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Many who are waiting to get paid at the end of the month are in for a nasty shock. After a grim January for many, there won’t be much relief. While budget 2011 abolished the health levy and income levy they have been replaced by a new Universal Social Charge. All workers are required to pay this tax if their annual income is more than €4004 euro, or €77 a week, meaning it applies to nearly all workers. For people with income of €4005 or more the rates will be two per cent on all income up to €10,036, four per cent on earnings between €10,037 and €16,016 and seven per cent on any income over €16,016. Continued on page 2

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So someone earning €25,000 will be charged two per cent on the first €10,036 , then four per cent on the next €5,980 and seven per cent on the rest, making a total of €1,069 on top of PAYE and PRSI. For the over 70s with a medical card the universal social charge will now apply, where they were exempt from the health and income levy. Individuals dependent on social welfare payments will see a cut of four per cent and for all parents there is a cut in child benefit payments; all this coupled with an increase in petrol and diesel prices, and a one euro reduction in the minimum wage, will make for a lean new year for many. According to Michael Culloty, spokesperson for the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), their help line was up about 15 per cent in 2010 and their face to face client base throughout the country is up 10 per cent; this is on top of a 30 per cent increase in 2009. MABS is a national, free and confidential service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. 70 per cent of callers to MABS, according to Mr. Culloty, are people who are on social welfare. A huge number of callers, too, are those who had good jobs before the recession and are now experiencing significant change. One in three people who use the service are having trouble coping with their mortgage repayments. People usually entered in to agreements in better times and were able to make payments without difficulty, but since they experienced a decrease in income they were no longer able to. Now, with new budget arrangements, people will find it even harder again. The advice from MABS, says Mr. Culloty, is to re-visit agreements with creditors, write to them detailing your changed circumstances and try to come to new agreements. Another service that many people are now using which they may never have considered using a number of years ago is the Society of St. Vincent De Paul (SVP). St. Vincent de Paul is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisa-

tion in Ireland and exists to fight poverty, but it is a different kind of person that is increasingly requiring help from the society in recent years. According to Kevin Cooley, Vice President of the SVP in Donegal, the society has experienced a shift in people’s thinking over the past year in relation to families and individuals seeking help. He says: “SVP is now an option that people feel they can consider. For many people the need to seek financial help is a necessity that has been imposed upon them by today’s economic circumstances and is not seen as their own doing, so they are less embarrassed about approaching us now.” 2009 saw a 40 per cent increase in the number of families and individuals seeking help from SVP branches in the Northwest and this figure has grown since then to 50 per cent in some parts of Donegal and is expected to grow again. SVP members agreed that the government’s 4 year plan will have the effect of driving more people to the SVP for help and members in Donegal feel the same, says Mr. Cooley. North West SVP members believe that the level of cuts being imposed on social welfare rates and the reduction in the minimum wage will place an unfair and disproportionate burden on people on social welfare and particularly those at work but on low pay. People who have given to SVP in the past may not be able to give as much these days and indeed may now be the people who have been forced to contact the society seeking help. “People are not as financially secure as have been in recent years but they obviously realised that there were people in worse situations than them and gave whatever they could to our Christmas appeal” said Mr. Cooley. He commented: “Giving when you have plenty is admirable but real charity is giving when you have little yourself” and this is what people in the Northwest did last year. One example of a family St. Vincent de Paul helped recently was a married couple who had both lost their jobs; they had four children and asked the SVP office to help with ESB and back

to school costs. “We are receiving calls for this type of help on a daily basis” said Mr. Cooley “Some people still find it difficult to take the first step but invariably they are happy they came forward.” He added that this year’s budget will hit the people that the SVP have already been helping even more. These are lone parents and married families who have lost jobs. “The budget in December has hit those people who have jobs- but many are just above the threshold, so they are not entitled to any help from the government such as medical cards” One thing, Mr. Cooley says, that people are not contacting the SVP for help with is their bigger loans such as mortgages. “We know we are not reaching everyone but we would urge people to come to us for help so we can help them make arrangements with creditors or we could even do a once off payment.” “Since I have been involved with SVP there has been a stigma attached to contacting us. We need to get the message forward that people who need help shouldn’t be afraid to contact us. The fact that more and more people are now approaching us shows that we are needed more than ever, and that it is now easier than ever to speak to us.” It seems that organisations like SVP are being left to clean up after the mess the government and others has left. Anyone who works should be able to maintain a basic standard of living, but sadly that is not the case anymore since the government has imposed one draconian budget after another. The Budget, which included €6bn of cuts, will leave many people thousands of euro worse off this year thanks to savage tax hikes, cuts in child benefit and the dole, the withdrawal of many tax reliefs, cuts in student grants, an increase in third level registration fees and pay cuts in the public service. For many people in the Northwest and throughout Ireland it is the start of a bleak new year, which might be even worse were it not for charitable organisations like St. Vincent de Paul.

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Homeowners face rate hike as EU warns of inflation risk HOMEOWNERS were yesterday facing the prospect of higher mortgage payments as early as September. European Central Bank (ECB) president Jean-Claude Trichet warned that concerns about inflation across Europe could force it to hike rates earlier than expected. A rise in rates by the end of the summer would see 600,000 homeowners on tracker and variable-rate mortgages facing higher repayments. Mr Trichet warned that signs of a rise in inflation in the eurozone could prompt the ECB to move soon on rates. His hawkish stance came as a surprise to the markets. Some 400,000 homeowners have tracker mortgages, which will rise with ECB rate hikes. Another 200,000 variable-rate mortgages will also be impacted by a rate rise. Every 0.25pc rise will push repayments up

by 15 on every 100,000 borrowed according to Frank Conway, a director of Irish Mortgage Corporation. The ECB's key interest rate has been 1pc for the last 20 months. Governors of the ECB, including Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan, decided at their meeting yesterday to leave interest rates unchanged. But Mr Trichet warned: "We are permanently alert. We are never pre-committed not to move interest rates and our level of interest rates is designed to deliver price stability." He told a press conference in Frankfurt interest rates were appropriate for now, but warned that inflation was higher than expected.The ECB's main concern is inflation and it has used interest rate rises in the past to attempt to curb price rises. Increases in consumer prices exceeded the ECB's ceiling for the first time in more than two years in December.

Inflation jumped last month to 2.2pc, the first time in two years that it has risen above the Central Bank's target of just below 2pc. Mr Trichet added: "We see evidence of short-term upward pressure on overall inflation, mainly owing to energy prices, which has not so far affected our assessment that price developments will remain in line with price stability over the policy-relevant horizon." However, the ECB is said to be aware that higher interest rates would saddle debt-laden countries such as Ireland, Greece and Portugal with still higher borrowing costs. KBC Bank economist Austin Hughes said he expected a rise in eurozone rates by September. He added that this was because of the poor inflation outlook, growth picking up in the eurozone and because Mr Trichet was due to step down in October.

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LONGFORD has come third in the latest litter league, coming behind only Carlow and Trim out of the 53 towns surveyed. Letterkenny came 14th and Sligo has slipped down to 21st with Galway City 29th, Ballinasloe Co. Galway at 31st, Ballina 33rd and Castlebar 38th. The latest figures from Irish Business Against Litter carried out the survey but say these towns are still litter free according to European norms.

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Rovers’ Keeper Launches Sligo Soccer Academy CIARÁN Kelly, who saved all four penalties in Sligo Rovers’ famous FAI Ford Cup final win in November, is launching a new soccer academy. The academy is aimed at boys and girls between the ages of six and 13, and will kick off with weekly coaching sessions in Riverstown, Calry/St Joseph’s, Enniscrone, Sligo Rovers, and Ballymote. The official launches will take place at Jako Sports on Markievicz Road, from 3 to 3.40 pm and Tommy Hilfiger, Johnston Court at 4.45 to 6pm on Saturday January 22. Free draws will take place for signed Sligo Rovers jerseys and the FAI Cup will also be

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THE owners of the former home to Countess Markievicz, Lissadell House, have erected barriers wrapped in barbed wire around the house, with large boulders put in place to block access to the coach house, which is now home to the Yeat’s Museum. They have introduced the security measures to safeguard their property after a High Court judge ruled that public rights of way existed through the grounds of the Co. Sligo estate. Barrister couple Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy purchased

the property for 4 million in 2003 after the state rejected the opportunity as it would cost too much to restore. They carried out an intensive programme of restoration, without any public funding, in the house, gardens, stable block and grounds since 2004 and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty. The owners stated on the Lissadell House website: “Our vision was to transform the estate into a flagship for tourism in Sligo and the North West, while providing a secure environment for our chil-

dren and visitors. "We did not wish to exploit Lissadell commercially but to restore the house and gardens to their former glory, make Lissadell selfsustaining and protect this crucible of Ireland’s historic and literary heritage. "This was our vision for Lissadell. Our vision is now at an end.” Eddie Walsh told the national media that the measures were temporary and that more permanent security would be put in place around the coach house soon.

People of the Northwest tell ‘Stories of Hope’ A 93 year old Ballymote born widow has told the touching story of her and her family’s life in Ballymote and how they were forced to uproot and move to Dublin to cope with her husband’s illness. She relays how courage and hope helped her through the difficult transition away from the tranquil life she loved. The story ‘A small farm in Ballymote’ has been written for a book entitled ‘Stories of Hope’ which is a collection of 30 true happenings, retold in the voice of those who experienced them. Mary’s story is about the great love between her and her husband Patrick, or Bab, and how after rearing their eight children Bab began to develop dementia. The family eventually came together and decided it was no longer possible for Mary to look after Bab at home on her own and the decision was made to move to Dublin to live with the children.This was a very big upheaval from their way of life and her story tells of how all this change was helped by her supportive family and gives an insight into her own outlook on life. The book also contains the story of Andy McGovern of Aughavas, Co. Leitrim who is living with motor neuron disease. Mary Hunt from Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, talks about her experience with Schizophrenia and Majella Reid from Longford writes about how becoming BiPolar changed her life.


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Mayo sets record for coldest weather

Sligo man hopes he will have the ‘Feirm Factor’ A Sligo man is one of the finalists in this year’s series of reality farming show, Feirm Factor, which starts on TG4 on Sunday January 16 at 8.45 pm. Jude Benson from Mullaghcor, Ballymote, is one of the 12 finalists selected for the show from an initial entry of over 150 people. Jude is the first farmer from Sligo on the show, which is now in its third series. The show challenges the 12 finalists on their farming skills, business acumen and physical and mental endurance.All this is done under the watchful eyes of the three judges, presenter Maura Derrane, former Minis-

ter for Agriculture Alan Dukes and Cork based dairy farmer Sean O’ Lionaird. Each week the farmers battle it out in a carefully selected series of tasks and missions to determine who gets to stay for another week and move closer to winning the top prize of a Land Rover Discovery as well as the title of Feirm Factor winner. Jude has a suckler enterprise which includes pedigree Angus and beef Shorthorn cattle. Only three of the finalists will make it through to the finale at Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly where the winner will be selected.

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FREEZING temperatures throughout the month of December have set a new record for mayo in the National Meteorological record books. A temperature of minus 17.5 Celsius at the Straide station on Christmas morning has been officially declared by Met Eireann as the coldest temperature for December since 1922. Markree Castle in Collooney, Co. Sligo, also posted a near record temperature on Christmas Day at min 17.3 degrees Celsius. Markree holds the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in Ireland, minus 19.1 in January 1881. Freezing conditions over the Christmas period are believed to be one of the longest periods of below zero temperatures ever recorded in Ireland. Martin Sweeney of Straide Climate station has been recording weather patterns and reporting them to Met Eireann for many years and statistics revealed the temperatures did not lift above zero for eight days and nights in a row, making December 2010 the coldest since the records began.

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INVESTORS and home-buyers will recall how difficult it was to get a three-bed for under 380k in Galway in late 2006 or early 2007. Latest indications from the Daft.ie House Price report, published last week, are that the price of houses and apartments in the city fell dramatically in the final quarter of last year – with the average ‘asking price’ for a three-bed home dropping below the 200,000 mark for the first time in years. The latest dip in asking prices follows a slight recovery in the June to September period in the city last year, but the overall trend for 2010 reflects a continuing downward price spiral. Over the course of 2010, the asking price for houses in the city dropped by almost 13% to an average of just over 240,000 – in the ‘crazy prices’ days of late 2006, this figure was in the region of 400k. The average asking price for a four bed house in the city is now down to 269,000, while even a five bedroomed house now commands a ‘first quote’ of 393,000 – an ‘unthinkable price’ just over four years ago. Two bed houses or apartments have an average price of 190,000 with ‘single beds’ down to 148,000.

CONNACHT people are more optimistic than those in other provinces about 2011 according to a survey carried out by lastminute.com. The holiday website polled people throughout the country before the recent budget, and found that eight out of ten Connacht people were looking forward to 2011. The same question was asked again two days after the budget and 65 per cent of Connacht people were still feeling positive. Most positive about 2011 were 1824 year olds, with 74 per cent eagerly awaiting the new year. However, 27 per cent of 18-24 year olds said they were planning on emigrating in the next year. Not surprisingly, lack of work was given as the main reason for this, particularly in people aged between 25-34. Nine per cent of the overall interviewed said they intend to move abroad in 2011.

THE Tanaiste and Minister for Education and skills Mary Coughlan has approved funding to Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Donegal to purchase two separate plots of land to allow for future expansion and growth of the institute. The institute currently operates from a campus of just 21 acres which is one of the lowest land banks among the country’s ITs. The Tanaiste has approved a ten acre site located directly opposite the grounds of the institute as well as 66 acres located Northeast of Knocknamara roundabout. The site is approximately one mile from the existing Letterkenny IT campus. The additional land will be utilised for playing fields and off campus buildings to be used for ‘stand alone’ functions not directly related to day to day timetabled educational activities.

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IN a week when it seems every political party was looking to abolish the Seanad, it was revealed that Sligo’s two F.F. senators claimed close to 90,000 between them in expenses from November 1st, 2009 to November 1st, 2010. Sligo’s Mark McSharry claimed 44,314 while Geraldine Feeney got 44,321. In total senators claimed over 2.1m in expenses on top of their salaries while the Senate sat for just 98 days during the period in 2010. Figures obtained by the Sunday Independent under the Freedom of Information Act revealed also that Leitrim's Fianna Fail Senator John Ellis claimed 44,374 while fellow  party and county Senator Paschal Mooney claimed 27,220 in expenses  last year. Senator Mooney re-joined the Seanad in January of 2010 after successfully contesting a by-election. Cavan's Joe O'Reilly FG  made it into the top ten list of highest claims with 47,356 while Roscommon's FF took   Terry  Leyden  home 45,398.   

THE morning   after pill is now available over the counter across the North West region.   The prescription-only medicine will  be offered to patients without them first having to see a doctor under a new initiative being taken by the Boots pharmacy chain.  Repub   Until now, women across the Northwest and the  had togo to  lic of Ireland seeking emergency contraception their GP for a prescription first.    The morning-after pill prevents conception if taken within 72 hours.   at 49 of  Boots began offering the emergency contraceptive  of 45   its 50 stores from Wednesday January  12,at a price       euro. Any woman seeking contraceptive with   Boots    emergency  will have a private consultation   who will      with a pharmacist offer information about sexually transmitted diseases and          refer them to a doctor if necessary to discuss their long        term contraceptive needs.

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94 hospital beds closed across the Northwest THE President of the Irish Association for emergency medicine has recently described as ‘criminal’ the number of bed closures in hospitals across the country. This comes after the Irish Nurses and Midwifes Association have said that 94 beds are closed at hospitals across the Northwest region despite the fact that emergency departments are severely overcrowded, with 66 beds closed at Sligo General and 28 closed at Letterkenny General. A record number of patients are on trolleys in emergency departments and Health Minister Mary Hearney has been condemned by opposition parties among

others who have said that her approach to the crisis has been totally inadequate. Five years ago, Hearny described the trolley crisis as a national emergency when there were 495 patients on trolleys, there were a record 569 on Wednesday January 5. The number on the trolleys fell to 400 in the days following the record high. Hospital officials said the cause of the surge in patients was the recent outbreak of swine flu. The minister had been criticised for her silence during the overcrowding crisis and remained on holiday abroad for a number of days after figures were revealed.

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Learner drivers on their sixth provisional licence FIGURES obtained by the Irish Independent newspaper have revealed that 67 per cent of drivers who took their test in Sligo last year passed while only 30 per cent of people Rathgar in Dublin passed in the same period. The findings showed that the pass rates in centres all around the country vary widely and that numbers passing the test nationally have dropped over the past number of years. It was also revealed that a record 16,200 learner drivers have renewed their provisional license at least six times after failing or refusing to sit their driving test. The figures reveal a 184 fold increase since 2003 of the

number of learner drivers renewing their provisional license six or more times. In 2003 just 79 drivers renewed their licence six times and just nine were on their seventh. Although the overall number on a provisional licence has fallen by almost 100,000 in the past seven years, the figures highlight that many drivers are either refusing to sit their test or are repeatedly failing it. Many of those who have renewed their provisional license multiple times may not have even taken a test as they only need apply to do their test in order to renew their licence but they don’t need to sit it.

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‘Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland 2010/11’ , La Fougére Restaurant has once again maintained inclusion in the Bridgestones 100 Best Restaurants Guide, which focuses on establishments with something special. Above all they search for genuine passion for food and cooking. “Seamus Commons’ cooking in La Fougére is the brightest star in the West, a cataclysmic modern Irish Cuisine”. One of his secrets is that there is never a detail out of place: everything synthesises with everything else, making for cooking that is amongst the most exciting, creative and original in Ireland. This is one chef who sure can cook!” Knockranny proprietors, Adrian and Geraldine Noonan are thrilled with this achievement exclaiming that “to be named in both 100 Best guides for places to stay and Restaurants is fantastic recognition for all the hard work and commitment of our team here at Knockranny.We could not have asked for a better start to 2011”. The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants Guide is available to buy online at www.bridgestoneguide.ie and visit www.khh.ie for more information on the various great value packages and Gourmet food evenings available at Knockranny House Hotel & Spa.

MUSIC for Galway presents an antidote to the darkness and cold of January in the form of a heart warming weekend of great chamber music running from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 January at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. The theme this year is ‘Amongst Friends‘, reflecting the intimate setting for which chamber music was and is written and performed, as well as the friendships made amongst musicians as they come together to play. The name also reflects the bond created through the communal experience of listening to music. At the core of the programme is Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet, who will be joined by the celebrated Irish musician, pianist and conductor Barry Douglas for concerts on Friday and Saturday night at 8pm. On Saturday at 2pm audiences will get a chance to experience Barry Douglas in his role as mentor when he leads a public master class with local piano students. Barry Douglas has performed with every major international orchestra and recently has enjoyed huge success with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.


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Sligo man hopes to be ‘The Biggest Loser’

Three killed on roads in the Northwest this year

A Sligo man, Paddy Cunningham, is taking part in an ITV1 reality TV show ‘The Biggest Loser’ which first aired on Tuesday last, January 10 and on TV3 on Wednesday January 11. The show is a spin off of the American Reality TV show of the same name where the basic format is overweight contestants competing to win a cash prize of 25,000 by losing the highest percentage of their starting body weight. The show challenges 14 contestants to undergo dramatic physical change without any kind of surgery. Paddy, who is originally from

Two people were killed on Sligo’s roads last week over a black 24 hour period. On Thursday January 6, 32 year old Martin Devaney from Ballina died at the scene after his motorbike was in collision with a van and trailer.The collision, on the N59 at Owenbeg, happened on a 6km stretch of roadway west of Dromore West, Co. Sligo.The area is a known black spot with up to ten deaths in the past 20 years. Since Mr. Devaney’s death there have been urgent calls for the upgrading of this stretch of road. Mr. Devaney was a father of two from Greenhills Estate, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Less than 24 hours later, a dairy farmer who recently celebrated his 80th birthday died in a crash when his car swerved into a ditch near Slish Wood on a frosty road. The man was named as Paddy Joe McGoldrick from Crossboy, Ballintogher. His wife Mary, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries. The couple were said to be on their way to Sligo General where Paddy Joe was due to have some tests done. On Saturday last, January 8, a 50 year old man was killed in Co. Longford when the van he was travelling in hit a ditch at Fostragh, near Aughnacliffe, at about 8.20pm. The man was named as Sean McNerney, who was well known in GAA circles for his involvement with Dromard GAA.

Sligo but now lives in Reading is competing with his close friend Wil against six other pairs for the ultimate prize. Paddy said his weight was holding him back and cited this as the reason to lose some of his 21 stone starting weight. He recently spoke to Today FM DJ Ray D’arcy and said that although he had been overweight all his life it was a picture of himself taken at his Summerhill College Reunion that really shocked him in to action.

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SOUNDING Board, a music and technology project for young people in rural Sligo and Fermanagh, is now up and running following its launch last

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Farmer with marital troubles sought help from Haughey IT WAS back in 1980, but recentlypublished state papers for the period reveal some interesting correspondence from people from the Roscommon region. Among them was a letter from a Roscommon farmer having trouble with his wife who took the unusual approach of writing to the then Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, for help. According to the papers the farmer, who was having problems with his wife of four years, told Mr. Haughey she hadn’t a penny when he married her, but she “has refused to have a child, cook, wash or clean the house. All she does is walk the roads and lie in

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Sligo, Derry & Knock route aid chopped; Donegal survives! Continued from front page

John O’Mahoney TD for Mayo described it as a hammer blow to the West, while Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP could only thank the Minister for the remaining crumbs left on the Donegal table, but was critical of his other decisions. The minister said improvements in road and rail transport and the need for best value for department funds as reasons for the decision. He added the routes to Dublin from the affected airports will be open to commercial air services once the PSOs are terminated. The Government has been accused of turning its back on the west with crude cuts to funding, according to Mayo Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony. “Noel Dempsey last night dealt Ireland West Airport Knock a major blow by announcing the government’s withdrawal of funding to the PSO on the Dublin – Knock route from July this year.

“As usual, the Government has announced a decision on the back of a report, without any consultation with Opposition parties, or the people who will be affected. “He does this based on a value for money report but he has not announced any alternative or extra funding for the airport which is also recommended in the same report. Could for instance an international PSO route connect Knock to a European hub which would open up the vast potential of world travel to and from IWA Knock” “Fine Gael was, and is, willing to engage in a constructive assessment of regional airports to achieve better value for money. Most people agree that the existing PSO structure for regional airports needs to be reformed, in order to incentivise airlines to increase passenger numbers, and to get a better return on investment. Instead

of doing this, the Minister has decided to keep the current PSO levy in place in Kerry and Donegal, while axing funding for Ireland West Airport Knock and other regional airports. “Minister Dempsey’s decision makes a mockery of every Government pledge to protect jobs, transport links and develop local economies. Knock has played a crucial role in local and regional development and deservers to be rewarded not cut.” Meanwhile Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has welcomed the continuation of the Public Service Obligation (PSO) route between Donegal and Dublin. However, he expresses deep disappointment in the decision to discontinue PSO funding to the other regional airports in his North West constituency. Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP who has supported Donegal Airport from the start said today “I have stated at all times that Donegal Airport could not continue commercially without PSO funding. The PSO is vitally important due to the isolated location of West Donegal, which is without a national primary road or rail link.” Capital works are currently ongoing at Donegal Airport where the full Instrument Landing System is being replaced at a cost of approximately 400,000. The runway will be reconfigured and overlaid together with other neces-

Kids with asthma 'have more cavities'

CHILDREN and adolescent with asthma may have poorer dental health than their peers, a new study indicates. Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma, including one in five children. A Swedish researcher found that young people with the condition have more cavities and suffer more often from gingivitis the early stage of gum disease - than their peers. They examined children, adolescents and young adults in the age groups three, six, 1216 and 18-24, with and without asthma.The first study revealed that three-year-olds with asthma have more cavities than three-yearolds without asthma. "The children with asthma had a greater tendency to breathe through the mouth. They became dry in the mouth and were therefore given sugary drinks more often. This may have contributed to them developing higher caries (cavity) prevalence," explained Malin Stensson, a dental hygienist and researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy. These children were then followed in a study from the age of three to the age of six. According to Ms Stensson, it became clear that the three-year-olds with asthma subsequently developed more cavities than children without asthma. The research then compared the oral health of adolescents aged 12-16 who had

long-term moderate or severe asthma with that of adolescents of the same age without asthma. "Only one out of 20 in the asthma group was caries-free, while 13 out of 20 were caries-free in the control group. One factor that may have influenced the development of caries is somewhat lower level of saliva secretion, which was probably caused by the medication taken by those with asthma.Adolescents with asthma also suffered more often from gingivitis than those without asthma," Ms Stensson said. The research also examined the oral health of young adults aged 18-24 years, with and without asthma. The results from this age group were nearly identical with those in the group of 12-16-year-olds, although the differences between those with asthma and those without were not as big. Ms Stensson acknowledged that the numbers of participants in the studies were relatively small, and it may be difficult to generalise the results. However, what is interesting, she noted, is that young people with asthma were found to have more cavities than those without asthma, even if they came from an area with relatively good oral health. "The study is particularly reliable because the groups are homogenous with respect to age and area of residence. Further, the par-

sary safety works at an estimated cost of 2.3m. 90% of these works are funded by the exchequer. Donegal Airport currently provide 2 flights daily to Dublin and 2 flights weekly to Glasgow International Airport with additional flights during the summer months . Pat the Cope has described the announcement as “great news for the future of Donegal Airport, which is vital to the economic, tourism, social and cultural life of the region”. He paid tribute to the board, management and staff at the airport for their commitment and dedication. He also paid tribute to users of the airport who continue to make it a viable business and he encouraged them to continue to do so. Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP also stated “I am deeply disappointed by the decision to discontinue PSO funding to the other regional airports in my Euro constituency namely Sligo, Knock and Galway airports, in addition to Derry Airport from July 2011. “I believe that these airports should qualify for PSO funding under the guidelines imposed by the European Commission. I will continue to pursue this issue with Minister Dempsey and Siim Kallas, the European Commissioner for Transport.”

ticipants with asthma had all been accurately diagnosed by a specialist. One of the studies is longitudinal, and this gives extra strength to the results," Ms Stensson said. She insisted that it is essential that young people with asthma receive extra dental care early. "Medical and dental personnel and the parents of children with asthma should be aware of the connection between asthma and oral hygiene."

Mayo wife’s hunch pays dividends THERE were scenes of jubilation at National Lottery offices last week, as a Co. Mayo couple, who played EuroMillions Plus on a hunch, picked up their cheque for 500,000. “All week I had it in my head that we should play EuroMillions Plus. So when he headed to the shop on Thursday, I reminded him to buy a ticket,” said the lucky wife. The husband added: “But I bought a ticket for the Lotto draw on Saturday night and never even thought of EuroMillions.” She continued: “When I realised he didn’t get the EuroMillions ticket, it continued to play on my mind so on Friday I told him ‘don’t forget it this time.’ Thankfully he didn’t.” “Can you believe it?” said the husband. “If I’d bought the ticket on Thursday, we probably wouldn’t be sitting here today.” The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, bought the 6 Quick Pick ticket in Kennys, Bridge St, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo on the day of the draw (7 January 2010). He added: “We’re absolutely delighted. We didn’t sleep a wink last night. This prize will make us comfortable for many years to come.”

South West Donegal Community Radio signs full licence THE Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has signed a 10-year Community Sound Broadcasting Contract with South West Donegal Community Radio Limited. The service is expected to launch in early February 2011 and will broadcast on 88.6FM to Killybegs, Miltown and environs. It will initially broadcast for four hours on Monday and Friday evenings and for twelve hours at weekends. Craol, the national community radio forum has congratulated everyone involved.

Sligo Rovers soccer trials

AS reigning FAI Cup champions Sligo Rovers prepare for their forthcoming season the club will be holding trials for their U-20 and A Team sides on Saturday January 22nd at 3pm on the astro turf pitch in the Showgrounds. These trials are open to all players aged 16 and over. Players are asked to ensure that they have the appropriate footwear and shin-guards. For further information please contact the club office on 071-9171212 or e-mail keith@sligorovers.com.


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Pope John Paul to be beatified THE Pope has approved a miracle attributed to the late Pope John Paul II and set May 1 as the date for him to be beatified. Pope Benedict XVI declared in a decree today that the cure of a French nun who suffered from Parkinson’s disease was miraculous, the last step needed for the beatification. The ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome to celebrate one of the most popular popes of all time. A second miracle is needed for John Paul to be made a saint. Benedict put John Paul on the fast track to possible sainthood just weeks after he died in 2005, responding to the chants of “Santo Subito!” or “Sainthood immediately!” that erupted during his funeral. John Paul died in 2005 and had been Pope for 26 years.

Iceland's former bank chiefs arrested TWO former senior executives of Iceland’s failed Landsbanki bank have been arrested over allegations of market manipulation. Ex-Landsbanki chief executive Sigurjon Arnson and Ivar Gudjonsson, the bank’s former head of corporate finance, were ordered to be detained in connection with the institution’s collapse. Landsbanki and Iceland’s other banks collapsed in 2008 under the weight of enormous debts accumulated during the country’s boom. Arnson and Gudjonsson are among seven executives sought for questioning about the bank’s collapse.

New Year, New You !!! AT the beginning of the year many people promise to get fit. Here is a target for you and your fitness regime ... Boyle Fire & Rescue Service will host their annual Charity Duathlon on May 1st which gives sixteen weeks for you to prepare. Its a 5km run - 20km cycle - 2.5km run in Lough Key Forest Park and is a very achievable distance with a bit of training. Run and cycle group training sessions will be available locally in early January or if you want to get a head start contact Results Gym, Boyle for a reduced membership rate. Registration cost 25 at www.runireland.com, this includes an event t-shirt as well as the chance to win spot prizes on the day. • This year's nominated Charity is "The Mater Heart Appeal" which provides a screening facility for families who are at risk of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (S.A.D.S). If you require further information on any of the above please call 0868586225 or 0864082786.

Scanlon regains whip as Sligo/Nth Leitrim moves to election mode

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AS the Government teeters amid a leadership crisis and no-confidence motions, Sligo/Nth Leitrim TD, Eamon Scanlon, has been readmitted to the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, just days after his constituency colleague, Dr Jimmy Devins, announced his intention to retire from the national political scene and not seek re-election. The two Sligo-based deputies had resigned the party whip last year (Aug) over the government's stance on the cancer services controversial move from Sligo General Hospital to University College Hospital Galway. However Save Sligo Cancer Services campaigners have maintained that the Fianna Fáil duo were part of the problem by voting with the government on the matter.The campaigners have also maintained that the resignations from the parliamentary party was just an empty cosmetic exercise designed to try and placate the electorate. Their claim may be borne out by the fact that neither

TD has abstained or a “definite” for Sinn Fein (and voted against the govern- tipped by many to take a seat), ment on any motion after the announced retirement since their 'dissident' role of Sean McManus. Declan Bree was established. may also throw his hat into the With Devins’ depar- ring. For Fine Gael it is expected ture the solidarity bond that Councillor Tony McLoughlin between the FF T.D.s has will join outgoing TD John Perry been broken, paving the on the party’s ticket. way for Scanlon’s return The announcement by Droto favour in the party. more-West based publican and Anyway, Scanlon has al- businessman Michael Clarke of his ways maintained that he candidature as an Independent would return to the par- has thrown the “cat among the piliamentary party 'at geons” in this constituency. The some time'. popular councillor, who is highly Sligo's Fianna Fáil or- critical of FF’s performance, will ganisation have yet to fix have an office in Collooney. He a date for a selection maintains independents will have convention to decide on who will a strong power block after the join Deputy Scanlon on the party next election and pledges to work ticket for the general election.The hard for constituents without the election is expected to take place shackles of any political affiliation. in March, after the St Patrick's He could be the dark horse in this Day celebrations and visits by election. ministers to various locations worldwide. However, as the political landscape is changing by the hour, this date may be brought swiftly forward. High on the list for likely candidature are Senator Marc MacSharry, Cllr Jude Devins or Cllr Joe Queenan, though no one has yet declared their intentions. The strongest hint of inclusion, to date, has come from Sligo County and Borough councillor Jude Devins. In other parties Susan O’Keeffe is likely to stand for Labour, while Councillor Michael Colreavy is expected to be Michael Clarke


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Sligo’s Devins the latest FF casualty FORMER Junior Minister and Sligo-North Leitrim Fianna Fail Jimmy Deputy Devins will not contest the next general election. First elected as a Dail Deputy in 2002 he later retained his seat at the last election in 2007, and held a Junior Ministry position within the Department of Health. He was later dropped as a Minister by Brian Cowen and later voluntarily withdrew the party whip over his stance on the removal of cancer services at Sligo General Hospital. A genuine man of chacter and integrity, he came in for much criticism for his party’s stance on Sligo General and this took a great toll on him. His decision, although not unexpected will anger many genuine FF supporters, who believe that they have been betrayed by their own party.

In reality, Dr Devins would have been severely handicapped in trying to retain his seat at the third time of asking over the Sligo Hospital debacle. In his statement last evening he said: “Having been first elected to Sligo County Council in 1991 and subsequently to Dail Eireann in 2002, it has been a great honour and privilege to serve the people of Sligo and Leitrim. I want to thank them for their support and courtesy at all times. “I would like to thank my colleagues at local and national level for their collegiality and I have especially valued the co-operation and support of my Dail colleague, Eamon Scanlon, T.D “The decision to voluntarily withdraw from the Fianna Fail party whip was a very difficult decision and was made because of the cessation of breast cancer surgery at Sligo General Hospital. That decision I believe was wrong. “I will continue as an active member in the Fianna Fail party at local level and will of course give my full support to whoever is selected by the party to contest the forthcoming election in the Sligo/North Leitrim constituency.” Dr Devins will continue to be available to represent constituents in the period up to the General election.”

Extreme diets 'just a quick fix' PEOPLE should think twice before embarking on overly strict diet routines that encourage them to cut out entire food groups, a leading nutritionist has warned. According to consultant nutritionist, Aveen Bannon, extreme diets only provide quick fix results and are not a long-term solution to weight problems. "There are so many conflicting health messages out there when it comes to New Year dieting.There are lots of extreme diets, including the cabbage soup diet, maple syrup diet and three-day diet. What the majority of these diets have in common is that they recommend cutting out food groups like caffeine, alcohol and sugar and are generally very low calorie," Ms Bannon explained. However while these diets promise quick weight loss - up to 14lbs in two weeks - they are not particularly healthy and a person could find themself experiencing negative side-

effects, including tiredness, constipation and bad breath. "In these cases, you actually lose a lot of water initially, which is what explains the weight loss, so the rapid results are what appeal to people. However if these diets are followed for a prolonged period of time you run the risk of having an imbalanced diet and losing muscle mass, which can have a knock-on effect by lowering your metabolism and bone mass. This can impact long-term bone health," Ms Bannon warned. She said that the best way to approach New Year dieting is actually very simple. "Rather than eliminating everything, focus on what you want to improve. Get to bed as early as you can, drink more water, include more fruit and vegetables in your diet and look at your portion sizes." She added that with a healthy diet and regular exercise, ‘you will see lasting results instead of a temporary fix'.

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Ballyshannon’s ‘Dicey Reillys Off Licence’ scoops Regional Award for 7th time

THE hugely popular Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence since it has opened in 2004 on the banks of the Erne in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal has won the Connaught/Ulster Off Licence regional title for an amazing seventh consecutive year. On the night Dicey’s were awarded with a certificate of Excellence. Dicey’s have been at the forefront of the Off Licence sector in the Northwest for many years now, with its huge selection of Wines, world beers & Spirit’s, from the usual to the unusual. This coupled with expert knowledge on all products gives them the winning formula. “We are thrilled to win this award for the seventh consecutive year, and would like to thank all our customers and staff for their continued support throughout the years, we are continuously sourcing new Wines and Beers from boutique wineries and breweries from around the world alongside

the mainstream Brands and have continuously great offers “said a delighted Brendan O Reilly. The awards were held in the prestigious surrounds of the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, last Monday, where the 56 finalists from around Ireland gathered for the final stage of the judging process, comprising a blind-tasting conducted by Lievan Vanhoutte of Gilbeys Gleesons of Ireland. 11 overall Awards were presented on the night and In addition, all 56 finalists were awarded certificates of either ‘Standard’, ‘Merit’ and ‘Excellence’ based on their performance. The awards are held by NOffLA annually to recognise those off-licences around the country that offer exceptional service to customers and demonstrate excellence in retail standards. According to NOffLA Chairperson, Evelyn Jones the awards have

been of the highest standard to date; “The standard this year really has been outstanding, particularly with regards to product knowledge and customer service. It hasn’t been an easy year for the industry so our members have really had to raise the bar and get a better understanding of exactly what the customer wants. It’s evident from the judges’ feedback that they have been doing just that.” Marks were also awarded for key criteria including overall appearance, hygiene, product range, customer service and product knowledge. Judging began in July 2010, a tough but rewarding journey for all of this year’s award winners. Evelyn continues; “The Awards are well recognised by industry and by the general public so will go a long way to demonstrating the quality offered by our finalists.”


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ust as the '50s and '60s are back, so too are particular elements of the '70s.There are two main aesthetics: '70s bohemian, and '70s sophisticated glamour. When it comes to the latter, think dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day.

Sophisticated 70s: women's trends We all want that vintage vibe in our wardrobe. That essence of an era gone by. And we want to cherry pick the sleekest, sexiest, and most stylish looks from it. In recent years we've worn the best of the 20s and 30s, seen the rebirth and fading of an 80s come back, and we're just about to do it all again. But this time, its the 1970s that are due for a reinterpretation. While '70s fashion is making waves and sure to continue on as a fashion trend in 2011, let's not forget that there are several variants. And you know what that means; all the more ways to get lots of wear out of your key seventies pieces, by taking them from '70s boho to a more sophisticated '70s look.

70s Sophisticate: the look There's an underlying confidence to this trend that's key. Even the more demure looks need to be carried off with an air of sexuality and a sort of defiant independence. There's a boldness. It's in the addition of that floppy felt hat, those exotic jewels, that super-high pair of platforms. At night time the hint can snowball into a statement: think Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 in a slinky gown, ivory cigarette holder in hand, and you've got the picture. Read on for tips for both day and night time looks.

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70s Sophistication by night By night the '70s sophisticate turns into the ultimate socialite, with look-at-me shimmering fabrics and cuts that either tightly hug or sensually drape over the body. • Choose high sheen fabrics with a '70s disco-inspired edge, like lurex or silk; anything with a metallic thread. • Add a ruffled neckline under a brocade blazer or tuxedo jacket, paired with a sharp pair of pants. • Long, slinky gowns with draping, low necklines or dress slits are the ultimate in '70s night time glamour.

Accessorising a Sophisticated '70s look Accessories are key when it comes to creating a '70s look. Some things to keep in mind: • The right handbag completes a look. Try for smart, high quality bags like a leather satchel for day, and a small bag with a long strap for night. • Big, statement leather belts slung over mini skirts or maxi dresses add impact and fair to a seventies-inspired outfit. • A pair of on-trend thigh high boots are probably already be in your wardrobe by now - pair them with hot pants or a skirt for a decidedly sexed-up yet sophisticated '70s look. • Wear lots of jewellery - but keep it a little cleaner than for a boho look. Try lots of rings with bold stones, neat piles of bangles, and long pendant necklaces and strings of beads. • Look to complimentary hairstyles like a sleek longer bob, masses of bouncy curls, or long, flowing hair.

'70s Sophistication by day By day it's all about clean yet voluminous silhouettes, and earthy '70s colour palettes. Look for: • High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in. • Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves. Particularly great are fabrics like silk and satin. • Roll neck sweaters tucked into pants or skirts. Add to the '70s effect by layering over beaded necklaces or a vest. • For those more daring, a pair of hot pants are the ultimate '70s item. • A smart printed jumpsuit is another great alternative.

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Python wedding draws crowds

NEARLY 1,000 people flocked to a wedding in Cambodia - between two snakes. Bride Chamreun, a 16ft python weighing 200lb, wed her smaller mate in Village One in Kandal province, just south of the capital Phnom Penh. Buddhist monks blessed the pair and villagers showered them with flowers during the two-hour ceremony believed to bring prosperity and peace to those attending. "We organised the wedding ceremony for the pythons in order to oust bad things and bring good luck and happiness for our villages," said 41-year-old Neth Vy, who owns Chamreun. "We were told that the two pythons are husband and wife and they need to live together, and if we don't marry them we will meet bad luck. Mr Neth said he had found the then-tiny python while fishing in 1994, and that she Since taking the snake in, he said no misfortune had befallen his family. The python groom, named Krong Pich, was caught 12 days ago by people in a neighbouring village.

Hypnotist warms up workers A COBBLER who won't buy heaters for his freezing staff has had them hypnotised into thinking they're warm. Martin Connellan bought coats for the lads in his workshop after temperatures plunged to -13°C, reports The Sun. But with doors left constantly open to clear solvent fumes, the workers were still left shivering in the snow. But after a five-minute session with hypnotist James Kerwin they have reportedly been stripping down to shorts and T-shirts. Worker Adam Hood, 27, said: "I definitely feel much hotter than I was. All my life I've had cold hands and that's even gone now. It's crazy how you can go from one extreme to the other like that." Mr Connellan, who runs the workshop in Bromsgrove, Worcs, said: "The lads were all complaining because I like to keep the doors open. "I bought them all jackets but they were still moaning so this was the last resort. "I am a very sceptical person so I didn't think it would work - but soon they were complaining about how hot they were." Mr Kerwin, of Studley, Warwicks, said: "It's all about mind over matter. It's a case of reprogramming people like you would a computer. "You can retrain people into thinking differently about how they feel. It seems to have done the trick."

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A US pilot sparked a hijacking alert after spilling his coffee on the controls, issuing a distress signal and forcing the plane to divert. The United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Canada, reports the Daily Telegraph. The flight landed safely in Toronto after the coffee spill caused distress signals to go out, including code 7500, which means hijacking or unlawful interference. A report on Transport Canada's website said the pilot "had inadvertently squawked a 7500 code after spilling coffee on the aircraft's radio equipment, which interfered with the communications equipment".

"The flight crew had advised that they had communication problems and subsequently reported that they had some navigation problems as well and from there the pilot in the command diverted the flight onto Toronto," said Maryse Durette, a Transport Canada spokeswoman. United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said: "It was a beverage. During light turbulence one of the crew members beverages spilt which then caused issues with the aeroplanes communications equipment." Mr Johnson said the crew was in contact with air traffic control throughout. He said that the pilot elected to divert the flight rather than cross the Atlantic Ocean while experiencing a communications problem. The Boeing 777 was carrying 241 passengers and 14 crew members. They were flown back to Chicago on another plane and put up in hotel rooms overnight before catching a later flight to Frankfurt.

Watchdogs ground Mile High Flights FLIGHT watchdogs have grounded an airline that offers couples the chance to join the Mile High Club - over fears distracted pilots could crash. Mile High Flights charges lovers ÂŁ640 to romp in the clouds on board its specially adapted Cessna single-engined plane, reports The Mirror. But health and safety bosses at the Civil Aviation Authority have refused to renew its licence, saying pilots cannot keep their minds on the job. Mike Crisp, 36, founder of Mile High Flights in Gloucestershire, said: "I'm not giving-

up because of some prudish snobbery on the part of the CAA. Joining the club is something a lot of couples dream of." The CAA said:

"We cast no moral judgments on what people do in their planes, but it became apparent safety criteria couldn't be met."

Woman calls 911 to force man to propose

A Chicago woman called 911 - to try to get police to scare her boyfriend into proposing to her. Ana Perez, 40, from the city's Northwest side, claimed her boyfriend was attacking her when she called the emergency number. But when police arrived, she changed her story, admitting she was trying to scare her boyfriend into marrying her. Police were not amused, and charged Perez with disorderly conduct, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Capt Ronald Pontecore said officers raced to the scene, believing a woman was in danger, "only to find out it's something ridiculous like that." "She called 911 to scare him and have the police force him to marry her," he said. The boyfriend had no intention of marrying Perez and was actually in the process of breaking up with her, added Capt Pontecore.

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Pen that Reduces Stress

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Future Ferraris will be mind readers MIGUEL Bruns Alonso, an Industrial Design PhD student from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, came up with the idea of creating an anti-stress pen. According to the inventor, the prototype pen is able to spot short-term stress in a person that uses it and then reduce some of that stress. The device identifies stress when it is being fidgeted with. As soon as the anti-stress pen detects fidgeting, it gets the person to stop. Alonso carried out several tests and noticed that people are likely to play with their pens when they nervous. He equipped his invention with motion sensors. These are used to identify nervous movement and when that happens, the built-in magnets create a counterweight effect, which makes it difficult for the user to move the pen. After testing the anti-stress pen on different people, it was unveiled that those who used the pen had their heart rate 5 percent lower than those who didn't. No one in the study group was aware of the anti-stress pen, reports TUDelft.

Flower Power - Device that Coverts Light into Power

HANA Mado is the name of Sony's latest invention that has been presented at the Eco Products 2010 exhibition. It would be interesting to note that the name Hana Mado means "Flower Window." The invention not only looks beautiful but is in fact very useful. Technologically speaking it represents a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) which turns light into electricity. The Japanese tech giant carried out a demonstration of its new device. The company attached a small fan to Hana Mado to illustrate how the device constantly produces power. When the light hit the device the fan span and when it was blocked the fan stopped spinning, reports Gizmag. There are two main advantages of Sony's invention: the technology is cheaper than a solar cell and the device is very easily to install in a building. So far Sony did not reveal the concrete date when its latest invention will hit the market.

FERRARI could soon unveil a supercar that reads the mind of its driver and alters the car's set up accordingly. According to 'Autocar', Ferrari's amazing new system analyses the driver's mental and physical state, then uses that information to alter settings like traction control. Currently in early development, the system uses cameras and sensors to measure the driver's respiration, blood pressure, heart rate, blink rate and brain activity. It can then determine stress levels and alertness and automatically adjust the chassis for either a sharper or a more relaxing drive. The system will, according to Ferrari, use: "Various biometric and psychometric sensors for recording and transmitting the values of a number of psychophysical parameters of the driver."

The latest Ferrari, the 458 Italia (pictured), allows the driver to alter the steering, throttle, gearing, suspension and stability control systems using a steering wheelmounted 'Manettino' dial. But the Italian company reckons that drivers tend to select settings based on an over-estimation of their own skills. According to Ferrari: "The dynamic performance may be modified to enhance driving safety in the case of a tired or unresponsive driver, and also to enhance driving pleasure and/or performance in the

case of an alert, responsive driver."Therefore, the system is a theoretical safety device because it sets up the car based on the driver's actual skill and physical condition.

There are no plans to release the technology just yet, but it could appear as early as 2012 in the replacement of the Ferrari Enzo - the company's flagship supercar.

Rolls 'considering electric car' AN electric Rolls-Royce car remains a possibility, the company's boss has suggested. But it would be "wrong for the brand and wrong for our customers" to make a decision without exploring all options, added Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos. There has been talk over the past two years of a possible electric Rolls and at one point it seemed possible that such a vehicle could be produced by the end of 2010. Speaking to the BBC, Mr MullerOtvos said all options for alternativelyfuelled vehicles were being considered and that nothing had been ruled out.

He went on: "We are not going to make any rash decisions. It would be wrong for the brand and wrong for our customers if we were to take a decision without fully exploring all options." He was speaking as Rolls-Royce announced record annual car sales in 2010 - up 171% on 2009 and more than double the previous record set in 2008. All regions demonstrated significant sales growth, with particularly strong results seen in Asia Pacific, the USA and the Middle East. The USA remained the biggest single market for Rolls-Royce in 2010, followed by China and the UK.

Amazing floating supercar for sale A one-off amphibious car is for sale on online auction site eBay for £500,000. Called the Dobbertin Hydrocar, it's the brainchild of owner and creator Rick Dobbertin, who took almost 19,000 hours over nine years to build it. That's perhaps why he's seen fit to put a $777,000 (£502,457) price tag on it. At under £27 per hour, it's not a bad return. By its creator's admission, the Hydrocar is not ideal regular transport. In the car's lengthy eBay listing Dobbertin warns: "If you're looking for a daily driver - this isn't it." Power comes from a 750bhp Chevrolet engine, but the Hydrocar is unlikely to match a Ferrari in a drag race because it weighs four tonnes.

Dobbertin himself admits that the car suffers from a distinct lack of performance. It's capable of a top speed of 60mph on the water, though. As well as the bright yellow paintwork, visual highlights include popup headlamps, a pair of leather Recaro bucket seats and a very neatly trimmed cockpit. The Hydrocar transforms from 'land mode' to 'water mode' at the flick of a switch. The Dobbertin auction ends on January 13, and if you fancy a bargain, it is possible to make an offer lower than the asking price. The Hydrocar currently resides in New York, so a UK suitor will have to allow a hefty fuel budget in order to sail the car back to Blighty.

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The Massacre of the Friars 1642: AN invasion led by Sir Frederick Hamilton's soliders resulted in the burning of Sligo town, which left hundreds of locals dead and wounded. The British forces destroyed the interior of Sligo Abbey, setting the place alight and killing every friar in sight. The invasion was donned 'the massacre of the friars', as locals people tried to stop the British Forces from destroying the historical abbey. Legend says that worshippers saved the Abbey's silver bell, which was thrown into Lough Gill and it is thought that only those free from sin can hear its peal. The few friars that managed to escape, took shelter with local people. They eventually returned to the ruins, where they set about rebuilding and repairing the burnt out Abbey. The forces did not stop once they destroyed the Dominican order friary, instead they proceeded to set the town on fire, killing everyone in sight. Over 300 women and children were savagely murdered by the rampaging soldiers. William Butler Yeats retells the historic story and the legends that have been passed on from generation to generation in his short story entitled; “The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows”.

Countess Markievicz elected to parliament 1918: THE year that Countess Markievicz wins a seat in parliament as the Sinn Fein candidate for Dublin and obtains the honour of being the first woman to be elected to Parliament. The Sligo lady was born in London, but spent her childhood at Lissadell Estate. From a young age, she developed an interest in politics, joining the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and Sinn Fein. She joined James Connolly's Irish Citizen Army, where she designed uniforms and composed the anthem. Her role in the 1916 Rising incarcerated her in Kilmainham Gaol, where she was given the death sentence; however she was released under general amnesty several months later . Just a year later, Countess Markievicz ran in the General Election and got elected. She later served as the Minister of Labour in the Irish Cabinet and was the first female member of the cabinet.

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County Sligo The Mullaghmore Bombing from the

AUGUST 27th 1979, Louis Mountbatten, the uncle to Prince Philip and best known for his role as the last Viceroy of the British Indian Empire made a decision to go sailing, to check on his crab pots. He often came on holidays to the sea-faring village of Mullaghmore, where he retreated in his own estate, Classiebawn Castle. On that morning, Louis Mountbatten and his family set off in a 30 foot wooden boat called the Shadow V, which was moored in the small harbour at Mullaghmore. Within minutes, a bomb planted underneath the boat’s engine by the IRA detonated, instantly killing Lord Louis Mountbatten, his grandson Nicholas, his eldest daughters,

Mother in law Lady Brabourne and a local teenager, Paul Maxwell who had a summer job helping out on the boat. Paul Maxwell was the first body to be recovered from the water. The terrorist attack three decades ago, led to one of the biggest police investigations in Irish history. At the time of the explosion, IRA members Thomas McMahon and Francis McGirl were 70 miles away, in Garda custody after getting stopped at a traffic checkpoint. While McGirl later was acquitted of his charges, due to insufficient evidence, Thomas McMahon did not get off. Instead, he was jailed until August 1998, where he was released as part of the Good Friday peace agreement.

Sligo’s Cholera epidemic 1832: CHOLERA reached Ireland by 1832, after gripping most of Europe in the previous years. The first case on the island was reported in Belfast, quickly followed by its arrival to Dublin. The ports of Ireland were considered to be the likely places that cholera would make their entrance to parts of the country and Sligo port was no stranger to the plague which badly hit the county. The threatened calamity that the press talked of suddenly became a reality throughout 1832. There were more deaths in Sligo than anywhere else in Ireland. People died on the streets, whole families were wiped out, as the contagious disease spread from household to household. Cholera not only struck the destitute but the rich and no one was safe from it. Doctors worked day and night to save people from death, but on average, they could only save 50% of victims. There was a 1 in 2 survival rate and those with any underlying

conditions were the most vulnerable. Cleanliness was promoted, as filthy houses were being blamed as the reason the disease lingered for so long in Sligo. However, soon people realised that it was containment that would save them and finally rid cholera from the county. Social gatherings were cancelled, people were advised to curtail visits to friends to avoid catching the disease and infected articles of clothing were burnt. Local legend contends that Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula had his macabre imagination fired by his mother's accounts of the Cholera in Sligo. She would tell him about the coffin makers who would knock on people's doors in the night, looking for corpses to bury. Some of the people were still alive and almost being buried alive, due to people's fear of the disease spreading.

Last of Inishmurray’s residents leaves 12TH NOVEMBER 1948: The last of the residents of Inishmurray Island, just seven kilometres off the coast of County Sligo, departed to relocate to the mainland. The 228-acre island had been home to 100 people just sixty years before the last of the residents departed. However, the population began to dwindle as one by one families moved to the mainland or emigrated to Britain and the U.S.A. Saint Molaiste set up a Christian Monastery on the island in the 6th Century and today, the island has become famous as a pilgrimage destination.


regionalnews IT Sligo hosts WorldSkills Council meeting as Ireland prepares for ‘Skills Olympics’ achievement, while for others it provides the motivation and knowledge to aspire to higher standards. The competitions are particularly effective in the context of providing positive career role models for schoolaged youngsters. “In order to attract foreign direct investment we need to show the world what we can do things. We constantly need to highlight our profile as a country with our many skilled people. If we don’t do that, we At a meeting of the WorldSkills Council in IT Sligo were, from left to right: John Casserly, FAS; won’t sell ourselves in Denis Healy, IVEA; Shane Raftery, Fáilte Ireland; Michael Casserly, IT Sligo; Liam Corcoran, DES; the market place, we John Twohig, CIT. won’t generate employA MAJOR WorldSkills Council meeting was “In October there will be 1,000 appren- ment, because in Ireland now it’s about manheld at IT Sligo this week, as Ireland prepares tices competing against each other in about ufacturing goods, making profits, generating for the prestigious WorldSkills London 2011 40 different skills. It puts Irish skills on the employment and providing useful outlets for championships, which take place in October. world market and displays to foreign indus- our young people” , he added. The highly regarded biennial event is the trialists, and to the world, that we have peoChairman of the Irish WorldSkills Council world’s largest, international skills competi- ple with skills who are among the best. and official Irish delegate on the international tion where young people from across the Traditionally the Irish have done very well in committee, is Tom Corrigan, Dean of Craft globe compete to get international recogni- this competition, dating back to 1957,” he Education and Training at DIT: tion in their chosen skill. said. “We get a very positive reaction when we Dozens of skills ranging from electronics “We also have an annual national event meet in IT Sligo.The North West has a huge to plumbing, creative arts and fashion to cab- where there is keen competition to make knowledge base in a wide range of skills and inet making are on show, giving Irish partici- the Irish team. It takes place in April. IT Sligo we want to highlight this to a world audience. pants a worldwide audience to show off has hosted annual events over the years, but “Both the national and international their skills against the best the world has to it’s now centrally based in Dublin and Cork. events are a wonderful opportunity to showoffer. This year, IT Sligo will have competitors in case our skills. Whether we win or not, the Over its 60-year history, WorldSkills In- carpentry/joinery and mechatronics at the fact that our young people go out and perternational (formerly known as the Skill national finals.” form so well both as individuals and as a Olympics) has come to symbolise the pinnaMichael admits that the column inches ac- team, under tremendous pressure, is somecle of excellence in vocational training. corded to such skills in the media may not thing that should be applauded. Former Head of the Department of Engi- be as extensive as that of a successful sports “The skills area is, to my knowledge the neering & Technology at IT Sligo, Michael person, but WorldSkills plays a huge role in only area where we can, as a nation, compete Casserly, is an Irish Worldskills council mem- young apprentices’ gaining confidence both internationally in the education sector. It is ber representing IOTI, the Institutes of Tech- as individuals and in presenting their skill sets now more important than ever that we have nology Ireland. He remains a driving force in a very public way. the skills to deliver on an export basis and in behind the competition. For some it is recognition for outstanding terms of inward investment,” he said.

Fermanagh illegal diesel plant dismantled Customs and Revenue in Northern Ireland have dismantled an illegal diesellaundering plant in Fermanagh. The discovery of the plant was made in the Derrylin area. Officials believe that the plant was capable of producing more than half a million litres of illicit fuel a year with an estimated £300,000 in lost revenue. A number of vehicles, including a cattle truck used to transport the illicit fuel were removed , as were pumps, equipment and 3,000 litres of fuel were also removed from the site. HMRC assistant director of specialist investigations Mike Connolly told the BBC that fuel-laundering was dangerous and something the organisation took very seriously. “We have dismantled a number of large laundering plants in recent weeks.These operations typically generate tonnes of toxic waste, which is often dumped in the countryside. On this occasion no waste was recovered from the laundering site,” he said. “There is also a risk to other road-users from the transport of laundered fuel. The vehicles used are unsafe and the dangers they pose to anyone in the vicinity show a total disregard for public safety. “There is no benefit to the general public from this activity and every motorist using laundered or duty-rebated diesel as a road fuel, runs the risk of destroying their engine and having their vehicles seized. So filling up with fuel that is being sold at a cheap price could in fact cost more in the long run.” A man was arrested but was later released on bail.

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Same-sex Couples have their Rights Downgraded With the commencement of the Civil Partnership Act 2010, Thursday 13th January saw the Irish State recognise civil marriages and civil partnerships of same-sex couples from certain other jurisdictions. NOISE asserts that while same-sex couples in a foreign civil marriage or civil partnership enjoy full parity of rights with their heterosexual counterparts in many of those jurisdictions, their relationship status will be downgraded to the lesser rights available under an Irish Civil Partnership, removing any rights that LGBT parents and their children may have formally had. Noise organiser Max Krzyzanowski says, ‘It is outrageous that a couple from Spain, for example, who enjoys all the rights of Civil Marriage – including full parental rights – will have essential rights rendered null and void the minute they set foot on Irish soil. In a Europe of equals and an Ireland of equals this should not be acceptable.’ NOISE demands an end to this segregated system of relationship recognition and calls on the Irish Government to follow the egalitarian example of Spain, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Argentina, Portugal, Nepal, Mexico, Iceland,The Netherlands and Belgium and open up the choice of full civil marriage rights to all citizens.

Donegal priest to ban secular music at ceremonies

A Co Donegal priest has banned all secular music during religious ceremonies from his church. He has also warned that he would expel musicians and photographers who did not consult with him in advance. A church spokesman said the National Secretariat for Liturgy issued guidelines on church music. it was therefore up to each individual diocese to be more specific in how it applied them. “Churches are sacred places of worship and their dignity and sacredness have to be respected,” he said. In its guidelines on music for funeral rites, the secretariat says that secular music should not replace the sacred music which was part of the rite. The issue emerged after Buncrana Parish Priest Fr John Walsh, in the Derry diocese, banned all secular music during religious ceremonies. He added that he won’t tolerate wedding photographers and videographers “standing in front” of him as he officiates. “Photographers and video recordists can be a bit enthusiastic about where they position themselves, but I don’t want them standing in front of me when I’m marrying people,” he said. Fr Walsh said it was “negotiable” whether or not he would allow non-religious music be played after a ceremony concludes and a wedding couple, or funeral cortege, is leaving the chapel. He said photographers and videographers had to prearrange with him where they could stand. “I’ll be sending for them anyway if I see them in the gallery before a wedding and they haven’t come to see me first. Musicians who don’t co-operate will not be welcome to perform in Buncrana (churches) anymore so, it’s up to them to liaise with me,” he added.


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EXERCISE is crucial for a health body and after Christmas, it is the most common New Year's Resolution, so to avoid failing on the first hurdle, get your mind into gear and by this time next year, you could be fitter, healthier and slimmer too! The problem that many people encounter is that they race into a sport or a gym, but do not warm up the body and as a result, they end up burning out pretty quickly or give up quickly as it seems like very strenuous on the body. Stretches should be done 5 minutes before aerobic exercise. Stretching allows the body to warm up before engaging in heavy exercise. It also reduces muscle tension as well as helping the body relieve stress, anxiety and fatigue. It can improve circulation and enhance flexibility of the body, especially the joints. These stretches can be done just minutes before you engage in an aerobic form of exercise and they can be done from the comfort of your own home too! Leg stretches: Lie flat on your back. Use both hands to bring your knee up to your chest. Hold

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Stand up straight, with knees slightly bent. Place feet hip distance apart. Make sure toes are pointing forward. Keep shoulders even as you complete this stretch.Place arms behind your back. Clasp your hands together, extending your arms behind your back and hold this position. Feel the stretch in your chest. Inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth, as you complete this stretch. Hold stretch for ten seconds. Stand in a doorway facing perpendicular to the wall. Place inside of bent arm on surface of wall. Position bent elbow shoulder height. Turn body away from positioned arm. Hold stretch. Repeat with opposite arm. Upper chest becomes more stretched with elbow lower. Lower chest and pectoralis minor become more stretched with elbow higher. Abs exercise warm up: Assume position by laying face down on the floor. Your hands should be directly under your shoulders. Use your hands to push yourself up into a cobra position. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds. Remember after you have done aerobic exercise or sport, you should also spend five minutes cooling down, to allow your heart rate to stabilize and blood pressure to go back to normal rate. It also is better for your muscles and will stop you getting pains from over doing it!

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1. Fair fright hurt badly for Dublin journalist who founded the Sinn Féin party in 1905. (6,8) 7. It may please Sligo to include the rental agreements. (6) 9. Mild rush over to Longford village near Ballinamuck where General Humbert was defeated in 1798. (8) 10. "At Swim --- Birds." Flann O'Brien (3) 11. Prays about the floral decoration. (5) 13. Protective covering seen in Lusk indubitably. (4) 14. He met about the subject of the speech. (5) 15. Leave out in Macroom itinerary. (4) 16. Cop this yourself and be aware of how bad you are! (4) 17. Help to handle Dan roughly. (4,1,4) 18. "All agog at the plasterer on his ladder Skimming our gable and writing our ---there." Seamus Heaney (4) 19. "I thought no more was needed Youth to prolong than ----bell and foil." Yeats. (4) 20. Prices in Beltra testify to good value. (5) 21. "That is no country for old men. The young in one another's ----, birds in the trees. " Yeats (4) 23. "Some say the ----- is dead and buried in Killarney" Irish ballad, anon.. (5) 25. It is raining in Stowe today. (3) 27. Note grin when confused, that's gas! (8) 28. Buries in Rosses Point erstwhile. (6) 30. Threats not yet made over Limerick City memorial to a violated agreement. (3,6,5)

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12. Say, led out for long waits. (6) 14. Rest on confusion of those of note. (6) 16. Mend dot, strangely enough, to produce a piece of bric - a- brac. (7) 22. Strikingly, some people singularly go to festival in 7 down to make one. (5) 24. "We could have saved sixpence. We have saved fivepence. But at what ---?" Beckett. (4) 26.Very small description seen in Gortin yesterday. (4) 29. Managed, but was in a hurry to get away? (3)

2. "Before the Roman came to ---, or out to Severn strode." Chesterton. (3) 3. "Swift has sailed into his ----: Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast." Yeats (4) 4. " ---- is a food that dead men eat, I have no stomach for such meat." Austin Dobson. (4) 5. Use fraud to win the round of cards? (5) 6. Son shall bend when moved to hear these in Cork City from St. Anne's. (7,5) 7. Dan, Ron's viola is broken in Clare spa town with a famous festival, near the Burren. (12) 8. Rattles badly to make one jump with fright. (7) 9. Gael not down, but up in Ulster home of the Four Masters Memorial, on the River Eske. (7,4)

You blink 15 000 times a day The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second. On average, you blink 15 000 times a day. That’s about 10 times per minute, or more than five million times a year. Women blink more than men. Jean-Dominique Bauby, a To be in with a chance of winning, fill out the crossword and your your name, telephone number and address and post to Puzzle Time French journalist suffering Competition, Northwest Express, Unit 3, Riverview House,Barret from “locked-in” syndrome,   Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo. - Good Luck!!   wrote the book “The Driv   Name:   ing Bell and the Butterfly” by   blinking his left eyelid – the Address:        only part of his body that could move. Animals blink too, of course. Some bird species, usually flightless      Telephone   number:  birds, have only a lower eyelid, whereas pigeons use upper and         lower lids to blink. Fish and insects do not have eyelids – their      by a hardened lens.    eyes are protected      To care for your eyes, eat carrots. They really do make you see better.Vitamin A is known to prevent “night blindness,” and car     rots are loaded with Vitamin A. Deficiency of Vitamin A actually     is a significant world problem, comparable to that of protein de ficiency and second only to caloric deficiency. Carrots also contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and betacarotene, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and can  cer. Carrots have zero fat content. One carrot provides more   than 200% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.   Carrots were first cultivated in 500 BC in the Mediterranean regions. The first carrots were purple, white, and yellow. They       were introduced in Europe in the 1600s. Orange carrots – the   ones we know today – were first grown in Japan in the 17th               century, and later made popular by the Dutch.  Mel Blanc, who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to         carrots.       25. kue 26. laud 27. luau

22. kea 23. kef 24. kefs

28. lug 29. skee 30. ski

19. glue 20. gul 21. iglu

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31. skua 32. uke 33. ulu

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Comparing today with 100 years ago How times have changed! 100 years ago there were less than 20,000 motorcars in the whole world, a lot of them being electric cars. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph (16km/h).The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, at 1063 ft (324 metres). Most women washed their hair only once a month using egg yolks for shampoo. Eggs cost about 10 cents per dozen. Cannabis and heroin were available over the counter at corner drugstores. And pneumonia and influenza were the leading causes of death. In 1910, the population of the United States was 92 million and the world population was 1.7 billion people. Today, there are more cars manufactured than their is demand for it.There are about 1 billion cars and light trucks on the road, half of them in the United States. The maximum speed limit in most cities is 30 mph, yet the traffic is so congested that the average speed is just over 10 mph.The tallest building is the Burj Dubai, at 2,640 ft (800 metres). Women wash their hair on average once a week – using any of thousands of products. Eggs cost $2 per dozen on average. Cannabis is not available over the counter – bar a few countries – and is very expensive.And the leading causes of death are heart attacks, cancers, strokes, and motorcar accidents. Today, the population of the United States numbers 300 million and almost 7 billion roam the earth.

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Take your pick for under 75k Knockrawer, Killavil, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

No. 2 & No. 3 Carraig Breac, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Station Road,Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Tyrawley,Terreace, Ballina, Co. Mayo

€65,000

€55,000

€45,000

€45,000

Detached House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Matthew Scanlon Phone: 071 9189224, 087 6853201 Features: Attached Garage, Mains water , Septic tank & Esb on site. Hay barn and a collection of out buildings. The property is set on C. acre site. New to the market this three bedroom detached cottage set on C. acre site, together with a collection of out buildings and hay barn. Located just 4km from Ballymote Town Centre, features include, oil fired central heating and attached garage. Accommodation comprises of kitchen, dining area, sitting room, bathroom, and three bedrooms. Viewing a must at this very realistic reserve.

Semi-Detached House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Matthew Scanlon - Phone: 071 9189224, 087 6853201 Features: This large two-story residence ideally located in tubbercurry town, and is the perfect fixer upper to the builder enthusiast, Accom comprises of two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining and sitting room with down stairs toilet. The property requires refurbishment and modernisation.

Lisbrogan, Swinford, Co. Mayo

€49,950

Liscat, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

Detached House - 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Derek Murphy Phone: 00353 94 9256944 Features: Just over 2 miles from Swinford PRICED TO SELL Stone cottage in need of renovation This old stone cottage is located in quiet location yet within 2.5 miles of Swinford town centre. The cottage consists of Living-room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. The property is in need of total renovation throughout. ESB, water and telephone connected. Situated on a half acre site with mature trees to rear of property, there is also some old stone sheds included in sale.

NO 1 The Avon , Newtownforbes, Co. Longford

€65,000

€75,000 Detached House - 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms Contact Name: Fox & Gallagher Phone: 096-70900, 087 2503641- 087 6476160 Features: •Close to the towns of Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Knock & kilkelly • Close to Knock and Knock airport • Private secluded yet convenient location • Derelict house with planning for extension Derelict two story traditional style farm house on a stand alone site, in a private yet convenient location close to the town of Knock. The property is currently 1066ft with full planning permission for an extension of 1356ft to the rear and side of the property. Renovation works have been started on the property existing windows have been replaced and any interior gutting works have been carried out. The property would be an ideal investment and with the proposed extension would make an ideal 4 bedroom family home in a private country setting.

Overall Floor Area: 48 Sq. Metres (517 Sq. Feet) Features: Super location, Electric heating Two bedroomed apartment situated on the ground floor . Good condition throughout . Fully furnished and all mod cons private parking ,apartment within five minutes walking distance of the village with excellent convenience stores, restaurants and bars. Beside Churches and schools.This is a prize winning development, very well designed and landscaped to a high standard and well managed by a competent managing agent. Call us today for further information . DIRECTIONS:

Killerr, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon

€60,000

Bungalow For Sale - For Sale by Private Treaty 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Contact Name: Elaine. Phone: 0949620102 Features: 2011 Price - Exceptional Value - 60,000 (Stg£51,500) Immediate viewing recommended, PVC double glazed windows & doors Oil fired central heating, Ample room for extension Charming Old World 2 Bedroom Cottage with Garden Area. The property has been completely renovated and is located approx. midway between Castlerea/Roscommon and convenient to the historic and award winning village of Ballintubber.

Townhouse - 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Contact Name: Brady Real Estate Alliance - Phone: 071-9622444 Features: Fitted wardrobes in Bedrooms, Close to town centre and all amenities, Gold Shield Electric Heating Beech Shaker Fitted Kitchen, Oak Wood Floor in Living Room. We are delighted to offer for sale these two stylish 2 bedroom mid terraced homes, they are situated in a nice development on the outskirts of the vibrant town of Drumshanbo. These homes offer excellent living and bedroom space and comprises Entrance Hall, Living Room open plan to Kitchen/Dining, D/Stairs w.c., 2 Bedrooms, Master with ensuite and Family Bathroom. The location of these properties is excellent being just a couple of mins walk from schools, shops, medical centre and all the facilities required for modern family living. They are also within walking distance of Acres lake amenity area with its public swimming pool, tennis courts and childrens play area. At their current price these properties represents excellent value and would make an ideal starter home or investment property.Viewing is highly recommended and by appointment only.

Semi-Detached House - 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Gerry Rowland Phone: 096 79482 & 096 70854, 086 8459414 Features: Good size back Garden. Reduce to sell @ 45000 Bargain Property Bargain Property Optimum Auctioneers & valuers are proud to offer for sale, This 3 bedroom semi-detach house,Located only minutes walk to Ballina Town Centre, and all amenities including, schools, church, shops. Accommodation comprises: Living/kitchen room,3-bedrooms, and bathroom, This property is free hold, It would make and ideal investment property for Rental when completed.

Mac Oisin Place, Dromod, Co. Leitrim

57 Harbour Point, Market Square, Longford, Co. Longford Apartment For Sale - Section 23) For Sale by Private Treaty, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Contact Name: Frank Regan - Phone: (043) 335 0000, 086-2560408 Features: Bargain @ 59,000 Prime Location Section 23 Tax Relief Great Rental Area Modern Apartment Complex Spacious c.730 sq ft 2nd floor apartment. In a modern complex on Longford Towns Market Square. Besdie Train Station (Dublin/Sligo) and all services. Ready to go with tenants if so desired.

€55,000 €55,000

Rusheen, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon

€70,000

Detached House - For Sale by Private Treaty 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Elaine Phone: 0949620102 Features: Priced to Sell - 70,000 (Stg£59,000) Night rate electric storage heating PVC double glazed windows & doors External walls drylined PVC guttering A well appointed ready-to-walk-into dwellinghouse in Castleplunkett village & adjacent to all amenities. Traditional Storey & Half Style Dwellinghouse with Large Garden in Castleplunkett Village

"Brosken", Listhomasroe, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

€60,000

Detached House - For Sale by Private Treaty 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Elaine Phone: 0949620102 Features: New Year, New Price Cut - 2011 Price - Exceptional Value 60,000 (Stg £50,000)!! Price cut by 50% from 120,000-to-60,000 Many original features retained including stone walls, timber ceilings and fireplaces New slate roof, oil fired central heating Southfacing elevated aspect. The property is set back from the road and accessed by a gravelled driveway - Traditional Style Farmhouse with Outbuildings on Grounds c. 1.1 Acres A true gardeners paradise. Private location c. 3 miles from Castlerea town and c. 2 miles from the historic and award winning village of Ballintubber.

Apartment For Sale - 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Contact Name: Joe Brady Phone: 0719622444 Overall Floor Area: 75 Sq. Metres (807 Sq. Feet) Features: Large Storage closet, Flooring Complete Built in wardrobes in both bedrooms Ensuite Bathroom, Large rooms thoughout

8 Westside Apt, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

€70,000

Apartment For Sale - For Sale by Private Treaty 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Contact Name: Property Partners Paul Reynolds, Property Partners Paul Reynolds & Co. Phone: 074 9122399

January 14th 2011 Edition  

Northwest Express January 2011