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New Sligo eaterie wins national award

A restaurant opened earlier this year in Collooney has won one of the most prestigious dining awards in Ireland. Nook Café and Restaurant, run by Ethna Reynolds, was chosen as the Newcomer of the Year, 2017. Ethna was presented with her award by Georgina herself at an awards ceremony earlier this month. Commenting on this […]

Councillors not convinced to go for property tax ‘deal’

Sligo county councillors were not persuaded to entertain an increase in the property tax as part of a deal being offered to ease their present financial situation, it emerged at a special meeting of the council on Monday. The deal would have involved the council agreeing to a 15% increase in the Local Property Tax […]

Armada reception strengthens ties between Spain and Sligo

City Hall in Sligo was packed with guests, many in Spanish Navy uniform, for a Gala Reception on Saturday evening last. Tweet

Bishop to meet parishioners on future of parish house

THE Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran is set to meet with parishioners from Rosses Point to discuss the future of the parochial house and the grounds surrounding it this evening (Thursday). Speaking to the Sligo Weekender, Bishop Doran outlined his thoughts ahead of the meeting with parishioners. “I will be discussing with them the arrangements […]

Sale of landmark building agreed

The Diocese of Elphin has announced that an agreement has been reached for the sale of the old Summerhill College building. The building has been purchased by Liverpool-based company Eastview Limited, however it has not yet been clarified what their plans are. Bishop Kevin Doran told the Sligo Weekender that Diocese of Elphin was responsible […]

Crozon visitors mark 35 years of twinning with Sligo

A group of 57 visitors from the French port town of Crozon are guests of Sligo Town Twinning this week, in the North West capital to honour the 35th anniversary of the union of the two towns. 35th anniversary celebrations of the Sligo/Crozon twinning began on Saturday, September 10 when they arrive and will continue […]

Sport

McGrath defuses ref issue

SLIGO GAA referees administrator Pat McGrath has defended the appointment of Western Gaels player Michael Connolly for a Sligo Senior Hurling Championship group fixture last weekend, the result of which had a direct bearing on the championship progress of Connolly’s club. Hurling referee Connolly, who plays for west Sligo club Western Gaels, took charge of […]

Coaches will gather in Sligo for FAI workshop

THE Football Association of Ireland have rolled out a new programme, the Player Development Plan, aimed at enhancing underage Youth soccer structures across the country and, as a result, producing better players. One of the core aims of this plan is as follows: “Implementation of a player-focused model based on enjoyment and skill development whilst […]

Contrasting fortunes of two clubs

By Alan Finn NO matter their beloved team’s place in the table or ambitions for the season, The Clash of the Rovers is always the standout out fixture for supporters of the Bit O’Red. While the most recent periods of success have both come and gone for the clubs, the rivalry remains as strong as […]

No decision on Carew

DESPITE wanting another year in charge of the Sligo Senior Gaelic football team, Niall Carew is anxiously awaiting a Sligo GAA County Board review of the campaign just completed before he will get the go-ahead to take the Sligo hot seat for a third term. In August of last year the Kildare native was handed […]

Peers Testimonial is a six-goal thriller

The long-awaited testimonial of Sligo Rovers legend Gavin Peers took place yesterday (Wednesday) and certainly didn’t disappoint as they held Portsmouth to a 3-3 draw. The first half saw Paul Cook’s men take a 3-0 lead in to half-time against a Rovers team consisting of many fan favourites of the past including Joseph Ndo, Danny Ventre […]

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 […]

Entertaimnent

Orchid Collective announced on line-up for Sligo Live

Following their recent sold-out show at Whelan’s and their amazing set at Castlepalooza, it has been announced that Orchid Collective will be Special Guests to The Saw Doctors at Sligo Live on Sunday, October 30 at Knocknarea Arena. Together for just over a year Orchid Collective have been gigging relentlessly throughout Ireland and have worked […]

Spanish ship to visit Sligo as part of Armada festival

A Spanish Navy ship will sail into Sligo Bay later this month to honour the memories of Spanish sailors who lost their lives against the rugged Sligo coast four centuries earlier. Tweet

Rodrigo Y Gabriela added to Sligo Live

Mexican guitar maestros Rodrigo Y Gabriela are the newest additions to the Sligo Live line-up this October. Tweet

Little Green Cars Sligo gig

Indie group to headline the Knocknarea Arena on Oct 29 as part of Sligo Live. Tweet

Nathan Carter to record RTE shows in Sligo

Following the huge success of RTE’s The Nathan Carter Show last Christmas, top Irish country music entertainer Nathan Carter is filming four shows for RTE this summer, in IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena. His natural talent in front of the camera has inspired RTE to commission a four part series and you could be up close […]

Beezneez reprise ‘Lovely Leitrim’ to mark 20 years

Beezneez Theatre Company hit a significant landmark in 2016, when they celebrate 20 years of national touring, during which time they have become one of the most popular touring companies in Ireland.   The mark the occasion, Beezneez is responding to constant requests by presenting a revival of John McDwyer’s first play, “Lovely Leitrim” and […]

Lifestyle

Park(ing) day returns to Sligo town centre

Following its successful launch in 2015, Sligo Park(ing) Day returns again this year, taking place on Friday September 16, the afternoon of Culture Night 2016. Part of the global Park(ing) Day initiative, the Sligo event will again see on-street car parking spaces temporarily transformed into small urban ‘parks’ by local creatives and voluntary groups, for […]

Bronze Beauty and Golden Scissors Awards

THE Sligo Weekender held it’s annual Bronzed Beauty and Golden Scissors Awards night on Saturday last. The event was attended by over 300 people and entertainment was provided by DJ Scruffy Duffy. The event was split over a range of different categories, with awards to the best and brightest in Sligo’s hair stylists and beauticians. […]

Bloggers Boot Camp with Tríona O’Donnell

On Thursday next, August 4, the Hawk’s Well Theatre will run a workshop led by popular style blogger Tríona O’Donnell. Tweet

Ben Bulben night walk vital for Mountain Rescue team

HAVE you ever wanted to see the view of Sligo from atop Ben Bulben? Tweet

Woodturner wins Etsy’s Best Irish Maker Award

This week a major international player in the craft world has awarded a woodturner from Riverstown the Best Maker in Ireland Award. Matt Jones who works from his studio in Riverstown village, won a prestigious Etsy Regional Award as a direct result of his product designs and handcrafted gifts that he sells via his on-line […]

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

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€16 million East City plan finally in place

| September 8, 2016

The long-awaited adoption of the Sligo East City Cranmore and Environs Regeneration Masterplan finally took place on Monday, 12 years after work first began on it. The plan was originally for just the Cranmore estate, but was later expanded to include surrounding areas, including St Anne’s, Doorly Park, Martin Savage Terrace, Garavogue Villas and Cleveragh. […]

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O’Connell Street closed to traffic for €1.25m scheme

| September 7, 2016

O’Connell Street in Sligo closed to traffic on Monday and will remain so until November 30. The closure is for Irish Water to carry out a €1.25m scheme which will include the replacement of approximately 510 metres of water main and the rehabilitation of 210 metres of Victorian culvert sewer. The works will extend into […]

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Summer Stars reading programme finishes with a tall tale in Tubber

| September 1, 2016

The Summer Stars reading programme was run in public libraries throughout the country this summer. Free and open to all children, the Summer Stars programme provides the whole family with an opportunity to explore the full range of events and facilities which are available in their local library, such as children’s activities, access to talking […]

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An alliance of Rugby and Racing

| September 1, 2016

Wednesday next, September 7, will see Sligo Rugby Club file into the Racecourse enclosure in Cleveragh. It’s Rugby Day at Sligo Races and away from the Rugby Field the players and supporters of Sligo Rugby Club will witness tenacity, skill and courage of the Horses and Jockeys in the All Flat Card that gets underway […]

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Cycle couple raise funds for suicide charity

| August 24, 2016

By Danny Keown A pilot and a former hockey international will begin an epic five-and-a-half day trek around Ireland this Sunday, and are due in Sligo on Tuesday afternoon. Tweet

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First step taken to save Elsinore House

| August 24, 2016

A Heritage Council funded conservation study is the first step in securing the future of the historic Elsinore House at Rosses Point. Hidden behind a wall of ivy for over a decade, the future of Elsinore house at Rosses Point is suddenly much brighter with the awarding of a grant for the funding of a […]

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