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Plane crazy... or a tourism idea that will really take off?
Tue. 6/8/18

David McGowan

"I first catch a glimpse of the towering 767 jet through a fence opposite the caravan park on the road out of Enniscrone. There it is in front of me, a Russian jet airliner with its white and blue body, gleaming in the twilight

Full Report:

Belfast Telegraph


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Outrage after Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran makes controversial comments on contraception
Tue. 6/8/18

Bishop Kevin Doran

Health Minister Simon Harris responded to the speech by saying 'please just make it stop'

Full Report:

Irish Mirror


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Frontline gardai need tasers and they need them now
Wed. 1/8/18


Each day we continue to throw these men and women to the wolves. frontline Garda members have an ASP (extendable baton) and pepper spray – which are simply not sufficient on their own. Tasers are a less than lethal use of force option that can assist gardaí when dealing with aggressive and/or armed offenders

Full Report:

Irish Journal


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Innishmurray Boat Trips owner says he has lost out on thousands this summer
Wed. 1/8/18


The owner of Innishmurray Boat Trips has said he has lost out on thousands of euro because tours have been banned to the Island

Full Report:

Ocean FM


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Watch: Jeremy Irons gives Oscar-worthy recital of letter sent by Cork man during famine
Wed. 1/8/18

Jeremy Irons giving a recitation at Reen Farm, West Cork as part of the Coming Home Event / West Cork Garden Trail Celebration Evening.
Photo: Michael MacSweeney/Provision*

A powerful recitation was given by a local resident in West Cork today of a letter sent by an Irish man to the British Prime Minister during the Great Famine. That speaker happened to be none other than British actor Jeremy Irons

Full Report:

Irish Examiner


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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery: Where Prehistoric Ireland went for Ritual Burials in a Big Way
Wed. 1/8/18

One of the dolmens at Carrowmore.
(Image: Ioannis Syrigos)

The results of radiocarbon dating from the 1970s suggest that the oldest monuments at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery were built around 4600 BC, and more tombs were added over the centuries.
Folklore, on the other hand, date these tombs to Ireland’s mythological past, asserting that they date to the Battle of Magh Tuireadh,
where the Firbolgs were defeated by the Tuatha De Danann

Full Report:

Ancient-Origins.net


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Sinead Maguire and Gerry Reynolds ‘chuffed’ at vote of confidence in them by Fine Gael colleagues
Fri. 20/7/18


Former TD Gerry Reynolds and Sligo Cllr Sinead Maguire have been selected as the candidates to contest the next General Election for Fine Gael in the Sligo Leitrim constituency

Full Report:

Ocean FM


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Sligo honours WB and Jack Yeats with a unique arts festival
Fri. 20/7/18


THEIR CONNECTION TO Sligo was hugely important, so it’s only fitting that the county is now paying back WB and Jack Yeats with an arts festival inspired by their work

Full Report:

Irish Journal


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'Adds insult to injury': Gsoc highly critical of gardaí for losing files in Fr Niall Molloy probe
Fri. 20/7/18

Father Niall Molloy's brother Billy, with a photo of the priest in 1986.

THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has said that files going missing from the case of the murder of Father Niall Molloy “adds insult to injury” for the man’s family

Full Report:

Irish Journal


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Review: Discover south and west Sligo this summer
Fri. 20/7/18


As Claire McKeever discovered on a recent visit, there is much more to Sligo than one would think

Full Report:

Belfast Telegraph


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US animal health group Phibro to create 150 jobs in Sligo
Mon. 9/7/18


A US-headquartered animal health and mineral nutrition company is to create up to 150 jobs in Sligo over the next five years

Full Report:

Irish Times


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Islands of Ireland: I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree
Mon. 9/7/18

Innisfree Island

Innisfree, about which WB Yeats created a literary masterpiece and the ultimate escape from a troubling life, is in Lough Gill in Co Sligo. The 8km-long lake lies just to the east of Sligo town and is connected to it by the Garavogue River. It has about 20 islands, including several vastly superior in size to Innisfree, such as Beezie’s Island and Church Island

Full Report:

Irish Examiner


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Erris chief hails positive drilling results from Sligo zinc prospect
Mon. 9/7/18


Erris Resources has revealed positive initial results from a major drilling programme it is carrying out at its Abbeytown zinc prospect in County Sligo

Full Report:

Irish Independent


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Paddy Clancy comment: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Dublin visit to Great Famine memorial will be royal family recognition of Ireland horror
Mon. 9/7/18

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

When Harry and Meghan visit the famine memorial on Customs Quay in Dublin this week it will be a kind of royal recognition of a great horror which was ignored or glossed over in the history classes in Britain’s schools

Full Report:

Irish Mirror


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Peregrine falcon rescued by firefighters dies despite treatment
Fri. 29/6/18

Peregrine Falcon

A PEREGRINE FALCON who was rescued by Sligo firefighters earlier this week has died from pre-existing injuries

Full Report:

Irish Journal


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Tony McLoughlin TD to retire from politics at the end of 32nd Dáil
Fri. 29/6/18

Deputy Tony McLoughlin

Deputy McLoughlin said: “I wish to announce publicly that I will not be seeking re-election to Dáil Éireann at the next General Election.

I have reached this difficult decision with a heavy heart as it has been the privilege of a lifetime to have served the people of Sligo – Leitrim in the Dáil since 2011

Full Report:

Fine Gael.ie


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Motorists warned to take care as roads MELT in soaring heat as tarmac temps hitting 44C
Fri. 29/6/18


“Sligo County Council wishers to advise motorists that tar is boiling up on the L-3604-0(Local Road between Ballisodare and the R284 Sligo – Ballygawley Road) as road temperatures are in excess of 44 degrees

Full Report:

Irish Sun


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Sligo Rovers teenager Seamus Keogh signs for Southampton
Fri. 29/6/18

Seamus Keogh

Southampton have struck a deal for Sligo Rovers teenager Seamus Keogh.
The midfielder, 16, will join the Premier League club’s academy when the transfer window opens on Sunday

Full Report:

Irish Mirror


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Judge: ‘Number of knife assaults a concern’
Tue. 26/6/18


A Circuit Court judge sitting in Sligo says the number of assaults involving knives is a souce of serious concern.

Judge Keenan Johnson was speaking during sentencing of a man charged with assaulting a man and woman in a pub in Sligo while he had a hunting knife

Full Report:

Ocean FM


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Disgraced garda who leaked information to criminal gang jailed for 18 months
Tue. 26/6/18

Former Garda Jimell Henry, pictured arriving at Sligo District Court.
Photo: Damien Eagers

Jimell Henry (36) accessed the garda Pulse system from her base in Dublin and passed operational details on to crime contacts in Sligo using a “gouger” phone.

A court heard she had become compromised by a drug habit and got involved with people from the
“other side of the tracks” when she carried out the offences over a five-month period

Full Report:

Irish Independent


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'Are there no people with disabilities north of Dublin?': Anger over lack of funding in northwest
Sun. 17/6/18

Map showing the locations of projects which received Ability funding.

An organisation in “urgent need of funding” has criticised the lack of funding given to projects in the northwest as part of a new initiative

Full Report:

Irish Journal


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New restaurant for Wine Street
Sun. 17/6/18

The vacant retail unit on Wine St approved for conversion to a restaurant.
Pic: Donal Hackett

The former Extravision store next to the Omniplex Cinema in Sligo is set to be converted into a 138-seater restaurant.
Owners of the site, Strategic Capital Investment Fund plc have been given the green light by Sligo County Planners to
develop the former video shop into an Eddie Rockets-style diner

Full Report:

Sligo Champion


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May 'disappointed' at upskirting law block
Sun. 17/6/18

Invasion of privacy, to say the least.

Theresa May says she is "disappointed" an attempt to make upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales did not progress through Parliament after one of her own MPs blocked it.

( Problem is the grey areas as in the pics below, should those photographers be given two years jail and sign on the sex offender register? - Aine.)

Walmart



Kathy Perry

Full Report:

BBC News


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Sligo marks Yeats' birthday with cake, poetry and art
Thur. 14/6/18


Although born in Sandymount in Dublin in 1865, WB Yeats had a very strong association with Sligo, home of his mother Susan Pollexfen.

Many of his childhood summers were spent in Sligo, a county he came to think of as his spiritual home and a place that influenced much of his work

Full Report:

RTE News


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Two teens armed with knives chased and arrested by gardai moments after thugs robbed post office in Maugheraboy, Sligo
Thur. 14/6/18

Maugheraboy Post Office

The two lads, aged in their late teens, were chased on foot by garda units responding to the call and the duo were lifted

Full Report:

Irish Sun


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Gardai confirm body found in Sligo is that of man reported missing in December
Thur. 14/6/18

Michael McGowan
Pic: Garda Press Office

The body of a man found in Co Sligo has now been identified as Michael McGowan, who was reported missing just after Christmas.
Mr McGowan's remains were recovered at Coney Island on June 9

Full Report:

Irish Independent


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Enniscrone or Inishcrone? Locals set to decide in vote
Thur. 14/6/18


It looks like the people of seaside town Enniscrone in Co Sligo will get the chance this year to decide once and for all on how its name is spelled.
A committee has been
campaigning to have Enniscrone, as locals spell it, recognised as the correct name of the town rather than Inishcrone, as it is spelled officially

Full Report:

RTE News


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Now you see us... - rural Irish cycling club gets high-viz built into gear
Thur. 14/6/18

Members of Ballisodare Bay Cycling Club with their new kit.
Photo: James Connolly

A rural cycling club has become the first in Ireland to introduce a high visibility kit built into its members' gear, in response to a surge in fatal and serious accidents involving cyclists across the country.

Ballisodare Bay Cycling Club, in Ballisodare, Co Sligo, is making the move after members decided to look for ways to make it easier for motorists to see them

Full Report:

Irish Independent


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Council meeting adjourned after decision on refurbishing halting site
Mon. 11/6/18

A protest was held by the McGinley and Ward families outside Sligo County Council

A meeting of Sligo County Council had to be adjourned after councillors voted in favour of refurbishing a controversial halting site against the wishes of two Traveller families

Full Report:

RTE News


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Are we looking at Silicon Sligo? Winds of change blowing through the North West
Mon. 11/6/18

Patrick Byrne, CEO of Utah-HQed Overstock

Overstock, like a number of others, is hoping to fill a variety of tech roles that offer competitive salaries – and a lifestyle that many claim would be hard to find anywhere in Ireland.

In fact, Sligo has had an extraordinary run of game-changing employment news in recent weeks,
with over 500 jobs announced by firms such as Abtran, E3 Retail, from North Carolina and New York-based LiveTiles

Full Report:

Irish Independent


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Minister rules out reopening of Western Rail Corridor
Mon. 11/6/18

Part of the existing Western Rail Corridor

A Government Minister has rubbished any suggestion that the Western Rail Corridor should be reopened to trains – claiming instead that the provision of a greenway from Athenry all the way to Enniskillen was the most logical option

Full Report:

Connacht Tribune


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Thirty years on from MacSharry, we need another CAP revolution
Mon. 11/6/18

Ray MacSharry

The then EU commissioner for agriculture, Ray MacSharry, completely revolutionised the CAP. Before MacSharry, EU agriculture was supported just as strongly, even more so, than it is now

Full Report:

Irish Independent


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Exhibition of art and personal items from Yeats family opens in Sligo
Mon. 11/6/18


An exhibition based on a number of significant portraits of the Yeats family has opened at The Model arts centre in Sligo.
The portraits are on long-term loan from an anonymous collector

Full Report:

RTE News


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Robert Conroy is Ireland's longest serving garda
Mon. 11/6/18

Sergeant Robert Conroy

With forty-one years service completed and still going strong, Sergeant Robert Conroy of Manorhamilton Garda Station is Ireland’s longest serving member of the force.

Complimenting the country’s longest serving policeman the An Garda Síochána Sligo/Leitrim Division Facebook page stated:
“Sergeant Conroy recently became the longest serving member of An Garda Síochána with nearly 41 years of service to the state

Full Report:

Donegal Democrat


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Stick the barbecue back in the shed - rain is on the way this week
Mon. 11/6/18


THE SUN MAY be hidden in the clouds today but forecasters have predicted that it’s to remain dry and with decent dry spells until Wednesday – that’s when the rain’s expected

Full Report:

Journal.ie


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