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Ryanair pleads with pilots to call off strike


Ryanair has pleaded with pilots based in Dublin to call off next Wednesday’s strike.

The airline today confirmed it was recognising pilot unions in six European countries – including Ireland – as it tries to avoid disruption over Christmas.

The Irish Airline Pilots Association says its reviewing the decision and wants a meeting with management over the weekend.

The company has offered to meet pilot representatives next Wednesday – the day of the planned strike.

Ryanair’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Bellew says there’s now no reason for next week’s stoppage.

Curraroe residents claim TII appear more interested in efficiency than road safety


A member of the Curraroe Road Safety Group says that Transport Infrastructure Ireland appear to be more concerned with efficiency than safety.

John Gonley was speaking today following a public meeting last night which saw dozens of local people express their concerns about the N61 beside Ballybay Central School and the local church in south Roscommon.

Mr Gonley says that such is the volume of traffic on the route at peak times, it’s almost impossible to exit from the Curraroe road onto the main route.

He says people want to see traffic calming introduced so that people attending the school, church, and community hall and soccer club are not put in danger.

Mr Gonley says better signage is also needed to warn motorists of the presence of these facilities, and a filter system is needed for traffic to merge safely from the smaller road…



Local GAA stars to sleep out in effort to raise plight of homelessness


A former Longford Gaelic footballer and Longford town soccer player says he’s delighted to be taking part in Saturday’s homelessness sleep-out in Galway.

Gary Murphy who played inter-county football in Longford, as well as soccer for Longford TOWN, is one of over 400 GAA players across the country taking part in events around the country tomorrow night.

The new player-led social movement called Gaelic Voices for Change is made up of volunteers who feel that the GAA is based on community values, and that they want to use their voice to support the most vulnerable in society.

Tomorrow night’s sleep out is taking place 12 towns and cities including Dublin, Galway, Boston and New York.

Gary Murphy told Shannonside FM he wants to do what he can to help resolve this crisis in Ireland…



George Bruce


George Bruce

Knock, Taughmaconnell, Ballinasloe, Co Roscommon.

Thursday December 14th

Reposing at Dignity Funeral Home, Main Street, Ballinasloe (adjacent to Gullane’s Hotel) tomorrow (Sat) from five o’clock until seven o’clock.

Funeral cortege arriving at St John’s Church, Ballinasloe on (Sun) for Funeral Service at half past two.

Interment afterwards in Creagh Cemetery.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Oncology Unit UCHG.  

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Re-Develop Set For Green Light


Longford GAA’s plans to expand Glennon Brothers Pearse Park have moved a step closer.

Longford county board chairman Eamon Reilly told delegates at last night’s Longford county board that the appeal lodged with An Bord Pleanála had been withdrawn.

The county board must now wait five to seven working days for the process to complete.

If the process is complete without objection, Longford GAA hope to have the new west stand in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park available for the opening game of the Leinster senior football championship against Meath on the week ending May 27th.

Big news story of the week, we have been working on this behind the scenes for the last number of weeks.

We have had sight of a letter that has been sent to An Bord Pleanála removing the objection.

It will be a tight schedule to have the stand open for May, but we would be hopeful to have at least the west stand open and we can proceed with the first round of the championship.

Longford county board chairman Eamon Reilly was speaking to Shannonside Sport’s John Duffy.


John Fitzmaurice


John Fitzmaurice

Battery Heights, Athlone.

Friday December 15th peacefully.

Sadly missed by his loving daughters Sonya and Lorene, relatives and many friends.

Reposing at Flynn’s Funeral Home, The Strand, Athlone on (Sun) evening from four o’clock until seven o’clock.

Requiem Mass on (Mon) in the Church of Saints Peter & Paul at eleven o’clock with burial afterwards in Shrule Cemetery, Ballymahon.

Liam Murphy


Liam Murphy

Mullingar Road, Ballymahon, Co Longford.

Friday December 15th peacefully in Inis Rea Nursing Home, Ballyleague.

Reposing at his son Lloyd’s residence Lissianskey tomorrow afternoon (Sat) from four o’clock until seven o’clock.

Funeral after two o’clock Mass on (Sun) in St Matthew’s Church, Ballymahon, followed by burial in Shrule cemetery.

Leitrim family hoping to secure ‘Fittest Family’ title this weekend


A Leitrim family will be hoping for an early Christmas present this weekend if they can win a national title to prove they are the fittest and strongest in all of Ireland.

The Bernies, from Mohill, will compete against two other families this Sunday night to win the title of Ireland’s Fittest Family, having missed out on the prize in 2015 after being knocked out early in the series.

Michael Beirne, his daughter Dearbhaile, and his sons Jonathan and Keith are being coached by former Ireland International rugby player Donnacha O’Callaghan and will face a family from Kildare and a family from Wexford for the title.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show, Dearbhaile says the challenges have been tough:



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