Sunday 19th June – should be a great day for all the family if you are in Strandhill.

There is a Family Fun Day in the Community Park – and the kids can try out the new playground that has just been completed.

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As the Tidy Towns Judging approaches we would like to ask all residents to make a special effort around their homes and outside gates to keep the area tidy & clear of weeds etc.

The Tidy Towns judging takes place in July & Aug so would like to get Strandhill looking as tidy & colourful as possible with flowers, shrubs and planting.

We are going to meet on Tuesday 29th June from 7-9pm in the Main Car park.

All help will be gratefully received – even if you can only spare 1/2 an hour all time will be put to good use. Bags, gloves & litter pickers will be available.



The good folk in the Strandhill Community Development Association (SCDA) were in contact about their ongoing efforts in the National Tidy Towns Competition.

In an effort to encourage participation from local residents througout the village – there is is going to be a competition with a prize fund of up to €1,000 under categories of best kept estate and the most improved estate.

From the letter to residents sent by SCDA

As you may be aware, the Strandhill Community Development Association (SCDA) re-entered Strandhill into the National Tidy Towns Competition in 2009 following a long absence (1996) . The entry and general work in common areas was completed  by a small number of dedicated people last year.  In order to encourage participation throughout the village, we are offering prizes for estates that are willing participate in the competition through improvements in their own estate and associated road frontage in the village .

In this regard, we have written to all local businesses seeking a small contribution of €50 to assist with the prize fund in addition to our own sources of funding.

We are hoping to have a prize fund of between €500 and €1,000 available to local resident associations that enter the competition. We hope to give prizes for the best kept estate and the most improved estate.

A member of our committee will be in touch with you in the forthcoming weeks and the closing date for entry is 14th May with adjudication on or before 16th July 2010.

The format of the competition will involve photographic evidence of your area/estate at the time of entry and a brief description of activities/improvements undertaken over the following 8 weeks.

Download Letter to residents entering Tidy Towns Competition for their local estate



Rory & Michelle, winners of the recent fundraiser for the Sports and Community Centre Group, originally uploaded by strandhillonline.

Now there’s a way to start the New Year.

Rory Killian , Coolaney, son in-law of popular Strandhill couple Ollie and Rathana McLaughlin and recently married to Michelle, was astounded when told his ticket had been pulled first in the draw.

‘We are thrilled for Rory and his family and we wish him and all the other prize winners the very best with their prizes. They wouldn’t have won if they hadn’t been prepared to support our drive for badly-needed sports and community facilities in the area. We are so grateful for everyone who bought our tickets and helped our fundraising drive,’ said Cliodhna Carroll of the Sports and Community Centre Group.

Nearly 100 other people won prizes in the mega-draw. After Rory Killian, the top prize winners were: John Tracey, Strandhill (€2,000); Patricia Egan, Strandhill (€1,000 holiday with €500 spending money); Maura Gilligan, Glen Road (flat-screen TV and €100 cash) and Glen Kilfeather, Grange (hotel mini-break and €100 cash).

The details of all winners are here.



The reconvened AGM of Strandhill Development Association will take place at 8.30pm on  Thursday, 28th February in the Strand Bar.



Received these details from Cliodhna in the last few days – the winners of the Monster Draw organised by Strandhill Community Development Association for the development of Sport Facilities in the Parish. This took place before Christmas.


€50,000 CAR Rory Killian Coolaney
€ 2,000 John Tracey Lar Easa Cove
€1000 Holiday & €500 Patricia Egan Scarden Court
20″ Flat Screen TV & €100 Maura Gilligan Glen road
Mini Hotel Break & €100 Glen Kilfeather Gilroy Tiling
HOTEL MINI BREAK Brendan O’Neill Strandhill
David Kilrehill Knocknahur
€200 & Cat & Moon Set Roy Kilfeather Scarden
€ 200 Marie McTiernan
€ 200 Roe Finnegan, Woodville
€ 100 Michael Savage Breeogue
€ 100 Chris & M McKenna Westmeath
€ 100 Patricia McCarrick Tubbercurry
€ 100 Rita Cadden Kilmacowen
€ 100 Strand Bar Strandhill
€ 100 Steve Brennan Ballydoogan
€ 100 PJ & Sinead Gallagher Strandhill
€ 100 Patrick Murtagh Knocknarea
€ 100 Michael Keane Scarden
€ 100 Francie Kivlehan Culleenamore
CRYSTAL BRANDY GLASSES Fergus McCaffery Strandhill
Martin Gillen, Scardenbeg
Claire & M Watters Strandhill
Bryan Kilfeather Rosses Point
Jonathan Burns Strandhill
Colm Mullen, Harolds Cross
Shoes & Sports Sligo
Ena & John Lang Strandhill
Maura O’Boyle & Ciaran Foley Strandhill
Domonic Quinn Ballygawley
Diane Middleton Strandhill
Laffey Family Strandhill
Aiden Nolan Strandhill
Liam & Laura Healy Knocknahur
Paul Colreavy Ballyconnell
Seamus Duffy IT Sligo
Joe Gildea Knocknahur
Teresa Phelan Strandhill
Christopher Taylor Rathanoragh
Rian McMorrow Strandhill
John O’Gorman – ESB
John Byrne Strandhill
Deirdre & Mark Eaton Strandhill
Patrick Gilmartin & Tom Rouse Kilmacowen
Patricia Murphy
Siobhan Tobin Strandhill
Noreen Gilligan Strandhill
Nora Haugh Sligo
Peter O’Reilly Strandhill
Eileen O’Connor Strandhill
Stephen Carty Tonaphubble
Rosie & Eddie Byrne Strandhill
Catherine McGaughan IT Sligo
Staff VOYA Seaweed Baths Strandhill
Evelyn & Andy Higgins Strandhill
Fidelma Martyn Knocknarea
Pat & Helena Healy Knocknahur
Martha Des Cosgrove Knocknarea
Padraig Gaughan Ransboro
Aoife & Colm Langan Strandhill
John Foy Sligo
Brian Gilheany Strandhill
Francis Banks Kellystown

Tadgh Murphy Strandhill
Iain Cochraine Strandhill
Joe Gorman Lisheen
Frank Carroll Carrowdough
Colm Sheridan Breeogue
Warriors Festival Strandhill
Roy Kilfeather Scarden
James & Anita Murphy Strandhill
Joseph Monaghan Scanden Beg
Mary Blowick Strandhill
Madeline Lannigan Ransboro
Hugh Gallagher / Martin Daly Sligo
Mary Phelan Strandhill
Brian McDermott Barnasraghy
Fintan Smith Strandhill
Colm Sheridan Knocknahur
Kevin Cooney Knocknahur
Peter Galvin Strandhill
Thomas McSharry Leitrim
Enyi Ezema Strandhill
Marie & Geoff Chrystal Knocknahur
Barry Doyle
Brian Devaney
Steve & Fiona Brennan Ballydoogan
Sophie Louise Carroll Rathfarnham
Austin O’Callaghan Drumcliffe
Leo & Yvonne Parkinson Carton Hill
John McKeogh Collooney
Strand Bar Strandhill
Powell Brennan McManus Rooney
WD Construction
John Duggan / Pat Walsh Sligo
Shane O’Neill Colooney
Helen & Fergal Conway Strandhill
Ciara Niland Strandhill
Brid O’Toole Strandhill



We are looking for interested individuals to contribute articles to the Strandhill Online website. If you are a local, a blow in, or even somebody associated with the area but living elsewhere – we would love to have your input.

As you can probably guess, we are interested in contributions on local news, events, history and heritage of the area and local issues; that’s what we have writing about up to now – maybe you have a different take?

Also, we are more than happy to publicise events that happening locally – fundraising campaigns, meetings and so on.

Even though we have had a few opinion pieces in the past – in the future, we will NOT be a soapbox for any specific side of an argument or debate; however, we are happy to link to places that articulate particular points of view on a topic.

Drop an email to info [at] strandhillonline.com and tell us what you would like to write about.



The closing date for applications for funding from the Sligo County Council Art Grants is 15th February.

The Sligo Arts eBulletin for February (download here) lists a range of ‘Calls for Applications’ for grants and bursary opportunities from the Sligo Arts Department, The Arts Council and others, that are relevant for individual artists as well as groups.

More info at www.sligoarts.ie.



Cliodhna recently sent me on the promotional material for the fund raising campaign the group are currently running – this is the text.

The Strandhill/Coolera area has one of the fastest rowing populations in the North West and it is stimated that there will be over 2,000 people nder 25 by 2009. We therefore urgently need community and sports facilities to cater for the increasing population, especially for the younger people.

The Sports and Community Centre sub-committee of Strandhill Community Development Association is working to provide state-of-the-art sports facilities and a Community Centre at a site on the Airport Road. We have recently secured agreement from Sligo County Council for a long-term lease on this site.

With support from the community we can develop this area into a wonderful amenity while respecting the scenery and environment.

The objective is to provide a multi-purpose community centre that will cater for indoor sports and changing facilities, youth club activity, drama, gymnastics, dance, childcare, homework clubs, meeting rooms, facilities for older citizens, health, education and library services, along with outdoor soccer & Gaelic playing pitches, all-weather pitch and running track, linked to a network of recreational boardwalks along the dunes.

Now we need your help. We are launching our fundraising drive with a Monster Draw with over €200,000 worth of prizes. By supporting this draw you could win a 2008 luxury car, a 2008 motor home or a leisure/ fishing boat or €40,000 in cash or any of 1,000 other high-quality prizes.

At the same time you will be helping to provide the Strandhill/Coolera region with sports and community facilities to be proud of. All it will cost you is four payments of €25, or €100 once-off payment either by cash, cheque or  bankers order to the Strandhill / Coolera Sports and Community Centre Account.

We ask you to support this draw by buying a ticket and by selling tickets to as many other people as possible.




Looking in this weeks Sligo Champion, about the recent protest over the removal of the community room upstairs in the maritime centre. As far as I know, this is the only room available to local groups to have meetings, and presumably was part of the initial (planning) condition for the building of the centre.

Anyone know the background to this ?


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