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VOLUNTEER :: December 5th is a great day for Sligo as London hands over the title of European Capital of Volunteering to Sligo. Sligo follows in a proud tradition of Barcelona, Lisbon and London and it is gratifying that Sligo is placed on the same platform as those great cities. Pictured at the event in London City Hall are, Cathaoirleach Hubert Keaney, Mayor of Sligo Marie Casserly, Marian Harkin MEP, Ciarán Hayes CEO Sligo County Council, Anthony Grey President Restaurants Association.

POST :: Thomas Walsh, Campaign Coordinator and Paul Mc Tiernan, committee member from Save Ballygawley Post Office handing in to Sligo GPO a petition containing 1,452 signatures plus 376 signed Letters of Support, 99 signed congregational letters from Ballintogher, 92 signed congregational letters from Gevagh, 125 signed congregational letters from Sooey and 251 support signatures from Carraroe.

CRIB :: The Crib is back in Johnston Court for the Festive Season. The baby Jesus, bearing an uncanny resemblence to RTÉ presenter and host of Rose of Tralee Daithi Ó Sé is laying in the manger. The image went viral last year and was a great hit across Ireland.

CYCLE :: Following on from the €200k funding already announced from REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone), Coolaney Mountain Biking committee member and local Councillor Dara Mulvey is delighted that €40k which has been secured also from Failte Ireland to assist Coillte with Project Development for the proposed recreational amenity site at Coolaney Sligo and Co Donegal. This is great news for Co Sligo and the North West. This amazing National Mountain Biking centre to be based in Coolaney can now start to be delivered on a phased structure and will be a major tourist attraction for our region stated Cllr Mulvey. The photo shows Kyle Malee from Coolaney in action.

LIGHTS :: Rosses Point has had its first Christmas lights switched on. The lights organised by the newly formed Rosses Point Development Association saw over 400 people turn up for the switching-on event. Pictured on the night were the Mayor of Rosses Point - Suzie Peterson, Elsa Jeaniot with Roisin and Joyce Muldoon.The Mayor was assisted at the ceremony by Oliver Smyth Photo : Frances Muldoon

ROSSES :: Rosses Point has had its first Christmas lights switched on. The lights organised by the newly formed Rosses Point Development Association saw over 400 people turn up for the switching-on event. Pictured are some of the newly formed - Rosses Point Development Association Committee members (l-r) Liz Leydon, Sarah Jane Lewis, Frank Morrison, Aiden Bulter, Shane Flanagan, Ross Palmer - Chairman, Kevin Quinn , John Monahan - Sec, Frances Muldoon and Simon Rooney.

APPEAL :: Caitlin McGowan, aged 3 from Sligo pictured at the launch of the ISPCC Childline and Aurivo Charity Partnership. Customers in all of Aurivo’s 33 Homeland stores across the North-West will be offered a chance to support the ISPCC with an option to add a donation of €1 at the till for one week from Monday 12th of December to Sunday the 19th of December. Photo © Colin Gillen/framelight.ie

TOURISM :: As part of their Honours Degree in Tourism 47 international students from Germany, Finland France, Spain, Canada and Brazil, visited a number of popular tourist attractions in Donegal entitled Destination Donegal. Pictured at Fanad Lighthourse were Back row L-R: Markus Weber (Germany), Alba Redondo (Spain), Tory Craig (Canada), Ridgley Dier (Canada), (Canada), Julieta Arguelles (Brazil) & Julie Habdank (Germany), Front row (In the Ring): Andrea Martinez Del Pozo (Spain) & Maite Redin (Spain).

BRAVE :: As part of their Honours Degree in Tourism 47 international students from Germany, Finland France, Spain, Canada and Brazil, visited a number of popular tourist attractions in Donegal entitled Destination Donegal. The students are pictured here braving the elements on the helipad at Fanad Lighthourse.