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Public meeting to discuss ideas for new Suck Valley website

Pic via Suckvalley.ie

It’s hoped a public meeting this week will help generate new innovative ideas to help market a major Roscommon and national walking trail.

A meeting is taking place tomorrow evening at 7 pm in the Suck Valley Visitor Centre to gather opinion on how best to spend €8,000 of funding for a new website to promote the 110km Suck Valley Way.

Business people and locals are being invited to contribute their ideas on what the website should incorporate in order to help grow tourism in the area.

Last year the area received a significant publicity boost when it was was the subject of a major feature-length film called the Along the River.

Councillor Orla Leyden told Shannonside FM the meeting is for anyone and everyone:



Strokestown Lotto winner described as “unassuming and genuine”


A Roscommon woman is set to wait a while before deciding what she does with her latest Lotto win

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous won €25,000 on a scratch card in August, and is today celebrating after winning a further €500,000 on another one.

The woman who works as a carer and wishes to remain anonymous was described as “overwhelmed” after her first win.

Last Saturday she bought a €20 All Cash Spectacular scratch card in the Centra store on Elphin Street in Strokestown with a small win from the Euromillions draw.

It was this scratchcard that brought her another half a million Euro win.

According to National Lottery spokesman Fran Whearty she and her husband are still trying to get their heads around their good fortune.

He said the winner was “one of the most unassuming and genuine” winners he had ever met and is a very hardworking and family orientated person.

The winner says she really doesn’t know what on earth to do with the prize but Fran says they’ll be taking their time before making any decisions.


Triple murder investigation launched in Kildare


Gardai have made a major breakthrough in three cold case deaths in Co Kildare.

20-year-old Barbara Doyle and her two young nieces Mary Ellen and Kerrie Byrne died in a fire in Kilcock on this day in 1987.

Detectives say they are now treating the deaths as a triple murder investigation.

Speaking today at Leixlip Garda Station Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche said “We are satisfied there are people who will remember this fire and the deaths of Barbara, Mary Ellen, and Kerrie, and who have not yet spoken to Gardaí.

“We are appealing to any person who has any information to contact Leixlip garda station at 01-6667800 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

“I would further appeal that the privacy of the Byrne and Doyle families is respected at this time.”

George Argue


George Argue.

Drumharkin Glebe, Cloone, Carrick-on Shannon, Co Leitrim and formerly of Drung, Co Cavan.

Wednesday, September, 20th peacefully at his home.

Pre-deceased by his parents George and Catherine.

Sadly missed by his wife Irene, daughter Catriona, sons; Noble and Emmet, son in law, daughter in law, grandchildren, brother in law, sister in law, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Remains reposing at his residence today (Wed) from seven o’clock until eleven o’clock tonight and again tomorrow (Thurs) from two o’clock until eleven o’clock. Funeral Service on Friday afternoon at two o’clock in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Mohill, Co Leitrim, followed by committal in St James Church of Ireland graveyard, Cloone.  House private please at all other times.

Donations in lieu of flowers to ILFA (Irish Lung Fibrosis Association) or North West Hospice C/O McKeon’s Funeral Directors, Cloone or any family member.

Please adhere to the sign posted one way traffic system at the family home.

National Championship Ploughing update


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Suspicious fire in Longford town


Gardaí are treating as suspicious a fire that broke out at a house in Longford town last night.

Shortly after midnight, emergency services attended the blaze at the Dun Darrach estate in the Dublin Road.

The fire brigade attended the scene and brought it under control.

The Garda Scene of Crime Uunit is investigating the incident, but local officers confirm it’s being treated as suspicious.

Delays expected at ‘extremely busy’ ED in Galway

Galway University Hospital

The emergency department at University Hospital Galway is extremely busy with 37 patients awaiting admission to the hospital.

The Saolta University Healthcare Group apologise to patients and their families for delays.

The full-capacity protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

Legendary broadcaster Jimmy Magee dies

Jimmy Magee

Legendary sports commentator and journalist Jimmy Magee has died.

He passed away at the age of 82.

It’s understood the veteran broadcaster known as ‘memory man’ had been ill for some time.

He was born in New York city and raised in Co Louth.

He joined RTÉ in 1956 and in his time as a broadcaster, commentated on 11 Olympic Games and 12 World Cups.

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