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  • Sligo Rovers are to honour one of their greatest servants as they host a testimonial for the legendary Raffaele Cretaro on Saturday 28th July with a 6pm kick-off in the Showgrounds. The opposition will be a Raffaele Cretaro XI made up of some of the best players that have played alongside the Tubbercurry native over the years. Confirmed so far are Ciaran Kelly, Richard Brush, Jason McGuinness, Romauld Boco, Danny Ventre, Joseph Ndo and Anthony Elding with more names to be announced in the next few weeks.

    The Tubber Tornado is second on the club’s all-time appearance list and is closing in on Tony Fagan’s of league appearances. He is also the second highest goal scorer in the club’s history and one of its most decorated players having won the First Division (2005), the FAI Cup twice (2011 & 2013), the Premier Division (2012) and the Setanta Sports Cup (2014). Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for students/oap/children. Further details on the game and when and where tickets will be on sale will be announced in due course.

  • Sligo Rovers are the latest League of Ireland club to come under financial pressure.

    They have been left without a home fixture for 11 weeks following the postponement of Sunday's S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division clash with table toppers Dundalk.

    The tie is being rearranged due to the Lilywhites' progress to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

    The Showgrounds won't host another League match until September and Sligo describe the lack of gate receipts as a clear financial strain.

  • With less than two weeks to go until the annual rally fever hits Sligo and its surrounds, entry levels are very encouraging, well ahead of same point in recent years. This has also been driven by a series of Incentives to attract entries in early, where an entrant can win back a portion of their entry fee. The first draw sponsored by the Carty Group , a second one on the closing date and a further one sponsored by National Automation , a Faac associate company , to take place on the morning of the event.

    Being a round of three prestigious championship, the Triton National, the Sligo Pallets Border and the Top Part West Coast Championship is undoubtedly a factor in Sligo Stages appeal, but the quality and atmosphere surrounding the event is also well renowned . The July date is embedded in the motorsport calendar bringing large crowds to the region generating valuable revenue among the hospitality sector throughout the county.  

    The Faac Simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally is scheduled to take place on Sunday July 8th , with Scrutiny and pace note making on the Saturday. Mechanical Scrutiny brings a unique twist to this years event as the operation takes place in the spectator friendly venue of Sligo Retail Park in Carraroe, commencing at 14.30 and sponsored by Sligo Haulage and Distribution, where enthusiasts , young and old can observe rally cars put through rigorous safety checks in advance of hitting the stages next morning.

    The event proper kicks off on Sunday morning with the first car due to depart parc ferme at the Retail Park in Carraroe,  at 9.45am, with Knocknarea and Queen Maeve’s grave as a backdrop . The cars head to the west of the county for stage one , sponsored by Herron Auto, a demanding technical test with numerous challenging  junctions . Stage two , sponsored by Glenview Decorative Stone , holds memorable historic links and a brave stage for the undaunted . The third stage of the loop , supported by Kerrigan Quarries , contains more faster flowing speed carrying sections , before the cars return to service.

    The service park, sponsored by neighbouring complex, Gulf / Hot Rods , which is visited on two occasions , enables crews to carry out essential maintenance before going out on a further loop.

    Apart from the high level of outsider interest, there is a substantial degree of local sporting rivalry, both within classes and neighbourhoods. An award for the fastest local finisher, sponsored by Mc Gowan Landscapes has injected a new goal for prospective crews, among the nearing thirty current Connacht Motor Club members entered.

    The first crew is due back at the finish ramp at rally headquarters, Sligo Park Hotel on the Sunday evening at 17.15 to be awarded the winning title for 2018.

    Full details and updates are available on www.connachtmotorclub.com or on Facebook and twitter.

     

  • Mona McSharry's broken her fourth Irish senior swimming record in three days.

    The Sligo teenager has broken her own 100-metres individual medley record in 1-minute-point-3-4 seconds at the Irish Short-Course Swimming Championships in Antrim.

    McSharry has also smashed the 100-metres freestyle and 50-metres freestyle records this week.

  • Mona McSharry again narrowly missed out on a medal in Buenos Aires last night.

    The Sligo swimmer finished just 7-hundredths of a second off bronze in the women's 50-metre freestyle.

  • Dublin’s Niamh Coyne has taken the silver medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games with a time of 1:08.90.

    Sligo’s Mona McSharry finished just out of the medals in fourth place with a time of 1:08.97. Mona was first to turn at halfway, just missing out on a medal in the closing meters.

    While Galway gymnast Emma Slevin has qualified for two more finals today following a phenomenal performance on the balance beam, netting her a fourth place with a 12.433. This means that she has not only qualified for the balance beam final, but also for the all-around finals which take place on Friday 12 October.

     

  • The winner of The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards for December 2018 is swimmer and Sligo native Mona McSharry.

    In the space of just three days at the Irish Short-Course Championships in Lisburn in December, McSharry collected six titles – 50, 100 and 200m freestyle, 100 and 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke – as well as breaking six national records. Just about every time she dipped her toe in the pool she was excelling.  The highlight for McSharry was the breaking of Michelle Smith's 23-year-old 100m freestyle record which she lowered again in the final later in the same day.

    Next up for McSharry are the national championships at the end of March with July’s World Championships in South Korea the year’s key event. There’s the small matter, too, of the Tokyo Olympics the year after, her plan to take time off from her studies after the Leaving Certificate to focus purely on swimming, especially ensuring she qualifies for those 2020 Games.

    Her end of year achievements proved to be a highly fitting conclusion to what was a remarkable spell for Irish sport, our sportswomen providing so many of the most memorable moments in 2018. But McSharry is actually kick-starting our new year of awards and has set the bar high.

     

  • It's been confirmed that hundreds of young school leavers with a disability who take up training programmes this autumn are to have a special allowance axed.

    The rehabilitative training (RT) allowance, worth €31.80 a week per student, will no longer be paid to new entrants.

    It comes as the HSE is struggling with a deficit of €116m.

    The HSE says adults who are currently attending programmes will continue to receive the RT allowance until they complete their programme, however new entrants to training after September 1 will not receive the allowance.

    The issue was raised in the Dail yesterday by Sligo Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon, who called on the  Taoiseach to reconsider removing this training allowance from people with a disability -Deputy Scanlon described the decision as scandalous....

  • A Sligo Fianna Fail TD has called for the sacking of Minister Michael Creed for what he says has been the Government’s total ineptitude in handling the fodder crisis.

    Deputy Marc McSharry says he first identified and raised the inevitability of a fodder crisis and the need for planning and preparation on October 11th of last year.

    He says his calls were ignored but the crisis has been developing as far back as August 2017, with many herds being forced indoors much earlier than usual due to the inclement weather.

    Deputy MacSharry says Minister Creed’s initiatives so far have included the introduction of a totally unworkable fodder transport scheme and an even less workable fodder provision scheme, which received only a dozen applications.

  • An Garda Siochána says there were 91 findings of 'neglect of duty' against Gardaí last year.

    Details released under the Freedom of Information show 118 officers were found to have committed breaches of discipline in 2018.

    There were 25 discreditable-conduct offences and two findings of criminal conduct.

    There are currently about 14,500 Gardaí in Ireland, meaning less than 1 per cent of officers breached discipline last year.

    Sligo Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry says matter need to be fully transparent.

  • A proposal by the former governor of the Central Bank to return bankers bonuses has been slammed.

    In a letter to the Finance Minister, Philip Lane gave his support to an end to a cap on banker’s bonuses.

    However, member of the Public Accounts Committee and Fianna Fail TD for Sligo Marc MacSharry says ordinary banking staff will not benefit from this proposal.

  • As knackeries remain closed around the country, due to an ongoing dispute with the Department of Agriculture, a Sligo TD says an interim solution has been agreed for farmers with fallen animals.

    Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon says farmers can apply to their local agricultural office for a permit to bury dead animals on their land, while the dispute continues.

    Talks between the Department and the Animal Collectors' Association broke down last week, resulting in knackeries across the country closing their gates indefinitely.

    The knackeries claim business is not viable under the current level of funding.

    Deputy Scanlon says he hopes the dispute can be resolved shortly, but in the meantime, farmers can get a permit to bury dead animals themselves....

  • A record number of Irish winners scooped one of the top prizes in last night's EuroMillions draw.

    Four winning EuroMillions Plus prizes were won, each worth 5 hundred thousand euro.

    They were sold in Kerry, Limerick, Sligo and online, with the National Lottery encouraging people to check their tickets.

    It's only the second time in the history of the game that Ireland has 4 top prize EuroMilllions Plus winners in one night.

    Meanwhile there was no winner of the 1 hundred and fifty 1 million euro EuroMillions jackpot, which means that Tuesday's jackpot now rolls to 1 hundred and sixty million euros.

     

     

  • Irish author Kevin Barry has been longlisted for the Booker Prize for his book "Night Boat to Tangier".

    The Limerick-born writer who now lives in Sligo has won numerous awards for his work including the Dublin International Literary Award, the Rooney Prize and the Goldsmith’s Prize.

    He's the only Irish author among 13 who are on this year’s Booker Prize longlist, which is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

    The shortlist will be announced in September and the winner in October, and the prize is worth £50,000.

     

  • Sligo’s Mona McSharry will bid to reach the finals of the 100m breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships later.

    McSharry competes in the semi finals of the 100m breaststroke just after 5:30.

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    Niamh Coyne and Sligo's Mona McSharry have booked their places in the 100-metres breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

    Coyne was second in her semi-final while McSharry qualified eighth fastest overall.

    Galway's Emma Slevin is into the final of women's uneven bars.

     

     

     

     

  • Mona McSharry from Sligo and Niamh Coyne will both swim in this evening's final of the 50-metre breaststroke in Buenos Aires.

    Coyne was second in her semi final, and McSharry third.

    The final is due in the pool at 10.14 tonight, Irish time.

  • Sligo’s Richard Howley scored one of the biggest wins of his career, coming out on top in last night's €150,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Spanish Nations Cup show in Gijon.

    A hugely competitive jump-off saw 13 riders go forward to the second round, but none could match Howley’s winning clear in 59.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Dolores who is owned by Morgan Kent.

    The result crowned a very successful week for Irish riders at the Spanish venue.

    Richard Howley from Enniscrone was crowned Leading Rider of the Show after also winning Saturday’s Accumulator competition with Cruising Star. The Irish team, led by Michael Blake,  finished joint fourth in Friday’s Gijon Nations Cup.

     

     

  • Efforts  to preserve a rare snail species appear to have taken priority over the rights of 13,000 people  having a safe water supply from the Lough Talt, in county Sligo.

    That’s the view of local Independent cllr Margaret Gormley.

    The householders in South and West Sligo, and parts of East Mayo served by the supply have had  a boil water notice imposed , as a result of the discovery of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the Lough Talt plant.

    The boil water notice is in place in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the villages of Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney as well as Cloontia/ Doocastle and Quarryfield in Mayo.

    Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to it.

    Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

    Irish Water says it recognised in 2014 that the Lough Talt supply needed more advanced treatment to meet the risk of Cryptosporidium contamination and compliance with THM levels.

    However, Sligo County Council and An Bord Pleanala have both refused permission for reasons of protected habitat.