Video: Preview of this week’s edition

Welcome to our preview of this week’s edition of the Longford Leader.

A 52 year old woman was tragically killed in a car crash near Mullingar on Saturday last. The woman has been named as Dolores McCormack, of Moyvore. Her two daughters, Katie, aged fourteen, and Bronagh, aged seven, were taken to hospital but both have since been released.

The tenth annual Longford marathon proved to be one of the most successful yet, with scores of people lining the streets to support a record number of entries.

Planning chiefs are expected to rule on proposed restorative works to St Mel’s Cathedral’s new roof and sub-floor this week. The impending decision is expected to bring to an end a four month wait for the cathedral’s project committee after an objection was lodged earlier this year by local architect Liam Madden.

A major drive to raise funds for two year old Max Wenman will take place in PVs on October 5th. Max is a native of Ballinalee, and last July he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that attacks the tissues that form the sympathetic nervous system. He has had a tumour removed and is currently undergoing a rigorous treatment programme. The night will feature music from Emma Sweeney, Josephine Doherty, Sean Hussey, Recoil and many more, with tickets priced at €10.

The Longford Leader has learned that the Dublin to Sligo rail service may be under threat to future cuts. Corporate Communications Manager at Irish Rail, Barry Kenny confirmed that while there would be no changes to the schedule for the remainder of 2012, there may be changes in the future due to a limited demand for evening services.

We bring you the remarkable story from Lismacaffrey of a couple toasting not one but two golden jubilees within the space of a month. Joe and Annie Devine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and the 50th anniversary of their work in their pub within the space of a month.

In Sport we preview the Senior Championship Quarter Finals, as champions Longford Slashers aim to bounce back from their shock defeat against Mullinalaughta, while Fr Manning Gaels will be out to record the shock of the year against Clonguish.

We also look ahead to the Longford Ladies All Ireland Intermediate Semi-Final against Armagh in Birr this Saturday.

For more on these stories, pick up this week’s edition of the Longford Leader.