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SOLDIERS :: Queens University Belfast graduate Cían Harte from Riverstown published his very first book titled Soldiers of Sligo. The book is a well presented collection of biographies of some of Co. Sligos long forgotten soldiers. Cian brings together soldiers who fought for Irish freedom, in the British Army, the United States forces as well as other theatres of war around the world. The book is available to purchase from local outlets and in Liber Bookstore on OConnell Street or on-line through Cíans website:

KICK :: Dessie Leonard, a name more and more people across our county are recognising due to his outstanding success as an athlete in the Kickboxing world, travelled to Dublin last weekend to compete in the world’s largest Kickboxing tournaments – The Irish Open. Over 4,000 fighters from around the world flocked to City West to make their presence known. BACK ROW Des Leonard,Jarlath OConnor,Tjomas little,Dessie leonard,James Duffy MIDDLE ROW Jordan OBoyle Brandon Nooney Cian Whiteside,Ruth ConlonOates, Alex Block, AineLeonard,Aine Conlon. FRONT ROW Halle and Lucy Conlon-Oates

DEATH :: A mock funeral for Irish Water was held on Friday evening in Sligo. A small group of mourners turned out for the event to highlight what they say is the demise of the water quango which has be plagued by protests since its birth. The event was staged to help drum up support for the national demonstration organised by the Right2Water campaign for March 21st. Photo:

ARTIST :: Sligo is well represented in this years Texaco Childrens Art Competition – the 61st year of the event – with entries having been received from talented young students across the county. Pictured admiring one of the entries received from Sligo is Bronagh Carron, Marketing Manager Valero Ireland. The work, entitled Black Berries, was submitted by 16-years old Megan Hannan from Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone. Judging is currently taking place with the winners to be announced in mid-April. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that takes place in Dublin in May.

STRIKING :: Micheál Ó Domhnaill popsted this photo and within days it achieved 10,000 likes, and has been shared over 1,300 times, featured on 300,000 news feeds, and with lots of glowing comments about Sligo. We havent heard of a viral photo of Sligo going as far so quickly. As far as the Fleadh Facebook page goes, this is far and away the most popular post we ve ever had, so I guess the lesson is, whether you’re into your music or not, this underlines the point that Ben Bulben is incredibly striking for people the world over, and a powerful symbol for promoting Sligo.  

FUND :: North Sligo hero, Rory Gallagher along with his mum Shauna receive a cheque for €427.33 from Tesco General Manager Seamus McGowan and Ciara Shannon Tesco. The money was raised using the Tesco Community Fund which is ongoing in all their stores. Photo: Noel Kennedy - PinSharp Imagery

MERCY :: At the Donegal-Sligo Regional Final of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year awards 2015 were the joint winners The Mercy College, Sligo. (l-r), CEO Junior Achievement Ireland Helen Raftery, Judges Caitlin Ui Choclainn Donegal Co Council and Paul O Sullivan LYIT, Students From “Shield” Ellen Monaghan , Michelle Mc Namara, Patricia Doherty Head of the Department of Business Studies LYIT Rachel Heneberry, Lauren Benson, Tegan Titus, Teachers Anne Gorby and Caroline Carr.

PORTRAIT :: Lucy Kennedy and her children Holly (3) and Jack (5) launching National Portrait Week for LauraLynn Irelands Childrens Hospice, in association with Canon Ireland. National Portrait Week takes place from Saturday 28th March -Monday 6th April, and Sligo families have been invited to participate and have a professional portrait taken for just Eur25. More at

SCOOT :: National Scoot to School Week got off to a scooting good start in Co Sligo. Pupils from Coolbock NS started off the weeklong scooter celebration by holding a Scoot Safely Session at school on Monday 9th March. Families all over Ireland are encouraged, as part of their Green-Schools Travel theme, to remind themselves of the benefits of scooting. It is a fun, fast and, certainly in the case of the flickers, a funky way to travel. By leaving the car at home more often and incorporating active travel into daily journeys, families are helping society reap associated benefits.

WINNER :: Leitrim milliner Jennifer Wrynne was named Best Dressed Lady at Cheltenham Festival 2015. The Mohill lady was selected as an overall winner by judges, and takes home prizes worth £15000 (€21000).Jennifer is no stranger to impressing on the racing circuit, having previously been awarded Best Dressed Lady at the Sligo Races in 2014.