In this week’s Leitrim Observer

In this week’s Leitrim Observer there is the news that a Longford man remains in critical condition, at the time of going to press, following an assault in Carrick-on-Shannon in the early hours of Sunday morning last.

In this week’s Leitrim Observer there is the news that a Longford man remains in critical condition, at the time of going to press, following an assault in Carrick-on-Shannon in the early hours of Sunday morning last.

There is much better news for Ballinamore residents as the long wait for a new secondary school for the town moved a step closer this week as the school was included on a list of 56 major school building projects for 2012. The school will be constructed by BAM Contractors in a Public Private Partnership.

Last week marked the final sitting of Boyle District Court and there was much anger and sadness that attempts to keep the courthouse open have fallen on deaf ears.

Also in this week’s paper Terry Baker reflects on 41 years in the ambulance service and there are pictures from the Leitrim Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Christmas Party session in Dromahair and the Spirit of Mohill Gala Ball.

Over the past week or so Santa has appeared in many parts of the county and we have full pictorial coverage from his visits to Ballinamore, Drumshanbo, Leitrim Village and Carrick-on-Shannon.

In sports news Ballinamore’s Olympic hopeful Colin Griffin talks to the Leitrim Observer as he looks back on a difficult 2010 and talks about his hopes for the coming year.

The editor, management and staff of the Leitrim Observer would like to wish all our readers, correspondents and advertisers a very happy and safe Christmas.