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Monksland playground to be complete this summer


It’s hoped work on a long-awaited playground in Monksland will begin in May and take eight to nine weeks to complete.

The area’s town team submitted its 2016 report to this month’s meeting of the Athlone Municipal District this week, with several politicians impressed by the efforts last year and plans for the coming months.

As well as the completion of the playground, it’s hoped that the team will be able to erect some heritage signs informing the public of places of interest in the area in the coming weeks.

Chairman of the Monksland Town Team Tim Dolan told Shannonside FM that 2017 is set to be a very exciting time for the area.



Over 100 people attend Ballagh greenway meeting


More than 100 people attended a public meeting in Ballaghaderreen last night to discuss plans for a €2-million greenway.

The proposal is to develop a 10-mile route for cycling and walking along the disused railway line from Kilfree junction to the west Roscommon town.

At last night’s meeting in Durkin’s bar and restaurant, a committee was formed to try to proceed with the project further.

They are trying to see how the greenway could be funded.

It recently failed to secure some of the €430,000 that became available after plans for a swimming pool in the town were shelved.

Alan Ryan, the president of the Ballaghaderreen Chamber of Commerce, says it was a very successful meeting.


Wreckage of Rescue 116 found off Mayo coast


The wreckage of the Rescue 116 helicopter has been found off the county Mayo coast.

The coastguard confirmed the wreckage was found on the sea bed on the eastern side of Blackrock, at a depth of around 40 metres.

More dives are being planned for later this afternoon with an ROV and dive teams, weather permitting.

Declan Geoghegan, manager with the Irish Coast Guard, confirmed the news this lunchtime.

Drink-driving doubles over St Patrick’s weekend


There was a 100 per cent increase in drink driving detections in the Longford/Roscommon Garda Division over the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend when compared with the same time last year.

There was also a significant increase in the drink driving detections in the Sligo/Leitrim division.

Gardaí mounted a significant number of extra checkpoints over the three-day period, increasing from under ten to over 20 in both divisions.

Figures so far this year also show an increase in what are described as ‘life-saver’ offences, which include mobile phone use, non-wearing of seatbelts and speeding.

Sergeant Aidan O’ Brien, from the Roscommon Longford Traffic Division, says the statistics are not encouraging in terms of driver behaviour.



Carrigallen equestrian centre for sale for €1m


An equestrian centre and lakeside holiday village near Carrigallen in rural Co Leitrim has come on the market with a €1 million price tag.

Gulladoo Equestrian Centre and Holiday Village is set on 20 acres and has 550 metres of shoreline to Gulladoo Lough.

The holiday village was formerly used as an arts and retreat centre.

Agent Robert Colleran from CBRE says that subject to planning permission there’s potential to convert the facilities and build additional holiday homes along the shoreline.


Susan Lennon (nee Quinn)


Susan Lennon (nee Quinn)

Cullagh, Fenagh, Co. Leitrim.

Tuesday, March, 21st peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Sadly missed by her husband Jimmy, her family, Dolores McLoughlin, Brian, Eugene & Karen Dockery, grandchildren, brother, relatives and friends.

Reposing at her home this evening (Wed) from six o’clock until ten o’clock tonight and tomorrow (Thurs) from twelve noon until four o’clock.

Family time thereafter. Removal to St. Mary’s Church, Foxfield on (Thurs) evening, arriving at seven o’clock.

Funeral Mass on (Fri) at twelve noon, followed by burial in Fenagh Abbey cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to The Medical 7, Day Room fund c/o Smith’s Funeral Directors, Ballinamore.

Power restored to homes in Shannonside region after major outages


Dozens of properties in the Shannonside region were without electricity this morning.

Earlier, 6,410 homes in Athlone were without power, due to a major fault, but their power has now been restored.

4,197 customers in Ballygar, east Galway were also without power but that has been restored within the last hour.

It’s believed the faults were related to the bad weather overnight.

Currently, 49 people are without power in Mohill, 17 in Rooskey, and 117 in Bushfield in Athlone are without power at present but these are all planned interruptions by the ESB

Bernadine Maloney, the corporate communications manager with ESB, says staff are working to restore supply.


Government not committed to Defence Forces – Ger Aherne


There is no commitment to the Defence Forces from the government, according to a retired Brigadier General who lives in south Roscommon.

Ger Aherne has claimed the problem is putting the “security of the state and its citizens at risk”.

He says there is a failure to retain specialist skilled officers in the Defence Forces – with other retired officers claiming the army would struggle to deal with the management of emergency situations as a result.

Retired Brigadier General with the Defence Forces Ger Aherne says there’s no commitment from the government.


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