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Irish army deaths were ‘covered up’ By Gerry McLaughlin


SPOKESMAN for the families of three deceased soldiers from Sligo and Mayo have accused the Irish Army of a "cover up" in relation to their deaths. Sgt Thomas Walsh from Tubbercurry, Private Mannix Armstrong from Sligo and Corporal Fintan Heneghan from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the Lebanon on the morning of March 21, 1989. More than two decades later the Minister for Defence and the Chief of Staff of the Irish Army offered their apologies to the family after a new report revealed their deaths could have been prevented. "I am 100% convinced and I believe the findings of an independent enquiry fully vindicate my

view," said Enda Heneghan, brother of Fintan Heneghan and a spokesperson for the three families involved. "They had officers investigating officers in the early stages of the enquiry," he said, referring to the original report which exonerated the Irish Army of blame. "That was not satisfactory and did not take account of the ordinary soldiers. It's a bit like the gardai investigating the gardai." Mr Heneghan also called on those army personnel who were in charge of C Company 64th Infantry Battalion and who gave the soldiers their last orders to be "man enough" to admit their error. "I know that they are now retired but at least they were able to progress in the army and had lives unlike our relations. "If the Minister for Defence and the Chief of Staff can unreserved-

ly apologise for failures then there is no reason why those who were in charge on the ground should not do likewise. "I can't understand why they have persisted with accounts of what happened that have been proven to be wrong. "This report has been a long time in coming for the family but we will be studying the contents of the report in greater detail," He told the Sligo Weekender. Mr Heneghan said that early suggestions that the men were in some way responsible for their deaths were hurtful. The families maintained throughout that their loved ones’ deaths could have been prevented if they had been given greater awareness of the dangers they faced. The independent senior counsel report confirmed those beliefs.

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FRESH-FACED GARDA: Carn National School pupil Keith Brennan keeps a watchful eye on proceedings and classmate Molly Riordan provides back-up. The kids were given a road safety talk by gardai ahead of their fund-raising Picture by Peter McPartland walk on Friday last. See more on Page 15.


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News Man left drugs in jail cell A MAN who admitted leaving drugs in a holding cell at Sligo Courthouse has been given a nine months jail sentence suspended for two years. Kevin Murrin, Racecourse View, Cranmore pleaded guilty to leaving €107 worth of cannabis in a cell for another individual on November 4 last year. Judge Kevin Kilrane told the defendant that smuggling drugs into prison was a very serious crime. The court heard that Murrin had previous convictions for selling drugs. His solicitor Gerry McGovern said he was “easily led”. Judge Kilrane said that if Murrin reoffended the sentence would be activated.

McGuinness coming to Sligo SINN Fein presidential candidate Martin McGuinness is due to speak at regional rally in Sligo on Thursday afternoon, October 6. It is also expected that he will do a town centre walkabout canvass and visit some local venues. Mr. McGuinness will overnight in Sligo and visit Tubbercurry on Friday morning. Full arrangements for the Sligo visit have yet to be finalised.

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EVER mind X Factor. Forget about the All Ireland Talent Show. There is a new talent expo in town and it is all the Sligo public is talking about. Building on the success of last year's event, Sligo's Got Talent 2011 is set to be the best talent contest ever held in the county, and certainly the most lucrative for whoever makes it to the top. Applications for Sligo's Got Talent 2011 opened on September 9 and since then entries have been flooding in to The Garavogue Bar. Auditions start on Monday next, October 3 to whittle down the big list of applicants to the top 12 talents. They will then start competing every Friday night for your vote - just like a televised talent shows. And, just like their televised equivalents, a competitor will be eliminated every Friday night up to the Grand Final of Sligo's Got Talent, which takes place on Friday,

Clash of interest in case A DISTRICT court judge has removed himself from hearing a drunk driving case against a Leitrim GAA star-as the judge is a leading GAA official in that county. Emlyn Mulligan, Kinlough, County Leitrim, who is a serving garda, is charged with drunk driving and having no tax at Lake Isle Road, Sligo on January 17. The 24 year-old, who is stationed in Longford has been Leitrim GAA’s top marksman in recent years and was also on the books of Sligo Rovers. When the case was called defence solicitor Gerry McGovern told the court he understood the State had agreed that the case would be put back to the end of October. The judge then ruled himself out of the case saying he was the chairman of a GAA club. The judge is, in fact, the chairman of the Mohill GAA club in County Leitrim. The case was adjourned until October 27 for mention in Sligo.

December 9. Each audience member who is in the Garavogue on a Friday night before 10pm will be given a voting slip which they can use to vote for one of the contestants. The contestant with the lowest vote is then eliminated week by week. If you haven't entered Sligo's Got Talent 2011 yet then you only have this week to get your application in. Turn to pages 55/56 for the official application form and drop the completed form into The Garavogue Bar.

TALENT SHOW: Eamonn Walsh (second from left) from Sligo's Got Talent sponsors, Malibu, presents a cheque for E10,000 - the prizemoney for the competition - to (lr) Joanne McSharry, Stephen Keaney and Conor Farrell from the Garavogue Bar. Photo by Colin Gillen/

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Volunteers sought for street sleep THE NORTH West Simon Community is recruiting 25 brave volunteers to participate in their third annual 2011 Charity Street Sleep in Sligo, on Friday October 7. Last year's inaugural event proved an enormous success with volunteers braving the elements to spend the night on O'Connell St.

with just sleeping bags and cardboard mattresses to protect them from the elements. This year's event, which is part of Simon Week 2011, is being organised by Mary McKeon, North West Simon's fundraising coordinator. Mary is hoping Sligo's legendary generosity will see last year's tally surpassed.


"We are seeking 25 people to take on this challenge and you must be 18 or older," said Mary. "You will set up camp from 9pm on Friday, October 7th, at O’Connell St, Sligo. Your bed for the night will consist of a cardboard mattress, a sleeping bag and a pillow if you are feeling luxurious

"Participants will be asked to raise any funds they can in the lead up to the event sponsorship cards will be provided - and while there is no minimum amount we're hoping each participant could reach €300," she explained. "We are also looking for businesses to "Adopt a Sleeper" [for €100] this

guarantees your business will be listed in all press releases as the 'official sponsor' of the relevant sleeper." For more information or to put your name forward please call Mary on 087-7708865 (mobile); 071-9855005 (office). Or you can email: leitrimfundraising@nor

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Y TUNES, an open competition for songwriters or composers to write and produce an original song or composition inspired by or based on the words and works of WB Yeats, is now accepting entries. The winner will receive a €500 prize and perform at this year's Sligo Live Festival. The closing date for entries is Wednesday, October 12. For full details visit

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Eddie ready for big charity walk A weekend journey of self-intimacy, honesty & love! Clarion Hotel Sligo, Sat 29th – Mon 31st Oct 2011

What is your relationship with yourself?...with your life? Do you allow yourself to feel love and receive it? Have you been betrayed? – Have you lost a loved one? How close do you allow others in? How do you cope with stress? - Are you a pleaser of others? Under the guidence of Orly Ujallah Doctori – a woman, mother, healer, spiritual teacher and Disciple of Osho “The Way of The Heart” addresses how we deal with inquiry into the way we live our lives – we become intimate with ourselves; ! Letting go of fear and negativity. ! Replacing it with love, compassion & humility. Orly’s method of healing seeks to awaken you to your truth, to be the person you were created to be and not what others expect and want you to be. Love and compassion are Orly’s powerful tools. Orly’s work supports you in creating your own space for personal growth, forgiveness and spiritual nourishment, helping you to discover the power you never really lost. Orly Ujallah is a skilled facilitator and her

tremendous wisdom, her capacity for compassion and love touches the heart of everyone she meets. It is a privelage to introduce Orly and “The Way of The Heart” to Ireland for the first time, and a unique opportunity for people to personally experience her capacity for healing . Orly has been leading group workshops in Iseral, India and Europe for the last decade. The workshop is for both men and women. Orly wil be available for individual sessions.

For further information Tel: 087 1545123 after 4pm email: SUITS YOU SIR: Dymphna Mannion from The Style Emporium in Sligo Town shows Eddie Burke a dress he might be interested in wearing when he walks from Ballina to Skreen in drag. All in aid of The Adam Kennedy Trust. Meanwhile, Adam looks worried with Eddie's choice.


LIGOMAN Eddie Burke is to take on the challenging Tireragh Walk on Sunday next, October 2 and he is asking for support in the form of fundraising and fellow walkers. To add an extra dimension Eddie is carrying out the walk in drag to raise funds for the Adam Kennedy Trust. The trust was set up to raise funds for six-year-old Adam Kennedy from Farnaharpy in West Sligo. Adam, born with achondroplasia or dwarfism, also suffers from a learning delay, but has been making good progress in the last year. Approaching his seventh birthday (October 14) he is responding well and continues to

make progress medically. It will take longer for him to make up his learning delay but the trust is set up to fund his ongoing educational and medical needs. The challenging walk Eddie will undertake starts from Ballina's Market Square on Sunday morning at 11am and moves through Enniscrone, Easkey and Dromore West before turning down the Tireragh walk to Aughris. The walk will finish up in the Skreen Dromard Community Centre where some refreshments will be laid on. Eddie is looking for volunteer walkers to join him for some part of the journey (Ballina to Enniscrone, Enniscrone to Easkey, etc.).

The trust is also looking for people to come out and support Eddie as he goes through their community and they will have collection buckets with the walkers on the route. If you would like to raise funds beforehand, you can get a sponsorship card and a poster from the trust by calling 0872430982 or calling in to the Sligo Weekender office. Perhaps you can raise funds in your workplace and take part in a section of the walk on Sunday. For more information, visit the facebook page trust where they will also have updates on Eddie's progress on the day

Cranmore homes to get new windows and doors NEW windows and doors are to be fitted in 40 Borough Council houses in Cranmore estate Work will start within the next two weeks and it is planned to have the project completed by Christmas. A spokesperson for Cranmore Community Co Op said this is a first for the regeneration process. “It represents regeneration money at last coming in to

the estate in a way that improves the real lives of people living here and who has suffered from lack of maintenance for years. “It was started by the Cranmore Community Co Op when they made it clear that regeneration had to start to mean something and deal with some of the day to day difficulties the years of neglect have imposed”.

The Co-op lobbied the regeneration office and the Housing Minister directly. “It was a central point made to Minister of State Michael Finneran when he met with the Co -op in late 2009. “And it was repeated and emphasised to Minister Penrose earlier this year when he came to Cranmore; our lobbying has paid off and it is encourag-

ing for us that we get listened to and that we can influence to make improvements to the everyday lives of residents”. The contractor for the project is Sligo company Kilcawley Construction. “The money will support Sligo jobs and bring some spending into Sligo from the public purse. We wish the contractor well with the work.”

Source Sligo Cookery School is running a Part-Time Certificate Course from 11th October - 20th December Every Tuesday for 11 Weeks Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm Interested ? Call into our Open Morning, Thursday 29th September 11am – 1pm to find out more Source Sligo Cookery School, 1&2 John Street, Sligo Tel: 071 9140266 Jenny Rose Flynn MBE Skillnets will attend Open Morning with details on funding for jobseekers and up-skilling


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Strand Celtic ban sports drinks SLIGO SOCCER club Strand Celtic have taken the radical step of banning their underaged players (aged 4-14) from drinking sports drinks and sugary drinks while playing or training with the club. The move had the full backing of the Irish Heart Foundation's Nutritional Council, whose chairman, Professor Donal O'Shea was present in Sligo for the announcement. "We know these sports drinks are just another source of calories for children and young people that they don't need. "These drinks are being advertised in a way that suggests they enhance performance for

everyone. The fact is that these sports drinks help only elite athletes at the peak of their fitness and at the extreme of their effort. "For most adults and children taking part in recreational sport, water is perfect for hydration -- and drinking up to 400 calories, in some cases, when you have run around a soccer pitch for an hour, takes away some of the benefits you get from the exercise." The Chairman of Strand Celtic, Brian McDermott, said the ban was put in place because the club was concerned at the amount of high sugared drinks young children consumed while exercising.

Edel is 'smiles' better off without cigarettes

BEAMING: Sligo woman Edel Boyd is one of the faces of the "Ex-smokers are Unstoppable" campaign.

Susanne is set to face Bill Cullen

SHOW: Susanne Short is one of 16 contenders vying for €200,000 on "The Apprentice".

A 22 year old Sligo resident is one of 16 new hopefuls on the Irish Version of "The Apprentice", the fourth series of which debuts on TV3 on Monday next, October 3 at 9pm. Marketing graduate Susanne Short lives in Collooney with her fiancée, show-jumper Richard Kerins of Tubberbride Stables. She is involved with the day-to-day running of the show-jump yard and show venue. Susanne moved to Sligo from Louth four years ago to study marketing at IT Sligo. In November of this year she will be graduating with a Bachelor of Business with Marketing degree (with distinction). However, before that she must survive the gauntlet of challenges which await her and 15 other contenders on "The Apprentice". The prize on offer is a tempting one. The winner will see his or her busi-

ness idea turned to reality. They will receive €100,000 in investment capital to start their business, alongside a start up package worth an additional €100,000. The package includes office space, communication and IT equipment, marketing support, legal and accounting services and advertising. Mentor Bill Cullen will take a 50 percent stake in the company alongside the eventual winner. Susanne is keen to test her business acumen against the best business minds. "Being fresh out of college I want to test my ability in business and realise my strengths and weaknesses," she said. But, even if she doesn't make it to the end, she is keen to maximise the opportunity. "You need stuff like this on your CV nowadays to get noticed at all. It is going to be a good learning experience."

A SLIGO woman is one of the faces of a Europe-wide campaign to help smokers to quit the habit. Sligo native Edel Boyd was chosen for the project "Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable" and flown to London to be photographed by the world famous photographer, Rankin. The photographs feature people who have quit smoking, or are in the process of quitting, wearing a t-shirt with a positive message. Edel's is "Ex-smokers smile more". "You see, I spend an awful lot of money on cigarettes. And on bleaching my teeth," said Edel. "I just don't want to do that anymore. I no longer want to say, 'No, I can't afford to', when a friend asks me to go out. I want to say, 'Yeah, let's go!!!', and I want to say it with a big bright smile on my face. "I've been smoking for 15 years now and I've had enough. I feel cigarettes are becoming an

obstacle between me and having fun with my friends. So I really hope that iCoach will help me to quit. I guess becoming an exsmoker would bring a really big smile to my face." Over 500,000 Europeans to date have demonstrated their support for the campaign - "Ex-smokers are Unstoppable" - by accessing its social media pages. The campaign, unveiled in June this year, aims to help 25-34 year olds to quit or continue to stay away from tobacco and become "unstoppable" in their smoke-free lives. Phase two of the campaign consists of a comprehensive advertising campaign on the benefits of smoking cessation in all EU Member States. Pictures of people, including Edel, will be used for this purpose. For more information on the campaign and advice on how to quit visit:

Stealing phones ‘out of character’ By Gerry McLaughlin


FORMER employee of King Communications, Tesco Arcade, O’Connell Street who stole €4,596.79 of phones on her last day at work had her case adjourned until a judge “knows who he is dealing with”. Laura McCullough, St Brigids Place, admitted stealing five telephones from her place of employment on August 28 last year. The 22 year-old told the court through her solicitor Gerry McGovern that she was under the influence of her then boyfriend when she committed the crime. “Sometimes love makes us do some strange things” said the solicitor. Mr McGovern said his client had fully compensated the company up to €500 and had no previous convictions. The young woman told the court

she had difficulty coming up with the remaining €500 as she was currently unemployed. Judge Kilrane asked the gardai to write down the name of the “boyfriend”. When it was shown to Inspector Paul Kilcoyne he said the individual was known to the gardai but was “not the worst”. When Inspector Kilcoyne asked the young woman why she left her employers she said she left to do a course in fashion in London. And when judge Kilrane asked her why she had not turned up for previous sittings, she said that she had been in London doing a course in fashion, She added that she had been accepted for a job in Aer Lingus but a conviction might hurt her chances of employment. The defendant, who came from Dublin for the case, told the court that she was currently unemployed and her mother was suffer-

ing from MS. She was an only child who had no contact with her father. Judge Kilrane said there were two ways of looking at this case. One was a very serious theft from an employer on the day she was leaving. And she was going away well paid. The other way was that she was in a relationship and had come under an influence and had acted out of character. “But before I make up my mind I want to know the kind of person I am dealing with,” he said. Judge Kilrane said he was adjourning the case until October 10 for the production of character references. He noted that the theft was for a significant amount. The judge wondered if the young woman could get a reference from the fashion course.


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€60,000 funding cut will ‘devastate’ arts sector in Sligo S

PROTEST: County Sligo Youth Theatre member Brian Devaney protests the arts funding cuts on Saturday in O’Connell Street. Picture by Colin Gillen/

EVERAL art projects in Sligo will be hit by a recent cut in funding from Sligo Borough Council. Councillors have withdrawn €60,000 from its annual budget to the arts. The Borough Council’s Arts Officer Mary McAuliffe has warned that the decision will “demolish” the annual arts budget of €204,500. In a recent report she said: “The Arts Council, HSE and Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht will not maintain their annual grants of €122,000. The budget of €63,000 provided by the Borough has always been essential to secure this annual funding.” Ms McAuliffe said: “It will bring to an end 40 community-based

We are determined to keep going, even with a reduced programme

projects, as well as Sligo Youth Theatre and many of the other high profile worthwhile cultural initiatives, such as, the Sligo International Chamber Music Festival, the Bealtaine Festival, Culture Night and the Artists in Schools programme.” She said it will also impact on independent music organisations including Con Brio, Sligo Music Series Sligo Jazz Festival & Project, and Sligo Baroque Festival, The arts officer stressed that the resolution adopted by councillors will have a permanent impact on arts infrastructure and provision in the Borough. “As a result of the funding withdrawn in 2011, arts services to borough citizens and organisations dependent on it, will stop. It has

taken the arts team fifteen years to develop these services and the levels of funding necessary to sustain them. “This damage cannot be undone if a decision is taken to reinstate funding to Sligo Arts Service in 2012.” Among those hit hardest will be County Sligo Youth Theatre. The theatre’s Director Marie de La Guéronnière described the funding cut as “a shame”. But she said the group will endeavour to keep going despite the cuts to their funding. “We are determined to keep going, even with a reduced programme. It is essential for the community and particularly the young people that we work with that we can keep going.”

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News Show your signature dish IF you're a keen chef and you have a signature dish, then Chef Factor could be your route to culinary celebrity. The Chef Factor idea is simple Members of the public are invited to enter Chef Factor to be in with a chance of winning a place on January's coveted 12 week Ballymaloe cookery course including accommodation, together worth over €12,000. The success of last years Chef Factor saw well over 100,000 people registering their votes on and more is expected this year. You can enter anything you like, from your favourite sandwich to a risotto, from steak to a cake. For entry details, visit

Shane’s ‘Bond car’ under the hammer E

VEN pop stars can dream of something else. Shane Filan was undoubtedly living out his James Bond fantasies when he bought a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 as a 30th birthday present to himself. However, earlier this month his car was the star as it sold for well above estimate at the Bonham's classic car auction in Goodwood, an historic estate and racing circuit in West Sussex, UK. Shane never revealed what he paid for the Aston Martin when he first bought it, but he probably spent more than that getting it fully restored. The Aston was sold on September 16 at Bonhams for £348,000, or nearly €400,000, much more than the £250,000-300,000 estimate put on it by the auction house. The 1964 Aston, which is similar to James Bond's famous gadget-laden one that

appeared in films such as "Goldfinger", "Thunderball" and "Tomorrow Never Dies". Such is the instant popularity the Bond films gave this car that a large percentage of the DB5 built still survive and all command at least six-figure price tags. However, one of the actual

DB5s used in the film "Goldfinger" sold in October 2010 for £2.6 million at auction. Shane Filan's car has more humble beginnings. It was located in Malaysia and imported back to the UK where Shane bought it, fulfilling a wish he had to own

one of the iconic Astons. A full restoration was needed however and the Westlife millionaire charged specialists DJS with carrying out the work. "The restoration took almost three years to complete and was viewed by Shane several times during

GLEAMING: The actual Aston Martin DB5 that Shane Filan bought and restored, which sold for almost €400,000 at auction earlier this month.

the process," Bonhams said prior to the sale. "Works undertaken include a full body-off rebuild: powder coating the chassis; new doorframes and outer skins; and re-bodying in places with new steel where required. "Shane is 'car mad' and bought the DB5 as it was something he always wanted; it was also a 30th birthday present to himself. "However, as he is away touring for the next year or so, it will not be used and this is why he is selling it." Shane will not be without an Aston Martin in his line-up however. He still owns a more modern Aston Martin V8 and has owned an Aston Martin DB9. He also owns several other classic cars and at least one Ferrari.

Runaway developer’s Yeats paintings up for sale TWO Jack B. Yeats paintings which are part of the collection of runaway developer Derek Quinlan will be auctioned off in London on November 17. The paintings were part of an extensive art collection Quinlan amassed which the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) claimed after the developer fled to Switzerland in 2009

owing millions of Euro. The paintings will be auctioned off by London auction house Christies in two sales, one in New York on November 9 and one in London on November 17. The two Jack Yeats paintings are titled "Man Doing Accounts" and "Sailor Home From Sea". The former is expected to reach between £120,000-180,000

(€137,500-206,000) and the other painting is expected to fetch half as much (€69,000-91,000). Even if they reach their reserves, the paintings will be sold for considerably less than what Quinlan bought them for. In May 2007, at the Christie's Irish sale in London, Mr Quinlan paid £300,000 (€343,000) for "Man Doing Accounts".

Old bones could hold key to disease cure ANCIENT skeletons could provide scientists with new clues in how to treat bone disease in Ireland, a conference will be told in Sligo this weekend. The Irish Society of Rheumatology will hold their annual conference at the Clarion Hotel, Sligo this Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30. At the conference, the ISR will hear how a study of more than a

thousand skeletons dating from between the 8th to the 17th Century shows that medieval Irish women of advanced years suffered arthritis like we do today. However those who suffered from osteoporosis tended to be fitter than modern day sufferers of equivalent age. The revelations are contained in a paper to be delivered at the Sligo

Clarion Hotel next weekend by Dr Catriona McKenzie of Queens University Belfast. Queens, along with The Institute of Technology in Sligo, has been examining the bones contained in the Ballyhanna graveyard in Donegal which was rediscovered after having been lost for centuries. For a full itinerary of the two-day event, visit

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News Apple day at Organic Centre THE Organic Centre in Rossinver are holding their annual Apple Day on Sunday, October 2 from 11am5pm. Admission is €4 but kids and friends of the organic centre get in for free. "It has been a difficult and challenging year for growing apples for many gardeners and for us at the centre, but we are selling freshly pressed apple juice for the first time at Sligo farmers market and The Apple day will also feature a juicing session with tastings," said Hans Wieland from the Organic Centre. "The aim of the day is to let our experts find the right solutions for your questions, the space you have available, the varieties you want and give you as much information as possible to get you started growing apples." The Organic Centre's orchard contains around 60 apple trees, half of them Irish varieties and the other half selected because of their resistance to diseases. The Fruit Autumn/Winter workshop will take place on November 26 and includes advice on pruning and propagating your own stock, unusual fruiting plants, forest gardens and landscaping with fruiting plants. Cost for the day is €79. For more information and bookings call 0719854338, e-mail: Website:

Cathal breaking new ground in soil work

SLIGO Gospel Choir is celebrating one year in existence by holding an open rehearsal / information evening this Thursday, September 29 at its practice venue, Sligo Presbyterian Church, Church St, (7-9pm). In addition to producing joyful music, performing at events and attending festivals, Sligo Gospel Choir have a lot of fun and are keen to grow and develop its activities further in the coming months. Anyone interested in finding out more about the choir, those who wish to sing - or listen - are invited to attend (over 18s only). Tea and refreshments will be available.

SOIL: Cathal Colreavy is pioneering a soil testing process which could be very beneficial to big construction projects. A STUDENT from IT Sligo has won a prestigious scholarship to fund research into analysing sites for major development projects. Cathal Colreavy, a native of Thornhill in Sligo, obtained an honours degree in a civil engineering in 2008. He secured a €24,000 grant which will

help fund field trips, research equipment, and attendance at conferences. PhD student Cathal secured the prestigious scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). The 25 year old is working on a research project which aims to


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improve how site investigation is carried out in advance of major construction projects such as roads, bridges or housing developments. For many of these large-scale projects it crucial to know the soil characteristics such as how soft it is and how well it will consolidate or settle once the work

is done. And his work could also be applied to examining soil characteristics in deep water sites. Oil and gas exploration has been moving into deeper waters which exacerbates the difficulty of effective soil testing. Knowing that an oil or gas rig is

going to be secure when it is fitted in place is one of critical elements of their design. Cathal Colreavy belongs to the Geotechnical Research Group at IT Sligo, one of four recognised research centres at IT Sligo. His research is being supervised by Dr. Conleth O'Loughlin.

Masked serial thief jailed for ten months By Gerry McLaughlin

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SERIAL thief who was caught by gardai with a balaclava outside a house has been jailed for ten months at the district court. “Heroin addict” Brendan Glynn, with addresses at Harbour Court, Quay Street, Sligo and Riverside, Galway also stole over €3,000 of goods from private homes in Sligo in a period in September and October last year. The 24-year-old who has 21 previous convictions (12 were for burglary) also had gloves and a screwdriver when caught by garda Gearoid Conneely at Smiths Row on May 11.

“He came tooled up,” remarked Judge Kevin Kilrane before jailing Glynn for ten months for burglaries, trespass and possession of certain articles at Smiths Row. The court heard earlier that Glynn, who pleaded guilty, stole laptops and related items at Glencarraig, Ballinode, to the value of €1,810. He stole an X Box valued at E230 from 4 Copper River on October 29. Glynn also stole goods to the value of €1,690 from 12 Copper River on October last year. And he faced charges of trespass with intent to commit a crime at No 3 Brookfield Ballinode on October 31. Defence solicitor Donnacha

Anhold said his client was very aware of the seriousness of the charges. His client also knew that he faced the prospect of a long custodial sentence. The solicitor said the crimes were all committed in the space of two months. Mr Anhold said his client had a heroin problem and he was stealing to fund that habit. The solicitor said his client had a letter from a GP from August 12 and was determined to tackle his drugs and alcohol issues. “He is determined to clean up his act and turn over a new leaf ”. Mr Anhold asked the court to “take a chance on his client”. At this point Inspector Paul

Kilcoyne then outlined the recent incident at Smiths Row on May 11 to the court. Mr Anhold said he was not aware of the recent matter. Judge Kevin Kilrane remarked that Glynn’s conversion was fairly recent. “A cynical person might say it was timed for the court”. Referring to the latest incident in May the judge said the defendant came “tooled up”. Judge Kilrane then gave the defendant five consecutive sentences of two months for the burglary, trespass and possession of certain items charges. Recognisances for circuit court appeal were fixed at €1,000 cash and an independent bond of €3,000.

Parked in disabled space A SLIGO man who parked in a disabled bay and did not appear in court, has been convicted, fined and banned from driving for a year at the district court. Judge Kevin Kilrane remarked that Hughie McGinley, Bay 9 Ballyfree, Carraroe was “not even here”. McGinley, who has a previous conviction for careless driving, was spotted parking in the disabled space at Castle Street on January 12 by garda Robert Molloy. Garda Molloy told the court that the defendant went across the street and bought himself a bag of chips. The garda told McGinley there were plenty of other parking spaces he could use. “He parks in a disabled bay so he can stuff his face with fast food,”the judge said. Judge Kevin Kilrane said there were certain classes of people who thought they could park where they liked and thought they were above the law. The court heard the defendant had been convicted of careless driving in Kilcock. McGinley was represented by Gerry McGoverrn, solicitor. The judge fixed recognisances in the event of circuit court appeal in the sum of €400 cash.


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News 1,000 km walk to benefit Sligo hospital A CHARITY walk organised for this Sunday, October 2 in Ballyshannon will include the paediatric department of Sligo General Hospital among its beneficiaries. The ''Kilometres 4 Kids'' 1,000K walk will be held at the Mall Park, Ballyshannon on Sunday between 12noon and 3.30pm in aid of Our Lady's Children Hospital, Crumlin, the Ronald McDonald House, Crumlin and the Sligo paediatric department. The walk is the brainchild of Ballyshannon woman, Tracey Flood, who experienced first-hand the support of all three medical facilities when her own child became ill/ "The 1,000 km will be done on a cumulative basis of 1,528 full laps of the running track and we are looking for over 200 children to get involved in the 'get out and walk for kids challenge," she said, encouraging some Sligo people to make the journey to Ballyshannon for the event. "Children can pledge to do as many laps as they want, the important thing is to join in and you can register on the day. A pledge/donation of €3 per walker or €10 per family of four or more will be greatly appreciated. Everyone who walks on the day will be entered into a draw for cinema tickets.

Get gas to the West, urges commission C

ALLS by the Western Development Commission for Sligo and other Western counties to benefit from an extension of the national gas grid has been echoed by Sligo senator Susan O'Keeffe/ The Commission made the call last week, presenting a study which costed the potential benefits of extending the grid to eleven towns in the North West, as well as pricing the cost of the investment needed. According to the study, businesses in 11 towns, extending from Carrick-on-Shannon to Letterkenny, are paying an estimated €16 million extra each year for fuel as they have no access to natural gas. Energy prices for newly connected dwellings could also be reduced by up to €485 a household. In addition, almost 61 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be saved if residents had access to piped gas, the commission says.

If we are serious about development of the Western region we need to invest as much as is possible

This additional saving of just over €4 million would amount to a total yearly saving of €20.6 million in fuel costs and carbon charges in the region, it says. The Commission estimated that the cost of extending the natural gas grid to the 11 towns mentioned in the study would amount to €108 million. The WDC is seeking a meeting with Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte to discuss the findings of its report. And Minister Rabbitte's Labour party colleague, Senator Susan O'Keeffe has given her support to the Commission's campaign. "If we are serious about development of the Western region we need to invest as much as is possible in the infrastructure to bring benefits to businesses and households. "The WDC has outlined an option that could see natural gas come to 11 towns in this region

and I urge the Government to give every consideration to the policy briefing. "We are all aware of the unprecedented financial constraints the Government is working under, however every possible avenue needs to be explored to secure funding to ensure balanced regional development is achieved and I will be urging the Government to give every consideration to this report." As well as Sligo, Carrick and Letterkenny, towns like Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Boyle and Roscommon Town have been included in the document. Natural gas infrastructure is owned by Bord Gáis Éireann (BGE) and decisions on investment in it are made by that company and transmission system operator Gaslink, subject to the Commission for Energy Regulation.

IT Sligo to host nuclear discussion

Games Without Frontiers A PROJECT called Games Without Frontiers is up and running at the MCR, Caltragh and Northside Community Centres in Sligo town. Proving popular among 7-12 year olds, the project encourages them to play creatively and inventively, using video, sound, sculpture, games, films and songs. For further information or to book a place on this free course, contact either your nearest centre, or Emma at Sligo Arts Service on

NUCLEAR: Dr James Murphy from IT Sligo will chair the IRRS conference on Friday, including a discussion on whether Ireland should go nuclear. THE potential for Ireland to become a nuclear nation will be top of the agenda at the Irish Radiation Research Society conference which takes place in IT Sligo this Friday, September 30. The one-day conference is being hosted by IT Sligo for

the first time. It will be chaired by IT Sligo lecturer Dr James Murphy PhD. Keynote speaker Professor Philip Walton from NUI Galway will discuss why Ireland must have a serious and unemotional debate about Nuclear Power. His lecture will

discuss the pros and cons of this option and he will also make reference to the recent Fukushima accident in Japan and what lessons for the nuclear community can be learned from it. Among the other lecturers attending the conference will be

Professor Mark BurchMachin from Newcastle University. He is a pioneer in the identification of sunlight-induced mitochondrial DNA damage accumulation in human skin. His lecture will examine the association of DNA damage with cancer.

World leader in the field of Radiation Biology, Professor Carmel Mothersill of McMaster University in Canada, will also speak on Friday. To register for the conference please contact Dr James Murphy PhD at

Gym workout in Aclare AN outdoor gym in Aclare, Co. Sligo is the location for some expert tuition aimed at helping the community make best use of the equipment. The Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership are running a free Instruction Workshop on Saturday morning next in association with Aclare Development Council who developed the gym. A fully qualified instructor will demonstrate how to use the equipment safely and correctly and help people of all ages and abilities to utilise all the 11 separate stations, each of which can be used for a variety of different exercises. The added benefit of the gym is that it overlooks the extensive childrens’ playground, Astro Turf Pitch and Basketball Courts so the children can play while the adults work out.

Field club lecture THE Sligo Field Club resume their programme of talks on Friday September 30 with a lecture from UCD Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Muiris Ó Suilleabháin at IT Sligo. Titled "From Knockroe to Slievenamon" Muiris will explore the prehistoric art, ritual and mythology associated with the passage tomb of Knockroe, Co. Tipperary which has been undergoing several years of excavation led by Muiris. The monument known locally as 'The Caiseal' has several large graded stones set upright giving an impression of a court when viewed from the front. Many of its stones have art work on them. Many are richly decorated with rock art which Muiris will describe and explain at the meeting. This thoughtprovoking evening takes place at IT Sligo at 8pm and begins the SFC autumn season. Nonmembers are always welcome.


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SLIGO senator has slammed the government for not making time in their current term to help homeowners facing threat of repossession. Fianna Fail senator Marc MacSharry said: "Instead of prioritising supports for homeowners, the Government's agenda for this Dáil term actually focuses on increasing the financial pressures on families. "The Government has published its legislative agenda for this term and there is no sign of them making any time to put forward proposed laws on helping people who are at risk of losing their homes because they cannot pay their mortgages." Senator MacSharry led a group who came up with a policy document to address the issue of house repossessions, but it was blocked in the Senate without being discussed, back in July. "Before the summer break, Fine Gael and Labour Senators voted down a Fianna Fáil Bill in the Seanad aimed at protecting the family home," said the senator. "The Family Home Bill was supported by all opposition parties and Indepen-

dent Senators, and had the full backing of the Free Legal Aid Centre (FLAC) and the New Beginning group. "There is widespread recognition from interest groups and politicians alike that this Bill would give strong legal protection to families facing the prospect of losing their homes because of mortgage difficulties. "It seems to me that the Government parties refused to accept this important and positive piece of legislation simply because it was not their own idea. "Now we have a situation where they appear to be completely lacking in any comprehensive plan of their own, or that they are simply unwilling to make this issue a priority in the coming months. "The Fianna Fáil Family Home Bill is due to come before the Dáil this Autumn. In the absence of any concrete proposals of their own, I am urging Fine Gael and Labour TDs to support these constructive proposals. "The issue of supporting families in severe mortgage difficulty cannot fall victim to political games," concluded Senator MacSharry.

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How to get the most out of outdoor gym PEOPLE looking to get the most out of the free fitness facility at Doorly Park can now avail of professional instruction each Saturday morning throughout the month of October. Hundreds of adults have already been instructed in the safe use of the outdoor gym in Doorly Park. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership will provide a fully qualified instructor to show you how to use the equipment safely and correctly. This is an ideal opportunity for you and your friends to be active together and take advantage of this wonderful new facility. It's free, it's available 24 hours a day and allows you to enjoy the all benefits of exercise in the fresh air along the banks of the Garavogue. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership invites you to attend your free Green Gym instruction at 11am each Saturday morning in October.

WORK OUT: Hundreds of people have so far been taught how to make best use of the outdoor gym at Doorly Park, but a professional trainer will be on hand every Saturday morning in October.


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News Harkin welcomes epilepsy step

Helicopter airlifts woman to hospital THE search and rescue helicopter based in Strandhill was involved in the dramatic rescue of an American tourist missing for four days in Donegal. Forty-one year old Kelly Jones was found by members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue team on Wednesday last in an old rectory in the Glen Valley four days after she was last sighted. She was airlifted to Sligo General Hospital by the Strandhill based Sikorsky helicopter where her condition was described as non lifethreatening.

Charity dog walk A FUNDRAISING family dog walk in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will take place in Sligo on Sunday, October 9. Commencing from John F. Kennedy Parade at 4pm and following a route via Riverside, Doorly Park, Sligo Sports Complex, Cleveragh Road and Pearse Road, it finished back on JFK Parade. Music, refreshments and a raffle will be held immediately afterwards in Toffs Night Club. Even if you don't have a dog, you are welcome to take part..

Shortlist voting closes THE Sligo public have just three days left to vote for one of the two Sligo projects which are shortlisted for the Coca-Cola 125 Years Thank You Fund. The €125,000 fund will distribute grants to fifteen non-profit organisations. The two Sligo based projects included are The Sligo Cancer Support Centre and The Splashin' Penguins Special Olympics Sports Club. The public vote has been live since September 1 and will close on September 30. The fifteen winners of the grants will be announced during October 2011. For voting log onto

PERFORMING ARTS: First year performing arts students at IT Sligo stage “Animal Farm” by George Orwell.

Call for stronger links between IT Sligo and Abbey M

OVES are underway to formalise links between IT Sligo and Dublin’s celebrated Abbey Theatre. The Sligo college currently runs a BA honours in Performing Arts programme which has been praised by leading officials of The Abbey. Senator Marc MacSharry this week called for the enhancement of links between the two organisations. Senator MacSharry said he spoke with the Theatre Director, Senator Fiach MacConghail and Technical Director, Gavin Harding. He said they had high praise for the quality of teaching and graduate being turned out through the BA honours in Performing Arts programme at IT Sligo. In particular both men had high

“ This is an opportunity others would die for, we should grab it with both hands

praise for those who participate in the so far informal Abbey internship for students involved in set design at the college. Senator MacSharry said: “I have written to the Abbey Theatre and Professor Terri Scott, President of IT Sligo, to put in place talks to advance the formalisation of links between both institutions and the national theatre”. He said Sligo’s contribution to the arts has reached far and wide both nationally and globally. “It is indeed a great tribute to IT Sligo and in particular Frank Conway and his colleagues for the exemplary work they have done in ensuring that their students are the ‘pick of the crop’. “It is for this reason that I believe that this link should be enhanced and formalised in the interest of IT Sligo, The National

Theatre and not least the arts of our nation and indeed the further enhancement of our reputation as the leading area for production of high quality talent across all disciplines within culture and the arts. “With the work of the Factory, Blue Raincoat professional groups and the many amateur theatre companies throughout our region, not least the extraordinary achievements of Dervish, Westlife, Conor and Maria McDermottroe and others we have always known Sligo to be rich in the fruits of artistic brilliance.” He said that now that IT Sligo’s prowess in teaching others to be the best begins to be recognised, it ought to be formally built upon. “This is an opportunity others would die for, we should grab it with both hands,” said Senator MacSharry.

SLIGO MEP Marian Harkin has hailed as an "extremely positive development" the call by a majority of MEPs for coordinated EU action to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. As one of the five MEPs who drove the “Written Declaration on Epilepsy” forward, Harkin told a meeting of the European Advocates for Epilepsy Group that "this sends a strong an proactive message to the relevant European policymakers". The declaration calls on the EU Commission and Council to encourage research and innovation in the area of prevention and early diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The declaration also calls for them to prioritise epilepsy as a major disease that imposes a significant burden across Europe and as a result introduce appropriate legislation to protect the rights of all people with epilepsy.

Text to fundraise IRISH charity the Jack & Jill Foundation are asking for Sligo people to support their own county under a novel text-based fundraising initiative called "County Text". The children's charity designs, funds and delivers home nursing care to families of children with brain damage in every community in the state. The Foundation asks people to donate €5 to support Jack & Jill families in their locality by texting their chosen recipient county e.g. Sligo to 57034. So far 14 children have been helped in Co. Sligo by the Jack & Jill Foundation, at a total cost of €33,308. Jack & Jill was the first Irish charity to turn unwanted mobile phones into cash, extending this to computer games and crutches more recently. This new innovative fundraising venture will help the foundation raise the €2.7 million it needs every year to support Irish families. For more visit


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Farmer says he has learned a hard lesson By Gerry McLaughlin


WEST Sligo farmer who was jailed for a week for cruelty to animals in March and paid €1,800 in prosecution charges has learned a “hard lesson” Sligo district court heard. Judge Kevin Kilrane convicted and fined James P Curley, Cooga Culleens €50 on one summons for animal cruelty on February 4 last year. The court heard that Curley had since complied with inspections from the Department of Agriculture and sold off a number of donkeys and horses. Judge Kevin Kilrane told James P Curley, Cooga Culleens in March that he was jailing him because the man seemed to be in denial after one of the worst cases of animal cruelty

Grants appeal board set up THE news that an independent body has been set up to assess appeals on student grants has been welcomed by Sligo senator Susan O'Keeffe. The Student Grants Appeals Board for the first time will be independent and will allow anyone who was refused under the 2011/2012 scheme to ask for an appeal and a reappraisal of their application. O'Keeffe added "many students have had grievances with the grant awarding scheme in the past and in some cases with justification. The establishment of the independent board by the Minister will result in the system being transparent and gives students access to a fair grievance procedure." "Any development that gives students more access to the process and improves the grant service is to be welcomed."

“ Sometimes it can happen to farmers and they just give up

seen by Sligo County Council officials in 20 years. When officials visited the defendant’s farm at Culleens on February 4 last year they found birds picking out the eyes of a donkey who had been dead for number of days. When asked about the donkey’s death, the farmer told the court in March that said the animal may have fallen down. A total of nine animals were found in various states of neglect and these were subsequently taken away by the ISPCA and a donkey sanctuary. Sligo County Council veterinary surgeon Mr Colleary said the bones were sticking out of a six months old foal which was also suffering from hypothermia. Another animal was covered in sores. There was no sign of any food

HORROR: Horrific scenes of malnourished and dead animals greeted ISPCA inspectors at the farm in February of last year. or water for the animals who were exposed to the elements. Three horses was also found in a pitiful condition, the court heard. Some of the donkeys had been reduced to chewing the bark of the fence post. Another sitting in March heard that Curley had subsequently received “hate mail”. At last week’s court defence solicitor Mark Mullaney said his client became ill in 2007 and matters went downhill there-

after. The entire episode had been very embarrassing and costly for his client, the court heard. Mr Mullaney said his client bitterly regretted the incident but had €1,818 in court as ordered. His client also had legal fees. His client’s son was now a good help to his father Judge Kevin Kilrane said that Curley seemed to have fallen into a state of depression. “Sometimes it can happen to

farmers and they just give up” the judge said. The judge said he was not going to add to the defendant’s plight. Judge Kilrane convicted and fined the west Sligo man €50 on one of the four counts of cruelty to animal charges before the court. The remaining summonses were struck out. “I wish you well in your farming activities in the future” the judge said.

Documentary on people who call Leitrim home T

G4 will screen a moving and thought-provoking documentary created by Leitrim-based film-maker Johnny Gogan, tomorrow night at 9.30pm. "Homeland" deals with County Leitrim's experience of emigration and immigration. The 51-minute documentary was funded by the Co. Leitrim PEACE III Partnership and by TG4. With one fifth of the population it had before the Famine, County Leitrim is the Irish county with the most extreme experience of migration nationally. According to director Johnny Gogan "when you look into the story of migration in Leitrim you find a very rich story which is much more than just a snapshot of the country as a whole". As an internal migrant himself - Gogan moved himself and his company to Leitrim from Dublin in 1997 - he believes the film will challenge the varied perceptions Irish people may have of the county.

DOCUMENTARY: Film-maker Johnny Gogan (pictured right) interviewed a number of different characters for his film Homeland, among them musician an Gaeilgeoir Rossa Ó Snodaigh (above).

"On the other hand Leitrim people will be surprised to see the diversity of stories we have uncovered from under their noses: humorous stories, stories of real courage and national impact. "With emigration back on the national agenda, this is a timely documentary for an Irish an audience to see." Among the people interviewed by Johnny for the documentary is Leitrim farmer Michael Gallagher who took the State to the High Court and then the Supreme Court, overturning the State's system of Land Rates. Gogan also interviewed Kila musician Rossa Ó Snodaigh who relocated to Leitrim because of its attractive house prices and proceeded to have a big impact on his com-

munity, setting up a Gaelscoil for the town of Manorhamilton and becoming a catalyst for the revival of Gaeilge in Leitrim.


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News Don’t do it again A DISTRICT court judge has told a Sligo woman “not to do it again” after she appeared before him on charges of theft. Judge Kevin Kilrane told Veronica Kelly, Wolfe Tone Street that she did not need to steal, as he gave her the Probation Act at the district court. The 58-year-old, described by her solicitor Gerry McGovern as having a traumatic background, admitted stealing a jacket valued at €30 from Heatons On July 5 and a pair of briefs to the value of €5 from the same store on July 7. Mr McGovern said his client was a lady who had come back to Sligo after being away for years. She had suffered a serious injury in England. The solicitor said his client only got into trouble when she drank. She was a “very nice lady”. Judge Kilrane was told the defendant had been given the Probation Act for a similar offence. The judge said he was giving her a chance and applied the Probation Act. The woman thanked the judge.

Suck valley way walk A NATIONAL Trails Day Walk will take place from Castlerea to Ballintubber on Sunday next, October 2. Those who want to take part can meet in Ballintubber Church car park at 9.30pm. The Suck Valley Way Walk between Castlerea Railway Station & Ballintubber is 11km (7 miles) in length and will be conducted by Martin Dunne from Roscommon Leader Partnership. National Trails Day is a celebration of Ireland's wonderful variety of trails and a chance for everyone to enjoy some of our most beautiful countryside, forests, mountains and lakes.


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Carn kids learn safety lesson THE STUDENTS of Carn National School weren't hard to spot on the roads of Gurteen on Friday, in their high visibility vests. The vests were provided by the Road Safety Authority and the reason was because the 69 students and their teachers were taking part in a fundraising walk. The students met Sergeant Noel Gillespie and Garda Tom Doherty before the walk, who told them about the importance of road safety and even got to try out some of the garda equipment for size. The students were then escorted by Sgt Gillespie in his patrol car for the walk from their school to Gurteen Cross. The walk was well supported by the local community, with the students collecting on the day as well as in advance of the walk. "The idea is to raise funds for the school and increase road safety awareness," said Carn NS principal Orlaith Reynolds. "Thank you to all members of the community of Gurteen for their support and sponsorship of the event."

Major upgrade planned for Pearse Road By Brian McHugh


MAJOR upgrade is planned for Sligo’s Pearse Road. The work will involve improvements at junctions on the road and new traffic lane layouts. Cycle lanes will be put in place as well as new pedestrian crossings at some of the junctions on the road. Six junctions along the road are to be upgraded. The junction of Pearse Rd and Mail Coach Road is to be turned into a T-Junction with a left turning lane on Pearse Road. Right turning lanes will be put in

The overall layout will encourage cycling and walking routes to support tourism in the area

place to help with the flow of traffic. A recently completed design report drawn up by Sligo County Council stated: “Due to the existing level of traffic and intended development in the area the scheme will incorporate a cross section promoting traffic calming with walking and cycling facilities provided either side of the road”. It said consideration was given to future traffic demands including the promotion of cycling and walking facilities. Under a heading of Local economy / business / tourism the plan said: “A section of the

Pearse Road is used to access Markievicz Park GAA grounds, The Sligo Park Hotel and can also be used to access the retail park at Carrowroe as well as access to the N4 Dublin Road, N17 Galway Road and other regional roads from the Carrowroe roundabout”. It said the area is mainly residential with some businesses. “Traffic volumes are influenced by vehicles coming from the Carraroe roundabout and the Retail Park as well as traffic from the Sligo Park Hotel. Heavier volumes of traffic occur when GAA matches are being held at Markievicz Park.” The design report said many

tourists staying in the Sligo Park Hotel will use this route as means of access from the hotel to the town centre. “The overall layout will encourage cycling and walking routes to support tourism in the area.” The works will be carried out with funding from the Department of the Environment under the Low Cost Accident scheme. The money will be paid to the Council in instalments over the next three to four years. A council spokesman said he hoped the first instalment of money will come later this year, allowing work to start at the Pearse Road / Circular road junction.


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News Drug dealer fined €500 A SLIGO man who was selling drugs from his home has been convicted and fined €500 at the district court. When garda drugs squad officers raided Trevor Jinks house at 30 The Woodlands, Ballytivnan on January 29 they found herbal cannabis and €281 cash which they believed to be connected to the proceeds of drug dealing. Inspector Paul Kilcoyne told the court that gardai found evidence of drug dealing in the 32 yearold’s home. The court heard the defendant, who pleaded guilty, has seven previous convictions for assault, drunk driving and road traffic offences. Defence solicitor Mark Mullaney said his client did not have the “best of a record”. But he had no previous convictions for drugs. His client was a 32 year-old father of a young family who had started to smoke cannabis. He had been smoking the drug for a long time and developed a habit, the court heard. The drugs found on his home were sold to fund his habit, the court heard. His client no longer smoked cannabis. Judge Kevin Kilrane said it was a serious matter but noted that the defendant had no previous drug related convictions. He imposed a fine of €500 for having drugs for sale and supply. A charge of having drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act was taken into consideration.

Cliffoney houses to go-ahead THE Receivers appointed to a development at Cliffoney have got planning permission to finish four partially constructed houses. Joint Receivers Brendan O'Donohue & David Gleeson plan to complete four partially built twostorey semi-detached type houses at "Ceol na Mara" estate in Cliffoney. The house numbers are 25, 26, 27 and 28.

Michael is mentor to craft hopefuls

CRAFT MASTERS: Pictured (l-r) Contestants Suzanne Rogers and Ann Cronin, mentor Michael Budd, show presenter Sonya Lennon, and contestant Edward Cook. JUST three weeks after Sligoman Ian Carty appeared as a contestant on RTE's Craft Master show, fellow Sligoman Michael Budd is set to appear as a mentor. Michael, a celebrated blacksmith, will mentor three contestants competing for the title

of Craft Master 2011 in the fourth heat of the RTE One show, to be screened on Tuesday evening next, October 4 at 7pm. The focus this episode is on a heritage craft, using traditional metal work to forge designs in metal. The physically

demanding environment combined with the complexities of fusing two pieces of metal together proved very taxing over the seven-day master class run by blacksmith Michael Budd. For the show, Michael worked with three

apprentices: Ann Cronin, an education worker from Ennis; Edward Cook, a house husband from Dublin; and Suzanne Rogers, a metalwork teacher also from Dublin. Michael himself is a celebrated and awardwinning craft master.

From his forge in Riverstown, Co. Sligo he has produced stunning pieces of sculpture, practical functional products and superb stylised commission pieces. For more on Michael's work, visit

Hold up on Tubber bypass raises safety fears at danger spots T “

HE postponement of the Tubbercurry bypass has made the need for works at danger spots on the N17 more urgent. That's according to Councillor Margaret Gormley who is pushing for progress at four locations where she claims there are "accidents waiting to happen". The long awaited upgrade of the N17 and Tubbercurry bypass has been long-fingered with the recently announced postponement of all major works for the foreseeable future. Cllr. Gormley said the minister had stated that only "shovel ready" projects that are in the interest of health and safety can proceed. The South Sligo councillor said that there are four dangers spots in or near Tubbercurry where serious accidents are likely to happen. She has already received the support of fellow councillors for the projects and they are being examined by council engineers with a view to ap-

I want them to bring forward proposals for agreement with the local community as to how best to improve safety at this location

plying for funding in 2012. First on councillor Gormley's list is the provision of a pedestrian crossing in the lower part of Teeling St Tubbercurry between Mickey Mac's pub and the Post Office, the exact location to be agreed with the business people. Secondly she has asked the engineering staff re-examine the traffic movement at the Ballina Road Junction. "I want them to bring forward proposals for agreement with the local community as to how best to improve safety at this location and have them submitted to the NRA for their approval and funding in 2012,” said Councillor Gormley. The Cashel Gates junction is another cause of concern which Cllr Gormley says has been the subject of a petition to have works carried out. And north of Tubbercurry, the N17 junctions at Connacht Gold, Achonry also need to be improved

for safety reasons. Commenting on the postponement of the major works on the N17, she said that the project has been on the books for upgrading for the past 25 years. "And twelve years ago we were assured it was going to become a reality. The council were asked to select a route which after the necessary consultation time it was selected in 2001 and since then it has been excuse after excuse looking for report after report and then coming along in 2010 and tell us that the reports were out of date and go back again". "All of this has a major affect on farmers whose lands are the subject of the road going through it. They have projects held up, the town of Tubbercurry cannot expand and safety and traffic calming measures which are urgently needed in the town cannot proceed until the by-pass is in place," said Councillor Gormley.

‘F**k up my son and I’ll kill you’ A SLIGO woman has been remanded in custody for the second time in three weeks. Sarah McGlynn with addresses at St Joachims Terrace and City Gate Apartments Mail Coach Road verbally abused Judge Kevin Kilrane for the second time in three weeks when she appeared at a sitting on September 15. The 48 year-old appeared on charges of using threatening and abusive behaviour at St Columbas Hospital on September 13 and September 14 and failing to obey the instructions of a garda. Inspector Paul Kilcoyne told the court that the woman also faced a trespass charges The inspector said gardai hoped she would stay away from the house in which she trespassed. The woman who was standing at the back of the court asked the judge to speak louder. She said she could not hear anybody in court. She then started to shout; “What about my son? You f..k up my son and I'll kill you.” the court was told. Judge Kilrane ordered the woman to be jailed for a week in Mountjoy. This was her second jail sentence in the space of three weeks.

Trad for Trocaire THE second annual 'Trad for Trocaire' is taking place in venues across Sligo from 22-28 September to raise money for Trocaire projects worldwide. Last year over 400 sessions took place across Ireland and beyond, in Britain, the US and Australia. Sligo VEC schools and centres across the county are hosting lunchtime sessions to raise funds for Trocaire. Sligo VEC Head Offices on Quay Street will be hosting a lunchtime session on Wednesday 28 of September at 1 pm, feel free to drop in and enjoy the music or bring along an instrument if you’d like to join in.


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PLUG IN: Kids from Corran College in Ballymote get to examine the new Nissan Leaf electric car up close.

Students get to see electric Leaf up close S

TUDENTS at Corran College and Culfadda N.S. got to examine the future of motoring up close when a new electric Nissan Leaf arrived into their school yard. The reason was the official launch of European Mobility Week on Friday, September 16. Declan Wynne, Deputy General Manager of Gaeltec Utilities Ltd and Imelda Ryan Jones of An Taisce visited both schools to launch the event, and Declan showed off the new Nissan Leaf to fascinated students. Declan, who is a past pupil of Culfadda NS and previously visited the school representing Engineer`s Ireland in 2007, spoke to students and staff at both schools in relation to electric transporta-

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tion, its importance and what the future holds for Irish drivers. Culfadda N.S and Corran College have been working with An Taisce on the Green-Schools programme over the past number of years and are very proud of their school’s achievement to date. They are currently working on the Green-Schools Travel theme and are learning more about sustainable travel. First stop was Corran College where Declan and his vehicle were greeted with excitement. Corran College has many students very interested in inventions, manufacturing and engineering and this was evident throughout the visit. All year groups had a chance to participate. John McGovern, Principal, and teacher Mary Re-

gan both agreed the visit was a real eye opener to staff and students alike. Next stop was Culfadda NS were Principal Bernadette Dwyer welcomed Declan once again to the school. Pupils enjoyed a presentation as well as getting a chance to sit inside the zero emissions vehicle. “Most of us had heard of electric vehicles but never had the chance to get up close before. The students were very interested and asked many intelligent questions,” said Imelda Ryan Jones. “To be able to have a good look at all the fabulous features of the Nissan Leaf, which won Car of the Year 2011, was great fun for everyone. European Mobility Week certainly got off to a great start.”


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News Luke Savage was recently awarded the Colm Sherry Perpetual Trophy for his outstanding talent and infectious positive motivation. PAUL MCMAHON talks to him about his secret for maintaining a positive outlook against all odds.

‘I will walk again’ says determined Sligo award winner O “ RIGINALLY from Ballisodare, Luke Savage is 22 years of age. He has a thick crop of short dark hair and a strong jaw set in a face that is dominated by brown piercing eyes. Luke was born with Cerebral Palsy. If this was not enough of a hurdle to overcome, three years ago Luke had a severe stroke. He then underwent major heart surgery followed by ten months of intensive physiotherapy confined to a wheelchair. Against all expectations Luke sits across from me with the impressive National Colm Sherry Perpetual Trophy on his lap, in the Abbey View Residencies at Chapel Hill, Sligo. After Luke had the stroke the doctors told him there was only a minimal chance he would ever regain any move-

ment in any part of his body. When asked what he said to the doctors when they told him this, Luke said he shrugged it off with a wave of his right hand and said: “I told them to get lost”. Instead of hitting the canvas, as any average person may have done after hearing such a doctor's verdict, Luke immediately enrolled in a Business Course in IT Sligo where last week he started his second year. Luke's Personal Assistant Damien 'Yoshie' Murrin said: “Luke is a very driven man. He doesn't let anything hold him back, least of all his wheelchair. “During Rag Week last year he was in the Leitrim Bar, Sligo's student party central, holding his own with the best of them. This was not long after having a severe stroke and

Luke Savage with Staff and Residents.

It might take twenty years, but I know, one day, I will walk again

major open heart surgery. He is an inspiration.” When asked if he had any advice for anyone who has had a stroke or who is dealing with severe physical disability, Luke replied: “Whatever you want to do, just do it. “No matter even if you did have a stroke. “It will take a lot more effort to do it, but it will be worth it in the end.” Luke said he was shocked when told he had been awarded the prestigious Colm Shine Perpetual Trophy “I couldn't believe it,” he said. The Ballisodare native was awarded the trophy at the annual meeting of the Cheshire Homes in Tipperary where the Cheshire Activity Motivation Project, "CAMP", has been held every year since 1988. Luke was chosen from 13 nationwide Cheshire residency

groups and was presented the impressive trophy by Father Moran. Luke said he would like to dedicate his award to the late Eithne Swan, “She was a great friend of mine who passed away last year. She was always 100%, always positive”. He said he also dedicated it to his granny Eileen who also recently passed away. When asked where he gets his positive drive from, Luke pointed with his right hand towards the ceiling and replied “Him”. “After I had the stroke and I was in the Intensive Care Unit, I knew that he was looking after me.” Luke’s PA Yoshie said he once asked Luke if he ever gets annoyed about having been born with Cerebral Palsy, about having a major stroke and now being in a wheel-

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chair? “Luke just looked at me and said, if all those things never happened to me I'd never have met all my best friends at the CAMP and I'd never have met you and I would never have won this trophy”. Dumbfounded by Luke's humble but positive way of seeing things, near the end of the interview I told him that I thought he is fantastic. Luke replied: “No, I'm not fantastic, I'm just normal. I mightn't be able to move the left side of my body but up here [pointing to his head] everything is working just fine”. “And I know, I hope, one day, that I will walk again. “Maybe in another couple of years; it might take twenty years, but I know, one day, I will walk again.”

Luke Savage with parents Martin and Margaret Savage


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News TAKE OFF: German airline Lufthansa will start flights from Knock next summer.

Knock to get direct German flights in 2012

Friday 28th October

GERMAN airline Lufthansa will begin operating direct flights from Ireland West Airport, Knock to Germany from next summer. Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline and the world's fourth largest, will operate flights to and from Dusseldorf every Saturday from

May 7, 2012 until September 29, 2012. Connecting services to the German cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich will also be available for booking as part of this new service when it comes on-stream. The announcement of these new services is a major milestone in

the history of Knock airport and connects the West and North West of Ireland with Germany, the world's largest outbound market and the third largest source of visitors to the island of Ireland. Over 400,000 Germans visit Ireland each year with more

than 200,000 visiting the West and North West of Ireland. These new services have the potential to bring in an estimated extra 2,000 German tourists to the region which would generate a spend in excess of €1,000,000 for the West and North West regions.

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Seamus Begley & Tim Edey and Maurice Lennon 11.00pm 3 Stage Festival Club, The Model €19

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8.30pm Knocknarea Arena, Sligo IT €40

Elvis Costello with Rachel Sermanni 8.00pm Model Acoustic Stage €10

The Staves and The Dirty Beggars 10.00pm Model Acoustic Stage €8

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Admiral Fallow and Rachel Sermanni Band 11.00pm 3 Stage Festival Club, The Model €12

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Locals contend new houses are not needed

But permission granted despite objections


LANNING permission has been granted to build four more homes in a housing development in north Sligo in spite of objections from local people who say there are already too many houses. Sligo County Council granted planning permission to Brendan O'Donohue and David Gleeson (Joint Receivers) for the completion of four existing partially constructed two-storey semi-detached houses in the existing Ceol na Mara housing estate at Ballinphull, Cliffoney, that was previously granted full planning permission. There was an observation from Declan Harrison, Harrisons Bar and Restaurant, Cliffoney, contending that there was no need for the houses in the area at the moment. He referred to a 2010 report from the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis which stated: “Counties with most empty housing include Cavan, Longford, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo. The number of houses in these

counties soared by almost half during the boom and they have enough housing now zoned to feed demand for the next 27 years.” He also quoted from the County Development Plan, which stated that there had been an overconcentration of housing in satellite villages and the Cliffoney Mini-Plan which stated that there is no need for additional development. “This was confirmed by the fact similar houses in Seaview Park and Brookfield, both adjoining this development, have been on the market for over four years,” he said. Mr Harrison said in light of Sligo County Council’s own development strategy and current expert thinking, there was no need for planning permission to be granted for yet more houses to be built. “As a business owner in the area, I concur with this view. In the interests of our community and to guard against an increase in vacant housing we would be against the granting of planning

permission for these houses at this time.” The residents association of the nearby Seaview Park housing estate was also of the opinion that these properties were not sustainable as the area had undergone considerable house building since 1999, predominantly of the 3 bedroomed semi-detached type. The association which was concerned that the houses would affect the privacy of and cause overshadowing to at least four of the houses in Seaview Park. A number of residents of Seaview Park, Aine and Kate McCarthy, Jane Golden and Seamus Shanley and Deirdre and Gavin Fox, were concerned that the houses would be closer to their homes than in the original planning application. They felt this change would result in overshadowing of their houses. They asked that the houses be built 12.4 metres from the rear boundary wall and that the height of the houses be reduced by a metre.

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Anti-fracking protests held in Sligo and Leitrim T

WO high profile but very different protests against any 'Fracking' in the Lough Allen Basin took place earlier this month. The first was the wearing of t-shirts by several runners in the North Leitrim Glens Run. And the visit of Labour Deputy and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, sparked protests outside the Sligo Park Hotel where he was attending a function. Between 40 and 50 protesters braved the heavy rain to make their concerns known to the Minister. They made clear their total opposition to fracking and called on the Minister to impose an immediate ban on its use in Ireland similar to bans imposed in other countries and in some states in the USA. Speaking following the protest, éirígí Sligeach activist Gerry Casey who was among the demonstrators, said: "An immediate halt must be called to this entire process. Despite paying lip service to it, there has been no meaningful consultation by the Dublin government or by Tamboran [the company awarded the sample drilling contract] with the communities set to be affected by this exploration and extraction of natural gas. "More importantly the communities affected have

Rovers holding coaching camps STARTING on Saturday October 1, Sligo Rovers will be holding a regular fortnightly Winter Coaching Camp on the astro turf in the Showgrounds. This camp will run from 10am to 12pm and is open to boys and girls aged 5 to 12 years old. Coaching will be provided by Sligo Rovers players and the head coaches will be Gavin Dykes and Danny O'Leary. The cost of the camp is €10 per child for the morning. To book a place contact Sligo Rovers on 0719171212 or e-mail Walk-ons will be accepted on the morning as well. Check out for further details.

ABOVE & RIGHT: Anti-fracking protesters delivered a clear message to Minister Pat Rabbittee outside the Sligo Park hotel. LEFT: This runner was one of several sporting “Farming, not Fracking” t-shirts at the North Leitrim Glens run. not given their consent for it." He added: "The health and safety of the people of the region must be put before the quest to amass profits by private exploration companies." Meanwhile, on September 12, the group 'Claiming Our Future' in Leitrim used the North Leitrim Glens 10k Run to highlight the issue. The group – which was set up prior to the last general election to address what they saw as a growing chasm between the ordinary public and elitist politicians - revealed a new t-shirt which proclaimed "Farming, not Fracking" which was worn by many of the

runners. The slogan was thought up by one of the group whose family are farmers for generations in the area of Manorhamilton. One of the runners, Jamie Murphy, a teacher from Manorhamilton, said he was proud to show his solidarity with the farmers and antifracking protesters. "Just like a lot of people in this area I have been keen in trying to do something to help this cause, and want to show people we can all do what we can to spread the word of the risks of this procedure to an area that we hold dear."

'Good will gesture' wanted by Senator Comiskey THE 99 top civil servants who have retired with very large pensions since 2008 should be asked to make a ‘goodwill donation’ to help Ireland's financial dire straits. Sligo/North Leitrim Senator Michael Comiskey spoke in the senate about "the palpable amount of public anger surrounding civil service pension payouts". "These civil servants have benefitted from full employment for all of their respective working lives and I think that it is only fit and proper if they make substantial monetary donations in the spirit of good will towards the

people of Ireland. "I think it would be a welcome gesture if these civil servants would make donations to get Ireland working. If each of the 99 recently retired civil servants donated a minimum of €20,000 this would generate enough money to create much needed jobs. "It could for example allow for more financial support for deserving full time carers, give employment to Nurses in Hospitals where staffing levels are spread very thinly or allow for people on the live register to put their talents to good use and get back to employment", he concluded.

Senator Michael Comiskey.

Jumble sale for sanctuary THE Methodist Hall in Wine Street (opposite the Gaiety Cinema) will play host to a jumble sale on Saturday, October 1 from 9am to 5pm. The jumble sale will also have some delicious goodies to eat, including a vegan cake! Funds raised from the jumble sale will go towards the Sai Sanctuary, a donkey 'retirement home' in Castlebaldwin which is funded primarily through donations, the "sponsor a donkey" scheme and through fundraisers such as this. The Sathya Sai Sanctuary was founded in 1991 for the purpose of rescuing Ireland's "lost" donkeys, most of which are elderly, sick or injured. You can find out more about the sanctuary at


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Business Keep it in 'The Family'


MPLOYING a good accountant is the first and most obvious move to make when trying to keep your tax bill down.

Complementing this is for you yourself to invest a bit of time into learning the tax system and becoming aware of the various schemes out there to help you learn the tax system. To help with this, I have written this article which looks at the most obvious people who will help reduce your tax liability. It's not your employer, it's not your bank manager and it's not your local politician! It's much closer to home than that. It's your family! Here are ten tips to help you maximise tax breaks which relate to your family. 1. PAYE - Joint Assessment (Married couple) Review the tax you are paying either from your payslips or the P60 you get at the end of each year. Check to see your maximising both the tax credits you get and the standard rate cut offs. Invariably a married couple pay less tax through joint assessment rather than single assessment. 2. Sole Traders - employ your family. A salary paid to a spouse in this case is not liable to PRSI. Also your total income tax bill is reduced by using the married couple's tax band. If he/she is not working you would not be able to avail of the full allowance. 3. Capital Gains on shares. Shares can be transferred free of capital gains and stamp duty between spouses so as to double the annual tax exemption of €1,270. 4. Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT). Gifts or inheritances to your family members are liable to CAT of €25%. Thresholds change per year but from 2011 the lifetime limits are as follows : - son/daughter - €332,084 - Parent/brother/sister/niece/nephew/grandchild the limit was €33,208 - Other relationships have a limit of €16,604 By carefully maximising these limits, gifts and inheritance tax can be minimised. 5. Make a will An example of the tax implications of not doing so can be seen by reading number 4 above again! Talk to your local solicitor to set this up as soon as possible. 6. Transfer a house/site to a child. In certain cases a house/site can be transferred from a parent to a child without the child incurring CAT. But the child must occupy the house as their principal private residence and in the case of a site must build their principal private residence on the site. 7. Favourite Nephew / Niece. In situations where you have no children but would like to pass on a gift/inheritance to a favourite nephew or niece, one can, subject to conditions, avail of the son/daughter limits outlined in point 4 above to minimise Capital Acquisitions Tax.

ISME labels government efforts ‘feeble’ T

HE body representing small and medium businesses has issued its strongest criticism yet of the current government, labelling it "unimpressive, bordering on feeble". The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association outlined that addressing government influenced business costs, the black economy and anomalies in the Social Welfare system, would greatly enhance the jobs market, if only the Government had the resolve and the guts to target these issues. They were responding to figures in the Quarterly National Household survey, the official recording of the labour force, which confirmed that there are 304,500 people unemployed, the highest on record, an increase of 10,900 in a year.

The official unemployment rate now stands at 14.3%, with 54% of those out of work for more than a year. ISME Chief Executive, Mark Fielding said: "While the Government is concerning itself with appeasing the paymasters in Washington and Brussels and keeping the public sector on side, the focus on tackling unemployment seems to have waned. "The insubstantial jobs initiative, introduced earlier this year, is now a distant memory, with seemingly no alternative policies in place to address our chronic unemployment situation. "Consequently, the numbers of long term unemployed continues to grow, creating a structural problem that will blight generations to com."

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8. Home Carers This credit may be due if, as a married couple, you are jointly assessed for tax and you or your spouse, as a Home Carer provide care for • A child for whom you are entitled to social welfare child benefit. • A person who is permanently incapacitated. • A person aged 65 or over. The extra tax credit is at €810 but reduces base on the Home Carers income (if any). 9. Maternity Benefit is tax Free. If you were in employment when you took maternity leave and received maternity benefit, this should have been paid to you tax free. Some employers elect to pay the statutory maternity benefit as part of your salary, and have you return any cheques you get from Social Welfare to them directly. This simplifies things BUT you should not have paid any tax on this benefit. 10 Marry an accountant Of course the greatest way of reducing your tax liability is to have a good accountant. If there's none in the family then look at getting one. They're not that boring once you get to know them!

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"The level of unemployment is not surprising, when small businesses, the main employment creators, continue to suffer increasing state enforced costs, lack of bank credit and competition from both the black economy and the social welfare system. "It is high time that an employment policy was introduced that goes beyond the mere introduction of training places and FAS courses, and targets instead the core issues preventing employment creation." He concluded: "This Government will be judged on its performance in solving unemployment. To date the report card is unimpressive, bordering on feeble, with little being done to tackle a problem within their control."

SPEAKING: Sharon Eastwood will be the guest speaker at Leadership Luncheon.

A NATIONAL adjudicator for the Tidy Towns will be a guest speaker at the next Leadership Luncheon organised by Sligo Chamber. Sharon Eastwood is involved in the National Tidy Towns Competition and was part of the adjudication process for the 2011 event, which saw Sligo Town increase its marks on the previous year, thanks to the efforts of many people, including a number of Sligo Chamber members. The Sligo Tidy Towns Committee received the full support of the chamber and several businesses around the town also contributed to Sligo's high marks. "2011 was a record year for the National Tidy Towns Competition with 850+

communities across Ireland entering the competition," said Lorraine McDonnell of Sligo Chamber. "Thus the judges were busy including Sligo's Sharon Eastwood, a national adjudicator for the National Tidy Towns Competition. "She is one of the panel of independent adjudicators appointed by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government and Sligo Chamber is delighted to welcome Sharon as this month's guest speaker." The Leadership Luncheon will take place on this Thursday, September 29 at 12.30pm until 2pm. Lunch is served at 12.45pm sharp. Tickets are €20, RSVP to: lorraine@sligochambe

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Enterprise investment seminar ENTERPRISE Ireland in conjunction with Sligo Chamber and Enterprise Europe Network are organising a seminar entitled Seed Capital Funding and Support Service Opportunities for your Business, which will take place on Wednesday, October 5. "We will be hosting both a morning and afternoon session. Our afternoon session will be focused on Seed Capital Opportunities and our three guest speakers are to cover the funding opportunities through AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank," said a spokesperson for the Chamber. "Our morning session is to focus on other funding, support services and programmes that are available." The seminar is aimed at High Potential Entrepreneurs and Early Stage Companies & Established Companies who are seeking private equity partners to enable them achieve the maximum international development potential of their companies. The event is also aimed at Professional Advisors working with high net worth individuals or growth oriented companies and/or seeking alternative investment and financing options to offer their clients. The seminar on October 5 will take place in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Ballincar. It starts at 11.30am. The seminar is being sponsored by AIB Commercial Banking North West and is a free event with lunch provided. However, because places are limited, advance booking is essential. RSVP by September 29 to mary.boyle@enterpris or call 071-9159700.


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sligo tweet s naturalfittness Hats off to Strand Utd FC based in Sligo who as a club have banned all sugar drinks for their players both young. VolunteerSligo Getting ready for all our events next week incl. 'VolunTours' of Sligo town and Volunteer Fairs in Grange & Ballymote: superging Hard Luck Coolera Strandhill eamonkelly Driving out to Tourlestrane to beep at buffs. Go on the parish dk3lly Sligo SFC final FT Tourlestrane 1-12 Coolera Strandhill 0-8. They'll be dancing in the Border Colllie tonight sligogaa Coolera/Strandhill's midfielder Con O'Meara has also won Sligo Championship medal with today's opposition Tourlestrane McHughWeekender Ahead of Co final a Coolera Strandhill table quiz in Coolera House tonight was won by table that included Tony McLoughlin TD HelennMcCarthy According to the Irish Rail website, a journey from Sligo to Galway by train takes 7 hours, sort it out lads. dankellysligo To still have Commuter trains from Sligo to Dublin is a joke. At least there is more than 3 carriages this week. 1963Barry Couple of hours cycle this morning. Blowing a gale outside - hard to get out of bed! stevewickham Playing the fiddle with the teeth is not one of my life skills and according to my dentist (at a recent visit) must be avoided at all costs conwayscross Lovely day out at the Emirates with my little girly and friends. Golf and Sligo races next week. Guinness will be on agenda ItsTanyaBitch_ My first operation and was so scary before, but Sligo General hospital were the most lovely people ever and couldn't thank them enough! weepetecole The bloody traffic in Sligo is as bad as the westlink

TrinaBalls I really really wish there was wifi on the DublinSligo line... Hint hint @irishrail

SxSligo Great seeing Rovers lads eating their sandwiches having the banter at #Sligo Gate petrol station with Cook. Great team spirit sligorovers Comfortable win for Rovers who easily bettered the opposition to gain 3 vital points in the title race and move to the top of the league. obazS Wow. Just read Cathleen Ni Houlihan!! Set in Mayo, but Enniscrone and Kilglass were mentioned! I got a bit excited. ShaneFilan79 It's arthurs day I've just realized !anyone know a good Irish bar in Guangzhou? Need to a have a pint of Arthur for all my buddies back home StephenCoen1 @ShaneFilan79 Are u playing the Sligo astro this year shane. I myt have to show u a thing or two how to play ball haha ConorNally Last day of wok in Sligo, and then it's back to Dublin for good! Sligo has been good to be but end of one chapter, beginning of another elecwhipcrack Back home in Sligo. the air of menace compared to Galway is amusing / annoying. susanokeeffe Saw no #ploughing. Saw bulls, politicians + extraodinary number of hi vis jackets but not a plough, a plougher or a sign for ploughing! itacallagy Out for a run, Garda car driving into campus & drunk/hyper/random students hanging out along the road.. ahh students.. I missed y'all so much! Riverstown1 Notice all the politicians that got jobs in Gov have stopped tweeting.


attack on low incomes MINISTER for Communications Pat Rabbitte has agreed with the Energy Regulator and the electricity and gas suppliers that they can introduce pre-pay meters to households that are experiencing difficulties meeting their bills-without agreement with the customer involved. The household in difficulty must accept a pre-pay meter or face disconnection. This is unacceptable coercion. Pre-pay meters place very vulnerable households in the position of having to suffer long outages as the meters automatically cut off supply once credit and a short "emergency" period have expired. In particular pensioners are exposed to great danger. In the UK, where these meters have a feature, a debt advisory group, Transact, undertook a study and found that "pre-payment meters are resulting in Dickensian living conditions for some families". It highlighted the case of one family having "to abandon their Liverpool home on Christmas Day after spiralling heating costs meant they could not afford to keep warm. They just couldn't afford to keep the meter topped up". The Transact study covered 5,726 interviews and found that "thousands of vulnerable consumers were walking a tightrope between topping up their energy to stay warm or buying a decent meal". "Households routinely became disconnected from supply for various lengths of time and half of these households included someone with an illness or disability, with two in five housing children under the age of 16." While the report acknowledged that many customers liked pre-payment meters, because it gave them some control over tight budgets, their use in situations where vulnerable people are concerned is ill advised and should never take place. Because these meters cut off supply automatically and anonymously, that hides the problem where inability to pay is the cause. This also bypasses any existing procedural protections that act to safeguard vulnerable households and thwarts timely intervention. While the use of pre-pay meters can be justified and useful in certain circumstances they must never be allowed to be put in place without the agreement of the householder. This agreement must be free from coercion, and where vulnerable people such as pensioners or families with young children or with illness in the household are involved, their use should be used only with agreement with local officers from the Dept of Social Protection. It is crucial that procedures are put in place to ensure that such vulnerable households cannot be disconnected unbeknownst to social workers. It can hardly go unnoticed that this development comes in conjunction with the cut in the assistance that pensioners and some welfare recipients receive to pay energy costs. The household package was cut from the 1st Sept. and will see the average recipients having their monthly income cut by €35. This will place all these households under considerable pressure when meeting heating bills in the coming winter and many will without doubt fall into arrears and unless the Minister can be prevailed upon to put in place necessary safeguards, it is members of this group that will be first in line when these pre-pay meters are being rolled out. To add to costs, non-social households are faced with a €100 household tax from next January, regardless of ability to pay, and Greenstar has announced a €1.25 increase in the bin charge which represents an increase of 15% and all these additional charges will further eat into the meagre incomes of low income households which will greatly

increase difficulties with meeting energy bills over the winter. Greenstar should withdraw the plan to introduce this increase at a time when many households are seeing a sharp decrease in incomes given that, many regard the existing charge of €9.00 as exorbitant. Households are advised to shop around if Greenstar persist with the increase. All of these developments will pile pressure on households already struggle to keep their head above water and all those in a position to do so must intervene to ensure that great suffering is not inflicted by default.

Jim O'Sullivan Community Activist

Germany forgets who its friends are Recently it was reported in the papers that a German politician wants Ireland to hang our national flag, the tricolour, at half mast until the Irish State pays back the money we owe the IMF and Europe. As an Irish-born citizen, I find this to be an outrageous statement by this German person to say. I want to call on the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to apologise to us for this man's hurt and insult to us and the Irish Republic. What this German politician forgets is that after the Second World War, Germany had no friends except Ireland and most countries gave Germany the cold shoulder except Ireland and this is how they repay us. When World War 2 was declared in 1939 the British Prime Minister at the time Winston Churchill tried to get Mr De Valera and the Irish state to join Britain in the conflict, but the Taoiseach at the time said not to the British offer and the Irish Free State remained neutral. When German air force pilots crashed their planes in Ireland the Irish Government refused to hand them over to the British and when the Second World War came to an end, Ireland sent quite a lot of food to Germany so as to feed the millions of starving German people as both they and their country was on their knees. Ireland was friends with the Germans in past years when Germany's name was held in contempt by the rest of Europe and the world. Now, when the shoe is on the other foot and Ireland is down on its luck, a German politician wants us to hang our flag at half mast in shame. It only proves that 'eaten bread is soon forgotten' by the Germans. Germany forgets that after 1945 that they too were very glad of a hand-out in the Marshall Plan and if anyone should hang their head and flag in shame it should be Germany. This is the thanks we Irish get for being Germany's friend, and with friends like Germany, who needs enemies.

someone who has been there, done that regarding horizontal drilling. The Lough Allen Basin is the area east of the igneous Ox mountains, north of the Curlews and the Shannon-Erne waterway canal, west of Upper Lough Erne, and south of Lower Lough Erne. Lough Allen Basin has a section of sedimentary rocks composed of alternating sand, shale, and limestone formations. There have been nine exploratory wells drilled with thorough evaluations. Several wells flowed non commercial volumes of gas are completed and shut in. They are the Big Dog No.1 near Garrison, the McNean No. 1 near Blacklion, and the Dowra No.1 at Glengevlin. Limited seismic interpretation indicates the basin may be highly faulted with several faults coming to the surface. There is inadequate modern seismic to properly locate and design a horizontal traverse. The data is also inadequate to accurately define structural closures presently interpreted as mostly small in area and fault bounded. The dip of formations within the basin range from 5 to 20 degrees. The Bundoran shale at depths of 2000 to 4500 feet has potential for commercial flow with bottom hole pressures of 1500 to 2200 psi possible. Abundant gas to supply local counties for industry and homes may be possible, a boon to future development in a local area. The hysteria of contamination from the drilling of shale gas horizontal wells has been purposely magnified. Risk of leakage and contamination is minimal if fault recognition is accurate. Wells, worldwide are required to cement in place steel pipe casing that seal off any and all flow from the producing zone to the surface. Poorly installed cheap and never inspected septic tanks and dumped garbage and trash are more likely to contaminate shallow water wells than fluids used in frack treatments a kilometer below the surface. Any use of chemicals is done on the mixing trucks at the well site as the sand and water at high pressures are pumped down the casing. Shale formations are made up of clay particles with occasional low percentages of microscopic silt. Shale deposits are the vertical trapping seal that keeps oil and gas accumulations from escaping vertically throughout geologic time of migration and accumulation Fracking exposes a broad surface of the shales micro fractures and microscopic porosity to the well bore for gas flow. The recognition and placement of faults in the subsurface for positioning of the horizontal lateral is critical to safe development. The risk of drilling horizontal frack wells in the Lough Allen Basin comes from a frack surface intersecting an unrecognized fault with the probable loss of containment of fluids and gas. Recognizing these problems will be part of a safe solution.

Gerald Rolf, Retired exploration geologist.

Martin Ford A reluctant European

Hysteria about Fracking misplaced This letter is to bring clarity and information based on a study of well and seismic data for the Northwest Carboniferous Basin from

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Eircom struggling with the bills too

STRUGGLING to pay your Eircom phone bill? Don't worry, so are Eircom. According to figures released at the weekend, investors think Eircom is more likely to default than Greece. Eircom is the riskiest large-scale borrower in the world, according to bond market data. Prices in the credit default swap (CDS) market show that Eircom is considered most likely to default on its debt of any name in the CDS market. The cost of insuring Eircom's corporate bonds debt increased by 8.46pc last week and is now the highest in the world of any big corporation or country. Mind you, we're not advocating that you don't pay your phone bill. Far from it in fact. Eircom will need all the cents it can scrape together to pay back some of the €2.7 billion of debt it owes. Man, who were they calling?

No ejector seat for Shane SHANE Filan spent a lot of money getting his Aston Martin DB5 restored to better than new condition. According to the auction house Bonhams, who sold the car for £348,000 (see separate story), Shane got the engine enlarged, the interior retrimmed in black leather, a stainless steel exhaust and new air conditioning fitted and a modern Sony stereo system installed. There was no mention of revolving number plates, ejector seats, hidden machine guns, smoke screens or bulletproof shields, however.

Quiz for the music fans A QUIZ which bills itself as "The Best Music Table Quiz In the World" has a lot to live up to but on Saturday night next, in Barry's Public House in Grange that's just what's taking place. The venue is suitably musical and from what we understand there are a dozen tough and not so tough rounds awaiting the contestants. The cost is €30 for a table of four (€7.50 each) and the rounds include: Intros, 80s music, TV and Movies, duets and cover versions. The table quiz kicks off on Sunday night at 9pm. Enjoy.

Bingo with a twist IF you haven't experienced the phenomenon of Rock and Roll Bingo, then you have no better chance than at the Sligo Rovers fundraiser in Fiddlers Creek on Friday, October 7 from 9pm. How it works is that you replace the caller with a burst of popular music, replace the numbers on the cards with the names of famous bands/singers and songs and you have the phenomenon that is Rock and Roll Bingo! It might sound like a simple concept, but for music fans - or indeed bingo fans - this is a new and really entertaining phenomenon. Sligo Rovers have told us there will be super prizes to be won on the night with D.J. Seamie Mac from Ocean FM providing the necessary tunes for someone to go home with a full house.

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JJ. Devaney - Letter from America Sligoman J.J. Devaney has spent much of the last five years living in America. He has recently returned from New York where he was for the 9/11 commemorations. Here is the first of a series of columns from him on the Irish experience in the United States.

New York, still the greatest T

EN years on from the terror and loss of September 11th 2001 the people of New York are still coming to terms with the darkest day in their history. Over the 9/11 weekend New Yorkers have attempted to honour those who died in a solemn and thoughtful way while still showing the resilience and hope that was so evident in the lives of those that perished that day. On Saturday night 74th street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn honored Officer Moira Smith of the NYPD. Moira Smith perished in the World Trade center while evacuating people from the burning and soon to collapse towers. Smith, a daughter of Irish parents, is credited with saving hundreds before the collapsing towers took her own life. I was invited to join in this celebration of an exceptional life by Tony Conaghan, a great friend of mine, an Irish American and a 74th street native. Tony is married to Mary whose people, the Tuffys, are from Castleconnor in Sligo. Officer Moira Smith was a dear friend to all on 74th street and especially the Conaghans. I had never been to a block party before. Block parties were the stuff of movies and events that only the Beastie Boys could rap about with any credibility. The fact that my first block party was a commemorative event added to my sense of wonder. While I grew up with the cathartic idea of the Irish wake (almost a party for the deceased) I was fascinated by the thought of this block party which was being held with such a tragic back drop. At the intersection of 74th and 5th avenue a wreath hangs above a sign ‘MOIRA SMITH WAY’. This wreath is the only visible sign of bereavement or loss on 74th street. With the street closed to traffic at both ends there is a big party underway. The street is bedecked with star spangled banners and the smell of food cooking. Music fills the air. At the lower end of the street the Conaghans sit outside their family home place drinking, eating and cracking wise with neighbors and friends alike. At the other end the Latino kids are competing for space to play soccer with a large inflatable slide and some Italian kids who are throwing a football around. An impromptu game of volley ball has broken out with a tree and a NO PARKING sign being utilised to suspend a net. An older gentleman has decided to sing ‘Bad Bad Leroy Brown’ on a speaker system much to the joy of his daughter who gleefully asks her kids in the stroller ‘wanna hear grandpa sing?’ as if they had a choice in the matter. A Greek mother and daughter skillfully negotiate the crowded sidewalk with huge desserts and, thankfully, just before the Irish kids decide now is the time to unleash the cans of silly string. The Algerian family adjacent to me are barbequing something and that something smells very good. So on that most somber of evenings a little part of Brooklyn is celebrating life. This is not

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE: Sligoman JJ Devaney pictured high above the Lincoln Financial Centre Stadium, Philadelphia - home of the Philadelphia Eagles - for the U2 360 tour in July of this year. JJ was based in Brooklyn, New York for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. just a celebration of the lives of heroes like Officer Moira Smith. In its own beautifully subtle way this block party is an act of defiance. 9/11 took the lives of almost 3,000 innocents. It broke families and destroyed lives. But the fundamental idea that is at the core of this Big Apple and central to American life has not been extinguished. Brooklyn celebrates life. All of it. As Bono sung so prophetically on U2’s ‘’New York’’: ‘Irish/ Italians/ Jews and Hispanics/ Religious nuts/ Political fanatics in the stew/ Living happily not like me and you’. New York is epitome of E PLURBIS UNUM- ‘Out of many we are one’. And tonight, in honor of Moira Smith, my neighbor Kieran Gorman (from Lavagh in Sligo) and all those who perished on that awful Tuesday there are many. Many, colors races and faces. All celebrating as one. All New Yorkers.

Those who tried to dim the brightest of cities with hijacked planes and twisted ideology wanted to create a New York as grey and mournful as the cloud that blocked out the sun over Manhattan on that day in early fall 2001. Ten years on the cloud has lifted but the memories remain. Memories of great people celebrated on 74th street with a unity of shared belief that will always remain free of any cloud. Days after 9/11 New York chat show host David Letterman proclaimed on TV ‘If you didn’t believe it before, and it’s easy to understand how you might have been skeptical on this point, you can absolutely believe it now; New York city is the greatest city in the world’. Ten years later on 74th street, Brooklyn, written on the faces of everyone in their smiles of resilience and hope were the words: Still the Greatest.


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Kids get some sub-aqua experience S

LIGO Sub Aqua Club in association with Sligo Sports & Recreation Partnership and Cranmore Community Co-Op Drop-in organised a Snorkel Camp for local children in Mullaghmore last month. The Sub Aqua Club thought it would be a great opportunity to bring local children out to Mullaghmore, and teach them how to snorkel, get them explore what plant life live on the shore and identify the fish that live in the sea around Sligo. Those that participated on the day were Darren and Conor Somers, Regan Wallace, Keelin Fox, Jennifer and Rebecca O’Hehir, Nadia Nooney and the three Fox ladies, Leah, Nicole and Georgia. The event was made all the memorable as the group had the use of the Mullaghmore Sailing Club premises coordinated through Andrea McElroy and Commodore Martin Christie. Volunteers were plentiful with instructors and members on hand to assist. After taking leave from work they were rewarded with glorious sunshine which added to enjoyment of the day Tighernan Fox, Diving Officer with Sligo SAC, delivered the lectures on introduction to snorkelling, signals, techniques and water safety to the budding junior snorkelers. The youngsters were then instructed by Tighernan and his fellow snorklers: John Lydon , Hannah Lydon, Thomas Horan, Fintan Dunne, Angela Dunne and Nora Haugh. There was much hilarity as the

Group pictured after they arrved for the camp.

Ready for off in Mullaghmore.

youngsters were kitted out in wet suits, bootees, lifejackets, masks and snorkels and brought down to the water’s edge. The group was divided in two smaller groups, some practised their snorkelling techniques while the rest took a tour of the bay in the dive boat. There was no sighting of the local dolphin pod that seems to have taken up residence in the bay. Nevertheless the kids were enthusiastic in putting into practise what they had learned in the lectures, spotting fish and jellyfish in the clear waters. Lunch provided the children an opportunity to ask loads of questions about what they had seen and experienced already that morning. The day ended with a debrief in the lecture room where all the children were presented with certificates as a memento of the day. They also received a Junior snorkeller pack. All agreed it was a great day out and a brilliant experience for the children. All are looking forward to a repeat performance! The day out had been organised with the help of Diane Middleton from Sligo Sports & Recreation Partnership, Helen O’Hara and the Committee of Cranmore Co-op Drop-in, Andrea McElroy, Commodore Martin Christie and members of the Mullaghmore Sailing Club and, of course, Sligo Sub Aqua Club. You can find out more about the club at or why not visit their facebook page “Sligo-Sub-Aqua-Club”

Checking the water temperature at the snorkel camp in Mullaghmore.

Sea-bound on the snorkle camp.

A view from above.


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

COMMUNITY INDEX Aclare/Tourlestrane ........29-30 Ballinacarrow ........................30 Ballintogher...........................30 Ballintrillick............................30 Ballymote...............................30 Bellaghy/Charlestown...........30 Beltra/Dromard................30-31 Castleconnor ..........................31 Cliffoney/Grange ....................31 Cloonacool..............................31 Collooney ................................31 Coolaney .................................31 Curry .......................................32 Dromore West........................32 Easkey ...........................32 & 49 Enniscrone.............................49 Geevagh .................................49 Gurteen..................................49 Kinlough.................................49 Manorhamilton ...............49-50 Newtownmanor ....................50 Riverstown........................50-51 Rosses Point......................51-52 Skreen.....................................52 SooeyGleann/Ballygawley....52 Strandhill................................52 Templeboy..............................52 Tubbercurry ...........................52

LIFESAVERS: Sligo resident John Morton (back row, left) and the Irish team who competed at the Lifesaving Championship in Alicante earlier this month. John was a member of the Taplon Relay team which claimed silver at the championships. John is a Wicklow native but has been living in Strandhill and studying his PHD in IT Sligo for the last number of years. John also help organise and coach the Sligo teams which competed in the National Championships held three weeks ago in Co. Clare.

PHOTO INDEX Sligo/Strandhill ...................................29 Sligo .....................................................30 Ballygawley/Drumkeeran...................31 Enniscrone ...........................................32 Corballa NS..........................................49 Sligo .....................................................50 Rosses Point.........................................51 Sligo......................................................52

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ACLARE/ TOURLESTRANE By Cyril Feehily Congrats champions CONGRATS to Tourlestrane on winning the Sligo Senior County final on Sunday. See Sports pages and also SO magazine. DEFIBRILLATORS: Ten defibrillators are located throughout the parish. The severe low temperatures of last winter were not ideal

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operating conditions for these devices. The committee, have been advised to install heaters and frost stats into the defibrillator boxes. In order to raise the finance required for this and future maintenance expenses, it has been decided to hold a monster car boot sale on Sunday, November 6 from 1pm to 6pm at Banada Abbey Members of the community are asked to host a table, donate goods and help on the day. with all the proceeds of this event to be donated in order to continue the Heartsafe Programme and the fight against heart

attack and sudden cardiac death. 25 CARD GAME: 25 Card games have started in Kilmactigue N S every Friday night at 8.30pm. Beginners are always welcome. COLLECTION THANKS: The Senior Citizen Committee thank all who contributed to the collection recently which amounted to €1,170. KNITTING CLUB: The Knitting Group has commenced in Kilmactigue community centre on Monday nights at 8pm. All are welcome ADULT EDUCATION: Enrolment for evening courses in St Attracta’s Community School will be take

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place in the school on this Thursday from 7.30pm to 9pm. Fees are payable on the night of enrolment. The following courses will be provided: cookery, woodcraft, computers, autumn gardening, cake decorating, landscape painting, flower arranging, beginners beauty therapy and up style course. Courses take place on Thursday evening from October 6 at 7.30pm TAOIST TAI CHI: Taoist Tai Chi Classes are starting for new beginners in St Bridget’s Hall and you are invited to come along to a free introductory demonstration class on Thursday


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town&county 6179317 or visit their website on SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB: St Attracta’s Senior Citizens’ Club is resuming on this Wednesday, September in Banada Health Centre from 2-5pm. New members always welcome. Bus available to collect you to and from the Centre. Enquiries to 071-9181195 SCHOOL OF DANCE: Kelda’s School of Dance and Drama will hold classes in the Hilary room Banada Abbey Community Hall each Thursday night from 7pm to 8pm. For more information contact Erin on 0871368145 for more details SPECIAL OLYMPIC CLUB: Cara Special Olympic Bocce Club are resuming in the coming weeks after the summer holidays, they meet each Wednesday. evening in St. Bridget’s Hall, Tubbercurry from 8pm to 9pm. All special needs are welcome. They are also looking for some volunteers for the coming year, all are welcome. Maybe people that are going for the Gaise award would like to help. For further information contact 087 7430837 or show up on any Wednesday night. BANADA BINGO: The Snowball game is at €5,900, the jackpot is €5,300 and the Lotto €200, all waiting to be won at bingo this Tuesday in Banada Abbey Hall starting 9pm. Minimum of €2,000 payout each night. PARISH WEBSITE: It’s planned to construct a parish website. This is an opportunity for all organisations and groups in the parish to say a little about what their aim is and what they do and to give a contact person or number. Please email Fr. John with your insert for the web site at Any help with the website appreciated. PLAYGROUND VOLUNTEERS: A new rota has been compiled for the upkeep of the playground. 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. PLAYSCHOOL ENROLEMENT: Magic Moments Playschool, Aclare has places available for school year 2011/2012 in their toddler room (i.e. pre-preschool children). Please note anyone in receipt of any form of social welfare payment may avail of these half-day places for as little as €2 per day under the CCSS. Please contact Carol on 087-9049710 for bookings. COMMUNITY LOTTO: The Aclare Community Lotto is excess of €4,000 and rising so why not take a chance and buy a ticket which can be purchased in Kennedy’s Supermarket or from any ADC member

BALLINACARROW Tel. 071-9167878 Best wishes GET well wishes are sent to Bridie Lavin, Ranaghan, for a speedy recovery SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Des Brett and family, Ballinacarrow, on the tragic death of his nephew, Paul Rennick, Sligo and Australia. May he rest in peace. MARKET MOVE: The Country Market is moving from Ballinacarrow to Ballymote. The market will now take place in the Loftus Hall, Ballymote, from Saturday, September 10. Time - 10am to 12noon CARD GAMES: A new season of card games commence in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursday, October 6. Time is 9pm. Everybody welcome. TRADITIONAL 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.

avail of all Taoist Tai-Chi sessions anywhere in Co. Sligo. The course resumes tomorrow, Wednesday. For more information contact Marianne at 086 0407688 or 071-9189250 or just turn up for a session. PIANO LESSONS: Piano lessons are available in Ballymote, teaching for the RIAM Exams. Contact 086 0819824. TRADITIONAL MUSIC: The Ballymote CCE Traditional Music Class in the Loftus Hall has resumed after the summer break on Fridays (please note, this has been changed from Wednesday evenings) starting at 5.30pm for beginners/improvers with more advanced from 6.15pm. Classes in whistle, flute, fiddle and banjo. For more details contact Michael Hurley on 086 6036243.


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Two baby boys

SLIGO: Dominic Quinn and Ger Quinlivan presented a cheque for €2,830 to members of the Pauline Whittington Memorial Fund. The funds were part of the proceeds from a charity cycle from Dublin to Tubbercurry held on July 9 and 10. Pictured (l-r): Ger Manus Whittington, Simeon Whittington, Dominic Quinn, Ger Quinlivan, Victor Martin.


Set Dancing: SET dancing resumes after the summer break in Ballintogher community hall on Thursday, October 4 at 9pm, everyone is welcome. CELEBRITY BODHRÁNATHON: A fundraising bodhran event in aid of Ceoláras Coleman in Gurteen Community Centre will be held on Sunday, October 9 at 8pm. Please support your local celebrity. Those taking part are: Cllr. Margaret Gormley, Ross Donovan, Fr. James McDonagh, Tony McLoughlin T.D., Michael Colreavy T.D., Joe Lavelle, Paddy Casey, Camilla Kelly, Michael Carty, Cllr. Jerry Lundy, Teresa McGuinness and Seamus McCormack. Tel 071-9182599


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Harvest Fair THANK you to all those who came to Ballintrillick Environmental Group's recent Harvest Fair at The Benwiskin Centre. Despite the terrible weather, they managed to set up 25 different stalls, eight stallholders braved it out in the wind and the rain at the stalls in the car park. Between 250-300 people attended the event. Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a success. Another fair is being planned either for Halloween or a Christmas craft fair – watch this space. AUTUMN CLASSES: Autumn classes are now running at the The Benwiskin Centre. Places are available in classes for children’s art, children’s yoga, children and adult guitar and keyboard lessons, Adults ZUMBA Fitness, Computers for Beginners and

Pilates for beginners and intermediate levels.

BALLYMOTE By Geraldine Anderson Mob. 086-1214822

“Caring for your Health"

Community games AGM BALLYMOTE Area Community Games will hold its AGM tonight, Tuesday, at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre in Ballymote. All are welcome to attend, especially parents of participating children in Community Games. Your comments and suggestions regarding the local community games would be most welcome! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: There are lots of events in Ballymote today, Tuesday as Sligo Volunteer Week celebrates the work of volunteers. It is a chance to find out more if you want to help out in an organisation or use you skills or hobbies in an organisation. As part of Sligo Volunteer Week, Ballymote will today celebrate volunteer work in South Sligo. A diverse range of organisations will gather in the new Ballymote Library from 2pm to 5pm to give out information and display the work they do and services they provide. Everyone is invited to attend and find out about the work of the many voluntary organisations in South Sligo. Ballymote will be the first town to launch VolunTours bringing people on a tour of voluntary organisations in the area with a chance to see and chat about their work. Ballymote Enterprise Centre is always looking for volunteers and will

celebrate their work in a range of ways at the Volunteer Fair in Ballymote today. Children from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smalwill paint a mural on the school premises and in the afternoon the winners of the Tidy Towns colouring competition will be announced. Throughout the afternoon Tidy Towns volunteers will be planting bulbs and doing a general tidy up. In the evening, there will be a screening of Making the Wheel and presentation of prizes to 2011 winners of the Best Kept Gardens, Estates and Business in Ballymote. The centre is always looking for volunteers and will shortly be recruiting for work in the newly renovated cinema, theatre and exhibition space. If you are interested phone Paul or Ann on 071-9183992 or email HORTICULTURE MENTORING SESSION: The Ballymote Family Resource Centre will run a mentoring session on Horticulture and setting up an allotment with Francis Moyles will beheld from 4-6pm. Tel 071-9189876. Email: BRIDGE GROUP STARTS: Ballymote Bridge Club has now begun again. It takes place every Monday at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre Ballymote. New members welcome. JUNIOR CERT RESULTS: Congratulations to all young people, their parents and teachers on receiving their Junior Cert results this week. No doubt they have proved a valuable learning experience for all concerned as they look to the future. WALKING GROUP: A women’s walking group sets out each Monday morning from Ballymote Family Resource Centre at 10.30am, weather permitting. Come along and enjoy the chat and the exercise and afterwards a cup of tea/coffee. LEARN TAI-CHI: A Taoist Tai-Chi Course takes place at the Ballymote Family Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings between 8pm and 10pm. For €25 per month you may

CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Declan and Michelle Casey, Main Street, Charlestown on the birth of a bouncing baby boy. Also Congratulations to Mike and Annette Giblin, Lowpark, Charlestown, on the birth of a bouncing baby boy. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Jim and Tom Halligan, Tavneena, Charlestown, on the tragic death of their grandson and nephew Niall Flynn, Ardagh. Also sympathy to Sr Cecilia Gavaghan on the death of her sister Nell Holland which occurred in England. ENGAGEMENT: Congratulations are extended to Yvonne Walsh, daughter of Eamon and Lillian Walsh, Lowpark on her engagement to Paddy Cole, Co. Wicklow. PILATES COURSE: A seven-week course will resume in the CBD Sports Complex on Monday nights at 8pm. Beginners welcome. For details contact Breege on 087 9663752. ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The Active Retirement will meet in the Pastoral Centre, Lowpark on Monday afternoons from 3-5pm. GAA LOTTO NEWS: Next week’s jackpot will be €15,300 and the draw will be held in Healy’s Bar and Cafe, Main Street, Charlestown. RECYCLING DAY: WEEE Ireland will hold a free electrical recycling day in O’Hara Park, Charlestown on Saturday, October 1 from 10am to 4pm. WEEE Ireland will accept any household item with a plug or battery: This recycling day is supported by Mayo County Council. GAA MEETING: The October meeting of Charlestown Sarsfields GAA club will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 9.30pm in the CBD Sports Complex, Lowpark.

BELTRA/ DROMARD Celebrity Bainisteoir THE Celebrity Bainisteoir match between St Patrick’s GAA club and Killeshin takes place on Sunday, October 9. A supporters bus to the game costs €15 per person, at time of booking. Contact Audrie Kee on 0719166860 or 086 6069063. HARRIERS NIGHT: Co. Sligo Harriers will hold a race night in the Fiddlers Elbow on Friday night at 8pm SET DANCING BACK: Set Dancing has commenced in the community centre on Wednesdays from 8.30 to 10.30pm. SCOUTS ACTIVITIES: Girl Guide, Brownies and Ladybirds have re-


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town&county sumed their weekly activities, usual place, usual time. For information contact Geraldine on 087 6163606. KARATE BACK: Karate lessons take place in the community centre starting on Tuesday evenings from 67pm. Open to all ages, contact 087 6649635. TAG RUGBY: Tag Rugby is held on Mondays 6-7 pm in the community centre, for boys and girls of schoolgoing age. COASTCARE WINNERS: The local Coastcare Skreen/Dromard and Aughris Coastcare Aware Group were the winners of the Coastcare Of The Year for 2011. On behalf of the Coastcare committee, Nivard, Paula, Ciara, John Mark, Peter and Karen the committee would like to thank all the volunteers, local schools, sponsors, speakers and contributors who gave so generously of their time and input over the past three years to make this award possible. Volunteers are needed. Please join us for the final beach clean up of the year on Saturday, October 1 at 2pm. The organisers welcome as many volunteers as possible. The meeting place is Aughris, or Dunmoran, or Derk or Portavad

CASTLECONNOR By Ennicrone Tourist Office Tel.096-36746

BALLYGAWLEY: Grainne Kelly, Ballygawley and Declan Flynn, Drumkeeran who married in Sooey Church recently.

Rescuers wanted THE Castleconnor Defibrillator Committee is appealing for volunteers to act as responders (rescuers) The committee is beginning a new training session and is anxious to have a geographical spread of responders throughout the parish. All the original volunteers are still in place, If you are interested in becoming a responder, please contact Roger Cawley on 086 2367424. FOROIGE CLUB: Castleconnor Foroige Club is hoping to recommence on Friday, October 7. Anyone interested in joining is asked to come along on the night. If any parent is willing to give an hour of their time every month to help running the club it would be greatly appreciated. YOUR NEWS: Would you or your family, community group, school etc. wish to highlight you activities/ achievements, if so please send your news and pictures to the Tourist Information Office, Enniscrone before noon on Wednesdays


Congrats Caroline CONGRATULATIONS to Grange lady Caroline Currid on her contribution to the Dublin football team that won the Sam Maguire for the first time in 16 years. Caroline was the team’s performance coach and it was her third time to help a team to win All-Ireland titles. She was with the Tyrone team that won the title in 2008 and was back again with the Tipperary hurlers when they were crowned champions in 2010. Due to her involvement with Dublin she was unable to line out with the Drumcliffe Ladies team that captured the Intermediate Title last Saturday. GAA NEWS: St Molaise Gaels, as part of their fundraising efforts to meet the costs to run the club, will have tickets for sale soon for the €100 draw. This has been a great year for

the club and I would appeal to the people of the club area to support this draw. STATION MASS: The station mass in the home has been a great Irish Tradition for so many years and we all pray that it will continue for many more years to come. If any family in the Mullaghmore or Cliffoney areas would like to have the station mass celebrated in their homes please contact Fr Irek on 071-9166133 or on 087 7749959. WEIGHT WATCHERS: Now is the time to get in shape for the festive season. Come along to Weight Watchers every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Claire on 086 8291337. MASS TIMES: Fr. Christy McHugh has asked us to remind readers of the mass times in the local churches. In Grange church, the Saturday mass is at 8pm and on Sunday at 9am and 12 noon. In Cliffoney, masses are on Saturday evenings at 7pm and on Sunday ay 10am. And in Mullaghmore church, mass is on Saturday evenings at 6.30pm and on Sunday at 10am.

CLOONACOOL Players hold AGM CLOONACOOL Players’ annual general meeting looked back on a very successful season with their Last Tango in Cloonacool which won third place in the All-Ireland finals, and Brian Friel’s Philadelphia! Here I Come, which received praise and awards as well as raising funds for Western Alzheimers at the Kiltimagh Theatre performances. The elected committee is president Tom Towey; new chairperson John McIntyre – who reprises the role he held on the revival of Cloonacool Players in the mid ‘80s; vice chairperson - Sinead Davitt;

treasurer - Michael Calve, and assistant - Adrian McIntyre; joint secretaries - Mary Kathleen Johnston and Gerry Gallagher; PRO - Sonia Booth and Raymond Walsh. Cloonacool Players are now preparing for the one-act play festival season – with casting and rehearsals now underway – so watch this space for more news. THREE TIER CYCLE: The second annual Cloonacool Cycle takes place on Sunday, October 23. There will be three routes this year all leaving Cloonacool village. The 100 km cycle leaves at 10am. 62km cycle leaves at 11.30am. and the 17km cycle leaves at 1pm. Helmets must be worn by every cyclist. Full details on the Cloonacool GAA website. Enquiries to John Brennan on 087-2644509. Last year’s cycle was a great success, join in or cheer the cyclist along. MUMS AND TODDLERS: The Mother and Toddler group meet every Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12pm in the Community Centre. MONDAY MORNING SOCIAL GROUP: Cloonacool Monday Morning Social Group meets weekly at 10.40am in the Community Centre. 25 CARD GAME: 25 Card Game in St Michael’s Community Centre, Cloonacool every Monday night at 9pm. Single hands. Refreshments afterwards. DANCING SHOES: Set dancing begins in St Michael’s (Cloonacool) Community Centre on Wednesday, October 5 at 8.30pm. Suitable for beginners. So get them dancing shoes on. DVD ON SALE: The Philadelphia Here I Come DVD is on sale in Brennan’s Shop, Cloonacool. ADULT EDUCATION: Enrolment for evening courses in St Attracta’s Community School will take place in the school on Thursday from 7.30-9pm. Fees are payable on the night of enrolment. The following courses will be provided: cookery, woodcraft, computers, autumn gardening, cake decorating, landscape

painting, flower arranging, beginners beauty therapy and up style course. Courses will take place on Thursday evenings commencing October 6 at 7.30pm YOUR NOTES: Please send your notes to by Wednesday.

COLLOONEY By Mary White Tel. 071-9167511

A good start GOOD progress has been made on preparing the new allotments area opposite the GAA field. The committee, Fionnuala O’Donnell, Mary Claire Conneely, Lyndsey Browne, Martin Murphy, Jamie Ffrench, Brian Conneely, John Branley, and Seán McDonagh wearing high viz jackets and wellies were hard at work on Saturday, September 17, clearing the scrub and brambles from the twoacre wasteland site which they have leased from Sligo County Council. They have it initially for 12 months , but hopefully for ten-plus years depending on their progress with the project. They plan to provide 32 separate plots which people can rent and plant privately. Residents from the estates which contributed towards the cost of the leasing fee will get first preference, but with 32 plots there is no real limit. The more the merrier. In keeping with the spirit of cooperation when the tea and sandwiches arrived at 12 noon, a cupcake sporting one birthday candle, was presented to Seán McDonagh to celebrate his 38th wedding anniversary to Margaret, and a group photograph was taken to mark the occasion. A great laugh was had by all.

The official opening to the public will take place at 3pm on Sunday, October 9. A big turnout is expected and it is hoped that all local TDs and councillors will attend. Contact is Thomas Healy on 086 3666561. BEREAVEMENT: The death and burial of Dan Clifford, husband of Josephine McGarry formerly from Old Barrack Road, Collooney, took place recently in Dublin. Sympathy is extended to the Clifford and McGarry families. Rest in peace. BAPTISM: Congratulations to Jason and Fiona Kane, Owenmore View, Collooney, on the birth and baptism of their son Samuel Jay. WEDDING BLISS: Congratulations to Philip O’Connell and Lisa Hunt who were married in St. Brigid’s Church, Carhownagh, Ballisodare on Sunday, September 11. CHEERFUL GIVERS: In spite of torrential rain at Mass times in Collooney last weekend the annual collection for ISPCC realised €248.80. Well done. BREAK A LEG: Spotted among the County Sligo Youth Theatre (CSYT) actors at the weekend was local youth Jason Sheehan, Kiernan Avenue with his co-actors enjoying a European Youth Workshop in Orphani, Kavalas, Greese. Accompanied by their director, Marie de La Gueronniere the CSYT group included Jason Sheehan, Barry, Shane, Brian, and Saieda. The autumn weekly workshops with the CSYT group are held at the ‘Fridge’ beside the Factory Theatre, Lower Quay Street, Sligo. Interested? Aged between ten to 25, email KUNG FU AND TAI CHI: New classes in the Teeling Centre on Wednesdays; 6pm - Kids Kung Fu ages five to ten; 7pm - ages ten to 15. Cost €7 per class or €25 per month. Interested persons are welcome to attend for a try-out class. Contact Willem on 087 7714937 or at email jwakkermans@ SECOND BIGGEST LOSER; Congratulations to Scott Yardon, Collooney, who weighed in at 100.5kg. at the Sanovitae’s Weight Loss Challenge eight weeks ago and now weighs 85.5kg. The winner was Caitríona Forde, Caltra, Paddy O’Hara came third and Brigid Swift, Collooney lost 7kg. Very well done to all. NEW LOCATION: Everyone is delighted to see Annett’'s Hair Salon in Ballinacarrow, re-located and now open for business in what was Jimmy G’s. The new layout has retained many of the traditional features and is welcoming and pleasant. Good luck to Annette and patrons.

COOLANEY Tel. 071-9167878 Coolaney Celts BEST of luck to Coolaney Celts for the season in Division Two of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League. The Celts recorded their first win of the season against Lang’s Bar, Ollie Brady struck both goals for the Celts. CARDS RETURN: A new season of card games commence in Ballinacarrow community centre on Thursday, October 6. Everybody welcome BINGO: Bingo continues in Collooney Hall every Thursday evening at 9pm. All proceeds go toward the development of new handball courts in Collooney. GUITAR LESSONS: New guitar lessons commence soon in Coolaney. For details contact John on 086 1529429. CANCER SCREENING: The National Cancer Screening Service Freephone number is 1800-454555 or contact Alison Feeley, Screening Promotion Officer on 091-580625. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.


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Good luck boys GOOD luck to St John’s Under 15s side on their cup match that will be held Saturday, October 1 in Sean Fallon Park, Cranmore. SARAH WINS: Congratulations to the €150 prize winner of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre weekly lotto draw, Sarah Watters from Yeats Drive, Cranmore. WANTED: If you have a ladies bike for sale, please contact the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. SENIOR SUPPORT: There will be a gathering of older people in the Day Chapel of St. Anne’s Parish on Thursday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to listen to each other, to explore the needs of the older person in the parish, and to look at ways best to support each other, at this stage in life. You are very welcome to attend and hopefully it will be a very enjoyable afternoon OVER 60S CLUB: The Monday Morning Group for over 60s runs every Monday from 9.30am to 12pm. All are welcome to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and scone with their friends and neighbours while participating in some fun activities MEN MEET: The Men’s Group meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month. ACTIVE SESSIONS: Cranmore Active Age Group is held every Wednesday from 8-10pm all new members are welcome FRIENDSHIP GROUP: The Friendship Group meet every Thursday night 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome WOMEN’S GROUP: The Women’s Group runs every Monday from 810pm. There are different activities arranged from time to time for the women of the club. New members are always welcome DANCING TUESDAY: Dance Group with Gillian Finan runs every Tuesday from 6-7pm and 7-8pm FUNFIT CLASS: Funfit Dance Classes will be held weekly on Thursdays. Stacey Carty will be offering dance classes from 5-6pm for five to eight year olds, 6-7pm for nine to 12 year olds and 7-8pm will be an adults’ class. YOUR NEWS: Anyone with items to be included in the weekly community notes, can you please contact Beccy or Breda a week before community notes are published on the above contact details.

CURRY By Cyril Feehily Wedding bells CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola Henry, Sandyhill and David Collins, Banada, who were married recently. They are wished every good health and happiness in their future lives together CHRISTENING: Best wishes are extended to baby Leah Marie-Anne Brennan, Carrarea, with congradulatons to her parents and family. LADIES CLASSES: Exercise classes have started for Ladies in the GAA Club House at 7.30pm on Mondays MEN’S SHED: A space for men to meet and chat, as well as participate in activities and training is available in the Family Resource Centre, Tubbercurry. This dedicated space, with a kettle, comfortable seating, chess board, cards, newspaper etc., will be open in the morning and evening depending on the demand. For more information contact 071-918 6926.

ENNISCRONE: Leaving Certificate Students of the Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, recently attended the Higher Options 2011 Career Event in the RDS in Dublin. Students gathered information from Universities and Institutes of Technology. They also attended various career lecture sessions. They were accompanied by their Career Guidance Teacher, Ms Murphy and an enjoyable day was had by all.

WEDNESDAY BRIDGE: There is a weekly bridge game in O’Hara’s, Bellaghy every Wednesday night. First deal is at 8pm sharp. GAA LOTTO: Don’t forget to purchase your weekly lotto ticket costing €2. You could be the one to win the jackpot which is over €3,300!

DROMORE WEST Cemetery Records A LIST of graves in Churchhill cemetery is on display in the Community Centre for the coming two weeks. People are asked to check to see if all graves are on the list are correct, if any graves are not listed it can be corrected on the map. BIRTHDAY: A happy birthday and best wishes to Martina Dowd from her family and friends. Martina celebrated on September 19. PLAYGROUP CLOSES: Due to rising costs and insufficient numbers Sticky Fingers Playgroup has closed. People who need details on

alternative groups can contact Sligo County Childcare. There is equipment and games etc for sale and anyone interested can contact Noreen on 087 9690336 for details. DANCING IN CENTRE: Sean Nos dancing, jive and waltz classes commenced on September 22 in the community centre and continue for six weeks on Thursday nights from 8pm to 9pm for further information contact Oliver on 087 6368834. NEW ARRIVIAL: Congratulations to Valerie and Ciaran McGrath, Donaghintraine, Dromore West on the birth of their baby boy Shane, a little brother for Lisa. NEWS CONTACT: Items to be included in Dromore West notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

EASKEY Wedding bells CONGRATULATIONS to Audrey Kavanagh, daughter of Roy and Liz Kavanagh, Carrowmacbrine, Rath-

lee and Jason Gibney, Donegal who were married in Ibiza on September 7. A NEW DAWN: Brenda Reilly from Forthland is holding the launch of her new album A New Dawn in aid of the Irish Cancer Society in The Mercantile Bar, Dame Street, Dublin on Sunday, October 9 at 8pm. This is her second album released for charity, Brenda’s debut album My Time was in aid of Cancer Care West, Galway. Admission is €12 which includes a copy of the album which features Brenda, fellow musicians, The Flaws, Tupelo, Senekah and Brian Kennedy. WINNING STUDENT: Congratulations to Donna Flatley an LCA student in Colaiste Iascaigh who came third in the National Careers Portal Career Competition. Donna completed a Career Investigation for the competition and won an Apple I pod. Donna, her parents and Ms Gillespie (guidance counsellor) have been invited to the Department of Education to receive her prize. OUTREACH PROJECT: Tireragh Community Support will shortly be con-

ducting a survey around certain homes in the locality as part of their upcoming Outreach Project for men living in rural areas. Two or three people will call with a questionnaire and will also provide information about services already on offer. Participation in the survey is optional and all information gathered will be treated as confidential. The company also has a programme beginning on Tuesday, October 18 called Independent Living Skills. This is designed specifically for men and covers topics such as cooking, sourcing grants for home improvement, managing finances etc. For more information on any of the above, contact Pamela on 096-49088. BLOTTO: There was no jackpot winner in the Easkey Community Council lotto draw on Friday night week. Numbers drawn were 7, 19, 22 and 27, bonus number 30. Winners of €25 were Dylan Sloyan, Michael Weir, Maureen Kelly, Jarlath Neary, Fiona Curley. Promoters prize Carmel Duffy. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,300 and the draw will take place at the bingo session held in the Community Centre on Friday night at 8.30pm. ADULT COURSES: Evening courses for adults will be held in Colaiste Iascaigh on Tuesday evenings from 79pm starting on October 4. Classes will be held in woodturning, welding for beginners and intermediate, computers for beginners, guitars for beginners and Irish conversation classes. All classes will run for eight


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PERRIER Award winner, author, playwright, actor, musician and stand–up comedian David O’Doherty makes a welcome return to the Hawk’s Well this Friday, September 30. The Dubliner has won two awards at the Edinburgh Fringe" Edinburgh Fringe is coming to Sligo as part of his Nationwide Tour. O'Doherty has also written a children's book, composed two plays and released two comedy CDs, the first of which “Giggle Me Timbers (Jokes Ahoy)” was recorded at his home in front of 35 people. O'Doherty's second more recent CD release called “Let's David O'Doherty” was recorded in Whelan’s Pub, Dublin and released in December 2009. His television series “The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty” was broadcast on RTÉ Television in 2007 and earned him many fans. You can see the 2010 Hot Press Irish Comedian of the Year live in the Hawk’s Well Theatre this Friday, September 30 at 8pm. Tickets cost €16 and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 071-9161518 or by logging onto


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RANKIE Gavin and De Dannan perform is the Hawk’s Well as part of their Up Close and Personal tour this Saturday, October 1. Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music and he recently entered the Guinness World Records as the fastest fiddle player in the world. The current band has performed everywhere from The White House and US Capitol Building to Beijing Opera House

and they have performed and recorded with a long list of musical luminaries which includes The Rolling Stones. Frankie Gavin and De Dannan have also entered an exclusive club having performed for three US Presidents in addition to a variety of other international dignitaries including Prince Albert of Monaco. The current De Dannan ensemble is led by Frankie Gavin

on fiddle, flutes and whistles with Barry Brady on accordion, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes and whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitars and Michelle Lally on vocals. Catch Frankie Gavin and De Dannan live in the Hawks Well theatre on Saturday, October 1. Tickets cost €20 or €18 on concession and the show starts at 8pm. Phone the Hawk’s Well box office on 071-9161518.

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T’S that time of year again when we’re trying to prepare ourselves for the long dark nights ahead. So why not add a little colour and brighten your hair and spirits this autumn-winter. At this time of year we wrap up in our warmer clothes, which tend to be a little bit darker, so brightening your hair is the best way to inject a bit of colour into the winter months. Your hair needs a little TLC this time of year because indoor heating and the wind and rain can damage your hair, that’s why it’s important to make sure you nourish your hair a little more. There are some great new treatments that can build up your hair’s natural defences, my favourite at the moment is the Elixir oil from Kerastase L’Oreal, it helps to keep your hair healthy and soft this time off year. When buying a product make sure you get good advice, no matter what your budget is. Now let’s talk about choosing the perfect colour to brighten your mood during these cold months. Just because its winter doesn’t mean you have to go darker, instead you should think about adding a little more life to your hair. If you have blonde hair, why not add a little gold, bronze or soft copper to add some warmth. These shades can add instant glamour to your look and can revamp your tired blonde hair instantly. If you’re in the brunette family you can add some light to your hair by using warm chestnut or copper hair colours to give your hair that reflective shine. We all choose to wear seasonal clothes, so why not do the same for our hair. So go on inject a bit of colour into your life and let your hair glow. Email if you have any hair related questions for Rossa Donagher.

Sligo Traditional Singing weekend THIS is the fifth year of this very popular festival which will be held in the Yeats County Hotel Spa and Leisure Centre, Rosses Point from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. Special guests include Donal Maguire, Micheal Quinn, Nan Tom Teaimin as well as visitors from all over the world, and of course members of the Sligo Traditional Singing Circle. The official opening will be at 8pm this Friday (September 30) and workshops in traditional singing will be held on Saturday morning. Later that afternoon will see the group enjoy a bus trip to Dromahair, followed by a trip on the Rose of Innisfree boat from Parkes Castle, with a singing session on board! On Saturday night Donal Maguire will perform “A tribute to Michael Davitt” at 8.30pm, in Yeats Country Hotel, and the final session will be held on Sunday at 12pm also in Yeat’s Country Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend these events.

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Sunday sessions in Manorhamilton THE First Sunday Trad Sessions return to the Glens Centre for the winter months, starting on Sunday, October 2. The Sessions take place on the first Sunday afternoon of each month and aim to celebrate the best of Leitrim Traditional music in an informal family friendly way. Each month the session will be anchored by a guest musician and special guests and all musicians are welcome to come

along and join in. The First Sunday session takes place this Sunday, October 2 at 4pm and will be hosted by multi instrumentalist Dave Sheridan. Already confirmed for November is this years TG4's Gradam Cheoil Award winner Ben Lennnon, while Dervish flautist Liam Kelly will host the first Sunday Session in December. The First Sunday Session take place at 4pm. Admission is €5 and free for children and musicians.


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Celtic Tenors singer James Nelson met Emilee Jennings to talk about growing up in Sligo, the inspiration behind ‘Eric’s Song’ and why his mum has been his biggest influence in life.

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LIGO born and raised, James Nelson enjoys songwriting, but admits he hasn’t had the chance to write much because of his hectic schedule as one third of the Celtic Tenors. One song that sticks out in his mind is one he wrote a number of years ago. Eric’s Song is inspired by a man called Eric who was on death Row in America for 11 years. James wrote to the prisoner – who was accused of murder - every week for 11 years until he was put to death in 2007. “Eric wrote poems on his letter and I decided to put them to music, then I added the chorus and it made it onto the Remember Me album released in 2005. I still disagree with the death penalty” says James, “but I’m not involved in the cause anymore. “I got very close to Eric and his family over the 11 years, so I couldn’t face writing to another prisoner. It

was an emotional time, but it was a great experience in my life and I’m still in touch with Eric’s family now.” James does a lot of work with Sligo run charity Kenya Build. Kenya Build was set up by local man Basil Love and has been going from strength to strength over the past few years. “It’s a great charity and it’s made a big difference to the children’s lives, they’re being educated now and some of them are even

going off to college, it’s wonderful to watch the place grow and develop. The kids are great, they’re just so happy with the little that they have, it’s changed my life completely and I’ll continue to go every year until I die.” James is originally from Cartron and he tells

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me that the Nelson family have been around Sligo for a couple of generations. “We used to have a jewellery repair and hardware store on Castle Street, [to the east of the Lady Erin Statue as you walk down High Street] and it was there for many years and through a few generations of the Nelson family.” His dad Drummond Nelson, who ran the store for a number of years, is now living in Carrowmore and his two brothers and sister and also living in the Sligo area. While speaking about family James remembers the most emotional gig of his career, “it was the night after my mother died, she died late on Easter Friday, 2002 and I went on stage in the Gaiety on Saturday night - on Wednesday she said no matter what she wanted the show to go on - and my sisters and her kids were coming up to the show as well so I had to keep going.


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WALK THIS WAY: Celtic Tenors (l-r) James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan and Daryl Simpson will perform in Sligo on October 22. I managed to get through the whole performance until the encore. During Remember Me Matthew put his arm on my shoulder and said ‘well done’ and I lost it and had to leave the stage. As the music started playing I could hear my sister sobbing too, so I just wasn’t able to control myself and I left the stage in tears. It was the most emotional night of my life.” Listening to James talk about his mum, Frieda, it’s clear how much he loves and respects her not to mention how much he misses her. “It was the hardest concert that I’ve ever done, but it was nice in a way too”, he smiles. “As I was driving home the next day [Easter Sunday, 2002] I heard Lyric FM dedicate the top 20 to my mum, the presenter said ‘before we announce the number one we

would like to dedicate the top 20 to the memory of the life of Frieda Nelson, mother of James Nelson from the Celtic Tenors and fittingly number one this week is the Celtic Tenors, this is for Frieda’ and I bawled, it was just lovely, such a nice thing for them to do.” James, who performed as an Opera singer in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Singapore and the USA, talks about his mum fondly. “Mum was originally from Bangor, but she moved to Sligo after meeting my dad, she was an English teacher in the Sligo Grammar and she loved music,” he smiles, “so she encouraged me and enjoyed watching me perform. I was incredibly close to my mother and I think she was the sole biggest influence in my whole

entire life. My biggest inspiration.” James, who writes a column for the Sligo Weekender on a monthly basis is joined in the Celtic Tenors by Meath man, Matthew Gilsenan and Omagh born Daryl Simpson, who happens to be an ex Sligo Rovers player, (he played under Willie McStay’s reign as player-manager). The Celtic Tenors seventh album “Feels Like Home” was released yesterday (Monday 26) and is available to purchase in Tesco and HMV stores nationwide. The Celtic Tenors will also be performing in Sligo as part of their worldwide tour on Saturday, October 22 in St. John’s Cathedral, John Street at 8pm. Tickets are available from the Hawks Well Theatre by phoning 071-9161526 or via



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SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

SO - musical

Guggenheim Grotto back on Irish soil A

FTER numerous coast-to-coast American tours, and opening for such artists as Ingrid Michaelson, Ani DiFranco and They Might Be Giants, the Guggenheim Grotto finally have time to make it back home to Ireland to play some shows, and return to the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Thursday, October 29. When Dublin alt-folk songwriters Kevin May and Mick Lynch of The Guggenheim Grotto first appeared on the Irish and U.S scene in 2005, comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel dominated the critical landscape. With their two-part harmonies, folkacoustic stylings and earnest pop songwriting, it seemed no one could resist. Over the past four years the duo has transcended the comparison - creating rich, multi-instrumental soundscapes. They dabble in synths and effects and radiate melancholic beauty. And sometimes they silence a room by simply harmonizing over a lone ukulele. Always though, their songwriting is marked with a belief in the promises of the universe, a curiosity about humanity and a hopeless romanticism embodied by only the most passionate of artists and dreamers. This romanticism shines on the band's new album, "The Universe Is Laughing". A lyrical journey through life's beautiful mysteries, the record sees Kevin and Mick further develop themes of self-discovery and enlightenment they first visited on 2009's "Happy The Man". With equal amounts melancholy and jubilance, "The Universe Is Laughing" is a celebration of universal truths and the mysteries of humanity. The duo's signature mix of timeless folk, soaring melodies and emotionally intelligent lyrics remains intact while Kevin and Mick delve deeper to search for meaning within themselves. The Guggenheim Grotto play the Glens Centre on September 29 at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €15 (€12 conc.) and are available from the Glens on 071-9855833 or on the night.

HOME: The Guggenheim Grotto are playing the Glens Centre this Thursday.

Choral Festival back on the calendar AFTER a year’s absence, the Sligo International Choral Festival is back on Sligo’s cultural calendar. The 23rd Choral Festival makes a welcome return from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13. The official opening of the Festival will be performed by Mr. Gerry Moore, President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The committee deeply regreted the cancellation of the 2010 Festival, due to circumstances beyond their control. “Due to the hard work and commitment of the organising committee down through the years, the event is now regarded as the 2nd

largest Choral Festival in the 32 counties,” said a spokesperson for the committee behind the festival. “We are delighted that Failte Ireland North West and the Sligo Champion have come on board again, as our major commercial sponsors. “We are also deeply indebted to The Arts Council, Sligo Borough Council and Sligo County Council for their financial assistance, not forgetting our ever-loyal and generous sponsors, patrons and advertisers. “The youth of today are the adults of tomorrow - so with that in mind and with the success of the youth and school choirs

competitions in 2009, we have added even more competitions for these categories in 2011. In fact, two new confined competitions have been added for schools in Co. Sligo.” The competitive element of the Festival will move to the Mercy College and the nearby St. Anne’s Church. Fifty Choirs will take part in 16 competitions over 2 days, for €8,500 in prize money and many splendid trophies. Non-competitive highlights of the 2011 Festival include The Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta, “The Bugle Babes”, “Musical Toast”, Catherine O’Carroll (Mezzo Soprano), The Sogo

Traditional Folk & Dance Group (Ghana), The St. Anne’s Youth Club Dancers and others. An innovation this year is the introduction of a Sunday afternoon “Farewell Singsong and Lunch”, where visiting choirs will get together and perform in a noncompetitive setting. As usual, choirs will entertain Sligo shoppers on the Saturday and will enhance the various religious services on the Sunday. For more details and specifics of the programme of events email: sligochoralfest@eircom. net or visit


SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

SO Pictorial – County final at Markievicz Park Pictures by Michael McGurrin

FINALISTS: The Coolera-Strandhill Senior Gaelic football squad and management pictured before last Sunday’s decider.

CUP: Stephen Henry and Karen Feeney.

WRESTLE: Coolera-Strandhill’s Keelan Cawley, left, is put under pressure by Shane Dunne, the Tourlestrane player, last Sunday.

AT THE GAME: Two young fans.

FACING THE CAMERA: David Durkin, right, and his daughter Daniella with John and Patrick Tobin.

CHEERS: Paddy Henry, left, expresses his delight!

READY TO CHEER: Marie and Cathal.

POPULAR MAN: Tourlestrane player Colin Neary, second from left, with some fans.

TO THE WINNERS GO THE SMILES: Three delighted Tourlestrane fans, left, at Markievicz Park last Sunday.

WISE MEN: Des, John and Dermot.



SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

SO Pictorial – County final at Markievicz Park

SO Pictorial – County final at Markievicz Park

TOURLESTRANE: Senior champions 2011


COUNTYFinal: See pages 70-74


SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

SO Pictorial – County final at Markievicz Park

EMBRACE: Tourlestrane’s centre-back, Adrian McIntyre, receives a congratulatory hug.

GREEN AND GOLD: These Tourlestrane fans proudly display their colours.

Pictures by Michael McGurrin

HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY NEPHEW: A smiling Gerry McGowan and his nephew, Ryan McGowan.

DAY OUT: The Wilsons were at Markievicz Park.

THE CUP THAT CHEERS: Young fans get a closer look at the Owen B Hunt Cup following the presentation.

AT ARM’S LENGTH: Tourlestrane’s John Marren, left, and Alan Costello of Coolera-Strandhill.

GAA FOLLOWERS: At last Sunday’s county final.

COUNTY FINAL: Members of the Harte and Kennedy families were at Markievicz Park last Sunday for the GAA fixtures.

WELL DONE: John Quinn and family members.

SHOWING HER SUPPORT: A Tourlestrane fan.

OUR PAL: ‘Player of the Match’, Tourlestrane’s Brian Egan, second from left, with some friends.


SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

SO - Entertaining

Sligo Festival of Baroque Music begins T

HE Sligo Baroque Festival kicks off on Friday, September 30 with an opening concert by Italian baroque violinist, Davide Monti and Irish born harpist, Maria Christina Cleary (pictured right). This festival which celebrates a passion for music and a love of dance takes place in the Model over the weekend with many entertaining concerts and master classes to enjoy. Instrumental music mainly originated in dance music, and so much of music from the Baroque era was either music composed for dancing, or derived from dance forms. Dance is one of the threads of this year’s Festival. The origins of ballet are found in France in the mid-17th Century, and baroque dancer, Barbara Segal with Sligo Baroque Orchestra, will offer a welcome to the festival with a performance of dance by Jean Baptiste Lully – using the 17th century choreography. There is an opportunity to learn a great deal more about dance in the 17th and 18th centuries at a workshop with Barbara Segal on Saturday afternoon – and maybe a chance to try a few steps. The Festival concludes with the much lauded English baroque ensemble, Florilegium performing a programme of French dance music with baroque dancer, Mary Collins. Those are the physical aspects of dance in the festival. A new feature of the festival this year is the inclusion of Irish instrument makers who will offer workshops and be available for information during the weekend. These are free events as is observing the masterclasses and attending the harp workshop. The Sligo Baroque Festival runs from Friday, September 30 until Sunday, October 2. For further details or to book tickets visit

Stunning kids show comes to Sligo BRANAR Téatar, one of Ireland's foremost children's theatre companies will perform at Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo on Wednesday, September 28 with their new production "MISE, Scéal Cailín". Company founder and director, Marc Mac Lochlainn said, "We are delighted to be bringing our new show MISE, Scéal Cailín to Sligo." The show is a celebration of Branar's collaboration with local artists Ionian Ní Chróinín, Morgan Cooke, Suse Reisbeisch, Róisín Coyle and Miriam Needham. It has been designed, built and lit by Marcus

Quinlan and directed by Marc MacLochlainn. "Mise, Scéal Cailín" tells the story of a little girl that can't sleep and a cloud that won't leave her. With beautiful puppetry, live music and animation it tells the story of the night the girl couldn't get to sleep and the adventure she had trying. Bookings can be made for Mise, Scéal Cailín via the Hawk's Well Theatre box office at 071-9161518 or visit There are shows at 10.30am and 12pm. Tickets cost €6 per child it is suitable for kids aged seven upwards.

Name the Model's new Music Festival THE Model's inaugaral Music Film Festival will be taking place this November 16 - 27 and will feature over 30 events happening over 12 days including concerts, films, musical documentaries, films which popularised major movements in music history and films defined by their soundtracks. The Model is currently looking for a title for the festival and are offering 2 festival

passes which allow access to all screenings and events to the winning entrant. Send your suggestions, together with your name, telephone number and address to by Friday September 30. The festival will also feature family friendly events focusing on the relationship between music and animation. Full programme details will be announced next month.


SO - Entertainment David O’Doherty is Looking Up Fri 30 September, 8pm €16

2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, 2010 Hot Press Irish Comedian of the Year, founder member of Destiny's Child, star of 2Fast 2Furious, returns with small keyboards/talking. “A triumph” – The Montreal Gazette

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan - Up Close and Personal Tour Sat 1 October, 8pm €20/€18conc.

"...Gavin is a true fiddle-playing genius, one who continues to inspire and dumbfound in equal measure" - The Scotsman


By Jim Nolan Tue 4 October, 8pm €18/€16conc.

‘A stunningly beautiful, deeply uplifting play’ Arena, RTE Radio 1

The Dublin Gospel Choir Sat 8 October, 8pm €20

“… who’d have thought Gospel would be this cool?’ Irish Times

Sligo Drama Circle

The Trinity Scandal

Mon 10 – Sat 15 October, 8pm €14/€10conc.

A romantic comedy of contemporary mores and social media to brighten an October evening.

Liv O’Donoghue & Hawk’s Well Theatre

Prompted Breathless Rex Levitates

Fast Portraits

Fri 21 & Sat 22 October, 8pm €15/€12/€5 u12

Special double bill performance – “Superb, haunting and addictive” – The Irish Times

David Hull Promotions

Rodney Crowell - Chinaberry Sidewalks Tour

SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

Sligo’s Premier Entertainment Guide

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The Metropolitan Opera live via satellite from New York in HD to GCG Sligo GCG, gaiety cinema group, 12 Screen Multiplex, Wine Street, Sligo in partnership with Classical Arts Ireland are delighted to announce the return of The Met: Live in HD to our cinema screens due to the phenomenal success and popularity of the season last year. This will be the sixth year of live transmissions of the Met to cinemas around the world but the third time it will include GCG Cinema Sligo. The Met Live in HD Season begins in Sligo on Saturday 15th October @ 6.00pm with Donizetti’s Anna Bolena Tickets for the 2011–12 HD season are now on sale at GCG Sligo, 071-9174001 or "Watching [the Met Live in HD] in the cinema was like having not just the best seat at the Met but all the best seats simultaneously." The Guardian The simultaneous broadcasts allow more people to experience the excitement of the Met's highquality performance offerings. This audience includes current opera fans unable to get to New York City to see the shows in person and potential opera fans looking for an easy, affordable method of checking out a new art form. "This Metropolitan Opera series is a unique opportunity for people to experience world-class opera in

their local community, plus the movie theatre environment and affordable ticket price make these events something that the entire family can enjoy. If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending a live opera performance before, this is the perfect opportunity to see why this magical art form has captured audiences’ imaginations for generations." (Tom Galley, chief operations and technology officer of National CineMedia) The 2011-2012 season of The Met: Live in HD features 11 transmissions, beginning on 15th October Donizetti’s Anna Bolena – New Production , Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera’s greatest mad scenes in a production that also stars El?na Garan?a as her rival, Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. Marco Armiliato conducts. The Season continues with: Mozart’s Don Giovanni – New Production: October 29, 2011. Wagner’s Siegfried – New Production: November 5, 2011. Glass’s Satyagraha: November 19, 2011. Handel’s Rodelinda: December 3, 2011. Gounod’s Faust – New Production: December 10, 2011. The Enchanted Island – New Production

January 21, 2012. Wagner’s Götterdämmerung February 11, 2012. Verdi’s Ernani February 25, 2012. Massenet’s Manon – New Production April 7, 2012. And to close the season Verdi’s La Traviata April 14, 2012. Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Finally, there are of course some great movies for the run up to Christmas including: In October: Johnny English 2, Footloose, The Lion King – 3D, The Three Musketeers – 3D, Contagion, Paranormal Activity 3 and The Help In November: Immortals, Piranha – 3D, Arthur Christmas and of course The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 In December: Happy Feet 2, Puss In Boots, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Sherlock Holmes 2 and We Bought A Zoo. GCG Sligo will continue to endeavor to bring you the widest possible variety of content in the best possible surroundings. There has never been a better time to visit your local cinema and there has never been a wider variety of things to watch!

Art junky

Sun 23 October, 8pm €25/€20conc.

Rodney Crowell is a 100% pure American country song writing legend.

Jerusha Vaughan (Art Junky owner) with her princess painting at the recent Art Junky exhibition.


SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

Sligo’s Premier Entertainment Guide

SO - Entertainment

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SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

S0 - Quizzical

Words & Numbers


CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Desserts possess fragrant liquid. (10) 6. Movable parts of skull, or a novel featuring a shark. (4) 10. Lost colour, as Father went to the front. (5) 11. This county can meet what's confused. (9) 12. Tense. (7) 15. A riot can be broken up in proportion. (5) 17. Recess found in a church. (4) 18. This shrub would love to be in beer! (4) 19. Oriental style of dish. (5) 21. Wicked lights! (7) 23. Large deciduous tree. (5) 24. Layer for one who makes knots? (4) 25. I leave an astrological ram for a Greek war-god. (4) 26. Liam's converted to this religion. (5) 28. Get into better spirits. (5,2) 33. Cemetery. (9) 34. "Raise your glass to ... hot bread!" (5) 35. Overly-inquisitive. (4) 36. Eyed polder in a way that might be utilised otherwise. (10) DOWN 1. Snakes. (4) 2. The invention of this device is attributed to Alexander Graham Bell or Antonio Meucci. (9) 3. Mathematical lines. (5) 4. How Thomas Hardy initially has written the name of a Dublin fishing port. (5)

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5. Immense. (4) 7. Change to suit a particular requirement. (5) 8. 91 cm of educational playspace. (10) 9. Simpers in such a way as to command respect. (7) 13. Here in the Middle-East, one finds a sleepy character among Gaelic folk. (4) 14. Might this windscreen adornment take the form of a taxi's CD? (3,4)

16. One might see the lab barging into this North Dublin town. (10) 20. River that flows into a larger river. (9) 21. Room. (7) 22. Convenience, comfort. (4) 27. Behold, commercials aplenty. (5) 29. Privet, for example. (5) 30. Praise highly. (5) 31. An amount of hay. (4) 32. Here, horses kick up dust. (4)















































































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Send your completed entry to ‘Wordsearch Competition’, Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo, by noon on Thursday, 29th September, and you will be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo. EOGHAN SCANLON, Chaffpool Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo was last week’s winner.

WORD PUZZLER EASY CROSSWORD DOWN 1. Baby frog. (7) 2. You put a letter in this before posting. (8) 3. One place after ninth. (5) 4. You can read it, write on it or wrap presents in it! (5) 5. Small house. (7) 6. Make bread. (4) 11. Help. (6) 13. You might use it when washing yourself. (6) 15. 'That's good _____, it's well worth the price'. (5) 16. What boys grow up to become. (3)








CAN you identify the waterborne vessels from the clues listed below? 1. Rubbish 2. Push 3. --- Ahoy, Eleanor Powell musical film 4. Tree covering 5. Three Men In A ---, Jerome K Jerome novel 6. Pull 7. Singer Bryan 8. Kick 9. George ---, gangster film veteran 10. Couple

EASY CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Tree top 7. Aroma 8. Devon 9. Theatre 10. Oil 12. Gas 14. Expensive 17. Million 18. Invent 19. Edge Down: 1. Tadpole 2. Envelope 3. Tenth 4. Paper 5. Cottage 6. Bake 11. Assist 13. Sponge 15. Value 16. Men CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Aftershave 6. Jaws 10. Paled 11. Westmeath 12. Uptight 15. Ratio 17. Apse 18. Aloe 19. Satay 21. Candles 23. Beech 24. Tier 25. Ares 26. Islam 28. Cheer up 33. Graveyard 34. Toast 35. Nosy 36. Redeployed Down: 1. Asps 2. Telephone 3. Radii 4. Howth 5. Vast 7. Adapt 8. Schoolyard 9. Impress 13. Gaza 14. Tax disc 16. Balbriggan 20. Tributary 21. Chamber 22. Ease 27. Loads 29. Hedge 30. Extol 31. Bale 32. Stud









ACROSS 1. 'Rock-a-bye baby, on the ____ ___'. (4,3) 7. The lovely smell of some foods. (5) 8. County in England beside Cornwall. (5) 9. Go here to see a play on stage. (7) 10. Black liquid you put in an engine. (3) 12. Oxygen is one. (3) 14. Dear. (9) 17. A thousand thousands. (7) 18. Make up something completely new. (6) 19. "Don't go near the ____ of the cliff!" (4)


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SO - Informative


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TODAY A mainly dry day, with plenty of cloud . The cloud may be thick enough to give an isolated spot of light rain or drizzle. Brisk southerly winds. A warmer and humid day with temperatures above the seasonal average. Max temp 16-19°C (61-66°F).

WEDNESDAY Unsettled with heavy rain for many, but becoming fine in the west during the afternoon. Brisk south-easterly winds. Humid. Max temp 17-20°C (63-68°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 11.00 with refreshments afterwards. 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, 1545- •

THURSDAY A rather cloudy morning with patchy drizzle. Becoming sunnier through the afternoon. Moderate southerly winds. Warm and humid. Max temp 17-20°C (63-68°F).

1900. Rosary 1800-1900 CHURCH OF MARY IMMACULATE, Grange Saturday: 20.00 Sunday: 12.00 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 - Sat 9.00am to 6pm Sunday 10am – 4.00pm. Tel: 0719161201 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





FRIDAY After a dry start, heavy rain is expected to edge across from the west. Gentle southerly winds. Humid. Max temp 17-20°C (63-68°F).


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


London Stansted Dep Knock Mon - Sun 13.25


Dep London Stansted Mon - Sun 11.35


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




Mostly cloudy with rain expected, this generally easing through the afternoon. Gentle northerly winds. Fresher than recent days. Max temp 14-17°C (57-63°F).

Based on tidal heights at Oyster Island TODAY 06:11 3.85m H 12:03 0.59m L WEDNESDAY 06:44 3.86m H 12:36 0.61m L THURSDAY 07:16 3.80M H 13:08 0.70M L FRIDAY 07:50 3.69m H 13:42 0.84m L SATURDAY 08:23 3.53m H 14:15 1.03m L SUNDAY 08:58 3.34m H 14:53 1.23m L MONDAY 09:38 3.14m H 15:38 1.43m L


TRAIN TIMES 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

Dep Sligo 06.00, 08.00, 10.00, 12.00, 12.45FO, 14.00, 16.00, 18,00, 21.05 FSuO. Dep Galway: 06.00, 08.45, 10.30, 12.00, 14.10, 16.00, 18.10, 20.15 FSuO (Please note 20.15 does not stop at Knock) SLIGO - DUBLIN AIRPORT (NEW SERVICE) Monday to Sunday Dep Sligo 0715am Arr Dublin airport 1020am Via M4/M6 & 02.00am Arr Dublin 0525 Calling at all usual stops to Dublin Dep Dublin 11.00 & Dublin Airport 11.20 Arr Sligo 1435pm Via M4/M6 & 21.15 Arr Sligo 00.25 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

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

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

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-CASTLEBAR-WESTPORT (MonSat) 08.00, 12.00, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1910 WESTPORT-CASTLEBAR-SLIGO (Mon-Sat) 0850, 1030, 1215, (1600WP) (1700CB) (1945FO)

STRANDHILL (Mon - Sat) Dep Sligo: 07.50SX, 8.40SX, 10.20,13.05,14.20,16.40, 18.10 Dep Strandhill: 08.10SX, 09.00SX, 10.40, 14.00, 14.40, 17.00, 18.30. DIRECT BUS SERVICE OPERATING TO IRELAND WEST AIRPORT KNOCK (7 Buses Daily) on route 64 Derry to Galway Service GALWAY (Mon-Sat)

Sligo-Westport (Sun) 1200, 1530 1800 via Tuam Westport-Sligo (Sun) 1440, 1545 E=Express Service MFO= Mon to Fri Only SO= Sat Only FO= Fri Only F0&SO= Fri & Sun Only SX=Except Sat TOWX = Tuesday, Wednesday, excepted WP = Westport CB = Castlebar Tel: 071-9160066



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weeks and are subject to minimum class size and tutor availability. Enrolment forms are available anytime at the school, contact Maeve Kelly at 096-49021. SCHOOL EXTENSION: Planning permission has been granted for an extension to Rathlee National School. Approval has been granted for the construction of a resource room, staff room, learner support room, store and wheelchair accessible toilet. GET HEALTHY: “Innergise” Get healthy from the inside out has started in Easkey Community Centre. For more information contact; 087 4185566 or Easkey House on 096-49020 ANNUAL FEIS: The annual Feis Iascaigh will take place in Easkey Community Centre on October 1-2. For further information contact 087 6186866 or Easkey House on 09649020.

Aoibhe Barrins and Celine Gallagher who reached the AllIreland finals of the ‘Comhrá Gaeilge’ under-13 competition at this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan. Both girls were in 6th class in Corballa NS and perfomed at the highest national standard having been successful at both the Sligo Fleadh and later at the Connaught Fleadh.

ENNISCRONE By Enniscrone Tourist Office


Sympathy THE community sympathise with Rita Jacob Quigabar, Kilglass, on the death of her husband Mixie. Also sympathy to the late Mixie’s sons, Mixie (Junior), Brendan and Noel; daughters, Marie, Anne and Carol; in-laws and family members, relatives and friends. The burial took place on Wednesday, September 21 in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kilglass after 1pm Mass in Enniscrone Church. May he rest in peace. WEDDING: Congratulations to Michelle Tuffy, daughter of Margie and Michael Tuffy Frankfort, Enniscrone who married Adrian Ruane, son of Mary and the late Leo Ruane of Ballymoneen, Enniscrone, on September 17 in The Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Enniscrone. The marriage ceremony was concelebrated by Fr Kieran Homes CC Enniscrone and Fr Des Kelly P.P. Castleconnor. The reception was held in the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone. Wishing the couple a long and happy life. GUITARS STOLEN: A reward is offered for information leading to the recovery of two guitars stolen from a shed at the rear of a house on main St Enniscrone (beside Enniscrone Church) on Friday night, September 9 between the hours of 12 midnight and 1pm. Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Contact the local Garda station or ring 096-36746 between 10am and 5pm. HOSPICE THANKS: A word of thanks to all who contributed in any way to the recent Hospice collection, which amounted to €705 in Enniscrone, €295 in Kilglass and €302 in Castleconnor. GROW MEETINGS: A self-help group helping people suffering from stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, panic attacks etc. hold meetings every Tuesday night at 8pm in Ballina, Community Centre. For information call 096-26417. BLOTTO WINNERS: There was no winner of the €2,900 Blotto jackpot on Saturday week, which took place in Gilroy’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 3, 23 and 30. The winners of €25 each were Marty Duffy Rathlee, Anne Henry, Martina Forde and Mick Downey. BRIDGE IS BACK: Bridge Play has resumed in the Diamond Coast Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday nights. New Members welcome. STILL LINE DANCING: Line dancing is every Wednesday night at 8.30pm sharp in The Still Bar, Dromore West. Everyone welcome, especially beginners.

KNITTING CLASSES: Knitting classes will be resuming at the Enniscrone Tourist Information in October. Please contact 096-36746 for details. TAOIST CHI CLASSES: A new morning class in Taoist Chi will be held in the Diamond Coast Hotel on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12pm. Contact Jean on 087 7929460 for more details CALENDAR COMING: Kilglass/Enniscrone United FC are currently compiling the very popular Club Calendar. The calendar features all local businesses and trades. It is a handy reference for all homes. Committee members will call to advertisers over the next two weeks. DANCE SCHOOL: Ormsby School of Dance Traditional Irish Dancing takes place every Tuesday at 3pm and every Friday evening at 5pm in Castleconnor Community Centre. Enquiries to 087 8863248. TRANSFORMATION: Following on from the success of their last Operation Transformation event, Waterpoint in Enniscrone is recruiting five new leaders for a nine-week weight loss programme to start on October 12. Each participant will have free use of Waterpoint’s gym pool, spinning classes, aqua aerobics classes, tone zone classes, outdoor bootcamp training under the supervision of their personal trainers and in-house experts on dietary advice and personal care. To be in with a chance to be one of the leaders, send your name, address, telephone number, email address, recent photo and describe in less than 200 words why you should be selected. Entries to or by post to Operation Transformation Competition, Waterpoint, Pier Road, Enniscrone. YOUR NEWS: Would you or your family, community group, school, etc. wish to highlight your activities/ achievements, if so please send your news and pictures to the Tourist Office before 12 noon on Wednesday, ring 09636746 or email:

GEEVAGH By Peter O’Rourke Tel. 071-9647580

Harvest social THE annual Harvest Social for Kilmactranny Church takes place in Cromleach Lodge on Friday, October 7. Music will by John O’Dowd.

Admission is optional and supper will be served. Harvest Service takes place in Kilmactranny Church at 8pm. All are welcome. GEEVAGH LOTTO: Geevagh Community Resource Group Lotto Draw was held on September 17. The numbers drawn were 4, 16, 17 and 23. There was no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,200. The following each won €20: Michael Gallagher, Curry; Alice McDonagh, Geevagh; Joseph O’Reilly, Geevagh; Ann McDonagh, Geevagh and Paul Maxwell, Highwood. GAA MEMBERS: All members of Geevagh GAA club who are attending a third level institution and are involved in the colleges GAA club can apply for a bursary of €1,000. Students who wish to be considered can get all details and application form on the Connacht GAA website at p&storyid=637 RECENT DEATH: The death occurred last week of Annie Mai Gallagher (nee Gaffney), Alderford, Ballyfarnon. POST BOX MOVED: The post box which was located at the former post office has recently been moved to the church car park beside the recycle bins. FRACKING EVENING: An information evening on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) will take place in Gleann Hall (CLASP) on Friday night at 8pm. Everyone is invited to come along and ask questions about this controversial drilling process and its future consequences for the community and surrounding counties.

GURTEEN Died in England THE death has taken place in Eccles, Manchester of Nancy Leydon, wife of Cyril Leydon, a native of Cuilmore Gurteen. Sympathy is extended to Cyril and to all the family on their bereavement. ALO DEELEY DEATH: The death has taken place of Alo Deeley, Ballaghaderreen. He was father of Peter Deeley Carrentemple. Sympathy is extended to Peter, his wife Vera and to all the Deeley family on their bereavement. MARY CLARKE DEATH: The death also took place recently of Mary Clarke nee Boland, Dromard and a native of Knocknaskeagh, Gurteen. She was sister of the late Matt Boland. Sympathy is extended to her sister-in-law Monica and nephew Keith, Knock-

naskeagh, and to all her family and friends. May they all Rest in Peace. COLEMAN CLASSES: Music classes continue for the autumn term in whistle, flute, fiddle, keyboard, piano accordion, button accordion and guitar catering for children and adults, also Sean Nós dancing for children and adults. Phone 071-9182599 SOCIAL DANCING: Social dancing classes comprising of jive, quickstep, foxtrot, slow waltz, old-time waltz and line dancing will be starting in the Coleman Centre on Thursday night at 8pm and every Thursday night thereafter. A good night’s dancing, fun and exercise guaranteed. For more details contact 071-9182599. All are welcome. CELEBRITY BODHRANATHON: There will be a celebrity bodhranathon fundraising event in aid of Ceoláras Coleman in Gurteen Community Centre on Sunday, October 9 at 8pm. Please support your local celebrity. A good night’s entertainment is assured. Those taking part are: Cllr. Margaret Gormley, Ross Donovan, Fr. James McDonagh, Tony McLoughlin T.D., Michael Colreavy T.D., Joe Lavelle, Paddy Casey, Camilla Kelly, Michael Carty, Cllr. Jerry Lundy, Teresa McGuinness and Seamus McCormack. Tel 071-9182599 DEFIRILLATOR: An outdoor box for the defibrillator has been placed on the wall of the Garda station, where it will be in full view of the camera system. Keys will be left at the post office and all business premises in the village. Re-training will take place in October and anyone new wishing to train please contact Mary on 087 9082352 or 071-9182913. SCHOOL RE-UNION: Meenmore National School (1935-1973) are hoping to arrange a past pupils union. It is hoped that as many past pupils as possible get involved in the organising of this event. BINGO: Bingo is held every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30pm with a jackpot of €1,500 in 50 calls or less and other valuable prizes. There is also a separate lotto game of €300 as well. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the hall so your support is greatly appreciated. CLASP BUS: Clasp Community Bus goes from Gurteen to Sligo on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am from the post office and to Ballaghaderreen on Friday at 10.30am from the post office. It is free if you have a travel pass or concession. For others

there will be a charge of €5. Door to door service. Phone Paul on 087 8213161. FUNDRAISER: Fundraising is currently taking place in aid of Chantelle Keane, age six years, daughter of Antoinette and Eddie. Chantelle suffers from a heart condition called Superventricular Tachycordia. A bank account has been opened in the Bank of Ireland, Ballymote and the details will be available if anyone should wish to make a donation in this way. CIVIL DEFENCE: Civil Defence multiskilled training sessions for all volunteers will commence on Thursday October 6 at 8pm in Cloonloo Hall. Registration on that night for all new volunteers. Contact Cathal on 086 0710060.

KINLOUGH By Joe McCarron

Back to education THERE are still a few places available on the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) for adults, which is running in the Adult Education Centre, Ballyshannon. The course includes I.T Skills, Communications and Maths. The course is run on a Monday and Tuesday from 9.30am-1.45pm from September until May 2012. The course is free of charge to medical card holders, social welfare recipients and their dependants and those with less than second level education. Anyone interested should contact the Adult Education Centre, Ballyshannon on 071-9851276 between 9.30am and 1pm, Monday to Friday or email HEALTH COURSE: A part-time Community and Health Services Fetac level 5 course will start in late September right through to June. Thursday mornings from 10am-1pm. Location is Cliffoney/Mullaghmore, confirmation pending. Contact 071-9138412 or 071-9138304. Email YOUTH CLUB: The Youth Club will resume the first week of October in Kinlough Community Centre at 8pm MELVIN GAELS LOTTO: The numbers drawn in the Melvin Gaels Lotto draw held in The Home, Rossinver on Sunday night, September 18 were: 3, 12, 13 and 20. There was no Jackpot winner. Other winners were Kevin Regan, Rossinver: €40 and each of the following won €20: Jose Carvallo, Glenade; Gerry McGurrin, Agharrow, Kinlough; and Brendan Brennan (Senior), Edenville, Kinlough. The next draw will be held in McGloin’s, Kinlough on Sunday, October 2, when the jackpot will be €2,550.

MANORHAMILTON By PJ Leddy Tel. 071-9855349

Fantasy stalemate WHEN Dublin dramatically defeated Kerry in the recent All-Ireland final it threw the outcomes of Manorhamilton’s Fantasy All-Ireland Football championship competition and the Fantasy All-Ireland Qualifier’s contest into a degree of chaos. In the Manor Fantasy competition six contenders came up tops in the event, namely Gary Mullen, Adrian Croal, Seamus Keenan, Brendan Keaney, Pauric Flynn and last year’s winner Anna Marie Fahey. This sextet emerged as the Fantasy All-Ireland championship top


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town&county for hire for kids birthday parties, at reasonable rates. Meeting rooms are also available, Evenings only, catering for groups of all sizes, at rates to suit any budget. All proceeds go towards the substantial running costs of operating the centre for all our community. Contact the centre on 071-9150029, anytime, for bookings. YOUR NEWS: Local residents, voluntary and community groups are reminded that notices for publication can be left into the Merville Centre Office before 5pm on Thursdays, for inclusion in the Merville local notes. Alternatively, they can be emailed to


QUAYSIDE: Geraldine Regan gets some support from Sheila Layden and Kirsty Toolan in a recent rowathon held in the Quayside Shopping Centre to raise funds for SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). Pic. by Sean Carleton

contenders on their correct early May predictions of three of the four provincial championship winners and their forecasts of the Dubs as the Sam Maguire contest victors. Meanwhile, leading the Manor Fantasy All-Ireland Qualifier’s contest, leader Martin McDermott, following the All-Ireland semi-finals, forecast a win for Kerry and as a result had an outright victory denied him. His two closest rivals Gerry Mullen and Seamus Feeney – who was a member of the 1970 Glencar/Manorhamilton Leitrim junior championship winning team on Sunday, September 25 (41 years ago) – went for Dublin to win and are now tied in joint first Fantasy contest showdown spot with Martin. In view of the stalemate outcomes in the both the Manorhamilton Fantasy Football organisation competitions it is expected a draw will take place in the very near future to decide the winner of each competition. BLAKE FAMILY: The Blake family of Manorhamilton, along with many members of the local community, recently honoured the memory of their late daughter Fiona, who died on June 1, 2003, aged 12 following a long illness, by organising a 5k charity walk that raised a fantastic sum of €3,600. Expressing thanks for the successful walk event on behalf of the family, Julia Blake, Fiona’s mother said, “A very successful 5km walk in memory of Fiona Blake took place on Sunday, September 4 in Manorhamilton. A large number turned out despite the rain, which did not dampened their spirits. Thanks to all who took part, donated very generously, sent us good wishes and supported us in remembering Fiona on her 21st birthday.” The money raised from the 5k walk will be donated to St. Clare’s Primary School and the Paediatric Unit, Sligo General. EMPLOYMENT LAW: Leitrim Development Company will hold training sessions in Employment Legislation for Community and Voluntary Groups in North Leitrim on this

Wednesday night, September 28 and on Wednesday night, October 5 in the Bee Park Community Centre, Manorhamilton from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This training will focus for Community and Voluntary Groups on getting their policies and procedures in place; and the legislative framework and how to apply it in their workplaces. To register for the Employment Legislation for Community and Voluntary Groups training sessions in Manorhamilton please telephone 0719631715 or email TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS: The annual Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club Championships take place at the Bee Park Tennis courts on Saturday, October 1 and on Sunday October 2. Tennis Club members who wish to participate in the annual championships should contact Garry on 087 9040815 or Mary on 086 8863847 to enter the championship competition. BOXERS WALK: The annual Seán McDermott Boxing Club Sponsored Walk, which was scheduled for last Sunday, was postponed for one week due to a clash with the Connacht Championships. The walk now takes place on this Sunday, October 2, and everyone is invited to participate. The Sligo/Leitrim/Roscommon/ Donegal Boxing League’s first leg was held in Manorhamilton on Saturday night. FARMERS MARKET: The weekly Origin Farmers Market for the Manorhamilton and North Leitrim area takes place on Friday from 10am-2pm at the Bee Park community centre.

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

On your trampolines A REBOUNDING class (bouncing on mini trampolines) is starting Tuesday, October 11 at 8.15pm in the MCR Community Centre. The price is €9

per person. Come along and enjoy this new exercise, it burns calories, tones the body and above all it is so much fun. Everyone welcome – all ages and all fitness levels. Let’s bounce the inches away to Chart hits! Contact Claire for more details 087 9231629. MCR 200 CLUB: Draw results for September 21: 1st Prize €100: Patsy Lynch; 2nd Prize €50: Louise Gethins; 3rd Prize €25: Eileen Loughlin; 4th Prize €25: Sean Kerr. SPIRITUAL NEEDS: There will be a gathering of older people in the Day Chapel of St Anne’s Parish on Thursday from 2.30-4.30pm. The purpose is to listen to each other and to explore the needs of the older person in the parish, and to look at ways which best support each other at this stage in life. Everyone is welcome. VOLUNTEER DAY: As part of Sligo Volunteer Week, Sligo Town will host a Volunteer Celebration at the top of O’Connell Street and in the Yeats Building on Friday, September 30 from 3- 6pm. People will be invited to take a few minutes to paint a mural, make a cup-cake or drop into the Volunteer Fair in the Yeats Building. VolunTours will run every hour from 3pm bringing people on a tour of voluntary organisations in their area with a chance to see and chat about their work. Throughout the day, everyone is encouraged to carry out a Random Act of Volunteering as Friday is also National Random Act of Volunteering Day. All the details for this are on PLAYSCHOOL: There are currently limited places in playschool for children who were aged three before June this year, so if you would like to enquire about a place for your child please ring Rita on 071-9146512 between 9am-1pm Monday-Friday. These places are free of charge. CONFERENCE: Sligo Education Centre is organising a conference on “Young People and Substance Misuse” on October 8 in the Sligo Park Hotel from 10am to 3.30pm. The registration fee is €10. For more information and registration forms look on or email:

MERVILLE YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE Maugheraboy Tel. 071-9159929

Community mass TREACY Avenue residents are holding a Community Mass on the green on Thursday at 7pm. All in the local community are most welcome to come along. Should the weather be inclement, provision has been made to switch to Merville Community Centre. ACTIVE AGE: Merville Active Age Group meetings are held weekly at the centre and will continue on Tuesdays from 7.30pm. New members always welcome to come along. Planning for the activities already under way. The group are currently undertaking a project to produce a heritage calendar for 2012. MOBILE CALL: Put your old mobile phone to good use by dropping it in to Merville for recycling, which will benefit children in the community by the provision of new equipment. All types and condition of mobile phones welcome, call in to centre office for further information. MERVILE ACTIVITIES: Merville Community Centre host a wide range of activities for the autumn, including: Circuit Training, Bounce Mania, Plus Kids Kung Fu, Adult Tai Chi Chuan, and Tennis at weekends. Relaxation classes have resumed on Wednedays at 6pm. Full infomation of scheduled times is available from the centre office. CHILDCARE: Dreamchasers Childcare Service at the Centre have limited availability for the popular School Age Care Service, catering for children from five to 12 years old. Contact the team on 071-9152022 for enrolment information. Dreamchasers Childcare is funded under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. HALL FOR HIRE: Merville Community Centre Hall is available at weekends

CONGRATULATIONS to Philip and Sinaoife Dolan (Magurk) on the birth of their beautiful daughter Isobelle, a sister to Jamie and also congratulations to the proud grandparents Jimmy and Lilly Dolan. Wishing you the best health and happiness for the future. BEST OF LUCK GIRLS: Best of luck to the Gerry Ballintine and the Dromahair Senior ladies who are in the County Senior Championship Final this weekend versus St Joseph’s. Special good wishes to Newtownmanor girls Sinead, Mairead and Roisin Fowley, Deirdre, Emer and Denise McDermott, Roisin Daly, Joice Cunningham and Aisling Clancy. YOGA CALSSES: New yoga classes will be held in Dromahair on Tuesdays: Beginners 6pm to 7.15pm, continuers 7.30pm to 9pm. Wednesdays: Mixed Levels 10am to 11.30am. Pregnancy Yoga - 6.15pm to 7.30pm. Call to book a place on 071-9134939 or check out their website at Yoga Teacher Training running at Ard Nahoo in October. WEDNESDAY CLUB: The Dromahair Wednesday Club continues every Wednesday in the Depot, Dromahair from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This club is for over 50s in Dromahair, Newtownmanor, Killargue and the surrounding areas. Come along and enjoy aerobics, arts and crafts, away days and lots of other activities. All welcome, men and women. SET DANCING: Set dancing classes will be resuming on October 13 in the Newtownmanor Hall on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. All beginners welcome. GUITAR CLASSES: There will be guitar classes starting shortly in the Dromahair area. Anyone interested contact John on 086 1529429. PILATES CLASSES: Pilates classes continue every Wednesday at 7pm in the Newtownmanor Hall. Pilates is a great way to keep fit and stay in shape. For more information contact Niamh on 087 2994500. BINGO: Bingo continues as usual every Monday night in the function room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair at 9pm. All lines €30, except games five to ten, which are €50, all full houses €100 and last game €200. So why not come along and support your local bingo. Who knows, you might be lucky. YOUR NEWS: If anyone has any community information that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Emer on 086 3319183 or via e-mail at before the previous Wednesday. Thank you.


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town&county take place at 2pm sharp. Winners will be announced at 3pm. This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever before, with games and spectator spot prizes as well as prizes for the first ducks past the post. Purchase as many ducks as you like. Each duck will be given a number and launched on your behalf. Come along on the day and cheer-on your duck. Ducks can be purchased from Little Buddies and local shops. COMMEMORATION: The annual commemoration of the Monument in Castlebaldwin will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 3pm. This will be followed by music and refreshments afterwards in Des McDonagh’s. LUNCH DATE CHANGE: Riverstown Enterprise Development (Sligo) Ltd will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the official opening of Sligo Folk Park with a celebration lunch in the ‘The Street’ on the grounds of the Folk Park on Sunday, October 16 from 1pm. Tickets are €15 per adult and are available from any of the Directors and at the Folk Park. The afternoon will include a threecourse lunch with a complimentary glass of wine and entertainment provided by Mary Rose and Enda. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a guardian. For further information contact the Folk Park on 071-9165001 or 086 2356688, or email TRADITIONAL MUSIC LESSONS: Traditional music classes with Fiona Doherty will continue in the Morrison Teach Cheoil every Friday from 6pm. The classes will cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in the following instruments: tin whistle (must be over six years), flute, fiddle (must be over eight years) and banjo. Junior and Leaving Cert music tuition also available. For further information contact Fiona on 087 6184020. DRUMMING: Michael Sheridan drumming classes take place on Monday evenings at 5.30pm in the Morrison Teach Cheoil. ACCORDION: Button accordion classes with Brian Mostyn will be held on Wednesday evenings starting this week in the Morrison Teach Cheoil. For more information contact Brian on 086-8124923. PIANO CLASSES: Piano lessons will commence in October. Anyone interested should contact Padraig Kerins on 087-6707329 for more information. NEWS ITEMS: To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris on 086 8258525.

ROSSES POINT: Youngsters who competed in the National Community Games competitions on behalf of Rosses Point were invited to a reception in Harry's Pub in Rosses Point last week. Photographer Frances Muldoon was on hand to snap the medal winners and Rosses Point Mayoress Susie Petersen. (Above left) PITCH: Under-16 Girls, Pitch and Putt, Individual gold medal winner, Meave Rooney with Mayoress Susie Petersen. (Above) SWIMMING: Under-14, Breast Stroke Swimming, gold medal winner Ronan Anderson with Susie Petersen (Mayoress of Rosses Point). (Left) PUTT: Under-16 Girls, Pitch and Putt, fourth place team: Katherine Demmel, Lydia Sherlock, Jenny Demmel and Meave Rooney with Susie Petersen.


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New generation of seamen A NEW generation of Rosses Point seamen embark on their new careers next month when Cillian Murphy, Colm Murphy and James Ryan enrol in the National Maritime College in Cork. They will be studying for a degree in Nautical Science which consists of one year at college, 18 months at sea and a further year at college before gaining the rank of Officer Midshipman and eventually a master’s ticket. Meanwhile Andrew Henderson is off to Greencastle to study for his master’s ticket at the fishing college there. Across the water in Liverpool young Tom Devaney, son of Kieran Devaney, is enrolled in a marine engineering course in Liverpool Wishing them all every success in their new careers and look forwards to meeting them when they return on leave.

RELAY: Under-14 , 4 x 100 relay team, gold medal winners: Graham Burke, Shane Flanagan, Sean Power and Ronan Anderson with Susie Petersen (Mayoress of Rosses Point) and Orla Burke (team coach).


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town&county MEANWHILE AT SEA: I understand that Michael Beavis, son of Maureen Devaney and nephew of Kieran Devaney of the Greenlands, is in the Royal Marines on a Royal Navy Carrier somewhere in the Indian Ocean on the lookout for pirates off Somalia. EXHIBITION OPENS: An exhibition of works by local artists opens on Sunday, October 2 at 4pm in the gallery at The Waterfront, Rosses Point. CONGRATULATIONS: Well done the Drumcliffe-Rosses Point Ladies team, winners of the Sligo Ladies Gaelic Football Intermediate Championship. Captained by Orla McGowan, they beat Curry by eight points, 0-16 to 0-8 at the final in Tubbercurry HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Many happy returns to Keith McDonough who achieved a respectable age recently and celebrated the fact appropriately with friends and neighbours in a traditional manner. NAVIGATION CLASSES: Navigation classes for Coastal Skippers/Yachts master are commencing in Sligo Yacht Club Rosses Point on Monday, October 17 at 8pm. Learn the skills required to navigate a boat by day or night along the coast and from port to port. Subjects covered include chartwork, compass, tides, weather, electronic charts, chart plotter, safety, GPS, rules of the road, lights and buoyage. For further details phone 087-2726904. AN APPRECIATION: I would like to express my thanks to Fenton Ewing and his staff for the wonderful evening they provided for so many on Saturday evening, September 17, not forgetting those behind the scenes who helped in the preparation of the function. It was a brilliant party and thoroughly enjoyed by all. From the fabulous barbecue to the great band, I’m sure that everybody agreed it could not have been any better. It was particularly great to meet so many old friends at one function. Once again on behalf of all who attended many thanks! It is greatly appreciated.

SKREEN Walk for Adam EDDIE Burke will walk from Ballina to the community centre on Sunday, October 2 in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust and people are asked to support this worthy cause. DANCING: Set dancing classes continue in the community centre on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. RACE NIGHT: A race night organised by Sligo Harriers will take place in the Fiddlers Elbow this Friday at 8pm. COASTCARE WINNERS: The local Coastcare Skreen/Dromard and Aughris Coastcare Aware Group were the winners of the Coastcare Of The Year for 2011. On behalf of the Coastcare committee, Nivard, Paula, Ciara, John Mark, Peter and Karen the committee would like to thank all the volunteers, local schools, sponsors, speakers and contributors who gave so generously of their time and input over the past three years to make this award possible. Please join us for the final beach clean up of the year on Saturday, October 1 at 2pm. The organisers welcome as many volunteers as possible. The meeting place is Aughris, or Dunmoran, or Derk or Portavad. NEWS CONTACT: Items to be included in Skreen notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

SOOEY/GLEANN BALLYGAWLEY Recent death THE death has taken place of John Tonry, Ogham, Riverstown. His funer-

A group of 40 people from Sligo’s twin town of Kempten in Bavaria, Germany, enjoyed a five-day visit to Sligo recently at the invitation of Sligo Town Twinning. The Kempten group are pictured along with members of Sligo Town Twinning after the Civic Reception provided by Mayor of Sligo, Clr. Rosaleen O'Grady at Sligo City Hall.

al took place on Saturday at 11am in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Riverstown. BISHOP’S VISIT: Bishop Jones will pay an official visit to the parish on Friday next, September 30. He will probably visit the primary schools and Coola Post Primary in the morning period and the sick and housebound in the afternoon/ evening. SOOEY JUNIOR CHOIR: The children’s choir re-starts practice on Monday, September, 26 at 7.30pm. It would be great to have as many children as possible singing in the choir so come along and bring your friends. New members welcome. If you can play the guitar, bring it along too. FRACKING MEETING: There will be a public information evening on the issue of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) in the CLASP hall on Friday night at 8pm. Fracking is a term which refers to a particular and very controversial method of on shore gas extraction. For an update what is happening regards the concerns of this issue, please come along to the meeting in Gleann.

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Commiserations COMMISERATIONS to Coolera/ Strandhill GAA team on their defeat in the County Final on Sunday. See Sports section and also SO magazine for reports and pictures. YOUTH CLUB: Strandhill Youth Club registration night is on Friday, September 30 at 7.30pm. New and old members must be accompanied by a parent for this year’s registration. Please contact Miriam Cunningham on 087-9104713 for further information. HILLCREST IS BEST: Congratulations to Hillcrest Park, Strandhill who were

recently awarded the County Sligo overall winner in Best Kept Housing Estate COME DANCING: Coolera/Strandhill GAA are holding a fundraising ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ night on Saturday, October 8. More details next week. ACTIVE MEETING: The next Active Retirement Group meeting takes place on this Thursday, October 6 at 11am in the Strandhill Community Park building (Airport Road), home of Strand Celtic FC. CHURCH NOTICES: St. Patrick’s Church Mass Saturday 7.30pm. Sunday 9.30am and 12.30pm St. Anne’s Church - Sunday Morning Service at 12 noon. NOTES: News items for this community news column would be most welcome and can be sent to or left into the Sligo Weekender community news boxes located in Monaghan’s and Keane’s shops in Strandhill.


Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to the Clarke family on the recent death of Mary Clarke late of Carrowmorris, Dromard, and to all relations and friends BIRTHDAY: A happy birthday and best wishes are extended to Matilda Gillespie, from her family and friends. Matilda celebrated on September 23. COFFEE MORNINGS: A big thank you is extended to all the people who organised held and supported the coffee mornings held in the area last week NEWS CONTACT: Items to be included in Templeboy notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

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Annie’s 40th IF one of the Killoran Clan stood out above all the others in the present generation, Annie Lynch of Casled-

erg, Co Tyrone stands out a mile. Daughter of Tommy and Annie Killoran, their 48 year old daughter Annie had her birthday party with Mom and Dad and so many friends in the Traditional Restaurant last Saturday. It was a rave party and why not, with the personality of the younger generation of that legendary family. I was there too, and why not! Congrats Annie, you are tops. TUBBER VICE TRADE: Our town hit the headlines some weeks back for something we or no other small town wants to be in the focus for at anytime. The vice trade was hitting local radio headlines and the local press, along with several towns our size or bigger for this is not-often mentioned trade. It was no hearsay and while we never got to the pace of the city of Amsterdam the Garda Siochana were not far behind the curtain to bring down the old trade with swift action and restore our good name once again. There were many raised eyebrows in the community over this news which you could expect. Here's hoping we get back to our old ways of life again after this blemish. LATE SR. PERPETUA: The death occurred of Sister Perpetua Brett, at the Marist Convent Tubbercurry, peacefully at the age of 90, peacefully after a short illness. Her remains were reposing in the Marist convent Tubbercurry on Sunday afternoon, September 18 and later were received in the church of St. John the Evangelist, Tubbercurry. On Monday September 19, solemn mass was celebrated followed by burial in the convent cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her relatives, the Marist Sisters and her friends. May she rest in peace. MARGARET’S CRUSADE: To date only Independent County councillor Margaret Gormley is the only politician to highlight the haemorrhage of civil servants leaving in twos and threes from the Government-building in Teeking Street. Once under the baton of former Minister Eamon O'Cuiv, it is where Minister Phil Hogan now has the shout. Anyone can see that the staff was at 100 people some months ago but they now have been reduced to a small workforce in the past weeks and months. Local business people are feeling the pinch as a result and the people who bought houses or built houses to live where

they work. The whole thing looks like it's only a matter of time before it all comes to a quick end. What surprises most local people is what Margaret Gormley drew attention to was the lack of word from other politicians to date on this issue that could have a major impact on the local economy. It is well over time to see some word on what future those two premises have as a result of people being moved elsewhere to other government departments. TIDY MARKS IMPROVED: Geraldine Brennan, the lady who has done so much work around our town with her committee for many years, has recently given me the report on our entry to the Tidy Towns contest 2011. In many areas the marks have been up on past years. And the Adjudication Report has gone from three pages to five. It’s another step forward for Tubbercurry, and for Geraldine and her team. Under the heading of Overall Development Approach, the marks have gone up from 28 last year to 33, out of a maximum of 50. The total marks to win the category is 400, last year we got 213 marks. This year it increased to 229. The adjudicators also made the following comments: “You in Tubbercurry have been putting in a huge effort in relation to your tidy towns plans and ambitions. “We commend you for your breadth of vision and your efforts to improve the place you live in, work in, and where you have your leisure time. It is important for your quality of life and it's important for the economic success of Tubbercurry that the town is a quality environment.” The adjudicators pointed out that the litter problem was under control. The inspection is dated July 2, 2011. Ard Aishling estate was awarded best kept housing estate in town. Well done again. AILISH’S COFFEE MORNING: Ailish Corry informed me last week that she had raised a nice sum of money for her hospice coffee morning in her home in Carrigeen. Many of us know of the great work North West hospice do for our loved ones in their final days. GERRY KEEP WALKING: Noted walker Gerry Ryan told me he took part in seven charity walks recently for good charitable causes . He is now, like myself, in retired mode and has more time on his hands to take on a worthy cause, as he has done for years. CEOL NA SAMHNA: Something to look forward to, especially traditional music lovers, will be the Ceol na Samhna which runs in Tubbercurry in November. The dates are Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 13. For accommodation with special rates contact Joe at 087 6965385, Liam at 087 9184754 or Jim on 086 8105468. We will have more details nearer to the event. SOCIAL DANCING: Social dancing classes for quickstep, waltz and foxtrot will be held in the Dancing West studios on the Sligo road, Tubbercurry, every Wednesday from 8.30pm. For more details contact Anne at 0876674561. MUSIC CLASSES: Traditional music classes have resumed in Teach Laighne, Humbert Street, every Monday evening. The classes for whistle and flute are at for beginners, advanced at 7pm. Fiddle classes are scheduled for 7.45pm. DORIS BACK HOME: There were fewer than the normal number of visitors around our shores all over the summer season. But now in autumn it's nice to see natives coming back to their families and roots. One such lass is on holidays here as she does every year. She is Doris Murphy from New York City, back to visit her brother Tom "click" Brennan and his wife Evelyn, in Teeling Street. Wishing her a nice trip home.


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In Memoriam Deaths CONBOY: Pamela Conboy Nee Petrie of Taunagh Riverstown, Co Sligo and formerly of Coach Electric, Sligo. Peacefully at the Black Rock Clinic Dublin. Reposing was at her residence with removal to Aughanagh Church Ballinafad for funeral service at 2pm today, Tuesday. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. FINN: Ellie Finn, (née Igoe) Kilfree, Gurteen, Co. Sligo Peacefully, at her home in Shrewsbury, England. Funeral arrangements were not available at time of going to press. Noreen Ross (Nee Egan) Rathdooney, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Suddenly at Sligo General Hospital. Remains reposing at her home with removal this evening, Tuesday, to the church of the Immaculate Conception Ballymote to arrive at 7pm. Funeral mass tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11am with interment afterwards in Cloonacool Cemetery. TAYLOR: Pauline Taylor, Carrowmacbrine, Rathlee, Easkey, at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at her family residence Carrowmacbrine on Sunday. Funeral was to the Star of the Sea Church, Rathlee, yesterday, Monday, for Requiem mass at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Roslea Cemetery, Easkey. HUTCHINSON: Samuel (Gerry) Gerard Hutchinson, Mundesley, Norfolk England, and formerly of Rougey View, Bundoran. At his residence. The funeral mass






will take place on Thursday September 28 at St Michael's Church, Huntingdon, Cambridge, England. Hannon: Patricia 'Patsy' Hannon, nee Mulrine. St Anthony's, Sheil Avenue Bundoran. Peacefully at Shannagh Private Nursing Home, Belleek. Reposing was at Shannagh Private Nursing Home with removal on Sunday evening to St Patrick's Church, Ballyshannon. Funeral was on Sunday, morning followed by interment in the Abbey Cemetery. BRENNAN: Nora Brennan, Leitrim South, Chaffpool, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. In her 104th year. Reposing was at her home with removal on Saturday morning to St. Patrick's Church, Moylough for Mass of the Resurrection. Burial was afterwards in Achonry Cemetery. (See tribute right) TONRY: John Tonry, Ougham, Riverstown. Peacefully at the Beacon Hospital Dublin. Reposing was at his residence, with removal on Friday evening to the Church of the Sacred Heart. Mass of the Resurrection was on Saturday with burial afterwards in Ballyrush Cemetery. GILLESPIE: Katie Gillespie, Hollyfield, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo, at St John's Hospital, Sligo. Reposing was at McGloin's Funeral Home, Chapel Rd., Cliffoney, with removal on Friday evening to St. Brigid's Church, Ballintrillick. Funeral was on Saturday morning with burial afterwards in Ahamlish Cemetery.


‘Strong and gentle’ Nora passes away at 104 years By Brian McHugh

In loving memory of our dear son Wesley on his 8th Anniversary. There never comes a moment That we don’t think of you Or a day that passes That your face is not in view. And when we’re feeling lonely And tears come to our eyes We think of you at peace And know we should not cry So let the stars be your candles And keep them burning bright So when we look up to the sky We know that you are alright No matter what we do We will always feel blessed and honoured To have a son like you. XXX Miss you so much and loving you always Mam and Dad, Ray, Sharon, Jenna, Leigh, Kelli, Tanya, Basil, Jake, Luke, Zach, Annabelle, Nicola, Adrian, Tammy, Kalaim, Aíne, Noah. Mass in St Annes Church, 6.15pm on Tuesday 4th October.

ONE of Sligo’s oldest residents died last week in her 104th year. Nora Brennan passed away on Thursday at home at Leitrim South, Chaffpool, Tubbercurry. The second youngest of a family of 15, Nora was born on August 19th, 1908, the daughter of Catherine and Bartholomew Brennan. Life wasn’t easy for Nora in her early years. Most of her brothers and sisters had to emigrate and her father died in 1928, when Nora was only 20. She took over the running of the farm at a young age. It was a role she quickly mastered and she continued to work on the farm up until after her 90th birthday. Nora married a local man, James Brennan, in 1947 and the couple lived in Nora's home. Nora and James had two children, Mary and

John. John moved to Manchester, where Mary also lived for some years before returning home to Chaffpool. James Brennan died in 1989, at the age of 73. Nora’s 100th birthday was marked by a big celebration in her home. Family and neighbours gathered in large numbers for the occasion. A marquee was set up on the lawn to help cater for the crowds. Despite her age, Nora stayed at up until 4am to enjoy the party. Curry parish priest Fr. Martin Jennings described Mary as woman who had a great love of nature: “She was very close to the seasons and she was fascinated by the sky”. Fr. Jennings said she was a woman who was often called on to help out at times of need in the area. She was often called on to lay out people after death, or help out at home births. “She was always

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HOUSES TO LET OLD CARTRON HILL Detached 3 bed modern house furnished with all conveniences very close to town centre, hospital and IT, lovely secure gardens with garage. Phone: 086-8719933 FIVE bed house suite 5/6 sharing, Old Bundoran road, convenient to IT, Hospital and FAS. Phone: 0872166850 or 071-9147185 TO LET Collooney, 4 bed fully furnished house. Tel: 0866082843 ROSSES POINT 4 bed bungalow to rent, available Oct - May fully furnished to high standard, OFCH, enclosed back garden. Phone: 086-236084 and 91-64509 TO LET. 4 bedroom house, Greenfort Estate, Sligo. Contact: 087-7732134 NEWLY refurbished 3 bed house, close to IT and hospital, suit 4/5 people, dual central heating. Call: 086-1272704 FOUR bed house to let, between Mullaghmore and Cliffoney, fully furnished, E600 per month. Tel: 00-44-7918674545 GURTEEN, cosy 2 bed house to let walking distance from village, furnished, reasonable rent, quiet

location. Tel: 086-0961845 after 1.00 pm NEWLY renovated cottage, 2 miles south of Grange, 3 dbl beds, sunroom, sea views, large garden. References required. E550 pm.. Phone/text: 00447762762892 THREE bed apartment, central location, recently decorated, rent reasonable. Phone: 0868889302 FOUR bedhouse Kevinsfort Heath, Strandhill Road, Sligo, lovely house, all mod cons, rent E950 pm, also 3 bed house Crozon Park, good condition, rent E650 pm. Tel: 087-6831758 after 6pm HOUSE AVAILABLE TO RENT in Greenfort estate Spacious and bright family 4 bedroom semi detached 10 minutes walk to town, parking up to 2 cars, all mod cons, oil and solid fuel heating. 2 bike sheds in rear. Available October 1st. 0872434487 or 087-7485289 FIRST MONTH HALF PRICE! Rooms to let for professionals and students in a choice of well furnished houses conveniently located close to IT, FAS, Hospital and Sligo town. Excellent value! Call: 087-6608080

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CARTRON HEIGHTS rooms to let near IT, FAS, Hospital, Abbotts, free parking. Ring: 087-9550880 YEATS HEIGHTS 2 double rooms to let. Phone: 087-2748962 ROOM to let, town centre,suit working male. Phone: 0868889302 MULBURY PARK, student house, twin room for rent for 2 girls sharing house with 3 other girls. Phone: 086-3786488 DOUBLE EN-SUITE room to let in fabulous modern house in Collooney with one other person. All mod cons, near train station and bus stop. Free Parking, Eu75 per week. Call 087-1478269 2 STUDENTS wanted to share a double room in house in mulberry park. Available immediately ¤55pw pp Contact 086-8267385

CHILDMINDING AFTER PLAYSCHOOL/SCHOOL mum available to look after child in her own home. Strandhill Road area. Phone: 087-2139702 LADY REQUIRED to mind 2 children (twins 1 year old) in Children’s home. 3 days per week starting December 086 9272014

CHIROPRACTOR CHIROPRACTOR: Bringing balance, ease and understanding to the body and nerve system. Gently helping the body for health and normal function. Dr. Greta Naylor RN, RM, DC, Sligo. Phone: 071-9149976

Apartments Millbrook, JFK Parade 3 bed €600pm - €650pm Calry Ct 2 bed €110 pw Houses Ballymote 3 Bed house €325pm

Tel: 087-2670530

FURNITURE TWO high back, olive green fireside chairs, recently reupholstered E80. Tel: 071-9161569 6FT CREAM bedroom wardrobe, with mirror in the cente and three boxes on top, 16ins height each. Contact: 91-43110 or 086-6047585

GARDENING TOP SOIL for sale, can be delivered in 4 & 8 wheel lorry loads. Tel: 087-3263919

HYPNOTHERAPY SHARED ACCOMMODATION ROOM to let in modern house, close to town centre, free SKY TV and Broadband E45 per week. Tel: 087-6818775

HYPNOTHERAPY CLIINIC. Hypnotherapy can successfully treat smoking, slimming, anxiety, stress, phobias, blushing, and personal problems. For free Explanatory Brochure call Inner Solutions Hypnotherapy Clinic on 087-2426966 or e-mail:


TURF/FIREWOOD 2011 TOP QUALITY hopper black turf for sale, bags, or can be delivered in large or small amounts. Tel: 087-3263919


Ballinacarrow Village 3 bed bungalow newly renovated on 1 acre site with business potential. Shed 41ft x 23ft with newly certified car lift, which could be opened into a garage. Asking €199.000. Phone Declan from OBG on 087-2950480 or office 071-9140404 Registered, Certified member of ICHP

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT CREDA Concept cooker and a Hotpoint Aquarius dishwasher, in good condition, E210 ono. Buyer to collect: Tel: 086-6064485

MUSIC TUITION LEAVING CERTIFICATE MUSIC (practical and/or written) enrolment is now taking place with Anne-Marie Keaney BA Mus, MA, LRSM. For top grades please contact 087-6390188 PIANO lessons available by a qualified experienced teacher for both adults and children. RIAM Examinations Junior and Leaving Cert Practicals or simply learn for fun. Enquiries: Delphone Nallen 086-8197905 or 071-9132953

PETS K9 CUTS Dog Grooming Service available, Rathcormack, Sligo. Tel: Martin on 071-9146545 or 087-6819794 TWO black kittens looking for a good home, male and female. Contact: 086-6047585 or 0879444321

SITUATIONS VACANT EXTRA INCOME !! Earn E100 - E150 per week for 8-10 hours work, as a part time Betterware Catalogue distributer and collector. No cash outlay. Local areas. Phone Gerry 085-1994722 PART TIME evening waitress at Temple House, near Ballymote. Call: 087-9976045


SOCIAL & PERSONAL HYPNOTHERAPY CLINIC. Hypnotherapy can successfully treat smoking, slimming, anxiety, stress, phobias, blushing, and personal problems. For free Explanatory Brochure call Inner Solutions Hypnotherapy Clinic on 087-2426966 or e-mail: Registered, Certified member of ICHP K9 CUTS Dog Grooming Service available, Rathcormack, Sligo. Tel: Martin on 071-9146545 or 087-6819794 CHIROPRACTOR: Bringing balance, ease and understanding to the body and nerve system. Gently helping the body for health and normal function. Dr. Greta Naylor RN, RM, DC, Sligo. Phone: 071-9149976 VOCAL TUITION would you like to learn tthe fundamentals of vocal technique and voice production with professional singer AnneMarie Keaney BA Mus, MA, LRSM? Successes in the last year alone include: twenty-one first prizes in vocal competitions (including two first prizes at the prestigious Dublin Feis Ceoil at the RDS) for solo and duet singing; numerous High-Achiever Awards with Distinction in RIAM Vocal Examinations; many leading roles performed in musicals (including The Snowman at the National Concert Hall, Dublin last December), Student’s of AnneMarie will also have the opportunity to partake in a choir from September. For further information, please contact: 0876390188

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USED PAPER BACKS EXCHANGED/ SOLD Generous shop credit given for your clean preread books. Ballymote BooksMart (above Cryans). Mon - Thur 12 - 6pm, Fri Sat 10-6pm. Free valuation on rare books.

VOCAL TUITION would you like to learn tthe fundamentals of vocal technique and voice production with professional singer AnneMarie Keaney BA Mus, MA, LRSM? Successes in the last year alone include: twenty-one first prizes in vocal competitions (including two first prizes at the prestigious Dublin Feis Ceoil at the RDS) for solo and duet singing; numerous High-Achiever Awards with Distinction in RIAM Vocal Examinations; many leading roles performed in musicals (including The Snowman at the National Concert Hall, Dublin last December), Student’s of AnneMarie will also have the opportunity to partake in a choir from September. For further information, please contact: 0876390188

WEDDING SERVICES LOOKING FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGER to sing at your wedding? Contact Anne-Marie Keaney BA (Mus), MA LRSM on 087-6390188


BAROQUE FESTIVAL The 16th Sligo Festival of baroque music starts Friday 30th September at 7.00pm. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd are packed with concerts, masterclasses, displays. Full details at www. sligobaroque Booking on-line at Tourist Office or at the door.

Foley, am applying to Sligo County Council for planning permission to retain porch extension to front of existing dwelling at Ballyweelin, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. The application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Planning Office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of €20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. SLIGO BOROUGH COUNCIL I, Ann McNamara intend to apply for permission for development at No. 18 Wolfe Tone Street, (Knappagh Beg Td.), Sligo. The development will consist of alterations, & extension to my dwelling, a Protected Structure (RPS No. 272) located within the Wolfe Tone Street Architectural Conservation Area (ACA). The following alterations are proposed (1) the demolition of the existing two storey rear extension, (2) the demolition of storage sheds (3) the part removal at ground floor of rear & side wall of existing dwelling (4) the provision of a new enlarged extension at ground floor, (5) the provision of a new extension at first floor together with associated site development works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority, during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed: Thomas G. Flynn Dip Arch., B Arch. Sc. TGF ARCHITECTURE ‘Sorrel Hill’ Aghacashlaun, Drumcong, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim. Tel. 087 9874 187

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‘Whatever you’re going through, We’ll go through it with you’

Programme starting in the

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Tuesday 4th October 2011 @ 10am This programme includes: CV’s that Work ! Effective Job Search Techniques ! Covering Letters ! How to Win at Interview ! It is Free to all

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Showing Fri @ 4.45pm, 7.00pm & 9.15pm, Sat & Sun @ 2.30pm, 4.45pm, 7.00pm & 9.15pm and Mon to Thurs @ 7.00pm & 9.15pm.

Participants will receive a payment on completion of programme* * Subject to eligibility For further information please contact Michael/Bernie on 071-91 38831 or Call into the Centre

Sligo Job Club is Funded by the European Social Fund through FÁS Sponsored by Sligo LEADER Partnership Co Ltd

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Best value Prep Courses for Leaving Cert Medicine students. Galway, Sligo, Ath., Lim. + more nationwide Tel: 1890 812 337

Providing Planning Applications and Architectural Design at competitive prices, no job too small! One-off housing Extensions Garages etc U Call Mark at 086-3592778

CONFERENCE YOUNG PEOPLE & SUBSTANCE MISUSE Organised by Sligo Education Centre in conjunction with HSE West, Foroige, North West Regional Drugs Task Force, Elphin Diocese, RAPID, Leitrim Development Company, North West Alcohol Forum, Garda Síochána

DAVID COLEMAN (Clinical Psychologist, Broadcaster & Author) Will speak at the Young People & Substance Misuse Conference In

Sligo Park Hotel On the 8th October Other keynote speakers include:

Dr Des Corrigan (Chairperson National Advisory Committee on Drugs)

Mary Johnson (Coordinator of Substance Misuse Prevention Programme)

Anne Marie Regan (Project Leader with Foroige for Sligo/Leitrim)

Marina O’Brien (HSE Substance Misuse Counsellor) This Conference is open to Teachers, Parents and other Adults working with under 18s . Booking is essential Registration fee €10 Refreshments provided on the day To register contact Sligo Education Centre, I.T Campus, Ballinode, Sligo. Tel 071 9138700 or email: or by downloading an application form from Please have completed application and cheque for €10 returned on or before Monday 3rd October

Planning notice SLIGO BOROUGH COUNCIL, CITY HALL SLIGO The Health Service Executive, intend applying for Planning permission to Sligo Borough Council for: A change of use from residential accommodation to office accommodation to demolish four brick chimneys and a 30.0 sq.m single storey toilet block on the east elevation plus ancillary site works, at the old convent building at st john’s hospital, ballytivnan, Sligo The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority at Sligo Borough Council, city hall, quay street Sligo. ( during public counter opening hours) A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application

SLIGO CIVIL DEFENCE Winter training Schedule 2011 / 2012 Multi-skilled training sessions for Civil Defence volunteers will commence from week, beginning 3rd October 2011 and will be held one night per week. Centres are as follows: Enniscrone Area

Monday nights 8pm –10pm Fire Station in Enniscrone. - Contact Seamus Egan at 087-4192182

Ballymote Area

Tuesday nights 8pm – 10pm Pastoral centre in Ballymote. - Contact Annie Feely at 087- 9923294

Dromore West/ Easkey Area

Wednesday nights 8pm – 10pm Community Centre, Dromore West, Co. Sligo. - Contact Paddy Sheridan at 087-2632419

Sligo Town

Wednesday nights 8pm – 10pm Control Centre rear of Government Buildings Cranmore. - Contact Marion Davis at 071-9142702 / 087-2522190

Grange area

Thursday nights 8pm – 10pm Grange VEC. - Contact Annemarie Mitchell at 087-6173483

Cloonloo / Gurteen area

Thursday nights 8pm – 10pm Cloonloo Parish Hall. - Contact Cathal O’Gara at 086-0710060

If you are between 17 and 65, have some time to spare and feel you would like to be able to assist your community in times of crisis through the skills of First aid, Radio Communication, Search and Rescue and Welfare provision, then why not come along and find out what Civil Defence is all about. THERE IS A CENTRE NEAR YOU

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Art junky exhibition in Branleys Yard Left: Barry Cullen and Shane Leonard from the Sligo Youth theatre, doing a debate 'For and Against' Jerusha's Art Right: Rachel Winnington and Trevor Vaughan from Enniskillen. Below: Brian Devaney from the County Sligo Youth Theatre on Drums

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“So Don’t Lift it, Let us Shift it” We do any Job, Big or Small, We’ll supply Skip & Fill it Old Sheds & Caravans Removed Trees & Bushes Cleared Sites Cleaned & Power Washing Service Available Grass Cutting Services Lawnmowers Serviced

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N avigation Classes for Co stal Skipper/ Yac htmaster

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NEWLY openedUnit 35 Quayside Centre, Sligo CONTACT SIOBHAN TEL: 071-9149576 MOB: 087-3125479

S.T.O.P. is a registered charity which was set up to assist and support individuals who feel suicidal, are in distress or those who have been bereaved by suicide.

Wednesday September 21st Scoil Ursula, Strandhill Road 8pm

Currently S.T.O.P. provide the following services.

The deep muscle exercise rotine that tones you up fast and is great for bad backs.

. Provides bereavement support through a suicide bereavement group which meets monthly. . Support and outreach to those bereaved by suicide. . FREE Counselling for those who are feeling suicidal/depressed or have been bereaved by suicide.. If you feel that you could benefit from any of the above supports please contact Mary on 087-4188053

SLIGO PILATES CLASSES ATTENTION: TREES etc etc from €2.00. All year round planting . Tel: Jade or Thomas 24 hrs


Maurice Meade

Commencing shortly Sligo City Centre MONDAYS 11.00am to 1.00pm 2.30pm to 4.30pm THURSDAYS 2.30pm to 4.30 pm 7.00pm to 9,00pm For details please contact Maurice 071-9160487 086-0314574

Starting September 2011 FREE Introduction Demonstration & Registration The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo @ 7pm Tuesday 6th September 10 Week Course Starting – September 2011 Monday Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo 6.30 pm Intermediate 7.30pm Advanced 8.30pm Beginners Start Date: 12th September End Date: 21st November Instructor: Catriona 0868142424 Monday Venue: The Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo 7.00 pm Beginners 8.00pm Intermediate Start Date: 12th September End Date: 21st November Instructor: Oliver 0860846849 Tuesday Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo 6.30pm Beginner 7.30pm Intermediate 8.30pm Advanced Start Date: 13th September End Date: 22nd November Instructor: Catriona 0868142424 Tuesday Venue: Ballymote Centre, Sligo 7.00pm Beginner 8.00pm Intermediate Start Date: 13th September End Date: 22nd November Instructor: Oliver 086-

0846849 Wednesday Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo 6.30pm Beginner 7.30pm Intermediate 8.30pm Advanced Start Date: 14th September End Date: 23rd November Instructor: Catriona 0868142424 Wednesday Venue: Ballinafad, Community Hall, Sligo 6.30pm Beginner 7.30pm Intermediate 8.30pm Advanced Start Date: 14th September End Date: 23rd November Instructor: Oliver 0860846849 THURSDAY TO BE DECIDED Cost 10 Week Course €120 PROMOTION 2 both together €110 each Please Text to pre book or email Please Note: Times maybe subject to change Check for More Info *Registration - Classes must be paid in full on or before the first night Corporate Training Should you wish to have Pilates brought to your place of work, Oliver also offers a corporate training service. Provide an open plan room recruit a minimum of 8 of your colleagues.

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Sean Nós Dancing Classes at Rathcormack Children Mondays from Sept 19th 6 - 9 years 3.15pm over 9 years 4pm

Adults Wednesday from Sept 21st at 8.15pm Wednesdays 9.30pm Set Dancing All Welcome! ***** Sean Nós Dancing Classes Mondays from 19th Sept 8.30pm Avalon Centre (St. Anne’s) Chapel Street, Sligo Town

Fee €50 payable on first night. Reservations: Cass - 086-8427426

commencing in Sligo Yacht Club Rosses Point on Monday October 17th. at 8pm. Learn the skills required to navigate a boat by day or night along the coast and from port to port. Subjects covered include chartwork, compass, tides, weather, electronic charts, chart plotter, safety, GPS, rules of the road, lights and buoyage. For further details phone 0872726904



Guitar Lessons Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Nights with Karl Burthom Grade 8 Distinction in Guitar RIAM Will teach rock, blues, jazz & country with 10 yrs teaching experience. For beginners & advanced


Button Key Accordion Lessons with P.J. Hernon Wednesday Nights Bodhran Lessons with Junior Davey Thursday Nights Drum Lessons Matt Jones Monday & Tuesday Nights Singing Lessons Thursday Nights with Roisin Egan Fiddle Lessons Declan Folan, Taylor’s Art Gallery Picture Framing & Music Centre Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo Phone 071-9165138


Galaxy Fast Tanning Sunbeds Facial, Waxing, Manicure, Pedicure Eyebrow Tinting & Shaping, Eyelash Tinting Sugaring (Ancient Art of Hair Removal) Phone: 087-2922003

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starting on Monday October 3rd, at 8pm. Course runs for 8 weeks. To book a place or for more info Phone: 086-3749578 email: or search for Sligo Spanish Society on Facebook


MONKS OF THE RENEWAL will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Strandhill and Star of the Sea.Ransboro on Friday, Saturday and Sunday next September 30th, October 1st and October 2nd. The theme is “Messengers of Hope” and a very valuable spiritual experience is in store for all who attend.

REFLEXOLOGY/HOLISTIC MASSAGE AND INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE treatments by ITEC approved therapist relives stress physical/emotional ailments for details call 087-9233698

ART CLASSES In oils with Duncan Iruine for adult beginners on September 30th and October 1st For further information contact Taylor’s Art Gallery, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. Phone: 071-9165138



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SligoWeekender September 27, 2011


Variety of events for National Trails Day

THEY KNOW THEIR GAA: Geevagh GAA Club members Cormac Hughes and Tomás O’Reilly pictured with the host of TG4’s Ceist GAA Le Hector, Hector Ó hEochagáin, centre.

Geevagh lads on TG4 GAA quiz show GEEVAGH GAA Club competed in the popular Ceist GAA Le Hector on TG4 last Wednesday evening. Representing the east Sligo club on this quiz show were Cormac Hughes and Tomás O’Reilly. They are pictured, above, with the programme’s host, Hector Ó hEochagáin. The Geevagh duo – who took and

beat Cork club, St Finbarr’s to progress to the quarter-finals – were on the same team as the Sligo-based Mícheál Ò Domhnaill, one of the programme’s two resident captains. The St Finbarr’s members were supported by Evanne Ní Chuilinn, the other captain. This Irish language quiz explores the odd, remarkable, unbelievable and the

strange from the history of GAA, using GAA archive footage. The club which can prove they know the most GAA history and trivia will lift the Ceist GAA Cup and will win a superb training camp for their club a the luxurious Carton House in County Kildare under the mentorship of a GAA legend.

NATIONAL Trails Day takes place this coming Sunday, October 2. It is a celebration of Ireland’s wonderful variety of outdoor trails and a chance for everyone to enjoy some of our most beautiful countryside, forests, mountains and lakes. Walking, cycling, kayaking and orienteering events are taking place across County Sligo – see advertisement below – and people of all ages are being encouraged to ‘have a go’ at one of the many events on offer. There will be some walks taking place on tracks and lower level mountain areas, cycling along the scenic roads of Sligo and kayaking on the Garavogue River, with less challenging events including a treasure trail at Doorly Park and orienteering at Hazelwood. With such a variety of events happening, National Trails Day is perfect for both families and adventure seekers! All events are free of charge and a number of local sporting clubs and organisations

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY – SLIGO EVENTS Sligo Way Sligo Union Wood to Slish Wood, scenic walk (6k) Historical Trail Carrowkeel Tombs to Ballinafad Castle Hungry Rock Trail Features two events, 1.3k family walk and a 2.6k scenic hike, at Coolaney Owenykeevan Loop Walk Culleens Doorly Park Treasure Trail Fun walk Union Wood Nature Reserve Walk Guided evening walk, 2.2km Orienteering event Hazelwood Leisure cycle 40-60km scenic route Kayaking Garavogue River are to be acknowledged for their voluntary effort in hosting the various events. National Trails Day is being coordinated nationally by the Irish Sports Council National Trails Office, while locally it is supported by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Sligo Leader Partnership Company, Sligo County Council, Coillte and Failte Ireland.

Sligo hosts provincial badminton event EARLIER this month (September 10-11) Sligo Tennis Club hosted the Connacht Open Juvenile Badminton Championships. There were singles, doubles and mixed events for three age groups, U-13, U-15 U-17, which attracted players from all four provinces, as valuable national ranking points were up for grabs. Sligo players, at their home venue, featured well with local Fionnuala Scanlon, along with her partner Victoria Ringland, capturing the Girls U-17 Doubles title. They defeated Rachel Boyle and Nora O’Gorman. Fionnuala also made the final of the Girls U-15 Singles event, in which she was beaten by Sarah Boyle. In the final of the Boys U-17 Doubles, Conor Scanlon and Danny Keown, both Sligo players, defeated Nicholas Murphy (Wexford) and Niall Reynolds (Dublin) in a closely contested three-set match. Donegal’s Kyle Magee showed great talent throughout the U-13 competitions by winning the singles, doubles and mixed events. Tournament organiser, Paul Dolan, commented that the tournament was a great success with over 100 entries. He thanked Sligo Tennis Club for their excellent facilities and hospitality over the weekend. This is also a major factor in attracting players and their supporters from around the country to this Sligo competition. CONNACHT OPEN JUVENILE BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS Hosted by Sligo Tennis Club on September 10-11 Boys U-13 DOUBLES: Kyle Magee & Mervyn Magee (Donegal) bt Des Duggan & O’Shea (Dublin) SINGLES: Kyle Magee Donegal) bt Des Duggan (Dublin) Girls U-13 DOUBLES: Karen McNamara & Lanna Browne bt Clodagh Dunne & Katie McGlone SINGLES: Clodagh Dunne bt Karen McNamara MIXED: Kyle Magee & Clodagh Dunne bt Aimee Gannon & David Gannon Boys U-15 DOUBLES: Conor Keating & John Keating (Lisburn) bt Pierce Eastwood & Curtis Presho (Lisburn) SINGLES: Conor Keating (Lisburn) bt John Keating (Lisburn)

Girls U-15 DOUBLES: Clodagh Dunne & Aimee Moore (Dublin) bt Fena McMenamon & Ellie Dillane (Newport) SINGLES: Sarah Boyle bt Fionnuala Scanlon (Sligo) MIXED: Satchell Madden & Sarah Boyle (Dublin) bt Rachel Woods & Conor Keating (Lisburn) Boys U-17 DOUBLES: Conor Scanlon & Danny Keown (Sligo) bt Nicholas Murphy (Wexford) & Niall Reynolds (Dublin) SINGLES: Nicholas Murphy bt Mark Brady Girls U-17 DOUBLES: Fionnuala Scanlon (Sligo) & Victoria Ringland bt Rachel Boyle & Nora O’Gorman SINGLES: Victoria Ringland bt Rachel Boyle MIXED: Sarah Boyle & Mark White bt Rachel Boyle & Nicholas Murphy (Wexford)

National Trails Day Sunday, October 2, 2011 People of all fitness levels are encouraged to hit a trail in County Sligo and take part in National Trails Day 2011.

COMPETITORS: Boys U-13 players.

SMILES: Competitors in the Girls U-17 section.

PLAYERS: Top talent in the Boys U-17 category.





Historical Trail Walk: Carrowkeel Tombs to Ballinafad Castle Walk duration: 2.5 – 3 hrs)

Registration from 10am onwards at the National Parks and Wildlife Centre Ballinafad. Walk departure 10.45am

Peter O’Rourke Carran Walking Club 071-9647580/087-2206763

The Sligo Way: Union Wood to Slish Wood Scenic Walk Walk duration: 3 hrs

Register your interest in advance. Sign in at 10.45am at Slish Wood car park for walk.

Michael Mulligan Sligo Mountaineering Club 071-9141267/087-3177799

Hungry Rock Walk, Coolaney

Meet at 2pm at the Glen Wood picnic area on the Hungry Rock – 1.3k Family Walk and 2.6k Scenic Walk (adults).

Damien McGuinn Coolaney Walkers 087-6795890

Owenykeevan Loop Walk, Culleens Walk duration: 2.5 hrs

Meet at 2pm at The Hilltop, Culleens (N59, Ballina Road), County Sligo.

David Tuffy Enniscrone Walking Club 087-6773816

Doorly Park Treasure Trail Walk Walk duration: 1 hr

Meet at 3pm at Doorly Park playground car park, Riverside.

Shane Hayes SSRP 071-9161511

Union Wood Nature Reserve Duration: 1.5hrs

Pre-registration required. Meet at 5.30pm on road adjacent to the Farm Shop just off Collooney roundabout.

Fiona Wheeldon National Parks & Wildlife Service 087-9542145

Orienteering Duration: 1 hr

Pre-registration required. Meet at 10am at Hazelwood/Half Moon Bay car park.

Audrey Elliott Sligo Orienteering Club 086-3950582

Cycling Spin Duration: 2-3 hours

Meet at 10am at Knocknarea Arena sports hall carpark, Institute of Technology Sligo.

John Greene Innisfree Wheelers Cycling Club 086-1005219

Kayaking on the Garavogue River Note: 2 hour session

Pre-registration required. Session One – 11am Session Two – 2pm

Eddie Loftus Sligo Kayak Club 086-1922424

National Trails Day is co-ordinated locally by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Sligo Leader Partnership Company, Sligo County Council, Coillte and Failte Ireland with the support of local sports clubs. Note: Suitable footwear, clothing, and refreshments advised. For further details check out the following websites: • •


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Sport OVALBBall

Exciting challenge for Sligo rugby A

N exciting and hugely significant chapter in the history of Sligo Rugby Football Club begins next Saturday when they line out against Boyne RFC in their first All-Ireland League match since May 1998 (when they were relegated from the AIL following a play-off defeat to Middleton RFC). Sligo’s hugely successful 2010-2011 all-conquering season, when they dominated Connacht’s Junior ranks, has raised expectations of club members and supporters alike. As a result, the team and management are chomping at the bit to get this new challenge underway. Sligo have been busy in the close season, actively recruiting to strengthen the squad in advance of the upcoming challenge. Front row forwards Charlie Langley and Shane McGuinness are welcome additions. Langley brings a wealth of experience having already lined out in the AIL with Nenagh Ormond, who Sligo will face later in the season. McGuinness is a powerful prop who will add a physical presence to the Sligo pack. Sligo mainstay Adrian McHale will, as ever, cornerstone the Sligo scrum and dynamic hookers Ross Mannion and Gary Conneely will be ably supported by emerging talent, Ballymote native Thomas Ferrari, who will be hoping to make the transition into Senior Rugby with ease. The Sligo Js, James Wilson and Jamie Bowes, will continue to engine room the Sligo scrum and will be supported by the lively homegrown player Michael McMorrow, who returns after a spell with NUIG. Sligo’s back row were key to last season’s success and recognising this, coach Simon Galvan has strengthened this area with the recruitment of dual status player Aidan McNulty from Ballina RFC. Coupled with the return to Sligo of Rory Kerins from UL Bohemians and current incumbents Paddy Conlon and the veteran Cathal Culhane, who always relish a physical challenge, Sligo look wellequipped in this vital area. Team captain Paddy Pearson will control things

Second XV compete on Division 1C RUGBY Shorts SLIGO RFC’s second XV kicked off their Connacht Junior League Division 1C campaign with a hardfought 6-5 victory over Monivea at Strandhill last Sunday. Two well-struck Gary O’Hehir penalties were enough to cancel out Monivea’s solitary unconvert ed try. Sligo’s victory was built on a solid foundation provided by their pack. Martin Feeney and

Aaron Tansey were rock-solid at scrum time and Andrew Williams proved a secure source of pos session from the line-out. O’Hehir was a handful at scrum-half and Stuart O’Brien marshalled the midfield excel lently. Next Sunday sees Sligo travel to Dunmore and similar determi nation will be required to overcome the Galway outfit.

AIL begins at Hamilton Park

Volunteers asked to join revolution

NEXT Saturday, October 1 sees the start of Sligo Rugby Football Club’s re-entry in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League. The first Division 2B game for Simon Galvan’s charges against Boyne is set to be the start of a new beginning for the Senior men’s team of Sligo RFC. A big family fun day out is planned to keep everyone entertained, including the rugby game, which kicks off at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch the game and join in the fun!

SLIGO Rugby Club is run by dedicated volunteers each year. The club are also looking for more peo ple to get involved. If you would like to join this community then please email or go to our website for information.

BIT O’RED: See page 78

Sligo RFC begin an exciting era when they start their AIL season this weekend from scrum-half and his link with new recruit, New Zealand native out-half Daniel Hawkins could prove vital to the success of the campaign. Tongan powerhouse Matele Fifita will continue his centre partnership with the veteran Gavin Foley, lining out for his 19th Senior season in Sligo colours. Sligo’s back three will be controlled by the hugely talented Mark Butler at full-back whose previous AIL experience with Galwegians will be essential to the Sligo cause. The wing positions will be occupied by two from Billy Leahy, John Healy, Robbie Keegan and new French recruit Hugo Lafitte, ensuring an exciting look to the Sligo back division. Galvan has used the Connacht Senior League to good effect to try out various combinations and prepare his squad for the upcoming challenge and will be eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s opening fixture at Hamilton Park (kick-off 2.30pm). ULSTER BANK ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE Division 2B Sligo, Banbridge, Navan, Connemara, Naas, NUIM Barnhall, Highfield, Rainey OB, Ards, Boyne, Sunday’s Well, Armagh, Suttonians, Cashel, Wanderers, Nenagh Ormond

Clothes for cash and help Sligo RFC! IF you have any unwanted clothes and you want rid off them then think about Sligo RFC while cleaning out the wardrobe! Any unwanted clothes (or items from the list below) can be dropped into The Style Emporium or Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo. Sligo RFC are working with licensed Recycler for this innovative fund-raiser and

the Club will raise money from the amount of clothes and other items collected. Any queries or questions please text Ross 087-6356752 or email ITEMS WANTED: Clothes, belts, hats, curtains, bed linen (sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers), towels, shoes (please tie shoes together using laces).

KEY PERFORMERS: Billy Leahy, top picture, and Mark Butler, above, will have vital roles to play for Sligo RFC in the upcoming Ulster Bank League.


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Sport FULLTTIME Ladies Football


Junior Badminton

ST NATHY’S LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB Well done Congratulations to Curry’s John Niland who took charge of last Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Championship (Monaghan played Cork) at Croke Park. The referee has officiated Ladies Gaelic Football fixtures for numerous years in Sligo – and outside the county – but this was his biggest milestone yet. Best wishes The club wish Coolaney-Mullinabreena Gaelic footballers all the best in their preparations for the Sligo Intermediate Championship final against Drumcliffe-Rosses Point on Sunday next at Markievicz Park.

Water Sports DRIVEN Paul Kiely played his part in an Irish title.

National success for Sligo co-driver Kiely

LIFESAVER John Morton, above, competed in Spain.

Morton’s role in Irish team results STRANDHILL-based John Morton was part of the Irish team that competed at the European Surf Lifesaving Championships in Alicante, Spain. Wicklow native Morton, who has also studied for his PhD at IT Sligo, helped organise and coach the Sligo teams that competed at the Irish National Surf Lifesaving Championships recently held in County Clare. At these European Surf Lifesaving Championships, the Irish team excelled – they brought home 14 medals (six gold, five silver and three bronze) and in doing so achieved the best ever Irish performance in this event, finishing eighth overall (out of the 20 countries). The Irish team comprised 12 members (seven males, five females) at a five-day event held in searing heat. The categories included a number of race style lifesaving events in both the pool and in the sea. Morton, previously a sports scholarship recipient at IT Sligo, was part of the four-man team which excelled in the taplin relay (swim, paddleboard race, surf ski race and sprint).

MEATH rally driver Tim McNulty and his Sligo codriver and previous Sligo Weekender Sligo Sport Awards winner, Paul Kiely, clinched the Dunlop National Rally Championship with victory in the Auburn Lodge Clare Rally held on the weekend before last. With Kiely on the notes, McNulty guided his Subaru WRC home 53 seconds ahead second place Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman in a similar Impreza and, crucially, over two minutes ahead of nearest championship rivals Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally in another Impreza. It was McNulty and Kiely’s sixth victory in as many Dunlop outings and McNulty said afterwards: “I couldn’t have asked for better. We have worked hard at this championship, people also worked hard in the background, we have a great team.” This is McNulty’s first national championship victory. For his co-driver Paul Kiely it is his second time to be national co-driver champion. The first time was 24 years ago when he sat with Alan Johnston. Kiely has also won the Irish Tarmac Championship as a co-driver to Eugene Donnelly and was Clerk of the Course for this year’s Sligo Stages Rally.

Ladies Football FIXTURES Sunday, October 1 Connacht Ladies Gaelic Football TESCO Connacht Junior Club Championship PRELIMINARY ROUND: Cloonacool-Tubbercurry (Sligo) v Western Gaels (Roscommon) Venue: Kilcoyne Park, Tubbercurry (4pm) Note: Extra-time to be played if necessary.

COUNTY FINAL: See pages 70-74

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership

SUPPORTING BADMINTON Pictured on the premises of Maple Moose, Strandhill, was Neil Byrne, left, presenting sponsorship cheque to Sligo Tennis Club’s badminton captain, Victoria Stevens, for the development of Junior badminton in Sligo.

Boost for Sligo Junior badminton scene THIS year, the badminton section of the Sligo Tennis Club is looking to increase the numbers of Juniors playing badminton and encourage them to follow in the footsteps of Sligo Junior players who have played for Ireland, including Jonathan Dolan, Danny Keown, Conor Scanlon and Conor Caheny. Recently, these plans have been boosted with the sponsorship support from Maple Moose, Strandhill. This support has enabled the club to provide a 10-week ‘Active and Fun’ badminton coaching programme with a qualified coach for beginners and intermediate Junior players.

The club’s players continue to win major competitions. Earlier this month Conor Scanlon and Danny Keown took the Boys U-17 doubles title at the Connaught Junior Open and Sligo’s Fionnuala Scanlon won the Girls U-17 Doubles with partner, Victoria Ringland (Northern Ireland). Conor Scanlon and Danny Keown also took home the Boys U-17 Doubles title from the recent Ulster Junior Open. Badminton captain, Victoria Stevens, said that the numbers of people playing badminton has dwindled consider-

ably over the years and that to rebuild the sport sponsorship from local businesses will be incredibly important. She added: “The support from Maple Moose in developing the Junior section is crucial to our plans.” “Adult badminton at Sligo Tennis Club has been supported by Voya Seaweed Baths, The Beauty Retreat, The Golf Academy (SNAG Golf) and Third Wave Music, which is also great.” Badminton for Juniors takes place at Sligo Tennis Club from tomorrow [Wednesday] (6-7.30pm). Badminton for adults starts tonight [Tuesday] (89.30pm).


Castleconnor cyclist Clarke signs pro deal

WALKERS Liam Gray (Carran Walking Club), Michael Mulligan (Sligo Mountaineering Club) and Ray O’Grady (Sligo County Council) at the launch of National Trails Day for Sligo, which takes place on Sunday next. Further details on and see, also, advert on page 63.

WEST Sligo cyclist Patrick Clarke, 23, has signed a one-year professional deal with Belgian outfit Terra Foot ware-Bicycle Line. This breakthrough for the Castleconnor native – a first cousin of Eamonn O’Hara, the Tourlestrane and Sligo Gaelic footballer – follows consistent results during two years in Belgium. Throughout Clarke’s two seasons on the continent as part of the Asfra Rac ing team he has excelled in high-pro file amateur races and he has also raced in Ireland, most notably in the An Post Ras. “They [Terra Footware-Bicycle Line] are a top competition team, which means I will be racing at the highest level here in Belgium and abroad with stage races such as Tour des Pyrenees,

as well as one-day races such as Elite Het Volk and Liege-Bastogne-Liege,” said Clarke. “We will also be competing in the Belgium Cup, which comprises of a number of professional ‘kermes’ races generally 160k in length.” “Amongst the riders that take part in the Belgium Cup are Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder, Fabien Cancellara, Thor Hushovd and Cadel Evans [2011 Tour de France winner].” “If my condition and my performanc es are good then I firmly believe I can make progress.” “This is a large step forward for my career and all would not have been possible without the aid of Castlebar Cycling Club, Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacies and my family,” he added.

CYCLIST Patrick Clarke will race in Belgium.


SligoWeekender September 27, 2011

Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from golf clubs STRANDHILL

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LOYAL GOLFER Club captain Joe McCann makes a presentation to John Lenehan on reaching 40 years service at Strandhill Golf Club.

COUNTY SLIGO RESULTS The results of last Sunday’s The Belfry Masters (single stroke sponsored by The Embassy Rooms) were as follows: 1, Robert Fitzpatrick (11) 69; 2, Karl Demmel (11) 70 (back 9); 3, Joe Gilroy (9) 70; 4, Garth McManus (5) 71 (back 9); Member’s Prize: 1, Dave Dent (13) 71 (back 9); 2, Anton Murphy (8) 71 (back 9). RESULTS The results of the single stableford, held on Saturday last, September 24 and sponsored by Starlite were as follows: 1, Dermot Maguire (23) 39pts; 2, Eoin Gaughan (4) 38pts (back 9); 3, Neil Gaynor (11) 38pts; 4, Gerard Finnegan (3) 37pts (back 9); 5, Conor Frazer (19) 37pts B9 NEW COURSE MANAGER Best wishes to Graeme Beatt, who has been announced as County Sligo Golf Club’s new Course manager. Graeme will take up his appointment in the next few weeks. He will be responsible for all aspects of course maintenance with specific emphasis on the cost effective planning, organising, leading and controlling of resources available to the club. Graeme was previously employed as golf course superintendent at Castle Dargan Golf Club. His previous experience includes six years as a Senior greenkeeper at KingsbarnsGolf Links in Fife, Scotland and a short period at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. He qualified as a greenkeeper at Scotscraig Golf Club, Tayport, Fife where he spent five years. VICE-CAPTAIN NOMINATED Congratulations to Terry Brady who has been nominated by Council for the post of vice-captain. The appointment will go forward for ratification at the Annual General Meeting to be held on November 20. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING Members should please note that there is a Special General Meeting of County Sligo GC members on Sunday next, October 2 (7.30pm). WINTER LEAGUE The entry sheet for the 2011-12 Diageo Winter League is now posted on the notice-board in the clubhouse. The first round takes place on Sunday, October 16. The nine qualifying rounds will take place on the following dates: October 16 & 30; November 13 & 27; December 11; January 8 & 22;February 5 & 19. Weather permitting postponed rounds will be re-scheduled for the following Sunday. The final is to be played on March 11, 2012



CHRISTMAS HAMPERS COMPETITION Although the weather conditions were challenging on the day, there was a big entry last Tuesday for the very popular Christmas Hampers competition. REMINDER The notice for entries for the ‘Waltz’ team of three is on the notice-board in the locker room and potential competitors are reminded to put their names on the list. PRESENTATION At the presentation of prizes last Tuesday evening, the team that won the Girls U-19 Club Challenge presented their pennant to the lady captain, June Coulter. The girls were congratulated on their great achievement. The winners of the three club matchplay competitions were also presented with their trophies. RESULTS The results of the Christmas Hampers competition (singles stableford) held on Tuesday last, September 20 were as follows: 1, Rita Walsh (24) 35pts; 2, Helen Clarke (12) 33pts (back 9); 3, Jane O’Neill (26) 33pts; 4, Marie Rooney (11) 32pts; Front 9, Claudette Murphy (24) 21pts; Back 9, Attracta McGettrick (19) 19pts. This competition was sponsored by Mullen’s SPAR, Bundoran Road, Sligo.

PENNANT Members of the ILGU Girls U-19 Inter-Club Challenge (Connacht section), Emma McTiernan, Niamh Cronin and Helen McDonagh, presenting the winners’ pennant to June Coulter, lady captain County Sligo Golf Club.

RESULTS The results of the singles stableford competition held on Saturday, September 24 were as follows: 1, Mary Conefrey (13) 36pts (back 6); 2, Helen Clarke (12) 36pts FIXTURES Tuesday, September 27 COMPETITION: Singles stableford SPONSOR: Reidy’s Restaurant Sunday, October 2 EVENT: Special General Meeting (7.30pm)

ENNISCRONE LADIES RESULTS The results of the Nuala Bowe Memorial, an 18-hole stableford sponsored by Jim Bowe and held last Sunday, September 25 were as follows: 1, Joan Ruane 42pts; 2, Irene Basquille 39pts; 3, Marie Varley 36pts; 4, Lena Bourke 35pts; 5, Louise Loftus 33pts.

PRESENTATIONS Winners of the three Ladies Branch matchplay competitions at County Sligo Golf Club. From left, Mary Davis (sponsor, Yeats Tavern Cup), Caroline Bradshaw (winner, Yeats Tavern Cup), Karen Gaynor (representing her daughter, Amy, winner of Jackson Cup), Claudette Murphy (winner, Summer Cup) and June Coulter (lady captain, County Sligo GC).


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Grange adds much spice to road race competition


Sligo Credit Union Road Race League has generated fresh interest in running Ray Flynn


NE of the features of the local road running scene is the Sligo Credit Union Road Race League, which was launched earlier this year. This competition has focused athletes’ minds on competing in AAI permitted road races while it also gives a focus to all athletes to finish as high up as possible in the competition. One of the final races in the series will take place next Sunday with the staging of the 22nd annual Grange 10k, which has a 1pm starting time from the North Sligo Sports Centre. Promoted by North Sligo AC, this race always attracts a quality field. In the last few years the course record has been broken twice. Martin Conroy of Sligo Athletic club broke it a couple of years ago. Last year Paddy Brennan, a member of Letterkenny AC, who is a native of the north Sligo area, ran 31 minutes 03 seconds to claim the record. Emmett Dunleavy – who hasn’t competed in the Grange venue in a good few years – will be a starter this year and will be looking to add this prestigious race title to the many road races he has won this year. No doubt he will have an eye on the course record as well as cementing his position as leader of the Sligo Credit Union Road Race League. A very welcome added feature to this race is a team category. Sligo AC, Mayo AC, Letterkenny AC and the hosts, North Sligo AC, are all expected to field teams in

Women ran well in female-only event SLIGO female athletes were out in force on Sunday last for the annual female-only 5k road race. Promoted by Sligo AAI County Board, this race has become an annual fixture on the athletics calender. While numbers were slightly down on other years it is still a healthy sign for our sport to see over 90 women run around the streets of Sligo. They were led home by Lucy Brennan, who certainly knows how to win races. A wide range of prizes were presented after the race by Sligo AAI County Board chairman Terry Hayes and everyone enjoyed the after race re freshments. ATHLETICS Ireland’s annual awards night is fast approaching. It takes place in Dublin’s Crowne Plaza Hotel in early November. Tickets are now on sale. As this has been one of the best years ever for Irish athletics, this gala night is expected to be sold out. Anyone who wishes to purchase a ticket are asked to contact Terry Hayes on 087-2274622. TRAINING continues at Sligo IT track for Sligo AC athletes every Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while the younger age groups train on Monday evenings at the same venue. both the women’s and men’s categories. A fascinating day’s racing lies ahead and walkers are also very welcome to participate.

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Friday, September 30 SLIGO MINOR ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Replay St John’s v St Mary’s (Markievicz Park, 5.30pm)

Game played on Saturday, September 24 SLIGO MINOR ‘C’ CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Castleconnor 1-10, Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 0-12

Sunday, October 2 FEILE U-13 SHIELD Semi-finals GROUP ONE: Shamrock Gaels v CoolaneyMullinabreena (Coola, 11am); St Patrick’s v Ballymote Round Towers (Dromard, 11am) FEILE U-13 CUP Quarter-finals Coolera-Strandhill v 3rd team, Group Two (Ransboro, 11am); 2nd team, Group two v St Mary’ (Venue TBC, 11am) SLIGO MINOR ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL St Patrick’s v Tourlestrane (Markievicz Park, 2pm)

Games played on Sunday, September 25 SLIGO MINOR ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL St John’s 0-11, St Mary’s 1-8 FEILE U-13 CUP Group One ROUND FIVE: St John’s 4-3, Owenmore GaelsBallisodare 3-20; Calry-St Joseph’s 2-10, St Molaise Gaels 3-3 FEILE U-13 SHIELD Group One ROUND FIVE: Ballymote Round Towers 1-8, Shamrock Gaels 7-9; St Michael’s 7-5, Geevagh 9-6


TRIUMPHANT John Russell savours Sligo Rovers’ defeat of Shamrock Rovers in the recent FAI Ford Cup quarter-final at The Showgrounds.

FAI Cup could offer more joy for Rovers Kevin Egan


HAMROCK Rovers’ qualification for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League was well received by almost all Irish football supporters, but with the caveat attached that there was some concern about whether or not the south Dublin club would become too dominant on the back of the revenue that they would secure. However, that concern, in turn, came with one silver lining, which was that this year Shams might lose their grip on the Airtricity League title due to the heavy demands on their players. Paddy Power bookmakers pushed Shamrock Rovers out to 8-11 from 2-5 once Europa League qualification was secured, while Sligo Rovers were cut from 4-1 into 5-2. Those prices remain the same, however a 5-2 win over Bray Wanderers in their most recent Premier Division fixture proved that the Shams have got plenty of depth, and it also got one potential banana skin out of the way from their perspective. 5-2 looks like a good price when we allow for Shams having to rest players, but a look at the remaining run-in suggests that even without a

few key players in every match, Shams could be in a good position. With six games remaining, they will play four of those six games at Tallaght Stadium and home games against Drogheda United and Galway United could be over before they even begin. It would be amazing to see anything bigger than 1-6 or 17 about a home win in those games, and all of a sudden Rovers don’t have that many chances to knock over their rivals. Both sides still have to play Bohemians and, of course, nothing can be taken for granted when Bohemians play Shams except for a healthy overtime bill for the Garda Siochana! But even if the points are shared in that one, Rovers still will almost certainly need UCD or Bray Wanderers to do them a favour, and when we see that UCD were 51 to beat Bohemians at home last night [Monday], a weaker

side than Rovers, it becomes apparent that the 8-11 about Shams holding on to take the title could be a very good price. Retaining the FAI Ford Cup remains a strong possibility for Rovers, however, and at 13-8, the Bit O’Red remain front runners for that title. Those odds were prior to last night’s semi-final draw, which will have a huge bearing as neither Limerick nor Shelbourne will be expected to cause too many problems for any of the ‘big three’ of Rovers, Bohemians and St Pat’s, particularly as all three of those clubs are in excellent league form at the moment. For those looking for a bet this week, take St Patrick’s Athletic on Powers’ draw no bet market at anything bigger than 5-4 against Bohemians. Bohs have been getting results without playing very well in recent weeks and 17 goals in their last six Premier Division games have resulted in St Pat’s taking 16 points during the same time. They’ve got a decent record against the Bohs as well and can sneak a result from Dalymount Park. ALL prices quoted are available at, by calling 1800 721821, or in 212 betting offices nationwide, including Market Street, Sligo.

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Promotion will go to the most fearless Kennedy’s Intermediate Championship Preview


T is all about winning in next Sunday’s Intermediate Championship final – Coolaney-Mullinabreena take on Drumcliffe-Rosses Point at Markievicz Park, throw-in 4pm – as a ticket back to the Senior ranks is the prize. The Intermediate Championship can prove notoriously difficult to get out of or, indeed, stay out of. Easkey, for example, were Intermediate Champions last year but last weekend reached, and lost, an unwanted Senior final, the relegation play-offs decider. The team that Easkey overcame by two points in that 2010 Intermediate final, Drumcliffe-Rosses Point, return to this stage for the second year running but according to joint-manager Phil Gallagher, who guides the team along with Martin Gallagher (no relation), last year’s near-miss hasn’t been overly mentioned as this campaign began to bear fruit. “We’ve moved on from last year, we didn’t perform [against Easkey] but this is a new year and another final. On the one hand we could be happy enough to have reached two finals in-a-row but we want to take things a step further,” the former Sligo Senior team selector explained. Drumcliffe-Rosses Point’s strength has been an array of busy, accurate forwards – among them John Hestor, Paul Logan, Philip Gallagher and Kevin Davey – plus Mark Horkan’s development at midfield and Neil Ewing’s uncompromising presence at centre-back. “There are a lot of good team in the Intermediate Championship, four or five teams are capable of winning it each year. I think there will be only a kick of a ball between us on Sunday.” “The players have worked hard all year – everyone has contributed to where we are. We’ve tried to use as many players as possible and keeping the entire panel focused and interested has been the key, I think,” Gallagher added. Ahead of this final, a repeat of the 1992 decider that saw Drumcliffe-Rosses Point win by four points, Coolaney-Mullinabreena manager Denis Gormally must reshuffle his attacking options in the enforced absence of injured talisman Shane O’Brien. But Kieran Finan, the team’s top scorer, remains an outstanding matchwinner, while up and coming forward Cristóir Davey is a possible starter. Gormally says their current progress has hinged on recent underage efforts (the club won last year’s Sligo Minor ‘A’ Championship) with the experience of recent Intermediate Championship finals (2008 and 2005) also important. The loss of Shane O’Brien, injured early on in the semi-final defeat of St Farnan’s, is a significant blow, but Gormally credited his team’s resilience. “The momentum has grown for us since the group games, the lads have the ability and they’ve also shown work-rate, which is important.” “We’ve underachieved in the past but I believe if we are within touching distance of them [Drumcliffe-Rosses Point] in the second-half we can be competitive.” “Both teams play a nice brand of football but it is about who imposes themselves more on the day,” Gormally stated. “It is going to be a major test for the players, as individuals and as a team, and I hope we’ve got the mental strength to cope with the pressure.”

Coolaney-Mullinabreena CAMPAIGN RESULTS Group Two ROUND ONE: Coolaney-Mullinabreena 5-14, Castleconnor 0-6 ROUND TWO: Coolaney-Mullinabreena 0-11, Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-8 ROUND THREE: Coolaney-Mullinabreena 1-7, St Farnan’s 0-6 ROUND FOUR: Coolaney-Mullinabreena 5-14, Owenmore Gaels 1-4 ROUND FIVE: Coolaney-Mullinabreena 2-9, St Patrick’s 1-11 SEMI-FINAL: Coolaney-Mullinabreena 0-9, St Farnan’s 0-7 PLAYERS USED 25 Francis Brennan, Shane Kivlehan, Sean Gorman, Enda Kivlehan, Conor Gorman, Cian O’Dowd, Colin Connolly, Brendan Coleman, Raymond Gallagher, Matthew Conlon, Kieran Finan, John McGowan, Barry Kivlehan, Shane O’Brien, Eoghan O’Dowd, Conor McCormack, Cian Gorman, Barry O’Dowd, Kieran Doddy, James Conlon, Shane Marren, Declan McCormack, Cristóir Davey, Darren Coleman, Aidan Coleman Manager Denis Gormally

IMPACT: Kieran Finan, left, is an important player for Coolaney-Mullinabreena.

SCORERS 15 Kieran Finan 4-24, Shane O’Brien 4-12, Barry Kivlehan 3-5, Declan McCormack 1-3, Cristóir Davey 2-0, Enda Kivlehan 0-4, Brendan Coleman 0-4, Sean Gorman 0-3, Conor Gorman 0-3, Matthew Conlon 0-1, John McGowan 0-1, Shane Marren 0-1, Raymond Gallagher 0-1, Eoghan O’Dowd 0-1, Cian O’Gorman 0-1 For 13-64 (103 points) Average 17 points per game Against 3-42 (51 points) Average 8.5 points per game SILVERWARE Titles One (2005) Finals Five (1992, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2008)

Drumcliffe-Rosses Point CAMPAIGN RESULTS Group Two ROUND ONE: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 4-15, St Patrick’s 1-6 ROUND TWO: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-8, CoolaneyMullinabreena 0-11 ROUND THREE: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-12, Owenmore Gaels 0-4 ROUND FOUR: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 2-7, Castleconnor 1-2 ROUND FIVE: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-9, St Farnan’s 1-8 QUARTER-FINAL: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 1-14, EnniscroneKilglass 1-4 SEMI-FINAL: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 0-15, Bunnanadden 1-6 PLAYERS USED 27 Brian Holland, Justin Lyons, Shane Tuohy, Cian Kivlehan, Niall O’Grady, David Collins, Conor Davey, Neil Ewing, Sean Doyle, Colin Ginty, Mark Horkan, John Harvey, Brian Og Murphy, Paul Logan, John Hestor, Kevin Davey, Jarlath Murphy, Philip Gallagher, Donal Bellew, Shane Creamer, Niall Canning, Gary Feeney, Paul Logan, Ciaran McLoughlin, Niall Collery, Eoin Gaughan, John McGowan Management Phil Gallagher & Martin Gallagher SCORERS 13 John Hestor 3-17, Philip Gallagher 2-15, Paul Logan 0-14, Kevin Davey 1-7, Mark Horkan 2-3, Niall Canning 0-6, Jarlath Murphy 12, John Harvey 0-4, Donal Bellew 1-0, Niall Collery 0-3, Cian Kivlehan 0-2, Kevin Dufficy 0-2, Brian Og Murphy 0-1 For 10-80 (110 points) Average 16 points per game Against 5-41 (56 points) Average 8 points per game SILVERWARE Titles One (1992) Finals Three (1991, 1992, 2010)

SURGE: Shane Tuohy, right, competing for finalists Drumcliffe-Rosses Point.

FINALVerdict FEW, if any, can begrudge either club’s place in the decider and because they drew earlier in the competition Sunday’s outcome could be in the balance up until the closing stages. However, two major factors tilt matters in favour of the north Sligo club - Drumcliffe-Rosses Point’s hunger for redemption

after last year’s loss in the final and Shane O’Brien’s absence from Coolaney-Mullinabreena’s attack. That said, there shouldn’t be more that three or four points between two wellprepared outfits. VERDICT: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point


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Tubber give Easkey a bad dose of the blues Gavin Cawley Tourlestrane


HANDBALL CHAMPIONS: John McLoughlin, left, and Michael McMorrow.

National glory for handballers McLoughlin and McMorrow SLIGO handball is celebrating thanks to the national success for John McLoughlin and Michael McMorrow in the Emerald Masters ‘B’ Doubles category at the GAA Handball All-Ireland 60x30 Adult Softball Championship finals. Played at Crinkle, Birr the Sligo handballers overcame Kilkenny competitors Jim Dooley and Gerry Murphy (21-12, 17-21, 21-13). “The Kilkenny men went in as favourites but the Sligo pair matched them all the way before killing off Kilkenny’s fight back with a stunning finish,” said Michael McGee, Sligo Handball Board secretary. The contest went to three games and after the finalists won a game each, it all came down to the decisive third. “In the final game the powerfully built [Michael] McMorrow began to bombard the Kilkenny men with some thundering kills and he worked well inside.” “John McLoughlin’s great defensive play and long overhand returns put Sligo into the driving seat,” McGee recalled. The Sligo duo were leading 18-13 and managed to quell a late rally from the Leinster championship, eventually winning this game 21-

GAARResults Games played on Saturday, September 24 THE BELFRY SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Relegation Play-offs Final TOURLESTRANE: Tubbercurry (1-10) 2-15, Easkey (0-5) 17 EXPERT ELECTRICAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division Four Play-offs Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 3-5, Shamrock Gaels 1-19 Games played on Sunday, September 25 SLIGO MINOR ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL MARKIEVICZ PARK: St Mary’s (1-7) 1-8, St John’s (0-2) 0-11 THE BELFRY SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL MARKIEVICZ PARK: Tourlestrane (0-6) 1-12, CooleraStrandhill (0-3) 0-8 18. “McMorrow delivered the killer blows with three precision aces to Gerry Murphy’s left side that the Kilkenny man didn’t return,” McGee commented. “It was the first ever handball title for these Sligo stalwarts and one that was richly deserved.” “After many years of heartbreak their persistence was finally rewarded with All-Ireland medals,” a delighted McGee added, “they trained well for this final.”

LMOST a year after emerging from Sligo’s second tier, Easkey are back in the Sligo Intermediate Championship for 2012 after surrendering their top flight status last Saturday. West Sligo’s Sea Blues, winners of the Sligo Intermediate Championship last year, were comprehensively beaten by Tubbercurry, 2-15 to 1-7, in the relegation play-offs final at Tourlestrane. Tubbercurry, who drew with county finalists Tourlestrane and beat semi-finalists Curry in the group stages of this year’s competition and were still in contention for a quarter-final place going into the last round of round robin games, were inspired by Steven Kilcoyne last weekend. The return of county players Stephen Gilmartin and David Kelly also helped, so too the excellent scoring contribution of the aforementioned Kilcoyne and Colm McGee, who supplied 0-6 and 1-3 respectively in their 11-points win. Easkey, meanwhile, will rue several missed goal opportunities – they had at least half-a-dozen chances but only scored one of these through their top scorer, John Queenan. However, there was no doubting Tubbercurry’s greater strength on the day. Tubbercurry, who had the wind advantage for the first-half, started well. Steven Kilcoyne opened the scoring with a converted free and this was then followed by brace of points from Colm McGee. After 18 minutes the south Sligo club were seven points up - Easkey had yet to score - and Kilcoyne extended the margin to eight points before John Queenan put Easkey on the scoreboard. He pointed from Dessie Sloyan’s assist – firing the ball over – but a goal was on. Stephen Matthews then hit a long-range point for the winners, one of their best first-half scores. Easkey managed to reduce the gap to six points approaching halftime – Queenan and Sloyan were on target – but Tubbercurry’s first goal proved the turning point. David Kelly goaled at the second

Last year’s Intermediate champs return to the second tier following loss to a powerful Tubbercurry in relegation play-offs decider attempt after Easkey goalkeeper John Rolston had originally made a great save to deny Kelly’s first shot. Eugene Mullen landed Easkey’s fifth point before the interval but the deficit stood at eight points, 1-10 to 0-5. Easkey started the second-half a lot brighter than they did the firsthalf. Within minutes of the restart Noel McGuire and Dessie Sloyan combined to set up John Queenan who, as in the first-half, lashed an intended goal effort over the crossbar. But this miss was a costly one, however, as Tubbercurry made a massive response when Colm McGee notched their second goal. Sloyan and McGee traded scores and a straightforward outcome was briefly questioned when Queenan converted a penalty for the losers after Emmet Healy was fouled. Tubbercurry – the club with the most Sligo Senior Championships

won, having claimed 19 titles in all – replied with four unanswered points in the final 10 minutes to confirm their position in next year’s premier competition. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Steven Kilcoyne TUBBERCURRY: Daniel McDonagh, Anthony McGee, Mark Burke, Daniel Maye, Luke McDonagh (0-1), David Wynne, James Kelly, Brian Murphy, Stephen Gilmartin (0-1), Stephen Matthews (0-1), Dermot Walsh, Fabio Cretaro (0-2), Steven Kilcoyne (0-6, 2f), David Kelly (1-1), Colm McGee (1-3, 2f) Subs used: Barry Kilcoyne, Eoin Coleman, Aidan Brennan, Enda McGoey, John Johnston EASKEY: John Rolston, Ciaran Montague, Michael Rolston, Daniel Kirby, Ronan Conway, Derek O’Brien, Emmet Lindsay, Noel McGuire, Eugene Mullen (0-1), Brendan McGrath, Dessie Sloyan (0-2, 1f), Emmet Healy (01), Brendan Rolston, Declan Brennan, John Queenan (1-3, 2f) Subs used: Gene Curley, John Feeney, Padraic Cawley Referee: Anthony McGowan

PURPOSE: Colm McGee, right, scored 1-3 for Tubber last Saturday.

McCann’s 17th All-Ireland title!

MAGIC: Francis McCann.

FOLLOWING last Friday’s win for John McLoughlin and Michael McMorrow in the Emerald Masters ‘B’ doubles final, a great weekend for Sligo handball continued on Sunday last when Francis McCann claimed his 17th All-Ireland title. The Ballymote player, competing in Roscommon, defeated Cavan’s Mickeleen Brady in a hard-fought Golden Masters ‘A’ singles decider, part of this year’s GAA Handball All-Ireland 30x60 Adult Softball Championship. McCann had to dig deep before seeing the challenge of the excellent Cavan competitor on a scoreline of 21-11, 21-13.

Michael McGee, secretary of Sligo’s Handball Board, said: “McCann’s win was witnessed by many young handballers from the Ballymote club, who witnessed the ‘master’ in action.” “McCann’s win will do wonders for handball in his club and in the county. One of the all-time greats of Sligo handball, his skill, dedication and relentless work-rate have been the hallmarks of an outstanding sporting contribution since winning his All-Ireland medal - a Minor doubles title with club-mate Michael Porter in 1977.” “Thirty-four years later the magician continues to weave his magic!” McGee enthused.

COUNTY CHAMPIONS: Members of the Owenmore Gaels Minor Ladies Gaelic Football squad and their management, winners of this year’s Sligo Ladies Gaelic Football Minor ‘A’ Championship.


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Sport SLIGO SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Sponsored by The Belfry

‘Tour’ de force from south Sligo Sligo Senior Championship Final Coolera-Strandhill 0-8 Tourlestrane 1-12



OOLERA-Strandhill had three forwards on the score-sheet, had a player sent off in the first-half, saw their top scorer improve his season’s tally and their starting 15 got to march behind the St Michael’s Scout Brass Band, Enniskillen. But this is where the similarities between the beaten finalists’ county final experience and that of the undisputed victors, Tourlestrane, ended. Tourlestrane, wearing their seen-it-allbefore faces, breezed through The Belfry Senior Championship final last Sunday evening at Markievicz Park, briskly picking up the title for the 10th time in the club’s history after a thorough subjugation of Coolera-Strandhill. Winners by seven points, 1-12 to 0-8, Coolera-Strandhill’s pockets of concerted pressure were either insufficient or too infrequent for observers to ever contemplate that their south Sligo opponents wouldn’t end up bringing silverware back to popular Aclare pub, Flynn’s, who sponsor the county champions. War paint on at the start – they led 0-3 to 0-1 by the ninth minute – last year’s beaten finalists donned designer sunglasses at game’s end. James Leonard’s rifled 58th minute goal (from Gerry McGowan’s studied assist) afforded Tourlestrane extra breathing space as dogged Coolera-Strandhill, even by exuding nothing close to previous form, were just three points adrift, 0-11 to 0-8, going into the last five minutes of normal time. Launched into the plush zone by Leonard’s polished strike - the wing-back’s eighth score of this year’s Sligo Senior Championship – Tourlestrane could afford a ‘missed’ penalty in the first minute of stoppage time. Marty Duffy, who marshalled this contest as only an All-Ireland final referee can, awarded a penalty from a move that saw substitute Alan Dunne’s rocket come off the crossbar. Brian Egan, cigar out, clipped the spotkick over Vinny Cadden’s crossbar for his eighth point of a final that, despite two dismissals in the second-half, was never a treacherous contest. John Quinn, hitherto impressive and the scorer of three points from play, was redcarded after 50 minutes following an offthe-ball incident. Such was Tourlestrane’s organised dominance (that they were five points up, 0-11 to 0-6, when Quinn departed also helped) Coolera-Strandhill were unable to exploit the numerical advantage – three useful attacks yielded two wides and a booming point from Alan Costello, his second of the day. Indeed, within five minutes of Quinn’s exit, Coolera-Strandhill were themselves reduced by one when Niall Murphy, their

Tourlestrane were ruthless when retaking Owen B last Sunday young standard-bearer in attack along with Alan Costello, was booked for a second time. Before Murphy’s second yellow Tourlestrane spurned a goal chance – Gerry McGowan had a legitimate call for a penalty but, in the phase of play that followed, Brian Egan flashed a shot wide of the target. Tourlestrane’s enthralling capacity to absorb and respond was best exhibited between the 34th and 40th minute when, following a snappy score from Karol O’Neill, who pointed just 14 seconds into the second-half, the soon-to-be champs threw four unanswered points into the mix (0-6 to 0-4 became 0-10 to 0-5). Coolera-Strandhill hearts were melting in this final’s furnace, as Tourlestrane remained ice-cool – Brian Egan (3) and John Quinn the scorers during this productive period. The runners-up then revived their fading hopes with points from goalkeeper Vinny Cadden and Niall Murphy but Tourlestrane carefully side-stepped any booby traps when Brian Egan pointed sharply and assuredly from Alan Dunne’s pass. The first-half showed the same pattern, the end of which saw Tourlestrane three ahead (0-6 to 0-3), but they should have had a goal except Gerry McGowan’s aim was surprisingly off target from close-range after he received a selfless assist from team captain Gary Gaughan in the 10th minute. Tourlestrane’s composure, efficiency and know-how squeezed the life out of Coolera-Strandhill. The beaten finalists were constricted because their big guns failed to fire, aside from sporadic pieces of skill from Murphy and Costello, and they never won enough clean possession or breaks. Furthermore, Tourlestrane had heroes in abundance, chief among them Brian Egan, a wonderful prospect. The day’s stars? The Egans (Brendan and Brian), the Gaughans (Gary and Noel), Gerry McGowan, Adrian McIntyre, John Quinn, substitutes Alan Dunne and David Durkin – every player wearing green and gold produced a minimum of five out of 10. This was the biggest game of their lives, yet Tourlestrane went about their various jobs unfussed, focused. Just taking care of business.

CUP HOLDER: Tourlestrane team captain Gary Gaughan raises the trophy!



Game played on Sunday, September 25 THE BELFRY SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL MARKIEVICZ PARK: Tourlestrane (0-6) 1-12, Coolera-Strandhill (0-3) 0-8 Player of the Match: Brian Egan Referee: Marty Duffy

TOURLESTRANE Seamus Gildea, Colin Neary, Brian Kennedy, Robert Leonard, Noel Gaughan, Adrian McIntyre, James Leonard (1-0), Brendan Egan, Stephen Henry, Gary Gaughan, Shane Dunne, John Marren (0-1), John Quinn (0-3), Gerry McGowan, Brian Egan (0-8, 4f) Subs used: Alan Dunne for John Marren, 30+1; David Durkin for Robert Leonard, 36 Subs not used: Matthew Walsh, Eamon Haran, Diarmuid Dunne, Enda Kelly, Matthew Brennan, Barry Kirrane, John Egan, Eamonn O’Hara, Killian Gavaghan, Padraig Leonard, Aaron Murtagh, Dermot Brennan, Daryn Walsh Manager: Neil Egan Selectors: David Durkin, Brendan Leonard

TalkingPPoint CONTRASTING AGENDAS Would CooleraStrandhill repeat the glory days of 2006 or would Tourlestrane, in their third successive final, reclaim Owen B for the first time since 2009? The result, to the second question, was emphatically yes.

TurningPPoint DAVID DURKIN’S INTRODUCTION A year after his first-half injury in a county final contributed to Tourlestrane’s downfall, the wellversed defender, brought on after 36 minutes, further steadied an already rock-solid ship as canny Tourlestrane continued to control proceedings.

TopPPerformer BRIAN EGAN The measure of the young forward’s worth is that even Tourlestrane would struggle without their newest attacking magician. The adroit cornerforward top-scored with eight points – five of these coming against the breeze in the second-half.

COOLERA-STRANDHILL Vinny Cadden (0-1, 1f), Keelan Cawley, Rory O’Connor, Ciaran Maloney, Gary Cawley, Tony Waters, Con O’Meara, Kieran Quinn, Adrian McPartland, John McPartland, Colm Mullen, Niall Murphy (0-3, 1f), Karol O’Neill (0-1), Alan Costello (0-3, 1f) Subs used: Ciaran Brenan for K Quinn (‘blood’ sub), 26; Ciaran Brenan for Colm Mullen, 40; Luke Bree for Enda Mitchell, 49 Subs not used: Fergus Flynn, David McGee, Christy Walsh, Padraig Gaughan, Gary Cadden, Barry Doyle, Sean Quinn, Niall Costello, Francis Gaughan, David Bergin, Damien Gilligan, Ray Doyle, Conor McDonagh Management: Neil Carew, Alan Kelly Selectors: Tommy Cradock, Shane O’Neill

TUSSLERS: Con O’Meara contests possession with Stephen Henry at Markievicz Park last Sunday.


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Winners in control T

OURLESTRANE’S ability to dictate their own destiny was something that their corner-forward, John Quinn, highlighted in the aftermath of last Sunday’s Sligo Senior Championship final. Despite Coolera-Strandhill threatening to make this a more even encounter, the former winners regained the silverware with a degree of control that only the likes of Eastern Harps in their pomp could register. “It was tighter than I would have liked at half-time,” Quinn reflected, “we knew the breeze was strong and that we would have a lot of work to do in the second-half.” “In the second-half we put Coolera-Strandhill under as much pressure as possible and tried to move it on after half-time. We kicked four scores in-a-row and really it was a long way back for them after that.” “They had their spell of pressure, around 10 minutes or so, but we pushed on again towards the end.” He continued: “After their spell we were in control. There was always a chance they would come back and we had to work hard to try to maintain our lead. There were a lot of events towards the end of the game but we always looked in control.” Indeed, it was an eventful county final for the player who won an AllIreland Colleges Senior ‘B’ Championship medal with St Attracta’s Community School five years ago. Not only did he contribute three points to bring his overall tally to 1-29 - he was redcarded with 10 minutes left. Quinn maintained that Tourlestrane’s store of experience is invaluable on days such as last Sunday. “Having been in county finals before – even though we lost last year’s one – is a great experience to get.” “It was great to have David Durkin today [Sunday] but this year was a great experience for the younger players in the team, to come through such a tight competition.”

BREAKING BALL: Tourlestrane’s Brendan Egan, left, and Coolera-Strandhill player Kieran Quinn, right, chase a loose ball during last Sunday’s county final. “We were winning games by a point or coming back to draw – it has been a long, tough campaign and it is great to come out of the right side of it at the end.” Quinn also mentioned his team-mate Brian Egan, the county champions leading scorer on Sunday (with eight points) and

their most accurate shooter over nine games (40 points). “Brian [Egan] is just a brilliant player, he has really been our main scorer. He has stepped up this year, like what a lot of us have had to do. Fair play to him, he has had a great season.”

Seizing the day started with a speech in 2010 WHATEVER about retaining the Owen B Hunt Cup – a feat that still belongs to west Sligo outfit St Patrick’s, who won back-to-back titles in 1988-89 – regaining the trophy is still a big deal. What about bouncing back after losing a final? That was Tourlestrane’s situation 12 months ago when the south Sligo side, then the holders, lost out to Eastern Harps. Getting over Eastern Harps in this year’s semi-final proved that Tourlestrane had reinvented themselves and they also adapted to cope without various club icons, although the im portance of the Gaughan brothers, the Egan siblings and Adrian McIntyre cannot be over stated. Manager Neil Egan, who was also in charge last year, maintained that a speech in the crestfallen dressing-room after the county final loss in 2010 reminded the players that the only way was up. “After the county final last year I said that good teams rise from the ashes and now a great team has risen from the ashes.” “Our experience had a good bit to do with this result, we knew how to win. We knew how to control the game - David Durkin come in and he helped control things.” “[As a Tourlestrane man] I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted. I’m just so happy that we’ve won.” “I’m more delighted because I’m the manager of such a great team, one that has shown such great fighting spirit all year.” “I’m so happy for the team and the supporters. There were a few doubtful people who thought we hadn’t it in us to make it,” he added. “To see David Durkin coming back after one year out was terrific. That is the kind of panel we have, everyone can contribute something when we get to a final.” “That is the kind of dedication that we have in the club, not just from David, but from lots of players.”

The ‘best’ performance says Gary THEIR assignment complete, it was time for the plaudits to be handed out. Given Tourlestrane’s style and substance in overcoming a decent Coolera-Strandhill side, the rich praise going their way was thoroughly justified. Team captain Gary Gaughan, who contributed handsomely to the seven-points win, was in no doubt about what he had been part of and witnessed. “It probably was our best performance all year as a team, overall,” he said afterwards, “it is never about individuals at the end of the day, it is about the team and that is what we base our game on.” Memories of last year’s disappointing loss to Eastern Harps was, according to Gaughan, a spur to recapture glory. “Last year made a difference – if you lose a final you always want to come back the following year and make up for the defeat.” “The pain and disappointment of looking on and seeing the cup being presented is absolute torture.”

PRESENTATION: Sligo GAA County Board chairman, Cyril Feehily, far left, presents the Owen B Hunt Cup to the winning captain, Gary Gaughan of Tourlestrane. Pictures by Michael McGurrin “It has been a tough year for me, personally [Gaughan’s brother, Darren, passed away suddenly in October of 2010] but when you get on the pitch and see the lads enjoying

the football it is brilliant. “Today [Sunday] you can see how much it meant to our supporters.” Despite the edge-of-the-seat results that brought them to the final,

Gaughan said that confidence wasn’t an issue. “You have to be confident come into a game like this – it was our third final in-a-row. That gives you experience.” “We knew Coolera-Strandhill were a good team and we lost to them [in the Sligo Football League] but it is the result in the Senior Championship that counts and we got that.” “There were four or five games all year where we won by a point and without the scores from Brian Egan and the lads, as I said to the supporters, we wouldn’t have won.” “We have some good, young players coming through as well [Tourlestrane are in next Sunday’s Sligo Minor ‘B’ Championship final],” explained the wing-forward. “The likes of Eamonn [O’Hara], Gerry [McGowan] and David [Durkin] won’t be around forever so we need new players coming into the team. But you also need the experience of the older players as well.”




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Sport SLIGO SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Sponsored by The Belfry

Long shadows fell on Knocknarea Senior Championship Final Comment FOR Coolera-Strandhill the weekend’s activity started in Coolera House with an ‘Up for The Final’ table quiz on Saturday night. It ends on Sunday evening at Markievicz Park with the scoreboard showing Tourlestrane 1-12, Coolera-Strandhill 0-8. The weekend’s biggest question remained unanswered. On Saturday night all the top chiefs from the club were on hand for the battle of the brains as 11 tables vied for the honours. By midnight, the ‘game’ is over and a table led by club vice-chairman Cathal Martyn, which also included local TD Tony McLoughlin, emerges victorious. On Sunday morning local priest Fr Christopher McCrann enters the field of play. At the end of 11am mass in Ransboro, he holds high a red and white ribbon and prays for ‘good luck’ for the team. His sup-

Brian McHugh reflects on a busy agenda for one of the county finalists last weekend port was greeted by applause from the congregation. Immediately after mass, the club’s weekend activities continue when they hold a cake sale in the nearby school hall. In the afternoon there is just one item left on the agenda – the little

matter of a GAA Football Sligo Senior Championship final against Tourlestrane at Markievicz Park. At 4.40pm the Knocknarea lads run out on the pitch at Sligo GAA headquarters, to loud applause from their supporters. The are quickly followed on the perfectlygroomed pitch by their opponents, Tourlestrane. After a warm-up and kick-around, the sides line up behind St Michael’s Scout Brass Band from Enniskillen for the parade. As they pass the press-box and under the watchful eye of Sligo GAA County Board chairman, Cyril Feehily, the band play the Wolfe Tones classic, ‘We’re on the one road’. However, it’s obvious that these two teams will be on different roads before they leave the pitch. The final formality is a lovely rendition of the National Anthem by Bernadine McGauran of the Calry-St Joseph’s club. Then the ball is thrown-in and the game is on. From the start it’s apparent, even to this scribe, a Cool-

era resident and supporter, but one who knows little about Gaelic football, that things are not going well. But up to half-time, we live in hope that playing with the breeze in the second-half may make the difference. But it is not to be. As the shadow cast by the stand spreads further across the pitch, a similar shadow comes down on the fortunes of Coolera-Strandhill. The scoreboard reads worse as the game unfolds. Kieran Quinn goes off with a hand injury – potentially serious for a man that makes his living as a piano player and music teacher. Star forward Niall Murphy is later sent off. Both shadows extend in tandem. Referee Marty Duffy’s final whistle sounds the end of the weekend’s activities for Coolera-Strandhill. There are no happy campers around Knocknarea. But the community spirit lives on, there will be another day. And there is the club’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event on October 8 to look forward to.

Champs will aim higher


Senior Championship Final Comment


ONGRATULATIONS to the new Sligo Senior champions Tourlestrane. By all accounts, they were fully deserving of their success on Sunday. I’m sure that the late Darren Gaughan was to the forefront of everyone’s mind on what was another special day for a phenomenally successful club, especially as his brother Gary lifted the Owen B Hunt trophy and another Gaughan sibling, Noel, celebrated with his team-mates after an excellent performance. The competition was completely rejigged this year, and with the south Sligo men once again taking home the trophy, it goes to prove that the cream will always rise to the top. In my opinion the new format for the club championships this year has been a success. Some of the earlier games may have lacked intensity given that each team had at least five games to shape their season, but the closing games of the group stages had plenty to offer and the knockout stages were typically exciting. Best of all, most games had something riding on them and there was, to my mind, only one game where the result was pretty insignificant. Take Tubbercurry for example – they lost only one game more than finalists Tourlestrane and Coolera-Strandhill in the group stages, yet needed to beat Easkey in Saturday’s relegation final to retain their Senior status. Worryingly for every other club in the county, Tourlestrane secured victory on Sunday without big performances from their big players. Eamonn O’Hara missed out, Eamon Haran sat it out and, while David Durkin and Gerry McGowan played their part, boss Neil Egan found leaders in other areas all over the park. The Gaughan brothers, the Egan boys, Adrian McIntyre, Brian Kennedy, John Quinn – Tourlestrane have turned big prospects into big players, which is not as easy as it sounds, as any of the Sligo town

Darragh Cox of Ocean FM says that the title winners deserved their success but they will be looking at the challenge of Connacht

MEETING A HERO: Young Tom Bailey, left, and Tourlestrane player Noel Gaughan. clubs will tell you. The Holy Grail for Tourlestrane, however, remains the Connacht Club Senior Championship. They joined St Mary’s in second place on the Sligo honours list with their 10th triumph on Sunday, but St Mary’s have three Connacht titles to their name as well. Sligo’s record in the competition is really poor, and it is something that Tourlestrane will straight away have to look at addressing on behalf of the rest of

the county. Glencar-Manorhamilton, managed by Sligo man Glenn Young, a Sligo Senior Championship winner with St Mary’s during his playing career, stormed to a fourth successive Leitrim Senior title on Sunday – a stunning achievement given how hard it is to put even two successful campaigns back-to-back – and will provide the first opposition for Tourlestrane on October 16. The winner of that game will be just three more wins away from an appearance

in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day for an All-Ireland final, while that may seem a long way off, it illustrates what is on offer for a team that does not rest on its laurels after a county title success – sweet and all as it is to achieve. THIS Sunday, Ocean FM will be covering the Sligo Intermediate Championship final between Drumcliffe-Rosses Point and CoolaneyMullinabreena at Markievicz Park.


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Sport Kelly admits to Tourlestrane’s superiority

THE EGAN HAS LANDED: Tourlestrane’s top scorer Brian Egan, centre, breaks clear of three Coolera-Strandhill players.

Showing mettle Eugene MacHale was impressed by Tourlestrane’s display when it mattered


OURLESTRANE are back where they believe they should be. One would have to admire the south Sligo club who overcame the loss of a number of key players during the campaign. Despite their defeat in last year’s final, they still had the belief that they could return to win this year’s title. They had wind advantage for the firsthalf of last Sunday’s decider against Coolera-Strandhill and they were quickly into their stride when Brendan Egan tore through the heart of the Coolera-Strandhill defence to set up his brother, Brian, for the opening point. Young Brian was to score the next two points for the men in green and gold. John Quinn was causing huge headaches for the Coolera-Strandhill defence and he was ably assisted by Gerry McGowan. The Tourlestrane management showed how ruthless they could be when they called John Marren ashore after he had scored a point. This was Tourlestrane’s third final in-arow and at no stage did they look like they would be defeated. They have huge self-belief, a vital trait which is backed up by very talented players who always give 100 per cent commitment.

Coolera-Strandhill will be very disappointed with their performance – or lack of one – on the day. They will feel, like many did in the crowd, that Tourlestrane’s goal should not have been allowed as it appeared that the final pass was a ‘throw’ ball. But even if it was disallowed I do not believe it would have made a difference in the overall run of things. When Karol O’Neill shot an early secondhalf point for the men in red it looked for a while that we could have a cliffhanger on our hands but it was not to be as the Tourlestrane men moved up a gear or two. Brendan Egan tackled as if his life depended on it and was a real powerhouse throughout. The introduction of David Durkin typifies what Tourlestrane GAA Club is all about. Six months ago Durkin underwent surgery to repair his cruciate ligament. Many players with six county championship medals and in the autumn of a great career would have considered hanging up their boots. But Tourlestrane men are different. Durkin put himself through hell and back to play in this year’s county final and personally I was delighted for him that he played some part in Sundays final. Gerry McGowan – like Durkin – was plagued all year with injury but he too went through the mill to play on Sunday and they both collected their seventh winners’ medal. Eamonn O’Hara would have joined his two long-serving team-mates in winning a seventh county medal only to be cruelly ruled out for this year’s championship due to a cruciate ligament injury. What an inspiration these three legends must be to the squad’s younger members! I believe that the new county champions have the required players in their panel to make a bold bid to win a Connacht title.

LAST Sunday’s Minor ‘A’ Championship final ended in a welter of excitement at Markievicz Park as St John’s made an amazing comeback – from being eight points down at half-time – to force a draw with St Mary’s, another Sligo town side. St Mary’s may feel aggrieved at the amount of time added on at the end of the second-half (eight minutes or so) but when they look back on the DVD they may have a different view. The replay takes place this Friday at Markievicz Park (5.30pm).

ALL THE YOUNG DUDES: Below, from left, Tourlestrane players John Marren, Brendan Egan, Alan Dunne, Seamus Gildea and Noel Gaughan celebrate their defeat of Coolera-Strandhill.

ON the day when the Owen B Hunt Cup re turned to south Sligo, Coolera-Strandhill’s joint-manager, Alan Kelly, conceded that Tourlestrane were worthy victors. He admitted: “We really didn’t play well. Tourlestrane put us under pressure, they real ly were the harder working team and I think they deserve their win,” said the former Cool era-Strandhill player who, along with Neil Carew, guided the club to their first county final appearance since 2005. “I think they [Tourlestrane] started better. Funnily enough, looking back now, I thought it wasn’t too bad that we were starting the sec ond-half three points down [0-6 to 0-3],” the Mayo native reflected. “For the second-half we had the breeze and we got the first score of the second-half, for the full 60 minutes we didn’t win enough breaking ball.” Kelly agreed that Tourlestrane’s experience was vital. “They had the bit of ‘cuteness’ from playing in other county finals, they didn’t panic and when under pressure they didn’t make mistakes.” “Up to today [Sunday] we thought we were fly ing but obviously we were proved wrong by Tourlestrane.” As for Coolera-Strandhill’s future, Kelly believes this year’s campaign definitely sowed seeds. “There are a few young lads coming through, the experience of this county final should drive them on bigger and brighter things.” Kelly picked out two of Coolera-Strandhill’s ris ing stars - forward Niall Murphy and goalkeep er Vinny Cadden - as players to watch. Cadden chipped in with a pointed free in the second-half, while Murphy, who notched three points, was sent off with five minutes left. “Niall Murphy is really a fantastic player and Vinny Cadden is another. Sligo [GAA] needs to look after them. They’ve a great future ahead of them.” “He [Murphy] was a bit headstrong - he might look back on one or two tackles he made - but hope fully he will have plenty of good days ahead.”




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Teens share the spoils Sligo Minor ‘A’ Championship Final St John’s 0-11 St Mary’s 1-8



LEVELLING point in the eighth minute of stoppage time from cornerback Conor Kerins brought St John’s back from the brink in Sunday’s Sligo Minor ‘A’ Championship decider at Markievicz Park. Kerins’ late, late show meant a share of the spoils, 0-11 to 1-8, after a well-contested fixture – definitely a game of two halves – that neither side deserved to win, or lose. St John’s trailed by eight points at the break, 1-7 to 0-2, after a listless first-half but they brilliantly outscored their Sligo town rivals by 0-9 to 0-1 in a one-sided secondhalf. Indeed, St John’s almost undone their excellent work with 10 wides, eight of these in the second period. St Mary’s, who only pointed once in the second-half, established a terrific lead with the breeze and in Colm Egan, who powered 1-3 in the first-half, they had a candidate for ‘Player of the Match’ but, like his teammates, he later faded. St Mary’s began with a couple of positional switches – wing-forward Niall McManus moving to midfield and No.9 Colm Egan taking up a spot on the edge of the square. Egan, who has played in this year’s Sligo Senior Championship, cleverly landed a hat-trick of points inside the opening 10 minutes and Seamus Cawley, a nimble corner-forward, also pointed as St Mary’s built up a deserved four-points lead, 0-4 to 0-0. St John’s got off the mark in the 12th minute with a pointed free from Fiachra Grennan and then Cian Breheny, who earlier twice missed from play after driving runs, pointed a free to cancel out the St John’s opener. Colm Egan’s blistering 19th minute goal – he latched onto Dylan Kilgallon’s finish before lashing the ball high to the net – put St Mary’s into a commanding position. This seven-points lead, 1-5 to 0-1, was threatened almost immediately when one of St John’s more cohesive attacks resulted in a goalbound shot from Stephen Kearins that Cian Mulligan bravely put out for a ‘45’. St John’s pointed again through a second free from Grennan but their half-time situation – an eight-points deficit, 1-7 to 0-2 – could have been much worse as St Mary’s missed two certain goals. Egan, a powerful and sometimes unstoppable force in and around the St John’s goalmouth, put Seamus Cawley through but the corner-forward somehow scuffed his shot and St John’s cleared. When Cian Breheny’s perceptive pass set up Egan after 30 minutes there seemed only one outcome but the burly attacker skimmed a shot wide after twisting and turning his marker. Breheny’s accuracy from frees – he hit three in the first-half – took the edge off these goal misses as St Mary’s, even when playing against the breeze in the secondhalf, appeared in an unassailable position. Four unanswered points inside the opening 10 minutes of the restart for St John’s, including a point each for midfielders David Burke and Kieran Blake, suddenly made this a competitive final and had Stephen Kearins’ sniping shot not fizzed narrowly wide then the St John’s recovery would have been almost complete. Cian Breheny’s pointed free, his fourth, in the 40th minute was St Mary’s first – and only – score of the second-half as St John’s continued to manufacture the better scor-

MINOR TUSSLE: St John’s player Robert Galvin, right, and Dylan Corcoran of St Mary’s in a race for possession.

A dramatic tie saw St John’s earn a draw to frustrate rivals St Mary’s in a Minor ‘A’ final of contrasting halves

ing chance but, crucially, they registered numerous wides. St Mary’s missed another goal chance – Dylan Kilgallon’s shot was deflected for a ‘45’ – as St John’s brought the margin to three points, 1-8 to 0-8, when Conor Kerins pointed a ‘45’ after 57 minutes. Grennan and Conor Kerins each pointed in added time to make

MANAGER: St Mary’s boss, Tommy Breheny, left.

it a one point game, 1-8 to 0-10, and Robert Galvin, converted from wing-back to wingforward, beat the ground in frustration after he clipped the ball wide from a favourable situation. Daniel Smith was similarly off target as St Mary’s, who were subdued for all of the second-half, were just about clinging on. An equaliser was inevitable and Conor Kerins supplied it when coolly lofting his third dead ball score, the ball kicked from the ground, as St John’s completed a remarkable turnaround. The replay is scheduled for Friday at Markievicz Park, throw-in 5.30pm. PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Colm Egan ST JOHN’S: Jamie McGovern, Conor Kerins (0-3, 2f, 1 ‘45’), Mark Gerrity, Enda Roche, Robert Galvin (0-1), Eoin Flanagan, David Heffernan, David Burke (0-1), Kieran Blake (0-1), Fiachra Grennan (0-4, 3f), Hayden Cawley, Daniel Smith, Stephen Kearins, Martin Scanlon, Ross Gordon Subs used: Ronan Kelly, Keelan Kelly ST MARY’S: Jack Keegan, Cian Mulligan, Conor Mahon, Stephen Keenan, Kevin Coen, Robert Keegan, Enda Gavin, Brian Smith, Niall McManus, Dylan Corcoan, Cian Breheny (0-4, 4f), Casimer Fox, Dylan Kilgallon, Colm Egan (1-3), Seamus Cawley (0-1) Subs used: Ryan McManus, James O’Hehir Referee: Ciaran McGovern


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Sport JUNIORSSoccer SLIGO-LEITRIM LEAGUE: Weekly update, results and fixtures SUPER LEAGUE

Tables SUPER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic City United Carbury FC Yeats United Ballymote Celtic Coolera Rovers Ballisodare United Cliffoney Celtic Aughanagh Celtic Quayside Rovers Strand Celtic Manor Rangers

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

L 1 0 1 2 1 1 3 4 3 4 5 5

F 25 19 18 13 18 0 8 11 6 11 6 3

A 2 4 8 13 10 9 11 18 9 15 25 24

Pts 15 15 12 12 11 10 7 6 3 3 0 0

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

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

F 14 12 14 19 11 16 11 11 8 4 4 4

A 6 3 9 3 2 12 13 16 22 10 15 17

Pts 14 10 10 9 9 9 7 7 3 1 1 0

W D L 6 1 0 5 1 1 5 0 0 4 0 2 4 0 2 2 0 4 2 0 5 0 0 14

F 26 19 25 24 17 13 13 0

A 9 12 3 8 14 19 30 42

Pts 19 16 15 12 12 6 6 0

PREMIER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic Reserves Calry Bohs Dromore Villa Real Tubber Cartron United Kilglass-Enniscrone United Gurteen Celtic MCR FC Merville United Ballygawley Celtic Chaffpool United Coolaney United

DIVISION ONE Strand Celtic Reserves Glenview Stars St John’s Carrick Town Benbulben FC Aclare Celtic Leitrim Villa Western Rovers

P 7 7 5 6 6 6 7 14

Results Games played on Sunday, September 25 CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Renmore 4, Ballygawley Celtic 2; Real Tubber 4, Partry Athletic 5 AET; Leitrim Villa 1, Gurteen Celtic 8; Loughglynn 2, St John’s (Sligo-Leitrim) 4; Moyne Villa 6, Glenview Stars 3; Cartron United 3, Kiltullagh Pioneers 0; Merville United 0, Dromore Villa 3; Calry Bohs 7, Moy Villa 0; Dynamo Blues 3, Coolaney United 0; MCR FC 3, Loughrea 2

Results Games played on Sunday, September 25 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Aughanagh Celtic 1, Yeats United 3; Ballisodare United 0, City United 4; Ballymote Celtic 3, Coolera Rovers 3; Boyle Celtic 2, Quayside Rovers 0; Carbury FC 3, Manor Rangers 0; Cliffoney Celtic 4, Strand Celtic 0 SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic Reserves 2, Chaffpool United 2 CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Strand Celtic Reserves 3, Aclare Celtic 2

Boyle Celtic continue their fine form I n last Sunday’s Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League, Boyle Celtic lead the standings – on goal difference ahead of City United – following their 2-0 home defeat of Quayside Rovers. Goals from James McCarthy and Aaron Calpin saw off the Quayside Rovers challenge. City United continue in hot pursuit, however. Their fifth successive win was a 4-0 away demolition of Ballisodare United. Four superb goals – all scored in the first-half – came from David Blaine, Gary Rooney, Keith Nibbs and Clive Sommers. Yeats United recorded their fourth win (from six games) with a 3-1 win away to Aughanagh

Celtic. The home side opened the scoring with a Brian Craig goal, but strikes from Rory McCaffrey Paul Hogan and Seamus Cannon gave the visitors maximum points. Ballymote Celtic and Coolera Rovers drew 3-3 at Brother Walfrid Park in Ballymote. Conor Meehan, Niall Brennan and Michael Flannery were on target for the home side. Goals from Gary Finan, Paul Devins and Shane Hayes (who converted a penalty) secured a great away point for last season’s Premier Division winners. Cliffoney Celtic were 4-0 winners at home against Strand Celtic. Alan Harrison, Darren Hoey and Mark Quinn each netted and there was also an own goal.


Local sides endure mixed fortunes In last Sunday’s Connacht Junior Cup fixtures that involved sides from the Sligo-Leitrim region, Premier League side Gurteen Celtic blasted Division One outfit Leitrim Villa 8-1. Shane Regan grabbed a hat-trick, while Martin Doherty (2), Fiachra Gorman, Declan Maheady and Vincent Frizzell also scored. Brian Gilroy netted a consolation strike for Leitrim Villa. Calry Bohs won 7-0 at home against Moy Villa. Eoin Doherty bagged a hattrick with further strikes from Danny Dolan, Mark Fowley and Victor Rodriguez. Carraroe side St John’s were 4-2 win-


ners away to Loughglynn. The goals for St John’s came from Stephen Armstrong, Ronan McGarrigle, Tommy Kelly and Brian Keaney. MCR won 3-2 at home against Loughrea. John Lynch and the Kelly brothers, Stephen and Darren Kelly, got the vital strikes for the winners. Cormac Coyne scored twice and his brother Ciaran added the third as Cartron United recorded a fine 3-0 home victory against Kiltullagh Pioneers. Finally, Real Tubber lost on penalties against Partry Athletic. It finished a goal apiece (after normal time and extratime).


Reserves get a draw O’Mahoney’s hat-trick IN the Sligo Pallets Premier League last Sunday, Boyle Celtic Reserves maintained their early season form and their unbeaten run. A 2-2 home draw with Chaffpool United resulted in a useful point. Dermot Beggan scored twice for the home side.

STRAND Celtic Reserves were 3-2 winners against Aclare Celtic last Sunday in the Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One. Conor O’Mahoney scored a hat-trick at Strandhill for the current Division One leaders who have won six times this season.

Fixtures Sunday, October 2 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Coolera Rovers v Aughanagh Celtic; Manor Rangers v Ballymote Celtic; Quayside Rovers v Cliffoney Celtic; Ballisodare United v Strand Celtic SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Calry Bohs v Boyle Celtic Reserves; Chaffpool United v MCR FC; Coolaney United v Ballygawley Celtic Dromore Villa v Cartron United; Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Real Tubber CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Games start at 11am Aclare Celtic v Leitrim Villa; Carrick Town v Benbulben FC; Strand Celtic Reserves v St John’s FC ALL morning results by (1.30pm) and afternoon results by (5pm) to 087-1417566. Fixtures are available from Sunday evening (6.30pm onwards) on 071-9170099. CLUBS are reminded that when grounds are deemed unplayable the game must revert to the opponent's pitch immediately.

TAKING PART: The Strand Celtic Boys U-15 squad that played against their counterparts from Corrib Celtic (Galway) last Saturday in an SFAI Boys U-15 Cup fixture.

YOUTHSSoccer Results Games played on Saturday, September 24 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Boyle Celtic 1, Benbulben Black 2; Arrow Harps 6, Yeats United 1; Strand Celtic White 4, Real Tubber Black 1; Real Tubber Blue 0, Calry Bohs 0; Merville United 2, Ballisodare United 6 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-12 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Group One Dromore Villa 0, Strand Celtic White 5; Manor Rangers 0, Carrick Town 5 Group Two Merville United 4, Benbulben FC 5; Ballymote Celtic 2, St John’s 5 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-13 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Merville United 6, Benbulben FC 1 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-14 LEAGUE Sponsored by The Sligo Champion Group One Arrow Harps 1, Ballymote Celtic 3 Group Two Dromore Villa 5, Valley Rovers 0 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-15 LEAGUE Sponsored by The Sligo Champion Benbulben FC 3, Ballisodare United 1; Yeats United 2, Merville United 7; Coolaney United 1, Ballygawley Celtic 5 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-16 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Group Two Arrow Harps 6, Manor Rangers 2 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-17 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Ballygawley Celtic 5, Kilglass-Enniscrone United 0 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Coolaney United 2, Arrow Harps 6; Boyle Celtic 7, Ballymote Celtic 2; Ballisodare United 5, St John’s 1; Strand Celtic 5, Calry Bohs 1

Results Games played on Saturday, September 24 SFAI BOYS U-13 CUP Salthill Devon NR Boyle Celtic* *No result SFAI BOYS U-15 CUP Strand Celtic 4, Corrib Celtic 1 CONNACHT BOYS U-16 CUP Gurteen Celtic 0, Merville United 5 Game played on Sunday, September 25 FAI BOYS U-17 CUP West Coast United NR Yeats United* *No result

Top Scorers BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Seven goals Mark Irwin (Ballymote Celtic) Six goals Michael Corrigan (Boyle Celtic) SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Seven goals Hughie Marren (Real Tubber) Six goals Dermot Beggan (Boyle Celtic) CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Seven goals Stephen Sirle (Carrick Town) Six goals Gino O’Boyle (Glenview Stars) DROMORE VILLA FOOTBALL CLUB Walkover The club’s Junior were scheduled to be away against Merville United last Sunday in the Connacht Junior Cup but received a walkover - they now progress to the next stage of this provincial competition. Next Sunday, October 2, the team are at home against Cartron United in a Sligo-Leitrim Premier League fixture (throw-in 11am). As usual, the support of fans, old and new, would be greatly appreciated! U-12s defeated Dromore Villa’s Boys U-12s lost 5-0 against Strand Celtic last Saturday. The lads had the benefit of the breeze in the first-half but despite having the majority of the play they failed to score. Visitors Strand Celtic scored twice in quick succession – against the run of play – midway through the first-half and added three goals in the second period. U-14s win The club’s Boys U-14 side had their second outing of the season last Friday – their opponents were Valley Rovers. In very breezy conditions both teams took a while to settle. Iarla Connor scored first on 15 minutes to put Dromore Villa 10 up. Soon after Rory McHugh made it 2-0. Connor then scored his second just before half-time. In the second-half Dromore Villa began to dominate even further and the two McHughs (Rory and Joe) joined forces for Rory to score his second of the evening. Rory then completed his hat-trick after his brother Joe set him up again. Iarla then scored his third with a neat finish. With a minute left the winners scored their seventh through a long-range shot from Mark Devaney.


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Sligo Plumbing &Heating get a win thanks to goals from ex-Rovers stars R


Astroturf league in the north-west

Results Games played on Wednesday, September 21 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Coolaney Celts 3, Durkin’s Pub 1; Hargadon’s (Calry) 4, Lang’s Bar 0; SRFC Reserves 3, IT Sligo 1 Games played on Friday, September 23 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Abbott Ireland 1, Sligo Plumbing & Heating 3; Fiddlers Creek 1, PSO 0; Gannon & McNamara Electrical 1, Riverstown 1

Fixtures Wednesday, September 28 Note: Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE CUP SPONSOR: Socrates Healthcare Informatics First Round Durkin’s Pub v Killinaskully Wanderers (7pm); SRFC Reserves v Riverstown (8pm); Garda Siochana Sligo v Sligo Plumbing & Heating (holders) (9pm) Friday, September 30 Note: Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE CUP SPONSOR: Socrates Healthcare Informatics First Round Fiddlers Creek v Coolaney Celts (7pm); PSO v Abbott Ireland (8pm); Lang’s Bar v IT Sligo (9pm) Note: Hargadon’s (Calry) and Gannon & McNamara Electrical both received ‘byes’ into the quarter-finals.

EIGNING champions Sligo Plumbing & Heating recorded their first win of the season in the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League last Friday. The holders came from behind to defeat Abbott Ireland 3-1. Conor Scanlon put Abbott ahead with Gavin O’Dwyer equalising for Sligo Plumbing & Heating. Former Sligo Rovers players Michael McNamara and Jim Sheridan each scored to put the winners two goals clear. Abbott almost pulled a goal back when they awarded a spot-kick – following a foul on goalscorer Scanlon – but Jason McLoughlin’s effort was saved by the Sligo Plumbing & Heating

goalkeeper, Cathal O’Loughlin. In their first outing of the season, Fiddlers Creek defeated Garda Siochana Sligo 1-0 with another former Sligo Rovers player, Ian Rossiter, getting their game’s only goal. It outcome could have been different as Rory Guinan missed a penalty for the losers. Last Friday’s third Division One fixture, the meeting of Gannon & McNamara and Riverstown, was another tight encounter. It ended one goal apiece. Graham Kelly gave Gannon & McNamara the lead but Riverstown grabbed a deserved point five minutes from time when Noel McKenna got to the end of a cross from Vinny Boyd.



Wednesday, October 5 Note: Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One PSO v Abbott Ireland (7pm); Garda Siochana Sligo v Gannon & McNamara Electrical (8pm); Riverstown v Fiddlers Creek (9pm)

Friday, October 14 Note: Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Abbott Ireland v Riverstown (7pm); Fiddlers Creek v PSO (8pm); Gannon & McNamara Electrical v Sligo Plumbing & Heating (9pm)

Fixtures Friday, October 7 Note: Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Durkin’s Pub v Hargadon’s (Calry) (7pm); IT Sligo v Coolaney Celts (8pm); Lang’s Bar v Killanaskully Wanderers (9pm)

SCORER Jim Sheridan netted for Sligo Plumbing & Heating.

ON TARGET Ian Rossiter netted for Fiddlers Creek last week. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE TOP SCORERS Division One ONE GOAL: Gavin O’Dwyer, Michael McNamara, Jim Sheridan (Sligo Plumbing & Heating); Trevor Sweeney, Glen Hargadon (PSO); Ian Rossiter (Fiddlers Creek); Noel McKenna (Riverstown); Conor Scanlon (Abbott Ireland); Eric McMorrow, Graham Kelly (Gannon & McNamara) McCullagh Carpentry Division Two TWO GOALS: Ollie Brady, Trevor McGuinn (Coolaney Celts); Neal Hayes, Kevin Egan (SRFC Reserves) ONE GOAL: Paul Powell, Damien McSharry, Ronan O’Hara, Andy Logue (Hargadon’s); Jason McNulty, Barry Murphy, Archie Forde (Killanaskully Wanderers); Alan Williams (SRFC Reserves); Micheál Ó Domhnaill (Lang’s Bar); Daniel Furey, Paul O’Reilly (IT Sligo); Martin Farrell (Coolaney Celts); Kenneth Appleby, Nigel Durkin (Durkin’s Pub) Note: Goals scored in the Astro League only

COOLANEY Celts recorded a second successive win in the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two with a 3-1 defeat of Durkin’s Pub last Wednesday. Two goals from Trevor McGuinn saw them go 2-0 up but a wonder goal from Nigel Durkin brought Durkin’s back into the game. Coolaney Celts made sure of the win, however, when Martin Farrell confidently dispatched a penalty late in the second-half. SRFC Reserves also made it two wins out of two – they were also 3-1 winners in their game against IT Sligo. Two powerful strikes from Neal Hayes saw them go two goals clear but IT Sligo rallied just before half-time thanks to a cheeky lob from Paul O’Reilly. But the winners managed to stem this revival in the second-half and underlined their strength when Kevin Egan scored their third. In their first outing of the season, meanwhile, Hargadon’s (Calry) were 4-0 winners against Lang’s Bar. They were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Paul Powell, Damien McSharry and Ronan O’Hara. Powell’s goal came from a penalty. Andy Logue scored their fourth in the second-half.

Astro turf TV!

Fixtures Wednesday, October 12 Note: Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Hargadon’s (Calry) v IT Sligo (7pm); Killanaskully Wanderers v Durkin’s Pub (8pm); SRFC Reserves v Lang’s Bar (9pm)

McGuinn leads a Coolaney victory

RED AND WHITE The Riverstown team that is competing in Division One of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League.

IN another exciting innovation for the Sligo Rovers 11-aside Astro League, its astro turf TV commenced last week with a preview and review of all the week’s action as well as a postmatch interview with Chris Donaghy from Hargadon’s (Calry). To watch these videos, check out the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League Facebook page or find it on YouTube.


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Sport SOCCER: FAI Ford Cup

Rivals serve up another thrilling contest Robert Cullen The Showgrounds


ET’S face it, last Monday night’s FAI Ford Cup quarter-final was never going to match the glamour or drama of last year’s FAI For Cup final, but the clash of the holders Sligo Rovers and last year’s defeated finalists Shamrock Rovers came damn close. Just one goal – Eoin Doyle’s 22nd of the season – separated the teams after a game peppered with goal chances for either side and more than one penalty shout. Michael O’Neill will claim that he rested seven of his first team players with one eye on the club’s Premier Division and European commitments, but perhaps he will regret leaving a few of his stars languishing on the bench. Certainly, with no Gary Twigg or Ronan Finn to face Rovers, the advantage was very much in favour of the home team.

SETANTA SPORTS CUP Monday, April 11 SEMI-FINAL First Leg THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (0) 0, Shamrock Rovers (1) 2 (Ronan Finn, Karl Sheppard) Summary This Setanta Sports Cup semi-final first leg between the top flight’s two ‘Rovers’ turned Shams’ way once Ronan Finn opening the scoring with a 26th minute goal. Karl Sheppard netted the winners’ second goal as Richie Ryan and Joseph Ndo impressed for the home side. Tuesday, April 19 SEMI-FINAL Second Leg TALLAGHT STADIUM: Shamrock Rovers (2) 2 (Karl Sheppard, Billy Dennehy), Sligo Rovers (1) 1 (Eoin Doyle) Note: Shamrock Rovers won 4-1 on aggregate. Summary Eoin Doyle’s fourth minute goal suggested Sligo Rovers could overturn the first leg deficit but the home side levelled within five minutes to maintain their advantage. Shams put the tie beyond doubt with a second goal in the 25th minute and won 4-1 on aggregate.

FAI CUP Monday, September 19 QUARTER-FINAL THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (1) 1 (Eoin Doyle), Shamrock Rovers (0) 0 Summary Sligo Rovers dumped Shams out of the competition when the FAI Ford Cup paired the 2010 finalists at the quarter-final stage. Striker Eoin Doyle’s 22nd goal of the season – scored after 22 minutes – proved the only goal in a pulsating tie at The Showgrounds.

RIVALS MEET: Action from the FAI Ford Cup.

Sligo Rovers remain on course to retain the FAI Ford Cup after a recent defeat of Shamrock Rovers in the last eight The seventh clash between the sides this season (Rovers have now won three, Shams four) started in very lacklustre fashion for the Bit O’Red. With Joseph Ndo playing on the right almost as a regular winger for the opening quarter-hour, the home side struggled to impose their will on the visitors.

BestfforRovers EOIN DOYLE The winger-turned-striker scored his 22nd goal in all competitions, but more than that the former Shams player defended from the front. He harassed the visitors’ back line, allowing them no breathing room. Gary McCabe and Karl Sheppard conspired to test goalkeeper Brendan Clarke as early as the fifth minute, but when Sheppard was presented with another golden opportunity three minutes later he must surely have wondered how he missed. A clever through-ball set the striker on his way and with Clarke racing off his line, Sheppard calmly guided the ball around the goalkeeper and shot, only to see Alan Keane clear his effort off the line. As the game went on, Rovers got more space and with Joseph Ndo playing a more central role, the home side began producing chances. Top scorer Eoin Doyle was unlucky not to score with his opening shot on 21 minutes, but just 60 seconds later Rovers and Doyle did indeed find the net. John Russell did all the initial work, dragging the Shams midfield inside and allowing Aaron Greene to pick up his through-ball down the left wing. From the endline Greene cut the ball to the far

Rovers and

Shams Reflecting on this year’s seven games involving arch-rivals Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers

post where Doyle smashed it low past his former Rovers team-mate Richard Brush. There is no doubting the strength and depth of Shams’ squad, but even with the talented starting 11, they struggled to match Rovers’ creativity for the rest of the half. An injury just before the break to Rovers’ rocksolid centre-back Jason McGuinness prompted the night’s first enforced substitution, but if Shams thought they would have more luck with his replacement, Derek Foran, they were mistaken. O’Neill, perhaps sensing that Shams were on the last roll of the dice in terms of FAI Cup glory brought on Ronan Finn, Gary Twigg and Rohan Rickets in the second-half, but if anything, Rovers looked even more comfortable at the close of this match than at the beginning. SLIGO ROVERS: Brendan Clarke, Alan Keane, Iarflaith Davoren, Gavin Peers, Jason McGuinness (Derek Foran 42), Richie Ryan, John Russell, Joseph Ndo, Raffael Cretaro (Matthew Blinkhorn 80), Eoin Doyle, Aaron Greene (Alan Kirby 80) Subs not used: Ciaran Kelly, John Dillon, Conor Powell, Colm McLoughlin SHAMROCK ROVERS: Richard Brush, Enda Stevens, Craig Sives, Dan Murray, Billy Dennehy (Ronan Finn 57), Gary McCabe, Stephen O’Donnell, Karl Sheppard (Gary Twigg 62), Ciaran Kilduf, Conor McCormack (Rohan Rickets 73), Sean Gannon Subs not used: Robert Hughes, Jim Patterson, Gary O’Neill, Stephen Rice Attendance: 3,210

PREMIER DIVISION Saturday, March 12 THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (0) 0, Shamrock Rovers (1) 1 (Gary McCabe) Summary Over 4,000 fans turned up at The Showgrounds for the first of four Premier Division meetings between these great rivals. Ex-Sligo Rovers winger Gary McCabe’s sixth minute goal was the game’s only goal as Shams goalkeeper Alan Mannus’ inspired performance frustrated the home side’s attacks. Friday, May 6 TALLAGHT STADIUM: Shamrock Rovers (1) 1 (Karl Sheppard), Sligo Rovers (0) 0 Summary Jason McGuinness impressed at Tallaght Stadium as another close encounter yielded just goal – Karl Sheppard the scorer – with the home side recording their fourth win over the Bit O’Red (in all competitions) in 2011. Shams’ Ken Oman was sent off after 84 minutes. Friday, June 24 THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (1) 2 (Gavin Peers, Eoin Doyle), Shamrock Rovers (0) 0 Summary Sligo Rovers’ recorded their first win over Shamrock Rovers in five meetings with a satisfying 20 defeat of the Premier Division champions at The Showgrounds. Top scorer Eoin Doyle netted in added time to enhance a lead that Gavin Peers provided in the first-half. Friday, September 9 TALLAGHT STADIUM: Shamrock Rovers (0) 1 (Gary Twigg), Sligo Rovers (0) 2 (John Russell, John Dillon) Summary John Dillon struck a sensational winner two minutes into

added time to revive Sligo Rovers’ title hopes in a 2-1 defeat of Shams at Tallaght Stadium. Gary Twigg’s second-half goal put Shams 1-0 up but John Russell equalised. The losers had two players dismissed.

SLIGO ROVERS Played 7 Won 3 Drew 0 Lost 4 Scored 6 Conceded 7 Scorers Eoin Doyle 3, Gavin Peers, John Russell, John Dillon

SHAMROCK ROVERS Played 7 Won 4 Drew 0 Lost 3 Scored 7 Conceded 6 Scorers Karl Sheppard 3, Ronan Finn, Gary McCabe, Gary Twigg, Billy Dennehy

BIT O’RED: See page 78


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The enjoyable nights just keep coming W

E are getting a little bit spoilt for memorable nights following the Bit O’Red, aren’t we? John Dillon’s winner in Tallaght, Danny Ventre’s tackle on Chris Turner in Tallaght, Ventre’s goal against Bray and Eoin Doyle’s finish in The Showgrounds last Monday to give Rovers our third win in-a-row over Shams. It has been an incredibly enthralling few weeks and few months travelling the length and breadth of Ireland, including an unforgettable trip to Ukraine. Our commanding 3-0 win over Derry in May, a wonderful last minute Richie Ryan free-kick in Tolka Park in June when we beat Shels in the EA Sports Cup and the

Sligo Rovers fan David Goulden has been inspired by this season’s adventure

8-0 trashing of Galway United in Terryland a month later all stick in the mind. But for myself, and I’m sure many other Reds it has been the magnificent performances of one Joseph Ndo. Never have I seen such an entertainer in any sport of profession, the man just oozes class. He may not score week in, week out, he may be a little fond of trying walk the ball in on occasion and he may go missing for periods in the odd game in 20. But for his very few flaws, Joey has so many attributes, which put him head, shoulders and those dancing feet above anything else in the League of Ireland. In a recent matchday programme, Joey

told the interviewer he doesn’t care how much he’s paid, just as long as he enjoys his football and I think it’s rather clear to see he has never enjoyed himself so much as his time in The Showgrounds. At 35, he may not be here next year. What a fitting way to bow out of football for the Cameroon man than to win the double? His dancing skills seem to be getting better too, if last Monday’s 1-0 win over Shams is anything to go by! It was quite ironic at the end of the game that Joey had so much energy left, while the Hoops’ players struggled with tiredness and fatigue. Let’s hope their fatigue keeps up and we dance all the way to the double!

Job done as the title stays in our sights B

ACK on top of the Premier Division on Friday night last, no messing and no drama. Two first-half Aaron Greene goals saw Rovers comfortably defeat Drogheda United last Friday night in Hunky Dorys Park. Our 18th win of the season, the last time this happened was in 1977, and we all know the final standings that year. Drogheda never really put up a decent fight on the night, with only Shane Fitzgerald causing Rovers any real problems. His shot, seven minutes from half-time, had Brendan Clarke beaten all ends up, but the former Bohs man failed to find the inside of the post. Moments later, Drogs had a shout for a penalty turned down when this time Fitzgerald looked as if he may have been taken down by Clarke but luckily for Rovers, referee Padraig Sutton played on. At this stage, Rovers were already two goals ahead after Iarfhliath Davoren did well to play Greene in again for his second. Greene’s shot hit both posts before crossing the Drogs’ line, and it’s those slices of luck any team needs to win competitions. Davoren caused the Drogs’ right flank a few problems throughout the game before he was substituted for Conor Powell in the second-half with the former Galway United man continuing on his fantastic form this season. Another former Galway player who impressed was John Russell. His energy and tenacity, along with his quick passing skills and bravery, were a huge highlight against Drogheda and John

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The away win against Drogheda left fans pleased as the title race approaches its boiling point has proven to be a key player since he signed at the beginning of last season. Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers’ vital tie with Derry City has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 12, just four days after we play St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park and three days before Dundalk visit The Showgrounds. Up next for Sligo Rovers is Galway United at The Showgrounds on Saturday. The last time we played Galway we annihilated them 8-0, they were bottom of the Premier Division with no point in four months. They still sit bottom of the standings but have picked up a point since and have pushed teams further in games. One would expect a home win, but Galway come to Sligo with nothing to lose.

– David Goulden

SMILING: Sligo Rovers’ top scorer, Eoin Doyle, above, celebrates after scoring the only goal of last Monday night’s FAI Ford Cup quarter-final at The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS Galway United (h) Oct 1 Dundalk (h) Oct 4 St Patrick’s Athletic (a) Oct 8 Bohemians (a) Oct 21 UCD (h) Oct 28 DERRY CITY Bray Wanderers (h) Sep 30 Dundalk (a) Oct 8 Shamrock Rovers (a) Oct 12 Galway United (a) Oct 14 St Patrick’s Athletic (a) Oct 21 Bohemians (a) Oct 28


SHAMROCK ROVERS Drogheda United (h) Oct 2 Bray Wanderers (a) Oct 8 Derry City (h) Oct 12 Bohemians (h) Oct 14 UCD (a) Oct 21 Galway United (h) Oct 28

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC Bohemians (a) Sep 30 Sligo Rovers (h) Oct 8 UCD (a) Oct 14 Derry City (h) Oct 21 Drogheda United (a) Oct 28

NOTE: Scheduled dates are subject to changes due to these clubs’ FAI Ford Cup commitments as well as Shamrock Rovers’ participation in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League

ROVERS&SHAMS: See page 77


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Sport SOCCER: Airtricity League Premier Division

Bit O’Red prosper thanks to Greene Winger scores two goals in excellent away defeat of Drogheda United COLOURFUL: Aaron Greene, left, scored twice for Sligo Rovers in the 3-0 away win over Drogheda United last Friday.

Airtricity League Premier Division Sligo Rovers 3 Drogheda United 0

SLIGO Rovers’ Airtricity League home Premier Divi sion game against Dundalk, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 15, has been re-fixed for Tuesday, October 4 (kick-off 7.45pm). The switch is to accom modate Sligo Rovers’ involvement in the FAI Ford Cup semi-final.

Cooke’s praise DROGHEDA United manager Mick Cooke praised title challengers Sligo Rovers. Speaking ahead of his side’s home game last Friday with the Bit O’Red at Hunky Dorys Park, Cooke said: “They [Sligo Rovers] are one of the best footballing teams in the country and their league position comes as no shock at all.” Sligo Rovers won this Premier Division clash 3-0 – their 18th win in 31 games. Drogheda United remain second from bottom in the standings, having lost 22 times in this season’s top flight.

Coaching camp SLIGO Rovers are taking bookings for their Hal loween soccer coaching camp, which runs from Mon day, October 31 to Friday, November 4. The camp is open to boys and girls (aged 5 to 16 years) and they will be coached by Sligo Rovers coaches and players, all of whom are fully qualified and Garda vetted. The cost of the camp remains at €550 for one child for the week, €9 90 for two children (from the one family) and €1120 for three children (from the one family) with further rates negotiable. The camp runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm each day and all participants go into a draw for a signed Sligo Rovers jersey and they will all get a certificate of participation and a special Sligo Rovers medal. Spaces are limited so early booking is advisable. To book a place just contact the club on 071-9171212 or email either or keith@slig

Keith O’Dwyer The Showgrounds


WO first-half goals from Aaron Greene and one in the second-half from John Russell saw Sligo Rovers comfortably defeat Drogheda United 3-0 at Hunky Dorys Park last Friday evening. This result meant that Sligo Rovers moved back to the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division. They remain ahead of Shamrock Rovers – on goal difference – following the champions’ 5-2 home defeat of Bray Wanderers last Sunday, a result that leaves both ‘Rovers’ on 61 points. Manager Paul Cook made three changes to the side that defeated Shamrock Rovers in the Ford FAI Cup quarter-final on Monday last. Derek Foran and Matthew Blinkhorn replaced Jason McGuinness and Eoin Doyle (both suspended), while Danny Ventre returned from suspension in place of Rafael Cretaro. Sligo Rovers got themselves off to the best possible start then they took the lead in the second minute. Joseph Ndo’s corner from the right was headed down by Derek Foran and the home defence failed to clear the ball. Greene reacted quickest with a left-foot drive that gave Stephen Trimble no chance. It could have been 2-0 for Sligo Rovers in the 25th minute. Ndo was again the creator – his well-hit corner from the right picked out Gavin Peers, whose powerful header flashed wide of the post. Four minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors. John Russell sent a ball up to the feet of Blinkhorn, who tried to work space for a shot only to then thread it through to Greene. The winger switched the ball from his right foot to his left and shot goalwards from a tight angle. The ball beat Trimble, hit off the inside of the post, went across goal and in. Drogheda United nearly pulled a goal back just before half-time. Shane Fitzgerald raced clear down the right side and cut inside and past the oncoming Sligo Rovers goalkeeper, Brendan Clarke, but his goalbound effort was blocked by Peers. The second-half saw Sligo Rovers in complete control as they retained possession comfortably. Drogheda United, in contrast, struggled to make any inroads into the game. Goalscorer Greene nearly turned provider in the 70th minute when he set up Richie Ryan but his well-struck shot was held by Trimble. Sligo Rovers went even closer in the 81st minute. Ndo played the ball in from the left to Cretaro and he played it back to the former Cameroon international, whose curling shot was kept out by a brilliant reaction save from Trimble. Two minutes later Sligo Rovers added a third. Cretaro picked up the ball inside the penalty again – this time on the right – and he managed to get it across to Russell, who toe-poked it into the net from close-range. Drogheda United’s woes were further compounded as they were reduced to 10 players in stoppage-time when Mark O’Brien received his second yellow card after an off-the-ball incident involving Greene.

SOCCERSSide Dundalk tie change

Results Game played on Monday, September 19 FAI FORD CUP QUARTER-FINAL THE SHOWGROUNDS: Sligo Rovers (1) 1 (Eoin Doyle), Shamrock Rovers (0) 0 Referee: Alan Kelly Game played on Friday, September 23 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION HUNKY DORYS PARK: Drogheda United (0) 0, Sligo Rovers (2) 3 (Aaron Greene 2, John Russell) Referee: Padraig Sutton

Fixtures Saturday, October 1 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Sligo Rovers v Galway United (The Showgrounds, 7.45pm)


BestfforRovers AARON GREENE Another great attacking display from the striker-cum-winger, right, who is now solidifying his place on the left. He took his two goals well and his second highlighted his good touch and control. He also set up a couple of good opportunities. He has shown continual improvement this year.

DROGHEDA UNITED: Stephen Trimble, Robbie Gaul (Daniel Corcoran 69), Robbie Clarke, Brian Gannon, David Rogers, Stephen Quigley, Mark O’Brien, Peter McMahon, Jordan White (Shane Dolan 69), Shane Fitzgerald (Antoni Melis 79), Philly Hand Subs not used: Keith McCarthy, Reece McEnteer, Eoin Smyth, Sean Challenger SLIGO ROVERS: Brendan Clarke, Gavin Peers, Iarfhlaith Davoren (Conor Powell 77), Alan Keane, Derek Foran, Richie Ryan, Danny Ventre (Alan Kirby 84), John Russell, Joseph Ndo, Matthew Blinkhorn (Rafael Cretaro 71), Aaron Greene Subs not used: Ciaran Kelly, Liam Martin, Colm McLaughlin, John Dillon

JUNIOR SOCCER: See page 75

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

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D 7 7 11 10 6 11 5 4 4 3

L 6 5 3 5 8 10 14 19 22 27

F 54 55 55 56 36 49 40 32 25 18

A 15 21 20 28 21 42 46 71 64 92

Pts 61 61 59 58 54 41 41 25 19 6

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HE organisers of Sligo live leave themselves a tough task to out-do the previous year's event but this year they have really surpassed themselves with a range of musical talent second to none. If you are not yet familiar with the line-up for Sligo Live, we will throw just two names at you - Elvis Costello and KT Tunstall. The composer of a wealth of pop-perfect politicallymotivated songs, Elvis Costello, and Scotland's first lady of effortlessly hummable rock anthems, KT Tunstall, are the headline acts for this year's Sligo Live Sessions which runs from October 2631, but there are plenty of other music acts on the bill too. Below, we go through the top names announced for this year's premier North West music festival.

Elvis Costello

North West music fans were delighted to hear that Elvis Costello will headline Sligo Live 2011 for what promises to be a really special evening. This intimate solo performance on Saturday 29th October at IT Sligo's Knocknarea Arena is the legendary musician's only Republic of Ireland appearance in 2011. Costello is widely considered to be the UK's most consistently creative artist and songwriter of his generation. Starting with classic rock songs like "Oliver's Army", "Alison" and "Watching the Detectives", he went on to explore a wealth of musical collaborations ranging from Burt Bacharach to The Brodsky Quartet. He has produced albums by The Specials and The Pogues,

package of the October Bank Holiday Weekend. They will headline a live stand up gig on Friday, 28th October at 11.00 pm (Doors 10.00pm) in the Festival Club @ The Model. Always pushing boundaries in extreme and often absurd ways, Hayseed Dixie return, full of pith, vinegar and a redneck appetite for destruction. Having bluegrassed the hell out of AC/DC and Kiss, to name but a couple of mighty desecrated rock institutions, the Appalachian Hellraisers aim to "drink, cheat, kill and earn our place in hell". They created the musical genre "Rockgrass" fusing hard rock covers from the likes of AC/DC, Kiss and Motorhead with seriously good Bluegrass picking and harmonies. Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains of the Southeastern United States, the band consists of: Barley Scotch - vocals, guitar and fiddle; Reverend Don Wayne Reno - banjo and vocals; Deacon Dale Reno mandolin, guitar and vocals; and Jake "Bakesnake" Byers bass and vocals

and gone down the country road with Almost Blue which included the hit single "Good Year for the Roses". Never one to rest on his past achievements, he is constantly writing, recording and collaborating with other artists, pushing the boundaries of his enormous talent. One American critic described him as "a pop encyclopaedia" based on the huge range of musicality he has exhibited in more than 30 albums and his ability to "reinvent the past in his own image". Costello grew up in London and Merseyside as Declan McManus, son of a well known jazz musician, Ross McManus, with Co. Fermanagh roots. Success came with the change of name when he combined his mother's maiden name and that of his musical hero. Elvis Costello is making a rare European solo tour this autumn and Sligo Live is a unique opportunity for music lovers to enjoy a magical musical experience with a true rock aristocrat. Tickets to this one off concert are on sale from Numbers are strictly limited so don't wait around.

KT Tunstall

The Scottish SingerSongrwriter will deliver a fully seated intimate concert in Sligo's newest venue; IT Sligo's Knocknarea Arena on Friday, 28th October. KT Tunstall's hit songs include "Black Horse and The Cherry Tree" which brought her into the public eye on "Later... with Jools Holland" and the upbeat and infectious song "Suddenly I See". KT Tunstall is the first of many

The Barley Mob Scottish acts announced to celebrate the Sligo festival's link with Glasgow's Celtic Connections. KT has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also a recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. She has released three studio albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004); Drastic Fantastic (2007) and

Tiger Suit (2010). In this show, she is revisiting her roots with a solo performance, bringing out her charismatic character which initially brought her fame. Tickets are on sale from and from Ticketmaster.

Hayseed Dixie

Bluegrass Rockers Hayseed Dixie could be the surprise

Rising Reggae band The Barley Mob are an exciting addition to the Sligo Live lineup for this year. The Barley Mob will be headlining The Festival Club at the Model on Sunday October 30. Doors open at 11:00pm until late. Each night the Club will feature 3 stages and tickets are priced at a very moderate E12. The Barley Mob are a Dublin/ Kildare based band fusing upbeat Reggae grooves with raw and honest Irish Soul - Spreading Positive Music for the Soul. They have received brilliant

live gig reviews and were awarded online music review magazine, "Music Review Unsigned" Band of The Month award. They have been described as a completely unique and original outfit combined with uplifting and energetic live gigs. They are definitely a very real force to be reckoned with and you can catch them performing at this year's Sligo Live. They first emerged in 2010 when they won Dublin City Soul Festival's International band search "Rising Stars 2010" and have since gone on to become one of the busiest bands on the Irish Music Scene!

Oddsocks Revival

Sligo Prophets of Punk and Rock and Roll Oddsocks Revival have earned a place in this year's festival. Oddsocks play the Festival Club at the Model with a host of other festival artists in what promises to be a great night. Door open at 10.30pm with Oddsocks Revival on stage at 12.00am and the club running into the early hours. The band is made up of four strong vocalists creating harmonies to die for, two lead guitars, that dual Thin Lizzy style, phat basslines and pounding drums. The result a striking, powerful connection that produces high energy, funky, good time rock 'n' roll, with a bit of blues thrown in for good measure! A phenomenal live band, Oddsocks Revival have been touring constantly for the last 12 months, creating a great atmosphere everywhere they go attracting a dedicated following of groove lovers aged 16 to 66 to the inevitable party.

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Leitrim Carrick on Shannon is buzzing with great value this Autumn! Dear Visitor, The people of Carrick on Shannon would like to invite you to spend some time with us this Autumn. We are justifiably proud of our award winning and captivating town with our bustling marinas and charming streets with vibrant shops & pubs. You will be spoilt for choice with things to do and our abundant offering of top class restaurants, accommodation, entertainment, night life, visitor attractions and shopping - all the vital ingredients for an enjoyable stay in our lovable town! Whether you're looking for inspiration, action, rejuvenation or want to discover new hidden treasures, we hope our home time will become YOUR Carrick on Shannon. Our website and special offer section are literally packed with great ideas and the practical information you need to make the very most of your time with us. Yours President, Carrick on Shannon Chamber of Commerce

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ID you know that Carrick on Shannon is a great destination for group getaways, families, couples and business events this Autumn?

A new marketing initiative has just been launched to bring together over 120 local tourism providers into one smart website! The emphasis of the website is on great value for money and tailoring your break according to your needs whether your visit if for a short break or a great day out. You will be spoilt for choice with our abundant offering of top class restaurants, accommodation, entertainment, night life, visitor attractions and shopping - all the vital ingredients for an enjoyable stay in our lovable town! To give you a flavour of what is on offer ....

Group Getaways

Carrick on Shannon is a well known hot spot for group parties and getaway breaks. Whatever the group occasion from girly pamper breaks to

hens & stags, from clan & family gatherings and reunions to active retirement groups, from team building activities for work colleagues to action packed weekends we are your perfect destination.


Carrick on Shannon is a genuinely family friendly town with great deals on accommodation & restaurants. Your family will have oodles of fun in numerous outdoor & indoor visitor attractions from our award winning Cineplex and Leisure Centre to Tullyboy farm and equestrian centres. All ages will be entertained for hours and maybe even days!


You will be glad to know that romance is alive and well in Co. Leitrim! Finding time to escape with a loved one can be a rare treat. Long evening strolls along the Shannon water’s edge, candle lit romantic dinners and lots of entertainment options there is no better place for some quality time to take it easy (or live it up!) with the one you love.

Active Retired

Relax and take it easy in friendly Carrick on Shannon. The perfect place to meet old friends or make new ones. Enjoy a long rambling walk, an afternoon tea

cruise on the water, a dance class, traditional music and specially provided entertainment and activities.

The Great Indoors !

With Ireland's unpredictable climate, Carrick on Shannon caters for those days that you would prefer to be indoors. Choose from bowling, karting, swimming, art classes & exhibitions, theatre, fun filled puzzles and our award winning cinema which will keep you and yours well entertained..

The Great Outdoors !

With abundant outdoor activity options for you to enjoy, Carrick on Shannon is widely acknowledged as a water sports paradise. Did you know within a 10km radius there are 41 lakes? You will be spoilt for choice with golfing, horseriding, rowing, paintballing, high rope zipit, hill tumbling zorbing and lots more within easy access of the town.


Our visitors find it hard to resist the temptation to treat themselves in Carrick on Shannon! Inspired boutiques, galleries and specialist shops together with a wealth of highly trained beauticians and hairdressers will pamper your every need. After that, you deserve to relax with a refreshing café break in one of eleven

heavenly cafes.

Culture & Heritage

Carrick on Shannon is rich with historical and cultural sites dotted throughout the town, some dating from famine times. Local crafts are showcased in the must see Leitrim Design House. Enjoy quaint galleries & antique shops and St. George’s Heritage Centre & Costello's Memorial Chapel are really worth a visit.

Gastro Heaven

Carrick on Shannon is a gastro heaven with a winning selection of Irish & International cuisine for you to relish. We host a fabulous variety of restaurants serving local Irish, Italian, Asian, Chinese & Indian cuisines. This campaign is an initiative of Carrick on Shannon Chamber of Commerce. As explained by Gerry Faughnan, Chamber President ‘we need to get the word out that Carrick on Shannon is a special place to visit and we are a positive community ambitious about our future’ . is the perfect planning tool to make the most of your precious Autumn break. Also visit us on Facebook for the very latest news. ycarrick.ieyourCarrickonShan non.

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Mayo’s amazing attractions


tretching from Lough Corrib in the south to Killala Bay in the north, Mayo boasts some of Irelands foremost attractions including stunning scenery,superb fishing, excellently preserved historical monumnets and buildings, great golf courses & of course some of Ireland's finest beaches.

Croagh Patrick Croagh Patrick is situated just a short drive from Breaffy House Resort & Spa the mountain soars impressively above the surrounding countryside offering magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside.

Knock Shrine Ireland's National Marian Shrine, is located 30 minutes south of the hotel. The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine.

Achill Island

Mayo boasts some of Irelands foremost attractions including stunning scenery, superb fishing & great golf courses

Achill's Island's rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches - including no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches. This unique landscape is ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities, from surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving to hillwalking, fishing, golf and much more. Achill Island is located a pleasent 50 minute drive from Breaffy House Resport & Spa.

Foxford Woollen Mills

Since opening in 1992 the award winning Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre has earned the reputation as a premier visitor attraction in Ireland. This amazing selfguiding multi media presentation is hailed as the most interesting tour in Ireland. Foxford Woollen Mills continues to thrive to this day with local craftspeople producing the 'World Famous' blankets, rugs and tweed.

Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber Abbey was founded by King Cathal Crovdearg O'Conor - Cathal

Mór of the wine-red hand. He was of the royal race of the O'Connors, King of Connacht and notable patrons of the arts. Ballintubber Abbey has been the location for many of Ireland Celebrity weddings including, Pierce Brosnan & Keeley Shaye Smith, Shane Filan & Gillian Walsh.

Westport House Westport House & Country Park is one of those rare attractions that appeals to everyone with its extraordinary mixture of history, culture and fun for all the family. It is situated in a magnificent parkland setting, with a lake, terraces and spectacular gardens overlooking Clew Bay. It is a major attraction for day visitors interested in Ireland's history, architecture and works of art, and is one of Ireland's most popular days out for the entire family.

Blue Flag Beaches Mayo has the enviable position of having some of the finest Blue flag beaches in Ireland. Dooega, Achill Island Dugort, Achill Island

Carrowmore, Louisburgh Ross Strand , Killala Elly Bay Belmullet Old Head Louisburgh, Keel, Achill Island Mulranny Golden Strand, Achill Island

Other attractions National Museum of Country Life Bellacorick Bog Tour Davitt Museum Hennigan’s Heritage Centre/ Farm Mayo Leisure Point North West Karting Killary Adventure Centre Horse Riding in Claremorris Graune Pet Farm and Play Centre Facilities include Farm walk with a wide variety of animals to view and pet, playgrounds, picnic areas, Football pitch, Bouncy castles, Playsand area, Pool tables, Resteraunt etc. Golf in Castlebar or Westport Cycling in Castlebar Paint Balling So now you can choose what to do in Mayo from so many possibilies during your Breaffy House Hotel Break!


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Getting out and about A

CTIVITY holidays are massively in fashion at the moment and Sligo offers an abundance of things to do, from the tranquillity of lake fishing to the frantic waves of some of Ireland's best surfing hotspots which are active all year round.


Sligo is a mecca for surfers from Ireland and beyond. Places like Strandhill, Easkey and Raughly feature regularly in lists of the top surf destinations on this island. And if you're not a keen surfer but you're willing to give it a try then surf schools in Strandhill, Streedagh and Enniscrone will be only to willing to show you how, providing you with all the surf equipment you need.


Lough Gill, Lough Arrow and the multitude of smaller lakes are havens for anglers looking for some fresh-water fishing. Deep sea fishermen can jump aboard boats at Rosses Point, Mullaghmore, Aughris and further along the Sligo coast

and avail of the many vessels which regularly bring anglers out during the summer months.


This is an area of expansion in recent years. Earlier this summer the first 12 graduates of an elite hill-walking tour guide training course graduated and they will be spending the summer walking over some of the most picturesque and challenging landscapes Sligo has to offer.


Another popular pastime, the horseriding schools in County Sligo cater for all levels, from novices to experienced riders. Highly recommended are the schools which bring riders over some of Sligo's many miles of lovely sandy beaches.

Other water sports

From kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing and everything water-based, you will find a place in Sligo where you can participate or spectate to your heart's content.


Sligo boasts four top-class 18hole links courses at Rosses Point, Strandhill, Castle Dargan and Enniscrone and a number of challenging smaller courses dotted around the county. What's more, you can avail of special offers which will give you reduced greenfees if you are playing more than one course.


Well its an activity of a different sort, but no less energetic for the committed shopaholic. Sligo boasts a number of boutique fashion stores, a burgeoning number of artisan food stores and some truly delectable craft stores all over the county.


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Stay in our Hotel and you will discover genuine warmth, super service and real value for money

All offers subject to availability To book call: +353 (0)71 9162101 STRANDHILL ROAD, SLIGO, IRELAND. Telephone Reservations: 1850 520052 Telephone: Main Reception 071 9162101 From N.Ireland & UK: 0800 783 9024 Email: Web:

The Best Western Dublin Skylon Hotel is a modern, luxurious 126 bedroom hotel boasting free Wi-Fi and all non-smoking bedrooms. Located a 10 minute car or bus journey from Dublin International Airport and five minutes from Dublin City Centre, the hotel is a 5 minute walk from Croke Park Stadium and offers a shuttle bus service to the O2 Arena and Aviva Stadium making it one of the best located Dublin hotels.

Guest rooms in this Dublin hotel are spacious and elegantly designed to meet all your needs for a restful night The Skylon Bar & Grill is the centre of activity in the hotel The beautifully appointed split-level bar is traditionally designed to provide an intimate and cosy atmosphere

The Skylon Restaurant features imaginative menus with a focus on fresh local produce of the highest quality. Breakfast is a buffet and choice of cooked breakfast or continental selection Owned and operated by the Mc Eniff family guests at the Best Western Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra can expect the very best of Irish hospitality.

Dublin Skylon Hotel, Upper Drumcondra Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Phone: +353 (0)1 884 3900, Fax: +353 (0)1 837 2778, Email:


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Sligo steeped in History S

LIGO is an old town and its history is still written in mortar and stone and in the stories of its people. From the ruins of Sligo Abbey to the historic Cathedral to the many shopfront which have not changed over the past 100 years, Sligo is a mix of new life in old buildings, a town which has learned to respect the past while moving into the future. Walking tours of the town's historic buildings and monuments take place throughout the summer months and provide an invaluable insight into the history of the town, how it was frounded and how it has come to be the capital of the North West. The origins of its foundation, the influence of religious orders on its formation, the life it led as a garrison town under British occupation and the establishment of Sligo as a modern buzzing metropolis are all explored and explained. If I had to point you towards specific places, here are my top recommendations for Sligo town: • Central library, Stephen Street: A

former church, you will go a long way to fund such a majestic setting for a library in any town or city in Ireland. It is worth exploring both inside and out. • Sligo Abbey, Abbey Street: A link to Sligo's ancient past and a quite eerie place to step inside. You can almost feel the ghosts of the monks that once occupied it. • Lady Erin, Market Cross: Although this lady has been moved (she was originally in O'Connell Street), she is still the first lady of Sligo. • St John's Cathedral, John Street: Sitting in the shadow of Sligo Cathedral, St John's is one of the most acoustically perfect cathedrals in the country, and that is no accident. • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Temple Street: Its spire can be seen for miles and during December its bells ring out Christmas carols. It is as aweinspiring inside as out, and the way it is lit-up at night is always eye-catching. • Shopfronts: It is only when you look back at old photographs of Sligo's streets you realise how little some of the shopfronts have changed. In particular look at

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Cosgroves on Market Street, Shoot The Crows on Market Cross, The Cat & The Moon in Castle Street, Kavanagh's in O'Connell Street and, across the road from it, Hargadon's Pub (which is worth seeing inside also). Outside of Sligo town, the wealth of history and heritage is even more astounding. From remnants of the very early settlers, visitble at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, to the historic homes of Coopershill House or Markree Castle to the historic sons who have left their mark on the world, such as Brother Walfrid from Ballymote, the founder of Glasgow Celtic Football Club. The grave of WB Yeats lies in the shadow of Drumcliffe Church, a sight worth seeing in itself. The church, just a few hundred yards from the remains of a round tower, is surrounded by a graveyard full of traditional Celtic crosses. Every town and village in County Sligo has something worth going to see. In fact your biggest problem on a trip to Sligo will be trying to get to as many as possible.


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The Land of Heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Desire was not enough, the village of Strandhill is also the location for a dramatic and majestic set of sand dunes and beaches which, while not safe for swimming, are popular destinations for tourists and a massive draw for surfers (more of that later). Across Sligo Bay, the village of Rosses Point also possesses almost a mile and a half of superb beaches. Rosses Point's beaches are very easy to access and are popular destinations whenever the sun pokes its head out from behind the clouds. The two long beaches are ideal for bathers and with the natural shelter of the Raughly peninsula the sting is largely taken out of the Atlantic Ocean by the time it washes in on these shores, making them a popular spot for walkers, sailors, fishermen and more. If you're willing to risk a few back roads, you can even find a more secluded beach, known locally as the "Third Beach" which offers stunning views of the wide expanse of Benbulben. Around the coast from Rosses Point, again heading north, are the beaches at Streedagh, Lissadell and eventually around a rugged coastline, the seaside village of Mullaghmore. All these beaches afford spectacular views and all are popular spots with more active people, although they are never over-crowded and that makes a nice change from the beaches of Rosses Point and Strandhill which are located closer to Sligo Town. But we're not finished with our beaches yet. If we head the far side of Sligo town and turn west towards Co. Mayo we have mile upon mile of picturesque sandy beaches at Aughris, Easkey and Enniscrone. You won't see them from the main Sligo-Ballina road, but get your map out and you can find a beautiful seclusion which will have you wondering why you didn't get here sooner.

By Robert Cullen, Editor, Sligo Weekender A NEW tourism marketing campaign aims to highlight the many way Sligo can appeal to tourists, and while they may have their work cut out taking on such 'established' tourist destinations as Kerry, Kilkenny or Dublin, the people behind the campaign know they have every possible opportunity at their doorsteps. From geological marvels like Benbulben to early settlements like Carrowmore through the history of ages left behind, such as Sligo Abbey, and bang up-to-date with modern activities like surfing; the benefits are there and in this article we'll explore them.


The County Sligo skyline is dominated by one icon - Benbulben. The distinctive prow of this mountain points out to the Atlantic. Too look at it from the south is to see it as part of a sequence of mountains which curves around the town of Sligo. But to see it from the North of the county gives you a completely different idea of it. Separated from its mountain brethren, it looks like Ireland's very own version of Table Mountain in South Africa. Up until recently, climbing Benbulben was left to hardened mountaineers, brave souls or workmen looking to fix the various aerials and antennae located on it. Now, though, Benbulben is opened up to people who may never have though they would have climbed it before. Benbulben is not a hard mountain to climb. In fact, 'climb' is a bit of a misnomer because a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a decent level of fitness is all you need. Oh, and a camera. When you reach the top and you see the majesty of North Sligo open out before you. When you see Streedagh's beaches welcome the lapping Atlantic sea and catch sight of Sligo town in the distance, you'll want the photographs to remember just how spectacular this view is.


Benbulben isn't the only mountain Sligo is renowned for. To the West of Sligo Town is Knocknarea. A big hump-back mountain - what strikes you as little more than a hill until you get closer - it is topped by a mount of stones, the burial place of Queen Maeve (who, legend has it, was buried standing up facing the

Lough Gill

Atlantic, as to be ready for any invaders). There is as much myth as there is majesty involved in the Knocknarea experience. The tourist office in Sligo Town will tell you more about this mountain and with a car park at its base, this place has been set up to welcome visitors long before Benbulben was. Again, a pair of good boots and a

decent fitness level is all that's required. Or, if you want a fitness challenge you could apply to take part in the Warrior's Run - an endurance run from the nearby village of Strandhill to the summit of Knocknarea and back down again. Such is the popularity of the run that entries are always filled within days of the competition website opening. The Warrior's Run and

associated Warrior's Festival are the highlight of the Strandhill social calendar. This year's run takes place on August 27. Visit for more details.


As if the rising majesty of Knocknarea

No trip to Sligo would be complete without a visit to Lough Gill. A place full of a type of charm and indefinable inspiration which served as a backdrop to several WB Yeats' poems and countless paintings by his brother Jack. There are two ways to see the lake. The first is to follow the route which runs around the outside of the lake, complete with several stop-off points at which you can see various vistas. The second option is to get onto the lake itself, taking a pleasure cruise around the historic lake - past Beezie's Island and nodding to the majesty of Parkes Castle as you pass.


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Five hidden gems of Sligo By Joseph Carroll


KAY, you want the real low-down on where to go in Sligo? Well here are five hidden gems from the town, from some cool places to grab a meal to some great traditional pubs and a cool venue to meet up in the heart of Sligo town.

hustle and bustle of Sligo town while the restaurant, with views over the Garavogue River is a lovely place to dine day or night.

Barry's Public House

Some pubs are about the sporting events. Some pubs are about the local pints. Some

Drumcliffe Teahouse

In the shadow of the gothic and imposing Drumcliffe Church, burial place of W.B. Yeats, is the Drumcliffe Teahouse, a cafécum-giftshop. Make sure to take a seat and enjoy the home-made food on offer. In particular, sample some of the wealth of home-baked desserts on display at the counter. My particular favourite? The mixed berry crumble, a dollop of whipped cream and a big pot of tea. Bliss.

Glasshouse Hotel

Landmarks don't get more distinctive than this, but the Glasshouse is one of the best venues in Sligo to catch up with old friends, or introduce yourself to new ones. The bar to the front of the hotel, split over two levels, affords great views out over the

For a Christmas Celebration with a difference, come to The Glasshouse in Sligo and join in the Las Vegas themed Casino nights There is a wide range of venues and menu options to choose from, join a party night or plan your own private event

Party options start at €15.50 per person Special overnight rates of €35 pps for partygoers

pubs are about the music. Barry's in Grange is about all three. A popular local in the North Sligo village, it also has a live music venue attached, the scene of many outstanding nights of music as diverse as bluegrass, rock, jazz, trad and more. Check out their Facebook page to find out what their next gig is.

Lyons' Café

The owners of Lyons' Café have a pride in the place which is evident in every meal enjoyed there. As a place to relax and unwind after a busy day's shopping or a regular stop-off for some nourishing lunch, this town-centre first floor venue ideal.

Harry's Pub, Rosses Point

In the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point, Harry's Pub is a virtual institution. If you've never been here before then take some time out of your Sligo trip and pay it a visit. Packed full of maritime memorabilia, photographs and several large fishtanks. It will take you an hour just to get around everything, trust me.


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Strandhill Lodge and Suites O

PENED in March 2011; The 4 Star Strandhill Lodge and Suites located with Mount Knocknarea as its backdrop is an exciting new Hotel-Style Guesthouse located in the Heart of Strandhill Village overlooking Strandhill Golf Club and Strandhill Bay. Comprising 18 Deluxe rooms and 4 Superior Suites, this FĂĄilte Ireland approved 4 Star Strandhill Lodge and Suites caters for every taste. The views from the Balconies and Patio rooms are an aweinspiring site spanning the whole of Strandhill Bay and its environs. The glorious red sunsets form part of one of the most stunning settings on the

west coast of Ireland. With spacious and superior 2 room suites located on the top floor they all form part of what is a magnificent accompaniment to this magnificent four star accommodation. Strandhill Golf Course links course sits on the cusp of the Strandhill peninsula and surrounded by two beaches and some of the most terrific beauty on the West coast; poses a taxing challenge to any golfer. For relaxation and pampering the Voya Seaweed Baths let all those worries drift away in a unique and absorbing experience. Now one of the North-Wests major attractions the Voya Seaweed Baths

captures and keeps anyone who experiences it. With an array of treatments and massages, and the opportunity to bath in the most thorough form of detox the Voya Baths are must when visiting Sligo. There are three top award winning restaurants in Strandhill which serve excellent fresh seafood, the finest of Irish Steaks and an italian themed restaurant also. These fine restaurants in conjunction with a chinese restaurant, a pancake and waffle house and a superb seaside bakery cafe make Strandhill an ideal culinary destination. If you are looking for somewhere as a quiet escape

without the hustle and bustle of large complexes then have a look here, a new departure in tourism is taking place and it begins in Strandhill, Co Sligo with the Strandhill Lodge and Suites; for relaxation, adventure, top quality accommodation and fine dining; Strandhill is this years top destination. For Winter/Autumn getaway breaks; Strandhill is offering great packages for two including 3 nights including a round of golf or two Voya Seaweed Baths for only â&#x201A;Ź109; be sure to ask for a seaview room when booking; the views are spectacular!


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Best new folk band The Killkennys, bring their new show to Dún Uladh

The Kilkennys will bring their musical tribute to the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem to Dún Uladh this autumn.


N exhaustive programme of events have been planned for this early Autumn and many more are in the pipeline. This Autumn at Dún Uladh sees the return of the very popular music classes held at Dún Uladh, with the welcome addition of Adult focused classes on Friday nights followed by a beginners session in the front bar. As we leave September behind, the evenings start to darken and the Autumn weather really takes hold the latest round of traditional music, dancing and singing classes take off at Dún Uladh. Following the success of the Tyrone County Fleadh (held this year in Dromore), and the outstanding success of the AllIreland Fleadh, once again held in Cavan town, it has been a great year for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and for musicians and we look forward to more and more people turning to our traditional classes. This year the classes will be held over two nights and followed by a beginners session allowing everyone to reproduce what they have learnt. Traditional music is a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills. Indeed the friendships made here are cherished and longlasting; they are part of a close organisation and a special family of Irish music lovers throughout Ireland and the world. Irish traditional culture has become more popular in recent years, and the ‘Trad’ scene and Comhaltas hopes to keep building on this success. Highlighting this success and popularity is the visit of very modern and stylish “Kilkennys” on

This show features the best new folk band to emerge from Ireland for years, The Killkennys, performing the hits that made The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem household names

Friday the 14th of October with their sell out tour of “Fine Girl ye Are – The Legendary Story of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem”. ‘Fine Girl Ye Are’ tells the amazing story of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, from their origins in rural Ireland to international stardom as Ireland’s greatest folk and ballad group.

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem were a musical phenomenon. One of the biggest bands to ever come out of Ireland, their influence can be heard everywhere from The Dubliners, U2, Van Morrison to the great Bob Dylan who claimed that Liam Clancy was the best ballad singer he ever heard. This show features the best new folk band to emerge from Ireland for years, The Killkennys, performing the hits that made The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem household names: The Holy Ground, I'll Tell Me Ma, Will Ye Go, Lassie Go, The Parting Glass and, of course, Fine Girl Ye Are. This show tells their incredible journey in picture, song & story. The Autumn schedule also brings other great concerts and events to the Omagh venue. One of the recurring jewels in the Autumn schedule will be the return of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s “Echoes of Erin” tour. The 2011 Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland will cover 14 venues from the 16th to the 30th of October. The annual Tour features the best of traditional talent drawn from all four Provinces of Ireland and will arrive in Dún Uladh, in Omagh, on Friday 21st of Oct at 8:30pm. These shows are accompanied by the regular Saturday night session which brings together the best of local talent with visiting artists. An Irish language Brian Friel play, two concerts celebrating 60 years of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. For more information on any of the events or music classes please contact 028 8224 2777 or email


AutumnBreaks September 27, 2011


A slice of Thai luxury on your doorstep A

VISIT to the Thai Spa at the Lough Erne Resort just outside Enniskillen is so much more than just a treat. For as soon as you park up, take in the immediate surroundings and then enter the spa - the sights, the sounds and the smells - automatically send you into a world of escape. What’s more, this unique experience offers a piece of Thailand on your doorstep - a real haven of relaxation and luxury without having to travel any great distance to find it. Setting this spa apart however, are its homegrown Thai therapists who are perfectionists in their field. The Thai rituals and techniques they use are inspiring while their attention to each client is beyond the call of duty. My recent visit to the spa coincided with the introduction to the Resort of the Ytsara Product range, which allows customers to enjoy a luxurious organic Asian cosmetic line. Exclusively for top-end spas, the Lough Erne Resort is the only spa

in the North to use the range which offers a unique approach to age-old Asian holistic practices for use in the modern spa. I opted for an hour long full body massage, the treatment being the Relaxing Aroma Indulgence (Ponklai) which was exactly as described, a way to abandon your body to a state of deep relaxation. But, having arrived half an hour in advance as recommended by the spa, my relaxation journey had well and truly already started. That’s because each treatment also includes complimentary use of the Sabai Sabai Room, meaning health and happiness. It is a light relaxation area overlooking Lough Erne where you can lie back, take in the views and enjoy a complimentary smoothie. This

period also gives you the time if you so wish - and you will - to enjoy the light therapy sauna, the crystal aroma steam room, the exotic rain shower and the lap sabai room. So, by the time my Thai therapist Alisa Udomkong, arrived to bring me to the treatment room, I already felt as though I had had a series of mini treatments. And so to the treatment. Again, what struck me was the gentle care and detailed attention my therapist showed me. For example, before my massage began it was time for another treat, a welcoming touch in the form of a floral foot bath. This involved Alisa soaking and washing my feet and lower legs in a basin of hot water. This was simply heavenly and an added touch one wouldn’t expect.

Opting for relaxing aroma indulgence, this is exactly what I got as Alisa used lemongrass to melt away tension while using orange to calm the busy mind. Yet, the pressure and the techniques used were, one could sense, uniquely Thai. While relaxing throughout, this treatment had something more. At times it was like a workout as Alisa diligently worked to release every knot. The hour long treatment was bliss and of course went to quick for this client, now in a deep state of relaxation. The experience didn’t end there however as Alisa then brought me back to the post-treatment relaxation area where I had the opportunity to further unwind as she treated me to a selection of fruit and a herbal tea before ritually saying her goodbyes. The Thai Spa aims to create a haven of serenity and tranquillity inspired by Thai healing and beauty rituals, and along with its unique therapists and its fresh Ytsara organic skincare line, this is exactly what it delivers.

The corridor of The Thai Spa treatment area at Lough Erne Resort.

the thai spa... thai therapists, products & treatments Thailand on your doorstep Ytsara…a range of Thai products and experiences which offer a unique approach to age-old Asian holistic practices. Ease away tension, relax & rejuvenate with a visit to The Thai Spa.

Book your Thai Spa Experience T: +44 (0)28 6634 5728 John Hansen and Stuart Irwin were appointed Joint Administrators of Castle Hume Leisure Limited on 12 May 2011. The Joint Administrators contract as agents of the company without personal liability. PLEASE NOTE THAT BOTH THE LOUGH ERNE RESORT AND CASTLE HUME GOLF CLUB ARE CONTINUING TO TRADE AS NORMAL AND THERE IS NO INTERUPTION TO ANY SERVICES.


AutumnBreaks September 27, 2011

Fermanagh Few places can offer as many diverse and satisfying ways of spending your time as the beautiful Erne County

Fantastic Fermanagh Corrigans Shore Guest House

n Clonatrig, Bellanaleck, Enniskille

Canoeing and water-skiing are common activities on the Fermanagh waterways.


OOKING for the perfect place to get away from it all? Want to enjoy some of the most stunning natural scenery in Ireland, or try your hand at something new? Look no further. Fermanagh offers all this and more to the cross border traveller and now that spring is in the air and we have the lighter evenings to look forward to, there’s no better time to enjoy this beautiful county. The heart of Fermanagh lies with Lough Erne, the lake that forms the backbone of the

county. The water provides plenty of opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Try a spot of fishing, or hire a boat and head out onto the water for a cruise. For braver souls there is a wide range of water sports available such as canoeing, water-skiing and water trampolining, which can be found at Fermanagh’s many outdoor activity centres. Whatever you choose, you’ll get to enjoy it amid Fermanagh’s famously beautiful countryside. However, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the great

outdoors off the water. Fermanagh can easily be enjoyed on foot, with many walks and trails throughout the region. Visit a stately home such as Castlecoole, Florence Court or Crom Castle and take a stroll through the fields and forests of the grounds, or enjoy a round of golf at one of the county’s many 9 or 18 hole golf courses. Bustling county town Enniskillen is bursting with life and energy, and is the perfect place to spend the day. Sample some of the best shopping in the north west, then take a stroll

along the boulevard that overlooks the river - or if you favour something a little more strenuous, head down to the Lakeland Forum to swim or visit the gym. Enniskillen also boasts some lively nightlife, with a range of restaurants, bars and clubs to suit any tastes - or drop into the local Omniplex to catch the latest film. Whatever you’re looking for, you can be sure to find it in Fermanagh. A breathtaking county full of surprises just waiting to be discovered, Fermanagh is well worth a visit.

Erne Great views on a walking tour FERMANAGH is an ideal venue for walkers. With its vast array or terrains, mountains, forest and castle walks there will be something so suit all strengths, abilities and interests. Fermanagh District Council have produced a carefully planned and comprehensive walking guide, detailing 25 unique walks throughout the County. The walking guide grades the walks into four categories from easy to difficult and outlines distance, grade and average time to complete as well as the type of terrain, maps available and facilities en route. Explore Castle

Coole with its extensive wooded grounds on the Eastern fringe of Enniskillen or take the challenge to climb to the top of the Magho Cliffs and enjoy breathtaking views across Lower Lough Erne. Various eclectic walks allow both locals and visitors alike to wander through the spectacular natural resources Fermanagh has to offer. Marvel at the panoramic views of Lower and Upper Lough MacNean, Florencecourt and Cuilcagh

Mountain or explore the Cladagh Glen taking its name from the Cladagh River which is formed in the cool depths of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.


From forest to mountains and castles to towns Fermanagh has it all. So what better way to explore this wonderful county than by foot. A network of quality walking

routes, known as the Waymarked Ways covering a total of 360km (225 miles) have been developed throughout Northern Ireland. The ways range in length from 32-55km across a variety of landscapes and terrain from canal towpaths to upland treks but rarely go above 400m. It is possible to make shorter walks as the ways have been divided into sections. They do not demand great stamina or navigational skills. The eight routes are fully waymarked throughout their length with this

standard Waymarked Way symbol. Each way has illustrated interpretation panels strategically placed at various locations along the route providing information on the fascinating range of geological, historical, cultural, archaeological and natural features of Northern Ireland. While it is possible to simply follow the markers and signs, it is strongly recommended that walkers make use of the specific map guide booklets. These are available to download at:

Guest House with views of Lough Erne. Guest House with SPECIAL OFFER SEPTEMBER 2011 – FEBRUARY 2012

BED & BREAKFAST ! 2 Nights Mid-Week B&B £45pps ! 2 Nights Weekend B&B £50pps A modern purpose built guest house situated on the Upper Lough Erne Shoreline. Experience quality and comfort with panoramic views of the Fermanagh Countryside. Enjoy the peaceful location, the passing cruisers and our excellent accommodation.

TEA/COFFEE AND HOME BAKING ON ARRIVAL All rooms ensuite, T.V., Tea/Coffee Facilities, Breakfast Menu, WiFi, Toiletries.

Telephone: 028 6634 8572 Email:

WEST BANK COACH TOURS 4 DAY TOUR Sunday 30th Oct. – Wednesday 2nd Nov. Staying at the 4 Star McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. 3 Nights Dinner, B&B, Nightly Entertainment. Day Tours include a vist to Knock Shrine Sligo and Galway City.

PRICE £189pps – DEPOSIT £25 Pick-up at Enniskillen. Other pick-ups available on route.

Telephone: 028 7126 8080 or Mobile: 07740644384


AutumnBreaks September 27, 2011


Harvey’s Point – Destination Donegal H

own holiday to include three or four nights of luxury, relaxation, good food, fine wine and superb enter-tainment. Stay three nights in a palatial Executive Suite for only €299 per person sharing including the Dinner Cabaret Show and one Gourmet Dinner in our award winning Restaurant overlooking Lough Eske. Overnight packages start from €139 per person sharing to include Dinner Cabaret Show and Bed & Breakfast in a cosy Courtyard room. ‘The traditional and still the best’, Sunday Carvery at Harvey’s Point has become regarded as a ‘must go’ destination with families and groups travelling from near and far to enjoy a feast of food in a lovely location. The Carvery is renowned for the quality, quantity and variety of food as well as the warm Donegal welcome that is extended to every guest, every time.

ARVEY’S POINT is much more than a hotel. It is a special place to escape, to be immersed in the stunning beauty of Lough Eske and the Bluestack Mountains, to be nurtured with genuine Donegal hospitality and to enjoy some of the best food and accommodation that Ireland has to offer.


‘Exclusively for Everyone’, the Cabaret at Harvey’s Point is a great night out to enjoy with friends and family and is hosted every Wednesday until 26th October 2011. Enjoy a four course gourmet dinner followed by a superb selection of artists ranging from traditional Irish to classical to comedy and to country. With the Cabaret as the highlight, you can design your



AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL BUNBEG Starter & Main Course €15 [min 2 persons]

~ Amuse-bouche ~ Collection of appetizers shared between everyone ~ Main courses ~ Entrecote steak Striploin steak with sauce of your choice Fish of the day Vegetarian dish All served with French Fries, Veg or Potatoes, Side salad



Party special menus available plus DJ & Bands Special promotions in lounge every Saturday night



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Autumn Breaks in Donegal



ocated on the shores of Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point is 10 minutes drive from Donegal Town and only 2 hours from Belfast. Celebrating 22 years of excellence in hotel keeping, the Swiss Family Gysling and Team are proud to present palatial accommodation, award winning cuisine and a warm Donegal welcome. The Gysling Family and Team look forward to welcoming you.

Activity Break Enjoy 3 nights Bed & full Irish Breakfast, 2 Dinners in our Restaurant plus light lunches each day.

Clarins Beauty Rooms

Also included: Cookery Demonstration Wine tasting Guided walks Storytelling Tea & Coffee breaks Daily Newspapers

Special Discount for Treatments on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Now open at Harvey’s Point

Clarins Pampering

No single supplement

Enchanting Autumn Escape

3 for 2 - Midweek Offer Arrive Sunday and experience the luxury of an Executive Suite for 2 nights Bed & Breakfast at €169 per person sharing and enjoy the third night with our compliments.

Sweet S w Dreams :)

Breakfast in Bed

EST. 1989 Harvey’s Point Hotel L Lough hE Eske, k Donegal D Town, +353 74 9722208

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