Sligo

  • Galway welcomes more overseas visitors than Cork or Kerry, and Longford is Ireland's least-visited county, according to new data from Fáilte Ireland.

    Dublin is the county that attracts most overseas visitors and tourist spend, according to the figures published in the Irish Independent, which chart visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in 2017, which was a record-breaking year for Irish tourism.

    Ireland welcomed 9 million overseas visitors in 2017, with a combined spend of €4.9 billion.

    Dublin is attracting the most overseas visitors, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry.

    In second place, Galway attracted 1 million, 673 thousand overseas visitors last year, with a spend of €589 million.

    Mayo was in 7th place on the list, attracting 324,000 overseas visitors which generated revenue of €78 million.

    Further down the list are Sligo at 15th place, with 173,000 overseas visitors, and Roscommon is at number 22 on the list, attracting 54,000 overseas visitors.

    The figures also show Irish residents took 9.6m trips, spending €1.9 billion last year.

    Dublin, Cork and Galway were the most popular spots for domestic trips, with over 1 million Irish people taking a break in Galway, while Mayo was the 6th most popular location, welcoming over half a million domestic visitors last year with a spend of €108 million euro.

     

     

  • Gardaí and the Department of Agriculture searched farms in five counties this morning as part of an investigation into the tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter.

    The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, conducted planned searches at locations in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.

    Seven sites were searched, including farms, houses and a commercial premises.

    The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001 surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.

    The operation is supported by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

    Earlier this year the discovery of horses with multiple microchips at an abattoir in the Co Kilkenny area led to the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) being called in.

  • Gardai are investigating a workplace accident in Co Sligo yesterday in which a man died while cutting down a tree.

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

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

    Midwest News understands the man who died was a native of Co Galway.

    The Health & Safety Authority has confirmed to Midwest News that they have been notified, and are investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.

     

  • Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a 41-year-old man who has been reported missing from Co Sligo.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry, has been missing since Tuesday June 26th.

    Paul is approximately 5ft 11”, of thin build with black hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen him to contact Tubbercurry Garda Station 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing 30 year-old woman from Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn hasn't been seen at her home in Crozon Park since early yesterday morning.

    She's 5 foot 8" in height, of slim build with green eyes and has medium length straight blond hair.

    She was wearing a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, a black jacket and black sandals with an open toe.

    Gardaí in Sligo are also looking for information about the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with the partial reg 09 DL.

  • Gardai arrested a man yesterday in connection with a robbery at a bookmakers in Co. Sligo.

    The incident occurred at 3.25pm yesterday afternoon at a premises on the Square in Collooney.

    The man in his 30’s was arrested a short time later and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

    No-one was injured during the incident and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí have arrested three people and seized cannabis and cannabis plants at a house at Cloonloo, Co.Sligo.

    Gardaí searched a house at Cloonloo at about noon yesterday. During the course of the search they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation containing 250 plants and well as processed cannabis herb. The drugs, subject to analysis, have a street value of in excess of €200,000.

    Three people were arrested at the scene; a man and a woman in their 30s and a man in his late 20s. They are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

  • Gardaí in Sligo have disrupted ongoing criminal activities in North Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim, after recovering €17,800 worth of stolen property this week.


    On Wednesday last Gardai from Sligo and Ballymote Districts conducted an operation targeting individuals involved in stealing property from commercial properties in counties Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim.

     

    The operation followed the theft of more than €23,000 worth of tools and equipment from four separate businesses in the region. These occurred between March 23rd, and March 25th.

     

    In the course of this operation Gardaí intercepted individuals engaged in criminal activities in a remote location in Co Sligo.

     

    An Garda Siochana carried out a number of searches, seized two vehicles believed to have been used in the commission of a crime, recovered €17,800 worth of stolen property, and seized assorted items and electronic equipment.

     

    Supt John Lawless of Ballymote Garda Station said, "Investigations are ongoing and further actions are planned as part of this operation. We are satisfied that we have disrupted criminal activities, which has been operating in County Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo”.

     

    This investigation is ongoing and to date no arrests have been made, however Gardaí are satisfied they have a definite line of enquiry.

     

    "I want to reassure the public that our members are patrolling on a 24hour basis and that our service to the public hasn’t been effected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Supt Lawless said.

     

     

  • Gardaí in Co. Sligo have seized a gun in the boot of a car and arrested a man.

    Officers searched a house in Ballymote last night and found cannabis herb worth around 1-thousand euro and the gun.

    The car has been seized by Gardaí and the firearm has been sent to the Garda Ballistics Section for forensic examination.

    A 37 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballymote Garda Station where he remains in custody.

     

  • Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary at a house in Carrickbanagher near Coolooney.

    The incident occurred at approximately 2:30am this morning when the occupant of the house was threatened and assaulted by a male intruder. It’s understood the intruder, who was wearing dark clothing, left the house on foot with a number of undisclosed items along with a sum of cash.

    The alarm was raised when another family member returned home a short time later. The injured party was taken to hospital and treated for injuries described as non life threatening.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in Drumfin between midnight and 3am and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact them.

    They are also appealing to motorists who may have offered someone a lift or noticed anything suspicious on the following routes between 1:00am and 3:30am, to come forward.

    • Ballymote town towards Drumfin (R293)
    • N17 between Cooloney and Tubbercurry
    • N4 between Colooney and Drumfin

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-9157000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardaí in Sligo are investigating a serious road traffic collision in Sligo today.

    The collision between a car and a female pedestrian in her 50's occurred at approximately 9.10am this morning on the Sligo Inner relief road (N4) inbound. The female driver of the car was uninjured in the collision. The injured pedestrian was taken to Sligo University Hospital for treatment and her injuries are described as serious.

    The two lanes on the southbound lanes are currently closed and there are diversions through the town.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda station on 071 9157000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

     

     

     

  • Gardaí in Sligo are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a 20-year-old man this afternoon in Sligo town.

    Gardaí were called to the scene of an incident at a house at Connolly Street, Sligo at approximately 1.30pm this afternoon. A 19-year-old man, who investigating Gardaí believe was the victim of an assault, was pronounced dead at the scene. The office of the state pathologist has been notified and a Garda technical team are currently at the scene.

    A 31-year-old man was arrested a short time later in connection with this investigation and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this assault or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.

     

  • Gardai are investigating an act of criminal damage in Sligo after a Fine Gael TD's constituency offices were vandalised with anti-abortion graffiti.

    "Fine Gael Baby Killers" was one of the terms found sprawled on Tony McLoughlin's John Street offices this morning.

    It's after legislation to allow for abortion services in Ireland passed all stages of the Oireachtas last night.

    Gardai believe the vandalism took place overnight, while no arrests have been made.

    Deputy McLoughlin says this type of behaviour has no place in society.

  • Gardai have released two people from custody following an investigation into illegal money lending in Sligo.

    A 42 year-old man and a woman aged 40 were arrested yesterday and detained for questioning at Ballymote and Carrick on Shannon Garda stations.

    They were both released without charge last night, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Three people were arrested in total - a 17 year-old girl was also released from custody earlier yesterday.

     

     

  • Gardaí are seeking assistance from the public in finding a teenager missing from his home  in Sligo.

    16-year-old Kian Dwyer was last seen in Sligo town on Saturday, and it's believed he may have travelled to Tallaght in Dublin.

    Kian is described as  5-foot, 11, of slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

    When last seen, he was wearing a red jumper, navy tracksuit bottoms and green runners.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Tallaght Garda Station at 01 - 66 66 000 or any Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

  • Gavin Cawley has been confirmed as the new manager of the Leitrim Ladies Senior Football team.

    The current IT Sligo Ladies team manager and former Sligo Men's County Board PRO had his appointment ratified on Monday evening and Cawley also has management experience with the DCU Men's and Ladies teams.

    Cawley’s first game in charge will be in their Division 4 opener against Antrim on February 3rd.

  • A global software company is establishing an Innovation Centre in Sligo, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

    LiveTiles, which is headquartered in New York, has announced it will establish an Intelligent Innovation Centre in Sligo to support the further development of its design and artificial intelligence products.

    IDA Ireland says up to 50 jobs will be created.

    The Minister for Business & Enterprise Heather Humphreys welcomed the announcement and says it’s a great vote of confidence in Sligo and the Northwest region.

    LiveTiles CEO Karl Redenbach says they’re excited about establishing a new centre in Sligo, as there’s an up-and-coming technology scene here, and they look forward to working with technology businesses, universities and Microsoft in Ireland to expand their AI agenda.

     

  • The government is to launch its 115 billion euro 'Ireland 2040' plan later.

    The document will outline how Ireland should develop over the next 20 years and where big capital spending will be done.

    The cabinet is holding a special meeting in Sligo to approve it before the launch this afternoon.

  • The Goverment has given the go-ahead to award the contract for a notoriously dangerous section of road in Co Sligo.

    The N4 between Collooney and Castlebaldwin, described by Transport Minister Shane Ross as a notoriously dangerous stretch of road, is to undergo a €150 million upgrade.

    Minister Ross has announced that the 15km section of road is to be rebuilt to a modern standard.

    The existing road has seen 9 fatal road collision, 10 serious accidents and over 80 minor accidents over the past 20 years.

    Following a fatality in 2015, the section of road was described by the Sligo Coroner as "possibly the worst road in Ireland".

    The Collooney to Castlebaldwin road is to be upgraded to a Type 2 dual carriageway.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland says it will work with Sligo County Council and the contractor Roadbridge to complete the project in 2021.

     

     

  • A thriving community in Co Sligo is to consider taking a judicial review to save its local post office, after accusing An Post of ignoring its own viability guidelines.

    Hundreds of people attended a protest meeting last night in Gurteen, amid local fury over An Post's decision to close the village post office on February 28.

    The decision followed a six-month campaign in Gurteen to save the post office, which prompted An Post to give three deadline extensions.

    Fiona Tansey, of Tansey's Centra Supermarket, told the Irish Independent that the decision made absolutely no sense and threatened the area with a devastating economic blow.

    She claims An Post is ignoring its own guidelines.

    Last year, it promised no post office would close where there's a local population of 500 people or more, while there are 512 living in Gurteen.

    The threatened closure of Gurteen post office will force people to travel more than 12km to Ballymote for services.

    Ms Tansey claimed that An Post has refused to engage with the local community, and they are now considering a judicial review of the decision.

    Last year, An Post unveiled plans to close 159 rural post offices, after a deal had been agreed with the Irish Postmasters' Union.

    A spokesman for An Post last night said there's an established protocol there to help them make a decision like this, and the step-by-step process was followed in this case, with Gurteen Post Office due to close at the end of this month.