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

A gang who “specialise in breaking into churches” is believed to be responsible for burglaries at two churches in Sligo in the past week. Tweet

Ryan Tubridy rolls into Strandill

The Ryan Tubridy Show has joined once again this year with Fáilte Ireland’s summer marketing campaign and will be broadcasting live with RTE Radio 1 along the Wild Atlantic Way. Tweet

Too few gardai on the beat in Sligo

Garda numbers in Sligo have been greatly depleted and there are not enough gardai out on the beat, it has been claimed this week. Tweet

Row over Yeats Nobel medal move to Dublin

The transfer of WB Yeat’s Nobel Prize Medal from Sligo county museum to the National Library in Dublin led to a row at a Sligo Municipal District meeting on Monday. Tweet

New school unit named after Bishop

AN extension to Summerhill College, which will accommodate students with Autism, was opened yesterday. Tweet

Weekender in the Community: Grange

As part of the Weekender in the Community series, Sligo Weekender reports Alan Finn and Luke Henderson were in Grange this week.  Tweet


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 […]


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

Grammar School Gala concert

A Gala Concert will be held in IT Sligo on Saturday April 23 at 8pm to raise funds for NW MS Therapy Centre, Ballytivnan and Sligo Grammar School Music Department. Building on the huge success of the fundraising concert held 2 years ago, it was decided to hold another concert this year, this time to […]

Celtic Tenors to perform in Lissadell Church

The Celtic Tenors are set to pack out Lissadell Church on Saturday, May 7 for an intimate concert which will feature songs from their new album “Timeless”. The tenors, Sligoman James Nelson, Northern Irish singer Daryl Simpson and Kells performer Matthew Gilsenan, are no strangers to Sligo, but this will be the first time that […]


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 […]

Benbulben Comhaltas branched officially launched in Maugherow

A Comhaltas Branch was in the planning in North Sligo for many years before the ‘Benbulben branch’ was eventually established in 2015. Tweet

Murson Farm- the best of local produce

Murson Farm is on the fringes of Grange village. Tweet

Night of glamour

A night of fashion and celebrity in the Radisson Blu Hotel will benefit two local causes. Tweet

Historic peace gardens attract year-round visitors

By Alan Finn Nestled in the cosy south Sligo village of Banada lies a tranquil park built as a symbol of cross-border reconciliation. The Banada peace gardens, opened in 1997 by Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume, has continued to grow and develop over the last 19 years as it became the centrepiece which encapsulates […]

Gurteen tractor and vintage car run

Vehicles big and small, from classic Honda 50s to brand new tractors took to the roads around Gurteen on Sunday, April 17 to raise funds for the Gurteen Playground & Recreation Group. O’Dowd’s Warehouse provided enough space for the tractors, classic cars and motorbikes to assemble ahead of the run, which started at 12 noon. […]

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