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RELAND West Airport, Knock has experienced a roller-coaster ride since its inception back in the early ‘80s when the iconic Fr. Horan secured funding from all possible sources to bring the project to fruition. Now, news is expected shortly from Europe which should see funding for the vital facility secured for many years to come. A decision by the European Commission to approve Ireland’s National Strategy for Regional Airports including Knock is due to be made in the coming days. The proposed aid scheme will last until 2019 and will provide investment aid of €32.5 million as well as operating aid of €10 million. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said he does not expect there will be any objection by the European Commission to the government’s proposal which will allow for grant aid of up to 75 percent. “We are committed to the future of Knock Airport which had its busiest year to date last year and look forward to continuing passenger growth with full Government support. Knock Airport is a very important resource to many families in Mayo and surrounding counties. It also offers huge potential for the local economy in terms of tourism. I look forward to the publication of the Commission’s report. This will allow for a further application by Knock to be considered for up to 90 percent grant aid,” he said. Earlier in 2015 there were serious concerns about the short-term viability of the airport if the €40k investment sought was not forthcoming. Approval of the proposed aid scheme is considered to be vital for the future sustainability and development of Knock Airport. Of course, it will also take some pressure off the Taoiseach in the run-up to the General Election. After the government’s bail-out of Shannon airport he has (Continued on Page 2)

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First Mayo Graine Mhaol Dragon Boat maiden voyage at Lough Lannagh Castlebar, front L-R; Michelle Dolan, Mary Caden, Geraldine McDonagh, Christina Kelly, Eileen O’Shea, Sandra Cunningham, Eileen Derri, Councillor Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach Castlebar Municipal District, Johnny Mee, Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, Ann Dillon and Louise Killeen (Boat Cox). Back l-r; Loretta Coffee, Emer Quinn, Nora McHale, Jacinte Hession, Kay Moran, Bernadette Stewart, Lorraine Foy, Sharon McDonnell, Gerry Deere, Chris O’Brien, Michael Baynes, Oisin Geraghty, Gerry McHale (Sponsor), Ann Basquille and Paddy Mahon, Mayo County Council. Photo © Ken Wright Photography 2015.


T is recognised that people who come through the experience of cancer often go on to lead extraordinary lives and we have witnessed many fine initiatives – to prove that in the modern era there is a life after cancer. Saturday 11th July saw a 40 strong band of women, all of whom had Cancer, launch their very own Dragon boat onto

Lough Lannagh, Castlebar. These women are going to train twice weekly on the lake with the intention of taking part in the Irish Dragon Boats biggest regatta of the year to be held on Sept 12th at the Grand Canal Dock. This team - the Gràine Mhaol Dragon boat team - are the first of its kind in the West, the nearest team being the Donegal Dragons. They

too are a breast cancer team. Mc Hale Caravans, Cabins and Marine have sponsored the gear and the hoodies as seen on the ladies in the picture. Roll on September when we look forward to the Dragon boats regatta and see these forty brave women compete at the highest level – to prove that life is precious and worth living to the full.

EC approval can secure future of Knock Airport Continued from front page come under increasing pressure to deliver for his home county and the development of Knock has been a key demand from both the opposition and his own party supporters. However, Mr. Kenny has, in the past, defended his record on Knock

Airport stating that funding was dependent on approval from the EU Commission. Towards the end of last year Mayo County Council and the six other local authorities in the region showed their commitment and solidarity by agreeing to become stakeholders in the airport and to take on its substantial

debt. In April, Mayo County Councillors agreed to approve the raising of a loan of €7.3m to facilitate the purchase of a 17.5 per cent equity share in the airport. It is felt permission for the investment will enable IWAK complete a new runway and expand the airport’s apron, though other vital add-ons do

not, as yet, qualify for State funding. A study into the airport found that with the necessary investment it has the ability to create 2,000 full-time jobs for the region and the financial input could be worth €270m. The airport expects passenger numbers to grow to over 1.3m by 2023.

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TREACY COACHES BALLINA Manchester and Mayo celebrate

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he streets and venues of Ballina were taken over by a unique six day Mayo Manchester Tradfest on bank holiday weekend for the launch of the MM Tradfest week. The tourism initiative was a partnership between the Manchester based Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group and the Mayo County Councils diaspora website www.Mayo.ie. TD Dara Calleary launched the six day festival on Friday 31 July which featured a parade through the streets of Ballina followed by an outdoor performance in Dillons historic Victorian cobbled courtyard.

The group have already received praise from the President of Ireland for the festival which features over 50

events at 20 venues which continued until Wednesday 5 August. Opening weekend highlights included a sell out Mayo Manchester Tradest Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre and a Street performance as part of the Kilkelly Heritage weekend. A packed house witnessed a flawless performance from the cast of Beyond the Barricade musical, some wonderful dancing and music from Atlantic Rhythm and the Keegan Academy of Irish Dancers, Joe Keegan (BBC’s The Voice), The Murphy sisters (Claremorris), musicians Fidelma O’Brien and Mairead Hussey and the unique Fianna Phadraig irish Pipers. The inclement weather didn’t deter the enthusiasts who turned out for The Bonniconlon Show on Monday,

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(filmed for TV 3), Siamse Sraide (Swinford) and Hotel Westport on Tuesday and a rousing Closing Concert at the Ceili Cottage at Enniscoe House, Crossmolina, Martina Hughes from Mayo.ie commented “We have been working with Mayo Manchester on a number of projects including the hugely successful inaugural world wide Mayo Day celebrations and its previous sell out Mayo Manchester Tradfest in Dublin. It is great to see the diaspora playing such an active role in helping to promote tourism in Mayo. The group often think outside the box and are great innovators; this year’s festival is a prime example of what can be achieved when communities work together.” Ballina TD Dara Calleary in his launch speech commented “The links between Mayo and Manchester have gone back generations, but what Mayo Manchester have done is renew those links and reinvigorate them. Music is an international language and it brings people together, we would like to welcome home the visitors from Manchester and ask them to tell everyone on their tour of Mayo that Ballina is the centre of Mayo and its where things are happening.” Michelle Mulhern, TD, who came on stage for the Gala Concert, accompanied by the Fianna Phadraig Irish Pipers, spoke warmly about the benefits of the Mayo/Manchester connection. Tony Hennigan the director of the group added “It has been a wonderful festival and we owe a great deal of thanks to the five hundred performers who participated and all the groups and organisations that got involved.” The festival was supported by Mayo Manchester, Failte Ireland, mayo.ie, FSB Insurance, Ireland West Airport, Ballina Chamber, Ballina Town Council, the Bonniconlon Show, Kilkelly Heritage weekend, Enniscoe House in Crossmolina, Hotel Westport and Siamsa Sraide in Swinford.

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Carrick-on-Shannon received a boost last week when it learned it was on the shortlist of 15 towns and villages from across the country being considered for the 2015 Tourism Towns Awards. The north-west (Mayo) town of Belmullet is also included in the short-list. Plaudits to the communities in both towns for such a successful outcome.


he competition, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local

community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists. The 15 towns will now be subject over

the next few weeks to a series of unannounced inspections from a team of independent ‘secret shoppers’ who will visit each location and who will look for evidence of a high quality visitor experience and of involvement by the local community and businesses in delivering this experience. They will look at the quality of its attractions and sites of interest and how well the town promotes what they have to offer. Westport took home the overall crown for ‘Best Large Town’ award in 2014, with Kinsale picking up the ‘Best Small Town’ accolade. The shortlist will be whittled down to a final list of ten “Highly Commended Tourism Towns” which will be announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards later this year. Subsequently, the overall winners for the Best Large and Best Small Tourism Town will be announced by Fáilte Ireland in November. Speaking about the competition, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring said, “This award is all about recognising those Irish towns and villages which are really doing something special to make Ireland even more attractive for tourists. ” Paddy Mathews from Fáilte Ireland added, “The Tourism Towns Award seeks to acknowledge not necessarily those towns who do well out of tourism but rather those who do tourism well.”

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Leitrim woman shortlisted for photography competition


ervilla Keegan from Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim has been chosen as one of three finalists in the Canon Ireland and TheJournal.ie photography competition. The competition was open to amateur photographers around Ireland and aims to help budding photographers to take their work to the next level and showcase their portfolio on the popular news site. Entrants were tasked with capturing the essence of their home town or county, showing a unique insight into their area that won’t have been seen before. Dervilla focussed on the scenic views and

nature of her local area in Leitrim and Sligo. Dervilla will now go on to the final stages of the competition, where she will have to shoot five photos that continue this theme. All three finalists will receive training from expert photographer Dave McKane from the Institute of Photography and the use of both an EOS 750D DSLR Camera and the PowerShot SX710 Compact Camera to capture their pictures. Each week the work of each photographer will be profiled on TheJournal.ie, giving readers the finalists’ unique perspective on modern Ireland

through beautiful images. Voting will then be opened up to the public on TheJournal.ie where you can select your favourite photographs. The winner will be announced at a Gallery Showcase event on September 10th at a Dublin city centre location, and will be presented with the grand prize of a Canon 750 DSLR camera, a Selphy CP910 compact photo printer and a half-day DSLR training course. The two runners-up will win a Selphy CP910 photo printer each. Commenting, Jonothan Sultan, Marketing Manager of Canon Ireland “We are delighted to announce the finalists of this competition,

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our top Chinese journalists visited Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland last week. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland, the journalists – whose publications have a combined circulation of more than 3 million readers – are here to experience at first-hand some of the many things to see and do in Ireland, for features stories they will write when they return home. One of the highlights of their visit was Ashford Castle, where they enjoyed a tour of the property and lunch. A key element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional activity

in China, to grow our share of this rapidly-growing tourism market, involves working with the media to generate positive publicity for the island of Ireland. Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s manager Asia, said: “China is an important emerging travel market and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years. Working with journalists is a key element of our annual promotional programme in China. The aim of this factfinding visit is to increase awareness of Mayo and Ireland, to help secure a greater share of the 3+ million Chinese visitors who travel to Europe

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Roscommon Colour Run Time to get those running shoes out. The Roscommon Colour Run takes place in Lough Key Forest park on Sunday 23rd August at 12noon. This is a Fun walk, or run Colour event suitable for all ages and abilities. Celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. Not so much about speed or endurance and more about having the time of your life, The Roscommon ColourRun is a family fun event in which participants of all ages from 1 to 100 years are covered from head to toe in different colours as they make their way through the beautiful grounds of Lough Key Forest Park. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color celebration,” using more coloured powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid colour combinations. A Fundraiser for AWARE,Trust us, this is one event not to be missed!! With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow: 1. Wear white at the starting line 2. Finish plastered in colour Bring the family along, we have lots happening on the day for the whole family! With BBQs, facepainting, music and more we have something for everyone! For further info phone 087-2890533. Tickets are available on the facebook page - facebook/RoscommonColourRun or on eventbrite also.”

and the UK on a single visa of either country. Amanda Burns continued: “The introduction of the British-Irish Visa Scheme is really good news, making it easier than ever before for visitors from China to visit the island of Ireland. Given that visitors from China are travelling a considerable distance, and often want to include more than one destination on their itinerary, it makes sense to make it as easy as possible for them to visit both Ireland and the UK on a single visa. We are working closely with our colleagues in VisitBritain, to leverage the benefits of the new scheme in China.”



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oxford-based architect and visual artist Francis Lanuza has just completed and installed his first Irish commission as an emerging artist for his healing spaces work, entitled “Healing Hills”. He was commissioned by HSE Limerick, to produce from his studio a work of art for their Regina House community nursing facility in Kilrush, Co. Clare. Twenty seven artists applied for the commission competition, and it was awarded to Francis. Previous to this he has worked on office space planning and design for Procter & Gamble Brussels Innovation Centre, and as a design architect in Aidea Philippines for a variety of architectural projects. This new commission consists of a series of 12 healing paintings for Regina House, a HSE-run facility. The paintings incorporate Francis knowledge of colour, form, shapes and healing to help people in palliative care. He has previously worked on a healing centre for an ex-

Minister for Health in the Philippines, who is a medical doctor and passionate promoter of complementary and natural healing called “Hilot” – the Philippines answer to the Ayurveda of India. Using his architectural skills, the artist Lanuza has been able to create a work of art that fits and complements the space, enhancing an otherwise blank and dull space and transforming it into breathing space that uplifts both patients and staff. This was the overall objective of the artist, to not just create healing and visionary art but also healing spaces wherever his art is installed. So it’s not just the paintings that are his work of art, the space transforms into a work of art as well - a marriage of art and architecture. The process of the conceptualizing the art was also collaborative, ensuring that the HSE and management were involved in creating the look of the art. Using vibrant colours of yellow, purple, pink and greens, the work is uplifting

and relaxing with a flowing feel inspired by the flowing green hills near Kilrush and dramatic Atlantic waves nearby. Water is a very cleansing element and you can’t help but see all the elements working in these paintings, which are necessary for healing. When these elements are in balance, health and wellbeing ensue according to Asian medical systems. You can see the presence of the wind in the work as it has the feel of smooth satin banners blown by the wind. This brings a vitality to the work giving it a dramatic tone with the artist’s unique brush strokes. “It is hoped that the artwork not only enriches the interior space, but also complements Regina House’ healing purpose and setting the tone for its new graphic identity.” Said the artist. The subtle hint here from the artist is “bringing in the environment” and how a healthy environment is essential for health & wellbeing. Plus, all the

elements are working in harmony with the organic flow of the hills, the vitality of the sea and the subtle feminity of the mother earth supporting everything. Even though the colours are bold they reflect the naturalness of the environment and how Ireland truly shines and on a warm sunny day. There is no place on earth that is more alive and free than Ireland for that – wild, spacious and free. There is a flow to the art as it expands into 12 paintings, Lanuza’s healing story merging from one canvas into the next in progression. Here you can see his architectural mind inspiring the work making the flow look a lot easier than it actually seems with an exact precision which is an interesting comparison – the naturalness of the work versus the way the artist harnesses and transforms the space with exact precision.  Lanuza hopes to create more healing spaces of art + architecture through future commissions and exhibitions.

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The Michael Coleman Story continues in Ceoláras Coleman relate Coleman’s playing and recording days, the music rises to a crescendo where required, and subsides to quiet sweetness for the more personal anecdotes. Huge credit to Gregory Daly who is author/director of the show, musicians and singers, Junior Davey, Michael Hurley, Declan Folan, PJ Hernon, Adrienne Lee, Cliodhna Henry and Niamh McGloin, who have risen to meet the challenge with style and gusto! Great praise too for the dancers, Sandra and Laura Ganley, magic on their feet! The Informal Junior Music Session continues each Saturday night until August 15 and is a great opportunity for young people to meet and play together. The Visitor Centre with audiovisual/interactive multimedia terminals based on Irish traditional music is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm Enquiries: ( 071) 9182599 or info@colemanirishmusic.co


his very entertaining show continues every Wednesday night at 9pm during August and has been very successful so don’t miss this opportunity to see a very unique performance. Michael Coleman himself, very well portrayed by Eamon McCoy resonates his life story. This musical dramatization brings to life his background and the characters in the local community who inspired and developed his gift for music and follows his journey to the revolutionary recording studios of 1920s and 30s New York. There is an air of poignancy as sweet fiddle tunes echo the story and the ‘American Wake’ is a session to behold. Set against a backdrop of the interior of Coleman’s Cottage, the music will set your feet a-tapping, the tunes, the step dancing and the heart-warming singing must surely portray what such ‘wakes’ must have felt like. The closing scenes


a derelict mill, rusting machinery, a chimney, a clogged water race - all mark the sites of a once-thriving workplace and community. So this year we are encouraging people to do something different and look to our industrial heritage and celebrate it. It’s well worth a look.Michael Starrett CEO, Heritage Council. Other contributions were made by Heritage Council Chairperson Conor Newman, Paul Carty Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse and historian Turtle Bunbury. From the 22nd -30th August 2015 over 400,000 people will participate in over 1800 heritage events around the country including archaeological digs in Swords, High Nelly Bicycle tours in Laois, linenmaking in Monaghan, exploring the Victorian Water Works in Cork, navigating the Boyne, steam engine rides in Stradbally, copper mining in Allihies, paper making in Clondalkin and so much more. Most of these events are free

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dam Goodes says he has been "humbled" by the support of the public and fellow players after suffering months of abuse and booing. Australian Rules football player Adam Goodes is ready to return to the game after taking time off amid a racism row that has drawn comment from celebrities and politicians.

The 35-year-old Indigenous Australian said the support he had received during his break was "incredibly humbling". Goodes has long been booed during games and a rival supporter was thrown out two weeks ago for allegedly telling him "to get back to the zoo". His week off saw a social media campaign

#IstandwithAdam being backed by celebrities such as Cate Blanchett. Prime Minister Tony Abbott also had his say, telling Australian radio he sympathised with the veteran player. He told 2SM: "I can understand why he's upset. "Nobody should be subject to taunts - they particularly shouldn't be subject to racial taunts ... Adam Goodes is a good bloke and he's a great player and I hope he'll get treated with respect and civility." Goodes, who has described himself as "a very proud Indigenous man from Adnyamathanha tribe", was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his work against racism. Billionaire businessman James Packer, one of Australia’s richest men, also backed Goodes and said he was "ashamed" of the abuse being hurled at him. A statement by the captains of all the Australian Rules clubs last week urged fans to stop booing and "call out unacceptable behaviour". A flashmob also showed their solidarity in Melbourne on Tuesday, making spear-throwing motions and raising their fists in the air in unison.

The dance mimicked Goodes’ controversial "war cry" celebration at a game in May one of the incidents that has been blamed for the animosity against him. The other is what some say is the way he unfairly singled out a 13-year-old girl who called him an "ape" during a 2013 game. However, a tweet by cricketer Shane Warne reflected the views of some fans who believe Goodes is booed simply because he is unpopular. He tweeted: "This whole Adam Goodes drama is ridiculous. The public can boo or chant whoever's name they want ! It's nothing to do with being racist." Announcing his return on Tuesday, Goodes told SwansTV: "(I) definitely needed to have that break and get away from it all … I definitely wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play last week". "The fans have been absolutely amazing and the players from other clubs representing and showing their support - it’s been quite humbling." He added: "People have had their opinions and spoken about the issues hopefully now we can move forward and for me it’s about going out there and playing football."

Last Surviving Pilot Of Dambusters Raid Dies


quadron Leader Les Munro, who has died in New Zealand aged 96, was described as a "fine man", whose life was all about service. The last surviving pilot who took part in the Dambusters raid during World War II has died.

Squadron Leader Les Munro died in hospital in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, his friend Ron Mayhill revealed He had been unwell for around a week but his death was still a shock, the 91-year-old president of the New Zealand Bomber Command Association

said. "This is a surprise and a real disappointment," Mr Mahill said. "He was a fine man, not just because he was famous as part of the Dambusters but as a man and as a person he was a very fine person. "He got decorations in civil as well as military life. He was a justice of the peace, he was a

local councillor, he was a mayor. "His life was all about service." Sqn Ldr Munro was part of the famous RAF 617 Squadron which carried out the "bouncing bomb" raid to destroy dams in Germany during World War II. It gained its name after dropping drum-shaped bombs which bounced over water and exploded at the base of dam walls in the Ruhr valley. The bouncing bombs had been specially designed for the raid, officially known as Operation Chastise, by engineer Sir Barnes Wallis. While RAF pilots usually flew at least 250ft above ground, the Dambusters flew at only 60ft, at night. The daring raids - carried out on the night of 16-17 May, 1943 - were considered a huge success. Two dams, the Moehne and Eder, were destroyed, leading to major flooding in the Ruhr valley and the destruction of hydroelectric plants, mines and factories considered key to the Nazi war effort.

Bid To Ban Fried Mars Bar Sign Battered Stonehaven's Carron Fish Bar first served up the "delicacy" in 1992 when children came in and asked for a Mars bar to be fried. The chip shop that gave birth to the deep fried Mars bar has battered an attempt by a local council to stop it advertising its place in deep fried history. The Carron Fish Bar at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire lays claim to having served up the dubious delicacy for the first time ever in 1992. A banner above the chip shop trumpets its claim to frying fame, but Aberdeenshire Council has requested that it be taken down on the grounds of taste. Shop owner Lorraine Watson has flatly rejected the council move. She told Sky News: "I would never consider it. The shop's status is iconic for the town and it's not doing anyone any harm - 99.9% of people buying the deep-fried Mars Bars are tourists who come from around the world. Why wouldn't you advertise it? "At this time of year, we sell 150 - 200 deep-fried Mars Bars a week, so it's not a thing that's going away." Aberdeenshire Council had contacted the chip shop, along with other shop owners in Stonehaven, as part of an effort to improve the appearance of the town centre. A council spokeswoman told Sky News that it was merely a request to take down the banner and, given the chip shop's objections, it won't now be pursued. The Stonehaven chip shop became the first to serve up a deep-fried Mars Bar in 1992 when a group of schoolchildren came in with the bar consisting of chocolate, nougat and caramel and asked for it to be covered in batter and fried. Since then, Scotland's deep-fried menu has grown to include pizza, haggis, fresh fruit, Cadbury's creme eggs... indeed, anything that will fit in a deep-fat frier. It has, inevitably, prompted debate over the years surrounding its effects on a person's health. Chip shop owner Lorraine Watson says she gets as much bad publicity as she does good. She says: "One professor phoned me saying he'd compared the effects of a deep-fried Mars Bar for breakfast compared to porridge and the results were alarming. "I told him that's ridiculous... no-one's going to eat a deep-fried Mars Bar for breakfast. You're not going to be eating them in a daily basis and I wouldn't encourage anyone to do so. "I'm a great believer that you can eat whatever you want as long as you do exercise.

Thief Takes $150k Left By Forgetful ATM Worker The cash machine employee left the bag of cash on a lawn while moving items around in the back of the van during a stop. A bag containing $150,000 (£96,000) is missing in New Jersey after ATM employees left it on a lawn apparently by accident. The two then continued their journey to the next stop until about 15 minutes later when the employee in the back of the car realised the money had been left behind. Both employees of the ATM company have been interviewed by investigators, police said. Surveillance video shows the cash was taken by a man in a white van, possibly a GMC Savana, who pulled up between 11:19am and 11:29am. The footage shows the man driving to a nearby car repair shop and taking away some tyres.

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oxford Riverfest and Foxford Walking Festival have joined forces this year and both festivals will be held on the same weekend Friday, 28th – Sunday 30th August. Organisers say the two festivals complement each other and will provide a significant boost to tourism in the town. The 5thannual Walking Festival, which takes place on 29th and 30th August, was officially launched in Foxford Woollen Mills on Tuesday, 21st July, by Dara Calleary TD. The event was attended by local public representatives, including Michelle Mulherin TD, local Councillors,

representatives of the business community, members of Foxford Ramblers Walking Club and organisers of Foxford Riverfest. The Walking Festival will include a variety of walks to suit all levels of fitness, ranging from a climb of Nephin to an easy stroll along the majestic River Moy. The programme includes a walk from Foxford to Lough Conn and back and an Ox mountain climb option. This year’s festival has been brought forward from its traditional October date to the last week of August to coincide with Riverfest which will provide a wide range of free, river based

entertainment over the same weekend. Speaking at the launch, Deputy Calleary praised the Foxford Ramblers Walking Club for their ongoing work in promoting walking. He said the club always welcomed visitors on their regular Sunday walks as well as organising the annual Walking Festival which was now in its fifth year. He said that Foxford had much to offer to visitors and welcomed the fact that the Walking Festival and Riverfest would now take place over the same weekend. Local Councillor, Neil Cruise, referred to the work being undertaken by Mayo Co. Council to promote various types of walking in the county and revealed that the Council planned to upgrade the Foxford Way with a view to making the Foxford/Ox Mountains area more attractive for walkers. Vincent Roche, chair of the Walking Festival, spoke about the increasing numbers of people participating in walking and referred to the undoubted health benefits of walking as well as its value as a recreational outlet. He said that Foxford, and Mayo in general, offered a wide selection of walking options and were well placed to attract more walkers over the coming years. Foxford Riverfest gets under way on the evening of Friday 28th

Amanda Rice: 'Site Where a Future Never Took Place' at Ballina Arts Centre Throughout the months of July and August Ballina Arts Centre is presenting Site Where a Future Never Took Place, an exhibition of new work by Castlebar-born artist Amanda Rice. The exhibition focuses on the remains of Western Hats Ltd (1942-81) an Irish Textile industry in the west of Ireland. Established at a time of social and political turmoil in Europe this industry provided refuge to European Jewish exiles in

the roles of ‘technical textile experts’ at Western Hats and otherwise provided vast employment in times of austerity in the west of Ireland. The show includes a new video work and a series of artefacts or remains, particularity relating to the materiality of the site which have been gathered by either former employees of this industry or by the artist herself. The presented objects seek to question the nature of what

constitutes value or the worth of an archival status. Amanda Rice graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2008 and has exhibited extensively across Ireland and internationally including shows at Flux Factory, New York, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai and Platform China, Beijing. Amanda Rice: 'Site Where a Future Never Took Place' runs until 29th August. Admission Free

August with an official opening ceremony and a pageant on the River Moy. Saturday and Sunday will be spectator and family friendly days with many activities taking place on the river including The National Spey Casting competition, rowing races, fishing competitions, SUP, rafting and kayaking. The Fishing & Craft Village will showcase traditional craft demonstrations, artisan food, flytying and lure making exhibitions. Music and entertainment will be held each evening in the town. The spectacular ‘Candles to the Sea’ will take place this year on the Saturday night with a closing

LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT Lovers of renowned singer Liam Lawton will be delighted to hear he will be performing in St. Patrick’s Church on Friday, August 28th. Proceeds of the event will go to St. Muredach’s Cathedral Restoration Fund. Tickets are €20.00 and are for sale at Ballina Tourist Office, Moy Valley IRD and the Over-55 Club. Tel. 096-70905 for bookings and further details.

ceremony and fireworks display on the Sunday night. It was agreed to hold both festivals over the same weekend as it was felt there was a need to provide entertainment for walkers in the afternoons/evenings and Riverfest fulfils this need perfectly. Energetic walkers will now be able to enjoy Riverfest activities on their return to the town on both afternoons and people attending Riverfest will have an opportunity to sample the beauty of the Mayo countryside on organised walks. Details of both festivals can be viewed at www.foxfordwalkingfestival.com and www.riverfest.com

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IT will be a return to the past and much nostalgia for those who recall the Killala Marquee of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s when Live at the Marquee returns to Killala from this weekend, Sunday, 1st August, and continues to 9th August. The project is in memory of Sean Hannick, community leader, who died earlier this year. Sean organised marquees to support the local community in the past and when it was revived last year €32,000 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society and regional cancer care, €10,000 of which Sean had donated personally after he had received compensation for a bank error. Included in the line-up of performers are: Mick Flavin, Declan Nerney, Matt Cunningham and others and there will also be Monster Bingo and a special Strictly Irish Dancing event. All the proceeds will go to local community/youth projects and Foxford Daycare Centre (Alzheimer’s Society).

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Amanda Rice exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre Throughout the month of August Ballina Arts Centre is presenting Site Where a Future Never Took Place, an exhibition by Castlebar artist Amanda Rice. The exhibition focuses on the remains of the Western Hats factory in Castlebar (which operated from 1942 to 81). Established at a time of social and

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The Beautiful & the Beastly in French Cinema at Ballina Arts Centre From Monday 17th to Thursday 20th August, as a lead-in to the FrenchBallina festival, Ballina Arts Centre will present a four day celebration of French cinema. Taking Jean Cocteau’s haunting retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast, La Belle et la Bête, as its starting point, the programme concentrates on two distinctive aesthetic and thematic

concerns of French film: the beautiful and the beastly. The programme will include films from 1946 up to 2012, and will feature the work of some of the filmmakers working in French cinema. Kicking off with Cocteau’s monochromatic masterpiece, the programme will also include Delicatessen, Intouchables, La Haine, Jean de Florette, Les Diaboliques, Amour and Martyrs. The programme is presented in association with access>CINEMA, and will be presented in the format of two screenings per evening

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Folk Music is music for People


rish Traditional Music, or Trad as is better known, evolved through the combination of ancient styles with new ways of expression over a long period. The ancient Gaels played pipes, whistles, harps and flat drums. This tradition was dominated by solo performance in song and dance. The Viking settlers brought the fiddle (violin) to Trad and a bit later the Anglo-Normans added flutes and lutes. Over the following centuries the lute gave way to the mandolin, as the banjo, melodeon and piano began to make appearances. These were followed in the last century with the inclusion of guitars, pianos and the bouzouki. The styles of music also drew on different traditions; lilting and melody formed a large part of the Gaelic tradition and there appears to be no evidence of any tradition of choral or communal singing. The traditional ballads with choruses stem from the madrigal traditions of France that came to Ireland with the Anglo-Normans. As a consequence the sing-along is comprised of group songs in English with Irish tunes performed by soloists. Joining in the chorus is allowed but the old preference for enjoying an individual’s performance means that the crowd leave the verses to a soloist. In many Irish songs the crowd sing the third line of a quatrain and leave the last bit so the singer can shine. The same is true of the dancing tradition. The combination of the intricate footwork of the Celt with the group participation of the Anglo-Normans gave rise to the energetic set-dance that complimented the individual styles of jigs.

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hen musicians play in a seisiún the measure of their joy is found in the spontaneous reaction of their listeners. The instruments are all tenor and the lack of a strong base line lulls the listener into a light toe-tap that begins to fill out the sound. Next the hands want to clap along and the legs begin to get antsy. By this stage the listeners are hopping in their seats and often rise to batter the boards in an unrehearsed dance that compliments and completes the musical experience Folk music remains popular in Ireland. Like all music it is open to interpretation and the Irish verb ‘cas’ (to turn) is the usual way to invite somebody to play or sing. Individual musicians interpret the same tune according to the way they would turn it. This means that the same song can have many different forms;

type “The Foggy Dew” into YouTube for a good example of how individuals Sinéad O’Connor, Luke Kelly, James Bragg, The Wolfe Tones or Odetta turn the same song. Attending the Fleadh will give you a better experience of the many styles and interpretations that any song can have. The singing competitions will provide a restful change from the mimicked performances that dominate the countless TV contests with their focus firmly on the art of the singer him/herself. The Fleadh can be enjoyed by anybody who has ears to hear and/or a body that appreciates rhythm. You do not need to be an expert nor even to be knowledgeable about music to enjoy the festival. As festivals go the Fleadh can boast that it does have something for everybody.

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The Second Coming Thurs 6 & Sun 9 Aug, 8pm - €20/10 u18s. @ The Hawkswell On this day begins an inspired journey to life rediscovered. Ireland’s greatest poet, W. B. Yeats has returned. This is the story of his second coming. The Second Coming is a spectacle – a feast for the senses featuring traditional Irish music and dance, theatre, film and aerial circus. Witness a gravitydefying troupe of performers who will leave you spellbound. Come and see the heart of Irish culture being set free and given wings to fly.

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By Eamon O’Neill The High Kings are a band with a rich heritage. Consisting of multiinstrumentalists Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, the four-piece come from backgrounds steeped in Irish musical history. While Finbarr is the son of the Clancy Brothers’ Bobby Clancy, and Brian shares the same relationship with late singer Sean Dunphy, the group also counts a former Irish Tenor among its number in Darren Holden. Completing the line-up, Martin is the son of Irish music legend Finbarr Fury. In a parallel with the Fleadh Cheoil, The High Kings are on a mission to assert Irish Music’s place on the global stage. “We were put together to carry a flag of Irish music”, affirms Martin. We caught up with the singer ahead of this year’s Sligo Fleadh to talk about life in the High Kings, the current state of Irish music and culture, and his memories of Fleadhs gone by. Martin Furey knows a thing or two about Irish music. With his father and uncles comprising one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional acts – The Fureys - he was never far from a session growing up: “Myself and my sister, we’d hear the music all night long, and we’d lie awake listening to it”, says the amiable performer as

we begin our chat. Now a successful musician in his own right, as a member of The High Kings since their inception a little over eight years ago, Martin has helped steer the band to their current position as one of Ireland’s most successful traditional musical exports. Building a new audience for Irish music, the singer is surprisingly modest when it comes to the band’s achievements: “We have made amazing progress”, he says simply of their successes, which include a number three placing on the American Billboard World Music chart. These days Martin may be more likely to been seen on stages in some of America and continental Europe’s largest concert halls, however he is no stranger to Ireland’s most important traditional music gathering: “The Fleadh was the first saviour of the music” he states emphatically. Although never a competitor himself, he has fond memories of attending as a child: “My father competed in all of that; he was a prodigy”, he says. Music it seems goes back generations in the Furey family, and his father wasn’t the only Furey who would play at the Fleadh: “I also remember my grandfather playing”, Martin tells me. “He would pick out the one person who wouldn’t be allowed in the session, give them

encouragement and show them what to do”, he adds with a wry smile. The Fleadh may be a place for the like-minded to meet, enjoy the craic and of course - like Furey senior - join in on the odd impromptu session, however as Martin is quick to point out, it’s the competitive side of the festival that is of vital importance “for improving the standards of music, and setting the bar for music as if it were a sport”, he believes. The opposite of their laid back father, it was in this setting that the accomplished Furey Brothers flourished: “My father and my uncles would tear straight into major, major players, like De Denann or Paddy Keenan”, he says of sessions gone by. It’s this approach that Martin believes reveals the real magic of the Fleadh, where “Ideas are exchanged and tunes progress”, he reasons, adding: “New music is born, and old music is reborn like a phoenix from the flames every year”. The sharing of musical ideas between peoples is something that Martin asserts has been going on

for centuries: “This music has been around in various forms for hundreds and hundreds of years”, he enthuses, continuing: “If history is to believed, over time while we were trading with the rest of the world, we were also collecting and developing a style and form of music; island by island, county by county and continent by continent”. The end result, he believes is “what we have here now, and it’s represented in the Fleadh”. If the Fleadh has helped to keep Irish music and culture thriving, then the High Kings have been playing their part too, by bringing Irish music to a new audience and popularising it for a whole other generation. Martin is philosophical when it comes to the quartet’s – and indeed a generation’s responsibilities: “The music and the language were two important things that were left in our charge,” he muses, adding; “it is our honour to represent this music, a lot of which the Fleadh has been responsible for keeping alive”. Were they around today, the High Kings of Ireland themselves would

surely agree that Irish music and culture is in safe hands, and it’s an upbeat Martin Furey that brings our chat to an end: “Irish music is alive and well, Irish sport is alive and well, and thanks to the likes of Clannad and Rónán Ó Snodaigh who spearheaded it entirely throughout the 1980s and up until today, the Irish language is alive and well also”, he says. As for the future, The High Kings are looking forward with a singular goal: “We want to get an Irish ballad to number one in America. And we’re really determined to make that happen.” states a driven Martin Furey. Before that there’s another tour, one that will be stopping off in Sligo just after the Fleadh festivities have ended: “We seem to play in and around the Fleadhs” says Martin. Perhaps the High Kings could build their own festival? “We’re at the edge of every Fleadh”, laughs Martin: “it’s a fringe festival - ‘The Sligo Ballads Fringe Fleadh Festival’!.” The High Kings play Garvogue in Sligo on 11th August. Tickets are available from usual outlets.

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All the way home ....Cathy Jordan

By Stella Carroll


t is a very rare day indeed when Cathy Jordan is not playing, listening to, learning or practicing music of one kind or another. It has always been this way. Cathy has been the famed front woman with the traditional Irish band, Dervish, for the past 23 years. Her musical versatility, natural curiosity and undeniable talent has always brought collaborations with other musicians from all genres. A sublime vocalist and master musician, Cathy, courts humility while always celebrating the

music itself. For it is music which has led her on a great journey. This is not just the geographic journey of touring and playing all over the world, but also the full and rich personal journey of honing your craft and finding the best places in which to celebrate it. 'I have traveled all across the ocean A lonely stranger on foreign shores far from the old ones who loved me dearly far from the one place that I call home'

Born the youngest of seven children in Scramogue, Co Roscommon, Cathy had a happy and lively childhood. “We were seven extroverts. A wild bunch. I think the only time we stayed still was when someone was singing, so there was a lot of singing in our house.” she laughs.” It calmed us all down simultaneously. It was a house full of music, and my happiest times was when we were having one of our singing sessions. I had quite a repertoire from the age of three. I was never shy! There was a small collection of gramophone records in the house hold, mainly Irish traditional and American country music, but there was also the strong oral tradition too. The passing on the music to the next generation.. Cathy remembers the excitement of a neighbour returning from England with a large record collection. “ I was delighted, I had nearly worn out our own, so it was great to be introduced to exciting new names like EmmyLou Harris and Louden Wainright. I learned lots of the songs and would sing anything really. I guess I still do. ” Local Talent Shows and School musicals gave the gregarious young Cathy an outlet for her gifts and she quickly knew where her future career would lie. A short-lived time as a pastry chef only served

to galvanize the thought of a music profession and it was not long before she was fronting the Sligo-based band Dervish. Dervish, have been one of Ireland's most hard working Irish traditional groups. They have played in nearly a thousand cities in over 40 countries in the world. Cathy, a self taught guitar, bodhran, bones and bouzouki player has been at the forefront all the way.

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They played to over 250,000 people at the Rock in Rio concert, boast twelve albums and have been invited to play for two Irish presidents. Mary McAleese brought them on two official state missions to Latvia and Lithuania, representing

Irish culture and they were recently back in the Aras, to welcome Michael D. Higgins into his new home. They are a calm and collected group of musicians, who have travelled the world together, play well together and support each other in their solo pursuits with enthusiasm. Individually, and as a group, they are remarkably talented and gifted. Cathy's own musical journey has continued within and outside of Dervish. She has spent many years researching and collecting a repetoire of songs from a variety of sources. Old recordings, manuscripts and the archives of older singers. She has a deep understanding and respect for the Irish tradition and is regarded as one of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today. 'I have wandered forbidden cities, made my wish by the wailing wall, threw my silver in the Rio Grande all for my dream of going home' Cathy is currently touring and performing with the Americana group The Unwanted. Comprising local musician, Seamie O'Dowd and Californan Rick Epping. The music speaks of dustbowls and Apalachian trails and the Irish /American emigrant music.

Sligo Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 She is also exploring the joys of jazz and blues singing, appearing at the odd festival and all the while keeping up the busy schedule of world wide concert dates for which Dervish are famed. You can also catch her popping into traditional sessions, bodhran at the ready, anywhere in the Northwest counties. Music is everywhere in her life and she laughs at the idea of taking a break from it. “I walk and go to the gym, but my relaxation is rehearsing or practicing music. It’s just always there and it probably always will be”. Sometimes, when she surveys the vast crowds enjoying the music at a festival or concert, she takes a wee moment to think on growing up in Roscommon. “I might be singing a song that my father taught me, and I look across all the happy faces looking up at me and think that he would be amazed by this. !” Its a particularly poignant thought, as her late father was never too enamoured by her choice of career. “He would have preferred if I had a real job, or gotten married ” she laughs “ But then one night, he saw Dervish on that great Irish institution, The Late Late Show, and he was so proud. We were so alike, my father and I, so we used to have wee battles, but after my parents had passed on, I found that he had kept every newspaper cutting that was ever written about

me under the mattress of the bed. “ says Cathy. The house in Scramogue is empty now, but Cathy's acclaimed first solo album All The Way Home, is a fitting tribute to the songs she learned around her parent’s fireside and to all the good memories of home. The album features many of the tunes of her childhood, reworked in her own signature way. The classic ballad , The Bold Fenian Men, has really never sounded so good as she reworks it and makes it her own. Ms Jordan has also begun composing more of her own songs . “ I didn't think I could write, but when you sit down and give yourself some space to create, you find that it is there to be tapped. I am really enjoying it.” She laughs “I am not saying it is easy , but it is satisfying! It is like channeling the creativity inside. ” Cathy lives in Sligo and is a regular at music sessions in the town. “Its a brilliant place to live. It’s a hotbed of creativity with writers, artists and musicians. I think people use Sligo as a muse and get their inspiration from the landscape and from each other. There is good music somewhere every night and when I am not touring, I love socialising and am really impressed with the wealth of young talent coming up, not just in the traditional Irish music scene, but in all the rock, jazz and blues

Northwest Express August, 2015 music too. “ Family is ever important and friends are never far away . “ After I have been touring for a few weeks, I need a transition time, of a week or so, to readjust to life at home, but once that passes, I am grand .” Cathy is never complacent about the life she enjoys. She appreciates the joy of doing something she loves every day. “ I am not rich, but am rich culturally. When you can play the music you love and travel and meet interesting people and still make a living from it, its a bit of a wonder. I love the positive effects that music has on an audience. It’s so uplifting to see the crowd enjoying themselves and music allows people a time to release stress and tensions and experience joy. It is synonymous with positivity and happiness. I am so lucky. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to remind myself that this is real.” 'I know that some day my heart will take me to the old ground where my loved ones rest and you'll put your arms like a coat around me in the one place that I call home' Lyrics from All the Way Home composed by Cathy Jordan/Enda Cullen/Ian Smith For more information you can view: www.cathyjordan.com or www.dervish.ie

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scape the bustle of urban life on the multi-award-winning Westport to Achill Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The first 14km stage of the Greenway from Newport to Mulranny opened in 2010 and a year later extensions were finished lengthening the route to 42km, almost entirely off-road. The Greenway follows the path of the old Westport to Achill Midland Great Western Railway line which closed in 1937. Landowners along the route have given access to their land and allowed development of the path at no cost. This community spirit of the Greenway landowners has recently been recognised and rightly so. The Greenway meanders through some of the most beautiful and idyllic countryside you’ll find anywhere in Ireland. Walkers and cyclists can drink in the views of the spectacular Nephin Beg mountain range, Clew Bay, Clare Island, Croagh Patrick and Achill. You could even stop off for a hike on one of the Derradda loop walks or take a break on Mulranny’s Blue Flag Beach. If you’re a history buff you can visit fascinating gems like the seven-arch railway viaduct over the Black Oak river in Newport, or take a slight detour and visit Granuaile’s Rockfleet Castle and the 15th century Burrishoole Abbey. The 42km almost entirely traffic-free route is ideal for getting out on a bike for a spin and is perfect for a day of family fun. The Greenway has won several awards including European Destination of Excellence, an award for the community spirit of the Greenway landowners for allowing their land to be used and developed and a LAMA award.

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he name Seamie O’Dowd is synonymous with the word ‘music’ in Ireland. One of the country’s best loved guitar players, with hugely successful bands and solo performances behind him both on a national and international level, the Strandhill native needs no formal introduction in this town. In recent years another O’Dowd, Seamie’s son Rory, has also been making waves in local music circles, showing exceptional talent and dedication to his craft. Father and son talk here to Kate Winter about their own experiences of starting out in music; the similarities and the differences, the good and the bad, and how the scene in Sligo town has changed over two generations. SEAMIE I’ve been playing music since I was about eight, and listening to it longer than I can remember. Both my parents were fiddle players – my father was in the céilí bands back in the thirties and my mother would have done a fair bit of teaching, working from the house. I took my cue from them and started to play the fiddle and learn tunes as a young one, cutting my teeth in the Trades Club, which was a real mainstay for trad music at the time. I would have only been about twelve when I was going in there, and I got my hands on lots of different instruments and saw great musicians at work, who really influenced me later on in life. The likes of Rick Epping and Tom Moore, who I still play with now and then, would have introduced me to a lot of blues and Americana, folk music and Appalachian music. As time went on, I was drawn to the guitar, having heard guys like Brian Taheny and Christy Moore playing trad on it, and also the polar opposite of Thin Lizzy and Rory Gallagher playing rock. I was drawn to the variety, to the fact that I could get so

much out of this one instrument. The fiddle was a very distinctive feature of Irish trad, but the guitar was my gateway to so many other worlds of music. I bought my first electric guitar the week I did my leaving cert – It would appear that by that stage I had made a decision of some sort! I think one of the defining moments for me, actually, when I look back at my origins

as a professional musician, was a little while after that, when I had managed to secure myself an interview for a good job as an onsite carpenter in the UK. At the time, jobs were thin on the ground, and like everyone else, I had been going for whatever I could and getting plenty of rejection letters along the way. Music and gigging were pretty much my only source of

Seamie O’Dowd and Aminah Hughes - Photo courtesy of sligoevents.ie

income, meagre as it was. So on the day that I had this interview, I had a conflicting appointment to meet a bass player, Donal Kinnane, about this new rock band we were setting up. I was cycling out the road, still not sure which I was going to attend, when I came to an actual cross roads. The right turn took me to Donal and the band meeting, the left to my job interview.

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I think you can guess which road I took... That was my first real rock band, and it was called Peel The Grape. We had a fair bit of success too; national coverage from the likes of Dave Fanning, and plenty of gigs about the place. We played a lot in Hennigans – that would have been one of the main music hubs in the town at the time. It was run by a man called Terry Brown, who treated it almost like an arts centre. You could go in there on any given evening and find a poetry reading going on, or a twelve piece band, or some jazz – anything at all. I think the closest thing Rory’s generation have would be McGarrigles, nowadays. I was leading kind of a double life at the time, playing with Peel The Grape and also still playing trad about the place with my father. I started doing the odd solo acoustic set then too, and teamed up a little later with Gerry Grennan, who I ended up doing a fair bit of touring and gigging with over the years. It was great playing with Gerry because the way we jammed really brought together the two sides of what I’d been doing up till that point: the trad and the rock. I was making enough to live on at that stage; music was becoming a credible source of income for me. I wouldn’t necessarily have been making any more money in any other job, so even though it was a bit of a precarious source, it was enough. It was quite soon after that that Rory came along, though, and for a wee while, just while he was very small, music sort of took a back seat. I think at that

stage, in my early twenties, right up until he was born, my music career was only taking shape. As a professional musician now, I see huge strides in development that happened once he was a little older – my involvement with Dervish and the DTs, my solo albums and all that, they all came later. When I was the age Rory is now, it was more just about following my heart and meeting everything as it presented itself to me. Sometimes musicians like to let on that we had it all worked out all along, that it was all part of the plan. But I certainly don’t think I ever knew exactly what was going to happen. Life and music just seem to evolve together. I have to say, it’s like anything you do. Nothing is without its sacrifices, you never know where life’s going to take you. RORY My earliest memories of growing up are of music. I was always influenced by it and was curious about it because of Dad, from a very young age. I was mad about Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy even as a toddler. Never that taken with kids shows, I was more into watching Rory Gallagher Live on VHS and trying to copy every move. When I was at playschool, my teacher took my mum aside and told her that I’d requested some Rory Gallagher instead of the boring old nursery rhymes... That was my normal! By the time I was five I used to go to my dad’s gigs with him. I’d bring my instruments along, and when he was getting started I’d go

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up onstage, chest out, bold as brass. I’d plonk my instruments down beside him and start doing all the moves I’d learned off the videos. Dad says I saved a fair few gigs for him with my performances. I started to take the guitar more seriously when I was a little older. I went to a few lessons, but I mostly learned through experimenting. I watched my dad a lot, and would ask him if I needed help with something, but generally he just left me to it. It was never something that was forced on me at all. It was when I discovered electric guitar and harder rock that I really got into it. And when I got my first electric guitar, I turned a corner. I was mad for it; that guitar had to be almost surgically removed from my hands. My first gig was in primary school. Me and my friends Peter and Eoin had a band we called ‘Hot Tuna’ and we could play three or four songs. We decided to play a concert in the school, and we did ask a teacher for permission, although I’m pretty sure she didn’t know what she was agreeing to. The next day when we arrived into school with all our equipment, we caused a bit of confusion, but eventually they just let us go for it. They gave us an hour, and brought all the kids from all the classes in to watch us in the gym, busting out the same four tunes for sixty minutes. We rocked it! And that was me hooked. In secondary school I was involved in a few bands too, but music took a little bit of a backseat for a while because I got really into surfing. I was still playing, but just not as much – my

passion kind of got divided between the two. My dad had a policy to never push me towards anything, which was good because I probably would have pushed back if he had. When I was got a bit older, guys like Duane Gallagher and Tabby Callaghan were a serious influence. Duane was in a metal band and he let me sit in on a rehearsal or two. I’ll never forget that. They were unbelievable musicians and the high energy level of the music just had my heart pounding. I jammed with them and my dad a bit and went to some great gigs with Duane, which kept the cogs spinning musically for me really. Then when I was seventeen I met Dean Mahon, who was doing Sligo’s Got Talent at the time. He asked me to get involved and it was brilliant. It was a turning point for me in that it brought me right back to music as a main focus. Playing in front of a packed house with a big sound for the first time blew my mind. My first real, proper band ‘Test For Echo’ formed from that experience. Me and Dean also started the open mike night in The Dunes in Strandhill, which is still running. It’s a great, laid back jamming session, and it’s so good for meeting new musicians and experimenting. In fact, my current band, ‘Blindfox’ formed out of the open mike thing, and it’s going really well. Siofra Jordan is our frontwoman and she can really, really sing! I also gig with Dad a bit these days. That started very spontaneously, I’d just come in from a surf one day and popped

into The Venue, where Seamie was playing. Me and the boys were having a pint and he just said, “Hey, Rory, there’s a spare guitar in the back of the car...” It was a deadly feeling to get up there beside him and just play a few tunes. It was like a grown up version of me strutting about the stage as a tiny fella like I used to. When I play with my dad it’s really natural but always challenging too; I’m always learning. From that I had the confidence to get involved in a lot more of the acoustic gigs that were going on in town. Especially in McGarrigles – Sunday MASS would be a spot I slot into quite regularly. Dad’s dead right, I do think McGarrigles is the Hennigans of our generation. Tricky is great for music and culture and stuff. All these things have been a real learning curve. For the past few years I’ve just been playing everywhere I can and jumping in on any gigs that will have me, I have a real hunger for that kind of thing now. The more you play, the more people the meet, the more opportunity comes your way and the more you learn. I don’t know where music is going to take me. It’s a path I’m on, but I can’t be certain it’s the only route I want to go. I know from experience and from watching my dad evolve as a professional musician that it’s a tough way of life, with lots of sacrifices. So I’m not certain I want to do this as a full time job just yet. Then again, my dad wasn’t all that sure when he was my age either and look at where his career has taken him!

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Brian Rooney & Brian McGrath

Tuesday 11 Aug, 1pm €10/ 5u18s The Hawkswell Fiddle player Brian Rooney emigrated in the late 1960s, from Leitrim to London. From a large family near Kiltyclogher in North Leitrim, Brian Rooney ‘s home house was always said to have been full to the rafters with music. He was delighted to find an already established and vibrant traditional music scene in London when he landed and indeed Brian became a powerful musical influence in that scene over the years. With tone, rhythm and variations that have become legendary at this point and we are delighted to bring The Godfather, one of the master fiddlers and great musical influences of our time, to Sligo for a rare performance.

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as part of Fleadh Cheoil na h Eireann Cash on Delivery @the model €15 / €12 / St Farnan’s Drama Group present a fast paced comedy ‘Cash on Delivery’. Directed by experienced director Jacinta Gormley and written by popular author Michael Cooney, the play is absolutely hilarious. If you like laughing (and who doesn’t), you have to go see “Cash On Delivery.” The show is a classic farce set in present day whose main character, Eric Swan (Joe Burns), has been duping the Department of Social Security out of money for the better part of two years by telling them of fake residents, etc. in the home of he and his wife Linda (Caroline Carney). Eric enlists the help of his lodger Norman Bassett (Jason Kilgannon). In other words, Eric is smarter than the government, too smart. When they send Mr Jenkins ( Henry Judge) around to have forms signed, identities must be switched, more deceptions must be created (all the while keeping Linda in the dark), and only Eric, Norman and Uncle George (Sean Kilgannon) know the real truth. This promises to be a great night’s entertainment so don’t miss out – get your tickets! Performances on Monday 10th August ( Fleadh Week ) Matinee 3pm and Evening Performance 8pm


When Buttons and Bows first landed on the scene in 1983, a new splash of colour was thrown into the traditional music mix in Ireland. Decades later the band’s repertoire still raises a smile at sessions and gigs in every corner of the globe. And it still sounds fresh, flamboyant and… different. Also launching their new album on the night; Return of Spring – this influential foursome made up of Jackie Daly Séamus and Manus McGuire and Garry O’Briain bring a dusting of magic to traditional Irish music. Date: 9 August / Time: 8:00 pm / Cost: €15 Venue Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Road


Fleadh Cheoil Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the biggest traditional Irish music festival on the planet, a week-long jamboree of music, song and dance, not to mention late nights and family fun! Check out the full list of events taking place at the Hawk's Well Theatre from Sunday 9th through to Sunday 16th.

The Still Bar & Restaurant Dromore West

(7pm Show) 11 August @ 7:00 pm - €8 Factory Performance Space Lower Quay Street Following on from their success with Like a Mammy at a Feis during last year’s Fleadh Cheoil, Sligo Youth Theatre are pleased to present Diddledee eye me eye. Sligo’s youngest cleverest and hippest actors devise and perform their unique perspective on the traditional music scene. Funny witty and a joy for all the family.


Dark Bay Stallion - 172 cm (16"3.5') Highest Points ever achieved at Horse Sport Ireland at Stallion Inspection to date. Already producing Top Class Stock winning at RDS and all around Ireland. Showing Super Jump with outstanding movement. 3 Year old by Candy Boy sold in excess of €10,000 to U.K. BALOU DU ROUET • Grand Prix Showjumper • A leading producer of International Show Jumpers • Ex. Baloubet du Rouet BALOUBET DU ROUET • Winner of World Cup Finals 1998,1999, 2000 • Team Bronze Medal at 2000 Olympics in Sydney • Winner of the individual Gold Medal in 2004 Olympics in Athens • Winner of numerous international Grand Prix all over the World • He was rated as one of the great horses of all time

SLIGO CANDY GIRL A Grade A showjumper. Had a very successful jumping career • She won the 5 year Cavan Classic Final • Winner of the Leestrand 5 year classic in Millstreet • Winner of the 5000 star of the Future at Ballina Show • Winner of the CSOE Grand Prix Claremorris • Winner of numerous classes around Ireland • Retired after accident Covering Fee €600

Can be viewed at www.youtube.com/sligocandyboy SLIGO WEST STUD, ENNISCRONE, CO. SLIGO • Contact: Padraig Howley 087-2165811


Cold beer & warm atmosphere. Live music regularly. Food served on a daily basis and also breakfast served on weekends.

Phone: 086 391 3135

Bay Stallion by the legendary stallion Kannan sire of numerous world class horses, including Beetram Aliens' "Molly Malone" also Steve Guerdat's "Nino Des Buissonnets' who won the individual 2012 Olympic Gold medal. Kannans progeny is topping the world at the moment. Dam - Sligo Candy Girl (as above) Grad A showjumper. Sligo Kannan Ball is out of the same mare as Sligo Candy Boy. Covering fee €300 no foal free return This horse shows superb ability for show jumping, a star of the future.

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Ard Ollamh Gala Dinner

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Charles O’Connor & Padraig McGovern 15 August @ 8:30 pm – Free at the cathedral Uilleann piper Padraig McGovern and organist Charles O’Connor deliver a magical one hour recital of traditional tunes and O’Carolan compositions in magnificent candlelit surroundings. This unusual combination of instruments resonates beautifully in the unique surroundings of the Sligo Cathedral organ loft. A wonderful experience awaits.

Set CEilithe – Innisfree CEiLI Band

12 August @ 7:00 pm - €50 at the radisson Join us at the Árd Ollamh Gala dinner 2015, to be held in honour of Séamus Mac Mathúna,renowned traditional Singer, Musician, Collector, and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Timire Cheoil. Séamus is one of Ireland’s best known Irish traditional singers. An accomplished and impressive musician, he has been credited with archiving and preserving much of our traditional heritage for generations to come. Séamus was responsible for positive change within and beyond Comhaltas, through his collaborations and his innovative efforts , he has made a lasting impact on the nature of Traditional Irish Music. We are pleased to acknowledge a lifetime dedicated to the celebration of our unique cultural heritage with this Gala evening of good food, wine and music. Join us as we celebrate with his friends, family and of course, the man himself: Séamus MacMathúna For bookings contact: ardollamhdinner@gmail.com or The Fleadh Office, Riverside, Sligo 071 911 1444

15 August @ 9:30 pm - €10 st johns sports hall, john street Gifted with a rare sweetness and clarity of tone, the band has played a key role in the revival of céilí band music and in 2008 became the first band from the North Connacht region to win the coveted All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. With reels and jigs played with passion and flair, the Innisfree Céilí Band are guaranteed to get your feet moving. Influenced by the legacy of this highly-developed musical environment, the Innisfree Céilí Band comprises a generation of musicians who grew up playing together, fusing individual skill through a shared stylistic impulse, to produce a distinctive and mature musical voice. Defined by a rare sweetness and clarity of tone, the band succeeds in capturing the dramatic energy and drive which is a strong element of both North Connacht music and the genre of the céilí band itself.

The Harper’s Wake (3pm Show) 13 August @ 3:00 pm - €12 the model The Harper’s Wake was such a popular success at Fleadh 2014, that Beezneez Theatre Company has been invited back to present this wonderful mixture of music and mirth. When Mark the harper dies suddenly, his neighbours gather to console his widow. Robert Stephen and spinster Kate Anne provide their own musings on life and death, whilst Mark’s musical friends adorn his wake with wondrous music and dancing. Transatlantic Connections: The James Morrison Story 13 August @ 8:00 pm - €20 knocknarea arena

The Songs of Gerry O’Beirne

16 August @ 8:00 pm - €25/€12.50 u18s at the hawkswell Gerry O’Beirne is one of Ireland’s most loved and respected songwriters. Songs such as Western Highway The Holy Ground and Shades of Gloria have become classic Irish folk songs of our time and have been recorded and revered by well known artists including Mary Black, Maura O’Connell and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

Farewell CEiLI – Matt Cunningham CEiLI Band 17 August @ 9:30 pm - €10 Radisson Blu Hotel Ballincar The Matt Cunningham Band has a long association with the set and ceili dancing traditions and through an acclaimed series of recordings and constant touring schedule it continues to delight audiences at home and abroad while at the same time endeavouring to safeguard the tradition. Matt, who lives in Headford, Co.Galway, formed his own band in 1972 having been a member of several other groups since his early teens. He and his band are not only applauded for their powerful performances at set and ceili dances but also for their many concert style shows and related recordings.

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Foot Golf

• Par 3 Golf Course • Driving Range • Amusement Arcade • Go-Karting (by appointment) • Crazy Golf Sligo Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo. • Tel: 096-76838 / 086-3106632 • Just 5 Mins from Ballina


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BED & BREAKFAST Main Street, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Situated in the beautiful town of Boyle Co Roscommon Ireland, this Georgian residence is a family run Bed and Breakfast (B & B) under the personal supervision of Frank and Heather. Please telephone 071-9663480 M: 086-3942419 or email frank@linsfort.com for best rates


Teach Bán art gallery is run and created by Irish artist,Tom O’Rourke.The gallery, which is located in Drumcliffe, Sligo, exhibits the work of established contemporary artists and places special emphasis on cultivating emerging artists of any age. Painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture form the basis of the various exhibitions in the gallery. Current Exhibition includes work from Tom O’Rourke,Tina Brooks and Heidi Wickham

Contact Tom O'Rourke on 087-7549760

Bicycle and Equipment Hire

ACHILL BIKES Bicycle and Equipment Hire is based on Achill Island, County Mayo, West of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. Achill Island is connected by bridge to the mainland. We have all you'll need for a great cycling experience, including minibus transport for you and your bike! Hire adult and children's mountain bikes, kiddy trailers, tag-alongs and child seats. Achill Bikes is based at Teach Cruachán B & B, where you are guaranteed a great night's sleep and a yummy home-cooked breakfast made with quality local ingredients.

Dooagh and Achill Sound, Achill Island, County Mayo Telephone: 087-3428811 or 087-2437686 www.achillbikes.com

Excellence: SUP DUDE is the leading Stand Up Paddle School in Ireland. Entertaining: The SUP DUDE Experience is about joy, laughter and having a super fun time whilst learning the proper technique, etiquette, and safety of Stand Up Paddling. Authentic: SUP DUDE prides itself on using excellent equipment for your lessons to give you the Ultimate SUP experience. Enriching: Clear, clean water, fresh salty air and spectacular scenic views of mountains and ocean makes our base in Mullaghmore one of the most inspiring and sensory environments in Europe.

Mullaghmore, County Sligo • Tel: 085-7051188 Facebook: supdude.ie • E-Mail: info@supdude.ie • Website: www.supdude.ie

Beehive Cafe & Restaurant SLIGO FOLK PARK, MILLVIEW HOUSE, RIVERSTOWN, CO. SLIGO Located in the main museum building at Sligo Folk Park, overlooking the courtyard, the Beehive Café strives to provide the very best in wholesome home cooking. With daily delights such as apple and parsnip soup, full traditional Irish breakfast, local venison stew, home made apple tarts, fine gourmet coffee the Beehive Café has something for everyone. Group bookings are always welcome. Beehive Cafe Opening Times - 9.30 am to 4.30pm Monday - Saturday Telephone: 087 2381981 • Email: jhcgraham@gmail.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/thebeehivesligo

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The Jackie Clarke Collection


he Jackie Clarke Collection - Ireland's Memory - is an iconic cultural destination in Mayo. Found here in abundance are unique treasures - 100,000 items - uncensored, rare and priceless artefacts. It is a collection that focuses on the Irish people, their struggles and their triumphs. It is the most important private collection of Irish history, now in public hands. The material in the collection covers over 400 years of Ireland’s history. It includes material belonging to Theobald Wolfe Tone, the father of Republicanism; editions of the first newspaper, dating to 1665; personal items from the 1916 Rising's Leaders; autographed letters from Michael Collins and other activists in the War of Independence and Civil War; the papers of the first Irish President Douglas Hyde including a rare early Bible in Irish; letters from Fenians in America - John Devoy, and Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa - and poignantly, primary material relating to the Famines of the nineteenth century and the subsequent evictions that send the Irish to the four corners of the earth. It also contains rare books, cine films, manuscripts, posters, proclamations (several versions of the Irish Proclamation, including the 1916 Proclamation), legal papers, badges, handbills, works by Sir

John Lavery, rare printed maps (some dating from 1600 onwards) hunger strike material, prisoners’ art, graphics, political cartoons, ground plans, architects plans, engineering plans, newspapers, photographs and woodcarvings. Jackie Clarke (1927 – 2000) was a Ballina business man and a genius collector. In 2007 his widow, Mrs Anne Clarke gifted her late husband's collection to the people of Ballina, Mayo and Ireland, in perpetuity, on condition that it remained in Ballina. This donation to Ireland is in the guardianship of Mayo County Council. The collection is housed in the unique setting of the former Provincial Bank building and walled garden, ideally located on the main shopping street in Ballina town centre. The building was designed by noted Irish architect Thomas Manly Deane who worked on of many of Ireland's finest public buildings including the Government buildings, the National Library and the National Museum. The Walled Garden will be a green oasis in the busy town of Ballina. Over the past five years, the listing of this collection has been carried out by historian Sinéad McCoole, now employed as Manager/Curator of the Jackie Clarke Collection by Mayo County Council.

PEKING HOUSE Fleadh Cheoil Special Offers

Half chicken or Beef Fried Rice with Chips & BBQ Rib €7.10 Half Chicken or Beef Fried Rice with Chips, Chicken Balls & Sweet n Sour Sauce €7.10

Half Chicken or Beef Curry with Fried Rice, Chips & Spring Roll €7.10


20% off all orders over €60 Open from 12noon until 2am

Find us on

Pearse Road, Sligo (Opposite Garda Station) Tel: 071-9171731 • 071-9169831

Delivery Service Available Find us on Facebook: PekingHouseSligo

A modern attractive building welcomes you to: • Experience the multimedia presentation that tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s most famous priest The “Rosary Priest” ! • View the photographic exhibition of Fr. Peyton’s life • Visit our oratory and contemplation garden • Spiritual direction and counselling • Restaurant, Souvenier and craft shop • Heritage room and archives

Visit our website: www.fatherpeytoncentre.ie Tel: 096-45374 • Fax: 096-45375 Email: ppmc@eircom.net

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The newest, most modern and exciting play and party centre in the North West of Ireland. • Large Modern Play Frame • Astra Slide • Balance Beam • Drop Slide • Climb Tube • Spiral Slide • Rocker Conveyor • Climbers Web • Crawl Tube • Creepy Climbers • Disco Room • Electric Go-Karts with 40m Track • Seperate Toddler & Baby Area • Coffee Shop for the mums and dads, and much more…………

Tel: 071 9173155 • Email us info @ fivestarfun.ie Five Star Fun, Grange, Sligo • www.fivestarfun.ie

The Beach Bar

Old World Traditional Pub, sitting peacefully on the unspoiled Aughris Beach. Serving delicious Hot Food, Offering Bed and Breakfast and Live Entertainment.

Tel: 071-9176465 • Templeboy, Co Sligo

Email: info@thebeachbarsligo.com • www.beachbarsligo.com

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Come visit


Fáilte! Cuachta irdir cnoic iardheisceart Dhún na nGall, tá Gleann Cholm Cille ina shiombail dóchais ag pobail bheaga ar fud na hÉireann ó bhi na 1950iann. De thairbhe go bhfuil an t-úr agus an traidisiúnta fite fuaite frid a chéile anseo, tá bri agus beatha ann nach bhfuil i móran áiteacha eile in iarthar na tire. Áit bhreá la ar bith sa bhliain is ea Gleann Cholm Cille. Tagann athrach ar an athrach le himeacht na séasúr; ni bhionn an fharraige nó na cnoic choiche mar an gcéanna; bionn iontas úr i gcónai roimh an té a bhios amuigh ag siúl. San oiche cluinfidh tú togha na bhfidléiri ag ceartú ceoil sna tithe leanna nó duine ag canadh Lá chois cuain, Cailini deasa Shrath Laoighill nó An seanduine dóitre. I bhfad i ndiaidh don fhidléir a bhogha a ligint sios, nuair atá cosa an damhsóra socair agus an t-amhrán deireanach ráite, beidh cuimhne agat ar Ghleann Cholm Cille. Áit ar leith.

Welcome! Tucked into the rugged landscape of Southwest Donegal, Gleann Cholm Cille (or Glencolmcille) has been a symbol of hope and success to other emigration-drained areas since the 1950s. Here, by valuing both tradition and innovation, a small community has maintained its cultural vitality. Gleann Cholm Cille is a joy to visit at any time of the year. Both shore and hills change dramatically with the seasons, heightening the attraction for the walker. At night some of Ireland's leading musicians play in quiet pubs and accomplished singers draw on an extensive repertoire of local song. Long after the bow is put away, when the dancing feet are still and the last song sung, you will remember Gleann Cholm Cille. A place apart.

Main Street, Carrick,Co. Donegal Phone: 074-9739973 cookspantrycama@outlook.com Opening Hours Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 21:00 Sun: 10:00 - 19:30 Restaurant and Bar serving Light Bites and Hot Food all day. We are using fresh and locally sourced ingredients and everything is made to order. Homemade freshly baked Treats available daily. Everyone welcome, family and group friendly.


lencolmcille is situated on the Slieve League Peninsula at the south-west point of Donegal - an area starting to be known as the Donegal Highlands. The area is bounded on the south by the mountains of Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) and Leahan and on the north by Slieve Tooey. To the west lies the restless Atlantic Ocean. Glencolmcille is a place of tremendous natural beauty and changing colours ... mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschiabordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the

Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity. Glencolmcille is a haven of peace and relaxation for those desiring a holiday in an unspoilt environment. Gleann Cholm Cille is a remarkable locale with plenty of ways to spend your time. We have gathered together some information for you and hope you enjoy your time in Glen. Hill walking on the Glencolmcille Peninsula The Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Peninsula, with its unique mix of breathtaking coastal scenery, rugged hills and stone-age

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archaeology, must be one of the most interesting walking areas in Europe. Oideas Gael's expert instructors lead Walking Donegal programmes that are physically and culturally rewarding for novices and experienced walkers alike or join in with the Sliabh Liag Walking group who hold walks monthly. - visit their website for their walking calendar (www.sliabhliagwalkers.com Fáilte Ireland has designated two walks in the area as part of the national walks network, known as the Glencolmcille Loop. The Drum Loop and Tower Loop. There are plenty of beautiful walks around the village, but two of the best are the Drum Loop and the shorter Tower Loop. Both take the same route, however, the Drum Loop takes a detour only to join the Tower Loop again at a later stage. Drum Loop This walk climbs around the eastern summit of Beefin and Gaveross Mountain before going down again towards the village through the townland of Drum along a steep track, and rejoining the Tower Loop. The Drum Loop means you have bypassed only a few hundred metres of the Tower Loop, which won’t take long to explore. The beautiful lanes back to the village are lined with old stone walls, and you pass the 5,000 year old Mannernamortee Megalithic Tomb and more cross-inscribed pillars along the way. Slieve League Cliffs / Sliabh Liag Slieve League's cliffs reach almost three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The Belfast naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger wrote in 1939: "A tall mountain of nearly 2000 feet, precipitous on its northern side, has been devoured by the sea till the southern face forms a precipice likewise, descending on this

side right into the Atlantic from the long knife-edge which forms the summit. The traverse of this ridge, the "One Man's Path", is one of the most remarkable walks to be found in Ireland - not actually dangerous, but needing a good head and careful progress on a stormy day.... The northern precipice, which drops 1500 feet into the coomb surrounding the Little Lough Agh, harbours the majority of the alpine plants of Slieve League, the most varied group of alpines to be found anywhere in Donegal." The Glen Loop This walk takes you up to the Martello Watch Tower and you can continue along the cliffs to the deserted fishing village of Port. Situated beside a stoney beach, its isolation is emphasised by the crashing of the sea against the sea gulls cries. Behind Port Hill lies the deserted fishing village at Glenlough (Gleann Lách). This beautiful area has attracted numerous artists and writers over the years, and the coastal walk to Gleann Lách passes the ruined cottage where Dylan Thomas stayed in 1935. The 35 km stretch of coastline between Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) and Slieve Tooey offers the walker a rich diversity of spectacular scenery. For the experienced walker, the challenging trek across Slieve League, whose summit is reached by crossing 'One Mans Pass', provices breath taking views. At 1,972 ft, these are the highest sea cliffs in Europe and have to be seen to be believed! Ireland’s “soft” climate makes it a great place for walking all year round as winters are mild and summers are temperate. Plus, many of Ireland’s landscapes have a special beauty in the autumn and winter months. Always check the weather forecast before you set out to make sure there is nothing unexpected around the corner.

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Golden Strand, Dugort, Achill Co Mayo Tel: 086-2314596 • email : joseph.lavelle@yahoo.com

Lavelle's Caravan and Camping Park, located on the Golden Strand, Dugort, Achill. If you are considering a camping holiday in Ireland, then take a look at what Achill Island has to offer. Our Family owned caravan and camp site combines modern facilities with good old fashioned family fun. Wake up to the sound of the ocean in the morning and end the long summer days with a spectacular sunset in the western horizon. We are a family oriented caravan and camping park, where children and adults are encouraged to leave the stress of life aside for their stay with us. The park has a children's play area and is maintained daily to the highest levels. We are open from April to October and we encourage that you make a booking enquiry in advance.

Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. Moneygold Grange Co. Sligo Phone: 087-2540190 Web: www.inishmurrayislandtrips.com Inishmurray Island has been uninhabited since the 1940's wth the last occupants vacating in 1948. Located in Donegal Bay 7km off the coast of Sligo. There is much to see on the island with its varied landscape and abundant wildlife together with ancient ruins of a monastry.

Seatrails offers unique and truly authentic experiences. Do a 'heritage trail' with us and discover ancient sites in gorgeous places along the coast where the beautiful and rugged Wild Atlantic will roll up to your feet. Our trails are suitable for children and adults. Contact Auriel on info@seatrails.ie, phone 087 2405071 or consult the website


Lavelle's Caravan and Camping Park is situated beside one of Mayo's finest blue flag beaches, with direct access from the park to the beach. This location and its clean & tidy upkeep makes it one of the best campsites in Ireland. If exploring is your activity of choice, then we have scenic walks, restaurant and fishing all close by.

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Achill Water's Edge B&B Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Co. Mayo, Achill Water's Edge Bed and Breakfast offers the discerning traveller quality accommodation in a stunning location on the North East point of Achill Island, Co Mayo. Set in tranquil surroundings, Achill Water's Edge B&B provides guests all the comforts necessary to relax and unwind. It's the perfect base to explore Achill Island's stunning coastal landscape and rich culture or to try out the many outdoor activities that are available. We are only a short drive from Westport, Clewbay and the Erris region - perfect for a day trip.

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t the heart of Ireland lies a county steeped in history with lots of activities for every age group from a tree top canopy walk to walking to festivals. County Roscommon gave Ireland its last High King and its first modern President. With the majestic river Shannon running the length of its eastern side this is a place of undiscovered experiences, where Irish hospitality and tradition are at their finest. Roscommon is a land of castles and kings, stately homes and beautiful landscapes; Roscommon is brimful of shimmering rivers, teeming lakes and impressive forest parks. Roscommon’s coarse fishing rivers and lakes

are perfect for the angling enthusiast as well. From the great outdoors to exploring fascinating museums, from a flutter at Roscommon Racecourse to the Arigna Mining Experience there is a range of things to do here that will suit any taste or age group. Outdoors golfers can enjoy a number of 9 and 18 hole courses. Walkers have many miles of undisturbed tracks to explore, along with two way-marked walking trails – the Suck Valley Way and the Miners’ Way/Historical Trail. Cyclists also have many trails to choose from. With its abundant water ways, Roscommon is the ideal county

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to visit when on a cruising holiday on the River Shannon. The rural landscape is peaceful and unspoilt, dotted with postcard-perfect towns and villages with cosy waterside pubs and restaurants. Adventurers can get their kicks (with sailing and kayaking, power boating, wind surfing) at Baysports Water Sports Centre at Hodson Bay on Lough Ree, on the outskirts of Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Lough Key Forest and Activity Park encompasses over 800 acres of parkland and forest. The park features Ireland’s only tree canopy walk, immersing you in the history, flora and fauna of Lough Key from a ‘bird’s eye’ view. It also includes a lakeside visitor centre, an outdoor playground, servants tunnels and a high wire aerial adventure centre – ‘Zip-It’. The weatherindependent Boda Borg is a Swedish puzzle house only available in Ireland at Lough Key, and provides a challenge for both adults and children you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll need teamwork, ingenuity and sheer skill to make your way through the 47 rooms filled with fun activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks. Another unique facility in the county is the award winning Arigna Mining Experience, offering insight into coal mining life in the Arigna Valley since its beginning in the 1700s until the mine’s closure in 1990. During the underground tour, visitors discover what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. When it comes to heritage, Roscommon offers enchanting glimpses of ages past. The county boasts many archaeological gems including

Rathcroghan, inauguration and burial place of the Kings of Connacht and the opening setting of Irish epic An Táin Bó Cúailnge. The award winning Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre in the medieval village of Tulsk on the N5 brings to life the myths and the secrets of some of the most important and best preserved Celtic Royal sites in Europe.

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nation for families, couples of any age or a group getaway. What’s more, the homely B&Bs and welcoming hotels stand up with the best in the country. This is truly one of Ireland’s undiscovered treasures.

From more recent times, great houses and castles are to be found, such as the Georgian mansion King House in Boyle, a former military barracks – where you can still visit the forbidding jail cells! Clonalis House in Castlerea is a wonderful country house and home to the direct descendants of Connacht’s traditional ruling dynasty and Ireland’s last High Kings. Castlecoote House sits on the grounds of a ruined 16th-century castle, while Strokestown Park House boasts the Famine Museum and fine restored walled gardens, including the longest herbaceous border in Britain and Ireland. For museum buffs, the Derryglad Folk Museum offers a collection of over 5,000 items dealing with farm and folk life. The village of Knockcroghery was famous for almost 300 years for producing clay pipes, traditionally used at wakes. This craft is kept alive at the Claypipe Visitors’ Centre in Knockcroghery, which is well worth a visit. Those in search of their Roscommon roots should head to the County Genealogy Centre in Strokestown. A great value and exciting day out for kids can be had at Glendeer, in Drum, near Athlone or Tullyboy Farm outside Boyle. These pet farm with over 50 species of animals and birds allow you to get up close to the animals, feed and even hold some of the pets. Roscommon is a terrific desti-

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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 11 August @ 10:00 am - 12 August @ 5:00 pm Gig Rig Stephen street car park


usic production will become mobile in Sligo when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in partnership with Fleadh Cheoil Sligo rolls into the grounds of Stephen Street Car Park in Sligo town on Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th August. The bus, which contains a fully equipped state-of-the-art music studio, is offering free public tours on Tuesday 11th from 10am to 5pm. On Wednesday 12th, in response to a call for participants, a group of 8 young traditional musicians from Sligo aged between 13 and 18 will have an amazing opportunity to work with a world class crew of engineers to record and produce original music and complete a broadcast quality music video. The Sligo visit is part of a 24-day Irish national tour which will take in 11 counties and reach over 100 young musicians throughout Ireland. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a nonprofit state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. The Bus, which was made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon, is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. Rhona Mc Grath, Coordinator of Music Generation Sligo said “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to work with the John Lennon Bus team and bring a real sense of excitement to music education in Sligo this summer. Music Generation Sligo is

very much look forwarding to partnering with the Fleadh to provide futher opportunities for young people to engage with music education across all genres in Sligo.” Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of The John Lennon

Pageant – Under Bare Benbulben

9 August @ 3:30 pm The Gig Rig, Stephen street car park

Opening Ceremony Pageant promises novel fusion of Irish history, folklore and music An artistic interpretation of a meeting between two of Sligo’s best known historical figures, W.B. Yeats and St Colmcille, will feature in the Opening Ceremony celebrations for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015. A special pageant, entitled: ‘Under Bare Benbulben’s Head’, will tell the story through Irish music song and dance of how an imaginary meeting between between the two might unfold.St Colmcille was a sixth-century Irish missionary who had strong connections with Drumcliffe and North Sligo. The poet W.B. Yeats is buried on the grounds of where Colmcille’s monastery was once situated. The pageant has been devised by the Cos Cos dance group, based in Drumcliffe. “Both Yeats and Colmcille were scribes and visionary thinkers,” explains Brenda O’Callaghan, who is Director of the Cos Cos dance group. “Even though they are part of different periods of Irish history, their enduring legacy is still evident locally to this day. Our pageant imagines how a meeting between these two historical figures might unfold, and aims to celebrate Sligo’s special connection with them using Irish music, song and dance.” 130 community volunteers and musicians, ranging in ages from 4 to 84 will entertain the Fleadh crowds during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, August 9th. The vibrant and colourful pageant is scheduled to begin from Sligo City Hall at 3pm, and will weave its way through the City Centre before arriving at the Fleadh Gig Rig in Sligo’s Stephen Street Car Park, where the Cos Cos group and volunteers will perform ‘Under Bare Benbulben’s Head’ The pageant will also include a novel ‘take’ on the famous ‘Battle of the Books’. Watch out for a love interest too! The Opening Ceremony for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann takes place in Sligo’s Stephen Street Car Park on Sunday, August 9th. For the second consecutive year, the Official Opening will be made by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Educational Tour Bus stated “It is fantastic for us to have the opportunity to tour Ireland and meet so many talented and vibrant young people. There is such a terrific energy and national momentum for music education here and it is wonderful to be

working with Music Generation and the local Music Education Partnerships who, like the Lennon Bus are empowered to opening up access to music for the new generation. Our aim is to build on this great sense of enthusiasm, and inspire musicians of the future

through our mission and the wonderful, state of the art production facilities on board the bus.” The Irish tour schedule and interactive map can be found atwhere visitors can also see all of the content created on board.

Yeats by Candlelight 11th/12th/13th/14th August @ 12:30 pm in the Methodist Church wine street After the success of our Yeats Marathon in June, Sligo Drama Circle presents its next contribution to the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the poet William Butler Yeats – Yeats By Candlelight. This lunchtime show will take place in the unique setting of the

Methodist Church in Wine Street, right in the heart of Sligo from August 11th to 14th. The show details the life and loves of W.B. Yeats in a 55 minute presentation with a special focus on the women in his life. The show begins with Yeats’ first meeting with Maud Gonne and proceeds to share stories and anecdotes of his friends and lovers. These stories are given context with

reference to the political and cultural life in Ireland at the time, mentioning Home Rule, the Anglo-Irish Literary Revival and, of course, the Easter Rising in 1916. The show is interspersed with extracts from nineteen different Yeats poems which illustrate the unfolding story. Many pieces of information about W.B. Yeats will be revealed of which many people may be unaware.

Well known historical figures mentioned during the course of the show include Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lady Gregory, Countess Markiewicz, Patrick Pearse, John Millington Synge, Seán Mc Bride, James Connolly, Roger Casement and many more. Directed by Michael Leyden with technical direction by Fintan Whelan, the show is presented by three actors: Damien Quinn, Orla Mc Sharry and Máire Hynes. With live musicians and projections of the characters mentioned in the show, this will be a treat for Yeats lovers and everybody associated with Sligo. Taking place during the week of the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo, Yeats By Candlelight will give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience a unique show in a unique setting. The show will start at 12:30pm sharp daily, August 11th-14th, with admission only €5. Booking is not necessary, but seating is limited so early arrival is recommended.

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Located in the stunning scenic beauty of South Sligo by the shores of Lough Talt and its surrounds, Wild Wet Adventures will provide visitors with an introduction to Water based activities in a safe and enjoyable way. Wild Wet Adventure programmes are designed in such a way as to introduce a healthy respect and appreciation for the natural beauty and aura the area has to offer and will reward and challenge all ages and abilities. We also have walking guides available and offer access to many land based activities through our alliance with the other activity providers locally. We cater for singles, groups and families with small children as long as mum or dad are paddling too. Activities include: Kayaking • Canoeing • Guided Walks • Sit on Top •SUP - Stand up Paddling Summer Camps - Experience a different paddle discipline each day in a safe and enjoyable way. Just bring a swimsuit, a towel and a pair of old runners or shoes you don’t mind getting wet and a dry pair to change back into. We will be offering introductions to paddle sports at Lough Talt.

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If you’re not cruising on the lakes in Co. Fermanagh or fishing, here’s a selection of other things to visit or things to do. 1. Take a stroll in Ely Lodge Forest... Ely Lodge Forest is a pretty quiet place, not very well known by tourists and located only a few kilometres from Enniskillen. Note that the forest extends over 250 ha by the Lough Erne, and its planting began in 1940. 2. Drive near Monea Castle... On the right-hand side, you can see a photo taken near Monea Castle. County Fermanagh is still overall quite rural and has got quite a lot of forests, green fields and lakes. I thought this view is both nice and representative of this county, despite the grey sky... 3. Visit Enniskillen Town... Enniskillen (from the Irish: Inis Ceithleann meaning "Ceithleann's island") is the County town in County Fermanagh. It is located

almost exactly in the centre of the county between the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. It has a population of approximately 11,500. On the right-hand side, you can see a photo of a part of the town, crossed by River Erne. 4. Visit the buttermarket of Enniskillen... The buttermarket is an area of Enniskillen, which has been converted into an Irish art and craft centre, specialised in sale and promotion of Irish and European craft products (paintings, sculptures, vases etc.). There you'll also be able to meet local artists. 5. Visit Enniskillen Castle... Enniskillen Castle was built almost 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguires chieftains. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it was strategically important throughout its history. In the 17th century, it became an English garrison fort and later served as part of a military barracks. This historic site now houses 2 museums.

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Originally from Waterford, but long settled in Sligo, Mícheál Ó’Domhnaill is instantly recognisable from his work on national TV channel TG4. A passionate Gaeilgeoir and key member of the Fleadh committee last year and this, he talks to Kate Winter about Irish culture, language and his hopes for the future of the town.

At Home In Sligo I had never actually been to Sligo until I met my wife, and it was through coming up and visiting her family in the early nineties that I got to know the place fairly well. She’s from Mullaghmore and I’m from Waterford. We were living down there and when the time came for me to do my own thing work-wise, it gave us the opportunity to choose where we wanted to live. We looked at various places, but in the end, we said, why not Sligo? as we both loved it, and she had family here. So we moved up here in 1999, lived in town for a while, then made the move out to Grange in 2007, and we’re happy there ever since. It’s a great town to work in, small enough that you get to know people well and quickly, so I would know lot of people in many different fields here. To me, it’s an untapped gem in Ireland, though the word is finally getting out there about how much

incredible culture, art, music and theatre there is in this town, quite aside from the amazing landscape. A Grá For Irish Culture I was brought up in the Gaeltacht, in Ring in Co Waterford, so Irish is my first language. I didn’t know any English until I went to school. I suppose it’s like anything really, your formative years are very important. I still do a lot of my work through Irish, with TG4 and that. It’s a language I use daily; it’s a business language, a social language, and everything else too. In the Fleadh office here in Sligo, we often get people coming in and speaking Irish for whole conversations. I grew up steeped in Irish traditional music as well, being from the Gaeltacht. I would have learned it as a child, though unfortunately I didn’t keep it up once I got to being a teenager. But my own kids play music now, so there’s always music in the house.

And Irish sporting culture is a phenomenal thing, really. There’s nothing like bringing a tourist, or someone who’s never been, to a hurling game, to Croke Park or to Thurles, and watching them get absolutely blown away... it’s just so exciting! All of these different strands of Irish culture, between the music and the sport and the language, are all things that are very important to me. The Mother Tongue The Irish language itself is under threat in Gaeltacht regions, though they say it’s growing in urban areas. People are leaving the traditional areas and villages and going away abroad or to the cities. These areas are small anyway so when you lose numbers from the young community it can have a big impact. It’s tough, but at the same time, there are people doing amazing work to assure that the language stays at the forefront, which is encouraging.

There’s huge amount of work to be done in this area though, and I for one don’t know what the answer is. The bottom line is that language is, unlike music and sport, something that is harder to maintain, but if it were to go... Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Broadcasting Career I started out as a teacher. I qualified as a primary teacher and I taught for several years. As a twentysomething, I taught in Spain for a while and I had a great time. When I came back, TG4’s programmes were just starting to get off the ground and a friend of mine had been in discussions with a Catalan TV company about acquiring the rights to screen Spanish football on TG4. They were having a bit of trouble with the language barrier, so he asked me one afternoon if I’d come in and give them a hand trying to sort this thing out... I did and a couple of days later he got back to me and said the rights had been acquired and would I be interested in getting involved. So I took a year out and said I’d give presenting this programme a try and see how it worked out. We used to go over to Spain every couple of weeks and record pieces over there and bring all that material back this was all in the era before satellite technology when we physically had to bring this stuff back to Ireland for our weekly show. It was great fun. After that, Sky came in and took over a lot of that stuff, so we went into live sports, and I got into presenting that and producing and all the rest. All this happened in the nineties and here we are today, doing more and more matches every year. It’s growing all the time and we get a great reaction. That’s my main job these days, though I do lots of other things too, around editing, camerawork, production, promotional videos, event management, PR, documentaries. It works really well, with several different things going on all the time... I’m very fortunate in that every day throws something different up and so it’s not really like work at all. Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Until the Fleadh came to Sligo, I was only an observer, really. There was a small group of people, steeped in traditional music here, who would have seen the potential for the town and who fought very hard to get it to Sligo. There was competition from different places around the country but eventually we got the go ahead to host it in 2014, and later in 2015 as well. From there it was all about

organisation and that’s when I was brought onboard... We have about twenty five different committees working on all the different, specific areas. Things like accommodation, volunteering, concerts and events, health and safety; it’s a huge undertaking. We would have started planning as soon as we got the word that we were hosting it, so by the time last August came around, there was at least a year’s worth of work gone into it and we had a great response from all the people who came and visited. And word will surely have gone around that it was a great Fleadh, so hopefully this year will be even bigger and better. Lessons Learned None of us had organised a Fleadh, and Sligo had never hosted a festival of that scale before, so no matter how you plan and work and try to figure things out as best you can beforehand, you’re always going to find things that need to be tweaked. One of the things we’re all keen to do as a team is to have people leaving this event with an idea of what Sligo is all about. Not necessarily just coming along and experiencing the Fleadh in isolation from everything else that goes on in the county. Sligo is unique in that there are so many different activities within a few miles of the town that absolutely anybody can do. We want the broader community to really benefit from this event. To communicate to the visitors, for example, that you can get surf lessons, climb Knocknarea, play golf, go stand up paddling, or a myriad of other things that aren’t town-centred. Because that’s the nature of a Fleadh usually, that it’s just 8-10 streets at the centre of a town. Sligo works really well for that, but we still want to sell the broader story a little better. The main things I learned from last year are that number one, we have an amazing community spirit, with so many people who get involved for nothing but to create a buzz in the town, and that secondly, the actual geography of the place lends itself perfectly to an event of this scale. We could run a large-scale midsummer festival every year in Sligo if people worked together on it. The footprint works very well... You’ve got the river, Stephen St car park and all kinds of great bars and restaurants. All the different, isolated strands that we have going on at the moment would do well to be brought together into one BIG festival. And when people all push together in the one direction, it’s amazing what can happen.

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Funster has complimentary Wi-Fi and Sky sports. Funster has a large seperate party area where our friendly and capable staff look after all your needs. Funster is now offering Pizza parties which are proving to be very popular with kids and parents alike.

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Welcome to Sligo Golf Academy & Activity Farm, the newest and most fun activity centre in the Northwest of Ireland! At Sligo Golf Academy and Activity Farm every golf shot can be worked on under the cover and shade of the modern 14 indoor bay driving range with automatic tee up systems. They also provide a year round Huxley all weather putting green. We have a family fun activity centre, including Kids Fun Golf where the little ones can have a go too! Archery range facility where you can indulge your inner Robin Hood, along with ’farm theme’ fun activities including wheelbarrow orienteering, wellie anger management, tug-owar and many more. They are also currently developing a state of the art, modern clay pigeon shooting facility. • Corporate Team Building Events • Groups and Functions • Family Fun Days • Children’s Birthday Party Events • Stag & Hen Weekends

Ransboro, Strandhill, Sligo • Telephone: 071 9128337 Email: info@sligogolfacademy.ie • www.sligogolfacademy.ie Phone 086 2437370 to contact us about your next activity

Where Irelands myths and legends are brought to life

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is located in the medieval village of Tulsk, within the royal complex of Cruachan, the oldest and largest unexcavated royal complex in Europe. From the legendary Oweynagat (Cave of the Cats), which was described as the Hellsmouth of Ireland by fearful Christian scribes, to the majestic and enigmatic Rathcroghan MoundWander through our “all-weather” interactive interpretive centre, which transports you back to the time of Queen Medbh and beyond, bringing the epic tale of the “Tain” (the Cattle Raid of Cooley) to life. Our “all-weather” wheelchair friendly exhibition centre and/or guided site tours, will cater to all needs. On site we have an award winning café which offers breakfast, lunch and light snacks, available throughout the day, and a locally sourced gift shop Please contact us at (071) 9639268. Discounts available for large groups.

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Carrick Boat & Bike Hire allows visitors to the Carrick on Shannon area the opportunity to experience and enjoy the beautiful river, nature and countryside that surrounds our town. Bicycles are available to suit all ages and our route maps enable cyclists to determine which route meets their needs and abilities. We offer visitors a variety of ways to access the gem of our town - the river Shannon: • Motor or Row boat • Bike Hire • Chinese Dragon Boat • Stand up Paddle Boards When visiting Carrick on Shannon why not unwind by taking the opportunity of exploring the beautiful and tranquil countryside of Counties Leitrim and Roscommon by bike? We supply a range of local route maps to suit every level of cyclist. These maps also highlight local landmarks, areas of scenic beauty and good restaurants where cyclists can take a well earned break and enjoy a bite to eat. Helmets and high visibility jackets are supplied. Bikes delivered and collected from your holiday base. We offer a range of adult and child bikes at very competitive day and weekend rates.

Also Catering for Groups, Stag and Hen Parties Camping Available

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Set CEilithe- Salamanca CEiLI band

14 August @ 9:30 pm - €10 at st johns sports hall, john street This young band has their eyes set on big things and why not! Their music is of a deadly standard and will make you move in ways you thought wasn’t possible. Their make-up of the following David Doocey, Stephen Doherty, Brona Graham, Jim Corry and Gerard Butler says it all. Doocey and Doherty have a musical partnership that is hard beaten and with one of Irelands best Banjo players Brona Graham they are brought to new heights. Corry and Butler add the accompaniment with Piano and Drums and with their rhythm you will lose

yourself in the music of this great band.Wed 12 Aug, 8pm €25/12.50 u18s @ The Hawkswell One of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today, Cathy Jordan has gathered together some of her closest musical friends for a wonderful celebration of traditional Irish music and song. A longstanding member of Dervish, the band will play a central role in this celebratory concert. Cathy will also be joined by several other groups and musical collaborators from her illustrious career, including; The Unwanted, The New Road, Kris Drever, Eamonn Coyne, Seamus Begley and many more.

Set CEilithe – Dartry CECiLI Band

16 August @ 9:30 pm - €10 st johns sports hall, john street The Dartry Céilí Band, from County Sligo, released their first recording ‘The Killavil Post’. In August 2009 they won the All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Dartry Céilí Band made history as being only the second Céilí Band to bring the title West of the Shannon since 1953. The 11 members of the band hail from the counties of Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon.

Westport Bikes 4 Hire, James St Westport, Co Mayo Tel: 086-088 0882 info@westportbikes4hire.com www.westportbikes4hire.com


Westport bikes 4 hire and Outdoor Adventures, is a family owned and operated business based in the heart of Westport town, on James Street. Not only can you rent a bike but you can also avail of the guided tours that are available. Their business is situated next to The Great Western Greenway, a 42km long and mostly traffic free cycling and walking route. Along the way which passes through the picturesque towns of Newport Mulranny and Achill Island, you can experience first hand the beauty that the towns and countryside has to offer; castle’s, abbeys, lakes, mountains, beaches, sheep and vast amounts of wildlife. Westport has recently been voted the best place to live in Ireland, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call and we will be sure to look after your every need. Book now and you will not be disappointed. Discover Westport on the saddle. - Turas Sábháilte


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Westport, Co. Mayo T: 098-23737 / 086-8515003 E: bookings@clareislandferry.com www.clareislandferry.com

HY BREASAL B&B & Camping St. Fionnans Road, Achill Sound, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

THE LARGEST, MODERN & FASTEST ferries to Clare Island, fully certifies by Failte Ireland and the Department of the Marine.

Motor Home & Camping All Facilities Available • Disabled Facilities Laundry and Chill out area Ideally located at the end of the Great Western Greenway for exploring the beautiful Island of Achill

The cruise from Roonagh Quay (west of Louisburgh) to Clare Island takes just 10 minutes on board our Clare Island fast ferry. The journey gives you just enough time to view and photograph a most spectacular coastline which includes Achill Island, the Nephin mountain range, the islands of Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s famous pilgrimage mountain) and Inishturk. Clare Island is the largest island in Clew Bay. It comprises 4,053 acres, is 5 miles long and 3 miles wide. It is dominated by 2 hills, Croaghmore (1520 feet) and Glen Hill (729 feet). As you arrive into the harbour on Clare Island, the first thing that will strike you is the beautiful sandy beach to your right, which makes an ideal playground for children and provides for safe swimming…

Tickets available online for Achill Service every Week Group Bookings Contact: 086-8515003


Contact: Martin Mc Greal Tel: 098 45114 • Mob: 086 3954442 Email: hybreasalmayo@hotmail.com


Special Offer for Golf Societies

Play 1 Round get 1 Free during the same year Special Offers and Deals available on request - Call Kevin 086-3108703 Our wonderful 18 Hole parkland course has plenty to thrill whatever your level of experience. Our Facilities Include: • 6 Bay Driving Range • Practice Chipping/Putting Area • Bunker Bar and Restaurant • Golf Shop with Trolley/Buggy Hire Whether you are a Golf Society a sociable Fourball, or a Corporate Outing, we think you will find our packages offer good value golf in a truly beautiful setting.

Woodbrook, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim • Call Kevin 086-3108703

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A few ideas for your trip… Yeats at One Poets and passers-by, customers and children, diners and dads – in 2015 everyone is welcome at Hargadon’s pub on O’Connell Street in Sligo to read a Yeats poem of their choice to honour his 150th birthday. At 1pm every day and 6pm on a Sunday, in one of Sligo’s oldest pubs, the Nobel poet WB Yeats will be celebrated with a reading of one of his many beloved poems. Come and join us and read your favourite poem as part of this year-long event. Runs daily excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday. To book your Reading, contact 071 9153709

The Model One of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres, this award-winning building is home to the impressive Niland Collection of art, one of the most notable collections in Ireland and featuring works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le LeBrocquy among others. Address: The Mall, Sligo, Ireland Tel: +353 71 914 14 05 Web: www.themodel.ie Opening Hours: 10am to 5.30pm Entry Fee: Free

Sligo Yeats Memorial Building This beautiful 19th century red brick building is the home of the Yeats Society. A permanent Exhibition is running that comprises of a large photographic and static panel display and includes the esteemed Carey film, “Yeats Country” as well as the film, “Cast a Cold Eye”, a view of WB Yeats through the eyes of his son and daughter, Michael and Anne, with comments by Seamus Heaney and other literary figures. Address: Hyde Bride, Sligo, Ireland Tel: +353 71 9145847 Web: www.yeats-sligo.com Opening Hours: 10am-5.00pm Sat 10am – 2pm Entry Fee: Free Drumcliffe Graveyard The final resting place of WB Yeats at Drumcliffe is worth a visit. At the foot of the iconic

Benbulben mountain, the graveyard has the remains of a round tower and a high cross constructed in the 11th when there was a Christian monastery on site. Drumcliffe Tea House and Craft Shop presents a selection of Yeats and Irish Interest Books to browse through, complimented by a distinctive selection of original quality Crafts. Sligo County Museum The Yeats Room contains footage of W.B Yeats’ funeral cortege as well as various manuscripts, photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings associated with the local poet William Butler Yeats including a copy of his 1923 Nobel Prize winning medal. Address: The Mall, Sligo, Ireland Tel: +353 71 9111679 Web: www.sligococo.ie/Services/County Library/CountyMuseum/ Opening Hours: 9.30am to 12.30pm Entry Fee: Free Idir Na Poirt Agus Máirseálacha Exchanging Musical Traditions Between the Jigs and the Marches is an exciting mix of performances, sessions, lectures and exhibitions linking musicians, artists and historians across the border and across different musical traditions. This Peace project, funded by the International Fund for Ireland in pursuit of its objective to promote peace and reconciliation on the

island of Ireland, sits within Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann as a distinct element of the Fleadh. FREE EVENTS are designed to stimulate conversation, increase knowledge of differing cultural and musical traditions and connect people through their love of music. Bands And Community Identity In The Northern Ireland Marching Tradition Tuesday 11th August 2015. 2pm. Methodist Church, Wine Street Flute Routes To 2015 – The Hidden History Of The Flute In Ireland Thursday 13 August 2pm, Methodist Church, Wine Street Pop up Flute Museum Thursday 13 August, 2-6pm Methodist Church, Wine Street Flute Playing Along The Border: Two Perspectives Thursday 13 August. 4pm at Methodist Church, Wine Street Ulster Scots and Traditional Irish Musicians THURSDAY 13th AUGUST. 8-9pm at Shenanigans Pub, Bridge St FRIDAY 14th AUGUST. 5.15pm at the Gig Rig (Part of Gig Rig na Gaeilge: Idir na Poirt agus Máirseálacha)

FRIDAY14th AUGUST. 8-9pm at Quay St Stage The Hidden History Of Protestants And The Irish Language Saturday 15th August. 12.00 at Methodist Church, Wine St Londonderry Bands Forum Saturday 15 August. 2-6pm Methodist Church Blood And Thunder – Inside An Ulster Loyalist Band – An Outsider’s Perspective’ Saturday 15 Aug At 3pm. Methodist Church, Wine Street Churchill Silver Band and Sligo Concert Band Saturday 15th August: 3 Performances 2.30pm at O’Connell St (outside ‘Source’) 4pm at Quay Street Stage 8pm at Quay Street Stage

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Bouncy Castle & Marquee Hire

Bouncy Castles & Slide Combo - Obstacle Courses - Slides - Gladiator Dual - Sumo Suits - Bouncy Boxing - Party Marquees - Helium Baloons and Adult Castles

Battlebridge, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Roscommon

• Group Discounts Available • Now now taking bookings for birthday parties from 12 years old • The Perfect Stag & Hen Venue

What else do we do? Party Marquees, Helium Balloons, Party Tables, Chairs & linenHeaters, Lighting, Hire out of PA Sound Systems, Supply party face painting

Fully Insured for all events Email us at: sgbouncycastle@eircom.net www.sgbouncycastle.com Tel: 071-9149119 - Mob: 087-6594916

Recover your health, vitality, motivation and mental clarity thanks to scientifically tested, non-invasive and natural method of bioenergy healing Back/ neck/ shoulder pain, pulled muscles, trapped nerves, headaches, stress, insomnia, fatigue and low energy, anxiety, depression, digestive and hormonal issues, chronic diseases, sports injuries ... or just come and let yourself be pampered!

For all enquiries contact 086-1664959 • www.battlebridgepaintball.ie

Sessions by appointment 087 936 20 97 (Agata) For more info visit achillbioenergy.com

Swinford Golf Club

Ballyduff Boat Hire

A Parkland course set in an old parkland estate and measuring just 5960 yards, Swinford is not very long but it demands lots of different types of shots. There are a good mixture of holes including drivable par 4’s, small and large greens, blind second shots, severely sloping greens, out of bounds in play off the tee on 5 of the holes. While many try to overpower the course with the driver, the course can bite back. Accuracy and course management is the key to scoring well around Swinford.

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Our clubhouse has some great facilities including large gents and ladies changing rooms equippedwith electric showers, a fully stocked bar and dining area which can be seen here. Our clubhouse is situated overlooking the 9th and 18th green as well as the 1st and 6th tee box so you can see all the action on the course while protecting yourself from the elements

Call us 094-9251378 • Brabazon Park, Swinford, Co. Mayo www.swinfordgolf.com • Swinford Golf Club

Only €50 Per Day Ballinamore is widely acknowledged as an anglers paradise - with 28 lakes within a 5 mile radius and some 17km of riverbank. Ballinamore has hosted numerous national and international angling competitions. The area is also a premier location for game and coarse fishing and has some of the cleanest and most lightly fished fresh waters in Europe. Access to the waters is well developed with fishing stands, stiles, lakeshore drives, and car parks well provided and bait stocklists.

Ballyduff, Ballinamore Telephone: 071-9645956 or 086-1719369

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B&B Breaks

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Ponderosa Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

B&B Accommodation, Louisburgh, Co Mayo Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. info@clooneenhousewestport.com

Stay and Play Golf package Stay in Drom Caoin Bed and Breakfast, and play 18 holes on the Famous Eddie Hacket designed Carne Golf Links One night with full Irish breakfast, one round of golf and an energy pack! €82.00. Price based on two persons sharing twin or double room. * Offer available Monday to Thursday. Drying room for wet gear, storage room for golf equipment, battery charging facilities in storage rooms Buggy and caddie can be arranged

Whiskey and wine tasting evenings for groups of 4 and over

For further information contact 097-81195 • stay@dromcaoin.ie Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

Westport, designated one of Bord Failte's Heritage Towns, is situated in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay. We are based in the centre of Westport town We are very near Croagh Patrick We have excelent facilities and customer care Experience a warm welcome and gracious hospitality Children rates available We combine classic elegance with home atmosphere Escape the bustle of urban life on the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in the country (Greenway.ie).

Telephone: 098-25361 Mobile: 087-6875900 (Desmond)

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Simbavati - "The Place Where Lions Come Down From the Stars"

Ponderosa Failte Ireland approved B&B is a modern Bed and Breakfast set in a peaceful scenic location of West Mayo on Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. The B&B is located 20km from Westport and just 200 metres from the picturesque village of Louisburgh, County Mayo which is the gateway to Connemara.

Music in McNamaras Family Bar in Town 25+ Businesses Nearby Homely Atmosphere Must see stay in Louisburg

Telephone: 098-66440 Email:marion@ponderosamayo.com Tooreen Road, Louisburgh, County Mayo



Breaffy Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo

A Warm Irish Welcome Awaits You at Doogarry B&B Experience a warm, cordial welcome from Ann & Martin Naughton in this family run B&B, just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Claremorris town, set in a quiet and secluded cul-de-sac.

Simbavati B&B is an Irish Owned, high quality Accommodation located in Ballina, Co. Mayo. There are plenty of fantastic pubs and restaurants all within walking distance for you to enjoy, we are ideally located for further travel in the Mayo/Sligo area and are less than 45 mins from Knock Ireland West Airport. Your host, Mary Maheady would like to welcome you and hopes you enjoy your stay and her biggest reward is seeing guests return time after time.

Phone: 086-3045737 Email: bookings@simbavati.ie

Doogarry B&B is a luxurious and spacious home located on the N60 road and within walking distance of Castlebar town centre. We are Failte Ireland Approved and members of Town and Country Homes Association. We accept all major credit cards and travel agent vouchers. This B&B is an ideal touring base for County Mayo with nearby attractions including the Ceide Fields, Knock, Connemara, Ashford Castle, Westport, Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. We are located in close proximity to activities such as gold, fishing, cycling and walking. Our B&B has three spacious bedrooms with Ensuite bathroom facilities including TV, hairdryers and tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms.

Tel: 094-9021793 Mob:: 087-9082347 E-mail: doogarryhousebab@eircom.net Web: www.doogarryhouse.com

Local amenities include Claremorris' 18 hole Championship Golf Course, a leisure centre including gym and swimming pool and Clare Lake/ McMahon Park. The McWilliam Hotel is within 3 minutes drive. Knock Airport and Knock Shrine are within 15 minutes drive, and the popular tourist destinations of Galway, Sligo and Westport are all within 1 hour's drive. Prices from €35 pp sharing

Ard Clar, Claremorris, Co. Mayo Telephone: 094-9371937

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River Haven Self Catering Eco Tourism Development

Knockvicar, Boyle, Co. Roscommom Tel: 071-9667012 Mobile: 086-8170996 email: jpburke@indigo.ie Riverhaven self-catering is an eco-tourism development adjoining Lough Key, the Boyle River and Clarendon Lough. The self-catering accommodation consists of a group of Log houses made from Scandinavian Pine. Activities that are available on site include:- a children’s play area; barbeque and picnic facilities; fishing; boating; a mulch path walk through privately owned forest; idyllic river bank walk to local shop; as well as access to Kilteasheen archaeological site. Riverhaven is a family run business with personal attention to guests being of high importance. Pubs, shops and restaurants are located close-nearby. Riverhaven has three and four bedroomed houses, each with two rooms en-suite. All are wheelchair accessible, have wood burning stoves, heat pumps and all mod-cons.

Four Star Self Catering Accomodation

Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Co Donegal

Situated overlooking Lough Eske & the Bluestack Mountains, The Arches Country House is the perfect idyllic location to explore County Donegal & the North-West of Ireland. The Arches is a family-run guesthouse with each room superbly furnished with every comfort you expect to find in a high-quality B&B. After a peaceful nights sleep, you will enjoy our delicious breakfast, while taking in the picturesque views from the dining room. Guests can also take advantage of the beautiful garden & outdoor seating areas. The Arches is just 5 mins drive from Donegal Town & close to many activities & attractions.

Telephone: 074 9722029 Email: archescountryhse@eircom.net

Coill Dara House - Bord Failte Approved 4 Star B & B Accommodation Knock Road, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Tel: 094-9620117 ritamorgan@armcashel.com Coill Dara House is a beautiful modern, period style home of character, located on a small farm on the edge of Tubbercurry (Tobercurry), Co.Sligo. Depending on seasons, you can meet sheep, lambs and donkeys in fields around the house. Located just off the R294 (TubbercurryBallina Road) and N17 (Sligo-Galway), 12 miles from Knock Airport, Tubbercurry is very accessible and as we are close to the Mayo border, are a very central base for exploring the west and northwest of Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Run by Rita Morgan, Armcashel is a comfortable, bright, spacious, non-smoking B&B overlooking Clonalis Estate - the Ancestral Home of the O'Connor Clan. Situated just 1 km from Castlerea town centre on the Castlebar/Westport road. (N60) An elevated dormer house extending to the rear giving a fantastic view of green fields from every window. A homely atmosphere and the uniquely personal attention - making your stay as enjoyable as possible. "Home away from home" are comments from guests returning on a regular basis.

Mrs. Patricia McCarrick, Proprietor Ballina Road, Tubbercurry, Co.Sligo T: 071-9186095 M: 087-2597700 E: patricia@coilldarahouse.ie


Bed & Breakfast Cashel, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal Phone:(074) 973 0295

Bluebell House, Clooneen, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim - F91 D2F2

A charming B&B located in the coastal town of Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille or Glencolumbkille) in the southwest Gaeltacht of County Donegal.

If you're looking for somewhere to get away from it all, Bluebell House on the outskirt of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, is an excellent choice. The property, which boasts stunning views of Benbo Mountain and O'Donnell's Rock, is only a five-minute walk (1 minute in the car) from the town centre.

The name translates into English as “valley of Colm Cille”. Saint Colm Cille or Columba is one of Ireland’s three patron saints (along with Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid). Colm Cille and his followers lived in the valley for a time and the ruins of several of their churches can still be seen there. Close to all amenities.

Our bed and breakfast is all located on the one level with spacious rooms. Our home is set in a tranquil setting which has Benbo Mountain and O’Donnell’s Rock as spectacular views from all windows. Ideally situated on the periphery of Manorhamilton and within easy walking distance of the town and the pubs!!

T: 071-9855384 • M: 086-1542860 E: bluebellbb@eircom.net www.bluebellbb.com

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WiFi on Board DRUMSHANBO, CO. LEITRIM. TEL: 071-9641059


Drumshanbo - Leitrim Village - Carrick on Shannon - Ardcarne - Boyle - Ballinafad - Castlebaldwin - Drumfin - Collooney - Sligo - Sligo IT


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Student Transport / Weekend Service Tel: 071-9641059 www.westlinkcoaches.ie

After the Leaving Certificate (or if you are a mature student, over 23 years) MBC offers you a choice of courses which will, on one ot two years, prepare you for a worthwile career or progression to higher education, using our direct entry route.

QQI/Fetac Level 5 & 6 Courses

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Yeats Village Student Accomodation www.yeatsvillage.net 071-9138551


The Grove Student Complex www.thegrovesligo.ie 071-9144858

All Student daily & weekend services to Sligo All Student weekend services to GALWAY commence on 6 Sept Special Friday Service departing from Sligo IT at 1pm weekly Also, Daily Service to SLIGO - departs Ballina at 7.30am and departs SLIGO IT at 5.15pm Monday to Friday

Enquiries to Tel: 096-22563

The Village Clarion Road www.thevillageclarion.com • 071-9129002

St. Angela’s College, Sligo offers more than you think….


n the shores of Lough Gill, and still only minutes from Sligo Town, St. Angela’s College, Sligo offers a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate/Part-time degree programmes. A college of NUI Galway, all College programmes are accredited by the University, offering the only University-level education in the region. The Academic Departments of Education, Home Economics, and Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies offer Undergraduate programmes in: Home Economics Teacher Education (which includes a choice of a second teaching elective: Biology, Religious Education, Irish or Economics), Food and Business Management, Textiles, Fashion and Design with Business Management, Nursing Degrees (General and Intellectual Disability) and Health and Disability Studies. As another academic year approaches, we invite prospective students to consider these innovative programmes when making their course choice through the CAO for 2016. The College is proud to announce a new part-time/online programme for September 2015. The BA (Disability Equality Studies), in partnership with the Disability

Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA), is open to disabled people, those who work for, or live with disabled people and those who currently work or have a strong desire to work in the Disability Sector. “Disability is no longer something that should arouse sympathy but is more of a social and political issue” explains Susan Carton, Programme Director. “Disability Studies will empower people to make the changes necessary in society and move towards equality for disabled people in Ireland”. Applications are now open for this new programme. The College also offers an Access Programme for school leavers and mature students who wish to study at third level. Participants who successfully complete this Access Course are eligible to apply for direct entry to full-time degree courses at St. Angela’s College or NUI Galway. The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the College also offers an array of part-time/online educational programmes and skills training. Details on all the CLL has to offer can be found on www.cll.ie For more information on St. Angela’s College, Sligo contact Seán Kelly on 071 9135658 or schoolsinfo@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or visit www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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Survey 2015 Reveals Student Satisfaction at Castlebar College Of Further Education


recent student survey had revealed high levels of student satisfaction with courses and teaching at Castlebar College of Further Education. The survey showed high levels of approval by students ,successful exam achievement, progression to 3rd level and job placement. Students expressed their approval for the one-year full-time FETAC/QQI horses at the college . An Open Day running from 2 - 6 pm on Thursday on 4th September at Castlebar College of Further Education (CCFE) will showcase remaining places on courses at this leading further education college. Teachers and Guidance Counselors will be available to advise, assist and encourage. CCFE has helped pioneer one of the great educational success stories of recent years: the development of further education offering FETAC (NQI) Level 5 and 6 courses. Traditionally known as Post Leaving-Cert courses, they also provide opportunities for adults returning to education. The courses are geared to the world of work, but also offer a chance to

progress to a third-level college. Courses include Childcare, a range of Business and Secretarial courses, Music, Media Studies, Gaming and Animation, IT courses, Nursing , Health Care and Applied Social Studies. A recent student survey showed a high level of satisfaction with courses at the college. Applicants apply directly to the College for courses using an easy application system which is not as fussy as universities and IT Colleges. Unemployed applicants should consult their social welfare office in relation to allowances. Third-level style grants through SUSI may also be available. Ann Coyne, Guidance Counsellor explains: “Many students gain enormous confidence and maturity. Work experience is an important element. Personally, I believe that many students would benefit from a PLC course before embarking on a long course in third level to which they may not be fully committed. Courses are college style ,local, rigorous, full-time but inexpensive. They provide a level of readiness for college or work which is exceptional. They should be seriously considered.” The list of courses in CCFE is advertised in this edition. See also www.ccfe.ie or contact CCFE at 094 9023134.

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Taking the Stress Out of College L

iving away from home tends to be the toughest adjustment for first-year students. You've had a clear role within your family all of your life: the family comedian, the mediator, maybe the translator. These roles can help you feel like you belong somewhere. It can be hard adjusting to a new place and a new way of fitting in — especially if it seems like your family is doing fine without you. You may feel homesick in your first weeks and months. The first thing to know about homesickness is that it's very common. In fact, just about everyone experiences it at some point in his or her life. It might not feel like it when you're in it, but going through homesickness helps us all grow stronger and builds our coping skills. Homesickness can force you to challenge yourself into trying new ways of meeting

people. Try joining your campus gym and taking exercise classes or studying in public places like libraries and cafes. Try to identify your feelings and fears, and talk about what you're going through. The sooner you deal with these issues, the sooner you'll feel better. If you are homesick, it can help to call, write, or email your parents, other family members, and friends from home to let them know how you're doing and to tell them you miss them. Who else can you talk to? For starters, that person sharing the dorm room with you. Roommates can be great built-in buddies. As first-year students themselves, they're probably experiencing many of the same fears and worries that you're dealing with. But what if you don't get along with your roommate?


Meeting Roommates & Making Friends In some cases, it can be a good thing if you and your roommate aren't much alike. A different perspective on things may be helpful. In fact, it's probably wise not to expect that you'll be best friends with your roommate to avoid disappointment. Katie came to college expecting to be best buddies with her roomies. But over time it felt like the two of them made her the third wheel. With a switch in roommates and a change in attitude about what to expect, she ended up having a blast. Not everyone can switch roommates, though. That's why it helps to start with the idea that you'll respect your differences no matter what. If you and your roomie don't get along, it can help to find someone you do feel understands you — which should be easy on a campus with plenty of people. Giving new students an opportunity to meet is one idea behind freshman orientation. And many schools have student organization nights where all of the campus clubs gather and promote their organizations, so you can meet people with the same interests as you. You'll also meet tons of people in class or in your dorm. If you're really having roommate or friendship troubles, make a stop at the school counseling centre. All colleges and universities have one, and first-year fears are something the counselors know well. The counselors will either talk to you one-on-one or if there is a peer group for students who are feeling like you, you can choose to join it. Talking to others who are in the same situation can be comforting. Some students turn to alcohol, heavy partying, excessive sleeping, smoking, or drugs to deal with their first-year problems. Unfortunately, students who resort to getting wasted all the time to cope with their new

situation often find that too much partying brings lots more problems, like interfering with their ability to keep up with assignments, papers, and exams. In the worst case, it may mean getting in trouble with the college judicial department.

Staying Healthy Away From Home Sore throats, sprained ankles, and wisdom teeth that act up are as common among college students as homesickness. It's very easy, especially in a dorm environment, to catch bugs like the flu. People come in and out of your room all the time, and some of those who are sick may pass it on. And who has time to go home to the doctor when they get sick? With this in mind, universities have created health centers staffed with doctors, nurses, dentists — even nutritionists and counselors — ready to tend to your needs. Check out your student orientation packet or your school's website to find out more information about the health

Prevention Tips It's great to be prepared if you get sick, but better yet, how can you prevent getting sick in the first place? The usual measures, like washing your hands frequently, also apply at college. But you'll also have to think about community bathrooms, shared computer terminals, and cramped living quarters, all of which make germs way too happy. If you spend time in the school computer labs, it's a good idea to carry some antibacterial hand lotion in your backpack. When your roommate gets sick, use a germfighting solvent to occasionally wipe down shared things like doorknobs, telephone receivers, and remote controls. And don't underestimate the power of eating well and getting a good night's sleep. As always, the best defense is a good offense.


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John McLoone

Car Sales Glenties, Co. Donegal Drimark, Killybegs Road, Donegal Town Phone: 074-9723536 • www.fdrtyres.ie

Quality Used Cars

At FDR Car Sales we can source or supply any make or model of new car or commercial vehicle. Hyundai is our specialty but we can supply all makes and models. Trade-ins are welcome and manufacturer warranty is available.

2001 Skoda Fabia 2009 Toyota Avensis D4D 2007 Lexus iS220D 2006 Kia Sorento Crew Cab 2007 Kia Sorento Comm 2004 Volkswagen Polo 2002 Toyota Yaris

• Used Cars • New Cars • Tyres • Car Servicing • Finance arranged Car Sourcing

VAN HIRE ALSO AVAILABLE TEL: 074-9551294 MOBILE: 087-2563703

Pinehill Ind Estate, Mountain Top, Letterkenny • Tel: 087-2577671

We Buy Clean Cars, Vans, Commercials & 4x4’s for Cash! CAR SALES: All Makes and Models of New and Used Cars and Commercials Supplied to Order QUALITY USED CARS 12 Skoda Octavia Elegance, 1.6 TDI 10 Mini Cooper 1.6 Diesel 10 Toyota Corolla 1.4 Petrol Saloon 09 Toyota Auris 1.4 D4D 08 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 Diesel, 4WD 08 Honda Civic Type R 2.0 Petrol 08 Peugeot 207 1.4 Petrol 07 Mini Cooper S 07 Peugeot Expert, 5 Seater 1.6 HDi 07 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.3, Petrol 06 Opel Vectra 1.8 Petrol


06 Volkswagen Polo 1.2, 5dr 06 Toyota Corolla D4D 06 Peugeot 206 CC Convertible 06 Peugeot 307 1.6 HDI, Estate 06 Peugeot 407 1.6 HDi 06 Renault Megane, Convertible 05 Ford Focus 1.4 Petrol 05 Nissan Almera 3 Door 05 BMW 523i 05 Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDi 04 VW Polo 3dr 04 Fiat Punto 04 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDi

04 Audi A4 1.9 TDi, Automatic 03 BMW 318i 02 Renault Kangoo, Wheelchair Accessible 02 Citroen Saxo, 3 Door 98 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Petrol 97 BMW 728 COMMERCIALS 12 Citroen Berlingo 1.6 HDi 06 Renault Kangoo Van 04 Opel Combo

Drumsheen,Bonniconlon,Ballina, Co. Mayo

Tel: 086-8874329 • auto.tint@live.ie

Fast and it's efficient service We guarantee a response within 60 mins We repair approximately 90% of all vehicles attended at the roadside 24 hour call centre Phone: Letterkenny: 074-9139303 Donegal Town: 00353 074-97 40000 (Ballyshannon) Mobile: 086-2289494 Email:info@jdrecoveryservice.com Website: www.jdrecoveryservice.com

IRELAND'S PREMIER AUTOMOTIVE GLASS TINTING COMPANY Call or e-mail anytime with any questions or for a quote. Mobile Service available within Connacht, Ulster and Leinster Discounts for fleet work and groups

CASTLEBAR PLANT SERVICES Trucks & PSV’s: Pre DOE Servicing and Repairs.• Resprays: Cabs, Bodies, Chassis

Plant & Machinery: SERVICE & REPAIRS

Tel: 087-3373881 • castlebar-plant@gmail.com


Tel: 087-2577671 Insurance Approved - Breakdowns and Accident Recovery, Jumpstarts, Lockouts, Wheelchange

We offer a wide range of services including pre-nct testing, car repair, recovery and sales. We also have a spray shop for all your bodywork needs.

• Crash Repairs • Chassis Alignment • Spray Painting • Insurance Claims Handled • Replacement Car Available

Keash, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Tel: 071 91 83327 mobile: 087 679 9067

We fix all types of motoring problems ranging from mechanical problems to electrical problems. We also sell high quality used cars at affordable prices. (See www.bundoranmotors.com or call us for details.)


D is c o u n Unit 2, Ardnaree, Ballina, Co. Mayo

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Servicing • Panel Beating www.ap-motors.eu Tracking • Parts • Light Setting Echaust Repairs • Towbar Fitting NCT Preparation • Valeting • Recovery

VEHICLE SERVICING FROM JUST €99 Ariel Dym 096-70993 • 086-8978395

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Mark Scott Auto Repairs Castle Street, Manorhamilton, Co. Letrim

• Services & NCT Repairs • Tyres for all makes & models • Specialising in Diagnostics

Bonniconlon, Ballina, Co. Mayo Phone: 096-45412/45488

Tel: 086-3029740- Over 20 years experience Email: markscottautorepairs@gmail.com

www.dempseydismantlers.com • info@dempseydismantlers.com

BOYCE VAN SALES 08 Citroen Berlingo 07 Citroen Berlingo 1.6 HDi 06 Peugeot Boxer 05 Citreon Dispatch 2.0 HDi 05 Peugeot Partner 1.9 05 Ford Transit Connect TDi 05 Renault Traffic LWB 04 Ford Transit Connect 04 Peugeot 307 Van 2.0 HDi 04 Peugeot Expert 2.0 HDi 04 Ford Fous 1.8 TDi 03 Citreon Dispatch 2.0 HDi 03 Citroen Berlingo 1.9

Fully Licensed for the disposal of end of life vehicles Free Delivery Service to your area Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9.30am-1.30pm Free Delivery Service All Over Connacht Peugeot Aftersales, Service and Genuine Peugeot Parts.






24 HR RECOVERY SERVICE Specialist in Truck & Coach Recovery “From a Moped to an artic we’ll recover it”

James Foy Auto Service • Servicing all makes & models • Excellent selection of Tyres • Puncture Repair • NCT Preperation • Wheel Balancing & Alignment Dromore West, Sligo Tel: 096-47052. Mob: 087-2541243 www.recoverysligo.com

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New and Used Cars and Vans Service, Repair & Recovery Tyres & 4-Wheel Alignment Suppliers of Genuine Parts Tel: 071 91 20033 - Fax: 071 91 20036

email: info@smsmotors.ie • www.smsmotors.ie


TELEPHONE: 087-9140602




Nedd, Doogarrey, Killashandra, Co. Cavan






T: 049-4333098 / M: 087-6113222

All Trucks Wanted for Breaking & Export


Call: 087-974 3349 Anytime




Gerry McCaffrey, Ardnaree, Ballina, Co. Mayo



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FRANK BONNER TRACTORS JC Engineering are based in the Gaeltacht area in the Finn Valley Area of Donegal and have been operating for 14 years providing engineering services to the North, West and Midlands regions of Ireland.

• Architectural Metalwork • Structural Steelwork • Stainless Steel Fabrications • Trailers • Agricultural Buildings • Balustrades and Balconies • Gates and Railings • Stairs

• SALES • SERVICE • SPARES New Tumosan Tractors in stock (Various Horsepower) 2 years warranty Good Quality second hand tractors in stock New Bellon Mowers in stock New Farm Machinery in stock All Parts stocked and sold 3 Months Warranty on all second hand parts

Kilraun, Cloghan, Ballybofey, Lifford, Co Donegal Phone: 074-9133225 Mobile: 086-2798222 Website: www.jcengineering.biz • sales@jce.ie

The Reelin, Cloghan, Co. Donegal TEL: 074-9133985 • MOB: 087-4144067 frankbonner101@gmail.com


• Industrial Buildings • Garden Sheds • Garages • Agricultural Sheds • Car Ports • Camp Site Sheds • Wooden Sheds • Dog Kennells • Bike Stands • Dog Runs • Goal Posts / Nets • Hay Bale Trailers • Mobile Clothes Lines

Top Quality Animal Feed for Sale at Keenest Prices (Delivered)

We welcome all enquiries and can build whatever your needs.

Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal Tel: 074-9139726 • Mob: 086-8609757

Contact 087 3872305




FOR ALL YOUR AGRICULTURAL NEEDS WHEN IT COMES TO TYRES, COME TO COYNE FOR THE KEENEST PRICES! Tyre vulcanising we will collect your wheel for repair and returen it to your farm. Tractor tyre alignment service to stop uneven wear on tractor tyres carried out on your own farmyard • Two mobile fitting units available 24/7 call 087-2201819

LARGE SELECTION OF SECOND HAND TRACTOR TYRES ALSO IN STOCK: 900X20 • 750X20 • 825X16 • 825X17 TRAILER TYRES 4X4 TYRES • SLURRY TANKER TYRES CONTACT PAT OR ROBERT TODAY FOR BEST PRICES! Call Pat: 087 220 1819 or Robert: 087 268 6360 Phone: 096-219357 • Email: info@coynetyres.ie

DUNLEAVY MEATS LTD. COONEAL, BALLINA Large quanity required of

WANTED Ford, Massey

Fergusons, Fiats, New Hollands & Valmets 2WD & 4WD


Anything Considered Running or Not Also Wanted All Rubber Wheeled & Track Diggers Any Condition Cash on Collection

Top prices paid Contact Michael or John 096-33930 or 087-2336184

Call Fermanagh on 0044-7818-452267


Tractors Sales And Service

ALL TYPES OF FORD TRACTORS WANTED 4600 • 5600 • 6600 • 7600 • 4610 • 5610 • 6610

ALSO NEW HOLLAND TRACTORS TS&TSA • SL/SLDP • TM 120 • TM125 • TM130 • 8160 • 8260 • 8360 ALSO MASSEY FERGUSON 130 • 165 • 185 • 188 • 168 • 240 • 265 • 250 • 275 • 290 •550 • 565 • 575 • 590 675 • 690 • 698 • 699 • 365 • 375 • 390 • 398 • 300 • 500 • 600 • 40 Series SL/SLDP Masy Ferguson Balers - 124 • 120/20 John Deere 342 / 550 Class Combines - Dominator & Lexion New Holland Combines - All Models John Deere Combines - 955 • 965 • 975 • 1075 • 1077 • 1178 IN ANY CONDITION RUNNERS / NON RUNNERS • FOR BREAKING / EXPORT OR RESALE • ALL TYPES OF DIGGERS AND TELEPORTERS WANTED • RUNNERS AND NON RUNNERS • ALL TYPES OF ZETOR AND JOHN DEERE TRACTORS

Tel: 087-279-7553

Michael O’ Connell Caraun, Claregalway, Co. Galway

SPECIALISING IN SPARE PARTS FOR ALL MAKES OF TRACTORS Large Stock Of All Makes Of Tractors For Sale Specialising In Deutz, Same,Lamborghini And Hurlimann Tractor Parts And Repair

Service And Repair To All Makes Of Tractors Carried Out. Collection And Delivery Service Available

Contact Numbers: 086 252 9314 • 091 799 116

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GERETY FARM MACHINERY BALLYMAHON, CO. LONGFORD. TEL: 044 93 57 447 • MOBILE: 086-8873815 • 086-2514111

Removes All Infection And Bacteria From Slatted Sheds

DRIVEWAYS • HOUSES • OUTHOUSES • Tractor And Trailer For Hire • Mini Digger With Driver For Hire For All Types Of Household Or Farm Work

• Upgrading Septic Tanks New Percolation Systems Installed

Phone Martin Now For A Quote 086-173 0135 • Covering The North West



Hudson 14x6 Livestock Trailer

Builders Trailer 8’4”

Tipper Trailer 13x7’6

Cattle Feeding Trailer

6x3ft Tadem

5x3ft Quad


All types of Builders, Farm Trailers, Sheep Trailers supplied with full EU Braking systems. All Trailer Repairs, Brakes, Lights, etc


Killygordon, Co. Donegal T: 086-6007833 (No Private Numbers)


Bohola, Claremorris, Co. Mayo Tel 094-9384217 Mob: 087-9969455 www.obrientractors.com.


2011 2006 2007 2013 2009 1999 2010 2006 2006 1994 2006 2013 2003 2001 2012 2010 2008

Landini Power Mondial 110 cw Loader McCormick MC115 Landini Vision 105 cw Loader New Holland T5 105 McCormick CMax 105 Ursus 475 Landini Vision 105 Case JX495 Landini Powerfarm 100 P.S. M.F. 390 4WD Zetor cw loader Landini Powerfarm 90 Zetor 6340 Landini Gh1611 90 cw loader New Holland T6030 Case JX 105 cw loader Landini Land Power 135



071-9634783 / 9633344

Only Licensed Knackers Yard & Service in NorthWest Lowest Prices and Daily Collection Guaranteed


Domonic Frizzell for all your farm and reps fencing.

Barbed sheep and electric wire Digging and Hedging Services available 16 Years Experience

087-6806781 / 071-9186927


FARM DIRECT Drenches for Sheep and Cattle Sheep Dip Farm Sprays eg. Crop Sprays Dairy Hygiene Products High Quality Animal Licks for maximum performance Grass Seed Electric Fencing Equipment

We are approved for IS 436

John McHale Ltd Sawmill & Timber Merchant

Hazelwood, Sligo • Phone: 071-9143552 / 9145842 Fax: 071-9140355 • Suppliers of Tanalised Timber • Decking Timber • Post & Rail Fencing • Round & Square Posts SPECIALISTS IN KILN DRIED ROOFING TIMBER MANUFACTURERS OF WOODEN PALLETS AND CRATES

Mayo Sligo CO-OP Mart

All bullocks, heifers, cows , springers, sucks and all sheep every Tuesday. PREBOOKING ESSENTIAL Registered by PSRA under licence number 002934.

Please visit our website www.mayosligomart.ie for full calendar of events for Spring & further details of upcoming sales.

email: ballina@auctionmarts.com web: Mayosligomart.ie Crossmolina Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo Pre Booking: 096-22555

Nephin Tractors & Machinery Ltd


TRACTORS: Massey Ferguson, Ford, Fiat, Zetor, John Deere, Ursus etc in any condition, running or not Track Machines: Hitachi, Komatsu, CAT, Sumitomo, etc


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The information provided to you on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice and it is important that you do not make medical decisions without first consulting your doctor or other healthcare professional.

The top five reasons most diets fail


e’ve all been there. Desperately wanting to lose those few extra pounds, or in some cases a lot of extra pounds, but no matter which diet we try we always seem to end up where we started from. It’s frustrating and demoralizing and it tastes like failure. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Ottawa-based obesity expert and the author of The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work. “If there was a quick fix we’d all be skinny,” he points out. “The more permanent the weight loss needs to be the more permanent the lifestyle changes need to be.” So what’s preventing us from getting there?

suffering,” says Dr. Freedhoff. “It suggests that people struggling with their weight don’t deserve to eat like normal people or use food for comfort and celebration. Instead they’re only supposed to use food for fuel and shut off the other normal uses. This doesn’t work.” 2. We under-eat. Trying to starve yourself into thinness doesn’t work either. “Hunger is a very powerful physiological force,” says the diet doctor. “It’s second only to breathing for survival. To think we can fight 100 million years of evolution which has made our bodies really good at securing calories simply because we want to get into a particular clothing size is folly.” 3. We over-exercise. “People undertake exercise regimes that are truly ‘regimes’,” he says.

1. We think dieting has to be painful. “The past 60 to 80 years of modern day dieting has been predicated upon the notion that dieting success is about

“People see these shows on TV where they suggest that exercise to the point of throwing up is desirable. Again, that is not a lifestyle – it’s a life sentence.” People also tend to overestimate the number of calories they’re burning, which can lead to frustration. “As a consequence, exercised-based approaches to weight management tend to get disappointing quite quickly,” he says. “That’s why gyms are busy in January and empty in March.”

5. We don’t think about the calories we’re drinking. “People are usually aware that sugarsweetened beverages can be problematic but they don’t always think about the cream and sugar in their coffee,” he says. “And people really don’t like to think about alcohol because they enjoy it so much, but red wine has double the calories of Coca Cola and that’s something you can’t ignore if you’re trying to lose weight.”-

• Shoulder and full back massage • Hamstring, Calf and Quad Muscle massage • Diagnosis and Treatment of Sports Injuries • Advice sessions on Injury Preven#on • Sports Injury Rehabilita#on Advice and Treatment • Sports Nutri#on (what and when to eat and drink) • Kinesiology Taping Service • Referrals for X-Rays and Scans etc

Westport, Co. Mayo

Appointments by arrangement Mon-Thu 9.30 - 6pm Fri 9.30 - 5pm

Garden/Tone St, Ballina

Tel: 096-72189 / 087-6389500 email: begley.john2@gmail.com

They need to make lifestyle changes, that are significant and enjoyable, but not severe. And that can be challenging when you’ve got a society telling you they need to be severe to work.”

4. We eat out too often and consume too much processed food. “We’ve been duped by the food industry and our own willingness to believe you can find health and weight loss in restaurants or boxes, but it doesn’t work that way,” he says. “We, as a society, seem to be using restaurants and processed foods like our grandparents used refrigerators and the produce drawers.” Dr. Freedhoff says he sees far more people who eat out three to four times a week than he does people who eat out three to four times a month. That equates to weight loss woes. “The calories we consume in restaurants are non-intuitive and astronomical in many cases. That salad you order might have more calories than a person burns in an entire day.”

Westport Foot Clinic We will call to you at your • Home • Hospital • Nursing Home

Best advice he can offer? “Weight management, in general, needs to be about people striving to live the healthiest lives they can enjoy — and not the healthiest lives they can tolerate.

Chiropodist: Martin Mc Nally Tel: 087 222 6260

Sports Therapist to Special Olympics

Tel: 089-4304496 • aidanra!erysportstherapy@gmail.com www.aidanra!erysportstherapy.weebly.com Facebook: ARsportstherapy • Twi"er: @ARsportstherapy

North West Counselling

Counselling for people with addictions eg. Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling • ALSO COVERS GENERAL COUNSELLING Counsellors are professionally trained • Relapse Programme and are fully accredited or working • One-to-one Counselling towards accreditation. • Referral system for private clients to White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre For appointments ring: 087-2879707 OR 074-9723822 • Addiction and General counselling available Afternoon, evening and weekend Email: tabourhouse2004@eircom.net Tabor House, Drimark, Donegal Town appointments available

Helping people to recover

ARE YOU OVER WEIGHT? Something special coming up - Safe Herbal Programme. Paddy and Mena MrDermott looking after your weight for over 14 years. Call: 04866327490 - Herbalife Distributors

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Pipe & Petroleum Installations Ardagh, Ballina, Co. Mayo Mobile: 086-2647271 • Tel: 096-70528

info@pipeandpump.ie • www.pipeandpump.ie

• Pipe & Pump Installations • Pump Maintenance • Pipe Work • Tanks and tank gauges • Control systems • New and Refurbished Pumps • Civil Works • Refurbish canopies • Fabricate & install bottom loaders


Forklift & Commercial

Old Dublin Road, Sligo • T: 087-9632589 • 071-9143586 E: conlonforklifts@gmail.com


24 HR BREAKDOWN SERVICE • Sales & Service Parts Hire • Commercial Vehicle Service & Repair • HGV & LGV • DOE Repairs • Fleet Maintenance

OFFICE TABLE FOR SALE made of Beach wood and Aluminium. 48 inches x 24 inches. €100.00 Tel: 086-2102214 Roscommon area SMALL PONY BRIDLE - GOOD CONDITION 10 year old, Boyle CO. Roscommon Tel: 0894139272 SUCK CALVES HEIFERS BREEDS Hereford red / white in colour, shorthorn reds also roans 4-6 weeks old. Very good quality. Telephone: 087-7134828 TRUCK LORRY LOADS OF QUALITY DRY SCREENED TURF Black hopper turf. Also Seasoned firewood,. Call: 087-1413238 LOADS OF SCREENED TURF AND SEASONED BLOCKED WOOD Call: 087-3831953 HOUSE FOR RENT Mulberry Pk, Ballinode (Close to College and Hospital) Summer months only . Tel: 087-9079078 MF 35 TRACTOR 3 cylinders, completely restored engine, geatbox, lift 100% on the button. lights, brakes, steering perfect, tyres 75%. original condi-

tion. €2495 euro ono Tel: 087-4151430 FORK LIFT DIESEL Perkins engine, 3and 1/2 ton weight, double wheels on the button. Good condition all round, low hours. €2495 ono. Tel: 087-4151430 2003 RENAULT LAGUNA Good condiiton, very little needed for NCT €500. Call: 086-2102214 HOLIDAY APARTMENT Spain - Luxury two bedroom ground floor apartment with large communial pool, close to Murcia and Alicante airports. 24 Hours Security. Perfect for families. Contact: 086-8591954 SUCK CALVES Hereford Heifer calves red / shite. very good quality make super suckler replacements suit bucket feeding or suckling. Tel: 087-2853594 Crossmolina area SUCK CALVES MIXED BREEDS 3/6 weeks old suitable for bucket feeding or suckling. Tel: 087-2853594 Crossmolina area CAR PARTS FROM 2008 TOYOTA AVENSIS Estate, damaged, 1.8 petrol, 30,000 miles,VVTi, gear-

box, tailgate, lights, and all other parts. Call Simon 087-4513957 FINEST QUALITY TURF & SEASON FIRE WOOD. Various loads – 087 383 1953 LLEYN HOGGET EWES €165. Pure bred ram 3 year old €300. Ram lambs selection €150. Ewe lambs selection €110. Quality home bred flock. West Sligo. Tel: 086 4513553

Rathedmond Road, Finisklin, Sligo 071-919 2011

ASSORTED SHOP FIXTURES FOR SALE From €10 each Tel: 086-2102214

General Hardware, Sliding Door Gear, uPvc Door & Window Fittings, Kitchen & Bedroom accessories Fitting Service Available

APARTMENT Fuerteventura, Corralejo. Sleeps up to size people, 10 min walk to main street, large sunny terrace with hot tub and BBQ. Large communial pool. Phone or text: 0879080878 after 6pm BAGS OF BLACK HOPPER TURF €3 Per bag, Bags of pine timber €3 per bag, bag’s of ash timber €3.50 per bag, very try and well seasoned. Tel: 087-3427120 HANDMADE CROCHET BLANKETS FOR SALE for moses baskets and cots. also alternations, hems, zips in jeans, skirts and dress repairs. TelephoneL 087-1272463

We will assist you in preparing and presenting a claim to your insurance company. Lighten the burden and let Aurray Assessors work on your behalf. INITIAL CONSULTATION FREE OF CHARGE


TRUCKS: Daf, Man, Merc, Mitsubishi, Volvo etc TRAILERS: 40ft-45ft Trailers, Curtainsiders, Flatbeds, Tippers & Box Trailers ALL END OF LIFE VEHICLES FOR EXPORT: Cars, Vans, Plant & machinery, Diggers, Forklifts, old Machinery, etc


Contact Charles on 087-9499431



3 Bed Log Houses from €25,000 2 Bed Log House €12,000

(Established 1990)

Tel: 094- 9541561/ 087-6797009


Including Fitting, double glazed windows and doors.

Tel: 098-42501 or 086-8478376

Tank & Percolation (P Flanagan) 087-7928131

We provide full ball stop solutions to a range of clubs schools, colleges, soccer , golf, rugby clubs, and all other areas where high netting is required, in retractable or stationary forms. Along with supporting new net structure we also repair nets to our highest standard where possible.

Telephone: 086-0224141| sales@connachtsportsnets.com www.connachtsportsnets.com

With P's 30 years experience all jobs done to specification on: • Septic Tanks New & Old • Paths & Sewers • Brick & Slab Paving • and all Percolation Systems • Landscaping • Chimney cleaning Covering Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal For all enquiries don't hesitate to call P.


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• Slurry Spreading with Pipe System • Hedge Cutting • Lime Spreading • Also Digger with Saw Head and Digger Hire • All other Agri Needs

Phone: 086-2629984

Fun and Entertainment •FESTIVALS • CORPORATE EVENTS • FAMILY FUN Bouncy Castles, Inflatable Games, Rodeo Bull, Themed Events • Marquee & Party Hire • Wedding parties & Special Events We cover them all! Professional marquees all sizes including flooring, lighting, carpets, tables & chairs, heaters etc. tailored to your requirements.

Phone: 353 (0)96 32042 Mobile: 086-2692630 CASTLEBAR • BALLINA • SLIGO www.toonsandballoons.com info@toonsandbaloons.com

Loftus Guttering Services GARDEN SERVICES

Tree & Shrub Planting General Maintenance Lawns, etc Over 20 years experience

Tel: 085-2820344 Email: colmjmartyn@eircom.net

Facia Soffit Supplied and Fitted

C2 Reg. Killasser, Swinford, Co, Mayo

Covering County Mayo, Sligo & Roscommon

Tel: 087-2387338

Curragh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo • Phone: (094) 950 5016 conloncamping@iolfree.ie • www.conloncamping.com

l l a a G gher l i e N FITTED FURNITURE

Cortoon, Killala, Mayo • Tel: 087-9159479

Quality work - 20 years experience Free Advice and quotation • Custom Made Kitchens • Bedroom units • Sliding Door Wardrobes • Home Office Sitting Room Units Fitted & Free Standing Furniture

Telephone 048-6634-8671


info@presleyjoinery.com T: 096-30101 F: 096-30738



DRAIN JETTING SERVICE Waste Collection permit no: NWCPO-12-11038-01

Gannon Environmental Services Ltd., Creggs.

For a professional, friendly service and high quality equipment at competitive prices contact Conlon Camping today. We can take care of all your marquee hire and camping equipment needs.

uPVC / Aluminium / Seamless Gutters Choice of Colours White, Cream, Black, Red, Blue, Brown and Green Woodgrain Boards in Light Oak, Mahogany, Cedar Wood and Black Ash


Contact Maurice on 086-2538169

The leading Marquee hire company in Mayo delivering events throughout the west of Ireland



Conlon Camping Marquee Hire

Bellanaleck Co. Fermanagh

Custom Made kitchens Bedrooms Offices Fitted & free Standing Furniture Sitting Room Units 3d Designs PVC Kitchens Solid Painted Kitchens No Job too big or small



Telephone John: 086-8324111 for a Free Quotation

Manufacturers of

• Quality Staircases • Bespoke Joinery •Doors • Frames • Windows

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Tom Vesey Precast Concrete IRISH AGRÉMENT BOARD

Aluminium Soffit & Fascia Covering Mayo & West Sligo

MS Roofing


CERTIFICATE No. 96/0072 SR6 1991

• Twin Chamber Septic Tanks • Water Harvesting Tanks • Bio Treatment Tanks • Chimney Caps & Kerbs • Paving slabs & Ballustrades • Readymix Concrete available for collection • Off standard items made to order

Tel 096-45423 or 087-2858333

• • • • • • • •

Grinder Pumps Waste Water Pumps Flower Pots Georgian Columns Fencing & Gate Posts Lintens & Sills Flue Starters Cattle Grids

For Quality And Keenest Prices in Connaught, deliveries to all areas!

Graffymore, Newport Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Visit www.dg-upvcwindows.com

PML WINDOWS & DOORS • Conservatories • Windows & Doors • Fasia, Soffit & Guttering • Full Replacement Work & New Work Carried Out • Maintenance Work Carried Out To A High Level

Mob: 086-605-8838

Email: mike@pmlwindows.com

Tel: 094-90 236 39 •FAX: 094-90 264 66 email: veseyconcrete@eircom.net www.tomveseyconcrete.com

1890-904550 • 086-4113905 www.connaughtdrains.ie

• Roof Repairs • Gutter Repairs • Powerwashing & Moss Removal • Chimney Repairs & New Builds Call Michael on 085-2249400 Email: msroofing75@gmail.com

Specialising in the collection of all types of scrap metal Cars - Vans - Farm Machinery - Industrial Equipment etc


Shaun’s Fuels

Connaught Drains - For all your environmental needs Other services include: • Drains Cleaned • CCTV Drain Surveys • Grease Trap Emptying • Drain Rehabilitation

For all your Roofing needs

Doocey Metal RECYCLING All areas covered • Fully licensed with collection permit • For all enquiries contact: 085-1293864 / 087-6905283 / 097-86805

Septic Tanks Bio-Cycles Emptied

& Property Maintenance


Delivery Service throughtout Donegal town Supplying many shops in local area Friendly and reliable service • Same day delivery Commercial orders catered for

ONE CALL DOES IT ALL: 087-1172372 Donegal “Living Links” provides practical help, info and support to persons bereaved by suicide. Covering All Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo

Practical Support & Information Concerning: • The Funeral - The Inquest - Entitlements • What to say to Children • How to deal with Neighbours • Help clarify your personal grief • Connect you to other support services in your area • Provide info on Suicide and attempted suicide • Be there, as a Friend, for you. SUICIDE OUTREACH SUPPORT PERSON IS AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU Contact Donegal “Living Links” Support Co-Ordinator 087-9286007

• Headstones • Flower Vases • Surrounds • Etchings • Plaques & Date Stones • Restoration Drumardagh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal M: 087- 9875060 • E: info@jhmemorials.com

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Remodels Extensions Maintenance

• Safe Removal of red staining from dash walls without the need for powerwashing or other harsh treatments.

C2 Reg • Insured • 30 years experience

•Remove moss, lichen and algae from walls, patios, decking, concrete and driveways etc.

Building Contractors

• Professionally trained team. • Prices from €170 for a complete exterior treatment.

Call Eddie McDaid

TELEPHONE: 087-7589202 www.algoclearpro.ie • edwardmcdaid@gmail.com

Tom 0876786275


Gilroy Glass Ltd D.G. Blocklaying & Hazelwood Rd, Sligo

• Manufacturers of double glazed units to trade and retail • Replace your existing double glazed units with energy efficient units


• No Job too Big or Small • Free Quotations Tel David: 087-1219658

Tile & Bathroom Centre Bathroom wall and floor tiles from €6.99 sq yd Porcelian Floor tiles from €12.95 sq yd 10,000 Sq ft showrooms the bigest in the West of Ireland • Bathroom suites •Tiles •Shower Doors Timber flooring and much more under one roof

Athlone Road, Longford Tel: 043-3345721 & Golf Links Road, Roscommon Tel: 090-6637620


Commercial, Domestic, Carpet & kitchen cleaning Deep cleaning of industrial kitchens including ducting and canopies. Deep cleaning of ball pits and indoor childrens play areas. Wood floor maintenance including resanding and varnishing. Carpet cleaning. Hard floor, tiles and lino steamed cleaned and polished. Specialist cleaning of rugs and suites of furniture ( fabric or leather).

Full House Cleaning 1100 Sq/Ft Home €325 1500Sq/Ft Home €475 1300 Sq/Ft Home €400 1800 Sq/Ft Home €550 Special Discount Of 10% On All Of The Above Prices

Call me Philip Kelly on 087 6070090 email:greenreflectionsireland@gmail.com www.greenreflectionsireland.com

•Complete glazing service • Stockists of all types of glass • Glass cut while you wait

North West Windows MAKERS, SUPPLIERS Prop. Kevin Burns & FITTERS Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh

Tel: 071-9145400 Fax: 071-9140132 Mobile: 087-2341 985

Suppliers & Installers of uPVC Windows & Doors


White, Wood Grain and Light Oak Finish All Windows Internally Glazed

• 1st and 2nd Fix • Kitchens • Flooring • Roofing • Decking • Wardrobes • A!c Conversions

Tel: 087-2443903 After 6pm Tel: 048-66386525


www.mcganns.com A full listing of products and rates are available on request

• Angles • Beading • Centre Pieces • Corbels • Corner Pieces • Cornices • Dado Rails • Niches • Plaques

TELEPHONE: 094-9388208 MOBILE: 087-2503184 C2 Registered & Fully Insured

For all your carpentry needs at keen rates


• Office and Home Removals (Nationwide and UK) • Cand and Driver for Hire • All types of Business Deliveries & Collections • All jobs done Day or Nights, 7 Days a week • All items carried, fully insured • Reasonable rates

Contact Paddy on 086-3936122 or email: doherty.paddy@ymail.com

• Drainage • Footpaths • Brick Paving & Kerbing • Ra! Founda"ons • Plant Hire

3 Ton Dumper / Digger & Roller For Hire

JOHN HASTINGS: 087-2416533

Complete Chimney Care and Repair

Modern Chimney Cleaning Stoves, Ranges, Open Fires Chimney Fire Repair, Rebuild, Reline Camera Inspection Fully Insured 25 Year Guarantee All Counties Covered North and South Contact John: 087-6257243

Roofing Contractors & Asbestos Specialists Cortoonmore, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon • Prop. Seamus Duffy Tel: 094-9880269 • Mob: 086-6095982

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SKIP HIRE Septic Tank Emptying


Relining, Repairing, Rebuilding Normally no opening of walls , Free Insurance Quotes, National Guild of Master Craftsman NATIONWIDE SERVICE

Frank Gallagher, O’Connell Street, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Oil Kits Supplied and Fitted, Stoves and Ranges Fitted

We also fit Tanks, Percolation Areas, Polishing filters, Pumps etc

Declan 087-9974893

Tel: 071-9197777 / 087-2311754 Waste Permit No. wwcpo-12-11041




Westport Road, Castlebar

Tel: 094-9022000 www.lg-glass.ie

Painting & Decorating Contractor • Domestic, Commercial & Industrial • Wallpaper hanging • Power Washing • Interior & exterior walls • Woodwork

Achonry, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo Tel: 071-9184296 • Mobile: 087-2360368

Thermal Imaging Smoke Testing Draught Testing Problem Solving CCTV Chimney Inspections

Re-lining Re-building Stove Installation Twin wall flue specialists insurance claims processed

Tel: 087-6196013 / 085-1248560 Email: info@ballinachimneys.ie Fully Insured and Free Quotes

Domestic & Commercial Roofing Waldron Roofing & Cladding are an established roofing & cladding company based in Co. Roscommon and providing roofing and cladding, as well as a range of related roofing services including guttering, cladding, soffits, fascias and drains. • New roofs • Re-roofing & re-lining • Gutters & valleys • Tile & slate effect sheeting • Asbestos removal & disposal We provide a reliable & professional service covering all counties of Ireland.

Call for a FREE QUOTE: 094-9860787 087-2565015 • www.waldronroofing.ie


• Rapid Repair Service • Decorative Mirrors • Glass Shower Units • Coloured Glass • Internal Doors • Glass Stairs & Balustrade

Aluminium & PVC Repairs To windows, doors and patio doors

Expert patio door repairs! • Rollers • Tracks • Hinges • Door Realignment • Locks • Multilocking systems etc Over 20 years experience servicing Irish windows and doors. Fully insured GLASS PARTS ETC REPLACED Brendan Gormley: 071-9183860 / 087-2562669 GARDENING AND SHEDS



• Garden Design • Remodelling & Landscaping • Maintenance Contracts • Domestic & Commercial • Tree Surgery & more Fetac & NPTC Certified Fully Insured

Tel: 087-7590677 • Mayo: 094-9014053 Galway 091-423740 • Meath 045-810096


• Petrol Chainsaws for Property Maintenance • Chainsaws for Agriculture & Horticulture • Electric / Cordless Chainsaws

BOYLE, CO. ROSCOMMON Tel/Fax: 071-9662710 Mobile: 086-2427554

096-32500 www.loftusrecycling.com

email: doortec2@hotmail.com - Mobile: 087-2725297

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All the main supports of our garages are constructed of heavy duty box section steel for strength and durability and are hot dipped galvanised for longer Life. Our Units are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions.The sheeting is hot dipped galvanised and pvc coated to the colour of your choice. “You tell us the size you want and we will price on that exact size” Sheds delivered & Erected Nationwide For no extra cost

Furniture recovering and restoration including covering of chairs, 3 piece suites, headboards, car seats and boat seats. Hotel and Bar seating, Office furniture and other Contract / Commercial furniture. Repair of sails, tents and other outdoor gear for sports and leisure. We provide a service of Colour consultancy and Interior advice. We retail upholstery fabrics and essentials. Collection and delivery can be arranged at a small fee, depending on distance.

Boradruma, Snugboro, Castlebar • Tel: 094 9023532 / 086 8350608 Open Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm • Visit us online at www.boradrumaupholstery.ie


3M X 3M (10’ X 10’)...............................................€850 2M X 2M (7’ X 7’)...................................................€750 2.5M X 1.8M (8’ X 6’)...................................€450 6M X 9M (20’ X 30’).............................................€3900 CALL US TODAY FOR MORE SPECIALS!

Bar, Hotels Private Houses All Upholstery undertaken Huge Selection of fabrics Contact: 086-8361070 or 071-9622700

Contact: Ray Lynch Corlis, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Clare Office " Contact Eugene at the Indoor Market " 085"2188506 Phone: 086"8943034 or 094"9621938 AGENTS REQUIRED

All types of work undertaken Fully insured for all dangerous tree removal Tracked Wood Chipper for hire TRacked Cherry Picker and Dumpers available

Tel: 086-8042607 or 074-9362646

DEVANEY The complete plumbing & heating Service. Tel: 071 9168046 Mob: 087 2903690

Contact our Friendly Sales team on 071-9154538 for details of our excellent advertising deals

Ballymagan, Buncrana, Co Donegal


Your Advert Here!

Northern Tree Service


The Biggest & Best Value Fireplace Showrooms in Ireland

Save €€€s by calling to us

086 731 2801

Fireplaces • Stoves • Gas • Oil• Solid Fuel • Electric • Granite Worktop Specialists


Sligo Road, Enniskillen. Phone: 048 66 326 327 Kiltimagh, Co.Mayo


• Heating Control Upgrades • Boiler Service & Installation • Solar Panels

Full Plumbing & Heating Services Available


National Guild Of Master Craftsmen

Effrinagh Village, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim Tel: 071-9623345 / 086-6073181

TERRYS STOVES www.terrysstoves.com

• Free Survey available • Solid Fuel Stoves • Gas Fires

people with energy

When buying a stove you need good information on the wide range that is available I will help you get the product that best suits your needs.

Buy Once! Buy Right!

Phone: 087‐2066910 or 071‐9197925


Mobile: 086-2380126 Phone: 094 9382459 info@ecoheating.ie www.ecoheating.ie

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QUALITY USED VOLKSWAGEN VEHICLES PRE REG CARS 151 VW Passat 1.6TDI Comfortline........................€29,500 151 VW Jetta 2.0TDI.............................................€25,000 151 VW Polo 1.4TDI.............................................€18,500 151 VW Polo 1.0 5DR petrol.................................€16,000 151 VW Golf TDI..................................................€23,500 151 VW Golf 1.6TDI Van ............................€16,500 + VAT 142G VW Polo 1.2TDI T/L “0” mileage.................€16,950 141 VW Scirocco 2.0TDI 140BHP..........................€26,500 141 VW Tiguan 2.0TDI.........................................€25,950 141 VW Golf 1.6 TDI............................................€19,500 141 VW Touran 1.6 tDI 7 Seater............................€27,500 132 VW Golf 1.6TDI A/T.......................................€21,500 132 VW Jetta C/L A/T..........................................€24,500 132 VW Jetta 1.6 TDI Highline...............................€21,000 132 VW Jetta 1.6TDI Trendline..............................€18,500 132 VW Golf 1.6TDI.............................................€19,500 132 VW Polo Cross TDI Extras...............................€17,500 132 VW Polo 1.2 5DR...........................................€13,950 132 VW Passat 1.6TDI BM....................................€22,500 2014 VW Caddy Maxi TDI 7 Seater Extras............€27,500 2013 VW Polo 1.2 TDI C/L....................................€15,500 2013 VW Touran 1.6TDI 5 Seater..........................€24,500 2011 VW Tiguan 2.0DSL Passenger.......................€18,500 BEETLE RANGE 141 VW Beetle 1.6DSL.........................................€22,500 132 VW Beetle 1.6DSL..........................................€19,500 PASSAT RANGE 142 VW Passat 1.6TDI BM (7K)............................€24,500 141 VW Passat 1.6 BM Choice..............................€23,450 141 VW Passat 1.6TDI “R” line..............................€26,500 141 VW Passat 1.6TDI Comfortline......................€25,500 131 VW Passat 2.0TDI CC ....................................€29,500 131 VW Passat 1.6TDI Highline.............................€23,500 131 VW Passat 1.6TDI C/L....................................€22,500 131 VW Passat 1.6TDI BM.....................................€21,500 132 VW Passat 1.6TDI “R” Line.............................€25,500 2013 VW Passat CC 2.0TDI ..................................€29,000 PASSAT CC RANGE 141 VW Passat CC Extras.....................................€35,000 2013 VW Passat CC Extras...................................€29,500 2011 VW Passat CC Extras....................................€22,500 2010 VW Passat CC Extras....................................€19,500 POLO RANGE 141 VW Polo 1.4 C/L A/T.....................................€18,500 141 VW Polo 1.2TDI.............................................€16,500 141 VW Polo 1.2 5DR...........................................€14,950 131 VW Polo 1.2TDI..............................................€15,000 131 VW Polo 1.2 TDI Cross....................................€17,500 2012 VW Polo Cross 1.2.......................................€12,500 2012 VW Polo TDI................................................€13,500 2012 VW Polo 1.2 Comfortline Petrol.....................€12,950 2011 VW Polo 1.2TDI............................................€12,500 2006 VW Polo 5DR................................................€6,000 GOLF SV MODEL RANGE 151 VW Golf TDI Highline SV 5Seater...................€28,500 2012 VW Golf TDI Plus Comfortline A/T................€20,500 2012 VW Golf TDI Comfortline .............................€19,000 2011 VW Golf TDI Plus Comfortline A/T.................€17,500 2011 VW Golf TDI Plus .........................................€16,500 2010 VW Golf TDI Plus .........................................€13,500

GOLF RANGE 1141 VW Golf 2.0TDI 150BHP Highline.................€24,500 141 VW Golf 1.6TDI Comfortline..........................€22,500 141 VW Golf 1.6TDI Trendline...............................€21,000 141 VW Golf 1.6TDI Highline Sports Pack.............€24,500 141 VW Golf 1.6 TDI H/L A/T...............................€24,500 132 VW Golf 1.6TDI Automatic.............................€22,500 131 VW Golf 1.2 5DR Petrol..................................€17,500 131 VW Golf 1.6TDI 5DR......................................€19,500 2012 VW Golf 1.6TDI 5DR....................................€18,500 2012 VW Golf 2.0TDI 140BHP Highline.................€21,500 JETTA RANGE 141 VW Jetta 1.6TDI H/L......................................€24,000 141 VW Jetta 1.6TDI Comfortline..........................€22,500 141 VW Jetta 1.6TDI T/L.......................................€21,500 132 VW Jetta TDI Highline....................................€23,000 131 VW Jetta 1.6TDI Comfortline A/T....................€22,500 131 VW Jetta TDI Comfortline................................€21,000 AUDI RANGE 2014 Audi A4 2.0TDI Saloon SE Model incl park(11K) ............................................................................€34,500 2011 Audi A6 2.0 TDI Extras – Leather /Navigation Roof Bars.....................................................................€22,500 2011 Audi A4 2.0TDI Extras..................................€19,500 2010 Audi A4 2.0DSL Extras................................€18,000 2008 Audi A3 1.9TDI 5DR.....................................€11,500 2007 Audi A4 TDI..................................................€8,500 2006 Audi A3 1.6 3DR...........................................€6,000 2006 Audi A6 3.0TDI V6 Quatro ( Auto).................€6,500 AUTOMATIC RANGE 151 Mitsubishi Pajero Exect 5 Seater €333 road tax ..................................................................€40,000 + VAT 141 VW Golf 1.6TDI Comfortline.........................€25,500 141 VW Polo 1.4 C/L A/T.....................................€18,500 131 VW Touran 2.0TDI 140BHP 7 Seater DSG C/L .............................................................................€27,500 131 VW Touran 1.6TDI C/L...................................€26,500 2013 VW Golf 1.6TDI C/L.....................................€22,500 132 VW Jetta 1.6TDI C/L......................................€23,500 2012 VW Golf Plus C/L A/T..................................€19,500 2012 VW Golf 1.6TDI H/L.....................................€21,000 2012 VW Golf 1.6TDI “R” Line..............................€19,500 2012 VW Jetta 1.6TDI T/L.....................................€18,500 2012 VW Passat 2.0TDI Comfortline 140BHP DSG.€19,500 2012 VW Jetta Petrol A/T (10K) ...........................€16,500 2011 Nissan Micra A/T...........................................€9,500 2011 Toyota Auris D4D A/T...................................€13,500 2011 VW Jetta 1.6TDI Highline .............................€18,500

MERCEDES RANGE €15,000 131 Mercedes Vito DSL 131 Mercedes C200 DSL Aingard Leather 2008 Mercedes C270 DSL €11,500 2007 Mercedes E200 DSL €9,500 BMW RANGE 131 BMW 116 2.0DSL 5DR Extras €22,500 131 BMW 316 DSL ( White) (extras) 2011 BMW 320DSL €18,500 2011 BMW 116 Extras (30Km) €18,000 2008 BMW 320DSL €11,500 2006 BMW 3 Series Petrol €4,500 2003 BMW 316 DSL €4,500



HYUNDAI RANGE 141 Hyundai 130 Van €14,500+VAT 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe DSL Commercial €16,500+ VAT 2011 Hyundai i30 SW 1.6DSL €12,500 2009 Hyundai Getz 1.1 5DR €7,500 €7,500 2008 Hyundai 1.6 Coupe LX 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Passenger 7 Seater €11,500 2006 Hyundai Getz 1.0 5DR €3,500 MITSUBISHI RANGE 151 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2DSL Extras 5Seater €333 Road Tax.............................................................€40,000 + VAT 142 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.8DSL................................€19,500 141 Mitsubishi Spacestar 1.2 5dr Extras.................€12,500 141 Mitsubishi ASX 1.8 DSL Passenger..................€25,500 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2DSL Passenger.........€27,500 132C Mitsubishi L200 5 Seater..............................€27,500 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.8DSL..............................€16,500 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2DSL 7 Seater €25,500 MAZDA RANGE 131 Mazda 1.6 DSL Saloon Sports......................€17,500 2008 Mazda 3 1.6 DSL...........................................€7,500 2007 Mazda 6 2.0 Touring DSL..............................€7,500 2006 Mazda 3 1.6 A/T..........................................€5,500 2003 Mazda 6 1.8.................................................€2,500 2002 Mazda Domino 1.5 A/T.................................€1,650 FORD RANGE 131 Ford Focus DSL H/B White..............................€18,500 2012Ford C Max DSL 7 Seater..............................€18,500 2011 Ford Mondeo DSL........................................€13,500 2011 Ford Focus 1.6 DSL.......................................€11,500 2011 Ford Galaxy 7 Seater Extras Leather.............€24,500 2011 Ford Galaxy 7 Seater DSLTitanin..................€22,500 2010 Ford Mondeo 1.8DSL...................................€10,500

7 SEATER RANGE 151 VW Touran TDI 7Seater..................................€29,500 151 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Exec 5 Seater Comm ..................................................................€40,000 + VAT 141 VW Touran 1.6TDI 7 Seater............................€27,500 2014 Vw Caddy TDI Maxi 7 Seater extras.............€27,500 132 Opel Zafari DSL 7Seater................................€22,500 131 VW Sharan 2.0TDI 7 Seater DSL....................€35,500

NISSAN RANGE 2012 Nissan Qashqui 1.6 DSL Passenger...............€18,500 2011 Nissan Qashqui 1.5 DSL (38K).....................€16,500 2011 Nissan Micra 1.0 5Dr.....................................€9,500 2011 Nissan Note DSL 1.5 Van.......................€6,500+VAT 2011 Nissan Tida 1.6DSL......................................€10,500 2009 Nissan Qashqui 1.5 DSL Passenger...............€11,500 2008 Nissan Primera 1.6 Petrol...............................€6,500

ESTATE CAR RANGE 142 VW Passat 1.6TDI Comfortline DSL Estate........€27,500 2011 Skoda Elegance DSL Estate A/T....................€16,500 2011 VW Passat 1.6DSL Estate.............................€16,500 2011VW Passat Highline 2.0DSL Estate (Extras).....€21,500 2011 Toyota Avensis 2.2DSL Estate......................€13,500

OPEL RANGE 132 Opel Zafari 7 Seater DSL...............................€22,500 2011 Opel Combi 1.3 DSL Van................................€7,500 2011 Opel Vivaro 2.0DSL Comm...........................€11,500 2010 Opel Antara 2.0CDTI Design Model.............€11,500 2010 Opel Insignia 2.0TDI....................................€12,500

2010 Opel Corsa 1.3DSL......................................€10,500 2009 Opel Astra 1.7SL A/T....................................€9,000 2009 Opel (Vauhall ) Astra 1.4 Life.........................€8,500 2009 Opel Astra 1.7 DSL........................................€7,500 2008 Opel Vectra DSl.............................................€7,500 PEUGEOT RANGE 2012 Peugeot 3008 DSL Extras..............................€17,500 2011 Peugeot 508 DSl ..........................................€12,500 2009 Peugeot 407 1.6 HDI SR................................€8,500 2009 Peugeot 207 5DR...........................................€7,500 2008 Peugeot 308 1.6DSL (40K).............................€7,500 2008 Peugeot 307 1.6 5DR.....................................€7,500 2007 Peugeot 407 DSL ..........................................€5,500 RENAULT RANGE 2007 Renault Megane 1.4 petrol.............................€4,950 2006 Renault Megane Coupe DSL..........................€6,000 2006 Renault Laguna 1.9DSL..................................€4,500 2005 Renault Megane 1.5 DSL...............................€3,500 SEAT RANGE 2007 Seat Cordoba 1.4DSL 5DR............................€6,500 2005 Seat Cordoba Petrol......................................€4,000 2003 Seat Ibiza 1.2 5DR........................................€2,000 2003 Seat Inca 1.9 DSL Van...................................€2,500 SKODA RANGE 2012 Skoda 1.6 DSL Elegance...............................€16,500 2011 Skoda Fabia 1.2 5DR Ambient........................€9,500 2011 Skoda Octavia 1.9 DSL.................................€14,500 2011 Skoda Yeti DSL.............................................€15,500 2011 Skoda Elegance DSL A/T Estate ....................€17,500 2010 Skoda 1.6 DSL..............................................€11,500 2009 Skoda Superb DSL.......................................€11,500 2007 Skoda Superb 1.9 DSL Extras.........................€6,500 TOYOTA RANGE 131 Toyota Auris D4D............................................€17,500 2012 Toyota Avensis 2.0DSL 30kms.......................€19,500 2012 Toyota Auris Van DSl....................................€12,500 2011 Toyota RAV 4 2.2DSL Passenger 2x2(13K)....€19,500 2011 Toyota Yaris D4D..........................................€12,500 VOLVO RANGE 2010 Volvo S40 2.0DSL A/T.................................€14,500 2010 Volvo S40 1.6DSL.........................................€11,500 2007 Volvo S40 1.6 DSL.........................................€7,500 2006 Volvo S40 1.6 DSL.........................................€6,500 OTHER MAKES 2009 Citroen C5 2.0DSL Extras...............................€8,500 2008 Saab 95 2.0DSL Full Leather........................€6,500 2007 Lexus 2.0DSL.................................................€6,500 2012 Honda Civic 2.2 DSL....................................€18,500 SPECIAL OFFERS 2011 BMW 320 DSL.............................................€15,000 2010 Ford Mondeo Dsl..........................................€8,950 2008 Peugeot 407 DSL...........................................€5,000 2008 Nissan Tida Petrol..........................................€5,000 2008 Toyota Avensis 1.6 Petrol...............................€6,000 2007 Toyota Avensis 2.0DSL...................................€6,000 2007 Suzuki SX4 1.5 petrol.....................................€5,500 2007 Ssangyong Rodius Passenger 7 Seater A/T.....€3,000 2006 Volvo S40 1.8 Petrol......................................€4,500 2006 Ford Fusion ...................................................€4,000

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