Sligo

  • 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.

  • Searches are continuing today for a missing person in Enniscrone.

    Gardai and the Irish Coast Guard have been conducting searches since reports of a person entering the water at Enniscrone Beach on Tuesday evening.

    Gardai say land searches are continuing today and enquiries are ongoing.

  • Lidl Ireland is opening a new store tomorrow on Finisklin Road in Sligo, with the creation of 25 new jobs.

    Sligo Ladies Captain Noelle Gormley will officially open the new store tomorrow morning, which is the second Lidl store in Sligo.

    This brings to 158 the number of stores in the Republic of Ireland, employing over 4,200 people.

     

     

     

  • There was a significant reduction in the number of patients on hospital trolleys last month at Mayo University Hospital - compared to June last year.

    New figures from the INMO show there were just 13  patients on trolleys at the Mayo hospital during last month, compared to 74 during the month of June 2017.

     At Galway University Hospital, 501 people spent time on hospital trolleys last month - down from 566 in June last year.

    Sligo University Hospital saw a significant increase in the number of patients on trolleys last month- the number rose from 88 last June to 247 last month.

    Nationally, there was a 4% decrease in the number of patients on hospital trolleys during the month of June.

     

     

  • This Friday and Saturday, the SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council will hold a seminar at Lissadell House in Sligo to mark the centenary of women's suffrage.

    The Markievicz / Partridge seminar will mark 100 years of the achievements made by women in the Irish trade union movement and in Irish politics.

    The event will recognise the contribution Countess Markievicz made to the trade union movement and women in politics, and her ancestral home - Lissadell House - will host the event.

    One of the owners of Lissadell House Constance Cassidy is among the speakers at the 2-day event, along with Minister of State for Education Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, Tish Gibbons of SIPTU and Labour historian Therese Moriarty.

  • Two Irish boxers must shake off the disappointment of semi final defeats, and fight for bronze medals.

    Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy, who lost his flyweight semio-final to Briitain's Ivan Price last night, will face Brazil's Luiz Chalot de Oliveira in Buenos Aires this evening.

    While Leitrim's Dearbhla Rooney goes up against Kiwi, TeMania Shelford-Edmonds.

     

  • The cost of houses outside Dublin are expected to rise at twice the rate of those in the capital this year.

    The latest 2020 Sunday Times National Property Price Guide shows nationally property prices are likely to rise by 3.8 per cent.

    The most affordable homes are in Leitrim, Longford and Sligo where 3-bed semis can be snapped up for as little as 90,000 euro.

    Joint Editor of the National Property Price Guide, Linda Daly says there is value for first time buyers outside cities like Dublin:

  • The European Athletic Championships in Berlin are in full swing.

    North Sligo athlete Chris O'Donnell has finished sixth in his 400 metres heat, but posted a seasonal best time of 46.81 seconds.

    This weekend Westport's Cian McManamon will compete in the 20km walk.

     

  • 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.

  • A Sligo Councillor is calling on the local authority to arrange an amnesty day, where people can dispose of old mattresses, free of charge, and sites across Co Sligo.

    439 old mattresses were collected for disposal  during such an event last year, and Ballymote-Tubbercurry FG Councillor Dara Mulvey has asked the council to arrange a similar day this year for disposing old mattresses safely and legally.

    Councillor Mulvey has been telling Midwest News why he raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Sligo County Council this week.

  • 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. 

  • A Sligo-based county councillor has been selected to take over the European Parliament seat of his Sinn Fein colleague Matt Carthy. 

    Mr Carthy was elected to the Dáil in the Cavan - Monaghan constituency in last month's general election.

    Councillor Chris MacManus will now take up his seat in Europe, representing the 15 county Midlands-Northwest constituency, and his elevation to the European Parliament means his seat on Sligo County Council will now have to be filled. 

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • A Sligo county councillor is calling for an immediate resolution to the issue of paying student nurses who are working in hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency.

    While traditionally student nurses are not paid for their work placements, Sligo FG Councillor Dara Mulvey says they are making a significant contribution to frontline services, and deserve to be adequately compensated.

    The Taoiseach and Health Minister  have both agreed that a payment should be made to  student nurses working during the coronavirus outbreak, and FG Councillor Mulvey is now urging the Government to come forward with proposals on this issue as soon as possible....