Cllrs Keaney, Casserly and Mulvey elected as chairpeople

County Sligo has three new chairpeople. Cllr Hubert Keaney has been elected the new Cathoairleach of the Sligo County Council, Cllr Marie Casserly is the new mayor of Sligo Municipal District and Cllr Dara Mulvey was elected for Ballymote-Tubbercurry Municipal District. We have coverage from all three electees who gave impassioned speeches focusing on spending […]

‘He took my innocence, dignity and self-worth’

A young Sligo woman has accused her father of taking her “innocence, childhood dignity and self-worth” by abusing her almost every day for 10 years. She said that every day of her childhood and teenage years was filled with horrific abuse and some of those memories were still alive in her mind. In a victim […]

GSOC ‘mistaken’ in case against Sligo garda sergeant

An inquiry has found that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission(GSOC) was “mistaken” in designating a case involving a Sligo garda sergeant as a criminal investigation. Tweet

Father and son conquer Britain’s highest peaks

By Alan Finn A father and son have climbed Britain’s three highest mountains in three days. Jeremy Bird, the Head of Science at IT Sligo and his Paddy, a 17-year-old Grammar School student completed the marathon climb last week in memory of Jeremy’s late brother, also named Paddy, who died while attempting the same feat […]

Sligo selected as Euro Volunteer Capital for 2017

SLIGO will be the European Volunteering Captial for 2017. As part of Monday’s meeting of Sligo County Council, Ciara Herity of Sligo Volunteer Centre gave a presentation to councillors which outlined the significance of the honour for Sligo. To put the achievement into perspective, she pointed to the other cities which have previously been the […]

Jobs the priority in company closure, says TD

THE fallout from Monday’s shock announcement that the McCormack company which operates 15 businesses mainly in the North West, had gone into receivership is still being felt. The 208 members of staff, suppliers and customers who may have paid deposits, or have credit or vouchers are still unclear as to their situation. Local TD Eamon […]


Team Prediction: Sligo Rovers vs Shamrock Rovers

With Saturday’s kick-off fast approaching there will be much debate over Sligo Rovers starting line-up against Shamrock Rovers. For last year’s opener against Cork City, our reporter Alan Finn gave his prediction, getting nine out of 11 correct. He is back with his 2016 prediction, hoping for a full house on this occasion. MICHAEL SCHLINGERMANN […]

Encouraging display by Rovers

Pre-season Friendly Sligo Rovers 1, Liverpool U-21s 2 Alan Finn SLIGO Rovers fell to a 2-1 defeat last night, Wednesday, as they hosted the Liverpool U-21s at The Showgrounds for their second pre-season outing. In front of over 2,500 fans, Adam Phillips gave Liverpool U-21s a 32nd minute lead that the visitors held at half-time. […]

Sligo are destroyed by merciless Mayo

Connacht Senior Final Mayo 6-25, Sligo 2-11 SLIGO were mercilessly destroyed by mighty Mayo in the Connacht GAA Senior Championship decider at Hyde Park yesterday (Sunday) as the defending champions made it five titles in-a-row in a horribly one-sided showdown. Inspired by the unmarkable powerhouse Aidan O’Shea, who scored 3-4, with Cillian O’Connor also on […]

Minors have a second chance

Connacht Minor Final Sligo 1-4, Mayo 0-7 SLIGO are still within reach of a first Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship title since 1968 – but only just – after being let off the hook by a wasteful Galway in a low-scoring yet absorbing decider at Hyde Park yesterday (Sunday). Tweet

Summerhill go so close to glory

Connacht Schools Senior Cup Final Summerhill College (Sligo) 18, Garbally College (Ballinasloe) 19 THERE was no fairytale ending for Summerhill College as they were narrowly edged out – by a single point – after an epic Connacht Schools Senior Cup final at The Sportsground, Galway, by Garbally College, who picked up their 45th provincial title. […]

Picking the Rovers starting XI

Alan Finn selects the Sligo Rovers team, using a 4-3-3 formation, that he believes should start against Cork City in the opening game of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this Saturday at The Showgrounds.   Ryan Coulter Despite playing roughly the same amount of time as Richard Brush throughout pre-season, I can see Coulter […]


Cairde Sligo Arts Festival music line-up hits all the right notes

A great line-up of music at this year’s Cairde Sligo Arts Festival includes a special addition to the programme – Songs by the Sea – a new series of music at seaside locations in Sligo presented in collaboration with Bluestack Records. Tweet

Anything Goes with Dublin Gospel Choir

On Saturday, June 11, popular local group, Anything Goes will be joined on the Hawk’s Well stage by the Dublin Gospel Choir. This promises to be a concert not to be missed. Tweet

Reginald D. Hunter brings new show to Sligo

On Bank Holiday Monday, June 6, American comedian Reginald D. Hunter comes to the Hawk’s Well Stage as part of the inaugural tour of his brand new show “The Aluminum Negro”. Tweet

The Full Monty cast ‘revealed’

The cast of Pop-Up Theatre’s first production “The Full Monty” has been announced and they are eager to give Sligo one of the greatest shows to ever grace the Hawk’s Well stage. Tweet

Music theme night pack them in

The biggest Kieran Quinn music theme night yet saw over 1,000 people pack into Sligo’s Hawk’s Well Theatre on May 4, 5 and 6 to enjoy 120 performers sing the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. Tweet

Music from morning to night on Jazz Day

Sligo Jazz Project has devised a full programme of events to celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day, Saturday 30 April. Tweet


Shanty Festival a success despite bad weather

Were you at last weekend’s Shanty Festival in Rosses Point?   We have two pages of photos from the festivities in this weekend’s Sligo Weekender newspaper. In shops now. Tweet

New Waterpoint gym opens in Enniscrone

Plans for new adventure centre revealed as seaside village aims to exploit Wild Atlantic Way potential. Tweet

Take a bit out of Sligo with food festival

The SÓ Sligo Food Festival gets underway on Thursday next, June 15 and this year’s spectacle will be even bigger than before. Tweet

Round Ireland sailor stops in Mullaghmore

USUALLY the circumnavigation of Ireland by sea is done with some creature comforts. For a start, there would be a facility aboard the yacht (usually) to have a cup of tea, to lie down or just simply to stop sailing at some stage or other during the journey. This is not the case for Gary […]

Spread some sunshine on Sunflower Days 2016

Sunflower Days in aid of North West Hospice take place from June 9-11. Sunflowers pins and Sunflower plants will be available to buy from North West Hospice Volunteers throughout the North West and the public’s support would be greatly appreciated. Tweet

Tidy Towns efforts evoke pride in the local community

In the first of a two part series on Collooney, the Weekender in the community speaks to the local Tidy Towns, people involved in Community Games, a new restaurateur in the area and the Couch 2 5k program. Here is a taster of the two page feature in this week’s paper. Also, check out next […]

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| June 8, 2016

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A mould-maker who broke the mould many times

| June 1, 2016

Sligo man Martin Keaveney is this year celebrating 60 years in the toolmaking and plastics business. But in his lifetime of mould making, the Tonaphubble native broke the mould in many respects. He was the first apprentice toolmaker in Ireland, he set up the first toolmaking business in Sligo town, his was the first Irish […]

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Amy (12) donates birthday money

| June 1, 2016

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Driver sped through village at 121km/h

| June 1, 2016

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‘Churches gang’ casue €10,000 damage in break-ins

| May 26, 2016

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