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The Director of Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme (TRACS) Fiacra Quinn said: “Bonfire night is still a big tradition in many parts of Ireland. The thinking in this area has changed considerably in recent years. Most people are now aware of the toxins and pollutants which release into the air when a waste tyre is burnt. Burning tyres is highly undesirable from both an environmental and health and safety perspective. “We are asking people not to seek out tyres for bonfire night, as well as asking tyre retailers not to provide them to consumers if asked, and to secure the waste they have on-site.”

ITH the Eve of St. John just around the corner all over the country children will be gathering materials to light bonfires in celebration of the traditional midsummer festival. Traditionally bonfires were lit exactly at sunset on June 23 and had to be watched and tendered long past midnight, with prayers offered to obtain blessings on the crops. There was much fun and dance and games were played. Wood and straw were the materials burnt in traditional bonfires. However, with changing times many bonfires are now used as a means of disposing of waste. Waste materials such as plastic and tyres contain chemicals which, when burned, produce toxic fumes. Over the past few years, tyres, paints, chemicals, petrol, gas cylinders, household furniture, asbestos and even cars have been set alight. The bonfire does not destroy these by-products. They are emitted into the air that we breathe. They contaminate the land around the fire and the back gardens over which the smoke passes. Once released, these toxins will persist for a long time in the environment. Vegetables that grow in back gardens can absorb these toxins. When eaten these may affect our health. Some of these effects may be long-term and cumulative. It is important to be concerned about emissions from bonfires, as they are a major source of pollution. Continued on Page 2

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A day to focus on healing the hurts of the Northern Ireland conflict Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee.  On this day people in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and further afield are invited to reflect privately not only on what has happened but on how to chart a way forward and to heal the wounds of society. June 21 was chosen as a suitable date for a Day of Reflection because, as the longest day of the year, the equal time between the hours of dark and light was a symbol of the pain and hope in our society. Every day of the year, including this one, is the anniversary of the The Day of Reflection card, produced by the Healing Through Remembering Project, death of at least one person who died as a on which people can write their wishes for peace, or simply use for their own direct result of the private reflection. conflict about Northern Ireland.. 'The Day of Northern Ireland conflict personal responsibility hat will you be Reflection on 21 June is for moving society on. and on how we can doing on Friday a day to acknowledge In Sligo, supported by prevent such deaths 21 June? Would the deep hurt and pain Make Peace Public, the ever happening again. you like to take a caused by the conflict, Day of Reflection can be This is called The Day of moment then to reflect to reflect on our own acknowledged by Private Reflection. on the hurts caused by attitudes, on what more anyone as a private The Day of Reflection the Northern Ireland we might have done or moment of thought. was started by the conflict and how we can we might still do, and to Make Peace Public is HealingThrough heal them and move on? make a personal funded by the PEACE lll Remembering Project in In Sligo’s O’Connell St commitment that such Programme through the 2002 in Northern Ireland there will be a display loss should never be European Union’s when public stand on O’Connell St allowed to happen European Regional consultation showed where people will be again. It's offered as an Development Fund that people felt it invited to stop for a inclusive and positive managed for the Special important to remember moment and reflect, experience that EU programmes Body by and also to take privately, on the


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Aurivo Co-Operatice Society Ltd launched

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People asked not to burn hazardous waste on bonfire night Continued from front page Much awareness has been raised relating to the damage to the environment caused by burning waste in bonfires. It is important for people to be mindful of the dangers to their own health when exposed to bonfires consisting of waste materials. If lighting bonfires do so with great care and protect the environment and your health by only burning untreated wood waste. The Director of Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme (TRACS) Fiacra Quinn said: “Bonfire night is still a big tradition in many parts of Ireland. The thinking in this area has changed considerably in recent years. Most people are now aware of the toxins and pollutants which release into the air when a waste tyre is burnt. Burning tyres is highly undesirable from both an

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ocal artist Julie Potter’s beautiful exhibition of work, ‘Calm in the Chaos’ opened Sunday 16th June, in the Yeats Gallery, with great attendance and entertainment from Sligo musicians Mike Nielsen and Eddie McFarlane. Julie is a young artist of exceptional talent and original vision, whose exhibition is well worth a visit. Running from Sunday 16th to Saturday 29th June, this collection explores the nostalgia and beauty found in the unexpected landscapes of urban chaos. Julie works with watercolours, graffiti and textiles to create a dark and moody

atmosphere, which brings inclement weather conditions and the urban mundane to life in a truly vibrant way. Julie describes a passion for rain, and a desire to share the same through her art; “I love the rain. It brings with it childhood memories. When I smell the rain-soaked earth, I think of arriving home from playing with tingling hands and flushed cheeks... I rarely walk in the rain now, the sensibility of adulthood having taken over my carefree disposition... I made this journey of discovery into creating something that expresses this passion of

mine as well as conveying it to others – so they too will see what I see.” Visit Julie Potter’s exhibition at the Yeats Gallery, Hyde Bridge, Sligo from 16th to 29th June, or visit her website, for more information.

Special Olympics Cupcake and Cookie Day in Sligo TO coincide with the 10-Year Anniversary of when Ireland hosted the Special Olympics World Games, coffee shops, restaurants, schools and training centres in the Connaught, Longford and Westmeath areas are hosting a Cupcake and Cookie Day on Friday, 21st June. Michael Carty, Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Special Olympics, is encouraging everyone to come along to one of the locations below for a guilt-free Cupcake or Cookie – safe in the knowledge that your helping a great local cause, there is a location close to you!

Michael said, "I would like to thank Cuisine de France for sponsoring this event, the businesss below for coming on board and baking cupcakes and cookies and also to the public who will come out on Friday to support Special Olympics. Pepper Alley, Park Alley. Sligo Community Training Centre, Hi B in Tubbercurry, Shells Strandhill, Maple Moose Enniscrone, Cara Pharmacies, A Casa Mia. Included in pic are Olympic Athletes Carol Taheny and Bairbre Callagy with Michael Carty, Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Special Olympics.

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New Mayor ‘privileged’ at election, as manager returns Marcella McGarry

THE new Mayor of Sligo says she's privileged and proud to have been elected to the office of mayor. Labour councillor, Marcella McGarry, was elected as the last ever Mayor of the Borough at this weeks AGM . The council is due to be abolished next year. Cllr McGarry defeated the other nominated candidate, Sinn Fein's Chris McManus, on a vote of eight to three. She was elected by way of a pact agreement between Labour, Independent Labour, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. Fianna Fail councillor, Jude Devins, was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Mayo man gets bail to get hitched A Ballyhaunis man has been remanded on bail to July 2, in order to give him enough time to get married and have his honeymoon. Thomas McDonagh of 18, The Maples, Ballyhaunis, was arrested on May 29, last on Main St, Ballyhaunis, after he allegedly stole a mobile phone worth €180. Solicitor Evan O’Dwyer asked Judge Mary Devins to put the matter back to the July 2 sitting of Ballyhaunis District Court in order to give his client time to get married and go on honeymoon. After asking for legal aid to be granted as his client is in receipt of social welfare, Judge Devins questioned Mr O’Dwyer in relation to who was paying for the nuptials. Mr O’Dwyer told the court that his client was currently paying off a caravan which he intends to use as a home for himself and his wife-to-be.

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protest was held on Saturday outside the Clarion Hotel, Sligo, where the Russian delegation is staying for the G8 summit in Fermanagh. The protest was held by North-West Pride and People Before Profit, to voice concerns over the Russian Government’s treatment of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people, and other human rights abuses. “I came here today so send a message to the Russian delegation that it’s not okay to oppress people in your own country, then come around the world and think you have legitimacy”, said Brian O’Boyle, a member of People Before Profit. “They have been clamping down on LGBT people for no reason except for the fact that they are prejudice and bigots.” “I think that it’s very important for people to stand

with everyone being oppressed, you can’t do it passively, you have to do it actively. If that helps one young LGBT person around Sligo, that’s great, and it’s well worth doing” The crowd consisted of up to 20 people, including former mayor of Sligo, Declan Bree. This comes in light of the new bill that has been approved by the Russian lower house that would make “propaganda of nontraditional sexual orientation” illegal. This new law would prevent information about LGBTs to minors and gay pride rallies, and those who break these laws could face hefty fines. Vladimir Putin will be attending the G8 talks in Fermanagh among other world leaders. Issues such as tax evasion and bank secrecy will be discussed. It has also sparked large protests in London and Belfast, where people have voiced anger at

Obama’s failure to close Guantanamo Bay, and Putin’s hum rights abuse. Vladimir Putin has stated that "these people...enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else." But LGBT rallies have been violently attacted and broken up by Russian police. The new law reflects the homophobia that is prevelent in Russian society, and the growing influence of the Russian Othodox Church. Other heavy handed acts under Putin’s government include the imprisonment of Pussy Riot, a punk rock band that staged a protest in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. The Clarion Hotel, Sligo has been booked out, full of foreign press and Russian diplomats. Most hoteliers have been sworn to secrecy, offering only “no comment” answers to questions. The protest had given notice to The Clarion and proceeded peacefully.

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Soup Kitchen asks for more DICKENS’ Oliver Twist gained much of its prominence from a few simple words: Can I have some more? That's the plea now from the founder of the Twist soup kitchens, one of which is located on High Street in Sligo. Oliver Williams says demand has now increased so much that more food donations are needed. Donations of clothing are also needed for the

Twist charity shop in Quay Street. Oliver said: "There are now about 65 people a day using the soup kitchen in High Street. "It's getting very busy up there. "There has been a noticeable increase since we opened." He also revealed that there was a possibility of him opening a soup kitchen in Liberty Hall, where Countess Markievicz opened a soup kitchen during the lockout of 1913.

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Publicans give welcome to Special Hackney Service

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HE isolation of rural drinkers could be coming to an end and publicans are generally raising their glasses in a toast to government plans for a new category of countryside hackneys which will operate in isolated parishes. The special cabs will be exempt from the bureaucracy and expense associated with running a ‘normal

taxi’. No roof signs or taxi logos will be required, drivers won’t have to sit any special test, and their motor tax will be cheaper than that of a private car. The general feeling amongst publicans contacted recently by the local press was that the proposed scheme would go a long way towards addressing a chronic shortage of

transport options in rural areas. “This is definitely a step in the right direction,” Kiltimagh-based Marty O’Hora, chairman of the Mayo branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI), commented. “This seems a sensible solution,” Mr. O’Hora added. “People are being isolated in their homes by the drink driving laws. Anything which gets people out of their homes and into healthy, sociable situations where stress is lessened has to be welcomed.” The type of pub which the new system will be specifically geared towards assisting is The Brusna Inn, which stands at a crossroads in the heart of the countryside about three miles from Ballaghaderreen near the Roscommon/Mayo border. “What’s proposed would certainly be welcome,” Ms. Kathleen Horan, pub owner, stated. “The ‘designated driver’ system is certainly working in the case of The Brusna Inn but the special rural hackneys would provide

the local community with even greater options when it comes to socialising and shopping.” Swinford publican Joe Mellett also welcomed the proposed new scheme, stating it represented ‘a realistic attempt by government to support a beleaguered rural Ireland’. Meanwhile, Charlestown publican Pat Walsh said he was heartened to hear such a scheme was being envisaged as rural life was under constant threat with post offices and pubs closing. The local area hackneys could be used by publicans to bring customers home at closing time or by community groups taking elderly people to the shops, to Mass or to bingo. But the hackneys will have to operate within a radius of 10 to 15kms, will not be allowed to use a taxi rank and will not be permitted to operate in towns. It is expected that the new scheme could be in operation by the end of the year.

Aurivo Officially Launches Charity Cycle/Walk for Special Olympics AURIVO Co-operative Society staff members came together on Friday (14th June 2013) for the official launch of the Aurivo Charity Cycle/ Walk in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. Aurivo is calling on the people of Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and the wider North West region to lend their support for Special Olympics, the chosen charity of the year, by participating in the cycling event which will begin at Lough Key, Forest Park, Boyle on Sunday 23rd June. Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Financial Controller, Damien Devaney said, “Over the past three years, the coop has raised in excess of €100,000 for local charities, including the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Cancer Care West and Irish Autism Action. “We’re very proud of this achievement, and our staff has done an incredible job of raising funds for these very worthy causes. We’re continuing that tradition this year

and aim to raise as much as possible for Special Olympics”. “We’re encouraging people in the area to get some fresh air, take in the beautiful scenery and help contribute to our Charity of the Year fund by participating in one of the three activities” he added Cyclists have an option of a 70k route taking in Cootehall, Battlebridge, Keadue, Geevagh and Riverstown or a 40k route via Knockvicar, Ballyfarnon and the Rock of Doon. Registration is €20 for the 70k and 40k cycles and will begin at 10am and 11am respectively. As an alternative to the cycle, there will also be an 8k fun walk around Forest Park. The registration fee for the walk is €10 and begins at 12noon. There will also be discounts for the Boda Borg, Lough Key experience and the Adventure Playground for family members of participants. Special Olympics Ireland provides year round sports training and

L-R Aurivo staff William Murphy, Robert Hosey, Tom Towey, Gillian Foley, Pauline Henry, Cyril Beirne, Lydia Rogers and Damien Devaney help launch the charity cycle and walk which is one of the cooperative’s many Charity of the Year fundraisers for Special Olympics Ireland.

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Jackie Clarke Museum officially opens in Ballina

THE Taoiseach was in Ballina on Saturday to officially open the Jackie Clarke Musuem. The opening of the Museum at the former Provincial Bank building on Pearse Street took place at 3 p.m. and should prove to be a major resource for the town The venue is the new home to a collection of major historical treasures collected by the late businessman, politician and collector Jackie Clarke. The exhibition centre and Mayo Garden have been opened to visitors for some weeks now and have been attracting large numbers, following a profile in the New York Times last St Patrick’s Day. Mayo school groups have been rubbing shoulders with international scholars and university groups at the world-class centre. Sinead McCoole is the curator of the Jackie Clarke Museum and she says that in addition to being an attraction for scholars, it is an invaluable community resource.

TREAD SOFTLY 2013: Sligo’s Yeats Family Festival celebration returns for a second year Following a successful first outing last year, Tread Softly returns to Sligo, a festival celebrating the link between the northwestern town and the Yeats family who drew such inspiration from it. The story of these famous artists – Nobel Prize winning poet, William Butler, painter Jack B, embroiderer Susan and fine press printer Elizabeth will be brought to life over 16 days of music, theatre, exhibitions, spoken word – and the return of the

hugely successful Yeats Vintage Day on the 3rd of August, which sees the whole town dressed in the fashions current when the Yeats family walked the streets of Sligo. Featuring dramatised readings of nine plays from Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Ruth Lehane’s award winning new play, The Lehane Trilogy, a major Jack B Yeats exhibition at The Model, music from Frankie Gavin and Friends, Steve Wickham, The Lost Brothers and The Henry

Girls along with acclaimed poets and authors Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Maureen McLane, Paula Meehan and Stephen James Smith. Speaking about the return of Tread Softly, Rory O’Connor of the Yeats Partnership said: “The Yeats family hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Irish people and Sligo is their spiritual home. The inaugural Tread Softly Festival last year attracted over 11,000 people to celebrate this

connection and Sligo’s artistic tradition that is still so vibrant today. We are delighted to build on this success and present an even bigger programme for 2013.” Martina Bromley, Head of Operations, Failte Ireland North West says, "Failte Ireland is delighted to support this wonderful cultural initiative, bringing to life the Yeats family legacy and their close association wih Sligo. This is a fantastic international hook for Sligo and an important tourism

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James raises €15,000 after completing Six Day Desert Marathon

Molloys Pharmacies MD James Geraghty's participation in the Sahara's gruelling six day "Des Sables" 151 mile Foot Race netted €15,000 to be shared by Temple St Childrens University Hospital and Mayo Roscommon Hospice. James, his wife Annie, and his proud daughter Saffron presented the cheque to Anne Cooney (Temple St Childrens Hospital) and Cynthia Clampett (Mayo Roscommon Hospice). Also included is Sharon Crean Milvihill, Manager Molloy Pharmacy Store, Bunree, Ballina. Picture Henry Wills


ames Geraghty of Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacies and Health Stores recently presented Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Mayo Roscommon Hospice with a cheque for €15,000. The proud occasion was a result of a fundraising effort on behalf of James, who took part in the Marathon Des Sable in April in aid of the two charities. The Marathon Des Sables is a six day, 151 mile (243km) endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco and has been described as the toughest footrace in the World. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Mayo Roscommon Hospice both received €7,500 each as a result of a mass fundraising effort by the Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacies and Health Stores Group. After completing the once in a lifetime challenge that is the Marathon Des Sables and understanding the enormity of the event James Geraghty has been overwhelmed by the response and support from his customers, associates, colleagues, family and friends.

Commenting on the final fundraising results James said: “I am humbled by everyone’s generosity and support. I wish to thank each individual person who supported me in fundraising for this event. We are delighted with the final amount raised and are grateful for every single euro which was contributed to the cause; particularly in the current economic climate we are delighted to have reached this amount. “The two chosen charities are very close to my own heart. Many of my customers unfortunately have been personally touched by the wonderful work of Mayo Roscommon Hospice and we chose this charity to honour them and their families. I chose Temple Street Children's Hospital as my youngest daughter Saffron received extraordinary care there after being diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, Sagittal Synostosis. For this reason all money raised for Temple Street will be going to the Craniofacial Unit. I am immensely proud that I have been given this opportunity to contribute such significant funds to

help two amazing charitable organisations." Temple Street Children’s University Hospital sees 133,000 children annually therefore many people will know someone who has been touched by the wonderful work of the hospital and the importance of donations to deliver top quality care for sick babies and children. Anne Cooney, Corporate Partnerships Manager for the fundraising office at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital said: “Our heartfelt thanks to James for his generous support of our very special hospital by undertaking the incredible ‘Marathon des Sables’ challenge. James’ support will benefit the Craniofacial Unit in Temple Street ensuring that we can continue to provide world-class care to our little patients. James has made a real and lasting difference in the lives of so many of our little patients.” Since 1992 Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Teams have assisted in the care of over, 5,000 patients and their families. Palliative Care Service is provided free of charge so donations are fundamental to continue their marvellous work. Commenting on the donation Cynthia Clampett, CEO, Mayo Roscommon Hospice said: “Mayo Roscommon Hospice would sincerely like to thank James and all the staff at Molloys Pharmacy for all their hard work in fundraising for our Foundation. We are thrilled with the tremendous amount of money that was raised and on behalf of the patients and the families who will benefit directly from this money, we would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you. Our Foundation has to raise in the region of €1.5 million annually to fund the Palliative Care Service in Mayo and Roscommon. Without the input of our supporters and volunteers, this essential service would not exist so again thank you so much for this wonderful donation. “ Once again James would like to thank everyone who helped him in his preparation for the Marathon Des Sables including; Ballina Public Swimming Pool, his Sports Therapist Simon Walsh, Molloys Dietician Caroline Brosnihan. However the biggest thanks goes to all those who helped raise money for the two charities including all his staff who held coffee mornings, table quizzes, store days, collections and much more, to all his associates for their corporate donations and to everyone for all their personal donations and well wishes. The Marathon Des Sables was an event which had an amazing impact on James’ life and it is a privilege that his participation will leave a lasting legacy in the lives of others.

Two hundred cases of homelessness in Mayo WE are aware of the sad phenomenon in our cities. Yet, homelessness may be passing unnoticed in Western counties. It can be revealed that two hundred cases of homelessness are being dealt with by Mayo County Council each year. Of those, 80 per cent of people are dealt with by staff at the council’s Castlebar offices, with three to four cases presenting each week on average. There are no indigenous homeless people living on the streets of Mayo but around 200 people find themselves

without a home every year mostly due to domestic difficulties or following discharge from hospital or Mayo mental health services. The figures were revealed during a discussion on the regional homeless plan being compiled for the west region at a meeting of Mayo County Council’s housing strategic policy committee. The function of dealing with homelessness was transferred to the council by the HSE six or seven years ago and senior executive officer Padraig Flanagan admitted it is putting a strain

on the local authority’s resources. Director of services Martin Keating said the council’s strategy is to put resources into preventative procedures to eliminate the problem in the county. Most people present in Castlebar as this is where most of the health services are based, and many cases arise following discharge from these. Under the new plan, current informal arrangements with other agencies will now be placed on a more structured footing.

Galway Senator confirms she will not support Abortion legislation

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames

GALWAY senator Fidelma Healy Eames created a stir at the weekend when she become the first Fine Gael Senator and female government representative to confirm she will vote against the Government's proposals to legislate on abortion unless the suicide clause is removed. The Galway based Senator informed the party leader and Fine Gael Headquarters of her decision last night. She said, having reflected on the proposals contained in the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill, she cannot in conscience support it. Senator Healy Eames said she is "deeply disappointed" that she finds herself having to vote against her party, for the first time, on the bill. She said: "I've had to make this decision for myself. It is a very difficult decision, I'm now going to be voting against my party Fine Gael, it's the first time I've ever been in this situation and I'm very disappointed. "I stood for election in 2011 on a pre-election promise, a pro-life pre-election promise, I'm not breaking that promise. "The Government and the party has turned its back on it."

Crime Rates dropping in North West DONEGAL has seen a record drop in overall crime levels - down 37% in the last 5 years, giving it the 3rd lowest crime rate in the country. That's according to new figures published in the Irish Examiner last week. The study also shows the county has lowest incidence of both theft and weapons offences in the country, however some crimes such as sexual offences are shown to be higher than the national average. Crime rates in Sligo/Leitrim have also been dropping faster than the national average. The Examiner compiled the statistics in partnership with The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) based at NUI Maynooth and uses figures collated by the Central Statistics Office. The study profiles crime in each county, tracks the main trends and ranks each area across the 15 main crime categories. Sean McCarthaigh says the numbers show that the North West Region is faring well overall.

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Concerns over Taoiseach death threat as man questioned A file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine if a Castlebar man is to be charged after a death threat was made against An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on a social media website. A complaint was made to gardaí in the town by Mr. Kenny’s parliamentary secretary Ger Deere on the Taoiseach’s behalf on Thursday morning over a comment made on a Facebook page almost three weeks ago. The Facebook page in question is run by a campaign called ‘Save the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar’. The following was posted on the page’s timeline on May 18: ‘If they close this hospital il (sic) shoot Enda Kenny JFK assassination style’. The comment remained on the page and visible to the public for 20 days, raising concerns about whether the page was being adequately monitored and moderated. A Castlebar man, believed to have been the author of the comment, was taken in for questioning following the complaint. While gardaí would not comment on specifics, they confirmed that they were investigating a complaint about a comment on Facebook and that a file was being sent to the DPP, who will determine what charges, if any, will follow. The future of the Sacred Heart Hospital had been a contentious political issue in the Taoiseach’s home town in recent months. However, last week, Enda Kenny announced €11 million in funding for the care facility, which he said would secure its future. The social media campaign was launched last month and there was a rally outside the hospital on Monday, May 27. Members of the Fianna Fáil party in the town were involved heavily in the campaign but claimed it was not a political protest. Ger Deere, also a member of Castlebar Town Council, said that “The comment was a very serious one and we felt it should be passed onto

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the gardaí. It crossed the line,” he said. “Those operating social media should always monitor and police their pages. The operators were so quick to comment on how many ‘likes’ and good reactions they received, but they didn’t see fit to take this down. I’m very disappointed with the operators. It proves that the real intent of the campaign was to promote themselves and not the issue, and to discredit Enda. “The campaign was a political cheap shot and [Mayor of Castlebar and Fine Gael councillor] Brendan Henaghan summed it up well – they were so afraid of their own toxic Fianna Fáil brand that they would not say it was a Fianna Fáil

campaign,” he concluded. Conor Smyth, the administrator of the Save the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar Facebook page, said he had no comment to make concerning the threat to Enda Kenny, as the matter was now with the gardaí. He welcomed the news of the €11 million funding. “I’m delighted with the news. Congratulations to Enda Kenny for delivering. This was always a personal issue for me and not political, I never wanted it to be political,” said Mr Smyth, who is a member of Castlebar Fianna Fáil. “I’m a member of the Castlebar community who happens to be a member of Fianna Fáil”.

No Court as Judge fails to turn up Sligo Courthouse

THERE was the unusual case last week in Sligo of the failure of trial proceedings to take place as a judge failed to turn

Calls to restore Ballinamore Courthouse

up. A jury panel were in attendance at Sligo Courthouse on Tuesday week but they were all sent home.

The sitting of the Circuit Court was an additional session to hear specially fixed cases. A visiting judge was due to hear one case this week and another next week. After it was discovered no judge was on the way to Sligo the jury panel was addressed by Acting County Registrar Pauric O'Grady. He told them shortly before midday that they were being sent home because a judge failed to show. He said it was an administrative error. Mr O'Grady said the judge who was due to appear understood the legal term did not start until Wednesday. He did not realise he was due in Sligo on Tuesday. Mr O'Grady apologised to the jury panel before sending them home, requesting that they return on Wednesday. Midland Circuit Court Judge Anthony Hunt who is the resident judge in Sligo was presiding at Longford Circuit Court last week. On hearing no judge turned up in Sligo he made an order adjourning the case to Wednesday and remanding the accused until then.

IT may be yet another sign of our times, but the neglect of historic buildings throughout the west is something this generation may live to regret. A case in point is the Courthouse in Ballinamore. Local councillor John McCartin has accused the Courts Service of ‘criminal negligence’ for its failure to maintain the historic Ballinamore Courthouse. Speaking at a recent Council meeting, Cllr McCartin was joined by other local councillors, in his demand that an enforcement notice be issued demanding that the Courts Service restore the court house to an acceptable condition. The matter arose following correspondence from the Department of Justice in which it was indicated that there was no funding to carry out essential works on the courthouse, but the Courts Service were amenable to returning the structure to the ownership of Leitrim County Council. “It’s no good to hand back a derelict building to the Council. The Course Service were given custodianship of the building by us a number of years ago when it was in a good condition but now look at it,” said Cllr McCartin. “We will be happy to take back responsibility for Ballinamore Courthouse when it is restored to condition that the Courts Service got it in.” He and his fellow Ballinamore Area councillors, Gordon Hughes, Martin Kenny and Caillian Ellis, are now demanding an enforcement notice be issued to the Department of Justice ordering them to restore the courthouse to “at the very least a stable condition.” “We need to send the message that we are finished pussy footing around and immediately send an enforcement notice to the Courts Service to repair the building and bring it back to a presentable state,” said Cllr McCartin. “What they have done to it, in failing in its upkeep as a historical building, is nothing short of criminal negligence.” Cllr Ellis said that there was huge potential for the future use of the structure and funding must be found by the Minister for Justice for essential works.The Council recently completed a survey of the structure which indicated that a minimum of €160,000 would be required to secure the building, however a spokesperson for the Council said they were hesitant to take a hard line with the Courts Service.

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Leonie brings ‘Love letter to the west’ home A

ward winning Sligo garden designer, Leonie Cornelius has rebuilt her 2013 prizewinning Bloom garden right here on

the Sligo/Leitrim border, at Doonlough in Five Mile Bourne. As part of the terms of the Leitrim Development Board funding of €40,000

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that she received for the project, the stunning blackened wood hut now stands on the shores of the lake, open to the public all year round. Leonie’s success story began with her winning RTE’s Supergarden show in 2012, which springboarded her straight into a coveted spot at the country’s most prestigious garden festival, Bloom in the Park. Defying expectations, the talented newcomer then stole the show, winning not only a gold medal, but Best in Category for medium sized gardens in 2012. She returned this year, independently, and had great success again, this time with the beautiful homage to the North West of Ireland that she calls “A Love Letter To The West”. On bringing the garden back to where she first found the inspiration for it, Leonie says; “Here is where it all started really. Not just my passion for nature and planting in general, but that first seed of this particular design was sown when I returned from Bloom last year, and breathed a deep sigh of relief to be home at last, looking at the gorgeous place I live. It was hard work trying to recreate the feel of the wild beauty of Leitrim/Sligo in a small plot

at Bloom, but since I see it replicated here, back full circle to where it belongs, I feel great pride that it fits in with the natural landscape so well. I must have got it right!” Leonie enlisted the help of friends, neighbours and helpful strangers in the rebuild process. She made it into a real community affair, with the help of local counsellor, Michael Comiskey. “Michael was great. He was really hands on with the labour, and very generous with letting us use his equipment, but more than that, he got the whole community involved. In such a rural area that can be diffi-

cult, but I was really surprised and grateful when I saw how many of my neighbours, near and far, showed up to lend a hand.” She explains. Indeed, there were hands a-plenty on site, young and old, with even the smallest children helping dig holes for plants and groups of men rolling huge boulders into place by the lake’s edge. After just two days, the hut was standing, and pretty blooms which looked like they could have been there forever were taking root. “It’s just a lovely spot for anyone to use. Even just to take a break on a long drive, or to come out specif-

ically to have a picnic, I think it will definitely be put to use by locals and visitors alike.” Says Leonie. In early July, in fact, Leonie plans to hold another planting day, to freshen the area up and to encourage people to make use of it. She will be organising a BBQ to complete the day and reward any willing workers who come along to lend a hand. Leonie is enthusiastic; “It will be a great day! I haven’t set a date yet, but I’ll make sure to put the word out, so that anyone who would like to come out and take a look and have a part in this wonderful local project can do so.”

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Lumiere @ The Hawkswell


he duo have toured their distinctive sound from the cosy snugs of their native Dingle to international concert halls and a worldwide audience is smitten with their offering of songs from the Irish Tradition and carefully chosen contemporary covers. Lumiere takes something that is sacred and re-imagines

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it simply and beautifully, reclaiming truth and trust for the modern age. Their new album released in early April jumped straight onto both RTE & BBC Radio playlists and features a haunting duet with Sinead O’ Connor. Friday 28th June @ 8pm. The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo. Box Office: 071-9161518

THE EMIGRANTS FAREWELL It was a night of tears, joy and laughter in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday, April 19th. The vibrant Atlantic Rhythm Productions from Crossmolina in north Mayo, raised the roof as they received a much deserved standing ovation from the 400 strong audience present at the launch of the show The Emigrants’ Farewell. This artfully crafted human story captivated the audience who were virtually transported back in time. Gifted actors turned in compelling performances in their portrayal of life in Co. Mayo in 1912. This is a story which moves seamlessly betweenhumour and sadness with many moments evoking great pathos. The journey concluded with the reading of a poignant tribute to the 14 people from Addergoole Parish who had travelled on the RMS Titanic 101 all those years ago. The audience was treated to perfomances by world-class step dancers, joined on stage by outstanding sean-nós dancers and excellent musicians with choreographer Sheila Moffatt of the Moffatt School of Dancing at the helm. The show was officially launched in Mayo by guest speaker Dr Paul Nolan from the

Addergoole Titanic Society. Also present on the night was Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring, who encouraged the audience to support this homegrown wealth of Mayo talent in the various entertainment venues throughout the summer season ahead. Atlantic Rhythm Productions will perform the show in full all over Ireland over the coming summer season. They are currently auditioning for dancers, singers and musicians. They also perform traditional Irish nights with a difference. To find out more about this energetic and fast-moving group, check out their website You can also sign up in the newsletter section of their website to receive regular newsletters which keep you up-to-date with all of their upcoming events. The production company has a number of shows ideally suited for The Gathering events throughout Ireland. Tickets are €20 (€16 for groups of 10 or more), €12 (Under 12's) and family ticket €50. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster online and outlets nationwide, and from the Royal Box Office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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Tied up and down, how to consider force a privilege Exhibition

Opening Sat. 29 Jun, 6pm @ The Model - Sligo This is the first solo exhibition by German artist Tilo Schulz in Ireland, the exhibition project itself is a response by Schulz to Sligo as an environment. The artist develops means to combine his sculptural project with concerns

he has with today’s migrations of people within Europe. Altogether, the project interlinks recognizable aesthetics and more abstract forms to constitute what Schulz has coined as his own, “social formalism.” Supported by Goethe Institut and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

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journey over eleven songs. Guest vocals appear courtesy of Gemma Hayes, a fan of the band for some time. Canadian musician Elaine Kelly-Canning features on harp and added string performances come courtesy of local Swedish players. ‘Boa Howl’ refers to a summit on a mountain in China dubbed ‘White Boa Howl’, which the band felt captured the surreal nature of the songs. Musically, the album was inspired by a wide range of influences – from The Flamingos and Joe Meek, to Clouddead, to traditional Malian music and the 1950s orchestral arrangements of Gordon Jenkins. Special Offer!! Early Bird ticket €10 until July 10th. Full price €15.

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ENJOY the experience of Choral Academy Ireland’s renowned singing camp for young people of all ages. This exciting programme offers the chance to learn from esteemed vocal coach, Jim Maley, about the voice, how it works and how to get the most out of it. The Sixth Annual Sligo Choral Academy “I Want To Sing” will take place at The Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo over 5 days from Monday 8 - Friday 12 July, 2013. The prestigious Choral Academy was founded in 2005 by Maley School of Music Director, Jim Maley to provide a forum for young people who enjoy singing to learn and develop their talents with qualified and experienced tutors. The Choral Academy teaches you to sing as part of a group in harmonies and solos and everyone gets a specialised singing lesson to cater for the individual needs of your voice. The singing lessons are designed to help you to sing and take care of your voice, which will prove invaluable wherever you go. While the minimum age is 10 years, there is no upper age limit for young people who feel they would like to contribute to the programme; anyone from first, second, or third level is welcome and will be grouped accordingly. At the end of the week

there will be a showcase where everyone can display their newfound talents on stage in the theatre that all your family and friends can attend. This has been an amazing success every year with family and friends stunned at what can be achieved in a week and gives you an amazing sense of accomplishment. you enjoy singing with us; there will be songs from artists and composers like U2, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, as well as some other familiar and not so familiar, even a couple of surprises! This camp gives you a great deal of confidence that you can apply to every aspect of life. The Academy director Jim Maley studied at Glasgow University and The University of Ulster. He is founder of The Maley School of Music (1995) and founder and director of Choral Academy Ireland and The Music Academy, Letterkenny. For the past two years, Jim has been director of music at Letterkenny Cathedral.Jim is renowned throughout Ireland and Scotland as a composer of sacred choral music, a vocal coach, pianist, organist, choral conductor and music teacher. The camp takes place over 5 days and costs €80. For Bookings please contact The Hawkswell BoxOffice 071 91 61518 Celebration Performance: Fri 12 July, 3pm, €5/children free

The Live last Waltz at the Royal Theatre A collective of some of Dublin's most legendary musicians under the name "The Group", who are mostly members of the Butler family, set about the task of recreating the two hour live show in honor of the original concert. "The Last Waltz", was an outstanding rock documentary of the last concert by 'The Band'. Veteran director Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history. It started as a concert and became a celebration as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars -- including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond and Muddy Waters -take the stage for "The Band's" 1976 farewell performance. With a cast and crew of over 30, an 11piece band and full brass section, 13 amazing special guests, and archive footage on a giant screen, this spectacular live re-enactment of the 'The Last Waltz' is a must for all who love their music. "A truly magical celebration" - Doc Bailey (Life Records). "The young man who plays Morrison is just

sublime" - Brian Lally (RTE) MCD Presents Tickets, €25, are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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Man launches legal action over ‘eight-month erection’ A n erectile dysfunction sufferer is suing the surgeon he paid to fix the problem after he received a little more than he bargained for. Daniel Metzgar says the botched penile implant surgery he underwent in 2009 left him with an eight-month erection that wouldn’t go away, according to Delaware Online. The 44-year-old truck driver from New Jersey is seeking unspecified damages after he was forced to wear baggy trousers and long shirts to hide this embarrassing problem, a court heard. He said he knew something was wrong when his scrotum swelled to the size of a volleyball but didn’t see his surgeon, Dr Thomas Desperito, for another four months, it is claimed. Mr Metzgar finally went under the knife to have the prosthesis removed in August 2010, eight months after the initial surgery. ‘I could hardly dance, with an erection poking my partner,’ he told the court. ‘It’s not something you want to bring out at parties and show to friends.’ Mr Metzgar said his urologist demanded $10,000 (£6,400) before doing the procedure, a claim Desperito denies. The trial continues.

Dare you spend a night at London’s horror hotel??

The furnishings are a bit rustic to say the least

A spine-chilling overnight experience that will petrify even the most hardened of hotel-goers is being promised by a Holiday Inn in north London. It’s not the prospect of a 6am wake-up call or burned toast at breakfast that is proving so terrifying however, as the hotel is getting a horror-themed makeover. For the next four days, visitors are being challenged to spend a night in the Camden Lock hotel, if they dare. Promising ‘dreadful paranormal visitations’ and a ‘psychological fright fest’, the pop-up experiment is part of a stunt marking the DVD and Blu-ray release of horror film Mama, starring Nikolaj CosterWaldau and Jessica Chastain.

Vampire mother drinks two litres of blood each month to make her ‘healthier’ A mother-of-two has been likened to a vampire after she admitted drinking 2 litres of blood each month. Julia Caples, from Pennsylvania,US , is not your usual blood sucker having raised two children aged 9 and 24, and is also currently working as a care worker. But looks can be deceiving as the 45-year-old likes to partake in a bit of blood guzzling every four weeks as she thinks it keeps her in good shape. ‘When I feed off of a person and drink their blood I feel stronger and healthier,’ the Daily Mirror quotes her as saying. ‘I know scientifically there’s not a lot nutrition in blood, but maybe there’s some value we haven’t discovered yet. ‘I feel more beautiful than any other time when I’m regularly drinking. I’m also extremely healthy with no major health problems, and I have an abundance of energy all the time.’Ms Caples doesn’t stalk her victims, instead she finds willing donors from her local area and takes them to her home, where she cuts them open. The vampiress didn’t start drinking blood regularly until she met her ex-husband but said she had always been interested in trying it out.

Hairy tights aimed at deflecting unwanted attention WOMEN tired of men staring at their legs this summer can now deflect any unwanted attention with a pair of these hairy tights. The practical fashion item is proving a hit in China after an image of the garment was posted on the country’s version of Twitter. ‘Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for young girls going out,’ read an attached caption, according to Shanghai-based bloggers ChinaSMACK. Women about to splash out on a pair of the bushy stockings may want to think again however, with the legwear receiving a mixed response from the

public. ‘Damn, so disgusting!!!’ commented one user. ‘Essential for the subway?’ said another. However one user speculated the latest fashion fad could backfire: ‘This will not only prevent against perverts, it’ll definitely also result in preventing handsome guys from approaching you. ‘When things go to the extreme, they can only go the opposite direction!!!’ While the trend may be proving increasingly popular in China, it’s unlikely we will see the hairy stockings in UK high streets anytime in the near future.

‘The experience has been designed to trigger a physical and emotional release known as the “fight or flight” response,’ said Gary Oke, practising psychotherapist and senior show producer for AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment. ‘When this response is activated, sequences of nerve cell firings occur, and chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream.’ He added: ’These patterns of nerve cell firings and chemical releases cause our body to undergo a series of very dramatic changes, such as an increase in heart rate.’ Tasneeem Buitendijk, the hotel’s general manager said: ‘We’re just hoping that we don’t make the visitors too scared to ever return.’

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Apple 1: The Mac-maker’s first computer sells for £398,000 It might not look like much compared to today’s sleek iPhones and iPads, but this clunky looking machine is the first ever Apple computer – and has sold for £398,000 in a German auction. Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built just 200 units of the ‘Apple 1’ in Jobs’ parents’ garage in California, back in 1976. It was one of the first assembled PC to be sold in shops. Before the Apple, computers came as kits that the owner had to put together. The Apple 1’s original price was $666.66. It had just 8k of memory, which isn’t even enough to store a single song. The memory of today’s Apple computers is around 600,000 times that. The Apple 1 didn’t even include a keyboard, a monitor or the cassette player needed to load programmes into the machine. They all had to be bought separately. Out of those original 200 units, 46 still exist and only six, including the one just sold, are still in full working order. Auctioneer Uwe Breker said: ‘The Apple 1 is really the symbol for the American dream. ‘Two students had an idea, built and marketed it and 35 years later it is the highest valued company ever.’ Visit The Open University’s Open Learn pages to learn more about information technology. You can also take a look at the OU facebook page and join the conversation with students, advisers and academics.

How your tablet could mess with a good night’s sleep Want to get a good night’s sleep? Then best switch off that iPad well before you turn in. Night-time exposure to LED rays like those illuminating tablets and smartphones are ‘typically more disruptive’ to our body clocks than standard electric light, research suggests. ‘Technology has effectively decoupled us from the natural 24-hour day to which our bodies evolved, driving us to go to bed later,’ said Prof Charles Czeisler, of Harvard Medical School. ‘And we use caffeine in the morning to rise as early as we ever did, putting the squeeze on sleep.’ As a result of modern technology Prof Czeisler said ‘many people are still checking email, doing homework or watching TV at midnight, with hardly a clue that it is the middle of the solar night’. In a study, 30 per cent of all working adults in the US reported getting less than six hours sleep a night on average. Fifty years ago, less than three per cent of the population slept so little.

Smartphone users waste ‘£6m a year on one hit wonder apps’


t’s bad enough having cupboards stuffed with unworn gym gear, unused kitchen utensils and dusty old books we’ve never read.

But now our half-hearted attempts to start exercising, eat more healthily and broaden our minds are also clogging up our mobile phones.

Fitness and cookery aids are top of the list of apps that we download but rarely consult, a survey shows. Language learning, book and travel downloads are also among the most likely to be used once and forgotten. We waste nearly £6million a year buying paid-for apps whose attraction will soon wane. The average British smartphone has 23 apps installed on it, less than a third of them are used on a regular basis. Fitness and cooking apps are the most neglected with 16 per cent never using them more than once. Only ten per cent of Britons get rid of unused apps on a weekly basis and 15 per cent have never deleted one, according to the study of 2,000 people by Tesco Mobile. ‘With so many apps readily available, it’s tempting to get app happy,’ said the company’s chief marketing officer Simon Groves. ‘A bit of savvy app shopping – making the most of top-notch free apps and giving your phone a bit of a clear out – will make space for what you do need and save you money.’

Disabled trio make dance track with their minds A group of physically disabled music fans have released the world’s first dance track using the power of their brains. Mindtunes was created by Jo Portois, Andy Walker, and Mark Rowland using special computers allowing them to control music software simply by thinking it. Chart topping music producer DJ Fresh was then drafted in to put the finishing touches to the track, which is now available for download. The project was funded by vodka brand Smirnoff with proceeds from sales of the song going to the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF). This group used an emerging technology called Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) to send commands to the computers by using only their brain activity. An Electroencephalography (EEG) device was also used measure the level of electrical activity in their brains, with the help of neuroscientist Julien Castet PH D. Speaking about the project, Daniel Stein aka DJ Fresh says, ‘Ever since I was a little boy I’ve loved technology and always wanted to work with something cutting edge. What a privilege to be given the opportunity to do just that and collaborate with some truly inspirational people. ‘The power of the brain and this brain-

wave technology is amazing – to think that Mindtunes was created solely by a group of physically disabled music fans using only their minds. I am very proud to be part of this project – it just goes to show what people have the power to create if they’re given the opportunity.’ What is a brain-computer interface (BCI) According to King’s College London’s Report

publication, a brain-computer interface is a system for measuring and analysing brain signals and translating them into outputs such as computer-based communication or control of a device. Possible medical uses include restoring communication for patients with locked-in syndrome and developing a BCI-controlled wheelchair for people who are paralysed.


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Leslie Baumann, MD, chief executive officer of the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. Skin Rx: Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that’s great for skin—but sip in moderation. Overdoing it can dehydrate you, leaving skin dry. Too much alcohol can also generate free radicals, which can break down collagen, leading to wrinkles, Dr. Baumann says. Vegetarian/vegan (such as The New Becoming Vegetarian and Skinny Bitch)


ure, your diet keeps your body slim and healthy, but its impact doesn’t stop there. The food you eat—from wrinklefighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish—may matter to your skin almost as much as it does to your waistline. Is your way of noshing helping or hurting your complexion? We asked top docs for their take on the face-friendliness of six popular diets. Read on to see if yours passes the beauty test, and find out how you can alter what you eat for A-plus skin. Mediterranean (such as The Mediterranean Diet and The Mediterranean Prescription) The lowdown: Fish, leafy greens,

olive oil, and fruit are the stars of this heart-healthy, waist-whittling diet. But the benefits don’t end there—eating Mediterranean may also protect against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, a recent Italian study suggests. On the cosmetic front, omega-3 fatty acids in fish help keep skin-cell membranes strong and elastic. And antioxidants in leafy greens and olive oil may protect against ultraviolet light and other environmental assaults that can break down collagen and elastin, the structural supports that keep skin plump and smooth. Result: less sagging and fewer wrinkles later. Olive oil, tomatoes, and red wine also have antioxidants that help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage, explains

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The lowdown: Whether you skip meat and other animal products for your health, ethical reasons, or both, you probably eat more fresh produce and whole grains as a result—good news for your skin. The antioxidants in these eats neutralize the free radicals that contribute to wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging. Plant-based protein sources may also have super skin benefits. For example, beans contain zit-battling zinc and decrease inflammation, a culprit behind redness, pimples, and premature wrinkles, says Nicholas Perricone, MD, author of Forever Young: The Science of Nutrigenomics for Glowing, Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Every Age. On the other hand, some studies suggest that dairy contributes to acne, Dr. Baumann says; consider other protein sources if breakouts are a problem. Skin Rx: Veggie diets tend to be low in fat, so incorporate ground flaxseeds and olive and safflower oils to help your skin retain water, making it more supple, Dr. Baumann says.

order to fight flab can also lower the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and minimize breakouts, says Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD. Moderate plans that swap in whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats also up antioxidants, blemish-busting zinc, and collagen-building protein. But beware of more meat-heavy plans: Getting some cholesterol from red meat will shore up skin cells’ protective lipid layer, but "eating too much animal fat can

result in an increased production of free radicals, which are thought to interfere with normal cellular processing," says New York City–based aesthetic dermatologist Lisa Airan, MD. "This may cause premature cell death," which can lead to sagging skin. Skin Rx: Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated. Choose fish and other lean proteins—not just saturated fat–laden red meat. Eat antioxidant-rich leafy greens daily.

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s schools close up for the summer thoughts of a family holiday in July or August come to the fore. For those who haven’t, or were unable to book earlier in the year, has a selection of handy insider tips for saving money on summer bookings. 1. Best Day To Book: Try browsing and booking on a Saturday morning. Bookings put on hold by business customers on a Friday night are released (bookings not made within the hold timeframe are autocancelled at midnight) and inventory may become available again. 2.Best Day To Travel: This depends on the route, but – if travelling to the United States, for example – many airlines charge a weekend travel supplement for travel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you travel Monday-Thursday, you might get a lower fare. 3.Top Secret® Hotels:’s Top Secret® Hotels allow customers on a budget to save up to 45% and also gives those with a taste for luxury the chance to stay in a 5* or 4* hotel at a 3*price. When booking, browse by location, star rating and price – only after your final booking will we reveal the name of the hotel. 4.Price Peace of Mind –’s Price Match Guarantee: After booking with, if you find a hotel or city break cheaper on another Irish website within 24 hours, we will refund the difference, provided the cheaper price isn’t the result of a special deal. Subject to Terms and Conditions*. 5.Purchase your flight and hotel together: Operators offer significant discounts on packaged solutions – search for flight and hotel options on Schools Out For Summer – Unofficially A recent survey conducted by highlighted that 1 in 5 (20%) of Irish parents take their children out of school early to go on summer

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ust 4 weeks now to Ballygawley`s first ever village festival. Music By Michael Walsh + Friends on the 19th in Callaghans, The Quakers play Kelly`s on the 20th and Off the Hook will play the finale event on the 21st in Castledargan Hotel. Union Wood Survival will take place throughout the festival where 5 teams of 4 will slog it out in Union Wood as part of a survival of the fittest. Teams represent: Callaghans Bar, David Mc Munn Haulage, Gerry Davey Agri and Plant hire, EJ`s Menswear, Tony Clancy Motors.The event is being run in aid of Ballygawley Community Park in association with The Irish Kidney Association. Our Family Fest day will take place on Saturday 20th at 12pm-5pm in Ballygawley Community Park where there will be Eagles Flying, Tug of Wars, cow-milking competitions, bouncing castles, tattooing, live entertainment and much more. "The Sligo Bake Off" will also take place on the 20th where Sligo`s best queen cakes and cake baker will be found. Weekly updates and throughout the fest will be provided on

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Connecting Calry - Local group leads the Mayors Ball @ The Sligo Park Hotel way in connecting communities

Catherine Kennedy, Louise Mcloughlin, Adrienne Hackett & Fiona Cassedy

Monica Finnigan, Mary Finnigan and Cathy Gallagher

Ciara Nicholson, Carmel Nicholson & Orla Nicholson

onnecting Calry was one of 27 groups who took part in this year’s International Fund for Ireland (IFI) Community Leadership Programme, delivered by NICVA. The groups aim was to bring all the communities in Calry together in order to help build a stronger community infrastructure and community spirit. Over the past nine months, Connecting Calry has been extremely busy taking part in free training sessions, round table events and organising and fulfilling a special project, all as part of their learning journey. All the various local groups met for presentations in the Model last week

Winifred Mc Dermot, Mary and Councillor Matt Lyons

Deputy John Perry and Marie Perry, Mayor David Cawley & Ann Marie Cawley

Margaret Cooney and Margaret OConnor

Niamh Moyniham and Paula Cross

Seamus Devaney and Brendan Nelson

Ruth Cawley, Ann Marie Mullen, Pat Mullen and Carmel Mullen

Albert and Ettie Higgins

Maria and Owen Mulligan

John and Aiden Stewart

Mary McGown and Una Ganley

Cllr. Rosaleen O'Grady and Maisie McNabola

Niamh Cassidy and Fiona Cassidy

Finola OCarroll & John McKenna

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Joanne Geraghty, Olivia Lindsay, Margaret OConnor and Derek Lindsay

Iris and Roger Murry

Tessa Marsden and Audry duignan

Orla and Gabriel Keavney

Collett Deely, Iris Murry and Aodhmar Cadogan

Trevor McDaid (President Sligo Chamber) and Imelda McDaid

Paul and Deirdre Deering, Deputy Tony McLoughlin

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Connecting Calry - Local group leads the Mayors Ball @ The Sligo Park Hotel way in connecting communities

Catherine Kennedy, Louise Mcloughlin, Adrienne Hackett & Fiona Cassedy

Monica Finnigan, Mary Finnigan and Cathy Gallagher

Ciara Nicholson, Carmel Nicholson & Orla Nicholson

onnecting Calry was one of 27 groups who took part in this year’s International Fund for Ireland (IFI) Community Leadership Programme, delivered by NICVA. The groups aim was to bring all the communities in Calry together in order to help build a stronger community infrastructure and community spirit. Over the past nine months, Connecting Calry has been extremely busy taking part in free training sessions, round table events and organising and fulfilling a special project, all as part of their learning journey. All the various local groups met for presentations in the Model last week

Winifred Mc Dermot, Mary and Councillor Matt Lyons

Deputy John Perry and Marie Perry, Mayor David Cawley & Ann Marie Cawley

Margaret Cooney and Margaret OConnor

Niamh Moyniham and Paula Cross

Seamus Devaney and Brendan Nelson

Ruth Cawley, Ann Marie Mullen, Pat Mullen and Carmel Mullen

Albert and Ettie Higgins

Maria and Owen Mulligan

John and Aiden Stewart

Mary McGown and Una Ganley

Cllr. Rosaleen O'Grady and Maisie McNabola

Niamh Cassidy and Fiona Cassidy

Finola OCarroll & John McKenna

Emma Griffin & Michelle Griffin


Joanne Geraghty, Olivia Lindsay, Margaret OConnor and Derek Lindsay

Iris and Roger Murry

Tessa Marsden and Audry duignan

Orla and Gabriel Keavney

Collett Deely, Iris Murry and Aodhmar Cadogan

Trevor McDaid (President Sligo Chamber) and Imelda McDaid

Paul and Deirdre Deering, Deputy Tony McLoughlin

Juan Acheson and Ann Wall


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Motoring News


MW’s all-new 4 Series Coupé, the replacement for the 3 Series Coupé will go on sale across Ireland from the 5th October 2013. From launch there will be a choice of three engines available, with a further three to follow, there will also be a choice of rear-wheel-drive or xDrive all-wheeldrive. Customers can choose from five trim

levels, SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport with the standard list of specification increased significantly over its predecessor. Just some of the standard specification includes, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, Dakota leather upholstery, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB, Drive Performance Control, 6.5” colour screen, automatic lights and wipers and a sport

multi-function steering wheel. Prices will commence from €47,130 for the 420d SE. There will also be the 428i and 435i petrol engines available from launch. These will be followed with the introduction of the 184hp 420i, the 430d with 258hp and the 435d with an impressive 313hp. Both six-cylinder diesels come fitted with an eight-speed sport

automatic transmission as standard, the 435d comes with xDrive all-wheel-drive. We would envisage the 420d to become the majority seller in Ireland, it offers 184hp and 380Nm of torque, with a combined fuel consumption of 60.1mpg and emits 124g/km of CO2 which places it in tax band B1 with an annual road tax fee of €270.

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New RAV4 is bigger, bolder, better... and a staggering €5,000 cheaper


redit where credit's due. Toyota were the first out of the blocks with the compact/crossover SUV – they just didn't know it. Rewind back to 1995 and the birth of the RAV4, or to the great unwashed ... the Recreational Active Vehicle with 4 wheel drive. This funky little motor was such a breath of fresh air, it literally blew the lid off the motoring industry and rewrote the book on how it looked at customers and their individual needs. With its elevated driving position and rugged good looks, Irish motorists were completely smitten – especially women who fell hook, line and sinker for its quirky charm. Fast forward 18 years and the C-SUV is now so popular that the segment is putting massive pressure on the tradi-

tional saloon as the primary choice for growing families. Unfortunately though, Toyota took their eye off the ball and a host of newcomers – namely Nissan, Hyundai and Kia entered the fray with similar products at knockdown prices. Even though the pretenders to the crown were inferior in quality and lacked the sparkling personality of the RAV, they have made massive inroads into the segment – especially the Qashqai, which has a huge slice of the pie now. Smaller engines, bigger cabins and more recently a seven- seater option, proved too tempting for even the most loyal customer. But that's all about to change with the launch of the fourth generation RAV4 which is longer (155mm), wider (25mm) and lower (60mm) than it's predecessor.

The result is greatly increased cabin space, limolike legroom in the rear and a boot with an extra 100mm taking the luggage capacity to 547 litres. Most importantly, though, is the new engine line-up which includes a 2.0 litre D4D 2WD version, which sees emissions slashed by a massive 18.6pc. The punchy 125bhp diesel 4 pot now has a CO2 count of 127g/km with road tax of €270 – a saving of €300 on the outgoing model. This in turn means Yaris-like economy with this hulking beast returning an astounding 57mpg or 4.9l/100kms. But the greatest change of all is the price, which is a staggering €5,000 cheaper than its older brother. The price alone puts it back in contention and it is now destined to slug it out more with the Ford Kuga and the equally new

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Mazda CX5. The drive and level of comfort defy the SUV tag on the back, as does the generous level of equipment. The entry-level Aura comes with 17 alloys, snazzy LED daytime running lights, air con, Bluetooth, touch screen multi media system with rear view camera (Luna models) Hill Start, USB/iPod/ MP3 connectivity, tyre pressure warning and a spare tyre (albeit a space saver type). Opt for Luna and you'll get roof rails, chrome grille, cruise control, leather dash and door panels, steering and dual zone climate control. If you’re feeling rally flush, the Sol spec comes with 18 inch alloys, full leather (choice of black or grey) heated seats, retractable door mirrors, parking sensors and power assisted boot opening/closing. Prices from €27,995.

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New Mazda6 sets down benchmark for large family saloon and estates


azda are finally starting to believe their own PR. Not only is their all-new 6 bigger, bolder and better than the predecessor – it's gone up-market to prove it. Yes, the Japanese marque's flagship model has had a radical redesign but has also had very subtle yet significant changes inside which scream premium. The name on this load-lugger is a prime example. What you see before you is no estate or indeed station wagon. No sir, the gargantuan family car pictured right will be known from this day forth as – the Mazda6 Tourer. Now, in order to gain access to this exclusive country club, you gotta look the part and the attention to detail is vital. Simple accessories like the 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass in the rear and the twin chrome exhausts add that necessary touch of class needed to

cut it in this end of the market. In fact, so confident are Mazda in this new bus, they've scrapped the hatchback model and have laid the new offering out as “the benchmark on the large family car segment”. A bold statement indeed, but is this just more marketing guff? Coming from anyone else and I'd probably dismiss it immediately, but Mazda is the best kept secret in the automotive industry. From the iconic MX5, to the bullet-proof nature of the 3 to the versatility of the 5 – all excellent chariots. The 6 is no exception so the new arrival has a lot to live up to. Based on the KODO – Soul of Motion, a design themed on wild animals – it certainly doesn't disappoint in the looks department. It even comes with its own individual colours

like Soul Red Metallic, Blue Reflex Mica – Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica. This beast is bigger, longer and wider than its older brother with shorter overhangs which gives greater legroom both front and rear. Inside the dash layout is clean and crisp and there are smatterings of luxury mixed with sport with soft leather steering complimented by little flashes of aluminium – giving the whole cabin a real executive feel. But the real magic is hidden under the bonnet in the guise of Mazda's SkyActiv technology which ensures “best-in-class” fuel economy alongside lower emissions. The revolutionary 2.2-litre diesel engine is 50kg lighter than its predecessor and 20pc more efficient. Thanks to iStop and i-Eloop; Mazda’s clever new regenerative braking system which stores kinetic energy for in-car devices, it returns hybrid-like stats. In layman's terms, the 150bhp, 4-pot is now capable of an astounding 67mpg while the CO2 count is a band-busting 108g/km meaning annual road tax of just €200. Now if that isn't enough to sway you, then the drive, ride and handling will. A much stiffer chassis and body coupled with tauter suspension and steering practically eliminates bodyroll – even in the estate or erm, Tourer. There is more than enough grunt from the punchy diesel unit which is so refined that at times the you have to check the rev counter to see is she still ticking over. It's not short on goodies either and the generous bundle of standard kit includes Bluetooth, 17-inch alloys, cruise control, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a 5.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system and Smart City Brake (activates brakes at lower speeds automatically to avoid rear-ending). Other safety features to choose on the options list include the latest gizmos like Lane Departure Warning System which alerts the driver of unin-


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tended lane changes. Rear Vehicle Monitoring detects and warns the driver of cars approaching from behind in adjacent lanes, e.g. in the blind spots. Emergency Stop Signal rapidly blinks the hazard lights during heavy braking to warn ensuing traffic. Mazda Radar Cruise Control keeps a safe distance from preceding vehicles at speeds of up to 200kph, controlling the speed and applying the brakes when required. All toys you’d expect to find on a luxury limo not a reasonably priced mid-market saloon. It’s not all good news though as Mazda’s distinct ‘new model’ advantage over Toyota, VW is sure to wane a little with the launch of the much-awaited Mondeo – especially the 1.0litre EcoBoost at the end of the year. Wow. Let battle commence. Prices for the 6 start from €28,745.

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Motoring News


he Toyota Yaris model line-up has been complemented with the addition of the allnew Yaris Hybrid, resulting in three powertrain types within the Yaris range. This new Yaris Hybrid is the first full hybrid to enter the Irish Bsegment. In order to accommodate the hybrid system into the Yaris, Toyota has downsized its engine from 1.8-litre to 1.5-litre, along with a lighter, more compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack. The Yaris Hybrid is available across two specifications, both suitability equipped to meet the modern driver’s needs. Both models have differentiating features to distinguish them from the regular Yaris, principally the fitment of LED day-

time running lights and a slimmer upper front grille. The entry-level model features climate control, emergency brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control and Toyota’s touch system media interface amongst many others. The Yaris Hybrid Luxury model benefits from the addition of 15” alloy wheels, partial leather seats, front fog lights, cruise control, smart start (push button) and a glove box complete with a cooler. There’s just €1,000 separating the two models, with prices commencing from €18,950. Out test car was the high-end Luxury variant, it’s true to form too with a spacious luxurious feel to the car’s interior. There’s a great sense of space in the cabin despite the car’s external di-

mensions which lead you to believe it will be diminutive on the inside. The boot is also the same size (286 litres) as the regular petrol and diesel powered models. We particularly liked Toyota’s Touch System, it’s an integrated multimedia interface that’s intuitive to use and navigate your way through the various menus, it also doubles as a screen for the reversing camera. The 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) combines to produce 100hp which is certainly plentiful in a car of this size. It excels at city driving and in traffic we were able to drive in full EV (electric) mode, therefore saving fuel with no engine running. The CVT transmission does take a bit of

practice to enable smooth acceleration, if you press it too hard it sends the engine soaring to high revs easily. Gentle application of the throttle is the best way to progress, once you master this the Yaris Hybrid is a joy to drive and live with. The Yaris Hybrid has a combined fuel consumption of just 3.5L/100km or 3.7L/100km for the Luxury variant. It also boasts best in class CO2 emissions, emitting just 79g/km and 85g/km of CO2, depending on which model you choose. As a city car the Yaris Hybrid makes perfect sense and will save you money on typical running costs associated with a conventional petrol or diesel powered car.


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2006 Audi A4 1.9tdi 115BHP 5SP 4DR.......................................€ 8,850

2010 Citroen C4 1.6 Diesel........... .............................................€14,850

2011 Ford Focus SPORT.................. .............................................€14,850

Diesel 11 Ford Galaxy, Zetec, Metallic Black, Alloys..........€26,850 11 Ford Focus, Met Black, TDCi, Alloys, Sat Nav......€14,850 11 Ford Mondeo, facelift model, Metallic grey..........€POA 10 Citroen C4 Picasso, Auto, 7 Seater VTR+.............€14,850 10 Ford Mondeo, Charcoal Grey, TDCi....................€13,350 10 VW Passat TDi R Line Model, Met Black...............€16,850 10 Mazda 6, Met Blue, Facelift model.........................€POA 2004 BMW 3 Series 320 (E46) D 2003 BMW 316 TI Compact 09 Nissan Qashqui, Metallic Black, 1.5 DCi...............€14,850 E46 ES 04DR.......................€5,450 3DR.......................................€3,500 09 Opel Insignia, Charcoal Grey, Alloys...................€14,850 08 Renault Laguna 1.5 DCi, Dynamique....................€8,950 08 BMW 520d, Auto Dakyota Black Leather............€14,500 08 Ford Mondeo TDCi, 1 owner FSH............................€6,500 07 Suzuki Grand Vitara, Met Silver 4WD....................€10,500 07 Citroen C5, 1.6 TDCi, NCT 4/15................................€5,250 07 Ford Galaxy 1X Model, 7 seater, Alloys................€12,850 05 Mazda 6 Est TDi, alloys, air con................................€3,850 09 VW Jetta 1.9 TDi, Met Grey, Alloys.......................€13,850 09 Ford Focus Zetec Model, Metallic silver...............€10,850 08 Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi, Alloys, fogs..............................€9,450 2009 Kia Sorento 2.5 EX Com- 2009 Nissan Qashqai Acenta 08 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCI, fogs, alloys..............................€8,850 mercial............................€10,850 DCI......................................€14,850 2006 Opel Zafira design model, 1 owner....................€8,500 06 Audi S-Line 1.9 TDi, met silver....................................€8,850 06 Honda Civic, SE Model, Full Leather.......................€6,500 06 VW Jetta 1.9 TDi, met Gold, chrome.....................€6,500 05 Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi, metallic blue..........................€4,850 05 Citroen C5 Burgundy Red, NCT 05/15...................€3,500 05 Ford Mondeo TDCi, alloys, Long NCT.....................€4,250

2010 Ford Mondeo Edge TDCI..................................€13,350

2006 Mini One Seven ZM01 2DR.......................................€5,850

Petrol 08 Peugeot 407, Met Blue, 71000km...........................€6,500 07 Nissan Qashqui, Met Blue, New NCT......................€8,850 07 Ford Focus, Met Red, Freedom Model..................€6,850

07 Opel Astra SXi, 3 Dr, met blue..................................€7,850 07 Toyota Avensis, Strat Model, NCT 05/15.................€5,950 07 Subaru Impreza, met black, 1.6..............................€5,500 06 Opel Vectra 1.6, Med Red.......................................€4,650 06 Peugeot 206, Allure Model, 5 d/r h/b.....................€4,250 06 Renault Megane, Dynamique, 5 dr, h/b...............€4,250 06 Opel Agila 5dr, 1 litre.................................................€2,250 06 Mini Cooper 7 Model, alloys, burgandy................€5,850 06 Peugeot 206, met silver, allure, alloys.....................€4,250 05 BMW 523i, Alloys, Cruise, New NCT.........................€6,850 05 BMW 523i M-Sport, leather, alloys...........................€8,250 05 Nissan Tilda, Met Silver, alloys, long NCT.................€2,650 04 Peugeot 307, Met blue, midnight model..............€3,250 04 Suzuki Ignis, Met Blue, Alloys, 1.3..............................€2,650 04 Mercedes A140, met silver, alloys...........................€3,850 03 BMW 318 Compact, Met Black..............................€3,500 03 Ford Focus, met blue, new NCT..............................€2,850 03 Toyota Corolla, Saloon, mer black.........................€2,650 03 Mitsubishi Carisma, met silver, 1.3 Alloys................€1,800 02 Subaru Impreza, met blue, 1.6, gold alloys...........€2,650 00 BMW 318i Auto, met silver, black leather...............€2,250 Commercial 10 Citroen Berlingo, met red, 3 seater, plylined.......€10,650 10 Renault Kangoo, Met White, Sliding door.............€6,950 09 VW Caddy TDi, 1 owner, bulkhead........................€7,250 07 Citroen Relay, LWB, High Roof, CC.........................€8,500 07 Mitsubishi L200 Ken Cab, 4WD, alloys....................€8,500 06 Renault Kangoo........................................................€2,000 11 VW Caddy 1.6 TDCI, New Model.........................€12,850 10 Citroen Berlingo 3 seaterm sliding door...............€10,500 08 VW Caddy 1.9 TDi Sliding door, 1 owner................€7,500 06 Citroen Berlingo, met red, 61000mls.......................€3,650

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New Toyota Corolla Arriving July T

he new 11th generation version of the Toyota Corolla will be available in Ireland from July 31st 2013. The new Corolla is set to offer increased passenger comfort and luggage capacity, the rear passenger legroom has been increased thanks to an increased wheelbase which has been extended by 100mm. It also benefits from the 2nd generation Toyota Touch infotainment system with a 6.1” full colour touch-screen multimedia system, this also incorporates a reversing camera and Bluetooth connectivity. The Corolla has a Euro 5+ compliant engine line-up with best in class fuel economy and CO2 emissions. We’ll have further details on the new Toyota Corolla closer to its arrival this July.

New Opel Insignia - First Photos

HERE are the first photos of Opel’s new Insignia which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, ahead of its Irish launch later this year.

The new Insignia features a new powerful and ultra-efficient direct injection 2.0-litre CDTI engine, it produces 140hp and emits just 99g/km of CO2, with a combined fuel consumption of 3.7l/100km. There is a new interior and new infotainment systems too, including a new touchpad and an 8” colour display. We’ll have more details on the new Opel Insignia including Irish prices prior to its launch.

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exus Ireland has announced the arrival of the all-new IS 300h which will be available in Ireland from the 9th July. Prices will commence from €37,780 for the IS 300h Eco model. The IS300h features a new exterior and interior which has been designed with an LFA inspired driver focused cockpit. There are a

host of safety and technology features onboard, this includes eight airbags, whiplash injury lessening front seats and active headrests, active brake lights, a tyre pressure warning system, hill start assist and traction systems. The IS300h produces 223hp from its 2.5-litre

hybrid system and will be available across five grades, Eco, S-Design, Executive, F Sport and Premium. Commenting on the announcement of the new Lexus IS 300h, Mark Teevan, Managing Director of Lexus Ireland said, “We’re delighted to be able to introduce Irish drivers to the Lexus IS 300h and believe the new IS mar-

ries a premium driving experience and class leading technology to create a true automotive masterpiece for which Lexus is renowned. Priced from only €37,780, the exceptional value for money the new IS represents will attract an even wider audience to the Lexus brand.”

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Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT Arriving In Ireland this month Peter Schreyer, the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT feature new front grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dualexhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eyecatching red brake calipers and a range of special paint finishes. Inside, the GT models are equipped with

Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and a seven inch racing carinspired TFT instrument cluster to create an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.Significant developments to the suspension system ensure that the high performance credentials of these more powerful models are matched by

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exceptional dynamic characteristics, while retaining an outstanding ride quality, ensuring that both GT models are well suited for every day driving.Production of the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT, the newest members of the cee’d family, is scheduled to start at Kia’s Zilina plant in Slovakia in mid-May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year.


he all-new high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT made their global debuts at the 83rd Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva. This new duo powers Kia into one of the most high-profile market segments in Europe, and they are the brand’s most performance-focused production cars ever.The two new models are powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components. Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased (compared with the nonturbo engine), with maximum power up 51% to 204 ps, and torque up 61% to 265 Nm. The Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT each deliver fuel consumption of 7.4l / 100km and emit 171 g/km CO2.Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive models can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kph. They can also accelerate from 60-100 kph in fourth gear in 5.4 seconds, 80-120 kph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds and 80-120 kph in sixth gear in 8.8 seconds.



NOW AVAILABLE AT TOM RAFTERY CAR SALES “The world premiere of Kia’s new pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT highlights the diversity of our current product line-up and underpins the natural expansion of the brand into the performance car market, an important step forward for Kia,” comments Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe. “The new Kia pro_cee’d GT will have great appeal for motorists looking for style, performance and dynamism in their next car – and the cee’d GT adds an extra level of practicality for buyers who prefer five doors.” Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer,

It’s the inner values that make the Kia Carens a family car – like lots of space, a 7-year warranty and dozens of features that make family life easier. And the great thing about this family-friendly interior is that the exterior styling and driving experience make this a car that anybody will feel comfortable driving. Do you still see a family car? Call Tom Raftery Car Sales Kia today or drop in to arrange a test drive.


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Citroën UK win


itroën DS3 has been ranked 'Best Supermini' in the UK's 2013 What Car? JD Power survey. In its very first showing, DS3 received an 82.2% satisfaction score - the overall industry average was 77.6% - with a maximum five-star rating awarded by its owners for Performance, Service and Running Costs. The high score means Citroën DS3 is ranked an impressive fourth in the overall results out of a total 116 models, led only by Skoda's Superb and Yeti, and the Jaguar XF. Citroën DS3 knocked the Honda Jazz off the top spot to be crowned 'King of the Superminis', beating other rivals including the Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo.


The Citroën model's design, quality, comfort and enjoyable performance were all referenced as part of the positive owner experience. DS3 owners also claimed to enjoy the lowest fuel costs and service repair bills in the segment. Fredéric Soulier, Managing Director of Citroën Motors Ireland, said: "This is a simply fantastic result for DS3 and the Citroën brand. "The JD Power survey ranks the views of real car owners in the UK so this is very meaningful recognition for a model that continues to go from strength to strength and is obviously rewarding drivers with an outstanding ownership experience. "The Irish Dealer Network is also seeing continued growth in sales of DS3 in Ireland."

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New SEAT Coupé


he new SEAT Leon SC Coupé goes on sale in Ireland on July 1 with a starting price of €18,645. This is the first time that there has been a Coupé version of the Leon, which was launched in fivedoor guise last February. The Leon range will be roundedoff by an estate model (Sports Tourer) in the autumn. There is a choice of engines in Ardnaree, Ballina. 096-70523 Morgan

the Leon SC, ranging from the 1.2 TSI petrol engine with either 86hp or 105bhp, rising up to the 180hp 1.8 TSI petrol engine. Also in the range are two 1.6litre diesels with 90hp and 105hp and a 2.0-litre 184hp diesel that puts out an impressive 380Nm of torque. At €28,295, the 184hp diesel is one of the best value performance diesel cars on the market. There is a choice of three trim

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levels: Reference, Style and FR. Standard specification on all new Leon models includes six airbags (two front, two side and two curtain), air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel and an onboard computer, the Media System Colour with five-inch colour touch screen (MP3/USB/SD card/Bluetooth (phone and audio streaming)/CD/Aux-in and six speakers).

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he most powerful production BMWs ever launched will come to Ireland this year. The BMW M5 and M6 with Competition Package boast 575hp each between the four variants and record the fastest ever official zero to 100km/h time. The new BMW M5 Saloon receives the recent changes to the 5 Series range while also adding M specific enhancements such as the M Double-spoke kidney grille, currently seen on the M6 Coupé and Convertible, as well as the new M Steering Wheel with M DCT paddles that feature on these models. To the rear, the taillights feature new Thin Blade technology, which provides clear defined light, making it instantly recognisable as a BMW. Building on this enhanced design, power output is increased to 575hp, providing the punch for the new Competition Package. It also adds Sport suspension settings, Sport steering, Sport exhaust with Black Chrome exhaust tailpipes and exclusive, 20-inch, Double-spoke M light-alloy wheels. Additionally, the Active M Differential is tuned to enhance agility during cornering while the M

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Dynamic Mode (MDM) is tuned to allow higher thresholds before the DSC intervenes. The Competition Package comes as a cost option on top of the existing 'standard' M5 price. Other new options include 20-inch alloy wheels in black, an enhanced colour palette, upholstery and interior trim choice and Adaptive LED headlights.


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Farm Advisory Services in Europe to Enter New Era


n International Knowledge Transfer Conference, focussing on the future of the farm advisory services and delivering innovation systems, opened in UCD today, Wednesday, 12 June. Organised jointly by Teagasc, the European Commission and UCD, the three day conference heard how we are entering a new era for advisory services in Europe. The EU has proposed the expansion of the Farm Advisory System (FAS) and the establishment of a European Innovation Partnership (EIP). The main aim of the EIP is “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability”. It seeks to ensure a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials through efficient, productive, climate and

environmentally friendly agriculture. Addressing the 200 attendees, Dr Inge van Oost from the Agriculture and Rural Development DG in the European Commission said that advisers are key enablers of change and innovation, as they build bridges between research and farmers and between businesses and advisory services. The ‘Budget for Europe 2020’ under the CAP heading foresees €4.5 billion for research and innovation in the field of food security, bioeconomy and sustainable agriculture. Delivering a joint paper prepared by Teagasc, ASA and ACA, Dr. Tom Kelly, Head of Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc said: “There is an opportunity to expand the use of best

practice in knowledge transfer onto farms. We must work together to achieve much more and leverage the support of industry stakeholders. There is a huge opportunity to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability through the new European Innovation Partnership. “ Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle stressed the importance of having an innovation pipeline. This needs to be actively developed and encouraged for new innovative techniques to emerge and be applied on farms. President of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady, welcome the delegates to the conference and reiterated the universities commitment to the agriculture and food sector.

40 years of the Teagasc National Farm Survey


he Teagasc National Farm Survey is celebrating 40 years of publication. It measures farm incomes across the main enterprises and reflects the changes in sales, costs and incomes on an annual basis. Teagasc marked the fortieth publication of the Teagasc National Farm Survey, at an event in the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, yesterday, Monday, 10 June. 2013 is also the fortieth anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the European Union and Teagasc has produced a publication to mark both called - “40 years of Irish Farming since joining the European Union: A journey with the Teagasc National Farm Survey”. Accession to the European Union brought with it an obligation to establish an annual survey of farm incomes to provide statistics on farming in Ireland to the European Commission. The National Farm Survey, which is Teagasc’s longest running research project, was established in 1972 and every year since then it has been used to produce annual estimates of farm income. When Ireland joined the EEC in 1973, there were approximately

250,000 farms in the country and the average family farm income, as measured by

the NFS was €1,500 in nominal terms. In 2012 the average family farm income was €25,483.


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2005 TRANSIT SWB, 2 Litre Diesel, Good COndition, DOE 12/13,Average milage, €2400 Tel: 087-1922872 BEDFORD DIESEL MOBILE LIBRARY 1990 import from UK. Fully serviced, automatic doors. All alloy body 18’ x 10’ high x 8’ width. Very small mileage, makes it ideal to camper or a site office. Price: €2,300 Tel: 085-7653336 03’ FORD TRANSIT White colour, 90'000 miles on the clock. Just had 1 owner from new. MOT, just expired, But will pass test. Van is ideal for a removals van, or conversion to camper van. Genuine reason for sale. Sligo area. Price: €1,300 ono. Tel: 086-0866592 VW CADDY DIESEL 02, DOE test 12 Months, 4 new tyres and timing belt and water pump done. €2,300. Tel: 086-8943676 FARM EQUIPMENT

1998 TRANSIT TIPPER 52,000 miles. Tel: 087-6075089 2004 HITACHI 1.6 TON 1800 hours, complete buckets and pipe for rock breaker. €9000 Tel: 087-6075089 PZ HAYBOB In good condition, new tyres and springs , good gates, crop divider and drive shaft - grab yourself a bargain! €940 No Provate numbers please. Tel: 087-2042396


HEREFORD HEFIER Suck claves 3/6 weeks old, very good quality, suit bucket feeding or suckling male excellent suckler replacements. Tel: 087-7127052 Ballina area SUCK CALVES HEIFERS MIXED BREEDexcellent quality, one month old, ideal to suck cows or bucket rearing eating crunch. Ballina area. Tel: 087-7127052 NABIAN X ALPINE and Nabian x Saneen male 1 gear old goats, of good quality and from a good farm, also Rhode Island red cockerals hacthed June 2012 Tel: 096-45929 HAZELWOOD LAND FOR SALE 6.5 acres, good quality grazing, with road frontage. Tel: 071-9141458 SHORTHORN HEIFER WEANLINGS Born spring 2012. Very good quality, weaned, make excellent breeding replacements, out wintered stock. Mayo area. Call for price. Tel: 087-2853594 20 CHAROLAIS HEIFERS 20 super quality golden/white Charolais heifers. Have to be seen to be appreciated.Weighing on average 430-440 kgs. Price on inspection. Sligo area. Call for prices. Tel: 087-2216103 RED/ WHITE HEREFORD HEIFER Suck calves suitable to bucket feed or for suckling, make excellent suckler replacements. 087-2853594 4 YOUNG HENS Rhode island red & light Sussex cross. Over stocked.

Price: €50 Tel: 087-2706123 GOOD SUFFOLK SHEEP 7 Suffolk Ewes, all with full mouth of teeth. All suitable for breeding. All have previously raised twin lambs. All from good breeding flock. Ages 3 to 5 years. All in good condition. Regular dosing. Easy to handle.West Mayo area. Price: €75 each. Tel: 087-6184154


DARRAGH LAKE BOAT 17 Foot plus four horsepower yamaha engine, 2 stroke short shaft. Seldom used. Sligo area. €1300 Tel: 086-3924164 CREATIVE, FUN AND INTERACTIVE LEARNING Qualified and registered music teacher with 10 years ecperience available for 1:1 Piano tuition in SLigo ton (Beginners - Advanced, RIAM Exams) Call Clodagh: 087-7537093 NOKIA 6610I Unlocked to all networks

6 TON OF HORSE MANURE Suitablke for gardening purposes or as required (Free of charge) Crossmolina area. Tel: 096-31197 BUTTON ACCORDIAN Repair and return Tel: 096-0572366 BUSINESS INVESTMENT Invest in a small business starting up with a guaranteed return. It's a recession beating contact. Tel: Padraig 087-9982216 REAL AUTHENTIC JEWELLERY 2 x Women's Rings. 1 x 25carrot. Also Diamond embraced Broach available. Sligo Town area. Please call 087-7128857 If there is no answer, please txt details, & I will call back. PRICE NEGOTIABLE VARIOUS Suit in good condition €250. Computer table €100. 2 coffee tables €50 €60. Cabinet with glass €350. Sligo area. Tel:086-8357127 / 071-9167664 CAR WANTED! Decent second hand car required, 1.5 litre max engine, 4 door, NCT, would trade 99 yaris in good condition. Castlebar area. Tel: 087-9817775 HOLIDAY HOME

in excellent condition looks like new. Easy for anyone to use. can post. Roscommon area. Price: €75.00 No private number or texts calls only Tel: 085-7572125


2 BEDROOM GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT On 5 star golf resort, near Murcia airport, & 55 minutes from Alicante, airport pick up - organised, apartment is fully furnished, large swimming pool, just off our extended pation, 24 hour security. €40 per night Tel: 086-8591954

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HOUSE CONTENTS Fridge freezer vgc €159, Couch 3 Seater €95, 2 seater €95, Carved Mahogany coffee table, 2 single beds €45 each. Tel: 085-8293211 TABLE WITH 4 CHAIRS small second hand will also chest of drawers and 2 bedside cabinets. Tel: .86-07279123 DOUBLE BED FOR SALE Good clean condition. €65 Tel: 087-6198217 2 ARMCHAIRS Comes from a 3 piece suite. Brown / gold fabric - draylon. With wood insert @ sides. Good condition. Mayo area. Price: €50 each. Tel: 087-8109485 BEKO ELECTRIC COOKER white, with double oven and ceramic hob in perfect condition, can be seen working, less than 1 year old, genuine reason for selling. North Sligo area.€300 Call after 2pm 0872940044 STANLEY OIL STOVE In excellent working condition. €400 ono. Tel: 085-1000998 SALE OF VARIOUS ITEMS Modern leather couch, 3 seater chair vgc, solid brass long fine irons €25 vgc, Spider leg occasional table, lawn mower, electric briggs and stratton vgc €65 4 carved oak chairs (dining) need upholstery €165 also new adult trampoline. Tel: 085-8293211

VARIOUS ANTIQUES old solid wood church door 35" x 83" Price: €450. Teak door, glass & panel 32" x 78" Price: €50. Internal door panel white 30" x 78" Price: €25. 16" steel frame fireplace €150 Tel: 0868505794 VARIOUS FURNITURE ITEMS Suite of furniture, cabinet with glass, 2 coffee tables, small wooden filing cabinet, & old type mirror. Sligo area. Call me for prices. Tel: 071-9167664 / 086-8357127 FRIDGE FREEZER FOR SALE 17 inches wide, 18 inches high, 19 inches long. Powerpoint. Never used €120. Te;” 071-9664831


1998 FORD FIESTA Van, 1200cc, DOE failure, rust under sills, good tyres, engine, body, taxed for 2 months. Offers. Tel: 089-4104504 or 09676698 FIAT SCIENCTO 2000 new test, lovely little car. 100%, no dents or rust. Great driver. €750. does 70 miles for €10. Tel: 089-4990774 OPEL ASTRA DIESEL Fantastic car, new test, 80 miles for €10, year 00, no rust or dents. Tel: 086-3225458 NISSAN ALMERA 2000, lots of money spent, new test, lovely car, no marks or dents, no rust. Bargain, very light on petrol, great driver. €990 ono Tel: 086-3225458 CAR WANTED Nissan Note, Ford Fusion, Prius os similar. Sligo area preferable.

Call: 085-8293211 2005 HYUNDAI GETZ Blacl, 3 door, 23,000 miles, 1 lady owner, Petrol, in very good condition. Tel: 087-7098583 2003 PEUGEOT 307 1.4 Litre petrol, hatchback, Black in colour, Immaculate condition, Alloys, Central locking, all electrics, automatic lights and wipers, CD player, power steering, air con, Genuine reason for selling. €3200 ono Tel: 087-2360368 VINTAGE CAR PARTS FOR SALE Windscreens, Ford Austins etc, Carburettors, radiators, dynamos, starter motors, windscreen wipers, Call before 12 noon. Tel: 071-9183546 FANTASTIC DIESEL ASTRA 2000 lots of money spent for test, new test, car does 70+ miles for €10. Car looks and drives 100%, very tight and comfortable, you wont find a fault. €1400 Tel: 089-4990774 PETS

PUPS FOR SALE 5 Pure bred cavalier king charles. 8 weeks old, wormed and microchipped, 3 black and tanned females, 1ruby female and 1 ruby male. €300. Tel Simon: 0851024275 DOG KENNELL WANTED Also fridge freezer for sale, Tel: 087-1386822 SPORTS

LADIES FOLDING BICYCLE Good Condition, Sligo area, €110 ono 086-3126897



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ROYAL DOULTON 30 PIECE DINNER SET Style: Sandon (New) Tel: 071-9302700 LARGE QUANTITY OF FIRST CLASS TURF AND WOOD For Sale. Shed Stored, delivered. Tel: 087-7462440 SUCK CALVES Red / White Hereford heifers 3/6 weeks old, very good quality, make excellent suckler replacements. Suitable for bucket rearing or suckling. Tel: 087-7120752 BEAUTIFUL SOFA / COUCH Folds out into a bed, selling as it is too big for the room. Contatc me and I can send on pictures if required. Call: 085-1000998 NOKIA 6230I Condition New, No marks or scratches, one the most popular phones, ever made. Easy for anyone to use .Can post Calls only no texts or private number Tel: (085) 7572125 €65 SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER WANTED For home tuition, 10 hours a week for my Son, Archie, with Autism. Must have relevant qualifications. See, Circular 0026/2012. Call: 089-4442325 SELECTION OF HORSE DRAWN FARM MACHINERY Ferguson 2 furrow plough and drill plough, also harrows, Bales of silage €25 each, Mayo and Sligo area. Old Fire Crane €60, selection of old antique various pieces. Call: 089-4186059 6310I UNLOCKED to all network except 3 Nokia's most popular model. Great work phone easy to use. in new condition no marks or scratches. No private number or

texts calls only €65 Tel: (085) 7572125 6230I UNLOCKED TO ALL NETWORKS Condition like new no mark or scratches. one of the best phone Nokia ever made easy to use great work phone calls only no private numbers. €55 Tel: (085) 7572125 2003 FORD FOCUS 1 Lady owner, silver 1.6l, NCT March 14. €2500 Tel: 086-3123124 COSTA DEL SOL -LA CALA. FOR RENT 2 bedroom ground floor apt. sleeps 5 with pool and parking.. 5 mins walk to beach, restaurants ,shops and bus stop. 25 mins to Malaga Airport. Flights from Knock,Shannon, Dublin. € 300 per week. Phone 0866629815. FOR SALE! WOMANS JEWELLERY AND FASHION HIGH HEELS Prices negotiable. Also Any Murray replica tennis racket. €65.00 Tel: 087-7128857 2 BON JOVI TICKETS FOR SALE were €80 each, will sell for €60 each. Standing, Slane Castle. Saturday 15 June 2013 Tel: 086-8849503 SUMMER / WEEKEND STAFF WANTED for on street selling, we require people for the Western / Donegal region to sell our cards for leading charities. Good commission paid. Contact: 087-9982216 COSTA DEL SOL BENALMADENA. MINERVA JUPITER APARTMENTS. Studios from €100 to €250 pw. 1bedrooms from €150 to €350 pw. 5 minutes walk from the beach. 15 minutes by train/taxi from airport. www.costadelsoldiyholi- Tel: 091762454 evenings 0876549183 ONE BEDROOM CHALET TO LET Overlooing Clewbay, newtling at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Berthra beach, 3 min drive old head beach nearby and several blue flag beaches close by. Tel: 098-64017 TRUCK / LORRY LOADS OF NEW CROP TURF FOR SALE Tel: 087-1413238

FIRE GUARD WITH T LIGHTS €35 Rug 69” x 47” €70, three leg antique chair €100, round drop leaf table €80 large serving bowls and plate ship design €50, Beautiful console, good condition €250 47”x20” BW BLower vase €15

SELECTION OF HORSE DRAWN MACHINERY also a selection of antiques, skillet pots, creamery can, oil and tilly lamps Tel: 085-7402518


CAST IRON FIREPLACE Genuine reason for selling, perfect condition. Tel: 085-7107431

180’ GUTTERING White PVC including 5 downpipes. Tel: 087-7837788

JEWELLERY FOR SALE Including Earrings, broaches and necklaces. All sets are matching. Call 087-7128857, text if there is no answer.

2007 LINCOLN 90CC QUAD in good condition, Sligo area. €300 Tel: 087-7658275

LORRY LOADS OF TURF High standard, shed stored, seasonal hopper turf/ hardwood for sale. Deilvery throughout the Northwest. Tel: 087-7462440

SOLID WALNUT TABLE WITH 6 DINING CHAIRS Brand new, never used, still in protective covering, Worh €2100 selling for €1000. Sligo Area. Call: 087-1338418

DONKEY CART ON RUBBER WHEELS Boxes and cribs, sidecart on Honda wheels and donkey harness. Full set all in excellent condition, genuine reason for selling €550 the lot Tel: 087-4128513 MAHOGANY COLOUR FIREPLACE suround with 2 shelves and detailed decoration, 54 in wide, 50 ins high. Cost €850 Sell for €500 as new Tel: 086-3968253

HP PHOTOSMART PRINTER A526 `Compact Photo printer and premium paper high gloss 10x15 cm 85 Sheets never used sell for €80 Tel: 086-3968253

TURF AND TIMBER Bags an trailer loads, kindling 25ks bags €5. Tel: 086-0670756

FOR TURF AND FIREWOOD Call: 087-1413238 3 YOUNG ROOSTERS 9 months old, multi coloured, breeding stock free. Tel: 071-9664831 3 TONNE BONFER FORKLIFT For Sale. Tel: 087-2972586 or 071-9143183 MANS 28" GIANT BICYCLE Hardly ever used, mint condition. Ballina area, already converted to an electric bike but easily changed by replacing front wheel, price

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with electric version €700, without €380 Tel:087-9698790 / 096-22337 SAMSUNG MOBILE PHONE FOR SALE Used once, locked to Tesco mobile with sim price €50 Tel: 087-2921243 No texts or private numbers please. MIRROR DINGHY Wooden. Sail number 68772. Outside is sanded and ready for painting. Comes with €150 worth of paint and launching trolley.

Excellent starter boat and only a small amount of work required to get it into the water. Leitrim area. Price: €450 Call Richard on 086-1700315 KITTENS AVAILABLE Ready to go, 8 weeks old, friendly, using litter tray, & eating. Free to good home only. Donegal area. Tel: 086-3645177 anytime TOYOTA AURIS 09’ 5 door hatchback. Driver & passenger airbags.

ABS. Electric windows & mirrors. Immobiliser. Radio/CD player. Remote central locking. Power steering, front electric windows. Full service history. Just passed NCT, covered for 2 years, has been taxed for 12 months. Reduced to sell. Roscommon area. Price: €10,000 Tel: 087-6190237 PARTS WANTED FOR 2006 OPEL ZAFIRA Tel: 087-2460774



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McKelvey Asbestos Removal Ltd

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For a professional service in planning applications for: Private houses, extensions (any size), small scale commercial, also cottage renovations etc. Timber frame and low energy dwellings a special interest. Contact Martin McGloin Bunduff, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo

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Septic Tank Emptying & Desludging We also fit Tanks, Percolation Areas, Polishing filters, Pumps etc

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Northwest Express June 20th, 2013

Northwest Express June 20th 2013