• Proposed work on the streetscape in the Co Sligo village of Easkey will not now go ahead, and the Clár funding will be returned.

    That's the outcome of a public meeting held in the village yesterday afternoon, after a number of local residents had outlined concerns over the plans.

    Sligo County Council and the Easkey Community Council had applied for, and received, Clár funding of almost €20,000 for the streetscape works, which included the installation of a pedestrian crossing beside the Post Office and widening the footpaths.

    The works were due to commence today, as the funding had to be drawn down before Christmas.

    However, some residents were unhappy that the plans were not available for public consultation, while 37 submissions objecting to the proposed works were submitted to Sligo County Council.

    That's according to local Councillor Michael Clarke who raised the matter at a meeting last week of the Ballymote / Tubbercurry Municipal District.

    A public meeting was convened for yesterday afternoon, which was attended by some 100 people.

    Councillor Clarke, who chaired the meeting, says public consultation should have been carried out in advance of such works.

    He told Midwest News that democracy has won out, and the streetscape works will not go ahead...

  • Public meetings are taking place in Galway this evening and in Sligo tomorrow evening to give people an opportunity to contribute to the development of Ireland's International Development Policy.

    A public consultation process was launched this Summer, with Tanaiste Simon Coveney saying Ireland needs to respond to the challenges of a changing world.

    With the Government's International Development Policy currently under review, the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon is inviting the general public to attend a series of public consultation meetings to give the insights and contributions on the development of the policy.

    This evening's meeting will take place at NUI Galway and at The Model in Sligo tomorrow evening - both starting at 6.30.

  • A public meeting will be held this Wednesday evening to try and prevent the closure of Easkey Post Office in Co Sligo.

    The current postmaster is retiring shortly and An Post has opened a public consultation process, before deciding whether or not to readvertise the contract to run the Post Office in Easkey.

    A spokesman for An Post has confirmed to Midwest News that submissions can be made on the matter up to the 23rd February, after which a decision will be made on whether An Post will readvertise the contract.

    Wednesday night’s meeting takes place in Easkey Community Centre at 8pm, and organisers are urging the local community to fight to retain their Post Office.

  • The purchase of a site for a new Garda Station in Sligo is expected to be finalised in the coming days.

    It's the third new Garda station to be delivered along with Clonmel and Macroom.

    The Justice Minister also announced progress on the refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station earlier.

    Minister Charlie Flanaghan announced the progress on a number of Garda stations across the country earlier today

    The works are part of The Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016 - 2021.

    It includes over € 60 million of Exchequer funding as well as a major Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.

    The PPP project is set to deliver new stations in Macroom, Clonmel and Sligo.

    The site in Macroom has already been acquired by the OPW, while the acquisition of sites in Sligo and Clonmel is nearing finalisation.

    The OPW has also selected a preferred main contractor to carry out works at Athlone Garda station and the adjoining Social Protection building.

    Public funding is unprecedented for An Garda Siochana and has already seen three new Divisional and Regional headquarters provided for in Wexford, Dublin and Galway.

  • There is racing today at Sligo.

    The first of eight races on the card begins at 5pm.

  • Rail services between Dublin and Sligo are disrupted this evening as a train has struck cattle on the line at Kilcock.

    The line is blocked and services have been stopped both ways.

    It's affecting all Sligo services and any service running through Maynooth.

    Barry Kenny from Irish Rail says they are awaiting the arrival of a vet.

  • A rally will take place today in opposition to the closure of post offices in the Sligo area, will take place this afternoon.

    The rally will start on Connaughton Road at around 2pm this afternoon and make its way to the GPO in Sligo, where speeches will be held.

    It follows the announcement in recent weeks that a large number of post offices across the country may close.

  • Irish Rail is advising passengers on the Sligo-Dublin rail line, that some services are being reduced for the Summer months.

    The 4.30 Sunday train service from Sligo to Connolly Station will not operate until the end of August.

    Also, the 4pm afternoon service from Connolly Station in Dublin to Sligo - which currently runs every day - will run on Fridays only from next week.

    This train will run as far as Mullingar from Monday to Thursday.

    The changes come into effect from next week until Sunday 26th August.

    Irish Rail spokesperson Jane Cregan says the changes reflect a reduced demand for some services during the Summer, as well as resourcing issues...

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have been working since yesterday evening to repair two bursts to a watermain serving Ballaghadereen town and parts of Co Sligo.

    The bursts are impacting on water supply to homes and businesses on Main St and the Charlestown Road in Ballaghadereen and in Derrinacartha.

    Areas of Co Sligo affected include Banada and Keel Banada.

    Irish Water says it's expected the works will be completed by this morning, and it may take two or three hours for normal supply to return to all customers, as the network refills.




  • The second set of sampling results on the Lough Talt water supply contaminated with cryptosporidium are due this evening.

    The HSE has been regularly testing the water after it detected the bacteria early last month.

    A boil water notice has been put in place for the 13,000 people on the Lough Talt water supply for almost a month now. It is impacting on consumers in south and west Sligo/ and areas of east Mayo,

    Irish Water will announce the latest results this evening. Representatives of the water utility company are due to meet the HSE about 4pm to evaluate the results supplied by the latest testing.

  • 45th Annual St Patrick's Day Tubbercurry 10k prizewinners: 

    Men 1 John Travers (Donore Harriers) 31:34, 

    2 Jake O' Regan (St John's AC) 32:51, 

    3 Rossa McAlister (Donore Harriers) 33:07 


    M40 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC)  34:11

    M50 1 Eamon  Murphy (N Sligo AC) 36:49

    M60 1 David Dinsmore (Mayo AC) 43:45 


    Women 1 Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley AC) 35:49, 

    2 Sara Doohan ( Corran AC) 38:24, 

    3 Heather Foley (North Sligo AC) 38:43


    W40 Michelle Lannon (Carrick on Shannon AC 40:19

    W50 Mari Johnston  (Sligo AC) 40:27


    181 finishers. Full results at

  • Sligo Senior Football Final 
    Tourlestrane 1-12 Tubbercurry 0-08 

    Roscommon Senior Football Final 
    Clann na nGael 4-15 St Brigid's 1-12 

  • In Mayo there were 32,287 Yes votes and 24,286 No votes. That's 57.07% Yes and 42.93% No. 

    In Galway East it was 60.2% Yes and 39.8% No.

    In Roscommon-Galway 57.21% voted Yes with 42.79% voting No.

    In Galway West 66% voted Yes and 34% No. 


  • TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship quarter-finals

    Roscommon 2-18 Kildare 2-10

    Sligo 2-14 Offaly 2-10



    TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-finals

    Sligo v Tipperary

    Meath v Roscommon


    Last year’s beaten finalists Meath are back in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship with Roscommon waiting in the last four.


    Tipperary had a narrow win over Clare and they will take on Sligo in the second semi-final, with both games taking place at Nowlan Park on 17 August.


    Roscommon clashed with Kildare in the first of the quarter-finals on Sunday and having topped Group 4 the Connacht outfit continued their bright form in Kinnegad with a 2-18 to 2-10 success.


    Kildare had the wind but the sides were level 2-5 to 1-8 at half-time. Aimee O’Connor scored Roscommon’s goal and although Orlaith Sullivan and Neasa Dooley hit back, Roscommon scored the final four points of the half.


    Molly Price scored first for Kildare after the resumption but Roscommon took a two-point advantage before the turning point in the 53rd minute when Jenny Higgins scored the winning goal.


    And in the second of the double-header at Kinnegad, Sligo moved into the semi-finals but it was much closer than the 13-point difference earlier in the league.


    Ciara Gorman scored the Sligo goal in the first half but that was cancelled out by Marie Byrne and Grainne Egan, with Lauren Boles’ strike decisive in the four-point win for the Yeats county.

  • Mayo goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann looks set to make a return to League of Ireland football in 2020.

    The former Sligo Rovers ‘keeper was between the sticks for Mayo in their recent match against the Underdogs in MacHale Park.

    The Irish Sun reports that Schlingermann has put his name back onto the PFA Ireland transfer list as the new season beckons.

  • Scientists have confirmed that bones found washed up on a Canadian beach are those of Irish Famine victims.

    The bones are believed to be from an 1847 shipwreck.

    The ship, which left Sligo with 180 passengers, sank off the coast of Gaspe, killing 150 of those on board.

  • Searches are continuing today for a missing person in Enniscrone.

    Gardai and the Irish Coast Guard have been conducting searches since reports of a person entering the water at Enniscrone Beach on Tuesday evening.

    Gardai say land searches are continuing today and enquiries are ongoing.

  • Lidl Ireland is opening a new store tomorrow on Finisklin Road in Sligo, with the creation of 25 new jobs.

    Sligo Ladies Captain Noelle Gormley will officially open the new store tomorrow morning, which is the second Lidl store in Sligo.

    This brings to 158 the number of stores in the Republic of Ireland, employing over 4,200 people.




  • There was a significant reduction in the number of patients on hospital trolleys last month at Mayo University Hospital - compared to June last year.

    New figures from the INMO show there were just 13  patients on trolleys at the Mayo hospital during last month, compared to 74 during the month of June 2017.

     At Galway University Hospital, 501 people spent time on hospital trolleys last month - down from 566 in June last year.

    Sligo University Hospital saw a significant increase in the number of patients on trolleys last month- the number rose from 88 last June to 247 last month.

    Nationally, there was a 4% decrease in the number of patients on hospital trolleys during the month of June.



  • This Friday and Saturday, the SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council will hold a seminar at Lissadell House in Sligo to mark the centenary of women's suffrage.

    The Markievicz / Partridge seminar will mark 100 years of the achievements made by women in the Irish trade union movement and in Irish politics.

    The event will recognise the contribution Countess Markievicz made to the trade union movement and women in politics, and her ancestral home - Lissadell House - will host the event.

    One of the owners of Lissadell House Constance Cassidy is among the speakers at the 2-day event, along with Minister of State for Education Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, Tish Gibbons of SIPTU and Labour historian Therese Moriarty.