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MERCY BANK :: Independent MEP Marian Harkin, a former teacher in the Mercy College, Sligo, returned to visit transition year students who explained to her their involvement in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge. This project provides transition year students with an opportunity to showcase their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship associated with running a bank. Marian is pictured at the College with, from L to R:- Aine Finnegan, Eimear Kearney, Cliona Jordan, Julie Gaine, Chloe Ginty.

ART :: Texaco Childrens Art Competition adjudicator Seán Kissane pictured during judging of entries in this years competition, the results of which will be announced mid-April. In his hand are entries entitled Augustus Fergus and Symphony in Orange by Síofra Kelleher, from Strandhill Art Class, who entered the 16-18 years age category of the competition. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that takes place in Dublin in May.

APPOINTMENT :: Institute of Technology, Sligo has confirmed the appointment of Úna Parsons as the new Head of School of Engineering & Design. An experienced and award-winning Chartered Engineer, Úna has held the post of Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering at IT Sligo since 2012, but her association with the college stretches back to her own student days – as a toolmaking apprentice in the former Sligo Regional Technical College (RTC).

JUNK :: Ursuline College and their design Car Trash will be the only County Sligo entry in this years Grand Final. Guided under the watchful eye of teacher Emer Colreavy, the hopefuls will face stiff competition from over 80 other entries from across the country in a bid to be crowned the 7th annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture winner.

BOOKS :: The Sligo Childrens Book Festival Launch at The Model on was attended by over 200 school children and was opened by Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach Hubert Keaney. Also present was Mayor of Sligo Cllr Marie Casserly and Cllr Declan Bree.

PHARMACY GRADUATION :: Pictured (l-r) are Claire Smyth Tohers the Chemist Sligo, Jamie McSharry Healthwise Pharmacy Sligo Town, Linda McDonagh Healthwise Pharmacy Sligo and Lisa Benton Bretts Pharmacy Tubercurry who graduated with an Edexcel Pharmacy Services Diploma (QCF) at a graduation ceremony held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin on 6th March with Joe Ausena of Edexcel and Daragh Connolly, President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU). The comprehensive two-year course, which is delivered and administered by the Irish Pharmacy Union, prepares pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in ensuring the delivery of a high quality pharmacy service efficiently and safely to patients.

SPONSOR :: Sligo Rovers have announced a furthering of their sponsorship with Ireland’s leading fuel supplier, Top Oil. The two-year partnership will see Top Oil get behind the Bit o’Red as they battle it out in the SSE Airtricity League.

DEBATE :: Model Council of the European Union debate, Dublin CastlePic shows: Students from Mercy College, Sligo (Front L-R) Grace Filan, Mackenzie Ellwood and Hannah Scanlon with (back L-R) Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Gerry Kiely, HIs Excellency Ambassador of Croatia, Mr. Ivan Masina, Journalist for The Irish Farmers Journal, Mairead Lavery, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland, Noelle O Connell, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Gerry Kiely at Dublin Castle where they where debating the hot topic of EU trade policy at the eleventh annual Model Council of the European Union. Students from Mercy College, Sligo role-played Croatia in an intense and well informed discussion among 26 other schools from across Ireland. Photo:

TECHNO :: James Baker from Coola Park Community School, Rivertown who who was awarded third place in Leaving Certificate Design and Communications, Higher Level pictured with Techno Teachers Chairman Tony Harrison and Michael Hannon from GMIT at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2016 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg Gordon