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Judge tells family not to take law into their hands By Gerry McLaughlin


DISTRICT court judge has made a memorable preChristmas plea to a Sligo family not to give in to thoughts of revenge for their murdered brother. In an eloquent address, Judge Kevin P Kilrane told five members of the Smith family from Cranmore that thoughts of vengeance would only “eat you up and land you in prison”. He added that he was not going to tolerate “jungle law”.

Sam Smith (23) was shot in the stomach when he opened the door of his sister’s home in Carroll Drive. Cranmore on December 30, 2005. His killer has never been brought to justice. “I hope whoever is responsible for this is caught and is put away,” said the judge. “I know that you may feel that the justice system has not been to your benefit up to now. “I have every sympathy with how you feel, but justice has a way of catching up. “You must not allow your thirst


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for revenge to destroy you. “And defence lawyers could portray you as bitter vengeful people at any future trial if you allow yourselves to be consumed by thoughts of revenge.” The judge said he understood the emotion that lay behind threats the family made to innocent victim Leslie Lynch who was assaulted by Margaret Smith, McNeill Drive, Cranmore. but said he was not going to tolerate “jungle law”.

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Recession-hit families seek food and fuel RECESSION-HIT families in Sligo are appealing to charities for food and fuel as they find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. One member of St Vincent de Paul told the Sligo Weekender this week that in the 35 years he has been with the charity he said never seen the situation so bad. More and more people are coming to them for

assistance, many of them for the first time, as they find themselves in dire straits. Food and fuel are the most requested items as people struggle to pay their bills. An SVP member said that many people are trying to keep paying their mortgages to hold on to their houses but that is often at the expense of the electricity

bill or money for oil or coal. In some cases it means cutting back on food. A similar story is reported by Sligo Social Services who also expect a busy run-up to Christmas. “This year we can see it already, it’s going to be busier than previous years. “It’s getting more difficult for people to

make ends meet and there is no doubt that this Christmas is going to be a very different experience for many,” she warned. But at a time when they need more money to be able to help all those in need, both charities are finding that the recession is htting their incomes.

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STAYING WARM: Jean Rooney and little Abbi Fritz were cuddling up to keep out the cold in Quay Street on Sunday as the Christmas lights were switched on in Sligo town. Find out more on pages 4 and 6. Picture by Michael McGurrin


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Judge’s warning to family Continued from page 1 Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern said earlier that everybody in the court knew of the history between his client Margaret Smith’s family and another named family. Mr McGovern said his client accepted that Leslie Lynch had nothing to do with the history between the families. Margaret Smith earlier admitted assaulting Ms Lynch at the supermarket in Dunnes Stores Supermarket, Cranmore on April The judge initially jailed Ms Smith for a week as he was not happy with the sincerity of her apology to the vic-

tim. As the defendant was led away, her brother and three sister told gardai that they, the gardai, might have to keep a watch on Ms Lynch’s house, as their sister was brought across the street to the garda station. Judge Kilrane later asked for the matter to be reviewed. Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern said his client was under a lot of pressure and had not got over the murder of her younger brother Sam Smith. She had been on medication and was getting her life back together and was doing charity work. He said that everybody in the court knew there

was a history between her family and a named family. But his client accepted that Ms Lynch had nothing to do with their alleged grievance. The solicitor added that members of his client’s family had been attacked as part of the background between her family and the named family. Two individuals had been jailed for the attack. Judge Kilrane ordered Margaret Smith to apologise to the victim, who was not present when the court resumed. “Do you mean it?” asked the judge. “I do” said the defendant. The judge also warned her four family members

of the consequences of threatening to take the law into their own hands. He accepted the threats had been made “in the heat of the moment”. Inspector Gerry Connolly accepted the apology on behalf of the victim. Ms Lynch told the court earlier that Margaret Smith had struck her in the jaw during a confrontation. Ms Smith told the court that she had been about to ask the victim about an incident between their children. Following his address, Judge Kevin Kilrane applied the Probation Act to the defendant.

Sea returns whale while the locals want it put on wheels T

HE body of the first ever fin whale to be washed up in Sligo has returned to the beach after having made a brief excursion back out to sea. It was reclaimed by the sea on Thursday night last after lying stranded on the shore at Raughley for four days. But over the weekend the waves returned it to the strand. The 12 metres (almost 40 feet) long mammal was found beached on the north Sligo shore on Monday following rough conditions at sea the night before. It is the first record of a fin whale recorded in County Sligo. Fin whales are second in size only to Blue whales, which are the largest animals in the world. Sligo County Council had been considering

how best to dispose of the remains while suggestions had been made locally to try and preserve the skeleton. One suggestion was that when preserved it might be put on display locally or be mounted on wheels and brought around schools. This specimen measured just over 12 metres and was reckoned to be a juvenile. Adult fin whales can grow to over 20 metres (65 feet). Tests carried out by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and a team from NUI Galway suggested that the whale had not been dead long when washed up. It showed some signs of malnourishment and the body also bore marks believed to have been caused by being battered against the rocks.

A North Sligo resident inspects the fin whale carcass.

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Receiver seeks planning A COMPANY now in receivership is applying for planning permission to build 17 houses in Coolaney. Lynott Developments Limited (in Receivership) are applying to Sligo County Council for planning permission to construct the houses at the Woodstream housing estate. Planning permission had previously been granted, for 13 of them in 2004 and the other four in 2006 but they were never built. The houses are a mix of three detached 4 bedroom, 2 storey houses, six 4 bedroom semi-detached and eight 4 bedroom, 2 storey detached houses.

Debut show for new arts space YOUNG actors and artists have been working hard with three professionals to create the debut production for "The Nest", at Custom House Quay (beside Lower Quay Street) on Saturday, December 6. Film-maker Niall Flynn, actor and theatre producer Fiona McGeown and visual artist Jerusha Vahghan have been working with the young members of "Branching Out" to create this show in the form of promenade theatre The doors for this event open at 6pm on Saturday and will remain open until 8pm. The public is encouraged to come along. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

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Sligo’s best showcased in Dublin A

LL that’s best about Sligo was highlighted at a promotional event in Dublin held on Wednesday last. The Team Sligo group showcased innovation and business collaboration in Sligo. The aim of the event was to promote Sligo as an ideal location for new, expanding and relocating businesses. Sligo Chamber president Gerry Moore outlined the aim of the event, which was held in Kildare Street. He said: “This is an opportunity to promote Sligo as an ideal location for new, expanding and relocating businesses. “The briefing highlighted current developments in both enterprise and tourism and provided a platform for supporting future developments in Sligo”. He said the organisers hope the promotion will build on and strengthen the relationship with the Sligo Diaspora in Dublin The panel of speakers lined up for the event included Minister John Perry, Julie Callaghan Associate Director Equinoxe AIS, and Damien Devaney of Team Sligo. Many of Sligo Chamber’s Board

members including Mr. Moore have been heavily involved in Team Sligo since its beginning. Set up in 2009, Team Sligo’s primary objective is that by 2014 County Sligo will be Ireland’s most improved destination in terms of visitor numbers. Mr. Moore said: “It will be driven as the most admired destination brand in Ireland due to its innovation, appeal and grassroots integration as measured by Failte Ireland and Millard Brown”. He said that in June of this year and again in October, Team Sligo Tourism launched a national tourism marketing campaign. The Tourism Brand was financed by Fáilte Ireland and the promotion of that brand was financed through a combination of public agencies such as Fáilte Ireland, the Local Authorities with matching contributions from the private sector. “It is a new initiative that seeks to harness the many excellent individual projects currently or previously conducted into a more joined up approach for tourism in County Sligo,” said Mr. Moore.

Colourful panto gets underway

THE Coolera Panto opened in the Hawk's Well Theatre on Wednesday last with all its colour and characters. This year's panto produc-

tion is "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and it will continue at the Hawk's Well Theatre until December 17. If you haven't bought

tickets for the show yet, you still can from the Hawk's Well box office on 071-9161518 or from

Man on rape charge denied bail A POLISH national who is charged with the rape of a female in the Crozon area was denied bail at last week’s sitting of the district court. Judge Kevin Kilrane turned down the bail

application from defence solicitor Eamon Creed after it was revealed that the surety in court was not unknown to the gardai. The Polish national is charged with

raping the woman on November 18 in a case brought by garda David Hannigan. He was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown court at a later date.


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Flaming van and a narrow escape By Gerry McLaughlin


ARDAI are investigating the background to a van bursting into flames in Dromore West and a near fatal road traffic accident in the Beltra/Lugawarra areas over the weekend. The night skies of Dromore West lit up after a van mysteriously erupted in flames on Saturday night. The first shocking incident happened in the sleepy west Sligo village between 9.30 and 10 pm on Saturday night. Patrons were enjoying a social drink in the popular Rambling House and Still Bars when they were disturbed by a bang from a Transit van which was parked outside the Rambling House. Shocked patrons rushed out on the street from the bar and the neighbouring Still Bar and were confronted with a Transit van in flames. One eyewitness told the Sligo Weekender he thought the pub was under attack “I was just half way down my pint when I heard this mighty

bang. At first I thought we were under attack but it was coming from the main street. “I rushed out and there was this fine big van on fire. “Lucky enough, there was nobody in the van at the time but there was an unmerciful smell of burning rubber and the flames were eating their way through the van. “Lucky enough too, the law wasn’t too far away and An Garda Siochana and the Fire Brigade arrived on the scene. “It was a good thing that the gardai happened to be close at hand as situations like these can be very frightening. “But it is very sad for the poor people who owned the van. “Fortunately there were a few other vehicles in the area and I think they must have got lifts home.” Meanwhile a Polish national who cheated death in icy conditions in the Lugawarra/Beltra areas was found wandering on the road and picked by by a kindhearted west Sligo motorist. The Polish national’s Red Opel

Vectra skidded on icy conditions and slid around on the road in the above mentioned area around 5.15pm on Sunday evening. According to by-passers it was a miracle the man crawled clear from the single vehicle accident as his car was a total wreck. Gardai were quickly on the scene to investigate and traffic was backed up on the N59 Sligo/Ballina road. The man, who was covered in mud and wearing a yellow fluorescent jacket was later picked up by a motorist. The motorist said man was explaining how he had only bought the car recently and was hoping to get to Dromore West where he was later picked up by another party. “The poor devil, he was all muddy and a seemed a bit confused and I could not pass him on the road. “His English was only middling but he was very keen to get to Dromore West. “I dropped him off and he was picked up by a Mondeo car but he is a lucky man to have walked away from that accident.

WRAP UP WARM: 20-month-old Bláithín Crummy was dressed and ready for the cold weather on Sunday.

Christmas ‘switch on’ goes ahead despite bad weather HEAVY rain and occasional hailstones didn't stop hundreds getting into the Christmas spirit at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Quay Street on Sunday evening. Mayor Rosaleen O'Grady was joined by Santa Claus for the occasion as Sligo Chamber organised a street market and an artificial ice rink to mark the build up to the busiest period for shops and stores in the town. Kids got to try out the ice skating rink which was, thankfully, covered by a massive marquee

to protect the skaters from the worst of the showers outside. Outside, artist and street performer Cillian Rogers led a rag-tag bunch of acrobats through Quay Street entertaining the shoppers and the families who had braved the cold weather. The choir of Ransboro National School added to the spectacle of the occasion with some really colourful outfits while Strandhill barbershop chorus Tone Cold Sober sang some seasonal tunes on the steps of City Hall.

The Sligo Orpheus Choir also performed on the day, ahead of their Carols by Candlelight concert in The Dominican Friary on High Street this Sunday evening, December 11 at 8pm. The focal point was the switching on of lights on the 28ft high Christmas tree positioned outside City Hall. Sligo Chamber president Gerard Moore and his family were joined by Mayor O'Grady for the ceremony and simultaneously the lights throughout the town were switched on.


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News Aviva holdoff on job cuts until March AVIVA offices nationwide have been given a short reprieve after the firm agreed not to implement any job cuts before March of next year. The company announced plans to close down its 26 offices nationwide, which includes its Sligo office located in O'Connell Street, and implement 1,200 job cuts in Ireland over the next two years. However, after appeals from unions representing the workers, the healthcare and insurance company agreed to hold off any immediate job cuts until March. The company also said that no final decision on the closure of its entire network of 26 branches by next summer had been taken, and that Aviva will look at each branch on an individual basis. Trade union Unite are hopeful that some jobs can be saved.

Sligo Students take part in Movember

HAIR: Volunteers from IT Sligo Students' Union raise money for men's health by taking part in Movember. A GROUP of moustachioed volunteers from IT Sligo Students' Union have risen over â‚Ź1,000 from Men's Health. Ten volunteers in all have grown their moustaches for the month of November as part of an international campaign aimed at raising

awareness and funds for men's health. "It not forbidden to grow facial hair at the Students' Union, but it certainly was a break from the norm. It also created a lot of conversation and was a very effective way of getting people to talk about men's health," said Kevin

O'Grady, who is the Students' Union Vice President for welfare. Konrad Mulrennan, Students' Union Entertainments Officer said "A lot of people have stopped me around the college both students and staff and asked if I was growing my "mo" for

Movember and if I raised much money?" The group marked the end of Movember with a charity shave off in the Belfry last Thursday and managed to raise just over â‚Ź1,000. You can support the group by donating at

Christmas services CHRISTMAS services for the Church Of Ireland Sligo Cathedral group, in St John's, St Anne's and Rosses Point have been revealed. On, Sunday Dec 18 at 4 pm there is the Nativity and Carol Service with the children of the Sunday schools. On Christmas Eve, mass in Rosses Point at 11.30pm is the First Communion of Christmas. On Christmas Day, St John's will celebrate Holy Communion at 8.30am an Family Communion at 10.30am. Children can bring along their favourite toy to show at the later service. In St Anne's, Knocknarea, Family Communion takes place at 12 noon and again children are invited to bring along a toy. The following weekend, on Sunday, January 1, there is a united service for the Parish at 10.30am at St John's Cathedral. This is the only service on New Year's Day.


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Kelly the hero returns to illuminate Ballymote

ABOVE: Ciaran Kelly and Santa Claus shows off the FAI Ford Cup in Ballymote on Sunday (picture by Peter McParland). TOP LEFT: Ciaran hands over the gloves he used in the FAI Cup Final to Mayor Rosaleen O’Grady (picture by Michael McGurrin).

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HIS exploits in the 2010 FAI Cup Final led the Ballymote Chamber of Commerce to ask Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly to switch on the town's Christmas lights last year. And, with a repeat performance of his penaltysaving exploits last month, it

was only fitting for Sligo's legendary netminder to be invited back to the South Sligo town to once more flick the switch and welcome in the Christmas season. Despite the cold night, lots of families turned out to welcome Santa Claus and his guest

passenger to Ballymote on Sunday night, December 4. Santa and Ciaran handed out some sweets to the kids and Ciaran showed off the FAI Cup before switching on the lights. It was a busy Sunday the County Mayo native, who earlier had given the gloves he

wore in the FAI Cup Final to Mayor Rosaleen O'Grady and Sligo County Librarian Donal Tinney on the steps of City Hall. The gloves will be one of the exhibits for a sporting exhibition to be held in Sligo Museum in 2012.

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More properties in Sligo added to NAMA list More properties in County Sligo have been added to the list of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) “enforced properties”. Four more sets of properties in the county were added in the latest list published, which covers cases in which enforcement action in relation to debts was taken up to September 30. There are now a total of seven properties or groups of properties in the county on the NAMA list. These vary from one house or apartment to several homes in a development and in one case to a retail unit at a business park. NAMA makes it clear

There are now a total of seven properties or groups of properties in the county on the NAMA list on its website that by listing a specific property address, it does not represent that the entire of the property is subject to enforcement. It also points out that the fact that a property is listed on its website does not necessarily imply that that property is currently on the open market for sale.

NAMA was established in December 2009 as one of a number of initiatives taken to address the serious problems which arose in the banking sector as the result of excessive property lending. NAMA does not name people whose property The properties now listed on the NAMA

website are: A single residential unit at Abbeykillen, Lower Abbey St, Sligo, A number of residential units on Distillery Road, Lower Abbey St, Sligo. A single residential unit at Buttermarket, Quay St/Wine St, Sligo. A single retail unit at Collooney Business Park. All the above are not for sale at present. NAMA properties in Sligo which are for sale are (with auctioneers in brackets): A number of residential units at Woodstream, Coolaney. (Gunne Reynolds, Sligo) Certain units at The Meadows, Enniscrone (MacSharry Properties Limited).

Flanagan's stock to be sold off CREDITORS appointed David Carson of Deloitte as liquidator of furniture store chain Flanagan's of Buncrana Ltd, which is being wound up with debts of €8.4 million. The company has stores in Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Sligo and Wicklow. It ceased trading two weeks ago with the loss of 40 jobs. "We will be working now to sell off remaining stock and engaging with suppliers and creditors," said Mr Carson.


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News Hearing on bad bends CPO AN BORD Pleanala is to hold an oral hearing today, Tuesday, to hear objections of the compulsory purchase of land for realignment work at Ardloy on N4. The bends there are one of the most dangerous sections of the now infamous stretch of road from Cloonamahon to Castlebaldwin. The hearing by the planning appeals board will be held in the Southern Hotel in Sligo, starting at 10am. An Bord Pleanala is due to give its decision on Sligo County Council’s Compulsory Purchase Order due by February 15 next.

Sean seeks to become a ‘legend supporter’ L

IFELONG Coolera Strandhill GAA supporter Sean Sweeney got a free ride around Knocknarea on Sunday November 27. Sean was transported in the club’s “rickshaw” as part of their Sligo's Legend Supporter campaign. Sligo GAA recently launched the campaign as a fundraiser. They asked each club to nominate their greatest fan or supporter. Coolera Strandhill club nominated Sean Sweeney. And as part of their

campaign to have Sean become Sligo’s Legend Supporter club members pushed (or pulled) him all around the area – led by a Garda escort. According to the organisers, the aim is to raise as much money as possible. “Money buys votes and votes win”. The winner will receive two return flights, match tickets and accommodation and travel with the Sligo team to New York for their opening championship match. And the winner’s club will receive a cash prize of €5,000.

BUMPY RIDE: Sean Sweeney being transported around the Coolera and Strandhill areas in a bid to have him named Sligo's Legend Supporter.



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News Charities in Sligo are struggling to cope with pleas for assistance, often for basics such as food and fuel, from people badly hit by the recession.

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Social Services fear they will not be able to meet all pleas for help By Brian McHugh


LIGO Social Services fears it will not be able to meet all the calls on it for help because of funding cuts. The Charles Street-based organisation is funded by the HSE, Sligo Borough Council and its own voluntary fundraising efforts. Director of Sligo Social Services Christina McTaggart said: “Resources are being reduced, funding is being cut left right and centre. That’s set to continue and worsen next year”. She said she fears that funding from statutatory bodies – particularly the HSE – will continue to fall. “Eventually we are not going to be able to afford to do everthing we have been doing, something will have to suffer”. Ms McTaggart said their our own fundraising has also been affected by the recession. “Unfortunately people don’t have as much money to give as they would previously. “In response we have had to come up with new fundraising initiatives that we had not used before. These include flag days and carol singing at Christmas among other things. “We have to work harder to make up the diference. But despite our best efforts it’s not going to be always possible to make up the shortfall”. The Glencar woman said Sligo Social Services are very busy around Christmas. And this year we can see it already it’s going to be busier than previous years. “It’s getting more difficult for people to make ends meet and there is no doubt that this Christmas is going to be a very different experience for many,” she warned. The Director said some of the pleas for help would be from new people and others ffom people they had worked with in various ways througout the year. “But we will get new people making contact with us, some of whom we will be able to help and others we may not be in a position to assist”.

COLLECTION: Members of Sligo St Vincent de Paul Society pictured in the Sligo Weekender office wth posters publicising their a Sheerin, Grange/Cliffoney; Tony Rouse, Sligo; Ray Kelly, Area President, Sligo; Mary Cullinane, Ballisodare and John Currid, Col CUTS: Director of Sligo Social Services Christina McTaggart says their funding has been cut. Sligo Social Services work closely with the local St. Vincent de Paul in the run-up to Christmas ensure that people are looked after. Ms McTaggart said St. Vincent de Paul is much bigger organisation with a network across the county while Social Services are based in Sligo town. The Meals on Wheels service is one of Sligo Social Service best-known functions. The service runs 365 days a year, including Christmas Day. Volunteers deliver about 40 dinners on Christmas Day. The normal demand on other days is for about 100 meals. The dinners are delivered by 12 volunteers covering various routes. Two staff and a volunteer prepare the meals in the kitchen in Charles St. “Our volunteers give an endless amount of hours to a service you couldn’t pay for,” said Ms McTaggart.

SVP says situation has n By John Bromley THE St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) in Sligo is struggling to meet the increasing pleas for help, particularly for food and fuel, from people affected by the recession. One member told the Sligo Weekender this week that in 35 years involvement with the charity he said never seen the situation so bad. As the recession bites more and more people

are coming to them for assistance, many of them for the first time as they find themselves in dire straits. Food and fuel are the most requested items as people struggle to pay their bills. An SVP member said that many people are trying to keep paying their mortgages to hold on to their houses but that is often at the expense of the electricity bill or money for oil or coal. In some cases it means cutting back on food.

The Society has issued an urgent appeal for funds in advance of their main fundraising effort of the year, their annual collection this Saturday and Sunday. Sligo area President Ray Foley said that as people made final preparations for Christmas many homes were not looking forward to it. He said the recession had caused havoc for so many families. “So many people are unemployed, on short time work or

unemployed.” “Families are hardest hit, trying to get toys for the children and put food on the table.” He pointed out that the SVP in Ireland spent over €75 million helping those in need. “In Sligo we have faced in creasing demand from a range of people. We have those who have always been marginalised but there are also those who are coming to us for the first time because of the loss of their job, mortgage arrears, etc.


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to meet increasing uel as recession bites Spirit of giving comes to life By Christina McTaggart IT’S fast approaching that time of the year again when shops start to fill with coloured lights and all kinds of appealing goodies, recipes for the perfect Christmas dinner adorn the pages of glossy magazines and children sharpen their pencils to write the most important letter of the year – to a gentleman by the name of Santa Claus who lives in the North Pole. But happy bright images of tinsel and coloured lights are only part of the festive picture. For many individuals and families the countdown to Christmas is filled with stress, anxiety and loneliness. For the ever increasing number of families already struggling to make ends meet, Christmas will create a sense of dread. The harsh reality is that four out of five Irish families are expected to

get into debt this Christmas and many debts accrued will not be paid off until the latter half of 2012. However, in Sligo, people for whom the onset of Christmas is less than a happy time are not alone. Sligo Social Services has already begun our preparations for our family Christmas – our family being the community of people who need that extra bit of support to bring them through the festive season. At Sligo Social Services, the spirit of giving that lies at the heart of Christmas comes to life. Soon; businesses, communities and individuals will begin giving donations and gifts to Sligo Social Services so we in turn can give to families and individuals who need it most. Carol sheets fly from the printer for a team of singers ready to bring Christmas spirit to the

streets. And the whole team of volunteers and staff prepare to ensure that a happy Christmas is not restricted to just those who can afford it. Sligo Social Services are busy gathering new toys for families in need so that Christmas morning will bring happy smiles to children across the town. Volunteers and staff for Meals and Wheels are making alternative home arrangements as their Christmas Day will involve preparing and delivering Christmas dinners for those who are unable to prepare their own. The home management service is busy assessing the needs of families so turkeys, vouchers and food can be distributed to children and families. The team who work with homeless people are preparing to ensure that those without homes have a safe and homely place to enjoy their Christmas too.

The social work team are there to provide support and advice to anyone who needs it. At the heart of the preparations lies a wonderful system of redistribution – those who can afford to - give – and those who need to – receive. None of this would be possible without the generosity of the many good people of Sligo. To those of you who so generously give of your time and donations, not only at Christmas but throughout the year, thank you, your generosity lightens the load of so many parents and families. And to those of you who are in a position to give - donations of money or goods or your time – please come forward. . Sligo Social Services can be contacted on 0719145682 or call into our office on Charles Street from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

annual fundraising collection which takes place next weekend. Pictured from left, Gene llooney.

never been so bad Mr Kelly said that for those people SVP were “striving in some small way to fill the gaps in their lives”. But they were finding that they are finding it difficult to meet the increasing demand on their services. “The Society is feeling the cutbacks with our cash in the bank down 40% on the same time last year. This is in spite of a successful fund raising campaign last year. “Our traditional collections through

church gate and envelopes are falling and it is hard to find new ways of raising money while doing our work.” He pointed out that in these recessionary times some of their regular donors and business people have been unable to unable to donate as they used to. But he said they were very grateful to the many people who contributed towards their work and many groups and individuals who raised money for them.

“We could not reach to those in need in our community without the generous support of the people of Sligo over the past 151 years.” The Sligo conference of the Society covers not only Sligo town and environs but also Collooney, Coolaney, Riverstown, Ballisodare, Strandhill, Rosses Point, Grange and Cliffoney. Once the demand for help from the Society was low in these smaller towns and villages but that has all changed in the past couple of years.

How you can help You can help by contributing to the St Vincent de Paul annual collection this weekend – at churches on Saturday and Sunday, to any SVP member or at their office at 35 Wolfe Tone Street, Sligo, which is open 11am to 5pm each day, phone 9160713. The Society is also looking for volunteers to help with bag packing in supermarkets in the week December 19-24. They are looking for people to do two-hour stints. To volunteer contact the office or any member. The Society would also be grateful for any donations of money, food or new toys, which they can distribute before Christmas.

At work preparing the food to be delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers.


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Derick Ndlovu (standing), Glen Gannon and Emma Kavanagh discuss the script for the film.


SLIGO group are working on a project with the aim of giving people from disadvantaged areas key roles in filmmaking. Film maker Sinead Dolan is working with people from communities in several areas of Sligo town under the ‘Artist in the Community’ scheme. The project has the backing of the RAPID Programme which aims to improve the lives of people in disadvantaged areas. An early draft of the script has been completed and local actors are now being recruited. “The script explores themes of love relationships, stereotypes and cultural clashes,” said Sinead Dolan. People from areas of Sligo town including Cranmore, Forthill, Cartron Estate, Doorly Park, Garavogue, MCR and Merville are involved, as well as immigrants res-

Derick Ndlovu attended a film seminar in Donegal where he met Risteard O'Domhnaill the director of documentary film "The Pipe".

ident in Sligo. Sinead Dolan described it as a very exciting project. “It is bringing different communities together and everyone is learning from each other. “It is giving people with no experience in film making, a chance to work with professionals. We will be shooting in Sligo early in the New Year, all participation is voluntary, and it's amazing to see the energy people bring to community work.” Local film professionals are also working on the project with Sligeach Films providing rehearsal and editing space, Pamela Andison of the RAPID Programme said: “We are keen that the group involved have the opportunity to work together and drive the project. “Some of them would have been

involved in other people’s projects but we wanted to ensure they would be the drivers, producers and directors.” They started in September and they are learning the skills of all the different roles of making a film. Pamela said they have now opened the film to actors and people from other communities “The call for actors will hopefully result in actors from these areas appearing in the film or being involved in subsidiary roles in the project,” said Pamela. She said they are seeking a sponsor to finales the film and launch it next year. Dublin native Sinead Dolan recently finished working on "Play Spaces" a Sligo Arts Service project. She recently directed and edited a comedy pilot for a Dublinbased comedian.

Linzi wins research award IT Sligo research student Linzi Ryan has won InterTrade Ireland's prestigious Marion McAneney Graduate Research Award which was set up to recognise excellence in reviewing academic literature. The 28 year old Leitrimbased postgraduate student said that the award felt like "coming to end of a long tunnel" so great was the relief of knowing that her work had been recognised. Linzi arrived at the Centre for Design Innovation at IT Sligo as a research PhD student after completing a Master of Science in Product Innovation and Development in Brighton University. The award comes with a bursary worth €580.

"It's great honour to win such a prestigious all-Ireland award and to be honest it is very reassuring to know that after so much hard work that what you did made sense and was deemed valuable," said Linzi. "We have a wonderful post graduate society in IT Sligo everyone is very supportive," said Linzi. "My two supervisors, Dr David Tormey head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr Perry Share, Head of the Humanities School, have really encouraged me.” The award winner has her sights set on getting into the area of product service systems although her main interest is in the medical services area.

Postgraduate student at IT Sligo Linzi Ryan won InterTrade Ireland's prestigious Marion McAneney Graduate Research Award.

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News HE has been working since October 1966, but on Thursday one of Slgio’s best known public servants will be saying Slan to the district court. District Court clerk Bill Cashell has served under four judges and handled thousands of summonses, charge sheets and various other applications and always in a totally professional manner. The 62 year-old has closely observed some interesting characters in the Courthouse in Teeling Street and if he ever wrote a book it would clearly be an interesting read. But some of the greatest qualities that any civil or public servant can have are confidentiality and discretion and Bill Cashell has always had

Proposals ‘unfair to rural dwellers’ Bill Cashel will retire after working since 1966 those qualities in spades. So while there may be no book there will be a lot of fine memories of a man who treated all equally and sensitively.

Record fair in Sligo RECORD Fairs Ireland return to The Garavogue Bar to give Sligo it's vinyl record fix for the festive season. The fair will take place this Saturday 10 December from 10.30am to 6pm. The upcoming fair will have a huge range of vinyl records

spanning almost every era and every genre. A massive selection of hard-tofind CDs and DVDs will also be on sale on the day. You can follow Record Fairs Ireland on Facebook at cordfairs

Perry meets court service BALLYMOTE TD John Perry has met with the CEO of the Courts Service about the closure of the recently refurbished Ballymote Courthouse. It was announced in October that the courthouse would close, despite the local community spending E10,000 (which they raised themselves) to refurbish it in late 2010. Junior Minister Perry met with Brendan Ryan, of the Court Service in

New septic tank fee should be one-off charge A

CALL for the registration charge of €50 on septic tanks to be a one-off charge was on the agenda for a meeting of Sligo County Council yesterday, Monday. The anger among rural dwellers over the proposed septic charges was reflected in motions from two councillors before the meeting. Independent councillor Margaret Gormley proposed that the council call on Environemtn Minister Phil Hogan to have the registration fee as a one-off charge. She also proposed that there be no inspection charges and that if upgrading or replacement of the tank is needed that the funding is provided to have the necessary works carried out. The other motion was from Fianna Fail councillor Jerry Lundy who called on the council to oppose the “the recently published legislation on rural septic tanks, because of its unfairness to rural dwellers and farmers”.

Cllr Gormley said that the legislation brought forward by the government discriminates against people living in the rural areas. “These people, and it’s not just the farming community, have provided their own systems at their own expense so why must they have to pay again.” “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 the Minister proposed to bring in a registration charge of €50 which is valid only for five years. “He also proposes to have the first inspection free but any further inspections a charge of €200, with no word of any assistance in the event of upgrading needed. “I query and am opposed to the need to re-register after five years. This is purely a money making racket. It’s €50 now but this could be €500 in five years time if they are allowed to get away with the

present proposal. This must be vigorously opposed. “ Cllr Lundy said there were a lot of people in the countryside really angry at the proposals. “They are angry because it is unfair. They don’t mind paying one registration fee, if it is reasonable but they are angry because people in towns and villages get their sewerage schemes installed and upgraded at no cost to them. “Next year it is being proposed to spend €4-5 billion on upgrading sewerage schemes. Surely some of that could be set aside to assist people who may have to upgrade theit septic tanks.” Cllr Lundy said there were also a lot of questions to be answered by how the inspections would be carried out and who would carry them out. “I would be calling on the new President, Michael D. Higgins, not to sign the bill into law until all the information has been provided to the people.”

Neven asks students to think about food

Dublin, during which Deputy Perry made a submission on the future of the courthouse. The Courts Service acknowledged the submission and said it will be considered, If the decision to close the courthouse is not reverse then the December sitting will be the last sitting of the court. In future, all hearings will be scheduled for Sligo Court.

High winds and driving rain forced the emergency airlifting of supplies to Tory Island off the coast of Donegal. The Coast Guard helicopter in

Strandhill was called into action on Tuesday to airlift supplies after the ferry service was ruled out of action because of the weather.

THE meteoric rise of Sligo-born actor Chris O'Dowd continues with news that he has been Bafta-nominated for his role in the hit comedy film "Bridesmaids". O'Dowd was announced as a nominee for the Rising Star awards, alongside English actress Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl) and American actress Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life). Previous winners of the award have included "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf and Scottish actor James McAvoy. The 32-year-old who grew up in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, was chosen after his breakthrough role as Officer Nathan Rhodes, the love-interest of actress Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids", which grossed over $100 million at the US box office alone. He was also the star of sitcom "The IT Crowd" and has finished recording on the film "The Sapphires", a musical based in Australia. Meanwhile, as revealed in the Sligo Weekender in August, Chris' next project is a sitcom for Sky TV, auditions for which were held in Sligo last weekend with more taking place in Limerick this Friday and Saturday. The name of the new sitcom is called "Moone Boy". It will be set in 1989 and will revolve around the life of 12year-old Martin Moone. It was inspired by Chris' own childhood in Boyle.

➔ See inside IN THE KITCHEN: Young chefs Shannon Harte (aged 16) and Jared Taaffe (aged 13) join celebrity chef Neven Maguire to launch "Take Away My Way", a cookery competition for secondary schools.

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O'Dowd in running for Bafta

AWARD-WINNING chef Neven Maguire joined students from St. Clare's Comprehensive, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim to launch Safefood's "Take Away My Way" cookery competition for postprimary schools. The 2012

competition, in association with St. Angela's College, Sligo, was launched today at Neven's home in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. "Take Away My Way" encourages students to choose their favourite takeaway dish, modify it to make it healthier

and reduce the cost, and then cook it. The all island cookery competition for post-primary students is now in its second year and had almost 1,000 entries in 2011. Safefood and St. Angela's College aim to encourage all

students across Ireland to enter their dish in the competition. For more information on the competition and how to enter, please visit the website waymyway or e-mail takeawaymyway@gma

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ENTERPRISE: Pictured at the award presentation are (l-r) John Reilly, CEO Sligo County Enterprise Board; Declan Lavin, Chairman, Sligo County Enterprise Board; Neil Davitt and Micheál O'Domhnaill of

Sligo web firm win award for trad broadcasts A

N innovative Sligo firm who broadcast live traditional music over the internet has been chosen as the County Sligo winner of the National Enterprise Awards., based in Grange, is the brainchild of Micheál Ó Domhnaill and Neil Davitt. The website is used as a vehicle for streaming traditional music sessions, concerts and festival events live from all over the country. Well known groups and musicians like Altan, Donal Lunny and Sligo's best known groups Dervish and Téada have all appeared on the website, which broadcasts full HD video using the most advanced cloud-based streaming technologies available. To date, the website largest ever audience came from the opening night of Fleadh

Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan last Summer. The stream attracted an estimated 40,000 online viewers, watching on 13,273 computers in 37 different countries around the world. Just last week the website attracted in excess of 20,000 viewers for an online concert with Altan in Dublin's Grand Social. The next broadcast on will feature the launch of "The Leitrim Equation2" with Dervish and a number of guest musicians, on Friday December 9 at 10pm. "Live web streaming is to the forefront in how people the world over communicate with each other, and the live web streaming of something as uniquely Irish as traditional music allows us to provide a window to Ireland for internet

users the world over," said Micheál. intend to build on the initial success of the website by strategically targeting the everincreasing Irish diaspora and offering them the chance to view a live traditional music session from a pub or concert wherever they may be in the world. John Reilly, CEO of Sligo County Enterprise Board, presented Micheál with his award and congratulated him on the success of "They have quickly succeeded in promoting their website and driving traffic to their live streams through their commitment to highquality broadcasting, and their knowledge and application of the very latest in social media marketing techniques," he said.

Mayor looks to Knock for help THE mayor of Sligo councillor Rosaleen O’Grady has urged Sligo businesses and organisations to capitalise on the expansion of flights at Ireland West Airport, Knock. Speaking at the Sligo Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, she

described the recent downgrading of Sligo airport as “a serious setback”. “But if we can capitalise on the developments at Ireland West, if we can explore and develop new European markets, if the tourism sector can

realise the potential of the new routes, there are grounds for optimism for this region”. Looking to the positives, Mayor O’Grady said: “The reality is that Sligo is the key centre of economic growth in the North West and we

have a wealth of attractions and attributes that should serve us well in attracting sustainable investment and enterprise to the North West. Sligo Chamber will have a critical role to play in this endeavour,” the mayor concluded.


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News School theft charges A FORMER Sligo Rovers player is one of two people who have been returned for circuit court trial on charges of theft at Summerhill College. John Brett(65) Cleveragh Road, an ex supervisor at the college and former secretary Edel Byron,(38) 49 Ashbrook, Collooney are facing 18 counts of theft of €13,990 belonging to the Department of Education and Science, Athlone, on dates between May 8, 2008 and June 18, 2009 at Ulster Bank, Stephen Street State Solicitor Hugh Sheridan told Sligo distict court the book of evidence was ready on both defendants. They were returned for trial to the next sitting of Sligo circuit court on January 10. Edmund Henry, solicitor appeared for Brett while Byron was represented by Gerry McGovern, solicitor.

Gospel concert IRISH Bible Ministries warmly invite the public to a Christmas Gospel Concert in The Beepark Community Resource Centre in Manorhamilton on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 8.15pm. There will be singing by Violet Bruce and Patrick O'Riordan, and music by Paul Irwin on keyboard. The guest speaker will be John Johnston. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. There will be a bookstall and free literature. This Christmas Concert is for the whole community.

Windfarm PLANNING permission is being sought for another wind farm at the Ox Mountains in west Sligo. John Hallinan is applying for a 10 year planning permission to erect a windfarm consisting of four wind turbines in the townland of Tawnamore near Lough Easkey. The turbines will have a hub height of 65 metres and rotor diameter of 71 metres.

Research bursaries increase at IT Sligo

AWARDS: Some of the recipients of last year's President Bursary Awards at IT Sligo with their supervisors, President of the Institute, Professor Terri Scott and Head of Research, Dr John Bartlett. IT Sligo has decided to increase the annual stipend paid to students who successfully apply for this year's President's Bursary Awards. The Institute is currently seeking applications from students who are interested in

participating in a number of key research projects which have the potential to boost Ireland's economic and social recovery and sustainability. Eight IT Sligo staff have already received funding for projects covering such diverse

areas as assessing the spread of the Asian Clam in Irish waterways to developing mathematical and computer models of the bone and its structure. Dr John Bartlett, Head of Research at IT Sligo, confirmed that

the annual stipend for students participating in the scheme this year is €7,000, up from €6,500 last year. Tuitions fees will also be waived for successful applicants for up to three years. There are currently five places available on the programme for

students with the necessary qualifications. The Awards were introduced last year to coincide with IT Sligo's growing reputation in the research area. More details are available from

Parking ‘offers’ to attract shoppers P

ARK for two hours for the price of one is one of the incentives on offer to entice Christmas shoppers to Sligo. The ‘buy one, get one free’ promotion applies to on-street parking and hourly car parks. It started yesterday, Monday, and runs to December 31. And the daily car parks, which currently have a charge of €2.50 for 24 hours, will be free from Monday December 19 to Saturday, December 31. Under the ‘buy one, get one free’ promotion motorists will pay in the usual manner and the traffic warden will allow the additional hour when checking the ticket on display.

Hourly car parks include: Wine Street Car Park Stephen Street Car Park

Quay Street Car Park John F. Kennedy Parade Car Park West Gardens Car Park Lower New Street Car Park Adelaide Street Car Park Abbey Street Car Park The Mall (Higgins) Car Park

The daily parks which will be free from December 19 include:

Market Yard Car Park St. Anne’s Car Park Lower Connaughton Road Car Park Lower Forthill Car Park Upper Forthill Car Park (The Forthill parks are to the hospital side of Connaughton Road car park) Upper Connaughton Road

Finisklin Road Car Park (beside Craig and McGowan) Showgrounds Car Park All Sligo car parks will be free every Sunday in Decmber. Last Christmas the Borough Council gave free parking in all its car parks in the town. However, there were some complaints afterwards that the town centre car parks were filled from early morning by drivers who left their cars there all day while they were at work. And shoppers who came in later in the day had difficulty finding spaces. It is hoped that the ‘buy one, get one free’ promotion will counteract this, while those working in town can have free parking in the further out all day car parks.

Farmers’ concern over fracking A SLIGO farmers’ representative has expressed concern about proposals to carry out fracking in the search for gas in the area. Irish Farmers Association county chairman Eddie Davitt has called on Sligo County Council to immediately carry out an independent review of the issues surrounding the proposal to commence hydraulic fracturing, to take gas from parts of the county. Mr Davitt said: “Sligo County Council is likely to be the authority that receives any planning application, in the future. As part of an early consultation with the community, IFA has requested Sligo County Council to commence an independent review, which includes interviews with key stakeholders and submissions from the general public. “This important forum will allow the general public to submit comments, concerns and feedback at this earliest stage. It will also allow Sligo County Council to issue findings and it will inform their planning decision. “There are genuine concerns and these concerns must be listened to and heard”.

School extension approved PLANNING permission has been granted to the Board of Management of Our Lady's National School, Banada, for a single storey extension to the rear of the school comprising of a new classroom, staff office, resource room, toilets and storage. The development will involve the demolition of an existing storage shed and the construction of a new storage shed.


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News ! ! Liquid Therapy is a charity, based in Bundoran, Donegal, Ireland. This programme is designed for children and adults alike with disabilities such as physical, mental and emotional challenges. It helps them get into the water to experience the surfing and ocean world in a safe environment. Part of the fundraising for Liquid Therapy is that we have released a single “O Holy Night” the rock alternative. On this single features some of bundorans local musicians. It is available to download from ITunes and will be available to buy in Bundoran. For more information please contact: or 0873568414

Court hears of cars swopped, stolen and sold By Gerry McLaughlin


N extremely complex Police Property Application involving two men who bought “stolen cars” has been adjourned until December 13 at Ballymote Court. The judge made his ruling after asking for legal submissions from solicitors for Nigel O’Dowd, Liscacul, Castlerea and Sarah Gethins, Cnoc na Si, Tubbercurry, who were parties on notice to a Police Property Application at Tubbercurry court. The court heard that Nigel O’Dowd had swapped his blue Nissan for a Golf GTI valued at €8000 and paid an additional €1000 to a “Mr Haskins” in Monasteraven county Kildare after he saw the Golf last year. He had originally bought the Nissan from a man in county Ca-

van in 2009. It subsequently emerged that the Golf was stolen and it was seized by gardai in April this year. O’Dowd subsequently reported that the Nissan was seen in Tubbercurry on July 17. In a separate development Steven French, Cnoc na Si. Tubbercurry subsequently bought the Nissan from a man called “James” in county Kildare after seeing it on Done This car was then registered in the name of Steven French’s partner Sarah Gethins. It was subsequently seized by gardai in the car park of a hotel in Sligo in July of this year. Two days later Steven French called to the gardai to say he had bought the Nissan from a man in Kildare town for €8000. The car was now registered in the name of his partner Sarah Gethins, the court heard.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said the extremely involved case depended on the definition of larceny if the noticed parties wanted to retrieve the vehicles. The judge said that both notice parties, O’Dowd and Gethins, were in effect innocent. The judge said there was a definition of larceny by trick. Judge Kilrane said it had to be determined whether O’Dowd had been the victim of larceny by trick. The judge said of it was found that the arrangement between O’Dowd and the man who sold him the golf amounted to a crime of larceny, then O’Dowd would be entitled to have his car back as title does not pass on. The judge adjourned the case and asked for legal submissions from the respective solicitors Gerry McGovern and a representative of Dillon/Lynch Solicitors.

‘Future’ campaign gains momentum

TD told policy on homeless must change SLIGO North Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin has been told that the focus of government policy needs to shift from reacting to homelessness to preventing it in the first place. The Fine Gael TD heard the opinion when he attended the launch of Threshold’s annual report for 2010 last month. Threshold, the national housing charity, was founded in 1978 and is a not-forprofit organisation. Its aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and

exclusion. Its main concentration of work is within the rented sector. During the annual report launch, Threshold told those in attendance – including Deputy McLoughlin, that there is need for a shift in Government focus on homelessness. Speaking at the launch, Aideen Hayden, Chairperson of Threshold, said: “The State invests hugely in supporting emergency hostel accommodation and street services, for example. “But if more homelessness was prevented, there would be less need for these services.”

She added“It would represent much better value for money to prioritise homelessnessprevention measures, rather than focusing primarily on supports for people who are homeless. Adopting this approach would minimise the risk of homelessness for families throughout Ireland, and would ensure that the funding available to tackle this problem is used in the most cost-efficient way.” Anyone in Sligo looking for housing advice from Threshold can contact the organisation’s Western region advice office on 091-563080.

NORTH West MEP Marian Harkin addressed a seminar on Public Advocacy and Citizenship in Drumshanbo on November 26 organised by the group Claiming Our Future. Claiming Our Future has local groups set up all around Ireland. Earlier this year, in advance of the general election, they organised a public debate in Manorhamilton among all the election candidates. The seminar on November 26 was addressed by MEP Harkin and by the leader of COF, Siobhan O'Donoghue. It also heard from Patricia Conboy from the Older and Bolder advocacy group. Meanwhile, members of the Leitrim COF group attended a campaign outside Dáil Éireann on Tuesday last, November 29, calling on the government to enact alternative tax measures on wealthy and high income groups and to end its attack on those on lower and middle incomes.

DRUMSHANBO: Pictured at the Claiming Our Future event are (l-r): Marian Harkin (MEP), Patricia Conboy (Older and Bolder), Michael Ewing, Dervilla Keegan Vol (Leitrim Claiming Our Future), Siobhan O'Donoghue (Migrant Rights Centre Ireland/Claiming Our Future). The "Tax Wealth" Campaign saw protestors dressed in Irish national team rugby and soccer jerseys with a giant banner asking the Government to "Answer Ireland's Call: Tax Wealth Now!" COF is campaigning for tax measures on wealthy which could generate several billion. Placards at the protest displayed some

SPEAKER: Siobhan O'Donghue, the leader of Claimimg Our Future

of the measures COF is calling for, including an end to property tax reliefs, reducing landlord interest relief and a one percent 'wealth tax'. On its website (www.claimingourfutu Claiming Our Future has a nationwide petition calling on the government to enact tax measures on wealthy.


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News Tidy Towns questions SLIGO Tidy Towns in conjunction with The Harp Tavern pub are hosting a table quiz and social evening on Thursday night. Tables of four cost â‚Ź20. All money raised will go to support Sligo Tidy Towns.

Theft sign stolen A SIGN warning people about thefts in North Sligo has been stolen. Following a number of thefts from parked cars near Ahamlish cemetery a sign was erected to warn motorists not to leave property visible in their vehicles. However, the thieves have struck again by stealing the newly erected sign. Grange priest Fr Christy McHugh has appealed for anyone with information about the sign’s disappearance to contact him or the Gardai.

Chamber host budget breakfast

Kilmactranny schoolkids plant a tree PUPILS of Sligo's Kilmactranny National School near Boyle, planted a horse-chestnut tree to celebrate 'Give a Tree Roots' Green-Schools Woodland Day last month. The horse-chestnut tree was actually grown and nurtured from a chestnut collected by the children and planted in a milk carton during National Tree Week a number of years ago. "We adjourned to the football field adjacent to the school during lunch-time on that crisp, sunny but dry day [November 16], armed with spade, gloves, a bucket,� said Joan Mc Loughlin, Green School Co-ordinator. "Students Aidan and Karl positioned the tree into the hole

SLIGO Chamber will host its traditional Budget Breakfast tomorrow morning, Wednesday, December 7 in the Sligo Park Hotel from 7.30-9.30am. The Chamber invites businesspeople from around the county to attend. Among those in attendance will be representatives of the Chartered Accountants Ireland North West Society who are cohosting the Sligo Park Hotel-sponsored event. Accountant Martin Coggins will be the guest speaker at the breakfast, which will review the announcements made in Budget 2012 by ministers for finance Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin. The cost of the breakfast is â‚Ź22, which includes a full breakfast. You can contact the Chamber on 071-9161274 or e-mail in advance to book your place.

and we all helped to fill in the soil around it, supplemented by some compost. We thought it would be attractive to set a circle of daffodil bulbs around the horse-chestnut tree, which come spring, will provide a delightful canopy over a carpet of dancing yellow daffodils. "In Kilmactranny N.S., we are deeply aware of the importance of our native trees to our environment and consequently were pleased to participate in this worthwhile tree-planting event."

PLANTING: Students from Kilmactranny N.S. in Co. Sligo plant a tree to mark Green-Schools Woodland Day

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Peter and Lorraine McDonnell (manager European Enterprise Network). John and Fiona Foley with Bernie and Peter Chambers.

Dr Leo Varadkar (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport), David Kiely (Business Person of the Year), Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady (Mayor of Sligo) and Gerry Moore (president Sligo Chamber of Commerce).

Joe and Marlene Morrissey.

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Business looks for positives on a busy night T

Maria and Bill Carty.

HE good and the great of Sligo’s business community came together for the annual Sligo Chamber Dinner Dance held in the Sligo Park Hotel on November 25 and co sponsored by the Sligo Weekender newspaper. After a turbulent year in business circles it was a time to dress up and relax and while there was little good news on the horizon, the talk from Mayor Rosaleen O’Grady and Sligo Chamber president Gerry Moore was to look towards the positives. These include the increasing tourist numbers in Sligo compared to last year

and the rise in profile of ‘Brand Sligo’. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar was the guest speaker at the dinner. He commended the hard work of Team Sligo, the crossbusiness group who have been working on promoting the Yeats County. He also commended the board of Sligo Airport, which he visited earlier in the evening. Minister Varadkar’s remit includes the supervision of the Coast Guard helicopter and his visit to the airport included a tour of the coast guard facilities. Minister Varadkar also

praised Gerry Moore and his team for the presentation they gave him prior to the dinner in which they spelled out the positives of Sligo as well as its need for investment. But we’ll leave the last word to Mayor Rosaleen O’Grady: “The reality is that Sligo is the key centre of economic growth in the North-West, we have a wealth of attractions and attributes that should serve us well in attracting sustainable investment and enterprise to the North-West. Sligo Chamber will have a critical role to play in this endeavour.”

Art Nicholson, Peader O’Dwyer and Con Dalton.

Annette and Victoria Stevens with Michelle Healy.

Geraldine Mc Hugh, David Kiely (Business Person of the Year) and Brian Mc Hugh (Sligo Weekender).

Jonathan Costello (Sligo Weekender) with his wife Charlotte.

Clea Van Der Grijn and Martin Reilly.

Carole Brenan (Enterprise Ireland) and Tony Mc Loughlin (TD).

Lee Kidney (Lee Hotels), Senator Imelda Henry, Lyndann Kiely, David Kiely (Business Person of the Year), Rebecca Stevens (CEO, Sligo Chamber of Commerce), Dr Leo Varadkar (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport), Gerry Moore (president Sligo Chamber of Commerce), Lorraine Mc Donnell (Manager EEN), John Perry (TD), Marie Perry, Jonathan Costello (Sligo Weekender), Tony Mc Loughlin (TD), Mary Harty (Sligo Chamber of Commerce).


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Des Cosgrove and Andrew Flynn. Mike and Annette Stevens.

Joan and Joe McCann. Ă&#x2026;ine Murray, Olwyn Devins, Antoinette O'Flaherty and Cathryn Bogan.

Lorraine Mc Donnell (manager EEN), Rebecca Stevens (CEO Sligo Chamber of Commerce).

Niall Mc Evoy, Anne and Con Dalton and Catherine Cronin.

Brian Reilly, Steven Vickers, Daithi Feehily and Fergal Quinn.

Marc and Deirdre Loftus.

Rosemarie Loftus, Garrett Loftus, David and Lyndann Kiely, Brian O'Keefe, Deirdre and Marc Loftus.

Lee Kidney (Lee Hotels) and Joe Corcoran.

Fergal Henry, Ita Brady, Nuala and Karl Kelly.

John and Cliona Mc Partlan.

Hubert and Mary Kearns

Mary Murray and Robert Conroy.

Conor O'Riordan, Paula Scallon, Paul and Judith Keyes.

Vanessa McDonald and Sean Sweeney.

Marie and Hubert Gilvarry with T J Kilgallon and Eileen Magnier.

Jenny Quinn, Dr Leo Varadkar (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport), Susan Moore, Gerry Moore (president Sligo Chamber of Commerce), Cllr Rosaleen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Grady (Mayor of Sligo), Therese Moore and Mary and Michael Quinn.

Martina Heavey and Keith Lynch.


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News Foundation Courses in Science, Engineering and Technology A joint initiative between the National University of Ireland, Galway, St. Angela’s College, and IT Sligo. The above courses are designed for mature students* who have been out of the formal education system for some time and who now wish to enter third level degree studies in Science, Engineering and Technology. These intensive introductory courses will run for approximately 13 weeks from January, part time 3 nights per week with occasional Saturdays.

Mass opposition ‘will defeat household tax’

Persons who require further information are invited to attend an Open Meeting on Monday 12th December at 7.00pm Bri Mhuire 100 St. Angela’s College For further information contact: Ms. Sinead Campbell Education Department Administrator St. Angela’s College Telephone: 071 9195552 Email: *A mature student is anyone who is 23 years of age or over (for NUI Galway) on 1st January of the year of application for a third level full-time programme (22 years for the purpose of the Foundation Course).

CAMPAIGN: At the Campaign against Household Charges public meeting in Sligo were (l-r) Cllr Declan Bree, Joe Higgins T.D., and Dr Brian O'Boyle who chaired the event.


HE government's new household charge can be defeated through a nationally organised campaign of mass non-payment, Socialist Deputy Joe Higgins told a public meeting organised by the Campaign against Household and Water Charges in Sligo. "The household charge is part and parcel of the government and EU/IMF diet of cutbacks that has seen a slashing of our living stan-

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dards and has only helped deepen the economic crisis." he said. "This new tax will be charged at a flat rate. So a millionaire living in a mansion will pay the same rate of household tax as a worker living in a modest house. This is deeply unjust. "The government expects each household to register for this tax and to send the annual tax payment directly to the government. "So the most effective way to defeat

the household tax is through a mass campaign of non-payment. We can simply refuse to pay this unjust tax." Deputy Higgins told the meeting. Local Independent Socialist councillor Declan Bree told the meeting "The new household charge is in essence a form of collective punishment against the great majority of Irish people who are being forced by government to pay the private debts of speculators, developers and bankers."

Sligo fur farm film to be used in ban bid FILM showing conditions on a mink farm in County Sligo will be used as evidence in a submission to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine urging the government to honour the commitment to ban fur factory farming. The film was shown last week at the launch of a campaign by a number of animal welfare groups to have such a ban imposed. At the launch it was pointed out that the film shows mink in tiny, barren, filthy wire cages. Commenting on the film a spokesperson for the campaigners said: “Some animals are clearly suffering with untreated wounds and piles of mink faeces can be seen in their cramped

cages.” A vet from County Wicklow Peter Wedderburn, commenting on the Sligo fur farm film said: “Farm animals, like all animals under the care of humans, deserve to have a life worth living, and a life free of suffering. “In the video footage of the mink farm, there were several aspects that cause specific concerns. The mink cages have wire mesh flooring. This may be convenient from a management point of view to prevent body waste accumulating, but from an animal welfare perspective, a solid floor is preferable. Wire mesh can be a stressful underfoot surface, requiring the animal to choose its footing

carefully to avoid the feet slipping through the gaps, and the narrow gauge of the wire can lead to pressure sores on the feet.” He said that farmed animals should be given the opportunity to express natural behaviours. “It’s difficult to see how this is possible for the mink in the video. They are enclosed in a small, empty space, with no other objects or activities for them to engage with. This is likely to create serious ongoing stress. The gross accumulation of matted faeces in and around the cages is indicative of a poor level of hygiene, with increased risk of illhealth as a consequence.” The group of Irish

and international animal welfare organisations have joined forces in an effort they say “to ensure this government does not renege on the previous government’s policy of a phase out of fur farming”. As part of the campaign launch, a large poster van was touring Dublin showing a mink in a fur factory farm accompanied by the slogan ‘Fur farming: Time for a ban’. Organisations supporting this call include Compassion in World Farming-Ireland, ARAN, Respect for Animals, Anima and the international coalition of animal welfare groups opposed to fur farming, The Fur Free Alliance.


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Roadside butchers rob and slaughter sheep in the fields By John Bromley


SLIGO farmers' representative has called for vigilance following incidents of "roadside butchers" killing and butchering sheep in fields. Gabriel Gilmartin, who is national president of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), revealed the gruesome new development comes as part of an increase in sheep rustling. Calling for "roadside butchers" to the "punished hard", the Ballintrillick man said: "There have been a number of notable reports recently of sheep been butchered out and with the head and offal left in the field. Lamb is valuable commodity and these people need to be met with the full letter of the law where found guilty."

He said that there have been three or four incidents of this happening in the Cavan area. While nothing of this nature has been reported in this area yet, there has been an increase in traditional sheep rustling locally. "We have noticed a worrying and increasing trend of sheep being stolen out of fields in recent times. It is ongoing since sheep got dear. There have been a number of thefts of three, four and five sheep at a time and where these are taking place there has to be local knowledge involved." Because all sheep being offered for sale in marts or to factories need to have tags, Mr Gilmartin, has called on the Department of Agriculture to pay closer attention to distribution levels of tags to sheep farmers. "The Department of Agriculture needs to be especially vigilant

with unusually high requests for sheep tags from someone not previously known to be an active sheep farmer. "It's not unusual for an active farmer to go from 400 ewes to 600 ewes with investment but it's highly unlikely that someone with 12 or 13 ewes would increase the flock to 200 or 300 in a season. Sheep cannot be sold or slaughtered without tags so a request for a major increase in tags may have been made by an unscrupulous farmer. "Vigilance is the key to this issue both with the farmer and, more importantly, the Department. The ICSA doesn't want to hinder the growth of active and progressive sheep farmers but unusually high requests for tags need to be doubled checked by Department officials to ensure no foul play."

Sligo couple present cheques

HOUSE: Lisa and Vincent present Sheena Dalton (Assistant House Manager, Ronald McDonald House, Crumlin) with a cheque for €11,750. SLIGO couple Lisa and Vincent Cuffe presented cheques to two different charities from funds raised by a Vintage Road Run back in October. The event was held in honour of the couple's baby daughter, Katie Cuffe, who died in September. A cheque for €9,750 raised from the Vintage Road Run fundraiser and from donations in lieu of flowers in memory of Katie Cuffe, was presented to Dr Orla Franklin - Paediatric Cardiologist at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin. Dr Franklin was also presented with a separate

cheque for €2,000 for the hospital, the proceeds of a fashion show organised by Easkey GAA Club. And a cheque for €11,750 was presented by Lisa and Vincent to Sheena Dalton, the Assistant House Manager at the Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin. The house provides accommodation, care, comfort and support for families whose children are seriously ill and inpatient in the hospital. That was also the proceeds of the Vintage Road Run fundraiser. Speaking at the handover of the cheques, Vincent and Lisa expressed their gratitude

to the fundraisers. "We would like to thank most sincerely Ballycastle Vintage Club and everyone who took part in the Vintage Road Run on the 23 of October. "Thank you to everybody who made donations and sold sponsorship cards. Thank you to all the business's who donated prizes for the raffle and made donations towards the refreshments on the day. "Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this fundraiser such a success."

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Students get a taste of an Abbott career F

ORTY pupils from Mercy College, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, St. Mary's College and Summerhill College were treated to an exciting day of interactive science experiments as they took part in Abbott's Operation Discovery programme at the company's diagnostics facility in Sligo. Operation Discovery gives secondary school students an opportunity to work hands-on with scientists in an Abbott laboratory. Students undertake experiments and use tools and procedures routinely employed by Abbott scientists in manufacturing medical products. The day spent in Abbott gives students a first hand experience of the exciting careers science has to offer. Both Operation Discovery and Abbott's primary school initiative, Family Science, are conducted with the support of Abbott's philanthropic foundation the Abbott Fund. Since 2009, more than 2,000 students and parents have taken part in Abbott Science Education Programme events throughout Ireland. Operation Discovery has had a significant impact on students' opinions of science. A post-programme survey found 82 percent of participants "would enjoy studying science" compared with just 39 percent before the

event. Conor Murphy, Site Director, Abbott Diagnostics in Sligo said, "Through participating in practical experiments with Abbott scientists at a manufacturing site, Operation Discovery provides an opportunity for students to witness first hand the fascinating world of science and discovery at Abbott. "Through this process Abbott hopes to encourage student's to see science not just as a school subject, but also as a viable career path. "Approximately half the company's employees are third level graduates, many with science backgrounds and more than 120 people with Ph.D.s are employed by Abbott in Ireland. "There are great opportunities for science graduates, not only in Ireland, but also abroad. We are delighted to share our knowledge and experience with the pupils of Mercy College, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, St. Mary's College and Summerhill College." Ireland was the first location outside of the U.S. to conduct these science programmes. Due to the success in Ireland, the programmes have now been implemented by Abbott in China, Germany, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea and the UK.

STUDENTS: Pupils from Mercy College, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, St. Mary's College and Summerhill College were treated to an exciting day of interactive science experiments as they took part in Abbott's Operation Discovery programme at the company's diagnostics facility in Sligo.

School provides ‘happy, caring and inclusive learning environment’ A DEPARTMENT of Education report on the Holy Family School in Tubbercurry found that it provided a “happy, caring and inclusive learning environment”. The “whole school evaluation” was carried out in October 2010 but published just recently. The school celebrated its centenary this year. The inspector noted that Holy Family School is a tenteacher, coeducational school, catering for 172 pupils - 81 boys and 91 girls from junior infants to sixth class. Enrolment figures have increased steadily in recent years.

Four subjects were evaluated during this evaluation: English, Irish, Mathematics and Music. The inspector found that the management and staff of the school provided a “happy, caring and inclusive learning environment for the pupils”. Setting out the school’s strengths, the inspector said: “The school is viewed positively by the pupils and parents and is immersed and involved in the life of the local community. “Parents are very supportive of the school’s work. Very good relationships and communication structures have been fostered with parents and with the wider

GOOD SCHOOL: The “happy, caring and inclusive learning environment” of Holy Family N.S. which was praised in a school report recently.

school community. “The quality of teaching and learning in the school is of a good standard overall. A wide range of curriculum and extracurricular provision is offered to pupils. Among the main recommendations in the report are that whole-school planning processes and implementation be reviewed and further developed. It was recommended that a policy on teachers’ individual planning be devised and that the tasks assigned to postholders should be reviewed to ensure a more active policy development and review role.

The inspector also recommended that prior to developing its new three-year action plan for DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), that the school carry out a detailed review of its current plan in order to ascertain whether targets have been met. It was also recommended that supports for pupils should be coordinated more effectively in the areas of special and additional education, policy development and review and inclass support and there should be closer alignment with the principles of the curriculum in providing for Irish and Music.


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Warmest November on record By John Bromley


AST month was the warmest November on record in many parts of the country including the north west. Belmullet, which is the closest Met Eireann weather station to Sligo, recorded its highest November minimum temperatures since records began there in 1956 (55 years). It was on average 2.7 degrees above normal for the month at the Mayo station. Air temperatures throughout the country were well above average, with differences above normal, ranging from 2.3°C to 3.4°C. The majority of stations in the west, midlands and east reported their warmest November on record, with Phoenix Park reporting its warmest November since the station opened in 1855 (156 years), with a mean temperature of 10.0°C. Sunshine totals for the month were also above average, except in the south. Belmullet recorded 8.8 hours of sunshine on the 7th, the highest daily November sunshine ever recorded in the country

Jobless figures in Sligo drop by 59 THE number of people in County Sligo signing on the dole dropped by 59 in the past month. At the end of November there were 5,189 on the Live Register in the county compared to 5,248 in October. There was a decrease of 66 in the Sligo town social welfare office but there was an increase of 7 at the Tubbercurry office, which covers the couth of the county. The number of under 25s went down by 29 to 929.

for November. Overall the station registered sunshine levels 37% above normal for the time of year. Rainfall levels at Belmullet were roughly around the norm for the time of year but levels were above normal in parts of the country. Malin Head recorded 70% more rainfall than normal. Generally the number of wetdays (days with 1 mm or more) was above average for the time of year. It was a windy month. Gale gusts were recorded on numerous days, with gales reported along Atlantic coasts between the 24th and 26th and on the 30th. The month’s highest gust of 65 knots (120km/h) was at Belmullet on the 24th. Once again Ireland West Airport Knock reported the lowest mean monthly temperature in the country. But the average of 8.2°C at the airport meant it was its warmest November since the weather station there opened in 1996. The airport also recorded the lowest monthly sunshine total of 50.3 hours.

Tech project produced digital biographes A SHOWCASE of an innovative technology project run by Sligo Leader’s Sounding Board music tech project is to be launched on Friday week. Senator Mary Moran, Labour Spokesperson for Disability, will open the showcase of the Digital Biographies project on Friday, December 16, 10.30am to 12pm, in the Virginia Henderson Lecture Theatre at St Angela’s College, Sligo. Supported by funding from HSE, Digital Biographies was for young adults with and without disabilities. It ran during June to September and has generated interest from the education, creative technologies and health sectors because of its successful results. Majella Flanagan, Sligo LEADER Project worker explained what was involved in the project. “The creative technologies are such a good way to engage

SESSION: A recording session led by creative technologies tutor John Crowe. Participants pictured are Julian Cassells, Rachel Taylor and John Sheridan. with people of all ages and abilities. “Digital Biographies uses computer programmes in visual arts, music composition and sound around themes that are universal such as past times, aspirations. Each participant had the chance to design and produce his/her own digital book that

told us something about themselves. “There has been a lot of interest in Digital Biographies because of the quality of work produced and the levels of engagement. The showcase in December will be a good chance for people to see what went on during the project.”

Digital Biographies has been designed and delivered by creative technologies tutor John Crowe. Support has been given by Autism Services, the National Learning Network, Sligo LEADER’s SOUNDING BOARD music tech project, HSE West and St Angela’s College, Sligo.

Border geological survey moves to Sligo and Leitrim A MAJOR scientific ground survey, the EU funded 'Tellus Border Project', has extended into Counties Leitrim and Sligo this week as the concluding phase of an extensive soil sampling programme in the border region begins. With over 80% of the border region now surveyed and soil sampling complete in Counties Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, the team of 12 agricultural scientists have now relocated to Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim to continue the process in the weeks up until the Christmas period. The team will return in the spring to complete the final

stages of water and sediment sampling. Sampling began in County Donegal this August, and to date the ground survey team have remained on-schedule collecting soil, water and sediment samples as part of a remarkable survey which will map the border region of Ireland in its entirety. The soil sampling or 'geochemical' survey is part of a two stage project, funded under the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is being run in conjunction with an airborne 'geophysical' survey which, during favourable weather

conditions, has been collecting data across the border region using state-ofthe-art technology to measure the physical properties of soils and rocks at an altitude of 60m above the earth's surface. Ray Scanlon, Senior Geologist with the Geological Survey of Ireland is delighted with the team's progress to date: "We are thrilled with the success the geochemical team has had so far and we look forward to moving into Counties Leitrim and Sligo. "These two areas have a rich diversity in their landscapes and are famed for the distinctive upland landscapes of Ben Bulben and

the Dartry Mountains, as well as stunning beaches and coastal scenery. "This geologically distinct area provides a great variety of terrain for the soil samplers to negotiate, and analysis of the samples will reveal a wealth of information about the region, including information about agricultural trace elements." He continued: "We have carried out an extensive outreach campaign to ensure that as many landowners as possible are informed about our work and where possible seek to gain their permission before entering land. "Throughout the border region we have been

welcomed by many farmers and land-owners and have received positive interest and support and we look forward to this continuing in Leitrim and Sligo." The sampling team carry identification and their vehicles are branded with the Tellus Border logo so landowners can be assured of their authenticity. However if you are concerned about this or the airborne survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock, or if you are interested in finding out more about the project you can contact the helpline on 1800 303 516 or visit the website


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sligo tweet s SligoTidyTowns Tidy towns table quiz takes place on Thursday night 9.30 in the Harp Tavern. Spot prizes on the night! All welcome!

MarieTherese39 I feel like taking a mini trip to Sligo; to go to visit Lake Isle of Innishfree & ponder on Yeats poetry. That'd give me more understanding.

MervilleUnited Weekend Washed Out;( lets hope for better luck next weekend.

Zalvadara I am so bumbed, why does Sligo have a Costas and Galway not??

SxSligo Of course tonight's the night to run out of Kerosene ! Out for emergency drums, its fecking cold tonight! Snug for Enda speech!

I_Clarkey Naming your iphone 'Titanic' so when you connect to iTunes it says 'Titanic is syncing'

nadadine "Does Sligo have an airport?" Jenna: "Are you messin? Sure it doesn't even have an Aldi!" jean11110 Fiddler Michael Coleman grew up in Ireland's County Sligo, but at age 20 he emigrated to New York. SligoRaces Over 100 members of Sligo Race Supporters Club travelling to Fairyhouse on Sunday, all looking forward to a good day out. sligoevents In aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, @TheSwapSessions takes place Dec 28th @ Shells Cafe, Strandhill CatherineMatz Instead of watching Enda Kenny tonite I'm gonna drive home from Sligo listening to Drakes new album and try to live in a bubble of ignorance EvanneKilgallon There's a slight possibility that I may go ice skating today in Sligo. cellery_ Okay so the weather is Sligo has gone insane and it's supposedly going to snow tonight in Dublin? I love winter bradygaz Snowing in Sligo it appears, real winter had to arrive at some stage, now to say price for all this mild winter to date! kenarmstrong1 The arrival at Dublin Zoo of a pair of breeding rabbits, via super-train from Sligo, has been largely overshadowed... glen_monaghan The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops eventually, well everywhere except Sligo it seems! SligoEnterprise We are seeking suitable Sligo businesses to register their interest for Tradelinks 2012 scribhneoir Anti fracking groups in Sligo welcomes Roscommon's ban on fracking

Sazzle0903 @ShaneFilan79 When you came over, did you have to bring the Sligo weather? It's peeing it down. NoelBallantyne The boats are not faring to good in swollen Garavogue. #Sligo keithraymond_ My beard is coming off tonight! Can't wait and never again... :) #Movember Sligo_Music So much amazing music this December in Sligo: Trad sessions, Declan O'Rourke, Sunday MASS, Christmas Carols & more! pennydist The road between Sligo and Dromahair, Co. Leitrim ranks as one of the most beautiful and scenic I've ever been on. susanokeeffe Greatly enjoyed Dublin breakfast with Team Sligo. Enthusiasm, energy and a can-do attitude and real participation. ioconn Heading to Sligo to sample a dead fin whale. Long shopping list of samples. johnmurrayshow Once again thanks to everyone in Strandhil, Sligo for great day last Saturday. A memorable walk in rain and wind. MarianHarkin Delighted and proud to have won the 'Outstanding Achievement Award' in the MEP 2011 Awards last night sligo_tri_club Despite the established nature of Sligo tri club, we set up in 2008 with 12 members swibn Sue Bourke firing up the Sligo Women in Business Network. Great turnout too 40+ members hanging on every word.


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NUMBER of years ago we were preoccupied by the possible climatic damage due to the hole in the ozone layer, this hole probably arising from the leakage of 'Chloro Fluoro Carbons' from our over use of the ubiquitous aerosol cans. Now we are preoccupied as to whether the 'Current Financial Climate' has caused the hole in the Euro zone lair, or whether the hole in the Euro zone lair has caused the Current Financial Climate. This is akin to the conundrum: "which came first the chicken or the egg", either way the chickens have now come home to roost, and shall we put the shell back together? The ideal of greater European union and integration is a worthy endeavour, and indeed it is essential to our long term vital strategic needs. The notion of a common market, sharing a common border, with a commonality of regulation as well as a common currency, makes common sense. As the single currency evolved , national parliaments , having conceded control of interest rates to the ECB, were naturally insistent on controlling their budgetary and taxation policy, many didn't do this very prudently subsequent to, or indeed prior to the introduction of the euro. It is a measure of the health of a democracy how assiduous it is in collecting taxes due and allocating such revenues equitably for the greater good, and not dissipating them in tax breaks, incentives and wealth transfers for the benefit of the few. Despite our discomfiture and dismay due to our day to day direction and destiny being decided distant from our Dail in Dublinhopefully for a short duration, it is worth asking ourselves, where administrative, economic and financial regulation ends and politics begins? Have we not accepted, and adapted to, many decisions which impinge on or influence our lives, formulated beyond our shores since we joined the European union. We should welcome such concepts as mandatory budgetary limits which would curb or prevent the irresponsible budgets and electioneering, of a giveaway nature, which have bedevilled Irish politics for a long time. The unnerving and unsettling uncertainty unfolding around the unsound Euro ultimately has a political origin, and requires an urgent and united political solution, failure to face up to this could lead to an unthinkable unpalatable unholy upheaval which could unravel the union. Such a consequence is a vision most dystopian. We are not seeking a union unreal or utopian Rather a stable democratic domain to design, we are hoping For the good of all, each and every European

Naturally we see the financial markets as negative and nefarious entities in this financial crisis, but in fact they can be viewed as agents of reality and truth. They are not overly swayed by sentiment, they sense untenable administration and lack of resolve and commitment. The best way to counter them is good governance. We hope and pray that people and politicians will persevere with this evolutionary European project, that we may see this reversal in fortune for Europe and the Euro as an opportunity to rethink and reappraise it's remit and raison d'etre, as we strive to regain and redefine the relevance of this union for it's nations, peoples and beyond. We need perhaps, to rein in the reams of regulations which have rained down upon us thus far in it's reign, and having due regard for realpolitik we need a reformation to rekindle a renaissance in the European ideal.

Eddie McGurrin, Hazelwood, Sligo.

Fracking group put their views to minister I wanted to tell your readers about a meeting which took place between a group of local, concerned citizens from the northwest and The Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, in Dail Eireann on November 15. This meeting, which was facilitated by Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan , at the request of a number of us who have been active in the campaign to oppose the granting of licences for the extraction of shale gas by the controversial method known as Hydraulic Fracturing, more commonly referred to as 'fracking'. The meeting, which was attended by Minister Pat Rabbitte, representatives from the Minister's Department and several TD's from various political parties, took place on 15th November. It covered a wide range of issues, including: the environmental, social and economic impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing; its effects on agriculture and on human and animal health; also discussed were economic concerns and the impact on tourism/ecotourism in the Northwest.

The group felt strongly that it was vital to meet with the Minister. The fracking industry is well advanced with their lobbying and their plans and it was imperative that those opposed to fracking state their case in a formal meeting with the Minister.

Miriam Hennessy Ardcarne Community against Fracking

Get help before it's too late THE death of Gary Speed and the highlighting of the death of Kate Fitzgerald have prompted me to write just a short note to your newspaper about the issue of suicide in Ireland. I suffered for most of my teenage years and into my 20s with depression and now, a few years shy of 30, I still know I haven't fully conquered it, but at least I am in a better place in my life. I appeared to all the world like an outgoing woman with a joy for life, but the truth is behind all the feisty nature, I was very insecure and I struggled to get the dark thought out of my head that my friends and family would be better off without me. I think that life is hard for us all at the moment, but we need to start offering each other more support. We got very selfish when the Celtic Tiger was here, and very little has changed. Also I hope you will publish a list of contacts for people who are feeling depressed, suicidal or even those who feel the weight of the world is getting too much.

Name and address with editor BELOW is a list of services to which you can turn to and talk with if you are suffering from depression, believe you may have depression, or are considering suicide. Please reach out and ask for help. • S.T.O.P. (Suicide, Teach, Organise, Prevent) - Website: 24-hour helpline 071-9164286. • Samaritans Ireland - Website: 24 Hour Call-Save phone helpline 1850 60 90 90 • 1Life - Free Suicide Helpline 1800 24 7 100 • Aware - Website Helpline 1890 303 302 For more information about depression, recognising the signs of depression or accessing help, you can also visit or

VOX POP - the word on the street Reporter Sarah Kelly asked the shoppers of Sligo two important questions about their spending habits this Christmas: 1. Will you be spending more or less on Christmas shopping this year? 2. Will you go across the Border?

Cliff Kirk, Blacklion 1. “Much less.” 2. “I go across the border all the time because I live near there.”

Marissa, Belmullet, Leitrim 1. “Probably less.” 2. “I probably will go up to Enniskillen to get a few bits.”

Paul Carty, Collooney , Sligo 1. “I’d say less probably.” 2. “Definitely if the VAT goes up.”

Rebecca Tighe, Strandhill, Sligo 1. “About the same, but maybe a little more.” 2. “Once, or maybe twice.”

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Poetry pays, he hopes.


THE owner of a property in County Sligo has asked the High Court to hold off issuing an order for the repossession of his house until a book of poetry he is publishing can generate some much-needed funds. Allied Irish Banks was granted an order in December 2009 to repossess the home, but this was held off after the owner was hospitalised. The borrower, who was present in court, said he had suffered from vertigo, but was now much better. He would put two horses up for sale, and a US investment would yield €20,000 to put to his debt. He was also bringing out a book of poetry which he hoped would make €7,000, he told the judge. Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne agreed to renew the execution order on condition that it would not be carried out for six months. And they say rhyme doesn't pay.

Girl power WHEN we first looked at a motion from Councillor Mary Barrett on the agenda for the monthly meeting of Sligo County Council we thought she was proposing that they employ a muscular young woman to lift fish boxes at a pier in west Sligo. The motion read: “That this Council provide funding for a wench at Pollnaybhe Pier to enable fishermen to bring boxes of fish from their boats in a safe environment.” But we decided that it was probably a typographical error and that it’s actually a winch she’s looking for.

Is this the first? IN former years people used to write to a letter to the Irish Times reporting that they had heard the cuckoo and asking if it was the first of the summer. Last Thursday night one of our reporters met a gritter on the N4 between Bunduff bridge and Tullaghan. Is this the first of the winter?

Flooding goes too far SLIGO County Council and its sister local authority tweeted on Tuesday last that there was “excessive flooding” on the N15 at Creevykeel, near Cliffoney. The question that came to mind was when does flooding become “excessive”. Or what is the appropriate level of flooding?

VERY character we encounter along life’s ‘long and winding road’, potentially, has the power to make us revise our views on life. Even when they depart, a part of them usually lingers on. I am continually being inspired, influenced, stretched and shaped, while striving to avoid negativity. After the Celtic Tenors’ October concert for St. John’s Cathedral’s Anniversary I began to really think about those people I look back on with affection, as having stamped an indelible imprint on my childhood development in Sligo. Parents, family and friends are of course the prime source of determining attitudes and beliefs. If it’s good and gives you strength – hold onto it. If it’s bad, negative and weak – bin it! I am leaving my family aside here, as well as those inspirational folk I encountered later in life, such as David Harper - my main singing teacher in London, Basil Love and the thousands of Kenyan orphans and adults who have altered my prerogatives utterly, or my hero the late Jussi Björling whose voice continues to inspire, motivate, soothe and heal me, with its beauty and passion. I am talking here about those Sligo people of my youth, who at the time weren’t necessarily ‘role models’, but who in hindsight undeniably left a powerful and positive impression on me, and on who I was to become professionally, psychologically and emotionally. Of course, at the time, it’s up to the child to make the call whether or not the adult in question is a good or bad influence. What pressure, and pot luck. On that evening in St. John’s, when I dedicated a song to Pearl Gilmour who had recently turned 90, my mind drifted back to the endless hours of friendly banter with my Dad’s Secretary Pearl by the Super Ser gas heater in the musty, paper-scented office at 42 Castle Street. I was truly flattered that Deirdre Folan came along that night to hear us sing. I remember, as though it were yesterday, sitting alongside my mother at the Father Flanagan Hall, wide-eyed, mesmerised, transfixed by this beautiful (vocally and visually) local star soprano as she floated magically through the role of the Merry Widow, and Margot in “The Desert Song”, on both occasions opposite Dublin baritone Austin Gaffney. Deirdre Folan made me realise that goals were achievable, as she awakened my love for performing, and all its multifarious trimmings. Surely it’s through childhood observation and participation that children discover ability, identity, what they are capable of, and who they can become? Education is humanity’s greatest hope, the key to society’s future, and so it goes without saying that a child’s first teacher is of inestimable import - perhaps the first significant adult in a child’s development after the parents.

PAST: The Late John Trotter - “an incredibly kind, humble, good man with a generous heart” - worked in Nelson’s shop in Castle Street and was a big influence on the young James Nelson, now a member of the Celtic Tenors and a very well-travelled man. That teacher creates a daily mood of either misery, or joy and creativity. A first teacher can torture, or inspire, as he/she instructs in life’s lessons. For some children, school is perhaps even a haven from dysfunction. I have made no secret over the years of my admiration and respect for my first teacher at “The Model” – Bean Uí Higín – Thank you Hilda Higgins for helping me realise my love of learning. The late Ger Cole was my first piano teacher – a calm, sensitive, enthusiastic, cheerful, smiling lady, who rather than rapping knuckles, was tuned in to kids, and instilled in me my life-long love of musicmaking. John Trotter, late of St. Edward’s Terrace, worked in my Dad’s shop, and at Cartron. John Trotter was loved by many, a hugely popular Sligo character, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and an incredibly kind, humble, good man with a generous heart.

LEFT: Christelle and Tommy Rooney, Forthill Sligo 1. “Oh less, big time.” 2. “No, probably around here, or Dublin- we went to Dublin yesterday.”

Shauna Wilson, Gurteen, Sligo 1. “Probably more.” 2. “I don’t think so.”

Stuart, Circular Road, Sligo 1. “I suppose the same.” 2. “I don’t know but probably not.”

RIGHT: Kelly Mahon and Rachel O’Hehir, Hazelwood and Kevinsfort, Sligo 1. “Less.” 2. “I don’t know, but probably not.”

When I was growing up at Cartron, John ticked all the right boxes. John took an interest in you, he noticed you, encouraged you, complimented you and made you feel special. John Trotter listened. John’s colourful conversations about his fishing trips on Lough Gill included every microscopic detail of that trip - “Perr Rock, rod bent in two…” – down to the graphic descriptions of the endless cups of tea, and where and how they ended up being secreted in the shrubbery on Monk’s Island. As a child, our minds are open, impressionable, pliable and free from prejudices and doubts, or should be. The heart and mind of a child is there to be moulded and shaped for the future. John Trotter, by his kindness, openness, warm heart and listening ear influenced many. Rest in peace John, you done good, “ya bugger ya”!


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Commercial rents need to fall say business group C

OMMERCIAL landlords have not reduced retail rents to even close to market rates and Government action to abolish upward-only rent is urgently required, according to Retail Excellence Ireland who today published the results of a National Retail Rents and Employment Survey. Research conducted with 1,418 leasehold retail stores nationwide found that over the period 2009-11 rents were reduced by an average of only 3.83%. Over the same period retail industry sales decreased by 30% and over 50,000 retail jobs were lost, with employment in the sector falling to 255,000. In 2009 an average rent reduction of 3.161% of all lease rents was granted by landlords, this increased to 4.399% in 2010 and further increased marginally to 4.402% in 2011. Over the three year period a total rent roll of €680 million was paid by the 1,418 stores or €479,000 per store (€159,000 per annum). Gross rent reductions granted over the period amounted to €27 million or €19,000 per store (€6,300 per annum).

David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive, Retail Excellence Ireland commented, "This survey of over 1,400 retail stores around Ireland is clear proof that the vast majority of commercial landlords have no intention of adjusting rents and are desperately holding on to celtic tiger lease agreements. "Every other cost faced by retailers has decreased over the past three year with the exception of rents. What is most concerning is the fact that new market entrants can command rent at rates 50% lower that legacy tenants, thus many long-established professional retailers are being forced out of business." He continued: "The vested interests opposing the abolition of upward-only rent reviews consistently refer to anecdotal evidence that landlords are engaging with retailers on rent. "This research clearly illustrates that the vast majority of landlords have proven that they are unwilling to reduce commercial rents to rates reflecting the market reality. "Indeed the pension funds have

claimed that they are legally prohibited from reducing commercial rents. All landlords will at some time have to bear the market realities, whether that is through strong Government legislation to deal with the matter or retail tenant failure. "Irish retail rents have proven to be completely unsustainable in the past decade. Over the period 2000-07 rent increases of 240% while consumer prices only increased by 30% during the same period. "Irish retailers only want a level playing field and rents that are based on real market conditions. The retail industry is continuing to contract where sales have declined month on month now for over 45 months since the downturn began." He concluded: "It is now up to the Government parties to stick to their election commitments and publish the Landlord and Tenant (Business Leases Review) Bill. If the Government fails to act urgently on the rents issue they will be putting a further 30,000 retail jobs at risk."

Perry presents report to Taosieach THE Minister for State for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D. last Wednesday presented An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D. with the Report of the Advisory Group for Small Business "The Voice of Small Business - A Plan for Action". The Taoiseach launched this Group in June and had asked Minister Perry for a report by end of year and to identify 5 Priority Actions from the Report on which immediate implementation can be commenced. "The Government recognises the challenges faced by small business and the contribution this diverse sector can make to economic recovery. This report "The Voice of Small Business" will provide a valuable input into Minister Bruton's Jobs Strategy by setting out the collective views of small business," said the Taoiseach.

The Taoiseach commended the work of the Group, under Minister Perry's chairmanship, and thanked all of the members for their participation in the Group's work to date. The Minister for Small Business, John Perry said "There are very good, practical and pragmatic ideas

which aim to address immediate barriers and to set the scene for growth and job creation. Small firms are regionally spread, they create employment locally, contribute to building a community, and enhance a location's attractiveness as a place in which to live and do business."

An Inter-Departmental Liaison Group has also been established to pursue those recommendations of the Group which require cross-Government implementation. Minister Perry expressed his appreciation of the appointment by his Ministerial colleagues of representa-

Callan Tansey receive Gold Standard

STANDARD: Brian Gill Managing Partner of Callan Tansey Solicitors receiving the "QM Excel" Accreditation from David Rowe, OutSource Finance. OutSource QM is a quality management standard specifically written for solicitors in

Ireland which is designed to provide independent verification of the risk management standards which operate within a firm. QM Essentials operate in Client & File management, Regulatory compliance

and Risk Management procedures and in addition looks at four additional standards in the areas of practice management, human resources, I.T. and financial management. Callan Tansey were awarded the Gold Standard Rating.

AA say fuel rise is not limiting journeys north for shopping THE numbers of people heading North for their Christmas shopping is set to increase this year, according to research from AA Travel Insurance. Of the 11,500 people surveyed almost 18% said they were planning to do so, up from 16% in an identical poll carried out 12 months ago. The main reasons given for visiting Northern Ireland are to shop for alcohol, groceries and gifts in advance of Christmas. The poll which asked a series of tracker questions in line with those asked this time last year indicates that despite a 14% increase in the price of unleaded petrol and a

16% increase in diesel year on year, the lure of cheaper prices is still tempting many people to head across the border to save on their Christmas shopping bill. Many more of the poll's participants indicated through individual comments that they will strongly consider more frequent shopping trips across the border starting with their Christmas purchases if the speculated 2% VAT rise to 23% is introduced in the 2012 State budget. In total 450 of those surveyed volunteered additional comments on the contentious "buy local" versus "cheaper overseas

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goods" shopping debate. Again this year, feedback from the poll was largely polarized with some vowing to steadfastly support local enterprises through their shopping patterns while many others indicated that value was their key concern. Others again shared their views that cross border shopping is potentially a false economy on account of hefty fuel prices. "It's important to remember that if introduced, the higher rate of VAT will also apply to our fuel which is already hovering in and around the E1.50 mark per litre of petrol." said Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland.


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TOWN INDEX Ballytivnan/ Rathbraughan...................30-31 Cranmore/Abbeyquarter .....49 Mail Coach Road ....................51 Merville Centre.......................51

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

PHOTO INDEX Collooney.............................................29 Culfadda ..............................................30 Drumcliffe............................................30 Castlegal...............................................31 Lough Arrow ........................................31 Culleens................................................32 Coolaney ..............................................32 Sligo .....................................................49 Sligo .....................................................49 Gurteen................................................50 Manorhamilton....................................51 Riverstown ...........................................51 Sligo......................................................52

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COLLOONEY: Collooney resident Susanne Short with her husband Richard Kerins, Collooney, after their recent marriage. Susanne was one of the participants in TV 3’s ‘The Apprentice’ show. Photo by ldunne 2011

ACLARE/ TOURLESTRANE By Cyril Feehily Santa in Banada SANTA Claus is coming to Banada Community Centre on Saturday, December 10 at 10.30am. He’s going to have breakfast with children, and there’s going to be raffles for hampers, lines are on sale with the chance of winning 500 litres of heating oil. Admission is €12 per child and concessions where there’s more than one child. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is expressed to Bridie Walsh, Rhue on the death of her brother Michael Peyton, Swinford and Ballyglass, Curry. May he rest in peace EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: The Diocesan Eucharistic Congress Committee are organising transport for two days to the RDS in the week prior to

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the final Mass in Croke Park. The bus will travel on Wednesday, June 13 and Friday, June 15. If you would like to be part of one or both of these days of the Diocesan Pilgrimage, please contact your local priest, giving your name and a deposit of €20 (non refundable). The estimated cost of a day is €50, ticket and bus. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information, contact Fr. T. Johnston, Charlestown on 0949254315. MOVING RESIDENCE: Fr John Glynn has moved residence. He has moved from the Parochial house in Tourlestrane to Drumartin. The house is the third on the right, after you turn off the Ballina to Tubbercurry road, heading for Carrane and Tourlestrane.Or going from Tourlestrane it is the third last house before the T-junction KEEP ON RUNNING: Terry Hayes, head coach with Sligo Athletics Club,

continues his sessions, in co-operation with South Sligo Athletics for the novice and seasoned runner in Kilcoyne GAA Park Tubbercurry, on this Saturday, December 10 at 11am. This is an opportunity to avail of Terry’s. expertise. It is free and is proving very enjoyable and educational. For enquiries call 087 9722927 APPEAL FROM GAA: The club wishes to remind all to get the flags and bunting down and put them into cold storage for next year 2012 when they will need them again. The club wishes to say thanks to everyone for all the flags. Green and Gold through out the parish over the last year 2011. MEMORABILIA SAUGHT: The GAA club are making a call for your club pictures during the year 2011, or especially older photos and videos, as they are trying to put a library of video, photo or club memorabilia together. The plan is to scan in the hard copies and return the original

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to its owner and then have a library available on the club website. If you have them electronically then they can be emailed to tourlestranegaa@ WREATH MAKING: GIY Tubbercurry are hosting a Christmas Wreathmaking Workshop, facilitated by Martina Killian on Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm in Teach Laighne. Cost €5. For further details please contact Breege Walsh on 087 6590549 or All are welcome BINGO: The Snowball game is at over €6,400, and was won last Tuesday. The jackpot starts back at €2,000 waiting to be won at bingo this Tuesday in Banada Abbey Community Hall, starting at 9pm. Minimum €2,000 payout each night. GAA COACHES: As they prepare for 2012 the GAA club are looking to recruit new coaches for their underage teams. There are 19 teams in the club. It takes a great combined effort to mentor all their 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 officers. 25 CARD GAME: 25 Card games have started in Kilmactigue N S every Friday night at 8.30pm. Beginners are always welcome. SENIOR CITIZEN: St Attracta’s Senior Citizens Club is held every Wednesday in Banada Health Centre from 2pm-5pm. New members are always welcome. Bus available to collect you to and from the centre. For enquiries call 071-9181195 BOXING CLUB: Valiant Amature Boxing Club will provide training and competitive opportunities for young people between ten to 18 year of age. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-30pm till 9-30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre, Curry. Interested parties are welcome. For further information contact Darren Fahey on 086 3182097. LANDSCAPE: Adult art classes on landscape water colour have resumed on Thursday nights at 8pm at Carraloban Resource Centre, Aclare, fee €6 per night. New members are welcome. TAI CHI CLASSES: Taoist Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that is beneficial for body and mind. Classes have started for beginners in St Bridget’s Hall, from 10am-12noon. For more information contact Kathleen on 087 6179317 or visit our website on LOTTO: The Aclare Community Lotto is in excess of €5,300 and rising, so why not take a chance and buy a ticket. Tickets can be purchased in Kennedy’s Supermarket or from any ADC member. ACLARE FOROIGE CLUB: The club meeting is on Saturday evenings at


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town&county 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. DANCE AND DRAMA: Kelda’s School of Dance and Drama classes continue in the Hilary room, Banada Abbey Community Hall every Thursday night from 7-8pm. Why not come along to sample what’s available. Contact Erin on 087-1368145 for more details. BOXCERCISE: Shape and Tone Classes for ladies over 16 years on Friday, from 7-8pm at Banada Abbey Community Hall. €50 for a six-week session. Contact Adrian Sheerin on 086 0581956. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for registration. KNITTING CLUB: Knitting group is held in Kilmactigue Community Centre on Monday nights at 8pm. All are welcome. BOCCE CLUB: Cara Special Olympic Bocce Club has resumed. They meet each Wednesday evening in St. Bridget’s Hall, Tubbercurry, from 8-9pm. All special needs are welcome. They are also looking for some volunteers for the coming year. People who are going for the Gaisce Award that would like to help, should contact 087 7430837 or show up on any Wednesday night meeting. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar at Aughris at 12 noon. The first event last year was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( rust). Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083-1187105).

BALLINACARROW Tel. 071-9167878 Country market The Country Market now takes place in the Loftus Hall, Ballymote, on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12 noon. Please support local producers. CARD GAMES: The card games continue in Ballinacarrow Community Centre, every Thursday evening at 9pm. Everybody welcome. ART CLASSES: Children’s art classes are held in Little Haven Creche, Coolaney, on Tuesday evenings from 7-8.30pm. For further details please contact Paul on 085 1359642. Adult art classes are held in the Teeling Centre, Collooney on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am12.30pm. For further information please contact Paul on 085 1359642. BINGO: Bingo takes place in Collooney Hall every Thursday evening at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. Everybody welcome. TRADITIONAL MUSIC: The traditional Irish music sessions continue in Durkin’s Bar, Ballinacarrow, every Friday night. Everybody welcome. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.


Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to Anne Kelly and family on the death of her husband Ted who passed away recently.

CULFADDA: Daniel, James, Tara and Katie Gallagher with a €1,200 cheque for Barretstown Camp with Gerry Looby representing the charity in Higgins’, Culfadda.

Also to the family of Ellen Gilmartin, Cartonhugh, who died recently. And to Mary McGuinness on the recent death of her uncle, Johnny Brady. Also to the Mulvaney family on the peaceful death of James (Seamus) Mulvaney, Ballintogher who died recently. CHRISTMAS MASSES: Christmas Eve Mass - St. Mary’s at 9pm. Christmas Day Mass - St. Michael’s at 10am. Christmas Day Mass - St. Therese’s at 11.30am. SCRAP METAL COLLECTION: Ballintogher Playground committee would like to thank everyone who supported our recent scrap metal collection. We will be holding another collection day on Saturday, December 3, from 11am-4pm, opposite the school in Balllintogher. For collection of larger items please phone 071-9134837 or message our facebook page.

between 10.30am and 1pm and/ or 7pm and 9.30pm with image consultant Kate Hegarty. This eventis free of charge. As places are limited, please telephone Paula or Claire at 0719197818 to book your place. COMMUNITY PARK AGM: The AGM of Ballymote Community Parks will take place on Monday next, December 12 at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. Nominations for the positions of chairman, secretary and treasurer are now being taken. VEGETABLE GARDEN DEMO: The Ballymote Family Resource Centre is looking for a small area of land (circa one acre) for the purpose of setting up a demonstration vegetable garden/allotments in the immediate environs

of Ballymote. It should preferably be within walking distance of the town. If any local landowner would be in a position to provide this land the centre would love to hear from them. For further details telephone Francis on 071-9197818. CAR BOOT SALE: A car boot sale takes place on Sunday, December 13 in the Coach House Hotel from 12 noon to 3pm. In aid of Billy’s Clinic in Malawi. Aidan Foley will be going to do his voluntary service overseas from January until April 2012. Tables are €10. There will be tea/coffee, cake sale, flower arrangements, Christmas music and cheer. Please contact 086 6608055 to book a table. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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Christmas concert BALLYMOTE Youth Steering Ltd will be hosting their annual Childrens’ Christmas Concert in the Loftus Hall on Thursday night. You will not want to miss this great night of entertainment. CLUB CARDS: A selection of Christmas cards have been created by the children at the Afterschool Club and will be on sale at the Afterschool Club. Cards are priced at €2 each or three for €5. COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL: Ladies, need some “Me” time before Christmas? Why not come along to the “Colour Me Beautiful” event at Ballymote Family Resource Centre on Thursday

ESB ART COMPETITION: Congratulations to the following winners who took part in the ESB Art Competition: Rebecca Healy, Farrah McDonagh, Shane Rafferty and Katy Walsh. THANK YOU: Corran College Parents Association and Friends of Tanzania would like to thank all who supported their recent fundraiser for Tanzania. They are most grateful. CREDIT UNION ART: Congratulations to Credit Union Art competition winners: Gabriela Chaves (11-13 years) Eimer Conlon (eight to ten years) and Felim Finn (seven years and under). Children who were commended are Joseph Donohoe and Cathy Finn. Children who won in the Credit Union Competition are asked to collect their prizes from their office in Ballymote. CIRCUIT TRAINING: Circuit training takes place every Monday 7.308.30pm, in Colaiste Mhuire Gym. €5 per class. All are welciome. FANCY DRESS PARTY: There will be a Christmas fancy dress party in the Coach House Hotel on Saturday night in aid of the Christmas Lights Fund. Put the date in your diary now and don’t miss out on all the fun. Thanks to those businesses who have already made their contribution to the fund and if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, your contribution is badly needed and would be greatly appreciated. MARKET SPECIAL: The country market is held in the Loftus Hall Ballymote every Saturday from 10am to 12pm A special Christmas market takes place on Saturday next. Children’s Christmas craft activities for all ages. Orders taken for Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes. Great selection of crafts that will make ideal Christmas gifts. Tea and coffee, home baking, homegrown vegetables, jams, pickles and chutneys and arts and crafts. All produce is locally produced. 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. 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. PANTO IN TUBBERCURRY: Rehearsals are well underway for Phoenix Players Christmas pantomime ‘Bah Humbug’, with St Bridgid’s Hall echoing with Christmas songs throughout the week. 'Bah Humbug' is a twist on the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ and is directed by Mark Dunne. The line-up includes many Phoenix Players regulars with lots of new faces joining the cast also. Final rehearsals are in full swing so there is plenty of Christmas cheer around the place already. The panto runs from December 11 to December 17 except for December 16 and there will be a matinee on Sunday 11. A great nights entertainment will be guaranteed. To book tickets please contact 071-9185116.

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

DRUMCLIFFE: Graduate Jackie Donaghy from Drumcliffe along with Ray MacSharry Chairman of the Governing Body, receiving the Governing Body Award for Bachelor of Business in Management Applications, Level 7 at the annual Conferring Ceremonies at IT Sligo. Almost 1,800 graduates were conferred with awards at the Institute this year.

Susan a winner CONGRATULATIONS and well done to Susan Bannagan, who lives in Rathbraughan Park, on being one of the winners in an art competition


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town&county and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083-1187105).

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CASTLEGAL: Philip Cassidy “21 Outs”, Ballina pictured with Triona Cox, Castlegal, at Jimmy Carr in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Pic. by Michael Donnelly Photography

ran in conjunction with the Craftfest Northwest celebrations in Sligo town recently. The theme and the subject chosen for the competition was a Design A Banner contest. Susan Bannagan’s choice was Sligo in Autumn, which made her one of the winners in the competition, in which many students from second-level colleges from all parts of Sligo, and around the region took part. Susan was presented with her prize of a voucher at a presentation in the Source Centre in Sligo town recently. Susan Bannagan, is a transition student at the Mercy College and is the daughter of Paudie and Audrey Bannagan, who live in Rathbraughan Park. GOOD RESULTS: The Rathbraughan Residents Association has got the results of the ‘Best Kept Estate Competition’ during the past week from Sligo Borough Council. In their report they commended the good work of the residents association, and they were complimentary of the standard of works carried out. They wish to convey their appreciation for the endeavours, for the work done in the estate, both by the residents association and all the residents. The estate got 53 points out of 100 based on the marking scheme set and distributed to all residents associations at the application stage last summer. Judging of the estates took place during the months of July, August and September and the marks then compiled and forwarded to Sligo Borough Council for approval. So well done to the residents association, and the residents for getting such high marks in the competition, especially as this is the estates first year in the competition. RECENT DEATH: Sympathy is extended to the relatives of the late Kathryn Beal [Nee Connolly] Classiebawn Drive, Sligo, and formerly of Ballintrillick, who passed away recently. Some of her relatives are from the Sligo Town, and the Dunally area. May the late Kathryn Beal, rest in peace. CD FAIR: There will be a CD and record fair held in the Garavogue bar on Saturday from 11am to 6pm. One of the organisers of the fair is from this area. So you might pick up a bargain if you go along on Saturday. FLOODING: There was some minor flooding in the area, caused by the recent heavy rainfall that caused flooding all over the country during the past week.

BELTRA/ DROMARD Country Market THE Country Market is held every Saturday morning in Beltra Hall from 10am-12noon. Orders are now being taken for Christmas, puddings and mince pies. All the usual home products and crafts available. Butchers van will be in the car park, and Christmas trees will also be available. There will be a Christmas cake decorating workshop with Frances – bring a cake (not sponge) on a board slightly larger to decorate, if it’s a fruit cake preferably already marzipanned. Bring any ribbon or decorations you would like to use. RECENT DEATHS: Sympathy is extended to Liam Maye and his family Carrowgilpatrick, Beltra, on the death of his brother Jackie Maye, Bunnafeddia, Dromard. Also to Joe Dooney and his family, Ross, on the death of his sister, Philomena Lavelle, Easkey.

COFFEE MORNING: Thanks to all who supported the recent coffee morning in Beltra Hall in aid of North West Hospice, proceeds were €900. DANCE TIME: The annual set dance ceili will be in the Community Centre on Saturday night from 10pm1am. Music by The Long Note Ceili Band. Tea served. GLASSES FOUND: Reading glasses in a purple case were found in the Health Centre car park last week. COLLECTION THANKS: The Alzheimer Society church gate collection amounted to €528.10. Thanks to all who supported. NUALA IS 90: Happy 90th birthday to Nuala Rafter, Larkhill, Beltra. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar at Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event last year was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( adamkennedytrust). Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards

SYMPATHY is extended to the sons, Murdy and Tommy; daughters, Ann, Riona and Monica; sons-in-law;, daughters-in-law; her sister Gretta; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; relatives and friends of the late Kathleen Tuffy, Rathglass, Corballa. Her remains were removed from McGowan’s Funeral Home on Monday, November 28 to St.Joseph’s Church, Castleconnor. Burial took place in Killanley Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Tuesday, November 29. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to the husband, Thomas (native of Rathglass); daughters, Patricia and Emma, of the late Eleanor Tuffy, 19 Knightsbridge, Belfast, who died recently. The burial took place in Belfast on Saturday, November 26. May she rest in peace. CRAFT SHOP: The craft shop at the Tourist Information promote local craft and have a selection of handmade Christmas cards, paintings, jewllery, knitwear, crochet, candles and books. They now stock knitting wool, needles, ribbon and sewing threads. SALE OF WORK: A sale of work will take place in Castleconnor Community Centre on Sunday, December 11 at 12noon. Santa will arrive at 2pm. DRAMA: The excitement is really building up in Castleconnor as the drama group put the finishing touches to their pantomime ‘Aladdin’, with a hint of a twist. This is another production from the group, which is now recognised by audiences as a group who love to entertain their audience. The show is produced by Tommy Barrett and directed by Gretta Harrison. The group wishes to thank Gretta for writing a brilliant script for this show. The show goes on stage on December 14, 15, 16 and 18 in the Castleconnor Community Centre at 8pm. Tickets for adults cost €10. LOTTO: The Castleconnor GAA lotto draw for €14,770 took place on Friday

Michael Moran, Chairman Lough Arrow swim committee, presents John Kelly of North West Hospice with a cheque for €5,610 which were the proceeds of the 2010 Lough Arrow Christmas Day swim. Also included are Mary Moran Secretary and other committee members. The 2011 swim will be held again this year on Christmas day at Flynn’s Pier.

night in Mahony’s pub. There was great excitement when the numbers (4, 18, 20 and 23) were drawn, but yet again the jackpot remained elusive. There was only one match three winner and that was Paul Kavanagh, Kilglass. The jackpot now moves to €1,4850.The next draw will take place on Saturday, December 10 in Muddy Burns. Thanks to all who continue to support the Lotto. Weekly tickets are available in Tuffy’s Shop, Muddy Burns and Mahoney’s and surrounding areas. Yearly tickets are also available from the committee. CLUB MERCHANDISE: With Santa on the way and the cold weather with it, the club have hooded tops, tracksuits, wind-breakers that would make the perfect Christmas gift. There is a 10% sale on the gear. Get in contact with Darren Ruane to put your order in before it is too late. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day Swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar at Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event last year was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( adamkennedytrust). Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083-1187105). 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.


Recent engagement THEIR families and friends were delighted on the recent announcement of the engagement of June Kielty of Cloyspara, Cliffoney and Kevin Meehan of Creeveykeel, Cliffoney. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Cliffoney Christmas concert was held in Cliffoney Hall on Friday night last. Once again a huge crowd turned out on the night and what a wonderful night of entertainment was provided by all the artists. GAA NEWS: The AGM of the St Molaise Gaels GAA club will be held on Saturday night, December 10 in their new club house. New members are welcome. The club was delighted that their Christmas ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ was such an outstanding success. The club would like to thank in particular the ten couples that took part for the amount of time and effort they put into the show. They would also like to thank the sponsors, dance instructors, show organisers and to all the people who sponsored the dancers and who attended the show. Congratulations to the winning couple Amy Sprat and the Fred Astaire of Derryleahen, Diarmuid Feeney. HOSPICE PRESENTATION: Grange Post Primary school made a presentation of over €800 to the North West Hospice. The presentation was made to John Kelly, chairman of the North West Hospice who paid a glowing tribute to the school on their magnificent effort in raising this amount of money in the present economic climate.


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town&county CLOONACOOL Folk choir CD THE Folk Choir will make history this Saturday night, December 3 when they launch their first CD. The launch will take place in St Michael’s Church, Cloonacool, after 8pm mass. All voluntary assistance has gone into the recording of the CD and all those who have given of their time and equipment will be mentioned in our launch night news update. The choir sing at the vigil mass in Cloonacool every Saturday night and have spent many days and nights practicing for this historic event. The group consists of adults and children of all ages. Everyone is welcome to this exciting event and immediately after the launch, the CDs will be on sale. This will be a lovely gift to family members unable to come home for Christmas. Sincere thanks to everyone who made this great event happen. SOCIAL NIGHT: A social night will be held in Brennans Lounge, Cloonacool on Saturday, December 10 in aid of Frank Gavigans campaign for Sligo’s Legend Supporter. Music by Chris. Admission is free and a raffle will be held on the night. CHRISTMAS PARTY: A Christmas party took place on Sunday, November 27. It was a very successful event, which was enjoyed by all. For the last two years we had to cancel due to the snow so we made the decision to move forward to November, which proved a great move. Mass was celebrated in the Community Centre by Fr. Dan O’Mahoney. The Cloonacool Folk Choir provided music and singing. A sit down meal followed by music from Harry McGowan, Chris Stapleton, James Murray, John Doyle and Noel Burke. Dancing continued into the early hours and was enjoyed by all. Chairperson Michael Calvey thanked everyone for their great attendance and a special word of thanks to the committee for the work and care in decorating the venue and providing the food. Next year’s party date is being planned as we go to press! TABLE QUIZ: In aid of Cloonacool GAA Club in Brennan’s of Cloonacool on Friday, December 9 at 9pm Tables of four –- €40 RURAL TRANSPORT TUBBERCURRY AREA: All weekly routes are demand responsive house-to-house pick up

CULLEENS: Fiona and Jordon Taylor, of Culleens in West Sligo, pictured at Jimmy Carr in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Pic. by Michael Donnelly Photography

service. Free Travel Pass is accepted or fare of €8 return. Passengers wishing to travel can book seats each week on 071-9120636. ROUTE 1: The service covers Masshill Road, Cloonacool, Branchfield, Lavagh, Achonry, and Rinbane area into Tubbercurry. The service runs every Tuesday at 10 am - Leaves Tubbercurry at 1 pm. ROUTE 3: Coolaney to Tubbercurry via Knockadoo, Carrowneden, Carrowmore, Lavagh, and Cloonacool into Tubbercurry. The service runs every Friday at 10am – Leaves Tubbercurry at 1 pm 25 CARD GAME: 25 card game is held in Cloonacool Community Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Single hands. Refreshments afterwards. MOTHER AND TODDLER GROUP: The Mother and Toddler Group meet every Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 12pm in the Cloonacool Community Centre. CLOONACOOL SOCIAL GROUP: Cloonacool Social Group meet every Monday

morning at 10.40am in the Community Centre. SET DANCING: Set dancing continues in the community centre every Wednesday at 8.30pm. Suitable for beginners. GIY TUBBERCURRY: GIY Tubbercurry are hosting a Christmas wreath making workshop facilitated by Martina Killian on Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm in Teach Laighne. Cost €5. All Welcome. For further details please contact Breege Walsh on 087 6590549 or ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR: The annual craft fair – held in the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry – is taking place on Sunday, December 11, from 12 midday to 4 pm. There will be a large selection of crafts for sale on the day. A raffle will take place and refreshments will be served. 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. RUNNING SHOES: Terry Hayes, head coach with Sligo AC, will be delivering a series of running workshops for South Sligo AC. These sessions are free of charge and cater for all abilities from the starter to the more seasoned runner. The first session will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 11am in Kilcoyne Park. Please attend and bring a friend. Call: 087 9722927 SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar at Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event last year was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( adamkennedytrust) or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083 1187105). NOTES: Please send any notes to by Wednesday.

COLLOONEY By Mary White Tel. 071-9167511

Recent deaths COOLANEY: Coolaney Macra boy’s team who won the county soccer competition recently; From right to left, Mathew O’Sullivan, Christopher Connolly, Joe Rodgers, Fergal Breslin, Raymond Briody, Shane Doherty and Christopher Cunnie.

THE remains of Joseph Taheny, Crozan Downs, Sligo and formerly St. Mary’s Green, Collooney were laid to rest in Sligo cemetery after 11am Mass in St. Anne’s Church on Monday, November 28. Sympathy is extended to his mother, sister, brothers, families, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to the family neighbours and friends of Terence (Ted) Kelly Ballintogher, whose funeral took place in Creevelea Abbey New Cemetery, Dromahair, after 12 noon Mass in St. Tereasa’s Church, Ballintogher on Monday, November 28. Rest in peace. ALZHEIMER’S COLLECTION: Thanks to all who contributed to the Alzheimer’s

Collooney Church Gate collection which realized €267.50. HSE RETIRED: North West HSE Retired Group, their spouses and friends annual Christmas Dinner will be held as usual in Sligo Park Hotel from 1.30pm to 6pm on Wednesday, December 14. Not to be missed. ACTIVE RETIRED GROUP: Collooney Active Retired Group will hold their Christmas Dinner in the Castle Dargon Hotel, Ballygawley, on Friday, December 9. The bus will depart from outside the Parish Church at 7pm. Have a great night. DEVELOPMENT LOTTO RESULTS: The draw took place in McKim’s, Main Street on Wednesday, November 30. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 10 and 15. There was no jackpot winner. The following four won €25 each: Mary Clare Conneely, Abhann Mhór; Noreen Gormley, Owenmore View; Christopher Gorman, Kiernan Avenue; and Martina O’Brien, Kiernan Avenue. The next draw will be on Wednesday, December 14 and the jackpot is €700. €4 secures two draws per month. Contact any member of the committee. CELEB WEDDING: Health, wealth and happiness is wished to Richard Kerins and Suzanne Short, who were married in Keadue Co. Roscommon on Friday last. Richard is owner and manager of long established Tubberbride Riding Stables, Collooney, and Louth native Suzanne featured for seven weeks on TV3 ‘Apprentice’ series, at the same time completing her studies and being conferred with a BA in Business and Marketing from Sligo IT. 64 YEARS WED: Hearty congratulations to Michael and Julia Finn Knockbeg, Collooney who celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last week. Both Michael and Julia are into their 80s and enjoying good health and have their family around them. It is a great achievement and the Finn’s thank God and their family. Long may they reign. 5 BAPTISMS: Congratulations to Ian and Sara Bonney, UK, on the birth and baptism of their daughter Imogen May; to Sean and Catherine Collery, Templemanor, Ballinacarrow on the birth and baptism of their little girl, Aisling Ellen; to Neil and Sabina O’Dowd, Abhann Mór, Collooney on the birth and baptism of their daughter Kate Maura; two little boys were among the new arrivals Adem Durkin, son of Sylvia, UK, and Eugene Patrick Henry, son of Francis and Ann Ropefieldd, Ballinacarrow. Go mbeannaigh Dia na daoine go léir. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day Swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar, Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event, last year, was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( kennedytrust). Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083-1187105).

COOLANEY Tel. 071-9167878 Happy birthday BEST wishes to Siofra and Ruairi Hanley, Coolaney, who celebrated their 12th birthday on November 28. Siofra and Ruairi are twins of Mum and Dad, Dr Brid and Joe Hanley. COOLANEY SOCCER: Well done to Coolaney Celts, who recorded a good


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Emilee Jennings talks to Sligo radio/TV star Lousie Heraghty. Pages 4-5

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FTER the Christmas excitement has died down, enjoy an evening of music, songs and stories from legends of Irish music, The Fureys and Davey Arthur. The band will be making their ninth concert appearance at the Hawk's Well Theatre on Wednesday, December 28 at 8pm. George and Eddie Furey and

Davey Arthur have thrilled audiences around the world for more than 33 years where their audiences have included Tony Blair, Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul II. Don't miss the chance to hear them sing all their hits including "When You Were Sweet Sixteen", "The Green Fields of France", "Red

Rose Café", "From Clare to Here" and "Steal Away". Early booking is advised and this would make an excellent gift for a immigrant returning home, looking for a genuine taste of Irish balladry at its best. Tickets cost €25 and can be booked by calling the theatre box office on 071-9161518 or by visiting

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STARS: Showband stars Ronan Collins (above), Tony Kenny (right, top) and the legendary Brendan Bowyer.

THE Showband Show kicks off the 2012 Hawk's Well programme with a performance for one night only on Wednesday, January 4 at 8pm. RTE's Ronan Collins is your host for the night. A brilliant live performer, Ronan will also sing his renowned Tribute to Joe Dolan. This year includes the biggest Showband star of all, "The King" Brendan Bowyer, the man behind more than a dozen hit songs including "The Hucklebuck", "Boolavogue" and many more. Tony Kenny (who had a Number One with "Any Dream Will Do"), Lorraine McDonald, The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg will also be heard on this eventful night. The show's exciting finale is an all-cast performance of a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years! It will send you home with great memories of a magical and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Tickets for the show are available from the Hawk's Well box office on 071-9161518. They cost €30 each.


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Spanish Society talk about women artists in Mexico T

HE Sligo Spanish Society is hosting a talk on "Women artists in Mexico: a journey through the twentieth century" tomorrow (December 7) at 8pm. The talk will be given by María Elena Toledo, a Masters student of Museum studies who is doing work experience with the Niland Collection in The Model. María Elena is from Mexico City and has a great knowledge of the artistic and cultural scene in Mexico, she will talk about artists such as Frida Kahlo (right), Remedios Varo, the painter María Izquierdo and the photographer Graciela Iturbide. She will then explain the social context of the work of these artists in twentieth century Mexico. Following María Elena's presentation, the Sligo Spanish

Society, which has been in existence for over ten years, will throw a Christmas celebration and attendees will have a chance to sample traditional Spanish and Mexican Christmas food and drink, including punche, cava, turrón, as well as the obligatory glass of Spanish wine. The talk starts at 8pm and will take place in The Yeats Building in Sligo Town. The entrance fee is €7, and €4 for students, all are welcome. More information can be found by searching for Sligo Spanish Society on Facebook, or you can email

Artists Frida Kahlo will be one of the main topics of discussion.

‘A hole into the future’ opens at The Model THE Model’s forthcoming exhibition from Isabel Nolan, A hole into the future opens this Saturday, December 10 at 6pm. The exhibition opening will be preceded by a public talk with Isabel Nolan and The Model’s Director Séamus Kealy at 5pm as part of The Model Talks Series and the event will be followed by a reception hosted by The Model. The exhibition will feature sculptures, paintings and drawings, and as part of this project The Model has also commissioned a new work by Isabel Nolan, which will be erected outside The Model building. This steel sculpture will be on display in the grounds of The Model and will be unveiled at the opening. Nolan is a Dublin-based artist, and was one of a small number of artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale, she has previously exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Beijing Art Museum of the Imperial City, De Appel and SMART, in Amsterdam, Artspace, Auckland and she is represented by the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin. This exhibition will run from Saturday, December 10 until February 12 and will travel to Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France in early 2012.

The Journey brings the Christmas story to Gillooly Hall A FLEDGLING drama company is bringing a new interpretation of the Christmas story to Sligo town next weekend. For Your Soul Productions presents its debut show, “The Journey”, with three performances at Gillooly Hall on Friday (8pm), Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (5pm). The Journey tells of the nativity of Jesus from the betrothal of Mary and Jesus in Nazareth, their arrival at Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and the flight to Egypt to flee King Herod's rath. Although the show has a religious theme, one of the group's founders, Stephanie McGarry-Poirier, says that it is a show that everyone can take something from. "We've taken the traditional nativity story and enhanced it with music and songs," she said, "the story is for all to enjoy, whatever your background." With a local cast, almost all of whom are new to acting, The Journey will introduce Olivia Moran and Fergus McGloin in the lead roles of Mary and Joseph. For Your Soul Productions was started by McGarry-Poirier, Fergus McGloin and Yvette Edwards. According to McGarry-Poirier, further productions are planned for 2012. "We would like to look at other wellknown stories from the bible as well as the lives of saints and make them accessible." "We are looking forward to The Journey, we've been working hard in recent weeks and we hope the audience will get as much from it as we have." Tickets - costing €5 per person - can be purchased from Fergus' Fruit & Veg Shop, Abbey Street, St Mary's Presbytery or on the door (if available) each night.


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Radio presenter Louise Heraghty chats to Emilee Jennings about working in RTE and she tells us what it’s like to cosy up with stars like Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson.

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wenty-nine year-old Louise Heraghty grew up in Cartron in Sligo town with a love of performing and realised from a young age that she wanted to be a broadcaster. The bubbly brunette studied Multimedia in the Waterford Institute of Technology in 1999 and since then has worked hard over the years to turn this dream into a reality. After finishing college in 2001 she worked as a receptionist in Waterford Local Radio (WLR), occasionally she read the death notices on air and contributed to various shows. Her first big break came in 2003 when she got a job with AA Road Watch reading traffic reports on RTE programmes across the nation. Instantly Louise Heraghty became a recognisable name. “When I was younger I had decided I wanted to work for AA Road Watch because it was a great way to get your name out there. Everyone knew Lorraine Keane’s name from her time with AA Road Watch, so I figured it was a great place to start,” explains Louise. After two years with AA Road Watch Louise had decided it was time to move on and so she sent demos to all the radio stations in Dublin and got herself a job with 98FM as an overnight presenter covering the graveyard shirt (the 1am to 6am slot). After a few months of working

through the night Louise was bumped up to an evening show and then she began presenting a daily afternoon show and a weekly entertainment show with 98FM. “It was all going so well and I had a great pool of listeners, but then one day 98FM told me that I was being pushed back to overnight presenter. “The overnight shift would have been a huge step back and so instead of going backwards I contacted Today FM and started doing cover work for them. “It was a big shock. I was happy in 98FM and everything was going really well for me, but they decided they wanted a man to do the afternoon show and that was that. “In a way it’s the best thing that ever happened to me because it reminded me how cut throat the industry is and it pushed me to meet with Today FM and I filled in for Ray Foley and Ray Darcy which was a great experience.” It was that move from regional radio (98FM) to national radio (TodayFM) that helped secure Louise her current job as sports broadcaster on Breakfast with Hector on 2FM. Since starting with 2FM in August 2010 Louise has worked in a variety of areas within RTE, she uses her entertainment presenting past to do movie reviews on the Daily show and she also works as a continuity announcer for RTE.

Gerard Butler with Louise Heraghty. “I’m also working with Ryan Tubridy on the Christmas Toy appeal visiting different parts of the country, so getting a good mix of work. I’m very happy in 2FM and RTE is expanding a lot as well, so who knows what I’ll end up doing.” Louisehas interviewed a host of Hollywood stars, from Dustin Hoffman and Michael Douglas to Jennifer Anniston, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, but the interview she remembers most vividly is one with Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson. “I only had five minutes with them and when I got in to the interview room my equipment wouldn’t work, so the first thing I thought of doing was recording it on my iphone. So while I was chatting to them I had my phone out and I was trying to get it set up


without letting on there was a problem, but Bradley Cooper noticed and asked “Are you texting someone?” I was very embarrassed and explained that my equipment broke down and then we ended up having a bit of a laugh and they even posed for a picture which usually never happens. I think they felt sorry for me”, laughs Louise. The former Mercy College head girl is clearly doing well in Dublin and you can hear her beautifully husky Sligo voice on 2FM’s Breakfast with Hector from 7am to 9am. Oh and don’t forget to listen out for Louise’s programme announcements on RTE in the evenings.

I’m very happy in 2FM and RTE is expanding a lot as well, so who knows what I’ll end up doing.


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Leinster and Ireland International rugby player Bernard Jackman and Louise Heraghty.

Louise with American actor John Voight at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Left: Louise launching the Christmas Aware run with Glenroe actress Mary McEvoy.


Louise Heraghty pictured with Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in London.


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Words & Numbers CROSSWORD

WORDSEARCH win a cinema ticket!

ACROSS 1. Public transport vehicle. (3) 3. Leave port by finding how heavy the symbol of hope is? (5,6) 8. Pebbles. (6) 9. This Midlands lake might disrupt a huge role. (5,3) 10. Requirements. (5) 11. Vistas that upset wives. (5) 13. Scour, brush thoroughly. (5) 15. The actor put back an industrial initiative. (5-2) 16. Shakespeare's Moor of Venice. (7) 20. A strange angel might pick up the scraps. (5) 21. Healthcare employee. (5) 23. Stir the gruel to find a historic pistol. (5) 24. Break a dim thing at twelve. (8) 25. Free from unevenness or roughness. (6) 26. Military order involving a gift with limbs. (7,4) 27. A quick swim. (3) DOWN 1. Chaps involved in commercial activity. (11) 2. This European country should be alive, son. (8) 3. Periods of seven days. (5) 4. Where paintings are displayed, right in the ship's kitchen. (7) 5. Even G could spell Israel's desert. (5)

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Send your completed entry to ‘Wordsearch Competition’, Sligo Weekender, 4 Teeling Street, Sligo, by noon on Thursday, 8 December. and you will be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo. EOIN KILLORAN, killavil, ballymote Co. Sligo, was last week’s winner.



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ACROSS 1. A driver must pay to travel on this piece of motorway. (4,4) 6. Slightly open. (4) 7. You wear them on your fingers. (5) 8. The name of one month. (5) 11. The Titanic sank when it hit one. (7) 12. A soldier will say this to an officer. (3) 13. Farmyard bird. (3) 16. You move one when you wink. (6) 19. Movies are shown here. (6) 20. You might use this word when speaking to your father. (3) 21. Look at just one thing for a long time. (5) 22. Not long. (5) 23. Beef or mutton, perhaps. (4)

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EASY CROSSWORD: Across: 1. Toll road 6. Ajar 7. Rings 8. April 11. Iceberg 12. Sir 13. Hen 16. Eyelid 19. Cinema 20. Dad 21. Stare 22. Short 23. Meat Down: 1. Turkish 2. Lantern 3. Respect 4. Damp 5. Taxi 8. Agony 9. Rosslare 10. Lured 14. Exits 15. Hero 16. East 17. Edam 18. Idea


1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Bottom Tail Bitter Loose Book


6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Big Dead Sticky East Fag


Smiles 2011



Smiles 2011

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SligoWeekender December 6, 2011

SO - Entertainment lture this Gift a gift of cu a ith Christmas w

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Coolera Dramatic Society

Gift Voucher!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Tues 6 – Sat 17 Dec, 8pm ¤16. Sun 11 Dec, 3pm

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

Students 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 Thurs 29 Dec, 10pm ¤15

A Comedy & Jazz Club Night with a mix of laughs and luscious jazz in an intimate, cabaret style performance space.

Reeling in the Showband Years Wed 4 January, 8pm ¤30

The Smash hit Showband Show tours again featuring compere Ronan Collins, The King Brendan Bowyer and the Great Tony Kenny. Re-live the Magic of the Dance Hall Nights.


Big Maggie

By John B. Keane. Directed by Garry Hynes Wed 18 – Sat 21 Jan, 8pm ¤25/¤20conc.

A riveting story of money, land and secret sex starring Aisling O’Sullivan (The Clinic, Raw), John Olohan (The Tudors and Druid's The Silver Tassie) and Keith Duffy (Coronation Street, Boyzone). Early Booking is advised


tel: +353 71 916 1518

Book online:

The Journey brings the Christmas story to Gillooly Hall A FLEDGLING drama company is bringing a new interpretation of the Christmas story to Sligo town next weekend. For Your Soul Productions presents its debut show, The Journey, with three performances at Gillooly Hall on Friday (8pm), Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (5pm). The Journey tells of the nativity of Jesus from the betrothal of Mary and Jesus in Nazareth, their arrival at Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and the flight to Egypt to flee King Herod's rath. Although the show has a religious theme, one of the group's founders, Stephanie McGarry-Poirier, says that it is a show that everyone can take something from. "We've taken the traditional nativity story and enhanced it with music and songs," she said, "the story is for all to enjoy, whatever your background." With a local cast, almost all of whom are new to acting, The Journey will introduce Olivia Moran and Fergus McGloin in the lead roles of Mary and Joseph. For Your Soul Productions was started by McGarry-Poirier, Fergus McGloin and Yvette Edwards. According to McGarry-Poirier, further productions are planned for 2012. "We would like to look at other well-known stories from the bible as well as the lives of saints and make them accessi-

ble." "We are looking forward to The Journey, we've been working hard in recent weeks and we

hope the audience will get as much from it as we have." Tickets - costing e5 per person - can be purchased

from Fergus' Fruit & Veg Shop, Abbey Street, St Mary's Presbytery or on the door (if available) each night.



Royal Hospital Kilmainham 8th December 2011 until 8th January 2012


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SligoWeekender December 6, 2011

Sligo’s Premier Entertainment Guide

SO - Entertainment

call: 071-9174900 fax: 071-9142255 email: PROGRAMME FOR WEEK:Friday 9th December to Thursday 1th December 2011

The Metropolitan The Metropolitan Opera presents Opera presents “FAUST” Live“FAUST” via satellite from NEW YORK Live via satellite from NEW YORK On


Saturday th 10 On December Saturday 2011 10th @ 6.00pm


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


December 2011 @ 6.00pm

Fri, Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds & Thurs in 3D: 8.30pm Fri & Sun in 3D 4.00pm

“HUGO in Digital 3D & 2D” (pg)

Fri, Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds Everyday & Thurs in 3D: in 2D: 8.30pm 7.00pm & Fri & Sun in 3D 4.00pm 9.30pm

7.00pm & 9.30pm

(12/a) The Help (12/a) My Week With Marilyn

Sun: 2.00pm & 4.30pm

“PUSS IN BOOTS in Digital 3D & 2D” (gen)

Fri, Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds & Thurs in 3D: 6.30pm Fri & Sun in 3D: 2.00pm & 6.30pm Sat in 3D: 2.00pm

“PUSS IN BOOTS in Digital 3D & 2D” (gen)

Tickets now on sale for “THE NUTCRACKER” (Tchaikowsky) captured from the stage of the great Bolshoi Theatre in the heart of Moscow on Sunday 18th December 2011 @ 3.00pm!! Follow us on Facebook:


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

The Model Cinema Screenings Every Wed, Thurs. & Fri. at 8pm and Sat. & Sun. at 3pm

We need to talk about Kevin Director: Lynne Ramsey

Dec. 07, 08 and 09 at 8pm Dec. 10 and 11 at 3pm

– without the Sligo Weekender every week

85:7"$ 9&;/.

Tomboy Director: Céline Sciamma

Sunday 11th –

Monday 12th –


5.30pm 4.20pm

1.30pm, 2.30pm,

3.30pm, 4.30pm,

5.30pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm

Tickets now on sale for “THE NUTCRACKER” (Tchaikowsky) captured from the stage of the great Bolshoi Theatre in the heart of Moscow on Sunday 18th December 2011 @ 3.00pm!!

Saturday 10th –

Sunday Munch offer at Slice Café: €15 for cinema ticket and lunch


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!!

A Studio Ghibli Production.

J-GG 9-'3


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!!

@-E=$ F5"G H <=":& @"'. @&;#3I 9.30pm

Dec. 14, 15 and 16 at 8pm Dec. 17 & 18 at 3pm

6.40pm 7.30pm 2.00pm

KIDS CLUB: Sat 10th & Sun 11th December @ 2.00pm – “Monte Carlo” (gen) Admission ½2.90 per child. Minder free.

Thursday 8th –

Sun. Dec. 11 at 1pm

9.45pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 9.00pm

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

Quay Street, Sligo Tel: 071-9142473

Cartoons @ Model: Arriety


STUDENT SPECIALS: Student Tickets only ½5.80. All shows Sun, Mon, Tue, Weds & Thurs (except 3-D Movies)

Harp Tavern

’a near-masterpiece’ The Irish Times ?????




on Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec)


Lunch Special Monday - Saturday Main Course €10



(pg) Moneyball (12/a) In Time (gen) Monte Carlo (gen) Arthur Christmas in 2D (pg) The Adventures Of Tin Tin in 2D (gen) Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Previews

You’re missing something – in this case

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Call 071-9174001 for information.

Cinema Group” to download! Cinema / Film / Live Events & C/C Bookings always at your fingertips!!

Restaurant Dromahair 071-9164934



New Hot Food option available for the Kids Party Room.

7.30pm & 9.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun in 2D: 1.30pm, 3.30pm & FREE iPhone App available in your App store! Search “Gaiety 5.30pm





(pg) The Big Year (16) The Thing

in 2D: 1.30pm, Everyday 3.30pm & in 2D: 5.30pm

in 2D: 7.00pm & 9.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun in 2D: Follow us & on Facebook: 2.00pm 4.30pm

(12/a) New Year’s Eve (gen) Happy Feet 2 in 2D (12/a) Tower Heist

Fri, Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds Everyday & Thurs in 3D: in 2D: 6.30pm 7.30pm & Fri 9.30pm & Sun in 3D: 2.00pm & 6.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun Sat in 3D: 2.00pm

Fri, Sat & Sun in 2D: 2.00pm & Everyday 4.30pm


Everyday: 7.00pm & 9.30pm Everyday:

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

“HUGO in Digital 3D & 2D” (pg)

DOORS OPEN Fri, Sat & Sun @ 1.00pm Mon to Thurs @ 6.00pm


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6/"37 8&53$ O’Connell Street,Tel: 071-9142003

Tuesday 6th – *7-+,"&#3 9$-:5$ 7.45pm Wednesday 7th – *7-+,"&#3 9$-:5$ 7.45pm Friday 9th – 85:7"$ 9&;/. 8pm – 10pm Saturday 10th – <,="0 07$ >"??$/$#2$ 10.30pm til close Showing Live Sports - SKY, SETANTA & ESPN

@A>B3 C-/ D 9&5#:$ Tel: 071 9170739

Saturday 10th December

NIGHT SILVER THREADS 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 December 6 2011

SO - Informative


ENNISCRONE, Co. Sligo, IRELAND 0879716389 / 0857385399

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TODAY It is going to be dull with cloudy skies and also showers, heavy during the afternoon. Further heavy showers through the evening. A moderate westerly wind. Max temp 7-10°C (45-50°F).

WEDNESDAY Bright with spells of sunshine and scattered showers, some possibly wintry. Moderate westerly winds. Max temp 6-9°C (43-48°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, 15451900. Rosary 1800-1900 •

THURSDAY Wintry showers at first. Then bright with hazy sun and a scattering of showers. Fresh westerly winds. Max temp 7-10°C (45-50°F).

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 – Friday 9.00am -5.00pm Saturday 10.00am -5.00pm Sunday Closed. Tel: 071-9161201 SLIGO SOCIAL SERVICES Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 1pm & 2 - 5.30pm Tel: 071-9145682 MOTOR TAX OFFICE Mon-Fri: 9.30am - 4pm Tel: 071-9111830 / 071-9111831 STEPHEN STREET LIBRARY Tues-Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 1.30pm, 2.30-5pm. Mon: Closed. Tel: 071-9142212 BRIDGE STREET REF LIBRARY Mon-Fri 10am - 12.45pm & 2 - 4.45pm Tel: 071-9111111 SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL County Hall, Riverside Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm Tel: 071-9156666 Customer Services Tel: 071-9129800 SLIGO BOROUGH COUNCIL City Hall, Quay Street Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm, Tel: 071-9114400 SLIGO MUSEUM Tues & Sat: 2 - 4.50pm Tel: 071-9141623 NILAND CENTRE Tues-Sat: 10am - 5.45pm. Mon: Closed. Tel: 071-9141405 YEATS BUILDING Tues-Sat: 9am - 5pm Tel: 071-9142693 CREDIT UNION Tues & Wed: 10am - 5pm, Thurs & Fri: 10am - 5.30pm, Sat: 10am - 2.30pm, Mon: Closed. MABS (Money Advice) Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm (lunch 1-2pm) Tel: 071-9141022





FRIDAY After a wet start, it will remain mostly cloudy with the chance of heavy showers. Brisk westerly winds. Max temp 6-9°C (43-48°F).


Dep Birmingham Mon, Wed, Fri 1030 BMIbaby Sun 0940 “ Bristol Dep Knock Tues, Thurs, Sat 1710


Dep Bristol Tues, Thurs, Sat 1540


Dublin Dep Knock Mon – Sat Sun

0715 Aer Arann 0900 “

Dep Dublin Mon – Sun

1815 Aer Arann

East Midlands Dep Knock Wed, Fri Sun

1025 Ryanair 1840 “

Dep East Midlands Wed, Fri 0840 Sun 1655

Ryanair “

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


Liverpool Dep Knock Mon, Fri, Sun Sat

1545 Ryanair 0830 “

Dep Liverpool Mon,Fri, Sun Sat

1415 Ryanair 0700 “

London Gatwick Dep Knock Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun1540Aer Lingus Dep London Gatwick Mon , Wed, Fri, Sun1330Aer Lingus London Luton Dep Knock Mon - Sun



Dep London Luton Mon,- Sun 0935


London Stansted Dep Knock Mon - Sun 13.25


Dep London Stansted Mon - Sun 11.35


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




Early wintry showers. It will then be cloudy with rain or drizzle, mostly quite light. Moderate westerly winds. Max temp 6-9°C (43-48°F).

Based on tidal heights at Oyster Island TODAY 01:49 0.97m L 20:50 3.79mH WEDNESDAY 02:38 1.19m L 21:46 3.53m H THURSDAY 03:34 1.40m L 22:45 3.31m H FRIDAY 04:36 1.57m L 23:50 3.16m H SATURDAY 05:47 1.67m L 12:07 3.26m H SUNDAY 07:04 1.67m L 13:16 3.19m H MONDAY 08:10 1.58m L 14:19 3.22m H


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

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

12.00, 12.45FO, 14.00, 16.00, 18,00, 21.05 FSuO. Dep Galway: 06.00, 08.45, 10.30, 12.00, 14.10, 16.00, 18.10, 20.15 FSuO (Please note 20.15 does not stop at Knock) SLIGO - DUBLIN AIRPORT (NEW SERVICE) Monday to Sunday Dep Sligo 0715am Arr Dublin airport 1020am Via M4/M6 & 02.00am Arr Dublin 0525 Calling at all usual stops to Dublin Dep Dublin 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 DUBLIN (Mon-Sat) Dep Sligo: 0715, 0800, 1115, 1315, 1535, 1810 (TUWX) Arr. Dublin: 1050, 1145, 1505, 1700, 1915, 2140 Dep Dublin: 800, 1100, 1330, 1745, 1900 (TUWA), 2045, 1535 Arr Sligo: 1200, 1435, 1725, 1915, 2125, 2235, 0025 Sligo-Dublin (Sun) Dep Sligo: 0930, 1230, 1535, 1800 Dublin-Sligo (Sun) Dep. Dublin: 0830, 1230, 1445, 1745, 2045 SLIGO-CASTLEBAR-WESTPORT (MonSat) 08.00, 12.00, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1910 WESTPORT-CASTLEBAR-SLIGO (Mon-Sat) 0850, 1030, 1215, (1600WP) (1700CB) (1945FO) Sligo-Westport (Sun) 1200, 1530 1800 via Tuam Westport-Sligo (Sun) 1440, 1545 E=Express Service MFO= Mon to Fri Only SO= Sat Only FO= Fri Only F0&SO= Fri & Sun Only SX=Except Sat TOWX = Tuesday, Wednesday, excepted WP = Westport CB = Castlebar Tel: 071-9160066


SligoWeekender December 6, 2011


1-0 victory against Laing’s Bar, in Division Two of the Sligo Rovers Astro League recently. Coolaney United match against Merville United was postponed in the Sligo Pallets Premier League. Best of luck to both teams in their upcoming matches. ART CLASSES: Children Art Classes are held in Little Haven Creche, Coolaney, every Tuesday evening, from 7pm to 8.30pm. For further details contact Paul on 085-1359642. Adult Art Classes take place in the Teeling Centre, Collooney, on Wednesday morning from 10.30am12.30pm. For further details contact Paul on 085 1359642. CARD GAMES: The card games continue in Killoran Community Centre every Wednesday evening at 9pm. Everybody welcome! RURAL BUS SERVICE: The rural bus service from Coolaney to Tubbercurry, covering the rural hinterland of: Knockadoo, Carrowneaden, Carrowmore, Lavagh and Cloonacool runs on Fridays. NB This is a house-tohouse demand responsive service from the Coolaney area to Tubbercurry. To book a seat, please contact Sinead or Annette on 096-47100. MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE: The Mobile Library visits Coolaney village every third Wednesday. Date of next visit is Wednesday, December 7. The Mobile Library is accessible in Main Street, Coolaney. BINGO: Bingo takes place in Collooney Hall every Thursday evening at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. Everybody welcome. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day Swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar, Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event, last year, was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( kennedytrust. Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083-1187105). NOTES: Any notes for inclusion please contact 071-9167878 or 086-1637834.

CRANMORE ABBEYQUARTER By Breda Wimsey and Beccy Perry

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

Congrats Ken CONGRATULATIONS to Ken Carty of Cranmore Place, winner of the €150 prize in the Abbeyquarter Community Centre weekly lotto draw. CHRISTMAS IN CRANMORE: Cranmore Co-Op, Resource House, Regeneration Office and the Abbeyquarter Community Centre invite you to join them Thursday, December 15 from 46pm. Firstly there will be lighting and a blessing of the Christmas tree and Christmas carols outside the Cranmore Regeneration Office. Then join them at Abbeyquarter Community Centre to meet Santa, have refreshments and have fun with Cranmore artist. JUNIOR GARDA AWARD: If you’re between 12-19 years old and are interested in working for the Cranmore Community, why not pick up an application form from the Abbeyquarter Community Centre, Regeneration Office, Cranmore Co-Op, The Resource House or from the Community Garda Charlie Jordan or Mark Connors?

A Sligo couple were among the attendance at a recent reception in Aras An Uachtaran. Edmund and Betty O’Carroll from Cloghogue, Castlebaldwin were among an attendance of around 100 at the gathering hosted by President Michael D Higgins. Betty is a brother of Labour TD Joe Costello. Pictured (from left) are: Joe Costello TD, President Michael D Higgins, Betty and Edmund O’Carroll.

RECENT DEATHS: Sympathies go to family and friends of Joe Taheny of Crozon Downes and Paddy Joe McGee, Templeboy. CHRISTMAS DRAWS: Three Christmas hamper draws, plus other prizes will take place on December 16 in aid of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. These raffles will be held in the T and C Pub, Teeling Street, Pet Stop, Carroroe Retail Park and Abbeyquarter Community Centre, Cranmore. €2 per line. Please support. PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE: A public health nurse comes to the centre every Tuesday afternoon from 2-3pm. They will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about your child. MORNING GROUP: The Morning Group for over 55s runs from 10am-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. MEN GROUP: The Mens Group meet the first and third Tuesday of every month. ACTIVE AGE GROUP: The Active Age Group is held every Wednesday from 8-10pm. All new members are welcome. FRIENDSHIP GROUP: The Friendship Group meet every Thursday night from 7.30-9.30pm. All are welcome. WOMEN GROUP: The Women’s Group runs every Monday from 8-10pm. New members are always welcome. DANCE GROUP: Dance Group with Gillian Finan, will take place 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 56pm for five to eight year-olds, 6-7pm for nine to 12 year-olds and 7-8pm will be adults’ class. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Tin whistle lessons for children six plus years 5.306.30pm and adult lessons from 7-8pm. WANTED: If you have a ladies bike for sale please contact us here at the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. Thank you. ROOM RENTAL: The centre provides a room rental service here at the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. Please contact them for more details.

CURRY By Cyril Feehily Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to John Peyton, Ballyglass on the death of his brother Michael Peyton, Swinford, to his sisters Margaret Burke, Sligo and

Bridie Walsh, Rhue. Also to Jim O’Connor, Sandyhill, on the death of his brother Bill O’Connor, Luton on the death of Liam Kavanagh, Malahide Road, husband of the late Margaret Gallagher, Cashel. May they rest in peace. KEEP ON RUNNING: Terry Hayes, head coach with Sligo AC, continues his sessions, in co-operation with South Sligo Athletics for the novice and seasoned runner in Kilcoyne GAA Park, Tubbercurry, on this Saturday, December 10 at 11am. This is an opportunity to avail of Terry’s expertise, which is free and is proving very enjoyable and educational. For enquiries call 087-9722927 GAA SUPPORTER: Kevin Maye, Curry GAA Club candidate for the County Legend Supporter, is holding a table quiz in the Yeats County Inn Hotel, this Friday night, December 9 at 8.30pm. Come early and avoid the queue. CURRY GAA LOTTO: Results of Lotto draw for Sunday, November 27, with a jackpot of €4,400. Numbers drawn were: 3, 9, 15 and 21. The three weekly winners were: James Cunnie, Anthony Fleming and Leo Henry. This week’s jackpot stands at €4,500 CHRISMAS WREATH: GIY Tubbercurry are hosting a Christmas Wreath making workshop, facilitated by Martina Killian on Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm in Teach Laighne. Cost is €5. For further details please contact Breege Walsh on 087-6590549 or All are welcome. BOXING CLUB: Valiant Amature Boxing Club will provide training and competitive opportunities for young people between the age of ten and 18 years. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-30pm till 9-30p in St Mary’s Community Centre, Curry. Interested parties are welcome. For further information contact Darren Fahey on 086-3182097. CURRY GAA AGM: The annual general meeting of the Curry GAA 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. MUSIC LESSON: There will be tin whistle lessons from 6-7pm and guitar lessons from 7-8pm in the Cloonagh Community Centre, given by Shane McGowan. For further information contact Jean Walsh on 087-6590627. 25 CARD: Double hands 25 cards in Cloonagh Community Centre every Tuesday at 9pm. All are welcome. FOROIGE CLUB: A Foroige club hopes to start soon. A good number of parents

are required and adult leaders for supervision are needed first. For further information call Patricia Walsh at 087-6684345 or 094-9255062 BRIDGE: There is a weekly bridge game in O’Hara’s, Bellaghy every Wednesday night. First deal is at 8pm sharp. DANCE AND DRAMA: Kelda’s School of Dance and Drama will hold classes in the Hilary room Banada Abbey Community Hall every Thursday night from 7-8pm. For more information contact Erin on 087 1368145

EASKEY Award for Paddy AN Easkey native, who has been following Sligo Rovers for 60 years, has been honoured by the club. Bit O’ Red fan Paddy Kilcullen, age 84, from Kileenduff, was presented with a ‘Life Long Supporter’ award by Sligo Rovers promotion officer Keith O’D-

wyer at a function held in the Fisherman’s Weir recently. Present at the function were his family and friends. The FAI Ford Cup was also brought to the event as part of the Rovers series of visits to school and communities . RECENT DEATH: The death has taken place of Philomena Lavelle, nee Dooney, Kileenduff, Easkey. Her remains were removed from Sweeney’s funeral home to St James Church and burial took place in Roslea cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her daughters, Esther and Josephine; sons, Sean and Christy and other family members. CHRISTMAS COOKERY: A Christmas cookery demonstration will be held in the Coast Café, Easkey on Tuesday, December 13 at 8pm Tips and ideas to make Christmas a cracker, preparations in advance, for starters, main courses and desserts. Come and sample the cooking and mulled wine . All for €15. Limited spaces available. Contact 087 686 4527 or 087 8373680. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Easkey Community Council Limited will hold the annual general meeting of the company on Monday, December 19 in Easkey Community Centre at 9pm. All are welcome. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WANTED: Easkey Family Resource Centre would be grateful for a contribution of any unwanted musical instruments at their facility in Easkey, to assist with the set up of a musical programme in the age group of ten to 16 years old. VARIETY CONCERT: Easkey GAA will hold a Variety Concert, which will be a showcase for all the wonderful local talent in the area. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 17, at 8pm in Easkey Community Centre. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will take place. Tickets €10 are available locally from club officers, and from John Gordon on 087 698 6106 (also for enquiries). No charge for children accompanied by an adult. Teenagers half price. There will be entertainment for all ages, young and old, Rural transport, booked on 09647100, will be available on the night. This will be a great community night out for all, to start the festive season. SCOR NA NOG: Anybody under the age of seventeen on January 1 , 2012 and interested in taking part in Solo

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town&county 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. SLIGO’S LEGEND SUPPORTER: The GAA club are supporting Joe Queenan in his bid to become Sligo’s Legend Supporter. He is to hold a race-night in The Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone, on Saturday, December10. If interested in “buying” a horse/jockey, please contact Shane on 087 2134000 or Noel on 086 8148748. BLOTTO : There was no jackpot winner in the Easkey Community Council lotto draw on Friday night last. Numbers drawn were: 13, 18, 23, 32 and bonus number 31. Winners of €25 were Dylan Sloyan, S. Hegarty, Patricia Reilly, A. Kelly, Val Conlon. Promoter’s prize went to Violet Lindsay. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,300. The draw will take place at the bingo session held in the Community Centre on Friday night at 8.30pm. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day Swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar, Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event, last year, was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( ust) or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083 1187105).

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Promoting local craft THE craft shop at the Tourist Information promote local craft and have a selection of handmade Christmas cards, paintings, jewellery, knitwear, crochet, candles and books. They now stock knitting wool, needles, ribbon and sewing threads. FOROIGE CLUB: Enniscrone Foroige Club is organising a food collection for St Vincent de Paul. People are invited to donate perishable foods. The food will be presented at the altar during the Christmas carol service – which takes place at 7pm on Sunday, December 18 – and will be distributed the week before Christmas. Your support of this appeal is very much appreciated. CHRISTMAS PARTY: Enniscrone Community Care Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 11. Mass will be celebrated at 4pm in the Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven, followed by dinner at 6pm in the Ocean Sands Hotel. TABLE QUIZ: The weekly North West Hospice Table Quiz was held in Gilroy’s bar on Tuesday night last. A large crowd attended and enjoyed an excellent quiz presented by Billy Varley. The winning team was the boys from Kilglass. Many thanks to Sean and Anne Gilroy for their hospitality on the night. Next Tuesday nights quiz will be in aid of Sr. Jo McGowan’s mission to Nigeria and will be held in the Pilot bar. Your support is appreciated. FUNDRAISING: The Enniscrone National Fundraising Committee wish to thank most sincerely everyone who supported them in their recent Boston Tea Party. A special thank you to the hosts and hostesses, their sponsors, the people who performed acts, the businesses who supplied acts for their “Axe Factor” and everyone who helped them in any way to make their night so successful.

GURTEEN: At a defibrillator presentation in the Rathmadder Inn Gurteen, from left, Mary Haran Jack Haran Mary O’Hara, James Bohan Lorraine Williams (Gurteen Queen 2011), Barry O’Grady, Vincent O’Dowd, Conor Fitzgerald, Monica Feeney, Kevin Mannion and Pakie Feeney. Pic. by James Hunt Photography

BOARD MEETING: The Kilglass Board of Management meeting will take place on December 7, at 9pm in the school. All board members are asked to attend. COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Kilglass Community Council wishes to thank everyone who supported their church gate collection at the Church of the Holy Family on November 6. Total raised was €387.68. EP LAUNCH: Good luck to local man Stephen Battle, drummer with the band “Come On, Live Long”, on the launch of their four-track EP ‘Mender’ on December 10 in Kelly’s, Bridge Street, Galway. Other members of the band include Robert Ardiff (vocals), David O’Connor (electric guitar and vocals), Ken McCabe (bass) and Louise Gaffney (keyboard, synths and vocals) CEILI: A set dancing ceili will be held in Skreen/Dromard Community Centre on Saturday, December 10. Music by The Long Note Ceili Band. Tea will be served. Everyone is welcome. 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 at 096-37516 for details. RACE NIGHT: Sligo GAA Training Fund are holding a Race Night on Saturday, December 10 in the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone at 9.30pm. Special guests on the night are: Kevin Walsh, senior team manager and members of the County Panel. Local organisers are Joe Queenan, Dessie Sloyan, Noel McGuire, Shane Feeney, Ollie Golden and Darren Ruane. SALE OF WORK: A Sale of work will take place in Castleconnor Community Centre on Sunday, December 11 at 12 noon. Santa will arrive at 2pm GROUP: The Enniscrone Befriending Group meets every Wednesday evening in Enniscrone Health Centre at 8pm. All are most welcome. BLOTTO: There was no winner of the €1,400 jackpot in the Blotto Draw, which took place in Gilroy’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 9, 17 and 26. The winners of €25 were Sinead Tuffy, Patricia Murphy, John McDonnell and Sr. Jo McGowan. GIG IN THE CRIB: Some of the Sounding Board participants are taking to the stage and invite you to come along. They have live performances by DJs and musicians, all who have been taking part in the workshops since they started in October 2010. This is their first outing so they would love a good turn out. David Woods and his band, The Young Cardinals, will play

some of their own rock tracks. Evan McSharry and Nathan Healey will be the DJs playing their own tracks as well as mixing on the night. The event takes place on Saturday, December 10 in “The Crib”, Rockwell Parade in Sligo from 7pm to 9.30pm. There is a €2 entrance fee. It is a drug and drink free event. Please contact Majella in advance as they need to know numbers – this is essential. email: or phone: 071-9141138 LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: If you know of a community group or organisation looking for volunteers and who would like to register with, please ask them to log on to and register their organisations on line. Alternatively they can phone them on 0719111044 SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day Swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar, Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). The first event, last year, was well attended despite the cold weather and vital funds were raised for the trust, set up to help Skreen seven-year-old Adam Kennedy. For more visit the facebook page ( kennedytrust). Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083-1187105). YOUR NEWS: Would you or your family, community group, school, etc. wish to highlight your activities/achievements? If so please send your news and pictures to the Tourist Office before 12 noon on Wednesday or ring 096-36746 E-mail:

GURTEEN Community Care GURTEEN Community Care committee wish to thank everybody who generously contributed to their recent collection. A total of €788 was taken up between Gurteen and Cloonloo Church gate collection. The Senior Citizens annual Christmas Party will be held in Teach Murray on Sunday, December 11 at 2.30pm. All names to be given in to Gurteen PO by Thursday, December 8. SANTA VISIT: Santa will visit Cloonloo Hall on Saturday, December 10 at 4pm. There will be a cake sale after-

wards with proceeds going to the ISPCC. CRAFT FAIR: The annual Craft Fair at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry will take place on Sunday, December 11 from 12-4pm. Large selection of crafts for sale. There will be refreshments and a raffle. 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 Diabetes Federation of Ireland. Anyone who wishes to enter please contact Karina O’Dowd on 086 1686976 or Aishling O’Dowd on 086 1982965. All welcome. Your support would be appreciated. BINGO: Bingo is held every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30pm There is a jackpot of €1,000 on 50 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.

KINLOUGH By Joe McCarron

Gaels Dinner Dance THERE was a great crowd at the Melvin Gaels club dinner dance on Saturday night in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran. The celebrations went on into the early hours. Special guest, Brendan Devanny presented the Intermediate medals. Joe Flynn, Leitrim County chairman presented the Junior A Championship medals and our own Michael McGowan presented the Division 4 League medals. All speakers on the night congratulated the club on the very successful year. The First Team manager, Billy Gavigan, outlined the success of the team in the Intermediate Championship, the Senior League and the Connacht Intermediate Championship. He said himself and his son Brian were delighted with the attitude and commitment of the players during the year. Peter O’Reilly congratulated the Junior panel on their great success in 2011. Club chairman, Dessie Sheridan thanked everyone who had contributed so much during the year and he made a presentation to Club Person of the Year Mary Connolly, club secretary. Stephen McGurrin was selected as Senior Player of the Year and was presented with a crystal bowl, sponsored by John Gallagher of Spring a

Ring Taxis, who made the presentation. Peter McGowan was selected as Junior Player of the Year and this was sponsored by BMG Hardware, Bundoran and the presentation was made by Tony Mc-Gowan of BMG. Congratulations to both. Thanks to McEniff Hotels, Supervalue, Bundoran, Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara, Aaroo Hairdressers, Kinlough, Perfect Scent, Flowers, Kinlough, Kathleen Foley, Taxis, Kinlough, Henrys Restaurant, Mattie Clancy, and David Gillespie, Kinlough who sponsored the raffle prizes. The night turned to be a great success so well done to all concerned. CAROL SERVICE: There will be a carol service on Wednesday, December 14 at 8pm in St. Aidan’s Church, Kinlough. An evening of carols and readings. The church choir and members of the school choir will be taking part. CHRISTMAS BINGO: The Christmas Bingo is on every Monday night in Kinlough Community Centre. There will be lots of extra prizes. There will be prizes of turkeys, vouchers, etc. The bingo begins at 9pm and the books are still only €10. TALK ON EUCHARIST: Fr. Router is coming on Saturday, December 10 for 7pm Mass to talk on the third stage of the Eucharistic Congress. “Christ gathers us to be nourished by the Bread of Life”. ASKILL WHIST DRIVE: These are the results from Askill Community Whist Drive held on Sunday, November 27. Raffle winners: Sonny Scallon, Dano Warnock, Daniel Fox and Mary McWeeney. Whist Winners: Sonny Scallon, Beatrice McCauley, John Gallagher, Maureen Coughlan, Isobel Fox, Mabel McNulty, Eileen Keown and Kathleen Cleary. NATIONAL FINALS: Four Masters National School was well represented at the National Minor Schools Swimming Connaught finals, held in Galway recently. All pupils swam well and increased their personal best times. Calon Clancy, Dillon Clancy, Tiernan McCrea, Dermot Foley, Eanna O’Hara and Odhran O’Hara. Eanna and Odhran O'Hara made the qualifying times to compete at the National Finals on December 10 and 11 in Galway, against the finalist of Munster, Ulster and Leinster.

MANORHAMILTON By PJ Leddy Tel. 071-9855349

North Leitrim DVD A UNIQUE DVD ‘Laps and Footings in North Leitrim’ will be available shortly. The scenes on the DVD were filmed over the past two years and feature many skilled people living in the area. Viewers will see the methods of farming in times past – work in the bog and in the hayfield and indeed the social life of the people. There are many incidental scenes from domestic life as men and women provided for their families and their farm animals and then made time to relax and have entertainment. It comes as a double DVD and will be on sale before the Christmas rush. BUSY WEEK: St. Clare’s Primary School, Manorhamilton had a very busy time during Science Week, recently. Mr. Ward’s Third Class learned some of the rules of aerodynamics as well as how to fire rockets at a target in the school playground. On a very windy day the latter proved to be a difficult task. The school was visited by a scientist on Wednesday, to demonstrate some of the properties of matter – the air around us; the food we eat, etc.


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town&county Who would have thought Cheesy Wotsits burned so brightly. Friday saw First and Sixth Classes visiting the Organic Centre in Rossinver, to learn about Sustainable Energy. Later Sixth Class got some practical experience on ‘growing your own’. As a result of this experience and with the Organic Centre’s assistance St. Clare’s Primary School intends to develop its own allotment for vegetable growing, etc., at the school next year. GOSPEL CONCERT: The Irish Bible Ministries warmly invite you to the Manorhamilton Christmas Gospel Concert in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Thursday night, December 8 at 8.15pm. Well known gospel singers Violet Bruce and Patrick O’Riordan will perform at the concert, while the guest speaker will be John Johnston. There is free admission to the Concert, while literature will be distributed at it free of charge. This Christmas Concert is for the whole community and all attending will be most welcome. For further information contact the Cavan Christian Bookshop, telephone 049-4361418. SUPPORT CHILDLINE: Manorhamilton’s Caz-Cards Gift Shop in Manorhamilton is supporting Childline this Christmas. Caz-Cards are donating €1 to Childline for each Personalised Santa Letter ordered between now and this Saturday, December 10. Childline offers support and advice for kids and teenagers of any age up to 18. So please support Childline by calling Caz-Cards on 071-9856434 or drop into the shop. Each letter costs €3 and will be mailed to the child’s home address in time for Christmas. Help support this deserving charity – Childline is available 24/7 - text the word 'Talk' to 50101 - it’s free and confidential. VINTAGE PARTY: The North West Vintage and Heritage Club Christmas Party will takes place in the Blue Devon, Dromahair on Friday night, December 16. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. Anyone who wishes to purchase a ticket for the party should contact one of the following Club members: Kieran (087 9738553), Tommy (087 9489057) or Sean (086 4009070). CRAFT FAIR: The annual Craft Fair at the Garden Centre, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry is taking place this Sunday, December 11 from 12 noon to 4pm. A large selection of crafts will be on sale on that day, while a raffle will take place and refreshments will be served. Gallagher House in Tubbercurry caters for people with special needs. GLENFARNE GIG: Glenfarne’s Rainbow Ballroom of Romance will host an Old Time Ballroom Restoration Fund Dance on this Sunday night, December 11, at which the Country Cousins band will provide the music for patrons

MANORHAMILTON: St. Clare’s Primary School, Manorhamilton students who visited the Organic Centre Rossinver recently as part of their school’s National Science Week programme.

is welcome to this spiritual journey into the deeper meaning of Christmas for our personal lives.

MERVILLE YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE Maugheraboy Tel. 071-9159929

Take care PARENTS and children attending the Merville Dreamchasers Childcare Service and any of the other activities 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. MERVILLE ACTIVITIES: Merville Community Centre host a wide range of activities, some of which are taking a break for the festive period at various times over the weeks ahead. Full Information of all changes 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 – catering for groups of all sizes, at rates to suit any budget. All proceeds go towards the substantial running costs of operating the centre for all our community. Contact the centre on 0719150029, anytime, for bookings. All users are asked to be cautious when accessing the centre at peak times, as car parking spaces can occasionally be unavailable as a result. HOLIDAY CLOSURE: The centre will close for the Christmas and New Year period on Friday, December 23, and reopen on Monday, January 9 at 9am.

NEWTOWNMANOR Shoe Box Appeal TEAM Hope would like to thank everyone in Newtownmanor, Dromahair and Killargue who contributed to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Something small on our behalf goes a long way for these children in the Third World Country.


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MAIL COACH ROAD By Claire Wallace

Christmas wonderland

MCR Centre: Tel. 071-9146512

Bingo back BY popular demand, MCR Bingo is returning! It is recommencing on Sunday, December 11, from 3-5pm and we look forward to welcoming back friends old and new. The success of the bingo will depend on numbers attending, so please come along and support this local event. MCR 200 CLUB: Draw results from December 1. 1st Prize €100: Bridie While; 2nd Prize €50: Michael Harte; 3rd Prize €25: Ann Mitchell; 4th Prize €25: Geraldine Faye. WAY OF GENTLENESS: This is continuing at Sligo Cathedral on Tuesdays, December 6, 13 and 20 at 8pm. Everyone

WOMENS’ NIGHT: Dromahair Women’s Group will hold their Christmas party in Fowley’s Woodview Inn on Friday night at 9.30pm. DROMAHAIR LADIES AGM: The Dromahair GAA Ladies AGM takes place on Sunday, December 11th at 3pm in the clubhouse function room. All current players and those wishing to join from Under-8 up to Senior are very welcome to come along. NEW DVD: A unique DVD will be available shortly. The scenes were filmed over the past two years and feature many skilled people living in the area. The title is ‘Laps and Footings in North Leitrim’. Viewers will see the methods of farming in times past – work in the bog and in the hayfield and indeed the social life of the people. There are many incidental scenes from domestic life as men and women provided for their families and their farm animals and then made time to relax and have entertainment. It comes as a double DVD and will be on sale before the Christmas rush. 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. YOUR NEWS: If anyone has any community information that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Emer on 086 3319183 or via e-mail at by the previous Wednesday.

RIVERSTOWN: Aaron Jason Brehony at his baptism in Riverstown church, with his parents, Ruth and Declan, and his brother Jack.

SLIGO Folk Park has been transformed 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 071-9167013. 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. BAH HUMBUG: Rehearsals are well underway for Phoenix Players Christmas pantomime ‘Bah Humbug’, with

St Bridgid’s Hall echoing with Christmas songs throughout the week. 'Bah Humbug' is a twist on the Dicken’s classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ and is directed by Mark Dunne. The line-up includes many Phoenix Players regulars with lots of new faces joining the cast also. Final rehearsals are in full swing so there is plenty of Christmas cheer around the place already. The panto runs from December 11 to December 17 except for December 16 and there will be a matinee on Sunday, December 11. To book tickets please call 071-9185116. CHRISTMAS SWIM: The Annual Lough Arrow Christmas Day Swim will take place at 1pm. Sponsorship cards are available in local pubs and from committee members. This is the 11th Christmas Day Swim and the committee would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters who turn out on the day to support their swimmers. Looking forward to seeing you all again on Christmas Day. NEWS ITEMS: To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris on 086 825 8525.


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Condolences SYMPATHY is extended to Des Braiden, the family and friends of Tani Braiden, who passed away peacefully at Our Lady’s Hospital, Manorhamilton, last week. Tani, (stage name Tani Bentiss) was an accomplished actress and will be sadly missed by her husband Des, her old colleagues and her many friends in Rosses Point. Tani and Des were happily married for 25 years and lived for some time in Glencar. Tani had a soft spot for Rosses Point in her heart and she will be missed in the village. Removal was on Monday, November 28 last to Mount Jerome Crematorium for service. JAZZ BAND HONOURED: Local Jazz Band ‘The Jazz Lads’ celebrated their 40th anniversary with a fabulous celebration concert in the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Saturday evening, November 26. A full house was entertained by the cream of Irish and not so Irish musicians with a remarkable line out of talent.. The stage was a ‘Who’s Who?’ of the best of musical talent in the country: The Sligo Concert Band, Eddie Lynch, Eddie McFarlane, James Blenerhasset, Tommy Kivle


SligoWeekender December 6, 2011


Andrew Dolan celebrated his 21st birthday with family and friends at a party in Supermacs on the Bundoran Road on Sunday November 27. Above left, Andrew blows out the candles watched by Katherine Dolan and his granny Mary.

han, Eddie Lee, Kieran Quinn, Gay McIntyre, Des Hopkins, ‘No Crows’ with Oleg Ponomarev and Cathy Jordon, Sean Dwyer and the Quay Street Band, Donal McLynn, Tommy Murphy, P J Duffy and Co. They came from all over the country to share the evening with the boys and this concert led up to a grand finale with the Jazz Lads on stage and joined by many more musicians until the final number and a standing ovation. Every body loves Saturday Night! Certainly a night to remember! Congratulations! CHURCH TIMES: The following are the Christmas and New Year ceremony times for St. Columba’s Church, Rosses Point: Confessions on Friday, December 23, at 7.30pm and Saturday, December 24, at 11am Christmas Eve mass will be Saturday night at 9pm. And on Christmas Day, Mass will be in Cregg House Chapel at 9am and in St. Columba’s, Rosses Point at 11am. On Saturday, New Year’s Eve, Mass will be at 7pm in St. Columba's. And on New Year’s Day, Sunday mass will be at 11am in St. Columba’s. SHIPPING: The mv “Bramau”, registered in St John’s arrived late last week with a cargo of slack for Arigna. When the slack was disembarked the ship turned around and loaded a cargo of scrap for export to the Continent. The vessel sailed on Thursday last. EYE ON THE BALL: An errant football travelling on the Rosses Point bus last Friday evening decided to do a runner and nip ‘offside!’ about half way on the journey. Just when it thought it was ‘in the net!’ it was spotted by the canny ‘ref/driver’, who had his ‘eye on the ball!’ and immediately ‘blew the whistle!’. The errant ball soon bounced back into play and remained in its ‘corner!’ for the rest of the trip.

SLIGO MACRA NA FEIRME Queen of the Land WELL done to Miriam Lynch of Coolaney Macra on representing Sligo in Queen of the Land recently. A great weekend was had by all. WELDER JAMES: Congratulations to James Casey, South Sligo Macra on winning the county welding competition. TALENT NIGHT: Sligo Macra hosts a Talent Night on Sunday night at 7.30pm in Cloonacool community centre. A great night’s entertainment for all –

from music, dancing to novelty acts. So come along and enjoy the craic. MOBILE CALL: Coolaney Macra is collecting old mobile phones for the Jack and Jill Foundation. All help is greatly appreciated to donate a phone please call 086 4082438 CONGRATS WINNERS: Congratulations to IT Sligo Girls and Coolaney Boys teams on winning the county Sligo soccer competition in the Knocknarea Arena. Both teams will represent Sligo in the national finals in Gormanstown in January.

SOOEY/GLEANN BALLYGAWLEY Swings and Things THE Swings and Things community park project has received very favourable feedback with respect to their recent application for funding to Sligo Leader Partnership Company Ltd. The committee is hoping to receive a formal grant offer very soon. The members would like to say a very grateful “thank you” to all the sponsors and those who supported the fundraising events during the year, without which the project would never have advanced this far. This Christmas they are running the “Christmas Tree” fundraiser again. If anyone would like to make a donation towards a Christmas tree light (as a memorial for a loved one or for a special intention, etc.) they can do so by getting in touch with any of the Swings and Things committee members, or lines will be available in some local businesses. Similar to last year, the list of names associated with the Christmas Tree will be displayed in the Church for Christmas and we hope to have a special carol singing service for switching on the Christmas Tree lights (however this will be dependant on safe weather conditions). Any donations received will go towards the upkeep of the Swings and Things Community Park. BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: The Beginning Experience is a specially designed programme, which helps separated and widowed people make a new beginning in life. It offers healing, an opportunity to appreciate one’s own goodness and above all hope for the future. The next meeting is Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm in St. Michael’s Family Life Centre, Church Hill, Sligo (Tel 071-9170329). COOKERY BOOK: ‘Inspirational Food’, a book of recipes drawn up by the volunteers in the Cancer Support Centre, Wine Street, in conjunction with

those who use the centre and who are in or on the road to recovery. The cost is €10 and, as well as getting a very useful gift for Christmas, those who purchase it will be supporting a very worthy cause. The book is available in the Wine Street Centre (0719170399) and will also be put on sale by two local volunteers, Ann Scanlon (Flanagan) and Margaret Stuart after Masses in Sooey, Gleann and Riverstown on the weekend, December 17 and 18. GATE COLLECTION: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland provides care for patients at the centre in Dunally, Sligo and a home support service throughout the county. The Centre at Dunally wishes to thank all who contributed to their recent collection in Riverstown parish, which amounted to €251. This money will be spent locally.

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New Bus Stop AN additional bus stop has recently been commissioned by Bus Eireann in the village. The new stop is located on the old road into Strandhill at Bree’s Bar, an area commonly known as The Bridge, Strandhill. 'COPTER IN ACTION: Strandhill’s SAR helicopter was one of three Irish helicopters involved in search efforts to find five Russian seamen missing since their vessel, the MV Swanland sunk in heavy seas in the Irish Sea. The cargo vessel, which was carrying 3,000 tonnes of limestone to the Isle of Wight, sent out a Mayday distress signal early on Sunday morning, November 27. The vessel sank in 15 minutes but two of the eight crew members were found alive in a life raft by a helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey Island, North Wales, which included Britain’s Prince William as co-pilot, who airlifted survivors to hospital. The body of another seaman was found by the Waterford-based coastguard helicopter. A scaled-down search began on the Monday morn-

ing for the remaining five crew members. VILLAGE CALENDAR: 2012 Calendars depicting many excellent landscape photographs taken in and around Strandhill are now on sale in most business premises in the village. All money raised from sales of calendars will be used solely in aid of Strandhill Community Park, which is located on the Airport Road, Strandhill. COMMAND VEHICLE: A new mobile command centre for the Irish Coast Guard will be based in Strandhill. The Mobile Incident Command Vehicle, custom built at a cost of almost €100,000 is due to be delivered this week. The Strandhill based vehicle will cover the coastline from Galway to Antrim, while the only other similar vehicle in Ireland will be based at Waterford, covering the east, south and south west coasts. These vehicles are fitted with ultra modern satellite communications equipment and will be on call 24/7 with around six Coast Guard personnel being trained to operate it. It will be used for on-scene management of major marine emergencies such as co-ordinating rescues and searches. PANTO BOOKING: Coolera Dramatic Society wish to remind readers that booking for this year’s Christmas pantomime ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ is in full flight. The pantomime runs nightly at 8pm at the Hawk’s Well Theatre until Saturday, December 17 with matinees on Sunday 4 and Sunday 11 at 3pm. This production will be the Society’s 33rd consecutive pantomime. For seat reservations contact the box-office at 071-9161526 or online at CHURCH NOTICES: St. Patrick’s Church Mass Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12.30pm St. Anne’s Church - Sunday Morning Service at 12 noon. NOTES: News items for this community news column would be most welcome and can be sent to or left into the Sligo Weekender community news boxes located in Monaghan’s and Keane’s shops in Strandhill.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

Tel. 071-9185022 Mobile: 087-6290962

Late Mattie Brennan OUR community lost one true gentleman on Monday, November 28 when Mattie Brennan of Rathscanlon departed this life at the age of 88. He was one lovely person and his kind, mild manner was part of a personality that was so much appreciated in this community. He was a dedicated husband of the lovely Shiela, his wife who passed on to her eternal reward only very recently. If it can be said that a marriage was made in heaven this was one such marriage. His last years were spent in Baileys Nursing Home but Mattie was a great working man all his life. He was one of the first farmers in the area to own a tractor. It was a red McCormick International Cub, which had its roots in Chicago. He ploughed with it, cut meadows and carted turf home from the bogs, not just for himself but for so many locals. He was a lovely man to do business with and it was a real pleasure to know him, as I did for over 60 years. I want to express by deepest sympathy to his lovely family, his sons John and Kevin, his daughters Marie, Elaine, Joan and Dolores and to all his other relatives and friends. His remains were reposing in Coen’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 29 and later were re-

ceived in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Following the funeral mass the following day, burial took place in St Attracta’s cemetery, Rhue. May he rest in peace. O’CUIV VISIT: The deputy leader of Fianna Fail Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, addressed a large gathering of party members at a meeting of the Tubbercurry Comhairle Ceanntair in Killoran’s lounge on Friday week last. Among the issues raised was the fact that Sligo now has no Fianna Fail TD, the removal of civil servants from Tubbercurry, septic tanks and other local and national matters. GARDA RETIRES: Well done and all the best to Garda Tom Doherty, who has hung up the tunic and retired to private life after many years of service in Tubbercurry. He was a very fine policeman and he had a nice personality as well as a firm approach to his role in the area. The Bonniconlon native is wished good luck in his retirement. DANCE: I am again reminding readers of the special pre-Christmas dance in St Bridget’s Hall on Friday, December 16 to the music of Patrick Feeney and his band. It is being run by the Old Fair Day Committee. SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY: The date of this year’s senior citizens mass, dinner and social is December 18. Mass is at 2pm, followed by dinner and social in Killorans. Anyone who requires transport should leave their name with Sister Brendan or the Day Care Centre in Teeling Street as soon as possible. GALLAGHER HOUSE SOCIAL: The annual Gallagher House Christmas party is in Killorans on Thursday, December 15. It starts at 7pm with dinner, followed by music by Christy O’Grady, with special guests Tommy and Mary Marren of Midwest Radio. Anne Killoran would like to thank all the people who turned out to support the quiz in aid of the Christmas party and gifts for the students. Quizmaster Frank McGee had some hard questions but it was a very enjoyable night. Anne told me that she has been running the party for 22 years. “When I started we had ten students and four staff, now it is as good as a factory, with 47 students and around 20 staff ”, she said. She thanked Frank McGee, Tom Gallagher, Eilish Murphy, Martina Kennedy and other members of the Gallagher House staff for their help. SEAN NOS DANCING: Killoran’s Lounge is inviting traditional music and dance fans to a sean nos dancing session on Sunday, December 11, between 10am and 6pm. All are welcome. Call Killoran’s on 071-9185679 for more details. TUBBER 1995: ‘Tubbercurry 1995’, a DVD featuring social events and aspects of life recorded in Tubbercurry during 1995 (‘Reeling in The Years’ Tubbercurry style), will be launched in Cawley’s Hotel on Friday night next. The launch is being held in conjunction with a special function being organised by the Pauline Whittington Memorial (Friends of St Luke’s) Committee to announce proceeds from the Dublin to Tubbercurry cycle held last June. All proceeds from the sales of ‘Tubbercurry 1995’ DVD will go to this fund. The DVD will be available from outlets in the town. SWIM: The second Annual St Stephen’s Day swim in aid of the Adam Kennedy Trust will take place at the Beach Bar, Aughris at 12 noon (gathering at 11.30am). For more visit the facebook page (www.facebook. com/adamkennedytrust). Or if you would like to participate, sponsorship cards and posters are available from Aidan Mannion at the Record Room, Grattan Street, Sligo, Robert Cullen in the Sligo Weekender, Teeling Street, Sligo and Alan Synnott in Skreen (telephone 083 1187105).


SligoWeekender December 6, 2011


by John Bromley

Further scaling down of brucellosis testing A

FURTHER scaling down of testing for brucellosis has been announced by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney in the Brucellosis testing programme for 2012. The Minister said that for 2012, just 20% of dairy herds will be subject to the annual round test instead of 50% at present. This, he said, was an important step in the context of the gradual scaling down of the testing programme. The other elements of the testing programme will remain in place. Minister Coveney stated that significant changes had already been made to the Brucellosis testing programme since Ire-

Age imbalance of farmers ‘incredibly worrying’ THE age imbalance of farmers is “incredibly worrying”, according to a spokesperson for the ICSA. Munster vicepresident, Edmond Phelan, has warned that age profile of Irish farmers is not conducive to productive farming and unless steps are taken to encourage the next generations into farming then the agri food sector will simply stagnate. “Only 7% of Irish farmers are under 35 years of age with 25% of farmers in the country already over the age of 70. “The age profile of Irish farmers is incredibly worrying and it would appear that the Government is being counterproductive in addressing the age imbalance of farmers. “There are lofty and ambitious targets set out in the Food Harvest 2020 report that requires Irish agri-food exports to grow from €8 billion to €13 billion by 2020. This can only be achieved with an able and committed workforce. Unless measures are taken to open doors for younger, more vibrant farmers to own land and run successful businesses then by 2020 we will a very aged population of farmers who will not have achieved the targets for expansion.”

land was declared officially free of Brucellosis in July 2009. He received to changes such as the age threshold for the annual round test increased from 12 to 24 months, the annual Round test is confined to 50% of the herds in the country and the age threshold for the pre-movement test has been increased from 12 to 18 months, except in the case of bulls, where the risk of transmitting the disease is lower, in which case the age threshold is now 24 months. The Minister said that these changes had removed some 2.5 million animals from the testing regime on an annual basis, with significant benefits to farmers in terms of reduced testing costs,

estimated at approximately E7.5 million per annum. He said the decision on dairy herds would remove a further 400,000 animals from the testing regime and should save farmers a further E1.2m per annum. Minister Coveney emphasised that the scaling down of the testing programme was possible only because Ireland had been granted officially brucellosis-free status at EU level in 2009. He thanked all the stakeholders and officials in his Department for the part they played over the years in the successful eradication programme and he urged farmers to continue to be vigilant, particularly in relation

to sourcing their stock requirements. He added that, in deciding on the arrangements for 2012, he had to strike a balance between the need to adopt a cautious approach to the scaling down of the controls, on the one hand, and his desire to remove costs both for farmers and the Department, on the other. In this context, the continuing existence of disease on the island is a very important consideration and he believed that the changes which he had made struck the correct balance. His decision has been taken following consultations with the farm organisations and he thanked them for their constructive approach.

14 years-old cow gives birth to twins A 14 year old cow belonging to James Gilmartin, Ballintrillick, has given birth to twin calves. James reared the Blue Shorthorn from a calf and this is the first time she has had twins. Interestingly one of the twins, a bull, is blue and the other, a heifer, is white. James is pictured with the cow and calves, watched by his children Daniel and Ruth Gilmartin. Pic: Colin Gillen/

Teagasc report positive year for agri-food Industry A POSITIVE year for the agri-food industry is reported in the Teagasc Annual Report 2010. It reports that farming and the agricultural sector is going through a positive period. “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”, the report states. But it points outhe prices for some inputs such as fuel and fertilizer

are also up this year. Speaking at the launch of the 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. Low cost grass based milk production systems provide Irish farmers with a comparative advantage that could be exploited in a quota free environment.” However, he warned that in the run up to their abolition, dairy farmers must carefully match their production to their quota to avoid possible super levy fines. The report revealed that demand for Teagasc run agriculture and horticulture courses continued 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. 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. The total number of students participating in college courses now amount to 2,426 and when local Advanced Certificate in agriculture (ACA) courses are taken into account there are a total of 3,540 students participating in Teagasc run courses, in the current academic year.

IFA call for bank charges to be investigated IFA President John Bryan has said that the Financial Regulator must take immediate action to investigate the actions of the banks in relation to their dealings with farm and other small businesses, in particular their hikes in interest rates and charges. Mr Bryan was speaking after a meeting with officials of the Financial Regulator’s office in which he expressed the concerns and anger of farmers at the behaviour of the banks, which are relentlessly increasing costs for farmer customers through changes to existing loan arrangements, application of charges and fees, and increased costs of security. Mr Bryan said: “The viability of farm and other small businesses is being put under huge pressure by the actions of the banks, which are imposing additional costs on customers who are fully compliant and repaying their debts as agreed. The silence of the Financial Regulator on this issue is

unacceptable. “I am calling on the Financial Regulator to investigate these practices, ensure that businesses are being fairly treated and provide assurances to farmer customers that competitive rates are being applied. There is a lack of transparency in the pricing of loans and charges, which is creating uncertainty for businesses and failing farm businesses, whose investment and expansion is vital to the recovery of the economy.” Mr Bryan said that the reality was that we do not have a functioning banking system at present. “With the lack of competition in the banking sector in Ireland, and the high costs of providing security to new lenders, there are almost no options for farmer customers to move between banks in response to price rises. The additional costs being borne by customers are putting pressure on viability, deterring investment and overall undermining the competitiveness of the agriculture sector.”


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


SligoWeekender December 6, 2011

Pictures: The MS Therapy Dinner Dance in the Southern Hotel

Andy and Annie Barry attended the MS Therapy dinner dance.

David Mc Weeney, Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady (Mayor of Sligo), Nada Mousa.

Hughie and Jean Blain were at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Noelle Carroll and Brian O'Donnell at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Justine Norton and Siobhan Slater were going to the MS Therapy dinner dance.

John and Bairbre Moore were enjoying the night at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Ann Gilligan and Paula Moran enjoyingthe MS Therapy dinner dance.

Kevin O'Grady wiht his wife Clllr Rosaleen O'Grady (Mayor of Sligo).

Aideen Melanaphy and Noelle Carroll were at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Amelia Moody and Joan Cunningham were enjoying the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Tricia Pawlowski and Julie Harrison at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Ronan and Deirdre Murray attended the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Mary Mc Sharry with Phyllis Barber and Noel Deignan at the MS Therapy dinner dance.


SligoWeekender December 6, 2011

Pictures: The MS Therapy Dinner Dance in the Southern Hotel

Phil Doherty, Kathleen Walsh, Seamus Walsh and Plunkett Doherty at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Julie Harrison and Tommy Kelly were enjoying the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Caroline Mc Dermott, Sara Melly and Margaret Fallon attended the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Eileen Hare, Pat Mc Loughlin and Bernadine Mc Gauran were enjoying the night at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Lily and Michael Hannon with Chris Hunt at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Ray and Patricia Rooney at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Liam Hunt, Mary WIlson and Kitty McKay were at the MS Therapy Dinner Dance.

Michael Mc Mooney, Lucy O'Hara, Martina and Adrian Burke at the MS Therapy Dinner Dance.

Felix Mc Elhone and Dominic Mc Loughlin attended the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Pat and Maria Mc Loughlin with Eileen Cullen at the MS Therapy dinner dance.

Tamara Gormley (Manager MS Therapy Centre) wiht Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady (Mayor of Sligo).


SligoWeekender December 6, 2011

In Memoriam Deaths QUINN: Mary Quinn (Nee Lennon) 6 Thornhill, Sligo. Peacefully at Mowlam Nursing Home. Reposing at her home with removal today Tuesday at 1.30pm to Sligo Cathedral for Mass of the Resurrection at 2pm. House private, today, Tuesday please. Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Scarden afterwards. WALSH: Margaret (Peggy) Walsh, (Nee French, 29 St. Brigid's Place, Sligo. And formerly of Jinks Avenue, Sligo. At Sligo General Hospital. Reposing at the Foley & McGowan Funeral home, Market Yard. Removal to Sligo Cathedral today, Tuesday, at 11am for Mass of the Resurrection at 11.30am. Interment in Sligo cemetery afterwards ROONEY: Rose Ann Rooney, 20 Joe McDonnell Drive, Cranmore, Sligo. Unexpectedly at her home. Reposing at her home with removal from her home today, Tuesday, to Saint Anne's Church for mass of Christian burial at 2pm . Burial afterwards in Sligo cemetery. TOLAND: Joan Toland (Nee Chrystal) 26 St. Brigid's Place, Sligo. Suddenly at Sligo General Hospital. Funeral arrangements were not available at time of going to press. MCDONALD: Kevin McDonald, Gurteen, Glencar, Co. Leitrim. Peacefully at the North West Hospice, Sligo. Reposing at his home with removal to St. Osnats Church. Funeral Mass today, Tuesday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Killenora Cemetery. M CGOVERN: Betty DOHERTY; McGovern (Nee Scott), Cartron Estate, Sligo. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at Feehily's Funeral Home, HIGGINS; Cross, Sligo with Cartron removal on Sunday evening to St. Joseph's Church, Ballytivnan. Mass of the resurrection was yesterday, Monday, with burial afterwards in Sligo Cemetery. House is private please. DUNLEAVY: John Dunleavy, East Rock, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Remains reposed at his late residence with removal to St. Joseph's Church, The Rock, Ballyshannon. Funeral Mass was on Sunday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. MCGOLDRICK: Teresa McGoldrick, Riverstown, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at North West Hospice, Sligo. Remains reposed at her residence with removal on Sunday evening to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Riverstown. Funeral Mass was yesterday, Monday, with burial afterwards in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sooey. TINSLEY: Vincent Tinsley, 31 Crozon Downs, Sligo.

Suddenly at his home. Reposing was at his home with removal yesterday Monday, to Sligo Cathedral, for Mass of the Resurrection. Interment was in Sligo Cemetery afterwards. MCGRATH: Mary McGrath, Ozsman House, Bundoran, Co Donegal, and formerly Daly Park, Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Suddenly. Reposing was at the Shiel Hospital Mortuary with removal on Saturday evening to the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran. Funeral mass was on Sunday, followed by interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Belleek. HUNT: Patrick, known as 'Pa', Hunt, Rinnarogue, Bunninadden, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Remains reposed at the Perry Funeral Home, Ballymote, followed by removal on Saturday to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden. Funeral mass was on Sunday with burial afterwards in St. Columba's Cemetery, Ballymote. HORAN: Colette Horan nee Rogers, Rose Cottage, Rosses Point and late of Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Relict of Harry. Peacefully at Summerville Nursing Home Strandhill. Remains reposed at the residence of her daughter Helen Clarke, 4 Springhill Close, Rosses Point. Removal was on Saturday morning to St. Columba's Church Rosses Point for Funeral Mass. Burial was afterwards to Rosses Point cemetery. CONLON: Mary Conlon, nee Neary, Knockacullen, Dromore West, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at Nazareth ROONEY; House Sligo in her 95th year. Reposing was at the residence of Jarlath and Mary Neary, Knockacullen, Dromore West. Removal was on Wednesday evening to the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Dromore West. Requiem Mass was on Thursday with burial afterwards in Churchill Cemetery. GILBRIDE: Brigid Gilbride, Lisnagroagh, Manorhamilton. Peacefully at St Phelim's Nursing Home, Dromahair. Reposing was at her residence with removal on Wednesday evening to St Michael's Church, Glenfarne . Funeral mass was on Thursday morning with burial afterwards in Kilmakerril Cemetery. BRENNAN: Mattie Brennan, Rathscanlon, Tubbercurry Co. Sligo. Reposing was at Coen's Funeral Home, Tubbercurry, with removal on Tuesday last to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercrurry. Requiem Mass was on Wednesday with urial afterwards in Rhue Cemetery.


2nd Anniversary. In beloved memory of

Martin John Healy

Martin Dolan

Carrenrush, Dromore West, Co. Sligo 8th December 2009

Cork and Formerly ‘’The Rowans’’ Doonfore, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo Who died on the 7th December 2009.

For an Anniversary Memoriam or a Death Notice

A beautiful nature, A heart of gold Your loss to us can never be told We hold our tears when we speak your name But the ache in our hearts will always remain No words we write will ever say How much we miss you day by day So Gentle Jesus, up above We pray to give you all our love. Anniversary Mass at 7.30pm Wednesday 7th December in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, Dromore West

3rd Anniversary In loving memory of

Albert Gorman

SON. meet us in our dreams and talk to us once more, ease our everlasting pain that makes our hearts so sore, if only tears were laughter if only night were day, and if all our prayers were answered, son, you would be at home with us today.

If you have a tribute or obituary

Sadly missed by your Mum & Dad xxx BROTHER. the midnight stars are shining on a grave not far away, where we laid my loving brother, martin, two years ago today its there i always wander its there i keep in touch with a brother i loved so dearly and miss so very much. Always loved and remembered By your loving sister Kerry xxx Anniversary Mass will be Celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Maugherow on Sunday the 11th December at 12 o’clock.


Hazelwood Avenue, Sligo. Who died on 1st December 2008. DOHERTY; ROONEY;

No matter how life changes No matter what we do No morning dawns, No evening falls CONNOLLY; Without a thought of you. HIGGINS;

Sadly missed from your Wife and Family.

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Thanksgiving THE MIRACLE PRAYER: Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one. (Make request). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes, it will become Your favour, not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. H.S.

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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 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. 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. 3 BED HOUSE to rent, Riverside area, 5 mins walk from all amenities. 087 9509318. HOUSE TO RENT Rathbraughan. Good condition throughout. O.f.c.h . Newly fitted kitchen parking to the front, garden at the rear. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Previous references required. Tel: 087 7934093. 0044 7956373208. DETACHED 4 BED dormer bungalow in the heart of Grange village. Beautifully decorated. All mod cons. Available immediately.

Cal Elizabeth 087 2067854. 4 BED DETACHED BUNGALOW TO RENT IN Strandhill. Recently refurbished. Large garden back and front. Walking distance to all amenities. Tel 086 0682109. 3 BED HOUSE TO RENT. All mod cons close to town, hospital and college.¤100 per week. Contact Gerry on 086 2302675.

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. 3 ROOMS TO RENT in Sligo centre. €35 per room, apartment in good shape. 0871303110. LOOKING FOR 1 person to share in a 2 bed apartment, JFK Parade Sligo. Own room, all mod cons. Call 086-8180686 YEATS HEIGHTS Sligo. Single and Double rooms available. 5 mins walk to the I.T & FAS. 086 8743000.

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. WOODEN FIREPLACE. Surround with steel insert. Also electric small coal fire effect. Also wall cabinet and large silver t.v with matching stand. Call: 087 7687144 to view. GAS HOB, COLOUR WHITE in very good condition. Cast iron 16 inch grate for fire place Insert of cream and wine tiles With flower design Call 087-1311116 SALE. BROWN AND BEIGE 3 piece suite, excellent condition. ¤ 590 o.n.o . Tel: 07191 65127.

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. CITROEN C4, 1.6 HDI SX Diesel for sale. 5 Door, service history, cruise control, alloys. 06 reg. Contact 086 2256575. 2009 TOYOTA AURIS 1.4 Diesel. 48,000 klm full up to date services 100 klm per gallon. Tel- 07191 64164 after 6pm. Mobile 085 1541744.

PETS K9 CUTS Dog Grooming Service available, Rathcormack, Sligo. Tel: Martin on 071-9146545 or 0876819794 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 0872453355 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. FOR SALE: POMERANIAN cross Schnauzer pup’s. Wormed. Parents good watch dogs, Sligo. Tel: 086 2115989.

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: Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm. Fri-Sat 9am-6pm or by appointment : contact Hillary on 07196 66330 or 087 9138773.

TUITION 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.

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 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 0876819794 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

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 We, Ballygawley Community Park Committee, intend to apply for

planning permission for development at Ballygawley, Co. Sligo. This development will consist of: The construction of new entrance, front boundary wall/fence & footpath. The construction of community building (508 m2) including dressing rooms and installation of new mechanical Aeration System & percolation rooms. Construction of new playground (900 m2) and Astroturf Training area (900 m2). The provision of 10 no. car parking spaces & 2no. Bus parking spaces.The provision of jogging track and improvements to existing soccer pitch.The provision of new boundary and internal fencing and all necessary drainage, signage, floodlights and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority Sligo county Council, Riverside 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, €20, 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.

LEGAL NOTICE The Property Registration Authority, Land Registry Chancery Street, Dublin 7. TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. In the Matter of the Registration of Title Act 1964-2006 and of the application for First registration of Johnston Barber as Legal Personal Representative of Robert Collins of Lisgorman, Dromahair, County Leitrim as owner of Lands situated in the Townland of Lisgorman in the Barony of Dromahaire, County of Leitrim. Application No. D2011LR093936M. Take notice that Home & Farm Conveyancing, Solicitors of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim Has lodged an application under the above Acts for the first registration of Johnston Barber As Legal Personal Representative of Robert Collins as full owner of an estate in fee Simple free from encumbrances of part of the lands being part of the old railway line situated In the Townland of Lisgorman in the Barony of Dromahaire, County Leitrim. Which lands are delineated on the map thereof deposited in the Land Registry. The Application Map may be inspected at this Registry. AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that after the expiration of one calendar month from the Date of publication of this notice the registration will be proceeded with unless in the Meantime cause is shown to me contrary. All persons objecting to such registry are hereby required to file their objections in writing duly verified in the Land Registry. Any objection should be addressed to Brenda Feeney, Examiner of Titles, Land Registry, Chancery Street, Dublin 7 and should quote the references D2011LR093936M


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Is the Stress of The Holidays Getting to You? ‘Whatever you’re going through, We’ll go through it with you’ Confidential emotional support and a listening ear

SAMARITANS Feeling lonely, upset or worried? Do you need someone to talk to? Samaritans provide a non-judgemental, confidential listening service for people in despair or distress, feelings which can often lead to suicide. The holidays can be a difficult time for many people and if you feel you need someone to talk to, you can phone the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1850 60 90 90 or e- mail us on, or drop into us at 3 The Mall, Sligo 24 hours – 7 days a week • Visit-3 The Mall Sligo LO-CALL – 1850 60 .0 .0 E-MAIL: /o12a4a56t6an29o5:

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Voya a healthy option for your Christmas List VOYA Seaweed Baths is going into its 11th Christmas this year, and as usual the sale of gift vouchers and products are already going very strong. Customers each year comment that our Christmas Vouchers are a fantastic healthily relaxing option for their Christmas list. VOYA products are also a very popular gift; we have a full range of certified organic seaweed base cosmetics. There was such a demand on our products this year with international orders that we nearly sold out for the Irish and UK market. However we simply upscale our production in Sligo to make sure that we would meet the Christmas demand for

Ireland and England this year. Vouchers and Products can be brought online or simple pop out to the Seaweed Baths in Strandhill. We also sell our products and vouchers in Kate’s Kitchen and we have a stall in Johnston court for the month of December. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and happy new year.

Tommy Hilfiger Christmas Customer Nights TOMMY Hilfiger Sligo opens its doors to the public for there 2nd official Customer night this Thursday 8th December at 5pm8pm. They have put out an open invitation for new and existing customers to come along so they can avail of the great discounts

for the night helping everyone on there way to starting or finishing the big Christmas spend. All customers will receive 25% off all stock in-store on the night and this will be the only opportunity for customers to avail of these great discounts before Christmas.

There is something for everyone in this lifestyle store, Hilfiger are stocking full collections in Womenswear and Menswear, which includes accessories and gift, sets for that perfect gift. Even if you have trouble making that tough choice you cam sim-

plify it al with a Gift Voucher. There will also be some music on the night along with gift bags for the first twenty people to purchase. Bring along your friends and enjoy a good night at the one and only Tommy Hilfiger from 5pm.

Got an ad? Call: 071-9174900 Road Safety Authority Sligo approved Motor Schools

Richie Barry Irish School of Motoring Tel: 087-2606666 086-8198395 ADI Number: 37254 Finan: School of Motoring Tel Mob: 086-6042726 ADI Number: 34991 Gay Devaney School of Motoring Tel, 071-9168281 Mob: 087-6452138 ADI Number: 34957 Hamilton: School of Motoring Tel, Mob: 086-1755650 ADI Number: 34659 Kennedy: School of Motoring Mob: 086-2444747 ADI Number: 35095 Donnelly: School of Motoring Tel: 071-9130266 Mob: 087-2153231 ADI Number: 34925 Niamh Gormley: Driving Lessons Tel, Mob: 086-0409292 ADI Number: 34640 Professional Driver Training Tel:Tom:087-2989989 Myles: 087-2989990 Mick: 087-6202270 ADI Number: 34781

25% OFF Customer Night - 8th December 5-8pm @ Tommy Hilfiger Sligo - All Welcome

V.Mc Keon Driving Academy. Tel: 086 3820985. ADI Number: F37102


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Week 9 of the Talent show on Friday night 18th November

Kayleigh Gallagher is one o fthe final acts in the Sligo's got Talent Competition.

From left; Kayleigh Gallagher, Megan & Emzee and Vanessa Sleator who are the final 3 contestants in the Sligo's go Talen Competition; pictured with the Cheque that the winner will receive.

Vanessa Sleator is one of the final acts in the Sligo's got Talent Competition.

Megan & Emzee are one of the final acts in the Sligo's got Talent Competition.


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Sligo run is praised across the country Ray Flynn reflects on the successful staging of a national cross-country event at Sligo racecourse


HE dust has finally settled after the very successful Woodies DIY Athletics Ireland Inter Counties Cross Country championships that were held at Sligo racecourse on last Sunday week. People from all around the country have been full of praise for the excellent organisation of the event. It is no mean task to stage a meeting of this size and Sligo AAI County Board officials can be very proud of the job they have done. It was not just the local athletics officials who deserve praise but all the other volunteers – some who have very little connection with the sport – who were out in force on the day. It was also very heartening to see so many ex-athletes put their shoulder to the wheel. Great thanks are due to them all. It is always very dangerous to single out individuals but a few people deserve special mention. Ann McHugh did tireless work behind the scenes and made hundreds of phone calls to ensure the smooth running of the event. Lucy Brennan was of enormous help in the preparation and dismounting of the course and she also helped the Sligo women’s team to ‘B’ championship medals on the day. A truly remarkable lady. Brian McBride and Michael Carney put endless work in laying out the course and the ageless Harry Gorman and Sean Callan came from Dublin to assist in laying out the finishing area. Last but by no means least, Sligo AAI County Board chairman Terry Hayes co-ordinated the whole meeting. The great work done by the Sligo offi-

RUNNING THE SHOW: John Cronin, Calry’s Ray Flynn and Brendan McDaid were some of the officials at Sligo racecourse for the recent cross-country event.

GOOD DAY FOR A RUN: Action, above and below, from the recent AAI Inter Counties Cross Country Championships that were held at Sligo racecourse, Cleveragh.

Fund-raising gig THE annual Sligo Santa Run takes place on the morning of Sunday, December 18, starting from the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel at 10am. Entries will be taken on the morning of the run and will be over the usual 5k course. This year the proceeds will go to Sligo Mental Health Service patients comfort fund. cials was matched by the many Sligo athletes who turned out for the county. As I said previously the Sligo Senior women’s team took gold medals in the ‘B’ championship and were led home by Eimear O’Brien who shook off the effects of flu to finish in 20th place. The Sligo Senior men’s team finished fifth and Emmett Dunleavy’s eighth place overall was a phenomenal run. It was certainly a big breakthrough for Emmett and I have no doubt that he will go on from here both on the road and track as well as cross-country. What a lot of people overlooked was the run of Tommy Carroll. Like Emmett and Dermot McDermott, Tommy is predominately a track runner. He only

missed out on making the Irish U-23 men’s team for the European Cross Country Championships by a mere 20 seconds. While un-

derage athlete William Crowe missed out on the Sligo event due to flu and Cian McBride did not have one of his better cross-country runs (in the Boys U-16 category) there was some fine runs by Sligo Juveniles. Leo Doherty is a young athlete with a great future and his fourth place finish in the Boys U-12 race was the highest by any Sligo athlete on the day. All juvenile athletes as well as novices (men and women) travel to the Curragh, County Kilare on Sunday next for the AAI Novice & Juvenile (uneven ages) Cross Country Championships. Good luck to them all.

FULL-TIME: See pages 68-69


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Sligo’s upsurge continues with a second win Enterprising display against Wanderers earns an away win at the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch Ulster Bank League Division 2B Wanderers Sligo


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LIGO travelled to the home of Irish rugby last Saturday and picked up their second consecutive Ulster Bank League Division 2B win when they defeated Wanderers RFC by nine points, 14-5, on the back pitch of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The well-deserved win pushes Sligo up to 11th place in the table with one fixture remaining before the Christmas break. The home team kicked off on the synthetic pitch with the aid of the strong breeze and their familiarity with the astro turf surface was immediately evident as they spun the ball wide at every opportunity in the opening exchanges. Wanderers’ early enterprise forced Sligo to concede a series of penalties but the visitors were relieved to see three Stephen Malone efforts fail to hit the target. The Sligo pack settled, however, and the front row of David Rowe, Ross Mannion and Shane McGuinness soon had the upper hand at scrum time, while Paddy Conlon and James Wilson were comfortably securing good line-out possession. Sligo’s opening score arrived after 19 minutes. Following a scrum on the Sligo 10-metres line, number eight Aidan McNulty combined with Paddy Pearson, who, in turn, released winger David Gerrity. He made his way into the home ‘22’. The ball was recycled twice before the referee deemed that the home defence had strayed offside at the ruck. Full-back Daniel Hawkins stepped up and bisected the posts with a well-struck effort. Malone and Hawkins then both missed with penalty efforts before the referee blew for the halftime break – Sligo three points up. The second-half began with Sligo in the ascendancy, Jamie Bowes was carrying powerfully and replacement Thomas Ferrari added dynamism to Sligo’s driving game. Seven minutes into the second-half Sligo doubled their tally with an excellently struck Mark Butler penalty from three metres inside his own half.

Hosting Rainey NEXT Saturday Sligo host Magherafelt’s Rainey Old Boys in their final Ulster Bank League Division 2B fixture of 2011. A third win in-a-row would put Sligo in a very comfortable position prior to the Christmas break. Rainey Old Boys will provide a stern challenge as the northern outfit have won six out of their first seven Ulster Bank League matches and currently lie second in the table. However, their first loss arrived at home to Banbridge last Saturday (they lost 15-3) and Sligo will hope that they can capitalise on this drop in form. Wanderers’ response was swift and some fine handling resulted in James Ritchie receiving wide on the right. The winger chipped ahead and beat the Sligo defence to collect and touch down in the corner. Malone’s conversion drifted wide. Sligo were stung back into life and a Hugo Lafitte break was stopped in the home ‘22’. Conlon and Ferrari were both involved before Butler stepped up and popped over an excellently struck drop goal to leave Sligo four points up, 9-5. With 10 minutes remaining Sligo struck the killer blow. More fine driving from Bowes earned a penalty five yards from the hosts’ try line. Sligo opted for a scrum and a well-controlled heel allowed McNulty the opportunity to pick and the number eight made no mistake in crashing over in the corner. Hawkins’ conversion attempt drifted wide of the upright. Wanderers again countered and tried to utilise their pacy back line. Their enterprise looked sure to gain reward when a flowing move created an overlap wide on the right but Lafitte stepped in and managed to get a touch on the pass causing the move to break down. The referee deemed Lafitte’s intervention illegal and the winger was shown the yellow card. Despite this setback, Sligo’s defence remained firm and when the referee blew the long blast it was the large visiting support that cheered loudest. SLIGO RFC FIRST XV (v Wanderers): Daniel Hawkins, David Gerrity, Matele Fifita, Gavin Foley, Hugo Lafitte, Mark Butler, Paddy Pearson, David Rowe, Ross Mannion, Shane McGuinness, James Wilson, Jamie Bowes, Paddy Conlon, Rory Kerins, Aidan McNulty Replacements: Gary Conneely, Thomas Ferrari, Peter Mullan, David Heath, Billy Leahy

IMPOSING BACKDROP: Sligo take on Wanderers in an Ulster Bank League Division 2B fixture with the Aviva Stadium in the background. Sligo won this game by nine points, 14-5.

Excellent result for Sligo U-15s RUGBY S'orts SLIGO RFC’s U-15s recorded another win in this season’s provincial competition. Last weekend they were 15-3 winners away to Galway side Corinthians, a game played in difficult weather conditions. In what was their fifth fixture of the campaign, Sligo put in a great team performance against strong opponents. Corinthians led at the interval thanks to a first-half penalty but three second-half tries (two from Odhran Byrne-Gildea) turned the game in Sligo’s favour. Byrne-Gildea scored the winners’ first try when he ran from his own half to touch down in the corner. Sligo’s second try – Byrne-

Gildea again on target – stemmed from a well-worked scrum inside Corinthians’ ‘22’. The ball was passed out to Sligo’s number 10, Darragh Cummins, who offloaded to the onrushing Byrne-Gildea. At full speed the speedy player, a noted athlete, carried three Corinthians players with him as he touched down in the corner! The third try came from back row Dylan Gardiner, who found himself out on the wing to score

Fund-raising event SLIGO RFC will host a fund-raising auction in The Glasshouse Hotel on Sunday, February 19. The auc tion committee, led by George Draper, are busily collecting lots to go under the hammer! Antiques, curiosities, sports memorabilia, vouchers, and work pledges are all suitable for the event. For details contact George Draper, Justin Harte or email

Results ULSTER BANK LEAGUE DIVISION 2B Rd One Sligo 20, Boyne 21 (Hamilton Park, October 1) Rd Two Navan RFC 27, Sligo 12 (Balreask Road, October 8) Rd Three Sligo 5, Nenagh Ormond 9 (Hamilton Park, October 15) Rd Four Armagh 20, Sligo 14 (Palace Grounds, October 29) Rd Five Sligo 13, Highfield 20 (Hamilton Park, November 5) Rd Six Naas 13, Sligo 30 (Forenoughts, November 26) Rd Seven Wanderers 5, Sligo 14 (Aviva Stadium, December 3)

Upcoming fixtures NICE VIEW: Sligo fans savour the win from their ‘perch’ at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE DIVISION 2B Rd Eight Sligo v Rainey Old Boys (Hamilton Park, Strandhill, Saturday, December 10) Rd Nine Ards v Sligo (Hamilton Park, Newtownards, Saturday, January 28, 2012) Rd 10 Sligo v Cashel (Hamilton Park, Saturday, February 4, 2012)

a well-worked try. Sligo are now tied at the top of the table with Mayo outfit Castlebar, who Sligo still have to play at home. The players are also delighted to have coach Jeff Gardiner back on the sideline after a recent illness. SLIGO RFC U-15S (v Corinthians): Paul Kelly, Neil Murray, Shane O’Hehir, Cillian Gallagher, Thomas Mullaney, Dylan Gardner, Liam McElhinney, Hadi Mousa, Robert Henry, Darragh Cummins, Jack Cox, Paul Kilcoyne, Ryan Feehily, Odhran Byrne-Gildea, TJ Ford Subs: Philip Kilcullen, Cian Hough, Emmet Flanagan, Nathan Rooney, Conor McGovern, Aaron Boals, Gareth Davey, Peter Kilgallen, Richard Lang

Disco for local teens SLIGO RFC’s fully supervised non-alcoholic Christ mas teenage disco takes place at the clubhouse on Thursday, December 22. Tickets are now on sale.

Going to the party? SLIGO RFC’s social committee ask all rugby club members who are attending the club’s Christmas party on Thursday week, December 15 to please let them know as soon as possible.

Standings ULSTER BANK LEAGUE DIVISION 2B Cashel Rainey Old Boys NUIM Barnhall Banbridge Nenagh Ormond Highfield Connemara Boyne Suttonians Armagh Sligo Navan Sunday’s Well Ards Naas Wanderers

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

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

F 201 176 165 137 140 110 196 103 100 140 108 99 77 89 80 67

A 38 76 90 80 83 105 182 151 136 147 115 126 124 215 163 157

Pts 31 26 25 24 24 21 19 18 14 13 13 13 13 7 5 3


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Sport RUGBYPProfile Was rugby your first sport Yes.

When did you join Sligo RFC? In the 1993-1994 season. Mick Lucey was working at my parents’ house and suggested I go out to the club – so I did and have enjoyed it ever since!


Toughest opponent? Aidan McNulty from Ballina, he is hard as! He was just on TV in ‘10 Years Younger’.

Funniest onfield moment? A comment overheard while playing for a club in wealthy part of London. One of our players had been stood on to which our number seven reacted to by shouting at the guilty player: ‘You sir are a baboon and should not be playing rugby’!

THIS WEEK: Ross Mannion

No, none at present. I used to always put my left sock on before my right and had a pair of lucky boxers last year!

I’d love to give Rugby League a go – it is a lot different to Rugby Union in terms of fitness and physicality.

An under-rated role in rugby?

Would you like to be a rugby coach?

Scrum-half. Whoever plays here is under a lot of pressure to get good ball out from the scrum, ruck and maul. The scrum-half must have a good pass (which is a basic skill in rugby) but it is doing the basics right that will win games.

Yes. I’m doing some coaching at the minute.

What rugby pundit – on TV or in newspapers – do you look out for? I enjoy all of them but George Hook is great at winding everybody up.

Your favourite rugby moment? The second-half against Monivea at home last season. A lot of people said we were dead and buried at half-time, but as a team we worked so hard for each other to turn it around and it was an amazing feeling to have won at the final whistle.

Last CD bought

Describe rugby in three words

PC – Any chance of a bit of Dre?

Physical. Disciplined. Friendship.

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

Best sporting advice you’ve received? ‘You can always be better. No matter how good you think you’ve played as an individual or a team you can always add something to your game to make you better as a player and a team. This philosophy keeps complacency out of your game if you keep it in your mind.’

Not really a rule change, but referees need to be taught more about scrums, especially those who officiate underage and Junior levels. It is just a lottery as to what way the penalty goes.

GOING INTO BATTLE: Sligo captain Paddy Pearson leads Sligo players onto the pitch ahea of the game in Naas. DASH: Action from the recent tie between Sligo and Naas at U-11 level.

Match-saving tackle or match-winning try? Both are good, but the match-winning try lives longer in the memory!

What is the worst injury you’ve had?

Your sporting hero

Nothing major, thankfully, but I broke a rib, which isn’t the nicest experience.

Who has influenced your career the most? Too many to name.

Kildare hosts, which was considered a good result. The next generation of Sligo RFC players also formed a guard of honour for the Sligo’s first XV as they came out onto the pitch for the Senior fixture.

Supporting Sligo RFC’s Senior team

If you could pick one international player as a team-mate, who would it be and why?

A sport other than rugby that you would like to play?

Naas gig for Sligo RFC U-11s ON the Saturday before last, November 26, Sligo RFC’s U-11 section took on their counterparts from Naas RFC prior to the clubs’ Senior clash in the Ulster Bank League Division 2B. The Sligo kids drew 2-2 with their County

Pre-match superstitions or rituals?

Schalk Brits, Saracens and South African hooker. He adds a lot to a team and works as hard as a good back row player.

GUARD OF HONOUR: Sligo and Naas U-11 players welcome the Senior competitors onto the pitch before the recent Ulster Bank League Division 2B game between Sligo and Naas.

VIEWS: Ross Mannion.

I’ve a few but James Cracknell (British rower and Olympic medallist) stands out – his ability to push his body through pain is unbelievable.

Party’s jumper theme! SLIGO Rugby Football Club’s annual Christmas party takes 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 so-

cial committee members, including Avril McManus, Marian Rolf, Cliona O’Kelly, Niall Draper and Emer Benson. Alternatively, to get tickets for this party email the club:

PRESSURE: Action from the recent meeting of Sligo RFC and Naas RFC at U-11 level.


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Sport FULLTTIME Lough Arrow swim on Christmas Day

Handball HISTORIC HANDBALL MEETING Sligo GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily will attend the annual general meeting of Sligo Handball Board, which takes place tomorrow [Wednesday] night at St Mary’s GAA Club. Starting at 7.30pm, this is the first such handball AGM to have the County Board chairman in attendance. Diligent secretary Michael McGee is relinquishing his role after three years but intends to continue – if elected – working on handball’s Executive Committee in another capacity. At this week’s AGM McGee will present a comprehensive review of handball activities throughout 2011. Among the highlights, according to McGee, were Ballymote legend Francis McCann’s 17th All-Ireland, a first national title for John McLoughlin and Michael McMorrow, 12 Connacht titles (six adult and six Juvenile). Castleconnor’s Aoife Quinn was part of a successful Connacht girls’ panel and the aforementioned Francis McCann was named Connacht Handball Council’s ‘Masters Handballer of the Year’.

THE 11th annual Lough Arrow Christmas Day swim takes place later this month, December 25, at 1pm, with proceeds as usual to North West Hospice, The Mall, Sligo. The organising committee held a table quiz last Satur day at Des McDonagh’s Bar to launch this year’s fundraiser. Last year’s event raised almost 6,000 euro (€55,610) and the Lough Arrow Swim Committee chairman, Michael Moran, presented the proceeds to John Kelly of North West Hospice. Sponsorship cards are currently available from committee members and at local pubs.

Rugby SUPPORTING CONNACHT RUGBY Sligo’s rugby fans are urged to attend Connacht’s Heineken European Cup game against Gloucester next Saturday at Galway’s Sportsground. Connacht Clan – the official Connacht Rugby Supporters Club – are planning a noisy reception for the visiting team. Tickets can be purchased from or from the home of Connacht Rugby, The Sportsground, Galway. See also

Kickboxing LEONARD’S SILVER Riverstown’s Des Leonard Jnr was a silver medallist at the recent WAKO World Kickboxing Championships in Dublin. The 17-year-old, pictured right, was second overall in the Junior semi-contact 63kg category. The teenager comfortably beat Belgian, Wietse Goijens, to secure a place in 63kg semi-contact final. In the final he lost to an Italian fighter, Adriano Passaro. He was also part MEDALLIST: Des Leonard. of an Irish team that took bronze. Leonard is a member of Collooney Kickboxing Club where his father, Des Snr, is a coach. These international championships came to Dublin for the first time and were hosted by Kickboxing Ireland (incorporating Allstyles Kickboxing Association of Ireland).


RADIO GA GA: Third Level students Jessia Farry (Coolaney) and Gavin Cawley (Rathedmond) both feature on DCUfm.

Locals are a hit on student radio TWO Sligo Third Level students at Dublin City University are emerging broadcasters in student radio. Rathedmond’s Gavin Cawley and Jessica Farry, Coolaney, are regular presenters on Action Replay, a sports show on the awardwinning DCUfm.

Sligo town native Cawley, 20, is in year two of the Communications course, and worked on Action Replay last year, while Farry is a second year Journalism student. Farry, 18, a regular contributor to soccer website, has a big interest in soccer and is

an avid fan of Sligo Rovers and West Ham United. Cawley, meanwhile, is a noted Gaelic football follower and is a referee at inter-club level in Sligo. The St Mary’s clubman contributes to several local media outlets, including Sligo Weekender and Ocean FM.


Position available for a hurling coach SLIGO GAA in partnership with the Connacht GAA Council are looking to recruit a Hurling Games Promo tion Officer for County Sligo. The successful candidate, who will receive a ninemonth contract, will be responsible for the implemen tation of hurling development initiatives within the county. The new Hurling Games Promotion Officer, who will replace the previous incumbent, Johnny Mullins, will report to the Sligo GAA Coaching and Games Committee. Those looking for this role should have a coaching qualification (to Award One level), a Third Level quali fication, five years’ experience in a coaching environment (hurling) and good organisational skills. Interested candidates should send application/CV to: Games Development Manager, Sligo GAA, Aughamore Near, Carraroe, County Sligo The closing date for applications is Friday, Decem ber 23. All candidates must be available for interview the week commencing January 9, 2012.

SUPPORT FOR CLUBS: At the presentation of training equipment by AIB to the GAA Football Sligo Championship winners were, from left, Barry Gallagher (vice-chairman, Curry GAA Club, Junior ‘A’ winners), Maureen Leonard (manager, AIB Tubbercurry branch), Brendan Leonard (chairman, Tourlestrane GAA Club, Senior Championship winners) and Brendan Kivlehan (chairman, CoolaneyMullinabreena GAA Club, Intermediate Championship winners).

Winning clubs receive playing gear AIB, sponsors of the AIB GAA Club Championship, recently presented training equipment to representatives from each of the clubs that won their respective championships. Sligo’s three Gaelic football win-

ners were Tourlestrane (Senior), Coolaney-Mullinabreena (Intermediate) and Curry (Junior ‘A’). The presentations were made at AIB’s Tubbercurry branch by its manager, Maureen Casey, while the winning clubs were represent-


ed by three officials, including Barry Gallagher, vice-chairman, Curry GAA Club, Brendan Leonard, chairman, Tourlestrane GAA Club and Brendan Kivlehan, chairman, Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA Club.

CHARLESTOWN ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB Event Charlestown Athletic FC are holding their AGM in conjunction with their annual awards presentations on Sunday next at 1pm in the CBD Complex, Charlestown. Parents, players and anyone interested in soccer in the locality are invited to attend. As the season now commences earlier in the year and is now a longer season with additional age groups, registrations will be held early in the New Year. Anyone wishing to assist with teams are particularly welcome to attend the AGM. Indoor soccer New players are welcome to attend any of the indoor soccer evenings. It is also proposed to conduct an U-8 coaching programme for boys and girls in early 2012 subject to interested numbers. If interested please text name and contact number to Pat at 086-8981235. The schedule is as follows: U-16s, Thursday 6-7pm; Boys U-12s, Thursday 7-8pm; Boys U-14, Friday 6-7pm; Boys U-10 & Girls U-10, Saturday 4-5pm.

Community Games SLIGO COMMUNITY GAMES Meeting The next meeting of Sligo Community Games will be held at the Best Western Southern Hotel, Sligo on Tuesday night next, December 13 at 9pm. Project titles The project titles for U-11, U-13 and U-16 categories are as follows: ‘Create your own ideal country’,’How can Ireland utilise its natural resources most effectively/efficiently?’ and ‘A Vision for Ireland 2050’. U-11 PROJECT: The project must include a number of aspects such as the country’s name (giving a meaningful reason for this reason), national flag, national emblem, currency and language. Project must also include a fact sheet for the ‘imaginary’ county as well as short interviews with people from different parts/cultures from within the country. Participants can then include any other elements which they feel may be important in their imaginary country for example create graphs to show information related to the imaginary country (i.e. populations of the largest cities). U-13 PROJECT: Participants must present a project based on how Ireland can most effectively utilise its natural resources. Projects must refer to the utilisation of one or more of our natural resources in the most effective/efficient style so as to benefit both the economy and the environment. Findings can be presented in the form of written evidence/graphs and supported by additional resources such as photographs. U-16 PROJECT: Present a project based on how participants view Ireland in 2050, including thoughts on education, employment, infrastructure and Community Games 2050. Participants can include any additional inserts appropriate for their specific vision.


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Sport Rovers look for more signatures Brian McHugh TALKS are ongoing this week at The Showgrounds as Sligo Rovers continue efforts to complete a first team squad for next season. Club Promotions Officer Keith O’Dwyer yesterday [Monday] said team boss Paul Cook is talking to a few players from this year about re-signing and also one or two players from other Airtricity League clubs. “We are hoping to tie down one or two more this week,” he said. Last week was a hectic one in terms of players committing to the cause for next season – see page 79 – and Cook also met with UCD midfielder Paul Corry. “He was made an offer and he is thinking about it,” said Keith O’Dwyer. On December 1, Corry said on his Twitter page: “Decent day down with the mother in Sligo today. Like the look of it, decisions to be made in the next few weeks.” And on Sunday night he tweeted: “One more meeting tomorrow [Monday], then I will have options open.” Meanwhile, Rovers continue their

tour around the region to show the FAI Ford Cup to eager fans. Last night [Monday] the national trophy proved a big attraction at the Christmas party of the Splashing Penguins Special Olympics Swimming Club. Today [Tuesday] children in primary schools in the Ballintogher and Dromahair areas will greet the trophy. On Thursday the Rovers bandwagon rolls into Manorhamilton for a charity fund-raiser at the Ulster Bank branch in the town. Later that evening it is the turn of fire fighters to show their appreciation of Rovers’ feat when the cup visits Sligo Fire Station. While it may be a long way to Tipperary, it’s not too far when the aim is to honour Sligo Rovers’ former team captain Ritchie Ryan. Players and club officials will take the trophy to Ryan’s home town on Saturday, so that he can raise it one last time before departing for his new role with Scottish Premier Division outfit Dundee United. “All at the club are delighted we can do this for Ritchie,” said O’Dwyer.

YOUTHSSoccer Results


Games played on Saturday, December 3 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Benbulben FC Blue P Gurteen Celtic P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-12 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Group One Western Rovers 0, Strand Celtic White 5 Group Two Kilglass-Enniscrone United P Manor Rangers P Group Three Benbulben FC P St John’s P Group Four Yeats United P Gurteen Celtic P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-14 LEAGUE Sponsored by The Sligo Champion Group One Strand Celtic White P Ballisodare United P; Boyle Celtic P Arrow Harps P Ballymote Celtic P Merville United P; Real Tubber P Carrick Town P Group Two Dromore Villa P Strand Celtic Green P; Calry Bohs P Manor Rangers P; St John’s 6, Valley Rovers 1; Yeats United P Gurteen Celtic P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-16 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Group One Strand Celtic White P Ballymote Celtic P; St John’s 3, Real Tubber 2

Games played on Saturday, December 3 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-16 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Group Two Gurteen Celtic P Manor Rangers P; Arrow Harps P Merville United P SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportwear Arrow Harps P Ballymote Celtic P; Coolaney United P Benbulben FC P; Boyle Celtic 3, Gurteen Celtic 0 CONNACHT BOYS U-18 CUP Calry Bohs P Merville United P; Strand Celtic 1, Swinford 2 CONNACHT BOYS U-18 SHIELD Real Tubber P Killala United P Game played on Sunday, December 4 CONNACHT BOYS U-18 SHIELD Athenry X, Ballisodare United X Game played on Monday, December 5 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 Boyle Celtic L Yeats United L



Saturday, December 10 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-11 LEAGUE Benbulben FC Blue v Ballisodare United (11am); Real Tubber Blue v Ballygawley Celtic (11am); Yeats United v Valley Rovers (11am); Gurteen Celtic v Arrow Harps (12.30pm); Real Tubber Black v Benbulben FC Black (12.15pm); Strand Celtic v Merville United (11am); Calry Bohs v Boyle Celtic 11am; SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-12 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Group Two Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Strand Celtic Green (11am) Group Three Merville United v St John’s (12.30pm) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-13 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Benbulben FC v Ballygawley Celtic (12.15pm); St John’s v Manor Rangers (12.30pm); Ballisodare United v Merville United (12.30pm) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-15 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportswear Ballygawley Celtic v Yeats United (1pm); Arrow Harps v Merville United (11am); Coolaney United v Benbulben FC (2pm); Ballymote Celtic v Ballisodare United (12.30pm) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-17 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportswear Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Merville United (12.30pm); Strand Celtic v Real Tubber (12.15pm); Manor Rangers v Yeats United (2pm); Ballygawley Celtic v Coolaney United (2.30pm) SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-19 LEAGUE Sponsored by O’Neill’s Sportswear St John’s v Arrow Harps (2pm); Calry Bohs v Benbulben FC (12.30pm)

Saturday, December 10 CONNACHT BOYS U-12 CUP Mervue United v Real Tubber (2pm) SFAI BOYS U-12 CUP Gurteen Celtic v Tuam Celtic ‘A’ (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-14 CUP Merville United v Roscommon Town (2pm); Swinford v Real Tubber (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-14 SHIELD Carrick Town v Mervue (Boyle, 12.30pm); Cregmore v Ballisodare United (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-16 CUP Willow Park v Calry Bohs*; Real Tubber ‘bye’; Westport United v Merville United (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-16 SHIELD Boyle Celtic v Salthill Devon ‘B’ (2pm) CONNACHT BOYS U-18 CUP Ballymote Celtic v Maree-Oranmore (2pm) *To be confirmed

Fixtures Sunday, December 11 CONNACHT BOYS U-12 CUP Castlebar v Carrick Town (2pm) Monday, December 12 SLIGO-LEITRIM BOYS U-13 LEAGUE Sponsored by Dial-A-Bus Boyle Celtic v Ballisodare United (7pm)

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BOXING FOR CHARITY: At the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association fund-raising White Collar Boxing night last Saturday at Dublin’s Wright Venue were, from left, Jimmy Magee (MC), Kevin Dufficy, Drumcliffe (one of two Sligo fighters involved), Allan Maguire, Calry (the other Sligo pugilist) and Kenny Egan (Ireland’s Olympic boxing medallist).


Coach Kimball hails local swimmers’ efforts SWIMMERS from County Sligo Swim ming Club, under head coach American Kyle Kimball, competed superbly in four galas this season. Last month saw competitors from the club take part in ‘B’/’C’ graded galas (for young and developing swim mers), while the more experienced swimmers took part in ‘A’ meets. Sligo were represented at galas in Claremorris, Galway, Longford and Castlebar. At Claremorris there were 41 swim mers from the club with numerous personal bests and there were more PBs recorded at the next three events. Kimball was delighted with the

Ladies Football CLOONACOOL-TUBBERCURRY LGF CLUB Function Cloonacool-Tubbercurry Ladies Gaelic Football Club’s annual club social night will be held on January 21 at Cawley’s Hotel Tubbercurry (7pm) with a three course meal, presentations, music and raffle. Tickets cost €25 and are available from Gillespies Menswear & Sport, Tubbercurry or Brennan’s Bar, Cloonacool from this Friday, December 9. For further information or tickets contact Louise on 087-1531624 or Karen on 0863169126. Patrons are advised to purchase their tickets early as a great night is expected! Underage players The club are holding a underage recognition party for players in the agegroups U-8 to U-14 on Tuesday, December 13 at St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry (6.307.30pm). All underage players are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served and certificates presented. AGM The club are holding their annual general meeting on Sunday, January 8 at 4pm (the venue for the AGM to be confirmed closer to the date). Nominations and motions will be sought for the various Executive Committee positions. If anyone is interested in a position on the committee for 2012, please contact the club secretary immediately via email:

progress of the Sligo swimmers. “The Claremorris gala was my first gala with Sligo, and it proved very suc cessful.” “I was happy with how the kids have progressed so far and it really showed with the performances.” He was further buoyed by the Galway display even if there was a twist en route when he was involved in a car accident before getting to the venue. He recalled: “The gala was quite long, but our swimmers did very well again! A total of 22 Sligo swimmers competed, and again everyone achieved personal bests!” There was more positive reaction af -

Soccer DROMORE VILLA FOOTBALL CLUB Defeated The club’s Junior men’s side were away in Galway last Sunday in the Connacht Junior Cup third round. They lost 4-0 to Mervue United. Lotto This week’s lotto numbers in the ongoing club fund-raiser were as follows: 7, 18, 19, 22. There was no jackpot winner. The five €20 winners were Margaret Burrows, Gerry Browne, Ciaran Culkin, Michael Sheridan, and Michael Hynes. Next week’s draw will be held in The Fisherman’s Weir, Easkey and the jackpot is a cool €4,250!

Gaelic Football CAWLEY’S RACE NIGHT Gavin Cawley, who is bidding to become Sligo GAA’s Legend Supporter, has organised a race night (with 10 races) for this Friday, December 9 at St Mary's GAA Club facilities, Maugheraboy. Starting at 8pm, the night also features a draw with two major prizes – a signed Dublin jersey and a signed jersey from this year's International Rules Series. There are also a number of other interesting prizes up for grabs on the night.

ter the gala at Longford. “Our swimmers had great attitudes and prepared well for their races. Things are looking great for some the December swims in Dublin and the national meet in Lisburn!” The club’s head coach was equally enthusiastic following the trip to Castlebar. He stated: “Attitudes were very posi tive and it showed with how well we raced. When swimmers are happy, ex cited, and positive it will show in their performances. Remember – attitude is everything!” Results from these galas can be found on

Gaelic Football EASKEY GAA CLUB Concert Easkey GAA Club are holding a variety concert, which will be a showcase for all the wonderful local talent in the area. The concert will take place on Saturday week, December 17, at 8pm in Easkey Community Centre. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will take place. Tickets €10 are available locally from club officers and from John Gordon (087-6986106). There is no charge for children accompanied by an adult, teenagers half-price. There will be entertainment for all ages, young and old, and rural transport will be available on the night (contact 096-47100). This will be a great community night out. Supporting Joe Easkey GAA are supporting Quigabar’s Joe Queenan in his bid to become Sligo’s ‘Legend Supporter’. He is organising a race night at the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone, on Saturday, December 10. If interested in buying a horse/jockey, please contact Shane (087-2134000) or Noel (0868148748). Training Underage Gaelic football training continues on Monday and Tuesday evenings indoor at Easkey Family Resource Centre. Easkey-St Farnan’s underage hurling training continues Thursday and Friday evenings at the same venue. All welcome.


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Rugby lads are worth a punt Kevin Egan


FTER turning their year around with two crucial wins on the road in Kildare and Dublin, Sligo Rugby Club have the opportunity to give their home supporters the best possible early Christmas present this Saturday when they host Rainey Old Boys in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League. The Ulstermen were unbeaten before last weekend but provincial rivals Banbridge curtailed their hard-running style and in doing so perhaps pointed the way for Sligo this Saturday. Rainey entered last weekend’s round of fixtures as the highest scoring team in the division, with a lot of their good play coming from closerange line breaks from the back row. Banbridge kept a close eye on scrum-half Peter Sciascia, very much the heartbeat of this Rainey team, and all of a sudden the opportunities simply dried up for the Magherafelt club. Sligo have a fine half-back pairing of their own in Paddy Pearson and Mark Butler and in a wide open division, they must fancy their chances of ending the year with a third win in succession. Paddy Power go 5-4 about a Sligo home win and 5-6 plus three points on the handicap betting. Rainey are an impressive side who have to be re-

spected, but after picking up a few bob on the back of Sligo rugby last week, it seems almost disloyal not to trust the lads to keep that good form going. Sadly, we can’t be nearly as optimistic about the prospects of the Connacht rugby team in advance of their third round fixture in Pool Six of the Heineken Cup. This week it’s the West Country men of Gloucester who come to Galway’s Sportsground and while this game should represent the best chance for Eric Elwood’s men to get a win in this competition, the odds of 7-4 from Paddy Power about a home win, or the five point handicap on offer, simply isn’t attractive enough. It would be different if the province were playing to their potential, but eight defeats in succes-

sion have sapped the life out of the province and Gloucester will approach the next two weekends knowing that 10 points could completely rejuvenate their challenge in this competition. They may have lost badly to Harlequins in the last round, but they also gave Toulouse a hell of a contest in the Stade Ernest Wallon and, in their last five Aviva Premiership fixtures, they’ve had one win and four bonus point losses, three of which were by less than a drop goal or penalty. Against a strong-willed team they could be vulnerable, but Bryan Redpath will know that these two weekends could be the catalyst to turn their season around and Connacht can expect a full-on assault from the cherry and white visitors. Those looking to bet on Connacht could possibly do worse that backing the home side to lead at half-time at odds of 6-4, since Gloucester have been guilty of making slow starts this year, not least in their last game against Newcastle. But overall, no matter what the heart might say, the head says that a five-point handicap is just too low and that Connacht will do very well to stay within bonus point margin this Saturday. 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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STRANDHILL LADIES RESULTS Gertrude Crummy was the winner of the competition played on Thursday, November 24. Her score was 20 points. WINTER LEAGUE The third leg of the Winter League took place on the Sunday before last, November 27. The results are detailed below. The Winter League will resume on Sunday next, December 11. FRONT 9: 1, Gillian Ballantyne; 2, Ann Carroll; 3, Kathleen Kelpie. BACK 9: 1, Virginia Curran; 2, Pat Mooney; 3, Marion Quinn. GALVIN’S ADDRESS At her final presentation event of the year (held on Sunday, November 27), the club’s outgoing lady captain, Brona Galvin, thanked the club’s Ladies Branch members for their ongoing support and encouragement during her captaincy year. She extended best wishes to incoming lady captain, Marianna Little, and her committee.

BOYLE CLUB COMPETITION The results of Sunday’s Christmas bonanza were as follows: 1, Adrian King; 2, Liam Whyte; 3, Francie Flanagan. The Ladies section results were as follows: 1, Liz Dwyer; 2, Joyce Boles; 3, Joey Mullaney. The Junior winner was Gareth Gilmartin. All participants received a prize so well done to everyone. At the presentation afterwards, club captain Michael Simon – in his first official function – thanked everyone for taking part in spite of the cold weather and wished everyone a happy Christmas. PRESENTATIONS At last Sunday’s presentation of prizes (which followed the Christmas bonanza competition) Adrian King was presented with the King Harmon Cup and Gareth Gilmartin was presented with the 2011 ‘Golfer of the Year’ trophy. Gilmartin said he was very honoured to accept the award and thanked the club. He thanked Michael Keville for sponsoring the trophy. FIXTURES Sunday, December 11 COMPETITION: Christmas turkey – this is the fourth such competition of the season. Note: Format is 9-hole stableford. SUBMITTING NOTES Comments/inclusions to the PRO in person or at

STRANDHILL RESULTS The results of the 15-hole club competition held last Saturday, December 3 were as follows: 1, Martin Farrell 36; 2, Gavin Phelan 31; 3, Jim Owens 31. FIXTURES Saturday, December 10 COMPETITION: 15-hole club competition Sunday, December 11 COMPETITION: Winter League WINTER LEAGUE Next Sunday, December 11, sees the resumption of this season’s Seabreeze Bar & Restaurant Winter League. All competitors are asked to please confirm arrangements with their ‘opposites’. CHRISTMAS PARTY The club’s Christmas Party will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday, December 18. This is traditionally one of the great events in the club calendar and hopefully there will be a great turnout again this year. Music will be provided by the marvellous Regan James and, of course, the club Christmas Draw will take place. Members are asked to please spread the word and encourage all members to help make the event a big success. CHRISTMAS DRAW As the draw takes place on Sunday week, December 18, it is vital that all tickets are returned in good time. Anyone still holding ticket stubs please return them as soon as possible. Indeed, anyone needing tickets are asked to contact Andy Leggett at 087-7575560.

BOYLE LADIES TURKEY VOUCHER The winners of the turkey vouchers from recent competitions were as follows: Tish Perry (November 6 & November 13), Liz Dwyer (November 20) and Joey Mullaney (November 27).


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Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from local golf clubs STRANDHILL


MEN’S BRANCH AGM The annual general meeting of the men’s branch will take place in the clubhouse this coming Friday, December 9 at 8pm. Every member of the men’s branch is welcome and, indeed, encouraged to attend.

RESULTS The results of the single stableford (over 12 holes) held on Saturday last, December 3 were as follows: 1, Anton Murphy (8) 26pts; 2, Dermot O’Hara (21) 24pts; 3, Eamonn Creed (14) 23pts. RESULTS The winner of the single v par competition (12 holes) held last Sunday was Anton Murphy (8) level.


CLUB COMPETITIONS Last Saturday’s single stableford competition was played in challenging weather conditions. The winner was Anton Murphy with a score of 26 points for 12 holes. Dermot O’Hara was second on 24 points and Eamonn Creed secured third place with 23 points. Anton Murphy (8) was again on form the following day (Sunday) when he won the singles v par competition having scored level for 12 holes. Anton managed to beat the odds and the tough weather conditions to land the weekend double!

RESULTS The winner of the 9-hole stableford competition held on Sunday, November 27 was Pat Hough on 19 points. RESULTS The winner of the 9-hole stableford competition held last Sunday, December 4 was Sean Ross. His score was 21 points. FIXTURES Saturday, December 10-Sunday, December 11 FIXTURE: 9-hole stableford ROSS’ LAST GIG The last offical function of the season for the club captain, Sean Ross, took place in Doddy’s Bar on the Sunday before last, November 27, with the presentation of prizes (for competitions August to November). Compliments to the proprietor, John Doddy, for putting up refreshments on the night.

STRANDHILL LADIES POSTPONED The competition due to be held last Sunday, December 4 was postponed due to extreme weather conditions. FIXTURES Thursday, December 8 COMPETITION: 10-hole stableford Sunday, December 11 COMPETITION: Winter League ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Ladies Branch AGM was held last Thursday, December 1. Outgoing lady captain Brona Galvin, in her closing address, acknowledged all the achievements during her captaincy. She paid a special thanks to those Elaine Coghill, Marianna Little and Attracta McGettrick who, along with her and representatives from the men’s committee, were instrumental in drawing up the club constitution. Galvin also thanked her committee and all Ladies Branch members for their work and kind wishes during her year as lady captain. She also paid special tribute to club captain Joe McCann and president Andy Leggett for their help and support. Incoming lady captain Marianna Little was welcomed. She introduced her lady vice-captain, Carmel Clarke, and her committee for the year. Little thanked Brona Galvin and outlined her priority for the year is that everyone works together, while maintaining the ethos of ‘friendship in sport’ as the club’s central theme.

GOLF AT CASTLE DARGAN: Winners at the recent presentation night held at Castle Dargan Golf Club. Back row, from left, Dermot Flynn, Michael Flynn, Raymond Barlow, Brian Travers, John Scanlon and Noel Willis. Front row, from left, Declan Feeney (vice-captain, Castle Dargan GC), Colm McTiernan, John Gethins (captain, Castle Dargan Golf Club) and Martin Burke.

CASTLE DARGAN WINTER LEAGUE Last weekend the third round of the Winter League took place and conditions were very difficult throughout the morning. Although the weather was bad there was a great turnout and the banter around the club house was what Winter League is all about! The next round is due to take place on Sunday, December 18, which is going to be a very busy day for the club. SANTA’S VISIT On Sunday, December 18, Santa is arriving at Castle Dargan (3pm) and the club look forward to seeing its youngest members coming along to this annual event. It is always a great afternoon’s fun and this year will be no different. Any parents who wish to bring their children along should contact any member of council, the golf shop or hotel reception for details. PRIZE PRESENTATIONS The final presentation event for 2011 takes place on the night of Sunday, December 18, starting at 7pm. The various cup competition winners will be presented along with the Christmas hampers, the ‘King of the Castle’ and other club prizes. Following the presentation there will be some finger food and music to celebrate the finishing up of a very successful year for Castle Dargan Golf Club. The organisers hope to see as many members and friends as possible coming along to this event. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The club’s AGM is due to be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 and there will be a nomination form posted in the golf shop from next weekend.


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WINTER LEAGUE Round five of the Diageo Winter League will take place on Sunday next, December 11. Players must remember that mats must be used. The fixtures are detailed below. Section One MAIN COURSE: 10.10am, Pat McDaniel & Michael Sweeney v Padraig Daly & Michael Barr; 10.20am, Garth McManus & David Connolly v Tom Kenny & Bryan Kilfeather; 10.30am, Pat Lyons & Kieran O’Brien v Ger Quinlivan & John Feeney; 10.40am, Kenneth Henry & Mark Flanagan v Aidan Tinsley & Aidan Power; 10.50am, Robert Fitzpatrick & Damien Higgins v Denis O’Sullivan & Naoise Davitt Section Two MAIN COURSE: 8.30am, Gary McDermott & Alan Henry v Kieran McDonagh & Fergal Burke; 8.40am, Simon Rooney & Roddy Gaynor v Tony Wehrly & Dermot McDermott; 8.50am, Henry Cox & Daragh Cox v Donal Barry & Michael Hannigan; 9am, John Clifford & Walter Murphy v Michael McGowan & David Taylor; 9.10am, Larry Kelly & Leo Nicholson v Niall Nugent & John Nugent Section Three MAIN COURSE: 9.20am, Pat Forkan & Michael Whelan v Tom Staunton & Gerry Mulligan; 9.30am, Jim Mulcahy & John McManus v Robert Kelly & Gary Devins; 9.40am, James Barnicle & Peter Maguire v Brian Feeney & Pat Neiland; 9.50am, Glen Nairn & Ruairi O’Connor v Dave Murray & Trevor Johnson; 10am, Jackie McMahon & Tony Cunningham v Dave McDonald & Pat Doyle Section Four BOMORE: 10.10am, Peter McGuinness & N Y Jung v Tom Heelan & Pat Heelan; 10.20am, Pat Naughton & Austin O’Callaghan v Eamonn Creed & Michael Barrett; 10.30am, Niall Stafford & Anton Murphy v David Cunningham & John Armstrong; 10.40am, Dave O’Hara & Sean O’Hara v Michael McNamara & John Keane; 10.50am, John McNamara & Shane Underwood v Frank Gleeson & Gerry Cannon Section Five BOMORE: 8.30am, Aidan Glacken & Brendan Feeney v Brian Hampson & Eric Gilroy; 8.40am, Patrick Ward & Tommy Kelly v Brian O’Sullivan & Ronan Keane; 8.50am, Jimmy Flynn & John Sheehy v Luke Armstrong & Declan Gallagher; 9am, Felix McElhone & D A Harte v Shane Flaherty & Jimmy Tracy; 9.10am, Joe Harrigan & Frank Dunne v Conor Frazer & Ciaran O’Gara Section Six BOMORE: 9.20am, Michael Kennedy & Jeff Hatt v David Conneely & Derek Wynne; 9.30am, Dermot McKenna & Owen Mulligan v Karol Butler & Gerard Sproule; 9.40am, Killian Moloney & Ronan McAllister v Padraig McManus & Vincent McGee; 9.50am, John McHugh & Aidan Doyle v Keith McLoughlin & Tony Leonard; 10am, Dermot O’Hara & Joe Henry v Fergal O’Flaherty & David McGuinness FIXTURES Saturday, December 10 COMPETITION: Singles stableford, 12 holes Sunday, December 11 COMPETITION: Winter League - round five SPONSOR: Diageo WEBSITE Further information on County Sligo Golf Club’s activities can be obtained on

BOYLE LADIES TURKEY VOUCHER The winners of the turkey vouchers from recent competitions were as follows: Tish Perry (November 6 & November 13), Liz Dwyer (November 20) and Joey Mullaney (November 27).


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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The AGM of Ballymote Golf Club takes place on Saturday next, December 10 at 8pm in the clubhouse.


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Sport Competitive ties at Cleveragh THE games in week three of this season’s Sligo Astro League at the 3G all-weather pitch at Sligo Astro Centre, Cleveragh, served up some interesting outcomes. On Monday night last (November 28) last season’s champions, Town & County, looked in trouble against The Club Bar when they trailed 2-0. They needed a brace of goals from their new striker, Gareth Blake, to cancel out The Club Bar’s goals that were scored by David Cummins and Shane Breheny. Town & County pushed for a winner once level at two goals apiece but they are still looking for their first win of the campaign. K&M beat STSG 3-2 in a very entertaining game. K&M were two goals up through a strike from Mark Walsh and an own goal but STSG battled back when Lee Cawley fired home a great goal. Pat Kerrigan then put K&M 3-1 up with a terrific solo effort and then Danny Andrews pulled it back to 3-2 with five minutes left. STSG battled hard for a levelling goal but just couldn’t get through for a third goal. The meeting of Mickey Macs and Interna tional finished 1-1. International went 1-0 ahead with a goal from Marek Tomczyszyn and it looked like this would keep the sides apart until five minutes from time when Colin Doohan equalised for Mickey Macs. Also on Monday, Shenanigans Bar & Restau rant lost 2-0 to The Miller’s Inn. Barry Gilhoo ley and Willie Gormley netted for The Miller’s Inn. Last Wednesday night, meanwhile, Coolera House and Connolly’s Bar drew 2-2. Connol -

Results Games played on Monday, November 28 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Three The Club Bar 2, Town & County 2; K&M Celtic 3, STSG 2; Shenanigan’s 0, The Miller’s Inn 2; Mickey Macs 1, International 1 Games played on Wednesday, November 30 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Three Coolera House 2, Connolly’s Bar 2; The Glasshouse Hotel 0, Moran’s Bar 0; Fowley’s Bar 1, Donegan’s Bar 1 Games played on Monday, December 5 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Four Moran’s Bar L Fowley’s Bar L; K&M Celtic L Mickey Macs L; The Club Bar L The Miller’s Inn L; STSG L Coolera House L


Sligo ASTRO League ly’s took the lead through an Aaron Nicholson strike after 20 minutes. Just minutes before half-time Coolera equalised when Colm Scan lon scored and the same player put them ahead five minutes into the second-half. Connolly’s kept battling, however, and got a deserved equaliser through Kieran Rooney. Both teams went for the winning strike but a draw was a fair result. The Glasshouse Hotel and Moran’s Bar played out a scoreless draw. The Glasshouse had the better of the exchanges and created the better chances but just couldn’t find a breakthrough. The third draw of the night was between Fowley’s Bar and Donegan’s Bar. It ended one goal each. Donegan’s were very dominant in the first-half. A headed goal by Jack Haran from a corner put them 1-0 at half-time. Fowley’s grew in stature in the second-half and played some lovely football but Donegan’s still had some great chances. Right at the death – with 30 seconds on the clock – Danny Chester slammed the ball home from close-range to earn Fowley’s a sensa tional draw.

SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE K&M Celtic Coolera House The Miller’s Inn Connolly’s Bar Fowley’s Bar Donegan’s Bar Mickey Macs The Glasshouse STSG International Town & County Moran’s Bar The Club Bar Shenanigans

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

L 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 2 1 1

F 6 7 3 7 5 4 3 3 6 4 3 1 4 0

A 2 3 0 6 5 4 3 2 8 5 3 4 6 2

Pts 12 10 10 7 7 7 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 1



Wednesday, December 7 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Four Connolly’s Bar v Town & County (8pm); International v Donegan’s Bar (9pm); Shenanigans v The Glasshouse Hotel (10pm) Note: Games take place at Sligo Astro Centre allweather 3G pitch in Cleveragh.

Wednesday, December 14 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Five STSG v Connolly’s Bar (8pm); Fowley’s Bar v Coolera House (9pm); The Club Bar v Donegan’s (10pm) Note: Games take place at Sligo Astro Centre allweather 3G pitch in Cleveragh.

Monday, December 12 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Five International v Town & County (7pm); Moran’s Bar v Shenanigans (8pm); The Glasshouse v Mickey Macs (9pm); The Miller’s Inn v K&M Celtic (10pm) Note: Games take place at Sligo Astro Centre allweather 3G pitch in Cleveragh.

Coleman must be in the hat for Euro 2012

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LUCKY DIP: Killybegs native Seamus Coleman, currently of Everton in the English Premier League and formerly of Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity League, performs a competition draw during a half-time interval at The Showgrounds.


HE Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 group opponents were drawn last Friday with Giovanni Trapattoni’s men faced with current World and European champions Spain, as well as Trapattoni’s native Italy and Croatia in Group ‘B’. Certainly it is one of the hardest groups, but all the pressure is off the Irish, because no-one will really expect them to win any of those games. The Croatia game is first up and undoubtedly the most important for the boys in green on June 10, as defeat will see the Irish facing an uphill challenge to advance. Next up is Spain, and Ireland are possibly exactly the type of team the Spanish won’t like playing – defensively sound and frustrating to play against. The Spanish are a joy to watch, and will tear apart most teams that try to match them with skill or technique. They would probably have preferred the Czech Republic, Denmark or even France from Ireland’s pot. Likewise, I think they would have taken England or Russia before an Italian team that sets itself up just as defensively as Trapattoni’s side. Ireland have, of course, had a couple of great results against both Italy and Spain in recent World Cups, and the chances of the Irish drawing all three games in the group stages – like in 1990 – is a distinct possibility. It’s amazing to think that Killybegs native Seamus Cole-

Darragh Cox of Ocean FM hopes that former Rovers player Seamus Coleman is in the Republic of Ireland squad for next year’s UEFA European Championships man could be in Poland representing us against the best teams in Europe just a few short years after gracing The Showgrounds with Sligo Rovers. In my opinion, Coleman’s inclusion in the squad should be without doubt, but the fact that he was not in the matchday panel for the Estonian play-off matches – despite the fact that he is one of just a few players in the squad that command a regular starting position with an English Premier League side – is a cause for concern. I think, however, that the public outcry would be huge if he was left at home. England must be pleased to have been drawn in the same group as Ukraine, Sweden and France. The French still don’t look like they have rebuilt from their World Cup disaster in 2010, and, while Sweden and Ukraine could be tricky, the

English will have to set out to win that group, even without suspended striker Wayne Rooney. Russia could be a team to watch, given that they have been placed in a group that includes Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic. As always, it is hard to know exactly how strong cohosts Poland and Ukraine will be when they haven’t gone through a qualifying campaign, but they are definitely nowhere near the level of the other top seeds from the group stages – Spain and Holland. The Dutch are joined in Group ‘B’ by Portugal, Germany and Denmark in what I feel is the toughest group. Portugal have shown that they can be both great and poor at the same time, but if they go well, I think they could finish ahead of Holland and join the Germans in the knockout stages.


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Sport JUNIORSSoccer SLIGO-LEITRIM LEAGUE: Weekly review Games called off ONGOING poor weather conditions, notably heavy rainfall, forced the postponement of 10 fixtures meant for last weekend because of unplayable pitches in the region. Two Sligo-Leitrim Premier League games were cancelled, while six of the 13 scheduled Connacht Junior Cup games (those involving Sligo-Leitrim clubs) fell by the wayside. In the Connacht Junior Shield, meanwhile, two of last Sunday’s three games were shelved. “Games were called off in the interest of player and spectator safety,” according to the bulletin issued by the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League.

Games played on Sunday, December 4 CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Third Round Manor Rangers 3, Shiven Rovers 0; Calry Bohs P St John’s FC P; Corrib Celtic P Coolera Rovers P; Strand Celtic P Ballinasloe Town P; Cartron United 2, Quayside Rovers* 0; Yeats United 2, Boyle Celtic 6; St Patrick’s 4, Aughanagh Celtic 2; Carbury FC P East United P; Mervue United 4, Dromore Villa 0; Ballymote Celtic P Ballina Town P; Dysart 4, Ballisodare United 1; MCR P City United P; Oranmore 2, Cliffoney Celtic 0 *Quayside Rovers have withdrawn from the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League and Connacht FA competitions for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season. CONNACHT JUNIOR SHIELD – Second Round Games start at 2pm unless otherwise stated Real Tubber 1, Galway Bohs 0; Moy Villa P Ballygawley Celtic P; Glenview Stars P Leitrim Villa P

Fixtures Sunday, December 11 FAI UMBRO JUNIOR CUP Fourth Round Carbury FC v Ballymote Celtic (11am) CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Third Round MCR FC v City United (11am); St John’s FC v Calry Bohs (11am) CONNACHT JUNIOR SHIELD Second Round Leitrim Villa v Glenview Stars (11am); Ballygawley Celtic v Moy Villa (2pm) Sunday, December 11 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Manor Rangers v Aughanagh Celtic (11am) SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Games start at 11am unless otherwise stated Boyle Celtic Reserves v Cartron United (2pm); Dromore Villa v Merville United; Gurteen Celtic v Real Tubber; Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Chaffpool United CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Carrick Town v Strand Celtic Reserves (2pm)


DIVISION ONE LEITRIM PRIDE: Members of the Carrick Town panel that featured against Benbulben FC last Sunday in a Division One fixture played at Sligo Astro Centre’s all-weather pitch.


Boyle Celtic make provincial progress T

HERE were a number of games postponed in the Connacht Junior Cup for various reasons last Sunday – primarily the weather – but the games that did go ahead produced some memorable moments. Boyle Celtic were 6-2 winners away to Yeats United. James McCarthy and Michael Corrigan scored twice, while Luka Roddy and Dessie Carolan were also on the score-sheet. Paul Logan and Gary McMorrow scored for Yeats United. This game produced some fine passages of play and the scoreline may not be a fair reflection on Yeats United’s performance. However, Boyle Celtic were 3-0 up at half-time so the writing was

on the wall for the home side. Cartron United progress to the next round compliments of Quayside Rovers who recently withdrew from the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League. Super League side Ballisodare United’s Connacht Junior Cup campaign ended when they lost 4-1 away to Dysart FC. Manor Rangers were 3-0 winners over Roscommon’s Shiven Rovers at MacSharry Park. Brian McDonald scored twice and Diarmuid Glancy also supplied a goal. Elsewhere, Aughanagh Celtic were beaten 4-2 by St Patrick’s.


Rain forces game’s postponement LAST Sunday morning Sligo-Leitrim Super League rivals Ballymote Celtic and Carbury FC (the reigning Super League champs) were due to meet in the FAI Junior Cup fourth round (SligoLeitrim/Roscommon section) at Brother Walfrid Park, Ballymote. Both sides were togged out and ready

to play but due to a deluge of rain and sleet just ahead of kick-off, referee Ray Flynn had no option but to call the game off. The tie now reverts to next Sunday morning, December 11, on the all-weather pitch at Cleveragh (kick-off 11am) where Carbury have ‘home’ status.

Sunday, December 18 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Ballisodare United v Ballymote Celtic; Coolera Rovers v Boyle Celtic; Manor Rangers v Aughanagh Celtic; Quayside Rovers 0, City United 3; Strand Celtic v Carbury FC; Yeats United v Cliffoney Celtic SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Boyle Celtic Reserves v Cartron United; Coolaney United v Calry Bohs; Dromore Villa v Merville United; Gurteen Celtic v Real Tubber; Kilglass-Enniscrone United v Chaffpool United; MCR FC v Ballygawley Celtic CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE Games start at 2pm Carrick Town v Strand Celtic Reserves; Glenview Stars v Leitrim Villa; St John’s v Benbulben FC

Carrick show style THE all-weather pitch at Sligo Astro Centre, Clever agh, hosted the only game played last weekend in the Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One, the meeting of Carrick Town and north Sligo’s Ben bulben FC. Carrick Town won 4-2. The Leitrim side piled on the pressure from the start and it paid off when Emmet Clancy slotted home the opening goal after five minutes. Although Benbulben went close to scoring through a Sean Gilmartin header that was just over, Carrick Town doubled their lead later in the first-half when Clancy netted again. But Gilmartin found the range for Benbulben and this strike halved the deficit at the break. Benbulben equalised early in the second-half through Paddy Devins, but their celebrations were short-lived when the big centre-half was shown red for a profes sional foul. Liam McTiernan scored from the result ing penalty to put Carrick Town back in front. Niall Flanagan scored their fourth goal.


The Real thing SOUTH Sligo side Real Tubber are through to the next round of the Connacht Junior Shield following last Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat of Galway Bohs. Dermot Walsh scored the game’s only goal for the Tubbercurry club.

Respecting Vincent WELL-known Sligo town Junior soccer club, MCR FC, was in mourning last week following the unexpected passing of Vincent Tinsley, their long-serving secretary, who died last Thursday. As a mark of respect to the family and friends of Tinsley, late of Crozon Downs, MCR FC’s scheduled game against another Sligo town side, City United, in the Connacht Junior Cup third round, was postponed last Sunday.

Using the pitch

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. WHERE a ground is deemed unplayable the game must revert to the opponents’ pitch immediately. ALL Connacht Junior Cup and Connacht Junior Shield games are decided on the day. If level after normal time then one period of extra-time (10 minutes each way) plus penalties, if necessary.

Reserves on fire THE only game in the Sligo Pallets Premier Division to survive the weekend’s bad weather conditions was the meeting of leaders Boyle Celtic Reserves and Kilglass-Enniscrone United at Boyle. The home side showing just why they are currently dominating the Sligo Pallets Premier League by blitzing the visitors 7-1. On target for the winners were top scorer Dermot Beggan, John Dwyer, David Conroy, Colm Rushe, Colm Sheerin and Shane Battle (2), who was the game’s best player. Declan Flynn netted what proved a consolation goal for Kilglass-Enniscrone United.

Results Games played on Sunday, December 4 SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Boyle Celtic Reserves 7, Kilglass-Enniscrone United 1; Gurteen Celtic P Merville United P; Chaffpool United P Coolaney United P CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE SLIGO ASTRO CENTRE: Carrick Town 4, Benbulben FC 2


NORTH SLIGO CREW: Members of the Benbulben FC squad that featured against Carrick Town last Sunday in the Division One fixture at Sligo Astro Centre’s all-weather pitch.

THE Sligo Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League remind clubs wishing to book the all-weather facility at Cleveragh for training sessions or football matches (including the option to avail of the pitch’s floodlights) that they can do so by contacting the pitch coordinator, Glenn Young, on 087-9508242. The fee for a Sunday fixture (morning or afternoon) is €80 and if the pitch is booked for Saturday evening, which necessitates the use of floodlights, the fee is €120. Last Sunday the UEFA-approved all-weather 3G pitch hosted the meeting of Carrick Town and Benbulben FC in Sligo-Leitrim’s Division One.


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Sport SLIGORRovers



No goal as title rivals share the spoils Tables T


Astroturf league in the north-west

Results Games played on Wednesday, November 30 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Sligo Plumbing & Heating 0, Gannon & McNamara Electrical 0 McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Durkin’s Pub 0, IT Sligo 2; Killinaskully Wanderers 4, SRFC Reserves 1 Games played on Friday, December 2 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Riverstown 3, Abbott Ireland 1; Garda Siochana Sligo P Fiddlers Creek P McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Coolaney Celts P Hargadon’s (Calry) P

HERE were only two games played last week in Division One of the Sligo Rovers 11-aside Astro League but both were very significant in terms of the title race. Following on from their win over Fiddlers Creek, Gannon & McNamara Electrical were anxious to maintain this run against their fierce rivals, Sligo Plumbing & Heating. This was tense game ended scoreless, with little love lost. Gannon & McNamara dominated the first-half in terms of possession but it was Sligo Plumbing & Heating, last season’s champions, who had the first-half ’s best chance. Philip Gallagher played in Paul Keaveney, who fired a shot over from inside the penalty area. Mark Breheny then went close in the early stages of the second-half for Sligo Plumbing & Heating as he forced his way into the box but shot wide. Sligo Plumbing & Heating were then reduced to 10 players when Michael McNamara received a red card for dissent. Gannon & McNamara couldn’t exploit this numerical advantage, although rugby ace Mark Butler did have their best effort as his long-range shot shaved the outside of the post as matters ended all square. The other Division One game played last week saw leaders Riverstown continue their great run of form when they defeated Abbott Ireland 3-1. Colm Kelly gave Abbott Ireland the lead but two goals from Colin Burke and one from Johnny Kenny gave unbeaten Riverstown the win.


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

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

L F A Pts 0 14 5 22 1 11 5 19 1 9 4 19 2 13 7 18 2 4 5 12 3 3 10 11 6 4 22 10

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

P W D 7 6 1 7 5 0 6 4 1 6 4 0 9 1 0 7 1 1 6 1 1

L F A Pts 0 22 7 26 2 20 13 22 1 9 8 19 2 12 5 18 8 7 22 12 5 7 17 11 4 9 14 10

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, reviews and interviews from the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League on its own YouTube channel – just search for ‘Sligo Rovers Astro Turf TV’.


IN the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two, the clash of the top two saw Killinaskully Wanderers overcome SRFC Reserves 4-1 despite the inclement weather conditions at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. They leaders led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Brendan Gannon and Barry Kilcoyne. Further strikes from John Cooke and Barry Mullen saw them go 4-0 ahead. Alan O’Dowd pulled a consolation goal back for SRFC Reserves. Elsewhere in the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League second tier, IT Sligo ran out 2-0 winners over Durkin’s Pub thanks to goals in each half from Tomás O’Flaherty and Daniel Furey.


Cup semi-finals promise drama THE coming week is dominated by action in the Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup with the semi-finals taking place tomorrow [Wednesday] night and the competition final down for decision this Friday (8.15pm). The last four ties feature the mouth-watering clash of holders Sligo Plumbing & Heating and Riverstown, the current Division One leaders (9.15pm), while the other semi-final sees Gannon & McNamara, one of this season’s title challengers, take on PSO (8.10pm). All games take place, as usual, at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. SOCRATES HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS CUP Wednesday, December 7 Semi-finals PSO v Gannon & McNamara Electrical Limited (8.10pm); Riverstown v Sligo Plumbing & Heating (9.15pm) Friday, December 9 Final PSO or Gannon & McNamara v Riverstown or Sligo Plumbing & Heating (8.15pm)

Games take place at the all-weather pitch in The Showgrounds. Wednesday, December 7 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Lang’s Bar v Hargadon’s (Calry) (7pm)

Friday, December 9 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Garda Siochana Sligo v Fiddlers Creek (7pm) 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, Graham Kelly (Gannon & McNamara), Colin Burke (Riverstown) TWO GOALS: David Martyn (Gannon & McNamara); Mark Rooney (Fiddlers Creek); Anthony Henneberry, Michael McNamara, Michael Walsh (Sligo Plumbing & Heating); Rory Guinan (Garda Siochana Sligo); Johnny Kenny (Riverstown) ONE GOAL: Gavin O’Dwyer, Philip Gallagher, Jim Sheridan (Sligo Plumbing & Heating); Trevor Sweeney, Glen Hargadon, Daniel Lang (Pension Services Office, Sligo); Ian Rossiter, Paul Masterson, Glen Shannon (Fiddlers Creek); Mark Tuohy, Keith McMorrow, Frank Quinn, Chris Richardson, Owen O’Donohoe (Riverstown); Conor Scanlon, Jason McGuinness, Darren Adams, Colm Kelly (Abbott Ireland); Paddy Conlon (Gannon & McNamara); Conor Jordan, Kevin Donegan (GSS) McCullagh Carpentry Division Two SEVEN GOALS: Neal Hayes (SRFC Reserves) SIX GOALS: Daniel McDonagh (Killinaskully Wanderers) 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 (Killinaskully Wanderers); Alan Williams (SRFC Reserves) TWO GOALS: Ollie Brady, Martin Farrell (Coolaney Celts); Archie Forde, Colm McGee (Killinaskully Wanderers); Paul O’Reilly, Adrian Petit, Daniel Furey (IT Sligo); Marcin Targonski (Durkin’s Pub) ONE GOAL: Paul Powell, Damien McSharry, Ronan O’Hara, Andy Logue, Aaron Walsh, Shane Campbell, John Farrell (Hargadon’s); Jason McNulty, John Cooke, Brendan Gannon, Barry Kilcoyne, John Cooke, Barry Mullen (Killinaskully Wanderers); Michéal Ó Domhnaill, Philip O’Donnell, Chris Peyton (Lang’s Bar); Tomás O’Flaherty (IT Sligo); Neil Jones (Coolaney Celts); Kenneth Appleby (Durkin’s Pub); Ciaran Brennan, Niall O’Hara, Alan O’Dowd (SRFC Reserves) Note: League goals only

Killinaskully show their credentials

ALFIE’SBBarbershop Player of the Week COLIN BURKE Team Riverstown What did he do Burke has been one of the east Sligo side’s most consistent performers as they currently top Division One of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League. He again underlined his value last Friday in the 3-1 defeat of Abbott Ireland. Despite Abbott Ireland taking the lead, Riverstown held their nerve and Burke got them back into the game with two goals – a penalty and a close-range finish.

SPONSORSHIP: Dermot Dolan, Socrates Healthcare Informatics, right, presents a sponsorship cheque to Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League administrator Keith O’Dwyer, left.

FAI Cup at IT Sligo

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TENSE FACES: The IT Sligo goalmouth during a moment in their game against Durkin’s Pub.


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Sport SOCCER: Comment

WHAT LAY BENEATH: Who knew what troubles were on the mind of the late Gary Speed, left, whose death by suicide is a reminder that mental health is a serious issue for modern society.

Some light can emerge from a very dark story F

OR anyone who remembers the last days before a fledgling English Premier League was launched in 1992 the name of Gary Speed should stand out. Despite all the talk of Manchester United’s wing wizard Ryan Giggs, it was Speed who famously denied Giggs and United what would have been a breakthrough First Division Championship in the 1991-92 season. The Welsh man and his Leeds United team memorably pipped United to the post and delayed Alex Ferguson’s quest for Manchester United’s first title since 1967 for one more year. Although he never got the chance to win the Premier League, Gary Speed became one of its perennial heroes. As the Premier League became required viewing across Sligo and Ireland in general during the mid 1990s, the face of Gary Speed became instantly recognisable. A solid, hard-working midfielder, the Welsh man was the embodiment of the British game. His late arrivals in the opposition penalty box and his trademark bullet-like headers became a staple of top flight Premier League action as he served clubs like Newcastle, Everton and Bolton Wanderers with such distinction.

JJ Devaney hopes that the tragic passing of soccer ace Gary Speed will put the focus on mental health, a taboo subject in Irish society

He was a part of Mark Hughes’ Welsh international revival that almost saw them qualify for the European Championships in 2004. Speed’s name along with those of compatriots Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy was often quoted as reason why Welsh football should have some cause for optimism about its future. That’s why the tragic news of Speed’s suicide sent such shock waves across the football world. Speed appeared to have it all. A hugely successful career in football with all the rewards that this brought. He was a family man and about to embark upon a new career in managing his country. In the mass of tributes that have flooding in since his death on the Sunday before last, the resounding image is that of an ‘ordinary’ man apparently unaffected by fame or success. If anything can come from this awful tragedy it may just be a further realisation of the importance of mental health. We here in the west of Ireland know only too well the pain and suffering that suicide amongst young males has inflicted upon our communities. Ordinary guys who appeared to have everything in their favour yet chose to die by their own hand. In some cases it was clear that they fought a

great darkness in them for many years, but in many cases, just like Gary Speed, no-one could have predicted their demise. Perhaps now football can take a lead in this important area. Time and again we are told it’s a ‘man’s game’. Maybe now football can highlight and create further awareness of what is a terrible blight for young people, especially males. Football has such a large and captive audience of young men that, in the wake of this tragedy, those in trouble can be reached out to and offered help. Gary Speed – by all accounts of those close to him – showed no sign of depression or of suicidal behaviour. How many players have set foot on the turf of The Showgrounds or the Aviva Stadium appeared ready for the fight on the field but inside were fighting their own personal battle? Gary Speed was a born winner who lost the biggest battle of his life. There is no shame in needing to talk to someone. You are no less of a man for expressing feelings other than the joy of scoring a goal. Maybe the one lesson that the life and death of Gary Speed has taught us is that no matter who you are everybody hurts sometimes.

GREETING THE CUP: Pupils from Carn NS, Gurteen, show their appreciation of the FAI Ford Cup and Sligo Rovers first team player, Danny Ventre, an FAI Ford Cup medal winner earlier this year.


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Feehily rejects ref ‘crisis’ as Maher is set to appeal Sligo GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily and convention challenger Joe Taaffe hold contrasting views on ‘Mahergate’

AIB give training gear to the county champions

Liam Ó Maoldhomhnaigh


LIGO GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily and his challenger for the chairman’s position at this month’s Sligo GAA convention, Joe Taaffe, have issued contrasting verdicts on ‘Mahergate’. Club referee Malachy Maher was suspended for six months for verbally abusing another local referee, Eugene MacHale, at a county final last month. Maher, who was at the game as a spectator, is set to appeal this 26-weeks suspension. He is the second Sligo club referee in a year to be banned for a verbal assault - Drumcliffe-Rosses Point’s Des Henry was sanctioned for excessive criticism of a young referee, Eamonn MacHale, coincidentally a nephew of harassed match official Eugene MacHale. The Maher incident was one of several at the recent U-20 decider – Curry player James Connolly was red-carded following an incident with the referee and eye-witnesses say that MacHale was pestered by incensed Curry players at full-time. Connolly was also punished by Sligo GAA County Board’s Competitions Control Committee. But Sligo GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily doesn’t agree that a crisis exists in the county. He stated: “Maybe we are overreacting in Sligo and I’m not condoning anything that has happened to a referee, but when you read what has happened elsewhere, fortunately we have dealt with issues and referees have been reasonably dealt with.” “Referees need to sit down and have their way of dealing with things. They are independent of the County Board as such – long may it stay that way.” “As long as I am in the chair I will have the height of respect for referees.” “Being a County Board officer you are always there to be assessed or talked about – referees need to organise themselves and have their own representative body with which to air their views.” “If referees have different messages it is difficult to deal with them individually.” “But referees are a vital part of the Association I don’t think there is a referee who can ever say that I didn’t support them.” “In my time in charge of teams I always told the players to recognise referees and thank them for their contribution,” Feehily added. But Joe Taaffe, who again runs for the County Board’s top job after being beaten in the race for the chair last year, took a more hardline approach. “It has to be driven home to clubs that you can’t abuse referees. That was always the message I drove home when I was chairman of the referees’ committee and the referees’ co-ordinator. But you can never legislate for the odd incident.” Taaffe, chairman of St Michael’s GAA Club, stressed: “You can’t abuse a fellow referee and expect to get away with it and that also goes for any player on the field.” “You can’t plan that it won’t happen, either, but the message has to go out that referees have to get 100 per cent support and protection. Referees have

SUPPORTING LOCAL CLUBS: AIB, sponsors of the AIB GAA Club Championships, recently presented training equipment to representatives of the various county champions across the country, including those in Sligo. Tourlestrane, winners of this year’s Sligo Senior Championship, received their playing gear at the Tubbercurry branch of AIB. From left, Stephen Henry (Senior player, Tourlestrane) , Maureen Casey (manager, AIB Tubbercurry), Brendan Leonard (chairman, Tourlestrane GAA Club, Senior champions 2011) and Gary Gaughan (team captain, Tourlestrane).

‘Verbal’ official aims to overturn ban SHAMED Sligo GAA club referee Malachy Maher will attempt to overturn – or at least reduce – his six-months ban. His club, south Sligo’s Curry, confirmed that an appeal has been lodged with Sligo GAA County Board’s Hearing Committee. Maher was recently hit with a half-year suspension by the county’s Competitions Control Committee after being found guilty of verbally abusing fellow referee, Eugene MacHale, at last month’s GAA Football

Sligo U-20 ‘A’ Championship final. But Curry player James Connolly– banned for three months for a ‘shoulder’ charge on St Molaise Gaels match official MacHale late in the second-half of a game Curry lost by four points to St John’s – is accepting his sanction. Curry GAA Club are not contesting Connolly’s punishment. Maher awaits a date to present his case and it is understood the Hearing Committee, which is chaired by

a hard job to do at the best of times.” He added: “[The Malachy Maher situation] shouldn’t happen – that is one thing we always emphasised during courses over the years, when we were training referees, that you should always support a fellow referee. Even if a referee had a bad day, you don’t go talking about it afterwards.” Feehily and Taaffe will go head-to-head at the annual convention next Tuesday, December 13.

IN THE HOT SEAT: Sligo GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily, right, wants to see referees respected.

Tourlestrane GAA Club chairman Brendan Leonard, could meet within the next two weeks. Referee Maher was a spectator at the aforementioned U-20 decider – Sligo town outfit St John’s won 1-8 to 0-7 – and his sustained verbal abuse of MacHale was an unwanted feature of a floodlit game hosted by Tourlestrane.


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Sport Passing of a Sligo GAAlegend


Alcohol abuse must be tackled P

EOPLE are never too slow in criticising one another but are often not as quick to praise when it is due. The GAA gets more than its share of criticism (some of it is more than justified) but I must heap praise on the national organisation for its health initiative, ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’. The challenge was launched by GAA president Christy Cooney and has since been launched locally. To put it in a nutshell, the GAA is asking its members to give up drink for the month of January. Those who abstain from alcohol will be taking up exercise and seeking sponsorship (with monies raised going to their clubs). Personally, I am delighted that the GAA has taken the lead in this initiative because I am sure many other sporting organisations will get on the bandwagon. Former president of the GAA, Dr Mick Loftus, has been highlighting for years the harm alcohol is causing to the people of our country. There is nothing wrong with people drinking alcohol in moderation but there is a serious problem in this country with the abuse of alcohol. I can say – without fear of contradiction – that alcohol has caused more deaths and heartbreak in our homes than any other drug. We are spending over 10 million euros a day on alcohol, which is a staggering figure. More and more young people are being treated in hospitals all over the country as a direct result of excessive drinking. Children as young as 10 years of age are been pumped out following binge drinking. More and more people (particularly younger people) go out drinking for one purpose only and that is to get drunk. A recent report tells a shocking

Eugene MacHale praises the GAA for its initiative, ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’, but he maintains there is so much more to be done to deal with the scourge of alcohol abuse story. During the Celtic Tiger boom the number of people with liver disease (attributed to alcohol abuse) quadrupled. Liver disease was usually associated with older people but now the disease is affecting people of all ages, but in particular our young people. Alcohol abuse cost our health system one billion euro between 2000 and 2004. As a people we have to realise that we have a serious drinking problem in our country. Our young people have to be educated regarding the harm that the overuse of alcohol will cause them and, more importantly, that they can enjoy life without drinking. It is great that likes of Mickey Harte, Brian McEniff and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh always wears their Pioneer pins in public which shows our young people that you don’t need alcohol. More and more of our GAA Gaelic football and hurling stars that do not drink should do likewise be-

SLIGO GAA has lost one its legends with the passing of Bunnanadden’s Patrick Hunt. Pat – or Pádraig as he was also known – had a Gaelic football career that spanned four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was an outstanding midfielder playing for Bunnanadden, Mullinabreena and the county at different points in his career. He took part in three successive Connacht Senior Championships (1960, 61 and 1962) with his 1960 display at Tuam Stadium against Galway being particularly memorable.

His involvement with Bunnanadden involved winning the Sligo Junior Championship four times (1953, 1963, 1973 and 1979) while he won a Sligo Senior Championship medal with Mullinabreena in 1958. Hunt supported Bunnanadden GAA Club in any way he could throughout a long life and is survived by his brother, Tommy, and his family and a wide circle of friends. Sligo GAA County Board chairman, Cyril Feehily, paid tribute to the late Mr Hunt: “He was a great player and a great GAA man.”

cause they have such an influence on our youth. So to all the members who will give up the booze at the start of the New Year, I wish them the best of luck and I hope they can make some money for their clubs.

Club thriller! LAST Sunday I watched the GAA Football Munster Club Championship final between Dr Crokes of Kerry and UCC of Cork, a game which turned out to be thrilling game. Matters were in the balance at halftime but a burst of scoring by brilliant inter-county ace Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper at the beginning of the second-half put the Kerry men on the road to victory. I expect an enthralling game between the new Munster champions and the mighty Crossmaglen, the Armagh and Ulster winners, in the All-Ireland semifinal.

HEALTH DRIVE: At the Sligo launch of the GAA’s ‘Off the Booze, On the Ball’ initiative were, from left, Colin Regan, John Coyle, Mayor of Sligo Rosaleen O’Grady, Cyril Feehily and Jimmy Smith.

SUPPORTING CLUBS: AIB, sponsors of the AIB GAA Club Championships, recently presented training equipment to representatives of the various county champions across the country, including those in Sligo. Coolaney-Mullinabreena, winners of this year’s Sligo Intermediate Championship, received their playing gear at the Tubbercurry branch of AIB. From left, Kieran Finan (team captain, Coolaney-Mullinabreena) , Maureen Casey (manager, AIB Tubbercurry) and Brendan Kivlehan (chairman, CoolaneyMullinabreena GAA Club, Intermediate champions 2011).

HANDBALLUUpdate St Mary’s edge closer to a final SAINT Mary’s went to the top of the Sligo Handball County 40x20 Team League table following their 84-45 victory over Castleconnor ‘B’ at St Mary’s GAA Club facilities in Ballydoogan last Sunday. It was a great team display with all four St Mary’s players playing their part in an impressive win over Castleconnor’s second team. Connell Cannon and Seamus Duffy opened up a big 22-points lead after the first doubles match. St Mary’s second pairing, Michael McMorrow and Peter Chambers, shut the door on any possible Castleconnor comeback and finished strongly with an 21-12, 21-13 win over an ever-improving Jason Earlis and Ollie Fleming. St. Mary’s have four wins out of four and their two remaining games are against Collooney and Castleconnor ‘A’. One more victory will give them a

place in the final. Meanwhile, Drumcliffe have recorded four wins out of five and their only defeat in this year’s County 40x20 Team League came at the hands of St Mary’s, the 2009 champions. Drumciffe’s Pat O’Sulli van and Colin Slevin laid the foundations for a Drumcliff victory when getting the better of the Castlecon nor ‘B’ pairing of Mark Mur phy and Larry Jones in the competitive first doubles tussle. Drumcliffe’s second dou bles pairing – Eamon Bellew and Ken Cunningham – broke Castleconnor’s resolve with a strong showing against the combination of Oisín Quinn and Micheal Jones. Drumcliffe’s next game is against Collooney and victory here should the see the club reach a first County 40x20 Team League final. Elsewhere, IT Sligo got

their first points in this sea son’s competition with a narrow 64-58 success over a Collooney side that featured a blend of youth and experience. IT Sligo stu dent Amy Corrigan, from Ballaghaderreen, was in in spired form and helped the Third Level students to a fully merited win.

AGM THE annual general meeting of Sligo Handball Board takes place tomorrow [Wednesday] night at St Mary’s, staring at 7.30pm [see Full-Time, page 68 for additional details].

Sympathy SLIGO Handball Board recently passed a vote of sympathy for Tom Tuffy (Castleconnor Handball Club) on the death of his grandmother, Kathleen Tuffy, last week.


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Sport SOCCER: FAI Ford Cup visits Third Level institute

Rovers bring the trophy to ITSligo THE FAI Ford Cup, retained last month by Sligo Rovers Football Club, was brought to the Institute of Technology Sligo campus at Ballinode recently. Accompanying the trophy from Sligo Rovers was goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly, whose penalty saves in the shoot-out helped defeat Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium, and Club Promotions Officer Keith O’Dwyer. The two IT Sligo-Sligo Rovers scholarship recipients, Donegal duo Liam Martin and Colm McLaughlin, were in attendance as were members of IT Sligo’s Team Hermes, software designers and winners of this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup. Also present was Gor-

STUDENTS OF SOCCER: IT Sligo students and Sligo Rovers players Liam Martin, far left, and his fellow student, Colm McLaughlin, left, with the FAI Ford Cup. Pictures by Colin Gillen don Ryan, Head of Development and Business Operations at IT Sligo, Ray MacSharry, chairman of IT Sligo’s governing body, Dr Brendan McCormack, registrar, IT Sligo and Team Hermes mentor Padraig Harte, a lecturer

at IT Sligo. Team Hermes members are as follows: Aíne Conaghan (Ballybofey), James McNamara (Ballyfarnon) and Calum Cawley (Castlebaldwin) and Matthew Padden (Ballina).

CUP VISIT: From left, Ciaran Kelly (Sligo Rovers), Sligo Rovers player and IT Sligo student Liam Martin, Paul Powell (IT Sligo soccer coach), Colm McLaughlin (Sligo Rovers player and IT Sligo student), Keith O’Dywer (Sligo Rovers) and Gordon Ryan (Head of Development and Business Operations, IT Sligo).

FAI CUP AT IT SLIGO: From left, Team Hermes mentor Padraig Harte, Team Hermes members Aine Conaghan, James McNamara, Matthew Padden, Calum Cawley, IT Sligo students and Sligo Rovers players Liam Martin and Colm McLaughlin.

FAI CUP AT IT SLIGO: From left, Padraig Harte, Liam Martin (Sligo Rovers), Ray MacSharry (IT Sligo), Ciaran Kelly (Sligo Rovers), Keith O’Dwyer (Sligo Rovers), Colm McLaughlin and Paul Powell (IT Sligo). Pictures by Colin Gillen/FRAMELIGHT.IE

FAI CUP AT IT SLIGO: From left, Dr Brendan McCormack, registrar, IT Sligo, Team Hermes mentor Padraig Harte, Team Hermes members Aine Conaghan, James McNamara, Matthew Padden, Calum Cawley, IT Sligo students and Sligo Rovers players Liam Martin and Colm McLoughlin, IT Sligo soccer coach Paul Powell, Keith O’Dwyer (Club Promotions Officer, Sligo Rovers) and Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly.


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Sport SOCCER: Players sign for 2012

ZEST: Jason McGuinness, left, has re-signed for the 2012 season.

North for north-west as Rovers build squad S

LIGO Rovers’ new signing, striker Danny North, has credited manager Paul Cook’s part in his switch to The Showgrounds. Former St Patrick’s Athletic striker North, 24, was out of contract when the 2011 season ended and he didn’t hesitate in leaving Richmond Park once he was aware of Paul Cook’s interest. “I like to think I will fit in well with Sligo [Rovers],” the Grimsby native told the club’s website, “[Sligo Rovers manager] Paul Cook called me basically as soon as the season was over so I knew he was keen and that was a big factor. It was not an easy decision to leave St Pat’s as I enjoyed my time there but I didn’t want to wait.” North netted 19 times this year, 15 of these in the Airtricity League, including a belter against Sligo Rovers last May at Inchicore, a 94th minute winner that gave the home side a 2-1 win. A former Grimsby Town player, he made his debut with his hometown club as a 17-year-old in February 2005 and was the club’s top scorer in the 2006-2007 season. He also picked up an English League Two ‘Player of the Month’ award (for January) in 2008, although injuries and a loss of form undermined his regular place in the starting 11. North, who also had a short spell at Alfreton Town, arrived in the Airtricity League in June 2010 and contributed seven goals in the second-half of that season for Dublin club St Pat’s. Aware of Rovers’ success, he wants to be part of the Bit O’Red’s rise.

Special offer on season tickets 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 support ers 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 sea son tickets. Season tickets can be purchased from any mem ber 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

Former St Pat’s striker Danny North switches to the north-west after progressive stint with St Patrick’s Athletic

NEW FACE: Danny North, left, has signed for Sligo Rovers for the 2012 campaign.

“I’m delighted to get the deal sorted and join the club. I’ve been in the Airtricity League for 18 months so obviously I know all about Sligo. Everyone knows the type of football they play and it’s my job to get into the team now and do well.” He added: “Every player wants to improve and I’ll try to score as many goals as I can, but I just want to do well with the team. The club has won three trophies in two years and I want to try and continue that.” The forward, whose arrival as a direct replacement for Matthew Blinkhorn maintains Rovers’ attacking options, is one of six players to have signed deals for 2012 in the last week. Defenders Alan Keane, Gavin Peers and Jason McGuinness each agreed to stay for another season in the north-west, while winger Aaron Greene and unsung utility man Danny Ventre also penned deals to continue their Airtricity League careers with the Bit O’Red. Winger Daryl Horgan will not be featuring for Sligo Rovers next year, however, as he has signed a two-year deal with Cork City, with whom he was on loan since July. The Galway native scored seven goals in 13 appearances for the Leesiders. SLIGO ROVERS FIRST TEAM SQUAD Signed for 2012 Gavin Peers, Alan Keane, Daniel North, Aaron Greene, Danny Ventre, Jason McGuinness, Liam Martin, Colm McLaughlin, Mark McGoldrick

SOCCER EXTRA: See page 69

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Jersey warning SLIGO Rovers Football Club has warned its fans not to purchase rogue ‘Rovers’ jerseys on eBay. “These jerseys are not official club merchandise and the club doesn’t receive any proceeds from their sale,” said a statement on the club’s web site, “JAKO Teamsport are the official kit sponsor of Sligo Rovers FC and the only manufacturer enti tled to produce replica team wear.” Bit O’Red supporters are reminded to purchase authorised Sligo Rovers gear from the JAKO Teamsport shop on Markievicz Road, Sligo. Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers FC are looking to recruit additional sellers for their highly successful weekly club lotto. Sellers will be paid on a commission basis. Anyone interested is asked to immediately contact the club’s lotto administrator, Frank Beirne, on 071-9161458.

KIDS AND THE CUP: Pupils from Mullaghroe NS, Gurteen, show their appreciation of the FAI Ford Cup last week when it was brought to the primary school by Club Promotions Officer, Keith O’Dwyer, and first team player, Danny Ventre, a medal winner with Sligo Rovers this year.


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Festive cheer without the financial fear W

ITH only just over two weeks left to go until Christmas we can't help but feel the excitement and anticipation of the season. The festive lights went on last Sunday in Sligo town and are already on or about to go on in other towns and villages around the county. As the decorations go up, and the carols play, the air turns colder, but thankfully not as cold as this time last year. It's a season of pageantry and parties, gifts and lots of good food when people traditionally put their troubles to one side and soak up the festive spirits! The downside is that these festive spirits often turn into a financial hangover that lasts almost until the following year. This is despite the fact that many shops in Sligo town and county have lowered there prices, thereby offering some great bargains locally. However, despite the price cuts, Smile Ireland, a new free financial repair and maintenance service, estimates that Christmas 2011 will plunge many people further into debt, many of whom already struggling under the weight of the current financial crisis. Clare Dooley, MD of Smile Ireland, said: "The best gift you can give your family is financial security in the New Year. And with careful planning Christmas can be just as magical but without the ghost of buyers remorse back to haunt you in January as the bills come in" Even with the best of intentions, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement. The best way to avoid overdoing it is to set out a budget before starting the Christmas shopping.

Smile Ireland offer the following top tips to help plan Christmas spending: 1. Kris Kindle - suggest a Kris Kindle to family and friends which will reduce the amount of gifts that need to be bought in a huge way. Everyone will thank you for suggesting this as most people are in the same boat financially. Before Christmas, write each member of the family's name on a piece of paper and put this in a hat. Each family member must then draw a name from the hat

and that person will only buy a gift for the name that was drawn. Because you are only buying a gift for one person you can afford to be a bit more generous. This also works well for groups of friends. 2. Make a list and check it twice. List everyone that you intend to buy for, then budget a reasonable amount that you can afford to spend on each person. Making a shopping list will also help you avoid impulse buying and keep track of your spending. 3. Be energy efficient. Lighting your home and tree is all part of the fun of Christmas, but why spend more than you have to? Using timers or energy efficient lights could help lower bills. Rather than using radiators to heat the whole house, use energy efficient fuels and enjoy the warmth of a real fire if you have a fireplace. 4. Use cash not credit cards. Credit card debt can be very expensive if you can't repay it in full immediately or within a few months. When you are spending the cash in your pocket, you will be much less likely to overspend than if you pay with a credit card. 5. Shop Locally. Many people are travelling to Northern Ireland for savings but this can often be a false economy as it encourages over-spending. Fuel costs and expenses for the day out will shove up the costs even more. Local retailers are struggling more than ever to keep afloat, so by supporting them, you are supporting the local economy and local jobs. 6. Be realistic with food shopping. It can be easy to panic buy and impulse buy before 6pm on Christmas eve. But remember, some shops don't event close on Christmas Day anymore so it's no big drama if something is forgotten. Also, the aisles are all full of Christmas fare to entice people to buy early but be careful that you don't end up doing a Christmas shop every week as the Christmas goodies become a nightly treat instead of an annual one! Plan your menus in advance and buy only what you need. Bear in mind that visitors will bring gifts of wine, chocolates and treats so

be careful not to double up. 7. Check last year's decorations before buying any more. Children will enjoy making decorations. Every year buy just one nice piece which has some meaning and will last the test of time and bring back nice memories. 8. Make your own! If you are good at arts and crafts or cookery, you could get creative and give people handmade gifts or cards. Christmas puddings, preserves, cakes, and gingerbread men make great gifts. Children also get a great sense of importance when taking part. 9. Cook up a storm! Homemade cakes, puddings, truffles and treats are infinitely more enjoyable and appreciated that bought ones. Check out the Smile Ireland Facebook for recipe ideas over the coming weeks. Buy some cooking apples, peel and slice them and put them in the freezer for some gorgeous apple crumbles around Christmas. Try some of the old favorites like Bread and Butter Pudding instead of the very rich chocolate puddings that normally grace the tables at Christmas and are costly both to our health and wallets! 10. Spend more time than money! Remember, Christmas is less about gifts and more about family, so be generous with your gift of time and enjoy being together without that feverish slightly sick feeling that comes from overconsumption of anything, whether its presents or eggnog! Smile Ireland is the brainchild of Financial Adviser, Clare Dooley who set up the service as a radical response to the personal debt crisis in Ireland. Smile Ireland offers immediate and free practical and qualified financial advice, a full financial review and assistance with creditors. The service is also available to people who are not financially distressed, but wish to be more diligent. A support network is also in place with experts in counselling, diet, fitness, interview skills, CVs, liquidation, legal matters, insurance, tax and new business start ups. See


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Top tips for relieving Christmas stress T

O many it is the “most wonderful time of the year,” yet Christmas can also be a catalyst for stress and angst. This December we will be expected to buy gifts on diminished budgets, live up to heightened expectations from family and friends and be asked to juggle more commitments and responsibilities than at any other time of the year. Stress is a serious issue, even in the early stages it can lead to lethargy, depression, problems with the immune system and infections. Here Dr Abbie Lane from the Saint John of God Hospital advises on managing stress this Christmas:

Everyday stress busters:

“Studies show that people are happiest when they are socialising, spending time with friends and family and exercising. December is an ideal to time to catch up with family and old friends; why not try out

healthy activities together such as ice-skating, cycling and walking?”

overeating and social avoidance, none of these will be of benefit to your long-term health.”

Remember to say no:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

“You don’t have to commit to every event taking place over the festive period. Timeout on your own is important; don’t feel guilty about making time to listen to music, practice yoga or mediate, all of which will really help you to relax. “

Beating shopping stress:

“Get organised; work out a Christmas budget and stick to it, make lists to help you prioritise and when shopping be sure to take regular breaks. Don’t spend the month living up to expectations; your loved ones will value your health and wellbeing far above any gifts you can buy.”

Beware of false stress relievers:

“If you are suffering from stress say no to cigarettes, coffee,

“Confide in a friend or loved one if the Christmas period is causing you to feel stressed or anxious, you’ll be surprised how much talking about the problem helps. If you are faced with persistent anxiety or low moods, severe sleep or appetite disturbance, a constant feeling of guilt, hopelessness or unworthiness then seek professional assistance.”

*Dr Abbie Lane is a Consultant Psychatrist at the Saint John of God Hospital, a leading provider of mental health services and treatments in Ireland.

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‘A Little Piece of Heaven’ Made in Sligo

Irish Gift Ideas at The Cat & The Moon THE Cat & The Moon offers a wealth of exceptional gifts this Christmas, all made with skill by the cream of Irish craft workers. Its dynamic in-house jewellery studio offers customers unique jewellery collections including the award winning brands Spirit of Ireland and the Martina Hamilton collection. RTE’s Nationwide, of the 18th of November featured the latest stunning collections “Oyster Pearl” and “Full Moon” by Martina

Hamilton. Sligo Designers Tom Callery, Linda Gault, Mark Heaney, Matt Jones, Grainne McLoughlin, John O’Riain, Rachel Quinn and Anna Vahey have all created something new and special for this Festive season. Step into The Cat & The Moon on Castle Street and enjoy choosing the perfect Christmas gift! December opening hours: Monday–Friday 9–6.30pm; Saturdays 9–6pm; Sundays 12–5pm. Phone:0719143686

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Hot New Ladies and Gents Hairstyles for 2012 from Salon 2 Gents 2012 sees men’s hair styles fall into two distinct categories: school boy and rocker, both of which are defined by the type of fringe worn. Men’s fringe hairstyle trend The men’s fringe is the dominant hair trend for gents in 2012. And while it was also on-trend in 2011 it offers two variations on the men’s hair trend: 1. the well-groomed, swept fringe 2. the curly fringe

"2012 represents the year of change, the year for radical hairstyles" says Anthony Kilcoyne from Salon 2! This trend towards the extremes is defined by the hairstyles worn by celebrities towards the end of 2011. But what, particularly, should women look out for and expect in 2012? Some superb looks for the new season are super-long lengths and pixiedesign cuts while layers, razor cut bobs, and blunt fringes will all be extremely popular. This year will probably see the women adding a lot more layers and volume to the roots in their hair.

WHETHER you pick out pixie, shaggy, bob, pageboy or every other short style you will need to take the feel of your hair, shape of your face and lifestyle into consideration. Your hairstylist will be able to advise you on what would suit you best. Now, for some girls, cutting their hair short is downright unthinkable, particularly if they've at all times had their hair lengthy. But why not take a possibility, and breathe new life into those tresses and get shorty!

Straight fringe Continuing on from this year’s hair trends, the men’s fringe will remain a major feature of hair trends in 2012. The overall effect depends largely on using a matte wax or pomade to create either a polished finish or a rugged texture to define the fringe.

Men’s curly fringe When a fringe wasn’t school boy straight it was only ever one other thing: messy. This messy fringe looks great with curly hair. The trend for men’s curly hair in 2012 is to wear it with length in the fringe, which should be the dominant focus of the hairstyle. For more information or to make an appointment contact Salon 2 on 071-9160341


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A New Smile? Your Gift to You this Christmas.. An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Teeth that work better also tend to look better. An attractive smile is a pleasant “side effect” of orthodontic treatment. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image-important qualities at every age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person's general attitude toward life. This year give yourself a gift.. take the first step to a new smile..

Early warning signs indicating it is time for an orthodontic exam

1. Early or late loss of baby teeth 2. Difficulty in chewing or biting 3. Mouth breathing 4. Finger sucking or other oral habits 5. Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth 6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude 7. Speech difficulty 8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth 9. Protruding teeth 10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don't meet at all 11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry 12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

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Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gen-

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Choosing Christmas wine T

HERE are so many different occasions that take place over Christmas and each one necessitates its own particular style of wine(s). Christmas is the ultimate party season. At times it may seem daunting when faced with the challenge of deciding what wine to buy for groups of people, particularly with so many different styles of wine & your guests differing palates for wine, consider also the style of party food that you will be serving during the party. Some simple tips when choosing wine for parties would include: Pay attention to grape variety of the wine and where it comes from. Look out for fruity but easy drinking whites and reds (avoiding too much tannin in the latter). Use wine that will compliment whatever food you plan to serve at the party. Fresh whites such as Sauvignon Blanc with loads of juicy and tropical fruit flavour work well with party food, rich sauces and spicy flavours. For red try soft easy drinking examples such as ripe Merlot or fruity Shiraz. Look out for bargains - At Christmas many great wines will be on promotion and represent very good value for money. Your sales assistant in the wine store should be able to guide you here. Error on the side of caution with exceptionally special offers unless they are brands you recognise, know and trust. When buying wine as a gift, talk to the sales assistant in the store. They should be

knowledgeable about all the different wines they have on their shelves. Some wines will have colourful promotions but before you are lured in by these give the sales assistant some information about the person(s) you are buying the wine for. Do you know what style they like to drink? Do they have a grape or country of preference? If you’re unsure - why not choose something that you like or sounds good to you. Have the advisor in the shop tell you something about it and its background, that way you’ll have a story to tell when you hand over the wine as a gift, the person who receives it will certainly be delighted that you put that extra thought into your choice. Most shops should offer a Christmas packaging service where they will gift wrap your purchase or maybe have a nice wooden box to hand. Christmas Dinner and Wine pairing can be tricky. Quiet often people will put such hard work into preparing a wonderful three course meal and at the final hurdle fall short with the wine. The wine you choose for your Christmas should compliment the food, when paring them there should be a harmony between both. Important things to remember here is that it’s not just the turkey that needs to be paired with a wine but also all of the trimmings, sage or chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, crispy roast potatoes etc. Remember the spicy flavours as well as the bland. Try to find a wine to compliment all these characteristics.

If you enjoy white wine try a bottle of Chablis Premier Cru. This wine is packed full of fresh apple and gentle pear flavour typically complimented further by subtle use of well integrated oak. For a more substantial white with greater body try a Californian Napa Valley Chardonnay. If you prefer red wine go for a wine with juicy berry fruit characteristics - this will work well when up against turkey meat which can tend to be a bit dry. Nice ones to choose would be a Cotes du Rhône from France, Rioja Reserva from Spain or Reserve (€14) Merlot from Chile. One purchase you should make this Christmas is Champagne. Try some wonderful, quality Champagne with a fresh crisp fruit style and the lovely biscuityeastiness typical of all great Champagnes. Ask in your wine shop or off licence for some recommendations. Use this to get a party started, for Christmas morning festivities and above all to ring in 2010. If you’re still stuck for some Christmas gift ideas why not pick up the gift of a Wine Course for your friend or loved one? We have wine courses scheduled for throughout 2010. If you not sure that you want to commit to a particular date then you can simply choose to purchase one of our gift vouchers. These are packed in seasonal cards and will arrive to your address discreetly in discreet plain envelopes so as not to alert any of the intended recipients. Happy Wine Shopping!


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Look beautiful at all times with Permanent Makeup


ERMANENT Makeup is ideal to create a natural looking brow where there is little or no hair. The eyes can be opened up by subtle addition of soft eyeliner, and definition and emphasis can be added to the lips with a gentle touch of colour.

So what is Permanent Make-up?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is the art and science of implanting colour into your skin. Sometimes you will see permanent make-up referred to as ‘cosmetic tattooing’ or 'semi-permanent make-up, as the result can fade over time. We use specialised sterile instruments to place hypoallergenic colour pigments into the deeper layer of skin. Over a 10 day period, the colour will slowly fade as it is naturally exfoliated from your skin, leaving the true colour embedded in the dermis. You will need to return one month later for a complimentary control procedure, during which the colour may be balanced if necessary.

How Long Does it Take to Have a Treatment?

You will need to allow 3 hours for your first procedure. If you intend to have a "full face" (3 procedures together) then you should allow 5 hours in total. You will need to book in your complimentary “fine

tuning” refill treatment 4 weeks after your initial treatment to perfect the result.

especially for lip colour procedures. It is common to hear that there was not as much pain as was expected.

Will I really look like myself... Only Better?

How long will it take to recover?

Permanent makeup helps to give you back precious time you normally spend “putting on your face”. You can save up to 100 hours in a single year struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight. Plus the money you’ll save buying new and expensive cosmetics that rub off, smear, smudge and disappear during the day. Permanent make-up is not intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because the colour is placed “in” your skin and not “on” your skin a more natural, softer look results. When you’re ready to kick up your heels and go out for a night-on-the-town, you can apply as much additional makeup as you wish.

Does permanent make up hurt?

New topical anaesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup for eyeliner, eyebrows and lipcolour procedures. These creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a “tingling” feeling. Most people experience some discomfort,

You’ll look like you’ve had a good cry for a couple of hours following eyeliner. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling. Lipcolour often involves temporary swelling. You will need to let your technician know if you have a history of cold sores so you use an antiviral cream eg. Zovirax for a few days prior to the procedure

How long will my permanent makeup last?

Permanent make-up is long-lasting approximately 5 to 9 years. The darker the colour, such as black, the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colours are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by the body.

What does Permanent Make-Up cost?

Your initial assessment to see if you are suitable for this procedure, and if so to conduct an allergy patch test are free of charge. Prices start from €150 Contact Ann at Westend Beauty Clinic , Quayside shopping Centre, Sligo 071 9160999 Gift vouchers can be purchased online at


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Harry Potter may be over, but the adventure continues on DVD T

HIS year marked a seminal point in the lives of Harry Potter fans as the eighth and final film in the series, "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows Part 2", was released worldwide. But it's not the end of the Harry Potter experience because the complete box set of eight films is likely to be on the wish list of many fans of the wizard this Christmas. It seems hard to believe that the first film in this franchise, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released ten years ago, back in 2001. The fresh-faced Daniel Radcliffe and a talented band of young actors introduced us to the wonderful world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, complete with floating candles, paintings that talked and a little thing called Quiddich.

J.K. Rowling, it was an exciting time to be a Harry Potter fan, but the films meant you didn't have to be a devotee of the written word to be immersed in Harry, Rupert and Hermione's world. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" was the second in the series of films and the adventures kept coming, with flying cars, mysterious attacks and the introduction of Dobby the House Elf. The third instalment "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is where the story grows ever darker. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is overshadowed by the escape of prisoner Sirius Black and the arrival of The Dementors. "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire" introduces us to a character called Cedric Diggory, who, while only having a

With a generation absorbing the books of

limited role in the Harry Potter franchise, would be appearing on our screens quite frequently.

Diggory was played by Robert Pattinson, you see, the brooding star of another book-to-movie franchise, Twilight. In "The Goblet of Fire", Harry must prove his mettle against wizards from two other schools while the world of Hogwarts is gripped by the presence of Lord Voldemort. "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix", sees Harry back in Hogwarts for his fifth year clashing with the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the treacherous Professor Dolores Umbridge. In "Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince" Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Sacrifices will be made and one person will give their life for the greater good. Which leads neatly to the first half of the final book "Harry Potter And

The Deathly Hollows Part 1", where Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldermort's immortality and destruction-the Horcruxes. And the story is completed by "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows Part 2" released with huge fanfare earlier this year. Our three heroes must battle Voldemort for the future of Hogwarts and for their very lives. As a collection of films Harry Potter is probably unequalled in the history of cinema more easily understood than "Lord of the Rings", more consistent than "James Bond and more broadly entertaining than "Twilight". What fans of the films and books can look forward to is introducing their younger siblings or indeed their own kids to Harry Potter in years to come.


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Gourmet Parlour

Call to our Gourmet Food Shop for delicious homemade Christmas Cakes. Chistmas Hampers, Plum Pudding and Minces Pies, all made with quality ingredients and no preservatives. We are taking orders for Christmas entertaining at home, glazed hams and roast turkey Call and see our menu

Also taking orders for Canapes and mini sandwiches for your lunch time business meetings. Delivery Service Available. Wholesome Sandwiches, Homemade Breads, Scones, Cakes, Salads Savouries, Homemade Soup and Hot Lunch available to take out every day. We look forward to seeing you soon wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year. We would like to thank our customers for their continued support

Gourmet Palour, Bridge Street, Sligo Tel: 071-9144617

Christmas Gift ideas Men’s Shirt / Tie €15.00 Ladies Aprons € 9.99 (assorted) Xmas Oil Cloths €6 per yard Flannelette Sheet Sets (printed) Single €20, Double €25, King Size €30 Muslin for Turkey €3.50 Christmas Cushion Covers (Assorted) 4 for €10 Gents Knitwear – Zipped and round Neck styles only €20.00 Merry Christmas to all

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‘Stronger Shopper’s Guide’ launched T

HE National Consumer Agency (NCA) last week launched its ‘Stronger Shopper’s Guide’ to coincide with the festive season spending and to raise awareness amongst consumers of their shoppers’ rights. In January of this year, the NCA helpline received over 4,600 calls from consumers on their rights The guide available on the NCA’s website, contains information on shoppers’ rights in a number of areas including returning faulty or unwanted presents and using gift vouchers. It also gives information on your rights when buying online, including what to do if you change your mind and shopping in the sales. Plus, there are money saving tips to help shoppers keep their spending within budget as well. Ann Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the NCA said: “The festive season is almost upon us and we are encouraging consumers to be fully aware of their rights before they begin their

Christmas shopping. “Armed with the correct information before they buy this year can lead to less disappointment and frustrations in the New Year. For example, consumers may not be aware that the same consumer rights still apply to goods bought in the sales or if you are buying online from an EU website, you have seven working days from the date the item was delivered to cancel the order and return it, even if it's just because you don't like it.” The guide also covers toy safety as it provides shoppers with tips on what to look out for if they are buying toys, such as to check that the toy displays the CE mark to show it meets EU safety standards. The toy safety booklet has practical tips for buying toys including a checklist that shoppers can download to help them buy safe toys for children. Ms. Fitzgerald also offered consumers advice if they are buying gifts on online deal and discount sites, “There has been an explosion in online

deal sites in recent months and consumers may be considering buying a deal as a present for Christmas. While you may be able to get a great present for a family or friend at a reduced price from online deal sites, we would urge consumers to do some research on the company offering the deal before you sign-up. If you are giving a gift voucher or an online deal as a present, check what terms and conditions apply and the expiry date as well. It is a good idea to pass the terms and conditions on to the recipient too.” The NCA’s consumer website, provides consumers with a one-stopshop for information on consumer rights and personal finance. The site contains the stronger shopper’s rights guide, information on toy safety and money saving tips to help shoppers manage their Christmas spending as well as information on consumer rights across a wide range of products and services as well.


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Are you worried about bills this Christmas?

No one wants to think about debt at this time of year but we have the tools to help you when you need them. Sligo Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Sligo MABS) is a free, confidential and independent service for people with personal debt and money management problems. We can provide you with spending diaries, budget sheets and template letters for you to write to your creditors. Your To Do List • List all your debts on a piece of paper. • Check that you are responsible for the debt. • Identify the debts needing your immediate attention. • Preferably write, but do contact immediately those you owe money to. • Download the budget sheet or make up one yourself. • Fill in a budget as accurately as possible. • Do a spending diary for a week or two. • Take your expenditure from your income to see what you can afford to give to your creditors. • Divide your debts into primary and secondary debts if you have not already done so. • Decide how much you are can afford to give to each creditor. • Write to each creditor making the offer of the amount, and only the amount, you can afford. For a free information pack Call us on 0761 072730 (9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm Mon to Fri) orContact the National Helpline on 0761 072000 (9am – 8pm Mon to Fri) or Visit our website to download the information Start the New Year by taking control! Merry Christmas from Sligo MABS

Is the Stress of The Holidays Getting to You? ‘Whatever you’re going through, We’ll go through it with you’ Confidential emotional support and a listening ear

SAMARITANS Feeling lonely, upset or worried? Need some to talk to? Samaritans provide a non-judgemental, confidential listening service for people in despair or distress, feelings which can often lead to suicide. The holidays can be a difficult time for many people and if you feel you need someone to talk to, you can phone the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1850 60 90 90 or e- mail us on, or drop into us at 3 The Mall, Sligo 24 hours – 7 days a week • Visit-3 The Mall Sligo LO-CALL – 1850 60 90 90 E-MAIL:

Top toys from the past This list of some of the top toys from the past five decades should be of interest to some older kids! Action Man Spirograph Sindy Hot Wheels Plasticraft Lego Peter Powell kites Playpeople Rubik's cube Star Wars Transformers Sylvanian Families Nintendo Game Boy Thunderbirds Power Rangers Furbys Beyblades Robosapien Igglepiggle Ben 10

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Old Moore predictions continue in twitter age

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SligoWeekender We are giving one lucky reader a brand new PS3 To be in with a chance of w i n n i n g t h i s fa n t a s t i c prize, just answer the s i m p l e qu e s t i o n W h a t d a y d o es C h r i s t m a s fall on this year?

A: Friday B : S a t u r da y C: Sunday Send entries into PS3 competition No.4 Teeling Street Sligo or drop it in to us at the office. The winner will be the first cor rect entry drawn. Usual terms and conditions app ly.

Closing date for entries 13th December at 1.00pm

T may be the age of twitter, facebook and online blogs, but one traditional Irish magazine has more than stood the test of time. Old Moore’s Almanac has been around for two and a half centuries and its 2012 edition hit the shelves yesterday, Monday. In its time, it has made some crazy predictions about the future. A disturbing amount of them have come true. The 2012 edition has more predictions for us all to discuss over a nice hot cup of whatever you darn well fancy. And of interest to Sligo readers, it has a 1,000 word article on the farming of Fallow Deers at Coopershill, near Riverstown. In its predictions for 2012, in celeb news, one or both of Jedward will propose marriage, much to the heartbreak of their audience. There will be a gold super spike, so those who bought ten years ago are super-celebrating! There is a divorce on the cards for Sarah Palin. And for those planning to head to Australia for a sea-change will be disappointed with the prediction that Australia’s economy will bust this year. Emigrate elsewhere! Hilary Clinton could possible win a Nobel Peace Prize, and she could also have a cougar moment. And boy does she deserve one. A not-so-good prediction is that The Duke of Edinburgh will die in his sleep. In other bad news, the current pope will also pass over, and the new pope comes to power in strange circumstances. In other stickysituation news, a cruise ship will be damaged at sea,

with a fire on board. It will be the first in three or four problems with large cruise ships worldwide. Be prepared to abandon ship! In procreation news, Prince

William and wife Catherine will have a baby girl. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will adopt three more children, two of them are twins. In high-tech predictions, there will be a rise in the use of biometric security systems in 2012 as the devices become massproduced for the first time. You could be using

your fingerprint or your eyeball to gain access to your house. And here’s the good news, you may lose your keys but you won’t be losing you eyeball any time soon. In electric news, the American power grid suffers a broad failure and many people again are weeks without power. This causes the EU to examine their power grid and operations and we get a bit of an old fight. As well as the predictions, the Almanac also has many other features on farming in impossible areas, and a look back at the accidentally funny 1920 issue of the Almanac. It also hosts a discussion of Irish traditions which should be revived, such as Women’s Christmas, and Bilberry Sunday, in which smug marrieds watch young hotties get dates while halfway in a bilberry bush. They also have an article remembering the peat bog days, where many families would spend the day cutting turf for the winter. After a re-launch for the 2010 edition, sales have increased markedly, an unusual result in a recession. The magazine has been repositioned to catch wider market, including younger people interested in not only future predictions, but futurism as a subject. This edition sees the magazine pairing up with both facebook and twitter. W hen Theophilus Moore first started this Almanac in 1764 using rudimentary printing practices, little did he know that now people all over the world would be able to access all that is Old Moore’s Almanac with the click of a mouse. Theopihilus would have known what a mouse was, but in his day it wouldn’t be something welcome on his desk.


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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Please note that the offices of Sligo Local Authorities as listed below will close to the public at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23rd December 2011 and will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012. County Hall, Riverside, Sligo City Hall, Quay St, Sligo Governor’s House, St. Annes Place, Sligo Council Offices in St. Anne’s Place, Market Yard, Cleveragh Industrial Estate, Cleveragh Business Park, High Market House, Fire Service Office and Harbour Office Area Offices at Ballymote, Grange, Enniscrone, Tubbercurry

SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS The prolonged spell of severe weather last winter highlighted the need to look beyond the traditional means of conveying news and information to the general public in emergency situations.

Text Alert

Closed from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23rd December 2011 and re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012.

Members of the public will be able to receive instant information in the event of major water disruptions, road closures and other emergencies. They can do so by registering for a free text alert service, which will ensure they receive updates on the emergencies in their area. Once emergency information is placed on the Council’s website and Facebook page the text alert system and Twitter facility are set up to transmit it straight away to the people who have registered their contact details. The textalert database is compiled by location, which will ensure people will receive information relating to their own area only. The Council will also be providing an emergency phone number for out of office/emergency calls. People wishing to register for the text alert facility can do so by e-mailing details of their mobile phone to: or by registering their details online.

Tubbercurry Community Library


Sligo Motor Taxation Offices The Motor Taxation offices at Cleveragh, Sligo and the One Stop Shop, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, will close to the public at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, 23rd December 2011 for end of year balancing and annual stock-take. The offices will re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012. 

Sligo Central Library (Including Reference and Local History Library), Stephen Street, Sligo

Closed from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23rd December 2011 and re-open at 12 noon on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012.

Ballymote Branch Library Closed from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23rd December 2011 and re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012.

Enniscrone Branch Library rd


Closed from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23 December 2011 and re-open at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 3 January 2012.

Sligo County Museum Closed from 12:30 p.m. on Friday, 23rd December 2011 and re-open at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012.

Emergency Services will be provided as usual during the holiday period. Ms. D. Clarke Director of Services

In addition to the text alert system, emergency information is also issued on twitter, an increasingly popular medium for people seeking news updates. You can follow Sligo County Council’s updates on twitter on and for Sligo Borough Council on

Facebook The Council is also developing a Facebook page which will be devoted exclusively to emergency alerts. Notification and progress reports on emergency alerts in the Sligo Borough and Sligo County area will also be posted on the Facebook page ‘Sligo Local Authorities Notice-board’: The Sligo Local Authorities advice leaflet on household water systems, ‘Safeguarding your Water Supply’ will deal specifically with issues such as locating your stopcock, repairing burst pipes and protecting your home. To find out more about preparing for the winter, visit the dedicated section on Sligo Local Authorities websites or or contact the Council’s Communications Office at 071 9111017

On behalf of the County Manager, Staff and Members of Sligo Local Authorities, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all the people of Sligo a Happy Christmas and we look forward to serving you again in 2012.


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Fri 9th Dec Fundraising Table Quiz

In aid of Sligo’s GAA Legendary Supporter

Sun 11th Dec 7-9pm Maureen O’Dowd Fri 16th Dec John Dwyer Group Trad / Ballad

Fri 23rd Dec DJ Jacon Mon 26th Dec 5-8pm Padraig Pat & Friends Tues 27th Dec The Benn Sisters Wed 28th Dec Pretty Women

Sat 17th Dec John Farry

Thurs 29th Dec Bite The Dust

Sun 18th Dec 7-9pm Pretty Women

Sat 31st Dec New Year’s Eve Frank Ryan

Thurs 22nd Dec Ceide Boys

Sun 1st Jan DJ

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Have you been feeling suicidal? Experiencing suicidal thoughts? Have you being affected/bereaved by suicide? Feeling depressed/hopeless or experiencing difficulties with coping? Are you worried about someone?

If so contact Mary @ S.T.O.P 0n 087 4188053. S.T.O.P. is a registered charity (Reg No 436581) assisting and supporting individuals who feel suicidal, are in Distress or those who have been bereaved By suicide. Some things to considerIt’s important you know that you are not alone. Experts believe that as many as one in six people experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are weak, or flawed, or that it’s your fault. Many kinds of emotional pain can lead to thoughts of suicide.This pain seems overwhelming and permanent at the moment,and you might feel things will never get better. But most things do get better, and with help, you can overcome your problems, and the pain and suicidal feelings will pass. Help is available and we are here to help you. We can offer support through counselling with Therapists, and counsellors, trained to support those at risk of suicide. Unfortunately many people choose to take their own life rather than ask for helpdon’t be one of those statistics. Please give us the chance to help you,

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Music DVDs, particularly live concert recordings, are on the rise and this year has produced a bumper crop of live shows from artists like Lady Ga Ga, Adele, Take That and more.

Here is a run-down of the most popular Music DVDs on shelves this Christmas. collaborate and perform. There is no audience for the performances, but the sound is exceptional and the standard of performers a joy to behold. Among those featured in Season 5 are Alison Krauss, Amos Lee, Declan O'Rourke, Donal Lunny, Eddie Reader and Eric Bibb, all guided by founders Jerry Douglas and Ally Bain. If you remain unconvinced, check out some performances on Youtube and you'll see what all the fuss is about.

Take That - Progressive Live

In 2011 Take That embarked on the biggest tour the UK and Ireland had ever seen, breaking all previous records. Their Irish shows were sold out months in advance and the welcome they received was nothing short of phenomenal. The return of Robbie Williams to the band was certainly a key factor to the band's popularity this, but with Gary Barlow on top songwriting form, it is easy to declare Take That the best pop band in the world in 2011. Robbie, Mark, Howard, Jason and Gary shared the stage with everything from roller-skating bees to shaolin monks and a massive 75 foot wall of water, and then there was the "big man", a massive head and shoulder structure with lasers for eyes, 150 feet above, looking out over the crowds on the top of the stage. The tour took its name from the band's 2011 album, but the live show saw them relive some classic Take That hits like "Back For Good", "Pray" and more recently "Patience".

Lady Ga Ga Monster Ball Tour at MSG

The MSG in the title is New York's Madison Square Garden and this tour took showmanship (or show-womanship) to a new level. Lady Ga Ga is a genuine talent in the music industry, but her outrageous live shows are a whole separate spectacle in themselves. Numerous costume changes, fireworks-sprouting brazziers, and an army of dancers helped to tell the story of Lady Ga Ga and her friends trying to make their way through New York city to get to the "Monster's Ball". Nobody does a live show as out-there as Lady Ga Ga, but behind it all is the songs we have been buying in the millions, "Paparazzi", "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and her breakout track "Just Dance" and her most recognisable tune "Poker Face".

Andrea Bocelli - Concerto, One Night In Central Park

Like Lady Ga Ga, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli also recorded his live DVD concert in New York, but there is where the similarities end. Bocelli's voice is celebrated the world over and his outdoor concert DVD, "One Night In Tuscany" is one of the most popular classical DVDs ever released. His latest live recording is based on a free concert he gave on the Great Lawn in Central Park. Backed by the New York Philharmonic and joined by guests like Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, this is a magical

Adele - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Andrea Bocelli - Concerto, One Night In Central Park collection of songs, some classical, some pop Stand out songs include a version of "New York, New York" with Tony Bennett, his worldwide hit "Time To Say Goodbye" and a special Central Park version of "Ave Maria".

JLS - Eyes Wide Open

Only ever intended to be shown for one day, Eyes Wide Open, the 3D film extravaganza from top boy band JLS, had to extend it's screenings, not just once but twice, making it the best attended music cinema event ever in the UK and Ireland. Filmed on JLS' sold-out UK arena tour, the movie goes behind the scenes to hear from the band what goes into being JLS as well as amazing concert footage shot at The O2, London in front of capacity crowds in January 2011. The DVD release includes more of JLS backstage, extended interviews and some exclusive a capella songs.

Justin Bieber - Never Say Never

Another hit on the cinema screens in 2011 which is now out on DVD, "Never Say Never" details the teenager whose odds were a million to one, until millions of fans found him online. It tracks the story of his journey from average teen to the youngest performer to sell out the most famous stage in New York City. If the Bieber fan in your life doesn't already own this, he or she will surely want it for Christmas.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall features British vocal sensation Adele performing at the storied venue during her promotional tour for her 2011 studio effort, "21". Backed by her rock ensemble as well as a string section, Adele runs through most of 21 while adding in earlier hits off her 2008 debut, 19, including "Chasing Pavements," "Hometown Glory," and "My Same." Primarily, however, Adele focuses here on material off 21, including such cuts as "Rumour Has It," "Turning Tables," "Someone Like You," the überballad "Take It All," and the funky hit "Rolling in the Deep." If the album was one of the stand-out hits of 2011, then this DVD must surely be one of the best live shows too.

George Harrison Living in the Material World

On the tenth anniversary of his death, George Harrison's life and influences are explored in this two-disk documentary from Martin Scorsese. The Oscar-winning director declared this documentary a labour of love. Scorsese uses never-before-seen footage from George Harrison's childhood, throughout his years with The Beatles, through the ups and downs of his solo career, and through the joys and pain of his private life, to trace the arc of George's journey from his birth in 1943 to his passing in 2001. Living in the Material World features private home videos, photos and never before heard tracks to chronicle the incredible story of the extraordinary man.

Transatlantic Sessions - Series 5

From the youngest performer on our list to some of the most experienced. For the uninitiated, the "Transatlantic Sessions" is a joint production from BBC and RTE in which musicians from Ireland, Great Britain, the US and Canada are invited to a castle in Scotland to

George Harrison - Living in the Material World.

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Amelia Norrie is a bit stunned by Santa's white beard.

Ecan Callaghan meets Santa in the Quayside shopping center.

Sam Ferguson greest Santa Claus in the Quayside shopping center.

Santa in the Quayside shopping center.

Santa meets the Flynn, Mc Guinness and Kilcullen families.

Santa switches on the lights in the Quayside shopping center. Santa in Wine Street.

Carla Deighan meets Santa in the Grotto.


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Santa with Cillian Tiernan in the grotto.

Sheila Leydon with granddaughter Holly and Santa in the groto.

Santa meets the Gordon family.

Santa meets Chrisitne and ava Mc Guinness in the grotto.

Santa with the McLoughlins.

Santa in the Quayside shopping center, with the Mercy choir.


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Christmas time and quite a lot of you will have received requests for games, consoles or both. So help those that are less familiar with these things than others here is a quick guide as to what is out there. First some general tips. Whether it is a game or a console make sure they don't already have it or that someone else is getting it for them too. If your buying a console it may help to let others know what you're getting as they may buy some things to go along with it. There are a lot of accessories that go with each machine, most of them reasonably cheap. Consoles are not all the same, there is

a massive difference between the Wii and Playstation for example. Games for one will not work on a different machine so be sure you are buying for the right machine. Also, and this is very important, bear in mind the age of the person your buying for, most games come with a rating, pay attention to them. The target market for a lot of these games is 20-30 year olds. Think of them as movies, you probably wouldn't buy Hitman: Blood Contracts II for an eight year old if it was a film. Shop around, there are several different stores selling games and prices can vary significantly.

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Xbox 360

A while back Microsoft updated the xbox 360 with a new slimming black case and new hardware. This was mainly to facilitate the KiiNect (more on that in a moment) but it also made a very important change. It is now wi-fi enabled, meaning you can now play online without mucking around with cables. If you buy the KiiNect, a sensor reads your body's motions and translates it into actions on the screen. You jump your character jumps, you wave your hand, your character waves its hand.

The Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo wii was the biggest change in the gaming scene in the last decade and was also the catalyst that spurred the development of the KiiNect. The Wii is a comparatively tiny console that operates with a sensor placed above or below your television. It reads the motions of wireless controllers and reflects those motions on screen. Unlike the other two major consoles this one comes with a free set of games.

Sony Playstation 3

Sony Playstation is probably the most traditional games console, but up until recently it was also the most expensive. Now the PS3 has its own take on the Wii with a controller called the Playstation Move, available separately or sometimes as part of a value package.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo's latest hand held games system represents another technological jump. The DS has two screens and the top is now in 3D (which you don't need glasses to see). It also has a built in local wi-fi that allows users to sync up their machines to compare scores, swap pokemon and share drawings or pictures.


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Top games for Christmas 2011 Skyrim Skyrim is widely considered to be the game of the year. Simply put it's an entire country in a box. Admittedly the country is filled with dragons and various other lurking horrors but that's fine if wandering about beating up monsters, levelling up your character while getting the best equipment appeals to you. This is also one of the best looking games currently on the market. In short if swords and sorcery is your thing this is your

best buy.(Rated 15)

Lego pirates of the Caribbean There are a lot of Lego games and some of them are

definitely better than others. The newest one out is in fact Lego Harry Potter but if your kid hasn't read all the books yet, then it might spoil the ending for them. Pirates of the Caribbean is equally enjoyable and they don't even have to have seen the movie to enjoy the fun. You play a Lego pirate battling the various baddies (In Lego form) from the movies, collecting other bits of Lego along the way and solving simple logistical puzzles. It is simple and fun. The fact that everything is Lego makes this great fun for kids. (Rated U)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Battlefield 3 There is a minimal difference between these two war games. Essentially the "Bad Guy" army is invading and it is up to you playing various faction of the "Good Guy" army to stop them. Lots of bombs, bullets and blood. These are both first person shooters so it is up close and personal with gore so bear that in mind when

considering whether it is appropriate for your kid. (Rated 18+)

options. (Rated 3+)


If you don't have a play station then Forza 4 is the best alternative, while lacking some of the modifications features Gran Turismo offers, it certainly balances it out with game play, realistic handling and courses. More game than simulation yes, but for most of us that will do. (Rated 3+)

Skylanders are the most unique offering the games world has to offer this Christmas. Besides your game you get a "Portal" which you connect to whichever console you're playing the game on. You then take an action figure that came with the game or one from the extra packs (available to buy at all good stores) and place it on the "Portal" You may now play that character in the game. As situations in the game change you can swap characters in and out. The technology behind this has been knocking around for years but this is the first major push it has gotten. This looks to become a craze on par with the old Tamagotchi fad ,which means there is a good chance a year down the line they will be completely forgotten about, but right now they are the thing to have. (Rated 10+)

Gran Turismo 5 (Playstation only)

For a long time the undisputed champion of the motor sports game genre Gran Turismo offers superb racetracks, real world cars and the ability to make modifications that affect more than your top speed. Gran Turismo isn't so much a motorsports game as a motorsports simulation. If you like your cars you will love this. There is also online gaming

Forza 4

MarioKart 7 (for Wii and 3DS)

Yep Mario is back with all his friends for more racing fun. Hurtle around ridiculous tracks, pick up preposterous weapons, knock each other off the track, drop banana skins for other cars to skid on. In short have a lot of fun. (Rating 3+)

Zelda: Skyward Sword (for Wii and 3DS)

Yes folks Princess Zelda has been kidnapped again (For a princess she seems to have terribly lax security). You play as Link, hero of Hyrule, and you must save her. Battle Bosses and solve logistical puzzles in the highest rated game Nintendo have ever released. (Rating 12+)


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From 2nd December

* Christmas Trees for sale Choose your non-shed tree in the surrounds of the Stable yard at Lough Key and have it packed for your journey home. * Immerse yourselves in our Christmas wonderland in the Visitor centre. Enjoy our yummy goodies & festive menu in our Lakeside café. Treat yourselves to our Mince pies and our signature Lough Key mulled Wine.

Under 6 & 6 to 12 yrs. Last entry 18th December. The blank pictures to be coloured are in the visitor Centre and all pictures will be displayed in the Visitor Centre.

10th December

* ‘Anything Christmas’ Hunt through the forest at Lough Key (Between 2pm & 5pm)

11 th December

Santa Claus will visit Lough Key for one day only! 2pm Watch Santa arrive in unique style with his elves and Husky Dogs, whom you can watch running through the forest while Santa rests by his sleigh in the Visitor Centre - FREE

Big Christmas Colouring Competition - 2 categories-

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS Winter Opening times Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm We will open outside of these hours subject to bookings Christmas holidays Opening hours: 27th, 28th, 29th 30th December 11am - 5pm 2nd to 8th January 11am - 5pm

! *Face painting ! Story telling ! Festive Live music

17th December

* Christmas Arts & Crafts class - 12 noon

18 th December Between 2pm & 5pm * ‘Anything Christmas’ Hunt through the Forest ! Festive Live Music ! Face painting ! Story Telling

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Sligo Weekender week 49