Sligo

  • There's good news for almost 13,000 consumers served by the Lough Talt water supply in south Sligo and parts of Mayo.

    A boil notice has been in place on the water supply for most of the past year and a half, and is still in place.

    However, Sligo County Council management have confirmed that work will start in September or early October on the long-awaited upgrade works at the Lough Talt water treatment plant.

    Sligo FG Councillor Martin Connolly says the works will take between 12 and 14 months to complete, but should end the water difficulties for consumers in Tubbercurry, Ballymote and a number of other villages and townlands served by the Lough Talt supply....

  • A man has been arrested after a drugs seizure in Co Sligo.

     

    Gardaí seized 4 kilos of cannabis herb, over 4,000 xanax tablets, and a quantity of cocaine, with a total estimated street value of 110,000 euro.

     

    The discovery was made after Gardaí searched a house in Calry last night.

     

    A 30 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station where he's being detained under the Drug Trafficking Act.

     

     

     

  • A man in his thirties has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Sligo yesterday. 

    As part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the area, Gardaí searched a property is Castle Burn, Ballymote, where around €100,000 worth of cannabis was found. 

    A sum of cash was also recovered. 

    The man remains in custody and investigations are ongoing.

  • A man's been charged in connection with a murder in Sligo.

    He's due to appear in court in Donegal later today.

    20 year old local man, Jimmy Loughlin, was found dead at a house at Connolly Street in the town on Saturday afternoon.

    Post mortem results are not being released for operational reasons but it's believed he was the victim of an assault.

    Mr Loughlin was a student until recently and worked as a DJ.

    He had also worked in McDonalds in Sligo as a teenager.

  • A male pedestrian has died after he was struck by a car on the main Sligo/Donegal Road in Sligo last night.

    The 53-year-old man was struck by a car in the townland of Lisalurg and was removed to Sligo University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The local coroner has been notified.

    The road remains closed and diversions are in place.

    Investigations are ongoing and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-915 7000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

     

  • A man in his late 50’s has died after a fishing vessel capsized off the Mayo coast.

    Two other men onboard the vessel are currently in hospital where their injuries are thought to be non life-threatening.

    All three men are from the Erris area.

    The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter (R118) located and recovered the three men from a life raft, approximately 16 miles off Eagle Island.

    The men were then subsequently airlifted to Sligo University Hospital, however it has now been confirmed that one man has died.

    The Coast Guard operation was co-ordinated by Malin Head Rescue Coordination centre who picked up a mayday broadcast shortly after 12.30pm.

    The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter and Ballyglass RNLI were immediately tasked to search the area.

    The search was also supported by an Air Corps Casa maritime patrol aircraft which was airborne at the time.

    At approximately 1.20 pm the Coast Guard helicopter spotted flares which enabled them locate the casualties.

  • The body of a man who died in a work place accident yesterday in County Sligo will be laid to rest on Friday afternoon.

    Gerard Greene from Gortnagoyne, Dunmore, Co. Galway died while cutting down a tree.

    The accident occurred at Drumbaun, Curry at about 11.30 yesterday morning.

    Mr. Greene who was in his 30’s was fatally injured, and his body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Health & Safety Authority and the Gardai are investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.

    The remains of Gerard Greene will repose at his residence tomorrow evening from 4pm until 9pm and again on Thursday from 4pm-9pm.

    Removal will take place on Friday to St. Patrick’s Church, Garrafrauns for funeral mass at 1 o’clock followed by burial in Addergoole cemetery.

  • A man in his 40s has died in a road collision in Co Sligo.

    The collision involving a car and a truck occurred at about 12 noon today on the N4 between Castlebaldwin and COllooney.

    The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, and his body has been removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The scene of the crash is being preserved for forensic examination, and the road remains closed to traffic, with diversions in place.

    Gardai in Ballymote are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at 071 - 91 89500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

  • A man in his 60s has died in a road traffic collision in Co. Sligo.

    The collision, involving a van and a jeep, occurred at about 7 o'clock yesterday evening at Jinks Cross, Carraroe.

    The driver of the jeep was pronounced dead at the scene, while the van-driver was taken to Sligo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    The scene of the crash is preserved for forensic examination.

     

     

  • A man in his 60's has died in a road collision in Co Sligo.

    The single-vehicle collision occurred at about 9.45 this morning when the man's car struck a wall at a bridge at Doomore, Cloonacool.

    His body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Cloonacool-Tubbercurry road remains closed to traffic, as a technical and forensic examination of the scene is underway.

    Diversions are in place.

    Anyone who witnessed this morning's collision is asked to contact Ballymote Garda Station at 071- 91 89500.

     

     

  • An investigation is underway after a man suffered head and neck injuries after he was stabbed in Sligo last night.

    The incident happened on the Strandhill Road area at around twenty five past eight.

    The victim, whose injuries are not believed to be life threatening, was  brought to Sligo Regional Hospital.

    One man has been arrested and is being detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

     

  • The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Sligo has heard she had defensive wounds on her arm, and died from manual strangulation.

    Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park, Sligo has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter, but denies murdering his wife between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    In the Garda interviews presented to the jurors so far, Rafal Karaczyn repeatedly denied killing his wife Natalia. He told them she was the mother of his children, and he loved her.

    He said they were on a "break" at the time, and while he was aware she was cheating on him, he claimed he had accepted it and wanted to move on.

    He claimed he saw her lying on her bed with her clothes still on one morning, and removed her from the house when he realised she was dead because he feared he'd get the blame.

    He brought Gardaí to the spot where he left her body.

    A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxia due to the application of external pressure to her neck.

    Gardaí put it to Mr. Karaczyn that he killed her because he was angry and jealous. He denied that was the case, and told them to look out for a 6ft man with red hair and a beard, whom he claimed put a gun to his head a few weeks beforehand and told him Natalia had "messed with the wrong woman"

    The case continues.

  • A man is due before the courts in Sligo in connection to the seizure of 100,000 thousand euro worth of cannabis.

    The discovery was made at a house in Ballymote on Thursday - where a sum of cash was also recovered.

    A man in his 30s had been arrested following the search and questioned by Gardaí.

    He will appear before Sligo District Court later this morning.

  • A man who had been reported missing from Co Sligo has been found safe and well.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry was reported missing on Tuesday June 26th.

    Gardai confirmed this afternoon that he has been found safe and well and thanked the public for their help in the matter.

     

     

  • The general manager of a Sligo hotel has secured a temporary High Court injunction, preventing what he claims is a flawed disciplinary hearing against him from proceeding.

    The injunction was secured by Fergal Ryan, general manager of the Clayton Hotel in Sligo, against his employer Dalata Hotel Group Plc

    Issues had arisen over the testimony of two employees at the Sligo hotel who were called as witnesses for the company.

    Senior counsel Patrick O'Reilly, acting for Fergal Ryan, told the High Court that the disciplinary hearing was flawed to the degree that it was now "doomed".

    Mr Ryan, who has worked in the hotel industry for 28 years, said disciplinary proceedings were started against him earlier this year after he declined offers of money from his employer to leave this job.

    Mr Ryan's solicitor had asked that the disciplinary process be halted, but that was refused, resulting in the injunction application.

    Ms Justice Theresa Pilkington, granting the injunction, said she was satisfied a serious issue that requires adjudication by the court has been raised, and returned the matter to next week.

  • Many parts of the region are without electricity today following high winds and lightning strikes overnight.

    Around 700 homes and businesses are without electricity in the Crossmolina area, with another 200 out in the Bangor Erris region.

    Around 400 are without power in the Killala area, while around 600 are without electricity in the Ballina/Ardnaree/Bonniconlon areas and almost 200 homes are out in Knockmore.

    In Swinford about 1000 electricity customers are out, with over 100 in Achill and around 350 in Enniscrone.

    ESB Powercheck says estimated restoration times at present are at around 8pm this evening. 

     

  • Former MEP Marian Harkin has confirmed she will not be running for Fine Gael in the next General Election.

    The Sligo woman had been at the centre of speculation in recent weeks, as the party seeks a running mate to partner Boyle based Senator Frank Feighan in the next race for the Dail.

    It had been suggested this week that the ex-MEP, who stepped down from her role in Europe in May’s elections, might be tempted to run for the party, but last night confirmed via twitter that she would not be joining Fine Gael.

  • One man from  Mayo and two from Sligo will be honoured tomorrow at the National Bravery Awards, taking place in Dublin.

    In total, 12 acts of bravery will be recognised, with awards to 19 recipients  and one posthumous honour.

    Gary Kennedy from Co Mayo will receive a bravery award for rescuing his friend from the sea off Westport in the Summer of 1976.

    Also being honoured are Garda Pauric Deery from Sligo, for rescuing a girl from the Garavogue last September, while Basil Harte will receive a bravery award for also rescuing a young woman from the Garavogue in Sligo in February 2017.

    The honours are awarded by the Deeds of Bravery Council, which is chaired by the Ceann Comhairle, and was set up in 1947 to provide for suitable recognition by the State of deeds of bravery.

    The Council awards Certificates of Bravery, and may award gold, silver or bronze medals.

    The awards will take place tomorrow afternoon at Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

     

  • There were no big surprises among the list of Ireland's richest people released today.

    The Sunday Independent Rich List found the Dublin based Mistry family, worth 16.1 billion euro, are the wealthiest in the country once again.

    The list estimates wealth based on stock market filings, documents in the Companies Registration Office, annual reports and information disclosed in interviews.

    Samantha McCaughren, Sunday Independent Business Editor, says the Mayo based Kenny family are worth 497m and are 32nd on the list overall and are the wealthiest entry from Mayo. 

    The Comer brothers are the wealthiest entry on the rich list from Galway. The Glenamaddy natives are 13th on the list overall.

     

    Seamus Mulligan from Athlone is the highest entry from Roscommon.

    Mr Mulligan sold his business this year, which pushed him up in the list. 

    The highest entry from Sligo is Eileen Monaghan and is shareholder in the Doyle Hotel Group.

     

  • The location of the Headquarters of the new garda division that will stretch across counties Mayo, Roscommon and Longford  is not yet known, but is likely to be announced within a week or so.

    It could be located in Castlebar, Roscommon or Longford.

    However, the new larger garda region of the Northwest, operational since Monday, is headquartered in Sligo.

    These changes in the operation and management of the gardai nationally were announced earlier this week by Commissioner Drew Harris and will be implemented in full over a three year period.

    The new larger geographical areas in the plan have caused garda union representatives to express opposition and concern to the changes.

    Garda districts have become redundant in the new system and the former Mayo Garda District is now part of the larger Mayo, Roscommon, Longford division.

    However, the Mayo district was part of the pilot group introducing the new measures, and has been working under the new system locally since February of this year.