Sligo News

  • The annual National Famine Commemoration is taking place in Sligo this afternoon.

    It's the third state commemoration of the event to be held in Connacht, and will be attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan.

    It gets under way at 2.15pm beside Sligo Port.

    Minister Madigan says it's an important event to remember the one million Irish people who died in the 1840s.

  • A baby girl spent four nights in hospital after she was exposed to cryptosporidium according to this morning’s Irish Independent.

    A campaigner from the Lough Talt Water Warriors in Sligo, Kellie Cadman said she was given permission by the baby's family to highlight the case to ensure people in the catchment area are aware that it is crucial to continue to heed a boil-water notice.

    According to Irish Water, more than 12,500 of its customers in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and in a large rural hinterland, continue to be affected by a boil-water notice which has been in place for 13 of the past 16 months.

    Ms Cadman said the 22-month-old baby was discharged on Sunday night from Sligo University Hospital but remains ill. She said there were other cases where people had become ill after being exposed to cryptosporidium.

    A spokesperson for Irish Water told said works on this essential upgrade can now be scheduled to commence in the coming months with a completion date expected in 2020.

    But campaigners say that in the interim a mobile treatment unit should be provided.

    Irish Water said it was a priority to deliver a solution that would enable the boil-water notice to be lifted as soon as possible.

  • Sligo Strandhill Final Tally results 
    Bree Declan - Independents 4 Change 1323
    Cosgrove Nessa - Labour 463
    Filan Finbarr - Renua Ireland 312
    Gaffney Blaine - Fine Gael 891
    MacManus Chris - Sinn Fein 944
    MacSharry Tom - Fianna Fail 1023
    Maguire Sinead - Fine Gael 890
    McGarry Jim - Non Party 456
    O'Boyle Gino - Solidarity PBP 871
    O'Donnell Miranda - Green Party 169
    O'Grady Rosaleen - Fianna Fail 970

    Sligo Drumcliffe Final Tally Results 
    Casserley Marie - Non Party 1176
    Fox Tom - Fine Gael 1033
    Gallagher Amanda - Non-Party 267
    Gallagher Nigel - Solidarity PBP 423
    Gilroy Donal - Fianna Fail 1264
    Healey Thomas Sinn Fein 1385
    Kilgannon Seamus - Fianna Fail 885
    McGurren Colm - Fianna Fail 319
    McLoughlin Ciara - Fine Gael 794
    Walsh Thomas - Fine Gael 1163
    Whyte Corey Independents 4 Change 215

    Ballymote.Tubbercurry Final Tally 
    Baker Martin - Fianna FAil 1376
    Clarke Michael - Non Party 1451
    Connolly Martin - Fine Gael 970
    Feeney Blair - Fine Gael 1192
    Gallagher Barry - Non Party 964
    Gallagher Daniel - Sinn Fein 407
    Gormley Wille - Non Party 1038
    Henry Keith - Fianna Fail 1035
    Mullaney Gerard - Fine Gael 1513
    Mullarkey Romauld - Fianna Fail 678
    Mulvey Dara - Fine Gael 1476
    Queenan Joseph - Non Party 1722
    Taylor Paul - Fianna Fail 1862

  • The first Engineering Fair in the Northwest will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at IT Sligo.

    The college is partnering with healthcare company Abbott to host the engineering fair from 12-5pm tomorrow at IT Sligo, with free admission.


    The event is being run as part of Engineers Week and will include a range of performances, interactive displays, workshops and demonstrations to interest all the family.

    The interactive workshops will include - how to create an ice cream without using a freezer, seeing how water is treated, and developing 2D computer games.

    Visitors can race mini-drones in an aerial race course on campus, and build hydrogen-powered cars in a hands-on workshop.

    Those attending will be greeted by a larger-than-life robot, and see the Belfast-built Delorean car that featured in "Back to the Future".

    Organisers say the Sligo Engineering Fair is an opportunity for children, young people and their parents to discover the amazing world of engineering, with fun shows and demonstrations showing how engineering is crucial to our every day lives - from clean water to medical devices.

    It's aimed at encouraging more young people, and young women in particular, to consider a future career in engineering.

    The event takes place from 12 to 5pm this Sunday at the Institute of Technology in Sligo, and admission is free.

  • Gardaí have arrested three people and seized cannabis and cannabis plants at a house at Cloonloo, Co.Sligo.

    Gardaí searched a house at Cloonloo at about noon yesterday. During the course of the search they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation containing 250 plants and well as processed cannabis herb. The drugs, subject to analysis, have a street value of in excess of €200,000.

    Three people were arrested at the scene; a man and a woman in their 30s and a man in his late 20s. They are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

  • Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary at a house in Carrickbanagher near Coolooney.

    The incident occurred at approximately 2:30am this morning when the occupant of the house was threatened and assaulted by a male intruder. It’s understood the intruder, who was wearing dark clothing, left the house on foot with a number of undisclosed items along with a sum of cash.

    The alarm was raised when another family member returned home a short time later. The injured party was taken to hospital and treated for injuries described as non life threatening.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in Drumfin between midnight and 3am and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact them.

    They are also appealing to motorists who may have offered someone a lift or noticed anything suspicious on the following routes between 1:00am and 3:30am, to come forward.

    • Ballymote town towards Drumfin (R293)
    • N17 between Cooloney and Tubbercurry
    • N4 between Colooney and Drumfin

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-9157000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • The HSE has reported a sharp rise in the number of cases of mumps following a major outbreak of the illness in the north-west.

    A total of 18 cases of the contagious disease have been reported since Monday according to the Irish Independent.

    This brings the total number of cases in the region to 93.

    A spokesperson for the HSE says they have been mainly in the Sligo town area and south Donegal, but there are also some cases in north Donegal.

    Symptoms include fever, headache and swollen, tender salivary glands.

    The HSE stressed that all children and young adults should have two MMR doses.

  • A man and a woman have appeared in court charged with the murder of a Sligo man in Co Tyrone.

    According to RTE News, 23-year-old Niall Cox and 33-year-old Karen McDonald, both of McCrea Park, Clogher, indicated they understood the charge at Dungannon Magistrates' Court this morning.

    30-year-old Pat Ward was found dead in an alleyway in McCrea Park at about 8.15am on Saturday.

    There was a heavy police presence in and outside the court as the pair appeared in the dock.

    More than 50 family and friends of the married father of four watched proceedings from the public gallery.

    No application for bail was made during the brief hearing.

    The two defendants were remanded in custody. They will next appear by video link on March 13th.

    Mr Ward was originally from Sligo, but had been living in Clogher recently.

  • St Mary’s College in Ballisodare will remain open until the end of the academic year 2021/2022.

    That was confirmed by the school principal on Friday last following a decision taken at a CEIST Board of Directors meeting on Thursday.

    The school had been due to close when the current Junior Cycle pupils had finished that cycle.

    At a meeting with the CEIST, CEO Dr Marie Griffin on Tuesday last a delegation from St Mary’s had asked for the school to be given a chance to increase numbers over a number of years. The delegation was made up of Thomas Walsh, Local Election Candidate, Anne Marie Mc Cormack, Katrina Finnegan and Cllr Marie Casserly.

    Parents received a communication from school principal, Mr Anthony Carty, on Friday last stating the school would close at the end of the academic year 2021/2022.

    The decision means enrolments can take place in September of this year and while the year extension has been welcomed by Mr Walsh, it simply falls well short of their request.

    He said the fight to save St Mary’s College in Ballisodare will continue.

    Mr Walsh says he doesn’t believe the school has been given a fair chance by the Trustees CEIST. He says on Friday he also learned that CEIST has had no correspondence with the Department of Education in 11 years in relation to St Mary’s College.


  • Two men are due to appear in court this evening charged in connection with a robbery in Sligo on Thursday.

    At around midday on Thursday, two men armed with a knife and hammer entered a business at Deepwater Quay in Sligo.

    They threatened staff and demanded money. They left with a sum of money and no one was injured.

    Garda investigating the robbery conducted searches and arrested a 19 year old man and a 24 year old man in the Sligo area on Thursday afternoon. They were detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballymote Garda Station.

    A car and items connected with the robbery were also seized for examination.

    Both men are scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Sligo District Court at 7.30pm this evening charged in connection with the robbery.