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Sharp drop in points for nursing at Athlone IT

Students won't need as many points as usual to get a place in general nursing in Athlone IT (Photo: Google Maps)

There has been a significant drop in the number of points required to enter general nursing at Athlone IT this year.

According to the CAO entry for the course, it now requires students to attain 398 points, 27 fewer than the 2016 entry.

Approximately 1,500 Shannonside students logged on this morning after 6am to check if they would be receiving an offer or if they had got enough points for their preferred college course.

At Athlone IT, points for multiple engineering courses have increased slightly, bucking the national trend, but overall points at the midlands third level institute have stayed relatively similar to last year.

Nationally, there have been significant falls in points needed to enter science, teaching and engineering courses, while the points for nursing courses have fallen by an average of 5 per cent and points for business courses, in general, have increased.

Niall Seery, vice president of academic affairs and registrar at Athlone IT, gave students this advice.


Sale agreed for €3.5m Athlone Springs Hotel

Auctioneers CBRE were looking for €3.5 million for the Athlone Springs Hotel (Photo: Google Maps)

A sale has been agreed on a €3.5-million hotel in south Roscommon.

Earlier this year, estate agency CBRE put the Athlone Springs Hotel in Monksland for sale by private treaty, on the instructions of Grant Thorton, in conjunction with the owners.

A purpose-built hotel that opened in 2007, it’s a well-established and successful 68-bedroom hotel.

Sold as a going concern, the four-star establishment also has a leisure club, pool, gym and restaurant.

CBRE has now confirmed a sale has been agreed for the property and it’s expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Ballaghaderreen cathedral set for six-month closure

Extensive refurbishment works on St Nathy's Cathedral will take about six months to complete (Photo: Google Maps)

St Nathy’s Cathedral in Ballaghaderreen will close next month because of a €1-million refurbishment project.

Essential construction work on the listed building, which was built in the 1850s, has been planned for several months and it’s now finalised.

In the parish newsletter yesterday, the Diocese of Achonry says it’ll start at the end of September and will take six months.

The cathedral will close during the works, with Masses to be held in St Nathy’s College’s chapel and funerals in other churches in the parish.

However, the cathedral will open for Christmas and close again in January until Easter.

Father Joseph Gavigan, the parish priest of Ballaghaderreen, explains the works being carried out.



Westmeath and Kildare Roses have Shannonside links

The Kildare Rose, Deirbhle Mulvihill, and her dad, Niall (Photo: Kildare Rose's Twitter account)

Despite no joy for local county roses in this year’s Rose of Tralee competition, Shannonside interest will still be represented by two girls taking to the Dome stage in the coming days

Westmeath Rose Eva Cooney, from Glasson, has strong Longford connections, while Kildare Rose Deirbhile Mulvihill from Kilcock also has links to Roscommon and will appear on television tomorrow night.

22-year-old Eva was selected as one of the lucky 32 roses on Saturday morning and is a grandaughter of former Minister Paddy Cooney.

Speaking ahead of her TV appearance, Eva, a final year psychology student at Trinity College, Dublin, says it has been a great experience so far.


Motorists advised of hazardous conditions in Shannonside region


Gardaí in Granard are advising motorists of a diversion at Granardkill near Pat The Baker at the Ballinalee road.

Longford County Council and the ESB has been notified after a pole has come down in the area.

Elsewhere, Roscommon County Council is on its way to the scene of an alleged oil spill on the Roscommon road near Tulsk.

Motorists are advised to take care on the section of bad bends in the area .

Canal the focus of Heritage Week in Longford

Hundreds of events are being held as part of Heritage Week countrywide (Photo: heritageweek.ie)

The Royal canal is playing a feature role in this year’s Heritage Week events in Longford.

Several events have been organised by the Heritage Boat Association to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the canal.

People were invited to walk beside the big boats on last Saturday and Sunday as their made their way along the waterway, and a similar expedition is planned for this weekend.

Heritage Officer Mairead Ni Chonghaile says they hope that people can learn more about the very important role the canal and boats played in day-to-day life many years ago.



Leitrim GAA action dominated by County Junior football Chmapionship


The Leitrim Ladies Intermediate football bowed out of the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship yesterday when Tyrone defeated Philip Brady’s side the quarter final which was played in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The Red Hand County went on to set up an All Ireland semi-final showdown with Sligo after a 4-16 to 1-10 victory. The Leitrim girls were unfortunate not to have scored a number of goals in the first half but had to make do with the just the one effort from Deirdre Ward. After the match the Leitrim manager called on the Ladies County Board to seek more investment for the ladies game in the county which he feels is falling behind when it comes to resources being available to the inter-county team.

In the men’s code in Leitrim there was a break in the action in the Leitrim Intermediate and senior Football championship action from over the weekend. The main focus of attention over the weekend that has just concluded was on the Junior Football competition.

In Group One Annaduff were two piont winners against Gortletteragh while Ballinaglera were successful over Aughawillan. In Group 2, Sean O’Heslins were too strong for Melvin Gaels and Kiltubrid were also comfortable winners over Drumkeerin.

The following are the GAA results from over the weekend in Leitrim: In Group 3 Carrigallen saw off the challenge of Allen Gaels, while Leitrim were too strong for Glencar Manorhamilton. 2017 Pyramid Bookmakers Leitrim Junior A Football Championship Group 1 Sun, 20 Aug, Venue: Carrigallen, Annaduff 2-9 Gortletteragh 1-10

2017 Pyramid Bookmakers Leitrim Junior A Football Championship Group 2 Sat, 19 Aug, Venue: Pairc Naomh Muire, Melvin Gaels 0-8 Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 1-14 Sun, 20 Aug, Venue: Drumshambo GAA Club, Drumkeerin 0-6 Kiltubrid 2-13

2017 Pyramid Bookmakers Leitrim Junior A Football Championship Group 3 Sat, 19 Aug, Venue: Ballinamore, Carrigallen 3-14 Allen Gaels 0-11

2017 Pyramid Bookmakers Leitrim Junior B Football Championship Group 1 Sun, 20 Aug, Venue: Drumshambo GAA Club, Aughawillan 2-12 Ballinaglera 3-15

2017 Pyramid Bookmakers Leitrim Junior B Football Championship Group 3 Sat, 19 Aug, Venue: Leitrim Gaels, St Osnat’s – St Mary’s-Kiltoghert W/O Sat, 19 Aug, Venue: Ballinamore, Leitrim Gaels 2-12 Glencar-Manorhamilton 1-11

Points for half of college courses drop


Points for more than half of college courses have dropped, taking the heat out of the points race.

The fall is being linked to changes made to how points are calculated – the first in 25 years.

Points for Science, Technology and Maths courses are all down.

52 thousand students are getting a first round offer this morning, out of more than 80 thousand applicants.


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