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New Longford taking it a game at a time


Robbie Smyth explained that the “new Longford” is starting to shine through ahead of the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup semi-final.

Smyth scored Longford’s goal as they overcame Kildare 1-14 to 13 points to secure their spot in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final, having won group two.

“We’ve a new backroom team and management” explained Smyth. “There’s a big push going to try and get a new Longford going.”

The new Longford has gotten off to a super start having beaten Kildare 2-9 to 1-10 and then followed it up with a four point win over Kildare.

“Two wins in the O’Byrne Cup and off to Pairc Tailteann to go off and play Meath in the semi-final” added Smyth. “We’re just going to take that game as it comes.”

“It’s a bonus game for us, so we can just look forward to it and enjoy it.”

The Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup semi-final between Longford and Meath is live on Shannonside FM from 2pm on Sunday Sport.

Listen to the full post-game interview from Longford’s victory over Kildare, Robbie Smyth speaking to John Duffy.


Minister Naughten says no landfill dump will be developed in Ballinasloe


Environment Minister Denis Naughten says there’s no question of a landfill dump being developed in Ballinasloe.

The Roscommon based Minister was one of a number of local politicians who attended a public meeting last night with hundreds of people who have concerns about a waste permit application for a site near the old Poolboy dump.

Minister Naughten says he wanted to clarify that the permit being considered is for a waste transfer operation which would not involve any refuse being left or dumped in the area.

He says he understands that people also have fears on traffic congestion and odours, and he has committed to working with the local residents to clarify these and other issues….


Mary Moylan (nee Towey)


Mary Moylan (nee Towey)

Main Street, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon.

Tuesday, 9th, January peacefully at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

Reposing at her home in Ballinlough tomorrow evening (Fri) from four o’clock until eight o’clock.

Funeral arriving at the Church of Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough for mass of the Resurrection at half past one on (Sat).

Burial afterwards in Ballinlough Cemetery. Enquiries to Gaynor’s Funeral Directors, Ballinlough.

Family flowers only please.

GRA welcomes increase in Garda numbers at Castlerea station


The Garda Representative Association is welcoming the allocation of additional members for Castlerea Garda station in Co Roscommon.

The station is designated as an area headquarters, and has to cover an area the size of Co Longford.

Numbers at the station had fallen to just 8 gardai before Christmas, and the GRA had expressed serious concern for the safety of their members, and the wider public.

Garda Tom Kennedy who’s the GRA representative for Roscommon/Longford says they are much happier with the situation at the station now which has new staff allocated over recent weeks…


Leitrim GP claims lives could be lost due to slow ambulance response times


A Leitrim GP is warning that people could die as a direct result of very poor ambulance cover for the county.

Dr Sean Bourke says he and other doctors in the region are seriously concerned about the long periods that sick people now have to wait for an ambulance in Leitrim.

The Ballinamore GP says the rationalisation of the ambulance service a couple of years ago was simply a cost cutting measure.

Dr Bourke says ambulance response times have become worse since the changes were made.

He says that ambulances regularly have to come from Mullingar, Cavan and other areas to attend emergencies in Ballinamore.

Speaking on let’s Talk today the Leitrim GP said an 85-year-old woman who had fallen and broken her leg had to endure a two and a half hour wait for the ambulance recently, and it was lucky that she had been brought to his surgery in the meantime…



Three teenagers plead guilty to Longford St Patrick’s Day assault


Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to the serious assault of a man on St Patrick’s Day in Longford town last year.

The youths appeared before Longford Circuit Court today charged in relation to the alleged stabbing of 37-year-old Vitor Vieira on 17th March 2017.

Brandon McDonnell aged 18 and Ciaran McDonnell who is 19, both with an address at 34 College Park, Longford pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm.

A third youth who cannot be named as he is a juvenile also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

All three appeared in court after a Portuguese man was stabbed following an altercation on New Street in the town on St Patrick’s night last year.

Judge John Hannan requested that probation reports be prepared in relation to Brandon McDonnell and the juvenile.

All three were remanded in continuing custody to appear again before Longford Circuit Court for sentencing on the 31st May next.

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