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Your critical guide to events, culture, attractions and going out in Sligo

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OUT AND ABOUT at the GP Ball

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THE SLIGO BALLERINA WHO IS MAKING WAVES ACROSS THE WATER Dancing from the tender age of three, Maeve Foley looks set to become another one of Sligo’s most successful exports. Kate Winter catches up with her during a brief visit home.

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OUT AND ABOUT at Fiddlers Creek & Shenanigans

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OUT AND ABOUT Velvet Rooms for Bachelor of the Year

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COMPETITION! Our ‘Rear of the Year’ Competition!

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LEONIE CORNELIUS Sligo based Leonie is changing the face of Irish landscaping one step at a time.

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OUT AND ABOUT at The Garavogue Bar

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WHATS ON IN SLIGO... Your definitive out and about guide!

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GOTTA DANCE at The Sligo Park Hotel

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HOLLYWOOD VALENTINES BALL in aid of Sligo Cancer Support Centre

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WINE GUIDE WITH THE WINE BUFF

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OUT FOR DINNER - RESTAURANT GUIDE

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WHATS COOKING With Dale Barber of The Swagman

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WINTERS NEW LEAVES With Kate Winter

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING DIRECTORY SERVICES DIRECTORY

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t is hard to believe that February has been and gone. Only a couple of days less than any other month but yet it seems to fly by much faster. Last month we introduced our Rear of the Year competition and the reaction so far has been unbelievable. Look out for the April issue which will be carrying the first set of photos to choose from for this month's favourite rear. February saw over 350 Fianna Fail delegates descend onto Sligo for the Ogra convention in the Raddison and congratulations to local girl Kate Feeney who was crowned president for the coming year. On a different note the Sligo Champion deserves no plaudits for the tacky front page they ran recently about Shane Filans home. “Through the keyhole” would be more at home in the English tabloids.Ground-breaking journalism it definitely was not. This after all was the family home of someone who has only ever portrayed Sligo in a positive light. Throughout Westlife's career the lads were always accessible and were only too happy to give interviews and promote Sligo as the great place that it is . It was disconcerting to see how the knives were sharpened to get the last pound of flesh from the story. Kicking a man when he is down is not a pretty sight. On a more positive note I am delighted to welcome our new contributor, Kate Winter, a writer and journalist from Strandhill, whose column “Winter’s New Leaves” starts this month in Sligo Now on page 47. Also in this issue, Kate interviews dancing diva, Maeve Foley and offers an in-depth story of the rising star of local garden designer and TV star, Leonie Cornelius. Kate’s short stories can be found on her blog www.winterwritings.wordpress.com, and her debut novel, “Haunting Jack Harper” has recently been released on Amazon for Kindle.

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Photography: Jimmy Kilgallen Donal Hackett Colin Gillen James Donnelly Ruth Williams Elish Kilgallen

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OUT & ABOUT

Jackie and Bill Shannon, President for I.C.G.P.

Jene O Donnell, Paul Mc Keown President of I.M.O. Aileen O Donnell, Elanor O Neill, Dr Brendan Gill, Dr Nessa O Donnell, Vivien Murray, Dr George O Neill

Ken and Sandra Draper

Frances and Mickey Kearins

Arthur and Rosie Mullin

Dr Phil Murray, Dr Alan Guckian, Niamh Guckian, and Dr Michael Coleman

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David and Valerie Durkan

Caitriona Coleman, Oliver Davey, Elanor Davey, Eoin Coleman, and Orla Coleman


Olwyn Devins, Sheila Mullan Caroline Mullan, and Ita Brady

Kevin O Donnell, Paul O Donnell, Freddie Jones, Brian O Donnell

Michael Mc Namara,Tony Carroll, John Mc Hugh, Pat Doyle

Emma Harrington, Peter O Shaughnessy, Sarah Courtney

Rita O Cléirígh, Niamh Macey, Andrew Macey, Aideen Considine

Dr Donal Smyth and Mrs Gaye Smyth along with Billy and Marianne Moore

Frank and Helen Hayes, Edel and Niall Hughes

Lilly Murphy and James Doyle, Lisa and Johnston Byrne

Ember Werdrop, Sinead Horan, Elisa Monaghan

Mary Carroll, Lavina Gleeson, Marian Mc Hugh

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OUT & ABOUT

Karron Hickey and Noreen Montgomery

Bronagh Waters & Aileen Slevin

Margaret Mulrooney & Deirdre Collery

Liam Cunningham & Colette Brooks

Ray Ceon & Marion Mahon

Jane Hobson & LLeonora Neary

Lynett Carty, Catherine McManus and Vivien Draper

Una Jackson, Susan Leonard, Marie Comway and Berna Kavanagh

Laura Spellman, Chiara Conway and Brian Reilly

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Mary Colleray, Geraldine Kilfeather and Claire Waters,


Enda Horan and Trisha Higgins

Gerry Flynn, Mary McVey

Luke, Rhona and Sally McGrath

Dara Gallagher, Richard Sherlock

Ann Winters and Eddie Barrett

Caroline O'Doub and Tom Lavin

Denise O Toole & Dympna O Driscall

Venessa Scanlon & Karen Spellman

Marie O Byrne, Wayne O Connor, Catherine Fanning

Dagmara Gladysz, Przemek Raiwa and Lidia

Dawn Howard, Ashling Coyne

Wayne O’Connor (Artist) & Sylwia Vryga

Mary Mapp, Jude Mapp and Rita Cerina

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Maeve putting her dancing skills to good use in a photo shoot with Suzy McCanny, Sligo

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Photographs: Suzy McCanny Photography & Fashion Styling www.suzymccanny.com

Dancing from the tender age of three, and now studying Professional Stage Dance and Dance Teacher Training at the prestigious Dance For All Theatre School, Edinburgh Maeve Foley looks set to become another one of Sligo’s most successful exports. Kate Winter catches up with her during a brief visit home. Maeve, have you always known that dancing is your dream career, or did it just start out as a bit of fun and develop into something more over the years? I started down at Chaple Lane School of Performing Arts with Mary McDonagh and Steffen Jorgensen, and I was there till I was eighteen, studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary. I don’t even remember my first class! I just remember going as far back as my memory takes me. My mum just put me into the classes at first because she thought I’d like it. She was right, because I never stopped! Even when I was doing exams at school, or other things were going on in my life, I always wanted to keep going with the dancing too. I think from about thirteen or fourteen I started to really consider dance as a career, but I wasn’t entirely sure it was a realistic option. In my leaving cert year then, when I was making my decision, Mary really helped me, she was very encouraging. And I knew I had to at least give it a shot, because if I didn’t I would really regret it.

A photo shoot for Suzy McCanny for The Irish Professional Photographers Association competition

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So you went straight from Leaving Cert in Sligo, living at home, to studying Professional Dance at college and living in a big city like Edinburgh. Was that a bit of a culture shock for you? Well I stayed in Halls for the first year with two other girls and a boy who were all in the same boat, so we kind of helped each other along. One of the girls was on my course as well, so we got quite close – I still live with her this year. Our course is quite demanding, we tend to be in class a lot more than normal students. We could be in from half eight in the morning till about half six, and then I’d have other, outside classes I take, such as singing and gymnastics, too. So for the first year I tended to be quite tired! Edinburgh is a big city, but it’s really pretty and it’s good for going out – I’m just happy to have made friends over there, because that makes it a lot easier being away from home. Dance is a notoriously difficult career to break into, there’s a lot of competition out there for not so many parts – have you got a backup career in mind? Well, our course is really good in that it gives us real all-round performance skills; we do some acting, singing, modelling as well as the dance. And it’s also the only course of its kind that I know of that simultaneously gives you your teaching qualifications, so at the end of the day, if I can’t dance, I can still teach dance. A dancer’s career usually ends by twenty eight or thirty, so I’ve always planned to teach at that point anyway. Dance, and in particular, ballet, which you do a lot of, is renowned for being brutally hard on your body. Have you suffered for your art much so far? Yes, definitely! I think everyone does once you go in to full time training. There are techniques you learn to prevent injuries, but it does still happen. Last summer I had four operations on my toes, and in the past I had an operation on my knee as well. There have been girls I know who have had to leave the course as well – their bodies just couldn’t take the strain. Some level of pain is just to be expected when you’re a dancer, though. You’re either built for it or you’re not, and thankfully, I think I am! Do you think there’s much room for success in Ireland, or are you going to have to keep your sights set further afield? I think I could definitely teach dance here in Ireland, but in terms of performing and working as a professional dancer it’s probably best to go away, like to London. There aren’t even any colleges in Ireland that do the course I’m doing. I think that dance is more popular and more recognised in the UK – they even have the option of studying it as a subject in secondary school. There are far more opportunities over there; more agents, more jobs, more shows. What’s been the highlight of your dance career so far? Our summer show in college was brilliant, seeing how much we’d all progressed since starting the course. I get a real sense of satisfaction from doing well in exams, but at the end of the day I think

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Maeve modelling swimwear at a photo shoot she did in London


Fashion shoot at W5 Modelling Agency, London

One of Maeve's portfolio photographs taken by Assets Modelling Agency, Dublin performing is the real highlight for any dancer. I got the award last year for tap dancing too, which was really rewarding, because when I started, tap would have been one of my weak points, so I worked really hard at it and it paid off. So would you say that the key to success in the life of a dancer is hard work, then? Definitely. I’m very set on my goals, very driven and determined. I know what I want and I work as hard as I can, and I practice, practice, practice. Even though I’m off this week, for example, Mary McDonagh has been kind enough to let me use her studio to keep working while I’m home. I think the dance world is getting more and more competitive, and there are so many people going for one job these days that you have to have the dedication to work hard otherwise you won’t stand a chance. Well you’ve got that without a doubt! Where can we expect to see you in ten years time, then? I’d hope to be still performing, ideally in one of the big shows in the West End of London, playing maybe Roxy from Chicago or Victoria from Cats. Or possibly working in commercial dance, starring in big music videos, preferably with someone like Ke$ha. I’d be coming to the end of my performance career at that stage though, so I might even be coming home to set up my own studios!

Ready for class at Dance For All, Edinburgh

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AFTER DARK

Bridjet Moore, Maria Corcoran and Linda Mc Gonigle

Sheila McGrath and Martina Rogers

Lorraine Friel, Caroline Crosby, Rachel Bermingham and Janet Sweeney

Brenda and Jason Byrne

Michelle McMonigle, Lisa Doherty and Elaine McLoughlin

Aidan and Yvonne Higgins

Tracey Arbuckle, Sharon McLoughlin and Deirdre Barnlow

Fiona Moore and Finuala Keane

Janet McCrudden and Laura Kenndy

Sinead McEneaney and Fiona O'Driscoll

Jackie and Niamh Hamilton with Tara Hounahan and Kathy Duffy

Niamh Ennis, Patrick Henry and Kat Ennis

Clare Kelly and her Winettes

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Sarah Sheridan & Rachel McNally

Shannon Mahon and Yasimne Conlon

Aisling and Eileen McCarey with Elaine Duffy


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German-born Leonie Cornelius is a woman who makes an impact. An ex-singer, ex-model, turned award winning garden designer and regular feature on our television screens, this month Katie Winter caught up with Sligo based Leonie who is changing the face of Irish landscaping one step at a time.

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eonie was born in Moenchengladbach, Germany. Describing the city as “Industrial, grey, not a very pretty place at all, where you had to travel to get to any kind of park or green space.” it’s no wonder that as a five year old on holidays in Sligo, she fell in love with the Irish countryside. To her and her younger brother, the green fields and overgrown hedgerows, rolling hills and sparkling lakes were a magical place, full of adventure and storybook beauty. After several years of hearing how wonderful Ireland was, and watching their children draw countless pictures of rainbows, titled simply “Ireland”, the Cornelius family upped sticks and moved here for good. Nowadays, Leonie lives just a stone’s throw from her parents’ cottage, in Five-Mile-Bourne, where she grew up in blissfully rural surrounds. She lives as close to nature as she can, valuing the home grown herbs and vegetables in her garden among her favourite things. She is a single mother, to six year old Armando, and the sole powerhouse behind the rapidly expanding ‘Blume Design House’. She works from home as much as she possibly can, but her varied jobs and commitment to being ‘on-site’ as much as possible mean she

After several years of hearing how wonderful Ireland was, and watching their children draw countless pictures of rainbows, titled simply “Ireland”, the Cornelius family upped sticks and moved here for good.

could be anywhere in the country from day to day. Her heart remains in Sligo, though, and watching her son experience the unspoilt beauty of our landscape is a chance for Leonie to revisit her own idyllic childhood experience. “Armando gets to follow the same path we did; going exploring in the mountains, playing beside the lake, finding treasures, building castles, getting totally lost in nature and loving it! This is home for us.” The road to this very successful career and lifestyle was not a smooth one, however. Along the route from young girl immersed in nature to successful businesswoman working with nature, Leonie took a few unexpected detours. Always a creative soul, her first forays into business were in the notoriously unstable world of showbiz. Scouted at the tender age of seventeen by London based music producers, BrockPocket, Leonie found herself recording a demo album and thrust into the spotlight as a young singing sensation. While she loved the creative side of the entertainment industry, she struggled with the performance side. “It always felt like very hard work, like it wasn’t a natural fit for me. I knew what I wanted the outcome to be – I wanted to excel at something and to create something beautiful, but it just never worked the way I wanted it to. I thought I was too shy, funnily enough, but that shyness was probably more because I didn’t completely believe in what I was doing.” After a little soul searching, Leonie - even at a young age, prone to follow her heart – left behind the world of popstardom and decided instead to follow the route of behind the scenes involvement, studying Music Management and Production at the well regarded Ballyfermot College of Further Education. This led her to getting involved in several

musical endeavours in Sligo in the years that followed, and even occasionally performing again from time to time. While Leonie enjoyed some success in the field, something was missing. “I don’t think I had enough experience, enough knowledge – I was very young, and there’s only so much you have to give, to share with the world, at such a young age.” She decided to return to education, and to point her creativity in another direction altogether. Always very artistic and skilled at imagining and drawing, Leonie enrolled in Sligo IT’s course in Interior Architecture. And here began a true love affair with design. As Leonie describes it, the German in her came out when she encountered the clean lines and perfection of architectural drawing. “I wanted to open up a different type of creativity in myself, one that could actually satisfy me. Interior Architecture seemed perfect, as it was creative, but technical too. I loved the definition of it, the order, the symmetry, there was no ambiguity – I could see exactly how each design worked, and that deeply appealed to me.” Much as she loved her studies, however, and came out with an excellent degree, once she graduated, Leonie discovered that there was not much work to be had in the world of Interior Architecture in Sligo. Hence, another move, back to Dublin, and this time she was scouted by a model agency. Once again in a world of performance and showbiz, it seemed that design and creativity would have to wait. Fate intervened at this point, however, and in 2006, Leonie had her son, Armando. The pull of Sligo, of home and family and the countryside she loved so dearly, was too great. Despite the lack of potential modelling or design jobs, she made the move back to beautiful Five Mile Bourne, and has never looked back since.

“I wanted to open up a different type of creativity in myself, one that could actually satisfy me. Interior Architecture seemed perfect, as it was creative, but technical too. I loved the definition of it, the order, the symmetry, there was no ambiguity – I could see exactly how each design worked, and that deeply appealed to me.”

She explains, “I came back to life! Coming back here and starting afresh with my new baby, and creating a beautiful space for us, really inspired me.” Watching her son growing up in the same way she did, and revisiting her childhood through his eyes, Leonie was once again seized by her love of nature. Only this time, she decided to do something about it. She enrolled herself in an online learning diploma course run by KLC School of Design in London, and started studying garden design. Something clicked into place for Leonie as soon as she began the course – it was an instant fit. “Suddenly I realised I could take my love of design, of clean lines and symmetry, and combine that with my love of nature, and creativity – I could take a softer approach with garden design and landscape architecture.” Doing several small projects and jobs as part of her course, and consistently getting top marks in all her assignments, not to mention glowing feedback from her tutors, Leonie realised quickly that she had all she needed to start her own business. “I don’t think I overthought that too much – I just went for it. It seemed like a natural progression. I wasn’t necessarily massively driven at that point, I just realised there was a market for what I was doing, and, well, why not?”

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Freshly graduated, and deservingly lauded as ‘Student of the Year’ she launched Blume Design House, and started work immediately. From the get go, she describes it as a labour of love – there was no room to fail, this was her passion. When presented with the opportunity to apply for a place in the popular RTE show SuperGarden, in which five budding garden designers are pitted against each other to win a chance to showcase their garden design at the Bloom Festival in Dublin, Leonie sprang into action. “Somebody put it up on Twitter, and I saw it and went ‘Ooh! I could do that!’” In her mind, winning was the aim. The exposure the show would give her would be a bonus, but Bloom was her dream and she had every intention of winning that show, and getting her work seen on a huge scale. And win it she did, with a spectacular garden design at the home of Mary and Gerry Flynn in Tonaphubble here in Sligo.

This win took Leonie to Bloom, the prestigious showcase for all the top garden designers in Ireland. The SuperGarden garden is always a big hit with the public; after watching the winner’s progress on the semireality tv show format, everyone wants to take a look and meet the designer. Despite its popularity, however, a SuperGarden entry would not generally be considered to pose any threat to the other exhibitors. But this year was different. Leonie’s garden garnered serious interest from fellow designers as it was constructed in the weeks running up to the opening. And sure enough, for the first time in SuperGarden history, she took home several prizes, including the coveted ‘Best in Category’ – a category in which she was competing with some of the biggest names in Irish garden design. From there, the Sligo based designer’s business has boomed. In the midst of a hard-hitting

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recession, Leonie’s ethos of simplicity, beauty and re-working existing materials has struck a chord, and her skills are in hot demand. She refuses to dwell on the doom and gloom side of things, instead seeing opportunity in the times at hand. “Recessions bring out creativity. People are more open to reusing, re-cycling, making something beautiful out of an old, unloved item in times when they have less. And that’s a key part of my design style, so it’s definitely working for me!” As well as designing a new garden for this year’s Bloom, and working on several high profile jobs (Leonie is the hand behind the beautiful cladding and planting down at Shells Cafe in Strandhill, and has built several structures based on the ‘hut’ design from her SuperGarden around the country) RTE have scooped her up to be the resident gardening expert on their Today show, with Daithi O’Se and Maura Derrane. So it seems all of this

hardworking, multifaceted Sligo woman’s skills are finally being put to good use, including her entertainment skills. She agrees, “A huge part of me craves the media side, the performance side. But I have learned I need to be 100% sure I believe in what I’m doing, or else I lose all my confidence.” When I asked Leonie what the secret to her success is, the answer was clear and direct. “It’s because I’m doing something I feel very passionate about – I love what I do. And I put huge amounts of time and effort into it! Almost every day, I push my limits and work as hard as I know how. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worthwhile.” And when I asked what the future holds? Well, let’s just say we will surely be seeing more of this lady’s beautiful designs cropping up over the coming years. And who knows, maybe more of her beautiful face too, if RTE could tempt her into presenting her own show.


AFTER DARK

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Sinead Roycroft, Paula Kenny, Brenda Kenny, Caroline McLoughlin with Joe Gallagher

Deirdre and Mark Boland, Ashling and Paul Gilleran

Ashling Green, Deirdre Boland

Jualie and Patrick Ellwood

Deirdre Deering, Ashling Cawley

Karl Spain, Jenny Mccudden, Melvin Smith

Aishling Mc Dermott, Padraig Keaney

Caroline McLoughlin, Lorraine McDonald

Caroline McLoughlin, Sinead Roycroft

Lorraine and Peter McDonald

Tony and Ashling Bolton

Shane Farrell, Barbra Cullen, Anita Harte, Paul Costello

Ita and Garry Rooney, Maura & Michael Townsend

Lorraine Toman, David Kellly

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Shauna & Ciara McPartland

Brian Harte & Marianna Little Anthony & Louise Kinane with Lorraine & Billy Roe

Hughie Lowry

Jack & Seamus Maye

Martina, Blaine, Laura & Saoirse

Dessie Tims, Brian Harte, Eddie Waters & Marianna Little

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Thurs, March 14

MUSIC

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Traditional Session: Harp Tavern Mash up with residential DJ: Shenanigans Open Mike Night: Furey's Cathy Jordan from Dervish: Strand Bar

Trad night: Teach Murray in Gurteen Live Music: Shoots

Trad Session: Earleys DJ Richie: Cullens Scruffy Duffy: Garavogue Trad Session: Shoots DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Trad night: Earley's Fireside Sessions: Barrys of Grange Sharon Conway and friends: Hargadons Fiddlers: The Rocketmen Source: Kieran Quinn, Dave Flynn and Sinead Conway

Fri, March 15 MUSIC

John L: Foleys Various Artists: Hargadons Resident DJ’s: Shenanigans Live Music: Fureys Live Music: Fiddlers Live Music: Garavogue Live DJ: McHughs Trad Night: TD's Bar Trad Night: 10pm: Foley's Trad night: Durkins Ballinacarrow: BY THE BOG OF CATS: TUES 12 – SAT 16, 8PM

ENDGAME 6-16 MARCH

Tues, March 12 MUSIC

Trad Session: Shoots Craic Addicts: The Swagman Scruffy Duffy: Shenanigans

Blue Stack Open Mic: McGarrigles Trad Session: Roisin Dubh, Gurteen

Wed, March 13 MUSIC

No Crows: Shoots Grooveology: Swagman Trad Session: McLaughlins DJ Trolley: Cullens DJ Ryan G: Shenanigans The White Gorrilas: Fiddlers Trad night: Fureys No Crows: Shoot the Crows Trad night: Border Collie in Tourlestrane

Endgame opens on the 6th of March and plays until the 16th March at The Factory Performance Space in Sligo. The cast: Ciaran McCauley, John Carty, Sandra O'Malley and Peter Davey. Direction by Niall Henry, design by Barry McKinney and Joe Hunt. Tickets can be purchased on 071-917-0431 10am-5pm.

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By the Bog of Cats is a furious, uncompromising tale of greed and betrayal, of murder and profound self-sacrifice. Loosely based on Euripides' tragedy Medea, this is the prophetic tale of Hester Swane, an Irish Traveller, who attempts to come to terms with a lifetime of abandonment in a world where all whom she has loved have discarded her. Set on the bleak, ghostly landscape of the Bog of Cats, this provocative drama discloses one woman's courageous attempts to lay claim to that which is hers, as her world is torn in two.

Sat, March 16 MUSIC

Live Music: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore Seamus & Friends: Foleys DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans

Live Music: Fureys Live Music: TD’s Live DJ: McHughs Trad Session: Roisin Dubh Gurteen Cool Hand Dukes: Swagman Gerry Singer: Pier Head, Mullaghmore Trad Night 10pm: Foley's Live DJ: Fiddler's Creek: Hargadon's Ray Lynam: Cullen’s Smash Hits: Garavogue RACKHOUSE PILFER CD LAUNCH GIG

This coming March 16th see’s six piece Bluegrass/Americana group Rackhouse Pilfer launch their first album with support from the finest local act’s Sligo has to offer. This is a night not to be missed.

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Sun, March 17 MUSIC

Live Music: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore

Sunday Mass: McGarrigles DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Lunchtime Jazz with the Jazz Lads: Harp Tavern Deja Groove from 1pm: Garavogue Live Music: Owenmore Live DJ: McHughs The Quakers / 21 Outs: Swagman John Farry: Pier Head, Mullaghmore Dean Mahon: Rafferty's Jazz from 7.30pm: Fiddler's Creek Trad night: Donaghy's Music from 3PM: Cullen’s Live Music: Fureys Live Music: Fiddlers Live DJ: McHughs Trad Night: TD's Bar Trad Night: 10pm: Foley's Glitter Bugs: Garavogue

Live music: Glasshouse Live music: Southern Hotel Livd Music: Kennedys Live Music: Belfry

PICK OF THE WEEK

Are you ready to get it on? They don't come much wilder than these guys! Complete with their Goth like costumes and spine chilling make up The Glitter Bugs are the real deal when it comes to performance and showmanship. With their elaborate, high-energy stage show, The Glitter Bugs are the ultimate in live entertainment! A show that is guaranteed to 'Rock your Rolls off', and take you on a most exciting musical journey. The Glitter Bugs pump out a classy mixture of Pop, Rock, and Disco that gets everyone off their seats and on their feet. This is one unique show not to be missed.


Feast Of Country Music Ocean FM will be hosting two nights of great music and entertainment in the luxury four star Raddisson Hotel in Rosses Point Sligo on March 19th and 20th. Featuring Nathan Carter and Mike Denver their bands, and some of the hottest names in country music including Crystal Swing, Gerry Gutherie, Johnny Brady, Annemarie O’Riordan, the Wee Amigos and many more to be announced the event promises to be one the highlights of the entertainment calendar of the year in the north west.

PICK OF THE WEEK

Doors open 7.30pm Starts at 8

Mon, March 18

Thurs, March 21

MUSIC

MUSIC

Traditional Session: Harp Tavern

Mash up with residential DJ: Shenanigans 80’s Fancy Dress Party: Swagman Trad Session: Shoots Live Music: Fureys

Tues, March 19

Trad Session: Earleys DJ Richie: Cullens Scruffy Duffy: Garavogue Trad Session: Shoots DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Cuban Dawn: Swagman Trad night: Earley's Fireside Sessions: Barrys Sharon Conway and friends: Hargadons The Rocketmen: Fiddlers The Odd Couple: Source

MIDNIGHTS CHILDREN

@ The Model 20 & 21 Mar. at 8pm and Sun Mar 24 at 3pm:

Trad Session: Shoots Craic Addicts: The Swagman Scruffy Duffy: Shenanigans Blue Stack Open Mic: McGarrigles

Wed, March 20 MUSIC

No Crows: Shoots Grooveology: Swagman Trad Session: McLaughlins DJ Trolley: Cullens DJ Ryan G: Shenanigans The White Gorrilas: Fiddlers The QT: Swagman Trad night: Fureys No Crows: Shoot the Crows Trad night: Border Collie in Tourlestrane:

MUSIC

John L: Foleys

Various Artists: Hargadons Resident DJ’s: Shenanigans Live Music: Fureys Live Music: Fiddlers Live Music: Garavogue Live DJ: McHughs DJ PC: Swagman Trad Night: TD's Bar Trad Night 10pm: Foley's Trad night: Durkins Ballinacarrow

SEAN MAC ERLAINE AND DONAL DINEEN

MUSIC

Trad Session: Roisin Dubh, Gurteen

Fri, March 22

Sat, March 23 MUSIC

Shakedown: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore Live Music: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore Seamus & Friends: Foleys DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Live Music: Fureys Live Music: TD’s Live DJ: McHughs Trad Session: Roisin Dubh Gurteen Shakedown: Pier Head, Mullaghmore Hughie Lowry: Rafferty's Trad Night 10pm: Foley's Live DJ: Fiddler's Creek Live music: Hargadon's Country Jamboree: Cullens

Sun, March 24 MUSIC

Live Music: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore Sunday Mass: McGarrigles DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Lunchtime Jazz with the Jazz Lads: Harp Tavern Live Music: Garavogue Live Music: Owenmore Live DJ: McHughs Dean Mahon: Rafferty's Jazz from 7.30pm: Fiddler's Creek Trad night: Donaghy's

Feis Shligigh

Sun 24th to Wed 27th Hawkswell

Neil Delamere

The Hawkswell Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd 8pm €20

The Model

From Deepa Mehta, director of the ‘Elements Trilogy’ (Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005)) comes this adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s much-loved 1980 masterpiece of post-colonial literature and magical realism, and winner of the ‘Booker of Bookers’ prize. Saleem is able to telepathically communicate with others born in the first hour of independence, two of whom, Shiva and Parvati, play major roles in his life.

€10 / Acclaimed musician Seán Mac Erlaine & visual artist, DJ and broadcaster Donal Dineen present a circular dialogue between lush improvised soundscapes and expressive and experimental live film.

Neil, comes to the realisation that he has now lived in Dublin as long as he has lived in his family home in Offaly. But what exactly has Neil learned in the 16 years since he left home? Find out for yourself when Neil dabbles in a little witty self-reflection and good spirited fun with a trip down memory lane aided by original footage from 90’s quiz show, Blackboard Jungle, when he captained his school team to victory.

Feis Shligigh was founded in 1903 as a Gaelic Feis for Connacht. The aims are the revival of national Language and Heritage. Dr. Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland, adjudicated the Irish Language competitions in the early days. All sections of the Feis ran concurrently during Easter Week until 2006. Since then because of increasing numbers of competitors, it now takes place over 3 weekends before Easter ending with Drama on Holy Week.

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Mon, March 25

Thurs, March 28

MUSIC

MUSIC

Traditional Session: Harp Tavern Mash up with residential DJ: Shenanigans

Tues, March 26 MUSIC

Trad Session: Shoots Craic Addicts: The Swagman

Scruffy Duffy: Shenanigans Blue Stack Open Mic: McGarrigles Trad Session: Roisin Dubh, Gurteen

Wed, March 27 MUSIC

No Crows: Shoots Grooveology: Swagman Trad Session: McLaughlins

THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN BY SEAN O'CASEY

Thurs 28th to Sat 30th Hawkswell

A poignantly comic and ultimately tragic play, set in the tenements of Dublin during the Irish War of Independence. The residents of an overcrowded slum house show wry wit and human warmth, while the notorious Black and Tans prowl around the streets at night.

Sat, March 30 MUSIC

Seamus & Friends: Foleys

DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Live Music: Fureys Live Music: TD’s Live DJ: McHughs

Trad Session: Roisin Dubh Gurteen Queen Bee: Pier Head, Mullaghmore Trad Night 10pm: Foley's Live DJ: Fiddler's Creek Live music: Hargadon's Live music: Gormleys

Live music: Kennedys Live music: Raffertys Live music: Southern Hotel Live music: Earlys Live music: Garavogue Live music: Swagman

Oddsocks -EP Release in Sligo DJ Trolley: Cullens DJ Ryan G: Shenanigans The White Gorrilas: Fiddlers Trad night: Fureys Trad night: Border Collie in Tourlestrane:

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Sun, March 31 MUSIC

Sunday Mass: McGarrigles Dean Mahon: Rafferty's DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans

GOOD FRIDAY

Open Mike Night: Furey's Cathy Jordan from Dervish: Strand Bar Trad night: Teach Murray in Gurteen Trad Session: Shoots

Trad Session: Earleys DJ Richie: Cullens Scruffy Duffy: Garavogue Trad Session: Shoots DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Singing sessions: Roisin Dubh in Gurteen Trad night: Fureys Fireside Sessions: Barrys of Grange Live music: Gormleys Live music: Fiddlers Live music: Kennedys Live music: Foleys Trad Session: McLaughlins Live music: Swagman Live music: The Harp

Fri, March 29

Lunchtime Jazz with the Jazz Lads: Harp Tavern Live Music: Garavogue

Live Music: Owenmore Live DJ: McHughs Curly Bros: Pier Head, Mullaghmore Jazz from 7.30pm: Fiddler's Creek Trad night: Donaghy's

Live music: Gormleys Live music: Swagman Live Music: TD’s

PICK OF THE WEEK

Ever popular Sligo formed rock group Oddsocks (formerly Oddsocks Revival) will release their new EP ‘There’s Something Going On’ over the Easter Weekend with a special launch night upstairs at Shenanigans Bar, Bridge St, Sligo on friday, March 29. From Sligo to Holland, the band have gigged across Scotland, England and France as well as hitting the festival circuit (Electric picnic, Edinburgh Fringe, Volvo Ocean race, Sea Sessions.) Now with a new EP and further releases penned in for later in the year as well as a future tour of Germany planned, 2013 promises to be a busy year for the Dublin based Oddsocks.


Frankie Gavin & De Dannan Frankie Gavin, who is widely considered to be the world’s greatest Irish fiddle player, entered the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the fastest fiddle player in the world. The band ‘De Dannan’ has been responsible over many years for bringing some of Ireland’s immensely talented traditional performers to the world stage. The current ‘De Dannan’ ensemble is led by Frankie Gavin on fiddle, flutes & whistles with Barry Brady on accordian, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes & whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki & guitars and Michelle Lally on vocals. In the words of Rob Frabroni, Producer of ‘The Last Waltz’; ‘this current line up tops them all’. 'Electrifying' is an adjective that's too often used to describe certain performances but this is one instance where it's absolutely unavoidable. If you've never been lucky enough to see ‘Frankie Gavin & De Dannan’ perform live, prepare to be... shocked.

Mon, April 1 MUSIC

Traditional Session: Harp Tavern Mash up with residential DJ: Shenanigans Open Mike Night: Furey's Cathy Jordan from Dervish: Strand Bar

Trad night: Teach Murray in Gurteen Trad night: Donaghy's Live music: Shoots

Tues, April 2 MUSIC

Trad Session: Shoots

Thurs, April 4 MUSIC

Trad Session: Earleys DJ Richie: Cullens Scruffy Duffy: Garavogue Trad Session: Shoots DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Trad night: Earley's Fireside Sessions: Barrys of Grange Live music: Hargadons Live music: Glass House Live music: Cullens Live music: The Harp Kieran Quinn: Source Live music: The Swagman

FASHION SHOW IN AID OF CREGG HOUSE ON SATURDAY 6TH APRIL IN VELVET ROOM

Fri, April 5 MUSIC

John L: Foleys Various Artists: Hargadons Resident DJ’s: Shenanigans Live Music: Fureys Live Music: Fiddlers Live Music: Garavogue Live DJ: McHughs Trad Night: TD's Bar Trad Night:10pm: Foley's Trad night: Durkins Ballinacarrow Michelle Feeny and Co: Kennedys Live music: Swagman Live music: The Harp

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan €20/€18conc Hawkswell

Sat, April 6 MUSIC

Live Music: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore Seamus & Friends: Foleys DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Live Music: Fureys Live Music: TD’s Live DJ: McHughs Trad Session: Roisin Dubh Gurteen Trad Night 10pm: Foley's: Singing sessions: Roisin Dubh in Gurteen Live DJ: Fiddler's Creek: Live music: Hargadon's Live music: The Swagman Live music: Kennedys Live music: Fiddlers Live music: The Harp Fashion Show in aid of Cregg house: Velvet Room

Allegiance Hawkswell

Craic Addicts: The Swagman Scruffy Duffy: Shenanigans Blue Stack Open Mic: McGarrigles Trad Session: Roisin Dubh, Gurteen Trad Session: Fureys

Wed, April 3 MUSIC

No Crows: Shoots Grooveology: Swagman Trad Session: McLaughlins DJ Trolley: Cullens DJ Ryan G: Shenanigans The White Gorrilas: Fiddlers Trad night: Fureys

Trad night: Border Collie in Tourlestrane

The Fashion show will be hosted by Caoimhe Tuohy and will feature local models and some local GAA Stars.

Frankie Gavin, who is widely considered to be the world’s greatest Irish fiddle player, entered the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the fastest fiddle player in the world. The band ‘De Dannan’ has been responsible over many years for bringing some of Ireland’s immensely talented traditional performers to the world stage.

Alligence is the superb play by Mary Kenny which explores the evening that changed Irish History, a must see for theatre lovers. In 1921 his friend and leader Eamon de Valera ordered Michael Collins to travel to London, with the Irish delegation, to negotiate the Treaty that followed the Truce and the War of Independence.

Our Show

PICK OF THE WEEK

Sun, April 7 MUSIC

Live Music: The Pier Head, Mullaghmore Sunday Mass: McGarrigles DJ Tommy Finan: Shenanigans Lunchtime Jazz with the Jazz Lads: Harp Tavern Live Music: Garavogue Live Music: Owenmore Live DJ: McHughs Dean Mahon: Rafferty's Jazz from 7.30pm: Fiddler's Creek Trad night: Donaghy's

Babble

11am,12am,1pm and 2pm Hawkswell CALLING ALL BABIES! Here comes a brand new musical piece for tinychildren. Iin collaboration with nurseries, the performance is designed to engage, enchant and delight its audience members with a vocal wonderland made from live voices and video. While they relax on a soft sea of duvets, angelic voices move around them andvideo projections take them on a thrilling journey in the company of a very unusual fish. “It was really beautiful, with superb sounds which are excellent for language development. It was amazing in itself, but also has fantastic potential for expanding the children's sensory development with its combination of soft textures, visuals and sound.”

PICK OF THE WEEK

Tue 9th to Sat 13th 8pm The Avalon Centre, formally St. Anne’s Youth & Community Centren presents Our Show. The show which is now in its thirteenth year is a showcase of Sligo’s young talent. Our Show is an adrenalin rush for all those involved, including the audience. It features a variety of dance forms as well as song, drama and fun. Our Show is one for the calendar and is definitely not to be missed.

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AFTER DARK

Margaret Mullroney, Lesley Borthwick, Kerry Mooney

Niamh Ryan, Hayley Loughlin

Steve and Beatrice Allen

Anne Banks, Anne Feeney

Geardline Kenna, Shelly Kenna, Aaron Mulvaney

Rebecca,Tina and Joe Davitt

The Star Factory hosted Gotta Dance, the first all-dancing showdown between young upcoming stars in the area. Judges included Melody Urqhuart, Sarah Middleton and Ingrid McLoughlin. Organiser Karen Gordon said: “It was a really great night. The overall winner was Idance, a dance troupe with 32 members. There were 11 acts in total and the audience voted the winner.

Sally Mc Meenan, Yvonne Scanlon

Michelle Slattery, Sarah Hughs

Brian and Caroline McLoughlin

Lorraine and Derick Gray

Ethna Gallagher, Leha Murren, Sandra Martin

Ingrid McLoughlin, Lisa Cooper

Julia Moriarty, Adam Tahney, Vanessa Tahney

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OUT & ABOUT

Amanda Cushman and Leanne Mc Munn

Hugh Mc Gettigan & Kate Gibbons

Hugh Mc Gettigan, Gillian Devaney, Shinora Mc Gowan, Dara Healey, Kate Gibbson, Evelyn Mc Gettigan, Aoife Cunnane, Eileen Maguire, Joanne Prenndergast, Kathrine O Connell, Marie Masterson

Audrey and Pat Carrigan

Lorna Byrne and Sinead Timlin

Gregory Feeney, Stacey Duffy, Damian Feeney

Cara Byrne,Fidelma Kirrane and Ciara Fortune

Aoife Doyle and Mark Mc Coy

Jennifer Gregg , Olyvia Burns, Noel Mc Gowan, Brenda Kelly, Karen Kelly

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Liam and Geraldine Mc Gettigan, Caroline and Ian Howard


Ballygawley Fest 2013

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s part of The Gathering 2013 Ballygawley Fest will take place between 19th-21st July across 4 venues in Ballygawley. Numerous events will take place throughout the Festival such as a family day, top live bands, street entertainment etc. As part of the festival Union Wood Survival will also take place in Union in association with The Irish Kidney Associ-

Shane Gaffney, Rachel Allen, Catherine Taheney, Cathall O Connor, Nial Kearins, Charlie Mc Munn

ation. Teams of 3/4 will enter the forest on the friday evening and will exit on the Sunday evening at 5pm under trained supervision to a grand finale event which will take place in Castledargan Hotel. In order to survive, teams will compete in a number of trials on each day representing a company/corportate body. Due to the large interest in this event, the first of its kind in the country, the committee wish to now proceed taccepting application forms.. If you wish to enter a team or have an interest in the event please contact Thomas Walsh on 086-1025285 or bally gawleyenterprisedevelop ment@yahoo.ie.

Beauty Tips with Bernie’s Beauty & Skincare Clinic

Antionette Mc Manus and Catherine Mc Hugh

David Mc Munn & James Gilmartin

Blaithin Emmett and Ella O Dowd

Eileen Maguire , Marie Masterson, Joanne Prendergast, Catherine O Connell

Yvonne Feeney and Charlie Mc Munn

Niamh Lacken , Ronan Feeney, Catriona Feeney, Colin Lynott

Botox® is a protein derived from botulism toxin that is injected underneath skin in order to minimize or smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. When low doses are used, it actually paralyzes or relaxes facial muscles, giving the recipient a clean, smooth facial appearance. Botox® is produced by Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Botox® has gained in popularity over the years for several reasons , it's quick, affordable and except for the prick of a syringe, it's painless , and effective , results are visable after 714 days . But like everything of course there are risks, because it numbs the muscles, it can cause the appearance of surprise or make it look like the recipient has a permanent frown.

Since the treatment is temporary, these inconveniences don't last long. Botox is suitable for anybody from the age of 28 plus however , botox freezes the muscle so it prevents lines from appearing so if this is something you would consider having done dont leave it to late as it not suitable for sagging aging skin . Another use for BOTOX® is to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older, BOTOX® may be recommended. Please look out for next months edition were we will be discussing non surgical face lifts

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s time an issue? Are you finding it more and more difficult to find the time to hit the gym? Are you tired of the same long, slow boring workouts on the treadmill, bike or cross trainer? If so, then interval training is for you. Interval training is a form of exercise that involves alternating periods of high-intensity exercise with low-intensity recovery periods. Complicated as that may sound, it’s actually quite simple to implement and is suitable for novices and seasoned athletes alike. Take walking - If you're in good shape, you might incorporate short bursts of jogging into your regular brisk walks. If you're less fit, you might alternate leisurely walking with periods of faster walking. For example, if you're

Some of the benefits include; • You'll burn more calories. The more vigorously you exercise, the more calories you'll burn — even if you increase intensity for just a few minutes at a time. • You'll improve your aerobic capacity. As your cardiovascular fitness improves, you'll be able to exercise longer or with more intensity. Imagine finishing your 60-minute walk in 45 minutes — or the additional calories you'll burn by keeping up the pace for the full 60 minutes. • You'll keep boredom at bay. Turning up your intensity in short intervals can add variety to your exercise routine. • You don't need special equipment. You can simply modify your current routine.

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computer virus is a piece of code that is written to interfere with how your computer runs. They can slow down your websurfing, crash your programs, and even destroy data on your hard drive. The term virus can be broken into many different sub-groups that include: Malware, Spyware, Trojans, Key-Loggers, Data Miners, and Password Stealers. Each of these pieces of malicious code has its own function, once installed on your computer. Some interfere with the normal operation of your computer, while others will show a series of false warnings about the health of your

machine. Key-loggers simply take a recording of every key that is pressed on the keyboard and then transmits that data to an email address of the designers choosing. This gives the bad-guys a transcript of every Username and Password combination you type. Even your Wi-Fi password can be intercepted this way. A new variety called “Ransomware” will try to scare you into putting in your credit card details to "fix" the problem. The An Garda Síochána variant of this has made its way around Ireland over the last few months. A locked-computer notice comes up on your computer

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screen, sporting the local authority’s emblem, telling you that you must pay a fine to be able to use your computer again. Once these viruses have been introduced into a system they can be difficult to remove. If you are not familiar with the typical running processes on a computer it would be nearly impossible to spot the bad ones in the list. There are automatic tools that you can download to try and fix these "infections" but you have to know how to use the tools and which tools work in which cases. That is where we come in. Sound Computers has been on the PC scene for over 10

years, constantly tracking the newest virus updates and the newest tools to eradicate them. If you are stuck with a virus that you can’t handle, or you just want to be sure your computer is safe, bring it over and we can ensure your safety online. We are centrally located, and available to help.


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haron Conway profiles 'up and coming' Sligo bluegrass boys Rackhouse Pilfer ahead of their album launch in Sligo later this month;

Who’s in the band? Willie: “Les Jones-Mandolin and vocals, Leon Mooney-Guitar and vocals, Fiachra Cunningham-Fiddle and vocals, Duane GallagherDouble bass and vocals, Mark McGovern-Banjo and Vocals,Willie Kelly-Drums and Vocals. When did Rackhouse Pilfer form and why? Mark: “We formed in early 2012 when we all started playing together at the Monday night sessions in McGarrigles. It was a lineup that seemed to fall into place naturally since we were all friends to begin with who also just happened to be musicians! It was originally just for Monday nights but before long we gathered local support and people were asking us what we were called, so we eventually settled upon the name Rackhouse Pilfer and formed the band officially.” How did you decide on your sound? Les: “To be honest, I think our sound came about quite naturally, mostly defined by the instruments involved, and the individual playing styles. We didn't set out to be bluegrass, country, old-timey, or anything very much in particular, but the result has flavours of all those

styles and more. We wanted to achieve a more traditional acoustic sound but also to retain the drums in order to rock things up a bit. It was a natural evolution after that.” Who are your idols in the music world? Leon: “My idol's in music are vast but Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Bob Dylan are my holy trinity..... Gram Parsons and Guns n Roses also have had a profound effect on my music life!” Do you get on well together ? What’s the secret? Fiachra; “The band has grown out of a mix of lifelong friendships, musical friendships and a similar dream to play the music we enjoy in a big band. We get on like a band of brothers and the dynamics are like a family, there's plenty of good banter. The secret ?? We love what we do and we enjoy each others company.” Any funny experiences on the road? Duane:“No we don’t do laughs in Rackhouse Pilfer, ah no we do, just messing! One that springs to mind is a gig we did on Clare island for the locals who were having their end of season bash. We were loading our gear back into our van after a long energy sapping gig, looking forward to a few pints. We left the van running while we threw the stuff in quickly and next thing the van just takes off , back doors flung

open, guitars and drums flying round the place! All we could see were the lights of our van fading in the distance, what could we do? We were furious!Ten minutes later the van arrives back and some girl steps out of it and cheekily shouts “cheers lads” and walks back into the bar as if nothing had happened. We laughed about it.......THE NEXT DAY!! Clare island is a great place to visit for the craic. If you visit, tell the locals that Rackhouse Pilfer sent you.” Who is the Diva of the group? Les: “Ha ha there are a couple of strong candidates for band diva. It would have to be settled by a handbag fight before any one could claim the title! And some of the lads actually do have handbags.” Plans for the coming months? Duane: “We have a busy few months ahead of us. We launch our album on Saturday, March 16th at the Model Niland and we will have another video released on the back of the success of our last "Glen Sessions" video with the help of Peter Clyne. We are mostly focussing on the festival scene this year.” Future ambitions? Leon: “To make great record's together, play great show's together, grow old, happy and successful together and never look back.” Five years from now? Fiachra: “We've just finished our

first studio album and we've had so much fun making it and are very proud of the end result. So over the next five years we want to start writing together, record and play together as much as possible.We enjoy live performances and work hard on our energetic show which has developed from packed small intimate gigs in McGarrigles, Sligo on Monday nights. We'd really love the opportunity to take our show on the road around the world and play to packed audiences.” Describe your sound in three words? Mark:“ Dynamic, Melodic, Lively.” Album Launch? Willie: “We started recording the album last August, and we really we didn’t set out for it to be a full album, we initially intended to record three songs for promo. This album is all cover songs that we play and love, really our plan for the future is definitely directed towards original material, but we feel as though this is a cool representation of where we are now and our beginnings.” Rackhouse Pilfers debut album “Back To The Country” gets its official launch at the Model Niland on Saturday, March 16. Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free. The boys will be joined on the night by Sligo legendary band “Those Nervous Animals” and Sligo songstress Sarah Crummy.


LOCAL AWARD WINNERS

IT Student wins Player of the year award

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ow in its 40th year, IT Sligo has developed into one of the leading Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The Institute offers full time and part time, flexible, contemporary programmes from higher certificate and degree level courses to taught postgraduate and research awards, in the areas of science, engineering and design, business and social sciences. It is also the national leader in online learning and offers almost 40 programmes entirely online, with students logging in from as far afield as Australia, Africa and Canada for lectures. A member of the ConnachtUlster Alliance with GMIT and LYIT, the Institute is currently working together to achieve designation as a Technological University. Located on a modern 70acre campus in Ballinode, IT Sligo is home to some of the top sporting facilities in the region, include a floodlit running track and playing pitches, an all weather 3G Astro Turf facility and a gymnasium and multipurpose sports centre. The Institute offers an attractive Sport Scholarship for students and one of this year’s recipients is Sligo soccer player, Emma Hansberry who was recently named FAI Women’s Under 19 International Player

of the Year. The Under 19 Ireland vice-captain scooped the prize at the 23rd “Three FAI International Football Awards” televised live earlier this month. “It was a great night. It was just brilliant and I’m delighted to have won,” Emma said she when she returned to lectures at IT Sligo where she is studying a degree in Health Science and Physiology. “I knew I had been nominated alright but it was a great buzz to find out just at the moment it was announced.” “That was a greater honour, too, when I found out about that. It was really great news and it’ll be great help to me here in college. My lecturers at IT Sligo are really supportive,” Emma said. They don’t mind me going to my training in Dublin or to all my matches – as long as I catch up on the work.” The 18 year old, who started kicking a ball with her brothers at the age of four, got plenty of encouragement along the way not least from Sligo Rovers legend Chris Rutherford who is married to her aunt Bernie. She was part of the local Ursuline College team which won two Connacht finals with the school, and it is no surprise that she now plays for IT Sligo’s GAA and soccer clubs. A talented Gaelic footballer she plays with St Mary’s and was on the intermediate county team which won the Connacht final this year.

“I have got great support at IT Sligo and am really enjoying the top notch facilities there,” said Emma. “It is perfect for someone like me who wants to work in sport but is still unsure about the precise job I want to end up in”. Emma believes that the Health Science & Physiology programme will be an ideal foundation whether she opts for a career in physiotherapy, PE, work in the leisure industry or some related area. President of IT Sligo, Professor Teri Scott congratulated Emma the achievement; “A Player of the Year Award is a prize that every athlete treasures forever. Emma is one of our rising stars and her achievement brings honour and distinction to her Alma Mater -IT Sligo. This award is a fitting tribute to her talent, dedication and competitive spirit, which are the hallmarks we recognise in our Sports Scholars. We wish Emma every success, especially in the next leg of the Sligo’s Emma Hansberry is European Championships Sport Scholarship Student in April.” at IT Sligo and was named To learn more about the FAI Women’s Under 19 programmes on offer at IT International Player of the Year this month. Sligo see www.itsligo.ie

Kevin Egan Cars wins ‘Independent retailer of the year’ at Irish Motor Industry Awards

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ocal business Kevin Egan Cars in Carraroe has been named ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ at the third Irish Motor Industry Awards, in front of over 500 of the Motor Industry’s senior figures at a glittering ceremony at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. The awards honoured those businesses that have demonstrated excellence and best practice in the face of extremely challenging economic conditions. Kevin Egan Cars picked up one of only six awards, which were presented by veteran sports commentator, Des Cahill, Alan Lyons, President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and Paul Smith, Head of Castrol in Ireland. Backed by the SIMI, the official voice of the Motor industry in Ireland, the awards are held in partnership with Castrol, the specialist lubricants and business improvement solutions provider Alan Nolan, Director General of the SIMI,

said: “Kevin Egan Cars has proven to the whole industry that it is possible for a business to excel in the independent retail sector, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable economic conditions. These awards recognise the best-performing automotive companies from across Ireland, and the team at Kevin Egan Cars can be proud of what they have achieved over the last 12 months.” Kevin Egan said, "Im very proud to receive the award, its great to get recognition for the hard work myself and the team put in every day , We just missed out last year and to progress this year with the win is fantastic, its time now to work harder and deliver a better quality of service for our customers and hope to be back here again next February for another win." For full details of the 2013 SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in partnership with Castrol, please visit irishmotorindustryawards.ie

The presentation of the Independent Retailer of the Year Award (l-r): Kevin Egan, Kevin Egan Cars; Niall Quinn, Guest Speaker; and Mark Walsh, Sales Manager, Kevin Egan Cars.


LOCAL AWARD WINNERS

Allure scoops top prize at wedding awards

Allure manager Lorraine McGowan with staff, Sarah Flynn and Kay Gramsch receiving the prestigious award

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ligo shop, ‘Allure’ which offers beautiful designer accessories and gifts for all occasions and is situated in Quayside shopping centre, has recently been awarded title of ‘Best Bridal Jewellery and Accessory Designer of the Year’ at the WeddingsOnline.ie 2013 Awards. The hotly anticipated awards were announced at a glamorous ceremony held at a gala dinner in the stylish surroundings of Clontarf Castle last week, with the country’s

finest wedding businesses and services being awarded in 34 categories. Speaking about the award, Allure manager Lorraine McGowan commended her staff and customers for their loyal support. “Our Brides and weddings are a big part of our business and we are absolutely thrilled to be recognised by our customers in this way. Much of our business is developed from positive word-of-mouth recommendations, which is a testament to

the quality of our products and service. I would like to thank our dedicated staff who excel at offering advice and support to brides, and a huge thanks to all our customers who took the time to nominate us.” "It’s a huge honour to be the only Sligo business to win an award this year” she added. Since opening Allure has developed a reputation for being the go-to store for bridal jewellery, accessories and gifts. Offering handmade jewellery made with swarovski crystal and pearls, Allure stock stunning neck pieces, tiaras, hair accessories, earrings and

Rosanna Davison wearing Allure bridal earrings and hair-piece

Caoimhe Tuohy (from last month’s Sligo Now Cover) with jewellery by Allure. Photo: Colin Gillen - Framelight / makeup by Oona Doherty Beauty Sligo

bracelets from Ireland and worldwide in their bridal range. Their bespoke design service also ensures brides can create a custom-made piece to suit their wedding styleThe popular store has recently launched an online shop www.allureonlineshop.com to meet demand for their products and services from customers outside Sligo.

Strandhill Lodge and Suites Ranked 15th Small Hotel In the World, 1st in Ireland other Hotels as the among the Top 25 in the World ranking 13th. Reacting to the news Strandhill Lodge and Suites Manager David McCoy said ‘It is a proud privilege and honour to be recognised by our guests through the online travel site Tripadvisor. It is a

OPENED in March 2011; the Strandhill Lodge and Suites has been named amongst the top places to stay in the World for the second year running according to the coveted *Tripadvisors Travellers Choice Awards.* The only Irish Hotel to make the ‘Top 25 World Lists’, the 22 Bedroom Strandhill Lodge and Suites also ranked Number 1 in Ireland. This award follows on from a Similar award in 2012 when the Strandhill Lodge and Suites was awarded with 3

very humbling honour and one that makes us and our staff very proud. Strandhill is a beautiful area and compliments what we are trying to achieve in offering an affordable, luxury four star experience for our guests’. Proprietor Mary Henry said ‘We are delighted to receive

this award as 15thSmall Hotel in the World and Number 1 small hotel in Ireland – we are just happy that our guests enjoy what we and Strandhill has to offer’. The Strandhill Lodge and Suites has a mixture of superior two-room suites, rooms with patio access and balconies which all overlook Strandhill Golf Course, the Atlantic ocean and Strandhill village. On a summers evening, you can sit in the comfort of your balcony and watch the sun set into the Atlantic- it is a truly breathtaking sight. The rooms are furnished to the highest standard – this family-run establishment adorns all the plushness and modern conveniences expected of a high quality hotel. With awards from the AA, Georgina Campbell, Fáilte Ireland, Tripadvisor and Guaranteed Irish – the Strandhill Lodge and Suites is an excellent location for families, couples or the solo explorer.


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North Connaught College Open Day

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hen Ocean FM interviewed four students from the college last week at the Tubbercurry road show, the presenter remarked "there seems to be a lot going on up there!". Yes, there is, and most important of all everyone is invited to come and see the college and meet tutors and students at their OPEN EVENING on MARCH 13th 4-7 pm. North Connacht College is open to all- school leavers and adults returning to education. There is a great variety of courses , so please come and see what is available in your local college. No "points" requirements - just your own interest and commitment and the chance for a course that is nationally recognized and

for which financial benefits are available for those qualifying. Recent activities in the college included: The Community Development Class went to a community project in Dublin ,Pre-nursing students took part in their practical exam. Beauty therapy students held another Open Salon Day and will be having training in hot stone massage and threading soon so look out for the next open salon day on 12 March and phone 0719185035 for an appointment.! Thanks to all who support these days. On Wednesday 27th North Connaught College had a "beat the blues" talk continuing the theme of positive mental health which is so im-

portant these days. Self defense, sign language and meditation continue on a weekly basis. Our childcare level 5 students are making a creative arts display for the science and technology exhibition which will be held on 9th March in Quay St. Sligo. Don't forget to call in to the OPEN DAY on 13 March from 4-7pm. The staff will be delighted to discuss all of the courses and show you all of our facilities. On the evening there will be lots of demonstrations from current students, e.g. beauty treatments, blood pressure checks, get your precious items security marked, etc. Come and see camera obscura - the only one in Ireland!

This Mother's Day at Beautiful Designer Accessories & Gifts both for you & your home

21 Quaystreet Mall, Quayside Shopping Centre,Sligo (Situated on Quaystreet Mall through ‘NEXT’ Store) Ph: 071 91 53353 E: allureonlineshop@gmail.com

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TopforTips Skincare Muireann's Here to help Do you have a Beauty or Make up question you'd like answered. E-mail: beautybymuireann@hotmail.com

BY MUIREANN O’CONNOR Q: In July this year I will be getting married and want to do my own make up. However I have very dry skin and my foundation becomes patchy throughout the day, after trying various foundations and primers I still can’t find a solution, what do you suggest? Linda, Sligo First of all start by concentrating on your skin, it sounds dehydrated so a course of facials would be an excellent way to re-hydrate the skin, increasing your intake of water and a good skin care routine at home is essential to prep your skin for your wedding day. I would suggest you do a light exfoliation the night prior to the wedding and apply a serum and moisturiser before going to bed. The morning of the wedding you should apply a moisturiser half an hour before applying make up, make sure it has fully absorbed into the skin before applying your primer and foundation. It is also very important to use a suitable primer for your skin type. Smashbox do a fantastic range of primers and they are available locally in Cara Pharmacy, Quayside. My favourite one for dehydrated skin is Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer- you apply a small amount of this to the skin like a moisturiser just before you apply your foundation. This primer immediately quenches the skin, seals in moisture and fills in fine lines and pores, giving an excellent base and ensuring your make up will last all day.


North Connaught College

OPEN  EVENING Tubbercurry

Wednesday 13th March 4pm­7pm

Tel: 071­9185035 • www.northconnaughtcollege.net Email: nccollege@sligovec.ie North Connaught College (NCC) is offering courses cer"fied by FETAC, ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO. Advanced Administra!on Beauty Therapy Business: Secretarial / Legal Medical / Retail Early Childhood Care & Educa!on Level 5&6

Community Development Healthcare Support Nursing Studies Security Opera!ons Management Tourism Studies

Come along to our open evening, meet the teachers, see our facili!es and get an opportunity to take part in a variety of demonstra!ons. County Sligo Voca"onal Educa"on Commi#e ­ Coiste Gairm Oideachais Chontae Shligigh


Open Thursday to Sunday Evening Meals 6.30 to 10pm Sunday Lunch 12.30 to 3pm Bar Food is Served Daily from 12.30 - 9pm For Reservations call: 071-916-4934

See www.silverapple.ie for details of our Mothers day menu

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Áit Eile - 096-37222 Enniscrone Austies - 071-9177111 Rosses Point Belfry - 071-9161250 John F.Kennedy Parade. Bella Vista - 071-9122222 Strandhill Beachbar - 071-9176465 Aughris Head Bistro Bianconi - 071-9141744 Tobergal lane Bistro Reidy’s - 071-9147421 Stephen St. Bombay Tandoori - 096-37773 Enniscrone Castle Dargan - 071-9118080 Ballygawley Cawleys - 071-9185025 Tubbercurry China City - 071-9161010 17 Temple St. Classic India - 071-9147700 7/8 Market St.

Clevery Mill - 071-9127424 Castlebaldwin Coach Lane - 071-9162417 1-2 Lord Edward St. Cromleach Lodge 071-9165156 - Castlebaldwin Crossbar - 071-9182203 Gurteen Eala Bhan - 071-9145823 Rockwood Parade, Sligo Embassy - 071-9161250 John F Kennedy Parade Fiddlers - 071-9141866 Rockwood Parade Garavogue - 071-9143825 Stephen St. Riverfront Hargadons - 071-9153709 4 O Connell St. Harrisons’s - 071-9166123 Cliffony Henrys - 071-9173985 Cashelgarran Jade Garden - 071-9168140 Strandhill

Killoran's - 071-9185679 Tubbercurry Lang’s - 071-9163105 Grange Laura’s - 071-9163091 Carney Mandarin Court - 071-9142568 McDermott's - 071-9165132 Castlebaldwin Molly fultons - 071-9160027 Ballisodare Rd. Montmartre - 071-9169901 Market yard New Jewel in the Crown 071-9120689 - Tubbercurry Paprika - 071-9151948 Pearse Rd. Poppadom - 071-9147171 O'Connell St. Riverbank Restaurant Dromahair 071-9164934 Sakura 071-9149833 Stephen St. Shenanigans - 071-9146799 Bridge St.

Souperb - 071-9147746 6 Johnston Court Shopping Centre Source Sligo - 071-9147605 1/2 John St. The Adelaide - 071-9162000 The Silver Apple - 071-9146770 17-19 Lord Edward St. The Strand - 071-9168140 Strandhill Teelings - 071-9167134 Main St. Collooney Tra Ban - 071-9128402 Strandhill Venue - 071-9168167 Top Rd. Strandhill Waterfront - 071-9177122 Rossespoint Wong Kee - 071-9167777 Ballisodare Yeats County Inn 094 92 55 053 - Curry Yeats Tavern - 071-9163117 Drumcliff


The Beach Bar “a beautiful historic hideaway in the heart of Sligo town”

Templeboy, Co Sligo

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

Teeling Street, Sligo Tel: 087-6261358 Mon - Fri 8.30 - 4.30

Clever! Mill RESTAURANT & GUESTHOUSE

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

Lilys Café Freshy oven Baked early every morning Daily Lunches Available -WIFI Available -Pre-Orders or takeaway available The Yeats Building, Hyde Street, Sligo - Tel: 087-6680145

Bella Vista Bar & Bistro Shore Rd, Strandhill, Co Sligo

€20 Gourmet 5 Course Meal, All Week, 5pm ­10pm Offering Delicious Irish Steak Served on a Hot Stone

Early Bird €15.95, All Week 5pm­7pm

Each mouth watering morsel is cooked by sealing in all the delicious juices and always cooked to your own perfection.

Gift Vouchers Available Also catering for Parties, Christenings, Birthdays, Weddings and Funerals outside our normal opening hours

Castlebaldin, Co. Sligo • Tel: 071-9127424 clever!"ill@eircom.net • www.clever!"ill.com Open Friday and Sat#rday 6.30 - 9.30pm & Sunday 12.30 - 3.30pm Open any day for large bookings

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner We Cater for All Size Par#es. Tel: 071­9122222 info@bellavista.ie


With Dale Barber of The Swagman Bar,Sligo

This is our original Big D hot wings recipe If You DON’T Like Hot DON’T DO THIS !!!!! large plastic shopping bag, and add the flour. Shake to coat evenly. • Remove wings from the bag, shaking off excess flour, and spread out evenly on oiled foil-lined baking pan(s). Bake for about 20 minutes, turn the wings over, and cook another 20 minutes, or until the wings are cooked through and browned. • While the wings are baking, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan, and over low heat bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

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here are many Buffalo chicken wing recipes out there, but if you want to taste the "real" thing give this a try. The chicken wings are deep-fried in our original recipe, but the hot oven works fine for the home version. Makes………..4 Servings of Big D Wings (9 per person) or 2 Servings of Big D Wings (18 per person) Boom!!! Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: • 36 chicken wing pieces • 1 tablespoon veg oil • 1 tsp salt • 1 cup Plain flour • 2 tablespoons white vinegar • ¼ teaspoon cayenne

pepper • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder • ¼ tea spoon Paprika • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce • ¼ teaspoon salt • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter • celery sticks • blue cheese dressing Method: Preheat your oven to 240 degrees or gas mark 5 • Cut whole wings into two pieces. In a big bowl toss the wings with the oil, and salt. Place into a

• After the wings are cooked and crispy, transfer them to the heated sauce mixture and reduce while stirring. YUMMMMM These are always good with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on the side. And a Beer.!!!!!! Swagman Now Pulling Organic Honey Dew Lager! The only Pub in Connaught Pulling Draught Honey Dew, you have to taste this Lager!!! Its Light and golden with a zesty edge and a bittersweet flavour. Honey Dew is a naturally palatable brew and served chilled, Organic

Honey Dew offers both refreshment and an unbeatable taste. The real organic honey in the brew gives a gentle sweetness that appeal to a wide range of people, even those who perhaps wouldn't usually drink beer, making it a very popular choice! With a BIG stack Of wings and a Pint of Honey Dew , You’ll Not Get Much Better Than THIS !!!!


WINE GUIDE

In the minds eye

Extraordinary Wines at Ordinary Prices with The Wine Buff, Tobergal Lane, Tel: 071 9140020 • www.thewinebuff.com Email: joe@thewinebuff.com

Chateau Beaubois 2011 Chateau Beaubois is in the west of the Rhone Valley in France, though it’s location between Provence and the Languedoc often leads to its wines being included with Languedoc appellations. The vineyard it run by brother and sister, Francois and Fanny, the fourth generation of winemakers. They have combined their skills and opened a new chapter in Beaubois history. Francois devotes his time to looking after the vines and Fanny makes the wines, maintaining high standards and introducing a certain feminine style. Since 2001 the wines have been produced in accordance with the TERRA VITIS charter which ensures the use of environmentally friendly techniques. In 2004 the vineyard received Agriculture Raisonne approval (minimises pesticide usage). Wines from the region have been produced for over two millennia and were consumed by the Greeks in pre-Roman times, making it one of the oldest vineyard regions in Europe. The area was settled by veterans of Julius Caesar's campaigns in Egypt, and bottles of Costières de Nîmes sometimes bear the symbol of the Roman settlement at Nîmes, a crocodile chained to a palm tree. The wine is a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes. It’s an unoaked, medium-bodied wine, full of dark fruit flavours with hints of spice and soft tannins. This wine is an excellent match roast meat dishes and beef casserole. Price €12.95 Chateau de la Poeze Muscadet, 2011 The Muscadet growing region lies at the far western reaches of the Loire Valley and is dominated by maritime influences of the nearby Atlantic Ocean which make the climate of the region cooler than the rest of the Loire Valley with more precipitation. That’s rain to you and me. The grape variety used to produce Muscadet, Melon de Bourgogne, is a relatively neutral grape. Winemaking techniques have evolved in the region to adapt to the grape's limitation and bring out more flavour and complexity. The most well known of these techniques is “sur lie” aging, where the wine stays in contact with the dead yeast cells left over after fermentation (the lees). The technique was discovered, almost accidentally, in the early 20th century. Traditionally Muscadet producers would set aside a barrel of wine for special occasions, such as a family wedding. This "honeymoon barrel", as it became known, would take on more flavour and texture due to it contact with the lees. This resulted in a creamy mouth feel that seems to give the wine a fuller body. This Muscadet is made from single vineyard 39 year-old melon vines grown on deep topsoil over granite. It has intriguing aromas beginning with melon and lime, opening up to stones and shells. It’s flavours of white fruit and its long, crisp finish combine to make it a wonderful match for seafood, particularly oysters and also for dishes with a rich, creamy sauce. Price €12.50

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ligo music lovers will certainly have heard of singer songwriter Wayne O'Connor- frontman of popular local retro -rockabilly group the 'Red Hots'. But what many of you music lovers may not know is that Wayne is blessed not only with a wonderful rich and eloquent songwriting talent, but he is also a fine visual artist and illustrator, and he unveils his first solo exhibition at the Hawk's Well theatre this month. Sharon Conway caught up with him ahead of the launch in Sligo recently: Originally from Wexford, artist, illustrator, and singer songwriter Wayne O'Connor came to Sligo in 1993. His plan was to study art here, which he did, but he has since made Sligo his home and has been steadily carving a name for himself amongst our wonderfully rich and dynamic artistic communty. “My latest work represents a selection of drawings that I've rendered in the last year or so. I rediscovered a love for drawing after a three year break away from it. In that time I became fascinated with the possibilities in Digital mediums, and through Digital Painting and Drawing” Wayne's work is inspired by his interests in Sci-fi, Fantasy and Myth and conjures up worlds of Magic, Monsters and Faeries! “I've been drawing since I was a kid. I used to create my own comics and get my headmaster to photocopy them and then sell them in my school. I was always

Wayne O'Connor

drawing the Fantastic...Star Wars and dragons and all that... In school, I spent more time drawing in the margins of my Math book than adding up the numbers and equations.” He reminisces “ My work has always been inspired by my interests in the Fantasy/Science fiction and Gaming culture. I've always had a fascination for Mythology and History and as a child I loved hearing tales of the Fianna, King Arthur and Cu Chulainn, and being enthralled by the writings of Tolkien.” In recent years Wayne's work has been published in magazines, game books and most recently Wayne worked as a concept designer on a variety of new board-games launched in the United States. “When things happen for you, it's a great confidence boost and helps you feel you are on the right track. Since I've returned to my art, I won online Art challenges and have been published as a result of those, I have had work featured in Theatre Productions and T Shirt designs, sold prints of my work, and have been invited to teach art. Speaking about the influence of art on his life he says; “Art for me is a kind of Magic, which I guess is an appropriate metaphor given the type of imagery I like to draw. I can't truly explain it, But I think anyone who has created a piece of poetry, writing, art, music or whatever will know what that magic is. Its that rush you get as you create something and, its all the little highs and ideas that hit you as you work at it. Then its standing back and looking at your own unique creation with a sense of pride and a certain sense of fulfillment.” However, there is also the other side of that buzz, It's a constant learning process. I can be my own toughest critic on occasion. I'm constantly coming back to older pieces and, with experience, spotting things I'd like to do differently or other directions I could take them in. But it's important to stay hungry to try and make the next image a step ahead of the last.” Wayne s exhibition runs throughout the month of March at the Hawk's Well theatre foyer and it is truly a magical, mythical feast for the eyes! A must see!


By Kate Winter

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ulfilment, that is. A sense of achievement. Peace. Inner Calm. And that elusive thing, that magical unicorn of a concept, happiness. Only, the universe isn’t as forthcoming with these things as I had hoped it would be. 2013, so far for me, has been a series of existential crises and unpleasant decisionmaking, around the pivotal (and some might agree, crucial) question of “WHO AM I AND WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?” The fact that it has taken till now for me to start making these noises is in itself enough to send any right thinking human into paroxysms of discomfort, because I am not twenty one, peering into the abyss of adulthood and wondering what my future holds. Nor am I twenty eight, that year which apparently holds all the cruxes of change and momentum that tend to springboard healthy individuals onto their right path (this according to several of my well thumbed self help books, in case you are wondering where I get my information). No, I am thirty two (not for much longer, either), single (in the strictest terms of the word), and completely bewildered by where the time went. I have been writing (which, if I’m completely honest involves a lot more thinking/talking about writing, staring out windows, having and then abandoning spectacularly inspired ideas, grumpily pontificating about how “I could bloody do that” at the drop of a hat, and generally procrastinating, than actually physically writing words) for about seven years now. Aside from the odd bit of commissioned journalism here and there, I would hardly call it a career. Aside from a short flurry of interest in my first (and only finished) novel, there has been little satisfaction to be gleaned in my chosen field of torture. Nor in any other areas of life, if I’m completely honest. Now, I know that sounds a little bleak and possibly tinged with a slight whiff of self-pity. But allow me to elaborate. Throughout our twenties, we are supposed to have a whole lot of fun; parties, travel, new experiences, flirting with the opposite sex, discovering what makes us tick, and slowly finding our niche in life, before choosing one particularly cute member of the opposite sex and one

particular job and settling down to have a nice little life for ourselves. This is the popular way of doing things, round here. Me, I got stuck in the ‘having fun’ zone. I really liked the flirting and the parties and kind of vetoed the serious bits. Plenty of time for that later. Well, it’s later. But the thing is, getting all your chickens lined up, getting all your priorities in a basket, it takes time. And we all have to start somewhere. Me, I have a bunch of fantastic girlfriends, a nice (rented) house, a dog, a cat, sixteen tropical fish and a good, steady job that I fell into at the age of twenty one, needing some spare cash for all the parties and flirting. I have a pointless degree (which I excelled at), three unfinished novels to be working on, and oh... now I have this column. This is my starting line. This, right here... NOW! GO! Why am I still here? So I’ve decided to combine all this existential angst with my love (dysfunctional as it is) of writing, and share with you, dear reader, my journey into FULFILLMENT. “How is she going to do that?” I hear you ask, with baited breath. Well, for a start – remember, we all have to start somewhere – I am going to Try New Things. And, well... that’s it for now. No, really, it’ll be great! Hobbies. The things that people recommend – the things that you recommend, if you like. I tried rock climbing a few months back (going through a bit of a rocky patch in my emotional life, ahaha, pardon the pun). It was pretty terrifying, and I spent most of my time halfway up a cliff face with one leg involuntarily spasming so hard I couldn’t move, but it did give me a little flash of achievement. Never mind that I only got to the top once, and that in the time I managed that, my climbing buddies had scuttled up and down about seventeen times and were now waiting for me at the bottom with supportive smiles and tapping toes. Pastimes. Activities. The things that bring meaning to life. I have a friend who swears by yoga. She declares that at times she would literally die without it. I’m definitely going to try yoga. That will probably be this month’s Thing I Try. I’m reasonably bendy, so how hard can it be? I’ll let you know. In the meantime, suggestions are welcome. In fact, I beg of you, suggest to me things I should try – things which will make a new woman of me. Each month I will be trying something new. And then, I will tell you about how amazing it was, how it has made me a better person already, how it has inspired me to open a Buddhist retreat up Knocknarea... Or, more likely, how I pulled a muscle and made a complete arse of myself. Either way, I’ll keep you informed. Follow Kate on Twitter @KatiCut, send your comments/suggestions to katewinter@sligonow.ie and find Kate’s novel “Haunting Jack Harper” available to download on Kindle at Amazon.co.uk

March 2013 • Sligo Now Magazine • Page 46

Internet Safety For Children

These days you would need to have had to hide under your bed to miss the growing reports of Cyber Bullying. In some cases these have become tragic. For parents who are worried about what their child is doing online here are some safety tips from a Cyber Safety Guru based in Donegal. Niall Mulrine began speaking to parents about internet safety in 2010 and has spoken int he national press & radio about measures to protect our children online. Here are Niall’s top 3 tips for staying safe online with your child. 1. Talk openly with children about their internet use and some of the dangers present. Research keeps coming back with the fact that communication between parents and children will heighten the children’s awareness and respect for themselves online. It’s always great to keep the door open for your child if they ever need to confide in someone about activity online that is disturbing them. 2. Do not ban the internet, but curb the times allowed Following from the point above, it’s advisable not to ban the internet or certain sites, as children may defy their parents and use it anyway. Problem arises when child comes across something disturbing online and are too afraid then to come to the parents. 3. Inform children what is the right or wrong type of information that should be uploaded Teach children the difference between right and wrong, for both online and offline use. Ask them would they be pleased if their friend put a comment or photo of same nature intending to make fun of them online. When they take them extra few moments out before uploading, they can save a lot of grief in the long run. To learn more about internet safety check out Nialls excellent blog at www.cybersafetyadvice.com or contact Niall direct on 07491186.

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Important Notice The software we use to repair/service your PC ! can remain on your PC. ! So you will never need to get it serviced again! We professionalise in the recycle & decommissioning of T&C apply unused / broken laptops from the private and business sector. Cash can also be offered if laptops are of value. ! !

Contact Bernard 7 days a week on: Mob: 087 145 93 95 Email: trinitypcrepairs@gmail.com Website: www.trinitypcrepairs.com

Repairs starting from €19.99 Number One alternative to PC World! No Fix, No Fee

No.1in the No.2 Business... • Domestic Drain Cleaning • Emergency Service Call Out • Commercial Drain Cleaning • Man Hole Covers Replaced • Odours Investigated • High Velocity Water Jetting • Annual Maintenance Contracts • CCTV Drain Inspection

• Septic Tank Cleaning

Quality used cars from Edison Whiteside at Riverside Motors edisonwhitesidemotors@gmail.com

email: wimsey@eircom.net

Contact Damien: 087 297 4842 or 071 916 8086

Chem-Dry Sligo 323 Ferndale, Cartron Point, Sligo

• Carpet Cleaning • Upholstery Cleaning • Leather Upholstery Cleaning • Tile & Grout Cleaning • Stain Removal • Water Damage Restoration • Smoke Damage Restoration All Franchises Independently Owned and Operated - Covering all of Sligo County

Tel: 071-91-43519

Aluminium & PVC Repairs To windows, doors and patio doors

Expert patio door repairs! • Rollers • Tracks • Hinges • Door Realignment • Locks • Multilocking systems etc

Over 20 years experience servicing Irish windows and doors. Fully insured GLASS PARTS ETC REPLACED Brendan Gormley: 071-9183860 / 087-2562669

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

Contact Martin McGloin Bunduff, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo casarcser@hotmail.com

Tel/Fax: 071-9166277 • Mob: 087-2817620

Advertise Here! Call our Friendly Sales Team on 071-9154538


Sligo Now March 2013  

Sligo Now March 2013

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