Sligo

  • The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Sligo has been discharged, after three jurors contacted the court to indicate they were not in a position to attend.

    The 12-member jury panel was scheduled to hear closing speeches in the murder trial of 34-year old Rafal Karaczyn from Crozon Park, Sligo who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year old wife Natalia Karaczyn at their family home in Sligo between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the Central Criminal Court that the trial did not have a full complement of 12 jurors, as three had contacted the court to say they could not attend.

    Senior counsel Bernard Condon for the DPP told the judge his instructions were to ask that the jury be discharged and for the case to return to the list to fix dates.

    He said nobody knows when the trial could resume, and it would be unfair on jury members to be expected to re-assemble at some unknown point in the future.

    Mr Karaczyn was then remanded in custody with consent to bail, under the same terms and conditions, until March 30th.

  • Leitrim boxer Dearbhla Rooney secured a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last night.

    The Leitrim featherweight beat New Zealand's Te Mania Shelford-Evans on a unanimous decision.

    There was disappointment for Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy.

    He was beaten on a unanimous decision by his Brazilian opponent in their bronze medal bout.

     

  • A lifeguard is on duty today at Enniscrone Beach.

    Midwest News understands that following an outcry yesterday, a lifeguard has been put in place today.

    Sligo County Council issued a statement yesterday to say there would not be a lifeguard on duty due to a lack of available staff.

    However Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin told Midwest News today that she was down at Enniscrone Beach this morning and there is a lifeguard on duty.

     

  • The Local Electoral Area Boundary Commission Report has been released.

    The committe is recommending a division of County Mayo into 6 local electoral areas.

    Currently there are local electoral areas in Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris and West Mayo. The committee is recommending a division into six areas, to be formed around the towns of Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport.

    They have recommended Ballina have six members, Belmullet three members, Castlebar seven members, Claremorris six members, Swinford and Westport four each.

    That will bring the countywide total to 30 – the figure at which it currently stands.

    The committee has recommended that Municipal Districts in Mayo are constituted as follows: Ballina Municipal District, Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District, Castlebar Municipal District and Westport-Belmullet Municipal District.

     

    In Sligo the number of councillors will also remain the same at 18. However Sligo, which currently has ten councillors, will be split into the new areas of Sligo-Drumcliff and Sligo-Strandhill and they will have five and six councillors respectively.

    Ballymote-Tubbercurry will remain unchanged as an area but will lose one seat – going from eight to seven.

     

    In Roscommon the committee is recommending no change to the current configuration of the three local electoral areas – formed around the towns of Athlone, Boyle and Roscommon.

    In Galway, the boundary committee is recommending dividing the county into 7 local electoral areas.

    At present, Galway County Council has 39 members elected from five local electoral areas.

    Connemara and Tuam both elect 9 councillors, with 8 in Loughrea, 7 in Athenry-Oranmore and 6 in the Ballinasloe electoral area.

    The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee is recommending dividing Galway into 7 local electoral areas, still with a total of 39 councillors.

    Under this plan, Connemara would be dividing into two electoral areas - Connemara North and Connemara South, with 4 and 5 elected members respectively.

    Athenry-Oranmore would retain 7 councillors and Ballinasloe 6.

    Loughrea would be reduced from 8 to 5 elected members, Tuam would be reduced from 9 to 7 councillors, and a new electoral area would be created in Gort / Kinvara with 5 councillors.

    The boundary commitee is also recommending 5 Municipal Districts in Co Galway - the Ballinasloe, Connemara, Loughrea, Athenry and Tuam Municipal Districts.

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    A well-attended public meeting in Enniscrone last night heard concerns about plans to erect a telecommunications mast in a densely-populated area of the town.

    Sligo County Council has granted planning permission to the ESB for a 20-metre mast at a sub-station in Frankford, Enniscrone to be used for the 5G network.

    Local residents are concerned about the proximity of  the mast to their houses, and claim not enough is known about the impact of 5G technology.

    They're preparing to submit an objection to An Bord Pleanala next week in relation to the development.

     

     

     

  • Martin McDonagh's film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner at last night's British Academy of Film and Television Awards, winning five awards including Best Film.

    Three Billboards also scooped the trophies for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay for London-Irish writer & director McDonagh, whose mother is from Easkey, Co Sligo and his father is a native of Connemara.

    On hearing that Three Billboards had been named Best Film, Martin McDonagh said he felt "overwhelmed"

    Actress Frances McDormand took home the BAFTA for Best Lead Actress in Three Billboards, while Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson were both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for their performances in the film, with Rockwell taking the award on the night.

  • Cryptosporidium was detected in 25 public water supplies last year - up from 17 the previous year.

    However, the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high - that's according to the EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report for 2018.

    The report says that, while the overall quality of water supplies remains high, it's important Irish Water ensures that water treatment plants are properly and effectively operated to protect public health.

    The Environmental Protection Agency says plants without appropriate treatment for cryptosporidium need to be prioritised for investment by Irish Water.

    During 2018, 44 boil water notices were in place - this is now down to 19 boil water notices affecting over 15,000 customers.

    The largest is the Lough Talt supply in Sligo, where over 12 and a half thousand customers are still boiling water before use.

    However, work is due to start shortly on the long-awaited upgrade works at the Lough Talt water treatment plant, and the €10 million project should take between 12 and 14 months to complete.

  • There's good news for almost 13,000 consumers served by the Lough Talt water supply in south Sligo and parts of Mayo.

    A boil notice has been in place on the water supply for most of the past year and a half, and is still in place.

    However, Sligo County Council management have confirmed that work will start in September or early October on the long-awaited upgrade works at the Lough Talt water treatment plant.

    Sligo FG Councillor Martin Connolly says the works will take between 12 and 14 months to complete, but should end the water difficulties for consumers in Tubbercurry, Ballymote and a number of other villages and townlands served by the Lough Talt supply....

  • A man has been arrested after a drugs seizure in Co Sligo.

     

    Gardaí seized 4 kilos of cannabis herb, over 4,000 xanax tablets, and a quantity of cocaine, with a total estimated street value of 110,000 euro.

     

    The discovery was made after Gardaí searched a house in Calry last night.

     

    A 30 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station where he's being detained under the Drug Trafficking Act.

     

     

     

  • A man in his thirties has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Sligo yesterday. 

    As part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the area, Gardaí searched a property is Castle Burn, Ballymote, where around €100,000 worth of cannabis was found. 

    A sum of cash was also recovered. 

    The man remains in custody and investigations are ongoing.

  • A man's been charged in connection with a murder in Sligo.

    He's due to appear in court in Donegal later today.

    20 year old local man, Jimmy Loughlin, was found dead at a house at Connolly Street in the town on Saturday afternoon.

    Post mortem results are not being released for operational reasons but it's believed he was the victim of an assault.

    Mr Loughlin was a student until recently and worked as a DJ.

    He had also worked in McDonalds in Sligo as a teenager.

  • A male pedestrian has died after he was struck by a car on the main Sligo/Donegal Road in Sligo last night.

    The 53-year-old man was struck by a car in the townland of Lisalurg and was removed to Sligo University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The local coroner has been notified.

    The road remains closed and diversions are in place.

    Investigations are ongoing and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-915 7000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

     

  • A man in his late 50’s has died after a fishing vessel capsized off the Mayo coast.

    Two other men onboard the vessel are currently in hospital where their injuries are thought to be non life-threatening.

    All three men are from the Erris area.

    The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter (R118) located and recovered the three men from a life raft, approximately 16 miles off Eagle Island.

    The men were then subsequently airlifted to Sligo University Hospital, however it has now been confirmed that one man has died.

    The Coast Guard operation was co-ordinated by Malin Head Rescue Coordination centre who picked up a mayday broadcast shortly after 12.30pm.

    The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter and Ballyglass RNLI were immediately tasked to search the area.

    The search was also supported by an Air Corps Casa maritime patrol aircraft which was airborne at the time.

    At approximately 1.20 pm the Coast Guard helicopter spotted flares which enabled them locate the casualties.

  • The body of a man who died in a work place accident yesterday in County Sligo will be laid to rest on Friday afternoon.

    Gerard Greene from Gortnagoyne, Dunmore, Co. Galway died while cutting down a tree.

    The accident occurred at Drumbaun, Curry at about 11.30 yesterday morning.

    Mr. Greene who was in his 30’s was fatally injured, and his body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Health & Safety Authority and the Gardai are investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.

    The remains of Gerard Greene will repose at his residence tomorrow evening from 4pm until 9pm and again on Thursday from 4pm-9pm.

    Removal will take place on Friday to St. Patrick’s Church, Garrafrauns for funeral mass at 1 o’clock followed by burial in Addergoole cemetery.

  • A man in his 40s has died in a road collision in Co Sligo.

    The collision involving a car and a truck occurred at about 12 noon today on the N4 between Castlebaldwin and COllooney.

    The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, and his body has been removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The scene of the crash is being preserved for forensic examination, and the road remains closed to traffic, with diversions in place.

    Gardai in Ballymote are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at 071 - 91 89500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

  • A man in his 60s has died in a road traffic collision in Co. Sligo.

    The collision, involving a van and a jeep, occurred at about 7 o'clock yesterday evening at Jinks Cross, Carraroe.

    The driver of the jeep was pronounced dead at the scene, while the van-driver was taken to Sligo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    The scene of the crash is preserved for forensic examination.

     

     

  • A man in his 60's has died in a road collision in Co Sligo.

    The single-vehicle collision occurred at about 9.45 this morning when the man's car struck a wall at a bridge at Doomore, Cloonacool.

    His body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Cloonacool-Tubbercurry road remains closed to traffic, as a technical and forensic examination of the scene is underway.

    Diversions are in place.

    Anyone who witnessed this morning's collision is asked to contact Ballymote Garda Station at 071- 91 89500.

     

     

  • An investigation is underway after a man suffered head and neck injuries after he was stabbed in Sligo last night.

    The incident happened on the Strandhill Road area at around twenty five past eight.

    The victim, whose injuries are not believed to be life threatening, was  brought to Sligo Regional Hospital.

    One man has been arrested and is being detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

     

  • The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Sligo has heard she had defensive wounds on her arm, and died from manual strangulation.

    Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park, Sligo has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter, but denies murdering his wife between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    In the Garda interviews presented to the jurors so far, Rafal Karaczyn repeatedly denied killing his wife Natalia. He told them she was the mother of his children, and he loved her.

    He said they were on a "break" at the time, and while he was aware she was cheating on him, he claimed he had accepted it and wanted to move on.

    He claimed he saw her lying on her bed with her clothes still on one morning, and removed her from the house when he realised she was dead because he feared he'd get the blame.

    He brought Gardaí to the spot where he left her body.

    A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxia due to the application of external pressure to her neck.

    Gardaí put it to Mr. Karaczyn that he killed her because he was angry and jealous. He denied that was the case, and told them to look out for a 6ft man with red hair and a beard, whom he claimed put a gun to his head a few weeks beforehand and told him Natalia had "messed with the wrong woman"

    The case continues.

  • A man who was arrested in connection with a €60,000 drugs seizure in Sligo Town on Tuesday has been released from custody.

    Gardai arrested the man in his early 50's following the seizure of approximately €60,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb during a planned search of a house at Market Yard in Sligo.

    The man was arrested at the scene and was questioned at Ballymote Garda Station.

    Gardai said last night that the suspect has since been released from custody and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Investigations are ongoing.