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‘Game Senses’ Workshop with John Morrison on November 9

Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games Development Committee is delighted to welcome back former Leitrim Senior Coach John Morrison to the county on Thursday evening November 9th next as he conducts a ‘Game Senses’ coaching workshop at County Centre of Excellence.

Bookings are now being taken for this workshop and you can reserve your place by contacting Leitrim GAA Games Promotion Officer James Glancy on (086) 4082561 or email [email protected].

The cost of the workshop will be €5.

People interested in a DVD copy of the two Donie Buckley workshops and the Paddy Christie workshop may order them directly from James Glancy at the above contact details. Orders placed in advance will be available for collection at the November 9 workshop.

LISTEN: Athlone farmer devastated as dogs ravage his lambs


Bealnamulla farmer Gerry Ryan went to feed his 45 lambs last week, only to discover that several had been ‘bitten alive’ by dogs.

Just a week later, he says only 14 are still ‘alive’.

He recounted his devastating story on Friday’s Let’s Talk.


PODCAST: Is Castlerea fire station closed for good?

Castlerea fire station has been closed since January 22nd (Photo: Google Maps)

On January 20, Castlerea fire station closed temporarily due to a shortage of available staff, but nine months later, it’s still not open.

There is a growing feel in west Roscommon that the station mightn’t ever reopen.

On Friday’s Let’s Talk, local councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice was adamant it would.

Listen below to his full interview.



McGahern community facility at Cootehall gets planning

John McGahern, the famous novelist, was raised at Cootehall's barracks (Photo: Google Maps)

The new community facility in the former home of novelist John McGahern at Cootehall is set to open in October of next year.

Roscommon County Council has given Cootehall Community Development Group planning permission to change the use of the former Garda station to a community house and library.

It closed as a Garda station in 2012 and the development group has secured a licence to use the facility from Office of Public Works.

John McGahern was raised in the building when his father, Frank, was a sergeant based there.

The project has gone to tender and it’s hoped that after extensive refurbishment, it’ll open in 12 months’ time.

Maurice Gannon, the joint-chairperson of Cootehall Community Development Group, explains how the building will have many uses.


Up to 31 sheep killed over Roscommon dog attack


A south Roscommon has spoken of his devastation after losing up to 31 sheep as a result of dog-attack.

On Thursday of last week, Gerry Ryan went to feed his 45 lambs at his Bealnamulla farm  when he discovered two dogs eating one of them.

Over the past eight days, he’s been dealing with the devastation.

Eight of the sheep were killed instantly, but Mr Ryan has also lost several others through injuries or traumatisation.

In total, he says only 14 of his 45 sheep are ‘alive’.

He describes the devastation he encountered in the field.


Two women released without charge by Longford gardai after drugs raid


Two women who were being questioned in Longford garda station in relation to a drugs seizure worth €120,000 have been released without charge.

The two, one aged in her 50s and one in her 30s, were being detained following a raid on a house in Edgeworthstown in which 6KG of herbal cannabis was recovered.

A man in his 50s, who was also arrested is still being questioned and can be detained until 9 o’clock tonight.

The Revenue Commissioners have revealed that the drugs found had originated in Spain.


Martin (Moppy) Fallon


Martin (Moppy) Fallon

35 Cluain Broc, Daneshill, Monksland, Athlone.

Thursday October 12th peacefully in Grand Canaria with his adoring wife Breda by his side. Predeceased by Kendra. Sadly missed by his loving wife Breda, nephew Jason, Leona, grandniece Kacy, son in law Derek, grandniece Katlyn, grandnephews Patrick and Alex, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, foster children, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Reposing at his residence on (Sun) from two o’clock until seven o’clock.

Funeral Mass on (Mon) at twelve noon in the Church of Saints Peter & Paul with burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery.

House strictly private on Monday morning.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

Man appears in court charged with harassing Sharon Ní Bheoláin


A 40-year-old Dublin man has appeared in court charged with harassing RTÉ’s Sharon Ní Bheoláin between October 2013 and February 2014.

Conor O’Hora of Heather Walk in Portmarnock was arrested this morning near the Criminal Courts of Justice on Infirmary Road.

He’s also charged with possessing images of child pornography.

He was granted bail on condition he doesn’t contact anyone involved in the case and is due back in court in December.

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