A child who was hit in the face by a shower of broken glass during road collision has been awarded €37,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.


    The court heard Stella Danijelianc, whose mother lives at St Joseph's Terrace, Gallows Hill, Sligo, had been strapped into a child’s seat in the rear of her mother’s car when it was involved in a serious road collision.

    The toddler, who was 18 months old at the time, was cut in several places on her face by tiny shards of glass.


    The collision occurred on 30th October, 2014, and Stella, who is now aged five, sustained multiple significant abrasions to the right side of her face from pieces of shattered glass.

    A car in front of Ms Danijelianc’s vehicle had apparently collided with an oncoming truck which had then lost control.


    Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, heard that Ms Gajane Danijelianc’s vehicle had been crashed into by the truck. An occupant in the second car that had been struck had died in the accident.


    Stella had been taken by ambulance to the emergency department of Sligo Regional Hospital where her wounds had been cleaned and treated with an antibiotic cream.

    Judge Groarke was informed that insurers for three defendants in the case had made a settlement offer of €37,500 to Stella.

    The judge said it was a good settlement on Stella’s behalf and approved the offer.

  • This September, first time television presenter Cillian Sherlock from Claremorris, Co.Mayo is the newest addition to the news2day team.

    Following a call out to media and journalism graduates across the country,and a comprehensive audition process, Cillian was chosen to join the team and began broadcasting live this week on RTÉ2 and RTÉ News Now. 

    Cillian studied journalism and new media at University of Limerick, minoring in law. During his time in university, he was involved with radio station ULFM and was Production Manager of Limerick Voicestudent newspaper distributed by the Limerick Leader.

    Cillian was born in Co. Sligo, where some of his family still live in Gurteen, and he grew up in Claremorris

    He loves to travel, carrying his camera everywhere he goes, and has a huge interest in film and television.


  • The Cloonacool to Tubbercurry road is closed to traffic following a single vehicle collision shortly before 10am.

    Emergency services are at the scene and the road is expected to be closed for some time.

  • The community of Enniscrone is mounting a protest campaign in opposition to planning permission granted to the ESB by Sligo County Council last Monday to erect a 20 meter telecommunications mast at its sub-station site at Frankford, Enniscrone. The mast is to be used for a 5G network.

    News of the development has caused concern locally with a public protest meeting held on Thursday last at the site.

    Many local people argue that the planning notice for the proposed development was not adequately displayed in the town, claiming it was erected on a gate, which already had numerous ESB signs beside it.

    There are concerns about the potential health impact on the local population from a 5G mast, as it will be located in a populated area with 5 housing estates in the immediate area and a crèche close by. Several hundred people live in close proximity to the site.

    Concerns over the visual impact of the development have also been raised.

    Local Independent councillor Joe Queenan told Midwest News today that it’s “bizarre” the way in which “the community only realised that a planning application had been sought for this development on the Sunday and the next day, last Monday, it was granted”.

    Midwest News contacted the ESB about the development and in a written response the company confirmed that a planning application had been submitted by it to Sligo County Council for the development of telecommunications infrastructure at Enniscrone. “As the planning process is in train, we are not in a position to comment further at this stage”.




  • The company that manages Ireland West Airport Knock has been fined a total of €10,000 for the illegal use of green diesel.

    RTE reports that Connaught Airport Development Company Limited pleaded guilty to four counts of illegal use of green diesel in vehicles, including a de-icer, a snow plough, a small bus for transporting passengers, and a fuel tanker.

    Tubbercurry District Court heard that airport management co-operated with officers employed by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and accepted that green diesel was being used in 14 vehicles at the Mayo airport.

    Evidence given outlined that officials claimed they were not aware the practice of using green diesel was illegal and that they had "always" used the fuel.

    The court heard that management believed - as the vehicles were not on public roads - the fuel was permitted to be used but since the detection, all use of green diesel has ceased at the airport.

    Judge Kevin Kilrane said it was a negligence matter more than intent to defraud, adding that the airport was a vital link in the west.

    Judge Kilrane convicted Connaught Airport Development Company Ltd on all four counts, fining the company €2,500 in each matter.


  • A Sligo County Councillor has raised his concern that scrambler bikes are using the Sligo Way Trail.

    Councillor Thomas Walsh says these are not licensed to use the trail nor are they insured.

    Councillor Walsh says they have done considerable damage to parts of the trail not to mention the safety aspect to oncoming walkers and trail users.

    He has brought this to the attention of Coillte Management/Sligo County Council and the Gardai.

  • Hosts England will kick start their title defence in a fortnight’s time when the Republic of Ireland travel to Luton Town to take on the three lions on Friday, March 16 (KO 7pm).

    This will be William O’Connor’s second away fixture on the bounce and he’ll be hoping to start the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with a valuable win away from home in Kenilworth Stadium to make it two wins from two.

    The visitors toppled the Welsh in The Rock two weeks ago to open the 2018 Centenary Shield schedule. A first half brace, the first courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir scholar and Irish Captain Cian MURPHY came eight minutes in. This was cancelled out on the quarter hour mark by Welsh forward Alaric Jones. However the Irish lead was regained a few minutes later through last year’s star St. Declan’s Community College scholar Darryl WALSH. A solid second half performance from the Irish was enough to see off Marc Lloyd Williams’ crew in Cefn Druids AFC to ensure a top of the table appearance for the short term.

    O’Connor will make one change to the Irish set up with Balbriggan pupil Lido Lofeta making way for Grennan College player Colm Whelan for this encounter.

    The English will be relishing this game having demolished the Republic in Dublin twelve months previous with a comprehensive second half display to come from 2-0 down to win out 5-2. The victory ensured a share of the spoils with Northern Ireland last season and the English will be hoping to replicate such success again. Home advantage will prove important for England’s first game of the season and they will be bolstered by the return of forward Jack Butler (King Edward VI High School) who had an impressive campaign for them last year.

    England’s preparations for the Centenary Shield have gone exceptional well. The crew travelled to Valencia for their warm weather training a fortnight ago. A full week of training with two friendly games in the mix proved very productive.  England overcame Valencia and Levante 2-1 on both outings.

    Confidence in the camp will be high heading into this game and it always proves a pulsating tie with the Irish. A number of the Republic of Ireland outfit will be looking to improve their record against their opponents asJames CARROLL (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Darryl WALSH (St. Declan’s Community College) who captained the Irish that evening, Ronan MANNING (formerly of Calasanctius College, Oranmore and currently of Yeats College) and Jack RYAN (Templeogue College) all featured that evening in a frustrating night for Paddy O’Reilly’s charges.

    Following the England encounter, O’Connor’s side will be out again on March 29 in Monaghan United FC as they take on their Northern counterparts in their penultimate fixture. The Irish will then entertain Scotland in their final game of the season when they face the tartan army on April 12 in Home Farm FC, Whitehall. Both home games have a 2pm kick off.

    England Schools have taken things up a notch by managing to secure live television coverage this season of their two home fixtures, thanks to their partners at 247 .TV and FreeSports

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SELECT | Daniel Houghton& Kieran Farren (Carndonagh Community School), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), James Carroll (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Ronan Manning & Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Cian Lee (Boyne Community School), Peter Adigun(Riversdale Community College), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Jack Ryan (Templeogue College), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin) Colm Whelan (Grennan College, Thomastown), Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Cian Murphy (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir), Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford)


    MANAGEMENT | Head Coach William O’Connor (Balbriggan Community College), Coach John McShane (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray),  GK Coach Conor Foley (Athlone Community College), Performance Analyst Ollie Horgan (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Kit Manager Paul Masterson, Physio Mickey McGlynn Doctor Aiden O’Colmain

    ENGLAND | Daniel Gould, Callum Coulter, Ethan Brookes, Adam Crowther, Fraser Colling, Alex Doyle, Sam McCallum, Cormac Pike, Noah Smerdon, Kyle O’Connor-Ajayi,Ryan Penny,Emmanuel Ogunrinde,Robert Deda,Cieran Jackson, Jack Butler, David Neligwa, Harvey Howell, King Baidoo

    2018 Centenary Shield Results & Fixtures

    February 15         Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland                       The Rock, Cefn Druids FC (7pm)

    March 9                Scotland vs Northern Ireland                       Greenock Morton FC (7pm)

    March 15              Northern Ireland vs Wales                             Newry City AFC (3pm)

    March 16              England vs Republic of Ireland                   Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town FC (7pm)

    March 23              England vs Scotland                                        Bootham Crescent, York City FC (7pm)

    March 29             Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland  Monaghan United FC (2pm)

    March 29             Wales vs England                                              Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (7pm)

    April 6                   Northern Ireland vs England                        Belfast (7pm)

    April 12                  Republic of Ireland vs Scotland                  Home Farm FC (2pm)


    April 19                 Scotland vs Wales                                             Queen of the South FC (7pm)

  • Saturday's Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior A Final between Rice College and St Attracta's has been postponed due to weather conditions. It had been scheduled for Tuam Stadium. 

    Following school closures, weather warnings and forecasted deterioration of conditions over the coming days, Comhairle Chonnacht have decided to postpone all Post Primary Schools fixtures scheduled for Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March.

    Refixture dates for these games will be sent out to all Schools on Monday 5th March.

    The Connacht GAA Post Primary Schools Senior A Championship Football Final is now scheduled for Saturday 10th March 2018 in Tuam Stadium, Throw in 12.30pm.

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  • A contractor is expected to be appointed in the New Year to the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road project in Sligo. It has been confirmed that Sligo County Council has received tenders for the main construction project.

    All advance works on the road project have been completed and the land purchase is 90% complete.

    That was confirmed to Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan by Minister for Transport Shane Ross in the Seanad today. However Minister Ross pointed out that Government approval is required prior to the award of the project, as it will cost in excess of €100m.

    This particular stretch of road has been described as extremely dangerous, with white crosses along the road marking the lives lost there.

    Minister Ross gave Senator Feighan progress reports on three major upgrade schemes on the N4 today.

    In relation to the planned Mullingar to Longford (Rooskey) road scheme, Minister Ross explained that a project pre-appraisal plan was submitted to his Department and found to be compliant with the Public Spending Code and the Common Appraisal Framework. The Minister said that this has allowed the scheme to go to the next stage in terms of planning and design.

    He said the tender process for the engagement of technical advisors to progress this planning and design stage is now underway.

    Regarding the N4 Carrick-on-Shannon to Dromod upgrade, Minister Ross said that the scheme was suspended in 2012 due to the unprecedented economic downturn but that a project pre-appraisal plan was found to be compliant with the Public Spending Code and the Common Appraisal Framework. This means the tender process for the appointment of technical advisors to progress this planning and design stage is also now underway.

    Senator Feighan said these major upgrades on the N4, which is a major corridor for this region, will bring many benefits. These works will improve road safety for road users; will alleviate traffic congestion and also reduce journey times to allow people plan their journeys more accurately.

  • Contractors have been appointed for the upgrade works on the Lough Talt water scheme in south Sligo, and work on the €10 million project is set to start in September.

    That's according to Sligo Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon.

    Over 12,000 consumers are currently on a boil water notice, which has been in place for most of the last year and a half - affecting the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a number of villages and townlands in south Sligo, as well as Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield in Co Mayo.

    A number of weeks ago, Sligo County Council granted planning permission to upgrade the water treatment plant at Lough Talt.

    Irish Water has now confirmed to Deputy Scanlon that contractors have been appointed for the project....

  • Ahead of next week’s referendum on the 8th amendment, a huge NO sign has been erected on Ben Bulben mountain in Co Sligo.

    The 100 foot sign, made out of plastic sheeting, was placed on the North facing side of the mountain, with the landowners permission, at 4 am this morning.

    Tommy Banks is a  member of the Sligo for Life No Campaign - speaking with Ocean Fm , he said  people are outraged by the proposal to repeal the 8th amendment.

    However there has been strong criticism of the sign locally, with many people saying it has defaced Sligo's iconic mountain.

    Sligo County Council has confirmed that, since the land is commonage, they have no role in the matter.

  • A Sligo Councillor has questioned why Search & Rescue helicopters cannot transfer patients between hospitals at night in emergency situations.

    The issue was raised at this week's HSE Regional Forum meeting was Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor Donal Gilroy, who asked about the time limits on place for airlifting patients between hospitals at night.

    Councillor Gilroy was informed that, under Irish Aviation Authority regulations, the Search & Rescue helicopters cannot be tasked to provide inter-hospital transfers after 9pm at night.

     He believes a 24-hour service should be available for example to transfer a critically-ill child to one of the children's hospitals in Dublin.

  • We need to listen to the clear advice being provided by our public health experts and not keyboard warriors in the present coronavirus outbreak. That’s the view of Sligo Fine Gael Councillor Thomas Walsh who has hit out at what he terms “irresponsible commentary on social media”.

    Retail Ireland, which represents large retailers here, state that all supply chains are operating as normal and have assured consumers there is no need to stockpile foods or other products. So, the councillor asks why are people loosing the run of themselves for no reason, stocking trolleys of the same items? And then why are people posting videos and photos of empty shelves and queues in supermarkets?

    The councillor insists we can help stop the spread of Covid-19. We need to help our public health teams, our front line medical teams, our tracing teams, our carers, service providers and our elderly.

    He told Midwest News that we need to listen to advice from our public health experts and not keyboard warriors.

  • In Sligo, counting in the Ballymote / Tubbercurry area went on into the early hours of this morning before all 7 seats were filled.

    Fianna Fail's Paul Taylor was first elected, followed by Independents Joe Queenan and Michael Clarke and FG's Dara Mulvey, and the 10th count saw the election of Fianna Fail's Martin Baker and two FG candidates Martin Connolly and Gerard Mullaney.

    Independent Willie Gormley failed to win a seat on Sligo County Council held by his late aunt Margaret Gormley for more than 40 years.   

    Outgoing councillor Keith Henry also failed to be re-elected and was eliminated on the 5th count.


  • Cura, the Catholic agency that assists women dealing with crisis pregnancies, is to close today (Friday).

    The agency, which was founded in 1977 by the late Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones, has offices in Galway and Sligo.

    Cura says it has been reviewing its situation since 2015, and will close its offices and helpline services from today - 15th June.

    The agency employs two fulltime and 14 part-time staff with over 70 counsellors proving services to clients at about 30 locations nationwide - many on a voluntary basis.

    In a statement, Cura said it was one of just two agencies providing advice on crisis pregnancies when it was set up in 1977.

    Today, there are 14 various services operating in a new regulatory environment.

    It said the decision was further reinforced by a recent announcement by the Health Minister Simon Harris on regulation the counselling and psychotherapy professions.

    Cura has extended thanks to their many volunteers and supporters, and says that, since records were collected in 1996, Cura has provided over 163,000 counselling sessions to clients.

  • A team from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is examining a dead sperm whale which has beached at Streedagh in Co Sligo.

    The whale, which is about 12 metres long, is one of three which washed ashore from counties Galway to Donegal in the past week.

    A spokesman for the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group says it's very unusual to have this number of beached sperm whales in a small geographic area in a short space of time.

    The whale will undergo a post mortem to try to determine how it died and see if there is a common link with the other beached whales.

    Staff from Sligo County Council are at the beach with diggers to assist the operation, and are currently examining what options are available regarding the disposal of the whale.

    On Sunday, a sperm whale was discovered washed ashore in Mace Head near Carna in Connemara, while last week another sperm whale was washed up in Co Donegal.


  • The death has taken place of former Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones.

    Bishop Jones was 82 and died at his home in Sligo yesterday.

    His successor in the Diocese of Elphin Bishop Kevin Doran said in a statement that the death of Bishop Christy is like the loss of a grandparent.

    Bishop Jones was a native of Rathcroghan in Co Roscommon and was born on March 3rd 1936.

    He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1962 and spent the first three years of his priesthood at St Muredach’s College in Ballina.

    Following that he spent the rest of his ministry in Co Sligo and became Bishop of Elphin in 1994.

    He retired in 2014.

    In a statement Archbishop Eamon Martin said Bishop Christy was a man for others and was very committed throughout his lifetime to person-centred social services.


  • Householders and businesses in the Bellaghy /Curry area of east Mayo and South Sligo who had been taken off the Lough Talt Public Water supply earlier this year, when a Boil Water notice was applied to the scheme, due to the detection of cryptosporidium in the supply now want to get back onto the scheme as the Boil Water notice has been lifted.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Scanlon says these people had been switched on to the Charlestown Public Water supply but are not satisfied with that supply and are asking to be switched back to the Lough Talt scheme.

    The deputy told Midwest News today that it has now been agreed that this will be done within the next few weeks.