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Budget will bury Sligo businesses HE first full budget of the Fine Gael/Labour government could spell the end of several Sligo businesses and kick-start another exodus to Enniskillen for Sligo shoppers. Details of Ireland's 2012 budget were unintentionally revealed by the German government last week as they were considering documents submitted by joint ministers for finance Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin to the Troika (EU, ECB, IMF). These included an increase of two percent in Ireland's VAT rate, raising it to 23 percent, which Minister Noonan confirmed on Friday last, adding that the intended increase would be introduced in early December to take advantage of increased Christmas spending. The news has been met with widespread condemnation from business groups and traders, with many politicians also joining the call for the decision to be reversed. The Vintner's Association's Sligo representative, Enda Scanlon of Fiddlers Creek, was one of those to warn

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against the potential repercussions of such an increase. "Three years ago we were nearly crucified when the UK reduced the VAT rate to 15 pet cent but this is not just about publicans," Mr Scanlon told the Sligo Weekender. "People were leaving Sligo in droves and the big multi-nationals were luring people to ASDA and Marks and Spencers in Enniskillen with unbeatable drink offers." Mr Scanlon said the licensed trade was almost on it knees but this latest VAT hike could be the final blow. And former Mayor Cllr. Matt Lyons, who is himself a small business owner, said any potential increase in tax revenue may be eaten up by Irish people reducing what they spend instead. "I don't think the government will make the required savings from this measure and it will cause a lot of distress to hard-pressed traders," he said. "But we will need to wait and see if people consider it worthwhile to go Enniskillen when they weigh up all factors."

Minister Noonan confirms VAT rise that could prompt Northern exodus

More on page 2 IT’S GRIM DOWN SOUTH: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan could be a ‘grim reaper’ for Sligo businesses if the proposed 23 percent VAT rate is introduced next month.

Tubbercurry shops will shut if jobs go By Brian McHugh BUSINESSES will shut in Tubbercurry if 60 civil servants are moved from the town under the scrapping of decentralisation announced last week. In the announcement the government said the

decentralised jobs in Tubbercurry were “under review”. However, Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce spokesman Roger McCarrick said their worst fears are that the jobs will be moved, resulting in business closures.

He said: “It’s a very serious concern. Our worst fear is that the jobs will be moved to Castlebar, Ballina, Sligo or further afield over the next few months. “There is no doubt about it, if that happens local services will close, small businesses that

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are already on the financial borderline will shut, there will be business casualties resulting in job loses.” “These civil servants are the make or break spenders that are keeping some businesses from going to the wall,” said Mr. McCarrick.

Several civil servants have already moved from Tubbercurry. “But of those remaining 40 or 50 are locally based, some of who have bought houses here,” said Mr. McCarrick. “Most of them are South Sligo people who had previously been

working in Dublin or Portlaoise or elsewhere, who have came back to their own area. The staff are located in two offices that are rented properties close to each other. “If we could retain one of these offices at least it would be of some help,” said

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Mr. McCarrick. Minister for Small Business, John Perry yesterday told the Sligo Weekender: “The most important thing is that the jobs will still exist, they will continue to be paid and their wages will be spent in the local economy.”


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


Sligo traders ‘fighting hard to survive’ react angrily to VAT rate rise By Gerry McLaughlin


LEADING Sligo businessman has described the government’s proposed VAT hike from 21 to 23 percent as a “disaster for Sligo”. Sligo Vintners spokesman Enda Scanlon, Fiddlers Creek said it was a slap in the teeth to hard-pressed traders and an open invitation for shoppers to take the road back to Enniskillen. And he warned that it would only throw more families on the dole queue coming up to Christmas and the New Year. “Three years ago we were nearly crucified when the UK reduced the VAT rate to 15 pet cent but this is not just about publicans. “People were leaving Sligo in droves and the big multi-nationals were luring people to ASDA and Marks and

Spencers in Enniskillen with unbeatable drink offers.” Mr Scanlon said the licensed trade was almost on it knees but this latest VAT hike could be the final blow. “There is no way we can compete with them and they are brilliant at luring people into Enniskillen with great offers on drink. ‘That means people are buying drink for the home so the pubs and hotels and off licences here will really suffer. “But this increase means there will now be a three percent difference between Northern Ireland and here. “We just can’t take any more of this.” Mr Scanlon said he employed a staff of 28 and it was a great concern. “In the past three years Sligo traders have slashed their prices and are as competitive as anywhere but this is a real

kick in the teeth. “It is a real struggle because when places like ASDA entice people in with offers on drink, they also have other offers to keep them in the store. “And you can’t blame people but we are being crucified again by the government.” Meanwhile ex-mayor and Fine Gael Councillor Matt Lyons has also voiced strong opposition to the proposed hike. Mr Lyons said he would be meeting with a number of ministers this weekend to voice his concerns. And he said that the increase could spell the death knell for hard-pressed small businesses and lengthen dole queues. But the Fine Gael councillor said he was not so sure that the increase could spark a mass exodus to Enniskillen which happened after the last VAT

hike in 2008. “I don’t think the government will make the required savings from this measure and it will cause a lot of distress to hard-pressed traders”. “But we will need to wait and see if people consider it worthwhile to go Enniskillen when they weigh up all factors.” The proposed increase would sees the VAT rate increase to 23 per cent as opposed to Northern Ireland’s 20 per cent. This means that traders and customers would be paying a considerable 3 percent more than their counterparts in rival towns like Enniskillen. Three years ago when Northern Ireland reduced its VAT rate to 15 percent at a time when euro and sterling were almost at par it sparked a mass exodus from Sligo. Although fuel prices have

increased in the interim and one Euro is only worth 85 pence Sterling, fears are growing that if Enniskillen traders decided to offer more attractive rates, then the exodus might resume. “If that happened then obviously it would be a concern” said Mr Lyons. Mr Lyons said the government did not want to impose any more income tax but he felt that they would not make the required savings from VAT increases. “Personally it might not affect me as much as bigger stores, but there is no doubt that any increase in VAT will force all traders to increase their prices. “Transport costs rise immediately and we are all operating off very small margins. “Sligo traders are fighting hard to survive and this will certainly not help them.”

Perry defends VAT hike

Chamber concerned at VAT hike

THE Minister for Small Business John Perry has defended the planned VAT increase to 23%. He said the increase is only on on luxury goods. “It’s an additional €20 on a €1,000 of luxury items. You would buy a huge amount of luxuy goods for €1,000,” said Mr. Perry “We have already reduced VAT on a whole range of goods and services, particularly in the hospitality sector, down to its lowest ever. When you take the three VAT rates overall, we are still extremely competive,” the Minister claimed. “Then you have to

GERARD Moore, President of Sligo Chamber has voiced his concern that the absence of a commitment not to raise VAT in Budget 2012 will result in reduced consumer confidence, further declines in retail sales and possible job losses. Speaking yesterday afternoon, Mr Moore said that "A VAT rate rise will potentially drive consumers over the border for cheaper goods and would be a massive blow for retailers that would further damage consumer confidence and undermine the recovery of the domestic economy." He added that the

take into accound the cost of petrol and diesel to drive up the North,” he said, countering claims that the increase will prompt a mass

exodus of shoppers across the border. Deputy Perry urged shoppers to think about the effect on local jobs before they go North. “If you look at the bigger picture, it’s important to spend locally, local jobs must be maintained, It’s about buying for Ireland at the moment. “It was never more important for people to support their local town or village, it’s about buying for Ireland, buying for Sligo, buying local and spending local. “Every euro that is spent locally is supporting jobs for our sons and daughters,” he added.

move would push the Irish VAT rate 3 per cent higher than in the UK, making cross-border shopping more attractive. "This issue is particularly important for the border region

where previous increases in the VAT rate had detrimental impact on trade in the border region as consumer spending migrated North; we cannot afford a repeat of this." And he urged consumers to shop local on the run up to Christmas and support local businesses already under pressure. The top rate of VAT is charged on a huge range of goods including beer, wine and spirits, petrol and diesel, non-oral medicines, detergents, pet food, toys, electronic goods like televisions as well as white goods, furniture, tools, car parts and accessories.


Costello on shortlist for Penrose housing poition

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SLIGO-born Labour deputy Joe Costello is among those tipped to become the next Minister for Housing, replacing Deputy Willie Penrose who resigned from the Labour party last week in protest at the closure of an army barracks in his constituency. Costello - who was born in Geevagh, Co. Sligo and educated in Summerhill College is a Labour deputy in the Dublin Central constituency and served as the Labour Party spokesperson on transport prior to the elections. Most recently he was National Director of Election for Michael D Higgins's successful Presidential campaign. It is understood Costello is on a shortlist of four backbench government deputies being considered for the junior minister's post. The other names mentioned in the national media include Emmet Stagg, Ciaran Lynch and Alex White. However, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is likely to wait until after the Budget to announce Deputy Penrose's successor.

Mass at railway station THE annual mass for deceased members of staff of CIE, Irish Rail, and Bus Eireann will take place at Sligo’s Sean Mac Diarmada Railway station in Lord Edward Street on Thursday at 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


Chamber reveal Business Person of The Year 2010 D

AVID Kiely of Jennings O'Donovan & Partners Consulting Engineers is the Sligo Chamber Business Person of the Year 2010. Sponsored by The Sligo Weekender and The Sligo Park Hotel, the Business Person of the Year Award is Sligo Chamber's salute to a business person for their contribution to Sligo's economic development. Jennings O'Donovan & Partners, based in Finisklin Business Park, is a firm of consulting civil and environmental engineers who have carried out work in Ireland, the Middle East and Eastern Europe throughout its 60-year existence. It employs 70 people in total of which 45 people are in Sligo and another 25 are based in its offices in Bahrain, Riyadh and Bucharest. David hails from Stradbally, Co. Waterford and worked in Africa and the U.K. prior to joining Jennings O'Donovan & Partners in 1990. He became Director in 2003. After much work, drive and commitment and faced with the increasing challenges in the Irish economy, Jennings O'Donovan & Partners established offices in Romania in 2008, followed by offices in Bahrain in 2009 and Saudi Arabia in 2011, showing that Jennings O'Donovan & Partners is an ambitious outward-focused Irish firm. President of Sligo Chamber, Gerard Moore congratulated David Kiely on his receipt of this accolade.

Flanagan's closes down THE shock closure of furniture makers and restorers Flanagan's in Buncrana has also resulted in the closure of it's Sligo store, located in Grange. Owner Brian Flanagan confirmed to the BBC that his business was gone into liquidation and that all the shops run by the company are closed. He said he was now engaged in negotiations for a potential sale of the business or assets. Up to 50 jobs will be lost in total. The company was started by Brian Flanagan in the mid 1970s and expanded its operation to include retail stores in Sligo, Naas and Navan.

AWARD: David Kiely of Jennings O'Donovan & Partners has been named Sligo Chamber Business Person of the Year.

"David has shown great leadership in committing Jennings O'Donovan & Partners to new international markets in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. "Through David's experience, vision, leadership and persistence, Jennings O'Donovan & Partners were recently awarded the prestigious â‚Ź2.8m contract as Primary Infrastructure Designers to the Diyar Al Muharraq Development in Bahrain. "I am delighted that David is being recognised for his contribution to the local economy." David will be presented with the Business Person Award at the Sligo Chamber Annual Dinner Dance this Friday, November 25 by main sponsors of the event The Sligo Park Hotel and The Sligo Weekender. Jonathan Costello of The Sligo Weekender commented "We would like to offer our congratulations to David Kiely of Jennings O'Donovan & Partners. "His success is a testament to the outstanding reputation Jennings O'Donovan has established nationally and, of course, internationally. “David leads a team of superbly dedicated staff and under his leadership the company has gone from strength to strength. A much deserved winner." Guest Speaker for Friday night's event will be Leo Varadkar, T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport. For tickets to Friday's event, call Sligo Chamber on 0719161274.

Man faces trial after rape charge A MAN has appeared at a special sitting of Sligo district court on Saturday on a charge of rape. The man is charged with raping a middle-aged woman in the Crozon area between 12 midnight and 1 am on Friday morning. Gardai arrested the man shortly after the alleged

incident that left the woman, who is a foreign national, in a highly distressed state. Garda David Hannigan gave evidence of arrest charge and caution. The defendant, who was represented by Creed and Martyn solicitors, was remanded in custody to appear again this Thursday.

Knock gets flights boost FOUR new air routes from Ireland West Airport in Knock, Co Mayo will generate up to 500 new jobs for Ryanair when they come online from April 2012. The flights run from Knock to Barcelona, Frankfurt, Milan and Paris. "We are delighted to welcome these four new 2012 routes to and from some of Europe's biggest tourism markets," said Joe Gilmore, the airport manager. "In 2012, Ryanair will deliver over 600,000 seats to and from Knock, providing low-cost direct access for European tourists to the west of Ireland, which will boost tourism in this region." Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary said the new flights "will sustain more than 500 jobs in Knock next summer".


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


Man says he is ‘sitting duck’ for ongoing attacks By Gerry McLaughlin


SLIGO man whose home has been attacked three times in the past nine months has spoken of his terror to the Sligo Weekender. James Snee, 11 Slieve More, Ballytivnan was relaxing on his couch when a rock was hurled through his window last week. At the same time the top of a lump hammer was hurled through another window. The 47 year-old fatherof-three ended up in Sligo General Hospital and received eight stitches after the shocking attack. “I was taken up to the hospital in the early hours of Wednesday (November 16) “My whole house was covered in blood” the distraught man said. “My next door neighbour got the fright of her life. “She rushed outside as she thought it was a car crash.” This is the third time his home has been attacked. When asked if he had any idea of who was behind the attacks he said;

SCAR: James Snee shows the scar from the attack in his home, which required eight stitches.

“I am not accusing anybody of anything but you never know. “The guards brought me up to the hospital around 3 am but I am living in terror. “This is the third time that I have been attacked. “In February a rock was hurled through the window and then a few months later the capping stone from a neighbours wall came through the window. “They could have killed me and I just want the Borough Council to move me well away from this area before they finish me off,” he claimed. Mr Snee’s house is currently boarded up after his window was smashed in the attack Gardai conducted a full forensic examination of the scene and have taken a statement from Mr Snee. But he is still living in fear. “I want to be moved away to a different part of town where I won’t be as big a sitting duck. “But the Borough Council say they can’t do anything for me so I have decided to highlight this in the Weekender.” he said.

Search begins for young TV star THE search has begun to find a young actor aged between 11 and 13 to play the lead role alongside Chris O'Dowd (star of “Bridesmaids” and “The IT Crowd”) in a new project due to be shot partially in Roscommon in 2012. Casting Director Amy Rowan is holding auditions in Galway on Sunday, November 27 and subsequently in Sligo on December 2 and 3 and Limerick on December 9 and 10 for this part and other supporting roles. Amy has previously undertaken similar talent searches with great results for films such as "Garage" with Pat Shortt and most recently "Stella Days" with Martin Sheen. The new project is believed to be a comedy penned by Sligo-born actor Chris O'Dowd about his life growing up in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Earlier this year, Chris' father Sean, who still lives in Boyle, said "Sky TV has bought a sitcom series that [Chris] has written. He has written three of the six-part series and it will be about his growing up here in Boyle and... as far as he knows some of the episodes will actually be filmed in Boyle." Filming for the new show will take place on location in Roscommon and

HOME TOWN HERO: Chris O’Dowd’s new sitcom will be set in his home town of Boyle. Wicklow in January and February 2012. Amy is on the look out for boys aged between 11 and 14 and girls aged between 12 and 16. She added that no acting experience is required. She is also looking for identical

twin boys aged between 13 and 15. If your son or daughter is interested, e-mail Holly Ní Chiardha at: auditionsireland@gm with contact details and information on your child.

RTE’s John Murray Show in Strandhill RTE Radio One's “John Murray Show” will be in Strandhill this Saturday morning recording the exploits of hundreds of walkers. The fun starts at 12.30 pm sharp from the main car park and will finish back there 90 minutes or so later. There will be a festival atmosphere with live music, and refreshments will be available. No special gear is required, but good walking shoes such as trainers or trail shoes would be advisable, as well as some warm, rainproof

It promises to be great fun, be good for body and soul and be very informative clothing. The walk is suitable for normally healthy people of all ages: no need to be a champion athlete.

“We are very pleased to have succeeded in bringing the walk to Sligo” said Jim Newman, chairman of Sligo Walking Club. "This route will have beautiful Benbulben and Knocknarea as a backdrop and we will have some locals who will share their knowledge and love of the rich archaeological and mythological heritage with us. “It promises to be great fun, be good for body and soul and be very informative.”


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

News St. Patrick's Shoeboxes from all over Sligo are assembled at a central collection depot in Ballymote. Sligo links explored HISTORIAN and writer Catherine Swift, a leading expert in Ogam stones and early Irish Christianity, will be guest lecturer at the next meeting of the Sligo Field Club, being held at the Sligo IT Education Centre, Friday, November 25 at 8pm. Catherine, author of several Irish history books, is a lecturer in Irish Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She has an established and expert pedigree to offer an interesting and entertaining talk on 'St. Patrick and the Local Parish Priest in early Medieval Sligo' at the Field Club meeting. Sligo was also was extremely prominent in the life of the missionary who later became St Patrick and the county is featured in the early records of his journeys throughout Ireland. All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Sligo people pack 1,000s of shoeboxes for needy children


HOUSANDS of shoeboxes packed by Sligo people with gifts for needy children are being assembled in a warehouse at Ballymote ahead of being shipped abroad. Responding to the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal, schools, workplaces and individual families donated gifts and packed them in boxes. Main Sligo organiser Jennifer Irwin said they will continue to accept boxes for the remainder of this week. She said yesterday, Monday, that so far donations are on a par with last year, despite the economic downturn. “These boxes go to

children of families who live on less than €1 a day and in most cases this Team Hope Christmas Shoebox will be the only gift they receive this Christmas,” she said. Boxes are being handed in a local collection points all over Sligo – the Sligo Weekender is one collection point. Volunteer drivers then bring the boxes to the Sligo central depot in Ballymote where Jennifer and her team of volunteers are busy packing them into larger boxes. They will then be loaded on to a large truck for transport to Dublin from where they will be shipped to Eastern Europe.

At the Sligo Depot Warehouse sponsored by Ricki Devine are (l-r) Carol Maxwell, Owen McElroy, Jennifer Irwin - Sligo Picture by Peter McPartland Co-Ordinator, Geraldine Regan, Rebecca Mc Loughlin and Autin Coleman.

A festival celebrating the music film genre

The Model Wed. 23 – Sun. 27 Nov. 2011 The Farocki Shorts

The Lost World

Screening Wed. 23 Nov. at 7.30pm Free

Screening Live score performance by Dark Notes Sat. 26 Nov. at 8pm €10

Melancholia Screening Wed. 23 Nov. at 8pm €8/€6 conc.

Parish and Donal Dineen DJ Set

The Model’s Shorts Showcase

Performance Sat. 26 Nov. at 9.30pm €10

A selection of recently made short films Screening Wed. 23 Nov. at 6pm & 7pm Free

Bob and the Monster

Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire

Punk lives on in Belfast, Shellshock Rock

Introduction by Director Tony Palmer followed by a Q&A Session

Screening Sun. 27 Nov. at 6pm €8/€6 conc.

Screening Thurs. 24 Nov. at 7pm €8/€6 conc.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen Screening Thursday Nov 24 at 9.30pm €8/€6 conc.

The Taqwacores Screening Fri. 25 Nov. at 6pm €8/€6 conc.

Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour 1974 Screening Fri. 25 Nov. at 8pm €8/€6 conc.

Arietty Screening Sat. 26 Nov. at 3pm €5/€15 Family

For booking visit or tel: 071 914 1405 Sound + Vision is one of a series of collaborations between The Model and Cinema North West.

Screening Sun. 27 Nov. at 3pm €8/€6 conc.

Punk’s Not Dead (Irish Premiere) Screening Sun. 27 Nov. at 8pm €8/€6 conc.

Festival Club

McGarrigles, O’Connell St. Thur. Nov 24 at 10pm Free Adm. Fri. Nov 25 at 10.30pm Free Adm.

SoUnD + ViSiOn Festival Passes 1 week Festival Pass: €35 Special Family Ticket Price €15 (2 Adults & 2 Children)


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


MODEL: Australian Ambassador Mr. Bruce Davis (centre) visits The Model as part of his visit to Sligo. Also pictured L-R: Oliver Alcorn, Emer McGarry, Seamus Kealy and Bernie Butler

Oz ambassador samples all that Sligo has to offer T

HE Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Bruce Davis visited The Model last Wednesday as a guest of Bernie Butler, Chairperson of The Model and Fáilte Ireland North West. The Ambassador visited The Model's Niland Collection, artist studios and galleries as well as having lunch at Slice café. He was joined for lunch by The Model's Deputy Director Emer McGarry and Technical Manager Oliver Alcorn, also Australian, and was given a tour of the current exhibition from Omer Fast "The Tunnel" by The Model's Director Seamus Kealy. Mr. Davis also visited Carrowmore and Drumcliffe as part of his visit to Sligo and was particularly impressed with the rich cultural heritage of Sligo.

TOMBS: The Australian Ambassador also visited the Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs with guide Padraig Meehan (right) explaining the significance of the site. Picture by James Connolly/PicSell8

Claiming our future seminar LEITRIM Claiming our Future (COF) is hosting a seminar on Public Advocacy and Citizenship on November 26th at the Mayflower, Drumshanbo from 12-3pm, which is open to the general public to attend. "When we look around we see that economic change on a national level and proposed

changes on a local level can make people feel powerless," said a spokesperson for the Leitrim COF. "We are saying the opposite, this is just the time when more and more people need to get involved and influence changes in their local communities and wider societies, otherwise we are at risk of losing

much of what we hold dear." The organisers are appealing to people already involved in their communities and those who are interested in learning more about campaigning tips to come along. They have brought a group of guest speakers who can give insights into influencing change,

including Siobhan O’Donoghue, Director of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, leader of Claiming our Future and winner of a recent prestigious award in recognition of her work in equality and social justice. The seminar is open to all. For more, e-mail leitrim@claimingourfut

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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

News The Sligo-Leitrim Garda Youth awards were launched on Tuesday night to honour the contribution

Gardai to put good work of young G

ardai in Sligo and Leitrim have launched a scheme aimed at showing the positive contribution young people make to society. The Sligo-Leitrim Garda Youth awards 2011 were launched by Mayor Rosaleen O’Grady on Tuesday night in the offices of their main sponsor, Sligo Credit Union. Through the awards scheme local gardai aim to highlight good work being done by young people in communities across the two counties. Garda spokespersons at the launch said that much of this good work passes under the radar and mainly goes unnoticed. A similar awards scheme ran in Sligo several years ago. Tuesday night’s relaunch was an iniative of the Community Policing Unit and the brainchild of Cranmore Community garda Charlie Jordan. Speakers at the launch were Mayor of Sligo Rosaleen O’Grady, Inspector Sean McGinty and Inspector Colm Nevin. Members of the public can nominate a young person or group they feel deserves an award. Nominations may come from family members or relatives. Youth clubs and sporting clubs and any other organisation that caters for young people may also submit a nomination. Applications will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Application forms are available at all Garda station throughout the Sligo/Leitrim Division as well as online at The closing date for receipt of application forms is Tuesday December 20. The awards will be presented in January. The awards are sponsored by Sligo Credit Union (main sponsor) M&K Oils, Seamus Feehily, Quinn Auto repairs and North Connaught Youth and Community Services.

Having fun at the launch of the Garda Youth Awards were from left; Cathal Jordan, Edel Burke, Cairns Road, Keelan Dunleavy, Ballintogher, and twins Danielle and Cameron Keaney from Cranmore.

Mayor launches ‘exciting community initiative’ LAUNCHING the awards scheme, Mayor of Sligo Rosaleen O’Grady described it as a novel and exciting community initiative. She said that with the current prevalent air of negativity, he found it heartening to be associated with something positive and energising. Speaking to the gathering of gardai, representatives of public bodies and sponsors Mayor O’Grady said: “It is a privilege to join you this evening for the launch of this novel and exciting community initiative. “In framing and delivering this project, you are addressing a very real deficit in our society, in that there is no recognised awards system for young people to acknowledge the excellent work many of them carry out in our community. “This work is carried out on every parish in the country, whether it be in the area of sport, music, art,

environment or local projects.” She said the vast majority of this endeavour goes unnoticed. “The objective of this awards forum is to tell these young people that we acknowledge your contribution, one that is greatly appreciated by the wider community.” The mayor said the two main 'drivers' of the initiative are perfectly placed in this respect, as both the gardai and the Credit Union have a strong community focus. “The network of contacts you have developed, and the goodwill among the community towards the gardai and the credit union, will ensure that the awards scheme will be a popular and successful one.” “The broad scope of the scheme will ensure a diverse range of nominations, whether for individuals or groups. The only criteria is that they have made a positive contribution to their

community in 2011.” She said the spirit and ambition shown by young people can bestow on them the status of role models for their peers. “If people see that their contribution is noticed and applauded, it may encourage others to follow in their footsteps. “There are any number of pressures on young people, as they balance the challenges of education with their interests and past-times outside the class-room. “It is to their great credit that so many of them can find the time to give so generously of their time for the common good.” Mayor O’Grady said it was her hope that the wider community will avail of the opportunity to nominate young people they know who have made a special contribution which deserves to be acknowledged.

Credit Union sponsor Garda awards SPEAKING on behalf of Sligo Credit Union the organisation's chairman John Kelly said they were proud to be associated with the awards. "While the primary role of Credit Union is financial, we are also very focussed on the improvement of our community and well-being of its members.” He said Sligo Credit Union supports many local community, cultural and sporting groups annually. "Such activities improve the quality of life of our 13,000 members as well as the wider community. "I wish to acknowledge and thank Garda Charlie Jordan for his role in co-ordinating and bringing the Youth Achievement Awards to fruition".

AT A GLANCE * Awards age group: 12 to 19. * Nominations close: December 20. * Awards presentation: January 2012. * Area: Sligo / Leitrim * Forms: From Garda stations or online


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

News of young people in the region. Brian McHugh reports.

people ‘on radar’ Awards designed to show capabilities of our youth INSPECTOR Sean McGinty said the awards are designed to show what young people are capable of contributing to society. "We believe that in giving recognition to youth achievements it will bring even greater benefits to young people in terms of self respect and self confidence. "These awards will be an opportunity to publicise many of the achievements that young people make in the community, many that go unrecognised".

The inspector said that many people think that any contact or interaction the gardai have with young people is of a negative nature. "But that is far from the truth. We have many everyday happenings, things, in sports clubs and other activities where we meet in a friendly and positive way, and that rarely gets any publicity, "We see things in our local media about youths doing this, that or the other and negative publicity. But most of the meetings we have with young

people are positive," said Inspector McGinty. Thanking the sponsors the inspector said: "We couldn't have done this without our main sponsor, Sligo Credit Union. They, like ourselves, have their tentacles in all aspects of society. We are very happy that they are our main sponsor". He also thanked the other sponsors. Inspector McGinty was speaking on behalf of Chief Supt. Jim Sheridan who could not attend due to work commitments.

At the launch of the Garda Awards were; Garda Charlie Jordan, Sgt Philip Maree, Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady (Mayor of Sligo), Inspector Sean McGinty and James Kelly, Chairman of Sligo Credit Union.

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SERGEANT Phillip Maree recalled that similar Garda awards took place in Sligo several years ago. He said this re-launch is an initiative of the Garda Community Policing Unit in Sligo - Leitrim. He said: "Our work with the Community Policing Unit brings us into contact with a lot of youth. We see first-hand on the ground a lot of projects that


youth are involved in. "That doesn't always get publicity. If they are involved in sports, they may get publicity, but there are a lot of other very worthwhile projects that don't get recognition. "This is an opportunity for adults and indeed everyone in the community to nominate worthwhile projects, worthwhile young people for the positive

work they have done in 2011.” He said it is open to all young people in the age group of 12 to 19 and also groups of two or more people. Sergeant Maree thanked Community Garda Charlie Jordan who came up with the idea of the re-launch. He also thanked the mayor and local media for attending the launch.


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RESIGNED: Willie Penrose quit Labour when the government announced army cuts.

PROMISE: Minister For State John Perry had promised to resign over cancer issue.

CONSIDER: Labour senator Susan O’Keeffe said she considered her position but did not quit.

Sligo politicians told to stand up for their beliefs, like Penrose By Gerry McLaughlin


WO Sligo politicians who promised to resign if cancer services were not restored to Sligo General Hospital will not be following in the footsteps of Labour Junior Minister Willie Penrose. Fine Gael TD John Perry and Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe both pledged to resign if the services were not restored and Sligo was not designated as a ninth Centre of Excellence respectively. Ms O’Keeffe told Ocean FM that resignation had “crossed her mind” but she had “made a decision to stay and keep on working hard”. Mr Penrose stepped down over the government’s decision to close Mullingar Army barracks prompting local Save Our Cancer Services NW spokesperson Catriona McGoldrick to salute him as a “man of principle”. Ms McGoldrick’s reaction was echoed by her colleague Jim O’Sullivan who called on local Labour representatives to stand down in solidarity with Mr Penrose. Mr O’Sullivan said he was calling on Senator Susan O’Keeffe and councillors Jimmy McGarry and Marcella McGarry to “do the honourable thing”. “If they don’t they will send out the message that they have no problem with their community being treated as second -class citizens”.

If I could remind people that John Perry said he would resign within 100 days of government if the services were not restored.

And while the process for picking radiographers to have a mammography service at the hospital was due to begin yesterday (November 21), it has emerged that Fine Gael Health Minister Dr James Reilly is still refusing to meet the campaigners. Cancer campaigners have been unsuccessfully trying to meet the Minister since last June. Ms McGoldrick said the Mr Penrose “stood by his constituents”. And she added that it was time for politicians in the north west to honour their pre-election pledges. “I really admire Willie Penrose as he stood by his constituents. “He is a man of principle. ‘If I could remind people that John Perry said he would resign within 100 days of government if the services were not restored. “Labour’s Susan O’Keeffe said she would resign if we did not have a ninth Centre of Excellence in Sligo. ‘To date none of these things have happened. Will it ever happen that they will resign on our behalf ? “Will they stand by their constituents like Willie Penrose? “Time has passed but it is time they stood up and say exactly what they are doing for their constituents to restore the services. “Mammography will be hopefully be back by Christmas but there is still the whole issue of the return of surgery. ‘Their promises were so much a part of their pre-election campaign.

“So it is time for them to either restore our services or resign. “Willie Penrose will be elected after this because his constituents will remember that he stood by them.” Meanwhile Senator Susan O’Keeffe said that politicians were often faced with dilemmas to resign or keep going. “It crossed my mind. I pledged before the election that I would fight hard for the cancer services and it’s a very difficult position to be in when you realise that those services will not be delivered in the immediate term. “I hope it will be delivered in the longer term and of course I have to question myself, well should I stay or should I go? “Clearly I have made a decision to stay. I am still battling for a ninth Centre of Excellence and won’t stop having that argument.” And Fine Gael Junior Minister John Perry said he was confident that the mammography services would be restored. However on the full restoration of services, he said; “I will be very careful what I say on this issue. Sligo is a regional hospital and we have got to ensure that the services that are there in the hospital are retained. “It is important that we fight for return of mammography. “The €110m budget for the hospital must be retained. ‘If we get the mammography service back and the introduction of colonoscopy then it should be one step at a time” he said.


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Transplant Team Ireland seeks more Sligo members T

HE Irish Kidney Association is seeking new members to sign up for Transplant Team Ireland and celebrate the 'gift of life' through sport. Earlier this year, two Sligo women were part of the 33 member Transplant team Ireland which enjoyed much success at the 18th Summer World Transplant Games in Gothenburg. Seventeen-year-old Megan Fahy from Tonaphubble took part in the games only six months after undergoing a kidney transplant. She was joined on the team by Bridie Nicholson of Calry who had a double kidney and pancreas transplant 12 years earlier. A student of Sligo’s Mercy College, Megan scooped silver in the 100-meter sprint. She also won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay race. Bridie Nicholson took to the medals podium a number of times at previous Transplant Games. The Irish Kidney Association is now aiming to recruit under 18s and seniors (both transplant recipients and people currently on

dialysis) from around the country. Team members are required to represent Ireland at various international events including the Winter World Transplant Games in Switzerland in March as well as the European Transplant & Dialysis Games to be held in Croatia in August. Speaking about the recruitment drive Colin White, Transplant Team Ireland Manager, said: “We would like to expand our existing inspirational team by securing people from every part of the country to highlight the benefits of sport for transplant recipients and people on dialysis as well as spreading the message about the wonderful legacy of organ donation." To find out more about Transplant Team Ireland log on to: or contact Colin White email Tel. 01-6205306 The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for managing Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at various national and international events.

MEDAL WINNER: Teenager Megan Fahy from Sligo won one silver and a bronze at the 18th World Transplant Games in Sweden. Ireland picked up a massive haul of 36 medals, comprising 12 Gold, 12 Silver and 12 Bronze. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

New date for Commuter train departure THE first quarter of 2012 is the latest predicted date for the departure of Commuter carriages on the Sligo/Dublin rail line. It had been expected that a delivery of 12 new Intercity railcars to Irish Rail earlier this year would have brought an end to the use of the older models by now. However, they still continue to run once a day in both

directions. The much more comfortable Inter-City trains came into service on the Sligo line in 2008 and operate all the other runs, with trains going every two hours. Corporate Communications Manager with Irish Rail Barry Kenny said last week: “The new Intercity railcars will begin entering service next month, so I would expect that in the first quarter 2012 we'll be finally

saying goodbye to Commuter carriages on the Sligo/Dublin services”. However, there is a possibility that the Commuter may continue to appear on Sundays. Mr Kenny said. “Sunday services will be monitored for demand. It may be that we need to retain a limited use of other train types on this day, due to the heavy demand in Sunday afternoon or evening”.

Motorway markings could be improved IRISH MEP Jim Higgins has called on the National Roads Authority to review Ireland's motorway markings after a huge smash on the M5 motorway in the UK which claimed the lives of several motorists. The North West MEP, who has repeatedly commented on Ireland's road safety record - good

and bad - said the NRA should look at a road marking system similar to France. "In my work as an MEP I do up to 1,000km a week on the road, with a chunk of that on motorways. Some motorists do not leave sufficient space to brake suddenly. Even on our fine new motorways we need to expect the unexpected.

"One possible solution might be to paint strips on the side of the road where the hard shoulder is, as they do in France. "On the continent, the French ask their motorists to keep two strips away from the car in front. We should consider doing the same here. It is a very effective, cost efficient system."

Septic tank charges must be ‘vigorously opposed’ A SOUTH Sligo councillor has called for septic tank charges to be “vigorously opposed” by the rural population who will be most affected. Cllr Margaret Gormley said that a bill brought forward by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan “discriminates against people living in the rural areas”. The independent councillor went on: “These people, and let me add it's not just the farming community, have provided their own systems at their own expense

so why must they have to pay again and why are they been victimised because of their location? “Does it go back to the fact that people are not wanted in rural areas move all into towns and villages and leave the county side in wilderness?” She said that plans to charge €50 registration every five years could quickly balloon to €500. “And, there is no provision in the bill for grant assistance to homeowners who may have to upgrade their

systems. “I find this appalling to think that because one lives in rural Ireland they have to pay and if you live in the urban area no charge. “The Minister and this Government must provide grant assistance in the event of an upgrade needed. I am calling on our representatives Minister John Perry and Deputy Tony McLoughlin to take these points on board and ensure that rural dwellers are not discriminated against.”

Tubber woman kicked car door A YOUNG Tubbercurry woman who tried to kick the door of a garda patrol car had her case struck out after €300 was produced for a charity. But Judge Kevin Kilrane warned Erin Lynch, Summerhill, Mountain Road, Tubbercurry who is pursuing a career in nursing, of the dangers of any recurrence of her behaviour at the district court on November 11. A previous sitting heard the young woman was too drunk to remember an incident with Garda Tomas O’Griofa on July 10. She was charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to give her name and address at Tobergal Lane. Inspector Sean MacGinty told the court that Garda O’Griofa and a colleague were dealing with a different incident when Erin Lynch got abusive towards them.

She also gave a false name and address on three occasions. The defendant also lashed out at the garda patrol car with her foot and was very abusive while in custody. Defence solicitor Laura Spellman said her client was a student at North Connacht College and was hoping to continue her studies by qualifying as a nurse in London next years. A conviction could have consequences, the court was told. Her client had contacted the gardai to apologise on the following day. Erin Lynch told the court she had taken a lot of drink and gave an undertaking not to repeat her behaviour in the future. She apologised for her actions in court. Judge Kevin Kilrane said he would deal with the case in a “certain way” if she paid €300 to the court.

Sligo houses go under the hammer A MASSIVE property auction featuring over 100 lots will be held in Dublin on November 30, and among the cut-price homes being offered are three from West Sligo. Three holiday homes in the Marella development in Enniscrone are up for sale - Lot 22 is No 18 Marella, a large 4 bedroomed home. Lot 104, 9 Marella is

the same style and features 3 bedrooms. Lot 97, 7 Marella is a larger four bedroomed house over two floors. Tantalisingly for bidders the latter house is on with a reserve of €55,000, the other tow with reserves of €45,000. The auction takes place in the Shelbourne Hotel and details of all lots are available on


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


Elaine Kennedy sings "What if God was one of US" in the Sligo's got Talent Competition.

Ann Hanahoe sings "Man I feel like a woman," during the Sligo's got Talent Competition. The last 6 acts remaining in the Sligo's got Talent competition are from left; Justine & Killian, Ann Hanahoe, Elaine Kennedy, Vanessa Sleator, Kayleigh Gallagher, Megan & Emzee.

Kayleigh Gallagher on stage

Linda and Fiona were enjoying the night in the Garavogue.

Elaine, Áine, Louise, Siobhan, Caroline and Rita in the Garavogue for the Sligo's got Talent Competition. Performing "Ironic" in the Sligo's got Talent Competition were Justine & Killian.

Perfroming "Everybody dance now" in the Sligo's got Talent Competition was Vanessa Sleator.

Megan & Emzee performing "Rhythm is a Dancer."

Grace, Aoife, Laura and Hilary were enjoying the Talent competition in the Garavogue.

Conor Farrell, Karen Gordon and Keith Hughes were the judges for this round of the Sligo's got Talent Competition.

Jason, Danny and Al√°na were in the Garavogue for the Talent competition.

Louise, Siobhan and Carrie enjoying the Talent Show.

Coola groupout celebrainge the Senior Schools GAA victory.

Emer and Ciaio were enjoying the Sligo's got Talent Competition.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


Susanne swaps ‘The Apprentice’ for the aisle I

T has been a whirlwind November for Collooney resident Susanne Short and it's not over yet. Susanne was one of 12 applicants chosen to take part in TV3's "The Apprentice", competing for the opportunity to work on a new business venture with Dublin businessman Bill Cullen. And, although she was fired from the show last Monday, November 14, she had more than enough reasons to be cheerful. For a start, Susanne was presented with a Bachelor of Business in Marketing (Level 7) at the annual Conferring Ceremonies at IT Sligo. In fact, Susanne applied for the daunting task of trying to win Bill Cullen's approval as a future business partner while sitting her final exams at the Institute. Having survived until the seventh week on the popular but demanding television show, she exited feeling "wiser and more confident" and full of plans for the future. And that future includes a very special day this Friday, November 25 when the 22-year-old marries fiancé Richard Kerins, owner and manager of Tubberbride Stables in Collooney, County Sligo. After the rigors of trying to impress the demanding Cullen and his colleagues, This Co. Louth lady is looking forward to the wedding bash with friends and family at Kilronan Castle. The wedding comes just two weeks after her graduation from IT Sligo. "It was

lovely to go back and see the lecturers again. I really loved my course at IT Sligo," she said. And was she anxious to meet up with The Apprentice judges? "Well Bill Cullen is a tough man but his criticism is always very constructive," she said. "He comes across as the kind of boss who shouts and screams and throws chairs around the room, but of course that does not work in business. A lot of it is for television." Susanne admitted that she was disappointed to have been kicked off after Bill questioned her leadership qualities. "I was disappointed because at this stage the final is in sight," she said. She felt she put up a great fight on her last task. "Maybe I should have done that earlier but hindsight is a great thing." Susanne, a native of Co Louth, is an avid show jumper and has competed at Grand Prix level, most recently with her beloved stallion Varo whom she since sold to international show-jumper Darragh Kerins. She continues to compete on the show jumping circuit and is very involved with Richard at Tubberbride. She has plenty of business ideas and has done a lot of research on a plan to set to a website aimed at the over 50 age group. In the meantime she hopes to get more experience under belt, preferably in the area of sales and marketing. "I learned a lot from The Apprentice, she said. "I know I would feel much more confident now going for interviews."

Sligo Man with knife had been warned

ABOVE: Susanne Short pictured at her graduation ceremony at IT Sligo last week. TOP: Susanne’s last appearance in “The Apprentice”.

A SLIGO man who was caught with a Stanley knife by gardai, said it was for cutting lino for his mother, a court heard. Damian O’Sullivan, 45 Doorly Park was searched by gardai at 3.30 am on May 10 at McNeill Drive. He had a Stanley knife with a push up blade. In a different case, the court heard that O’Sullivan ran away from gardai when they tried to search him for drugs on May 16 at Cleveragh Road. When apprehended, he was found to be carrying cannabis worth from €5 to €10. Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern said his client had been warned by the court about his behaviour in October and these offences had occurred before that warning. Judge Kilrane said the warning still stood before convicting and fining O’Sullivan €300 for having a knife. The remaining charges of having drugs and obstruction were taken into consideration.

Sligo dancers perform in front of 3,000


Galway on Friday 25th Nov. & Saturday 26th Nov. Roscommon on Sunday, 27th November

DANCERS: The members of Sean Nos ar an tSionann who performed on TG4. Back Row, l-r: Tara Noone (age 12) Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim; Edwina Guckian, Sean Nos ar an tSionann teacher; Aisling Burke (age 13) Kilmore, Co. Roscommon; Ryan Owens (age 9) Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Front Row, l-r: Anna Crossley (age 9) Drumsna, Co. Leitrim; Alanna Dorey (age 5) Ballintogher, Co. Sligo; Eimear Kerins (age 7) Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

TRADITIONAL dance club Sean Nos ar an tSionann continue to impress, most recently in the finals of "Steip Beo" on TG4 in the Comortas Rince ar an Sean Nos at the INEC in Killarney. Sligo dancers Alanna Dorey (aged 5), from Ballintogher and Eimear Kerins (aged 7), from Ballymote joined dancers from Roscommon and Leitrim in the six-strong group from Sean Nos ar an tSionann who performed. The six youngsters danced against over 100 children from all over Ireland and they made it to the top 10 which was a huge achievement for them

at their age. It was also a huge achievement for their counties as they are a few of the first to represent their counties at this level. On Saturday, November 5 they danced live on TG4 from Oireachtas na Samhna in the INEC Killarney. Over 3,000 people watched in the audience. And their teacher Edwina Guckian also made it to the finals and danced live on this show. And they had celebrated musicians Damien Mullane and Frankie Gavin of De Danann fame providing the tunes for their dances.

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British journalists wooed by Sligo’s charms and character A

GROUP of influential British journalists flew into Ireland West Airport Knock from Birmingham on November 11 for a fact-finding weekend break in Co. Sligo. Representing various regional newspapers and magazines with a combined circulation of almost 200,000, the group was here to research the many things to see and do here for feature stories they are writing about short breaks and holidays in Sligo. The journalists' visit was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with airline BMIbaby. Encouraging visitors to spend time in the various regions of Ireland is a key priority for Tourism Ireland. In the UK, Tourism Ireland focuses on a region-to-region approach to capitalise on the access links between specific areas of Britain and the regions in Ireland. During their time in Sligo, the journalists enjoyed the Eagles Flying show in Ballymote; met with Yeats enthusiast Stella Mews and took the famous Yeats' Trail, including Drumcliff; and paid a visit to the Model Art Gallery. Their itinerary also included the scenic Lough Gill Drive, the megalithic tombs at Carrowmore and a visit to the Voya seaweed baths at Strandhill. The group stayed at The Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo town during their visit.

YEATS COUNTY: British journalists and representatives of BMIbaby explored the Yeats' Trail in Sligo. Pictured (l-r): Lisa Nichole Wright, Express & Star; Marion McMullen, Coventry Telegraph; Kerry O'Coy, Fused Magazine; Louisa Gregson, freelance; Victoria Maltby and Fergus Mulchrone, BMIbaby; Cillian Eoin O'Brien, Solihull News; and Thérèse Cunningham, Fáilte Ireland.

"Media visits such as this are excellent opportunities to showcase Sligo's wonderful hospitality and the many things to see and do in this part of Ireland," said Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland's Head of Great Britain. "The publicity value of the articles these journalists will write is fantastic - they will be read by hundreds of thousands of potential holidaymakers." Meanwhile, Tourism Ireland announced a rise of 10 percent in overseas tourists this year to date. "2011 appears to mark a turning point for Irish tourism, with CSO figures for the first nine months of the year showing growth of 10% in overseas visitor numbers, which is very good news for everyone in the tourism industry," Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland. "Particularly welcome is the continued positive performance from Great Britain, our largest and most important tourism market, which grew by 7.4% during this nine-month period. "Visitor numbers from North America are up 10.7% and from Mainland Europe up 12.3%, over the same nine-month period in 2010. "Australia and developing markets (15.1%) have recorded a very strong performance and have now almost returned to the record level of the peak years."


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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

News Online B&B bookings on the rise

NORTH WEST: Minister Michael Ring TD meets North West members of B&B Ireland at their AGM. Pictured (l-r): Ann Campbell, John Hughes, Mary PJ Brennan, Maeve Walsh, Mary Herity, Monica Brennan, Mary Mulligan, Oriel Hill and Nicolas Wilkinson. ONLINE bookings through the B&B Ireland website have risen by 43 percent this year, the Ballyshannon-based body heard at their AGM in Dublin last week. The AGM was opened by Minister of State for Tourism and Transport, Michael Ring TD. "The rise covers advance online bookings for the period January to MidNovember 2011 compared to the same period last year," says B&B Ireland chief

CHIEF: Helena Healy. executive, Helena Healy, who lives in Sligo. "The increase is

mainly due to bookings from the US, France and Germany, and reflects our increased in-house IT and e-marketing capability," she adds. B&B Ireland represents over 1,000 owners from cities, towns and rural areas across the island of Ireland. Earlier this year, they launched the only B&B iPhone app and have since also launched a new range of specialist "package" breaks to cater for a wide range of interests such as walkers,

anglers, golfers, farmstay, and Irish language enthusiasts amongst others. "In the past year, over 80% of B&B Ireland properties have received star ratings under the new Fáilte Ireland scheme for the sector, and that's been a real boost to their business," says Helena. "Consumers logging into our website m can now find approved three, four and five star properties at a glance."

Man who abused garda was ‘well anesthetised’ By Gerry McLaughlin


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SLIGO man who told a court that he would not insult a Garda’s intelligence by telling him to “f..k off ” has been convicted and fined at the district court. Brendan Casey, Castle Street was said to be “well anaesthetised” before he met garda John McNulty on the Main Street in Collooney on August 12. The court heard that Casey had been at the dentist and had been given five injections after getting teeth out on that date. He also drank five pints of beer, the court was told. Brendan Casey told the court he had been in the Ownemore Inn playing a juke box when he noticed a garda patrol car pull up suddenly. As there was a Post Office and a

Credit Union across the street he had gone out and asked garda John McNulty of he was alright and if “there was a problem”. Garda McNulty said that Casey had asked him why he (Garda McNulty) had been following him all day. Casey had only moved away about three metres when asked to leave the area under Section 8 of the Public Order Act. He told the garda to “f..k off ”, the court heard. Defence solicitor Edmund Henry said Casey had left the pub to see if he could provide any help to gardai. Casey told the court he had got teeth out on the morning in question. He had gone to a pub in Wolfe Tone Street and had pint but had a big dinner at a house in St Joseph’s Terrace.

The defendant said he intended getting the train, but it had gone. He went back to the same pub to have another pint before taking a taxi to the Owenmore Inn and was on his third pint when the garda car pulled up. Casey said he would not insult the garda’s intelligence by telling him to “f..k off ”. Judge Kevin Kilrane said the defendant was “well anaesthetised when he met the garda”. The judge fined Casey €100 for threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour and a further €100 for failing to obey the instructions of a garda. Judge Kilrane added the reason the fines were so small was because the defendant was suffering from “amnesia”. The judge said that Casey genuinely believed he was telling the truth.

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Daragh Kennedy waits patiently as his younger sister Chloe gets her face painted by Meg Rybicki.

Sligo Animal Rescue launch 2012 calendar to raise vital funds S

ligo Animal Rescue launched their 2012 calendar with a special event for families, and their pets, at Connacht Gold's superstore in Deep Water Quay, Sligo. On Saturday, November 12, Connacht Gold welcomed kids, parents and their various pets to the store to launch the calendar and offer some sound advice for anyone looking for

help with their pets. The pet centre in the store hosted a coffee morning (with some delicious cupcakes from Once Upon A Time) and offered the youngsters a chance to see birds, reptiles and other pets up close and even handle some of them, including some very colourful snakes for those willing to hold them! Connacht Gold had a number

of special offers on for the launch and animal foodstuff providers Red Mills had their experts in-store to offer any advice. For the youngest kids there was facepainting too. The calendar was the focal point of the event and plenty were sold on the day priced at â&#x201A;Ź10 each. The calendar is available for sale from Connacht Gold and also from

Canning's House & Garden, Inishfree Vet Clinic, McDermott's Vet Clinic and via Sligo Animal Rescue itself. The calendar is made up of beautiful pictures of some of the hundreds of animals Sligo Animal Rescue have rehomed and cared for, as well as pictures posted on the group's facebook page by proud pet owners.

Francesca Giampa and Georgina Sleng from "Once Upon a Time" supplied Cupcakes for the Launch of the 2012 Animal Rescue Calendar.

The Connacht Gold Animal Rescue 2012 Calendar.

Kate Cadman holding a Corn Snake with Adele Davey and Daragh Kennedy with pet minature Cockatees.

Dorothy Kilgallen from Sligo Animal Rescue (centre) with laddie, is pictured with Caroline and Dessie Harnan who fostered Amble and Sheba. Rory Foley and Keith Keenan (Manager Pet Section, Connacht Gold) with pet King and Corn snakes.

At the launch of the 2012 Animal Rescue calendar were from left; Charlene Melanephy, Kate Oogan, Siobhan Watters (Sligo Animal Rescue), Tania Carron (Sligo Animal Rescue).

Luke (pet Corn Snamek), Eve, Jake and Louise (pet Corn snak at the launch of the 2012 Animal Rescue Calendar.

Keith Keenan (Manager Pet Section, Connacht Gold) holding a minature Cockatee, pictured here with Siobhan Watters (Sligo Animal Rescue).


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Seven Sligo volunteers in South Africa SEVEN Sligo people were among the latest volunteers to take part in the Niall Mellon Township Trust. The trust is currently working in the township of Witsand in South Africa, located around 40 minutes from Cape Town. There is no basic sanitation in the township and shacks are built out of anything that can be recycle but mainly aluminium, wood and asbestos. Witsand has 10,000 shack dwellers and an unemployment rate of approximately 70 percent. What's more, there are no schools in the township and all the children from Witsand have to travel to the nearby city of Atlantis for schooling. Anne Kilconye, Jimmy Flynn, Fiona Rooney and Seamus Cummins from Sligo Town were joined by Sinead Carrigy from Carraroe, John McDermot from Skreen and Joe Davey from Ballisodare on the most recent trip. They joined a volunteer team who built 80 houses within the week. And by the end of 2011, the Niall Mellon Township trust will have housed 100,000 people. To find out more about the charity's work, visit

SOUTH AFRICA: Pictured in the township of Witsand are Sligo volunteers (l-r): Anne Kilconye, Jimmy Flynn, Sinead Carrigy, John McDermot, Joe Davey, Fiona Rooney and Seamus Cummins.

Oral hearing into plan to remove dangerous N4 bend BORD Pleanala is to hold an oral hearing into the compulsory purchase of land for the removal of a dangerous bend on the N4 near Castlebaldwin. Sligo County Council aims to aquire the lands from 12 property owners at Ardloy for realignment at the most hazardous section of the ten kilometre sub-standard stretch of roadway between Castlebaldwin and Collooney. The council gave notice of the compulsory purchase order in an advert in the Sligo Weekender on August 23. Bord Pleanala will hold the oral hearing in the Sligo Southern Hotel on December 6. Sligo County Council received an allocation of â&#x201A;Ź1.5 million to improve the dangerous road which has claimed 29 lives in accidents over the past 30 years. Deputy County Manager Tom Kilfeather said earlier this year that it was vitally important that the realignment be progressed as quickly as possible. He said it was essential that the NRA grant could be drawn down rather than risk it being withdrawn in the current economic climate.

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Bord Pleanála says no to Manor Tesco store plan T

esco has been refused planning for a large store in Manorhamilton in North Leitrim. An Bord Pleanála shot down the plan claiming that it would be a traffic hazard and would endanger public safety Permission had earlier been granted by Leitrim County Council, but this was overturned after two appeals to An Bord Pleanála. The two appeals were lodged by the grocers organisation RGDATA and the environmental and heritage group An Taisce. Tesco had planned to build the 1,534sq.m supermarket on a 0.89ha site at Clooneen Park, New Line, off the N16 Sligo-to-Enniskillen road, on the Glenfarne side of the town. A car park with 106 spaces was part of the plan. An Bord Pleanála ruled that the proposed development would endanger

public safety as it would be a traffichazard. They said it would also be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area. They pointed out that access to the supermarket would from the N16 National Primary Route, at a prominent entry point to the town of Manorhamilton. Their report stated: “It is considered that the proposed five-arm roundabout junction that would give access to the shopping development does not adequately provide for safety of road users by reason of deficiencies of the design with regard to inadequate visibility splays in relation to the Clooneen Park access road, limited deflection of the roundabout for northbound N16 traffic and proximity of the Clooneen Park arm to the proposed shopping centre

arm. “The proposed development would, therefore, endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.” An Bord Pleanála inspector Michael Dillon said in his report: “Having regard to the quantum of retail development proposed on this edge-of centre site, when taken together with its separation from the retail core and the poor pedestrian linkages with that retail core, the Board is not satisfied that the proposed development would not unduly impact on the vitality and viability of the retail core of Manorhamilton”. He said the development would, therefore be contrary to the Retail Planning Guidelines for planning authorities. He said other considerations were:

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a) the pattern of development in the area; b) retail vacancy within the town centre; c) the current development of a supermarket and other retail uses at the Centra site on Main Street/Boley Hill; d) the overly generous extent of the catchment area identified by the applicant; e) the relative draw of nearby larger retail centres such as Sligo and Enniskillen; f) the road network in the wider county area; and g) the recent economic downturn; He said Tesco had not established beyond reasonable doubt that there is spare retail capacity in Manorhamilton for a development of this nature, which would not unduly impact on the vitality and viability of the retail core.

CHERNOBYL Children International (CCI) launched its annual Christmas Gift Campaign last week, with the charity asking the Sligo public to buy a gift for the communities still affected by the Chernobyl fallout. All gifts purchased will help many more children and families with humanitarian aid, medical care, housing and respite and education throughout the Chernobyl regions. For more information on how to buy a gift, simply call 0818 25 25 25 or visit online and donate a gift of your choice.

Design firm with Sligo boss pick up design award AN IRISH design company whose Managing Director is a Sligoman, was the big winner at an awards ceremony held in Dublin recently. The IDI Design Awards are held annually to celebrate excellence in Irish Design. The winner of the night's most prestigious award, the Grand Prix, was awarded to

the 'Read Assist' designed by Spear Product Design. Spear Product Design is a product design and development company who work with entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is run by Greg Tobin, a Sligo native and a graduate of IT Sligo. The company's latest product "Read Assist" is designed to help people with

dyslexia and reading difficulties to become more confident readers. Created by Sheila Byrne to aid her daughter with her mild dyslexia, Sheila realised very early that Jenny (6 years old at the time in 1995) was spelling words phonetically and was experiencing difficulty in focusing on one line at a

DESIGN: Sligoman Gregory Tobin and designer Honora Egan (2nd from right) from design firm Spear pick up the Grand Prix award for the "Read Assist" at the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) 13th annual Design Awards. Presenting it to them are Margaret Crerar (left) of sponsors Miele and Carol Coffey, IDI President. Photo by Paul Sherwood.

time when trying to read. As her daughter progressed through the school system in Ireland, she experienced difficulties common to most people with dyslexia, namely the 'black on white' traditional presentation of school books. This presentation causes huge problems when trying to focus on individual words and written material can result in a big blur - deeply frustrating the reader. Sheila was determined to solve this issue and built a simple prototype - made from the side of a cereal box.

Honora Egan and Greg Tobin of Spear Product Design collected the Grand Prix award and paid tribute to the endeavour of Sheila Byrne. "Within 5 minutes of first meeting with Sheila we could see how passionate she was about solving this problem. Her enthusiasm was infectious and it only gave us more impetuous to design a product that not only assists the reader, but does so in a way that gave the user confidence to use it in a social setting such as a classroom."

"Obviously it is a great honour to receive not only the award for product design but for overall Grand prix design winner, it is an amazing achievement. "We worked tirelessly to ensure every detail was right and I think that really shines through in the product which is available today." "With such an educated workforce in Ireland there is no reason we cannot become an innovation hub within Europe and it is nice to see the government put so much emphasis on innovation recently."


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Man was pressed into tractor sale By Gerry McLaughlin


Ballymote man who admitted buying a stolen tractor valued at €18,000 felt pressurised into buying the machine from other individuals, Ballymote court herd. Detective Garda Chris O’Neill told the court that Thomas Ryan, Doonnmeegin, Ballymote told acquaintances that he was interested in buying a tractor in November 2009. Ryan pleaded guilty to having a stolen tractor on April 4 last year The defendant was told later that a tractor was available and went to buy it a few weeks later.

The defendant had some misgivings but felt under pressure to buy it. When it emerged that the vehicle was stolen, gardai contacted Thomas Ryan. He made a full admission and said he felt under duress to buy the tractor. The detective said he was very co-operative. When asked if he felt the defendant could have felt somewhat under pressure to buy the tractor, the witness agreed. Defence solicitor Mark Mullaney said his client was a very small player in a very large operation.

His 27 year-old client had no previous convictions and was pressurised into buying the tractor and he had been very co-operative with the gardai. The solicitor said his client was living at home with his mother and was currently unemployed. A loan had been taken out to pay for the vehicle and his mother was helping to repay it. Judge Kevin Kilrane noted the guilty plea and the evidence of the garda that the defendant had been in a degree of fear. The judge said the offence was on the lower end of the scale. The defendant was given the Probation Act.

Claudia’s winning banner used in Craftfest Northwest THE winners of the recent “Design A Banner” competition, run in conjunction with the current Craftfest Northwest celebrations, were presented with their prizes last Saturday week in Source Sligo. Adjudicators Ursula O’Shea and Marie Martin from St Angela’s College and Martina Hamilton from The Cat & The Moon praised the high standard of the entries. The winners of the competition were Sarah Burke, Sligo Grammar (Arenda Little, teacher), Susan Bannigan, Mercy College, (Anne Gorby, teacher) Transition Year students from St. Attracta’s School, Tubbercurry (Maura Selfe, teacher) and Laura Harrison, Ursuline College (Maribeth Milne, teacher). Each received a jewellery voucher, while Claudia Hutnik, Ursuline College, as overall winner, was presented with a specially commissioned piece of jewellery from The Cat & The Moon.

WINNER: Claudia Hutnik overall winner of the Craftfest Northwest Banner Competition.


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News Sold drink at 2.30am A DISTRICT court judge has adjourned a case to allow a Sligo publican to explain why he was selling drink up to 2.30am in the morning. Judge Kevin Kilrane adjourned the case against Sean Cunningham, Shenanigans Pub, Bridge Street, until next Thursday. The publican is summoned for selling drink at a time prohibited and with allowing patrons on his premises at 2.30am on February 20. Inspector Sean McGinty told the court that when gardai called, music was still playing and a large crowd were in the pub. It was a Sunday night and the defendant had no extension. Defence solicitor Eamon Creed said there was a plea to the offences but his client was not in court as he was on holiday. Judge Kevin Kilrane remarked that the publican had also failed to turn up on a previous occasion also. The judge added that exemptions cost in the region of €400 and if the defendant did not have one he was depriving the State of revenue as well as having an unfair advantage on his competitors. “I am going to adjourn this until he comes back and tells me what is happening,” the judge said. The case was adjourned until November 24.

Fined for abuse A YOUNG west Sligo man who told gardai to f..k off on a number of occasions has been fined €300. Dillon Codd, Farnaharpy, Skreen became aggressive and abusive when gardai went to search him under the Misuse of Drugs Act on October 26 last year. Inspector Sean MacGinty told Sligo district court the defendant was drinking in the car park of the Brewery bar, Ballinode when he was approached. He became aggressive and abusive and was arrested. Codd’s defence solicitor Elaine Coghill said her client was very embarrassed by the incident. He had subsequently apologised to the gardai. Judge Kevin Kilrane convicted and fined the defendant €300.

‘Selling sickness’ man says take less sugar and pop fewer pills “The programme is conducted through natural means. “People who have stuck to the healthy body scheme remark not only on their weight loss but on their increased energy levels and how much better they feel generally.” One of the comments from a reader of ‘Selling Sickness’ went as follows: ‘You are hard hitting at the health service, doctors, drug and food industry, but it is all true. “Many people will now know about research material not being used, about the ‘flu

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UGAR may be sweet but it remains one of the greatest evils in this country. In 1900 Irish people ate two lbs per person every year but that had ballooned to an incredible 130 lbs by the year 2000. Most of us are generally aware of this already, but when you have someone as energetic and entertaining as 83 year-old sometimes Enniscrone-based author Ronnie Plant explaining how to live a healthy live then you tend to sit up and take notice. Ronnie doesen’t lecture but just tells you what has worked for him in the world of healthy eating and his surname is of course a marketing dream for his book “Selling Sickness”. Ronnie spent the “first half of my life trying to kill myself and the second half making up for it,” he told Sligo Weekender. In 1964 he had a Pauline conversion and has never looked back since. The feisty 83 year-old was a noted athlete and won a few national titles as a sprinter in the late 1940s and early 1950s even though he smoked and drank to his heart’s discontent. “Every time a doctor writes a prescription it’s like having a cash till. “And do you see toast, it is about as useful as teats on a bull. “The only thing toast is good for is drying you up after a dose of diarrhoeia,” said the lively pensioner. He said: “I am not telling people not to take tablets or pills but I believe there is far too much of it going on in the country. “And look at the connection between the doctors, the chemists and the government. “It’s such big business here and Ireland was producing up to 40% of Europe’s pharmaceuticals up until a few years ago so we were the drug king of Europe”. He said: “Our health service employs over 105,000 personnel, costing the taxpayer up to €14 billion annually”. Fourteen years ago the service cost a little over €3 billion, a figure considered astronomical at the time. As the title suggests the book contends that all too many Irish people are being ‘sold sickness’. “Too many people believe there are pills and potions for all ills.” ‘Selling Sickness’ is a noholds-barred book in which Ronnie claims treatment of patients in Ireland can cost three to four time its equivalent – the National Health Service (NHS) – in the United Kingdom. “Don’t

Too many people believe there are pills and potions for all ills.

WISDOM: Ronnie Plant has some sage advice on how to get the most out of life in his book “Selling Sickness”. ask me why that is so, ask the glib administrators of the sick health service we have,” he says. He said the Irish health system is burdened with “intolerable costs” of what is now the sickness industry. Ronnie said: “In my honest opinion the money-siphoning organisation that is the HSE can be downsized, made viable and certainly much easier controlled. “This would result in the saving of billions of euro annually for our government and for the Irish taxpayer. The book also hits out at the paltry spend by the Irish health system on prevention of illness and education of the general public about health awareness. Ronnie’s book also makes the controversial assertion that cholesterol “is an almighty scam and an utter deception”, going on to explain his assertion in this regard. And it also points out that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has directed that 10% of all monies paid out by the health service should be spent on these aspects of public health and advice. The figure for Ireland is a

miserly 0.07%” – which is a mere percentage of a percentage of a percentage” Ronnie said. Ronnie’s book contains over 130 healthcare headings, including: asthma and its treatment; cosmetics and the dangers; diabetes diagnosis and how it is unacceptable; chemical drug manufacturers and their role in the ‘sickness industry’; doctors and the medical profession. The two slogans Ronnie repeats continuously through ‘Selling Sickness’ are: ‘We are what we eat, drink, sleep and exercise’ and ‘How a change in lifestyle can work wonders.’ He advises that, with little effort, a person can attain much better or good health by following some, if not all, of the advice set out within the pages of his latest book. As a random example Ronnie nominates the chapter titled ‘Healthy Body Weight.’ He said: “This chapter sets out how any person who is interested in - and sufficiently disciplined - to lose weight, can do so by means of shedding a pound each week. “Taken over a period of time, this schedule can lead to substantial weight loss.

vaccine charade or as you (Ronnie) say, the invented illness known as high cholesterol.’ Ronnie Plant has no doubt that, if undertaken daily and diligently, the health-giving advice set out in his book will result in a hugely dramatic reduction in the numbers of patients in Irish hospitals. He warns: “We are travelling down the wrong road in our quest for better health.” The book, which represents the culmination of seven years of research by Ronnie, is available in County Sligo at the Liber Bookshop and Eason’s, both in the county town. Ronnie has strong family connections with the Yeats County. He is a regular visitor to the beautiful seaside resort of Enniscrone, where his daughter, Fiona Kearney, owns a holiday home. The sprightly 83-year-old, is the living epitome of the lifestyle he espouses. He is an absolute believer in achieving a state of physical well-being through natural means. Using Enniscrone as his base Ronnie has climbed Croagh Patrick on a number of occasions over recent years and intends to undertake the climb again in the coming weeks. So watch out for the sugar lads and lassies if you want to keep scaling heights at 83.

Told lies to court A BALLYMOTE man who told lies about his insurance was described as being “more than stupid”, at Sligo district court. Luke McFadden, Stoneparks, Ballymote, has been given until December 15 to come up with €1,000, by Judge Kevin Kilrane McFadden appeared at the district court for having no insurance at Knockbeg, Collooney on April 13. He told a previous sitting in Ballymote Court, where he represented himself, that he had transferred his insurance to a van shortly before being stopped by Garda Cathy Melody. At Ballymote court he said that he was covered before 3.15pm, the time he was stopped by the garda. Judge Kevin Kilrane repeatedly asked him if this was true pending verification from the insurance company. The defendant repeatedly said it was the correct version of events. But at the November 10th sitting McFadden admitted that he was covered from 3.23pm. Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern said his client had a policy for his own car and also commercial insurance and he thought he was covered. The solicitor agreed that it was wrong for the defendant to give the evidence that he was covered at Ballymote court. Judge Kilrane said that to “take and oath and lie - that’s more than stupid”. If McFadden had told the truth on the previous occasion, the matter might have been dealt with in a certain way. He imposed a fine of €50 for not producing his driving licence and ordered him to bring €1000 to court on December 15. The judge warned that the defendant “will be convicted”.

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sligo tweet s Hydebridge Why do people at mass in cathedral think double yellow lines don't apply to them? Big_Spiders Whenever I drove up to Sligo, in Ireland, the mere sight of Ben Bulben coming into view in the distance, would make me well up in tears.. danleydon Coleman had a nice bit of skill today skipping by a defender on the way into the box before pulling back a great ball. Fair play to him. CMcHughPhoto RTE's offering this weekend: Samantha Mumba, Brendan Grace, Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, and now Twink - Is this Frau Merkel turning the screw?? fiona_hession Yesterday's show was amazing.. I'm going to miss Seven Brides for Seven Brothers even though it was a pain at times, I'm still gonna miss it ladydotty Yeats' drawers are hangin' a little low tonight #urbanknitting colmtobin Irish people slamming Silvio Berlusconi for his excesses shouldn't forget Charlie Haughey's notorious Bungalow parties in the 80s. SxSligo Publicans will want Tubridy to stay doing the late late... Certainly made my mind up about winter Friday nights McHughWeekender Just got another invite on Facebook to Super Sexy Ladies party night in Toffs. Tempted to go check it out. Don't tell wife bitoredfan Well Sligo is full of eejits who go on all day about getting steamed the night before.They also wear O'Neills tracksuits / gah jerseys. Followthefloodl Cobh Ramblers in 1984. Their 1983 FAI Cup semi-final with Sligo Rovers was one of the longest in FAI Cup history.... sligolive Date for your diary...Sligo Live 24th-29th Oct 2012. Info on headliners to be announced soon. MaireSligo Absolutely delighted for Sligo Cancer Support Centre on Wine St who

got €5K from Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. Well deserved. koppertopzhair Congrads Sarah Porter On winning our Weekender newspaper makeover competition,

MichaelJBudd Went to see the RDS exhibition at the Yeats building yesterday, great work, especially Gunvor Anhøj sculpture she's a great blacksmith. ConorLynch I'd say Fahey's tash may well be the greatest tash to ever qualify for the European Championships BallaghboyLodge Local actor and Hollywood heartthrob, Chris O'Dowd, is back home preparing for his new film which will be filmed in and around Boyle. Elibezi66 Did you know that the lowest ever air temp recorded in Ireland was -19,1°C at Markree Castle Co Sligo on 16 January 1881 DesignDiva_ Just received care in Sligo General and cannot criticise any aspect of the service, staff or facilities. Professional + friendly. rvd156 Sitting in Sligo General Hospital.. Bored. Waiting for good news. magnumlady The search for a microwave continues. It's times like this when I wish we had more shops in Sligo. John_McCartin I've just submitted my proposal to the 2011 constituency commission proposing SligoLeitrim 4 seater with additions from Donegal and Cavan. budgarmany When playing County Sligo a few months ago, I had the good fortune to spend a few minutes with Pat Ruddy. He is, simply put, a delightful man. walkingmatters Sad to see Sligo Council spending money tearing up streets & pavements - & relaying the same narrow pavements in these highly-walked spaces.


court is just wrong IT is the verdict of the Government court that Ballymote courthouse is sentenced to close. Earlier this year the Government announced it was going to close a number of courthouses in small towns in Ireland. Ballymote courthouse was on this list. This court was first established in the year 1813 and is one of the oldest in Ireland. As soon as proposals to close the courthouse were made, members of the public, the local community enterprise group together with the local solicitors practising in Ballymote worked together in the refurbishment of the courthouse in an effort to keep it open. Ballymote courthouse seemed to get a new lease of life when a re-dedication ceremony was performed and everything settled down for a few months. It was with great regret I learned that Alan Shatter announced on Tuesday 25th of October 2011 that Ballymote courthouse is to be closed after the December sitting. This means that all courts must now be held in Sligo. I cannot understand why our Government would want to this especially in light of the fact that Mr. Dermot Ahern performed the official opening of a new €1.5 million Garda station in Ballymote on Friday 25 of June 2011. This Garda station is state of the art, better than Sligo town Garda station, in terms of its facilities i.e. loading cells, interview rooms etc. Closing the courthouse will now involve our local Gardai, local solicitors and those being prosecuted having to travel to Sligo Courthouse. This will involve extra expenses for the Government and I feel sure the Gardai that have to travel to Sligo will be entitled to travelling expenses plus meals. I am disappointed with this u-turn by Fine Gael. Is our Courthouse to join in the queue with our ghost estates in town? This is just another nail in the coffin in the demise of rural Ireland.

Sinead O'Connor Ballymote

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Searching for Gallaghers I HAVE been looking for relatives that were in County Sligo, Ireland and I you're your readers can help me out. I know that it is a long shot as there are so many Gallaghers in Ireland, but I have tried all other means. Martin Gallagher, born about 1806 Sligo, married a Mary Donahoe, born 1811 from Mayo. I'm not sure when they married, but they had kids: Patrick Gallagher 1839 - Sligo, Ireland Ellen Gallagher 1841 - 1924 Sligo, Ireland John Gallagher 1843 - 1909 Sligo, Ireland James Gallagher 1845 - Sligo, Ireland Michael Gallagher 1849 - Sligo, Ireland William Gallagher 1852 - 1893 Sligo, Ireland Edward Gallagher 1854 - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom Jane Gallagher 1857 - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom So they must have come to England between 1852 and 1854. I found John, James Michael, William, and Edward in 1861 Census. Any help would be appreciated. Please email me at the address below.

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Simon Community Michael D's speech say thanks THE North West Simon Community would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to Church gate collections in Sligo Town on November 12 and 13. Collections were held at The Cathedral, St. Anne's, St. Joseph's, Carraroe and The Friary. Thanks to all the collectors, a total of €2,364.42 was raised. Thank you to all who did church gate collections in various towns in Co. Sligo on this weekend also. The 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 and 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. The North West Simon Community needs continual and considerable financial support from the public to be able to provide all of the services in Sligo. How you can help: Sing for Simon - takes place on 19 December at Tesco Shopping Arcade. We require groups and choirs to sign up for one or two hour slots during the day. We also need people who are willing to take part in the bucket collection on the day!

gives food for thought IT was with great interest that the members of Sligo County Community Forum listened to the inaugural speech of our new president elect, Michael D Higgins, on Friday November 11. Michael D's promise to encourage active citizenship and build social solidarity between people, spoke directly to the aims of the Community Forum in Sligo. "Active citizenship requires the will and the opportunity to participate at every level and in every way". In speaking of active citizenship in this way, Michael D is talking about men and women, young and old, playing an active part in public life in order to shape their own destiny and that of our society. At a local level this means communities tackling problems and bringing about change by community effort and by trying to 'have a say' in the decision making which affects them. Since 2000 this has been the core role of Sligo County Community Forum. We are an umbrella body for community organisations in Sligo. One of our key aims is to bring the voice of the citizen and the community into local government, by taking part in decision making committees in Sligo County Council.

Sligo Forum is a group that supports the work of community organisations and volunteers, we want to ensure that the community sector in Sligo has a voice and their views are included in decisions made at a local level. As well as having representatives on Council committees, we also have representatives on the County Development Board, the Sligo County Childcare committee and the regional drugs task force, among others. It is so important in these challenging times that the work of the community and voluntary sector is valued and protected". Currently Sligo forum is active in exploring water harvesting measures to reduce the costs for community groups. We have also been involved in a project to enhance the creative sector in County Sligo. This year we have run several courses, with Sligo LEADER, in Social Media training, where community groups have been enabled to set up a website and facebook page for their community group. As well as providing a voice for the community sector, Sligo Forum also works to support groups by providing training and information. We send out a weekly ebulletin with news about funding and events happening in Sligo. We welcome all community organisations to join the forum and we are glad that we can do our bit for 'active citizenship' in County Sligo, like our new president Michael D Higgins, it is a priority of ours to support the participation of the most excluded in our society. For more information contact

Sharon Boles Chairperson Sligo County Community Forum

Very dangerous driving HAVING been daily shopping in Sligo Town and daily watching drivers' behaviour, some shopper, tourist or pedestrian will be very badly hurt or killed in the future. The first illegal driver behaviour I see is at Abbey Street where cars, every day, cross into Castle Street in spite of CCTV cameras on top of Foley's Pub. The most dangerous driving problem is at the bottom of Harmony Hill/John Street Junction where car after car will not indicated which way they are going, either right into O'Connell Street or straight on down John Street. I have seen older people and young people standing there trying to cross into O'Connell Street. It can't be that hard for drivers to indicated either you are going right or you are going straight on. Drivers seem they could care less about pedestrians trying to guess which way the car is going. The other one that is also a death trap is at the GPO in O'Connell Street where drivers jump the red lights. There is also a pedestrian crossing from Simones to the GPO at Quay Street. You have to be very wary of drivers racing across the lights from O'Connell Street into Quay Street. Again, none of these drivers want to indicate. All of these dangerous driving habits may kill somebody in the future.

Cathal Phelan Connolly St. Sligo.

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Taoiseach accuses Sligo people missiles attack

benefit nobody but the North

Sligo football supporters have been accused by the Taoiseach of firing missiles at Mayo people. Enda Kenny made the allegation at a large gathering in Ballina on Saturday night week. The occasion was the launch of a book on Mayo GAA, entitled "The Road to '51", written by Western People editor James Laffey. Speaking at the launch Taoiseach Enda Kenny related stories his father Henry, a noted GAA Mayo footballer, told him when Enda was a boy. One story was about how back in the 1950s a bus was hired to bring a Mayo GAA team to play Sligo in Markievicz Park. According to Enda, as the bus was passing through Collooney, a group of Sligo fans attacked it by throwing "clods of turf". Endas's story was greeted with much applause and laughter from his fellow Mayo countymen. It is not known if the Taoiseach will order a Garda investigation into the incident.

HSE say ‘stay away’ from ED The HSE one of the canniest survivors of public service cuts came out with yet another gem last week. They issued a public statement telling patients not to go to Letterkenny General Hospital Emergency Department (ED) because the hospital was too busy! Apparently this is a regular occurrence. They advised patients to contact their GP’s instead and only go in a real emergency to the emergency department. Now there are some people who go to accident and emergency and don’t really need to but the vast majority of people only go there when they are genuinely concerned. A cynic might say that the message is don’t get sick as we just don’t always have the resources. Doctors and nurses are rushed off their feet but do we need so much highly paid middle management? The rest of us are too busy trying to survive to notice. But what will we do in an emergency?

Gardai up against time to solve this

High ranking gardai attended the scene where human remains were found last week. And coroner Des Moran was also informed of the find. However, as the human skulls found – during road works at Abbey Street – belonged to Sligonians who died centuries ago, it is unlikely that a murder investigation will be launched. Witnesses might be reluctant to come forward.


LIGO town lies about an hour from the town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. The road that connects the two may be one of the worst national primary routes in the country. However, that won't stop thousands more shoppers from travelling on it if the government's proposed VAT increase is introduced this side of Christmas. Shopkeepers are justifiably worried about the proposed increase. And that is justifiable because the proof already exists. In December 2008 the UK government introduced a reduced vat rate of 15 percent as a response to the economic crisis which hit consumer spending badly. It also served another purpose which was perhaps not the intention of the Labour government at the time, but was welcome none-the-less. It drove crossborder trade to new highs and saw tens if not hundreds of millions of Irish Euros being spent across the border. The 2.5 percent vat cut was the principal reason that the ASDA in Enniskillen had the second highest revenue of any store in the supermarket chain, and that includes areas of much higher population density in England. There were other factors, of course. Fuel was cheaper south of the border so

the costs of going north was much less than it is today. The Euro exchange rate was much more even. At present it is far less attractive (with one Euro earning you just over 85 pence). Back in 2008 and 2009, many independent traders had no problem offering southern shoppers a Euro-forPound exchange rate and this too proved a big attraction. In fact it wouldn't take much to turn the tides in favour of Northern Irish traders once more, and you can guarantee they will do everything in their power to attract southern commerce. There are no friends in the current economic climate. It is every town and every shop for itself. Which puts the proposed two percent increase in Ireland's VAT rate into perspective. The current UK rate is 20 percent. Already 1 percent less than Ireland's. With a difference of 3 percent it may not be as big as back in 2008, but it would still do damage. And while fuel costs are a factor, the simple fact is people considering going across the border would just buy more. You could not justify the cost difference nipping across the border for a regular week's shopping, but with Christmas approaching (and plans to introduce the VAT increase in December), well let's just say Enniskillen traders are rubbing their hands with glee.

And Sligo traders are dreading the prospect, because their town will be one of the worst affected. Like I said at the beginning of this article, Sligo is about an hour's drive from Enniskillen. The further south you go the less sense a trip across the border makes. If you are in Galway, the six-hour round trip is hardly worth the savings. Even in Dublin, with the M50 motorway ready to whisk you north, the figures don't always add up unless you have an estate car or a van to fill. But sometimes the allure of a bargain is enough. Many of us will be enduring an austere Christmas this year and any chance to enjoy a bit more luxury with no corresponding rise in price will be jumped at. The previous government had asked Irish people back in 2008 and 2009 to stay local for loyalty's sake. When England's VAT went back to 20 percent in January 2011 and the Euro weakened against the pound, that loyalty was easier to show. But in one deft move, this government will lose that last modicum of goodwill and already faltering businesses will sink into the abyss. We will emerge from this long tunnel at some stage - although we're still fumbling in the dark - but what kind of a country and an economy will be left behind when we do?


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Quayside launches new website and welcomes two new stores Q

uayside Shopping Centre in Sligo has been experiencing a resurgence recently with the introduction of two new stores in their premises. Hidden Hearing and The Sweet Shop have opened in the centre within the last two months and are thriving in their new location. Hidden Hearing, Ireland's premier hearing healthcare provider, has opened a new state-of-the-art hearing centre in Quayside. It offers the best professional hearing care, help and advice in a supportive environment along with the latest digital technology to diagnose and treat hearing problems. To celebrate the opening of the new Hidden Hearing Sligo branch and to

MARKETING: Christine Dolan, Retail Marketing Manager at Quayside.

Irish will be generous Christmas spenders THE annual Deloitte consumer survey of Christmas spending predicts that Irish consumers will once again be the highest spenders in Europe this festive season, despite the fact that the average spend per household in Ireland will be €943, down from €1,020 in 2010 and a reduction of €411 since 2008. Over the last two years, shoppers in Luxembourg had overtaken the Irish in terms of spending. Consumers in Luxembourg will spend on average €923 per household. The survey, which was carried out in the second and third week in September, shows that of the average spend in Ireland this festive season, €520 will be spent on gifts, €258 will be spent on food, and €165 will be spent on socialising.

promote better hearing health, Hidden Hearing is offering free one-to-one hearing consultations. Martin Shanagher, Hearing Aid Consultant at the Sligo branch said: "Hearing loss is sometimes ignored and with one in six people in Ireland suffering from the condition it is a serious issue. "The facility here in Sligo compares positively with any other hearing care centre across the world. Hidden Hearing has invested significantly to ensure that our branches have the very latest technology available worldwide and the Quayside branch is equipped to deal with hearing loss of any kind." The Sweet Shop opened on October 27 in a location beside TK Maxx. The shop is a real step-back in time with a large range of novelty and old-fashioned sweets in jars. Names from your childhood like Bulls Eyes, Clove Drops and Aniseed Balls are among the stock, but the shop also has a range of sugar-free sweets for those on a diet. The new arrivals at Quayside are the result of the shopping centre's management's work on all aspects of their business, as Christine Dolan, Retail Marketing Manager at Quayside told the Sligo Weekender. "The changing economic environment, in Ireland, has presented significant challenges for managing agents and retailers. In order to sustain the quality and quantum of the retail market it is vital that a spirit of partnership exists between both parties," said Christine. "The current position has seen retailer cash flow squeezed, trading conditions have deteriorated and consumers continue to save and curtail spending. Shopping Centre operators are now

The Sweet Shop is one of two new additions to the Quayside Centre. The other new arrival is Hidden Hearing. having to be pro-active in their policies and discussions with retailers. "Quayside Centre in Sligo has recognised the changing marketplace by altering the marketing proposition. It has become evident throughout the recession that the type of marketing tool that works best is one in which the consumer is targeted as close to the point of sale as possible. "For example one tactic that has been successful for Quayside has involved the use of 'hit -squads' distributing vouchers to consumers at key road junctions near to centre. It is simply just not good enough to place indiscriminate ads in the paper or on radio."

She continued: "The modern approach to marketing also requires a proactive utilisation of the Centre website and tools such as twitter and face book, and targeting of consumers with electronic vouchers. "The web-site also sets out to advertise bargains within shops and create a customer data base-In simple terms every euro matters and every retail scheme is chasing the same euro within their catchment. "It is up to the managing agent and retailers to make their retail scheme the preferred choice for consumers within their catchment area."

Mullen's recognised at Q Mark awards MULLEN'S Spar on the Bundoran Road in Sligo town were recent recipients of a Q Mark award and were invited to the Burlington Hotel Dublin to collect their award. The National Q Mark Awards are known as the "Oscars" of business excellence and sees more than 150 companies of the best companies in Ireland going head to head for these highly coveted awards

Pictured receiving their awards were Mervin Marley, Patrick Munday, Brendan Mullen, Alan McDaid, Marie-Claire Burke, Irene Collins M.D. of The Q Mark and Maria Mullen of Mullen's Spar Express in Sligo.

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New training specific to Irish economy needs City & Guilds recently announced a new suite of 'green' qualifications that should be of interest to employers, education centres, and learners in Co. Sligo. The organisation unveiled the qualifications during a 'Skills & Sustainability' seminar organised by City & Guilds in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last week. Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD, was the key note speaker at the seminar. At the event, Brid Healy, Country Manager of City & Guilds Ireland, outlined City & Guilds' vision for creating a more proficient and sustainable economy through vocational education and a 'greening' of training programmes. She also unveiled City & Guilds' new suite of 'green' qualifications. The qualifications are being made available by the organisation as a measure to help address Ireland's sustainability challenges. According to Ms. Healy: "The development of a greener, more sustainable economy in Ireland has significant potential to create thousands of jobs in areas such as retrofitting, energy efficiency and climate change adaptation. "If Ireland does not accelerate its focus on green skills, the country risks a skills shortage over the coming years." Employers, education centres and learners in Sligo interested in finding out more about City & Guilds' 'green' qualifications can contact the organisation on: 014052020 or by email to ireland@cityandguilds. com Further information on City & Guilds is available at: http://www.cityandguil


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TOWN INDEX Ballytivnan/Rathbraughan ..30 Cranmore/Abbeyquarter......32 Mail Coach Road ....................51 Merville Centre.......................51

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

RIVERSTOWN: Amelia Laura Potter at her baptism in Riverstown Church, together with her parents, Agnieszka Gawlik and Joseph, and her sister Domenika.

PHOTO INDEX Riverstown...........................................29 Castlebaldwin......................................30 Sligo .....................................................30 Collooney..............................................31 Sligo......................................................32 Enniscrone ..........................................49 Gurteen................................................49 Sligo .....................................................50 Manorhamilton...................................50 South Sligo ...........................................51 Ransboro..............................................51 Strandhill .............................................52

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ACLARE/ TOURLESTRANE By Cyril Feehily Prestigious award TULLINAGLUG native Gregory Tobin, a mechanical engineer and designer, has won one of the country’s most prestigious awards for his work on an innovative package which assists those with dyslexia or rearning difficulties. The product is known as “Read Assist”. He was presented with the award at the annual Institute of Designers awards ceremony in Dublin. GAA SYMPATHY: The club wishes to extend their sympathy to Sandy, and

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her children Austin, Darren and Grainne O’Hara, Knockahoney, on the passing of Sandy’s father Oliver Regan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh Sé. GAA COACHES: The GAA club, as they prepare for 2012, are looking to recruit new coaches for their underage teams. There are 19 teams in the club and it takes a great combined effort to mentor all the stars of the future. If you would like to become involved please contact the chairman Brendan Leonard on 087 422426 or any of the club’s officers. GAA MASCOT MISSING: The GAA mascot at Rhue of a Tourlestrane footballer was taken from its position at Rhue crossroads on Saturday week last. It doesn’t matter who took it or why it was taken. But it is of huge sentimental value to all in the

parish, especially the Brennan family, Rhue. The club wishes that it be returned safely DEFIBRILLATOR THANKS: The group wish to thank all those who supported their recent car boot sale, which raised a total of €13,966.08. They wish to thank all the people and businesses that donated prizes, or items for sale or auction, the people that hosted tables, the ladies on the day that worked in the kitchen and shop, the men that supervised the hall on Saturday night, and the car park attendants. They would also like to thank the Banada Abbey Community Hall Committee and the local Gardai for their expertise and support, the local radio stations, newspapers, these community notes and Fr John

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P.P for their help with advertising, to Tommy Marren for conducting the auction. A special thank you also to the Martin Brennan Memorial fund, Tourlestrane G.A.A, and the hall committee who recently donated funds to the worthy cause. Thank you to the extended committee for all their time and hard work over the past few weeks and to everyone who came on the day to support the event. The committee wishes to recognise the strong community spirit which was palpable on the day and resulted in the event being a huge success. Well done everyone. Work is currently underway to bring heat and electricity to each of their ten defibrillators through the parish. More details will follow in the coming weeks on the progress of this project. SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB: St Attracta’s Senior Citizens’ Club is held every Wednesday in Banada Health Centre from 2-5pm. New members always welcome. Bus available to collect you to and from the centre. Enquiries to 071-9181195 BANADA BINGO: The Snowball game is at €6,400. The jackpot, having been won last Tuesday, starts back at €2,000 and will be waiting to be won at Bingo this Tuesday in Banada Abbey Hall, starting 9pm. Minimum €2,000 payout each night. COMMUNITY: The Aclare Community Lotto is excess of €5,100 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. FOROIGE CLUB: Aclare Foroige Club meetings are on Saturday evenings from 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 phone Patrick on 087-2321973 or Bernie on 087-9132884.

BALLINACARROW Tel. 071-9167878 Baby joy CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to Mairead and Mark Beirne, Castlemanor, Ballinacarrow on the birth of their baby girl recently. Congratulations also to the proud grandparents Mary and Sean Lee, Carrowclooneen. TRADITIONAL MUSIC: Traditional Irish music sessions in Durkin’s Bar, Ballinacarrow, every Friday night. COMMUNITY ALERT: A Community Alert meeting was held in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on November 8.


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town&county CARD GAMES: The card games continue in Ballinacarrow Community Centre every Thursday evening at 9pm. All welcome. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion please contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.


Bereavement service THE annual Bereavement Service takes place on Monday, November 28 at 7.30pm BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: The new Board Of Management are at present being set up in schools and must be in place by December 1. A huge thank you by Fr. Vincent is expressed to all outgoing members of the three Parish school boards for their excellent service and commitment they have displayed over the past four years. SCRAP THANKS: Ballintogher Playground committee would like to thank everyone who supported their recent scrap metal collection. They will be holding another collection day on Saturday, December 3 from 11am to 4pm, opposite the school in Ballintogher. For collection of larger items phone 0719134837 or message their facebook page.

BALLYMOTE By Geraldine Anderson

Mob. 086-1214822

“Caring for your Health"

Bereavement SYMPATHY is extended to Joan McGowan and family, Corhober, Ballymote on the recent death of her mother Ann Kenny, Ballinasloe.

CASTLEBALDWIN: One of the team of students who took home first place in the world at the Microsoft Imagine Cup earlier this year, Calum Cawley from Castlebaldwin, is pictured at the annual conferring ceremonies at IT Sligo. Calum was awarded with a degree in Mechatronics. Almost 1,800 students were conferred with awards at the Institute last week.

CHARITY WAXATHON: A charity waxathon will take place in Gormley’s House, Ballymote, on Saturday night in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. DJ and prizes on the night. Great night of entertainment for a good cause. Please support. CRIME PREVENTION: A crime prevention meeting will take place on Thursday night at 8pm sharp in the Pastoral Centre, Ballymote. Speakers on the night will be Crime Prevention Officer, Seargent Jim Fox, Divisional Drugs Unit, Seargent Ronan Mooney and Ballymote District officer Inspector Colm Nevin. NEW WEBSITE: The Ballymote Business Association website has gone

live at .Could everyone please log in and send messages. Put some traffic through the site to try to increase its profile. Also, please pass on the address to everyone in business in Ballymote that you know. Check to ensure that your details are correct and if they are not, please send the corrections to the email listed on the site. The changes will be made when they are received. New businesses can be added if requested for free. Links to existing websites will carry a charge of €50. DANCING CLASSES: Irish Dancing For Adults classes take place in the Coach House Hotel every Thursday

at 8.30pm. Good exercise and lots of fun. LIFE SKILLS COURSE: A Men’s Lifeskills Programme is a ten-week programme aimed at providing help and expertise to men in the areas of healthy meal planning and preparation. The programme takes place at the Ballymote Family Resource Centre on Monday mornings from 10am to 2pm at which men will not only learn to cook but will participate in a hearty and healthy dinner. The course, which is free of charge, has already started but it is still not too late to enrol! For more information or to enrol contact Francis on 071-9197818.

THANK YOU: Mary and Dermot Gray would like to thank everyone who supported their recent coffee morning in their home. €2,150 was raised and has been donated to our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and the Ronald McDonald House. LOFTUS HALL: At a recent meeting of the Loftus Hall Committee, it was revealed that the hall is at present fully used each day and night with classes for boxing, bowls, PT, aerobics, martial arts, Irish music and a country market. However, the committee is open to receive offers from any club interested in promoting the Christmas bazaar – the first and second Sunday of December are free. Clubs are again reminded to leave the premises clean, tidy and secure after each use. WEIGHT WATCHERS: Weight-Watchers sessions take place in the Family Resource Centre on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. To enrol, please telephone 087 2362487. CARDS MADE: A selection of Christmas cards have been created by the children at the Afterschool Club and will be on sale from Thursday at the Afterschool Club. Cards are priced at €2 each or three for €5. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Ballymote Youth Steering Ltd will be hosting their annual Childrens’ Christmas Concert in the Loftus Hall on Thursday night, December 8. Please put this date in your diary, you will not want to miss this great night of entertainment. AFTERSCHOOL VACANCIES: Ballymote Youth Steering Ltd has a selected number of vacancies at their Afterschool Club, which is situated on the main Sligo Road out of Ballymote. This facility offers a quiet supervised atmosphere where the children can complete their homework and partake in games and activities within the club. During the course of the school year different projects are undertaken, so the children will be encouraged to participate in them and have a fun time. They are open from 2pm to 5.45pm each day. Please contact Bridie at 071-9189835 for further details.

BALLYTIVNAN/ RATHBRAUGHAN By Eddie Gillespie Tel. 086-8766024/ 071-9147864

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BISTRO: Finalists from the ‘Sligo's Biggest Loser’ weight loss charity event pictured at the end of their journey enjoying a meal in Bistro Bianconi. Pictured are: Kirsty Toland, Bridget Swift, Caitriona Forde, Scott Yadon, Marcella Kelly, Sheila Leydon, Paddy O’Hara (contestants) and Mairead Keane (trainer). Absent from the photo is Geraldine Regan.

THERE is still a lot of criticism of the new St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, situated on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church site in the Ballytivnan parish area. The people who have contacted me about this say it is a waste of money with no use for it and that it is of no benefit to the parish. It would be better to have a car park there in that area and to have a proper indoor area for sports like indoor football and so on. RATHBRAUGHAN SURVEY: The local residents association are to carry out a survey in Rathbraughan to find out how many of the houses are owned by people living in the estate. The survey will be carried out by the residents association in conjunction with a local borough councillor and Sligo Borough Council. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Mary McDermott, Mountain Close, Cartron Point, on the death of her mother, Celia McDermott, of Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, recently. May the late Celia McDermott, rest in peace.


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town&county BELLAGHY/ CHARLESTOWN By Anne Meehan

Tel. 087-6315981

Recent deaths THE death took place in London of Caroline Butler, wife of the late Thomas Butler, Tavneena, Charlestown. DIED IN GALWAY: Sympathy is extended to Breege Gallagher, Airport Road, on the death of her sister, Gerdie Greene, whose death occurred at Village Nursing Home, Craughwell, Co Galway. EVELYN MALONEY DEATH: Sympathy is extended to Padraig Maloney, Ballaghderreen, formerly of Barrack Street, Charlestown on the death of his wife Evelyn Maloney (nee Horkan) formerly of Glosh, Carracastle. CLOONAGH 25 DRIVE: The card game will resume its normal Tuesday evening slot for the winter period at 9pm in Cloonagh Community Centre shortly. 25 DRIVE: The card game has resumed in the Pastoral Centre, Lowpark, Charlestown, on Friday nights at 9pm. This game offers a good prize fund and plenty of entertainment to pass the winter nights in nice warm comfortable surroundings. ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Meetings have resumed in the Pastoral Centre, Lowpark, on Monday afternoons from 35pm. MAYO VEC: If you are over 21 and in receipt of social welfare, there are courses to help further your education and job prospects. For more details contact 094-9251928 IRISH DANCING: Classes have started in the Pastoral Centre, Lowpark on Tuesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. For details contact Maria Sloyan on 087 9334735. BRIDGE GAME: The weekly bridge 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. CBD SPORTS COMPLEX: The complex has been fully refurbished and is now catering for children’s birthday parties and offer very favourable rates for the rental of a room they have available for such events of this nature. There is new equipment in the gym which are worth checking out. ZOE CONWAY WORKSHOP: As part of Mayo County Council Excel Youth Arts Programme, Zoe will be facilitating a multi instrument workshop for traditional music in Charlestown Arts Centre on Saturday, November 26 from 11am to 2pm. Participants will need to have two years experience of playing their instruments. Zoe is in demand as a tutor and is a holder of the much-coveted All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Champion title. Booking for this event is advised contact Mayo Arts Office on 0949047558 or

BELTRA/ DROMARD Christmas party A COMMUNITY Care Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 4 in the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone. A bus will leave Rafters at 2pm with pick-ups at Beltra PO, AJ’s, Fiddler’s Elbow, Parochial House, O’Connor’s and Coragh

Collooney Village Re-development Ltd launched their Lotto and had the first draw in Flynn’s shop on November 16. Pictured at the launch were, left to right, Thomas Healy, Kieran Rooney, Gabriel Walsh, Michael Flynn Jnr, Aishling Rooney, Michael Flynn Snr, Denise Mullen and Louise Kilbane. Children at the front are Sarah Healy and Kaylin Rooney. (See Collooney notes).

dTonn. Cost €25. To book contact any committee member. Music by Christy O’Grady. CRAFT FAIR: The second craft fair in the Community Centre is on Sunday, November 27 from 12 noon to 5pm. Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Margaret on 08783381099. Cost of a table is €25. HOSPICE THANKS: The organisers wish to thank all who supported the recent coffee morning in aid of North West Hospice. Proceeds amounted to €900. COUNTRY MARKET: The country market is held every Saturday morning in Beltra Hall from 10am to 12noon. All the usual home produced products are available. Watch out for the childrens’ workshops coming up. CONGRATS NUALA: Happy birthday to Nuala Rafter, Larkhill who celebrated her 90th birthday. And happy 21st to Thomas Kelly, Bunnina, Dromard. IN CAPE TOWN: Good Luck to John McDermott and Tom McDonnell who have both gone to Cape Town with the Niall Mellon Trust. COLLECTION PROCEEDS: The Brainwave Irish Epilepsy Association annual Church Gate collection amounted to €448.83.

CASTLECONNOR By Ennicrone Tourist Office Tel.096-36746

Breege Naughton death SYMPATHY is extended to the sons Peter, Eddie, John J, Liam, Martin, Micheál and Declan, daughters Mary, Breege, Noreen and Frances, sons-inlaw, daughters in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the late Breege Naughton, Carns, Culleens, who died recently. Sympathy is also extended to a large circle of relations and friends. May she rest in peace SCRAP COLLECTION: A skip for scrap metal is being provided this week, up to Monday next, at the Community Centre in Castleconnor. All types of scrap including farmyard will be accepted. No fridges please. All large items will be collected. Contact Lar-

ry Jones on 086 8785400 or Oisin Quinn on 087 6794943 SALE OF WORK: A sale of work will take place in Castleconnor Community Centre on Sunday, December 11 at 12 noon and Santa will arrive at 2pm. CASTLECONNOR LOTTO: The GAA lotto draw for €14,550 took place on Saturday night in a packed Muddy Burns pub. There was no winner so the jackpot moves to €14,700 for the draw which will take place in Mahoney’s next weekend. There were four match 3 winners: Anthony Price, Rathglas; Ronan Tuffy, Frankford; James O’Toole, Dooeighney and Noel Gallagher, Killala Road, Ballina. Thanks to all who are supporting the lotto at present. Weekly tickets are available in Tuffy, Muddy Burns, Mahoney’s and surrounding areas and yearly tickets are available from the committee. FOOTBALL AGM: The Castleconnor GAA club AGM will take place on Sunday, December 4 in the community centre at 4pm. It is hoped a good attendance from the locality will turn out for this meeting where they will review this year’s activities and prepare for 2012. New members are always welcome, so don’t be shy. 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


John Joe Rooney RIP THERE was widespread sadness in North Sligo at the passing of John Joe Rooney of Newgrange, Grange, after a lengthy illness which was borne with great courage and dignity. The huge crowds that attended

his wake and funeral were a reflection of his popularity in Grange and the surrounding areas. He was a nurse in St Columbus Hospital, Sligo but had retired a number of years. He was a great conversationalist and could hold his own in any company no matter what subject was been discussed. He will be sadly missed by so many people that knew him. The community offer our sympathy to his wife Teresa, daughters Fionn, Louise, Jacinta, sons Declan, Gabriel, Jonathan, his brothers and sisters and grandchildren. May the Ahamlish sod rest gently on your kind and gentle soul. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The annual Cliffoney Christmas Bazaar will be held on December 11 in Cliffoney Hall. Anyone who wants to donate anything for the bazaar please contact Damien on 087 7980879, Paddy on 087 9272692, Joan on 087 2889333 for collection. ST VINCENT DE PAUL: The local branch of St Vincent De Paul would like to thank all the people who supported their table quiz, which was held last weekend in the Pier Head Hotel. All proceeds taken on the night go to local worthy causes. NEW ALTAR SERVICES: Congratulations to new altar servers who received a special blessing at their reception last weekend. The new servers are Naomi Gorevan, Fiona Gillespie, Mark Clancy, Hannah Louise Fox, Conor Herity, Rebeca Kelly, Dawn McCauley, Sarah McGloin, Luise Molloy, Loraine Oates and Eadaoin Feehily.

CLOONACOOL Party on Sunday CLOONACOOL Community Christmas party will take place on Sunday next at 3pm in Cloonacool community centre. Please note earlier date and time on the day. All welcome WINTERS TALE: A Christmas Wonderland – “A Winters Tale”. This wonderful time of year for all ages will be celebrated in the Community

Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, December 18. Christmas stories, Christmas memories, and Christmas songs will be shared over a few mince pies. Participation from all age groups will be welcome. CARD DRIVE: A 25 card game will be held in Cloonacool Community Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Single Hands. Refreshments afterwards. MOTHER AND TODDLER: The Mother and Toddler Group meet every Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12pm in the Cloonacool Community Centre. SOCIAL CLUB: Cloonacool Monday Morning Social Group meets weekly at 10.40am in the Community Centre. DANCING SHOES: Set dancing in Cloonacool Community Centre every Wednesday at 8.30pm. Suitable for beginners. PAPERS WANTED: Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Loughill needs clean dry paper for shredding. Large or small quantities can be dropped off at the centre any time seven days a week. Newspapers, magazines, phone books and office paper etc. For further details please contact 087-6177600. YOUR NOTES: Please send any notes to by Wednesday.

COLLOONEY By Mary White Tel. 071-9167511

Apprentice graduates LOUTH native Suzanne Short lasted seven weeks in The Apprentice TV3 series competition. Collooney was interested in Suzanne because she is engaged to Richard Kerins, of the well-established Tubberbride Riding Stables, Collooney. Although Suzanne was disappointed to be leaving the series so soon, her departure was tinged with excitement because during the past week she graduated from Sligo IT with a science degree and as a reminder of


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town&county the TV3 show, which she thoroughly enjoyed she has named her newly acquired 'Toe Tapping Talent’. CVR LOTTO LAUNCHED: Collooney Village Re-Development (CVR) means business. This week they launched their very own Lotto. There was no jackpot €500 winner. The €100 was won with three of the four lucky numbers, which were 3, 4, 15 and 25. The draw was held in Flynn’s Shop, Main Street, and will move around from draw to draw. The draw will be held fortnightly and €4 will cover the month. The playground at the Fairgreen, which is the third biggest project for this stalwarth group this year, opens this weekend. Collooney is on the up and up, thanks to this ambitious group of young people. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Both Collooney and Ballisodare will be putting up the street lights for Christmas soon. If you can help in any way please do. DEATH: The death has taken place in England of Molly Miller, nee Galvin, formerly from Ballinacarrow. May she rest in peace. 29 CROSSES: A group of local people collected signatures before and after all the Masses last weekend, to support and highlight the need to finish the N4 Castlebaldwin road, where 29 white crosses are stark reminders of the people who lost their lives along that short stretch of road. May their efforts pay off. GOLD AND SILVER: Well done to Conor Sweeney on winning one Gold, and two Silver medals at the World Karate Championships in Italy. CEMETERY ROSARY: The Rosary will be recited in St. Nathy’s cemetery at 12 noon on Sunday next and in Kilvarnet cemetery at 12.40pm same day – weather permitting. KICKBOXING SCHOLARSHIP: Congratulations to Desmond Leonard, Riverstown, winner of Kickboxing Sports Scholarship from NUI Galway. HANDBALL WINNER; Congratulations to Stanley Harte, Laragon, Collooney and Patrick Fox Knockbeg, Collooney, who competed in the U16 Handball Finals in Ballymote recently. Winner Stanley Harte is now U16 County Champion. Well done guys.

COOLANEY Tel. 071-9167878 Baby joy CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to Mairead and Mark Beirne, Castlemanor, Ballinacarrow, on the birth of thier baby girl. Mairead is eldest daughter of Mary and Sean Lee, Carrowclooneen, Coolaney, congratulations to them, also the proud grandparents. CARD GAMES: The card games continue every Wednesday evening, in Killoran Community Centre at 9pm. ART CLASSES: Children’s art classes take place every Tuesday evening in Little Haven Creche, Coolaney. Time 7pm to 8.30pm. For further details contact Paul on 085 1359642. Adult Art Classes take place in the Teeling Centre, Collooney, every Wednesday morning. Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm. For further details contact Paul on 085-1359642. BINGO: Bingo takes place every Thursday evening in Collooney Hall at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. Everybody welcome. COOLANEY-MULLINABREENA GAA: The Coolaney-Mullinabreena Lotto draw was held recently, the numbers drawn were 7, 25, 28 and 33. There was no jackpot winner. Congratulations to Walter Kivlehan and Tommy Kennedy, Lisomorane, who each matched three numbers to share the monthly prize of €200. The

SLIGO: Caolan O’Grady from Sligo town graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) Level 8 at the IT Sligo Conferring ceremonies last week. Caolan is pictured with his mother, Mayor of Sligo Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady, his father Kevin and sister Caoimhe.

jackpot now stands at €4,600. Thank you to all lotto players. Don’t forget the club’s Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 26. Come along for a great night. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.

CRANMORE ABBEYQUARTER By Breda Wimsey and Beccy Perry

Contact 071-9143420 between 9am– 4.45pm or email:

Prize winner CONGRATULATIONS to Tighenan Fox who won €150 in the Abbeyquarter Community Centre weekly lotto draw. LAURA IS 21: Happy 21st birthday to Laura Carty of Maugheraboy. FIT FOR CHRISTMAS: Ladies fitness sessions are working to a Christmas five-week plan. It started on Saturday, November 12 at 11am and runs weekly to December 10 in the Cranmore Abbeyquarter Community Centre. All are welcome. NURSE VISITS: A 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: Funfit Dance will be held every Thursday. Stacey Carty will be offering dance classes from

5-6pm for five to eight year olds, 67pm for nine to 12 year olds and 78pm will be an adults’ class. YOUR NEWS: Anyone with items to be included in the weekly community notes can you please contact Beccy or Breda a week before community notes are published on the above contact details.

CURRY By Cyril Feehily Died in Detroit SYMPATHY on the death of John Reid, Detroit, Michican, formerly of Powelsboro. Sympathy is extended to the Reid and Hanley families. May he rest in peace NEW SCHOOL BOARDS: Parents representatives have been elected to the National School Boards of Management for 2011 to 2015. J. P.Duffy and Jean Walsh were elected for Curry School Board and Elaine Cunnie and David O’Hara for Moylough School Board. CURRY GAA LOTTO: Last week’s numbers were were: 18, 24, 26 and 27, with no winner of the jackpot. There were three weekly winners, Tommy Brennan, Michael Fleming (Moylough) and Anne Marie Kivlehan. Next week’s jackpot stands at €4,300 SUPPORT KEVIN: The search for Sligo’s Number One Legend Supporter is now in full swing. Curry club’s nominated supporter is Kevin Maye and the County players allocated to fundraise with Kevin are Adrian Marren, David Maye and Sean Davey. This is a fundraising initiative by the Sligo Senior Players Training Fund. The aim is to raise as much money as possible. Money buys votes and the person with most votes wins. Kevin is holding numerous events between now and the night of the count which is Saturday, December 17. You are invited to give your support to Kevin in whatever way as the winning supporter from the county will win for their club €5,000 as well as two tickets to travel to New York for the fist round of the Connacht Football Championship, Sligo verses New York. Kevin got off to a good start with a very successful table

quiz in the Yeats County Inn Hotel. He has a number of surprises yet to come CURRY GAA AGM: The annual general meeting of the Curry club will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 5pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. If any member has any motions or nominations for this meeting please contact the club by email at or text 087 7961341. CHORAL RECITAL: Ballyhaunis Choral Group “Gracenotes”, will give a Christmas concert in Curry Church on Sunday, December 4 at 7pm. All proceeds go towards the church repairs fund ETHIOPIA BOUND: Laura Doohan, Moylough is going to Ethiopia as part of a team of 20 from the UK this November. They will be volunteering in orphanages and teaching in schools, as well as spending time visiting various worthy projects such as the soup kitchens, House of Angels and the Women’s Fistula Hospital, all which provide unprecedented help and support to the worlds neediest people. Each volunteer must raise €2,500, so Laura is hoping for as much support as possible for a really worthy cause. If people wish to make a donate go to the link http://lauradoesethiopia. TUBBER CROSSING: Cllr Jerry Lundy has been informed that agreement has been reached on the location of a new pedestrian crossing on Tubbercurry’s Main Street, and construction will begin in the near future. This is a most important development for the people of Tubbercurry and all of South Sligo, as it will solve two problems at the same time. The first is to ensure the shoppers, older people and people with disabilities will now be able to cross the main street with safety. And it will also ensure that traffic will have to slow down when approaching the crossing – again adding to the safety of all people who come to Tubbercurry to shop and conduct their normal business in the South Sligo town. Cllr. Lundy would like to compliment all who lobbied for this project over the last few years, including the Chamber of Commerce, the res-

idents of the town and surrounding areas and the local Councillors for South Sligo. The Engineering staff of Sligo County Council must also be thanked for their efforts in securing the funding and preparing the design of this pedestrian crossing – as we all know that funding is hard to get in these difficult economic times. MUSIC LESSONS: Tin whistle lessons from 6pm to 7pm with guitar from 7pm to 8pm, all in Cloonagh Community Centre. Lessons are given by Shane McGowan. For further information contact Jean Walsh on 087 6590627 FOROIGE: A Foroige Club hopes to open soon as a good number of parents are required as adult leaders for supervision. For further information call Patricia Walsh on 087 6684345 or 094-9255062 25 CARDS: Double hands 25 cards has resumed in Cloonagh Community Centre every Tuesday at 9pm. All are welcome BRIDGE GAME: There is a weekly bridge game in O’Hara’s, Bellaghy every Wednesday night. First deal is at 8pm sharp. ORDER OF MALTA: Order of Malta is currently recruiting volunteers for the Tubbercurry Unit. Training takes place in St Brigid’s Hall at 7pm. Further details can be had from Breege on 087 7715230. BELLAGHY BRIDGE: There is a weekly bridge game in O’Hara’s, Bellaghy every Wednesday night. First deal is at 8pm sharp.

EASKEY Students’ trip to Rome PLANNING is at an advanced stage at Colaiste Iascaigh for a tour to Rome. The students plan to depart on February 9 for three nights. During the trip away they plan to take in all the sights in Rome, a day trip to Mount Vesuvius and the city of Pompeii. They also plan to take in a Series A match and a trip to the catacombs. INDOOR TRAINING: Easkey GAA have commenced underage indoor foot-


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Emilee Jennings talks to film maker Jack Kavanagh. Pages 4-5

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Comedian Chris Lynam in Sligo F

OR one night only internationally renowed comedian Chris Lynam and his show ‘The Beast of Theatre’ is in Sligo. It’s a show that dreams are made of, a dream that shows are made of, a fight between the birds and bees to prove that man is not man at all, but a little part of a little, tiny, baby, baby..... thing! Chris Lynam is renowned for

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many things, but mainly for bringing his brand of crazed humour to unsuspecting audiences. His comedy is both dangerous and exciting, stretching variety to its limits. Any one show may include pyrotechnics, acrobatics, outlandish operatic and orchestral overtures, a sousaphone with a mind of its own and anything else which may spring

to Mr Lynam's unnecessarily large and vivid imagination. Witness his surreal show ‘The Beast of Theatre’ live this Thursday, November 24 in The Tradesclub, No. 2 Castle Street, Sligo at 8pm in association with The Countess Cabaret presents Tickets cost €10 (€8 conc.) and can be purchased on the door. Gerry McBride plays support.

Cancer care charity night CANCER Care West will host a very special evening of literature and music with award-winning author and playwright Colm Tóibín, an extraordinary array of music from 3/Triur. The band features world renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes, virtuoso musician Peadar O’Riada and exciting young fiddle player Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh and a public interview with Colm Tóibín and Martin Hayes.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 26 at the Radisson Live Lounge, Galway at 8pm. Doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are €25 and are available from Cancer Care West and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. For further details contact 091-545000 or e-mail Cancer Care West helps many patients from County Sligo who are receiving cancer

treatment at University Hospital Galway so support from Sligo people for this event would be greatly appreciated.

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Four Men and a Dog visit Grange W

ELL Known Trad group ‘Four Men and a Dog’ stop off in Barry’s Pub, Grange as part of their nationwide Irish tour on Friday, November 25. The band featuring Cathal Hayden (fiddle/banjo), Donal Murphy (accordion), Gerry O’Connor (banjo/fiddle), Kevin Doherty (guitar/vocals) & Gino Lupari (bodhran/vocals) are celebrating 21 years on the road. Four Men and a Dog made a name for themselves with their eclectic and vivacious blend of traditional Irish music with a wide spectrum of other genres, including rap, Southern rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country

swing, and even salsa. Barking Mad, their debut album from Cross Border Media, snagged an award for Album of the Year from Folk Roots magazine in 1991, marking the first time that an Irish group had ever won the prize. They have recorded 6 albums to date and plan the release of a new studio album in Spring 2012. Four Men and a Dog's music is enthusiastic and infectious, their high-energy approach will have you clapping along all night. To catch Four Men and a Dog live head to Barry’s Pub in Grange this Friday, November 25 at 8.30pm. Admission is €15, for futher details call (071) 917 3111.

‘Glee’ experience in Castlebar The Kanyu Tree for Sligo's Clarence FOLLOWING two sold out performances at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin in September, The Glee Experience comes to the Royal Theatre in Castlebar for a matinee show on Tuesday, December 27. The Glee Experience will be shown through a brilliant mixture of singing and dancing,

and will bring to life all of the much loved hits from the popular TV show. With many harmonies and dances this show is fabulous for any age group and taste in music, so it would make a great family day out over the festive season, and an ideal gift for the grandkids!

The Glee Experience show in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar starts at 3.30pm. Tickets are €15 or €17.50 depending on seats. They are on Sale Now from the Royal Box Office on 0818 300 000 or Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. For more information see

THE Clarence in Wine Street will play host to one of Ireland's most talked-about rock bands, The Kanyu Tree, on Friday, December 2 in a concert held in association with promoters MCD. The Kanyu Tree are Daniel, Shane and Oisín Cluskey, three brothers from Salthill in County

Galway. After two successful singles released this year - “Radio” and “Shelf Life” - the band released their debut album, “People Street”, on Sony Music Ireland on September 30 to great critical acclaim. The record was coproduced by the band and Ali Shaheed

Muhammed from A Tribe Called Quest. The band have spent the summer recording and playing live, with festival shows at the likes of Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, Castlepalooza and Indiependence under their belt. They will be joined on the night by Daithi, a

solo musician whose innovative use of loopstations, synthesizers and drum machines creates a unique and exceptional sound all centred around one instrument: the Fiddle. Doors open on Friday, December 2 at 10pm and there will be a few more acts besides.


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Leitrim local Jack Kavanagh talks to Emilee Jennings about the highs and lows of setting up a film production company.

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ORN in Chicago, Jack Kavanagh was brought to the bright lights of New York as a two year old boy and from there he moved to Leitrim with his family in 1998. The 23 year old went to school in The Grammar and so quickly became acquainted with all Sligo has to offer. “I joined the County Sligo Youth Theatre in 2001 and through my involvement there I became interested in drama and by 2005 I had made the transition from Theatre to film.” Jack’s parents Marion Quinn and Tommy Weir are well known film producers based in Leitrim, so has this family connection influenced Jack to follow a similar path? “Well it helps to come from a film orientated family, advice is always plentiful and I experienced the film world first hand, but it didn’t influence my choices in life.” After completing his leaving cert Jack went on to study history in NUI Galway and his plan is to work as a historian in the future, but for the moment film his biggest passion.

As a teenager Jack was keen to get involved in producing and directing, so he set up his own production company and created his own opportunities. While living in Sligo he set up ArmKav productions before moving onto Galway where he set up The Company Productions, both of these companies traded as unlimited companies. The Company Productions specialised in theatre and film and in 2010 it was amalgamated into Trench Entertainment LTD. Jack runs Trench Entertainment from Leitrim along with fellow film enthusiasts, Rummy McCullagh, Colin Watts, Jack Watts and Jack John Kirwan. Jack brings with him years of experience in producing and directing, plus he also dabbled in acting for a while starring in Irish feature film “32A”. With Trench Entertainment he works as the producer and director on film projects and also finds himself participating in the development of scripts and project ideas.

“Being within your own organisation is great, you have a lot of freedom to do whatever projects appeal to you and you get to experience it all first hand. “It also means that you become involved in every aspect from

administration to producing, so you really become immersed in every part and it takes a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it when you see the final project.” Wise beyond his 23 years Jack has experience in a mix of areas and he wants to continue to build on these experiences. “I’d like to learn new techniques and skills in film production and directing, the more things I try the better my skill set will be overall. I’m not big into boxing myself into a corner regarding work, so I like to try different things. I like to give myself options as a filmmaker and see where that takes me.” Jack is currently working on “He Moved Through The Fair” which is in the final stages of post-production.

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ADVENTURE: Students from Jesus & Mary Secondary School in Enniscrone rehearse some scenes from “Around The World In 80 Days”. ACTOR: Jack in “Me and My Autumn Sweater”.

HIDE: Jack (left) in a scene from the short film “Mystery Hideout”.

SCENE: Rehearsal on set of the short film, “The Colonel”.

Students go ‘Around the World in 80 days’ TRANSITION Year students from Jesus and Mary Secondary School in Enniscrone, West County Sligo are presenting an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in 80 Days”. This fast-paced travel tale tracks the very conservative and schedule-obsessed Philleas Fogg circumnavigate the globe after being challenged to do so. Fogg, played by Cian Mulrooney, has accepted a bet in the hope of saving a struggling

orphanage. With the aid of his onstage sidekick Passepartout (and offstage twin sisterAoife) Fogg encounters a range of cultures and customs. While Fogg is desperate to succeed in his mammoth journey, he is all the while followed and framed by two conniving thieves sent to delay his progress. Sarah Curley’s fate as Princess Aouda is in the hands of our hero Fogg. Meanwhile Cadaver and Harlott (played by Aoife Bourke and Elizabeth

Dunphy) are out to destroy Fogg’s reputation and chances of winning the bet. “Around the World in 80 Days” is on tomorrow, Wednesday November 23 and Thursday, November 24 in the Jesus and Mary Secondary School gymnasium. Doors open at 7.30 and the show begins at 8pm sharp both evenings. Tickets for the production cost €7 and are available in Tuffy’s Shop, Corballa and are on-sale from all students at the school.


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Preparing your home for Christmas The Christmas Tree from pagan practices to saintly symbolism In one form or another - real or artificial, small or large - most of our households will have a Christmas Tree this year, but where do the origins of this particular tradition stem from. Well it starts way back in the 7th century when a monk from Crediton, Devonshire called Winfrid went to Germany to teach the Word of God. He did many good works there, and spent much time in Thuringia - an area which was to become the cradle of the Christmas decoration industry. Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, similar to the fable of St Patrick using the Shamrock to explain the same concept to us Irish. Winfrid would himself be made a saint. St Boniface is known as the Apostle of the Germans and fittingly is the patron saint of not just Germany, but brewers too. The converted people in Germany began to revere the Fir tree as God's Tree, as they had previously revered the Oak. By the 12th century it was being hung, upside-down, from ceilings at Christmastime in Central Europe, as a symbol of Christianity. The first decorated tree was at Riga in Latvia, in 1510. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorated a small Christmas Tree with candles, to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night. In the 1700's the Christmas tree custom had spread throughout northern Germany, and people began decorating the tree with candles that were lit on Christmas Eve, as is still done today in many homes across Europe. As the Christmas

tree custom spread through Germany, the Roman Catholic Church eventually recognized it in the early 1800's. It was introduced to Vienna in 1816, quickly spreading across Austria, and in 1840 to France by the duchesse d'Orleans This is the accepted origin of what we know as the decorated Christmas Tree today, but that's not the end, because over the many centuries that these trees have been brought into our homes, they have often been condemned as a pagan symbol. It was not uncommon for several pagan tribes to bring an evergreen plant into their homes during the winter months, as a means of warding off bad spirits or to honour the land which had given them such a good harvest. In the mid 1500's, Germans began using evergreen trees as a symbol of hope for the coming of spring. This practice is likely to have gradually evolved from pagan rituals of past, and merged with the celebration of Christmas leading to the tree's Christian beginnings. And it's not just in Europe or western Asia where such practices rose to prominence. Egyptians particularly valued evergreens as a symbol of life's victory over death. They brought green date palm leaves into their homes around the time of the winter solstice. Druid priests in Great Britain also used evergreen plants and mistletoe in pagan ceremonies, and the mistletoe plant was the symbol of the birth of a god. Celtic Druids and Norseman of Scandinavia also used mistletoe in a mysterious ceremony just after the winter solstice.


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Preparing your home for Christmas

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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Preparing your home for Christmas

Winter-proof your home and avoid big bills A

N Irish building society has issued top tips for homeowners on how to avoid expensive home repair bills by being ready for the elements this winter. EBS Home Insurance was one of several companies who had to deal with massive claims in 2010 and early 2011 after the "Big Freeze" caused damage to homes all over Ireland. So this year they have produced a 'Winter Proof' checklist to deal with the most common dangers associated with the onset of winter such as safeguarding a home against cold, flooding and storms. Aidan Power, Head of Marketing at EBS said: "The extreme weather conditions that were experienced across the country over the last two winters, and the terrible flooding on the east coast of the country in recent weeks demonstrates the need for home owners to be vigilant when protecting their properties and ensuring that there property is covered, to ensure that there are no nasty surprises. "The 'Winter Proof' checklist is a good way of measuring if your home is prepared for the precarious conditions in the upcoming months". "In addition to following these tips, we would also remind homeowners to review their insurance cover to ensure that they are adequately insured for all eventualities.


Protecting your home against the cold: • Are your pipes and water tanks properly lagged? - If no: Consult with a plumber and have your water system properly lagged. • Are your taps all closed tightly do they drip? - If no: Ensure that dripping taps are fixed by a plumber before the winter cold sets in. • Do you know where your mains water stop valve/stopcock is? - If no: Locate your mains water stop valve/stopcock, usually located under the kitchen sink. • Are you sure your mains water stop valve (stopcock) works properly? - If no: If it doesn't work properly, it needs to be fixed by a plumber. • Do you have a light in your attic? - If no: It is essential to install a light in your attic so that you can make safety checks on all pipes and tanks. • Do you set your heating to come on during the night? - If no: Setting your heating at regular intervals will maintain a level of heat throughout the house. • Do you leave your heating on when your house is unoccupied? If no: When your property is unoccupied leave heating on at regular intervals to maintain the level of heat.


Protecting your home against flooding: • Are your gutters clean? - If no: Clean gutters annually as

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flooded gutter water can get in under the eaves of your house and rot timber • Are your drains clear? - If no: Clean drains to avoid flash flooding in the event of heavy rainfall • Are your roof slates/tiles secure? - If no: Have these checked regularly, particularly after storms or heavy rain. • If flooding is likely, is your property at risk? If yes: - Move any valuable belongings upstairs. - Block doorways with sandbags. - Lock away valuables if you have to vacate your home. - Switch off electrical supply to avoid electric shock.


Protecting your home against storms: • Are your roof slates/tiles, gutters, aerials and satellite dishes secure? - If no: Make sure roofs and their attachments are checked regularly, particularly after storms or heavy rain • Are all large trees close to your/your neighbours property maintained, that is, branches trimmed and checked for rot or decay? - If no: Have these checked regularly so that trees do not pose a danger to property or to electrical lines • If a storm is forecast, are you prepared for a storm? - If no: - Secure all doors, gates and windows. - Put away unsecured items that are in your garden.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Preparing your home for Christmas


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

SO - Entertainment Sligo Grammar School

Calamity Jane

Tues 22 – Fri 25 Nov, 8pm €12/€10conc.

Sligo Grammar School 4th and 5th year students present the classic musical, set in the Old West and loosely based on the life and escapades of Wild West heroine, Martha Jane Cannery, better know as Calamity Jane.

Jazz Ladds Celebration Concert Sat 26 Nov, 8pm €15

The Jazz Ladds are Sligo’s longest established band. Musicians from all over Ireland will gather in Sligo to celebrate the Jazz Ladds immense contribution to music in this very special concert.

Coolera Dramatic Society

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Wed 30 Nov, Thurs 1 Dec, 8pm €12 Fri 2 – Sat 17 Dec, 8pm €16 Sun 4 & Sun 11 Dec, 3pm sold out

Coolera presents the best family show around – the annual Christmas Panto! Early booking advised.

Mairead McMorrow Drama Academy

A Snow White Christmas

Tues 20 Dec, 6pm & 8pm €12/€8conc. €35 family – 2 adults & 2 children

The students of the Mairead McMorrow Drama Academy present their version of A Snow White Christmas

The Fureys and Davey Arthur Wed 28 Dec, 8pm €25

An evening of music, songs and stories from legends of Irish music. An ideal Christmas gift! Early booking advised.

Jazz ‘n Jokes Club Night

Fred Cooke & Bop and Beats: A Comedy & Jazz Club Night Thurs 29 Dec, 10pm €15

A mix of laughs and luscious jazz in an intimate, cabaret style performance space.

Rossa Donagher

An age of beauty A

geing doesn't just affect skin, hair also ages. People's skin and body needs change over time, but ageing happens gradually, so how do you know when it’s to make the switch to a new regime? What you were using 15 years ago or even as recently as last year may have worked then, but your hair may have evolved. As the years take their toll skin becomes dry, losing elasticity and vibrancy, while nails and bones become more brittle, hair also starts to thin becoming coarse, wiry and dull or fine, limp and flat. But it doesn't have to stay that way, you can revise your daily routine and assess your hairs needs. If you are worried about your hair then it’s time to talk to your hairdresser about these issues you may have. A good salon will have their staff well trained on how to help you out, invest in a good product whether it’s for fine, weak or dry coarse hair, it will make the difference when you are styling your hair at home. Make sure you have a good style that makes the most of your hair and face shape; also a great colour can make a big difference too. If your hair is colour free or grey make sure have a great haircut just because your hair is grey doesn't mean you have to have an old-fashioned hair style, my advice is if your hair has no colour push the boundaries out a little more with the cut and style. Elixir of hair and lipids amino acids may or may not mean something to you, but they certainly mean something when it comes to caring for your hair. Shockingly your locks begin to decrease in elasticity between the tender age of 15 and 20; research has shown that once you turn 45 this can also causes a loss of vibrancy, fullness and pigment, which leaves hair far less manageable than it was before. Men and women the world over constantly search for an elixir of youth when it comes to skin creams and treatments, but until very recently hair has been excluded from this quest. Your hair ages in a similar way to your skin and the changes are just as visible, with tresses losing their youthful appearance. The lifespan of hair can be varied, but generally by age 10 the sebum production increases, by age 15-20 hair elasticity begins to decrease and hair has reached its maximum thickness, when you

reach age 40 the sebum (lipid) production, fatty acids and other essential oils start to decrease and by age 65 the sebum production is reduced to 50% and from 70 onwards the amino acid content is reduced to 35%. With awareness of these different needs make sure you ask a few more questions when choosing products for your hair. Regular use of the right cleansing and styling products

will produce the correct environment to grow healthy youthful hair helping you stop the clock on aging hair. Best buys at the moment are Elixir Oil and Age Premium both from Kerastase Paris.

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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sligo’s Premier Entertainment Guide

SO - Entertainment

call: 071-9174900 fax: 071-9142255 email: PROGRAMME FOR WEEK:Friday 25th November to Thursday

“The Metropolitan “The Metropolitan Opera presents, Opera presents, RODELINDA” RODELINDA” Live via satellite from NEW YORK Live via satellite




On Saturday RD 3 On December Saturday 2011 3RD @ 5.30pm


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

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


“ARTHUR CHRISTMAS in Digital 3D & 2D” (gen)

(15/a) Everyday in 3D: 9.30pm

“IMMORTALS in Digital 3D & 2D” Fri, Sat (15/a) Everyday in 3D: 9.30pm

C/C Bookings always at your fingertips!! Want to get value for your money this XMAS when looking for gift ideas?: Anyone that spends more than ½50.00 in one transaction on any multiple of GCG Gift cards during Nov & Dec will get a FREE GCG loyalty card pre-loaded with 100 points. 200 points earns you a FREE cinema ticket!! Follow us on Facebook:


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New Hot Food option available for the Kids Party Room. Call 071-9174001 for information.

Tickets now on sale for “ALFIE- THE BRING HIM HOME TOUR” (Alfie Boe)!! Live via satellite from the Royal Festival Hall, London on Wednesday 7th December 2011 @ 7.30pm!!

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!! Want to get value for your money this XMAS when looking for gift ideas?: Anyone that spends more than ½50.00 in one transaction on any multiple of GCG Gift cards during Nov & Dec will get a FREE GCG loyalty card pre-loaded with 100 points. 200 points earns you a FREE cinema ticket!!

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(12/a) Tower Heist (12/a) In Time (15/a) The Ides Of March (pg) Johnny English Reborn (gen) The Lion King in 2D (pg) The Adventures Of Tin Tin in 2D (pg) Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer (gen) Monte Carlo

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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


7.05pm 6.40pm 7.40pm 6.45pm

KIDS CLUB: Sat 26th & Sun 27th November @ 2.00pm – “Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer” (pg) Admission ½2.90 per child. Minder free.

1.30pm & 3.30pm Fri, Sat Fri, Sat & Sun & Sun in 2D: in 2D: 5.45pm 5.00pm Sat & us Sun Sat & Sun Follow on Facebook: in 2D: in 2D: 1.45pm & 2.30pm FREE iPhone App available in your App store! Search “Gaiety Cinema 3.45pm Group” to download! Cinema / Film / Live Events &

Lunch Special Monday - Saturday Main Course €10

4.35pm 4.00pm


(15/a) The Rum Diary

4.30pm Sat & Sun: “IMMORTALS 1.30pm & in Digital 3D & 2D” 2.00pm

& Sun in 2D: 5.00pm Sat & Sun in 2D: 2.30pm

(15/a) Dreamhouse (12/a) My Week With Marilyn


(12/a) The Help

4.00pm & 4.30pm Fri, Sat & Sat Sun: 1.30pm & Sun: & 2.00pm 4.00pm &

Everyday in 3D: 7.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun in 3D: 5.30pm Sat & Sun in 3D: 1.30pm & 3.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun Everyday in 3D: in 2D: 7.30pm 5.45pm Sat & Sun in 3D: Sat Fri, & Sun in 2D: 5.30pm 1.45pmSat & & Sun in 3D: 3.45pm


(15/a) The Awakening (15/a) Justice

7.00pm, Fri, Sat& 9.00pm &9.30pm Sun:

“ARTHUR CHRISTMAS in Digital 3D & 2D” (gen)

December 2011

(pg) Moneyball

Everyday: 6.30pm, 7.00pm, Everyday: 9.00pm & 6.30pm, 9.30pm

December 2011 @ 5.30pm

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Traditional Music

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Tuesday 22nd November – Champions League (7:45pm) Wednesday 23rd November – Champions League (7:45pm) Friday 25th November – John Lenihan (8- 10pm) Saturday 26th November – Hughie Lowry & Friends (10:30 – Close) Showing Live Sports - SKY, SETANTA & ESPN

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Saturday 26th November

JESSE CONLON 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 November 22 2011

SO - Informative


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TODAY Following a chilly, in places misty start, it will be mostly dry with autumn sunshine. However, an isolated morning shower is possible. There will be a light westerly breeze. Max temp 10-13°C (50-55°F).

WEDNESDAY A fairly chilly start. It will then be dry with sunny periods and patchy cloud. A gentle southwesterly wind. 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 Dry with some sunshine, but also plenty of cloud at times. A gentle southerly breeze. Max temp 9-12°C (48-54°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 Some sun after a misty start, but cloudy later with the risk of some rain. A moderate southerly 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

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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


SATURDAY Dull and grey with the risk of some rain and drizzle. A moderate southerly breeze. Max temp 11-14°C (52-57°F).



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

Based on tidal heights at Oyster Island TODAY 04:11 3.67m H 22:21 1.00m L WEDNESDAY 04:43 3.82m H 22:53 0.94mL THURSDAY 05:15 3.92m H 23:23 0.91m L FRIDAY 05:47 3.97m H 23:55 0.93mL SATURDAY 06:17 3.98m H 12:20 0.89m L SUNDAY 06:49 3.94m H 12:54 0.94m L MONDAY 07:22 3.86m H 13:29 1.02m L

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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town&county EASKEY NOTES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 ball training, for boys and girls, at the Easkey Family Resource Centre. Timetable is as follows: Mondays – U8s 6-7pm; next year’s U10s 7-8pm; next year’s U12s 8-9pm. Tuesday evenings – U14s 6-7.30pm and U16s 7.30-9pm. These training sessions will run until Christmas. Existing players and new players are welcome. Easkey/St.Farnans Indoor hurling training has also began at the same venue. Thursdays – U9s 6-7pm. Saturday – U11s 7-8pm and U12s 89pm. On Fridays there will be U13 training from 6-7.30pm, and over 13s from 7.30-9pm.Training will continue every Thursday and Friday up until Christmas, and there will be county and regional competitions from January to mid-March. SCOR NA NOG: Anybody under the age of 17 on January 1, 2012 and interested in taking part in Solo Singing, Recitation, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Figure Dancing or Set Dancing to represent the parish in Scor Na Nog, should get in touch with the cultural officer, John Gordon as soon as possible. PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Sligo County Council will soon commence the process of creating by-laws on the road around Easkey Castle in a bid to restrict car and caravan parking there Councillor Joe Queenan has been informed by senior engineer, Seamus O'Toole. Parking and vandalism in the area is an on-going problem. FOOTBALL TENNIS: Steven Conway, Rory Selby Smith and Fionn Rogers, all from Easkey, are on the eightman Irish team who travel to North Cyprus to compete against a crop of talent from countries including Croatia, Russia and Hungary in the European Championships of football tennis. Football tennis is played on a tennis court with a ball similar to a football, but lighter and the net used is one metre high. There are singles, doubles and trebles disciplines and the team entered all three

ENNISCRONE: On Wednesday, November 9 the Transition Year German class, accompanied by their teacher Ms Hamilton, travelled to the Model Arts Centre in Sligo to view the German film ‘Neukolln Unlimited’. The film was introduced by a speaker from the Irish Film Institute and the event brought German students from a number of secondary schools together. The pupils enjoyed the film and everybody had a great day. Pictured (back row, l-r): Orla Caffrey, Katie Browne, Laura Grimes, Laura Murphy, Cian Mulrooney, Jason Mulderrig and Megan Burke. (Front row, l-r): Jason Earlis, Danny Granahan, Aoife Bourke, Cora Hannon, Niamh Tuffy, Sarah Curley, Niamh Burns, Molly McCormack, Conor Mullaney, Conor Gallagher and Arthur Beardshall.

in the world finals where they defeated Georgia and India. Now they have their sights set on Euro glory and have been training hard all year. VARIETY CONCERT: Easkey GAA are having a variety concert in the community centre on Saturday, December 17 at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and will be on sale shortly. There will be a variety of music, song and dance by local talent, raffle and light refreshments. Rural transport will be

available and anyone that requires transport should contact 096-47100. SALE OF WORK: St. Anne’s Church, Easkey are holding their annual sale of work on Saturday, December 3 in the community centre at 7.45pm. The usual selection of cakes and goodies will be on sale. Ticket sellers are going from house to house selling raffle tickets at €2 each, with great prizes on offer again this year. Please support. STUDENTS DRAMA: The transition year students at the Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone will present ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at the school hall tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, November 24. Doors open 7.30pm. The students have put a lot of work into preparing for the show and would appreciate your support. BLOTTO: There was no jackpot winner in the Easkey Community Council Lotto Draw on Friday night last. Numbers drawn were: 7, 22, 24, 28 and bonus number 10. Winners of €25 were Michael McGee, K. Connolly, John Feeney, J. Cosgrove, Gerry Gordon. The promoter’s prize went to M Weir. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,100 and the draw will take place at the bingo session held in the Community Centre on Friday night at 8.30pm

ENNISCRONE By Enniscrone Tourist Office


Clive and Tilly wed

GURTEEN: Sligo singer Mai Hernon was a guest of honour at the Green Tie Affair at the Irish Heritage Centre in Cincinatti, Ohio. “I was asked to open the event with the Irish national anthem and also close it by singing ‘The Parting Glass’,” Mai told the Sligo Weekender. The Gurteen-born performer, who now lives near Boyle, is pictured with fellow guest of honour, writer Malachy McCourt.

CONGRATULATIONS to Clive Hughes, Woodlawns, Enniscrone, and Tilly Henning who were married in the Church of our Lady Assumed into Heaven, Enniscrone on Friday, November 11. The reception was held in the Ocean Sands. Clive and Tilly are wished a long and happy life together SALE OF WORK: St. Anne’s Church in Easkey are holding their annual sale of work on Saturday, December 3 in the Community Centre, Easkey, at 7.45pm. Everyone is more than welcome to come along on the night. Ticket sellers are going from house

to house selling raffle tickets for €2 with great prizes on offer again this year. So please support. STUDENTS ON STAGE: The Transition Year Students of the Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, present their play ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ in the school hall tomorrow, Wednesday and again on Thursday. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at €7. CHRISTMAS FAIR: Sandcastles Childcare Centre, Enniscrone will hold their Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 11 from 12 noon to 3pm. Santa will visit at 1pm. Contact Karen on 096-37516 for details. ATHLONE BOUND: Enniscrone Community Care are travelling to Athlone for their annual pre-Christmas visit today, Tuesday, staying in The Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone for two nights bed and breakfast with dinner this evening. SILENT AUCTION: Kilglass/Enniscrone United are organising a silent auction as a fundraising event for the soccer club and local charities. This is an auction with a difference as there is no auctioneer to call out prices or take bids; instead people place their bids on a bid sheet left beside the item. The bid sheet gives a lot number, description of the item, approximate value and the name of the donor. If a person is interested in a particular item they register their bid on the sheet, the next person must then place a higher bid, and the successful bidder will be the highest bid recorded at the close of the auction. For this event to be a success the club need donations. Have you an unwanted item, gift voucher or something in good condition that could be sold, or could you donate a gift cert or voucher for a hotel break, sports activity, travel voucher, concert or match tickets or merchandise. The date and venue for this event will be announced shortly but in the meantime please think about what is hidden away in a drawer that you might wish to donate to the silent auction. TABLE QUIZ: The next table quiz in aid of the North West Hospice will be

held in the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone on Wednesday. BLOTTO: There was no winner of the €1,000 jackpot in the Blotto Draw, which took place in Roper’s Pub. The numbers drawn were 12, 15 and 35. The winners of €25 were Adrian Scott Sr, Joe McGowan, Jim O’Regan and Noel Igoe. The next draw will be held in the Pilot Bar on Saturday, November 19. CLUB CALENDAR: Kilglass/Enniscrone United club is currently compiling the very popular Club Calendar. The calendar features all local businesses and trades. It is a handy reference for all homes. Committee members will call to advertisers over the next two weeks. The continued support of advertisers is vital to the club and much appreciated. BEFRIENDING GROUP: Living with Cancer - Enniscrone Befriending Group meets every Wednesday evening at 8pm in the Enniscrone Health Centre. All are welcome. SIMON COLLECTION: The North West Simon Community will be holding their annual church gate collection at the following churches on the weekend of November 26 and 27; Kilglass, Enniscrone and Castleconner. Money raised will go towards preventing homelessness in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 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 or ring 096-36746 E-mail:

GEEVAGH By Peter O’Rourke Tel. 071-9647580

Geevagh lotto GEEVAGH Community Resource Group lotto draw was held on November 12 and the numbers drawn were 1, 3, 22 and 28. There was no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot


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town&county eration of Ireland. Anyone who wishes to enter please contact Karina O’Dowd on 086-1686976 or Aishling O’Dowd on 086-1982965. All welcome and support would be appreciated. BINGO: Bingo is held every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30pm There is a jackpot of €1,700 on 48 calls plus other valuable prizes as well There is also a separate lotto game. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the hall, so your support is greatly appreciated. SOCIAL DANCING: Social dancing classes continues every Thursday night in the Coleman Centre at 8pm. Dances include jiving, quick-step, foxtrot, slow waltz, old time waltz, and line dancing. All are welcome. EUCHARIST CONGRESS: The Eucharist Congress organisers in Dublin are seeking one to two volunteers from each parish in the country to help for five consecutive days from 6-19 June 2012. The organisers are looking for people with medical skills, IT skills, manual labourers, meters and greeters, translators, interpreters and drivers. All volunteers must be Garda vetted. Application forms may be downloaded from or from the local priest.

KINLOUGH By Joe McCarron

Gaels Dinner Dance

SLIGO: Pictured at the recent graduation ceremony at Griffith College Dublin are Nicola Neary, (left) from Holy Well Road, Sligo and Gráinne Hannon from Culleens, Co. Sligo. Both girls studied Speech and Drama at the Leinster School of Music and Drama.

will be €4,000. The following each won €20: Mike Bunn, Ballyrush; Martin O’Sullivan, Ballyrush; Ann McDonagh, Geevagh; Paddy Cunnane, Geevagh and Conor Gilmartin, Ballyshannon. GLEANN ICA: The annual flower arranging demonstration takes place on Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm in Gleann Community Centre. All welcome. Refreshments will be served. TIRERRILL DINNER: Tirerrill Historical and Archaeological Society have their annual dinner in Cromleach Lodge on Sunday, December 4. This will be followed by a night of varied entertainment including singing, céilí music and sean-nós dancing featuring an All-Ireland winning champion. Book through the usual sources Paddy Keaney 071-9647007 or Frank Tivnan. TABLE QUIZ: Geevagh Local Area Development, or GLAD for short, is hosting a table quiz in Paddy’s Bar on Friday night starting at 9.30pm. This is a fundraiser for the children’s playground development for which land has been generously donated. There will be table prizes and a raffle.

GURTEEN Function for Maura A RETIREMENT presentation was made to Maura Murray by pupils, parents, teachers and Board of Managements on Friday last, November 18 in Mullaghroe NS. Maura retired from the teaching staff at Mullaghroe some time ago after many years of service . DEFIBRILLATOR UPDATE: Sixteen people were trained/retrained in using the

defibrillator during October. Names and phone numbers of these trained responders are on a printed page that has been distributed to all businesses premises around Gurteen. If there are other people locally who are trained and wish to add their names to this list please contact Mary on 087 9082352. Next training session will be in March 2012 with details at a later date. CONCERT IN CEOLARAS: Marianne Green and her band are opening their Irish tour with a concert in Ceoláras Coleman on tomorrow Wednesday night, November 23. Marianne is a singer from Denmark who has taken up singing Irish songs. Her latest album ‘Dear Irish Boy’ has already received a great response. On it she is accompanied by Andy Irvine and the album has been given favourable reviews in The Irish Music Magazine and other publications. Marianne will be accompanied on the night by three musicians playing guitar, accordion and harmonica. Marianne also plays the whistle. The tour continues to Ulster for three further concerts. Her songs are all traditional Irish. Some have not been recorded before, so an interesting musical evening is assured. The concert commences at 9pm. Further details from 0719182599 email: SEARCH FOR A STAR: Gurteen Community Sports Field will be hosting a ‘Search for a Star’ towards the end of February to raise funds. The search is now on for stage acts to take part. TALENT SHOW: A talent show will be held on Saturday night, December 10 at 8pm in Gurteen Hall (doors open at 7pm ) in aid of the Diabetes Fed-

MELVIN Gaels dinner dance and presentation will be held on Saturday in The Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran. The tickets will cost €25 each and are available from any player or any club member or call 087 9520036. It is expected that there will be big demand for these tickets, so place your order as soon as possible. There will be music by The Rocking Paddies, followed by a disco. SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is extended to Mae Regan and family. Derryloughan, Tullaghan on the recent death of her husband Oliver. May he rest in peace. EPILEPSY COLLECTION: Thanks to all who supported the Collection in Kinlough. €358 was raised. DISABLED DRIVERS: Thank you to all who supported the disabled drivers church gate collection. €297 was raised. CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Due to the success of Ballintrillick Environmen-

tal Group’s recent Harvest Fair, the group are holding a Christmas Craft Fair at The Benwiskin Centre on Sunday, December 4 from 2pm-5pm. If you are a craft provider/ craftsperson and would like a stall please get in contact with the centre on 071-9176721 or as soon as possible as stalls are going fast. PARENT AND TODDLERS: Sessions are held at The Benwiskin Centre every Monday and Tuesday morning 10am-12 noon. No need to register just turn up. Newcomers welcome. Refreshments available.

MANORHAMILTON By PJ Leddy Tel. 071-9855349

Fiona’s Future Reflections A FASCINATING exhibition entitled ‘Reflections on Things Yet to Come’ by Sculptor, Fiona Mulholland was launched at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton on Friday evening, November 12 and it runs at the centre until Thursday, December 1. In this exhibition Ms Mulholland presents several new sculptural works developed while she was recently on a two month residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Her practice is primarily concerned with examining fragments of everyday life and making visible oppositional elements of urban existence. In sculptural works she uses appropriated objects/materials and universal symbols in order to investigate the dreams and realities of modern living. Currently questioning how we solicit spaces/places of retreat whether physical or psychological, her concern is to make objects, which operate between abstraction and ‘artificial’ landscapes. Mulholland has reduced elements to their essential parts to present poetic arrangements made from common place, mass produced materials that cross-reference conflicting narratives. You can view this fascinating exhibition any day during working hours at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Email: info@leitrimsculpturecen-, telephone 071-9855098, website GRAHAM DAZZLE: St. Clare’s Comprehensive School teacher of physics and chemistry, Graham Hewston provided interesting demonstrations for the many people present on the opening day of the recent 12th annual Science Fair at Sligo Institute of Technology. One of the really trendy items at the Science Fair was the well-known live experiment of the exploding Coke drink when it is mixed with mint sweets. Graham designed quite intricate system using plastic tubing that enabled the Coke to be ‘recycled’ into glasses for consumption after the experiment concluded. His good humoured presentations were very popular with many people amongst large attendance in the Sligo IT auditorium during the Science Fair, which had many other thought provoking applications of science for all to view. Sligo IT’s Science Week had a full programme of lectures and other events relating to a broad range of scientific topics taking place up to last Friday evening. LADIES DOMINATE: A Club Chluainín promoted Progressive ‘25’ card playing session will take place in the Áras Breffni Community Centre on this Sunday night, November 27 at 9pm. All card players in the Manorhamilton and the surrounding areas are invited to attend and enjoy the competitive Progressive ‘25’ action. Club Chluainín is offering valuable winners and runnersup prizes to the two top partnerships for this event, as well as two individual raffle prizes if there is a good turnout on the night. The recent Club Chluainín Progressive ‘25’ card drive was dominated by the ladies who made it a clean sweep at the conclusion of the event. The mother and daughter partnership of Molly O’Hagan and Christine Rooney claimed the first prize on offer. The card drive’s runners-up prize was won by the Nan Gilgunn and Margaret Sweeney partnership. Larry Flynn, who partnered Roger Connolly in the card playing action, took the first prize in the Club Chluainín raffle while Roger Connolly was the raffle’s second prize winner. LOVE LEITRIM: A Manorhamilton group Love Leitrim organisation table quiz will take place on this Friday night, November 25 at 8pm in Heraghty’s Pub. The proceeds from

St. Clare’s Primary School Manorhamilton students participating in a recent Book Week activity at their school.


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town&county SOUTH SLIGO: The national final of Macra na Feirme’s annual ‘Irish Farmers Journal’ Know Your Agriculture competition took place at this year’s Macra na Feirme annual conference in the Radisson Blu, Little Island, Cork. Taking part was the South Sligo team (l-r) Macra na Feirme national president, Alan Jagoe, Orla O’Connor, Lorcan O’Connor, Emma Lawrence, Lisa Bradford and Bryan Hynes from the ‘Irish Farmers Journal’.

this table quiz will be used to raise awareness of the future impact the hydraulic fracturing natural gas extraction mining technique will have in the North West. The entry fee per table will be €20 for each participating team. CHRISTMAS FAIR: The North Leitrim Women’s Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday, December 4 from 12 noon to 4pm in the Bee Park Community Centre. Tables for vendors cost €20. To book your table contact the North Leitrim Women’s Centre on 0719856220.

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

Died in Arizona SYMPATHY is extended to Mary Kelpie of St Brigid’s Place and the Heraughty family on the death of Padraig in Arizona. CONGRATS JOHN: John Rooney was the winner of the first prize of €100 in the MCR 200 club draw on November 17. The second prize of €50 was won by Alison Foley. Noel Gilligan and Eamon McLoughlin won €25 each. ACTIVE AGE: The group is currently enjoying art classes on a Friday, with various activities including mosaics (commencing November 29) and Christmas crafts on the cards in the next few weeks. The group’s membership is growing and new members are always welcome. Just come along on a Tuesday from 11am-1pm, or phone the centre for further details. BOUNCEMANIA: This popular class is running on Tuesday nights in MCR community centre at 8.15pm. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It burns calories, tones the body and is great fun. Bounce the inches away to chart hits. For booking or more information contact Claire on 0879231629. HSE BABY CLINIC: The HSE Baby Clinic is continuing in the community centre, each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm. WAY OF GENTLENESS: This will take place at Sligo Cathedral on Tuesdays, November 29, and December 6, 13 and 20 at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to this spiritual journey into the deeper meaning of Christmas for our personal lives.

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.

MERVILLE YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE Maugheraboy Tel. 071-9159929

Community mass A COMMUNITY Mass will be held at Merville Centre tomorrow, Wednesday night at 8pm. This mass will be offered for the deceased members of the community over the past year. All in the local area are welcome.

BUILDING WORKS: Parents and children attending the Dreamchasers Childcare Service are asked to be extra careful attending the centre over the weeks ahead, as building works in the area may cause delays and slight difficulties on accessing and exiting the car park. All co-operation with relevant signage is appreciated. ACTIVITIES: Merville Community Centre host a wide range of activities, including circuit training, plus kids kung fu, adult tai chi chuan, and tennis at weekends. BOUNCEMANIA: A new addition to the schedule include Bouncemania every Thursday at 7pm. Full Information of scheduled times is available from the centre office. HALL AVAILABLE: Merville Community Centre Hall is available at weekends for hire for kids birthday parties, at reasonable rates. Meeting rooms are also available – evenings only – cater-

ing for groups of all sizes, at rates to suit any budget. All proceeds go towards the substantial running costs of operating the centre for all the community. Contact the centre on 071-9150029, anytime, for bookings.

NEWTOWNMANOR Get well soon Andrew WISHING a speedy recovery to Andrew Longworth, Fivemilebourne, who is a patient in Sligo General Hospital at the moment. Hope to see you back home in flying form soon, from all your neighbours and friends in Newtownmanor. CONGRATULATIONS DENISE: Congratulations to Denise McDermott (Moragh) who, along with nine of her classmates in St Clare’s, won third place in the recent ‘Our Schools Got Talent’

competition in Carrick-on-Shannon. The group called Dix Amies now go on to represent the school at the next level. Best of luck girls. NT LEITRIM ATHLETICS: Training with the North Leitrim Athletics Club continues every Monday at the St. Clare’s Comprehensive gym, Manorhamilton from 7-8pm. Athletics is great way to keep fit and make new friends during the winter so why not go along. CREATIVE ARTS GROUP: Would you like to foster your creative side? Have fun and let your self go through art? If yes, then this is the group for you. A non-structured creative and playful group that will use different methods and different materials to enable women to explore their inner creativity. No experience is necessary. Come along to this free, creative art group on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm-5pm at the North Leitrim Women’s Centre. For more information please contact 071-9856220. DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP: Dromahair Defibrillator Group are providing training in CPR/defibrillator life saving skills. The training provided is free or charge and is an excellent skill to have. Anyone interested in Newtownmanor or the surrounding areas please contact Anne on 085 8164987. 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. BINGO: Bingo continues as usual every Monday night in the function room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair at 9pm. All lines €30, except games five to ten, which are €50. All full houses €100 and last game €200. So why not come along and support your local bingo. YOUR NEWS: If anyone has any community information that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Emer on 0863319183 or via e-mail at before the previous Wednesday. Thank you.


Tel. 071-9165573 / 086-8258525

Cookery demo

RANSBORO: Pupils show some of the Christmas boxes collected in Ransboro National School for the Shoebox Appeal. According to principal Siobhan Clarke, the school collected 165 boxes, a great effort from the kids, their parents and teachers. Well done!

A COOKERY demonstration with John Kelly, from the Riverbank Restaurant, will take place in the Morrison Teach Cheoil on Thursday, November 24 at 8.30pm. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 8pm. Admission €10. STORIES OF OLD: John Gurhy is putting together a book on poems and short stories relating to Riverstown and would welcome any submissions before Friday, November 25. So if you have any funny stories about Riverstown contact John on 087 9343865. MUSIC SESSION: Riverstown Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will be holding a traditional music session on in Tommy Mac’s on Saturday, November 26. The evening will include a CD launch by singer Cathal Lynch. All musicians and singers welcome. ADVENT SONGS OF PRAISE: A special ecumenical celebration led by Canon Swann will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 4pm in Taunagh Church, Riverstown. The Sligo Gospel Choir will take part. All members of the community are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards in Cooper Memorial Hall. SANTATOWN 2011: Riverstown Enterprise Development (Sligo) Ltd would like to announce that the dates for Santatown 2011 have been confirmed and that early booking is essential for what promises to be a great show as


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town&county the Sligo Folk Park transforms into a Christmas Wonderland. See the Christmas lights display and join in with the carol singers. Watch the elves on stage with the annual Christmas pantomime and receive a special present from Santa. Dates and show times are as follows: Saturday, December 10, 4pm. Sunday, December 11, 2pm and 4pm. Saturday, December 17, 4pm. Sunday, December 18, 2pm and 5pm. For bookings contact Josephine on 0719167013. Children €15 (price includes show and present) and adults €5. Free car parking is available on site and Millview Restaurant will be open serving Christmas fare. NEWS ITEMS: To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris on 0868258525.

NOTES: News items for this community news column would be most welcome and can be sent to or left into the Sligo Weekender community news boxes located in Monaghan’s and Keane’s shops in Strandhill.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

Tel. 071-9185022 Mobile: 087-6290962

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Race night THERE was a great turn-out for the race meeting in aid of Réalt na Mara National School, held in Harry’s Bar on Friday evening, November 12. The premises were decorated in true bookies shop tradition and the punters really got into the mood for a night of fun. Fortunes were made and lost as the loot flew in all directions – “Recession? - What recession?” However everybody went home satisfied after a most enjoyable evening with friends. Unfortunately I missed out again owing to illness but I still have my €2 betting money for the next time. MUSIC NIGHT: I understand there was an evening to remember on Saturday night last when Ollie Alcota, accompanied by a friend on double bass, entertained in the lounge of Harry’s Bar. It’s great to see local talent get to perform in their own area and there seems to be an abundance of talent in and around Rosses Point. Any of you who call into Austie’s Bar and Restaurant on a Friday evening about 7pm will confirm the high standard of Irish music played there every week. Once again the musicians are all local. If you haven’t heard them yet pop in this week – you are in for a treat. REMEMBERANCE DAY: The people of Rosses Point remembered local seafarers who gave their lives in the Merchant Marine Service during the last two World Wars with a simple service on Armistice Day last week.

SOOEY/GLEANN BALLYGAWLEY Richard Moore Talk RICHARD Moore will share his extraordinary life story at Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown on Thursday night at 7.30pm. Richard was just ten years old and on his way home from school in Derry when he was shot in the face and blinded by a rubber bullet. But he has never used his blindness as an excuse for not getting on with his life. A man of many talents, he has enjoyed success as a businessman, writer, musician, recording artist and, radio presenter and most recently as the founder and chief executive of the international humanitarian organisation, Children in Crossfire. He did not become bitter but used his blindness to look at life differently. While building up Children in Crossfire, he embarked on a personal odyssey to find out more about the soldier who fired the rubber bullet

STRANDHILL RD & CARRAROE: Mary O’Flaherty, Strandhill Road, Sligo and Daniel O’Grady, Carraroe, Sligo, winners of the McWilliam Park Hotel Waltzing Championship 2011 are presented with their trophies by Seamus Gallagher, McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Pic. by Michael Donnelly

which blinded him so he could meet him, and personally forgive him. Their meeting and subsequent friendship together with his meeting in India with the Dalai Lama has been well documented. DECLAN NERNEY NIGHT: Declan Nerney will play Castle Dargan Hotel on Sunday, December 11 in aid of Ballygawley Community Park. Doors will open at 9pm and tickets are on sale from Castle Dargan Hotel and McTiernan’s Daybreak. Set menus are available for groups pre-dance and booking early is advised. Not only is a great night guaranteed, but patrons will also be supporting the community. Castle Dargan is available on 071-9118080. For group rates contact Thomas on 086 1025285.

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Childline breakfast STRANDHILL Youth Club are hosting a ‘Childline’ all-day breakfast from 11.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday in the Strandhill Community Park building (Airport Road), home of Strand Celtic FC. They would appreciate your support. PANTOMIME BOOKING: Coolera Dramatic Society wish to remind readers that booking for this year’s Christmas pantomime ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ commenced 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 will be the society’s

33rd consecutive pantomime, which features all the ‘usual suspects’ plus some new faces in the line-up of principals. Early booking is strongly advised. Contact the box-office on 0719161526 or online at DIED IN FLORIDA: The death has taken place of Desmond (Dessie) Duggan at his home in Florida on Saturday, October 1. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Strandhill on Saturday, November 12 with burial of ashes afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Scarden. Sympathy is extended to his wife Rose, daughters Caroline and Deirdre, sons Michael, John, Patrick, sister Sheila (England) and brother Kieran, Strandhill. May he rest in peace. RNLI FUNDRAISER: The annual RNLI seafood night which took place in The Strand Bar, Strandhill on Friday night, September 23 raised an amazing €4,581. For the past 11 years the volunteer lifeboat crew have donned their chef ’s hats to cook and host this wonderful evening. This year the lifeboat crew served everyone with beautifully prepared seafood platters of fresh crab claws, mussels, clams, oysters, smoked and fresh salmon, peppered mackerel and the list goes on and on. As the lifeboat service is funded entirely by voluntary donations, all proceeds raised on the night went towards equipping and training the Sligo Bay crew to carry out 24-hour search and rescue 365 days a year. Crew member and organiser Fred Symmons gave his thanks to the businesses that helped out by sponsoring and preparing the food and those who donated so generously to the raffle on the night. ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: The next meeting takes place on Thursday, December 1 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.

I WOULD like to compliment the many people in our local Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association for their recent and second publication of ‘The Way That it Was 11’. It is now on newsstands and selling well at €12 per copy at Igoe’s newsagents on Teeling Street. It covers the many aspects of life in our area – not just the town but also Aclare, Mullinabreena, Achonry, Cloonacool and people and places that once resided there back well over 100 years ago. Noted families were written of as well. And Angela Burke wrote of her late dad, Andy Walsh of the Central Ballroom in Charlestown. I like in particular the article on the Garda Siochana who were stationed here in my young days. Many of them were the first line of the new Garda force. Written by the son of Sergeant Hugh McCormack, Sean McCormack, it jogged many memories of those men: Hugh McCormack, Jim Mullooly, Bill Fingleton, Pat Kennedy, Tom Ryan, Tom Forde, and Tom Hannigan, who were all great characters and good policemen. The old railway line story, well written by Noel Barlow and Phyl Flannery of the legendry writers on the first Western Drama in 1945. Roger McCarrick wrote of the legendry Flannery family and their long history in medicine. The great carnival of 1939, just as World War Two started, and the impact that it had on local people, with cyclone Danny and the blonde bombshell in the motor bike wall of death. Danny was later killed in the war, fighting for Britain. It also included the daily ads in the Irish Independent, advertising the event of that great carnival when Tubbercurry had the largest ever in the West of Ireland. I could go on and on about the various writers in this book. I did a piece on Michael Howley’s big house, our first ever department store in Chicago style. This proudly stands in fine shape since 1894. All writers are to be congratulated for so many articles. Overseas Irish will be making many enquiries about getting a copy. It’s in hot demand locally as you could expect. Well done to all involved. TUBBERCURRY 95: The DVD 'Tubbercurry 95' is now being compiled at present. It will include aspects of life and events in Tubbercurry recorded during the year 1995. It is hoped to have the DVD on sale for Christmas. Proceeds in aid of the Pauline Whittington St. Luke’s Hospice Fund. MOVIES AGAIN: Efforts are now underway to get a cinema up and running in St. Brigid’s Hall. Tom Walsh states that a projector has been purchased and hopefully will be ready before Christmas. This is some good news as the hall was also a cinema some time back. More details soon. SAVING THE GRASS: At the moment a steel fence is being erected by local contractors in front of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Tubbercurry around the green area where the Marian Statue of Our Blessed Lady stands, to protect the grounds and grass area. At funerals in the past people were in the custom of stand-

ing on the green. This won’t be a problem in the future. CCE WEEKEND SUCCESS: Congratulations to the South Sligo CCE for their successful Ceol na Samhna 2011 held in Tubbercurry last week. It started with a super concert of traditional musicians in st. Brigid’s Hall on Friday, November 11 as Junior Davey introduced the pick of talent of all ages to perform song, dance, and music that filled hall every night. Traditional music fans had a feast with the talented performers who came in droves to play and entertain all of us. Congratulations to James Leonard, John Joe Brennan, Michael Brennan and all the other organisers. Junior Davey was excellent as MC. The other events of the weekend were great too. CHRISTMAS DANCE: We want to get the message out good and clear that a big dance will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall at the Christmas time. And we want all of you to show up and support it. It’s the first time for years that a dance was held in the hall. The date is Friday, December 18 and the music is by none other than Patrick Feeney and his band. It is being run to defray the cost of last August’s Old Fair Day that was spoiled by the rain, costing the committee a lot of cash. Patrick is making a return visit to perform indoors this time and they need all your support that night. NO MORE SPLASH: Sligo County Council recently did a good job on upper Teeling Street, Tubbercurry by paving the road surface beside Gallagher House and Leonard Court Apartments. Before this necessary work was carried out pools of water collected after every rainfall, causing pedestrians the discomfort of being splashed by passing traffic. This problem has now been solved and fair play to the County Council, the entry and exit of Circular Road also has an even surface of tarmacadam – a good job all round. SELL OUT CONCERT: On the Sunday before last, November 13, James Kilbane had a full house at his concert in St Brigid’s Hall. He received a favourable reception with many guest stars on board. The event was a fundraiser for ‘Rebuild for Bosnia’. TABLE QUIZ: A table quiz will take place at Killoran’s Traditional Restaurant and Lounge Bar, Teeling Street, this Thursday, November 24. Starting at 8pm, the cost is €20 per table (of four). Everyone is welcome. Funds are in aid of Gallagher House and specifically their Christmas party in December. LOCAL WEDDING: A lovely wedding ceremony was performed on Friday, November 11 at St Michael’s Church, Cloonacool. The marriage took place of Marese McGowan, Carrentubber, daughter of Tom and the late Mary Jo McGowan, and Mark Cafferty of Charlestown. The happy couple celebrated the event with many family members, neighbours, friends and other guests. The wedding reception was held at the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. Congratulations to these newly weds! LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS: Extensive redevelopment works continue at the Marist Convent. Scaffolding is in place around the building, which is 100 years old. The convent was previously run for decades by the Marist Sisters as a convent for local girls. In the meantime, the new complex houses several members of the Marist order. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING: Councillor Margaret Gormley reveals that, after a long wait, a pedestrian crossing will finally be provided for the middle of Teeling Street, opposite Surlis SuperValu. The safety of pedestrians is the reason behind this development. Lots of people use this particular stretch of street as it is also near the post office and community pharmacy. The volume of traffic is also heavy at busy times.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Farming Positive year for the Agri-Food industry FARMING and the agricultural sector is going through a positive period, according to the 2010 annual report released by Teagasc last week. In the current year, prices for most farm produce are running ahead of 2010 levels, with milk, cattle and sheep prices all up on a year ago. Grain growers have also enjoyed a good harvest, with the exception of those in some north westerly counties where weather has had a major impact on harvesting. Speaking at the launch of the Teagasc Annual Report, Teagasc chairman Dr Noel Cawley said: "Ambitious targets to increase the output and value from the agriculture and food sectors have been identified in the Food Harvest 2020 report and Teagasc, through its research, education and advisory activities are working with farmers and those in the industry to achieve those challenging targets." Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: "With the abolition of milk quotas approaching there will be opportunities emerging for young Irish farmers to expand and enter milk production.

by John Bromley

Davitt welcomes land rights-of-way registration changes T

HE introduction of a new simplified procedure for the registration of uncontested rights of way with the Property Registration Authority (PRA) has been welcomed by Sligo IFA Chairman Eddie Davitt. Rights of way are a common feature of the Irish countryside, giving a landowner with a plot of land, which does not adjoin a public road, access over a privately-owned lane or land of a neighbouring landowner. It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of rights of way in existence, often for generations, but the great majority of them are unregistered. The new registration procedure has been put in place by the PRA following the passing of amending legislation in the summer and the adoption last week of new land registration rules by the PRA and the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. "This important initiative by Minister Shatter and the PRA is aimed at correcting flaws in the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009, which were identified by IFA," said Mr Davitt. "The 2009 Act had caused serious concern among farmers who were obliged to go to court to obtain legal title to rights of way which had to be registered before 30th November 2012. "There were also major difficulties in the land market where the banks were insisting on good title


Enquiries to Noel Moran, Manager. Thursday Weekly: Heifers,Cows,Calves, and Weanlings Monday Weekly: Bullocks

Pictured at the launch of IFA's pre-Budget 2012 Submission at the Mansion House Dublin were L-R: Eddie Davitt, Chairman, Sligo IFA Co. Executive; Leitrim Senator, Paschal Mooney; and Pat Gilhooly, Chairman, Leitrim IFA Co. Executive. before giving mortgages to purchasers". "The new rules firstly relieve the pressure on landowners by extending to 30th November 2021 the period for registering rights of way under the old law pre-2009. "Secondly, landowners will no longer have to incur the expense of going to court and may apply directly to the PRA for the registration of uncontested rights of way". The IFA County Chairman said under the new procedure a landowner claiming a right of way over a neighbour's property may

make an application to the PRA on a Form 5A, which is available on the PRA website. This will involve:- Swearing usage of the right in an affidavit and providing whatever proofs are available - Identifying the owner of the land over which the right of way is being claimed - Providing an original OSI map or a Land Registry map with the right of way marked on it and - Payment of a fee to the PRA of €25. The PRA will then notify the

owner of the other property concerned and, once the application is not contested, the right will be registered. IFA is advising both landowners making claims and those subject to claims to seek proper legal advice to ensure their interests are safeguarded. Mr Davitt added that the new PRA procedure covers both the registration of easements which are mainly concerned with rights of way and the registration of profits à prendre which include shooting, fishing and turbary rights.

Diesel costs unavoidable ‘unless we go back to horses’ THE Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) national president, Sligoman Gabriel Gilmartin, has called on the government to exclude diesel from further carbon tax increases in next month’s budget. And Mr Gilmartin said he was particularly concerned about any potential increase in the price of agricultural “green” diesel putting even further costs on already stretched farms. “The reality is that there is no straightforward replacement for diesel for the farming sector, unless we go back to ploughing with horses.

slapping on further carbon taxes is a recipe for undermining agricultural efficiency “There is no Luas to deliver fertiliser and no Luas to bring cattle to the factory,” he said. “The Government must realise that both farm inputs and outputs are bulky and heavy and require significant amounts of diesel in transporting them. Every increase in carbon taxes means an increase in transport costs.” Mr Gilmartin said that there should be no further increases

in the carbon tax until the conclusion of the review of climate change policy recently announced by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, TD. “Minister Hogan has correctly identified the need for a balanced and careful approach on climate change which needs to take into account the equally compelling case for supporting the agrifood sector. “Simply slapping on further carbon taxes is a recipe for undermining agricultural efficiency and output at the very time when we need to be supportive of it,” said Mr Gilmartin.”

Teagasc education in demand DEMAND for Teagasc run agriculture and horticulture courses continue to grow. In the 2010/11 academic year there were 1,673 new enrolments onto Teagasc run courses bringing the total number of students to 3,256, according to the group's annual report for 2010 released last week. Demand for courses increased again in the 2011/12 academic year. A number of measures were taken, including the redeployment of advisers into teaching roles, the recruitment of six new teachers and increases in class size, to meet this increased demand. Five additional courses are due to commence in Teagasc regional education centres, including a new full time ACA course in Longford. Total number of students participating in college courses now amount to

Beef shortages continue as factories pay top prices LIVESTOCK Price Coordinator for the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), John Cleary, has said that factories are once more are the lookout for beef stocks of all kinds as shortages continue to become more evident with farmers receiving record high prices for in spec cattle. For a good mix of steers, the price being quoted is €3.80-€3.85/kg, a further increase of 5c from last week. Heifers continue to be top of the class in terms of prices with a further 5c increase on last week's prices. Prices quoted at the minute are €3.90€3.95/kg. €4/kg for heifers is achievable for the high end cattle. For a mix of U and R grade bulls, the going price is E3.90 E3.95/kg. Again, E4/kg Cows are continuing to trade well and for a mix of P and U grades the prices are €3.15/kg up to €3.45/kg, no change from last week. On this week's trade, Mr. Cleary said: "It's a good time for two group of people at the minute, Munster rugby fans and farmers with stock ready for the factory. "The factories are very anxious for stock again this week and this has resulted with even higher prices than last week's records being available. "There doesn't appear to be any end to these prices, certainly in the short term over the next two to three weeks so if farmers are lucky enough to have stock left over then now is the ideal time to sell to factories. "For those hardened negotiators out there, there are better prices available than what's being quoted for the high end cattle as well. "The best advice I could give is to push hard for the best prices as factories are having to pay higher prices and the word we have from the ground is that the farmer is in a very strong position with the factories." Sheep prices have fallen back slightly from last week again. For lambs up to 23/kg factories are paying €4.90/kg, another fall of .5 from last week while ewes are €3.00/kg.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Feature: Where is Santa coming

Santa set for sleigh ride to Sligo You can visit Santa completely for free after he switches on the lights this Friday evening at 6pm in Quayside, and also ever Saturday and Sunday from 1-6pm (November 26th/27th, December 3rd/4th, 10th/11th and 17th/18th). You can get a free photo taken with Santa and each kid also gets a little chocolate treat as well.


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tell their wish list to Santa himself ahead of that all important Christmas Eve deadline. Over the weekend of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November there will also be FREE Face Painting to help kids (big and small) get in the Christmas spirit. Santa will at Quayside Saturday's and Sundays in November and December from 1-6pm where children can get a free photo with Santa and a fun treat. Local choirs will be entertaining customers on the mall, plus there will be loads of Christmas bargains at Quayside Shopping Centre to celebrate the occasion. Check out the Quayside website ( and Facebook for more information.



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Wendy Blackledge and Roger Kennedy attended the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance.

Paula and Gerry Kelly with Joe Corcoran at the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance.

James and Gladys Greer (Carsport) were at the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance.

Gary Jennings Top Rally Driver, Group N) presented Arthur Kierans with the Brian Mc Grath Memorial Trophy.

Sligo sponsors host new Border Rally Champions T

HE Sligo Park Hotel hosted the Prizegiving of the Border Rally Championship 2011 which is sponsored by local company Sligo Pallets. Prizewinners from participating clubs, Connacht, Mayo and District, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Newry and Mourne, across the 15 classes converged on Sligo for a night of celebration after a

competitive season of rallying on Saturday, November 5. Overall winners of the Championship Arthur Kierans and Mac Kierans from Monaghan in a Class 12 Escort were the stars of the night, with their winning car among others on display outside the hotel. Sligo Stages Rally which took place on July 9 was round five of the successful class-

based championship. Sponsor of the Championship, Sligo Pallets based in Ballisodare is owned by Andrew Mullen who with his wife Elaine a avid competitors in their own right in an Evo 9. Following dinner the awards were handed out and some live music kept the rally fans and crews dancing into the wee small hours.

Raymond and Charlotte Wilkinson were at the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance.

Attending the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance were Fergal Loughlin and Clodagh Taheny.

Elaine Doherty Sligo Pallets) presented Arthur Kierans with the overall Winner's trophy and Andrew Mullen (Skigo Pallets) presented Mac Kierans with the overall Winner's Navigators trophy.


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Looking forward to the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance were; Marie Magee, Diane O'Leary and Elaine Conaghan.

Elaine Doherty (Sligo Pallets), Gary Jennings (Top Rally Driver, Group N), Arthur Kierans (Winner of the Brian McGrath Memorial Trophy), Patsy Mc Intyre (Chairman Border Rally Championship).

Eamonn and Eileen Mc Cafferty were at the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance.

From left; Brendan Flynn (Treasurer), John Duffy joint Registrar), BrendaFlynn (Joint Registrar), Andrew Mullen (Sligo Pallets), Patsy Mc Intyre (Chairman Border Rally Championship).

Sean Mc Hugh, James Mc Greal, Willie Durkan (May Motor Club) at the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner Dance.

Jason and Karen Regan attended the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Dinner dance.

Pictured are: Andrew Mullen (Sligo Pallets), Senator Marc Mac Sharry, Patsy Mc Intyre (Chairman Border Rally Championship).


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

In Memoriam Deaths MCLOUGHLIN: Pat McLoughlin, Hillcrest Park, Strandhill, Co. Sligo and formerly of Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing at his home from 5pm to 9pm today, Tuesday, and from 2pm to 9pm tomorrow, Wednesday. Home private to family on Thursday morning. Removal on Thursday morning to St. Patrick's Church, Strandhill arriving for Mass of the resurrection at 11am. Burial follows in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Scraden Strandhill Road, Sligo. KELLY: Bernie Kelly, The Hill, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo at the residence of his daughter Mary Rice, Gurteens, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Reposing at his daughter's residence with removal at 6pm today, Tuesday to The Star of the Sea Church, Mullaghmore, arriving at 8pm. Funeral tomorrow, Wednesday, following 12 noon mass with burial afterwards in Ahamlish Cemetery SOMERS: Mary Somers, 31 McDermott Terrace, Manorhamilton. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing at her family home today, Tuesday, from 2pm to 5pm with house private after 5pm. Removal this evening to St. Clare's Church Manorhamilton arriving at 7.30pm. Funeral mass tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. O'GARA: Joseph (Joe) O'Gara, Ballyrush, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at Drumderrig Nursing Home. Remains reposed at his residence with removal yesterday, Monday, morning for Funeral Mass in Ballyrush Church. Burial was afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. BEAL: Kathryn Beal (Nee Connolly),123 Classiebawn, Drive, Cartron, Sligo and formerly Ballintrillick, Sligo. Remains reposed at Gilmartin's Funeral Home, Kinlough, with removal on

Sunday to St Michael's Church, Glenade. Funeral was yesterday, Monday, with burial afterwards in Conwell Cemetery. QUIGLEY: Kevin Joseph Quigley (better known as Kevie). Knockanather, Culfadda, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, at his residence. Removal was from Sligo Hospital Chapel on Sunday evening to the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, Culfadda. Mass of the Resurrection was yesterday, Monday, morning with burial afterwards in Knockbrack Cemetery. MULVANEY: James 'Seamus' Mulvaney, Ballintogher, Co Sligo. Peacefully at the family home, in his 87th year. Reposing was at the family home with removal on Sunday evening to St Therese's Church, Ballintogher. Funeral Mass was yesterday, Monday, with burial afterwards in Kiltycloghan Cemetery ROONEY: Freda Rooney, nee Currie, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at St John's Hospital, Sligo. Reposing was at Feehily's Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo, with removal on Saturday evening to St Columba's Church, Rosses Point. Funeral mass was on Sunday followed by burial in Rosses Point Cemetery O'GRADY: Joe O'Grady, Carrowkell, Riverstown. Peacefully at St. John's Hospital, Sligo. Remains reposed at his home, with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Riverstown, on Saturday evening. Mass of Christian Burial was on Sunday with funeral afterwards to Kilmorgan Cemetery. SPELMAN: Lauren Spelman, Aughagad, Grange, Co Sligo. Mass of the Resurrection was on Sunday in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Grange, with burial afterwards in Ahamlish Cemetery HEALY: Patricia Healy (Nee Egan) Cleveragh, Sligo.

Peacefully at North West Hospice. Reposing was at her home with removal on Sunday last to St. Anne's Church, Sligo. Mass of the Resurrection was yesterday, Monday, with interment in Sligo Cemetery afterwards. _CONBOY: Mary Conboy, nee Flannery, 14 Marren Park, Ballymote. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Remains reposed at her residence. Removal was on

Thursday to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, for funeral mass. Burial was afterwards in St. Columba's Cemetery. CONLON: Michael Conlon, 10 St. Michael's Terrace, and Garavogue Villas, Sligo, in Birmingham. Funeral mass was yesterday, Monday in the Chapel at Witton Cemetery, Moor Lane, Birmingham, England, followed by burial in the cemetery grounds.


In Loving Memory of

Patricia (Pat) 4th Anniversary

Ballyglass, Calry, Sligo Who died on 29th November 2007 R.I.P. Fold her O Jesus in Thine arms And let her henceforth be A messenger of love between Our human hearts and Thee. A silent grief that’s in our heart No human eye can see For many a broken heart is hid Beneath a smiling face. Always remembered by your loving family. Anniversary mass November 27th at 10am in Calry Church.

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Classifieds ACCOMMODATION APARTMENTS TO LET FLAT TO LET, Suit Married Couple or 2 people sharing. All mod cons. Call 087-9416706 or 0872294806 APARTMENT TO LET Lower Pearse Road, Sligo. Spacious, well presented 1 bed apartment, close to town centre, very private. Off street parking. Professionals only. Please call 087 6179125. Apartment to let 1 Bed. All mod cons. OFCH.Broadband, Sky, Parking. Suit single person or couple. Cairns Hill area.086 6042726. Lower Pearse Road Sligo. Spacious well presented 1 bed apartment, close to town centre, very private. Off street parking. Professionals only. Please call 087 6179125. TWO BED APARTMENT to let, Sligo town centre. All mod cons. First letting since being completely renovated. Contact 087 7743334 after 6pm. APARTMENT TO LET. Lower Pearse Road Sligo. Spacious well presented 1 bed apartment, Close to town centre, Very private Off street parking Professionals only. Please call 087 6179125. TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT to let, Sligo town centre. All mod cons . First letting since being completely renovated. Contact 087 7743334. After 6pm. One bed apartment, Calry area. Five miles from Sligo Town. Newly renovated solid fuel stove & central heating. ¤ 75 per week. Tel: 086 8393374. 2 BEDROOMED Luxury apt to let overlooking the river- ring Tom: 087 9252781.

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

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FIRST MONTH HALF PRICE! Rooms to let for professionals and students in a choice of well furnished houses conveniently located close to IT, FAS, Hospital and Sligo town. Excellent value! Call: 087-6608080


Within walking distance of I.T, Fas & Hospital. All mod cons. Phone 087 2338283.


Steeple View Collooney. Detached House. Excellent condition. 4 Bed - 2 En suite. Parking. Close to all amenities. Rent Reasonable. Tel: 0872252308.

2 BED APARTMENT to let, Sligo town centre. All mod cons. First letting since being completely renovated. Contact 087 7743334 after 6pm. 3 BED APARTMENT, Sligo Town. Recently decorated, rent reasonable. Call: 086 8889302. 2 BED APARTMENT, Market Yard. Newly decorated, wooden floors, electric shower. Available immediately, long or short term lease.

HOUSES TO LET HOUSE TO RENT Rathbraughan. Good condition throughout. O.F.C.H Newly fitted kitchen . Parking to front. Garden at the rear. 3 bedrooms,1 bathroom. Previous references required. Tel: 087 7934093. 0044 7956373208. HOUSE TO LET Rusheen Ard. 2 bed house to let convenient to town centre, comfortable, warm secure garden/bycycle shed. phone 087 2846323 HOUSE TO LET 3 Bed house, Strandhill Rd, Sligo. Excellent Condition. Dual Heating. 086 7260748 House To let. 3 Bed old country house in nice scenic, quiet area. Close to Ballintogher Village. Rent Reasonable. Contact 087 9504696. House to let. 4 Bedroom luxury detached house in Ballygawley,10 min from Sligo. Large gardens, electric gate entry, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, solar, oil & solid fuel stove heating, satellite t.v, large garage & storage area. Excellent condition. Reasonable rent. tel 086 8897968. RUSHEEN ARD. 2 bed house to let, Convenieny to town centre, comfortable, warm secure garden/ bicycle shed Phone 0872846323 HOUSE TO LET, Avondale. 3 bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, sitting room, utility room, bathroom with electric shower, convenient to church, hospitals, IT & FAS. To view 087-2457005 TO RENT. 3 Bed old Country house. In nice scenic, quiet area, close to Ballintogher village, Rent Reasonable. Contact 087 9504696. 4 Bedroom Luxury detached house in Ballygawley , 10 min from Sligo. Large gardens , electric gate entry, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, solar, oil & solid fuel stove heating, satellite tv. Large garage & storage area. Excellent condition. Reasonable Rent. Tel: 0868897968. House to rent Rathbraughan Good condition throughout. OFCH. Newly fitted kitchen. Parking to front. Garden at the rear. 3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Previous references required. Tel : 087 7934093. 0044 7956373208. 3 Bed old Country house in nice scenic, quiet area. Close to Ballintogher village. Rent reasonable. Contact 087 9504696. 3 Bedroom House, Summerhill Fully furnished, all mod cons Rent reasonable Tel: 087 1220996. BEAUTIFUL NEW 5 DOUBLE bedroom house in Glencar for rent. Located on quiet country road just off N16. All mod cons. Dual central heating. Two bathrooms. One en suite Jacuzzi bath. Very spacious. Front lawn. Ample parking space. Fully

furnished to a high standard. No pets. 15 minutes from Sligo. €700 per month. Contact 0863309627.

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: 087-9550880 YEATS HEIGHTS 2 double rooms to let. Phone: 087-2748962 ROOM to let, town centre,suit working male. Phone: 0868889302 MULBURY PARK, student house, twin room for rent for 2 girls sharing house with 3 other girls. Phone: 086-3786488 DOUBLE EN-SUITE room to let in fabulous modern house in Collooney with one other person. All mod cons, near train station and bus stop. Free Parking, €75 per week. Call 087-1478269 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 087-1478269 SINGLE ROOM to rent in Ballinode, beside IT and hospital, to share with 3 other girls, parking + all mod cons, OFCH. Ring 0879252781 YEATS HEIGHTS 1 PERSON WANTED to share house in Yeats Heights, sharing with other students . Conv to college and Fas. Own single room with W.H.B & study area. 2 Bathrooms, oil. Clean house. E60 per week. Tel 086 8755940. SINGLE ROOM to let in Ballinode, beside i.t and hospital, to share with three other girls. Free parking. All mod cons . Phone Tom: 0879252781. ROOM TO RENT Ballinode area. Suit one or two sharing. Close to college and hospital. Tel: 087 2951795.

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

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

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

FOR SALE COLNAGO RACING BICYCLE for sale. Suit anyone between 5'6'' or 5'10''. In excellent condition E650. Tel: 0044 7902018384.

GRACO PRAM/PUSHCHAIR including carrycot 0-4 months. Car seat and base 0-8 months. Pushchair 0-3 years. Almost new only €140. Contact 087 9333376. 2 LEATHER JACKETS , both short. One black, one khacki. Size 12. ¤ 200 o.n.o. Also selection of ladies clothing, various items. Copats, jackets, jumpers etc. 086 1625499.

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

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

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

MOTORING 1998 NISSAN MICRA. 1 Litre. 4 Door. NCT Feb 2012. E680. Phone 087 3633719. CITROEN C3.5 DOOR. 03. 1.1. Black. 8/k. NCT 2013. c.d. New tyres. New battery. New timing belts. €1,400 euro or open to offers. Tel: 087 2935082. RENAULT SCENIC 2004. 1.4. Petrol. 1 Lady owner. Full service history. Sligo town. 93,000 miles. Call: 0868769810 € 3,250. o.n.o 1999 HYUNDAI COUPE (LANTRA) For Sale Silver. 1.6 engine. 114,000 mileage No NCT - copy of NCT Inspection report available. €800 o.n.o. Tel 087 6979429 HONDA SHADOW 750 MOTORCYCLE 2006. Rarely used. Excellent condition. P.M.O . Can be seen at Seamus Mc Daniels Motorcycles Ltd. Carraroe. Tel: 07191 61318. Fax: 07191 61329. Or Sean Byrne 07191 68642.

PETS K9 CUTS Dog Grooming Service available, Rathcormack, Sligo. Tel: Martin on 071-9146545 or 087-6819794 FOR SALE, 6 FULL BREAD LABRADOR PUPS, mother and father 1kc reg, ready to go in 3-4 weeks. Ph 086-3258934 TWO BLACK KITTENS looking for a good home, male and female. Contact: 086-6047585 or 0879444321 BEAUTIFUL YOUNG black cat, male, free to good home. Call 087-2453355 LOST BLACK & WHITE SHEEP DOG. Last seen Ballydoogan area. Reward. Tel 087 2051260. FOR SALE JACK RUSSELL pups male and female. Brown and white. Parents good watch dogs. Wormed. Tel: 07191 64396. 2 BEAUTIFUL KITTENS free to a good home. 071 91 43327.

Afternoons please. PUP FOUND. Male, 6 month old, red/fawn colour. Found in Sligo on Halloween weekend. If he is yours call 087 7629396.

MISCELLANEOUS MOUNTAIN MAD. Base camp everest. May 2nd 2012. 2 Week trip . Trip of a lifetime. No experience required. Places available. Phone Michael 086 8198540. A PART TIME VOCALIST looking for a back up band or musicians to perform with me regularly in the local area. Contact 087 9337244.

SITUATIONS VACANT CHILDMINDER REQUIRED to mind 3 preschool children in their own home. Monday to Friday Also required to do light house work. Tubbercurry area. Rates negotiable. Send details to: PO Box 8899, Sligo Weekender, 4Teeling Street, Sligo 2 TAXI DRIVERS WANTED in the Sligo area. Tel: 087 7727275. LADY AVAILABLE FOR IRONING, cleaning. Box No. 1811

SITUATIONS WANTED FEMALE CARER: Well experienced with Alzheimer’s patients particularly. Available for work in afternoons – 3pm onwards into evening. Sligo and surrounding areas. Will travel. Contact 087 1311116 REG CHILDMINDER Kind reliable lady provides home from home childcare Non. Smoker, Baby or toddler Cairns hill area 071 9161227 LADY AVAILABLE for childminding in her own home, Ransboro, Strandhill area. Willing to collect from school 086-6629908

SOCIAL & PERSONAL HYPNOTHERAPY CLINIC. Hypnotherapy can successfully treat smoking, slimming, anxiety, stress, phobias, blushing, and personal problems. For free Explanatory Brochure call Inner Solutions Hypnotherapy Clinic on 087-2426966 or e-mail: Registered, Certified member of ICHP K9 CUTS Dog Grooming Service available, Rathcormack, Sligo. Tel: Martin on 071-9146545 or 087-6819794 CHIROPRACTOR: Bringing balance, ease and understanding to the body and nerve system. Gently helping the body for health and normal function. Dr. Greta Naylor RN, RM, DC, Sligo. Phone: 071-9149976 CALANETICS WITH CASS. 6 week course begins Wednesday November 9th . Scoil Ursula , Strandhill Road, 8pm. The deep ,muscle exercise routine that tones you up fast and is great for bad backs. Fee E50 payable on the 1st night. Contact Cass 086 8427426. LADIES SCANDINAVIAN Fashion at Taylors Art Gallery, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. Pre Christmas Offer. 20% off greenhouse labels . Also in stock Friendtex & Miss Captain. Selection of scarves, bags, jewellery , would make ideal Christmas gift. Shop at ease Friday/Saturday 25th and 26th November while your children watch a free film on the cinema screen. Free refreshments for Children & Adults. Open: MonThurs 9am-9pm. Fri-Sat 9am-6pm or by appointment : contact

Hillary on 07196 66330 or 087 9138773.


Would you like to teach English Conversation? Volunteers needed. 2 hours per week. Training and materials Provided. No teaching experience necessary. Meeting Thursday 20th October at 11am in Development centre, Cleveragh rd, Sligo. Organised by Sligo Leadership Partnership ad Failte Isteach. For more information contact Josette at 071 9141138. GRINDS AVAILABLE in Art & German. Native German speaker. Covering all of the Sligo area. 085 7187936.

TURF/FIREWOOD 2011 TOP QUALITY hopper black turf for sale, bags, or can be delivered in large or small amounts. Tel: 087-3263919 FOR SALE Bags of Turf 0872769987



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

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

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

PLANNING NOTICE. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL: I, Paul Tansey, intend to apply for permission for retention of dwelling house as constructed at Mullaghnaneane, Co. Sligo. The original planning permission ,PL 07/1237 refers to this development. 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 Carrowcrin, Kellystown, Co. Sligo. This development will consist of : 1. The construction of a new dwelling with septic tank and percolation area and all associated site works. 2. The replacement of an existing soakpit with a new percolation area to serve existing dwelling. A Natural Impact Statement has been included in this application. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy , at the offices of the Planning Authority during its opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, E20 , within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions , or may refuse to grant the application.

PUBLIC NOTICE LICENSING ACT 1872, Section 82 LICENSING ACT (IRELAND) 1874, Section 9 BEER RETAILERS' AND SPIRIT GROCERS' RETAIL LICENCES (IRELAND) ACT 1900 LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT 1902 INTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT 2008, Section 7 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE FOR A NEW SPIRIT RETAILER'S OFF-LICENCE District Court Area of Ballymote District No.2 John Perry Applicant TAKE NOTICE that John Perry of Carrownanty, Ballymote, County Sligo intends to apply to the Court at Ballymote on the 13th day of December 2011 at 10:30 a.m. for a certificate to hold a SPIRIT RETAILER'S OFFLICENCE in respect of the premises situate at Main Street, Ballymote, in court area and district aforesaid. Dated this 18 day of .November 2011 Signed: Donncha O’Connor, Johnson & Johnson Solicitors Solicitor for Applicant To the Superintendent of the Garda Síochána, at Ballymote Garda Station, Ballymote, County Sligo To the District Court Clerk at The District Court Office, The Court Office Sligo.


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Road Safety Authority Sligo approved Motor Schools

CHILDCARE MANAGER REQUIRED On behalf of the board of Directors of Little Haven Community Childcare Coolaney, Co Sligo With the support of Sligo County Childcare Committee We invite applications from suitably qualified persons for the above post (The post is 30hrs per week) The Manager will be responsible for the future development of this high quality service in County Sligo as well as the day to day management of the service.

!ichie 'arry Irish School of ,otoring Tel2 38567838888 388681:8;:5 ADI Number2 ;575C Finan: School of ,otoring Tel ,ob2 388683C7578 ADI Number2 ./001

The ideal candidate should possess the following: • Third level qualification in Childcare • Experience in Supervisory/Management role • Experience in working with a board of management • Driving Licence with access to a care is essential

Gay 3e4aney School of 9otorin; TelD 3516:188781 ,ob2 38568C571;8 ADI Number2 ./057

A competitive salary will be offered commensurate with the responsibilities of the post Job Description and application available from Sharon Boles, Manager, Sligo County Childcare Committee 0719148860 E Mail closing date for receipt of application with comprehensive CV is the 2nd December 2011 at 5pm. Interviews will take place on the week of the 12th December 2011. Short listing may apply. Little Haven Community Childcare is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Hamilton: School of ,otoring TelD ,ob2 38861555853 ADI Number2 ./650

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It’s as easy as 1,2,3 to enter 1. Call into Quayside shopping centre to have a photo taken of your child: Final photo shoot on Saturday 26th 12-4.30pm 2. You can email a digital photo to: Please include all the entry details as specified on the print entry coupon. 3. Submit a photo by post: You can also submit a photo on CD or as a hardcopy, along with the competition coupon to: Smiles competition, Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo

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Terms & Conditions Photos should only be submitted by parent or guardian. Only children under 6 years of age on the 31st January are eligible to enter this competition. Closing date for all entries is the 22nd November at 11am. The parents of the eventual winner and runner up must show proof of the child’s age before the prize will be awarded. All children of the Sligo Weekender or Quayside shopping centre personnel or their immediate family are excluded from the competition. If submitting a photo to the Sligo Weekender ensure it is a quality print. Only one child per photo. By submitting a photo electronically the parent agrees to the terms and conditions as outlined in the print edition. Photographs sent to the Sligo Weekender cannot be returned. All photos sent by email must be 600*600 pixels or more. The prize consists of 500 euro cash for winner and 100 euro for the runner up.

Smiles Sligo Weekender has joined forces with Quayside shopping centre to make Sligo Smile! We’re searching for the best child’s smile and the winner receive €500 cash, with the runner-up receiving €100. The competition is open to all children under 6 years. How the winner will be chosen… All the smiles will be printed in a special ‘Sligo Smiles’ feature. Votingwill be open to the public via official ballot coupons. The child with the most votes will be deemed the winner.


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Women enjoy ‘Try A Tri’ challenge EARLIER this month Sligo Triathlon Club hosted a women’s ‘Try a Triathlon’. The event was the culmination of a six-week triathlon specific training program to encourage women’s participation in this exciting multi-discipline sport. The training programme consisted of weeklycoached sessions in the three triathlon disciplines – swimming, cycling and running. The coached sessions were given by certified coaches from Sligo Triathlon Club and provided 30 novice women with the necessary skills to complete the ‘Try a Tri’. During the training programme, participants also participated in additional workshops on transitions, nutrition and training, which were facilitated by experienced triathletes from Sligo Triathlon Club. The ‘Try a Tri’ gave the training group the opportunity to put this hard training to the test with a 200 metres swim, followed by a 8.5k cycle and a 3.5k run Twenty participants started the event with the swim, which consisted of eighth lengths of the pool at Sligo Regional Sports Centre. Within five minutes Dearbhaile Prior was the first competitor to exit the water making her way to the bike and followed in quick succession by Karen Flynn, Carmel Roberts and the rest of the participants. The women quickly embraced the challenging cycle from Sligo’s RSC to the Holy Well and back with several hills to contend with. Prior was first back from the cycle with Sheila Devaney and Louise Ferrick hot on her heels after making up time on the bike. The competitors racked their bikes and were

COMPETITORS: Participants in the recent women’s ‘Tri A Try’, which was organised by Sligo Triathlon Club. quickly off on the last leg of the event, the 3.5k run from the Regional Sports Centre to Sligo racecourse (for a lap) and then back to the RSC. Within 13 minutes Sheila Devaney was first home taking first place in an overall time of 45 minutes. Next in was Lorraine Cuffe, whose outstanding performance in the bike and run leg saw her come home in second place with a time of 46 min-

utes. Prior took third place in a time of 47 minutes. One by one, the remaining participants were welcomed home to rapturous applause from the awaiting crowd. Congratulations to all the women who completed the event after putting in so much time and effort during the six-week training programme. A special word of thanks to the coaches, work-

shop facilitators, the ‘Try a Tri’ organise committee, race marshals and Sligo Triathlon Club, all of whom contributed to a very successful event. Support and funding from the Irish Sports Council’s ‘Women in Sport’ initiative, administered locally by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, was much appreciated. For further information on Sligo Triathlon Club, check the website

Sligo teen fights for world title Des Leonard Jnr from Collooney Kickboxing Club competes at the WAKO World Championships Robert Cullen


TALENTED Sligo teenager kickboxer will compete this week at the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships in Dublin in a bid to capture a second world title. Seventeen-year-old Des Leonard from Riverstown has trained in kickboxing since he was just five, learning from his dad, also called Des, a coach at Sligo Mugendo Kickboxing Club. Young Des has captured three European titles and one world title, which he will defend at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) Championships, which come to Dublin for the first time and are being hosted by Kickboxing Ireland (incorporating Allstyles Kickboxing Association of Ireland). Theese international championships run from tomorrow (Wednesday, November 23) to Sunday next and Des will be competing in the top Junior category, taking on the best kickboxers from around the world in the point-scoring (as opposed to full-contact) discipline. Des is one of the favourites to win gold at the championships, but as befits a young man who has been competing since he was around seven years old, he is able to keep his nerves in check. “Every year since I was 10 – so seven years consecutively – I have represented Ireland,” he explained. “It was a brilliant experience, representing your country. I was very excited the first year to be going away, even though I was very young, but I took it all on board and I took every experience I could.” Des and other members of the Collooney Kickboxing Club were afforded a civic reception from Mayor of Sligo, Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady on Thursday last. She congratulated the Collooney club and Sligo Kickboxing Club on their success at the WAKO European Championships in September – where both Des and his sister Anne were among the winners – and wished them every success for this week’s World Championships in Dublin.

KICKBOXING: At a recent civic reception to acknowledge the European Championship-winning efforts of Collooney Kickboxing Club members were Michael McDermott (Sligo Kickboxing Club Coach), Aisling Leonard (Collooney Kickboxing Club), Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady (Mayor of Sligo), Des Leonard (Collooney Kickboxing Club), Des Leonard Snr (coach, Collooney Kickboxing Club).


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport OVALBBall ‘Where’s me jumper’ for Christmas gig

RUNNING FOR SLIGO: North Sligo AC aces Cian McBride (wearing singlet number 281) and his club-mate, William Crow (number 280), will be wearing Sligo colours next Sunday when competing in the Boys U-16 race at the AAI Inter County Cross Country Championships at Sligo racecourse, Cleveragh.

Sligo athletes expected to shine at national cross-country event T

HERE are genuine hopes that Sligo will post high finishes and, possibly, medal placings at next Sunday’s AAI Inter Country Cross Country Championships at Sligo racecourse, Cleveragh. A strong placing is expected from the Sligo Senior men’s ‘A’ team, with the likes of Emmett Dunleavy, Alberto Sanchez, Tommy Carroll, Richard Gorman, Seamus Somers and newcomer Eamon McAndrew, but David Kelly’s absence through injury lessens the side’s impact. Kelly, if fit, would have been a contender for a place in the top five, although Emmett Dunleavy should give Sligo at least a top 10 finish. Each team is limited to 12 competitors, with six to score. The Sligo senior women’s team will be bolstered by Eimear O’Brien and the experienced Lucy Brennan, although Sligo’s international competitor, Mary Cullen, is not expected to compete. Mari Johnston, Corina Clarke and Roseanne Mitchell are also available for selection. Anna Reddin, on a sports scholarship in the US, returns to compete in the Junior women’s event. Sligo AC’s Cillian O’Connor, a noted mountain runner, competed in the Junior men’s catetory. Sligo’s underage athletes will be featur-

ing strongly. In the Boys U-16 race look out for the outstanding North Sligo AC pair, Cian McBride and William Crowe, while Oisin Harney and Dylan Carty are also among the contenders. “Anyone who will do well on Sunday will have done the work and they’ve got the pedigree for cross-country,” said Terry Hayes, head coach at Sligo AC, and also part of the event organisers. “Conditions will also make a difference, depending on the weather it could get wet and muddy underfoot.” Only the top two finishers in each of the Junior, U-23 and Senior categories will be automatically selected on the Irish team for next month’s European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia. AAI INTER COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday, November 27 VENUE: Sligo racecourse, Cleveragh Event Schedule GIRLS U-12, 2,000 metres/11.30am; BOYS U-12, 2,000 metres/11.43am; GIRLS U-14, 3,000 metres/11.55am; BOYS U-14, 3,000 metres/12.10pm; BOYS U-16, 4,000 metres/12.43pm; GIRLS U-18, 5,000 metres/1pm; BOYS U-18 & JUNIOR MEN, 6,000 metres/1.25pm; JUNIOR WOMEN, 4,000 metres/1.50pm; SENIOR WOMEN, 8,000 metres/2.10pm; SENIOR MEN, 10,000 metres/2.50pm.

SLIGO Rugby Club Christmas party is taking place on Thursday, December 15 at The Glasshouse Hotel, beginning with a drinks reception at 7.30pm. The theme for this year’s party is ‘Christmas Jumper’ – the best homemade Christmas jumper will win a spot prize! Tickets are €25 and are available from any of the social committee members, including Avril McManus, Marian Rolf, Cliona O’Kelly, Niall

RUGBY Shorts Draper and Emer Benson. Alternatively, to get tickets for this function just email the club:

U-19s’ game Byrne-Gildea scores tries as is cancelled U-15s overcome Ballinasloe THE Sligo RFC U-19s team were scheduled to play Ballinasloe last weekend. However, the away team could not submit a full squad and therefore conceded the game to Sligo. Sligo have two more very important home games in the coming weeks. This Sunday they play Galwegians at 1.30pm in Hamilton Park, Strandhill. They will also be playing Westport at home in early December. Both match es are expected to be great games so all supporters are welcome to cheer on this team.

SLIGO RFC U-15s travelled to Ballinasloe last weekend for their fourth Connacht U-15 League game of the 2011-2012 season. A fine team display saw Sligo win 19-5. The visitors got off to a great start with a well-worked try from Odhran Byrne-Gildea, who is also a noted athlete. Byrne-Gildea also scored Sligo’s second try in the opening period. Leading 12-0 at half-time, Sligo scored another try in the second-half thanks to Dylan Gardner. Darragh Cummins added a conversion. Ballinasloe came back with a late try

Connacht semi postponed SLIGO RFC’s first XV had no game last Saturday – their scheduled fixture, a Connacht Senior Cup semi-final against Buccaneers, an Ulster Bank League Division 1B side, was postponed. It has been refixed for the weekend of De-

cember 17. Meanwhile, the next game for Sligo’s first XV in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League is an away tie against Kildare outfit Naas at Forenoughts next Saturday, November 26 (kick-off 2.30pm).

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as Sligo’s full squad (24 players) each got minutes on the pitch. The team has a big game against Castlebar at home on Sunday.

Volunteers wanted SLIGO RFC are al ways looking for new volunteers. If you would like to get involved please contact sligorug or go to the website –

Bag packing raises cash SLIGO Rugby Club took part in a bag packing fund-raiser last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Tesco. Club president John Kane President sincerely thanks Tesco Sligo for facilitating the club and to all those who volunteered and donated on the day. A special thanks goes to Marian Rolf who co-ordinated the event.

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RUGBYPProfile Was rugby your first sport No, I also played soccer and Gaelic football.

When did you join Sligo RFC?


In 2006. I was working in Sligo at the time and was sick of travelling down to Galway (where I’m from) to play rugby.

Toughest opponent? Rory Best, Ulster and Ireland hooker.

Funniest onfield moment?

THIS WEEK: Gary Conneely

Getting knocked out by a winger a couple of years ago – I’m reminded of it at every training session since!

Pre-match superstitions or rituals? Last player out of the changing room and a cartwheel on each half of the pitch before kick-off!

BOXING FOR CHARITY: Sligo’s Alan Maguire and Kevin Dufficy are taking part in a white collar boxing event in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

If you could pick one international player as a team-mate, who would it be and why? All Black Brad Thorn, because he is hard as nails.

Supporting Sligo RFC’s Senior team

A sport other than rugby that you play? Racquetball – I’m the current work champion.

Your favourite rugby moment?

What rugby pundit – on TV or in newspapers – do you look out for?

Being on the same field as Sligo rugby legend Gavin Foley!

John Fallon, Connacht Tribune.

Would you like to be a rugby coach?

Describe rugby in three words.

No – I don’t have the temperament.

Fun. Physical. Mucky.

Last CD bought

Best sporting advice you’ve received?

‘The Two Conneelys’ by Christy Moore, sourced locally from Ross Mannion at The Record Room.

‘Have a bit of dog in you’.

Who has influenced your career the most?

If you could change one rugby rule, what would it be and why?

Jimmy O’Toole, a coach from my school days.

The ruck area, every referee interprets it differently.

Match-saving tackle or match-winning try?

What is the worst injury you’ve had?

Probably a match-saving tackle. Honestly, I will never get near the opposition try line!

Torn Achilles.

Your sporting hero

An under-rated role in rugby? Hooker – the linchpin of the team.

COMPETITOR: Gary Conneely.

Billy Sharp, a soccer player with Doncaster Rovers.

Sligo duo fight to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease charity SLIGO competitors Alan Maguire and Kevin Dufficy, well-known locally for their prowess in Gaelic football and soccer, are once against turning to boxing to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. The duo will fight at the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association’s White Collar Boxing night at the Wright Venue, Airside, Swords in Dublin on Saturday, December 3. Jimmy Magee is the MC for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association’s exciting venture. Maguire and Dufficy have been put through their paces in the heart of Irish boxing, National Boxing Stadium, Dublin for six weeks in preparation for the big fight night. Kevin’s father, Jerome Dufficy, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in April 2007 and his mother Maire is actively involved in fund-raising for the IMNDA. People can sponsor the lads by visiting their fund-raising pages on Click ‘sponsor a friend’ and type in Kevin Dufficy or search for Alan and Kevin’s fight @ The Wright. Alternatively, members of the public can come along on the night and support the Sligo duo. General admission tickets are €20 and

premium tickets, which cost €30, gives punters access to a VIP area with waitress service and a ringside view. Ticket price will also include entry into the nightclub. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an incurable neurological condition leaving people unable to do the everyday things the rest of us take for granted – functions such as walking, talking and swallowing may become virtually impossible. The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is dedicated to providing care for people with Motor Neurone Disease, their carers and families as well as supporting research into the causes and treatments of MND. The IMND are a small organisation relying heavily on fund-raising in order to continue providing vital services to the MND community – services such as assistance towards home help, provision of specialised equipment on loan and home visiting by an MND nurse specialist. For more information about MND and tickets for this White Collar Boxing event, please contact IMNDA on 01-8730422 or email


HANDBALLUUpdate McCann’s reward

Castleconnor delight

BALLYMOTE’S Francis McCann received the Connacht Masters ‘Player of the Year’ award at the GAA Handball National All-Star Awards banquet in Croke Park last Sunday. Over 400 guests attended Irish handball’s social event of the year. McCann won his 17th All-Ireland handball singles title last September. He is the Juvenile Officer on the Sligo Handball Board and is chairman of the Connacht Juvenile Handball Council. Kilkenny legend Michael ‘Ducksy’ Walsh was named the Irish Masters handballer for 2011 at this function.

IT was a good week for both Castleconnor teams, ‘A’ and ‘B’, in Sligo Handball Board’s County 40x20 Team League. Castleconnor ‘B’ team opened their campaign with a narrow 67-61 victory over IT Sligo, while reigning champions Castleconnor ‘A’ secured their first win in this season’s competition – beating a weakened Collooney 84-38 – following that shock opening round loss to Drumcliffe. Meanwhile, the 2009 County 40x20 Team League champions, St Mary’s, have two wins out of two following

their 80-59 defeat of Drumcliffe. St Mary’s second doubles pairing, Michael McMorrow and Seamus Duffy, gave impressive displays and helped to push St Mary’s to the top of the standings. Tomorrow [Wednesday] night Drumcliffe take on IT Sligo at St Mary’s, Ballydoogan (8pm), while St Mary’s is also the setting for Sunday’s meeting of Collooney and Castleconnor ‘B’ (3pm).

Sympathy expressed SLIGO Handball Board passed a vote of sympathy for Tom Foody, Castleconnor Handball Club, on the death of his aunt, Breege Naughton (neé Foody).

GAA in cri-i-.

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Local bodyboarders prepare for World Games in Gran Canaria THE ISA World Bodyboard Games take place from November 27 to December 4 in Gran Canaria. The Irish bodyboard team consists of five members, four of whom hail from Strandhill - Odhran McGovern, Shane Meehan, Andrew Kilfeather and Ashleigh Smith. The fifth member is Darragh McCarter, from Tullaghan in County Leitrim. Last Saturday night a fund-raiser was held at The Dunes Bar, Strandhill to help raise much needed funds towards the cost of trip. The team members are profiled below. ODHRAN MCGOVERN The team’s strongest Junior member, the 17-year-old has been competing at European level since he was 11 years old. He has been national U-16 champion. At the European Championships last year he finished sixth in his category. SHANE MEEHAN Three-times national Senior champion (a title he currently holds), he is looking very strong to take down some big waves and turn a few heads. Meehan has previously competed at world level, earning a seventh place. He hopes for a top-five finish

this time round. ANDREW KILFEATHER An all-round waterman, Kilfeather is representing Ireland in the drop knee division. His smooth style is sure to win over the judges and cause some major upset. ASHLEIGH SMITH A highly-rated competitor who finished second and third in the last two European Championships. She will have her eyes set on making the finals. DARRAGH MCCARTER Fresh from a great result at the European Surfing Championships in Bundoran, where he was sixth. He was a national champion two years ago.

Gaelic Football ST PATRICK’S GAA CLUB Annual general meeting The AGM of St Patrick’s Skreen-Dromard GAA Club takes place at SkreenDromard Community Centre this Friday, November 25 (10pm). All members are asked to attend and new members are always welcome.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport BUNKER: Golf


Fuelled by rugby and hurling Kevin Egan


FTER the wonderful occasion and somewhat predictable result in the battle between Connacht and Toulouse at the Sportsgrounds, the western province return to the bread-and-butter activity of the Rabodirect Pro 12 this week against the table-topping Ospreys. The Welsh men enjoyed a blistering start to this season with six consecutive wins, including a five-points victory over Connacht at the Liberty Stadium on September 30. However, since beating Munster at Thomond Park the wheels have come off a little and they’ve only won one of their last six competitive ties, albeit a crucial one, their vital home win over Biarritz in the Heineken Cup. Generally, however, they’ve struggled to re-integrate their World Cup players back into the side and while they remain well in contention for the two major prizes that are on offer, they still could be vulnerable this week if Connacht can muster up another performance full of intensity and vigour. Unfortunately, after two draining weekends of Heineken Cup action, that’s a big ‘if ’ this weekend. Paddy Power are clearly confident that the Connacht men will give a good account of themselves – they go 11-8 Connacht to win the match and 10-11 about them staying within three points on their handicap betting market – but that’s a

little bit short for our tastes here. This is exactly the kind of weekend where Connacht’s somewhat shallower playing pool is likely to be tested and it could be worth steering clear and maintaining a watching brief at the Sportsgrounds. The local GAA scene essentially shuts up shop for the winter over the next few weeks, but viewers on TG4 still have plenty to look forward to this weekend as the TV cameras take a spin down to Thurles for the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship final. Either Na Piarsaigh of Limerick or Crusheen of Clare will be picking up their first-ever provincial title on Sunday afternoon and after taking out antepost favourites Ballygunner in the semi-final, it is the Limerick club that are considered the more likely winners by Paddy Power. The leading bookmakers go 4-6 about a win for Na Piarsaigh in the tie and 6-4 that Crusheen

bring the provincial trophy back to Clare for the first time in 11 years and with both sides showing plenty of scoring form, it is hard to separate the two clubs in terms of which side is more likely to win the game. Indeed, with both sides capable of getting in for goals, the smart play here could be staying away from the match betting entirely and backing over 2.5 goals at 5-6. Those looking for a higher potential payout could alternatively look at over 3.5 goals, priced at 5-2. Normally, high-scoring bets are not advisable in winter hurling matches but the drier weather recently has kept pitches in good shape and Semple stadium always gives forwards chances to do damage. The Limerick inside line is particularly potent and while big full-forward Kevin Downes was the headline grabber against Ballygunner, Shane Dowling is the 11-2 second favourite and he could be the more likely threat when matched up against John Brigdale. Crusheen full-back Cronan Dillon will relish the physical battle with Downes and is unlikely to take a backwards step against the young attacker, but Brigdale against Dowling looks like a much better option for the half-backs and midfielders of Na Piarsaigh and a much better option for our bets at Paddy Powers’ odds of 11-2. ALL prices quoted are available at, by calling 1800 721821, or in over 200 betting offices nationwide, including an outlet at Market Street, Sligo.

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TUBBERCURRY WINTER LEAGUE The CMD Institute-sponsored Winter League takes centre stage at Tubbercurry GC for the next month. Following the first round, the teams are as follows: 27, C Wimsey, P Moran, S Flatley, K Cryan; 28, F Durkin, S Gallagher, P Kirstin, G Mullarkey; 28.9, J Wimsey, B Leonard, D Leonard, T Cryan; 29, P Kilcoyne, M Kilcoyne, T Walkin, J Shannon; 29, D Scanlon, F Doddy, P Henry, L Brennan; 29, G Roache, M O’Doyle, P O’Donnell, C Gallagher; 29.7, P Kilcoyne, D Craig, D Hosey, M Golden; 30, J McGuire, H O’Doyle, M Conway, O Davey; 30.3, P Scanlon, TJ Hunt, T Ward, S Brennan; 30.5, D Ward, J Lawrence, C Ginty, M Brennan; 30.9, P Burke, E Burke, J Keigher, J Burke; 31.8, D Kilcoyne, S Craig, B Murphy, N Murphy; 32.1, J Brennan, J Barrett, J McDaid, C Brennan; 32.7, D Moran G Bastin K Shannon C Bastin. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The club’s AGM (men’s section) takes place this Friday, November 25 at 8.30pm. All members are requested to attend. CHRISTMAS IDEA With the onset of Christmas, why not buy your loved one a locally-produced DVD entitled ‘Tubbercurry Golf from the start’ that charts the history of the club. This gift can be purchased from any committee member at a cost of €20.

BALLYMOTE CLUB COMPETITION The competition on Sunday last, November 20 was 9-hole stableford. There was a good turnout of members and scoring was very keen. The winner was Sean Henry – this was his second successive competition win. The results were as follows: 1, Sean Henry 23pts; 2, Sean Ross 19pts (better back 6); 3, John McCarrick 19pts. PRESENTATION OF PRIZES The presentation of prizes for competitions (August to November) will take place next Sunday night, November 27 at John Doddy’s (10pm). Any prize-winner unable to attend please inform Padraic Hurley at 087-2940039. The ‘Golfer of the Year’ presentation will take place on the night also. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The AGM of Ballymote Golf Club takes place on Saturday, December 10 at 8pm in the clubhouse. All motions and nominations to be lodged with the honorary secretary, Liam Dennedy, on or before Saturday, December 3 at 6pm. All members are requested to attend.

STRANDHILL LADIES WINTER LEAGUE The second round of the Winter League took place on Sunday last, November 20. The results are detailed below. FRONT 9: 1, Marie Healy 3 up; 2, Therese Cosgrove 3 up; 3, Christine Tighe 1 up. BACK 9: 1, Chris Owens 3 up; 2, Cass Smith 1 up; 3, Kathleen Kelpie all flat. FIXTURES Thursday, November 24 COMPETITION: 12-hole stableford Sunday, November 20 COMPETITION: Winter League, third round EGM REMINDER Ladies Branch members are reminded of the EGM will take place to consider – and vote on – the adoption of the proposed new constitution of Strandhill Golf Club tomorrow [Wednesday, November 22] at 8pm in the clubhouse. All members are encouraged to attend. A copy of the proposed consitution is available at the clubhouse or contact Sandra in the office for an electronic copy. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Ladies Branch AGM takes place on Thursday, December 1.


SLIGO HANDBALL AT CROKER BASH: At the GAA Handball National All-Star Awards banquet last Saturday were, from left, Connell Cannon (secretary, Connacht Handball Council), Francis McCann (Connacht Masters Player of the Year, a member of Ballymote Handball Club), Michael McMorrow (Sligo Handball Board, chairman), and Hugh McGarry (Collooney Handball Club).

BUSY TIMES There is a busy week ahead for the Ladies Branch members at Rosses Point. Today [Tuesday] there is the usual weekly competition and tomorrow [Wednesday], the monthly Western Alliance will be held with draws from 9.30am until 11.30am. Meanwhile, tomorrow evening, the Ladies Branch AGM will be held and lady captain, June Coulter, hands over to Marguerite Dent, the incoming lady captain for 2012. The Ladies Branch members say ‘thank you’ to June for her hard work this year and also wish Marguerite all the best for the year ahead.



SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from local golf clubs COUNTY SLIGO LADIES LADY CAPTAIN’S DINNER Next Saturday night sees the Lady Captain’s Dinner at the clubhouse. This dinner is to thank the hardworking captain of 2011 and the evening will be crowned by the traditional Rosses Point ladies’ cabaret. Rumour has it that rehearsals are going well but the content, as usual, remains a surprise! RESULTS The results from the 9-hole singles stableford held on Tuesday, November 8 were as follows: 1, Martina Sherlock (25) 21pts; 2, Rita Walsh (24) 19pts (back 3); 3, Mary Conefrey (12) 19pts (back 2); 4, Grainne Demmel (18) 19 points (back 6). RESULTS The results of the 15-hole v par competition held on Saturday, November 19 were as follows: 1, Catherine Collins (20) 4 up (back 7); 2, Una Howley (23) 4 up (back 7); 3, Carmel Hatt (23) 4 up. FIXTURES Tuesday, November 22 COMPETITION: 10-hole singles stableford Wednesday, November 23 COMPETITION: Western Senior Alliance Note: Two categories. Running draws from 9.30am to 11.30am. EVENT: Ladies’ Annual General Meeting Saturday, November 26 COMPETITION: Fourball betterball, 16-holes EVENT: Lady Captain’s Dinner and cabaret

STRANDHILL RESULTS Saturday, November 19 COMPETITION: 15-hole club competition SUMMARY: Dessie Timbs 36, Bill Cashell 34, David Lindsay 33. WINTER LEAGUE Another pleasant day weather-wise marked round two of this year’s Seabreeze Bar & Restaurant Winter League. Already there is a noticeably small number of pairings with full points and this might suggest that this may be one of the more open contests of recent years. Some of the teams to catch the eye at this stage include Pat Hickey and John Feeney, Joe Henry and Frank Hannon, Cyril Meehan and John O’Donnell, Tommy and Declan Basquille, Ken Carr and Tony Mannion, John O’Donoghue and Leo Logan, FC Monaghan and Kevin Conlon and, of course, early favourites, Mick Walsh and Noel Tivnan, who returned a score of five up for the second week running. Competitors are asked to note that updated section tables for this season’s Winter League are available on the club website CAPTAIN’S DINNER The organisers would like to remind all gents that tickets for the Captain’s Dinner (Friday, December 2) are now available from all council members and it is hoped to see as many members as possible in attendance. LOUGH ERNE JUNIOR SCRATCH CUP Hearty congratulations to club stalwart Gerry Fox, who was victorious at Lough Erne in their recent Junior Scratch Cup competition. Gerry follows in the famous footsteps of Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington in taming this world-class course in Enniskillen and this win is undoubtedly the club’s best showing of 2011. Well done Gerry from all at Strandhill Golf Club.

CASTLE DARGAN WINTER LEAGUE The second round of the Winter League took place last weekend and the next round is scheduled for Saturday, December 4. A results update will be included in next week’s notes. GOLF OUTING There is a club trip organised to Castlebar for next Saturday. The cost of a round of golf and a meal is €30. Places are limited and can be booked by contacting the honorary secretary, Eugene Carroll, or the golf shop. FIXTURES There will be a mixed scramble on Sunday and a time sheet is in operation. COMPETITION FINALS The final of both the Council Cup and Foley & Cawley Cup are due to be played in the next week or two. Council Cup The in-form Paul Coughlan, who recently was crowned ‘King of the Castle’, takes on the steady Vincent Melvin. Foley & Cawley Cup The pairing of Dermott Flynn/Ray O’Grady take on last year’s winners, Eoin Carroll/Mark Kelly, in what should be a very close encounter.

CASTLE DARGAN PRESENTATION OF PRIZES There will be a presentation of prizes this Friday starting at 9pm. We look forward to welcoming all winners and sponsors to our second last presentation night of the year.

CASTLE DARGAN LADIES Castle will be handed out on the evening of December 18. There will be some music and finger food to celebrate another successful year. More information will follow closer to the time.

SANTA’S VISIT Santa will be coming to Castle Dargan on Sunday, December 18.

SYMPATHY EXTENDED The club extends sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Conboy (neé Flannery) Ballymote who passed away last week.

AWARDS NIGHT The presentation to the various Cup competition winners, Golfer of the Year, Christmas Hampers and the inaugural King of the

GOLF SHOP As always the golf shop can be contacted on 071-9118080 or

FAI Ford Cup vists County Sligo Golf Club

RESULTS The results of the competition held on Wednesday last, November 16 (sponsored by El Pelo) were as follows: 1, Joanne McGourty; 2, Sheila Clancy; 3, Mary Kennedy; 4, Pauline Lennon. RESULTS The results of the competition held last Sunday, November 20 (sponsore by Joe McGourty Plumbing) were as follows: 1, Mary Kennedy; 2, Kate Hegarty; 3, Sheila Clancy.

COUNTY SLIGO RESULTS The results of the single v par competition (15 holes) held last Saturday, November 19 were as follows: 1, Niall Stafford (15) 7 up; 2, Pat Heelan (16) 6 up (back 7); 3, David O’Donovan (6) 6 up (back 7); 4, John O’Connor (25) 6 up (back 7); 5, Brendan Flanagan (8) 6 up. RESULTS The results of the 15-hole single stableford competition held last Sunday, November 20 were as follows: 1, Michael Whelan (15) 36pts; 2, Dave Dent (13) 34pts (back 3); 3, Pat McDaniel (13) 34 pts (back 7). NEW CAPTAIN Bryan Kilfeather was installed as the new men’s club captain for 2012 at the AGM held on Sunday last. In his final speech, the outgoing captain, Michael McGowan, thanked all of the members who had given him wonderful support during the year and wished Bryan the best of luck with his captaincy. Padraig Keane was elected as club president, replacing Joe Gannon, who was president for the past two years. The vicecaptain for 2012 is Terry Brady. FAI CUP VISIT Last Saturday night a large number of members attended the dinner for the outgoing captain, Michael McGowan. The evening finished on a lovely note for all in attendance when Sligo Rovers player, Joseph Ndo, arrived to the top table with the FAI Ford Cup. WINTER LEAGUE Round Four of the Diageo Winter League takes place next Sunday, November 27. The fixtures are detailed below. Winter League - Round Four SECTION ONE/BOMORE: 8.30am, Pat McDaniel & Michael Sweeney v Garth McManus & David Connolly; 8.40am, Pat Lyons & Kieran O’Brien v Padraig Daly & Michael Barr; 8.50am, Kenneth Henry & Mark Flanagan v Tom Kenny & Bryan Kilfeather; 9am, Robert Fitzpatrick & Damien Higgins v Ger Quinlivan & John Feeney; 9.10am, Denis O’Sullivan & Naoise Davitt v Aidan Tinsley & Aidan Power. SECTION TWO/BOMORE: 9.20am, Gary McDermott & Alan Henry v Simon Rooney & Roddy Gaynor; 9.30am, Henry Cox & Darragh Cox v Kieran McDonagh & Fergal Burke; 9.40am, John Clifford & Walter Murphy v Tony Wehrly & Dermot McDermott; 9.50am, Larry Kelly & Leo Nicholson v Donal Barry & Michael Hannigan; 10am: Niall Nugent & John Nugent v Michael McGowan & David Taylor. SECTION THREE/BOMORE: 10.10am, Pat Forkan & Michael Whelan v Jim Mulcahy & John McManus; 10.20am, James Barnicle & Peter Maguire v Tom Staunton & Gerry Mulligan; 10.30am, Glen Nairn & Ruairi O’Connor v Robert Kelly & Gary Devins; 10.40am, Jackie McMahon & Tony Cunningham v Brian Feeney & Pat Neiland; 10.50am, Dave McDonald & Pat Doyle v Dave Murray & Trevor Johnson. SECTION FOUR/MAIN COURSE: 8.30am, Peter McGuinness & NY Jung v Pat Naughton & Austin O’Callaghan; 8.40am, Niall Stafford & Anton Murphy v Tom Heelan & Pat Heelan; 8.50am, Dave O’Hara & Sean O’Hara v Eamonn Creed & Michael Barrett; 9am, John McNamara & Shane Underwood v David Cunningham & John Armstrong; 9.10am, Frank Gleeson & Gerry Cannon v Michael McNamara & John Keane. SECTION FIVE/MAIN COURSE: 9.20am, Aidan Glacken & Brendan Feeney v Patrick Ward & Tommy Kelly; 9.30am, Jimmy Flynn & John Sheehy v Brian Hampson & Eric Gilroy; 9.40am, Felix McElhone & DA Harte v Brian O’Sullivan & Ronan Keane; 9.50am, Joe Harrigan & Frank Dunne v Luke Armstrong & Declan Gallagher; 10am, Conor Frazer & Ciaran O’Gara v Shane Flaherty & Jimmy Tracey. SECTION SIX/MAIN COURSE: 10.10am, Michael Kennedy & Jeff Hatt v Dermot McKenna & Owen Mulligan; 10.20am, Killian Moloney & Ronan McAllister v David Conneely & Derek Wynne; 10.30am, John McHugh & Aidan Doyle v Karol Butler & Gerard Sproule; 10.40am, Dermot O’Hara & Joe Henry v Padraig McManus & Vincent McGee; 10.50am, Fergal O’Flaherty & David McGuinness v Keith McLoughlin & Tony Leonard. FIXTURES Saturday, November 26 COMPETITION: Fourball betterball stableford, 15-hole Sunday, November 27 COMPETITION: Winter League, round four SPONSOR: Diageo


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport COMMUNITY GAMES: Annual general meeting at Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel

TOP TABLE: At last Tuesday night’s AGM were, from left, Tony Lee (national director, HSE Community Games), Ina Monaghan (president, Sligo Community Games), Brian McBride (chairman, Sligo Community Pictures by Michael McGurrin Games), Ann Kelly, secretary, Sligo Community Games), Margaret Bolton (treasurer, Sligo Community Games).

Sligo Community Games hold a milestone AGM THE 40th annual general meeting of Sligo Community Games took place last Tuesday evening at the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel. Areas from all over Sligo were represented at the gathering, which saw the election of officers for next year’s county Executive Committee. Also in attendance was Corofin’s Tony Lee, HSE Community Games national director.

SLIGO CG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Ina Monaghan; Vicepresident: Peter Cooney; Chairman: Brian McBride; Vice-chairman: John Walsh; Secretary: Ann Kelly; Assistant secretaries: Evelyn Gallagher, Ann Taaffe; Treasurer: Margaret Bolton; Assistant treasurer: Pat McDermott; Games Director: Michael McMorrow; PRO: Eileen Brennan; Development Officer: Carmel Doherty; Registrar: Margaret Cavanagh; Youth Officer: Rachel Cavanagh; Delegates: Noreen Fallon (national), Ann Kelly (provincial), Eileen Brennan (provincial)

SUPPORTING THE SAINTS: Mary Leydon, Rachel Cavanagh and Margaret Cavanagh were representing the St Feichin’s area at last Tuesday night’s Sligo Community Games AGM, which was held at the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Representing Bunnanadden at the Sligo Community Games AGM were Tina Whitehead and Marie Killoran.

AT THE MEETING: Sarah McMorrow and Colin McNealis represented Ballymote at the Sligo Community Games AGM.

FROM NORTH SLIGO: Representing the Maugherow area at the recent AGM were Madeleine Currid and Josephine Nicholson.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011


All-Stars teams make flying start to season T

HREE of Sligo All-Stars Basketball Club’s underage recently made flying starts to this season’s Basketball Ireland North West Regional League competitions. In the opening round of away games against opposition from Kilcar, County Donegal, there were wins for Sligo AllStars Girls U-14, Boys U-14 and Boys U-16 teams. The Boys U-14s won by 16 points (37-21), the Girls U-14s had 16 points to spare in their win (24-8), while the Boys U-16s, who included many of last season’s successful U-14s, All-Ireland ‘B’ winners, were comfortable winners by 39 points, 70-31. The Boys U-14s, coached by Glen Monaghan, were initially held by Kilcar – it was 12-11 to the visitors at the break – but Sligo All-Stars’ skill came to the fore in the third and fourth quarters. The team played well with several fine individual performances, including those of Adrian Frain, who snaffled several rebounds and contributed 10 points, and newcomer Shane Mooney, in his first season at the club. Meg Herrity led Sligo All-Stars Girls U14s in their 24-8 defeat of Kilcar opposition. She scored 14 points and the selfless passer was also prominent in terms of rebounds won. Ellen Monaghan also showed promise in the point guard role. This team’s coach, Sean McGowan, said: “The girls were very focused and played as a team from the beginning. I was very happy with the intensity that they showed and hopefully we can carry that energy throughout the season.” The final win of the day was posted by the Boys U-16s, who blitzed their Kilcar counterparts 70-31. This side features quite a number of players just out of the U-14 ranks and the squad’s oldest players, Karolis Gunka and Conor Byrne, are joint-captains for the 2011-2012 campaign.

Lithuanian native Gunka was determination personified in this game – not only did he shoot 18 points, he played throughout with a broken finger. It was his defensive work that stood out against the Donegal club. Other notable performances on the day were from Mark Chambers, Ryan Tansey and Tobi Brockmann but coach Shane O’Meara had to comment on Gunka’s performance: “Karolis is a special player, not only for his talent but for his total commitment and honesty on the court.” He would go through walls to win possession and that level of intensity is contagious. Karolis played with a broken finger and never once complained – he has set down a marker for his team-mates now.” “He exemplifies what we are looking for from this team and that is a commitment to defence first,” O’Meara added. Sligo All-Stars Basketball Club have training sessions for boys and girls in several age groups. Further information from the club’s coaching development officer, Glen Monaghan at 086-8381802 or from visiting the club’s website SLIGO ALL-STARS BOYS U-14S (v Kilcar): T Henehan, J Moran, S Snee (2), L McLoughlin (6), R Farrell (2, A Frain (10), J McLoughlin (9), K Frain (2), O O’Reilly (4) Coach: Glen Monaghan SLIGO ALL-STARS GIRLS U-14S (v Kilcar): M Herrity (14), G Filan 4 pts, R Fox (2), M Stenson (4), S Fox, A McGovern, E Monaghan, C Cawley Coach: Sean McGowan SLIGO ALL-STARS BOYS U-16 (v Kilcar): Mark Chambers (7), Tobi Brockmann (9), Conor Byrne (2), Philip Hamilton (6), Karolis Gunka (18), Cian Lally (8), Ryan Tansey (8), Adrian Frain (8), Shane Mooney (2), Julian Jarmolowicz (2) Coach: Shane O’Meara

Boccia event in Sligo THE inaugural Four Counties Boccia Tournament took place earlier this month (Thursday, November 3) at IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena. The event was organised by the Sports Inclusion Disability Officers based within the Local Sports Partnerships of Sligo, Donegal, Mayo and Roscommon, and was in response to the increasing number of people taking up the sport of Boccia at both a recreational and competitive level. Two of the day’s four semi-finalists were local teams – Tubbercurry Boccia Club and Sligo Boccia Club, with the latter making the final against a strong Belmullet side. Although Sligo Boccia Club has plenty of experience from competitive situations through their involvement in the CPSI National Boccia League, they had no answer to Belmullet’s power on the day, winners of the inaugural Four Counties Boccia Tournament Perpetual Cup. The other semi-finalists were a Mayo ‘mix’, featuring players from Charlestown and Swinford. Boccia is a non-contact target sport played by individuals, pairs or teams of three players. It is an indoor, strategic version of bowls or Petanque (as it is called in France). Boccia was originally developed in Europe in the 1980s as a sport for people with disabilities and it made its first appearance at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona. It remains one of the premier sports for athletes with more severe disabilities but is played worldwide by people with all levels of ability. The tournament brought together 20

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Sligo Ladies Football hunts for a manager SLIGO Ladies Gaelic Football County Board are looking to recruit a manager for the county’s adult team as the man ager for the previous campaigns, Gal way native Laurence Cunningham, has stepped down from the role. Next year Sligo – the former All-Ire land Junior champions – will compete at Intermediate level both provincially

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teams from Sligo, Donegal, Mayo and Roscommon. Each team consisted of three players. Teams were divided into five groups with each team playing three matches in a ‘round robin’ format. The highest scoring four teams progressed to the semi-finals. Sligo Boccia Club meet every second Tuesday (8-9.30pm) at both the IWA building in Abbeyville and IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena. Tubbercurry Boccia Club meet every Tuesday at 2pm at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. To find out more contact Tubbercurry FRC on 071-9186926. Anyone wishing to find out more about the game of Boccia in Sligo can contact Shane Hayes, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership on 071-9161511 or

Those interested much apply in writ ing (either by post or email) to Annette Queenan at Leaffoney, Enniscrone on or before December 7. Queenan’s email address is Enquries should be directed to the Sligo Ladies Gaelic Football Board chairperson, Louise Lavin, at 0872555963 after 3.30pm.


COOLANEY-MULLINABBREENA GAA CLUB Celebration night The club will hold a gala presentation dinner dance on Saturday next, November 27, at the Sligo Park Hotel. The club’s winning team from this year’s Intermediate Championship will be honoured. Connacht’s only GAA Football All Star for 2011, Mayo’s Andy Moran, will be in attendance as the event’s special guest. The Brian McDermott Band provides the music. Reception is at 7.15pm with dinner at 7.45pm. This promises to be a great occasion for the club and the Coolaney and Mullinabreena communities. For tickets, please contact Leo Coleman 087-4184102, Kieran Finan 0879919113 or Shane O’Brien 086-3097483. All welcome are for a great night.

Hurling RESULTS Game played on Saturday, November 19 Martin Brennan Memorial Cup Final TOURLESTRANE: Tubbercurry 1-9, CooleraStrandhill 0-10

Soccer CHARLESTOWN ATHLETIC FC Events The club will hold their annual general meeting and awards presentations in the CBD Complex, Charlestown on Sunday, December 11 commencing at 1pm. Players, parents and all interested are invited to attend. Nominations, proposals or other matters for inclusion in the AGM agenda should be sent to club secretary Miriam McGowan before Friday, December 9. CONNACHT FINALS Ursuline College and St Mary’s College (Ballisodare) will represent Sligo at the FAI Schools Connacht Post Primary Schools Futsal finals, which take place at NUI Galway today [Tuesday]. The competition caters for boys and girls in First Year only. Futsal is an indoor version of association football.

FOCUS: Mairead Connolly from Sligo Boccia Club in action at the tournament.

and nationally. The county’s drop to the second tier follows a number of campaigns at Se nior level where they lacked competi tiveness due to an emerging panel and consequently results suffered. Also in 2012 Sligo will compete in Di vision Three of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National League.

DROMORE VILLA FOOTBALL CLUB U-14s win The club’s Boys U-14 enjoyed another great result – last weekend they defeated St John’s 9-2. This was a great team performance from all involved. The winners led 5-0 at half-time after first-half goals from Kevin McGee (2), Joe McHugh and Iarla Connor. St John’s pulled a goal back early in the second-half but two goals from Mikey Gordon left Dromore Villa coasting. The losers netted a second consolation strike but Dromore Villa wrapped up proceedings with further goals from Iarla Connor and Joe McMunn. Lotto The numbers drawn in the latest instalment of the club’s fund-raising lotto were as follows: 7, 14, 21, 22. There was no jackpot winner. The five €20 winners were Bernie Mullarkey, Trevor Kilgannon, Kieran Kennedy, Orla McDermott and Martin Foy. Next weekend’s draw will be held in The Bearch Bar, Aughris and Jackpot is a tasty €4,200!

SUCCESS: Sligo badminton players Danny Keown and Conor Scanlon won the Boys U-17 Doubles at last weekend’s Connacht U-17 Open Championships. SLIGO COUNTY BADMINTON ASSOCIATION Sligo Open Last Friday’s Sligo Badminton Open Championships saw the youthful Sligo pairing of Michael Hannon and Jonathan Dolan securing victory in the doubles section of the Men’s ‘A’ grade. They won in two sets against John Kerrigan (Boyle) and Paul Dolan (Sligo). In the Ladies ‘A’ section, local pair and top seeds Rebecca McGillen and Siobhan Parker were champions over Victoria Stevens and Paula Watt. This event was successfully organised by John Dolan and was wellsupported by Sligo players and players from neighbouring Counties. Leinster event Several Sligo players travelled to the Leinster Junior Grade competition last weekend in Dublin with Graeme Watt winning three rounds in the men’s singles and just failing to make the quarter-finals when losing to Ronan Magee (Leinster). Connacht competition Galway hosted the Connacht U-17 Open Championships on Saturday last. In the Boys U-17 doubles event, Sligo had winners with Conor Scanlon and Danny Keown defeating the Leinster pair of Mark Brady and Ian Patterson, 21-14, 21-17. Keown lost a very difficult three-setter to Mark Brady in the singles. Fionnula Scanlon,

Junior Soccer CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Sligo-Leitrim Premier League side Calry Bohs won 3-1 at home against Roscommon side Glen Celtic. Niall McManus, Shane Fox and Darren O’Hara were on the mark for Calry Bohs.

who is still under 15, reached the semi-finals of the Girls U-17 doubles with partner Janie Fahy. In the mixed event, Sligo’s Conor Scanlon teamed up with Rachel O’Boyle from Dublin to win in three sets against Mark Brady and Sarah O’Boyle. Congratulations to all the Sligo players on their success in this competition. Beginners Junior badminton for beginners (those aged 9 to 13 years) takes place at Sligo Tennis Club every Friday at 6.30pm. Rackets supplied, €4 each. Contact John Dolan 0876904563 or just arrive. Men’s competiton The latest standings in the Sligo Badminton Men’s League are detailed below. MEN’S LEAGUE: 1, Calry P3 Pts24; 2, Rathcormac P3 Pts16; 3, Nomads P2 Pts12; 4, Sligo P2 Pts10; 5, Sligo Tennis Club P2 Pts10. DIVISION SIX (MIXED): 1, Boyle P2 Pts6; 2, Ballina P1 Pts5; 3, Sligo P2 Pts4; 4, SkreenDromard P1 Pts3. DIVISION TWO (MIXED): 1, Sligo P2 Pts6; 2, Calry P2 Pts5; 3, Boyle P1 Pts2; 4, Carraroe P1 Pts2. Website For more information on the badminton section at Sligo Tennis Club, please visit

Soccer GREENE’S HOME GIG Aaron Greene, who helped Sligo Rovers win this year’s FAI Ford Cup, was a late secondhalf substitute for the Republic of Ireland U21s in their 2-0 defeat of Liechtenstein at The Showgrounds on Monday night of last week.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport INSIDETTheSquare

Change the rules or suffer the death of GAA Eugene MacHale fears for the future of Gaelic football unless a number of drastic rule changes are implemented


HE GAA’s Playing Rules Committee was set up to have a detailed look at the way Gaelic football and hurling is being played and to see if new rules or rule changes could be introduced to make these games better. Personally, I see very little wrong with the game of hurling at present, but unfortunately I can’t say the same about Gaelic football. Presently, the main emphasis in Gaelic football is on stopping the opposition from scoring. Nearly every team – both county and club – play with an extra defender, which reduces the entertainment value greatly. Donegal, under Jim McGuinness, devised a method of playing (within the rules) that was never seen before in the history of the game. It was horrible to watch but it brought success in the shape of the county’s first Ulster Senior title in 19 years. If I was on the Rules Committee the first thing I would address is the ‘hand pass’ because it is destroying the game. The game is Gaelic football, not Gaelic handball. In nearly every championship game the number of hand passes exceeds the number of kicked passes by three to one – it is time to call a halt to this disease. I would make a new rule – that after three successive hand passes the ball must be kicked. This rule would transform the game and it would greatly reduce the amount of ‘blanket’ defences we have to put up with over the last year. I would make rules that would put more emphasis on attacking football. For every goal scored I would give four points and for every ball kicked over the bar from play outside the 45-metres line I would give two points. I would give any player who catches the ball in the air between the two 45-metre lines a mark like that is in the International Rules Series. I would allow kick-outs to be taken from the

CONTROL: Jesus and Mary Secondary School player Eoin Flynn with the ball as Shane Conlon (Coola Post Primary School) gives chase during last Friday’s Sligo Senior Secondary Schools final at Ballinode.

hand, which would speed up the game. I would allow frees to be taken from the hand but I would not allow any scores from these frees. For every All-Ireland Senior Championship game and Allianz Football fixture I would have a timekeeper and a clock visible to the fans. This would take great pressure off the referee and it would be much fairer to everybody because, at present, the time situation is a bit of a joke. The board goes up near the end of a game and it says that at least three minutes extra has to be played but the referee can add on more time if he sees fit, which can cause huge confusion. The method of timekeeping that I am suggesting is used in Ladies Gaelic Football and there is never any controversy in relation to the amount of time played. Take this year’s All-Ireland final and the freekick that won the game. From the time the free was awarded until it was kicked 55 seconds had elapsed. I don’t believe there is a need for a video referee as there are eight officials officiating at games and if they do their job properly there will be less controversy. I would abolish the ‘square ball’ rule because simply it cannot be enforced. Look back at this year’s All-Ireland Senior Championship where goals were wrongly disallowed. For two yellow cards I would sin bin the player for 10 minutes. If a player picks up six yellow cards over a number of games I would give him a two-match suspension. Gaelic Football, played properly, is as good as any game on this planet, but if it is allowed to continue the way it is at present then I fear for its future. I believe – or should I say I hope – that the Rules Committee will recommend the necessary changes, some of which are mentioned here, and that they will be passed at the next GAA Congress.

‘Tourlestrane man’ returns following week-long break ‘TOURLESTRANE Man’, one of the county champions’ iconic symbols, has been returned to the south Sligo club unharmed. The timber cut-out, pictured right, depicting a scaled-down Gaelic footballer wearing Tourlestrane’s familiar green-and-gold colours, was taken from its promiment position at Rhue crossroads on the Satur day before last. Made by the late Martin Brennan, one of the club’s cornerstones, and his family just before the 2009 county final against Eastern Harps – the ‘9’ on Tourlestrane Man refers to the number of Sligo Senior Championships then won by the club, they’ve since added two more. Fittingly, the mascot was returned to the club on the eve of the Martin Brennan Memorial Cup final (a hurling decider involving Tubbercurry and CooleraStrandhill) last Saturday evening at Tourlestrane. It is believed that a good-natured prank was behind Tourlestrane man’s week-long disappearance. Pictures posted on Facebook earlier this week gave clues as to its whereabouts, with sightings in north Sli go. Given the object’s huge sentimental value, especially to the Brennan family in Rhue, club offi cials were delighted at its safe return.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport GAELIC FOOTBALL: Sligo Secondary Schools Senior Championship

East Sligo teens are so Coola! Coola Post Primary win a third successive title as Enniscrone fall yet again in a decider GAA Football Sligo Secondary Schools Snr Final J&M Secondary School 1-9 Coola PPS 2-13


OOLA Post Primary School won a third successive Sligo Secondary Schools Senior Championship following their 2-13 to 1-9 defeat of Enniscrone’s Jesus and Mary Secondary School at IT Sligo’s GAA pitch in Ballinode last Friday night. Played under lights, this was the third meeting of these schools in the final of this competition and, just like the deciders of 2009 and 2010, the east Sligo teens proved much superior to their west Sligo counterparts. Although only two points clear at the interval, 0-7 to 0-5, the winners cranked things up several gears in the second-half and outscored their opponents 2-6 to 1-2. Dylan Edwards top-scored for Coola Post Primary School, supplying 1-7 (or eight of the winners’ 15 scores), while Jesus and Mary Secondary School’s sharpest finishers were the McDonnell brothers, Kevin and John, each of whom scored four points. Jesus and Mary Secondary School closed the margin to three points at one stage in the secondhalf but four points without reply from the winners in the closing stages confirmed that the silverware was returning – yet again – to east Sligo. Coola Post Primary School made the early running and led 0-4 to 0-1 with two of these four scores coming from Edwards. Team captain Hughie McGowan and Keith Candon were also on target with points. Kevin McDonnell’s influence was growing for the beaten finalists, who shot three unanswered points during their best period. McDonnell converted two frees to tie the scores at five points each. But further scores from Coola Post Primary Schools leading performers, Keith Candon and Dylan Edwards, left the holders clear, albeit by two scores, at half-time. Coola Post Primary School made a brilliant start to the second-half in what was a matchturning moment when Killian Torsney goaled from Candon’s long delivery into the Enniscrone secondary school’s goalmouth. Dylan Edwards’ 46th minute goal reasserted Coola Post Primary School’s dominance but 1-1 from Jesus and Mary Secondary School, the goal from substitute Luke Hanley and the point by Jonathan Conway, suggested a tense conclusion. But Coola Post Primary School’s strong response ensured they retained their title in style. Afterwards, Coola Post Primary School’s team captain, Hughie McGowan, was presented with the trophy by Stephen Carty, the Sligo GAA County Board’s coaching officer.

COOLA POST PRIMARY SCHOOL: Richard Johnston, Liam O’Rourke, Peter Flynn, Conor Merrick, James Mackey, Adrian McCann, Gavin McGowan, Hughie McGowan (0-1), Gerard Doyle, Liam Tuohy, Keith Candon (0-3), Kyle Carty, Dylan Edwards (1-7, 1f), Killian Torsney (1-1), Eoin Carroll (0-1) J&M SECONDARY SCHOOL, ENNISCRONE: Anthony Kilcullen, Gary Cawley, Keith Earlis, Keith Foody, Jason McGuinness, Martin Foody, Eoin Flynn, Cathal Mullaney, Kevin McDonnell (0-4, 2f), Cian Mulrooney, John McDonnell (0-4, 2f), Jonathan Conway (0-1), Darren Fitgerald, Ronan Caheny, Ciaran Duffy Sub used: Luke Hanley (1-0) Referee: John Griffin

FALL GUYS: Members of Coola Post Primary School’s Senior Gaelic football squad celebrate their title win last Friday under lights at Ballinode.

CUP HOLDER: Coola PPS captain Hughie McGowan with the trophy.

PRESENTATION: Stephen Carty (coaching officer, Sligo GAA County Board) presents the Sligo Secondary Schools Senior Cup to Hughie McGowan (captain, Coola Post Primary School). Pictures by Michael McGurrin

Pictures by Michael McGurrin

FINALISTS: The Jesus and Mary Secondary School Senior Gaelic football squad, runners-up in the Sligo Secondary Schools Senior Championship.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport JUNIORSSoccer SLIGO-LEITRIM LEAGUE: Weekly review Tables

READY TO KICK-OFF: Prior to the start of last Sunday's Sligo-Leitrim Division One game between St John's FC and Carrick at Sligo Astro Centre (all-weather 3G pitch) were the respective team captains, Mark Rooney (St John's) and Michael Corrigan (Carrick Town) and match referee, Irma Mulvihill.

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

L 0 1 3 2 1 2 3 4 7 7 7 8

F 25 20 31 18 20 27 18 23 19 17 12 4

A 5 12 7 17 9 13 14 21 30 30 38 38

Pts 21 20 18 17 15 14 13 13 6 6 1 1

P W D 9 6 2 Boyle Celtic Reserves 7 6 1 Calry Bohs Kilglass-Enniscrone United 10 5 2 8 4 3 Dromore Villa 10 3 3 MCR FC 6 3 2 Real Tubber 7 3 2 Cartron United 8 3 2 Gurteen Celtic 7 2 2 Ballygawley Celtic 8 1 1 Chaffpool United 8 1 0 Merville United 8 0 2 Coolaney United

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

F 23 17 25 21 20 23 15 16 11 11 8 7

A 11 4 19 14 26 7 8 16 16 19 36 21

Pts 20 19 17 15 12 11 11 11 8 4 3 2

L 0 3 1 2 4 5 6

F 36 29 23 26 33 17 14

A 8 17 12 21 20 31 27

Pts 25 19 19 18 13 10 7

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


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

P 9 10 8 8 9 9 9

W D 8 1 6 1 6 1 6 0 4 1 3 1 2 1

Results Games played on Sunday, November 20 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE City United 2, Boyle Celtic 1; Cliffoney Celtic 3, Aughanagh Celtic 4; Coolera Rovers 3, Quayside Rovers 0; Manor Rangers 0, Yeats United 0; Strand Celtic 1, Ballisodare United 4 SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic Reserves 5, MCR FC 4; Ballygawley Celtic 2, Gurteen Celtic 0; Chaffpool United 6, Merville United 0; Kilglass-Enniscrone United 1, Coolaney United 0; Real Tubber 2, Cartron United 2 CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Aclare Celtic 0, Glenview Stars 4; Benbulben FC P Strand Celtic Reserves P; St John’s FC 4, Carrick Town 2 Games played on Sunday, November 20 FAI JUNIOR CUP Third Round Carbury FC 5, St John’s, Roscommon 1; Ballymote Celtic 2, Ballymoe FC 1

Fixtures Saturday, November 26 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic v City United (8pm) Sunday, November 27 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Aughanagh Celtic v Cliffoney Celtic; Quayside Rovers v Coolera Rovers; Yeats United v Manor Rangers SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Ballygawley Celtic v Boyle Celtic Reserves; Calry Bohs v Kilglass-Enniscrone United; Cartron United v Gurteen Celtic; Chaffpool United v Dromore Villa; Merville United v Coolaney United; Real Tubber v MCR FC CLEARY LANDSCAPES AND PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Games start at 11am Aclare Celtic v Benbulben FC; Glenview Stars v Strand Celtic Reserves; Leitrim Villa v Carrick Town Sunday, November 27 FAI JUNIOR CUP Fourth Round Ballymote Celtic v Carbury FC (2pm); Ballisodare United v Castlerea Celtic (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.


City slickers punish title rivals Boyle I N last Sunday’s Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League, former champions City United returned to the top of the standings following their 2-1 home defeat of fellow title challengers, Boyle Celtic. Ahead of their trip to Sean Fallon Park, the north Roscommon side were the Super League leaders and when given a 1-0 lead thanks to Conor McPadden’s 17th minute goal they appeared on course for another valuable win. They held this lead until three minutes from half-time when Keith Nibbs slotted home the equaliser. At one goal each, Boyle Celtic were still in a favourable position but the concession of a needless penalty after 65 minutes handed the initiative to their opponents. Gary Rooney converted the spot-kick to give City United the win – their seventh victory in seven games – and they currently top the Super League, one point clear of Coolera Rovers and three ahead of Boyle Celtic.

Aughanagh Celtic were 4-3 winners away against Cliffoney Celtic at Mullaghmore. Alan Harrison scored twice and Jason Brennan added a third for the home side, but Aughanagh Celtic replied with strikes from the lethal Shane King, Paul McTiernan, Kevin Barry and fleetfooted Stephen Craig. Quayside Rovers failed to field against Coolera Rovers – the latter were given a 3-0 win, while Quayside Rovers were fined 100 euros and issued with a severe caution. Bottom side Manor Rangers and Yeats United played out a scoreless encounter at Manorhamilton’s Bee Park. Ballisodare United were 4-1 winners against Strand Celtic last Sunday. Kevin O’Hara scored twice – the second of which was a beauty – Conor Davey added the third and Trevor Henry also score. Gary Melly pulled one goal back for a struggling Strand Celtic, who’ve yet to win in eight games this season.


Villa put pressure on the leaders IN the Sligo Pallets Premier League, leaders Boyle Celtic Reserves maintained their charge for glory at Celtic park on Saturday night – under lights – but they had the rub of the green in their 5-4 defeat of MCR FC. Dermot Beggan was ‘Player of the Match’ for Boyle Celtic with a four-goals tally along with a David Conroy special. MCR had a hat-trick hero in Andrew Tiernan and a Johnny Gilligan goal to boot, yet the real excitement happened 20 minutes from time when Martin Mullen received his marching orders. Boyle Celtic – down to 10 men – were on the rack but a penalty miss from MCR eventually gave Boyle Celtic three golden points, but MCR pushed them to the limit. Last Saturday night Ballygawley Celtic also added to local Junior soccer history after winning the very first competitive Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League game played on the newly-appointed astro turf 3G pitch at Cleveragh.

Ballygawley Celtic were 2-0 winners against Gurteen Celtic. Adrian Egan and Dwayne Kelly were on the mark for Ballygawley Celtic, who created another bit of history when Paddy Dunne was sent off and the resulting penalty was saved by Martin McKeogh. Chaffpool United blasted Merville United 6-0. There was a hat-trick for Colm Henry, John Feeney scored twice and Paul Kerins also scored. Brendan Byron’s cracking 25th minute strike gave Kilglass-Enniscrone United a 1-0 win at home against Coolaney United. This result keeps the west Sligo side three points behind the leaders. Real Tubber were held in a 2-2 draw by Cartron United. The home side were coasting after goals from ace marksman Hughie Marren and a Stephen Bradley penalty put them 2-0 ahead, but Cartron United fought back and a double strike from Kevin Buckley earned them a priceless point.


St John’s win an historic fixture LAST Sunday morning’s Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One schedule saw St John’s and Carrick Town make history when, for the first time ever, a Sligo club played a Leitrim side in a competitive fixture on astro turf surface – the all-weather pitch at Cleveragh. St John’s FC won 4-2. Brian Harris, ‘Player of the Match’, opened the scoring for St John’s but after 35 minutes it was all square when Carrick Town’s Stephen Sirle bagged his 10th of the campaign. Carrick Town went 2-1 up shortly after the restart with a converted penalty from Niall Comerton. St John’s equalied 20 minutes from time when David Rooney crashed home a glorious free-kick. Shane Stenson proved St John’s super sub when he scored two goals to give the ‘home’ side a vital win – a result that keeps them top of Division One, six points clear of Strand Celtic Reserves. Last Sunday’s game was officiated by high-ranking female referee, Irma Mulvihill. Elsewhere in Division One, Glenview Stars were 4-0 winners away against Aclare Celtic. Goals from Gino O’Boyle, Clive Brennan, James Gorman and John Gaffney meant Glenview Stars took the points and kept a clean sheet.


Local sides excel IN last Sunday’s Sligo-Leitrim/Roscommon section of the FAI Junior Cup, which is sponsored by UMBRO, Sligo-Leitrim Super League champions Carbury FC were 5-1 winners against St John’s (Roscommon) at Forthill. Nigel Hargadon’s hat-trick plus a goal each from Stephen Wallace and Kieran Brick did the damage. Meanwhile, Ballymote Celtic were 2-1 winners at Brother Walfrid Park against Ballymoe FC. Niall Brennan and Conor Meehan netted for the winners. The next round of games has thrown up an intriguig all-local tie as Super League rivals Ballymote Celtic and Carbury FC will square off at Ballymote next Sunday. Ballisodare United host Castlerea Celtic.


SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport SLIGORRovers



Gannon &McNamara are in the hunt T

HERE was one game played last week in Division One of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-Side Astro League. Last Friday at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds, Gannon & McNamara Electrical overcame Abbott Ireland 3-0 to remain very much in the hunt for the title. Gannon & McNamara Electrical are five points off the leaders, Riverstown, with a game in hand. The winners’ goals came from Eric Morrow (2) and David Martyn.



Astroturf league in the north-west

Results Games played on Wednesday, November 16 SOCRATES HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS CUP Quarter-finals Riverstown 1, Fiddlers Creek 1 (Riverstown won 12-11 on sudden death penalties); IT Sligo 1, PSO 3

SRFC Reserves stay unbeaten LEADERS SRFC Reserves picked up their fifth win (from six games) last Friday in the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two. Kevin Egan’s hat-trick and another goal from the section’s top scorer Neal Hayes (his seventh of the campaign) gave unbeaten SRFC Reserves a comfortable win. Marcin Targonski scored a consolation goal for Durkin’s.


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

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

L F A 0 11 4 1 13 6 1 8 4 1 6 5 2 3 8 2 2 5 4 3 14

Pts 18 17 13 13 10 8 8

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

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

L F A Pts 1 19 9 21 0 14 5 18 1 8 8 15 2 10 5 14 6 7 18 10 3 9 13 9 4 4 13 6

NOTE: Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and one point for a loss. DON’T forget you can catch up on previews, re views and interviews from the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League on its own YouTube channel – just search for ‘Sligo Rovers Astro Turf TV’.

Games played on Friday, November 18 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Abbott Ireland 0, Gannon & McNamara Electrical 3 MCCULLAGH CARPENTRY DIVISION TWO SRFC Reserves 4, Durkin’s Pub 1; Lang’s Bar P Hargadon’s (Calry) P

Marathon series of spot-kicks needed to separate rivals THE remaining two quarter-finals of this season’s Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup were played last Wednesday and the first of these proved to a real epic encounter! Riverstown overcame Fiddlers Creek 1211 on sudden death penalties – to set up a potential cracker against the holders, Sligo Plumbing & Heating, in the semi-final – after the sides couldn’t be separated at the end of normal time. In this clash of the top two in Division One, Glen Shannon gave Fiddlers the lead with Colin Burke equalising for Riverstown. It was 1-1 at full-time. After a marathon session of spot-kicks, Noel McKenna got the winning kick for Riverstown after Mark Rooney’s effort for Fiddlers came back off the crossbar. The other quarter-final was a tamer affair – PSO beat IT Sligo 3-1. Daniel Lang scored twice for PSO and Stuart Farren was also on target. Vivian Kinsella netted a late goal for IT Sligo. SOCRATES HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS CUP Semi-finals Gannon & McNamara Electrical v PSO; Riverstown v Sligo Plumbing & Heating NOTE: Semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, December 7 and the final goes ahead the following Friday, December 9.



Wednesday, November 23 Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Sligo Plumbing & Heating v Abbott Ireland (7pm); Fiddlers Creek v Gannon & McNamara Electrical (8pm); PSO v Garda Siochana Sligo (9pm)

Wednesday, November 30 Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Durkin’s Pub v IT Sligo (7pm); Killinaskully Wanderers v SRFC Reserves (8pm); Coolaney Celts v Hargadon’s (Calry) (9pm)

Friday, November 25 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 Lang’s Bar (7pm); Killinaskully Wanderers v IT Sligo (8pm); Hargadon’s (Calry) v Durkin’s Pub (9pm)

Friday, December 2 Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Riverstown v Abbott Ireland (7pm); Garda Siochana Sligo v Fiddlers Creek (8pm); Sligo Plumbing & Heating v Gannon & McNamara Electrical (9pm)

SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE TOP SCORERS Division One FIVE GOALS: Barry McLoughlin (Fiddlers Creek) FOUR GOALS: Noel McKenna (Riverstown) THREE GOALS: Eric McMorrow (Gannon & McNamara) TWO GOALS: Graham Kelly, David Martyn (Gannon & McNamara); Barry McLoughlin, Mark Rooney (Fiddlers Creek), Anthony Henneberry (Sligo Plumbing & Heating) ONE GOAL: Gavin O’Dwyer, Michael McNamara, Jim Sheridan (Sligo Plumbing & Heating); Trevor Sweeney, Glen Hargadon, Daniel Lang (PSO); Ian Rossiter, Paul Masterson, Glen Shannon (Fiddlers Creek); Colm Burke, Mark Tuohy, Keith McMorrow, Frank Quinn, Johnny Kenny, Chris Richardson, Owen O’Donohoe (Riverstown); Conor Scanlon, Jason McGuinness, Darren Adams (Abbott Ireland); Paddy Conlon (Gannon & McNamara), Conor Jordan (Garda Siochana Sligo) McCullagh Carpentry Division Two SEVEN GOALS: Neal Hayes (SRFC Reserves) FIVE GOALS: Brendan Lowry (Hargadon’s); Kevin Egan (SRFC Reserves) FOUR GOALS: Trevor McGuinn (Coolaney Celts) THREE GOALS: Declan Benson (Durkin’s Pub); Peter Toner, Shane Feeney (Lang’s Bar); Brian Murphy, Daniel McDonagh (Killinaskully Wanderers); Alan Williams, Kevin Egan (SRFC Reserves) TWO GOALS: Ollie Brady (Coolaney Celts); Archie Forde, Colm McGee (Killinaskully Wanderers); Paul O’Reilly (IT Sligo); Marcin Targonski (Durkin’s Pub) ONE GOAL: Paul Powell, Damien McSharry, Ronan O’Hara, Andy Logue, Aaron Walsh (Hargadon’s); Jason McNulty, John Cooke (Killinaskully Wanderers), Michéal Ó Domhnaill, Philip O’Donnell, Chris Peyton (Lang’s Bar); Daniel Furey, Andrew Petit (IT Sligo); Martin Farrell, Neil Jones (Coolaney Celts); Kenneth Appleby (Durkin’s Pub); Ciaran Brennan, Niall O’Hara, Alan O’Dowd (SRFC Reserves) Note: League goals only

ALFIE’SBBarbershop Player of the Week

A GOALIE’S LIFE: Abbott Ireland net-minder Steven McNulty after conceding a goal last Friday. TUSSLE: Action from the meeting of SRFC Reserves and Durkin’s Pub.

HIS BALL: Stephen Coen (Gannon & McNamara).

DANIEL LANG Team Pension Services Office, Sligo What did he do Lang was instrumental in his side’s 3-1 win against IT Sligo in the quarter-finals of the Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup. He scored with two well-taken shots either side of half time and also helped set up PSO’s third goal, which was scored by Stuart Farren.

FAI Cup visits

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SligoWeekender November 22, 2011

Sport Rovers season tickets on sale SLIGO Rovers’ season tickets for the 2012 season are now available. Tickets are on sale at a special ‘early bird’ rate until December 24 (see rates below). These season tickets entitle the bearer admission to all home Airtricity League games in the 2012 season but are not valid for any cup (FAI Ford Cup, EA SPORTS Cup, Setanta Sports Cup) or European matches (UEFA Europa League qualifiers). These fees represent great value for all supporters wishing to follow Sligo Rovers in the 2012 season. A Sligo Rovers season ticket would also make the perfect Christmas present for any loved one. Sligo Rovers gift vouchers are also available, which can also be used towards the cost of season tickets.

Season tickets can be purchased from any member of the club’s Management Committee or from a variety of outlets in Sligo and the north-west. For further information please contact Sligo Rovers on 071-9171212 or check out SLIGO ROVERS FC SEASON TICKETS 2012 Prices adults, €200; students/OAPS (with valid ID), €120; secondary school students, €100 Outlets Tansey’s Supermarket, Gurteen; Gillespie Sports, Tubbercurry; Tighe’s, Ballymote; Collery’s, Beltra; Greenan Electrical, Boyle; John Lowe, Carrickon-Shannon; Gerry Kenny Sports, Ballina; JAKO Teamsport, Markievicz Road Sligo, Barton Smith Sports, Sligo; Colleary’s Menswear, Sligo; Keaney’s Bookshop, Sligo.

YOUTHSSoccer Results


Games played on Saturday, November 19 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Ballygawley Celtic P Benbulben FC Black P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-12 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Group One Strand Celtic White 1, Ballisodare United 2 Group Two Kilglass-Enniscrone United 0, Carrick Town 4; Arrow Harps 6, Strand Celtic Green 1 Group Three Ballymote Celtic P Merville United P; Benbulben FC P St John’s P Group Four Real Tubber 6, Gurteen Celtic 3; Yeats United 0, Boyle Celtic 5 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-14 LEAGUE Sponsored by The Sligo Champion Group One Arrow Harps 2, Real Tubber 6; Ballymote Celtic 3, Boyle Celtic 2; Merville United 2, Carrick Town 7; Strand Celtic White P Ballisodare United P Group Two Dromore Villa 9, St John’s 2; Calry Bohs NR Valley Rovers (no result); Kilglass-Enniscrone United 1, Gurteen Celtic 2; Yeats United 4, Manor Rangers 3 Sligo-Leitrim Boys U-16 League Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportswear Group One St John’s 2, Ballymote Celtic 1; Strand Celtic White 4, Carrick Town 2; Merville United 2, Boyle Celtic 0 Group Two Strand Celtic Green 0, Merville United 5; Gurteen Celtic P Manor Rangers P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportswear Gurteen Celtic P Benbulben FC P

Saturday, November 26 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Arrow Harps v Valley Rovers (11am) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-12 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Group Three Ballymote Celtic v Merville United (11am) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-13 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Yeats United v St John’s (1pm); Real Tubber v Benbulben FC (11am); Merville United v Boyle Celtic (11am); Manor Rangers v Strand Celtic (1pm); Ballygawley Celtic v Ballisodare United (11am) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-15 LEAGUE Sponsored by The Sligo Champion Benbulben FC v Ballymote Celtic (11am); Ballygawley Celtic v Ballisodare United (12.30pm); Coolaney United v Yeats United (1pm) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-17 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Strand Celtic v Coolaney United (11am); Manor Rangers v Ballygawley Celtic (2.45pm); Yeats United v Real Tubber (2.45pm); Benbulben FC v Kilglass-Enniscrone United (2.45pm) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Gurteen Celtic v St John’s (11am); Coolaney United v Strand Celtic (2.30pm)

Results Games played on Saturday, November 19 SFAI BOYS U-15 TROY CUP Temple Villa 3, Ballisodare United 1 SFAI BOYS U-16 CUP Real Tubber 2, Roscommon Town 1 FAI BOYS U-19 INTER-LEAGUE CUP Donegal 2, Sligo-Leitrim 2

Fixtures Sunday, November 27 CONNACHT BOYS U-16 CUP Corofin United v Merville United (2pm) Monday, November 28 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Boyle Celtic v Coolaney United (7pm)

New season on a new pitch at Cleveragh Sligo T

HE 2011-2012 Sligo Astro League kicked-off on the new 3G all-weather surface last Monday night at Cleveragh’s Sligo Astro Centre with three very exciting games. Two newcomers to this recreational soccer competition – Mickey Macs from Tubbercurry and Fowley’s Bar, Dromahair – opened the night’s action. Barry McDonagh scored a goal in each half for Mickey Macs to secured a 2-0 win in a hard-fought encounter. In the second game, last year runners-up K&M Celtic beat The Glasshouse Hotel 1-0 in what proved a very close game. Paul Henry netted the game’s only goal with a great finish after 10 minute. The third game of the first night of the Sligo Astro League saw Connolly’s Bar and International serve up a cracker. International won 2-1 with a late strike from Marke Paluszkiewicz, after Johnny Kenny scored the goal of the night to cancel out Lukasz Jaroniewski’s first-half strike. Last Wednesday there were three games played. Coolera House defeating Donegan’s Bar 3-1. Donegan’s Bar hit an early goal through Brendan Mackey. Ransboro outfit Coolera House

ASTRO League

equalised – against the run of play – through Mike Schoen and then Rory O’Connor put them 2-1 up. Another Mike Schoen strike had them 3-1 up at half-time. Donegan’s Bar dominated the second-half and had two great chances to get on the score-sheet, but didn’t take them. In Wednesday’s second game, The Miller’s Inn held champions Town & County to a thrilling 0-0 draw. The Miller’s Inn had a couple of great chances in the first-half and Barry Gilhooley’s penalty was saved by Kevin Lee. Town & County got more of a grip on proceedings as the game progressed. The second-half was endto-end and both teams really went for the win. With the last kick of the game Town & County were awarded a penalty, but Gareth Blake’s strike

was brilliantly saved by David Killoran to keep matters scoreless. Finally, newcomers STSG were 2-1 winners over Moran’s Bar thanks to a goal in each half. Moran’s Bar halved the deficit with a goal in the last 10 minutes but it came too later to alter the outcome.

Results SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week One Fowley’s Bar 0, Mickey Macs 2; K&M Celtic 1, The Glasshouse Hotel 0; Connolly’s Bar 1, International 2; The Club Bar P Shenanigan’s P; STSG 2, Moran’s Bar 1; Coolera House 3, Donegan’s Bar 1; Miller’s Inn 0, Town & County 0

Fixtures Monday, November 28 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Three The Club Bar v Town & County (7pm); K&M Celtic v STSG (8pm); Shenanigan’s v Miller’s Inn (9pm); Mickey Macs v International (10pm) Wednesday, November 30 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Three Coolera House v Connolly’s Bar (8pm); The Glasshouse Hotel v Moran’s Bar (9pm); Fowley’s Bar v Donegan’s Bar (10pm) NOTE: Games take place at Sligo Astro Centre, Cleveragh.

Fixtures Saturday, November 26 CONNACHT BOYS U-12 SHIELD Boyle Celtic v Shiven Rovers (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-14 CUP Achill Rovers v Ballymote Celtic*; Galway Hibs v Boyle Celtic (2pm) *To be confirmed CONNACHT BOYS U-16 CUP Roscommon Town v Ballymote Celtic* *To be confirmed SFAI BOYS U-12 CUP Tuam Celtic v Gurteen Celtic (2pm) SFAI BOYS U-14 CUP Salthill Devon v Ballisodare United (2pm) SFAI BOYS U-15 TROY CUP Arrow Harps v Strand Celtic (12.15pm) FAI BOYS U-19 INTER-LEAGUE CUP Sligo-Leitrim v Inishowen (IT Sligo soccer pitch, 2pm)

JUNIOR SOCCER: See page 76

Clubs asked to stick to procedures THE procedure for representative squad trials and training in the Sligo-Leitrim Youth, Schoolboys & Schoolgirls League has been clarified. Parents have been asked not to put forward their children for trials as this is the sole responsibility of the players’ respective coaches. “Any players that are to be invited to train [with Sligo-Leitrim squads] have to be nomi nated by respective club managers – not by the parent of the child,” said FAI Regional Development Officer, Ray Casey, who oversees these squads. “Players identified by Sligo-Leitrim talent scouts shall also be invited in to training, but only players that appear in squad lists that are circulated amongst clubs and published in local media are to attend training,” he


stressed. “If any clubs or team managers want to send players in for Sligo-Leitrim training in whatever age group they have to firstly con tact myself or the respective manager of the particular squad on the Thursday before the training session,” Casey added. THE Sligo-Leitrim U-16 squad player assessment for the 2011-2012 season will be held at IT Sligo, Ballinode this coming Thursday, November 25 (8.45pm) and Thursday week, December 2 (8.45pm). Team managers in the Sligo-Leitrim Youth, Schoolboys & Schoolgirls League who wish to nominate a player – or players – for these trials should contact team manager Darren Hurd on 0872893009. Players should not attend without having first been registered by their club manager.

DUEL: Gerry Moore (Carrick Town) and David Rooney (St John’s FC, Carraroe) contest possession during their sides’ Sligo-Leitrim Division One clash that took place at Sligo Astro Centre’s revamped all-weather 3G pitch at Cleveragh.

Sligo-Leitrim League will use plush surface THERE are special rates for teams from the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League that wish to use the new 3G all-weather playing surface at Sligo Astro Centre, Cleveragh. Official Sligo-Leitrim fixtures can take place at this venue – which is ad jacent to the Sligo Regional Sports Centre – as the pitch was recently awarded an interim license by the Football Association of Ireland.

Two Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League fixtures have already taken place using this floodlit pitch – last Friday’s Premier League clash of Ballygawley Celtic and Gurteen Celtic as well as last Sunday’s Division One meeting of St John’s and Carrick Town. The Sligo-Leitrim representative squad will use this pitch for training (every Friday from this Friday, Novem ber 25, onwards).

Local clubs Merville United and St John’s FC will be using this pitch for training purposes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings respectively. All monies payable prior to game/training/usage at the Sligo Regional Sports Centre reception. Clubs may pre-book training/games – contact Noel M Kennedy for information. The pitch is open seven days a week for bookings (9am-11pm, daily).


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Talks ongoing as Rovers look to sign players for 2012 Brian McHugh INTENSE behind-the-scenes moves are in place at The Showgrounds as Sligo Rovers continue their efforts to build a first team squad for next season. However, they will be without the services of former captain Richie Ryan who has gone to Scottish club Dundee United where he has been offered a two-and-half-year contract. Talks started last Wednesday with the bulk of

the players and are still ongoing. Club Promotions Officer Keith O’Dwyer yesterday [Monday] said: “The vibes we are getting are fairly positive. The talks will continue this week. We would be hopeful that the first few signings will be announced by the end of this week.” He also confirmed that manager Paul Cook has spoken to a few players who had featured with other clubs in this year’s Airtricity League with a view to signing them. However, Daryl Horgan, who was on loan with

Cork City, is likely to remain with the southern side. “Cork City have made an approach to Rovers with a view to signing him. That’s been negotiated at the moment,” O’Dwyer said. Another player who had been playing elsewhere is coming back to The Showgrounds. Local Mark McGoldrick was on loan to Finn Harps, but he is back now in Sligo. Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers players and officials continue their tour with the coveted FAI Ford Cup. Yesterday [Monday] they were at Owenbeg NS in

Easkey, St Joseph’s Special School in Ballytivnan and St Attracta’s Community School in Tubbercurry. The FAI Ford Cup is back in Tubbercurry today [Tuesday] for visits to Holy Family NS and Drimnagh NS. On Thursday the first venue is Rathcormac NS before heading east to Geevagh. Friday night sees the trophy going west for a function in Easkey. And to round off the latest week of touring, the FAI Ford Cup will be on show at a craft fair in Skreen.

SOCCER: Sligo Rovers bring the FAI Ford Cup to local primary schools ROVERS BRING MERCY: FAI Ford Cup winners Rafael Cretaro and Joseph Ndo last week brought the trophy to Sligo town’s Our Lady of Mercy Primary School, Pearse Road.

CUP ON TOUR: Pictured are Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook, Sligo Rovers Club Promotions Officer Keith O’Dwyer along with the FAI Ford Cup – retained by Sligo Rovers earlier this month – and pupils and staff of Mary Immaculate Girls National School, Collooney.


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