Frank Kilbride looks ahead to local radio return

One of County Longford's most colourful characters is preparing to make a return to the airwaves later this month and extend a career spanning more than two decades.

One of County Longford's most colourful characters is preparing to make a return to the airwaves later this month and extend a career spanning more than two decades.

Broadcasting veteran and Longford County Councillor, Frank Kilbride said he cannot wait to make his long overdue comeback on local radio station, Shannonside Northern Sound over the next few weeks after deciding to "take a break" from his media related commitments late last year.

Asked what brought about such a move, Mr Kilbride said he had "no comment" to make, opting instead to re-assure listeners that there will be plenty of surprises in store when the 'Frank Kilbride Show' returns in the New Year.

"I enjoy (broadcasting) doing what I do," he said this week. "I am 21 years on the radio and I am looking forward to going back, talking to my audience and playing some tunes."

Mr Kilbride, who is expected to slot straight back into his customary one hour slot on Sunday evenings, stopped short of confirming his expected return date, insisting the matter had yet to be clarified with the station's management.

"I have no special guests planned at the moment as it is still too early," he said.

On a more sombre note, the owner of Edgeworthstown's Park House Hotel paid tribute to the late Ciaran McNamee, brother of his latest singing sensation, Jane McNamee and Gowna musician, Eddie Fitzsimons, both of whom passed away over the festive period.

"Eddie played for me at the hotel and at Slevin's in Bunlahy when I had it. He was a country (music) fanatic and was as well known in Nashville as he was in Cavan. He was always available for whatever charity do that was going on and was just the most obliging poor soul," he said.