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Thieves raid Carrick café again


Gardaí in Carrick-on-Shannon are investigating yet another burglary at a well-known coffee shop in the town.

Between 4 o’clock and 7 o’clock this morning, Esquires at the Dublin Road was broken into, with entry gained by smashing a side door.

A quantity of cash was stolen and gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

No arrests have been made, but CCTV is currently being analysed.

It’s the second time in five months the business has been burgled.

HIQA report raises concerns over midlands foster care services


A HIQA report into foster care services in the Midlands, which covers counties Longford and Westmeath, has found two major non-compliances, including issues surrounding appropriate garda vetting.

The inspection of the service, which took place across four days last Autumn, examined three areas of the foster care institution – safe and effective services, leadership governance and management and use of resources.


Three standards were found to be compliant and five standards were non-compliant of which three were identified as moderate non-compliances and two major non-compliances.

Inspectors reported while there were a number of safeguarding measures in place, not all relative foster carers or members of foster care households over the age of 16 years were Garda vetted.

The report also claims that there was not a sufficient number of foster carers in the area to meet the needs of children in care and Social workers from both the fostering and children in care teams told inspectors that there was a deficit in the availability of foster carers and that this impacted on finding appropriate placements for children.

Responding to the report this afternoon: Tusla says the report highlights that the area has made significant improvements with regard to child in care reviews, care planning and reviews of foster carers, in particular, since the previous inspection in 2016.

It also claims all outstanding relative foster carers now have up to date Garda vetting and applications are being processed for foster family members

Ballaghaderreen commercial property sells for over €600k


A four-unit commercial property in Ballaghaderreen has sold for €625,000.

The owner of the property was TKL Duffy Limited, of SuperValu Retail Park in the west Roscommon town, of which local businessman John Duffy is a director.

The lot includes a ground and first-floor office and conference centre, currently rented by the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly for €79,000 a year.

The second portion of the premises is a retail unit leased by JP Bookmakers for €20,000 per annum.

The lot also includes the post office next door, which is rented for €12,000 a year, a vacant former convenience store and two vacant overhead apartments.

Colm O’Donnellan, the chief executive of O’Donnellan and Joyce Auctioneers, confirms the portfolio has been sold for €625,000 to a buyer in trust, as an investment property.


Roscommon’s David Cryan sets new weight loss record on Operation Transformation


A Roscommon man has set a new television weight loss record after losing 16 pounds in just a week.

Garda David Cryan is one of six people taking part in this year’s Operation Transformation, and was set a target of losing five pounds in his first week on the show as he weighed in at over 19 stone.

However, when the Tulsk native got on the scales last night it was as revealed that he had lost one stone and over two pounds in just a week.

He told the Joe Finnegan show he was stunned by how much he had lost :



Two new weather warnings issued for Shannonside region


Rain, sleet and possibly snow are on the way as the cold snap tightens its hold on the Shannonside region.

Two new weather warnings have been issued just hours after the passing of Storm Fionn.

There’s a yellow warning for Connacht, Leinster and Munster with gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour forecast while Cavan and Monaghan are set for some of the worst snowfalls on the way.

According to Met Eireann forecaster Gerry Murphy the winds will mainly affect coastal areas with this region more likely to experience showers of rain, sleet with the risk of snow on high ground.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show he said the country is experiencing “a cold temperature scenario” together with North Westerly winds which will persist into Friday.


Moyvore distillery plans hit by major setback


The developer of the multimillion-euro distillery planned for Moyvore claims there’s no other site in all of Longford or Westmeath suitable for the development.

Vault Storage came to that conclusion after carrying out a full assessment of all existing zoned lands in the two counties, at the request of Westmeath County Council.

Vault Storage plans developing a €137-million distillery at Moyvore and it submitted an planning application for phase 1 of the project, costing €38 million, in July.

This includes 12 maturation warehouses and a whiskey-filing hall.

The council was due to make a decision last month, but requested further information from the developer.

It wanted it to assess the feasibility of locating the development on lands zoned for enterprise and employment in one of the Westmeath’s main town.

In further information lodged with the council, Vault Storage says it has now carried out that assessment, not only in Westmeath but also Longford.

It says that because of the unique siting requirements of a warehouse development, with 12 hectares needed, none of the existing zoned lands is suitable.

In Westmeath, it says there was one viable zoned site that was big enough – in Athlone – but this wasn’t deemed appropriate because it’s currently zoned for strategic gateway, which emphasises intensive employment uses and the expansion of Athlone town.

In Longford, only one viable site, located in Edgeworthstown, was deemed suitable initially, but this too was discounted because it’s zoned as strategic industrial reserve.

Vault Storage claims a new whiskey maturation facility wouldn’t be compatible with that zoning objective.

Having received the further information, the council says it intends making a decision on the application by February 6th.

Nuala Sheeran (Nee Conlon)


Nuala Sheeran (Nee Conlon)

Alderford, Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

January 16th peacefully (in her 92nd year) surrounded by and in the tender care of her devoted family, together with that of the Palliative Home Care Team.

Pre-deceased by her husband Stephen and infant daughter Mary. She will be sadly missed by her loving sons Seamus, Benny, Gay and Dermot, daughters Marie, Anne and Patricia, sisters Teasie and Carrie, sons- in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, brother-in law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, friends and neighbours.

Reposing at Shivnan’s Funeral Home, Ballyfarnon on Thursday evening from four o’clock until eight

 o’clock, followed by Removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyfarnon. Mass of Christian Burial on (Fri) morning at twelve noon.

Interment afterwards in Kilronan Cemetery.

Carmel McManus (nee Keegan)


Carmel McManus (nee Keegan)

Mullinasella, Aughnasheelin, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

Tuesday, 16th, January peacefully at her home.

She will be sadly missed by her husband Joe, sons Neil, Richard, Fergal, Paddy and Conall, daughters in law, sisters Josephine, Marie, Colette, Pauline and Veronica, mother-in- law Annie, sisters-in- law, brothers-in- law,  grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in Peace.

Reposing at her home today Wednesday from four o’clock until 10pm tonight and tomorrow (Thurs) from twelve noon until four o’clock. Removal on Thursday

evening arriving to St. Mary’s Church, Aughnasheelin at seven o’clock. Funeral Mass on (Fri) morning at eleven o’clock, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Please note: Access to house is via Drumbibe cross and St. Patrick’s Well with exit via Aughlin Bridge cross.


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