• A ceremony will take place in Co Roscommon this afternoon to mark the 40th anniversary of the fatal shooting of two Gardai near Loughglynn.

    Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne - both from Knock - lost their lives at Shannon's Cross on 7th July 1980, after responding to a call about a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen.

    The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is among those attending today's ceremony at the memorial monument at Shannon's Cross, which gets underway at 2pm.

     Road closures are in place from 1 to 3pm to facilitate people attending the service.

    Church bells will ring out in Loughglynn, Fairymount, Ballaghadereen, Castlerea and Knock at 2.20pm - the time the incident happened 40 years ago today.


  • A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • A man’s body was taken from the lake in Loughglynn yesterday afternoon.

    It is believed the discovery of the man’s body was linked to a search for a man in his fifties who had been reported missing earlier this week.

    Meanwhile in a separate incident, a woman’s body was discovered in a house close to Carrowbehy yesterday.

    It is believed the woman may have been dead for some time.

    Gardai are not treating the deaths as suspicious.


  • There's no indication when the ambulance service in the Co Roscommon village of Loughglynn will be extended to a 24-hour service.

    The issue was raised again at this week's HSE Regional Forum meeting by local Councillor Micheal Creaton, who asked management for an update on plans to extend the ambulance base to a round-the-clock service.

    Management said they're hoping to recruit 6 people for the ambulance by next month, but this would only be to provide a service during the day.

    Councillor Creaton says it's disappointing that there's no indication of when the ambulance base will operate on a 24-hour basis.

  • The HSE is proposing to extend the service at the Loughglynn ambulance base in Co Roscommon to a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week service.

    At present, ambulances crews are deployed to the Loughglynn base for possibly a few hours per day, but it’s now proposed to extend it to a round-the-clock service, as the ambulance base covers a wide area of West Roscommon and East Mayo.

    The issue was discussed yesterday at the HSE Regional Forum meeting in Galway, where councillors were informed that discussions are already underway, and it's hoped to extend the service within the next 6 months.

    Loughlynn-based FG Councillor Micheal Creaton says it’s a welcome development as the ambulance base at present is only manned on a part-time basis.