Sligo

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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

     

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    A Fine Gael Senator has raised concerns with the Junior Health Minister about the delay in considering the need for a fixed Cath Lab at Sligo University Hospital.

    Senator Frank Feighan says he understands that a business case for a fixed Cath Lab has been submitted nationally but it looks like this will not be advanced until the National Review of Cardiac Services is completed.

    Minister McGrath has informed Senator Feighan that the review will not be completed until June 2019 and while the Senator has acknowledged the value of that review, he says he is concerned about the delay in considering a fixed Cath Lab for Sligo.

    Senator Feighan says the need for a permanent Cath Lab in Sligo is compelling, with the crucial 90-minute window in the event of somebody having a heart attack. He says for those living in Sligo and the North-West, this poses a major challenge with poor road infrastructure and lack of access to life-saving cardiac services.

  • Flogas Irish Amateur Open

    At County Sligo Golf Club

    Thursday 16 May 2019

    Round One Scores – Complete

     

    62 R Mullarney (Galway)

    66 J Newton (Eng); R Muir (Sco); E Walker (Sco)

    67 T McLarnon (Massereene); L O'Neill (Connemara); J Bolton (Eng); J Hull (Eng); K Kouwenaar (Ned); A Edwards-Hill (Eng); C Strickland (Eng)

    68 K Cantley (Sco); R McNelis (Fintona); R Moran (Castle)

    69  G Cullen (The Links Portmarnock); B Chamberlain (Wal); L Moolman (RSA); J Johnston (Sco); J Wright (Sco); B Firth (Eng); M Farr (Eng); D Antonisse (Ned); J Burnage (Eng)

    70 B Dietzel (Ger); G Burns (Sco); A Herrmann (Ger); S MacPherson (Sco); O Brown (Wal); M Kennedy (Royal Dublin); R Cannon (Balbriggan); K Egan (Carton House); D Kitt (Athenry); H Foley (Royal Dublin); M Lamb (Eng); C Purcell (Portmarnock); J Sugrue (Mallow)

    71 P Coughlan (Castleknock); M Naysmith (Sco); A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire); J Whelan (Newlands); M Boucher (Carton House); M Nolan (Dun Laoghaire); C Woollam (RSA); J Cass (Eng); A Hietala (Fin); E Murphy (Dundalk); M Honkala (Fin); O Huggins (Eng); M Roberts (Wal); E McCormack (Galway); S Desmond (Monkstown); M Hammer (Ger); P Poate (USA); R Williamson (Holywood); R Brazill (Naas); G Collins (Rosslare); H Byers (Eng); A McCormack (Castletroy)

    72 H Goddard (Eng); J McMahon (Eng); L Irvine (Sco); M Deasy (Lee Valley); C Woodroofe (Dun Laoghaire); D Howie (Sco); L Sanges (Wal); L Owen (Eng); R Black (Hilton Templepatrick); S Roger (Sco)

    73 J Cooper (Eng); P McKeever (Castle); I Lynch (Rosslare); M McClean (Malone); G Dunne (Co. Louth); H Islam (Eng); T Vahlenkamp (Ger); M Scowsill (Eng); M Hirmer (Ger); C Thornton (Eng); S Turner (Eng); S Walsh (Portmarnock); E Mcintosh (Sco); J Rowe (Tandragee); W Porter (Sco); J McDonnell (Forrest Little); M Markovits (Ned); S Doyle (Black Bush); J Wilson (Sco); M Power (Kilkenny)

    74 C Knipes (Eng); P Connolly (Killeen Castle); A Marshall (Lisburn); D Langley (Eng); J Byrne  (Baltinglass); R Foley (Sui); L Hinton (Eng); M Essam (Eng); S Flanagan (Co. Sligo); J Walsh (Castle); R O'Connor (Co. Sligo); E Smith (The Links Portmarnock); J Hawksby (Eng)

    75 R Latimer  (Knock); M Herrmann (Ger); C Barrow (Eng); J Hapgood (Wal); M McKinstry (Cairndhu); C Butler (Kinsale); F O'Sullivan (Tralee); J McCarthy (Grange)

    76 R Dutton (Tandragee); F van Dijk (Ned); D Reddan Jnr (Nenagh); C Wilson (Sco); M Norton (Belvoir Park); P O'Keeffe (Douglas); W Dodds (Eng)

    77 C Morris (Wal); J Davies (Wal); J Temple (Portmarnock); D West (Eng); T Tetak (Slo); J Biggs (Eng); C Campbell (Warrenpoint); R Lyons (Olympic); C Otten (Ger); C Wilson (Can)

    78 C Salter (Eng); Z Karkaletsos (Eng); J Stokes (Eng); M Harris (Wal)

    79 K Murphy (Dun Laoghaire); T O'Connor (Athlone)

    80 J Fox (Portmarnock)

    82 W Small (Tandragee)

    85 M McCormack (The Island)

     

     

     

  • Five Sligo-based Gardai are among those who will receive National Bravery Awards on Friday, for outstanding acts of courage.

    The awards will be presented by the Ceann Comhairle at Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and 14 awards will be presented to 21 recipients.

    Gardai Thomas O'Griofa, David Hannon, Patrick Gallagher,Stephen Fahy and Sergeant Gerard Mullaney from Sligo are among the recipients, along with Garda Reserve Adrian Burke from Galway.

     

     

  • The flu vaccine is being made available free of charge for children aged 2 to 12 years of age.

    Health Minister Simon Harris has also announced that at-risk groups, aged from 6 months to 69 years can also get the vaccine free of charge.

    Minister Harris says a resurgence of Covid-19 during the coming flu season could present a challenge for healthcare services, so his Department officials are working with the HSE to expand the seasonal flu vaccination programme for next Winter.

    The Minister says flu is a potentially fatal illness, and he wants to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities are protected.

    Sligo-Leitrim FG TD Frank Feighan has welcomed the expansion of the flu vaccination programme....

  • Two adults and two children have been taken to hospital after a crash in Sligo.

    Two vehicles collided at around 8 o'clock this morning at Dunally Cross on Sligo/Manorhamilton Road.

    One of the cars caught fire after the crash, and the road has been closed for several hours.

    The four people involved in the collision aren't thought to have been badly hurt, but have been taken to Sligo University Hospital as a precaution.

  • A special investigation of data protection practices at 20 hospitals across the State has identified a catalogue of concerns - including sensitive patient records being left exposed in wards, and a lack of privacy when staff are speaking to patients.

    The investigation was carried out by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner at hospitals across the country – including University Hospital Galway and Sligo University Hospital.

    It found evidence that computer terminals were being left unattended for long periods, leaving patient data visible, and that sensitive records were not being disposed of securely.

    Hospitals are being urged to use this report as a tool to enable them to spot the significant data processing security risks that may feature at their facilities on a daily basis.

    The investigation was carried out last year and examined practices in 20 HSE facilities, voluntary hospitals and private facilities – although the report does not outline specific issues at individual hospitals.

    The report sets out 76 recommendations aimed at mitigating the risks identified.