• Galway have booked a date with Roscommon at Tuam Stadium in the U20 Connacht Championship Final.

    They overcame the challenge of Leitrim in the semi-finals this afternoon.

    FT score:

    Galway 1-12 Leitrim 0-2

  • Gardaí are investigating following the sudden death of a woman in Leitrim this morning.

    The woman, who was aged in her 30s, died shortly before 6am near Leitrim Marina.

    A post-mortem is due to take place tomorrow. The results of which, will determine the course of investigation.

  • Gardaí have arrested two men following the discovery of a cannabis grow house containing €240,000 of suspected cannabis plants in Carrigallen Co Leitrim today.

    The discovery was made at a house in Carrigallen Co Leitrim at approximately 10am this morning by Gardaí and Detectives from the Sligo /Leitrim Division.

    Approximately 300 cannabis plants (pending analysis) were seized along with growing equipment including lights, fans and an irrigation system.

    Two men, both aged in their mid-20s, were arrested at the house and brought to Carrick on Shannon Garda Station where they are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

    Investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí have detained two Lithuanian Nationals following the discovery of a grow house during an operation in Leitrim targeting cannabis cultivation.

    The grow house was discovered during a search of a rented property in the Manorhamilton area on Tuesday night. Cannabis cultivation equipment along with 50 fully mature cannabis plants, 90 plants in the early stages of growth and 1kg of processed cannabis herb was seized, with a combined estimated value on €60,000.

    Two men aged 49 and 22 years were arrested during the operation. Both are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

    The operation was led by Gardaí from Manorhamilton supported by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU). An examination of the site is continuing.

  • Gardaí are investigating a case of assault after a woman was hit with a pickaxe during a row in Co Leitrim.

    It happened at the Lis Cara estate in Carrick-on-Shannon around half past seven on Thursday evening.

    A video posted from the scene shows a woman smashing windows with the pickaxe before the altercation.

    No arrests have been made, and gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

  • The Government has abandoned plans to accommodate asylum seekers at a hotel in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim.

    The Shannon Key West Hotel had been earmarked as an accommodation centre for 80 people.

    However, the Department of Justice has confirmed that following legal advice, the plans have now been dropped.

    It's because of difficulties over the lease agreement between the company renting the hotel - who wanted to turn it into a tourist spot - and the owners.

    Local Councillor Liam Callaghan told Midwest News that he received confirmation from the Department earlier that the plans had been dropped.

  • A new Oireachtas report is making several recommendations on how to improve transport in rural Ireland.

    The 'Regional and Rural Transport Policy' will be launched in Carrick-on-Shannon this afternoon.

    It's being published by Leinster House's committee on rural and community development.

    Sinn Féin TD in Sligo/Leitrim Martin Kenny, who's on the committee, says it will outline several improvements needed

  • A High Court injunction has been dropped against six people who protested against a direct provision centre in Co Leitrim.

    In November, they were restrained from interfering with the fitting out of accommodation for asylum-seekers in Ballinamore.

    But the matter was struck out in the High Court today, after 'mutual agreement' was reached between both sides.

    Only eight or nine families are currently housed in apartments in Ballinamore, after initial plans for more than 100 asylum seekers were reduced.

  • Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire yesterday evening at the former Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey, on the Roscommom/ Leitrim border, which had been due to open as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

    The alarm was raised at about a quarter to eight last night.

    Gardaí from Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station and a number of fire tenders went to the scene, and sealed off the area around the hotel. There were no reports of injuries, and witnesses said there was little obvious damage apart from smoke damage to the outside of the building.

    In a statement this morning, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he is deeply concerned by the incident.

    He states that the hotel had recently contracted with his Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to Ireland to seek protection, many of whom, he says, have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable.

    The Minister concludes saying that the final preparations were being made in the hotel for their arrival. Thankfully, there were no residents in situ when the fire broke out. A security guard who was on the premises was not injured and managed to raise the alarm.The investigation into the cause of the fire must now take place.



  • Leitrim boxer Dearbhla Rooney secured a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last night.

    The Leitrim featherweight beat New Zealand's Te Mania Shelford-Evans on a unanimous decision.

    There was disappointment for Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy.

    He was beaten on a unanimous decision by his Brazilian opponent in their bronze medal bout.


  • There has been a fourfold increase in the numbers hospitalised nationally with Covid-19  in the past month, while the numbers in ICU has more than doubled.

    The head of the HSE, Paul Reid, says the figures showing 90 people now in hospital and 19 in ICU is a "very concerning trend".

    Another 188 cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday, including 25 in Cork, 21 in Donegal and 16 in Kildare.

    There 13 confirmed cases in county Galway yesterday and seven in county Roscommon

    There were no new cases in county Mayo yesterday. 2 additional covid cases confirmed in county Leitrim bringing the total number of cases there to 113.

    According to a new Department of Health survey, 52 per cent of the population   favour of more restrictions being introduced.

    The concerns of health officials are not just focused on the capital. There are worrying trends now being monitored in Louth, Offaly, Kildare, Wicklow, Waterford, Limerick, Leitrim and Donegal.


  • Asylum seekers in Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim are being welcomed by a new local group.


    'Ballinamore Says Welcome' was set up last month, following protests that 130 people would be housed in a Direct Provision Centre in the town.


    Yesterday it was confirmed that twenty-seven asylum seekers will move into the Rock Quarter Apartments in Ballinamore before Christmas.

  • A man and a woman arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Leitrim, have been released without charge. 

    Patrick Heeran was last seen in Mohill Co. Leitrim in October 2011. 

    The missing persons investigation turned into a murder inquiry in 2016.

    A man and a woman in their mid 20s were arrested on Thursday and questioned at Tullamore Garda station. 

    They have since been released without charge with a file being prepared for the DPP. 

  • A man's been arrested after drugs worth 135 thousand euro were discovered in Co. Leitrim on Tuesday night.

    The cannabis resin was found after Gardai stopped a car in Carrick-on-Shannon as part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the Sligo/Leitrim areas.

    The 50 year old driver of the car was arrested and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station for questioning.

    In a follow up search at a house in Manorhamilton, a large amount of cash, and more of the drug were found.


    Gardai in Co Leitrim, investigating an incident of criminal damage last week in which a car was set on fire outside the home of Sligo/ Leitrim TD Martin Kenny, have arrested a man in his mid 40's today.

    He's being detained at Thurles Garda Station in Co Tipperary under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    In the early hours of last Monday morning, a car was set alight outside Deputy Martin Kenny's  home in Aughavas, Co Leitrim - it followed a death threat the Sinn Fein TD received the previous week.


    Gardai in Co Leitrim, investigating an incident of criminal damage last week in which a car was set on fire outside the home of Sligo/ Leitrim TD Martin Kenny, have arrested a man in his mid 40's today.

    He's being detained at Thurles Garda Station in Co Tipperary under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    In the early hours of last Monday morning, a car was set alight outside Deputy Martin Kenny's  home in Aughavas, Co Leitrim - it followed a death threat the Sinn Fein TD received the previous week.


  • A man has been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of an Irish man in Sydney.

    36-year-old Francis Shanley from Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim was killed on Thursday when his car was involved in a eleven vehicle pile-up.

    He had been living in Australia for ten years.

    A 53 year old man has appeared in court, charged with a number of offences including dangerous driving causing death.

  • A post mortem examination is due to take place on the body of a man discovered in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim this morning.

    The body of the man, believed  to be in his 20s, was discovered at the Costello Memorial Chapel in the town at about 8.30am.

    It's understood forced entry was required to gain access to the body, which may have been in the chapel for more than 24 hours.

    The man's body was removed to Sligo University Hospital, where the results of a post-mortem examination will determine the direction of the Garda investigation.



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  • Members of the community in Rooskey are taking to the streets this lunchtime to let asylum seekers know they're welcome.

    It follows a number of recent fires at the Shannon Key West Hotel which has been earmarked for the development of a Direct Provision centre.

    Organiser Eamonn Crudden says they're putting on a 'NO TO RACISM' rally to let asylum seekers know they're welcome.

  • Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle has confirmed that Terms of Reference for the independent study on forestry in Co Leitrim have been finalised. The study will be led by Dr Áine Ní Dhubháin and Dr Julie Ballweg of UCD and the Minister has met with them to discuss their plans for the study commissioned by his Department.

     The Terms of Reference are:

    to assess the social impacts of forestry in County Leitrim including inter alia the attitudes to forestry of people living there. This assessment will be based on consultations locally with farmers, non farmers and other interested parties;

    to assess the economic impact of forestry for County Leitrim including total employment supported by the sector;

    to assess the impact of forestry on farm incomes relative to other types of farming;

    to consider the non-timber outputs of forestry in County Leitrim;

    to assess the current state of environmental regulation of forestry in County Leitrim.

    The study will cover the entire county and will assess the attitudes of people to a wide range of forestry impacts. This assessment will be based on local consultations with farmers, non farmers, representative groups and other interested parties.

    Public consultations will be a strong feature of the study and Dr Ní Dhubháin and her team will be announcing further details on these consultations in the near future, including provision for written submissions as well as local consultations. At a starting point, a dedicated website has been established where early submissions can be made – this can be found at https://leitrimforestrystudy.ucd.ie

    It is expected that the final report will be published by August 2019.