Sligo

  • 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.

  • Lidl Ladies NFL 
    Division 3
    Roscommon 1-07 Down 0-08
    Sligo 1-16 Wicklow 0-12 

    Division 4
    Fermanagh 3-09 Leitrim 2-09 

  • Allianz Football League 
    Division 1
    Dublin 2-14 Roscommon 1-12 

    Division 3
    Westmeath 2-12 Sligo 1-10 

    Division 4 
    Leitrim 1-09 London 0-07 

    Allianz Hurling League 
    Division 1B 
    Waterford P-P Galway 

    Division 2A
    Westmeath 2-12 Mayo 0-06 

    Division 3A
    Lancashire 2-13 Roscommon 1-06 

    Division 3B
    Sligo 3-15 Longford 0-03 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The National Council for Special Education is conducting a survey at present to assess the educational needs of children with special needs.

    According to Sligo based Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Scanlon, it’s very important that parents and guardians of children with special educational needs respond to the questions asked.

    The deputy says, many parents are not aware of the survey and he is urging anyone with an interest in the educational needs of children with special needs to take a few minutes and complete the survey, as he says it will be the basis of further services provided.

  • A Donegal woman's collected nearly 4,000 signatures on a petition for wheelchair accessible buses.

    Victoria Matthew has discovered that she can't use public transport to travel to college in Sligo, because the local bus can't take her wheelchair.

    Bus Éireann has confirmed that Ballyshannon to Sligo is not a wheelchair accessible route.

    Victoria says she's aware that some wheelchair-friendly buses can be booked -  but even then, they exclude rural Ireland.

  • Sligo Senior Football Championship 

    Group 1 
    Eastern Harps
    Tubbercurry
    Coolaney/Mullinabreena
    St Mary's 

    Group 2
    St Molaise Gaels
    Coolera/Strandhill 
    Drumcliffe/Rosses Point 

    Group 3
    Tourlestrane
    St John's 
    Calry/St Joseph's 

    Sligo Intermediate Championship 
    Group 1
    Ballymote 
    Shamrock Gaels 
    Curry 
    Geevagh 

    Group 2
    St Michael's 
    St Farnan's 
    Bunninadden 

    Group 3
    Castleconnor 
    Enniscrone/Kilglass
    St Patrick's 

    Junior A Championship 
    Group 1
    Easkey 
    Eastern Harps 
    St Mary's 

    Group 2
    Cloonacool 
    Curry 
    St Molaise Gaels

    Group 3
    Owenmore Gaels
    Tourlestrane 
    Shamrock Gaels 

  • A motorist in Co Galway was caught driving at 113 km an hour in an 80 km zone last Friday, during the Garda National Slow Down Day which took place over a 24-hour period.

    In total, Gardai and GoSafe checkted over 132,000 vehicles, and found 211 were driving over the permitted speed limit.

     

    In the West of Ireland, a driver was found travelling at 113 km and hour in an 80 km zone at Aughrim in Co Galway,while in Mayo, a driver was caught driving at 93 km an hour in an 80 km zone at Cartron, Kiltimagh.

    In Sligo, a motorist was caught doing 119 km an hour in a 100 km zone on the N4 at Knoxspark, Ballisodare.

     

    Gardai are reminding drivers to think about the consequences of speeding the next time they get behind the wheel, and reduce speed accordingly.  

     

     

     

     

  • Gardaí investigating the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Sligo/Leitrim area have seized Cannabis Herb with an estimated street value of €325,000.

    As part of a planned operation Gardaí from the Ballymote District assisted by the Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched a residential property in Ballymote, Co Sligo yesterday.

    Cannabis Herb and associated drug paraphernalia was seized.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.

  • E-commerce company Overstock has officially opened its new European base in Sligo.

    This time last year, the company announced 100 new technology jobs for Sligo.

    Overstock now has more than 80 technologists working from its base in Sligo, and is on target to recruit another 20 staff before the end of the year.

    The company has invested €1 million in making the move to the Westgate tech campus at the IDA Business Park in Finisklin in Sligo town.

    IDA Ireland's Head of Technology Leo Clancy and senior Overstock management from the US and Ireland officially opened the new offices.

    The company, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah first came to Sligo in 2013.

    Overstock is a billion-dollar online retail shopping site and technology company.

     

  • All-Ireland Junior Club Football Final

    Beaufort 3-17

    Easkey 0-05

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    A group has protested outside the gates of IT Sligo yesterday ahead of a Cabinet meeting to voice their concern over any proposed closure of Easkey Post Office.

    The postmaster there is due to retire and the future of Easkey Post Office is now under review by An Post and could close by the end of March.

    The local community have strongly opposed any moves to close the post office and recently held a public meeting on the matter.

    A group protested outside the gates of IT Sligo yesterday where the Cabinet met ahead of the announcement of the National Planning Framework.