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SLIGO town nurse and her husband went on hunger strike yesterday outside An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office in Castlebar after they were “denied” a chance to finalise the adoption of her husband’s nieces. Ten year-old Fatma and seven year-old Yagmur are orphans who were legally adopted by Ann Brennan Dogan and her Turkish husband Fickret Dogan Aylesbury Park off Strandhill Road in a process which they started almost 18 months ago in Turkey. The little girls are nieces of Ann’s husband. An emotional Ann yesterday told the Sligo Weekender; “I am going on hunger strike for as long as it takes.” The couple said they went the “Turkish route” on the advice of the Adoption Services almost 18 months ago. In July they legally adopted the girls in Turkey and hoped to have them back in Sligo for school in September. But they have now been told that Turkish adoption procedures

ORPHANS: Fatma (aged 10) and Yagmur (7) were legally adopted by Ann and Fickret Dogan from Sligo, but the Irish state does not recognise the adoption. have not been recognised in Ireland since 2000, and the Department of Justice won’t grant visas. Anne, who has been a nurse in Nazareth House for the past five years, said the couple felt be-

trayed. An emotional Anne said that the Taoiseach was her “last resort”.

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FIRE: Sligo couple Adrien and Jimmy Kneale, whose house was destroyed by fire last week, said they have been overwhelmed by offers of support and help from their community. Adrien and Jimmy are pictured with son James in the remains of their home. Photo by James Connolly / PicSell8

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Adrien and Jimmy Kneale, at the remains of their home, which was destroyed in a fire in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, yesterday. Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

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Students react angrily to budget THE president of the Students' Union at IT Sligo has hit out at education cuts in the budget annouced last week by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin. "We are extremely disappointed by the severe cuts to education announced in the budget," said president James Dillon. "Once more we see an increase in the Student Contribution Charge, once more we see reductions in the maintenance grant, and now we see

reductions in post graduate support. "Last week we heard An Taoiseach speak about protecting the vulnerable in society, and how we are not responsible for the state of our economy, why then are students; who are the vulnerable in society, and who are not responsible for the current economic situation being asked to shoulder the burden of restoring our economy. “We are fearful for many students here in IT Sligo.”

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SLIGO family who lost everything in a fire which destroyed their home have said they have been “overwhelmed” by the response of the local community. Adrien and Jimmy Kneale and their three children Donna (13), Keri (11) and James (5) were lucky to escape with their lives from the early morning blaze. But they ended up with only the clothes they were wearing and the house was not insured. Adrien told the Sligo Weekender how she awoke to see what she thought were orange lights outside the bedroom window. “I then realized that it was the reflection in the trees of flames from upstairs. “I woke up the rest of the family and, thank God, we all got out. We were only just out when the ceilings and roof fell in. “We did have smoke alarms in the house, but not upstairs as we didn’t live up there at all. We bought the two-bed cottage eleven years ago and have been building on to it since then, so upstairs was not yet in use, the five bedrooms were downstairs. “After our experience I would advise everyone to put smoke alarms in their attics. By the time our smoke alarms downstairs would have gone off it would have been too late as the ceilings collapsed.” But after the initial relief of everyone being safe had passed, Adrien said their next thought was: “What do we do now?” “All we had was the clothes we had on. We’d lost everything. And we had no house insurance. This year with all our other bills we were unable to afford the

house insurance. It’s the first year we didn’t have it.” But the local community have really rallied round since the fire at their home at Derrybeg, Lisserlough, beside Lough Gara, on Wednesday week last. Adrien said: “It’s been overwhelming. We’ve had offers of houses, cars and we’ve been given bags of clothes and other items, even school uniforms.” The family are now living in a house they’ve been given the use of just a short distance from their own home and have also been given the loan of a car. The one bright side has been the fact that family’s business, the Lough Gara Stables, were not damaged in the fire. However, all bookings and client information for their horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and fishing business were destroyed in the fire. To help the family recreate a list of current clients (phone, email, address) and booked events at Lough Gara Riding stables people are being asked to email their details to: A fund has also been established the help the family and a number of fundraising events are being planned. Adrien, who is originally from Dublin, and Jimmy, who is from the Isle of Man, came to the area eleven years and have firmly established themselves in the local community. One of the organisers of the fund said that the reason the response had been so good was because the Neale family had been extremely generous themselves in organising fundraising events for charity. But Adrien said they were extremely grateful for the help they had received. “We are so lucky to live in this community. I don’t know if it would happen anywhere else.”

To contribute to the fund for the Neale family you can do so directly through an account at Bank of Ireland, Boyle, account number 92836410, sort code 90-53-28 or through John Cawley, phone 087-2405332.

Woman falls 30ft GARDAI sealed off an area in Lower Quay Street yesterday after a woman fell 30 feet from a balcony flat onto the pavement below. The incident happened around 3 am yesterday morning. The woman was taken to Sligo General Hospital

Passing of Sean Forde SLIGO Cathedral was filled to overflowing at the weekend as his former colleagues said Slan to former Detective Inspector Sean Forde. The retired officer, who was in his 70’s, passed away at his home at 90 Rathedmond, Sligo at the weekend after a short illness. The church was packed on Saturday with the late officer’s ex colleagues in the Garda Siochana, Strandhill Golf Club, GAA clubs and various other organisations he belonged to. Guards of honour lined the way as the

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coffin was brought into Sligo Cathedral before burial afterwards in Scarden Cemetery, Strandhill. The late Sean Forde served previously as a Sergeant in Grange and played Gaelic football for the local club. He then served as an Inspector and Detective Inspector in Sligo town. Inspector Forde, a native of Kiltimagh, was well known throughout Sligoas a very popular, diligent and understanding officer and will be sadly missed by his family, ex colleagues and community in Sligo.

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Jamie and Kate use their heads to help others Y

OUNG Sligo brother and sister Jamie and Kate O'Hara were sporting two very colourful helmets to promote a campaign from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Ireland. The Sligo siblings joined Karen O'Boyle, Communications Executive with ABI, in Hazelwood, Sligo last week to launch the "Mind Your Head Christmas Campaign". "This campaign is an appeal to Santa to make sure he delivers helmets to all those children who have asked for bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters; ensuring they mind their heads while out playing over the holiday season," said Karen. "Helmet wearing is often perceived as 'un-cool' by school children, and so something they are often unwilling to wear voluntarily. However it is a parent or guardian's responsibility to ensure they wear a helmet; putting their safety first at all times." She continued: "Wearing a helmet is the single most effective way of reducing head injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes or falls. "Helmets decrease the risk of brain injury by 69%, and the risk of severe brain injury by 79%. Prevention is always better than cure; this can certainly be the case for head injuries related to cycling, skating etc. "Helmet wearing for children is especially important as head injuries in children often report changes in both the behaviour and personality of the child; affecting both their maturity levels and overall development."

BIG BROTHER: Jamie O’Hara helps his younger sister Kate to secure her bicycle helmet to highlight the “Mind Your Head” Christmas campaign

‘No comment’ on hospital closure speculation A SPOKESPERSON for St Joseph’s Hospital, Garden Hill, Sligo, has declined to comment on reports that it is to close. There were reports last week that the private hospital could close by the end of the month. Asked by the Sligo Weekender if there was any truth to the reports, Mark Towey, CEO at St Joseph’s said he had “no comment to make at

this time”. The hospital is owned by the Mount Carmel Medical Group, which also operates private hospitals in Dublin and Kilkenny. They acquired it in 2004 from the Sisters of St Joseph of the Aparition, who had run the hospital since the 1950s. The hospital ceased its overnight surgical and medical admissions in 2009

with the loss of around 30 full and part-time jobs. Since then the private facility has concentrated on providing day case surgical procedures in theatre, endoscopy, side room procedures and diagnostic services. It is believed that the speculation in relation to the future of the hospital has arisen because of the financial situation of

the Mount Carmel Medical Group, which is controlled by businessman Gerry Conlan, at one time one of the biggest developers in the country. Mr Conlan is one of the so-called ‘Anglo 10’, a group of customers who were lent €451 million to buy a 10% stake in the bank following the unwinding of Seán Quinn’s stake in Anglo.


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News Funeral tomorrow THE funeral of a Sligo woman who died in a fire in Ballina at the weekend will take place tomorrow. Ann Hallinan who is from Ballydrehid in Ballisodare died in a fire in Convent Hill Crescent, Ballina in the early hours of Sunday morning. The alarm was raised at 4 am when her son arrived back to their home and discovered the blaze in his mother’s bedrooms. Despite valiant attempts by her son and members of the Ballina Fire Brigade to rescue her, the 62 year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She will be laid to rest in Collooney tomorrow after 11 am Mass in St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina.

CAB court action THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) starts High Court action today, Tuesday, against a number of Sligo people under the Proceeds of Crime Act. CAB are seeking an order for possession of goods they seized in raids in Sligo in 2009. The defendants include brothers Hughie and Patrick Irwin, Michelle Irwin, Catherine Irwin, of St. Joseph’s Terrace, among others. Among the properties involved are a house, together with seized goods including a jeep, boat and an ice cream van.

Nurse’s plea to Taoiseach ‘show some compassion’ Continued from page 1 “The protest begins now and will go on until I fall on my feet” she said. “We have been in touch with the Minister for Justice and the Taoiseach’s office already but they have all said no. “And our local representatives, apart from Michael Colreavey have not been much better. “We have been totally misled and messed about on this. “All we want to do is adopt two little girls who are my husband’s nieces and it is not as if we are bringing in a boat load of illegal emigrants.” Ann added that they were originally advised to adopt the children in Turkey by the Adoption Services. “If there were going to be problems why did they not tell us about them eighteen months ago and not three weeks ago. “All I am asking is for the Taoiseach show some compassion and discretion coming up to Christmas.

“If you contact the Department of Justice you are told to press this button if you are a refugee from Timbuktu or Cambodia or wherever and press this button for asylum seekers. “But there is no justice for the Irish citizen. “What button do I press for that one?” she said. “We have done everything by the book and now they are battering us with the book. “Surely there must be some discretion in cases like this. “After all in the past visas, were got for wealthy Arab businessmen. “These are just two little girls who now have a father and a mother who love them dearly. “They could be thrown out of the orphanage any day. “We are both Irish citizens who pay taxes here and have never broken any laws. “So I am pleading with the Taoiseach to use his power to tell the Department of Justice to get us even temporary visas,” she said.

SIGNS: Ann and Fikret Dogan protesting outside the the offices of An Taoiseach Enda Photo by Michael Donnelly Photography. Kenny in Castlebar on Monday morning.

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Dromore van fire IN response to our story last week about a van being burned out in Dromore West, proprietor of the Rambling House, Enda Hannon contacted us to say that the van that went on fire was not parked outside his pub. He said it was parked in a car park not connected with his establishment. The publican also disputed our eyewitness account that there was a big bang before the van went on fire. The fire was due to a mechanical fault. Mr Hannon said that he and some others tried to put out the fire in the van.

LAUNCH: Supporting the Sligo Lions Jigs and Reels 2012 are (l-r): Brian Corcoran, President Sligo Lions; Clr. Veronica Cawley; Clr Rosaleen O' Grady, Sligo Mayor; Clr. Margaret Gormley; Cathaoirleach Clr Michael Flemming; Marie Perry Co-Sponsor with husband Minister John; Sr Pic by Peter McParland Brendan and Fr. Peter Gallagher, at the Official Launch in the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote. FOURTEEN organisations will be benefiting from the Sligo Lions Celebrity Jigs and Reels 2012 to be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Friday, February 17. The event was officially launched by Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Fleming and Mayor of Sligo Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady in the Coach House Hotel,

Ballymote. The main sponsors of the event are Marie and John Perry TD. Last year €50,000 was raised for 14 local charities/organisation s and Sligo Lions Club are hoping the 2012 event will be as successful. Well known personalities and politicians will represent the following charities and

organisations: • Tubbercurry Day Centre: Father Peter Gallagher and Cllr Margaret Gormley. • Simon: Bernie Flynn and Colin Butler. • Alzheimer’s Society: Mejalla O’Donnell and Ciaran O’Donnell. • Diabetes Assoc: Cathriona Coleman and Donal Gilroy. • Bill W Club: Aubrey Melville and

Pauline Dineen. • Avalon Centre: Sara Middleton and William Monaghan. • GROW: Martina O’Reilly and Gerry Farrell. • Carers Assoc: Cllr Veronica Cawley and Michael McElhone. • Hospice: Emma Gormley and Joe McGurrin. • Abbeyquarter Centre: Leonie Carter and Hayden Cawley

• St John’s Hospital: Eileen Slevin and Gerry Glennon MWR. • MS Therapy Centre: Paula Moran and Dominic McLoughlin. • Ballymote Tidy Towns & Lights: Pamela Lavin and Alan Anderson The Wheelchair Association will also be represented but the dancers have yet to be revealed.

Sligo schools to speak on mental health THE National Public Speaking Project, hosted by Mental Health Ireland is now celebrating its 31st year in the postprimary school calendar. Each year over 200 schools around the country participate in this worthwhile project. The Sligo round of the project will take place in the Clarion Hotel, Sligo on Wednesday, December 14, commencing at 7.30 pm. Three schools from Sligo will participate in the project, Summerhill College and the Ursuline College from Sligo town and Jesus & Mary Secondary School from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. The aim of the project is to promote an awareness among young people of the causes and effects of mental illness and the importance of positive mental health. This innovative project, targeted at senior students in post primary schools, is particularly relevant at a time when there is growing concern about the mental health of young people with an increasing number suffering from depression, and suicide rates in this age group being alarmingly high. One of these teams will then be selected to represent Sligo in the regional final early next year.

Temple Street Novena THE Missionaries of Charity will hold a solemn Novena for Christmas in Temple Street, Sligo. The eight day Novena will begin on Saturday, December 17 at 6.30pm and continues every evening until Saturday, December 24 which is Christmas Eve. NOTE: The Sligo Weekender will publish mass schedules in our December 20 issue. If you want to be included email your schedules to


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BEACHED: The second fin whale washed up on the Sligo shoreline in a fortnight is stuck fast in the rocks. The first whale was de-boned and the skeleton will be preserved to be put on display. Picture by Colin Gillen/

Second fin whale washes ashore on Sligo beach T

HE skeleton of the first of two massive Fin Whales washed up on the north Sligo coastline in the past couple of weeks is to be preserved for display in the area. The stranding of the two fin whales in just over a week has been described as “unprecedented�. The first, a 12 metres (40) long juvenile washed up two weeks ago, was the first recorded stranding of a fin whale in Sligo. The skeleton of that whale is now to be preserved following an

operation at Raughley harbour on Saturday last in which five butchers from Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis cut the flesh off the bones. The tons of flesh removed by lorry will be rendered into fertilizer. The bones were meticulously studied and labelled by two PhD students from University College Galway. The bones will be placed in a hole dug in a nearby field on a bed of manure and left for about a year to allow worms, maggots and microbes strip the bones clean of any remaining flesh.

The bones will then be unearthed and treated with a protective varnish to be mounted on a frame for display. While that was taking place the body of an even larger fin whale lay on rocks near Straid Abbey not far from Streedagh beach, about 10 miles around the coast. This one, measuring over 18 metres (around 60 feet), was found by local fishermen on Wednesday last. Because of its less accessible location it was being left for the sea to reclaim.

Extension of time sought for major resort plan AN extension of planning permission is being sought for a major development proposed for Strandhill which was originally granted planning permission in 2007, but never constructed. Patsy, Brian, Neil, Johnson and John Byrne are applying to Sligo County Council for planning permission for another five years for the planned residential, retail and entertainment

complex at the seafront. The plan involves the demolition of the existing Neptune Stores buildings and their replacement with a new three storey building comprising of 2 retail units, eight apartments with communal lobby and staircase, and in-curtilage parking. The existing amusements arcade, retail outlets and ancillary buildings adjacent to the Strand

Bar will also be demolished and be replaced with a new three storey building comprising of six retail units, a public entertainment complex, 20 apartments with communal lobbies and staircases, and incurtilage parking. The development will involve the extension of the existing seafront promenade with a new promenade extending to the north comprising of a

one way road linking the promenade with the existing plaza apartments road, a new sea wall with coastal defence structure and rock armour, a hard landscaped beach side pedestrian area, an endon parking zone, a delivery area, a shopfront pedestrian area with a public roadside terrace and landscaped seating areas and the repositioning of and connection to the existing sewage pumping station.


Odd Hanger Ladies Christmas Shopping Event featuring Avoca Fashion & More Local company 'Odd Hanger' are back with their pop up shop where it all started for them, in the Clarion Hotel Sligo. Since their resoundingly successful inaugural shopping event earlier this year, they have held several more up and down the country, and are now holding what promises to be a very special home coming event for Christmas. According to their spokeswoman, not only will 'Odd Hanger' once again be featuring discounted Avoca fashion and lifestyle, they will also be joined by some other notable local business' with great Christmas gift ideas, jewellery, bags, accessories and more. So Ladies for some great bargains, a unique shopping experience, style and beauty tips, come along to Odd Hanger at The Clarion Hotel, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th of Dec. you won't be disappointed ! Follow Odd Hanger on Facebook & gmail


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News Feedback on broadcasting THE Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is calling on all those hard of hearing, deaf, partially sighted, and blind people of Sligo to contribute to a public consultation on how best to govern the level of subtitling, sign language and audio description that Irish television broadcasters must offer to the public. The proposals are aimed at making television more enjoyable and accessible for people who are deaf, hard-ofhearing, partially sighted or blind. The proposed rules and consultation document are available at

High cancer figures could be due to screening A new cancer study has found that women in Sligo have one of the highest risks of cervical cancer. The All Ireland Cancer Atlas, published last Thursday, analysed the geographical variation of 18 forms of cancer in the years 1995-2007 and mapped differences in the risk of many cancers across the island. Incidences of cervical cancer were highest around Dublin, extending to Wexford and the midlands, and areas round Cork, Waterford, Belfast and Sligo. National Cancer Registry director Dr Harry Comber said there were two main risk factors for cervical cancer: one is larger number of sexual partners and the other is smoking. “Why either of those would be more common in Sligo than anywhere else I have no idea. “The other possibility is that the more intensive screening you have the more cancers you pick up so it may be down to more intensive screening in Sligo.”

Sligo charity E4,000 better off courtesy of ‘ill gotten gains’ By Gerry McLaughlin


HE Saint Vincent De Paul in this region will benefit to the tune of €4,000 from the criminal activities of a “three card trick” Romanian. Judge Kevin Kilrane imposed fines and penalties totalling €6,000 on Rindoas Hondas, Firhouse, Tallaght, county Dublin at last week’s court. Hondas (21) had to cough up a total of €14,000 after he conned bank tellers in the Bank of Ireland, Stephen Street and in Cardonagh County Donegal in June. Judge Kilrane described the defendant as a thief and villain who was able to access large sums of money from his “co-

horts” in Brussells. The €6,000 was wired via Western Union to the small swarthy defendant who sat with a forlorn expression, brightened only by the arrival of the cash after the case was adjourned until the afternoon. The court heard he was originally arrested in Dublin on his way from Brussells. The judge ruled that €4,000 of the total sum of €6,000- would be given to local charity SVP who could benefit from the defendant’s “ill gotten gains”. Sligo is to be given €2,000, Tubbercurry, €750, Ballymote €750 and Manorhamilton €500 from the total. In addition, the defendant was convicted and fined €1,000 on each charge of deceiving

bank tellers in the Bank of Stephen Street Sligo and in Carndonagh on June 6. He admitted the offences contrary to Section Six of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. Detective Garda Joe Scanlon told the court earlier that the defendant went into both banks and began asking to change sterling into euro. The defendant who was represented by Gerry McGovern, solicitor, defrauded the banks of €700 and €550 euro respectively. The court was told that Hondas kept asking the tellers to change sterling into euro by demanding different denominations and then confusing them. Judge Kevin Kilrane described the scam as skilful and sinister where experienced

bank tellers were deceived. He noted that the defendant had appeared before him in Carrick-On-Shannon on the previous day on other matters and a sum of €5,000 was required. A few hours later the cash was wired via Western Union. Judge Kilrane said the defendant was living at tax payers expense in Dublin but was able to fly over and back to Brussells to continue his “thievery and skulduggery”. “There is an entire machine behind this man” he said. The judge adjourned the case until after lunch to see if “Western Union were up and at it”. When the cash arrived, the judge said that a local charity would benefit from the defendant’s ill -gotten gains.

Garda stations So much to SHOUT closure ‘extreme about at Ladies Lunch and unnecessary’

Fionnuala O'Kelly and Senator Imelda Henry pictured at the SHOUT Ladies Lunch in the Sligo Park Hotel. THE 4th annual Ladies Luncheon in aid of SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). took place in the Sligo Park Hotel on Friday last This event was the biggest yet with almost 250 ladies in attendance from all parts of Sligo and beyond, including Fionnuala O’Kelly, better known as Mrs Enda Kenny. It raised in excess

of €10,000. Organisers Emma Flanagan, Senator Imelda Henry and Jo Short were thrilled with the success of the day, which raised in excess of €10,000. This year SHOUT has provided financial support of €57,000 to individual patients and their families in coping with cancer. Bernie O’Donnell, Clinical Nurse Manager from the Day Services Oncology

Unit in SGH, explained how this money had helped so many on a practical level. SHOUT has also provided funding towards the cost of the daily bus between Sligo and Galway and to the Sligo Cancer Support Centre for all of the valuable work that the centre provides in supporting patients return to normal life following cancer.

SLIGO-North Leitrim Senator Marc Mac Sharry has condemned the closure of three garda stations across Sligo and Leitrim as “extreme and unnecessary”. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced the closure of Bunnanadden station in south Sligo and Kiltyclogher and Drumkeeran in Leitrim among 31 stations to be closed next year. At one time there was a sergeant and three guards stationed in Bunanadden but in recent times the station was only open a few hours a week with gardai coming from nearby Ballymote. Senator Mac Sharry said: “The Minister for Justice has given no operational reason for the closure of Kiltyclogher, Bunnanadden and Drumkeeran garda stations which will leave communities exposed. “The number of Gardaí in operation in

the north-west is expected to remain the same but they will be based further away from rural households increasing a feeling of isolation in communities. This will result in no payroll savings for the Government and only increase the feeling of marginalisation and alienation of these communities. "In difficult economic times, unless policing policy is managed correctly, crimes rates increase. One of the most basic requirements of a sensible policy is the requirement to maintain a Garda presence in isolated rural communities. The projected number of Gardaí properly managed, can provide this. Local councillor Margaret Gormley said that the loss of the garda station in Bunnanadden followed previous losses of its post office and shop. “All that’s left is the church, the school, community centre and two pubs.”

A McDaid returns to politics THE Leitrim-based son of a former Fianna Fail TD will be the Green Party spokesperson on communications, energy and natural resources. Gareth McDaid, son of former Donegal minister Dr Jim McDaid will take up the position in a reinvigorated Green Party. The party, who formed a coalition with Fianna Fail for the last government, were decimated in the general election in February of this year. According to leader Eamon Ryan, the Green Party are aiming to be in a position to win five Dáil seats at the next general election.

Model welcomes New Year THE Model will count down the clock to 2012 with a special New Year's Eve concert from Sligo musician Seamie O'Dowd and guests including Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping, Aminah Hughes and Seamie McGowan. The performance on Saturday, December 31 will start at 9pm and continue into 2012. Tickets are expected to go fast, so book yours soon via the Model box office on 071-9141405

Closing date looms for Garda awards THE closing date for nominations for this year’s Sligo-Leitrim Garda Youth awards is next Tuesday, December 20. Through the awards scheme local gardai aim to highlight good work being done by young people across the two counties. Members of the public can nominate a young person or group they feel deserve an award. Nominations may come from family members or relatives. Application forms are available at all Garda stations throughout the Sligo/Leitrim Division as well as online at

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SLIGO farm leader has condemned cuts to farm income in what he described as an “anti West of Ireland” budget. It has been estimated that cuts to farm payments could take a total of around €1 million out of the pockets of Sligo farmers next year. Sligo IFA county chairman Eddie Davitt said that the cuts to the farming budget would have most affect on “the most vulnerable farmers in the country in the west of Ireland”. “There is going to be a cut of 10% in the REPS 4 (Rural Environment Protection Scheme). That was worth a total of €5.7m to 917 farmers in Sligo this year. A 10% cut is going to mean a loss of €572,000 to farmers in the county.” REPS payments amount to an average of about €5,000-€7,000a year to individual farmers in Sligo, with a top payment of around €10,500. The loss of farmers in the county will range from about €600 to over

€1,000. Mr Davitt pointed out that there was also going to be a cut of 15% in Disadvantaged Area payments which were more important in the west of Ireland than in other parts of the country. “This is going to have major implications for Sligo. The Disadvantaged Area payment is worth almost as much to Sligo farmers as the Single Payment (which in the main subsidy paid to all farmers).” A total of 4,426 farmers in Sligo received €9m in Single Payments while a total of €8m in Disadvantaged Area payments is paid in the county. In contrast in Wexford, which has 96 less farmers than Sligo, the Single Payment total is €24m, while the Disadvantaged Area payment total is just around €2.3m. “Overall the budget wasn’t too bad for bigger farmers. It is farmers in the west of Ireland that will be most affected.”

MacSharry slams ‘shameful’ axing of debate FIANNA Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has described as “shameful” the decision of Government senators to stifle debate in the Seanad on the significant budget measures. “Again Government Senators, who themselves face the axe under the Government’s proposals to abolish the Seanad, voted to quash our efforts to have a genuine debate. “Cuts to disability supports, child benefit, the fuel allowance, one parent payments and changes to job seekers as well as the VAT increase deserve proper debate.

This anti-family, anti-fairness and anti-recovery budget will hit thousands of vulnerable people Fine Gael and Labour Senators have an obligation to explain to the public through genuine debate in the Seanad why these cuts have been chosen by this Government. He said the “draconian measures” were entirely the choices of this Government and both

parties must stand over them. “They are hurting children, families, the vulnerable, students, businesses and the economy in general. Senator Mac Sharry said: “This antifamily, anti-fairness and anti-recovery budget will hit thousands of vulnerable people and will not help the economy grow or people to find employment. The Government, and in particular, Fine Gael and Labour Senators who refused to support a full and open debate on the budget must face the public and explain their choices.”

A slice of Sligo for the Aras

CAKE: Senator Susan O'Keeffe (centre) with Emma McGreivy (left) and Gail Wall from The cake was included in a hamper given to Senator O’Keeffe on Friday last to present to President Higgins. THE new President of Ireland Michael D Higgins is known to enjoy a lightly boiled egg, some fresh fish and the occasional piece of home-made cake. But he is being tempted to try a few new delights, while enjoying old favourites courtesy of hamper of Sligo foods, arts and crafts which was to be de-

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livered to Aras an Uachtarain on the weekend just gone. Labour Party Senator Susan O’Keeffe has devised this “Slice of Sligo” for the First Citizen as a way of celebrating local producers and artists across the county. The hamper will include fresh Sligo eggs, sausages,

honey, cake, mussels, clams and butter. It will also include ceramics and paintings. This is the first time a cross section of food producers and artists have joined together in this way. Senator O’Keefe said: “I believe there is great potential synergy between our local food producers and our local art and craft

community. Their collective creative energy and dedication to their local community is an important part of the infrastructure of this county and I want to assist in building on this synergy in tourism, the arts, enterprise and education. Such partnership will also encourage a sense of pride and place.”

Noonan was disingenuous SLIGO North Leitrim senator - and Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Social Protection Paschal Mooney has described as "disingenuous" a comment from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that the VAT hike will not hit poor families. The government's decision to increase VAT by two percent, announced in last week's budget briefing, angered the Leitrim senator. "Minister Noonan, as well as Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers, have parroted the line that the VAT hike only affects discretionary spending," said Senator Mooney. "A cursory glance at some of the items that will increase in price as a result of this antibusiness move show how out of touch Fine Gael

This decision will stretch already limited budgets forcing families to shop elsewhere, which will have a disastrous impact on our towns and villages

and Labour backbenchers are becoming. "It includes: toilet roll, toothpaste, towels, soap, shampoo, detergents, pet food, children's toys, exam papers, cooking foil, fruit juices, spectacles, false teeth, and even coffins. "Which of these does the Government consider a luxury? The fact that these basic essentials are being described as 'discretionary spending' by Fine Gael and Labour ministers and backbenchers gives a clue to the level of thought they are putting into the plight of our most vulnerable citizens. "This decision will stretch already limited budgets forcing families to shop elsewhere, which will have a disastrous impact on our towns and villages."


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ALET parking, flowing champagne, a dazzling music show and TV star Kathryn Thomas (right) were all ingredients in the VIP launch of Audi Sligo's new premises just off the N4 in Carraroe. Two massive floodlights had been projecting beams of light into the sky for the week leading up to the launch of the new Audi 'Terminal' which will be run by Kevin Connolly, who also runs the adjacent Volkswagen dealership. The new building was designed by Ballina architects Joseph Bourke & Partner and cost â‚Ź5 million. It will generate 20 news jobs for Sligo over the coming 12 months and is part of a strategic plan which will see Audi invest 80 million in the coming 18 months, creating in the region of 200 jobs in Ireland. The launch on Friday last was attended by the good and great of Sligo business and social community, as well as existing and potential Audi customers. Alongside RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas, the show was graced with singer Mundy and his band, who performed on the evening. "The opening of our new Audi Sligo terminal facility will su-

perbly showcase the exciting Audi model range and provide an unparalleled customer experience together with premium parts and after sales services," said Kevin Connolly, Audi's Sligo dealer principal. "I am delighted and privileged that Sligo is the first Audi terminal to be opened in Ireland and I am looking forward to exciting and delighting our existing and new customers in the North West." Audi showed off the latest models in its range outside the showroom, while inside the guests got to try on the Audi R8 supercar (worth a cool â‚Ź180,000-plus) for size.

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Man posted lewd notes through woman’s door By Gerry McLaughlin


MAN who was caught sending sexual messages after midnight through the door of a woman in Caltragh, has been jailed for three months. That sentence was suspended at Sligo district court by Judge Kevin Kilrane, provided the defendant made no direct or indirect contact with the woman for the next two years. The woman, who was said to be deeply distressed by the incident, was asked to come to a special sitting of the court on Friday after the case was adjourned in Thursday. Adreyz Maclchukos, 37 Crozon Crescent admitted sending lewd notes through the door of a woman who is living in Caltragh Heights on September 19. When the case was called on Thursday, Judge Kilrane asked that the victim be brought to

court. He told the court he wanted to know what kind of character he was dealing with in relation to the defendant. On Friday morning, Inspector Paul Kilcoyne said the victim had come to court very reluctantly but she had been deeply disturbed by the incident. The woman spoke to the judge from the body of the court to say that the defendant had formerly lived beside her. She had spoken to him once but had no other contact with him. The court was told on Thursday that the victim was very distressed by the incident. She had been in the house on her own when the messages were pushed through her letter box. Judge Kilrane said that incidents like this could lead on to much more abusive and more serious incidents. Defence solicitor Laura Spellman said her client’s relationship

with his girlfriend had broken down some time previously. He had no previous convictions and was deeply embarrassed by his actions on the night in question. He had been living close to the victim but had now moved away. Ms Spellman said her client was very drunk The defendant apologised in open court to his victim. The victim said she accepted the apology. Judge Kilrane, who earlier described the hand-written note as “disgusting”, gave the defendant a three months jail sentence suspended for two years for the charge of trespass in a manner to cause fear or likely to cause fear in another person. He also ordered the defendant to enter into a bond of €100 while the charge of being drunk was taken into consideration. “Don’t do it again” the judge told Adreyz Maclchukos at the conclusion of the case.

Enniscrone school extension opened

OPENING: Ann- Marie Clarke, Bishop John Fleming, Sr. Mary Mulrooney, Pat Sweeney, Dr. Eilis Humphries of Le Cheile cutting the tape, Theresa Irwin (Vice-Principal), Sr. Mary Kelly (Principal), Niall and Marie Galvin Pictures by Ian Parke (Architects), Ciaran Holmes (Builder), Dorothy Duff. THURSDAY was a big day for Jesus & Mary Secondary School in Enniscrone, which celebrated the opening of its new extension with a ceremony for students, staff and parents and past pupils. The day of celebration started with mass at 9am that morning in the local church before an official opening and blessing ceremony in

the new extension by Bishop John Fleming. The school choir and a number of students who play traditional music provided the entertainment backdrop to the launch, which was addressed by former teacher Sr Mary Mulrooney and Sr Marie Therese Hannon. More pictures and details will feature in next week's Sligo Weekender.

SMILE: Sr. MarieTherese Hannon from the Jesus & Mary Community speaks at the opening.

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Council write to developer over road to turbines S

LIGO County Council has written a warning letter to a developer over the alleging ongoing construction of a road without planning permission. The council’s enforcement section issued the warning to Powercon Ltd after they received written complaints from residents who live near the road at Cloonkeelaun, near Carns in West Sligo. Cllr. Michael Clarke raised the issue at a meeting of the council last week after more than sixty residents signed a petition calling on the planners to investigate this issue “as a matter of urgency”. The petition also demanded that work on the road be halted until the developer seeks and is granted planning permission. Cllr Clarke put down a motion for the meeting in which he raised six points about the status of permission for the building of the road. In a reply Area Planner Peter McCarrick said Sligo County Council had granted permission for the construction of three wind turbines and access roads to them. However he said the roadway which is the subject of the complaints did not form any part of the site or development approved and is not covered by this planning permission. Mr. McCarrick said: “No planning permission has been sought or granted for the roadway in

ROAD: This road to a wind turbine development site has been flagged by a West Sligo councillor as a potential illegal development. question nor has a statutory declaration regarding exempted development for the roadway been sought or issued.” However, he went on to say that in some circumstances the roadway might not require planning permission. “Section 17 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 does provide a planning exemption for the construction, maintenance or improvement of a road where the road serves forests and woodlands. “Therefore this roadway may or

may not require planning permission - this cannot be determined until the full facts of the case are known,” Mr McCarrick warned the councillors. The planner said the complaint by the residents has been investigated and they council have written to Powercon Ltd. “The Council's Enforcement Section has issued a warning letter to the developer concerning the alleged unauthorised construction of a road and is awaiting a response from the developer in this regard,” said Mr. McCarrick

Perry congratulates graduates SLIGO deputy John Perry presented a group of graduates from National Learning Network in Sligo with certificates marking their achievements on Friday, December 2. A total of 100 people received certificates accredited by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) and European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) at a ceremony which took place in the Sligo Park Hotel. "This is a day of great celebration for our students. Each graduate here today is receiving a nationallyrecognised award, which is a testament to their commitment and hard work," said Sharon Thornton, Area Manager,

CERTIFICATE: Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD presents John Brick with his certificate in Sligo Park Hotel at the recent National Learning Network certification event. For more pictures turn to the Community News pages. National Learning Network in Sligo. "It's great to see

them now reaping the benefits of their learning, either in

further education or in local employment. “All of the staff here in National Learning Network in Sligo congratulate them and wish them every success in the future." Deputy Perry echoed the manager's good wishes: "I am very impressed with the diverse range of nationally-recognised qualifications that National Learning Network students have achieved. "The practical skills obtained across the various courses highlights the abilities of all the students here today and will give them great opportunities in whatever path they choose to continue; be it in further education or in the workforce," concluded the TD.

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Boss of three merged VECs yet to be named THE Sligo VEC headquarters in Quay Street is to become a sub-office of the recently merged VECs of Sligo, Mayo and Leitrim. The new three-county head office is to be in Castlebar. But Sligo County Council has been told that a decision on who the new CEO will be has yet to be finalised. The VECs are being amalgamated as a result of the Government decision to reduce the number of VECs nationally from 33 to 16. It had been hoped that with Sligo’s designation as a Gateway City that the VEC building in Quay Street would become the head office. However, it has been decided that Castlebar will now be home to the main VEC office while Sligo and Carrick-onShannon will become

sub-offices In a letter issued to councillors at last week’s meeting of Sligo County Council, a spokesperson for the Minister for Education and Skills said a decision on the CEO has yet to be made. The letter from Ronnie Ryan, private secretary to Minister Ruairi Quinn, said: “The current offices in both Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon will be maintained as sub offices as the distance between them and Castlebar does not allow for redeployment of staff as provided for under the Croke Park agreement. “It will be a matter for the CEO of the new Education and Training Board to work through how particular administrative functions are arranged across the three locations having regard to the skills and

experience of the staff concerned and to judge what the best approach is to ensure the optimum approach to service delivery”. Outlining the locations for the new headquarters Minister Ruari Quinn said: “A number of factors have been taken into account in designating the headquarter locations where VECs are being merged. This includes the ability to redeploy staff to different locations. Where redeployment of all headquarter staff to one location is not possible I am providing for sub-offices in a number of locations,” the Minister said. Based in Quay Street, Shaun Purcell has been CEO of County Sligo VEC. Mayo and Leitrim VECs also had their own CEOs.

Chamber’s charities cheques THE highlight of Sligo Chamber's social calendar, the 2011 Annual Dinner, took place last month. A total of €2,623.40 was raised on the night from the charity collection and this year proceeds went to the Sligo Cancer Support Centre and Sligo Stoma Support Group. Last week the Above: SUPPORT: Lorraine McDonnell, Sligo Chamber, Maureen Durkin, Sligo Cancer Support Centre, Gerard Moore, President, Sligo Chamber and Rebecca proceeds of the Stevens, Sligo Chamber. dinner - which was sponsored by the Sligo Park Hotel and the Sligo Weekender - was given to the charities.

Right: CHEQUE: Mary McLoughlin, Sligo Stoma Support Group, Gerard Moore, President Sligo Chamber and Susan Moore, Sligo Stoma Support Group.

Aoibhinn shines bright on Castlebar stage

COOLA Post Primary student Aoibhinn McDonagh produced a vocal performance of the highest quality to clinch the runners-up spot in the final of this year's Our Got Talent Connacht Championship. At a packed Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Friday, December 2, Aoibhinn performed the Whitney Houston classic "I Will Always Love You" to rapturous applause. Having finished third in the Sligo final the

Coola student got her choice of song spot on and clearly relishing the "big" stage delivered a performance that the great Diva herself would have approved of. The winners on the night were Roscommon band "Intervention" performing the Adele classic " Rolling in the Deep". The Roscommon students were the clear choice of the judging panel obtaining 116 points from a possible

120 on offer. "Our School's Got Talent" is a fundraising project in aid of Special Olympics Connacht. This year, sponsored by Supermacs, it attracted an entry of 355 acts and over the past three months heats and finals in the various counties produced 26 acts of the highest quality for the provincial final. The diversity of talent was a credit to the students and schools involved with Rock

Bands, a Rapper, Break Dancers, Irish Dancers, an Opera Singer, a 24 piece Rock Orchestra, a 25 piece American bluegrass/country group and vocalists across a variety of genres all hoping to be crowned provincial champions. Aoibhinn was presented with her second-placed prize by Special Olympian Paul Kavanagh and local directors Teresa McCabe and Myra Merrick.

Plumber blames accountant in VAT court case By Gerry McLaughlin


DISTRICT court judge who struck out cases related to failure to make VAT returns said he could only but “shed a tear for the Revenue”. Judge Kevin Kilrane made his remark after State Solicitor Hugh Sheridan wondered if the court was not being a little unfair on the Revenue after the judge struck out six charges against a county Sligo plumber who failed to make VAT returns in time in a period between 2003 and 2008. Mr Sheridan pointed out that the Revenue had prosecuted the defendant on the more ancient charges because they carried a

lesser penalty. Fintan Devaney, Carnagh Ballintogher, a plumber, admitted failing to make VAT returns in a period between 2003 and 2008. The judge queried why it had taken the Revenue so long in bringing the case against the defendant to a conclusion. “Citizens should not be left swinging in the wind,” he told the court. Mr Sheridan said the Revenue decided to prosecute the defendant on the more ancient charges because the penalties involved were less than in more recent times. The defendant told the court earlier that his accountant had not informed him of the court date. “It is not your accountant but

your solicitor that you should be consulting,” said the judge. The defendant said he had been let down by his accountant on at least 100 times in the past. He had not been in court because he had “not been told about it” the court heard. The defendant told the court that every time he tried to make an appointment with his accountant, something came up. “I have bombarded him with phone calls and he kept telling me everything was all right,” the court heard. The court heard the plumber had made his VAT returns. The defendant was fined €750 on one summons.

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Pope award to encourage teens to get involved T

HE Pope John Paul II Award initiative was launched in the Diocese of Elphin on Monday of last week. The Award is primarily aimed at post Junior Certificate students who are still in full time education. The Award serves to encourage students to get involved in their local community and local church and recognises their efforts through varying degrees of awards depending on the commitment given by the student. There are four awards, The Papal Cross, Gold, Silver and Bronze and it has a completion time of sixteen months. Young people can earn an award by taking part in activities through Parish Involvement, Social Awareness and preparation of a presentation. Each award requires different levels

of commitment ranging from an hour a week for 26 weeks for the Papal Cross Award down to an hour a week for eight weeks for the Bronze Award. As well as the Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones, guest speakers on the night included Ger Brennan, centre half back for All-Ireland Football champions Dublin. The Ursuline College Choir, Sligo performed on the night. This initiative was sponsored and supported by the Knights of Columbanus, who are covering the entire setup costs associated with the Award in the Diocese. Those wishing to participate in the award can enrol by downloading an application form and a parental consent form (if under eighteen years of age) from the website

Above: SINGING: Ursuline College Choir, Sligo performed at the launch of the Pope John Paul II Award which was held on December 5.

Right: AWARD: Seated (l-r) are Dublin footballer Ger Brennan, Bishop Christopher Jones, Frank McGuinness, Director of Youth Ministry Diocese of Elphin, with (standing) students and teachers from Summerhill College; Chaplin Paul Keogh and Fr Gerard Cryan. Pictures from Hurson Photography

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Young map their lives in digital bios A

PROJECT called "Digital Biographies" has given the opportunity for young people with and without disabilities in Sligo to produce a digital book about their past, their present and their future. The results of the project, the digital books themselves, will be unveiled at a launch this Friday in St Angela's College, Sligo. Guest of honour for the event is Senator Mary Moran, Labour's Spokesperson for Disability 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. "The creative technologies are such a good way to engage with people of all ages and abilities," said Majella Flanagan, Sligo LEADER project worker. "Digital Biographies uses computer programmes in visual arts, music com-

position 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" project, HSE West and St Angela's College, Sligo. The launch on Friday takes place from 10.30am to 12pm in the Virginia Henderson Lecture Theatre at St Angela's College.

Mary meets the President

DESIGN FOR LIFE: Ballisodare design student Mary Leonard (left) shows off her winning brand redesign to President Michael D. Higgins at the exhibition at the National College of Art and Design. Mary jointly won the overall award with fellow student Kathi Burke (right) from Waterford. SLIGO student Mary Leonard met Ireland's new president Michael D. Higgins when he visited the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) as a guest of the college and Bord Bia. NCAD and Bord Bia teamed up for the second year running to get some of their

students to redesign the branding and packaging for a number of its food and drink companies. Twenty six final year students from the Visual Communications Faculty worked with ten Irish food and drink companies, all members of Bord Bia's

Brand Forum. In total, six students were honoured, including Mary Leonard from Halfquarter, Ballisodare, who was awarded the overall prize jointly with fellow student Kathi Burke from Waterford. President Higgins was invited to present

awards to the students chosen by the judging committee. Mary worked with the company Beo, a milk powder brand, redesigning branding and packaging for their products, which she showed to President Higgins during his visit.


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Two Sligo schools in quiz final

QUIZ: Quizmaster Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin pictured with the Summerhill College quiz team (l-r): Rian Kilfeather, Thomas Endersby and Eoin O Laighleis (Summerhill College) and Calry native Charlie Dolan, President Irish Science Teachers' Association. TWO Sligo secondary schools made it to the final of the Irish Science Teachers' Association Senior Science Quiz held in Trinity College, Dublin recently. Regional finals of this quiz were held in Institutes of Technology around the country on November 17 as part of the 2011 Science Week celebrations. Overall, 277 teams consisting of 831 students competed in the regional finals. Teams from St. Mary's College, Ballisodare and Summerhill College, who won the Sligo regional final went on to compete in the national final of the quiz, winning third and fifth places respectively.

The Irish Science Teachers' Association has further ties with Sligo as the current President, Charlie Dolan, who teaches at Eli Lilly in Cork City is originally from Calry. Also, the current chairperson of the ISTA is Yvonne Higgins, resides in Woodtown Lodge, Sligo. This quiz is sponsored by PharmaChemical Ireland, IBEC, the body which represents the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland. Over €1,000 was awarded in prize money to the students winning the top five places on the day. Thirty-nine teams from all around the country competed in the national final of the quiz which was

compered by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabháin. Fifth year students Tomas James, Martin Mulligan and Zachary Hickey from St. Mary's College, Ballisodare were awarded third place after a nail-biting tie-breaker for second place. The students were accompanied by their teacher Mary Benson. Rian Kilfeather, Thomas Endersby and Eoin O Laighleis, from Summerhill College, who were mentored by John McGettrick, (Science teacher, Summerhill College), were awarded fifth place. Summerhill College were also awarded third place in the national final of the quiz in 2010.


No pay out for laptop re-booted in furniture van By Gerry McLaughlin


DISTRICT court judge has dismissed a Coolaney man’s civil claim for €713.50 for a damaged laptop after ruling that he had been grossly negligent in his care of the computer. In dismissing the claim lodged by plaintiff Paul Burns, 24 Rockfield Manor, Coolaney judge Kevin P Kilrane said a computer was a “very delicate thing” after hearing it had been placed in the corner of the plaintiff ’s van. Sligo court heard the computer had been irreparably damaged when a friend of the plaintiff ’s had accidentally stood on the computer in his van that was being used to move furniture. Sligo court heard earlier that the plaintiff bought the laptop from PC World at Carraroe Retail

Park on January 22, 2009. He subsequently lodged a civil claim against DSG Retail Ireland Ltd, Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire for the amount stated and an additional €150 for inconvenience. Paul Burns told the court that when he bought the laptop the company persuaded him to take out an additional insurance policy costing €227. The plaintiff said that in July 2010, liquid had got into the computer when his child spilled juice on the laptop. He was told that it could be dealt with within 28 days. The plaintiff said he was not able to leave the computer in for repair and in the interim it got damaged. The plaintiff told the court that he was under the impression he

was covered as stated in the policy. Solicitor for the defendant, Seamus Monaghan said the plaintiff took out the policy at a much later date. Mr Monaghan said the policy clearly stated that compensation would not be paid in the event of wilful neglect. The solicitor said this was clearly a case of wilful neglect. The plaintiff said the laptop was secured in a bag in the van and it was not wilful neglect or abuse of the laptop. Judge Kevin Kilrane said that to put a laptop on the floor of a van that was being used to move furniture was a case of “gross negligence”. “A computer is a very delicate thing,” he said. Dermot McDermott, solicitor appeared for the plaintiff.

Gurteen plant gets top award

Plasterer worked while he was drawing dole By Gerry McLaughlin


WEST Sligo plasterer who defrauded the State of a total of €11,395 by doing the double has been convicted and fined €300 at the district court. Brendan Doherty, Culleens, admitted failing to tell the Minister for Social Protection of the change in his circumstances during a period for May 2010 to October 2010. State Solicitor Hugh Sheridan outlined the various summonses against defendant Brendan Doherty who admitted working for a company while he was still claiming unemployment

benefit. Mr Sheridan said the father of five was making repayments of €30 per week. To date, the Department had been repaid a total of €840 which left a balance of €10,555. The court was told the defendant was facing a total of four summonses ranging from failing to declare his change of circumstances to claiming unemployment benefit while working. Defence solicitor Mar Loftus said his client was a father-of-five who had been in gainful employment sine he was fifteen years of age. His children ranged in ages from ten to 18 months.

The solicitor said his client had been a plasterer but became unemployed and then got work in a period between May and October of last year. Mr Loftus added that his client was a law -abiding man and deeply regretted the offences. His client had made a big mistake. The offences happened at a time when he became the father of another child. Judge Kevin Kilrane convicted and fined the defendant €300 on a sample count of failing to declare his change of circumstances. The remaining four summonses were taken into consideration.

AWARD: Padraic Marren (centre) from Donegal Catch's processing plant in Gurteen receives a trophy at the SEAI awards from (l-r): Brendan Halligan, Chairman of SEAI; Ian Leslie Group Technical Director; Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD and Brid Horan, Executive Director, ESB Electric Ireland. GREEN Isle Food's Donegal Catch plant in Gurteen claimed the Energy Efficiency Award for Small/Medium User at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's (SEAI) 2011 Sustainable Energy Awards. The Gurteen plant, which is Green Isle Foods' primary processing plant for the Donegal Catch range of products,

picked up the Award for implementing energy upgrades to its hot water generation and chiller facilities, which saw the site deliver 18 percent energy savings. "It is a great achievement and a very significant award for Gurteen to have won," said Engineering Manager at Donegal Catch, Padraic Marren. "Over the past three

years we have embarked on a serious energy reduction programme and as a result have dramatically reduced our gas and electricity consumption. “The energy efficiency programmes we have plotted will now be rolled out across all Green Isle's sites in Ireland." In total, savings of €23 million were made by organisations

entering this year's Sustainable Energy Awards, with a further €13 million in savings projected over the coming years. Hosted by SEAI and sponsored by ESB Electric Ireland, the eighth annual Awards saw all business sectors recognised for their efforts in reducing energy use and CO2 emission


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Deep sea cable to haul in new business for NW be the fastest link between the major European and US financial centres and will add significantly to communications capacity on the Atlantic," the Taoiseach said last week. "The plans to upgrade the fibre optic network by Pipiper, an Irish based consortium, will facilitate the link from Belmullet to Dublin and will add significantly to our national infrastructure inventory, particularly along the west coast. "Taken together these initiatives will mark a major step forward for the country as a whole. They will copperfasten Ireland's strategic position as the digital bridge between Europe and the United States and will position this island to become a global cloud computing centre." "The announcement by Pipiper Infrastructure of its intention to

grow this high speed commercial fibre capability through the western region by 2013 will offer unprecedented ability to develop and attract industries associated with high speed data transfer, including data management, storage, gaming and online sports," said Ian Branigan, the Commission's acting CEO. "Before this, Dublin has been the main location for such facilities due to their better connectivity. In 2013, the west of Ireland will be home to one of the fastest networks crossing the Atlantic, bringing significant benefits to the region," he added. High fibre bandwidth capacity is a critical element to support cloud computing as well as next generation networks and the everincreasing range of online activities.

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LIGO could benefit from world-class broadband speeds if a US company go ahead with plans to lay a deep-sea cable across the Atlantic Ocean at a cost of $300 million (€224 million). The news that Emerald Networks and Pipiper Infrastructure will lay a sub-sea data cable between New York and Ireland - coming ashore at Belmullet in Co. Mayo - was welcomed by the Western Development Commission (WDC). The project should make the West and North West of Ireland more attractive as a location for data centres as well as providing opportunities for businesses throughout the region. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny also welcomed the announcement from Pippier Infrastructure. "When completed in 2013 it will

Sligo’s high achievers

ACHIEVERS: The Royal Irish Academy of Music High Achiever Awards 2011, Connacht and Ulster Concert was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo on November 13. Pictured are Sligo Academy of Music students who received High Achievers Awards and performed at the regional concert (l-r): Ciara Murphy (cello), Nell Kelly (violin), Emmett Harrison (trumpet), Diarmaid Heffernan (violin) and Charlotte Kinsella (flute).


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Urgent action needed to avoid fatal accident Hughes Bridge’s right turn is a traffic hazard By John Bromley


RGENT action to improve traffic flows on the Hughes Bridge in Sligo, to prevent a fatal accident, has been called for by a local councillor. North Ward Councillor David Cawley is particularly concerned about the problems caused by the right turn only (down the quays) for traffic coming from the Bundoran direction. He suggests that this right turn be eliminated and that traffic wishing to go down the quays would do so at the next junction. “There is a real problem there for as number of reasons. The traffic lights sequence there allows very little time for traffic to get off the bridge and turn down the quays. This means that a line of

traffic builds up there and stretches back to the previous junction. Cars coming in the right lane then either have to stop behind the queue, adding to the problem or try to get over into the left lane. “Some people switch lanes suddenly and I’m afraid there will be a fatal accident there.” His motion at the recent council meeting asked the council to provide a report on the options available to improve existing traffic flows on the bridge in the short term to eliminate potential traffic hazards. He stated that it was vital that southbound flows turning right onto the quays were investigated as there were existing difficulties there. Cllr Cawley said that he had raised this matter previously and

had been told that these problems would be dealt with in the context of future plans for the bridge. One of these is that the bridge will be widened by hanging the footpaths on the sides of the bridge and there is a plan for an overall upgrading of the N15 road. “But, to pardon the pun, these are a long way down the road and something needs to be done in the short-term.” He said that from the reply he received from council officials he felt they appreciated that there was a serious problem there and he hoped that by January or February there would be proposals to deal with the problem. “We can’t wait for the new road or the bridge to be widened. We could have a fatal accident in the meantime.”

Sligo man takes second at national welding competition

James Casey, South Sligo Macra was runner-up in the Macra na Feirme 2011 National Welding final that was held at the FAS Training Centre, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork. Also included is Tony Cotter, FAS apprentice training instructor and judge, Macra President Alan Jagoe and competition sponsor Pat Griffin, Griffin Welding & Engineering Supplies, Middleton, Co. Cork. JAMES Casey from South Sligo Macra came in second at this year's final of the Macra na Feirme National Welding competition. The event took place

in the FAS Centre in Bishopstown last week, with 21 competitors from Macra clubs all over the country battling it out for the prize of a welder, as well as a

place on the Macra prizewinners' trip abroad next year. The competition involved a written theory test followed by practical welding tasks.

Eanna Leonard, a member of the East Laois Macra club in County Laois won first place, while James Casey won himself a welding shield as runner-up.

Social charge changes welcomed CHANGES to the Universal Social Charge have been welcomed by Labour senator Susan O'Keeffe and Fine Gael senator Michael Comiskey. "The exemption level has been raised from €4.004 to €10,006 will take 330,000 low paid workers from the USC tax net," said Senator O'Keeffe. "I pledged to change the USC in this budget and that promise has been kept despite the difficult circumstances. It is important to protect the most vulnerable workers through this measure and the restoration of the minimum wage earlier this year." Senator Michael Comiskey also welcomed the changes. "We set out quite clearly in the Fine Gael election manifesto that we would review the USC which was introduced by the previous Government. "Anecdotal evidence suggests that people are refusing jobs which pay barely more than the jobseekers benefit after the USC has been taken. "The individual remains on the dole and taxpayer picks up the tab. By abolishing the USC for the lowest paid we will help avert this situation in the future which will save money for the taxpayer."

Carol singers wanted THE North West Simon Community are holding their Annual Carolathon in Tesco Shopping Arcade on Monday next December 19 throughout the day. "We are looking for Choirs, Youth groups, Schools, Musical Societies, offices, groups of friends to join the Christmas Cheer on Monday 19th December and Sing for North West Simon Community," said Mary McKeon from NW Simon. "We will provide you with t-shirts, Santa hats, buckets and banners to help bring good cheer to the Christmas Season.” North West Simon Community has been working with people in danger of becoming homeless. If you are interested in helping out, please phone Mary McKeon on 087-7708865.


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JamesAntoCoffey Sligo. The only county in Ireland were you still have to wear shoes to a night club Ruby_Tuesday Not bothered now that I'm missing the xfactor tonight! Off to the Panto in Sligo. It's our new Christmas tradition! berniequinn Two girls giving "free hugs" on O'Connell St. in Sligo today. Up with that sort of thing. HardingMike Used to be a solicitors in Sligo town with a brass nameplate "Argue and Phibbs" I have a photo of it in my collection of strange signs McHughWeekender Nostalgia: First issue of Sligo Weekender came out 28 years ago today, operating from "an office" in our sitting room in Ransboro pgibney Nice day in Sligo at Craft Fair. Lovely to see people enjoying Spring Sprong Sally. declanorourke Great night in the Model Niland arts centre in Sligo tonight. Really gorgeous warm hearted crowd. Loved it! omaoldhomhnaigh Great gig at The Model with Declan O'Rourke. That was him playing and me listening. angrymiddleaged Proudest moment of the pub quiz tonight is remembering that a sonnet has 14 lines. Thanks Cool John (English teacher). Thebitoredblog A new Sligo Rovers club shop will be open from 2pm today in the Quayside Shopping Centre, located across from TK Maxx susanokeeffe Just had such a lovely night Coolera Players 33rd Xmas panto Goldilocks & 3Bears. Good fun. Great entertainment sligorovers Well done to Gannon McNamara who won the final of the Socrates Cup in our Astro League tonight. Johnny Martyn got the only goal of the game. Normanjjh Open play and the whole lot. What I found that year with Sligo

Rovers is they were playing a grand piece of football markbenstead Pat Fenlon says trialist is from Sligo Rovers Pronounced Erlat Davern - though no idea how it is spelt. ThomasCrummy Kian Egan's "retirement garden" completed in storm force winds yesterday. Glad to get finished before the snow comes. HeleneOskarsen Spending the weekend in little Sligo, Ireland! Not the biggest city but at least their Tesco is open 24/7 sligo_tri_club Rory bodyboarding in the Garavogue, yes that's right, the river! Someone has to get out there on a surfboard!! aoifep We're loving the mulled wine for the @itsligo Innovation Centre Christmas event (@ The Glasshouse Hotel Sligo) DavidGSligo Could you call Shams "a squally shower" lgray87 United v Sligo Rovers in Europa League Final. And Rovers wud have a mighty chance!

cathal_kavanagh Seemingly sat navs being recalled tonight as it can't find Manchester in Europe itsligo Calling all student singers/fundraisers @NWSimon Community need help for their 'Carol-athon' in #Tesco #Sligo 19thDec sligorovers Ciaran Kelly donates his goalkeeper gloves to the Sligo Museum UdeBUdeB Sligo Drama circle looking forward to 2012. Rule number one: auditions for every part. marblefire #budget2012 Hail stones and driving wind - the simple things in life Sligo_Music Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre have a music shop opened in Tubbercurry with the perfect gifts for trad lovers

THE latest budget will do extensive damage to the people and the economy of the North West and that far from reviving the local economy it will force it deeper into recession. Minister Brendan Howlin and the government had a choice in all of this; they could have chosen to tax the wealthy; They could have chosen to put a cap on the salary of politicians, senior civil servants and others high earners; They could have used what remains of our national pension reserve fund to fund a job creation programme. They have failed to do any of this. Instead they have decided that Ireland's deficit must be met by the vulnerable and the low and middle income families who will now have even fewer resources to meet increased demands which inevitably came from the announcement by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan the following day. This is disgraceful, the people of the North West; the people of Ireland did not cause the collapse of the Irish economy. The economy was destroyed by reckless bankers, sleeping regulators and inept politicians. Those who say that 'we all partied' are very wrong. The wealthy prospered but average people and families gained very little from the so called Celtic Tiger years and yet when it comes to paying for the sins of the bankers, speculators, regulators and politicians it is now the family on social welfare, the student trying to eke out an existence, the people with disabilities, the young people with their emigration visas, the ordinary people who must now suffer. Government cannot save the national economy without saving local economies and the local economy of place like the North West cannot be saved by taking more money out of the pockets of the very people who sustain the local economy. There is a better way, this was outlined by Sinn Féin in a costed and validated pre budget submission which was submitted to Government some weeks ago. Unfortunately Government chose to ignore our research based advice and we now have this regressive set of public expenditure proposals. Those in government who promised new government, new openness and a different way are continuing the very same failed policies as their predecessors. We deserve better.

Michael Colreavy TD Sinn Fein Sligo/North Leitrim constituency

Cheap alcohol and the pub trade WE warmly welcome the commitment by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that legislation will be introduced in 2012 to address the issue of very cheap alcohol which is widely available in supermarkets. We encourage Minister Roisin Shorthall to legislate to deal with these issues as a matter of urgency. This would go a long way in addressing the issue of irresponsible advertising, merchandising and promotion of alcohol by supermarkets. Overall, this was a mixed budget for the pub trade which is experiencing extremely difficult times. We had called for a reduction in excise but we welcome the decision by the Government not to impose any increases in this area. However, the increase in VAT to 23%, while well flagged a number of weeks ago, is

unhelpful. The route to recovery is to stimulate the domestic economy, not to further depress it. This VAT increase will act as a dampener on spending and will threaten jobs in the total retail sector. The changes announced on Monday in respect of redundancy rebates will have a significant impact on those businesses trying to re-structure and keep their doors open. While there is sense in the measure in respect of large companies re-locating it will force other, small companies, to close rather than downsize. 2011 was a very difficult year for the pub trade with a loss of 5,000 jobs. We still anticipate further closures in 2012 with additional further job losses.

Padraig Cribben, President of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland.

nation into the ground and then ran off with the pensions they don't deserve. Others went to America who are not worthy to be Irish citizens or hold Irish passport, betraying their country and its people. The Germans or the French didn't have to invade us to take over. Our own greedy elite at the top gave over to them economically on a silver platter as those traitors ran off into the sunset with their thirty pieces of silver leaving us to pick up the pieces as the foreigners who once were our partners become our masters and we their slaves for years to come as we are beaten down with hard-nosed budgets. In the years to come as I look back to the first time I voted "No" in the referendum as a young man, I know I did the right thing. It's only a pity that my brothers and sisters, fellow Irish men and women, did not do the same. I do not think we would be in this hole we are now in if they all had said no to the EEC membership.

Martin Ford Sligo

We all should have voted 'No' Moving the burden of bank debt THE first time that I ever voted was in the early seventies and it was not a general election but a referendum about should Ireland join the European Economic Community later to become the European Union. I voted against this even though the majority of voters said "Yes" and we became Europeans. That slowly let Brussels and Berlin take us over and our sovereignty was eroded as big brother in Dublin gladly let Dail Eirean become the status of a County Council. The powers have, over the years, turned us over to foreigners who are dictating policies in the day-to-day running of the Irish nation. Our parliament is reduced to a talk shop with no teeth only to take orders from their Euro masters. We have lost our fishing grounds as foreign fishermen plunder our waters with high tech ships which left no fish for our own travellers. The road signs that said miles from one place to another have been replaced by kilometres. Once known as a "pint" of milk, it now has become a litre and it goes on and on. Before Ireland joined the EEC we had our own local industries. I had, for twenty years, paid weekly payments to the local urban council to buy my own house and now that it is mine, I'm told I have to pay €100 each year to them for something that's already mine. And, if I fail to pay up in this unfair tax I will be penalised and even criminalised for refusing to be screwed by Big Brother in Dublin and Brussels. The French President is trying now to bully us to increase our corporate tax on foreign industry from 12.5 percent to 20 percent and more. If this happens then every foreign industry will leave Ireland to Eastern Europe as thousands of Irish people go on the dole or emigrate. The Euro is on its death bed and we must go back to David Cameron and ask him can we rejoin Sterling and apologise for Charlie Haughey taking us out of the British money system. This might stop the southern shoppers going across the border for groceries. We need a new referendum to see if we want to remain in the EU as we are no longer equal members as the bigger EU nations overrule us and reduce us to beggars and interfere with the internal affairs, for example the budget. As the IMF become hard task masters, as they demand their pound of flesh off the Irish taxpayers for a debt we didn't cause but yet still are the fall guys made to pick up the tab for bankers, builders, politicians who ran the

THE Fine Gael/Labour Government, in alliance with the EU and the IMF, has launched a vicious attack on the ordinary people of this country. As a result of the Budget thousands of euro are to be taken out of people's pockets. The unemployed, ordinary working people and low income families with children will see their poverty deepen. The Labour Party in particular has betrayed the substantial number of people who voted for it on the strength of the promises it made during the election campaign. The fact that Minister Joan Burton of the Labour Party was forced by public opinion and even by Fine Gael backbenchers into an embarrassing climbdown on her proposal to cut disability payments, speaks volumes about Eamon Gilmore's new Labour Party. This budget means cuts to fuel allowance for the elderly; cuts in disability payments; cuts to child benefits for large families; cuts in back to school clothing and footwear allowance; cuts in community employment schemes; cuts in provision for job seekers; and cuts to rent supplements. On top of these cuts are the cuts in health, education and community services. Just at a time when there is a rise in poverty, inequality and disadvantage, and associated poor health, the very services that ordinary people rely on are being cut to the bone. In addition we now face a Household Tax of €100 in January. This will apply to all households except social housing. Along with cuts in rent supplement and mortgage interest relief, this will put many households to the pin of their collar. The government this year will pay out the sum of €3.5 billion to the unsecured bondholders of Anglo-Irish Banks. This figure represents nearly the sum total of the budget. If the government was not bailing out bankers and speculators it could look after the interests of the old, the sick and the disabled. In effect the government, the EU and IMF are socialising the private debt of the bankers, speculators and developers and making the ordinary people of this country pay.

Cllr Declan Bree Sligo

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The old saying "Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." was never more apt this week as rumours circulated of a fortune to be made on Sligo's coastline. National papers were sniffing what they thought was a good story about gold coins from the Spanish Armada being washed ashore in Sligo and put out feelers for more information, but a canny Sligo Weekender reporter spotted the source of their misinformation. Back on April 1st 2010, website Sligo Today published a story - an obvious April Fools Day joke about a freak tsunami washing the gold ashore. The elaborate story described gardai and soldiers having to protect the beaches as thousands of looters descended on them to try to get the gold. Anyway, when the first of the two whales beached on the Sligo coast, it obviously triggered a number of key words (or "tags" as they are referred to by internet experts) which led people to this story online. A pub chat and a few confused phone calls later and hey presto, nearly 20 months after it first fooled readers, this story fooled some all over again. Just goes to prove you should never believe everything you read... online of course.


WHITE CHRISTMAS: When New York gets snow, it really gets snow, but Sligoman JJ Devaney found a warm welcome despite the cold.


IT wasn’t exactly the leaning tower of Quay Street but the Christmas tree outside the Town Hall was showing the effects of mother nature last Wednesday. Obviously whoever erected it underestimated the power of the wind. However, all was quickly put right with the addition of a few stays. Thursday was a much more stormy day, but the tree stood as straight as a die.

Not so lucky UNLIKE the Christmas tree which was straightened (above) two trees in the grounds of the Radisson Hotel in Ballincar did not fare so well. The larger of the trees, which had stood for several decades, was blown down by the stormforce gales which hit Sligo on Wednesday night/Thursday morning of last week. And when that tree came down, it took a smaller one alongside down with it - an innocent bystander.

OU know you should get off the road when snowploughs begin to overtake you. At first the journey down from my cousin’s place in Buffalo was a pleasant trip. The dark clouds of foreboding weather had been with me from early morning but I had just figured “this is December on the east coast of the US” and I would surely make Yonkers, NYC with little hassle. And then came the snow, a little at first. A dusting. Irish snow you could call it. It made the landscape along the motorway look festive. An hour later and things are far from festive. Following doggedly to the pronouncements of my Satellite Navigation I am now on Interstate 84 in the mountains between Pennsylvania and New York State with the snow falling fast and heavy. The snowploughs pass me out and appear to be making no headway. There is now only one other car on I-84 with me. I had past many signs saying ‘Motel: Next Exit’ in the previous hour but I stubbornly resisted such a compromise with the elements. Now there was just one witness on the road to my folly. I decided if the car in front of me slid off then I would find shelter at the next exit. Almost in slow motion the car in front of me braked hard for some reason and slowly drifted toward a large bank of snow on the side of the road. The next exit would be my last. At 5.45pm I took the ‘Promised Land’ exit off Interstate 84 and hoped the place would live up to its name. ‘Promised Land’ was nothing more than a tiny gas station surrounded by trees and mountains. A snowbound desolate place. I parked my car just outside the forecourt and watched as snow engulfed my vehicle inside 10 minutes. The Pakistani lad who was manning this 24 hour station took a brief break

from watching cars slide down the hill outside to inform me that the nearest motel was 20 minutes up-hill from the gas station. With the phone lines down and my mobile phone refusing to work I was literally stranded. I had no means of contacting my relations in Yonkers to explain my delay. I decided then to take advice from the next local that pulled into the station. I may have been away from the hazardous highway, but the thought of a night in a petrol station in the freezing snow was far from edifying. That’s when Carol Jackson and her daughter Lana came suddenly into my life and to my rescue. Assuming they were local I explained my situation to them when they pulled in to the gas station. I couldn’t have imagined the reaction I was about to get. Carol told me to come with them and that they would look after

me for the night. I couldn’t believe it. They were en route to a friend’s child’s birthday and told me to come with them. Me? A complete stranger? A foreigner, no less. Carol simply replied “Well we gotta trust that you aren’t an axe murderer now are you?” I replied quickly to confirm my lack of interest in both axes and murder. And so, up in the snowy mountains of Pennsylvania I made my way with my new found saviours to a party. Rarely have I had such sudden and unexpected hospitality. At the party I was introduced to everyone. I was given as much food as I could possibly eat and naturally a nice cold beer cooled from the first heavy snow just outside the door. Some, being native New Yorkers, took a sceptical, if funny look at my predicament. “Who picks up an Irishman on the side of the road in America who says he is stranded?” Said one sage Italian native of Queens New York. Who indeed? Not only was I fed and watered for the night but I was given a couch to sleep on by a fire and a wonderful breakfast in the morning before I set out on the now snow free I-84. I had never met these people before yet they treated me with the hospitality that would be extended to any member of their families. There is a view that American ‘exceptionalism’ is in crisis. That America isn’t the nation it once was. And perhaps financial woes and costly wars have drained the American spirit but whenever I hear of American exceptionalism I think of Carol and Lana Jackson and the way in which they treated me that cold December night. It’s the people of America who make it exceptional. I can confirm that high in the snow capped mountains of Pennsylvania exceptionalism is alive and well.

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News AN application has been made to extend planning permission for a housing scheme in Riverstown, originally granted in 2006 for another five years. Jim McElroy is seeking the extension for a development consisting of 24 twostorey houses, comprising two detached and 22 semidetached at Ardkeeran.

Jack L change PERFORMER Jack L will be playing at The Dock in Carrick-onShannon this Thursday, December 15. The concert was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 17 but it has been moved to facilitate Jack's appearance on RTE's Saturday Night Show. Tickets for the original concert are still valid. Please contact the theatre box office for any refunds.

Sligo students DVD project A GROUP of students from Sligo involved in a mental health project, joined over 50 young people from around the country at the latest 'Think Big' workshop in held in Dublin recently. The students from Sligo have received funding for their project designed to make a difference to young people's mental health, The project idea entitled 'The Big Laugh' - will see the students make a DVD with their Foroige youth club. The DVD will include comedy sketches and young people talking about what makes them laugh, what's funny and who they find funny, they feel it is important to know what makes young people feel good and laugh when feeling down. The Think Big Programme is open to any young person, aged between 14 and 25, in the Republic of Ireland with an idea for a project that promotes positive mental health. It is sponsored by O2.

Longford leader left his mark on Sligo By Gerry McLaughlin


RIBUTES flowed as freely as the Garavogue river as Sligo said a heartfelt farewell to its own Longford leader. It was courteous court clerk William T Cashell’s last day and that’s why so many of the legal profession, gardai and two judges all paid tribute to the “tall, gangly handsome youth” from Ballymahon who has become an “institution” in this town. For the press he dispensed laconic wisdom from the mountains of summonses and charges neatly bound in elastic bands and paper clips. In a cyber age this was something real and reassuring, he had the gravitas of any judge and never bore a grudge in a mostly adversarial business. The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth were nev-

er taken lightly in Bill’s world. Bill Cashell came to Sligo in 1973 and became the epitome of what a civil servant should be, after working with his legendary predecessor Joe McMorrow. And that was a servant of the people as well as a mentor to so many solicitors, according to Sligo Bar spokesman Declan Gallagher in an emotional tribute. State Solicitor Hugh Sheridan saluted the retiring court clerk’s unrivalled knowledge of the law on this “momentous occasion”. Mr Sheridan said he knew the court clerk all his working life and one of Bill Cashell’s greatest qualities was his ability to relate to everyone he met, from judges, solicitors, gardai and defendants who were asking how to pay a fine. “He was patient, not dogmatic and made suggestions which were usually carried out and he

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Retired court clerk Bill Cashell with his wife Nora. ran a very efficient court. Inspector Gerry Connolly said the large number of retired gardai that included ex-Superintendents Jim Sheridan, John Fitzgerald, Superintendent O’Halloran and Kevin Ginty was a reflection of the esteem in which he was held by the force. He also saluted the clerk’s superb knowledge of the licensing laws and his ability in the small claims court. In a humorous speech, retired judge Bernard Brennan said that Mr Cashell knew Sligo almost as well as himself. Judge Kevin Kilrane said he found the court clerk and his staff superbly efficient and coped with the increasing financial demands in areas like maintenance admirably. The judge said that if Bill and his staff were in charge in the country we would not have €3.6 billion being mislaid. The judge also noted the court clerk’s work with charities.

Bill Cashell thanked all the speakers which also included Inspector Gerry Connolly, gardai, Paul Deering, media, Padraig O’Grady, circuit court, Geraldine McKinney, court staff, Sharon Kelly, Probation Service, and Brendan McDonald Courts Service who all paid tribute to his energy and willingness to embrace change. “I am not sure who you were all talking about but as the tributes are coming from the court I accept everything you say,” he quipped. He thanked all for their kind words and said he learned from the late Joe McMorrow that you “respected everybody”. Bill Cashell thanked his wife Nora and family and said he really loved his work but left us with a quote which stated that sometimes we start living at work and when we retire we work at living. “I start on Monday”(yesterday).

Sligo stars unite for charity CD Sligo music stars from several different genres are now available on one album, thanks to the work of Sligo woman Laura Conway. Laura, one of the musically gifted Conway Sisters, worked as executive producer on a new album entitled "Sligo", the proceeds from which will benefit three charities: Sligo Cancer Support Centre, North West Hospice and Croí. The idea is a good one, but it has never been tried on this scale before and the resulting album is an absolute essential for fans of Sligo music. The album features songs recorded by bands like Dervish, Oddsocks Revival, Tucan, No Crows, Deja Groove, The Odd Couple, and The Conway Sisters themselves.

CHARITY: The new charity CD of Sligo performers. It also features solo performances from the likes of Michael Gormley, Tabby

Callaghan, Sandy Kelly, Willie Kelly, Laura Lenehan, Dean Mahon, Glenn Cal and Duane

Gallagher And it features music as diverse as an instrumental of "Come

Back To Erin" from Sligo violinist Niamh Crowley and a track from rapper Ahren Branley called "Above The Clouds". Laura pays thanks to the contributors on the album, adding: "This album is an example of the wonderful things that can happen when we all pull together and support each other. This is a message I wish to send beyond this CD. May the talent of our town continue to flourish." The CD "Sligo" is available to buy initially from the Post Office in Castle Street, Sligo.

VOYA Seaweed Baths in Strandhill were selected out of tens of thousands of applications to feature on an AIB ad campaign running from Friday last, December 9 to this Thursday, December 15. The ad features a model strolling down a beach and slipping into a bath of hot water and steamed seaweed. The ad also features images of VOYA's award winning product line. Today, Tuesday, you can see the ad on TV3 at around 8.45pm (during the ad break for "Celebrity Come Dine With Me") and on RTE at 10.45pm (during "Who's Art Is It Anyway?"). "VOYA is one of Ireland’s largest exporters of beauty and spa products worldwide and we are proud to be 100% Irish, and Sligonian," said company founder Niall Walton. "We would like to take this opportunity to thank AIB for all their support and help in making this national ad campaign for VOYA Baths and Products possible."

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mot, and to the relatives of Tommie Walsh , Manchester formerly of Kilmactigue. May they rest in peace. BANADA BINGO: The Snowball game is close to €7,500. The jackpot of €2,700. is waiting to be won at bingo this Tuesday in Banada Abbey Hall starting 8.30pm. Minimum €2,000 payout each night. December 13 and 20 Group A. Monster Christmas Bingo on Tuesday, December 20. MEMORIBILIA 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 videos photos or club memorabilia together. The plan is to scan in the hard copies and return the originals to their owner and then have a library available on the club website. If you have them electronically then they can be emailed to 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 GAA COACHES: The GAA club – as they prepare for 2012 – are looking to recruit new coaches for their underage teams. There are 19 teams in the club. It takes a great combined effort to mentor all our stars of the future. If you would like to become involved please contact the chairman, Brendan Leonard on 087 422426 or any of the club’s officers. SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB: St Attracta’s Senior Citizens’ Club is held on every Wednesday in Banada Health Centre from 2-5pm. New members always welcome. Bus available to collect you to and from the centre. Enquiries to 071-9181195 LANDSCAPE COLOUR: Adult art classes on landscape water colour have resumed on Thursday nights at 8pm at Carraloban Resource Centre, Aclare. Fee: €6 per night. New members always welcome. COMMUNITY LOTTO: The Aclare Community Lotto is in excess of €5,400 and rising, so why not take a chance and buy a ticket which can be purchased in Kennedy’s Supermarket or from any ADC member.

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Funds for lights BALLISODARE’S Christmas lights were switched on on Thursday night. Fundraising to cover the costs of the lights are ongoing. Tickets for a draw to fundraise for the lights are on sale from local shops and businesses. Please support this cause and help ensure that there are enough funds to cover the lights costs. Tickets cost €2 each or three for €5. The draw will take place in O’Connor’s Bar on Saturday night. The main prize is a hamper worth €150. Anybody with spare time would be most welcome to come along and sell tickets or indeed help with taking down the lights in January. Any adults wishing to help should contact Alfie on 086-1626125 or wishing to obtain tickets to sell should contact Sinead on 086 8125004. BALLISODARE GAA: Ballisodare GAA is holding their Christmas draw on Sunday, December 18 in the Salley Gardens. Tickets are on sale now at €2 from any member of the club. Also if you would like to sell tickets


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town&county for the club they can be got from Toolan'’. CHURCH SERVICES: Christmas Services for the Church of Ireland Ballisodare Group are as follows: December 16, 7.30pm, United Carol Service, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote. December 17 2-4pm Christmas Activities for children age four to 12 at St Paul’s School Collooney. December 17, 4.30pm crib service, St Pauls’ Church, Collooney. December 18, 7.30pm Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, Ballisodare. December 24, 11.30pm, Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church, Ballisodare. Christmas Day, 9.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church, Ballisodare; 10.45am Emlaghfad Church, Ballymote, Holy Communion; 12 midday Holy Communion at St Paul’s , Collooney. TRAINING IN DUBLIN: Three members of the Ballisodare Foroige Youth Club attended special leadership training for the Think Big project. The event took place at The Gibson Hotel close to the O2 arena in Dublin. It took place on Saturday, November 19. The club members had a very enjoyable and informative day. Think Big is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong, which enables young people to deliver projects in their communities that will make a difference to young people’s mental health. The local club plans to make a short DVD all about funny stuff ! They will collect videos that the members make of people, laughing, telling jokes, telling funny stories, doing funny sketches or little plays and so on. This project will finish in March. LOTTO DRAW: Tickets for the Ballisodare Gaelic and Soccer clubs’ lotto draw cost €2 each and are on sale from most local businesses in the village as well as from anyone involved with the clubs. All money raised by this lotto draw goes directly towards the running costs of both clubs. NEWS PLEASE: If you have any news, please phone 071-9130649 or email

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BALLYMOTE: Some of the dancers taking part in the Sligo Lions Club Jigs and Reels 2012 including Fr. Peter Gallagher, Donal Gilroy, Aubrey Melville, Pauline Dineen, Cllr. Veronica Cawley, Majella O’Donnell, Cllr. Margaret Gormley, Bernie Flynn, Seamus Butler, William Monaghan, Sarah Middleton, Catriona Coleman, Pamela Lavin, Alan Anderson, Dominic McLoughlin, Gerry Farrell - choreographers Caroline Mullen, Florry Gillen along with Lions president Brian Corcoran, Sligo Mayor Cllr. Rosaleen O’Grady and Sligo Cathaoirleach Cllr. Michael Fleming.

Novice Championships in Westport. Brian Egan won the 71kg. title and Dara McDonagh won the 75kg. title Thomas Coleman had another great win at the Gurteen boxing tournament when he won an excellent contest at Youth 60kg last weekend. Those boxers and several others from the club are training hard for the upcoming Connacht Championships and hopefully some will progress to the National Championships in the New Year. THANK YOU: A card game was held on Friday, December 2 in Doddy’s pub. The organisers James Lyons, Michael Davey and Tommy Breheny would like to take this opportunity to thank John Doddy and staff for their hospitality. The winner of the hamper was Aidan Healy and all proceeds went to St. Cecilia’s School, Rosses Point. WEIGHT WATCHERS: Sessions take place in the Family Resource Centre on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. To enrol, please telephone 087 2362487. CHRISTMAS SEISIÚN: You are all invited to the Christmas Seisiún on December 16 in the Coach House Hotel at

9.30pm. Admission is free. Music, song and light refreshments. It promises to be a great night. CHRISTMAS BUSES: A shuttle bus service into Ballymote will be provided on Saturday nights over the Christmas period. For further details contact Michael Davey on 087 6485056. VEGETABLE GARDEN: The Ballymote Family Resource Centre is looking for a small area of land (circa 1 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 we would love to hear from them. For further details telephone Francis on 071-9197818. LOTTO RESULTS: Ballymote Community Lotto results of draw on Saturday, December 3. Numbers drawn 12, 15, 17 and 20. There was no winner of the €2,600 Jackpot. €50 Michael Doddy. €30 Gerry Gardiner. €20 Maureen Parke. Next jackpot €2,800 on Saturday, December 17 in the Coach House. If the jackpot is not won there will be a Christmas draw for five €100 and

ten €50 prizes. Tickets are €2 each. CAROL SERVICE: There will be an ecumenical carol service in Ballymote Church on Friday, December 16 at 8pm. It is a special occasion for the entire Christian community. Members from other Christian churches, from our cluster of parishes and our children are being invited to take part. U14 GIRLS SOCCER: Training has now commenced on the Astro on Saturdays from 12-1pm, for girls born on or after January 1, 1998. YOUTH CLUB: The Foroige Youth Club has restarted at the Ballymote Family Resource Centre at 7pm on Thursdays for third, fourth and fifth year students and on Fridays for first and second year students. Please note that the registration and affiliation fee must be paid in full in order to join the youth club. For more information please contact Siobhan at the centre on 071-9197818. MUSIC SALE: The Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen have just commenced their Christmas sale. There is a wide range of Irish music CDs, music tutor books, musical instruments and song books. The CDs are of local and

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Bereavements SYMPATHY is extended to family and friends of Colette Horan, nee Rogers, Rosses Point and late of Ballymote. Also to the Sisters of Mercy on the death of Sr Dominic O’Shaughnessey, Convent of Mercy Gurteen, Ballymote and late of Oughterard, Co Galway. BOXING TOURNAMENT: The club is planning to hold the annual Ballymote boxing tournament in the Coach House Hotel on Saturday night, December 17. There will be a top class programme with a number of local National boxing champions in action. The club would like to thank the Loftus Hall Committee for the use of this excellent premises for club training. Training at the club is on Monday and Friday nights at 7pm for underage and 8pm for older and experienced boxers. Ballymote boxing club got the new season off to a great start winning two Connacht titles at the recent

BALLYMOTE: Sligo Rovers goalkeeping legend Ciaran Kelly gives Santa Claus a hand in distributing some sweets last week at the switching on of the Christmas lights. Picture by Peter McParland.

national musicians, some at great value and the instruments are competitively priced. The centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm so why not drop in and you might find that ideal gift.

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

Sympathy THE death has taken place, after a short illness, of Betty McGovern (Nee Scott), Cartron Estate, Sligo. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at Feehily’s Funeral Home with removal afterwards to St. Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan. Rev. Fr. Stephen Walsh St.Anne’s parish and Rev. Fr. Noel Rooney St. Joseph’s parish said the prayers at the funeral home at the reposing, and later in St. Joseph’s Church, after the removal to the Church. The funeral Mass of the resurrection took place in St.Joseph’s Church. It was a concelebrated mass, with the chief celebrant being Rev. Fr. Stephen Walsh, assisted by Rev. Fr. Noel Rooney, and Rev. Fr. Brian Conway, the chaplain at Sligo General Hospital. The homily was delivered by Fr. Walsh, in which he paid a warm tribute to the late Betty McGovern. The gifts, and some personal items of Betty McGovern, were brought to the altar by members of the McGovern family. The prayers and tributes at the mass were said by members of the McGovern family. The music and singing at the funeral mass was by Niamh Crowley, organist, and Tommy Bree, vocalist. There was a large attendance both at the removal and at the funeral Mass. The late Betty McGovern, was very well-liked in the area, and was a great community worker for this area of the town. So much so that she was chosen as the Sligo person of the year, some years ago. She was the school warden for the schools in the area, for many years, and such was her commitment to her work as a warden, that she did this work for


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town&county free all down the years. The residents of Cartron Estate, and Avondale, areas had a statement in honour, and in tribute, to the late Betty, read out during the funeral mass. The sister of the late Betty, the late Kathleen Flannery, of St.Joseph’s Terrace, Sligo, passed away just five weeks ago. And Betty McGovern’s late husband, Bernard, passed away just over a year ago. After the Funeral Mass, burial was to Sligo Cemetery, where the prayers at the graveside were led by Fr. Noel Rooney PP, St.Joseph’s parish. Sympathy, is extended to the family, of Betty McGovern, many relatives, and friends, may her gentle soul rest in peace. DEMOLITION: A group of houses that were in bad repair for some time, in Fr. Flannagan Terrace, Forthill, Sligo, were demolished during the past week. These houses were due to be repaired some time ago, but this did not happen for some reason, so now they are being demolished, for safety and for other reasons. CHRISTMAS PARTY: The annual Christmas party, for the retired HSE members takes place in the Sligo Park Hotel tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14. It’s a day-time event starting at 1.30pm and ending at 5pm, so all retired members are invited to come along, to the party, where there will be lots of spot prizes, and other types of entertainment. BAD WEATHER: Strong winds and heavy rain hit the area during the past week, but no storm damage was reported so far. The strong winds were over 80 miles per hour at times in this area, as elsewhere in the North-west.

BELTRA/ DROMARD Nativity play PLAYSCHOOL are presenting a Nativity play on Sunday, December 18 in the community centre and Santa and Mrs Claus will be visiting, starting at 2pm. There will be a raffle for two hampers, for which tickets are presently being sold in Ardabrone Stores and Beltra Post Office. VARIETY CONCERT: A Bord na nOg variety concert will be held on Friday and Saturday night, December 16 and 17 in the community centre. Children from Ballinleg and Highpark NS and lots more entertainment. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to John Ward and his family Bunnafeddia, Dromard, on the death of his aunt, Mary Ward, Sligo.

CASTLECONNOR By Ennicrone Tourist Office Tel.096-36746

Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to the relatives and friends of Kathleen O’Brien, Wandsworth, London (née McGuinness, Carns) who died recently. 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, jewellery, knitwear, crochet, candles and books. They now stock knitting wool, needles, ribbon and sewing threads. ALADDIN WITH TWIST: 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 Harri-

RAINBOWS PROGRAMME: Tubbercurry FRC has now been approved as a Rainbows Accredited Centre. Rainbows is a programme that supports children that have experienced loss bereavement or separation. The programme is confidential and offers peer support and is hosted by trained facilitators. The programme is 12-14 weeks for approximately one hour, one day a week and is designed for primary school children between first and sixth class. The FRC will commence the Rainbows programme in January, for more information contact Conor Fitzgerald, Rainbows site facilitator on 071-9186926. YOUR NOTES: Please send any notes to by Wednesday.

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CALRY: To celebrate 100 years of the organisation, 1910-2010, the Dunally ICA Guild planted an oak tree on the green at the Calry/Hazelwood junction. The tree planting illustrates the very varied activities of the I.C.A. in Sligo and new members are always welcome. Pictured are Lucy Brennan (far right) from Sligo County Council with members of the Dunally Guild Mary Finnegan, Maire Howard, Margaret Grennan, Mai Feehily, Kathleen Feehily, Joan McGoldrick, Rosaleen Dolan and Molly Lee.

son. The group wishes to thank Gretta for writing a brilliant script for this show. The show goes on stage tomorrow, Tuesday, December 14 and also on December 15, 16 and 18 in the Castleconnor Community Centre at 8pm. Tickets for adults cost €10. ELUSIVE JACKPOT: The Castleconnor GAA lotto draw for €14,770 took place on Friday 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. In fact there was only one match-three winner – Paul Kavanagh, Kilglass. Thanks to all who continue to support the Lotto. Weekly tickets are available in Tuffy’s Shop, Muddy Burns, 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, the club have hooded tops, tracksuits, wind-breakers that would make the perfect Christmas gift and with the season that is it there is a 10% sale on the gear. Get in contact with Darren Ruane to put your order in before it is too late 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 (


Bridie Hargadon death THERE was widespread sadness at the passing of the late Bridie Hargadon of Creevymore, Cliffoney. Bridie was a former employee of Sligo County Council and later with the Health Board, where she was very well-liked by her fellow workers. She was the first lady in her 20s to have her own car in the Cliffoney Parish and was forever giving people lifts. Unfortunately in 1990 she was

diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that she faced up to with courage and dignity. She never complained and always replied when asked how she was “good form”. She was a lady of unshakeable faith, which was a great source of strength to her over the years, as was her only brother, John and his family. Over the last eight years John visited Bridie at least four times a week when she was in the Nursing Home or hospital. Her wake, which was in John’s home was attended by huge crowds over two nights. Her funeral mass was celebrated in Cliffoney Church and her kind and gentle soul was laid to rest in Ahamlish Cemetery. Bridie is survived by her brother John, sister-in-law Annett, nephews Ciaran and Sean, niece Sinead cousins, neighbours and many friends. May she rest in peace. CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM: A Christmas Day morning swim will take place on Streedagh Beach at 10am. Everyone is welcome. All monies raised will go to SHOUT in memory of Nana Kilfeather. Thanks to all who donated money last Christmas for this worthy cause and to all who donated hot drinks and food, which was very much appreciated. So get along to Langs of Grange and pick up a sponsorship card from Sinead. GAA NEWS: Congratulations to Johnny Kelly and Eoin McHugh who were nominated for Sligo Club All Stars. This was a great honour for the two players that were nominated but many people felt that a few more players should have been nominated. It was disappointing and surprising that no St Molaise player was picked on the team after the club won the County Senior League without losing a game. BIRTHDAY GIRL: Congratulations to Teresa Keaney of Grange who celebrated a very special birthday recently in Monaghan. A number of her friends travelled to Monaghan to join in the party, which went on for the whole night and continued the next day. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Castlegal National School put on their Christmas concert in Cliffoney hall before a large crowd. Once again the children put on a tremendous show which was much appreciated by the audience.

A big thank you to the teachers Catherine McGinty and Olive Kenny for the amount of time and effort they put into preparing the children for the big night. The school were proud to announce that they raised €300 for the local St Vincent de Paul Society. LATIN MASS: The monthly traditional Latin mass will be celebrated on Sunday, December 18 at 3pm in St Molaise Church, Cliffoney.

CLOONACOOL Folk choir CD CLOONACOOL Folk Choir made history on Saturday night, December 3 when they launched their first CD of Christmas hymns and songs. The launch took place in St Michael’s Church, Cloonacool after 8pm mass. All voluntary assistance has gone into the recording of the CD. The choir sing at the vigil mass in Cloonacool every Saturday night and consist of adults and children of all ages. This may a collectors’ item in years to come and indeed will be a lovely gift to family members unable to come home for Christmas. Thanks to everyone who made this great event happen. All funds to Cloonacool Church Fund. CDs available in Brennan’s Cloonacool and SuperValu and Coen’s in Tubbercurry. RURAL TRANSPORT: All weekly routes for the Rural Transport Tubbercurry area are demand responsive houseto-house pick up service. Free Travel Pass is accepted or fare of €8 return. Passengers wishing to travel can book seats each week by phoning 0719120636. Route 1: The service covers Masshill Road, Cloonacool, Branchfield, Lavagh, Achonry, and Rinbane area into Tubbercurry. The service runs every Tuesday at 10am. Leaves Tubbercurry at 1pm Route 3: Coolaney to Tubbercurry via Knockadoo, Carrowneden, Carrowmore, Lavagh, and Cloonacool into Tubbercurry. The service runs every Friday at 10am. Leaves Tubbercurry at 1pm 25 CARD GAME: Cards are played in Cloonacool Community Centre every Monday night at 8.30pm. Single hands. Refreshments afterwards.

COUNTY Sligo Macra will host the county round of the National Talent Competition, this Sunday at 7.30pm in Cloonacool Community Centre. A great night’s family entertainment guaranteed. ART CLASSES: Children’s art classes in Coolaney are held every Tuesday evening in Little Haven Creche, from 7-8.30pm. For further details please contact Paul on 085-1359642. Adult art classes take place in the Teeling Centre, Collooney, on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am12.30pm. For further details contact Paul on 085-1359642. CARD GAMES: The card games take place in Killoran Community Centre every Wednesday evening, commencing at 9pm. Everybody welcome. BINGO: Bingo takes place in Collooney Hall on Thursday evenings, commencing at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the development of new handball courts in Collooney. Everybody welcome. NOTES: Any notes for inclusion contact 071-9167878 or 086 1637834.

CRANMORE ABBEYQUARTER By Breda Wimsey and Beccy Perry

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Betty a winner CONGRATULATIONS to the €150 prize winner of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre weekly lotto draw, Betty McMorrow of John Fallon Drive, Cranmore. VINCENT TINSLEY DEATH: Sympathy goes to the family and friends of Vincent Tinsley, of Crozon Downs, Sligo. Vincent, who had started working in the Abbeyquarter Community Centre in October, will be sadly missed. ROSANNE ROONEY DEATH: Also sympathy to the family and friends of Rosanne Rooney, particularly her husband Don and daughter Teresa who works in the centre. CHRISTMAS IN CRANMORE: Cranmore Co-Op, Resource House, Regeneration Office and the Abbeyquarter Community Centre invite you to join them on Thursday from 4-6pm. 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 and have refreshments and fun with Cranmore artist. DINNER FOR ELDERLY: The dinner will be held on Saturday at 12.30pm followed by music with Dominick and Lisa in Abbeyquarter Community Centre. Tickets can be purchased from the Cranmore Outreach Workers or they can be bought in the centre. €5 per ticket.


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All at Little Haven Community Childcare Coolaney would like to thank everyone who supported their recent fundraising raffle. Congratulations to Lucy Robus who won the Rihanna tickets and to Michelle Leydon who won the family hamper. Many thanks to Laura McCann and O’Grady’s Shop and Bar who sponsored the prizes. A total of €600 was raised from the raffle and the handbag stall. Daniel Toolan at Little Haven’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE: A public health nurse will be at the centre every Tuesday afternoon from 2-3pm. They will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about your child. MONDAY MORNING GROUP: The Monday Morning Group for over 55s meet 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’S GROUP: The Men’s 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 7.30-9.30pm. All are welcome. WOMEN’S GROUP: The Women’s Group runs every Monday from 8-10pm. There are different activities arranged from time to time for the women of the club. New members are always welcome. DANCE GROUP: Dance Group with Gillian Finan runs every Tuesday from 6-7pm and 7-8pm. FUNFIT DANCE: Funfit Dance will be held every Thursday. Stacey Carty will be offering dance classes from 56pm for five to eight year-olds, 6-7pm for nine to 12 year-olds and from 78pm will be an adults’ class. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Tin whistle lessons for children six years and over from 5.30-6.30pm and adult lessons from 7-8pm. ROOM RENTAL: The centre provides a room rental service at the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. Please contact them for more details. GARDA AWARDS: If you’re between 1219 years old and are interested in working for the Cranmore Community why not pick up an Garda Youth Achievement application form from the Abbeyquarter Community Centre, Regeneration Office, Cranmore Co-Op, The Resource House or from the Community Gardai Charlie Jordan or Mark Connors? HAMPER DRAWS: Christmas hamper draws will take place on December 16 in aid of the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. These raffles will be held in the T&C Pub, Teeling Street, Pet Stop, Carraroe Retail Park and Abbeyquarter Community Centre, Cranmore. €2 per line. Please support.

CURRY By Cyril Feehily Sympathy SYMPATHY to Margaret Brett Broher, on the death of her mother Mai Horkan, Ballintample, Swinford. To Tommy Gilmartin, Cashel, on the death of his brother-in-law Matty Brennan, Rathscanlon. To Mary Marren, Fule, on the death of her cousin Eddie Merriman, Curry Fule, who died in Birmingham. To Veronica Owens, Drimrue, on the death her sister Dympna Keegan, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow. And to Tom Collins, Carrowilkeen on the death of his brother Paddy Collins, Carrickmacross. May they rest in peace CONGRATULATIONS: On the Christening of their daughter Lauren Sarah Hayes to Jimmy and Niamh Hayes, Broher North. SCRAP: Last call for metal scrap by the GAA towards their fundraising drive. The club and Church Repair Fund will share the proceeds. More information from Barry on 087 4120682 or Terence on 094-9254562. CURRY GAA LOTTO: This week’s jackpot stands at €4,600. WELL WATER CHARGES: Fears over the introduction of charges for private wells have been allayed by Marian Harkin MEP, who has stated that she has received confirmation that the charges will not relate to householders using private wells but to bigger operations such as a business using a private well. FOROIGE CLUB: There are hopes to start a Foroige Club soon. A good number of parents are required as adult leaders for supervision. For further information call Patricia Walsh on 087 6684345 or 094-9255062. 25 CARDS: Double hands 25 cards in Cloonagh Community Centre every Tuesday at 9pm all are welcome BRIDGE: There is a weekly bridge game in O’Hara’s. Bellaghy every Wednesday night. First deal is at 8pm sharp.

DROMORE WEST Sympathy SYMPATHY is extended to all relations and friends of the late Mary

Dara and Kyle Breen at Little Haven’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Coolaney.

Conlon, whose death occurred recently. BAPTISM: Congratulations to Luke Thomas James Hannon, son of Gary and Sonya, who was baptised on December 3. COMHALTAS OFFICERS: Ceoltóírí Tíreragh held their AGM on Wednesday, November 23. Michael Brennan, the chairman of Connact Comhaltas Council was present. The following officers were elected; president: Anthony Coleman; chairperson: Teresa McGuinness; vice chairperson: Seán Kilgannon; secretary: Mary Kilgannon; assistant secretary: Grace Mulligan; treasurer: Frances Hanley; delegates to the County Board: Frances Hanley and Mary Connolly; DLP: Grace Mulligan; deputy DLP: Seán Kilgannon; PRO: Máire Hanley; musical officer: Mary Foody; auditors: Helen Dunphy and Mary Connolly; youth officers: Martin Mulligan, Máire Hanley, Deirdre and Róisín Kilgannon and Damien and Jason McGuinness. The branch held a very successful fundraising concert in Dromore West Community Centre on Saturday, December 3. Special guest on the night was Gerry Harrington, who launched his CD, ‘At Home’. The audience were treated to a feast of music, song and dance by local members of the branch. Congratulations to two branch members, Stephen Mulligan and Colm Connolly, who featured on ‘The Late Late Toy Show’, as part of the music group from Sligo, ‘Strings and Stragglers’. EXPOSITION: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays evening from 8pm to 10pm. LOTTO DRAW: Dromore Villa’s lotto tickets are available at usual outlets Cost €2 per ticket. YOUR NEWS: Items to be included in Dromore West notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays

DRUMCLIFFE Santa wonderland THIS year’s Santa Wonderland takes place in Oxfield on Sunday, December 18 from 2 to 5pm. Admission is €3. This year’s event will include the usual family fun, and of course Santa’s Grotto, but with additions such as a ‘Santa Cinema’, a

kids disco. If you’ve been to this event before, you’ll know it’s one you won’t want to miss. 500 CLUB DRAW: The first of the Oxfield 500 Club monthly draws takes place this Saturday, December 17 at 9.30pm in Henry’s Bar and Restaurant. It should be agreat night, with €1,000 cash and a ‘new’ star prize on offer. There will also be live music and finger food. All are welcome. If you still have to get a ticket for the draw just call 087-6755753 of join online at The prizes include a family holiday to the Costa del Sol, an iPad2, a fill of home heating oil, a grand prize of €10,000 cash and much more. Thanks again to everyone who has supported the draw so far. The proceeds will be used to install a new insulated roof and a new heating system in the centre, both of which are long overdue and will greatly improve the centre’s ability to run events and activities for all age groups, young and old, throughout the year. CAROLS SERVICE: A Christmas carols service takes place on Sunday, December 18 at 7pm in Drumcliffe Church of Ireland. Everyone welcome. HANDBALL: Handball coaching is now running on Wednesday evenings in Oxfield from 8-9pm for ages 11-17, from 9-10pm for adults. All welcome. XMAS DAY SWIM: For anyone who fancies a festive Christmas Day swim, which is taking place at Lissadell beach at 12noon on the big day itself, in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease. Please contact Ian Flanagan for sponsorship cards on 087 6220116. ART AND CRAFTS MARKET: The Benbulben Centre at Branley’s Yard in Rathcormac, will be hosting an Indoor Christmas Art and Crafts Market on Saturday, December 17 from 11am to 6pm, with some really great artists participating. There is still a little space left, so if any artists or crafters have some work to display and would like to get involved please email or ring Jerusha on 086 8490608. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Rathcormac NS closes for the Christmas break on Thursday, December 22 at 12.30pm. LOCAL NEWS?: If you have any items for inclusion in the Drumcliffe local notes, please email

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’Dwyer 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 tonight, Tuesday at 8pm. There will be tips and ideas to make Christmas a cracker and how to make 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 6864527 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. COMHALTAS OFFICERS: Ceoltóírí Tíreragh held their AGM on Wednesday, November 23. Michael Brennan, the chairman of Connact Comhaltas Council was present. The following officers were elected: president: Anthony Coleman; chairperson: Teresa McGuinness; vice chairperson: Seán Kilgannon; secretary: Mary Kilgannon; assistant secretary: Grace Mulligan; treasurer: Frances Hanley; delegates to the County Board: Frances Hanley and Mary Connolly; DLP: Grace Mulligan; deputy DLP: Seán Kilgannon; PRO: Máire Hanle; musical officer: Mary Foody; auditors: Helen Dunphy and Mary Connolly; youth officers:


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SO - What’s inside

Golf Club choir plan Christmas concert Interview Emilee Jennings talks to Country music star Jesse Conlon. Pages 4-5

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I All Smiles Make sure you vote in our Smiles competition. Pages 14-19

T has been in many ways not a nice year - a poor summer followed by endless economic gloom. For many a tough time. But Christmas is coming - with its ever enduring message of good news and reason to rejoice. The winter nights are dark but the light of hope burns brightly - echoed in our cheery streets and festive illuminations. For the County Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir it's a time for

Christmas Celebration when, in the Holy Cross Friary on High Street, on Friday 16 December at 8pm, they are providing a fanfare of festive cheer, together with Sligo Academy of Music Orchestras, soprano Roisin Egan and organist Leonard Drumm. In total, over 200 members of these orchestras and choir will raise the roof with carols old and new firm favourites and classic standards. Both choir and orchestras have

been rehearsing hard since late summer under their joint Musical Director - Niamh Crowley - who has demanded of all the very highest standard. Overall the night in the Friary promises to be an oasis of peace and joy in an ever troubled and turbulent world - a true Christmas Celebration. Tickets at €10 are available from Keaney's Newsagency in High Street, Bayview Stores and the Golf Club in Rosses Point.

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RUDOLPH the red nosed reindeer is a lighthearted children's musical that tells the story of Santa's special reindeer friend. Rudolph is the focus point of this enchanting musical, but of course Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen all join in on the party. Get ready to enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs wrapped together in this timeless story of how being different can really make a difference. This musical extravaganza is packed with humour, excitement and heart warming moments. So sit back, and see how Rudolph the red nose reindeer went down in History. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is on in the Hawks Well Theatre on Tuesday, December 20 at 9.45am, 11.30am and 12.45pm. The musical runs for 60 minutes and is suitable for anyone aged over 4. Later that evening the Mairead McMorrow Dance academy from Sligo will be performing their rendition of 'A Snow White Christmas'.

In a Snow White Chirstmas Santa has a terrible problem, the wicked queen hates Christmas and is plotting against Snow White because she brings the lovely winter snow.

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SO - interview Country music singer, Jesse Conlon and his fiddle-player bandmate Mick Kelly told Emilee Jennings about his plans to change Irish opinions on Country music.


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ESSE Conlon is not your typical Country music singer; in fact he is almost the polar opposite. He was born and raised in Sligo town and he loves his heavy metal, he even started out as a slick drummer in a Metallica Tribute band, but in his late teens he started to dabble in Country music. “I grew up listening to heavy metal and American country music, so it wasn’t strange for me to move from one to the other. American Country isn’t as fast as heavy metal, but it’s more technical and a lot of fun to perform.” Jesse spent the last number of years doing heavy metal and American country gigs in pubs around Sligo until last year when he decided it was time to start up a professional band. He went onto website where he found his guitar player and he recruited his base player and drummer via an advert in the Sunday World (he was already acquainted with his fiddle and piano players through previous gigs in Sligo) and so the Jesse Conlon Band was born. Due to celebrate their first anniversary soon, it’s been a successful first year for the band.

“We toured around Scotland in October and we did very well over there, also we’re planning a tour around Ireland in January.” The band recorded a music video with Sligeach Films earlier this year and it aired on the “Hot Country” show on Sky Channel 201 recently. “It was strange performing to the cameras” admits Jesse who downed countless shots of tea (he doesn’t drink alcohol) during filming. “We did so many re-takes and it was a lot more work than I realized, but we had fun too” The “I Hate Everything” music

video is worth checking out on their facebook page.) The Jesse Conlon band is definitely different and they don’t your play typical country music instead they record American Country songs and according to Jesse and Mick “it's not like anything else you will hear in Ireland. “The music we play is very different, Irish music is about the scenery, the songs that we choose tell a story.” Fiddle player Mick says that American Country music is “very technical when you consider all the instruments that are blended

Country has a bad stigma because in Ireland people are brought up thinking that Daniel O'Donnell is typical Country music


together”. “Country has a bad stigma because in Ireland people are brought up thinking that Daniel O'Donnell is typical Country music, but it's very different to the type of music we play and we're hoping to re-introduce the people of Ireland to American country music.” Jesse is clearly confident and he has great belief in his band. “We’re one of the best Country music bands in this country.” Leitrim man Mick adds: “We’ve a lot to offer with our range of music and we have a lot of fun, our music is much more lively than typical Irish country and I think our gigs will appeal to anyone who wants to enjoy live music and have some fun.” The band range in age from 30 to 60 and the other members are Donal Gray on piano and strings, Martin Gildea on bass, Chris Colum on drums and Eddie Byrne lead guitar and pedal steel. Together these guys put on a lively show and will do their utmost to change your opinion of Country music. For details of upcoming gigs or to hire the band for special occasions get in touch via the Jesse Conlon Band facebook page.


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Saw Doctors search for Xmas No. 1

TO help shake off some of those Christmas Day calories, the Saw Doctors will be rocking on stage at the Royal Theatre on Thursday 29 December. Renowned for their live performances, Royal Theatre fans are in for a treat as this is one of only a few Irish dates over the Christmas period. A vast list of Chart success such as well known hits: "N17", a cover of SUGABABES "About You Now", (whose own version stalled at No. 2 in the

ABOVE: Sligoman Jesse Conlon will celebrate a year performing with his country music band this month. Members include esteemed fiddler Mick Kelly (Top picture). Photos by Colin Gillen/

Irish Chart while The Saw Doctors reached No. 1!) have helped The Saw Doctors maintain their rightful place as one of the nations most-loved bands. The band hailing from Tuam Co Galway and currently made up of Leo Moran (vocals, guitar), Davy Carton (vocals, guitar), Kevin Duffy (keyboards), Anthony Thistlethwaite (bass guitar, saxophone) and EĂ­mhĂ­n Cradock (drums + vocals) , have this year teamed up with 1960's icon Petula Clark for a reworking of

her hit 'Downtown'. Aside from 'N17', the new single Downtown received the greatest response at Oxygen this year, and looks like it is in the running for the most coveted number 1 spot of the year, the Christmas number 1, so why not hear it live at the Royal on December 29. The Saw Doctors Christmas gig at the Royal is always an incredible night out, and this year should be no different. They will be joined on stage by special guests

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DUE to the phenomenal success of the previous show at the Royal Theatre Castlebar, Friends in low places, which has been wowing Garth Brooks fans across Ireland for over a year now, returns for a Christmas show stopper on Friday, December 30. The show is fronted by well known country singer Trevor Smyth and features an array of top class musicians from around Ireland to make up the 8 piece band better known as "Friends In Low Places". This show features an amazing stage production and brings with it an impressive visual element as well as the big sound of the live 8 piece band. "Boots & Hats" is a theatre show which brings you through the life and story of Garth Brooks, his rise to fame and most importantly his greatest hits such as "If Tomorrow Never Comes", Friends In Low Places", "The Dance", "Baton Rouge", "Shameless", "Unanswered Prayers" and many more. Garth Brooks became the biggest selling solo

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Karen Aldworth & Paul True Colours Style Studio T

RUE Colours Style Studio is in the village of Ballygawley, County Sligo. It’s just a ten minute drive out of town. It has a new, modern and relaxing décor, with a friendly atmosphere and calm music playing in the background. True Colours is next door to the garage and you have no worries when it comes to car parking. You can leave the car right outside the salon. The salon is open Tuesday to Saturday and late night appointments are available during the week. True Colours is owned by

Oxford trained stylist Karen Aldworth who has 22 years of experience in hairdressing and Sligo trained stylist Paul Targett who has 12 years of experience. The salon is stockists of Alfaparf and Revlon. Both ranges are fantastic for conditioning and shine treatments, with a great range of styling products. Our blow-dry are from €30.00. A root colour, including a cut and blow-dry is from €65.00. Conditioning treatments are an extra €5.00 on any service. Karen and Paul will insist on a skin test for all new clients wishing to have a

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colour service. This has to be done at least 48 hours before any colour application. Our intense conditioning treatments are analysed to help restore your hair to its healthy state. You can also indulge in a 5 minute head massage to accompany your hair or scalp treatment. Relax – enjoy – unwind. You can be totally pampered if you book one of the salons ‘pamper nights’ which are available after the New Year. Our ‘pamper nights’ include mood lighting, scented candles, massage music and curtains are closed for privacy. Also


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Targett with in Ballygawley door is locked and you can relax and not be disturbed whilst you lay back and enjoy our 20 minute head massage. This is followed by a chilled glass of wine and then blowdry of your choice, all this for €40.00! GO ON BE PAMPERED – YOU DESERVE IT. We also cater for hen parties and wedding parties. We will also do home calls as part of our wedding service. These prices are by quotation. We would like to thank all our customers for their support and loyalty. Many thanks to all who came to our official opening of True

Colours on Sunday December 4th. It was great to see you all. Thank you to our entire salon sponsors whose support is really appreciated. Thank you to Peter and Aishling who made the salon cake for our opening day, it was gorgeous. . Karen and Paul would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. True Colours Style Studio look forward to meeting you. Just remember to book early as it’s a busy time of the year Please phone 071 91 18300 for all bookings and enquires.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Tues 13 – 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

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The Fureys & Davey Arthur Making their 9th appearance at Hawk’s Well Theatre – Wednesday 28th December A FTER the Christmas excitement has died down, enjoy an evening of songs, music and stories from legends of Irish music, the Fureys & Davey Arthur who will be making their 9th concert appearance in the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Wednesday 28th December. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George, Paul and Davey got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the Fureys and Davey Arthur. Inevitably changes have occurred over 33 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George, Eddie and Davey Arthur have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have been releasing a new CD every year. In January they will be releasing another 15 track album called ‘Songs through the Years’ The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancys Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years with Finbar, building up

a huge following particularly in Germany. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie as teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager. The band became an instant success and had a string of hits including When you were Sweet Sixteen, The Green Fields of France, Red Rose Café, The Old Man, Steal Away, Her Father didn’t like me anyway, Clare to Here and Leaving Nancy.

The Fureys & Davey Arthur are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost night-


Over the years some of their greatest admirers have ranged from the neighbours they grew up with in Ballyfermot to the top sports people and politicians of the world and have performed for leaders such as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul. Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”.

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Everyday in 3D: 6.30pm “PUSS IN BOOTS in Saturday in 3D: Digital 3D & 2D” 2.00pm

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

Tomboy Director: Céline Sciamma Dec. 14, 15 and 16 at 8pm Dec. 17 and 18 at 3pm

Christmas Movie @ Model It’s a Wonderful Life

Quay Street, Sligo Tel: 071-9142473 Fri 16th –

Gerry Gallagher

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Sun 18th –

Jazz at lunchtime

‘Instantly loveable’ ????? Empire

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Slice @ The Model serve wine, coffee and tea before the cinema

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KIDS CLUB: Sat 17th & Sun 18th December @ 2.00pm – “Monte Carlo” (gen) Admission ½2.90 per child. Minder free.

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

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Tasty Soup & Sandwitches available Monday - Friday Lunchtime

Irish House O’Connell Street,Tel: 071-9142003 Fri 16th December –

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Crossroads 10.30 – till close Showing Live Sports - SKY, SETANTA & ESPN

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Martin Mulligan, Máire Hanley, Deirdre and Róisín Kilgannon and Damien and Jason McGuinness. The branch held a very successful fundraising concert in Dromore West Community Centre on Saturday, December 3. Special guest on the night was Gerry Harrington, who launched his CD, ‘At Home’. The audience were treated to a feast of music, song and dance by local members of the branch. Congratulations to two branch members, Stephen Mulligan and Colm Connolly, who featured on ‘The Late Late Toy Show’, as part of the music group from Sligo, ‘Strings and Stragglers’. 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 will be available on the night and can be booked on 096-47100. This will be a great community night out for all, to start the festive season. SCOR NA NOG: Anybody under the age of 17 on January 1, 2012 and interested in taking part in Solo Singing, Recitation, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Figure Dancing or Set Dancing to represent the parish in Scor Na Nog, should get in touch with the cultural officer, John Gordon, as soon as possible. LEGEND SUPPORTER: The GAA club are supporting Joe Queenan in his bid to become Sligo’s Legend Supporter.. BLOTTO: There was no jackpot winner in the Easkey Community Council lotto draw on Friday night last. Numbers drawn were 13, 18, 23 and 32, with bonus number 31. Winners of €25 were Dylan Sloyan, S. Hegarty, Patricia Reilly, A. Kelly, Val Conlon. The 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.

ENNISCRONE By Enniscrone Tourist Office


Martin tells his story LONG-time resident of Enniscrone and founder member of Enniscrone United and the organiser of the Manchester United Memorial Cup, Martin Gordon has published his autobiography, No Love Here. The author arrived in Enniscrone in 1945, having survived the war years in Glasgow, to live with his aunt and her husband, John McGowan, on their farm in Carrowhubbock. But Martin went on to be ordained a Pallottine priest in London, where he numbered amongst his friends, Eamonn Andrews, Henry Cooper, the Chelsea footballers and many wellknown names from stage and TV. The book is on sale in the local newsagent and can also be ordered on Amazon and through the writer’s website CRAFT SHOP: The craft shop at the tourist information promote local craft and have a selection of hand-

CLOONACOOL: Cloonacool Folk Choir made history Saturday night, December 3 when they launched their first CD of Christmas hymns and songs. The launch took place in St Michael’s Church, Cloonacool, after 8pm mass. The choir sing at the vigil mass in Cloonacool on Saturday nights and consist of adults and children of all ages. This may become a collector’s item in years to come and indeed will be a lovely gift to family members unable to come home for Christmas. All voluntary assistance has gone into the recording of the CD. Thanks to everyone who made this great event happen. All money raised goes towards the Cloonacool Church Fund. CDs are available in Brennan’s Cloonacool, Super Valu and Coen’s in Tubbercurry.

made Christmas cards, paintings, jewellery, knitwear, crochet, candles and books. They now stock knitting wool, needles, ribbon and sewing threads. FOROIGE FOOD: Enniscrone Foroige Club is organising a food collection for St Vincent de Paul. Boxes will be placed in the local shops and 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. The food will be distributed the week before Christmas. Your support of this appeal is very much appreciated. THREE TENORS: Looking for entertainment after Christmas? Why not treat yourself to the Three Tenors who will appear in concert at the Diamond Coast Hotel on Wednesday, December 28 at the Diamond Coast Hotel. Declan Kelly, David Martin and Morgan Crowley promise you a night to remember TABLE QUIZ: The weekly North West Hospice table quiz was held in the Pilot Bar on Tuesday night last. A large crowd attended and enjoyed an excellent quiz presented by Billy Varley. The winning table was Tony Connaughton’s team. Many thanks to Jason and Michelle McGowan for their hospitality on the night. Tonight, Tuesday, December 13, the quiz will be held in the Ocean Sands and proceeds go to Enniscrone Tidy Towns. Your support is appreciated COMMUNITY GAMES: At the last Community Games meeting the following were elected: chairman, Martin McHale; vice chairman, Enda Mulrooney; secretary, Jennifer Cross; assistant secretary, Louise O’Neill; and treasurer, Bridget Nealon. In an effort to promote a greater involvement in the Community Games the group decided to put a special effort in promoting team events such as tag rugby, GAA, soccer, chess and draughts. The group are also liaising with the teachers and management of the National Schools within the parish. The committee paid tribute to the outgoing secretary Catherine Tuffy

for her many years of involvement with the group. The next meeting will be held at the GAA club house Quigabar at 9pm on tonight, Tuesday. BLOTTO: There was no winner of the €1,600 jackpot in the Blotto draw, which took place in the Ocean Sands Hotel. The numbers drawn were 13, 18 and 33. The winners of €25 were Anne Devaney, Vincent McDonnell, Brenda Jordan and Sandra Henly. 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:

GEEVAGH By Peter O’Rourke Tel. 071-9647580

Recent deaths THE death occurred recently of Betty Gaffney, Carrowcashel, Geevagh in her 80th year. Betty Kavanagh was born and reared in Tinaheally, Co. Wicklow before moving to Dublin at the age of 16 to work. There she met and married Pat Thady Gaffney and they arrived in Geevagh in the mid50s. From Tinaheally to Geevagh was a big move in the 50s but she soon settled into raising a large family. She suffered family tragedy as well, for in 1979 her son, Padraig was killed in a traffic accident. She was widowed early too with her husband passing away shortly after he retired. Yet despite her ups and downs Betty always had a smile and a good word for everyone, and there was always that mischievous twinkle in her eye. She enjoyed a cup of tea and a long chat when she would regale her companions with great stories and yarns. Geevagh church was packed for her funeral mass, at the end of which, two of her sons paid her glowing tributes in word and verse. She is

survived by five daughters, four sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers and a very large extended family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis. SYMPATHY: Is extended to the Kearns family, Geevagh on the death of Jean Kearns, wife of the late Michael, which occurred recently in Derry. CARRAN WALKING CLUB: “The mountain is white!” This was the common greeting on Sunday, December 4 as Carran Walkers assembled at Geevagh for their “first Sunday” walk to Aughris. Yes indeed, the mountain tops were white for sleet and snow had fallen during the night and early morning, and the temperature was around three degrees centigrade. The sky was still grey and threatening as the group set off. On arrival, their guide, Paula, advised that the planned walk along the coast and headlands might be dangerous in the blustery winds and so it was decided to stick to more solid trails in the Ladies Brae area. Following a good cardio workout on the sharp climb the walkers were rewarded with great views of Ben Bulben, Knocknarea and Sligo Bay, all the way across to Sliabh League. The fields, stretching from the hills to the sea, were very green for the time of year reflecting the fine soil of the area and a vast difference to the brown rush-covered fields of home. As the group headed downhill, they were lashed by a heavy hail shower powered by a strong northwesterly wind but it did not deter their spirits. Indeed, most agreed it did the opposite, giving them the extra satisfaction of challenging the elements and winning – on this occasion, at least. At lower levels, a surprising number of stone wall fences was evident, still standing broad and high and doing their job generations after their construction. Nearing the end of the walk the group did a little detour to visit Holy Hill Hermitage and its nearby court tomb. The main centre of the Hermitage occupies buildings

that were once a convent while scattered in the grounds are small little cabins that can be used as individual meditation “huts”. The old walls of the house are covered in Pyracantha, now sporting a blanket of orange-red berries. These are interspersed with old-fashioned “cottage” roses, which despite the sleet at their feet were in bloom, and giving off a wonderful, heavy scent for those who cared to dip. The group’s next organised walk will be on St. Stephen’s Day in the vicinity of Kilronan Castle. More details later. GEEVAGH LOTTO: Geevagh Community Resource Group Lotto draw was held recently and was not won. The winning numbers where 10, 11, 13 and 21. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,300. The €20 winners were; Karen O’Boyle, Geevagh; Frank Reynolds, Mohill; Cian Mastin, Geevagh; Aiden McManus, Geevagh and Padraig Curneen, Geevagh. HOSPICE CARDS: Christmas cards in aid of the North West Hospice are now available with a pack of five for €4. They depict some local scenes and are produced by Willow Design of Cootehall. So shop local, and contact Tom O’Rourke if you wish to buy some. GLAD THANKS YOU: Geevagh Local Area Development (GLAD) would like to thank all who came out and supported their table quiz held recently in Paddy’s, which raised over €600 for the playground project. CHARITY COOK BOOK: Inspirational Food is a new cookbook launched by members of Sligo Cancer Support Centre to raise much-needed funds for the provision of services at the centre. The book is available from all local shops, costing €10, and will make an ideal Christmas present. Christmas cards priced at 12 for €6 are also available from Mary Shivnan and Healy’s Shop, Ballyfarnon. LOUGH ARROW SWIM: Lough Arrow Annual Christmas Day Swim at 1pm at the pier. Sponsorship cards available in local pubs and from committee members. This is the 11th Christmas Day Swim and the committee would


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town&county like to thank all the sponsors, supporters and most importantly, the hardy swimmers for their support down the years. FOOD AND FLOWERS: Coola Parents’ Association presents their annual cookery demonstration with John Kelly, and floral arranging with Teresa Barry tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14 at 7.15pm. Tickets are available from the school or from Teresa O’Rourke on 087 1369259. Come along for a good night’s entertainment. VALLEY ROVERS F.C: Valley Rovers is hosting a children’s Christmas Disco in Ballyfarnon Community Hall on Saturday, December 17 from 5pm to 7pm. Entry €5. All welcome. Hopefully Santa will make an appearance on the night. GEEVAGH NS: Geevagh NS is holding an 8km fun run/walk on Sunday, January 15 at 2pm to raise funds for the school. Enrol at the school – €20 for a family, €10 for an adult and €3 for a child. Afterwards, refreshments will be served in the school. BARN DANCE: A barn dance will take place in Paddy’s Bar on St. Stephen’s night and will be hosted by GLAD. HISTORICAL SUCCESS: Tirerrill Historical and Archaeological Society held their annual dinner in Cromleach Lodge last week and it was well attended. After the excellent food the guests enjoyed some excellent entertainment courtesy of Mai Baxter from Keadue and friends Eileen and John. There were also some noteworthy contributions from the floor. Patrons are reminded that there is no lecture scheduled for January 2012.

MANORHAMILTON: St. Clare’s Primary School Manorhamilton’s 5th class students recently met some of their feathered friends during a presentation by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to the class.

GURTEEN Recent wedding CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to John Paul Corcoran, Seefin and Deirdre Murray, Donegal, who were married in Killymard Church, Donegal Town, on Saturday, December 3. CHRISTMAS MASSES: The following are the Mass times for Gurteen Parish for Christmas: Christmas Eve Mass will be held in Gurteen Church at 8pm. There will be three Masses on Christmas Day in Killaraght at 9.30am, Cloonloo at 10.45am and in Gurteen at 12 noon. 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 up-keep of the hall, so your support is greatly appreciated. LEGEND SUPPORTER: Eastern Harps Club have nominated Paddy Casey, Monasteraden for the ‘Sligo Legend Supporter’. Paddy is a long-time Harps supporter, so please support him in his campaign and help him to win the title. GIFT OF MUSIC: The Coleman Music Centre have just commenced their Christmas sale. There is a wide range of Irish music CDs, music tutor books, musical instruments and song books. The CDs are of local and national musicians, some at great value and the instruments are competitive-

ly priced. The centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, so why not drop in and you might find that ideal gift. CARDS FOR SALE: For sale in Gurteen post office and other local shops are Christmas cards for MS – in packs of six or ten. Contact Mary Frain on 087 7951633. Local GAA club Eastern Harps have also cards for Christmas – six for €4.99. They are also available from club members. And there are calendars for 2012 in aid of Sligo Animal Rescue group at €10 each. Support for these organisations would be greatly appreciated.

MANORHAMILTON By PJ Leddy Tel. 071-9855349

Charities presentation

Evin and Cuan Durkin from Collooney, who recently performed the lead role in ‘The Snowman’ (Blake) at the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin and University Limerick Concert Hall, with Nicky Byrne of Westlife, who was narrator in the show. Evin and Cuan are pupils of Anne-Marie Keaney. On Christmas Eve morning Evin, Cuan and elder brother Ferdia will also be featured on ‘Countrywide’ (RTE radio 1). Sligo audiences will have an opportunity to hear Ferdia, Evin and Cuan perform Christmas songs and carols as part of Anne-Marie Keaney’s students Christmas concert on Thursday, December 22 at 8pm in the Sligo Park Hotel.

THE North Leitrim Glens Run 2011, which took place in Manorhamilton on Saturday, September10, has come and passed but thanks to immense effort and great support on the day a fantastic sum of €8,500 was raised for the run’s nominated charities – Cystic Fibrosis and the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team. All the hard work for 2011’s event came to an end when the Glens Run Committee presented the cheques to both charities in the North Leitrim’s Women’s Centre on Friday night, November 26. Chairperson, Maura Gallagher, thanked committee members and supporters for their efforts and extended special thanks to all sponsors, in particular Finbar Ryan of Manor Chemists, the main sponsor of the event. She also thanked James Molloy, photographer, for all of the photos taken on the day. Photos of the presentation will be on the Glens Run website . BUSY CLASS: Fifth class at St. Clare’s Primary School, Manorhamilton had

a very busy week recently when participating in several challenging programmes. It began with a visit from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It had been intended to do a structured ramble around Milltown Wood, Lurganboy but with the terrible weather that morning the ramble was cancelled. Instead the fifth class students had a very interesting introduction to the birdlife around Ireland, and met some very interesting characters when this activity took place. Additionally, in between normal classes and regular tests, the class spent every spare minute making up a variety of ‘winter’ characters from papier mâche, ranging from usual snowmen and penguins to a galloping reindeer with all secured on a twisted wire frame. The ‘winter’ characters are still at various stages of completion and it will be interesting to see the finished products. And if that were not enough, the class was also finishing off the fine details on a variety of clay pots and vessels, as well as painting them in Christmas colours. Another significant item for Fifth Class was the writing of the all important Christmas letters. The letters were roughly drafted on paper before being carefully typed on the schools laptops. CHRISTMAS PARKING: Leitrim County Council is allowing free parking in Manorhamilton for the next month to encourage everyone to shop locally for the Christmas season. In a statement on its temporary relaxation of the town’s parking charges Leitrim County Council states: “Parking charges will be suspended in Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton over the Christmas period from Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, January 8 2012 (both dates inclusive).” SCRAP COLLECTION: The Glencar/ Manorhamilton GAA club’s recently commenced scrap metal collection in aid of the new pitch development continues for the next few weeks. Anyone who has unwanted scrap metal that they wish to get rid of

should contact any club member or phone 086 8973339. 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).

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

Sympathies SYMPATHY is extended to Michelle Scanlon and Jonathan Callaghan on the death of baby Amelia Rose; to the Tinsley and McGarry families on the death of Vincent Tinsley, Crozon Downs; to the Walsh and French families on the death of Peggy Walsh, St Brigid’s Place: to the Toland and Chrystal families on the death of Joan Toland, St Brigid’s Place and to the Rooney and O’Connell families on the death of Roseanne Rooney, Joe McDonnell Drive. MCR 200 CLUB: Draw results for December 8 – 1st Prize €100: Gillian and Jason; 2nd Prize €50:Christy Meehan; 3rd Prize €25: Joe Young; 4th Prize €25: Willie Lynch. BINGO BACK: Back by popular demand, MCR Bingo is back! It is running Sunday, December 18, from 3-5pm. 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. BOUNCEMANIA: This popular class is running on Tuesday nights in MCR Community Centre at 8.15pm. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It burns calories, tones the body and is great fun. Bounce the inches away to chart hits. For booking or more information, contact Claire on 087 9231629.


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town&county everyone who helped to make it a great party. YOUR NEWS: Items to be included in Skreen notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.



Tel. 071-9159929

Nostalgic DVD THIS DVD by the Merville Active Age Group will be available shortly. It is a photographic record of the area including images of the Sligo Rovers, Sligo Cathedral, St. John’s Cathedral, the Palace (St. Mary’s), Summerhill College, the Family Life Day Centre, the five Convents, the “Family Circle”, Sligo Cathedral Church Choir, Sligo Brass Band, Maugheraboy and “old” Maugheraboy, Nazareth House, the Gillooly Hall, Ursuline College, Sligo Railway Station, Sligo Port, residents and streets of the area and pubs and shops of the area among others. The music on the DVD is courtesy of Charles and Neil O’Connor and Michael Noonan of the Sligo Cathedral Church Choir. The group wishes to thank everyone who helped in any way in the making of the DVD, the proceeds of which are in aid of the Irish Kidney Association. Further details on availability in next week’s local notes. CHRISTMAS BREAK: 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 the community. Contact the centre on 071-9150029, anytime, for bookings. CHRISTMAS CLOSURE: The centre will close for the Christmas and New Year period on Friday, December 23, and reopen on Monday, January 9 at 9am.


Tel. 071-9165573 / 086-8258525

Champion Kickboxer THE Leonard family wishes to thank friends and neighbours who showed great support to Dessie on his return home on Sunday, November 27, after winning Silver at the World Senior Kickboxing Championships. The championships took place in City West Hotel, Dublin from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 26. A convoy of cars was waiting at Castlebaldwin to accompany the champion kickboxer and his family into Riverstown where they received a warm reception in both Sean McDermotts and Tommy McDermotts. SCHOOL WORRIES: Michael Colreavy TD visited Riverstown recently, following representations at his clinic from parents of Ardkeeran NS who are worried about possible staff cuts at the school. Michael plans to hold clinics in Riverstown in the New Year. Further details to be announced via the community notes. SANTATOWN 2011: 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 17, 4pm. Sunday, December 18, 2pm and 5pm. For bookings contact

Recent death

Andrew Dolan of Sligo celebrating his 21st birthday with a helicopter ride in Enniskillen, organised by his granny, Mary Dolan.

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. CHRISTMAS DAY 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 eleventh 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. CHRISTMAS DRAW: The annual Christmas draw and party night will take place in Sean McDermott’s on Friday. MUSIC SESSION: Riverstown Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will be holding a Christmas music session in Sean McDermott’s on Saturday, December 17. All welcome. NEWS ITEMS: To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris on 086 825 8525.


Tel. 071-9152792 rossespointnotes@

Cool yule AS Christmas approaches most social activity seems to be cantered in the retail sector as households make their final preparations for the holiday. Many other sectors seem to wind down and keep a low profile until the New Year. The weather certainly remains seasonal and there is talk of snow for the holiday. However, your bet is as good as mine but with the new betting tax I can’t see the bookies making a killing either! RNLI THANK YOU: Most people associate maritime matters with summertime activities such as the seaside holiday, sandy beaches, swimming etc. But they tend to forget that the Sligo Bay Lifeboat station is on standby 365

days a year, summer and winter and that lifeboat volunteers are always on call, day or night, Monday to Sunday. Remember the service when shopping for Christmas cards this year. The shop at the Lifeboat Station is open most Saturday and Sunday mornings for a few hours; cards are also available from Harry’s Bar in the village, from Maeve Gillard’s new shop and from Conway’s in the village. Sligo Bay Lifeboat would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Sligo and Rosses Point for their continued and generous support over the years.

SKREEN Christmas party THE annual Skreen/Dromard Christmas party, which was held on Sunday, December 4 in The Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone was a great success and everyone in attendance had a wonderful and enjoyable day. The committee would like to thank

SKREEN: Vincent Timothy (right of pic), Chairman of the Connacht Veteran and Vintage Motor Club, presents a cheque for €1,440 to Robert Cullen, trustee of the Adam Kennedy Trust. The money is half of the proceeds of the club's annual vintage run. The Vintage Club donated the other half to the Disabled Riders Association Westport Branch. Photo by Patrick Mullan.

THE death has taken place of Mattie Quigley, Riverstown. His funeral was celebrated in Riverstown Church last Friday, followed by burial in Tawnagh cemetery. ST. MICHAEL’S AGM: All at St Michael’s GAA Club would like to thank all those who attended their development meeting and supported their table quiz, all of which were held recently. Also a reminder that the club’s annual general meeting will be held on Thursday evening next, December 15 at 7.30pm in Ballintogher Hall. All in the Ballygawley, Sooey and Ballintogher areas are welcome to attend. FIRST COMMUNION: The next preparation for First Communion will take place at Masses in Riverstown and Sooey on Saturday/Sunday December 17/18. All children preparing for First Communion, and their parents, are asked to participate. CHRISTMAS MASSES: A special Children’s Mass will be celebrated in Sooey on Christmas Eve at 7pm, followed by Mass in Riverstown at 9pm. On Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated in Riverstown at 9am, Gleann at 10am and Sooey at 11.30am.

STRANDHILL By Ian Parke strandhillnotes@

Your Health - Your Pharmacy 071-9128031 burkespharmacy

Helicopter on hold WHILE the Coast Guard will be taking delivery of new helicopters in the coming weeks, it has been announced that Sligo airport will not get delivery of the new helicopter until 2013. Word of the new helicopters first emerged in March last year when it was confirmed that Sligo airport (Strandhill) would remain as one of the four rescue helicopter bases in the country. It was announced then that a new Sikorsky S92 would replace the existing Sikorsky S61, which has been in service for over 40 years. The new model will be faster, will have a longer range without refuelling and will be able to operate in fog. DRAMA: Coolera Dramatic Society presents, for one night only, their acclaimed production of ‘Myra’s Story’ by Brian Foster. The play is directed by Bobby Jones. This is a one-women presentation featuring Mary McDonnell in a performance of incredible depth, which chronicles the highs and infinite lows of Dublin women. This one night performance is being staged in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo on Friday, January 6 commencing at 8pm. Please note that this play is not suitable for children. Hawks Well Theatre booking office can be contacted on 071-9161526 or Admission is €15 and there are €10 concession rates available. ACTIVE RETIRED: The last Active Retirement Group meeting before Christ


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town&county mas takes place this Thursday, December 15 at 11am in the Strandhill Community Park building (Airport Road), home of Strand Celtic FC. The first meeting of 2012 will be held on January 12 while the AGM takes place on Thursday, January 26. 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.

TEMPLEBOY New Parish Priest THE parishioners of the parish extend a warm welcome to Fr Anthony Gillespie who has been appointed as PP as replacement for Fr John Judge and to thank Fr Gerry Gillespie for his help during the past number of months. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Bridgie McGee and to all family members on the recent death of Paddy Joe McGee late of Lugdoon, Templeboy, and to all relatives and friends VISIT THE ELDERLY: Now with the length of the dark nights and the winter storms people are asked to drop in on their elderly neighbours and those who live alone for a chat and to check they are ok. FOREST OWNERS GROUP: A number of people in the Dromore West/ Templeboy area are in the process of setting up a Forest Owners Group. All growers in the West Sligo region are invited to join the group as they believe the stronger the group the better will be their success to maximize returns from their trees by simply sharing important information. If you would like to attend their next meeting and decide if you want to join their group, please give your contact details to Liam Flynn’s Farm Supplies, Dromore West 096-47166 or alternatively phone or text details to Bernie Boland on 087 6159709 YOUR NEWS: Items to be included in Templeboy notes can be emailed to before 8pm on Wednesdays.

CERTIFICATE: Graduates from the Access course, National Learning Network Sligo pictured at their recent certification ceremony which was held in the Sligo Park Hotel. Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD, pictured (back left) presented over 100 graduates with FETAC and ECDL accredited qualifications. Also pictured: Back row (l-r) Gwen McDermott (instructor), John Sherdian, Michael Scalon, John Brick and Jonathan Robus. Middle row: Amie Meehan, Gemma Mularkey, John Golden, Meeri Pajurum, Eamon Neary and Louise Thornton (instructor). Front Row: Julie Ann Dolan, Orla Kerins, Maragret Keenan, Sinead Nolan, Mairead McHugh and Sinead Gilgunn.

GRADUATES: Graduates from the Employer Based Training course, National Learning Network Sligo pictured at their recent certification ceremony which was held in the Sligo Park Hotel. Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD, pictured (back left) presented over 100 graduates with FETAC and ECDL accredited qualifications. Also pictured: Back Row (l-r): Sean Darcy (regional manager, National Learning Network). Middle Row: Angela Darcy (resource teacher), Carol Taheny, Nuala McLaughlin (EBT instructor), Sharon Thornton (manager), Emma McHugh. Front Row: Martin Finnegan, Kervina Coleman, Dawn O'Grady, Amy McGowan and Collette Harkin.

TUBBERCURRY By Jackie Coogan

Tel. 071-9185022 Mobile: 087-6290962

Big dance WE are all hopeful that a great local support will join with the so many great fans of Gurteen’s most famous singer Patrick Feeney, who will play his first date in our ‘Ballroom of Romance’ St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry when Patrick and his band take the stage on Friday, December 16 with dancing till late. It’s the first dance in that hall to a band of this high professional level since Big Tom played at a dance there back in the early 1990s. Prior to that the last Christmas period dance was St. Stephen’s Night of 1986. Two of the musicians that played that night, Paddy Wimsey and Carl Neilsen, have passed on since, God rest them. The Old Fair Day, under Paul Walsh and his merry gang of boys and girls, are organising it and they would appreciate your support to cover running the Old Fair Day in August, with one of Ireland’s greatest attractions Patrick Feeney. Your support will be appreciated.

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY: The date of this year’s Senior Citizens Mass, dinner and social is Sunday, December 18. Mass is at 2pm and followed by dinner and the social, the venue is Killoran’s, Teeling Street. All who require transport should leave their names with Sr. Brendan and the Day Care Centre in Teeling Street as soon as possible, a great day is assured. PANTO TIME: Our first pantomine for a few years will feature all this week with the exception of Friday, December 16 when Patrick Feeney takes the spotlight. The panto ‘Bah Humbug’, based on Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ runs until Saturday, December 17 in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry. Nora Brennan in Teeling Street is handling seat bookings. Mark Dunne is in charge of direction and a panto at Christmas is one special treat for all ages, young and old. There are dozens of local actors, actresses, singers, comedians and choir line performers to give you all “The Spirit of Christmas”. Curtains open at 8pm nightly. Don’t miss it! GET LIGHT UP: Our town’s Christmas lights are up and running and many

changes and additions have been added this season. One incident however in the past few days caused concern and damage as a truck with a load of bales of hay and straw coming down Teeling Street, which was too high, caught up with a strand of lights between Murphy’s and Killoran’s, pulling down the strip and causing the hook in the wall to fly up and on to Killoran’s roof, breaking slates on the front of the building. There’s no need to say that the load was way too high and the driver never stopped, but continued to drive on, but was caught on camera. The number of the vehicle may not be on camera as he sped away. It’s one of those things and it took place at 11pm when all the shops were closed at that time. Anyway it’s not the end of the world as they are all lit up for Santa. The other message is that when Eddie Walsh and myself set up the return of Christmas street lights all those years past, when we were on the community council, there was little cash on hand to afford what we had way back then. It’s improved much since that and well done to the

people who run that system now. One message to all shoppers “Please shop local”. Keep jobs in our community. J.J AND MONICA’S AWARD: Two very popular local people, John Joe Brennan and his wife Monica are to be congratulated on receiving the Waterford Crystal Connacht B&B of The Year award for 2011. The couple run the Rockville accommodation on Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry, a very busy B&B. The presentation was made by Sharon Murphy of Waterford Crystal at a special function held in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin recently. Well done to JJ and Monica. GALLAGHER HOUSE SOCIAL: Some dates for your diary over the up-coming Christmas festivities in Tubbercurry. First, Thursday, December 15 is the date of the annual Gallagher House Christmas Party and Social. The venue is Killoran’s, Teeling Street, starting at 7pm with dinner followed by music by Christy O’Grady, with special guest Tommy and Mary Marren of Midwest Radio. This event has run for years and is a special night for staff and students of Gallagher House.

CHURCH SERVICES: An ecumenical candle lit carol service will be held again this year in St Nathy and St Brigid’s Church, Achonry on December 22 at 8pm. Both Bishop Kelly and Bishop Rooke will to be in attendance. All are welcome. The organisers look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones. The following are the Church of Ireland Christmas services in the Tubbercurry area: Friday, December 16 – carol service in Rathbarron Church at 8pm. Sunday, December 18 – carol service in St George’s Church, Tubbercurry at 8pm. Saturday, December 24 – celebration of carols around the crib in St George’s Church at 4pm (Especially for the young and the young at heart). Saturday, December 24 – First Holy Communion of Christmas in Rathbarron Church at 11.30pm. Christmas Day – Service of Holy Communion in Rathbarron Church at 10am. Christmas Day – Service of Holy Communion in St George’s Church, Tubbercurry at 11.30am.


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by John Bromley

Minister says budget puts new focus on agri-food growth THE Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney said that "Budget 2012 recognises the key role that agriculture and the agri-food industry has to play in Ireland’s economic recovery.” He said the measures introduced would allow the sector to continue its success in expanding Ireland’s exports and realising the objectives of Food Harvest 2020. He said the objective was to ensure the continuation of this success. The Minister pointed out that the main allowances for farmers will continue in force, but there were also some additional provisions. These include: A new stock relief incentive to encourage farm partnerships. An enhanced 50% stock relief will be available for all registered farm partnerships, and a 100% stock relief will be available for certain young trained farmers forming such partnerships. Reducing the stamp duty rate on agricultural land from 6% to 2%. A half rate (1%) will be applicable to transfers to close relatives until the end of 2014. Restructuring of the retirement relief on Capital Gains Tax to incentivise the earlier transfer of farm assets to the next generation, and to encourage the sale of land by those farmers with no successors. An upper limit of €3m will be introduced on family transfers where the individual transferring is aged over 66, compared to an unlim-

Budget a ‘mixed bag’ says Sligo farm leader T

Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney ited amount currently. On non-family transfers, the current upper limit of €750,000 will be reduced to €500,000. These changes will apply from 2014 onwards, thereby allowing time for older farmers to plan for transfer. These changes will aid land mobility and improve the age profile of Irish farmers. The VAT rate applied to open farms will be 9% rather than the new standard rate of 23%. A Capital Gains Tax incentive for property purchased before the end of 2013 should also stimulate the land market. The exemption rate for the Universal Social Charge has been raised from €4,004 to €10,036. Consistent with the commitment in the Programme for Government on carbon tax, farmers will be allowed a double income tax deduction in respect of the increased costs arising from the change in carbon tax (the carbon tax is to increase from €15 per tonne to €20 per tonne).

HE Budget will have no impact on most farmers, according to the Sligo based head of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) Gabriel Gilmartin, who is the organisation’s National President, said that there were several measures that would be quite important to specific categories of the sector. The Ballintrillick man said: “We welcome the 50% stock relief (100% for young farmers) for registered farm partnerships, the €5 million for beef discussion groups, the reduction in stamp duty to 2% and the reopening of the TAMS investment supports. We also welcome the VAT refund for wind turbines.” However, Mr. Gilmartin said farmers were disappointed with the increase in capital gains tax and capital acquisitions tax to 30% and

increases to carbon tax. He said that on the taxation side, the changes to capital gains tax have been an attempt to incentivise farm transfer before the age of 66. “However, this has been outweighed by increases in CAT and CGT to 30%, as well as the reduction in the CAT threshold to €250,000. The risk is that increased rates will discourage farmers from making any move during their lifetime”. Mr. Gilmartin said the increase in carbon tax is unfortunate notwithstanding the delay on imposing the increased rate on “green” diesel to May 2012 and the double income tax relief. “Rural dwellers in general will be unhappy with the increased carbon tax and it will add to the transport costs for all farm inputs and outputs leading to a lowering of competitiveness,” Mr.

Gilmartin continued. Meanwehile, IFA President John Bryan said the cuts to REPS4, and changes to the terms and conditions in Disadvantaged Areas and Farm Assist, amounted to a €50m direct cut in farm incomes. He said the Minister for Agriculture must make a meaningful AEOS scheme available to all farmers leaving REPS3 in 2012. Mr Bryan said the taxation measures for farm transfer, investment and land mobility recognised the potential of the agriculture sector to achieve the expansion and growth targets of Food Harvest 2020. However, he said the reduction in the CAT/transfer tax threshold to €250,000 is an excessive drop, and the increase to 30% in the tax rate on the balance, will impact negatively on the transfer of commercial farms.

Mr Bryan said the introduction of a capital-asset test for higher education grants must exclude agricultural land as it would deny access to higher education to many students from farm families. He said the Government commitment to maintain support for forestry and the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme will underpin production in these sectors. Mr Bryan said, “The decision to reduce the commercial stamp duty rates will also help to stimulate activity in the land market, encourage lifetime transfers, and allow farmers who wish to expand, to do so.” The IFA President said the increases in fuel and motor taxes and the increased VAT rate would have a significant impact on farm business costs, while the household charge was an additional cost for all farm families.

Sligo IFA executive holds IT training initiative


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Pictured at Sligo IFA's IT training were: Back Row L-R: James Kelly, IFA Director of Organisation; Gerry Gallagher, Asst. Secretary, Sligo IFA; Theresia Linsbod-Roddy, Sligo IFA Farm Business representative; JJ Kavanagh, IFA National Treasurer; J.P. Cowley, Vice-Chairman, Sligo IFA. Front Row L-R: Mary Boyle, Sligo IFA Secretary; Eddie Davit, IFA Sligo Chairman. MEMBERS of Sligo IFA County Executive recently embarked on a technology training course. A training unit, furnished with a suite of top-spec PCs and Smartphones visited Carrick-on-Shannon. The aim of the initiative was to equip IFA’s county officers with knowledge and skills on the

internet and mobile technology to support their work in IFA. The training initiative supported by IFA’s Farm Business Skillnet and the Member Services division, demonstrated software programmes which would be of benefit to farmers. Each participant also re-

ceived training and guidance in internet use and, IFA’s new mobile application which has been developed to provide IFA members with up to date farming news, weather, and commodity and input prices. Sligo IFA County Chairman, Eddie Davitt, said: “Leadership at county level is funda-

mental to the IFA’s continued record of delivery. With the upcoming challenges of budget 2012 and CAP Post 2013, it is vital that farmers have strong representation at home and in Europe and it is equally important that we as officers have the required technical and organisational skills to deliver for our members.”


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Sligo Chamber host Dublin showcase

Michael Carty, Paul Keyes, Gerard Mullaney, Rebecca Stevens, Gerard Moore, Mayor Rosaleen O'Grady, Hubert Kearns, Lorraine McDonnell and Damien Devaney

Michael Carty, John Clifford, Niall Murray, Michael O'Hehir, Paul Keyes, Gerard Moore, Des Faul, Jude Devins, Kevin Quinn, Damien Devaney and Joe Corcoran

Minister of State John Perry, Julie Callaghan, Gerard Moore, Rebecca Stevens, Lorraine McDonnell and Damien Devaney

Lorraine McDonnell, Minister John Perry, Julie Callaghan, Gerard Moore, Rebecca Stevens, Martina Bromley, Damien Devaney, Padraig McKeon.


N Wednesday, November 30, Sligo Chamber and Sligo Enterprise Europe Network, in association with the Sligo County Development Board hosted a breakfast briefing in No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. This seminar was a follow up to the very successful "Sligo is Enter-

prising" event organised by Sligo Chamber in November 2009 at the same venue. The aim of the event was to highlight current developments in both enterprise and tourism and to promote Sligo as an ideal location for new, expanding and relocating businesses. The event proposed to build on and

strengthen relationships with the Sligo diaspora in Dublin. This well attended event attracted over 140 business people. The morning's presentation provided an ideal opportunity for the business community to be up-dated on the activities and infrastructure planned for Sligo and to meet the local

contacts. Speakers at the event included John Perry, Minister for Small Business; Julie Callaghan, Associate Director, Equinoxe, AIS, and Damien Devaney of TEAM Sligo with a panel discussion chaired by Padraig McKeon, Drury Communications who acted as master of ceremonies for the event.

Collins McNicholas appoints new consultant COLLINS McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group has announced the appointment of Tina Smith as a Recruitment Consultant in its Sligo office. Tina will bring a particular focus to recruitment in the Technical and Engineering sector. Tina, a native of Sligo, is a graduate from the Institute of Technology, Athlone, where she completed a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry before going on to complete her Chemistry degree in London. She brings a wealth of R&D, Supply Chain, Marketing and Innovation experience to the Collins

McNicholas Group, having spent 20 years in the UK working for ICI Paints Dulux. Commenting on her appointment, Antoinette O'Flaherty, Regional Manager said "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tina Smith who brings significant experience from the manufacturing sector, which is where much of our recruitment is focused in recent times. Tina will be a strong addition to our team in Sligo and we look forward to enhancing our business in the technical/engineering sector.â&#x20AC;?

APPOINTMENT: Sligo woman Tina Smith.

President of Sligo Chamber, Gerard Moore commenting on Equinoxe AIS which was launched at the "Sligo is Enterprising" event two years ago, said: "Equinoxe is a real life example and case study of a new business set up and locating in the North West of Ireland. We hope that as a result of this case study that we continue to

develop and enhance the collaboration currently taking place in Sligo and build and strengthen our relationship with the Sligo Diaspora in Dublin, London and further afield. "Equinoxe AIS is a provider of administration services to the hedge fund industry. Its headquarters are in Bermuda and it has existing Irish operations in Malahide, Co Dublin. Its Sligo base is in the Innovation Centre at Sligo I.T." The President concluded by stating: "We hope that you see this as an opportunity to view the success of collaboration and to join us in helping to grow and develop Sligo as an already designated Gateway City." Minister John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business, outlined his priorities as Minister for Small Business and what he intends to achieve over the coming months. Minister Perry said: "The programme for Government, the Jobs Initiative and my appointment as Minister for Small Business all confirms the commitment of this Government to small businesses. "We are acutely aware of the importance of the small business sector and its potential for generating employment. As the Minister for Small business, I want to be the voice of small business to Government to reflect concerns and bring for-

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ward proposals to assist businesses." Minister Perry concluded: "My challenge now, and indeed the challenge of this Government, is to prioritise where we will place efforts to best effect over the coming months so that we do achieve change, make a difference and ensure that small businesses will play a central role in our economic recovery." Julie Callaghan, Associate Director Equinoxe AIS, said: "Focussing on our Sligo experience, two years on from when we first announced our intention to open an office in Sligo, we have found the experience to be extremely positive with many factors contributing to this. "Some of the key factors for us to date have been the collaboration with and support received from organisations such as the IDA, Sligo IT and Sligo Chamber; the ease with which we have been able to hire high calibre staff for our Sligo office and the quality of life which those staff members have enjoyed since they made the move to Sligo. "We will continue to hire staff for our Sligo office through the remainder of 2011 into 2012, with our aim being able to double our staff numbers from the existing 8 staff during 2012."


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Denise Leonard with Customer.


IRGO hair salon in Castle Street celebrates one year open this month. The salon - formerly Hairport – situated above Tir na nÓg card shop was totally refurbished by its new owner and is a nice relaxed calm hideaway from the busy street outside. Stylists and owner Denise and Yvonne worked together for nearly 20 years and have built up a very loyal client base, but with their friendly, courteous service it’s not hard to see why. Since opening in 2010 the business has been going from strength to strength, and this they say is down to their great clients.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the last 20 years,” said Denise. “We try to keep our prices competitive in these times of recession and still provide a one to one service. “We specialize in all aspects of hairdressing and are constantly updating our craft and attending courses. “So call in, we would be delighted to welcome you and have you looking fabulous for Christmas. Gift vouchers are also available for Christmas.” We are open from Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). For appointments ring 0719142979.

Denise Leonard taking a booking.


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In Memoriam Deaths MCTERNAN: James 'Seamus' McTernan, 6 Ballytivnan, Sligo, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing at the Foley and McGowan Funeral Home from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday. Removal on Friday to St Joseph's Church, Ballytivnan, arriving for Mass of the Resurrection at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold's Cross, Dublin, arriving at 3.30pm approximately PRESTON: Louis Preston, Corr Cross, Walderstown, Athlone, and formerly of Ballymote. Suddenly. Reposing at his residence today, Tuesday, from 12 noon. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Wednesday, in Drumraney Church at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. House private on Wednesday morning. HALLINAN: Ann Hallinan, Convent Hill Crescent, Ballina, and late of Ballydrehid, Ballisodare. Reposing at McGowan's Funeral Home, Ballina, today Tuesday from 6.30pm, with removal at 8pm to St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina. Requiem Mass on tomorrow, Wednesday at 11am, with burial afterwards in St Nathy's Cemetery, Collooney, arriving at 1pm approximately. HARGADON: Rita Hargadon (neé Corcoran). Annaghloy, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing at her home until 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, morning, with removal to St. Brigid's Church, Highwood arriving at 12.45pm for Mass of Christian Burial at 1pm. Interment afterwards in Ballindoon Cemetery. House private on Wednesday morning. CLERKIN: Annie Clerkin, nee McGee, wife of the late Michael Clerkin, Rathgean, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. Reposing at her home until 5pm today, Tuesday. House private thereafter. Removal today to St. Theresa's Church, Ballintogher arriving at 8pm. Mass of the Resurrection tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Carrowcrin cemetery._ GALLAGHER: Frank Gallagher, Danby, Ballyshannon, and formerly of Birmingham, England, at the Erne Hospital, Enniskillen. Reposing was at Shannagh Private Nursing Home, Belleek, with removal yesterday, Monday, to St Patrick's Church, Ballyshannon, at 7pm. Funeral mass today, Tuesday, at 11am,

followed by interment in Abbey Assaroe Cemetery. BEGLEY: Kathleen Begley, nee Marley, 3 Caltragh Road, Sligo. Peacefully at her home. Reposing was at the Foley and McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard, Sligo, with removal on Sunday evening to St. John's Church, Carraroe. Mass of the Resurrection was yesterday, Monday, with funeral to Sligo Cemetery afterwards KELLY: Mary 'May' Kelly, nee Finnerty, Carrowmorris, Dromard, Co. Sligo. Peacefully. Reposing was at her residence with removal on Sunday evening to Saint Peter and Paul's Church, Dromard. Funeral Mass was yesterday, Monday, followed by burial in Dromard Cemetery RUSHE: Mary Jane Rushe, known as Mollie, Tanrango, Beltra, Co. Sligo, peacefully at the Nazereth Nursing Home, Sligo. Remains reposed in the Nazereth House Chapel with removal yesterday, Monday, to Saint Peter and Paul Church, Dromard. Funeral Mass today, Tuesday, at 12 noon, followed by burial in Skreen Cemetery. BRUEN: Ursula Bruen, nee Gilligan, Seafield, Knocknahur, and formerly of Streedagh, Grange, Co Sligo. Remains reposed at McGloin's Funeral Home, Cliffoney, with removal yesterday evening, Monday, to the Church of Mary Immaculate, Grange. Mass of the Resurrection today, Tuesday, at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Ahamlish Cemetery. MITCHELL: Bridie Mitchell, nee McDonagh, Wolfe Tone Street, Sligo, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at her home with removal yesterday, Monday, to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was afterwards in Sligo Cemetery. MCLOUGHLIN: Gerry McLoughlin, Boggaun, Carrick Road, Manorhamilton. Suddenly at his residence. Removal of remains was from his family home to St. Clare's Church, Manorhamilton. Funeral mass was on Saturday with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. FEELY: Ignatius Feely, better known as Nace, Rhue, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. Reposing was at the residence of his daughter Geraldine Slowey Carrigeen, Tubbercurry. Removal was on Saturday morning to St.

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Attracta's Church, Tourlestrane, for Mass of the Resurrection with funeral afterwards to Rhue Cemetery. HARKIN: Michael Harkin, Roscommon Town, Roscommon and formerly of Maugheraboy, Sligo. Reposing was at the family home in the Spinney, Roscommon, followed by removal on Saturday morning to the Sacred 0Heart Church, Roscommon, for Mass of the Resurrection. Cremation was afterwards in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. TANSEY: Sean Tansey, Knockoconnor, Keash, Ballymote, at his residence. Remains reposed at his residence with removal on Friday evening to St Kevin's Church, Keash. Funeral mass was on Saturday with burial afterwards in Knockbrack Cemetery. CLERKIN: Bernadette Clerkin, Donabate, Co Dublin, and formerly of Leekfield, Skreen, Co Sligo peacefully at Our Lady's Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin. Reposing was at the Foley & McGowan Funeral home, Market Yard, Sligo, with removal on Friday evening to St Adamnan's Church, Skreen. Mass of the Resurrection was on Saturday with funeral afterwards to St

Mary's Cemetery, Skreen. FORDE: Seán Forde, 90 Rathedmond, Sligo. Retired Inspector, An Garda Síochána. Peacefully at his residence. Remains reposed at his home with removal on Saturday to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo for Funeral Mass. Burial was afterwards to St. Patrick's Cemetery, Scarden, Strandhill. QUIGLEY: Mattie Quigley, Rusheen, Riverstown, Co. Sligo. Peacefully at the Rehab Unit at St John's Hospital, Sligo. Reposing was at the family home of PJ and Theresa Quigley with removal on Thursday evening to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Riverstown. Funeral Mass was on Friday with burial afterwards in Townagh Cemetery. WIMS: Laurence 'Larry' Wims, 82 Furry Park Road, Killester, Dublin, and formerly of Rathdooney, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. At Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Remains reposed at the Beaumont Mortuary Chapel on Thursday, followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote. Funeral mass was on Friday at 12 with burial afterwards in St. Columba's Cemetery, Ballymote. KNIGHT: Catherine Knight, nee Scott. Gloucestershire, England,

5th Anniversary

LENEHAN JAMES A loved one lives forever in the hearts of those who cared A loved one lives forever in the memories that we shared If memories bring us closer We are never far apart God has you in his keeping We have you in our hearts St. Pio pray for him Sadly missed Liam, Mary & Nicole xxx

NOVENA to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus who said ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you’, through the intercession of Mary, your most Holy Mother, I knock, I ask that my prayers will be granted (make request). O Jesus who has said whatsoever you ask the father in my name, it shall be granted to you through the intercession of Mary, your Most Holy Mother, I ask the Father in your name that my prayer be granted (make request). O Jesus, who said heaven and earth shall pass away, through the intercession of your most Holy other, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted (make request). Publication must be promised. Novena unfailing. Say hourly for nine hours. One day only . OOG NOVENA to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus who said ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you’, through the intercession of Mary, your most Holy Mother, I knock, I ask that my prayers will be granted (make request). O Jesus who has said whatsoever

you ask the father in my name, it shall be granted to you through the intercession of Mary, your Most Holy Mother, I ask the Father in your name that my prayer be granted (make request). O Jesus, who said heaven and earth shall pass away, through the intercession of your most Holy other, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted (make request). Publication must be promised. Novena unfailing. Say hourly for nine hours. One day only . S McG Novena to St. Martha O St Martha I resort to thee and to thy petition and faith, I offer to thee this light which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favour thou didst enjoy when Our Saviour lodged in thy house. I beseech thee to have definite pity in regard to the favour I ask (mention favour). Intercede for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities. I ask thee St Martha to overcome the dragon which thou did'st cast at thy feet. One Our Father and three Hail Mary’s and a lighted candle every Tuesday and the

and formerly of Carrickacroghery, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim. Reposing was at Fowley's Funeral Home, Dromahair. Removal was on Thursday morning to St. Patrick's Church, Dromahair, for Mass of the Resurrection. Burial was afterwards in Creevelea Abbey. O'CONNOR: Doreen O'Connor,

nee Tracey, Knocknarea Villas, Sligo. Suddenly at her home. Reposing was at her home with removal from her home on Thursday to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Mass of Christian burial. Burial was afterwards in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Scarden, Strandhill Road, Sligo

HARGADON: Bridie Hargadon, Creevymore, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo. Reposing was at the residence of her brother, John, Creevymore, with removal on Wednesday morning to St. Molaise's Church, Cliffoney for Funeral Mass. Burial was afterwards in Ahamlish Cemetery

5th Anniversary

LENEHAN JAMES James, if we could visit Heaven on this our saddest day, maybe just for a moment our pain would go away. We could put our arms around you James and whisper words so true. That living life without you is the hardest thing to do. Our hearts still ache with sadness as silent tears still flow, How much we love and miss you, no one will ever know. Miss and love you so much, Dad & Mum.xx James. No words we write will ever say how much we miss you every day. Although we smile and make no fuss, you are deeply missed by all of us. No one knows the grief we bear, when the family gathers and your not there. We laugh, we talk and play our part, but beyond our smiles are broken hearts. Love Lisa, Harry & Brooklyn. James. One gift in life you cannot buy, Is a gift that is rare and true. The gift of a precious brother, Like the one we had in you.

above prayer made known with the intention of spreading devotion to St Martha, This miraculous Saint grants everything before the Tuesdays are ended. No matter how difficult. S McG Glorious Saint Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take the present affair (mention it) which I recommend to thee, under thy special protection. Vouch safe to recommend it to thy daughter, the blessed virgin mary , and to lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with thee and Mary and all saints, praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen. A.H. THE MIRACLE PRAYER: Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask for a special one. (Make request). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place

Your memories were precious, Your presence missed so much. You will always be remembered And loved by all of us. Deep in our hearts we will always be glad and thankful to God For the wonderful brother we had. Love you always Daniella, Darren, Joshua, Jayden & Lucy. James. You always had a smile to share, A laugh a joke and time to care. Those we love don’t walk away, They walk beside us everyday . Love , wee Mary, John, Orianna & Ciara.xx I’m crying all alone your no where to be found, You said you’d always be there for me you ‘d stick around. But something has come over you, you went into the dark, the dark that once you went out there, There was no turning back.

it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes, it will become Your favour, not mine. Say for 3 days and promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. J.F. 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. S.K. 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. G.MC.H

I think back to the golden years when me and you knee high, and I just can’t help but think why oh why. So I’ll sing a little song for you and I’ll say a little prayer, For you are gone my friend, but you will always still live on. The wind is howling, the breeze is blowing, It’s coming to that day when we are crying, you are smiling looking down our way. Please look after all of us, Especially those who are sick, please wave a magic wand around and make everything ok. I miss you James and your funny ways , What I wouldn’t do to have one more hug, one laugh, one smile, Cause I didn’t even get to say goodbye. Miss you and love you so much. Laura &

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. T.M. BLESSED Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother, O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of by heart to succour me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power, O show me, my Mother, O show me herein you are my Mother, O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. Helen


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SHARED ACCOMMODATION ROOM to let in modern house, close to town centre, free SKY TV and Broadband E45 per week. Tel: 087-6818775 CARTRON HEIGHTS rooms to let near IT, FAS, Hospital, Abbotts, free parking. Ring: 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

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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. SILVER AUDI for sale. A3 1.6 Petrol. Year 200 and tested until September 2012. Price €2,500. Phone 086 0820481.

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. ROUGH COLLIE PUPS FOR SALE. Wormed and Vacinated. Parents can be seen. Price €250.087 6986106.

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 087-

6819794 CHIROPRACTOR: Bringing balance, ease and understanding to the body and nerve system. Gently helping the body for health and normal function. Dr. Greta Naylor RN, RM, DC, Sligo. Phone: 071-9149976 CALANETICS WITH CASS. 6 week course begins Wednesday November 9th . Scoil Ursula , Strandhill Road, 8pm. The deep ,muscle exercise routine that tones you up fast and is great for bad backs. Fee E50 payable on the 1st night. Contact Cass 086 8427426. LADIES SCANDINAVIAN Fashion at Taylors Art Gallery, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. Pre Christmas Offer. 20% off greenhouse labels . Also in stock Friendtex & Miss Captain. Selection of scarves, bags, jewellery , would make ideal Christmas gift. Shop at ease Friday/Saturday 25th and 26th November while your children watch a free film on the cinema screen. Free refreshments for Children & Adults. Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm. Fri-Sat 9am-6pm or by appointment : contact Hillary on 07196 66330 or 087 9138773.

LOST/FOUND LARGE SUM of money Quayside Shopping Centre. Found mid November. Contact 086 3097596.

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.

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 TURF FOR SALE, Good Quality. Delivered. – 0868610253. DRY HOPPER TURF ,can be delivered, Excellent quality. Tel: 0851700557.



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. I PAUL TANSEY, Intend to apply for permission for retention of dwelling house as constructed at Mullaghnaneane, Co. Sligo. The original planning permission, PL07/1237 REFERS TO THIS DEVELOPMENT. This application may be inspected , or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the planning office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of ¤20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority.

LEGAL NOTICE THE CIRCUIT COURT MIDLAND CIRCUIT COUNTY OF SLIGO IN THE MATTER OF THE LICENSING ACTS 1833 TO 2010 IN THE MATTER OF THE LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT 1902 SECTION 2(1) AS AMENDED BY THE ONTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT 1960 SECTION 23 AND IN THE MATTER OF THE COURTS (SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS) ACT 1961 AND IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BY JOE FARRELL APPLICANT TAKE NOTICE that Joe Farrell of Faughts, Calry, Co. Sligo intends to apply to this Honourable Court sitting at The Courthouse, Teeling Street, Sligo on the 10th day of January 2012 at 10.30am in the forenoon or so soon thereafter as this application may be taken for a Certificate entitling and enabling him to receive a full Seven-Day Publican’s Licence to sell intoxicating liquor by retail at premises known as Hennigans, Wine Street, Sligo AND TAKE NOTICE that the said premises are more particularly delineated in the drawings lodged with the County Registrar and edged with a red verge line. Dated this 08 day of December 2011 Signed: McDermott Creed & MartynSolicitors for the ApplicantConstitutional BuildingsStephen StreetSligo To: The County Registrar The Courthouse Teeling Street, Sligo To The District Judge, District Court Office The Courthouse Teeling Street, Sligo To: The Superintendent Garda Station Pearse Road, Sligo To: Fire Officer, Sligo County Council Riverside, Sligo


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Noticeboard/Recruitment LEGAL NOTICE THE CIRCUIT COURT MIDLAND CIRCUIT COUNTY OF SLIGO IN THE MATTER OF THE LI CENSING ACTS 1833 TO 2010 IN THE MATTER OF THE LI CENSING (IRELAND) ACT 1902 SECTION 2(1) AS AMENDED BY THE ONTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT 1960 SECTION 23 AND IN THE MATTER OF THE COURTS (SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS) ACT 1961 AND IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BY KEVIN KELLY APPLICANT TAKE NOTICE that Kevin Kelly of Tonaphubble, Sligo intends to apply to this Honourable Court sitting at The Courthouse, Teeling Street, Sligo on the 10th day of January 2012 at 10.30am in the forenoon or so soon thereafter as this application may be taken for a Certificate entitling and enabling him to receive a full Seven-Day Publican’s Licence to sell intoxicating liquor by retail at premises known as Reidys, Stephen Street, Sligo in the County of Sligo. AND TAKE NOTICE that the said premises are more particularly delineated in the drawings lodged with the County Registrar and edged with a red verge line. Dated this 08 day of December 2011 Signed: McDermott Creed & Martyn Solicitors for the Applicant Constitutional Buildings Stephen Street Sligo To: The County Registrar The Courthouse Teeling Street Sligo To The District Judge, District Court Office The Courthouse Teeling Street Sligo To: The Superintendent Garda Station Pearse Road Sligo To: The Fire Officer, Sligo County Council Riverside Sligo

PLANNING 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: 1. The construction of new entrance , front boundary wall/fence & footpath. 2. The construction of community building (508m2) including dressing rooms and installation of new mechanical Aeration System & percolation area. 3. Construction of new playground (900m2) and Astroturf Training area ( 900m2) , 4.The provision of 100 no. car parking spaces & 2no. bus parking spaces.

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5. The provision of jogging track and improvements to existing soccer pitch. 6. The provision of new boundary and internal fencing and all necessary drainage, signage, floodlights and associated siteworks. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, 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. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL. We, Brian and Ann Scanlon, intend to apply for planning permission for development at Scarden Beg, Strandhill Road, Co. Sligo. This development will consist of: 1. The retention of extensions as constructed to the existing dwelling. 2. The retention of domestic type garage to rear of existing dwelling. 3. New p.e.t.s system and polishing filter to replace existing effluent treatment system. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, 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.

SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL: We, Aughanagh Parish Council Limited, intend to apply for planning permission to construct proposed new community grass pitch, separate astro turf pitch, new 46m2 stand, new carparking, complete with all associated site works & services at Gortalough, Ballinafad, Co. Sligo. This application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Planning Office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in

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call: 071-9174900 fax: 071-9142255 email: writing on payment of €20 within five weeks from the date of receipt of the application by the authority. Signed: Michael Rowley & Associates, Design, Planning & Project Management Consultants, Cloonfinish, Swinford, Co. Mayo. SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL. We David Mc Nulty and Edel Cryan intend to apply for permission to construct a new house and garage, effluent treatment system and new entrance at Lisbaleely, Gurteen. This application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the planning office, Sligo County Council, Riverside , Sligo, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the Sligo County Council in writing on payment of €20 within 5 weeks from the date of receipt of the Application by the authority.

CLASSIFIED MARBLE fire surround with hearth and wooden mantelpiece together with back boiler for sale, open to offers, buyer collects. Tel: 071-9152792

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR COMMERCIAL COLLECTION SCHEDULE Normal Collection Dates Mon 26th December ‘11 Mon 2nd January ‘12

Revised Collection Dates Wed 28th December ‘11 Tue 3rd January ‘12

Recycling Centre & Waste Depot Christmas & New Year opening times are: December 24th, 26th, 27th : Closed December 28th: 9am-3pm December 29th: 9am-3pm December 30th: 9am-3pm December 31st: Closed January 1st & 2nd: Closed

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR DOMESTIC COLLECTION SCHEDULE Revised Collection Normal Collection Dates Dates No Collection Tuesday 27th December ’11 (North Co. Sligo)

Tuesday 27th December ‘11 (Sligo City North)

Friday 23rd December ’11 (Waste & Recycling Collection)

If you are an account customer, why not avail of our free text messaging service to remind you of your collection day? Simply contact us with your mobile number on 1890 500 800 Please ensure all Bins/Bags are presented before 6.00am to ensure collection. For further information, please contact our dedicated Customer Support line on: Lo Call 1890 500 800

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Conor Farrell (Garavogue BAr) presents Sligo's got Talent Winner Kayleigh with her Cheque for 10,000 Euro.

Megan and Emzee on stage.

MC for the Sligo's got Talent Competition Mark Cunning (i Radio) with his wife Paula during the final of the Competition. MC Mark Cunning (i Radio) wtih the last 2 contestants Kayleigh Gallagher (left) and Vanessa Sleator (right). Kayleigh Gallagher learns that she won the Sligo's got Talent Winner.

Nicole, Megan and Mairead were enjoying the night in the Garavogue.

David and Johnny were enjoying the music inthe final of Sligo's got Talent competition.

Carole, Maria and Margaret at the SLigo's got Talent Competition.

Mairead, Megan and Megan at the final of the Sligo's got Talent competition.

Sligo' got Talent regular supporters Jason and Danny were at the final of the competition.

Former contestants CUrtis O'Brien and Amanda Delaney were at the Sligo's got Talent final.

Rebecca Marshall (center) celebrated her birthday with friends Emma, Sorcha, Ruth and Michelle in the Garavogue.

Vanessa Sleator on stage.


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Social & Personal FOY’S LAUNDERETTE


PROFESSIONAL DRY CLEANERS and full Laundry Service, Ironing Service, Alterations & Shoe Repairs. Pick up and delivery also selling children's Tshirts & accessories Unit 2 Crozon Park, Sligo EASY PARKING NEWLY openedUnit 35 Quayside Centre, Sligo CONTACT SIOBHAN TEL: 071-9149576 MOB: 087-3125479

S.T.O.P. is a registered charity which was set up to assist and support individuals who feel suicidal, are in distress or those who have been bereaved by suicide. Currently S.T.O.P. provide the following services. . Provides bereavement support through a suicide bereavement group which meets monthly. . Support and outreach to those bereaved by suicide. . FREE Counselling for those who are feeling suicidal/depressed or have been bereaved by suicide.. If you feel that you could benefit from any of the above supports please contact Mary on 087-4188053

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


Guitar Lessons Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Nights with Karl Burthom Grade 8 Distinction in Guitar RIAM Will teach rock, blues, jazz & country with 10 yrs teaching experience. For beginners & advanced Button Key Accordion Lessons with P.J. Hernon Wednesday Nights Bodhran Lessons with Junior Davey Thursday Nights Drum Lessons Matt Jones Monday & Tuesday Nights Singing Lessons Thursday Nights with Roisin Egan Fiddle Lessons Declan Folan, Taylor’s Art Gallery Picture Framing & Music Centre Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo Phone 071-9165138

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Students of Ann-Marie Keaney will perform a feast of Christmas songs and Carols On Thurs 22nd Dec at 8pm In The Sligo Park Hotel Tickets €10 will be available for Purchase on the night of concert. For more info please call 087 6390188

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Sport COMMUNITY GAMES: Outstanding Sligo volunteers honoured at national awards gig PRIZE: Sligo Community Games, winners of the ‘Best Developed County’ award. Back from, from left, Anthony Leonard, Mary Leydon, Noreen McDermott, Geraldine Jinks, Ann Kelly, Margaret Bolton, John Walsh. Front row, from left, Eilish McMorrow, Ann Taaffe, Margaret Kavanagh, Cathy Clarke, Noreen Fallon, Tanya Kelly, Sarah McMorrow.

Awards for Sligo at HSE Community Games bash

AWARD: Ballymote’s Sarah McMorrow, left, receives the ‘Youth Volunteer’ award from Geraldine Jinks.

SLIGO Community Games’ outstanding volunteers and area were recognised at the recent HSE Community Games National Area, Volunteer and Youth Awards that were held in Ballinasloe’s Carlton Shearwater Plaza Hotel. St Feichin’s was voted Sligo and Connacht’s top area, while Sligo’s Youth Volunteer Award and Adult Volunteer Award winners were Sarah McMorrow (Ballymote) and Noreen McDermott (Riverstown) respectively. There was further delight for the county as Sligo was named the ‘Best

Developed County’ at national level for 2011 by the Community Games organisation. The section winners in 31 counties were honoured at the function, while a Kildare area, St Brigid’s (Newbridge), picked up the ‘Overall National Award’. The awards were a celebration of the excellent work and dedication of volunteers from those areas within HSE Community Games that have achieved high levels of participation by children in a wide range of sports and cultural activities throughout the year.

RECOGNITION: Noreen McDermott, Riverstown, right, receives the ‘Adult Volunteer’ award from Dr Nazih Eldin.

TOP AREA: St Feichin’s, winners of ‘Best Area’ award in Sligo and Connacht. From left, John Walsh, Cathy Clarke, Mary Leydon, Dr Nazih Eldin (HSE), Margaret Kavanagh, Noreen Fallon, Geraldine Jinks, Margaret Bolton, Anthony Leonard.


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Sport OVALBBall

Sligo seconds impress in narrow loss RUGBY Shorts THE bid by Sligo’s Second XV to make it six wins in-a-row in Division 1C of the Connacht Junior League fell short by the narrow est of margins with a one-point defeat to Dunmore RFC, 6-5, at Hamilton Park, Strandhill on Sun day. Andrew Williams’ try, following a fine break by Stuart O’Brien, was outdone by two well-struck Dunmore penalties. Despite the low score the game was a highly-entertaining affair. Sligo’s scrum was solid with prop forwards Aaron Tansey and Brian Kane providing a good platform. Hooker Nick Ryan com -

OVER THE LINE: Mark Butler, left, has room to slide home and score Sligo’s first try of the second-half.

Sligo lose grip on home result Rainey’s injury-time try stuns Strandhill crowd Ulster Bank League Division 2B Sligo Rainey Old Boys


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LIGO suffered the heartbreak of another late defeat when the concession of an injury-time try saw a three-points lead switch to a two-points deficit, 2018, in their latest Ulster Bank League Division 2B match on Saturday. Prior to the kick-off at Strandhill, Sligo’s visitors, Rainey Old Boys, held second position in Division 2B and had won all but one of their previous seven Ulster Bank League matches this season. Despite this daunting statistic, Sligo were in confident mood having won their previous two matches on the road. In bitterly cold conditions and with the aid of a strong breeze blowing from the mountain end, it was the visitors who made the better start. With only a minute gone Rainey stunned the home side. A penalty outside the Sligo ‘22’ was quickly moved to flanker Paul Heaney who took advantage of some weak Sligo tackling and raced through the defence to open his team’s account. Gary Martin added the extras. Sligo settled into the game and their strong driving play, with Jamie Bowes particularly prominent, began to yield reward. With 20 minutes gone full-back Daniel Hawkins opened Sligo’s account with an excellent penalty from the Rainey 22-metres line following an infringement at the scrum. Rainey struck again on the half-hour mark. Following a scrum on halfway the ball was moved right. Full-back Rodney Paul joined the line and created the overlap, which allowed Andrew Cambell space to beat the cover and touch down wide on the right. Martin’s conversion fell short to leave the half-time score in favour of the visitors by nine points, 12-3. Sligo began the second-half in determined fashion and soon put pressure on their opponents. Good use of the breeze allowed Sligo set up field position inside the Rainey ‘22’. Quick use of pos-

session from a scrum allowed Mark Butler the chance to attack the Rainey defence and the outhalf stepped inside the cover and touched down to the right of the posts. Hawkins converted to move his team to within two points. Unfortunately for the home team, Butler injured his shoulder in the act of scoring and had to retire immediately. Ten minutes into the second period Sligo took the lead for the first time with another Hawkins penalty following an infringement at the ruck. This 13-12 lead was short-lived, however, as Rainey hit back with a Martin penalty following the sin-binning of Gavin Foley for playing the ball on the floor. Despite being reduced to 14 players, Sligo continued to battle and jumped back into the lead again with an excellently taken score. A scrum ball on the 10-metres line was carried by Aidan McNulty, while Bowes carried on the drive before a ruck was created on the ‘22’. Play was switched left and Paddy Pearson drew the cover before releasing the fleet-footed Hugo Lafitte and the winger raced to the corner to push the score to 18-15 in favour of Sligo. Sligo were in front but their success was coming at a cost – Butler, prop forwards David Rowe, Shane McGuinness and Adrian McHale and scrum-half Pearson all had to retire with injuries. Because of the injuries to the front row players the referee had to call for uncontested scrums and Sligo’s previous dominance in this area was negated. With the game in injury-time the visitors were awarded a penalty on the Sligo ‘22’. Most observers thought a draw was on the cards but Rainey had other plans and opted for the scrum. From the scrum the ball was shifted wide and Paul Wilson was given the space to crash over in the corner and put his team back in front. Sligo gamely competed at the kick-off but Rainey kept possession and their clearance kick was the game’s final act. SLIGO RFC FIRST XV (v Rainey Old Boys): Daniel Hawkins, David Gerrity, Gavin Foley, Matele Fifita, Hugo Lafitte, Mark Butler, Paddy Pearson, David Rowe, Ross Mannion, Shane McGuinness, Jamie Bowes, James Wilson, Paddy Conlon, Rory Kerins, Aidan McNulty Replacements: Adrian McHale, Gary Conneely, Peter Mullan, David Heath, Gary O’Hehir

bined well with second rows Kieran Meehan and Dermot Kiely in the line out. Sligo’s hard-working back row of Andrew Williams, Terrence O’Connor and Sean Glackin con tained Dunmore’s ‘pick and drive’ game. Stuart O’Brien and Stephen Butler combined well at half-

back. Centres Brandon Harvey and Clive Morris linked well throughout, while wingers Brian Mullan and Gary Boland showed excellent pace when brought into the play. Full-back Dermot O’Connor also plied his trade well. Substi tutes Martin Feeney and Colm Keane made telling contributions when they joined the fray. Sligo take a break from com petitive action until their Connacht Junior Cup tie on January 21. Sligo have been drawn at home against either Loughrea or Portumna in what should be a competitive encounter.

Late, late show from plucky U-17s SLIGO’S one-point away defeat of Westport last Sunday, 16-15, in a Connacht U-17 League fixture keeps them on course for a playoff. A brave try in the closing stages and a deft conversion gave Sligo a dramatic win. Against the wind in the opening period, Sligo found themselves 50 down at half-time. They conceded a try after five minutes from an error but their diligence ensured that the home side were prevented from enhancing this

lead. Westport, however, scored a second try at the start of the second-half but three unanswered penalties from the boot of Evan McGrath brought Sligo into contention with only a point between the sides, 10-9. A third Westport try rattled Sligo once more but McGrath’s try, after an attempted Westport clearance was charged down, followed by a conversion from along the touchline set up a dramatic Sligo outcome.

Sligo U-17s take on Buccaneers at Hamilton Park next Saturday, a curtain-raiser to the Connacht Senior Cup semi-final. SLIGO RFC U-17S (v Wesport): T Moran, C O’Donnell, J Zukowski, J Sexton, D Cullinane, D Leydon, D Byrne, L Dunne, S Kerins, E McGrath (3 pens, 1 try, 1 con), E Burke, M Gerrity, P McGloin, E Weaver , A Beirne Subs: M Carter, J Oloyede, C Greene, J Walsh, R Molloy, T Walsh, R Redmond, J Hampson

U-13s get a result

Friendly fire

SLIGO U-13s regained their confidence with a sol id performance and a big winning margin, 28-5, against Ballina on Sunday. Having let a lead slip against Westport the previous week, and having suffered a similar fate the week before, Sligo knew the importance of maintaining focus. The outcome means all 19 players used deserve credit for an intense performance. Ballina had more then 50 per cent of the territory in the second-half and a powerful well-drilled pack this was in no way an easy game for Sligo. Sligo led 21-5 at half-time (thanks to three converted first-half tries) but the second-half was a real battle as Ballina threatened the Sligo line a number of times. However, hard work in a very muddy battle was re warded with a game-clinching try by Sligo’s number 12, Christian Neilsen, which was his third try of the day.

SLIGO RFC’s U-15s defeated Westport in a friendly last weekend. Sligo’s management used this opportunity to give all the players some game time. Sligo led 14-5 at the break thanks to first-half tries from Neil Murray and Odhran Byrne-Gildea, with two conversions from Darragh Cummins. In the second-half Sligo made some changes but continued their good form with tries from Richard Lang, Liam McElinney and Dylan Gardiner. This game was good preparation for Sligo’s last league match against Castlebar next weekend in Strandhill. SLIGO U-15S (v Westport): Cian Hough, Neil Murray, Phillip Kilcullen, Thomas Mullaney, Paul Kelly, Liam McElhinney, Shane O’Hehir, Dylan Gardiner, Gareth Davey, Aaron Boal, Darragh Cummins, Hadi Mousa, Odhran Byrne-Gildea, Conor McGovern, Robbie Henry Subs: Richard Lang, Darren O’Hara, Ronan McGurran, Emmet Flanagan, Ross Monaghan

Disco for local teens

Going to the party?

THE club’s fully supervised non-alcoholic Christmas teenage disco takes place at the clubhouse on Thursday, December 22. Tickets are now on sale.

SLIGO RFC’s social committee ask all rugby club members to inform them if they are attending Thursday’s Christmas party in The Glasshouse.

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) Rd Eight Sligo 18, Rainey Old Boys 20 (Hamilton Park, Strandhill, December 10)

Fixtures ULSTER BANK LEAGUE DIVISION 2B Rd Nine Ards v Sligo (Hamilton Park, Newtownards, Saturday, January 28, 2012) Rd 10 Sligo v Cashel (Hamilton Park, Saturday, February 4, 2012)

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

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

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

F 226 196 190 189 143 129 122 196 121 113 126 152 86 95 94 67

A 41 94 85 99 104 124 170 182 138 151 135 169 148 176 272 157

Pts 35 30 29 29 24 23 20 19 17 15 14 13 13 9 7 3


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Sport Countdown to Sligo RFC’s Christmas party SLIGO Rugby Football Club’s annual Christmas party takes place this Thurs day at The Glasshouse Hotel. The theme for this year’s party is ‘Christmas Jumper’ – the best home made Christmas jumper will win a spot

RUGBYPProfile Was rugby your first sport No, it was Gaelic football.

When did you join Sligo RFC? I started with the club’s U-10s after seeing Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

prize! The event commences with a drinks reception at 7.30pm and all club members, supporters and friends are encouraged to attend. Tickets are €225 and are available from any of the social committee

members, including Avril McManus, Marian Rolf, Cliona O’Kelly, Niall Drap er and Emer Benson. Alternatively, to get tickets for this upcoming party simply email the club:


PUNCHY: Allan Maguire, left, and Kevin Dufficy, right, during their preparations for the recent white collar boxing event to raise funds for the IMNDA, an Irish charity.

Local duo raise funds for IMNDA

Toughest opponents? Monivea and Ballina.

Funniest onfield moment? Dan’s ‘Michael Flatley’ imitation.

Pre-match superstitions or rituals? None.

THIS WEEK: Paddy Conlon

If you could pick one international player as a team-mate, who would it be and why? New Zealander Jerry Collins – he plays in my position (flanker).

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

What rugby pundit – on TV or in newspapers – do you look out for? ABH – Anyone but George Hook!

Describe rugby in three words Skilful. Fast. Physical.

Best sporting advice you’ve received? ‘Enjoy playing’.

What is the worst injury you’ve had? Dislocated shoulder.

Who has influenced your career the most? My team-mates.

If you could change one rugby rule, what would it be and why? Penalties should be reduced to two points to encourage more try scoring.

Under-rated roles in rugby? Management and coaching.

Would you like to be a rugby coach? Not sure.

Your favourite rugby moment? Ireland beating Australia in the Rugby World Cup.

Last CD bought ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ by The Streets.

Match-saving tackle or match-winning try? A try – I haven’t got one in a while.

Your sporting hero A combination of a few sports people.

Supporting Sligo RFC’s Senior team OPINIONS: Sligo RFC first XV player Paddy Conlon, left and below left, is this week’s TRYLINE participant.

IT WAS a double victory for Sligo as locals Allan Maguire and Kevin Dufficy took part in the ‘Fight @ The Wright’ on the Saturday before last at the exclusive Wright Venue in Swords, Dublin. Over 600 spectators cheered on 34 ‘White Collar’ boxers who had undergone intensive training in the high performance gym at the National Boxing Stadium to take part in this event in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). Also supporting the event was IMNDA Patron and RTE broadcasting legend, Jimmy Magee, and Irish Olympic silver medallist Kenny Egan, an international amateur boxer. Maguire was the first of the two Sligo representatives to fight and he battled to victory in three rounds (each of two minutes’ duration). Maguire’s pal Dufficy was also victorious in his bout. People can still sponsor Allan and Kevin by visiting their fund-raising pages on – click ‘sponsor a friend’ and type in ‘Allan and Kevin’s Fight @ The

Wright’. The IMNDA is a small organisation relying heavily on fund-raising to make their vital work possible. All proceeds raised will go towards providing care for people with Motor Neurone Disease, a progressive neurological condition that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. Kevin Dufficy’s father, Jerome, suffers from Motor Neurone Disease. In Ireland, one person dies every five days from this devastating disease. It is a condition that leaves people unable to do the everyday things that the rest of us take for granted. Walking, talking and swallowing may become virtually impossible. MND strikes people across all ages and there is currently no known cure. IMNDA provides support, counselling, advice and equipment for those affected by this progressive neurological condition. This recent fund-raising event was in association with

Junior soccer stars will turn out for Eamonn Clarke charity game A SOCCER charity game in aid of the Eamonn Clarke Benevolent Fund takes place next Saturday evening, December 17, at MacSharry Park, Cranmore Road, Sligo. A Frank McGarry XI takes on a John Loftus XI in a fixture (kickoff 7pm) that will generate funds for the family of the terminally ill Eamonn Clarke, brother of City United goalkeeper, Tony Clarke. “The purpose of the event is to raise much-needed funds to assist the Clarke family to make the remainder of Eamonn’s time with them as comfortable as possible,” explained Martin Kane, part of the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League Management Committee and a member of this event’s organising committee. “Friends of Eamonn Clarke have been putting a huge effort into getting this event organised in recent weeks,” Kane added. Frank McGarry’s selection will comprise of players from the SligoLeitrim representative panel that is competing in this season’s Oscar Traynor Inter-League Cup, while John Loftus will pick players from City United, the former SligoLeitrim Super League champions. It is expected that current and


past stars of the local Junior soccer scene will feature. The game is jointly-sponsored by Mooney’s Bar, Maugheraboy and Centra, Maugheraboy. Admission is €5. Donations are also welcome. A postmatch function takes place at Mooney’s Bar, Maugheraboy, at which there is a draw for some terrific prizes including match tickets, flights and accommodation to an English Premier League game between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield (first prize), two nights bed and breakfast at Dublin’s Skylon Hotel (second prize) and a Sligo Rovers season ticket (third prize). Tickets for the draw (€5 each) can be purchased at Mooney’s Bar, Mervillle Community Centre or from any of the organising committee members (Martin Kane 0872670538, Noel M Kennedy 0872586003, Barry Gallagher 0863520078, Richard Deignan 0876249863, Gerry O’Reilly 0863033174, Jim McGarry 086 6007575). “The Sligo Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League would encourage as many people as possible to attend and support this event,” Kane added.

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National boxing title for Dunally’s Devaney Former Ballinacarrow Boxing Club member wins Irish Intermediate super-heavyweight category


LIGO has a new national boxing champion. Dunally’s Chris Devaney won the 91kg+ category final against Galway’s Michael McDonagh in the IABA National Intermediate Championships at the National Boxing Stadium last Friday. The Belfast-based Devaney, 24, representing Dockers Amateur Boxing Club, trailed 5-3 against the Olympic Boxing Club member at the end of the first round but turned matters around superbly to lead 18-9 when the final bell sounded. Those in attendance described the bout as a ‘blood and thunder’ affair. In the semi-final, held the weekend before, Devaney defeated Antoine O’Griofa. Super-heavyweight Devaney is a former member of Ballinacarrow Boxing Club where he learned his skills working with the Reynolds brothers, Alan and Stephen, who regularly dominated Ireland’s amateur boxing scene. Reacting to his victory, Devaney said that it was the culmination of four years’ graft in a sport he took up after a chat with Alan Reynolds. “I’m over the moon about it [the title], everything fell into place this time,” enthused Devaney, a former

rugby player with Sligo RFC. “I had to beat some very good fighters on the way to the title.” Devaney, a beaten finalist in this category two years ago, says that the lessons begun with Ballincarrow Boxing Club have been continued in north Belfast under his present coach, former Olympian Paddy Fitzsimons. “I was always told I had lots of ‘heart’ and good fitness for boxing, but I’ve had to learn how to dictate fights, impose my style on my opponents and I’ve also been working on my jab and long punches.” “I owe the whole foundations for what I’ve achieved to Stephen and Alan [Reynolds],” he added. Having been promoted to the top amateur grade, Devaney must stay sharp over the coming weeks for next month’s IABA Senior Championships. The super-heavyweight prize captured by the Sligo man was one of 23 titles up for grabs in what was the final tournament of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s centenary year. Meanwhile, Sligo’s Ballinacarrow Boxing Club were represented by four fighters in the IABA National Intermediate Championship semifinals, held on the weekend before last.

TRAINING DAY: New national Intermediate champion Chris Devaney, right, during his days with Ballincarrow Boxing Club. Paul McGrath (54kg) and Eamon Tighe (75kg) fought at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin but they lost their respective bouts against Gary McKenna (Smithboro) and Chris Blaney (Navan). Liam Greene (71kg) and Thomas

Roohan (81kg) were also in action in the penultimate stage but, like their club-mates the previous night, they too fell short against their respective opponents, Emmett Brennan (Corinthians) and Eamon Walsh (St Anne’s).


Connacht’s hopes near dim Kevin Egan A HEARTBREAKING four-points defeat for Connacht in what looked on paper to be their easiest Heineken European Rugby Cup fixture has made this weekend’s trip over to Gloucester for the return fixture all the more difficult. By letting the English side come away from Galway with four points they have ensured that the home team will still have something to play for on Saturday and while every Heineken Cup fixture is a great occasion for Connacht, the odds seem to be stacked against them on this occasion. This column did underestimate Connacht’s chances in previous rounds so we certainly won’t advise against them this week, but all the same it could be worth looking elsewhere for value. Even with a double figure start, expected to be around 12 or 14 points, Eric Elwood is working with a threadbare squad at this stage and that lack of depth could be a real issue with a plethora of crucial Rabodirect Pro 12 games coming up. Going low on total points may also be an option, though even that could be blown out of the water if there is a late flurry of scores. One alternative option this week, with local

sport essentially winding up for the winter, could be taking Munster to win by 1-5 points inclusive in their home fixture against the Llanelli Scarlets, which is expected to be offered at 9-2 by Paddy Power bookmakers. Ireland’s leading bookmakers have made Munster 1-5 favourites to win this weekend’s return fixture and nine point favourites on their handicap betting. While logic would dictate that they should be good enough to beat Llanelli by double figures at home if they were capable of winning the away leg, the smart play could be sticking with the visiting Welshmen to stay close. Rhys Priestland has a long way to go before he can be considered to be an elite kicker in the same league as O’Gara, but Munster coach Tony McGahan will know that the Welsh international is capable of a lot better than we saw from

him last week. In a game where tries will be hard to come by, a greater return from penalties and, indeed, improved control of the play from the outhalf position would see Llanelli deliver a much-improved haul on the scoreboard. The absence of a difference maker and finisher like Doug Howlett in Munster’s backline was painfully obvious in Saturday’s clash and without that cutting edge, we’ll take the southern province to do enough, but little more. Finally, for those interested in more traditional betting, a wise ploy could be to wait an extra few days to save a tenner or so off the price of your Christmas tree and have a small each way flutter on Desert Cry at 14-1 for the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot this Saturday. The five-year-old had a great season last year and he showed last month that he lost none of his battling qualities with a great top weight success at Haydock. Everton manager David Moyes might be having a tough year at the helm of the Toffees but he has a bright future as part owner of this young gelding and the price of 141 from Paddy Power could easily be cut by the weekend. 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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BUNKER: Golf BALLYMOTE GOLF CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The club’s AGM took place on Saturday last. There was a good turnout of members and Liam Dennedy, honorary secretary, gave a detailed account of the club’s affairs for the year, duly followed by the captain’s address, which was given by this year’s club captain Sean Ross. Ross gave a detailed report – unfortunately he had a big setback in his personal life with the death of his wife Noreen (RIP) in his year in office. He thanked the members of the club for their great support and help through that difficult period. He especially thanked those who took part in the guard of honour at her funeral, particularly the Ladies Branch members from Ballymote and Tubbercurry (the late Mrs Ross was a member of both clubs). Ross had a special word of thanks for John McCarrick, Sean Henry and Liam Dennedy for getting him back in the golf swing again. He also thanked the outgoing committee for their great work throughout the year. The election of officers then took place. Following the proposal of Sean Ross, one that was seconded by Ronan O’Connor, Paul Saunders took over as club captain for the 2012 season. On taking up office, Paul thanked his proposer and seconder and said he was looking forward to his year in office. The remaining officers were then elected (details below). The main point of the meeting was that the club needs to see more participants in club competitions. A few new ideas were suggested for the competitions and, all going well, they will be introduced. Ballymote Golf Club Officers 2012 PRESIDENT, John McCarrick; CLUB CAPTAIN, Paul Saunders; HONORARY SECRETARY, Trevor Mattimoe; VICE-CAPTAIN, Ronan O’Connor; PRO, Padraic Hurley; COURSE MANAGER, John O’Connor; COMPETITIONS SECRETARY, Padraic Hurley; HANDICAP SECRETARY, Greg Clarke. FIXTURES Sunday, December 18 COMPETITION: Bonanza Day, 9-hole stableford Note: Presentation of prizes at 1pm – all members are welcome to play. Refreshments will be served. Sunday, December 24 - Sunday, January 1 COMPETITION: 9-hole stableford, re-entry AT THE DRIVE-IN The drive-in for captains and presidents (men’s and ladies) takes place on Monday, January 2 at 10am followed by a club competition. WINTER LEAGUE All players interested in playing in a Winter League are asked to submit their names on the sheet in the clubhouse. All new members are especially welcome to take part. BEST WISHES Everyone at the club wishes club captain Paul Saunders, president John McCarrick and lady captain Carmel McGettrick good health and good golf for 2012.

BOYLE RESULTS The results of the turkey competition held on Sunday last, December 11 were as follows: 1, Stephen Bohan 23pts; 2, Michael Simon 21pts. FIXTURES Sunday, December 18 COMPETITION: Turkey competition (final one of the season) Tuesday, December 27 COMPETITION: Christmas scramble MEMBERSHIP RATES Members can avail of a special five per cent discount off single, family or beginner membership fees if paid before January 31, 2012. For more details please contact James Cooke on 085 8587331. GIFT OF GOLF If any members are struggling to decide on Christmas presents why not consider the gift of golf and give a loved one a sporty, healthy and social gift this Christmas. Contact James Cooke for more details. FESTIVE WISHES Boyle Golf Club members, sponsors and supporters are wished a happy and peaceful Christmas. SUBMITTING NOTES Comments/inclusions to the PRO in person or at

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Sport THE BUNKER: Updates from local golf clubs COUNTY SLIGO


RESULTS The results of the single stables (12-hole) competition held last Saturday were as follows: 1, Anthony Leonard (15) 24pts (back 6); 2, Des Kennedy (28) 24pts (back 6); 3, Kyle Kane (23) 24pts; 4, Niall Stafford (15) 23pts (back 6). SATURDAY ACTION In last Saturday’s single stableford competition, three competitors finished on 24 points. Anthony Leonard narrowly beat Des Kennedy (second) and Kyle Kane (third) on the back six. Niall Stafford came fourth on 23 points on the back six. Well done to Stephen Crowley who won the twos competition with an albatross on the par five fifth hole. WINTER LEAGUE Round five of the Diageo-sponsored Winter League was played on Sunday last. Sections One, Two and Three played on the main course while Sections Four, Five and Six played on Bomore holes one and two and main course holes seven, eight as well as 10 to 14. The unbeaten pairing of Gary McDermott and Alan Henry lost to the day prize winners on the main course, Kieran McDonagh and Fergal Burke, who had a score of four up. The father and son combination, Pat and Tom Heelan, had a fantastic score of six up on the modified Bomore course. The next round of the Winter League goes ahead on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Winter League Day results – Round Five MAIN COURSE: Kieran McDonagh (15) & Fergal Burke (16) 4 up; BOMORE: Tom Heelan (13) & Pat Heelan (16) 6 up. Winter League Round Five – Review SECTION ONE: Robert Fitzpatrick & Damien Higgins are now top of the group after beating Denis O’Sullivan & Naoise Davitt, who are in joint-second place on nine points. Four other pairings are on nine points. Pat Lyons & Kieran O’Brien are in seventh place on eight points after Ger Quinlivan & John Feeney snatched a draw on the last hole. SECTION TWO: Michael McGowan & Dave Taylor have drawn level with Gary McDermott & Alan Henry on 12 points, while Niall & John Nugent move into third position with 10 points. Kieran McDonagh & Fergal Burke and Simon Rooney & Roddy Gaynor both won their matches and are in joint-fourth on nine points. SECTION THREE: Glen Nairn & Ruairi O’Connor are now leading this group with 10 points following their win over Trevor Johnson, who was minus his partner, David Murray. The previous leaders Jim Mulcahy & John McManus lost out to Rob Kelly & Gary Devins. Both pairings are on nine points. Four other pairs within the group are also on nine points. SECTION FOUR: This was played on the modified Bomore course. Niall Stafford & Anton Murphy beat David Cunningham & John Armstrong to maintain their lead with 12 points. Wins for Michael McNamara & John Keane, Pat Naughton & Austin O’Callaghan and John McNamara & Shane Underwood place these three pairs in joint-second (each with 10 points). The day prize win for Tom & Pat Heelan moves them up to sixth place on seven points. SECTION FIVE: The action in this competitive group produced some surprises. Declan Gallagher played on his own and had a good win over Jimmy Flynn & John Sheehy. Declan and his partner Luke Armstrong are now joint-leaders on 10 points. Shane Flaherty & Jimmy Treacy, also on 10 points, beat the experienced local duo Nicky Harte & Felix McElhone. Conor Frazer, without his partner Ciaran O’Gara, beat Joe Harrigan & Frank Dunne which places them in joint-second with nine points. Three other pairings are on nine points. Just four points separates the top eight pairs in this group. SECTION SIX: Fergal O’Flaherty & David McGuinness beat Dermot O’Hara & Joe Henry which keeps them in joint-first place together with David Conneely & Derek Wynne on 12 points. In joint-second on nine points are Keith McLoughlin & Tony Leonard, Padraig McManus & Vincent McGee, John McHugh & Aidan Doyle and Dermot O’Hara & Joe Henry. FIXTURES Wednesday, December 14 COMPETITION: Wednesday Society Saturday, December 17 COMPETITION: Single stableford, 12-hole Sunday, December 18 COMPETITION: Single stableford, 12-hole CHRISTMAS PARTY The annual Christmas party for children (aged 10 and under) takes place in the clubhouse on Monday, December 19 (4-6pm). CHECK THE WEBSITE Up to date Winter League tables and fixtures are available on

CBALASHTLNEESDSARGAN LADIES UPCOMING EVENTS Santa arrives at Castle Dargan next Sunday, December 18 (3pm). Later that day the last presentation of the year will take place at 7pm - the ‘Golfer of the Year’ will be announced and this will be followed by the Christmas party (9-11pm). Finger food will be served and music is by Graham Monaghan.

GOLFERS FOR ALL SEASONS: The last official gig for the outgoing club captain at County Sligo Golf Club, Michael McGowan, was his attendance at the annual Christmas dinner for a section of the club’s older golfers, the Seniors. These experienced golfers, some of whom are in their 80s, play twice a week at the Rosses Point course. Pictured are members of this esteemed group and the affable Michael McGowan, who is seated, above, in the centre of the front row.

STRANDHILL LADIES WISHES Best wishes from the Ladies Branch to the incoming men’s captain, Pat Collins, and his committee for 2012.

STRANDHILL WINTER LEAGUE Play resumed at the weekend in the Seabreeze Bar & Restaurant Winter League after a short break and competitors braved the icy winds to complete round four of this year’s competition. A short round-up of the current positions is detailed below. Winter League Review SECTION ‘A’: Favourites Walsh/Tivnan continue to blaze the trail on full points with Fox/Wehrly and Conlon/Scanlon emerging as the likely contenders. SECTION ‘B’: O’Donoghue/Logan took the honours in a top of the table clash and emerge as clear leaders. Four pairs within three points of the top means there’s everything to play for here. SECTION ‘C’: Father-and-son combination, Tommie and Declan Basquille, lead with full points. Keane/Kivlehan are close enough to mount a challenge for this section. SECTION ‘D’: Hickey/Feeney lead with full points with only Meehan/O’Donnell managing to stay on their heels. SECTION ‘E’: Timbs/Deignan remain unbeaten with Lindsay/O’Hara and Mills/McCarthy best placed to profit should the leaders slip up. SECTION ‘F’: Leonard/McMorrow dropped their first points in a draw with Halloran/Stewart and are now joined at the top by a father-and-son team, Pat and Conor McManus. SECTION ‘G’: Nothing can stop the O’Beirne brothers here and they continue with a 100 per cent record. Durkin/Leggett and Conlon/Conlon have emerged as the pursuers in this group. RESULTS Saturday, December 10 COMPETITION: 15-hole club competition SUMMARY: Pete Kavanagh 35, Adrian Wynne 32, Gavin Phelan 31 CHRISTMAS DRAW The Christmas Draw takes place in the clubhouse next Sunday as part of the Winter League Christmas party. The craic starts at 5pm and it is hoped that everyone will come along and enjoy what is traditionally a great evening in the clubhouse. It is imperative that all draw tickets are returned in time and anyone looking for tickets please contact Andy Leggett, Mick Phelan or Pat Collins. CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY The traditional ‘Kiddies Christmas Party’ takes place in the clubhouse on Saturday next, December 17 at 4pm and a very special visitor is confidently expected to make a welcome appearance (provided everyone has been good). Let’s give him a big Strandhill welcome! NEW CAPTAIN Congratulations and best wishes to Pat Collins on his election as men’s captain for the next year. Like golf clubs throughout Ireland, Strandhill GC faces difficult times but it couldn’t have a better man at the helm to face these challenges.

SBTLRAAHNDESHSILL LADIES RESULTS The results from the Diageo Winter League held last Sunday, December 11 are detailed below. FRONT 9: 1, Jo Shortt 4 up; 2, Claire McLoughlin 2 up; 3, Christine Tighe all flat. BACK 9: 1, Carmel Clarke 5 up; 2, Brigid Glynn 3 up; 3, Rosie Morrisey 2 up. FIXTURES Thursday, December 15 COMPETITION: 10-hole competition v par Sunday, December 18 COMPETITION: Winter League CHILDREN’S PARTY The Christmas party for children takes place on Saturday, December 17. The very special guest, Santa, is due to arrive at 4pm. The club Christmas party is scheduled for Sunday, December 18 at 4pm following the Winter League in the clubhouse. Finger food and entertainment will be provided. There will be presentation of Christmas hampers to Brigid Glynn, Lucy Devaney, Olivia Kenny, Marie Rooney, Ann Monaghan, Mary Coyle and Ann Carroll. Members are reminded to return their tickets in time for the prize draw on Sunday. SYMPATHY The club’s sympathy is extended to Eddie Rushe (a past captain) on the recent passing of his mother. DOREEN O’CONNOR RIP The club was most saddened by the sudden passing of Doreen O’Connor on Monday last. A past lady captain (1970) and lady president (2001), she was a long-standing member and friend of Strandhill Golf Club. Doreen was much loved and will be missed by all. Her husband, Donal, was also a past captain of Strandhill Golf Club and predeceased Doreen 12 years ago. The club’s deepest sympathies go to her son John, daughter Miriam, brother Ray Treacy and her sister, Sr Miriam. May she sleep with the angels. As a mark of respect, last Thursday’s scheduled Ladies Branch competition was postponed.

CASTLE DARGAN LADIES COUNCIL MEMBERS The new Ladies Branch Council members at Castle Dargan Golf Club were elected at the recent annual general meeting as follows: LADY CAPTAIN, Mary McGourty; VICE-LADY CAPTAIN, Pauline Lennon; HONORARY CLUB SECRETARY, Marie Leydon; HONORARY CLUB TREASURER, Martina Walsh; HANDICAP SECRETARY, Claire Reynolds; HANDICAP COMMITTEE, Paula Daly, Mary Walsh, Peggy Feely; PRO, Elaine Willis; COMPETITIONS SECRETARY, Bernie Spellman; ASSISTANT COMPETITIONS SECRETARY, Joan O’Dowd; Junior Convenor, Joan Scanlon.

GAA DUEL: See page 84

CBALASHTLNEESDSARGAN LADIES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The AGM of Castle Dargan Golf Club Ladies Branch was held last Wednesday, December 7 with a good turnout of members. In her address, outgoing lady captain Mary Dodd went through the year’s events and highlighted the progress that the club had made. Dodd paid tribute to all who helped make it such an enjoyable and successful year and wished the club and the resort continued success. She also thanked all the sponsors who remained loyal to Castle Dargan. “Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we urge all our members to continue to support our sponsors in 2012,” Dodd said. Mary then handed over to incoming lady captain, Mary McGourty, and in her first speech she told those present that she was delighted to take on the role and hoped to continue the fine work done by the previous three lady captains of Castle Dargan. She then introduced Pauline Lennon as her vicecaptain for 2012 and wished both Pauline and the committee the very best of luck. There was a special word of thanks to Kate Hegarty (who stepped down this year) for all her hard work and commitment as honorary club secretary over the last four years. Marie Leydon, who is taking on the role of honorary club secretary, was welcomed back to the committee, while Joan Scanlon has a new role as Junior convenor.

SBTLRAAHNDESHSILL LADIES JUNIOR ALLIANCE The Christmas outing of the Junior Alliance was held earlier this month (Thursday, December 1) in perfect weather conditions. The fabulous array of hampers were a sight to behold, with 10 nett prizes, best gross, two nines and two 0-18s. Lady captain Kathleen Grady was congratulated on the wonderful array of prizes. There was a total of 74 competitors and came from various clubs, including Strandhill, County Sligo, Ballymote, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Enniscrone, Roscommon, Slieve Russell, Tubbercurry and Longford. Lady captain Grady thanked the competitors for their support in this and previous events, while there was a special word of thanks for Lily, Elsie, Poppy and Bríd for their hard work on the day. The organisers look forward to welcoming participants to the next outing, which is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2012. All Junior Alliance players are wished a very happy Christmas. The results from the Christmas outing are detailed below. Strandhill GC Ladies Branch Junior Alliance – Christmas outing RESULTS: 1, Claire Gallagher (Strandhill) 34pts; 2, Chris Owens (Strandhill) 33pts; Gross, Christine Hannon (Tubbercurry) 14pts; 3, Helen Horan (Strandhill) 34pts; 4, Catherine Connaire (Longford) 32pts; 5, Mary Kennedy (Tubbercurry) 31pts; 6, Bríd Walsh (Tubbercurry) 31pts; 7, Joey Mullaney (Boyle) 31pts; 8, Val Comerford (Strandhill) 31pts; 9, Lucy Devaney (Strandhill) 30pts; 10, Ann Brehony (Tubbercurry) 29pts; First 7-holes: Molly Daly (Carrick-on-Shannon) 16pts; Back 8-holes: Ann Conlon (Tubbercurry) 17pts; 0-18: 1, Betty Scanlon 37pts; 2, Therese Cosgrove 31pts.


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Sport Santa Fun Run set for Sunday! THE Sligo edition of the annual Great Ireland Santa Fun Run takes place on the morning of Sunday next, starting from the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel at 10am. Entries will be taken on the morning of this very popular fund-raising 5k run (over the usual Sligo town course). Runners wear a five-piece Santa suit, which they will receive upon registration (7.30-9.30am), and finishers will be presented with a participant’s medal. Entry fee is €20 for adults and €10 for juveniles. Entries are strictly limited to 100 participants. This year’s proceeds will go to Sligo Mental Health Service patients comfort fund. The event was launched last Wednesday evening at the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel with local athletes, organisers and representatives from the Sligo AAI County Board. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel. For further details contact Ray Flynn at 0876566215 or Terry Hayes at 087-2274622.

FUN RUN FOR CHARITY: At the recent launch in the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel of the Sligo Great Ireland Santa Fun Run, which takes place next Sunday at 10am, were, from left, Paul McGonigle, Eva Martin, Ray Flynn, Caelainn McGonigle and Pat Benson. Picture by Sean Carleton



O’Connell’s feat

Teen McBride shows a Cian pair of heels in the Curragh A

STUNNING victory by North Sligo athlete Cian McBride, who also led the North Sligo Boys U-15 team to silver medals, and a fine fourth place finish by Tommy Carroll were the highlights of the Woodies DIY Athletics Ireland Novice & Juvenile (uneven ages) Cross Country Championships at the Curragh on Sunday last. The flat course and the relatively firm underfoot conditions were always going to favour a good track runner like Cian McBride. His run in Sligo two weeks ago was not of the highest order but he certainly surprised many people with this convincing victory. Always prominent at the head of the leading group, he surged away from the high-class field to take gold in the the Boys U-15 race. The other members of the silver medal-winning team were William Crowe (10th), Sean Power (35th) and Darragh McCloskey (65th), while the team was completed by Ronan Anderson and Shane Flannery. Fourth place is always a disappointing position to fill. So near to a medal and yet so far away. That was the fate of Tommy Carroll in the Novice men’s race where he was always in the leading group but got caught for pace on the final lap. He finished the 6,000 metres distance in 20 minutes 28 seconds - six seconds behind the bronze medal winner and 18 seconds off the race winner. However this was still a fine run from Carroll and probably his best ever run over cross-country. Well done to the Sligo athletes, Senior and Juvenile, all of whom contributed so much to a great day’s athletics in the Curragh. On the Saturday evening of the Woodies DIY Inter Counties Cross Country Championships weekend at Sligo, a nice reception was held in the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel to welcome world champion Kate Veale to Sligo.

SLIGO AC chairman Michael O’Connell ran 84 minutes 43 seconds for the Waterford halfmarathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday last. Waterford native O’Connell, a popular member of Sligo’s athletics scene and a fine competitor who has endured various injuries in recent years, was 51st overall (fourth in his category, Male 45) from 1,155 finishers.

Gaelic Football

Saints concert SAINT Patrick’s GAA Club are holding a Christmas concert this Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, at Skreen-Dromard Community Centre. Each performance starts at 8pm, doors open at 7.15pm. Proceeds are in aid of the club’s Bord na nÓg section and two local primary schools, High Park and Ballinlig. Tickets go on sale tomorrow [Wednesday] evening and Thursday (8pm onwards) at Ardnabrone Stores, Collery’s in Beltra and the aforementioned community centre. Tickets per show are priced as follows: adult, €10; children, €5. An adult ticket for both nights costs €15.

Ray Flynn reflects on Cian McBride’s national gold in a cross-country gig last Sunday Veale, a member of West Waterford AC, won gold in the women’s 5,000 metres walk at the IAAF World Youth Championships last June in Lille, France. She was presented with the Tommy Casey Memorial Cup for being race walker of the year at the Athletics Ireland National Athletics Awards. The presentation was made by Calry’s Michael Casey, son of the late Tommy Casey. Tommy was one of the great pioneers of race walking in Ireland when it was not as popular as it is today. It was fitting that Kate was in Sligo to receive this trophy a couple of months after becoming world champion. It was also great to see two young Sligo race walkers, Orlaith Delahunt and Dylan Carty, present at the function. These talented athletes have made wonderful progress in the sport in the last couple of years and I’m sure they were inspired by Veale, who is not alone a great champion but a wonderful person.

Women’s Hockey

Yeats’ first win

FAST TEEN: Cian McBride, North Sligo AC, left, crosses the finish line to win the Boy’s U-15 race at the Woodies DIY Novice & Juvenile Cross Country Championships at the Curragh last Sunday.

THE Yeats County Hockey Club Senior women’s team recorded their first win in Division One of this season’s Connacht Women’s Hockey League when they were deserving 1-0 victors away against Athlone’s First XI last Sunday. In what was the Sligo team’s fifth away fixture of their provincial campaign, Ciara Redmond scored the game’s only goal - an assured finish from Sarah McDaid’s through ball - after the teams were tied 0-0 at the break. The winners deserved to be in front at the inter val, while goalkeeper Laura Doyle also made sev eral impressive saves throughout. Yeats County’s scheduled home fixture for the previous Sunday against Galway’s First XI was postponed due to waterlogged pitch. Their next game is on Sunday, January 16 when they are at home to Greenfields’ First XI. YEATS COUNTY (v Athlone First XI): Laura Doyle, Sarah McDaid (c), Deirdre Heaslip, Caroline Mullan, Rachael Bourne, Cara Osbourne, Emer Concannon, Alison Ring, Leona Moran, Katie Osbourne, Ciara McCormack, Rianna Watters COACH: Stevie Boyle


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Sport JUNIORSSoccer SLIGO-LEITRIM LEAGUE: Weekly review Weather wins out

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

P 12 11 9 10 10 7 9 11 11 12 10 22

W D L 8 2 2 8 0 3 8 0 1 7 2 1 6 1 3 6 0 1 5 2 2 5 1 5 4 0 7 3 1 8 2 1 7 0 0 22

F 28 41 31 23 24 20 30 28 22 14 18 0

A 18 11 9 12 14 6 13 23 31 36 38 68

Pts 26 24 24 23 19 18 17 16 12 10 7 0

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

F 31 17 24 26 28 19 21 15 11 13 8 7

A 12 4 16 26 8 16 31 11 17 22 36 21

Pts 26 19 18 17 14 14 12 11 8 4 3 2

W D L 8 1 0 8 1 3 6 1 2 6 0 3 5 1 5 3 1 5 2 1 6 0 0 14

F 36 35 23 28 38 17 14 0

A 8 18 16 25 24 31 27 42

Pts 25 25 19 18 16 10 7 0

SCHEDULED fixtures in the Sligo-Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League and Connacht competitions (Ju nior Cup and Junior Shield) were once again decimated by weather conditions. Unplayable pitches meant six of last Sunday’s 10 games were cancelled. Three of the four games that went ahead were hosted by the all-weather pitch at Sligo Astra Centre, Cleveragh, adjacent to Sligo Regional Sports Centre.


Games called off

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

P W D 11 8 2 7 6 1 9 5 3 11 5 2 7 4 2 9 4 2 11 3 3 8 3 2 8 2 2 9 1 1 8 1 0 8 0 2

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

P 9 12 9 9 11 9 9 14

Results Games played on Sunday, December 11 FAI UMBRO JUNIOR CUP Fourth Round ASTROTURF PITCH: Carbury FC 0, Ballymote Celtic 4 CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Third Round MCR FC P City United P; ASTROTURF PITCH: St John’s FC 3, Calry Bohs 0 CONNACHT JUNIOR SHIELD Second Round Glenview Stars P Leitrim Villa P; Ballygawley Celtic P Moy Villa P Games played on Sunday, December 11 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Manor Rangers 3, Aughanagh Celtic 0 SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Gurteen Celtic P Real Tubber P; Kilglass-Enniscrone United P Chaffpool United P; Dromore Villa P Merville United P CLEARY LANDSCAPES & PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE ASTROTURF PITCH: Carrick Town 1, Strand Celtic Reserves 2

Fixtures Sunday, December 18 BEST WESTERN SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Coolera Rovers v Boyle Celtic; Strand Celtic v Carbury FC; Yeats United v Cliffoney Celtic; Ballisodare United v Manor Rangers SLIGO PALLETS PREMIER LEAGUE Games start at 11am Real Tubber v Chaffpool United; Boyle Celtic Reserves v Cartron United; Coolaney Utd v Calry Bohs CLEARY LANDSCAPES AND PITCH MAINTENANCE DIVISION ONE St John’s FC v Benbulben FC (11am) Sunday, December 18 FAI JUNIOR CUP Fourth Round Claremorris v Ballymote Celtic (2pm) CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP Third Round MCR FC v City United (2pm) CONNACHT JUNIOR SHIELD Second Round Moy Villa v Ballygawley Celtic (2pm); Glenview Stars v Leitrim Villa (2pm) ALL morning results by (1.30pm) and afternoon results by (5pm) to 087-1417566. Fixtures are available from Sunday evening (6.30pm onwards) on 071-9170099. WHERE a ground is deemed unplayable the game must revert to the opponents’ pitch immediately.

ALL three games due to be played in the Sligo Pallets Premier League last Sunday were postponed – Gurteen Celtic against Real Tubber, the meeting of Kilglass-Enniscrone United and Chaffpool Rovers plus Dromore Villa versus Merville United.

DIVISION ONE SUPPORTING SOCCER: Eamonn Cunningham of EJ Menswear, Grattan Street, Sligo is new sponsor of Strand Celtic Reserves. At the presentation of sponsorship were a number of players from the Division One club and their new sponsor. From left, Keelan Cawley, Jamie Bannigan, Eamonn Cunningham (EJ Menswear), Ryan McEnroe, David Bergin and Gary Cawley.


Manor Rangers display efficiency M

ANOR Rangers were 3-0 winners over Aughanagh Celtic in what was the only game played in the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League last Sunday. The first-half was a tight affair with neither defence in compromising mood so it took until 10 minutes into the second-half for the breakthrough.

Stephen O’Hara opened Manor Rangers’ account to spark proceedings into life. After the game’s first goal both sides began to play open, attacking football but it was Manor Rangers who extend their lead in the 70th minute when Killian Kerrigan netted. When Kerrigan scored again 10 minutes later the outcome was more than confirmed.

Carbury are thrashed byBallymote stunned the reigning Super League holders in a 4-0 win. Carbury trailed 3-0 after 20 minutes and the winners’ fourth goal later on completed a really bad day at the office for Carbury. Niall Brennan and Mark Irwin each scored twice for Ballymote Celtic who, with an exciting pool of young players, have every chance of advancing further in this competition.


LAST weekend’s third round saw Division One outfit St John’s take on the more experienced Calry Bohs (Premier League) in a Connacht Junior Cup third round game with an evening kick-off at the all-weather pitch. But St John’s powered home, winning 3-0, thanks to goals from Brian Keaney, Shane Stenson and Brian Harris. Indeed, St John’s had the hard work done by half-time as they led 3-0. The other scheduled third round game, the meeting of two Sligo town sides, MCR FC and City United, was postponed.


Fixtures not played

Using the astro pitch at Cleveragh THE Sligo Leitrim & District Junior Soccer League Management Committee 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 co-ordinator, 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 weekend the UEFA-approved all-weather 3G pitch hosted three games in three different Junior soccer competitions (Sligo-Leitrim Division One, FAI Junior Cup and Connacht Junior Cup).

THE only Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Di vision One game played last Sunday went ahead at the all-weather pitch in Cleveragh. Strand Celtic Reserves defeated Carrick Town 2-1 thanks to goals from Keelan Cawley and Jamie Bannigan. Shane Fitzpatrick netted for the losers. This result means Strand Celtic Reserves have drawn level on points with the leaders, St John’s (each title contender has now 25 points). But the unbeaten Carraroe side (who were in Connacht Junior Cup action last Sunday) remain on top due to a superior goal difference and, crucially, they’ve played three games less.

Style from Saints


THE FAI UMBRO Junior Cup fourth round meeting (Sligo-Leitrim/Roscommon region) between Super League rivals Carbury FC and Ballymote Celtic took place on Sunday morning last at the astroturf pitch in Cleveragh, which is being used regularly by Sligo-Leitrim teams for training purposes and competitive fixtures. In this all-local clash, Ballymote Celtic

Reserves power up

onnacht Junior Shield fixtures LAST Sunday’s two Co were postponed due to unplayable pitches and have been rescheduled for next Sunday – Glenview Stars will meet Leitrim Villa at Forthill, while Ballygawley Celtic are away to Moy Villa.

VENUE: Junior soccer games are taking place at the all-weather astroturf pitch in Cleveragh.

TOP SCORERS Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League 9 GOALS: Mark Irwin (Ballymote Celtic), Michael Corrigan (Boyle Celtic) 7 GOALS: Paul McTiernan (Aughanagh Celtic) Sligo Pallets Premier League 15 GOALS: Dermot Beggan (Boyle Celtic Reserves) 10 GOALS: Hughie Marren (Real Tubber) 7 GOALS: Andrew Tiernan (MCR) Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One 10 GOALS: Stephen Sirle (Carrick Town) 7 GOALS: Niall Keenan (Carrick), Gino O’Boyle (Glenview Stars)


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Sport Mixed fortunes for contenders WEEK four in the Sligo Astro League, which is played at the revamped all-weather surface in Cleveragh, saw last year’s runners-up, K&M Celtic, lose their first game of the season when they fell 2-1 to Mickey Macs on Monday night of last week. K&M took a first-half lead with a goal from Trevor Cawley. Mickey Macs got a penalty soon after which was converted by Benny Mc Donagh to level things and Brian McDonagh’s netted a second-half winner for the Tubbercurry side. Fowley’s Bar received a 3-0 walkover against Moran’s Bar, who struggled to field a team for their scheduled tie against the Drom ahair outfit. The Club Bar were 2-1 winners against another side that surrendered its unbeaten run, The Miller’s Inn from Bunnanadden. Goals from Damien Hanahoe and a superb free-kick by Ray O’Grady gave The Club Bar the win. The Miller’s Inn goal was scored by Barry Gilhooley, who is showing a consistent goalscoring form this season. In the fourth game played last Monday, Coolera House were 6-1 winners against STSG. On target for Coolera House were Alan Kelly, Rory O’Connor, Jonathan Porter, Michael Schoen (who now has five goals in four games) and Ronan Hennessy. The winners also benefited from an own goal. Lee Cawley scored a consolation for STSG.

Results Games played on Monday, December 5 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Four Moran’s Bar 0, Fowley’s Bar 3; K&M Celtic 1, Mickey Macs 2; The Club Bar 2, The Miller’s Inn 1; STSG 1, Coolera House 6 Games played on Wednesday, December 7 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Four Connolly’s Bar 1, Town & County 2; International 0, Donegan’s Bar 0; Shenanigans 1, The Glasshouse Hotel 3 Games played on Monday, December 12 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Five International L Town & County L; Moran’s Bar L Shenanigans L; The Glasshouse L Mickey Macs L; The Miller’s Inn L K&M Celtic L

Fixtures 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.

Fixtures Monday, December 19 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Six K&M Celtic v Shenanigans (7pm); Coolera House v Town & County (8pm); The Miller’s Inn v Connolly’s Bar (9pm); STSG v Mickey Macs (10pm) Note: Games take place at Sligo Astro Centre allweather 3G pitch in Cleveragh.

Sligo ASTRO League Last Wednesday night meanwhile, champi ons Town & County beat Connolly’s Bar 2-1 thanks to a late goal from David Clarke, who scored from a free-kick with six minutes left. Alan Flynn put Connolly’s Bar 1-0 up with a great goal from a Johnny Kenny pass after 10 minutes, but Adam McLoughlin equalised five minutes before half-time with a great volley to the top corner. The meeting of Donegan’s and International turned out to be a very entertaining scoreless draw. Both teams had chances, but in the end a draw was a fair result. In the late game on Wednesday night, The Glasshouse Hotel came out on top with a 3-1 win over Shenanigans. Lukas Pawlorizski put The Glasshouse 1-0 ahead and Noel Meehan added a second before Eamon Devaney converted a penalty for Shenanigans. However, Owen McLoughlin put the game beyond doubt for The Glasshouse Hotel with a fine finish from Gavin Fox’s pass.

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

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

L F A Pts 0 13 4 14 1 7 4 13 1 8 5 11 1 4 2 11 1 5 4 11 2 6 3 10 1 4 4 9 0 3 3 8 2 8 8 8 1 4 5 7 1 6 7 7 3 7 14 7 3 1 7 5 2 1 5 2

Fixtures Wednesday, December 21 SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE Week Six The Club Bar v Moran’s Bar (8pm); Donegan’s Bar v The Glasshouse Hotel (9pm); International v Fowley’s Bar (10pm) Note: Games take place at Sligo Astro Centre allweather 3G pitch in Cleveragh. SLIGO ASTRO LEAGUE – LEADING SCORERS After week four Five goals Mike Schoen (Coolera House) Four goals Mark Walsh (K&M Celtic) Three goals Barry McDonagh (Mickey Macs) Two goals Dessie McTiernan (Donegan’s Bar), Barry Gilhooley (The Miller’s Inn), Stephen Smith (Fowley’s Bar), David Cummins (The Club Bar), Gerard Gallagher (STSG), Gareth Blake (Town & County), Colm Scanlon (Coolera House), Alan Kelly (Coolera House), Lee Cawley (STSG), Willie Gormley (The Miller’s Inn)

But those wishing to obtain their season ticket the more traditional way can purchase them from the club’s Management Committee or from a variety of outlets locally. Season tickets are on sale at a special ‘early bird’ rate until December 24 – adults, €200; students/OAPs (with valid ID), €120; secondary school students, €100.

Rovers shop at Quayside Centre THE new Sligo Rovers FC club shop has opened at Quayside Shopping Centre and will be open up to and including Christmas eve. The shop – located across from TK Maxx – is stocked with all the latest and official Sligo Rovers merchandise, while season tickets for 2012 can also be purchased there. The FAI Ford Cup was on display at the shop

Hopes build for 2012 after a patchy season


Season tickets are now online! SLIGO Rovers’ 2012 Airtricity League Premier Division season ticket is now available online. Internet users can buy the season ticket for €200 (along with €2 P&P fee) via PayPal, or with their debit/credit card as a PayPal guest. Order before December 19 for guaranteed delivery of the season ticket in time for Christmas.


from yesterday [Monday] onwards for any sup porters that wish to get their picture taken with it. FAI Ford Cup winners Sligo Rovers thank the management of Quayside Shopping Centre for providing the club with a unit. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 2-6pm (Saturday) and 12 noon to 6pm (Sunday).

CASEMENT CRUNCH: Action from Sligo’s Allianz Football League Division Two meeting with Antrim earlier this year – this was the only competitive victory recorded by Sligo (in all competitions) for 2011.


EADING through the end of year reports for this evening’s Sligo GAA Convention, I was struck by an amazing statistic – Sligo’s Senior Gaelic footballers won only one competitive game (in any competition) during 2011. The disappointing defeats to Leitrim and Wicklow in the Senior Championship were well documented, and while the squad’s efforts deserved more from the Allianz Football League, the fact is that they only emerged with one victory. The FBD League is never going to concern players or managers too much, but it is interesting to note that Sligo also failed to pick up a win from three games in that competition. There were a couple of draws last year as well – against IT Sligo in the FBD Connacht League, and against eventual Division Two champions Donegal in the National League – as well as some decent performances against the likes of Tyrone and Kildare. But, overall, it makes for fairly depressing reading, given that this was pretty much the same squad that had won eight and drew two of its 15 games in all competitions in 2010. Sligo started last season’s provincial competition with a narrow defeat to Galway, before drawing with IT Sligo and losing to NUIG. This year they will face those three sides again, as well as London, in an expand-

Darragh Cox of Ocean FM was shocked by the fact that Sligo’s Senior Gaelic footballers only won one competitive game in 2011 ed FBD Connacht League. It means that Sligo will have four games in just 19 days to kick-off the 2012 season. But, having seen last year’s campaign come to a premature end before Galway had even entered the championship, I would imagine that team manager Kevin Walsh and his selectors would be really looking forward to getting back to action in January. The extra game in the ‘warm-up’ competition should give the management team an opportunity to assess a number of new faces before they finalise a National League panel. The downside is that with so many games in quick succession immediately after the November-December collective training ban comes to an end, the squad will not have much time to train together. It may be an option for Walsh to split the training squad into two panels for the benefit of the FBD League,

and let each squad play two games each. The success of the county’s Junior sides in claiming three trophies in the past two years indicates that there are players in the county capable of coming in and making an impression. There can be little doubt that last year’s disappointment of getting relegated in the National League spilled over into the championship. In 2009, Sligo pushed Galway and Kerry close and beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland Championship after winning Division Four of the National League. And in 2010, Sligo beat both Mayo and Galway in the Connacht Senior Championship boosted by their Division Three success in the National League, so a decent Allianz Football League campaign will be crucial again if Sligo are to enjoy a productive 2012. It’s hard to believe that Sligo will be back in action in three weeks, but hopes are already high for 2012.


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Sport Maher gets suspension reduced


Thrifty times in store for GAA I

T IS the time of year that GAA clubs all over the country are holding their annual general meetings to make plans for the forthcoming year. Many clubs will have great difficulty in fielding teams due to the amount of Gaelic footballers that are forced to emigrate due to the recession that has gripped our nation. Not alone are club players heading off, but so are intercounty players. Years ago Irish men headed across the pond to England and could return at weekends to play for their clubs but nowadays players are heading in their droves to Australia. Many small rural clubs will have to amalgamate with other clubs because they simply won’t have the numbers to put field adult teams. This a very testing time for the GAA and, unfortunately, I believe it is going to get worse in the coming years. Club players that are working away from home but are still living in Ireland will find it too expensive to travel home to play with their clubs at weekends. Clubs are finding it most difficult to raise money so when one looks into the crystal ball for 2012 the picture is not a pretty one. While clubs are struggling to survive, County Boards are facing a huge crisis trying to raise money to keep the county teams afloat. I would love to know how many County Boards are actually ‘in the black’. I was shocked to learn that it cost the Mayo GAA County Board over €350,000 to cover the expenses of just one

Eugene MacHale says that County Boards will have no option but to cut back on their expenditure or face mounting debts county team – the Seniors. When one looks at the breakdown of the figures, it becomes more staggering , for example €57,500 on medical expenses, €86,000 on meals for the players, €55,000 on travelling expenses. I know that the team reached the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final, but no county can afford to spend that kind of money in the present economic climate. It is time for County Boards to do the job they are elected to do and not allow team managers to do as they like. Mayo – with all these expenses incurred – inexplicably turn around and appoint next year’s team trainer, who lives in Limerick and who will be travelling three or four times a week to the west. It is crazy because let no man tell me that there are not men in Mayo willing – and able – to do the job. Recently I was informed that despite the ban on training many county teams are blatantly ignoring it – with the full knowledge of their County Boards – but the same committees are refusing to

SLIGO GAA club referee Malachy Maher has had his recently imposed suspension reduced from six months to eight weeks following a successful appeal to the Sligo GAA County Board’s Hearings Committee. Maher was originally suspended for 26 weeks by the Competition’s Control Committee on foot of his sustained verbal abuse of fellow whistler, Eugene MacHale, at last month’s Sligo GAA U-20 ‘A’ Championship decider in Tourlestrane. Maher’s club, Curry, lost the final to St John’s, a game that also saw a Curry player, James Connolly, red-carded for a ‘barge’ on MacHale late in the second-half. The Hearings Committee deliberated the controversial case at Tubbercurry’s Teach

Laighne last Friday night after submissions from the Competitions Control Committee representatives and Maher, whose appeal was presented by his Curry clubmate John Niland, himself a referee. It is understood that Maher’s appeal was based on a number of factors, chiefly that he was at this county final in the capacity of a spectator and that match referee, Eugene MacHale, has no juristiction over supporters’ comments. The Maher camp also argued that what was supposed to have been said during the fixture could be deemed as crowd ‘banter’ common to all sporting fixtures. However, Maher’s abuse is believed to have endured throughout the floodlit game and was flavoured by several expletives.


feed or pay travelling expenses. Young students are finding it most difficult because they simply do not have the money to be travelling to training and to feed themselves. The Gaelic Players Association has to remain silent because they know that county teams shouldn’t be training. In fairness to some counties that did adhere to the training ban they found themselves at disadvantage fitness wise and also they saw that teams could train and no action would be taken against them.

Tragic loss LAST Friday night my home parish, Knockmore, was in deep shock and in mourning at the tragic road accident that claimed the lives of Sandra Herbert and her daughter, Rachel, who was a member of the Knockmore Ladies Gaelic Football team. I would ask all Inside the Square readers to remember the Herbert family in their prayers as they try to come to terms with their terrible loss. May they rest in peace.

IN ATTENDANCE: At last Wednesday’s Sligo Handball Board annual general meeting were, from left, Shane Bruen, Martin Golden and Francis McCann. The AGM was held at the St Mary’s GAA Club facilities in Maugheraboy.

SUPPORTING HANDBALL: At last Wednesday’s Sligo Handball Board annual general meeting, which was held at St Mary’s, were, from left, Peter Chambers (incoming chairman, Sligo Handball Board), Cyril Feehily (chairman, Sligo GAA County Board) and Michael McMorrow (outgoing chairman, Sligo Handball Board).

Outgoing chairman urges clubs to focus on fulfilling fixtures OUTGOING Sligo Handball Board chairman, Michael McMorrow, revealed his concerns at poorly attended meetings and forfeited fixtures at last Wednesday night’s AGM. The annual general meeting, held at St Mary’s, saw McMorrow - who has been succeeded by his clubmate, Peter Chambers - ask clubs to improve these aspects for the coming year. A new role, that of fixtures secretary, was created after the outgoing secretary Michael McGee - who returns for 2012 as secretary/PRO - voiced his frustrations “with fixtures being called off for one reason or another”. He added that this was the main reason behind his decision to step down. Mark Murphy is to be the new fixtures secretary and with additional assistance in place, McGee decided to give another term to the Executive Committee (for a list of newly-elected officers below).

Sligo GAA County Board chairman Cyril Feehily, who made history by being the first County Board chairman to attend an AGM of the Handball Board, suggested the creation of the fixtures secretary role in order to alleviate the pressure on other officers. This AGM was one of the best-attended for years and Michael McGee presented a comprehensive review – 13 pages – of handball activities for 2011, including details of Sligo’s provincial and national success. New chairman Peter Chambers, who will also perform the role of treasurer, said he would do his utmost to promote handball in the coming year. SLIGO HANDBALL BOARD 2012 Executive Committee CHAIRMAN, Peter Chambers (St Mary’s); SECRETARY/PRO, Michael McGee (Collooney); FIXTURES SECRETARY, Mark Murphy (Castleconnor); TREASURER, Peter Chambers (St Mary’s); HANDBALL DELEGATE TO SLIGO

GAA COUNTY BOARD, Colin Slevin (Drumcliffe); DELEGATES TO CONNACHT HANDBALL COUNCIL, Mark Murphy (Castleconnor) & Michael McMorrow (St Mary’s) DELEGATES TO GAA HANDBALL CONGRESS, Hugh McGarry (Collooney) & Michael McMorrow (St Mary’s)

Saints march on SAINT Mary’s maintained their 100 per cent record in the Sligo Handball County 40x20 Team League following their comprehensive 84-20 victory over Collooney played at St Mary’s last Sunday afternoon. St Mary’s were represented by new Sligo Handball Board chairman Peter Chambers, Michael McMorrow, Connell Cannon and Seamus Duffy, while playing for Collooney were Gerry Coleman, Michael Bruen, Stanley Harte Jnr and Patrick Fox. St Mary’s have five wins out of five and have already qualified for the county final. Next Sunday Drumcliffe take on Collooney at St Mary’s (3pm) in the competition’s sixth round.


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Sport COMMENT: Liam Maloney reveals his ‘Teams of the Year’ based

Picking the INTERMEDIATEFFIFTEEN FLAG: Coolaney-Mullinabreena’s colours after the Intermediate final replay win.

It ain’t scientific, it is what it is DRUM roll! Ticker tape! Trumpets! Confetti! Rock anthem intro (preferably something by Deftones, My Vitriol or Smashing Pumpkins). Yes, it is the annual ‘TOTY’, ‘Teams of the Year’, as presented by the good people in the Sligo Weekender sports department. Choosing these Sligo inter-club Gaelic football selections, based on performances in the top tier and second tier competitions, is not an exact science. Aside from chatting to a man in Cloonacool, dissecting a dead badger and checking the star signs in a used copy of The Irish Sun, we also attended quite a few games as well. While fans throughout the county may agree – or disagree – with the selections presented, it goes without saying that there should be an elite fifteen for each grade because it is unfair to put Intermediate players up against their Senior counterparts. Given that Tourlestrane and Coolaney-Mullinabreena won the Sligo Senior and Intermediate Championships respectively, it is only natural they these clubs dominate the TOTY process. As usual, readers, message-boarders and hurlerson-the-ditch can submit their teams. Finally, thanks to WJFM for his assistance on the Intermediate team as he lilted his way through numerous group games during the summer.

– Liam Ó Maoldhomhnaigh INTERMEDIATE SELECT XV Players Francis Brennan (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Sean Gorman (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Shane Gormley (Bunnanadden), Conor Gorman (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Brian Jacob (Enniscrone-Kilglass), Neil Ewing (DrumcliffeRosses Point), Cian O’Dowd (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Mark Horkan (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point), Conor Griffin (Calry-St Joseph’s), Vincent Frizzell (Bunnanadden), Eamon Cawley (St Farnan’s), Kevin Dufficy (DrumcliffeRosses Point), Philip Gallagher (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point), Kieran Finan (Coolaney-Mullinabreena), Criostóir Davey (Coolaney-Mullinabreena) Manager Denis Gormally (Coolaney-Mullinabreena) Clubs represented Six Breakdown Coolaney-Mullinabreena 6, Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 4, Bunnanadden 2, St Farnan’s 1, Calry-St Joseph’s 1, Enniscrone-Kilglass 1 SENIOR SELECT XV Vinny Cadden (Coolera-Strandhill) Noel Gaughan (Tourlestrane), Ross Donovan (Eastern Harps), Brian Kennedy (Tourlestrane), James Leonard (Tourlestrane), Adrian McIntyre (Tourlestrane), Tony Waters (CooleraStrandhill), Brendan Egan (Tourlestrane), Stephen Henry (Tourlestrane), Gary Gaughan (Tourlestrane), Mark Breheny (St Mary’s), Alan Costello (Coolera-Strandhill), Niall Murphy (CooleraStrandhill), Niall McGill (Eastern Harps), Brian Egan (Tourlestrane) Clubs represented Four Breakdown Tourlestrane 8, Coolera-Strandhill 4, Eastern Harps 2, St Mary’s 1 Managers Alan Kelly and Neil Carew



Francis Brennan

Philip Gallagher

HE has had his share of zany moments – as all goalkeepers do – but the big net-minder was a reliable presence for the champions. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

A CLASSY forward (who would be coveted by all Senior outfits) finished without a medal despite doing his utmost to bring his club to glory. Club Drumcliffe-Rosses Point



Sean Gorman

Kieran Finan

ONE of several Coolaney-Mullinabreena players to excel in a breakthrough year, his composed defensive work was essential to this club’s return to the top. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

FullBBack Shane Gormley AN uncompromising presence on the edge of the ‘square’, Bunnanadden’s chief problem, ultimately, was that the shaven-headed defender’s grit wasn’t equalled by all his team-mates. Club Bunnanadden

CornerBBack Conor Gorman GORMAN, who scored a vital point in the dogged semi-final defeat of St Farnan’s, is a regular wing-back but he’s too good to leave out. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

WingBBack Brian Jacob ONE of the stars of the west Sligo club’s unexpected passage to the competition’s last eight, Jacob’s forcefulness was on show even against superior sides. Club Enniscrone-Kilglass

CentreBBack Neil Ewing THE beaten finalists’ outstanding player, he brought his inter-county acumen to bear on most games even if an Intermediate Championship medal proved out of reach. Club Drumcliffe-Rosses Point

WingBBack Cian O’Dowd A VIBRANT defensive anchor for Denis Gormally’s well-organised side, the young centreback’s attacking raids instilled panic in opposition defences, although we’ve chosen him at wingback. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

COMBINED wonderfully with Shane O’Brien and assumed extra responsibility when injury ended O’Brien’s year. Contributed some superb scores in the county final draw and replay. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

WINNER: Intermediate medallist Kieran Finan, above, gets picked at No.14 on our select XV.



Criostóir Davey

Mark Horkan AN industrious performer for the north Sligo club, who have lost two Intermediate Championship finals in-a-row, his marks out-of-10 were always six or more. Club Drumcliffe-Rosses Point

Conor Griffin HIS club may have floundered in the last eight, but there was no doubting this dual player’s adroit skills. He is also a fluent attacker. Club Calry-St Joseph’s

WingFForward Vincent Frizzell PICKED off some big scores for the former Senior champions and their most threatening player in a campaign that fell flat at the semi-final stage. Club Bunnanadden

THE teenager blossomed in his side’s biggest games of the year. Scored a crucial goal and provided a goal assist in the county final replay. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

Manager Denis Gormally THE spotlight and pressure was on DrumcliffeRosses Point – could they bounce back from the county final loss in 2010? – while Bunnanadden, St Farnan’s and Calry-St Joseph’s were also touted as realistic contenders. Coolaney-Mullinabreena crept under the radar and their astute manager, Denis Gormally, must get the credit for developing a title-winning side based on two successful Minor teams and a clutch of hardy veterans. Club Coolaney-Mullinabreena

CentreFForward Eamon Cawley A VETERAN of countless ups-and-downs for the west Sligo club, the experienced playmaker was St Farnan’s best player in their county semifinal loss to Coolaney-Mullinabreena. Club St Farnan’s

WingFForward Kevin Dufficy A tireless fund-raiser for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Dufficy’s drive and energy fuelled Drumcliffe-Rosses Point’s run to a second successive county final appearance. Club Drumcliffe-Rosses Point

MENTOR: Denis Gormally, above, guided CoolaneyMullinabreena to glory in this year’s Sligo IFC.

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Sport on performances in the GAA Football Sligo Senior and Intermediate Championships

best of the best SENIORFFIFTEEN Goalkeeper


Vinny Cadden

Gary Gaughan

DECENT kick-out, confident in the helter-skelter of the goalmouth, an excellent shot-stopper. Did we mention he can score points (from frees and ‘45s’) as well? One of the rising stars of Sligo’s club scene. Club Coolera-Strandhill

IN difficult times for the team captain – and younger brother Noel – the playing fields provided solace after a family tragedy. Pipped teammates John Quinn and John Marren for this place amongst the elite. Club Tourlestrane



Noel Gaughan

Mark Breheny

A BIT of juggling with this player – although selected at wing-back throughout the campaign, the Tourlestrane player’s diligence and work-rate means he just cannot be left out of the Senior Championship’s finest XV. Club Tourlestrane

THE ace marksman echoed his elegant form of previous years with a burst of scores, 1-36 in six games, as St Mary’s reached the competition’s last eight. He also had a red card controversially rescinded. Club St Mary’s



Ross Donovan

Niall Murphy

RARELY bettered by any opponent this year – OK, we can recall when Brian Egan slipped him effortlessly in the county semi-final replay – but when the going got tough Donovan was rarely undermined. Club Eastern Harps

THE young attacker’s red card in the county final loss was the one blemish in an otherwise encouraging year where he became – Alan Costello apart – Coolera-Strandhill’s primary finisher. Scored 1-30 in eight games. Club Coolera-Strandhill



Brian Kennedy

Niall McGill

ANOTHER key defensive component in Tourlestrane’s relentless machine, county player Kennedy seldom, if ever, had a poor game for his club and was usually deployed by manager Neil Egan to patrol the opposition’s best forward. Club Tourlestrane

THE top scorer in The Belfy Senior Championship with 3-34, an unfair criticism of this prolific finisher was that he didn’t dominate games akin to previous wearers of the Harps No.14 jersey, for example the iconic Paul Taylor. Club Eastern Harps

WingBBack James Leonard HIS goal in the county final summarised his immense value to the south Sligo club – an agile defender who is also comfortable in the opponents’ half. Formed a formidable half-back unit for the champions. Club Tourlestrane

CentreBBack Adrian McIntyre MCINTYRE commanded this vital position with such aplomb that it is near impossible to recount an underpar performance from him all year. Also a very capable midfielder, he was probably Tourlestrane’s best player in 2011. Club Tourlestrane

UNDER PRESSURE: Tourlestrane midfielder Stephen Henry, right, prepares to offload possession during his side’s Sligo Senior Championship semi-final against Eastern Harps earlier this year.



Tony Waters

Brendan Egan

PART of the Coolera-Strandhill side that should have won the Sligo Senior Championship in 2000 and did, finally, take the honours in 2005, the experienced defender was consistent in the group stage and knockout games. Club Coolera-Strandhill

GOING FORWARD: Coolera-Strandhill’s Alan Costello, left, is on the Senior ‘Team of the Year’ as a wing-forward.

THE title winners’ all-action hero – a winner of primary possession and breaking ball, an assured passer and ball-carrier, his fearless, enduring enterprise kept Tourlestrane intact during their shakier moments. One of the team’s leaders. Club Tourlestrane

Stephen Henry His team-mate in the engine-room, Brendan Egan, regularly stole the headlines, but Henry’s unassuming contribution shouldn’t be overlooked. A strong ball-winner, he also excelled against Leitrim champs Glencar-Manor in the Connacht Club Senior Championship quarter-final. Club Tourlestrane

CornerFForward Brian Egan RESCUED Tourlestrane time and again throughout their successful campaign and a wonderful converter of frees from ground kicks. Shot eight points in the decider against CooleraStrandhill. Given his innate skills, this forward can only improve. Club Tourlestrane

Management Alan Kelly & Neil Carew TOURLESTRANE’S Neil Egan did a fine job, as usual, considering he brought last year’s finalists back to the summit, but the young managerial partnership at Coolera-Strandhill inherited a seasoned crew, added several promising youngsters, and – despite the pain of relegation earlier this year – guided them to a county final appearance at Markievicz Park. Club Coolera-Stranhdhill

‘Teams of the Year’ to


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Sport GAA: Combustible Sligo GAA Convention in store as club delegates will vote to keep or St Michael’s stalwart targets the state of Sligo County Board’s finances and questions his rival’s plans to raise cash JoeTAAFFE CHALLENGER Joe Taaffe CLUB St Michael’s OCCUPATION Building contractor CONVENTION STAT Aims for the top seat for the second year running


HE challenger for the most important role on the Sligo GAA County Board Executive Committee, Joe Taaffe, says he is ‘worried’ for the county’s future. Given that the County Board faces a deficit of almost €80,000 going into the New Year, it is understandable that Taaffe wants to see finances stabilised. “I feel Sligo needs a bit of drive in terms of its finances and we need to get the information out there to clubs, to let them know exactly what the situation is. I don’t think a lot of clubs realise how [bad] things are,” said the St Michael’s clubman, who lost to outgoing chairman, Cyril Feehily, in last year’s race. “I know there is a loan which requires around €40,000 a year to be serviced, along with regular expenses.” “It was targeted to raise €280,000 this year but what I’ve been told is that there is less than €70,000 there. It is an awful amount of money.” He added: “Early on in the year I had thought about leaving it [the position of chairman] for a year or two but the way the financial situation is .... well Sligo isn’t in a great spot.” Taaffe questioned his opponent’s policies for generating funds to fill the County Board coffers. “Cyril’s plan this time last year was to raise finance through the corporate sector and overseas.” “My campaign last year – to any clubs who wanted to listen – was to say that this wasn’t going to work because, to be fair to the corporate sector, they’ve no extra money to invest for sponsorship and that is just the way things are and [Sligo] people are also struggling overseas as well.” “My idea is to structure a smaller fund-raiser – maybe get a lot of people to sign up for two euros per week. To get enough people to subscribe for this will take a lot of work as well, as much as it would take to get, say, 1500 euros off a businessman.” Although eclipsed by Feehily at last year’s convention – another runner at the time, Peter McHugh, also lost out as Feehily, Obama-like, replaced John Murphy – Taaffe believes he can beat the Curry man this time. “I’ve got decent feedback. What can you do only just be hopeful and let democracy take its course. It is nothing personal against Cyril, we will always have a chat about football, the same as ever.” “This isn’t for Joe Taaffe as such, I will be disappointed if I don’t get elected, of course, but this is about me being worried about the state of Sligo GAA going forward and what I can do to change that,” he added.

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This is about me being worried about the state of Sligo GAA going forward and what I can do to change that. – Joe Taaffe

Feehily and Taaffe battle for the chair Tonight’s Sligo GAA Convention at the Sligo Park Hotel will see the outgoing chairman, Curry’s Cyril Feehily, challenged by St Michael’s Joe Taaffe for the hot seat

Outgoing chairman hopes that clubs will recognise what he has done and give him a further 12 months at the helm CyrilFEEHILY OUTGOING CHAIRMAN Cyril Feehily CLUB Curry OCCUPATION Agriculture CONVENTION STAT Forced to defend his role after just one term


YRIL Feehily campaigned so feverishly last year, when attempting to take the chair for the first time, that it was no surprise when he overwhelmingly got the nod from club delegates. The John Murphy era was coming to a close and of the new faces in the mix for the County Board’s prime spot, Feehily comfortably emerged. Twelve months on, he has to defend this hardwon territory. He admits to taking a different strategy this time as he attempts to fend off Joe Taaffe. He stated: “I didn’t put in a campaign as such. I’ve been working maybe three full days a week, as well as being available 24-7 to all club members. On average I’ve been at 10 or 12 meetings a week.” The Curry native maintains that he welcomes the duel with Taaffe, like Feehily a wily GAA administrator with over 30 years’ experience of the Association’s mechanisms. “It is a person’s right to go for a position and the clubs have an opportunity to make their decision on whoever they want for the job.” The ongoing development of Sligo’s Centre of Excellence at Scarden is one of the projects on Feehily’s watch, while he is also involved in securing a new county team sponsor to replace local firm Clifford Electrical. Feehily said: “You have to raise the profile of the Association and I am conscious that I am the face of Sligo GAA.” “I have made myself available to all units of the GAA and other sporting agencies in the county and that is important because goodwill generates income in whatever way.” “I don’t think people realise the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.” Anxious for another term to nurture the seeds planted this year, Feehily requires at least 46 votes (from the 90 available) to remain at the head of the Executive Committee. He is concerned about Sligo County Board’s financial ill-health, especially given the commitments to complete the Centre of Excellence. “When I came in I met an unknown situation where the finances of the County Board were concerned.” “I had to look at what was there before me – in the short-term I had to budget and make cut-backs where I could. Long-term the structures have to be put in place and that is what I hope to do in the New Year [if re-elected].” He affirmed his credentials: “I’m going on 24 years working at County Board level – I’ve also represented Sligo at national level in Croke Park.” “If I haven’t a challenge I would leave the job, I’ve never been afraid of change or a challenge.”

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You have to raise the profile of the Association and I am conscious that I am the face of Sligo GAA. – Cyril Feehily


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Sport reject the outgoing chairman and the Board’s financial woes will also be highlighted

Unexpected Connacht defeat stung County Board’s coffers

Who will be Sligo’s legend supporter?

Loss to Leitrim limited earnings as Sligo missed out on a televised semi John Bromley THE defeat by Leitrim last May cost Sligo dearly – not just in terms of their GAA Football Senior Championship ambitions but also in the pocket. It was one of the big reasons why Sligo GAA County Board made a loss of almost € 80,000 this year. Last year the County Board was in the happy position that income exceeded expenditure by € 2,773, but this year it cost € 78,739 more than the County Board were able to raise to finance its activities. The County Board’s money from Croke Park was down by over e101,000 on last year – € 155,200 as against € 256,239 – when Sligo reached the Connacht final and thus earned more from TV rights and match gates. Had Sligo got over Leitrim they would have got about € 20,000 in television fees and € 20,000 in match receipts from the semi-final against Roscommon. The loss greatly offset a € 68,359 increase in sponsorship and overall income was down by € 20,520 from € 554,908 last to € 534,388 this year. At the same time expenditure rose by almost € 61,000 – from € 552,135 to € 613,127 – with interest on loans for the Centre of Excellence contributing to an increase of over € 21,000 in bank interest. The financial statement to be presented to delegates at tonight’s annual convention in the Sligo Park Hotel shows that the County Board currently has over € 1.1m in loans. Meanwhile, the two hopefuls for the Sligo GAA County Board’s top position, outgoing chairman Cyril Feehily and challenger Joe Taaffe both opinion that Sligo GAA is much more than the county’s Senior team. “We have to look at how the [Sligo] Minors and U-21s do as well,” said Taaffe, “club football is important – that is the marker. If you have good club football it is a good sign.” “As I stated last year, there is some tweaking to be done at underage level. There are some clubs unable to field for 13-a-side competitions – we have to put some measure in place where they can at least take part in 11-a-side competitions.” Taaffe also says that he appreciates the strains that clubs are under. “I know too well what clubs have to deal with – I’ve been involved with St Michael’s all my life. You are knocking on the same doors for support and if you are doing anything for the county you have to knock on the same doors again.” Feehily, who is aiming for a second term in the chair, highlighted his role in Sligo’s inter-county managerial appointments for 2012, with Tommy Breheny (Minor), Anthony Brennan (U-21) and Kevin Walsh (Senior) already in place. “I see huge success coming up – putting three managers in place last September was so important.” “The talent is there and if you go in prepared, especially at underage level, you have every chance.” He stressed: “What happens on the field with Sligo’s Gaelic football teams is important, we

CONTESTANT: Joe Queenan, above, is aiming to be Sligo’s Legend Supporter.

TIUSSLE: Action from the GAA Football Connacht Senior Championship quarter-final between Sligo and Leitrim at Markievicz Park last May. This loss was a serious setback for Sligo on a number of fronts.

CONVENTIONMotions THAT the county U-20 championship be run off over the summer months. St Molaise Gaels RESTRICTION of hand passes – after three hand passes the ball must be kicked. St Molaise Gaels THAT one of the County Board’s Games Promotion Officers be deployed fulltime to the urban area to work on coaching and games promotion in the city area. St Mary’s are a sporting organisation after all, but we have to be aware of the entire GAA family.” “If you look at the big picture and don’t just focus on the [Sligo] Senior team we have done very, very well in certain areas.” “We are a small county and our numbers are small and one or two injuries to key players can cause havoc with the county [Senior] team,” Feehily added. Meanwhile, St Attracta's Community School, Tub-

RELEGATION – that the practice of relegation and promotion in the Senior/Intermediate/Junior Championships be discontinued and participation in the Senior [Gaelic football] Championship be open to all clubs who wish to partake in it. Tourlestrane THAT the practice of playing round robin games in the Senior/Intermediate/Junior Championships at neutral venues be discontinued, i.e. clubs play home or away. Tourlestrane

bercurry, take on a Mayo outfit, Ballyhaunis Community School, tomorrow [Wednesday] morning in the Connacht Colleges Senior ‘B’ League final at St Colman's school pitch (throw-in 11.30am). Extra-time will be played if necessary.

HAND PASS SKILLS: A GAA coach, right, teaches a young player how to pass the ball but a motion put forward by St Molaise Gaels aims to limit the amount of consecutive hand passes in open play.

THE final of a competition to find Sligo’s top GAA supporter takes place this coming Saturday at Teach Murray, Gurteen. Fourteen contestants have been battling it out in recent weeks to earn the title ‘Sligo’s Legend Supporter’ and win a trip for two to New York for the GAA Connacht Senior Championship match between Sligo and New York on May 6. The winner will also earn €55,000 for their club. The candidate with the most money raised will win the title. Each candidate is being assisted by a number of county players to help fund-raise. The event is, overall, a fund-raiser for the Sligo Senior Gaelic football squad. Candidates – listed below – have held race nights, table quizzes, cake sales, fun runs and sponsor cards in their local areas to raise as much funds as possible for county’s Senior team. Proceeds from the door on the night go to the Senior team fund. The MC for the function is broad caster Kevin Blessing from Ocean FM. SLIGO LEGEND SUPPORTER Candidates Frank Gavaghan (Tubbercurry); Gavin Cawley (St Mary’s); Joe Queenan (Enniscrone-Kilglass); Kevin Maye (Curry); Margaret Toolan (Ballisodare); Maureen Ewing (Drumcliffe-Rosses Point); Michael James Scanlon (Bunnanadden); Richard Kennedy (Tourlestrane); Sean Sweeney (Coolera-Strandhill); Paddy Casey (Eastern Harps); Robbie Taaffe (St Michael’s); Padraig Greene (St John’s); Stanley Clarke (St Patrick’s); Brian Kearins (Geevagh)


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Sport SLIGORRovers



Dramatic cup fixtures at The Showgies G


ANNON & McNamara Electrical won their first piece of silverware in the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League - last Friday they beat Riverstown 1-0 in the final of the Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup at the allweather pitch in The Showgrounds. Johnny Martyn scored the winner – see match report on page 87. The competition semi-finals were played last Wednesday. The eventual champions defeated PSO 2-0 thanks to David Martyn’s double strike. The other semi-final, between the holders, Sligo Plumbing & Heating, and Riverstown ended scoreless and had to be decided on penalties. Riverstown – the current Sligo Rovers 11-a-

SOCRATES HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS CUP Games played on Wednesday, December 7 Semi-finals PSO 0, Gannon & McNamara Electrical Limited 2; Riverstown 0, Sligo Plumbing & Heating 0 (Riverstown won 2-1 on penalties) Game played on Friday, December 9 Final Gannon & McNamara 1, Riverstown 0

side Astro League leaders – won the penalty shoot-out 2-1. Their two successful spot-kicks were the efforts from Johnny Kenny and Colin Burke. Paul Keaveney scored Sligo Plumbing & Heating’s penalty as last year’s winners made their exit.

Astroturf league in the north-west

The Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League is on its festive mid-season break and will resume in early 2012. So far there have been numerous exiting games in Division One and the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two, currently led by Riverstown and Killianscully Wanderers respectively, while last Friday Gannon & McNamara Electrical won the Astro League Cup, which is sponsored by Socrates Healthcare Informatics.


Game played on Wednesday, December 7 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Lang’s Bar 0, Hargadon’s (Calry) 1 Game played on Friday, December 9 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE Division One Garda Siochana Sligo 0, Fiddlers Creek 1 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, Glen Shannon (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 (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 (Garda Siochana Sligo) McCullagh Carpentry Division Two NINE GOALS: Daniel McDonagh (Killinaskully Wanderers) SEVEN GOALS: Neal Hayes (SRFC Reserves) SIX 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, Jason McNulty (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); John Cooke, Brendan Gannon, Barry Kilcoyne, 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

FIDDLERS Creek Bar & Restaurant have moved level on points with Riverstown in Division One of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League. Riverstown remain ahead on goal difference. Last Friday Fiddlers Creek were 1-0 winners against Garda Siochana Sligo with the game’s only goal com ing from Glen Shannon. This was a fifth win in seven games for Fiddlers Creek.


Killinascully are in the driving seat THERE were two games played last week in the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two. Killinascully Wanderers remain the team to beat as the title contenders continue to lead the standings. Last Tuesday night they were 4-1 winners over Coolaney Celts. Daniel McDonagh scored a hat-trick with Jason McNulty getting the other. Dan Leydon scored a consolation goal for Coolaney Celts. Meanwhile, Hargadon’s (Calry) moved into second place (12 points behind the leaders) following their 10 defeat of Lang’s Bar on Wednesday last. Brendan Lowry scored the goal.

Festive break

Game played on Tuesday, December 6 SLIGO ROVERS 11-A-SIDE ASTRO LEAGUE McCullagh Carpentry Division Two Killinascully Wanderers 4, Coolaney Celts 1

Shannon’s goal sets up a victory

Tables UP FOR THE FINAL: Prior to last Friday night’s Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup final were the match officials and team captain. From left, Bernard Roycroft, Philip Stallard (Gannon & McNamara), Ray Flynn, Noel McKenna (Riverstown) and Glen Gilmartin. PRESENTATION: Gannon & McNamara Electrical captain, Philip Stallard, left, receives the Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup from Keith O’Dwyer, Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League administrator, far left, after G&McNE defeated Riverstown 1-0 in last Friday’s decider at The Showgrounds.

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

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

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

MCCULLAGH CARPENTRY DIVISION TWO Killinascully Wanderers SRFC Reserves Hargadon’s IT Sligo Lang’s Bar Coolaney Celts Durkin’s Pub

P W D 8 7 1 7 5 0 7 5 0 7 4 1 9 1 0 7 1 1 7 1 1

L 0 2 2 2 8 5 5

F 26 13 20 10 7 9 7

A 8 5 13 12 22 15 17

Pts 30 22 22 20 12 11 11

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

ALFIE’SBBarbershop Player of the Week DANIEL MCDONAGH Team Killinascully Wanderers What did he do McDonagh showed his great touch in front of goal when scoring a hat-trick in the Tubbercurry side’s 4-1 win over Coolaney Celts. That took his tally for the season to nine and his good form has been one of the main reasons why Killinaskully currently top the McCullagh Carpentry Division Two. If the expert finisher can keep this run going then he could be on course for the Division Two ‘Golden Boot’ and the Division Two title.

RUNNERS-UP: The Riverstown side that were beaten finalists in this season’s Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League Cup, which is sponsored by Socrates Healthcare Informatics.

CLARKE’S GAME: See page 75


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Sport Rovers get closer to assembling a squad for next year’s campaign Brian McHugh

WINNERS: The Gannon & McNamara Electrical squad, winners of the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League Cup, sponsored by Socrates Health Informatics.

Martyn sparks win for Gannon & McNamara! Late second-half goal decides competition final at The Showgrounds Keith O’Dwyer The Showgrounds


MOMENT of magic from Johnny Martyn late in the second-half was enough to give Gannon & McNamara Electrical a dramatic 1-0 win against Riverstown in the final of the Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup, which was played on the all-weather astroturf pitch in the Showgrounds last Friday evening. This was the first piece of silverware won by Gannon & McNamara Electrical in the Sligo Rovers 11-a-side Astro League and it was the first time this season that Riverstown have tasted defeat. Riverstown beat last season’s Sligo Rovers 11-aside Astro League Cup winners, Sligo Plumbing & Heating on penalties in their semi-final, while Gannon & McNamara beat PSO 2-0 to secure their place in the final. The finalists had already met this season – in a Division One fixture – and that game had ended in a 1-1 draw so their latest clash was always expected to be a close affair. And it certainly proved to be that way in the first-half, which had plenty of endeavour but few chances as both defences kept it tight. The second-half was a more open affair as both sides searched for a breakthrough goal. Riverstown had the first chance of the second period when Johnny Kenny put in a cross from the right but Noel McKenna’s header was just wide. Eric McMorrow then went close for Gannon & McMorrow Electrical as he had a shot from outside the box that was saved at the second attempt by Riverstown goalkeeper Declan Loughlin. Johnny Martyn then had a shot off target for Gannon & McNamara Electrical as they began to get on top. The winning goal came with five minutes to go.

Stephen Coen picked up possession on the left and let fly with a shot that was parried by Declan Loughlin into the path of Martyn, who hammered the rebound first time from outside the penalty area. He fizzed the ball low into the corner of the net. Coen then went close again soon after with another shot from the left that this time powered just off target. Riverstown nearly grabbed an equaliser right at the end as Colin Burke found room in the penalty area for a shot that was bravely blocked by Gannon & McNamara’s Clive Hynes. That proved to be the

last piece of action, however, as Gannon & McNamara lifted the Socrates Healthcare Informatics Cup. GANNON & MCNAMARA ELECTRICAL: Mark Rooney, Alan Gannon, Alan Gilmartin, Clive Hynes, Philip Stallard, Kiki O’Grady, Darren Kelly, Johnny Martyn, Eric McMorrow, David Martyn, Stephen Coen, Jodi Regan RIVERSTOWN: Declan Loughlin, Mark Tuohy, Keith McMorrow, Vinny Boyd, Owen O’Donohoe, Tommy Deignan, Wesley Parke, Noel McKenna, Francis Candon, Colin Burke, Johnny Kenny, Tommy McKenna, Fergal McLoughlin, Sean Potter SOCCER KIDS Participants in the ongoing ‘Soccer Sisters Academy’, a soccer coaching initiative for girls organised by Strand Celtic FC every Saturday (2-3pm) at Strandhill Community Park.

FAI Ford Cup champions Sligo Rovers are edging closer to putting a first team squad together for next season. While a number of squad members have been offered trials with other clubs, they are still in the frame for putting pen to paper at The Showgrounds. Full-back Iarfhlaith Davoren was on trial with Scottish side Hibernian last week. Sources said the trial went well, but he is back now in Ireland and Sligo Rovers are still hopeful of signing him. There had been reports linking top goalscoring centreforward Eoin Doyle with Doncaster Rovers, he is still very much an option for Sligo Rovers. He is currently on holiday with his girlfriend in New York. Sligo Rovers Club promotions officer Keith O’Dwyer said the club has been talking to their record goalscorer. “We would be very hopeful that we can conclude a deal with him before Christmas.” “Several of the lads have been offered trials [at other clubs] but they want to be offered deals, rather than going on trial to other clubs,” O’Dwyer explained. The club is also hoping to advance talks with Ciaran Kelly and Rafael Cretaro this week. But no signings can be completed as Paul Cook is in Liverpool where he has been watching academy games. “Paul is looking to pick up a few players from there as well.” The manager is coming back to Sligo for a few days next week to conclude a few signings before he goes home for Christmas. “There are a lot of phone calls and moves going on in background, with a view to putting deals in place, but signings will have to wait until Paul comes back,” said O’Dwyer. Another player still in the reckoning is Paul Corry of UCD. He spoke to Rovers last week but he is still considering his options. The fact that he is studying medicine in Dublin means that the geographical issue would be a factor for him. Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers players and officials were at Ritchie Ryan’s home town in Tipperary on Saturday with the FAI Ford Cup. His family, friends and neighbours were gathered for the christening of his nephew. A party was also held in a local pub before Ryan set off for his new career at Dundee United.

Soccer mag gives Kelly ‘hero’ status SLIGO Rovers’ FAI Ford Cup final penalty shoot-out king, goal keeper Ciaran Kelly, has been recognised by leading soccer maga zine, World Soccer. The highly-regarded monthly publication lists the net-minder as one of the four heroes in its ‘Heroes & Villians’ section of the maga zine’s December issue, currently available in local bookstores. The piece outlines how Mayo native Kelly – the shoot-out god of last year’s FAI Ford Cup HERO: Ciaran Kelly. final when he amazingly stopped four Shamrock Rovers’ spot-kicks – saved two penalties in the shoot-out that decided last month’s FAI Cup decider against Dublin’s Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium.

Results Game played on Sunday, December 11 AIRTRICITY U-19 LEAGUE Northern Division Derry City 4, Sligo Rovers 1

ON AIR: See page 81


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