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RAISING THE FLAG : Rosses Point Development Association add welcoming colourful flags throughout the village during The West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship . Each flag represents the colour of the counties of Ireland and the Countries participating in the championship. (l-r) Ross Palmer chairman RPDA, David O Donavan County Sligo Golf Club , Lady captain Margaret Conlon and Captain Tom Horkan. Photo: Frances Muldoon.

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).

SAFE :: The interest of Independent MEP Marian Harkin in assisting older emigrants wishing to return home to Ireland was developed through contact with her former Dail colleague Dr. Jerry Cowley of Mulranny, Co. Mayo. In 2000 Dr. Cowley created a pilot project called Safe Home Ireland alongside the voluntary housing scheme he had developed in Mulranny for older people. Recently the Independent MEP met with Karen McHugh, CEO of Safe Home Ireland to discuss its operations which focusses on helping Irish emigrants to explore the option of returning to secure accommodation back in their own counties.Karen is a native of Geevagh, Co Sligo and is currently based in the Portlaoise outreach office of Safe Home Ireland which has other offices in Galway and Limerick while its Head Office remains in Mulranny. She is pictured (left) with Marian Harkin MEP.

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.

STATUS :: Independent MEP Marian Harkin instigated the procedure necessary to seek designated status for the potato based food product Boxty. Boxty is synonymous with the border counties, Mayo and North Longford, and following a meeting of Boxty producers organised by the Independent MEP, a case to be made to the European Commission is currently being developed. Marian held discussions on the matter with Boxty restaurant owner Padraic Gallagher who has written about the history of the iconic potato product. She is pictured with Padraic outside his Gallagher’s Boxty House restaurant in Temple Bar in Dublin.

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: MaxwellPhotography.ie

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