Sligo

  • E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc. has announced plans to expand its European base in Sligo, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.
     
    The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.
     
    Overstock, which was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Utah, features a $2 billion online retail shopping website, as well as a wholly-owned blockchain accelerator subsidiary, Medici Ventures. The company has pioneered the development of disruptive technologies across several disciplines including e-commerce, machine learning, augmented reality, and blockchain.
     
    Overstock established its Sligo office in 2013, and the facility currently employs 40 technologists. The location on the Wild Atlantic Way was selected for the burgeoning tech community, easy access to outdoor activities, affordable cost of living, and easy commuting times, especially when compared to other centres such as Dublin.
     
    Overstock offers its employees’ opportunities for both career progression and continuous learning. The company was recently recognized as one of the best companies in the areas of work-life balance, perks and benefits, and as one of the best CEOs for diversity.
     
    Qualified individuals interested in learning more about the technology openings at the Sligo office of Overstock.com, can meet the company at Tech on the Wild Atlantic Waypresented by Career Zoo, on Friday, October 12 at The Model in Sligo. A dedicated train will bring interested technologists from Dublin to Sligo for the conference.

     

  • Belfry Senior Football Championship

    Sat, 15 Sep,

    (Round: Quarterfinal 2), Coolaney/Mullinabreena 1-11 Calry/St Joseph's 0-12

     

    Kennedys Intermediate Football Championship

    (Round: Quarterfinal 3), Enniscrone/Kilglass 0-10 Ballymote 0-10

     

    Kennedys Intermediate Football Championship Relegation

    Sat, 15 Sep,

    (Round: Relegation Final), St Michael's 2-11 St Patrick's/Dromard 2-16

     

    Lola Montez Junior B Football Championship

    Sat, 15 Sep,

    (Round: Quarterfinal), St John's 4-13 Castleconnor 2-6

    Sat, 15 Sep,

    (Round: Quarterfinal), CooleraStrandhill 4-13 Easkey 1-11

     

  • Belfry Senior Football Championship Group 2

    Sat, 25 Aug,

    (Round: Round 3), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 0-9 St Molaise Gaels 1-11

    Belfry Senior Football Championship Group 3

    Sat, 25 Aug,

    (Round: Round 3), Calry/St Joseph's 1-10 Tourlestrane 2-11

    Kennedys Intermediate Football Championship Group 1

    Sat, 25 Aug,

    (Round: Round 3), Shamrock Gaels 0-13 Curry 2-7

    Sat, 25 Aug,

    (Round: Round 3), Ballymote 3-9 Geevagh 0-17

     

  • Sligo County Council is disputing aspects of a €5m legal costs bill being sought from the council by the owners of Lissadell, for their marathon legal action over public rights of way across the historic estate.

    The Irish Independent reports that the main dispute concerns a total instructions fee for about €2.7m sought by Sligo-based McGovern Walsh & Co Solicitors, solicitors for the owners, barristers Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, following a 58-day High Court case and 9-day Supreme Court appeal.

    The council contends the instructions fee is excessive.

    The owners' case, initiated in 2009, incurred total costs estimated at about €7m.

    The Supreme Court had in 2014 ordered the council to pay three-quarters of the legal costs incurred by the owners in the High and Supreme Courts.

    The council must also pay its own legal costs bill, estimated at about €2m.

    Yesterday, a hearing  - which is expected to last several days - opened before High Court Taxing Master James Behan to deal with issues arising from the owners' bill of costs.

    Master Behan is first hearing submissions on behalf of the owners, and will then hear the council's response.

  • A company headed-up by a Sligo man has installed the pitch where today's opening ceremony and first game of the FIFA World Cup are kicking off in Russia.

    Irish-owned company SIS pitches was selected to design, construct and install 6 of the 12 stadium pitches for Russia 2018.

    CEO George Mullen from Sligo says a team of 12 people from SIS Pitches will be on standby throughout the tournament to maintain the Luzhniki Stadium pitch in Moscow, as well as maintaining three training pitches which will be used by national teams training at the Moscow venue.

    Millions of people around the world will watch the opening ceremony this afternoon, which will be followed by the opening match featuring hosts Russia taking on Saudia Arabia - that kicks off at 4pm Irish time.

    SIS Pitches, based in Sligo, supplies sports surfaces for schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and local authorities around the world.

     

     

  • A Sligo Councillor has called on the local authority to write to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, to clarify an anomaly that exists regarding drivers licences.

    Fine Gael Cllr Dara Mulvey says people returning from the USA can drive in Ireland for 12 months on their existing US licence but must then go through the full drive licensing procedure, after the 12 months has elapsed.

    Cllr Mulvey says they must first pass a driver theory test, apply for a learner permit, complete and complete a course of Essential Driver Training lessons.

    He says this can incur huge costs and may also affect insurance costs.

    Cllr Mulvey says we want to welcome people from the US who want to work and settle in Ireland, so we must address this issue.

  • Sligo Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady is the new Chairperson of the HSE West Forum.

    At today's meeting of the regional forum in Galway, Councillor O'Grady was proposed for the role by her Fianna Fail colleague in Sligo Keith Henry and seconded by Mayo Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan.

    Councillor O'Grady was elected unopposed to the position, and takes over the role from Headford-based Councillor Mary Hoade.

     

     

  • Two Councillors have been found in breach of the code of conduct for Local Authority members, following an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

    Sligo Cllr Joe Queenan and Cllr John O'Donnell from Donegal were both found to have acted outside the Ethics in Public Office Act.

    An investigation was launched after an RTE Investigates undercover reporter filmed the two men discussing a proposed windfarm project.

    The Standards in Public Office Commission has found that both men carried out serious breaches of their duty by failing to act in a transparent manner.

    The Commission found against Sligo County Councillor Joseph Queenan on three of the four allegations he faced, and found against Independent Donegal councillor in all three of the allegations levelled at him.

    A third investigation into Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney has been halted pending a High Court judicial review. 

  • The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will deliver a key note address on Brexit in Sligo on Thursday evening which will be followed by a panel discussion with a range of speakers from the business, agriculture and transport sectors.

     Sligo Councillor, Sinead Maguire will host a public “Brexit and the Northwest” event on Thursday, in the Aurivo Auditorium at IT Sligo from 8pm-9.30pm.

    Cllr. Maguire is encouraging business people, members of the farming community, and members of the public to attend this important event to discuss the impact of Brexit on the Northwest and border regions.

    With the Brexit deadline of March 29th fast approaching, the Tanaiste will speak about the latest developments on Brexit.

    Cllr. Maguire will also facilitate a panel discussion on the potential impact of Brexit on the northwest and border regions.

  • Sligo County Council has warned beachgoers that there will be no lifeguards on duty at Enniscrone Beach this weekend.

    The local authority says it is due to a lack of available staff.

    The council has warned people to take care in the water and not to take any unnecessary risks.

    The statement says that normal service will resume next week.

     

  • Sligo County Council will meet later this month and discuss two motions to endorse candidates for the Presidential Election.

    Councillors will discuss motions to endorse Sean Gallagher and Peter Casey when they meet on Monday September 24th according to RTE News.

    Seven people seeking an endorsement for a nomination to contest the Presidential Election addressed the council yesterday.

    The council heard from Mr Gallagher, Mr Casey, as well as Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Kevin Sharkey, Gemma O'Doherty and Sarah Louise Mulligan.

    Mr Gallagher has already secured a nomination to run.

    He told the meeting he is not seeking further endorsements and suggested to councillors who might have been considering a motion to endorse him, to feel free to instead advance other candidates.

    He was later criticised by Mr Sharkey, who said he was surprised to see Mr Gallagher in Sligo, given he had already secured a nomination.

    The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Martin Baker wished each of the candidates well.

     

     

     

  • Farmers have withdrawn access to several walkways on rural mountains in South East Sligo in protest at what they see as unfair penalties for last year's gorse fires.

    The Sligo Champion reports that farmers erected signs recently saying "access to all mountain pathways will be withdrawn due to illegal burning".

    They say they're being forced to take action as they are being held responsible for the illegal burning of mountains in which they had no part and which was beyond their control.

    The farmers say they’re incurring very severe penalties .

    It's just over a year since three gorse fires ravaged Killery Mountain, Geevagh and Lough Easkey/Ox Mountains at a cost to Sligo County Council of approximately €125,000.

    Hundreds of acres of land were destroyed and a section of the Sligo Way boardwalk was damaged.

    The Department of Rural and Community Development funded repairs to the boardwalk last summer.

    However 33 farmers were notified by the Department of Agriculture that their Basic Payment would be reduced. They are awaiting the outcome of an appeal against this.

     

     

  • The Football Association of Ireland is expected to re-elect Donal Conway as its president later today.

    He's the only candidate for the role despite opposition from the Sports Minister and Sports Ireland.

    Last week the association held an EGM which passed a number motions on its board structure, including the election of four independent members.

    Fianna Fáil's Spokesperson on Sport, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, says they are not happy today's AGM is going ahead.

  • The huge 'NO' sign which was put up on the north side of Ben Bulben mountain yesterday morning has been removed.

    It is not clear who removed it, but as dawn broke this morning it was no longer to be seen.

    The erection of the sign by members of the Sligo For Life group generated considerable controversy all day yesterday with some criticism of the group for defacing Sligo's iconic mountain.

    By yesterday afternoon Sligo County Council had begun an investigation under planning laws into its erection. 

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the people responsible for putting it up to take it down.

    An Taisce submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council on its erection.

    It claimed the 100 foot sign would require planning permission as the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable area and is surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023.

    Tommy Banks is a member of the Sligo for Life Group he told Midwest Radio this morning why the group put up the massive sign on the mountain and said it’s not known who took it down overnight. But he said yesterday evening a member of the public had threatened that it would be taken down.

     

  • Gardai in Co Sligo are investigating the theft of a life-size bronze statue, from the main carpark in Drumcliffe.

    The statue was installed beside Drumcliffe Church and Cemetery, where poet WB Yeats is buried.

    The sculpture is part of a larger piece depicting a man contemplating the words of the Yeats poem "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven".

    It's believed the statue was stolen sometime between Saturday evening and yesterday morning.

    The Drumcliffe Development Association, who had fundraised for the project, are appealing to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area during that time to contact gardaí.

    Gardaí have also appealed to anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071 9157000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

     

     

  • Gardaí are questioning a man following the discovery of a woman's body in County Sligo.

    The remains were found this morning in a wooded area close to Lough Gill by Gardaí searching for 30 year old Natalia Karaczyn.

    The mother of three originally from Poland was last seen at her home in Crozon Park in Sligo town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The State Pathologist has been notified.

    A 32 year old man - who it's understood was known to Natalia - is in custody at Ballymote Garda Station where he’s being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

     

  • The number of commercial units empty across the country is rising.

    A new survey by GeoDirectory has found that there are 28-thousand vacant properties.

    18 counties saw an increase in the number of empty units in the last year, while just four saw a decrease.

    Sligo has the highest vacancy rate at 18 percent.

  • One of the last big festivals of the year kicks off in Sligo next week - but you won't need your wellies.

    Nearly 300 performers will take to the stage in over 80 performances, over 6 days, and it's all indoors.

    Sligo Live this year celebrates 14 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • A 31-year-old Sligo man has pleaded not guilty of murder, but guilty of the manslaughter of musician Martin Kivlehan more than three years ago.

    Keith Brady of Cartron Estate, Sligo will go on trial before the Central Criminal Court tomorrow.

    Mr Brady was arraigned before the court this morning, and charged with murdering the 59-year-old on a date between 2nd and 3rd August 2015 at the New Apartments, Holborn Street in Sligo town.

    Mr Kivelhan was found with stab wounds to the neck.

    Keith Brady pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

    A jury of four women and eight men was sworn in to hear his trial, which will begin tomorrow before Ms Justice Carmel Stewart and is expected to last more than two weeks.

     

     

     

     

  • A Sligo native who was airlifted to hospital after a 100ft fall from a cliff in the Algarve is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

    The 27-year-old man, reported today in the Irish Daily Star, to be from Rosses Point in Sligo, suffered head injuries in the fall.

    Police have said he was complaining of lower back pain and pain in his legs when he was taken to hospital.

    The rescue operation was said to be a complex one, as it took three hours to stabilise the man and take him to Faro Hospital. The alarm was raised just after 5.45pm on Thursday evening, when friends the man was with are believed to have called emergency services.

    The group of friends decided to take a small path from the bottom of the cliff to the top and it is reported the man decided to climb the cliff at some point, without proper equipment, when he slipped and fell.