Time for a mature debate about our County town

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As the furore over a controversial article on Carrick-on-Shannon in The Sunday Independent slowly dies down, Leitrim Observer News Editor Donal O’Grady says the time has come for a mature debate on our County town.

As the furore over a controversial article on Carrick-on-Shannon in The Sunday Independent slowly dies down, Leitrim Observer News Editor Donal O’Grady says the time has come for a mature debate on our County town.

The article “Welcome to Carrick-on-Shannon, the town that makes Magaluf seem quiet” by Carrick native Claire Gorman detailed her personal shock at the behaviour of the hens and stags in the town each weekend.

The article led to a torrent of comment on social media and on local radio on Monday and Tuesday with the author attracting a lot of criticism, some of it pointed and personal.

But it has also led to a conversation over the impact, both positive and negative, of the hens and stags on Carrick’s residents and businesses over the last week as outlined in this week’s Leitrim Observer by Donal O’Grady.

In an article on the controversy, Donal wrote “That the article has got everyone talking is a good thing. Perhaps it is now time for a mature, healthy debate about our county town, how we view it, what direction we would like to see it go and what we can do to improve it. Because, this town belongs to all of us, we all have a stake in it, we all want to see it succeed.”

We’d like to hear from the readers of the Leitrim Observer what their views are on the controversy and what they see for the future of Carrick-on-Shannon. You can contact us on Facebook at Facebook.com/leitrimobserver or at news@leitrimobserver.ie.

See this week’s Leitrim Observer for the full article.