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HARP : A harpist brought peace and tranquility to O Connell St at the weekend as his lilting tunes wafted over busy shoppers.

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!!!

ROWING : Shay O Connor receiving the prize of €120 from Nigel Murtagh of Carrick of Shannon Rowing Club. The team, Vincent Hickey, Shane Loftus, Patrick McGarry and Shay very generously gave the money back to Nigel to help the fundraising. A great night where a pub quiz raised €1,745 and is now added to the online total of €4,160 means the club is now closer to to improving its fortunes.

PALS :: Elsie, dressed up in the latest fashion styles is now a familier sight on the streets of Sligo. Her little pal, Snack in a Bag, is happy to be ferried around while taking in the sights.

BUILDING : John Moylan, of Sip energy panels, writes, Taken today, where our crew are erecting a new building in Co Sligo – its the colours that struck me…the view is Ben Bulben and Sliabh Liag off to the right.

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.

CLOSED: The well known original pound shop, Marys on Castle Street has closed its doors..for the second and final time. It would appear its popularity was seriously affected by the opening of larger chain stores such as EuroGiant, Dealz and now the posh discounter, Tiger. A growing trend in Sligo is also the emergence of more charity shops. There are now nine outlets operating in the heart of the town with Harmony Hill hosting four. All are reporting a brisk trade. Photo: