• 40 new jobs are being announced this morning for Carrick-on-Shannon and Dublin.

    The new positions are with the County Leitrim based lender Avantcard following a new partnership announced last year with An Post.

    The announcement of these new jobs comes on the back of an additional 58 people joining the Avantcard workforce over the last eighteen months.

    The financial services company currently employs 220 people here and the new positions will be divided between its headquarters in Carrick-on-Shannon and a satellite office in Dublin.

    The positions include customer-facing roles, roles supporting the new An Post partnership announced last year, and a number of specialist roles to support planned business growth for the future.

    Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys says today's announcement marks a great day for Carrick-on-Shannon and represents a huge vote of confidence in the local workforce and added that its living proof you don't have to be based in a big city to make a big impact.

  • The removal takes place this afternoon of former Sligo county councillor Joe Shannon, who died suddenly at the weekend.

    Originally from Cloonloo, Gurteen, in Sligo, Joe Shannon, who was in his 50s, moved to Jamestown, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, where he became an active member of the local community.

    Joe was co-opted onto Sligo County Council in 1982 after the death of his father, Joe Shannon Senior.

    He retained the seat until 1991 and returned to the Council again in 2003 to fill the vacancy following the departure of Fianna Fail’s Eamon Scanlon, who became a senator.

    Mr. Shannon was also director of elections for Deputy Scanlon’s 2007 general election campaign.

    15 minutes of silence was observed at last night’s Ballymote/ Tubbercurry Municipal District meeting as a mark of respect to the late councillor.

    He is survived by his wife Fiona, daughter Melissa and son Daire.

    His remains will be reposing at his home in Carrick on Shannon today (Tuesday) from 2pm to 5pm and from 6pm to 9pm. He will be laid to rest tomorrow (Wed) after 12 noon Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Carrick on Shannon.

  • GAA supporters travelling to the Leitrim v Roscommon game in Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow evening are being asked to enter the town from the Longford side where possible.

    Gardai have asked anyone who can possibly use the N4 on their way to the game to do so.

    Gardai and stewards will be on duty on the day and motorists are asked to be patient and leave themselves enough time to get there.



  • 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 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.

  • 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.



  • The Mayo Junior team are one step away from a Connacht final as they face Leitirm tonight in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in the Connacht Junior semi-finals. Following a last gasp one point win over over Roscommon last Wednesday night manager Jarlath Trench makes a number of changes to his starting team.

    Throw-in tonight in Carrick on Shannon is 7pm 

    1. Matthew Flanagan - Balla
    2. Eoghan McGrath - Cill Chomain
    3. James O’Dowd - Shrule/Glencorrib
    4. Eddie Doran - Achill
    5. Ciaran Boylan - Achill
    6. David Lydon - Kiltimagh
    7. Cian Bourke - Ardnaree Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Carr - Ardagh(Captain)
    9. Sean Walsh - Kiltimagh
    10. Conor Bohan - Shrule/Glencorrib
    11. Ronan Carolan - Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin
    12. Liam Moran - Swinford
    13. Cormac Doohan - Ballaghaderreen
    14. TJ Byrne - Kiltimagh
    15. Darragh Keavney - Kilmeena


    16. Chris McGlynn - Moy Davitts
    17. Barry Leonard - Lahardane
    18. Jason Forkan - Kiltimagh
    19. James Dowd - Louisburgh
    20. Pete Gallagher - Achill
    21. Tomás Fahey - Kilmaine
    22. James Kelly - Belmullet
    23. Keith Hopkins - Crossmolina Deel Rovers
    24. Danny McGowan - Islandeady


  • Roscommon made light work of Leitrim in the FBD League semi-final.

    It finished Roscommon 7-16 0-7 Leitrim.

    The Rossies now look forward to a home final against Galway next Saturday at 2pm in Hyde Park.


  • Tesco has called on Mandate trade union to withdraw strike notices at two stores in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate members at the two stores in the North West voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

    However, in a statement the company says the action is unwarranted and the stores will remain open on the two days in December pencilled in for strike action.

    They say they have always abided by agreed procedures and expect the union to do so.

    The union today announced the action is scheduled for Thursday December 6th and Friday 14th over a number of issues.

    Mandate's Ciaran Campbell says if necessary they will look for support from other stores.

  • Tesco staff in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon will go on strike today in a row over pay and conditions.

    This is the third time staff in Sligo have walked off the job this year, while it is the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate Trade Union claims Tesco has not engaged with them in an effort to resolve the dispute.

    In a statement Tesco Ireland says they are extremely disappointed that Mandate is proceeding with strike action at our Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon stores today. The statement says despite the strikes, the stores will remain open today and they thanked their colleagues and customers for their co-operation.

    The statement says Mandate should revisit its decision to refuse to take up the offer from the WRC for a conciliation conference on Sligo which was originally scheduled for October 24th. In Carrick-on-Shannon the local issues have not yet even been referred back to the WRC by Mandate indicating these strikes are pre-emptive.

    Tesco says they remain committed to resolving this dispute.  They requested that Mandate, even at this late stage, desist from the industrial action and refer these issues back to the WRC where we are willing to engage with the union.  They say Mandate should return to the agreed norms in industrial relations as is provided for in our current agreement and call off this unnecessary and damaging action.

    Tesco Ireland says they reject Mandate’s claims that the union is left with no option but to have strikes in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon or that it is Tesco’s failure to follow and implement agreed collective procedures.  It is in fact the complete opposite they say,and  they remain committed to the State’s industrial relations machinery.  

    They say they regret this action by Mandate and the disruption inflicted on their colleagues, customers and to other businesses in the two towns by these unjustified strikes.  It is particularly disappointing action by Mandate for these close-to-the-Border towns in the run up to Christmas.

    It is unfathomable that Mandate is taking this approach when Tesco fully respects our colleagues’ right to choose to be represented by a trade union, unlike many other retail stores and businesses this Christmas who do not recognise or engage with Mandate.


  • A vintage tractor stolen in West Cork last week has been found over 400 kilometres away in Co Leitrim.

    Gardai received a report last Wednesday that the tractor had been stolen from a shed in Schull in Co Cork.

    A Garda investigation got underway, and the tractor was located in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday.

    The vehicle has since been returned to its owner in Cork, and Gardai say they're following a definite line of enquiry.


  • Westport, Knock, Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon are among seven town centres that will become free public wi-fi zones.

    The new initiative will see free high speed broadband installed in Sligo, Westport, Knock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan and two further locations to be confirmed in Kerry and Donegal.

    The Irish Independent reports that the scheme, which costs the local towns nothing, involves local businesses allowing Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the town centre.

    Carrick-On-Shannon is the first of the six towns to go live this weekend with Sligo, Knock and Monaghan commencing in June and the remaining towns going live by August.

    This initiative follows on from the success of the firm's public-private partnership in Galway - the first of its kind in Ireland.

  • A woman is due in court in Carrick on Shannon today charged in relation to a number of incidents of theft by deception, spanning seven years.

    Between 2011 and 2018, a total of 80 counts of theft were committed, during which €28,500 was stolen.

    A woman in her 50's was charged this morning following direction received by the DPP, and is due before the district court.