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Should use of black cards be increased?


The rules in the GAA are a constant debate and one of the biggest topics is the tackles and offences on the pitch and the punishment that follows.

Cynical fouling has always been part of sport not only in the GAA, but it had been an ever increasing problem which the Association had to solve. Back in 2012 when Tyrone faced Monaghan Sean Cavanagh as it has been well documented by now made one of the most blatant tackles to stop an opponent from scoring as Conor McManus went through on goal. It was this tackle that brought great debate to solving the worrying sight of cynical fouling.

The black card was brought in by the GAA to solve this issue however questions still loom about the use of it and whether or not it has helped the issue. One of the big problems with the black card is the consistency of its use, there have been many games where cynical fouling was done but not punished. Other issues are about the fouls committed that should receive black cards.

The card has divided opinion on whether or not it should be kept and this week one man who was part of the Football Review Committee that brought in the third card is former Roscommon footballer Paul Earley who feels the number of offences meriting black cards should be increased and that the punishment should be more severe.

Speaking to the Irish Times Earley believes there has been an improvement made in the third man tackle but feels jersey tugging and players being pulled back should be giving the same punishment. If a player picks up two black cards in a season the Roscommon man feels the player should serve a one match suspension also.

10,000 Shannonside homes without power


There are more than 10,000 properties in Shannonside region without electricity this morning.

There are 6,410 homes in Athlone without power, due to a large line fault and at present, it is estimating that power will be restored by lunchtime.

The fault began at 7.30 this morning and ESB staff are currently working to repair it.

There are also 4,197 people without power in Ballygar, east Galway, with this fault beginning at the same time.

Meanwhile, Gardai are advising people to cautious when travelling the Carrick-on-Shannon to Elphin road this morning after a lorry shed its load.

Chippings are scattered on the road, with council staff at the scene.

Longford U21’s looking to slay the giants


The Longford U21 footballers will look to back up their big win over Kildare in the quarter final this evening as they take on Dublin at St.Lomans Mullingar in the last four of the Leinster U21 Championship.

John Lynch spoke to Longford selector Damian Sheridan ahead of the big game and asked about the mood in the camp heading into the game

“It’s all good all the work is done now team picked and lads are just getting their heads right and getting a focus on while worrying about getting their preparation right for the game”

“A massive effort will be needed to get across the line”

There are some injury concerns for the team heading into the game with Shane Kenny and Ronan Sweeny but Sheridan had positive words to say

“Shane Kenny will be starting”

“It’s great for the team and it’s great for us that the captain and the real leader of the team is there and ready to go”

“Ronan is in the 24”

Since his injury in the Hastings Cup back in January Ronan has been recovering well and the last week or two has shown signs that he is ready for big championship action.

There is a strong panel to choose from in this current Longford set up and Damian believes they have every chance of upsetting the odds once again this evening

“These guys are used to success and used to winning from underage up”

“We believe (the management) that this is a hugely talented group of players and that success can be achieved with them”

Longford are really becoming known as the giant killers of football and maybe one of the greatest ever giant killings was just back in 2013 when the Dubs had players like Ciaran Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey, John Small, Cormac Costello and Conor McHugh all at their disposal but couldn’t see off the challenge of Longford that day so there will be hopes of a similar result this evening.

To hear to full interview with Damian Sheridan listen to the audio below


The game throws in at 7:30pm at St.Lomans in Mullingar and you will hear live coverage of the game right here on Shannonside

Small-business sector creates 200 local jobs


Almost 200 new jobs were created by small businesses across the Shannonside region last year.

Small businesses in Longford created over 100 of those jobs, with the rest being split almost evenly between Leitrim and Roscommon.


The figures are contained in results compiled by Enterprise Ireland and published yesterday, which show that a net total of 3,669 new full and part-time positions were delivered by the almost 7,000 small businesses across the country supported by Local Enterprise Offices.

Co Longford showed a high figure of 102 new jobs last year for a rural county, with many neighbouring counties showing a net gain of less than half that number.

The figures show that there are a total of 1,061 full and part-time jobs at small businesses in Longford in 2016, and while 213 new jobs were created, that figure drops to 102 when job losses are factored in.

In Leitrim showed a total of 422 jobs in small businesses in 2016, and 104 new positions created.

The net gain in Leitrim when losses are taken into account was 44.

Small companies in Roscommon employed 704 in 2016, and 121 new jobs came on stream, but that again dropped to 40 when job losses are factored in.

Roscommon pub and restaurant gets planning

McCrann's existing premises at Castle Street, Roscommon town (Photo: Google Maps)

Planning permission has been granted for a large development, including a bar and restaurant, to be built in Roscommon town.

Last June, Pat McCrann asked Roscommon County Council for permission to demolish an existing pub, former shop and residential building.

It’s one of the best-known family-run pubs in Roscommon town and a very popular spot when races are being held at the nearby racecourse.

The McCranns want to replace it with three townhouses and a new pub and restaurant on a 2,200-square-metre site that’s 600 metres from the centre of the town.

The council has given the plans the go ahead, subject to 27 conditions, including payment of development contributions amounting to €134,000.

PODCAST: Ballaghaderreen business people offer warm welcome to Syrian refugees


Over 70 Syrian asylum seekers are spending their first evening in their new temporary homes at the EROC centre in Ballaghaderreen Bghadereeen having arrived just a few hours ago.

Two buses from Dublin dropped off 72 Syrian men women and children at the Abbeyfield hotel today, as they begin their new lives in the west of Ireland.

It’s almost 10 weeks since the news that the town would be hosting Syrian asylum seekers first broke.

Shannonside FM’s Kevin McGillicuddy was in the town this afternoon as the first of the Syrian people arrived and he spoke to Mary Gallagher


In recent days some local have reacted angrily to a freesheet newspaper written in Urdu and English which was strongly criticial of what it alleged were poor facilities and job opportunities in the town.

Local barber and Pakistan native Sajjad Hussain believes that the writers of the articles are not aware of what life is like in the town:

He also spoke to Kevin about today’s Syrian arrivals





Public meeting organised for €2million west Roscommon greenway project


A public meeting is being held in Ballaghaderreen tonight about plans for a €2-million greenway for the town.

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

The organisers recently sought some of the €430,000 that became available after plans for a swimming pool were shelved, but it was unsuccessful because a sports facility is being developed instead.

Tonight’s meeting is to see how funding can be found for the greenway, which will also need the goodwill of landowners along the railway line.

It will take place in Durkin’s at 8 o’clock, and Padraig Mulligan, one of the organisers, claims the greenway would bring many benefits.


“He has no idea” – Pakistani man condemns newspaper criticism of Ballaghaderreen

Ballaghaderreen (Photo: Google Maps)

A Pakistani native who lives in Ballaghaderreen has strongly condemned a new freesheet newspaper which has criticised the town and its facilities.

The Leader News, which was distributed around Roscommon and the wider Shannonside region, is written in both English and Urdu and contains several critical articles about the west Roscommon town.

One contributor to the newspaper, Mohammed Aslam, claimed on Shannonside FM this week that Syrians will feel ‘in prison’ in the town as it has no leisure centre and there is no job opportunities in the area.

However, Sajjad Hussein, who runs a barbershop in the town, thinks Mr Aslam knows nothing about life in the town and does not speak for anyone in the local Pakistani community:



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