Monthly Archives: November 2015


Nov 20th 2015 8pm

Dr. Críostoír Mac Cárthaigh

The McCann family have been actively engaged in boating, fishing and boat building for at least a century and a half. In the mid-19th century, the founder of the McCann boat yard at Milk Harbour (or ‘Milk Haven’ as it was formerly known), Johnny ‘Rua’ McCann, made a living carrying cargo in his 28ft yawl between Killybegs and various destinations on the Donegal and and Sligo shores of Donegal Bay.

Significantly Donegal Bay, including Sligo, north Mayo and south Donegal, represents the southern boundary of a North European zone of clinker (or ‘shell’) boat construction. The role of the McCann family in this context is significant as they were an important supplier of boats to boatmen and fishermen throughout the bay.

As usual for SFC lectures the talk takes place at the Sligo Education Centre, IT Sligo Campus @ 8pm.

For more details visit  or Hon. Sec Paul J Allen @


The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady has encouraged the people of County Sligo to reward the many ‘unsung heroes’ who carry out invaluable voluntary work in their local communities. The Cathaoirleach’s Awards Scheme was previously administered between 2000 and 2009, and is being revived by Councillor O’Grady,  ’to reward the many people who have given special service to their community.’

The Award categories are:

  • Community (Individual)
  • Community (Group)
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Schools
  • Young Enterprise
  • Spirit of Sligo Award
  • Arts and Culture

The category winner will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in County Hall on Wednesday 16th December. Nomination forms and details of the scheme are available from Corporate Services Section, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo, phone 071 911 1018 or downloaded below. Nomination forms can also be accessed on Sligo County Council’s website at

Members of the Awards Committee:

Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady (Cathaoirleach), Cllr Declan Bree, Cllr Hubert Keaney, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, Cllr Sean MacManus, Cllr Dara Mulvey, Cllr Gino O’Boyle.

Application forms can be downloaded as follows: Cathaoirleach Awards Form 2015

Closing date for return of completed forms is Wed 2nd December 2015.

Forms should be returned to: Corporate Services Office, Sligo County Council, County Hall, Riverside,  Sligo    



Drumcliffe Rathcormac Tidy Towns will hold an Open Night on Monday the 16th of November next in the Old Schoolhouse in Rathcormac. Starting at 8pm, there will be a short presentation on recent Tidy Towns activities, 2015 Tidy Towns Competition results, and planning for the 2016 Competition.  All residents of the wider Drumcliffe and Rathcormac areas are most welcome to attend the Open Night to learn about the work of the Committee and its many supporters.

For more information about Drumcliffe Rathcormac Tidy Towns Committee and its activities please contact 087 997 3558 or visit their Facebook page at:


From Saturday 14 November, The Model invites you to Come Play in their project space. Irish artist Eamon O’Kane will transform an area on the ground floor of The Model into a space to play, build and interact with artworks, allowing you to enjoy an exhibition in a whole new way.

The exhibition was designed for both adults and children to experience together.

Eamon O’Kane in conversation with Linda Shevlin 5pm

Opening Reception 6pm

Admission is free and all are very welcome.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) annual November fundraiser

DVAS’s annual November music fundraiser is being held in the

Riverside Hotel on Friday 27th November at 8pm.

It will be a wonderful night of laid back and beautiful music by some of Sligo’s finest musicians: The Honey Bees, Jessie Solange and Jim and Amy.

Please come and join us for an evening of music, finger food and mulled wine.

DVAS would appreciate it if you would pass this invitation along to as many people as possible and hope to see you there on the night. Tickets can be purchased by calling Grace at 071 9141515 or e-mailing her at

Sligo County Library 5 Year Development Plan – Public Consultations

What do you like about your Library?

Do you have suggestions on how the library service could be improved?

If you do not use your local Library why not?

The County Library would like to hear from you.

Sligo County Library invites you to contribute your views on the work of the service. We are seeking your views on the service today and your views on how you would like to see it develop.

The Library is working on a 5-year development programme, which will set the course of its work until 2020. As part of this process, the Library is holding public meetings at four venues throughout the County. You are invited to come along and give us your suggestions and feedback.

 Location Date Time
Enniscrone Library Thursday 12th November  3.00pm-4.30pm
Ballymote Community Library Thursday 12th November 7.15pm-8.30pm
Drop in session in Sligo Central Library Saturday 21st November 11.00am-1.30pm

 In addition Sligo County Library has an online questionnaire which you may use to offer your views

Each meeting will be conducted by an independent outside consultant who is currently working on the plan with library stakeholders.

Library staff will be there to greet you. Users and non users are all welcome.



Embedding Research Evidence in Community Development Conference IT Sligo 4th December



Friday 4th December, IT Sligo 9am-5pm

This event provides an opportunity to share and disseminate evidence to key stakeholders. It will also initiate a repository of knowledge to be accessible to all community stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers: Ciaran Hayes Sligo County Council

Local government reform, community planning, and data’ – Professor Mark Boyle NUI Maynooth and NCP for Urbact III

‘Working with evidence-based approaches in social inclusion interventions at local level: Experience and challenges’Eileen Humphreys University of Limerick

‘Archiving research data for sharing and re-use: opportunities and challenges’  Jane Gray, NUI Maynooth

Presentations include: Lifestart Sligo, Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership, Sligo Family Resource Centre, Foroige The CRIB, Sligo Leitrim Youth Mental Health Initiative.

 Here is the link to register through Eventbrite:


2nd Social Inclusion Strategy Meeting for Sligo PPN

people talk

A second meeting to develop a social inclusion strategy for Sligo PPN will take place next Tuesday, 10th November,  at 2pm in City Hall.  All PPN members are invited to attend, in particular members of the social inclusion college.  Key questions for the meeting include: What do we want to change in Sligo to make life better for excluded groups?, How can we do that through participation in the PPN and other committees?