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Heavy traffic as thousands attend ploughing championships


Fans of the National Ploughing Championships are being warned to travel in plenty of time and to expect delays as the first day of the largest agricultural show in Europe gets underway in Tullamore.

A total of 33 competitors from Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon will be taking part in the various classes over the next three days as over quarter of a million people are set to to visit the midlands.


The chair of the Longford Ploughing association Cynthia Geelan speaking as all roads leads to Tullamore for fans of agriculture this week.

There are eight farmers from the Leitrim, Longford, and Roscommon taking part in the loy digging competition and 25 more involved in various conventional furrow classes.

There is special garda advice for motorist looking to make their way to the venue this morning.

Those travelling from the north will travel via Mullingar and onto the N52 towards Tyrellspass.

Traffic will be turned right into Tyrellspass Village and on to Kilbeggan Village via R446 (old N6).

Once through Kilbeggan Village turn left for Clara onto the R436. On the approach to Clara traffic will turn left onto the L2009 before joining the R420 Tullamore to Clara Road. Traffic will then turn right at Coolnahiley and be directed to parking beside the event grounds.

And if you’re coming from the west you’ll exit M6 motorway at Junction 6 (Horseleap, Clara) and will be directed towards Moate town.

Traffic will then be directed left onto the Ballycumber Road. At Ballycumber traffic will join the R436 (Ballycumber to Clara Road) before turning right on towards Rahan Village.

At Rahan Village traffic will be directed onto the L2011 towards the event site and parking.

Shannonside Fm are also live at the ploughing for the next three days in Block 3/Row 26/Stand 611 and we’d love to come say hello.

Ryanair to publish list of all cancelled flights


Ryanair is due to publish a list of flight cancellations over the next six weeks.

The airline says it messed up the annual leave of pilots, meaning it has less crew than it would like going into the Autumn.

Around 50 flights will be cancelled daily.

Passengers are entitled to have a refund or a seat on an alternative flight.

They may also be due compensation in a debacle which could cost the airline around 20 million euro.

Local TD doesn’t believe any party will secure majority after next General Election


A Shannonside Fianna Fail TD doesn’t believe any party will have an overall majority after the next General Election.

Fianna Fail is hosting their annual think-in in Longford this afternoon, and the party is already on an election footing in the county after selecting its candidate for the Election at a convention recently.

The forthcoming budget is likely to put increasing pressure on the confidence and supply agreement that the party enjoys with Fine Gael, with possible cuts to the USC proposed by the government likely to be strongly opposed.

Speculation is increasing that a General Election could be called in early 2018, but Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy says at the moment no party is likely to be able to capture a majority :



October start date confirmed for Ballaghaderreen Cathedral facelift


Ballaghaderreen cathedral is to close its’ doors for more than six months to allow for a €1.4m revamp.

The contract for the refurbishment has been awarded to Kilcawley Construction from Sligo and was signed in recent days.

Work is due to begin on Monday 9th October and according to Parish Priest Fr Joseph Gavigan it’s expected to take up to the middle of April next.

In the intervening months mass goers will be facilitated in the Oratory of nearby St Nathy’s College.

The renovation of the building will be both internal and external with work to be done on the lighting, heating and ventilation systems, the stain glass windows, pointing of the walls and repairs to the roof.

Fr Gavigan explained that the facelift is very welcome and has been in the pipeline for several years now.


Mary Josephine Ryan (nee Hardiman)


Mary Josephine Ryan (nee Hardiman)

Bettystown, Co Meath and formerly Beech Park, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Monday September 18th peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in her 99th year.

Predeceased by her husband Lt. Col. John Ryan and her son Gabriel. Deeply regretted by her son Padraig (Tom), daughters Maria and Emer, son in law Paul, daughter in law Susan, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Reposing at Watson Funeral Director’s premises, Dyer Street, Drogheda tomorrow evening (Tues) from five o’clock until seven o’clock.

Reception of remains into St Mary’s Church, Athlone on (Wed) evening at six o’clock.

Funeral Mass on (Thurs) at half past ten with burial afterwards on Coosan cemetery.

Ibrahim Halawa acquitted of all charges in Egypt

Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa has been found innocent of all charges against him.

The 21 year old from Firhouse in Dublin has been in jail in Egypt for over four years after being arrested during a political demonstration.

There are tears, screams and hugs here in Firhouse this afternoon following the news of Ibrahim’s acquittal.

After four years of being locked up in an Egyptian jail and four years of postponements and legal delays – the 21-year-old has been found innocent of all charges against him.

His sisters Fatima and Omaima say it was a nervous wait for the verdict.

In Egypt – Ibrahim had tears in his eyes and hugged his fellow prisoners when he heard the innocent verdict.

The President, Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs Minister have all welcomed the news.

The priority now is to get Ibrahim home as soon as possible.


Leitrim Councillor says Ryanair dispute not just about pilots’ rosters

Leitrim Enda Stenson

A Leitrim Councillor who missed his early morning flight to Belgium today as a result of Ryanair cancelling his flight says the issue is more complex than is being portrayed.

Enda Stenson was due to fly to Brussels this morning for a two-day European event and arrived around five am and proceeded through security.

However, when he arrived at his gate, the electronic board informed hundreds of passengers that the flight was cancelled.

Ryanair claims it is cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks due to a problem with pilots’ rosters

However, Enda Stenson says the problems are deeper than that :

http://www.shannonside.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/endasten18.mp3 .

REVEALED: Cheapest home in Longford last month sold for under €10,000


The most expensive home in the Shannonside region sold last month reached a price of €290,000

Figures from the Property Price Register last month reveal that 80 properties went under the hammer, with the cheapest sold for less than ten-thousand euro in Longford.

Longford recorded both the cheapest and most expensive domestic property sold last month, according to figures from the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

A house on Main Street in Ballymahon was sold for just €9,400 while at the other end of the scale, a property in Lanesborough reached a €290,000.

In Leitrim, 15 properties went under the hammer last month – the cheapest was a home in Tullaghan which cost €35,000, while the most expensive was a property in Cloghergrane in Carrick-on-Shannon which was sold for €240,000.

44 properties were sold in Roscommon last month, the cheapest was a home bought form €10,000 in Cootehill in Boyle, and the most expensive a property in Ardcarne in Boyle which reached a price of a quarter of a million.

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