Monday 22 January 2018

Emotional start following Gurteen tragedy

AN EMOTIONALLY filled ecumenical service is held for the three victims of a Gurteen fire tragedy, who lost their lives in a blaze before Christmas.

More than 400 people attend the service at the Nazareth House for Trevor Wallwork (50) and his daughter Kimberley (12) and son Harry (9).

Trevor's seriously ill wife, Susan, leaves Sligo General Hospital to be present. The tragic family is later laid to rest in England. Susan Wallwork loses her own battle with a longterm illness in June.

WESTLIFE'S Mark Feehily is said to be "devastated" as his long relationship with his partner of seven years, Kevin McDaid ends.

WELL-KNOWN furniture store, Roemer's on Pearse Road offer a three-piece suite worth €1,600, a dining room set valued at €900 and a bedroom set worth €1,200 to the first people through their doors with old pound notes in a seasonal sale promotion.

SLIGO Borough Council cuts its budgets to vital services including the school warden scheme and maintenance of local authority housing estates-but continues to fork out €1,000 per meeting to a consultant to record proceedings there. Sligo County Council is also in crisis. It is €77 million in debt and a local government auditor lashes out at how the council's finances are managed and says the situation is "critical."

SHANE Filan says his children's best interests were uppermost in his move to live permanently in the UK. But, he insists "Sligo will always remain home".

AN army bomb disposal team make safe two early 20th Century grenades discovered during the excavation of a house in the Grange area. The Mills type 36 grenades are made safe in a controlled explosion.

SLIGO Priest Ian Kennedy who steps down from his position as a Parish administrator and leaves the priesthood says he is "quite happy" with the decision he has made.

THE Hawk's Well Theatre celebrates its 30th birthday.

THE campaign is stepped up to have former Summerhill College pupil and the founder of Boys Town Nebraska, Fr. Edward J. Flanagan, declared a saint.

HEART-THROB actor Chris O'Dowd returns to his native Boyle to begin filming the six-part comedy 'Moone Boy'.

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