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PRO :: Local pro-life activists ast the Save the 8th roadshow in Sligo last Friday. The pro-life tour, organised by Youth Defence, will reach 18 towns and cities from Donegal to Kerry, and aims to reach tens of thousands of people to explain why Ireland should continue to save lives by saving the 8th Amendment. The nationwide tour travels the country in anticipation of a referendum on abortion next Spring. Photo:

BASTILLE :: The new French Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Stéphane Crouzat (R) was in selfie mode as he took a snap with Sligo Today editor Ciarán McCarthy at the garden party in the ambassadorial residence to celebrate Bastille Day last Friday, 14 July.

BREXIT :: Independent MEP Marian Harkin is pictured addressing the theme of Brexit at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Her fellow panellists were (L to R): Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament; Dr. Brendan Halligan, President of the Institute of International & European Affairs; Ruairí Quinn, Session Chairman and former Minister for Finance and Alan Dukes, Economist and former Minister for Finance.

HOTSPOT :: Sligo has joined the Coca Cola list of popular holiday hotspots which includes Hawaii, Bali, Ibiza and Miami, and Coke will also give away 11 million samples of its Zero variant at cities and festivals. People will also have a chance to win a holiday, in the initiative which is designed to remind people of the refreshment and great taste that only an ice-cold Coke can bring on a hot summer day, according to an online statement.

CANADA :: A group of top Canadian travel agents is visiting Sligo and Ireland this week. They flew to Dublin from Halifax in Nova Scotia, on the seasonal ASL Airlines flight and are here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. During their time here, the group celebrated Canada Day (on 1 July), marking the countrys 150th birthday. Pictured are Canadian travel agents with Kate Smith, Tourism Ireland (left), during their fact-finding visit to Ireland. Photo : Paul Mealey

PARK:: No need to worry about parking in Ballymote, if the parking spaces are full just throw the car onto the new pedestrian crossing outside the post office. Never mind the blind, disabled or mums with buggys. Cars rule OK. Photo:

SPORT :: The HSE Sligo Leitrim Personal Support and Training Services in Sligo, in partnership with Sligo Sport and Recreation, held its annual inter-agency Basketball Tournament in the Knocknarea Arena IT Sligo in June during which an energetic and enthusiastic challenge was put forward by all players. Up to 50 players participated in the fun event, and there was great excitement when the National Learning network and Rehabcare made it to the final.

AWARDS :: Sligo aesthetic nurse Claudia McGloin has been shortlisted for the prestigious Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards. The Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards is the only awards event dedicated to the beauty, cosmetic, aesthetic and dental industry that recognises outstanding dedication and commitment to public safety. Claudias dedication to patient safety means she is involved in a number of key organisations campaigning and promoting a safer aesthetics industry in both Ireland and the UK. She currently divides her clinic time between Sligo and Notting Hill, London.

BIKE : Twenty two cyclists recently completed a ride around Sligo,Galway and Mayo in aid of the Forgotten Irish in London. On day three they cycled from Ballina to Sligo along the beautiful coastline taking in Enniscrone finishing at the Riverside Hotel in Sligo Town.