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What is your idea of the perfect night in? My perfect night in would be just relaxing at home with some nice food and a good movie. And the perfect night out? My perfect night out would be dinner followed by some good music somewhere. Though I’m not much of a fan of late nights these days! What’s the perfect weekend away in Ireland? I love visiting different parts of Ireland. My perfect weekend away would be a trip to somewhere beautiful that I haven’t been to before…lovely food, rest and some exploring! How about a holiday abroad? I would really love to go to Japan! What’s the best Movie/Netflix/TV series you’ve seen recently? The best Netflix series I have

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Our TDs on the 8th: Yes, No or sitting on the fence?  DAN DOONER

The world’s media has descended on Co. Roscommon in the run-up to the Abortion Referendum on Friday, May 25th due to the county’s rejection of the Marriage

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Equality Referendum three years ago and its subsequent status as Ireland’s most conservative county. The Roscommon People this week asked the county’s three elected TDs how they would be voting on Friday, May 25th.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten once again refused to be drawn on how he would vote in the upcoming election but did say that the upcoming vote should not be influenced by politicians. “I agree with facilitating the Referendum as the people of Ireland are absolutely entitled to have their say on this issue. That was my view in 2013, regarding the suicide provision in the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, and it remains my view today. “I have concerns regarding unrestricted access to terminations within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. I will be engaging with the Minister for Health on these issues in advance of any legislation being enacted, should the Irish people vote to repeal the 8th Amendment. “With regard to the Referendum, I believe people should be free to make up their own mind by listening to all aspects of the issues. “I am firmly of the view that any decision on this topic is a deeply personal one and people should not be influenced one way or the other by politicians”. Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says he will be voting No due to what he described as the “flawed” wording in proposed legislation. He added that he believe a Yes vote would be a step towards a “totally different Ireland” and questioned whether trusting politicians with legislation was wise in the wake of recent controversies in Dáil Éireann. “I am voting no and that’s been my position since I first ran for office. I believe the wording that has been put in front of the people is basically flawed and it means abortion on demand up to 12 weeks. I get that there are a few difficult cases but we have to look at what we are being asked. “It is taking protection for the unborn and for babies out of the constitution and giving trust to politicians. “I’m a politician myself but I know that a lot of politicians would do anything for power and this is just the beginning (of politicians introducing changes in legislation). “In my view, (this is) a move towards a more liberal Government. It’s the first step to a totally different Ireland”. Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has once again reiterated that he will be voting No on May 25th. Deputy Murphy said that his resolve has grown even stronger in recent weeks. “I am voting No and I would’ve been one of the first out of the blocks in indicating which way I was voting. If anything I am even stronger in my view after speaking to numerous experts and doctors. “I respect everyone’s point of view and I have received a phenomenal amount of emails and phone calls. The majority of these have been from the ‘No’ side but there have been a few from the ‘Yes’ side too. “I believe that there is a big body of politicians across the political divide who will vote no. It looks very tight. The majority of Fianna Fáil TDs want to retain the 8th amendment”.

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Early Years educators call for funding A petition calling on the Government to increase investment in the Early Years childcare sector was launched by members of the Roscommon Big Start Campaign at a meeting held in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon, on Thursday, 10th of May. The Big Start Campaign is focused on securing an Early Years childcare sector which produces the best outcome for children, is affordable for parents, sustainable for providers and where workers have

decent pay and conditions for the professional job that they do. SIPTU Organiser and Big Start Campaign Organiser, Anne Craughwell, said: “To deliver quality Early Years’ services for our children, we need to attract and retain qualified and competent educators. This can only be achieved if the qualifications and experience of these professionals are recognised with appropriate pay and conditions of employment”.

She added: “SIPTU is campaigning for a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the Early Years sector together with increased investment. An SEO would establish minimum rates of pay and other minimum conditions for workers. However, the Government must also step up to the mark and increase spending on Early Years to the international benchmark of 1% of GDP. This is particularly necessary if we are to ensure that implementing de-

cent pay for educators will not undermine the viability of providers in the sector”. Roscommon Big Start Campaign committee member, Amy Dowd, said: “As an Early Years educator, I see the positive impact quality childcare can have on children. However, because of low government funding many services are struggling to remain open. “Qualified staff are also being paid a very low wage and are leaving the sec-

tor. Increased government investment and an SEO for the sector will ensure that workers conditions are safeguarded and improved”. Anne Craughwell added: “The Big Start Campaign is gaining momentum and making great progress in County Roscommon. The next Roscommon Big Start Campaign will take place in Hannon’s Hotel at 7.15 pm on Thursday, 14th June”.

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Justice Minister calls for Yes vote during visit to county  DAN DOONER

During his recent visit to Co. Roscommon, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan discussed his advocacy of a Yes vote, claiming that the issue would not be revisited for “many years” if the referendum was rejected by the Irish people. “I’m advocating a repeal on the 25th of May. We have seen over the last 35 years a number of very serious and adverse consequences that were not intended when the referendum campaign was underway in 1983. This is about the protection of women, however while it’s primarily a women’s issue it’s not exclusively a women’s issue. “Over the next two weeks I would be encouraging people to reflect on what’s at stake here. As a referendum this is entirely a matter for the voters themselves in the privacy of the polling booth. “Should the people of Ireland decide to keep the 8th amendment by voting No, this is not

something that will be revisited at an early date again. “If the vote is Yes then we will proceed to the consequent legislation in the autumn. During the course of that debate we will have an opportunity of a lineby-line engagement on the form of legislation, which of course

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‘We are being asked to support abortion on demand’  MARGARET ANN GARVEY

On May 25th we will cast possibly the most important vote we will ever cast. We are being asked to decide the question: should we have abortion on demand in Ireland? That’s how radical the Government’s referendum is. We are being asked to completely remove all trace of the right to life of unborn children in the womb. Why? To introduce abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, broadly accessible abortion up to 24 weeks on poorly defined ‘mental health’ grounds, and even abortion up to birth, also on poorly defined ‘mental health’ grounds. Thousands of lives each year are at stake. A ‘Yes’ will end the lives of thousands of innocent children, and do so in the name of ‘choice’. Aborted will be healthy babies of healthy mothers. This isn’t a middle ground proposal. It is quite simply extreme. It’s clear at this point that abstaining isn’t an option. Polls show that the margin between the ‘yes’ and the ‘no’ sides is narrowing all the time, but it is absolutely crucial that we oppose this referendum with a ‘No’ vote. If those who are uncomfortable with the proposal stay at home on the day they will be handing the ‘Yes’ side victory. Neutrality is not an option. We don’t live in a perfect country, but we can be proud of so much. We are one of the top six safest countries in the world for pregnant

women. We have easily the lowest abortion rate in the E.U. We show the world that it is possible to protect both mother and baby. We lose so, so much of this if we vote ‘Yes’. We will replicate what happens in Britain, where one baby is aborted for every four that are born, where 90% of children with Down syndrome are aborted in the womb, where 185,000 abortions take place every year. And remember: the Government’s proposed abortion law is even less restrictive than Britain’s in the first 12 weeks! It is a sign of how desperate the Government is at this point that Ministers are refusing to acknowledge what is in their own repeal legislation proposals. They know they over-reached and have gone too far. So they are trying to back-track and tell us not to worry about what will happen if the referendum passes. The politicians will take care of the legislation, they tell us. But if a suspicious looking man asks you to hand him a knife, you are entitled to question what he plans to do with it. The Government has told us its plans. Abortion on demand. That’s why the proposed change to the Constitution is so radical. That’s what we get if we pass the referendum. The Government could have put different proposals before us. It didn’t. So vote ‘No’. * Margaret Ann Garvey is a nurse from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon and this opinion piece was submitted by the LoveBoth ‘No’ campaign

Of those likely to vote No later this month, some will be utterly convinced, while others might be open to giving the matter some thought over the next week or so. I write this column with those in that latter category in mind. I should point out that I’ll be voting Yes – and I’ll be doing so without any hesitation. But I understand the convictions motivating those inclined towards No. Like almost all Yes voters, I agree that the ‘unborn’ has moral significance, and I also agree that abortion should not be unlimited. It is just that neither conviction justifies having the ‘eighth amendment’ in our Constitution. I think there are a few good reasons why, but here I’ll address just two. First, unlike many things that are prohibited in our criminal law (like reckless driving, or murder, for example), abortion is something about which there is genuine moral disagreement among reasonable people. Nobody wants abortions to happen, but many very conscientious people believe it is morally justified in cases going beyond just where a woman’s life is in immediate jeopardy. In circumstances where there are different moral convictions among people who have thought deeply about a question, I think there ought to be a strong presumption against imposing one moral conviction on all people, on pain of criminal sanction. In fact I think that is one of the defining characteristics of a free society: that there is a domain of moral independence within which individuals take responsibility for their own lives. I think this presumption ought to be particularly strong when a matter concerns a person’s own body. The other argument for Yes is a more technical one concerning constitutional law. In short, it is that constitutions are not really for setting out what the law of the land is on a given policy matter, even on very important policy matters such as those concerning life and death. A constitution is for establishing the processes and institutions through which those laws of the land are made: it sets up a parliament,

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courts, electoral systems, legislative processes, and so on. There are good reasons why we use constitutions for setting up the system, and then use the system for making the laws (or pieces of legislation). One of those reasons is that policy matters are almost always complicated, and need detailed regulation that can only be provided in the form of legislation. Another is that we can amend legislation as new insights develop, or new facts emerge, or as people’s understandings shift. This is not to say that amending legislation is easy, or can be done on a whim. But legislation is not effectively locked down in the manner of constitutional law. It means that the existing “people” can exercise ongoing democratic control, rather than being held in the vice-like grip of a previous generation. Related to this, a Yes vote on May 25th is not actually a vote for abortion. It is a vote only to take the matter out of the Constitution. It is true that Leo Varadkar’s government has set out the parameters of legislation that it would like to enact in the event that the referendum is passed. It is true also that that legislation would loosen the limits on lawful abortion, allowing it in circumstances where a woman’s health is in serious jeopardy, and not just her life. And a Yes vote would likely mean that legislation along those lines would eventually come to pass. But that is a battle for another day, probably after the next general election. And it will not be a straightforward one. * Dr. Tom Hickey lectures in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He grew up in Fuerty, Co. Roscommon and attended the CBS.


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14 Roscommon doctors for Yes – claim According to a spokesperson for ‘Together for Yes’, 14 Roscommon doctors have joined a list of over 1,100 practicing Irish doctors signing up to Doctors for Yes, calling for a Yes vote on May 25th. The petition, which was launched on Saturday at an event in Dublin attended by Minister for Health Simon Harris and hundreds of doctors from around the country, calls for a Yes vote so that medical professionals can provide safer, more compassionate healthcare to their patients.  Dr. Michelle Morris from Roscommon town is one such doctor calling for a Yes vote on Saturday week. “I know that Roscommon people are warm and compassionate. I’m voting Yes on May 25th to take healthcare out of the courts and return it to doctors and their patients where it belongs,” she said. ‘Together for Yes’ state that 20 women using Roscommon as their home address travelled for abortions in 2016.

An abortionist speaks… Dr. Anthony Levatino, left, is an American former abortionist who aborted 1,200 babies. He explains that one day after performing an abortion and looking at the remains of a pre-born child whose life he had just ended, that all he could see was someone’s son or daughter. He came to realise that killing a child at any stage of pregnancy for any reason is wrong. Dr. Levatino now deeply regrets his involvement in the deaths of those babies and has made some short films using diagrammatic representations in order to explain how abortions are carried out, and what happens to the baby and to the mother in the different types of abortions. If you are thinking about voting for abortion, inform yourself fully; please take 20 minutes to go online to Youtube.com and look at these short productions. Each video lasts 3-5 minutes. Use the Youtube addresses below or simply log on to Youtube. com and search for ‘Dr. Anthony Levatino 1st Trimester Surgical Abortion’, etc. His presentations are short, factual and clear. Although not graphic, they are disturbing, and viewing by minors should be guided by parents. Youtube addresses: Dr. Anthony Levatino 1st Trimester Medical Abortion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEY352_8SjU Dr. Anthony Levatino 1st Trimester Surgical Abortion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5THDmys8z30 Dr. Anthony Levatino 2nd Trimester Surgical Abortion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgw4X7Dw_3k Dr. Anthony Levatino 3rd Trimester Surgical Abortion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwDDes4f8Fw

The Trouble with Abortion ... During the horrific and brutal conflict in this country which was known at “The Troubles”; over a thirty year period from 1968 to 1998, 3,600 people died, an average of 120 per annum. If Ireland removes the 8th Amendment, the likely result will be 14,222 deaths per year if the same rate of abortions as take place annually in England and Wales is reached. These deaths would be behind closed doors but just as bloody and just as barbaric as the deaths in the North of Ireland and eleswhere linked to that conflict. There were an estimated 50,000 people who were wounded during the Troubles and tens of thousands more unseen who were not physically wounded but suffered enormously because of what they witnessed, because of the loved ones they lost, and because some had to live with the consequences of acts they themselves carried out but afterwards regretted. In the same way, the bloody tide of abortion will have huge consequences which will be unseen but very real; to our mental health, to our ability to be at peace with our consciences, to our respect for life and to our culture. Ireland’s pro-life laws have been a light shining in the darkness of the modern West. We must not let that light go out.

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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

paul@roscommonpeople.ie in Athlone to Sligo, via Roscommon, Tulsk and Charlestown. And fair play to the good men and women of the Irish Defence Forces. I had a quick lunch and an uneventful return trip to town – just a few cars this time and a man on a bike.

Saturday They made us watch it, the hype merchants, sucking us back into our multi-coloured, madcap Eurovision past…after Ryan O’Shaughnessy had somewhat unexpectedly broken our losing run in semi-finals. And the word was that Marty Whelan had reacted to our Eurovision mini-renaissance with a joy and enthusiasm of such heartwarming beauty that the Internet was at risk of finally imploding. (I’m currently going through the process of tentatively joining the social media circus, but I took the ‘semi-final night’ off for fear of seeing/hearing Marty’s reaction; I like Marty, but his excitability on Winning Streak is already more than I can take, thank you). So the nation went a bit mad for a few days. Very excited we were. Johnny Logan even appeared on the Late Late Show. As ever, it was good to see him, albeit that he mustn’t have received the email about not wearing any clothes that might scare viewers/pose a terrorist threat. A dubious confidence built amongst our people…a growing sense that our banishment from the Eurovision trophy room might just possibly be about to end. Once the kingpins of this event, we have had to endure misery for many years. Such misery! Looking back, it has been a terrible confluence of things…that Eastern European block voting, the Lordi factor (2002), the shocking evolution of the competition from an actual song contest into a cauldron of chaos, then our panicky reaction to no longer being annual contenders… calling on Jedward and a turkey, depending on our levels of desperation. By Saturday evening, Ryan had been backed to third favourite, and Ireland was giddily speculating about a return to our Eurovision golden era. It didn’t quite turn out that way, although our man did just fine. I couldn’t watch it of course (apart from a few songs) but I tuned in for

Monday night

Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were Brenda Kelly, Laura Mannion, Helen Casey and Emily Mannion. Picture: Andrew Fox

the voting, which has always been the best part of the whole circus. Unfortunately, they had tinkered with the voting system, stripping much of the suspense away. One of the few entries I had seen was the Israeli one, sung by Netta Barzilai. In our house, the moment we heard her voice we immediately tipped her to win. Mind you, we were also influenced by the dancing chickens in the background. The planners behind the Irish entry thought they had moved with the times by introducing two gay backing dancers, but in Eurovision land, you can never be original enough. Dancing chickens did it this time, and for Ireland, the onetime kings of the Eurovision, the mystery and the misery goes on.

Sunday Strange match. The nation turned its gaze on Castlebar, but the party bombed. Galway started brightly, then Mayo settled and began to impose themselves. O’Connor’s rash elbow charge was quite a game-changer, Mayo reduced to fourteen. Mayo were poor in front of the posts but still very much in the game as the second half wore on. The critics have been scathing

about the game but I never lost interest, and besides, didn’t we know that Galway would play a largely defensive game? In the end, credit to Galway, not just because they scored a superb matchdeciding goal, but because they won the game! It’s not easy to go to Castlebar and win by three points and Kevin Walsh won’t care a whit about the critics. Only a fool, or (if from an opposing county) an optimist would underestimate either team going forward.

Monday afternoon So there I was, driving home on the Athlone Road, no longer having the will to curse the potholes, but still conscious of their frustrating presence (to be fair, remedial work is finally starting). ‘Those damn potholes’ I remember thinking, as cars continued their variety of doomed dodging manouevres. Passing Hyde Park, I thought to myself of the possibility (depending on results) of a Connacht Final clash between Roscommon and the new force…mean and fiercely focused Galway, slayers of Mayo at the weekend. My mind was still wandering (I

was passing Hannon’s Hotel at this stage) when I saw the first big army tank coming my way. It was 1.25 pm. Nothing too unusual in this sight, though the soldiers were armed and very visible. Then I saw another army tank with soldiers armed and visible…then another, then another, then another, and on and on it went, to the point where I was left with no option but to count this stunning show of army strength. Sixteen army vehicles I counted (a mixture of tanks and trucks). At least sixteen army vehicles in one military convoy heading for Roscommon town? Surely the potholes’ crisis or the prospect of a Galway football invasion hadn’t merited calling the army in? Surely it wasn’t a coup? The last major coup at ‘the Hyde’ that I can recall was when Jimmy Burke’s late goal for Mayo stole the 1989 Connacht final from Roscommon. A few minutes later, I was glad to read (on the Shannonside Radio website) that there was a simple explanation for this unusual sight. What I had seen up close and personal was the 6th infantry battalion taking part in a major training exercise, travelling in convoy from Custume Barracks

‘People were furious after the Referendum Special on Claire Byrne Live last night’ screamed a headline on a website on Tuesday morning. To which one might respond: What precisely did people expect? If people expected a cosy chat over tea and scones, they should have tuned into Today with Maura and Daithi. When people ‘debate’ issues to do with abortion, the outcome will almost inevitably be as it was on Monday night: heated, emotional, personalised and divisive. Did anyone seriously expect a meeting of minds? As to the protagonists, well they certainly provided compelling television, even if there was a fair bit of hot air in the room, not to mention some noisy and of course totally biased audience input. I thought the most composed and impressive contributor was Iona Institute spokesperson Maria Steen (the No campaign). She certainly wrong-footed Dr. Peter Boylan a few times and also had some testy exchanges with Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald. Deputy McDonald (the Yes campaign) was an assured contributor on the night. There were clashes too between Dr. Boylan and Dr. John Monaghan, the latter wellknown to many local readers through his work at Portiuncula Hospital over many years. When the ‘debate’ moved on to the audience, it became a little tiresome, as each contributor held a deeply entrenched view. What was really needed was an audience of ‘undecideds’ and a panel of undecideds/calm experts!

Filling the skip (all month) The easy part is ordering the skip. The harder part is having the discipline to fill it. When ‘the skip’ arrives, it does so with great fanfare. Then the days go by and the skip blends into the landscape of your life! Finally, we began the process of filling the skip, prompted, to be honest, by a call from the skip hire man. “We’re under pressure to get skips back in” the skip hire man said cheerily, confirming that a great many of us are emptying parts of our past into soulless discoloured containers. I conducted successful negotiations with the

skip hire man…and bought some time. Then we began to fill the skip. Some things are easy to dispose of. Some things have been on borrowed time; you’ve been relishing this opportunity to toss them over the edge of the skip and into permanent banishment. That wonky chair was never going to ‘de-wonk’; bits of timber, empty jars, broken toys and wilting plants were never going to be either needed or useful again. The critical stage of the ‘filling the skip’ process will usually involve half-full paint tins and the remnants of once-sparkling rolls of

wallpaper. These, and some nostalgia-inspiring ornaments, will cause pause for thought. Should you keep them? Will they come in handy some time in the future? Maybe people are slow to throw stuff out because it’s a reminder of time’s passing, because it represents a small level of change. Certainly if you are of a sentimental nature it can be a big call to let some items go! Every broken toy which is lobbed into the heart of the skip represents a tiny bit of closure on something that is past. But there you go, that is life.

We threw out many such unused toys, because that’s the sensible thing to do in these situations. Filling the skip involves emptying tiny parts of the past, before rebooting and looking to the present and future. Mind you, kids notice these things. I saw our son retrieve one simple but special toy, rescuing it from the skip. When I asked him about it, he remembered when and where he originally got it. So, that toy was of course duly saved, afforded a ‘stay’. One item less for the skip hire man, one memory salvaged!


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Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were Gerry Flanagan, Fr. John McManus, Paul Gaynor and Pat McGourty. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were John Farrell, Maura Maye, Luke Maye and Peggy Beirne. Picture: Andrew Fox

VOTE

NO

This is not a referendum about abortion for limited cases – it’s about abortion on demand, for any reason.

Vote NO to the Government’s plan: Abortion for any reason up to at least 12 weeks1 British-style abortion up to 6 months (on unspecified mental health grounds)1 Abortions paid for with your taxes Irish citizens would have no vote on future abortion laws

“The 2013 law3 made it clear – if it wasn’t before – that Irish doctors can always intervene to protect women in pregnancy. We are horrified that some colleagues claim the 8th Amendment endangers women – it does no such thing. It simply protects the lives of unborn babies as far as is practical and prevents abortion on demand.”

Consultant Obstetrician

DR TREVOR HAYES Twice voted Obstetrician of the Year

No protection for babies with Down Syndrome2

A 12 week old unborn baby: Has a beating heart Can kick, stretch & jump Has arms, legs, fingers & toes Has all her vital organs 9 week old baby pictured

Has a fully formed face

1. General Scheme of Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy: bit.ly/2H9rAZ7 2. 90% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in Britain are aborted: Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability, UK, 2013. 3. Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, 2013

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NEWS…at a glance

Fundraiser for Portrun Development Association Portrun Development Association will hold their annual fundraiser night in Paddy Finn’s Bar, Kilteevan on Saturday, May 19th. This promises to be a great evening of entertainment including music, finger food and a raffle. Tickets are priced at €10 and can be purchased from the association. Funds raised will go towards supporting the efforts of the community group in developing Portrunny and surrounding areas. The new Portrunny Heritage & Nature Trail, Townland Markers, Tidy Towns and plans for a new slipway and an amenity and recreation centre are just a few of the community group’s projects and initiatives that require public support. To find out more, visit www.portrun. ie, email info@portrun.ie or check out Facebook page.

Dawn chorus with Roscommon Birdwatch

Pictured at the recent Connaughton Auctioneers Car & Machinery Auction were Martin Bradley, Declan Hoare, Keith Hoare, Luke Hanley Jnr, Wesley Hoare and Luke Hanley. Picture: Andrew Fox

Family Fun Walk with Lisaniskey NS

The Roscommon Birdwatch ‘dawn chorus’ will take place this Sunday (20th) in Mote Park. Those wishing to take part are asked to meet in the carpark at 5 am. Birdwatch will also host a talk in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon town on Thursday, 24th. For more information please contact Padraig on 087-9078849.

Lisaniskey NS Parents’ Association (Oran) is hosting a Family Fun Walk at 12 noon on Sunday, May 20th. Entry fee is €5 per individual or €10 per family. The route starts at the school and finishes at the hall where refreshments will be provided. This event is organised in conjunction with Lisaniskey NS ‘Active School’ week

and Oran GAA ‘Healthy Clubs’ committee. Please come out and support. All welcome!

Táin March this Friday from Ratcroghan! The Táin March was established in 2011 as a community walking festival to celebrate and promote the epic tale of Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley).

This story of envy, honour and military prowess is reputed to have taken place about the time of Christ and involved the armies of Connacht and Ulster in a titanic struggle over a prize bull called Donn Cúailnge. The march began in Rathcroghan in Co. Roscommon, where Queen Medb began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley. The 260km walk retraces the route of the epic cattle raid Táin Bó Cúailnge undertaken by Queen Medb of Connacht to the Cooley Peninsula in north Louth some 2,000 years ago. This Friday the march sets out from royal site of Rathcroghan at 10 am where children from local primary schools will greet Queen Medb and her marchers and help to send them on their way via Lissonnuffy at the western foot of Slieve Bawn. All are welcome to come along to Rathcroghan Mound at 10 am see this spectacle. Further details of the march can be found at the Táin March website (www. tainmarch.ie).

Thank you from Lisacul Tidy Towns The committee of Lisacul Tidy Towns would like to thank all those who supported the recent cake sale to raise funds for the Tidy Towns. €355 was raised and will go towards the purchase of materials to help the committee make Lisacul look as well as possible. The Wednesday Warriors continue to meet every Wednesday at the crossroads at 7.30 pm. All are welcome!

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Communities nominated for Pride of Place Pride of Place is an all-island competition organised by Co-Operation Ireland and the Local Authorities All-Island Steering Committee. Pride of Place provides an ideal opportunity for community groups to demonstrate their pride in the achievements of their own local community. Nominations to the All-Island competition are made by Roscommon County Council on the basis of the recent Co. Roscommon Pride of Place competition.

The communities that are being nominated to participate in the 2018 Pride of Place Competition are: Ballintubber Tidy Towns (Category 1: Population 0-300); Strokestown Town Team (Category 2: Population 300-1000) and Tulsk Action Group CLG (Category 8: Community Tourism Initiative). Judging for the 2018 Pride of Place Competition will take place between July and the end of August. Judges will conduct a site visit to each community during

which time they will meet with community representatives. If you live in one of the nominated communities (Ballintubber, Strokestown or Tulsk) and would like to get involved please ring the Community & Enterprise Department of Roscommon County Council at 090-6637106. We will put you in contact with the local contact person for each group who will be co-ordinating their entry.

VTOS OPEN & REGISTRATION DAY ROSCOMMON, BOYLE & CASTLEREA VTOS is the main provider of education for unemployed adults in County Roscommon, now under the auspices of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board. :HRIIHUDFKRLFHRIVXEMHFWVZKLFKDUHGLYHUVHÀH[LEOHDQGDUHDFFUHGLWHGE\44, )(7$& 2XU$ZDUGVUDQJHIURP44,/HYHO Subjects include ICT Skills, Business Administration, Healthcare, Horticulture, Horsemanship, Art Craft & Design and Tourism with Business. Are you over 21, unemployed for at least 6 months (in receipt of a social welfare payment) and in search of further education? If so please come along to the VTOS Registration days at the following centres:

ROSCOMMON 9726&HQWUH/DQHVERUR6W5RVFRPPRQ±7KXUVGD\WK0D\ 10.00am-3.00pm (Co-ordinator: Orla Connaughton 090-6627292 email: orla.connaughton@gretb.ie) 44,/HYHO,&76NLOOV 44,/HYHO%XVLQHVV$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ 44,/HYHO+HDOWK6HUYLFH6NLOOV

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10.00am-3.00pm (Co-ordinator: Donal J Farrell 071-9663246 email: donalj.farrell@gretb.ie) 44,/HYHO+RUVHPDQVKLS 44,/HYHOV+RUWLFXOWXUH 44,/HYHO%XVLQHVV$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ

CASTLEREA **ART EXHIBITION** VTOS & Adult Education Centre, Patrick St., Castlerea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wednesday 23rd May 10.00am-3.00pm (Co-ordinator: Kathleen McNulty 094-9620161 email: castlereavtos@gretb.ie) 44,/HYHO7RXULVPZLWK%XVLQHVV 44,/HYHO$UWDQG'HVLJQ 44,/HYHO%XVLQHVV Also offering modules in Early Childhood Care & Education: Child Development & Creative Arts What will it cost? Courses are provided free of charge, there is also a travel and meal allowance, all Books, materials and exams are free of charge. Childcare Childcare places are available in recognised ECCE settings (TEC Scheme). Further information on this from Roscommon County Childcare Committee 094-9622540. What level of education is required? There are no formal education requirements to join VTOS. Can I join the programme? <HVLI\RXDUHRYHUDQGLQUHFHLSWRIMREVHHNHUVDOORZDQFHMREVHHNHUVEHQH¿WRUVLJQLQJIRUFUHGLWVIRUDWOHDVWVL[ PRQWKVRU,QUHFHLSWRIDRQHSDUHQWIDPLO\SD\PHQWGLVDELOLW\DOORZDQFHIDUPDVVLVWGLVDELOLW\EHQH¿WRULQYDOLGLW\ pension for at least six months or are a dependent spouse for at least six months. For further information please contact any of the above co-ordinators. ,I\RXKDYHDOUHDG\UHFHLYHGFRQ¿UPDWLRQRIDSODFHRQ9726WKHUHLVQRQHHGWRDWWHQG

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Roscommon Intercultural Family Sports/Fun Day The RWN Intercultural Family Sports/Fun Day took place in Roscommon town on Sunday, 29th of April, where 126 children took part in soccer, cricket, gaelic, rounders, Hip Hop and hurling. The countywide intercultural project is led by Roscommon Women’s Network, supported by a steering committee which includes many

organisations and individuals from around the county working together. Nora Fahy, Manager of Roscommon Women’s Network, said: “This event is an excellent example of true and real multi-level integration at its best and that is what has made the day so special, successful, different and enjoyable”. She added: “In my opinion this

event visibly demonstrates effective integration on many levels… sports integration, cultural integration, community integration and good countywide organisational collaboration”. Ms. Fahy thanked all individuals and organisations who helped in any way to make the event the success that it was.

Pictured at the recent Roscommon Women’s Network Intercultural Project sports taster day were Mohammad Ahmed, Paula Flannelly, Maria Harris, Sajjad Hussain and Paula Whyte. Picture: Andrew Fox Pictured at the recent Roscommon Women’s Network Intercultural Project sports taster day were Nilson Santos, Carlos Vargas, Celia Ribas, Nora Fahy, Ruby Sutton, Claudio and Naiara De Aerbu and Najla Sabir. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the recent Roscommon Women’s Network Intercultural Project sports taster day were Adrienne Mazikova, Maria Harris, Deirdre Hussey and Stephanie Walsh. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the recent Roscommon Women’s Network Intercultural Project sports taster day were Eric, Fabian, Philip, Jaroslav, Roman and Eric. Picture: Andrew Fox

An tIdirphlé Náisiúnta um Ghníomhú ar son na hAeráide Ár n-aeráid. Ár dtodhchaí. Do ghuth. Bí i bpáirtíocht linn ag an chéad thionól réigiúnach seo againn d’fhonn plé a dhéanamh ar na bealaí a d’fhéadfaimid aghaidh a thabhairt, mar náisiún, ar an athrú aeráide. Bíodh cead cainte agat faoi na ceisteanna móra atá os comhair na tíre maidir le cúrsaí aeráide, agus roinn do chuid smaointe faoi na bealaí a d’fhéadfaimid obair le chéile chun feasacht a mhúscailt, deiseanna a chur ar fáil, teacht aniar a chothú, agus gníomh a spreagadh. Cén uair: 11am – 4pm, Satharn 23ú Meitheamh 2018 Cén áit: Radisson Blu Hotel, Áth Luain, Co. na hIarmhí Is é an Tionól Réigiúnach seo an chéad chruinniú i sraith cruinnithe áitiúla agus réigiúnacha a reáchtálfar ar fud na hÉireann mar chuid den Idirphlé Náisiúnta um Ghníomhú ar son na hAeráide. Beidh ticéad ag teastáil don imeacht seo saor in aisce, agus táimid ag iarraidh go mór go mbeidh réimse leathan daoine agus grúpaí páirteach ann as Ros Comáin, Liatroim, An Cabhán, Muineachán, Lú, Mí, Iarmhí, Longfort agus Uíbh Fhailí. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil, agus do spéis a léiriú faoi Déardaoin 31 Bealtaine, tabhair cuairt ar: www.dccae.gov.ie/climatedialogue Is tionscnamh de chuid Rialtas na hÉireann é seo atá faoi stiúir na Roinne Cumarsáide, Gníomhaithe ar son na hAeráide agus Comhshaoil, i gcomhar leis an nGníomhaireacht um Chaomhnú Comhshaoil.

National Dialogue on Climate Action Our climate. Our future. Your voice. Join us for our first Regional Gathering to explore how we, as a nation, can work together to take action on climate change. Have your say on what you think are the major climate issues facing Ireland, share ideas on how we can work together to raise awareness, unlock opportunities, build resilience, and inspire action.

Pictured at the recent Roscommon Women’s Network Intercultural Project sports taster day were Malak, Marwa, Emma, Aisling, Oisín, Sarah and Isabelle. Picture: Andrew Fox

When: 11am – 4pm, Saturday 23rd June 2018 Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath This Regional Gathering is the first in a series of regional and local meetings to be held across Ireland as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action. This is a free ticketed event and we are keen to involve a wide range of groups and individuals from across Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Offaly. For further information and to register your interest by Thursday 31 May, please visit: www.dccae.gov.ie/climatedialogue This is a Government of Ireland initiative through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. Pictured at the recent Roscommon Women’s Network Intercultural Project sports taster day were Adam, Ashish and Harrison. Picture: Andrew Fox


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People NEWS GMIT (Mayo Campus) is offering the following flexible and blended delivery programmes:

Certificate in Supervisory Management (SPA) (Level 7, 60 credits - part-time) The aim of this programme is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to manage people and resources on a daily basis. Course commences September 2018 and is available on a part-time basis (two days a week once a month – September to May).

Senator Maura Hopkins yesterday (Wednesday) met with Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly

Hopkins meets with Daly on Rosalie Unit  DAN DOONER

Senator Maura Hopkins yesterday (Wednesday) met with Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, in relation to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea. She said that the Minister is keeping an open mind with regard to the future of the unit. “Minister Daly informs me that he very much has an open mind in relation to the Rosalie Unit. He advised me that he would be speaking directly this week with Dr. Ann Gallagher, Consultant Psychiatrist of Later Life (Roscommon) in relation to the clinical assessments. I understand that a number of clinical assessments took place last week with the involvement of family members. “My strong opinion is that there are many individuals who need specialist residential care and this unit should be used to provide a service for them. I am deeply frustrated, like many residents and family members, that the HSE are not listening to our concerns. “Following our last delegation meeting (on May 2nd) I had no sense from HSE Managers Tony Canavan and Charlie Meehan that there would be genuine efforts to explore every option to keep the unit open. The responses we got were totally unsatisfactory. “I made the point on several occasions that there are and will be many people in our region with enduring mental health difficulties who cannot cope at home and need residential care. Therefore, an expanded service at the Rosalie Unit is essential to meet these needs,” she said. Senator Hopkins said she is in very regular contact with Minister Jim Daly, Minister Simon Harris and HSE Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan in order to strongly emphasise the need for this unit to remain open.

Carthy pressing for voting rights for the Irish abroad Matt Carthy MEP has confirmed that he has repeatedly raised, with both the Irish Government and the European Commission, the need to grant enfranchisement to Irish citizens living aboard. Speaking from Brussels this week, Matt Carthy MEP said: “Ireland is one of the few EU Member States that gives zero voting rights to its citizens living abroad. The right to vote is a basic civil right. The continual deprival of the Irish government of voting rights to its citizens abroad leads to unnecessary political disempowerment. “I had previously enquired of the European Commission as to whether Ireland’s policy on voting rights denies the democratic participation of its citizens”. MEP Carthy concluded: “The Commission clarified that they strongly encourage Member States to enable their citizens to retain their right to vote in national elections”.

Certificate in Nursing in Procedural Sedation (Special Purpose Award) (Level 9, 10 credits, 12 weeks part-time) For registered nurses currently employed and directly working in an environment where procedural sedation is undertaken. Course commences in September 2018. Modules will be delivered both in the classroom and online.

For further information, contact: Mary Nestor, Tel: 094-9043137 or Email: mary.nestor@gmit.ie

For further information, contact: Justin Kerr, Tel: 094-9043249 or Email: justin.kerr@gmit.ie

BA in Human Resource Management

Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing

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(Level 8, 10 credits, 12 weeks part-time)

The aim of the programme is to provide students with a specialised education in human resource management to ordinary degree level.

For registered nurses currently employed and directly working in an acute medicine unit.

Entry requirements: QQI Level 6 in Business/related discipline or equivalent is required for entry into Year 2. Course commences September 2018 (two days a week once a month plus two residential weekends – September to May). For further information, contact: Clodagh Geraghty, Tel: 094-9043197 or Email: clodagh.geraghty@gmit.ie

BA in Contemporary Art Practices (Level 7, part-time [flexible mode]) The aim of the programme is to equip the student with the qualifications required to work in a broad range of art and community contexts. Entry to this programme is by interview/portfolio assessment. Course commences September 2018 (1.5 days per week over four academic years). It includes an option for students to take a Higher Certificate (Level 6) exit award after five semesters. For further information, contact: John Mulloy, Tel: 094-9043160 or Email: john.mulloy@gmit.ie

BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Level 8, part-time [flexible mode]) This is a two-year follow-on course for students with a Level 7 degree or diploma in Fine Art, Art & Design, or the equivalent artistic qualification or experience. Course commences September 2018 (1 day per week (Tues) over two academic years).

Course commences in September 2018. Modules will be delivered through blended learning with 6 days in total in college. For further information, contact: Justin Kerr, Tel: 094-9043249 or Email: justin.kerr@gmit.ie

Certificate in Recovery in Mental Health (Special Purpose Award) (Level 8, 10 credits, 13 weeks part-time) This course is aimed at multidisciplinary practitioners in mental health or those with an interest in recovery in mental health. Course commences in January 2019. Delivered on a part-time basis one day per week. For further information, contact: Siobhan Lynch, Tel: 094-9043287 or Email: siobhan.lynch@gmit.ie

B.Sc. (Hons) in Nursing (Level 8, add-on) For Registered Nurses who have successfully completed a diploma or degree in nursing at level 7 or equivalent. Course commences September 2018 (one day a week for one academic year). For further information, contact: Maura Fitzsimons, Tel: 094-9043164 or Email: maura.fitzsimons@gmit.ie

BA in Early Childhood and Care (Level 7, 60 credits – Year 2 entry)

For further information, contact: John Brady, Tel: 094-9043160 or Email: john.brady@gmit.ie

This course prepares students for a range of early education settings and develops your knowledge, practice and values in working with young children.

Master of Science in Quality and Safety (Health & Social Care)

Entry requirements: QQI Level 6 relevant to Early Childhood Education and Care.

(Level 9, 90 credits, 2 years part-time)

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For students with a minimum H2.2 in a level 8 degree in any health or social care discipline or recognised cognate professional qualification and 1 year full-time relevant work experience which must be in the last 5 years. Course commences September 2018 and uses a blended learning approach which includes four contact workshops across each semester in year one. For further information, contact: Margaret Prendergast, Tel: 094 9043152 or Email: margaret.prendergast@gmit.ie

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Minister talks refurbishment rather than reopening  DAN DOONER

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, on a brief visit to Co. Roscommon on Monday, paid tribute to the work of Gardaí in the community but ruled out the reopening of Garda stations in the county. The Minister spoke to the media at The Hub in Castlerea following a visit to Castlerea Garda Station. While ruling out the possibility of reopening a number of Garda stations, Minister Flanagan did moot the refurbishment

of Ballinlough Garda Station and Roscommon Courthouse. “I’m very pleased to see state-of-the-art and modern facilities in Castlerea. I would like to see the refurbishment of Ballinlough at the earliest opportunity. “I understand there’s the issue of Tarmonbarry that has been raised by Senator Maura Hopkins and Senator Frank Feighan and we are exploring possibilities to see how best that part of the county can be served. It’s a busy road through

Tarmonbarry, I know the station has been closed. “I am not in a position to make any firm announcement but I’m conscious of the need as are the Gardaí to ensure that every area of Co. Roscommon is policed to the full”. Regarding the facilities at Roscommon Courthouse, Minister Flanagan said it would be considered under the next phase of spending. “We are currently at the end of a spending phase where €100 million has been spent on courts. I

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Pictured during the recent visit of Justice and Equality Minister Charlie Flanagan to An Chistin at The Hub in Castlerea were: back (l-r) Una Fannon (An Chistin Coordinator), Liz Dennis, Brian Stenson, Sean Browne, Benny O’Connell, Norrie Mooney, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice and Kathleen Rourke (An Chistin Assistant Coordinator). Front row (l-r): Senator Frank Feighan, Senator Maura Hopkins, Minister Charlie Flanagan and Cllr. Michael Creaton. Pic: Austin Waldron

will be inaugurating the next phase towards the end of this year and, in conjunction with the court services, we will be carefully looking at the matter of Roscommon. “I agree that it’s totally unacceptable to have lack of privacy, to have people who are oftentimes fearful and even sometimes intimated going to court in the first place. We owe it to the general public to have court facilities which are user friendly, cater for vulnerable witnesses;

cater for children, and which have technological advances introduced. “I would be happy to engage further locally with Senator Hopkins ensuring that Roscommon Court is among those for consideration”. The Minister added that visibility and availability were two key issues when it came to deployment of Gardaí in the Roscommon Longford district. “I’m pleased to note that there has been a doubling of Gardaí from 46 in 2011

to 94 in 2018. I’m keen to ensure that these numbers increase further. “This is a large rural area with unique circumstances having a prison in a rural setting. I’m conscious that the prison plays a role here in terms of Garda attention”. The Justice Minister also highlighted the “national problem” of criminal gangs using the motorway network to perpetrate crime but said that measures would be rolled out to tackle this issue.

“I’m told by the Gardaí here that many of those who perpetrate crime here are not from the area. This is a national problem where our rapid motorway network has at times facilitated visiting criminals who are up to no good. “I’m anxious to assist with the roll-out of cameras and detection facilities and also having checkpoints nearer the major urban centres where these criminals are coming from”.

Environmental Awareness Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2018. This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Does Your Project Qualify? Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water, and Sustainable Development. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at: http://dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/environmentalprotection-and-awareness/local-agenda-21-partnership-fund/

Kathleen Rourke (An Chistin Assistant Coordinator), Senator Maura Hopkins, Una Fannon (An Chistin Coordinator), Norrie Mooney and Liz Dennis pictured at The Hub, Castlerea during Minister Flanagan’s visit. Pic: Austin Waldron

Hopkins wants more station upgrades

How to Apply Contact Environment Section, Roscommon County Council at 0906637260. Further information and application forms are available online at www.roscommoncoco.ie Completed application forms should be returned to Environment Office, Roscommon County Council, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon by 5pm, 20 June 2018. Signed: Majella Hunt Director of Services Roscommon County Council

Justice and Equality Minister Charlie Flanagan and Senator Maura Hopkins pictured at Castlerea Garda Station on Monday.

Senator Maura Hopkins welcomed the visit to Castlerea Garda Station of Minister Flanagan which she said was at her invitation. She said: “On many occasions I have raised the need for further investment in policing across Roscommon and it is very positive that Minister Flanagan was able to visit the Castlerea district to meet with Gardaí and learn more about policing challenges within the district. “It is very positive that we have seen an increase in Garda numbers across the district with five new Gardaí arriving in recent months. Additionally, the Garda fleet in the district has received

significant investment in recent years and is made up of 18 vehicles at present. “There has also been significant investment in stations across the district. In Castlerea, over €265,000 was invested in station upgrades in 2016. Significant works have also taken place in Tulsk and Ballaghaderreen to bring the facilities in each station up to standard”. Senator Hopkins added: “However, we need to see further station upgrades across the district and I have emphasised strongly to the Minister, the need for works to take place at Ballinlough and Boyle to improve facilities at both locations”.


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Pictured at Darkness Into Light Roscommon were John Casey, Dillon Casey, Brendan Casey, Aaron Casey and Keith Casey. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at Darkness Into Light Roscommon were Ann Casey, Therese Connolly, Gabrielle Keane and Madeline Donnelly (sisters). Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at Darkness Into Light Roscommon were Lily Foxe and Eva Neilan. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at Darkness Into Light Roscommon were Helena Mulligan, Noel and Catriona Kelly. Picture: Andrew Fox

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Pictured at Darkness Into Light Roscommon were Kieran Coyle, Elaine Crosby, Cyril Crosby and Fiona Crosby. Picture: Andrew Fox


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Roscommon students to rear calves for popular project Six groups of second-level students from right around the country gathered this week to meet the Irish Angus calves which they will rear for 18 months as part of a unique competition. The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, run by Irish Angus Producer Group in association with ABP and Kepak, aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers. Following a competitive application process, including presenting to industry judges at a high profile

event in Croke Park recently, the successful schools to move forward to the next phase of the competition are: Roscommon Community College; St. Josephs Mercy Secondary School, Navan; Royal School Cavan; St. Ita’s Special School, Drogheda; Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna and Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk. The teams will each receive five Irish Angus Cross calves in September, which they will be required to rear for 18 months until their slaughter in 2020. In addition to rearing the calves, the schools will complete a project focussing on a different aspect of farming and the food chain.

These include – The Value of Irish Angus in Suckler Systems: Roscommon Community College students Keelan Gallagher, John Cunniffe and Sean Trundle will explore what Angus contributes to suckler systems. The benefits of choosing an Angus bull including how output can be increased, coupled with environmental and animal welfare benefits. Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

Roscommon Community College students Keelan Gallagher, John Cunniffe and Sean Trundle meeting one of 5 calves which they will rear for the next 18 months as part of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, run by Irish Angus Producer Group in association with ABP and Kepak.

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Mid May Sale of Bullocks Friday, May 18th at 11 a.m. Also Heifers & Dry Cows 40 pens of Bullocks on offer. Please note Yard opens at 7.30 a.m. All stock to be penned by 10 a.m. Viewing time from 10.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Special Sale of Heifers and Bullocks Friday, May 25th at 11 a.m. Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on this Thursday, May 17th Also Dry Cows

Heifers

Lim X 430kgs €1130, Lim X 360kgs €1100, BAX 405kgs €1070, Char X 335kgs €1050, Lim X 370kgs €960, 2 Char X 285kgs €850, BBX 340kgs €810, 2 Char X 320kgs €950, BAX 370kgs €1005, 2 AAX 272kgs €700, Char X 215 ks €680, Char X 255kgs €745, 2 Char X 275kgs €840, BAX 295kgs €875, Lim X 340kgs €970, Char X 335kgs €1050.

Char X 620kgs €1635, Lim X 615kgs €1620, Lim X 560kgs €1620, Char X 535kgs €1560, BBX 585kgs €1410, 6 Lim X 575kgs €1440, 2 Char X 547kgs €1520, AAX 570kgs €1510, Char 470kgs €1235, Simm X 655kgs €1400, Char X 440kgs 1200, AAX 465kgs €1180, Lim 325kgs €930, Lim X 385kgs €1030, Simm X 490kgs €1080, Lim X 470kgs €1305.

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Bullocks

Lim X 445kgs €1240, Lim X 500kgs €1200, Char X 460kgs €1200,Lim X 435kgs €1140, Char X 330kgs €1065, Char 370kgs €1050, Char X 325kgs €1040,AAX 455kgs €985, Lim X 370kgs €1000, Lim X 300kgs €1005, 3 Char X 366kgs €970, AAX 340kgs €870, AAX 310kgs €780, Char X 295kgs €885, 2 Lim 302kgs €905, Lim X 315kgs €690.

AAX 575kgs €1410, HEX 645kgs €1305, Lim X 535kgs €1300, Lim X 480kgs €1265, HEX 580kgs €1210, 3 Char X 373kgs €1175, Char X 375kgs €980, AAX 415kgs €1000, 3 Char X 366kgs €1155, Char X 405kgs €1110, Char X 425kgs €1135.

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Lim X 735kgs €1570, Char X 670kgs €1500, Lim X 725kgs €1475, Lim X 650kgs €1450, Simm X 675kgs €1180, Lim 650kgs €1135, Fr 600kgs €820, BBX 590kgs €950, Lim X 600kgs €1325, Lim X 470kgs €920, Lim 650kgs €1135, Lim X 460kgs €1075.

Spring lambs 53.5kgs €150, 54kgs €150, 49.8kgs €148, 52kgs €148, 47kgs €146, 47kgs €145, 52.5kgs €143, 40.8kgs €140, 42.3kgs €133.50.

Hoggets 58.9kgs €140, 61kgs €138, 52.5kgs €133, 49.3kgs €120.

Manager’s report… Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart “There were 900 cattle presented for sale on Thursday last. A strong trade prevailed for all the quality continental store cattle on offer with plainer quality lots similar in price to last week. “The weanling trade, boosted by buyers sourcing stock for the Turkish market, recorded some very fancy prices while the dry cow remained a strong trade also especially for the forward lots. Breeding stock reported a good clearance while the calf trade remains strong despite fewer numbers on offer last week. “Dairy cross calves made form €20 to €125 Hereford and Angus cross made from €150 to €325 with continental types making up to €450. Cows with calves at foot made from €950 to €2270 for a Simmental cow and her Limousin bull calf at foot. Springers made from €1010 to €1350 per head. “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, 17th of May, and bullocks will be sold on Thursdays in conjunction with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. “All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation. Sellers are advised to have stock penned before 10.30 am in order to facilitate viewing prior to sale”.

Manager’s report… Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart “There was another good entry of top quality stock on offer on Tuesday, May 8th. There was a lively trade for weanling bulls with a good demand from both exporters and farmers resulting in an excellent clearance of lots. Lots averaged from €2.57 per kilo up to €3.50 per kilo. “There was a good trade for weanling heifers and for quality lots in particular, while plainer lots were more difficult to clear. Prices for weanling heifers ranged from €2.64 per kilo up to €3.23 per kilo. Cows with calves at foot made from €1350 up to €2200 and springer cows made up €1150. Springing cows made up to €1150. Cows with calves at foot made from €1350 up to €2200. “We had a smaller entry of sheep at last Wednesday’s (9th) sale. There was a dip in trade for hoggets with prices topping €140. We had a large entry this week of spring lambs with a top price of €150. The trade for cast ewes was similar to the previous week with prices ranging from €60 to €150. There was a smaller entry of ewes with lambs at foot on offer this week however, and there was a brisk trade for them with all lots sold. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot. “There was a good entry of cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale. There was a good demand for all classes with plenty of interest from the large numbers of customers in attendance. Prices for bullocks averaged from €2.58 per kilo up to €3.15 per kilo. Heifer prices ranged from €2.50 per kilo up to €3.07 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from an average of €1.83 per kilo up to €2.34 per kilo. “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks today (Friday) at 11 am with 36 pens on offer as well as heifers and dry cows. There are also special sales of bullocks and heifers on Friday, 25th at 11 am. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (17th). “The mart will also host a special sale of weanlings on Tuesday, May 22nd at 5 pm including springers and suckler cows”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices Heifers BBX 425kgs €1360, Lm 380kgs €1200, Ch 370kgs €1065, Lm 490kgs €1320, AA 485kgs €1245, Ch 580kgs €1665, Lm 515kgs €1495, Ch 570kgs €1470.

Dry cows Lm 760kgs €1820, Lm 720kgs €1715, Ch 770kgs €1655, Si 730kgs €1535, Lm 700kgs €1615, lm 490kgs €1060.

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275kgs €1010, Lm 290kgs €965, Lm 425kgs €1255, Ch 385kgs €1190, lm 355kgs €1180.

Weanling heifers Lm 280kgs €870, Lm 260kgs €800, Ch 355kgs €1100, Lm 350kgs €1050, Ch 280kgs €810, Lm 370kgs €1055.

Bullocks AA 530kgs €1340, Lm 470kgs €1470, Ch 568kgs €1445, Ch 305kgs €910, Ch 400kgs €1090, Her 555kgs €1350.


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IFA call for increased Ash Dieback grant availability Grassland Farmer of the Year 2017 Connacht/Ulster Winner Farm Walk Connacht/Ulster Winner Friday, 18th May 2018 | 11am Jimmy & Edward Payne, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon Eircode: F45 CX53

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IFA meets Minister Creed on electronic tagging An IFA National Sheep Committee delegation, led by President Joe Healy, met with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and his Department officials on electronic tagging. The meeting followed the decision by the Minister to impose compulsory EID on all sheep from October 1st 2018. Joe Healy said there was a robust exchange of views at the meeting, and claimed IFA made it clear to Minister Creed that sheep farmers were angry at an extra €2m in annual costs, which they feel, is being forced on farmers. “Minister Creed accepted that the costs associated with EID are a major issue for sheep

farmers and that this must be resolved,” he said, “Minister Creed also agreed to fully engage with the IFA on the issue and requested a submission from the Association on the matter”. IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the IFA told Minister Creed that sheep farmers cannot be expected to carry all of the costs for EID, when the main benefits go to factories, marts, the Department and tag manufacturers. “IFA pushed hard on the issue of forcing farmers to put an EID tag into lambs going directly from the farm of origin to slaughter. This makes no sense and will not add to traceability,” he said.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has welcomed the review of the national response to Ash Dieback disease to provide more management option to farmers. However, he said that the reconstitution element of the scheme must be available to all forest owners affected by the disease. “The key problem with offering farmers more options to manage or mitigate the effects of Ash Dieback is that no efficient treatment or cure is known. The benefits of providing farmers with more management

options is firstly to alleviate the immediate consequences of dieback to maximise commercial value, but mainly to potentially identify disease tolerant ash trees”. Pat Collins said several studies have reported that a low proportion of trees, typically 1–5 per cent of the population, may possess a high, but partial resistance to the disease. “Management can play a key role in preserving potentially disease tolerant trees, however, if the management strategy is unsuccessful

Roscommon man elected to ICSA role ICSA Roscommon chairman Ger Grehan was elected as the ICSA’s national beef vice-chairman at a recent meeting of the association’s beef committee. Mr. Grehan is a suckler and beef farmer and hails from Taughmaconnell in the south of the county. Following his election, Mr. Grehan reflected on the difficult few months farmers have endured: “It’s been the worst winter and spring in living memory and morale is at a very low ebb as a result,” he said. He called on Minister Creed to urgently address farming issues.

Macra na Feirme looking for tomorrow’s leaders Macra na Feirme and ABP have begun their search for tomorrow’s community leaders. Applications are now open for the 2018 Macra na Feirme/ABP Leaders of the Year Awards. The Leaders of the Year programme aims to recognise Macra na Feirme members who have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities within Macra na Feirme and the wider community. The competition raises the level and standard of leadership in Macra and provides and incentive for the development of club programmes. Launching the Leaders of the Year Awards, Minister Richard Bruton said: “Employers across the country consistently need leadership skills within their workforce. “I am delighted to launch the Macra na Feirme ABP Leaders of the Year programme to encourage the next generation of leaders within Macra na Feirme. The organisation has a proud tradition of leadership development in rural Ireland, and I am delighted that Skillnet Ireland, through my own department, are supporting Macra na Feirme’s Macra Agricultural Skillnet in delivering leadership training and coaching to the agri-sector”. Members of Macra na Feirme can apply online now for the awards by visiting www.macra.ie/LeadersoftheYear. Applicants will be invited for interview in June/July and the results of the Leaders of the Year programme will be announced at Macra na Feirme County Officer Training in September. The closing date for entries is Thursday, May 31st.

farmers must be able to avail of the reconstitution grant. There is still no scientific evidence that thinning infected plantation is beneficial in the long-term when Ash Dieback is present”. He said that Ash Dieback has devastating consequences on the survival, growth and wood quality of the ash tree. Submissions to the Ash Dieback Consultation can be sent to forestryprogram2014-2020@agriculture. gov.ie before May 18th.

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Business Roscommon workforce among the oldest in Western Region A new report shows that the Roscommon labour catchment area is the ninth largest in the Western Region with 7,235 workers living here. The figures also show that the age profile of those living in the catchment is the third oldest of the catchments of the seven county towns in the Western Region.

These are just two of the findings of a report carried out by the Western Development Commission (WDC), which has carried out in-depth research into the commuting patterns of those at work in the Western Region. The Roscommon town labour catchment covers a relatively small area within central Ros-

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common and extending into east Galway. The strong influence of Athlone, Carrick-onShannon, Castlerea and Longford all have an impact on the overall size of this area. While over a third (34.7%) work in the town itself, a large proportion of the labour catchment residents are in fact employed in rural areas (centres

with less than 1,000 people). Just over 20% work in rural parts of Roscommon, while others work in rural Co. Galway and rural Longford. “Smaller centres and rural areas are very important employment centres and the case of Roscommon town illustrates this well,” says Deirdre Frost, Policy Analyst, WDC.

The analysis shows that the numbers living in the catchment of the town is significantly greater than the number in Roscommon town itself, approximately 3.3 times as many, highlighting the large labour supply available to the town. Of those living in the Roscommon town catchment, 34.7% (2,511) are employed

within Roscommon and 65.3% (4,724) are employed outside the town and in the rest of the catchment and beyond. Key destinations outside the town are Roscommon Rural (20.8% or 1,503), Athlone (7.3% or 528) and Galway Rural (4.2% or 307). Just under 200 workers (199) or 2.8% travel to work in Dublin city.

Celebrating 20th anniversary of National Enterprise Awards As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Enterprise Awards, a celebration is being held in the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday, the 24th of May. Winners from all years are being invited, including Roscommon’s 2001 National Winner – Midland Precision Tool & Die Ltd., Roxborough. This business is run by John McCourt and his team. It offers a ‘concept to reality’ service through quality assured design, prototyping and manufacturing of tooling with very aggressive lead times. The latest 2D and 3D CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is used and highly qualified tool makers ensure precise quality tooling is manufactured to the designed specifications. This year’s County Roscommon representative, Black Donkey Brewing, is a multi-award-winning brewery founded in 2014, producing a range of beers, with all production taking place on site in Ballinlough. Employing three staff, it provides a full sales and support services for bottled and draught products, and attends multiple promotional events across the country.

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Sandra Hughes, Roscommon Racecourse, pictured making a presentation to Willie O’Brien after Bianca Minola won The Knockcroghery Handicap Hurdle Race (4th Race) at Roscommon Races. Picture: Andrew Fox

Members of TFC Syndicate pictured after winning The myITdepartment.ie Handicap Steeplechase (6th Race) at Roscommon Races: Philip Dempsey, Louise Quinn, Frank Beattie, Seamus Quinn (CEO, myITdepartment.ie), Cliona Beattie, Clive Beattie, Laura and Billy Donnellan (Manager Director myITdepartment.ie), Heather Beattie, Isabelle Quinn and Denis Cusack. Picture: Andrew Fox


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Pictured at the recent Connaughton Auctioneers Car & Machinery Auction were Pat Haggart, James O’Grady, Anthony, Alex and Tom Doolin. Picture: Andrew Fox

Stunning bungalow likely to attract lots of interest For sale with Oates Auctioneers is this stunning four-bedroomed bungalow located at Ardsallagh, Athlone Road, Roscommon. This property is presented for sale in immaculate condition on a large land-

scaped site, located in a much sought after residential area. Finished to a very high standard both inside and out, this quality property offers entrance porch, reception hallway, sitting

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room, living room, kitchen-cum-dining room, four large bedrooms (master ensuite), family bathroom and utility. Features include railed hot-press, extra large tank, dual and oil solid fuel heating and solar panels, PVC double-glazed windows, garage (22 ft. x 11 ft.) with toilet off, large garden to front with excellent array of shrubs and plants, lawned back garden, etc. There is a fully serviced garage with toilet facilities attached to the residence. All mains services are supplied together with solar panels, alarm and a host of extras. Viewing is highly recommended by the auctioneers. Price region is €249,750. Contact Oates Auctioneers in Roscommon on 0906477500.

42 SHANNON VALLEY, BALLAGHADERREEN, CO. ROSCOMMON

Pictured at the recent Connaughton Auctioneers Car & Machinery Auction were Michael McDonnell and Cyril Kelly. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the recent Connaughton Auctioneers Car & Machinery Auction were Patrick Conroy and Val Mulligan. Picture: Andrew Fox

52 WESTVIEW, CLOONFAD, CO. ROSCOMMON

Pictured at the recent Connaughton Auctioneers Car & Machinery Auction were Noreen and Noah Fallon. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the recent Connaughton Auctioneers Car & Machinery Auction were Martin Connaughton, Christy Keane and Andy Connaughton. Picture: Andrew Fox

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CREGGAHARNA, TAUGHMACONNELL, CO. ROSCOMMON

• 2 bedroom apartment extending to c.790 sq.ft.

• 3 bedroom traditional style cottage situated approx. 20km North of Ballinasloe • Standing on circa 0.4 acre site with off street parking and detached garage • Property has been modernised in the last number of years, folio RN38529F BER F. AMV €30,000. OPEN VIEW SAT 11:00 – 11:30pm

5 Mary Street, Galway N91 NXW0 • Tel. 091 564 212 / 091 562 681 Email: info@odj.ie • Web: http://www.odonnjoyce.com Winner in 2016 and finalists of the Irish Independent Regional Excellent Awards 2015, 2016 and 2017

OVER 50 PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN OUR ‘WILD ATLANTIC WAY’ AUCTION on Friday 8th June at 2pm, Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway

• 3 bedroom semi-detached house extending to approx. 1,200 sq.ft. • Situated close to all Ballaghaderreen amenities and services • Ideal starter home or investment property BER C2. AMV €45,000. OPEN VIEW SAT 3:45 – 4:15pm

• 4 bedroom semi-detached house located within walking distance of Cloonfad Village • Off street parking to the front and a private garden to the rear • Ideal starter home or investment property BER: C3. AMV €45,000. OPEN VIEW SAT 12:45 – 1:15 pm

• 3 bedroom end of terrace residence with large rear garden and shed • Situated in the village of Ballinlough located close to Ballyhaunis and Castlerea • Requires refurbishment throughout but has potential. BER E2. AMV €30,000. OPEN VIEW SAT 1:45 – 2:15pm

• Located in the centre of Castlerea town just off the main street • Ideal starter home or investment property BER D2. AMV €25,000. OPEN VIEW SAT 2:45 – 3:15pm


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NEW TO THE MARKET TOP QUALITY 31 ACRE RESIDENTIAL HOLDING,

CLOVERHILL, CO. ROSCOMMON A top quality 31 Acre residential holding of land set out in one lot and considered renowned lands in the locality. Convenient to Roscommon Town (4.5 km), the said lands benefit from substantial investment over recent years. The 3 bed residence is in need of refurbishment and offers obvious potential as a quality family home conveniently located opposite Cloverhill National School. The lands offer dual road frontage onto the main Castlerea/ Castlebar road and a side road thus holding potential for a residential site subject to planning. Excellent opportunity to acquire an attractive roadside parcel of lands in a good farming district which can be sold in one or more lots. Please contact Seamus Carthy at REA Seamus Carthy 090 663 0001 AMV: Price on Application

NEW TO THE MARKET

WHITE MIST COTTAGE, CARNACRUCKAUN, LISACUL, ROSCOMMON F45RX57 Set on a quiet country lane with uninterrupted views of picturesque countryside, convenient to the village of Lisacul with its schools, church, public house, a quality 4 bedroom family home finished internally and externally to the highest standard is now available at exceptional value. The town of Ballaghaderreen is only 10 minutes drive with Knock International Airport a relaxed 20 minute drive. Immediate viewings are strongly advised. Please contact Seamus Carthy at REA Seamus Carthy 090 663 0001 AMV: €155,000

NEW TO THE MARKET

MOHER, BALLYLEAGUE, ROSCOMMON, N39DF20 A traditional 3 bedroom country residence completely renovated and extended in recent years situated within close proximity to Ballyleague village and all its amenities. Substantially benefiting from a large fully serviced detached metal deck Garage/workshop to the rear, the said property offers the opportunity to acquire a home finished to a high specification whilst also offering a business opportunity in respect of the large metal deck workshop. The property can be sold with the benefit of all fixtures/fittings and furnishings. Immediate enquiries advised and all offers now invited. AMV: €185,000

OUTSTANDING VALUE

REA SEAMUS CARTHY UPCOMING ONLINE AUCTIONS – 23rd May 2018

2 CHURCH ROAD, CASTLEREA, CO. ROSCOMMON - 3 bedroom semi detached property. Exceptional Value. Reserve: €35,000

25 RIVERWALK, CASTLEREA, CO. ROSCOMMON - 2bedroom apartment Reserve: €15,000

ROSCOMMON TOWN T: 090 66 30001 • W: www.reacarthy.ie

The Central Bar, Roscommon successfully let by Earley’s John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this week pleased to advise that they have successfully negotiated the lease of the renowned Central Bar, located at The Square, Roscommon town to the well-known businessman Paul Carthy. John commented: “We have successfully negotiated the lease of ‘The Central Bar’ to Paul Carthy who hails from a renowned business family in Roscommon with strong GAA links and who previously operated a popular venue at Castle Street. “The Central Bar is a renowned public house in a self-advertising location on the town square and has been leased from the Harlow family who successfully operated the property until now. We wish Paul many years of success in his new venture. “Due to recent leases of similar properties,

we now require public houses in all areas for active operators and we welcome

all submissions in confidence”. To obtain a free appraisal on your property contact

John Earley (MIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on

090-6626579 or email jearley@propertypartners. ie or log onto www. propertypartners.ie.

PSRA Licence No. 001350

2, Church Road in Castlerea

Castlerea property for online auction For sale in an online auction on 23rd of May 2018 is this property situated on 2, Church Road in Castlerea. The property is ideally situated in walking distance to all local amenities including shops, National and Primary Schools, Castlerea Railway Station and all other amenities in the town. The property provides spacious living accommodation comprising a kitchen, utility room, sitting room, three bedrooms and a bathroom. A front garden is also provided. The property requires some cosmetic works but is ideally located. Reserve: €35,000. Contact REA Seamus Carthy for further information 090-6630001 or email info@ reacarthy.ie.

We’re seeking properties! REA Seamus Carthy have a number of underbidders seeking properties in various locations throughout the county. Should you be considering selling your property please contact Seamus confidentially at 090-6630001 or email info@ reacarthy.ie

Property Sales

Lettings Valuations ●

Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Tel. (090) 6663700. Mob. (086) 8985013

www.connaughtonauctioneers.ie

NEW TO THE MARKET c.27 Acres at

Rathnalulleagh, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon • Prime parcel of lands • Set out in one lot • Located conveniently to Ballintubber & Castleplunkett • Renowned fattening summer lands Contact the office for further details on 090-6663700

OFFERS INVITED AFTER €310,000 Four Bedroom Residence at

Woodberry Lodge, Barrymore, Kiltoom, Athlone, Co. Roscommon Eircode: N37 YK59 • A fantastic four bedroom detached bungalow • Set on 0.75 acres of professionally landscaped gardens • In the sought after community of Barrymore • Just 3km outside Athlone. • A short stroll from the shores of Lough Ree • Presented in walk-in condition throughout • Serviced by fibre broadband, includes a wireless alarm system • Adjacent garage and storage shed • Double entrance from the roadway For further details contact the office on 090 6663700


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www.propertypartners.ie Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon. Tel. 090 66 26579. Fax: 090 66 25405. EMAIL: jearley@propertypartners.ie

NEW TO THE MARKET BALLYBROGAN ROAD, LECARROW, CO. ROSCOMMON F42 E180

SHOWHOUSE VIEWING AT CASTLEMANOR SATURDAY 19th MAY FROM 12-1pm ONLY 2 HOUSES REMAINING

Stunning 4 bedroom dormer style residence situated on an elevated site with exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. Located in a quiet country setting yet only 10 minutes from Athlone

A 5 B/R DETACHED PROPERTIES OF C. 1,700 SQ.FT LOCATED

CASTLEMANOR, RACECOURSE ROAD, ROSCOMMON TOWN

Town Centre. This residence comprises: entrance hallway, sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room with conservatory off, utility with guest WC. There are 2 large bedrooms on the ground floor and a further 2 bedrooms on the first floor together with bathroom on both levels. Outside manicured grounds with a host of shrubs, plants and natural stone wall. Fully serviced and insulated garage to the side with water softener system.

PRICE REGION: €299,000 • BER: C1 Viewing is strictly by prior appointment with the Auctioneer

NEW TO THE MARKET 2-storey residence on c. 4.5 Acres of land with stables, hayshed, paddock & sand arena

BARRYBEG, ROSCOMMON ROAD, ATHLONE, CO. ROSCOMMON Unique opportunity to acquire a traditional 2 storey residence on c. 4.5 acres of lands with stables and a hay barn located in this much sought after residential location on the outskirts of Athlone Town. This residence is finished in old world charm and comprises of 4 large bedrooms (2 ensuite), sitting room, kitchen/ dining room, utility and family bathroom. The house is surrounded by c. 4.5 acres of good lands, together with paddock to the front, large sand arena, 3 stables and a hay barn. Viewing of this exceptional property is highly recommended by the Auctioneer.

PRICE REGION: €375,000 • BER: C2Ref: C0996

NEW TO THE MARKET Impressive 5 Bedroom Property overlooking ‘Blacks Lake’

NEW ROAD CASTLECOOTE, CO. ROSCOMMON F42 VK03 Impressive 5 bedroom residence situated on an elevated ¾ acre site with spectacular views over ‘Blacks Lake’. Well proportioned accommodation includes Entrance Hallway, Sitting Room with large solid fuel Henely Stove, open plan kitchen/dining room, utility, 5 bedrooms, master ensuite. Castlecoote which is a very scenic village, winning numerous awards in the Irish Tidy Towns, is located 5 miles from Roscommon Town Centre. Blacks Lough Lake is a haven for fishermen with excellent stocks of Tench, Bream and Pike.

PRICE REGION: €255,000 • Ref: D01238/13 BER C3

NEW TO THE MARKET

Creeve, Mount Temple, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Prime Athlone lands new to the market at Earley’s John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this week offering new to the market a prime farm of lands set out in one lot containing c. 43.3 acres located at Creeve, Mount Temple, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. John describes the lands as “a quality holding of lands containing c. 43.3 acres located in a renowned farming district and neatly laid out in one lot. “The said lands benefit from extensive road frontage onto three roads and holds obvious site potential (subject to the relevant planning permission). The said lands are adequately watered, fenced and must be of interest to local farmers

wishing to increase their existing holdings. The auctioneers now invite enquiries and all offers for immediate sale”. To arrange maps or for further details contact

John Earley of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6626579, email jearley@propertypartners.ie or log onto www.propertypartners.ie.

Farms urgently needed! Property Partners Earley, Roscommon are this week advising that following a number of recent sales of farms in the region over the past number of weeks, they now require farms in all areas for cash clients and disappointed underbidders. John Earley commented: “Following on from a number of successful farm sales in the area over the past number of weeks, we now require farmlands of all sizes acres in all areas. “We offer a comprehensive sales service with one of the largest databases of customers in the region. Should you wish to place your property on the market, we offer a free consultation service and we welcome all enquiries”. To avail of a free consultation, please contact one of the professional team at Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090-6626579, email jearley@propertypartners. ie, or log onto www.propertypartners.ie.

REA Seamus Carthy – upcoming auctions

Showhouse viewing Saturday 19th May from 12 – 1 pm.

Luxurious properties finished to an extremely high standard. The said property benefits from many attractive future proof features and offers spacious living accommodation throughout. With only 2 remaining, these stunning properties are sure to impress and same can be finished to an individual specification. Viewings and enquiries are invited.

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FINAL OFFERS INVITED A HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE FARM OF LANDS CONTAINING C. 41.75 ACRES LOCATED AT

COOLNAGEER, CURRAGHBOY, CO. ROSCOMMON

A top quality holding of lands located in a select farming district beside Curraghboy village and centrally located between Athlone & Roscommon town. The said lands are laid out in one lot with the benefit of extensive dual road frontage with obvious site potential (subject to P/P). Standing on the said lands is a 2 bay hay shed with lean-tos off and with a cattle crush and pen servicing same. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and final offers to sell.

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NEW TO THE MARKET A PRIME FARM OF LANDS CONTAINING C. 45.8 ACRES ON WHICH STANDS A TWO STOREY RESIDENCE LOCATED AT

BUSHFIELD, CASTLEPLUNKETT, CO. ROSCOMMON

REA Seamus Carthy are selling the following properties in their REA Connaught Auction which will be held on Tuesday, 29th of May 2018 in the Limerick Strand Hotel (11 am).

C.16 Acres of Land with Gallop

CLOVERHILL, ROSCOMMON. CO. ROSCOMMON Circa 16 Acres of prime limestone land located just outside Roscommon town the Racecourse Road. The said lands are laid out in one lot and incorporate circa 5 furlong excellent uphill sand gallop with outstanding views of the surrounding countryside. There is potential to build a residence on the said lands subject to planning permission.

PRICE REGION: OPEN TO OFFERS. Ref: D0964/44 Church Street, Roscommon town, CO. ROSCOMMON TEL: 090 6627878 FAX: 090 6627877 E-mail info@oates.ie Website: www.oates.ie

The Manse, Northgate Street, Athlone, CO. WESTMEATH TEL: 090 6477500 FAX: 090 6477546 E-mail athlone@oates.ie Website: www.oates.ie

19, Sycamore Crescent, Abbeytown, Boyle A highly sought after residential area with approximately 22 houses in a quiet cul-de-sac. Accommodation consists of sitting room, large kitchen/dining area, three bedrooms (one en-suite) and bathroom. Tarmac drive and lawn area to the front, enclosed garden to the rear. Reserve: €95,000. Contact REA Seamus Carthy for further information 090-6630001 or email info@reacarthy.ie.

8, Canal Court, Boyle Three-bedroomed semi-detached house situated in small enclave in the sought after residential location of Deerpark, Boyle. The house is in walkin condition and be of interest to both owner occupiers and investors alike. Excellent value. Reserve: €47,000.

A prime residential holding of lands located in a renowned farming district which can be sold in one or more lots should market interest dictate: Lot 1: The Entire. Lot 2: Character 2 B/R residence of c. 1,050 sq.ft standing on c. 1 acre mature site. BER: G. Lot 3: c. 19.26 acres of prime lands located to the rear of the said residence. Lot 4: c. 17.4 acres of land and boglands located at Bushfield. Lot 5: c. 8.19 acres of lands located at Bushfield. The auctioneers now invite immediate enquiries and all offers for immediate sale. LEGAL: MESSERS T V MCCRANN & CO, ROSCOMMON. 090 66 26269.


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PEOPLE PLATFORM Your say, our say….in everyone’s favourite local newspaper!

Roscommon Civil Defence amongst the most active in the country Minister Denis Naughten has personally paid tribute to members of the Civil Defence unit in Roscommon as new figures reveal the unit is among the most active in the country. According to the figures obtained by Minister Denis Naughten, members of the Civil Defence in the county took part in 27 different activities in the first three months of this year. And seven of the activities between January and March related to searches, stated Minister Naughten. Among the most important volunteer work carried out by Roscommon Civil Defence was the search for a missing person at the River Shannon near Athlone in mid-January. The search was led by the Roscommon Civil Defence and supported by units from Westmeath, Galway and Cavan. Figures show that Roscommon-based members took part in 14 sporting-based activities, three community-based activities and three climate related activities. The figures come as Government designates the first Saturday of September as National Frontline Services Day. “This was a decision taken by Government in light of the extraordinary efforts we saw during Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma,” Minister Naughten said. “Now, on the first Saturday in September, frontline workers will come together to formally receive the recognition they deserve for their commitment to the community,” added Naughten. Minister Naughten praised the tremendous spirit shown by Roscommon Civil Defence. “The fact that the Civil Defence unit in Roscommon is among the most active in the country demonstrates the level of professionalism and dedication shown by the volunteers involved. They make us proud as a county every single day and they deserve our deep thanks and recognition,” stated Minister Naughten.

Seamus Daly, Galway Civil Defence pictured giving instruction to students at the Civil Defence Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Course which was held at the Roscommon Racecourse. Picture: Andrew Fox

Minister Denis Naughten with Roscommon Civil Defence volunteers (l-r) Michael Fox, Ray Dunne (Civil Defence Officer), Martin Keane and Tom Fallon.

Ray Dunne, CDO, Roscommon Civil Defence, Eugene Cummins, CEO, Roscommon County Council, Dave Fallon, Roscommon Civil Defence, Seamus Daly, Galway Civil Defence, Aisling Finan, Roscommon Civil Defence and Mary Tarmey, Westmeath Civil Defence pictured at Roscommon Racecourse for the Civil Defence Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Course. Picture: Andrew Fox

Let them see the world – why I’m voting NO Roscommon town, Co. Roscommon Dear Editor, If I may, I would like to make a point or two regarding the forthcoming Referendum. I hear and see quite a major focus on care, equality and choice – normally three great qualities when applied fairly across the board – and not just used to promote one side (the Yes side) in the forthcoming Referendum, or indeed any other story. What I would like to know is why the proponents of the Yes side do not want to extend any or all of these to the pre-born baby, who is the innocent party in this whole saga – and who, as any mother will tell you, has feelings from a very early stage. I watched a TV programme about a month ago where a nice young lady in her twenties told us that she survived abortion in her native USA. She finished the impressive interview by saying: “Did I deserve the death penalty?” Ireland has been known as a peace-loving nation for centuries. We never invaded any other country,

but suffered that fate ourselves. In more recent times, our Defence Forces, as peacekeepers, have saved unquantifiable numbers in Africa, Middle and Far East and recently on The Mediterranean. Our fame as life-savers has spread the world over, but now there is a push to make us as heartless as the worst on the planet – all in the name of killing innocent little children and the making of big profit by the grizzly abortion industry. This ‘push’ is being well orchestrated and financed from abroad. Remember, it takes talent, perseverance, compassion, care, time, study and long experience for good doctors to save lives. What does it take to kill an innocent child? And remember the Eighth Amendment, despite propaganda to the contrary, never prevented a doctor from doing his/her job and has not been the cause of loss of life, and that includes the well-publicised case in Galway – according to three inquiries. I’ll definitely be voting ‘No’. Remember also, that if what the ‘Yes’ side is looking for now was here already, many of its own campaigners might well have been killed/aborted.

Brexiteers’ lies fooled British voters and what have they got now! Westminster politicians’ lies fooled the Scots in their Independence Referendum. Do not be fooled by lies and gross exaggerations and if you still don’t know, then vote ‘No’ for safety and innocent life. Editor, many of your readers will remember the great Kerry footballer, Gary McMahon, who won a number of All-Irelands with ‘The Kingdom’. Gary, who sadly died a few years ago, was the son of the ‘Master’ (Bryan) and was a traditional singer, composer, poet and lawyer. He composed the following poem. I would ask your readers to read and think about its message. It’s simply called, ‘Let me see the World’. Let Me See The World It’s a miracle, a sweet mystery How an act of love has created me Let me leave this haven with dignity So that I can see the world. Let me hear the skylark greet the morn

Let me walk through fields of golden corn Say yes to life and let me be born I just want to see the world. Keep me here inside you, safe and warm Don’t heed those others who’d do me harm So that some day soon I’ll be in your arms And then I can see the world. Will I build cathedrals tall and grand? Be a surgeon skilled, with healing hands? Or marry a farmer, and love the land? Who knows, if I see the world. Will I see my mother’s smiling face? As she cradles me in a fond embrace Don’t let me vanish without a trace I just want to see the world. I have ten small fingers, ten small toes I have two blue eyes, and a button nose And how far I’ll go, God only knows If I just can see the world. Oh, please let me see the world. Is mise, le buíochas, Bill Cunningham


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GALWAY THE ROSCOMMON PEOPLE – SUPPORTING RURAL TOWNS & VILLAGES

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Staying strong together!  PAUL HEALY

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ural communities continue to bravely and brilliantly fight their own corners. It’s primarily small businesses and the farming community – with others – that sustain the local economy. It’s this spirit of volunteerism in rural Ireland, in the meitheal tradition, that keeps our communities going. This week the Roscommon People presents a special focus on North-East Galway, where we have massive readership. The main focus of our 12-page pull-out supplement relates to three examples of community innovation. Anyone looking for an assurance that rural communities have the resilience, creativity and determination to withstand economic downturns, perceived

neglect, and the challenges posed by social change, need look no further than North-East Galway this week. This Sunday, 20th of May, Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre will once again be a hive of activity as the North Galway Vintage and Heritage Club hosts its sixth annual Vintage and Heritage Show, which will be open to the public from 10 am. All vintage vehicles pre-1988 are welcome this year and the show will also feature a celebration of Huddersfield’s famous David Brown tractors. We have all the details on this great family fun event on pages 26 & 27. Meanwhile, next weekend, there will be a feast of world class showjumping in Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd. are hosting a three-day 25

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programme of showjumping in Ballinasloe Show Grounds – including the prestigious New Heights Champions Series – from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of May. It promises to be a fantastic weekend, with €30,000 in prize-money and 900 riders and 1,000 horses in action! (See page 25). Recently in the Roscommon People sports department we were informed of the amalgamation – for underage playing purposes – of three GAA clubs in North Galway. The Roscommon People was invited along to attend the launch of Northern Gaels, and we were very happy to do so. As Dan Dooner reports (pages 28-30) three parishes have come together to launch the new Northern Gaels GAA Club. The club is an amalgamation Roscommon People Friday 18 May 2018

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See world class showjumping In Ballinasloe Showgrounds!

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Fabulous three-day Programme (25-27 May)

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allinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd. are hosting a three-day programme of showjumping in Ballinasloe Show Grounds – including the prestigious New Heights Champions Series – from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of May. It promises to be a fantastic weekend, with a €30,000 in prize-money and 900 riders and 1,000 horses in action! It’s fun for all the family with great sporting competition guaranteed – and entry for spectators is free!

The New Heights Champions Series, a joint venture between Show Jumping Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland, replaces the Premier Series which had been the pinnacle of National Showjumping in Ireland for the past ten years. The series boasts an overall prize fund of over €110,000 and will take place at 10 locations across the four provinces. This year there is a new competition RDS Puissance Quali¿er with a prize fund of €2,000. This is a rare opportunity to see – free of charge – the ¿nest Irish and

international showjumping horses and riders in action. Gates open at 8 am each day, and the ¿rst event starts at 9 am sharp. Entrance is free and there’s free parking. Food, refreshments and full bar will be available throughout. Equestrian stallholders are welcome. Results will be posted live after each event on Facebook. For further information, contact Peter O’Connor (Director) on 0872581780 or see Facebook.

Programme of events

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Friday 25th: Connaught Grand Prix €3,000 sponsor Garbally Oil and Jim Derwin Int. Horse Dealer Saturday 26th: National Grand Prix €5,000 Sponsor Devenish Nutrition RDS Puissance Qualifer (High Wall) €2,000 sponsored by Pillar House Bar & Restaurant Sunday 27th: New Heights Championship €10,000 sponsor TRM AND Horseware

The Army Equestrian Team will be there for 2 days under Captain Tom Freyne

There will be a full programme of events in Ballinasloe Show Grounds each day from 9 am, including three Grand Prix events.

Friday, May 25th:

Connaught Grand Prix Saturday, May 26th:

National Grand Prix League RDS Puissance Qualifer (High Wall) Sunday, May 27th:

New Heights Championship

A welcome from organisers Peter O’Connor, Director of Operations at Ballinasloe Showgrounds, commented: “We are delighted to be able to offer this programme of top level showjumping and the prestigious New Heights Champions event. We look forward to welcoming all participants and indeed all spectators”. Gerry Stronge, Director, Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show, commented: “This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to Ballinasloe to see the spectacle and excitement of top class

showjumping and enjoy an entertaining weekend – and with free admission”. Faye O’Connor, Asst. Secretary/ Director, Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd., said: “The hard work put into the grounds by the committee over the last year has made this venue one of Ireland’s leading showjumping grounds”. The Trustees, Directors and Committee would like to thank Jeremy Harley, Arena Designer, Curragh, Co. Kildare for the wonderful work he did in modifying the Main Sand arena in 2017.

Sponsors thanked

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May

John Harney, Chairperson of Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show, has thanked the very generous sponsors of the forthcoming event, including: Garbally Oil, Lissegan Stables (owned by Damien Griffin), Jim Derwin (international horse dealer), Paschal Conroy and Joe Cavanagh, Masters of East Galway Hunt, PJ Kenny Bedding, Fr. Christy McCormack, Liffey Meats, Dolan’s Centra, Tool and Plastic Ltd., Glenn Wood, Horse Sport Ireland, TRM, Holmestead Saddlery, Horseware Ireland, Barry Taylor, Pillar House, Hogarty’s, Darren Goode, Pat Dolan, The McGuire family, Equine Engineering, Easyfix, Rumbles, Devenish Nutrition, Minister Denis Naughten, and the Station House Hotel and all others who have supported the event.

of Glenamaddy, Williamstown and Glinsk GAA clubs at underage level. This new arrangement has undoubtedly been prompted by concerns that every GAA club, every sporting organisation indeed, can identify with. It is not easy for clubs in small rural areas to continue to field at all traditional levels. There are challenges out there. What is really admirable about the Northern Gaels’ initiative is that it is evidence of community spirit, of vision, of selflessness and of sheer pragmatism. This initiative deserves to succeed, and it will. Underage GAA in these areas has just got a big boost, and the individual clubs – Glenamaddy, Williamstown and Glinsk – will all benefit at adult level in the years ahead. Ireland is changing, but then change

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‘Whole idea is to keep adult clubs alive’

Committee members and sponsors of this year’s North Galway Vintage and Heritage Show pictured at Mannion’s Mace and Top Oil Service Station in Tuam last Friday. Pic: John McManus.

Vintage fun in Glenamaddy on Sunday

is something we ought to expect and indeed be well used to! What matters is how we respond to change. The challenges facing rural Ireland have been well documented. Sometimes we despair of ‘Central Government’ – of whatever hue – helping us deal with these changes, these challenges. Ultimately, it is rural communities that will shape the future of rural areas. Great volunteerism, community spirit, an appreciation of our tourism potential, and indeed entrepreneurship amongst our SMEs – as well as loyalty to the land – are all essential to the survival and development of rural Ireland. We live in a wonderful place, with a wonderful quality of life. Its future is in our hands – and it’s in safe hands.

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Introducing Northern Gaels

New Northern Gaels Secretary Gabriel Trayers said the amalgamation of Glenamaddy, Glinsk and Williamstown at underage level was a matter of survival. “Even though we’ve been playing together for the last three years on a

permission to play basis, this year we decided to go that step further and form a neutral grouping between the three clubs. It’s just to safeguard the numbers that we have and also to promote our game in the three parishes. “As you’ve heard already, the three parishes could not survive without each other, we just don’t have the numbers

of young people. Even with two parishes we can’t ¿eld teams so it’s taken a third parish in order to form teams at different age groups,” he said. Glenamaddy and Glinsk had been playing together for the past number of years and Gabriel says it made sense for Williamstown to come on board also.

“We felt that if we have a neutral name that we’d have more buy-in from the people of the three parishes. Glenamaddy-Glinsk-Williamstown is a bit of a mouthful as well (laughs). We’re lucky that the kids from each of the parishes go to school here in Glenamaddy so they are familiar with each other and they play schools football together al-

ready. It was a natural progression that this would happen at club level as well. “The whole idea is just to keep the young people playing football up to the age of 18, that’s all we’re worried about. They’ll go back to their adult clubs and back to their own parishes as trained footballers. The whole aim is to keep the adult clubs alive,” he said.

Ava Duffy, who attends St. Joseph’s National School, won a competition to design the Northern Gaels crest. Ava is pictured with her parents being presented with a Northern Gaels zip top (l-r) Kevin, Rosie and Ava Duffy, Daryl Fahey, ECC Timber Products and Alfie Ryan, Chairperson of Northern Gaels. Picture: Andrew Fox

See Joanna and Tequila Sunrise this Sunday! Joanna and Tequila Sunrise will provide the musical entertainment at this Sunday’s North Galway Vintage and Heritage Show at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre. Joanna has been performing with Tequila Sunrise since the early 1980s and together they

have produced top 30 hits such as ‘Colour My Rainbow’, ‘Got A Lot On My Mind’, Just A Little Bit More’ and ‘Man Man’. Joanna and the band will be on stage from 2 pm to 4 pm this Sunday, performing a number of vintage hits from the ‘80s as well as some modern classics.

Best wishes to Northern Gaels, Annual Vintage Show and Ballinasloe Show Jumping from

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Mini Rugby continues to prosper at Creggs RFC

Creggs Rugby Club says thank you! Work has started on 4G pitch  SEAMUS DUKE

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The Creggs Rugby Pitches Development Draw took place last Saturday night in Creggs. The draw was a huge success with projected targets achieved, thanks to the wonderful support of thousands of ticket buyers. A great night was had by all, with 26 prize winners on the night. A club spokesperson confirmed to the Roscommon People that the draw was a tremendous success. “It exceeded even our most optimistic predictions. It was a phenomenal effort across the community. It was a tremen-

dous effort from all concerned”. The spokesperson said that work has just commenced on the new 4G pitch, which is expected to be open by September. “The new pitch will be the first International Rugby Board approved artificial surface West of the Shannon. The surface will be the same as is used at Saracens and Exeter Rugby clubs and is also similar to the surface used for the Super Bowl in the USA”. The spokesperson added: “The new facilities will help greatly to serve the growth of the game in County Roscommon and East Galway and particularly in our local primary and secondary schools for boys and girls”. This project and indeed all of the work going on behind the scenes at Creggs Rugby Club is

further evidence of the tremendous drive and determination that is propelling the club to great success. Most importantly of all, the development ensures the provision of state-of-the-art facilities for generations of players long into the future. * The club wishes to sincerely thank everyone that bought tickets for their great support. A

special thanks also to the many ticket sellers, from the parents of Mini Rugby players, to youth players and their families, right up to all adult players, committee members, sponsors and friends of Creggs Rugby in the west, throughout Ireland and abroad. Details of the 26 winners are on the Creggs RFC website at: www.CreggsRugby.ie.

The new facilities will help greatly to serve the growth of the game in County Roscommon and East Galway and particularly in our local primary and secondary schools for boys and girls


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See world class showjumping In Ballinasloe Showgrounds! Fabulous three-day Programme (25-27 May)

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allinasloe Horse and Ag-

ricultural Show Ltd. are hosting a three-day programme of showjumping in Ballinasloe Show Grounds – including the prestigious New Heights Champions Series – from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of May. It promises to be a fantastic weekend, with a €30,000 in prize-money and 900 riders and 1,000 horses in action! It’s fun for all the family with great sporting competition guaranteed – and entry for spectators is free!

The New Heights Champions Series, a joint venture between Show Jumping Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland, replaces the Premier Series which had been the pinnacle of National Showjumping in Ireland for the past ten years. The series boasts an overall prize fund of over €110,000 and will take place at 10 locations across the four provinces. This year there is a new competition RDS Puissance Qualifier with a prize fund of €2,000. This is a rare opportunity to see – free of charge – the finest Irish and

international showjumping horses and riders in action. Gates open at 8 am each day, and the first event starts at 9 am sharp. Entrance is free and there’s free parking. Food, refreshments and full bar will be available throughout. Equestrian stallholders are welcome. Results will be posted live after each event on Facebook. For further information, contact Peter O’Connor (Director) on 0872581780 or see Facebook.

Programme of events

Friday, May 25th:

Connaught Grand Prix Saturday, May 26th:

National Grand Prix League There will be a full programme of events in Balli- RDS Puissance Qualifer (High Wall)

2018

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The Army Equestrian Team will be there for 2 days under Captain Tom Freyne

nasloe Show Grounds each day from 9 am, including three Grand Prix events.

Sunday, May 27th:

New Heights Championship

A welcome from organisers Peter O’Connor, Director of Operations at Ballinasloe Showgrounds, commented: “We are delighted to be able to offer this programme of top level showjumping and the prestigious New Heights Champions event. We look forward to welcoming all participants and indeed all spectators”. Gerry Stronge, Director, Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show, commented: “This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to Ballinasloe to see the spectacle and excitement of top class

showjumping and enjoy an entertaining weekend – and with free admission”. Faye O’Connor, Asst. Secretary/ Director, Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd., said: “The hard work put into the grounds by the committee over the last year has made this venue one of Ireland’s leading showjumping grounds”. The Trustees, Directors and Committee would like to thank Jeremy Harley, Arena Designer, Curragh, Co. Kildare for the wonderful work he did in modifying the Main Sand arena in 2017.

Sponsors thanked

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May

John Harney, Chairperson of Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show, has thanked the very generous sponsors of the forthcoming event, including: Garbally Oil, Lissegan Stables (owned by Damien Griffin), Jim Derwin (international horse dealer), Paschal Conroy and Joe Cavanagh, Masters of East Galway Hunt, PJ Kenny Bedding, Fr. Christy McCormack, Liffey Meats, Dolan’s Centra, Tool and Plastic Ltd., Glenn Wood, Horse Sport Ireland, TRM, Holmestead Saddlery, Horseware Ireland, Barry Taylor, Pillar House, Hogarty’s, Darren Goode, Pat Dolan, The McGuire family, Equine Engineering, Easyfix, Rumbles, Devenish Nutrition, Minister Denis Naughten, and the Station House Hotel and all others who have supported the event.


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Glenamaddy to host Vintage and Heritage Show this Sunday  DAN DOONER

Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre will once again be a hive of activity this Sunday (20th) as the North Galway Vintage and Heritage Club hosts its sixth annual Vintage and Heritage Show, which will be open to the public from 10 am. All vintage vehicles pre-1988 are welcome this year and the show will also feature a celebration of Huddersfield’s famous David Brown tractors. Speaking at the recent launch of this year’s show, North Galway Vintage and Heritage Club PRO, Peter Greaney, said Glenamaddy is the perfect venue for this year’s show. “The equestrian centre gives us more space, both indoor and outdoor, for our exhibitors, with plenty of solid ground parking also. There will be an extended menu of food and beverages available on the day as well. “This year Joanna and Tequila Sunrise will be providing us with live entertainment from 2 pm to 4 pm so make sure to bring your dancing shoes! Visitors will remember Joanna and the band from the good old days in the Sound of Music in Glenamaddy. “This year we will be celebrating David Brown and as usual there will be plenty of activity in the working field, displaying

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North Galway Vintage and Heritage Committee Chairman, Danny Glynn, pictured at the launch of this year’s show in Tuam last Friday. Pic: John McManus

the many talents from days gone by. “For the younger age groups we have the Kiltimagh Pet Farm who will be bringing along a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals for you to meet. They will also be providing pony rides on the day. There will be a fun fair and amusements on the day too,” he said. Peter was quick to point out that there was more to this year’s show than the vintage and heritage displays. “There will be up to 30 vintage trucks travelling from all around Europe attending Sunday’s show and they can be seen throughout the day. John McGann will also be bringing his four completely restored prize winning tractors to the show for the very first time. He has won numerous awards across Ireland and overseas for these tractors. Apart from the vintage, some of our motor, tractor and machinery dealers will be displaying their range of new products. “We would also like to welcome and thank our main sponsor, Mannion’s Mace Supermarket and Top Oil Service Station, Tuam, Pamlube and Reddilift. “Finally, I would like to invite you all to what will be a great day out for all, both young and old. Our chosen charity this year is Down Syndrome Ireland and all support would be greatly appreciated,” he concluded.

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North-East GALWAY Committee members and sponsors of this year’s North Galway Vintage and Heritage Show pictured at Mannion’s Mace and Top Oil Service Station in Tuam last Friday. Pic: John McManus.

See Joanna and Tequila Sunrise this Sunday! Joanna and Tequila Sunrise will provide the musical entertainment at this Sunday’s North Galway Vintage and Heritage Show at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre. Joanna has been performing with Tequila Sunrise since the early 1980s and together they

have produced top 30 hits such as ‘Colour My Rainbow’, ‘Got A Lot On My Mind’, Just A Little Bit More’ and ‘Man Man’. Joanna and the band will be on stage from 2 pm to 4 pm this Sunday, performing a number of vintage hits from the ‘80s as well as some modern classics.

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Pictured in Glenamaddy at the launch of Northern Gaels were Northern Gaels U-12 and U14 teams along with team management. Picture: Andrew Fox

Three clubs become one in north Galway  DAN DOONER

The view of Secretary, Gabriel Trayers: Page 30

T

hree parishes came

together recently in Glenamaddy Community Centre for the launch of the new Northern Gaels GAA Club. The club is an amalgamation of Glenamaddy, Williamstown and Glinsk GAA clubs at underage level under new chairman, Alphie O’Brien and his hard-working committee. PRO Anne Marie Crehan said the move was necessary in order to provide regular football for young players locally. “We have Glenamaddy, Williamstown and Glinsk. The three have come to-

THE NEXT gether out of a need for more players at underage level because none of the three have had adequate numbers for the last few years and they’ve had to concede games. “Williamstown and Glinsk had come together in the last two years but then decided that even with two teams together there still weren’t sufficient numbers so they decided to bring Williamstown on board as well,” she said. A committee of 12 was formed last September and has met regularly since. The committee has been working behind the scenes in order to ensure the amalgamation went as smoothly as possible. “As you can imagine

there are politics involved (laughs). When you have two clubs there’s a certain amount of politics, but when you have three even more so. We formed a committee that was made up of an equal proportion of representatives from each of the three parishes,” said Anne Marie. Every aspect of the new club was looked at including Northern Gaels’ new

club colours and identity. “No club wanted to have just their colours involved so we came up with a brand new jersey and a brand new crest. “We have (come up with) a new name because we found it was going to be very difficult to put together Williamstown, Glenamaddy and Glinsk so we just decided to go with something complete-

ly different to form a new identity so that all of the three parishes felt equal in it. Because we’re northeast Galway we went with Northern Gaels. It sounded like a good name and everyone seemed happy with it”. The club’s chairman is Alphie O’Brien from Glenamaddy GAA, the secretary is Gabriel Trayers from Glinsk and the treasurer is

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Pictured in Glenamaddy at the launch of Northern Gaels were Pat Geraghty, Chairman of Glenamaddy GAA, John Flynn, Chairman of Williamstown GAA, Alphie O’Brien, Chairman of Northern Gaels and Tom Kenny, Chairman of Glinsk GAA. Picture: Andrew Fox


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GENERATION Paul Kennedy from Williamstown. The club will continue to be democratic when it comes to the election of club officials going forward. “We’ve agreed that we will hold onto each of the positions for a three-year period and then we’ll rotate and elect new members again”. “We wanted to use the expertise that was there to get it off the ground. Everyone is working well together. The chairman is from Glenamaddy, the secretary is from Glinsk and the treasurer is from Williamstown so it’s a very equally balanced committee,” said

Ann Marie. As stated at the recent launch by the chairman of all three adult clubs, Northern Gaels has been established for the good of underage development in the northern Galway parishes and Ann Marie said that this would be the priority going forward. “We have a coaching officer and we want to develop football skills from underage, so from U-6 right up along. They’re all doing very well at the moment, they’re really enjoying it, and they’re all getting a run-out. We’re not conceding any games on the basis that we don’t

‘The adult clubs can see that this is the only way forward and that if you want football into the future you have to start with the younger ones’

have enough players. They’re all very proud of their new kit, they’re very proud of being part of this new identity, this new club and they’re all really doing their best and going out there and playing loads of games!” The new club has the full backing of the three adult clubs, who have put aside parish pride in order

to support youth development. Ann Marie said it wasn’t easy but the right decision was made in order to safeguard the future. “We do have the adult clubs’ backing which is great. Initially I think people had to consider it at a deep level because of the pride of parish and that whole sense of identity and you’re giving up some-

thing that has been worked on for years. But again, the adult clubs can see that this is the only way forward and that if you want football into the future you have to start with the younger ones and you have to invest in giving them the skills and giving them the games if you want them there for the adult club in years to come,” she concluded.

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Pictured in Glenamaddy at the launch of Northern Gaels were Northern Gaels committee members, back row (l-r) Paul Kennedy, Eamon Hegarty, Pat Collins, Alphie O’Brien (chairperson), Michael Coyne, Daryl Fahey, ECC Timber Products and Darren Mooney. Front row (l-r) Fran McDermott, Gabriel Trayers, Pat Geraghty, Mary Fahey, ECC Timber Products, Stephen Neary, Tomas Giblin and Anne Marie Crehan. Picture: Andrew Fox


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‘Whole idea is to keep adult clubs alive’  DAN DOONER

New Northern Gaels Secretary Gabriel Trayers said the amalgamation of Glenamaddy, Glinsk and Williamstown at underage level was a matter of survival. “Even though we’ve been playing together for the last three years on a

permission to play basis, this year we decided to go that step further and form a neutral grouping between the three clubs. It’s just to safeguard the numbers that we have and also to promote our game in the three parishes. “As you’ve heard already, the three parishes could not survive without each other, we just don’t have the numbers

of young people. Even with two parishes we can’t field teams so it’s taken a third parish in order to form teams at different age groups,” he said. Glenamaddy and Glinsk had been playing together for the past number of years and Gabriel says it made sense for Williamstown to come on board also.

“We felt that if we have a neutral name that we’d have more buy-in from the people of the three parishes. Glenamaddy-Glinsk-Williamstown is a bit of a mouthful as well (laughs). We’re lucky that the kids from each of the parishes go to school here in Glenamaddy so they are familiar with each other and they play schools football together al-

ready. It was a natural progression that this would happen at club level as well. “The whole idea is just to keep the young people playing football up to the age of 18, that’s all we’re worried about. They’ll go back to their adult clubs and back to their own parishes as trained footballers. The whole aim is to keep the adult clubs alive,” he said.

Ava Duffy, who attends St. Joseph’s National School, won a competition to design the Northern Gaels crest. Ava is pictured with her parents being presented with a Northern Gaels zip top (l-r) Kevin, Rosie and Ava Duffy, Daryl Fahey, ECC Timber Products and Alphie O’Brien, Chairperson of Northern Gaels. Picture: Andrew Fox

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Pictured in Glenamaddy at the launch of Northern Gaels were Northern Gaels U-8 and U-10 teams along with team management. Picture: Andrew Fox

Roof works approved for Ballygar school Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has stated that the approval of roof works for Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Ballygar is very positive for the school community. Senator Hopkins commented: “My colleague, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD has informed me that he is making this grant available under his Department’s Additional Accommodation and Emergency Works scheme. “I am delighted to see this application getting a positive response. I will continue to work with Minister

Family Cycle in Memory of Fiadh on Sunday ‘Family Cycle in Memory of Fiadh 2018’ will take place in Caltra this Sunday (20th) at 1 pm with registration taking place at 12 noon at the community centre. All proceeds will go towards helping to fund Caltra Community Playground. The 30km cycle starts and finishes in Caltra along with a 4km novice route,

which is ideal for children of all ages. The 30km cycle will depart at 1 pm, with the 4km cycle departing shortly after at 1.15 pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the community centre. Music will be provided by Stephen Blake with lots of fun family activities planned, including an obstacle course for all young

cyclists, face painting and a mini nail bar. The organisers wish to thank you all for your continued support in remembering Fiadh as we approach her 3rd birthday and anniversary. This Sunday’s Family Cycle is also a chance for other families who have lost a child (be it through miscarriage, stillbirth, fatal

fetal abnormality or early infancy) to come and share their story and remember their little angel by hanging their name on our beautiful angel tree situated on the grounds of the community centre. ‘Although Fiadh was here for such a short time, when we share our story with others she comes alive all over again’.

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Kilkerrin United will be hoping to add the Division One Cup to the Division One league title and Connacht Shield (pictured) they have won so far this season. Pic: Andrew Fox

A cup of cheer for treble-chasing Kilkerrin?  SEAMUS DUKE

It has been an incredible year for Kilkerrin United FC – and it’s not over yet. They have already won the Division One league title and will ply their trade in the Premier Division of the Roscommon & District Football League next season. They have also won the prestigious Connacht Shield title after beating Swinford in the final recently, and this Saturday they face Hodson Bay Athletic in the final of the Division One Cup.

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So what’s behind this fantastic run of results? I spoke this week to Kilkerrin United manager, Martin Walsh. He says that an increased effort this year by all concerned has been key. “We have a nice blend of youth and experience in the squad and there has been a big increase in the effort and attitude this season – and it has paid off. The lads are training hard and enjoying their football and it has shown in our results. “Playing in the Connacht Shield has also been a big plus for us this year. It meant that we could maintain our momentum and we were having regular games every week and when you are winning games it becomes a habit. We have about 22 players on the panel and it’s working out very well”. Martin says that the club itself is going from strength to strength. “There are teams all the way up from U-6 for boys and girls and a growing membership, so it’s going very well at the moment”. So what are the aims in the short-term? “We will be up there with the big teams next year like St. Peter’s, Castlerea Celtic, Boyle Celtic and Ballinasloe in the Premier Division and we will aim to be competitive alongside them. It’s a

challenge, but I am confident we can rise to that challenge,” he said. The club is situated in an area where there are a number of very strong GAA clubs but Martin says that they get on very well with each other and there are never any problems. “We work hand in hand with the local GAA club in terms of fixtures and training, etc. We have about 10 players on our panel who would be playing GAA as well but there have been no problems at all”. Martin says that their neighbours Moylough ’79 are also going well. “They are also going for three trophies this season and even though there would be rivalry we wish them well,” he said. He says that it would not be possible for the club to exist without the help of their sponsors. “We have brilliant sponsors in Keith and Leonie Mahon in the Village Inn in Kilkerrin and also Donal Fahy…we are so grateful to them. “It’s been a great year for the club and hopefully we can make it three trophies for the season this weekend. It is great to be involved and hopefully we can go from strength to strength over the next few years,” he concluded.

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The Division One champions and Connacht Shield winners Kilkerrin United are hoping to rise to the challenge of playing in the Roscommon & District Football League Premier Division next season. Pic: Andrew Fox


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with the students to give them an insight into the role of a Senator and the work of politics as part of their CSPE project.

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Glenamaddy Players in top three at Confined Drama All-Ireland Finals After winning five of the eight preliminary Drama Festivals on the circuit with their production of ‘The Good Father’ by Christian O’Reilly, Glenamaddy Players travelled to Carnew, Co. Wicklow on Saturday, April 21st to compete at the Confined Drama All-Ireland Finals. The group was accompanied by a large number of supporters on the night, which was very much appreciated by everyone involved. There were nine plays of a very high standard in the competition and as a result the Glenamaddy Players were

very pleased to finish in the top three. Tina Ward won best actress which is an outstanding achievement, Cian Boyle was nominated for best actor, Coman Keaveny was nominated for best director, along with receiving a nomination for best presentation. Glenamaddy Players were the only group from Connaught to compete at this year’s final – a source of great pride for those involved. The group are understandably delighted with the success they have achieved this year. Well done to all!

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Breen’s visit just the job for Ballinasloe? Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen recently visited Ballinasloe at the invitation of Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins. Minister Breen first visited Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre where he met with members of

Ballinasloe Area Community Development (BACD). This was followed by a visit to the IDA Business and Technology Park where he visited IDA Client Company, Aptar and viewed the site where BACD has recently secured planning

Minister Pat Breen and Senator Maura Hopkins in the new office space which has been developed above Ballinasloe Library, Society Street.

permission for an advanced technology building. Finally, he visited the office space which has been developed above the new library on Society Street. Speaking in Ballinasloe, Senator Hopkins said: “I was delighted that Minister Breen vis-

ited the town to see at first-hand the job creation potential which exists here. Increasing employment opportunities within Ballinasloe and across the wider region has been and continues to be one of my major priorities as a public representative”.

Minister Breen stated: “As a town, Ballinasloe has fantastic potential for further development. BACD has a great vision for the town, which I believe will create a bright future for the area. “I continue to work closely

with Senator Maura Hopkins and I will support greater collaboration between the Local Authority, third level institutions, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office and the wider community”.

Minister Pat Breen and Senator Maura Hopkins with members of staff of St. Theresa’s Special School during the Minister’s visit to Ballinasloe.

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TOP: Canon Liz McMcElhinney, RIP. LEFT: Pictured at the launch of details of the concert celebrating the life and ministry of the late Canon Liz McMcElhinney were Susan Compton, Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, Violet Satchwell, Warden of St. Coman’s, Canon Eugene McLoughlin, May Earley, Cllr. Orla Leyden, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Dorothy Simpson, Sr. Christina, Penny Crawley, Charles Clarke, Cllr. Domnick Connolly and Tess Nolan. Picture: Andrew Fox

Concert to celebrate Liz’s life, support Motor Neurone Association  PAUL HEALY

A celebration of the life and ministry of the late Canon Liz McElhinney will be held in Kilbride Community Centre this Friday evening, 18th of May (8 pm). This concert will feature readings from a selection of Liz’s inspirational poems by the internationally acclaimed actor, Ian McElhinney.

Friday night’s concert will also feature musical contributions from the All-Ireland award-winning Mercy Convent School Choir, Roscommon, the local cross-community Cor Comain (conducted by Derek Mahady), soloist Nicola Brown and a traditional music group led by Revd. Sean Hanily, a Roscommon man now serving in Dublin. The former Bishop of the Diocese, Ken Clarke, will be compere.

Twenty of Liz’s poems have been gathered together as a printed collection entitled ‘Solid Joys Lasting Treasure’, with beautiful illustrations by Liz’s artist son, David. The booklet will be included in the admission charge of €10 on Friday evening. Proceeds from Friday’s Celebration Concert will support the work of the Irish Motor Neurone Association.

Liz was widely known and greatly loved across the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh. She grew up in this Diocese and it was while she was Priest-in-charge in Roscommon that she was diagnosed (in May 2015) with MND. This special legacy evening for a truly remarkable woman promises to be a very memorable event.

Game of Thrones star in tribute to Liz Ian McElhinney is special guest at Concert in Kilbride  PAUL HEALY

Internationally acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney will be the special guest at a concert in Kilbride Community Centre this Friday evening (May 18th). The Game of Thrones star will read a selection of poems during a special celebration of the life and ministry of the late Canon Liz McElhinney. This week the busy actor took time out from his schedule to speak with the Roscommon People. He begun by explaining why he will be in Roscommon on Friday night. “Liz was married to my cousin, Cyril McElhinney. When she was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neurone Disease) she moved from Roscommon to Lurgan and spent some time writing poetry…I thought it would be nice to record them in a studio and I suggested this at the time to Liz and Cyril…for their own sustenance. So I did, and I gave each of them a copy”. Following Liz’s sad passing, a Memorial Service was held in Lurgan, and Ian was asked to read some of the poems on that occasion, which he did, along with his son, Matthew.

“It was a wonderful event and it raised a lot of money for MND. As Roscommon was Liz’s final parish, it was decided to hold a Celebration there too”. I asked the Belfast-born actor for his memories of Liz. “She was a naturally vibrant person. If she was talking to you, you were the focus of her attention, she had a great ability to be totally focussed on you. Liz was very positive with her faith, totally committed to her faith. Also, she was extraordinarily youthful. That’s why I found it so hard when she became ill, so hard to comprehend…this person who I always knew as youthful and vibrant. You would think she would go on forever”. These are busy times for Ian McElhinney.

(“I’m glad to be busy…as actors we don’t have pensionable jobs” he quips). Ian’s range of work is remarkable. He has had roles in several of the most popular TV series’ of recent decades, including Cold Feet, The Bill, Lovejoy, Taggart, Queer as Folk, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty, The Tudors, The Fall…and on and on it goes! There have been film roles too, and of course readers will be familiar with his role as Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones. More recently he has starred as the Grandpa Joe’ in the massive Channel 4 hit, ‘Derry Girls’. “We expected it to be a success at home” Ian reflects when I ask him about the series. “But we didn’t expect it to be such a success across the water (in the UK). We had great fun doing it and I gather it’s been Channel 4’s biggest comedy success in years. A new series has been given the go-ahead and we will start filming in October or November this year” . An instantly recognisable face, his career brings him around the world, but this Friday he will spend a few very special hours in Kilbride in Co. Roscommon, for poignant and special reasons, and for what ultimately is a celebration of a cherished person’s life. Ian: “I will be honoured to read Liz’s poems in Kilbride on Friday night. This event will raise funds for MND and it will be a celebration of Liz. She was very warm and personable, vibrant…a wonderful person”.


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Youthreach, Ballaghaderreen had ‘Best Original Concept’ in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon. Picture includes: Gary Curran, Fionnuala Corbett of iRadio; Kieran Madden, Sarah Scott, and Suzanne Dempsey, Roscommon Co. Council; Siobhán Hardiman and Kitty McDaid with Cathaoirleach of Roscommon Co. Council Cllr. Orla Leyden and Cllr. Michael Creaton. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

Elphin Community College were overall winners with ‘Best Storyline’ in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon. In picture are: Gary Curran and Siobhán Hardiman of iRadio; Kieran Madden, Roscommon Co. Council and Councillors Orla Leyden (Cathaoirleach, Roscommon Co. Council) and Valerie Beirne. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

County Council hosts Anti-Litter advertisements awards ceremony Roscommon County Council hosted an Awards Ceremony in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon to premiere the 2018 Anti-Litter advertisements produced by secondary school students. The winning ad is being shown in Roscommon C&L Plex Cinema for three months before all films and the other entries will be shown in rotation for a month. This project was funded under the Anti-Dumping Initiative 2017 and it was suggested as part of the public consultation process by Eileen Fahy of Kilteevan Tidy Towns. The competition was judged by iRadio hosts Gary Curran and Fionnuala Corbett who praised the high standard of ads produced by students.

The winners were: St. Nathy’s College won ‘Best Message’ category; Youthreach Ballaghaderreen won ‘Best Original Concept’; Roscommon Community College won ‘Best Tagline’; Roscommon CBS won ‘Best Group Performance’; Elphin Community College won ‘Best Storyline’; Convent of Mercy, Roscommon won for ‘Best Special Effect’; Youthreach Ballaghaderreen was ‘Runner-up’; Elphin Community College was Overall Winner. Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Education Officer, Roscommon County Council, stated that all of the advertisements produced were excellent and each delivered a really strong anti-litter message. Suzanne also acknowledged the professionalism and

assistance offered by Glenn and Kevin from Sky Rocket Media. Kieran Madden, Roscommon County Council, outlined the costs involved in litter clean-up in our towns and villages, costs which he said are a huge drain on resources. He said that we need to bring about change in our tolerance of litter. . Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Orla Leyden stated that litter is still a very serious form of environmental pollution which impacts very negatively on our towns and villages, adding that we all need to change our attitudes towards litter. * All videos are available to view on the Roscommon County Council facebook page.

St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, had ‘Best Message’ in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon. Included in picture are: Danny McHugh, Kieran Madden, Roscommon Co. Council; Gary Curran, Fionnuala Corbett of iRadio and Councillors Orla Leyden, Cathaoirleach Roscommon Co. Council, Michael Creaton and Valerie Byrne. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

‘Best Group Performance’ was awarded to Roscommon Community College in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema Roscommon. In picture are: Kieran Madden, Roscommon Co. Council; Gary Curran, Fionnuala Corbett of iRadio with Councillors Orla Leyden, Michael Creaton and Kathleen Shanagher. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

Elphin Community College who were the overall winners in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon. In picture are students Emily Keane and Jack Murphy with teacher and TY co-ordinator Susan Prendergast. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

Convent of Mercy, Roscommon, had ‘Best Special Effect’ in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon. Included in picture are: Annette McCormack, CURWMO; Danny McHugh, Suzanne Dempsey, Kieran Madden and Sarah Scott, Roscommon Co. Council; Gary Curran, Fionnuala Corbett of iRadio; Eileen Fahy and Councillors Orla Leyden (Cathaoirleach Roscommon Co. Council), Michael Creaton and Kathleen Shanagher. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

‘Best Group Performance’ went to Roscommon CBS in the Roscommon County Council Secondary School Anti-Litter Media Awards in C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon. Included in picture are: Annette McCormack, CURWMO; Gary Curran, Fionnuala Corbett of iRadio; Kieran Madden and Suzanne Dempsey, Roscommon Co. Council and Councillors Orla Leyden, Michael Creaton and Kathleen Shanagher. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin


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Pictured at the Ros FM Pedal Powered Cinema were Niall Loftus and Gerry Jago. Picture: Andrew Fox

Register your event for National Heritage Week 2018! National Heritage Week 2018 will take place from 18th to 26th August. This year organisers are asking you to ‘Share A Story, Make a Connection’. This is your chance to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people. Wednesday, August 22nd is ‘Wild Child Day’ and is dedicated to wild children everywhere. You are encouraged to organise special events for young people on the day. Go on a history selfie hunt, organise a storytelling session or encourage kids to be tour guides for a day. On Sunday, August 26th, the last day of Heritage Week, organisers will celebrate our most precious natural resource, water, in all its forms from sea to rivers, lakes to garden ponds in partnership with the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office. Plan a riverside walk, organise a canal cleanup or explore our coasts on a boat tour! Event Registration is now open for National Heritage Week 2018. Registration for the printed event guide will close on 31st May. The print guide is distributed across Ireland to OPW sites, museums, libraries, local authorities and tourist offices. “Getting your event registered in time to be included in the print guide is a great opportunity for Roscommon events to get free nationwide publicity,” said Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council. Roscommon County Council will produce and distribute a county event guide based on events registered on www.heritageweek.ie by 30th June 2018. “Heritage Week is a great opportunity for people to celebrate 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and use #makeaconnection. It is always an action packed and fun week in Co. Roscommon. “Roscommon County Council is delighted to promote Heritage Week as an action of County Roscommon Heritage Plan,” Nollaig Feeney concluded.

Pictured at the Ros FM Pedal Powered Cinema were James Cox and Zoe Bennett. Picture: Andrew Fox

Is O’Brien ‘Sideshow Bob’ in cruel game of information suppression? “I feel I’ve been murdered… through negligence, not just medically, but through them covering up; thinking that this is just going to be acceptable and it’s not”. Strong words, emotive words, Emma Mhic Mhathúna’s words. The words of a dying woman, an innocent woman, a single motherof-five who lost her own mammy when she was just 23, and who is herself, desperately trying to stay alive. The words of a wronged Irish citizen; and words that, when I heard Emma whisper them last Friday morning during an interview with Ireland AM’s Ciara Doherty, had me running for the loo because, such was my overwhelming sadness and confounded sense of grief for this young mother and her babies, (all robbed of their futures in various ways), I thought I was going to throw up on the spot. You see readers, this remarkably brave and beautiful soul is just one year older than my eldest daughter, and while the fact is that Emma has found some solace in Tony O’Brien’s resignation, I personally would have nailed his ass to a desk and chair until he sang like a canary and named names. Yes, while O’Brien’s actions sicken me, I’m certain he didn’t act alone in this ‘cover-up’. In my opinion, O’Brien, while he’s played his part, is the ‘Sideshow Bob’ in this cruel game of information suppression. I mean, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was Minister for Health at the time of

the March 2016 memo; Simon Harris was at the helm for the July 2016 one, so…did they know anything? And of course the State’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan allegedly received these damning deny, deny, deny, damage limitation documents which were executed with military precision by some heartless, inhumane muppet(s) who felt placing the

legal strategy of ‘pause all letters,’ and ‘continue to prepare reaction communications response for a media headline that ‘screening did not diagnose my cancer,’ was the perfect PR master-plan to use when dealing with the potential loss of lives. As a former PR advisor, I can tell you Tony and back-up Tony, (or should I say Dumb and Dumber), the

first rule of communications is to know your audience, the second rule is to be honest and open and full disclosure is always the best policy, because someone will invariably scope you out. I can’t wait to read Dr. Gabriel Scally’s muchanticipated end of June report. I’m also very interested to see how the Gardaí and the DPP will follow up on Emma’s formal complaint which was delivered via what she says was “a three-hour statement saying I wanted arrests made for attempted murder on my life”. Now let me make it clear folks, from a legal point of view, the onus would be on this tragic young woman who is fighting for her life, to prove the individual(s) or subject(s) of her complaint knew that she (in particular) wasn’t told about her false negative test results and that they were fully aware that she (in particular) should have been informed about them. I’d like to add that despite everything that’s occurred, and that continues to occur, because by the time you read this, I’ve no doubt the scale of this unbearably sad human tragedy may further escalate, I’d still advise my daughters (and all women) to try and feel a sense of security that the CervicalCheck screening programme, which scans for asymptomatic cancerous abnormalities, is working in so much as it has saved an awful lot of lives. So once again, do not be afraid to have your smear test.

Why parenting is a tough job! When it comes to raising kids, it’s an uphill battle. The little cherubs come into this world knowing how to conscientiously manipulate mammy and daddy, (and Nana), and it’s up to us, as the adults in charge, to keep them safe and raise them in such a way they don’t turn into sociopaths with poor posture and an ‘excuse me, can I speak with the manager’ haircut (I’m joking). Now this can be difficult, given the passive-aggressive, exaggerated guff that often spews forth from some social media posts, leaving anxious parents worrying they don’t stimulate their kids enough. As in they’re petrified Mini Me is now a 40-year-old living in the attic, still trying to get her edible make-up business off the ground because they accidentally laughed out loud when she repeated a swear word at 18 months!

Or worse, they’ve over-stimulated and over-indulged her and she ended up like self-confessed 16-yearold ‘Beverly Hills brat’ Nicolette Grey, whose mother Nina hands her a monthly pay cheque of $5,000, (€4,180.00). This mother/daughter duo appeared on TV3’s This Morning last week, with mammy revealing she gave the gobby, disrespectful teen a no limits credit card because it was “time she fended for herself”. That’s not fending for herself you dope, that’s sponging and you’re encouraging it. I have to agree with your daughter when she accused “You caused this so you have to deal with it”. And my advice to mom would be to lock this s**t down now lady and teach that little wasp you’re raising the value of money, how to be accountable, and, most importantly, how to be a grateful, functioning human being.

While I don’t like this 16-year-old’s attitude, I place the blame for her selfish behaviour and her need for a stylist, personal trainer and publicist firmly on the type of parenting she’s received. Dear God Mammy, when your

child says “My bags are my friends,” demands a ‘$231,000 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen’ for her 16th birthday and is in the habit of calling other people “peasants”, it’s time to admit, when it comes to parenting, that you’re pretty gormless!


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WeekendPeople SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (Leviticus 23:15 - 21; Deuteronomy 16:9–11). In today’s First Reading, the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles (Acts 1:14). The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised (Jeremiah 31:31–34; 2 Corinthians 3:2– 8; Romans 8:2). The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by which He made all things, as we sing in today’s Psalm. In the beginning, the Spirit came as a “mighty wind” sweeping over the face of the earth (Genesis 1:2). And in the new creation of Pentecost, the Spirit again comes as “a strong, driving wind” to renew the face of the earth. As God fashioned the first man out of dust and filled him with His Spirit (Genesis 2:7), in today’s Gospel we see the New Adam become a lifegiving Spirit, breathing new life into the Apostles (1 Corinthians 15:45, 47). Like a river of living water, for all ages He will pour out His Spirit on His body, the Church, as we hear in today’s Epistle (John 7:37–39). We receive that Spirit in the sacraments, being made a “new creation” in Baptism (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15). Drinking of the one Spirit in the Eucharist (1 Corinthians 10:4), we are the first fruits of a new humanity - fashioned from out of every nation under heaven, with no distinctions of wealth or language or race, a people born of the Spirit. – Scott Hahn Ph.D., www.salvationhistory. com (and courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)

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Parking the bus (but still travelling along the road) Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger bidding farewell.

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t’s Sunday afternoon and I am all set (even had an early dinner) to really enjoy the football game that everyone said would be one of the games of the summer… the local derby between Galway and Mayo. I am writing this on Monday evening – and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the horrible game that we had to sit through on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. I suppose, as a Galway man, I should laugh – because, bad and all as it was to win such a turgid affair, it must be terrible altogether to lose it. The expression ‘parking the bus’ has managed to work its way into the English language to describe soccer teams who are overly defensive, but on Sunday there were so many buses parked that I doubted if Bus Eireann would have any left to take people back to anywhere. As a result, we had one of the most boring games I have ever had to look at. In fairness, Galway managed to put one excellent move together, which resulted in Johnny Heaney’s match-deciding goal, and maybe in that one move we saw a glimpse of what the Tribesmen could be capable of. It is my opinion that Sligo in Markievicz Park will be a tough task for Galway, but if they get through that one, unless there is a huge improvement the Rossies will have far too much for them if they meet in the Connacht final. As I watched both teams slow

Galway’s Damien Comer.

A great day in Lovely Leitrim! It’s Friday afternoon of last week, and myself and Carol (my long-suffering wife) are heading off to the lovely Leitrim town of Mohill, where Mairead Morgan, daughter of my next-door neighbours Tommy and Eileen, is about to tie the knot with Stephen Flatley, a Dubliner with – as I find out later – a large number of Oran roots. The ceremony takes place in the very impressive parish Church in the middle of the town, and then it’s off to the renowned and internationally acclaimed

Lough Rynn Castle for a reception that was every bit as good as you would expect from a venue of such repute. It was our first time to pay a visit to the Hanly-owned castle, as even though Brian O’Driscoll and his lovely wife Amy Huberman got married there a few years ago, our invitation must have got lost in the post, and we didn’t make their hooley. This time however, I made it in good time, and I have to say everything totally blew me away. As someone who passes some of

my time on the sales floor of an antique shop (Lynn Antiques in Athlone), I took a special interest in the surroundings and the fabulous furniture, and I have to say it was so amazing to see such an array of exquisite pieces, but impressive as that end of it was, it was the brilliant service and attention to detail that really set the place apart. Nowadays, there are very many top class wedding venues all around the west and the midlands, and all of them are thoroughly professional and do an

excellent job. The sheer elegance and I suppose opulence of Lough Rynn makes it a very special location, and I was happy to see that it lived up to all my expectations. Needless to say the food was superb, and the music and dancing was top class. We had a great crowd of my neighbours in attendance, and all told it was a great day. All that’s left is to wish Mairead and Stephen a long, happy life together. As they say ‘May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind be always at your back’.

the game down to walking pace in the second half, and as players passed the ball backways and sideways, I was reminded of a story the great Galway supporter, and local photographer, Gerry O’Loughlin told me when I met him in Roscommon town in the tyre centre owned by one of the greatest Rossie footballing families of all, the Lohans, whose sons Stephen, Eddie and Gerry all wore the primrose and blue with honour and pride. Anyway, Gerry O’L told me of a well-known Mountbellew goalkeeper, back a little while ago, who, as well as bringing out his gloves and his cap, would also bring ten cigarettes and a box of matches – in his socks. During the game whenever things were quiet and the ball was at the other end of the field, he would light up and have a pull. As I watched the ball go over and back across McHale Park on Sunday, I thought to myself that had this man been in the Galway goals, ten fags would not have been enough. He would have to bring twenty, as the only balls our goalie had to deal with in the 70 minutes were a few backpasses from his own players. I don’t think he ever had a save to make from anyone wearing the Green and Red of Mayo. Before I leave the Castlebar match, the tendency every year is to write off Mayo, and every year they come back to confound their critics. This year it may be a step too far. If it is, it should not take away from the fact that this Mayo team was one of the best ever from the West and were very unlucky not to have taken home the Sam Maguire. As for Galway, this jury (that’s me) is very much out, but I suppose on mature reflection, any day we beat Mayo has to be seen as a good day.

And finally…

Finally for this week, as a family we said farewell to our sister-in-law, Theresa, who sadly passed away on Monday week after a long battle with illness. All I can say about Theresa is that the local parish priest in Clonberne, Fr. Tommy Cummins, summed her up perfectly in his Homily when he said she was a kind, sweet and gentle soul – and that’s exactly what she was. We will all miss her, but obviously Peadar and their children will miss her the most, and all I can say is may she rest in peace.

Till next week, Bye for now!


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Hamrock’s

Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Tel.: (090) 6663325 Saturday night, 19th May:

John Molloy Telephone: 090 6626225 Friday 18th May:

Eamonn O’Rourke (Bull McCabe) and Aengus O’Rourke (The Yank) are busy rehearsing for The Field as part of St. Brigid’s GAA OsKaRs night on June 9th.

St. Brigid’s GAA OsKaRs fundraisers Registration from 11am

KENNEDY’S

Hay Loft Bar Bridge St., Strokestown Tel: 071 9634384 facebook: kennedyshayloftbar

Friday 18th May evening our monthly

Trad Session continues from 9pm All musicians and music lovers welcome

St. Brigid’s GAA Club is running an OSKARS night on Saturday, June 9th at the Hodson Bay Hotel to raise funds for the installation of floodlights on a third pitch in Kiltoom. Seven ten minute scenes from well-known movies/ TV programmes such as The Shawshank Redemption, Sister Act, Rocky, The Field, The Snapper, Fr. Ted and A Few Good Women will be shown on the night. For the past few weeks, 70 local actors have been rehearsing including well-

known stars such as Ian Kilbride (Rocky), Aengus O’Rourke (The Field) and David Gleeson (Fr. Ted). Each cast is busy organising fundraisers ahead of the event with some events happening in next week including: Choir Fest this Friday in Hodson Bay Hotel at 8.30 pm. This event features well-known choirs such as Mayo Men’s Choir, St. Brigid’s Choir, Le Chéile and Ballybay School Choir. Tickets are €10 and you can pay at the door. The Field cast is also

hosting a monster BBQ and Boogie Bingo this Sunday (20th) in Hamrock’s, Brideswell at 4.30 pm. The Liam MacCarthy Cup will be in attendance. Bingo with a difference costs €10 for adults and €5 for children. Everyone is welcome. The Sister Act cast will host a Style Night in the Sheraton Hotel next Thursday (24th) at 7.30 pm presented by stylist Kathryn Byrne. Tickets are €20 from Sylvia on 0868031947, Helen on 0876877629 or from the hotel.

ROSCOMMON RACES

The Square House Social Saturday 19th May:

Blues Confidential Sunday 20th May:

Ben Turner * No Cover Charge, all gigs are at 10pm approx unless stated otherwise * Search for us on facebook: JJ-Harlows - The- Square-Roscommon-Town

Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were Claire and Jim Bryce. Picture: Andrew Fox

BEER Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were Ann Gormley, Lucy Greene, Marie Greene and Bríd Greene. Picture: Andrew Fox

OF THE WEEK! JJ Harlows supporting Irish Micro Breweries i

Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were Mia, Antoinette, Jessica and Mark Dolan. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at Roscommon Races on Tuesday last (8th) were Sadie McDonnell and Annmarie Butler. Picture: Andrew Fox


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Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Patricia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Cathy Grogan, Kathleen Hegarty, Marie Kelly, Martina Callaghan and Breege Callaghan (Hospice Shop, Castlerea). Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Monica and Rachel Hastings. Picture: Andrew Fox

Faces & Places Photographs: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Mary Beattie, Yvonne Reynolds, Audrey Kenny, Shane Walsh, Helen Harrington, Peter Dolan and Trisha Carolan. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Ali Campbell, Geraldine Campbell, Martina Jennings and Ciara Martin. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Sarah Connaughton, Amanda Creaven and Olivia Humborg. Picture: Andrew Fox

Bank of Ireland Fashion Show for Hospice Abbey Hotel, Roscommon

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Ă ine McDermott, Shauna Fahey and Emily Conlon. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Geraldine Hoban and Nuala Costello. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Breege McCormack, Mary Regan and Marian Moran. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Breege and Mary Harrington. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the Bank of Ireland Fashion Show in aid of the Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice Foundation in the Abbey Hotel were Breda Glennon, Claire Murray and Tina Brennan. Picture: Andrew Fox


Roscommon People Friday 18 May 2018

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Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Seán Lohan, Bridie Shanagher, Sinéad Barry, Una Hughes and Liam Lohan. Picture: Andrew Fox Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Avril Greene and Shauna Hanley. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Wesley Rodrigues and Pamela Keegan. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Ellen O’Keeffe, Shirley Nestor and Evelyn Glynn. Picture: Andrew Fox

Faces & Places Photographs: Andrew Fox

Pat Kelly’s, ‘The Last Stand’ Castle Street, Roscommon

Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Sarah Walsh and Sarah Naughton. Picture: Andrew Fox

RIGHT: Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Rebecca O’Reilly and Louise Duffy. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured in P. Kelly’s/The Last Stand, Castle Street, Roscommon were Darren Beattie, KC Domican and Fergal Nestor. Picture: Andrew Fox

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PODIATRIST For all foot ailments Siobhan Murray BSc (Hons) Podiatry M.Ch.S.I. Department of Health Approved Every Monday Tully’s Total Health Pharmacy Main Street, Castlerea

For appointment: (094) 96 21647 / (089) 4142233

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EVERY FRIDAY St. Joseph’s Resource Centre, Boyle For appointment

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Clinics also in Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar

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FARMING  PRESSURE TREATED STAKES FOR SALE: • 6ft stakes 4inch only €2.40 per stake or bale of 70 for €160 delivered • 5ft stakes 3inch only €2 per stake or bale of 100 for €180 delivered • Pressure treated Larch Metre Strainers 8ft 7-10inch only €11 delivered or bale of 25 only €250 delivered • 200 meter rolls barbed wire €25 per roll • 100 meter 3ft sheep wire €75 per roll. Also staples and nails available. Contact Tom on 086 2628439  LIMOUSIN BULL FOR SALE: Pure-bred, 5 star Limousin bull, quality bull, 1 year old. Tel: 087 6308996


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Classifieds FARMING  A B AT TO I R S E R V I C E AVA I L A B L E : Cattle, lambs and pigs. Ready for freezing. Home Cured and Honey Dry cured traditional bacon (not pumped with water) now available. Tel: Webb’s Butcher’s, 094 96 20005 or 086 4094715  CALVES FOR SALE AT OUR APPROVED PREMISES: Large selection of all breeds of calves available at all times, Bulls and Heifers. Call Paddy 087 4116003  CALVES FOR SALE: Large selection of fresh calves weekly. Tel: 086 1996367

To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email advertising@roscommonpeople.ie

FOR SALE  FOR SALE: 2008 Citroen Berlingo, very clean van, reconditioned back axle, new starter, €2,000 or best offer. Tel: 086 3983939

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Des Kelly Fencing Over 20 years in business All types of fencing supplied and erected Including: • Cresoted Posts • Agricultural Fencing • Site Fencing • Security Fencing • Post & Rail Fencing • Concrete Fencing • Grant Approved Fencing No job too big or too small Just give us a call on

 CALVES FOR SALE: Continental, Angus and Hereford calves for sale. Delivery available. Runners also available. Contact Darragh. Tel: 086 8713864

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 FOR SALE: AberdeenAngus calves/Bull and Heifer calves. Good healthy calves. Tel: 086 2167132

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 RUSH WIPING: All areas. Tel: 087 2360838  LAND TO LET FOR HORSES: All sports riding/ jumping, Roscommon area/ Westmeath area. Owner will check daily. €60 per month for horse. Discount for large group of horses. Tel: 085 7423998

TOPSOIL REQUIRED  CLAY OR TOPSOIL REQUIRED: Good sized loads, Roscommon area. Tel: 086 1005650

BOOM SPRAYER TESTING SERVICE • Sprayers tested on owners premises • Test report & D.A.F.M. stickers provided. • Small stock parts fitted on site (if necessary) Contact: Thomas Neilan on 087 2395171 or 090 6663069 e-mail: thomasneilan4@gmail.com

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087 6982309 FOR SALE  FOR SALE: 50” Sony TV excellent condition, can be seen working. Please reply to BOX NO: 1144, c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon.  FOR SALE: New complete double divan bed including leather base and headboard, memory foam pocket sprung mattress. Still in packaging. Retail €950, will sell for €240 including free delivery. Tel: 086 4438919  FOR SALE: Homeheating boiler, Firebird Popular 90 in good working condition. Also vent pipe 5ft high with fittings bends and cap on it changed due to health problems. Serviced regulary. Tel: 083 8828882

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Tel: 087 2172281

GARDENING  LAWNCUTTING SERVICE AVAILABLE: Small/medium sized lawns. Tel: 087 0519691

WALTER BEGLEY Gardening, Maintenance & Painting Roscommon Town • Indoor & Outdoor Painting • Winter Garden Clean-Up • Power Washing Driveways - Paths • Prepare Lawns for Spring • Hedge Trimming • Planting • Grass Cutting • General Maintenance

Contact Walter on 087 9519873

GARDENING SERVICES Including: • Hedge Cutting • Hedge Planting • Grass Cutting • Spraying • Strimming • Weeding • Garden Tidy-ups • Planting • Gutter Cleaning, etc. Chainsaw work also available

Phone John on

087 2860428

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• Woodchipping • Log Splitting • Tree Surgery • Hedge Cutting

Bernard Conroy Timber Clearance Ltd Tel: 087 2533101 Firewood For Sale Over 30 years in business

A New Life Holistic Therapy Meditation Evenings every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon. Holistic Therapy Clinic takes place every Monday 10am - 5pm by Certified Holistic Therapist at Conlon’s Chemist, Athleague, Roscommon • Integrated Energy Therapy • Indian Head Massage • Reiki • DNA Activation • Angel Healing Therapy • Angel Card Readings

Phone Aileen for appointment:

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LIFT WANTED  LIFT WANTED: Roscommon lady looking for lift from Roscommon town to Boyle, beginning June 5th (Daily). Willing to share Petrol expenses. Tel: 087 2765421

PAINTING & DECORATING

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Phone Alan on:

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087 2683079 PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & DECORATING CONTRACTOR For all your decorating needs CONTACT JOHN

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Complete garden clearance services with debris disposed of. Safety certified and insured.

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KATHLEEN KELLY M.I.R.I.L. • Reflexology • Reiki • Indian Head and Shoulder Massage • Gift Vouchers Available • Evening appointments available

Tattie Hoaker, Health Store, Goff Street, Roscommon Phone:

086 3614230

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SEAMUS HUNT • Massage & Sports Therapist • Holistic Massage • Injury Assessment & Treatment • Ultrasound & Infra Red Available

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086 1930766

● Amatsu Therapy ● Neuromuscular therapy

& orthopaedic sports massage Appointments with Anne Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday. Molloy’s Pharmacy, The Harrison Centre, Roscommon

Tel: 087 2721757

Can we help you? Call us today to enquire Ph. 090 663 0009 Like us on Facebook www.rosptc.com We are now located at: 2 Castleview, Castle Street, Roscommon F42 C902

REFLEXOLOGY REFLEXOLOGY

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Reflexology may bring relief from conditions such as: • Allergies • Eczema • Migraine • Back Problems • Infertility • Respiratory Disorders • Blood Pressure • Insomnia • Stress • Exam Stress • Bowel Disorders • Joint/Muscle Problems • Thyroid Imbalance • Colic • Pain Relief • Emotional Disorders

Just Imagine Hypnotherapy Tattie Hoaker, Goff St., Roscommon Town CAN HELP WITH • Exam Stress • Weight Loss • Smoking Cessation • Children’s Issues and much more Free phone consultations Teresa Waters EYP. CH. Tel: 087 7111067 www.justimagine hypnotherapy.vpweb.ie

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Tel: 087 2264951 Find us on facebook

PROPERTIES TO LET/RENT/WANTED

PLANNINGS

 TO LET: 1 Bed apartment to let, The Walk, Roscommon town, fully furnished. Tel: 087 6949253  TO LET: Large spacious 2 bed apartment to let, The Walk, Roscommon town. Tel: 087 2822534 CHAZEY PROPERTIES: We require properties for waiting tenants, we advertise, conduct viewings, arrange references, read meters, set up tenancy agreements and arrange direct debit payments straight into your bank. We charge a one off fee only if we are successful in renting your property. If not no fees are payable. Tel: 086 8212732

KENNELS

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086 3482387 info@moleskinarchitecture.com

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MORRIS LOHAN

• Spacious Kennels provided • Spacious exercise areas outside • Short Term - Long Term boarding welcomed • Dogs walked on request.

Consulting Engineers Castle Street, Roscommon Phone: 090 66 27950

For further details contact Mary 087 6162191 or Barra 087 9764250

• HOUSE/EXTENSION DESIGN • PLANNING APPLICATIONS • ASSIGNED DESIGN & CERTIFIER ‘New Building Regs’ • BER RATINGS ‘Domestic & Commercial’ • STRUCTURAL & CONDITION SURVEYS • FIRE DESIGN CERTIFICATES

www.lisbrockkennels.ie Members of IBKCA

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, County Roscommon NOTICE OF FURTHER INFORMATION / REVISE D PLANS Name of Applicant: Monika and Piotr Kawecki Ref Number of the Applicati on: PD/18/53. The development applied for consisted of: 1) Demolish existing dwelling house and garage; 2) Construct replacement dwelling house, domestic garage and upgrade existing treatment plant with new proprietary treatment unit and percolation area together with all ancillary site works at Brackloon, Fuerty, Roscommon, F42YY43 Signed:

THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS OF IRELAND REGISTERED PRACTICE Roscommon Office: 118 Abbeyville, Galway Road, Rocommon. M: 0862102190 E: adam@apk.ie Significant Further Information/Revised Plans have been furnished to the planning authority in respect of this proposed development and are available for inspection or purchase at the offices of the authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the Further Information or Revised Plans may be made in writing to the planning authority within the statutory time limit. A submission or observation must be accompanied by the prescribed fee of €20, except in the case of a person or body who has already made a submission or observation.

www.morrislohan.ie ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Morris Lohan Consulting Engineers are applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of Padraig and Elizabeth Cummins for planning permission to construct extension and alterations to existing bungalow house and carryout all ancillary site works at Rathkineely, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45NY83. Signed: Morris Lohan Consulting Engineers, Castle Street, Roscommon, Ph Office: 090 6627950 Andy 086 3646210 James 087 8228529), info@morrislohan.ie. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Classifieds PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for Planning Permission to extend my dwelling house, retain alterations to same and retain domestic sheds at Cuilleen, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon. Signed : Oliver Dooley The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Bridget Mc Cullough, wish to apply for Planning Permission for the construction of a dwelling house, domestic garage, treatment unit, percolation area and all associated site services in the townland of Clooncrim, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Bridget Mc Cullough The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of € 20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We are applying for planning permission for erection of first floor mezzanine accommodation to proposed extension (previously granted planning permission under PD/18/3 and PD 15/318) to rear of existing Industrial Premises at Multi Color Labels Roscommon (Ireland) Ltd., IDA Business Park, Racecourse Road, Roscommon. Signed: Declan Farrell The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying for planning permission for erection of dwelling house and sewerage treatment plant and percolation area, with ancillary site development works at Barrybeg, Athlone. Signed Siobhan Rogers The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email advertising@roscommonpeople.ie

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, on behalf of Sarah Higgins intend to apply for planning permission for development at Tully, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of the construction of a dwelling house, septic tank and percolation area, garage, plus services and site works necessary. Signed: Thomas Horkan Thomas Horkan Planning and Engineering Services, Carracastle, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Mayo Mobile 0861950207 Phone 0949254967 email.thomhork@hotmail.com This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority, Roscommon County Council, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon, County Roscommon during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. the planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Hanly Quarries Limited, intend to apply for permission for development at a site in the townlands of Cuilreevagh and Largan, Elphin, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of two no extensions to the south and west of the existing quarry with a combined area of 8.60ha. An environmental impact assessment report has been prepared in respect of the proposed development and will be submitted to the planning authority with the application. Signed: ASE Design Consultants Limited, Drumullin, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Phone: 071 9 635918 Fax: 071 9 635958 Email: wojciech@hbl.ie Website: www.ase-design.ie The planning application and environmental impact assessment report may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing made on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Morris Lohan Consulting Engineers are applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of Niamh Donnelly for Planning Permission Retention for an extension to domestic garage, lean-to storage shed, pony stable and agricultural entrance at Rinnagan, Lecarrow, Co Roscommon. Signed: Andrew Morris, Chartered Engineer, Morris Lohan Consulting Engineers, Castle Street, Roscommon, Ph Office: 090 6627950 www.morrislohan.ie The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority at Roscommon County Council, Golf Links Road, Roscommon during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

SITUATIONS VACANT  KIND RELIABLE CHILDMINDER: Required 3 days a week, Glenamaddy area. Tel: 087 7580911  KIND EXPERIENCED CARER REQUIRED: Fulltime, flexible hours, East Roscommon. Must be able to drive to Clinic appointments, general housework. No need for assistance with personal hygeine. Please reply to BOX NO: 1146, c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon.

SITUATIONS WANTED  BABYSITTING: Experienced 3rd level student available for babysitting, evenings and weekends. Excellent references. Tel: 087 75924112  CARER: Experienced flexible carer available, Garda veted, Roscommon area. Tel: 086 6600929

TAXIS AND HACKNEYS

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Thomas Hoare Kathleen Hoare Denis O’Shea Kathleen Hoare Thomas Hoare Total Receipts: €192 Total Prizes: €200

 THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL OFFERS: • Bags of seasoned timber €2 per bag, buy 20 bags get 2 free • Bags of top quality black turf only €2.50 per bag, buy 20 get 2 free. €75 DEAL: 1 tonne logs + 1 tonne turf, 1 bag 20kg coal + 1 free bale briquettes: for €75 • Tonne bags of turf and timber €35 delivered. ALSO PACKAGE DEAL: 1 bale of briquettes, 1 bag of logs, 3 bags of turf, delivered only €10. Price cannot be beaten. Contact Tom: 086 2628439 WANTED: Fallen trees for firewood. Ash, Beech, Birch and Whitethorn. We are safety certified and insured. Phone:

086 2437376  FOR SALE: Large lorry loads of turf, screened and delivered throughout Roscommon. Tel: 087 7462440  FOR SALE: Large lorry loads of turf. Screened and delivered. Orders for this years turf taken now. Tel: 086 7236301

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PLASTERING SERVICE All aspects of Plastering ● Interior ● Exterior ● Domestic

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Appointments

FAMILYNOTICES ....

Roscommon Credit Union Ltd Has the following vacancy for the position of

JUNIOR TELLER The Junior Teller will report to the Manager of Roscommon Credit Union Ltd and will be responsible for front line service provision, administrative duties and contribute to the efficient running of our Credit Union branches in Roscommon, Strokestown and Elphin.

The successful candidate will have: â&#x20AC;˘ Computer literacy including MS office â&#x20AC;˘ Strong communication skills both verbal and written â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to work in a team environment Desirable: â&#x20AC;˘ Previous experience in a financial environment The position is for 26 hours per week and for a fixed term of three months June â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August 2018. This position may suit a student currently studying finance related subjects. Closing date for applications is Friday, 25th May 2018 Please apply in writing only with C.V and cover letter to: The Manager Teller Position Roscommon Credit Union Ltd Abbey Street, Roscommon Or by email to: manager@roscommoncreditunion.ie Tel: 090 6626657 www.roscommoncreditunion.ie Monday- Friday 10.00am until 5.00pm and 8.00pm on Fridays. Roscommon Credit Union Limited is an equal opportunities employer

PLANNINGS EXTRA ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Morris Lohan Consulting Engineers are applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of Pat Collins for planning permission to retain existing slatted and dry bed shed with silage slab and all ancillary site works at Emlaghglasny, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, F45N590. Signed: Morris Lohan Consulting Engineers, Castle Street, Roscommon Ph Office: 090 6627950 Andy 086 3646210 James 087 8228529 info@morrislohan.ie. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority at Roscommon County Council, Golf Links Road, Roscommon during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of â&#x201A;Ź20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

DELIVERY DRIVER

THANKSGIVINGS THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one (mention it). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine, Amen. Say this prayer three times, for three days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Thanks to Our Lady and St. Joseph. M.B.

Duties to include forklift driving and manual handling and short local deliveries Full clean D/L required 3/4 days per week permanent part time position with flexible hours Mid/South Roscommon area Contact by email please with CV to: cwel83@aol.com

SALES ASSISTANT REQUIRED for busy Electrical Outlet

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Can you Work well as part of a sales team? Deliver a high level of customer service, demonstrating good communication skills? Learn quickly, to drive leading brands such as Neff, Bosch, Sony, Samsung, Siemens, Sky and more?

If you are answering yes to these questions, then we would like to hear from you! Electrical retail experience is desirable, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more interested in the type of person you are. In addition, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be given full in-store training on all our leading brands. Please contact: Box no. 1082, c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon before Friday, 25th May.

required for busy wholesale Company We are looking for an experienced Driver to deliver products from our warehouse in Roscommon Town, to Customer Retail Stores and Warehouses throughout Ireland. Responsibilities include: â&#x20AC;˘ Transport finished goods to retail stores and warehouses throughout Ireland in a safe & timely manner. â&#x20AC;˘ Comply with truck driving rules and regulations (size, weight, route designations, parking and break periods) as well as with company policies and procedures. â&#x20AC;˘ Adhere to delivery schedules & times. â&#x20AC;˘ Manoeuvre trucks safely into loading or unloading positions. â&#x20AC;˘ Report defects, accidents or violations. â&#x20AC;˘ Inspect vehicle for safety issues and organise repairs accordingly. â&#x20AC;˘ Ensure Tachographs, cameras etc. are always working sufficiently Requirements: â&#x20AC;˘ Proven work experience as a truck driver (5 years +). â&#x20AC;˘ Extensive knowledge of appropriate truck driving rules and regulations. â&#x20AC;˘ No recent driving violations. â&#x20AC;˘ Adaptability and foresight to handle unexpected situations (traffic, weather conditions, delivery matters etc.) â&#x20AC;˘ Willing to submit to background checks and provide employment recommendations. â&#x20AC;˘ Valid truck driving licence and up-to-date Driver CPC Card are essential. â&#x20AC;˘ Manual Handling Certificate would be a bonus, however training will be provided.

Please submit applications by email to karen@imagefurnishings.com

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Salary & Benefits: Negotiable based on experience Location: Servicing our clients based in the Midlands & Dublin Vehicle: Fully expensed company vehicle Hours: 9am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30pm Monday to Friday Person: Must have minimum 2-yrs experience as a field service engineer looking for progressive career move Must be self-starter and capable of working on their own initiative Must have very strong diagnostic & troubleshooting ability Must have strong communication skills (verbal & written) Must have experience of working with call / ticket logging systems Must have fluent English and relevant work permits for EU Must have full clean driving license Skills: Strong Microsoft desktop OS knowledge Strong PC hardware knowledge Familiar with networking (routers / switches / firewalls etc.) Familiar with Microsoft server OS Familiar with cloud technologies Please apply with cover letter and CV via email only to jobs@myitdepartment.ie Closing date for receipt of application is Friday 25th of May 2018.

NOVENA TO ST. MARTHA Oh Saint Martha, I resort to thee and to thy petition and faith. I offer up to thee this light which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favour thou didst enjoy when our Saviour lodged in thy house. I beseech thee to have definite pity in regards to the favour I ask. Interceed for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities. I ask thee St. Martha to overcome the dragon, which thou didst cast at thy feet. Say one Our Father and Three Hail Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Light a candle every Tuesday and the above prayer made know with the intention of spreading devotion to St. Martha. This Miraculous Saint grants everything before the five days are ended, no matter how difficult. A.K. PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence and intense devotion in the celebration of Mass, he invited countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech You to grant me the grace of (here state your petition). Glory be to the Fatherâ&#x20AC;Ś (three times). Amen. A.K.

THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one (mention it). Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine, Amen. Say this prayer three times, for three days, promise publication and favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Thanks to Our Lady and St. Joseph. PRAYER TO SAINT LUCY Saint Lucy, whose beautiful name signifies â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;LIGHTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you increase and preserve His light in my soul so that I may avoid evil, be zealous in the performance of good works and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and the darkness of evil and sin. Obtain for me, by your intercession with God Perfect vision for my bodily eyes and the grace to use them for Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greater honour and glory and the salvation of souls. St. Lucy, virgin and martyr hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. Amen. A.K. PRAYER TO ST. EXPEDITE For desperate causes... My Saint Expedite of urgent and just causes, please intercede for me with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Succor me in this hour of affliction and despair, my Saint Expedite. You who are a Holy warrior, You who are the Saint of the afflicted, You who are the Saint of the desperate, you who are the Saint of urgent causes, Protect me, Help me, Give me Strength, Courage and Serenity. Hear my plea. ____________ (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to find a way to get it to you.) My Saint Expedite, help me to prevail through these difficult hours, protect me from all those who want to harm me, respond to my plea with urgency. Bring me back to the state of peace and tranquillity, my Saint Expedite. I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life and I will speak your name to all those who have faith. (Now promise to give Saint Expedite a specific offering when your desire is granted.) Amen. (Say one Our Father, one Holy Mary, and make the sign of the cross.) (Be sure to provide the offering you promised if Saint Expedite grants your petition). A.K.

Family Notices â&#x20AC;˘ Anniversary Remembrance â&#x20AC;˘ Acknowledgements â&#x20AC;˘ Birthday Remembrance Call into our office on Abbey Street, Roscommon

Phone: (090) 66 34633 Email: advertising@roscommonpeople.ie Our deadline for receipt of Family Notices is 2.30pm on Tuesday. We cannot guarantee publication after this time.


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AtYourService CARPENTRY

Eugene Quinn Carpentry • First and Second Fix • Roofing • Timber Flooring • Dry Lining

CARPENTRY

Gary Jameson

To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email advertising@roscommonpeople.ie

CHIMNEY REPAIRS

CHIMNEY PROBLEMS SHOWROOM:

Racecourse Road, Roscommon

Munsboro, Roscommon • Fitted Kitchens & bedroom units

Tel: 086 3686669

NO JOB TOO SMALL

• Attic Conversions and all internal woodwork

086 0708833

Ronan Hegarty Bespoke Carpentry/Cabinets Kitchens ● Sliding Wardrobes ● Home Study ● Television Cabinets etc ●

Contact Ronan on 087 6035995 email: hegartybespokeprojects@gmail.com email: robedesign.ie@gmail.com Download our brochure on www.robedesign.ie Robe Design Showroom open 7 days a week

Driving School 087 2295551 Road Safety Authority Approved Driving Instructor

CLEANING SERVICES • ROSCOMMON • Carpets & Upholstery Cleaning • Leather Suites • WINDOW CLEANING • POWER WASHING Fascias & Soffits • Gutters & Down pipes • Drive ways ‘paths and patios’ CAR VALETING

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CATHAL DOOLEY 087 6579064

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WE SUPPLY & FIT Double & Treble Glazed Windows & Doors, Patio Doors, French Doors, Porches and Conservatories WIDE RANGE OF COMPOSITE DOORS

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TARMACADAM

Donamon

Tarmacadam LTD Specialising in Kerbing, Tar and Chips and Tarmacadam. Machine or hand laid. All types of drainage/ septic tank upgrades and new percolation.

Contact Damien (086) 4007158

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JOHN GREENE BALLINASLOE

TEL: (090) 96 88606 (090) 96 88830 (090) 96 87651 Lowest price guaranteed Daily collection

INSTALLATION

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HELPING YOU TO LIVE A MORE BALANCED LIFE / DEALING WITH CHANGES IN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, E.G. RETIREMENT, NEW JOB, SEPARATION, STUCK IN A RUT ETC…..

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DRIVING LESSONS

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- Chimney Repairs - Soot & Smoke Problems - Demolish, Re Build & Re Flue Line - Chimney Fires - Flexible Stainless Steel Liner - Insurance Claims processed

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House & Garden Maintenance

Alan Somers

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TARMACADAM CContact: GGerry M Monaghan h

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Contact us for further information Kiltoom, Athlone, Co. Roscommon T: 090 64 93386 M: 086 8207242 or Darren on 086 8972265 E: gerrymonaghan1@eircom.net

All NCT Failures Destruction Certs Issued ● Sale of Second Hand Parts ● Contracted to all Major Car Companies ● Farm Machinery, Old Gates ● Metals, Iron Baths ● Old Cooking Ranges ● Weighbridge on Site ● ●

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES BRENNAN Sinead

BARRY David and Breda

DOLAN Leo

Abbeytown, Roscommon

Munsboro House, Sligo Road, Roscommon In loving memory of Leo Dolan who passed away on 4th June, 2009 R.I.P. (9th Anniversary) We also remember Delia at this time

Killinordan, Scramogue, Co. Roscommon (5th Anniversary)

(30th Anniversary) We lost a mother with a heart of gold How much we miss her can never be told She shared our troubles and helped us along If we follow her footsteps, We will never go wrong. What she suffered she told but few, She did not deserve what she went through, Tired and weary she made no fuss, But tried so hard to stay with us.

Loved and remembered by her two daughters Adianne, Davina and Adrian Brennan. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Scramogue Church on 20th May at 10.30am.

Lord grant them eternal rest.

Loved and sadly missed by your family.

HESTER John and Mary Lanesborough Co. Longford

(21st Anniversary)

In loving memory of our father John (d. 15th May 2008) and our gentle mother Mary (d. 22nd January 1997). Always loved and fondly remembered Anniversary Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesborough on Sunday, June 3rd at 12 noon.

REDDINGTON Malachy (Malick) Rackins, Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon Who died on 9th May, 2017 (1st Anniversary) Aged 79 years

GARVEY Brian

CONNOR Carmel

Caltraduff, Ballyforan (8th Anniversary)

Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co. Roscommon

God called your name so softly That only you could hear And no one heard the footsteps Of angels drawing near The golden gates stood open God saw you needed rest His garden must be beautiful He only takes the best.

We, the family of the late Malick Reddington wish to tank all those who sympathised with us on our bereavement. Thanks to everyone who attended the Removal and Funeral Mass and for all the Cards and messages and condolences received. Anniversary Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Curraghboy on Sunday, 20th May at 10am.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and still very dear.

Eight years without Dad Is the hardest I have known. I treasure all your memories When I am all alone To where you rest I travel, it’s there I feel most near I place my flowers on top of you and whisper Dad I’m here. I wish I could see you If only for a while and wish you happy anniversary and see your lovely smile.

Love always your sons and daughters and families. Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyforan on Thursday,17th May at 7.30 pm.

Partings come and hearts are broken, Loved ones go with words unspoken. Deep in my heart there’s a memory kept, For a wife and mother I’ll never forget

Loved and missed, Gerry ~~~~~~~~~~ There is a place in our hearts Which is yours alone, A place in our lives No one else can ever own, We hold back tears When we speak your name, But the ache in our hearts Remains the same.

Rest peacefully Mam, love Sacha, Ann-Marie, Vanessa, Caryl, Steve, Gerard and their extended families. x Carmel’s 2nd Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s church, Ballagh on Friday, 18th May at 8pm

Just a prayer from the family who love you Just a memory fond and true, In our hearts you will live forever because we thought the world of you

Loved and remembered always from her son Martin, Mary, Martina and Ted, Alan and Rebecca, great granchildren Eliana, Mark and Shane.

Missed and remembered by all his family.

CRUISE Bridget

Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Thursday, 24th May at 8am.

(21st Anniversary)

DEMPSEY Conor The Walk, Roscommon May 22nd 2012 6th Anniversary

(2nd Anniversary)

DAD

Aughrane, Ballygar, Co. Galway (30th Anniversary) who died on 18th May 1988

(22nd Anniversary)

In loving memory of our dear mum and dad, Breda and David, Abbeytown, Roscommon, David who died on the 10th April 1988 and Breda who died on 19th May 1996

(10th Anniversary)

SMALL Mary

You never said I’m leaving, you never said goodbye You were gone before we knew it, and only God knew why A million times we’ve needed you, a million times we’ve cried If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still In our hearts you hold a place no one else will ever fill It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone Part of us went with you, the day God took you home.

Forever missed by Mum, Dad, Laura, Alex, Emma, Derek, Ann Marie, Damien, Aaron, Ben, Jack, Hannah & Daniel. Anniversary Mass in The Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Tuesday, May 22nd at 8am.

In loving memory of Bridget Cruise, Derrycahill, Ballyforan, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon, who died on 19th May 1997 R.I.P. In God’s care you rest above In my heart you rest with love Never more than a thought away Loved and remembered every day

Always remembered by your daughter Rosaleen.

KELLY Margaret (Peggy) Derrane, Co. Roscommon (1st Anniversary) Who died on 25th May 2017 R.I.P.

CURLEY Patrick (Paddy) Skehard, Creggs, Co. Galway Who died on 12th April 2018

The wife and family of the late Paddy Curley wish to express our sincere thanks to all who sympathised with us on our recent sad loss. Our heartfelt thanks to all those who called to the house, attended Paddy’s Removal and Funeral Mass, sent Mass Cards, phoned, sent messages and travelled long distances to offer condolences. To our extended family, neighbours, friends and colleagues, who called to the house with refreshments and helped with catering. Your kindness and support were a great source of comfort to us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. A special word of thanks to Dr. Liew, Dr. Fahy and all the staff at Portincula University Hospital, the ambulance service and Central Park Nursing Home for the care and kindness shown to Paddy during his brief illness. Sincere thanks to Dr. Martin Daly and staff and Johnston’s Pharmacy, Ballygar for the excellent care given to Paddy over many years. Very special thanks to Fr. Larry Ebuk for his comforting guidance and beautiful Funeral Mass and to Fr. Vincent McDevitt for attending the house and assisting during the Funeral Mass. Thanks to Marion Kelly, Parish Secretary, for her kindness and tremendous help when organising Paddy’s Funeral Mass. A warm thanks to Fiona Brandon and the choir for the beautiful singing. A special thanks to Paddy’s grand-daughters Líadan, Aoife and Róisín for the beautiful music and singing during the Mass. Thanks to the Eucharistic Ministers and altar servers. Thanks to Caltra N.S. and Loreto Community School, Milford, Donegal for organising a Guard of Honour. Many thanks to Aidan Maloney and staff at Delicious Catering and Michael O’Rourke for providing food and refreshments at the house. Many thanks to the staff at Cuisle, Donamon for providing a delicious meal after the Funeral Mass. Sincere thanks to Tom and Pat Smyth of Smyth’s Funeral Directors for their guidance and professionalism. As it would be impossible to thank everybody individually, please accept this as a token of our gratitude and appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions. Paddy’s Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Kilbegnet on Sunday, 20th May at 11.30am. /RYH·V*UHDWHVW*LIW5HPHPEUDQFH

0(025,$/&$5'6 ,QGLYLGXDOO\'HVLJQHGDQG3ULQWHG A light in our household is gone A voice we love is stilled A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled.

Loved and missed by her husband Pat, children James, Geraldine, Patrick and Rosaleen, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, sister Josie and extended family. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derrane on Saturday, 26th May at 7pm.

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES GILLOOLY Paul

REYNOLDS Tom

Culleen, Kilteevan, Roscommon Called to his eternal home on 9th May, 2011 (7th Anniversary)

Dublin 7 and formerly of Four Roads, Co. Roscommon

A star shining brightly in Heaven. Memories are special they keep you close to me I hold them deep within my heart and there they’ll always be.

Dad, Mom and family xxx Anniversary Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derrane on Saturday, 19th May at 7pm.

MANNION Joe Fourmilehouse, Co. Roscommon (11th Anniversary)

The family of the late Tom Reynolds would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement. We would like to thank our neighbours and friends who supported us in this sad time. A special word of thanks to all the people who attended evening Mass in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague and to all who attended the Funeral Mass in St. Peter’s Church in Phibsboro, Dublin and all who came to Mullhuddart Cemetery. To all the people who called to the house and to all who sent messages of sympathy Mass Cards and floral tributes. A special word of thanks to Dr. Farrell nurses and staff of Innis Ree Nursing Home who took such good care of Tom during his stay there. To the doctors nurses and staff of Portiuncula Hospital who looked after him so well during his stay there. To Fr. Eamonn O’Connor and Fr. Dusmanta who said the evening Funeral Mass in Ballyleague Church, to the Mass servers Michael and Sean and to Teresa Costello for providing the musical accompaniment at the Mass. To Fr. Alan who said the Funeral Mass in Phibsboro and who attended at the graveside. And to Aidan Tully Funeral Director who looked after all the arrangements in a very professional manner. Finally as it would be impossible to thank everybody individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions. Mass offered.

REMEMBERING

IRISH BABIES In loving memory of Joe, who died on 18th May, 2007 You always had a smile to share, time to give and time to care. A loving nature, a heart of gold, those are the memories we will always hold.

Sadly missed and always remembered by your loving wife Ann and family. Masses offered.

BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE

O’CONNOR Gerry 3 Aran Court, Galway Road, Roscommon Happy Birthday Gerry 21st May

Let us remember with sadness the innocent Irish babies who died tragically, in the wombs of their mothers, during 2017. In my dreams I can hear them say “Please let me live. Please let me stay” Maybe I’ll have eyes of blue and hair so softly curled. Maybe I could look like you. Maybe I’m a little boy with laughing eyes and tears of joy. Someone, who’ll be there to smile Then you could say “it was all worth while” But to-day, his short existence will have ceased to be. Unborn, unknown and undefended. It has been decided that his life should be ended.

Pictured are Granlahan National School students who celebrated their First Holy Communion recently. Pic: H.G. Photography, Dunmore

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In loving memory of my wonderful friend, who died on 23rd June 2003 I lost a friend with a heart of gold, How much I miss him can never be told. He shared my troubles and helped me along If I follow in his footsteps I will never go wrong.

Loved and remembered everyday by his friend Anthony. Anniversary Mass in Four-Mile-House Church on Saturday, 19th May at 8.15pm.

Pictured are Williamstown National School students who celebrated their First Holy Communion recently. Pic: H.G. Photography, Dunmore

Lord Jesus forgive us and have mercy on us. Welcome the Holy innocents into your Kingdom of love.

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Shane Cunnane evades an incoming challenge during the Roscommon minorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win over Mayo in Kiltoom last Friday night. Picture: Andrew Fox

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SICK AS A PARROT/OVER THE MOON ROSCOMMON & DISTRICT LEAGUE NEWS

Dooner’s weekend predictions We’re down to the final day in both the Premier Division and Division Two this weekend. St. Peter’s need a draw in Caslerea on Saturday night to take the title in their maiden season in Roscommon while it’s a straight shoot-out between Rahara Rovers and Moylough ’79 on Sunday for the Division Two title. Elsewhere, Hodson Bay Athletic will be hoping to prevent Division One champions Kilkerrin United from completing a treble in the Division One Cup final.

Saturday, May 19th Herald Premier Division (7.45 pm) Ballinasloe Town v Shiven Rovers The Town must win and hope Castlerea help them out. Prediction: Ballinasloe Town Castlerea Celtic v St. Peter’s FC It’s hard to see the Athlone side letting the league title slip now. Prediction: St. Peter’s FC Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two Rahara Rovers v Moylough ’79. 6.30 pm This has the potential to be game

RDFL Herald Premier Division Table 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Pl St. Peter’s FC 21 Ballinasloe Town 21 Castlerea Celtic 21 Boyle Celtic 20 Shiven Rovers 21 Ballymoe FC 21 Moore United 20 Cloonfad United 21 St. John’s Athletic 21 Skyvalley Rovers 21 Dysart FC 21 Ballaghaderreen FC 21

W 18 17 15 12 9 10 9 9 6 6 5 1

D 2 2 1 1 3 0 2 1 1 0 2 1

L 1 2 5 7 9 11 9 11 14 15 14 19

of the weekend. Moylough can do just enough to take the title. Prediction: Draw RDFL First Division Cup Final At Lecarrow: Hodson Bay Athletic v Kilkerrin United. 7 pm United to clinch an impressive treble. Prediction: Kilkerrin United

Sunday, May 20th Herald Premier Division (12 pm) Ballaghaderreen FC v Ballymoe FC The visitors will be hoping to bounce back from their Chal-

lenge Cup shock. Prediction: Ballymoe FC Cloonfad United v Skyvalley Rovers The hosts will want to forget last weekend’s 11-0 drubbing at the hands of St. Peter’s. Prediction: Cloonfad United Dysart FC v Moore United I fancy the visitors here. Prediction: Moore United St. John’s Athletic v Boyle Celtic The Lecarrow side shocked Castlerea last time out and can get a result here. Prediction: Draw

RDFL Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two Table

Pts 56 53 49 34 30 30 29 28 19 18 17 1

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Moylough ‘79 Rahara Rovers Cam Celtic Roscommon United Boyle Celtic B Glen Celtic Castlerea Celtic B Shiven Rovers B Cloonfad United B Skyvalley Rovers B Ballinagare FC

Pl 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

W 15 14 13 12 11 8 8 6 3 3 0

D 2 4 5 3 6 2 2 5 2 1 0

L 2 1 2 5 3 10 10 9 15 16 20

Pts 47 46 44 39 39 26 26 23 11 10 0

Soccer Results The Herald Premier Division Dysart FC 2 Ballaghaderreen FC 0 St. Peter’s FC 11 Cloonfad United 0 Castlerea Celtic 1 St. John’s Athletic 2 RDFL Challenge Cup Quarter-Final Moylough ‘79 1 Ballymoe FC 0. AET RDFL First Division Cup Semi-Final CP Ajax 2 Kilkerrin United 3 RDFL Second Division Cup SemiFinal Glen Celtic 3 Cam Celtic 0 Umbro Masters League Skyvalley Rovers 1 CB Trotters 1 Cam Celtic 1 Glen Celtic 1 Dunmore Town 0 Ballinasloe Town 3

Horses for Courses

not Patrick declared, and Eddie Harty has Whatucallher ridden by Finny Maguire. Whatucallher will probably be all the rage but experience should stand to The Princetonian with some reasonable runs under his belt and is worth an e/w chance.

General News Irish jockey Timmy Murphy (43) has announced his retirement after booting home Happy Escape to win for Neil Mullholland on the flat at Chepstow on Tuesday evening. Best known for winning the Aintree Grand National on Comply Or Die, his 11th attempt, in 2008 and he also had well over 1,000 national hunt winners including many at the Festival. He rode Beef or Salmon to victory in the 2002 Ericsson Chase and the 2003 Irish

Ballymoss and TP Burns win the 1957 Irish Derby

Fixtures Friday, May 18th Connaughton Fuels AFL Division 2 (O’Gara Cup) At Ballyforan: St. Aidan’s v Tulsk Lord Edwards. 8 pm Saturday, May 19th Seamus Carthy Auctioneers AFL Division 1 (7 pm) At Nash Park: Western Gaels v Strokestown At Enfield: St. Croan’s v Elphin At Abbey Park: Boyle v Clann na nGael Connaughton Fuels AFL Division 2 (O’Gara Cup) (7 pm) At Croghan: Shannon Gaels v Kilmore At O’Rourke Park: Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Creggs Leydon Brothers AFL Division 3 (Tansey Cup) (7 pm) At Pairc Naomh Bearraí: St. Barry’s v Ballinameen At Kilglass: Kilglass Gaels v St. Brigid’s Sunday, May 20th Seamus Carthy Auctioneers AFL Division 1 (O’Rourke Cup) At Pairc an Phiarsaigh: Pádraig Pearses v St. Brigid’s. 2 pm Connaughton Fuels AFL Division 2 (O’Gara Cup) (2 pm) At Rockfield: Oran v Éire Óg At Ballinlough: Michael Glavey’s v Fuerty Leydon Brothers AFL Division 3 (Tansey Cup) At Nash Park: Western Gaels v Kilbride. 1 pm At St. Dominic’s: St. Dominic’s v Strokestown. 2 pm At Johnstown: Clann na nGael v St. Michael’s. 2 pm

by Tom Red

Racing in Ireland today is at Clonmel with an all national hunt card starting at 5.20 pm. Tomorrow the jumping action is on at Downpatrick at 5.45 pm and on the level in Cork at 5.25 pm. On Saturday they race on the level at Proudstown Park near Navan stall for the first open at 1.55 pm. On Sunday it’s off to Limerick for an all jump card, starting at 1.55 pm and at Naas for flat racing at 2.05 pm. The card in Clonmel tonight is very open and there does not appear to be anything of value worth taking a chance with until the bumper. Jessica Harrington has 2 in it Concordia with her daughter Katie declared and The Princetonian with Declan Lavery aboard, WP Mullins has Suinda with owner’s son Aubrey McMahon

GAA Results AFL Division 4 Roscommon Gaels 5-14 Castlerea St. Kevin’s 3-9 St. Faithleach’s 1-13 Tulsk Lord Edwards 0-9 St. Ronan’s 2-10 Elphin 0-12 Pádraig Pearses 0-16 St. Dominic’s 0-9 St. Croan’s 3-13 Fuerty 3-11 AFL Division 5 Kilbride 5-12 St. Barry’s 5-7 St. Joseph’s 3-15 Kilglass Gaels 1-13 Kilbride 3-13 Oran 3-10 Michael Glavey’s W/O St. Barry’s Ballinameen 3-8 Boyle 2-10 St. Aidan’s 1-11 Kilmore 1-10 AFL Division 6 Pádraig Pearses 2-8 Creggs 1-5

Comply Or Die and Timmy Murphy lead around Aintree

Hennessy Gold Cup. He switched to the flat and rode his first winner at Wolverhampton in 2015 on the appropriately named Houdini. The legendry Irish jockey TP Burns has passed away at the age of 94. Burns rode for six decades, 30s to 80s, with the highlights being an Irish Derby victory, Vincent O’Brien’s first classic win, and a Doncaster St Leger in 1957 on Ballymoss. He also won six Irish Classics from 1957 to 1972 including two 2000 Guineas and a St Leger. He was only 14 when he rode his first winner on Prudent Rose at the Curragh in 1938. Burns was also a top-class hurdle jockey and rode nine winners at the Cheltenham Festival including 7 Gloucester Hurdles, now the Stayers Hurdle, between 1955 and 1959, winning both divisions in 1956 and 1958. In the 1955 Champion Hurdle he was beaten a head on O’Brien’s Stroller. He also rode the famous Arkle to win a Flat race at Navan in 1963. The world of equine sport also lost show jumper Tommy Wade this week. Tommy was known world over in the 60s for his association with Dundrum, the wonder “pony” who only stood 15 hands. In retirement Tommy was of-

ten be seen in the point to point fields supporting horses trained by his sons.

Point to Point View Racing this weekend starts on Friday in the north at Necarne, Irvingstown in Co Fermanagh at 4.30 pm and again on Saturday at 2.30 pm. On Sunday there are 2 meetings down for decision in the south, at Dromahane in Cork at 2.00pm and Oldcastle in Co Meath half an hour later at 2.30 pm.

Competition Time Kilbeggan is on Sunday, June 3rd. We have 3 pairs of tickets for this meeting compliments of Secretary Paddy Dunican and to win can you tell us which Irish, flat and national hunt, jockey retired after riding the appropriately named Happy Escape to win at Chepstow this week? Answers please on a post card to The Roscommon People, Abbey Street Roscommon or by e-mail to tomred17@gmail.com by 12 pm Wednesday, 30th and don’t forget to include your name, address and a contact phone number with all competition entries. Tickets will have to be collected in the office in Abbey Street on the following Thursday or Friday.

Underage update Thursday, May 17th U-14 Football League Division 3 At St. Dominic’s: St. Dominic’s v Castlerea St. Kevin’s. 8 pm Friday, May 18th Minor Football League Division 1 Knockout At TBC: St. Brigid’s v Oran/St. Croan’s. 7.30 pm Minor Football League Division 2 Knockout At TBC: St. Aidan’s v Cill Moire/Gaeil na Sionanne/Niamh Roine. 7.30 pm Minor Football League Division 3 Knockout At TBC: Tulsk Lord Edwards v Boyle. 7.30 pm Sunday, May 20th U-16 Football League Division 1 Knockout (12 pm) At Pairc an Phiarsaigh: Pádraig Pearses v Kilmore/Shannon Gaels At Ballyforan: St. Aidan’s v Boyle U-16 Football League Division 2 Knockout (12 pm) At Lisnamult: Roscommon Gaels v St. Ciaran’s At Ardcarne Park: St. Michael’s v Oran U-16 Football League Division 3 Knockout (12 pm) At O’Rourke Park: Castlerea St. Kevin’s v St. Faithleach’s At Kilbride: Kilbride v St. Dominic’s


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SPORTING WORLD WITH DAN DOONER Roscommon LGFA and the spirit of ‘78

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THE LEAD STORY Dan Dooner The last week in June, mark it in your diaries. Almost forty years on from Roscommon Ladies’ legendary All-Ireland win against Tipperary, Roscommon’s ladies footballers will be involved in two huge games in the space of a week.

On Sunday, June 24th Michael Finneran’s Intermediate team will contest the Connacht final while the Minors will face Armagh in the All-Ireland Minor B semi-final the following Saturday (30th). Roscommon LGFA PRO Sinéad Osgood says these

are exciting times. “It’s really exciting. Last year we started with the development squads and they attended a national blitz in Abbotstown. It’s all about getting them ready for the commitment levels required but in a fun and enjoyable way. “We now also have a permanent part-time development officer in Shane Curran. He made his name with men’s football but he has been involved with the

LGFA for quite a few years. His work involves working with schools and clubs in the county,” she said. Sinéad is only too aware of the difficulty in keeping girls involved in the sport. A partnership with Pieta House and promotion of healthy eating and meal preparation as well as regular talks with experts is part of the approach Roscommon LGFA is taking when it comes to keeping young footballers engaged. It also

helps that a number of role models have emerged from within the county. “Michael Finneran is the manager of the Intermediate team and he has Shane Monaghan, Marie Kelly and Darren Owens assisting him. “The Minors are managed by Ollie Colgan and he’s assisted by Brendan Cregg, Jenny Higgins, Shane Curran, Fiona McVeigh and David O’Connor,” Sinead said, before highlighting

the hard work carried out behind the scenes. She told me that Michael and members of his Intermediate team are quick to help out with younger players and the promotion of the LGFA within the county. This is vital in order to inspire future generations of ladies footballers. It’s clear that ladies football in Roscommon is in a good place almost forty years on from that famous victory over Tipperary and

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there was even further encouragement this week with the news that Rebecca Finan will be named on the Lidl Ladies Division 3 Team of the Year. With the hard work set to resume this summer ahead of two big showdowns in June, Roscommon LGFA is determined to mark the 40th anniversary of Roscommon’s All-Ireland triumph with continued progression both on and off the pitch.

In the sporting diary .... Castlerea Golf Classic The Castlerea Golf Classic will take place from this Friday to Sunday at Castlerea Golf Club. Entry per team of 4 is €100 with re-entry €15. There area numerous prizes up for grabs including €1,000 for Hole in One. Contact Marian (087-7707711) or Catherine (087-6182882) for more information.

Buccs AGM next week

Congratulations to the Kilbride Ladies team who defeated Clann na nGael in the Division 1 League Final by 2-8 to 0-10 in Kilglass last weekend.

The Annual General Meeting of Buccaneers Rugby Football Club takes place in The Bounty on Thursday week (24th) beginning at 8 pm.

The sporting brief Handball

Golf

Onewall Championships Victory over Loughrea Kilglass GAA hosted the Onewall County Championships last Saturday with six matches played in total. ‘Match of the Day’ was the Men’s ‘C’ final between Mount Talbot’s Diarmuid Treacy and John Coggeran of Kilglass. In a match that could have gone either way, Treacy prevailed 15-14, 15-10. Diarmuid’s twin sisters, Siobhan and Aisling, went head to head in the Girls’ U-15 final. Despite a valiant effort from Aisling, Siobhan triumphed 15-12, 15-8. St. Coman’s’ Liam Egan won the Boys U-17 final following a hardfought encounter with Thomas Mahady of Kilglass. Liam was victorious on a scoreline of 15-12, 15-9. The other Roscommon representatives for the Connacht championships are as follows – U-13: Rory Carthy (St. Coman’s); U-15: Philip Halliday (St. Coman’s); Men’s ‘B’: Liam O’Ceallaigh (Mount Talbot); Masters: Dermot Washington (Kilglass); Ladies ‘C’: Natasha Mahady (Kilglass).

We tee-off in Athlone with news of the men’s recent victory over Loughrea in the first round of the All-Ireland 4 Ball Competition. They take on Tuam in the next round this Saturday. Meanwhile, Finbarr Jordan won the May Bank Holiday Open with 42 points and the ladies’ competition was won by Mountbellew’s Laura Burke with 40. The ladies’ Junior Cup team recently beat Strandhill while the Challenge Cup team were defeated by Carrickon-Shannon. The Intermediates face Tuam this Sunday. Recent winners in Athlone: Denis O’Donoghue (PGA Tankard); J Kinahan (AWGS); Eoin McGrath (Wednesday Open); Noirin O’Rourke (18-hole); Siobhan McGrath (Club 9-hole) and Brid Kenny (18-hole). In Boyle, the Committee Cup was won by Terry Canning recently with a great score of 98.5 nett. Sean Heslin took second place for the men and Tish Perry took second for the ladies.

The gross prizes went to Lorcan Egan for the men and Mary O’Hara for the ladies. The team of Brendan Gaffney, Conor Hamill and Seamus Gallagher won the Committee Cup scramble last Friday. The men’s mid-week 12-hole stableford was a keenly contested affair with first, second and third finishing on 26 points. Ross Andrew was the winner on count-back, followed by Lorcan Egan and Michael Gilmartin. To Castlerea next, where the ladies’ Hession Cup was won by Mary Kenny with 64 nett while Áine Mhic Suibhne finished second (71) and Valerie Callaghan was third (72). The men’s club competition was won by Kieran Rosney with 40 points with Micheal Doyle second (37) and John Caulfield third (36). Finally to Roscommon, where J Moran won the recent senior ladies’ competition and Jackie McCormack took the 18-hole stableford with 38 points, finishing just ahead of Marie McManus (37) and Sinead Benedetti (35). The ladies’ minor team won their second round match against Carrick-on-Shannon.

Highest Checkout The Highest Checkout for the year in the Roscommon Darts League went to Fergus Kilroy of Molly’s who hit a 158 finish. Fergus was presented with his prize at the recent County Finals at Hannon’s Hotel.

Meanwhile, there were also prizes presented for the league winners (The Forge) and Most 180s (Gary Concannon, Thomas Concannon and Wayne Harries who hit six).


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Impressive minors turn it around! The Roscommon minor (U-17) footballers deserve every credit for managing to turn things around in the space of just a week. Coming home from Tuam a week previously I was completely puzzled that this team could play so very poorly but some very astute changes by Paul Staunton and his selectors added to

a superb change in attitude, saw the young Rossies blitz Mayo and some of the Roscommon play on the night in Kiltoom was very impressive indeed. There is now a six week break before the next two rounds and it looks that there will be a battle to see who will play Galway in the Con-

nacht final. The way Roscommon played last week I would not mind seeing them have another crack at the young Tribesmen. Of course they will have to beat Sligo and Leitrim to get there but on the evidence of last Friday night they are well capable of doing that. Well done to all concerned.

Championship Watch Munster SFC Quarter-Finals on Saturday

Limerick v Clare in Limerick at 7 pm Clare should be the favourites here after a league campaign that saw them perform solidly in Division 2. Limerick are always a tough proposition in the championship at home but Colm Collins’ side should have too much. Prediction: Clare

Tipperary v Waterford in Thurles at 7 pm Tipperary are the choice of many no not only to reach the Munster final, but to get to the Super 8s as well. They should be far too strong for the Decies on Saturday. Prediction: Tipperary

Ulster SFC Quarter-Finals The Roscommon minor team that defeated Mayo in Kiltoom last Friday night. Picture: Andrew Fox

Boredom of the Cup this Saturday? There was a time when I would never miss the FA Cup final. In fact, it was one of the sporting highlights of the year. The coverage on the BBC used to start at 9 o’clock in the morning and there was massive hype about it. It is still a big game but it’s importance has dwindled over the years. This Saturday, Manchester United and Chelsea can end the season with a trophy if they can win it. It would be great to predict an open attacking game of end to end football, but with Jose Mourinho in charge of Manchester United that won’t happen. The fare will be conservative and boring and a toss-up between the two. It’s a pity but that’s the reality.

Galway send Mayo through the back door Given how much was at stake, I was not expecting a classic game of championship football between Mayo and Galway last Sunday but having said that, I never thought it would be as bad as it was. Mayo have thrown away another big championship game after this latest clash. They had loads of the ball but they kicked some terrible wides and took some very stupid options up front throughout the game. In addition, what was Diarmuid

O’Connor thinking about, hitting Paul Conroy with a forearm smash right in front of the referee? It was lunacy and a definite straight red card. Will Mayo be back? It depends on the draw they get in the qualifiers. Pundits like myself have written them off far too soon in recent years, but I have to say I will be amazed if they show up in the AllIreland semi-finals again this year. There is only so much their experienced players can take. It is also a

factor that they have no new talent coming along. I was underwhelmed by Galway’s performance. On Sunday’s display Roscommon would go into a possible Connacht final against them with every chance. However, there is a lot of football still be played and Leitrim and Sligo will have something to say about that. If it is Galway and Roscommon in the Connacht final hopefully it can be held at Dr Hyde Park. More about that soon.

With Rory Gallagher in charge, Fermanagh will be formidable at home but Kieran McGeeney is making progress with Armagh and they should advance after a battle. Prediction: Armagh

Tyrone v Monaghan on Sunday in Omagh at 4 pm This is one of the heavyweight clashes that the fans have been looking forward to for months. One of these top 8 teams will be out of the Ulster championships on Sunday evening. I am very tempted to plump for Monaghan as they are well capable of winning this but I will give a hestitant vote to Tyrone to grind out a narrow win. Prediction: Tyrone

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday

Wexford v Dublin at Innovate Wexford Park at 3 pm Dublin were very unlucky against Kilkenny last Sunday but it doesn’t get easier for Pat Gilroy’s charges as Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford will come out all guns blazing and will have a huge crowd behind them too. They should win easily enough. Prediction: Wexford

Galway defeated Mayo yet again in the Connacht Championship last Sunday but it was far from a classic.

Kilkenny v Offaly at Nowlan Park at 3 pm Kilkenny pulled a win from the jaws of defeat last Sunday in Parnell Park and they should be well able to cope with an improving Offaly who will give it everything but are probably out of their depth. Prediction: Kilkenny

Test match cricket comes to Ireland Cricket is one sport that is never featured in this column because I simply do not understand all the rules and terminology, but in fairness to Ireland, their stock at international level is rising and there was great excitement when they played their first ever test match at the weekend. Needless to say the first day’s play was called off because of the rain! The weather will always be a problem in this country but if this means that young people will go out and give it a go then I’m all for it.

Fermanagh v Armagh on Saturday in Enniskillen at 7 pm

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round- Robin on Sunday

Underage mentors go ‘stat’ crazy As someone who has followed and reported on Gaelic football for 30 years I fully realise that the game changes and evolves all the time but what I saw in Kiltoom on Friday night during Roscommon’s win over Mayo at U-17 level beggared belief. There were six people in the press box to do ‘the stats’ for Mayo. One guy was in charge. He was wired up to the team manager down on the sideline. He told his people they were to review the stats every five minutes as the game went on. From the time the ball was thrown in the head guy was barking instructions non-stop into the ear of the team manager. “Number 12 is not following his man, number 8 needs to up the intensity, number 3 is out of position”. It was constant. He suggested changes and substitutions. It would be impossible for anyone to watch a game with

that going in in your ear, never mind manage a team and make coherent decisions. At one stage the guy on the sideline was not answering back and our man in the press box sent one of his people down to see if his radio was working. I’d say the man on the sideline was driven demented with the constant barking into his ear and had pulled it out. It was about as over the top as I have ever seen. Paralysis by analysis. I am all for advances in our game and see the need for stats to be kept and to be able to review them at halftime and after the game, but to have six people for an U-17 game makes no sense at all. Needless to say the stats activity petered out as Roscommon pulled further and further away in the second half. Us mere mortals, who were there to see it were gobsmacked with the ridiculous nature of it all.

Limerick v Tipperary at The Gaelic Grounds at 2 pm This promises to be a cracking opening to the new-format Munster championship. Limerick are a real live contender for provincial and All-Ireland honours but Tipperary might have the slight edge. There won’t be much in it. Prediction: Tipperary

Cork v Clare at Pairc Ui Caoimh at 4 pm Another mouth-watering prospect in store here. Neither side will want to lose their opening game. I have a feeling that Clare might be a dark horse this year and I’m giving them the nod to win at the home of the Rebels. Prediction: Clare


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THE GAIN LINE

Creggs presented with Connacht medals Senior Rugby

Youth Rugby

The Creggs first and second teams were both promoted this year and were presented with their Connacht medals at a barbecue in the clubhouse last Saturday evening. The first and duel players were also presented with their Curley Cup medals. Well done to all the lads for a great season in Connacht Rugby. The bar has been raised and this great group of players will meet the challenges coming along next season well prepared, committed and with the enjoyment that is necessary from sport.

The Creggs U-14s, U-17s and U-18s were presented with their Connacht medals at the barbecue in the clubhouse last Saturday evening. Well done to all the lads for a great season in the top divisions of Connacht Rugby.

Ladies Rugby Earlier this year at the Aviva Stadium, over 100 women who had represented Ireland in rugby internationals between 1992 and 2006, were presented with caps marking their achievement

of playing for their country. Among those gathered at the stadium that day to be presented with the caps by IRFU President, Philip Orr, were five Creggs RFC ladies: Fiona Devaney, Mary Grehan, Jacinta Hanley (Gibbons), Paula Keane, and Claire Wall. The idea came about as part of the detailed review of the women’s game currently being undertaken by Su Carty (a native of Trien near Castlerea), and Mary Quinn. Su is a former President of the IWRFU and World Rugby Women’s Development Manager, and she was recently appointed by the IRFU to the

World Rugby Council. Last Saturday, Creggs honoured these ladies for their achievements. Su Carty spoke passionately about women’s rugby and the proud place that Creggs RFC holds the history of the sport in Ireland. She and Connacht captain Grainne Egan praised the role models that the Creggs ladies’ teams of the past had been. Looking ahead, with Saturday’s relaunch of the Girls Rugby programme for next season, it won’t be long before Creggs girls and adult ladies teams are once again making the headlines. A bouquet of flowers was presented

to each of the International cap holders present including Mary Devaney, on behalf of Fiona, who was away. Mary Grehan responded to Su Carty and Grainne Egan on behalf of the international cap recipients and the Creggs Ladies teams of the past. She thanked the two invited guests, Creggs Rugby Club, and pointed out the many other great players present and that wore the Creggs jersey, a number of which should possibly have also won caps. She expressed delight too that girls’ rugby was getting the full backing of the club with coaching teams and developing the game in schools.

Girls are Aviva bound! Creggs U-12 girls will play in the Aviva All-Ireland Mini Rugby Festival at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this Saturday. Meanwhile, there was a surprise visitor at training last Saturday morning when Connacht Ladies Captain and Irish Inter-

national Grainne Egan helped out with coaching. Grainne is a native of Ballygar. Best wishes to all the players, their parents and coaches for a great day out in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday!

Connacht Ladies Rugby captain and Irish international Grainne Egan from Ballygar pictured with some of the Creggs U-12 girls team at training last Saturday morning.

Congratulations to Cloontuskert National School, who represented Creggs Rugby in the Connacht Aldi Tag Blitz, and who have now qualified to play in the Aviva National Blitz in the Aviva Stadium later this month. Well done to all the children, their teachers and parents. Enjoy a great day in Dublin at the home of Irish rugby.

Buccaneers RFC Honours for Buccs at Connacht Awards Five Buccaneers players won awards at the Connacht Rugby end of season function with Leo Galvin also being honoured with a richly merited ‘Lifetime Contribution’ accolade. Darragh Murray was named U-18 Player of the year with Colm Reilly taking the honours at U-19. Paul Boyle was recognised as Academy Player of the season with Jack Carty recording the province’s ‘Try of the Year’. Martin Staunton was named ‘Senior Club Player of the Year’ in Connacht. The loyal and highly consistent prop

is also among the nominee’s for the Ulster Bank League 1A Player of the year at an event in the Aviva Stadium on this Thursday evening. We wish Martin the best of luck!

Connacht Plate triumph Buccaneers U-16s pulled off one of the results of the season in the epic encounter against their near neighbours and this season’s Connacht U16 League Champions Ballinasloe. At The Green, Creggs, last Saturday, Buccs performed heroics whilst playing some outstanding rugby in over-

coming Ballinasloe 14-8, a team that they have never beaten in their almost 10 years of being together as a squad.

Player of the Year awards Evan Galvin, Conor McKeon and Martin Staunton are the contenders to be named Buccaneers Senior Player of the Year at the annual Awards Gala, which takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, this Saturday. This black tie event gets underway at 8 pm and the following players (in alphabetical

order) have been nominated in their respective categories – Senior: Evan Galvin, Conor McKeon, Martin Staunton. U-20s: Darren Buckley, Brian Collins, Frank Hopkins. Seconds: Rossa Dooley, Rory Grenham, Dean McMahon. Women’s: Susan Earner, Sabina Egan, Tracey Finnerty. There will also be awards for the ‘Most Improved Players’ in the four adult teams. Specially engraved pieces of Athlone Crystal have also been commissioned for the following Buccaneers players who played on various Ireland teams during the season as well as marking the achievement of our first British & Irish Lion Robbie Henshaw.


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Hurlers hammered by Lilywhites in opener Christy Ring Cup Round 1

KILDARE

4-26

ROSCOMMON

1-10

 SEAMUS DUKE

The slump in Roscommon’s hurling fortunes at senior level continued at sunny Newbridge last Saturday when Kildare inflicted a 25-point defeat on the visitors in what was an embarrassingly one-sided romp from the first whistle. Kildare were five points up within 6 minutes, 12 points up at half-time and they pulled further and further away as the match went on. Naos Connaughton and Jason Kilkenny offered some resistance from a Roscommon point of view but it made for painful viewing for visiting supporters as the margin grew wider and wider. The story of the game is

easily told. In the 6th minute impressive Kildare fullforward Martin Fitzgerald showed the Roscommon defence a clear pair of heels to bat home his side’s opening goal. By the 17th minute it was 1-7 to 0-2. Roscommon had points from Naos Connaughton, Daniel Glynn (free), Jason Kilkenny and Joe Keane (free) that kept the scoreboard ticking over from their point of view. But Fitzgerald blasted home a second Kildare goal in the 29th minute and by half-time it was 2-12 to 0-6. Roscommon were doing their best but they were chasing shadows, and within nine minutes of the re-start Kildare had another two goals on the board from Fitzgerald and Shane Ryan. From then on it was a question of how many the home side would win by. In fairness to Roscommon they kept trying, but the gap was getting wider and wider as points flew over from all angles. Naos Connaughton

got through for a goal in the 55th minute for the Rossies, but with Barry Cormack putting on a free-taking exhibition for the home side, the final whistle came as a relief to the visiting team and management. With Wicklow the visitors this coming weekend, it is hard to see how Roscommon can recover from a heavy defeat like this and survival in the Christy Ring Cup must now be the priority for Ciaran Comerford’s team. There was a time when Roscommon would be well able to compete with (and beat) the likes of Kildare but unfortunately those days are gone. Kildare: Paddy McKenna; Cian Forde, John Doran, Paul Sullivan; Eanna O’Neill (0-1), Mark Maloney, Mark Grace (0-1); Niall O Muineachain (0-1), Barry Cormack (0-15, 11 frees, 1 ’65); Michael Purcell (0-1), Paul Divilly (0-3, 1 free), Kevin Whelan (0-1); Brian Byrne, Martin Fitzpatrick (3-3), Shane Ryan

(1-0). Subs: Dylan Brereton for Maloney (blood 23), Chris Bonus for Byrne (47), Bernard Deay for Fitzgerald and Mark Delaney for Whelan (62), Diarmuid Cahill for Purcell (65), Simon Lacey for Forde (67), Sean Gainey for Divilly (70). Roscommon: Joe Keane (0-1, free); Pat Nolan, Michael Beirne, Alan Moore (0-1); Kerrill Hardiman, Jason Kilkenny (0-1), Eamon Flanagan; Darragh Heavey, Shane Curley; Daniel Glynn (0-3, 2 frees), Cillian Egan, Naos Connaughton (1-2); Cathal Kenny, Robbie Fallon (0-1), Cormac Kelly. Subs: Warren Boyle for Heavey (40) Hugh Rooney for Beirne (h/t), John Murray for Glynn (48), Joe Brennan for Nolan (57), Ronan Kilcline for Curley (62). Referee: Shane Hynes (Galway) Wides: Kildare 10 Roscommon 7 Man of the Match: Martin Fitzgerald (Kildare)

BREAKING BALL Roscommon injury list grows! Roscommon manager Kevin McStay is facing an injury crisis ahead of the Connacht Football Semi-Final against Leitrim on Saturday, May 26th. According to the latest reports from Roscommon GAA, Ultan Harney (hamstring) is definitely out while Cathal Compton (ankle ligaments), Niall Daly (foot) and Cathal Cregg (hamstring) are almost certainly out. Fergal Lennon (back), Niall McInerney (hamstring) and John McManus (hamstring) are currently rated as highly doubtful. Ciaran Lennon, who was set to miss out due to his selection for the U-20s has also been ruled out for up to two months due to a broken thumb sustained in training last week.

Tribesmen power to victory Galway Tribesmen ran out easy 0-17 to 0-10 winners over Roscommmon in round two of the U-17 Hurling Celtic Challenge Cup in Ballinasloe recently. The Rossies had started well with the aid of the wind and deservedly led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to points from Aodha Hession (2), Dean Conlon and Luke Corbett (0-2, 2 frees). However, Galway upped the tempo in the second half and, despite late Roscommon points from Oran McGeeney and Kyle Kelly, ran out comfortable winners.

Four Roads crush Gaels Four Roads were the convincing winners of the Roscommon U-17 hurling championship recently when they beat Roscommon Gaels on a scoreline of 4-22 to 0-7. Adam Donnelly scored two goals in an otherwise even first half to give Four Roads a 2-7 to 0-7 lead at the interval. That was as good as it was going to get for the Gaels however, as second half goals from Trevor Fallon, who finished with 1-8, and Adam Donnelly, who finished with 3-4, put the town team to the sword. Fittingly, it was Four Roads who were presented with the Brian Donnelly Memorial Cup in the inaugural U-17 Hurling Championship.

Kilbride take Division 1 title! Kilbride Captain Tara Taylor receives the Division 1 shield from Roscommon LGFA chairperson Brendan Creighton following her team’s 2-8 to 0-10 win over Clann na nGael in Kilglass last weekend.

St. Barry’s Ladies won the League Division 3 title on Sunday last in Kilglass, defeating St. Faithleach’s.


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Mayo mauled by rejuvenated Roscommon Connacht Minor Football Championship (Round 2)

ROSCOMMON

4-12

MAYO

0-11

 SEAMUS DUKE

Having been beaten by a whopping 22 points by Galway just a week previously, Roscommon minors put their Connacht championship campaign firmly back on track when they swatted away the challenge of Mayo with ease at Kiltoom last Friday night. It was hard to believe that this was the same team that went down so badly against the Tribesmen. This time around Paul Staunton’s men were on top in every position on the field, they tackled hard, were first to every ball and they took some super scores. Enda Crawley and Shane Cunnane totally dominated at midfield and up front Roscommon cut loose, with Adam McDermott leading the way with a haul of three goals and two points. Indeed if it was not for the heroics of Mayo goalkeeper Ronan Connolly, who made four point-blank saves, Roscommon could have added handsomely to their 13 point win such was their dominance. Now they are back in the hunt for a place in the Connacht final with games to come against Leitrim (away) and Sligo (at home). On a beautiful evening, the sides shared four points in the opening six minutes. But even at that stage Roscommon looked a different prospect as Cunnane and Crawley were bossing the central area and the Roscommon scores began to flow. Points from Adam McDermott 2 (one free), Shane Cunnane (2 frees) and Enda Crawley

without reply, saw the home side open up a five point gap by the 16th minute. Mayo did reply with three points with their captain Enda Hession converting two frees and by half-time Roscommon led by 0-9 to 0-5. The gap should have been far more though, as on two occasions lively Roscommon wing-back Robbie Dolan was clean through, and later centre half-forward Liam Ormsby was also in on goal only for Ronan Connolly to effect marvellous saves to

keep his side in the game, But Roscommon were far more clinical in the second half. With just a minute played, Cunnane’s laserlike pass was finished to the net expertly by James Fitzpatrick. Six minutes later Robbie Dolan was in on goal again, and although Connolly saved once again, Adam McDermott fisted the rebound to the net. Roscommon were rampant now and when McDermott ran through to score Roscommon’s third

goal in the 47th minute it was a matter of how much Roscommon would win by. With three minutes to go McDermott completed his hat-trick in tremendous style and memories of that heavy defeat by Galway were well and truly banished. Cunanne stroked a couple of long-range frees over the bar with ease as Roscommon strolled to the easiest of victories. The next round of games will not take place until the 23rd of June but Paul Staunton, Stephen Lohan,

Adam McDermott gets rid of possession as a tackle is made. Picture: Andrew

Enda Crawley and Jack Carney battle for possession. Picture: Andrew Fox

Michael Gallagher and the Roscommon players have to be congratulated for

turning the ship around in just a week. The changes they made to the team were a contributory factor but it was the change in attitude that made such a big difference on the night. Roscommon: Daniel Connolly; Cathal Brogan, Darragh Murray, Kealan Gunning; Robbie Dolan, Ruaidhri Fallon, Jack Lohan; Enda Crawley (0-1), Shane Cunnane (0-7, 4 frees, 1 ’45); Aaron McDermott (0-1), Liam Ormsby (0-1), Richard Walsh; Fearghus Lennon, Adam McDermott (3-2,1 free), James Fitzpatrick (10). Subs: Eoghan Derwin for Lennon (55), Charlie Carthy for Walsh (56), Niall Moran for Crawley (60), Jason Doory for Adam McDermott (60), David Wynne for Ormsby (62), Daniel Farrell for Cunnane (62). Mayo: Ronan Connolly: Sean Holmes, Eoghan McHale, Aidan Cosgrove; Ruairi Keane, Liam Óg Horkan, Conor Dunleavy (0-1); Jack Carney, Harry Burke; Frank Irwin (0-1), Ultan O’Reilly, Lee Traynor (0-1); Martin Ball (0-2), Fionn Ryan, Enda Hession (0-6, 5 frees). Subs: Evan Ivers for Traynor (14), Ethan Henry for O’Reilly (27), Luke Dawson for Holmes (h/t), Liam O’Donoghue for McHale (39), Ciaran Mylett for Burke (44), Peter Timlin for Ivers (56). Referee: James Molloy (Galway) Wides: Roscommon 5 Mayo 11 Man of the Match: Enda Crawley (Roscommon)


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