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President McAleese makes last Sligo visit PRESIDENT Mary McAleese performed one of her final official duties by opening the new Owenmore Gaels GAA clubhouse in Collooney yesterday, Monday. She was greeted by supporters families and children. See page 2.

Sligo Rovers will ask Westlife to play final gig in Showgrounds By Robert Cullen


LIGO Rovers are looking to bring Westlife to the Showgrounds for one of the dates of their 2012 Farewell Tour, following the band's announcement last week that they are to split after 14 years together. When the news broke via the band's own website on Tuesday last, speculation immediately turned to whether there would be a homecoming gig for Sligo members Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily in the new year. And - while the band have previously played in Markievicz Park and at Lissadell The Showgrounds, the home of Sligo Rovers, is hotly tipped to be the favoured venue for any Westlife homecoming concert.

Mayor of Sligo, Cllr Roslaeen O'Grady, praised the work Westlife have done to promote the Yeats County and asked them to consider a final concert on home soil, so their legion of local fans can bid the group a fond farewell. "They did themselves proud, their families proud and did huge work for Sligo in putting us on the map. They were always happy to say where they were from." Her calls for a final Sligo concert were echoed by Sligo Rovers Chairman Michael Toolan. "Westlife have had a great career and will go down in history for all that they have achieved. "The Showgrounds would be the ideal venue for any such concert. “The ground has improved so much over the past few years and its central location and ample space would make it a perfect concert venue."

At the moment Sligo Rovers are focusing on their FAI Cup Final appearance in the Aviva Stadium on November 6 - tickets for the game go on sale at 11am today from The Showgrounds - but Club Promotions Officer Keith O'Dywer confirmed the club will be making approaches to the Westlife members and their management about staging a concert here. They're unlikely to have much trouble convincing Shane Filan, a life-long Sligo Rovers fan, about performing in the venue. Shane has attended several Sligo Rovers fixtures this season and was also a top scorer in the first Sligo Rovers Astro League competition which started last year. Westlife also shot a promotional video for Sligo Rovers ahead of their FAI Cup Final appearance last November, although the band couldn't attend the final because of commitments with ITV show The X Factor.

Private sessions held in: The Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon - Tues 8th Nov 2011 The Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo - Wed 9th Nov 2011 Sessions held up to 11pm


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Sligo/Leitrim poll result expected by lunchtime By Brian McHugh COUNTING of Presidential votes in Sligo/North Leitrim will be in the Castle Dargan Hotel this Friday, October 28. The opening of ballot boxes will begin at 9am, presided over by Returning Officer, Kevin Doherty and his staff of counters. Voting will take place at 119 polling stations in Sligo and 35 in North Leitrim on Thursday. The first procedure at the Castledargan count centre will be to separate the two referenda papers from the presidential ones. The presidential ballot papers will be sorted and counted in piles for each candidate. When the first count of number one votes is finished in Castle Dargan – expected to be around 1pm - the result will be forwarded to the national presidential returning officer in Dublin. There will be no official first count announcement made in the individual constituencies until after the national figure is available. However, party representatives will be able to glean unofficial approximate figures – even if they don’t have sufficient people at the count centre to do tally figures. When results are in from all the constituency returning officers the national returning officer will calculate the quota which will be fifty per cent of the valid votes plus one. If, as is highly likely, no candidate reaches the quota, the presidential returning officer will direct the local returning officers – including Kevin Doherty – to exclude the candidate with the lowest number of first preference votes and to transfer these votes as done in all PR elections. This procedure will continued, with the constituency returning officers feeding count details back to Dublin, until a president is elected.

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President’s final Sligo visit By Gerry McLaughlin COLLOONEY was en fête yesterday as President of Ireland, Mary McAleese perfomed the official opening of Connolly Park at Owenmore Gaels GAA club. The new pitch and facilties are named after local schoolgirl Bernadette Connolly who was murdered in 1970. In one of her last public engagements, the President praised the community for fund-raising “in the middle of a recession”. “You believed in your people and yourselves because you wanted to plant hope and opportunity for the young people. “We gather to say thank you to the people who did not wait but decided the right time was now,” she said. “Committees are the life blood of communities. “And there is no organisation on the planet that does this as well as the GAA. “You are all part of a global family. “The Owenmore Gaels should be proud of this day. “This is the beginning of a brand new life for the club.” The President also thanked the community for “respecting so beautifully the memory of Bernadette Connolly”. “Her name and her late father Gerry are respected and honoured here. “I think of the grief they Connolly’s endured and I think of her father Gerry who was able to find the strength to be chairman of Owenmore Gaels and to keep giving with a broken heart but with a great spirit that says we can do it in the middle of a recession.”

IT IS not known yet if major changes of the Abbott Laboratories organisation will have any job implications for the firm's operations in Sligo. The multi-national business is to separate into two independent, publicly traded, global companies. One of its three plants in Sligo,

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Abbott Pharmaceutical on the Manorhamilton Road, will be transferred to a new yet to be named company. In reply to a query from the Sligo Weekender as to whether the change will any job implications in Sligo the Head of Public Affairs with Abbott Ireland Carmel Mulroy said: "As always, both companies will continue to examine and adjust as necessary, the

resources needed to meet business requirements". Ms Mulroy said the separation of the companies will be completed by the end of next year. "Until then Abbott will continue to operate as it does today". Abbott employs approximately 1,000 people at its plants in Sligo. Since the announcement of Abbott’s restructuring plans, shares in the company have increased.


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AFTER weeks of bad news and negative headlines over potential job losses at Bank of America in Carrick-onShannon, a medical devices firm in the town has announced it is to nearly double its workforce by 2014. Company VistaMed currently employs 93 people at its two Leitrim plants in Carrick-onShannon and Roosky. The medical devices firm is to invest a further €7.2 million in its Research and Development and Manufacturing operations in Carrick-on-Shannon, with the creation of 79 jobs over the next three years. VistaMed was established in Co. Leitrim in the early 1990s by Managing Director Paddy Mulholland. The decision to expand the operation was described as "a major vote of confidence in what Co Leitrim has to offer", by Leitrim senator Paschal Mooney. "This is a major boost for Carrick-on-Shannon and for Leitrim in general, particularly amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of jobs at Bank of America's MBNA operation in the town," said the senator.

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Minister’s reply ‘casts doubt on mammography’ T

HE Save Our Cancer Services campaign handed out handing out 3,000 leaflets in Sligo on Saturday calling for the electorate to ignore the Fine Gael and Labour candidates in Thursday’s Presidential election. The group held a three–hour “pink protest” outside the GPO in Sligo town and received strong support from shoppers and motorists. Meanwhile, the group has claimed that a reply by the Minister for Health to a Dail question last week casts doubt on assur-

ances by Fine Gael deputies John Perry and Tony McLoughlin that the recruitment problem holding up the return of the mammography services to Sligo had been solved. Joan Collins, a TD for Dublin South Central and a member of the People Before Profit Alliance, asked the Minister for Health about the recruitment problem and specifically asked him if he would provide the necessary funding to the HSE to allow for the recruitment of the radiographers and the date on which the follow-

up mammography service will resume in this hospital? Minister for Health James Reilly said: “The Deputy’s question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to her.” Caitriona McGoldrick of the Save Our Cancer Services campaign said: “If this is not to be regarded as just another example of the shoddy manner in which the people of this region are treated by both Fine Gael and the Labour Party, this matter must be clarified immediately.”






Hit and run driver stole his father’s car A MAN who was involved in a hit and run incident after stealing his father’s car was jailed for four months and banned from driving for 10 years at Sligo Court. The court was told that Colin McMullen, Coolbeg, Drumcliff, stole his father’s car from his house at Drumcliff on July 11 last. He drove into Sligo and crashed into another car at Charles Street. He drove away from the scene and

parked the car in another part of town. Gardai were investigating the incident when they got a call from the defendant’s home. They went out and found out that the car had been stolen and were given the keys of the car by the defendant’s mother. Paint samples taken from McMullen’s car matched with samples from the damaged car. The court was told that the defendant had a number of previous

convictions for road traffic offences including drunken driving and had previously received a suspended prison sentence. Defending solicitor Gerry McGovern said his client, who was just 24, was an alcoholic. His family had got him into various treatment programmes. Judge Kevin Kilrane said that it was a very bad case. He had previous convictions and on this occasion

took his parents’ car and crashed it. “The only mitigating circumstances are that he is an alcoholic, but he is going to have to come to grips with that.” He sentenced him to four months in jail and banned him from driving for 10 years on each charge of the unauthorised taking of a car, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and for driving without insurance, each of the sentences to run concurrently.

Saehan site sale subject of case in commercial court A COURT case involving the sale of the former Saehan site at Hazelwood opened on Tuesday last in Dublin's Commercial Court. Brothers Arthur, Kieran and John Grady and their development company claim they suffered losses of more than €2.4 million because of allegedly fraudulent claims by accountant Kenneth McMoreland and quantity surveyor Jack (Jackie) McMahon concerning the 2006 purchase of the Saehan site by Foresthaze Developments Ltd.. Their counsel, Michael Cush SC told the court the property was purchased in April 2006 for €9.85

million by Mr McMoreland and Mr McMahon and subsequently sold six months later to Foresthaze for the increased price of €11.5 million. The fact the price had been increased by almost 17 percent had been withheld from the Gradys and, had they known about it, they would not have invested, claimed the Senior Counsel. The Gradys are claiming exemplary damages against both men, plus an indemnity against any claims made under guarantees for €1 million in favour of Foresthaze provided by them to

AIB. Kenneth McMoreland last year secured orders joining Ray MacSharry snr, Pearse Road, Sligo; Ray MacSharry jnr, Johnstown, Naas, Co Kildare; Marc MacSharry, Pearse Road, Sligo; Gerard Healy, Kevinsfort Ltd, Castle Street, Sligo; Damien Torsney, Ballsbridge, Dublin, and Edward and Jacqueline Donaghy, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo - as third parties to the case. The case continues to be heard by Mr Justice Sean Ryan at the Commercial Court this week.

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News Everest man to speak in Sligo A MAN who took part in six expeditions to climb to the summit of Mount Everest will tell of his experiences at a gathering in Sligo on November 4. Gavin Bate will be the special guest at an evening of entertainment hosted by Call of the Wild in Sligo. Gavin’s expeditions have included both sides of the mountain, with and without oxygen, solo and guiding clients. He will offer some fascinating insights into organising and leading a modern-day expedition to the world's highest mountain, as well as some hair-raising accounts of 'unforeseen circumstances' in the notorious death zone. Some high altitude video clips and stunning photography will help bring to life a story of mountaineering endeavour that is just as enticing now as it always was. All proceeds to Gavin's charity, Moving Mountains. Entry is €5. To book your space phone 0719146905 or email:

€600,000 for pools OVER €600,000 has been allocated for improvement and refurbishment works at two County Sligo swimming pools. A grant of €366,000 has been earmarked for the Sligo Regional Sports Centre in Sligo town and €303,000 has been allocated to Waterpoint leisure centre in Enniscrone.

Anger as fatal fire suspect in court

Sligo music industry day SLIGO Music, in association with Sligo Live and The Model, presents a jampacked day of panels and workshops focused on getting your music out into the world, be it live or on record. This musicians information day is happening on Thursday, October 27 from 10am until 4.30pm. The Industry Day is aimed at musicians, promoters and managers in Sligo and the North-West seeking no-nonsense advice from more established industry players nationally. Contributions will come from First Music Contact, IMRO, Fund it, Music Generation Sligo, Jim Carroll (Irish Times), Niall Byrne (Nialler9), Una Mullally and Ger McDonnell with many more to be announced. The event will also feature live showcases during the day and into the night. Tickets for the day cost €15 and this includes lunch which will be provided for you on the day. For more information on the complete programme as it's announced visit

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ER new baby twins Ava and Layla are all that is keeping grieving Sligo mother Teresa Keane going these days. Last Thursday, on a bitterly cold Boyle morning, Teresa from Culfadda wept as she clung to her friends and family minutes after Sligo native John Lynch, Church View, Boyle was charged with arson at the district court. When charged Lynch (33) told arresting garda Paul Kenny that he never meant for anyone to get hurt. “I am truly sorry”, he said. But Teresa’s terrible sorrow was etched on her face as she stood with family and friends outside the courthouse. Her twins were born in Sligo General Hospital just over 24 hours before the fire that claimed her daughter Mari. “They are a blessing and I have to go on for them and my other three children Lauren, Naomi and Ashley” she said. “I don’t know what I would do without them all”. Teresa said she was not able to go and identify Mari when the terrible news broke. “I keep praying that she was asleep when the fire got her. I know it was smoke she died from. ‘The gardai told me that three breaths of that smoke would have sent her to sleep, but I couldn’t even go to identify Mari. “The only thing we had left to give her was the funeral. If I allow myself to think at night for even a second, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at all. “But it is so hard. “Everything reminds me of

DISTRAUGHT: Teresa Keane outside the courthouse in Boyle last Thursday. Mari. It kills me to look at her picture. I can’t bear to look at the swing outside and even when I am making dinner, I still find myself taking out a plate for Mari,” she said. Over 100 people gathered under the clock in the square outside Boyle courthouse and the national press and TV cameras turned up in force to cover the hearing. Inside the old-fashioned courthouse gas heaters hissed some low warmth as Teresa sat within feet of Lynch, who was brought into the courtroom at 9.35 am - 55 minutes before the scheduled sitting. The defendant was charged “that he did commit, and without lawful excuse, damage by fire to 49 Termon Road, being reckless as to whether this property was damaged on October 3

CHARGES: Sligoman John Lynch, his face covered up, is escorted into Boyle District Court on Thursday last. He was charged with Arson. contrary to Section Two of the Criminal Damage Act”. When charged the 33 year-old said he “never meant for anyone to get hurt”. Judge Geoffrey Browne remanded Lynch in custody. The tall and lean Lynch sat impassively in the dock and was dressed in blue and white tracksuit and baseball hat during the hearing. He pulled his baseball cap down over his head as he was

bundled down a narrow alleyway by gardai where the hostile crowd were waiting. One woman said “justice has been done”. As Lynch emerged on to the square calls of “scumbag” echoed from the crowd gathered there. Across the square from the courthouse a picture of a Dora DVD, the favourite toy of Mari Connolly Keane hung outside a public house.

New rooms for school THREE new classrooms have been sanctioned for Rockfield National School near Coolaney. The Department of Education has given the go ahead for the extension to meet growing numbers at the school. Minister John Perry welcomed the announcement.


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No reprieve for Dunbar By Gerry McLaughlin


HE life sentence of Sligo man Ronald McManus aka Ronnie Dunbar for the manslaughter of teenager Melissa Mahon has been upheld at the Court of Criminal Appeal. The 47-year-old of Rathbraughan Park killed the 14-year-old at his house in September 2006 and then dumped her body in Lough Gill. It was 18 months before the remains of the troubled teenager surfaced in Lough Gill where her body had been dumped in a sleeping bag. McManus also known as Ronnie Dunbar was cleared of her murder in 2009, but the jury convicted him of the manslaughter of the schoolgirl. The eye-witness evidence was that she had died after he put his arm around her neck while lying on a bed in his house. The vulnerable teenager had been in HSE care at the time of her death. At the sentencing in 2009, Judge Barry White imposed the maximum life penalty after a 25 day trial. On appeal his lawyers argued that the sentence

was grossly disproportionate to his conviction. But the Court of Criminal Appeal found that Judge White was entitled to impose the maximum sentence having found it was a rare and exceptional case with no mitigating circumstances. In his appeal, his lawyers argued the conviction was too severe and should be set aside on grounds including that Judge White had shown evidence of bias against McManus. The DPP opposed the appeal and argued the life sentence should remain in place. Delivering the Court of Criminal Appeal's judgment, Ms Justice Fidelma Macken said the sentencing judge did not commit any error in principle in structuring a sentence which the maximum available in respect of the verdict of manslaughter. The Court of Criminal Appeal had previously ruled that McManus’s conviction for killing Melissa was safe, and had dismissed his claims that he did not get a fair trial. McManus was not present for last week’s hearing.

Sligo influence in Irish literature’s Dublin haunts LEGENDARY Sligo newspaper editor, Bertie Smyllie and the artist John B. Yeats are given pride of place in a new book celebrating Dublin being named a UNESCO City of Literature. Each is given a chapter in the new book by Brendan Lynch, "Prodigals and Geniuses: The Writers and Artists of Dublin's Baggotonia". Baggotonia is the title of the area around Baggot Street and Georgian Dublin, where most of the prominent writers and artists lived, from W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde and George Moore to Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Liam O'Flaherty. The book's first photograph features John B. Yeats, the prodigal father of W. B. and Jack B. Yeats,

who is described as "the father of Bohemian Dublin". Yeats had a studio at 7 St. Stephen's Green, which was an open house for all the writers and artists of the period. A complete chapter is also devoted to Sligo's Bertie Smyllie, who achieved fame as editor of The Irish Times. Brendan Lynch records; "Smyllie was no Bohemian but his largesse heated many a cold garret and saved several poets and writers from emigration."

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News Clarification IN a story on Page 6 of the Sligo Weekender, issue October 18th, a court report said that money had been deposited in a post office in Co. Sligo. In actual fact the money was not deposited in the post office, but was dumped nearby. The post office in question did not have facilities to take in cash deposits and the defendant in the case did not enter the post office. We are happy to clarify this matter.

N4 service re-ignites awareness of dangerous road A LARGE congregation attended an ecumenical service held by the N4 Action Group next Castlebaldwin on Sunday. The service, held in the Tom Hunt Motors showroom, was in memory of the 29 people who have been killed and the thousands injured on the dangerous stretch of the main SligoDublin road between Castlebaldwin and Cloonamahon. Local clergymen Fr Ian Kennedy, Fr AB O’Shea, Fr James McDonagh and Canon Ronnie

Burke officiated at the service, at which Riverstown Folk Group provided the music. Relatives and friends of those have been killed on the road placed candles on a white cross and some of them did readings and prayers. PRO for the group Bernard Mulhern (left) said the service had created renewed awareness of the need to improve the road. “We are determined to achieve that, irrespective of the recession. You cannot put a price on a life.”

Youths raided empty houses for copper tanks T

WO men who were involved in a series of break-ins to houses in the north Sligo area received suspended sentences when they appeared at Sligo Court last Thursday. The court heard that Darren Rooney (18), Lisarry, Ballinfull, and Michael Lenehan (20), Kilmacannon, Ballinfull, and a number of underage defendants had broken into a number of derelict houses and had stolen copper tanks from some of them. Both pleaded guilty to break-ins at Liggin, Cloughboley on May 17, at Carney on May 18, at Cloonagh, Ballinfull, on May 18 and May 19 at Lissadell estate. Rooney was also charged with stealing heating oil from Ballinfull Farmers Co-op on May 17 and a break-in to a house at Cloontyprocklish, Grange, on May 18. Garda Inspector Gerry Connolly said that there had been a number of burglaries in the Grange,

Lissadell, Carney and Maugherow areas of north Sligo. He said that as a result of inquiries Sergeant Niall Gordon had interviewed a number of young men including the defendants and a number of minors, who had already been dealt with under the Juvenile Liasion Scheme. Inspector Connolly said that Rooney accompanied by his aunt had called to Grange garda station on May 25 and admitted being involved in six burglaries. He said these involved stealing a copper tank from a cottage on the Lissadell estate. Another tank was stolen from a house in Grange. They broke into other house near Grange and one in Carney but nothing was taken. He said that Lenehan also came to the garda station, accompanied by his uncle, and made a statement admitting his involvement in four break-ins. He said that Rooney had no previous convictions but Lenehan

had previous convictions for traffic offences. Maurice Galvin, solicitor for Rooney, said that they had been breaking into derelict houses looking for copper tanks, which were fetching about €30. Gerry McGovern, solicitor for Lenehan, said that both defendants came from decent families. He said Lenehan had €250 for compensation. Rooney handed in €300 for compensation. Judge Kilrane said that breakins had become endemic and people were afraid. “However, when people hear about break-ins they usually blame Dublin gangs, Romanians or Travellers but in this case the perpetrators were their neighbours.” Giving Lenehan a six months suspended jail sentence, he said that he imagined he was the leader because he was older. He gave Rooney a four months suspended sentence.

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Pop icons Westlife announced last week that they are to split in 2012. They will release a greatest h farewell tour next year, bringing the curtains down on what will be a 14-year journey which has take Robert Cullen, who was one of the first journalists to interview the band, reflects on their musical be

Westlife stars will be flying solo from next year By Robert Cullen


ESTLIFE the boyband will soon be no more, but they are definitely going out on top. The news that they will split after a farewell tour in early 2012 came as a shock to their millions of fans, but others within the industry were less surprised. After all, Kian, Nicky, Mark and Shane are all now in their 30s. Nicky and Shane have kids and Kian is expecting his first with wife Jodi Albert, while Mark has been with his partner Kevin McDaid for six years and they are considering having children too. It is a long way from the fresh-faced teenagers who took to the stage in an inter-school production of the musical "Grease" in 1996 (see separate story), and it has been an exceptional ride not only for these four guys and their families, but for the fans of their music around the globe. Fourteen years is a long time for any musical artists to be at the top of the charts, but in 'Boyband years' its practically half a century. And the band have made it clear that they are splitting on amicable terms, with each looking to pursue other options. For Shane Filan, the route could well lie in a solo music career. According to their manager Louis Walsh, Shane is going to record a solo album and given that he was often given the


role of lead singer on many of the band's No. 1 hits, it is a natural progression. For Mark Feehily the future, it seems, lies in songwriting. Mark has always felt the pressure of being in the spotlight more than the three other members, but fans will be disappointed if they cannot hear his soulful singing on future recordings, so don't rule out a return to recording for Westlife's shyest member. Kian Egan's immediate plans include mentoring singers on RTE's new show "The Voice of Ireland" (as revealed in the Sligo Weekender of October 18) in the new year. And Dubliner Nicky Byrne might yet follow Kian into television, although he is more keen in the short term to become a radio DJ, according to Louis. Certainly if any of the four decided to shun a career path in the limelight they could rest quite comfortably on their earnings to date. The band are estimated to be worth in excess of €15 million each and all will be receiving royalty cheques for their work as Westlife for the rest of their lives. They have also invested some of their earnings in several projects, the most high-profile of which is Shane Filan's construction company Shafin, set up with his brother Finbar. And, many years from now, they can tell their grandkids about when they were the biggest boyband in the world, sold 44 million albums, topped record charts ... oh, and put Sligo on the map.

In their own words The dramatic news of Westlife's split was made via a short statement on their website on Wednesday last, October 19. Here is the statement in full:


AFTER 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, 10 sell-out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today [Wednesday] announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year. The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures. We see the greatest hits collection and

the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time." It continued: "Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. “We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too. “We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us.


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hits record in time for Christmas and follow it up with a en them all over the world. Sligo Weekender editor, eginnings and their meteoric rise to stardom.

Where it all started for three lads from Sligo IT was in the autumn of 1996 that three Sligo lads, all attending secondary school, got together for the first time and performed. But for Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan it was not a concert in front of thousands of screaming fans, it was not a show in front of the television cameras, instead it was in an amateur dramatics production of "Grease". From these innocuous beginnings was to come the beginnings of Westlife. Anyone familiar with "Grease" will know the gang the T-Birds. Well in this production Shane played Danny, Kian played his sidekick Kenickie and Mark played the ever suave Vince Fontaine. Looking the part with their greased back hair, upturned collars and jeans, they were a million miles away from the fans and the fame they experience today, but in that show the seeds of a 14-year career were sown. Out of that musical came IOU, a sixmember boyband which, in late 1997, would come to the attention of a certain Louis Walsh, after the Boyzone manager received phone call from Shane's mum, Mai. After listening to a demo CD, Louis met Shane and Kian in Dublin in February. This was the first meeting Louis had with anyone from the band, but for the lad's it was a huge step, and the most memorable moment of their early career. Louis listened to Shane and Kian, and buoyed by their own enthusiasm he agreed to meet the group. He said at first that he was too busy to manage the group himself. After all in early 1998, Boyzone still ruled the Boy Band roost and Louis was heavily tied up in their continued success. What Louis did do

for the group though, was arrange for them to support Boyzone on their autumn UK and Irish tour. They would also support The Backstreet Boys, in The Point in March 1998, another milestone. It was these two gigs which settled a decision that Walsh had been wrestling with ever since meeting the lads. He decided to manage them and told them his decision, with one stipulation, that he would only manage them as a five piece. They accepted the offer with heavy hearts. The band then met with Simon Cowell, and following a less than inspiring initial meeting, it was decided to match Shane, Mark and Kian up with two new members, Nicky Byrne and Bryan McFadden and to call them Westside. When it was discovered that name was held by a European rock band, they were instead christened Westlife. The first performance of the new line-up was on the 2FM Beat on the Street which spanned an eight weekend period in July and August of 1998. Enter Simon Cowell again, and this time the new look line-up impressed him deeply. He talked with RCA about the finer points of a record contract and soon organised producer Max Martin and songwriters Stevie Mac and Wayne Hector to become involved in the band's development. After supporting Boyzone on their autumn tour and taking part in the Smash Hits Roadshow in December they were named the Smash Hits Best New Tour Act of 1998. And then it was into the studio to record an album. In March of 1999 they released a single called "Swear It Again" and the rest, as they say, is history.

Sligo final of Our School’s Got Talent THE SCENE is set for an exciting finale to the Sligo leg of the Special Olympics “Our School’s Got Talent” competition with the Sligo County final taking place this coming Bank Holiday Sunday night, October 30 at Sligo’s newest concert venue The Knocknarea Arena at Sligo IT. Tickets are currently on sale from Supermacs outlets in Castlebaldwin and on the Bundoran Road, as well as The Copy Shop, Wine Street Car Park. Doors open on the night at 7pm, the show starts at 8pm and all proceeds go to Special Olympics Connaught. The competition kindly sponsored by Supermacs this year will see seventeen acts from six different Sligo schools all hoping to clinch a place in this year’s Connacht final which takes place at the Royal Theatre Castlebar on Saturday December 2.

The full line up for the Sligo final of Special Olympics “Our School’s Got Talent”, divided into the different schools: (From Ursuline College Sligo) Blue Rhapsody, Danielle Hayes, Emily Healy, Sophie Bannigan Finan, Teresa McCormick, Danielle Ward, Cara Tobin, Charlotte Moriarty; (from Mercy College) Shannon Dykes/Lauren Sweeney and Niamh O'Donnell, Haley Mills, Keelie Dunbar; (from St Mary’s, Ballisodare) Elyse Lynch, Meadhbh Maxwell, Sarah Anderson; as well as Aoibhinn McDonagh from Coola Vocational School, Jack Gallagher from Summerhill College and Mary Lenehan from Grange Post Primary. The special guests on the night are last year’s Sligo winner Sarah Crummy and Mayo rockers “Struck”.

Auditions for new ‘Wizard’ THE MULTI-award winning Sligo Musical Society has been granted the performing rights for the greatest family musical of all time, "The Wizard Of Oz", currently running in London's Palladium to huge acclaim. The Society will stage it to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Hawk's Well Theatre from February 18-25, 2012 and next month they will be holding open audtions and workshops to choose a cast for the musical. This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's celebration of the 1939 MGM movie,

complete with breathtaking special effects, will sweep audiences away from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, "Over the Rainbow," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and "If I Only Had A Brain," along with the beloved characters, "The Wizard Of Oz" will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theatre. The 11 strong Sligo Musical Society committee, led by chairperson Ger McColgan, is

currently working overtime, in preparation for the mammoth task ahead. A workshop for musical will take place on Saturday, November 12 in the Mercy College from 14pm. Open auditions will then commence at 2pm on Sunday, November 13 (strictly for over 16s). Anyone interested in taking part in the vocal/dance/acting workshop can just turn up on the day, but those wishing to try out for a lead role are asked to email the Society in advance of the auditions at: sligomusicalsociety@g for further details.

Drop of 60% in new cars in Sligo THERE was a drop of 60% in the number of new cars registered in Sligo last month. There were just 24 new cars licensed here for the first time in September compared to 59 for the same month last year. The big factor is believed to be that the Scrappage Scheme was still in operation last year. There were also 65 secondhand imported vehicles registered here for the first time in September as against 60 last year.

In August there were 26 new cars and 87 imported used cars. Toyota sold the biggest number of new cars with 6, followed by Volkswagen (5) and Opel 3. Volkswagen was the most popular make of secondhand cars imported with 20, followed by Ford on 10 and Vauxhall (7). Nationally there was a decrease of 38.9% in the number of new private cars licensed in September, with 2,861 compared to 4,683 in September 2010.


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ARON Forde, chief executive of Connacht Gold coop, said he viewed his award, as a commendation not just of himself but of all the team in the business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great honour. I am not a native of Sligo and I did not expect it. But maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true when they say that success comes to those who are too busy to look for it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I viewed it not just as a commendation of myself but of the 560 people who are employed by Connacht Gold, as well as the farmers that stand behind us and the customers who support the business. I am just the figurehead.â&#x20AC;? When he won the award in 2007, the economy was in a very different state to now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember joking on the night I received the award about the banks, but nobody realised the depth of the problem then.â&#x20AC;? But he said he was thankful that their own business was trading quite successfully despite the recession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have tried to focus on growth rather than cutting and carving.â&#x20AC;? He said that like every business they have tried to control costs where they can but they have tried to retain the skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have tried to avoid letting

good people go.â&#x20AC;? Mr Forde, who is a native of Cavanand a Ballygawley resident, has helped establish Connacht Gold as one of the major employers in the region and one of the top agri-food companies in the country. The business had a turnover of roughly â&#x201A;Ź300 million last year. He believes it will take a while before the country is back into serious growth as an economy. But he said that agriculture and agri-business was one of the success stories of the economy at the moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is one of the sectors that can help to drive the economy forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were the forgotten children when the building boom was driving the economy but now there is a bright future for the agri-business sector.â&#x20AC;? Asked how the government could help business at the moment, he said that they had to focus on cutting red tape and keeping business costs down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, this is still an expensive country to do business in.â&#x20AC;? He pointed to things like energy costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are hugely out of line with many other countries, even across the border in Northern Ireland.â&#x20AC;?


John McCormack said award meant a lot to his company JOHN McCormack, the most recent winner of the Sligo Chamber Business Person of the Year award, said that it meant a lot to his company to win the award last year He was recognised for his success in growing his business from humble beginnings as a garage and car sales to become one of the most substantial firms in the region. It has annual turnover of over â&#x201A;Ź125m and employs around 160 people. He said the award was a great tribute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was nice to be recognised for the award not just for myself but for the all the people who work with me.â&#x20AC;? He said it was meant a lot to the business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People feel good about being part of a company

that has won an award.â&#x20AC;? He pointed out that the success of his business wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just about one individual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has a part to play.â&#x20AC;? Asked about the current business situation, Mr McCormack said that while it was very tough for a lot of people at the moment but he was optimistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do believe that things have bottomed out. I have great belief in the Irish people and their ability to fight back. I believe that Sligo is a good county, with a lot of things going for it and that we can bounce back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our economy was pushed back further than it should have been because of the trouble that the banks got into

and people do not have the disposable income that they had.â&#x20AC;? In that regard he said the level of taxation was a major problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that the government have to get money out of someplace but they need to be careful not to take too much of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disposable income. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a need for action at a European level. Ireland is not the only country that has got problems. Europe needs to sort the crisis. A weak euro causes problems for us because oil is traded in American dollars and if the price of oil is high it puts up a lot of costs for people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Europe can get its problems sorted out we should rise with it, but it is difficult for us to

rise on our own.â&#x20AC;? Asked if it was a question of battening down the hatches for businesses at the moment, Mr McCormack said that things were difficult but people had to be careful

not to overdo the cutbacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been trying not just to sustain what we have, but to grow where we can. You have to keep going. I think some people throw in the towel too easily.â&#x20AC;?


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HE second stage of the Tellus Border project, a highly significant EUfunded environmental mapping project of Ireland's six border counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth - is set to begin this week, weather permitting. The Airborne Survey, conducted by a small aircraft equipped with the very latest geophysical technology, will be flown over the next four to six months and will play a crucial role in the collection and analysis of scientific data on soils, water and rocks across the region. The aircraft will be based at St. Angelo Airport, Enniskillen. Over rural areas the aircraft will fly at an altitude of 60m (approx eight times the height of a two-storey house) and this will increase to 240m as it flies over towns and more densely populated areas. The aircraft being used in the survey is a white, twin propeller plane with a distinctive red tail and blue stripe, and the registration number of C-GSGF. All surveying will take place during daylight hours, seven days a week; however this is dependent on weather conditions. The initiative is funded under the European Union's INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Ray Scanlon, Senior Geologist at the Geological Survey of Ireland, said "We are delighted to launch this major and extremely exciting phase of the project which will greatly add to our understanding of the environment we live in. "We are working in full co-operation with the Irish Aviation Authority and the flight plans are strictly regulated however as the sound of the plane overhead is similar to that of a passing lorry, it may disturb sensitive livestock such as horses, poultry, pedigree cattle and deer if they are outdoors. "It is therefore important that any animal owner or concerned party contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss any issues and together take action if necessary." An extensive awareness-raising campaign, involving community groups, farming and equine organisations and other relevant parties is currently underway. Anyone requiring further detail about the project can contact the Tellus Border information line on freephone 1800 303 516 or email The project is a joint initiative between the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), the Dundalk Institute of Technology and Queen's, Belfast.

Organic Centre wins food award THE ORGANIC Centre in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim has received a special award at the Euro-Toques Food Awards 2011 for their contribution to Irish food. Hans Wieland Training and Marketing Manager and Andy Hallewell General Manager went to Dublin to accept the award on Monday last (October 17) from Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Organic Centre was nominated and championed by Brid Torrades, owner proprietor of Osta Café & Wine Bar in Sligo town, an establishment which makes great use of locally sourced produce. Established in 1995, The Organic Centre is a non profit organisation, with a mission to promote organic horticulture and sustainable living through training and demonstration.

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ORGANIC: Pictured at the Euro-Toques Food Awards are (l-r): Dermot Byrne, CEO EirGrid, sponsors; Gearoid Lynch, Commissioner General of Euro-toques Ireland; Hans Wieland, The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim and Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Organic Centre is a FETAC approved training centre and is renowned nationally for its workshops and short courses on organic horticulture, gardening, green building, alternative energy and artisan

food production. Producing organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for the farmers markets in Sligo and Enniskillen and industry chefs from local restaurants and hotels, The Organic Centre also produce

organic vegetable transplants in peatfree compost. The Centre formed SEED project to provide a service to all schools in the country to establish school gardens as living classrooms.

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Expert Sligo Cleveragh Retail Park PICTURED is WEEE Ireland’s newly promoted for the day “Office Recycling Manager”, Louise Johnson, getting to grips with her new role and encouraging everyone in Sligo to recycle more in the workplace as part of Repak’s National Recycling Week. WEEE Ireland have teamed up with Repak this year to encourage office workers across Sligo to get involved and to “Recycle More around the workplace”. Small WEEE (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) items such as calculators, fluorescent lamps, old PC’s, screens, lap tops and batteries can all be recycled for

free at your nearest civic amenity site or at one of WEEE Ireland’s various collection days which take place across the country every weekend. Electrical and battery retailers also have systems in place to take back WEEE and waste batteries from customers. WEEE Ireland also hold ‘WEEE to Work’ collection events for companies who want to encourage employees to recycle more batteries and WEEE from the home. If your office would like to hold a ‘WEEE to Work’ event, please log on to more information.

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News Music and film combine THE Model's new Music Film Festival, aptly titled SOUND+VISION will take place at The Model, Sligo from November 16 27 and will feature over 40 events happening throughout 12 days, all centering around the music film genre. The programme includes concert films, musical documentaries, films which popularised major movements in music history, films defined by their soundtracks and landmark moments of musical and cinema history. Special Festival and weekend passes giving access to all screenings and events will be available from The Model Box-Office and full programme details are available at

Eating out to support a good cause S

OURCE Sligo Cookery School and Beltra Country Market will host a 'Dinner 4 Bóthar' evening at Source Sligo on Friday October 28 from 6pm to 8.30pm. With delicious, freshly prepared Halloween themed dishes to sample; face painting for younger foodies and Halloween craft demonstrations, there will be something for all tastes. "It promises to be a really fun evening in aid of a great cause," said Eithne O'Sullivan, Source Sligo Cookery School Manager. "Donations from €5 will be gratefully received with all proceeds going directly to Bóthar. We hope that the event will go some way towards helping

Bóthar to raise the €50,000 it is aiming to raise with its 'Dinner 4 Bóthar' initiative. Come along at any stage of the evening to be part of a fun and worthwhile event." Food enthusiasts can watch Source Sligo chefs preparing a range of tasting plates to tempt the taste buds, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients kindly donated by Source Sligo suppliers, Beltra Country Market and Total Produce Fruit and Vegetables. Students from St Angela's College, Sligo have generously agreed to donate their time assisting at the event and Ocean FM will add to the atmosphere by broadcastingfrom Source Sligo during the evening.

Two leisure centres win award

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RECIPE: Eithne O'Sullivan, the manager of Source's Cookery School.

TWO Sligo leisure centres have earned White Flag status for 2011/2012, meaning their facilities consistently deliver quality and service. The Sligo Park Hotel Swimming Pool & Leisure Club won their seventh White Flag in a row, while Sanovitae Health & Spa in the Clarion Hotel picked up their sixth White Flag. The White Flag is the only Irish comprehensive quality award and measurement of standards for gyms, swimming pools and leisure amenities. The highly sought after award, which is now in its eleventh year, is being seen by the industry as an essential quality mark, in the absence of any government legislation. The awards are presented by ILAM, the Irish leisure industry employers body which represents gyms, leisure centres, sports, fitness, aquatic & outdoor

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Boyle showcases itself with actionpacked weekend A

N action-packed weekend of excitement, activities, fun and bargains galore is being promised in Boyle this weekend in a promotion aimed at showcasing what the north Roscommon town has to offer. The weekend will mark the launch of the new Boyle Town and More or Boyle TM branding and website that will depict all that the town has to offer. The new effort to revitalise the town has emerged out of an initiative lead by Boyle Chamber of Commerce called Better Boyle was born over 12 months in an attempt to unite all businesses, retailers, community associations, the arts and everybody interested to work together to build a better Boyle. A spokesperson said that like many small towns, Boyle has suffered at the hands of the recession and this together with the influx of big conglomerates in surround-

Neville Knott will launch the event. ing areas, has resulted in a reduction in footfall and the inevitable closure of some businesses in the town. “The people of Boyle are now working very hard to stem this downward trend and to turn the

town around. Boyle is determined to bring back the thriving business town Boyle was and be proud of the fabulous amenities, and attractions on our doorsteps.” Presenter of RTE’s Showhouse, Boyle native Neville Knott will be on The Crescent for the launch of the weekend on Friday at 11.45am and Shannonside radio will be broadcasting live from the town all day. It will set in train a packed programme of events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday in both the town and the nearby Lough Key Forest Park, with the highlight being the big Boyle Town and More show in the Sports complex on Sunday afternoon, 12 noon to 6pm. At that there will be demonstrations, competitions, tasting sessions, makeovers, a chance to win great prizes. For the full programme of events see advert on page 16 of SO magazine.

Four friends to launch book

FOUR local women, who became friends while attending a writing course in Sligo Library, are returning to where it all started for them in order to launch their book, Cornucopia. The launch will take place in the library in Stephen

Street, Sligo on Friday, October 28 at 7.30pm. The writers of the book, which consists of short stories and poetry, are Muireann Gallagher from Tubbercurry, Noreen Gormley from Collooney and Stephanie Gillen and Kathleen Glennon,

both from Sligo town. The four ladies hope that anyone who enjoys books and writing will come to the launch. They will be happy if their book is enjoyed by the people who read it as much as its authors enjoyed writing it.


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A NEW booklet on the current economic crisis by Brian O'Boyle, Lecturer on Economics at St Angela's College, Sligo was launched in the Glasshouse Hotel on Thursday last, October 20. The booklet "Capitalism in Crisis: The Socialist Solution to Market Madness" offers a left analysis and solutions to the economic crisis. Sligo councillor Declan Bree launched the booklet at an event open to the public. O'Boyle's short booklet challenges the mainstream idea that the crisis is simply a debt or fiscal crisis - rather he argues that the roots of the crisis go right to the heart of the capitalist system. "Ireland is in such a bad condition precisely because it accepted free market economics and the primary reason for Ireland's current difficulty is the imposition of the bankers' losses. "This has already cost Irish taxpayers over €100 billion and only a cancelling of the EU-IMF deal can get the economy moving again." Mr O'Boyle told the Sligo Weekender.

Scriptures and stories THE Star of the Sea Retreat in Mullaghmore will host a storytelling and scripture workshop with Megan McKenna, a Catholic writer of many books, international workshop and parish mission leader, and peace and justice activist. "We live inside a story" starts this Friday, October 28, from 7.30 - 9.00pm and continues on Saturday (10.00am - 5.00pm) and Sunday (10.00am 12.30pm). The cost of course is €20 per day including lunch (non-residential) or €180 residential for the weekend. Contact Star of the Sea, Mullaghmore on 071-9176722 or E-mail: mercymullaghmore@ei

Cranmore residents are to be invited to name park By Brian McHugh


HE people of Cranmore are to be asked to name the green area in the estate where 70 houses were knocked in 2009. Sligo Borough Council last week agreed that a plebiscite be held in the estate to consider naming the park "The Gillen Finnegan Peace Park". More than 200 residents have already signed a petition calling for the park to named after two late community activists of the estate, Michael Gillen and Denis Finnegan. The signatures were collected by Cranmore resident Joe Farren. Councillors Chris MacManus and Declan Bree proposed at the council meeting that the petition be acted upon by naming the green area The Gillen Finnegan Peace Park. However, after some discussion, the meeting agreed to a motion put forward by Cllr. Daniel McGarrigle that an offi-

cial plebiscite of the residents of Cranmore be held first. A letter to councillors from Cranmore Community Co-Op Society requested that any decision on the naming be taken in line with the ongoing Masterplan process for the area. Michael Gillen had been a fervent campaigner for the repair of defective chimneys in the estate in the 1990s. And Denis Finnegan was a director of the Cranmore / Abbeyquarter Community Centre and a founding member of the Cranmore pipe band The idea to have the green area named after the two former activists was first publicly mooted by Joe Farren - and reported in the Sligo Weekender when Minister Willie Penrose visited the estate in July. The Minister informed Mr. Farren that the naming of the area would be a matter for the residents of Cranmore. Mr. Penrose was speaking in the Cranmore Community Co-Op prem-

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The late Michael Gillen (right) makes his case for the need for chimney repairs to the then Environment Minister Noel Dempsey and John Ellis TD when the minister visited Sligo in the 1990s. ises, which coincidently was the former residence of Michael Gillen. Praising the role of the two late activists, Cllr. Bree last week said: "Those of us who have been involved in public life for some time can clearly confirm that the late Mickey Gillen and the late Denis Finnegan were proud and stalwart residents of Cranmore. “Mickey Gillen represented the interests of the residents of Cranmore for almost a decade as he battled with government departments, with government agencies and with bureaucrat after bureaucrat, in his efforts to get justice for residents whose homes had been fitted with faulty chimneys". And speaking of Denis Finnigan he said: “The late Denis Finnigan also played a major role in the Cranmore community. He was a member of the Board of Management of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre for many years and gave a

huge amount of time, week after week, year after year, fundraising for the Centre. "He was also a founder member of the Cranmore Pipe Band and indeed it was fitting that when he died that the former members of the band came together to provide a guard of honour at his funeral". The letter from the chairperson of the Cranmore Community Co-op, Michelle McMorrow stated: "It is the view of the Cranmore Community Co-Op Society that the future of Cranmore should be influenced by a full and thorough consultation with the community which will be had by the Masterplan process. "It is not apparent or correct that decisions regarding the future of the estate should be on a piecemeal basis and without full public consultation". A spokesperson for Sligo Borough Council this week said they are currently examining the issues involved in the holding of the plebiscite.

Man ‘scared’ to report theft of steel girders By Gerry McLaughlin A MAN who allegedly had steel girders stolen from him was too “scared” to make a complaint about an alleged theft in a Police Property Application at Ballymote district court. The court heard the man would not make a statement because of “intimidation and fear”. Detective Garda Chris O’Neill told the court he was making

the application after gardai seized seven steel girders, roofing material and a length of heavy duty plastic drainage pipe which gardai believed to be stolen at Farranmaurice, Ballymote. The detective said he had reason to believe the property was stolen. When he contacted John Paul Muldoon, Farranmaurice the latter gave him a receipt for a supplier in Mayo but the supplier said it was

not the correct document. Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern asked the detective why he had not disclosed these allegations to the defence team previously. The officer said he had been off work and had obtained this information very recently. The detective added that the alleged victim did not make a complaint through intimidation and fear. Judge Kevin Kilrane

ordered a witness summons for the alleged victim to appear at the next sitting. “We do not live in a state of intimidation.” Inspector Colm Nevin said the witness might come to court but would not make a statement of complaint. The judge said the witness could come to court. “We are not operating in a state of intimidation and fear”.

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PLANNING permission has been refused for changes made to a waste metals recycling facility near Sligo town. William Tighe had sought approval for work carried out at the site at Carrowgobbadagh and Drumaskibbole, Carraroe, on the old Sligo-Ballisodare road, He sought to retain a single storey lean-to enclosure over a depolluting work area, an extension of a yard to the recycling area, flood lighting, a shed for power washer and hand tools and a concrete bunded fuel storage area. He also applied for planning permission for a metal sheet canopy cover to an existing concrete bunded fuel storage area. Refusing permission, Sligo County Council planners considered that the proposed development would be prejudicial to public health because of the absence of adequate evidence regarding the suitability of proposals for the treatment and disposal of effluent together with inadequate evidence regarding the safe operation of a shredder and aspirator.

Eye tests for kids SPECIAL children's eye screening will take place all this week in Sweeney's Opticians in Wine Street, Sligo. The screening started yesterday, Monday, and continues through to next Monday, October 31. This is an important screening for every child of school-going age as learning difficulties have strong links to visual difficulties. Many children have not had their visual screening done in primary schools and with the current government cuts, the chances of being screened is greatly reduced. Sweeney's will also hold a special clinic for children with Dyslexia/Visual Stress/or other Learning Difficulties on a monthly basis. Telephone 0719169090 or call in (appointment only).


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Sligo historian Joe McGowan (kneeling) pictured with visitors from the Wild West Irish Tours in Hazelwood Sligo earlier this year. Also in the picture are the tour operators Michael Waugh and Trish Jenkins (left and second from left).

Sligo historian Joe heading to US to lecture at festival W

ELL known Mullaghmore author and folklorist, Joe McGowan has accepted an invitation from the Maryland Irish Festival to lecture on Irish culture and heritage during the three-day festival in mid-November. Joe's trip is being sponsored by Wild West Irish Tours, the company set up by Americans Michael Waugh and Trish Jenkins which has already organized several trips to Sligo and the West of Ireland. This 3 day event is one of the largest and longest running festivals in the United States and benefits Irish Charities of Maryland. Stacie Guerin, Vice President of the Festival said: "We are so excited to have Joe at the festival this year. We have been courting him and indeed Sligo for months now... we frankly just can't wait to experience his stories, humor and historical knowledge of his beloved Sligo."

Organisers wanted to showcase the writing, art, culture and history of County Sligo and will be displaying work of Sligo Town based Woodcarver Michael Quirke and artist Poilin McGowan of Maugherow. Michael Waugh said: "Stacie had asked me ages ago if she thought we could get some talented people and artwork over to represent the area to add to the authenticity of the cultural aspect of the festival. "So when I think of Sligo, art and authenticity, I think of Joe, Michael and Poilin, and we are thrilled they will be involved one way or the other." As part of the festival, Wild West Irish Tours, who are based in Northern, Virginia and Sligo, have donated a free trip to Sligo and the Northwest, and Joe McGowan will be on stage with Ms. Guerin to make the prize drawing. Said Trish Jenkins: "it is the people of Sligo who make this

prize so special, and having Joe McGowan here representing Sligo is a dream come true." Mr. McGowan said: "Having a great admiration for Michael Waugh's unique approach to tourism and his passion and love for the land of his ancestors I am pleased to be invited by Michael to share the lore and history of Ireland with a wider audience. "Together Michael, Trish and I have walked the fields of Sligo and rambled along the secret places known only to a few who are prepared to go off the beaten paths. "We have explored the roads and boreens where buses will not go. I am grateful to share my Ireland with Wild West Tours and am grateful to Michael and the Maryland Festival for making this possible." The event will be held November 11-13 at the Maryland Fairgrounds near Baltimore. Go to for more details.


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Sligo’s Got Talent Blog Week 3: LAST Friday night Sligo’s Got Talent 2011 kicked off its third week! iRadio’s Mark Cunning made his return for “Industry’s Night” of the competition. We had two special guests from the music industry joining the judging panel for one night only to advise the 11 remaining acts in the competition and to pass on their years of experience in the industry. Our two special guests were Malcolm Mc Dowell (Manager & entertainment writer for a well known Belfast paper) and Muriel Day (Irelands first female entrant into the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 and came 4th in the competition that year to go on to please audiences across the globe for nearly 4 decades). Karen Gordon also joined the judging panel once again for the third week.11 remaining contestants battled it out to be in with the chance of winning the grand prize of €10,000 on the 9th of December 2011. The night was kicked off by duo Justine Wilson and Killian Mc Cormack singing “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. They set the scene on stage with candles surrounding them and audience members holding candles to add to the effects. Karen said they stripped down the song and made it their own and pure. Malcolm commented that the vocals were perfect and Killian played the acoustic really well. Muriel said they did the song their way and did it very well. Next up was Amanda Delaney singing “Somebody To Love” by Queen. Muriel commented that the song was a difficult one for a girl to sing but she did a great job on it and the vocal was great. Karen said Amanda maybe needed to rock out a little more to a song like this but she did great and her personality shone through. Malcolm said Amanda was very confident on the stage and he gave her 10 out of 10 for her performance. Third on stage was T.J Wallace performing “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. Malcolm said TJ’s vocal was good but he needed more confidence on stage. Muriel agreed saying he did a good job but needed to put more of himself into the performance. Karen said TJ is extremely hard working and should go far in the competition. Next up to take the stage was Emma Garvey singing “Battlefield” by Jordon Sparks. All three judges agreed that Emma did a good performance and worked the stage well but her vocals needed a little work for a song like this but overall she did a good performance. Vanessa Sleater was on stage next performing Katy Perry’s “E.T”. Muriel gave Vanessa an A for Attitude, P for performance and a V for vocals! She said her performance was brilliant! Karen agreed saying that Vanessa has the whole package even though she’s one of the youngest competitors. Malcolm commented that Vanessa was born to perform and it was the best performance he’d seen so far in the night.

After the break it was Ann Hanahae’s turn to take to the stage performing Amy Winehouse’s “Valarie” accompanied by two backing dancers. Karen said the dancers were a good option to aid in her performance although she felt her vocals suffered with the dancing. Malcolm and Muriel said she did a great performance with good stage presence. Duo Megan Callaghan and rapper Emzee took to the stage next with “Billionaire” by Travis Mc Coy and Bruno Mars. Karen said it was a brilliant performance and a great contrast from last week, their young and fresh and did a great job. Muriel said she loved it, it was absolutely fantastic. Malcolm said their definitely in with a chance of winning the €10,000 grand prize. Elaine Kennedy was next up singing “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles. Karen said Elaine worked the stage really well and Muriel agreed saying she put conviction in to the lyrics. Malcolm said it was a great song choice that suited Elaine’s vocals. 9th on stage was Alan Reynolds playing guitar and singing to Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine”. All three judges agreed that Alan’s vocals were great for the song choice. Karen said Alan just needs a bit more confidence on stage. Malcolm and Muriel said Alan did a great vocal and the guitar playing was great. The second last contestant of the night was Curtis O Brien singing The Script “Breakeven”. Karen Gordon said Curtis did his best performance of the competition so far and loved the whole performance. Malcolm likened Curtis to Jason Mraz saying he thought Curtis was the best act of the night. Muriel said Curtis was very current with his song choice and did a great job. The last performance of the night came from Kayleigh Gallagher singing “Firework” by Katy Perry. Malcolm said Kayleigh did a great vocal and showed her personality throughout. Karen said Kayleigh put great energy into the song and it was fabulous. Muriel commented that Kayleigh has great power in her voice and good stage presence. After the votes were counted and verified, unfortunately one contestant had to be eliminated and sadly that was Emma Garvey. That has now left us with 10 remaining contestants for next week. This FRIDAY NIGHT at the GARAVOGUE BAR the competition continues with our Halloween Special, ALL acts ALL judges and ALL supporters will be dressed up in their Halloween costumes so come along with your best Halloween costume and support your acts, it promises to be a night not to be missed!!! Get into the Garavogue before 10pm to get your voting cards and support your favourite act. With the winner taking home 10,000 euro on the 9th of December 2011, each act needs your support!!

Emma Garvey singing "Battlefield" by Jordan Sparks.

Supporters of "Justine and Killian" with lighted candles for the song " Make you Feel My Love."

Damya, Anastasija and Andris were in the Garavogue for the Talent Show.

Aaron Gorman and Stephen Mills were in for the Talent Show.

T J Wallace finishes his rendition of "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol in his own unique style.

Enjoying the Talent Show in the Garavogue werel Teia Corcoran and Chrissy Rooney.

Justine & Killian performing "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele.

Rebecca and Martina O'Brien at Sligo's got Talent Show.

Amanda Delaney performs her version of "Somebody to Love" by Queen.

Vanessa Sleator performing Katy Perry’s “E.T”

Michael, John, Kim, Beatrice, Johnny and Harvey were having fun in Two New Judges, Muriel Day and Malcolm Mc Dowell joined the Garavogue. Karen Gordon (center) for the Sligo's got Talent Show.


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Mental health meeting looks for public opinion A

COALITION group formed to promote improved provision of mental health services in Ireland will be holding a public meeting tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 26 in the Sligo Park Hotel. The public consultation is being organised by Mental Health Reform and People With Disabilities in Ireland (PWDI). Mental Health Reform was formed in February of this year with inputs from a number of different bodies, including Amnesty International Ireland, Grow, The Irish Advocacy Network and Shine (formerly Schitzophrenia Ireland). PWDI aims to help all people with disabilities to take part in and influence the decision making

process that impact on their lives and opportunities. The PWDI and Mental Health Reform are inviting citizens with an interest in or experience with the mental health services to discuss quality mental health services tomorrow, Wednesday in the Sligo Park Hotel from 10am. This forum is part of a series of national meetings which aim to develop a shared understanding among citizens about good quality, community-based mental health services, and the role these play in promoting good mental health. "Community-based mental health services reduce the incidence of suicide as well as reducing admissions to hospital," said a spokesperson for Mental Health

Reform. "In these economically strained times, it is vital that people have easy access to community mental health services. "It is estimated that one in four people experience a mental health difficulty during their lives and that the cost of poor mental health to the Irish economy is approximately €2.6bn, or 2% of GNP annually." The meetings will be addressed by expert speakers and will provide a forum for honest debate on what a quality mental health service looks like. As numbers are limited, those who wish to attend are asked to confirm by calling 01-6121422 or by emailing

Enjoy games without frontiers outdoors A PUBLIC art project called ‘Games Without Frontiers’ will present a giant interactive outdoor exhibition on Saturday next (October 29) in Doorly Park in Sligo. Funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme and initiated by Sligo County Council Arts Service, the project was conceived to get children living in the city to creatively explore and use their outdoor spaces. Led by a team of artists, ‘Games Without Frontiers’ took place in venues across Sligo Town during the autumn, where the children invented games, built sculptures, made films, created songs and generally messed about – “in a creative kinda way”. The venues which included the MCR Community Centre, the Northside Community Centre and Caltragh Community Centre were paired with Doorly Park, Ballytivnan Park and Mitchell Curley Park respectively. Anyone out walking may have seen such unusual sights as floating sculptures in the Garavogue, or an art making machine made from an exercise bike, or giant free standing wooden sculptures created in Ballytivnan Park. The artworks, games and videos created will be showcased in Doorly Park from 3.30pm until 5.30pm on Saturday and all are invited to come and join in the fun. For a sneak peek at some of the artwork check out


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Amy McCutcheon and Sarah Lawne on the decks at the Grange/Belleek summer school Sounding Board Djing workshop.

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OUNDING Board, Sligo Leader’s music technology and tuition programme for rural youth, is going on tour. Sessions will take place in venues across counties Sligo and Fermanagh during the Halloween midterm and anyone aged 12 to 18 living nearby is welcome to attend. Majella Flanagan, Programme worker at SLPC, explains what will happen. “Sounding Board has now been running for a year. We have offered evening, full day and day trips away to 150 young people from across rural Sligo and Fer-

managh areas. “Learning from our summer scheme series, we will offer daylong workshops in DJing, sampling, recording, percussion, guitar and percussion tuition. Making the most of the Halloween mid term break when children are off school, we will offer workshops in each area over the week.” Sessions will be as follows: Tuesday, November 1: Ballisadare and surrounding areas in St Mary’s College, Ballisadare. Grange and surrounding areas in Grange Post Primary Wednesday, November 2: SE Fer-

managh Foundation, Manderwood Centre, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh Thursday, November 3: Tubbercurry, St Attracta’s College Friday, November 4: CLASP/ Ballymote in Colaiste Mhuire Sessions will run 10.30am to 4pm. There is no cost to attend but those attending should bring a lunch. The workshops will have assistance from Sounding Board’s graduates who have just completed the Diploma in RAPP Leadership. To register and for information, contact Majella on 071-9141138,

Man escapes jail for abusive behaviour A YOUNG Tubbercurry man who was jailed for two months for threatening and abusive behaviour had his sentence removed on appeal to the circuit court. The appeal was on severity only, the court heard. Aidan Skeffington (22), Connolly Park, Tubbercurry was jailed for two months at the district court last February for using threatening and abusive

behaviour to Sergeant John Barry at the Knocknashee Inn, Lavagh on February 20. He was also convicted of being drunk and a danger to himself and others on the same date. The court heard Skeffington, who had a previous conviction for threatening and abusive behaviour, was abusive to the Sergeant and told him he was not afraid of him. Defence solicitor Mark Mullany said his

client was not in court on the last occasion although he was legally represented. His client had left the recognisance which had the date of the court hearing in a garda car. He was expecting to get a summons in the post. Asked by the judge if he had a drink problem, he said his client was not addicted to alcohol but was remorseful. Judge Michael White warned Skeffington that he was getting nearer to

prison with the convictions for using threatening and abusive behaviour. It was a very serious conviction. The judge affirmed the district court conviction for using threatening and abusive behaviour but removed the two months jail sentence. The judge also fined the appellant €100 on the charge of being drunk and a danger to himself and others.

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News Caravan park changes PLANNING permission has been granted for changes to a caravan park in Enniscrone. Jude Kelly, Atlantic Caravan Park, has been granted approval for the retention of eight chalets, shed and surrounding enclosure. He has also received permission for the construction of a playground. Approval has also been given to remove 12 existing mobile home bases, construct 10 new ones, and to retain another 9 bases.

Demons' Halloween ball DROMAHAIR Demons' Halloween Ball will be held on Friday October 28 at the Blue Devon. A great night of music and entertainment is lined up. Rocking band Easy Rider and the Venusians will get you in the mood for a party and they are followed by DJ Ghoul who will keep you on your feet until the wee small hours! Great prizes for the scariest costumes with a male, female and group prize. 9pm kick off, €10 entry to include Halloween cocktail. See Facebook or www.dromahairdemons

Barrister represents son in drunk driving appeal court hearing By Gerry McLaughlin


BARRISTER who was representing his former Sligo IT student son in a circuit court appeal of a drunk driving case told a court that he was being fined after his son was convicted and fined at the district court. Sean Rooney BL claimed the Sligo district court fine of €2000 for drunk driving and having no insurance on his son was actually a fine on him after he asked his son Michael Rooney, Upper Main Street, Scotstown, county Monaghan what he thought of gardai at the end of a drunk driving case in May 2010. Michael Rooney was convicted and fined a total of €2000 for drunk driving and having no insurance. He was also banned from driving for two years after he showed a reading of 52 mcgs

of alcohol. At that sitting Judge Kevin Kilrane described Sean Rooney’s question to the defendant and the answer given as a gratuitous insult to the force. Judge Kilrane said there were no mitigating circumstances apart from the fact the defendant was a student and he had decided to defend the case in a particular way. Mr Rooney made his comments after a judgement from Judge Michael White which found that his son had not been unlawfully detained when he was arrested and charged by garda Patrick Ruddy on January 15, 2010 at Short Walk Ballinode. Judge White upheld Judge Kilrane’s district court conviction but reduced the fines to a total of €300 after Mr Rooney asked that they be reduced to €500.

Sean Rooney had made several submissions at a previous circuit court hearing regarding the detention of the defendant, the location of the arrest, the opinion formed and the constitutionality of the case. The judge said he was satisfied that the location of the arrest was Short Walk and that garda Ruddy formed an appropriate opinion after observing the defendant’s manner of driving. The judge noted that some UK criteria for handcuffing a defendant depended on reasons of safety, fear of the defendant escaping or fear that the defendant might destroy evidence. Judge White ruled that it was “undesirable” but not unlawful for Garda Ruddy to handcuff Michael Rooney. He added that the appellant could seek civil remedy but the handcuffs did not “taint his cus-

tody”. Judge White also found that while there may have been an issue about the “intensity of effort” made by garda member in charge Ciara McMullin to contact legal representation, the judge ruled that a “genuine attempt” had been made to contact a lawyer while Michael Rooney was being detained at Sligo garda station. The judge upheld the district court verdict and reduced the fines from €2000 to a total of €300. The judge noted the student, who has no previous convictions, was doing another person a favour and the conviction had serious consequences He banned Michael Rooney from driving for two years and a day.

Sligo carers invited to Brussels

Aughanagh parish jubilee A MASS to celebrate the Aughanagh Parish 250 year Jubilee will be celebrated by Bishop Christopher Jones on Tuesday, November 1 at 7.30 in Ballinafad Church, followed by a reception in Ballinafad Community Hall. Anyone who wishes to donate refreshments for the reception are asked to contact Marie Scott, Marie King or Margaret Orr. Music will be a big part of the celebrations and a choir practice was held last week in the run-up to the service.

Oxfam old book sale OXFAM Ireland Sligo shop in Grattan Street is having a display of “old books” for sale starting Tuesday, November 1. The books will be on display for one week and thereafter the shop hope to include a “rare and interesting" section to the already extensive book section in the shop. Included are some real treasures and classics and range in genre from history to cookery. A number of the books are quite rare while others will raise nostalgia from a time gone by. By buying books you can help Oxfam Ireland to stop the suffering and injustice to those less fortunate.

Meeting on farm incomes THE Teagasc Centre in Ballymote will host a series of meetings entitled "Family Farm Income - post REPS 3" over the coming weeks. The purpose of these is to discuss "How to sustain your family farm income post REPS 3". Each night presentations will be made by guest speakers, specialists and farmers. They will be followed by discussion. The first meeting is next Wednesday night, October 26 at 8 pm. These will be followed on Wednesday November 2, 9, 16 and 23 also at 8pm.

Book sale THE monthly book sale in aid of Sligo Social Services is on Wednesday next, November 2 (9.30am11am) at the Social Services office at Charles Street.

SLIGO: Pictured at the meeting in Brussels of the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers, held by Marian Harkin MEP are (from left) Gerard Shannon, Lisnalong; Eamonn Laing, Templeboy; Marian Harkin MEP; Marian McNulty, Kevinsfort and Reena Meehan Pros, Sligo. IRELAND North & West MEP Marian Harkin last week invited a delegation of Irish Carers to attend and provide valuable input to a key meeting in Brussels of the European Parliament

Interest Group on Carers. The meeting, hosted by Independent MEP Harkin, and featuring a keynote presentation from EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, explored

ways in which EU innovation funding can explore new ways of using technology to improve the work of Carers. Specifically, the meeting outlined how the EU's "Active and

Healthy Ageing Innovation Partnership" is one of the first initiatives that explicitly and concretely targets Carers. This is an important step forward in

recognising the growing number of older people and increasing care needs, and the huge and indispensable contribution made by Carers in this respect.

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Sligo visit held many positives for McGuinness T

HE VISIT of Martin McGuinness to County Sligo earlier this month was viewed by the man himself as a welcome boost in his job to convince the electorate that he should become the ninth president of Ireland. McGuinness was joined by members of the Sligo branch of Sinn Fein for the visit to the Yeats County. He called in for a brief visit to the Sligo Weekender offices on a walkabout around the town centre. “Everywhere I go it's very, very positive,” he said. “From somebody who has been involved in many election I can tell from the street in the towns and villages, the large groups of people have shown a surge of support for me. “What I'm getting since I made

the announcement is that people thought the campaign was very dull until I entered the fray and suddenly it became electrified and much more interesting. “Clearly when you do the rounds, the mood on the ground doesn't reflect the very negative approach which was adopted when I entered the race, by others,” he said, without specifically referring to the attacks levelled by fellow candidate Gay Mitchell, or by several national newspapers about his links to terrorist activity. “People know my past. They know when I was a young man, because of circumstances and tensions on the streets of Derry, that I was a member of the IRA. “But they are very fair and they know I've been at the heart of some of the most important politi-

cal developments in this Island in maybe a century and I think they also know that we wouldn't have got to that point if I wasn't a positive and constructive person. That's what I intend to bring to the presidency.” And if he is elected on October 27, he sees a major part of his new portfolio being the promotion of Ireland as a place to do business. “I know that many others talk in aspirational terms about what they will do. I talk about what I have done. “Peter Robinson and I brought in something like 14,000 jobs to the north, mostly from US multinational companies over the last couple of years.” He said he would use his international reputation as a catalyst for bringing business to the whole island of Ireland.

Torch-lit walk raises funds for brain injury

FUNDS: Presenting the proceeds of a torch-lit walk to Teresa O Boyle (far left), ABI Ireland Local Services Manager and Steve Orme (far right) ABI Ireland Regional Manager are event organisers (l-r) Pat Gallagher, Emma McGoldrick, Vincent Gilgunn and Martin Quigley. Shining a light on brain injury, in an effort to raise both awareness and much needed funds for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland was carried out through a Torch-Lit Walk around the horseshoe in Ballintrillick. Teresa O'Boyle, ABI Ireland Local Services Manager, commended those in the area who took part in the walk on September 9. "The support we have received from volunteers has been amazing and

continues to grow. Without their support we wouldn't be able to continue delivering and developing our service." Teresa also extended a big thank you to the event organisers Pat Gallagher and Vincent Gilgunn for helping put such a successful event together. The walk was supported by approximately 65 walkers. In conjunction with the walk a hamper was also raffled off,

The hamper was donated by Brendan and Marie Mullen from Spar on the Bundoran Road, and won by Debbie McGoldrick, Mall family practice, Sligo. The walk and raffle raised €3,500, which will be used to develop Acquired Brain Injury Ireland services in the Sligo, Leitrim and west Cavan. For more information on Acquired Brain Injury Ireland visit


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sligo tweet s sligolive Eamon Dunphy, Newstalk106-108 Live from the Glasshouse hotel Sligo, Sun 30th. E-mail to be in the audience. JoSoapSligo I asked the librarian in Tubbercurry, 'What's the point putting braille on the toilet door? They'd have to know it was there to feel for it' angrymiddleaged Interval at The Celtic Tenors concert. Amazing singing. I could listen all nite shanehegarty Headline of the day: I was in the jacuzzi of a Nama hotel talking to a beautiful woman from near Ballymote http://www.irishtimes.c om/news ITSligoPaul How much would it cost to reprint the Irish punt? How quickly can we do it? McHughWeekender Angela Hunt Rosses Point on Winning Streak next week. Hope she wins lots of money, having to endure that terrible show. lawlessj This #aras11 campaign also saw Independent newspaper group abandon any pretence at actually being Independent. marydavisire I have just arrived at Ballymote cattle mart in County Sligo, rural industry must be nurtured and encouraged to thrive in Ireland anniewestdotcom Why are all the #aras11 candidates going to Ballymote Mart. Did we miss a memo? #stampede EdSligo In Switzerland with @NoCrows on first night of tour, nice full house. Checking @sligorovers tweets for score updates v Bohs CTGBreathnach Incredibly proud to be a Bohs fan. Gave a cracking side a great reception, fully deserved. Major credit to Sligo fans also. Derry next week. MadeInSligo Calling All Sligo Craft Makers! Made In Sligo are currently inviting Sligo based craft makers to join us for 2012 Tom_Boy_Toy Actually a place in Ireland called Tubbercurry brencon Why is the mullet a

popular hairstyle with Sligo lads?

itsligo Good luck to the #Westlife lads in the next chapter of their lives. Beir bua libh! sligoweekender Do you think Westlife should play one final concert in Sligo?. Let us know our views. HeberRowan #Westlife I remember seeing them play in the GAA pitch when they were young together in Sligo before they made it.. I now feel old Markkipper So Aviva let got 950 people today but the four guys from Sligo, out of a job will cause more tears! #westlife MarcasMac So Westlife split, there won't be a cow milked in Sligo tonight! Soyturista In 11 hours, I'll be boarding a plane to Bologna. In honour of Westlife and the people of Sligo, I'll be flying without wings

IfYouSeekZOEx The last time I saw Westlife was the gig in Sligo and me and my mam cried from start to finish, they can't split up. I'll die. anniewestdotcom #Sligo is in mourning : “All we got is de Yeats fella now” sobbed one elderly shopper, on hearing the Westlife news omaoldhomhnaigh Westlife were never meant to be the New Pixies, but they did top their genre - pop which must be applauded. PitterPatterMoo Sad news of the day Westlife are to split. (Thought they split years ago) To the half of the band from Sligo - Ya did us proud boys! louiseheraghty I'm very sad, saw the very first public performance when I was an exciter young teenager in Sligo #westlifesplit CorkGourmetGuy Westlife to split up, that means there's a job lot of white suits going cheap in the Oxfam shop in Sligo!


Simon Community Thank you to all who supported the Street Collection in Sligo town on Wed 5th Oct and the bag pack in Dunnes Stores on Thursday, 6th Oct. Special thanks to all the volunteers who kindly donated their precious time without whom these events could not take place. The Street Sleep took place on O'Connell St, Sligo on Fri 7th and thanks to all the participants and sponsors. The Street Sleepers were - Joanne Higgins , Geraldine Cunningham ,Jackie Cureen, Stacy Melly, Andrew Sexton all from Abbott Diagnostics, Sarah O'Reardon and Mary Hearn. Special thanks also to the following Abbott Diagnostic's, Finisklin, Sligo, The Glasshouse Hotel, The Sligo Park Hotel and The Student's Union, Sligo I.T who sponsored a sleeper for €100. The Four Lanterns and The Bistro Bianconi sponsored food. Mr John Mullaney (Mullaney's Clothes wear) allowed the Street Sleepers perch in his doorway and Centra Supermarket, Castle Street, Sligo. Thanks also to the Sligo Weekender for sending down a photographer. Several bars around the town centre allowed us to do a bucket collection, so thanks very much to them. And thanks most of all to all the 'Sleepers' on the night for their time and commitment to this event. This event highlighted the work that the North West Simon Community do & brought more awareness to the public on the work involved in preventing homelessness. North West Simon Community is a not for profit organisation working with those at risk of homelessness in the North West Region: counties Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal. Tenancy sustainment, a Lifeskills Programme and Housing Support services are provided to ensure that people referred to the organisation not only remain in their own home but live happy fulfilled lives. To achieve this, North West Simon Community works in partnership with organisations including County Councils, the HSE, MABS, Citizens Information Services, Community Welfare Officers and St Vincent de Paul to ensure that those referred to our service receive accurate information and the wide range of supports that they often require. The North West Simon Community needs continual and considerable financial support from the public to be able to provide all of our services. There are lots of different ways that you can raise money to help The North West Simon Community. Some people may be able to donate their time and organisational ability to running an event to help fundraise to prevent homelessness or you could nominate your business or school to be "Simon Charity of The Year". Our carol singing activities at Christmas are an extremely important part of our fundraising throughout the year and essential in helping us fund our services. We have our "Sing for Simon" in the Tesco Arcade on Mon 19th December and if any school choir, group or individual would like to take part for an hour or two please call me on the number below. If you are interested in shaking a bucket on Dec 19th in The Tesco Shopping Arcade please also contact me.

Mary McKeon Fundraising Co-ordinator North West Simon Community Tel: 087-7708865 E-mail:

The volunteers for the North West Simon annual street sleep held earlier this month on the doorstep of Mullaney’s department store in O’Connell Street.

Back to the middle ages When I read the text of the proposed 30th Amendment of the Constitution the first thing that came to mind was "Star Chamber". The Star Chamber was set up in medieval England with the claimed noble intention of ensuring that all persons would be answerable to the law. Rich and powerful "nobles" could evade answering for wrong doing by intimidation and the bribing of judges and court officials. To circumvent this Star Chamber sessions were held in secret, had no right of appeal, and punishment was swift and severe. Over time the opportunities this presented to conveniently get rid of troublesome subjects was noted by the establishment and wily royal ass lickers like Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cranmer used it as a political weapon to give a sheen of respectability to the persecution of those that opposed the policies of the likes of Henry VIII. Using this secretive device even a couple of ladies also lost their heads having been blamed for Henry's ineptitude when it came to procreation matters. The abuse of such a system is almost inevitable given human frailties The 30th Amendment of the Constitution is worrying because it will create a Star Chamber type entity. The amendment would empower members of the Oireachtas to conduct an inquiry and enable them to make findings in respect of any person investigated. They alone would determine the appropriate balance between a person's rights and the public good. The Seanad, which is not elected by the people but by sectional interest groups, would enjoy these powers too. That body could initiate an "inquiry" based solely on a majority vote taken among themselves. Politicians would have the untrammelled power to destroy a person's good name by a process in which they exclusively decide what is, and what is not, "fair procedure”. And bear in mind that the present government gained power under false pretences, their election manifestos were

nothing other than expensively produced versions of the Beano. So honesty and integrity are scarce commodities in modern Irish political life. It is obvious that our democracy is in dire need of modernisation. But rather than giving more powers to politicians why not make changes that ensure that they are open to full scrutiny and made accountable for all decisions and actions taken? The fact is that we invariable come across the name of a politician closely associated with these matters of low standards when investigated. Just look at the quango scandal for example. These are used by politicians as a conduit to move public money into the pockets of their friends and members of the "coffee dock" Dublin 4 set. And our shining new government, despite pledges to bring "change", has shown itself a tad reluctant to tackle this waste and cronyism now that they have a few favours to return. So giving more powers to this coterie, made up in the main of mirror worshippers, is not the way to go. It is the people that need more power. We need a mechanism that we can use to bring forward an election when politicians are failing for whatever reason. Other democratic countries have what's called a "Recall Election" to do this. This simple device means that the electorate do not have to wait until the next scheduled election to bring about change. A predetermined number of signatures trigger the Recall Election. This would improve our democracy immeasurably. It is worth considering here, that had such power been available to the people two years ago, we could have intervened and prevented the Fianna Fail/PD/Green government giving away our children's futures to spivs and speculators We need to start making politicians aware of what we really want and I suggest we start by writing "Recall Election" across the 30th Amendment paper when we go to vote.. This will make it known that we want more power to be given to the people and not to politicians to misuse.

Jim O'Sullivan Rathedmond Sligo

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SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

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Sligo Rangers?

TAKEN from the Guardian Newspaper website: "The new Nottingham Forest manager, Steve Cotterill, led Sligo Rangers to a 3-3 draw with the French team Nantes during the 1996 Intertoto Cup," noted an item in The knowledge (8 October, page 10, Sport). "Sligo Rangers! The shame of it!" exclaimed a reader. "Sligo Rovers is the name you're looking for. And did you know that Dixie Dean once played for them?"

Elvis and KT HOW much do you know about Sligo live headliners Elvis Costello and KT Tunstall. We've unearthed some unusual tidbits about both performers: KT Tunstall -KT's full name is Kate Victoria. -She was raised in Fife Scotland, but is half Irish by birth. -She was adopted as a child and reconnected with her natural mother last year. -Her adopted mum and dad are a teacher and a college lecturer respectively. -She got her big break as a stand-in guest on "Later With Jools Holland" in 2004 after slogging hard for years in the music biz. Elvis Costello -His real name is Declan Patrick MacManus -He adopted the name Elvis Costello from his mother's favourite singer, Elvis, and his father's stage name (his dad was also a musician), Day Costello. -2003 was an important year for Elvis. He married his third wife, singer Diana Krall and he and his band, The Attractions, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. -Elvis is an avid Liverpool FC fan. -He produced The Pogues' album "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash". -Elvis is vegetarian.

Educational move that adds up THOSE who feel that reliance on calculators and cash registers has taken away people’s ability to do even fairly simple sums in their heads or on paper will be glad to hear of an initiative at IT Sligo. All first-year maths students at the college have to abstain from using calculators for their first semester. Lecturers implemented the calculator ban after watching students become dependent on them, diligently recording any number the calculator spit out with “pure acceptance”. Lecturer Dr Etain Kiely said: “We started to notice they weren’t thinking critically, and they were using them as sort of a crutch.” Interestingly, Dr Kiely said that after a semester students are comfortable with numeracy without the calculator, but she said they consider the return of their calculators an early Christmas present

Big wave film SLIGO’S reputation as a surfing destination will be further enhanced by a new documentary film which is about Ireland's first ever 'big wave' surfing contest which was held at Mullaghmore last February. High Pressure – The Story of Ireland’s First Big Wave Surfing Contest follows the story of those hardy souls who took on the monster waves just off Mullaghmore Head in the inaugural Tow-in Surf Session. Produced, directed and edited by Dave Mottershead and Daniela Gross, the film also examines the philosophy of big-wave surfing and the value of the waves to Irish coastal communities, and is described as a "must-see and must-have" by website Surfer Today. The website adds: "Local surfers believe there are still new surf spots to be found and challenged on the Irish coast” and notes that the film "opens the professional book of surfing in Ireland".


J.J. Devaney: Letter from America

through Hispanic eyes I

T’S a beautiful night in Red Bank, New Jersey. One of those classic nights in May where the sun’s final act of defiance to the night is to paint a beautiful red scene across a cloudless sky before finally surrendering for another day. The heat of the day is ebbing away much more slowly than before and the taste of summer is in the air. The football field in Count Basie Park is alive with the sound of my U-16 boys soccer team as they break the night with shouts and cries in their native Spanish. Training this team has made my Wednesday night’s very interesting. From a football point of view these 15 year old’s indulge in all the excesses of the ‘Latin’ player. They don’t pass unless they have no other option. Beating an opponent with some skill or trickery must be repeated until you lose the ball. They are classic street players and treat the idea of such concepts as ‘defending’ and ‘’tracking back’ as something best left to someone else. Most of the time there is no one else and the comedy of defensive errors leads to a usually hilarious ‘blame game’ with insults in Spanish executed at such a quick pace that it makes you wonder if they even understand what they are saying. Wednesday night’s in Red Bank aren’t just a soccer experience. It’s a window into an American sub culture. Red Bank is a very affluent town and its rich suburbs are home to NJ luminaries such as Bruce Springsteen and members of rock group Bon Jovi. Its fashionable town centre is within walking distance of the Navesink River on the banks of which many expensive and ornate homes are built. My U-16 boys represent Red Bank’s other story. A story from the other side of the tracks. On a squad of 17 there is not a single ‘white’ player. All these players come from south of the border. Most are Mexican, some Guatemalan. They came with their parents to the USA in search of a better life and they make up a huge population of residents on the outskirts of the town. Their stories are hidden and secret because in many cases that is a necessity. The vast majority of the team were not lucky enough to have been born in the USA and so do not have citizenship. Many of these kids acquired false documentation, new identities to stay in the US if they were not born there. They are illegal immigrants in the eyes of the law. Red Bank is the perfect microcosm and metaphor for the Hispanic experience in America. They live on the edge of town, on the edge of the American experience. Working with these kids only served to highlight the unique position I found myself in. I realized that even though I had a VISA to be in the United States of America and so was ‘legal’ it would have mattered even if I wasn’t. Because I am Irish. I am a part of a special ethnic group in America. One that emerged from the poverty of a country that couldn’t support it and rose to prominence in the New World. My position in the USA is a given. Never once has my status in the US been questioned. Irish people are part of an American establishment. We are part of the American story. The same can not be said for the Hispanics in America right now. They are seen at best as ‘illegals’ and at worst as ‘welfare spongers’. They are treated with hostility and sometime even fear. They live literally on the margins. However the parallels between the Irish experience of the past and the current experience of Hispanic immigrants is instructive. On a visit to Boston I stopped at the Irish

IRISH EXPERIENCE: The Irish Famine Memorial in Boston Famine memorial in the centre of the town. I read of how the people of Boston gave generous amounts of grain to the starved Irish population. I also read of the fear and dismay the people of Massachusetts experienced when ships began arriving in their capital town loaded with sick dying foreigners of a tongue they did not understand and a culture they did not want to know of. Through decades of struggle and toil the Irish to a place of prominence and achievement as a unique ethnic identity in America. It struck me that the very kids that I interacted with every Wednesday night in Red Bank are in the midst of that very same journey as the Irish had once taken themselves. Crucially the story of the Irish in America

is not seen as a mirror image for the new wave of immigrants into the US by mainstream Americans in general. This has always been a double standard to me. A collective amnesia about a very recent American history. Working with those Hispanic lads gave me a greater perspective on the challenges of language, race, prejudice, immigration and struggle that once faced my own people in the USA. It was also a constant reminder of how lucky I am to be an Irish person in America. It made me appreciate more those who have gone before me to forge a way in the US and make it that much easier for me to do so. The Irish role in the great narrative of the US continues apace while the Hispanic one is just beginning.


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011


Preparations underway for Women’s Enterprise Day Pictured at the launch of National Women's Enterprise Day are some of those who will be speaking (l-r) Aisling Hurley from Teamwoodcraft in Laois; Lisa Myers from the Wig Clinic in Cork; Elena Brennan from Elena Brennan Jewellery in Cavan; Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse in Clare; Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Kathleen Lynch T.D.; Louise Fleming, County Enterprise Boards; Grainne Barry from in Limerick City and Liz Waters from Malone's Cleaning in Dublin.


HURSDAY, November 17 is National Women's Enterprise Day and the Sligo County Enterprise Board is cohosting a major conference, day-long mentoring clinics and an enterprise support exhibition in Laois for hundreds of female entrepreneurs that day. Women in business travelling to the conference from Sligo will be offered one-to-one mentoring appointments with a choice of fourteen experienced business people and access to a full exhibition display area offering support, information and advice. Speaking ahead of the November 17 conference, John Reilly from Sligo County Enterprise Board said: "On National Women's Enterprise

Day, we'd encourage as many of the female entrepreneurs as possible, travelling from Sligo, to take up the offer of mentoring appointments. "Through mentoring, they can seek advice and guidance from more experienced businesspeople around issues such as business planning, marketing, social media and finance." The panel of experienced mentors on National Women's Enterprise Day includes Fiona Brown Johnson (Human Resources), John Clarke (eCommerce, Export, Information Design and Marketing), Ron Connell (Sales, Marketing, Finance and IT), Margaret Daly (Business Start-up and Human Resources), Noel Davidson (IT and Communications),

Bernadette Farrell O'Neill (Finance, Business Start-up and Development), Bríd Fox (Food Marketing and Business Training) and Sandra Hennessy (Digital Marketing). Gillian Horan (Marketing), Elaine Hyland (Finance), Rob Marr (Business Development, Management Development, Sales and Marketing), Caitriona Montgomery (Digital Marketing and Website Development), Theresa Mulvihill (Marketing and Business Development) and finally, Evan Mangan (Digital Marketing) are also experienced mentors on this year's panel. The exhibition display area at National Women's Enterprise Day features information stands from the County and

City Enterprise Boards, Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland, Bord Bia, First Step, HALO Business Angels, Dublin Business Innovation Centre, Irish Franchise Association, Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Health and Safety Authority. Entrepreneur, author and rower, Debra Searle, MBE, is one of the keynote speakers at the conference, along with food entrepreneur and founder of Itsa Bagel, Domini Kemp. The Minister of State for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D., will officially open the conference the evening before and the success stories of eight emerging and established female entrepreneurs will also

be highlighted. National Women's Enterprise Day is taking place at the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise and subsidised tickets cost €100, which are available through The fee includes a half-day conference on November 16th with refreshments, in addition to the full day conference and lunch on November 17. Updates are available on the National Women's Enterprise Day Facebook and Twitter pages, using Twitter tag #NWED. Co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Irish Exchequer, the aim of National Women's Enterprise Day is to give national recognition to the role of female entrepreneurship in Ireland.

Self-assessed tax deadline looms THIS is the time of year that thousands of selfemployed and non-PAYE employees dread; just a week until the Oct 31 tax return deadline. say that a large number of the 8600 people in Sligo who are due to file a tax return simply do not and a further group do so but fail to meet the deadline. The tax experts contend that anecdotal evidence suggests that the reason for not filing

on time – or at all – is the prospect of collating and sifting through the shoebox of receipts and forms that those involved have accumulated over the course of 12 months. However, these people can, and often do, pay dearly for their lackadaisical attitude towards tax compliance. Christine Keily, tax specialist with commented, “Realistically people

only have a few days left to get their tax affairs in order and this is the busiest time of the year for tax specialists, so it’s important to give them the necessary material in an organised manner. “Revenue is fastidious when it comes to selfassessed tax payers filing tax returns and is strict on imposing penalties. Judging by the returns we submitted last year, where we were often asked to also file for

previous years as well, we believe that up to 1 in 5 newly established selfemployed or other selfassessed individuals must be failing to file in the correct year. “This will inevitably lead to fines and penalties, though the sooner it’s dealt with the lower the likely cost.” She says that many people, if they are in PAYE employment, believe that the Oct 31 deadline does not apply to them. However, this is

not always the case. “There are a variety of people from those owning buy-to-let properties to those who have a foreign pension or those who have recently sold shares, that need to file a tax return to ensure they are tax compliant. “Landlords in particular are a large grouping in this country (145,021 landlords registered with the PRTB in 2010) and, with 4500 buy-to-let

properties in Sligo, there’s a significant number of landlords in the county. “Our experience is that many landlords are surprised at the reduction in the tax bill once all related expenses have been utilised… deductible related costs such as property management fees; interest on mortgage; maintenance fees; wear & tear; insurance payments etc..”

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Credit Union reform on the way The Irish Credit Union sector has changed further today given the Minister for Finance's announcement of phase 1 of the Interim report of the Commission examining Credit Unions. "The Interim Report of the Commission on Credit Unions, acknowledging a strong future for the sector, has recommended strengthening of the regulatory framework they operate in. "While the detail of the legislation is yet to come, it is expected that Credit Unions will have to learn to work more successfully with additional regulation in areas of compliance and risk management and governance," said Colm O'Grady, a Credit Union specialist at solicitors RBK. "Although not a surprise to the sector, the reality of the proposed changes will bring a significant burden of change and reskilling to many credit unions relying on a volunteer ethos. "The recommendations include extending the Central Bank’s administration sanction regime to Credit Unions; without doubt, this signals that full compliance with Central Bank regulations will be the only way forward." He added: "This much anticipated report sends a clear message that credit unions are entering a new world of compliance and regulation that will mirror the existing regulatory framework of the banks."


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

town&county Send your Town & County news to: The editor, Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo. TOWN INDEX Cranmore/Abbeyquarter ......31 Mail Coach Road....................50 Merville Centre......................50

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

PHOTO INDEX Ballintogher.........................................29 Boyle ....................................................30 Ballygawley..........................................31 Sligo Town............................................32 Sligo Town ...........................................49 Manorhamilton...................................50 Ballinacarrow.......................................51

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ACLARE/ TOURLESTRANE By Cyril Feehily Seniors march on WELL done to the GAA senior footballers who put in a brilliant team performance in Carrick-on-Shannon to defeat the Leitrim County Champions Glencar Manorhamilton in the first round of the Connacht Club Championship. Coming from six points down after the concession of an early goal to go in level at half time, as well as playing into a stiff breeze, following a superb Gary Gaughan goal. For the second half Tourlestrane came out with all guns blazing and a feature of the game was that all their half backs scored with the three Dunne brothers all getting on the score-sheet, creating a record in itself. While finishing on a final score of 1-15 to 2-07, the winners now go into a semi-final engagement with St Bridget’s of Roscommon, one of the better teams of the AIB Club competition for the last number of years. This game is on Sunday, November 6 in Markievicz Park, Sligo. It is a credit to all loyal supporters who made the trip to Carrick to cheer the lads on, coming from many parts of the country that’s what is having pride in who you are is about. Well done all for giving us all a wonder afternoon. PARISH IN SHOCK: It was with shock that the news filtered through of the sudden death of Joe Flynn in New York, formerly of Tullinaglug, on October 15. He had just returned to New York following his visit with his wife to his beloved Tourlestrane and county Sligo. He always wanted to know what was going on back home as he called it, even though he was to the forefront of the Sligomens Association in New York and anything to do with activities Irish. He was looking forward to the Sligo GAA team going to play there in May. It wasn’t all about the game but for him the people who would be about New York that weekend. He was putting plans in place to have arrangements so as to get people together at this early stage. He will be missed by all and they were many who knew him, he is a huge loss to the Irish community as well those from this region over there. Sympathy is extended to his wife and daughters, son-in-law, sisters, Teresa and Mary, USA; Kitty Oughowel; Brendan, Aclare; Liam, Tullinaglug and Patrick in Enniscrone. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

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BALLINTOGHER: Ciara Taaffe from Ballintogher and Claire McIntyre from Letterkenny, both graduated recently with H.Dips. in Arts in Primary Education from Hibernia College. They are pictured at their conferring in the RDS, Dublin held on October 12.

GAA MEMORIAL: On Bank Holiday Monday, October 31 at 1pm in Tourlestrane GAA pitch. a memorial game will be played in honour of the late Darren Gaughan. The game will be contested by St. Attracta’s Community School All-Ireland winning team of 2006 and St. Attracta’s All-Ireland runners up of 2010, which Darren was a member of. Unfortunately the game was postponed last year due to the weather conditions at that time. The game will be in aid of Diabetes Ireland. Donations on the gate and your support would be greatly appreciated. WATER COLOUR: Adult art classes on landscape water colour have resumed on Thursday nights at 8pm at Carraloban Resource Centre,

Aclare. Fee €6 per night. New members always welcome. COMMUNITY LOTTO: The Aclare Community Lotto is in excess of €4,700 and rising, so why not take a chance and buy a ticket which can be purchased in Kennedy’s supermarket or from any ADC member BANADA BINGO: The Snowball game is at €6,300, the Jackpot of €5,800 is waiting to be won at bingo this Tuesday in Banada Abbey Hall starting 9pm. Minimum €2,000 payout each night. ACLARE FOROIGE CLUB: The club meetings are on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm until 9pm. New adult leaders are needed to ensure the club will continue to grow. If you are interested in giving one evening a month or so to the club, please

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phone Patrick on 087 2321973 or Bernie on 087 9132884. BOXCERCISE: Boxcercise/shape and tone classes for ladies over 16 years, Fridays from 7pm until 8pm at Banada Abbey Community Hall €50 for six week session. Contact Adrian Sheerin on 86 0581956.Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for registration 25 CARD GAME: 25 Card games have started in Kilmactigue NS every Friday night at 8.30pm. Beginners are always welcome. KNITTING CLUB: The Knitting Group meetings are held in Kilmactigue community centre on Monday nights at 8pm. All are welcome SENIOR CITIZENS' CLUB: St Attracta’s Senior Citizens’ Club has resumed on Wednesday in Banada Health


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town&county Centre from 2-5pm. New members always welcome. Bus available to collect you to and from the Centre. Enquiries to 071-9181195 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.

BALLINACARROW Tel. 071-9167878 Parish walk RATHBARRON parish are holding their annual 10km walk on Bank Holiday Monday, October 31, starting from the Coach House, Rathbarron, at 2pm. A treasure hunt and 6km walk will also take place on the day. Sponsorship cards or to register €10 or €20 per family. Light refreshments served. For further information contact 087-7452734. CARD GAMES: The card games continue in Ballinacarrow community centre every Thursday evening at 9pm. Everybody welcome. TRADITIONAL MUSIC: The traditional Irish music sessions continue in Durkin’s Bar, Ballinacarrow, every Friday night. TEXAS HOLDEM THANKS: The organisers of the recent Texas Holdem evening in the Ballinacarrow Community Centre would like to thank all who participated. A special thank you to the sponsors and those who provided the food. €300 was raised for the school fund. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086-1637834.


Rehearsals for Boyle Musical Society’s production of Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’. The show opens in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on November 16 and runs until November 20.

Scrap collection A SCRAP metal collection takes place on Saturday, October 29 from 11am to 4pm in the car park opposite St. Theresa’s NS in aid of the Ballintogher playground. ENROLMENT CEREMONIES: A Confirmation enrolment ceremony for all three schools takes place on Saturday, November 12 at 7.30pm in Ballinagar. And a First Holy Communion enrolment ceremony takes place on November 13 at 11.30am for St. Theresa’s NS.

BALLISODARE By Maeve McCormack Tel. 071-9130649

Lotto draw TICKETS for the The Ballisodare gaelic and soccer clubs lotto draw cost €2 each and are on sale from most local businesses in the village as well as from anyone involved with the clubs. All money raised by this lotto draw goes directly towards the running costs of both clubs. NEWS PLEASE: If you have any news, please phone 071-9130649 or email


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Siobhan wins €15,600 THE Sarsfields Lotto jackpot of €15,600 was won last week and congratulations go to local lady Siobhan McDonagh, Charlestown. Next

week’s jackpot will be restarted at €3,000 and the draw will take place in Murray’s bar RECENT DEATH: Sympathy is extended to Bridget McDonagh, Hagfield, Charlestown, on the death of her brother, Gerard Durkin, which occurred in England WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Oliver Conway, son of Hugh and Rosena Conway, Sandyhill, Charlestown and Olwyn McConkey, daughter of Brian and Sheila, McConkey, Howth, Co Dublin. The wedding took place at St James’ Church, Charlestown. DEATH: The death took place in St Attracta’s Nursing Home, Hagfield, Charlestown of Mary Kate Humphries formerly of Sonnagh, Charlestown, and England. Sympathy is tendered to the bereaved ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Meetings have resumed in the Pastoral Centre, Lowpark, on Monday afternoons from 3-5pm. Thanks go to all who supported their coffee morning on Friday, September 16. A total of €700 was raised for North West Hospise. IRISH DANCING: Classes have started in the Pastoral Centre, Lowpark on Tuesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. For details contact Maria Sloyan on 0879334735. IRISH CLASSES: Irish classes for beginners at the Charlestown Community Childcare will start up shortly at 7.30pm. This would be ideal for parents with school-going children. For details contact Noirin on 086 3836078. COUNSELLING SERVICE: Affordable counselling is now available at the CDP offices in Ballaghaderreen. Contact 094-9862565 for details. BRIDGE: Weekly game takes place every Wednesday at 8pm in O’Hara’s Bar, Bellaghy, Charlestown. DARTS: A darts game takes place in

Charlestown every Sunday at 9.30pm – last week it was held in Walsh’s Bar. A mixed doubles darts competition has resumed in McLoughlin’s Bar on Fridays at 9.30pm. BOOK LAUNCHES: Book launches take place at Charlestown library today, Tuesday. One of the books Pete and Tweet is a children’s book by retired school teacher Helena McDonagh from Charlestown to be launched at 7.30pm. CLOONAGH 25 DRIVE: The card game will resume its normal Tuesday evening slot for the winter period at 9pm in Cloonagh Community Centre in mid-November. BOXING TOURNAMENT: A white collar boxing tournament fundraiser between Sarsfields and Curry GAA clubs has been organised for Saturday, November 19 with the gloves coming off at 9pm. This will be held in the CBD Sports Complex, Charlestown. It should be an entertaining night and tickets are on sale for €20.

BELTRA/ DROMARD Shoebox appeal YOUR Shoebox gift can mean something very special to a child without much hope. Beltra ICA, in association with Team Hope, is bringing hope to the needy. If you would like to be part of this project contact any member of the ICA or Beltra PO for details. The latest date is November 11. POSTER COMPETITION: A Country Market Halloween poster competition and Fancy Dress will be held on Saturday, October 29.

All the usual products are on sale at the Country Market on Saturday mornings 10-12noon. PARTY TONIGHT: A Community Care Halloween party will be held tonight, Tuesday, in the Health Centre at 8pm. Music by Christy O’Grady. All welcome. FLU JAB: The Flu vaccine is now available to over 65s in the Health Centre. MELLON TOWNSHIP: John McDermott will again join with the Niall Mellon Township Trust house building project in Cape Town South Africa from November 11 to 19. A sponsorship card is in Ardabrone Stores, or a donation can be directly to John.

CASTLECONNOR By Ennicrone Tourist Office Tel.096-36746

Recent deaths SYMPATHY is extended to the sons Sean and Noel; daughter Bernadette; daughter-in-law Penelope; son-in-law Patrick and grandchildren of the late Mary Morrison, Carranurlar who died on October 9. May she rest in peace Sympathy is extended to the Howley, Gallagher, Best and Barrins families on the death of Patrick Howley Saffron Walden, Essex a native of Emlymoran who died recently. May he rest in peace SUPPORT RICHARD: Richard Gorman of Muingwar who is a member of Sligo AC is running the Dublin City Marathon on October 31. Richard will be aiming at 2 hour 40 minute for the 26.2 mile distance. In doing so he is fundraising for North West Hospice. Anybody wishing to sponsor Richard for this worthy cause

can do so by sending a cheque made payable to Northwest Hospice, to Richard Gorman, Dublin City Marathon Fundraiser, Kiernan Avenue, Collooney, Co. Sligo. IRISH DANCE: The Ormsby School of Traditional Irish Dancing is on every Tuesday at 3pm and every Friday evening at 5pm in Castleconnor Community Centre. Enquiries to 087-8863248. DEFIBRILLATOR APPEAL: The Castleconnor Defibrillator Committee is appealing for volunteers to act as responders (rescuers). All the original volunteers are still in place, sincere thanks to them for their time and interest. The committee is beginning a new training session and is anxious to have a geographical spread of responders throughout the parish. If you are interested in becoming a responder, please contact Roger Cawley on 086-2367424. 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.

CLOONACOOL Congrats ladies CONGRATULATIONS to the Cloonacool/Tubbercurry ladies on reaching the Connacht Final. A great crowd turned up to support the ladies team, unfortunately the ladies lost. However the team have had great success, winning the Sligo Junior league and championship, the first time a team completed the double. Well done to the manage-


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town&county ment and background staff. The future of ladies football in the Cloonacool Tubbercurry area is bright. GEORGE AND KEYSTONE: Cloonacool Players’ hilarious one-act comedy George will brighten up the dark nights. Their All-Ireland Festival entry, launches locally in Cloonacool Community Centre on Friday, October 28 and Sunday 30 at 8.30pm. Also Cloonacool will host Tubbercurry’s Phoenix Players’ oneact play Keystone by Padraic Neary. Don’t miss these two evenings of great entertainment. Other entertainment for the Cloonacool drama nights is artist Joe Corscadden. PARENT AND TODDLERS: Cloonacool group meet on a Tuesday at 10.30pm in Cloonacool Community Centre. SOCIAL GROUP: Cloonacool Monday Morning Social Group have started meeting again on a Monday morning from 10.30am in Cloonacool community hall. Activities include knitting and crochet, painting, jewellery making, pottery and much more. Feel free to pop into the group at any time. For more information contact the FRC on 0719186926. SET DANCING: Set dancing continues in St Michael's (Cloonacool) Community Centre on Wednesday at 8.30pm. Suitable for Beginners. So get them dancing shoes on. NEVEN COOKS: Bóthar, the international development aid agency, in association with renowned celebrity chef, Neven Maguire have just launched a novel fundraising event to raise much needed funds to help families in poverty in the developing countries. To be part of this unique and exciting event, please contact the Tubbercurry office on 071-9120100 or email YOUR NOTES: Please send your notes to by Wednesday.

COLLOONEY By Mary White Tel. 071-9167511

Sad farewell ONLY half the congregation fitted inside the Church of the Assumption, Collooney at the Funeral Mass for 51-year-old Gerry O’Grady, Ard Cotton, who died suddenly on Friday 14 last. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Pat Peyton PP Collooney, retired Monsignor J. Spelman, Fr. Towey PP Ballisodare, Fr. Andrew Finan, Ballaghderreen / first cousin of the O’Grady family, Fr. J. Caulfield Gurteen, Fr. Peter Banks, childhood neighbour on holidays from Los Angelus, and Fr. A.B. O’Shea Sooey /Riverstown. Gerry’s brother Bernard got a round of applause when he finished his tearful reflection of his ‘big brother’ Gerry. Even Tommy Fleming singing ‘You Raised Me Up’, couldn’t drown out the grieving sniffles. Fr. Pat invited sympathisers to offer condolences inside the Church, which lasted over an hour, after, which the remains were carried from the church to the waiting hearse. Flanked by a Guard of Honour from Owenmore Gaels the funeral proceeded through Main Street, down the Barrack Road, to be laid to rest in St. Nathy’s cemetery, Collooney. Gerry leaves his wife Marian, three daughters Serina, Debbie, Caroline; three brothers Bernard, Noel, Kevin; four sisters Kathleen, Siobhan, Marian, and Geraldine; inlaws, nephews, nieces, neighbours, workmates, and friends. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.

CURRY By Cyril Feehily Recent deaths

BALLYGAWLEY: Aisling Conlon, Doonally, Ballygawley and Larry Lynch, Naas, who married in Sooey Church recently.

REMEMBERING DECEASED: The annual evening of prayer for the deceased of the parish will be held in the Church of the Assumption, Collooney on Sunday, November 6 from 6-7pm. All are welcome. BEREAVED: Sympathy is extended to Sister Máiréad Lynch, Convent of Mercy, Collooney, on the tragic accidental death of her nephew, retired Garda Sergeant Gerry Lynch, in Limerick last week. €20,000 IN 3 MONTHS: Well done to Ballinacarrow Community who raised €20,000 in three months which was used to provide an extension to their local National School. The new extension was blessed and officially opened at St. Lassara’s NS which is 60 years old, by Most Rev. Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, surrounded by the principal Ms Mary Curley, staff, pupils and community.

COOLANEY Tel. 071-9167878 Died in England SYMPATHY is extended to Tommy Lynch and family, Gortakeeran, on the death of Tommy’s brother-inlaw, Martin Moran, England. Sympathy is also extended to Patsy Moran, nee Lynch, wife of the late Martin. May he rest in peace. The Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA club Lotto draw was held recently, the numbers drawn were 11, 16, 17 and 32. There was no jackpot winner. The Jackpot now stands at €4,200. Congratulations to Brendan Kivlehan, Sheila and Harry McGowan, Joe McGuinness and Stephen Wynne, who all share the monthly prize of €200. Play the club

lotto online and join in the fundraising efforts. 10KM WALK: Rathbarron parish are holding their annual 10km walk on Bank Holiday Monday, October 31, from the Coach House, Rathbarron, at 2pm. A treasure hunt and 6km walk is also taking place on the day. Sponsorship cards or to register €10 or €20 per family. Light refreshments served. For further information contact 087-7452734. CARD GAMES: Card games take place in Ballinacarrow Community Centre every Thursday evening, time: 9pm. Everybody welcome. WALKING CLUB: Coolaney Walking Club meet at 7.30pm each Wednesday at the monument in Coolaney Village. For more details Contact Joanne on 087 2727947, Damien on 087 6795890 or Jane on 087-9779055. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086-1637834.

CRANMORE ABBEYQUARTER By Breda Wimsey and Beccy Perry

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Date changed THE date for the Abbeyquarter Community Centre cake sale has changed. It will now will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 5pm. A raffle will be held on the day in aid of Abbeyquarter Community Centre. Please support all welcome. ELECTION CENTRE: The Cranmore Abbeyquarter Community Centre will be closed for normal business on Thursday as it will be hosting

the presidential election poll. MOTHER AND TODDLER: The Mother and Toddler Group is held every Tuesday morning from 10am to 11.30pm in the Resource House in Racecourse View, Cranmore. Tea, coffee and playtime. All welcome. NURSE VISITS: The public health nurse visits every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm they will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about your child. OVER 55s: Monday Morning Group for over 55s from 10am to 1pm every Monday. All are welcome to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and scone with their friends and neighbours while participating in some fun activities. ACTIVE AGE: Cranmore Active Age Group is held every Wednesday from 8-10pm all new members are welcome. FRIENDSHIP: The Friendship Group meet every Thursday night 7.30pm to 9.30pm, all are welcome. WOMEN’S NIGHT: the Women’s Group runs every Monday from 8-10pm. There are different activities arranged from time to time for the women of the club. New members are always welcome. DANCE GROUP: A dance group with Gillian Finan runs every Tuesday from 6-7pm and 7-8pm. FUNFIT DANCE: Will be held every Thursday. Stacey Carty will be offering dance classes from 5-6pm for five to eight year olds, 6-7pm for nine to 12 years old 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.

SYMPATHY on the death of Gerry Durcan, Manchester formerly of Drimbane, to his sisters Bridget Hagfield, Charlestown and Kitty, Cliffoney, sister -in -law Mary, nieces and nephews. Also to the relatives of John Reid, Powellsboro, and Detroit, USA may they rest in peace FARM SAFETY: Courses on farm safety are being organised by Teagasc, as the modern-day farm can be a dangerous place of work without the farmer realising it. The farm safety course is put in place to alert the farmer to the ever present dangers. These situations can arise total unware of the land owner. It is now a requirement to complete the farm safety code and costs €30. To book a place call Sligo on 071-9142286 SCRAP SATURDAY: The local GAA club are arranging the collection of scrap metal in of the Church repair fund and the club the collection point is adjacent to the GAA grounds on this Saturday, October 29. GAA ‘BATTLE’: Thanks to everyone who came and supported the launch of “The Battle for Bellaghy”" in Walshs in Charlestown. If the atmosphere at the launch is anything to go by then we are in for a real treat on the “Big Fight Night” on November 19 in the CBD Complex in Charlestown. Tickets at €20 are now available. Please come and support the boxers and the club. Tickets can be obtained from each boxer and their support team or from any member of the committee. email if you want any further information. Already there are reports of smart money being placed on certain contestants some say it’s only rumour. FOROIGE CLUB: A Foroige meeting was held on Saturday night, October 15 in St Mary’s Community Centre regards the operation of the club. A good number of parents are required as well as adult leaders for supervision. For further information call Patricia Walsh on 087 6684345 or 094-9255062 ORDER RECRUITING: The Order of Malta is currently recruiting volunteers for the Tubbercurry Unit. Training takes place in St Brigid’s Halll at 7pm Further details can be had from Breege on 087 7715230 LADIES EXERCISE: Exercise classes have started for Ladies in Curry GAA club house from 7pm to 7.30pm on Mondays GAA LOTTO: Don’t forget to purchase your weekly lotto ticket costing €2 has you could be the one to win the Jackpot which is over €3,900 CLOONACOOL PLAYERS: Clooancool Players’ hilarious one-act comedy “George” will brighten up the dark nights. Their All-Ireland Festival entry, launches locally in Cloonacool Community Centre on this Friday, October 28 and Sunday, October 30 at 8.30pm. Also, on both nights, Cloonacool will host Tubbercurry Phoenix Players’ one-act play Keystone by Padraic Neary. Other artists for the Cloonacool drama nights are: Friday 28 – Joe Corscadden and on Sunday 30 – Cliodhna Henry and friends. Be sure to come along for two evenings of great entertainment DARREN REMEMBERED: On Bank Holiday Monday, October 31 at 1pm in Tourlestrane GAA pitch. a memorial game will be played in honour of the late Darren Gaughan. The game will be contested by St. Attracta’s Community School All-Ireland winning team of 2006 and St. Attracta’s All-Ireland runners up of 2010, which Darren was a member of.


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SLIGO: Lloyd and Hazel Sweetnam, Sligo town, pictured at Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Pic by Michael Donnelly Photography

Along with players from Curry Club and other surrounding Clubs. Unfortunately the game was postponed last year due to the weather conditions at that time. The game will be in aid of Diabetes Ireland. Donations on the gate and your support would be greatly appreciated. TAOIST TAI CHI: Taoist Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that is beneficial for body and mind. Classes have starting for new beginners in St Bridget’s Hall from 10am-12noon. For more information contact Kathleen on 087 6179317 or visit their website on DANCE AND DRAMA: Kelda’s School of Dance and Drama will hold classes in the Hilary room Banada Abbey Community Hall each Thursday night from 7-8pm. For more information contact Erin on 087 1368145 for more details SPECIAL 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 8-9pm. All special needs are welcome. They are also looking for some volunteers for the coming year, all are welcome, perhaps people that are going for the Gaisce award would like to help. For further information contact 087 7430837 or show up on any Wednesday night. BOXING CLUB: Valiant Amature Boxing Club will provide training and competitive opportunities for young people between the ages of ten years to 18 years. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre, Curry. Interested parties are welcome, for further information contact Darren Fahey on 086 3182097 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, Tub-

bercurry. 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. BRIDGE: There is a weekly bridge game in O’Hara’s, Bellaghy every Wednesday night. First deal is at 8pm sharp.

room, learning support room, store and wheelchair accessible toilet. YOUNG AT HEART: A “Young at Heart” club meets in the Easkey Family Resource Centre every Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm. New members always welcome, please contact 096-49088. Rural Transport will be provided by contacting 09647100.

FUNDRAISING: A fancy dress party will take place in Easkey Community Centre on Sunday, October 30 from 5-7pm. There will be a disco, shop, cake sale, a raffle and lots of prizes. All ages welcome. Admission adults €5 and children €3. All donations go to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children and the evening is been organised by the parents and children of Owenbeg National School. FASHION SHOW: Easkey GAA club are having a fashion/music show on Thursday, November 3 in the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone at 8pm sharp. Compere on the night will be Emer Holohan Doyle former Miss Ireland. Special guest Buck Taylor. With the great line up of shops on board and the variety of entertainment organised all adds up to a great night out. Part of the proceeds raised on the night will go to Our Lady’s Hospital for sick children in Crumlin. Tickets available by contacting Patricia on 085 8373680 CARD DRIVE: The 25 Card Game has resumed in Owenbeg National School on Sunday nights at 8pm. Proceeds are in aid of the Astroturf pitch at the school. Please support. ROSLEA CEMETERY: Rosary and prayers for the dead will be held in Roslea Cemetery on Sunday, November 6 at 12.30pm and 3pm. TABLE QUIZ: Easkey GAA club will hold a table quiz on Saturday 29 in Brownes Pub in Pullaheeney. Tables of four €20 with lots of prizes. BLOTTO: There was no jackpot winner in the Easkey Community Council lotto draw on Friday night last. Numbers drawn were 11, 19, 23 and 27 with bonus number 31. Winners of €25 were Fionnuala Kenny, David Higgins, Sinead Cowley, Edel Mulhall, Eva, Harry, Kate. Promoters prize Tony Jones. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,700 and the draw will take place at the bingo session held in the Community Centre on Friday night at 8.30pm. MASS TIME CHANGE: From Saturday, November 5 the vigil mass in Easkey and Rathlee will be an hour earlier at 7pm. PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The parent/toddler group will continue to run at Little Steps playschool on Tuesday mornings from 11am-1pm. €2 per family. Come along for a chat

and a cuppa. All welcome. A total of €103 was raised for North West Hospice at the recent coffee morning held at the Playgroup. The organisers would like to thank all who supported it.

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Business replaces rancour THE October meeting of Enniscrone and District Community Development (E&DCD) surprised as much as the second flowerings and the October snow. Gone was the rancor and personal vitriol which stymied action during previous meetings. Matters arising passing without much comment heralded a forward looking agenda. Movement on a joint Town Improvements Society proposal for the redevelopment of the old pavilion is making some stop and start progress with emphasis on much work ahead but a clear strategy guiding discussions and negotiations with multiple players. The Enterprise Centre reported ticking over progress with little new developments or leasing requests on the horizon. The Events committee chaired by Joe Queenan reported a very satisfactory August festival and plans are already beginning to shape for another in 2012. As the year draws to a close the committee will focus on Christmas lighting and the New Year’s annual swim. Mary Darlington reported on Ireland’s first and only Seaweed Festival which was an end of season unqualified success only cemented by the Walking Festival successes reported on by David Tuffy. Discussion followed about the walking club’s weekly activities and the possibilities of a kickstart for phase II of the Coastal Walk extension. Discussions of the challenges of the various festivals and events led to reflections on what worked and did not work and the question of



DROMORE WEST Party boy A PARTY to celebrate Joe Burns 50th birthday was held in the in the Beach Bar recently and was attended by his family members and wide circle of friends. All helped Joe to enjoy his party with fun music and song. KEEP FIT CLASSES: A ladies keep fit class is now running in the Community centre on Friday nights at 8.30pm. Further details from Bernie on 086 7363965 LOTTO: Tickets for Dromore Villa FC lotto draw are available in usual outlets, cost €2 BIRTHDAY WISHES: A happy birthday is wished to Lisa Gillespie, from her family and large circle of friends. NEWS CONTACT: Items to be included in Dromore West notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

EASKEY Rathlee extension THE building contract for the new extension to Rathlee National School has been awarded to Hallquar Ltd. Work has now commenced on the new building comprising of a resource room, staff

Shirley Gorman of Cranmore recently celebrated a special birthday with a party in Shenanigan’s. She is pictured on left with her friend Olivia. (See more pictures on page 52)

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HIS year Sligo Live has launched Festival Club which sees three rock, blues and reggae bands headline in The Model over the bank holiday weekend. The Headliners on Friday night are Bluegrass Rockers Hayseed Dixie, and Sligo funk, rock and blues band Oddsocks Revival headline on Saturday night while The Barley Mob close the Festival Club on Sunday night. The Barley Mob front man, Adam Daly spoke to the Sligo Weekender ahead of this Sunday's gig. "We haven't been to Sligo in a few months now, so we're looking forward to it. Sligo's amazing and the crowd are always so energetic, it's a great place to play". The Dublin and Kildare based Reggae and Irish Soul band are only

on the scene a year and already they’re turning heads everywhere they go. They won the title “rising stars” in the International band search at the Dublin Soul Festival in 2010 and the Barley Mob have taken off from there. The Barley Mob’s motto “spreading optimistic and positive music for the people” sums up their good fun and high energy performances. Their unique mellow sound is hard to resist and you’ll find yourself swaying with every beat. The seven piece band are playing in the Model this Sunday, October 30 during the Festival Club Halloween Party and they'll be judging the best fancy dress costume on the night. "We're looking for the fun element in the costume" says Adam, "so either the best well

thought out costume or the best last minute costume, something fun anyways." The Barley Mob are currently in studio working on their debut album, but Adam and the rest of the guys are hoping to get up to Sligo early on Saturday to catch some of the other acts in Sligo Live. "It would be great to see KT Tunstall, Elvis Costello and Oddsocks Revival, we've heard a lot about Oddsocks but haven't seen them perform yet. Festivals are also about discovering new bands, so I'm hoping we'll have time to see some of the Cafe Culture sessions over the weekend." You can see The Barley Mob in action this Sunday with a number of other exciting acts playing over the weekend. For a full line up log onto


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REGGAE: The Bob Marley tribute act THE BARLEY MOB (pictured above and below) are set to play the Festival Club.

LOCAL: Sligo band ODDSOCKS REVIVAL are part of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sligo Live Festival Club

USA: American rockabilly stars HAYSEED DIXIE are making their first Sligo appearance as part of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sligo Live festival.

Sligo Live info This year's Last Big Festival, Sligo Live is getting ready to welcome an array of International artists and thousands of dedicated fans to Sligo this October Bank Holiday Weekend. The folk, roots and indie music Festival runs over six days from October 26-31. With over 100 performances, 400 performers, and with 80% of them free to enter your only problem is choosing which gig to go to next! For a full line-up and schedule, visit


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As Blue Raincoat celebrates their 20th birthday, writer in residence Malcolm Hamilton takes a trip down memory lane with Emilee Jennings.

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ALKING into The Factory Performance Space you’re instantly reminded of the history that built the venue and the company that occupies it. I’ve passed through these doors to enjoy many productions over the years, but this time I was escorted upstairs and into the workshop studio by writer in residence Malcolm Hamilton. We sat on a window seat overlooking the Quays with Benbulben as the backdrop, as Malcolm recalled buying the derelict dockland warehouse and creating a company that would be come the toast of the theatre world. Twenty years ago the seeds of a Sligo based professional theatre Company were sown in Paris, but the story begins many years before that. “Myself and Niall [Henry] went to school together so we've known each other for years”, says Malcolm. “Niall had always been interested in studying mime and he set up a production company called Black Box Theatre Company as a teenager, around the same time I started writing Theatre reviews for The Sligo Weekender. “After finishing up in Summerhill College Niall moved to Paris to

study with Corrine Soum and Maximillion Decroux and I stayed in Sligo, continued my writing, got involved with the Arts Council and helped to set up the Model Arts Centre. “A few years later I went to visit Niall in Paris and asked him would he be interested in coming back to Sligo and setting up a Theatre Company with me, to my surprise he said yes,” laughs Malcolm. Not long after this Parisian trip Blue Raincoat Theatre Company was born. It took a lot of hard work and running around but eventually they put on their first production Double Cross in March 2001. Fionnuala Gallagher, John Carty (a current ensemble member) and Des Braiden took to the stage in Blue Raincoat’s first play and toured around Ireland with a set that collapsed and fitted into the back of a Ford Fiesta. A few months later they received a grant from the Sligo County Enterprise Board and purchased their current premises, the old Dockland Warehouse that dates back to the early 1800s. “It was full of sawdust and timber and there were no roofs, it took us about 40 skips and the help of a lot of Sligo people to get it cleaned up, but it was a lot of fun too. We

managed to get the place open for the Arts Festival in October 1991.” So this month The Factory is open 20 years and Blue Raincoat are celebrating the milestone with a production of The Poor Mouth premiering tonight. In 2001 Blue Raincoat secured further funding and turned the Factory Performance Space into the 100seater black box venue and studio that it is today. “We’ve got a lot of funding over the years and we’ve very grateful, but we also have the people of Sligo to thank too. There were so many people involved in every aspect of our development and everybody was doing everything for free, so we’ve survived on the generosity of people and the support of Sligo.” Blue Raincoat Theatre Company has staged over 100 professional theatre productions and toured throughout Ireland and Europe every year for the last 20 years. The company is one of the most


consistently acclaimed and successful professional theatre groups working in Ireland today. They’ve managed to keep a permanent core of actors and artistic technical staff in full time employment since the company started, it remains the largest single employer of artists on a permanent basis outside of Dublin. Meanwhile their venue continues to play one of the key roles as an arts facility in the region for live performances of every kind, with Blue Raincoat also supplying key facilities for County Sligo Youth Theatre. The Poor Mouth is priemiering tonight, Tuesday, October 25 and runs until November 5 (excluding Sundays and Mondays). You can book tickets by contacting Blue Raincoat on 071-9170431 or log onto

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Bob Kelly, John Carty, Sandra O’Malley and Fiona McGeown in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros.

brief taste of lightning - Sandra O'Malley.

Ciaran McCauley in the upcoming production of The Poor Mouth.


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Attending the launch of the Orpheus Choir Concert were; Diarmuid Heffernan, Michael Heffernan, Joan Mc Loughlin, Charles Roberts. The concert takes place on November 5th in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo.

Fromleft; Raymond Carty (PRO), Louise O'Donovan, Fergus O'Donovan (General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel), Rev Alan Mitchell.

From left; Raymond Carty (PRO), Helen Mc Manus (Secretary), Bernadine Mc Gauran (Chairperson) and special guest Senator Marc Mac Sharry, who launched the Orpheus Choir Concert.

Jerry Murphy and Mary Blowick at the launch of the Orpheus Choir Concert.

Sr Catherine, Joe Kelly (Chairman, Sligo International Choral Festival) and Kay Greene attended the launch of the Orpheus Choir Concert.

Catherine Murphy and Michael McManus were at the launch of the Orpheus Choir Concert.

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ITH just forty days left until Christ-mas, the Christmas spirit is slowly becoming established as shops, streets and shopping centres reflect the season that’s almost init. So it must be close to party time! Whether you work in an office, a shop or a factory, the Christmas party will help brace you for the festive season ahead, and provide a welcome kick-start to reviving your sense of fun! We’ve assembled the best for your Christmas bash in our special feature., For smaller, more intimate gatherings a restaurant may be the best choice. However, the more spacious surroundings of an hotel might be the ideal choice for larger get-togethers. Here in the West, we are favoured with some of the finest eating houses that this country can boast, with great

bargains available for groups. The staff will be finely-tuned to satisfy everyone’s requirements on the night, while the management will make every effort to ensure that the whole event runs smoothly. It will be important to agree on a menu with your group well in advance, and be in a position to notify the restaurant or hotel of exact numbers. The menu price generally includes extras like party hats, and other novelties. If you decide you want live music, a disco, or a Karaoke (and not every group will) then the management will also be able to help you get in touch, or will even book the entertainer as part of an overall package. Generally you should budget on between £80 to £150 for this. However, some venues include excellent entertainment – usually a top

live band – as part of the overall package. Remember too, that, if you are going to an hotel, late night drinking should not be taken for granted. It may very well be necessary to apply for a bar exemption, which would, of course, in cur an additional charge of approx., £110. With the current severe restrictions on driving while unde the influence of even the smallest amount of alcohol, it is now very common for groups to organise a large minibus or coach to take guests hme afterwards. This will add greatly to the enjoyment of the night, as drivers can relax and partake fully in the function. Make sure that you have agreed on a time for departure, as you could very well end up paying extra as some of the guests decide to party into the early hours, leaving the bus driver waiting in his vehicle!

24 - 28 October


Newspaper WEEK

What Sligo readers think about The Sligo Weekender Latest research reflects the real value of your local paper

Celebrating Local Newspapers Nationally

Your News, Your Paper




Message from the Editor

Message from The Taoiseach

Robert Cullen

Sligo Weekender I WAS 20 years and one week old when I first started writing for the Sligo Weekender. That was 14 years ago and in 2009 I was very proud to take over the editor’s chair from the founder of the newspaper Brian McHugh. Over those 14 years I have seen the newspaper industry be transformed by technology, but those who consider the newspaper a relic or an irrelevance have clearly

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missed the point. Perhaps Local Newspaper Week can answer some of those detractors. Once a week, on publication day, you can hold the combined efforts of a newsroom, many correspondents and contributors, advertisers and photographers. I hope you enjoy reading the Sligo Weekender as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.


Message from the Papers Founder Brian McHugh

Sligo Weekender SLIGO Weekender was born in the middle of a recession in December 1983. Twenty eight years on, we are in the throes of another recession. However, the Sligo Weekender is now in a much stronger position to come through it, thanks to a change of ownership of the company late last year which financially secures our future. However, what has seen us come through difficult times in the past and continues to make us a successful newspaper are our links with the com-

munity and the support we receive from the community. Newspapers worldwide are now going through difficult times and many have gone out of business. But the ones that survive are those, like the Weekender, that are firmly rooted in the community. We foster those links by identifying with our people and what matters to them, their ups and downs, their difficulties and successes. Our readers and correspondents keep us in touch on what’s happening and what matters

at grassroots level. And we report on it and support the community where possible. The community will ensure that local papers like ours survive the challenges that face all newspapers in today’s world.

am delighted to submit a few words to mark Local Newspaper Week. Week after week, our local papers provide a living commentary on towns and counties across Ireland and what it means to live in them. Week after week, our people depend on their local newspapers to provide an accurate perspective on issues of national interest. And every week they deliver; fulfilling the responsibility of meeting the highest journalistic standards and breaking stories of public interest. Anyone who has practised politics in Ireland knows the important role played by local papers and the unique trust and bond Irish communities have with their local papers. With people in modern Ireland now living increasingly busy lives, the

role played by our local press must continue to be a vibrant one. Of course, the first duty of local papers is to inform the reader, both on local and national stories, but they also do much more than that. In fact they are a vital part of the fabric of rural life, serving to cement our links to our communities and always providing an insight into the bustling society of Ireland’s towns and villages. With the advent of new broadcasting laws it was presumed by some that local newspapers were living on borrowed time. Thankfully this has not proven to be the case and I was heartened to learn that some one million readers will be reading this special supplement during Local Newspaper Week. Long may Ireland’s local newspapers continue to thrive!

• This special publication for Local Newspaper Week has been produced in association with Celtic Media Pre-Press


Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland

RNPAI - a unifying voice and focused leader for regional press T HE voice for the regional newspaper industry is the Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland (RNPAI). RNPAI was incorporated in 2008 and represents the amalgamation of the former Provincial Newspapers Association of Ireland (formed in 1919) and the Irish Master Printers Association. With a membership of 37 companies, the RNPAI represents its member titles and printing companies on all relevant national bodies including Press Council, Advertising Standards Association of Ireland (ASA), Institute of Advertising Practitioners

of Ireland (IAPI), IBEC, FáS, Joint Industry Committee ( JIC) etc. The association is also an integral player in Social Partnership and lobbies Government and relevant national bodies on public policy issues. Regional press has been serving the local communities of Ireland for over 150 years with many members of the RNPAI being in existence for even longer periods. The role of regional press hasn’t changed since the launch of the first regional title in Ireland, the Limerick Chronicle in 1766,that is to accurately and impartially record the news of the local community and to reflect the ethos, concerns and ambitions of

“RNPAI aspires to become the unified voice, supported by the industry, to promote a vibrant, profitable and innovative sector which generates sustainable employment in Ireland)”

Johnny O’Hanlon, Director, Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland. the communities each title serves. A special bond exists between the newspaper and the community which is unrivalled by any other media. This unique bond provides an opportunity for local businesses to advertise their products and services within their market area in a cost effective manner. Regional newspapers are cur-

rently ranked third most important advertising platform in Ireland. After TV and national newspapers, they represent best value for money by which leading brands can reach the population in every town and county across Ireland. Our website provides a full list of member titles.

LEADING THE INDUSTRY The Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland

• represents the majority of paid for titles of record • promotes best business practices • encourages relevant training and • researches and lobbies on industry issues to develop ethical, competitive businesses in publishing and printing in Ireland.

For further information contact; Johnny O’Hanlon Director 087/2727398

Joe Flaherty President 086/8201261

The RNPAI represents member interests on industry and national bodies, negotiates and lobbies on behalf of member interests. The RNPAI aspires to become the unified voice, supported by the industry, to promote a vibrant, profitable and innovative sector which generates sustainable employment in Ireland.


Press Council is there for you – the Reader and it’s free! By Frank Mulrennan


HERE are some wonderfully diverse views on the role of newspapers and the media in general. Rebecca West was surely being overly cynical when she said: “Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.” Adlai Stevenson said newspaper editors are people who “separate the wheat from the chaff and then go and print the chaff.” And there was the publisher Adolph Ochs who said: “If a newspaper prints a sex crime, it’s smut, but when The New York Times prints it, it’s a sociological study.” Readers of Irish newspapers – whether that be local titles such as those supporting Local Newspaper Week – or indeed, national daily and Sunday titles and magazines, are now being provided with a route by which they can voice their own diverse views on how well or otherwise a newspaper may have handled a particular story of direct relevance to that reader. This free of charge route is via the Press Council of Ireland and the associated Press Ombudsman’s Office which was established on a selfregulatory basis by the newspaper industry in January 2008. How this differs from the “Letters to the Editor” column in a newspaper is that readers can lodge a complaint with the Press Ombudsman’s Office and know that full attention will be given in an independent manner to resolving that complaint. The mechanism for lodging complaints about any article in this newspaper or any of the dozens who are members of the Press Council of Ireland is – in the first instance – through writing to or making contact with the Editor. If, for example, you feel that there is an article in a newspaper which has misrepresented you in some manner, then it is sensible that you let the Editor know – and he or she should discuss the issue with you. This is the most usual means of redressing what is often a misunderstanding that can be clarified quickly. Sometimes, this first route does not work or the reader may not wish to approach an editor for whatever reason. In that case, the option is to email via or by writing or phoning to the office listed at the end of this article. The objectives in setting up the Press Council and Press Ombuds-

The Anglo Celt newspaper hosted the Press Council of Ireland last January. (Seated front, front left) Martin Fitzpatrick; Rosemary Delaney; Prof John Horgan; Press Ombudsman; Daithi O’Ceallaigh, Chairman; Prof Aine Hyland; (standing from left) Seamus Boland; Dr Eleanor O’Higgins; Patrick O’Connor; Prof Maeve McDonagh; Eamonn Mac Aodha; Frank Mulrennan; Michael Denieffe; Eoin McVey; Michael McNiffe man’s Office – noting that while this is funded by the newspaper industry (not the taxpayer), it is operated independently of the industry, are: To provide the public with an independent forum for resolving complaints about the press To resolve all complaints quickly, fairly and free of charge To defend the freedom of the press and the freedom of the public to be informed. It does not take Einstein to see that the second bullet point is very important in a country like Ireland where the cost of taking legal action is prohibitive – for both readers and newspapers. Hence, the aim of the small in number (3) but high in calibre staff at the Press Ombudsman’s Office is to mediate – free of charge - agreed outcomes between complainants and newspapers and, where that compromise cannot be attained, to adjudicate in an independent manner on the nature of the complaint. Should the complainant not be satisfied with the adjudication provided by the Press Ombudsman’s Office, then they can take an appeal to the Press Council itself – with due publication of the outcome, including any necessary apologies or clarifications. Of course, the finding may be that the newspaper handled the issue correctly. The basis for making complaints against a newspaper is the Code of Ethics which sets out the principles and professional ethics which

Complainants often cite more than one Principle of the Code of Practice when making their complaint, which is why the number of Principles cited is higher than the number of complaints received. As in previous years, the largest number of complaints were submitted under Principle 1 of the Code in relation to truth and accuracy, followed closely by complaints under Principle 5 about privacy. should govern what is published in our newspapers and magazines. You will see from the accompanying table that the principle which attracts the most allegations of being breached is that of Truth & Accuracy where there were 116 complaints lodged in 2010. Next in terms of prominence is that of privacy with 90 complaints, followed by alleged breaches of Fairness & Honesty with 44. The Press Council of Ireland and

the Press Ombudsman’s Office are there for you if you are not happy with something you have read or has been written about you. Check that your local newspaper has the Press Council membership badge prominent within its pages. And if they don’t – ring them up and ask them why they don’t! * Frank Mulrennan is the representative for the Regional Newspaper Industry on the Press Council of Ireland. There are seven non-

industry members and six from the industry. The Council is chaired by Daithi O’Ceallaigh, former Irish Ambassador in London. Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman 1, 2 & 3 Westmoreland Street Dublin 2 Ireland. Phone: +353 1 6489130+353 1 64 89130 Fax: +353 1 6740046 Email:


Weekender there “every step of the way”


HE GAA is at the heart of so much that happens in county Sligo. And Curry-based county chairman Cyril Feehily is keenly aware of the role the Weekender plays in chronicling the joys and sorrows of the club and all the related events that revolve around the clubs in the towns and villages of Sligo. “We very much appreciate the breadth and depth of your coverage of all aspects of our association. “The Weekender is performing a valuable service in this respect because the GAA is at the heartbeat of the community. “Historians of the future will be looking up your stories as they write their books so the local paper is invaluable from that perspective. “People love to read the match report but they also like to read the opinions of the commentators and scribes on various issues and that is also very important” said Cyril. Tourlestrane from south Sligo are this year’s


We caught up with a few well-known locals and put the question to them:

What do you like about the Sligo Weekender?

‘People could not do without the Weekender’

Eugene McHale ‘PEOPLE could not do without the Weekender’ North Sligo correspondent Eugene McHale is a retired garda who is very involved in the community in north Sligo where he lives. He believes that local newspapers such as the Sligo Weekender make a huge contribution to a local area. “I know many people who could not do without the Sligo Weekender every week. They feel they would be missing something. They want to read about their own area and about their own people. “In this country we are all mad for news. We are really into news. We want to know what is going on locally and to be up to date with what is happening in the area and the local paper provides that news.” Eugene, who is a former Mayo county

champions and Mr Feehily was highly complimentary of our coverage. “I know as a local correspondent myself and as a person who has been promoting the GAA for so many years all over Sligo that so much hard work goes into the coverage of our games week after week. “But this is especially so at our county finals when we had three teams from Sligo town and one from rural Sligo. “That is very healthy for our association and it is reflected in the Weekender week after week.” He continued: “Local papers still have a very strong role to play in this country.. “Sligo is a mixture of urban and rural and we in the GAA are very conscious of that. “And we are always trying to promote the GAA in Sligo city and that is why it is very satisfying to see so many city teams in county finals. “And of course the Weekender is there every step of the way.”

Jackie Coogan gaelic footballer and now a GAA referee in Sligo, feels that the Sligo Weekender’s sports coverage also plays a big part in its attraction to people throughout county Sligo. “We are a great sporting nation and the GAA in particular is part of every area. Every parish has its own team and people take great pride in their local team. They want to read about their local team and their own neighbours who are playing for it.” He also stresses the fact that local newspapers, such as the Weekender, cover local news and events. “It is vital for people to know what is going on in their area. Local papers report news that the national newspapers don’t. For instance, people are very interested in reading local court cases.

TUBBERCURRY correspondent Jackie Coogan, who is regarded as “Mr Tubbercurry” by many people, said that one of the things that people like about the Sligo Weekender is that it is not afraid to tackle controversial stories and issues. “The Weekender is prepared to tackle things head on and report it is as it is. People like the way the paper is prepared to cover stories that others don’t.” He said that it was very much part of the week for many people. “People think they will miss something if they don’t get the paper every week. I have had people coming to me to see had a copy of some particular article that they had missed because they were away.” As someone who has been involved in many organisations

‘One of the things that people like about the Sligo Weekender is that it is not afraid to tackle controversial stories and issues.’ in Tubbercurry over the years, Jackie said that the Weekender was an important source of information for people about what was going on in the area and a great advertising medium for event organisers. “I have had a lot of people who are organising things coming to me to get a note about their event into the Weekender.” Jackie said that one of the attractions of a paper like the Weekender was its local notes, which covered things which would not covered elsewhere, such as births, deaths and marriages. “But there are also a lot of other stories that would not be covered by national papers. The national media will generally only do a story in Tubbercurry when there is something like a major tragedy.”


Sligo Weekender design hits the competition for six


HE Sligo Weekender is the best-designed paper in Sligo, but don’t just take our word for it. The newspaper has picked up six European Newspaper Awards for Design Excellence in seven years The last award was in November 18, 2008 for the front page wraparound coverage of Sligo Rovers finishing fourth in the Premier League and earning European football for the first time in 15 years. The main picture showed Sligo captain Conor O’Grady being swamped by fans after the final whistle. It was the second time that the Sligo Weekender’s superb sports coverage had won it a cov-

eted European Newspaper Design award. The previous sports-related award was in November 2007 when the World Rally Championship visited Ireland for the first time. On that occasion we won for our innovative use of photography in our special WRC supplement, which was a big hit with rally fans during the event. The Sligo Weekender has also won two awards for their coverage of the last two General Elections, in 2002 when Marian Harkin upset the two main parties by claiming a seat, and again in 2007 when Eamonn Scanlon topped the polls in Sligo. Again, both issues were backed

up by innovative design and eyecatching photographs. Also in 2007, the newspaper won a design award for its front-page coverage of the murder of Tom Ward in Sligo town, a vicious attack which remains unsolved. The previous year, a Sligo Grads

pull-out won the Sligo Weekender its second European Design Award and set a standard for design which the Sligo Weekender still adheres to today. Organised by the German based European Newspaper Congress, the European Newspaper Awards are

regarded as one of the most prestigious in the newspaper business. The awards scheme intends to foster the exchange of information about the conception and design of newspapers throughout Europe with over 200 newspapers taking part every year.

No more yo-yo (dieting) for Gabrielle HAVING been overweight and "yoyo" dieting for more than 15 years and after attending various Slimming Organisations , Gabrielle was desperate to find something that would help her lose weight and stop her feeling a failure. She took the plunge and decided to give Slimming World a try. "It was a Tuesday morning at work and feeling fat and unattractive I decided to have a look at the Slimming World web site. I had made the decision to give it a go and was looking at the site to see when the next meeting in my area was. I found that there was no meeting in my town until the following Monday but there was a class in a neighbouring town that evening, so I said to myself "Now or Never" and headed to the meeting. When I got there I sat in the car for about 15 minutes plucking up the courage to go in. When I did, I was met by my consultant who immediately put me at ease and made me feel so welcome, as the meeting went on I discovered I was in a room full of like minded people. "We have such fun at my Slimming World group it’s hard to believe that I was really nervous on my first night. I needn’t have worried though because everyone made me feel welcome and when I was weighed my consultant reassured me I’d never be that heavy ever again – and she was right! Slimming World was completely different to anything I expected. When you start a diet you prepare yourself to be told what you can and can’t do, what you can and can’t eat, and that everything you do eat has to be weighed and measured! But it was nothing

what weight you want to be." Now, having lost two and a half stone, it was the best decision I made and haven't felt so good in years. I have met some wonderful people who are on their own weight loss journeys and because we have that common ground, we can talk about the good weeks and more importantly give each other support when we have had a "bad" week. Gabrielle began following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which allowed her to eat unlimited amounts of healthy, satisfying foods like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs and fat free dairy, which are naturally filling and low in calories. "I sometimes find it hard to believe how much I’d struggled to lose weight before – and starved myself while doing it – because with Slimming World there’s so much choice and I never feel hungry. I can still enjoy my favourite meals likePasta Carbonara and Steak and Chips. I just cook them without all the added fats and there’s always something I can snack on if I feel peckish, even treats like chocolate and a glass of wine

like that. You’re put in charge of your own weight loss – what you want to eat, whether you want to exercise or not and even

Following Gabbys success she has now become a consultant herself. She has just completed her first stage of training and is opening her own group in Grange on 26th October to help others share in her success. For you nearest Slimming World group, check out

Sligo Riverside Hotel & Suites Every Monday 5.00pm and 7.00pm Your Consultant for this group is Conny Ring for details 087-124-2566

Sligo Riverside Hotel & Suites Every Thursday at 5.00pm and 7.00pm Your Consultant for this group is Chris Ring for details 087-781-8663

Manorhamilton The Bee Park Community Resource, New Line, Manorhamilton Every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7:30pm Your Consultant for this group is Chris Ring for details 087-781-8663

Carrick on Shannon The Bush Hotel, Every Wednesday at 7.30pm Your Consultant for this group is Lorraine Ring for details 086-259-4104

New Opening 26TH Oct Grange Sports Centre, Grange Contact Gabby 0867231049


New research confirms unique role of local newspaper in your community

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ESPITE the current economic hardships in Ireland, the value and unique qualities of local press were highlighted in readership research results published this week. An omnipoll survey commissioned by the Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland (RNPAI) and conducted by IPSOS/ MRBI across the 26 counties in late September reveals that regional paid for titles are highly valued by their readers. Also, they continue to enjoy the highest level of rural readership penetration of any print media in the country. IPSOS/ MRBI, one of the largest and most reputable research companies in Ireland, interviewed a representative sample of people in circulation areas nationwide. Historically Ireland has always enjoyed unusually high readership of newspapers, much higher than other EU countries, and tradition-

ally local newspapers have been the county and town â&#x20AC;&#x153;biblesâ&#x20AC;?, breaking news and campaigning on local issues. Given the downturn RNPAI members were keen to know whether

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A massive 76% of households buy a local newspaper at least once a month, and 77% of those, believe that the price of their paper offers good value for moneyâ&#x20AC;?

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their titles were still delivering what their readers want. A massive 76% of households buy a local newspaper at least once a month, and 77% of those, believe that the price of their paper offers good value for money. Importantly, compared to daily newspapers, weekly paid for newspapers are retained in homes to be referred back to during the week. Almost everyone, 93% keep their newspaper for 2 days or more and 43% keep them for 6 or more days, with the average overall being 5.9 days. Regional newspaper readers clearly like to read their local paper at their leisure! They also allow enough time for other members of the family to enjoy it too. In fact, even of those who said they do not buy a paper on a regular basis, some said they still manage to read at least 1 issue a month, so local newspapers are benefiting from a copy being passed

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* The Ipsos MRBI poll shows the wide-ranging attraction of local newspapers across all age categories and social class. Over half (52%) of local newspaper purchasers were aged between 15 and 44 years of age. The profile of purchasers was also equally balanced between males and females. on from family or friends. Regional newspaper members use the revenues from the cover price, to help fund journalists to investigate in-depth stories in their circulation areas, and campaign for causes that readers feel passionately about. That is why rural readers trust their paid for newspaper to deliver local news in their area, over twice as much as your local free newspaper in fact. Trust is something that is earned, and RNPAI local newspapers work hard to ensure that the stories they publish are correct, unbiased and comprehensive. The research shows that buyers of local papers who also have free newspapers available to them are significantly more likely to trust the local paid newspaper. Having bought their paper, local newspaper readers keep it for several days and ensure they make time to read it thoroughly. Almost two thirds, 63% of people spend over 30 minutes reading, with the average overall being 69 minutes. Men tend to devote an

average of 76 minutes, which may be accounted for by extra interest in the sports pages! This time spent reading is even increasing, with 15% of people spending longer, and only 9% spending less time this year compared to last, reading their local title. Although the perception is that young people are moving to the digital age, 37% of 15-24 year old and 48% of student readers said

â&#x20AC;&#x153;37% of 15-24 year old and 48% of student readers said they were reading their local paper more rather than less.â&#x20AC;?















they were reading their local paper more rather than less. Despite the growing demands on time, local newspaper readers prefer to sit and read their newspaper in the traditional print format with 96% confirming that that is their preferred choice. As a source of information about products and local services, the local newspaper is cited by 4 out of 5 people as agreeing that it is the best source of advertising information. The subjects local paper covers are extremely varied, as they try

Most Trust To Deliver Local News About Area Q.12 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m now going to read out some statements that people have made about weekly local newspapers. For each one, could you tell me to what extent you agree or disagree with that statement?

and give readers information on anything that may be of interest, but the research asked people to rank these in order of importance. 85% of people felt that the classified section was very important, rising understandably to 93% of unemployed people looking in the jobs section. Entertainment is top of the agenda for 18-24 year olds with an average 90% thinking this area of high importance. General local news, Parish notes and Local Authority Reporting and Advertising all score over 75%. In summary the research was

Length Of Time Spent Reading Newspaper During The Week Q.6 How much time during an average week do you spend reading the weekly local newspaper?






very positive with a lot of good things to take away. However RNPAI member titles donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rest on their laurels and would welcome any suggestions from readers of what they could do better or new areas to cover, so please do get in touch with your views. Local Newspaper Week is designed to highlight the important role your local titles play in the lives of people in communities across the country, and how they are adapting to the changing lifestyles of families both at work and play.



















Sligo Weekender, from humble beginnings T

HE Sligo Weekender has been in business for 28 years and what started out as a project borne out of the collapse of a local factory is now an established player in news coverage in the North West. Founder and former editor Brian McHugh recalls the paper’s early days and outlines some of the events leading to it becoming the successful regional newspaper it is today. Twenty eight can seem like either a very long or a short period, depending on where and how you spend it. In terms of the life of most Irish newspapers, 28 years is a relatively short time as most of them have been around for more than a century. Many of these older newspapers - but not all of them - would have seen considerably changes in that period, particularly in terms of technology. However, no other Irish newspaper has travelled the road that the Sligo Weekender has gone down since its birth on December 9, 1983. It was on that date that the first copy of the Weekender appeared on the streets of Sligo. In its opening words that first front page said: “A warm greeting to the people of Sligo”. Like all new babies, the Weekender was small and had a lot to learn. It was born into a period of economic gloom as those who were around in the early 1980s will recall. And it had a difficult childhood as its “single parent”, and founder, yours truly, wasn’t in a position to give it the necessary financial support that a developing child deserves. However, with the help of loyal readers and advertisers, some support from State agencies and the enthusiasm of its parent, the fledgling publication survived through those difficult first few years. The child grew to become a vibrant but undernourished teenager, who was very popular in its neighbourhood of Sligo. But it was conscious that it could never develop to full adulthood without receiving help from somewhere. This help came at the age of 13 in the form of an investment of capital and exper-

tise from the paper’s current owner, Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) in late 1996. From then on, there was no looking back. The forward march of the publication saw it become a fully-fledged, full-grown newspaper in March of 2002. The upgrade, relaunch and redesign saw the Sligo Weekender become one of the very, very few Irish newspapers to move from a free-sheet to paid-for newspaper successfully. The vindication of our changes came first in 2002 when we won a European Newspaper Award for our coverage of the General Elections of that year. This was a recognition of the standard of the paper on a prestigious European stage. It was a very proud occasion for all involved in the paper and one which would be replicated another five times over the next seven years. There were other milestones down the years as well. In August 1994 the Weekender became the first Sligo newspaper to introduce regular full-colour photographs. Sligo Weekender has always been to the fore in embracing new technology. In September of 1995 the Weekender became the second newspaper in Ireland - The Irish Times was first - to put its news on the World Wide Web. The paper’s initiative in those early days of the internet was recognised by Sky News which included the Weekender’s site in a feature on the development of the web. Then, there was the move to new premises, custom-designed offices at Bridge Street, in March of 1999. After having experienced various other bases around the town, the move was a big step forward. Another big step came in December 2010 when Enniscorthy printers Datascope - owned by Leitrim-born Kevin Mitchell - bought the Sligo Weekender from Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Earlier this year, we moved to new offices, better suited to our current workforce, at No. 4 Teeling Street, one of Sligo’s oldest streets. We share our street with the historic Sligo Courthouse and just around

“Twenty eight can seem like either a very long or a short period, depending on where and how you spend it”

the corner is Sligo Abbey. By then I had stepped aside as Editor, with Robert Cullen taking on the role. He joined the Sligo Weekender back in 1997 and worked his way up to the Editor’s Chair, succeeding me in June 2009. As far back as 1991, the Weekender was striving to make a difference with its campaign for a new school building for St. Edward’s to replace the then run-down premises at Forthill. The same year the paper pushed for the construction of the new footbridge at Riverside. And in 1999 and 2000 the Weekender actively campaigned for Sligo’s selection as a growth centre. Since the re-launch of the paper in 2002, it has endeavoured to make a difference to people’s lives under several headings with which current readers will be familiar. We

have fundraised for the RNLI, the Order of Malta, and other high-profile charities. We have campaigned long and hard for the retention, and subsequently the restoration of cancer services to Sligo General Hospital and in individual cases we have campaigned for better housing or social justice for some of Sligo’s most vulnerable. One of our most successful campaigns was run with the invaluable help of concerned locals when we fought for and were ultimately successful in installing life belts along the length of the Garavogue River. It was a move which has saved many lives over the last eight years. Yes, the paper has travelled a long road in almost 30 years. And all involved look forward to the years to come with justified confidence.




HE Sligo Weekender has been covering news during three of the fastest changing decades in human history. We have witnessed the end of one millennium and the start of another. We have also seen radical change in Sligo and its neighbouring counties. Most of it has been good: better roads, new infrastructure and a rising population. Yet there have been bad times too: a rise in drug crime; the collapse of the construction sector; major factories closing and more besides. We’ve covered tens of thousands of stories and some of them stood out more than most. Such is the nature of journalism that it is often the tragic or horrific stories which stand out most. Among the most tragic of these was the death of Melissa McMahon and the subsequent trial and conviction of her killer Ronald Dunbar. We were also the first reporters on the scene for an unwelcome precedent set in Sligo in 2005 when Hughie McGinley was shot dead on a busy shopping street in broad daylight. His murder, and several more, remain unsolved. We covered the tragic loss of many people on our roads, those who have drowned in our rivers or in the merciless Atlantic and those who have succumbed to illness far too early in life. But there have been good times too. We celebrated when Marian Harkin was first elected to Dail and then as an MEP. We saw Sligo get its first dedicated shopping centre. Right from their inception we covered the meteoric rise of Sligo boyband Westlife, and we have covered the success of other talented Sligonians, from trad icons Dervish to Celtic Tenor James Nelson, to Sligo’s only Emmy winner, director Dearbhla Walsh. And we have also been there when Sligo itself has been the centre of attention for the national or international press. When then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern got a custard pie in the face, we covered the story. When dramatic

The Local Paper

through the years

1983 SLIGO Weekender is founded by Brian McHugh following the closure of the Snia factory in Hazelwood.

1994 SLIGO Weekender introduces full colour photographs, the first Sligo newspaper to do so.

1995 SLIGO Weekender becomes only the second Irish newspaper to have an online presence.

1996 SLIGO Weekender is taken over by Thomas Crosbie Holdings, owners of the Irish Examiner.

1999 SLIGO Weekender moves to new premises in Bridge Street 2002: New ‘paid for’ Sligo Weekender is launched and the paper wins the first of six European Newspaper Design awards. 2010: Sligo Weekender is bought by Wexford printing firm Datascope 2011: Sligo Weekender moves premises to Teeling Street.

2002 NEW ‘paid for’ Sligo Weekender is launched and the paper wins the first of six European Newspaper Design awards.

2010 rescue efforts were launched to help a stricken Canadian submarine off the Irish coast, we kept our readers informed. And when a plane crash in Strandhill brought about the collapse of the airline Euroceltic, our reporters were literally on the scene within minutes. On the sports front the Weekender continues to lead the field in local coverage, with Liam Maloney in the

sports editor’s chair. We covered the Sligo Senior Football team’s first Connacht Title success in 32 years, shared in the joy of Sligo Rovers’ FAI Cup victories in 1994 and 2010, and watched the progress of phenomenal Sligo sportspeople such as runner Mary Cullen, cyclist Mark Scanlon and most recently Special Olympics gold medallist Joseph Cullen and Adrian Cornwall.

And we have never been afraid of controversy. Our sports section attracted much attention when the ‘Insider’ and his successor the ‘Spectator’ sometimes rattled cages with their informed and often critical comments on various sports. Our present columnists serve up their expert opinions on all aspects of Sligo sport with the same pull-nopunches attitude.

SLIGO Weekender is bought by Wexford printing firm Datascope

2011 SLIGO Weekender moves premises to Teeling Street.


“Sligo Weekender’s most memorable moments” from down through the years

Newspaper recycling. It’s in good hands. In less than a decade, we have increased the amount of newsprint being recycled from a paltry 28% to a princely 80.22%*. At more than 80%, our newspapers and magazines are now one of the most recycled products in the country. And not just in this country – our efforts have been honoured at the 2011 European Paper Recycling Awards and highly commended by the European Recovered Paper Council. We couldn’t have done it without our industry partners – retailers, distributors, wholesalers, local authorities – and of course you, our loyal readers. Thanks for being part of the success story. Keep recycling your old newspapers and magazines.

*Figures audited by RPS August/September 2011 for the National Newsprint Recycling Survey © NNI



Technology and newspapers go hand in hand T

HE newspaper industry has been utterly transformed over the last decade and the way people now access their information and news has altered in a way which will never be undone. Technology as a conduit to information has been embraced by the Sligo Weekender as it has by other progressive newspapers around the globe. We were pioneers in this country in terms of our online presence. We were the second paper in Ireland (after the Irish Times) to have an online presence, way back in 1995, and since then we have continued to embrace new ways of accessing our information and disseminating it to our readers. The first purpose-built Sligo Weekender website allowed

“Technology as a conduit to information has been embraced by the Sligo Weekender as it has by other progressive newspapers around the globe.” readers from around the globe to find out what was going on in Sligo. We had correspondents from ex-pat

Sligonians as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and North America who regularly kept abreast of the goings-on back home through us. The advent of Facebook and Twitter has presented new opportunities to the Sligo Weekender to not only provide our fans and readers with information, but also to hear from them. The best aspect of much of this social media interaction is the two-way nature of it. We have been tipped off about news stories via twitter and we have asked for the public’s opinion on various topics too. We regularly feature live updates from Sligo Rovers home matches, something which came to a head on November of last year when the team captured the FAI Cup in front

of 36,000 spectators in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The Sligo Weekender website is at present being overhauled and when it returns it will offer subscription services so overseas readers can access the entire newspaper. The future lies in e-books and e-newspapers and the Sligo Weekender will embrace

this technology as it has done with many new advances before. In the meantime, the Sligo Weekender will continue to engage readers on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, and we encourage you to get in touch with us via these media with story ideas, comments or even just to say ‘hi’.


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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

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James Kilbane holds charity Tubber concert S

INGER James Kilbane will take his enjoyable Country, Gospel and Irish concert to St. Bridgit's Hall, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo on Sunday night, November 13 starting at 8pm. Always an entertaining night whenever James Kilbane performs, this concert will be supporting the essential work of Rebuild For Bosnia. Many people across the West and North West who have traveled to Medjugorje or who have visited Croatia and any of the Balkan countries will be aware of how many people and families still suffer and live in terrible conditions in many parts of Bosnia Herzegovina. These communities were cast out from their homes and villages due to ethnic cleansing in the

horrific conflict that lasted many years. To-date Rebuild for Bosnia have rebuilt homes for over 1100 families and people, however they need to continue their work as there is still many suffering with the start of winter. Readers will all be familiar with the music of James Kilbane. From his early days on the RTE television show "You're A Star". Since 2004 James has also become a multi platinum selling recording artist singing many genres in particular his mix of Gospel, Country and Irish music that is a familiar sound across the country on radio and in many homes. James continues to tour regularly across Ireland and also performs in America with his

popular brand of easy listening music. James is taking in Tubbercurry as part of a autumn run of concerts across the country working with community groups and organisations. He is also completing his new album due for release in early 2012. To join James Kilbane in concert at St. Bridget's Hall, Tubbercurry on Sunday, November 13 at 8pm then tickets are available from Gillespie's in Tubbercurry, Howley's in Curry, Casey's in Charlestown, Lavin's in Ballymote or direct from Martina at 086 1667216. Doors will open at 7.30pm and concert starts at 8pm. All are welcome and all support to the event will be appreciated.

GOSPEL: Country and Gospel star James Kilbane will perform in Tubbercurry to raise funds for work for the charity Rebuild for Bosnia.

Abbey Theatre tour comes to Hawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Well THE Abbey Theatre bring the award-winning play 'B for Baby' to the Hawk's Well Theatre on October 28 and 29. Directed by Sligo native Mikel Murfi, the first stage of the B for Baby tour started on Thursday, August 4 in the Tampere Theatre Festival in Finland. From there the tour returned to Ireland for its nationwide run, taking in fourteen venues in total. B for Baby finishes its extensive run back in the Peacock Theatre on Saturday, November 19. B for Baby is written by new up and coming playwright Carmel Winters' and stars Louis Lovett as B and Michele Moran as Mrs C and D. Winner of The Irish Times Best New Play in 2010, B for Baby tells the story of Mrs C who wants a baby and not a Christmas tree. B wants a real hairdressers' scissors and a wife and D wants a snow globe and a 'big head of dirty auld curls'. All of them want their own place in the world and if they can't find it, they'll create one of their own. Join B and D in the care home where they are residents, and where Mrs C is a carer, on their special journey towards happiness. For tickets call 0719161518.


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Day by Day at a glance

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Wed'day Wed'day Wed'day Wed'day

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Sligo I.T. The Factory Fiddlers Creek Tricky’s McGarrigles

Ballinode Lr Quay Street Rockwood Parade O'Connell Street

The The The The

Indie Theatre Pop Rockabilly/Retro Rock

Free €16/€14 Free Free

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Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday

10.00am 7.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

The Model Mc Garrigles The Factory Source Wine Bar The Glasshouse Hotel Tricky’s McGarrigles Fiddlers Creek The Rendezvous Hargadons

The Mall O'Connell Street Lr Quay Street John Street Swan Point O'Connell Street Rockwood Parade Holborn Street O'Connell Street

Sligo Music Industry Day Showcase Sligo The Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth Keiran Quinn and Guests The Rye Collette Sheerin Michael O'Halloran The White Gorillas Sligo IT Trad Society Session Ruby Ridge

Musician's info day Indie/Alternative Theatre Café Jazz Folk n' Roll Trad Session Rock Trad Session Alt Country

Free Free €16/€14 Free Free Free Free Free Free

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Open Air Market Café Victor Bus Eireann Café Mezzanine Koko Latte Kennedys Hargadons Hawks Well Theatre The Factory Knocknarea Arena Source Wine Bar Model Acoustic Stage Hargadons Foleys Bar Fiddlers Creek Tricky’s McGarrigles Kennedys McHughs The Model

Rockwood Parade Riverside JFK Parade Lord Edward St Quayside Quayside Rockwood Parade O'Connell Street Temple Street Lr Quay Street Sligo IT John Street The Mall O'Connell Street Castle Street Rockwood Parade O'Connell Street Rockwood Parade Grattan Street The Mall

The French Market Crafts and Food The Williams Sisters Americana Jackk & Jones Country/Bluegrass The Dirty Beggars Bluegrass Eoin Glackin Acoustic Aoife Grennan Acoustic Scottish Traditional Session Trad Session The Abbey Theatre presents B for Baby Theatre The Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth Theatre ilityStage Perf. KT Tunstall with Rozi Plain and Sam Lewis Limited Availab Main Raw Chocolate Indie/Choral Seamus Begley & Tim Edey and Maurice Lennon Model Stage Perf. Quinner, Flynner & Shinner from Anything Goes Soul/Rock/Blues Sarah Crummy Indie Folk Shakedown Rock The Gorgeous Colours Indie Jack Jive & the Slammer's Jazz Red Brick House Indie/Rock 3 Stage Festival Club with Hayseed Dixie 3 Stage Festival Club

Free Free Free Free Free Free Free €18/€15 €16/€14 €28 Free €10 Free Free Free Free Free Free €19/€15 presale

29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th 29th

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Open Air Market Methodist Hall Kennedys Café Fleur Lyons Café Tricky’s McGarrigles The Clarence McHughs Shoot The Crows Fiddlers Creek Model Acoustic Stage The Factory Hawks Well Theatre Knocknarea Arena Source Wine Bar Tricky’s McGarrigles Model Acoustic Stage Hargadons Foleys Bar Kennedys The Factory The Model

Rockwood Parade Wine Street Rockwood Parade O'Connell Street Wine Street O'Connell Street Wine Street Grattan Street Market Cross Rockwood Parade The Mall Lr Quay Street Temple Street Sligo IT John Street O'Connell Street The Mall O'Connell Street Castle Street Rockwood Parade Lr Quay Street The Mall

The French Market Crafts and Food The Junior Fiddler of Dooney Competition Traditional Comp. Dean Mahon Pop Ollie Alcorn Acoustic The Young Folks Indie/Folk Rhona Lynch, Graham Lynch and Killian Doheny Trad Session Henrietta Game Indie/Soul Maurice Lennon, Brian Lennon and Declan Courell Trad Session Brid Harper, Oliver O'Loughlin and Ryan Molloy Trad Session No Strings Attached Acoustic Pop The Staves and The Dirty Beggars Model Stage Perf The Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth Theatre The Abbey Theatre presents B for Baby Theatre Elvis Costello Solo Performance with Rachel Sermanni Main T Stage Perf SOLD OU The Jazz Lads Jazz This Side Up! Hip Hop Rura and The JPTrio Model Stage Perf Henrietta Game Indie/Folk Roots Seamus Hernon, Rodney Lancashire Trad Session The Vibes Indie Blue Murder with Eoin McNamee and Keith Donald Reading/Music 3 Stage Festival Club with Oddsocks Revival 3 Stage Festival Club

€5 Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free €10 €16/€14 €18/€15 €40 Free Free €8 Free Free Free €12 €12/€10 presale

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Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct

Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday

10.00am 1.00pm 11.00am 1.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 4.00pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 11.00pm

Open Air Market The Harp The Glasshouse Hotel Hawks Well Theatre Methodist Hall Hawks Well Theatre Kennedys Lily's Café Glasshouse Hotel The Clarence John Feeney's Snug Koko Latte Fiddlers Creek Hawks Well Theatre Tricky’s McGarrigles The Factory Calry Church Foleys Bar Belfry Mc Hughs Kennedys The Model

Rockwood Parade Quay Street Hyde Bridge Temple Street Wine Street Temple Street Rockwood Parade Hyde Bridge Swan Point Wine Street Stephen St Car Pk Quayside Rockwood Parade Temple Street O'Connell Street Lr Quay Street The Mall Castle Street Thomas Street Grattan Street Rockwood Parade The Mall

The French Market Tommy McCarthy, Louise Costello and Fabian Joyce Changed Utterly: Thinking 2016 The Speks - Childrens Show 2 - 5 years old The Fiddler of Dooney Competition The Speks - Childrens Show 2 - 5 years old Aoife Grennan Willie Kelly Dublin Laptop Orchestra Ambience Affair Killian Doheny and Anna, Sheila & Claire Friel Muireann Charleton Tabby Matt Molloy, J. Carty & A.McGlynn and The Unwanted Sunday M.A.S.S. What is there left to say? Mike McCormack/John Waters Admiral Fallow and Rachel Sermanni Band Gabriel McArdle, Jim McGrath and Seamus Quinn Easy Rider & The Venusians The Wranglers Sugar Rush 3 Stage Festival Club with Barley Mob

Crafts and Food Trad Session Live Radio Discussion

Acoustic Alt Country Folk/Electro Indie/Folk Trad Session Soul Rock Main Stage Perf Funk/Soul/World Discussion Unique Calry Perf. Trad Session Rock/Blues Country/Bluegrass Rock 3 Stage Festival Club

Free Free/Book €5/child €5 €5/child Free Free Free Free Free Free Free €18 Free €8 €15 Free Free Free Free €12/€10 presale

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Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct

Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday

10.00am 1.00pm 1.00pm 4.00pm 5.00pm 7.00pm 9.00pm 10.00pm

Open Air Market Kennedys Osta McCullaghs Fiddlers Creek Foleys Bar Tricky’s McGarrigles The Harp

Rockwood Parade Rockwood Parade Hyde Bridge Bridge Street Rockwood Parade Castle Street O'Connell Street Quay Street

The French Market John Joe Kelly, Sean and Donal McCague Riaghan O’Callaghan Niall Teague & The Fast Company Sean Carroll, Mossie Martin and Seamie O'Dowd Billy Fitzgerald Jackk and Jones Kevin O'Brien, Harry McGowan, Sean Dwyer

Crafts and Food Trad Session Acoustic/Folk Acoustic/Folk Trad Session Indie/Folk Country/Bluegrass Trad Session

Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Vibes Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth Social Red Hots


Traditional Comp.



The Model

3Stage Festival Club

• Amazing 3 performance spaces • Pop-up Bar with wine & draught beer selection • Hot Food by Slice Cafe • Doors Open 11pm

Sligo Live Festival Club is an exciting new concept this year in The Model, The Mall. The Black Box will rock to the Club headliners, followed by Miss Honey roots mixes. On the Acoustic Stage, Nichola MacEvilly will host a stream of festival artists who have played in other venues, giving a flavour of the breadth and depth of talent on offer in Sligo Live. The trad Session Space, anchored by the Friels, will welcome musicians and festival goers whose interests are more traditional. The real craic will be moving from area to area sampling the variety of sounds on offer.

Fri 28th Oct

Hayseed Dixie

Tickets €15 in advance

Sat 29th Oct

Oddsocks Revival Tickets €10 in advance

Sun 30th Oct

Halloween Party with The Barley Mob Tickets €10 in advance

Model entrance from Connaughton road car park



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Sligo’s Premier Entertainment Guide

SO - Entertainment

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

Nursery Rhymes and Trad Music at the Hawk’s Well

Abbey Theatre

B for Baby

By Carmel Winters Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct, 8pm €18/€15conc.

Winner of Irish Times Theatre Awards Best New Play 2010. Directed by Mikel Murfi

Babies Proms

The Speks

Sun 30 October, 1pm & 3pm Age suitability: 2-5yrs €5/child. Adults free

Described as ‘Riverdance for toddlers’, this is a great, fun event for kids. ‘If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs…then The Speks are the boys for you.’ Tom Dunne, Newstalk

Sligo Live and Hawk’s Well Theatre

Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn & The Unwanted Sun 30 October, 8pm €18

A trio of exciting musicians and a band of three musicians with exceptional talent make this a very special concert.

European Ballet

The Nutcracker

Wed 2 Nov 7.30pm * note early start time €22/€18/€16conc. €65 Family: 2 adults and 2 children

Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, the magic of Christmas comes alive through an enchanting fairy tale. Directed by Stanislav Tchassov, former Principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. Early Booking is advised.

Beezneez Theatre Co.

TRADITIONAL Irish music and children's band, The Speks' are in Sligo on Sunday, October 30 as part of Sligo Live. The six-piece band live on a mysterious island off the coast of Co. Clare called Glasses Island where everybody wears glasses. The band members are Quince, Naymon, Tommo, Pete, Ed and Rafferty and they all love singing and playing music for children.


By John McDwyer Thu 3-Sat 5 Nov, 8pm €17/€15conc.

Based on his well received RTE radio play, John McDwyer’s new play charts the lives of a rural Irish family over fifty years from the Munich air disaster in 1958.

Everyman Theatre Co.

By Ed Graczyk Tue 8-Sat 12 Nov, 8pm €16/€13conc.

In a Texas five-and-dime store, a group of women – members of the “Disciples of James Dean” – gather to mourn the 20th anniversary of the passing of their hero.


nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Incy Wincy Spider while playing acoustic Irish traditional music. The Speks' will perform on Sunday, October 30 at 1pm and again at 3pm in the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Tickets cost €5 per child and the show is aimed at 2-5 year olds.

Sligo Students wanted for Film and Multimedia Competition

Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

The Speks’ debut album recently won a prestigious Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as ‘Riverdance for toddlers’. The Speks perform their nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music while encouraging kids to sing and dance along. During the children's show The Speks' perform all-time favourite

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SLIGO Students are being encouraged to participate in, a film and multimedia competition that aims to promote responsible attitudes towards alcohol. is run on an annual basis and has been established for five years. For the 2012 competition, students are being invited to submit film and multimedia entries on the theme of ‘drinking in a home environment’. According to Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of, there has been an increase in levels of home drinking, and this has had particular consequences for students, she says "home drinking now constitutes more than 50 per cent of alcohol consumption in Ireland, up from 30 per cent a few years ago." Fionnuala says "it’s important

that students act responsibly when drinking in a home environment as it can pose certain risks. When drinking in a home environment, very few people measure their drinks and glasses are constantly being topped up. So it’s likely students are consuming much larger quantities of alcohol than they would in a pub or a club. We want to put it up to students to examine their own and their peers’ behaviour, and to look at ways of promoting more responsible attitudes to drinking in a home environment." is open to all third-level students over the age of 18. Entries for the competition can be produced in the form of an advertisement or as a tool to be used as part of a public information campaign (for example, a short film, a phone app, or a static or rich media website banner).

Entries must focus on home drinking, aligning the theme with the competition’s aim of promoting the responsible use of alcohol and or challenging anti-social drinking behaviours. Sligo students interested in submitting an entry to have until November 25 to complete a short proposal, outlining the idea behind their entry. They will then have until March 2012 to develop and complete their multimedia or film project. Entries are judged by a high-profile panel of industry experts, and a prize fund of €5,000 is up for grabs in the competition. Further information about, as well as guidelines and an application form for entrants, are available on the competition website,


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

Sligo’s Premier Entertainment Guide

SO - Entertainment

call: 071-9174900 fax: 071-9142255 email: PROGRAMME FOR WEEK: Friday 28th October to Thursday 3rd November 2011

“The Metropolitan Opera presents, DON GIOVANNI” Live via satellite from NEW YORK On Saturday 29th October 2011 @ 6 00pm


DOORS OPEN Everyday @ 1.00pm


Phantom of the Opera: Encore Performance (12/a) Real Steel (pg) Johnny English Reborn (gen) The Lion King in Digital 3D

Everyday: 5 45pm, 7 45pm & 9 45pm

7.00pm (Sun only)

9.15pm 1.30pm

“THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN: The Secret Of The Unicorn in Digital 3D & 2D” (pg)

Wine Street, Sligo

“ANONYMOUS” (12/a)

Fri, Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds & Thurs in 3D: 4 45pm & 7 00pm


Everyday in 2D: 4 15pm, 6 45pm & 9 15pm

The Phantom of the Opera: Encore Performance: Tickets now on sale. This was held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Showing Sunday 30th October 2011 @ 7.00pm.

Hedgehog, Le hérisson


Dir: Mona Achache 02, 03, and 04 Nov. at 8pm 05 and 06 Nov. at 3pm

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Midnight in Paris Dir: Woody Allen 09, 10 and 11, Nov. At 8pm 12 and 13 Nov. at 3pm Coming soon: SoUnD + ViSiOn Music and Film Festival 16 - 27 Nov. t: 071 91 41405

Table Quiz

Live Music

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Lunch Time Jazz

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Traditional Music

Tasty Soup & Sandwitches available Monday - Friday Lunchtime



1.30pm 2.30pm


1.30pm 2.05pm






5.20pm 4.45pm

7.15pm 7.00pm





9.15pm 2.00pm

KIDS CLUB: Sat 29th & Sun 30th October @ 2.00pm – “Spy Kids 4 in 2D” (pg) Admission €2.90 per child. Minder free. New Hot Food option available for the Kids Party Room. Call 071-9174001 for information.

HALLOWEEN MADNESS: On Monday 31st October 2011 GCG will give away Loyalty Cards pre-loaded with 100 points to any customer that attends a show on that day in Fancy dress!!! 200 points earns you a free ticket!!

– without the Sligo Weekender every week

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GCG LOYALTY CARD. Make sure YOU get YOURS. Double Loyalty Points when you use your card Monday to Thursday!!!


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

9.30pm 9.00pm

STUDENT SPECIALS: Student Tickets only €5.80. All shows Sun, Mon, Tue, Weds & Thurs (except 3-D Movies)

You’re missing something – in this case

Lunch Special Monday - Saturday Main Course €10

Dir: Mike Mills 26 and 27 Oct. at 8pm

7.15pm 6.45pm

(16) Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (18) Drive (15/a) Paranormal Activity 3 (gen) Monte Carlo (No

(No 7.15pm on Wed or thur)

To be in with a chance to win an iPad buy any Meal Deal with a Coca Cola and enter our draw. Competition runs during October 2011. Entry forms available on purchase of Meal Deal at shop.

Fine Food, Good Company, Great Prices, Fantastic Venue

Beginners (15A)


(Starts Tues 1st Nov 2011)

(12/a) Contagion (gen) Dolphine Tale in 2D (12/a) Footloose (15/a) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy (pg) Spy Kids 4 in 2D

FREE iPhone App available in your App store! Search “Gaiety Cinema Group” to download! Cinema / Film / Live Events & C/C Bookings always at your fingertips!!

Restaurant Dromahair 001-3164334

Wed, Thurs. and Fri. at 8pm and Sat. & Sun. at 3pm


(12/a) In Time

(pg) Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer

(No 7 00pm on Sun)

Everyday in 2D: 2 00pm, 4 15pm, 6 30pm & 8 45pm


The Model Cinema weekly programme


9.30pm 9.15pm


6.45pm on Tue, Wed or Thur)

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


(Starts Wed 2nd Nov 2011)


WEB: PHONE: 1520 927 011



( No 9.15pm on Sat or sun)

(gen) The Lion King in 2D (12/a) Tower Heist

24 hr programme information & credit card bookings:


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Tuesday Carling Cup Football: Aldershot v Manchester United 7.45pm Wednesday Carling Cup Football: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City 7.45pm Friday 8 – 10pm : Hughie Lowry Saturday – Live Music 10.30 – Close :New Edition Showing Live Sports - SKY, SETANTA & ESPN

T.D’s Bar & Lounge Tel: 071 9170739

Saturday 29th


NEW EDITION Party Bookings Taken Complimentary finger food for parties of over 30 people All Pints €3.50 for all Televised Games Inc Champions League & Premiership All Premier League Matches Live on HD Bookings Taken for Parties


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

S0 - Quizzical

Words & Numbers


CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Architectural style that confuses the queen (or Sam). (10) 6. Some information about a loud deed. (4) 10. Cafe, or one who is eating. (5) 11. Part of the day following lunch. (9) 12. Road surface that makes the snake stop. (7) 15. Period of time. (5) 17. Drink it to celebrate a union of teachers. (4) 18. Have a quick look in either direction. (4) 19. Relents. (5) 21. A throne has been made into a second one. (7) 23. Tomb where one may weep to a point. (5) 24. Shopping precinct. (4) 25. Frost. (4) 26. Part of a jacket. (5) 28. Veered sharply. (7) 33. How this nettled us, and made us feel uneasy. (9) 34. Stanza. (5) 35. Test. (4) 36. Defensive building provided by a circular tug? (5,5) Down 1. Impolite. (4) 2. The brother's in a more nasty kind of place. (9) 3. Direction found with a broken thorn. (5) 4. The fair counter will keep you waiting. (5)

WORDSEARCH win a cinema ticket!

5. Preposition found in central Taunton. (4) 7. Oak nut. (5) 8. White lint's needed to make this instrument. (3,7) 9. It's most important to re-prime like this. (7) 13. River that flows through Bath and Bristol. (4) 14. Samplers of food or drink. (7) 16. Beekeeping. (10) 20. Might this agricultural protector make

cars cower? (9) 21. The late kind of track and field competitor. (7) 22. Periphery. (4) 27. How Italian food gets to be as far as B! (5) 29. Make broader. (5) 30. With which to secure one plate of metal to another. (5) 31. The highest male voice. (4) 32. The drink is a Stinger, right? (4)































































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





The Gaiety Cinema, Wine Street, Sligo
























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


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

Send your completed entry to ‘Wordsearch Competition’, Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo, by noon on Thursday, 13th October and you will be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo. CIARA LAVIN, Rathmore, Coolaney Co. Sligo was last week’s winner.

WORD PUZZLER EASY CROSSWORD DOWN 1. There's one in each room as part of central heating. (8) 2. A huge canal runs through this country in Central America. (6) 3. The wolf huffed and puffed and ____ the house down. (4) 4. There is a TV show called American ____. (4) 5. Huge group of soldiers. (4) 6. Enquire, make a question. (3) 9. Two lines of hair on your forehead. (8) 10. Bravery. (7) 11. Largest. (7) 13. The capital city of Spain. (6) 15. Like Cinderella's two stepsisters. (4)

EASY CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Republic 6. Air 7. Dangerous 8. Key 12. Trampoline 14. Rudder 16. Girl 17. Ape 18. Flying 19. Sews 20. Eat Down: 1. Radiator 2. Panama 3. Blew 4. Idol 5. Army 6. Ask 9. Eyebrows 10. Courage 11. Biggest 13. Madrid 15. Ugly CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Jot 3. Haulbowline 8. League 9. Imported 10. Yacht 11. Strut 13. Bring 15. Bodhran 20. Knife 21. Swift 23. Usher 24. Killeagh 25. Viable 26. Distressing 27. Thy Down: 1. Jelly babies 2. Thatched cottage 3. Haunt 4. Leitrim 5. Woods 6. Inters 7. End 12. Tree surgery 13. Black 14. Gnome 17. Alphabet 18. Ditches 19. Fields 22. Their 23. Using 24. Kid











ACROSS 1. A country that votes for a president. (8) 6. We get our oxygen from it. (3) 7. Not safe. (9) 8. Use it to open a lock. (3) 12. You bounce up and down on this. (10) 14. You use it to steer a boat. (6) 16. She will grow up to become a woman. (4) 17. A gorilla, perhaps. (3) 18. Travelling by plane. (6) 19. Uses a needle and thread. (4) 20. Have some food. (3)

CAN you identify the words that may be made up from the letters of PARTICLE from the clues listed below? 1. Cloak 2. Transparent 3. Decorous material 4. Jump 5. Narrow 6. Horse-drawn vehicle 7. Box 8. Location 9. Cereal crop 10. Vestige

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Cape Clear Lace Leap Taper


6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Cart Crate Place Rice Trace


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

SO - Informative


ENNISCRONE, Co. Sligo, IRELAND 0879716389 / 0857385399

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TODAY It is going to be cloudy with heavy rain for a while. The rain will clear to showers during the afternoon. Showers will slowly die away through the evening. A moderate south-westerly breeze. Max temp 10-13°C (50-55°F).

WEDNESDAY It looks set to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain. The rain will be heavy and persistent in places, possibly with locally torrential downpours in places. Moderate southerly winds. Max temp 11-14°C (52-57°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 Cloudy with outbreaks of rain. However, some brighter interludes will develop. There will be a strong south-easterly wind. Max temp 12-15°C (54-59°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 It will be wet with outbreaks of patchy rain or drizzle. There will be a moderate south-easterly wind. Max temp 10-13°C (50-55°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




It is set to be bright with sunny periods and scattered light showers. There will be a moderate southerly breeze. Max temp 10-13°C (50-55°F).

Based on tidal heights at Oyster Island TODAY 09:06 3.35m H 15:12 1.38m L WEDNESDAY 09:59 3.18m H 16:16 1.51m L THURSDAY 11:07 3.05m H 17:42 1.53m L FRIDAY 12:29 3.07m H 19:12 1.40m L SATURDAY 13:47 3.27m H 20:18 1.16m L SUNDAY 14:47 3.60m H 21:07 0.87m L MONDAY 15:35 3.94m H 21:50 0.61m 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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PEARSE ROAD: This fabulous shot of the Sligo Town Brass Band on their annual march to the Cenotaph (at the junction of Mail Coach Road and Pearse Road). was sent to us by Gavin Walsh. “The picture features several well known Sligo-men including the late John Fallon (approx. the fith or sixth man on the left) carrying the wreath to the memorial. In front of him is my grand-uncle Michael Foley (beating the kettle-drum),” said Gavin. “I would like to know if any of your readers can recognise any persons in this photograph. I’d estimate it was taken in the late 1940s.” If you think you know, drop us an e-mail at or write to us at Sligo Weekender, No. 4 Teeling Street, Sligo.



a summer season partial one-way traffic management system ignited passionate back and forth. It was proposed and seconded to establish a committee who would meet with Garda and Sligo County Council representatives to discuss merits, possibilities and challenges of same. In the report on finances, the Santa Ponza show was underlined as a learning experience with bare haircut profits and with little new sources of income and increased outgoings. The committee resurrected the sale of Castle Field sites as essential to the E&DCD contribution to Waterpoint and addressing a now partially restructured bank debt of approximately €120k. Discussion of the Castle Field sites centred on the need for a site drawing to facilitate sales and marketing. Also discussed and passed was the outlining of an area of the Castle Field to be assigned for Allotments. Details will be made available though the office of Joan Quinn. In new business, Edward Kilcullen proposed a return to the writ-

ten and posted agenda for each meeting and Liam Tuffy proposed Margaret Donegan and Shelly Kennedy, new chair and secretary respectively of Enniscrone Tidy Towns as new members of the council. The measures were approved. QUESTIONS AND LAUGHS: Kilglass/Enniscrone United Football Club will run a quiz night in the Ocean Sands Hotel tonight, Tuesday, starting at 9.30pm. The quiz will include video, music, sport and general knowledge rounds. The night will also have a few new additions with individual table questions and prizes, so forget the night at the fire and come along to the Ocean Sands for a fun night of questions and laughs. HALLOWEEN PARTY: A kids fancy dress Halloween disco will be held in the Function Nightclub on October 28 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Admission is €5 BOSTON TEA: The annual Enniscrone NS Fundraising Committee Boston Tea Party will take place in the Ocean Sands Hotel on November 12. Music by Brian McDermott band and disco, and special guests on the night will be taking part in the “The Axe Factor” You will be treated to a selection of local talent as they com-

pete to win your votes. The tea party has been a great success in the past due to the support of the hosts and hostesses. WALKING CLUB: The Registration Fee of €30 for Enniscrone Walking Club is up for renewal on November 1. Registration forms for next year’s membership can be obtained from the Tourist Information. The next walk on October 29 is the Kilglass Loop, easy country roads, 8km. November 5 walk is the Winnie Langan Loop, hard mountain ridge, time three hours. For further information contact the Tourist Information Office on 096-36746. CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The Kilglass Community Council Church Gate Collection takes place on the Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. This is the only source of funding and your generosity is appreciated. The next meeting of the Community Council takes place on Monday, November 7 at 8.30pm at the side Chapel of the Church of the Holy Family Kilglass. New members are most welcome. YOUR NOTES: 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 096-36746 or email:

GURTEEN Recent deaths THE death took place on Monday, October 10 of Joe Burns, Cloonloo and Sligo. Burial took place in Gurteen Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Jean and to all his relations and friends. May he rest in peace. DIED IN CASTLEBAR: The death took place at Castlebar General Hospital on Saturday, October 15 of Amy (Poppy) Gibson-Dewhurst, Cloonmeen, Cuilmore and St. Attracta’s Nursing Home, Charlestown. Her remains reposed at Sharkey’s Funeral Home, Ballaghaderreen on Tuesday evening and private Cremation took place on Wednesday. Sympathy is extended to her daughter Victoria, son-in-law Dave, Cloonmeen, granddaughter Charlotte, Cloonloo and all her relations and friends in England. CLASSES: Music classes continue for the autumn term in the Coleman Centre in whistle, flute, fiddle, key-

board, 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 commenced on last Thursday night, September 29 in the Coleman Centre, Gurteen at 8pm and will continue every Thursday night thereafter. A good night’s dancing, fun and exercise guaranteed. For more details contact 071-9182599. All are welcome. BINGO: Bingo is held every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30pm with a jackpot of €1,650 in 50 calls or less and other valuable prizes. There is also a separate lotto game as well. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the hall so your support is greatly appreciated. BUSY BEES: Busy Bees Day-Care in Gurteen are now taking enrolments for Halloween Camp for children three to four and five to eight years from Tuesday, November 1 to Friday 4 from 9.30am to 12.30. Halloween activities and fancy dress party. Cost is €30 - snack included. Further information from 071-9182960 or call in


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town&county friends and neighbours, have a friendly chat and a cup of tea. BABY CLINIC: HSE Baby Clinic is continuing in the Community Centre, each Wednesday from 2-3pm. HALL HIRE: If you are looking for a venue for basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, circuit training, curling, martial arts, dancing and parties, MCR have great facilities for all these activities.

KINLOUGH By Joe McCarron

Polling cards error POLLING cards for the Presidential election and referenda, which takes place on Thursday, have been recently issued. The polling card incorrectly assigned voters to vote at Kinlough NS. Please note that voting will not take place at the school. The polling stations at the school have been closed and voting has been transferred to Kinlough Community Centre (Booth 1) and Kinlough Community Centre (Booth 2). KARATE CLUB: A karate club runs in Tullaghan Community Centre on Saturday mornings at 11am. All welcome. SOCIAL DANCING: Social dancing has resumed on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Lakeside Centre on the Belleek Road, Ballyshannon. This was very popular last year and the organisers hope that more and more will attend. If you don’t know the steps or are a total beginner why not come along a little earlier and there will be people there who will help you. Last year there was a great social atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the dancing music and chat and of course a cup of tea. As well as a great form of exercise. HOSPICE: The Hospice would like to acknowledge the sum of €250, proceeds of the coffee morning in the Benwisken Centre. ST VINCENT DE PAUL: From time to time individuals or families can find themselves in difficulty. St Vincent de Paul may be able to help. The local helpline, serving Ballintrillick, Glenade, Kinlough and Tullaghan, is 087-6278707. Confidentiality is assured

MANORHAMILTON By PJ Leddy Tel. 071-9855349

Playing Together ST. Clare’s Primary School recently held its annual Súgradh le Chéile (Playing Together) workshop facilitated by Sarah Mulligan for Junior and Senior Infants of the School, with their mums and dads. All had a fantastic time learning new and traditional games as well as fun activities through ball games, music and rhyme, which the parents and their children can continue to share together at home. It is vitally important to develop an interest in physical activity at an early age, as an active lifestyle in childhood is likely to be maintained through adult life with the many accruing personal physical health benefits that goes with it. John Conlon, principal, said: “We always try to hold a Súgradh le Chéile workshop for the junior children and their parents, and we really appreciate parents giving up their time to participate. “Encouraging physical activity is central to the school ethos with football, hurling, rugby, soccer, basketball and swimming all being available for children to participate in,” Mr Conlon explained. Parents always enjoy the workshops describing the fun and enjoyment as contagious and something they’d want to continue. As always a favourite is the parachute games, where they fire balloons and socks high up into the air.

MERVILLE YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE Maugheraboy Tel. 071-9159929

Polling station

MANORHAMILTON: St. Clare’s Primary School junior and senior infants with their mums participating in the parachute event during the school’s recent Súgradh le Chéile (Playing Together) workshop. (See Manorhamilton notes below)

ROMANCE DVD: What would be an ideal Christmas gift – the official commemorative DVD of a fantastic night of nostalgia in the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance, which was filmed on location on May 19 – was launched in the Rainbow on Friday night, October 7 when Nathan Carter and his band returned to perform in Glenfarne. Nathan and his band have had a great success with John Farry’s song ‘The Rainbow in Glenfarne’ since the launch night on May 19. This DVD features many nostalgic memories of years gone by in the Rainbow. Artists that feature on the DVD are John Glenn, Shaun Loughrey, Mick Flavin, Eileen King, Brendan Quinn, Gene Stuart, Brian Coll and the Benn Sisters. The three hour double Benefit DVD is priced at €20 or £17 sterling and is available to purchase at Clancy’s of Glenfarne and Bredin’s of Manorhamilton. All proceeds go to the Rainbow Renovation Fund. For further details phone Juliette on 071-9856831 or see HALLOWEEN BALL: The Dromahair Demons’ Halloween Ball takes place on this Friday night, October 28 in the Blue Devon function room where all attending will have a chance to go back in time to the Celtic Samhain (summer’s end) festivities of our forebears. Everyone is invited to come along for a great night out with Easy Rider while the Venusians will kick start the Halloween Ball into action mode at 9pm with their great sounds followed by DJ Ghoul who will entertain the expected large attendance into the wee small hours. There will be prizes for the scariest costumes – male, female and group prizes. A fee of €10 covers admission to the Demons’ Halloween Ball that includes a ghoulish cock-

tail. See Dromahair Demons’ Festival Facebook page and website for more information the Demons’ Halloween Ball. SCÓR COMPETITIONS: All interested in participating for Glencar/Manor in the forthcoming Leitrim Scór na nÓg competitions are asked to contact Lily Sweeney, Johnny Keaveney or Clare Faragher now. The GAA’s Scór na nÓg cultural competition events include figure dance, solo singing, instrumental music, recitation, question time, ballad groups singing, novelty act and set dance. The Leitrim Scór na nÓg semi-finals will take place in St. Mary’s Hall, Carrick-on-Shannon at 5pm on Saturday, December 3 and in Ballinamore Community Centre at 3pm on Sunday, December 4. Manorhamilton hosts the Leitrim Scór na nÓg finals at 2pm on Sunday, January 8.

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

Recent death SYMPATHY is extended to the family of the late Kitty Flannery, St Joseph’s Terrace. MONA WINS: Mona Whyte won the first prize of €100 in the MCR 200 Club draw on October 20. 2nd prize of €50 went to Charlene Anderson while Peggy Doyle and Willie Lynch won €25 each. KIDS ART SHOWCASE: The Games Without Frontiers public art project, led by a team of artists, has been running for several weeks in MCR, Northside and Caltragh community centres. It culminates in an outdoor event on Saturday, October 29. This will take place in Doorly Park from 3.30-5.30pm and will showcase all the children’s work

created during the past two months. There will be a giant interactive outdoor exhibition, games, videos and hidden treasures created by the children. Parents and local residents are invited to this showcase and join in the fun. This project is funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme and initiated by Sligo County Council Arts Service, and was conceived to get children living in the city to creatively explore and use their outdoor spaces. For a preview of some of the artwork, check out www.sligoplayspaces.blogspot. com. BOUNCEMANIA: Bounce your way to fitness on mini trampolines – this class is running on Tuesday nights in MCR Community Centre at 8.15pm. You will burn calories, tone the body and have fun. Everyone is welcome, and it is suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. Bounce the inches away to chart hits. For booking or more information, contact Claire on 087-9231629. ACTIVE AGE: Art classes will be held on Friday mornings for five weeks, commencing Friday next. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes, and/or join the group. The group is a member of Active Retirement Ireland and members pay a small annual fee for the benefits this offers. PLAYSCHOOL: There will be a limited number of ECCE places available commencing after the Halloween break. For enquiries and further information, contact Rita on 0719146512 between 9am-1pm. SPIRITUAL NEEDS: The second Spiritual Needs As We Grow Older meeting of the gathering of older people will take place in the Day Chapel of St. Anne’s Church on Thursday, November 3 at 2.30pm. There was a great turnout at the first meeting and we look forward to you all coming back. If you didn’t attend the first meeting do please come along to this meeting -– you will meet

MERVILLE Community Centre is a Polling Station for Presidential election on Thursday. Dreamchasers Childcare Service will have normal service in place on the day, both in the Preschool and School Age Care Services. All users of the Childcare Service are requested to observe the alternative access arrangements in place. However, all other activities are cancelled, and will resume as normal next week. ACTIVE AGE: Merville Active Age Group meetings are held weekly at the centre, and will continue on Tuesdays from 7.30pm. New members are always welcome to come along, and get involved with the many activities. AUTUMN ACTIVITIES: Merville Community Centre host a wide range of activities for the autumn, including circuit training, plus kids kung fu, adult tai chi chuan, and tennis at weekends. Interesting additions to the schedule include relaxation classes on Wednesdays at 6pm and Bounce Mania on Thursdays at 7pm. Full information of scheduled times and contacts is available from the centre office. HALL AVAILABLE: Merville hall is available at weekends for hire for kids birthday parties, at reasonable rates. Meeting rooms are also available – evenings only – catering for groups of all sizes, at rates to suit any budget. All proceeds go towards the substantial running costs of operating the centre for all our community. Contact the centre on 0719150029, anytime, for bookings. YOUR NOTES: 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 local notes. Alternatively, they can be emailed to

NEWTOWNMANOR Halloween party A CHILDREN’S Halloween party will be held on Monday, October 31 from 4pm to 5.30pm in the Blue Devon function room, Dromahair. Music, games, fun and snacks. €5 to include a goody bag – discounts for families. Prizes for the scariest costumes. HALLOWEEN BALL: Dromahair Demons’ Halloween Ball will be held on Friday night in the Blue Devon function room. Come along for a great night out with Easy Rider and the Venusians kick-starting the night at 9pm with their great sound followed by DJ Ghoul playing into the wee small hours. Prizes for the scariest costumes: male, female and group prizes. €10 includes a ghoulish cocktail. See Dromahair Demons Festival Facebook page and website for more info. CARDS CONTINUE: Cards continue in the Newtownmanor Hall every Fri-


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town&county day night at 9pm. All beginners very welcome. YOGA: Tuesdays – Beginners -from 67.15pm; Continuers from 7.30-9pm. Wednesdays – Mixed Levels from 10-11.30am; Pregnancy Yoga from 6.15-7.30pm Call to book a place on 071-9134939 or check out our website at HIP HOP CLASSES: Hip Hop Dance classes continue in the Newtownmanor Hall every Monday evening from 6pm to 7pm with Ingrid. Any enquires please contact Ingrid on 087 7954469. SHOEBOX APPEAL: It’s that time of year again when Team Hope and the Christmas Shoebox Appeal ask for your kindness and generosity to help those less fortunate then us at Christmas. The shoebox appeal initiative has been delivering shoeboxes to young children all over the world for years at Christmas time. These children may not receive any other present this Christmas and you can help to make this Christmas a special one for them. A shoebox can be filled with toys, teddies, colours, notebooks, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, etc. Each shoebox is to be categorised into a certain age group, Girls and boys; two to four, five to eight and nine to 12, the organisers ask people to be mindful of the age group of box they are making. All shoeboxes to be in for November 9. Leaflets are available at the back of the church or from Catherine on 087 2518011. BALLROOM DANCING: Classes in social and ballroom dancing continue every Tuesday from 8.30pm to 10.30pm in the Newtownmanor Hall. Come along and have some good exercise and fun. For further details ring Anna on 087 3131330 or 0719145057. WEDNESDAY CLUB: The Dromahair Wednesday Club continues every Wednesday in the Depot, Dromahair from 10.30am-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. 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.


Tel. 071-9165573 / 086-8258525

Church gate collection RIVERSTOWN Village Enhancement Committee will be holding a church gate collection in Riverstown, Gleann and Sooey churches on October 29 and 30. Any support would be greatly appreciated. All funds raised will go towards the upkeep and insurance of the playground, ballcourt and picnic area in the Chapel gardens. POST REPS 3: Family Farm Income Workshops will be held at the Teagasc Centre, Ballymote over the coming weeks. Guest speakers, specialists and farmers will host presentations on how to sustain your family farm income post REPS 3. These will be followed by discussions. The first workshop will take place on Wednesday night, October 26 at 8pm. The workshops will continue on Wednesday, November 2, 9, 16 and 23 also at 8 pm. CAR WASH: There will be a coffee morning and car wash fundraiser on Saturday, October 29 at Riverstown Rectory between 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and leave with a clean car. Funds

onship after extra time last weekend. Despite playing a nerve-racking game the local team failed to win the day. However they are an excellent team and next year should bring just rewards. THEN THE GOOD NEWS: The same weekend Drumcliffe-Rosses Point Intermediate ladies team inflicted a sound defeat on opponents Strokestown in the semi-finals of the Connacht Club Championship winning 1-11 to 0-9.

SKREEN Wedding bells CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes are extended to Damien Hennigan and Linda Carr on their recent marriage. The happy couple are wished every happiness in their future life together. NEW LEADERS: New leaders are needed to join the rotation list for the Foroige club as this sets the number of members allowed to join. For further details contact 087 7441160. ACTIVE AGE GROUP: The active age group have a get-together every second Wednesday of the month in the Day Centre from 2-4pm. Meetings are held every two weeks and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun. Transport is available and arrangements can be made by contacting Margaret Burns, group secretary on 087-9721527 on the Monday prior to the meetings NEWS CONTACT: Items to be included in Skreen notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

James Scanlon, of Lisaneena, Ballinacarrow, celebrated his 18th birthday recently with a party in the Sligo Park Hotel. He is pictured with his parents.

STRANDHILL By Ian Parke strandhillnotes@

raised will go towards the church mission project. BARBIE GETS RECOGNITION: Riverstown was delighted to welcome the Nationwide team to Sligo Folk Park to meet with and interview Glenda Taylor about her impressive Barbie Doll Collection. The interview will be aired on RTE1 on Friday, November 4 at 7pm. Tune in to Nationwide for a chance to see this amazing collection. TABLE QUIZ: Taunagh Parish Family Table Quiz will take place in Cooper Hall, Riverstown on Friday, November 4 at 7.30pm. All welcome. CYCLE REMINDER: Thank you to all who took part and collected sponsorship in the 2011 Annual Cycle for the Stroke Group, Sligo. There are still a few sponsorship cards outstanding that should be returned to Tommy’s Mac’s as soon as possible. HALLOWEEN CAMP: Little Buddies will be running a Halloween camp from Tuesday, November 1 to Friday, November 4 from 9am to 1 pm. Cost €55 per week or €15 per day. This camp will suit children aged between four and ten years of age. Places are limited to ten per day so booking early is advised. PIANO CLASSES: Piano lessons will continue on Monday, at 7pm in Morrison Teach Ceoil. Junior and adults welcome. For more information contact Padraig Kerins on 087-6707329. LEADING LIGHT AWARD: Well done to the pupils and teachers at Sooey NS who were recently shortlisted for the Road Safety Authority Leading Light Primary School Award. Their work on the Green-Schools Travel theme was highly commended by Noel Brett, CEO of the RSA, at the National Awards held at Farmleigh House during Road Safety Week. NEWS ITEMS: To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris on 0868258525.


Tel. 071-9152792 rossespointnotes@

Luke's big day CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday to Luke Henderson who is celebrating his 21st on Saturday, October 29. The best of luck for the future, have a great day and many Happy returns! TABLE QUIZ: There will be a Halloween charity fun table quiz in Harry’s bar on Friday night. The craic starts at 9.30 pm sharp. Bring a friend and enjoy the fun and pick up some spooky prizes. All are welcome. FACE PAINTING: Carol Wilson will be enhancing little horrors for Halloween with face painting in Harry’s bar, Rosses Point on Monday afternoon, October 31, from 3.30pm. Scary, ugly and pimply faces are a speciality, so come along and show your worst, get in the holiday spirit (excuse the pun) and have a monster night out. GIFT SHOP: The RNLI gift shop in the lifeboat station at Harry Ewing Pier, Rosses Point is open every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 3pm. There are still plenty of callers and the volunteer ladies there do a fantastic job to help support the station. Pop in and see them. They have a smashing selection of gifts to suit all tastes and every pocket. It is expected to maintain weekend opening until the Christmas sale in Tesco’s arcade. FIRST THE BAD NEWS: Coolaney-Mullinabreena defeated local team Drumcliffe-Rosses Point in Kennedy’s Intermediate Champi-

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Congratulations CONGRATULATIONS to Joseph Cullen and Siobhan Tobin who won the Coolera/ Strandhill GAA ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ fundraising social event held recently in the Radisson. PANTOMIME BOOKING: Coolera Dramatic Society wish to remind readers that booking for this years’ Christmas pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Stephen Duckham, starts on November 1. The pantomime runs at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, from Wednesday, November 30 to Saturday, December 17 at 8pm nightly with matinees on Sunday 4 and Sunday 11 at 3pm. This production is directed by Roddy Quinn and will be the society’s 33rd consecutive pantomime, which features all the ‘usual suspects’ plus some new faces. Early booking is advised. Box-office 071-9161526 or online at ACTIVE RETIRED: The next meeting of the Active Retirement Group takes place on Thursday, November 3 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 column are 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.

TEMPLEBOY Happy birthday A HAPPY birthday and best wishes are extended to Matilda Gillespie, from her family and friends VISIT THE ELDERLY: Now with the length of the dark nights and the winter storms, people are asked to drop in on their elderly neighbours and those who live alone for a chat and to check they are ok. MEETINGS: Legion of Mary meetings are held on Monday night in the sacristy at 8pm, new members welcome NEWS CONTACT: Items to be included in Templeboy notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

Tel. 071-9185022 Mobile: 087-6290962

New park plan PLANS for a new community sports park in Tubbercurry were unveiled at a meeting in St Bridget’s Hall on Thursday night last. A new company, South Sligo Community Park Limited, has been formed to oversee the development which will involve a soccer pitch, running track and clubhouse on the VEC lands at Mountain Road. Seven people were appointed as directors, Jason McDaid, Dan Kelly, Brian King, Pearse Henry, Anthony Walsh, Teresa Walsh and Geroid Surlis. However, it is planned to add at least another eight people as directors. The overall project will cost in the region of €200,000 and a fundraising drive has been launched to raise €50,000 initially. South Sligo athletic club and Real Tubber soccer club have already contributed in the region of €12,000 to get the project off the ground. Plans are almost ready for submission for planning permission and it is hoped that the first phase of the project will be completed within 18 months. Weekly meetings are now being held in St Bridget’s Hall every Thursday night at 8pm and anyone interested in assisting with the project is welcome to attend. PHOENIX AND KEYSTONE: This year for the One-Act Festival the Phoenix Players are doing a production of Keystone – a one-act drama by Padraig Neary. The cast also includes Sharon Gildea and is directed by Ursula Brennan. Please support the group as they make their final preparations to travel to five festivals on the one-act circuit during late October and November. Dates and venues are as follows; Saturday October 29 at Dundrum Drama Festival, November 2 at Cavan Drama Festival, November 17 at Tubbecurry Drama Festival, November 19 at Manorhamilton Drama Festival and November 20 at Dunmore Drama Festival. Before embarking on the circuit - the group are having two local performances with the Cloonacool Drama Group on Friday October 28 and Sunday October 30. 'Keystone' is a very engaging piece and is well worth seeing. FREE MAMMOGRAMS: Breast Check will be soon offering free mammograms to women between 50 years and 64 years of age. Those eligible will receive an appointment by post to attend the mobile unit which will be based behind Teach Laighne, Tubbercurry. To make sure your name is on the register call Freephone 1800 45 45 55


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Helen and Margaret.

Trish, Breda and Shirley.

Michelle, Anita, Michelle, Andrea and Teresa.

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Shirley Gorman with superstar Britney Spears (aka Martin Cawley).

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Carol and Philip. Aiga and Cathy. JD and Ann Marie.

Yvonne and Nigel Rogerson.

Ciara and Paul.

Shirley Gorman of Cranmore celebrated her 40th birthday with her son Aar and daughter Savannah in Shenanagins.

Jordan, Andrea and Shannon.

Mena, Majella and Dominic.

Martin, Helen and Shirley.

Kayleigh, Karen, Emer and Gillian

Doug and Teresa Matthews.

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by John Bromley

Sligo IFA demands payment to all farmers SLIGO IFA County Chairman Eddie Davitt has called on the Department of Agriculture to issue all outstanding payments to farmers. “The delays, arising from the digitising of maps and other issues, are causing financial hardship to farmers in the county who have still not received their Disadvantaged Area Payment, REPS 4 and AEOS payments”, he said. Mr Davitt said farmers from the county took part in a protest at the Department of Agriculture offices in Johnstown Castle in Wexford last week regarding the delay in payments. More than 300 demonstrators took part in the protest. Mr Davvit said the administrative mess around AEOS was now spilling over and causing delays with payments.” He said that farmers were concerned that the 50% advance of the Single Farm Payment due

this week would now be delayed. “It is totally unacceptable to farmers that the digitisation of amendments to maps has clogged up the system and is causing delay, particularly as farmers applied for Disadvantaged Area and Single Farm Payment as far back as May 2011.” He said farmers were not going to tolerate a repeat of last year’s payments debacle and were now demanding the payments under all the various schemes. Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney condemned what he called the "aggressive nature" of the IFA protest. Gardaí were called in to intervene following scuffles, in which two department staff and a protester suffered minor injuries. The Minister said the actions of the farmers “went beyond the bounds of acceptable behaviour”.

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SLIGO farmers’ leader has reacted negatively to proposals for the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. The new CAP which is due to come into effect in 2014 will mean changes in the way payments from the EU are calculated for Sligo’s roughly 5,000 farm families. While these are still just proposals, there are concerns that they could reduce the income of some farmers, although others may be better off. Sligo man Gabriel Gilmartin, who is national president of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) National President, said that the proposals to move to a flat rate are “too blunt and too simplistic”. "The Commission's obsession with a uniform flat rate is unworkable from an Irish point of

view and the time frame of achieving it by 2019 would completely destroy the viability of too many active farmers. Mr Gilmartin is also concerned that a proposal to make 2014 a reference year will “incentivise a land grab”. “The reality is that this proposal will play havoc with the land rental market over the next few years.” Mr Gilmartin also expressed grave doubts over the 7% ecological set-aside. "This is too much altogether. At a time when we need to increase food production in Ireland, the prospect of wasting 7% of productive land will make farmers much less competitive.” Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that while there were some positives in the proposals from an Irish

perspective, there were also aspects that he was not happy with. “The priority for me is to retain Irish agriculture funding and to ensure that we have a strong and effective CAP which will support our ambitions for the sector as set out most recently in Food Harvest 2020: Milestones for Success. The proposed redistribution of funds between Member States largely protect our pillar 1 funding – and closely reflect proposals made by Ireland in the earlier discussions – but a threat still hangs over our funding for rural development. I am determined to fight to retain our CAP funds.” Mr Coveney said he was also concerned that the greening and basic payment structures could lead to disruptive change in payments to farmers in Ire-

land. “I want greater flexibility for member states to shape their own payment models and I have been very active in building alliances around this idea with other Member States”. President of the ICMSA, Jackie Cahill, has stated that the EU’s proposals to ‘even-out’ the farm payment rates between member states poses a risk that Ireland may suffer a cut in the overall current envelope of funding available and he has urged to Minister Coveney to move immediately to forestall any such threat He said proposals for a base year of 2014 - somewhat related to 2011 – “is totally unworkable and could lead to widespread speculation and disruption of the normal letting and leasing of agricultural land in Ireland”.

Sligo man is national finalist in grass competition

Farmers asked to look out for older people FARMERS are being asked to be on the lookout for elderly and isolated neighbours in rural Ireland this winter. ICSA Rural Development chairman, John Barron said: “Winter is closing in rapidly and it can be a very lonely time for many older people in rural areas. I feel it’s important that farmers make it part of their routine to regularly drop into their elderly neighbour and befriend them where possible. “The elderly have already taken a number of substantial hits over the past year with a decrease in the number of rural transport links, ex-

tortionate rises in energy costs and cuts to telephone and energy allowance schemes so they maybe feeling particularly at risk this winter. He said that as a community, we must always be on the lookout for those most at risk and at the minute with the spate of burglaries and attempted break-ins, we must be aware that the elderly are particularly at risk from advantageous criminals. “Vigilance is often the best prevention in cases like these so I am calling on all farmers to be observant and be aware of any suspicious activity in their locality.”

Semen to be sold online SLIGO AI has just launched a new online semen purchase service in response to demand from its customers. The new service will allow cattle breeders to select and order semen straws online and pay by credit card or through Paypal, with delivery guaranteed to their door within 10 working days. Farmers browsing can purchase straws by put-

ting them into a virtual 'basket' and then checkout when they have finished selecting their bulls. Sligo AI will be offering straws from up to 160 bulls when its online sales is completely phased in. The minimum purchase per customer is two straws. The company also plans to offer liquid nitrogen and a full range of AI equipment for sale online in the future.

Henry Gardiner from Ballisodare (centre) pictured at the national final of Macra na Feirme's KW Forage Systems Measuring Grass for Profit competition final with Jim Buckley of KW Forage Systems (left) and Alan Jagoe, Macra National President. A Sligo man was a finalists in the Macra na Feirme and KW Forage Systems Measuring Grass for Profit competition. Henry Gardiner, Ballisodare, was one of six farmers who made it through to the national final of the competition

on Tuesday, last in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin, where they faced a panel of judges who tested their knowledge of the subject. The competition was won by Brian O’Mahony, a farmer from Upton, Co. Cork. However, Brian won a Ris-

ing Platemeter mapping of his farm (up to 120 acres in size) and a half day’s consultation on grass measuring/ budgeting from a Grasstec Consultant, courtesy of Grasstec. KW Forage Systems awarded the regional winners a E150 voucher to spend on any KW

Forage System product. During the season, KW Forage System staff will keep in touch with the regional winners to help them progress and improve their farming practices with the aid of KW Forage Systems unique products.


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WO youths stole copper piping from the site of an unfinished apartment block in Sligo town, the local court was told. Charlie Ward, Glenview Park, Ash Lane, Sligo and a 16-year-old youth, who cannot named because he is underage, pleaded guilty to the theft of the piping, worth â&#x201A;Ź300, from Atlantic Developments, Fish Quay, Sligo on December 12 last. They were also charged with handling stolen goods at Ash Lane, Sligo, on the same date. Garda Inspector Gerry Connolly said that the theft took place at a development of apartments, which were partly finished, to the

rear of the Glasshouse Hotel. Judge Kevin Kilrane asked if this was one of the ghost estates? Inspector Connolly said that it was. He said gardai received a report of a red van being seen at the site. When they got there the van was gone but from the description of the van, they interviewed the defendants. The piping was in the back of the van and they admitted stealing it. He told Judge Kilrane that they had broken in a door to the site and the copper was lying in the site.

Defending solicitor Gerry McGovern said that it was an apartment block that was not fully developed and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it ever would be. The court was told that Charlie Ward had no previous convictions but the juvenile had been previously convicted of theft. Fining each of the defendants â&#x201A;Ź100, Judge Kilrane said that entry into a yard was different from entry in to a private house. But he warned the defendants that if they were before the court on larceny charges again they would get a prison sentence.

Christmas shoebox appeal THE charity behind the very successful Christmas Shoebox appeal are asking households the length and breadth of Co. Sligo to donate to the most needy of children in Africa and the poorest areas of Eastern Europe. Last year County Sligo submitted 4,120 Christmas Shoeboxes to the Team Hope appeal, but this year


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they are hoping for even more. "There are over 1.4 million households in Ireland. If every house did one shoebox imagine the difference that would make to so many children. And that doesn't even include if businesses around Ireland also filled some shoeboxes," said Carol Hennessey, the nationwide manager

of the shoebox appeal/ Shoeboxes should be wrapped in Christmas paper (the lid separately) and it's up to the donor to choose who they'd like to receive the gift, i.e. a boy or a girl and the age group it is suited for. All the information about how to pack the box is available from

Shoeboxes can be dropped off at over 200 collection points before November 11. The collection points in Sligo include the Sligo Weekender offices in Teeling Street, Carraroe Auto Supplies, Jade's Gym (Cleveragh Road), AXA (Hyde Bridge), Blackrock (Harmony Hill) and Sligo Champion (Markievicz Road).

Debenhams confirm Sligo shop on the way THE new chief executive of Debenhams has confirmed that the department store chain is to open a store in Sligo as part of a plan to open nine new shops and modernise a further 25 stores. Michael Sharp said that the expansion drive would create 4,050 new jobs. Apart from Sligo and

Carlow, the other new shops are all in England. They are expected to open between 2012 and 2015. Planning permission was recently granted to Treasury Holdings to develop a shopping centre, with multistorey car park, in the Wine Street car park, in which Debenhams is to be the anchor store.


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SHARED ACCOMMODATION ROOM to let in modern house, close to town centre, free SKY TV and Broadband E45 per week. Tel: 087-6818775 CARTRON HEIGHTS rooms to let near IT, FAS, Hospital, Abbotts, free parking. Ring: 0879550880 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, €75 per week. Call 0871478269 YEATS HEIGHTS, Single and double rooms to let, 5 mins walk to IT and FAS college. Call 087/8743000 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, €75 per week. Call 0871478269 SINGLE ROOM to rent in Ballinode, beside IT and hospital, to share with 3 other girls, parking + all mod cons, OFCH. Ring 0879252781

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

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FURNITURE TWO high back, olive green fireside chairs, recently reupholstered E80. Tel: 071-9161569 7FT CREAM bedroom wardrobe, with mirror in the cente and three boxes on top, 16ins height each. Contact: 91-43110 or 086-6047585 FRENCH POLISHING, Antique Restoration & Fine Arts. Quality Work. Excellent Finish. Reasonable Rates. Contact Danny. 086 8468529.

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

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LEGAL NOTICES THE CIRCUIT COURTPRIVATE COUNTY OF LEITRIM IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING ACTS, 1833 TO 2000 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE COURTS (SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS) ACT, 1961 Section 24 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT, 1902, SECTION 2(2) AS AMENDED BY THE INTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT, 1960, SECTION 23 And THE INTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT 1927 SECTION 12(1) APPLICATION OF FRANCES CRYAN AS NOMINEE OF CRYANS HOTEL LIMITED APPLICATION TAKE NOTICE that I Frances Cryan as Nominee of Cryans Hotel Limited having it’s registered office at Townparks, Bridge Street, Carrick on Shannon in the County of Leitrim intend to apply to this Honourable Court sitting at the Courthouse Carrick-onShannon in the County of Leitrim on the 17th day of November, 2011 at 10.30 a.m. or at the first available opportunity thereafter as the matter may be reached for a certificate entitling and enabling the Applicant herein to receive a Hotel License and a full Restaurant Certificate in respect of the premises known as Cryans Hotel situate on the Quay, Carrick-on-Shannon in the townland of Townparks, parish of Kiltoghert, barony of Leitrim and County of Leitrim. AND TAKE NOTICE that the said premises are more particularly delineated in the drawings lodged with the County Registrar and edged with a red verge line. Dated this 21st day of October 2011 SIGNED: Frances Cryan Applicant and Nominee of Cryans Hotel Limited And sealed with the Company Seal SIGNED: George Lynch & Son, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon, CO. LEITRIM. To: The County Registrar

District Court Clerk Fire Officer Superintendent of the Garda Siochana THE CIRCUIT COURTPRIVATE NORTHERN CIRCUIT COUNTY OF LEITRIM IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING ACTS, 1833 TO 2000 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE COURTS (SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS) ACT, 1961 Section 24 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT, 1902, SECTION 2(1) AS AMENDED BY THE INTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT, 1960, SECTION 23 APPLICATION OF LIAM CRYAN APPLICATION TAKE NOTICE that I Liam Cryan of Coolman, Boyle Road, Carrick-onShannon in the County of Roscommon intend to apply to this Honourable Court sitting at the Courthouse Carrick-onShannon in the County of Leitrim on the 17th day of November, 2011 at 10.30 a.m. or at the first available opportunity thereafter as the matter may be reached for a certificate entitling and enabling the Applicant herein to receive a full publican’s licence (ordinary) for the sale of intoxicating liquor on the premises being all that and those the public house known as Cryans and situate at Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon in the townland of Townparks, parish of Kiltoghert and barony of Leitrim in the County of Leitrim. AND TAKE NOTICE that the said premises are more particularly delineated in the drawings lodged with the County Registrar and edged with a red verge line. Dated this 21st day of October 2011 SIGNED: Liam Cryan Applicant SIGNED George Lynch & Son, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon, CO. LEITRIM.

Culleens, 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 COUNTY COUNCIL We Michael Keogh and Maeve Kelly intend to apply for Permission for 1) Change of Use of the main Kingsfort House building from the granted permission of a guest house and associated accommodation of a one bedroom apartment to one single residential unit and 2) Change of Use of the Coach House from the granted permission of 6 en-suite bedrooms to storage all at Kingsfort House, (a Protected Structure - Ballintogher Mini-Plan Ref. No. P-61) at Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. Previous planning reference PL 04/1484. This application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Planning Office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of €20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL We, Fergus Kelly & Avril Burns, intend to apply for planning permission for development at Kellystown, Strandhill, Co. Sligo. This development will consist of: 1. The construction of a new dwelling house with Septic Tank and percolation area and all associated site works. 2. The replacement of existing soakpit with new percolation area to serve existing dwelling. This application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Planning Office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of €20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority.

To: The County Registrar District Court Clerk Fire Officer Superintendent of the Garda Siochana

PLANNING NOTICES SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL I Aileen Donagher-McGowan, on behalf of the Board of Management of Owenbeg National School, intend to apply to Sligo County Council for planning permission to construct new parking area, consisting of 8. No. spaces, new footpath and new boundary wall, to the property adjoining to existing national school at, Owenbeg,

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In Memoriam Deaths MELLY: Catherine (Kitty) Melly, Carrowgubadagh, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo. Unexpectedly at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing at the Nazareth House Chapel from 10.30am tomorrow Wednesday, with removal at 11.30am to Saint John's Church, Carraroe for Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon. Burial immediately afterwards in Kilmacowen Cemetery. DALY: Elizabeth 'Betty' Daly, Cranford House, Church Road, Bundoran. Removal was from her residence yesterday, Monday, to the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea for Requiem Mass. Burial was afterwards to St. Ninnidh's Cemetery. HENRY: Kathleen Henry, Curry Village, Curry, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at the North West Hospice. Remains reposed at St. Therese's Funeral Home, Curry, with removal yesterday, Monday, evening to the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Funeral Mass is today Tuesday at 12noon with burial afterwards in Bunnnacrannagh Cemetery. CONNOLLY: John Connolly, Shanvaus, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Remains reposed at Our Lady's Hospital Chapel, Manorhamilton with removal yesterday, Monday evening, to St. Claire's Church, Manorhamilton. Funeral Mass is today, Tuesday at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. KEAVENEY: Joseph Keaveney, Lacoon, Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim. Reposing was at Our Lady's Hospital, Manorhamilton, with removal on Saturday evening to St. Michael's Church, Glenfarne. Funeral Mass was on Sunday followed by burial in Kilmakerril cemetery. FAY: Patricia Fay, Bradog Lane, Church Road, Bundoran. Suddenly at her residence. Reposing was at Gilmartin's Funeral Home, Kinlough on Friday with removal to the Church of our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran on Saturday morning for Mass of the

Resurrection at 10am. Removal afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold's Cross, Dublin for cremation. MILLS: Patrick Mills, Riverview Lodge, Doorly Park, Sligo, formerly of St Joseph's Terrace, Sligo. Reposing was at Nazareth House Chapel with removal on Friday evening to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery. FLANNERY: Kathleen 'Kitty' Flannery, nee Scott, 13 St Joseph's Terrace, Sligo and formerly of St John's Terrace, Sligo. Reposing was at the Foley and McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard with removal on Sunday evening to Sligo Cathedral. Mass of the Resurrection was yesterday, Monday, with interment in Sligo Cemetery afterwards. MCCARRON: Bridget 'Brenda' McCarron, nee Hutchinson, Drumnasooey, Gleann, Co. Sligo, and formerly of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at her residence with removal on Sunday evening to St. Colum's Church, Gleann. Mass of Christian Burial was yesterday, Monday, with interment afterwards in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sooey. MCMORROW: John McMorrow, 60 Glendallon, and late of St. Brigid's Place, Sligo. Reposing was at the home of his brother, Jimmy, 8 Rathedmond. Removal was on Saturday to St. Joseph's Church, Ballytivnan for Mass of the Resurrection. Burial followed in Sligo Cemetery. ROONEY: Margaret 'Peggy' Rooney, nee McLoughlin, The Mall, Sligo, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo. Removal was on Friday evening to St Joseph's Church, Ballytivnan. Mass of the Resurrection was on Saturday morning followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery FLYNN: Joseph V Flynn on October 15. Long-time resident of Yonkers, NY. Born

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7th Anniversary

7th Anniversary

CONLON Kathrina

COOKE Michael

In loving memory of a dear daughter and sister who died on the 27th of October 2004.

Katie so many people loved you this makes us very proud you are a special kind of girl that stood out in a crowd you always had a smile to share a laugh a joke and time to care you left a place no one can fill we miss you Katie and always will. Always loved and remembered by Mum, Dad, Michelle, Gary, Emma, Shane, Sinead, Andrew, Adam, Katie and Anniversary mass on Thursday the 27th of October at 7pm in her home Urlar, Drumcliff.

October 24th, 2004.

When twilight draws its curtains and pins them with a star My thoughts are always with you in heaven where you are silent memories keep you near as time unfolds another year out of my life you may be gone in my heart you still live on. Love always Noeleen. We sent a dove to heaven , Ed with a parcel on its wing's, be careful when you open it because its full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses wrapped in a million hugs to tell you we still miss you and give you all our love. Lovingly missed by all the

4th Anniversary

Mc LOUGHLIN Rosaleen Thanksgiving The Miracle Prayer: Dear sacred heart of Jesus in the past i have asked for many favours. This time i ask for a special one. ( Make Request ). Take it Dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. K.H. The Miracle Prayer: Dear sacred heart of Jesus in the past i have asked for many favours. This time i ask for a special one. ( Make Request ). Take it Dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. K.H. The miracle prayer: Dear heart of Jesus in the past i have asked for many favours . This time i ask for a special one ( make request ). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour , not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. J.D.

30th October 2007

You cannot see or touch me but i'm standing next to you. Your tears can only hurt me your sadness makes me blue. Be brave and show a smiling face let not your grief show through. I love you from a different place yet i'm standing next to you . Greatly missed by Frank. Anniversary mass October 29th at 10.30am at the Holy Cross Friary, High Street, Sligo.

12th Anniversary


In loving memory of Maisie McGovern Late of Hollyfield, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo, who died on 31st October, 1999. Today we light a candle And say a special prayer We take a trip down memory lane And know you will be there. Your resting place we visit We place some flowers with care But no one knows the heartache As we turn and walk away. Sadly missed by your family.

Death notice

25th & 3rd Anniversarys

Flannery (Nee Scott)

Mc Shea Robbie & Tess

October 20, 2011 (peacefully) at her home. Kathleen, (Kitty) (13 St Joseph’s Terrace Sligo), and formerly of (St John Tce) beloved wife of the late Paddy. Deeply regretted by her loving sons, daughters, sons -in-law, daughters-in-law, sister' Tillie (Philips) and Betty (Mc Govern), grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, neices, cousins, relatives and many friends. Rest in peace. Removal took place from the Foley & McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard, on Sunday evening last to Sligo Cathederal. Funeral took place to Sligo Cemetery after 11.30am Mass of the Resurrection on Monday last October 24th.

Mum & Dad Quietly with love your memories we treasure. Missing you always forgetting you never. Love Joan, Brian & Family.


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Sport FULLTTIME Soccer

Halloween camp at The Showgies 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 vet ted. 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

Boxing REYNOLDS IS HONOURED Sligo boxer Alan Reynolds was one of 10 leading Irish amateur boxers honoured by Lucozade Sport and the Association of Sports Journalists in Ireland at a luncheon last week at Stillorgan’s Radisson Hotel. Reynolds starred in the amateur ranks at lightheavyweight and heavyweight level, winning several national titles. His older brother, Stephen, now at coach at Ballincarrow Boxing Club, was also a formidable boxer AWARD: Local boxer Alan Reynolds, above, was and a winner of IABA national competitions. honoured last week.

Ladies Golf STRANDHILL GOLF CLUB LADIES BRANCH Results The results of the 15-hole competition held on Thursday, October 13 are as follows: 1, Nuala Niland 30pts; 2, Helen Horan 28pts; 3, Marie Rooney 28pts.

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Tubber’s facilities PLANS have been unveiled for new community sports park in Tubbercurry to serve south Sligo, writes John Bromley. A new company, South Sligo Community Park Limited, has been formed to oversee the development which will involve a soccer pitch, running track and clubhouse on the VEC lands (on which they’ve leased for 25 years) at Mountain Road in Tubbercurry. It is hoped that further facilities can be added in the future. The overall project will cost in the region of €2200,000 and a fund-raising drive has been launched to raise €550,000 initially. South Sligo Athletic Club and Real Tubber FC have al ready contributed in the region of €112,000 to get the project off the ground. Plans are almost ready for submission for planning permission and it is hoped that the first phase of the project will be completed within 18 months. At a meeting in St Bridget’s Hall in Tubbercurry on Thursday night last seven people were appointed as di rectors of the company in charge of the project, Jason McDaid, Dan Kelly, Brian King, Pearse Henry, Anthony Walsh, Teresa Walsh and Gearóid Surlis. However, it is planned to add at least another eight people as direc tors. Weekly meetings are now being held at St Bridget’s Hall every Thursday night at 8pm and anyone interest ed in assisting with the project is welcome to attend.



ANGLING AT MULLAGHMORE North Sligo’s Mullaghamore was the base for the recent Master Angler Shore competition organised by the Mullaghmore Sea Angling Club in association with the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA). Mullaghmore SAC’s Boris Sigel was the chief steward for the event held on October 8-9. The Pier Head Hotel was the event headquarters. Beaches at Enniscrone, Trawee, Dunmoran, Streedagh, Tullan and Rossnowlagh were used for a competition that attracted 120 anglers. The winner was Wexford’s Martin Howlin. IFSA press officer Michael J Kirwan praised Mullaghmore’s staging of the event. “Boris Siegel, secretary at Mullaghmore SAC, was the driving force behind this competition. He brought anglers to act as stewards, not alone from Connacht, but from other provinces in order to insure the smooth running of this event,” Kirwan said. “Take a bow Boris, all the stewards and the organising committee. It was a brilliant competition and a credit to Mullaghmore, Sligo and Connacht,” he added.

Community Games GAA AND GOLF: Keith Feehily, son of Cyril Feehily, chairman of Sligo GAA County Board, left, being presented with the Captain’s Prize at Tubbercurry Golf Club by the men’s captain, Brendan Leonard, chairman of Tourlestrane GAA Club.


Boyle Golf Club celebrates 100 years THE October Bank Holiday weekend sees special celebra tions at Boyle Golf Club to mark the club’s centenary (1911-2011). The highlight of the weekend is a centenary ‘Ball in the Hall’ on Saturday, October 29 at St Joseph’s Hall. There will also be open compe titions from Friday to Monday for the golfing enthusiasts. Boyle Golf Club is also launch ing its ‘Centenary Book’, which summarises the history of the club and highlights key develop ments during this time. These include the original es tablishment of Boyle Golf Club at Warren and the move in 1972 to its current course at Knockadoo brusna. There are many reflections and anecdotes, and the book reviews key events and achievements in the town during the period. The book contains many interesting and memorable photographs.

Commenting on the forthcoming celebrations, club captain Michael Keville said: “The week end is a great opportunity to celebrate the club’s centenary and recognise the many notable achievements during the past 100 years.” He added: “The club looks for ward to a great night at St Joseph’s, it is something not only for the club but for the whole area.” Lady captain Pat Wynne re-it erated the captain’s comments and added a word of appreciation to the club’s sponsors. “We thank all those who give us great support, particularly the local businesses who, year on year, support us with donations and prizes.” Wynne said that she especially looks forward to the launch of the Centenary Book. “This book will be a fitting trib ute to the club’s great history

with many truly historic photo graphs and reflections.” She also thought that the sec tions on Boyle town were a particularly nice addition and she hoped that members and locals would enjoy reading it. Both golf captains thanked all those involved with the produc tion of the book, adding that it will be the culmination of many long hours of hard work and ded ication. They also thanked all those who had contributed arti cles, photographs or interesting reflections. Tickets for the ‘Ball in the Hall’ (priced at €225) are available from club members or by texting 086-2039182. The fee includes a hot/cold buffet with dancing to The Treetops. The club’s Centenary Book, priced at €220, is available from members and in local stores’. Competition details will be posted on the club’s notice-board.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The 40th annual general meeting of Sligo Community Games will be held at the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel on Tuesday, November 15 at 8pm. Areas should have arrangements made to hold their AGMs ahead of the county AGM. It is important that areas submit nominations for officer positions on the 2011-2012 Executive Council of Sligo Community Games and compile motions keeping in mind problems experienced and issues raised throughout the year. Nominations forms and motions must be sent to the county secretary by this Friday, October 28. There is no limit to the number of motions an area may submit but late motions will not be accepted.

Soccer COURSE FOR COACHES Next month the FAI are holding a Kick Start 2 coaching course in Sligo. The course, which is limited to 25, provides coaches with the skills to improve children (ages 9-12) with the emphasis on skill development, position specific training and small-sided games. The theory portion of the course takes place at the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel on Friday, November 11 (7-9.30pm), while the practical sessions will be held at The Showgrounds and the Ursuline College on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 (9.30am-4pm each day). The course fee is 75 euro and must be paid in advance. Only those who’ve completed the Kick Start 1 coaching course can participate. Please note that 50 per cent funding is available from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) for those involved in coaching teams in the Sligo-Leitrim Youth, Schoolboys & Schoolgirls League and the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League. Contact must be made with the SSRP prior to the course date. Contact the SSRP at 071-9161511. All bookings must be firstly made through the FAI Regional Development Officer, Ryan Casey. Book early to avoid disappointment by emailing

Soccer SLIGO ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB 500 Club The results from the latest monthly draw in the club’s ongoing fund-raising, its 500 Club, are as follows: €500, Joe McCann Menswear, Wine Street car park, Sligo; €100, Thomas and Mary Marren, Dawros, Tourlestrane; €100, Des Kavanagh, 142 River Road, Cartron Point, Sligo; €100, Ronnie Gordon, Hazelwood Road, Sligo; €100, Pat Togher, Shannon Eighter, Sligo; €100, John Horan, Trio Foods, Sligo; €50, Noel McCloat, Tonaphubble, Sligo; €50, John Monaghan, Urlar, Carney, County Sligo; €50, Martin Leydon, Templemore, County Tipperary; €50, Damien Conway, 84 Seafield Avenue, Cartron Point, Sligo.

Ladies Gaelic Football

ATHLETICS CREDIT: At the presentation of prizes to the winners of the recent Sligo Credit Union Road Race League were, from left, Roseanne Mitchell (winner, female section), Barry O’Flynn (Sligo Credit Union, competition sponsor) and Emmett Dunleavy (winner, male section).

CLOONACOOL-TUBBERCURRY LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB Hard luck Commiserations to the club’s Junior team that lost to Claregalway in the recent Connacht Club Junior Championship final. The club thanks all the supporters who travelled to fixtures throughout the year, giving brilliant support to the players, especially in recent weeks. A huge ‘thank you’ to the management team of Sinead McHugh and Colm McGee. Sponsors Surlis SuperValu, Pauric Murray and Mickey Mac’s, all of whom sponsored the club during the year, are also thanked.


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Sport THE BUNKER: Golf updates from local golf clubs BOYLE WINTER LEAGUE The Winter League finished last weekend with Michael McHale and David Gallagher winning with 97 points. In second place were Jim Mooney and Michael Reid (96pts), while the pairing of John Tiernan and Colm Brennan were third (94pts). The daily prizes were won by the following: Adrian King and Michael Gilmartin, Tom Rochford and Gerry O’Hara, Liz Dwyer and Adrian McDonagh. Well done to all the winners and thanks to everyone for taking part. RESULTS Last Sunday’s 9-hole competition was won by Gerry Emmet. His score was 20 points. FIXTURES Friday, October 28 - Monday, October 31 COMPETITON: Three-ball ‘shambles’ Note: Full details on the notice-board. BALL IN THE HALL The centenary celebratory function, ‘The Ball in the Hall’, takes place next Saturday and includes buffet and dancing. Ticket (priced €25) are available by texting Michael Gilmartin on 086-2039182. The club’s ‘Centenary Book’ will also be launched next weekend. SYMPATHY The club extend sympathy to members of the Taylor family on the passing of Willie Taylor. May he rest in peace. SUBMITTING NOTES Comments or inclusions to the PRO in person or at

COUNTY SLIGO RESULTS The results of the singles stableford held last Saturday, October 22 and sponsored by The Food Experience were as follows: 1, Donal Cronin (9) 41pts; 2, David O’Donovan (6) 38pts; 3, Thomas Heelan (13) 37pts (back 9). RESULTS The results of the single stableford held on Sunday, October 23 and sponsored by The Food Experience were as follows: 1, Michael Hannigan (10) 42pts (back 9); 2, Brian Feeney (16) 42pts; 3, David Cunningham (13) 41pts. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The AGM of County Sligo Golf Club (men’s section) will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday, November 20 at 7.30pm. FIXTURES Saturday, October 29 COMPETITION: Single stableford Sunday, October 30 COMPETITION: Diageo Winter League - Round Two Monday, October 31 COMPETITION: Open Day - single stableford

COUNTY SLIGO LADIES GRANNIES COMPETITION The Grannies competition, which had to be postponed earlier this month, has been re-scheduled for this Thursday (the date of the Presidential Election).

COUNTY SLIGO GOLFING PALS: Jackie McMahon and Michael Whelan prior to setting out for round one of this season’s Diageo Winter League at County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point.

ALLIANCE UPDATE The Western Senior Alliance begins tomorrow [Wednesday]. Draws are from 9.30am until 11.30am. The organisers of this event look forward to welcoming as many members of the Ladies Branch as possible. RESULTS The results of the singles stableford held on Tuesday, October 18 and sponsored by Osta Café were as follows: 1, Dolores Barrett (24) 43pts. RESULTS The results of the singles stableford competition held on Saturday, October 22 were as follows: 1, Martina Sherlock (27) 41pts; 2, Margaret Rhatigan (21) 36pts. Committee Competition: 1, Lea McDaid 35pts. FIXTURES Tuesday, October 24 COMPETITION: ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ rumble Note: The draw for the rumble is on the club website. Competitors are asked to arrange their own times. Presentation of prizes at 7pm. Thursday, October 27 COMPETITION: Western Senior Alliance Categories are as follows: 0-20 handicap, 21-28 handicap. Running draws from 9.30am until 11.30am. Saturday, October 29 COMPETITION: Singles stableford Monday, October 31 COMPETITION: Open Day - singles stableford

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Send your information to CASTLE DARGAN LADIES RESULTS The results of the competition held on Sunday, October 23 and sponsored by Collooney Pharmacy were as follows: 1, Kate Hegarty; 2, Elaine Willis; 3, Claire Reynolds. WEEKLY COMPETITIONS Competitions continue on Wednesday and Sunday. For Wednesday’s 10-hole competition, meet at 10am for the draw and for Sunday’s 18-hole competition participants are asked to meet at 11am for the draw. HALLOWEEN PARTY Last Friday there was a successful Halloween dance held at Castle Dargan. Music was by Sligo’s Quay Street Band. Fancy dress was optional but there was a prize for the most creative outfit - the winner was Monica Manikova. Everyone who supported the event is thanked.

OUTFIT: Monica Manikova, left, displayed the most creative outfit at the Halloween party held at Castle Dargan last Friday.


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EATS County Seniors may have sustained their fourth loss in Division One of the Connacht Women’s Hockey League, losing 4-1 to NUIG’s First XI, but last Sunday’s game yielded a positive performance and improvements in every sector. Matters were 50-50 match in terms of possession and attacks on goal, but NUIG capitalised on the chances they got and their one-touch passing was very effective. Last Sunday was the Sligo club’s fourth successive away fixture and a difficult one to boot as NUIG were last season’s runners-up. Yeats County worked hard on set-pieces coming into the game, in particular the setting up of attacking options from free hits from the left and right sidelines. This ploy worked well throughout. The teams were evenly matched in most areas of the pitch, but the speed of the NUIG forward line, who capitalised on their scoring chances, was the main difference between the sides. Yeats County had a number of chances to score in the first-half following good movement and passing in the forward line, led by centreforward Hannah Davey. Eva Martyn was one of those who went close from Leona Moran’s through ball. NUIG won two penalty corners in the first-half but excellent defence by Yeats County’s runners, Sarah Mc-

Hockey crew are punished by a sharper NUIG but improved performance provides hope Daid and Rachael Bourne, and goalkeeper Laura Doyle, prevented the home side from scoring. Yeats County’s pressure was rewarded with a penalty corner following good work from left-winger Ciara Redmond. A well-taken corner resulted in a direct shot from Deirdre Heaslip that went narrowly wide. The winners led 1-0 at the break following a successful counter-attack a minute before the half-time whistle. In the second-half Yeats County did everything but score from open play as they forced the NUIG goalkeeper into action on a number of occasions. Yeats County’s pressure resulted in a number of penalty corners and direct shots from Deirdre Heaslip Sarah McDaid (on the left and right respectively) all hit the target, but were blocked by the NUIG

goalkeeper. Again, if Yeats County were quicker to the follow-ups, the result may have been very different. NUIG scored three times in the second-half. Two of their four goals came from Sligo native Beth Armstrong, both of which were fine scores. Yeats County’s goal came with approximately five minutes to go. From a penalty corner possession was transferred sharply by Leona Moran, Sarah McDaid stopped the ball cleanly and her shot finally got the better of the NUIG net-minder. Yeats County don’t play for four weeks – they resume action in this provincial competition with on Sunday, November 27 and Sunday, December 4 with back-to-back home matches against Galway’s Second XI and Galway’s First XI respectively. YEATS COUNTY (v NUIG First XI): Laura Doyle, Sarah McDaid (c), Deirdre Heaslip, Fiona McCormack, Rachael Bourne, Leona Moran, Emer Concannon, Alison Ring, Eva Martyn, Hannah Davey, Ciara McCormack, Aoife Hackett, Clare Stenson, Beibhinn Morrissey TRAINING continues for Yeats County Hockey Club’s Senior squad mem bers and development squad players (15+ years) every Thursday evening at Sligo Grammar School (6.30pm). The club’s younger players (8-14 years) train every Sunday at Strandhill Community Park’s all-weather pitch (12 noon). New members welcome to any of these three panels.


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Sport THE BUNKER: Golf updates CASTLE DARGAN CLUB COMPETITIONS The Connacht Asphalt competition played on Saturday, October 15, was won by Ciaran Cryan (20) with a fine score of 37 points. Martin Burke (19) was second (34 points), while Wilfred Bourke (24) finished third. The competition on Sunday, October 16 was a single stableford event sponsored by Langan Dental and was played in difficult conditions. The winner was TJ Keaveney (25) with an excellent score of 38 points. Eoin Carroll (5) was second after a count back while Dermot Flynn (17) was third with 36 points. FIXTURES Next weekend sees the completion of the club competitions for 2011. Tindal Wines sponsor Saturday’s event and Monday’s single stableford competitions, while Connacht Gold sponsors Sunday’s ‘King of the Castle’ competition. The club thank all those who sponsored the numerous competitions at Castle Dargan over the year. This support is greatly appreciated. WINTER LEAGUE The final date to submit names for the Winter League has now passed. However the groups will not be arranged until the end of this week so if anybody wants to get involved please contact the golf shop by Thursday at the latest. KING OF THE CASTLE The King of the Castle competition will be played this Sunday and only club competition winners are eligible to contest this competition. The list and tee times are as follows: 8.10am, B Travers, F Torsney, J Torsney; 8.30am, B Deignan, R Barlow, F McLoughlin; 8.40am, K Carthy, D McGoldrick, W Bourke; 8.50am, M Flynn, N Walsh, J Kearns; 9am, P Coughlan, T Groves, C McTiernan; 9.10am, D Conboy, R O’Grady, P Foley; 9.20am, TJ Keaveney, J Hewitt, E Carroll; 9.30am, M Kelly, J McLoughlin; C Cryan; 9.40am, D Dolan, D Carroll, T Wasylocha; 9.50am, K Broderick, J Fallon, R Graham; 10am, G McTiernan; J Treacy, M White.

ENNISCRONE RESULTS The results of the 18-hole stableford held on Sunday, October 23 and sponsored by Ard Na Greine Nursing Home were as follows: 1, Derek Tuffy (10) 40pts; 2, John Hennigan (14) 39pts; 3, Colin Kelly (8) 37pts; Category One, Paul O’Dea (8) 36pts; Category Two, Shane Gilhawley (11) 35pts; Category Three, Patrick O’Connor 34pts.

ENNISCRONE LADIES RESULTS The results of the three-ball scramble, sponsored by the Ice House Hotel and held on Sunday, October 23 were as follows: 1, Maura McGrath, Anne HellyO’Connor, Teresa Forde 28.2; 2, Josephine Gillespie, Jackie Kilcullen, Teresa O’Donnell 29pts; 3, Sarah Helly, Nora Kennedy, Lucia Rafter 29.7pts; 4, Irene Basquille, Karen Moylett, Mary McMunn 29.8pts.

TUBBERCURRY LADIES TABLE QUIZ This Friday, October 28 there will be a table quiz in the clubhouse starting at 9.30pm. The proceeds will be used to promote Junior golf and for golf lessons. Tables of four. Admission as follows: adults, €10; Juniors, €5. There will be a Junior prize and adult prizes. COMPETITION During the week there is a 9-hole competition sponsored by Paddy Colleran, Charlestown. This was changed from last weekend because of weather conditions. FIXTURES Next weekend there will be a singles competition sponsored by Top Coast Oil. The competition depends on weather conditions. MEETING There is a Ladies Committee meeting tomorrow [Wednesday] at 8pm in the clubhouse.

TUBBERCURRY LADIES SENIOR LADIES Senior Ladies meet every Tuesday at 11am. New members are always welcome. JUNIOR GIRLS There will be a 9-hole re-entry competition during the Halloween break. It will start on Saturday and end on Sunday. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The annual general meeting will be held on Friday, November 11 in the clubhouse at 8.30pm.

STRANDHILL LADIES FIXTURES Thursday, October 27 COMPETITION: 15-hole stableford Sunday, October 30 COMPETITION: Club 18-hole stableford SPONSORS: Fiddlers Creek & Ballisodare Pharmacy Monday, October 31 COMPETITION: Club open day

STRANDHILL RESULTS The results of the Sligo Woodturning competition on Saturday last were as follows: 1, Declan Rooney 38pts; 2, Tony Mannion 38pts; 3, David Rooney 38pts; 4, Gerry Fox 36pts; 5, Michael Murphy 35pts. The results of the Sligo Woodturning competition on Sunday were as follows: 1, Mark Wehrly 43pts; 2, Paul Cox 43pts; 3,

Francis O’Beirne 41pts; 4, Kieran Egan 39pts; 5, Pat Corcoran 38pts. FIXTURES Saturday’s event is sponsored by Keane’s Filling Station. On Sunday and Monday there are open club competitions. Visitors are welcome with a competition fee of e20. A time sheet is in operation – 071-9168725.

COUNTY SLIGO STRANDHILL LADIES RESULTS The results of the competition on Sunday, October 16, and sponsored by McDermott’s, Sligo and Members’ Prizes, were as follows: 1, Carmel Clarke 40pts; 2, Virginia Curran 40pts; 3, Lucy Devaney 36pts. RESULTS The results of the competition played on Thursday, October 20, sponsored by the Clarion Hotel and Clifford Electrical, were as follows: 1, Pat Mooney 4 up; 2, Clare McLoughlin 3 up; 3, Carmel Clarke 3 up. WINTER LEAGUE For those who wish to play in the Winter League, please put names on the notice-board in the ladies locker room. First outing is on Sunday, November 13. Draw to be made on Tuesday, November 1.

COUNTY SLIGO DIAGEO WINTER LEAGUE The second round of the Diageo Winter League takes place next Sunday, October 30. The fixtures are detailed below. Section One BOMORE: 10.10am, Pat McDaniel & Michael Sweeney v Kenneth Henry & Mark Flanagan; 10.20am, Robert Fitzpatrick & Damien Higgins v Pat Lyons & Kieran O’Brien; 10.30am: Denis O’Sullivan & Naoise Davitt v Garth McManus & David Connolly; 10.40am, Aidan Tinsley & Aidan Power v Padraig Daly & Michael Barr; 10.50am, Ger Quinlivan & John Feeney v Tom Kenny & Bryan Kilfeather. Section Two BOMORE: 8.30am, Gary McDermott & Alan Henry v John Clifford & Walter Murphy; 8.40am, Larry Kelly & Leo Nicholson v Henry Cox & Darragh Cox; 8.50am, Niall Nugent & John Nugent v Simon Rooney & Roddy Gaynor; 9.00am, Michael McGowan & David Taylor v Kieran McDonagh & Fergal Burke; 9.10am, Donal Barry & Michael Hannigan v Tony Wehrly & Dermot McDermott. Section Three BOMORE: 9.20am, Pat Forkan & Michael Whelan v Glen Nairn & Ruairi O’Connor; 9.30am, Jackie McMahon & Tony Cunningham v James Barnicle & Peter Maguire; 9.40am, Dave McDonald & Pat Doyle v Jim Mulcahy & John McManus; 9.50am, Dave Murray & Trevor Johnson v Tom Staunton & Gerry Mulligan; 10.00am, Brian Feeney & Pat Neiland v Robert Kelly & Gary Devins. Section Four MAIN COURSE: 10.10am, Peter McGuinness & NY Jung v Dave O’Hara & Sean O’Hara; 10.20am: John McNamara & Shane Underwood v Niall Stafford & Anton Murphy; 10.30am, Frank Gleeson & Gerry Cannon v Pat Naughton & Austin O’Callaghan; 10.40am, Michael McNamara & John Keane v Tom Heelan & Pat Heelan; 10.50am, David Cunningham & John Armstrong v Eamonn Creed & Michael Barrett. Section Five MAIN COURSE: 8.30am, Aidan Glacken & Brendan Feeney v Felix McElhone & DA Harte; 8.40am: Joe Harrigan & Frank Dunne v Jimmy Flynn & John Sheehy; 8.50am, Conor Frazer & Ciaran O’Gara v Patrick Ward & Tommy Kelly; 9.00am, Shane Flaherty & Jimmy Tracy v Brian Hampson & Eric Gilroy; 9.10am, Luke Armstrong & Declan Gallagher v Brian O’Sullivan & Ronan Keane. Section Six MAIN COURSE: 9.20am, Michael Kennedy & Jeff Hatt v John McHugh & Aidan Doyle; 9.30am, Dermot O’Hara & Joe Henry v Killian Moloney & Ronan McAllister; 9.40am, Fergal O’Flaherty & David McGuinness v Dermot McKenna & Owen Mulligan; 9.50am, Keith McLoughlin & Tony Leonard v David Conneely & Derek Wynne; 10.00am, Padraig McManus & Vincent McGee v Karol Butler & Gerard Sproule.

GOLFERS: Brian O’Sullivan, Ronan Keane, Brian Hampson and Eric Gilroy about to tee off at Bomore for round one of the Diageo Winter League at County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point.


Local athletes challenge the conditions! CHALLENGING underfoot conditions did not deter young athletes at last Sunday’s Sligo Cross Country Championships held at Sligo racecourse. The next cross-country competition are the Connacht Juvenile Championships (U-12 to U-18 grades) on Saturday, November 5 at Sligo racecourse, Cleveragh (1pm). Also taking place at the same venue and on the same day are the Connacht Junior, Intermediate and Senior Cross Country Championships. Emmett Dunleavy will be running his first Connacht cross-country event for many years and along with Thomas Kelly gives Sligo a good chance of an individual win. If Lucy Brennan runs she would be a medal prospect along with Eimear O’Brien and Sligo AC and North Sligo AC will be challenging for team medals in the Senior and Intermediate race.

SLIGO CROSS COUNTRY C’SHIPS Held at Sligo racecourse on Sunday, October 30 GIRLS U-10 800 METRES Individual 1, Robyn Kennedy (Sligo AC); 2, Louise McBrien (North Sligo AC); 3, Bríd McSharry (North Sligo AC) Team 1, Sligo AC 16pts; 2, North Sligo AC 19pts. GIRLS U-11 1500 METRES Individual 1, Tara Carty (Sligo AC); 2, Nadine Deering (Sligo AC); 3, Roisín Clarke (Sligo AC) Team 1, Sligo AC 10pts; 2, North Sligo AC 18pts GIRLS U-12 2,000 METRES Individual 1, Ellen McGeough (Sligo AC); 2, Aoife Morris (Sligo AC); 3, Sadhbh McCarthy (North Sligo AC) Team 1, North Sligo AC 20pts GIRLS U-13 Individual 1, Niamh Henry (North Sligo AC); 2, Riona Connor (Sligo AC); 3, Jayne McCormack (Sligo AC) GIRLS U-14 Individual 1, Caolainn McGonigle (Sligo AC); 2, Matea Leahy (North Sligo AC); 3, Niamh Cronin (North Sligo AC) GIRLS U-16 1, Kathy Devaney (North Sligo AC); 2, Tory McGlynn (North Sligo AC); 3, Clare Conlon (Sligo AC)

GIRLS U-18 1, Elan McCarthy (North Sligo AC); 2, Jade Murphy (Sligo AC) BOYS U-10 800 METRES Individual 1, Eoin Carty (Sligo AC); 2, Luke McGuinn (Sligo AC); 3, Seamus Keogh (North Sligo AC) Team 1, North Sligo AC 18pts; 2, Sligo AC 18pts Boys U-11 1500 metres 1, Michael Kerins (North Sligo); 2, Noel Burke (Sligo AC); 3, Jack Connor (Sligo AC) Boys U-12 2000 metres Individual 1, Leo Doherty (Sligo AC); 2, Colm Heraghty (North Sligo AC); 3, Joe Spellman (North Sligo AC) Team 1, North Sligo AC 17pts. BOYS U-13 1, James Devaney (North Sligo AC) BOYS U-14 1, Mark Connolly (Sligo AC); 2, Keenan Deering (Sligo AC) BOYS U-16 1, Cian McBride (North Sligo AC); 2, William Crowe (North Sligo AC) BOYS U-18 1, Thomas Delahunt (Sligo AC); 2, Donal Kilcullen (Tireragh AC)

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Sport RUGBY: Connacht Senior Cup

Home win puts Sligo into the winning groove

RISE: Sligo’s Peter Mullan leaps to win possession from a lineout during last Saturday’s Connacht Senior Cup game between Sligo and Connemara at Hamilton Park, Strandhill.

The Connacht Senior Cup saw Sligo RFC record a valuable win – their first of the season – when they defeated Connemara Connacht Senior Cup Round One Sligo Connemara


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LIGO’S much-awaited return to winning ways arrived in the form of a well-worked Connacht Senior Cup win, 13-9, against fellow Ulster Bank League Division 2B side, Connemara, at Hamilton Park, Strandhill, last Saturday. The teams met earlier in the season in the Connacht Senior League – with Connemara taking the spoils on that occasion – but a much-improved Sligo proved a sterner test for the Galway outfit and Sligo proved the stronger of the teams on this occasion. Despite a week of torrential rain, the pitch, although greasy, proved playable and thankfully the weather cleared prior to kick-off. There was little or no breeze evident as Sligo’s Mark Butler began the match with his team playing away from the road end. Sligo put pressure on their opponents and quickly established a foothold in the Connemara half. The early exchanges were forward-orientated with Sligo using their driving maul to good effect. With four minutes gone the Sligo pack’s hard work was rewarded. A scrum ball taken against the head on the halfway line was moved quickly past the 10-metre line and Connemara were forced to concede the penalty from the ensuing ruck. Daniel Hawkins stepped up and a well-struck kick put Sligo into an early lead. Sligo continued to press. The front row of Shane McGuinness, Ross Mannion and Adrian McHale had the edge at scrum time and Mannion was linking well with Peter Mullan and Paddy Conlon in the lineout. However, despite Sligo’s edge up front, Connemara’s defence was resolute and they continued to soak up the Sligo pressure. Connemara’s patience was rewarded on the halfhour mark with a Sean Joyce penalty from 35 me-

Sligo’s Armagh test SLIGO return to Ulster Bank League duty on Satur day next when they travel north to lock horns with Ar magh at the Palace Grounds (kick-off 2.30pm). Like Sligo, Armagh were promoted last season (as winners of the Ulster Junior league) and will be looking to avenge the defeat inflicted on them by Sligo in the All-Ireland Junior Cup last season. Coach Simon Galvan will be going into this game happy that his charges have found winning form, and will be looking forward to earning some precious points. tres (when Sligo were adjudged to have encroached the offside line). Both sides tried to add to their tally but the score remained at three points apiece going into the break. Sligo started the second-half brightly and an early Paddy Pearson break was halted inside the

Connemara ‘22’. The attacking team was awarded a scrum and Paddy Conlon picked and drove into the defence forcing another indiscretion from Connemara. Hawkins stepped up and doubled his team’s tally with another well-struck kick. The game’s defining score arrived 10 minutes into the second-half. The excellent Mark Butler fielded a long Connemara clearance and immediately opted to counter-attack. The full back linked up with Thomas Ferrari, who, in turn, fed Hawkins. The winger broke the defensive line and carried into the ‘22’ before transferring to Matele Fifita, who used his trademark handoff to good effect before crashing over to the right of the posts. Hawkins added the extras with another assured kick. Sligo looked to further add to their dominance but their cause was not helped by the loss of Pearson and Butler in quick succession with head and shoulder injuries respectively. The visitors upped the tempo and began to move the ball wide at every opportunity. The high veloc-

Fans urged to support Connacht AS CONNACHT Rugby take their first steps in the Heineken Cup this year, captain Gavin Duffy has called on the people of Connacht to get behind the team’s call to arms and ‘Front Up, Rise Up. Connacht welcome French rugby giants Toulouse to the Sportsground in their first home Heineken Cup match on Saturday, November 19. Duffy said: “We are calling on all the people of Connacht to come out and support our team.” “Tickets for the match will be

hard to come by but there are many ways you can support the team mainly through our Facebook page where you can now upload a video, post a picture or simply type your message of support which will be read in by the team in the run up to our Heineken Cup games.” He continues: “When we played Toulon in the semi-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup two seasons ago, teams and schools from across the province sent in their messages and we had them all displayed on boards around

the dressing room.” “It really hammered home the support we had from all over and it was a huge motivator for the team. This year we face a similar challenge so we’re asking people from every corner of the Province to do the same and upload their messages of support to our Facebook page.” To upload your picture, video or message, go to Facebook/ConnachtRugby. The top 100 images of support will be used to form part of Connacht Rugby’s ‘The Green Mile’.

ity rugby began to yield rewards and two Joyce penalties put Connemara to within a score of their hosts with 10 minutes remaining. Sligo, however, were not going to be denied a valuable win and determined defending ensured that the line remained intact and when the fulltime whistle sounded it was the local team who celebrated. SLIGO RFC First XV (v Connemara): Mark Butler, Daniel Hawkins, Gavin Foley, Matele Fifita, Robbie Keegan, Paddy Pearson, Gary O’Hehir, Shane Mc Guinness, Ross Mannion, Adrian McHale, Jamie Bowes, Peter Mullan, Cathal Culhane, Rory Kerins, Paddy Conlon Replacements: Thomas Ferrari, Gary Conneely, David Heath, Billy Leahy, Andrew Williams Referee: Dave Connolly

Disco for teens SLIGO RFC’s alcohol-free Halloween disco, ‘Scrump tious, which is strictly open to secondary school stu dents only, takes place next Friday, October 28 at the clubhouse. Fancy dress is optional but patrons should note that there will be prizes on the night for the best costume. All stewards are asked to be in place at 8.30pm. Tick ets are on sale from the usual sellers.

Sligo on YouTube SLIGO RFC features on Irish Rugby’s official YouTube channel, Irish Rugby TV. The new Irish Rugby YouTube channel will feature exclusive content from the Ireland team but also serves as a platform to promote club rugby. Clubs will also be able to send in their own highlights to be featured on the dedicated YouTube channel giving them (and their sponsors) access to a much bigger audience.


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VIEWPOINT: Sligo RFC coach Simon Galvan, above, is the first participant in the new ‘Tryline’ feature.

Was rugby your first sport? Yes.

When did you join Sligo RFC and why? 1996 – I was looking to play in Ireland for a season during New Zealand’s offseason.


Toughest opponent? Not sure! Maybe Andrew Blowers, he hurt me the most anyway.

Pre-match superstitions or rituals? I always touch wood. And, as a player, I would always rub dirt from the pitch on my hands as I ran on (to get my hands dirty before kick-off).

THIS WEEK: Simon Galvan

TOP TEAM: The Sligo Tennis Club team that the Connacht Tennis League Division One title. Ger Lowry, Marina Swann (team captain), Graeme Watt and Keith Hopkins are pictured with Liam Farrell (Tennis vice-captain, Sligo Tennis Club). PROVINCIAL FINALISTS: Members of the Sligo Tennis Club team that were finalists in Division Three of the Connacht Tennis League. Pictured are Vincent Holland, Francie Mahon and Paula McDonagh. Absent from photo is team captain Brian King.

If you could pick one international player as a team-mate, who would it be and why? Dan Carter because he will win games for you.

Your impressions of the Ulster Bank League so far?

Supporting Sligo RFC’s Senior team

A good level of rugby where you will get punished for mistakes and anyone can beat anyone.

A sport other than rugby you would like to play? Not sure as I enjoy most sports.

What rugby pundit – on the TV or in a newspaper – do you look out for? George Hook. His opinions are usually controversial and at least spark conversation.

Describe rugby in three words. Physical. Skilful. Competitive.

Best sporting advice you’ve received?

What is the worst injury you’ve had?

Your favourite rugby moment?

I broke my arm and dislocated my wrist fending Andrew Blowers. I tore the ligaments in my shoulder and damaged my AC joint. I still have three screws in my joint from which they used to attach everything.

Last season – we had some pretty memorable moments.

Match-saving tackle or match-winning try? Either would be nice but you would be more inclined to remember the tryscoring occasion.

If you could change one rugby rule, what would it be and why? Something around the scrum. It just seems a bit of a lottery sometimes as to who will get penalised if the scrum is not successful.

Would you like to be a rugby coach?

‘You should play rugby’.

Probably! It is not good on the nerves and grey hair, though.

Who has influenced your career the most?

Your sporting hero

My family.

Richie McCaw.

Simon Galvan is head coach of Sligo RFC’s first XV. Last season he guided the club to the Connacht Junior Cup, the Connacht Junior League Division 1A title and the All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-final.

Rugby RESULTS Game played on Saturday, October 22 Connacht Senior Cup Round One HAMILTON PARK: Sligo 13, Connemara 9 Note: Sligo will play Buccaneers in the semi-final.

Hurling RESULTS Game scheduled for Saturday, October 22 Martin Brennan Memorial Cup Final TOURLESTRANE: Coolera-Strandhill P Tubbercurry P Note: Game postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Marathon will provide a major test for athletes

John Perry sponsors SligoRovers U-19s

Sligo runners set for Dublin challenge Ray Flynn


EXT weekend is the October Bank Holiday weekend. This can mean only one thing. Yes, its Dublin City Marathon time. A record entry of over 14,000 hardy souls will face the starter. A good sprinkling of those will come from Sligo. Some will be facing the 26.2 miles for the first time. A lot of people hold the view that running your first marathon is the easiest as the body has no idea of the pain that it will go through. My own view is that running the actual marathon is the easiest part. It’s the training for it that is difficult. I will be lining up on Monday for my 26th Dublin marathon. I can honestly say that the weather over the past seven weeks has been the worst I have experienced in all of my preparations for any Dublin marathon. Given a bit of luck with good weather on Monday next and the 26 miles will feel like a bit of a picnic compared to what we have been experiencing here in the north-west recently! My advice to all our marathon runners on Monday is to go out and enjoy it. Stay focused as it can be very easy to get distracted. The first 15 miles should be a bit of a stroll. The next five miles require a bit of hard work and you have to really dig deep for the final six miles. With this year’s race live on RTE television and some Irish athletes aiming to secure Olympic qualifying times it should add up to an exciting event in the capital. Good luck to all Sligo athletes participating.

Dunleavy runs well at the Phoenix Park THE first serious cross-country race of the current season at national level took place on Sunday last in the Phoenix Park Dublin. It was the annual Gerry Farnan Memorial Race, which is the traditional season opener. Emmett Dunleavy, Sligo AC, made quite an impressive return to the big time finishing in 10th position over five miles in a quality field, which was led home by Joe Sweeney of DSD. I have watched most of Emmett’s races at top-level cross-country and I would have to say this was the most impressive I have seen him run. With three weeks of altitude training in Kenya in the pipeline it certainly augers well for Dunleavy’s chances of running well in the Athletics Ireland Woodie’s DIY Inter Coun ties & Juvenile Cross Country Championships in five weeks’ time in Sligo racecourse. Killian O’Connor, also of Sligo AC, lined out in the Junior men’s section and acquitted him self quite well. His new training regime at DCU (under coach Dermot McDermott) cer tainly seems to be working and he is reaping the benefit of training with quality athletes in a good training environment. A MIDDLE distance training seminar will take place in the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel on the Saturday evening prior to the national crosscountry championships. It is being organised by Athletics Ireland endurance coach Teresa McDaid. Further details in the coming weeks.

NDO’S AWARD: See page 78

PERRY SUPPORTS ROVERS: At the announcement of John Perry’s support of Sligo Rovers, were, from left, Gavin Dykes (Sligo Rovers Head of Youth Development), Ben McGarry (Sligo Rovers U-19s), Minister John Perry, TD, Michael Toolan (chairman, Sligo Rovers FC), Dylan Feeney, Michael Casey (Sligo Rovers U-19s). MINISTER of State for Small Business John Perry TD has teamed up with Airtricity League Premier Division side Sligo Rovers to sponsor the club’s U-19 side. Perry, who is a Fine Gael TD for Sligo-North Leitrim, regularly attends Sligo Rovers’ home games at The Showgrounds and has previously sponsored the club’s Youth teams. Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers will be without centre-back

Gavin Peers for their final game of this season’s Airtricity League Premier Division. The Dublin native serves a one-match ban (having accumulated four yellow cards) and will miss the home tie against UCD at The Showgrounds. A win for Rovers would consolidate their position as runners-up.

BIT O’RED: See page 78

Cup final tickets TICKETS for the Ford FAI Cup final between Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, November 6 will go on sale in The Showgrounds today [Tuesday] from 11am to 6pm at the office. Tickets will be available at the venue throughout the week and will also be on sale at the Airtricity League Premier Division home game against UCD on Friday night (7.45pm). Tickets cost €10 for adults and €5 for children (aged 16 and under).

JAKO Teamsport at Johnston Court!

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PICTURE SALES: Ring 071-9174900 or call into our offices on Teeling Street, Sligo

NEXT Saturday, October 29 Jako Teamsport will have a stall at Johnston Court, off O’Connell Street, selling official Sligo Rovers merchandise for the upcoming Ford FAI Cup final. Jako Teamsport are the official kit supplier of Sligo Rovers. Launching the JAKO Teamsport stall at Johnston Court were, from left, John Dunt (Johnston Court), Laura Goonan and Nicky Broujos (Jako Teamsport).


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Sport GAELICFFootball Results



Games played on Saturday, October 22 Sligo U-20 ‘B’ Championship – Round Three GROUP ONE: St Molaise Gaels 2-16, Geevagh 3-7; St Patrick’s v St Farnan’s GROUP TWO: Drumcliffe-Rosses Point walkover Tourlestrane; Eastern Harps P Castleconnor P

Results Games played on Sunday, October 23 Sligo U-20 ‘A’ Championship – Round Three GROUP ONE: Shamrock Gaels 1-9, St John’s 2-9; St Mary’s 2-3, Coolera-Strandhill 1-11 GROUP TWO: Tubbercurry 1-11, Curry 2-15; CoolaneyMullinabreena 1-11, Calry-St Joseph’s 1-9


U-20 ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP – GROUP ONE St John’s Shamrock Gaels Coolera-Strandhill St Mary’s

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

L Pts 0 6 1 2 1 2 3 0

U-20 ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP – GROUP TWO Curry Coolaney-Mullinabreena Tubbercurry Curry

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

L Pts 0 4 0 2 1 0 2 0


Saturday, October 29 Games start at 4.30pm. First named team has home advantage. U-20 ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP Group Two ROUND ONE: Calry-St Joseph’s v Tubbercurry; Curry v Coolaney-Mullinabreena U-20 ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIP Group One ROUND ONE: Geevagh v St Patrick’s Group Two ROUND TWO: Tourlestrane v Eastern Harps; Castleconnor v Drumcliffe-Rosses Point

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

St Molaise Gaels St Patrick’s Geevagh St Farnan’s

L Pts 1 4 0 2 1 2 2 0

U-20 ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIP – GROUP TWO Drumcliffe-Rosses Point Castleconnor Eastern Harps Tourlestrane

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

L Pts 0 4 0 2 1 0 2 0

Saints’ tie will remember Darren

RIP: Darren Gaughan.

THE Darren Gaughan Memorial Cup will honour the memory of Aclare teenager Darren Gaughan, who was just 17 when he passed away in October of last year. Next Monday, which is a Bank Holiday, members of the St Attracta’s Community School team that won an AllIreland Colleges Senior ‘B’ Championship in 2006 will take on a side comprised of players from the team that contested the All-Ireland Colleges Senior ‘B’ Championship final in 2010. The late Gaughan was part of that St Attracta’s squad in 2010 and was also a member of the Tourlestrane Senior Gaelic football panel that reached the Sligo Senior

Championship final in 2010. His older brother, Gary, captained Tourlestrane to this year’s Owen B Hunt Cup, and another brother, Noel, was also in Neil Egan’s starting 15. The meeting of the two St Attracta’s teams was originally due to take place in November of last year but was postponed because of weather conditions. It now goes ahead next weekend at Tourlestrane GAA Club’s pitch, 12 months after his untimely passing. The game begins at 1pm. Donations will be taken on the gate for the Diabetes Federation of Ireland – any support would be greatly appreciated.

‘Tag or Treat’ Tag Gaelic event TEAMS intending to take part in the country’s first ever Tag Gaelic Festival, ‘Tag or Treat’ which takes place on Sunday, October 30, have until this Thursday to register. The festival, which takes

place at IT Sligo, is a fundraiser for the Sligo Senior Gaelic football panel and also aims to raise awareness and funds for two worthy charities, the Diabetes Federation of Ireland and STOP.

International series is an international joke I

T has got to be the greatest honour for any sports man or woman to represent their country in their field of sport. As the Irish Gaelic footballers, part of the squad for the International Rules Series, headed off to Australia over the weekend I can’t for the life of me understand what great ‘honour’ there is for these players. If, as some players would want you to believe, that it is such an honour then why is it that we do not have the best footballers travelling? Just to show how farcical the whole set up is the fact the captain – who has not given an interview in the last number of years – could not depart with the team because of a club championship match. Other players, like Darren O’Sullivan, could not travel at all because they have to complete their club championships. For those that are picked it is a great experience to travel to Australia and to live like a professional footballer for two weeks. Just look at this so-called game of football, ‘Australian Rules’. Players are allowed to run 10 or 12 yards with the ball and are allowed to tackle a player who must release the ball when tackled. The tackle that is allowed would earn a player who plays Gaelic football a yellow card. If the Australians, who are full time professionals, are being beaten they could resort to the type of thuggery they displayed a number of years ago which nearly brought an end to this so-called football. This series has no future other than a nice two-week holiday every two years for players and, I am sure, plenty of officials. When you have the likes of Mickey Harte calling for an end to this charade then it is time for the men at the top to listen and take the appropriate action.

Eugene MacHale says that the ‘International Rules Series’ must be scrapped All Star team was laughable NO MATTER what GAA Football All Star team is picked it will not satisfy everyone but the team that was an nounced on Friday night last raised more than a few eyebrows. I was surprised that Tomás Ó Sé, Johnny Doyle and Michael Murphy were not picked. Furthermore, I was shocked that three Donegal defenders were picked. How could you pick three defenders

from a team that played so many play ers in defence? Donegal’s brand of Gaelic football was so horrible to watch but still the people that picked the All Star team saw fit to pick three defenders from the Ulster county. Years ago, when men were men, it was an honour to be selected on an All Star team but with crazy selections like this year the award is being demeaned somewhat.

Games were a health risk ON SUNDAY last – thanks to TG4 – I watched the Clare and Kilkenny Senior hurling finals which, in the interest of health and safety, should not have been played. Thank God no player was seriously injured playing in such atrocious weather and underfoot conditions.

I know people will say with some justification that the Clare final should have been played long ago but if conditions are not right then it should have been called off. The GPA represents county players but the club players have no voice or any representation to speak on their behalf.

Mighty All Blacks thrilled us! I, LIKE so many other sporting fans worldwide, was thrilled that the New Zealand All Blacks were crowned Rugby World Cup champions following a very tense and physical game against a

brave French side. There was huge pressure on the home team in a rugby-mad nation but this time they did not choke for their first World Cup title since 1987.

The tournament winners will win a cool €1,000! The entry fee is €200 per team. Registration is available on a Facebook page, TagGaelicSligo. Charlie Harrison is the event organiser.

McCann vies for ‘Masters’ prize

CHOSEN: Francis McCann.

A SLIGO handball legend, Francis McCann, has been honoured at provincial level. The Ballymote clubman was chosen by the Connacht Handball Council as their nominee for the GAA Handball Masters Player of the Year. He will carry Sligo and Con nacht hopes to Croke Park on Saturday, November 19 when the national award will be given to one of the four provincial nominees. McCann had an excellent year on the handball courts. He won the All-Ireland Golden Masters ‘A’ singles final in September – this was his 17th All-Ireland handball title in

an outstanding and trophyladen career. RESULTS Sligo Handball Juvenile 60x30 Championships Played at Collooney and Ballymote on Saturday, October 30 U-12 Singles Final Odhran Quinn (Castleconnor) defeated Vincent Harte (Collooney) (15-7, 15-9) U-14 Singles Final Ross Taheny (Collooney) defeated Brendan Foody (Castleocnnor) (157, 15-14) U-14 Doubles Final Jonathan Devaney & Conor Booth (Ballymote) defeated Brendan Foody & Sean Carrabine (Castleconnor) (15-8, 15-14)

UNVEILING: Marty Morrissey (RTE GAA commentator) unveils the plaque at Owenmore Gaels GAA Club’s new clubhouse at Connolly Park. Included are, from left, Margaret O’Connell (club secretary), Tommy Connolly, Martin Cannon (club chairman), Gerry Walsh (club treasurer). Picture by Michael McGurrin


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

Sport TAG RUGBY: Charity event at Doorly Park

Playing tag for charity THE rain failed to spoil the fun at a tag rugby event on Satur day last. Held on the green area at Doorly Park (opposite Cleveragh Retail Park), it was a fund-raiser for a local Special Olympics Horse Riding Club, Night Riders. Although the conditions on the day hindered the amount of entrants, three teams competed - Indecisive Tagstards and Thunderstruckers, both from Sligo, and Inishowen RFC (from In nishowen, County Donegal). Indecisive Tagstards won the three-team tournament, Thunderstruckers came second and Inishowen RFC took home the wooden spoon. There was some consolation for the intrepid visitors, howev -

SERIOUS COMPETITORS: Thunderstruckers tag rugby team, winners of last Saturday’s charity event.

THEY COME FROM AFAR: The tag rugby team from Inishowen RFC.

SMILES IN THE RAIN: Indecisive Tagstards were in high spirits, despite the weather!

GIMME SHELTER: Lorraine Lynch and Rodrigo Frade were the organisers of Saturday’s event.

er, as one of their players, Josh Byron, was named ‘Player of the Tournament’. One of the event organisers was Rodrigo Frade, a member of Indecisive Tagstards. He said: “Thanks to Sligo Bor ough Council, Micheal Condron and McHugh’s Pub for all their support for this initiative.” “A very special thanks to Clive Morris for refereeing all the matches and thanks to the players and everyone else who made donations.” Frade also thanked Emer Benson and Sligo Tag Rugby Committee members for their assistance and advice. For more information on the work of Night Riders, go to

CAUGHT SHORT: Neil Jones (Thunderstruckers) is halted during the tie against Indecisive Tagstards.

SWERVE AND TAG: Action, left, from Doorly Park last Saturday. Pictures by Michael McGurrin


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

Sport GAELIC FOOTBALL: Entertaining fixture marks opening of Connolly Park ALL WHITE NOW: The Sligo Senior select that took on Sligo Juniors in the unique challenge game to mark the official opening of Owenmore Gaels GAA Club’s new facilities, Connolly Park. This squad featured, mainly, members of the Sligo side that won the Connacht Senior Championship four years ago.

Heroes of 2007 shade friendly fixture Gavin Cawley Connolly Park


AST Sunday’s game to mark the official opening of Owenmore Gaels GAA Club’s new facilities, Connolly Park, featured two heroic Sligo inter-county squads – the Senior panel of 2007, winners of Sligo’s first Connacht Senior Championship since 1975, and last year’s Juniors, who captured the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship crown. In wet conditions at Collooney, the Sligo Senior XV defeated the Sligo Junior select by six points, 3-13 to 1-13. For various reasons neither team was at full strength in terms of replicating exactly the starting 15s from the Connacht final and All-Ireland Junior final of 2007 and 2010 respectively. Tommy Breheny, in charge four years ago when Sligo lifted the Nestor Cup, took charge of his former charges, while Paul Taylor, one of Kevin Walsh’s selectors, oversaw the fortunes of a history-making Junior team he helped prepare 12 months ago. A number of Owenmore Gaels players featured on the Sligo Junior selection, while Stefan Connolly, a member of the Connolly family after whom the facilities are named, guested on the Sligo Senior XV. Prior to throw-in a plaque on the clubhouse was unveiled by RTE’s GAA commentator, Marty Morrisey. Yesterday [Monday] President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, visited the facilities. Sligo Seniors started well and opened a fourpoints lead thanks to points from Adrian Marren (2) and David Kelly (2). David Rooney replied with a fine goal to reduce the score to just single point. The goalscorer later equalised as the Sligo Juniors rallied. The sides cancelled out each other for much of the opening half, but Sligo Juniors built up a three-points lead at the interval, 1-6 to 0-6, thanks to a couple of points from Colm McGee and one

by Aaron Nicholson. Points from Shane Stenson and Vincent Frizzell saw Sligo Juniors extend their lead to six points, 1-9 to 0-6, early in the second-half. But Sligo Seniors responded with 2-1 to retake the lead – the goals from David Kelly and Mark Breheny, each of whom finished sharply in front of goal, while Adrian Marren clipped over a point. Scores were swapped as the teams were later level, 1-12 to 2-9, but Sligo Seniors established another lead, one that they would not surrender, via scores from David Kelly and Mark Breheny. A point from Noel McGuire, captain of Sligo Seniors in 2007, put three points between the teams. In the last five minutes one of the county’s upcoming stars, St Mary’s teen Cian Breheny (son of team manager Tommy and nephew of Mark) came off the bench. His impact was immediate as he pointed for the winners. Adrian Marren, joint-leading scorer for Sligo Seniors on the day with 1-4, netted his side’s third goal in the closing stages. St Molaise Gaels’ Eoin McHugh, a second-half replacement for Sligo Juniors, pointed but another score for Sligo Seniors from Mark Breheny left the winning margin at six points. SLIGO SENIORS 2007: Darren Kearns, Stefan Connolly, Ross Donavan, Barry Kivlehan, Paul McGovern, Michael McNamara, Johnny Davey, Noel McGuire (01), Sean Davey (0-1), John McPartland, Mark Breheny (1-2), Brian Curran, David Kelly (1-4), Adrian Marren (1-4), Kenneth Sweeney Subs used: Charlie Harrison, Cian Breheny (0-1) SLIGO JUNIORS 2010: Jason Farrell, Peter Wynne, Luke Bree, Neil Ewing, Kevin Gallagher, Keelan Cawley, Shane McManus, Eugene Mullen, Vincent Frizzell (0-3), Aaron Nicholson (0-1), David Rooney (1-2), Shane Stenson (0-2), Tom Leydon (0-1), Colm McGee (0-3), Glen McCormack Sub used: Eoin McHugh (0-1) Referee: Marty Duffy

TUSSLE: Ross Donovan (Sligo Seniors 2007/Eastern Harps) is challenged by Luke Bree (Sligo Juniors 2010/Coolera-Strandhill) during the challenge game at Connolly Park. Picture by Michael McGurrin AT THE GAME: From left, Martin Cannon (chairman, Owenmore Gaels GAA Club), Marty Morrissey (RTE GAA commentator), Cyril Feehily (chairman, Sligo GAA County Board), and Margaret O’Connell (secretary, Owenmore Gaels GAA Club).

BOYS IN BLUE: The Sligo Junior XV, which featured members of the side that won last year’s All-Ireland Junior Championship.


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

Sport YOUTHSSoccer Results


Games played on Saturday, October 22 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Yeats United 1, Benbulben FC Black 5; Calry Bohs 1, Arrow Harps 1; Real Tubber Black 6, Benbulben Blue 4; Ballygawley Celtic 0, Strand Celtic 5; Boyle Celtic 4, Gurteen Celtic 1 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-13 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Boyle Celtic 0, Real Tubber 2; Manor Rangers P Benbulben FC P; Ballygawley Celtic 0, Merville United 5 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-14 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Group One Merville United 3, Real Tubber 0 Group Two Gurteen Celtic P Calry Bohs P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-15 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Ballymote Celtic P Ballygawley Celtic P; Coolaney United 0, Merville United 5 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-17 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Coolaney United P Strand Celtic P; Manor Rangers P Benbulben FC P; Ballygawley Celtic P Real Tubber P; Kilglass-Enniscrone United 4, Yeats United 3 Sligo-Leitrim Boys U-19 League Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Arrow Harps 1, Merville United 3; Calry Bohs v Benbulben FC (match abandoned); Gurteen Celtic P St John’s P

Saturday, October 29 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Boyle Celtic v Calry Bohs 11am; Benbulben FC Black v Real Tubber Blue (11am); Benbulben FC Blue v Arrow Harps (12 noon); Yeats United v Real Tubber Black (11am); Strand Celtic v Ballisodare United (11am); Gurteen Celtic v Ballygawley Celtic (12.30pm)

Results Games played on Saturday, October 22 SFAI BOYS U-11 CUP Tuam Celtic 0, Ballisodare United 5; Salthill Devon ‘A’ 5, Valley Rovers 2; Melview Celtic 3, Real Tubber 1 (after penalties); Salthill Devon ‘B’ 3, Merville United 0 SFAI BOYS U-13 CUP Strand Celtic 2, Salthill Devon ‘A’ 5; Mervue United 2, St John’s 1 SFAI BOYS U-15 CUP Benbulben FC 1, Arrow Harps 3; Castlebar Town P Strand Celtic P; Yeats United 1, Hodson Bay 5; Ballisodare United P Maree-Oranmore P FAI BOYS U-18 CUP Castlebar Celtic 3, Boyle Celtic 0

Results Game played on Monday, October 24 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportswear Boyle Celtic L Arrow Harps L

Fixtures Tuesday, October 25 CONNACHT BOYS U-16 SHIELD Boyle Celtic v Gurteen Celtic (7pm)

Fixtures Saturday, October 29 CONNACHT BOYS U-12 CUP Carrick Town v Ballaghaderreen (12 noon); KiltimaghKnock v Arrow Harps (2pm); Merville United v Renmore (1pm); Ballinasloe Town v Strand Celtic (2pm); Ballina Town v Ballisodare United (2pm); Coolaney United v Real Tubber (11am) CONNACHT BOYS U-12 SHIELD Shiven Rovers v Boyle Celtic (2pm); Kilshanvey United v Ballygawley Celtic (1pm); Galway Hibs v Yeats United (2pm); Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Tuam Celtic (2pm); St John’s v Connacht Rangers (2pm); Gurteen Celtic ‘bye’ CONNACHT BOYS U-14 CUP Castlebar Town v Merville United (2pm); Salthill Devon v St John’s (2.30pm); Boyle Celtic v Galway Hibs (2pm); Real Tubber v Swinford (2pm); Ballymote Celtic v Achill Rovers (2pm); Hodson Bay v Coolaney United (12.30); Strand Celtic v Dunmore (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-14 SHIELD Ballisodare United v Cregmore (2pm); Kilshanvey United v Kilglass-Enniscrone United (3pm); Killala v Carrick Town (12.30pm); Ballygawley Celtic v Tuam Celtic (2pm); Gurteen Celtic v Knocknacarra (2pm); Ballinrobe Town v Calry Bohs (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-16 CUP Merville United v Corofin (3pm); Ballymote Celtic v Roscommon Town (12 noon); Calry Bohs v St Joseph’s (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-16 SHIELD Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Ballinrobe Town (12 noon); Swinford v St John’s (2pm)

Soccer coaching INDOOR soccer training for children (aged 6-8 years) begins next month at Sligo Region al Sports Centre, Cleveragh. Starting on Sunday, November 6, coaching continues every Sunday until December 18 (seven sessions in total). Each session lasts 90 minutes (12 noon until 1.30pm). Places are limited to 20 children. The aim of these sessions is to teach the basics of soccer through a variety of games in a fun and safe environment. Each child will receive a t-shirt. The course fee is €335. To book a place contact John at 086-2534520 or send an email to

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Feast of sport leaves fans spoilt for choice

Fixtures Sunday, October 30 CONNACHT BOYS U-16 CUP Barna-Furbo v Real Tubber (2pm); Maree-Oranmore v Strand Celtic (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-16 SHIELD Oughterard v Coolaney (2pm) Monday, October 31 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Merville United v Valley Rovers (2pm) SFAI BOYS U-14 CUP Strand Celtic v Ballisodare United (11am) CONNACHT BOYS U-18 CUP Ballymote Celtic v Ballisodare United (11am)

Connacht duty Clubs face fines TWO Summerhill College students, Michael Casey and Ben McGarry, were part of the Connacht panel that finished runners-up in the FAI Schools Boys U-18 interprovincial series on the weekend before last. In the fixture to decide the tournament, Connacht lost 2-1 to Leinster. Earlier in the competition they recorded wins over Ulster and Munster (2-1 and 3-2 respectively), while Leinster beat Munster and drew with Ulster prior to their defeat of Connacht at Athlone.


CLUBS in the Sligo-Leitrim Youth, Schoolboys & Schoolgirls League face cash penalties if they persist in failing to submit match re sults on time. The compilation of results and updating of ta bles is being delayed every weekend because of some clubs’ failure to relay results. Home teams are reminded to send results by 5pm (on the day of the game). Cup results, which involve Sligo-Leitrim teams, should also be submitted by this dead line, even if the Sligo-Leitrim team is the away side. All results should be sent, via text, to 0879193150. Sligo-Leitrim administrators will is sue fines if clubs continue to lapse.

Squad trials TRIALS for three Sligo-Leitrim Youth, Schoolboys & Schoolgirls League representative squads (U-12, U-13 and U-14) take place next Sunday, October 30 at The Showgrounds (all-weather pitch). Trials for the U-12s start at 10.45am, the U-13s meet at 12.15pm and the U-14s must turn up at 3.15pm. Players should bring suitable footwear plus €3 to cover the costs of the facilities. For further details contact Ryan Casey, FAI Regional Development Officer, at 086-3840834.

GAA OR SOCCER: Fans can choose to attend either Markievicz Park or the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, November 6 to watch Tourlestrane’s Gaelic footballers or Sligo Rovers soccer players.


HERE are two cracking games in store involving Sligo teams on the weekend after next – what a shame that local sports fans will have to choose between them! Sligo Rovers are, of course, through to a third successive FAI Ford Cup final, and Bit O’Red fans are already planning for another day out at the Aviva Stadium to eclipse last year’s brilliant occasion at the same venue. That game kicks-off at 3.30pm and will see a huge exodus from the county to the capital to cheer on the Bit O’Red. If those thousands weren’t making their way to the Aviva, I’m sure many of them would instead take in the GAA Football AIB Connacht Club Senior Championship semi-final between Sligo champions Tourlestrane and Roscommon champions St Brigid’s at Markievicz Park. That game is pencilled in for a 2.30pm throw-in, which means that many Sligo sports fans will have to decide whether to head to Dublin for the soccer, or to stay in Sligo for the Gaelic football. Of course, there will be hundreds of Sligo Rovers fans that would never consider heading to Markievicz Park regardless of what else was happening that day. Likewise, there will be many GAA followers that will never be seen at The Showgrounds. But there is a massive number of people that can appreciate both codes – as well as

Darragh Cox of Ocean FM says that sports fans are spoiled for choice on the Sunday after next rugby, hurling, basketball, tennis, athletics, etc. – who would love to witness both events. The FAI Ford Cup final is an easy sell after last year’s wonderful day out at the Aviva, and expect to see thousands of neutrals make their way to the Lansdowne Road venue for the occasion on November 6 – particularly as the prices have commendably been kept very affordable by the FAI. But I think Tourlestrane’s game could be an absolute cracker as well. St Brigid’s are the reigning Connacht champions and are the current second favourites – behind holders Crossmaglen Rangers of Armagh – to claim an All-Ireland Club title at Croke Park next St Patrick’s Day. But I thought Tourlestrane were excellent against a very talented Glencar-Manor team in the Connacht quarter-final on the weekend before last. They dominated the scoreboard, hitting 1-15 in total, and would have won more

comfortably had they not conceded two soft goals. They were also impressive winners in the county final at Markievicz Park, and I think they return to the venue on Sunday week with all the pressure on their highly-rated opponents. I’m sure Tourlestrane and St Brigid’s fans will head to Markievicz in their droves for the contest and GAA fans from all over the country will be keeping an eye on the result, but the timing of the games means that it will be overshadowed by the FAI Cup final and that the attendance will simply not be what it could have been.

Ocean FM will be there! OCEAN FM will broadcast both the Tourlestrane-St Brigid’s game and the FAI Cup final on Sunday week. We will have special FAI Cup Final preview shows live from The Crossbar in Gurteen on Friday, November 4, and from the Sandymount Hotel (formerly the Mount Herbert) on Sunday, November 6, but more on that next week as we build-up to the big weekend.


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

Sport JUNIORSSoccer SLIGO-LEITRIM LEAGUE: Weekly review Tables

GILES MEETS KYLE: Merville United player Kyle Kane met Irish soccer legend, John Giles, prior to the international between the Republic of Ireland and Armenia earlier this month at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Kyle, left, is pictured with Giles, the former Leeds United star who is now a popular and successful pundit.

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

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

L 1 2 0 2 1 1 3 4 5 5 6 7

F 15 27 19 16 26 18 14 14 19 14 11 4

A 10 5 4 15 11 8 13 18 22 23 34 34

Pts 16 15 15 15 14 12 10 7 6 6 1 0

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

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

F 18 15 18 22 14 21 13 12 8 8 5 4

A 7 3 13 19 19 5 4 14 13 26 18 17

Pts 17 16 12 11 11 10 10 8 5 3 1 1

W D L 7 0 0 6 1 2 5 1 1 5 0 2 4 0 3 2 1 4 2 1 5 0 0 14

F 30 27 19 23 29 13 13 0

A 4 14 12 19 14 19 30 42

Pts 21 19 16 15 12 7 7 0

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

P 7 9 7 7 7 7 8 14

Results Games played on Sunday, October 23 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Quayside Rovers 3, Aughanagh Celtic 4; Yeats United 3, Boyle Celtic 2; Manor Rangers P Coolera Rovers P SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Ballygawley Celtic 3, Kilglass-Enniscrone United 2; Boyle Celtic Reserves 4, Merville United 0; Gurteen Celtic P Chaffpool United P; MCR FC 0, Calry Bohs 2; Real Tubber P Dromore Villa P CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Aclare Celtic P Benbulben FC P; Leitrim Villa P Carrick Town P Games played on Sunday, October 23 FAI UMBRO JUNIOR CUP City United 7, Ballymote Celtic 8 (AET & penalties); Glenview Stars 0, Strand Celtic 6; Lisnamult FC 3, Ballisodare United 4 AET; Glen Celtic 2, Benbulben FC 0; Cloonfad FC 2, Carton United 1; Coolaney United 0, St John’s FC 1, Carbury FC 5, Shiven Rovers 3 (AET & penalties)

Fixtures Saturday, October 29 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic v Cliffoney Celtic (8pm) Sunday, October 30 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Aughanagh Celtic v Carbury FC; Ballymote Celtic v City United; Quayside Rovers v Ballisodare United; Strand Celtic v Manor Rangers; Yeats United v Coolera Rovers SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Ballygawley Celtic v Dromore Villa; Cartron United v Kilglass-Enniscrone United; MCR FC v Coolaney United CLEARY LANDSCAPES AND PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Games start at 11am (unless otherwise stated) Aclare Celtic v Leitrim Villa; Carrick Town v St John’s FC; Strand Celtic Reserves v Benbulben FC (2pm) 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.

Excessive rainfall scuppers pitches DUE to last weekend’s high levels of rainfall, both scheduled games in the Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One were called off because of unplayable pitches. For the record, the games postponed were Aclare Celtic’s meeting with Leitrim Villa and the clash of Carrick Town and St John’s.

Games called off to assist fans

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



Local sides serve up entertainment L AST Sunday there were nine sides from the Sligo-Leitrim League in action in the FAI UMBRO Junior Cup. Two games were all-local affairs. The most exciting of these was the clash of Super League rivals City United and Ballymote Celtic at Sean Fallon Park, a tie won by the latter after extratime and penalties. It was level at two goals apiece at the end of 90 minutes – Keith Nibbs and Damien Scanlon netted for City United, while Mark Irwin and Gerry Brennan were the players on target for Ballymote Celtic. In extra-time goals from Ballymote Celtic players Dessie Flynn and Niall Brennan were cancelled out by strikes from Keith Nibbs and Donagh Oates. Tied at four goals apiece, penalties were required and Ballymote Celtic held their nerve to emerge. The day’s other all-local affair was horribly one-sided - Strand Celtic thrashed Glenview Stars 6-0. Gary Melly (2), Jamie Bannigan, Keelan Cawley, Adam Hynes and Brian McMorrow


were on target for the rampant winners. Super League champions Carbury FC are through to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup (Sligo-Leitrim/Roscommon phase) following their penalty shoot-out defeat of Shiven Rovers. Trailing 1-0 at half-time and later reduced to 10 players when Ross McLoughlin was red-carded, Carbury faced an uphill climb in the secondhalf. Gary Hargadon’s goal from a spot-kick drew them level and brought the game into extra-time. There were no further goals as penalties decided the outcome. Carbury goalkeeper Ian Coburn was the hero as he saved three spot-kicks to help his side win 4-2 on penalties. Coolaney United played well but lost 1-0 at home to St John’s Athletic. Ballisodare United were 4-3 winners (after extra-time) away against Lisnamult. On target for the winners were Damien Fallon, Trevor Henry and Darragh Healy, who scored twice. Cartron United lost 2-1 away to Cloonfad United. The losers’ goalscorer was Cormac Coyne.


Boyle’s title bid is dented by Yeats

Reserves are on song yet again!

IN the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League, Yeats United put a major dent in the title aspirations of Boyle Celtic when defeating the north Roscommon side 3-2 at Carney. The Logan brothers did the damage – Paul with a double strike and older sibling John adding the third – as an outgunned Boyle Celtic responded with two fine goals from Michael Corrigan. Aughanagh Celtic were 4-3 winners away against Quayside Rovers at Mitchell-Curley Park. John Bellew netted a hat trick for the home side but goals from Paul McTiernan Paul Simon and Brian Craig (whose effort was the winner) sealed the points for a very impressive Aughanagh Celtic. Elsewhere in the Super League the scheduled meeting of Manor Rangers and current leaders Coolera Rovers was postponed. Coolera Rovers – last season’s Premier League champions – are one point clear of Boyle Celtic and City United (who have played two games less).

LEADERS of the Sligo Pallets Premier League, Boyle Celtic Reserves, were 4-0 winners at home last Sunday against Merville United. This was the fifth win (from eight games) for Boyle Celtic’s second team. Dermot Beggan scored three goals for the winners and the fourth was scored by David Conroy. Ballygawley Celtic were 3-2 winners at home against Kilglass-Enniscrone United. On target for the winners were Dwayne Kelly, Shane McManus and Harry Clancy. Kilglass-Enniscrone United’s goals came from Mark Beattie, who converted a penalty), and Brendan Byron. Calry Bohs defeated MCR FC 2-0 at Sean Fallon Park. Paddy Wolfe and Mark Fowley netted for the visitors. ALL FAI Junior Cup games decided on the day - if still a draw after 90 minutes plus one period of extra time (10 mi each way) FIFA rules on penalties to apply.

THERE are no Junior soccer games scheduled for Sunday week, November 6. This move will facilitate Sligo-Leitrim clubs whose players and members will be travelling to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the FAI Ford Cup final between holders Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne. While there are no competitive games listed, SligoLeitrim clubs are also advised that no friendly fixtures are allowed. Sligo-Leitrim & Junior Soccer League officials also called off scheduled games earlier this month (October 16) to allow clubs attend Sligo Rovers’ FAI Ford Cup semi-final against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Fixtures Sunday, October 30 CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Games start at 2pm Knocknacarra v Gurteen Celtic; Calry Bohs v Glen Celtic CONNACHT JUNIOR SHIELD Games start at 2pm Oranbay 90 v Merville United; Real Tubber v Newport Town; Kiltullagh Pioneers v Glenview Stars

Top Scorers BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE 9 goals Mark Irwin (Ballymote Celtic) 8 goals Michael Corrigan (Boyle Celtic) SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE 9 goals Dermot Beggan (Boyle Celtic Reserves) 8 goals Hughie Marren (Real Tubber) CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE 8 goals Stephen Sirle (Carrick Town) 7 goals Niall Keenan (Carrick Town) 6 goals Gino O’Boyle (Glenview Stars) TIME CHANGE Clubs in the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League are asked to remember that all clocks go back one hour next weekend. GROUNDS NOTICE Ballygawley Celtic’s home ground is now at Cloonamahon – the grounds previously used by Cloonamahon Celtic.

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Sport SLIGORRovers



Riverstown remain on top of the pile East Sligo side draw with Garda Siochana Sligo


Astroturf league in the north-west

Results Games played on Wednesday, October 19 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One PSO 0, Sligo Plumbing & Heating 0; Garda Siochana Sligo 1, Riverstown 1; Fiddlers Creek P Gannon & McNamara Electrical Limited P Games played on Friday, October 21 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Hargadon’s (Calry) 0, Coolaney Celts 1; IT Sligo 1, Durkin’s Pub 2; SRFC Reserves 1, Killinaskully Wanderers 2

Fixtures Wednesday, October 26 Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Sligo Plumbing & Heating v Fiddlers Creek (7pm) McCullagh Carpentry Division Two IT Sligo v Coolaney Celts (8pm); Lang’s Bar v Killinaskully Wanderers (9pm)


NBEATEN Riverstown continue to lead Division One of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League. Last Wednesday they were held in a 1-1 draw by Garda Siochana Sligo at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. After a tight first-half, which ended scoreless, the Division One leaders took the lead five minutes into the second-half. Mark Tuohy played a good through ball into Noel McKenna, who scored his fifth goal of the campaign. But GSS earned a deserved point when Conor Jordan equalised with a well-taken snapshot from the edge of the penalty area. It wasn’t all plain sailing for Riverstown as they finished with 10 players when Tuohy received a straight red for dissent. Defending champions Sligo Plumbing & Heating, currently second in the standings, four points behind Riverstown, were held by PSO in a scoreless draw. Sligo Plumbing & Heating created good chances but couldn’t find a way past a resolute PSO defence. Philip Gallagher went close with a free-kick that hit the post, while Gavin O’Dwyer’s dipping shot was well saved by PSO goalkeeper Damien Conlon.

CHANGE IN FIXTURES There are no Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League fixtures scheduled for Friday, October 28 due to the Airtricity League Premier Division game between Sligo Rovers and UCD at The Showgrounds.

DIVISION ONE Riverstown Sligo Plumbing & Heating Fiddlers Creek Gannon & McNamara Pension Services Office Garda Siochana Sligo Abbott Ireland

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

L 0 0 1 1 1 2 2

F 9 4 7 5 3 1 2

A Pts 4 14 2 10 4 9 4 9 6 9 4 6 7 6

MCCULLAGH CARPENTRY DIVISION TWO Hargadon’s (Calry) SRFC Reserves Killinaskully Wanderers Coolaney Celts Durkin’s Pub IT Sligo Lang’s Bar

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

L F A Pts 1 10 2 13 1 10 7 13 0 8 2 12 0 6 2 12 4 6 12 8 4 3 12 4 3 4 10 3

NOTE: Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and one point for a loss. SOCRATES HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS CUP Quarter-finals IT Sligo v PSO; Sligo Plumbing & Heating v Hargadon’s (Calry) Riverstown v Coolaney Celts or Fiddler’s Creek; Gannon & McNamara Electrical v Durkin’s Pub Ties to be played on Wednesday, November 9 and Friday, November 11.

McGuinn’s goal inspires Celts’ win COOLANEY Celts recorded their third win of the season in the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two after they defeated Hargadon’s (Calry) 1-0 last Friday at The Showgrounds. Trevor McGuinn scored the game’s only goal to inflict the first defeat of the season on Hargadon’s. The losers also finished with 10 men when Noel Conlon was sent off after an off-the-ball incident. Another side that suffered their first defeat were SRFC Reserves as they went down 2-1 against Killinaskully Wanderers. The winners went 2-0 up but SRFC Reserves halved the deficit when Ciaran Brennan netted from an Alan Williams cross. In a night of firsts, Durkin’s Pub recorded their first win in this season’s Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League when they triumphed 2-1 against IT Sligo. Andrew Petit scored for IT Sligo, while Marcin Targonski and Declan Benson were on the mark for Durkin’s. Both sides finished with 10 players – Ciaran Gaffney saw red for Durkin’s, while IT Sligo’s Leo Troy also received his marching orders.

ALFIE’SPPlayer of the Week MARTIN CALLAGHAN Team Coolaney Celts What did he do The goalkeeper, right, is a key part of the Coolaney Celts side that recorded a third win (from three games), leaving them just a point off the leaders, Hargadon’s (Calry), whom they beat 1-0 last Friday. Player of the Month Neal Hayes SRFC Reserves Team of the Month Riverstown

Fixtures Wednesday, November 2 Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Abbott Ireland v Fiddlers Creek (7pm); Riverstown v PSO (8pm); Sligo Plumbing & Heating v Garda Siochana Sligo (9pm) Friday, November 4 Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Coolaney Celts v SRFC Reserves (7pm); Durkin’s Pub v Lang’s Bar (8pm); Killinaskully Wanderers v Hargadon’s (Calry) (9pm) SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE TOP SCORERS Division One FOUR GOALS: Noel McKenna (Riverstown) TWO GOALS: Graham Kelly (Gannon & McNamara); Barry McLoughlin (Fiddlers Creek) ONE GOAL: Gavin O’Dwyer, Michael McNamara, Jim Sheridan, Anthony Henneberry (Sligo Plumbing & Heating); Trevor Sweeney, Glen Hargadon, Daniel Lang (Pension Services Office, Sligo); Ian Rossiter, Paul Masterson, Glen Shannon, Mark Rooney (Fiddlers Creek); Colm Burke, Mark Tuohy, Keith McMorrow, Frank Quinn, Johnny Kenny (Riverstown); Conor Scanlon, Jason McGuinness (Abbott Ireland); Eric McMorrow, Paddy Conlon, David Martyn (Gannon & McNamara); Conor Jordan (Garda Siochana Sligo) McCullagh Carpentry Division Two FIVE GOALS: Brendan Lowry (Hargadon’s); Neal Hayes (SRFC Reserves) THREE GOALS: Trevor McGuinn (Coolaney Celts), Declan Benson (Durkin’s Pub) TWO GOALS: Ollie Brady (Coolaney Celts); Alan Williams, Kevin Egan (SRFC Reserves); Shane Feeney (Lang’s Bar) ONE GOAL: Paul Powell, Damien McSharry, Ronan O’Hara, Andy Logue, Aaron Walsh (Hargadon’s); Jason McNulty, Barry Murphy, Archie Forde, John Cooke, Colm McGee, Daniel McDonagh (Killinaskully Wanderers); Michéal Ó Domhnaill, Philip O’Donnell (Lang’s Bar), Daniel Furey, Paul O’Reilly, Andrew Petit (IT Sligo); Martin Farrell (Coolaney Celts); Kenneth Appleby, Marcin Targonski (Durkin’s Pub), Ciaran Brennan (SRFC Reserves) Note: League goals only

MOTLEY CREW: Members of the Durkin’s Pub squad. This is a team new to the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League and they are presently enjoying life in Division Two of the recreational soccer competition that takes place every week at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds.

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Doyle’s goals illuminate a fine outcome SO it looks as if second place has been secured after a fantastic 3-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night. We also broke a few more records on the night with Eoin Doyle scoring 20 Premier Division goals, breaking Harry Litherland’s 70year record. Rovers have also improved on an already broken club record of most goals scored and most away wins in one campaign. The Bit O’Red have now scored 69 goals this season and have claimed nine wins on their travels. Those 69 goals are also the most goals any Premier Division side has scored since Derry City in 1989. Surely a season such as this deserves trophies? We now sit a point behind Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers with a game in hand against us, and three ahead of Derry City with one game to go. Unless Derry beat Bohs 12-0 or we conceded 12 on Friday against UCD, Sligo Rovers will finish the second best team in the country.

Sligo Rovers fan David Goulden was delighted by the display which earned another win at Dalymount

Shams faced UCD last night [Monday] at the Belfield Bowl, and with a large crowd behind them, they were expected to comfortably claim their second title in as many seasons. As for the game on Friday night, with six changes to the starting 11 from the 1-0 win over Bohs (in the FAI Ford Cup) five days previously, Paul Cook’s side coped well with any problems the Phibsboro side threw at them. At the back, Derek Foran deputised superbly for Jason McGuinness and Conor Powell still seems to be settling in to the side but did well any time he was called upon. Alan Kirby, Richie Ryan and John Russell moved the ball around well in midfield, while John Dillon and Joseph Ndo constantly found space on the wings to supply Matthew Blinkhorn up front. ‘Blinks’ has found it hard going at times this year but has never stopped working, and last Friday was no different. Eoin Doyle was introduced on the hourmark for Kirby and made an instant impact as

he took full advantage of a weak back pass from Liam Burns, a former Rovers player. There has been an argument from certain sections of our support all season to play with two centre forwards and the second-half of this game, in particular, lent weight to that claim. Six minutes after that, Doyle doubled his tally for the night before Blinkhorn claimed a deserved third. Without knowing the result of the game between defending champions Shams and UCD last night [Monday] at the time of writing, Rovers will still go into the UCD game this Friday at The Showgrounds looking to break their own records, with a certain Eoin Doyle looking for his 21st Premier Division goal of the season. Attention will then turn to the FAI Ford Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday week against Shels. Rovers will, of course, be strong favourites to retain the trophy, but remember the last time we faced a First Division side in a cup decider?

Monthly award for classy Ndo Playmaker’s contribution is recognised by soccer writers


LIGO Rovers playmaker Joseph Ndo has been named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for September. Throughout September skilful Ndo starred for his club in the Airtricity League and in the FAI Ford Cup as the north-west club took seven Premier Division points from a possible nine. Paul Cook’s charges were unbeaten in five games in September. After a credible draw at home to Derry City at the beginning of the month - Ndo the goalscorer for the home side – Rovers recorded a hugely impressive 2-1 win away to Shamrock Rovers. A 3-0 victory at home to Bray Wanderers followed before Rovers again defeated Shams, this time in an FAI Ford Cup quarter-final. The month ended with a 3-0 win away to Drogheda United on September 23. With the best goal difference in the Premier Division, Ndo has played a central role with the added bonus of an FAI Cup final to come against Dublin club Shelbourne in November. Ndo, who was presented with his award at The Showgrounds last week by Josh Bradley from Airtricity, is relishing the chance to play at the Aviva Stadium early next month. “It is one of the best pitches I have ever played on. It is going to be fantastic to play there again,” said Ndo. Since Ndo came to Ireland eight years ago, the former Cameroon international has become a firm fan favourite at whatever League of Ireland club he has featured. He has certainly endeared himself to The Showgrounds’ faithful of late. While defending champions Shamrock Rovers are expected to retain their Airtricity League Premier Division title, Rovers are closing in on another FAI Ford Cup success, with Ndo hungry to add a second FAI Ford Cup winners’ medal to his name. “It’s not about the FAI Ford Cup, it’s just about the way we play. In the Premier Division, we have made a big step from last year because we have more

PRIZE: Sligo Rovers player Joseph Ndo, right, displays his Airtricity SWAI Player of the Month award. He was the September recipient. Picture by SPORTSFILE

SUPERSSeptember SLIGO ROVERS’ SEPTEMBER RECORD Saturday, September 3 Airtricity League Premier Division HOME: Sligo Rovers 1, Derry City 1 Friday, September 9 Airtricity League Premier Division AWAY: Sligo Rovers 2, Shamrock Rovers 1 Monday, September 12 Airtricity League Premier Division HOME: Sligo Rovers 3, Bray Wanderers 0 Monday, September 19 FAI Ford Cup Quarter-final HOME: Sligo Rovers 1, Shamrock Rovers 0 Friday, September 23 Airtricity League Premier Division AWAY: Sligo Rovers 3, Drogheda United 0 Played 5 Won 4 Drew 1 Lost 0 Scored 10 Conceded 2

WELL DONE: Sligo Rovers player Joseph Ndo, left, is presented with the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for September by Josh Bradley, Airtricity. The presentation took place at The Showgrounds, home of Sligo Rovers FC, last Tuesday. Picture by Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE points now than we did then,” said Ndo. “We score more goals and we concede less. No matter what happens in the end, we have made progress in the Airtricity League.” “We’ve shown that we can make progress in the Premier Division while keeping what we achieved last year. We are building and improving.” “In the FAI Ford Cup, we knew that it wouldn’t be easy to retain it but we still hoped that we could do it and we are in the final again.” “It is just about focus and being a player who wants to learn and achieve something better,” the midfielder concluded. Ndo’s team-mate, Eoin

Doyle, was the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for May – during a prolific spell he netted nine times.

Enticing prices! SLIGO Rovers fans will be delighted at the FAI’s decision to maintain ticket prices for the upcoming FAI Ford Cup final at the same attractive rate as was for last season’s decider. Ticket prices for the 2011 FAI Ford Cup final on Sunday, November 6 at the Aviva Stadium are as follows: adults, €10; children, €5. The holders Sligo Rovers, appearing in their third successive FAI Ford Cup final, take on Shelbourne. Tickets will initially be made available through the clubs involved and closer to the date of the final, Ticketmaster will be selling an allocation of tickets for neutral supporters.


SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

Sport SOCCER: Airtricity League Premier Division

Impressive win leaves Rovers in second spot Eoin Doyle sets a new record thanks to a second-half brace against Bohs BestfforRovers


HE guarantee of European football and the near certainty of runners-up spot in this year’s Airtricty League Premier Division race were the rewards for Sligo Rovers from last Friday’s 3-0 hammering of Bohemian FC. Two more top-flight goals for prolific striker Eoin Doyle – a second-half substitute – meant he smashed the Sligo Rovers record for most League of Ireland goals scored in a single campaign. Now at 20 goals – with a game to go – the Dubliner eclipsed the previous record, that of 19 goals, set by Harry Litherland in the 1936-37 season when Rovers first won the title. It was also a good night for Matthew Blinkhorn, one of the team’s unsung heroes, who netted the third goal of this impressive away win. All three goals at Dalymount Park came in the second-half as Rovers moved to within a point of leaders Shamrock Rovers and three clear of Derry

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EOIN DOYLE The top scorer’s brace inside seven second-half minutes helped seal the deal for Rovers. He also set a new League of Ireland scoring record for Rovers – not bad for a night’s work! What makes this achievement all the more impressive is that he was brought on as a substitute on the hour mark and scored with his first touch two minutes later! City. The title remains mathematically possible, but defending champions Shams had to lose or at least draw last night [Monday] against UCD. The FAI Ford Cup finalists were returning to a Dublin venue where the previous Sunday they had beaten the hosts 1-0 in this season’s FAI Ford Cup semi-final. Manager Paul Cook made five changes in personnel – Rafael Cretaro, Derek Foran, Alan Kirby, John Dillon and Matthew Blinkhorn replaced

Alan Keane (suspended), Jason McGuinness, Danny Ventre, Aaron Greene and Eoin Doyle. Doyle’s 62nd minute goal – from a lapse by Bohs defender Liam Burns – broke the deadlock and he netted the record breaking goal seven minutes later, this time from Rafael Cretaro’s cross. Matthew Blinkhorn scored the winners’ third goal in the 75th minute. Republic of Ireland U-21 international, Aaron Greene, supplied the assist. BOHEMIAN FC: Barry Murphy, Owen Heary,Ollie Cahill, Glenn Cronin, Liam Burns, Ger O’Brien, Stephen Traynor (Keith Buckley 57), Stephen Hurley (Ryan McEvoy 83), Anto Flood, Christy Fagan, Christopher Forrester (Aidan Downes 72) Subs not used: Craig Sexton, Mark Rossiter, Roberto Lopes, Kevin Feely SLIGO ROVERS: Brendan Clarke, Gavin Peers, Richie Ryan, John Dillon, John Russell (Aaron Greene 49), Matthew Blinkhorn, Rafael Cretaro, Alan Kirby (Eoin Doyle 60), Joseph Ndo (Danny Ventre 67), Derek Foran, Conor Powell Subs not used: Ciaran Kelly, Iarfhlaith Davoren, Jason McGuinness, Liam Martin

SOCCERSSide No prize for pitch THE Showgrounds’ pitch has lost out to Cork’s Turners Cross Stadium for the 2011 Airtricity League Pitch of the Year award. Sligo Rovers’ playing surface was one of three shortlisted for the national prize but the north-west venue and Tallaght Stadium, home of Shamrock Rovers, were pipped for the gong by Cork City’s facilities. The award is organised by the FAI, IISS (Irish Institute of Sports Surfaces) and specialist sports turf fertiliser company Whites Amenity.

Results Game played on Friday, October 21 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION DALYMOUNT PARK: Bohemians (0) 0, Sligo Rovers (0) 3 (Eoin Doyle 2, Matthew Blinkhorn)

Fixtures Friday, October 28 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Sligo Rovers v UCD (The Showgrounds, 7.45pm)

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

P 34 35 35 35 35 35 35 34 35 35

W 21 21 18 17 17 14 11 10 6 1

D 8 7 13 12 8 6 11 4 4 3

L 5 7 4 6 10 15 13 20 25 31

F 63 69 63 59 39 52 50 39 28 20

A 23 17 23 31 27 50 52 74 74 111

Pts 71 70 67 63 59 48 44 34 22 6




SligoWeekender October 25, 2011

McHughs Bar Halloween Fancy Dress Party

€500 Prize for Best Dressed

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Saturday Oct 29th LATE BAR - LIVE DJ’s


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