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FIRE - A caravan at the Traveller emcampment on Connaghton Road in Sligo town was damaged following a fire in the early hours of Friday. No explanation for the blaze was given however could the nearby purpose-built illegal kiln, commonly used for burning wire to extract the copper, been the cause? The kiln, pictured, burns on a daily basis filling the air in the area with obnoxious fumes with no action against the foul practice taken by the relevant authorities?

BLACKSPOT - A notorious blackspot on the dangerous N4 was the scene of another crash when two cars collided yesterday, 8 Nov . Two ambulances attended the scene. The crossroads at Drumfin has 16 of the 30 white crosses sited with a few hundred meters. The crosses were erected to commemorate the fatalities on the lethal road. Photo -

PERCH - This busker attracted some interest in Sligo when he decided to perch on a pedestrian bollard to take his music to new heights. Photo:

DEBATE - The German debating competition sponsored by Siemens and the Goethe Institute last week saw the Grammar School Sligo hosted Colaiste Cholmcille from Ballyshannon, the only school in Donegal to enter, whose captain Julie Lowe is from Grange. The Grammar school narrowly defeated their opponents and are through to the next round. From left to right are: Jonathan O Brien, Bree Holland, Sarah Timoney, Julie Lowe (Grange) and their teacher Ms Stephanie Flaherty-Klapp. Beside her Grammar school Sligo language assistant Anna Schroetter, Grammar School Sligo German teacher Emily Tansey, grammar team Captain Maeve Mohan, Eimear Ryan, Oisin Harney and Christopher Nicholson.

SCIENCE - Gillian McCarthy (Ballymote) pictured at the recent open evening at the new science building in University College Dublin. Gillian is in her first year at UCD studying Physics.

CLOSED - Last weekend saw the demise of another Sligo shop Tighes of Ballymote closed their doors with the loss of 12 full and part time jobs The shop was an agent for Toymaster a newsagent grocer gifts and cards It has now joined a list of nine other closed establishments on the south Sligo towns main street

CONTEST - Winners of the Cookery Competition at the Lissadell Food and Craft Fair were Michelle Furey and Claire Patterson , they are pictured with Damien Davis - Davis Yeats Tavern Restaurant, Tim Dewhirst - Lecturer LYIT and Master Chef Joe Shannon

TOURISM - Pictured at a recent tourism event in New York was John McLaughlin from North & West Coast Links (2nd from left) who was amongst the tourism trade selling Ireland. The event, organised by Failte Ireland, was a great opportunity to promote the Wild Atlantic Way and also Ireland as a conference destination.

EXPO - Sligo Chamber CEO Paul Keyes speaking at the recent successful Expo of some chamber businesses. Over 50 firms took part and it is expected that the Chamber will host two Expos per year.

MARCH - Pictured taking part in the recent Anti-Water Charges march was Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Kilgannon. The protest saw 5,000 people take to the streets of Sligo town to voice their anger at the looming water charges expected to start arriving at homes in January.