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omes are set to be invaded by hoards of pesky visitors as freak weather conditions will mean a bumper season - for INSECTS. A steady stream of black ants scurries busily in and out of a crack in the patio. They’ve been living there quietly for weeks. Perhaps you tried to get rid of them – especially if they were taking sugar from the kitchen or crawling across your bedroom. Perhaps you ignored them, or marvelled at their ability to navigate over apparently featureless paving stones back to their nest. Then we have a spell of warm weather, a summer downpour, and when it stops there are winged explorers erupting from the ground – welcome to flying ant day! The heatwave of recent weeks, along with a lack of wind, has made for perfect conditions for an annual mating ritual as millions of the insects undergo a 'nuptial flight' in search of suitable partners. Zoology professor John Breen, who recently retired from the University of Limerick, said in a recent interview with the Independent that if flying ants were being seen, then the ritual is starting around two weeks early. Millions of the insects usually take to the skies in late July every year, but they are doing so earlier this year. "It's usually around July 20 or later," said Prof Breen. "We're having a balmy summer with low wind for a long time now, so if they're flying, it's about two weeks early." Ant colonies have a single queen, which lives for around three to five years, Prof Breen said. Colonies typically contain between 5,000 and 15,000 workers. The ants commonly seen in gardens and in buildings are workers, all of which are female. Their job is to gather food and help manage the colony, and they only live for around a month. Continued on Page 2

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Drumshanbo and Glenade Lough in major new TV Ad

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new Failte Ireland TV features some of the gems of Leitrim’s landscape. The special a d for the region featured for the first time on Tuesday morn-

ing, 10th July. It comes in tandem with Fáilte Ireland’s decision to appoint a dedicated head of operations for its newest regional experience brand, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. It is part of Failte Ire-

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land’s domestic marketing campaign for the brand. The TV ad uses a visual style to draw the viewer in and place themselves in the activities and landscape of the area, centred around the idea of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands being ‘Yours to Uncover’. It will feature natural gems across the region, including the hills of Drumshanbo and Glenade Lough in Leitrim as well as Lough Key Forest Park and Cortober in Roscommon, and Lough Ree in Athlone, Westmeath.  With a 75% audience reach planned over the coming weeks, the ad premiered on TV3 and will also appear in the breaks for high rating programmes such as The Sunday Game, Coronation Street, Fair City and RTÉ News. In another major milestone for Fáilte Ireland’s newest regional experience brand, the national tourism development authority announced on Tuesday the appointment of Paddy Mathews as its new Head of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands covers the ‘heart’ of the country, from Leitrim down to East Clare and extending through Longford, Roscommon, East Galway, as well as parts of Westmeath, Cavan, North Tipperary and Offaly. It complements Fáilte Ireland’s other key brands - the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin.

Blame the heat for ant invasion Continued from front page The swarms that take to the sky are made up of young virgin queens and males, with queens leaving to form their own nests, hence the 'nuptial flight'. The huge numbers taking flight are needed because so many will be eaten by predators including birds, or will die, so large numbers increase the chance of reproducing. The swarms are timed to coincide with other colonies, and the insects mate on the wing, with queens generally mating with multiple partners. Both fall to the ground after the act. The males' only purpose is to mate with new queens, and they die within a couple of days after serving their purpose. On landing, the queens discarded their wings, generally by biting them off, Prof Breen said, before setting up a new nest. "They fly out and mate. The young queens are bigger than the workers, and bite off their own wings. The males have one role, to mate, and then they die," he said. He said that queens live for between three and five years, but

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Quay Foroige (Ballina) takes major X-HALE Youth Award

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uay Foroige Ballina has been awarded the prize for Best Smoke Free Generation Message at the Irish Cancer Society X-HALE Youth Awards 2018. The group scooped the award for its short film “Communities Trying to Stop Smoking” which was showcased at the recent event in the Helix in Dublin. Quay Foroige were also the Junior winners of the Tobacco Facts Orienteering Game on the day. Youth Booth @ the Maple Youth Centre, Ballinrobe, also entered a short film to the competition and attended the awards ceremony in the Helix. Over 350 young people from 45 youth and community groups came together to showcase their anti-tobacco films and projects which they created to contribute towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke-free generation. While smoking rates have declined in recent years, a new report published by the HSE and Healthy Ireland revealed that 16% of children aged nine or older have smoked

cigarettes in their lifetime and 6% are classified as current smokers. Of those who smoke, one in two experience irritability or bad temper, one in three reported ‘feeling low’ and one in three reported difficulties in getting to sleep. In addition, schoolchildren who smoke are 12 times more likely to have consumed alcohol in the last month and 39 times more likely to have consumed cannabis in the last month. Donal Buggy, Head of Services at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Thankfully, smoking rates have declined but there’s still a lot more work to do. These findings are extremely worrying. We know that smoking is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in Ireland, responsible for one in three cancers overall and nine in ten lung cancers. But this report shows the additional negative impact that smoking can have on the mental and physical wellbeing of young people in particular.” “We need to look at what Quay Foroige

Ballina, Youth Booth @ the Maple Youth Centre, Ballinrobe, and the rest of the #TheXGeneration are saying. The entries submitted show that young people truly understand the dangers of smoking and the power of the tobacco industry. They people have a vital role to play on the journey to Ireland becoming a tobacco-free country.” Mr. Buggy congratulated Quay Foroige on winning their award and for making a positive impact on their health and that of their peers. They had been recognised at this awards ceremony for exceptional effort in their project. This is the eighth year of the X-HALE programme, a youth smoking prevention initiative of the Irish Cancer Society. The programme aims to de-normalise smoking and encourage young people to drive the movement towards a tobacco free generation.Follow the X-HALE conversation using the #TheXGeneration or visit the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/XHaleYouthAwards

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Peter Maguire opens The Hearing Company in Ballina

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eter maguire, proprietor of The hearing Company, recently opened his new premises on Pearse street, Ballina and he has been delighted with the response to his new practice. Ballina native, Peter, is an audiologist (MSc, Aud), with vast clinical experience he has found that people are happy to finally have a dedicated practice in audiology by a practitioner with clinical experience and qualifications that has really set The Hearing Clinic apart from the other providers. Peter started in 2007 as an audiological assistant in Nazareth House, Sligo with the HSE. It was there he learned thebasics and grew his passion for audiology.

Peter says “For me audiology is my vocation, I spent several years studying it abroad in University of Manchester. It was very competitive to get on the course, I needed a first class honours in my undergraduate and I had to do an interview. “The course itself was gruelling, we had surgeons teach us not only audiology, balance and paediatric audiology but also the full nervous system, the functions of the brain and the eye. Peter then returned to Ireland and gained some clinical experience with the HSE. He worked in paediatric and adult hearing clinics in Ballina, Castlebar and Stranorlar. It was then that Peter

noticed there was a real gap in the market for a proper hearing facility in Co. Mayo. The public sector had hightly skilled workers and all the diagnostic equipment a service would need, however, they did not have the latest technology when it came to listening devices. The private sector overcharged for hearing services by hearing aid sales people with little or no qualifications. Get your hearing assessed locally in Westport, Ballina or Castlebar by a healthcare professional you can trust. Call our qualified Audiologist Peter Maguire (MSc. Aud) today on 094 9025672 or text 0894831882 to book an appointment.


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Unique Cross-border collaboration between Beckett and Yeats festivals

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reland’s two Nobel Laureate festivals – the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival (Enniskillen) and Tread Softly W B Yeats (Sligo) – will be undertaking a unique cross-border collaboration from 25 July – 25 August. Three (or more) Billboards Outside Enniskillen & Sligo will see works by the two Nobel Laureates - an extract from The Tower by Yeats and neither by Beckett exhibited on specially commissioned billboards on either side of the border, to be experienced by audiences from their cars travelling at 60mph! Sean Doran, curator of Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival reveals more about the innovative collaboration between the two festivals: “We are delighted to be working together with the Tread Softly festival this year. Beckett and Yeats are two of Ireland’s four Nobel Laureates and Enniskillen and Sligo are the only two Laureate festivals in Ireland, one south, one north and one hour apart across the border. The collaboration is a very natural one, given that Beckett recognised the genius of Yeats in his own late work.  Beckett was a close friend of the artist Jack Yeats, the

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poet’s brother and had Jack’s painting, Morning, hanging above his working desk for most of his early working life; this collaboration is our way of marking that artistic connection.” Niall Henry from the Tread Softly festival reveals more about the innovative collaboration between the two events: “There will be six billboards on each side of the border – one side displaying the Beckett prose piece neither, which is very fitting for a border location and the other displaying the last stanza of Yeats’ highly acclaimed long poem The Tower which helped to inspire a short television play by Beckett. The billboards will be located on the road from Belcoo to Enniskillen for the Beckett piece and the road from Blacklion towards Sligo for the Yeats. The Beckett piece will welcome those travelling into Northern Ireland, and the Yeats poem will welcome those drivers coming into the Republic of Ireland, as each travels over the border between Fermanagh and Cavan.” Other highlights of the Happy Days festival programme include Purgatorio: Walking for Waiting for Godot (4-5, 18-19 August), which sees one of Beckett’s most

famous works being performed as a reading in the transnational Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. In this unique production, produced with theatre companies from both sides of the border, half the audience will sit in Northern Ireland and half in the Republic of Ireland. Actors will approach from either side of the border and the set will feature ‘Tree for Waiting for Godot’, created by Turner Prize winner Sir Antony Gormley.  The 2018 Beckett Reader in Residence at the festival is stage and screen actor Colin Salmon, while Enniskillen natives Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar and actor and author Ciaran McMenamin will offer rare readings of some of Beckett’s short prose works at St. Michael’s Crypt (3-5 August). Theatrical performances of Beckett’s work include the powerfully insinuated political drama What Where (2-5 August), The Old Tune (1, 3, 4 and 5 August) exploring two men living on the margins of society and Not I & Pas Moi (4-5 August) in which an unnamed woman, visible only by her mouth, reflects on her life in a torrent of words. Samuel Beckett’s love for music is acknowledged with mezzo soprano Christianna Stottijn performing the traditionally male role of Winterreise (5 August) by Franz Schubert, a French Song Recital with a programme including Ravel and Debussy on 4 August and internationally acclaimed cabaret and vaudeville artist Camille O’Sullivan performing in English and French on 3 August. Tickets for the 6th Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival are on sale now and can be booked online at www.artsoverborders.com The festival is supported by TS Eliot Foundation and Tourism Northern Ireland, with Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Community Partners the Nerve Centre and Ulster University.

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State of the Art new digital signage for Knock ahead of Pope’s visit

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on Solutions, the Irish owned specialist provider of audio-visual solutions to companies nationwide and across the world, has designed and installed a new state of the art digital signage network at Ireland West Airport, Knock in County Mayo. Ireland West Airport, Knock serves as Ireland’s fourth busiest airport, with departures flying to destinations across Ireland, the UK and Europe. The contract between Ion Solutions and Ireland West Airport involved the installation of 25 Flight Information Display Screen (FIDS) monitors and eight 55’’ Christie monitors in a variety of locations around the airport including the main entrance, the restaurant, check-in counters, the arrival area, the baggage collection areas, all departure lounges and areas, boarding gates and security areas. The project consisted of two parts. Firstly, the existing digital signage system in Ireland West Airport was upgraded from Standard Definition to High Definition. Secondly, to further enhance communication, a completely new system of additional signage was installed. This new system included a collection of individual monitors and a 4 x 55” Christie video wall which is used to display tourism information. The successful overhaul of the informa-

tion system will ensure that important content such as flight arrivals, departures, gate numbers, times and delays is shared with travellers in a timely and efficient manner. Adrian Back, Systems Specialist with Ion Solutions, says: “We’re delighted that Ireland West Airport selected Ion Solutions to provide their new digital signage network. The system had to meet a number of critical requirements, most notably that the displays would be able to provide information to travellers as clearly as possible. We’re very much looking forward to working with Ireland West Airport again in the future.” Donal Healy, Head of Marketing & Route Development at Ireland West Airport, says: “Ion Solutions were definitely the right choice for us when we chose to implement a major upgrade of our Flight Information Display screens at the airport. We’re very happy with the final result which provides an enhanced user experience for passengers looking for live flight information at the airport.’’ Ion Solutions is the market leader in the design, supply, installation and integration of audio visual display systems, broadcast television systems, digital video production systems and computer graphics systems, as

well as digital signage and wayfinding solutions. The company was formed earlier this year when sister companies Eurotek Ireland and Avtek Solutions, market leaders in the visual communications sector, amalgamated to operate under a single name. The operation, which is already setting new standards in the global visual communications industry, is 100% Irish owned, headquartered in Sandyford, Dublin and has grown to employ over 70 people. The company has worked on contracts for a range of clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, broadcast, retail, hospitality and educational facilities as well as corporate venues. Clients include the likes of RTÉ, TV3, TG4, Convention Centre Dublin, Kerry Group, Croke Park Dublin and the SSE Arena Belfast. The Ion Solutions team includes specialists in IT networking, video engineering, design, integration and sales. The company has invested significantly in developing and updating its technological capacity to ensure it can provide excellent products and high-end customer service and technical advice. Ion Solutions is a member of the International Communications Industry Association and complies with its rules and standards.

Inaugural Connacht Truck Show set for Claremorris Claremorris in Mayo and the ‘Heart of the West’ will host the first ever Connacht Truck Show 2018 in conjunction with the 100th Claremorris Agricultural Show 2018 on Sunday, 5 August next. According to the Show Committee, interest from West of Ireland based road transport operators is already keen. Exhibition space at the Claremorris Agricultural Showground’s on the Castlebar Road will facilitate up to 130 trucks (tractor-units and rigids only) for

one-day event. “We are delighted to host the first Connacht Truck Show as part of our special centenary Agricultural Show, which will bring an attractive element to the event. Similar successful events have been held in other parts of the country and with Claremorris in the centre of Connacht, it’s an ideal location. In order to streamline the workings on the day, we would appreciate if all the entries were undertaken in advance as parking space

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he Mayo Association Dublin is delighted to announce a partnership with Mayo Manchester as the headline sponsor of the special 6th annual Gala Concert taking place at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday, 4 August. The gala concert, which is hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club, is always a sell-out and one of the main highlights of this year’s Mayo Manchester Tradfest which runs from Thursday 2nd August to Wednesday 8th August across the

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county of Mayo. Julie Doyle, Chairperson of Mayo Association Dublin commented “The Association is delighted to join forces with our good friends in Mayo Manchester by sponsoring this premier event. Our friendship as diaspora groups has come full circle with our partnership of this event in our native Mayo. Part of our remit as an Association is to promote the culture of our county and the Tradfest Gala concert is an excellent fit. We look forward to promoting the event and our association with Mayo Manchester. Guests will be assured of a quality night’s entertainment with some of our finest musicians and dancers.” Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester added “It is great working with the Mayo Association Dublin and we are delighted that they are the main sponsor for our concert in Ballina. We have been working with Association on a number of projects over the years and it is great to continue to develop those links.” The concert features performances from: The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show The Voice and Marion Waldron as seen on Sky TV, from Manchester. Representing Mayo’s Premier Irish Dancing talent are The Jiving Juniors as seen on RTE TV Late Late Show, The Turley Duggan Academy of Irish Dancing and The Murphy Moore Academy of Irish Dancing. Mayo’s vocal talent is represented by The Centre Stage Vocal Academy plus singer songwriters Con

Murphy and Dennis McCalmont. Tickets can be purchased directly from www.ballinaartscentre.com The concert is one of the top ten events at this year’s award winning week long celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance. For a full list of festival events visit www.mayomanchester.com

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Sligo’s National Learning Network comes highly recommended

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atrick Cronin left college after finding it too stressful. After coming to Sligo’s National Learning Network, he now has a job and is going back to IT Sligo in September “Life before the NLN was hard as I had been struggling with my mental health and I also had failed college the summer before. Stress from college and personal issues had built which eventually lead to health problems. I battle with anxiety every day, and through school and college I had good and bad times. When I received my Leaving Cert results I remember feeling so anxious thinking I will never have the points I need for college. I remember opening my results and feeling so overwhelmed with joy when I saw I had gotten 300 plus points. This was more than enough

for me to progress onto college to do a Level 7 Mechanical Engineering course in IT Sligo. I was so happy and excited to leave home and start my life as an adult, everything was perfect at that time. I done really well in my course but the same two subjects started causing me bother and creeping up on me and with the stress and anxiety it all became too much. I had never dealt with this type of stress before and even though I had my friends with me I started to feel alone and that I would never get anywhere in life. Skipping through to failing college, I came back to Sligo not knowing what I was going to do and decided to try getting a job or even a training course. I struggled for months before finally hearing about a place that sounded perfect to me, the

National Learning Network. I had heard from a friend that it was a nice place to go to and unlike other courses, you could start any time of the year as everyone in each course goes at their own pace. I wanted to build myself back up again to get ready for college, no matter what it took to do so, as well as fixing me mental health problems. NLN has a counsellor you can talk to anytime you need to and I then decided to talk to her and figure out what I need to do to help me be at peace and become the person I want to be. After a few months of help from the course tutor and counsellor I began to see what I can achieve when I put my mind to it. I really started to love life in the NLN as I was now progressing further towards the man I want to be with noticeable changes in my life. I done the IT and Office Skills course, which I really loved the course as there was no pressure on time for when a module had to be finished. I also liked the fact you can get one on one help from your tutor unlike in college, this was such a big help for the difficult tasks. I have now progressed onto a job in Mullaney Brothers in Sligo and the course and work experience helped towards getting that job. I am also going back to college in IT Sligo to do a different course that suits me better. NLN helped me achieve goals I thought I’d never reach and I now know I can achieve anything, while also getting out of my comfort zone and being a much happier and positive person. I cannot wait to start college in September as a mature student and progress onto a full time successful job I know I will love. I would highly recommend NLN to people as they have helped me so much, and the people and atmosphere in the centre is great. I honestly feel like I would be lost without the NLN and I feel like more people should know about this wonderful place.”

Planning and investment vital for North West IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, has said that adequate planning and investment is vital for the North West to achieve its economic potential. The call comes as the group meets with the Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy, Reece Smyth, today in Donegal Town to outline the challenges facing the region in attracting foreign direct investment. Ahead of the meeting, Ibec North West Regional President and MD Masonite Ireland Cormac Kearns said: “Ireland has acted as a strategic gateway to Europe for US companies for over a century, providing US firms with a home away from home experience including a strong pro-business environment and access to an EU market of over 500 million people. With the Brexit process underway, the ties between the two countries are likely to

deepen in the years ahead with Ireland offering an even more strategic gateway into the EU and EMEA. “However, to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by this relationship, investment in the region is critical. Connectivity, skills development and infrastructure provision must be prioritised, now more than ever, to mitigate the impact of Brexit on the region and strengthen our competitive position.” Terry MacNamara, Ibec North West Regional Director said: “The region needs investment in infrastructure to maintain competitiveness.  One of the main challenges for the region is peripherality, with poor accessibility placing the region at a distinct disadvantage in terms of attracting FDI

and economic development. Without this investment, Brexit only stands to accentuate the challenges facing the region. “Investment in the region’s road network will have a major say in the region’s growth and prosperity. Equally, investment in education, particularly higher education, must be regarded as a priority. The region’s economic growth and success is underpinned by highly talented and educated people. “Brexit and competitiveness pressures will be particularly acute for indigenous business. These pressures cannot be ignored when delivering budgetary policy into the future. Budget 2019 must see us make strategic choices by continuing to update our attractiveness as a place to invest or grow a business. Successful businesses are fundamental to a prosperous region”.

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McHale Caravans & Marine Celebrates 35 Years in Business

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he McHale family from Belcarra, Castlebar, Co. Mayo are celebrating an amazing 35 years in business this month. They are marking the achievement by hosting a birthday celebration on the 21st of July from 2pm-4pm at McHale Caravans and Marine. Everyone is invited! McHale Caravans and Marine is very much a family affair, the business was established by Gerry and Nuala McHale. Nowadays their two daughters Ruth and Aisling proudly work in the business along with their loyal employees Kevin, Kieran and Gerry. However, 35 years ago the business started with a different intent. Gerry McHale bought a boat to sell, his fatherin-law John Flynn told him to “get rid of it”. Mr. Flynn was under the impression the boat would drown the whole family. Gerry sold the boat under pressure and he bought two caravans out of the money. The two caravans he bought were

both leaking and he had to fix them up. He learnt the hard way about the caravan buying business not to make that mistake again. From then on, the business went from strength to strength. However, the entrepreneur in Gerry didn’t stop there, he then started hiring caravans and selling mobile homes along with all the accessories to go with them. The evolution of McHale Caravans continued as customers started contacting McHales looking for storage units such as porto cabins and steel units. The rest as they say is history for that side of the business. However, Gerry never forgot about the marine side of the business he originally wanted to establish. He took a punt and set up McHale Marine. Today, the business sells all types of marine equipment from boats, engines, sailing equipment, sailing clothing, scuba diving clothing, kayaks, surfboards, paddle boards to mention a few. McHale Marine supplies organisations

such as the Civil Defence, adventure companies and colleges all over Ireland via www.mchalemarine.ie. The caravans, porto cabins and steel unit business is booming and McHales stock can be found throughout the 32 counties. The McHale’s story is one of huge achievement and something the family are very proud of, and now It’s time to celebrate. The McHale Family are inviting, family, neighbours, friends and customers to join them for a celebration on the 21st July 2018 from 2pm-4pm at their premises in Belcarra. They will be joined by members of the RNLI and Civil Defence for a number of demonstrations and lifejacket testing. There will be free food on offer, a live DJ, stalls, a bouncy castle, games for children and a special sale to celebrate their 35 years in business. See you there! Web: www.McHaleMarine.ie http://mchalecaravans.ie/ Contact: (094) 903 2082

A Happy Type of Sadness First book on development of Irish Country music Having grown up in a house filled with American country records, Westport native Kevin Martin developed a wide knowledge and love of country music, but despite a proliferation of homegrown country music programmes on Irish TV he knew very little about how country music had developed in Ireland. The first book of its kind in Ireland, A Happy Type of Sadness: A Journey Through Irish Country Musicexplores the world of Irish country music. A mixture of research, interviews and attendance at numerous happenings and events, the book charts the contribution made by pioneering singers like Larry Cunningham to the development of country music in Ireland, as well as pro-

viding in-depth profiles of the lives and careers of some of Ireland’s biggest country stars, including Daniel O’Donnell, Margo O’Donnell, Susan McCann, Nathan Carter, Philomena Begley and, of course, the ‘king’ of Irish country, Big Tom McBride. Incorporating a wide range of interviews with those who work in all areas of the industry – performers, managers, songwriters, producers and journalists – it also looks at the significant role Irish emigrants played in the development of the music in America and the importance of dancing in the country world. An engaging and accessible look at Irish country music, A Happy Type of Sadness is the perfect tribute to a part of Irish

culture that is too often overlooked. Published by Mercier Press, A Happy Type of Sadness will be available nationwide and online from Wednesday 11 July 2018. RRP€18.99/£15.99. A Happy Type of Sadness: A Journey Through Irish Country Musicwill be officially launched in Matt Molloy’s Backyard Bar on Monday 16 July at 8.00 P.M. The event is open to the public. Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twentyfive years. He is married with two children and lives near Westport, County Mayo. He loves pubs, music, travel and reading. Kevin is also the author of Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish Pub.

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South Sligo Summer School the 32nd Year

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INAL PLANS are now in place for the 32nd Year of the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance in Tubbercur- ry which runs from Sunday 15th to Saturday, 21st July 2018. This year we are delighted that Neansai Ni Choisdealbha, Eagrai Cheoil, Raidio na Gaeltach- ta, will officially open the 32nd Summer School. Everyone is invited to come along to St. Brigid’s Hall at 7 pm on Sunday, 15th and get the week off to a great start with refreshments and music before the opening ceili of the week at 8.30 pm with Swallows Tail Ceili Band. With people attending from almost every county in Ireland as well as from countries worldwide including New Zealand, USA, Australia and Japan, the people of South Sligo are really looking forward to once again welcoming visitors, students and musicians from all over to Tubbercur- ry. Pre-registration for all classes and workshops will be available online www. sssschool.org up to Friday 13th July. Registration for all students then takes place on Monday morning, 16th July from 8.30 – 10 am in St. Brigid’s Hall. Our courses are recognized by the Department of Education & Skills as C.P.D. for primary teachers. Set dancing is a major part of the South Sligo Summer School under the expert guidance of Pat Murphy. This year the stellar line up of ceili bands in St. Brigid’s Hall includes Sligo’s own Dartry Ceili Band, playing on Wednesday, 18th July. Registered students have free entry into the ceili on Thursday night with Swallows Tail. Other bands playing during the week include Matt Cunningham & Glen- side Ceili Band, both big favourites in Tubbercurry down the years, as well as Long Note, Taylors Cross and Rise the Dust. All ceilis start at 8.30 pm nightly with the exception of one extra ceili on Saturday afternoon 21st Julyfrom 3–6pm. Sean nos dancing classes take place on Monday-Friday afternoons from 4-6 pm. Oireachtas Champion and founder of the Broga Briomhar sean nos dancing school, Eimear Mulvey will be teaching these workshops, suited to all ages and abilities. Eimear teaches a great variety of

steps and will also introduce the dancers to barrel and brush dancing. Fun and learning in store for dancers of all levels of experience. Daily workshops in a wide variety of traditional instruments will take place all week in St. Attracta’s Community School and in a number of other venues around town. The very successful Mixed Instruments Workshop for adults will be available again this year, facilitated by Fiona Doherty and Michael Hurley. This class is ideally suited to adult musicians from beginners to experienced – all miscellaneous instruments welcome! Our new Harmonica workshops with Rick Epping were a big hit last year and so we are extending this class. Rick will teach harmonica (Key of G)from10am–1pmon Monday, 16th to Saturday 21st inclusive – all levels welcome. A course in Audio Production for Irish Traditional Music with Jack Talty is available again this year as an afternoon class, from3to6pmMondayto Saturday. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the recording and production aspects of the world of traditional music and Jack will have a recording studio set up in Tubbercurry for the week to facilitate this course. Having recently produced CD’s for three fantastic musicians from this region on his Raelach records label, namely Theresa O’Grady, Shane Mulchrone and Daithi Gormley, Jack’s week long course will be in great demand. There is a fantastic line-up of tutors in all instruments once again this year including David Doocey, Oisin Mac Diarmada, Declan Folan, Caoimhe Kearins and Philip Duffy (fiddle), Stephen Doherty, Cian Kearins and Damien Stenson (flute), Bernie Geraghty & Breda Shannon (concertina), Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Niamh Ni Shuilleabhain, Fionnuala Kearins, Keith Frain and John Dwyer (whistle), Conal McCormack, Darragh Healy & Junior Davey (bodhran), Elsa Kelly & Holly Geraghty (harp), Daithi Gormley & Adrian Scahill (button accordion), Theresa O’Grady, Jarlath Brennan & Muireann Banks (banjo), Shane McGowan & Seamie O’Dowd (traditional guitar) and Leonard

Barry & Jarlath McTernan (uilleann pipes). John Carty & Colm O’Donnell will give a Masterclass in fiddle and flute on Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm. An opportunity for experienced players not to be missed to glean some musical gems from these two master musicians. Singing tuition this year by Connemara’s Caitriona Ni Cheannabhain and South Sligo’s own Siobhan O’Donnell and Cliodhna Henry will cater for all levels of ability. Interested participants will also have some tuition in lilting during the week’s singing classes. The very popular singing sessions take place in Murphys’ Hotel again this year on Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 pm. For beginners and improvers, there will be Junior and Adult ‘Slow Sessions’ led by tutors during the week – childrens’ practice sessions taking place in the library in Teach Laighne after lunch from 2.30 to 4 on Tuesday to Friday, while the adult practice sessions will take place in the meeting room at Teach Laighne on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 pm. Nightly concerts and re- citals featuring tutors, local and visiting musicians are a hugely popular part of the summer school and open to everyone to come along and listen to the very best in tra- ditional music and song in an intimate acoustic setting. Pure magic awaits each and every member of our audiences for the week. This year’s Monday night concert in St. Attracta’s Community School is in honour of Fion- nuala, Cian and Caoimhe Kearins. From Collooney, Co Sligo, Fionnuala is a member of the Collis family, renowned musicians far and wide over a long number of years. Fionnuala and her son and daughter Cian and Caoimhe have a long and proud association with the South Sligo Summer School and we are absolutely delighted to honour them at our opening concert this year. Tickets will be available at the door and the concert starts at 8 pm sharp. Come early for what will be a great musical celebration with family and friends. Rounding off the week on Saturday, 21st July, everyone is invited to gather on the Square in

Tubbercurry after lunch at 2 pm for a final Farewell Session. Fingers crossed the sun will shine down on us, as it has been so far during this glorious summer of 2018. Finally, the organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School are very grateful to all the local musicians who give of their time and talent so generous- ly year in year out during the week of the summer school, to the local business community for their financial support and to the people of Tubbercurry and the surrounding areas for their ongoing contribution to the success of the summer school in so many ways. The school could not survive without this local support and it is a testament to the value placed on our traditional music, song and dance here in South

Sligo that we are still to the fore, running a very successful and important event in the traditional music calendar annually since 1987. The South Sligo playing style is unique to our area and something for us all to be proud of and work hard to ensure it flourishes into the future. The number of young people playing music to a high standard in the entire region is indeed living proof of the healthy state of traditional music, song and dance in this modern era of social media and ever expanding technology. For a further details of this year’s programme please check out our website www.sssschool.org or ring 071-9120912. Accommodation list also available on our website or email info@tubbercurry.ie


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Community & Nursing Home Visits Available

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arrie Fielding is a hairdresser of the highest quality and a real asset to Enniscrone. Her natural talent coupled with being a perfectionist means that all her clients leave her new hair salon, Velvet Hair Lounge, feeling confident and 100% happy with the way they look. This explains why she is seeing customers returning again and again on a regular basis, and also seeing so many new customers on recommendations definitely a good sign! Originally from Strandhill in Sligo, she believes that is why she feels so at home in Enniscrone. She says: “I now live in Ballina and I love it too it has so much to offer. I find it is the perfect place for my daughter to grow up in. I feel I have two homes, Sligo and Mayo. It’s great they are so close”.CVelvet Hair Lounge came to life in October 2015 and was created by Carrie Fielding who has over 15 years experience in the hair and beauty industry. Velvet, based in the picturesque village of Enniscrone, on the outskirts of County Mayo is a full service hair salon using well known brands such as Osmo, XP100, Schwarzkopf, Revlon, GHD and many more. Velvet Hair Lounge also offers Gelish nail services and Tantruth spray tanning.

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ootworks is entering its 11th Year in Ballina. Rachel Gallagher started her Practice after studying for her degree in Podiatry, in Edinburgh. Podiatry is a healthcare profession that specialises in the management of disease and disorder of the lower limb and foot. The foot is a highly complex structure, which can develop problems affecting a patient’s overall health and quality of life. A Podiatrist can manage a range of foot health problems from simple nail care, corn & hard skin removal, to more complex treatments like verruca’s, Diabetic foot screening and structural foot issues. Footworks recently moved to the Ballina Medical Centre, after 9 years in the town centre, due to increasing multi-disciplinary engagement with the services there – including the GPs, Practice nurses, Public Health Nursing team and the Mayo Sports Clinic; it became obvious to Rachel that it would be ideal for her business to be within the building. Rachel has spent this past year training to bring in some exciting new equipment to Footworks, including Medical Nail reconstruction, 3D foot scanning for custom Orthotics and most recently a revolutionary new treatment for Verruca’s – Swift. Footworks is the first Podiatry Clinic outside of Dublin to have this Swift machine, as Rachel strives to offer the most up to date service for her patients.

Community visits are a large part of the clinic also, Footworks provides treatment in all the local Nursing Homes, Western Care residences and within Occupational Health in some of Ballina’s largest factories. Private Home visits also available to those who are unable to make it into the clinic. You can keep up to date with current treatments and news on Footworks Facebook page @footworksireland or call / email Rachel at the Clinic.

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A self taught seamstress and fashionista from a young age, Carol came to Sligo from Surrey twenty five years ago and has turned her hand to many crafts since. Carol can't remember a time when she didn't have an interest in fashion and style. She was never content with what she could find in the shops, however, preferring to unstitch and remake any garment that took her fancy. "I never actually learned how to sew, it just came naturally. To me, it was just common sense." As soon as she began making her signature headpieces and fascinators, Carol was overrun with orders. By sheer force of will and as she describes it "pounding the pavements" she got her pieces into several of the top boutiques around the country, particularly in Northern Ireland. Heads You Win fascinators have made appearances at Buckingham Palace, celebrity wedding, on several TV personality's heads and on several of the Galway Races prize winners over the years. Another note worthy achievement is that she was the only store in Sligo that was asked to take park in the GOK WAN fashion show when he was in Sligo. But Carol is modest about her

success. "The best part of the job is when people send me photographs or a thank you card, or tell me that I made them feel beautiful. It just makes it all worthwhile." When in town pop into Carols boutique is on Water Lane and see for yourself the wonderful pieces of creation which are sure to compliment your personality as much as your outfit

Little Peoples Playworld Creche We provide a quality service within our childcare setting catering for your child's needs in our service remembering and respecting at all times, that the parents are the main educators of their children. Further Information Our service is provided by trained staff in a caring and safe environment. We encourage active participation of families in the service and encourage an open exchange of information in a confidential manner

to enable us to provide the best care possible. Activities which take place in the crèche include yoga, mindfulness, cooking, baking and plenty of outdoor play. We believe there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes. We encourage parents to supply outdoor suits and wellies so children get outside each day. Children are listened to and respected for their views. We have a great Facebook page complements of our

younger staff. We hold a great summer camp that is organised by the children and the afterschool staff which consists of a variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts and day trips (previous trips included Tayto Park, Dublin Zoo). We also put on our fabulous Christmas show which has gotten so popular that we have taken it out of the setting to ensure all of the children’s families can attend. (Siolta Standard Sixteen - Community Involvement). The service caters for the following schemes ( ECCE, CCS, CCSP, CEC, ASCC) and we provide care for babies up to after school. We open from 7.30 -6 Monday to Thursday and 7.30 -5.30 on Fridays. we provide hot meals daily (following a 4 week menu plan) and staff are trained in Aistear and Siolta. We are currently up for a Family First Award which is being held in October.

Unit 3, Finisklin Business Park, Sligo Our provide a quality service within our childcare setting. We cater for your child's needs in our service remembering and respecting at all times that the parents are the main educators of their children. Activities done at the crèche are yoga, mindfulness, outdoor play as we say there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes. Children are listen to and respected for their views. We have a great Facebook page complements of our younger staff. We open from 7.30 -6 four days a week and 7.30 -5.30 Fridays we cook hot meals daily (following a 4 week menu plan) and staff are trained in Aistear and Siolta. We are currently up for a Family First Award which is being held in October in Jackson Hotel. Jackie Mahon - 0834491871 • littlepeoplesplayworldcreche@yahoo.ie


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Higgins Pharmacy is a renowned family business in Sligo

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iggins Pharmacy is a renowned family business in Sligo due to the dedicated work of Chris Higgins, who opened the business in 1948. His son Ken and daughters Ann Christine and Stella continued on from Chris, providing an excellent service to their customers. In October 2016, the Higgins family sold their business to twin pharmacists Ann and Deirdre Butler. The Butler sisters, from Ballina in Mayo, were delighted to continue the legacy created by Chris and his family. This is a business that will be in operation for 70 years in January 2018 and has seen generations of families pass through its doors. This is the epitome

of what a family business is and Ann and Deirdre are proud to be at the helm. Since October 2016, Ann and Deirdre have introduced many new services and products. Their first priority was to have an online platform where they could share their pharmaceutical knowledge to help educate their customers. Their website went live in November 2016 and there are interesting blogs on topics like skincare, flu, eczema and fertility. Services introduced by the girls include Diabetes awareness days, cholesterol checks will commence in June and another service initiated is called ‘Lets Get Checked’. This is a check on a woman’s fertility status as the girls feel there should be an increased awareness of infertility in women over 30. They have also introduced new brands to the store in Market Cross, these include Cailyn and Flormar Make Up, Betty and Biddy jewellery, Aluxe sunglasses by Rosie Connolly and trendy bags and scarves all of which have proved successful. Both Ann and Deirdre are also very active in the community where Ann is a member of the local BNI Yeats Chapter and Deirdre has just finished a cycle of 'Going for Growth' which is a female mentorship programme. Check out their website at www.higginspharmacy.ie

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Unique Creations Hair Salon is a Colour Specialist Salon in Killala Owned and operated by Alish Barrett the business started in March 2016 and over the past two years it has gone from strength to strength and become the go to salon for locals. Alish has been hairdressing for 11-12 years and has a wealth of experience and keeps herself up to date with all current trends. When not in the salon Alish is a national educator for Keune Hair Cosmetics & she is also a colour technician for a Limerick based company called Capital Hair & Beauty. In this role she travels to different Salons throughout the country and teaches stylists, specializing in Hairdressing & Hair Colour. In her spare time she also teaches classes in Limerick & all around the country. Unique Creations Hair Salon is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 5.30pm

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laire Devine took over the role of manager in Tir na nOg in April 2016 having been working in the sector since 2008. After completing her degree Claire went on to pursue further educational opportunities and she is an avid believer in continuous professional development. The early years sector is one that is growing from strength to strength and I am thrilled to be participating in its advancement. Quality childcare provision is led by a qualified workforce and we here in Tir na nOg have a highly qualified, motivated childcare staff team that are as passionate about working with your children as I am. We strive to provide quality early years’ experiences to the children of our services through a child led, play based curriculum which is designed to cater for each childs’ current emerging interests and needs in a way that is meaningful to them. Through this the staff encourage each childs. individuality and uniqueness and empower them to become competent and confident learners. This year Tir Na Nog celebrate 10 years in business providing quality childcare services to the local community and wider catchment area for children aged 4 ½ months to 12 years in 6 purpose-built playrooms and a new sensory room. We

place a lot of emphasis on outdoor play with three outdoor play areas, a hall and use of the Teeling Centre Sports Complex so that we can provide physical play opportunities all year around. Each play room provides unique experiences for the children of our service. Tir Na Nog provide summer camps for school age children offering a variety of play experiences for your child to enjoy and are currently taking enrolment for the free preschool year in September. Please feel free to call in and see everything that we have to offer here in Tir na nOg.

KELLEY’S – a unique hair experience

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ALKING into Kelley’s Hair Salon in Diamonds Car Park Ballina is like walking into a haven of beauty, with both the décor and the friendly atmosphere making you feel instantly welcome. The packed chairs of the salon lets you know how popular they are after celebrating 2 years in business learlier this year, and it’s easy to see why as you notice the customers walk out with a smile on their face and a bounce in their step. Kelley Rowland glowingly speaks of her staff as she tells me: “Apart from myself I have five committed staff, whom I could not be without. They are such an amazing team and work so hard. Kelley herself has been hairdressing in Ballina for just over 20 years, and her passion for it shows. “Hairdressing is the type of career you have to love or you would never stick it! There is constant training and learning, especially in the last few years as styles and trends change so much.” Not only do they keep up to date with the latest hair fashions, they have even started to provide training days for 12 to 16 year olds in the hope that if they understand their hair at a young age, they won’t make mistakes with it in years to come. I was interested to find out why Kelley chose this area for her business but it seems picking a location to set up her busy hair salon was an easy choice. “ Ballina has always been good to me. I have only ever worked in Ballina as a hairdresser and have met so many wonderful people through

my job. Opening up our own business really made me appreciate living in Ballina. The people of Ballina and its surrounding area have been so good to me and so supportive, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Kelley’s stock a wide range of products, to suit every type of customer such as Alfaparf and Kemon colour, along with an organic colour range called Nayo. They have a new range for hair loss that they use called Nak, and they also stock a vegan organic range known as Alfaparf Actyva, along with the famous Olaplex. We do a full range of Alfaparf treatments to suit all hair types and depending on what your hair needs. I am a big believer in using salon shampoo to suit your hair needs which can restore your hair to its original healthy glow.” Opening hours are from 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday, with late openings on Thursday and Friday til 8 pm. Early openings can be arranged by appointment also. To see some of the hairstyles that the girls have done for their happy customers, just go to @Kelleyshairdressing on Facebook or follow them on Snapchat. The differences in the before and after pictures are amazing and you can see from the comments and reviews just how highly regarded the girls at Kelley’s are, and how well they clearly know what they’re doing. You can also ring them on 096-71833 for an appointment or just call into the salon and see for yourself! Kelley’s is in Diamonds Car Park.

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Chairperson’s Message On behalf of the North Sligo Agriculture Show Committee I would like to extend a warm Cead Mile Failte to all attending our 72th Annual Show. Safety and wellbeing of all attending is of the utmost importance to the A Visit To The North West Is Not Complete Committee. We ask you to obey all Without Stopping Off @ Lang’s. Safety Signs, Stewards instructions and advice from the Safety Officer. The Committee are indebted to the numerous property owners for their generosity in providing their facilities. To our numerous Sponsors who have loyally supported us over the years, a big thank you. Continued Success To The North Sligo Agricultural Show Society My role as Chairperson is made easier Grange, Co. Sligo • Tel: 071-9163105 www.langs.ie by the enthusiasm and dedication of my fellow Officers and Committee Open From 12.00 each day. Closed Tuesdays. members in the organising of this year’s Show. To our Stewards and helpers who turn up diligently every year to them Mile Buiochas. We acknowledge the support from Department of Rural and Community Development and Agriculture and Food to our Show from the Heritage Office of Sligo County Council and Sligo Leader Partnership. A special welcome to our Judges who always have difficult decisions to make and hopefully all exhibitors will be happy with the outcome. To the General Public, looking forward to meeting you on the day, hope you all will have an enjoyable visit to the Show. Email: mcgowanlandscapes@gmail.com The Committee has always Wishing North Sligo Agricultural Show Society continued success in 2013 endeavoured to have a full and varied programme of activities on the day to suit all ages, music choices for all CONTINUED SUCCESS TO NORTH tastes. The headline act is Patrick SLIGO AGRI SHOW FROM ALL AT Feeney with local supporting artists. I would like to thank all our exhibitors and the public for their continued support. Finally, the Show Committee are looking forward to the presentation of Scoil Naomh Molaise, An Grainseach under the guidance of their teachers Camilla Harvey and Seamus Connolly who have done a research project on the Hertiage of Grange Village. Catherine Gallagher Chairperson Grange – Ballyshannon – Donegal • Tel: 071-9173590 Emergency 071-9851559 TIMETABLE OF EVENTS SATURDAY 4th Full Equine & Farm Animal Services August 2018 Surgery Facilities including Orthopaedic ON SHOW MORNING, ALL ENTRIES AND Grooming Service • Specialist in Dog & Cat Food EXHIBITS FOR ALL YOUR ANIMAL NEEDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM 8AM 10.30AM IN SHOW FIELD ONLY ALL EXHIBITS TO BE IN PLACE BY Continued success to North Sligo Agri Show 10.30A.M. SAT 4th August from all at

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Laugh out Loud: the healing benefits of laughter A little chuckle goes a long way when it comes to maintaining your health. Body and soul have a laugh and you’ll get happy!

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” When Milton Berle (pictured) said this, he wasn’t too far off, according to some researchers who think laughter is like a wonder drug capable of treating a host of maladies related to stress and lifestyle. “Laughter therapy is making people laugh for healing purposes,” says Albert Nerenberg, a journalist, documentary filmmaker (for instance, Laughlology, in 2009) and laugh-ologist, an expert who lectures on the science, practice and therapeutic effects of laughter. He brings the therapy to the workplace to help relieve stress and increase motivation, and to the health-care profession to promote and maintain health. But he cautions, “Occasionally, you hear wild claims that laughter therapy cures cancer or a terminal illness. The therapy holds great promise, but there is a danger of creating false expectations.” Researchers continue to study laughter’s effects and have made some discoveries on how it benefits our well-being. Brain chemicals From a neurological perspective,

pioneering studies by Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University Medical Center in California have shown that laughing triggers a flood of pleasureinducing neurotransmitters, like dopamine, in the brain. Low levels of both these brain chemicals are associated with the winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder, which affects almost 20 per cent of Canadians. Nerenberg has been using laughter therapy to help treat drug addicts at a residential drug rehab centre located near the Quebec-U.S. border. “Laughing produces dopamine in the brain much in the same way as cocaine,” he explains, “so you essentially substitute laughing fits for drug addiction, addicting people to a positive behaviour rather than a negative one. They’re after rushes and really don’t care where they get them.” Immune response A depressed immune system is vulnerable to colds and viruses. According to a 2001 study in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, laughter boosts the activity of your system’s natural killer cells and other defences by increasing the number of antibodyproducing cells. Laughter enhances the response of disease-killing cells such as gamma-interferon, diseasefighting protein; B cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies; and T cells, key to immune system response. Stress response “We once thought laughter was

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Simply anticipating laughter was found to release beneficial hormones while lowering levels of harmful chemicals in the body. Laughter can also stimulate creative thoughts that lead to a greater sense of self-worth and optimism. Speaking of optimism In 2011, Nerenberg worked with Maxwell House on a survey about optimism, and the results are positive. Eighty-five per cent of us consider ourselves optimistic; 86 per cent of us feel that optimism is contagious; and 79 per cent of us try to encourage pessimists to be more optimistic. Encourage your own healthier outlook by adding these simple laughter-inducing habits.

Smile early and often in the day; it produces a mild hormonal change that can improve your mood and produce positive emotions. Smiling is the beginning of laughter and, like laughter, it’s contagious. Look up at the ceiling, and you’ll notice a positive lift. There’s no science to explain this, but it’s a fairly universal phenomenon, says Nerenberg. The opposite is true as well; if you walk around looking down, you’ll start to feel down. Fake it till you feel it Just going through the motions will trigger real laughter. Studies show the positive effects of smiling occur even if the smile is fake; faked laughter also provides the same benefits.

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he much anticipated 68th Bonniconlon Show & Gymkhana, will this year take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 6th, 2018. This year Bonniconlon Agricultural Show & Gymkhana celebrates 69 years since its establishment. The event, now recognised as one of the most successful argi events in the country, attracts in the region of 30,000 people annually, and this year will be extra special as it marks 65 successful years. Bonniconlon Show was founded in 1949 to facilitate an exhibition event of all farm and garden produce, animals (including horse and pony show and jumping) and crafts; as well as attracting visitors to the north Mayo village to create a meeting point for exiles to gather and to see again the cultures and traditions of rural life. The picturesque Bonniconlon village is located under the Ox Mountains on the Mayo/Sligo border. The show itself takes place on an impressive 200 acre site, with each acre utilised to the maximum.

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From humble beginnings in 1949 the show has grown substantially over the years and is currently one of the top shows and gymkhanas in the country with entertainment for young and old. EVENTS 2018 Some of the highlights taking place on show day in Bonniconlon include: • Sheaf tossing competition • The Rose of Bonniconlon • Pure Fresh Children’s party and disco • Sheep Dog trials • Heritage Section and Vintage Section • Most appropriatley dressed Lady and Gent on the field from 1pm to 3pm. • Tinsmith demonstration • Old Craft Demonstration Section • Rare Breeds of Animals display • Farm model display • Dog and duck controlling exhibition • Ox mountain railway • Bonny Baby Competition • Horse and Pony jumping • Horse and Pony classes • Also Classes for Donkeys, Cattle,

Sheep, Goats, dogs, agricultural produce, horticulture, cookery, photography, craftss, woodwork, senior art, poultry and flower show. A special word of gratitude must go to the exhibitors, competitors, stewards, committee and landowners who each year make the event bigger and better than ever. This day would not be possible without the generosity of the sponsors who come from near and far and the committee wish to sincerely thank all of them who have contributed to make the Bonniconlon Show the successful event it now is.

Chairmans Address John O’Hara. Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure I welcome you on behalf of the officers and committee of Bonniconlon Show and Gymkhana to our 69th show. Building on the success of last year’s event, the show attracted a huge attendance with average weather conditions. The show is designed as a platform to present all aspects of Irish culture and agriculture for town and country alike. Our show is now

rated as one of the best events in the country with entertainment for young and old. This event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors for their outstanding support over the years and who still support us in what every way possible even in these hard times. To them we say “Go raibh mile maith agaibh” It is, without question the continuous commitment and tireless efforts of the exhibitors and competitors who have supported us over the years. Thank you to Superintend Joe Doherty and staff of Ballina Garda Station & our local Garda. Our judges, Civil Defence, I.C.A., Rally Marshalls, Foroige, G.A.A. Tidy Towns, Mayo County Council, our hard working Secretary, Gerry and his helpers. A special work of thanks to our land owners and anyone inconvenienced because of our show. And last but not least our hard working stewards from far and near who work tirelessly for weeks before and after the show to make it the successful event it is. A big” Thank You” to our vet on call for the day Fintan O’Donnell, to our local Solas team,

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SHOW & GYMKHANA

Rural Social Scheme and Tus and their supervisors Paschal Tuohy, Gerry Murphy and Elizabeth Fair. We are delighted to host the All Ireland Super Suckler Cow and Calf Championship with a prize fund of €3500. This competition will be judged as a loose pening competition. I would like to thank the Irish Charolais Cattle Society for hosting and collecting the sponsorship for this competition. This year the show committee has decided to move our showing classes

for cattle and sheep to a new and better location. Hopefully it will be better for exibitors and spectators. We are delighted to host the All Ireland Home Cook final at our show, finalists from each province will participate along with a qualifier which was chosen from the ploughing championships in 2017. Mayo Enterprise Board is inviting food companies to display their products in the Marquee again this year. On behalf of the committee I would like to extend sincere

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Motor Body Repairs All Classes of Motor Body Repairs Undertaken All Types of Servicing and MOT Preperation

“No Sunday Phone Calls” P188 Blackhawk Pulling System in Operation

Telephone: 048-66388367 • Mobile: 0044 (0) 7802 701597 SALLOON, BALLINAMALLARD

All Engines Reconditioned Call us today for a competitive quote!

IDA Industrial Estate, Cleveragh, Sligo Tel: 071-9162531


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Ariel Motors

LTD

Unit 2, Ardnaree, Ballina, Co. Mayo

5%

Bonniconlon, Ballina, Co. Mayo Phone: 096-45412/45488 www.dempseydismantlers.com • info@dempseydismantlers.com

D is c o u n

w it h t h t is Ad v e rt

Fully Licensed for the disposal of end of life vehicles Free Delivery Service to your area

• Servicing • Panel Beating • Tracking • Parts • Light Setting • NCT Preperation • Valeting • Recovery Ariel Dym 086-376-1953 • 086-8978395 • www.apmotors.ie

2000 TOYOTA COROLLA SILVER

FULLY SERVICED, NEW BRAKES, RECIPETS FOR SAME NEW NCT AND TAXED LOW MILEAGE. PRICE €1150 ONO CALL 087-1430158

CHRISTY CONNOLLY RECOVERY CASTLEREA, CO. ROSCOMMON • E: connollychristy@eircom.net TEL: 094-9620793 • MOB: 086-2505325 / 087-2505325 APPROVED RECYCLERS OF END OF LIFE VEHICLES DESTRUCTION CERTS ISSUED • 24/7 RECOVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE • CAR SALES & SERVICE

Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9.30am-1.30pm Free Delivery Service All Over Connacht

We offer a wide range of services including pre-nct testing, car repair, recovery and sales.

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

FULL FINANCE AVAILABLE

SELF DRIVE CARE HIRE AVAILABLE

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

James Foy Auto Service

• Servicing all makes & models • Excellent selection of Tyres • Puncture Repair • NCT Preperation • Wheel Balancing & Alignment

Dromore West, Sligo Tel: 096-47052. Mob: 087-2541243 www.recoverysligo.com

All Trucks Wanted for Breaking & Export

Nugent Livestock Trailers €25 Per Week

Nugent Spirit Horse Boxes €35 Per Week

• Tippers • Mixers • Crane Trucks • Units GOOD PRICES PAID FOR SUITABLE VEHICLES ALL SECONDHAND PARTS AVAILABLE

Call: 087-974 3349 Anytime

We have 20 years of proffesional experience in diagnostics and repairs of any type of vehicles, trucks, vans, cars, motorbikes etc. Full Remapping Service Available • Car and Van Keys Supplied Pre Nct Testing Starting from €35 • Diagnostics - Each diagnostic service €35 Tyres - All Brands & Sizes / Puncture Repairs/ Wheel Alignment / Wheel Balancing

5 Toberbride Business Park, Collooney, Co. Sligo Telephone: 071 916 7948 •Mobile: 085-1001838 www.mgmotors.ie • Email: mgmotorssligo@yahoo.com


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farmingServices Solving the problem of Mas!!s and High Soma!c Cell Count – Consistently Dose now for BVD, Lepto, Salmonella and IBR – 12 months protec!on Free Back­up Service and Product Our customers are commercial farmers who use our Programmes year a#er year with con!nued results for mas!!s, reduced SCC, scour, BVD, Lepto, IBR, Salmonella, in­ creased fer!lity, and general condi!on. • No withdrawal of milk during treatments • lower SCC ­ from penalty to bonus prices for milk, • Reduce vets bills • No an!bio!c resistance • Easy to administer • 12 months back­up product & service included with every programme

From €10 a­head a full year’s treatment

“The 3­in­1 BVD Programme has kept me in business”

Donie Aherne, Kilteely, Co Limerick, 80 sucklers, 86 0­1yr & 601­2yr olds. Licensed by: • DAFM • Irish Medicines Board • Approved by IOFGA

GH Agri Galway Homeopathics, The Mall, Tuam, Co Galway Telephone: Sales: 093­25495 • 087­2602549 (any!me) Email: marke!ng@galwayhomoeopathics.com www.galwayhomoeopathics.com

Nephin Tractors & Machinery Ltd

TRACTORS WANTED ALL TYPES OF TRACTORS & TRACK MACHINES WANTED

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

Tel: 087-680-6540

MAYO MATS For all your matting needs

• Cow Cubicle Mats • Slat Mats • Horse Mats • Parlour Mats For further information contact Tom Duffy COW COMFORT LTD Tel: 097-82057 • Fax: 097-82376 Email: cowcomfort@eircom.net

Are you ready for lambing?

DESIGNED WITH TRUE FARM LOGIC

WANTED

Lambing season is upon us again “are you ready?” If you get our Quadcrate Multi-Purpose Lambing package you will be. We promise our Lambing Package will be the best purchase you make all year or your money back within 2 months. These time saving attachments will help you gain a higher lambing percentage

We are purchasing All Ranges of Beef Cattle - Top Prices paid

MAKE USE OF OUR LATEST OFFER • Free Body Warmer • Free Beanie Hat • Free Quadcrate Pen with Light With every package sold above €850 during the month of January

Dunleavy Meats, Cooneal, Ballina, Co. Mayo (096) 33930 Michael 087 2336184 John 087 9377735

K&C MULVANEY Ltd.

Dead & Worn out Animals Collection Service Daily Collection in all Areas Telephone: MULVANEYS at: Tel: 049-4338331 or 086-8551932 / 086-3827008

Feel Free to watch our DVD on our website. See which package suits you.

www.quadcrate.co.uk • Tel: 0044-7736177626 wallingham@quadcrate.co.uk

DEAD AND WORN-OUT ANIMALS Contact: Tom Rogers Strokestown, Co. Roscommon SAME DAY COLLECTION SERVICE SERVICING LEITRIM & SLIGO FARMERS FOR OVER 20 YEARS

071-9634783 / 9633344

Only Licensed Knackers Yard & Service in NorthWest

SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED TRACTORS WANTED DRAINS AND SEWERS CLEANED ALL TYPES OF FORD TRACTORS WANTED 4600 • 5600 • 6600 • 7600 • 4610 • 5610 • 6610

ALSO NEW HOLLAND TRACTORS TS&TSA • SL/SLDP • TM 120 • TM125 • TM130 • 8160 • 8260 • 8360

PERMIT NO.CP00-09-03267-03

TELEPHONE MICHAEL HAVERTY 086-8381227 / 086-1997815

CascoAgri

ALSO MASSEY FERGUSON 130 • 165 • 185 • 188 • 168 • 240 • 265 • 250 • 275 • 290 •550 • 565 • 575 • 590 675 • 690 • 698 • 699 • 365 • 375 • 390 • 398 • 300 • 500 • 600 • 40 Series SL/SLDP Masy Ferguson Balers - 124 • 120/20 John Deere 342 / 550 Class Combines - Dominator & Lexion New Holland Combines - All Models John Deere Combines - 955 • 965 • 975 • 1075 • 1077 • 1178

Tel: 087-279-7553

APPROVED AEOS, TAMS & REPS CONTRACTOR

Farm Fencing, Stock Proofing, Post & Rail, Existing Farm Building Repair

Livestock Handling Facilities, Concrete Yards & Slabs, Slatted Tanks Retaining Walls/Block Walls Land Drainage and Reclamation Qualty Work Guaranteed Tel: 087-6484244 • Email: cascoj@eircom.net


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farmingServices TULSK­MACHINERY

Mollahan Engineering & Maintenance

Ardkeenagh, Tulsk, Co.Roscommon • Tel: 086­7919095

• Industrial & Residential Gates • Roller Doors • Gate Automation & Repairs • General Engineering Railings - Gates & Ornate Items designed & made to order.

Call Micheál on 086-8248402 e: michealmollohan@eircom.net

OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY - BOHOLA, SWINFORD, CO. MAYO

Call Brendan on: 087-230 7914 Mulroy & Sons Farm Machinery based in Bohola Swinford, Co. Mayo, import new and used Farm Machinery from the United Kingdom. Products we have in stock for hire and sale

QUALITY SECOND!HAND HEAVY PLANT AND MACHINERY • BALLINA, CO. MAYO FOR SALE • FIAT 880 4X4 4 CYLINDER ENGINE. • FIAT 1180H 4X2 OFF FARM COND • STEYR 8140 4X4 • FRITZ CAB TO SUIT FORD 4600/6600 • BOOM TO SUIT FH130 AND EX 120 • DIPPER TO SUIT 100!1 • DISMANTLED FOR PARTS UHO 71 • CHAINS TO SUIT FH130. • BUCKETS TO SUIT 580G • BUCKET AND BUCKET RAM TO SUIT O&K RH20 • FORD 6610 AP CAB 4X2, VGC • ZETOR 8011, OFF FARM CONDITION • PICK UP HITCH TO SUIT MF165/265 ETC • PICK UP HITCH TO SUIT FORD 5000/6610

WANTED • HITACHI EX60!1 AND EX60!2/EX100! 1/EX120!1 FH130!1/FH130!2/ FH130!3 • FORD 5000/7000/5600/6600/7600 2 AND 4X4 • FORD 5610/6610/7610/6410/6810 2 AND 4X4 WITH FLOOR CHANGE • FORD 5640/6640/7740/7840 2 AND 4X4 WITH STANDARD GEARBOX • NEW HOLLAND 5640/6640/7740/7840 2 AND WITH 12X12 AND DUAL POWER. • NEW HOLLAND TS 90/100/110/115 2 AND 4X4 WITH STANDARD GEARBOX & DUAL POWER.

• Weed Licker • Harrows (Power, Spring, Chain, Disc and Pin) • Sprayers • Haybobs (Choice of 10) • Rotovators • Toppers • Ploughs • Spreaders • Mowers • Subsoilers • Cent Mixers • Vicon fertilliser spreader (Choice of 20) • Buckrackes • Hedgecutters (McConnells) choice of 2 All our products are reasonably priced and fully serviced www.mulroyandsonsfarmmachinery.town.ie Email : brendanmulroy1@eircom.net

Farm Sheds Fabricated & Erected Telephone: 0044-77-46117236

Galvanized Grasharrow 6 and 13 ft. Vicon 5.6 ft. disc mowers Krone 8 ft. disc mower Disc harrows 10ft. heavy duty. Bale trailer for 8 bales NEW Rotorvator 7ft and 5 ft. Potato ridger .

Lely power harrows 10 ft. Krone mower 8 ft. with conditioner. Push off rake 8 ft. Kuhn 6 rotor shaker. Claas 4 rotor shaker. Claas 6 rotor shaker as new. Kuhn 8 ft. mower with con-

ditioner. 5 and 7 ft. horse arena levelers. galvanized. power box 6.6 ft. heavy duty. pz mower 165 pz mower 185 pz mower 212 Flail mower 7 ft.

Castlerea Co-opertive Livestock Mart Ltd. PROPERTY SERVICES PROVIDERS LICENCE NO: 002249 THURSDAY WEEKLY: BULLOCKS, HEIFERS, COWS, CALVES AND WEANLINGS. 3 RINGS IN OPERATION. ALL SALES COMMENCE AT 11 A.M. ALL STOCK PRE-BOOKED.YARD OPENS AT 8 A.M. FOR ENQUIRIES CONTACT MART OFFICE OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

Telephone: 094-9620300 • e-mail: info@castlerealivestockmart.com web: www.castlerealivestockmart.com Property Services Providers Licence No: 002249

New sheds for sales Box profile, non-drip roof. 4 full sky lights 6 foot side sheeting and all gable sheeting. 1 door opening in center of gable We can make any size of shed to suit your needs just give me a call • All ridge and galvanised gutters supplied with screws • sheds repaired and resheeted • Sliding doors made and hung • Gutters repaired and fitted all power washing done • All ground work and concrete done • All types of block work and plastering done • All types of digger work done

No job too big no job too small! • Keenest Rates

MULCHRONE AGRI

Available for all your pit silage harvesting requirements for 2017 season, covering Co. Mayo and Co. Sligo. Extra Trailers available for long hauls Check out our youtube videos. Contact Pat on 0872439242

Michael O’ Connell Tractors Sales And Service Caraun, Claregalway, Co. Galway

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

Cavallo C503 Stainless Steel Spinner Fertilizer Spreader: • 8 cwt capacity • Suitable for fertilizer or salt spreading • 9 metres spreading width • Available in painted versions at lower Price inc. VAT this model €750.00 Painted versions: 5cwt model @ €475.00 6cwt model @ €515 • 8cwt model @ €550 Cavallo 890PXT: • 16 cwt capacity wagtail spreader c/w Stainless Steel Hopper inc. Hydraulic Control Price inc. VAT €2500.00 • 24 cwt capacity wagtail spreader c/w Stainless Steel Hopper inc. Hydraulic Control Price inc. VAT €2800.00

We are early risers, we are tax advisors, we are tillers, planters, bankers, makers, we are financial planners, we are we weather scanners, we are accountants, farmers, foresters & forcasters. We are ifac

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

Find out how our team can help your business to plan for the future. Call us on 071 916 7848 or visit www.ifac.ie

Contact Numbers: 086 252 9314 • 091 799 116

ACCOUNTANCY | PLANNING | ADVICE


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Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert 2018

Liane Carroll and Friends

Ballina Arts Centre: The annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert returns to Ballina on Saturday 4 August to stage their special 6th anniversary show. The event, sponsored by the Dublin Mayo Association, is to be hosted by Alan Keegan ‘The Voice of Old Trafford’ and MUTV presenter from Manchester United Football Club. The concert will feature performances by The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band who are celebrating their 70th anniversary. Joining the band from Manchester is Irish Singer, Dancer and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Keegan from the hit BBC Show, The Voice. Also joining Joe from Manchester is Marian Waldron whose Mayo roots stem from Lahardane, Marian will be debuting her new single 'When New York was Irish which was filmed at the Attymass Famine cottage in New York. Also performing will be The Murphy Moore Irish Dance Academy and the Turley Duggan Irish Dance Academy plus the Jiving Juniors.Mayo’s musical talent is being represented by songwriter, Dennis McCalmont. For more information about the 2018 Mayo Manchester Tradfest which runs from Thursday 2 August to Wednesday 8 August visit www.mayomanchester.com

Tradbeats Atlantic Rhythm Ballina Arts Centre - Tuesday 17th July & Tuesday 7th August, 8pm Fresh from their recent appearance on the Late Late Toy Show, Ray D’Arcy Show, Ireland’s Got Talent and entertaining Ryan Tubridy on his recent visit to Ballina with the Radio 1 broadcaster, Atlantic Rhythm are delighted to perform at home for the summer making a variety of appearances at venues throughout Mayo but in particular Atlantic Rhythm are delighted to present the summer show for 2018, TradBeats in Ballina Arts Centre, 17th July and 7th August 2018. Tickets: €15 / €12 / €10. Early booking essential.

Tues 24 July 2018, 8pm €18/15conc./9 u18s Celebrating our stellar 2018 summer school line up - a night of songs and tunes featuring Shannon Barnett on trombone, the voices of Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Emilia Martensson, Meilana Gillard on saxophone and friends. For more information on artists visit www.sligojazz.ie

DOUBLE BILL: The Olllam + Two Bass Hit @ THE HAWK’S WELL

Joe Dart Masterclass and The Ollam - €30 workshop and concert ticket combo available directly from Hawk's Well Box Office Wed 25 July 2018, 8pm €18/15conc./9 u18s The Olllam featuring piper John McSherry, multiinstrumentalist Tyler Duncan, bassist Joe Dart and drummer

Michael Shimmin weave an utterly irresistible web of musical intrigue. File under good music! Specially formed for this year’s festival, Two Bass Hit features internet bass sensation Federico Malaman, sensational Swede, Dirty Loops bassist Henrik Linder, French drummer Nicolas Viccaro and guests.

Johnny Duhan @ THE HAWKS WELL SLIGO

Fri 20 July 2018, 8pm €20/10 u18s Johnny's songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and

international singers. His song The Voyage has become a modern classic. Christy Moore has termed Johnny "one of our greatest songwriters", and the late Ronnie Drew described him as one of his favourite songwriters.

FLOOR SANDING SERVICE AVAILABLE No Mess, No Fuss! Call today for a quotation 071-9157830


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Tel: 096-22277 Fax (096) 22655 Jerome and Eugene Hughes for all your Home Heating Oil, Tractor Diesel, Kerosene, Road Diesel, Unleaded Petrol. Tanks and Lubrication products also in stock.

ITS TIME TO INSULATE EXTERNAL • CAVITY WALL • SPRAY FOAM www.wmiinsulation.ie • info@wmiinsulation.ie

N5 Business Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo • Tel: 094-9038681 / Walter 087-6297979

BER ‘A’ RATED INSULATION

• Renovations • Extensions • Attic Conversions

CALL KIERAN NOW FOR A FREE QUOTE - 087-834-3755 HOMESINSULATION@YAHOO.IE

DARRAGH TIMONEY

MULTIPURPOSE GARDEN SHEDS & GARAGES

DG Windows & Doors Josko Partner

Advertise Here! Contact 071-9154538 for details of our excellent rates All the main supports of our garages are constructed of heavy duty box section steel for strength and durability and are hot dipped galvanised for longer Life. Our Units are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. The sheeting is hot dipped galvanised and pvc coated to the colour of your choice.

• WINDOWS • FRAMELESS, FULL HEIGHT ALL-GLASS SYSTEMS • LIFT-AND-SLIDE DOORS • FRONT & INTERIOR DOORS • SUN SHADING + NATURAL WOOD FLOORS Visit our new showroom Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm Sat By Appointment

Contact: Ray Lynch Corlis, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Phone: 086-8943034 or 094-9621938 • AGENTS REQUIRED

Sli MacNean, Blacklion, Co. Cavan Tel: 071-9853753 • Mob: 086-3896500 Email: dgwindows@btinternet.com www.josko.com

LG GLASS & GLAZING • Rapid Repair Service • Decorative Mirrors • Glass Shower Units • Coloured Glass • Internal Doors • Glass Stairs & Balustrade Westport Road, Castlebar • Tel: 094-9022000 • www.lg-glass.ie

Advertise Here! Contact 071-9154538 for details of our excellent rates


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FREE CLASSIFIEDS 2+1 SEATER FOR SALE Royal Blue Leather Couch with Armchair. Includes springback, in perfect condition. Contact Eileen Murray - 0894482581. Bsed in SLigo - Can call to view. UNIVERSAL MEN’S MOUNTAIN BIKE Seldon used, extras include bike helmet, waterproof lok plus two keys, lights. Sligo town area, must collect. bargain at €60. Contatc Cathal on 0874013617 FOR SALE RIDE ON LAWNMOWERCASTEL TWIN CUT 13,5/90 IN EXCELLENT CONDITION Price €800 ono. Tel: 087-0909755 SINGER SEWING MACHINE, nutribullet juicer, new in box, Siatsu massage chair, new in box, unwanted gift. 3- piece suite dutch red draylon three seater couch with 2 matching armchairs; large antique table and chairs, coffee tables, armchair, chest of drawers, lockers, beds, Lshaped bar seat , firescreen, small pine dining table phone/fax machine, mirrors, desks, all excellent condition tel: 0892146666

WANTED 1 couple of 1916/2016 Commemorative €2 Coins. Sligo Town. Call or text 087-0533844 CLEANER AVAILABLE. EXPERIENCED. FLEXIBLE RATES. RELIABLE AND FAST. CALL KENSI ON 0838634032. MIDLANDS separated lady, early 60s, working, would like to get in touch with other ladies for nights out and chats, etc., friendship only. Ring or text 0871279479. SIX BEAUTIFUL TEA ALL DIFFERENT ALL NOVELTY on tea pots can be seen on london streets seen of biscuits on them, also tea pot with lovely flowers on them. Sligo town area. Tel: 087-4013617 FOR SALE 6 ACRES1, 1 ROOD, 20 PERCHES Prime agriculural land, less than 2 miles from Crossmolina, building potential (subjet to planning) road frontage 394 feet. €65000 Tel: 087-6794492

To place your free private classified, please email info@theexpress.ie or you can post it into us: Free Classifieds, Northwest Express, NW Business Park, Collooney, Co. Sligo

MICHAEL KEAVNEY

ALL TYPES OF PLANT HIRE QUALITY GRAVEL STONE

ALL AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES!

Pavior Machine Hire Tipper Lorry Hire 8 and 6 Wheel

Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo • 094-902-3853 / 086-250-3230

Tel 096-45423 or 087-2858333

4x4’s BREAKING FOR SALE TOP PRICES PAID!

4x4’s, FORKLIFTS, TRACK MACHINES, OLD TRACTORS, 10ftx7ft TRAILERS

TELEPHONE: 087-9140602

SILVER’s DOOR STORE LTD

• DOORS • FLOORS • KITCHENS • GENERAL HARDWARE

Rathedmond Road, Finisklin, Sligo 071-919 2011 • Buy online @ www.silvershardware.com

Contact 071-9154538 for details of our excellent rates

SHS SCAFFOLDING Over 20 years in business supplying throughout Sligo & North West Scaffolding and Acrows available to Buy or Hire from our yard Supply and Erect Service Available Tube and Fitting Scaffolding also available with plastic planks for clean room environments Our Fully Trained & Certified Professional Teams specialise in providing tailored scaffolding hire solutions, using the right equipment in the right place at the right time.

INSTALLERS OF INSULATION Phone: 086-8039502 Email: johngriffinshs@gmail.com www.scaffoldinghiresligo.ie

NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL

Aluminium Soffit & Fascia Covering Mayo & West Sligo

CONTACT FRANK: 086-8175538

WANTED

Remodels Extensions Maintenance

Building Contractors

CCTV CAMERA INSPECTION AVAILABLE

FULL RANGE OF 4x4 PARTS FOR SALE

Tel: 091-797891 • Mobile: 087-6371144 E: jobengr@eircom.net • www.obengineering.com Turloughmore, Co. Galway

Call Tom: 087­6786275 •C2 Reg • Insured • 30 years experience

REBUILD, RELINE & REPAIR

Tarcmacadam & Tarspraying Specialists

Advertise Here! • Wrought Iron Gates, Railings, Staircases & Balconies • Gate Automation for New and Existing Gates • Domestic and Commercial • All made to Order • Garden Furniture

MEEHAN CHIMNEY REPAIRS

• Spray Foam Insulation • Cavity Wall Insulation • Attic Insulation • Boiler & Heating Control Upgrades •SEAI Registered Installer

CALL FOR A FREE QUOTATION AND AVAIL OF OTHER INCENTIVES ON OFFER Corballa, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo • 096 74980 Contact: Noel on 087 744 5555 Gerry on 087 352 1327 email: noel@brusnaenergysolutions.com web: www.brusnaenergysolutions.com

Joe Mongan

Building Contractors Ltd

ALL GENERAL BUILDING WORKS • New Houses • Extensions • Renovations • Groundworks and Civils Engineering • Full Property Maintenance

Frenchill, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Email: jmbc600@gmail.com Tel: 094-9032367 • Mob: 087-2601674


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Aluminium & PVC Repairs

To windows, doors and patio doors

Offering a vast range of carpentry and building services from installation, design and structural elements with over 15 years experience.

Unit 10B Old Dublin Road Business Park 071-9304960

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• FIRST AND SECOND FIX • • RENOVATIONS • ROOFING • EXTENSIONS Call 086-3697929 • Website: www.durcancarpentry.com

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

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Undertakers & Memorials

KNOX STREET, BALLYHAUNIS, CO. MAYO

Provides 24 Hour Full Funeral Service Handled in a Professional Manner With Attention to Detail at all Times

For further details about our Funeral & Memorial Services www.gavinsfuneralhome.com Telephone: 094-9633448 Mobile 087-6324586 (Martin) • 086-3960943 (Martina) Email: gavinsfuneralhome@yahoo.ie

WHEELIE BIN SERVICE & SKIP HIRE (All Sizes)

096-32500

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 APPLICATIONS FOR ALL AGRICULTURAL SHEDS CARRIED OUT

• Traditional Tin Smiths • Copper • Aluminium • Zinc • Stainless Steel • Lead • Titanium • Natural Slate • Ornamentation

Thermal Imaging Smoke Testing Draught Testing Problem Solving CCTV Chimney Inspections

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

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

Manufacturers of Commercial & Industrial Roller Shutters and Doors

www.loftusrecycling.com

Domestic & Commercial Roofing • New roofs • Re-roofing & re-lining • Gutters & valleys • Tile & slate effect sheeting • Asbestos removal & disposal We provide a reliable & professional service covering all counties of Ireland.

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

All forms of cladding & roofing in tradition standing seam and batten roll in Copper, Zinc, Aluminium Stainless steel and Lead Sheet. Specialist flashing kits for chimneys,dormers, box gutter valleys and pitched valleys for slated roofs. Design, layout and detailing services for both commercial and private projects. Welding and fabricating of Stainless Steel and aluminium.

GG Roofing, The Grove, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo 087 2437259/094 Boyle,Phone: Co. Roscommon Telephone:9649296 071-9670010 Email: Email Us:info@ggroofing.ie info@pureflowers.ie••www.ggroofing.ie www.pureflowers.ie

• Domestic Garage Doors • PVC Coated Roller Garage Doors • Insulated Sectional Garage Doors • Fire Doors • Manual or Remote Automatic Gate Systems and Barriers Telephone: 090-6627907 Mob: 087-2725297 • doortec2@hotmail.com


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TERRYS STOVES www.terrysstoves.com

North West Windows Prop. Kevin Burns - Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh Email: kburns@btinernet.com

Suppliers & Installers of uPVC Windows & Doors Wide range of colours Tel: 087-2443903 After 6pm Tel: 048-66386525

Furniture recovering and restoration including covering of chairs, 3 piece suites, headboards, car seats and boat seats. Hotel and Bar seating, Office furniture and other Contract / Commercial furniture. Repair of sails, tents and other outdoor gear for sports and leisure. We provide a service of Colour consultancy and Interior advice. We retail upholstery fabrics and essentials. Collection and delivery can be arranged at a small fee, depending on distance. Boradruma, Snugboro, Castlebar • Tel: 094 9023532 / 086 8350608 Open Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm • Visit us online at www.boradrumaupholstery.ie

• Free Survey available • Solid Fuel Stoves • Gas Fires

people with energy

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

Buy Once! Buy Right!

Phone: 087­2066910 or 071­9197925

Michael

TT’S QUARR BARRE Quality Stone Y LTD

Langan

Products & Plant Hire

Pipe & Petroleum Installations

Advertise Here! We are a family run quarrying & plant hire business, offering quality products and services to customers for more than 50 years. Our Quarrying Products Include: • All types of crushed stone • Chippings suitable for driveways, garden beds, sizes to suit individual requirements. Building Stone • Sand and Gravel • Readymix Services.

Contact 071-9154538 for details of our excellent rates

We have an extensive range of fleet for hire including tippers, artic tippers, Flatbeds and low loaders We are National and International Hauliers • Phone: 097-83890 • Mobile: 087-2226243 • Fax: 097-83890 email: barrettsquarry@gmail.com • Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo

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Cafolla’s Ballina celebrate 6 years focussed on their business during the development phase they have also become embedded in the local community, proud to be part of it and grateful to the people who have made them so welcome in the town.

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AFOLLA’S in Ballina is one of those landmark businesses which has not only endured over the decades but has preserved the Italian legacy started by people like Luigi Orlandi back the ’sixties. Roll on to 2018 and Riccardo and Caterina Veglianti, who acquired the business six years ago, continue the tradition of providing good food and excellent service to the people of Ballina and, in those changing times, many visitors to the town as well. The couple’s hard work over the past six years has borne fruit. They have retained old customers while building up a growing clientele at their premises on Bridge Street, Ballina. Their plans were ambitious but they can look back with satisfaction on six exciting years. Both Riccardo and Caterina have strong catering backgrounds. Riccardo is the second generation of the Veglianti family in the catering, having commenced his career at the age of 13 in the family business. He then moved away for a period, studied electronic engineering at third level and worked for a time in that industry. However, the restaurant business was in his blood and he commenced a career as a chef. Riccardo commenced his training in Florence, came to Ireland and worked in many Irish restaurants. When Cafolla’s came on the market he jumped at the opportunity. Though he had to move from Dublin at the time with Caterina the transition was a

Cafollas proprietor Riccardo Veglianti

successful one. He was lucky. Caterina, too, comes from a traditional Italian household that nurtured a love of food. Riccardo’s dad had started in the family fish and chip business in 1967, having come from Italy to Ireland to work. He worked hard and now has a number of businesses, including a restaurant in Westport. Regular customers of Cafollas couldn’t help but notice the changing face of the operation – the upgrading of the premises, the ambience, fixtures and fittings, etc. This was necessary, but the investment is now providing dividends and it has enabled the proprietors provide an even better service to clientele. As a couple Caterina and Riccardo work well together, complementing each other in so many ways. Riccardo takes care of the cooking while Caterina manages the operational side – administration, staff training etc. Both have played a hands-on role over the past six years, working diligently to build relationships and raise the general standard of the service they provide for customers. Both are proud to carry on the Cafollas tradition. Said Caterina: “My dad and the Cafollas were of a similar generation and all started working during a similar era in Dublin. They had that work ethic and really worked hard as we do today, making sure everything is fresh and that everything is done right consistently. “We are the same. We only buy in the best of fish, the best flour to make the best batter and the best potatoes to make the best chips – all of which we try to source from local suppliers like Clarke’s Fish Shop. Mark Forbes Butchers, Lundy Foods, Falcon Fruits, Michael Carr and more.” The local associations enable Riccardo access to the freshest ingredients. He prepares his own lasagne, roast beef, pork belly, pepper sauce and pizzas and other foods on-site for his customers. While he believes in innovation he is also attentive to the needs of those customers who prefer the traditional offerings like their renowned bacon and cabbage, tender roast beef and mouth-watering roast lamb, in addition to their much-loved, high-end fast food menu. The couple are also conscious of the contribution of staff to the success of the business. They place a huge emphasis on training their people to the highest of standards and are very proud to get positive feedback on the customer service at Cafolla’s on a regular basis. “Our staff are our ambassadors”, said Riccardo. “If people come in and spend their hard-earned money we have to be sure they are well cared for. The staff represent us, our business and our ideals”, he said. Though Riccardo and Caterina have been

They look forward to the years ahead and building further on that relationship with the community and further expanding the Cafolla brand and its reputation for quality food and service.


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