This week, Carrick-on-Shannon's Tesco supermarket closed temporarily due to a pest issue. A notice was placed on the supermarket door on Tuesday night which detailed that it had closed early due to ‘unforeseen circumstances.’ A spokesperson for the company has said that after reports from a customer in store yesterday, a pest issue was identified. Tesco are saying that it takes matters such as this seriously and, as is standard practice, they closed the store in question yesterday evening. It is understood that the supermarket giant immediately arranged for a pest-control company to carry out a full inspection of the property and the store reopened at 3.30 this afternoon. Tesco thanked its customers for their patience and apologized for any inconvenience caused.
Tully’s Hotel reopens
Castlerea’s landmark, Tully’s Hotel, reopened fully on Wednesday this week. The Hotel had closed in 2014 after being run by the Tully family since 1968. In July of this year, the bar of the hotel reopened and locals are delighted that the well-known premise’s is now fully operational. The town centre premises is now operating a newly refurbished restaurant and twenty newly decorated bedrooms. Locals have sent their best wishes to the Tully family on their reopening of the hotel.
Nationwide, nine local authorities, one of which is County Longford, have spent none of funds which have been allocated for traveller accommodation in the last year. The Oireachtas Housing Committee was informed this week, that Longford, Laois, Mayo, Monaghan, Westmeath, Wexford, Kildare, Galway, and South Dublin did not spend any money on traveller accommodation. Under new proposals by a Government appointed expert group, it is proposed that local authorities which fail to spend their budgets could face financial sanctions.
On Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, at 8.30 pm Mike McCarthy, tour guide and research assistant at the Cruachan Ai Centre, Tulsk will present his talk on ‘Cattle Raiding on a Grand Scale - Na Tana and Cruachan Ai’, at the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown. Admission for non-members of the County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society is €5.
On Monday night, a three-car collision at Kilteevan cross outside Roscommon Town, resulted in the death of Kathleen Morris, from Knockcroghery. The 68-year-old lady lost her life when the car she was driving collided with two other vehicles at the junction outside the county town, on the national primary route between Roscommon town and Ballyleague. Mrs. Morris is survived by her husband Michael and their son John. Roscommon Gardai are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the crash which occurred at around 9.45pm on Monday night on the N63 at Kilteevan.
Irish Water has confirmed that work should begin early next year to start connecting the Grangemore water scheme in Roscommon to the Boyle-Ardcarne scheme. The semi-state body with responsibility for the management of the nation's water infrastructure, announced this week that the boil water notice which had been in place on the Grangemore scheme since the end of July has been lifted. The notice has been in place since coliforms and low chlorine levels were detected in the supply, factors which meant it had become vulnerable to infection. Irish Water say they will be monitoring the scheme closely to ensure it is fit for purpose going forward. The long-term solution for the customers affected by these issues will be the joining of the Grangemore and Ardcarne schemes. Irish Water have said that planning for a project of this size takes some time but they are nearing the end of the planning process and are hopeful of having a contractor on the site in early 2019.
Four businesses from Roscommon, Longford, and Leitrim were winners at the 2019 Irish Auto Trade Awards this week. Strokestown based Kelly Trucks (Strokestown) Ltd won the regional award for Connaught/Ulster in the HCV Aftersales Main Dealer of the year category. PJ Fallon & Son Ltd in Roscommon town won the best Workshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year award. Also, from Roscommon town, Blueprint Autos Ltd earned the regional winner award in the Independent Workshop of the Year category. Brendan Lowe and Sons Accident Repair Specialists in Carrick-on-Shannon were announced the regional winners for Connacht/Ulster in the Bodyshop of the Year category. 2019 is the 5th year of the awards, and they are a celebration of excellence in the Irish auto trade in Ireland, a sector which accounts for over 35,000 jobs across the country.
South Leitrim flood measures
A €9-million flood-relief scheme in Carrick-on-Shannon is set to go to tender early next year. At a meeting of Leitrim County Council on Monday last, Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran announced the multi-million-euro funding for measures to be developed in Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim village, Mohill, and Dromod. Carrick-on-Shannon is set to be the first flood risk zone addressed in the South of the county. The measures to be undertaken are likely to involve embankments and walls. The council’s Chief Executive, Lar Power, says the plans are at an advanced stage and he is hopeful that the tender process can begin in the opening months of 2019. Consultants are also being appointed to address issues at the Shannon Callows, Lough Allen, and the Parteen Weir as part of the governments overall strategy to deal with flooding in the region.
Paternity Leave uptake
Leitrim has recorded the lowest number of paternity benefit payments so far this year, according to new figures released from the Department of Social Protection. The two-week payment which is intended for new fathers who take time off after the birth of a child. The payment was introduced in September of 2016 and has seen a relatively low up-take nationwide with the figures showing that a total of 51,409 fathers have taken the €240 euro a week payment since it was introduced just over two years ago. Leitrim had the lowest number of fathers taking up the payment with just 142 availing of the benefit in the last year. Longford also had a low uptake with only 144 having taken the leave so far this year. The highest uptake in this region was in Roscommon, where 213 fathers availed of the welfare payment this year.
SCDA lotto draw
The numbers drawn this week were 5, 7, 17, and 22. There was no jackpot winner. There was one "Match Three" winner, Leo Shiel, Church Street, Strokestown. The next draw on will take place on Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, at the SCDA Office on Bawn Street, Strokestown. The next jackpot is worth €650.
Former District hospital
One of Carrick-on-Shannon’s most historic buildings is to be auctioned. It will be one of several Shannonside properties that will be auctioned by BidX1 on November 15th. The former district hospital (aka infirmary) in Summerhill, Carrick-on-Shannon, is a detached five-bay, two-story property. The protected structure extends to 10,000 square feet and it is one of the town’s landmark buildings. In recent years, it has been converted into offices and, according to Land Registry documents, is owned by George Beggan, of Herbertstown, Crossakeil, Kells, Co Meath. On November, it will be auctioned and has a guide price of €150,000.
5th collection for Pope
The Bishop of Elphin is defending the holding of a fifth national collection, due to happen later this month, to help pay the costs of the summer visit by Pope Francis. The church has said that the World Meeting of Families deficit is in the region of €4 million and so far, a total of €15.4 million has been raised through previous national collections and donations. Bishop Doran says the money would be gathered successfully if every adult catholic was willing to donate the cost of a coffee or pizza. He says if enough money is not raised through the special collections on the 11th and 12th of November, the funds will have to be taken from the dioceses.
In 2017, there were forty-seven complaints logged with Comreg in relation to mobile phone companies. Staggeringly, Roscommon and Leitrim accounted for the vast majority of these complaints with twenty-three originating in Roscommon and fifteen in Leitrim. Of the complaints lodged, only three related to mobile phone coverage. A further twenty-three complaints were made about broadband operators in that year. Telecoms company, Three Ireland, was the company most complained about service provider in Longford, Leitrim, and Roscommon with nine complaints made by mobile phone customers in those counties in the first nine months of this year. Vodafone accounted for five complaints in the same period. With respect to broadband complaints in the area, twenty-three complaints have been lodged by customers since January of this year. Leitrim and Roscommon, with 11 and 9 complaints respectively, are the counties in which customers seem to be having the most difficulties. Six complaints have been made about Eir in Roscommon alone.
Leitrim and Roscommon have recorded some of the largest decreases in new car sales. Figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry have revealed that the total number of new car registrations for the month of October were down 11.2%, in comparison to the same month last year. New car registrations in Leitrim and Roscommon are both down by 12%, with registrations in Longford down by 6% with 596 new car registrations this year so far, compared with 637 to October 2017. 481 new cars have been registered in Leitrim so far this year, compared to 547 at the same time last year, while 1047 have been registered in Roscommon against almost 1200 in the same period of time last year.
Fine Gael convention
Former Fine Gael councillor Tom Mulligan, from Mohill, may be set for a return to politics as the race heats up for next year’s local elections. Fine Gael’s selection convention for the Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District (South Leitrim) will take place in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, on December 12th. Mr. Mulligan lost his seat in the 2014 local elections, but he has now stated that he is considering trying to regain it. Currently, Finola Armstrong-McGuire is Fine Gael’s only councillor in the area. There is yet to be a strategy decided upon by the party, but it understood that the party is likely to run a two or three candidate strategy. It is expected that Fine Gael can win a second seat in the municipal district this time out if they can perfect their vote management strategy.
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