Sligo

  • 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 fire brigade battled a massive blaze yesterday after a fire broke out at a recycling depot.

    The blaze began in one of three Greenstar recycling centre buildings at Deepwater Quay in Sligo at around 3.30pm.

    The centre is located approximately two kilometres from the town centre.

    Three units of the Sligo Fire Service battled the blaze – with assistance from Carrick on Shannon Fire Service.

    Homes and businesses in Sligo town and the greater area were advised to close all windows on their premises and traffic was diverted due to the smoke.

    At it’s height the blaze could be seen across neighbouring counties.

    It was brought under control around 7pm yesterday and extensive damage was caused to the depot.

    There were no reports of injuries.

  • 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.

  • eir has announced the creation of 750 new jobs.

    The roles at the telecoms company will be based in Sligo, Cork and Limerick.

    The roles will be mainly in customer service and are part of eir's overall programme to bring all customer-facing functions back in-house.

    350 of the positions will be at the company's new state of the art facility at Rathedmond in Sligo town, with the remainder in their regional locations in Cork and Limerick.

    eir says they're committed to investing in Ireland, from providing quality jobs as well as high-speed broadband.

    They added that by June 2019 they hope to have connected 330 thousand rural premises, through a self-funded 250 million euro rural investment fund.

     

  • By this Saturday, the popular seaside town of Enniscrone will enjoy full capacity in its holiday homes, that’s according to local Independent Sligo councillor Joe Queenan.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that Ennsicrone is busy again this week, and if the sun shines, the mood is optimistic that it will be a bumper Summer again over the next 8 weeks or so.

    Councillor Queenan says it’s a different than usual season, with a number of B and B’s not yet reopened, and no pubs opened just yet, but he says the restaurants and coffee shops are open again and holiday makers are booking their tables and patiently gettting use to queuing.

  • The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the quality of drinking water in public supplies across the country remains high.

    The EPA Drinking Water Report for 2017 shows a high level of compliance with microbiological and chemical standards, indicating that most of our water supplies are safe to drink.

    However, there are currently 72 "at risk" supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List.

    It's expected drinking water in Ireland will be in line with EU standards by 2010 - 16 years after the deadline for compliance.

    The number of public water supplies on the Remedial Action List has fallen from 339 ten years ago to 72 at present.

    Irish Water says upgrading works on 38 of these supplies will be finished by the end of the year.

    There are no public water supplies in Co Mayo currently on the Remedial Action List, however, there are two in both counties Roscommon and Galway - both of which are due for completion by the end of this year.

    9 water supplies across the country are currently on a boil water notice - including the Lough Talt scheme will supplies water to over 12,000 people mainly in Co Sligo.

    A planning application has been submitted for a new plant to tackle water quality on the Lough Talt scheme, but the EPA says that due to planning difficulties, there is no timeframe available yet for the completion of these works.

  • Extra trains are to run between Dublin Connolly and Sligo, Monday to Friday from tomorrow.

    It's all part of Iarnrod Eireann's changes to its rail services after getting customer feedback.

    A number of morning Northern Commuter services will also serve Portmarnock, Clongriffin and Howth Junction in Dublin.

  • The FAI's National Football Exhibition is opening to the public in Sligo this Saturday.

    The exhibition is travelling to 7 venues across the country during 2019 and 2020 before returning to Dublin for the UEFA European Championships in the capital next year.

    It covers 60 years of the tournament, reliving some golden Irish footballing memories, discovering rare programmes, jerseys and memorabilia, and includes interactive stations with videos and quizzes.

    Sligo is the first venue outside Dublin to host the National Football Exhibition, and it will be on display at Sligo City Hall from this Saturday 16th February to the 28th.

    Opening hours are 10-5 on Saturday, 11am-3pm on Sunday and Monday and 11am-6pm from Tuesday to Friday next week.

     

  • In the Sligo Leitrim constituency last night on the 15th count Fianna Fail’s Marc MacSharry and Frankie Feighan of Fine Gael were elected. Outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Scanlon was in the running until the end but lost out to Feighan .

    Martin Kenny of SF had topped the poll with 15,000 first preferences, and Independent Marian Harkin also secured a seat in this 4-seater.

  • Participation and inter club rivalry the secret to The Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon series; more than 700 walkers, runners and cyclist of all abilities taking part in one or more events throughout a three month period, with events held in six key towns in Mayo (Claremorris, Hollymount, Ballinrobe and Westport, Sligo (Enniscrone) and Galway (Belclare) throughout the winter and spring months.

    Now in its fourth year the series sponsored for the past three years by Bridge Signs the Ballinrobe based print and design company has grown in strength year on year.

    The format works well for everyone especially during the winter months, people aren’t tied down to just training for one discipline they have the choice of either running or cycling. So if the weather is poor either a short run or an indoor spinning session works really well as the distances to complete are relatively short.

    Everyone gets a split time for their first run, their first transition, their bike leg, their second transition and their last run with a combined time for their overall. Every segment is seeded so very easy to see where one’s progress or weakness lie.

    Each event has its own prize fund and fanfare, friendships and rivalries build up from event to event.

    The club/team  and Corporate categories are well represented with squads from all over Connacht a massing at each event and great pride is shown by each when trying to defend their positions in the overall standing.

    Age category prizes means there are races within races with the over 40’s been the most competitive age group by far.

    Gender wise it’s pretty equal with the males just about tipping the balance; this is brilliant for the future development of the sport of Duathlon as Mammies and Daddies will hopefully transfer their love of sport down to their siblings.

    Brian Reilly director of Bridge Signs the Ballinrobe based print company; said “ We are delighted to be involved with the Ireland West Duathlon series from its inception,  seeing so many people take up the sport as a form of exercise and recreation firstly and then progressing on to be competitive in the various categories has been motivating and inspirational for us; showing with a bit of training and effort what one can achieve over a season or two.

     

    Aidan Kelly from Galway Triathlon club came under the radar to sneak off with the overall title of Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon Series champion 2019; missing out at the first round Aidan was always to the fore from round 2 on. Strong bike splits meant Aidan usually caught the fast runners and could hold on well to finish high up the ranks by the finish.

     

    In the Ladies Edel Reilly Hollymount Wheelers proved strongest out of all the female competitors, her running was the key, even surprising some of the male competitors. She was ably motivated as her Hollymount Wheelers team were at every event in big numbers securing their second win in the Team title race.

     

    Bridge Signs Overall Results 2019

    1st Aidan Kelly Galway Triathlon club

    2nd Jonathon Rowland Liquid Motion Triathlon club

    3rd John Mullin Headford

    4th Killian Dooley Galway City Harriers

    5th Darren Quinn Grainne Uaile Tri club

     

    Female

    1st Edel O Reilly Hollymount Wheelers

    2nd Laura O Connor Islandeady CC

    3rd Maggie Vahey Galway Tri Club

    4th Aoife O Connor Lough Key Tri club

    5th Michelle Reynolds Liquid Motion Tri Club

     

    Over 40

    1st John Mullin Headford

    2nd Killian Dooley Galway City Harriers

    3rd Chris Troy Grainne Uaile Tri club

     

    Female

    1st Maggie Vahey Galway Tri Club

    2nd Ann Mc Donnell Mayo AC

    3rd Niamh  Donovan Westport Leisure park

     

    O 50

    1st Jimmy Lawlor Multisport AM Westport

    2nd Sean O Boyle Liquid Motion Tri club

    3rd Brian Clarke Westport Leisure park

     

    Female

    1st Michelle Reynolds Liquid motion Tri club

    2nd Breege Morrin Western Lakes CC

    3rd Catherine Gibbons Westport Leisure park

     

    O60 male

    1st Mattie Donnellan Kilamine

     

    U18

    Joseph Walsh Hollymount Wheelers

     

    Relay team

    Hession Loughney Hollymount Wheelers

    Mixed Relay team

    Ann & Paddy Murray Mayo AC

     

    Most Improved

    Male David Keane Grainne Uaile Tri Club

    Female Sara Creighton Swinford Tri club

     

    Team/ Club Winners

    1st Hollymount Wheelers

    2nd Liquid Motion Tri club Ballina

    3rd Westport Leisure Park

     

    Corporate winners

    1st Ballina Beverages Coke cola.

    2nd The HSE

    3rd Allergan Westport