In the Leader this week...

Inside this week’s Longford Leader...

Inside this week’s Longford Leader...

In the Leader this week we bring you news of Abbeyshrule’s stunning victory in the Tidy Town’s competition of 2012. The people of the area, already ecstatic at winning the award in the small village category, were left dumbfounded at being announced as the winners of the overall award. The delighted chairman of the Tidy Town’s committee Phillip Butler attributed the success to the local volunteers as well as broader based organisations such as Waterways Ireland, Longford Community Resources Ltd and the County Council. Now they fix their sights on a glorious treble as the winners of the European Entente Florale competition, in which they are finalists, is announced this Friday.

We report on the funding crisis for Longford Town Council which has seen all remaining road projects for this year suspended. The Town Council find themselves with a deficit of over €200,000, a figure which is expected to rise to over €300,000 if, as if proposed, the government pulls 1.3 million of the county’s Local Government Fund.

In sport, Liam Cosgrove reports on the widespread disenchantentment, both within clubs and among supporters, over this years Senior Championship format. Ominously for the lifespan of the current system, this feeling of frustration with the format was echoed right across the spectrum with the top clubs irritated by the proliferation of meaningless games and the smaller sides demoralised by the relentless hammerings meted over four long weeks.

We also look back at the weekend’s senior championship quarter-final action where Daniel Mimnagh fired a last minute goal to give Killoe a three point victory over Abbeylara and Dromard and Colmcille played out a dreary 0-6 to 0-6 draw with Colmcille’s Barry McKeon levelling the game in injury time. Clonguish also saw off Fr Manning Gaels on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-6 in Friday evening’s replay.

We carry reports and analysis on Killoe’s reclaiming Ladies Senior Championship Final after defeating Cl0onguish on a resounding scorline of 2-14 to 2-4.

Padrig O’Brien assesses this weekend’s semi-final, a repeat of last year’s final between those near neighbours and most tenacious of rivals, Clonguish and Slashers.

In soccer, Denise O’Flaherty reports on Longford Town’s assured but vital 2-0 victory over Wexford Youths, a win that ensures them of at least a play-off spot in the race for promotion.