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CHARITY :: The proceeds from the 5k run hosted by the Chartered Accountants North West Society were presented to the North West Hospice recently. Pictured at the presentation of a €2,000 cheque were, Mel McKeown, Bernadette McIntyre (North West Hospice) Robert Rowlette, Gary Reynolds, Cian Gallagher, Terry McIntyre and Catherine Young.

VISIT :Two pupils from Mercy College Sligo were among the Young Visitor group who travelled to Brussels for briefings on the work of the European Parliament and its members. The four day trip was organised by ALDE, the political group of which Marian Harkin is a member and in addition to attending a Plenary Session of the Parliament, the students also visited the European Commission, the European Youth Forum and Google headquarters in Brussels. Pictured (L to R) were: Shauna O Donnell, Marian Harkin MEP and Erin Kelly

SHOWER :: Expectant mum Jodi Albert was thrown a special baby shower over the weekend. The former Hollyoaks actress was surprised by husband Kian Egan and her sister, with a private baby bash. Sharing this photo of the shower on Instagram, Jodie wrote: Cannot thank my beautiful friends sis and husband enough for my surprise Baby Shower yesterday!!! Thank you for such an amazing day!!!

LITTER :: One of Sligo Tidy Towns company partners, AbbVie Ballytivnan, has sent a huge thank-you to all their volunteers who took part in the recent litter pick-up at Mud Lane, Cartron. It was a very successful event with 40+ bags of rubbish collected ( which included three old bikes, noticeboards, prams etc.).

YEATS :: Yeats Day was officially launched this week with Minister Heather Humpreys in the National Library, Dublin. Yeats2015 is celebrating and commemorating the life, work, influence and achievements of W.B. Yeats. Yeats Day will take place on Friday 13th June. Pictured at the launch were (l-r) Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland, Minister Heather Humphreys, Senator Susan O Keeffe, Minister Aodhan O Riordan.

CARERS : Members of the Sligo Carers Association attended a meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers in Brussels on Wednesday, May 6th. The topic of discussion was Family v State responsibility for long term care across the EU – the feasibility of one model?. Members of the group had an opportunity to speak about their personal experiences and the obstacles they face as carers. Their visit was facilitated by Marian Harkin MEP who co-chaired the meeting which was attended by representatives of The Carers Association; Eurocarers; European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE). Pictured with Marian Harkin MEP after the meeting were members of Sligo Carers Association (L to R):- Gerard Shannon, Lisnalurg, Marian Harkin MEP and Joe McDonagh, Sligo.

SHED : Sligo Mens Shed welcomed Minister Kevin Humphreys and Senator Susan O Keeffe and were given a tour of the facilities by Chairperson Brendan Donnegan. The Minister noted the hard work and effort of the volunteers after being shown photographs of the shed as it was, before being officially opened in 2011. Pictured at the visit were (l-r), Treasurer Peter McGinty, Minister Kevin Humpreys, Chairperson Brendan Donnegan, Senator Susan O Keeffe, Secretary Pearse Connolly, Caretaker Bernard McGee, Committee Member Joseph Foley.

CONVENTION - (l-r) Cllr. Eamon Scanlon, Timmy Dooley TD (Vice President Fianna Fáil and Convention Chair), Senator Marc Mac Sharry pictured at the General Election selection convention in Leitrim. Almost 600 delegates voted to have the two Sligo candidates represent the Fianna Fail party for the new expanded constituency of Sligo, Nth Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan. Photo: Brian Farrell Photography

PORTRAIT : A portrait of Donal Lunny, one of Irelands legendary musicians and composers, was unveiled on 17 April in the National Gallery of Ireland. The artist, Nick Miller, winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2014, painted the portrait, Donal Lunny, Playing, over a number of sittings in his Sligo studio. The portrait was specially commissioned by the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the inaugural Hennessy Portrait Prize.

VISIT :: Deputy Tony Mcloughlin and Senator Imelda Henry with Students from Mercy College Sligo on a recent visit to Dail Eireann.