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Solicitor says he will fight web claims By Gerry McLaughlin


SLIGO solicitor has brought a defamation action to the High Court over comments posted about him on a public comment website Damien Tansey, a partner in the firm Callan Tansey Solicitors, Wine Street is suing John Gill, Drumline, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare and Ans Vogelaar, Boeha, Liscarney, Westport, Co. Mayo in their alleged capacity as operators of the website. He is also suing Dotster Inc, a US-based firm, over allegedly providing internet services to the other defendants, including hosting the website. In an affidavit, Mr Tansey said the website, which is widely read among legal consumers, had published material false and defamatory of him since

July 2007. Mr Tansey said the comments had accused him of committing criminal acts, engaging in dishonest appropriation of client’s property, lying to clients, engaging in corrupt conduct, in unprofessional conduct and failing to act in accordance with the highest standards. Consequently, his character, reputation and business had been “greatly injured” resulting in him suffering embarrassment, loss and damage, he said. Mr Tansey’s senior counsel Richard Humphreys said he understood Mr Gill would defend the proceedings. Counsel was granted an extension of time by Justice Michael Peart to bring the case against the defendants over alleged defamatory statements posted between January and July 2010. The counsel said the

action would have been brought sooner but it had taken some time and the work of experts to establish the names and identities of the appropriate parties to sue. The defendants had taken considerable steps, including High Court orders to hide the identity of those responsible for the website, the court heard. Now that proceedings were formally issued, it was hoped that would bring “things to their senses”. Mr Gill neither consented to nor opposed the application for an extension of time for the bringing of the proceedings. In response to Mr Justice Peart he said he that he had “very little” to say and the only thing he was interested in was “the truth”. Since he had returned from Canada, his livelihood had been “ruined” by “these people”.

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Back home with cup

TEAM HERMES: Pictured with their Microsoft Imagine Cup are (l-r) Matthew Padden, Aine Conaghan, James Mc Namara and Calum Cawley at Dublin Airport. Pic by Maxwells Dublin. THE FOUR students who captured the imagination of computer giant Microsoft arrived back in Ireland on Sunday and were given a civic reception in the Town Hall yesterday afternoon. Mayor Rosaleen O'Grady welcomed Team Hermes Donegal woman Aine Conaghan, Roscommon man James McNamara, Mayo's Matthew Padden and Calum Cawley from Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo - to the Town Hall yesterday at 3pm.

The students had won the Microsoft Imagine Cup, beating out 350,000 entries from around the world, in New York last week. "Team Hermes' success is a testament to the enterprise and ingenuity of the team members," said the Mayor. "It also reflects great credit on the management and staff of IT Sligo, whose proven commitment to the highest standards in information technology and innovation is now very publicly

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acknowledged." The winning project designed by the students includes a device that plugs into a car and monitors dangerous driving behaviour and road conditions, providing instant feedback to both the driver and the car owner. With its victory, the team won $25,000 (US) and the opportunity to benefit from further Microsoft funding and support.


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News Garda crash By Gerry McLaughlin A GARDA was taken to hospital after a garda car was involved in a three car road traffic accident at the weekend. The garda was an observer in a patrol car at the time of the collision. The Garda Ombudsman has confirmed they are investigating an incident in which a garda patrol car was involved in a collision with two other vehicles. The accident happened outside Centra Supermarket Maugheraboy on Friday evening around 8pm and two other vehicles were involved. A spokesman for the Ombudsman yesterday said there were no serious injuries. “We did receive a referral under 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 last Friday in relation to incident in Sligo involving a garda car. “It was a road traffic incident and to our knowledge there were no life threatening injuries.”

Glencar viewing area A NEW viewing area, offering panoramic views of Glencar lake and surrounding area, is to be developed above Glencar waterfall. The development of this and other facilities at the famous natural beauty site at a cost of €300,000 was announced by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring when he visited the waterfall last Friday. The work will be a joint venture between Failte Ireland and Leitrim County Council.

Seven Presidential hopefuls make their pitch to Sligo council S

even people with designs on becoming an independent candidate for the Presidential election made their pitch to Sligo County Council yesterday, Monday. They were making a case to the councillors in the hope of getting a nomination from the council to allow them to stand as an independent candidate in the election due to be held at the end of October. Candidates need to be nominated by 20 members of the Oireachtas or by four local authorities. Sligo County Council decided to hear from all those who had approached them for a nomination on the same day. Each potential candidate was given 10 minutes to make their case followed by some questions from councillors. Among those who addressed the council was Senator David Norris, who has been leading the way in national opinion polls, but who has so far failed to get a nomination from any local authority. The councillors were also addressed by Cavan man Sean Gallagher, of TV’s Dragon’s Den fame, and Special Olympics Ireland chief executive Mary Davis from Mayo, who have both already got promises of support from several county councils. Also there were Sligo men Gary Smylie and David Smith, Dermot Mulqueen from Clare and Richard McSweeney, a native of

ABOVE: Senator David Norris addresses the County Council meeting yesterday, Monday. RIGHT: Gary Smylie was one of two Sligo candidates looking for the support of the County Council.

Manager and traders at odds on O’Connell Street SLIGO County Manager Hubert Kearns and traders on O’Connell Street are at odds as to what should happen in relation to the pedestrianisation of Sligo’s principal street. In advance of a meeting of Sligo Borough Council last night (Monday) in which a decision was to be made on pedestrianisation, a submission was received from the O’Connell Street Association, arguing that a single lane of traffic with improvements to the footpaths, signage and street enhancement would be the best approach to pedestrianisation at this time. They contended that full pedestrianisation would cause a loss of employment due to a negative impact on trade. However, in a report to councillors the County Manager said that a single lane of traffic would not constitute “pedestrianisation” and he said that “no empirical data has been submitted” to substantiate a claim that full pedestrianisation would have a negative impact on trade.

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Cork living in Waterford. The council did not make any decision on nominating anybody yesterday. That decision will only be made in September.


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€23m water scheme moves a step closer A

new regional water scheme which will improve the water supply to a large area of south Sligo, including Tubbercurry and Ballymote, has moved a step closer. The new Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme will cost in the region of €7.83 million for the initial phase and over €15 million for subsequent phases. John Perry, Minister for Small Business, announced last Thursday that the government has given approval to Sligo County Council’s Preliminary Report for the

scheme which would allow the council to prepare contract documents on which tenders would be invited for the scheme. The Minister said: ‘’The scheme will involve the construction of a new water treatment plant and storage works and will address urgent public health needs. “Additional storage is to be provided at the existing main reservoir at Castleoye, near Tubbercurry. “The Council will also undertake detailed planning for a future phase of the scheme which

will involve distribution network Improvements and proposes mostly mains and storage reinforcement and will facilitate water conservation.’. Welcoming the announcement, the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Michael Fleming said that they had been lobbying for progress on this scheme for the past 10 years or so and it was good news that the scheme was now going to proceed. Councillor Fleming said that this scheme would improve the stan-

Manorhamilton Show lives up to its billing with crowd

ONE OF the big events of the year in North Leitrim, the annual Manorhamilton Show, lived up to its billing when it drew a large crowd last Saturday. This, the 11th show 11th show, since its revival in 2000, was blessed with good

weather. Which also helped to swell the attendance. There were increased entries in the cattle, horse, pony and sheep Classes, which proved the main attraction in the morning, along with the wide variety of

entries in the Home Industries competitions. But there was much to entertain the large crowd in the afternoon programme, with the pet show and the tug-owar proving particularly popular with the crowds.

dard of water at source, the pipe network and the storage facilities near Tubbercurry. “This will mean a better water supply for Tubbercurry and down to Ballymote and other areas where there have been problems.” Minister Perry said this contract was included in the government’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a contract to commence construction in that period with the later phase of the scheme included in the Programme as a scheme at planning.

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Preview 7.00pm with Richard Haslam Saturday: 10.30am – 9.00pm Sunday: 1.00pm – 9.00pm Monday: 10.30am – 5.00pm

Groups Welcome Admission: Free Phone 071 9142346 E-mail: Proceeds in aid of ‘Sligo Methodist Renovation Fund’ Donations gratefully received.


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News Corruption, lies, forgeries... but on which side By Gerry McLaughlin PAMELA Izevbekhai may be back in Nigeria and guilty in the eyes of many. But former Sunday Tribune journalist Diarmuid Doyle has raised some questions about the credibility of Dr Joseph Unokanjo, the man who told the authorities that Ms Izevbekhai did not have a baby called Elizabeth in 1994. Writing shortly after the forgery revelations in 2009, Diarmuid Doyle said; "We should treat Dr Unokanjo with scepticism until his claims, his credibility and his hunger for hard cash are examined and investigated. "But nobody has yet come close to undermining her core argument that her daughters would be in danger if they were forced to make such a journey." The journalist pointed out that Nigeria was ranked as the 81st most corrupt country out of 85 surveyed by Transparency International in 1998. "In 2003, one hundred and forty six countries were surveyed; Nigeria was in 144th position. It was run on kickbacks and bribes; no sector of society was immune." He added "We should treat Dr Unokanjo with as much scepticism as we do Izevbekhai and her forged documents until his claims, his credibility and his hunger for hard cash are examined and investigated. Nobody is coming out of this story well.”

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One last plea falls on deaf ears By Gerry McLaughlin


N APPEAL against the deporatation of Pamela Izevbekhai came to the garda National Immigration Bureau in Dublin on the day after the Nigerian was sent home last week. It is believed the appeal would have delayed her deportation if it had arrived on time. It is understood the mother-of-two offered to leave the State voluntarily when she lost her final appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

recently. This was allegedly on condition that the media would not be allowed to photograph her departure. She then decided to submit a final appeal by post. It asked that she be allowed to stay in Ireland on the grounds that she would be harmed if repatriated to Nigeria. Ms Izevebekhai made contact with some supporters shortly after her arrival in Lagos. It is believed she was questioned by the Niger-

ian Immigration Service and is now re-united with her husband Tony, a Nigerian businessman. Pamela Izevbekhai and her two daughters Naomi and Jemima were deported on foot of an order signed in November 2005 by the then minister for justice Michael McDowell. This brought to an end a six year battle for naturalization and several court appearances which cost the State €1m. Reaction to the deportation of the Sligo-based family has been muted with both the mayor of Sligo Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady and local Fine Gael TD John Perry refusing to comment. Shane Donnelly, a friend of the family and a founder member of the ‘Let Them Stay’ group,

which had lobbied on behalf of the family, said: “I just hope that she is safe and that the girls are safe back in Nigeria” Ms Izevbekhai's sixyear battle, which involved more than 20 High Court appearances and an appeal to the Supreme Court, ended last month when the European Court of Human Rights found that her rights had not been violated. She had consistently maintained that she feared her two daughters would be subjected to genital mutilation if they were sent back to Nigeria. However, her case suffered a major setback in March 2009 when it emerged that documents she used in her legal battle had been forged. Ms

Izevbekhai recently received a letter from the authorities telling her she would be deported if she had not left the country by July 18th. Among those who had publicly supported Ms Izevbekhai's campaign were Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, who in December 2008 had, as his party's spokesman on children, appealed to the then minister Dermot Ahern to apply “basic humanitarian principles”, and allow the family to stay in Ireland given that another daughter had died after being subjected to mutilation. In recent days the Minister expressed disap-

pointment, saying it was clear from court proceedings that she had “substantially misled many of those people who publicly expressed concern about her alleged circumstances”. The campaign lost momentum in 2009 when it emerged that documents relating to Ms Izevbekhai's claim that her first-born daughter, Elizabeth, had died aged 17 months as a result of female genital mutilation, were forgeries. Her legal team withdrew and public support waned. Ms Izevbekhai said at the time she was unaware that her husband

Tony had forged the documents because he could not access the genuine papers, and she has continued to insist she did have a daughter who died from blood loss as a result of such mutilation. Subsequent documents were also found to be forged. Meanwhile her supporters asked why it had been necessary to “pluck two small children from their beds in the middle of the night”. Another supporter said Ms Izevbekhai had been expecting to be deported. “She just got tired of being pursued by the Irish State.”

Nigerian Embassy say case is closed

SMILES: Pamela with her daughters Naomi and Jemima in happier times in Sligo.

A SPOKESMAN from the Nigerian Embassy in Dublin said emphatically that the Pamela Izevbekhai case was now firmly closed. When contacted by this newspaper he said; “She came to a country where she wanted to be, but it was illegal for her to be here. “So she was sent back to original country Nigeria and she has arrived. “That is the end of the case. It is now closed. Let us forget about it. Full stop. “ Don’t ask us to give any further pursuit or seek other information. “Let it be clear, I don’t want any further pursuit or queetion on this matter. It is closed, full stop”.

CIVIC: Pamela was given a civic reception by then Mayor Veronica Cawley in 2008.


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ost Travellers remember first becoming aware of discrimination when they started school, according to new research conducted at IT Sligo. A study of 30 teenage and adult travellers in Co Sligo found that all of them experienced some form of discrimination while at school. Some recalled being forced to play in a separate playground to settled children while other common forms of discrimination included being called names such as ‘knacker’ and being accused of stealing and of being dirty and smelly. Many said they had to endure the humiliation of having their school bags searched after wrongly being accused of stealing. The research, carried out in IT Sligo’s School of Business and Humanities, examined Travellers’ experience of, and attitude towards, education from 1970 to the present day. Many of the participants said that they did have enjoyable experiences at primary school, but older participants in particular, recalled having to endure various forms of discrimination and unfair treatment. As well as having to play in a separate playground at the back of the school they had to pick up litter in the play area reserved for the settled community. Having to clean up the classroom, being put at the back of the class and given colouring to do while other children were doing “proper work” was also recalled. They said that all Travellers, regardless of their age and ability, tended to be kept together in one class, which resulted in some be-

ing bored as they could not advance until everyone was ready to move on. Tamsin Cavaliero, a lecturer on the BA in Early Childhood Care and Education course at IT Sligo, who carried out the research, interviewed 15 Travellers in the 15 to 22 years age group and 15 aged from 25 to 46. Twenty two of the participants were female and eight were male, reflecting a view within the travelling community that education is “women’s business". “Lack of recognition of Traveller culture and history in schools was an issue for many participants,” said Cavaliero. But she pointed out that a small number said they had felt isolated and humiliated when teachers tried to highlight their culture in the classroom in a manner which they felt was insensitive. Ms Cavaliero found that the transition to second level was “fraught with anxiety and conflict” for many Travellers. Many parents expressed frustration with the refusal of schools to hold their children back when they were not ready. Parents’ concerns about the transition were attributed to a number of factors including a cultural tradition of chaperoning young Traveller women and fears about the encroaching influences of the settled community. “The research highlighted a lack of engagement between schools and parents, many of whom felt unable to provide the level of support expected by schools,” explained the lecturer. The study showed that Traveller

families are traditionally larger with some families having up to 11 children attending school at the same time, often in different towns or parts of the county, making it difficult to keep appointments with teachers at short notice. Many parents spoke of the prohibitive costs of providing uniforms and books for large families and felt they were perceived as being unsupportive if they did not have all the necessary equipment at the start of the school year. “Many of them are reluctant to engage with schools because they lack confidence due to their own negative experience in the education system” said Cavaliero. Some participants said they often cannot understand what the teachers’ were saying, but they agree with the teachers for fear of seeming ignorant. Many participants who had spent time in the UK said that when at school there, they were regarded as “Paddies” rather than Travellers and this made life easier. Ironically in Britain they tended to live in caravans while they lived in houses in Sligo, where they were labelled as “Travellers” when in school. The study showed that young Travellers were frequently sent home from school for “messing”, but there was a significant gap between what schools regard as behavioural issues and what Travellers themselves see as bad behaviour. Young Traveller women reported frequent clashes with the school authorities over the wearing of uniforms, make up, fake tan and jewellery.

Bikers honour Noel with charity Scotland road trip A GROUP of bikers from the North West left home on Sunday last for a six-day fundraising run to Scotland in honour of biker Noel Dwyer, who was fatally injured in a crash on Saturday, July 2. Father-of-three Noel, from Kiltytigue, Culfadda died when his bike struck a pole at Stonepark, Ballymote. He had raised thousands of euro for various charities through charity bike runs and other events. The "Whole Way Round" charity run has been running for a number of years and Noel was a founding member. The bikers left from Noel's family home in Culfadda on Sunday morning, July 24 after the bikes

Riders from the "Whole Way Round", some sporting Mohawks, get ready to leave from Noel Dwyer's house in Culfadda. Picture by Peter McPartland. involved were blessed by local priest Fr. Jim

Finan. Noel's wife Jane along

with their children Chloe, Scott and Jason were there to wish the riders well and as a mark of respect to Noel's memory, some of the riders sported Noel's signature wildcoloured Mohawk hairstyle. The riders also wore a t-shirt with Noel's face on the front and the back of his head on the back. Each bike also has a large sticker on the fairing wind-shield with his face and nickname, 'The Wedge', along with a cuddly toy. One bike had his picture painted onto the tank. The riders will travel around Scotland to raise funds for Barretstown Camp in Co. Kildare. They return on Saturday, July 30.

Sean Foy cup returns West A CUP named in honour of a keen fisherman in West Sligo will return to that part of the county this Sunday, July 31, as the first annual Aughris Inter-Pub Fishing Competition takes place. The Sean Foy Memorial Cup was contested in fishing competitions in West Sligo since the 1980s but when the local fishing club disbanded it was relocated to Mullaghmore. However, the cup had not been contested for a number of years until a fishing competition was organised for Aughris to raise funds for local boy Adam Kennedy. Adam, a dwarf, suffers from a learning delay and a trust was set up last year to raise funds for his ongoing medical and educational needs. Now this deep-sea fishing competition will revive the Sean Foy Cup and looks set to become an annual event. The competition starts at around 10.30am on Sunday morning from the Pier at Aughris. The boats will depart at 11am and continue fishing until 5pm (rods up) before returning to the Beach Bar in Aughris for the presentation of prizes from 6pm. For those on shore, a fun day of activities is planned from 2pm onward. There will be face painting and a barbecue on the day and the main attraction will be a donkey derby on the strand at Aughris. All events will take place in or near the Beach Bar, which will also play host to a trad music session during the afternoon (trad musicians welcome). Later that night The Curley Bobs will be playing in The Beach Bar. Several skippers from Sligo Bay have signed up for the fishing competition, but demand for places on board has already outstripped supply so if you have a boat and you would like to participate contact either Joe Kilgannon (087-6620116) or Trevor Goulding (0861720738). If you are an angler wanting to take part, contact the same. More details on all the fundraising activities for the Adam Kennedy Trust, as well as news on how Adam himself is progressing are available on mkennedytrust

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Aer Arann Final Departure As Aer Arann ended its service to Sligo on Thursday, Brian McHugh looks back at the airport’s history and forward to its future. He also reports on the final flight.

Turbulent history of Sligo airport A

s the last Aer Arann plane took off from Strandhill on Thursday evening, it left behind many nostalgic memories for this writer. My earliest recollection of a Dublin bound plane taking off from Sligo was in September 1983, just before the Sligo Weekender started publication. It was a tiny Avair Beach King aircraft which my late uncle and his wife boarded to connect with their US bound flight to their New York home after a holiday to their native Irish shores. It was a stormy wet afternoon and as the small plane battled into the gales, I wondered if the elderly couple and the few other passengers would make it to Dublin. But it did. And the Avair Sligo / Dublin service continued until the airline went out of business in February 1984. The next operator on the route was Iona Airways which took to the Sligo skies in 1987. This is the only airline whose presence in Sligo failed to leave any lasting memories on my failing hardrive in my brain. Iona had a short stay in Sligo. In 1988 the airport got a big break with the arrival of the shamrock bearing national airline Aer Lingus - on the Sligo Dublin route. There was much excitement and enthusiasm as a large crowd awaited the arrival of the first flight on a sunny afternoon. Running a bit late, the Shorts 360 aircraft landed and taxied up to the then small terminal building to loud applause. A large party of guests and reporters attended the launch in the airport building. But the best was yet to come. In 1990 Aer Lingus increased its service to three flights daily and upgraded their commuter planes to larger and more comfortable Fokker 50s. And in a major development, Ryanair launched the first direct flights from Sligo to Britain. I remember the personal pride of when the Sligo Weekender was first to reveal in a front page story on January 12, 1990, that Ryanair would start the service in April of that year. Again, there was great excitement at the airport when the first Ryanair plane landed at Strandhill on schedule in April as we had reported. The arrival of the ATR42 flight, which first picked-up passengers at Donegal airport and then flew direct to Luton, brought a new dimension to Sligo airport. It brought London and Sligo much closer. I recall being at the airport on the first Sunday after the start of the new service. A couple of

By Brian McHugh

dozen onlookers peered through the railings of the airport gates admiring a Ryanair plane taxiing close to an Aer Lingus one that had come in shortly beforehand. These were the glory days of the airport in 1990 more than 50,000 passengers passed through its gates. There was a funny incident as I and a group of other reporters attended a press conference at Sligo airport for the launch of the Ryanair service. Cathal Ryan of the Ryan family, who owned the airline, was speaking at the launch in the terminal building. A large Ryanair plane was parked outside waiting to take-off for London. Everything was going to plan until an Aer Lingus Fokker 50 landed and taxied up close to the terminal building. As its engines roared Mr. Ryan's words of optimism were drowned out by the noise of the plane from the rival airline. The good times for the airport were short lived. Soon the downward spiral started. Ryanair pulled out in 1991 and the worldwide drop in air travel after the Gulf War sent the airport into a nosedive. The next bad news was when Aer Lingus dropped a bombshell by cutting its service from three daily flights to one. The airport board then embarked on a long battle to have Sligo included in the Essential Air Services subsidy which later became known as the PSO scheme. Under the scheme airlines were subsidised to service regional airports. Eventually perseverance paid off and the board succeeded. The Sligo contract went to a newly formed carrier called Ireland Airways. But within days of the proposed launch, the airline pulled out as it was unable to acquire suitable aircraft. It was a case of going back to the drawing board and in the meantime Aer Lingus continued its reduced service on a short-term basis. Again after much toing and froing Aer Arann won the contract and arrived on the route in January 2000 using a ATR42 plane. Again there was the customary launch, where the then Aer Arann owner Padraig O'Ceidigh was on hand to tell us of the bright future for the service. This arrangement continued until 2002 when the Department of Transport awarded the Sligo contract to a little known airline, Euroceltic. Another airline, another launch. This time the Euroceltic owner Noel Hanley arrived from his Waterford base in his privately owned small plane to do the honours, ahead of the start of the service to Dublin. Again, he spoke to us optimistically about what his airline could do for Sligo.

On July 22, the Euroceltic flight took to the skies over Strandhill. However, its association with Sligo was of short duration. Euroceltic came to an abrupt end after one of its planes ended up with its nose in the sea after overshooting the runway on landing after 5pm on a dark stormy Saturday evening of November 2, 2002. This writer was the first media person on the scene. On my arrival the 40 passengers had escaped from the Fokker 27 via a ladder which airport staff had put up to the back door of the plane. Fortunately, nobody on the plane was injured. I interviewed the still shocked passengers in the terminal building and took pictures with a disposable camera until our photographer arrived. Among the passengers I spoke to were Christy Dignam of the band Aslan and Sligo musician James Blennerhassett. Before heading for home, I tried to make my way nearer to the plane for a closer look - trying not to be seen by airport staff or gardai. I didn't get very far

FINAL COMING: The Aer Arann plane on its approach to Sligo Airp


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Aer Arann Final Departure Long-time user of the Sligo-Dublin service, local solicitor Barry Creed reflects on the end of an era and the damage it will do.

Grounding Sligo to Dublin flight a backward step

and decided to head back to my car. However, in the dark and driving rain I failed to notice that an open trench that had been dug for construction work. I ran into the water filled trench and broke a bone in my foot in the process. As a result. I spent six weeks on crutches with a cast on my leg. (Joe Corcoran don't worry, I'm not planning a claim at this stage) The other casualty was the airline itself which went out of business shortly afterwards. And the 'carcass' of the crashed plane still remains at the airport as a reminder of that unfortunate night. That event left Sligo without a scheduled air link with Dublin for the first time in 15 years, up until Aer Arann returned to the route on March 3. Aer Arann spread its wings further afield in spring of 2007 when it introduced a Sligo Manchester route. Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson performed the launch But this was a short-lived joy, when the airline decided not to reintroduce the flights after the winter

port for the final time.

Main picture: A section of the crowd who gathered to watch the last flight to Dublin on Thursday evening. Above: Stephanie Keegan hands Conor McGale of Ballintogher his boarding pass as he embarks on the first leg of his journey to Korea. Pictures by Ian Parke.

break - despite reasonable advance bookings. Aer Arann continued its service on the Dublin route up to Thursday evening last. A government decision to withdraw the PSO subsidy brought the series of airline launches, arrivals and departures to an end - hopefully only a temporary one. Finally, from personal experience, I want to highlight the service that Sligo airport provided on Dublin flights. I had the pleasure of experiencing the service a number of times. But more to the point, my wife Geraldine used it several times way back in the late 1980s and early 1990s along with our two special needs daughters who were very young then. The Dublin flight was the first leg of a trip to Budapest where the girls attended a clinic. At that time there was no direct flights from Ireland to Budapest, so they went via Dublin and Heathrow (or Amsterdam) and on to Budapest. The assistance and courtesy provided to them in difficult circumstances by Sligo airport staff could not be equalled at any airport. The words "how can I help" came from every member of staff right from their arrival at the airport car park. Airports like Heathrow and Amsterdam could learn a lot from their much smaller counterpart in Sligo in this regard.

FOR ME, no matter how often you travel, very few things can beat the excitement and anticipation of getting on an airplane. Sadly, last Friday week's journey from Dublin to Sligo was very different, as I knew that it was a flight I was unlikely to have the privilege of taking again for many years. Notwithstanding my hometown bias, there are few more beautiful journeys than the descent into Strandhill, with Sligo protected by the Atlantic on one side and Knocknarea on the other. Some will argue that a regional airport subsidised by Government in the form of the PSO was a luxury that we simply could no longer afford in these difficult economic times, and certainly, that is one school of thought. However, for a number of reasons I disagree and I think that for the future development of Sligo as an industrial hub and a prominent urban centre, this will prove to be a major retrograde step. Can people honestly say that the absence of an airlink will have no impact on the IDA’s already difficult task of trying to entice new industry to Sligo? Yes, the improvements in the road and rail network leave the journey from Sligo to Dublin unrecognisable from what it was a decade ago. In addition to that, the wonderful and user-friendly facilities in Knock International Airport are less than 50km away and capable of serving all travellers on the upper Western seaboard. However, the reality is, that when it comes to attracting jobs to Sligo, the principal

problem with Knock is its proximity to both Galway and indeed Castlebar. Galway is already an established destination of choice for many multi-nationals and Castlebar enjoys the benefit of being the hometown of the current Taoiseach. In this day and age, every job has to be fought for and the airport provided us with a competitive advantage. The very fact that you could fly into Sligo differentiated us from many towns of a comparable size. It brought visitors to the local hotels and restaurants, put passengers in taxis and boosted the coffers of the local economy. The standard of customer service provided by Joe Corcoran and his staff is something all businesses should aspire to. The welcome from Bernie Chambers was always warm and genuine. Those simple little touches provided many first time visitors with a wonderful impression of Sligo. As a community, we are faced with the

struggle of ensuring our town's survival and maintaining its status as the capital of the North West. We must do everything possible to protect the institutions such as the hospital and the Institute of Technology, together with the major industrial employers which provide the solid framework from which Sligo will once again grow and prosper. In the current environment, most businesses have to look beyond their own hinterland in order to survive and develop. We are all forced to work harder for less. County Dublin forms 1.3% of the landmass of this country but has over 28% of the population. The existence of the airport was an instrument that facilitated a more balanced regional development. Its loss is another blow to the future growth of Sligo as the major urban centre of the North West. I think Joni Mitchell said it best when she said “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.”

Solicitor Barry Creed was a frequent flier.


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Aer Arann Final Departure

Emotional take-off for final flight out of Sligo T

he departure of flight RE 218 from Strandhill on Thurday evening marked the beginning of a journey into the unknown for Sligo airport. A large crowd turned out to see the Aer Arann plane, registered EI-CPT, take to the skies on the final scheduled flight – for now anyway – to Dublin. Everywhere among the assembled ‘mourners’ there was talk of it being a sad day for Sligo. Among the passengers on the final flight was Mary Conlon, a native of Castlebaldwin, now living in Dublin. “Every time I came back to visit Sligo I have always used the airport to come to see my relatives in Rosses Point. It’s so sad to see it end” Brenda Crowley who works with CMD Training in Sligo said: “It’s a big loss, it will only take me 35 minutes to get to the airport this evening, it would take four hour by train and out to the airport.” Conor McGale of Ballintogher who travels from Sligo to work in Korea twice a month, always travels by Sligo airport. “I will have to make alternative arrangements now,” he said as he boarded the flight to Dublin on the first leg of his long journey. French men Yveas Dhom frequently visits Sligo on business trips. “I can get in and out the same day for business meetings, this will not be possible from now.” Chris Linck and his colleague Bill Kloud from Chicago were returning from a business trip to Abbott in Sligo. Chris said: “I like to fly because it is quicker, when I am under pressure for time. Now will have to look at train journeys or car rental for future business trips. “We didn’t realise we would be going back on the final flight until the taxi driver told us after we arrived a few days ago”. Among the longer serving staff to lose their jobs is Gerry Corcoran, brother of airport manager Joe. Gerry said he enjoyed his 25 years with the airport.“It’s sad to see the Dublin flight go. But hopefully in the not too distant future we will have it back again”. He said the job involved being rostered to be called out of bed in the middle of the night for organ donation flights – Gerry was called out for 27 such flights over

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25 years. He recalled one call out in particular: “It was Christmas Eve night and I was on standby. I got the call that there was a flight coming in to collect an organ. “We went in to open the airport and we were here until 7am on Christmas Day morning. But if someone got a new lease of life from it, then it was a good Christmas present. We were glad to be able to help in those situations”. Berni Chambers finished work on Friday after 16 years in a marketing role with the airport. “It was a great place to work”, she said. Previous to coming to Sligo she worked with Aer Lingus in Dublin, and later as a travel agent in Swinford. Among the celebrity passengers she recalls coming through the airport were former president Mary Robinson, Mother Teresa, actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Jack Duckworth, sports people including Alex Ferguson and Paul McGrath. Various politicians used the airport including former Taoisigh Garret Fitzgerald and Bertie Ahern. And of course local pop band Westlife were regular users. Connolly Street native and now Scardenmore resident had been with the airport for 15 years, Vinny Davey was a member of fire crew, but his role was much wider. “Here everyone works at everything, we all multi-task. It’s sad to see the Dublin flights go. There was a lot of work put into this airport, even long before I came.” Before the final passengers boarded, Berni Chambers took to the microphone to announce the final departure. Being a true professional she tried to hold back her emotions as she thanked everyone who supported the airport down the years. Her words were met with loud applause by the then packed terminal building. Soon it was all over. The engines of the Aer Arann ATR 42 plane revved, the plane taxied to the Northern end of the runway, turned around and took to the skies just after it passed the aiport building. The watching crowds waved and kept their eyes focused on the plane, appropriately named “Queen of Connacht”, ujntil it dissappeared into the clouds above Knocknarea.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: • Vinny Davey refills the plane for the final time. • Passenger Bill Kloud from Chicago. • Passenger Chris Linck from Chicago. • Berni Chambers is interviewed by Brian McHugh. • Frenchman Yveas Dhom boards the last flight. • Brenda Crowley from CMD Training Institute receives her boarding pass from Mary Howley.


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Aer Arann Final Departure

Ups and downs of Sligo airport January 1981 Decision taken set up airport at Strandhill. The main aim is to establish a direct air link between Sligo and Dublin. July 1981 Tarmac runway completed. 1983 Terminal building completed. Airport is officially opened. July 4, 1983 Avair starts first commercial service between Sligo and Dublin. Twice daily flights. 1985 Avair services cease. 1987 Iona Airways start Sligo Dublin service. 1988 Aer Lingus replace Iona on Sligo route. April 1990 Ryanair start Sligo to Luton flights.

1990 Aer Lingus increase service to three flights daily. 1990 Passengers number peak when 50,000 use airport. 1991 Ryanair cease Sligo flights. 1991 Aer Lingus cuts flights to one daily. 1994 Sligo airport included in Essential Air Services Programme – now known as the Public Service Obligation (PSO ) – for first time. 1997 Ireland Airways awarded contract to take over from Aer Lingus. But within days of start date, they pulled out, say they did nor have the appropriate planes. Aer Lingus continues the service. December 10, 1999 Aer Arann take over service from Aer Lingus.

July 22, 2002 Euroceltic airlines replace Aer Arann November 2, 2002 Euroceltic plane overshoots runway at Sligo airport and ends up with nose in ocean. January 2003. Euroceltic goes out of business, leaving Sligo temporarily without a service for first time in 15 years. March 3, 2003. Aer Arann again takes up Sligo service. Spring 2007 Aer Arann launch Sligo to Manchester flights 2008 Manchester flights cease. January 12, 2011 Government announces PSO subsidy will cease in July. July 21, 2011 Aer Arann flights to Dublin cease.

Manager says airport has to find a way to survive AIRPORT manager Joe Corcoran said he was greatly saddened that 11 employees lost their jobs at the airport with the ending of the scheduled flights to Dublin. Some of the redundancies took place immediately on the ending of the flights while others will be on a phased basis over the summer. However, 16 people will continue to be employed by the airport to service the airport’s other activities. Mr. Corcoran emphasised that the airport will remain open and will continue to handle the Irish Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter service, He also said that private charter and medical evacuation flights, together with pilot training and all other general aviation flights, will continue at the airport. Looking to the future he said: “We will be making every effort to see what additional business is out there. It’s difficult in this sort of economic environment, but we have been through difficult situations before.” He said it is now vital to maintain the facility as a public licensed airport. “All the facilities like air traffic control, the fire service, we have to maintain them to the highest standard while we wait for the economy to turn the corner. “In the meantime, we will continue to engage with the various bodies, like the Chamber of Commerce, the IDA, the tourism bodies, everyone who has an interest in the airport.” Mr. Corcoran emphasised that every airport is under pressure at the moment. “But we have maintained Sligo airport in a way that we don’t have any debts, that will stand to us. “From here on we will have a gap in funding that we have to make up, but so has every other airport. That has to be made up either by getting in some additional business or some form of

END OF ERA: Joe Corcoran pictured with his grandson. Friends and family turned out in large numbers to mark the end of scheduled Aer Arann flights into Sligo Airport. funding. He said the fact that the airport has the North West base for the Search and Rescue Coast Guard is vitally important for the area as coastal community.

“We will leave no stone unturned to maintain the services we have left and create more business for the airport,” he said.


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orth Sligo Credit Union is to be amalgamated with Sligo Credit Union, in what has been described as a “very positive move” for its 760 members. Members of both credit unions have recently been circulated with details of the move. The “transfer of engagements”, which is the legal process involved, is expected to be completed within the next two months. The North Sligo credit union was established in Grange in 1999 and has been run on a purely voluntary basis.

However, as Barry O’Flynn, manager of Sligo Credit Union, explained “the increasing regulatory and compliance demands have made it increasingly difficult for voluntary credit unions to increase the range of services that members have come to expect”. He said that the Board of North Sligo Credit Union had given tremendous voluntary service to their members and they would continue to assist their members as volunteers. “The decision by North Sligo Credit Union

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The Yeats United squad pictured at the prizegiving ceremony in San Marino. YEATS United Girls U-17 side – the first girls team to go on a European trip from the Sligo/Leitrim league - recently travelled to play in the San Marino Cup in Italy from July 411. The travelling group comprised 18 players, ranging in age from 13 to 17 years, and five coaches. A spokesperson for the club said that the whole experience was an unqualified success in every way. “The football was great, yes, but so was the overall social experience and over-andabove all, the absolute fun had by the team for the entire trip. The standard of soccer was extremely high.” Yeats were matched with two

American and two Italian teams in their group. But while they drew 1-1 with SOCA Academy from Virginia, they found the other teams and the gruelling weather conditions more difficult. They lost 4-0 to FC Fusion from Boston, 5-0 to Real Meda from near Milan and 7-2 to another Italian side AFC Alessandria. However, those two Italian teams went on to contest the Category Final. The club are grateful to sponsors Drumcliffe Tea House & Craftshop, Sligo Foot Clinic, Sligo Credit Union, Mullaney’s Supervalu in Grange, and the many others who contributed. Yeats Girls are very much a community based side with under

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Medals win ‘brought joy to every town and parish’

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News Vehicles to be banned from Kennedy Parade CARS will be banned from a section of Rockwood Parade from August 16. An automated bollard system is being put in place to block vehicles from going past a point at Kennedy’s pub. However, delivery vehicles will be allowed access between 8.30am and 11.30am. And property owners along the parade will also have full access. The bollard system, with accompanying traffic lights already in place. But it will not be put into operation until all emergency services have been supplied with keys to open the bollard. Brian O’Flynn of Sligo Borough Council explained that there had previously been bollards on Rockwood Parade and this was restoring the situation where access by traffic

was restricted. He said: “The automated bollard will be timed to open for a period in the mornings to allow access for service vehicles to businesses in the area and after that the bollard will go back up again.” After that traffic will be restricted to a number of businesses who have car parks at their premises. They will be able to gain access with a special fob to lower the bollard. There is also a builtin sensor in the system which will allow any vehicle in the area after the bollard has gone up to be able to get out. However, only vehicles with the special fob will be allowed in. Apart from businesses with parking, these fobs will also be given to the emergency services.

A family called Taaffe and Ballymote’s past

LOCATION: Ballymote’s rich heritage will be explored over the weekend. BALLYMOTE’S 22nd Heritage Weekend kicks off this Friday, July 29 with a formal opening at 8.30pm in the Coach House Hotel. The four days of events involve lectures and heritage trips. The lectures will all take place in the hotel. The formal opening will begin at 8.30 pm on the Friday evening and will be performed by Peta Taaffe, and she will also give the opening lecture “A Family Called Taaffe”. This renowned family was famous for generations in European military and state affairs, as well as Irish affairs, and for a time in the 17th century were in possession of Ballymote Castle. The Saturday coach outing, departing at 9 am sharp, will be

to Foxford Woollen Mills and Turlough Park Museum. The evening lecture, at 8.30, will be given by Barbara Walsh PhD and titled “When the Shopping was Good: Woolworths and the Irish Main Street”. Many people have fond memories of Woolworths and it will be most interesting to be reminded of its heyday, and that time generally, by somebody who has studied it and written on it in great depth. Sunday’s outing, leaving at 2.00 pm, will be to Glenview Folk Museum, near Ballinamore. The 8.30 lecture will be titled “Eva Gore Booth, Champion of the Worker”, given by Cllr Ruth Illingworth, MA, Historian. The third outing, leaving at 9

am on Monday, will be to the Céide Fields, Downpatrick Head and Rosserk Abbey, with Micheál Murphy as guide. The final lecture, on Monday at 8.30, is “Lawlessness Prevails Everywhere – South Sligo 19181921”. It will be given by Michael Farry PhD. Michael has studied the period of the War of Independence and the Civil War in Sligo to doctoral level, and has written extensively on it. There will be a question and answer session after each night’s lecture, following which there will be complimentary tea and light refreshments for everybody. Raffles for substantial prizes will take place each night. This last half-hour of each day adds greatly to the atmosphere and

LECTURE: Peta Taaffe will officially open the Ballymote Heritage Weekend and deliver the first lecture, on her ancestors. enjoyment of the Weekend. The coach for each outing will depart from the car park of the Catholic church. The cost of each lecture is €10.

Protest at Perry’s office


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THE South Sligo Sinn Fein cumann last week organised a second picket at the offices of John Perry, this time in Ballymote. Last month the Michael J. Marren Cumann organised a picket in protest outside Deputy Perry’s Tubbercurry office, at his failure to deliver on his 100 day election promise for restoring cancer

services to Sligo General Hospital. On Saturday, July 16, at Minister Perry's hometown office in Ballymote they protested to highlight what they termed Fine Gael's ‘deception’ before the general election about keeping and returning health services to Sligo, especially cancer services. Many areas joined in the picket,

including activists from Tubbercurry, Ballymote, Sligo, Boyle, Aclare, Colooney, Gurteen, and Riverstown. Councillor Chris MacManus (Sinn Fein, Sligo) and Mayor Jane Suffin (Sinn Fein, Boyle) as well as Sinn Fein representative for Ballymote, Thomas Healy, participated in the protest as well.


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LEAP: One of the salmon who got away, leaping the falls on the Ballisodare river. BELOW: some of the prizewinners at the Ballisodare juvenile angling competition. Pics by Michael McGurrin.


ver 50 salmon were caught on the fly, worm and shrimp at a juvenile day held at the fishery at Ballisodare. More than 90 girls and boys, aged from 4 to 16, took part in the event organised by Ballisodare Fishing Club in conjunction with Inland Fisheries Ireland. The children were treated to a fantastic day’s fishing at The Butt and on the river, which included refreshments. The club are grateful to their staff and the people who sponsored prizes and refreshments. They also thank the Inland Fisheries Ireland staff and all the club members, river members and adults who helped on the day. The results were: Heaviest fish (Ballisodare Free Range Eggs Perpetual Cup): Joseph Davey 8.8lb Club angler heaviest fish: 1. Paul Costello 7.17lbs; 2. AJ

Mills 6.09lbs; 3. John Loughlin 5.23 Visiting angler heaviest fish: 1. Shane Kelly 7.72lbs; 2. Shane Meehan 7.47lbs; 3. Rian Healy 6.75lbs. Best lady angler: 1. Ciara O’Neill 7.06lbs; 2. Lillian Cranspon 5.4lbs; 3. Maude Gilligan 4.63lbs. Heaviest on fly: 1. Ian Naughton 6lbs; 2. Cian Scanlon 5.97lbs; 3. Kian Dunleavy 4.7lbs. Heaviest on worm: 1. Aaron Scanlon 6.6lbs; 2. Sam Taylor 6.11lbs; 3. Adam McGoldrick 5.09lbs. Heaviest on shrimp: 1. Rebecca Stokes 4.28lbs; 2. Steven Loughlin 3.78lbs; 3. James Watters, 3.77lbs; Smallest fish: 1. Daniel Meehan 1.06lbs; 2. Sean O’Haire 1.45lbs; 3. Daniel Burke 1.48lbs. Youngest angler: Annabell Moore 1.05lbs

Appeal for missing man GARDAI investigating the disappearance of a 30-year-old Latvian man have appealed for anyone who has seen the man to contact them Juris Buls went missing from his home in Glenamaddy, Co Galway on July 7 after failing to show up for his night shift in Titan Plastics, Glenamaddy. Mr. Buls is described as 5 feet 7 inches in, with short blonde hair and blue eyes, and is of light build. Mr. Buls may have been wearing a blue heavy lined work jacket, with the inscription, 'Titan', in white writing on the front left lapel, and the word 'Kingspan' on the back. His car is also missing, a black Audi A4, registration number 04-D-76216. Gardai are appealing for anyone with information concerning his disappearance to contact the incident room at Tuam Garda Station at 093-70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Declan Nerney one of the attractions at Grange show SINGER Declan Nerney and his band will be among the non-farming attractions at this year’s annual North Sligo Agricultural Show in Grange on Saturday next, July 30. Show committee chairman Colin Barber, in his message in this year’s programme, says: “Each year the committee try to cater for the public at large by introducing a variety of displays and entertainment on the day and this year will be no different.” Of course, the animal competitions for cattle, sheep, horses, donkeys and poultry

and home industries classes are always the backbone of the show day and judging in those will begin at 11am. But the 65th staging of this always popular event also offers plenty of other entertainment in the afternoon programme, beginning at 12.30pm. Declan Nerney takes to the

stage at 2.30pm and plays until 5.30pm. Apart from that there is the best dressed lady competition, as well as the selection of Little Miss and Mr Grange (from 3-5 year olds) and the bonny baby show (3pm). Also for kids there is the fancy dress (2pm), face painting, karts and bouncy

castle. There are also novelty races and a slow bicycle race. For those with pets, there is the dog show (1pm) and pet corner where you can bring along and display your pet. The show will also be providing an outlet for Sligo Animal Rescue who will be urging people to “adopt a dog”. The group have many abandoned dogs who need a good home. For further information on the show contact 087-6429084.


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News Do you look good in specs? THE closing date for Sligo entries to the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011 is fast approaching, but there is still time to get your entry in. The competition is open to men and women aged 16 and over, who are current specs wearers or wear glasses for fashion purposes. The Sligo branch of Specsavers in Quayside Shopping Centre have received a number of entries already, but if you want to get involved you have until July 31 to get along. Regional stars will earn a place on the catwalk at the Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year Final in Dublin, on August 31. The winner will win one year's representation with Assets Model Agency, the prestigious Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011 trophy and lots of other goodies. You can find out terms and conditions at mpetition

Garda injured while arresting man in pub By Gerry McLaughlin


wo Sligo IT students who were involved in a fracas in Shenanigans in Bridge Street have been told that the level of co-operation they give gardai in connection with a separate matter might colour the judge’s subsequent view in their case. Judge Kevin Kilrane told Brian Lally, Newport Road, Castlebar and David Casey, Pontoon Road Castlebar, that they were students and “convictions would not suit them”. He added that the level of co-operation they gave the State in any outstanding prosecution would colour his attitude towards them. Sligo court heard that Lally and

Casey(20) had been asked to leave the premises after they had been annoying female customers on October 12 last year. They had a lot of drink taken and staff were trying to get them to leave. Garda Tomas O’Griofa and Eamon McDonnell arrived on the scene and Garda O’Griofa and Casey fell to the ground as the latter resisted arrest. The court heard that Casey assaulted Garda O’Griofa. The garda got injured as a result of the incident, the court was told. Casey’s defence solicitor, Mr Moran said he understood the garda had got injured when his head struck the ground. He said his client had a lot of drink taken and tried to apologise to the garda on a number of occasions. His client had written a letter of apology

Second march for Dr Sallam THE mothers, fathers and staff members behind the "Save Dr Sallam" campaign held a second march in protest of his imminent departure yesterday evening, Monday, at 5pm.

The march, which was scheduled to happen after we went to press, was to run once more from the Garda Station to Sligo General Hospital, with marchers displaying banners calling for Dr Sallam to

Judgement secured ULSTER Bank has secured judgment for more than €9.8m against a Sligo couple arising from various loans and guarantees. The proceedings were brought in the Commercial Court against Matthew and Helena Clancy, Scarden, Strandhill Road, Sligo, who did not appear in court at the hearing held last week and did not oppose judgment. The application brought by Ulster Bank arose from various loan facilities provided to the defendants, on foot of which more than €6.4m was due last month.

to the garda and he had money in court. Garda O’Griofa confirmed that he had been assaulted by Casey but had got injured when he fell to the ground. The court heard that both Casey and Lally were planning to go to Australia. Tom MacSharry, defence solicitor for Brian Lally, said his client had apologised for his actions on the following day. He was very remorseful and had €400 cash in court. The court heard that another incident had developed as the gardai arrived in the premises. The court was told by the State that both defendants could be in a position to help gardai in their investigation of the other matter. Judge Kilrane ruled as stated and adjourned the cases until September 19.

MARCH: The original march from Sligo Garda Station to the hospital.

be retained as a gynaecologist/obstetrici an at the hospital. "We feel the women of the north west are been ignored by the hospital management and the HSE," said Helena Ryan on behalf of the Committee. "This week with this fast tracking of doctors we had a national paper running the headline, 'Doctor had no idea how to take a pulse'. "We want to send a very clear message to the HSE that we have a doctor in Dr Sallam who is very highly qualified and has an excellent relationship with patients and staff alike and we want him retained in Sligo General Hospital." The committee also want a meeting with Sheila Smith, General Manager of Sligo General Hospital and have called on her to "clearly cite the criteria set down for this post and why she feels Dr Sallam is not suitable". "This fight will continue, make no mistake and we the women of this area will make ourselves heard

DOCTOR: Campaigners said they want to meet with hospital chief Sheila Smith to discuss Dr Sallam's dismissal. loud and clear. "This decision makes no sense and we want to

know why the management saw fit to do what they did."

New PML cases rise from Elan drug A DOZEN new cases of a potentially deadly brain disease were recorded last month in patients using Elan's multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri, the company revealed last week. It brings the total number of people to have contracted the disease PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) to 145, which includes Sligo woman Dr Natalie Murphy, who has been left a paraplegic after she took the medication to treat her MS. Natalie’s plight was highlighted by the Sligo Weekender in May after her husband, Declan Walsh stood up at the AGM of Elan and called on the firm to support his wife’s medical needs. Natalie’s condition requires that she be cared for in the acute observation ward in Sligo General Hospital. She requires feeding and drugs to be administered direct to her stomach. And she has to have multidisciplinary medical neurology, radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutritionist, oncology, speech therapy and 24/7 nursing care. Elan and its partner Biogen Idec, release monthly updates on the number of patients who contract PML. To date, 23 of the people taking Tysabri who developed the disease have died. Elan said that there were currently 81 Tysabri-related PML cases in Europe, 57 in the United States and seven in the rest of the world.

Book sale THE monthly book sale in aid of Sligo Social Services takes place on Wednesday next, August 3, from 10am-12 noon at the Social Services office.

Three Sligo communities to be judged for ‘Pride’ competition THE three communities who are representing Sligo in this year’s AllIsland Pride of Place competition, who will be judged on August 3 and 4. Involved are Banada Development Agency (Community Health Initiative), Enniscrone

Leisure Ltd. t/a Waterpoint (Tourism Initiative) and the Ballymote Business Association (Population category). Judges from Co-Operation Ireland, who run the event, will visit Banada on the morning of August 3, and the following day will

be in Enniscrone in the morning and Ballymote in the afternoon, when the groups will have the opportunity to showcase their various community activities. Sligo County Council say that unlike other competitions, judging for this competition is a very

visible and community orientated and therefore the active support and assistance of people living and working in these areas would be appreciated. The Council is encouraging community groups to take part in this competition as it fosters

community participation and highlights the importance of communities working together. They extended their best wishes to the three groups on judging day and with their future projects/work.


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News Art of history exhibition AN exhibition featuring watercolours of town life in Ireland in the early nineteenth century is currently running at the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar. The exhibition is called Art of History: Watercolours of Irish Town Life in the 1820s by Sampson Towgood Roch (1757-1847) It gives a rare pictorial

insight into everyday Irish life at that time – similar images from the time are very rare. The images are accompanied by artefacts similar to those portrayed in the watercolours themselves. The exhibition is on loan from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and will run until November.

Imagine Cup winners get New York reception

Chernobyl kids have memorable day out

THE Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa played host to a group of children from Chernobyl earlier this month ensuring that they had a fun-filled day that would leave them with lasting happy memories of their visit to Sligo. The children were joined by their host families, interpreters and some children of the staff of the hotel on Monday, July 11 for the day of activities. The children's day began with some poolside fun in the hotel's indoor pool. They then got a chance to experience some pampering with nail painting and chocolate hand massages in Sólás Spa. Members of the Sligo Rovers team were on hand to show the children some soccer skills and a buffet was laid on for all.

"The children also got the chance to demonstrate their cookery skills and make some delicious treats with help from our Head Chef, Joe Shannon," said Arlene Gibbs, Radisson's Director of Sales. "Throughout the day they danced away to the music and enjoyed bouncing about on the bouncy castles kindly donated for the day by MACS Bouncy Castles. Squeals of delight could be heard throughout the hotel. "It was an honour to play host to these wonderful children. The fun filled day and activities, brought such joy and smiles to their faces, it really was amazing to watch. It was also wonderful to have so many members of the team here at the Radisson give up their own time to support such a good cause."

RECEPTION: Pictured at the reception at the office of the Consulate General of Ireland in New York for IT Sligo's Team HERMES who won first prize at the Microsoft Imagine Cup were; team member Calum McCawley (from Sligo); team member Matthew Padden (Mayo); Padraig Harte, team mentor; Consul General, Noel Kilkenny; Head of Innovation at IT Sligo, Niall McEvoy; Larry Farrell, leading author on entrepreneurship and guest speaker; James McNamara (Roscommon); Michael Meagher, Microsoft Ireland and Aine Conaghan (Donegal).


reception was hosted at the office of the Consulate General of Ireland in New York for the four students from IT Sligo who represented Ireland in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in New York. The reception was held in advance of the final award ceremony, which saw the IT Sligo team take home the first prize in the global technology competition.

Amongst those in attendance were the Irish Consul General, Noel Kilkenny; Michael Meagher, Microsoft Ireland; members of the Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal Associations in New York; IT Sligo alumni; and representatives from Enterprise Ireland in New York. Head of Innovation at IT Sligo, Niall McEvoy, hosted the event: "Team Hermes from IT

Develop the skills and qualities of good leadership A NEW youth leadership programme is being run at The CRIB Youth Project & Health Café in Sligo. The CRIB provides a range of developmental programmes and services educating young people on youth issues and exploring these with them. The CRIB is for young people aged 12-18 years and is managed by Foróige, National Youth Development Organisation, funded by the HSE and is based in the diocesan owned premises on Rockwood Parade. Foróige, in partnership with the Ireland Chamber of Conference, United States, has developed an internation-

al youth leadership initiative, called the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme (ASLFL). This exciting programme enables young people to develop the skills and qualities of good leadership and challenges them to use these skills to improve society. The programme is made up of two modules, each with 15 one hour sessions, and 15 hours of self directed learning. An additional self-directed module completes the programme as a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action, which is accredited by the National University of Ireland,

Galway. Module 1 is a week long programme beginning on Tuesday, August 2, for young people aged 15-18 years. Module 1 includes workshops focusing on understanding leadership, team building and critical thinking, communication skills, self awareness and values, global and community needs, personal vision, goal setting and planning. Places are limited so book your place now. For further information on the Leadership Programme, activities and volunteering opportunities in the CRIB contact Sinead or Karina at 0719146526, text 0868041966 or email:

Sligo represented IT Sligo, the North West region and Ireland at this prestigious global computing competition and they have done us all enormously proud by taking home the much coveted top prize. "This really puts Ireland and IT Sligo centre stage of the software development industry, which is one of the few industries to be enjoying a

boom currently. "We took this opportunity to meet with key decision in from the ICT and financial services industry and with members of the Irish Diaspora in New York, to promote the North West brand and highlight what we have on offer here. The opportunities for IT Sligo and the region in this industry are huge."

Judge appointment welcomed by O'Keeffe THE appointment of Ireland's first female Chief Justice has been welcomed as a landmark political appointment by Sligo Senator Susan O'Keeffe. Senator O'Keeffe welcomed the appointment of Mrs Justice Susan Denham as Chief Justice of Ireland, taking over from the Hon. Mr Justice John L. Murray. Appointed a Judge of the

High Court in 1991, in December 1992 she was the first woman appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court. "The appointment is an important step forward for the judiciary in Ireland. She has a strong record of reform and has been a key player in the reform of the courts services system," said the senator. "The appointment of a woman to this high office in

the judiciary is an important step forward for women in public life in Ireland. There are still too few women in senior public roles in this country. "Mrs Justice Denham appointment is welcome as it shows women taking their place in Irish society. Most importantly Susan Denham brings great experience and integrity to the crucial role of Chief Justice."


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News 58th Battalion honoured THE Chairman of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade was in Ballymote last week to make a presentation to members of the 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion. John Dunleavy made the presentation on Monday, July 18 in a ceremony in Ballymote attended by Deputy John Perry, Paul Kehoe (Government chief whip) and Col. Aherne, Acting General Officer Commanding, 4th Western Brigade Members of the 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion. Members of the 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion participated in the 2010 and 2011 New York city parade. The presentation ceremony took place at the Corcoran memorial in Ballymote.

Road to close for bridge work SLIGO County Council is to temporarily close the regional road R284 in the townland of Tully Beg, Ballygawley, to facilitate the replacement of Tully Beg Bridge that has become dilapidated. The R284 will be closed from the junction with the R290 to the junction with the L 5203-0, from Monday, August 15 to Wednesday August 24, inclusive. Alternative routes for ‘through traffic’ from the R284 will be via local road L 13038-0 at Coola Cross on to the L 1401-0 in Riverstown to the N4 at Drumfin. Any person aggrieved by the proposed closure may lodge a written objection setting out the grounds for therefore with the Director of Services, Infrastructural Services Section, Sligo County Council, Governor’s House, St. Anne’s Place, Sligo not later than 4pm on Monday, July 25.

Upper John Street closed for two days

Fingleton faces garda questions By Gerry McLaughlin


ormer Irish Nationwide chief and Tubbercurry native Michael Fingleton has been questioned by the Fraud Squad in Dublin. The Tubbercurry born banker was questioned in the presence of his lawyer for about 90 minutes, over alleged loans between Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank, according to the Irish Daily Mail. Garda sources said their investigation was “intrinsically linked” with their enquiries into former Anglo Irish Bank chief Sean Fitzpatrick. It is understood that a file about his alleged activities at Irish Nationwide is being prepared for the DPP. It is believed the 73 year-old ex seminarian agreed to be interviewed after gardai and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement contacted his solicitor. Michael Fingleton stepped down as managing director of Irish Nationwide in 2009 when it emerged he was given a bonus

payment of €1m and a pension fund valued at €27m. Following a public backlash, Michael Fingleton previously said he would pay the bonus to charity. But the money has not been give to any charity. Michael Fingleton received a total package of €2.4m when he stepped down as chief executive of the building society in 2009. This package included €893,000 salary, €70,000 in benefits and €450,000 in “holiday pay”. Details of the previously unknown holiday pay, which is the equivalent of 15 times the average industrial wage, emerged in a Freedom of Information request by the Irish Independent. The paper learned that most of this payment related to "a massive backlog of untaken leave", which Mr Fingleton had built up over the years. It is estimated that it will cost the Irish taxpayer €5.4 billion to bail out Irish Nationwide. Michael Fingleton grew up in Tubbercurry as one of a family of three boys and two girls, none of whom are living locally.

His father Bill, who was a native of Laois, came to Tubbercurry as a garda in the 1940s. His mother also kept lodgers in their house at Mountain Road/Diamond Square. He went to the Marist Convent infants school and then to Tubbercurry boys school, which is no longer there. Michael Fingleton received his secondary education in St Nathy’s College, Ballaghadeeren, where he did his Leaving Cert in 1956, after which he studied for the priesthood for a period. But after deciding that life was not for him, he worked in Africa for a number of years with development charity Concern before returning to Ireland to join Irish Nationwide. He was a regular visitor to Tubbercurry up to the 1980s while his mother was still alive but has not been back much since. A talented footballer. he was on the Tubbercurry senior team that won a county title in 1957. Michael Fingleton did not attend but sponsored a celebration in 2007 to mark the 50th anniver-

Summer school opens next month

COURSES are being held in Colaiste Mhuire, Ballymote from Tuesday, Aug 2 to Friday, Aug 5 in DJing, recording, sampling and animation. Those interested in attending should book as the organisers need to know numbers for activities. For information and to book contact Majella Flanagan, Sligo LEADER Partnership on 071-9141138 or email:

A SLIGO man with addresses who in Tubbercurry, Longford and Cranmore has been released on bail after spending a week in jail. Jamie Gorman told the court he was currently living at Racecourse View, Cranmore when he appeared at the district court. Judge Kevin Kilrane had previously jailed the defendant for a week. His defence solicitor Gerry McGovern said his client had considerable alcohol and drugs problems. Gorman had been quite happy to go to prison in Castlerea after his previous appearance, the court was told. The court heard the defendant had sought help for his addiction in the county Roscommon prison. Gorman told the court he did not want to return to jail and was now taking steps to see a counsellor. The defendant was charged with criminal damage and using threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour at Connollys, Markievicz Road on April 29. He was charged with theft from Mace, Mailcoach Road on May 31 and June 9 and being drunk and a danger to himself and others at Cleveragh Road on May 21. Gorman was further charged with theft from Londis Cleveragh on April 3. The defendant was also charged with theft and using threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour at Mace, Abbey Street on April 17 and further public order offences at St. Joachim’s Terrace on the same date. He was also charged with causing criminal damage to Barrys Chemist Tubbercurry on August 22. This case had been adjourned on a number of occasions previously. Gorman, who faced a total of ten charges, was fined €200 for causing criminal damage in Tubbercurry. All of the remaining charges were taken into consideration. Judge Kevin Kilrane told the defendant that he was getting a chance. “I hope you take it”.

Courses for young people SOUNDING Board, the music technology project for young people in Sligo and Fermanagh is offering further training this summer. Supported by the IFI, up to 15 young people, ages 16 to 18 will have the chance to take part in three residential weekends in Leadership, Peace making and Communication. This will be delivered by experienced tutors in conjunction with the YMCA. Recreational activities such as music tuition, canoeing and rock climbing will be part of these sessions too. Residential weekends will take place at the Share Centre, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh and in Strandhill Surf Hostel on Aug 12 to 14, Aug 19 to 21 and then Sept 30 to Oct 1. For further details and to reserve a place, contact Majella Flanagan, Sounding Board Development Worker, Sligo LEADER on 071-9141138.

SLIGO Borough Council has announced that the westbound lanes of Upper John Street in Sligo will be closed for most of two days. Upper John Street is the short section from the Temple Street/Adelaide Street junction to the Inner Relief Road. The period of closure is from 7am on Tuesday, August 9, to 8pm on Wednesday, August 10. The council say the closure is to facilitate repairs to water services infrastructure. Diversion routes are via Temple Street, Gallows Hill and N4 Inner Relief Road or via Adelaide Street and Ted Nealon Road.

DJing and recording courses

Week in jail changes mind

THE 12th Annual Carmel Gunning International Summer School Festival of Irish Music will be held in Sligo town from August 1-5 inclusive. Registration/enrolment for music and singing classes takes place in the Glasshouse Hotel, Hyde Bridge from 11am to 12 midday on Monday, August 1. This is followed by a period of assessment and class with Carmel Gunning and advanced fiddle workshop with the well known fiddle player/tutor and founder of the popular Teada group Oisin MacDiarmada. All classes are based in the

Glasshouse on a daily basis and will finish on Friday 5 at 1pm. Due to many enquiries for the inclusion of beginners level this year there will be a particular emphasis on that level as well as intermediate and advanced level in tin whistle, flute, fiddle, traditional singing and mixed instruments. Tutors for this year are Fiona Doherty, Olivia McTernan, Oisin MacDiarmada and Carmel Gunning herself. On August 2 the first summer school event will be held in The Snug Bar, Stephen Street Car Park (at the back of the Bank of

Ireland) - a monster irish music session featuring tutors and students with special guest the well known Co. Clare accordion player Andrew McNamara which starts at 9.15pm. On Friday, August 5, the closing event - a traditional singing session is held from 5pm also at the Snug Bar. Special guest on the night will be Connemara based sean nos singer of note Treasa Ni Cheannabhain. Everybody is welcome to join in both events. For brochure and all other enquiries contact 0876250454.

Two for one with Blue Raincoat BLUE Raincoat Theatre Company is now in its second week of its international award winning production "The Chairs" by Eugene Ionesco. Blue Raincoat Theatre Company is offering two tickets for the price of one tomorrow night (Wednesday 27). The following night Thursday, July 28 Blue Raincoat staff will host a post show discussion. The show runs until Saturday, July 30. For booking, ring (071) 9170431.


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Drug issue led to crime By Gerry McLaughlin


Sligo man with a severe drugs problem has been given a four months jail sentence suspended for two years, at the district court. Keith Murray, with addresses at Oxfield Road Drumcliffe, at Marlinstown, Mullingar, County Westmeath and at Cartron Bay, Sligo had his sentences suspended provided he was not convicted of any drugs offences for two years. The defendant faced charges of have 225 Diazapan tablets valued at €800 in Treacy Avenue on May 18 three years ago. Judge Kevin Kilrane told Murray, who was described as a serial drugs offender, that this was his “last chance”.

He was charged with having 280mls of Methadone in a Lucozade bottle on July 17 last year on the N4 at Marlinstown, Mullingar in a case brought by garda Bridget Byrne. The defendant was also charged with having a controlled drug called Lorazedam for sale at Treacy Avenue, Sligo on May 18 2008 in a case brought by garda Gearoid Conneely. Murray was also summoned for using threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour by garda Pat Caset at Rathbraugban Line on July 15 last year. The court hard gardai carried out a search of a house in Treacy Avenue on May 18 2008. During the raid, gardai found Diazapam tablets with a total street value of €800. The drugs were

found in three plastic bags behind a panel in an upstairs bedroom. Murray told a previous sitting that he had the drugs for coming off heroin. He also told the court he consumed several of these tablets every day. Defence solicitor Mark Mullaney said his client was doing well in his battle with addiction. Mr Mullaney said his client was “very pleasant and quiet when he was on the straight and narrow but gets into trouble when he takes illegal drugs”. The solicitor asked the judge to give the defendant a chance. Judge Kilrane imposed the suspended sentence on condition that Murray had no further convictions for drug offences in the next two years.

Volunteers celebrated in Brussels

BRUSSELS: IT Sligo student Mark Miller (extreme right) pictured at the launch of the We Volunteer! an exhibition of student volunteers in Irish higher education with Sligo MEP Marian Harkin (third from left). A STUDENT who has a strong record of volunteering with older people in Sligo is featured in a national exhibition in celebration of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. A student of Applied Social Studies, Mark Millar is one of 20 students

featured in the exhibition hosted by Marian Harkin MEP and French MEP Cécile Levieil in the European Parliament in Brussels. Mark received a bursary to attend the launch of the exhibition in the European Parliament as a guest of Marian Harkin

MEP. The We Volunteer! photographic exhibition of student volunteering recognises the extent and diversity of student commitment to communities with diverse organisations ranging from the Christina Noble Foundation in Vietnam, to

Chrysalis Community Drug Project in Dublin, from the Galway Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to community enterprise in Belfast, from peer mentoring programmes in Limerick and Cork to Karate coaching in Newry.

Sligo to feature on Ireland AM TV3 breakfast show Ireland AM will broadcast exclusively from Sligo town on Thursday, July 28 as part of a continuing drive to highlight the Yeats County's tourism potential. The broadcast is part of the successful Failte Ireland North West's and Sligo Tourism Industry partnership which also yielded a special supplement in the Irish Times newspaper earlier this month devoted solely to Sligo. The Ireland AM programme will celebrate through interviews the best of what Sligo has to offer highlighting music, activities, attractions. A TV crew from TV3 were in Sligo on Monday (yesterday) to do a pre-record of some of Sligo's most stunning iconic scenery which will all be shown on Thursday July 28, from 7-10am. Ireland AM has close to 65,000 viewers every morning and it is seen as a major conduit for promotion of Sligo within Ireland under the slogan: "Sligo. Set your spirit free!".

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News SCRAP SHIPMENT: Scrap from Erin Recyclers being loaded on to a ship at Sligo docks.

Clubs hoping to turn scrap metal into gold By John Bromley


HE alchemists of old tried in vain to come up with a formula to turn base metals into gold but now various sporting and other voluntary organisations are hoping to succeed where those ancient chemists failed. Sligo Rugby Club, Coolera-Strandhill GAA Club, Cloonacool Church and Community Centre and Dromahair Arts and Recreation Committee are among the local organisations who are currently organising scrap metal collections as a way of raising funds and there are indications that others will follow suit. Ross Mannion, who is one of the organisers of the fundraiser for Sligo Rugby Club said that he had got the idea from other clubs. “It seems to be popular across the country but it appears to be only catching

on in Sligo now. “Some GAA clubs have apparently raised up to €10,000 through these collections.” He said that this year the club would be facing increased costs because of competing in the AllIreland League and would have around 300 kids on underage teams from U-12 to U-19. “We have tried various kinds of fundraisers which worked during the good times but might not work so well now. With this we are not asking people for money but for things which might be lying around the house that they want to get rid of.” He said that the bulk of what they would be getting would be old washing machines or cookers or bits of metal that would not be worth anything on their own but would only be worth something as a load and it was a chance for people to get rid of

FUNDRAISER: Ross Mannion of Sligo Rugby Club who are one of the Sligo clubs organising a scrap metal collection.

them. One of the biggest scrap metal recyclers in the region, Erin Recyclers, confirmed the new interest in scrap metal as a way of raising money. A spokesperson for the company, who have a depot at Sligo docks, said: “We have had a lot of clubs on to us making enquiries. Some have been arranging pick-ups of scrap.” She confirmed that a single washing machine or cooker or small items are not worth anything on their own. “Most metals are only worth money in bigger quantities”. The exceptions are things like copper, lead or brass. While prices fluctuate, copper would be worth about €3.50 a kilo, with lead and brass making about a euro a kilo less. They are among what are known as non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals would be

steel and iron and the prices for those depend on the quantity and quality. “The prices for scrap metal go up and down depending on the market.” But apart from sports clubs, other people are also now looking to turn unwanted waste into cash. “At one time you might have had one person in an area picking up scrap but now we are getting farmers and other people coming in themselves with scrap they have collected themselves. “People are looking at it as a way of getting a few euros.” Erin Recyclers regularly send out shipments of scrap metals from Sligo. The ferrous metals are shipped to Britain and to various places on the Continent. They also send out cargoes of “car bales” – scrapped cars which have “depolluted” of oils, tyres and other items and then crushed.

Council advertise again for ‘bullying’ observer SLIGO Borough Council is going to continue having an observer at its meetings to monitor the behaviour of councillors towards staff. Although the council would not confirm the amount, it is understood that it has paid already almost €26,000 to have an observer at 27 meetings over the past 18 months. Since February of last year Wicklow-based consultant Declan Naughton has been attending meetings to write re-

ports on the behaviour of councillors. He was employed after a council investigation found Councillor Declan Bree guilty of "bullying and inappropriate behaviour" towards staff. This followed a walkout by officials after an allegation of bullying against Cllr Bree in November 2008. The Independent Socialist councillor has denied the allegation and criticised the way in which the inquiry was held.

He has also described the employment of the observer as “a waste of money” given the shortage of money for local authorities. A council spokesperson would not confirm a report in the Irish Independent that Mr Naughton is currently being paid €960 per meeting. The payment includes travel, overnight expenses and VAT. The spokesperson said that they could not disclose the cost at this stage given that a new tendering process is un-

derway. An advert inviting tenders for the work was published last Friday week. The council said it hired Mr Naughton as it had a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of staff members. In a letter to councillors, Sligo County Manager Hubert Kearns said the council had to act after being put "on notice" of possible High Court proceedings in relation to bullying allegations.


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News Capture the spirit of summer for photo competition

SAMPLE: One of the shortlisted photos from last year's "" competition. This is called "Pull" from Dickon Whitehead.

THE Western Development Commission (WDC) has launched the 'My Summer' photo competition as part of its drive to promote the Western Region as a great place to live, work and do business. The 'My Summer' photo competition, which runs until August 4, invites people to capture their favourite West of Ireland summer moments and be in with a chance to win the top prize worth €1,500. Photos can be of a great memory, the fun and excitement of attending one of the region's many festivals or just a lazy, relaxing day that captures the appeal of the West of Ireland. Entry is free, and photos can be uploaded through the competition link on or on the Facebook page. After the photo submission closing date (August 4th) a shortlist of the top 50 photographs will be compiled. Shortlisted photos will be chosen based on a combination of their popularity on social media networks and an expert judging panel. Shortlisted photos will then be displayed online via and Facebook for members of the public to view and vote for their favourite and thereby select the overall winning photo. Winners will be announced in late August and the WDC has partnered with the five star Lough Eske Castle Hotel, just outside Donegal town, for the top prize of a luxurious weekend for four people. The prize, worth almost €1,500, also includes a surfing, fishing or golf activity. Runner-up prizes include a Source Sligo Gift Hamper from the award-winning Source Restaurant, Wine Bar and a Cookery School in Sligo town, a piece of handmade jewellery from Mayo-based jewe

Beer keg thief told to stay out of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal By Gerry McLaughlin


THIEF who stole eleven kegs of beer from outside the Rendezvous Bar, Holborn Street has promised to stay out of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. Ian Gourley, 262 Palmerstown Woods, Clondalkin was put on Probation for a year on a bond of €300 at Sligo district court. Gourley admitted the theft on May 5 and described it as a bit of a “blip”. He told the court he had a heroin problem which had resurfaced and he owed money to moneylenders. The defendant said he had come to Sligo looking for work as he had been unemployed since 2010. Gourley (42) told the court he

had got into bad company but was now on a methadone course for his addiction. However the court was told the kegs had not been recovered. Judge Kevin Kilrane said he “assumed the contents have now been consumed”. Inspector Donal Sweeney said that 14 kegs had been delivered to the public house at around 9 am. Several kegs had been taken from the front of the bar including Guinness and Smithwicks lager. Gourley, an unemployed roofer told the court he was trying to get work. He added that he had a daughter and a two month old grand-daughter and was trying to help his daughter who was trying to go back to work. The defendant told Judge Kilrane that he was up in Sligo

looking for work and had his tools in a van. He had last worked on the Dundrum Shopping Centre in Dublin in January 2010. Inspector Donal Sweeney told the court that Gourley was questioned twice but had nothing to say on each occasion. Judge Kilrane said he had his doubts about Gourley coming to look for work in Sligo. Judge Kilrane placed the defendant on a bond of €300 for year and ordered him to stay out of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal for a period of a year. The judge warned the Dublin native that if the bond was breached, the matter would be reentered. Gourley asked the court for the return of his van which had been seized by the State. This was agreed to.

If you haven’t broadband, apply for new scheme now THOSE who still have been unable to get broadband have been urged to apply for the Rural Broadband Scheme before July 29. Sligo North Leitrim Senator Susan O’Keeffe said that if people are not receiving broadband from the suppliers in their area they should apply for the scheme. “When your application is received by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the Department will contact service providers in the area and check if they will provide broadband to your house. If none of the companies

concerned is prepared to offer you a service, then your application will progress to the next phase in the scheme”. She said the Department will engage an internet service provider who will offer a basic internet service to applicants. “They will pass the details of all applicants to this service provider who will contact the applicants and offer them the service. While the Department will be paying part of the cost of the infrastructure necessary to provide a service under this Scheme, the applicant will be responsible for paying the costs of the

service itself.” The scheme will commence in early 2012 and will be finished by the end of 2012. Senator O’Keefe said it was vital that all areas in Sligo and Leitrim had access to broadband both for domestic and commercial use. In particular for small businesses it was essential.” “Broadband instillation will start next year and run through the whole of 2012. It is a welcome intervention for businesses and for families and schools.” Those interested can look up for more details.

First graduates of catering course LEITRIM Development Company has just seen the first group of participants on the FETAC Level 5 Hotel and Catering course complete their 30 weeks training. The course was run in conjunction with FÁS and The Food Hub. Fifteen participants took part in and completed this course, delivered in the Community Kitchen, located at The Food Hub, Drumshanbo. The participants also undertook a Work Experience module where they spent two days per week for a period of five weeks working with local

Hospitality Industry service providers. Here they gained first hand knowledge of working in this growing industry. An indication of the value of running such a course is that 12 of the 15 participants have been offered either full-time or part-time work in the Hotel and Catering Industry. The course was given by two tutors, Kevin Dolan and Emma Glancy, whose hard work ensured the success of the course. The next FETAC Level 5 Hotel & Catering course is due to begin in September 2011, again being run in the Community

Kitchen of The Food Hub, Drumshanbo, and the recruitment process is now underway. The course is once again funded by FÁS and the Department of Social Protection and administered through the Leitrim Development Company. For further information on the course please contact Adrian McKeague, Leitrim Development Company, on 0719641770 or e-mail Alternatively prospective participants can register for the course by contacting their local FÁS office.


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Kirsty Toland – age 18. Kirsty is a student from Carndonagh in county Donegal, and she entered the challenge, as all 8 finalists did, in order to lose weight and create a healthier future for herself. One of Kirsty’s shorter term goals is to lose weight before attending college in September of this year.

Bridget Swift – age 27. Bridget is a chef, also living in Collooney, Co Sligo, and who’s weight has been an issue for as long as she can remember. Bridget applied for the challenge because despite trying loads of other diets and regimes in the past, she has sometimes become easily bored with them, and Bridget wants to be motivated this time and shown the correct way to lose weight and keep it off. One other small goal that Bridget has, is that in 10 months time, she is getting married.

Marcella Kelly – age 43. Similar to some of the other applicants for the challenge, Marcella, a sales assistant from Lower Rosses, has battled with her weight for some time now, but has entered the challenge this year in order to get the right knowledge and direction to get her weight down and most importantly, to keep it down.

Paddy O Hara – age 57. Paddy lives in Upper Rosses Point, and has unfortunately been made redundant recently due to the economic downturn. However, Paddy has seen this as an opportunity to do something for himself, and wants to use the time he now has to get himself in shape for the future, and also before he seeks new employment.

Geraldine Regan – age 50. Geraldine has just turned 50, and having reached this stage in her life, Geraldine wants to make some changes to ensure a better, longer and healthier future for herself. Geraldine works in the HSE, and she has already introduced some changes like cycling to work most days, but is now looking for more help to get, and keep her weight down to what it should be.

Scott Yadon – age 34. Originally from California, in the USA, Scott has lived in Ireland now for the last number of years. Once in the Air Corps in the US, Scott is now a musical instrument builder living in Collooney, and apart from himself, Scott has entered the challenge to learn how to introduce healthier habits, and a healthier diet for himself and his family..

Catriona Forde – age 29. Like some other mothers who find themselves in a similar situation, Catriona has struggled with her weight since giving birth to her son, which was 5 years ago now. From Caltragh in Sligo, Catriona, who works in administration, wants to take part in the challenge to now get the motivation and knowledge to lose this weight for good.

Catriona Forde – age 29. “ I have much to gain and lots to lose, and with your help I’ll make the news” That was the cathcy phrase that accompanied Sheila’s application for the challenge this year. But rather than this being the deciding factor, it was Sheila’s desire to really make some changes that will benefit her in the long term, that earned her one of the 8 places in Sligo’s biggest Loser this year. Sheila, from Cartron in Sligo, works in the Department of Social Welfare.

Check out the Sligo Weekender every week, and tune in to Margaret Carr Flynn’s show on Ocean FM for weekly updates on the contestants as they progress through the challenge. And the 8 challengers above will have to watch out this year, as there are going to be eliminations introduced for the first time, so the contestants will have to be focused and disciplined each week, or else they will not be in with a chance to win the main prize – one years free membership of Sanovitae, the award winning leisure club at the Clarion Hotel Sligo, and a weekend away in another hotel in the Clarion Group. And if anyone else is looking for information on exercise or weight loss, you can call Sanovitae, at the Clarion Hotel Sligo at 071 9119037 and speak to any of the professional staff there.


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Education - Learning A Career in Payroll WE ALL go to work to get paid, over two million of us in the country! Every week or every month the magic payslip arrives to replenish our funds. In every business across the country it is the payroll person who makes sure that the employees get paid, on time and with the correct amount of deductions made from our gross pay. Several skills are required by those who work in payroll; a good head for dealing with figures; a tolerance for detail so that the exact and correct final figures are arrived at for each employee; the ability to work to strict deadlines, as employees expect to be paid on time and tomorrow is too late; and the talent to work in a pressurised, ever changing environment where workers leave and are recruited, their personal circumstances change, the regulatory environment changes. There is great satisfaction to be had from doing a payroll job well. It is a job that is critical to the success of every business, for if the employees don’t get paid the work in the business will not get done. Up until a few years ago the job of a payroll person was very poorly recognised and no formal qualifications were available in the subject. Now, however there is the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS) with payroll qualifications, that are HETAC recognised, provided in 30 centres around the country. Employers always need qualified payroll personnel to ensure that the work is done properly to keep both the employees and the Revenue happy. So, if you would like to gain a payroll qualification see

Certified Payroll Technician Sligo, Athlone, Galway, Letterkenny.

Certified VAT Technician Sligo, Galway. Classes start September One evening per week Nationwide HETAC accredited Distance/Online learning option available For information: Text IPASS followed by Your email address to 51444 Tel: (01) 4089100 Email: Web: Standard text rate applies

The Learning Centre also receives referrals from the following: Youth Action Pro:ect, Gardai Youth Diversion Pro:ect (YAPS) Sligo Traveller Support Group (STSG) Sligo Family Support Ltd St Michael’s Family Life Centre Sligo’s Dyslexia Branch (Newly opening in September) & Other Organisations

The Learning Centre was established by Joan Mulvaney & Caroline Towey (BA SS Hons) who have also carried out research in the area of educational outcomes for children and adults who have particular requirements regarding their educational needs. Joan & Caroline are well aware of the concerns and difficulties parents are faced with regarding their child or children’s educational needs. The worries and stresses children & adults encounter due to difficulties with reading, writing & spelling are among the reasons why Joan & Caroline set up the Learning Centre. The Learning Centre has a simple aim & main focus which is to “Enhance the educational outcomes/abilities of each child/adult regarding their reading, writing & spelling”

New To Sligo!!! The Learning Centre provides a Multi-Sensory, Tutored and Computer Aided programme known as IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) as seen on RTE’s Nationwide. The Learning Centre also provides classes for children preparing for national school. The IDL programme is a unique system with individual assessments and programme plans to suit each individual need, the benefits are: ! Improved Reading, Writing & Spelling ! Improved self-esteem & confidence ! Reduced frustration & improved behaviour ! Development of accurate key board skills ! Alleviation of some speech problems ! The Achievements are Permanent

For bookings and assessments contact: Joan: 086 1085684 or Caroline: 087 1750103.


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sligo tweet s MrTumshie I liked Sligo, but it is a bugger of a place to drive around- the town centre, at least,-narrow streets and insane drivers! Hydebridge In Mullaghmore this morning and Gurteen festival this afternoon, this is such a wonderful county with the right weather MaireSligo On train back to Sligo. It's disgraceful that @irishrail still run commuter trains on this line. Dublin-Sligo is not a commute, people! SligoGenealogy Sowed Basil seeds this morning to replace the majority of my last lot which died of hyperthermia. colmtobin One day I will write the great Irish novel about our heroic, hungover quest for a fry in Sligo town this morning. MichaelJBudd Just went passed a Barber Bus in Mullingar, what a great idea, we should get one in Sligo. sligorovers We go 2 points clear of Derry and Shams at the top of the table but Shams in third have a game in hand against Bray. ShaneMcFaul Great point vs Sligo considering we had a tough European game on Thursday. Legs are hanging off. whenfridaycomes Pat's team watched a dvd of the Ukranians on their way to Sligo today. One game at a time eh. propermiss On the bus to Sligo, an old man called Alfonsus gave me a miraculous medal. It was like he wanted to be an anecdote. sleepingwarrior I suppose there was a kind of inevitability about poor Amy Winehouse's fate. RIP Amy..u'll be singing with Janis Joplin for eternity now. MaireSligo Just leaving Newstalk and heard the news about Amy Winehouse. That poor child. She deserved so much more. So sad she could never break free. DracoMUFC So upset about that idiotic decision re inner Irish flights... I'll miss flying in and out of Sligo and now got to drive


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sligorovers Poltava will be our opponents next week, they have beaten Glentoran 5-0 on aggregate. glentoran @sligorovers If you need any advice before your trip over, please don't hesitate to DM me redlemonader I know I've blogged about it before but seriously. WHAT is the deal with the double jacks in Shoot The Crows in Sligo? MaxPhotoimage This was the view that greeted me from my hotel balcony in Enniscrone Co. Sligo, a good start to the weekend: 886535768/h27 Drimoley I think I saw those middle-aged men getting slowly plastered at Leonard Cohen in Sligo last year. Tried hard to forget those pants McHughWeekender Tale of two airports: Sligo loses its Dublin flights on Thursday. Knock has a celebration day on Saturday. ifleming0076 Any idea if anyone else is going to take over Sligo route. Maybe Ryanair could do Bristol to Sligo that would help a lot. louiseheraghty Sad last Aer Arann flight going from Dublin to Sligo today, used it many times over the years....not enough to sustain it obviously! hjames To anyone moving over the border in Ireland prices for northern Ireland removals are shocking. ROI more reasonable. intarfa Genuine. Seen in Sligo "slow funeral in progress". Geez, they don't do fast funerals. They will be doing drive through one's next! Lough_Gill_Swim We're doing a crazy swim all the way accross the biggest lake in sligo and all to raise funds for the north west hospice, follow it all here

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UTS announced by the Government in recent weeks will affect some of the most vulnerable sectors of Irish society. The cuts in special needs assistants and reductions in resource teaching allocations will have a seriously detrimental effect on the lives of children with educational needs, their teachers, families, classmates and indeed society as a whole. In addition the government decision to cut fuel and household allowances to pensioners and social welfare recipients will cause significant hardship in many households throughout the country. The fact that the Ministers imposing these savage cuts are Labour Party ministers clearly confirms that Labour in Government is prepared to sacrifice children’s needs and the needs of the most vulnerable in Irish society to placate the greed of the ECB, the EU and the IMF. Pensioners, carers and the unemployed will be hit by a serious of government cuts to fuel and household allowances, effective from September. The number of free units of electricity under the electricity allowance is to be cut by 25%, this at a time when electricity prices are set to rise. In addition the telephone allowance is to be cutback and the smokeless fuel allowance is being withdrawn. These cuts will cause increased hardship and place the health of many elderly people at risk this winter. The Labour Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, defended the cuts as ‘an ongoing necessity to achieve savings due to our commitments with the IMF/EU/ECB troika.’ Ironically at the same time the Fine Gael Minister for Finance Mr Noonan, confirmed that the IMF/EU are set to make E9 billion profit from Ireland’s bailout. This surely makes a nonsense of the assertion by the government and the political establishment that the EU/ECB is some kind of ‘kindly uncle’, a benefactor that has the Irish people’s best interests at heart. The fact is that the bill for the bank bailout is now being presented to the Irish people in the form of cutbacks. The EU/ECB is insisting that the money will be spent paying the bankers and speculators In essence this is about shifting the burden of debt from the banks and the bondholders and those who created the financial crisis onto the backs of the ordinary people of this country. There is no justification for ordinary people pay for the speculation of private institutions. We are being forced to pay a debt that is not of our making. The banks’ debt is not sovereign debt. It was not borrowed by the Government to build schools or hospitals, or to develop our natural resources: this is private and corporate debt, and we should refuse to pay it.”

Councillor Declan Bree

Criteria change means I have to drop out of college I ONLY recently found out that the Fianna Fail government very quietly changed the college grant criteria to disqualify me from the full maintenance grant because I attend my college in my home county. I travel 87kms a day, five days a week to college and I still do not qualify as I live ONLY 43.5km away from Sligo IT. They changed the limit from 24km [from college] to a whooping

45km! Which means, that I am now possibly entitled to €1,248 which on a daily average works out as €6, not even enough to cover my travel expenses. I am a mature student, a single parent and both myself and my two children have made many sacrifices so that I could go to college. On one hand our government is supposedly encouraging us recently unemployed to upskill and further our education and on the other hand they are doing everything in their power to take those opportunities away from us. So now I must tell my children and my family who helped with childminding and many dinners that my full year was for nothing! I have just completed my first year and through many struggles and challenges and I received an average of 86% which I believe showed my dedication to my re-education. I am so disappointed that my opportunity to complete my college course and try to achieve an education in this field is just so cruelly and quietly taken from me. And even though the saying goes "where there's a will, there's a way", I have explored all my options and have found no solution and will now become just another college dropout statistic along with possibly 18,000 other students whom it effects.

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‘Opportunistic’ Taoiseach has scored own goal THE TAOISEACH has scored an own goal in an obvious opportunistic blunder. Not even his closest friends believed him when he accused Pope Benedict XIV of attempting to interfere with the legal process in Ireland in order to cover-up clerical child abuse. It was a preposterous accusation to make knowing it to be totally untrue. He knows that this Pope, as Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine and Faith, with the authority of Bl. John Paul 11, issued clear instructions to all bishops around the world that such complaints of abuse must be reported, in the first instance, to the civil authorities. Mr. Kenny knows this is the policy of the Catholic Church. He knows that the Pope will be deeply hurt to discover that someone disobeyed causing serious hurt to children. Of course, the Pope has been attacked before and accused of "whatever" and will be again, but, this must be the first time a noncommunist "Catholic" country did so while threatening vengeance and the expulsion of the Papal Nuncio - away over the top. There must have been some diplomatic means available to the Taoiseach to deal with this matter without resorting to the guillotine. He knows the Pope will not retaliate, as the leader of any other sovereign state might do in such circumstances and immediately withdraw his ambassador. No this Pope is not that type of leader. As a consequence it is unlikely our Taoiseach will have the privilege of welcoming him to Ireland next year for the Eucharist Congress. The Pope could not risk incurring the wrath of our Taoiseach again. To make matters worse the other leaders in Dail Eireann also jumped up and down in their feigned anger and support. Such unanimous accord in Irish politics would be seen as miraculous if it were not such an obvious sham.

Some political commentators also wholeheartedly welcomed and endorsed the Taoiseach's "historic attack" predicting that it signals the long overdue "death of the Catholic Church in Ireland". Maybe they are right and maybe Kenny will succeed where Cromwell failed, but, what is more likely is that it was seen as a golden opportunity to silence the Catholic Church facilitating this government's policy to confiscate Catholic schools, legalise same-sex marriage and introduce abortion. It would make their task so much easier if the Catholic Church was silenced. Fine Gael had better start praying publicly that the Pope shows compassion and comes to Ireland next June.

John Ferry Sligo town

Eurozone deal may come at high price for Ireland WHILE EU leaders have finally proposed a draft plan to deal with the sovereign debt crisis in the Euro area, this may come at a high price for Ireland. For Ireland there is some good news in that the interest rate will be lowered on part of our borrowings, and - depending on the final details to be worked out - this could mean a saving of between 250 and 850 million euro per year. While this is a hugely significant sum of money, it will only reduce our interest payments from 10 billion euro per year to approximately 9.4 billion, so our debt burden still remains extraordinarily high. While these changes are welcome, we need to look very carefully at the price we pay. A commitment to engage constructively in the discussions on a Common Consolidated tax Base (CCTB) and legally binding national fiscal frameworks are a clear first step on the road to fiscal union. Many Irish citizens will ask the question: is this what we signed up for? Has the reckless behaviour of banks and the inherent weakness of the euro currency brought about a situation where we are edging closer and closer to fiscal union? As an Irish MEP I have real concerns that these sweeping changes will come about not by the will of the European citizen, but by events that have been forced upon us by the Eurozone crisis. Fiscal union is not in any treaty and is not what most Irish citizens expect from the EU.

Marian Harkin, Independent MEP

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Phone hacking occurred in Sligo THE News of the World phone hacking scandal reminded us of a incident of phone hacking here in Sligo back in 2004. It happened to John Peyton from Sligo who was standing for Fine Gael in the County Council elections. But while he was out canvassing for votes his mobile phone message minder was exhorting people to “vote number one Fianna Fail”. John wasn’t aware of it until contacted by the Sligo Weekender. We came on the greeting when we were leaving a message on his mobile phone. John took it all in good humour. He said he didn’t blame Fianna Fail for a dirty tricks campaign and reckoned it was the work of some wag. But as we reported at the time the prankster didn’t need any great technical knowledge. If you don’t change the factory set password on your phone, it is quit easy for anyone to access your message minder once they know you your number. Not alone can they listen to your messages, they can delete them (as the News of the World did in the Minnie Dowler case) or can change your greeting. We offer the same advice now as then, put in your own password to avoid this happening.

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'Super 8' puts Sligo on FIFA map NEWS of Sligo Rovers' historic 8-0 victory over Galway United travelled well beyond these shores. The world governing body of the sport, FIFA, featured the news on their "Week in Statistics". 8 was not only the number of goals scored, but also the number of clean sheets, FIFA pointed out. They also noted this amounted to 720 minutes of football with no goals conceded. "As for Galway, they have now lost their last 17 league matches, conceding an average of 4.4 per game over their last eight, and sit six points adrift of second-bottom Drogheda United." Sometimes the numbers are in your favours, and sometimes...

Finding families ALICE Hunter, an Irish woman who has lived in England for many years, contacted us a fortnight ago to find her nephews and nieces, surname Farrell, who lived in Sligo town. Well, thanks to our appeal on the letters page she's had some success. She sent us this short note of thanks: "Just want to thank you for printing my letter. Thanks to your paper I have now found my nieces and nephews, the Farrell Family, after 43 years. Three of them are in England and one in America and I have met with my nephew already and will be meeting with the others soon. Thanks for all your help in finding them." If you are looking for Sligo relations, drop us a line at Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo or e-mail

Hungover in Sligo WE see from Twitter that award winning author Colm Tobin seemed to have difficulty getting a fry-up in Sligo last week. The Wexford man, who won the Costa Novel Award in 2009 for his novel Brooklyn, tweeted: “One day I will write the great Irish novel about our heroic, hungover quest for a fry in Sligo town this morning.” And we can suggest a catchy title for it: “Hungover and fryless in Sligo”. There’s definitely a Booker prize in it.


rchbishop Desmond Tutu was once quoted as saying: "Without forgiveness, there's no future." But do the Irish people have the power to forgive a second time? The publication last week of the report into the Cloyne diocese and the attempts by some senior members of the Catholic Church to cover-up the wrongdoings of their brethren in the cloth sent a shockwave through the believers in Irish society. Already shaken to their foundation by controversy after controversy, revelation after revelation, many turned away from the church, while others simply refused to accept the testimony of thousands and held an unwavering belief in the men and women in whom they had placed their faith. And then came that extraordinary speech from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. It was the first time since the foundation of the state that a political leader had truly sought to distance state and church. It was also ground-breaking in its forthright attack on the Vatican and the role the upper hierarchy of the church in Rome had played in this very obvious fall from grace. One has to wonder whether any previous taoiseach would have delivered such a strong rebuttal to an institution which was once as powerful as the state itself in this country. Undoubtedly, other political leaders and taoisigh felt the same way, but political pressure is hard for any politician to break away from and if there was the risk of losing votes, then this particular leaking boat would not

be rocked. As much as those who still attend church must question their faith in the aftermath of the Cloyne Report findings, so too must the priests who continue to serve in the Catholic Church in this country. Some have expressed their anger and frustration in public, but as with so much of the church's administration, you imagine much more was expressed behind closed doors in Bishops’ palaces and priests’ houses the length and breadth of the country. Rather than reaching out to its congregation, the Catholic Church has become introverted. They who were once the moral guardians of every aspect of Irish life from banning contraception to hiding away 'weak-willed' single mothers - now seem incapable of facing the moral indignation of the Irish people. But face it they must, if the Catholic Church is to survive in this country. Already that very question is being asked in many quarters. It is the topic of conversation in pubs, in workplaces, in homes; will the Catholic Church survive? It took Martin Luther's Reformation and the Catholic Church's CounterReformation to save the Church from itself in the 16th century. This time around, with no reformation on the horizon, perhaps it is time for a Reclamation. The Irish people need to reclaim the Catholic Church as its own. Now I am just a journalist and these are just words, but I do believe in God. I believe he is part of us all and I hope I have done enough in my life to have

avoided a one-way trip down below. However, I have no faith in the Catholic Church. I have no faith in a human institution which put itself above the interests of its congregation. Many parallels can be drawn between what the Church has done (or more accurately, what it has failed to do) and what our financial institutions and our former governments have done in the last 15 years. The Fianna Fail led governments persistently failed to tackle the weaknesses of banks and developers to keep building well beyond the demand and the sustainability of the Irish people. The bankers were content to keep foisting credit upon the nation, offering billions to developers to keep this charade going, and give the outward impression that Ireland was perfectly fine. And the lowest rung on the ladder, the average person, suffered and continues to suffer the most. We voted the worst offenders out of office. We have told those now in charge that we want the developers and the bankers held to account. These may be just words, but here are mine. Continue to go to church, but do not give money to the Church. Continue to be married, baptised and buried in accordance with the Catholic Church, but boycott church premarriage courses, if you are blocked from playing a piece of music at weddings or funerals, demand that they be played. If you need to gather friends and family around you to petition your priest, do it. Reclaim your church and you will reclaim your faith.

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Business Sligo can be to forefront in food safety industry GRADUATES from Sligo colleges can be at the forefront of a growing food safety industry. Sligo-North Leitrim Senator Susan O’Keeffe has called on the Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Food Safety, Forestry and Horticulture to consider the food safety industry as a potential growth area in Ireland. “We must recognise that the food safety area is now an industry in itself and we should support involvement in the food safety industry. We should work towards encouraging people towards jobs in what is a technical and difficult sector to get right.” He said that Ireland’s reputation for safe food was integral to our successful food industry. “We need to encourage more people to train in this area and to build on the fine work being done in St. Angela’s and IT Sligo. If the food industry is growing, the food safety industry will grow too.” The Labour senator said that Ireland was a leading country in terms of food safety and the North West in particular was producing graduates from St Angela’s College and IT Sligo with the required skills work in the industry. “Graduates from the Sligo colleges can be at the forefront of this growing industry, bringing their expertise to the food safety industry as well as good jobs.” She said that it was important that the capacity of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland must stay in step with the growth in the food industry. “It must not lag behind at this crucial stage for the agri-food sector.”

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HE ISME has accused the government of using the inflation figures announced last week as a smoke-screen for their own inaction in tackling rising business costs. In response to the reduction in inflation figures announced on July 14, the ISME has demanded that the Government introduce a sustained and vigorous programme to tackle high costs and structural inefficiencies across the local economy. The Association outlined that cost competitiveness was the cornerstone of economic growth but was being undermined by increasing Government influenced business costs and public service waste, which threaten the survival of companies

and job retention. ISME Chief Executive, Mark Fielding, demanded that the Government address the stark reality that Ireland, despite the recent drop in inflation, is not as cost competitive as it should be. "Irish businesses have cut their controllable costs to the bone and are clawing back lost competitiveness but their efforts are being sabotaged by increased state costs, particularly in the areas of energy, waste, local charges and transport. "The new Government's initial promise to deal with barriers to competition and high costs in sheltered sectors seems to have waned. "The announcement of increased energy prices, despite massive stateowned utility profits

could prove to be the final straw for many hard pressed SMEs. "High state costs are the 'Achilles' heel' of the business sector, who have been striving to remain competitive, while at the same time, the State savagely allows increased costs to business." In conclusion, Fielding stated, "failure to reduce costs to below our international trading competitors will continue to hamper economic growth". "Today's figures, when taken with increased interest rates and imminent energy hikes do not bode well for recovery. A first step would be not to sanction the energy price increases. The Government's job is clear but do they have the bottle?"

Mark Fielding ISME Chief Executive.

Border transaction costs have to be addressed SINN Féin's spokesman on Enterprise in the Northern Assembly Phil Flanagan (Fermanagh & South Tyrone) has outlined his support for measures being advanced by the Polish Presidency of the EU to reduce cross-border difficulties in electronic services. Mr Flanagan said the costs of cross-border banking transactions and roaming charges was a huge issue in the border counties and needed to be addressed. "What we need to see is sup-

port at Government level for the measures being put forward by the Polish presidency of the EU to reduce difficulties in cross-border transactions and roaming charges. "Being from a border county, I know the extreme challenges being faced by families and businesses who straddle the border in terms of electronic services. "The border continues to be a financial burden on families and restricts businesses. "It is important therefore

that barriers are removed to cross-border electronic services and internet. "While recent changes to roaming costs are welcome they fall well short of what is required." He added "This is a time when electronic communications and services have overtaken fixed-line and manual services and when the knowledge economy is increasingly becoming available through mobile phones and the internet.

"For example, living in close proximity to the border often results in involuntary 'roaming' charges being imposed on unsuspecting mobile users because of a competing stronger signal from the opposite side of the border. "Mobile phone signals do not recognise borders and therefore short of turning the phone off when travelling there is no option but to pay. "Such costs are also a major barrier to doing business and creating jobs."

€7bn EU investment fund will benefit Irish enterprise PAT the Cope Gallagher, MEP for the North West, has welcomed the 'uplifting' announcement by the European Commission that E7 billion will be invested in new research projects. "This is a major announcement by the Irish

Commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The E7 billion investment will create over 174,000 jobs in Europe in the short term and almost 450,000 jobs in the long term," said the MEP. "Research projects into

health, the environment, greener transport, the digital technology, agriculture and fisheries will receive support as a result of the announcement. "Universities, Institute of Technologies, research organisations and industry

based in the North and West are entitled to apply for funding under this new call for proposal. "Researchers and innovators interested in today's call are advised to contact Enterprise Ireland for more information."

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Rates making business harder COMMERCIAL rates are posing a threat to over 40% of small and medium businesses, with almost three out of ten unable to pay their current rates. ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, has demanded that the Government reduce the financial burden that commercial rates places on small and medium business across the country. They pointed to a survey carried out earlier this month which shows the increasing difficulty that rates are imposing on business. The survey revealed: - 40% acknowledge that rates are posing a threat to their very survival, with micro businesses suffering most. The retail trade is by far the most vulnerable, with 65% threatened. - 28% of enterprises state that they will be unable to pay their rates in 2011. - One in five has outstanding rates from previous years. The construction sector has the largest number of businesses in arrears, at 39%. - One third will have outstanding rates at end of the current year, with over half of the retail sector predicting arrears. - Greater efficiency in local government was suggested by 46% and a reduction in the number of local authorities by 27% of respondents. According to ISME Chief Executive, Mark Fielding, “Rates are often the third highest cost item after wages and rent payments for business. “They also have a disproportionate effect on small and medium enterprises as, unlike other taxes, they must be paid whether the business is profitable or not. “In the last 10 years these rates have increased by a massive 47%, over twice the rate of inflation, as a result of local management ineptitude and Government's failure to properly fund local government.”


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TOWN INDEX Cranmore/Abbeyquarter......32 Mail Coach Road....................50

COMMUNITY INDEX Aclare/Tourlestrane..............29 Ballinacarrow...................29-30 Ballintogher...........................30 Ballymote...............................30 Beltra/Dromard................30-31 Castleconnor ..........................31 Cliffoney/Grange ....................31 Cloonacool..............................31 Collooney ................................31

Nicola Maureen Corcoran, Rathmulpatrick, Gleann at her baptism in Gleann Church recently, with her parents, Johanna and Pat, grandparents Joe and Mary, and her brothers and sisters.

Coolaney .................................31 Curry .......................................32 Easkey.....................................32 Enniscrone ....................32 & 49 Gurteen..................................49 Manorhamilton ...............49-50 Newtownmanor ....................50 Riverstown........................50-51 Rosses Point ...........................51 SooeyGleann/Ballygawley ....51 Strandhill ................................51 Tubbercurry ......................51-52

PHOTO INDEX Gleann..................................................29 Tourlestrane........................................30 Ballintogher .........................................31 Keash....................................................32 Rosses Point........................................49 Sligo .....................................................49 Strandhill.............................................50 Strandhill.............................................50 Bunnanadden ......................................51 Strandhill .............................................52

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ACLARE/ TOURLESTRANE By Cyril Feehily New doctor DR Terrie McVeigh, Annagh, who graduated from the College of Surgens, Dublin, is wished every success and satisfaction in her chosen career in medicine. It was a special occasion for her parents Nora and David McVeigh and family BIRTHDAY: Congratulations to Aidan Walsh who celebrated his coming of age birthday with a party in the Yeats County Inn Hotel, Curry. He was joined by his family and his many friends. He is wished many more birthdays and celebrations on the journey of life. PARISH HOUSE: Agreement has been reached on the purchase of a new parochial house in Tourlestrane. A loan will be secured from the diocese

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to meet the purchase cost. It is proposed to repay this loan over five years. The cost will be defrayed by the sale of the existing parochial house and lands. SYMPATHY: The GAA club has extended sympathy to the Marren family, Banada, on the death of Kathleen’s brother Pat McCarrick in Boston. May he rest in peace CEMETARY MASS: The annual Mass will take place in Kilmactigue New Cemetary next Friday at 8pm (weather permitting). There will also be a collection for the ongoing upkeep of the cemetery. The Graveyard Committee will be having a clean up in the cemetery in the next few weeks as many floral tributes and grave ornaments became dislodged and dispersed during the windy conditions early this year. Please check the graves and advise the committee prior to the clean up as they do not wish to dispose of them if they are still wanted. PLAYGROUND: A new rota has been compiled for the upkeep of the play-

ground. Anybody who would like to lend a hand please contact any member of Aclare Development Committee. It is a wonderful facility for all the children of the community and there is a responsibility to keep it that way. CÚL CAMPS: The GAA VHI Cúl Camps takes place in Tubbercurry from August 8 camp is for five days. SCHOOL: Thanks to all who helped with the opening and blessing ceremonies and celebration, of the new building of Castlerock NS recently. SEISUIN: A feast of Irish music, song and dance hosted by the Bofield Ceili Band in the Fr Peyton Centre, Attymas, every Thursday night from July 14 to August 25. Show begins at 9pm.

BALLINACARROW Tel. 071-9167878 Country market THE Country Market takes place every Saturday morning in Balli-

nacarrow Community Centre, from 10am to 12 noon. Lots of freshly baked goods, home produce, vegetables, handcraft work, or sit and relax and have a tea and try some of the tempting queen cakes or scones on display. BINGO: Bingo takes place every Thursday evening in Collooney Hall, all proceeds to towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. DRAW: The Collooney Handball Fundraising draw monthly winners: Dessie Keegan (€100), Sally Kelly and Matthew Philips (€50 each), Marie Cannon, Walter O’Connor, Pat O’Sullivan and Eilish Harte all won €50. LOCAL HISTORY: A new historical book titled Killoran National School and Community by Mary T McCarthyToolan, is now available to buy in O’Grady’s and Lipsett’s shops, Coolaney, Toolan’s shop, Ballisodare, price €5, or by contacting Marian Toolan, Lissalough. This booklet may be of interest to some people

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town&county in Ballinacarrow and surrounding areas who attended Killoran School. The booklet includes the names of all the pupils who attended Killoran School from 1872 – 1972. MUSIC: The traditional Irish music sessions continue in Durkin’s Bar, Ballinacarrow, every Friday night. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.


Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to Margaret Mulligan on the death of her father Peter Cullen who died recently. Sympathy is also extended to the Kelly family, Cartron Taylor, on the death of Jason Kelly, Riverstown. PLAYGROUND: A committee has been formed to set up a playground area, outdoor gym area and seating area opposite St Theresa’s NS. Every success in completing this project. MARRIED: Congratulations to Adrian Hamilton and Mary Alice Quinn who got married recently.

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Recent baptism CONGRATULATIONS to parents and godparents of Dylan Michael Clancy, Emlaghnaughton, who was baptised in Ballymote Church recently. SPRAOI HOLD AGM: The AGM of Ballymote Community Childcare Company Ltd T/a Spraoi will be held tomorrow Wednesday, July 27 at 8.30pm in Spraoi Childcare Centre. All parents and members are requested to attend. U12 SOCCER TRIALS: Ballymote Celtic will hold trials for U12 Boys Soccer on Saturday, July 30 at 12 noon on the Astro Turf. Bring shinguards, runners or astro boots. Qualifing age is born on or after January 1, 2000, for this season 2011/2012. FOOTBALL TRAINING: Pre season training for Ballymote Celtic senior team will commence tomorrow Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm on the Astro pitch. Any new players welcome on the night or contact Sean Irwin or David Cannon. CEMETERY MASS: The annual mass for the dead of the parish will be celebrated in St Columba’s Cemetery Ballymote on Sunday, July 31st at 6.30pm (weather permitting) otherwise in Ballymote Church. Envelopes for donations available in church. Please note there is an urgent need for more people to become involved in managing and maintaining the cemetery! LOTTO RESULTS: Ballymote Community Lotto results of draw Saturday, July 16; Numbers drawn: 7, 22, 23 and 28. No winner of the €10,400 jackpot. €50 Rita Flannery. €30 Patrica Meehan. €20 Ciara Higgins. Next jackpot €10,600 Saturday, July 30 in Corner House. Thank you for your continued support. Tickets are €2 each. GOLF LESSONS: Will commence on Saturday, July 30 at Ballymote Golf Club. Please contact John O’Connor on 087 2187054 to register your name. HOSPICE THANKS: The Ballymote North West Hospice Group held a very successful Midsummer mad-

The Brennan family of Tourlestrane and fund committee members present a cheque to Barry McCann of CROÍ. The cheque for €14,188 was the proceeds from the recent Martin Brennan Memorial Tractor Drive.

ness walk on Thursday evening June 23. It was a fun walk and young and old joined us for the trip along with two four legged friends Scamp and Charlie. The amount raised on this event was €4,493 which is greatly appreciated by North West Hospice. A big thank you to all who participated in the walk, to all who subscribed to sponsorship cards and to those who gave donations towards the event- thank you. The next fundraising event for the North West Hospice will be the Coffee Morning to be held on Thursday, September 15. STEERING YOUTH: Ballymote Youth Steering Ltd: gratefully acknowl-

edges the support andgrant assistance from the following: Sligo County County Council through the Community and Voluntary Grant Scheme 2011, The Health Service Executive through County Sligo Childcare Committee and Sligo Arts Service Grant 2011 through Sligo County Council. The support and grant assistance has been fundamental in keeping their Summer Camps 2011 running. A big thank you to all. BINGO SUPPORT: Bingo continues every Thursday evening in the Collooney Hall, Collooney starting at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts

in Collooney. Planning permission has now been granted for new handball courts so your support is now needed more than ever, also for a great social evening too. Everybody is welcome.

BELTRA/ DROMARD Celebrity bainsteoir ST Pats GAA Club who are competing in the TV series Celebrity Bainsteoir, with singer Tommy Fleming as manager, have got a home game.

Five of the team went to Dublin last week for a cycling challenge which they won against Aughrim Co, Wicklow, which they won to secure the match at home which will take place on the last weekend of August. CHURCH LUNCH: The annual Church of Ireland Sunday Lunch fundraiser will be held on Sunday, August 7. There will be three sittings 12.30pm,1.30pm and 2.30pm. The cost is €15 per adult, €7.50 per child and pre school free.A children’s menu is also available. VACCINE: Children starting school in September should now get their preschool vaccine as soon as possible at the Health Centre, free of charge.


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town&county 70TH BIRTHDAY: Happy 70th birthday to Rita Kearns, Derk, Dromard. MARKET: The Country Market is held every Saturday morning in Beltra hall from 10am-12 noon. Watch out for children’s workshops, which are held on some Saturdays. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the family of Marie (Mc Munn) Gallagher, Collooney, on the death of her husband Martin Gallagher and to Pat and Ann (McHugh), Boylan, Lisnarower, Beltra, on the death of Pat McHugh, New York.

CASTLECONNOR By Ennicrone Tourist Office Tel.096-36746

Cow Dung Festival THE Castleconnor GAA club is launching a major fundraising initiative with their Cow Dung Festival which will culminate on the weekend of August 20-21 with a day of attractions and music plus the main event. The following is the schedule for the weekend: Saturday, August 20, a festival dance in Castleconnor Community Centre with Pats Country Roadshow and followed by the main attraction Gerry Guthrie and his Country Band.... Sunday, August 21: A Honda 50 step thru run will be leaving the centre at approx 12.30pm and will be going on a run for 2 hours. €20/bike. That will be followed by the main attraction of the weekend, the Cow Dung Bingo. Basically the club are selling squares at €5/square or five for €20, then they let the cow loose on to the pitch and wherever her droppings drop that square will receive €2,000 and the eight squares around it will also receive a cash prize. There will be live music, food, bar service, a shop and numerous events and games for young and old. Castleconnor GAA club in conjunction with the Jack and Jill Foundation are now collecting for “phones for kits”. The club have to collect 335 old mobile phones and they will get a brand new set of 20 O’Neill jerseys for the minor team. Those wishing to donate phones should leave them in Tuffy’s shop. The GAA Lotto stands at €13,350. The yearly tickets are now out and about and are available at €50, which enters you into 26 draws plus a bonus draw at Christmas. If you already have a yearly ticket it is time to renew yours. Results from July 9: Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 14 and 25. There was no winner or match three winners. €30 winners were Maureen Byrne, Maureen Gillard, Luke Carr, Nora Wright and Gerry Gordon. NOTES: If wish to highlight your activities/achievements, if so please send your news and pictures to the Tourist Information Office Enniscrone before noon on Wednesdays www.enniscronetourism@eircom.n et

CLIFFONEY/ GRANGE 90th Birthday Congratulations to Paddy Watters of Cloonabawn who celebrated his 90th birthday recently. We wish Paddy continued good health and happiness in the years ahead. GARDA WARNING: Gardai are warning people who visit Ahamlish Cemetery not to leave any property in their vehicles. This warning follows a number of thefts from parked vehicles recently. Every effort should be made to bring those responsible

Christy and Moira McMorrow, Lavally, Ballintogher, at their 35th wedding anniversary celebrations, with all the members of their family.

to justice. Each and every one of us can help to prevent or detect these crimes by taking numbers of vehicles acting suspiciously and passing this information to the Gardai. GAA: St Molaise Gaels take on Eastern Harps in the Senior Championship in what is a crucial game for both sides. A win for our boys would almost guarantee them a place in the quarter-finals of the championship at least. It is vital that every man, woman and child travels to the game to cheer on our team in what has been a wonderful and historic year so far. CEMETERY MASS: Mass will be celebrated in Ahamlish Cemetery on Sunday next, July 31, at 12 noon. There will be no 12 noon mass in Grange Church on that date.

CLOONACOOL Scrap metal A SCRAP metal collection is being held in Cloonacool as a fundraiser for St Michael’s Community Centre and St Michael’s Church, Cloonacool. All scrap metal can be dropped off or collected on Sunday, August 21 only. The collection area in Cloonacool will be available only on this one day. All scrap metal will be welcome for this unusual fundraiser. This is your opportunity to clear our your gardens and sheds. All types of metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous, is being accepted. Examples include: heavy steel, car shells, large machinery (excavators, flat bed trailers, steel tanks and silos), engines, cast iron, copper, aluminium, brass, aluminium wheels, stainless steel, light steel, steel sheets, line pipes, axels, structural steel beams, lead batteries etc. CAMPS: Little VIP camps will run from August 8 to 12 in Carnaleck Playschool. For more information or to make a booking please call Maura Henry on 087 6507527.

CAKE SALE: A cake sale will be held at the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day in aid of St Michael’s Community Centre, Cloonacool. Home baking will be gladly accepted from anyone willing to bake. The Community Centre will be open on the evening of Tuesday, August 9, from 6pm to 9pm and baking can be dropped in during this time. All items will be very much appreciated. Contact number for information 087 9140154. CYCLE: A cycle is being planned for Cloonacool on Sunday, October 23. Get your bikes and helmets out and start a few practice cycles now! BROADBAND: Irish Rural Link has warned rural dwellers the time for making applications under the Rural Broadband Scheme will come to an end on Friday next, July 29. This scheme applies to households and premises which are outside of the regions covered by the earlier National Broadband Scheme. The scheme is operated by the Department of Communications. It is due to be completed by the end of 2012. Only those who cannot be served by private internet providers will be accepted. If you wish to speak to an official within Communications Development Division in relation to NBS, contact Nessa Mc Kevitt at 016782132 or email YOUR NOTES: Please send any notes to by Wednesday.

COLLOONEY By Mary White Tel. 071-9167511

Sad sudden death LOCAL man Martin Gallagher, St. Mary’s Green, who was just 58, passed away without warning at his home in the early hours of Friday morning, July 15. His remains were

removed from the Perry Funeral Home, The Square, Collooney and were received into the parish church by Fr Pat Peyton, PP and Fr Pat Halloran, PP, Coolaney, at 7pm on Sunday evening. He was laid to rest in St. Nathy’s cemetery after Funeral Mass on Monday concelebrated by six priests, Fr Pat Peyton; Fr Pat Halloran; Fr Tom Towey; Fr Carroll, Chaplin Sligo General Hospital; retired Monsignor Joseph Spelman and Fr Padraig Haran, Knock, and formerly next door neighbour of the Gallagher family at Ardcotton, Collooney. Sympathy is extended to Martin’s wife Marie, sons Martin and Patrick; their wives Sarah and Debradh; grandchildren Sophie, Rabecca, Emma, Kyle, Oisin and Abbey; brothers Harry, Michael, Padraig and sisters Maura, Teresa, Carmel and Geraldine. Huge congregations attended all three occasions and the music was provided by Siobhan Flynn and her music partner. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé. LATE BERNADETTE GRENNON: The death has taken place in Sligo of Bernadette Grennon, (nee Devaney), Tracey Avenue, sister of the late Jack Devaney, Lacagh, Drumfin. Her remains were laid to rest in Sligo cemetery after Mass in Sligo Cathedral on Wednesday, July 20. Sympathy is extended to her daughter Mary, Sea View Park, her relatives and friends. WEDDINGS: Congratulations to Lorraine McGinley and Barney Maughan who were married in the Church of the Assumption, Collooney on Wednesday, July 6. Congratulations also to Ethel Jinks and Patrick Gallagher who were married in the Church of Saints Lassara and Fechin, Ballinacarrow on Friday last. COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to St. Feichin’s, winners of the mixed U-14 skittles at the Community Games. The team was E. O’Grady, G. Anderson, S. Morley, K.

Walsh-Kerins, B. Mahon, and L. Mullen; and their coaches Michelle Leydon and C. Duffy. HANDBALL: Planning permission has been granted to the local handball club for a new court. The club’s bingo continues at the parish hall every Thursday evening starting at 9pm. As well as being a steady fundraiser for the club it is a great social evening. This month’s raffle winners are: Dessie Keegan €100, Sally Kelly and Mathew Philips 2 x €50; Marie Cannon, Walter O’Connor, Pat O’Sullivan, and Eilis Harte €50 each. Secretary Michael McGee thanks all supporters for their continued support and he can be contacted at 087 7703432. FUND RAISER: The family of the late well known traditional musician Jimmy Walsh, Rathedmond, Sligo, and formerly Curry, have organised a night of music, fun and memories on Friday, August 5, at 9pm at the Yeats County Inn, Curry. Funds raised by voluntary contribution will be donated to Nazareth Comfort Fund, where Jimmy spent the last few years of his life. Everyone is welcome. CELEBRATIONS: Collooney native Eugene Nellany will be guest of honour at a symposium in Riverstown during the James Morrison Traditional Festival on Sunday, July 31. Eugene was well known far and wide for his traditional music and charity gigs. He formed his own band Lakes of Sligo with Verona Ryan and the late Jimmy Walsh. Well done, Eugene, enjoy the night.

COOLANEY Tel. 071-9167878 Deaths SYMPATHY is extended to Harry Gallagher, Coolaney, on the sudden death of his brother, Martin Gallagher, Collooney. Sympathy is also extended to Shane Haran and family, Carrowgavneen, Coolaney, on the death of his uncle, Tom Haran, Greenville, Coolaney. BABY: Congratulations and best wishes to Tracy Miller and Padraic Murray, Swinford, Co. Mayo, on the birth of their baby girl, Katie. Congratulations. Also to the proud grandmother, Sheila Miller, Bella. SCHOOL HISTORY: A new booklet titled Killoran National School and Community by Mary T McCarthyToolan, is now available to buy in O’Grady’s and Lipsett’s shops, Coolaney and Toolan’s, Ballisodare, and also by contacting Marian Toolan, Lissalough. This booklet should be of great interest to the residents of Coolaney and surrounding areas, it contains the names of all the pupils who attended Killoran School between 1872 - 1972. GAA LOTTO: The Coolaney/ Mullinabreena GAA Lotto monthly draw was held recently, the numbers drawn were: 3, 25, 26 and 33. There was no jackpot winner. Congratulations to Anne Lee and Michael Fleming, who both matched three numbers to share the monthly prize of €200. The Jackpot now stands at €3,800. Thanks to all our club lotto members. BINGO: Bingo takes place in the Collooney Hall every Thursday evening at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. Collooney Handball fundraising draw monthly winners: Dessie Keegan €100, Sally Kelly and Matthew Philips 2 x €50, Marie Cannon, Walter O’Connor, Pat O’Sullivan and Eilish Harte, all won €50. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.


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town&county 24. Winners of €25 were Fionnuala Kenny, Aoife Clarke, Helen Culkin, Siobhan Coughlin and Michael Kelly. Promoter’s prize Joe Kenny. SUMMER CAMP: Little Steps Playgroup are running a summer camp for three to five year olds from August 8-12. Activities will include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, face painting and lots more fun and games. The camp will run daily from 10am-2pm. The cost of the camp is €6 per day or €25 for five days. Children will need to bring a packed lunch. Places are limited, to book a place contact Jean on 087 9510738. CHURCH FUND: The Easkey/Rathlee church renovation fund has now reached €1,108,881 with a remaining balance of €63,007. Boxes of envelopes are being delivered at present and it is hoped to have the debt cleared at the end of another year’s subscription.

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Agricultural Show

KEASH: The second of two outdoor masses took place at Toomour ‘Tuaim Fhobair’ translated as ‘burial mound of the well’ in Keash on earlier this month. The site contains one very early Christian Church or Oratory though all that’s visible is a small rock mound and some ancient marking stones. Parish Priest Fr. Jim Finan celebrated the mass and local historian Martin A Timoney give a potted history of the site during the sermon. Pictures by Peter McPartland

CRANMORE ABBEYQUARTER By Breda Wimsey and Beccy Perry

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Leah represents Ireland WELL done to 11-years-old Leah Fox from John Fallon Drive, Cranmore, who represented Ireland in the Youths Euro Cup darts competition in Scotland. We are very proud to say she got to the semi-finals. DEATHS: We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the following people who recently passed away: Maureen Mary Moran, nee Mahon, Essex, England. Mrs. Moran is a former resident of St. Joseph’s Terrace, Sligo. The funeral arrangements are due to be announced later. Kevin Fowley from St Anne’s Terrace. Funeral took place on Tuesday last in St Anne’s Church followed by a burial in Sligo Cemetery. Noel Duncan from 25 Fatima Avenue. The funeral took place on Tuesday last in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery. Gerald (Gerry) McConville of Wolfe Tone Street. Funeral took place on Tuesday last in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Mass of the Resurrection on Wednesday followed, by burial in Sligo Cemetery.

DRAW: The €150 prize winner of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre weekly lotto draw was Adrian Murrin from John Fallon Drive. OUTING: The Social Dance outing took place on Sunday, July 17, for 60+ years at Mc William Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co Mayo. A brilliant time was had by all. Thanks to the sponsors who made this great day possible, John Fallon Drive Residents Association and Dolly’s Cranmore Social Group NURSE: The public health nurse is available every Tuesday afternoon from 2-3pm. They will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about your child. SUMMER BREAK: The Friendship Group, Monday Morning Group, The Abbeyquarter Playschool, Dance Group, Senior Citizens and Women’s Group are all on summer break and will be commencing again in September. NOTES: 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 GAA celebrations THE commeration of the GAA in Curry takes place next weekend. It begins with a book launch on Saturday evening in the Yeats County Inn Hotel at 9pm. Then on Sunday, July 31, Mass will be celebrated

at 11.30am for present members and the memory of those who have past on. That will be followed with a day’s handball in Cully Alley and that night in the Yeats Hotel, Curry there will be a Gala Event with buffet, music, song and guests. Special guest on the night will be Liam O’Neill, national president elect of the GAA This promises to be a wonderful weekend for all to meet up. For further information contact Mary on 087 7961341 or Ann Marie at 087 7431792 FAIR OF CURRY: On Monday, August 1, the fair of Curry takes place in the village from 12 noon to 5pm. There will be farm stock and poultry as well as a dog show. A barbecue will be taking place as well as a raffle for various prizes which will include hampers, carved bog oak and many more items. An exhibition of arts and crafts, which will be for sale, will also be held in the Community Centre. A special photo of Sligo GAA Junior Football All Ireland winning team will be offered for sale. All proceeds going towards the Church Repair Fund. A fun packed day in both the village and the GAA pitch is assured for all the family with entertainment, refreshments on offer and an exhibition of gaelic games. The Fun in the Park activities include music by All Bang and Strumet, traditional musicians, exhibition of gaelic games of all underage teams, a blitz between five original team areas within the parish, novelty events – donkey musical chairs, tug-of-war, egg tossing compe-

titions, welly/sheaf throwing, sack, wheelbarrow and slow bicycle races, piglet catching and spouse carrying races. GAA LOTTO: Winners of the GAA Lotto: Crissy McIntyre, Darren Feeley and Kyle Brennan. Numbers drawn were: 5, 7, 9 and 10. Next week’s jackpot stands at €2,600. SYMPATHY: The death has taken place of Junior McGoldrick, Drimbane. We extend sympathy to his sisters, friends and neighbours. May he rest in peace.

EASKEY Wedding CONGRATULATIONS to Geraldine Feeney, Fortland, and Seamus McGuinn, Charlestown, who were married in St James Church on Friday, July 15. The chief celebrant was Fr Seamus Mc Guinn, California, uncle of the bride. The reception was held in the Sligo Park Hotel. BAPTISMS: Congratulations to the parents of Conor Thomas Kenny–Coles, John Francis Johnston and Leo Martel Burac who were all baptised recently. CEMETERY MASS: Roslea cemetery mass will be held on Friday next, July 29, at 7pm. A collection for the upkeep of the cemetery will be taken up. LOTTO: There was no winner of the jackpot in the Easkey Community Council lotto draw held on Friday night week last. Numbers drawn were 3, 11, 17, 22 and bonus number

PREPARATIONS are well underway for the annual Enniscrone Agricultural Show which will take place on Saturday, August 27. The committee is very busy fundraising for what will be a great day out for exhibitors and visitors alike. If you would like to get involved in this year’s show give the committee a ring on 087 6474290. OUTING: The summer outing for Enniscrone Community Care took place July 9.. The group visited the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar and also Horkan’s Garden Centre. A great day was had by all and a special thanks to the organisers, Gárda Andrew Keegan, Suzanne Sheridan and Nuala Boland. FESTIVAL: The Black Pig Festival is being held from August 4-8. A fun run will be held on Monday, August 8, if interested in taking part email your registration to A Mardi Gras parade will take place on Thursday evening, August 4, so register your child to take part as there are only 50 places available, if interested phone Aishling on 087 6169423 or Joe on 087 6214422. GAA CAMP: The Enniscrone/Kilglass Cul Camp is on at Quigabar pitch from July 25-29. Cost per first child is €60, second child is €50 and each subsequent child is €40. Any other queries contact Liam Og Gormley on 086 8254420 or 071-9166615. WATER SAFETY: Enniscrone Water Safety Course takes place on Sunday, July 31 to Friday, August 5. Enrolment takes place on Saturday, July 30 from 8pm at the Pier. Swimming and Life Saving Instruction Enrolment at Enniscrone Pier on Saturday, July 30 at 8pm with instruction starting on Sunday, July 31. Rates single €35/ two children €50/three children €60. Any queries contact Mary Tighe 096-36724 or 087 2418200. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Harriet Coleman and family Muckduff, Enniscrone, on the death of her mother Harriet Kelly, Knockmore who died recently. May she rest in peace COAST CARE: The Coast Care Blue Flag maintenance requires community involvement in Clean Coast Activities; join in campaign to remove non-natives species from the dunes in July. COFFEE MORNING: The Enniscrone Tourist Information Centre annual coffee morning will take place on Friday, August 4, from 9.30am to



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SO - What’s inside

Interview Emilee Jennings talks to Sligo’s Oddsocks Revival. Pages 4-5

what’s inside

The Gloaming

Trad supergroup make Paddy Casey Paddy Casey plays the Clarence to raise funds for Sligo Rovers. Page 6

Sligo pro-surfer Easkey Britton selected surf films.

Joe Rooney.

Jerry Fish

Hey Shirley! All the faces captured at Shirley Cadden’s 21st birthday. Page 10

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Painting workshops with Artist-in-Residence Etienne Zack.

Sligo's own Túcan play Saturday August 20.


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - Festive


his August, Lúnasa, a new summertime celebration of the arts, will take place at The Model in Sligo. The Lúnasa Arts Festival features an exciting programme of exhibitions, music, film, comedy, visual arts and

education and outreach events, plus free lunchtime tours of the exhibitions and a free outdoor art project on the grounds of The Model. The Festival features the first Sligo appearance from The Gloaming - a new super-

The World of Jack B Yeats - Harry Boland Funeral.

group of Ireland's foremost traditional music artists, comprising Thomas Bartlett, Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionaird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. The festival will also feature performances from Jerry Fish & The

Mudbug Club, and Sligo's own Túcan, as well as comedy from Joe Rooney and Patrick McDonnell, a special summer season of surf films at The Model Cinema and painting workshops with Artistin-Residence Etienne Zack.

The Gloaming will appear on Wednesday August 24 fresh from their international debut at the National Concert Hall. Outstanding, genredefying Túcan, who have a long relationship with The Model, play on Saturday August 20. The visual arts programme features a survey exhibition by award-winning, filmmaker Harun Farocki, with complex film installations that analyse surveillance, war technologies and even world-cup football. Alongside this exhibition is The Celtic Twilight - a Niland Collection Exhibition and a special exhibition entitled The World of Jack B Yeats, which features works from every phase of Yeats' career including a new acquisition of Yeats' work, "A Nor'western Town". Films in the festival include surf films; "The

Endless Summer", "Big Wednesday" and local produced "Waveriders", together with a surprise screening as selected by Sligo pro-surfer and artist Easkey Britton. Craic in the Box, The Model's comedy series, will feature Joe Rooney and Patrick McDonnell, both of Father Ted fame and The Model's current Artist in Residence, Etienne Zack, will conduct art workshops for youths and seniors. A wonderful weeklong music summer camp, "Soundsation" for 5-12 year olds runs from August 15-19. There will also be a workshop for children 2 - 4 years old, "The Big Draw", is a very exciting project in puppetmaking, painting and physical learning, running from August 913. For booking or more information please call The Model on (071) 914 1405 or visit:

Lúnasa festival

Sligo debut at Lúnasa festival


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - interview Sligo band Oddsocks Revival chat to Emilee Jennings, ahead of their show this Saturday in the Garavogue Bar, on why they like to keep the good times rolling.


Rock out T

he four Sligo lads who make up Oddsocks Revival arrived back home in the middle of the night after an intense tour around parts of Europe, the UK and Ireland, looking understandably tired, but that didn’t stop them from having some fun. The down to earth guys have known each other since their secondary school days in Sligo with Luke Mercer (guitar and vocals) and Anthony Mannion (guitar and vocals) sharing a number of classes in Summerhill College and Michael Conefrey (bass and vocals) and Eoghan O’Kelly (drums and vocals) both attending The Grammar. The band first started out as The Oddsocks in 2003, while the four lads were still at school. They won numerous Battle of the Bands competitions, played in The Trades Club regularly and recorded a demo with BBC Radio Foyle and then it was time for college. “We continued to play a bit throughout college, but in final year we took time out from the band to concentrate on our studies,” says Anthony. A very responsible action from a rock and roll band who were gathering followers by the day. After their final exams the boys were eager to get out on the road and perform again. By summer 2009

they bought a tour van and had started gigging with UK band Alabama 3, “we all wanted to do this as a full-time career and we knew it was coming, so as soon as we finished college we really went for it and its being going up and up since,” said an elated Anthony. The Sligo born and bred foursome have performed over 80 gigs between here and the UK since February. This week sees them play in Dublin, Donegal, Galway and back home in Sligo. “We’re in the Garavogue on Saturday [July 30], it’s going to be great, we really enjoyed our last gig in there and it’s always great to perform at home.”

Based in Dublin the guys have an opportunity to promote themselves nationally and have featured on numerous radio stations. “Being in Dublin helps, there’s a lot of good music contacts up there and it’s a very central place to travel from.” But enjoying life in the Big Smoke doesn’t stop Oddsocks from missing home. “We try to play in Sligo as much as possible, it’s great to see familiar faces and there's always an amazing atmosphere when we play at home. “We like to stick around after all our gigs and try to meet and chat to everyone and we usually end up partying with a random group of peo-

As soon as we finished college we really went for it and its being going up and up since.


ple. “That’s one of the best bit and most important parts of gigging. We don’t want to just go and play a gig like other bands, we want to stay and mingle and keep the good times rolling, that's what makes an impact.” After their Sligo gig Oddsocks will be heading back to the UK for the second leg of their international tour. "A really nice dude from Sligo, Gerry O’Boyle runs a pub called the Boogaloo and he’s giving us a great push in London and the UK.” And then after that it’s off to Electric Picnic where the lads will end their tour in style playing on the Salty Dog Stage at 9.30pm on Sunday, September 4th in the 600 acre Estate in County Laois. Oddsocks Revival know how to command a stage and their quirky, tongue in cheek lyrics will have you grinning for the night. To see this four piece funk, rock and roll, blues band perform live, boogie on down to the Garavogue this Saturday, July 30 for an electric three hour set. Admission is €5 and don’t forget to “keep the good times rolling”. Check out their official website or the Oddsocks Revival Facebook page for more information.


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SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - interview

Glens welcomes music duo back


ONE of the most memorable musical partnerships of our era, Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and American guitarist Dennis Cahill play the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton this Friday, July 29. Undoubtedly the greatest Irish fiddler of his generation, Martin Hayes' playing defies ordinary descriptions. Together with his musical partner, guitarist Dennis Cahill they have achieved the delicate balance of tradition versus creativity and innovation, carefully paying respect to the roots of

the music whilst creating an engaging new sound. They have recorded three critically acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records, "The Lonesome Touch" (1997) and "Live in Seattle" (1999) and released their third duet album "Welcome Here Again" in 2008. The show on Friday starts at 8.30pm. Admission is â&#x201A;Ź18. Booking is recommended by phoning the Glens Centre on 071-9855833 or online at


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - Music & Fashion

Paddy Casey plays the Clarence

Michael Gormley.

Rossa Danagher

Carthage Carroll.

dio album "Addicted To Company (Part One)" in Ireland in September 2007, and in the US the following year 2008. In March 2008, MTV US promoted him as MTV Buzzworthy Artist on their TV channel and website Carthage Carroll was the lead singer of talented local band Fiction who had a couple of Irish Top 30 hits and has just recently released his debut album “The Lost and Found” which is available to download on itunes. This concert marks the first chance for his Sligo fans to hear his new material live and it promises to be a special homecoming gig for Carthage. Michael Gormley is another local talented singer/songwriter on the rise. A very popular local act Michael will bring his own following on the night and having conquered the local scene he is looking now to make an impact on the national stage. Tickets for this concert cost €15 and are available from the Clarence Hotel, JAKO Teamsport and the Showgrounds. There are also special dinner tickets available for €25 and these include entry to the gig as well as a three-course meal in Limoncello Restaurant beforehand (upstairs in the Clarence Hotel). This promises to be a great night and tickets are selling well so patrons are advised to get theirs quick. All proceeds will go to Sligo Rovers and will go towards covering the cost of the club's Europa League adventure.

Paddy Casey.

Do blondes have more fun? O

UR flagship blondes of today are celebrities like Claudia Schiffer, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Madonna and Lady Gaga to name but a few. No hair colour has as many different shades from cool ice blonde or warm shades of honey blond to pastel blond. The glamorous colour stands for the eternal promise of feminine sensuality, seduction and innocence. Only an excellent colourist knows how to adjust the adequate blond shade to the client’s skin and character. Blonde tends to be like an addiction, most girls love their blonde and the sense of sensuality that it brings with it. Your wardrobe and makeup are dictated by the colour of your hair. From a professional point of view blonde has never been more fun to work with, for the first time blonde colours can have shine, tone and a great condition.

My favourite blonde colours at the moment are from Redken. They deliver exactly what they are meant to with great results. To achieve a healthy, shiny blonde colour, you should use a leave in conditioner for the ultimate gloss. Icy whites and pale blondes tend to fade fast; a violet or sliver-tone shampoo can help to keep the colour vibrant. If you are in between colour appointments and need to disguise a little re-growth, dry shampoo can do wonders for you in the short term. A great look at the moment is baliage, this is a French freestyle technique of creating natural, hand-painted highlights and it gives you a chance to get soft multi-tonal colour without high commitment and it adds great life to your hair. Adding a few highlights can add great volume in very fine hair, but if you’re braving a boy crop keep your blond ultra feminine, like a soft baby blonde. So do blondes have more fun? Well there's only one way to find out. Email - if you have any hair related questions for Rossa Danagher.

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S THE people of Sligo get set for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend all eyes are on the Clarence Hotel this coming Saturday, July 30 as Paddy Casey makes a longawaited return to the North West. 'An Evening with Paddy Casey' is being jointly presented by The Clarence and Sligo Rovers. It will not only feature Paddy's undoubted talent, but he will also be ably supported by Sligo men Carthage Carroll and Michael Gormley, two outstanding singer songwriters in their own right. One of the most talented and effusive singer/songwriters of his generation, Paddy Casey blasted onto the scene with the release of his first album "Amen, So Be It" in 1999, full of punchy pop songs and ballads straight from the heart. After picking up awards like Hot Press' "Best Debut Album" and "Most Promising Young Act" Paddy found himself supporting musicians of the calibre of REM, Ian Brown and The Pretenders. His next studio album, 2003's "Living" was the soundtrack for Irish young people with the title track in particular earning massive airplay, as did the follow up "Saints and Sinners". In 2004 he won his first of two consecutive Meteor Irish Music Awards for Best Irish Male and his music again became the summer soundtrack thanks to his epic performance at Oxegen. Paddy released his third stu-


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - Arts

Conal Gallen is Enniscrone bound

IN THIS designated Year of Craft 2011 a local group of craftspeople honour their connection in a W.B Yeats inspired exhibition. The exhibition titled, The Poetry of Craft opened yesterday (July 25) and will run until Monday August 8 in the Yeats Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo. Each Made in Sligo craft maker has originated compelling dimensional art inspired by one of the following Yeat's poems, 'He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven'; 'To A Child Dancing In The Wind' and 'A Coat'.

Made in Sligo is a network of gifted and quality assessed craft workers who have come together to promote the very best of Sligo's design and craft products. Made in Sligo is a group of twelve entrepreneurs involved in the promotion of craft producers in County Sligo. The Sligo Year of Craft is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland, Sligo LEADER Partnership, Sligo County Enterprise Board, and Sligo Arts Office

W.B. Yeats inspired Exibition

Made in Sligo craft exhibition now open COMEDIAN Conal Gallen is making a return visit to Enniscrone for the Black Pig Festival. The Donegal Comedian will bring his latest stand up comedy show to The Ocean Sands Hotel on Friday, August 5. The Festival Committee are strongly advising people to get their tickets early from the Ocean Sands Hotel because of expected demands. Due to a hectic schedule Conal spends most of the summer months touring outside of Ireland so to see him perform at home in August is a very rare and special treat for comedy fans. Over the past six years Conal Gallen

has become one of the most successful Comedians in Ireland with a record breaking sell-out tour five years in a row. His show is jam-packed with over 2 hours of hilarious stories, jokes and song, which is guaranteed to have you in stitches from start to finish. He had a massive hit across the country with his self penned song, "Horse It Into Ya Cynthia", for which he received numerous awards including one from the BBC for being the most requested song in the History of BBC Radio Ulster. Tickets are available from the Ocean Sands Hotel on 096-26700.


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SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - 21st in Cullens Bar Shirley Cadden celebrated her 21st Birthday with her family and friends in Cullen's Bar.

Shirley Cadden with her boyfriend Aidan Toolan celebrating her 21st birthday in Cullen's Bar.

Sinead and Orlene met up with Shirley at her 21st birthday party. Shirley's mother Rita delivers her birthday cake.

From left; Niall Cadden, Tommy Brennan, Larry Cadden, Ciaran Brennan Shirley's the 21st party.

Shirley Cadden with her parents Rita and Gerry on the occasion of her 21st Birthday.

Thumbs up for the fun from; Jessica, Beverley, Claudia, Kelsey, Jenna and Robin.

Danika and Kaela Kerrigan were enjoying the fun at Shirley's Party. Finola Mulvey and Lisa Hynes.

Ciaran Brennan and Cathy Kelly

Rachel, Aisling and Shirley

Kelly, Marian, Jessica and Sara Jane were enjoying the party.

Damien, Caroline and Marian Willis were enjoying the party.

Mary and Eugene Toolan, Rhona Gilhooly and Maria Martin Ortiz were at Shrley's 21st Party.


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Tobernalt – Garland Celebrations 29th – 31st July T

OBERNALT Holy Well is a sacred place of prayer and reflections for the people of Sligo and surrounding areas. It has a rich Christian heritage combined with the beauty of nature and the consant changing of the seasons. The history of Tobernalt reminds us of St. Patrick and his mission to bring the faith to our land, penal Ireland and the constant struggle to nurture the fatih dimension of our souls as we jouney in this world. Many pilgrims visit the Holy Well throughout the year and reflect on its abiding image of prayer and peace which transformes the problems and difficulties of this world. The sacred soil is a call to discover the presence of God in our world and to refelct on the rich heritage of our ancestors who struggled and promoted the faith in difficult and hard times. Today, pilgrims come to the Holy Well to pray, reflect and seek out the God who cares and loved them. It may be a time to walk around the grounds, light a candle or celebrate the Stations of the Cross or the Mysteries of the Rosary. For some it is a special visit to the various shrines or a time to ponder on the flowing water or indeed to admire the natural beauty of this outdoor Church. The Garland Weekend Celebrations at the Holy Well begin on 29th July and conclude on Sunday 31st. As usual a full and comperhensive programme is planned by the Parish of Carraroe. The theme this year is Vocation, a call to holiness. The theme reminds us that no matter what our status in life, God wants us to jouney to holiness and eventually to his Heavenly home. Some details of the programme are outlined below for the weekend.

Friday 29th July: In Carraroe Church In Honour of the Holy Well 6 - 7pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Prayers 7:00pm Mass in Preparation for the Weekend Saturday 30th July: At the Holy Well 7:30pm Evening Mass - Baptism Sunday 31st July: At the Holy Well 6:00am Dawn Mass - A Sacred Heritage 10:00am Morning Mass - Honouring the Holy Well 12:00noon Mass with Prayers for Healing 3:30pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament The deep love and reverence that many have for the Holy Well is capture in the following article by Eileen King and reminds us that the Holy Well belong to a new generation who both understand its rich heritage and care for its unique legacy: “My first and abiding impression of Tobernalt is that God speaks powerfully to the human soul through nature, a veritable presence of the Creator in His creation. The rocks and trees, the moisture-infused air: it is a feast for the senses. Peace is there because He is there. Tobernalt counteracts the busyness of life with silence and it is His silence that permeates the soul. I come away from a visit to Tobernalt rejuvenated and refreshed as if I have absorbed the moisture by osmosis. This place supports my faith and belief in God in a very unique way. There is beauty all around me as I sit. Small and delicate flowers, varying shades of green, and sunlight that filters through the many tall trees. As I listen, I hear birdsong and water flowing and all of these elements conspire to still my soul. The marriage of tradition with nature is another aspect of Tobernalt that appeals to my heart. The Stations of the Cross, the Mysteries of the Rosary and devotion to the Saints, all nestling unobtrusively into the surroundings, exemplify the marriage. These manmade devotionals do not detract from the beauty of Tobernalt, rather they serve to remind us of His love:

the reason this beauty exists. I am sure that God has no need of Tobernalt in the sense that it doesn’t add to His greatness, it is merely His gift to us. Seeing how beautiful Tobernalt is and yet knowing that humanity is worth infinitely more in God’s eyes humbles me. When I visit Tobernalt I also think of Our Lady. Her role as the mother of God was mostly contemplative and so I can’t help but feel her presence inviting all to meditate on her Son. Scripture refers to Our Lady pondering all things in her heart, and in a sense Tobernalt calls us to do the same. In the silence we can bring our lives and all the intricacies of the heart to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we can leave our worries behind us. This requires an element of trust on our part but in this surrender we can truly be at peace. I have made many visits to Tobernalt and each time I feel the Spirit of God enlightening me in a new way. One such visit I made was on a moonlit night in the company of a friend and two American nuns. There was such a tangible presence of God that this visit stands out for me as one of my favourites. In the moonlight we made our prayers at the altar, and I could not help but imagine the many others before me who stood in this place and at this hour without the freedoms I enjoy. In fact, their steadfast and courageous worship made it possible for me to be there. This visit really spoke to me of God’s love and faithfulness. He did not abandon the Irish people, He led them on the way of the cross and out of persecution. I could sense the admiration and respect that the American nuns had for the faith of the Irish and they were deeply moved by the experience. We spoke very little but prayed from the heart, and I often feel that this is the unwritten mantra of Tobernalt. When I made my St. Patrick’s Day visit this year, 2011, I was at the time on retreat at a local hermitage. I brought some visitors to the Holy Well; it was their first time to experience this place and they too were moved by the simplicity of Tobernalt. I was in a posture of listening and so the hushed spirit of silence at Tobernalt was like an old friend. I took the time to drink in the atmosphere and all the sounds and smells. My companions did likewise, each experiencing God in their heart. I felt that for the first time I really celebrated the gift of faith that I enjoy, and also the gift that St. Patrick was and is to the Irish people. The silence remains the most attractive feature of Tobernalt in my mind, the joy begotten of listening for the first time and hearing the soothing and peaceful sounds of creation. The lasting presence of Tobernalt never ceases to amaze me; it is as perennial as the God who created it and timeless in its appeal. In summary, I would encourage anyone to visit Tobernalt. When you step through the low stone wall and see the well and its surroundings for the first time, you know you are on hallowed ground. There is a real sense of history and an undeniable link to the past. It is a place for you to rest in God’s love, a place to rid yourself of worldly cares and concerns, a place to recharge your batteries. It is as if the spark of the Divine comes alive. I hope to enjoy Tobernalt for many years to come.” This year will see the launch of a new history and heritage book on the Holy Well. The book is considerably enlarged with articles, news items, reflections, poems and a comperhensive collection of photogrpahs. Many hours of work, research and reflection have helped to produce this book. It will be presented in full colour and in A5 size, suitable for any coffee table. The book will be available at the Garland Weekend Celebrations. Luke 2:19


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - Entertainment

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BEGINNING the 27th August Osta Café initiates its Arts along the Left Bank programme. In this programme the café will host writers and musicians in an initiative to provide a creative space for Artists of local and national prominence to perform their work. The initial night will feature musicians drawn from the Djem-

be Jazz Collective. This group will include Jim Meehan and Eddie McFarlane on guitars and Patrick Cerengetti on Bass with featured vocalist Triona Sweeney. In the weeks to follow the performances will include literary readings and musical collaborations in the bluegrass and traditional music genres along with the showcasing of singers and songwriters. De-

tails of all performances will be posted on the Osta Café website and on Facebook. The café has an affordable menu of light food and drinks available for those who wish to dine while catching the performance. Each performance starts at 8.00 pm. There is no cover charge.


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‡ The fantastic Dartry Ceili Band on Saturday, 30th July

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‡ Mad for Road, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolf Tones & the Internationally Renowned Door Dancing Competition on Monday 1st August


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(gen) Horrid Henry: The Movie in 2D (15/a) The Guard (gen) Horrid Henry:

4.35pm, 6.55pm & 9.15pm

3.55pm, 6.35pm & 9.15pm


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Sinead & Liam Saturday 30th July – Crossroads Sunday 31th July – Lunch Time Jazz Quay Street Band Monday 1st August – Traditional Music Friday 29th July –

Tasty Soup & Sandwitches available Monday - Friday Lunchtime

Irish House O’Connell Street,Tel: 071-9142003

Friday 29th July – Gerry Gallagher (8 – 10pm) Saturday 30th July – Hughie Lowry & Friends (10:30 – close) Live Europa League Coverage Showing Live Sports - SKY, SETANTA & ESPN

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SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

S0 - Quizzical

Words & Numbers



WORDSEARCH win a cinema ticket!

ACROSS 1. Bringing out books has the bush piling up. (10) 6. See 1 down. 10. Group of schoolchildren. (5) 11. Traditional dish - a possible origin of whist, sire. (5,4) 12. Such menaces as hatters may dispel. (7) 15. Doctor Ronald is an imbecile. (5) 17. Uterus. (4) 18. At high volume. (4) 19. The words of a song. (5) 21. That broken brazier is weird. (7) 23. Castor. (5) 24. In the Bible, Jacob's brother. (4) 25. Encourage, incite. (4) 26. Joint just above the foot. (5) 28. Glasgow soccer club that shows right rages. (7) 33. Revelry. (9) 34. Composer best known for his Bolero. (5) 35. Sunbeams. (4) 36. Legal setting for tennis, squash, badminton and basketball? (4,6) DOWN 1 & 6 across. Famous festival that includes a market selling ice-hockey equipment? (4,4) 2. You might find hose about this waterside facility. (9) 3. Is little Susan your offspring? (5) 4. Lift with pulleys. (5) 5. Cuticle. (4)
























20. Here in Down, might Rovers rot? (9) 21. A bird had the tube lit up thus. (4,3) 22. Precipitation. (4) 27. Irish county - 'The Kingdom'. (5) 29. Flower to make one stare. (5) 30. O brag about actress Greta. (5) 31. Nought. (4) 32. Charity. (4)



















































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.







7. Star of stage or screen. (5) 8. Society that is continually having arguments? (6,4) 9. Sewing accessory. (7) 13. Against, not pro-. (4) 14. Jumper that perspires? (7) 16. Do you use it to bang in nails or talons? (4-6)

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, July 21, and you will be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo. NICOLA DINEEN, 47 Knocknaganny Park, Sligo was last week’s winner.


! DOWN 2. A surgeon does this in a hospital theatre. (9) 3. Silent. (5) 4. Finish. (3) 5. Created. (4) 6. This area of the airport is for people taking flights out. (10) 8. Spooky. (5) 12. Not as old. (7) 14. You can get an item of fast food called a Big ___. (3) 16. Puts numbers together to get a total. (3) 17. The first woman in the Bible. (3) 18. A space. (3)


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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. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Not fast Lash Knitting stitch Jump Fruit Rip Info Eagerly expectant 9. Present

10. Pith helmet 11. Wading bird 12. Practise boxing 13. Precious stone 14. Unit of length 15. Foolish 16. Small branch

Key word clue: Girl's name

EASY CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Mosque 7. Neater 9. Reminded 10. Relay 11. Party 13. Empty 15. Tissue 16. Acorn 17. Engaged 19. Dress 20. Exports Down: 2. Operation 3. Quiet 4. End 5. Made 6. Departures 8. Eerie 12. Younger 14. Mac 16. Adds 17. Eve 18. Gap CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Publishing 10. Class 11. Irish stew 12. Threats 15. Moron 17. Womb 18. Loud 19. Lyric 21. Bizarre 23. Wheel 24. Esau 25. Urge 26. Ankle 28. Rangers 33. Merriment 34. Ravel 35. Rays 36. Four Courts Down : 1. Puck Fair 2. Boathouse 3. Issue 4. Hoist 5. Nail 7. Actor 8. Rowing club 9. Thimble 13. Anti 14. Sweater 16. Claw-hammer 20. Rostrevor 21. Blue tit 22. Rain 27. Kerry 29. Aster 30. Garbo 31. Zero 32. Alms

WORD SPIRAL: 1. Slow 2. Whip 3. Purl 4. Leap

ACROSS 1. Church or temple for people who follow Islam. (6) 7. Tidier. (6) 9. Helped someone's memory. (8) 10. You pass the baton in a _____ race. (5) 11. Celebration you might have for your birthday. (5) 13. Containing nothing. (5) 15. Paper hankie. (6) 16. The nut of an oak tree. (5) 17. Promised in marriage. (7) 19. Girl's or lady's garment. (5) 20. Sends something out of the country. (7)


5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Topi Ibis Spar Ruby Yard


Key word solution: 15. 16.

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SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

SO - Informative


ENNISCRONE, Co. Sligo, IRELAND 0879716389 / 0857385399

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TODAY It will be cloudy for a time with patchy drizzle. In the afternoon, sunny spells will develop with the small risk of an isolated shower. There will be a light and variable wind. Max temp 17-20°C (63-68°F).

WEDNESDAY It is going to be overcast and grey with rain gradually moving eastwards, some heavy. Light southerly winds. Max temp 16-19°C (61-66°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 Any lingering rain in the east will quickly clear to leave it dry with some brightness later. A moderate northerly breeze. Max temp 15-18°C (59-64°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 - Sat & Sun closed. 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 It will be mostly cloudy through the day with showers and limited sunshine. Moderate northerly winds. Max temp 15-18°C (59-64°F).

1215 BMIbaby 1155 “

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

East Midlands Dep Knock Wed, Fri Sun

1025 Ryanair 1840 “

Dep East Midlands Wed, Fri 0840 Sun 1655

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 London Luton Dep Knock Mon - Sun



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



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

Dep London Stansted Mon - Sun 11.35




It will be fairly cloudy with the risk of a shower; some brightness possible later. Moderate north-westerly winds. Max temp 15-18°C (59-64°F).

Based on tidal heights at Oyster Island TODAY 10:53 3.12m H 16:45 1.37m L WEDNESDAY 12:04 3.08m H 18:04 1.38m L THURSDAY 00:25 3.14M H 19:24 1.26M L FRIDAY 01:40 3.27m H 20:30 1.04mL SATURDAY 02:43 3.50m H 21:22 0.80m L SUNDAY 03:36 3.75m H 22:07 0.57mL MONDAY 04:24 3.97m H 22:51 0.41m 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

helplines 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



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 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

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

SLIGO-CASTLEBAR-WESTPORT (MonSat) 08.00, 12.00, 0200, 0300, 0400, 0710F0 WESTPORT-CASTLEBAR-SLIGO (Mon-Sat) 0850, 1030, 1215, (1600WP) (1700CB) (1945FO)

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

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

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.


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2.30pm, proceeds from the coffee morning will go towards the street children of Lagos, a missionary project supported by Sister Marie Goretti of the Jesus and Mary Sisters, Enniscrone. In conjunction with this fundraiser there is an exhibition by local artist Cora Connaughton from Carrowhubbock, who recently graduated from the GMIT in Castlebar with a BA in Art and Design. Cora’s exhibition tells the story of her parents war memories in the Netherlands which is highly acclaimed, thought provoking and brilliantly depicted. CEMETERY MASS: The Cemetery Mass will be held on Sunday at St Patrick’s Cemetery Kilglass. BLOTTO: There was no winner of the €1,800 jackpot when the draw took place in The Gilroy’s Bar on Saturday night week last. The numbers drawn were 12, 25 and 32. The winners of €25 each were Maria Rogers, Paul McKeown, Brian Casey and Paula Scanlon. WATERPOINT: Waterpoint has been chosen to represent Sligo in the CoOperation Ireland Pride of Place Competition. This is a competition to recognise community spirit and the achievements of communities throughout Ireland. Waterpoint are representing Sligo in the Community Tourism Initiative category. Judging takes place on August 4. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday 10am-9pm and 11am-7pm at weekends. NOTES: If you wish to highlight your activities/achievements, send your news and pictures to the Tourist Office before 12 noon on Wednesday or ring 096-36746 E-mail:

GURTEEN School reunion THE Clooneen NS reunion was held on Friday, July 15 with Mass at 8pm in Gurteen Church followed by a buffet in Teach Murray, where Owen Duffy gave an account of the origins of the school from 1883 to 1969. More than 100 people attended and well done to the organising committee. From 1957 it was a one-teacher school and it closed in 1969 upon amalgamation with Killavil. EVENING MASS: The priests of St. Attracta’s Cluster of Parishes i.e. Keash, Ballymote, Ballaghaderreen, Gurteen and Bunninadden, will celebrate evening Mass each Sunday at 7pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Gurteen for the months of July and August. WEDDINGS: Congratulations to Martin Tansey, Cuilmore, Gurteen and Fiona Clancy, Kilturra, Bunninadden, who were married in Bunninadden Church on Saturday, July 16. They will reside at Cois Na hAbhainn, Gurteen and are wished a long and happy life together. The wedding also took place on Saturday, July 16 in Castlerea Church of Allen Flannery, Monasteraden West and Michelle Donnellan. Castlerea. Best wishes to them both in their married life together. GET TOGETHER: The Cloonloo annual ‘Get Together’ will be held on next Sunday, July 31, in Teach Murray with music supplied by Maureen O’Dowd. There will be a hamper door prize sponsored by Super Valu, Boyle. Proceeds to Cloonloo Church Repairs Fund. Tickets on sale from Joe Cryan and Linda Shannon. DANCING CLASS: Summer Irish Dancing Classes under the rules of An Comhdhail will be held in Durkin's, Ballaghaderreen, every Monday evening from 4pm. Beginners welcome

Tel. 071-9855349

On the run again

ROSSES POINT: Skipper of Sligo Sea Angling Charters Daryl Ewing ( welcomed aboard young Kenyan lads Joseph and Kevin for their first ever spin on a boat. The boys are from Cheryl’s Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya which has benefited from the support of Sligo charity Kenya Build.

BINGO: Bingo is held every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30pm with a jackpot of €1,000 in 50 calls or less and other valuable prizes. There is also a separate lotto game of €1,000. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the hall so your support is greatly appreciated. SESSIONS: Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9pm in Ceolaras Coleman Gurteen during July and August the Summer Seisiún takes place. Enjoy the very best of traditional music, song and dance. Audience participation is encouraged and these sessions are an ideal op-

portunity to showcase local talent and entertainment to family, visitors and tourists and are an enjoyable and social occasion. For further details phone 071-9182599. DE DANANN: On Sunday, August 7 at 9pm in the Coleman Centre, Gurteen there is a special treat in store for traditional music lovers with Frankie Gavin and De Danann performing in concert. Other musicians on the group are Barry Brady (accordion), Mike Galvin on (bouzouki and guitar) and Michelle Lally (vocals). Further information from 0719182599.

SATURDAY, September 10 will be another day to mark on your calendar following the success of the inaugural North Leitrim Glens Run/Walk in 2010 which raised €11,700 for the North West Hospice. Registration costs remain the same at €20 for the 10K and €30 for the half marathon, and with the support of sponsors, the North Leitrim Glens Run/Walk hopes to able to donate as much as possible to its nominated charities. This year’s run/walk, with main sponsor Gilbert’s Pharmacy, intends to build on last year’s success, targeting up to 700 participants. Once again the focus is on a genuinely hospitable, community event which also focuses on health and fitness, promoting the local area and supporting worthy causes. The charities nominated by the Glens Run/Walk Committee for 2011 are the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue Service. Cystic Fibrosis is a debilitating disease that afflicts more Irish people per capita than anywhere else in Europe. The Foundation is in need of much needed funds to provide ongoing support for those who suffer from the illness and also funding research projects, vital in the search for a greater understanding with the ultimate aim of finding a cure. The Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team is entirely staffed by volunteers. It provides a professional standard of Mountain Rescue to counties Sligo and Leitrim, along

with support for other teams around the country whenever requested. Their volunteers are on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. SUMMER CAMP: Manorhamilton’s Shack Óg Summer Camp will run in the Shack Youth Café that is located in the Bee Park Community Centre, from Monday, August 1 to Friday August 5 inclusive. The Camp is for primary school children aged nine to 12 years only and places are strictly limited to 25 children. It runs from 10am to 3pm daily and the cost is €30 per child. For all enquiries or booking contact Martha on 087 7841296 or Maggie Anne on 086 3593212. DRUMMING SCHOOL: A drumming summer school for four to 12 year olds takes place in the Glens Centre from Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29. Tutor Peter Crann will take the participants on a musical journey learning drum rhythms from around the world. Brazilian Samba, African, Cuban and Irish Bodhrán drumming will feature daily as well as composition and rhythm games. All participants will leave from the Drumming Summer School with a better understanding of rhythm and music. Booking is essential, telephone 071-9855833. MANOR RANGERS: Any player interested in playing for Manor Rangers senior team in the forthcoming season that gets underway after midAugust is asked to contact team manager Darren Hurd, telephone 087 2893009. GRAVEYARD: The annual Blessing of the Graves Ceremony in Kilmakerrill Cemetery Glenfarne, takes place on Sunday, July 31 at 2.30pm. In St. Clare’s Cemetery Manorhamilton the annual Blessing of the Graves Ceremony takes place at 5pm on Sunday, July 31, while in Cloonclare Cemetery the annual Blessing of the Graves Ceremony will be at 6pm on Sunday, July 31.

This stunning photograph was taken from the top of Ben Bulben recently by Conor Doherty, Rathcormack. It shows the unusual rock formation on the mountain’s “teeth” as well as the beautiful scenery of North Sligo from Streedagh to Mullaghmore.


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town&county Cancer Research. The McDermott Family Wedding Singers will be performing on the night and don’t miss your chance to see beauty on your doorstep by Niamh and Love Legacy Bridal Wear. NOTES: If anyone has any community information that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Emer on 086 3319183 or via email at before the previous Wednesday.


Tel. 071-9165573 / 086-8258525

Gold for Riverstown

(Above) Jim Branley (left) winner of the David Maye Memorial Cup 2011 shares a joke with Corkonian John Treacy winner in 2009 and 2010 (Left) Jack Maye hits his drive on the 1st tee in the David Maye Memorial Cup at Strandhill G.C.

SOCCER CAMP: The annual Manorhamilton FAI Summer Soccer Camp for underage players, both boys and girls, takes place in the Bee Park from Monday, August 15 to Thursday, August 18. Parents are reminded to book places on the Camp for their boys and girls on the FAI website

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

Summer closing MCR Community Centre will be closing for the next three weeks and there will be no activities from Friday, July 29 until the Centre reopens on Monday, August 22. However, the Mother and Baby Clinic will be running as normal. The youth club has also now finished for the summer and will start again on August 25, but the Mother and Baby Clinic will be running as normal during August at MCR Community Centre. MCR 200 CLUB: Draw results July 14: 1st Prize €100: Ann Reilly; 2nd Prize €50: Paul Noonan; 3rd Prize €25: Mona Brennan; 4th Prize €25: Ann Meldrum. NEWSLETTER: Look out for MCR’s summer newsletter which will be popping through your letterbox soon. X FACTOR: This is coming to MCR in September, when we will be searching for a star! This is for children aged four to 16 years, and more details will be forthcoming at the end of August. ACTIVE AGE: The group has now finished until September 6, when they look forward to welcoming back

members old and new, and planning their autumn schedule. NOTES: if you have any item you would like included in the community notes for the MCR area, please contact Claire or Marleen on 0719146512 or e-mail by 5pm. on a Wednesday.

NEWTOWNMANOR Fun Walk ON Sunday last a great crowd gathered at the Newtownmanor Hall for the 5km/10km fun run/walk despite the bad weather. The walk was very well supported by all ages and all surrounding areas. The walk was started by John Mc Teirnan from Dromahair. The first women home from the 10km run was our very own Sinead Fowley (Leitrim Ladies captain). The first three men home were Paddy Croal, Paul Mc Dermott and Rory Connor. Glencar Water sponsored everyone with water and Manor Massage Treatments gave all the participants a voucher for their massage treatments. A big thank you to Philomena Dolan, Ann Dolan and Gearldine Loughlin who provided refreshments for everyone afterwards in the hall. SCRAP: DARC (Dromahair Arts And Recreational Committee) is organizing a Scrap Metal Collection in the Dromahair and surrounding areas in the coming weeks to help finance development of the Community Park. So get items together for collection and keep it local since other groups from farther afield are also collecting. Keep items secure since stockpiles in storage have been stolen in many areas. The collection point of the scrap metal is at The

old Goods Store (Beside the Club House) each Saturday from 11am6pm and each Wednesday and Thursday between 6pm-9pm. We ask everyone to deliver the scarp metal themselves to the collection point if possible but collection can be arranged for those who are unable. For more information contact the Depot between 10am and 6pm on 071-9134986 or 085 7857855. FASHION SHOW: On Saturday last the Dromahair Ladies took to the catwalk in the Blue Devon Function Room, Dromahair. Our Newtownmanor girls Deirdre McDermott, Sinead Fowley, Mairead Fowley, Roisin Fowley and Roisin Daley were strutting their stuff in their Ray Michaels Bridal and Formal Wear Dresses. The fashion show was a great success and a great night was had by all. BLESSING OF GRAVES: The blessing and visitation of graves in Newtownmanor cemetery is on Sunday, August 7, beginning with mass at 5.30pm. Please tidy your family plots in advance of these dates. PHONES: If anyone in the Newtownmanor or surrounding areas have any old, broken or unused mobile phones which can be recycled for the Jack and Jill Foundation please contact Catherine on 087 2518011. BIKE FUNDRAISER: On Your Bike lads – Brian Mc Morrow and Sean Watters thank everyone who supported their fundraiser on the Wild Rose water boat. There was a great turn out on the night. Brian McMorrow and Sean Watters (Leckaun NS past pupils) are running charity events for a Moldavian orphanage. Their plans are to cycle from Malin Head (Donegal) to Mizen Head (Cork) in three days, which is over 200km per day. They are hoping to travel to Moldova in August and work in the orphanage

for two weeks over there. Sean will be working on the construction department and Brian will be working on teaching department. Brian and Sean would like to thank John MacManus from MacManus’ Pharmacy, Manorhamilton, 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. PILGRIMAGE: There is a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on September 11 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. For more information contact Group Leader Ann Kelly at 071-9164296 or 086 1505298. FASHION SHOW: There will be a Fashion Show Extravaganza in Ballintogher Community Hall on July 30 starting at 7.30 pm in aid of

CONGRATULATIONS to the U-13 Girls Rounders team who won gold medals at the Community Games Connaught Finals recently in Roscommon. The team was Amy McSharry, Sinead McGovern, Mairead Tuohy, Joanne Johnston, Shania Murphy, Eilis O’Connor, Sheona Leydon, Louise Merrick, Rachel Boyd, Chloe Merrick and Sarah Walsh. Congratulations to the Boys U13 Rounders team who won silver. The team was Luke and Andrew Flynn, Darragh Kelly, Paul Leydon, Bryan Johnston, Karl and Ulton McKenna, Ben Tuohy, and Niall Whelan. The girls will go forward to the National finals weekend in Athlone on August 19 to 21. Well done to both teams and their trainers. MORRISON FESTIVAL: The 19th annual James Morrison Traditional Music Festival will run from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31. Opening reception will take place in the Community Hall at 8pm followed by the Commemorative Concert at 9pm also in the Hall. Saturday’s events begin with an art workshop with Gordon Darcy in the Morrison Teach Ceoil from 11am-12.30pm. The festival parade will take place at 3pm. Workshops will take place from 3-5pm. For more information on the workshops contact Sean Lyons on 071 9165880. James Morrison Memorial, Drumfin, Musical Tribute will take place at 6pm. The commemorative address will be given by Séamus MacMathúna at Morrison Teach Ceoil at 7.45pm. A singing session with Cathal Lynch will take place from 8-9.30pm (venue to be confirmed). Saturday night’s céilí on the Diamond at 10pm will feature music by the All New Moylurg Céili group. Sunday will start with Aifreann Na Féile in Riverstown at 12.30pm. Sunday afternoon on the Diamond from 3pm to 5pm will feature the

Work underway on the replacement of the roof of St. Anne’s Church of Ireland, Strandhill.


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town&county Loughed Céilí Band. Symposium in the Teach Ceoil honouring the life and times of Eugene Nellany of Collooney will take place at 7pm. Finish the weekend at Sunday Night’s Céilí on the Diamond with music by the Swallows Tail Céili Band. NEW HANDBALL COURT: Bingo continues every Thursday evening in the Collooney Hall, Collooney starting at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. For a great social evening everybody is welcome. NEWS ITEMS: To have your news item include in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris on 086 825 8525.


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Triathlon A LARGE number of entries are expected for the Rosses Point Triathlon which takes place on Sunday next. Starting at the transition area in the car park at the beach there is a 5 km run, a 750m swim parallel to the shore and a bike run from the front through the village, Ballweelan, onto the Bundoran and back via Lover’s Lane onto the main Rosses Point Road and back to the transition area. I imagine there will be many spectators and supporters along the way and at the beach. Already the keen and the mean have been preparing for the event, overdosing on Multiplus vitamins and minerals, exercising and training and abstaining from various foods and activities. So come along and join in the fun and the spectacle and give the participants a bit of support. GOLF: There is euphoria at County Sligo Golf Club at the recent success of our friends up north winning two major events. With that in mind we wish success to our local players in the forthcoming Inter-Provincial Championships namely Gary McDermott, Michael Durcan, Steffan O’Hara and Barry Anderson. Good Luck to them and the rest of the team! SHIPPING: Movements continued at Sligo Port this month with the arrival firstly of the mv “Celtic Forrester’ of Willy’s Shipping, Cardiff with a cargo of 3,000 tons of slack for Arigna. This vessel was followed by the mv “Celtic Fortune” also of Willy’s Shipping, which arrived light to pick up 3,000 ton of scrap for Erin Recyclers.

SOOEY/GLEANN BALLYGAWLEY Morrison Festival Parade THE Morrison Festival Parade will take place in Riverstown on Saturday, July 30 from 2.30pm. Riverbrooke Cross-Border Initiative is pleased to invite the public to be there for this cultural music parade as part of the Morrison Festival. The afternoon begins with music by the Fred Flynn U-15 Ceili Band on the Diamond at 2.30pm with the parade starting at 3pm from Sligo Folk Park. Music in the parade will be provided by Sligo Pipe Band, Samboeire Samba Band, Brookeborough Pipe Band, and the award winning Murley Silver Band from Fivemiletown in county Tyrone. A display of Irish dancing will also take place. Each band will stop and play at the Diamond with the parade

Before the showdown: Ahead of last Thursday’s Sligo Minor Football League Division One final at Bunnanadden Community Park between St Mary’s and Shamrock Gaels were, from left, Colm Egan (captain, St Mary's), Sean Durkin (referee) and Brian Boyd (captain, Shamrock Gaels).

finishing at the Morrison Cottage. A great afternoon is promised. Please note that for the safety of the public all traffic through the village will be diverted through the community park for the duration of the parade, 2.30-4pm approximately. SPORTS DAY: The sports day will be held at Ballygawley Community Pitch next Sunday, July 31, with fun for all the family, including egg and spoon races, three-legged races, bouncy castles, tug-o-war, etc. COLLECTION: Dorothy Kilgallen and Sligo Animal Rescue wish to thank all who contributed to their Church Gate Collection last weekend at Sooey and Gleann churches. The total raised was €241.

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Church Fundraiser ON this coming Bank Holiday Monday, August 1, St. Anne’s Church, Strandhill is holding a summer fete at Sligo Rugby Club, Strandhill from 1pm to 5pm, to help towards the costs of re-roofing the church. The parish has received a grant from the Heritage Council but need at least another €20,000 to cover the current restoration project. This summer fete will include children’s activities, a fun dog show, a barbecue, a major book sale, a toy stall, a bottle stall, a butter making exhibition, cake sale, plant and vegetable sale, an animal farm, archery, pancakes and even a bag stall. The committee would like as many people as possible to attend and help to raise the necessary funds – and have a good time in the

process, as they strive to maintain this import community landmark for future generations. FLIGHTS END: Last Thursday evening the final Aer Arann flight from the airport in Strandhill took off for Dublin, following 28 years of scheduled air services from our local airport. Over these years several airlines have operated flights to Dublin and the UK. Flights began with Avair and Iona Airlines in the early 80s, Aer Lingus took over the Dublin route in 1988 and continued this service for 12 years. In 1990 Ryanair operated a direct service between Sligo and Luton. In 1999 Aer Arann was awarded the Sligo to Dublin route and has operated the service to July 21 with a brief interlude in 2002 when Euroceltic Airlines were awarded the service. In 2007 Aer Arann commenced flights between Sligo and Manchester and this continued until late 2009. Sligo Airport will remain open and continue to handle the Irish Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter service, private charter and medical evacuation flights together with pilot training and all other general aviation flights. Avis carhire will remain open at the airport until mid September 2011. STRANDHILL IDOL: Things are heating up in preparation for ‘Strandhill Idol’ karaoke competition which will be held in Strandhill Golf Club on this Saturday, July 30, as part of the 2011 Warriors Festival. The excitement is mounting as local businesses wrangle in singers from their customers and staff to represent them in what promises to be a fun night out for all. Twelve singers will take part and belt out all types of songs (which of course the audience will hopefully join along in) and even though the three judges on the night will have their say, it will be the audience who will decide the winner of the competition. Also on the night will be a special interval act that is sure to wow the audience. For just €5 admission will get you a fantastic fun night out in the spectacular surrounds of Strandhill Golf Club. GOLF OUTING: The third annual golf outing and barbecue in memory of

the late David Maye (tragically killed on December 1 2008) was held over the weekend of July 16 and 17. The coveted CDC David Maye Memorial Cup was won by popular golfer Jim Branley. Twice winner, Corkonian John Treacy had to settle for second place, third Larry Culkin, fourth Sean Fenton, fifth Sean Conlon and sixth place went to Derel Gray. The competition was organised by the Strandhill Amateur Golfing Society (SHAGS) and great credit goes to Tommy O’Connor, Derek Grey and Therese Cosgrove for their efforts in organising this fitting tribute to David’s memory. Prize giving took place on Sunday, July 17 during the annual barbecue hosted by the Maye family at their home in Culleenamore, attended by a large gathering of family, friends and community who enjoyed a very special evening in memory of David. 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.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

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Litter bins I MUST say I admire the work of Dickie Ryan of the Tidy Towns committee clean-up team on how he spares no energy to keep the streets of Tubbercurry litter free and this is no easy task. Brendan Lynch, the man who does the job for Sligo County Council, does all he can to see that the streets are litter free but there are people who litter at will with no re-

gard for what he is doing. These two brave lads give it all they can but it is not an easy job. I know because in my younger days I was a volunteer with the Tidy Towns committee with my late sister Mary. I also admire the effort of Geraldine Brennan, who runs the Laundry Basket, and is not shy about picking up litter also. To help these people I would suggest to Sligo County Council that there should be small litter bins attached to poles. In former years such bins were in place. These were replaced by larger ones like letter boxes. These were filled with household rubbish and eventually had to be removed. The smaller ones should be tried again and my message is: keep Tubber tidy and litter free. LATE JUNIOR MCGOLDRICK: Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of the late Junior McGoldrick of Drimbane, Curry, who died at Sligo General Hospital last week. His remains were removed from St Teresa’s funeral home to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry, on July 15, where requiem mass was celebrated, followed by burial in St Attracta’s cemetery, Rhue. May he rest in peace. MUSIC: After the South Sligo Summer School concludes each year the words of the Don McLean song “The Day the Music Died” always rings in my mind. It seems to fit the end of the summer school. We all look forward to this week when people from all over the world gather in our town to learn Irish music, songs and dance. The whole town opens up to those lovely people who have fallen in love with our music and dance and want to learn more about it. It gives a buzz to the town like nothing else. The sound of music from the door of every pub both day and night is a lovely experience even for those of us who are not really fans of traditional music to that extent. To see how easy those musicians play for hours on end is a joy and very entertaining. And when you see school going children open up their music cases to join in with the old stars and the groups of people going to the music classes you can take it that traditional music is alive and well. I’m told the numbers were up this year, which was the 25th year. All credit is due to Rita Flannery, Shauna Haughey, Michael Severs, Marie Flannery and Geraldine Murtagh (who was ill this time and unable to take part, we wish her well). Going back to my opening line, ‘The Day the Music Died’, it’s only for 12 months when the town will come alive with music again for year 26. By the way, I received a text from very talented musician Carmel Gunning to tell me of her own summer school in Sligo from Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5. Music classes are based at The Glasshouse Hotel, with evening entertainment in the Snug Bar, Stephen Street car park. CAR TURNING OVER: One of the things that sticks out in my mind from the recent Ballina Heritage Day was the NSA stand which simulated a car turning over. Five passengers were strapped inside as the car was turned over on what was like a big roasting spit, in a message aimed particularly at young drivers about the need to wear seat belts. Now Tommy McGuinness, PRO of the Old Fair Day Festival, tells me that this stand will also be at the Old Fair Day on August 10. PATRICK FEENEY: The main musical attraction at this year’s Old Fair Day is a native son of County Sligo, Patrick Feeney from Gurteen.


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town&county I first met Patrick, who is now one of Ireland’s top musical attractions, at a Joe Dolan show in Banada Abbey community centre a few years back. As MC, I introduced Patrick Feeney, as well as Gerry Singer, for the opening acts at this well attended show. Patrick, who was then only a teenager, was a regular performer in the May Queen lounge in Tubbercurry playing keyboards and accordion. He left the audience in Banada begging for more. That was his first big performance but you could tell that he was going places. Aged just 19, he was hired to front the Johnny Loughrey band, when the Tyrone singer and bandleader sadly passed away. Then after a shock decision to take a break from the business he came back with his present band attracting bigger audiences and selling CDs like hot cakes. He has also had a series of sellout concerts with Jimmy Buckley and Robert Mizzell as the Three Amigos. So paint your wagon and head for Tubbercurry on August 10. BEEZNEEZ: In what has now becoming an annual event, Beezneez Theatre Company return to St Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry on Sunday, August 7, at 8.30pm with their smash hit summer production of Don’t Dress for Dinner. John McDwyer, artistic director of Beezneez Theatre Company, has had a long association with Tubbercurry and the Phoenix Players and St Brigid’s Hall is now a confirmed venue on his tours. This summer’s production is an uproarious comedy by Marc Camoletti and is guaranteed to have patrons rolling in the aisles. Tickets are sure to be in big demand and tickets can be booked through the Box Office number 0719620224.

Last passenger embarks for last Aer Arann flight to Dublin at Sligo Airport last Thursday.

One of the arriving passengers on last flight from Dublin to Sligo Airport.

? Could you be our next community correspondent? WE are looking to hire more community correspondents to cover more areas of County Sligo than ever before, and you could be just right for the job. We are looking for motivated people with a strong involvement in the community in which they live. Perhaps you are on various committees, maybe you are involved in a number of clubs in your area. Your ability to write well is of secondary concern, because first and foremost we want the news from your area. We want births, marriages and deaths. We want community fundraisers, local issues and special birthday celebrations. If you are interested and if your area is not already represented in these community pages, then please e-mail us with your name, contact details and the community, town, village or large estate you would like to represent and why. Just e-mail

Airport manager Joe Corcoran giving instructions to Gerry Corcoran while a saddened Mary Howley (passenger check-in) looks on during last flight to Dublin.

Staff members Mary Howley and Bernie Chambers watch the last Aer Arann fight leaving Sligo airport on Thursday.

Andrew, Davis and Helen Conwaywith Brendan Cunningham watched last Aer Arran flight out of Sligo airport

Maurice O’Grady at the car-hire desk at Sligo Airport.


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by John Bromley

Open day told of new dairy calf beef production systems R

esearch is taking place into different beef production systems for male calves from the dairy herd finished at five different ages, farmers attending a recent Teagasc open day were told. Over 1,000 farmers from all over Ireland interested in beef production from dairy offspring attended the recent Teagasc/Dawn Meats Open Day at the Teagasc Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford. The panel discussion at the open day opened with a presentation from Dawn Meats Agriculture Manager, Sarah Long, on the additional off-site trials run by Dawn Meats with farmers involved in contract rearing and finishing. This was followed by a lively and informative discussion from which the main points to emerge were: - There are niche market opportunities for 8 and 12 month veal - Animal finished at 16

DAIRY CALVES: Open day provided farmers with new information on dairy calf to beef systems.

months is the current market requirement - Calf costs, feed price and beef price are all important factors in deciding which route to go down - Calf selection is crucial Those attending were also told that blueprints for dairy beef production were critical for generating profit

Call to change forest land decision

Importance of farming highlighted in IFA meeting with Taoiseach

IFA representatives met with Shane McEntee, Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry, recently to ask him to reverse the decision that limited unenclosed land to 20% of total area and to re-introduce the old system that enabled such land capable of producing a minimum yield class of 14 to be scheme. Unenclosed land is land that was never improved and enclosed by man-made boundaries for agricultural use other than extensive grazing. Pat Hennessy, Chairman, IFA National Farm Forestry Committee, said that the restrictions introduced earlier this year on unenclosed land are too stringent and do not take into account the productive quality of certain unenclosed land.

THE importance of agriculture and food to the Irish economy and the crucial role direct payments play in underpinning production, jobs and economic activity was highlighted by IFA president John Bryan at a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The IFA Leader emphasised the importance of continued Government support for agriculture, as the sector provides value for money and delivers a real return for Ireland and the rural economy. Mr Bryan presented the recent IFAcommissioned UCD study, The Importance of Agriculture and the Food Industry to the Irish Economy, to the Taoiseach. The study identifies the significant role the sector plays in sustaining production and jobs in every town and parish across

the country. Mr Bryan said: “It is therefore vital that Government supports and tax reliefs for farmers are protected in the next Budget.” He pointed out to the Taoiseach the devastating impact of previous cuts, the closure of REPS 4 and the watered down AEOS scheme were having on farmers, and in particular those who are endeavouring to make a living from farming in western seaboard counties. Mr Bryan welcomed the Taoiseach’s strong commitment to defend the funds that Ireland receives through the EU CAP budget post-2013, as it is of crucial importance in underpinning agricultural production, supporting farm incomes and driving growth in the agri-food sector and wider rural economy.

The importance of resisting a damaging Mercosur trade deal was discussed. The IFA President said: “The Taoiseach’s determination to improve Irish business competitiveness and bureaucracy must be matched by Government action. “IFA will be making a detailed submission to the Taoiseach on cost and bureaucracy, which require urgent attention.” He asked the Taoiseach to prioritise more equity in the food supply chain for primary producers as well as consumers in the proposed Grocery Code of Practice. “In particular retailers must be held responsible for the impact their pricing policies have on the viability of primary producers.”

O’Keefe calls for action on food labelling SLIGO Senator Susan O’Keeffe has called on Minister of State for Agriculture Food and Forestry with responsibility for Food Safety to prioritise labelling systems that clear identifies the country of origin of food products. She said: “It is not as simple as putting an Irish sticker on the product. There is complex European regulation around the issue.”

The Labour senator pointed out, however, that the pig meat industry in the UK had set up a successful voluntary code for producers and retailers. “They decided in the absence of an European ruling on the source of products that they would go ahead and put a voluntary code in place and encourage all the producers and retailers to come together to work on the system. The IFA

has mooted such a code and I urge to Minister to engage with the IFA on the possibility of something similar.” “European legislation can be a slow process so the onus is on the Government and the food Industry to come together to give consumers a clear food labelling system. The Irish consumer wants to buy Irish and we should give them the opportunity to do so.”

from dairy calf-to-beef systems. The supply of dairy bull calves will increase substantially with the growing global demand for dairy products and the abolition of milk quotas in 2015. The dairy beef research in Johnstown Castle is looking at performance and economics of finishing dairy calves under different production systems; 8, 12, 16, 18 and 22 months of age. Although the study is ongoing, Robert Prendiville, Teagasc Beef Researcher leading the project, said: “Results to date indicate that production systems evaluated are highly sensitive to concentrate input price”. He also outlined how further research is exploring reducing costs within these beef production systems. Dawn Meats are currently investigating other opportunities to add value to calves from the dairy herd.

FIS grants ‘in two weeks’ ICSA national president Gabriel Gilmartin has said that he is “hopeful that all outstanding FIS grants will be paid in the next two weeks”. Mr Gilmartin said that ICSA had received reassurances from Department officials that some 200 farmers, many of whom had completed works in 2010, would be paid as a matter of priority. “There has been a long hold-up in the payments to these farmers, partially as a result of an EU audit. This has put significant financial pressure on them as the outstanding sums owed are quite substantial, and in most cases, the farmers would be dependent on bank credit. Obviously, a farmer who completed work in 2010 would have paid for all building costs then and would have anticipated being passed and paid by March 2011 at the latest.”


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In Memoriam Deaths DONEGAN: Raymond Donegan Ballyeaskin, Templeboy, Co. Sligo at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at Sweeney’s Funeral Home, Dromore West, on Sunday with removal on Sunday evening to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Templeboy. Requiem mass celebrated yesterday, Monday, with burial in St. Joseph’s cemetery, Templeboy. MORAN: Maureen Mary Moran, nee Mahon Magdalane Crescent, Essex and formerly of St. Joseph's Terrace, Sligo. Reposing was at the Nazareth House Chapel with removal on Sunday to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Mass of Christian Burial was yesterday, Monday, followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery. MCGOWAN: Annie McGowan, Barr Road, Kinlough, Co. Leitrim. Peacefully at Sligo General hospital. Remains reposed at her residence with removal from her late residence to St. Aidan's church, Kinlough, on Thursday

evening. Funeral mass was on Friday with burial afterwards in St. Aidan's Cemetery, Kinlough.

Sea Church, Ransboro. Mass of the Resurrection was on Saturday, followed by private cremation.

WARD: Eileen Ward, nee Ryan, 42 Wolfe Tone Street, Sligo, formerly of Treacy Avenue. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at the Foley and McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard on Thursday evening. Funeral was to Sligo Cathedral on Friday morning for Mass of the Resurrection.

OATES: Nora Oates, nee Gillen, Teesan, Sligo, wife of the late Pauric. Peacefully at St John's Hospital, Sligo. Reposing was at St John's Hospital with removal on Tuesday last to St Colmcille's Church, Rathcormac. Funeral mass on Wednesday with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

HENRY Noel Henry, Shannon Eighter, Sligo. Remains reposed at his home with removal on Friday morning to St Joseph's Church, Ballytivnan for Mass of the Resurrection. Burial was afterwards in Sligo cemetery.

HAMLET: George Hamlet, "Maleme", Strandhill Road, Sligo. Peacefully at North West Hospice. Funeral service took place in St John's Cathedral, John Street, Sligo, on Thursday. Burial was in Rosses Point Cemetery afterwards.

MILNE: Robert (Bobby) Milne, Drinaghan, Knocknarea, Co. Sligo, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo with removal on Friday evening to Our Lady of the Star of the

AVERY: Anne Elizabeth (Lily) Avery, nee Giblin, Villa Park Gardens, Navan Road, Dublin, and formerly of Lisnarawer, Beltra, Co. Sligo. Removal was from her home to the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Navan Road for funeral mass on Wednesday. Funeral then proceeded to Dromard Church for prayers followed by burial in Dromard Cemetery.

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MCCONVILLE: Gerald 'Gerry' McConville, Wolfe Tone Street, Sligo. Reposing was at Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross with removal on Tuesday evening to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Mass of the Resurrection was on Wednesday, followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery.

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JASON KELLY (1977-2011) THE DEATH took place of Jason Kelly on Saturday July 9 in his residence in Riverstown, Co.Sligo following a short illness. Jason (33) was a "Riverstown Man" through and through, having being born, reared and sadly died in the town. He commenced his education in Riverstown NS and continued it at second level in both Coola Secondary and Colaiste Mhuire, Ballymote. Jason had several passions in life and the first of those was his work, as when his time in full time education was complete be went on to become a fully qualified carpenter in 2000, following a 4 year apprenticeship with FAS. Roofing became his area of expertise, and all those days he spent in woodwork and technical drawing classes truly paid off. Having served his term working and perfecting his trade with several different carpenters, Jason took the brave step of setting up his own Carpentry Company in 2006, and since then had roofed houses from Donegal to Galway and everywhere in between. Another of Jason's passions was his beloved "Liv-

erpool FC" where in recent years he travelled over at least 2 to 3 times per season to Anfield to see his team play. On the day of his funeral he both entered and left the church to the Liverpool anthem of "You'll Never Walk Alone". In his down time Jason enjoyed his few pints , having the craic with his friends and would normally be the main instigator in getting the slagging started, playing golf in Castle Dargan however this sometimes would be a touchy subject depending on how many balls he would lose on the Sunday morning , playing for and in recent years following his local soccer team of Arrow Harps and when he was lucky enough to

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In loving memory of our Dearest Dad Maurice ***** How often do I reminisce And shed a tear or two Fondly telling stores Of things we used to do Time may close the book of grief Like the smile that hides the tears But memories turn back every leaf Despite the passing years. Loved and remembered, Poppy, Joe & Family ***** It does not take a special day For me to think of you Each mass I hear, each prayer I say Is offered up for you. Your memory is a keepsake With which I will never part God has you in his keeping I have you in my heart. Your loving daughter Noeleen. ***** Treasured memories of a daddy who died 29th July 1953. Each of us in our own way Have silent thoughts of you today Time slips by and still you stay As near and dear as yesterday.

In loving memory of a dear wife and mother Late of 5 Oak Park, Maugheraboy, Sligo. Who died 2nd August 2006. R.I.P. No matter how life changes, No matter what I do, A special place within my heart Is always kept for you. - Never forgotten by your loving husband Jimmy. ***** A smile for all, A heart of gold, One of the best this World could hold Never selfish, always kind, These are memories you left behind. - Sadly missed by your son Francis, daughter-inlaw Natalia and grandson Calum. ***** Because you were so special, No words could ever say, How much we love and miss you, Especially on this day. - Always remembered by your daughters Catherine, Sharon, Michelle and your son Gary. ***** Anniversary Mass Sunday July 31st at 7pm in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan, Sligo.

Sadly missed by Kathleen, Robert and all the family. *****

have time for holidays there was only one destination for Jason and that was Lanzarote, where over the last number of years himself and his wife Jacinta became regulars amongst the locals. They married in December of 2005 and although Jason would never admit to being romantic he would often refer to that day as being the best in his life. Jason and Jacinta were married for five and a half years. Sadly a little less than a year ago Jason was diagnosed with a brain tumour, after which he underwent surgery and a series of treatments, however in true Jason style he met the challenge head on, never complained and battled to the very end. As he said himself "if this thing is going to beat me it's going to have one hell of a fight on its hands". Sadly for all of us who are left that fight ended on Saturday July 9 at 5.50pm this year. Jason was a son, husband, brother, uncle, nephew and friend who will always be remembered as one of the good guys who was taken from us far too soon.

Today is your anniversary Our gift to you is a mass God has you in his keeping We have you in our hearts. Quietly today your memory we treasure Missing you always, forgetting you never. Always loved, Pauline, John and family. *****

Remembering your 50th Birthday

MATTIE CLARKE July 25th Aughris, Templeboy, Co Sligo

Each day in some small way Memories of you come my way No need for words except to say Still loved, still missed, in every way. Loved always, Maryrose, John and family. ***** No matter how life changes No matter what we do A special place within our hearts Is always kept for you. Your loving son Maurice, Bernie and family. ***** “Dad, I’ve missed you all my life”. Thinking about you every day, your loving daughter Yvonne and family. ***** We think of you in silence We talk about you too We have some lovely memories But we wish we still had you. Always remembered, Frankie, Gabrielle, Keith and Caroline.

We cannot send a birthday card Your hand we cannot touch But God will take our greetings to you We miss you so much. Thinking of you on your birthday with sadness in our hearts. ***** Love Dean, Lisa, Matthew and Martina


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HARDWOOD TABLE and 6 decorative chairs for sale, seldom used, as new, price E150 ono. Phone: 087-7583846

KITCHENS CREDA Concept cooker and a Hotpoint Aquarius dishwasher, in good condition, E220 ono. Buy to collect. Tel: 086-6064485


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MUSIC TUITION WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN more about correct breathing, posture and vocal technique in singing? If so, enrolment is now taking place this summer for an Introductory Course to singing with professional singer AnneMarie Keaney BA (Mus), MA LRSM. For more information please contact 087-6390188 MUSIC GRINDS Junior/Leaving Certificate with Anne Marie Keaney BA (Mus), MA LRSM on 087 6390188 SUMMER SINGING LESSONS 6 weeks July 21st-August 25th, all ages & levels, Taylors Art Gallery, Casltebaldwin Sligo, Limited spaces. Call: 0863956389


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SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL. I, Noel Cryan intend to apply for permission to construct a new house and garage, effluent treatment system and new entrance at Tonaponra and Drumnagranshy, Keash, 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 E20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL. Mr. Joseph McDonagh intends to apply for Permission for Retention, to retain the 3 new out buildings he has constructed to the side and rear of his house. One of these buildings is a garage with a workroom to its side. The second and third buildings are being used as kennels for his pet dogs. These buildings have been built in place of original sheds that were part of his landholding. This application applies to lands at Cloontycarn, Gurteen, 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 E20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. 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. An Bord Pleanala Notice of Planning Appeal

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Ballygawley fundraiser for sports facility A MAJOR fundraiser is being held on August 21 for a project to dev elope a sports and recreation facility in Ballygawley. Ballygawley Community Park Committee intend to develop four acres of ground in the heart of the village. This will provide a sports playing field, a walking track surrounding the playing field, a car-park for adequate parking in the grounds, a playground to cope with demands of the large and growing number of young people in the area and surrounding area, and an all-weather playing area to allow sports during unfavourable weather conditions. The committee say that this community development park will not only enhance the area as a village but will undoubtedly have many advantages for the people of Ballygawley, Ballintogher, Sooey and Kilross. The fundraiser will be a community event held on Sunday, August 21, in Castle Dargan Hotel from 3pm on. There will be activities for kids, The Conquerors will headline the event, free barbeque and there will be the election of the

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first ever Ballygawley Mayor. Kevin Henry, Fintan Mc Loughlin, Kieran Carroll, Ernie Martyn and John Gethins are the candidates for Mayor and you can vote for your Mayor today and on the night, 1 vote is just €2. There is a prize for a random voter picked by the Mayor on the night. The kids and family activities including fun fair, three bouncing castles, Peppa Pig and obstacle courses will take place from 3 pm to 7pm outside

Castle Dargan House. Doors will open for The Conquerors at 8pm. I102104fm DJ Mark Cunning will play from 8pm. Free barbeque will commence at 8pm and Ballygawley Mayoral election 2011 at 10.30pm. There will also be a special guest on the night. Tickets (€15) available from Kellys, Callaghans, Castledargan, Mace, Donegans -Ballintogher and Flanagans- Sooey. For more information contact 086-1025285 or for group rates.

Dartry band play harp festival HARPERS and traditional musicians are expected in large numbers to the picturesque village of Keadue, Co. Roscommon for the O'Carolan Summer School in traditional music and set dancing from July 24. Sligo group the Dartry Céilí Band will perform during the summer school, as will acts such as Eleanor Shanley, DeDanann and The Wolfe Tones. Sligo-Roscommon-Leitrim dance troupe Sean Nos ar an tSionann will also be in action. For more visit

Newstalk in Sligo NEWSTALK'S Sean Moncrieff will roll into Sligo this Friday 29 July to broadcast live in front of a live audience from 1.30-4.30pm in the Glasshouse Hotel. Sean will be speaking to Seamus Kealy, Director of the Model, and Stella Mew will be talking about her role as the CEO of the Yeats Society. There will be light entertainment with the local Sligo instrumental group "Tucan" performing live on the day.

Michael D in Boyle PRESIDENTIAL candidate Michael D. Higgins will read a selection of his poetry at the Boyle Arts Festival on Thursday, July 28 at 6pm in the Church of Ireland, Boyle. Michael will read from his new book, 'New and Collected Poems'. Michael D's book includes new poems based on events which has inspired and shaped his life, including his rural childhood, the importance of friendship, his entry into politics and experience as a public figure.

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Ger Quinlivan with Joseph Cullen.

Bernie McAndrews and Patricia Sweeney.

Ger Quinlivin with Adrian Cornwall.

John Dolan, Victoria Stevens and Joe O'Brian.

Tennis club honours Special Olympians SPECIAL Olympics medallists Adrian Cornwall and Joseph Cullen were honoured by Sligo Tennis Club with a reception at the club to mark their great achievement. Adrian, a native of Boyle but now based in Tonnapubble, won a singles gold medal and a mixed doubles silver in badminton at the recent Special Olympics World Games in Athens. He did most of his training for the Olympics at Sligo Tennis Club. Joseph Cullen won a gold medal in swimming.

Jerry Kilgannon, Joseph Cullen, Kay Curley and John Martin.

Adrian arrives.

Adrian Cornwall with Jerry Kilgannon.

Adrian with Deputy Mayor Councillor Veronica Crawley and Joseph Cullen.

Sally Harte and Mary Quinlivan.

Adrian Conwall and Joseph Cullen. A piper leads Adrian Conwall and Joseph Cullen. Photos By Sean Carleton

Phil Rooney, Maura Murphy, Carmel Lamb and Ann Barry. Adrian Cornwall with Mary T Dolan.

Photos by Sean Carleton

Rosin Cannon with Adrian Cornwall.

Some of the crowd waiting on Adrian arriving.

John Martin, Mary T Maloney and Julie Ann Dolan.

Noreen Cassidy and Emer Concannon.

Yvonne Mulharne, Mary T Dolan and Jennifer Mulligan.


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Sport LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL: St Nathy’s hosts event for U-10s

Next generation of Ladies Footballers feature in a blitz O

N the Saturday before last St Nathy’s Ladies Gaelic Football Club hosted a blitz for Girls U-10 teams at Bunnanadden Community Park. The main organisers were county players Noelle Gormley and Katrina Connolly, both members of St Nathy’s. The well-known duo are also part of Sligo Ladies Gaelic Football County Board’s Development Committee. Seven clubs competed in the blitz – St Nathy’s, St Farnan’s, Geevagh, TubbercurryCloonacool, Tourlestrane, Curry and Castleconnor. Louise O’Donnell, St Nathy’s PRO, was delighted with the success of the event. “The girls showed a great level of skill and talent on the day and they made their clubs proud.” “It [the blitz] gave great confidence to those involved in the development of Ladies Gaelic Football in the county,” she said.

SOUTHERN STARS The team from south Sligo’s Curry.

FROM THE WEST One of the teams from St Farnan’s that took part in the blitz, pictured with their manager, Tomás Scott.

RED ARMY Castleconnor were one of two clubs from west Sligo at the blitz.

YOUNG SAINTS The second team that represented St Farnan’s.

TAKING PART The Tubbercurry-Cloonacool Girls U-10 squad who featured in Bunnanadden.

HOSTS These youngsters were representing St Nathy’s, the host club, on the weekend before last.

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SEVEN PALS Members of the Tourlestrane team who competed in the recent Ladies Gaelic Football competition.

GIRLS IN BLUE Geevagh, a club with a thriving Ladies Gaelic Football set up, were among the seven clubs at the Bunnanadden venue.


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Sport GAELIC FOOTBALL: ‘Gaelic Tag’ gets a warm welcome

Enthusiasm rules at Kent Park for opening evening of Gaelic Tag S

LIGO GAA County Board organised an introductory Gaelic Tag evening at Kent Park last Wednesday as newcomers to Gaelic football and those who previously played the sport were given a taster of an exciting new sport, Gaelic Tag. These 7-a-side games use most of the rules of regular Gaelic football but Gaelic Tag is a non-contact sport where the taking of the ‘tag’ replaces the tackle. Teams are mixed and these fast-flowing games are of 15 minutes’ duration. Part of Sligo GAA’s Urban Development Programme, Gaelic Tag continues tomorrow [Wednesday] evening at Kent Park (6.30pm). Charlie Harrison, co-ordinator of the Urban Development Programme for Sligo town, is the Gaelic Tag’s main organiser. Last week he was assisted by fellow GAA coaches Liam Og Gormley and Pat Kilcoyne.

SIGN: GAA at Kent Park. BALL AWAY: Claire McIntyre, centre, gets a pass off to a team-mate just before she is ‘tagged’ by opponent Sinead McLoughlin, left, during the Gaelic Tag evening at Kent Park last Wednesday night. Pictures by Michael McGurrin

HAVING A BALL: Action, above, from the Gaelic Tag introductory evening.

NICE TURN: This Gaelic Tag player makes a break into the opposition half. ALL SMILES: Participants in the Gaelic Tag event were certainly enjoying the occasion!

GOOD CATCH: Fielding skills, right, on view at Kent Park during the Gaelic Tag event.

ARCH-RIVALS’ DRAW: See page 75

ORGANISER: Charlie Harrison, left, is the main organiser of Sligo’s Gaelic Tag initiative.


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EVENT LAUNCH At the recent launch of the Marion Coyne Memorial Shield were members of the event’s organising committee and officials and members of Strandhill Golf Club, which hosts the event on Wednesday, August 17. Front row, from left, Attracta McGettrick (lady president, Strandhill Golf Club), Brona Galvin (lady captain, Strandhill Golf Club), Mary Coyne (chairperson, Marion Coyne Memorial Shield Committee), Jim Coyne (committee member), Caroline Peacock (committee member), Joe McCann (captain, Strandhill Golf Club). Middle row, from left, Brendan O’Neill (committee member), John O’Donohue (committee member), Oliver Durkin (committee member), Eddie Rush (committee member), Andy Leggett (president, Strandhill Golf Club, Connor McManus (committee member). Back row, from left, Marianna Little (lady vice-president, Strandhill Golf Club), Grainne Henneberry (Junior convenor), Brian Henry (committee member) and John O’Sullivan (competition convenor). Picture by Charlie Brady

Junior golf event for charity THE Marion Coyne Memorial Shield, an open Junior golf competition for boys and girls, takes place on Wednesday, August 17, at Strandhill Golf Club. This popular event is a fund-raiser in aid of Young Sligo for Leukaemia, and also to pro mote golf for young people. Last year’s event saw over 150 golfers take part from all over the North West and many other parts of the country.

Handball HANDBALLERS’ MIXED FORTUNES The Emerald Masters doubles pair of Michael McMorrow and John McLoughlin qualified for the Connacht 60x30 Handball Championships final following a 21-6, 21-3 victory over Mayo’s Jimmy Sheridan and Pat Hayes in Castlebar on Friday last. Silver Masters duo Stanley Harte and Peter Chambers are through to yet another Connacht final following a 21-14, 21-8 win over Mayo’s James McNulty and Tom Kenny. The Ruby Masters team of Paddy Walsh and Mick Kelly’s reign as All-Ireland doubles champions came to an end at the hands of John Kenny and Tom Derrig. The Junior ‘C’ doubles pairing of Tom Tuffy and Michael Browne were beaten by Charlie McDonagh and Pat Moylett.

Gaelic Football RESULTS Expert Electrical Sligo Football League Division Two St Patrick’s 3-9, Owenmore Gaels 2-12

Soccer SLIGO ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB 500 Club The results from the latest monthly draw in the Sligo Rovers 500 Club are as follows: €500, Kevin McKeever, 71 Farmville Lane, Rathgar, Dublin 6; €100, John McHugh, Pier Head Hotel, Mullaghmore, County Sligo; €100, Clive Kilgallon, Old Mill Road, Riverstown, County Sligo; €100, Joe Gannon, Gilroy & Gannon, Stephen Street, Sligo; €100, Martin Leydon, Lloyd’s Borough, Killea, Templemore, County Tipperary; €100, Canice Cooney, Kellystown, County Sligo. Internationals A number of Sligo Rovers’ underage players, members of the ‘A’ team panel, have received international call-ups. Colin McLoughlin has been called into the Republic of Ireland Boys U-18 squad, Liam Martin has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland Boys U-17 panel, while Ballisodare’s Michael Casey has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Boys U-16 side. Casey is also on standby for the Republic of Ireland Boys U-18s.

Entry fees and sponsorship generated €33,500 euro with proceeds going to the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust at St James Hos pital. Young Sligo for Leukaemia also assists young people in the north-west who suffer from leukaemia. For further information regarding Young Sligo for Leukaemia contact Mary Coyne at 071-9160917.

Triathlon SLIGO TRIATHLON CLUB Congratulations Well done to club members Ronan Brennan, Lisa Quinn and John Burrows who participated in the recent Muckno Tri in County Monaghan. Excellent times were recorded by all three. Congrats also to the solo Sligo Tri Club participant at the inaugural Westport Tri, Catriona Fallon. Fair play to Fallon for battling through the tough elements and recording a great time. McAndrew’s feat Well done to Eamonn McAndrew for his podium finish at the Ballina Tri. Gary Higgins was next home in fourth spot, Stewart McKenna was seventh and Brian Sexton took eighth place. There was a great turnout by Sligo Tri club members and the organisers were very appreciative of the strong showing from Sligo Tri. Well done to all other club members many achieving personal bests, including Niall Melvin, Leo Donlon, Greg Kelly, Ashley Henry, Andy Hamilton, Kevin O’Donnell, Enna McHale, John Elliot, Gwen Hunter, Kieran Coleman, Pauric Deery, Edel Hunt, Aidan Carty and Bernie O’Connor Austrian Ironman Well done to Sean Flannery and David Downes which completed their first ever Ironman, which is amazing considering three years ago both of them could barely swim a couple of lengths of Sligo Regional Sports Centre! Sligo Triathlon All steam ahead to this year’s Sligo Triathlon Club’s sprint distance triathlon, entrants have now closed at close to 350 entrants. The event goes ahead of Sunday, July 31 starting at 10am so should be a great spectator event for all the family.

Gaelic Football FIXTURES Monday, August 1 Note: First named team has home advantage. Games start at 4pm. Expert Electrical Sligo Football League Division Four ROUND 11: St Mary’s v St Farnan’s; St John’s v Owenmore Gaels; Shamrock Gaels v Eastern Harps; Castleconnor v St Patrick’s; Easkey v Bunnanadden; Geevagh v Drumcliffe-Rosses Point

KENNEDYS MEET TRAP At the recent FAI AGM in Ennis was Sligo’s well-known Junior soccer administrator Noel M Kennedy, his wife Odella and Giovanni Trapattoni, manager of the Republic of Ireland Senior men’s soccer team.


From one field in the Ukraine to Ballybrit Kevin Egan


HIS Thursday Sligo Rovers begin their European odyssey against Vorskla Poltava of the Ukraine, and the scale of the challenge facing the Bit O’Red in the first leg is made clear by the odds on offer from Paddy Power bookmakers. It’s 1-8 about a home win, 13-2 about the draw and 14-1 that Sligo come home with an away win, while Poltava are also slight favourites on the handicap betting market minus two goals. Paddy Power go 5-4 Poltava to win by three or more, 11-4 a two goal margin exactly and 7-5 for Rovers to get a result or to lose by a single goal. It’s fair to say that not too many Sligo Rovers supporters will be making the long trip across Europe for this one, with many staying home and taking the much shorter trip down the N17 instead, to take some of the action from Ballybrit on what remains one of the highlights of the Irish summer. The big occasion remains the Galway Hurdle on Thursday afternoon, and already this race has

been in the news due to the furore over the handicap mark of the Real Article of Edward O’Grady’s stable. For those who don’t follow racing week in, week out, The Real Article’s recent run at Tipperary saw him narrowly beaten by Captain Cee Bee, the third-placed horse at last year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. That run saw the handicapper raise his mark by a full 18lbs, but since this was after the weights were finalised for Thursday’s race, and only the horse that wins a race can be penalised, The Real Article remains on his mark of 9st 6lbs for Thursday. If he can replicate that form, logic would suggest that he should canter home. Power’s make him the 7-2 favourite, and those looking to oppose him will say that he may struggle with the rough and tumble

of the big field of horses at Ballybrit. While it’s guaranteed that plenty of other horses in the field will be looking to perform significantly better than their handicap mark as well. Gordon Elliot’s Dirar, having placed in this race last year, will also be a popular each way choice, but right now it’s all about whether to back or lay the Real Article, and our view is that if he has room to carry well in excess of another stone, he can carry our bets around as well! The name Dermot Weld remains synonymous with Galway and many people will continue to follow his charges religiously, including what will be perceived to be the banker tonight, Catch the Eye in the 8.15. Weld has taken this race three years in-a-row now and after two good runs at Naas, this three-yearold certainly looks like a solid bet if any price bigger than 8-11 becomes available. 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 Swimmers compete for Sligo Channel Cup as triathlon club members impress THE Saturday before last saw the return to Rosses Point of the Sligo Channel Cup after a 35year absence. Conditions were challenging with 30 mph winds and a surging storm tide. A total of 45 swimmers took part in a very

competitive field that included Sligo Triathlon Club members, plus swimmers from Sligo Swim Club and Donegal Lifesaving Club. Swimmers took off in 3ft messy waves from the Sligo Yacht Club slipway before turn-

ing left into the channel, which was moving quickly. The event was a real test of sighting, navigation and reading of currents. The finish line was in deep water opposite Harry’s Bar where swimmers were taken on board waiting boats.

Sligo Triathlon Club’s Martha van der Meulen won the Ladies Cup and fellow club member Sheila Ryan was runner-up. In the men’s category, Sligo Triathlon Club took three of the top four places – Neil Walton (second), Shane O’Doherty

(third) and Matt McGarrigle (fourth). Sligo Swim Club’s Robert Smith took first place. STC members Anthony Blake and Lynsey Dunne both received special prizes as the only swimmers to brave the elements without a wetsuit.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Sligo areas compete at Connacht’s team events finals

PROVINCIAL KINGS Cornageeha’s Boys U-13 Futsal team, who win their category in Connacht.

SILVERWARE Ballymote, winners of the Girls U-16 Soccer competition.

WINNERS Riverstown’s Girls U-13 Rounders team.

TITLE Sligo area St Feichin’s won Connacht’s Mixed U-14 Skittles competition.

FINALISTS The Riverstown Boys U-13 Rounders team, Connacht runners-up.

CHAMPIONS Ballymote’s Mixed U-11 Tag Rugby team, recent provincial winners.


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Sport SLIGO MINOR LEAGUE: Division One Final

Saints display class in thrilling decider Sligo Minor Football League Division One Final St Mary’s Shamrock Gaels

2-15 2-10

Gavin Cawley Bunnanadden


AINT Mary’s edged out Shamrock Gaels in a thrilling contest in last Thursday’s Sligo Minor Football League Division One at Bunnanadden Community Park. The difference between these skilled finalists was the midfield power of St Mary’s team captain, Colm Egan, and the consistency of his team-mate, Cian Breheny, who kicked eight points for the winners in their five-points win, 2-15 to 2-10. But it was never a one-sided affair as Shamrock Gaels really put it up to the Sligo town-based team and were unlucky not to bring matters to at least extra-time. St Mary’s had a great start, scoring 1-3 without reply in the opening nine minutes. The goal came on six minutes when Casimir Fox finished to the back of Gaels’ net. Free-taker Breheny knocked over three points to put his side into a six-points lead. It took 16 minutes for Shamrock Gaels to get on the scoreboard. Dylan Edwards registered their opening score.

InterfirmsLLeague Results SLIGO INTERFIRMS LEAGUE CUP St Anne’s 2, Elanco 1; Bruss 3, STSG 4; Davey’s 2, MCI 1; Sligo Park Hotel 1, Youthreach 1 (Youthreach won 3-1 on penalties); Globe House 0, MBNA 3 NOTE: Games take place at Sligo Astra Centre, all-weather pitch, at Cleveragh (adjacent to the Sligo Regional Sports Centre).

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

P 10 10 10 9 8 8 10 8 8 9 9 7

W 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 2 1 0

D 3 3 4 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 1 0

L 2 2 2 2 1 0 4 1 2 6 7 7

F 34 19 24 24 19 17 28 15 16 13 5 0

A 19 14 19 16 8 8 27 6 13 23 20 21

Pts 23 23 22 21 20 20 20 19 18 13 11 7

NOTE: Three points are awarded for a win, two points for a draw and one point for a loss.

PRESENTATION: Peter McHugh, chairman, Coiste na nÓg Shligigh, right, presents the Sligo Minor Football League Division One trophy to St Mary’s captain Colm Egan.

St Mary’s overcome Shamrock Gaels with Colm Egan impacting at Bunnanadden Breheny added another point but Gaels burst into life when they scored 1-3 without reply. The east Sligo club’s goal came in the 24th minute when Dylan Edwards’ shot looped into the top corner – a fine goal – which put the sides level after Gaels had hit points from Keith Candon (2) and David Quinn, who slotted over a free. St Mary’s had the final say of the first-half to go ahead by a single point when Dylan Kilgallon knocked over a free to leave them clear at the interval, 1-5 to 1-4. As in the first-half, St Mary’s started the second period well as scores in the opening moments from Cian Breheny and Brian Smith put three between the sides once more. But Shamrock Gaels responded with a free on 35 minutes from David Quinn and an outstanding point from Johnny Quinn, younger brother of county player Frankie Quinn, to cut St Mary’s lead to a point. St Mary’s restored their three-points lead once

more but Shamrock Gaels replied with a couple of points to leave just a score between them, 1-10 to 19. A 50th minute point from Colm Egan put his side two in front – 1-11 to 1-9 – but a minute later the match took yet another turn when Keith Candon fired the ball into the back of the net to put Shamrock Gaels in front by a single point, 2-9 to 1-11. St Mary’s regrouped, however, and brace of points from Breheny put his side back in front. A 58th minute point from Edwards left it level, 2-10 to 1-13, and it looked like this entertaining contest was set for extra-time. But a final rally from St Mary’s earned the win – points from Kilgallon and Seamus Cawley put two between the sides, 1-15 to 2-10, and Dylan Corcoran’s goal in the final minute copper-fastened the outcome. Player of the Match: Colm Egan St Mary’s: Rory Molloy, Conor Kent, James O’Hehir, Stephen Keenan, Kevin Coen, Ben McGarry, Enda Gavin, Brian Smith (0-1), Colm Egan (0-2), Niall McManus, Cian Breheny (0-8, 3f), Dylan Corcoran (1-0), Dylan Kilgallon (0-2, 1f), Seamus Cawley (0-1), Casimir Fox (1-0) Subs used: Conor Mahon, Robert Keegan (0-1) Shamrock Gaels: Ricky Johnston, Conor Merrick, Declan Willis, Shane Barry, Kevin Coleman, Eoin O’Connell, Calvin Flynn, Paul O’Grady, Adrian McCann, Brian Boyd (0-1), David Quinn (0-3, 3f), Ciaran O’Connor, Johnny Quinn (0-1), Keith Candon (1-2), Dylan Edwards (1-3) Referee: Sean Durkin

SIDELLines Coiste na nÓg Manning Cup for teens TOMORROW [Wednesday] night the Sligo U-16 Gaelic footballers, who are managed by Shamrock Gaels clubman Mark Tuohy, compete in the preliminary rounds of the Fr Manning Cup competition at Drumlish. Sligo take on Roscommon (6.15pm) and they also play Longford (8.15pm). Should Sligo progress from this mini-group, either in the main event or the Shield, they will play in Longford in the competition finals on August 10.

Results Games played on Thursday, July 21 SLIGO MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE FINAL BUNNANADDEN: Shamrock Gaels 2-10, St Mary’s 2-15 SLIGO MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO SHIELD FINAL BUNNANADDEN: Enniscrone-Kilglass 0-11, St Michael’s 1-2 SLIGO MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO Semi-final St Molaise Gaels 3-6, Tourlestrane 5-18 Games played on Friday, July 22 SLIGO U-14 ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS Castleconnor 8-14, Coolaney-Mullinabreena 4-9; St Farnan’s 7-8, Enniscrone-Kilglass 5-3 Game played on Monday, July 25 SLIGO U-16 ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP Group ‘D’ ROUND THREE: Tourlestrane L Tubbercurry L

Junior Soccer MERVILLE UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB Lotto results The numbers drawn in the club’s first weekly fund-raising lotto draw (for July 21) were as follows: 2, 5, 12, 22. There was no ‘match four’ winner, the winner of the ‘match 3’ prize was Paula Moran. This draw continues throughout the season with cash prizes.


IT WILL BE ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT: St Mary’s Minor Gaelic football panel pictured before last Thursday’s decider against Shamrock Gaels.

LOCALS’ LONGFORD FEAT Sligo athletes Richard Gorman, John Whelan and Enda Whelan all registered favourable times at a half-marathon in Longford, part of the Longford AC Summer Running Series, held earlier this month (Sunday, July 17). On a tough 13.1 miles course in very windy and wet conditions, Gorman was the first Sligo finisher in third place. In doing so he set a new personal best for this distance - 76 minutes 20 seconds. Gorman hopes to break the 76 minutes mark for his next half-marathon in five weeks’ time. Meanwhile, the improving John Whelan ran in a measure style and was fourth overall. He also set a ‘PB’ for the distance. Enda Whelan, the oldest of the three, won the Men’s O-60 section.


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport IRFUTAGRRUGBY SLIGO TAG RUGBY: This season’s fancy dress night at Sligo RFC

RANDOM CHARACTERS The ‘Tagtastic’ players took their inspiration from various characters, well-known and otherwise!

WHO ARE THEY Members of The Glasshouse Hotel’s tag rugby team took on various guises and disguises at the fancy dress night.

WHERE’S WALLY Members of ‘The Socialites’ tag rugby team were all dressed up.

PLAYING TENNIS ‘Wii Not Fit’ brought a tennis buzz to Hamilton Park.

SLICE OF LIFE A cross-section of themes at the fancy dress.

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FUN CREW Tricky’s Try Hards enjoyed this season’s fancy dress night.

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IRFUTAGRRUGBY SLIGO TAG RUGBY: This season’s fancy dress night at Sligo RFC TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TAGGERS Members of The Supermodels tag rugby team reminded everyone of the iconic cartoon series!

AHOY MATIES LA Boozers, above, adopted a seafaring theme for the Sligo tag rugby fancy dress night.

CHARACTERS Some of the zany and interesting fancy dress participants!

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SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport ATHLETICS: AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships


TRACK season for our Juvenile athletes that we thought would not get any better was elevated to new heights on Saturday and Sunday last at the second and final weekend of the AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships. Gold medals in sprinting, race walking, middle distance and jumping illustrated once again the healthy state of Sligo athletics. A total of 12 medals came across the Shannon on Sunday evening which is a testament not alone to the efforts of our local young athletes but also to their coaches and mentors. North Sligo AC’s William Crowe got the gold rush under way with a great tactical run in the Boys U-15 1500 metres to take another gold medal home with his club-mate and friend, Cian McBride, taking silver. Race walking in Ireland was never stronger and Sligo athletes are getting in on the act. Orlaith Delahunt (Sligo AC), a young athlete from Ballintogher, walked the race of her life to claim gold in the Girls U-14 2000 metres Walk. All-Ireland medals are a scarce commodity in that part of our county so Orlaith’s achievement should be celebrated! Young Grange girl Sinead Keogh, who has been on a winning podium previously, walked a tenacious race to claim a bronze in the Girls U-15 2,000 metres Walk. Ania Bednorz added another gold medal to her growing tally with a great win in the Girls U-17 Triple Jump. West Sligo long jumper Emily Burns won a fine silver in the Girls U-18 Long Jump and looks a great prospect for the future. The emergence of Sligo sprinting – after years in the doldrums – is fast becoming the story of our athletics season. North Sligo athlete Kieran Elliott is leading the charge. He was the most convincing winning sprinter on Saturday in the Boys U-17 200 metres and looks like a superstar for the future. Odhran Byrne-Gildea, also of North Sligo AC, is not too far behind him and won a good bronze, also over 200 metres (at Boys U-15 level). The icing on the cake for the sprinters came on Sunday when the North Sligo Boys U-15 4x100 metres Relay team of Ryan McCarrick, Odhran Byrne-Gildea, Cian McBride and William Crowe went into the final as outsiders but emerged as champions due to exemplary changeovers and sheer guts. This win was a credit to themselves, their coaches, club and county. As well as all the success at the weekend we had also a fair share of hard luck stories. Zak Irwin was unlucky to be drawn in lane eight in the Boys U-16 200 metres but still finished a great fourth place. Stacey Kerr – the fastest sprinter ever to come out of Calry – did brilliantly to finish fifth in the Girls U-16 200 metres. Sharon Hodgins ran her heart out in the Girls U-19 1500 metres to finish fourth. So the curtain came down on a wonderful track season for our Juvenile athletes at national level. A record-breaking season that we will all not forget and I’m sure we will celebrate at a later date.

PRIDE OF GRANGE: Kieran Elliott, right, celebrates his medal win in the AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championshps. Pictures by SPORTSFILE

THE BOY CAN RUN: North Sligo AC’s Kieran Elliott on his way to taking gold in the Boys U-17 200 metres final last Saturday in Tullamore.

Magic performances by Sligo competitors Ray Flynn reflects on yet another superb set of results for Sligo athletes in a national competition Finally, well done to Dermot McDermott who was absent from cheering on some of his athletes in Tullamore as he was in Manchester running a personal best of 1 minute 52 seconds for 800 metres at a British Milers Club meeting. At the same meeting talented North Sligo AC runner Tommy Carroll was only 0.07 of a second from breaking the magic 1 minute 50 seconds barrier for the 800 metres in the ‘B’ race. This was another personal best for Carroll.

Winners MEDALW GOLD Ania Bednorz (Girls U-17 Triple Jump); Orlaith Delahunt (Girls U14 2,000 metres Walk); William Crowe (Boys U-15 1500 metres); Kieran Elliott (Boys U-17 200 metres); North Sligo AC (Boys U-15 4x100 metres Relay) SILVER Emily Burns (Girls U-18 Long Jump); Cian McBride (Boys U-15 1500 metres) BRONZE Sinead Keogh (Girls U-15 2,000 metres Walk); Odhran ByrneGildea (Boys U-15 200 metres); Zak Irwin (Boys U-16 200 metres)

Run three miles! A 3 mile fun run and walk in aid of Calry Parish Church, The Mall, takes place on Saturday, September 3. Starting at 3pm, the unique Sligo town course in corporates the Garavogue Bridge and Riverside. A children’s race takes place beforehand at 2pm on The Mall, Sligo. Registration for both races from 12 noon at The Catacombs, The Mall, Sligo. Entry fee is €110 for Seniors (anyone over 19 years) and Veterans, €55 for Juniors (15-19 years) and €22 for children (under 15 years). Proceeds are in aid of Calry Parish Church and The Church of Ireland Association of Deaf People. En quiries to Reverend Patrick Bamber (071-9146513), Pauline Henry (086-3530195) or Margaret Henry (0863300474).


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport ATHLETICSRResults Juvenile Track & Field Championships – Weekend Two Held at Tullamore on Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24 GIRLS U-17 SHOT PUTT 8, Sarah Oates (North Sligo AC) 7.97 metres GIRLS U-15 SHOT PUTT 14, Rachel Oates (North Sligo AC) 7.14 metres BOYS U-18 LONG JUMP 6, Colm Bourke (Sligo AC) 6.11 metres GIRLS U-15 JAVELIN 6, Laura McMunn (Tireragh AC) 21.58 metres; 7, Kelly McMunn (Tireragh AC) 16.18 metres GIRLS U-18 LONG JUMP 2, Emily Burns (Sligo AC) 5.45 metres GIRLS U-17 TRIPLE JUMP 1, Ania Bednorz (Sligo AC) 10.89 metres GIRLS U-14 2,000 METRES WALK 1, Orlaith Delahunt (Sligo AC) 10.50.19 GIRLS U-19 1500 METRES 4, Sharon Hodgins (Sligo AC) 4.56.11 GIRLS U-15 2,000 METRES WALK 3, Sinead Keogh (North Sligo AC) 10.58.96 BOYS U-19 1500 METRES 7, Killian O’Connor (Sligo AC) 4.17.72 GIRLS U-15 200 METRES 5, Stacey Kerr (Sligo AC) 26.30 BOYS U-15 200 METRES 3, Odhran Byrne-Gildea (North Sligo AC) BOYS U-15 1500 METRES 1, William Crowe (North Sligo AC) 4.19.66; 2, Cian McBride (North Sligo AC) 4.21.80 BOYS U-16 1500 METRES 13, Ben Roberts (North Sligo AC) 4.59.69 BOYS U-16 200 METRES 3, Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) 23.33 BOYS U-17 200 METRES 1, Kieran Elliott (North Sligo AC) 22.66 GIRLS U-17 200 METRES Ania Bednorz (Sligo AC) DNS* *Did not start BOYS U-15 4X100 METRES RELAY 1, North Sligo AC (Cian McBride, William Crowe, Ryan McCarrick, Odhran Byrne-Gildea).

MEDAL WINNER: Ania Bednorz.

TEEN SPEEDSTERS: The North Sligo AC quartet that won the Boys U-15 4x100 metres Relay at Tullamore last weekend in the AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships. From left, Cian McBride, Ryan McCarrick, William Crowe and Odhran Byrne-Gildea.

RUNNING PALS: North Sligo AC club-mates Cian McBride, far left, and William Crowe pictured at the presentation of medals for the Boys U15 1500 metres last Saturday. Crowe won this race with McBride taking silver.

FOURTH PLACE: Sharon Hodgins.

FLYER: Dromore West’s Emily Burns, right, in action in the Girls U-18 Long Jump last Saturday at Tullamore in the Woodies AAI Juvenile Track & Field Championships. Picture by SPORTSFILE

FIRST FOUR HOME: Pictured are the leading four finishers from last Saturday’s Coolaney 8k. From left, Emmett Dunleavy (first, 25 minutes 56 seconds), Alan Kearins (second), Seamus Somers (third) and Neal Higgins (fourth). All four are members of Sligo AC.

BIT O’RED: See page 77


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from golf clubs BOYLE INTER-CLUB TEAMS Cecil Ewing Shield Congrats to the club’s Cecil Ewing team on a great win against Rosses Point last Saturday. Two of the matches were three down which makes the win even more heroic. Good luck in the next round against close neighbours Carrick-on-Shannon. Well done, also, to Michael Reid who had a hole-in-one at Rosses Point last Friday during the practice round. FIXTURES Thursday, July 28 COMPETITION: Men’s competition Friday, July 29 COMPETITION: Captain’s scramble Sunday, July 31 COMPETITION: Captain’s Prize Note: Format will be an 18-hole stroke with a timesheet on the notice-board. CAPTAIN’S PRIZE Next Sunday, July 31 will be the year’s highlight for men’s captain Michael Keville. He is sent best wishes for a great day. A presentation social will take place after the final nine in the clubhouse and all are welcome. BEST WISHES Good luck to Boyle Arts Festival on a great programme of activities – everyone hopes it is a great success. SUBMITTING NOTES Comments or inclusions to the PRO in person or at

COUNTY SLIGO LADIES FIXTURES Tuesday, July 26 COMPETITION: NBCRI, Stroke/Golfer of the Year SPONSOR: Horan’s Chemists Friday, July 29 COMPETITION: Open Day - team of four event Saturday, July 30 COMPETITION: Open Fourball - combined stableford RESULTS The results of the fun competition - using only three clubs on the Bomore course - held on Tuesday last, July 19 were as follows: 1, Lia O’Toole 16pts; 2, Hazel Gillen 16pts; 3, Patricia O’Connell 16pts.

BALLYMOTE RESULTS The competition held last Sunday, July 24 was an 18-hole stableford, sponsored by John Lavin’s Menswear, Lord Edward Street, Ballymote. Weather conditions were misty to start off with but as the morning progressed the weather improved and it was a lovely evening for golf. Competition winners Benny Connolly registered birdies on the third, seventh, 10th and 14th. The results were as follows: 1, Benny Connolly 44pts; 2, Sean Henry 37pts (better back 9); 3, Jimmy White 37pts; Best Back 9, Michael Connolly 20pts. CHARITY FUND-RAISER The 9-hole open stableford competition (for men and women) held on Wednesday last, July 20 was a fund-raiser for the St John’s Hospital Garden Room Project. It was a lovely day for golf and there was a big turnout of members and visitors alike. The results of the men’s competition were as follows: 1, Michael Connolly 25pts; 2, John McCarrick 22pts; 3rd on 22pts was Trevor Mattimoe 22pts; Visitors’ prize, Gerry Emmet (Boyle Golf Club). GOLF LESSONS Next Saturday, July 30 there are golf lessons for Juveniles and Juniors (boys and girls). All budding golfers and those interested in taking up the game are asked to report to Ballymote Golf Club by 2.30pm. Golf lessons will commence at 3pm – for further particulars from John O’Connor at 0872187054. CAPTAIN’S DAY The Captain’s Day (Sean Ross) takes place on Sunday, July 31. Players interested in taking part in this 18-hole stroke are asked to please put their name on the sheet in the clubhouse. The last card is out at 1.30pm. The top 12 will take part in a 9hole play-off at 4pm. Presentation of prizes takes place in the clubhouse afterwards. FIXTURES Bank Holiday Monday, August 1 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford

STRANDHILL COMPETITIONS Saturday saw a large field take to the course for the Strandhill parish open stableford. There was intense competition for second spot with four men separated only by countback. Out in front, however, Patsy Gallagher found himself in splendid isolation with a clear five-points margin of victory. Well done Patsy! The results were as follows: Patsy Gallagher 44; Michael Hannigan 39; John Jinks 39; Darragh Brennan 39; Sean Conlon 39. PRESIDENT’S DAY Last Sunday was possibly the best day weather-wise seen this summer, and very welcome it was as club president Andy Leggett welcomed competitors and guests from early morning on. Jason Kelly and his crew had the course in absolutely perfect condition and a great day’s golf was enjoyed by the huge field. Despite the benign conditions, the combination of blue tees and some developing rough helped the course stand up and nobody managed to compile an ‘outrageous’ score. A spread of two points was enough to separate the top 10 and it was a very welcome sight to see a new name join the list of ‘major’ winners in Strandhill. So well done and congratulations to competition winner John O’Donnell. Finally, a special mention to Junior member Keelan Gallagher who shot the best score of the day but is precluded by the conditions of the competition from taking any of the first three prizes. Well done Keelan, no doubt your day will come! The results were as follows: 1, John O’Donnell 41; 2, Norman Ashe 41; 3, Ronnie Conlon 41; 4, Keelan Gallagher 42; 5, Jim Branley 41; 6, Michael O’Beirne 41; 7, Padraig Watters 40; 8, Cedric Roussilhe 39; 9, Michael Murphy 39; 10, Conor McDaniel 39; Past President’s Prize, Donie McGowan; Leading Senior, Oliver Durkin; President’s Prize to the Juniors, Cathal Henry. FIXTURES Friday, July 29 COMPETITION: Mixed Foursomes Saturday, July 30 SPONSOR: Elanco Sunday, July 31 SPONSOR: Elanco Monday, August 1 COMPETITION: Open SPONSOR: Colin Foran JUNIORS Golf for Juniors continues every Tuesday morning at 9.30am for the school holidays. Last Tuesday the beginners had their first putting competition with the following results: Oisín Glynn (Boys U-11); Cormac Murphy (Boys U-8); Orna Murphy (Girls U-8). INTER-CLUB TEAMS Mixed Foursomes Commiserations to Kieran Egan and his mixed foursomes squad who went down by the narrowest of margins last Friday in Portumna. It was a sterling effort by all concerned and easily the best performance by a club team so far this summer. WELL DONE Congratulations to the Connacht team which took the inter-provincial crown at County Sligo last week. Whilst our neighbours across the bay provided most of the firepower on the playing side, we are also very proud of our own Adrian Wynne, who captained the team, and indeed was a provincial player the last time Connacht lifted the trophy. ETIQUETTE AND BEHAVIOUR A number of items have been brought to the attention of the council and members are reminded of their obligations to the course and fellow members. Firstly, the ground staff have reported that a significant number of pitchmarks are being left unrepaired on a daily basis. Repairing these is taking staff time away from more important work. There is no excuse for players not repairing their own pitchmarks, so please keep an eye out in your own fourball next time on the course. There are also reports of a ‘fiveball’ enjoying a recent round of golf in Strandhill. For those who might not know, four is the accepted international maximum number in a golfing party! Despite Peter’s heroics on Captain’s Day there are no plans to employ traffic police on the course, so all players are asked to drive their golf buggies with due consideration to all other participants. This includes refraining from hornblowing, even in the unfortunate event of being held up by a fiveball!

ENNISCRONE LADIES LADY CAPTAIN’S DAY The results from Lady Captain’s Day (Nicola Moylett) held last Sunday are detailed below. STROKE: 1, Maura McGrath 64; 2, Brenda Dargan 65; Gross, Sarah Helly 75; 3, Mary McNamara 67; 4, Marie Moran 69; 5, Maura Dargan 70; 6, Eithne Moran 70; 7, Josephine Gillespie 70; Category One, Joan Ruane 71; Category Two, Christine McGuinness 70; Category Three, Margueritte Murphy 74; Category Four, Marie Byrne 75; Past Captains, Marie Varley 73; Front 9, Sylvia Malaguti 33; Back 9, Jean Lynott 31.5; Country member, Chantal Devane 76; Stableford Competition, Lucia Rafter 34, Kathleen Kelly 32; Beginners’ 9-hole, Annette O’Toole 15; Novice, Catriona Kelly; Visitors Lady, Kate Tempany; Visitors Gent, Liam Madden (back 9).

TUBBERCURRY COMPETITIONS Marren Oil Services (John T Marren) sponsored last Sunday’s 18-hole stableford, which was played in ideal conditions. Near neighbour, Barry Kilcoyne, was first with 39 points, second was a gent who is favoured for next week’s ‘major’, Jimmy Walshe (39), and in third was the in-form Eamon Wimsey (38). CLUB RUMBLE FUND-RAISER Bon voyage to Mr and Mrs Tommy Clarke plus Ronan Forkin, who won the coveted prize of a week in a Spanish villa. Second prize for one night’s accommodation plus golf in Westport went to Harold McManus, Padraig McDonagh and Danny Jones. The third prize (for a round of golf at the Heritage Golf & Spa Hotel, Laois) was won by Jimmy and Breege Walshe, plus Bertie Marren.

COUNTY SLIGO RESULTS The results of the competition held on last Sunday, July 24 were as follows: 1, Gerard Hargadon (9) 42pts (back 9); 2, Andrew Rowe (15) 42pts; 3, David Taylor (18) 41pts; 4, Michael Cullen (9) 40pts (back 6); 5, David Brady (5) 40pts; 6, Liam Hannigan (13) 38pts (back 9). LADY CAPTAIN’S PRIZE Congratulations to Mary Conefrey, winner of the Lady Captain’s Prize on Saturday. CLUB COMPETITION With Lady Captain’s Day taking place on the main course on Saturday, last Sunday’s singles stableford competition was the weekend’s only competition for men with just over 100 competitors taking to the fairways in pleasant conditions. With five players shooting 40 points or more, Gerry Hargadon’s 42 points gave him the top prize just ahead of Andrew Rowe, who also finished with 42 points. These two players finished just ahead of third-placed David Taylor who scored 41 points. Michael Cullen and David Brady both brought home scores of 40 points which secured fourth and fifth place with Liam Hannigan in sixth spot on 38 points. INTER-PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Congratulations to the Connacht Senior golf team who won the Inter-Provincial competition held at Rosses Point from Tuesday to Thursday last week. Connacht won the title for the first time in almost 30 years when they staged a remarkable recovery on the final day. The team consisted of four County Sligo players, Barry Anderson, Michael Durcan, Gary McDermott and Steffan O’Hara and was managed by Strandhill’s Adrian Wynne.

HIGH BOYS We are midway through this competition, which is played on Friday evenings. The leaderboard shows Brendan Gannon ahead of Patrick Cawley followed by Maynard O’Boyle.

INTER-CLUB TEAM NEWS Cecil Ewing Shield Commiserations to the Cecil Ewing team who narrowly lost (3-2) to Boyle Golf Club in the zone semifinal on Saturday last. Thanks to the panel and team captain, Kieran McDonagh, for their great effort.

INTER-CLUB TEAMS Connacht Shield Pearse Burke has his panel in training for their outing against Ballina on the first Tuesday in August.

INFORMATION MEETING An information meeting for members will be held at the golf club on Thursday, August 4 at 8pm.

GOLF LESSONS Both adult and Junior lessons have being organised with the adult lessons costing €40 (for four lessons) and the Juniors lessons costing €35 (for five lessons) – the notice-board has further details regarding dates and times.

COMPETITION UPDATES In the club championship fourball (Millennium Trophy) sponsored by DNG Flanagan Ford, Pauric Hanly & Tom Ford, Dave Edwards & Hugh Arnold, Brendan Flanagan & David Smyth and Dave Dent & John Durcan are all through to the semi-finals which are to be played by August 3. The final will be played before August 24.

CAPTAIN’S PRIZE Best wishes to Tubbercurry’s esteemed club captain, Brendan Leonard, who is hosting his prizes on Sunday next. The format is the same as other years and we eagerly look forward to see who makes the ‘cut’ for the final nine holes. Please ensure your name is on sheet by tomorrow [Wednesday] as the draw will be made that night. PRESENTATIONS On Friday night, a dual affair will take place at 9.30pm, namely the presentation of all outstanding prizes and the everpopular Captain’s Auction. All members and non-members are invited to attend this special occasion and support Brendan Leonard. FIXTURES Sunday, July 31 COMPETITION: Captain’s Prize (Brendan Leonard) Note: All this week the Captain’s Prize for Ladies and Juniors takes place (re-entry)

CLUB FUND-RAISER A team of four open golf classic takes place this Friday, July 29. With some great prizes, the entry fee is €120 per team. FIXTURES Friday, July 29 COMPETITION: Club fund-raiser - open team of four event Saturday, July 30 COMPETITION: Open Fourball - combined stableford Sunday, July 31 COMPETITION: Open Day - Visitors’ Cup SPONSOR: Greenstar Monday, August 1 COMPETITION: Open singles stableford

GAELIC TAG: See page 64

ENNISCRONE RESULTS The results from the men’s competition on Lady Captain’s Day (Nicola Moylett), an 18-hole stableford on the Scurmore course held last Sunday, July 24, were as follows: 1, Dermot Devine (15) 46pts; 2, John O’Reilly (15) 44pts; 3, Joseph Timlin (11) (Jnr) 47pts; 4, Adam Carney (19) (Jnr) 46pts.

PROVINCIAL KINGS The victorious Connacht Senior team who won the inter-provincial title at Rosses Point Golf Club last week with County Sligo players (back, left to right) Barry Anderson, Gary McDermott, Steffan O’Hara and Michael Durcan (back right).


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport THE BUNKER: Golf clubs’ news



Away journey can be a fruitful experience

RESULTS The results of the recent 18-hole stableford, held on Thursday, July 21 and sponsored by The Embassy Rooms, were as follows: 1, Ann Cox 37pts; 2, Brigid Glynn 37pts (count back); Gross, Maire Rooney 24pts; 3, Marion Forde (Enniscrone) 36pts; 4, Caroline Peacock 36pts (count back); Front 9, Marian Quinn; Back 9, Jean Dennigan (Longford). RESULTS The results of the 10-hole competition (President’s Prize to Senior Ladies) held on Thursday, July 21 were as follows: 1, Lucy Devaney; 2, Helen Horan; 3, Ann Carroll. FIXTURES Thursday, July 28 COMPETITION: 18-hole open stableford SPONSOR: Ricketts Friday, July 29 COMPETITION: Club mixed foursomes Sunday, July 31 COMPETITION: 18-hole open stableford SPONSORS: Trá Bán Restaurant/Parkes

TUBBERCURRY LADIES RESULTS The results of the 18-hole stableford, sponsored by Martin and Kathleen Donoghue, St Attracta’s Nursing Home, Charlestown and held on Sunday, July 24 were as follows: 1, Brigie Clarke 40pts (back nine); 2, Christine Hannon 40pts; 3, Breege Leonard 39pts. SENIOR LADIES Last week’s competition winner was Margaret Marren. Senior Ladies meet today and every Tuesday morning at 11am. JUNIOR GIRLS There is a 9-hole competition running this week for Junior girls, it finishes on Friday. LADIES CLUB DAY Next Saturday is Ladies Club Day at Tubbercurry. Those intending to take part should please enter their name on the draw sheet. The menu for the meal (which takes place on Saturday, July 30) is displayed in the locker room. Food choices must be made by tomorrow [Wednesday]. CAPTAIN’S DAY Next Sunday is the Captain’s Day (Brendan Leonard). The Ladies Branch committee wish him and his family a very successful day. FIXTURES Saturday, July 30 COMPETITION: 18-hole stableford Note: Tee times are from 11am to 1pm. Monday, August 1 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford (re-entry) SPONSOR: Cawley’s Hotel, Tubbercurry REMINDER During the week the Ladies Prize to the Men will take place.

BOYLE RESULTS The results from last Sunday’s 18-hole stroke were as follows: 1, Ted Hestor 61; 2, Gareth Gilmartin 61; Gross, Patrick Egan; 3, Ian Slaughter 61. RESULTS The results of the Captain’s Prize to the Ladies were as follows: 1, Attracta Keville; 2, Peggy Feely; Gross, Phil Emmet; 3, Joey Mullaney. RESULTS The results from the men’s competition held last Thursday night were as follows: 1, Michael Gilmartin 26; 2, Adrian King 25; 3, Michael Reid 24. RESULTS The results of last Friday’s scramble were as follows: 1, Gary Carty, Stephen Bohan, Adrian King; 2, Jim Mooney, Eileen Jackson, Tom Rochford; 3, Martin Garvey, Mary Queenan, Gerry O’Hara.

CASTLE DARGAN LADIES LADY CAPTAIN’S DAY The sun was shining last Saturday for lady captain Mary Dodd’s special day. Play commenced early and, what with the fine weather and the excellent condition of the course, great scores were recorded. There was a large turnout to support Mary who provided refreshments for all on the 11th hole. The lady captain’s dinner took place later that evening and Mary enjoyed the company of her family, brothers, sister and extended family. After a wonderful meal the presentation of prizes commenced. It was a big result for competition winner Marie Leydon, who won this event for the second year running. Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part and made the day such a success. Music and dancing followed until the very early hours. The results were as follows: 1, Marie Leydon; 2, Peggy Feely; 3, Siobhan Heraughty; 4, Paula Daly; Nearest the pin, Peggy Feely; Longest drive, Maeve Kelly; Junior, Maeve Kelly; Men’s competition, Richard Graham; Junior men’s, Eoin Carroll. RESULTS The results of the competition held on Wednesday, July 13 (sponsored by Feehily’s Florists) were as follows: 1, Elaine Willis; 2, Kate Hegarty; 3, Claire Reynolds. RESULTS The results of the competition held on Wednesday, July 20 (sponsored by Bistro Bianconi) were as follows: 1, Marie Leydon; 2, Claire Reynolds; 3, Mary Kennedy. COMPETITIONS Competitions continue on Wednesdays and Sundays. For Wednesday’s 10-hole competition, those taking part should meet at 10am for the draw. Players set for Sunday’s 18-hole competition should meet at 11am for the draw. The mixed scramble takes place on Friday evening (meet at 6.30pm for the draw). POSTPONEMENT The competition scheduled for the Sunday before last, July 17, was cancelled due to bad weather. OPEN EVENT This coming weekend (Saturday, July 30 to Monday, August 1) is Ladies Open Weekend at Castle Dargan which is kindly sponsored by John McKeon, Pet Stop Discount Warehouse, Carraroe Retail Park, Sligo. The Ladies Branch hope to see large numbers playing in these competitions over the Bank Holiday weekend.

COUNTY SLIGO LADIES LADY CAPTAIN’S PRIZE There was a beautiful day for last Saturday’s Lady Captain’s Prize. There was a great entry and the weather just got better and better! The scoring was really good and the eventual winner, Mary Conefrey, won on the back six from a gallant runner-up, Marguerite Dent. June Coulter, the club’s lady captain, had a very busy day, greeting her many well wishers and guests. The day ended with a dinner and presentation of prizes. The celebrations lasted into the night and everyone had a great time. The results were as follows: Winner, Mary Conefrey (15) 70 nett (on back 9); 2, Marguerite Dent (21) 70 nett; Second Nett, Catherine McManus (15) 72 nett (back 9); Gross, Irene O’Donovan (14) 89 (back 9). NOTE: Full results are on the club website. INTER-CLUB TEAMS Miele Fourball The Ladies Branch Miele Fourball team played their quarter-final match against Mountbellew, County Galway on Sunday last. In spite of a valiant effort by the Rosses Point Ladies, the Galway ladies prevailed. We wish them well in the semi-finals. RESULTS The results of the singles stableford held on Saturday, July 16 were as follows: 1, Gay Hynes 36pts (back 9); 2, Michele Murphy 36pts.

BIT O’RED: See page 77


O it is another trip into the unknown for Sligo Rovers and a group of about 50 unbelievably loyal supporters, who have no problem whatsoever in trekking from the west of Ireland to the east of Ukraine to support the Bit O’Red. It is hard to get any concrete information on Vorskla Poltava, and it is hard to know how much to read into the 5-0 aggregate defeat of Glentoran given that the Irish League side are in their pre-season and that they brought a very youthful and inexperienced squad to the Ukraine for the second leg. They do, however, compete in a league that is much stronger than the Albanian one that features Vllaznia Shkoder – the team that prematurely ended Sligo Rovers’ interest in the competition two years ago. It should be remembered, however, that Sligo Rovers earned a one-all draw away from home in very difficult conditions in Albania. A similar result in the Ukraine on Thursday would give the Bit O’Red a huge chance of progression, particularly with the home leg in The Showgrounds a week later. The Bit O’Red have already sold out their allotment of tickets for the home leg, while the visitors are only likely to bring a crowd of about 50 to the game, which should make it difficult for them to get a result away from home. A lucrative fourth qualifying round two-legged tie will follow for the winners, and if they can take a positive result and maybe an away goal back from Poltava, they will certainly be in a great position to progress. Sligo Rovers’ record at home has been outstanding for the past few months. Before Saturday’s draw with St Patrick’s Athletics, they had won all eight games at home since their 2-1 defeat to Bohemians at the Sligo venue back in April. Although they were disap-

Darragh Cox of Ocean FM believes Sligo Rovers can take a result from their away game in the Ukraine

SPORTS FANS: Following Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds last Saturday was Thomas Teape and his nephew, Jack. pointed not to have taken all three points against the Saints on Saturday, their clean sheet record in this season’s Airtricty League now runs to over 810 minutes, or an incredible nine Premier Division matches. So Sligo Rovers must be fancied to win at home, or at least to not concede, and if they can go without conceding in the Ukraine, they will really be in the driving seat. The trip is a long and draining one, and the heat will be

a big factor once again, though it is a late evening kick-off in the Ukraine (8pm local time, 5pm Irish time), which should hopefully mean it won’t be quite as warm as during the day. Best of luck to the Bit O’Red boys in the Ukraine, and for all those that can’t follow the team to the far side of Europe, I will be in Poltava to broadcast all of the action as it happens on Ocean FM from 6pm Irish time on Thursday.

WATCHING THE GAME: At The Showgrounds last Saturday night for Sligo Rovers’ home game against St Patrick’s Athletic were, from left, Cal, Martin and Mickey. Pictures by Michael McGurrin


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport SLIGO SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Sponsored by The Belfry

Tubber shock Curry as the Curran siblings provide a spark TUBBERCURRY pulled off the shock of this year’s Sligo Senior Championship with a single-point vic tory over their neighbours Curry, 1-11 to 1-10, last Sunday evening at Bunnanadden Community Park. Tubbercurry went into the match understrength – they were without their county stars David Kelly and Stephen Gilmartin – but there was a plus for manager Reggie McNulty as the Curran brothers, Brian and soccer ace Gary, were among the starters. A feature of this south Sligo derby was the scoring feats of Tubbercurry player Colm McGee and Curry’s Adrian Marren, suppliers of 1-4 and 1-6 respectively. Tubbercurry, who showed great hunger from the start, went 0-5 to 0-0 up by the opening 15 min utes thanks to points from Colm McGee (3), Steven Kilcoyne and Gary Curran followed up. It could been even better for Tubbercurry as an 18th minute goal chance went abegging when Bri an Curran’s shot hit the crossbar – the rebound fell to Colm McGee but his effort went wide. This let off seemed to wake Curry up as they recorded their first score a minute later when Adrian Marren pointed. Both sides then ex changed points before Keith Davey helped Curry lower the deficit when his 23rd minute point left just four between them once again after Tubber curry had gone five clear. Tubbercurry obtained a clear advantage in the 26th minute when Gary Curran played the ball into Colm McGee, who turned his marker and flashed a shot to back of the Curry net. Curry had the final say of the first-half when Ciaran Brennan reduced the deficit with a fine score but Anthony Brennan’s charges trailed by six points at the interval, 1-7 to 0-4. Brian McDonagh got the first point of the secondhalf as Curry tried to eat into their rivals’ lead but McGee replied almost immediately with a score in the 33rd minute. Two minutes later this tie changed when Curry got a huge break. Ciaran Brennan was taken down and referee Gus Chapman awarded a penalty, which Adrian Marren converted, narrowing the gap to three points. A long-range free from Marren left just two points between them but Tubbercurry substitute Fabio Cretaro’s second point stretched the differ ence once more. Another Marren free from distance kept Curry’s intentions buoyant and this free proved costly for Tubbercurry as the player who fouled Marren, Benny McDonagh, was shown a second yellow card and he had to leave the fray. Another Tubbercurry substitute, Aidan Brennan, knocked over a point and this turned out to be the key score for the winners, whose lead was back to three. In the last five minutes Curry added two further points – Adrian Marren and Brian McDonagh the scorers – but that was as good as it got for the competition favourites as Tubbercurry turned Group Two upside down as a result of this deserved win. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Gary Curran TUBBERCURRY: Ross McCarrick, Brendan McDonagh, Anthony McGee, Daniel Maye, David Wynne, James Kelly, Luke McDonagh, Brian Murphy, Mark Burke, Stephen Matthews, Brian Curran, Gary Curran (0-1), Colm McGee (14, 1 ‘45’, 1f) Dermot Walsh (0-2), Steven Kilcoyne (0-1) Subs used: Fabio Cretaro (0-2), Aidan Brennan (0-1), Eoin Coleman CURRY: Jeffrey Durcan, Philip Walsh, Stephen Marren, Kenneth Morley, Stephen Kilcoyne, James Connolly, Sean Haran, Dennis Coffey, Brian McDonagh (0-2), Keith Davey (0-1), David Maye, Ciaran Brennan (0-1), Adrian Marren (1-6, 4f), Paul Henry, Cathal Brennan Subs used: Jason Marren, David McDonagh, Stephen Maher for Jason Marren Referee: Gus Chapman

McGowan punishes Geevagh Senior Championship Group Two Tourlestrane Geevagh

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Paul Healy Corran Park DESPITE a tigerish Geevagh fighting to the last for Sligo Senior Championship survival in this Group Two clash at Corran Park, Ballymote last Saturday evening it was Tourlestrane who just crept over the line on a 1-12 to 1-11 scoreline after a captivating hour’s entertainment between the sides. In the final analysis it was one oh so familiar name that clinched this contest right at the end for the south Sligo men – Gerry McGowan steering over an added-time free to steady Tourlestrane’s endeavour to regain a trophy they last won in 2009. Knowing that only a win would do this time out

– having lost both previous Group Two games this year – the Gerry McManus-managed Geevagh produced a terrifically wholehearted display against their more fancied opponents. The east Sligo team may have trailed by two points, 0-6 to 0-4, as the first-half approached the 25th minute mark, but the way in which they overturned that deficit to go in two points ahead at the interval was a clear illustration of their own determination to succeed this time around. Pat Hughes’ 26th minute free and Stephen Mullaney’s point a minute later had tied the game at 0-6 apiece before Hughes and Damien Cogan slotted over efforts on 28 and 30 minutes respectively to hand Geevagh that 0-8 to 0-6 half-time lead. More significantly, 13 minutes into the secondhalf, Colm McManus steered in Geevagh’s goal to push them four points clear (1-9 to 0-8). Yet, by the 47th minute, Tourlestrane’s refusal to panic – gleaned through so much experience of big games in recent times – helped them draw level, courtesy of a McGowan free and well-finished goal from their captain Gary Gaughan (1-9 apiece). Furthermore, a third McGowan free and Alan

Dunne point helped them reclaim a two-points advantage once more by the 55th minute (1-11 to 1-9). Geevagh weren’t finished and a Stephen Mullaney point and further Hughes free tied matters once more by the end of normal-time (1-11 to 1-9). However, distressingly for Geevagh, it was McGowan who had that last say of the day in addedtime. The losers remain rooted to the bottom of this section with a fruitless return of three losses from three outings. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Shane Dunne TOURLESTRANE: Seamus Gildea, Diarmuid Dunne, Brian Kennedy, Colin Neary, Noel Gaughan, Adrian McIntyre, James Leonard, Brendan Egan, Stephen Henry, Gary Gaughan (c) (1-1), Shane Dunne, Brian Egan (0-2), John Quinn (0-3, 3f), John Marren (0-1), Alan Dunne (0-1) Subs used: Gerry McGowan (0-4, 4f) Robert Leonard GEEVAGH: Mark McGrath, Damien Cogan (0-1), Liam McDonagh (c), Desmond McTiernan, Enda MacManus, Shane McManus, Eamon McDonagh, Kevin Byrne, Pat Cawley, Stephen Mullaney (0-2), Pat Hughes (0-5, 3f, 1 ‘45’), Joe Mulvaney, David O’Reilly (01), Cormac Hughes (0-1), Colm McManus (1-1) Sub used: Daniel Smith Referee: John Gilmartin

Ladies revive a season Sligo record excellent win over Armagh in All-Ireland Senior Qualifiers


LIGO Ladies Gaelic Footballers wonderfully revived their campaign when they skilfully overturned Armagh last Saturday in the first round of the TG4-sponsored All-Ireland Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Championship Qualifiers. The Laurence Cunningham-managed side convincingly won by seven points, 3-12 to 2-8, at Longford’s Pearse Park with TG4 ‘Player of the Match’ Noelle Gormley bagging 2-2. This result goes a long way to exorcising the horrors endured earlier this year – relegation from Division Two of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League (after seven losses from seven games) and a Connacht semi-final thrashing at the hands of Mayo last month. Still, Sligo were optimistic ahead of their Armagh assignment – they ran the Ulster county relatively close in their Division Two meeting and the panel was reinforced by the return of a number of players, including those who had completed their Leaving Certificate exams. Sligo boss Laurence Cunningham, a Galway man, was delighted with the outcome. “It was a fantastic display – the girls played fabulous football. The difference was that we had a stronger panel and players to come off the bench.” “This performance has been coming for a while and we felt we would have the measure of Armagh because of what we saw of them [in the National League]. It is great to be in the next round of the qualifiers,” he enthused. While it could be said that this win purges the pain of that heavy loss to Mayo, Cunningham argued that this setback has been already put side. “Just a few days after losing to Mayo the players were back at training and there was a great attitude. They were looking forward to the next game so, even then, they were beginning to put that result out of their system.” Leading by 10 points at the interval, 3-5 to 1-1, Sligo certainly did the hard work in the first-half against Armagh – Noelle Gormley coolly converted a penalty in the opening five minutes and later embarrassed the losers’ goalkeeper, Catherine McAlinden, with a deft lob. In between Gormley’s two green-flag strikes Karen Maloney netted Sligo’s second goal with a fine finish after the excellent Sandra Scully provided the assist. Sligo found the range with some fine points, in-

ON THE ATTACK: Sligo’s Noelle Gormley, right, gets past Clodagh McCann, Armagh, during last Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Championship Qualifiers tie at Pearse Park, Longford. Picture by SPORTSFILE cluding those by Sandra Scully, Sinead McTiernan and Nicole Fowley. All six forwards were on target and, defensively, goalkeeper Katrina Connolly produced a couple of top-drawer saves. Armagh managed to outscore Sligo in the second-half (1-7 to 0-7) but they had too much ground to make up as nine first-half wides plus the sinbinning of defender Sinead McCleary hampered their chances. In the next round of the qualifiers, Sligo will face either Galway, Kerry, Tyrone or Meath – the draw takes place next Monday.

SLIGO (v Armagh) : Katrina Connolly, Elisha Codd, Rachel Monaghan, Aisling Ewing, Ann-Marie Coleman, Jacqui Mulligan, Andrea Horgan, Bernice Byrne, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Karen Maloney (1-0), Nicole Fowley (0-3), Sinead McTiernan (0-2), Laura Gillespie (0-1), Sandra Scully (0-4, 1f), Noelle Gormley (2-2, 1-0 pen, 1f) Subs used: Roisín Colleary for Karen Maloney; Claire Colleran for Sandra Scully; Orla McGowan for Aisling Ewing Subs not used: Michelle Brett, Sarah Reynolds, Lindsey McManus, Noelle Carroll Manager: Laurence Cunningham


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport SLIGO SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Sponsored by The Belfry

Town rivals share spoils Senior Championship Group Two St John’s St Mary’s

QUESTION TIME: Two St Mary’s players, Johnny Martyn and Johnny Lynch (No.7), rush to query referee TJ Keavaney’s timekeeping following the match official’s full-time whistle in their Sligo SFC Group One game against St John’s last Saturday at Markievicz Park. Picture by Sean Carleton

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Liam Ó Maoldhomhnaigh Markievicz Park


STALEMATE, but one that was frustrating for those involved. Nevertheless, this was a refreshing fixture, one to rival the clash of south Sligo giants Curry and Tourlestrane in terms of nip-and-tuck enthrallment, but neither St John’s nor St Mary’s should be satisfied after their Group Two duel ended level, 1-13 to 0-16, at Markievicz Park on Saturday evening. Mark Breheny and David Rooney, the teams’ leading scorers and outright illuminators, tied up the loose ends in stoppage time – Rooney’s fifth score (he scored 1-2) put St John’s one up, 1-13 to 015, and Breheny’s 11th point levelled matters 90 seconds later. The extended period of additional time (necessary because of a lengthy second-half stoppage when substitute Paul McLean, a first-half replacement for the injured Mickey O’Hehir, picked up a

Mark Breheny lands 11 points as St Mary’s draw with St John’s leg injury) revealed further twists. St John’s twice missed opportunities to sneak a lead point – a swift interception and counter-attack by Michael McNamara setting up the second of these chances - while St Mary’s were knitting one last attack and had broken into their opponents’ half when referee TJ Keaveney blew for full-time. Several St Mary’s players told the match official what they thought of this premature ending and their anxiousness to get a result, even in the seventh minute of added time, reflected their enhanced second-half display. With Mark Breheny sniping points – from play and frees – akin to how he did so 10 years ago when his club last won the Sligo Senior Championship, St Mary’s had someone to reliably finish off their best moves. Indeed, it was the wise old heads in Brian Tuohy’s selection who stood out – Johnny Davey at centre-back, the midfield pairing of Seamus Burns

and Johnny Martyn and, of course, top-scorer Breheny. Another veteran, defender Donal Carroll, was brought on to help stabilise things but the team’s younger players, Johnny Lynch and Gary Melly impressed – Melly shooting three points – and there was a useful second-half cameo from teenager Colm Egan, who, the previous Thursday, captained St Mary’s to victory over Shamrock Gaels in the Sligo Minor Football League Division One final. St Mary’s laudable performance in the second period – they outscored their Sligo town rivals by four points, 0-7 to 0-3 – is countered by their wayward first-half when St John’s were the sharper side. David Rooney’s superb third minute goal – he powered through and finished with a shot too hot for Mark Rooney – was followed by nine more scores as St John’s ended the first-half three points up, 1-9 to 0-9, and with six players on the scoresheet. At one stage St John’s were five points clear, 1-4 to 0-2, as their smooth passing and vigorous movement shook St Mary’s. Rooney, Brian Harris and Ronan McGarrigle (raiding from wing-back) supplied the best of these points, while John Scanlon, Ian Rossiter and Dara McGarty also contributed to the first-half tally. Already without the injured Niall Walsh – a sig-

nificant loss – Mickey O’Hehir’s 13th minute injury necessitated more reshuffles as did the exit of O’Hehir’s replacement, Paul McLean. Still, with the tenacious Gary Melly and Mark Breheny the biggest threats to subdue, St John’s fared reasonably well – Charlie Harrison was busy and Paddy Greene was astutely positioned on the goal-line to hold a shot from Johnny Lynch that had pinged past his brother, goalkeeper Philip. St Mary’s, who saw another goal chance thwarted when Mark Herrity’s shot was blocked, remained in contention through Breheny’s scores but only showed their teeth in the second-half. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Mark Breheny ST MARY’S: Mark Rooney, Conor Carroll, Caolan O’Grady, Mark Herrity, Ciaran O’Boyle, Johnny Davey, Johnny Lynch, Seamus Burns, Johnny Martyn (0-1), Michael Hanley, Mark Breheny (0-11, 7f), Mark Butler, Gary Melly (0-3), Neil Smyth (0-1), David Caffrey Subs used: David Hanley, Donal Carroll, Colm Egan, Fearghal O’Hara, Niall McManus ST JOHN’S: Philip Greene, Eoin Flanagan, Patrick Greene, Mickey O’Hehir, Charlie Harrison, Michael McNamara, Ronan McGarrigle (0-1), Damien Fallon, James Murphy, Brian Harris (0-3, 1f), David Rooney (1-4, 3f), Cian McNamara (0-1), John Scanlon (0-2), Dara McGarty (0-1), Ian Rossiter (0-1, 1f) Subs used: Paul McLean, Feidhlim Murphy, Fergal Kelly for John Scanlon Referee: TJ Keaveney

SLIGO INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Sponsored by Kennedy’s Bunnanadden improve First victory in three Enniscrone-Kilglass pick their status after fine win games for the Harps up another useful result EVENTS in Group One of the Sli go Intermediate Championship ap pear to have taken a decisive twist, especially in terms of who might win this section, following the clash of two of the competi tion’s heavyweights, Bunnanadden and Calry-St Joseph’s, last Saturday evening at Quigabar. Bunnanadden cruised to a sevenpoints win, 0-15 to 1-5, having led 0-9 to 0-2 at the break. A lengthy second-half stoppage due to an injury to Shane Gormley, who was brought from the venue in an am bulance, didn’t disrupt the winners’ rhythm as the adroit Vincent Frizzell landed six points, three in each half. Also in tune for Bunnanadden – now unbeaten after three rounds – were Joe Rogers and Kenneth Kerins, but a worry for the mentors Paddy and Michael Henry was their team’s off target shooting. Calry-St Joseph’s, without Keith Raymond, grabbed a late consolation goal through Paddy Heraghty,

while Conor Griffin was probably the outstanding performer for the Tommy Clarke-managed side. The losers’ net-minder, Bryan McGov ern, made a notable first-half save. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Vincent Frizzell BUNNANADDEN: David Killoran, Liam Og Gormley, Shane Gormley (0-1), Karl Brennan, Patrick Rogers, Michael Gormley, Thomas Perry, Padraig Doohan, Vincent Frizzell (0-6, 3f), Barry Gilhooley, Mark Gormley (0-1), Joseph Rogers (0-3), Kenneth Kerins (0-3), Shane Kerins, Kieran Gilligan Subs used: Conor Gormley (0-1), James McLoughlin, Mark Coen CALRY-ST JOSEPH’S: Bryan McGovern, Darragh McConnan, Glen Cryan, Damien Gannon, Mark Fowley, Cormac Coyne, Michael Gilmartin, Vincent Nally (0-1), Damien O’Boyle, Eamon Kelly, Brian Hynes, Barry O’Boyle (0-1), Conor Griffin (0-1), Paddy Heraghty (1-2), Eoin Doherty Subs used: Kevin Gilmartin, Keith Farragher, Conor Nally, Thomas Kelly Referee: Ciaran O’Donnell

EASTERN Harps recorded an emphatic 2-14 to 0-11 triumph over St Michael’s in Group One of the Sligo Intermediate Championship at Corran Park, Ballymote last Saturday evening. The Keash-Culfadda-Gurteen side’s eventual win - a first group success in three attempts - looked a distinct probability as early as the 11th minute when they led by 2-1 to 0-0 after Stephen Craig added Eastern Harp’s second goal following the impressive Fiachra Gorman’s first minute opener. St Michael’s responded somewhat in the second quarter of the firsthalf – Alan Taaffe’s accurate frees keeping them in slight contention – but, with Gorman and Craig increasing their own tallies, Eastern Harps enjoyed an eight-points cushion at half-time (2-6 to 0-4). The smallest margin between the sides in the second-half was a sixpoints gap on 40 minutes – 2-7 to 0-7 – but, with Barry Coleman emerging as the fulcrum of much

of Eastern Harps best attacking movements, the eventual winners steadily increased their advantage to ease to a nine-points victory. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Fiachra Gorman EASTERN HARPS: David Sheppard, Patrick Cosgrove, Patrick Gallagher, Dara Madden (c), Robert Reid, Mark Cosgrove, Ciarán McGovern, Gerard Doherty, Keith Carty (0-1), Shane O’Hara (0-1), Barry Coleman (0-3, 1f), Shane Regan (0-1), Fiachra Gorman (1-3), Stephen Craig (1-3), Declan Hannon (0-2, 1f) Subs used: Colin McGill ST MICHAEL’S: Enda McLoughlin, Donal Harte, Robert Taaffe, Adrian McGoldrick, Gavin Walsh, Colm McTiernan, Hugh McGowan, Paul McTiernan (c) (0-2), Niall Clerkin, Paul Flanagan, Patrick Burns, Jack Haran, Alan Taaffe (0-6, 4f), Dwayne Kelly (0-2, 1f), Ross McLoughlin (0-1) Subs used: Sean Clancy, Donal McLoughlin, Niall McLoughlin, Niall Clancy Referee: Eugene MacHale

ENNISCRONE -Kilglass made it two wins out of three with a com prehensive 10-points win over Cloonacool, 2-14 to 1-7, in Sunday’s Sligo Intermediate Champi onship Group One tie at Bunnanadden Community Park. The west Sligo club had two for wards displaying razor-sharp finishing - Brian Coleman, who kicked nine points, and Shane Hargadon, who netted two sec ond-half goals. In the first-half it was close affair with matchwinner Coleman keep ing his side in it with his frees but Cloonacool were two points up at half-time, 1-5 to 0-6, thanks to a great goal from Joseph Neary. Enniscrone-Kilglass hit the first three scores of the scores of the second period to put themselves back in front. This match was over as a contest 12 minutes into the second-half af ter Shane Hargadon scored two goals in the space of a minute. In the final 10 minutes Cloonacool

were reduced to 13 players James Armstrong, who had scored four points, was shown a straight red and Hughie Marren received his second booking. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Brian Coleman ENNISCRONE-KILGLASS: Derek Tuffy, Kenneth Caffrey, Paul Battle, Brian Jacob, Michael Connolly, Declan Cawley, Sean Cawley, John Paul Carden, David Clarke, Stephen Kavanagh, Mark Gordon (0-2), Shane Hardagon (2-0), Brendan Byron (0-2), Aidan Morrison (0-1), Brian Coleman (0-9, 7f) Subs used: Kevin Cawley, Cathal Mullaney CLOONACOOL: Art McCarrick, Billy Henry, Fergus Leonard, Padraig Murtagh, James Lawrence, Neil Walsh, Kevin Gallagher (0-1), Joseph Neary (10), Ronan Leonard, Stephen Gallagher, Jason Brennan, Paul Kilcoyne, Packie McIntyre (0-2, 2f), James Armstrong (04, 3f), Hughie Marren Subs used: Michael Gallagher, Damien Sweeney Referee: Sean Rooney


SligoWeekender July 26, 2011

Sport GAELICFFOOTBALL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS: Results, fixtures and tables Senior Championship GROUP ONE


P W D Coolera-S’hill 3 3 0 3 2 1 Eastern H St Molaise G 3 2 0 3 1 0 Ballymote 3 0 1 Easkey Shamrock G 3 0 0

L 0 0 1 2 2 3

F 58 35 55 29 30 23

A 37 23 36 36 46 52

Diff +21 +12 +19 –7 –16 –29

Pts 6 5 4 2 1 0

B’adden Enniscrone-K Calry-St J Eastern H St Michael’s Cloonacool

P W D 3 3 0 3 2 0 3 2 0 3 1 0 3 1 0 3 0 0

L 0 1 1 2 2 3

F 50 48 42 45 37 24

A 25 33 40 49 48 51

Diff +25 +15 +2 –4 –11 –27

Pts 6 4 4 2 2 0

RESULTS Round One QUIGABAR: Ballymote 0-9, Coolera-Strandhill 4-6; MARKIEVICZ PARK: St Molaise Gaels 1-15, Easkey 0-9; BUNNANADDEN: Eastern Harps 0-15, Shamrock Gaels 1-7 Round Two MARKIEVICZ PARK: St Molaise Gaels 2-10, CooleraStrandhill 3-12; TOURLESTRANE: Eastern Harps 0-9, Easkey 0-9; KEASH: Shamrock Gaels 0-7, Ballymote 1-13 Round Three KILCOYNE PARK: Shamrock Gaels 0-6, St Molaise Gaels 5-6; KILCOYNE PARK: Eastern Harps 1-8, Ballymote 0-4; MARKIEVICZ PARK: Coolera-Strandhill 3-10, Easkey 2-6

RESULTS Round One TOURLESTRANE: Bunnanadden 1-11, St Michael’s 1-7; KILCOYNE PARK: Enniscrone-Kilglass 2-8, Eastern Harps 1-4; BUNNANADDEN: Calry-St Joseph’s 1-7, Cloonacool 1-4 Round Two COOLA: Calry-St Joseph’s 3-15, Eastern Harps 3-9; BUNNANADDEN: Enniscrone-Kilglass 1-11, St Michael’s 1-13; TOURLESTRANE: Cloonacool 1-4, Bunnanadden 1-18 Round Three QUIGABAR: Calry-St Joseph’s 1-5, Bunnanadden 015; CORRAN PARK: St Michael’s 0-11, Eastern Harps 2-14; BUNNANADDEN: Cloonacool 1-7, Enniscrone-Kilglass 2-14

FIXTURES Friday, July 29 Round Four Ballymote v Easkey (Curry, 8pm)


Saturday, July 30 Round Four Eastern Harps v St Molaise Gaels (Corran Park, Ballymote, 7.30pm) Sunday, July 31 Round Four Shamrock Gaels v Coolera-Strandhill (Markievicz Park, 5.45pm)

GROUP TWO St Mary’s Curry Tourlestrane St John’s Tubbercurry Geevagh

P W D 3 2 1 3 2 0 3 2 0 3 1 1 3 1 0 3 0 0

L 0 1 1 1 2 3

F 46 49 41 40 33 26

A 33 29 36 41 42 54

Diff +13 +20 +5 –1 –9 –28

Pts 5 4 4 3 2 0

RESULTS Round One KILCOYNE PARK: Geevagh 0-7, St Mary’s 0-14; QUIGABAR: Tubbercurry 1-6, St John’s 0-13; KILCOYNE PARK: Tourlestrane 0-10, Curry 0-11 Round Two MARKIEVICZ PARK: Tubbercurry 0-10, St Mary’s 2-10; BUNNANADDEN: Tourlestrane 1-13, St John’s 1-8; KILCOYNE PARK: Curry 3-16, Geevagh 0-5 Round Three CORRAN PARK: Tourlestrane 1-12, Geevagh 1-11; MARKIEVICZ PARK: St John’s 1-13, St Mary’s 0-16; BUNNANADDEN: Curry 1-10, Tubbercurry 1-11

Senior Hurling Championship P W D 3 3 0 2 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 3 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 3

F 49 40 31 30 36

A 40 32 19 32 63

Diff +9 +8 +12 –2 –27

Drumcliffe-R Coolaney-M St Farnan’s St Patrick’s Owenmore G Castleconnor

P W D 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 0 3 2 0 3 0 0 3 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 3 3

F 53 50 38 31 22 22

A 24 23 30 41 41 57

Diff +29 +27 +8 –10 –19 –35

Pts 5 5 4 4 0 0

RESULTS Round One KILCOYNE PARK: Owenmore Gaels 0-7, St Farnan’s 28; TOURLESTRANE: Castleconnor 0-6, Coolaney-Mullinabreena 5-14; MARKIEVICZ PARK: Drumclife-Rosses Point 4-15, St Patrick’s 1-6 Round Two QUIGABAR: Castleconnor 1-10, St Farnan’s 2-12; COOLA: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-8, Coolaney-Mullinabreena 011; KILCOYNE PARK: St Patrick’s 1-9, Owenmore Gaels 1-8 Round Three MARKIEVICZ PARK: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-12, Owenmore Gaels 0-4; QUIGABAR: St Farnan’s 0-6, CoolaneyMullinabreena 1-7; QUIGABAR: St Patrick’s 1-7, Castleconnor 0-3 FIXTURES Friday, July 29 Round Four St Patrick’s v St Farnan’s (Quigabar, 8pm)

Junior ‘A’ Championship

Pts 6 3 2 1 0

RESULTS Round One Tourlestrane 2-9, Western Gaels 2-11; CooleraStrandhill 1-12, Tubbercurry 1-12 Round Two Calry-St Joseph’s 0-10, Western Gaels 0-15; Tubbercurry 2-19, Tourlestrane 3-8 Round Three Western Gaels 3-8, Coolera-Strandhill 2-9; CalrySt Joseph’s 2-15, Tourlestrane 0-4 FIXTURES Friday, July 29 Round Four Tubbercurry v Calry-St Joseph’s (Kilcoyne Park, 8pm); Tourlestrane v Coolera-Strandhill (Tourlestrane, 8pm)

Junior ‘B’ Championship RESULTS Round One FIRST LEG: Shamock Gaels 2-9, Easkey 0-2; St Patrick’s 1-3, Ballymote 1-9; Enniscrone-Kilglass v Geevagh (Quigabar, 5.30pm); Eastern Harps 1-10, Castleconnor 0-5; DrumcliffeRosses Point 0-15, St Farnan’s 1-6 SECOND LEG: Geevagh walkover Enniscrone-Kilglass; Easkey 04, Shamock Gaels 0-15; Ballymote 2-13, St Patrick’s 0-5; Castleconnor 1-8, Eastern Harps 0-10; St Farnan’s 3-11, Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 2-6

Curry St Mary’s ‘B’ Coolera-S’hill St Molaise G

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

L 0 0 1 1

F 21 10 6 5

A 5 6 10 21

Diff +16 +4 –4 –16

Pts 2 2 0 0

RESULTS Round One Coolera-Strandhill ‘B’ 1-3, St Mary’s ‘B’ 0-10; Curry ‘B’ 3-12, St Molaise Gaels ‘B’ 0-5 FIXTURES Saturday, July 30 Round Two Curry ‘B’ v Coolera-Strandhill ‘B’ (Bunnanadden, 6pm) Sunday, July 31 Round Two St Molaise Gaels ‘B’ v St Mary’s ‘B’ (Oxfield, 6pm)

GROUP TWO St John’s Ballisodare B’adden Tubbercurry

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

L 0 0 1 2

F 39 13 15 16

A 19 12 22 30

Diff +20 +1 –7 –14


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Saturday, July 30 Round Four Drumcliffe-Rosses Point v Castleconnor (Kent Park, 7.30pm); Owenmore Gaels v Coolaney-Mullinabreena (Bunnanadden Community Park, 7.30pm)


GROUP STAGE Western G Tubbercurry Calry-St J Coolera-S’hill Tourlestrane

SETTING THE PACE: St Mary’s forward Mark Breheny sets up another attack during his side’s game against their Sligo town rivals St John’s on Saturday at Markievicz Park. Breheny scored 011 points. Picture by Sean Carleton

Intermediate Championship

Pts 4 2 0 0

RESULTS Round One Ballisodare 2-7, Tubbercurry ‘B’ 0-12; St John’s ‘B’ 216, Bunnanadden ‘B’ 4-3 Round Two Tubbercurry ‘B’ 0-4, St John’s ‘B’ 1-14 FIXTURES Saturday, July 30 Round Three Tubbercurry ‘B’ v Bunnanadden ‘B’ (Corran Park, Ballymote, 6pm) Sunday, July 31 Round Three Ballisodare v St John’s ‘B’ (Markievicz Park, 4pm)

OUR more counties’ aspirations of winning this year’s GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship were ended over the weekend when reigning All-Ireland champions Cork, Tyrone, Kildare and Limerick all advanced to the quarter-finals at the expense of Down, Armagh, Derry and Wexford respectively. Cork, Kildare and Tyrone were warm favourites to advance but Limerick pulled off the shock of the weekend when they came at the death to snatch victory over Wexford. The winning score was very controversial with one umpire waving the ball wide while the other said it was a point! Match referee Derek Fahy awarded the score, a decision that incensed the Wexford players and supporters. I have said many times in this column that so many umpires are making calls that they should not make. How many times have we seen the umpire who is in the wrong position calling a score, whether a ball is wide or not? It happened in the Ulster final when Donegal were denied a point and on the same day two wrong calls were made by umpires in the Connacht final. Cork – in defeating Down – have sent out a clear message to all remaining teams that they are not going to give up their crown easily. In brushing aside Downs’s feeble challenge they showed that they have got over their Munster final defeat to arch-rivals Kerry. Cork had many star players but in Donncha O’Connor they had the best player on the field. He was absolutely outstanding, scoring a goal and seven points (with 1-3 coming from play). Kildare have reached the quarter-finals for the fourth year in-a-row. Last Saturday they recorded a comfortable win over Derry. But Derry, to their credit, played with great heart but the loss of the Bradley brothers due to serious knee injuries was too much for the Ulster county to overcome. I still have my doubts about this Kildare side but I could be proved wrong come September. Tyrone defeated their neighbours and bitter rivals Armagh to set up a meeting with Roscommon to see who will be the last team to reach the

Eugene MacHale chooses his four semi-finalists in this year’s race for ‘Sam’ last eight. The draw for the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-finals were made on Sunday evening last and some mouth-watering ties emerged. The match of the last eight is the meeting of Donegal and Kildare, while potentially the game between Dublin and Tyrone or Roscommon is a close second. Mayo got the toughest game when they have to take on Cork, while Kerry will be delighted with the draw, which sees them facing neighbours Limerick. At this stage I am going for Kerry, Donegal, Cork and Tyrone to make the last four.

Galway hurlers’ shame ONCE again Galway hurlers were a huge disappointment when they went down to Waterford by 10 points. Waterford were coming off a Munster final mauling by Tipperary and the men from the West were hot favourites to advance. Credit must be given to Waterford who picked up the shattered pieces, but Galway played with a lack of pride and determination which is required for championship fare.



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Sport BitOORed

It was a draw, not a crisis! S

O on we go into the midseason break top of the Airtricity League Premier Division with a European campaign to look forward to along with a semi-final (EA SPORTS Cup) and fourth round tie (FAI Ford Cup) as we defend the trophies won last season. Sligo Rovers have also now gone a full round of Premier Division fixtures without conceding, going nine games without leaking a single goal. After the game against St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday night we had the all to common moans and grumbles from sections of our support. Pete Mahon and his side came to Sligo looking for a smash-and-grab win or, at very least, a scoreless draw and carried out their plan to perfection. Sligo Rovers may not have been the all-action side we’ve come to expect from recent games in The Showgrounds, but you have to credit the Inchicore men for their work-rate and their ability to limit our chances. Despite being negative from the very start, playing with a 4-3-2-1 type set-up with Shane McFaul, Stephen Bradley and Dave Mulcahy sitting behind Daryl Kavanagh and Anto Murphy in midfield, St Pat’s did manage to give Rovers’ defence one or two hairy moments. The physical Danny North was the last player to put one past Brendan Clarke in the Airtricity League two months ago, and he always looked like causing Clarke a problem or two. Sligo Rovers do not have some kind of divine right to win games. Other teams have become smart to the way we play and how Paul Cook sets the team up. You only have to go back seven or eight years ago when we were constantly finishing mid-table in the second tier of the League of Ireland with mainly amateur and part-time locals taking the squad numbers every week. Every fan has a right to have their say when games don’t go well, but you have to look at the big picture from time to time and not let recent success and possible future success influence your expectations. For the upcoming games against Vorskla Poltava and Dundalk Sligo Rovers need the fans to get behind them from the start – to help keep our position at the top of the Premier Division and to maintain our fine defensive record. Two men responsible for continuing this defensive record are our centre-halves, Jason McGuinness and Gavin Peers. McGuinness, in particular, is showing just why Cook signed him last spring.

MEETING BENNY: Young Sligo Rovers fans are pictured with the club’s mascot, Benny The Bull, at The Showgrounds last Saturday night.

Sligo Rovers fan David Goulden isn’t too unhappy after the draw against visitors St Patrick’s Athletic last Saturday

McGuinness’ experience will be vital in Thursday’s game in the Ukraine along with the likes of Joey Ndo and Alan Kirby, who both have many European minutes under their belts. Peers’ physicality along with that of our more imposing players, such as Richie Ryan and Matthew Blinkhorn, will also be key to ruffling a few Poltava feathers as the home side seem to have some physical attributes themselves. So here’s to a safe and enjoyable trip for both the team and our supporters. The support in Albania two summers ago was fantastic, and hopefully Thursday night’s will be just as loud!

Our return to Eastern Europe via coaches and planes! IT IS back to Eastern Europe for the Bit O’Red and the few lucky, if slightly mad band of supporters as we set off on our travels in the Europa League. Two years ago it was a 2,500km journey from The Showgrounds to the Loro Borci Stadium in Shkodra to face Vllaznia, while this year we go 450km better than that to the Butovsky Vorskla Stadium in Poltava, Ukraine to face FC Vorskla Poltava. So what do we know about Thursday’s opponents? They currently sit third position in the Ukrainian Premier League after three games, behind the competition’s big two, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev. The Butovsky Stadium has a capacity of 25,000 and was built in 1974, 19 years after Vorskla were founded. Their squad consists of mostly of home-based players, with their captain and goalkeeper Serhiy Dolansky, playmaker Jovan Markoski (a Serbian international) and Ukraine U-21 international Roman Besuz their main threat players. Last year they finished sixth in the Ukrainian top tier which qualified them for this year’s Europa League

READY TO TRAVEL: A selection of Sligo Rovers who are set for this week’s away game in Poltava, Ukraine. qualifiers and in the second round they saw off Irish Premier League side Glentoran. So for the first sets of fans travelling East, yesterday [Monday] saw the beginning of a long week. There are several groups of fans travelling different ways with our ‘Dooley Express’ group being the first. Yesterday [Mon-

day] evening we travelled to Paris for a nine-hour stop over at Charles de Gaulle Airport before flying out to Kiev early this morning. After a day of relaxation in Kiev tomorrow [Wednesday], we set out for Poltava early Thursday morning for the game and at full-time we’ll be commuting straight

back to the airport in Kiev. Following a short stopover in Amsterdam on Friday, we plan to arrive in Ireland late Friday night at Dublin Airport. We will then take a ‘Dooley Express’ back to The Showgrounds. A win is well within the reach of Paul Cook’s men along with an away goal or two. See you in Poltava!


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Doyle looks ahead

SOCCERSSide Crucial win for ‘A’ team TWO second-half goals from Colin McLoughlin saw Sligo Rovers win 2-1 against Drogheda United in last Sunday's Newstalk 'A' Championship fixture at IT Sli go's Knocknarea Arena in Ballinode. The visitors took a 1-0 lead after 41 minutes but Re public of Ireland U-18 international McLoughlin netted in the 68th and 69th minutes for the home side. SLIGO ROVERS ‘A’ (v Drogheda United): Anthony Havlin, Jake McCrann, Colin McLoughlin, Michael Green, Jake Dykes, David Brick, Adam Hynes, Seok Beom Kim, Liam Martin, Stephen Wallace (Tom Lavin 45), Jung Moon Lee (Colm Feeney 61) Subs not used: Eamon Dolan, Danny O'Leary, Ben Spellman, Dylan Feeney, Cheol Seom Lee

Results Game played on Saturday, July 23 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (0) 0, St Patrick’s Athletic (0) 0

Fixtures Thursday, July 28 UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE Third Qualifying Round FIRST LEG: FC Vorskla Poltava v Sligo Rovers Venue: Vorskla Stadium, Poltava (5pm Irish time)

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

P 24 24 23 23 22 24 23 23 24 24

W 14 12 13 12 11 10 10 5 4 1

D L F A 5 5 42 10 9 3 44 16 6 4 36 13 7 4 37 21 5 6 23 15 7 7 40 28 4 9 26 29 3 15 22 51 2 18 15 45 2 21 12 69

Pts 47 45 45 43 38 37 34 18 14 5

Rovers striker can’t wait for Ukraine challenge


LTHOUGH Sligo Rovers’ hotshot Eoin Doyle would love to add to his impressive goals tally in the Ukraine this week, the prolific frontman says that what matters in Thursday’s away game against FC Vorskla Poltava is the result, not who scores. “It would be nice to score [against FC Vorskla Poltava] and I’m looking forward to the challenge, but the main thing is that the team gets a result. It is not just about me scoring a goal, it is about getting through the tie.” The Dubliner, who has netted 18 times this season, including 16 in the Premier Division, is relishing his club’s participation in the Europa League third qualifying round. “It will be a great experience for us and we can’t wait for it! It would be great to get a result from it [the away game] but whatever happens the experience will be a memorable one. I’m looking forward to it.” The former Shamrock Rovers player added: “Getting the opportunity to play in Europe is huge – you can see the buzz around the town and look at the work being done at The Showgrounds for the second leg.” Doyle reckons their Ukrainian opponents will be difficult. “We watched their second leg tie against Glentoran on the internet and they look like a good side, very similar to how we play.” “The main thing is that we keep the tie alive and then do what we can at The Showgrounds.” Doyle’s goalscoring form has propelled Sligo Rovers on a number of fronts but he remains modest, anxious not to reveal his personal targets and eager to praise fellow striker Matthew Blinkhorn, who has been firing in the goals of late. “Nearly every goal I've scored has been inside the box so that tells you a lot – other people are setting up chances for me and often all I have to do is tap them in really!”

Cook reveals his future job plans SLIGO Rovers manager Paul Cook has reiterated his desire to take up a managerial position in his native England. The Liverpudlian, who came to The Show grounds in April 2007, declared his intent to work at a cross-channel club - if the opportunity arose. “I’d move on tomorrow if someone offers me a better deal,” he told The Irish Mail on Sunday, “life’s too short, I do want to manage in England.” “I’ve been here [Sligo] four-and-a-half years and I’d like to think in that time we’ve become a team to match the best in Ireland.” Cook, whose charges are this week in action in the UEFA Europa League, led Sligo Rovers to glory on two fronts last season – the FAI Ford Cup and EA SPORTS Cup. They currently sit on top of the Airtricity League Premier Division. Whatever about Cook’s managerial aspirations, Sligo Rovers chairman Michael Toolan says the club wants to retain the first team boss’ services. Toolan, also speaking to The Irish Mail on Sunday, said: “If anyone wants to come in for Paul [Cook], they’ll have to talk to us first. Paul has two years left in his contract. He’s a good guy, a good manager and we definitely don’t want to part company with him.” “He’s part of the club and he’s built a very good rela tionship with myself and the Management Commit ment,” Toolan stressed. “Blinks [Matthew Blinkhorn] is a big, strong, physical player and he puts himself about. I don’t think people fully appreciate what he does for the team,” said Doyle of his team-mate.

STANDING TALL: Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle, who has netted 18 times in 2011.

The Showgrounds gets a visit from Minister Ring and two Sligo TDs MINISTER of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, called to The Showgrounds last Friday morning to see at first hand Sligo Rovers’ arrangements for the UEFA Europa League game on August 4. The Mayo native was accompanied on his visit by Sligo TDs, Minister John Perry and Deputy Tony McLoughlin. Club officials briefed Minister Ring on the ground de velopment programme and outlined plans to bring the ground to a level where it automatically meets the Uefa Category Three standard required for Euro pean football. At the moment the club is dependent on derogations in the area of seating and floodlighting. The club’s Management Committee believe it is in Sli go Rovers and the FAI’s interest to have an approved Category Three stadium outside Dublin - at the moment Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium is the only League of Ireland venue meeting the criteria. Sligo Rovers chairman Michael Toolan thanked the Minister for taking the time to visit The Showgrounds and acknowledged the valuable support given to the club over many years by Minister Perry and Deputy McLoughlin. Minister Ring said he was very impressed by the improvements carried out at the ground and accepted an invitation to attend a forthcoming Airtricity League Premier Division home game as a guest of the club.

BIT O’RED: See page 77

POLITICAL VISIT: Pictured last Friday at The Showgrounds were, from left, Keith O’Dwyer (Club Promotions Officer, Sligo Rovers FC), Tony McLoughlin TD, Michael Ring TD (Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport), John Perry TD (Minister of State with special responsibility for Small Business, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation), Michael Toolan (Chairman, Sligo Rovers FC), Regina Coppinger (Club Licensing Manager, FAI), Ivor Parke (Sligo Rovers FC Development Committee).


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Sport Manager voices his disatisfaction after draw with silverware rivals

SUPPORTING ROVERS: Sligo Pet Stop, Discount Warehouse, Carraroe Retail Park, was the match sponsor for Sligo Rovers’ recent home game against St Patrick’s Athletic at The Showgrounds. Pictured, from left, Vincent Nally (Sligo Rovers Management Committee), John McKeon (Sligo Pet Stop Discount Warehouse, match sponsors) and Jack Heraghty.

SOCCER: Airtricity League Premier Division

Stalemate as Rovers suffer rare off night League leaders are held by St Patrick’s Athletic after sluggish display BestfforRovers Airtricity League Premier Division Sligo Rovers 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Robert Cullen The Showgrounds


HE neutral spectator on Saturday night would have found it hard to tell which of the combatants had been in action only 48 hours earlier. Fresh from their Europa League tie, the visitors, St Patrick’s Athletic, held their discipline to the end, while league leaders Sligo Rovers did not bring their full potential to bear on this tie. The fact this game ended in a stalemate was another surprise. Five goals in the previous two meeting between the sides left an expectation of more to come, but it was not to be. Paul Cook went with a familiar line-up, leaving the fit-again Iarflaith Davoren and new signing Conor Powell on the bench. Pete Mahon made four changes from the side who beat FC Shakter Karagandy 2-0 the previous Thursday. Derry’s failure to overcome Dundalk the previous evening had taken a bit of the sting out of this tie, but Rovers never really got into top gear and by the end were fortunate that individual errors did not lead to a late goal for St Pat’s. It was the home side who had started the brightest, however, a nervy back pass from Derek Pender almost allowing Matthew Blinkhorn in as early as the third minute. Meanwhile, Joseph Ndo was responding to the

JOSEPH NDO The former Cameroon international, right, was in imperious form. As the St Pat’s fans tried to get under his skin, he shrugged off their chants with some sublime footballing skills. He was also one of the few Rovers players not to succumb to simple errors late on.

chants of the travelling Saints supporters with some deft footwork from his box of tricks, including holding off three St Pat’s defenders to find space for a cross on goals. Eoin Doyle looked up for it early on, too. The club’s leading scorer was unfortunate not to get on the end of Ndo’s tricky deliveries on two occasions in the opening 10 minutes. Alan Kirby is the only Rovers player to have scored against St Pat’s this season (and he has managed three in two games), but he turned provider in the 24th minute, drawing the visitors’ defence before unleashing a low cross which Doyle met, but could not angle past Pender. The visitors’ main attacking options were coming courtesy of lone striker Danny North, the Grimsby lad showing his potential in the 26th minute when he dispossessed Rovers skipper Richie Ryan, shrugged off Ryan’s subsequent tackle and smashed the ball just wide of Brendan Clarke’s upright.

North’s dexterity confounded Gavin Peers in the 31st minute, but after a neat lay-off to Daryl Kavanagh, the forward’s route to goal was blocked by Jason McGuinness, who seemed sharper than his defensive partner Peers. Rovers tied the opposition in knots for a period, but the shots on target just failed to materialise and North again almost stole it before the break, taking Anto Murphy’s long ball and almost finding the target. Paul Cook has always extolled the virtues of patience in Rovers’ play, based on a belief that if you play well enough the goals will come, but Rovers lost ground to their rivals in the second-half and St Pat’s five-man midfield began dictating the game. Ndo remained imperious and was Rovers’ best player, but all around him players were making basic errors and handing possession back too cheaply. A double substitution for Rovers saw Conor Powell make his home debut, as Cook looked to find a way past a resolute St Pat’s back-line, but other than plucking crosses out of the air, neither goalkeeper had a save to make in the closing half hour. Five minutes of injury-time passed largely without incident, the Saints happy to settle for a point and Rovers all out of ideas on how to break them down. SLIGO ROVERS: Brendan Clarke, Alan Keane, Aaron Greene, Gavin Peers, Jason McGuinness, Richie Ryan, Joseph Ndo, Alan Kirby (John Russell, 77), Matthew Blinkhorn (John Dillon, 60), Rafael Cretaro (Conor Powell, 60), Eoin Doyle Subs not used: Ciaran Kelly, Iarflaith Davoren, Danny Ventre, Derek Foran ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Gary Rogers, Derek Pender, Ian Bermingham, Conor Kenna (Brian Shortall, 68), Shane McFaul, Daryl Kavanagh (Ian Daly, 76), Stephen Bradley, Danny North, David Mulcahy, Anto Murphy (David McMillan, 70), Shane Guthrie. Subs not used: Chris Bennion, Derek Doyle, Paul Crowley, Jake Carroll

DESPITE Sligo Rovers maintaining their position at the summit of the Airtricity League Premier Division and recording a ninth successive clean sheet in the top flight, Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook was clearly dissatisfied by Saturday’s score less draw with St Patrick’s Athletic at The Showgrounds. “I’m not pleased at all,” he told Darragh Cox of Ocean FM, “it was a very disappointing performance from us tonight [Saturday], we were very poor in possession, very lack lustre. There was no energy, no life about us.” Cook suggested that the FAI Ford Cup and EA SPORTS Cup holders may be getting slightly distracted by their lofty position as they remain clear of fellow title challengers St Patrick’s Ath letic, Derry City and defending champions Sham rock Rovers. “You would have thought we were the away team! I am never critical of my players, I only want them to do their best. The players have been great for me and they are a credit to the club.” “But when you get near the top [of the Premier Division] it is important that you turn up, you are not allowed to put in performances like this one and get away with it – we didn’t get away with it.” During his postmatch reflections, Cook’s reaction brimmed with disappointment. “Maybe we are starting to think that we are a good team all of a sudden – you have to give St Patrick’s Athletic a lot of credit.” “To be fair to [St Patrick’s Athletic manager] Pete Mahon and his team, we always have tough games against them, there is never really much between the sides when we meet.” “But to do well, you have got to show life and de sire – these are the things that we never showed tonight.” He continued: “Maybe we are thinking that we are top of the table and can walk away with re sults but I don’t agree with that.” “The minute you start thinking you are a good team you start running into problems. Tonight [Saturday] we didn’t work hard enough for a win and we certainly didn’t deserve it.” While interviewer Darragh Cox maintained that some positives could be distilled from the home draw, Cook disagreed. “I think you take positives when you win [in re sponse to a clean-sheet being mentioned] and when you lose you should be sick.” “Don’t get me wrong, we’ve drawn against a very good side and they are still very much in the title shake-up with a lot of other very good sides.” “It is important to speak about performances. I don’t mind losing or drawing games once we’ve performed but we didn’t perform,” he added. Meanwhile, St Patrick’s Athletic manager Pete Mahon, who pointed out the danger posed by Sligo Rovers’ midfield trio – Richie Ryan, Joseph Ndo and Alan Kirby – was grateful for the result, especially considering his side’s Europa League toils the Thursday before. “It is a great result for us. The last 10 minutes we were just hanging on in terms of fitness.” “When you come to Sligo you are playing against a very, very good team and to get a draw here was very good.”

DISAPPOINTED: Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook, above, was unhappy with the draw.


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