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Rents in Shannonside region among cheapest in country


Longford Roscommon and Leitrim are among the cheapest places to rent property in the country.

According to the latest Daft.ie property report for the second quarter of this year, the average cost of renting a property in Leitrim is now €525 per month, €580 in Longford and 607 in Roscommon.

However, year on year that price is up almost 7 percent in Leitrim, 11 percent in Longford and 10 percent in Roscommon.

Rents in Dublin are now almost 20 percent higher than their peak in the celtic tiger.

The average national rent now stands at one thousand one hundred and 59 euro – while its 17 hundred in the capital.

Ronan Lyons from Daft says its going to be a tough few weeks for students heading to college:


Willie Cunningham


Willie Cunningham

Ilford Essex, London and formerly Oran, Donamon, Co Roscommon.

Friday August 4th peacefully

Funeral has taken place in England.

A memorial Mass for Willie will be held in Clooneycolgan Church, Donamon on (Fri) evening at half past seven.       

Mary Frances Hebron (nee Carney)


Mary Francis Hebron (Nee Carney)

Cloontumpher, Ballinalee, Co Longford and formerly Granlahan, Ballinlough, Co Roscommon and Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.

Predeacesed by her husband Liam, son Gabriel, sister Agnes and brother James.

Peacefully after a short illness in Mullingar General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.Mary Frances will be dearly missed by her sons Liam (Clontumpher) and Dermot (Moydow), daughters Anne (Killarney), Bernadette (Swinford), Rita (Frenchpark) and Caroline (Galway), sisters Kathleen, Eileen and Veronica, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and friends.

Monday, August, 21st peacefully at Mullingar General Hospital.

Reposing at the home of her son Liam and daughter in law Maura, Cloontumpher, tomorrow (Wed) from two o’clock with Rosary at nine o’clock.

Funeral Mass on (Thurs) at twelve noon in St Mary’s Church, Ennybegs with burial afterwards in Aughaboy cemetery.

Family flowers only please. Family time on Thursday morning.


Niall Higgins looks to sweep up historic medal


The inaugural U17 Football Final takes place this Sunday as Roscommon and Tyrone will battle it out to make history and become the first winners of this new grade.

The game will be a curtain raiser to the senior semi final which includes the Tyrone seniors as they look to dethrone Dublin.

A big crowd from Tyrone will be seen for the game due to having two teams playing but no doubt the Primrose and Blue will be seen in numbers through the stands of Croke Park

The semi finals seen Tyrone beat Meath 1-14 – 0-10 while Roscommon to the shock of most people outside the county beat Kerry 2-15 – 1-13 to set up this final pairing.

Niall Higgins who is part of the squad has seen many positional switches in this championship due his versatility and the victory over The Kingdom was another as the Elphin star was giving the duty of sweeper for the game.

He spoke to Tony Ghee about being giving that role

“It worked out for me as I could read the game and move wherever the ball was and get on it”

Niall is the only player from the Elphin club he’s very honoured to represent the club on such a big occasion like this Sunday

“All in the club are very proud of me and I’m honoured to represent them”

Coming into this game Niall knows the challenge that awaits The Rossies

“We’ll have to work a lot harder than we did against Kerry and cut out a lot of the mistakes because Tyrone have great work rate and they are a physical and strong team”

All Ireland finals are always special but being that this is the first at this grade it has an extra bit to it.

Roscommon underage has been very strong over the last number of years with some exceptional teams and this team is one of them with plenty of talent.

Throw in time at Croke Park on Sunday is 11:45am and you will be able to hear live coverage of that game right here on Shannonside FM

To hear the full interview with Niall listen to the audio below


Westmeath Rose to take to Tralee stage tonight


People across the Shannonside counties will be rooting for the Westmeath Rose Eva Cooney tonight as she takes to the stage in Tralee.

The 22-year-old psychology student is the only Rose from the local region to make it through to the final event.

Eva is from Glasson, close to the Longford border, but also has strong connections in the area courtesy of her grandfather Paddy Cooney who represented the Longford/Westmeath constituency as a Fine Gael TD and Minister in the past.

The Westmeath Rose’s father Mark is also a former Fine Gael councillor for Athlone.

Speaking on Let’s Talk today, Mark Cooney said the family would be happy to think that people in the surrounding counties would be wishing Eva well tonight…



Public meeting to rally support against Lidl’s Carrick plan announced


A public meeting to rally support against the Lidl store planned for Carrick-on-Shannon has been organised.

The German supermarket giant has been refused planning permission by Leitrim County Council to develop a store at Attinfinlay, near rivals Tesco and Aldi.

It intends closing its existing store at Cortober, on the Roscommon side of Carrick.

Lidl is appealing against the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála, with observations from the public invited before September 4th.

There has been widespread opposition to the new store, and another public meeting will take place in the Bush Hotel in Carrick next Monday at 8pm.

Fintan Cox is one of the organisers.


Roscommon suicide bereavement officer believes inquests should be held in private


A suicide bereavement officer working in Co Roscommon says she would prefer if inquests into deaths from suicide could be held in private.

Tiffany Walsh works with the Roscommon Suicide Bereavement Liaisons Service from Vita House in Roscommon Town and the Family Resource Centre in Boyle.

The service offers support and help to individuals, families and communities following a suicide.

Speaking on the Let’s Talk programme today, Tiffany Walsh says the grief felt by families in the aftermath of suicide can be especially hard to cope with, and the fact that inquests are held in open court can be very traumatic:



Hundreds without power due to outage near Pigeons


The ESB is reporting a significant power outage at Bushfield near the Pigeons this afternoon.

A fault was reported just before 4pm and according to the powercheck app, approximately 345 customers are currently affected.

ESB repair crews are currently attending the scene and it’s hoped power will be restored just after 7pm this evening.

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