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POLICY :: Independent MEP Marian Harkin was recently presented with a Policy Maker Award by the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) for her work in advocating for people with neurological disorders. Marian was nominated for the Award by the International Bureau for Epilepsy and Pain Alliance Europe. Ann Little, President of EFNA said that when Marian commits to a group she also commits her time, her energy and her vast experience. And she delivers again and again. Pictured at the Award ceremony were (L to R) Ann Little, President, European Federation of Neurological Associations; Marian Harkin MEP and Gay Mitchell, former MEP and Award winner.

PEACE :: The official opening of the Peace garden at Easkey took place on Saturday 5 November. The Garden is dedicated to the 1916 Rising and called Cluain Constance Markievicz and the use this site was granted by Sligo County Council. Pictured at the event were ​members​​ of ​Easkey Community Council​, Local Clergy, Cllr Dara Mulvey,Chairman of ​S​outh and ​West Sligo Municipal District​ Sligo County Council, and and Mrs Bea Dunphy (seated) who is in her 100th year cut the ribbon to officially​ open the Peace Park.

REMEMBRANCE :: The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr Hubert Keaney (pictured fourth from right) with members of the clergy attending the Remembrance Day Service at The Sligo Cenotaph. Over 40 people came to pay their repects to the fallen of WW I, WW II and more recent conflicts. Wreaths were laid by those remembering family members.

CARERS :: Family carers from five counties including Sligo were in Brussels on a three day visit from Monday, October 17th to Wednesday October 19th. The visit was hosted by Independent MEP Marian Harkin who is co-founder and Co-Chair of the European Parliaments Carers Interest Group. The visit afforded an opportunity for carers to express their views and ideas directly to representatives of the European Commission. Pictured in the European Parliament were (L to R): John Dunne, CEO, Family Carers Ireland and President of Eurocarers; Mary Davitt, Strandhill Rd.; Marian Harkin; Frances Taheny, Pearse Rd., Barry Brennan, Martin Savage Terrace and Frank Goodwin, Former President of Eurocarers and founder member of The Carers Association.

FARMING :: Pictured at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships was Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD with Liz and Prius McClot from Suip Manufacting based in Sligo. Photo : Conor McCabe Photography.

CONNECT :: Sligo tourism trade took centre stage at the inaugural Connect16 - Irelands largest ever showcase for the meetings and events sector which was held in the RDS, Dublin on Wednesday (28th September). Fáilte Ireland were a title sponsor at the event and pictured attending were Gail McGibbon and Pat Grimes, Sligo BID; Síle Garrett Horan, Sligo Tourism; Finbarr Filan, Sligo BID; Karen Sweeney, Western Development Commission and Paula Scallon, Radisson Blu Sligo. Photo: Shane O Neill Photography.

SAVE:: Its official, Tesco are accepting all other supermarket price-saving vouchers. For some time it was an unwritten certainty that Tesco were practicing this form of the dark arts to claim more of the valuable grocery market but now its no longer a rumour. Signage in the Sligo Tesco Arcade announces the deal, and goes on to name the discount vouchers from Dunnes, Lidl, Aldi and SuperValu are all welcome in their store. Every little helps.

FLORAL :A beautiful floral display on the pedestrian bridge over the Garavogue River in Sligo town. Photo:

YEATS :: The demolition of the building on which the iconic mural of WB Yeats was adorned got underway on Saturday, 1 October. Serious deterioration in the fabric of the building resulted in the need to demolish the town centre house. Sligo Tidy Towns are activley seeking a new building to recreate the mural early next year. Photo: Val Robus /