• Sligo’s Mona McSharry has been included in Swim Ireland’s team of 19 for the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow from 4-8 December.

    Eleven senior and eight junior athletes have been selected for the event, with all team members then travelling on to compete in the Irish Short Course Championships from the 12-15 December.

    The selection policy allowed for both a senior and junior cohort to be selected to the championships, with selections made from individual's performances in their identified summer benchmark meet in relation to the IOC’s 2020 Olympic qualifying time.

  • 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.



  • A zero VAT rate is needed for the hospitality sector to give businesses hope for when they re-open - that's according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Marian Harkin, who says tourism-related businesses across the region are currently faced with increasing costs, and are making decisions as to whether or not it's worth their while reopening.

    The Tourism Minister Shane Ross says he would also support a 0% VAT rate for the tourism industry following the Covid-19 crisis.

    Deputy Marian Harkin told Midwest News that  many involved in the tourism and hospitality sectors claim the current 13.5% VAT rate would not make it worthwhile for them to reopen, after restrictions are lifted....

  • 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.



  • The sod has been turned on a stretch of the N4 in Sligo. 

    Upgrade works on the Collooney to Castlebaldwin road have been promised for many years. 

    The stretch has been described by the county coroner as "possibly the worst road" in Ireland. 

    The development will increase safety, reduce journey times and improve regional connectivity. 

  • Tesco staff in Sligo are scheduled to strike today in a row over working conditions.

    Management say the store will remain open during any action.

    The union Mandate has also announced two more stoppages, planned for next Friday and Saturday.

    Workers from Tesco in Carrick-on-Shannon will also strike next Saturday.

  • The State has lost its appeal against a High Court decision that a former soldier from Co Sligo should be awarded damages for a failure to diagnose and treat him for psychological injuries he sustained while in the Lebanon more than 30 years ago.

    The Supreme Court ruled it was completely satisfied that the High Court's finding that the State had breached its duty of care to Victor Murtagh, of Ballymote in Sligo, by failing to diagnose and treat his post-traumatic stress disorder.

    However, it reduced the amount of damages awarded to Mr Murtagh from just over €300,000 to just over €150,000.

    Mr Murtagh was 21-years-old and beginning his first tour of duty in the Lebanon in October 1986 when he was traumatised by a number of dangerous and stressful incidents.

    In the following months, two Irish soldiers were killed, including Corporal Dermot McLoughlin, who was also from Sligo and had befriended Mr Murtagh.

    Mr Murtagh was described as a changed man when he came back to Ireland in April 1987.

    He was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 1996.

    The court found there was a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and that possibility was not investigated as quickly as it ought to have been.

    Outside court, Mr Murtagh's solicitor Damien Tansey said his client was relived the case was over, as it has bene going on for ten years.

  • A status yellow rain warning remains in place for 7 counties until nine o'clock this morning.

    The counties affected include Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

    There will be showers across the country today, but some dry spells in the afternoon.


  • A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Galway,Mayo, Sligo and Donegal for tomorrow and Saturday.

    Met Eireann is warning of heavy rain, with accumulations of 40-50 mm with localised flooding, and the warning is valid from 3pm Friday until 3pm Saturday.

    At the coast, high seas and strong to gale force southerly winds will combine to give a risk of coastal flooding.



  • A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place today for five counties in the West & Northwest.

    Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal can expect persistent and occasionally heavy rain for the rest of today and into tonight (Thursday).

    Met Eireann says the highest rainfall will be in coastal areas and on hills and mountains, with a risk of localised flooding in places.

    The status yellow warning remains in place until midnight tonight.

  • Another status yellow snow-ice warning has been issued - this time for the 5 counties of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Wicklow.

    The warning comes in to effect from 10 o'clock tonight until 11am tomorrow morning.

    Met Eireann says there will be icy conditions and wintry showers which could lead to some accumulations of snow.


  • Gusts could reach more than 110 kilometres an hour in parts of the region this afternoon.

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for counties Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo and Clare.

    Forecaster Joanna Donnelly says the alert is in effect until seven o'clock this evening.

  • Storm Gareth is due to hit parts of the country today, bringing strong winds and a chance of coastal flooding.

    A status orange wind warning comes into effect for Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal from midday.

    Gusts could reach up to 130 kilometres an hour during the worst of the conditions.

    Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads this morning.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council is warning parents to pack up their trampolines and wheelie bins as storm Gareth approaches.

    The council's safety officer Noel Gibbins says the nets put up around trampolines to keep them safe, could add to the problem, as the net becomes a 'sail' in strong winds.


  • Storm Hector is at its worst at the moment with two separate weather warnings in place.

    An orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo - while there's a yellow warning for 13 other counties including Roscommon, Leitrim, Dublin, Kildare, Clare and Kerry.

    There's also a risk of coastal flooding as the winds coincide with high spring tides.

    Met Eireann's Gerry Murphy says the winds will east throughout the day:

    The warning remains in place until 10am this morning.

    Storm Hector has left many areas without power this morning.

    There are over 1450 homes without power in the Castlerea area – power is expected to be restored there around now.

    There are over 540 without power in the Knock area, and another 450 in the Claremorris area with power expected to be restored there between 11-12 noon. There are over 160 homes without power in Knockaphunta, Castlebar with an estimated restoration time of 11.45. Also the Westport area where 65 homes are without power and the same estimated restoration time. And 111 in the Louisburgh area, with about 14 in the Newport area.

    There are 31 without power in Cong and again power is expected to be restored there around 11.45.

    There are 220 homes without power in the Ballyhaunis area with power expected to be restored around 11am.

    In the Ardnaree area there are 74 homes without power with an estimated restoration time of 12 noon.

    In the Ballaghaderreen 271 homes without power, where it is expected to be restored around 2pm, while there are around 30 homes without power in the Moyne area.

    In Headford there are 1120 homes with power with an estimated restoration time of 10am.

    In the Athenry area there are 1240 homes without power with an estimated restoration time of 11am.

    Another 22 homes in Boyle are without power with no estimated restoration time.

    The storm has left debris on many roads this morning so motorists are advised to take care.

    A tree is blocking the road at Mountain, Aghamore, just after the turnoff for Tooreen if you are heading for Ballyhaunis.

    The road is blocked just after Robeen School, with trees down. There is also a large tree down on the Rinnaney to Foxford Road on a bend. There is a tree down as you approach the Rathfran Crossroads from Tooreen, Carrowmore Lacken and one down before Templemary NS and just after it as well.

    There is also a tree down on the way into Ballymoe from the Castlerea side, just before the bridge. The road is passable but half blocked there.

    There are branches down on the Kilmovee Road, the first bad bend after Crennane turning. Very dangerous as the road is half covered.

    Also branches down in the Lisacul area this morning as well. There are heavy branches down on the Castleplunkett to Tulsk Road and the Castlecoote to Oran Road, via Donamon is littered with debris, branches and open gates. Caution advised.

    Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes confirmed “ Road crews at Mayo County Council have been mobilised since early morning to deal with the damage caused with Storm Hector in the County overnight.

    Fallen trees and branches together with debris on roads appear to be the main concerns across the various areas.  In the wider Claremorris Municipal district 9 trees are down and work has commenced in clearing these trees. In the Ballina Municipal district road crews are clearing fallen trees in Pamerstown Killalla  and Carramore-lacken .  Clean up operations are also underway in the wider Castlebar and Westport areas.

    Mayo County Council would encourage the public to drive safely on the roads this morning and to adhere to the weather warning while in place. Please be aware of the potential of fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways and flooding.  Please exercise caution in coastal areas”

    Please contact your local area office if you have any concerns as a result of storm damage.



  • Strandhill Beach in Co Sligo is No. 4 in Ireland's top ten best beaches.

    That's according to TripAdvisor's annual list of best beaches.  

    Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty, Co Cork is named Ireland's best beach, followed by  Banna Strand and Inch Beach, both in Co Kerry.

    In fact, Kerry dominated the list, claiming 6 out of the top 10 beaches.

    Lahinch in Co Clare and Portmarnock in Dublin also made the top ten.



  • Tesco has called on Mandate trade union to withdraw strike notices at two stores in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate members at the two stores in the North West voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

    However, in a statement the company says the action is unwarranted and the stores will remain open on the two days in December pencilled in for strike action.

    They say they have always abided by agreed procedures and expect the union to do so.

    The union today announced the action is scheduled for Thursday December 6th and Friday 14th over a number of issues.

    Mandate's Ciaran Campbell says if necessary they will look for support from other stores.

  • The summer of 2018 was one of the hottest, driest and sunniest on record.

    New data from Met Eireann shows that some parts of the country recorded their highest temperatures in decades.


    June, July and August this year marked a turning point from recent summers with some of the hottest, driest and sunniest conditions recorded.

    The Met Eireann data showed heatwave and drought conditions affecting many parts of the country, with temperatures above and rainfall amounts below, normal.

    Heatwaves were recorded in many parts during June and July with northern counties cooler.

    Shannon Airport recorded the summers highest temperature at 32 degrees. Other stations such as Oak Park in Carlow and Markree in Sligo also saw their highest numbers in years.

    Over the three months, Cork Airport recorded it's driest summer since 1962, while the Phoenix Park in Dublin only saw 38 percent of the average rainfall for the season.

  • Allianz Football League Division 1:

    Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-11,

    Donegal 3-8 Meath 0-7

    Allianz Football League Division 2:

    Fermanagh 0-13 Roscommon 0-12

    Clare 0-11 Kildare 0-10,

    Allianz Football League Division 3:

    Tipperary 0-11 Louth 1-7,

    Cork 1-15 Leitrim 0-9,

    Offaly 0-10 Longford 0-10

    Allianz Football League Division 4:

    Sligo 0-15 Antrim 0-14,

    Limerick 0-8 London 0-7,

    Wicklow 2-11 Waterford 1-6

  • Sligo Senior Club Championship 

    Quarter Final 
    Coolera/Strandhill 4-10 
    St Mary's 0-11 

    Intermediate Quarter Final 
    Castleconnor 0-13
    Bunninadden 0-6