Sligo

  • Allianz FL Division 4 result: Sligo 0-16 Waterford 2-12

  • 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 Sligo are investigating an incident over Christmas in which two men sustained multiple stab wounds.

    It occurred during a disturbance at a house in the Ballytivnan area of Sligo town during the early hours of Wednesday -Christmas Day.

    It's understood the injuries sustained by the men were not life-threatening.

     

  • 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.

  • The country's strategy with Covid-19 is not working and we don't have a control of the virus, according to an expert.

    Tomas Ryan, an associate professor at Trinity College, fears we could be in a situation in a couple of weeks where restrictions may need to be reimposed as cases continue to rise.

    50 new cases of coronavirus were reported by the Department of Health in the Republic last night. Sligo was the only Connaught county that reported an additional case.

    There were no deaths from the virus recorded nationally yesterday.

    Professor Ryan says there now needs to be a change in policy to stop the spread of the virus.

  • Sligo Ladies Football have appointed a new manager for next season.

     

    Michael Bohan was ratified at Monday night’s Sligo Ladies Football county convention.

     

    Bohan is a former Leitrim minor manager and will be assisted in his backroom team by former Sligo senior footballer Paul Durcan.

     

    Sligo will be playing Division 3 ladies football in the league next season, having narrowly missed out on promotion against Meath.

     

    The county has been without a permanent manager since joint-managers John O’Hara and David Curran left their posts following a vote of no confidence taken by the players during 2019.

  • 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 54-year-old county Sligo man died suddenly after taking part in the Westport Sea 2 Summit challenge on Saturday.

    JP Duffy, Bunnacranagh, Curry, Co. Sligo, a successful entrepreneur, became ill on the latter stages of the endurance challenge.

    His funeral takes place today and tomorrow.

    Westport Sea 2 Summit challenge– now in its 10th year - involves cycling, running and ascending and descending Croagh Patrick.

     Mr. Duffy was attended to by medics in Westport on Saturday but passed away despite efforts to save him.

    Along with his wife, Yvonne, Mr. Duffy founded Westel Utilities Limited, which is based in Curry,19 years ago.

    The firm, which has a significant workforce, specialises in the installation of telecoms networks.

    Mr Duffy was recognized as an accomplished businessman and a champion of industrial development in the west of Ireland.

    His remains will be reposing at the family home today(Monday) from 2 o’clock until 10 o’clock.

    He will be laid to rest tomorrow (Tuesday) after 12 o’clock Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry. 

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • Sligo and Leitrim will play in a tier 2 football competition next year if the proposal is passed at a special sitting of the GAA Congress in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday.

    Under the proposal all National League Division 3 and 4 Counties except those who qualified for their respective Provincial Championship Finals or won the previous year’s Tier 2 Championship will play in the second tier.

    It would mean both Sligo and Leitrim must reach a Connacht final to stay in the Sam Maguire competition.

  • 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.

  • Sligo native Michéal Naughton has confirmed he will be a candidate for the next President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

    Mr Naughton, a member of the Four Masters club in Donegal hails from Castleconnor, Co Sligo and is a former President of the Ulster LGFA.

    He's been involved in ladies football for the past 25 years.

    The Ulster LGFA have endorsed his bid for the post, which is for a 4-year term.

    Marie Hickey from Laois is the outgoing President, and the LGFA congress takes place in Loughrea, Co Galway in March.

     

     

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  • Efforts are under way to find out what protection antibodies may have against new infection of Covid-19.

     The HSE's starting a new study today of people in Sligo and Dublin to get an overall national estimate of infection in the population.

    New figures show the death toll from coronavirus has reached 1,706, after one more person has been reported as having died with the virus yesterday.

     HSE National Clinical Director for Health Protection, Dr Lorraine Doherty, says those who take part in the study that will take samples from 5,000 participants across both counties, and have antibodies for the virus, will then do a follow up test.

  • 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.