and Full Fashion Image categories. Both looks were created by Senior stylist Catherine Gormley. The photoshoot took place in Framelight Studios with Sligo based photographer Colin Gillen with models

Gayle Kelly (Bridal) of Catwalks Modelling Agency and Rachel Niland (Full Fashion) of Salon 2, with make-up by local woman Aisling Leydon. Anthony Kilcoyne proprietor of Salon 2 said "We are absolutely thrilled to have gotten to the final of the Irish photographic Awards in two Categories. Once again it is a reflection of the excellent standard of hairdressing in Salon 2 and it is great to get recognition for this."

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Man punched and kicked father of his partner’s children By Gerry McLaughlin


JUDGE has warned a man who punched and kicked the father of his partner’s children that he would be jailed if it were not a “family law” matter. In branding Adrian Lennon Cloonose, Charlestown, an out and out “blackguard”, Judge Kevin Kilrane said that Lennon “deserved jail” after he found him guilty of assaulting Vincent Coleman at the Back Lane, Laveybeg, Charlestown on January 12 last year. “I do not accept his account of events and I totally accept Mr Coleman’s “And there isn’t the slightest bit of remorse”, added the judge. “And you added insult to injury by telling your victim to be sure and admit that he was the aggressor.” The judge also noted how 36 year-old Lennon calmly ordered six cans of Guinness after he assaulted Vincent Coleman as if nothing had happened.

Lennon strongly denied kicking Vincent Coleman when the pair exchanged words in the smoking area at the back of Johnny Finn’s pub in Charlestown, the court heard. Vincent Coleman said that Lennon punched him on the side of the face and kicked him in the head as he lay on the ground with his hands over his head trying to protect himself. He said there was history between the pair as Lennon had been living with his ex partner for the past two years. Vincent Coleman’s children had also been living with the couple. Vincent Coleman said he had not seen his children for over eight months as there had been an issue over maintenance. Vincent Coleman said his glasses were knocked off and he had to be cleaned up in the toilet. His face was covered in blood. He added that Lennon came to the toilet and told him that he (Lennon) was a better father than him. The victim denied under

cross–examination from defence solicitor Mr Callaghan that he had tried to strike the first blow. Adrian Lennon told the court he went to shake hands with Vincent Coleman in the smoking area of the pub but this was refused. He said Vincent was out of control and made a swipe at him. ‘I leaned back and hit him a punch.” Lennon said he thought that Vincent Coleman would not get up but he got up twice and he again struck him on two further occasions in the face. However, he said he was not the aggressor. Lennon admitted saying to Vincent Coleman that it might be safer not to out to the smoking area earlier in the night and then laughing. But he did not agree with Judge Kilrane that this was a contemptuous way to treat Vincent Coleman who had been agitated about not seeing his children, the court heard. Defence solicitor Mr

Callaghan said there were inconsistencies in Vicent Coleman’s evidence where he had said he was kicked in the head but the bruises were on his shoulder. The solicitor also asked the judge to consider the defence of his client using reasonable force to defend himself. Mr Callaghan said his client had never denied striking the other party but it was in self defence. Judge Kilrane said the defendant’s own evidence was not credible. The judge said the defendant was expecting the court to believe that Vincent Coleman who was much smaller simply kept coming back for more. Judge Kilrane said he was convicting Lennon. “There is no remorse and no hint of apology.” The judge fined Lennon €600 and warned him that he would be jailed only for the “family law” aspect of the case. Recognisances for circuit court appeal were fixed at €400 cash.

Focus Ireland needs climbers FOCUS Ireland Sligo has urged people to sign up for its September Four Peaks Challenge and support the charity's work to combat and prevent homelessness. The housing and homeless charity is now looking to recruit new teams in the area for the challenge which takes place over the weekend of Sept 1618. A total of 55 teams already completed the event earlier in June as they climbed the highest peak in each of the four provinces and raised over €300,000. Mary Jameson of Focus Ireland Sligo said: "The June event was a really big success. The people taking part had a great weekend and I would encourage everyone, from budding climbers to fitness fanatics to sign up and get training now for this

VOLUNTEERS: Lorraine Kelly, Rob Connor and Mark Slee of Focus Ireland Sligo, are calling on locals to sign up to the charity's September Four Peaks challenge at

fantastic adventure which takes place again in September. "The money raised really makes a huge difference as it helps our work to support people and to provide homes here in Sligo and around the country." Teams are made up of a minimum of three and a maximum of five climbers plus at least two auxiliary team members (minimum two drivers per vehicle) to split the driving and provide support for the climbers. Each team had to raise at least €4,500 in sponsorship to take part in the event. To sign up for the Four Peaks Challenge people can email events@focusireland.i e or phone 018815900. Alternatively they can log on to and click on the fundraising events section.


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Plight of ‘silent’ migrant women in Sligo revealed T

HE Domestic Violence Advocacy Service in Sligo held a public information session last week to focus on the difficulties for migrant women living in the North West to access help if they experience domestic violence. The meeting in the Northside Centre on June 16 was attended by about 30 people, many of whom were practitioners from the local community experienced in dealing with situations of domestic violence and helping the women involved. Niamh Wilson, manager of DVAS, chaired the event, which began with a keynote speech given by Denise Charlton, director of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. She remarked that the prevalence of domestic violence against migrant women is a nationwide issue that needs to be dealt with. She also praised DVAS for their innovation and help towards the issue. Broadly, she spoke about the lack of safety available to women in different situations who are affected by having no recourse to public funds. One of the biggest shocks to members in attendance was the inclusion of the situation of returned migrants to Ireland; this includes Irish born people returning to Ireland that have been away for such a time that they do not satisfy the 'habitual residency' condition. 'When it comes to migrant

women's safety there really is a gap in what we, as a voluntary organisation, can offer these women," said a spokesperson for the DVAS. "They have no recourse to public funds, which means they have no entitlement to social welfare payments or local authority housing. It really is difficult for women in a domestic violence situation to avail of safety that they need." A number of specific case studies - with the anonymity of those involved retained - were presented at the meeting, which served as a perfect expression of the different situations faced by the women DVAS work with. It was noted by members in attendance the power of the case studies in highlighting the limits to safety and refuge that victims of domestic violence experience if they are migrants. At the end of the event the Salama Fund was launched.

This fund has been created by members of DVAS to ensure that these women with no recourse to public funds can access immediate safety including emergency accommodation. Having no recourse to public funds creates further risk for women and this fund will go towards providing women with options of safety if they so need it. DVAS will cover administrative costs of the fund, ensuring that 100% of The Salama Fund will go towards maximising the safety of women and children. The fund relies upon voluntary donations from individuals who wish to contribute to the safety of women and children living in our community. To find out more you can contact DVAS in Sligo on 0719141515 or have a look at the website

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TALK: Denise Charlton, director of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, addresses the meeting in the Northside Centre.

The Salama Fund relies upon voluntary donations from the public. Payments can be made to the following bank account: Bank: AIB Account name: The Salama Fund Domestic Violence Advocacy Service, Sort code: 93 72 58, Account number: 02076232

Sligo still has over 17,600 smokers CLOSE to a third of people in Sligo are smokers according to a new study. A survey found that over 29% of those interviewed reported being current smokers, which would equate to over 17,600 people in the county. The habit was more prevalent amongst men (31%) than women (27%). Keith Butler, Head of Business Development with Acorn Life, who carried out the study, said: “There are an estimated 9,300 male and 8,200 female smokers in Sligo and these people are paying much more than their nonsmoking counterparts for life insurance. “From our analysis the effect of a smoking habit on life insurance premiums is significant. For example, a typical 50 year old couple could pay over €180 per month more for €250,000 of life cover or a staggering €420 extra for Critical Illness – and this is on top of the approximately €250 a month they spend on cigarettes on their 20a-day habit.”

Sinn Fein members stage protest at Perry's office MEMBERS of the South Sligo Sinn Fein 'Michael J. Marren' Cumann staged a protest at the office of Fine Gael deputy John Perry in Tubbercurry on Monday of last week, June 20. They were protesting Deputy Perry's failure to deliver on his promise for the return of cancer services to Sligo General Hospital. "We are protesting Perry's use of Sligo Cancer Services to get re-elected; making a video-recorded promise to resign from FG if services not restored within 100 days of election but failing to keep that promise; and making NO speech in the Dail during the 100 days on behalf of restoring Sligo Cancer Services," said a spokesperson for the Cumann.

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Three men on a bike ride through Sligo for charity Y

OU’VE heard of three men in boat and three men and a baby but three men on a bike will be in Sligo this week. And when we say on “a bike’, we mean one bike. Shane Healy, Declan Prior and Andrew Doyle from Dublin are cycling through 17 counties on a three-man bike. The 10 foot long bike contains three seats but only two wheels, 28 gears but only two sets of brakes and has clocked 55km per hour. Their 1,700 km, 24 day cycle around Ireland is in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. This unique Tour De Ireland will take the three Dubs to Sligo on days seven and eight of their adventure which is Saturday and Sunday next. The threesome have paid tribute to Fairways Riverside Suites Hotel who have offered to put them up for two nights. They are hoping locals will spare some pocket money to help them raise funds for the worthy cause.

“Unfortunately cancer is a disease that affects many families throughout Ireland and mine has been no exception. The Irish Cancer Society seemed the obvious choice of charity for us and we are hoping to raise enough money to make a real difference to the lives of others,” said Andrew. The lads 24 day loop around Ireland will take them through Meath, Louth, Down, Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. You can sponsor them by logging on to

THREE-MAN BIKE: Andrew Doyle, Declan Prior and Shane Healy on their three-man bike.

Youth had bull terrier without muzzle A SLIGO youth who was found with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier without a muzzle was given the benefit of the Probation Act at Sligo Court. The court was told by Garda Charlie Jordan that at 2.30am on February 22 last he met the 16-year-old, who cannot be named as he is underage, walking at Knox Street with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Garda Jordan said he advised him that he shouldn’t be walking that dog around the town without a muzzle. The defendant said his dog was okay and was not vicious. In relay to defending solicitor Mark Mullaney, he agreed that the youth was courteous and had not caused any trouble.














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Official Opening of McGinley Motors MCGINLEY Motors is delighted to announce that Seamus Coleman, Everton F.C & Ireland International soccer star will open its new premises on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 This new premises is located at the Quay, Donegal Town (across from Supervalu). The lead up to the official opening will start with a live broadcast by Ocean FM from 4.00pm to 7.00pm followed by some light refreshments and entertainment on the evening. A special auction will take place on the night with all money being donated to Special Olympics Ireland. The items to auction on the night are a signed Everton and Ireland jersey by Seamus Colman and a Donegal GAA jersey and O’Neill’s football both signed by the current Donegal GAA senior panel. Manager Billy Gilroy is excited about the prospect of re-connecting with their many customers in southwest Donegal, North Sli-

go and Leitrim, as well as offering new customers their renowned customer service. Billy added “As many customers and residents of south Donegal will know, we had a dealership in Donegal Town previously, but a small fire and other matters kept it shut for the last four years. But now with an expanded development here opening in June we are hoping to re-connect with our old local loyal customer base and attract new customers,” McGinley Motors Ltd now has the Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover dealerships for the North West and the Main Peugeot dealership for North Donegal. McGinley Motors Ltd would like to extend an open invitation to all to their official opening on Tuesday the 28th of June 2011 at 7.00pm


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News O’Keeffe welcomes PLC places SLIGO-North Leitrim Labour Senator Susan O'Keeffe has welcomed the additional 75 PLC places for Sligo announced by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. “The additional places being made available offer the people of this area the opportunity to upgrade their skills.” Of the 75 new places in Sligo, the VEC will offer 60 new places and 15 places will be offered in Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone. Senator O'Keefe said the additional PLC places were part of the almost 16,000 additional places in education and training announced as part of the Government's Jobs Initiative. The remainder of the places are being provided in the FÁS Specific Training programme (5,000 short course places and 1,000 long course places), the Higher Education Springboard programme (5,900 places) and the Back to Education Initiative (3,000 part-time places).

Garden party in Rossinver THE Organic Centre in Rossinver is hosting a Garden party on July 17 and they will have guest chef Neven Maguire in attendance, cooking up a storm. This years special feature will be "peat free growing media" with head gardener Julia Lehmann. Jill Scott will be giving a special tour of the gardens and launch her new book "Organic Gardening is Simple". After last year's huge success Neven Maguire from McNeans Bistro in Blacklion will be back cooking in the barn with fresh ingredients from the Organic Centre gardens. The party starts at 11am and admission is just €8 (€5 for members) and children come for free. For details contact 0719854338 or visit www.theorganiccentre.i e

Sligo man sees medical tourism as answer to growing waiting lists By John Bromley


SLIGO man has established a business to assist people in Ireland to avail of “medical tourism” as a way of beating waiting lists here by getting vital medical treatments abroad. Medical tourism, which is travelling outside of one’s own country for medical treatment, is firmly established in countries like the United States (for cost reasons) and Canada (long waiting lists). And Fergal Murphy from First Sea Road in Sligo town believes that cutbacks in health spending are going to create a similar situation here. He referred to growing waiting lists because of cutbacks and the fact that more and more people are relying on the public health service because they cannot afford health insurance. “I don’t think people have any idea what is coming down the road in this country.” It was a newspaper report of thousands of children facing growing delays for treatment that set the Ballinrobe native on the road to his establishing Medical Services Overseas. “I was shocked by what I read and I went on the internet to see if there was anything that could be done about this.” It was there that he learned about medical tourism and believed that it would be something that would be relevant in Ireland. “There was no real need for this up to now because a lot of people had insurance and more was being done in the public health service but that has changed. But I could see the collapse in the health service here because of cutbacks and the downturn.” Fergal has no medical background himself – he previously ran a clothes shop in the Tesco arcade in Sligo - but several of his family are involved in the medical field. However, his role in his new venture is not a medical one.

TRAVEL: Sligo resident Fergal Murphy said medical tourism - travelling abroad for medical proceedures - is something which many Irish people need to examine to tackle growing waiting lists. His involvement is in making arrangements for a patient to travel to a hospital in somewhere like Germany, Turkey, India, Thailand or Taiwan. He

makes contact with the treating hospital and the doctor here speaks to the surgeon there and transmits all technical data (xrays, MRIs, etc).

Then an all-inclusive package is put together to cover accommodation and treatment in the hospitals, including pick-up at the airport, and arrangements are also made for flights, visas and accommodation there for recuperation. He said that the hospitals that he has selected for the service are all approved by JCI (Joint Commission International), an American based group which rates hospitals worldwide. In one of these hospitals in Bangalore in India, which is one of the JCi’s top rates hospitals, 50% of the patients are American, while a hospital in Thailand treats a million people a year and 100,000 of those are tourists. His service is for people who don’t have health insurance but who because they have a serious condition may be faced with having to go private for treatment because of long waiting lists. “Over 50% of people in Ireland don’t have health insurance and there are over 200,000 people waiting to see a specialist.” Asked about costs, he says that the cost in a private hospital here of having a knee replacement done is around €21,000. However the cost of having the same surgery in India is €7,800. He believes that this type of expense if something that someone may be able to raise by way of a loan or help from family or friends. “That is what it is going to come to in this country that people will have to pay for treatment.” He is hoping too that the Department of Health can be persuaded to pay some of the cost of people going abroad for treatment to get people off the waiting lists. Fergal is currently gauging public interest and has a Twitter site and a website www.medicalservicesoverseas.c om where full details of his service are available.

Salmon festival set for July THE salmon capital of Ireland, Ballina, has united with the Manchester Irish Festival for the annual Ballina Salmon Festival which runs from July 1017. The festival, which started in 1964, now

attracts over 200,000 visitors to the North Mayo capital, bringing an estimated E6 million to the local economy. Tony Hennigan the press officer from the Manchester's Irish Festival has been involved in this year's

festival, particularly in promoting it back in Manchester. "I visit the festival every year when I go back to my cottage in Ballycong, which is just a few miles outside Ballina. I am really looking forward to

helping out at the festival and developing the links between the two festivals." The BBC will be filming this year's festival for a documentary about Irish Heritage which is due to be screened in the

Autumn in the UK and as usual RTE will be covering a number of the main events for their news programmes in Ireland. For full details of all events, log onto www.ballinasalmonfesti

Back to School allowance SLIGO families should be aware that processing of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is getting underway by the Department of Social Protection, according to local Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry. A payment of €200 or €305 is available to parents towards the cost of school clothing and footwear, depending on the age of their children. Senator MacSharry said: “I know the school year is only finishing for many and a lot of parents will be looking forward to a break this summer but I’m urging parents to be aware of changes to the scheme for this year. The Department, in the majority of cases, will be making payments automatically. However if letters regarding payment have not been received by June 30 applications should be made. “Application forms will be available from June 30 and it’s really easy to apply. You can text “FORM BTSCFA” to the number 51909, followed by your name and address for an application form.

Guide to vegetable growing A NEW revised edition of the popular Teagasc publication, A Guide to Vegetable Growing has just been published. The latest publication has been updated and expanded to include new topics like plant raising and watering of vegetable crops. Teagasc horticultural specialist Stephen Alexander said; ”If ever a cloud had a silver lining, then the knock-on effect of the recession in getting people back to growing their own vegetables, has to be welcomed.” Copies can be downloaded from the Teagasc website at


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into his van and when he brought them back in they were in showroom condition. It was definitely a service that does exactly what the advertisement say’s. Mr Keegan also advised us on how to maintain the cooker in best condition in the future without resorting to expensive products. His service is fully insured and the job was completely mess free. Mr Keegan also mentioned that he can do any type of oven, single, double (gas or electric) solid fuel, ranges and AGAs, hobs and extractors even carrying out minor repairs such as replacing seals, knobs, handles, glass and bulbs. His services also include the cleaning and desensitization of white goods such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers. As anyone who knows us will tell you we’re not the type of people who would get excited about a cooker but this experience was exceptional and at a price of €65 we can only say it was better than spending all day scrubbing, rinsing and breathing in noxious chemicals and it was a damn sight less expensive than buying a new cooker but the result was the same. Definitely to be recommended! …….. Call in the professionals!

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Sligo leads the way in Euro nursing initiative S

LIGO is leading the way for Ireland in an initiative aimed at understanding and identifying the training needs that nurses require to work across Europe. St. Angela’s College, Sligo in involved in the TraNSforM project – ‘Training Requirements and Nursing Skills for Mobility in health care’. This is a partnership project involving organisations who offer work based education and training to nurses in seven European countries (Ireland, UK, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Finland and Turkey). The Department of Nursing and Health Studies at St. Angela’s College are the Irish partners in this significant trans-European training project involving nurse educators and trainers, who rcently met in Sligo last week. Edel McSharry, lecturer from St. Angela’s College, said: “In addition to identifying trans-European training needs, a very important part of the project is to reach a better understanding of other European cultures and how to communicate more effectively with people from different cultures, especially in the nursing sector”. Evelyn McManus, from the Nursing Department at St. Angela’s and TraNSforM Project team member representing Ireland, said communication and interpersonal skills are at the heart of good nursing.

She said: “Truly understanding another person can be difficult enough when you are from the same culture and speak the same language. Working effectively with nurses and patients from other European cultures adds a whole new dimension, and it is so important that along with the clinical aspects of working across Europe that we take account of our cultural values and differences.” Agnes Tully, Clinical Placement Co-ordinator from Sligo

pital, said that they hosted delegates from Finland and Poland at the hospital during the visit and they were very impressed by the high standard of care and professionalism they encountered. The delegates thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Ireland and as they had the opportunity to visit Sligo sites such as Aughris Head, Strandhill, the grave of W.B. Yeats and Mullaghmore.

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Summer music technology project for young people SLIGO Leader’s Sounding Board music technology programme is running a series of workshops in the Grange area this July. Starting Monday July 4 to 7, sessions will be offered in DJing, sampling, recording, tuition in guitar and percussion and sound engineering. They are for young people ages 12 to 18. Participants will have the chance to sample and record their own tracks for the project webpage, facebook pages or as ringtones. The venue is Grange Post Primary school on Day One and Two and then will participants will be bussed to a venue in Belleek for Day Three

and Four. Workshops run from 11am to 3.30pm each day and are free. Participants are asked to get as far as Grange each day for start time and to bring a lunch. This summer programme, as part of Sounding Board, is funded by the International Fund for Ireland and will have a variety of different activities for young people between now and October 2012. For further information contact Majella Flanagan, the programme’s Development Worker, on Sligo Leader 071-9141138 m.

RECORDING: Young people taking part in a Sounding Board workshop.


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News Girls night A GIRL'S Night Out in aid of Addiction in the North West raised E2,590. The two women behind the event, Edel Keirns and Naomi Maguire extended their thanks to the people who supported the event. "The night, held in Shenanigans Bar and Restaurant, was a huge success," said Edel. "To all the businesses involved who gave of their time and expertise free of charge on the night we are eternally grateful, and to the business community of Sligo who supplied spot prizes."

Coca-cola date looms CHARITIES and organisations looking to access funds in the Coca-Cola 125 Years Thank You Fund have until this Thursday, June 30 to go online and log their application. The fund will grant €125,000 to non-profit community, voluntary and charitable organisations . Log onto for application form.

Paddy puts away his brush for last time O

NE of Sligo’s best-known street cleaners has put away his brush for the final time. Paddy McLoughlin has long been a familiar figure as he cleaned up around the town centre, particularly along Rockwood Parade and the Stephen Street car park area. The Cartron Estate resident retired last week after 26 years with Sligo Borough Council. He worked on a bin lorry for twelve of years. He also worked as a lollipop man the Mercy Primary and Carbury NS. Paddy said he was looking

Local hall extension ACLARE Development Council has been granted planning permission for an extension to Kilmacteigh Hall. It willinvolve the demolition of the existing extension to north and the lobby to south of the building. The new extension to the north and east of the hall will incorporate a games room, new changing rooms and toilets and there will also be a new entrance lobby.

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forward to retirement. “I will keep myself occupied with jobs around the house, gardening, collecting my grandchild from school and walking the dog”. Paddy and his wife Annie have four children and five grandchildren.

A SLIGO recruit was among three medal winners at the graduation ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore. Garda Stephen Fahey won the Templemore Town Council Medal, for outstanding achievement and appreciation in the area of Social Science Studies. He will be stationed in Santry Garda Station, Dublin.

RIGHT: Paddy McLoughlin cleaning at Rockwood Parade in Sligo on his last day at work.

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LEARNING: Pictured at the launch of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at St. Angela's College, Sligo. From left to right: Cllr. Rosaleen O'Grady, Senator Marc McSharry, Sligo Mayor Matt Lyons, Dr. Anne Taheny, President of St. Angela's College, Minister Ciarán Cannon TD, Dr. Niamh Plunkett and Tony McLoughlin TD.

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T ANGELA'S College in Sligo launched the latest chapter in its hallowed history with the launch of a Centre for Lifelong Learning. It was officially launched by Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD, who saw firsthand the work of the centre, which opened in September last year. "The wide range of educational and skills training programmes that the Centre provides on a flexible and part-time basis, demonstrate the high level of responsiveness that St. Angela's College has to the educational needs of the community in the North-West re-

gion," said Minister Cannon. "The Centre's provision of customised training tailored to the needs of local employers is a particularly impressive example of a higher education institution engaging with regional enterprise to make a very tangible contribution to the local economy and society. "The summer camp for children of 12-15 years of age further illustrates the strong contribution that St. Angela's College makes to the wider community in terms of educational outreach activities." The Programme for Government acknowledges lifelong learning as being a high priority for Government.

A total of 4,000 additional places were announced recently under the Jobs Initiative in the Post Leaving Certificate and Back to Education Initiative programmes. "The recent economic downturn has magnified the importance of lifelong learning and workforce development: as jobs across Europe become increasingly more skill-intensive, the up-skilling of our people has become imperative," said Minister Cannon. "The 'knowledge economy' needs people who can renew and refresh their skills and competencies over the course of their lives people who are 'job-shapers' rather than merely 'job-seekers'."

Coleman Centre gets new website CEOLÁRAS Coleman in Gurteen is set to benefit from a new website set up by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. The music and culture centre in the South Sligo village of Gurteen is one of eight regional centres of CCE nationwide and all will get their own websites so that people looking to attend music sessions or learn music can access the information more easily.

Comhaltas established the eight Regional Resource Centres to further engage the whole community, support the teaching of the traditional arts in education at all levels, expand the branch network and support services; and establish new regional support teams and resource centres. Each centre aims to support the work of

Comhaltas branches within the region, whilst being fully available to any individuals, group or organisations interested promoting and developing Irish cultural traditions. The websites have been designed to allow the user to research local classes, tuition and timetables in their area. Electronic on-line ticketing allows users to check out and book

tickets for upcoming events in their centre such as sessions, concerts and performances and to purchase a range of Traditional music CDs and Books. Local branch details are also available on the website allowing the user to quickly and simply find out which Comhaltas branch is best suited to them. Visit www.ceolaras for more.


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VISIT: Bóthar patron, celebrity chef, Neven Maguire meeting a recipient family on a recent trip to see Bóthar projects in Uganda.

See the work of Bóthar first-hand I

F you want to see the work of Irish third-world charity Bóthar first-hand then you can join them on their 20th Anniversary study tour in Uganda this Autumn. Uganda is where the Bóthar livestock programme first began 20 years ago with the shipment of just 20 in-calf heifers. Now all these years later and with so many families helped with the subsequent airlifts of thousands of such heifers, they offer the chance to donors to revisit projects and meet recipient fami-

lies there. The dates for the tour are Saturday, October 29 to Saturday, November 5 inclusive. Bóthar, founded in 1991, currently works in 35 countries using many different species of livestock. Study Tour Director Pat McCarrick, based in Bóthar’s Tubbercurry office. said: “Study Tours take participants into the very heart of our work. You get to visit locations, meet people and get a real sense of the value of this form of aid.

“Few people ever have such an opportunity. “Participants return home with a different view of the world and a renewed enthusiasm to make it a better place.” Every tour involves travel, visiting families, seeing the livestock in action and of course the essential rest and relaxation time. For more details on this Anniversary Study Tour or to book a place contact Bóthar’s Sligo office in Tubbercurry on 071-9120100 or email

Sports project aimed at the unemployed A GROUND-BREAKING initiative which creates opportunities in sport for unemployed people is to be rolled out to County Sligo. Link-2-B-Active was developed by South Dublin County Sports Partership to create an opportunity for unemployed people to access sports facilities at a reduced rate, encouraging them to participate in recreational activities. The successful model supported 1,100 people

to become involved in physical activity and is supported by 25 operators. The Irish Sports Council will support Link-2-B-Active as a national programme though the network of Local Sports Partnerships, including the Sligo Sports Partnership. Facilities like gyms, leisure centres, allweather pitches and other sports facilities have suffered from the downturn.

With funding available to subsidise this programme, the facilities were encouraged to put together with a special offers for the use of their facilities by unemployed people. The Dublin partnership developed a special website and distributed promotional flyers to social welfare offices, community centres, libraries and more to inform unemployed people about the programme.

Arising from this success the Irish Sport Council has provided funding for a national roll out of the programme. One of the 32 participating Sport Partnerships will be Sligo. More details of this new programme will be available when it is rolled out to Sligo. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on the Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership at www.sligosportandrecre




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A Sligo architect who is challenging the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bias A

SLIGO architect who designed a cutting-edge residence in Skreen has been nominated for his work at the Irish Architecture Awards, taking place on July 11. Sligo-born and raised Gordon Chrystal set up the firm 4 Architecture in January 2008 and has gone on to win critical acclaim, but this is the first time that one of his projects has been nominated in the Public Choice Category. The architect himself admits that, with heavy-hitters like Dublin's Aviva Stadium, the redeveloped Model in Sligo and college buildings in NUI Maynooth and Trinity College Dublin, he is a definite underdog as the award is decided by public vote (and you can vote at The winners will be announced and presented with their awards on the evening of Monday, July 11 in Dublin. The house, which was given the project name "Solid Sanctuary", is a striking residence created specifically for a client who was looking for something different. "The house was conceived as a wooden box, strategically carved open to allow natural light and diagonal views to penetrate the plan and connect the interior to the surrounding landscape, while retaining the sense of privacy stipulated by the clients," said Gordon. "The resultant glazed courtyards both connect and separate the rooms within. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aside from these courtyards, openings in the timber shell are kept to a minimum - vertical 'slits' reveal glimpses of the surroundings from within; the corner window frames a view of the nearby mountain; and the front door, where the building's 'skin' peels away to reveal the recessed entrance." The clients said they are very happy with the finished product too: "We

asked for something private and unassuming, but that is also open and full of sunlight and takes advantage of the panoramic views. "We wanted something clever, but practical and energy efficient. The house, which came in on budget, is not only beautiful, but also extremely practical. "The kids' playroom, for example, beside the kitchen, can be closed off in an instant. Also, because we can see the whole site from the kitchen, we always know where the kids are at any one time. We feel like we are living outside sometimes, yet from the public road the house remains discreet and private." Gordon, who's firm has offices in Sligo and Mayo, said there is a particular satisfaction to working on smaller projects like this one. "What I love about working on houses is the personal nature of the work - helping families to achieve their dream home. It's very hands on and hugely rewarding. "While I always see domestic architecture as the focus of the practice, my ambition is to branch out into cultural and educational work this year. "Although not easy in the current climate, I am determined to grow as a practice, and to continue to create architecture that is responsive, innovative and sensitive to its surroundings." Sligo has, in the past, been recognised for a number of architectural projects, but the majority are carried out by Dublin-based architecture firms. Gordon is hoping projects such as "Solid Sanctuary" will prove once and for all that the North West has its own architectural talent. This is the first time a Sligo architect has been shortlisted in the awards and the first time that a house in County Sligo has been shortlisted. Gordon is also the youngest architect in this year's shortlist.

NOMINATED: Exterior and interior shots of the Skreen house which has been nominated for an award.

About the architect

KITCHEN: The kitchen of the Gordon Chrystal designed house in Skreen.

Gordon Chrystal (pictured above) only recently relocated from his native Sligo, taking up residence in Murrisk, just outside the town of Westport in Co. Mayo. His latest work is something of a dream fulfilled for Gordon who went from Ballinode College to Dublin Institute of Technology in Bolton Street, the home of Irish architecture, from where he graduated with distinction in 1998. "Following this, I returned to Sligo and worked with a local based practice for 4 years and I joined a rock'n'roll band too!," he said, referring to his time as the drummer

in Sligo trio Petronella alongside brothers Tabby and Dominic Callaghan. He gave up the music to return to university in 2002, this time UCD. After graduating top of his class in Architecture in 2007, Gordon spent a short while in Grafton Architects before returning to Sligo. "I was determined to fulfil my ambition of setting-up my own practice. In January 2008, 4 Architecture opened its doors and within six months I had my first studio recognition on the national stage - when my competition entry in to the RIAI Henrietta Street

Competition received a commendation." That project was also published in an architecture magazine and that year ended with a second magazine feature in Plan Magazine with his "Very Small House" project. "Since then I have concentrated on bringing my design work to fruition. 'Solid Sanctuary', one such project began on the drawing board in August 2008 and the house was completed in April 2010." You can find out more about Gordon's projects and his firm at


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New trains to end commuter runs Monday to Saturday T

HE recent delivery of 12 new trains to Irish Rail will bring an end to the older Commuter carriages on the Sligo line from Monday to Saturday. The new Inter-City trains came into service on the Sligo line in 2008. But because there was an insufficient number of the modern carriages available, a Commuter train still ran once a day. This was much to the annoyance of the traveling public, to the extent that many tried to arrange their journeys so as to avoid the older train. However, the recent arrival of 12 of the new models at Dublin port will mean that all weekday services to Sligo will be operated by the much superior Inter-City rail cars. However, the situation on Sundays is not as straightforward. Corporate Communications Manager with Irish Rail Barry Kenny said: “Sunday services would be monitored for demand. It may be that we need to retain a limited use of other train types on this day, due to the heavy demand on Sunday afternoon / evening”. The new trains arrived at Dublin port on the last leg of their journey from a factory in Korea. The Sligo line received the first batch of the new rail cars when they were first brought in in 2008. This resulted in improved frequency of service and added comfort for passengers.

TRAIN WRAP: Twelve additional new Inter-City trains recently arrived at Dublin Port.

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sligo tweet s obiwanmartyn Why is there good weather everywhere except the west of Ireland 3 days straight its been rain and its so cold it feels like november showgies Just recovering from celebrating our win over #shams Now we chase St Pats, nice to be chasing a decent club for a change lydiarogersSOC So many spectacular moments during the opening ceremony. Lighting of Flame of Hope was fantasticTeam Ireland are all set to make us proud! MervilleUnited Congrats to the Mary's community games lads on winning county final. Let's stick together and win 2012! fearraigh75 Steven Alkin has just called Rafaele Creataro the 'Tubbercurry Tornado'. Tubbercurry wouldn't look too different after a tornado. McHughWeekender Sligo's exit from GAA championship in Aughrim likely to raise questions about future of manager Kevin Walsh. DeclanLeePR Bit o'red do the job last night, bit o'black mess it up tonight. Thems is the breaks 1963Barry Lovely 85k cycle with history lesson yesterday! De Cuellar Trail cycle Started/finished on Streedagh beach. Wexler12 Best night in the Showgrounds since beating Shams in the League Cup semi, thanks you Rovers MaireSligo I am so awed by the amount of money raised by Dippers I've set myself a target of €1,000 by 29 July Can you help? Susan O'Keeffe #dipinthenip Hurrah. We did it! congratulations to everyone who ran naked into the ATlantic this morning! It was exhilirating and no rain! OlwenCD I would say @MaireSligo will need a good rest after all the organisation and planning involved. You're a mighty woman, Maire! #dipinthenip Tabbyofficial Went to dentist to ask bout a tooth next thing i know hey presto got me a new filling !! fin-

gers crossed no more pain or horrible taste !xx

leahodo Thinking of a night out in Sligo? Why not visit a creche instead, same people in both places! Hurry up college people and come back! Hydebridge Mark Why is tonight an excuse for people to burn their rubbish? Should be illegal 365 days per year not 364 sligojazz Carl Nielsen, founding father of #Sligo jazz scene, is with Louis Armstrong. Rest in Peace. DisneyMusical94 I just went to the Yeats building to see what it's like. It's so old fashioned that they have no wifi CountySligoGC @McIlroyRory A return visit to the place of your 1st major victory in 2005 West must b on cards Rosses Point jonathanloftus If heaven does exist I'm convinced it will consist of a jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room mrquinnsclass On the school tour we also went for a walk in Dooney Wood and we visited the Holy Well and said a prayer. We saw a mass rock from Penal Time maugherowschool We are sailing all week so you may notice that we aren't tweeting, too wet for the laptop! aoifep Leaving a very wet & grey Sligo for Dublin and unfortunately chose train with no sockets or dining trolley. #thingscanonlygetbetter showgies @@Robbie9Fowler wanna play in Europa Cup? Sligo Rovers would suit you Robbie, we could do with another scouser. From Dixie Dean to Robbie Fowler sineaddesmond Am blissed out after a great weekend on the water and in Strandhill's seaweed baths hubby not happy says I smell like a stinky beach.


docile for democracy I'LL be honest, I have been expecting the Irish to embrace civil disobedience to change our government and its constitution of weak ineffective law edited by a Catholic bishop and a politician who lacked faith in the people. True democracy in Ireland is not going to happen. A few blacks in America refused to sit in the back of the bus, others became university students surrounded by hate, and they did overcome, India sent Great Britain packing, two percent of the population in Egypt got rid of their dictator, Libyans are dying in their effort to have real democratic freedom. There are 104,366 Americans buried in 20 sites in Europe so that the Irish are not speaking German or Russian. Neutrality and docility are traits that disallow Ireland ever becoming a true democracy. I have given up any hope of seeing Ireland rid itself of their elitist party parliamentary dictatorship they call democracy. Someone said in a letter to the editor of the Independent that the Irish are like sheep. If he is saying Irish should stop acting like sheep and have the will to force change I would agree. David McWilliams said that if Ireland’s historic political partys did not recognise the massive changes that are necessary because of the recession and the pressures of the worlds need for oil, food and water that the people of Ireland may look to a messianic type leader. Well David, Ireland does not seem to have a messianic type leader and if one showed up many Irish would shut their doors and close the curtains to the delight of the present political structures.

Gerald Rolf, 5 Larkhill Road, Sligo.

Irish war veterans can access travel funds I am writing to you on behalf of World War II veterans who, due to a lack of advertising, may not have been aware that in 2010 financial grants. "Heroes Return II" was a scheme available from the UK Big Lottery Fund to enable veterans, male or female, to pay a visit of remembrance to the theatre of war that they were involved in. The scheme was extended to Irish war veterans who served with the British Army during World War II. It appears that the number of veterans claiming these grants were far less than anticipated resulting in these grants being extended to December 31, 2011. It would be extremely helpful if you can find space in your newspaper to make these details known so that veterans, who will now be aged 80 and over, may still take advantage of these grants and plan a visit. The grants range from £150 (€170) to cover travel and accommodation for veteran, spouse and carer, within the UK, £1,300 (€1,460) to Northern Europe and £5.500 (€6,200) to the Far East. These grants are also available to widows and widowers of veterans and, as mentioned, this includes veterans resident in Ireland. As I have received a grant for a visit I made last December, I would be more than willing to advise any of your readers on how and where to claim. Just e-mail me.

John Babbage (

Utility poles on Sligo streets. Your very informative article on the proposed street refurbishment in Market Cross was enjoyable. But, perhaps one of the elected councillors or an official of Sligo Borough Council could provide an explanation of where the money provided by the EEC/EU to Sligo Borough Council for the placing of all electric and telephone lines underground was spent. On admission to the then EEC (EU) one of the articles of agreement Ireland assented to was the directive that any urban area with a population of 12,000 or above had 12 years 1973 to 1985 - to have all poles removed and services placed underground. The only thoroughfare on which this directive was carried out was on The Mall in 1985 when it was brought to the attention of the then County Manager, Borough Engineer and Town Clerk at a meeting between these gentlemen and the Sligo Chamber of Commerce.

Declan Foley Berwick, Australia

EU to tackle tourism for first time TO remain the world's number one tourist destination, European countries have to cooperate to further improve quality, visibility, competitiveness and sustainability of a sector worth 5% of the EU's GDP. The European Parliament's Committee for Transport and Tourism has approved a report recommending concrete action to be taken by the European Commission. Developing a Europe-wide approach to tourism is now possible due to the Lisbon Treaty. This is the first time we have really been able to put forward a blueprint for what Europe needs to do to attract tourists to Europe. The real opportunity or challenge for Ireland is to ensure that once the EU has done the work in getting the tourist to Europe, that Ireland has good, cheap, connectivity so tourists like Australians for example, will make sure to include Ireland as part of a multi-country trip. In addition, given the continuing growth in health and spa tourism, the committee suggests to table a single legislative proposal on spa tourism in order to give the sector a controlled organic structure and support further development of health tourism. This could be of massive benefit to Ireland. During the boom times there were very many top class hotel and spa facilities built that are now empty or struggling. We need a revision of the travel package directive and I would urge the Commission to table a proposition in September 2011. As part of the strategy to get tourists to Europe, and keep Europeans holidaying within the EU, the Committee recommends the definition of a “European quality tourism label” based on common quality criteria while emphasizing regional and local diversity to build a strong "Europe Brand". At the same time, the current number of labels should be reduced and the accommodation classification systems gradually harmonised throughout the EU to

offer foreseeable common standards to guests. I will be pushing for a budget to implement this. I also warmly welcomed proposals on mutual recognition of diplomas and incentives for close cooperation with the world of research and business. The importance of this strategic sector emerges from the statistics: tourism represents the third largest socioeconomic activity in the EU, it employs 5,2% of the total workforce and generates over 5 % of EU GDP, a figure which is steadily rising. The EU remains the world's favourite tourist destination, with 370 million international tourist arrivals in 2008, or 40 % of arrivals around the world, despite the difficult times due to the economical crisis.

Jim Higgins, Ireland North West MEP

Thanks for Demons ON behalf of the businesses and people of Dromahair, we would like to thank the committee of the Dromahair Demons' Festival, for organising such a fantastic event last Saturday. As usual it was excellently organised, full of exciting events with great music and fun for all. Thanks too for the great clean-up and we look forward to the next festival.

Richard Cavaliero Dromahair

Special concerts in July IRISH Bible Ministries return again this year and I hope some of your readers can attend our Gospel Concerts in Sligo and Manorhamilton. Our first concert will be in the Sligo City Hotel on Wednesday 6 July at 8.15pm. Our second concert will be in the Bee Park Community Resource Centre in Manorhamilton on Thursday 7 July at 8.15pm. The special guest on both occasions will be Graham Murphy, talented Gospel singer and accomplished pianist. Graham will present a delightful programme of the favourite Gospel songs of Elvis Presley. Come along and enjoy the inspiring Gospel music and message which Graham will present in a friendly and informal setting. Refreshments will be served and there will be time to talk with friends. Admission is free each evening and everyone is very welcome to come and enjoy the music and an inspirational message. These concerts are for the whole community.

Joan McAllister Irish Bible Ministries, P.O. Box 14, Lifford, Co Donegal.

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No luck for Sligo in New York either

It appears that the exiles representing Sligo on the gaelic football field in New York aren’t faring any better than the home based ones. The New York Irish Emigrant website reports that they were beaten recently by Astoria, who according to the website’s reporter Douglas Brady “ did just enough to win a poor football match”. And he reckoned “although neither side was anywhere near good, Sligo were the main culprit of poor football as they managed one score in the second half, while hitting well into the double digits for wides”.

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Supernatural connection Frank McNally, who pens the Irishman’s Diary in the Irish Times was recently in Sligo. In the course of an interesting piece about some of Sligo’s more prominent buildings, long established businesses and the Yeats connection, he took humourous issue with a claim about the Sligo connection with Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. He noted the fact that Stoker’s mother, Charlotte Blake Thornley is buried in St John’s Cathedral churchyard, “along with many other members of what Sean O’Faolain later called ‘the best Protestant stock in all Ireland’”. He went on: “And although Stoker grew up a Dubliner, the Sligo tourism booklet goes so far as to suggest that he may have been inspired to write Dracula while observing the ‘walking dead’ on visits to Sligo with his mother “during the cholera outbreak circa 1832’”. ”This would have been a doubly supernatural event, since – strictly speaking – Stoker wasn’t born until 1847. But in the context of his writings, that’s a minor detail. Maybe the walking dead of 1832 managed to haunt him later on – he would have been the first to admit such a possibility. Or maybe something was lost in translation.”

French up the ante for John Perry DURING the week that a news website called French Forum picked up on the story about John Perry’s disastrous press conference. It reported that the Junior Minister “made an empty promise to return breast-cancer services to Sligo General Hospital which has caused outrage with cancer campaigners who are demanding his resignation.” But they got a bit mixed up about the 100 days aspect of it. The website reported that Minister Perry “denied that he made a pledge stating he would resign if he fails to deliver within 100 days. However, he has admitted that it was a mistake to make such a major promise”. But then the piece finished up by incorrectly upping the ante further for poor John Perry with the line: “Perry now faces a 100 day deadline to show campaigners results. He realizes this was a mistake but cannot back down.”

Weather gives us an advantage WE don’t generally have much good to say about the weather, in fact we all probably spend a lot of time giving out about it. But a press release we received this week reminded us that we do have reasons to be thankful for our temperate climate. The release from farm advisory body Teagasc pointed out that our climate gives us a competitive edge in crop production. Drought and extreme weather conditions in many parts of the world is impacting on world grain markets with expected shortcomings in harvest. While some Irish crops will be affected by low rainfall, overall the 2011 yield potential for Irish cereal crops looks quite good. Teagasc pointed out that the volatility in crop markets was swinging in Irish growers favour this year. So now don’t be complaining too much about the weather.

The children from Cheryl's Children's Home on a break in recording at the Loreto Convent in Msongari in Nairobi... The recording was put together by James, Colm Henry and Maeve Coghlan. See the kids on Youtube by typing in "Cheryl’s Children".


s someone who has sung for their supper now for twenty years, I have oftentimes been praised for my diction, and for ‘meaning the words’. During my college years I was awarded the Plunkett Greene Trophy for Interpretation at Dublin Feis Ceoil. Yet I know that at times, still, the music, and indeed other unforseen circumstances tend to take over. When I myself observe a performance, I find myself internally analysing the orchestration, chord progressions, harmonies, rhythm, quality of playing/singing, intonation, timbre, phrasing, stagecraft, hand movements, expression - and of course the lyrics. Paul Valéry claimed that poetry and lyrics are ‘a language within a language’. In dance music, lyrics are (questionably) forgettable. In Gospel and Country, lyrics can inspire, apart from perhaps such amusing titles as “Drop kick me Jesus through the goalposts of life”, or “You’re the reason our children are so ugly”, or my all-timefavourite “My wife ran off with my best friend, and I still miss him”. Lyrics can be of a political or social nature, tell a story, narrate an event, describe an object or situation, all the while expressing feelings and emotions. I am fully aware of the fact that as well as penetrating the music, singers need to immerse themselves deeply in the lyrics. The music and lyrics both need to resonate internally. When I met Finbar Furey in London shortly after I recorded “Green Fields of France”, he said he had heard the recording, and as he thumped me forcefully in the chest-bone, he closed his eyes and in a hoarse husky whisper uttered – “I can hear you feel the pain”. After I got my breath back, and got up off the floor, I accepted the compli-

ment wheezingly, as I do know the futility of war is something that has always struck a chord within me. Yet despite all of this, I think one of the most unexpected lessons I learned on one of my many grounding trips to the Kenyan slums was the overwhelming strength and power of the lyric. As you are reading this I am back in Africa, building with Kenya Build, and also releasing “Cheryl’s Children – On Top of the World”. (See Facebook Cherylschildrencd). Sincere thanks to so many of you who purchased a copy of the CD at our recent fund-raising concert in the inspiring setting of Castle Dargan, and thanks to all involved. Every cent of all of those ten euro notes has by now been delivered to Samuel and the children at Cheryl’s. When we recorded the tracks at the Loreto Convent in Nairobi last year, the lyrics kept jumping out at me. My eyes welled up as I watched AIDS orphans swaying, eyes closed in prayer, gently sing “I once was lost, but now am found, amazing grace how sweet the sound”. I was convinced they believed anything was possible as they sang with

conviction Labi Siffre’s stirring words “The more you refuse to hear my voice, the louder I will sing, because there’s something inside so strong”. In “Happy Talk”, as Chico executed the standard “South Pacific” actions with Chico’s own inimitable style, the kids persuaded me that “if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true”. Within the walls of the new accommodation blocks, as the sun set on Dagoretti, I heard children’s voices as they chanted “Consider yourself at home”, a song sung by orphans in “Oliver!”. To listen to orphans, with hellish pasts and negligible possessions, sing of “the bare necessities” gives that “Jungle Book” classic an entirely revised meaning. Their favourite song was the title track by The Carpenters. As we rehearsed, I asked a few of the children why they were “on top of the world”. Delvin said it was because she loved to sing. Jacinta explained that Jesus was in her heart. And little Kevin Kipkoech floored me completely by saying “because I am alive”. Patrick, who was severely abused and traumatised, composed his own rap which made it on to the album as a bonus track. When we were given a heart-breaking translation of the middle section in Swahili, tears flowed freely. The children love to sing more than anything, but they also mean the lyrics, and in so doing have taught me to re-evaluate the strength of lyrics. Do we differentiate between the art ‘object’ and the art ‘maker’? After all, as Yeats wrote in “Among School Children” – ‘How can we know the dancer from the dance?’. See more of James’ words at and

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Grow it yourself

Seasons hold sway in the veggie patch

Receipe of the month

Ratatouille Ratatouille is a classic summer dish that makes great use of veggie patch “gluts”. It can fairly be described as “fiddly”, but I think it’s worth it. This serves four.


SUPERMARKET is a place where there are no seasons. You can buy any vegetable you want at any time of the year. Want a butternut squash in May? Your local supermarket probably has one for sale, though it was most probably grown in Ghana and spent weeks in the back of a container lorry. For all its technological wizardry, there is a terrifying blandness about the modern food chain, with its continuous, year-round supply of mediocre, uniform produce. The veggie patch on the other hand, is a place where thankfully, the seasons still hold sway in all their riotous glory. Seasonality is not without its frustrations of course (it involves a lot of waiting for one thing), but at least it brings diversity and variety in its wake. Vegetables were never designed to be available all year round - the wax and wane of the seasons is part of their nature. Summer is truly a time of plenty for GIYers - a time when we perhaps start to struggle to keep up with the output of the veggie patch. Though the work is hard, we can also take time to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Savour the taste of produce that is organic, local and seasonal. Celebrate its diversity. If you grew a crazy-shaped carrot or a foot-long courgette, congratulate yourself on having produced something utterly unique, which your supermarket wouldn't even let inside the door!

Ingredients: 5 super ripe tomatoes 3 courgettes – cut in to slices 2 aubergines – cut in to chunks 2 red or yellow peppers – sliced 1 onion, peeled and sliced 2 garlic cloves , peeled and crushed 5 tbsp olive oil bunch of basil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp sugar

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Tip of the Month


Which plants need lots of water?

Any ground that has finished cropping must be quickly cleared away to take more vegetables. Use your produce - eat it, freeze it, process it, exchange it, give it away. Continue to water and feed plants and practice good weed control. Earth up brassicas such as Brussels sprouts these plants will grow tall and require a good deal of support. Net plants to keep butterflies and the cabbage moth away. Cut down legume plants that have finished cropping leave the roots in the soil as they fix nitrogen in the soil. Give pumpkins plenty of water and apply a high-

potash liquid feed.


Continue successional sowings and use quick maturing varieties for autumn use - Swiss chard, lettuce, rocket, salad onions, radish, turnips, peas, French Beans (dwarf), carrots. Sow for winter use spring cabbage, Hungry Gap kale, parsley, perpetual spinach, chicory and coriander. Plant strawberries now for a good crop next June.

Propagate rosemary, sage and mint from cuttings now.


July and August are peak months for produce – enjoy it! First crops of French and runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette and aubergine, marrows, beetroot, globe artichokes. Continue to harvest new potatoes, calabrese, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, turnips, shallots, garlic, radish, spring onions, salad crops, strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, currents (black, red and white), gooseberries, loganberries, peas, broad beans. Ask yourself – do you really need to go to the supermarket?

Which veg plants need a lot of watering in dry weather and which can ones can withstand a bit of a drought? It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines. Leafy vegetables like brassicas, lettuce, spinach and celery needs lots of water - 10-15 litres per square meter a week. Fruiting veg like toms, peas, beans, cucumbers need heavy watering when they are flowering and fruits are starting to swell. Too much watering of root crops will encourage lush foliage rather than good roots - in early stages water only if soil is drying out but more is required when roots are swelling.

Start by doing all your choppin’ and slicin’. Score a cross on the base of each tomato, then put them into a bowl. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes and leave for half a minute, then pour off the water. Cover them with cold water and leave to cool – the skin should come off easily now. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and roughly chop. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a sauté pan and brown the aubergines on each side, then set aside. Next up brown the courgettes in a little more oil and set aside. Then do the same with the peppers. Cook the onion for 5 minutes, add the garlic and fry for a further min. Stir in the red wine vinegar and sugar, then tip in the tomatoes and half the basil. Return the vegetables to the pan with some salt and pepper and cook for 5 mins. Garnish with the rest of the basil and serve with some crusty bread.

Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and founder of GIY Ireland. We are trying to get 100,000 people to take a pledge to grow something they can eat – take the GIY pledge at © GIY Ireland 2011 – all rights reserved.


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Magical experiences at youth theatre Summer Camps C

OUNTY Sligo Youth Theatre are offering one of the most innovative summer programmes with workshops to lead young people on a fun filled journey of self discovery through dance, drama, mask work clowning and circus theatre. From Monday next, July 4 until August 5, Miquel Barceló, actor and co-founder of Theatro Punto and The Gombeens Theatre Company, will introduce the world of Commedia to young people aged 15 to 22. Through high-energy games, physical exercises, imaginative improvisation, and using leather masks as tools, this workshop full of foolery will challenge everyone's theatrical boundaries. For the exuberant 11 to 15 year old group, a fun introduction to circus and its use in theatre is offered under the expert tutelage of Colm O'Grady, actor and circus performer with the company Ouch Entertainment. The workshop explores the basics of 'partner acrobalance', unicycle and juggling together with character, clown and movement. Jean-Marie Perinetti, actor and artistic director with Sligo's own Luna Nua Theatre Company, invites younger children aged 8 to 12 to take part in a journey of fun and selfdiscovery through the magic of theatre and clowning. These workshops will awaken playful energy, evoke laughter and promote self-confidence while experiencing the joy of theatre. Kate Wilson and Marketa Formanova will introduce the youngest group 8-12 to a movement workshop inspired by the wizardry of Harry Potter. To avail of this unique opportunity and enjoy the creative energy and artistic delight of these workshops email or call 083-3360403.

Appeals lodged against new Manorhamilton Tesco store By John Bromley


HE granting of planning permission for a new Tesco store in Manorhamilton has been appealed to An Bord Pleanana. Two appeals have been submitted. One is from RGDATA, the representative organisation for independent family grocers in Ireland, and the

other is from a local man Robert Dunne. Tesco was granted planning permission by Leitrim County Council to construct a single level retail store with a gross floor area of approximately 1,534 square metres, with a subsidiary alcohol sales area at Clooneen Park, New Line, Manorhamilton. The development would also include 106 car parking spaces, as well as new access

arrangements from the N16. RGDATA contended that the development was not consistent with the proper planning and sustainable development of Manorhamilton. It submitted that the new shop would be 400 metres away from the town centre and would be removed from the “retail core” of Manorhamilton and as such it would “severely impact on the vitality and viability of

the existing businesses.” RGDATA also contended that the development was not consistent with planning guidelines which “gave particular credence to the need to enhance the vitality and viability of town centres”. The body also pointed out that the guidelines also “specifically recognize the function of town centres as being central to sustainable and sociable communities.”

It took issue with a suggestion by Tesco that Manorhamilton at present does not benefit from the presence of a large foodstore, pointing to the development of the new Super Valu store in the town. The grocers body also argues that the development would be contrary to national transport objectives. “We note that the planning application includes car park-

ing for 106 cars which indicates that the development would be almost wholly reliant of the private car. “It is a wholly unsustainable form of development which will encourage additional car journeys.” The objection by Robert Dunne is also based on concern about the affect of the development on the future vitality of Manorhamilton town centre.


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Business Leadership luncheon PR Consultant Grainne Byrne is the latest business professional to share her expertise with local businesspeople at the Monthly Leadership Luncheon at the Glasshouse on Thursday, June 30. The event, run by Sligo Chamber and Enterprise Europe Network, will take place from 12.30 to 1pm with a light lunch at 12.45pm sharp. Grainne's expertise lies in working with companies to help them develop their business through effective communication and by devising and implementing consumer and corporate PR strategies. Grainne is the current EU Ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship at Dublin's EU Commission. She is Managing Director of gbc Public Relations and Member of Council at Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Before setting up gbc Public Relations, Grainne worked in Dublin and London based consultancies and built up her expertise in consumer, corporate and trade PR. She previously ran Grainne Byrne Communications before selling the business. Next months luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, with guest speaker Minister for Small Business, John Perry.

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Chamber reflects on a busy year at AGM S

LIGO Chamber's 2011 AGM in Sligo City Hotel heard of a busy year for the body. he meeting was addressed by this year's President Gerard Moore and guest speaker Paul Keyes of Team Sligo Tourism. Chamber CEO, Rebecca Stevens presented an annual overview of the Chamber's activities over the last twelve months including a very successful Social Media Conference which was held recently at IT Sligo. She said that follow up events will run later in the year and areas are being looked at which would allow members a platform to promote themselves and their businesses. Ms. Stevens also encouraged members to attend the monthly networking lunches.


To date, attendance has been good and feedback positive for these events. In addition to being a platform for networking, Sligo Chamber is continuing to target keynote speakers so that these events are motivational and inspirational. In his address Chamber President Gerard Moore spoke about the very real challenges facing the local economy. He specified the need for an Eastern Bridge and the regeneration of Cranmore. He spoke also of the need for the provision of gas for Sligo and improved broadband services. He stated that the Chamber would continue to lobby both the local and national politicians on members’ behalf. "We are fortunate to have a Taoiseach from the West of Ire-

land and also that the Sligo/North Leitrim Constituency has eight public representatives between the Dail and Seanad - one of the highest representations per capita in Ireland. "We need to build on our relationships and continue to lobby local and national politicians for the continued development of the region and Sligo in particular." The President also spoke about the importance of Sligo General Hospital. "We look forward to the delivery of €50m funding announced in 2010 towards a new capital development on hospital site and the approval for a Cardiac Catheter Laboratory on site. The President stated these remain very important pieces of

infrastructure for Sligo and are critical to the successful development of Sligo as a Gateway City. Paul Keyes from Team Sligo Tourism was the Guest Speaker. He gave a brief outline of the birth of Team Sligo Tourism, an overview of the work to date and their future plans. Team Sligo is a group focused on collaboration on tourism. He outlined their objective to increase visitor numbers by 25,000 per annum to the region by increasing the awareness and appeal of County Sligo and that by 2013 they would be regarded as the most improved and collaborative destination in Ireland. "Collaboration has been the missing link so far," he said. "But is the key to success over the next three years."

Sligo Enterprise event in Leitrim LEFT: ENTERPRISE: Pictured at the Bank of Ireland conference are (l-r) Senator Michael Comiskey; Brian Smyth, Leitrim Enterprise Board; MEP Mairead McGuinness; Bank of Ireland Regional Manager John Keegan; Teagasc Advisor Sean Doorley and Tony McLoughlin, TD. BELOW: CONFERENCE: Pictured (l-r) Cllr Sean McDermot; MEP Mairéad McGuinness; Cllr Frank Dolan; Cllr Siobhan McGloin and Tony McLoughlin, TD. BANK of Ireland's Manorhamilton branch held a conference on enterprise on Friday, June 17. The conference was attended by, among others, Leitrim Senator Michael Comiseky, MEP Mairead McGuinness and Sligo-North Leitrim deputy Tony McLoughlin. It was also attended by local businesspeople and

councillors as well as representatives from Bank of Ireland's business division and regional manager John Keegan. MEP McGuinness, who is seeking the Fine Gael nomination for the Presidency, said the State needs to "create, foster and enable the correct environment in which local entrepreneurship can flourish".

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Border jobless figures stabilise THE North West branch of IBEC (The Irish Business and Employment Confederation) has welcomed the stabilising of unemployment figures in the Border region but said there remains a monumental task to create more employment in the region. The CSO quarterly national household survey figures show that 27,500 people are unemployed in the Border region. The figures, which relate to the first quarter of 2011, show that the region's unemployment rate has relatively stabilised to 13.1 percent compared with 13.3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. IBEC regional director Padraig O'Grady said: "While job losses in the economy are stabilising, a massive task remains to get those that are unemployed back to work. Business wants to see a relentless focus by Government on reform, cost savings, competitiveness and the support of enterprise. "Long-term unemployment is becoming a serious problem. Every Government decision must be informed by the need to get people back to work. The focus should be on providing those that have lost their job with the right skills to take up new jobs when they arise. "A particular focus is needed on lower level skilled workers, who have been the most severely affected by the recession. It is crucial that we avoid a prolonged period of structural unemployment. "The Government must ensure that structural unemployment does not become entrenched in the economy. "Ambitious reform of labour market activation and retraining services is needed to ensure that those who have lost jobs get the skills to take up new work when the economy picks up."


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TOWN INDEX Ballytivnan/Rathbraughan ..34 Cranmore/Abbeyquarter......35 Mail Coach Road....................54 Merville ..................................54

COMMUNITY INDEX Aclare/Tourlestrane ..............33 Ballinacarrow ........................34 Ballisodare.............................34 Ballymote...............................34 Bellaghy/Charlestown...........34 Beltra/Dromard ...............34-35 Cliffoney/Grange....................35 Cloonacool..............................35 Collooney................................35 Coolaney.................................35 Curry..................................35-36 Dromore West .......................36 Easkey ....................................36 Enniscrone.....................36 & 53 Geevagh..................................53 53 Gurteen...................................5 Kinlough .................................53 Manorhamilton ................53-54 Newtownmanor ....................54 Riverstown........................54-55 Rosses Point...........................55 Skreen.....................................55 SooeyGleann/Ballygawley....55 Strandhill ..........................55-56 Templeboy .............................56 Tubbercurry...........................56

PHOTO INDEX Ballygawley..........................................33 Sligo .....................................................34 Coolaney ..............................................35 Mail Coach Road .................................36 Sligo......................................................36 Easkey ..................................................53 Ballinacarrow ......................................53 Manorhamilton...................................54 Riverstown...........................................55 Dromahair...........................................56

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Seamus Michael McLoughlin, Castledargan, Ballygawley, at his baptism in Sooey Church recently, with his parents, Yvonne and Oliver.

ACLARE/ TOURLESTRANE By Cyril Feehily Elite feat of bravery GALWAY-based Garda Bernie Mulderig, formerly McGowan of Banada, who foiled a tiger raid in Flynn’s of Lackagh, Galway a number of years ago has been presented with the Silver Scott Medal for bravery. The prestigious award was presented to her by the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan and the Minster for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter at a ceremony in Templemore on Thursday week last. The medal, named after former Commissioner of the New York Police department, Colonel Walter Scott, is reserved for elite feats of

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bravery of members of An Garda Siochana. This is the second highest award that any garda can receive and they are not handed out too often. They are highly sought after and recognise extreme bravery. Garda Bernie McGowan- Mulderig played football with Tourlestrane club – winning with its various teams. She also lined out for the Sligo Ladies team and was a member of the team that won the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship in Croke Park in 2006. Her husband is also a native of Sligo and her brother Gerry McGowan was a County footballer for many years at all levels and is presently a member of Tourlestrane Senior team. She has done, herself, her family and the parish proud. She is an example of what great people are about. Congratulations from all in the parish and the wider Tourlestrane community.

GOLDEN BOY: Congratulations to Aaron Murtagh, Lislea on winning a Gold Medal in the Senior Boys Triple Jump at the Aviva Irish Schools Track and Field Championship held in Tullamore. TWO SCHOOLS JOIN: The amalgamation of Banada and Kilmactigue National schools has been approved by the Department of Education and will go ahead on September 1. The new school will be known as Our Lady's National School, Banada. The school will have a concessionary teacher position as long as pupil numbers stay below the designated number (49 at present) and retains the present staff. The Department have sanctioned a grant to build a new classroom. SCHOOL OPENING: The official opening and blessing by Bishop Brendan Kelly of Castlerock National School new building took place on Friday morning.. The raising of the fourth

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Green Flag took place as well. The flag is for the travel theme, promoting sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling to school. Congratulations to all who contributed to the establishment of this new replacement building - the Board of Management, parents, staff and all those who support the project in any way. 26 YEARS SERVICE: Well done to Padraig Maye, Aclare, on having giving freely of his time for 26 years to the Sligo Civil Defence. We all congratulate him for his sevice and wish nim a happy retirement. ELDER ABUSE: A seminar on the topic of Elder Abuse will be held in Banada Abbey Hall on Monday, July 4 commencing at 8pm. All local organisations are invited to attend. Information on other issues relevant to senior citizens, including insulation grants, etc. will be outlined at this meeting. DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING: The Kilmactigue Parish Defibrillator Group wishes to inform parishioners that there has been a recent change in the Irish Heart Foundation and American Heart Association teaching guidelines on C.P.R and in the use of the A.E.D. Instructors have recently received update training and upon receipt of the new training D.V.D s from the U.S they will continue training under the new guidelines in the near future. Everybody will be contacted as they fall due for retraining. Any new parishioners interested in training for the first time, please contact any of the instructors. VHI CÚL CAMPS: The GAA VHI Cúl Camps are taking place in Tourlestrane from next Monday, July 4, in Tubbercurry from July 8 and again in Tubbercurry from August 8. Each camp is for five days. MAGIC MOMENTS: ‘Fun Week’ Summer Camps running for pre-school and junior / senior infant children each week in July at Magic Moments Playschool in Aclare - first week commencing Monday, July 4. Call Carol on 087-9049710 for bookings and further details 25 CARDS: Single hand 25 cards every Friday night in Kilmactigue Community Centre at 9pm COMMUNITY LOTTO: The Aclare Community Lotto is in excess of €2,700 and rising so why not take a chance and buy a ticket which can be purchased in Kennedy’s Supermarket or from any ADC member. BANADA BINGO: The Snowball Game has reached €12,000, the Jackpot €4,500 and the Lotto €1,360, waiting to be won at bingo every Tuesday in Banada Abbey Hall starting 9pm. Minimum €2000 payout each night.


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town&county BALLINACARROW Tel. 071-9167878 FAI soccer school THE FAI summer soccer school will take place from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15 in Coolaney Comunity park. To register log on to or call 1890 653 653. for a brochure or further details contact: Jerry O'Grady on 086 8867379. NEW BABY: Congrats to Debbie an Padraic McHugh, Carrowloughan, Coolaney, on the birth of their baby girl and to the proud grandparents Helen and Kenneth. COUNTRY MARKET: The country Market takes place every Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon in the community centre, Ballnacarrow. Please support local producers. MOBILE LIBRARY: The mobile library visits Coolaney Village every third Wednesday from 2.30pm to 4pm. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion Contact 086 163 7834.

BALLISODARE By Maeve McCormack Tel. 071-9130649

Recent deaths SYMPATHY on the recent death of Maura O’Doherty of Letterkenny (mother of Lorraine Hogan of Busy Park) Also sympathy on the death of Kathleen Clarke (nee Cawley) of Carrowgillpatrick, Beltra, Noel Cummins of Dublin (brother of Sr Patricia Cummins of St Marys Convent, Ballisodare) and Teresa Rowntree of Castlerea (mother of Lily Towey of Cloondara). NEW MASS TIME: The Mass time for Sundays in St Brigid’s Church, Corhownagh is now 11.30am. The vigil mass is still at 8pm on St Brigid’s on Saturday evening and early mass on Sunday at 9am in St Mary’s Oratory. HAPPY HOLIDAYS: St John’s National School get their holidays this Thursday. A happy and safe summer to all children and their families. LOTTO DRAW: Tickets for the Ballisodare gaelic and soccer clubs lotto draw cost €2. They are on sale from most local businesses in the village as well as from anyone involved with both clubs. And all money raised by this lotto draw goes directly towards the running costs of te clubs. NEWS PLEASE: If you have any news, please phone 071-9130649 or email

BALLYMOTE By Geraldine Anderson Mob. 086-1214822

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Bereavement SYMPATHY is extended to relatives and friends of Nathy Fahy, Carrownanty who died recently in Sligo. RECENT MARRIAGE: Congratulations to Nicola Lavin and Frank Hannon who were married in Ballymote on June 10. RECENT BAPTISMS: Congratulations to parents and godparents of Peter Joseph Gannon, Castleburn, Eva Breda Burdett, Sligo Road and Thomas Joseph Lavin, Ballyshannon – all who were baptised recently. GYMNASTICS BRONZE: Congratulations to Edel Rafferty, Ballymote and a pupil in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal who

Members of the Co. Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir making a presentation to Brian Holland, chairperson Alzheimer’s Society Sligo, the proceeds of their annual spring concert. Included in the photo are Don Gillen, Tony Cunningham, Sheila Crowley musical director and Michael O’Brien.

won the Girls U-12 Bronze Medal in gymnastics during the County Finals on June 19. CARD MAKING: Card making lessons are now taking place every Thursday at 7.30pm in Ballinacarrow community school hall. Cost is €48 per person. Six sessions to include techniques – colour co-ordination, stamping, decoupage/pyramage, embossing, card shapes/folds and making your own embellishment (paper flowers/rosettes etc. See examples of cards at Collooney Farm Shop (first floor, art and crafts. Contact Lorraine Mulvey on 087 2804005 for further details. COMMUNITY LOTTO: Results of draw on Saturday, June 18. Numbers drawn: 4, 16, 20 and 21. There was no winner of the €10,000 jackpot. Five €100 plus ten €50 prizes drawn on the night. Winners on display locally. Next Jackpot is €10,200 Saturday, July 2 in Haydens.Tickets are €2 each. TAG RUGBY SUCCESS: Congratulations to Ballymote U-11 Mixed Tag Rugby team who won their County Final against Riverstown. The squad was Katie Anderson, Aaron Brennan, Mark Conlon, Dylan Coggeran, Matt Devlin, Aisling Golden, Cian Kilcoyne, Jack Lavin, Patrick Murtagh, Dylan Martin, Cian Quinn, Leah Reynolds. They now go through to the Connacht Finals in Roscommon on July 16. Commiserations to the Ballymote U-14 Mixed Tag Rugby team who were narrowly defeated by Coolera / Strandhill in their recent county final. PIANO LESSONS: Piano lessons are available over the summer holidays in Ballymote area. Late beginners to Grade 5/6 welcome Lessons will begin early July. Please contact Yvonne on 086 2153483 or email for more information BALLYMOTE WIN: Congratulations to the girls Gaelic Football Team from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal who won the Cumann na mBunscol Competition for the third year in a row in Markievicz Park recently. Congratulations to their trainers and to all who came along to support them on the day. SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal will close for the summer holidays tomorrow, Wednesday, at 12.40pm. It will reopen for the new

school year on Thursday, September 1. An enjoyable and safe holiday is wished to all!


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Brian retires CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Feeney on his recent retirement from Sligo General Hospital. Brian has been on the staff of the hospital with over thirty-four years service there. At first, Brian Feeney started off as a staff worker in the hospital, then as a supervisor, and later he was promoted again to the position of service manager until his retirement a few weeks ago. To mark Brian’s retirement his colleagues and staff members at Sligo General Hospital organised a retirement party in the Village Inn, Cartron on Friday night, June 10 last. At the party were present and former colleagues and staff members of the hospital as well as friends and wellwishers from the surrounding area. A great night was had by all in the Village Inn with music and refreshments. At the party Brian Feeney was presented with a sum of money, which was the proceeds off a collection from his colleagues and staff members at his former work place. Also at the party were management colleagues of Brian’s, including Danny Hannon who worked with Brian Feeney for maney years, both as a staff worker, and as supervisor, and manager, at the hospital. Also in a attendance at the party was, Fr. John Carroll, who is the chaplain at the hospital. Wishing Brian many happy years in his retirement from the hospital, and wish him the best of luck in the future. OIL TANK DANGER: There was large domestic oil tank put on to the Rathbraughan Park green area during the past week leading up to bonfire night on June 23. This could have caused

huge damage in the estate if the oil tank had exploded, even though there was no oil in the tank at the time. The residents association contacted Sligo Borough Council, and the Sligo Garda Station about this problem. The council sent out a special unit with a purpose-type vehicle to remove the oil tank from the area. Sligo gardai are investigating this matter at the moment. It was highly dangerous to put the oil tank in the estate in the first place. Thank God it is now removed from the area. LEADERS REQUIRED: The Second, Third and Tenth Sligo Scout Group wish to hear from adults, 18 years and over, interested in working with young people in a voluntary capacity. Full training and support will be provided. For further information contact Padraig Kennedy on 086 1639658 or email; NEWS BOXES: Items for this community news column are most welcome and can be sent to Ballytivnan Rathbraughan Park notes to or by phone, mobile 086-8766024 or the landline, 071-9147864. Or you can put your news items in to the new Ballytivnan/ Rathbraughan Park, community news box that is now provided in Mullins supermarket, on the Bundoran Road, Sligo, The Ballytivnan/Rathbraughan Park correspondent and the Sligo Weekender wish to thank Mullins supermarket for providing the service for the community.


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New Acting Principal CONGRATULATIONS to Austin Egan who has been appointed the new acting principal of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Charlestown for a three-year period. The community wish you well Austin and look forward to the continued development of the St Joseph’s for many more years. SAVING ST JOSEPH’S: St Joseph’s school has recorded one of its largest enrolments of incoming first years for the

2011-2012 academic year. There has been huge support for the school from parents in the community and outlying areas who have expressed their confidence in the school by enrolling their children. Austin Egan, the new acting principal said recently that talks are taking place with an alternative patronage with a view to taking a trusteeship of the school going forward into the future. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Congratulations to Laura Kenny, daughter of Seamus and Margo Kenny, Church Street who celebrated her coming of age with a party for family and friends in KD’s bar. WHEELS IN MOTION: A 16km bike event has been organised to take place on Sunday next in Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership. Starting at 3pm from Carracastle Community Centre and returning to the same place on completion where refreshments will be served. There will also be a disco for 12-18 year olds - any queries contact Con on 087 9435036. TAVNEENA ENROLMENT: Tavneena NS is enrolling pupils up to the end of the school year. Call 094-9254910 or email SWIMMING POOL QUIZ: A table quiz was held in Johnny’s Bar on Friday, June 3 and was a big success. A big thank you to all who supported the quiz and raffle. Thanks to Johnny and Helena for providing their premises on the night. The Swimming Pool Committee is developing a website where you can log on and keep up-to date on progress, access information on fundraisers and keep abreast with the latest developments regarding the pool as it gets ready to open for the new summer season. July 1 is the date they hope to open their gates for the season. SARSFIELDS LOTTO: Next week’s jackpot will be €14,000 and the draw will be held in KD’s Church Street. Tickets can be purchased at several outlets in the community, price €2. SPANISH STUDENTS: Geraldine is still looking for a few more host families for Spanish students for the month of July. Contact Geraldine for on 0868105964. SCHOOL DISCO: There will be a primary school disco in Carracastle Community Centre on July 1 from 8pm to10pm to mark the end of the school year. This will be a great night with plenty of fun.

BELTRA/ DROMARD Irish Girl Guides THE North West Region celebrated their Centenery – 100 years of Guiding with a fun day in Skreen/ Dromard community centre on Saturday, June 11. Units came from Mayo, Donegal and Sligo, A variety of activities took place, face painting, puppet show bouncing castles, drumming and lots of other games kept the girls busy for the day and the sunshine made it complete. Thanks to all the leaders who organised the event there were 500-600 children present. Thanks also to the community council committee and the workers at the centre for their help at the gate etc and to the civil defence. The final event for this year will be the regional camp in Donegal from July 15. Thanks to parents and all who helped with events during the year. WOOL SALE: There will be a wool sale at Farry’s Yard, Altonelvick, Beltra, on Saturday, July 2 at 4pm. BIKER RALLY: There will be a Biker Rally Fundraiser Rock Night on Saturday, July 23 in the Fiddlers Elbow, proceeds for Irish Hospice Foundation Palative Care Sligo/Roscommon


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COOLANEY: Toddle team P.A.L from Coolaney took a very important challenge in the Danone Big Toddle for Barnadoes, the sponsored walk to help create a better start in life for vulnerable children. The team of seven toddlers from Coolaney were accompanied by play group manager Mary Hunt and play group assistant Nuala Campbell, along with parents and siblings of the children. They raised €293 for the charity. Pic by James Burke

area and SHOUT Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit. Donations will be much appreciated. SPECTACLES: There will be a collection of unwanted spectacles for Kenya and India, with boxes in church porches where the can be left. HIGHPARK WIN: Congratulations to Highpark NS on winning Cumann na mBunnnn ScoIl Finals. MARKET: The country market is in Beltra Hall every Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon. Butchers van and fish van will be in the car park.

CLIFFONEY/ GRANGE Hugh Tunney RIP THERE was widespread shock and sadness in North Sligo when news spread of the death of Hugh Tunney at the Blackrock Private Clinic on June 20 after a short illness. Mr Tunney was a native of Trillick in Co Tyrone but had lived since 1976 at Classibawn Castle in Mullaghmore which he had leased but later bought from the Royal Family. Mr Tunney left school at 14 years to work as a butcher and it was through the meat industry that he became one of the biggest meat producers in Europe. He was a man of unshakable faith and was a daily mass goer. He made numerous donations to various charities which included a large donation to St McCartans Church in Trillick where his remains were brought to from the Blackrock Clinic. Huge crowds attended the removal and the funeral with many travelling from the North Sligo region to pay their respects. Sympathy is extended to his wife and family on their great loss. May he rest in peace. PRETTY WEDDING: The wedding took place of Tammy Brennan and Philip Harte at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Grange on June 17. The wedding mass was celebrated by Fr Christy McHugh. Chief bridesmaid was Charlene Harte and the bridemaids were Charlene Brennan and Caroline Feeney. Best man was Niall Harte and the groomsmen were

Chritopher and Conor Harte. Flower girl was the pretty Caragh Harte and pageboys were the charming Adam Harte and Cruz Lyons. Music was provided by Vicky Costello. The reception was held in the Radisson Hotel and a wonderful day was had by all. Their families and friends would like to wish the happy couple many years of married life together. G.A.A. NEWS: St Molaise Gaels could well have made history by the time this paper hits the newsstands as they are within touching distance of winning an historic senior league title. They are the only unbeaten side in the senior league and they only need one more point from their last two games to create history for the North Sligo Club. WEIGHT WATCHERS: Weight Watchers continues every Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in Barry’s Lounge. For further information please contact Claire at 086 8291337. BINGO: Bingo is held every Saturday night in Cliffoney Hall with great prizes on offer. So come along support our local bingo. FUN RUN THANKS: A big thank you to all the people who joined in the Fun Run on Sunday, May 29. Especially to all the marshalls for their help. Also for the people who could not make it but gave donations. Amount raised was €1,550 for SHOUT and Irish Girl Guides. €900 went to SHOUT, €650 went to Irish Girl Guides. Thanks again everybody, Gladys, Catherine and Maria.


UPCOMING FESTIVITIES: A family fun day will take place in Cloonacool in July, date to be announced later. An American Tea Party is in St Michael’s Community Centre, Cloonacool on Friday, August 26. Food, music, dancing and raffle on the night. food and vegetable market. indoor and outdoor car boot sale, car treasure hunt will be organised during the month of September. Date to be finalised. PLAYERS ON DVD: DVDs of ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ performed by the Cloonacool Players are on sale in Brennan’s Shop Cloonacool. 3:10 GOES TO GALWAY: ‘The 3:10 to Claremorris’, which was filmed in the South Sligo area, including areas of Cloonacool, has been accepted into the Galway Film Fleadh and will be screened in the National Cinemobile at the Town Hall on Thursday, July 7 at 10am. A bus is being organised for any cast members or supporters who wish to attend the screening. To book a seat conatact either Eileen Murtagh on 087 2252290 ot Tom Walsh on 087 2276628. If you have friends or relations living in Galway please encourage them to come along, their support would be appreciated. Booking is at the Town Hall Box Office (10am to 7.30pm) 091-569777 or YOUR NOTES: Please send any notes to by Wednesday.

COLLOONEY By Mary White Tel. 071-9167511

Community Park draw THE Cloonacool Community Park members draw for June took place on Saturday June 19 in Brennan’s. Winner of the top prize of €200 was Joe Leonard, €100 went to Mary Doohan. Third and fourth prizes of €50 went to Enda McCarrick and John and Lucy Johnston. Consolation prizes went to Martin and Mary Brennan, Paddy O’Hara, John Hunt and Michael and Mary Rowley. Well done to all winners. The next draw takes place on Saturday,July 9.

Died in Thailand SYMPATHY is extended to Lex and Fransis Perris, Abhann Mór, Collooney, on the unexpected death in Thailand of Lex’s mother, Thong Phupanpha, R.I.P. Lex is well-known and a very pleasant staff member of Centra Supermarket, Collooney. OWEN RETIRES: Happy retirement to local man Owen Sweeney who has retired after 41 years delivering bread for Gallagher’s Bakery, Donegal.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Happy holidays to students everywhere who have finished their Examinations and good luck with the results. OIREACHTAS VISIT: On Wednesday, June 15 almost all the members of the Collooney Active Retirement Association visited the Oireachtas and enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament. They enjoyed a delicious fourcourse lunch and were greeted by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Junior Minister John Perry and several other Ministers. They were ushered, in strict silence to witness ministers delivering their speeches in the Dail. It was a splendid day for travelling. They stopped for a snack at Carrick-onShannon and were home and dry by 9pm. TEELING CENTRE DATE: Friday, September 16 is earmarked for the big celebration of the 25th anniversary of the purchase of the Teeling Centre by the community in 1986. A preliminary meeting was held in the centre on Thursday, June 16 to set the wheels in motion for a big celebration in September. Among the ideas tossed about at the meeting were the inclusion of all the children from all the local national schools and a social evening for all the adults. The purchase of the Teeling Centre in 1986 was big for Collooney then, and will be documented. GWI ‘was Collooney’ then, employing up to 450 people. This group – Seamus Willis, Maureen Mullen, Pat O’Mara, Johnny Banks, Gerry Lavin, Karl Kilroy, and Gerry White, with a lot of help from their friends, plan to compile and produce the history of GWI and the centre. This endeavour could take twelve months and will be well worth the effort. The next meeting Thursday night at 8pm. DISABLED DRIVERS: The Church gate collection for disabled drivers held last weekend realised €200. Thanks to all who contributed. The Church gate collection for the Irish Society of Autism on the previous weekend realised €255. Thanks to all concerned, and to all who contributed to the Ballinacarrow Church Gate collection for Barrettstown Castle children’s cancer supporters which amounted to €146. NIPPY DIPPERS: Among the locals swelling the ranks of the nippy dippers on Saturday 25 were Sandra Carty and Senator Susan O’Keeffe. Enjoy every minute and goose pimple. GREAT IDEA: The Owenmore Gaels with sponsor Pat Durkin of Collooney Pharmacy have launched a Buy A Brick fundraiser. The glass tile brick can be inscribed with personal messages / memorials / or used as a gift. These bricks will be displayed on the outside of the new club house, and the purchaser will receive a rewards card. For details contact the club.

COOLANEY Tel. 071-9167878 FAI soccer school THE FAI summer soccer school will take place from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15 in Coolaney Comunity park. To register log on to or call 1890 653 653. for a brochure or further details contact: Jerry O’Grady on 086 8867379. NEW BABY: Congrats to Debbie an Padraic McHugh, Carrowloughan, Coolaney, on the birth of their baby girl and to the proud grandparents Helen and Kenneth. BUS SERVICE: The bus service is still in operation to and from Sligo Monday to Friday. Departs Coolaney for Sligo 7am and 6.05, arrives in Sligo 7.50am and 7 pm. Departs Sligo to Coolaney at 5.20pm. Saturday afternoon Departs Coolaney at 1.20pm and 6.05pm arrives Sligo at 1.50pm and 7pm.

RURAL BUS SERVICE: Coolaney to Tubbercurry covering the Rural hinterland, Knockadoo, Carrowneden, Carrowmore, Lavagh and Cloonacool on Fridays This is house to house demand responsive service from Coolaney area to Tubbercurry. To book a seat please contact Sinead or Annette on 09647100. NOTES: Notes for inclusion contact 086-1637834.


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Mass for dead CRANMORE active age group invites families and neighbours of those who have died during the last year to a mass in Abbeyquarter Community Centre tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8pm. All deceased members of Cranmore community will be included, so tell your neighbours and friends, all are welcome! GEORGE WINS: George Conway of Joe McDonnell Drive was the €150 prize winner of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre weekly lotto NURSE VISITS: A public health nurse visits the centre every Tuesday afternoon from 2-3pm. They will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about your child. SENIORS CLUB: Cranmore Senior Citizens Club is held every Wednesday from 8-10pm. All new members are welcome. MEN MEET: The Men’s group meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month. FRIENDSHIP: The Friendship group meet every Thursday night from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome. WOMEN MEET: The Women’s Group runs every Monday from 8-10pm. There are different activities arranged from time to time for the women of the club. New members are always welcome. MONDAY MONDAY: The Monday morning group meet every Monday from 9.30am to 12pm. Light activities and refreshments. AFTERSCHOOL: Abbeyquarter Afterschool Club now taking bookings for Summer Camp. Activities include: horse riding, Waterworld, Gilligan’s World, barbecue on the beach and lots more. €40 per week. For more information and booking please call (afternoons only) Rose or Mairead 087 2188646. YOUR NEWS: Anyone with items to be included in the weekly community notes can you please contact Breda or Beccy a week before community notes are published on the above contact details.

CURRY By Cyril Feehily Seeking relatives REV. Sister Betty Murtagh, Boston, is seeking her relatives in the Ballyglass area. Her mother was Winifred Harte, born in Ballyglass in 1893. Winifred's parents were Thomas Harte and her mother was Bridget nee Brennan. Winifred immigrated to the states in 1913 where she married Denis Murtagh from Co Sligo. Any information will be most appreciated and can be forwarded to this publication or Fr Martin Jennings PP, Curry Sr Betty will be visiting Ireland during July and would wish to meet any relatives she may have. CONCERN AT CHANGES: There is quite a concern in the Curry National School catchment areas of Bun


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town&county nacrannagh and Cloonagh and the agreed transport arrangements which prevailed since the amalgamation of the three schools and was part of the contract in bringing about the amalgamation. Parents and concerned community members have formed a committee to resist the impact of these proposals as it is felt not only will it effect pupil numbers and staff levels in Curry N S but will impound on all related parish activities. Your support will be most appreciated and signatures are being sought in the area at the moment. For more information you can call 086-3271196 or e-mail RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy to Seamus Durcan, Bunnacrannagh, on the death of his wife Teresa, also to her daughters Mary and Joanne, friends, neighbours and customers. Sympathy also to Mary Durcan, Currcunnane on the death of her husband Martin, his sons and daughters, friends and neighbours. Also to Johnny Groake, Bellaghy, on the death of his sister Kathleen Regan, Swinford. May they rest in peace 125 CELEBRATIONS: Curry GAA club celebrates its 125th birthday this year and to mark this special occasion there will be a week-end of celebrations from Friday, July 29 to Monday, August 1. There are many from abroad and at home who are putting plans in place to spend the weekend of celebration which is certain to be a wonderful and special event. All in the parish are asked to let their families know of this event so that they can plan to be around to share the ceremonies and give those living abroad time to make travel arrangements. The organising committee are producing a book containing photography's recording the events down the years in football, camogie, handball etc. For further information contact Mary on 087-7961341 or Ann Marie on 087-7431792 WELL DONE: The fine work carried out by local volunteers in cleaning up the bog drains and roadways in the Ballincurry/Moylough area of litter dumped there over the last while is much appreciated. Sligo County Council provided bags, gloves and transport in support of the project. Fifty bags of recyclable material was brought to the recycling facility in Tubbercurry. Well done to all concerned the public and the local authority working together in making our environment a better place. WALK THANKS: The organisers of the sponsored walk in aid of the friends of Sligo General Hospital through Moylough and Ballincurry wish to acknowledge the monies collected of €530

MCR: Members of the MCR Active Age Group on an outing to the Michael Coleman Heritage Centre in Gurteen.

SPONSORED CYCLE: Donal Harrington, Broher, is taking on a huge challenge. He will cycle the 3,500 km Tour de France route in 21 days in memory of his father who was taken from this life last year by lung cancer. His story was told by Donal on TV3 recently. The proceeds will be shared between the Irish Cancer Society and Bantry Hospital, Cork. The bicycle Donal will be using was bought for him by his dad before he died. Online donations can be made by going onto or contact Elaine Brett on 087-272713. All in the parish admire his determination and he is wish a safe and successful trip VHI CÚL CAMPS: The GAA VHI Cúl Camps are taking place in Tourlestrane from next Monday, July 4, in Tubbercurry from Monday, July 8, and again in Tubbercurry from August 8. Each camp is for five days. CARDS DOWN: The Cloonagh card game has taken gone into its summer recess until the autumn. The committee wish to thank all those who supported the games over the winter period.

DROMORE WEST Birthday greetings HAPPY birthday and best wishes are sent to Loraine and Barry Gillespie, from their family and wide circle of friends. The both celebrated recently. FLEADH PLAYERS: Congratulations to all the young people who participated at the Sligo County Fleadh which was took place in Strandhill during the month and all who are competing in the Connacht finals in Ballmote are wished every success SPONSORED WALK: Tireragh Branch of Parents and Friends and Cregg House are holding their annual Sponsored Walk in aid of People with Learning Difficulties. The 10k walk will take place on Sunday, July 10 beginning at 2.30pm sharp from Dromore West Community Centre. The 10k route will take you through the river walk at Dromore West and onto the Coast Road to Aughris where refreshments will be served. All funds raised are distrib-

Presenting a cheque for the proceeds of a fundraising week in IT Sligo, to the John Street Sligo based Bill W Club charity; John Scanlon, Bill W Club; Aubrey Melville, coordinator, Bill W Club; George Leetch, vice president, IT Sligo students Union; James Dillon, incoming president, IT Sligo Students Union and outgoing president IT Sligo Students Union, Breffni Gorman.

uted to Cregg House, North West Parents and Friends and Castleconnor Resource Centre. All walkers are welcome. Sponsor card available from Johnny 086 8121778 or Martin 087 6871869

EASKEY Wedding Bells CONGTATULATIONS to Gene Curley, son of Eugene and Rosaleen Curley, Carrowpaden, Rathlee and Fiona Spollan who were married in Ballinalee on Saturday, June 18. DIED IN 101st YEAR: The death has taken place of Bridget Murray, Upper Cooga, Easkey in her 101st year. Her remains were removed from McGowan’s funeral home to St Jame’s Church, Easkey and burial took place in Roslea cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her family and relatives. MIKE DOWD DEATH: The death has taken place of Mike Dowd, Caltra, Culleens. His remains were removed to St. James Church. His burial took place in Roslea cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his family and relations. GREEN FLAG RAISED: Rathlee national school held a celebration day on Friday, June 17 for the raising of the Active School and Green School flags. Two past pupils of the school Kathleen Boland and Kathleen Conway were special guests and raised the Green Flag. Both of these ladies were in the original school where Rathlee Church is now and moved to the current school in 1926. The Active School flag was raised by Sligo All-Star Charlie Harrison. Well done to the boys who were runners up in the Cumann Na mBunscoil boys hurling competition for 4/5 teacher schools and to Michael Gordon from Easkey GAA club who trained them. Charlie Harrison presented the team with their medals. AWARDS FOR SCHOOL: Colaiste Iascaigh was successful in achieving four VEC awards out of a possible ten. These awards were Green Award

(Mrs Sherlock and the Green School Committee), Aesthetic Award (Mr Coggins and James Duffy, 5th year student) Innovation (Mr Stevens and 1st year Art students) and New Skill Award (Mr Coggins and Shauna Dunne). Congratulations to all the students and their teachers on their success. The school held a very successful presentation night on May 26 with great support from parents and students on the night. Special guests included CEO Shaun Purcell and Lisa McDaniel from An Taisce who presented the school with their third Green Flag for Biodiversity. On the following day the green flag was raised by Keith O’Dwyer and Richard Brush from Sligo Rovers. WEST SLIGO FORUM: The annual general meeting of West Sligo Forum Ltd will take place on tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 9pm in Easkey Community Centre. BLOTTO: There was no winner of the jackpot in the Easkey Community Council lotto draw held on Friday night last. Numbers drawn were 6 11 25 30 and bonus number 22. Winners of €25 were Liam Weir, Pat Connaughton, Leo, Emer and Anthony, Carmel Whitty, and Catherine Hallinan. Promoters prize Ann Gallagher. Next week’s jackpot will be €4200 and the draw will take place at the bingo session held in the Community Centre on Friday night at 8.30pm. SUMMER CAMP: A summer camp will be held at the FRC, Easkey beginning on July 18 for four days from 10am2pm each day. The camp will comprise of multi sports, arts, crafts and dance for children of all ages. Please call the FRC on 096-49088 for registration forms.

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HE 3:10 to Claremorris”, a modern day comedy western which was filmed in various locations around South Sligo, will be screened at the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh on Thursday, July 7, The film was produced by the Tubbercurry based film company Laighne Films and featured a number of actors drawn from the Phoenix Players and Cloonacool Drama Groups. The film was inspired by the “West on Track” Campaign which is aiming to re-open the old railway line from Collooney to Athenry.

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However the characters and events portrayed in the film are fictitious. It had a very successful local screening in Tubbercurry in December last year, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the cast, crew and several extras who appeared in the film. Writer/Director Tom Walsh said that he is very honoured that the film has been accepted by the Galway Film Fleadh as it will provide an opportunity to showcase it and the scenic beauty of South Sligo before a wider audience at a film festival which attracts actors, directors, screenwriters and

cinematographers from all over the globe. It is hoped to organise a bus for any members of the cast and supporters who wish to travel to Galway for the screening, which is at 10am in the National Cinemobile located at the Town Hall, Galway. To book a seat, contact either Eileen Murtagh at 087-2252290 or Tom Walsh at 087-2276628. If you have any friends or relations living or working in Galway their support would be appreciated. Booking is at The Town Hall Box Office 091-569777 or at

Sligo Short film in The Model ON July 2 at 2pm, The Model Cinema are screening a small gem of a short film about the little known places in Sligo, and this short film is titled, "Seeing The Hidden". The film explores five areas of significant hidden cultural wealth within the Sligo Community. Uncovering the understated is the theme of the film as it showcases the five areas Killavil, Skreen, Ballinafad, Gleniff Horseshoe and Sligo Harbour and celebrates

The film "Seeing The Hidden" features music from the late Peter Horan.

the creativity of the people and the power of the landscape therein. This film was commissioned by Sligo Arts Service in 2010 and features writer and poet Dermot Healy and the late musician Peter Horan. The production team are filmmaker, Caroline Clancy, visual artist Catherine Fanning, photographer James Fraher, writer Maura Gilligan and Dermot Healy. The film is 32 minutes in length.


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Theatre and Cabaret at Cairde 2011 L

UNCH time Theatre with Chekhov and Kate's Kitchen

A hilarious lunch time show at Sligo's Trades Club from Monday July 4 to Thursday July 7t at 1 pm. Ticket price of €12 includes a fabulus lunch by Kate's Kitchen. Don't miss this sublime one-act by the master of farce Anton Chekhov. An acerbic and insightful battle-of-thesexes. In her drawing room, Elena Popova, feisty and vulnerable in equal measures, and smouldering with maudlin passion, is mourning the death of her husband while attended by her faithful manservant Luka. Enter Smirnov, an arrogant, self-centred retired soldier,farmer, vendor and self- proclaimed misogynist, seeking payment of an old debt... Featuring Jaimie Carswell, Fiona McGeown, Pablo Ibarluzea and directed by Caroline Lynch Cirque de Legume returns for two exclusive Irish dates Mon 4th and Tuesday 5th July upstairs McGarrigles, 10pm. Sligo's very own pocket-sized circus hit Cirque de Légume returns for some very exclusive Sligo dates before a summer tour to the UK Canada, and New York City! Hailed by the Scotsman as “utterly bonkers" and described by the Edinburgh Fringe Review as “Jacques Tati meets Tommy Cooper at the greengrocers" this is your chance to catch the Greatest Vegetable Circus on Earth before it tours to the prestigious Montréal Completément Cirque Festival where they perform alongside Victoria Chaplin and Cirque du Soleil, among many other circus greats. Enjoy 50 minutes of pure mayhem as two idiots put on an amazingly stupid circus spectacular using only a chair and a box of cast-off vegetables!

Shelly River boat race

The recycled fishabove is being made in preparation for a mad, model boat race that will take place on the Garavogue (Shelly) river, Sligo, on Sunday 3 July at 7pm as the opening event of this year's Cairde festival. THIS (plastic bag) fish will be joined by lots of other fabulous sea creatures, which are being made by children all over Sligo from recycled material under the guidance of local based artists including Heidi Wickham, Karen Webster, Pia Luck and Aine Kelly. On boat race day, they will decorate the race route along the river while the model boats, which are being

made by many community groups, will battle for sailing victory. Some of the groups who have already made boats and river decor include refugee residents of Globe House; Abbeyquarter Men's Group; family learning groups and lots of children. The event is free for all and anyone is welcome to enter a boat into the trace. Rules and

guidelines are available on the Cairde website but it's simple really: make a boat, approximately the size of a shoe box preferably from recycled materials - and enter! Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative boat, the Best Traditional boat and the Best Recycled Material boat, as well as the first three boats to cross the finish line.

There will be lots of fun and festival entertainment as part of The Shelley River Boat Race including performances by Co. Sligo Youth Theatre, Sligo Concert Band, lots of madcap walkabout characters and a free outdoor performance by The Odd Socks Revival. For information:


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Sligo member of critically acclaimed Indie electronic band, Codes, Raymond Hogge (right), chats to Emilee Jennings about financing their album and overcoming his shyness.

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IPPING on a pint of Guinness and nibbling on nuts, Ballymote native, Raymond Hogge, tells me that he was once so shy he couldn’t even play the guitar in front of one person and barely spoke a word throughout his school life. “I was tremendously nervous and very shy in school. I wasn’t really able to talk to people, but I kind of grew out of that. Coming to Dublin helped as did playing live, it’s one of those things the more you do it, the more you become accustomed to being looked at. I used to blush all the time, but I guess I got out of the habit of being embarrassed.” When he was 15, Raymond formed a band called Inelement with Paul Wherly (now a drummer in Tucan) and Sean McCarthy (who plays with Big Whiskey). “We continued this cover band for three years and made a lot of money, but I got tired of doing covers. So I started another band and we did a lot of gigs in Dublin, that’s how I met Daragh (the lead singer in Codes) and Paul (the drummer in Codes). We were at a gig in Dublin and we were the only two bands who would talk to each other, everyone else was too cool for school in their shades and ripped tee-shirts,” remembers Raymond.

Eventually ‘The Capital Audience’ drifted apart and Raymond found himself living in Dublin, no longer in a band and toying with the idea of releasing some solo stuff. “I’d kept in touch with Daragh (Anderson) and Paul (Reilly) and their band had split up too, so we decided to form our own, we were all interested in writing music and making a career out of it, so we got together along with Eoin Stephens and it kicked off straight away.” Codes sent demos to numerous labels, most of which they didn’t hear back from, so they decided on a brave move. “We really wanted to record an album, so we all took out loans and pooled our finances together and €40,000 in debt later we recorded the album and went to record companies with it to see what type of deals we could get.” EMI snapped them up and offered a three track release contract that saw their album nominated for the 2010 Choice Music prize and ‘This is Goodbye’ ranked number 32 in the Irish Music Charts. “With ‘This is Goodbye’ we could tell straight away that there was something about this song. It’s still one of my favourite tracks off the album, I love it when you can hear the crowd singing it, it’s such an amazing feeling, it makes me grin

like a crazy person,” he laughs, “it’s like I’m trying not to be embarrassed, it’s overwhelming.” After winning Best Irish Band at the Irish Festival Awards in 2010 and HMV’s Next Big Thing, what’s next for Codes? “We’re touring the UK at the moment and we’re working on a few new songs and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I love travelling around and seeing different cities, but I also love coming home to Sligo and playing here. My family have been supportive the whole way through, my dad was my chauffeur and the house was my rehearsals space for the cover band, so we’d be playing music really loud while my parents were trying to watch Coronation Street in

we all took out loans and pooled our finances together and €40,000 in debt later we recorded the album




the next room. Every now and again there would be a bang on the wall asking us to keep it down for half an hour. So it’s nice when I play at home and my friends and family can come out and see us perform.” To find out more about Codes and their up-coming gigs log onto

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Glitz and Glamour Pamper Party comes to Garavouge Bar T

HE ultimate pamper party hits the road throughout June and July and will arrive in the Garavouge Bar on July 2nd. The Beauty Spot is a celebration of the guilty little pleasures we all share. It’s about beauty, fashion and fun with friends. Expert stylists will be on hand to offer complementary makeovers, advice and samples. In addition, guests can enjoy a fantastic range of Pop-Up shops featuring vintage goodies, small

labels, local boutiques and designers, sample sales, accessories and jewellery. The glamorous evening will be filmed for The Beauty Spot’s online TV channel, and photographers will also be on hand to capture this once off beauty event. The show starts at 7.30pm this Saturday (July 2nd) and admission is free. Check out for more info.




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Fitness for life ONE of the most common problems people have when losing weight and toning up is lack of consistency. Every year many people approach us for a short term membership, taken out in conjunction with some quick fix fad diet which they have read in some paper or magazine. The results they achieve are fast and they indeed achieve a certain weight however, next year the same people come in again for another short term membership partaking in another fad diet. Only this time they are heavier than the previous year. Many people also only attend a gym or partake in exercise in the run up to an upcoming holiday, wedding or Christmas party. Doing a little exercise in the weeks prior to the occasion will help lose a couple of pound certainly, but if exercise ceases this weight will be regained.

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as healthy as possible, one that is mentally sustainable for the rest of your life. “Everything in moderation”. A diet asking you to give up everything you wish you could eat will end in failure at some stage. Also, workout 3-4 times per week wherever you like, but make sure you incorporate resistance exercises in at least one of your


workouts……..and yes, the rest of your life if possible. Those members attending our gym all year round stay in shape all year round, so if an occasion comes where they wish to look their best there is no stress. They have been doing their best all year and have most probably achieved a weight in which they are comfortable with. Our society is no longer physically labour intensive in comparison to years ago and very few of us walk or cycle to our destinations, which in a lot of cases was the only way of getting around. So get active now and don’t be just another statistic in the ever growing problem of obesity in our country.

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Give your hair a revamp this summer Every girl love’s getting dressed up and every girl has a different style. Glamorous, sleek, classic, girlie, there are endless options to choose from, go with whatever works for you and work it into your hairstyle with the right advice. The most important advice I can give you is go to the right salon. There is a big difference between styling hair and dressing hair. Not all hairstylists can dress hair, they may be excellent at styling but dressing hair takes a different type of skill. First of all you will need to find the appropriate dress for the occasion, then you should start thinking about how to dress your hair in a way that flatters you (the shape of your face) and hides your least favourite features (your ears for example). Dressing your hair doesn't necessarily mean an up style, you can get a great glamorous look with a good blow-dry. At the moment big hair is in whether its body curls, or clip in extensions, everyone wants more hair. Hair extensions can allow us hairdressers to add that extra little bit, which is a life saver for those of you whom weren't blessed with naturally voluptuous hair, but be very careful because if

you overdo it, it can ruin your look. When discussing your desired style with your hairdresser, bring in a picture of the style you are thinking about or get him or her to google the celebrity which you have seen supporting the style in question (most salons will have access to the Internet at reception). Having a clear image that you have both agreed on, will make creating the hair style easier for both of you. Make sure you are happy with whatever look you get and don't be afraid to try a few things out or to ask for little changes to be made to the final product. Dressing your hair in a new and different way can give you that wow factor, and it can also give your confidence a well deserved boost. Before you go to see your stylist, you should do your research and check out different styles from the 20's-60's era. Many great classic styles for long and short hair were created during this period and it may help to give you some inspiration. We hairdressers love clients that aren't afraid to be different, so go on make a change, I dare you! Email if you have any hair related questions for Rossa Donagher.

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A great line up of music at this years Cairde Festival Including Lisa Hannniagan, Tupelo, The Bahh Bahh Band and more


AIRDE is delighted to present a great array of both established and up and coming world, folk and electronic artists at this year's festival. Kicking off with a free live performance by the high energy Odd Socks Revival on Sunday July 3rd in Stephen St Car Park and rounding off with another free performance by the brilliant No Crows at this year's Park Fest, there's a feast of music to be had all week long. Sun July 3rd: The Odd Socks give it socks with their much loved mix of rock n'roll, funk and blues at the opening event of Cairde, The Shelly River Boat Race on Sunday July 3rd. This is a free event - all welcome to Stephen St. Car Park from 7 pm. Wed July 6th: Cairde is proud to present Lisa Hannigan at The Model on Wednesday July 6th , with support by John White. Lisa has been lauded with much critical and popular acclaim since she initiated a solo career back in 2008. She is about to release another album this autumn and, backed by an 8 piece band, will play some of her well known material as well as introducing some of her newer stuff. We're really looking forward to this gig and tickets are selling fast so don't be disappointed and book early! Thurs July 7th: Later in the week we have Tupelo at McGarrgles one of the nation's most unique bands, blending classic Irish influences and

instrumentation with the less expected influence of American folk and bluegrass music. Their eclectic line-up includes banjo, fiddle, brass and double bass - all blended into a sound that is both unusual and familiar. Fri July 8th: There's a very special night in store for music and food lovers at Source Sligo where The Bahh Band perform on Friday July 8th. The Bahh Band mix Indian classical forms with an array of world folk traditions and stir it all up with a healthy dose of rock and blues. “Equal parts blending of Dead Can Dance, Sigur Ros and Kila”, the Bahh Band have developed a cult following based on their unique sound. The concert starts at 7 pm and the ticket price of 15 includes a glass of wine and tapas - brilliant value. Head straight from Source to McGarrigles for a rare musical double bill introducing two new music combos: Barefoot and Co-Ex. Indian Classical Music, African Rhythm, electronic and dub with live sand art projections by visual artist Peter Crann. This event will be a feast for the senses. Come to both events for the special price of €20.00. … Sat July 9th: Our highlight event is a free concert by Rhythms of the City at The Garavogue on Saturday July 9th followed by world music DJ's Barra and Will Softly. Rhythms of the City: ... London's baddest bateria (percussion section) playing funk, reggae, motown, samba, soca - mashed up carnival style. Together with star singers, dancers, horn section and guitars, the band presents powerful music played on Brazilian drums -from classic samba and samba-reggae, to its own unique and revolutionary developments in samba-funk, sambahip-hop and even soca and salsface. Visionary stuff Songlines Magazine Sunday July 19th: And finally…. Park Fest: A family day with a great line up of music, circus, arts, crafts and food. Everything you could want within four walls in the beautiful setting of The Peace Park. Our Park Fest music line up includes Oliver Alcorn, Raw Chocolate, Own a Chord Barbershop Quartet and headlining The No Crows. Join us for a week of excellent music at this year's Cairde festival. Further details and booking Tickets also available at Sligo Tourist Office, Temple Street.

Family and Kids events at Cairde 2011 THE Cairde Festival proudly present the Irish premiere of the acclaimed interactive shadow puppet comedy, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones, written and performed by renowned street artist and puppeteer Jeff Achtem. This hugely entertaining and inventive production comes to us following sell out shows at the Edinurgh Fringe in 2010 where it won numerous awards including the best newcomer and went on to tour the US, Canada and the UK. Cairde is truly delighted to premiere this amazing show as the highlight of our children's entertainment at this year's Cairde Festival. Horses ride people, ninjas fight audience members and old teddy bears get an unexpected new lease on life as Montreal street artist and puppeteer Jeff Achtem transforms bits of household junk into surreal shadow puppets before your eyes. Verbal communication takes a back seat as everything he can get his hands - and feet - on is used to create a joyfully detailed theatrical world like nothing you've ever seen. Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is feast for the imagination for audiences of all ages. It's all about fun. Winner: Spirit of the Fringe,

daily. Don't miss it. Cairde also presents two massive outdoor celebrations which are free to all and wonderful family events. The Shelly River Boat Race taks place along the Garavogue River on Sunday July 3rd and our annual Park Fest takes place on Sunday July 10th at Sligo's Peace Park with music, arts, crafts and food stalls, free childrens' art workshops and a performance by The Barren Carrousel: The last remaining members of this 27th generation circus family will dazzle you with backcracking contortions and death defying aerial feats. Prepare to be amazed!!

Edinburgh 2010 Winner: Best Newcomer, Edinburgh 2010 Finalist: Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh, 2010 “5 STARS! A consummate performance that is charming, quirky and original.” - Three Weeks

“5 STARS! A bizarre talent for creating silhouettes and bringing them to life." - Fest Magazine "The intricacy of his creations is amazing." - "Edinburgh Evening News Performances at the Model on Monday July 4th and Tuesday July 5th at 12 pm and 7 pm

We also have The Frivolous Fare and Mad hatters Tea Party in Sligo's Town Centre, Stephen St. Car Park on Saturday July 9th from 12 to 6, free storytelling in Co. Sligo Library on Wed July 6th, Rosses Point Caravan park on Thurs July 7th and Strandhill Caravan park on Friday July 8th; the retur of the popular Kid's world music disco with DJ Will softly on Saturday July 9th in the library bar of the garavogue. Look online for these and many more exciting events taking place during the cairde festival this year.



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Ceol agus craic

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Launching their Ballymote Outreach Service in Ballymote Family Resource Centre (Wolfe Tone Street Entrance), commencing on Wednesday 6th July 2011 & every Wednesday Afternoon from 2.00pm– 4.30pm By Appointment Only Tel: 071 9138000 for an appointment Sligo Citizens Information Service providing Free, Confidential and Impartial information, advice and advocacy on all your rights and entitlements. Funded and Supported by the Citizens Information Board

IME to forget the recession and join in the session at the Connacht Fleadh which kicked-off yesterday, Monday 27 June and runs until Sunday 3 July. Traditional Irish music is a legacy that has never died, it is still growing, taught, and appreciated all over the world. It is this legacy that will be celebrated throughout the six counties of Connacht in the upcoming Connacht Fleadh. The organising branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is working hard to ensure a great weekend of traditional music in this popular Sligo town of Ballymote. The event will bring 5,000 competitors to the province which will consist of enthralling traditional music sessions with musicians of all ages and instruments of all sizes, with competitions for everybody. The festivities commenced yesterday, Monday with a Commemoration of The Batt Henry Quartet (c.1930) The Coach House, Ballymote. Today, Tuesday, there will be an Oíche Ghaelach with craic agus ceisteanna in John Doddy's at 9pm. There will be a Mol an óige youth session with visiting musicians in Gerry Gormley's Corner House at 8pm on Wednesday followed by Mick


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Úachtarán Séamus Mac Cormaic in The Coach House Hotel followed by Gala Concert at 8:30pm on Friday 1 July. The provincial fleadh competitions will commence on Saturday at 10am in Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Loftus Hall. These competitions are the second step on the way to compete in the premier of traditional showcases in the All Ireland Fleadh which will take place in Cavan in August 2011. The expectations are high for this year's competitors where the judges choosing the winners for each category and competition will not have an easy task. Additional activities taking place on Saturday include the Ballymote Market 'Fleadh Special,' Live music on Gig Rig in the Afternoon, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones in The Coach House at 9pm and also a céilí with "Swallow's Tail Céilí Band" in The Loftus Hall at 10pm. The competitions will continue on Sunday followed by a Gig Rig with live entertainment including Winning Senior Céilí Band. Ballymote has all the necessary facilities to make this event a great success and the organising committee looks forward to welcoming many musicians and visitors to the province for what promises to be a fantastic few days of Ceol agus Craic.

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JUNE Monday 27th - Comhaltas 60th Celebration - 8.00pm A commemoration of The Batt Henry Quartet, Coach House Hotel, Ballymote. Tuesday 28th - Oiche Gaelach - 9.oopm - Craic & Ceisteanna. John Doddy's Pub, Ballymote Wednesday 29th - "Mol an Oige" Youth Session - 8.00pm with visiting muscians, Gerry Gormley's Corner House Mick Foster, Noel Battle & Friends - 9.30pm In session, Tighes Bar, Ballymote Thursday 30th - Singing & Storytelling Night - 8.00pm Perrus Pub (Haydens) Thomas Henry & friends in session - 10.00pm, Gerry Gormelys Corner House JULY Friday 1st - Official Opening by C.C.E. Uachtaran Seamus Mac Cormaic - 8.30pm followed by Gala concert, Coach House Hotel Saturday 2nd - Competitions - 10.00am Ballymote Market "Fleadh Special" Live Music on Gig Rig Afternoon Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones - 9.00pm Coach House Hotel Ceili with "Swallow's Tail Ceili Band" in The Loftus Hotel - 10.oopm Sunday 3rd - Competitions 10.00am Live Music on Gig Rig, Sean-nos Dancing - Afternoon Winning Senior Ceili Band LAUNCH: Members of the organising committee of the Connacht Fleadh in Ballymote pictured with CCÉ Úachtarán Séamus Mac Cormaic (second from left) at the official launch of the festival programme. The festival itself runs until Sunday, July 3.

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Kane’s SuperValu Ballymote scores top marks for quality for third year running Kane’s SuperValu Ballymote were presented with the Supreme National Hygiene Award by Martin Kelleher, Managing Director SuperValu and Irene Collins, Managing Director, Excellence Ireland at the 2011 SuperValu Quality Awards ceremony held in Killarney. Kane’s SuperValu have received the Supreme Hygiene every year for the last 3 years. The Supreme Hygiene Award identifies and rewards retailers that have performed to a consistently high level over a three year period. Year-on-year these entrepreneurial food retailers continue to push out the boundaries of excellence with a total of 105 SuperValu stores receiving the Supreme Hygiene Award in 2011. Kane’s SuperValu is at the heart of the local community in Ballymote, focusing on providing the very best in fresh produce, and offering the best value for money offering to their customers on a full range of goods. Kane’s SuperValu support local producers and are an integral part of the community through their work with community organisations and sponsorship of local initiatives. Commenting at the awards ceremony, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu, said “Kane’s SuperValu, Ballymote have a dedication to providing the highest standards of quality and hygiene in their store and must be commended. SuperValu stores continue to push out the boundaries of excellence in everything they do. The brand is committed to meeting and exceeding the highest standards of food safety. Quality is at the heart of everything we do and the number of SuperValu stores that have achieved an EIQA Award is a testament to this. The hygiene ethos is embedded in daily standards and is maintained throughout our food chain, from production right through to the supermarket shelf.” A total of 189 SuperValu Stores in the Republic of

Ireland have achieved the National Hygiene and Food Safety certificate, demonstrating SuperValu’s ongoing commitment to rigorous quality measures and the highest levels of hygiene. This combined with an excellent range, customer service and commitment to offering real value for money provides the best offering in the retail market. Speaking about the award, Richard Kelly , SuperValu Ballymote paid tribute to his team and said that he believed that their constant dedication and professional approach was what helped them to achieve such high standards in the store. “We believe that the greatest asset any business can have is the people who work in it. Our dedicated work force all strive towards one goal that is providing the best quality, value, range, and shopping experience for our customers. Real Food, Real People is more than just a phrase; it is something we strive to deliver on each day. We are delighted to have been recognised for our efforts, not only by our customers but our colleagues throughout the SuperValu network.” Added Irene Collins, Managing Director of Excellence Ireland Quality Association “The EIQA National Hygiene programme incorporates all recognised codes of good hygiene practice, ensuring robust standards and excellence in hygiene and food safety. Today’s consumer is more demanding than ever and superb hygiene and food safety standards are expected, however, it is the consistency in this delivery that ensures an organisation achieves stand out quality and SuperValu certainly is recognised amongst the wider community for its outstanding results in this area.”


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Oil Painting exhibition at the Hawk’s Well a success OVER 75 local artists from the Sligo Oil painting Group along with 12 other artists from MCR Centre and the Deaf Hear Group in Sligo exhibited a fantastic array of their paintings at the Hawk’s Well Theatre recently. This group was founded by their tutor, Eamonn Dowdican in 2004 in his Market Yard apartment. Five artists attended the inaugural first class and a few months later the number of artists had increased to eleven and two classes a week were being held. The group held their first art exhibition in June 2005 and it has now be-

call: 071-9174900 fax: 071-9142255 email:

Jamie Lawson for HMV Sligo

come an annual event. This year’s Oil painting Group exhibited at the Hawks Well with 154 paintings on display. The exhibition was a feast of colour and diversity from a very talented and committed group of people. These paintings will also be exhibited at the annual Mullaghmore exhibition from Friday, July 29th at the old Schoolhouse until Monday evening, August 1st. To find out more about the Sligo Oil painting Group and their work log onto or contact Eamonn on 086.088 4972 or via

Mairead McMorrow Drama Academy presents

The Wizard of Oz


Thu 30 June, 6pm & 8pm A12DA8 conc A35 family – 2 adults & 2 children

The enduring, much-loved classic. The Theatre Project presents

The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead Sat 9 July, 8pm Price A16DA14conc.

‘a marvellous, mysterious and very funny story’ - The Washington Post ‘this is theatre that is intensely compelling and rewarding’ – The Toronto Star Sligo Jazz Festival 2011 presents



Wed 20 July, 8pm A30

A veritable jazz supergroup! International greats! Sligo Jazz Project is honoured to be the Irish host for their historic 30th Anniversary tour. Yeats Summer School presents


Larry Kirwan’s (Black 47) Rock n’ Read Tour Fri 29 July, 8pm A25DA15

\Yeats, Joyce & Black 47]

Kirwan, a founding member and mainstay of riotous New York-Irish rock n’roll band Black 47, and all around renaissance man (novelist, playwright, memoirist, historian, musical theatre composer, DJ) presents the world premiere of his new one-man show.

resh from his weekend performance at the Sea Sessions in Bundoran, Jamie Lawson will make an appearance at HMV in Sligo this lunchtime, Tuesday, June 28 at 1pm. Jamie will be promoting his latest album "Wasn't Expecting That", and as well as playing some tracks from the new album, he will also be signing copies of the CD in HMV in Johnston Court, Sligo. Born and raised in Plymouth in what was he says a resolutely non-musical household, Jamie

asked for and received a guitar when he was 8-years-old. Experimenting with covers band while at school, it was only when Jamie was 17 that he started to discover his own voice - and that voice proved to be something very special indeed. Currently residing on the north coast of Cornwall, Jamie spends most of the year living in a caravan overlooking the sea. Before settling in Cornwall, Jamie spent two years working and playing in the clubs of Ireland, fully immersing himself in

the music scene and performing alongside the likes of Mundy, The Four of Us, Glen Hansard of The Swell Season, Tom Baxter and Gemma Hayes. "We're delighted to welcome Jamie Lawson to the store to promote his album," said HMV Sligo manager James Coffey. "This is an ideal opportunity to hear tracks from Jamie's album. We encourage people to pop into the store for what promises to be an excellent live performance and to pick up a signed copy of the album."

Beezneez bring hit comedy to Glens Centre Theatre lovers are in for a real summer treat when Beezneez Theatre Company visit The Glens Centre from Friday July 8th to Sunday July 10th with the smash hit comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner. Beezneez Theatre Company has earned a huge reputation for production of summer comedy and this production of Don’t Dress for Dinner is set to be one of their biggest yet. Don’t Dress for Dinner ran for seven years in London’s West End

and has since become one of the most produced plays in the world. Beezneez, renowned for their production values, have assembled an all star cast for the show. Although all the cast have worked with Beezneez before, this is the first time for many of them to work together. This production features Manorhamilton actress Donna McDermott and is a farce that relies on fantastic situations being introduced through snappy dia-

logue and mistaken identity rather than your typical banging doors and bedroom scenes. Don’t Dress for Dinner is a worldwide hit and when Beezneez put their mark on the play, it is sure to provide a theatrical evening of uncontrolled laughter and joy. As part of a fourteen venue national tour, Beezneez visit The Glens Centre for three nights, from Fri July 8th to Sun July 10th and the box office number is 071 9855833. Don’t miss it!

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call: 071-9174900 fax: 071-9142255 email: th y7 y 2011 PROGRAMME FOR WEEK:Friday 1st July to Thursday July




(12/a) Everyday in 3D: 3.30pm, 6.30pm & 9.30pm (No 6.30pm or 9.30pm on Tues 5th July)


Wine Street, Sligo 24 hr programme information & credit card bookings:

WEB: PHONE: 1520 927 011 Calls to 1520927011 are charged at 15 cents per minute from an Eircom landline, calls from mobiles and other providers may vary. Average call length three minutes. Customer care helpline 012480007. Service provided by

GIFT VOUCHERS ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOUR STAR PIZZA OFFER: “Two 9 inch pizzas for only ½15.00” Dine In, Collection or Delivery.

Everyday in Everyday in 3D: 2D: 3.30pm, 6.30pm & 9.30pm 3.15pm, (No 6.30pm or 9.30pm on Tues 5th July) 6.15pm & Everyday 9.15pm in

Everyday: 5.35pm, 7.35pm & 9.35pm Everyday:

5.35pm, 7.35pm & 9.35pm “THE HANGOVER: Part 2” (16) Everyday: 7.45pm & 9.45pm

“THE HANGOVER: Part 2” (16)

2D: 3.15pm, 6.15pm & 9.15pm


Everyday: 2.00pm, 4.30pm, 7.00pm & 9.30pm


Everyday: 7.45pm & Follow 9.45pmus on

Everyday: 2.00pm, Facebook: 4.30pm, 7.00pm & Food option available for the Kids Party Room in 9.30pm

New Hot association with Dine Inn restaurant. Call 071-9174001 for information. FOUR STAR PIZZA OFFER: “Two 9 inch pizzas for only ½15.00” Dine In, Collection or Delivery. Tickets now on sale for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in Digital 3D & 2D on Thursday night 14th July @ 12.01am (into Friday morning) 12.01am in Digital 3D & Follow usin on Facebook: 12.01am 2D, Be the first to see it!!!! Back by popular demand for one night only on Tuesday 5th New Hot Food option available for the Kids Party Room in July 2011 is “SENNA” (12/a) showing @ 7.00pm & 9.15pm association with Inn restaurant. Call 071-9174001 for only!! Tickets nowDine on sale!!!!


Riverbank Fine Food, Good Company, Great Prices, Fantastic Venue


Restaurant Friday to Sunday 6.00 to 10.00 Sunday Lunch 12.30 to 3.30 Bar Food from the Resturant available from 12.30pm to 9.00pm in the Clubhouse


For One Week Only

A Screaming Man Dir: Mahamat- Saleh Haroun Wed. 29 & Thurs. 30 of June at 3pm Sat. 02 July at 3pm

Apocalypse Now


9.15pm 9.30pm

(Starts Thurs 7th July 2011) (12/a) The Conspirator (12/a) SENNA (15/a)5THE th JulyGUARD (Tues 2011 @ 7.00pm


(Thurs only)


9.30pm 9.15pm (Tue (ThursOnly) only)

& 9.15pm (Starts ThursONLY) 7th July 2011)


(12/a) Green Lantern (12/a) The X-MEN: First Class in 2D (16) Bad Teacher (12/a) Of The (15/a) Pirates The Beaver


Caribbean: On Stranger (Mel Gibson) Tides in 2D (12/a) X-MEN: Class (gen) Diary Of First A Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules (16) Bad Teacher (gen) HOP

(12/a) Pirates Of The (gen) Rio in 2D Caribbean: OnPanda Stranger (pg) Kung Fu 2 in in 2D2D Tides (pg) Kung Fu Panda 2 (gen) Diary Of A Wimpy in Digital 3D Kid 2: Roderick Rules (pg) Honey 2 (gen) HOP (gen) Rio in 2D (pg) Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2D (pg) Kung Fu Panda 2 in Digital 3D (pg) Honey 2

Seeing the Hidden Dir: Caroline Clancy

Sunday 3rd July –

funded by the International Fund for Ireland

for booking Tel: (071) 91 41405 or book online

(gen) Admission


6.45pm 7.45pm










1.45pm 1.30pm


5.45pm 4.15pm



1.30pm 1.30pm 2.45pm








1.30pm 2.15pm






2.15pm 2.00pm 1.45pm 1.30pm 2.45pm

½3.00 per child.

One adult goes free.

FREE iPhone App available in your App store! Search “Gaiety Cinema Group” to download! Cinema / Film / Live Events & C/C Bookings always at your fingertips!! Tickets now on sale for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in Digital 3D & 2D on Thursday night 14th July @ 12.01am (into Friday morning) 12.01am in Digital 3D & 12.01am in 2D, Be the first to see it!!!! Back by popular demand for one night only on Tuesday 5th July 2011 is “SENNA” (12/a) showing @ 7.00pm & 9.15pm only!! Tickets now on sale!!!!

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Traditional Music

Tasty Soup & Sandwitches available Monday - Friday Lunchtime


4.30pm 5.45pm

KIDS CLUB: Sat 2nd July & Sun 3rd July 2011 at 2.00pm – “Rio in 2D”

Lunch Time Jazz

Monday 4th July –

(Tue Only) 9.00pm



32 minutes, Sligo, 2010. Sat. 02 July at 2pm

Wed. July 06 at 11am Free screening for children,


Mon, Tue, Weds & Thurs (except 3-D Movies)

Cartoons@The Model

Eleanor’s Secret

6.45pm 7.00pm

(Tue Only)


STUDENT SPECIALS: Student Tickets only ½6.00. All shows Sun,

A digitally re-released edition Free Short Films @ The Model


& (Mel 9.15pm ONLY) Gibson)

Quay Street, Sligo Tel: 071-9142473

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola Fri. 1 July at 8pm & Sun. 3 July at 3pm

(Tue Only)

(12/a) Green Lantern (12/a) The SENNA in 2D (Tues 5th July 2011 @ 7.00pm (15/a) The Beaver

!ar$%&avern Saturday 2nd July –


(12/a) The Conspirator (15/a) THE GUARD


Lunch Special Monday - Saturday Main Course €10



You’re missing something – in this case

Restaurant Dromahair 071-9164934

Irish Film Weekly Cinema Programme every Institute Wed, Thurs & Fri at 8pm The Model and Sat & Sun at 3pm


Irish House O’Connell Street,Tel: 071-9142003 Tuesday 28th June - The Sligo Races Friday 1st July - John Lenihan (8 – 10pm) Saturday 2nd July -

The Showband boys (10:30 – close) Showing Live Sports - SKY, SETANTA & ESPN

T.D’s Bar & Lounge Tel: 071 9170739

Saturday 3rd July

JOHNNY MURPHY Party Bookings Taken Complimentary finger food for parties of over 30 people


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Words & Numbers



WORDSEARCH win a cinema ticket!

ACROSS 1. In excellent physical condition. (3) 3. You might disturb a garlic frond in this Louth town. (11) 8. Dried grape. (6) 9. Confuse utterly. (8) 10. Amounts of information put by before a setback. (5) 11. Unedited copy that leaves the doctor behind at sea. (5) 13. Bring a dog to Laois for some tresses. (5) 15 & 16. French officer who landed in Ireland in 1798. (7,7) 20. Classic horse race. (5) 21. Ahead of schedule. (5) 23. Feathered creatures. (5) 24. Creature that consumes in volume! (8) 25. Might the cur aim to make it to this part of Spain? (6) 26. Minority area in a naturist theatre? (5,6) 27. Colorant. (3) DOWN 1. Group of heroes who deal with conflagrations. (4,7) 2. The number of a thin tree. (8) 3. Weeps. (5) 4. You may borrow books here. (7) 5. Fruit often hollowed out to make a container. (5) 6. How to re-load for a severe test. (6)

















































HOW TO PLAY: Fill in the grid in such a way that every row and column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1-9.








19. Rut made by none in the copse. (6) 22. Shows signs of tiredness or boredom. (5) 23. Beast that mangled the tuber. (5) 24. Evil. (3)



7. Female deer or rabbit. (3) 12. txt msg. (4,7) 13. This vegetable sounds like it is burnt! (5) 14. Impudent. (5) 17. Hugged. (8) 18. Percussionist. (7)

The Gaiety Cinema, Wine Street, Sligo















The words can be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, forwards and backwards in the grid. Mark your answers clearly. NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


ADDRESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..................................................... TEL: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Send your completed entry to ‘Wordsearch Competition’, Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo, by noon on Thursday, June 30, and you will be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo. GRACE BAKER, Ballygawley, Co. Sligo was last week’s winner.


1 DOWN 1. Tumbling. (7) 2. Odd, like the numbers 1, 3, 5 and so on. (6) 3. Pill. (6) 4. Lift up, make higher. (5) 5. A bit more. (5) 6. The Earth. (5) 10. Something that can't be explained. (7) 11. Creature that followed the Pied Piper. (3) 12. This river flows through Cork. (3) 14. Deserved because of effort. (6) 16. An American word for rubbish. (5) 17. Travels on horseback. (5) 18. These parts of your body include your toes. (4)


3 10






16 13 7

12 6


Starting from 1, fill in the grid in a clockwise direction with four-letter words. The last letter of each word becomes the first letter of the next word. If you have correctly filled in the grid there should be a seven-letter key word reading across from 8.

1. Whip 2. Fifty per cent 3. Clenched hand 4. Notify 5. Girl 6. Complacent 7. Sport 8. Worry

9.Tightly stretched 10. Threesome 11. Formerly 12. Engrave 13. Cowl 14. Tie 15. Legal document 16. Printed words

Key word clue: Dance style

EASY CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Fruit tree 7. Blister 8. Level 9. Emerald 13. Ninety 15. Setter 18. First 19. Expand 20. Meteor 21. Yachts Down: 1. Falling 2. Uneven 3. Tablet 4. Raise 5. Extra 6. World 10. Mystery 11. Rat 12. Lee 14. Earned 16. Trash 17. Rides 18. Feet CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Fit 3. Carlingford 8. Raisin 9. Befuddle 10. Bytes 11. Draft 13. Curls 15. General Humbert 20. Derby 21. Early 23. Birds 24. Bookworm 25. Murcia 26. Dress circle 27. Dye Down: 1. Fire brigade 2. Thirteen 3. Cries 4. Library 5. Gourd 6. Ordeal 7. Doe 12. Text message 13. Chard 14. Saucy 17. Embraced 18. Drummer 19. Groove 22. Yawns 23. Brute 24. Bad

WORD SPIRAL: 1. Lash 2. Half 3. Fist 4. Tell

ACROSS 1. It grows in an orchard, and might have plums or pears on it, for example. (5,4) 7. You may get this if you touch something hot. (7) 8. Not tilted; flat. (5) 9. Green jewel. (7) 13. What you have when you take ten from one hundred. (6) 15. There is a breed of dog named a Red ______. (6) 18. Ahead of everyone else. (5) 19. Get bigger. (6) 20. Rock travelling in space. (6) 21. People sail these boats for pleasure. (6)


5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Lass Smug Golf Fret Taut

10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Trio Once Etch Hood Draw


Key word solution: 15. 16.

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ENNISCRONE, Co. Sligo, IRELAND 0879716389 / 0857385399

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TODAY Sunny intervals and the odd shower during the evening. Gentle westerly winds. Feeling cool with temperatures below the average for the time of the year. Max temp 12-15°C (54-59°F).

WEDNESDAY Sunny intervals and showers, these dying out during the evening. Moderate north-westerly wind. Another cool day. Max temp 12-15°C (54-59°F).

visiting times SLIGO GENERAL HOSPITAL 071-9171111, 1400-1600, 18.30-2030 ST. JOSEPH’S, GARDEN HILL 071-9150417, All day ST. JOHN’S 071-9142606, All day

last post General Post Office Wine Street, Sligo – 5.30pm Main Post Office Finisklin, Sligo – 6pm


worship SLIGO CATHEDRAL Weekdays:, 800, 10.30 Saturday: 08.30, Vigil 7.30 Sunday: 08.30, 10.30, 12.00, 19.00 ST. ANNE’S Weekdays: 10.00, 18.15 Saturday: 10.00, 19.30 Sunday:, 10.00, 12.30, 19.00 FRIARY Weekdays: 10.30, 13.05 Saturday: 19.30 Sunday: 09.30, 11.00, 12.15, ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL Sunday: 08.00, 10.30; Holy Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays, 2nd & 4th Sundays & Wed. 11.00. Morning Prayer July - Aug Opening Hours 1 - 5pm Tues, Wed, Thurs. ST. JOHN’S, Carraroe Masses: Sat 730pm Sun 930 & 1130 Weekdays 1000 ST. JOSEPH’S, Ballytivnan Weekdays & Sats 10.00 Sat Eve 19.30 Sunday: 11.00. 12.30 & 19.00 ST. PATRICK’S, Calry Sunday: 10.00 ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL Sunday: 10.15 METHODIST, Wine Street Sunday: 10.15 PRESBYTERIAN Sunday: 11.30 CALRY, The Mall Holy Communion, Sunday: 8.30 and 11.30 SLIGO BAPTIST CHURCH, Cartron Village 11am & 7pm Sunday 8pm Thursday. 087 9618503 or 087 7536801 Sligo Pentecostal Sunday 11am: Family Worship Monday 1830-2030 French speaking Fellowship Eden Hill, Pearse Rd, Sligo 071-9167488 or 087 8163852 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Caltragh, Sligo. 11am Sunday. 071-9138525 MISSIONERS OF CHARITY Temple Street, Sligo Open to public daily 1000-1300, 15451900. Rosary 1800-1900 CHURCH OF MARY IMMACULATE, Grange Saturday: 20.00 Sunday: 12.00 •

THURSDAY Variable amounts of cloud and the odd shower, mainly during the morning. Gentle northwesterly winds. Max temp 13-16°C (55-61°F).

CHURCH OF ST MOLAISE, Cliffoney Saturday: 19.15 Sunday: 11.00 STAR OF THE SEA ORATORY, Mullaghmore Saturday: 18.30 Sunday: 10.00


Bridgewater House, Rockwood Parade Sligo Tel: 91-38000

TOURIST OFFICE, Temple Street Mon - Fri 9.00am to 5pm - Saturday 9.15am – 5.00pm. Tel: 071-9161201 SLIGO SOCIAL SERVICES Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 1pm & 2 - 5.30pm Tel: 071-9145682 MOTOR TAX OFFICE Mon-Fri: 9.30am - 4pm Tel: 071-9111830 / 071-9111831 STEPHEN STREET LIBRARY Tues-Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 1.30pm, 2.30-5pm. Mon: Closed. Tel: 071-9142212 BRIDGE STREET REF LIBRARY Mon-Fri 10am - 12.45pm & 2 - 4.45pm Tel: 071-9111111 SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL County Hall, Riverside Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm Tel: 071-9156666 Customer Services Tel: 071-9129800 SLIGO BOROUGH COUNCIL City Hall, Quay Street Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm, Tel: 071-9114400 SLIGO MUSEUM Tues & Sat: 2 - 4.50pm Tel: 071-9141623 NILAND CENTRE Tues-Sat: 10am - 5.45pm. Mon: Closed. Tel: 071-9141405 YEATS BUILDING Tues-Sat: 9am - 5pm Tel: 071-9142693 CREDIT UNION Tues & Wed: 10am - 5pm, Thurs & Fri: 10am - 5.30pm, Sat: 10am - 2.30pm, Mon: Closed. MABS (Money Advice) Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm (lunch 1-2pm) Tel: 071-9141022

flight times

Birmingham Dep Knock Mon, Wed, Fri Sun

FRIDAY Cloud thickening to give outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy. Fresh southwesterly winds. Max temp 14-17°C (57-63°F).

1215 BMIbaby 1155 “

Bristol Dep Knock Tues, Thurs, Sat 1710


Dep Bristol Tues, Thurs, Sat 1540


Dublin Dep Knock Mon – Sat Sun

0715 Aer Arann 0900 “

Dep Dublin Mon – Sun

1815 Aer Arann

1025 Ryanair 1840 “ Ryanair “

LEEDS - Bradford Dep Knock Mon, Wed, Fri 1115 Ryanair Dep Leeds- Bradford Mon, Wed, Fri 0930


Liverpool Dep Knock Mon, Fri, Sun Sat

1545 Ryanair 0830 “

Dep Liverpool Mon,Fri, Sun Sat

1415 Ryanair 0700 “

London Gatwick Dep Knock Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun1540Aer Lingus Dep London Gatwick Mon , Wed, Fri, Sun1330Aer Lingus



Dep London Luton Mon,- Sun 0935


Mon-Fri Dep Dublin: 07.35, 17.05 Dep Sligo: 08.50, 18.15 Sat-Sun Dep Sligo: 11.30, Sat Dep Dublin: 16.30 Sun 16.10 Sat Dep Sligo: 17.35 Sun 17.15

London Stansted Dep Knock Mon - Sun 13.25


Dep London Stansted Mon - Sun 11.35



Manchester Dep Knock Mon, Wed, Fri 1455 BMIbaby Sun 1345 “ D ep Manchester Mon, Wed, Fri 1320 BMIbaby Sun 1210 “

SLIGO AIRPORT Tel: 071-9168280

Early rain clearing to leave a rather cloudy day with an isolated shower possible. Light south-westerly winds. Max temp 13-16°C (55-61°F).

Based on tidal heights at Oyster Island TODAY 03:34 3.04m H 22:11 1.13m L WEDNESDAY 04:19 3.20m H 22:49 0.95mL THURSDAY 05:00 3.38M H 23:26 0.78M L FRIDAY 05:39 3.55m H 11:32 0.87m L SATURDAY 06:19 3.69m H 12:09 0.76m L SUNDAY 07:00 3.80m H 12:49 0.68m L MONDAY 07:43 3.85m H 13:31 0.66m L

SLIGO-DUBLIN Tel: 071-9169888 * Mon to Fri (excl public hols) ** Mon to Sat ***Fri Only Departures: *0545, **0700, **0900 **1100, **1300 **1500 **1700 **1900 Sunday: Dep. 0900 1100 1300 1500 1700 1900 Arrivals: *0848 **1005,**1201 **1400 **1559 **1800, **2002**2202 Sun Arr: 1203 1355 1606 1759 2004 2209 DUBLIN-SLIGO: Departures: *0705, **0905 **1105 **1305 , **1505, **1600 **1705, **1905 Arrivals: *1009 **1210 **1410 **1610 **1810 **1907 **2010 **2205 Sunday: Dep. 0905, 1305, 1505, 1600 1705 1905 Sunday Arr: 1210 1610 1810 1909 2010 2204 Train enquiries: 01-8366222 For more details go to


Dep East Midlands Wed, Fri 0840 Sun 1655

London Luton Dep Knock Mon - Sun


train times

Dep Birmingham Mon, Wed, Fri 1030 BMIbaby Sun 0940 “

East Midlands Dep Knock Wed, Fri Sun


CURA Pregnancy Counselling 071-9143659 Mon-Fri 9.30-1pm 1850622626 9.30am-9.30pm Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 750 780(Mon-Fri 10-12) Samaritans 071-9142011Call Save 1850-60-90-90 24-hours Garda Siochana 071-9142031 Victim Support Office 071-9168635 NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS 086-8149004 DVAS Domestic Violence Helpline Service 071-9141515 10am-5pm Mon -Fri SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL 0719160713 11am-12.30pm 2.30-4.45 Closed noon Wednesday

bus times INTERCITY SERVICE NEW CITY BUS ROUTE COMMENCING MONDAY MARCH 8TH (phone bus station for details) ROSSES POINT (Mon - Sat) Dep Sligo: 8.00SX, 8.50SX, 11.00,13.00,14.40,16.40, 18.05 Dep Rosses Point: 08.20SX, 09.30SX, 11.20, 14.00, 15.05, 17.00, 18.25 NEW SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAY SERVICE to Rosses Pt & Strandhill Dep Sligo: 1140, 1230, 1300, 1510 Dep Rosses Pt: 1200, 1250, 1320, 1530 Dep Sligo: 1220, 1310, 1550 Dep Strandhill: 1240, 1330, 1610 STRANDHILL (Mon - Sat) Dep Sligo: 07.50SX, 8.40SX, 10.20,13.05,14.20,16.40, 18.10 Dep Strandhill: 08.10SX, 09.00SX, 10.40, 14.00, 14.40, 17.00, 18.30. DIRECT BUS SERVICE OPERATING TO IRELAND WEST AIRPORT KNOCK (7 Buses Daily) on route 64 Derry to Galway Service GALWAY (Mon-Sat) Dep Sligo 06.00, 08.00, 10.00,

12.00, 12.45FO, 14.00, 16.00, 18,00, 21.05 FSuO. Dep Galway: 06.00, 08.45, 10.30, 12.00, 14.10, 16.00, 18.10, 20.15 FSuO (Please note 20.15 does not stop at Knock) SLIGO - DUBLIN AIRPORT (NEW SERVICE) Monday to Sunday Dep Sligo 0715am Arr Dublin airport 1020am Via M4/M6 & 02.00am Arr Dublin 0525 Calling at all usual stops to Dublin Dep Dublin 1129 Arr Sligo 1435pm Via M4/M6 & 0915pm Arr Sligo 1225 DERRY-LETTERKENNY (Calling at Bundoran & Ballyshannon) Mon - Sat Dep Sligo: 07.50, 08.45, 11.45, 13.30, 15.00, 17.10, 19.05 21.00FO, 20.50FO Dep Derry: 07.15, 09.15, 11.15, 15.15, 16.00 FO, 18.30, 21.40 SLIGO-BALLINA: (Mon-Sat) Dep Sligo: 07.20SX , 12.00, 15.00E, 15.45, 19.10FO Dep Ballina: 07.15, 10.00E, 12.45, 16.15, 20.45E Ballina-Sligo (Sun) 17.30 Sligo-Ballina (Sun) 15.30 ENNISKILLEN-BELFAST (Mon-Sat) (Calling at Manorhamilton) Dep Sligo: 7.30, 09.15, 11.45, 15.45 Dep Belfast: 09.05MFO, 10.05, 15.05, 11.05 MFO, 15.05 Sligo-Belfast (Sun) 13.30, 1705 BELFAST- SLIGO (Sat) 08.35 Belfast-Sligo (Sun) 1245, 1605 DUBLIN (Mon-Sat) Dep Sligo: 0715, 0800, 1115, 1315, 1535, 1810 (TUWX) Arr. Dublin: 1050, 1145, 1505, 1700, 1915, 2140 Dep Dublin: 800, 1100, 1330, 1745, 1900 (TUWA), 2045, 1535 Arr Sligo: 1200, 1435, 1725, 1915, 2125, 2235, 0025 Sligo-Dublin (Sun) Dep Sligo: 0930, 1230, 1535, 1800 Dublin-Sligo (Sun) Dep. Dublin: 0830, 1230, 1445, 1745, 2045 SLIGO-CASTLEBAR-WESTPORT (MonSat) 08.00, 12.00, 0200, 0300, 0400, 0710F0 WESTPORT-CASTLEBAR-SLIGO (Mon-Sat) 0850, 1030, 1215, (1600WP) (1700CB) (1945FO) Sligo-Westport (Sun) 1200, 1530 1800 via Tuam Westport-Sligo (Sun) 1440, 1545 E=Express Service MFO= Mon to Fri Only SO= Sat Only FO= Fri Only F0&SO= Fri & Sun Only SX=Except Sat TOWX = Tuesday, Wednesday, excepted WP = Westport CB = Castlebar Tel: 071-9160066


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town&county on Saturday, June 18. The reception was held in Cromlech Lodge, Castlebaldwin. Wishing Corina and Noel a long and happy life together. CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Cora Connaughton from Carrowhubbock, Enniscrone who recently graduated from the GMIT in Castlebar with a BA in Art and Design. A very successful exhibition of the graduates work was held in the GMIT from Thursday June 9-16 depicting her parent’s war memories in the Netherlands was highly acclaimed, thought provoking and brilliantly depicted. For further information call Cora on 087 6662499. BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations to Peader O’Neill, Carrowhubbock South who celebrated his 80th Birthday recently. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the wife Lillian, sisters Kathleen and Eileen, brother-in-law Des, Aunt Anna in England and the nieces and nephews of the late Jack Gaughan, Kilglass. The remains were removed from McGowan’s Funeral Home Ballina on Tuesday evening, June 21 to the Church of the Holy Family Kilglass. Burial took place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Wednesday, June 22 after 1pm Mass. Sympathy is also extended to his relatives and friends. May he rest in peace SYMPATHY: Sympathy is also extended to the sons Tommy and Martin, daughters Annie and Kathleen, daughter in-law Catherine, sons-inlaw Tom and Michael, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the late Bridget Murray Cooga who died recently. Bridget celebrated her 101st Birthday in May. May she rest in peace CEMETERY MASS: The Cemetery Mass will be held on Sunday, July 31 at St Patrick’s Cemetery Kilglass. GOOD LUCK: Good luck to Vickie McGowan on the opening of her new shop ‘Treats and Treasures’ at Main Street, Enniscrone. The shop opens daily until 7.30pm. COFFEE SHOP: Good luck to the Flatley Family, Enniscrone on the opening of their new coffee shop at Pier Road, Enniscrone. PLAYGROUND AND CRAZY GOLF: Opening every day during school holidays (weather permitting.) Approximate opening hours Monday to Thursday 12noon - 6pm Friday - Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.30am-6.30pm. If the sun shines they will stay open as long as possible. COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning and cake sale will be held on Sunday, July 3 at the Sandcastles Creche in aid of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. All baking and donations gratefully accepted. Time: 11.30am-1.30pm. For information please contact Deirdre Quinn on 087 9731232 YOUR NEWS: Would you or your family, community group, school, etc. wish to highlight your activities/achievements, if so please send your news and pictures to the Tourist Office before 12 noon on Wednesday or ring 096 36746 E-mail:

EASKEY: Katie Johnston, daughter of Francis and Caroline, who recieved her First Holy Communion in Easkey Church.

while others competed in events such as the egg-an-spoon, wheelbarrow and three-legged races. For many of the parents looking on it brought back memories of the “good old days” some 15 years earlier when similar sports days were held. Elsewhere in the field you could “toss the sheaf ”, guess the weight of a sheep or hang from a scaffold – by your hands! If that didn’t challenge you then you could try and pedal a bicycle with a mind of its own, kick penalties through a car tyre or fish small, yellow plastic ducks from a barrel of water while using a coathanger attached to the jib of JCB and then transfer them to another barrel. And if all this made you hungry burgers were available on the sideline. The most popular event was a soccer competition in which participants had to tog out in wellingtons. So a great day’s entertainment was enjoyed by all, both young and not-soyoung, and it was like the great sports days of old as so many kept remarking. Well done to the committee who did so much organising and preparing behind the scenes. All monies raised go to the founding of a children’s playground. COMMUNITY LOTTO: Geevagh Community Resource Group Lotto Draw was

held on June 18. The numbers drawn were 3, 9 ,11 and 26 and there was no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot will be €1,900. The following each won €20: Michael Kerrigan Ballyfarnon; Tony Gallagher, Conway’s Cross; Eamon Curran Geevagh; Melissa Moran C/o Reilly’s Bar and Jim Joe Mulhern, Ballyfarnon. TRADITIONAL MUSIC: Traditional music sessions continue in Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen on Wednesday, June 29 at 9pm with the JP Trio. This award winning group will be accompanied by all-Ireland singer Niamh Farrell. The cost is €10 including refreshments and doors open at 8pm. More information at 086 3013567.

GURTEEN Died at 105 THE death has taken place in California of Pat Tansey, a native of Cloonmeen, Cuilmore, Gurteen. Pat, who had celebrated his 105th birthday on February 16, will be sadly missed by his many friends and neighbours at home and in England. He emigrated to California in 1929 but regularly returned on annual hol-

idays and always called to visit his friends. He last visited after he celebrated his 100 birthday. He was predeceased by his son Brian on April 28. Sympathy is extended to all his family and friends on their bereavement. May he rest in peace. DIED IN MANCHESTER: The death has taken place in Manchester of Michael Murray, a native of Calterane, Gurteen. News of his passing was received in the Gurteen area with great sadness. He had been a regular visitor to his homeland and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Burial took place in Manchester on Thursday last. He was brother of Kathleen McCoy, Carn and the late Mattie Joe Murray, Calterane. Sympathy is extended to Kathleen and the McCoy family and to the Murray family Calterane, also to Michael's wife Sheila, his son and daughter and his sister Mary in Manchester. May he rest in peace. EVENING MASS: The priests of St. Attracta’s Cluster of Parishes will celebrate evening Mass each Sunday at 7pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Gurteen for the months of July and August. COMMUNITY CARE: Gurteen Community Care annual outing will be on Wednesday, July 6 to Westport. The bus will be leaving at 10am and the cost is €30, which includes lunch. Booking is essential. Please give names in at Gurteen PO before Friday July 1. SUMMER FESTIVAL: The dates for the Gurteen Summer Festival are from July 21 to 24. Enquiries to 089 4476523 or e-mail gurteensummerfestival BINGO: Bingo is held every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30pm with a jackpot of €1,000 and other valuable prizes. There is also the lotto game of €850. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the hall so your support is greatly appreciated. HOSPICE WALK: The annual walk for North West Hospice takes place in Cloonloo on next Sunday at 4pm. For more information please contact Christina on 086 3911500 or Linda on 086 6009940 BODHRAN SCHOOL: The annual Coleman Country Bodhran School is taking place at the Coleman Centre, Gurteen this week up to Friday. This event was established in 2006 by Junior Davey, a five times All-Ireland bodhran champion and has classes, lectures, a concert plus music sessions in the local pubs. For more information contact 071-9182773 or 086 3013567 / MUST SEE CONCERT: The JP Trio are coming to Ceolaras Coleman Gurteen on Wednesday, June 29 and 9pm. This award-winning group, consisting of three outstanding musicians who play contemporary traditional

GEEVAGH By Peter O’Rourke Tel. 071-9647580

Sports day success TWO weeks ago the Geevagh Sports Day was cancelled due to the heavy rain. But at the second attempt it triumphed over the weather with big crowds turning out and lots of events to test the skills and athletic prowess of young and old. There was an especially large number of children who had a great time climbing on the bouncy castle

BUFFALO?: A number of readers contacted us after observing that the roots of a felled tree along the northern side of N17 Galway Road (on the Ballinacarrrow side of the Ballymote turn-off) resembled a buffalo. Does anyone agree?

music, will be accompanied by all Ireland Singer Niamh Farrell on vocals. Doors open at 8pm. For more information call 086 3013567.

KINLOUGH By Joe McCarron

Late John Foley SYMPATHY is extended to the wife and family of the late John Foley, Kinlough, who passed away recently. May he rest in peace. SPECIAL NEEDS DANCE: There will be a dance in the Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, tomorrow, Wednesday, night. Dancing 9pm-11pm. Music by Kieran McAree.(Bite the Dust) Admission: €5. All Welcome. Proceeds to Special Needs Association. PRAYER GROUP: The Divine Mercy Charismatic Prayer Group will meet every second and fourth Wednesday each month in the Prayer Room in St. Aidan’s Church, Kinlough. All welcome. Telephone: 071-9843040. SYMPATHY: Deepest sympathy is extended to the Gillespie family, Kinlough on the recent death of Michael’s mother Teresa Gillespie, Manorhamilton. May she rest in peace. GAA CUL CAMPS: The VHI GAA Cul Camp takes place in Kinlough from July 11-15. The camps cater for children from age six to 12 years, and all activities are graded to cater for children of all abilities. This year all participants will receive a specially designed VHI GAA cul camp kit ie. jersey, togs and socks complete with back pack and with no increase on last years prices. (first child - €60, second child - €50 and third child €45). All equipment including hurleys and helmets will be provided by Leitrim GAA. Full details of all camps is available on the Leitrim GAA website or from Thomas Keenan on 087 6591049. GAELIC4MOTHERS: Melvin Gaels Gaelic4mothers and older women is currently running in Kinlough on Wednesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. For more information contact Anne at 087 1337968

MANORHAMILTON By PJ Leddy Tel. 071-9855349

90th birthday BEST wishes to Rossinver native Roger Connolly, Station Road, Manorhamilton who celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday, June 23. Roger is an avid gardener and a frequent prize winning exhibitor at Manorhamilton Show over many years. He is also an accomplished card player and a regular victor at the competitive Club Chluainín weekly Progressive ‘25’ card drives. SHOW LAUNCH: There was a bumper attendance present when the official launch of this year's Manorhamilton show took place recently in the Glens Centre. Manorhamilton show will take place on Saturday, July 23 in the Bee Park while the closing date for Show entries is Wednesday, July 13. Show PRO Arthur Bredin PRO welcomed everyone to Friday night’s event. Arthur announced that Manorhamilton Livestock Sales will be the 2011 Show’s main sponsors and he expressed his gratitude to the Livestock Sales for their invaluable support in this important matter. Mr Bredin also thanked all the other Show sponsors for their loyal and very much appreciated support. The 2011 Manorhamilton Show Commit


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town&county tee members are presidents Lena McTiernan and Alfie Irwin; chairperson June Irwin; vice chairperson Liam Gilligan; secretary Shelia Gilligan; assistant secretary Mary Coyle; treasurer Sarah Gilligan; assistant treasurer Gerry McLoughlin; public relations officer Arthur Bredin; events co-ordination Linda Slevin; safety officers Lena O’Hagan and Patrick Maguire; chief stewards Elizabeth Comiskey, Senator Michael Comiskey and Carla Nealon; and honorary veterinary surgeon Michael O’Grady MVB, MRCVS. Joint show committee president Alphie Irwin was unable to be in attendance for Friday night’s launch event. He was wished all the best by Arthur Bredin for a speedy return to best form soon, while everyone is looking forward to seeing Alphie back in action and happily carrying out all his duties on Show Day. JULY CONCERTS: Irish Bible Ministries return again this year to County Mayo and welcome you to their Gospel Concerts that will be staged during July in Manorhamilton and Sligo. The first Irish Bible Ministries concert will be in the Sligo City Hotel on Wednesday, July 6 at 8.15pm. The second concert will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre Manorhamilton on Thursday, July 7 at 8.15pm also. The special guest on both occasions will be Graham Murphy, talented Gospel singer and accomplished pianist. Graham will present a delightful programme of the favourite Gospel songs of Elvis Presley. RALLY BUS: A bus will travel to the AllIreland Rally for Life on Saturday, July 2 at the Garden for Remembrance in Dublin. The fare on the bus is €20 per person while children travel free. Seats on the bus can be booked by contacting Bernie on 086 8213806. COUNCIL CONGRATULATES: The members of Leitrim County Council at their May meeting in Áras an Chontae Carrick-on-Shannon passed a vote of congratulations for Graham Golden, Glenboy on his successful performance when he recently represented Ireland in a pony competition in France. At the same the council meeting members also congratulated the figure dance troupe that represented Glencar/Manorhamilton at the AllIreland Scór finals in Killarney during April when the North Leitrim's dancers won the third national figure title in the club's history. RANGERS AGM: The annual general meeting of Manor Rangers Soccer Club will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Monday next, July 2 at 9pm.

MAIL COACH ROAD By Claire Wallace MCR Centre: Tel. 071-9146512

Dessie wins 1st prize DESSIE McLoughlin won first prize of €100 in the MCR 200 Club draw for June 23. Second prize of €50: went to Delores Brennan; Kelvin Murray and Hannah Galvin each won €25. SUMMER CAMPS: MCR playgroup will be running fun camps for three to five year olds from 9.30am-12.30pm during the four weeks commencing July 4, 11, 18 and 25. The cost is €30 per week for lots of fun and activities for the children. For registration or further information, please contact Rita on 071-9146512 or call in between 9am and 12.30pm. AFTERSCHOOL: MCR Afterschool will also be running summer camps. There are still places available on the second week of the summer camp from July 18 to July 25 for 10-14 year olds. The summer camp will consist of day trips, physical activities, arts

John James Connolly, Fortland House, Manorhamilton, and his grandson Adam getting ready to go for a drive last summer. A very successful John James Connolly Memorial Pony Drive was organised on June 5 in Manorhamilton to commemorate John James memory with 28 ponies and buggies participating. Mary Connolly, John James’ wife and her family would like to thank everyone associated with The John James Connolly Memorial Pony Drive and for the Memorial Plaque presented on the day.

and craft workshops. The cost is €50 per child and a €15 deposit is required on registration. JOB CLUB: This has finished at MCR for the time being, but will start again in September. In the meantime, for information, contact Bernie or Michael on 071-9138831. CHEERLEADING: Cheerleading takes place on Saturday mornings in the centre. For more information please call 086 8270745. YOUTH CLUB: This takes place on Thursdays from 7-9pm. and is being enjoyed by everyone involved. Activities include football, arts and crafts, pool, table football, quizes and many other games. INDOOR FOOTBALL: There is indoor football on Tuesdays at 8.30pm for an hour, and is enjoyed by the local young people. If you have experience in refereeing and can spare some time on a Tuesday, please contact the centre on 071-9146512. HALL HIRE: If you are looking for a venue for basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, circuit training, curling, martial arts, dancing and parties, MCR have great facilities for all these activities. COMMUNITY NOTES: If you have any item you would like included in the community notes for the MCR area, please contact Claire or Marleen on 071-9146512 or e-mail by 5pm on a Wednesday.

MERVILLE YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE Maugheraboy Tel. 071-9159929

Photos wanted MERVILLE Active Age Group are currently undertaking a project to produce a Heritage Calendar for 2012. This calendar will feature photographs of the Merville area, past and present. A special appeal goes out to all in the community to have a rummage for old photographs of the area, its people, and its features, with the unusual of course especially wel-

come. New photographs with a heritage recollection are also most welcome. Photographs can be submitted to the Merville Centre Office, and will be returned following scanning into the database. Or alternately they can be emailed to SUMMER CAMP: Dreamchasers Childcare Service at the centre have limited availability for their popular summer camp, starting in July, catering for children of Primary School age. The camps, featuring a wide range of fun activities, run each afternoon, Mondays to Fridays, from 2pm to 5.30pm. Weekly fee is €53. Contact the team on 071-9152022 for enrolment information. Dreamchasers Childcare is Funded under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. MOBILE CALL: Got an old mobile Phone? Well put it to good use by dropping it in to Merville for Recycling, which will benefit their Childcare Service by the provision of new equipment. All types and condition of mobile phones welcome. Call in to centre office for further information. HALL AVAILABLE: Merville Community Centre Hall remains available across the summer at weekends for hire for kids birthday parties, at reasonable rates. Meeting rooms are also available, Evenings only, catering for groups of all sizes, at rates to suit any budget. All proceeds go towards the substantial running costs of operating the centre for all the community. Contact the centre on 071-9150029, anytime, for bookings. FITNESS CALLSES: New Rebound Fitness Classes continue this Thursday evening at 7pm, in addition to current popular Circuit Training Sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday Mornings. MERVILLE AREA NOTES: Notes of interest for the Merville Community and beyond are always welcome for publication in the Sligo Weekender, and can be sent for publication via Merville Centre Office. They can be left in Handwritten format, or by email to, before 5pm on Thursday to be included in the following week’s Merville area notes. Old photographs are also welcome, as

they can be scanned, and sent in electronic format. Contact the Centre office for further information.

NEWTOWNMANOR Brian and Sean get set LOCAL lads Brian McMorrow and Sean Watters (Leckaun N.S past pupils) are running charity events for a Moldavian orphanage. Their plans are to cycle from Malin Head to Mizen Head in three days which is over 200km per day. The lads are hoping to raise €5,000 and the money will be going direct towards benefits for the children who were living in horrific conditions over in Moldav. They are hoping to travel to Moldova in August and work in the orphanage for two weeks. Brian and Sean would like to thank John MacManus from MacManus’ Pharmacy, Manorhamilton who has kindly got involved with the cycling and sponsoring of them. The lads hope to be going through Manorhamilton on August 1 coming from Malin Head. Next month Brian and Sean will be holding another charity event. There will be a barbecue and music on the Wild Rose boat. A good night’s fun is guaranteed. For more information regarding tickets please contact Brian on 085 1552110. BUS TO RALLY: A bus will travel to Dublin to the All Ireland Rally for Life on Saturday on July 2. Cost is €20, children free. To book contact Bernie on 086 8213806 FESTIVAL SUCCCESS: A great weekend was had by all in Dromahair and surrounding areas last weekend as the village celebrated its annual Dromahair Demon Festival in glorious sunshine and great spirit. A big well done to the festival committee for organising yet another hugely successful festival. YOUR NEWS: If anyone has any community information that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Emer on 086 3319183 or via e-mail at before the previous Wednesday.


Tel. 071-9165573 / 086-8258525

Swimmers do well WELL done to all the children who took part in the County Finals of the Community Games Swimming held recently in the Sligo Sports Complex. Congratulations to Eoin Dwyer who won gold in the boys U10 Freestyle, Conor Kearns took bronze in U10 Backstroke, Dúaltagh Holmes took Silver in the U12 Breastroke, Evan Kelly took silver in the U16 Freestyle. Sarah Walsh took silver in the U12 freestyle and Jade Murphy won Gold in the U14 Breastroke. Brónagh Holmes was awarded the John Flynn Memorial Trophy for the most improved swimmer. Best of luck to Eoin and Jade who will now go on to represent Sligo at the National finals in Athlone in August. TEAM EVENTS: Congratulations to the Riverstown teams in community games that took prizes. The U13 Boys and U13 Girls Rounders teams both took gold. The mixed U11 Tag Rugby took silver and the U12 mixed skittles also took silver. Well done to team members and their coaches. NEXT CLEAN-UP: Riverstown community playground clean-up will take place on Saturday, July 2, starting at 10am. For the summer months a clean-up will also take place on the third Tuesday of the month ie July 19 from 7pm. Please bring any tools that might be useful eg yard brush, bucket, small brush, shovel. Anyone willing to do some strimming is very welcome. FISHING COMPETITION: Riverstown Anglers would like to invite all those interested to the first competition of the season on July 2 at 10am at Lough Bo. Please bring packed lunches. The next two competitions will be announced on that day. The third competition will finish as usual with our barbecue. Open to all ages. Entry fee collected on the day €20 for the three competitions. Our new facebook page will be available on Monday of next week for further information. Look forward to seeing all there for a bit of fun and sport.


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town&county AGRICULTURAL SHOW: Riverstown Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday, July 16 in the Community Park. Plans are underway to make the 2011 show the best ever. There will be something for everybody including horses, ponies, donkeys, cattle and sheep classes, poultry and home industries. This year will see the introduction of Charolais Cattle. There will be games for the children including the all-important Bonny Baby competition. This year there will be many added attractions with plenty of surprises on the day. For more information visit or contact M Harte on 087 2422160. MUST SEE CONCERT: The JP Trio are coming to Ceolaras Coleman Gurteen on Wednesday, June 29 at 9pm. This award winning group consisting of three outstanding musicians who play contemporary Traditional music will be accompanied by all Ireland Singer Niamh Farrell on vocals. A night not to be missed. Price €10 incl. refreshments doors open at 8pm. For more information call 086 3013567 NEWS ITEMS: It you would like any news item to be included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively please call Iris on 086 8258525.


Tel. 071-9152792 rossespointnotes@

World championships THE Dubarry World Fireball Championships are enjoying some challenging sailing conditions as the racing goes into the second week. The event is soaring ahead with gusto to the delight of contestants and supporters. Full results should be available next week. SEA SHANTY SUCCESS: This year’s Rosses Point Sea Shanty and Maritime festival certainly turned out to be a roaring success (no pun intended). It was certainly the best and most enjoyable weekend seen in Rosses Point for many a year. The shanty groups (all 14 of them) were the most enthusiastic, vibrant and harmonious groups of musicians we’ve had the pleasure of hearing since the year of dot. Groups from the Continent, the UK, locally and from all over Ireland gave of their best and the effort was certainly appreciated by young and old alike. How they kept going over three days is still a mystery. I cannot remember when I saw so many happy faces in Rosses Point. The whole proceedings were given a royal touch by the presence of Patsy Dan Rogers, King of Tory Island who produced some regal airs on his button accordion to throw into the pot. There was too much going on over the three days that it would take half a tome to cover everything, more than could fit in our notes anyway. However we have to mention and thank Captain Redmond Bruen for officially opening the event, all the lifeboat volunteers who put so much into the weekend before and during the craic, all the writers and speakers who made the literary morning such a moving and humorous session, again with a little help from the Royalty. The small but excellent team of professionals who produced and edited the wonderful film Memory Harbour, let’s hope that they will make it available on DVD. And last but not least, the dedicated, hard working team who organised and put the whole show together over the past 12 months. I know they worked hard and had their setbacks but what a marvellous result; you

can’t put a show that professional together without a certain amount of blood, sweat and tears. Well done! And we’re already looking forward to next year. DOLPHINS ARE HERE: There have been a large number of pods of dolphin frolicking in Sligo Bay over the past couple of weeks. They must be here for the sailing competition and the shanty festival. They are lovely to watch when they come inshore at Deadman’s Point. SHIPPING: The mv “Elbetor”, registered in St John’s joined in the festivities at Sligo Port arriving at Rosses Point on Friday, loading a large cargo of scrap for Erin Recyclers before departing on the first tide on Sunday for the Continent. It just missed the ‘Go as you Please’ race to Oyster Island, the ‘Maugherow Cup’ and the Duck Race.

SKREEN Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to Anna Calpin and family Doonflynn, on the recent death of her father Eddie Mulreany, late of Inver, County Donegal. CEMETEREY MASS: Mass for all the deceased will take place in St Mary’s cemetery on Sunday, July 24 at 11am. VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers to assist with children with disabilities are needed by enable Ireland and anyone with some spare time and would like to help can contact Paddy Moran on 087 2163971 for details

Having a bit of fun in the kitchen at the Riverstown Agricultural Show launch are Maura O’Connor, Geraldine Coleman, Jacquellne Callaghan and Fiona Dunleavey. Pics by Peter McParland

SOOEY/GLEANN BALLYGAWLEY Recent deaths THE death took place recently in England of Peter Winders, husband of Christina Brennan, sister of Edmund Brennan, Kilross, The death also took place of Margaret Murray, grandmother of Sharon McCormack, Kilross. JOLLYTOTS CAMP: Jollytots will run a multi activity camp in Sooey Hall from July 4-8 for children aged three to seven. Activities include: design a t-shirt, fun with chocolate, visit from Mr Majestic, mini disco, balloon modelling, sports day, modelling clay, teddy bears picnic and outing to funny bones. Please phone Michelle / Alyson on 071-9165848 for more information. COOKERY CAMPS: Jollytots will host two summer baking and cookery camps this year. The little chef camp for children aged four to eight will run from July 18-22 and the Junior Chef Camp for children aged seven to 12 will run from July 25 - 29. The children will make flapjacks, smoothies, cheese straws, cheese and onion slices, couscous, apple crumble, fruit skewers, mini trifle, chelsea buns, multi-grain cottage buns, banana muffins and will ice and decorate their own baking. For more information please phone Michelle/ Alyson/ Caroline on 071-9165848. COMMUNITY GAMES: Well done to all who competed at the County Finals of the swimming competition and congratulations to all the medal winners. Gold Medals: Eoin Dwyer (U10 Freestyle), Jade Murphy (U14 Breaststroke). Silver Medals: Sarah Walsh (U12 Freestyle), Dualtagh Holmes (U12 Breaststroke), Evan Kelly (U16 Freestyle). Bronze Medal: Conor Kearns (U10 Backstroke). Congratulations also to Bronagh Holmes who was awarded the John Flynn Memorial Trophy for the most improved swimmer. In team events Boys and Girls U13 Rounders won Gold Medals, while U11 Tag Rugby and U12 Skittles won Silver Medals. FIRST CUL CAMP: St Michael’s GAA are this year hosting their VHI GAA Cul

Councillors Gerard Mullaney, Thomas Collery and Martin Baker. Show committee members Maura O’Connor, Geraldine Coleman and Sharon Snow. Fr. A.B. O’Shea. Irish Shows Association president John O’Hara, show chairman Michael Harte and main sponsors Connacht Gold C.E.O Aaron Forde.

Making a special presentation to Fiona Dunleavy for her hard work with the show Committee is Sharon Snow along with show chairman Michael Harte and Irish Shows Association president John O'Hara.

Camp for the first time. The dates for the camp are set for Monday, July 18 to Friday, 22 at the pitch in Ballintogher from 10am to 2 30pm. Contact Padraig Clancy, 086 3822293. You can also sign up online. Anyone wishing to join the camp, be they from a neighbouring club, or on holidays locally at the time is welcome to register with St. Michael’s. See website www. vhi gaa cul camps. CAREER ADVICE: St Michael’s GAA Club in conjunction with S.L. Controls Ltd, Collooney are holding a General Engineering Career Advice evening by industry next week. It's open to all Leaving Cert and Post Leaving Cert Students from the area on Monday evening July 4 at 9pm in Collooney. This is a great opportunity for young people to look at engineering as a career. Contact Joe Taaffe at 086 8543044 or Padraig Clancy at 086 3822293. Thanks to all those who turned out to help do a general tidy up on the pitch and grounds at Ballintogher on Saturday evening last.

STRANDHILL By Ian Parke strandhillnotes@

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Playground Opens LOCAL resident Kian Egan, a member of the world-famous Westlife group opened the new local playground on Saturday June 18 at 4pm. The new facility was unveiled and children got the opportunity to test their skills on the fantastic play equipment installed in the playground. A Family Fun Day followed on Sunday, June 19 of entertainment with

bouncy castles, face painting and of course the new playground. The facility is located in the Strandhill Community Park, home of Strand Celtic FC where local and visiting families will benefit from the high quality equipment for many years to come. It is also located close to Strandhill Caravan Park so children visiting the area can also use this new playground. Strandhill Community Park Ltd in conjunction with Strandhill Community Development Association and Strand Celtic FC has worked in partnership with Go Play Ltd ( in designing and installing the playground. Michael Keane, chairman of Strandhill Community Development Association said: “Developing the playground commenced in 2009 and was assisted by many different parties. In particular we would like to acknowledge the support and financial contribution from Co Sligo Leader Partnership, businesses in the area and the local community. “We would also like to thank Go Play Ltd for their


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town&county expertise in designing and installing the facility. We are delighted to have such a facility in Strandhill which will be of benefit to the children, both locals and visitors, for many years to come.” EILEEN BARRY DEATH: The death has taken place of Eileen Barry (nee Loughrey), ‘Four Winds’, Strandhill peacefully at St. John’s Hospital, Sligo. Wife of the late Christy Barry, removal took place on Tuesday, June 21 to St. Patrick’s Church, Strandhill. Mass of the Resurrection was held on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Scarden. Sympathy is extended to her sons Chris, Brian, Francis, Humphrey and Donal and the extended Barry family. May she rest in peace. IT’S ALL GO: On Saturday, June 18 the Irish Times travel supplement ‘GO’ carried the following write-up in an article on the best places to swim and stay along the Irish coastline. “The recently opened Strandhill Lodge and Suites is beside the country’s surfing magnet of Strandhill. The setting is spectacular with most of its rooms offering balconies from which to drink the seascape below while Queen Maeve’s tomb atop Knocknarea helps frame the scenic vista. “Strandhill is a vibrant village but the lodge and suites is better suited to couples or groups than families. There is no bar or restaurant on site but the Venue next door is an old-fashioned pub that has pints of plain and live music on weekends. “Next morning explore the megalithic sites of the Carrowmore tombs. Afterwards, you can detox in the village’s seaweed baths and just drink in the fresh air with long beach walks”. A good bit of publicity indeed. SHOW TIME: Strandhill Show takes place at Lisheen, Strandhill on Saturday, July 2. A great family day out is guaranteed for all the family, with show jumping, dog show, craft fair, farm tasks, classes for home baking, jams, eggs, vegetables, photography, DJ Scuffy Duffy, and much more. Children have free admission. A children’s activity area will have slides, obstacle course, bouncy castle, merry go round, and face painting for one charge of €5 for play on all. JOSEPH IN ATHENS: Strandhill’s Joseph Cullen is one of 126 athletes representing Ireland at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The games are taking place from June 25 to July 4 in Athens, Greece. Joseph is competing in the aquatics competition and is a member of the Splashin’ penguins Special Olympics Club. Wishing him good luck at the games. RUN FOR BEGINNERS: Running for Beginners is starting on July 6. Sign up for six weeks or pay as you go. For more information call Miriam on 087 9104713 KIDS SUMMER CAMP: Multi-activities at Fintess4all in Ocean Wave Lodge, Strandhill from 10am to 3pm ages five to ten years starting July 25 to July 29 and August 8 to August 12. For more information on these summer camps contact Miriam on 087 9104713 or email CRAFTS PEOPLE WANTED: Arts ‘n Crafts, the new arts and crafts co-operative ‘The Atlantic Writers and Artists Cooperative’, have had a very successful launch and are now organising a series of arts and craft fairs in the North West. They are now looking for more local artists and craft people in Strandhill to join them in attending the art and craft fairs. The first of two fairs will take place in Sligo. The Johnston Court shopping mall on Saturday July 23 and the second one will take place in Sligo on Sunday, July 31, venue to be confirmed. There is no charge for being at the fair just bring a table, chair and stock to sell. In order to make a balanced fair, we are specifically looking to attract jewellery and ceramic makers as well as soft toys, paintings and candle makers, etc.

Anyone interested in joining the Atlantic writers and Artists Co-operative (no charge) and attending the exhibitions planned, should contact David Booth before the deadline of July 12. Please email: or telephone 087 172 6301. RETIRED MEET: The next Active Retirement Group meeting takes place on this Thursday, June 30 at 11am in the Strandhill Community Park building (Airport Road), home of Strand Celtic FC. CHURCH NOTICES: St. Patrick’s Church Mass Saturday 7.30pm Sunday 9.30am and 12.30pm St. Anne’s Church - Sunday Morning Service at 12 noon. NOTES: News items for this community news column would be most welcome and can be sent to or left into the Sligo Weekender community news boxes located in Monaghan's and Keane's shops in Strandhill.

Pictured stepping out at the Blue Devon in Dromahair as part of Kevin McDermott’s fundraising in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust fund is fellow volunteer, Gerry Fowley


Eugene, Kevin (Niall Mellon Township trust volunteer) and Josephine McDermott at the fundraiser.

Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to Frances Hanley and family on the recent death of her brother Mannix Carolan, and to all relatives and friends. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Happy birthday and best wishes are sent to John Paul Fury, from his family and wide circle of friends. John Paul celebrated on June 22. SPONSORED WALK: Tireragh Branch of Parents and Friends and Cregg House are holding their annual sponsorod walk in aid of people with learning difficulties. The 10k walk will take place on Sunday, July 10 beginning at 2.30pm sharp from Dromore West Community Centre. The 10k route will take you through the river walk at Dromore West and onto the Coast Road to Aughris where refreshments will be served All funds raised are distributed to Cregg House, North Wsest Parents and Friends and Castleconnor Resource Centre. All walkers are welcome. Sponsor cards are available from Johnny on 086 8121778 or Martin on 087 6871869. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Happy birthday and best wishes are sent to Martina Lavelle, from her family and wide circle of friends. Martina celebrated recently with a party in the Beach Bar Aughris.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

Tel. 071-9185022 Mobile: 087-6290962

Monica Wims recovery THE thoughts and prayers of this entire community, town and county are have been for one really nice woman, wife and mother who met with a most unfortunate accident involving livestock in recent days. That lady is Monica Wims, wife of Nathy Wims, who has been put in a very hard and sad position as doctors in St James’ Hospital, Dublin do what they do best to give her back what they can with their talented hands and experience. It has been a terrible incident for her and her beloved family as medical science does what it can to get her back to normal. She is one nice lady and so friendly and warm and she has a lot of friends who pray that she will recover from this awful experience where only but for the grace of God we might be writing an even sadder line over her. I hope that she will be given a recovery at St James’ Hospital. Monica, our prayers are with you at this time. GIVE BLOOD: Padraig Neary is out for blood! Yes readers, the same man is the area organiser for the Irish Blood

Willie Doyle with John and Josephine McMorrow enjoy the fundraising night at the Blue Devon.

Transfusion Mobile Service and it is visiting Tubbercurry on Thursday, June 30 from 4.30pm until 8pm in St. Brigid’s Hall. The need for blood never ends, Padraig tells me and the regular donors are asked to attend Ireland’s most extraordinary club – blood donors. New donors are indeed most welcome and if you decide you’d like to try and help the cause, you’ll be welcome indeed. KEEP TUBBER TIDY: The Tidy Towns Committee are doing all in their power this year, despite the lack of cash in our recession-bound Ireland of 2011. Geraldine Brennan and her crew are to be complemented on their blood, sweat and tears at making every effort with the limited resources available to put us in the picture here in Tubbercurry in this year’s Tidy Towns Contest. Over the years, there has been a good deal of improvement in many areas of the town to keep up the cleaning of old buildings that caused us to lose out on marks when it came to awarding us points. Let’s all lend a hand to keep Tubber tidy. FILM SHOWN IN GALWAY: Film director Tom Walsh of Leighne Films who recently produced the ‘3.10 to Claremorris’ told me it will be featured in Galway’s Film Fleadh on July 7 and now that some people would like to tag along and see it on show Tom Walsh and Eileen Murtagh have decided to run a bus to Galway on that date. If you would like to attend, contact Tom or Eileen right away on 087 2276628. IRISH NIGHTS: Anne Killoran’s Irish Nights start up for the season on Thursday, July 7. A great night of mu-

sic, song and dance as well as Irish food awaits all tourists and locals with a welcome on the mat. TABLE QUIZ: Fundraising to cover the running of the August Old Fair Day Festival continues on Tuesday, July 12 with a table quiz in Murphy’s Hotel, Teeling Street with cash prizes. Please support. CELINA BACK FROM SYDNEY: Celina Skeffington, daughter of Ted and Mary Skeffington, Connolly Park was back on a holiday from Sydney, Australia and back to her old work place, Killoran’s, last week. Celina and her boyfriend are in regular contact with James Murphy who is in business over there also. NOVELTY FOOTBALL GAME: There is no beating a good PRO in any committee or community organisation. The daddy of them all in my young days was the late Joe Masterson. I took a turn at it in years that followed and I had fair success, just. A young man now that took my place in the Old Fair Day Festival is playing a blinder now in that role as PRO of that August Festival Tommy McGuinness is that gent and he always keeps me in tune with the run-up to August 10 next, the date of this year’s Old Fair Day. The issue for all such summer festivals is to get some cash up front to offset the expenses that occur during August’s festival. Tommy's note to me is for a fundraising over-40s Gaelic football match that was a great occasion last year and is scheduled for Sunday, July 10 at Kilcoyne GAA Park at 2pm that day. It is a revenge match between The Hasbeens and The Wannabees who do

battle again on that same day. Tommy says a lot of the players in that 40s age bracket are supposed to be in serious training for the game this time because some of them were short of wind last year and want to avoid this problem come July 10. Lovers Lane has been graced by some men who are eager to be fit at this event on that day Team managers like Paudric “Head” Gillespie and former Tubbercurry great Gerry Gilmartin are as eager as ever to put on a big performance on the day and, of course, John “The Singer” Doohan has a few tricks up his sleeve to boost his side to victory. Tommy also said besides football they have a barbecue, bouncy castles and all the fun of the fair. The PRO added that it's an event not to be missed. MUSIC WEEK: It will be the 25th year of the event that has been very well-run and successful cultural event that has few equals in the West of Ireland and that can only be The South Sligo Summer School. It starts Sunday, July 10 right here in Tubbercurry. It will be opened at 3pm in St Brigid’s Hall by radio presenter Tommy Marren of Midwest Radio. A week of music, song and dance will follow until Saturday, July 16. People living overseas always enquire when this event runs and plan their holidays around that week. Let’s now take a quick view of the programme of Music Week, starting on Sunday, July 10. A Mass an tAifreann at 11.30am at the Church of St John Evangelist, a regular starting off of this week. Tommy Marren will launch the event in St Brigid’s Hall, followed by a concert with refreshments. At 9pm the Grand Opening Céilí in St Brigid’s Hall with the Abbey Céilí Band will go on until midnight. Monday Morning starts with enrolment for all classes in St Brigid’s Hall at 8.30am to 10am. All classes run from 10am to 1pm each day of the week. Lectures take place all week in St Brigid’s Hall at 3pm. Then there will be Sean Nos Dancing daily from 46pm. Recitals each day in Holy Family School take place at 8pm during the week. The Annual Concert will take place in St Attracta’s Community School at 8pm and set dancing will also be held in St Brigid’s Hall with the Copper Plate Céilí Band. On Tuesday, the programme continues at the times mentioned above with set dancing that evening to the Annaly Céilí Band in St Brigid’s Hall at 8.30pm. On Wednesday night, the set dancing will be to the Four Courts band. Thursday will see set dancing to the Swallow’s Tail Céilí Band and on Friday evening Sligo’s own Dartry Céilí Band will provide the dancing music. We now come to the final day of the music week. Classes at 10am to 1pm as usual, before a video will be shown in Killinascully Bar, “The Pilgrimage to TiJean” with the music of Michael Coleman. Set dancing takes place in St Brigid’s Hall with the Glenside Céilí Band from 3-6pm and a Céilí Mór at 9pm with Brian Boru Céilí Band. Aside from the feature programme there are sessions in every bar in town from Sunday to Saturday of that week and some great musicians and performers take part with traditional Irish music around the clock as is the feature every year for now 25 years. An event and a week not to be missed. WELL DONE SEAN: There is another very young man in our community who had a serious operation recent days who is making steady progress in recovery. I am writing of Sean McDonagh of Masshill Road, Tubbercurry who underwent major surgery after a long time being forced to give up as a chef at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo. His wife Una tells me he is recovering well at present and we all wish this very nice lad a speedy recovery. Sean is a major part of Tubbercurry's Old Fair Day Festival and a son-in-law of artist James Murray and his wife Ruth of Lover's Lane, Tubbercurry. Get back in the kitchen Sean old friend.


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by John Bromley

Action group doubles growth target for beef A

GRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed more ambitious targets for the growth and development of the beef industry in the period up to 2020. The Minister said that the Beef 2020 Action Group had indicated that the combination of the price outlook for beef and the actions proposed in its report could result in a doubling of the 20% output value increase targeted in the Food Harvest 2020 report. Speaking at the IFA Livestock Conference in Tullamore, the Minister Coveney outlined the critical importance of the beef sector to national economic recovery. “More than 100,000 farm families are involved in beef production, with almost 8,000 people involved in processing, marketing and sales. Its strong export focus and the fact that it is employment intensive, mean that it has to be a critically important part of our national economic recovery.” The Minister also referred to the “tremendous opportunities” for Ireland’s beef sector arising from a rapidly increasing global population, increasing urbanisation and the westernisation of diets in developing economies:

“These factors will lead to an increase of 50% in demand for food globally by 2030, rising to 70% by 2050, and the Irish livestock sector is uniquely placed to be part of that

growth dynamic.” However, he said that we “have to act smart”, by properly exploiting the natural advantages we have in terms of grasslands and water, and by working hard to

ensure that we can stand over what we say about the high quality of our product, the robustness of our food safety controls and the sustainability of our production systems.

‘No country for ag students’, says Gilmartin A WARNING that resources aren’t in place to deal with the numbers wishing to attend third level agricultural colleges has come from the Sligo branch of the ICSA. The ICSA’s national president Gabriel Gilmartin said: “More and more second level students are turning to agriculture as their career path when they leave school but we’re very concerned that there aren’t enough opportunities for those Leaving Cert students. Ireland is fast becoming no country for ag students.” He said it was estimated that the agricultural colleges in Ireland were going to have

to turn away as many as 400 students as they cannot cater for the influx of secondary school graduates looking to take up the next level of their education in one of the country’s agricultural colleges. As part of the Food Harvest 2020 report, Ireland has been tasked with growing their food export levels from €8 billion to €13 billion by 2020. The Ballintrillick farmer said: “We need the very best of our students enrolled in these courses so as to ensure they are receiving the best agricultural training available. It would be a hugely costly error to

turn away students that have a deep knowledge of and interest for agriculture. We need these students to be part of the agri landscape if we are to fulfil the potential of the 2020 report. “We need to be welcoming more and more students from all walks of life, not shutting the door on them. This is a very serious matter. Agriculture is a popular destination for students today and some of them will end up in ag college but there is also a sizeable portion that won’t get in. This is totally unacceptable, we’re just shooting ourselves in the foot if we let that happen.”

Labour appoints O’Keefe agriculture spokesperson SLIGO-NORTH Leitrim Senator Susan O’Keeffe has been appointed as Labour Party Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She said: “I am delighted to be appointed as spokesperson on agriculture. I have a strong background in agriculture and qualified with a Dairy and Food Science degree from UCC. “I live in rural Sligo and I’m conscious of the particular needs and stresses of this community. It is worth noting that 40% of the Irish population lives in rural communities. And have much to contribute to the future growth of the country.” Senator O’Keeffe has been appointed to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Investigations, Petitions and Oversights.

“The Committee will play an influential role on political investigations in the coming years. The committees are currently limited by the Abbylara judgement. The proposed referendum will enable this committee to hold investigations into issues like the banking crisis. I look forward to using my investigative skills as part of this Committee.” Senator O’Keeffe said she looked forward to working on the Committee with members from both Houses of the Oireachtas and all parties to bring about more transparency in politics. “I have been campaigning all my life for transparency in public life, and I look forward to continuing this work on the Committee.”

SPOKESPERSON: Susan O’Keefe is the new Labour Seanad spokesperson on Argiculture.

“A brand image will only work if our claims stand up to the most robust scrutiny, and all of our actions must be directed towards supporting the excellence of our product and enhancing our already strong reputation on international markets. ” Recognising the critical importance of the international framework within which the sector operates, the Minister underlined his commitment to ensuring that the current discussions on the shape of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 and the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with Mercosur countries resulted in the best possible outcome for Irish farmers. “I am committed to ensuring that we have a strong and well resourced CAP after 2013 which suits the needs of the Irish farm sector”, he said , “and to ensuring that the current Mercosur negotiations recognise the importance of supporting a European agri food industry which produces high quality food, meets standards developed on the basis of a European consensus around food safety and animal welfare, contributes to global and European food security and which produces food in an environmentally sustainable manner.”

Farmers called on to foster new culture of safety on their farms AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has called on farmers and those who work in the agriculture sector to foster a new culture of safety. So far this year there have been nine deaths on farms. The Minister made his comments in his opening address to the National Conference on Health and Safety in Agriculture, which took place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon last Wednesday. He said: “The challenge that we face is to change behaviour and attitudes so that safe working becomes second nature. In recent years the number of fatal accidents in agriculture has been higher than in any other sector. The industry is expanding and creating new jobs and this is to be welcomed. However, we don’t want to see a corresponding increase in lives lost.” Martin O’Halloran, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority, echoed the Ministers’ concerns about the potential for further increased accidents in agriculture and related industries. “As the activity level in agriculture increases so does the risk of increased fatalities, injuries and work related illness. We are committed to working with the key players in the agriculture sector to reduce fatalities, accidents and work related ill health. This approach of working in partnership with the strategic partners has been proven to work in other sectors such as construction.” The FBD sponsored conference was co-hosted by the Health and Safety Authority and Teagasc. The main topics covered were: Changing the Culture, Health in Farming and Livestock Safety. A new HSA guide entitled ‘Guidance on Safe Handling of Cattle on Farms’ was launched by Minister Coveney at the conference. The guide was developed with assistance from members of the livestock safety working group of the Farm Safety Partnership. The Teagasc research centre in Grange also provided valuable data that was used in the guide.


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The Mill Apartments - a photo essay The responsibility for and thus the fate of The Mill Apartments in Ballisodare are still unknown. Sligo County Council told the Sligo Weekender recently: "The Avena Mills Development, Ballisodare is not the responsibility of Sligo County Council. Efforts are currently been made by Sligo County Council to contact the developer in question." Until someone does take responsibility, the development will continue to deterirorate and disintegrate under the sheer force of vandalism occurring there. Sligo resident and artist Sarah Stevens has been watching the slow destruction of these apartments for the past three years and capturing its decline in photographs. Sarah kindly provided us with these images of the apartments taken from her Derelict Nation blog (www.derelictireland.blo Check out her website for more interesting examples of dereliction in Ireland.

Dereliction challenges even the imagination

By Robert Cullen


T is not hard, walking through The Mill development in Ballisodare, to see what nice homes some of these apartments and duplexes would have made. One of the handful of apartments which are easy to access looks out onto the Ballisodare River, a popular fishing spot. Indeed, you could almost imagine casting your own fishing rod out on a balmy summer's night on the balcony, despite being three floors up. Now, due to all the smashed glass and moss-covered decking, only a foolhardy soul would step onto the balconies of any of these apartments. The brochure for these apartments proclaimed "Every inch of the Mill has been architecturally designed to maximise, light, space and style." Those apartments looking towards the river certainly have that. And with such frontage, these would surely have been the costliest apartments. Elsewhere there is more of a communal spirit to the courtyard, with a walkway linking to more apartments and concrete flower beds where now not even the weeds can gain a foothold. When you first climb the calcified steps into the courtyard you are struck by the eerie silence of the apartments. We are used to seeing new buildings busy in this country. Occupied and thriving with life. We reserve our perceptions of dereliction for the old corrugated-roof houses of farmers and families long since buried or for ramshackle bungalows which now serve as cow sheds rather than homes. The Mill Apartments is something new "Nouveau Dereliction". Anyone who has lived in a modern-build home, or an apartment built in the last 20

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years, will immediately find a sense of familiarity when they step inside the short corridors of this building. The walls are painted the same inoffensive pallor with occasional flashes of a more vivid orange or blue to offset the uniform white. The steps are unremitting concrete paving outside, giving way to anti-slip steps and metal floors inside. Broken glass is everywhere. Mirrors in bathrooms are rarely left intact and the bathrooms themselves are usually devoid of all but a cracked washbasin or a broken toilet bowl. The first frequenters of these apartments, youngsters looking for a hideaway from the vigilant eyes of parents, quickly gave way to a more sinister visitor - one who quickly stripped almost anything of value from the apartments. Precious copper hot water tanks and pipes are all gone. Storage heaters have been clinically removed from walls. All that remains of some kitchens are the tiles on the wall, with every unit, top and bottom carefully taken apart and spirited away in the night. And what remains was then a further focus of more vandalism. In one block the lift is permanently jammed open, its stainless steel inside a canvas for graffiti, the mirror on the far wall smashed as if the culprits were fearful of catching a reflection of their mindless destruction. In some places the windows have been removed with an almost surgical precision. There is still value to be had in the doubleglazed frames which have not been smashed into a thousand pieces. Sarah Stevens photographs give you some idea of the destruction wrought inside The Mill Apartments. It is the first time such destruction has been seen in County Sligo. Many fear it will not be the last.

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In Memoriam Deaths


NIELSEN: Carl Nielsen, Cullenduff, Strandhill, Sligo. Peacefully at North West Hospice, The Mall, Sligo. Reposing at Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo, from 5.30pm to 7pm today Tuesday. Service of celebration for the life of Carl at 7 pm today Tuesday in Feehily's Funeral Home. Private cremation will follow. LOUGHMAN: Baby Ava Marie Loughman, 29 Rosewood Court, Maugheraboy, Sligo, aged 5 weeks. At Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin. Daughter of Jamie and Kellie-Ann. Reposing was at her home yesterday, Monday. Removal at 11am today, Tuesday, to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo, arriving for Mass of the Angels at 11.30am. Burial follows in Sligo Cemetery. KENNEDY: John Kennedy, Drimbane, Curry, Co Sligo, suddenly at his home. Remains reposed at St Therese's Funeral Home, Curry, with removal on Friday evening to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry. Funeral mass was on Saturday with burial afterwards at Bunnacrannagh Cemetery. SCALLON: James Scallon New Houses, Kinlough, Remains reposed at Gilmartin's Funeral Home with removal on Thursday evening to St Aidan's church, Kinlough. Funeral was on Friday morning with burial afterwards at St Aidan's Cemetery, Kinlough. MULLEN: Winifred 'Winnie' Mullen, nee Bownes, Calterane, Gurteen, Co Sligo, in New York. Reposing was at Perry's Funeral Home with removal on Thursday evening to St Patrick's Church, Gurteen. Mass of the Resurrection was on Friday with burial to Carrowtemple Cemetery. DOWNEY: Gertrude (Gertie) Downey of Dromahair Post Office, in her 99th year, peacefully at Our Lady's Hospital Manorhamilton. Reposing was at her home with removal on Wednesday last to St Patrick's Church, Dromahair. Mass of the Resurrection was on Thursday with funeral afterwards to Creevlea Abbey Cemetery.

NOVENA TO ST. MARTHA O St Martha I resort to thee and to thy petition and faith, I offer to thee this light which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favour thou didst enjoy when Our Saviour lodged in thy house. I beseech thee to have definite pity in regard to the favour I ask (mention favour). Intercede for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities. I ask thee St Martha to overcome the dragon which thou did'st cast at thy feet. One Our Father and three Hail Mary’s and a lighted candle every Tuesday and the above prayer made known with the intention of spreading devotion to St Martha, This miraculous Saint grants everything before the Tuesdays are ended. No matter how difficult. Thanksgiving also to Padre Pio & St. Jude. PM NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA. O Holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for his creatures, made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought I implore you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. Said daily, never known to fail, have published. PM THE MIRACLE PRAYER: Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one. (Make request). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes, it will become Your favour, not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. CP

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8th Anniversary In Loving memory of my dearest mother Angela called home 29th June 1988. You brought us up so lovingly With so much love and care You set a fine example And you were always there You were such a special lady Mother and Grandma too For love and understanding We all relied on you. Love and miss you each and every day, Poppy, Joe & Family Loved and always cherished Sadly missed by Dad, Mum and Patrick. Also the Keane and Sweeney families. 8th Anniversary Mass St. Josephs, Ballytivnan 2nd July at 7.30pm.

****** Time takes away the edge of grief But memory turns back every leaf Out of life you may be gone But I in my heart you will always live on. Love and miss you Noeleen

3rd Anniversary

MILLS Plunkett 53 Cartron Estate, Sligo Who died on June 28th 2008

****** No matter how we spend our days No matter what we do No morning dawns, No evening falls Without a thought of you. Loved always, your daughter Kathleen, Robert & family. ****** Ange, Is such a special word A word that brings to mind A big warm smile, a helping hand Devotion to the family A world of patience too Ange is such a special word

Tributes Page 65 A silent grief that’s in our hearts No human eye can trace For many a broken heart is hid Behind a smiling face. A bouquet of beautiful memories Sprayed with a million tears Wishing God could have spared you If just for a few more years. There is always a face before me A voice I would love to hear A smile I will always remember Of a husband I loved so dear. - Sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. =========================== ==== Anniversary Mass Wednesday 29th June 10am, St. Josephs Church, Ballytivnan ***** To Plunkett In losing you, they lost their best friend. Sadly missed by his brothers Kevin, Paddy, sister-in-law Maura and family.

Neilsen, Carl, Culleenduff, Strandhill, Co. Sligo, June 23rd 2011 peacefully at North West Hospice, The Mall, Sligo. Beloved husband of Sonja and father of Peter and Michael. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, brother Kurt, Michael's partner Marta, grandchildren Oskar and Harriet, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Reposing at Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo from 5.30p.m. to 7p.m. this (Tuesday) evening. Service of Celebration at 7p.m. Private cremation will follow. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to North West Hospice Fund c/o Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo. "Gone to meet with Louis Armstrong".

Because it stands for you. And while we left out many things For which our thanks are due, these things are always in our hearts Next to our love for you. Forever in our hearts, Pauline John & family. ****** Ange, Who we loved so much No one knows the pain we bear When we all meet and you’re not there We talk and laugh, we play our part But behind it all lie’s broken hearts. Mary Rose, John and family. ****** Time passes, memories stay Never forgotten especially today. Love always, Maurice, Bernie, & family. ****** You often used to say to me You’ll miss me when I’m gone Believe me Mam I never knew Heartaches last so long. Loving you and missing you every day. Yvonne & family. ****** Just a thought so warm and tender Just to show we still remember. Sadly missed, from Frankie, Gabrielle, Keith & Caroline.

2nd Anniversary

McHUGH (Vincie)

Ballinameen, Boyle Who died on June 26th 2009 R.I.P. In loving memory of a special brotherin-law and uncle. Vincie, your presence we miss Your memory we treasure Loving you always Forgetting you never. Loved and dearly missed, Bridie & Family XX

Linda Govan There is always a face before me A voice I would love to hear A smile I will always remember Of a friend I loved so dear. Missed always, Your friend Tanya and godson Nathan XX ****** Month’s Mind Mass Wednesday 29th June at 6.15pm in St. Annes Church.


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Sligo Traveller Support Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. For job description and project details please contact; STSG Office, 1A St Anne’s, Cranmore Road, Sligo. Interviews will take place in early July. Tel; 071 9145780 email;

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Planning notices SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL We, Philip Walsh and Georgina Casey, intend to apply for Permission for the construction of a dwelling house, A car garage ancillary to house, septic tank, percolation area, and all associated site works, At Bunnacranagh, Curry, Ballymote, Co Sligo. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the planning office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to Sligo County Council in writing on payment of 20 Euro within 5 weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL We intend, on behalf of Marian Doherty, to apply for Permission for Retention of house at Banada, Ballymote, Co Sligo. This application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Planning Office, Sligo County Council,

Riverside, Sligo, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of €20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. Signed John Halligan Architects. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL. Liam Brennan intends to apply for Permission to construct 5 No. Poly Tunnels, 225 m.sq each, 1 No. 226 m.sq 4 Bay Agricultural Shed, new Agricultural Entrance and all associated site development works at Carrickhenry/Carrowkeel, Carraroe, Co. Sligo. This application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Planning Office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of €20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority.

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ASKEY welcomed bike riders and families from all over the region for an annual rally held on the weekend of June 12. There was great music and events for young and old at the rally which has been held in Easkey for a number of years and always goes off without incident. The rally may have been overshadowed by an unconnected incident in nearby Dromore West, and an accident where a biker was injured, but not seriously, after a collision with a tractor, but it didn’t dampen spirits of the biking crowd who camped out for the weekend and dodged the showers.

Sean Connolly, Sarah Harper, Lorna O’Brien and Aisling Keaveney.

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Pictures: Sligo Fleadh Opening Night at Strandhill G.C.

Martin Enright, ????? other names to be supplied later

Labhras O Murchu President CCE opens the Fleadh in Strandhill.

Ann Bree (Mother of the Groom) and Avis McCracken (Mother of the Bride) from Belfast, enjoying their hen party.

From Belfast and enjoying their hen party and Fleadh Rachel Scott, Kelly McCracken (Bride to be) and Kylie Dunlop at The Venue, Strandhill.

Musicians at the Strand Bar.

Martin Enright addressing Fleadh audience at the opening ceremony.

Traditional music at the opening of Co. Sligo Fleadh in Strandhill Golf Club.

Familiar faces at the official opening of the Fleadh.

Brendan Emmet and Owen Troy entertain at The Venue, Strandhill.

Some of the audience at the opening of Co. Sligo Fleadh.

Musicians at the Strand Bar.


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Carl gave so much to Sligo By Albert Bree


HIS evening, Tuesday, June 28, the family and friends of Carl Nielsen gather together to celebrate the life of this brilliant man, to celebrate his many contributions to the community of his adopted country and above all his contribution to the promotion of music, particularly jazz, here in the West of Ireland. Carl originally arrived in Sligo from Denmark 50 years ago to set up and train a local workforce for a new factory his company had established in Tubbercurry. Apart from setting up a very successful industry in the area which employed many local people when it was badly needed, he also proceeded to teach and interest local people in music and was instrumental in forming

several dance bands when ballroom dancing was still fashionable. He also played an active part with the Sligo Concert Band which is still going strong. However, probably his biggest musical contribution and legacy was to jazz in Sligo. In an era where jazz was a very minor player on the entertainment stage Carl got together with some friends (perhaps some trained by himself) and formed "The Jazz Ladds", with whom he last performed on a Sunday morning in the Harp Tavern just a few weeks ago. The band has been together for over 40 years and has performed repeatedly at prestige jazz festivals in Cork, Derry and on the Continent, often joined by his son Michael, an internationally renowned guitarist and Professor of Music at DIT.

I was privileged to have known Carl personally and when you spoke to him you knew you were talking to a friend. It was a pleasure to share in his many endeavours. Over the years he was always involved in his local community. Apart from his musical skills he was a keen metalworker, welder and produced many artistic and practical works which he often displayed at his local gymkhana and show. We extend deepest sympathies to his wife Sonia, his sons Peter and Michael, to his extended family, many friends and colleagues who will miss him dearly. "Old jazzmen never die!" They may pass on but their music and their memory will stay with us forever.

Carl Nielsen (left) pictured with bandmates Paraic Potter and Robert Burnside at a special presentation in the Hawk's Well to mark The Jazz Ladds 'Lifetime Contribution' to jazz music.

‘Queen of Sligo’ dies ROSE Douglas (nee Carty, 5 Abbey Court, Lower Abbey St., Sligo, died on June 5. I would like to express a special thank you to Rose's brothers, sisters and friends, who made her life happy, fulfilling, entertaining and cared for her right up until the end. Rose, like the flower, was so elegant and her beauty was outstanding and admired by everyone. She was gorgeous in the winter however in the summer she bloomed even more, especially when the sun was scorching. Rose had beaten cancer for over 11 years, and fought it until the very end of her life. Her sister Rina cared for her every day for the last 11 years, and was at Rose's side from morning to night. Bridget (another sister) was Rose's personal sunbed and smoking partner. Rose would visit Bridget’s house, smoke at the table and jibe anyone that came in. However once the sun came out, she was out bathing and followed the sun wherever it went. Gerard (brother) provided the best entertainment for Rose, he would visit her and was certain to give her a good laugh, with his antics. Casimer (brother) was

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Rose's personal chauffer, painter and decorator, who ensured Rose's house was a palace. Martina (sister) was a true sister and friend, Rose called on her for advice and support. Michael (brother) visited Rose every Sunday in her home (she waited for him, like a king to arrive) Rose adored Michael and relied on him for advice and of course a good laugh. Calvin (brother) provided Rose and the rest of us with laughter

and helped in any way he could. Rose had many friends, too many to mention. However I would personally like to say a big thank you to Kim, Margaret, Jimmy (cousin) and Packie. Your friendship was most appreciative to Rose, she spoke about you daily and your comfort and support to her when she was very ill is indescribable. I would also like to thank the staff of Sligo Hospice - your expertise and care is spoken of

highly within Rose's family and across the board, the service the hospice staff provided is outstanding. Rose, you were taken from us so quickly, you touched the hearts of so many people with your beauty and unique personality. You were the Queen of Sligo when you were 17, and you were still the Queen of Sligo at 62 when you left us. Always in our prayers, forever in our hearts. Louise xxx

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Sport FULLTTIME Triathlon


SLIGO TRIATHLON CLUB Well done Congrats to everyone who participated in the Mullaghmore Triathlon on the Saturday before last. A number of club members completed their first sprint distance triathlon - Greg Kelly, Daithi Feehily, Kieran Tobin, Craig Brennan, Enda Madden, Gary Reynolds, Jude Devins, David Dunne, Imelda McDaid, Brian Reilly, John Burrows, Sheila Ryan, Diarmuid Timmons, Laura Spellman, Ashley Henry, Rory Raftery, Peter Duignan, Michelle Henry, Lisa Quinn and Joe McCole. The club was very successful overall with four club members in the top 10 male finishers and seven overall in the top 20, including Neil Walton (3rd), Gary Higgins (5th), Eamonn McAndrew (7th), Stewart McKenna (10th), Jason McMorrow (14th), Colm Casey (15th), Damien McSharry (20th). Well done, also, to female members Saoirse O’Donoghue (who was the fourth female overall) and Sheila Ryan, who, in her first triathlon, finished eighth. The future looks very bright for the club’s female triathletes. In Sligo Triathlon Club’s awards from Mullaghmore, members were awarded as follows: First Local Male, Neil Walton; First Local Female, Saoirse O’Donoghue; First Newcomer Male, Greg Kelly 1:17:09; First Newcomer Female, Shiela Ryan (1:20:25); Most Improved Male, Shane O’Doherty (5 minutes 40 seconds faster than last year, Shane just narrowly pipped Trevor McSharry, who was 5 minutes 9 seconds faster than last year); Most Improved Female, Theresa Kilgannon (who was nine minutes faster than last year); Veteran’s Prize/Best Role Model, Mick Walton. Many thanks to Leo Donlon and all the staff at McHugh’s Bar for a very enjoyable evening. The club are very grateful for this support from McHugh’s. Event The main event for Sligo Triathlon club goes ahead on July 31. Anyone interested in entering should please log onto to register.

GORMAN’S FEAT Sligo athlete Richard Gorman was second in a recent 10 mile road race which was part of the Longford Summer Running Series. In wet and windy conditions, Gorman finished the distance in 57 minutes 31 seconds - which was a personal best for the Sligo AC member - with the event winner (from Mullingar Harriers) only 32 seconds faster. The local competitor is currently preparing for his marathon debut in this year’s Dublin Marathon in October and he intends to raise funds for North West Hospice. His next event is July’s Longford Half Marathon where he aims to improve his ‘PB’ for the 13.1 miles distance.

Ladies Football RESULTS Game played on Tuesday, June 21 Connacht Ladies Gaelic Football U-16 Championship – Round One LEITRIM GAELS: Leitrim 5- 12, Sligo 2-8

Hurling HURLERS FOR FÉILE Sligo will be represented at the Connacht Hurling Féile - an inter-county competition for U-14 teams - next Saturday, July 2 in Carnmore GAA Club, County Galway. Galway, Roscommon, Mayo and Leitrim will also take part, some with two teams. Sligo, competing in Group Two, will take on neighbours Leitrim (11.55am), Roscommon ‘Two’ (12.35pm) and Mayo ‘Two’ (2.35pm). The action takes place on two pitches. Each game is 15 minutes per half with five ‘interchange’ players allowed. A packed lunch will be provided by Connacht GAA Coaching and Games Committee to all participants at 3pm at the conclusion of the activities.

Sports Course WORKSHOP FOR COACHES Tomorrow [Wednesday] evening a workshop takes place on injury prevention at IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena (7.30-9.30pm). Chris McNicholl, a clinical specialist in sports medicine at Northern Ireland’s Sports Institute, will present this workshop.

Gaelic Football FIXTURES Wednesday, July 6 Leo Kenny Memorial Cup Final Curry v Tourlestrane Venue: Kilcoyne Park, Tubbercurry, 7.30pm Referee: M Leyden (Leitrim)

Soccer Supporters LIVERPOOL SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM The annual general meeting of the Liverpool Supporters Club Sligo Branch took place last Monday, June 20. Bernie Feeney was re-elected as chairperson, with other officers as follows: vice-chairwoman Ursula Dunphy (vice-chairperson), Michael McTiernan (treasurer), Eamonn McMunn (assistant treasurer), Colm Robinson (secretary), Fergal Gunning (assistant secretary) and Paul Brennan (committee member). Meeting The next meeting of the Sligo branch takes place on Monday, July 4 in The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo at 9pm. Please note that bookings for tickets from now and up to Christmas are available - tickets to be paid for on the night.

Cumann na mBunscol: See pages 78-79


LIFE’S A BEACH Competitors from the recent concluding round of the Metalman Swim Series.

Metalman Swim series proves a hit with triathlon club members T

HE final race of the Sligo Triathlon Club Metalman Swim Series took place earlier this month (Saturday, June 11) at Rosses Point with a 1.5km sea swim. Calm conditions made for some impressive times for the 60 swimmers and a spectator friendly event. This was the third year of this open water swimming event, this year the first two races took place in Mullaghmore with the final two in Rosses Point. Competitors and swimmers enjoyed a barbeque and prize-giving in Harry’s Bar after the event. A donation from the event (€300) was made to Sligo Cancer Support Centre. In the time handicap Greg Kelly finished in first position after a strong final day swim to take the Brendan Currid Memorial Cup, closely followed by Michelle Henry in second place. Aidan Carty joined them on the podium in third position. In the female outright division, Caoimhe Ni Mhurchú comfortably took first place with maximum points, Sheila Ryan and Lisa Dunne ended up level on points in second and third position re-

spectively, only divided by their head-tohead record. The male outright division had a similar look to last year with Matt McGarrigle (second) and Shane O’Doherty (third) returning to the podium, the 2009 competition winner, Scot Reid, finished first with a powerful series of swims. Sligo Triathlon Club continues open water swims at Rosses Point beach on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (7pm) with new members very welcome. See for more details of this and other events. The committee would like to thank the following for their support during the Metalman Swim Series, Sligo Kayak Club, Sligo Civil Defence, Leitrim Civil Defence, Sligo Sub Aqua Club, Chain Driven Cycles, Harry’s Bar (Rosses Point), Joes to Pros Fitness Coaching and Sligo Credit Union.

TAG RUGBY: Pages 76-77

What Sligo Senior Gaelic footballer won a GAA Football All Star award in 2010?

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Sport FULLTTIME Community Games


RIVERSTOWN COMMUNITY GAMES Well done All those who represented the area at the county finals of the swimming competition are thanked for their efforts. The medal winners were as follows: Eoin Dwyer (Boys U-10 Freestyle, gold), Jade Murphy (Girls U-14 Breaststroke, gold), Sarah Walsh (Girls U-12 Freestyle, silver), Dualtagh Holmes (Boys U-12 Breaststroke, silver), Evan Kelly (Boys U-16 Freestyle, silver) and Conor Kearns Boys U-10 Backstroke, bronze). Congrats also to Bronagh Holmes who was awarded the ‘John Flynn Memorial Trophy’ for being the event’s the most improved swimmer. Winners In the county finals teams event, meanwhile, Riverstown won gold (Boys U-13 Rounders, Girls U-13 Rounders) and silver (U-11 Tag Rugby, U-12 Skittles). Well done to all who competed also at last weekend’s athletics finals and congratulations to medal winners Jason Kilkenny (Boys U-8 60 metres, bronze) and Joanne Johnston (Girls U-14 Shot Putt, bronze).

Results SLIGO INTERFIRMS LEAGUE ACC 5, Bruss 2; St Anne’s 3, Elanco 0; Youthreach 3, Sligo Park Hotel 1; Davey’s 2, MBNA 5; MCI 3, Globe House 0

Fixtures Monday, July 4 SLIGO INTERFIRMS LEAGUE St Anne’s v MBNA (9.15pm) Tuesday, July 5 SLIGO INTERFIRMS LEAGUE ACC v Sligo Park Hotel (7pm); Elanco v STSG (8pm); St Anne’s v Bruss (9.15pm) Wednesday, July 6 SLIGO INTERFIRMS LEAGUE ACC v Davey’s (8pm)



RESULTS Game played on Sunday, June 26 Dermot Molloy Senior Hurling League Final TOURLESTRANE: Calry-St Joseph’s 1-10, Western Gaels 2-10

GAA CLUB FIXTURES: See page 81 Handball SLIGO HANDBALL BOARD Castleconnor compete Castleconnor Handball Club had two teams in the handball section of last weekend’s Féil na nGael at Galway. The west Sligo club were represented in the Boys Division Four section and the Girls Division Two. The boys team finished runners-up in their group. In their first game they lost to Mallow (Cork) and then drew against Russell Gaelic Union (Down) before suffering defeat against Kilkenny’s Kilfane Handball Club. The Castleconnor team consisted of Brendan Foody, Cian Barrins, Sean Carrabine and Odhran Quinn. Castleconnor’s girls were group runners-up also. They got off to a great start - defeating Clarecastle from Clare - but they were defeated by a strong Micheal Breathnach side from Galway and in their last game they drew with Clogh (Kilkenny). One Wall All roads lead to Castlebar this weekend for the Irish One Wall Championships. There is a record 500 handballers taking part in grades from U-10 to O-65s. This year there will be an international dimension with teams from England, America, Italy, Puerto Rico coming up against an array of Irish players. Friday sees the main action get underway at the Breaffy House Sports Complex where five one-wall courts and two new outdoor one-wall courts have been added. Francis McCann, competing in the Golden Masters category, looks to be Sligo’s best prospect of winning a national title. In last year’s competition the Ballymote man reached the final following a great win over Mayo’s Kevin Geraghty - but was narrowly defeated by Galway’s Eamon Conneely in an exciting decider. Sligo will be represented at the one-wall event by the following players: Rachel Foody (Girls U-12), David Walsh, Odhran Quinn, Vincent Harte (Boys U-12), Brendan Foody (Boys U-14), Marianna Foody, Aoife Quinn (Girls U-14), Barry McLoughlin, Stanley Harte, Ross Taheny, Jason Earlis (Boys U-16), Tommy Trill (Boys U-18), Oisin Quinn (Men’s Challenger), Kevin Meehan, Damien O’Dowd (Men’s ‘C’), Francis McCann (Golden Masters) and Martin Golden (Silver Masters).

HANDBALLERS Stanley Harte, left, and Jason Earlis, right, will represent Sligo at this weekend’s Irish One Wall Championships.

INTERNATIONAL DUTY Team Ireland’s Joseph Cullen, Strandhill, County Sligo, at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Panathenaikon Stadium, Athens, Greece last Saturday. Swimmer Cullen is one of two Sligo athletes in Team Ireland - the other local competitor is Adrian Cornwall of Tonaphubble. Boyle native Cornwall competes in the badminton discipline. The Special Olympics World Summer Games started last weekend and continue until July 4. Picture by Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

GAA club’s ‘golf classic’

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COOLANEY-Mullinabreena GAA Club are organising a fundraising golf classic for this weekend, Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 at Tubbercurry Golf Club. This scramble competition caters for teams of four. Entry fee is €1100 per team. There are prizes for the first three teams. The main prize, sponsored by Surlis SuperValu, Tubbercurry is four garden furniture sets (table, four chairs, gazebo and barbeque). To enter a team or to book a tee time, contact Gerry Connolly at 087-9083814.

RESULTS Game played on Sunday, June 26 Connacht Ladies Gaelic Football TG4 Senior Championship Semi-final FR O’HARA MEMORIAL PARK, CHARLESTOWN: Mayo 6-17, Sligo 0-7 Referee: PJ Rabbitte (Galway)


P W D 8 4 3 8 4 2 7 4 2 7 4 2 8 2 4 8 3 1 5 3 2 7 2 1 3 3 0 3 3 0 6 1 0 7 0 0

L 1 2 1 1 2 4 0 4 0 0 5 7

F 16 27 18 16 20 22 12 12 13 9 4 0

A 10 16 10 8 18 25 4 18 4 01 9 21

Pts 23 22 21 21 18 18 16 16 12 12 9 7

NOTE: Four points for a win, two for a draw and one for a loss. Games take place at the Sligo Astra Centre (allweather pitch) adjacent to the Sligo Regional Sports Centre.


Ladies Football ST NATHY’S LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB Finalists The club’s U-12s and U-14s have qualified for the finals in their respective league competitions. The U-12s were in action last night [Monday] against Eastern Harps at Tourlestrane. Féile The club will represent Sligo at the national finals of Féile Peil na nÓg later this week in Cork. Two of the team will take part in the skills competition. The team’s group games will take place on Friday at Middleton. They squad have a lot of support travelling with them to the southern venue and will be well cheered for. The players and management (Katrina Connolly and Paddy Coleman) are wished the best of luck. When these players return they will prepare for their league final against Eastern Harps, a game set for July 6 (but it may be rescheduled for July 13). Training The club’s U-16s and Seniors continue to train ahead of their championship commitments in August. The Minors begin their championship on July 28. The Minor manager is Conor Flanagan, who is seeking assistants. Those interested should contact club committee members. Sponsor The club sponsor for the month of July is Declan Henry Electrical Contractor Ltd. Declan is a local businessman from Mullinabreena. He specialises in all forms of electrical contracting. For further details and quotes contact Declan at 087-2634399 or email As Declan and other sponsors generously support the club financially, all players, their families and club members are asked to consider using these businesses first when services are required.

Elanco Bruss Davey’s Youthreach Sligo Park Hotel STSG MBNA MCI ACC St Anne’s Globe House EOS

WINNER Aaron Murtagh, above, a student of St Attracta’s Community School, Tubbercurry and a member of Ballina AC, a gold medal winner at the AVIVA Irish Schools Track & Field Championships which were held in Tullamore earlier this month. Murtagh took first place in the Senior Boys Triple Jump event. He is son of Eugene and Helen Murtagh and is a native Lislea, Aclare, County Sligo.

Athletics KELLYS’ RANSBORO WIN Last Saturday’s third annual Ransboro 10k run & walk was dominated by the Kelly siblings, Thomas and Eilish, who were the first home in the male and female categories respectively. North Sligo AC runner Thomas Kelly, the overall winner with a time of 35:05, was followed by Alan Kearins (Sligo AC) in second place and Sligo Triathlon Club’s Neil Walton, who was third. In the battle of the females, Roseanne Mitchell (second) and Cindy McCarthy (third) kept the pressure on Eilish Kelly. The event, the fourth race in the Sligo Credit Union Road Race League, was a fund-raiser for Special Olympics Connacht. It attracted a high quality field of 200 runners and approximately 30 walkers. One of the race organisers, Clive Kivlehan, was delighted with the turnout and the level of running displayed on the day. “Everyone enjoyed themselves - well done to Thomas for taking first place. It was great to raise money for Special Olympics, especially with two local lads [Joseph Cullen and Adrian Cornwall] with Team Ireland out in Greece at the moment.”

TEENS’ BAYERN CHANCE! Sligo teenagers are invited to compete for a once in a lifetime opportunity! Allianz, in association with FC Bayern Munich, will host their third international Allianz Junior Football Camp in Munich. They are giving four lucky Irish young soccer players (aged between 14-16) a fantastic opportunity to meet the stars from one of the world’s leading clubs. The four prize-winners will get the chance to spend four days in Munich where they will practice with FC Bayern Munich coaches, meet FC Bayern stars, watch FC Bayern play at the Allianz Arena and visit the city of Munich and its famous sights This campaign is open to both boys and girls, irrespective of standard. The only thing applicants need to be is passionate about soccer. To enter, teens should visit the site, upload a photo and let Allianz know of their favourite football moment. The closing date for entry is July 8.


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Sport FULLTTIME Ladies Football

Sligo crushed by strong Mayo SLIGO Ladies Gaelic Footballers suffered a heavy defeat to Mayo, losing by 28 points, 617 to 0-7, in the TG4 Connacht Senior Championship semi-final at Charlestown on Sunday evening. A more experienced Mayo proved too strong for a young Sligo team many of whom were on last year’s U-16 provincial winning side. Sligo, who suffered National League relegation earlier this year, were already in trouble after 15 minutes when Mayo led 1-5 to 0-3. Things got worse after that as the winners scored another three goals and led 4-9 to 0-4

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at half-time. Two points from Noelle Gormley and one from Sandra Scully were the only response from Lawrence Cunningham’s Sligo in the second-half as Mayo added another 2-8. SLIGO (v Mayo) : Katrina Connolly, Elisha Codd, Rachel Monaghan, Aisling Ewing, Michelle Brett, Jackie Mulligan, Andrea Horgan, Bernice Byrne, Siobhan O’Sullivan (0-1), Karen Maloney (0-1), Sinead McTiernan, Ann-Marie Coleman, Sandra Scully (0-2, 2f), Noelle Gormley (0-3) Laura Gillespie Sub used: Sarah Reynolds


Classy Casey secures a gold! A

NOTHER sensational weekend for Sligo athletics was capped with a brilliant gold medal at Junior level for Tommy Casey in the AAI Junior & U-23 Championships 1500 metres in Tullamore on Sunday. At the same meeting Tommy Carroll, the North Sligo middle distance star won bronze in the U-23 grade. Casey proved that he can win All-Ireland titles whatever the race circumstances. Unlike the All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships, last Sunday’s race was run at pedestrian pace over the first two laps. It all came down to a big sprint over the last 400 metres and Casey proved he is the best Junior over 1500 metres in the country by outkicking Letterkenny star Rory Finnegan over the last 50 metres. A hard won title, but one that was richly deserved. Tommy Carroll does not yet have the finishing kick of Casey but it is no shame to be beaten by two athletes of the calibre of Paul Robinson and Darren McBrearty. The Aviva Tailteann Games – Irish Schools Interprovincial Track & Field Championships – in Santry on Saturday also produced excellent results. Pride of place goes to James McGeough, who bounced back from recent illness with a stunning run in the Boys 3000 metres to finish second and secure a place on the Irish schools team that competes in Cardiff next month. Ania Bednorz also travels to that event after finishing second in the Girls Triple Jump. Two other Sligo athletes to make that team are Kieran Elliott, who finished third in both the 100 metres and 200 metres, and Zak Irwin who was fourth in the 200 metres. Happy days for Sligo sprinting! Other local athletes who performed well in Santry were Stacey Kerr, Dylan Carty, Colm Burke and William Crowe. It has certainly been a few exciting weeks on the track for Sligo athletics. The amazing feat of winning 20 medals at the All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships in Tullamore was followed by a really solid performance a week later by Sligo men’s and women’s teams in the AAI National League. The second round of this competition will take place at Athlone IT on Sunday and, while some athletes will be missing due to holidays, two very strong teams will travel to the midlands venue. The AAI Connacht Juvenile & Senior Championships held at IT Sligo’s

Ray Flynn looks back on another win for Tommy Casey Knocknarea Arena also produced a host of good Sligo performances and we will have many qualifiers heading to Tullamore next month for the national finals. Tommy Carroll, Michael Casey and Dermot McDermott are just three of our Senior athletes who have been busy competing in track meets in Dublin and London in the last 10 days. Next weekend we have the annual Cork City Sports. This is a European Athletics permit meeting and always attracts topclass athletes from home and abroad. North Sligo athlete Tommy Carroll will be carrying Sligo hopes when he lines out in a star-studded men’s 1500 metres race. Fellow North Sligo athlete Mary Cullen is also expected to line out in the women’s 3000 metres. Incidentally, Mary was part of the Irish team who maintained their Division One status in the recent European Cup held in Izmir, Turkey.

WINNER: Tommy Casey.

REPRESENTATIVES The St Mary’s Boys U-14 Gaelic football squad that will compete in the Féile Peil na nÓg national finals this week in Cork.

St Mary’s U-14s will compete in Cork’s Féile SAINT Mary’s will represent Sligo at this week’s Féile Peil na nÓg national finals in Cork. The Sligo town club’s U14 Gaelic footballers, recent winners of the Sligo U-14 League Division One title, travel south tomorrow [Wednesday] and are hosted by Russell Rovers in Shanagarry. They will compete in Division Four of the Boys competition and have been drawn in Group ‘B’ along with Glenville, Mellifont Rovers, Carrigtwohill and Russell Rovers. On Thursday St Mary’s play their hosts (12.30pm) and take on another

strong Cork club, Glenville, at 2pm. They then take part in the competition’s parade in Cork City, which features 160 club teams from all over Ireland. On Friday morning St Mary’s, whose management includes TJ Kilgallon and Aidan Rooney, face Louth champions Mellifont Rovers (10am) and later in the day Carrigtwohill (12.30pm) where all their matches are being played. Should St Mary’s advance out of their group they will play the in the All-Ireland semi-final - against the winners of Group ‘D’ - also on Friday (at

6.30pm) with all section finals taking place on Saturday at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Boys Division Four decider has an 11.30am start on Saturday. This is St Mary’s second successive year to compete at Féile Peil na nÓg and a large number of family members and supporters are expected to make the long journey south for the three days. The club would like to thank the various sponsors and the people of the community in general who have contributed to fund-raising over the past few months.


Interesting evening’s racing at Cleveragh Kevin Egan previews this A LITTLE bit of sunshine is finally creeping through the clouds that have darkened large swathes of the 2011 Irish summer. For many, the race meeting tonight [Tuesday] at Sligo racecourse will be a great chance to get out and sample some of the fine conditions, while at the same time armed with a raincoat and an umbrella, because let’s face it, nothing can be taken for granted. A quick look at the racecard for Cleveragh tells us that the winners won’t come easy and punters will in many cases be best advised to keep stakes moderate while perhaps looking to hit a big priced winner. The 5.50pm race, the EBF Fillies Handicap, certainly gives us every chance of doing that because like any six furlong handicap, no winner could be picked with even the slightest degree of conviction. We’ll give the tentative nod here to Call this Cat, who will carry the bottom weight in this race of 8 stone 7, further reduced by five pounds due to the claim of jockey LF Roche. Call this Cat had a very decent run at the Curragh last Friday, finishing fourth in a competitive field, and has continued to show real progress at only three years of age. The only negative is a low draw, which tends not to

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be ideal at this track, but a solid start can go a long way towards overcoming that obstacle. There is a lack of genuine class in this field and while Call this Cat lacks the finishing burst to live with some of the better horses on the circuit, a good start should see her secure a place at the very least, hopefully at odds of 6-1 or better. The best race on the card from a purist’s perspective could be the ‘4th August Ladies Day at Sligo’ race, which goes to post at 6.50pm. Waydownsouth will be a short price favourite in what looks a match against Mount Helicon in this four-runner event after a great performance at Royal Ascot last time. On that occa-

sion the Patrick Flynn-trained gelding finished third, well clear of the fourth placed horse in the Wolferton Handicap won by John Gosden’s Beachfire. Certainly that form is a cut above anything that any other horse running tonight will have achieved this year. Mount Helicon’s form is not at the same level while Looks All Right and Few Are Chosen have an awful lot to find on the top two. As with any bets, price determines the best course of action here. At 2-5 or better, Waydownsouth should oblige and could be worth the day’s one decent-sized bet. However if your local Paddy Power shop happened to offer 7-2 or better about Mount Helicon, then it could be well worth taking a speculative punt on the outsider to pull off an upset, perhaps aided by the first time wearing of cheekpieces. ALL prices quoted are available at, by calling 1800 721821, or in 212 betting offices nationwide, including Market Street, Sligo.

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Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from golf clubs

US Open champ is a Tubber golfer! McIlroy is a life-member of Tubbercurry GC

TUBBERCURRY GC LADIES BRANCH RESULTS The results of the 18-hole stroke, sponsored by Trevor Morrow Interiors (Ballina) and held on Sunday last, June 26 were as follows: 1, Breege Clarke 70 nett (back nine); 2, Anne Scanlon 70 nett (back six); 3, Ann Conlon 70 nett. FORTHCOMING COMPETITIONS A 9-hole stableford (re-entry) competition started yesterday [Monday] and will continue until Saturday week, July 9. This is a fund-raiser for cancer research and is sponsored by Lancome Cosmetics. JUNIOR GIRLS There is a 9-hole re-entry competition taking place this week and it ends next Saturday, July 2. Junior girls meet on Thursday at 11am. Lessons for Junior girls take place next Monday at 4.15pm. SENIOR LADIES This group meets every Tuesday at 11am. BURKE CUP Next Sunday, July 3 the Burke Cup takes place. It is an 18-hole stroke and is a ‘Golfer of the Year’ as well as a medal competition.

BALLYMOTE GC LADIES BRANCH WELCOME TO TUBBER Rory McIlroy pictured with his parents, Rosie and Gerry, following the ceremony in 2006 that made him a life-member of the south Sligo golf club.


LL eyes were on Rory McIlroy’s most recent success in capturing the US Open at Congressional but not everyone will be aware that Rory is a life member of Tubbercurry Golf Club. In 2006, while he was preparing for his West of Ireland defence at County Sligo Golf Club, Rory was invited by the Tubbercurry Junior Convenor Dennis Scanlon to the club to launch its Junior programme. The then 17-year-old duly obliged, had a social evening with his parents, Gerry and Rosie, played a practice round, an exhibition fourball in the company of Anthony Grey, club professional at Strandhill Golf Club and two up and coming youngsters of Tubbercurry Golf Club, Keith Feehily and Simon Ginty. Afterwards he presented prizes to clients of Gallagher House Tubbercurry, who still remember his visit. He then launched the Junior Programme and performed a coaching clinic to great applause from young and old alike. He mingled with all the youngsters, sipped Coca

Cola, played pool games and ate crisps like all youngsters do. Rory was presented with a club sweater by club captain Harold McManus to mark the occasion and was subsequently offered life membership of the club in recognition of his visit. A number of weeks later he invited club officers to play a round of golf with him and his dad Jerry on his home course at Hollywood, County Down. Rory spoke of his close affection for the northwest, where he had many of his greatest successes in his golfing career up to then. At that stage he looked forward to the prospect of maybe joining the professional ranks in the future. He spoke about his wonderful parents and the sacrifices they had made to get him to that stage in golf. Little did we know then he would reach the upper echelons of golf in such a short time! The 22-year-old Northern Irishman won the US Open with a record low score for the tournament of 16-under par and has been installed as the favourite to win a second major at Royal St George’s next month, at odds as low as 3-1.

STRANDHILL GOLF CLUB BILL CURLEY MEMORIAL SHIELD Congratulations to Adrian Wynne who scored his second win of the season with a blistering 66, which included five birdies, when he won the Bill Curley Memorial Shield last Saturday, June 25. This win takes Adrian’s handicap to -1, an outstanding achievement for a golfer no longer recognised as a youngster! Despite his heroics, one could see Adrian as the villain, as his great score thwarted by the narrowest of margins (countback) the great effort of Joe Curley to win the trophy named in memory of his late father. Bill Curley is still fondly remembered by a generation at Strandhill Golf Club as a great gentleman and a great clubman who almost single-handedly kept the club not merely afloat, but flourishing in very difficult times. Joe and his brothers have youth on their side and will, no doubt, be back next year challenging strongly in a competition which still attracts a large and competitive field. Thanks also to Clifford Electrical for their continued generous support of this competition. The results were as follows: Adrian Wynne 40; Joe Curley 40; Mark Wehrly 39; Gordon Muir 38; Paraic Quinn 36. FEENEY’S VALUABLE WIN If Saturday was a day for the low handicappers then Sunday saw the higher category boys hit back. Matters were a little more clear-cut here in this SuperValu Ballisodare competition with Joe Feeney having a clear two-points margin over evergreen John McGowan. The tighter spread of scores from last weekend would suggest that the course is toughening up with the summer rough baring

its teeth and making competitors earn their scores. The results were as follows: Joe Feeney 41; John McGowan 39; David Tighe 37; David Leonard 37; Cedric Roussilhe 36.

CASTLE DARGAN GOLF CLUB INTER-CLUB TEAMS Jack O’Sullivan Trophy Best of luck to the club’s Jack O’Sullivan team who take on Strokestown on Thursday evening. With three matches away it is a difficult tie but we are confident that the lads will do the club proud. Please come out and support the team on Thursday. First match starts at 4.15pm. CLUB CUP COMPETITIONS Council Cup The draw has been made for the Council Cup and it is posted in the golf shop. Those who entered their name should check the draw and arrange their matches as soon as possible. Darren Clarke Cup & Castle Dargan Cup These competitions are almost back on track and a reminder to those who have matches still outstanding that they must organise their match or it will be forfeited. PRESENTATION NIGHT There will be a presentation of prizes in Castle Dargan on Friday evening at 9pm sharp. Winners will be notified and all members and friends are invited to come along and enjoy what will prove to be an entertaining night.

OPEN WEEK Monday of last week - June 20 - was the start of open week for the Ladies Branch. The results of the 9-hole competition were as follows: 1, Maura O’Reilly 20pts (back 3); 2, Mary Golden 20pts; 3, Anne Henry 19pts. LADIES DAY Held last Wednesday, this was very successful with a big turnout of competitors. The course was in lovely condition and the sun shone all day. Unfortunately the evening players got a sprinkling of rain! The winners were Brenda Duffy (37pts) and Boyle’s Joey Mullaney (36pts). Strandhill’s Agnes Kennedy won the visitors’ prize. Her score was 34pts. RESULTS The results of last weekend’s competition were as follows: 1, Maura O’Reilly 18pts; 2, Brenda Duffy 16pts; 3, Cathy Flynn 16pts. FIXTURES This week’s competition (which is sponsored by Maura O’Reilly) started yesterday [Monday] and continues until Sunday next, July 3. Ladies Day goes ahead tomorrow [Wednesday] (2.30pm and 5.30pm).

CASTLE DARGAN LADIES BRANCH MIXED SCRAMBLE The mixed scramble continues this Friday at the later time of 6.30pm. Those playing are asked to be there in plenty of time for the draw. The Ladies Branch encourage as many members as possible to partake in what is a very enjoyable evening. RESULTS The results of the competition played last Wednesday, June 21 were as follows: 1, Elaine Willis; 2, Mary Walsh; 3, Claire Reynolds. This competition was sponsored by Lyott Designs - greeting cards and banners for all occasions. RESULTS The results of the club competition held on Sunday, June 26 were as follows: 1, Maeve Kelly; 2, Elaine Willis. REMINDER Competitions continue on Wednesdays and Sundays. For Wednesday’s 10-hole competition, meet at 10am for the draw and for Sunday’s 18-hole competition meet at 11am for the draw. PRIZES There will be a presentation of prizes this coming Friday, July, 1 at 9.30pm.

COUNTY SLIGO LADIES RESULTS The results of the June Cup, a GOY/Medal competition held on Tuesday, June 21 were as follows: 1, Geraldine Conneely (17) 71 nett; 2, Claudette Murphy (26) 73 nett; 3, Lea McDaid (19) 76 nett. The competition was sponsored by Café Souperb. RESULTS The results of the singles stableford held last Saturday, June 25 were as follows: 1, Irene O’Donovan (14) 35pts; 2, Dolores Barrett (23) 34pts (back 9); 3, Miriam Mulligan (18) 34pts.

BALLYMOTE GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEK The club’s open week concluded last Sunday, June 26. There was some great scoring throughout the week - a testimony to the condition of the course and the pristine greens. All those who played extended a glowing tribute to Pat Scanlon and John O’Connor on the excellent condition of the course throughout open week! See results below. Open Week Results Monday, June 20 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford SPONSOR: Pat Hough, PH Boiler and Electrical Services RESULTS: 1, John O’Connor 21pts; 2, Paul O’Reilly 21pts; 3, Sean Ross 20pts. Tuesday, June 21 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford SPONSOR: Councillor Martin Baker RESULTS: 1, Seamus Gallagher 22pts; 2, Sean Henry (Jnr) 21pts; 3, John McCarrick 21pts. Thursday, June 23 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford SPONSOR: Rogers Topline Hardware RESULTS: 1, Sean Ross 32.5 nett; 2, Tom Lavin 33 nett; 3, Noel Costello 33 nett. Friday, June 24 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford RESULTS: 1, John Joe Jinks 19pts; 2, John McCarrick 18pts; 3, Ian Porter 18pts. Saturday, June 25 COMPETITION: 18-hole stableford RESULTS: 1, Seamus Gallagher 44pts; 2, Ian Porter 39pts; 3, John McCarrick 37pts; Best Back Nine, Bertie Scully 20pts. Sunday, June 26 COMPETITION: 18-hole stableford SPONSOR: O’Riain Pottery RESULTS: 1, Ian Porter 45pts; 2, Benny Connolly 41pts; 3, Derek Connolly 38pts; Best Back Nine, Trevor Mattimoe 21pts. FIXTURES John and Marie Perry sponsor the 18-hole stableford, which is scheduled for next Sunday, July 3.

COUNTY SLIGO LADIES BRANCH WHERE IS THE SUMMER? Members of the Ladies Branch are wearing winter-weight clothing and it is nearly the end of June! Players were lucky enough during the week that the ladies’ competition day was dry, but there was a very challenging wind and it certainly wasn’t one bit like the longest day of the year. JUNIOR GIRLS COMPETE The Connacht Alliance for Junior Girls was played on the Bomore course at Rosses Point on Monday of last week, June 20. Carmel McGrath, the Junior Convener, has been doing Trojan work for the Junior girls and the success of the alliance is due in no small part to her hard work. Scoring was very good - the winners and all participants are congratulated. The results of the Connacht Alliance for Junior Girls, held at the Bomore course on Monday, June 20 were as follows: 1, Niamh Cronin (32) 47pts; 2, Emma McTernan (20) 43pts; 3, Catherine Demmel (36) 38pts; 4, Helen McDonagh (22) 37pts. The results of the President’s Prize to the Junior Girls were as follows: 1, Helen McDonagh (23) 42pts; 2, Maeve Rooney (32) 36pts; 3, Emma McTernan (19) 32pts; Junior Girls U-12, Jenny Demmel. CAPTAIN’S PRIZE This coming weekend is the Captain’s Prize (men), presented by Michael McGowan. The Ladies Branch send Michael their good wishes for the weekend and hope that he and the men get good conditions on Saturday for the game. The Ladies Branch are playing for his prize today [Tuesday]. This is a prize which will be hotly contended and it is hoped to see great scores. Also, the Captain’s Mixed Foursomes are being held on Friday. RESULTS The results of the June Cup, a GOY/Medal competition held on Tuesday, June 21 were as follows: 1, Geraldine Conneely (17) 71 nett; 2, Claudette Murphy (26) 73 nett; 3, Lea McDaid (19) 76 nett. The competition was sponsored by Café Souperb. FIXTURES Tuesday, June 28 COMPETITION: Captain’s Prize to the Ladies Note: Presented by Michael McGowan, club captain. Time sheet is on the notice-board in the ladies’ locker room. Friday, July 1 COMPETITION: Captain’s Mixed Foursomes Saturday, July 2 COMPETITION: Captain’s Prize (men) Note: There are no competitions for the Ladies Branch this weekend.

FULL-TIME: See pages 71-73


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Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from local golf clubs TUBBERCURRY GOLF CLUB CLUB COMPETITION James Marren of East West Express sponsored last Sunday’s 18hole stableford. With the weather changing - from warm to rain - during the course of the day, the early birds caught the prizes! The winner was John Lawrence (41 points), who carried over his good form in the Cecil Ewing Shield, to pip another Cecil Ewing Shield team panellist (and brother of the sponsor) John T Marren, also with 41 points, and in third was Banada’s Tommy Clarke (39 points). INTER-CLUB TEAMS Jack O’Sullivan Trophy Best of luck to Tommy Clarke and his pairings this Thursday, June 30 where they take on Claremorris. Mixed Foursomes Unfortunately, Tubbercurry bowed out of this competition when Enniscrone took the honours on a score of 3 to 2. The pairings on duty were as follows: Keith Feehily & Bríd McHugh, Padraic McDonagh & Kathleen Grady, John Brennan & Bridgie Clarke, Jimmy & Breege Walsh, Damien Cawley & Anne Conlon. Cecil Ewing Shield Tony Burke orchestrated a great victory over Ballinrobe and the team now awaits the winners of Swinford/Mulranny in the next round. His selections were as follows: John T & Bertie Marren, John Lawrence & Maynard O’Boyle, Brendan Leonard & Eamon Wimsey, Frank Durcan & Padraig Moran, Tony Grubb and Tommy Kelly. Junior Cup Captain Jack Reade has selected his Junior Cup panel for the forthcoming matchplay on July 2 in Claremorris. The panel is John Brennan, Mark Burke, Keith Feehily, Ger Henry, John O’Flaherty, Joey Wimsey and Christy Wimsey.

STRANDHILL GOLF CLUB FIXTURES Friday, July 1 COMPETITION: Mixed Foursomes Saturday, July 2 SPONSOR: Wehrly Bros., Jewellers Sunday, July 3 COMPETITION: Captain’s Day Qualifier (Joe McCann) Note: A small number of places are still available on the timesheet for Captain’s Day qualifying. The timesheet is in the golfshop.

COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB JUNIORS The Junior programme gets under way on Tuesday, July 5 at 9.30am with the start of the Junior lessons. Lessons will cost €3 per person, per lesson. All welcome including total beginners. Junior competitions will start also and continue each Tuesday for the remainder of the school holidays.

FULL-TIME: See pages 71-73


‘PRO’ DOES IT On Sunday, top spot went to the club’s PRO, Vincent McGee, when he brought home a score of 39 points playing off the blue tees in tough, windy conditions. The next four prize-winners were all two points off the pace in the Sean Fallon Cup, which counts towards the ‘Golfer of the Year’ prize.

PRESIDENT’S PRIZE Please add your name to the sheet in the clubhouse for Billy’s President Prize on Saturday, July 16. FIXTURES Next week there is an 18-hole stroke, sponsored by Eamon Gallagher from Rochford-Gallagher & Co (solicitors). DIARY DATES All outstanding prizes will be presented next Friday at 9.30pm if you have a prize to collect please attend this ceremony. OPEN WEEK The open week competition scheduled for July 4-9 will be a three-ball scramble over 18-holes. This is a fund-raiser for the club and is open to all members and non-members alike. There are a host of prizes on offer with the leading awards as follows: one week’s accommodation in a luxury three-bed apartment in Spain; accommodation for three plus green fees at Westport Golf Club; four green fees for the Heritage & Spa Resort (Laois).

PRIZE Coombe Cup winner Paul Butler receives the cup from sponsor, Tony Wehrly, of Wehrly Jewellers.

FUND-RAISER Last Sunday was the club’s fund-raiser and a special ‘thank you’ to all who took part and helped make the day a very successful one for the club. The competition was won by the Carroll family. The team which consisted of Eugene, Eoin, Donal and Sean Carroll played some exceptional golf with 11-year-old Sean coming in on 10 holes. Their total of 93 points beat the team consisting of Tom Downes, Tom Canning, Damien McGoldrick and Declan Feeney by two points with the team of Noel Willis, Anthony, Mark and Meave Kelly in third place. The club would like to thank Michael Phelam of Gleeson’s for sponsoring the event and presenting the Carroll team with their first prize.

INTER-CLUB TEAMS Cecil Ewing Shield Well done to the Cecil Ewing team who won with a 3.5 to 1.5 scoreline on Saturday last. Team captain, Kieran McDonagh, will be very pleased with his team performance in what can always be a difficult match away to Ballymote. In the matches played at home, Pat Naughton & Ciaran O’Gara won 5-3 while Pat Carr & Michael Kennedy were called in playing the 16th with a two-hole lead. In the three matches played in Ballymote, Paddy Ward & Damien Higgins won 5-3 with Eric Gilroy and Aidan Lawley winning 6-5. Tom McCafferkey & Tom Feely lost their match against a strong Ballymote pairing. The win sees the team through to the next round - to be played on Friday, July 8 - where they will come up against the club’s great rivals from across the bay, Strandhill. Junior Cup The Junior Cup team kick-off their year with a qualifier to be played in Claremorris Golf Club next Saturday, July 2. Team captain, Pauric Hanley, will be hoping his team will qualify from 17 teams entered in this north zone event. The five-man teams play a strokeplay format with the best four cards counting. The top four teams will then play in a matchplay format in a semi-final on the morning of the following day [Sunday]. The final will be played on Sunday afternoon. Pauric and his team are wished the very best of luck. Jack O’Sullivan Trophy This Thursday, June 30, the club’s Jack O’Sullivan team play a round two fixture against Carrick-onShannon. Having received a ‘bye’ in round one, team captain, Roddy Gaynor, will be hoping that his team can come through this round and proceed to the semi-final of the northern section (which includes 10 teams). PROVINCIAL SUCCESS Well done to the County Sligo Junior Boys team, winners of the Connacht regional final of the Irish Junior Foursomes at Galway Golf Club on Thursday last. On aggregate scoring, the Sligo boys won by five holes against Enniscrone Golf Club. Declan Reidy (3) & David Brady (6) won by by one hole, while Thomas Finnegan (4) & Alan Gaynor (6) won by four holes. CAPTAIN’S PRIZE Club captain, Michael McGowan, is wished all the best for his Captain’s Day on Saturday next, July 2. Please note that there are still places left for the Captain’s Dinner list. Those interested in attending should contact the club immediately. The timesheet for the day is available on the club’s website. With a large field of competitors, it is very important that players are punctual on the tee, with the starter and course ranger doing their best to ensure a flowing round of golf for everyone. Everyone is hoping for good weather, good scoring and good fun on Saturday evening with the presentation of prizes taking place at 10pm.

OPEN WEEK This Friday sees the start of our ‘open week’ at Castle Dargan with a mixed scramble sponsored by Dodd’s Boats. Saturday is a single stableford event sponsored by Gulf Oil, while they also sponsor Sunday’s stroke play competition. Monday and Tuesday are single stableford competitions, sponsored by Cullen’s Bar and Connolly’s Bar Collooney. Wednesday is Ladies Day, while Thursday and Friday are again single stableford competitions sponsored by Flogas and Flancare Group Ltd. On Saturday, July 9 Heineken sponsor a stroke play competition and open week finishes off on Sunday, July 10 with a single stableford event sponsored by Henry Jewellers. The club looks forward to seeing both members and visitors supporting open week and a big thanks to all the sponsors involved. CLUB COMPETITION On Saturday the Aware Menswear-sponsored single stableford competition attracted a large field and, indeed, high scores were the order of the day. Donal Carroll (17) returned a score of 40 points and beat Conor McKeon into second place after a count back. Eoin Carroll was third with 38 points.

RESULTS The results of the single stableford - Sean Fallon Cup - held last Sunday, June 26 (off blue tees) were as follows: 1, Vincent McGee (16) 39pts; 2, Gerard Sproule (3) 37pts; 3, Danny Quinlan (16) 37pts; 4, Michael Kennedy (21) 37pts; John Feeney (13) 37pts. McSharry Foley Independent Insurance Brokers sponsored this competition. GAYNOR’S WIN Alan Gaynor was the winner of the Saturday competition with a great score of 42 points. This young man’s name is featuring quite a lot in recent times for his winning play, both as an individual and as a successful team player. Second placed Mark Rooney and third placed Declan Corcoran finished just one point behind, with Karl Demmel and Fergal Burke picking up the fourth and fifth prizes, both with 40 points.

HIGH BOYS CLUB There was no competition due to the inclement weather on Friday last, hopefully there will be a reprieve this week.


RESULTS The results of the single stableford, held on Saturday, June 25 and sponsored by Emerald Trading were as follows: 1, Alan Gaynor (6) 42pts; 2, Mark Rooney (5) 41pts (Back 9); 3, Declan Corcoran (19) 41pts; 4, Karl Demmel (12) 40pts (Back 9); 5, Fergal Burke (18) 40pts (Back 9).


CHEERS RABOBANK singles stableford winner, Tom Gavin, receives his cup from the competition sponsor, Aidan Doyle.

FIXTURES The competition next Saturday, July 2 is an 18-hole open competition sponsored by Casey’s Pharmacy. There are prizes for first, second and third nett, best front nine and best back nine.


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Sport IRFUTAGRRUGBY SLIGO TAG RUGBY: Results, fixtures, tables and update from phase two Mixed Social Intermediate CHAMPIONSHIP Strandvestites Rat Pack Samson United Guten Tag Cartron Cowboys Wacko JAKO

P W D 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 2 2

F 45 28 40 25 34 23

A 25 24 40 28 39 39

Pts 4 4 2 2 0 0

RESULTS Games played on Thursday, June 23 Round Two Cartron Cowboys 24, Samson United 25; Rat Pack 12, Wacko JAKO 9; Strandvestites 18, Guten Tag 11 FIXTURES Thursday, June 30 Round Three Strandvestites v Cartron Cowboys (7.15pm); Samson United v Wacko JAKO (7.15pm); Rat Pack v Guten Tag (7.15pm)

PREMIER LEAGUE Fairly Lively BOTT! The Supermodels Lemon Party Perfect Polos Egg Chasers

P W D 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0

L 0 1 1 1 1 2

F 46 35 20 30 22 21

A 23 28 22 35 34 32

Pts 4 2 2 2 2 0

RESULTS Games played on Thursday, June 23 Round Two Bring On The Trumpets! 16, The Lemon Party 18; The Supermodels 13, Egg Chasers 11; Fairly Lively 27, Perfect Polos 11 FIXTURES Thursday, June 30 Round Three Bring On The Trumpets! v Fairly Lively (8pm); The Supermodels v Lemon Party (8pm); Perfect Polos v Egg Chasers (8.45pm)

DIVISION ONE Good4U Mullen’s Madness Legless Lizards Misfits LA Boozers Wii Not Fit

P W D 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 2 2

F 33 36 34 30 18 12

A 10 19 31 35 36 32

Pts 4 4 2 2 0 0

RESULTS Games played on Thursday, June 23 Round Two LA Boozers 12, Misfits 18; The Legless Lizards 11, Mullen’s Madness 19; Wii Not Fit 4, Good4U 15 FIXTURES Thursday, June 30 Round Three Mullen’s Madness v LA Boozers (8pm); Good4U v Misfits (8.45pm); The Legless Lizards v Wii Not Fit (8.45pm)

Sun smiles on ‘taggers’ as another Thursday provides entertainment! T

HE sun came out for the seventh week of IRFU tag rugby at Hamilton Park – there are only three rounds left – as the second series of games in phase two took place in the Mixed Social Intermediate and Mixed Social Beginners sections. One of the best of the 18 games was the meeting of Cartron Cowboys and Samson United – a Mixed Social Intermediate Championship fixture – with the latter winning 25-24. Just as intriguing, but not as high-scoring, was the clash of Guten Tag and Strandvestites – also in the top tier – as Strandvestites won 18-11 thanks to a large panel and two female tries in the second-half. The Lemon Party and Bring On The Trumpets produced a close, competitive encounter – Sinead McLoughlin’s The Lemon Party surviving to win 18-16. Elsewhere, there were big wins for Good4U and Third Time Lucky, who defeated Wii Not Fit and Garavogue Dirty Dozen respectively. Fairly Lively, led by Gary Smith, clocked up an impressive 27 points (which included four female tries) in their win against a battling Perfect Polos. Tagmania, a team with a north Sligo flavour, recorded another fine result – they beat Tagtastic 13-11. There was just a point separating The Generals and Bit Of Red Knights – The Generals coming through 13-12. Please note that three remaining rounds of this season’s IRFU tag rugby at Hamilton Park, will take place on the following dates: Thursday, June 30, Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 15. As usual, 18 games (catering for 36 teams) will go ahead at 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8pm and 8.45pm.

CHAMPIONSHIP Tagmania The Generals Third Time Lucky Tagtastic Bit Of Red Knights Garavogue DD

L 0 0 1 1 2 2

F 27 26 26 25 18 12

A 19 18 17 19 27 34

Pts 4 4 2 2 0 0

FIXTURES Thursday, June 30 Round Three Third Time Lucky v Tagmania (8pm); Bit Of Red Knights v Garavogue Dirty Dozen (8.45pm); Tagtastic v The Generals (8.45pm)


EVASIVE Helen Roarty (Third Time Lucky) avoids getting tagged by Conor (Garavogue Dirty Dozen).

Tricky’s Try Hards Thunderstruckers Indecisive T’stards Blue Blazers The Socialites The Chancers

P W D 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 2 2

F 27 25 24 23 16 10

A 15 15 19 20 26 30

Pts 4 4 2 2 0 0

RESULTS Games played on Thursday, June 23 Round Two Blue Blazers 7, Tricky’s Try Hards 15; Socialites 8, Indecisive Tagstards 14; Thunderstruckers 14, The Chancers 5 FIXTURES Thursday, June 30 Round Three The Socialites v The Chancers (6.30pm); Thunderstruckers v Blue Blazers (6.30pm); Tricky’s Try Hards v Indecisive Tagstards (6.30pm)

DIVISION ONE Socrates Health Kiss My Pass Lotus Bees Clarion Hotel Sligo Glasshouse Hotel Stiefel Scrummers

ONCE again all scheduled fixtures began promptly with the assistance of the referees who volunteer – week in, week out – to ensure the smooth running of the competition. They are thanked by the organising committee for their selfless contribution to what has proved to be another enjoyable campaign.

P W D 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 2 2

F 37 29 23 20 17 27

A 19 24 16 24 27 43

Pts 4 4 2 2 0 0

RESULTS Games played on Thursday, June 23 Round Two The Glasshouse Hotel 6, Socrates Healthcare 14; Lotus Bees 13, Kiss My Pass 16; Stiefel Scrummers 14, Clarion Hotel Sligo 20 FIXTURES Thursday, June 30 Round Three The Glasshouse Hotel v Clarion Hotel Sligo (7.15pm); Stiefel Scrummers v Lotus Bees (7.15pm); Socrates Healthcare v Kiss My Pass (8pm)

SHE’S FAST Rory Delaney (Kiss My Pass) fails to tag Mairead Keane (Lotus Bees) during their Mixed Social Beginners Division One clash last Thursday. Pictures by Michael McGurrin

REMINDER SLIGO tag rugby is an over 18s event. Players are not permitted to wear any jewellery (including glasses) during games. All players must wear tag shorts. You must have played three games with a team in order to play in the finals. For further information, contact the Sligo tag rugby committee at or join them on facebook/sligotag

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P W D 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0

RESULTS Games played on Thursday, June 23 Round Two Third Time Lucky 20, Garavogue Dirty Dozen 4; Bit Of Red Knights 12, The Generals 13; Tagmania 13, Tagtastic 11

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Las Vegas night raises cash for ‘STOP’

IN GOOD HANDS Troy McKenna (physical therapist) gets the ‘thumbs up’ as he treats an injured foot. Pictures by Michael McGurrin

LAST Thursday night’s entertainment at Hamilton Park was a ‘Las Vegas’ night - a fund-raiser for local charity STOP (Suicide, Teach, Organise and Prevent). For this event the hall at the Sligo RFC clubhouse was transformed into a mini-casino with a roulette wheel, poker and blackjack tables. Initially taggers purchased chips in batches of 10 (for €5) and everyone had a go at all the games. After nearly two hours, everyone added up their amassed chips and the top five players went through to a poker final. The Socialites’ Ken Gallagher won first prize vouchers for Voya Seaweed Baths and Shells Café second prize was a voucher for The Bella Vista. The organisers - Sligo tag rugby committee - would like to thank all the card dealers who helped out on the night and made it such a great success. A fund-raising raffle (proceeds also going to STOP) was held. The raffle’s first prize (two sought-after weekend passes to the Sea Sessions in Bundoran) was generously sponsored by David Armstrong of Rathedmond Crash Repairs. Sligo tag rugby committee thank all the businesses who donated very generously towards the fund-raising night - Rathedmond Crash Repairs, Bistro Bianconi, Life Hair & Beauty Salon, Bella Vista Bar &

Bistro, Shells Café, Voya Seaweed Baths and The Thunderstruckers tag rugby team. STOP is a registered charity assisting and supporting individuals who feel suicidal, are in distress or those who have been bereaved by suicide. They offer a counselling service, bereavement support services and a 24-hour helpline (071-9164286). For more information go to

Tag hoodies! JAKO Teamsport have launched a specially designed tag rugby hoodie (as dis played by referee, Roger Bur rows, right). Referees re ceive this garment after they’ve officiated a number of games. Hoodies are also available to local tag rug by followers and can be purchased at the JAKO Teamsport outlet on Markievicz Road.

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THEY LIKE TO TAG The Socialites tag rugby team pictured at Hamilton Park last Thursday.

NICE KIT Members of The Glasshouse Hotel tag rugby team.

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Sport CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL SHLIGIGH: County Hurling Finals

County hurling title for Ransboro kids Young hurlers of Rathlee, Castlerock, Geevagh and Ransboro produce superb games at Calry


HE Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh hurling finals, sponsored by Allianz, took place earlier this month at Hazelwood, home of Calry-St Joseph’s GAA Club. Ransboro National School were the winners following victories over Rathlee NS and Aclare’s Castlerock NS in the final and semi-final respectively. Beaten finalists Rathlee overcame Geevagh NS in the other semi-final. “Congratulations to the teams for their participation on the day,” said Niamh Gallagher, PRO, Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh. “A wonderful, competitive display of hurling was to be seen and is testament to the time and effort dedicated by each team and schools all year, well done!” she added.

CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL SHLIGIGH HURLING Semi-finals Rathlee NS beat Geevagh NS; Ransboro NS beat Castlerock NS Final Ransboro NS 13, Rathlee NS 3 Geevagh NS Stephen Conlon, Cormac Burnside, Padraic Gaffney, James Conlon, Eoin Cullen, Colm O’Rourke, Seán O’Reilly, Eoin Heslin, Seán Fallon, David Curran, Anthony Cunnane Rathlee NS Morgan Kavanagh, Eanna Moylan, Jack Kelly, Daniel Rolston, Seán Breen, Eoin Kelly, Jonathan Queenan, Peter Griffin, Fionn Moylan, Jonathan Bickerton, Dylan Wall, Nathan Scott, Barry Gordon Castlerock NS Adam Broe, John Durkin, Conor Gilligan, Mark Fallon, Mark Lundy, Conor O’Hara, Conan Marren, Matthew Leonard, Ronan Lang, Aaron Hastings, Jim Cunney, Shane Deehan, Daniel Cunnie, Feidhlim O’Donnell Ransboro NS Conor Burke, Donagh Crowne, Stephen Mahon, Sean Callaghan, Kieran Prior, Padraic Maxwell, Niall McDermott, Shane Brenan, Mark Harkin, Sean Chambers, Sean Murphy, Jason Winters, Ryan Smith

CHAMPIONS Ransboro National School, winners of the Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh hurling competition.

FINALISTS Rathlee National School were runners-up in the hurling competition.

SEMI-FINALISTS Geevagh National School.

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Local schools are honoured for showing ‘fair play’ Cliffoney NS win overall award


INE primary schools in six categories were honoured at this year’s Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh Fair Play Awards with the overall award going to Cliffoney National School who, according to the organisers, “demonstrated a wonderfully positive sporting attitude in all [their] games this year”. The ‘Maura Galvin Award’, which honours the memory of the late Maura Galvin, a former principal at Carraroe National School, went to Bunnanadden National School. This prize goes to the school whose players, mentors and supporters displayed the highest level of sportsmanship on county finals day (which took place on the Saturday before last at Markievicz Park). The other ‘Fair Play’ winners included Ballinlig, Coolbock, Carn, St Brendan’s, Culfadda, St John’s

FAIR PLAY Bunnanadden NS won the ‘Maura Galvin’ award.

TOP AWARD Cliffoney NS won the overall award at the Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh Fair Play Awards for 2011.

(Ballisodare), Our Lady of Mercy (Sligo) and St Edward’s. Meanwhile, High Park NS were recognised for being the most colourful supporters on county finals day. The Fair Play Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday last in Sligo’s Clarion Hotel. The full list of winners is detailed below. CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL SHLIGIGH FAIR PLAY AWARDS 2 Teacher section Ballinlig, Coolbock 3 Teacher section Carn 4-5 Teacher section Culfadda, St Brendan’s 6-7 Teacher section St John’s (Ballisodare) 8+ Teacher section Our Lady of Mercy St Edward’s Overall Award Cliffoney Most Colourful Supporters on Finals Day High Park


BEST FANS The award for ‘Most colourful dans on county finals day’ went to High Park NS.

HONOURED Ballinlig NS.

PRIZE St Brendan’s NS were amongst the winners.

Place kickers show their skills THE Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh place kicking development competition provided an opportunity to showcase the county’s best place kickers. The finals were held on at Markievicz Park on the Saturday before last, the same day as the county Gaelic football finals. Each kicking competition finalist had to kick the ball over the bar from six different positions and distances. There was an excellent display of skill and accuracy from all finalists in the boys and girls categories. CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL SHLIGIGH PLACE KICKING DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION Boys 1, Conan Marren (Castlerock NS); 2, Seán Carrabine (Corballa NS); 3, Stephen Willis (Sooey NS) & Cian Muldowney (Scoil Ursula) Girls 1, Aoibhe Barrins (Corballa NS); 2, Katie Osborne (Strandhill NS); 3, Emma Gallagher (Scoil Ursula) & Ailish Gordon (Moylough NS)

KICKER Corballa’s Sean Carrabine, above.

WINNERS A selection of the winners of the Cumann na mBunscol Shligigh place kicking competition pictured with Sligo Senior Gaelic footballer, Mark Breheny, himself an ace free-taker.


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Minor defeat means major agony Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-final Sligo 1-6 Galway 2-11 Liam Ó Maoldhomhnaigh Markievicz Park


HO wants to follow Sligo anymore? It is so painful, it ain’t funny. With happenings last Saturday in Aughrim and Markievicz Park overlapping – fans were keeping abreast of things either via Ocean FM or Twitter – the Minor collapse at the latter venue added coarse salt to an already gaping wound. Having watched the county exit the U-21 and Senior competitions in Connacht, the Minor Gaelic footballers followed suit but only via a second-half crumble as Galway outscored the home side, 2-7 to 1-2, to secure a place in next weekend’s Connacht semi-final against Leitrim. Late second-half goals from No.11 Ian Burke and midfielder Sean Moran, in the 53rd and 59th minutes respectively, finally sealed the deal as Galway

TIME TO TURN: Sligo’s goalscorer against Galway, Gary Cadden, far left, gets to the ball ahead of Galway player Liam Silke last Saturday.

Sligo show industry but are overpowered by Galway’s scores in the second-half won by eight points, 2-11 to 1-6, but the visitors’ superiority was hinted at much earlier. Exciting corner-forward Shane Walsh, scorer of four second-half points, pushed the aforementioned Moran close for the ‘Player of the Match’ gong, while one postmatch debate centred on how Galway ended up looking classy despite flimsy finishing. How about 15 wides, three point attempts dropped short and three unexploited goal chances? Perhaps Sligo got away lightly. Sligo manager James Kearins suggested in the build-up that a Sligo win would put these local teens on the map – after enduring this one realised

that this was yet another Sligo group that had been lost in space. Still, one couldn’t fault Sligo’s well-intentioned industry and, for the first-half at least, some skilful phases, and when Sligo Senior hurler Gary Cadden goaled five minutes after Galway’s first goal the margin was just four points, 1-10 to 1-6. But Galway replied with 1-1 and, well, that was that. The winners turned a corner once they took the lead for the first time six minutes into the secondhalf, although it took them until the last quarter to put Sligo to the sword. While Gary Cadden landed 1-1 in the second-half – his 40th minute point was a real belter – Sligo’s better moments were reserved for the first-half. Niall Murphy linked up well with another inside forward, Stephen Kilcoyne, and Murphy emerged with Paul Logan as the two Sligo players who impressed most, Logan just shading it as the home side’s best performer. The sides were tied at the interval – four points apiece – with Sligo’s points coming from full-forward Niall Murphy (who took both his points from play with panache), Stephen Kilcoyne and Paul Logan.

MatchStats Game played on Saturday, June 25 GAA FOOTBALL CONNACHT MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter-final MARKIEVICZ PARK: Sligo (0-4) 1-6, Galway (0-4) 2-11 Player of the Match: Sean Moran (Galway) Referee: Liam Devenney (Mayo) Sligo: Vinny Cadden (Coolera-Strandhill), Eoin Flanagan (St John’s), David Burke (St John’s), Ben McGarry (St Mary’s), Cathal Surlis (Tubbercurry), Raymond Connolly (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Enda Connolly (St Patrick’s), Cathal Finneran (St Patrick’s), Niall McManus (St Mary’s), Dara Long (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point), Paul Logan (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point) (0-2, 2f), Colm Egan (St Mary’s), Stephen Kilcoyne (Tubbercurry) (0-1, 1f), Niall Murphy (Coolera-Strandhill) (0-2), Gary Cadden (Coolera-Strandhill) (1-1) Subs used: Eoin Coleman (Tubbercurry), Ciaran Brennan (Curry), Christóir Davey (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Keith Earlis (Castleconnor), Brian Coleman (Enniscrone-Kilglass) Subs not used: Declan McCormack (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Barry Walsh (Tourlestrane), Pauric Leonard (Tourlestrane), Kieran Blake (St John’s) Other panel members: Aidan Coleman (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Ciaran O’Connor (St Farnan’s), Damien Sweeney (Cloonacool), Gavin McMorrow (Shamrock Gaels), Hughie McGowan (St Michael’s), James Henry (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), John Gilsenan (St Molaise Gaels), Keith Candon (Shamrock Gaels), Niall Hoey (St Molaise Gaels), Niall O’Rourke (Coolera-Strandhill), Sean Peyton (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point), Tommy Finnegan (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point) Booked: Eoin Flanagan, Ben McGarry Sent off: None Wides: 4 (2/2) Manager: James Kearins Selectors: John O’Flaherty, Philip Gallagher, Michael Jacob Galway: Conor Gleeson, Liam Silke, James Shaughnessy, Conor Cunningham, Eoin Walsh, Gearóid Canavan, Cathal Mulryan, Shane Geoghegan, Sean Moran (10), Patrick Glynn (0-1), Ian Burke (1-0), Conor Rabbitte (0-2), Gary Kelly (0-1), Shane Maughan (0-2), Shane Walsh (0-4, 1f) Subs used: Johnny Kellegher (0-1), Gearóid Armstrong, Charlie Timon Booked: Gearóid Canavan Sent off: None Wides: 15 (10/5) Manager: Tommy Joyce

KICKER: Coolera-Strandhill’s Niall Murphy, above, puts the Galway defence under pressure during Saturday’s quarter-final. Pictures by Sean Carleton

TEENS: The Sligo Minor Gaelic football panel for last Saturday’s provincial quarter-final against Galway at Markievicz Park.



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EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division One St Molaise G Curry Eastern H Tourlestrane Shamrock G St John’s Ballymote Coolera-S’hill St Mary’s Geevagh Tubbercurry B’adden

P 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

W 9 6 6 6 3 4 4 3 2 2 2 3

D 1 3 1 0 3 1 0 1 3 3 3 1

L 0 1 3 4 4 5 6 6 5 5 5 6

F 138 142 133 133 115 126 138 119 122 127 128 112

A 104 113 109 114 140 127 131 123 130 145 147 150

Diff +34 +29 +24 +19 –25 –1 +7 –4 –8 –18 –19 –38

Pts 19 15 13 12 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7

Diff +52 +23 +43 +31 +26 +12 +6 +10 –1 –46 –66 –91

Pts 18 14 12 12 12 12 10 10 10 5 3 2

EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division Two St Farnan’s Easkey Castleconnor St Patrick’s Calry-St J Drumcliffe-R Enniscrone-K Coolaney-M Eastern H Ballymote St Michael’s Owenmore G

P 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

W 8 6 6 6 6 4 5 4 5 2 1 1

D 2 2 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 1 0

L 0 2 4 4 4 2 5 4 5 7 8 9

F 157 128 166 155 142 148 138 151 131 111 105 96

A 105 104 123 124 116 136 132 141 132 157 171 187

EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division Three Cloonacool Curry St John’s Coolera-S’hill St Molaise G Calry-St J Ballisodare

P 12 11 11 11 11 11 11

W 10 9 8 6 3 2 1

D L 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 5 0 8 0 9 0 10

F 188 173 192 124 121 120 81

A 109 93 128 124 171 171 203

Diff +79 +80 +64 0 –50 –51 122

Pts 20 18 16 12 6 4 2

Games played on Saturday, June 25 GAA FOOTBALL CONNACHT MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter-final MARKIEVICZ PARK: Sligo (0-4) 1-6, Galway (0-4) 2-11 Referee: Liam Devenney (Mayo) GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS Round One O’BYRNE PARK: Wicklow (0-10) 1-18, Sligo (0-7) 0-16 Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois) EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Round Thirteen Curry 2-12, St John’s 2-3

Results Games played on Sunday, June 26 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Round Eight Shamrock Gaels 1-11, Tubbercurry 0-14 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO Round Eight Ballymote 3-5, Eastern Harps 1-14 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Round Thirteen Curry 2-12, St John’s 2-3; Calry-St Joseph’s 1-10, Cloonacool 3-9 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR Round Nine Geevagh 4-9, Castleconnor 2-5

Fixtures Friday, July 1 Games start at 8pm unless otherwise stated. First named team has home advantage. EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR Round Ten St Farnan’s v St Patrick’s; Bunnanadden v Geevagh; Drumcliffe-Rosses Point v Shamrock Gaels; Eastern Harps v St John’s; Owenmore Gaels v St Mary’s; Castleconnor v Easkey Saturday, July 2 Games start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. First named team has home advantage. SLIGO SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Group stage - Round One Tourlestrane v Western Gaels (5pm) EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Round Eleven Geevagh v Coolera-Strandhill; Tourlestrane v St Mary’s; St Molaise Gaels v Shamrock Gaels; St John’s v Eastern Harps; Tubbercurry v Bunnanadden; Curry v Ballymote EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Round Fourteen Ballisodare v Calry-St Joseph’s



Division Four

Sunday, July 3 Games start at 2pm unless otherwise stated. First named team has home advantage. EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO Round Eleven St Patrick’s v Owenmore Gaels; St Farnan’s v Enniscrone-Kilglass; Eastern Harps v Drumcliffe-Rosses Point; Ballymote v St Michael’s; Coolaney-Mullinabreena v Calry-St Joseph’s; Easkey v Castleconnor EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Round Fourteen St John’s Coolera-Strandhill; St Molaise Gaels v Curry SLIGO SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Group stage - Round One CooleraStrandhill v Tubbercurry (5pm)

St Patrick’s Drumcliffe-R Shamrock G Geevagh Easkey St Farnan’s B’adden St John’s St Mary’s Eastern H Castleconnor Owenmore G

P W D 9 7 1 9 6 1 9 6 1 9 6 0 9 6 0 8 5 1 9 4 1 9 3 0 9 2 1 9 2 0 9 2 0 8 1 0

L 1 2 2 3 3 2 4 6 6 7 7 7

F 147 164 121 143 114 122 115 93 98 103 96 70

A 84 121 93 93 111 98 138 101 112 144 151 140

Diff +63 +43 +28 +50 +3 +24 –23 –8 –14 –41 –55 –70

Pts 15 13 13 12 12 11 9 6 5 4 4 2

Results Game played on Tuesday, June 21 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR St Patrick’s 4-19, Owenmore Gaels 1-6 Games played on Friday, June 24 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Round Eight Ballymote 1-11, St Molaise Gaels 2-12 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Round Thirteen Coolera-Strandhill 1-14, Ballisodare 2-3 EXPERT ELECTRICAL SLIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR Round Nine St Mary’s 3-10, Eastern Harps 0-3; Shamrock Gaels 1-10, Bunnanadden 0-3; St Farnan’s P Owenmore Gaels P; St Patrick’s 2-6, Easkey 2-9; St John’s 0-10, Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-9

Titles for Saints FOLLOWING last weekend’s results, St Molaise Gaels and St Farnan’s have been declared winners of the Sligo Football League Division One and Sligo Football League Division Four respectively. With just one round of games remaining, neither can be caught by their nearest challengers, Curry and Easkey.

FANS: Supporting Sligo last Saturday in Aughrim were Orla Feeney (Carraroe) and Robert Hickey, (Sligo town). Picture by Adrian Melia

YOUNG FAN: Four-week-old baby Joe Muldoon was Sligo’s youngest fan at Aughrim last Saturday for Sligo’s game against Wicklow in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers. He is pictured with parents Fiona Kilcoyne and Ray Muldoon, with Niall Kelly, Ana Vidal, from Cloonacool, at O’Byrne Park. Picture by Adrian Melia


Refs are making a mess of our games T

HE first round of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers took place last weekend, while we also had two Leinster semi-finals as well as one semi-final in Connacht and an Ulster semi-final. But what will all GAA followers be talking about for the next few days? Yes, no marks for guessing right, they will be talking about refs and their decisions. I am so sick - and tired - of some horrendous decisions made by referees, every damn Sunday. Last Sunday, for example, Dublin and Kildare produced one of the best games of this year’s championship but as long as football is talked about this game is going to be remembered for one of the craziest decisions ever made by a referee. Cormac O’Reilly awarded a free to Dublin when no foul was committed! This crazy decision was made in the last minute of the game with the sides level. In his previous game this referee sent a Monaghan player to the line - a decision that was later rescinded and he allegedly made a remark to a Mon-

Eugene MacHale is frustrated by the ‘decisions’ of GAA referees aghan player which the chairman of the National Referees Committee, Mick Curley, said was sorted out to the satisfaction of the player. Why was O’Reilly officiating a Leinster semi-final after a performance like that? If a player has a bad game he is dropped, but no matter what a referee does (remember Martin Sludden) he never seems to be demoted. I await with interest to read – or hear – what Curley has to say about Cormac O’Reilly’s latest performance. But O’Reilly was not the only referee to make outrageous decisions last weekend. Can anyone within the GAA explain why a Mayo and a Donegal player were not red-carded for landing punches on a Galway and Tyrone player respectively? In both instances the men in charge issued yellow cards. Will we see these referees in action in the next round of the championship? We now have the crazy situation that once a referee has taken action it cannot be revisited unless the referee has sent off a player in the wrong. In that case the card will be rescinded, but if he gives a yellow when it should be red then that issue can’t be addressed. Stupid and crazy, but by God it could only happen in the GAA. Finally, Sligo made the long journey to Wicklow and despite scoring an impressive 16 points still went under by five points to Mick O’Dwyer’s side. Who would have imagined that this year would turn out the way it did for Kevin Walsh’s men?


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Sport Chairman will make no ‘rash’ call on Walsh’s future


Low end to GAA Football All-Ireland Senior C’Ship Qualifiers Wicklow 1-18 Sligo 0-16 Gavin Cawley O’Byrne Park

STAYING POSITIVE: Sligo GAA County Board chairman, Cyril Feehily.

John Bromley SLIGO GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily has said that they won’t be making any “rash” decisions following on Saturday’s GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship exit in Aughrim. Speaking yesterday [Monday], the Curry man said that he hadn’t spoken to Sligo’s Senior team manager Kevin Walsh since Saturday and did not know what the Galway native’s intentions were. But as far as Feehily was concerned things remained as they were and the manager would now be preparing the Sligo Junior team for their All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final - against the Munster champions - in August. “We will be looking at retaining our All-Ireland [Junior] title, having won back-to-back Connacht titles. Pointing out that the Wicklow game was always going to be a difficult assignment, he said: “Just because we lost a game we are not going to do anything rash.” He said that at the moment a more pressing issue was getting an U-21 manager in place. Speaking from the site of the county’s new GAA Centre of Excellence at Scarden, where earth-moving machines had just moved in yesterday [Monday] to start work on the new €3m training facility, he looked forward to brighter days ahead. With the new amenity and the €20,000 that is being invested in coaching children in Sligo town, he said: “There are great days ahead for Sligo football.” When asked after the game in Wicklow on Saturday evening what his plans were for next year, Walsh said: “I’m not even thinking that far ahead.” At the end of 2010 Walsh agreed to remain at the helm for a further two campaigns meaning that he has 2012 to try to undo this year’s regression.

RETURN: David Kelly, left, returned to the fray last Saturday.


UMPED out of Connacht by Leitrim and now cast out of the All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers by Wicklow – Sligo fans were left to ponder how things have gone so wrong over the past 12 months since Kevin Walsh’s men qualified for last summer’s Connacht final after those glorious defeats of Mayo and Galway. In last Saturday’s five-points loss to Wicklow at O’Byrne Park, Aughrim, the knockout blow for the visitors came when the wily Mick O’Dwyer brought on Conor McGraynor. The teenager, fresh from completing his Leaving Cert examinations, goaled within a minute of entering the fray. It was a fantastic strike for Wicklow – helping them win 1-18 to 0-16 – but Sligo will be kicking themselves as they conceded possession in the build-up to McGraynor’s brilliant solo goal. Sligo, who employed David Kelly and Johnny Davey as second-half substitutes, will also regret that a goal chance late in the nip-and-tuck second period - when Adrian Marren was one-on-one with Wicklow net-minder John Flynn - was thwarted. Playing against the wind in the first-half, Sligo performed very well for 20 minutes or so and landed the game’s first score when the superb Adrian Marren pointed - the first of nine points that the Curry ace, Sligo’s best performer, would contribute. Manager Kevin Walsh made three changes to the side that started against Leitrim in May’s provincial quarter-final at Markievicz Park – Brian Kennedy, Noel McGuire, Brendan Egan all started with Alan Costello, Brian Curran (both suspended) and Kenneth Sweeney (abroad) the trio replaced. In a first-half that saw the sides level six times inside the opening 25 minutes, Sligo led briefly, 0-5 to 0-4, after Eamonn O’Hara pointed from a Tony Taylor pass. Mark Breheny then shot Sligo’s sixth point following a Tony Hannon equaliser for the home side but Sligo only scored once in the remaining 15 minutes – Adrian Marren’s fourth point just on half-time – as Wicklow began to dominate in key areas.

Sligo are out of the All-Ireland series after determined Wicklow’s late goal crushed hopes of an away win Day of reckoning, not redemption Liam Ó Maoldhomhnaigh SO now we know. There wasn’t redemption after all, just more heartache. But, then again, Sligo’s downturn, a blight that took hold once the county lost last year’s Connacht decider, suggested that this year’s Qualifiers would offer little respite. It is almost 12 months since Sligo defeated Galway in an epic provincial semi-final replay (July 3, 2010). Since then they’ve played 14 games, including last weekend’s Aughrim tie, winning just once (a defeat of Antrim, who they will rekindle ri valries with in next year’s Allianz Football League Division Three). One win in 14? That is the wretched form of a team going nowhere, fast. Sligo’s midfield has been regularly bossed, there have been defensive frailties (es pecially at centre-back), turnovers, errors and, in attack, a worrying reliance on Adrian Mar ren’s prowess. In two games this summer Marren scored 50 per cent of Sligo’s scores (13 from 26). Of course, absentees (due to injuries, suspensions and emigration) eroded Kevin Walsh’s resources. It doesn’t help, eiDespite eight wides in that first-half, the winners struck three points without reply to establish a lead, with midfielder James Stafford controlling proceedings and Leighton Glynn picking up a lot of possession. During this spell of Wicklow dominance, Sligo goalkeeper Philip Greene made a fine stop from Wicklow’s Nicky Mernagh.

ther, that Sligo only have a sprinkling of top-tier players - David Kelly an obvious example - and when these and others are either off form or unavailable then Sligo will suffer. Sligo’s tendency to flop the year after a climb to the summit - recall the meek surrender of the Nestor Cup in 2008 and this year’s struggles after last year’s nearly-campaign - is a troubling trait. Fingers will point at management, but right now the players are at fault - they underperformed and brutally so. Worryingly, there are precious few gems - a new David Kelly or the next Eamonn O’Hara for example - emerging from the Minor and U-21 grades. Even a new manager would find it near impossible to come up with an alterna tive squad, such is the county’s limited resources. For a county that thrives on punching above its weight and brashly wearing the tag of underdog, simply becoming competitive again represents an im mediate and immense challenge.

POINTING THE WAY: Kevin Walsh, left, gives orders during Saturday’s game. Will he remain as Sligo’s Senior team boss for another year? Trailing by three at the break, 0-10 to 0-7, Sligo picked things up at the start of the second-half with points from Brendan Egan, Tony Taylor and Adrian Marren. Taylor’s score – one of three he scored when wearing the No.14 jersey more associated with his older brother, ex-county player Paul Taylor – was the game’s best point.

O’Hara’s dismay after Aughrim exit THE current longest-serving player in the Sligo Senior team, Eamonn O’Hara, has coped with numerous bleak days in the county jersey since his inter-county Senior debut in the early 1990s. But even O’Hara – below right – was left aghast at what transpired in Aughrim last Saturday as Sligo squandered their second chance in a fivepoints loss against a fired-up Wicklow. “We played well for about the first 30 minutes and then they [Wicklow] got a few points to go in front and we were three points down at halftime.” “We knew in the second-half that the game would be there for the taking. We felt that if we got level and get our noses in front we could push on and win it,” he told Oisín Langan of Newstalk. “We made a few silly mistakes and they [Wicklow] just seemed to get the break of the ball at the right time but fair play to them, each time we got close they pushed on. They got a great goal near the end.” He said that Sligo’s injuries and suspensions

shouldn’t be focused on. “We are not going to make excuses – we’ve got a panel of 30-35 guys and everyone has worked hard over the last couple of years.” “We can only talk about the guys who were there – we felt that the team that went out was good enough to beat Wicklow but, unfortunately, Wicklow were that little bit hungrier and that little bit better than us on the day.” “It is very, very disappointing that we haven’t performed,” he added. The Tourlestrane native reckoned that Sligo’s only creditable display came in their opening game of this year’s Allianz Football League against

Donegal, now Ulster finalists, last February - and they’ve failed to match this intensity since then. “I think our best performance all year was against Donegal [in the Allianz Football League] when we were eight or nine points up in Ballybofey with 10 minutes to go [Sligo ended up drawing this game].” “From then on things seemed to have slipped away, unfortunately, and we just never quite regained the quality that is required to compete at this level.” “We have to regroup – we pushed very, very hard last year and were very disappointed [with the Connacht final defeat] but that was last year.” “This year I think we prepared even better and Kevin [Walsh] brought a few new things but we [the players] just didn’t respond to it,” rued the former GAA Football All Star, who turns 36 in September. “It is hard put the finger on exactly what went wrong but we are bitterly disappointed.”


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Sport Sligo endure a nightmare five-points loss against Mick O’Dwyer’s Wicklow

Sligo’s summer THEGAME


MatchSStats Game played on Saturday, June 26 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers – Round One O’BYRNE PARK, AUGHRIM: Wicklow (0-10) 1-18, Sligo (0-7) 0-16 Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

TurningPPoints FIRST-HALF Wicklow scored four points without reply in the last 10 minutes of the first-which which helped them hold a three-points lead at half-time, 0-10 to 0-7. SECOND-HALF Wicklow’s 61st minute goal, which came from teenager Conor McGraynor. The goal was the real turning point as up to this there was only a point or two between them for much of the final quarter.

Scorers SLIGO Adrian Marren 0-9 (2f), Tony Taylor 0-3, Eamonn O’Hara 0-1, Brendan Egan 0-1, Mark Breheny 0-1, Stephen Coen 0-1 WICKLOW Tony Hannon 0-4 (2 45s, 2f), Conor McGraynor 1-1, Seanie Furlong 0-3 (2f), Leighton Glynn 0-3 (1f), James Stafford 0-2, Nicky Mernagh 0-2, Darren Hayden 0-1, Rory Finn 0-1, Paul Earls 0-1

LONG WALK HOME: Sligo players depart the pitch – and the All-Ireland series – after their loss to Wicklow at O’Byrne Park. Marren’s equaliser stemmed from Johnny Davey’s work - this was Davey’s first appearance for Sligo since he sustained a knee injury against Down in last year’s Qualifiers. From then until Wicklow’s goal there was either a point or two between the sides as Sligo attempted to spark a comeback with the introduction of David Kelly - his first competitive action since

March. Marren’s eighth point left the difference at just a single score, 0-16 to 0-15, but matters turned when Wicklow goaled in the 61st minute. A minute later Sligo had the chance to reply with a goal of their own but the Wicklow goalkeeper, John Flynn, pulled off a great save to put Marren’s goalbound effort over for a point.

Sligo could get no closer than this – 1-16 to 0-16 – as Wicklow added two more points in the closing minutes to round off an impressive win. Wicklow’s reward is an away game against Armagh in round two of the Qualifiers, while a bewildered Sligo have to regroup.


impact to a minimum.

THE Curry forward was outstanding, scoring nine points on the day with seven of these points coming from play. Marren was also unlucky - he could have had two goals to his name – and was always a threat.

Noel McGuire

Eamonn O’Hara BACK in midfield, the 35-year-old really tried to get his side going in the second period.

Charlie Harrison LAST year’s GAA Football All Star recipient got into the game in the second-half. The team captain sought to drive Sligo’s momentum with some inspiring runs.

Ross Donovan THE Eastern Harps man initially got the run around from Leighton Glynn, but Glynn wasn’t as effective in the second-half as Donovan managed to keep Glynn’s

Brendan Egan

McGoldrick’s role

HAD a good first-half but was at fault for the Wicklow goal which changed the match.

David Rooney Johnny Davey LOOKED to be back to full fitness and was dangerous when he was brought on as second-half substitute.

SLIGO Philip Greene, Neil Ewing, Brian Kennedy, Ross Donovan, Paul McGovern, Noel McGuire, Charles Harrison, Eamonn O’Hara, Stephen Gilmartin, Brendan Egan, Mark Breheny, David Rooney, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Adrian Marren Subs used: Johnny Davey for David Rooney, 41; David Kelly for Stephen Coen, 47; Francis Quinn for Noel McGuire, 52; Eugene Mullen for Mark Breheny, 58; Pat Hughes for Stephen Gilmartin, 60 Subs not used: Jason Farrell, Johnny Martyn, Mark Quinn, James Hynes, David Maye, Alan Taaffe Wides: 7 (2/5) WICKLOW John Flynn, Ciaran Hyland, Alan Byrne, Stephen Kelly, Anthony McLoughlin, Brian McGrath, Darren Hayden, James Stafford, Rory Finn, Tony Hannon, Nicky Mernagh, Paul Earls, JP Dalton, Seanie Furlong, Leighton Glynn Subs used: Conor McGraynor for JP Dalton, 60; Paddy Dalton for Tony Hannon, 70 Wides: 9 (8/1)

THE Connacht-winning captain from four years ago had a good first-half and didn’t look out of place at centre-back. In the opening period he was picking out good passes to create attacking opportunities.

WAS good going forward and it was surprise that he was taken off with 20 minutes remaining.


TOP MAN: Curry’s Adrian Marren was Sligo’s outstanding player on Saturday last in Aughrim.

SLIGO native and former St Michael’s player Padraig McGoldrick scored two points for London in their historic defeat of Fermanagh last weekend in round one of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers. McGoldrick, 22, part of the Sligo side that won an All-Ireland Junior title last year, helped his new county win 0-15 to 0-9 at Ruislip. He plays with Tara GAA Club in England’s capital.


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Losing weight – key strategies to help you

Rovers must build on the Shams win


OR permanent weight loss, it is necessary to reset your body and mind because being healthy and fit is a great feeling and a lifelong endeavour. Outlined below are some of the key strategies for permanent weight loss.


Exercise to lose weight THIS concept is not new - however, exercise is probably the single most important factor of successful weight loss and long-term maintenance. Find any activity or, better yet, several activities that you enjoy as you will be more apt to participate on a regular basis.

Keeping records DETAILING every lick, bite and shallow can be a huge asset in successful weight loss as many people eat without being conscious of the amount they eat. A review of your journal can also identify emotions and behaviours that trigger overeating. Study any patterns that emerge from your diary and identify where you can make healthful adjustments.

Emotional eating ALL too often we eat out of boredom, anger, depression, stress and other emotions. Targeting and developing different outlets and behaviour skills can lead to weight loss success. Preparing your food ahead of time and devising plans for your success just may be the key to a new relationship with food.

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Eat early, eat often BREAKFAST - the meal of champions. The key is to eat within an hour of waking and develop an eating schedule that is consistent. Enjoying 5 to 6 small meals per day with consistent intervals through out the day keeps the metabolism busy burning calories. Much like adding twigs to the fire, keep your body stoked with small meals.

Reduce salt consumption HIGH salt intake triggers your body to retain fluids. Be on the look out for salt in all of your food, however. Sodium may also be added to medications, so it is important to read your labels. Many experts believe that lowering daily consumption to no more the 1,500 miligrammes of salt daily would be healthy. A good way to remember is the one-to-one ratio. If the food you

WATCHING THE SCALES: Weight loss is the goal of many people.

Mark Foley looks at the ways to assist weight loss are eating has 200 calories there should be no more than 200mg sodium.

Sugar temptations! ALTHOUGH one biscuit is fine in theory, it is difficult to stop there. Sweets and alcohol trigger the cravings for more sugar, and place your attempts at abstinence in peril.

Refrain from wheat WHEAT-based breakfast cereals triggers appetite and water retention and is best replaced by oats and grains such as millet and quinoa.

Eat slowly IT takes your brain approximately 20 minutes to inform the rest of the hunger systems to stop eating. If you wait until you are famished and gobble your food, you may overeat. Accelerated eaters often eat beyond their levels of fullness before the 20

MEASURE UP: Sensible eating habits and exercise are vital. minute sirens have a chance to sound, ‘STOP’. Just keep in mind that the amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel satiety can vary significantly depending on the chomp pace.

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HE full extent of Sligo Rovers’ superb defeat of Shamrock Rovers on Friday night will only be realised come the season’s end, but Paul Cook and Gerry Carr were certainly be telling the players this week that it will diminish in significance if they fail to pick up at least a point in the Carlisle Grounds on Friday. It was Rovers’ better footballing ability that saw them overcome Shams on Friday, but that ability has not been enough in a lot of previous meetings because the Hoops’ won the tactical battles and displayed the greater hunger. But the Bit O’Red were starving for the win at the weekend, knowing full well that defeat would have left them eight points off the Dubliners – a figure that would have looked insurmountable, even at the halfway point of the season. Really, Rovers could have been even more comfortable winners on the night, such was the effectiveness of their display. Brendan Clarke pulled off one magnificent save, and defenders Jason McGuinness and Aaron Greene really impressed throughout, but they looked assured defensively and actually offered options in attack, as did Gavin Peers, who scored the opening goal. Rafael Cretaro has really started to show his trademark desire and determination again, while Joseph Ndo and Richie Ryan were typically immense. Matthew Blinkhorn also had a memorable week, having been returned to the starting team after a number of games spent on the bench. The home fans that were in attendance were a real credit, and, like in the FAI Ford Cup final at the Aviva Stadium against the same opposition, they certainly played their part in what could prove to be a very important night for Rovers this season. Bray Wanderers will offer stiff resistance again on Friday, and they were only narrowly beaten by the Premier Division’s new leaders, St Patrick’s Athletic, at the weekend. Before the season started, the Seagulls were tipped to struggle in the top-flight, but they have been consistently impressive all year and have, of course, beaten Shams twice already. But if the attitude remains right from the Bit O’Red players on Friday, they can at least claim another clean sheet, which will give them a great chance to secure three points ahead of the forthcoming ties against Drogheda United and Galway United. TUNE into ‘The Rovers Review’ every Sunday from 6pm on OCEAN FM.

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Darragh Cox of Ocean FM says that the momentum of Friday’s result must not be wasted Aaron’s springboard to Shannon switch AARON Spring’s decision to sign for All-Ire land League Division One side Shannon was greeted with both sadness and joy around Sli go. Sadness, obviously, in that he won’t be wearing Sligo colours when the club return to the AIL next season, but joy that the Cartron native has got the recognition and opportuni ty that his talent deserves. But questions have to be asked about the Connacht Academy and how they let Spring slip through their fingers. The provincial academy tried to make a prop out of the Sligo town native, and though I’m sure he could have coped in the position, his lightning speed and versatility would have been wasted in the front-row. Sligo coach Simon Galvan knew this and played him as a very effective winger last sea son, and, interestingly, the Connacht Junior side also played him in the backs for their successful inter-provincial campaign. Shannon have signed him up on account of his displays for both Sligo and Connacht and will no doubt continue to use him in the full-back line. Hopefully both parties will benefit from the decision.

FANS: Following Sligo Rovers last Friday at The Showgrounds!


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Sport UNDER WRAPS: Sligo Rovers player Gavin Peers, right, wears the club’s new jersey for its upcoming European campaign but the kit won’t be revealed to the public until later today [Tuesday]!


Rovers’ Europa kit! Europa League strip launch at Toher’s today


NICE HATS: Fans were dressed for the ‘summer’ weather at The Showgrounds on Friday!

The lads stood up and were counted! W

HAT a week it has been! A commanding 4-0 win over UCD, coupled with a respectable scoreless draw in Brandywell Stadium last Tuesday was enough to keep Sligo Rovers fans content, only for further joy to follow. Last Friday night, Shamrock Rovers visited The Showgrounds with their noisy fans and physical, one-dimensional football. It has been three seasons since Sligo Rovers beat Shams in the Airtricity League – you’ve to go back to the first day of November, 2008 when Sligo Rovers won 2-1 at The Showgrounds. Ironically, it was Eoin Doyle who scored for Shams that night in and he was set-up by another former Sligo Rovers man, Padraig Amond. On Friday night it was Doyle who finished off Shams after Gavin Peers’ first-half header put the champions on the back foot. Joseph Ndo also featured that November night for the then Tolka Park men and in another ironic twist, it was Ndo who tormented Michael O’Neill’s side as he put on his own show for the TV cameras. Both Shams’ Stephen Rice and Conor McCormack struggled to get near the ball once Joey was in possession, and when Ndo wants to turn on the style there is no better entertainer. Shams were set up by Mick O’Neill to take a draw from Sligo. With Gary O’Neill on his own up front and Rice, McCormack and former Sligo Rovers player Chris Turner in the middle, Shams looked to break up any passing from the home side. On the wing, Gary McCabe and Billy Dennehy were meant to start any attacks, looking for O’Neill to bring Turner and friends into play. Paul Cook set Sligo Rovers up similarly – playing with Matthew Blinkhorn as a lone forward – but showing Shams exactly how it is done. In plain and simple terms, Sligo Rovers outplayed Shamrock Rovers and made them look exactly what they are, ordinary. Not one Sligo Rovers player put a foot wrong from the off. Blinkhorn held

Sligo Rovers fan David Goulden was delighted by the win on Friday against Shams the ball up superbly, giving Ken Oman and Craig Sives a torrid time. In midfield, along with Ndo, Richie Ryan and Alan Kirby were constantly finding holes in the Shams rearguard, while both Jason McGuinness and Gavin Peers were a joy to watch every time Shams looked to attack. McGuinness could have had a deserved goal himself in the opening stages and, in truth, Sligo Rovers could have won the game by a lot more than two. Ndo won RTE’s ‘Player of the Match’ award, but McGuinness had to have come a very close second. When the Tallaght men threw all they could at Sligo Rovers (bringing on Gary Twigg in a desperate attempt to salvage a point) it was McGuinness who further excelled. Shams’ typical route one, negative football was shown up as our towering centre-half dealt with every ‘hoof ’ forward in search of Twigg. Friday night was a night in which the best footballing team in the country took on the bullish strength of Shamrock Rovers. A night when Sligo Rovers made the champions of Ireland look ordinary and looking like a side short of ideas. Maybe the night that we all started to dream?

SUPPORT: ‘Lotch’ Lynch, left, was cheering for Sligo Rovers on Friday.

ODAY [Tuesday] Sligo Rovers will launch their Europa League jersey. Manufactured by their longterm kit supplier JAKO Teamsport, whose Irish branch is located in Sligo under the stewardship of Nicky Broujos, this jersey will be unveiled at a special event hosted by Toher’s The Chemist, O’Connell Street, Sligo (2pm). Alongside the kit unveiling, an announcement will take place of the continued spon-

sorship of Sligo Rovers by the McSweeney Group, who include Toher’s The Chemist. JAKO Teamsport director Nicky Broujos, a former Sligo Rovers goalkeeper and a League Cup winner with the club in 1998, is excited by this week’s kit launch. “JAKO are pleased to announce the new Sligo Rovers jersey for the Europa League, that is up to all the UFEA standards and we will have the new jersey on sale immediately af-

ter the launch.” He added: “We will also be launching our new range of Sligo Rovers merchandise for the remainder of the season.” In the run up to Sligo Rovers’ game in the third qualifying round of the Europa League 2011-2012, an official Sligo Rovers shop will be opened every Saturday upstairs at Toher’s The Chemist, where supporters can obtain official merchandise to follow their team in Europe.

Local businesses renew support TOHER’S The Chemist, are set to continue their support of the Bit O’Red. The ongoing partnership between Sligo Rovers and the McSweeney Group - one of Ireland’s largest retail pharmacy groups - will be announced at an event today [Tuesday] at the Toher’s The Chemist premises on O’Connell Street, Sligo. The McSweeney Group, who include Toher’s The Chemist as one of 15 outlets nationwide has sponsored the Bit

O’Red for over a decade. All involved warmly welcome the renewal of this successful partnership. Sligo Rovers will also announce the continued support of JAKO Teamsport and Ballast Signs, whose support of the Bit O’Red has been crucial in recent seasons. Speaking for Ballast Signs, Blair Scales said: “We’re pleased to be able to support the local boys, and I’m looking forward to being part of what is sure to be a spectacular

year.” “All parties involved look forward to sustaining the relationship that has developed over the years between them.” “Thanks to the backing of these three local businesses, Sligo Rovers will be fully kitted out for the Europa League and fans can get their hands on this terrific gear as well,” Keith O’Dwyer, the Club Promotions Officer, said.

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Sligo-Leitrim Women’s League begins on Friday THE inaugural Sligo-Leitrim & District Women’s Soc cer League kicks-off this Friday evening when Arrow Harps take on the challenge of visitors, Ballisodare United, at Riverstown (7pm). Next Tuesday evening, July 5, Manor Rangers make the trip to Dromore Villa. This game also has a 7pm start. Clubs are reminded - without exception - that all fees as agreed must be paid and the registration of all players must be with the competition secretary prior to any club playing. Four teams - Arrow Harps, Dromore Villa, Ballisodare United and Manor Rangers - will play each other twice (home and away) with the top side taking the trophy. There will also be a cup competition with the final scheduled for Sligo town’s MacSharry Park. Upcoming fixtures Arrow Harps v Ballisodare United (Friday, July 1); Dromore Villa v Manor Rangers (Tuesday, July 5); Ballisodare United v Dromore Villa (Friday, July 8); Manor Rangers v Arrow Harps (Tuesday, July 12).

FAN: A Sligo Rovers follower pictured at The Showgrounds for last Friday’s game.


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Sport Bit O’Red awaits home tie decision SLIGO Rovers were yesterday [Monday] afternoon anxiously awaiting word on whether their bid to host their UEFA Europa League third round qualifying home tie has been successful, writes Brian McHugh. Club chairman Michael Toolan said UEFA and the FAI were still discussing Sligo Rovers’ submission, which was delivered on Tuesday last. “We are just waiting on word from the FAI. Our submission said we are going to put in 1,000 seats and we confirmed that it was possible to increase the size of the pitch,” Toolan said. As The Showgrounds floodlighting may fall short of the required standard, the chairman said Sligo Rovers are proposing to bring the kick-off time forward to en-

sure it is played in daylight. “In the end of July or the beginning of August it’s going to be bright in the evenings anyway.” Meanwhile, ahead of the transfer window opening on July 1, manager Paul Cook said he would like to strengthen the squad by “adding a player or two”. He said he has identified a few players. “It’s just down to having the finances to bring them in.” But Michael Toolan said the club will have to be guided by financial considerations. “The problem we have is that the finances are tight at this time. We want to try to push on and help Paul Cook as much as we can but we have to watch the financial side of things as well.”

CHEERING THEIR HEROES: Sligo Rovers fans in full voice at The Showgrounds last Friday.

Defensive rock is staying pragmatic Peers isn’t getting carried away after victory IT MIGHT have been Paul Cook talking. The Bit O’Red manager consistently reminds fans and the media that the Premier Division table doesn’t lie and that a team should only be judged after all results have been tallied. One swallow doesn’t a summer make and, ergo, Sligo Rovers’ defeat of Shamrock Rovers, albeit a first win over the Dubliners this season after four reversals (two in the Premier Division and twice in the Setanta Sports Cup) shouldn’t define the season either. One of the goalscorers in Friday night’s superb 2-1 win at The Showgrounds, resolute defender Gavin Peers, echoed Cook’s mantra. “We have to take it one game at a time – it is still only three points. It [the title race] is very tight still and every year we seem to go on a little run [of results] around this time and, hopefully, we can continue that.” He agreed, however, that it was the outcome was worthy of the performance. “It was about time [we beat them]! It was a good result, everybody worked hard. It was a great team performance, everyone was up for it.” “I don’t think you could fault anybody and when we are playing like that I think we are the best team in the country.” He recalled his 39th minute goal – a header from Joseph Ndo’s corner. “I gave him [Jason McGuinness] a little shout because he was there as well but I saw the ball coming onto my head and I knew I was free. It just came to me and it was a simple header, really. There was nobody near me.”

DELIGHTED: Gavin Peers, right, shows his joy after scoring in the first-half against Shamrock Rovers last Friday night. Pictures by Sean Carleton

GOALSCORER: Eoin Doyle finds the target against Shamrock Rovers – his 14th goal this year.

A result that was savoured Cretaro says win will boost team’s confidence


REPAIR WORK: Fixing the net in the Shams’ goal after Sligo Rovers scored their second of the game at The Showgrounds. “It was a good time to score and everyone came out up for again in the second-half.” This was Sligo Rovers’ fourth successive clean sheet in the Premier Division – keeping the Shams attack subdued followed similar shut-outs against Derry City, UCD and Bohemians. Peers and fellow centre-back, Jason McGuinness, have been in top form, while Aaron Greene has been a solid replacement for injured full-back Iarfhlaith Davoren. Goalkeeper Brendan Clarke, too, has excelled – witness his fine 83rd minute stop to deny Gary McCabe. “I think they had four or five upfront at one stage – it was hard to defend. We broke at the end to score again and Eoin [Doyle] finished well,” Peers added.

LIGO Rovers celebrated like it was 2010 at the Aviva Stadium – the last time the club overcame arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers. That was the FAI Ford Cup final, this was the Airtricity League Premier Division and the defending champions, who came to Sligo are the top flight’s leaders, were overpowered by a mixture of graft and grace at The Showgrounds. If the fans loved it, so did the players. “You could tell by how we celebrated when Eoin Doyle scored, it [the result] meant a lot. We knew what was at stake,” said Tubbercurry’s Rafael Cretaro, who was speaking to Darragh Cox on Ocean FM. Goals from Gavin Peers and Eoin Doyle (the latter has bagged 14 in all competitions and 12 in the Premier Division) handed Sligo Rovers, who were in action against Shelbourne last night [Monday] in the EA SPORTS Cup quarter-final, their 11th win in 20 Premier Division games. “I was delighted with how we all played and how we reacted from the first whistle – we didn’t give them a second on the ball.” “If we lost there would have been an eight-points gap, we would have been leaving ourselves with an awful lot to do.” “But, in saying that, with the squad we have we are capable of going on a run, even unbeaten, until the end of the season.” “Winning gives us confidence – we have some games coming up that we would like to do well in.” Friday’s result, added to St Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 defeat of Bray Wanderers, sees Shams knocked off the top. Sligo Rovers, in third place, are presently four points adrift of the new leaders and two points behind Michael O’Neill’s Shamrock Rovers. Cretaro is chuffed with his return to form but says the bigger picture is progress for the team. “I feel I’m starting to get back to my old self again and I was hoping this form would come, sooner rather than later!” “But it is not about me or my form, it is about the team getting results. Hopefully if I’m part of that

then all the better.” He thanked the supporters for turning out in decent numbers – the attendance exceeded 1700 – despite the game being televised the unseasonal weather. “Having a big crowd there is like a 12th man on the pitch – it gives the players a little bit of a lift to hear the fans. They were terrific last Friday.” He maintained that Sligo Rovers’ form this season was due to players willing to roll up their sleeves, whatever the role demanded of them by manager Paul Cook and assistant Gerry Carr. Cretaro cited the examples of Aaron Greene – a winger-turned-defender – and Eoin Doyle, the side’s top scorer who is also happy to patrol the flanks.

Chairman thanks loyal sponsors AHEAD of the launch today [Tuesday] of Sligo Rovers’ jersey for their participation in the UEFA Europa League and the announcement of the club’s continued partnership with three local firms, chairman Michael Toolan has thanked main sponsors Toher’s The Chemist (part of the McSweeney Group), JAKO Teamsport and Ballast Signs. “This is a very exciting time for the club as we prepare for the Europa League so we’re delighted to be able to share this with our partners Toher’s the Chemist, JAKO and Ballast Signs,” Toolan told “Their support of the club for the past years has been fundamental to the success that we are currently enjoying.” “In these difficult economic times we are very fortunate as a club to have such loyal partners that continue to back the club through good and bad,” he stressed.


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Sport SOCCER: Airtricity League Premier Division Airtricity League Premier Division Sligo Rovers 2 Shamrock Rovers 0 Robert Cullen The Showgrounds


ITH the clock ticking down past 90 minutes Shamrock Rovers were hoping that another injury-time goal would be their salvation, as it had been the previous weekend against Dundalk. Instead, the injury-time strike from Eoin Doyle put an exclamation point on a fantastic win for Sligo Rovers, who bullied the Airtricity League champions for most of the 90 minutes and rarely looked in danger of losing their first-half lead, given to them by Gavin Peers’ header and some poor Shams defending. Michael O’Neill had made four changes from the side who drew 2-2 with Dundalk, the most notable being relegating leading scorer Gary Twigg to the bench. However, Paul Cook set up his stall with a distinct attacking mindset. Behind lone striker Matthew Blinkhorn, Cook deployed a five-man midfield with Eoin Doyle, Rafael Cretaro, Alan Kirby, skipper Richie Ryan and playmaker Joseph Ndo. Shams did well to stem this attack in the opening half-hour, restricting Sligo to some half chances, none of which troubled goalkeeper Alan Mannus. At the other end Sligo’s back line, with makeshift full-back Aaron Greene standing in for the injured Iarflaith Davoren, were weathering the storm, although Billy Dennehy should have at least had his shot on target when he broke clear of Gavin Peers in the 10th minute. Conor McCormack was the first player to enter referee Anthony Buttimer’s notebook in the 17th minute and he was followed a minute later by his Shams team-mate Gary McCabe. More headaches for O’Neill followed when Chris Turner limped off in the 19th minute, to be replaced by Ronan Finn, but his side looked to have the measure of their opponents, with Sligo struggling to create clear scoring chances. That all changed in the 39th minute when a corner kick from Joseph Ndo was met unopposed by Gavin Peers, the defender rising to head the ball low beyond Mannus for the opener. A half-time lecture from O’Neill looked to have done little to improve the visitors’ standing in the second-half. Two early corner kicks back-to-back was as near as Shams got to an equaliser. Rafael Cretaro was the first Sligo player booked after the referee ruled his claims for a penalty as ‘simulation’, much to the annoyance of the Sligo fans and the player himself. Sligo came close to a second in the 58th minute when Aaron Greene’s cross-cum-shot hit the top of the crossbar. O’Neill’s response was the introduction of strikers Gary Twigg and Ciaran Kilduff and a switch to a 4-4-2 formation to try to get his side back into this game. The travelling Shams support were incensed in the 70th minute when Kilduff was upended in the penalty area by Peers, but the referee waved away the substitute’s protests. Rafael Cretaro was afforded a standing ovation as he made way for John Dillon with 17 minutes remaining and the substitute had to wait just eight minutes for his first shot on target. The chance arose after Mannus and his defender Craig Sives got in each other’s way dealing with a deep Blinkhorn cross, the ball fell to Kirby who laid it off for Dillon, but the winger’s strike was deflected wide for a corner. Gary McCabe, a star of Sligo’s double cup-winning side last season, almost found that precious equaliser for his current team with a free-kick in the 83rd minute. His strike from 20 yards out rounded the wall and forced Brendan Clarke to punch the ball to safety. Sligo’s leading scorer Eoin Doyle had two chances in quick succession moments later, but put both just over Mannus’ crossbar as Shams left themselves exposed at the back. With the clock ticking down, tensions around The Showgrounds were high for both sets of supporters. When the ball dropped kindly for Kilduff inside the area in the 87th minute everyone held

Rovers take a leap after superb win

Stalemate at the Brandywell as rivals draw SLIGO Rovers took a point from last Tuesday’s visit to Brandywell Stadium as this north-west derby could have gone either way but ended 0-0. The home side were the dominant force in the first-half and their striker, Eamon Zayed, had a hat-trick of opportunities but converted none of these. The visitors, meanwhile, got a strong foothold in the second period and recalled striker Matthew Blinkhorn, who would again lead the line with purpose three days later against Shamrock Rovers, had a couple of chances to net. Blinkhorn lashed a 49th minute shot into the side-netting - from Richie Ryan’s pass - and he headed over three minutes later after being found by substitute Joseph Ndo’s free-kick. The Bit O’Red continued to fashion the best of the second-half chances with Eoin Doyle, Joseph Ndo and Alan Kirby all going close. SLIGO ROVERS (v Derry City): Brendan Clarke, Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Jason McGuinness, Aaron Greene, Eoin Doyle, Richie Ryan, John Russell (Joseph Ndo 52), Danny Ventre (Alan Kirby 64), Rafael Cretaro, Matthew Blinkhorn (Daryl Horgan 87)

SOCCERSStats Results Game played on Tuesday, June 21 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION BRANDYWELL STADIUM: Derry City (0) 0, Sligo Rovers (0) 0 Game played on Friday, June 24 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (1) 2 (Gavin Peers, Eoin Doyle), Shamrock Rovers (0) 0 Game played on Monday, June 27 EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER-FINAL TOLKA PARK: Shelbourne L Sligo Rovers L

Fixtures HE CAN FLY: Gavin Peers celebrates his goal against Shamrock Rovers last Friday.

Sligo Rovers put themselves firmly in the title race after a deserved home defeat of Shams their breath, but Gavin Peers blocked the striker’s shot and the ball was eventually scrabbled away. The first minute of injury-time brought a decisive second for Sligo. After subduing a Shams attack, John Dillon looked up and spotted the run of Eoin Doyle. His neat chip over the Shams back line was picked up by Doyle who rounded the goalkeeper to slide the ball into an empty net. Some injury-time repairs to the visitors’ net allowed the significance of this win to sink in for the Sligo fans and not even a late, late booking for Matthew Blinkhorn could sour a vintage victory in The Showgrounds.

BestfforRovers GAVIN PEERS The RTE pundits may have chosen Joseph Ndo, but the midfielder’s team-mate, Gavin Peers, put in an almost flawless performance at centre-back alongside Jason McGuinness, defending resolutely and keeping both Gary O’Neill and Gary Twigg quiet. His well-taken goal was the proverbial icing on the cake. Sligo Rovers: Brendan Clarke, Alan Keane, Aaron Greene, Gavin Peers, Jason McGuinness, Joseph Ndo, Matthew Blinkhorn, Richie Ryan, Alan Kirby (John Russell 86), Eoin Doyle, Rafael Cretaro (John Dillon 73) Subs not used: Derek Foran, Danny Ventre, Daryl Horgan, Mark McGoldrick, Ciaran Kelly Yellow cards: Rafael Cretaro, 53; Alan Keane, 60; Matthew Blinkhorn, 90+6 Red cards: None Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus, Pat Sullivan, Enda Stevens (Gary Twigg 61), Craig Sives, Ken Oman, Gary McCabe, Conor McCormack, Stephen Rice, Billy Dennehy, Chris Turner (Chris Turner 19), Gary O’Neill (Ciaran Kilduff 68) Subs not used: Dan Murray, Stephen O’Donnell, Dean Kelly, Ryan Thompson Yellow cards: Red cards: None Booked: Conor McCormack, 17; Gary McCabe, 18; Billy Dennehy, 30 Attendance: 1,755 Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork)

Friday, July 1 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Bray Wanderers v Sligo Rovers (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm) Saturday, July 9 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Sligo Rovers v Drogheda United (The Showgrounds, 7.45pm)

SLIGO ROVERS – SCORERS 2012 Eoin Doyle Alan Kirby John Dillon Rafael Cretaro Daryl Horgan Joseph Ndo John Russell Jason McGuinness Gavin Peers Aaron Greene

PD EL LC SSC FAIC Total 14 12 0 1 1 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

KEY: PD (Airtricity League Premier Division), EL (UEFA Europa League), LC (EA SPORTS Cup/League Cup), SSC (Setanta Sports Cup), FAIC (FAI Ford Cup)

AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION St Patrick’s Athletic Shamrock Rovers Sligo Rovers Derry City Bohemians Bray Wanderers Dundalk UCD Drogheda United Galway United

P 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 20 20 20

W 12 11 11 9 9 9 8 4 3 1

D L F A 5 3 35 18 6 3 34 12 4 5 29 10 8 3 38 15 5 6 18 14 4 6 22 18 5 6 30 22 3 13 17 44 2 15 14 39 2 17 9 54

Pts 41 39 37 35 32 31 29 15 11 5

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