Sunday 17 December 2017

Man held as a slave by a gang in Sligo

A MAN who was being held as a slave for over a year by a Sligo-based gang is dramatically rescued by Gardai.

THE terrified victim has to jump from an upstairs window before fleeing to the centre of Sligo town.

He is chased by the gang, but with the help of Gardai, gives them the slip.

The man was being forced to collect cash for the thugs who run a money-lending racket.

TWO lethal pipe bombs found near a forest in Sligo were intended for use in a bitter feud between local criminal gangs, The Sligo Champion learnsDetectives believe they may know the identity of the criminals who were the intended targets for the devices.

The home-made pipe bombs are both found to be viable.

FREEDIVER Feargus Callaghy from Sligo features in a radio documentary as he tells how he can hold his breath for five minutes and can dive to depths of over 40 meters on a single breath.

Feargus teaches freediving from his base in Mullaghmore.

A MAJOR restoration project which has already brought a series of modern improvements to a 164-year-old Sligo church continues with essential structural works around the bell-tower at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, Strandhill.

TWO new state-of-the-art recreation facilities open in Sligo - a fitness trail in Doorly Park and an outdoor gym at Mitchell Curley Park.

VETERAN Sligo newsman Tommie Gorman speaks of his toughest ever assignment and how the gruelling eight-week Michaela McAreavey murder trial in Mauritius affects him and the bereaved families.

KIAN Egan becomes the first member of Westlife to return to the glamour of the entertainment industry, winning the highly coveted role as a co-host of the hugely popular Xtra Factor show.

THE Sligo father of the 19-year-old girl who goes missing after a chaotic concert at the Phoenix Park - at which two people died and nine were stabbed - speaks of his 'joy, elation and utter happiness' at her safe return. A delighted Eric Finan, originally from Lyndale, says he is 'over the moon' that his daughter, Aoife, who vanished for almost 48 hours after the Swedish House Mafia gig, turns up safe and makes her way home to Cork.

SLIGO farmers count the cost of a summer washout. The weather hampers allimportant silage making efforts and makes it impossible for animals to be outside on grass.

SLIGO honours its war dead at a special Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony outside City Hall. It is one of six held throughout the country to pay tribute to Irish men and women who died in past wars or on UN service.

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