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Swimming Success for Sligo’s Mona McSharry


Sligo’s Mona McSharry capped off a good evening yesterday for young sports people in the Yeats County when she won Gold and in the 50m Breaststroke European Junior Champion following a 31.38 second swim at the European Junior Championships in Israel.

After an Irish Junior Record swim of 31.14 in the heat the Marlins (Ballyshannon) swimmer progressed from the semi-final to final with a new Irish Senior Record of 30.91 seconds, breaking Fiona Doyle’s 2013 record of 30.93 seconds. In the final the 16-year-old claim her first major Gold medal ahead of Poland’s Weronika Hellmann (31.55).

McSharry won Bronze in the same event in 2016 while Ireland’s last Gold medal at the Championships was won by London 2012 Olympian Sycerika McMahon who took 50m Breaststroke (32.00) and 400m Freestyle Gold in 2011.

Ellen Walshe knocked over a second off her best time with a fine swim in the 200m Butterfly semi-final. Walshe was 9th (2:15.22) overall and touched 5th in the second semi-final in 2:14.50 to place 10th overall.

ElsehwereJack McMillan swam a best time of 4:01.03 to finish 4th in his heat of the 400m Freestyle, Niamh Coyne touched in 32.96 seconds in the 50m Breaststroke and Robbie Powell swam 25.52 seconds in the 50m Butterfly ahead of their main events later in the week. Rebecca Reid had a demanding day in the pool swimming both the 400m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke. The Ards swimmer clocked 5:01.15 in the 400m Individual Medley and 2:25.67 in the 200m Backstroke. Rachel Bethel finished the 800m Freestyle in 9:09.82.

McSharry returns to the pool today for the heats of the 200m Breaststroke where she will be joined by Niamh Coyne. Robbie Powell and Jack McMillan race the 100m Freestyle with Powell also entered in the 200m Butterfly while Rachel Bethel swims the 400m Freestyle heats.

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Day 1 Heats/Finals Results: Women 50m Breaststroke Mona McSharry H 31.14 (1st) IJR SF 30.93 (1st) ISR F 31.38 (1st) Niamh Coyne 32.96 (23rd) Men 50m Butterfly Robbie Powell 25.51 (34th) Men 400m Freestyle Jack McMillan 4:01.03 (28th) Women 200m Butterfly Ellen Walshe H 2:15.22 (9th) SF 2:14.50 (10th) Women 400m IM Rebecca Reid 5:01.15 (17th) Women 200m Backstroke Rebecca Reid 2:25.67 (34th) Women 800m Freestyle Rachel Bethel 9:09.82 (15th)

Day 2 Heats Schedule: Men 100m Freestyle Jack McMillan, Robbie Powell Women 400m Freestyle Rachel Bethel Men 200m Butterfly Robbie Powell Women 200m Breaststroke Mona McSharry, Niamh Coyne

Leo O’Neill


Leo O’Neill Ballyvade Bunbrosna, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Wednesday June 28th peacefully in the devoted care of the Matron and staff of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.

Sadly missed by his cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing in Our Lady’s Manor Chapel on tomorrow (Thur) from half past four followed by Removal at six o’clock to St Patrick’s Church, Leney, arriving at half past six.

Funeral Mass on Friday at ten o’clock  followed by burial in St Peter’s The Rock Cemetery, Multyfarnham.

Very Rev. Canon George Balfe


Very Rev. Canon George Balfe Longford Road, Roosky, Co.Roscommon

Tuesday 27th June

Pre-deceased by his brother Joe and sisters Mary and Patsy. He will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his family, brother Owen, sisters Lilly (Brangan), Sheila (Norris), Teresa (Dooner) and Maeve, brothers in law ,sisters in law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, fellow priests and The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacoise, The Most Reverend Francis Duffy, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Glennon’s Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road on Saturday from five o’clock until eight o’clock followed by Removal to St. Mel’s Cathedral arriving at half past eight.

Mass of the Resurrection on Sunday at three o’clock, interment afterwards in Ballymacormack cemetery.

Family flowers only please donations if desired to the Irish Cancer Society.

House private please.

Breda Glennon (née Gray)


Breda Glennon (Nee Gray) Ballinalee Road, Longford

Wednesday 28th June.

Beloved wife of the late Eamon and darling mother of the late Niall.

Sadly missed and remembered with love by her heart broken family, daughter Helen (Herskind),sons Martin and David ,sister Elizabeth, brothers in law,s isters in law, her adored grandchildren, Emily, Jill, Amy, Ciara, Sarah, Lucy, Eamon ,Holly and Katie, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Glennon’s Funeral Home,Ballinalee Road tomorrow evening (Fri) from six o’clock until nine o’clock with prayers at nine o’clock.

Removal on Saturday to arrive at St. Mel’s Cathedral for Mass of the Resurrection at one o’clock, interment afterwards in Ballymacormack cemetery.

No flowers please donations if desired to Longford Hospice Homecare.

House private please.

O’Mahony dropped from Lions 23 man squad


Peter O’Mahony has been dropped from the Lions match day 23 for the second Test with the All Blacks on Saturday after he had captained the tourists during last weekend’s defeat to the Kiwis in Auckland.

Tour captain Sam Warburton comes into the starting XV and takes on the leadership role in O’Mahony’s place, while Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton and England lock Maro Itoje also come into the team.

Sexton’s introduction means Owen Farrell shifts into the 12 shirt, with Ben Te’o dropped to the bench, while Itoje takes over in the second row from George Kruis, who is also out of the match day 23.

Otherwise, Warren Gatland’s starting side is unchanged from the one that suffered a 30-15 loss to the All Blacks in the first Test.

Ireland’s CJ Stander is included on the bench, as is England lock Courtney Lawes. Jack Nowell takes over in the 23 shirt.

Steve Hansen has been forced into making two changes to the All Blacks side for Saturday’s second Test against the Lions, with Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith missing out through injury.

Smith suffered his third concussion of the season during New Zealand’s victory in the first Test at Eden Park, while Crotty sustained a hamstring injury in the same game.

Waisake Naholo comes in to start on the wing while Anton Lienert-Brown will win his 12th cap at outside centre.

New All Black Ngani Laumape has been added to the bench with Dagg moving to fullback to replace the sidelined Smith.

Hansen has retained the remainder of the starting side and bench from the first Test where the forwards were dominant in the battle for possession.

Kick off on Saturday is 8:35pm

Lions (v All Blacks): 15. Liam Williams 14. Anthony Watson 13. Jonathan Davies 12. Owen Farrell 11. Elliot Daly 10. Johnny Sexton 9. Conor Murray

1. Mako Vunipola 2. Jamie George 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Maro Itoje 5. Alun Wyn Jones 6. Sam Warburton (captain) 7. Sean O’Brien 8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: 16. Ken Owens 17. Jack McGrath 18. Kyle Sinckler 19. Courtney Lawes 20. CJ Stander 21. Rhys Webb 22. Ben Te’o 23. Jack Nowell

All Blacks: 15. Israel Dagg 14. Waisake Naholo 13. Anton Lienert-Brown 12. Sonny Bill Williams 11. Rieko Ioane 10. Beauden Barrett 9. Aaron Smith

1. Joe Moody 2. Codie Taylor 3. Owen Franks 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Jerome Kaino 7. Sam Cane 8. Kieran Read (capt)

Replacements: 16. Nathan Harris 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Charlie Faumuina 19. Scott Barrett 20. Ardie Savea 21. TJ Perenara 22. Aaron Cruden 23. Ngani Laumape

Junior health Minister ‘shocked’ at Leitrim respite services


Junior Health Minister Finian McGrath told a northwest campaign group yesterday he’s ‘shocked’ at the problems with respite care in the Leitrim region.

‘Our Voices their Future’ representatives and local politicians met Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath in Leinster House.

They told him the purpose-built Solas centre in Sligo provided much-needed respite care for families and its closure in March had caused a crisis, with no suitable alternative available.

Mohill-based Sinn Féin councillor Séadhna Logan, who attended yesterday’s meeting, claims Minister McGrath has vowed to address the situation.





Chief executive of Roscommon slams boundary plans


The chief executive of Roscommon County Council strongly opposes the government’s new proposals about county boundaries.

Last month Simon Coveney, the Minister for Local Government at the time, announced plans to introduce legislation that would enshrine county boundaries in law, but would enable one council to govern part of another.

There are fears this could mean Monksland could fall under Westmeath County Council’s remit.

At this week’s meeting of Roscommon County Council, Independent councillor Laurence Fallon called for a letter to be sent to new Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy objecting to that.

He wants to ensure that when the minister brings the legislation before the Dáil, county and administrative boundaries are enshrined in law.

The council’s chief executive, Eugene Cummins, supports that…



Leitrim ladies look for Connacht success


This Sunday at MacHale Park in Castlebar the Leitrim and Sligo ladies will battle it out for the Connacht Intermediate Championship.

Both teams will feel confident heading into the game and Leitrim manager Philip Brady spoke to our reporter Daithí Boland ahead of Sunday where he was asked how all was in the camp leading into the match

“Everything is good, very positive the girls are in great shape and great form”

“We’ve had a good few weeks training since the Roscommon game”

Leitrim’s last game was against the Rossies in Kilglass which seen the Green and Gold win 2-13 to 1-10 but their previous meeting against Sligo seen the Yeats County take the spoils in Drumshanbo. In what was an entertaining game Sligo took advantage of an off form Leitrim performance on the day. Philip hopes to see a much improved performance from the last meeting this weekend

“We don’t feel that we played that well the last day, two points was probably an injustice for Sligo even though we could have won the game at the end”

“Sligo were the much better team on the day and we had a lot to improve on and we have improved on so look we’re going to worry about ourselves we know we have to look at Sligo’s main players but if we don’t get our own game right then we could find ourselves 10 or 12 points behind”

These two teams are fierce rivals not just because they are boarder counties but due to the amount of times they have faced each other over the last number of years which seen five meetings last year.

MacHale Park is a place that both Philip and the girls are well use to playing on and he feels the team’s style of play will be very much suited for the pitch

“It’s a big pitch, it’s very wide and it will suit our style of play but it will also suit Sligo”

Sunday 2:30pm is throw in time and it’s sure to provide plenty of excitement and no doubt the intensity will be bring out the best in all the players. All the best to Leitrim and to hear the full interview with Philip you can listen to the audio below


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