Sligo

  • Over 100 companies will be offering careers advice and job opportunities at IT Sligo’s  Careers Fair next Wednesday the 17th of October.

    Abbott, AbbVie, Amazon and Ericsson are just some of the large multi-nationals in attendance. 

    The event, which will run in the main campus building, will cover a range of industry sectors including Engineering, Computing, Digital Technology, Accounting and Science.  They will also include local companies - both large and small- across many sectors.

    The Careers Fair is of particular interest to students and graduates, but is also open to the public.. 

    IT Sligo’s Careers Fair is on Wednesday 17th October, from 11am to 3pm.

  • The heatwave has claimed its first victim, after a peregrine falcon got stuck in melted tar on a road in Sligo.

    Sligo Fire Brigade managed to free the bird, but it later died despite the best efforts of a local vet and wildlife experts.

    Lothar Muschketat from the Eagles Flying wildlife sanctuary in Ballymote says it was a difficult task for all involved.

  • Pickets are to be placed at Lloyds Pharmacy outlets in various parts of the country today by Mandate members.

    The union represents 2 hundred and 70 of the company's 9 hundred and 30 staff.

    About 20 stores across Dublin will be affected, as well as outlets in Mullingar, Wicklow Town, Wexford and Sligo, however, a spokesperson for the pharmacy says all its stores remain open.

  • At the annual Prison Officers Association Conference taking place today in Sligo the issue of overcrowding in Irish prisons was again back on the agenda. 
    Tony Power, President of the Prisoners Officers Association told Midwest News that prisoners’ sleeping on mattresses on floors is becoming an all too common sight again , yet he said, our open Centers remain below capacity.

    He gave an example of  one landing at the Midlands Prison, initially designed to hold 38 prisoners, is now regularly accommodating  prisoner numbers in excess of 65 and this is mirrored in many of the prisons
    Overcrowding puts both prisoners and prison officers at unnecessary risk, he stated and that is not unacceptable.

  • A post mortem is due to be carried out today on the body of a man found in Sligo yesterday. Gardai are continuing to question a 31 year old man in connection with the murder.

    Gardai were called to the scene at a house in Connolly Street in Sligo Town yesterday afternoon. Detectives believe a 20 year-old man was the victim of an assault and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A 31-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation and is being questioned at Ballymote Garda Station. A witness appeal has been launched and anyone with information is being urged to contact Gardai.

     

  • President Michael D Higgins will travel to Sligo on Friday for two engagements.

    At 2pm, the President will visit Mercy College Sligo and Aonad Loch Gile – Sligo’s secondary Gaelscoil at Mercy College.

    At 4pm, President Higgins is due in Ballisodare to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’ after the local 16-year old who took part in the 1916 Rising.

    Traffic restrictions will be in place in Ballisodare village during the proceedings.

     

     

    President Michael D Higgins will travel to Sligo on Friday for two engagements.

    At 2pm, the President will visit Mercy College Sligo and Aonad Loch Gile – Sligo’s secondary Gaelscoil at Mercy College.

    At 4pm, President Higgins is due in Ballisodare to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’ after the local 16-year old who took part in the 1916 Rising.

    Traffic restrictions will be in place in Ballisodare village during the proceedings.

     

  • Proposed work on the streetscape in the Co Sligo village of Easkey will not now go ahead, and the Clár funding will be returned.

    That's the outcome of a public meeting held in the village yesterday afternoon, after a number of local residents had outlined concerns over the plans.

    Sligo County Council and the Easkey Community Council had applied for, and received, Clár funding of almost €20,000 for the streetscape works, which included the installation of a pedestrian crossing beside the Post Office and widening the footpaths.

    The works were due to commence today, as the funding had to be drawn down before Christmas.

    However, some residents were unhappy that the plans were not available for public consultation, while 37 submissions objecting to the proposed works were submitted to Sligo County Council.

    That's according to local Councillor Michael Clarke who raised the matter at a meeting last week of the Ballymote / Tubbercurry Municipal District.

    A public meeting was convened for yesterday afternoon, which was attended by some 100 people.

    Councillor Clarke, who chaired the meeting, says public consultation should have been carried out in advance of such works.

    He told Midwest News that democracy has won out, and the streetscape works will not go ahead...

  • Public meetings are taking place in Galway this evening and in Sligo tomorrow evening to give people an opportunity to contribute to the development of Ireland's International Development Policy.

    A public consultation process was launched this Summer, with Tanaiste Simon Coveney saying Ireland needs to respond to the challenges of a changing world.

    With the Government's International Development Policy currently under review, the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon is inviting the general public to attend a series of public consultation meetings to give the insights and contributions on the development of the policy.

    This evening's meeting will take place at NUI Galway and at The Model in Sligo tomorrow evening - both starting at 6.30.

  • A public meeting will be held this Wednesday evening to try and prevent the closure of Easkey Post Office in Co Sligo.

    The current postmaster is retiring shortly and An Post has opened a public consultation process, before deciding whether or not to readvertise the contract to run the Post Office in Easkey.

    A spokesman for An Post has confirmed to Midwest News that submissions can be made on the matter up to the 23rd February, after which a decision will be made on whether An Post will readvertise the contract.

    Wednesday night’s meeting takes place in Easkey Community Centre at 8pm, and organisers are urging the local community to fight to retain their Post Office.

  • The purchase of a site for a new Garda Station in Sligo is expected to be finalised in the coming days.

    It's the third new Garda station to be delivered along with Clonmel and Macroom.

    The Justice Minister also announced progress on the refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station earlier.

    Minister Charlie Flanaghan announced the progress on a number of Garda stations across the country earlier today

    The works are part of The Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016 - 2021.

    It includes over € 60 million of Exchequer funding as well as a major Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.

    The PPP project is set to deliver new stations in Macroom, Clonmel and Sligo.

    The site in Macroom has already been acquired by the OPW, while the acquisition of sites in Sligo and Clonmel is nearing finalisation.

    The OPW has also selected a preferred main contractor to carry out works at Athlone Garda station and the adjoining Social Protection building.

    Public funding is unprecedented for An Garda Siochana and has already seen three new Divisional and Regional headquarters provided for in Wexford, Dublin and Galway.

  • There is racing today at Sligo.

    The first of eight races on the card begins at 5pm.

  • Rail services between Dublin and Sligo are disrupted this evening as a train has struck cattle on the line at Kilcock.

    The line is blocked and services have been stopped both ways.

    It's affecting all Sligo services and any service running through Maynooth.

    Barry Kenny from Irish Rail says they are awaiting the arrival of a vet.

  • A rally will take place today in opposition to the closure of post offices in the Sligo area, will take place this afternoon.

    The rally will start on Connaughton Road at around 2pm this afternoon and make its way to the GPO in Sligo, where speeches will be held.

    It follows the announcement in recent weeks that a large number of post offices across the country may close.

  • Irish Rail is advising passengers on the Sligo-Dublin rail line, that some services are being reduced for the Summer months.

    The 4.30 Sunday train service from Sligo to Connolly Station will not operate until the end of August.

    Also, the 4pm afternoon service from Connolly Station in Dublin to Sligo - which currently runs every day - will run on Fridays only from next week.

    This train will run as far as Mullingar from Monday to Thursday.

    The changes come into effect from next week until Sunday 26th August.

    Irish Rail spokesperson Jane Cregan says the changes reflect a reduced demand for some services during the Summer, as well as resourcing issues...

  • The second set of sampling results on the Lough Talt water supply contaminated with cryptosporidium are due this evening.

    The HSE has been regularly testing the water after it detected the bacteria early last month.

    A boil water notice has been put in place for the 13,000 people on the Lough Talt water supply for almost a month now. It is impacting on consumers in south and west Sligo/ and areas of east Mayo,

    Irish Water will announce the latest results this evening. Representatives of the water utility company are due to meet the HSE about 4pm to evaluate the results supplied by the latest testing.

  • 45th Annual St Patrick's Day Tubbercurry 10k prizewinners: 

    Men 1 John Travers (Donore Harriers) 31:34, 

    2 Jake O' Regan (St John's AC) 32:51, 

    3 Rossa McAlister (Donore Harriers) 33:07 

     

    M40 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC)  34:11

    M50 1 Eamon  Murphy (N Sligo AC) 36:49

    M60 1 David Dinsmore (Mayo AC) 43:45 

     

    Women 1 Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley AC) 35:49, 

    2 Sara Doohan ( Corran AC) 38:24, 

    3 Heather Foley (North Sligo AC) 38:43

     

    W40 Michelle Lannon (Carrick on Shannon AC 40:19

    W50 Mari Johnston  (Sligo AC) 40:27

     

    181 finishers. Full results at www.mayoac.com

  • Sligo Senior Football Final 
    Tourlestrane 1-12 Tubbercurry 0-08 

    Roscommon Senior Football Final 
    Clann na nGael 4-15 St Brigid's 1-12 

  • In Mayo there were 32,287 Yes votes and 24,286 No votes. That's 57.07% Yes and 42.93% No. 

    In Galway East it was 60.2% Yes and 39.8% No.

    In Roscommon-Galway 57.21% voted Yes with 42.79% voting No.

    In Galway West 66% voted Yes and 34% No. 

     

  • TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship quarter-finals

    Roscommon 2-18 Kildare 2-10

    Sligo 2-14 Offaly 2-10

     

     

    TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-finals

    Sligo v Tipperary

    Meath v Roscommon

     

    Last year’s beaten finalists Meath are back in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship with Roscommon waiting in the last four.

     

    Tipperary had a narrow win over Clare and they will take on Sligo in the second semi-final, with both games taking place at Nowlan Park on 17 August.

     

    Roscommon clashed with Kildare in the first of the quarter-finals on Sunday and having topped Group 4 the Connacht outfit continued their bright form in Kinnegad with a 2-18 to 2-10 success.

     

    Kildare had the wind but the sides were level 2-5 to 1-8 at half-time. Aimee O’Connor scored Roscommon’s goal and although Orlaith Sullivan and Neasa Dooley hit back, Roscommon scored the final four points of the half.

     

    Molly Price scored first for Kildare after the resumption but Roscommon took a two-point advantage before the turning point in the 53rd minute when Jenny Higgins scored the winning goal.

     

    And in the second of the double-header at Kinnegad, Sligo moved into the semi-finals but it was much closer than the 13-point difference earlier in the league.

     

    Ciara Gorman scored the Sligo goal in the first half but that was cancelled out by Marie Byrne and Grainne Egan, with Lauren Boles’ strike decisive in the four-point win for the Yeats county.

  • Scientists have confirmed that bones found washed up on a Canadian beach are those of Irish Famine victims.

    The bones are believed to be from an 1847 shipwreck.

    The ship, which left Sligo with 180 passengers, sank off the coast of Gaspe, killing 150 of those on board.