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Time Out…Mike Hourigan (Filmmaker/Cameraman – Mimar Media) What’s your idea of the perfect night in? Sometimes after a long week of travelling to locations for filming or working back at base editing, all you want to do is sit back and relax with a takeaway and watch TV. Some of the most enjoyable nights though are when our extended family get together…there is always much banter and fun times to be had. And ideal night out? Nights out are few and far between since the arrival of kids but an ideal night out would have to be a nice meal with my wife Martina in Roscommon town (so many fine restaurants to choose from), followed by a trip to Roscommon Arts Centre to catch a show and some post theatre drinks and chats in the front bar in J.J.’s.

Flight cancellations and consumer rights the water, maybe a sailing holiday in Croatia or The Mediterranean. Best movie/Netflix/Tv series you’ve watched recently? I enjoy a good thriller or drama. One film I enjoyed recently was ‘Good Kill’ – a military drone pilot (Ethan Hawke) comes to terms with the challenges of modern warfare where there is detachment from reality, and engagement seeming more like a computer game. A Netflix series I’ve just finished watching is ‘The Staircase’.

Ideal weekend away in Ireland? Having moved to Roscommon from Cork around 12 years ago, I love to get back to my roots, so I would have to say a trip to Cork City is always a great escape, especially to catch up with friends and family… Kinsale and Crosshaven being two of my favourite spots in Cork.

What do you do to relax? As I’ve mentioned earlier I love to be on or by the water so something as simple as a walk in Portrun or taking the kayak out on Lough Ree or on the River Suck is bliss. Also Mote Park just outside Roscommon town is a great escape back to nature. I have a great appreciation for the Mote Park area and its heritage having filmed a documentary there a few years back.

What about a holiday abroad? One of my favourite holidays was a trip to Antigua and The Caribbean a few years ago. I think as I get older the ‘beach holiday’ seems less appealing so now an ideal holiday would probably be a Norwegian Cruise to see the northern lights or, since I am always happiest when on

What’s your favourite place in Co Roscommon? It’s hard to choose just one, but I suppose my favourite place has to be Athleague. It is home! It is a beautiful village, with friendly people. It is steeped in heritage and history, yet has a progressive outlook and bright future.

Our Person of the Week… Our person(s) of the week this week are all those who have campaigned tirelessly to prevent the closure of health services in the county – facilities such as the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea. It’s been a very good week (once again) for football in the county with Roscommon senior team reaching the Super 8s and the minors (U-17s) setting up a Connacht final showdown with Galway at Dr. Hyde Park this Friday evening. Hon the Rossies!


Good WEEK It has been a bad week for the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, following some high profile resignations from her cabinet, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Secretary of State, David Davis.

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Minister requests HSE to pause all clinical assessments at Rosalie Naughten secures written assurances from Government Report on public meeting: Page 10  DAN DOONER

In a letter sent on Tuesday to Minister Denis Naugh-

ten, Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, confirmed that he had requested that the HSE “pause all assessments” of Rosalie residents.

The Minister confirmed that “there will be no change to the position set out in the 2015 commitment” by then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Minister Daly also confirmed that no decision would be made on the future of any Rosalie resident pending a final decision on the exact fu-

ture role of the unit. He added that any change of use for the unit “would only be considered in consultation with public representatives and stakeholders in the area”. Speaking following the release of the letter into the public domain yesterday (Wednesday), Ro-

salie campaigner Liam Walsh, whose mother is a resident in the unit, said a lot had been achieved but there was still much work to be done. “I think it’s great. Stage one is complete but now we have stage two to make sure this happens but that’s up to the politicians.

“It clearly states twice in the letter that the commitments made in 2015 would be honoured,” he said. Mr. Walsh also welcomed the news that clinical assessments would be paused and described the appointment of an Independent Advocate for residents

who didn’t have a next of kin as “huge”. “I got a big hug from two of the guys in Rosalie. They’re thrilled. They understood what was going on and they have been stressed by this so it’s good for them. But as Bertie (Ahern) once said: ‘There’s a lot done, but more to do!’”

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Keelan Fallon at Oran v Four Roads in Fuerty recently. Photograph: Michael McCormack

most teams in the country. Now, in a superb move that traversed the length of the field, Roscommon cut through Armagh with intent, the decisive strike from Devaney, who injected pace at the right time before passing to Enda Smith who goaled to the acclaim of the fans. Roscommon had started well and had been staying with clinical Armagh; but this score was a gamechanger, a declaration of intent. The second half was another thriller, Armagh missing a penalty but scoring a goal a few minutes later, Roscommon showcasing all their attacking flair with some superb points. It was quality football; a feast for spectators – and nervewracking too.

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Roscommon always looked the most likely winners – but they had to win this one four or five times, with Armagh coming back every time McStay’s team went a few clear. The scores were now coming faster than UK Government resignations. The brilliant Cathal Cregg was kicking inspirational points; Enda Smith was tormenting Armagh with his powerful running and superb use of possession. The Murtaghs? They used to say that defenders who had faced George Best left the field with ‘twisted blood’; the Armagh defenders will know the meaning of that term this week. By full-time, the best dressed

President Micheal D. Higgins pictured with his wife, Sabina, and John O’Driscoll, General Manager, Strokestown Park, during the President’s visit to the National Famine Museum. Photo Brian Farrell.

It seems that nothing excites the Irish media like the prospect of a Presidential election. The silly season hasn’t even started – but the silliness is being cranked up. For years (yes, years) the Irish media chased Miriam O’Callaghan around, in excitable anticipation of the Golden Girl reaching for the Áras. This constant media attention must have been deeply embarrassing for Miriam, who thankfully hit on a great idea a year or two in – announcing that, despite constant pleas from the public for her to run, she had decided not to. The incumbent, the very shrewd Michael D. Higgins, kept his cards close to his chest while all around him the media were doorstepping anyone with the slightest profile and demanding to know: Are you running for the Presidency? Michael D. had told the nation in 2011 that, if successful, he would strictly be a one-term President. We listened intently to that proclamation and then dismissed it. And we were right.

umpires in the world – all soberly atttired in collar and tie, as though rehearsing for stewarding duties during the Pope’s visit – were wrecked from raising their flags, the game producing 44 scores. It had promised to be a cracker, it turned out to be a classic. Roscommon were well deserving of their win and might have had three more goals. Armagh had contributed handsomely to a great game. The prize was epic – a place in the Super 8s. It has lifted the morale of a county – further. The flags are flying proudly and ‘football talk’ is the background sound of this sizzling summer. Back to Portlaoise: What finally shook a formidable Armagh team off was Enda Smith’s gamesealing second goal. Roscommon had relentlessly sought to push Armagh into submission with some superb football – but the Ulster side had gamely hung on. Now, after three second-half goal chances had been missed, Smith powered through and took responsibility. Too often Roscommon had paid a price for over-elaborating or over-thinking; Smith didn’t look for options, for help, he just went for it; Ball. In. Net. Game. Over. The last few minutes – Roscommon seven up, then six – were reminiscent of the final minutes of the 2017 Connacht Final. Giddiness, relief, joy escaping. Roscommon knew they were over the line, that the margin was a safe one, that this was their day. Many enthusiastic fans surged on to the pitch at the final whistle. Some of us just drew breath and savoured what it all means. Below us, Kevin McStay and Kieran McGeeney shook hands, mutual respest dripping from them. We left the stand smiling inside and outside, emerging into fierce heat and the first steps of the new adventures that lie ahead.

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NewsPeople Kilglass Gaels (Rooskey 5k) GAA Team Race! The annual Rooskey 5k in the picturesque village of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon will host its annual 5k on Wednesday, August 1st at 8 pm. This 5k is a personal favourite of a lot of runners as it takes in the two counties of Roscommon and Leitrim in the one village. This year sees the introduction of a GAA club team race for the first year. Clubs can enter both men’s and ladies teams of 5 to compete for two fabulous prizes for their teams or their clubs. The normal 5k run and walk will of course have its normal categories for competitors. The winning men’s team will win a full day’s team building for their team in the very popular Liliput Adventure Centre outside Mullingar. The ladies’ team prize will take them to Shannon River Adventure Centre in Rooskey, a facility that is well known in the surrounding counties for its excellent facilities. Both prizes are worth over €1,000 each. Club teams must be made up of members who have played league or championship last year or this year or are a member of the club they are running for since April 2018. Entry fee is €100 per team or €20 per team member. For more details contact Niall at nkilcrann@ or 087-7640679 or check out The Rooskey 5k on Facebook for more.

RSPCA Church gate collections The Roscommon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is holding its annual Church gate collections on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of July at the following Churches: Castlerea, Trien, and Cloonbonniffe.

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Top appointment for Roscommon native Irish-owned and Sandyford-based IT services and networking company, Arkphire, has appointed Roscommon man Brendan Martin to head up its networking solutions business, Bootstrap. Bootstrap, which was acquired by Arkphire during 2016, was established almost 40 years ago by its original owners, Pauline and Martin White, who have now retired from the business. In his new role as Head of Networking Services for Bootstrap, Brendan’s main responsibilities will be to drive sales growth and marketing initiatives in Bootstrap, build customer relationships including the Cisco Gold Partner status, together with the development of competitive strategy for the business. A member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland, Brendan is originally from Co. Roscommon, near the town of Carrick-on-Shannon.

Gerry Keane, Andy Lawlor and Roger Hynes at Oran v Four Roads in Fuerty recently. Photograph: Michael McCormack.

If you can volunteer an hour of your time, please contact the society on 085-7473719. All money raised goes directly to animal welfare in County Roscommon.

Frenchpark school funding welcomed Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed funding approval for works at St. Patrick’s NS, Frenchpark. “I am delighted that the Department of Education has approved funding for general works to be carried out at St. Patrick’s primary school. “This funding allocation is good news for the

school and works will proceed once the tendering process has been completed. “Projects such as these also help to stimulate economic activity by supporting jobs in the local economy”.

St. Dominic’s 50/50 winner St. Dominic’s GAA Club congratulates Mark Miley (Seller: John Corcoran) who won €913 in the club’s weekly draw on Saturday, July 7th. Next week’s draw takes place in Murray’s Bar, Knockcroghery on Saturday. You can sign at any time, please contact 087-3552383 or click www. for details.

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Notice of Submission of Additional Information in relation to the Application previously made to An Bord Pleanála for the

N5 BALLAGHADERREEN TO SCRAMOGE PROPOSED ROAD DEVELOPMENT An Bord Pleanála Reference ABP-300493-17 And in the matter of the Roads Acts 1993-2015, and the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2017 Roscommon County Council, pursuant to a decision by An Board Pleanála to require further information under Section 51(4) of the Roads Act, 1993, as amended, has furnished to An Bord Pleanála significant additional information in relation to the likely effects on the environment of the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Proposed Road Development A copy of the additional information will be available for public inspection between the hours of 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.30pm from Thursday 12 July 2018 to Thursday 23 August 2018, inclusive, (subject to the variations expressly stated in relation to the Library locations) at • The offices of Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Church Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. F42 VR98 • The offices of Roscommon National Roads Regional Office, Racecourse Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. F42 WY23 • The Ballaghaderreen Library, Main Street, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. F45 E3C3 (Monday Closed Tuesday & Thursday - 1.00pm to 8.00pm; Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm) • The Strokestown Library, Bawn Street, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. F42 RH39 (Monday Closed Tuesday – 2.00pm to 6.00pm; Wednesday – 1.00pm to 5.00pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm; Thursday – 12.00pm to 4.00pm; Friday - 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm; Saturday – 10.00am to 1.00pm) A copy of the additional information will be available for purchase at the above locations for a fee of €100 for a hardcopy printed version, €5 for CDROM version, or an electronic copy may be accessed free of charge on the Council’s website at http:// Any submissions/observations in relation to the further information may be made to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough St., Dublin 1, D01 V902. A fee of €50.00 must accompany any submissions (subject to exceptions in certain cases). There is no fee required to make a submission/observation by those parties/individuals who have already made a valid submission/observation to the Board in relation to the application. Further information on fees can be obtained from An Bord Pleanála at the above address. Submissions/observations must be received by the Board on or before 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 23 August 2018. The development application made to An Bord Pleanála was accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and a Natura Impact Statement (NIS), both of which are also available at the above website address. Signed: Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council.

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People NEWS New Garda unit to tackle insurance fraud – Hopkins Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed the announcement of a new Garda unit which will be tasked with investigating insurance fraud. Senator Hopkins stated: “The announcement of this new unit is very positive and I am hopeful that it will ease the pressure on insurance premiums for motorists and businesses who have been most affected by premium hikes in recent years. “This new insurance fraud unit will be financially supported by the insurance industry and will consist of up to 15 members of An Garda Síochána initially”. Senator Hopkins added: “Over the past number of years, motorists have been subjected to premium increases of up to 70%. The alliance for insurance reform has also strongly highlighted the huge hikes in public liability insurance for businesses. “Fraud continues to be a major issue within the sector and is estimated to amount to €200 million a year, which amounts to almost €50 for every insurance premium. Suspected cases of fraud can be referred to this new unit for investigation and I would call on insurers to actively engage with this new unit to ensure that fraud in the sector can be effectively tackled”. Senator Hopkins concluded: “I continue to work closely with Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Michael D’Arcy who chairs the cost of insurance working group. I now want to see further progress on other issues including the difficulties that are being faced by motorists with older cars in securing insurance”.

Rang 2, Gaelscoil de hÍde, Roscomáin, received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion recently. They are photographed with an tAthair Peadar Ó Láimhín, (School Chaplain), Fr. Joe Fitzgerald, Córa Ní Chuinneagáin (class teacher) and Orla Ní Chuinneagáin (príomhoide).

Naughten urges Council to avail of €14m Social Housing Fund €14 million is being made available to local Councils to improve homes for people with disabilities and older people. “Roscommon and Galway Councils shouldn’t hesitate to access a national fund of €14 million to improve the homes of people with disabilities and those of older people in our communities”, according to Minister Denis Naughten. The fund is being made available for improvements such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, and wetrooms in local social housing. The Government will pay 90% of the cost with Councils providing the remaining 10%. Confirming the Government’s national allocation of €14 million, Minister Naughten stated: “Living in your own home, in your local community in the company of family, friends and neighbours is the best comfort and security for people with disabilities and older people. This fund will ensure improvements to homes will make them safer, accessible and secure. “Grants can also be used for home extensions where there is overcrowding. Roscommon and Galway Councils shouldn’t hesitate to access this fund to ensure our local communities get a fair share so it benefits those in the greatest need. It is important that people see the benefits of this funding as soon as possible”.

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Controversy in Cregga: A reader’s view

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Dear Editor, The wholesale disregard for the rights of man recently plaguing our world has found fertile ground in Roscommon, where the tactics of invaders, usurpers, landlords and ranchers again threaten Irish heritage. One young man, from an otherwise esteemed ancient family in the parish of Strokestown, has felt so empowered during his stint as Custodian of the structures at Cregga, that he is attempting to impose his own vision of Roscommon’s past, present and future by demolishing protected structures, in defiance of tradition and the law. The Hill of Cregga – citadel of the MacBrannans – stronghold of the O’Conors, home of the McDermots –was the site of the decisive battle in the cruel and divisive war in Connaught that changed the course of Irish history at the end of the fourteenth century. Landowners have come and gone, yet Cregga’s unique monuments have remained largely undisturbed until now. Not even Cromwell’s general

in Connaught, Sir Charles Coote, saw fit to erase the past during their depredations in Roscommon. Macgeraghty’s castle at Castlecoote, O’Finneachta’s at Donamon. Roscommon castle and Abbey, Ballintubber, Rindoon, O’Conor Roe’s at Beatnamuille, Rathcroghan, and many more lesser known Roscommon sites such as the Hill of Cregga, were all respected, precious assets for posterity. Twenty-three families, evicted from Cregga by the Mahons of Strokestown Park in 1849 found refuge in these old structures, yet Mahon left them their sanctuary. I cannot believe that the recent destroyer of Cregga and his supporters lacked both the historical awareness and the moral and ethical compass that could have prevented this tragedy. As a result, the stalwart citizens of County Roscommon, and their cousins around the world, are now obliged to intervene because public servants and trusted local service providers and historical societies have failed to champion the spirit and intent of those laws which

were carefully crafted to protect our Irish identity. The laws were meant to ensure that future generations could, with their own eyes, bear witness to their unique history and avoid the mistakes of the past, so often brought about by avarice, shortsightedness and the selfish desires of powerful individuals. Despite the irreversible damages to date, it is not too late for justice and goodwill to prevail. The perpetrator can remove this blemish from his surname by ceasing all destruction, cooperating with the authorities, hand over the remaining monuments and their curtilage to state agencies. I call on the people of Roscommon to ensure that this outrage does not go unchallenged. Failure to make a stand now will only encourage more destruction in parishes across Ireland. Awaken once more, Roscommon, uphold the traditions of your past ancestors, and let the world know that Connaught does not ‘lie in slumber deep’. Yours sincerely, Name and address with Editor, withheld on request


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Danny Burke speaking at the emergency public meeting to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit in Hester’s Golden Eagle last Monday night.

Anita Flanagan at the emergency public meeting to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit in Hester’s Golden Eagle last Monday night.

Liam Walsh speaking at the emergency public meeting to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit in Hester’s Golden Eagle last Monday night.

Rosalie meeting hears Leo will stand by 2015 commitment  DAN DOONER

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice called for those present at Monday’s emergency public meeting to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea to “have Minister Denis Naughten’s back”. This followed the Minister’s announcement that he was expecting a letter from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Tuesday which would safeguard the future of the unit. Minister Naughten had said he “made it crystal clear to the Taoiseach that the situation was unacceptable”. He said the Taoiseach had assured him that he was willing to stand by a letter he had sent as Health Minister in 2015 that assured the long-term future of the Rosalie Unit. Deputy Fitzmaurice welcomed the announcement from Minister Naughten but said he had “no faith” in the HSE. “We need to have Denis Naughten’s back and go with him. We draft a letter that every politician, be you Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Independent or whatever. That we say we will not adhere – be it our party or our Government – to what’s being done. We put the Taoiseach on notice, we welcome what’s being given to Denis, but I do think we have to have his back and put the pressure on behind so that he gets that letter that’s been promised to him”. Earlier, Deputy Eugene Murphy said “the time for talking was over” and claimed the decision to close the Rosalie Unit “had been made a long time ago”. “I welcome the statement from Denis. I want to make it crystal clear that since I entered Dáil Éireann that I have put on the jersey. I have raised this issue on 14 occasions,” he said, before describing Tony Canavan and Minister Jim Daly as “messenger boys” and calling for the unit, which currently has 12 residents, to be reinstated to 33 beds. Senator Maura Hopkins said she had been involved in “numerous meetings” with HSE officials and Minister Jim Daly and that she was as frustrated as anyone with the current situation. “Anything we hear we are question-

Eileen Beirne speaking at the emergency public meeting to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit in Hester’s Golden Eagle last Monday night.

ing, it is not a good place to be,” she said before adding “nobody has any faith in the process”. Sinn Féin spokeswoman Claire Kerrane said that while much of the focus was on what Deputy Murphy and Minister Naughten were doing for the future of the Rosalie Unit, “the party in charge is Fine Gael”. “On Monday it’s closing, on Thursday it’s not closing. Which is it? Closing or not closing? Fine Gael need to stand up for this county: Maura (Senator Hopkins), when you go back to Dublin tell them to give Roscommon a break because we’ve had enough!” Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice had earlier called on Denis Naughten and Eugene Murphy to “stand for the people of Roscommon” and to “pull the plug” on the current government if they had to. “I’d be delighted if you pulled the plug. It’s time to stand up to the HSE because they don’t give a damn about us”. Cllr. Tony Ward, meanwhile, described the HSE as “not fit for purpose” while Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Ivan Connaughton called for it to be disbanded. Cllr. Liam Callaghan accused the

HSE of “riding roughshod” over the county. He also highlighted the recent stands taken by both Roscommon manager Kevin McStay and Kildare manager, Cian O’Neill. “Let the cry tonight be: Rosalie or nowhere!” he said. Earlier, Cllr. Rachel Doherty had taken aim at local representatives and government ministers including An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “We’re going nowhere talking to Tony Canavan and Minister Jim Daly, he knows nothing about vulnerable people and shouldn’t be in that position. “This is a test case for the HSE. If they do get this closed they’ll move on to the next place. “I’m fed up hearing about mental health services, I know how good and bad they can be. The real issue here is that we have three Deputies and three Senators – they should be put on a bus up to Dublin!” She then called on Minister Naughten to once again “do the brave thing” before adding that both Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister Jim Daly “should be gone” and that An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “is there for nothing other than the photoshoots”. She added that she regrets Fianna Fáil

“didn’t walk out” following the Cervical Check scandal. Dr. Greg Kelly, who chaired Monday’s meeting, said that it appeared the HSE was “hell-bent” on closing the Rosalie Unit. “It’s good to see local people fighting for a good cause. There have been a number of meetings and trips to the Dáil on a number of occasions to meet the Minister. But there has been no progress,” he said. He later went on to question those involved in the decision to close the unit, including HSE Executive Clinical Director, Amanda Bourke: “The lady pushing for this closure is a child psychiatrist with no experience in what we are dealing with. This is a fight we can’t lose – whatever we have to do we will do it!” Liam Walsh, whose mother Breda is a resident in the unit, said he had invited both Minister Jim Daly and HSE Chief Officer Tony Canavan to Monday’s meeting but both had declined and had also informed him they wouldn’t be sending representatives. Mr. Walsh said: “That the lead guy won’t come and address the people with genuine concerns is hugely damning”.

A number of contributors to Monday’s meeting raised the recent conflicting comments made by Minister Jim Daly and Tony Canavan. Speaking on local radio on Monday, July 2nd Mr. Canavan had intimated that the decision had already been made to close the Rosalie Unit in the long-term. However, speaking at the Dáil just days later, Minister Daly denied that any such decision had been made. Anita Flanagan, whose brother Dan Moran is currently a resident in the Rosalie Unit, claimed that Dan was never consulted about his treatment despite being completely aware of what was going on at the unit. “Residents won’t get the same treatment in private nursing homes because they won’t have the staff. For Tony Canavan to say they’ll (the residents) have better treatment elsewhere is an insult. “The clinical assessments are the biggest hoax of all – there have been no talks and no communications with them at all,” she said. Closing the meeting, Liam Walsh called on those present to provide campaigners with contact details so that pickets and protests could be arranged as the battle to save the Rosalie Unit entered a critical phase.

‘Tony Canavan owes staff an apology’ Fianna Fáil County Councillor, Paschal Fitzmaurice, told those in attendance at Monday’s meeting in Castlerea that HSE Chief Officer Tony Canavan “should apologise to HSE staff ” following his assessment that Rosalie residents would be better cared for elsewhere. Cllr. Fitzmaurice had earlier said that the HSE would never listen and that local TDs would need to make a stand – before calling for an apology from Mr. Canavan. “It’s a disgrace that Tony Canavan would say they’d (residents) get better care somewhere else. He should apologise to the (Rosalie) staff,” he said.


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Corcoran turns his back on politics… ‘a very dirty game’ Will support Crosby campaign  PAUL HEALY

A Strokestown man who ran for the Dáil in 2014 says “extremely damaging, hurtful and malicious lies” which he claims were spread about him led to his being hospitalised. Describing politics as “a very dirty game”, Emmett Corcoran says he has now decided not to contest next year’s local elections.

Instead, he is publicly supporting former councillor Tom Crosby, who lost his seat in 2014 but who is now planning a political comeback. Emmett Corcoran and Tom Crosby issued a joint statement this week. In that statement, Mr. Corcoran said: “Since my Dáil bid, I have continued working in the community and building my businesses. I’ve always seen community work as being the catalyst to getting things done in rural areas, but some see it as a place to consolidate power and stifle progress. “I have become acutely aware that politics can be a very dirty game”. Mr. Corcoran alleged that there have


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been “extremely damaging, hurtful and malicious lies” spread about him, his businesses and his family by people “who pretend to have the interests of others at heart”. He added that “the lies were so vile” he ended up in hospital because of the resulting stress. Mr. Corcoran did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged campaign against him. “Thankfully with the support of my family and friends I’m working through these health issues and getting myself back on track”. He added: “In order to protect my family and my business interests and the livelihoods of those working in my

businesses I have taken the decision not to run in the local elections”. He has now pledged his support to Tom Crosby, calling on people to elect “a competent, hard-working and successful businessman back onto Roscommon County Council”. Tom Crosby wholeheartedly accepted Mr. Corcoran’s endorsement, saying: “Emmett and I have been talking for some time about how we should best approach the elections and while I’m confident we’d have taken two seats if we ran together, I respect his decision not to run and I know well we will work well together to do all we can for this area”.

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Brexit: Leyden calls on EU for full support for Ireland Speaking at a COSAC Meeting in Vienna, aSenator Terry Leyden, Vice-Chairperson of the Joint Committee On European Affairs, wished Austria every success on its third Presidency of the European Union, which began on July 1st. Senator Leyden also expressed

concern at the resignation of David Davis, the Chief UK Brexit negotiator, just days after the British Cabinet meeting in Chequers. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson subsequently stepped down. Senator Leyden said Davis’s resignation “has undermined the

UK’s white paper on Brexit” which he noted was to be published this week. He added that the motto of the Austrian EU Presidency is ‘A Europe that Protects’ and that Ireland would require the full support of the EU during the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

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Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon Claire Kerrane has launched a blistering attack on Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins. Ms. Kerrane described Senator Maura Hopkins’ vote against mandatory open disclosure in the Seanad last week as ‘shameful’. Ms. Kerrane said: “The recent Cervical Smear scandal has raised many questions and highlighted numerous

failings within our health service. Glaringly obvious in this is the current voluntary nature of disclosure between medical professionals and their patients. “Sinn Féin has always called for disclosure between doctors and patients to be mandatory. Patients should be entitled to be fully informed when it comes to their health. “Last week, Senator Hopkins and her party chose to oppose allowing patients full disclosure from their medical professional. Senator Hopkins chose to vote against introducing a practice of clarity and full information for patients

when it comes to their health”. Ms. Kerrane added: “Of course, Fine Gael will cite their own Bill which includes provisions around mandatory disclosure but this is only one part of a vast piece of legislation that will take months to get through. The priority should have been to introduce mandatory open disclosure immediately. It could have been done last week”. She concluded: “Talking about accountability within the HSE is one thing, but when it comes to doing something about it, Senator Hopkins and her party have chosen not to. Shame on her and her party”.


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‘What matters is a sense of belonging’ Ireland has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. The Vita House Family Centre, celebrating its 25th birthday this year, will host events as part of the World Meeting of Families from 22nd-25th of August (more details in future issues). This week, in conjunction with Vita House, the Roscommon People is commencing a special series of weekly articles celebrating the diverse families in our community.  SIOBHAN MURRAY

Family means many things – but ‘perfect’ isn’t one that fits easily with me. What matters is a sense of belonging and a place where you can be seen for who you truly are and accepted as you are. Our family happens to be a ‘traditional family’ in the sense that we are a heterosexual couple with three adult children. We happened to meet at a friend’s 21st party

many moons ago, which probably seems quaint or old-fashioned now. Our children have grown up and moved on. They seem more interested in travelling as opposed to settling into relationships – for now anyway! Originally, I grew up in

Dublin and after college I worked in Dublin Airport for a number of years. Post-marriage, I moved to the midlands with my husband Danny, a native of Moate. Relocating was a change, and although I embraced the move, it was challenging at times. We settled into our new home and Danny started working in a mixed animal veterinary practice which required long days, night calls and weekend work. It still does. When I became a new mother it was sometimes difficult being very much the sole caregiver in the sense that my partner was often working and I was at home on my own with toddlers. I sought out friends to share child-minding breaks so that I could head off for an hour or so when needed. I don’t think I would have survived without the help, chat

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home. I made so many friends in one week and people greet each other here! In London there are thousands of people who ignore you but here people actually want to talk to you. It’s a completely different way of life,” she says. “So I went to school here and went on to study beauty therapy in Cavan before deciding it wasn’t for me”. Samantha went to work on cruise ships as a photographer and it was there she developed a passion for the craft.

Her employer at the time provided her with the opportunity to study black and white photography in the United States and she jumped at the chance. “I’ve been a photographer for about five years and I just think you can never learn too much,” she said. At the moment she is looking to experience all aspects of the profession and recently enjoyed covering the Strokestown Poetry Festival. In fact, local support has been in good supply and the neighbours have

welcomed Forget Me Not into the Strokestown business community. “Business has been really good so far, I’ve received so much support. “The local florist, Ivy Rose, sent that lovely bouquet of flowers you see on the reception desk and I’m going to do a shoot to showcase some of their corsages”. Debs and Grads keep talented photographers busy in this part of the world and Samantha is no different. Thankfully, her husband of three years, Tom, has helped to set

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McGuiness hails movement on farm safety Mairead McGuinness MEP and First Vice-President of the European Parliament welcoming the Parliament’s adoption of the Integrated Farm Statistics Regulation said a new requirement to record details of farm accidents and fatalities is an important step in efforts to address these issues. The MEP who pushed for the inclusion of these statistics and recently spearheaded a debate in the Parliament to address the issue said we must redouble our efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on farms. “An essential step in garnering political and policy support for action

is the recording of the vital statistics of fatalities and injuries on farms, and this element has been severely lacking up to now,” she said. And she said the upcoming reform of the CAP must ensure that measures are taken to address farm safety. “Accurate information on the causes of farm accidents and the extent of risk taking on farms is required at an EU level in order to implement policies to tackle this issue which has a very high social and economic cost,” she said. Ms. McGuinness’ comments echo those of Pat Griffin, Senior

Inspector with the HSA (Health Safety Authority) who earlier this year spoke about how Europeans are ‘being fed on the lives of 1,000 farmers every single year’ – a very shocking statistic, according to the MEP. Following the adoption by the European Parliament, in future recording safety measures on farms for machinery, animal housing and also information on farm accidents – type of accident, severity and demographic background of the person(s) involved must be collected in the statistic surveys of EU farming.

‘Bill enhances road safety in rural Ireland’ The changes contained in the Heritage Bill, which passed in the Dáil last week, enhance road safety in Co. Roscommon and the rest of rural Ireland, according to the ICMSA Chairperson for Farm and Rural Affairs. Commenting on the changes contained in The Heritage Bill to the periods within which managed hedge-cutting will be permitted, Denis Drennan said that they are proportionate and necessary for driver safety on rural roads. “The Heritage Bill passed last week was a consid-

ered and environmentallyproofed piece of legislation that balanced carefully the need to protect and foster the wildlife and environment with the requirement to allow safe driving on rural roads,” Mr. Drennan said. “Many rural roads were made incredibly dangerous to use by overgrown hedges and completely obscured sightlines. Anyone who drives regularly on rural roads will know about the dangers presented by crossroads without any clear sightlines for both cars or agri-machinery, but

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Heifers Char X 565kgs €1615, Char X 595kgs €1570, 2 Char X 602kgs €1420, BBX 605kgs €1370, Lim X 510kgs €1270, BAX 425kgs €1120, 3 Char X 435kgs €1120,

Simm X 450kgs €1110, 2 AAX 502kgs €1155, Char X 425kgs €1070, AAX 490kgs €1050, 2 Lim 477kgs €1020, Lim X 275kgs €730.

Bullocks Char X 695kgs €1780, Char 665kgs €1705, Char X 745kgs €1705, Lim X 700kgs €1640, Lim X 590kgs €1500, Char X 495kgs €1455, 6 Char X 440kgs €1350, 2 Lim X 420kgs €1080, 2 Char X 385kgs €1040, Char X 395kgs €1200, Char X 405kgs €1000, Char X 385kgs €975, Char X 565kgs €1535.

Manager’s report… Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart “There were 350 cattle on offer this week, quality store cattle are holding firm in price with good demand on offer. Bullocks, heifers and dry cows reported prices similar to previous weeks, with plainer type stock tending to be a little harder sold. Weanlings and breeding stock reported good clearances this week with the top quality weanlings in strong demand. “Cows with calves at foot made form €1,080 to €1,890 per head. Springers made from €1,000 to €1,500 per head. Young calves made from €120 to €350 with stronger runner types making from €350 to €580 per head. “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 12th) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Manager’s report… Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart “There were good numbers on offer this week. There was a keen demand for quality lots with plainer types more difficult to clear. Prices for bullocks averaged from €2.42 per kilo up to €3.06 per kilo. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.26 per kilo up to €2.86 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.56 per kilo up to €1.95 per kilo. “This Friday (13th) sees the usual sale for bullocks, heifers, dry cows, suckler cows and weanlings. Yard opens at 8.30 am. Only staff will be allowed into the sales yard from 8.30 am to 10.30 am. “All stock must be penned by 10 am with the draw for starting pens will take place at 9.50 am. The yard will then open to allow stock to be viewed by purchasers from 10.30 am to 11 am sharp. After 11 am the yard will be closed again to the public except for staff. Cattle that are not penned by 10 am will have to wait to be penned until after the viewing period is over. Sellers who do not have their cattle penned by the time they come up for sale will have to wait until the end to have their stock sold”.

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Lm 250kgs €780, Lm 425kgs €1095, Lm 380kgs €990, Lm 265kgs €780.

Heifers Lmx 410kgs €1000, Ch 385kgs €970, Lm 375kgs €950, Ch 470kgs €1195, Lm 580kgs €1395, Lm 550kgs €1380, Ch 550kgs €1355, Ch 600kgs €1415.

Weanling heifers Lm 295kgs €750, Lm 350kgs €975, Lm 340kgs €855, Ch 320kgs €790, Lm 305kgs €725.

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Minister Denis Naughten TD cuts the ribbon to relaunch Casey’s Londis, Roscommon Town on Thursday. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

Enjoying the party to relaunch Casey’s Londis, Roscommon Town on Thursday were Elaine Clyne with her grandsons Odhran and Rian Gralton. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

Enjoying the party to relaunch Casey’s Londis, Roscommon Town on Thursday were Adrina Hanly and May Sexton, Roscommon. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

Jim McCausland (store manager) and Jim Casey (proprietor) Alan McDermott (Assistant manager) Casey’s Londis, present a cheque to Deborah Leonard of PIETA House Roscommon at the relaunch Casey’s Londis, Roscommon Town on Thursday. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

Enjoying the party to relaunch Casey’s Londis, Roscommon Town on Thursday were Catherine Fulvio, TV Chef with Marie Casey, Roscommon. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

Enjoying the party to relaunch Casey’s Londis, Roscommon Town on Thursday were Stephanie Roche, Irish international soccer star with Aimee and Ave Caslin, Roscommon.Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

Irish Vendéen Sheep Society Show & Sale in Roscommon

VENDÉEN RAM & EWE SALE The Irish Vendéen Sheep Society Premier Show & Sale

at Roscommon Mart

on Wednesday, 18th of July Lamb plus Recorded

Catalogues will be available on Website:

Telephone Ena on: 086 3985139 for further info.

On Wednesday, 18th of July 2018 the Irish Vendéen Sheep Society will be hosting our Premier Show & Sale at Roscommon Mart. This follows a very successful sale which took place in 2017. On that occasion, top lambs were sold for prices ranging from €600-€910. Vendéen sheep are growing in popularity in Ireland with commercial farmers and breeders alike, due to their unique qualities. Vendéen can offer easy lambing, quick get up and go, good wool cover giving high lamb survival rates, excellent growth rates and carcase conformation and a deceptively high kill-out percentage. Catalogues will be available on (for more information, call Ena on 086-3985139).

Happy customers! I’m Joey Walshe of Tubber Vendeens. I purchased Vendeen ram lamb at the Premier Sale in Rosco a July 2017, which proved to be a very successful mmon in He gave me great size and confirmation in my buy! lambs. I am very pleased with his progeny. I sell the lambs to the factory – they tend to grade very well (and also to the butcher). Vendeens are long with some double muscling be taken to heavier slaughter weights without and can becoming over-fat. – Joey Walshe I, Shay Kennedy, bought a Vendeen ram at the Sale in Roscommon in 2017. He has proved to Premier – 1.85 lambs per ewe joined, producing fast be prolific lengthy lambs which were lively at birth. growing – Shay Kennedy

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Over 60 properties FOR SALE in our ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ Auction, Friday 20th July 2018, Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway

4A RIVERSIDE, KNOCKNASHEE, BOYLE, ROSCOMMON • Two Bedroom first floor apartment measuring approximately 600sq.ft. • The property is ideally situated within walking distance of Boyle town centre and all amenities. • Being sold with vacant possession. BER: C1 AMV: €40,000 • OPEN VIEWING SUNDAY 2:00 – 2:30 pm -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

14 CLUAIN DARA, BALLYLEAGUE, ROSCOMMON • Attractive 3 bedroomed semi-detached residence. Located in the town of Ballyleague which is a small rural town on the edge of the River Shannon. • The property has been well maintained throughout and offers spacious accommodation. • The property is currently rented and is being sold with tenant in place. • The rent being generate is €450 per month. BER: C2 AMV: €110,000 • OPEN VIEWING SUNDAY 4:30 – 5:00 pm


Racecourse Road, Roscommon town standing on c. 0.32 of an acre

Racecourse Road bungalow available at Earley’s John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is this week offering new to the market a well-located two-bedroomed bungalow residence of c. 1,025 sq. ft. located at Racecourse Road, Roscommon town standing on c. 0.32 of an acre and overlooking Roscommon Castle. Price guide: €120,000 ono to sell. John describes the property as “a well located property in a select residential area of Roscommon town convenient to all town amenities with a large mature garden area set to the rear”.

He adds: “With obvious room to extend if desired, the property is presented for sale in need of renovation in this established location overlooking Roscommon Castle and grounds and within walking distance of the town centre. The property is keenly reserved to sell and we invite viewings and all offers to sell”. For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV), Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 0906626579, email jearley@propertypartners. ie or log onto

David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley Roscommon is this week offering new to the market a most attractive two-bedroomed detached bungalow residence of c. 678 sq. ft. located at Shove, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. David describes the property as “a highly attractive residence standing on a mature site area of c. 0.32 acres in a much sought after residential location. “It’s a property that must be viewed to be fully appreciated and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €70,000 to sell”. For further details or to arrange a viewing, contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6626579 or email or log onto www.

Residence with development potential At Ardnanagh, Roscommon, Hughes & Company are offering for sale a three-bedroomed detached residence on a large site which would be suitable for further development, subject to planning permission being granted. Pat Hughes is confirming that they will accept offers in excess of €60,000 for this residence. For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090-6627003 or email info@


MEADOW TO LET • Circa 18 acres of Meadow convenient to Curraghboy Village. • Circa 14 acres of Meadow at Castletown, Curraghboy • Circa 4 acres of Meadow at Mount Talbot ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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Final Offers on Circa 42 acres at

COOLNAGEER, CURRAGHBOY located in one block

Keen interest in properties reported

Prime Strokestown bungalow new to the market at Earley’s

CURRAGHBOY, ROSCOMMON All of the lands are of top quality and located in one block. The Residence is a three bedroomed farm house in need to total modernisation and a range of old stores. For further details and appointment to view contact the office on 090 6627003 or e-mail LEGAL:- JOHN O’CARROLL, SOLICITOR, MELLOTTE O’CARROLL SOLICITORS, 11 PEARSE STREET, ATHLONE, CO. WESTMEATH. PH. 09064 92014

Bales of Callow Hay suitable for Bedding or Feeding

Ardnanagh, Roscommon

Shove, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

of a forthcoming sale of circa 130 acre Residential Farm For Sale By PRIVATE TREATY or PUBLIC AUCTION at a later date at

This week, Hughes & Company are confirming a lot of interest in a three-bedroomed dormer bungalow which they recently placed on the market at Ardnanagh, Roscommon. The residence is finished to a high standard and stands

on a compact private site. They are also confirming that they have had a number of enquiries on a four-bedroomed bungalow which is being sold (under construction) at Moneymore, Knockcroghery, Roscommon. The residence stands on

a circa one-acre site. The property has the benefit of its own water harvesting facility on site. For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090-6627003 or email

Bungalow is attractively priced! This week, Hughes & Company have for sale at Ballagh, Kilrooskey, an attractive three-bedroomed bungalow on a circa 0.2 acre site. The residence is situated approximately two miles off the main Lanesboro to Roscommon Road and four miles from Roscommon town. While it is in need of modernisation, it is structurally sound. Pat will accept offers in excess of €65,000 for this property. For further information, contact the office

on 090-6627003 or email If you are thinking of buying or selling, contact Pat and let him advise you – his advice is free.

Moran & Co. invites final offers for Attractive bungalow in Ballygar Moran & Co. are now seeking final offers for a very attractive four-bedroomed bungalow at Killeroran Road, Ballygar, which is beside all amenities in Ballygar. They are also seeking final offers on a four-bedroomed two-storey with a prime town centre location in Ballygar. David Moran reports a high level of enquiry and has clients seeking properties in

all areas – Ballygar, Creggs, Ballyforan, Mountbellew and Glenamaddy. David has recently agreed the sale of a bungalow and a two-storey semi-detached in Ballygar and a one-storey in Newbridge. Further details on properties from the auctioneer David Moran (MSCSI MRICS), Moran & Co., Ballygar. Tel. 090-6624531.

s r e f f O l a n i F All of the lands are of top quality with excellent handling facilities, well fenced and mains water. The land are situated a short distance from Curraghboy Village and have been re-seeded last year. Must be of interest to local farmers looking to increase their holding or someone looking to acquire a compact farm of top quality land. LEGAL:- MR. MARK CONNELLAN, SOLICITOR, NO. 3 CHURCH STREET, LONGFORD.

Prime residential farm of lands available at Earley’s John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this week offering to the market a prime residential farm of lands containing approx. 45.8 acres located at Bushfield, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon. John describes the property as “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”. The auctioneers now invite immediate enquiries and all offers for immediate sale. For further details, please contact John Earley (FIPAV), of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090-6626579, logonto or email

45.8 acres located at Bushfield, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon.


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A quality and superbly located 4 B/R semi detached property standing on a beautifully mature site area of approx. 1.06 acres. This character property comes to the market in excellent condition throughout with the benefit of a peaceful countryside location only minutes from Roscommon town centre and just off the main Galway route. Offering spacious living accommodation throughout, this is a property that must be viewed to be fully appreciated and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €150,000 to sell.


27.18 ACRES (approx.)



A stunning 4 B/R two storey residence standing on a beautiful mature site area of approx. 0.79 of an acre. The said property is presented for sale in excellent condition throughout with the benefit of a large detached garage area set to the side. Located in a highly attractive residential location close to Knockcroghery village and just off the main N61 Athlone to Roscommon route, this property would make an ideal family home. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell.


100 ACRES (approx.) LOCATED AT

EMLAGHBEG, EMLAGHMORE, DONAMON, CO. ROSCOMMON Price Guide: €800,000 the entire

A prime farm of lands located in a renowned farming district approx. 8 km from Roscommon town on which stands a fine 4 B/R two storey residence and a comprehensive farmyard. The said property can be sold in one or more lots should market interest dictate and is set out as follows: Lot 1: The Entire. Lot 2: Approx. 9.1 acres. Lot 3: 4 B/R Residence standing on approx. 0.7 of an acre. Lot 4: Approx. 63 acres with farmyard which incorporates a 3 bay hay barn, 3 bay lean-tos off, 4 bays off slatted shed, holding yard, storage shed at side, cattle crush and pen. Lot 5: Approx. 27 acres. The auctioneers now invite immediate enquiries and all offers to sell. LEGAL: MARIE CONROY, MESSERS MAHON SWEENEY & CO, ROSCOMMON. 090 66 27350.









Price Guide: €60,000 ono to sell

Price Guide: €110,000 ono to sell

Price Guide: €100,000

A select parcel of lands located in a renowned farming district adjacent to Donamon Castle and bordering the river Suck. The said lands are comprised in folios RN29904 & RN17255F and are set out in one lot. Set adjacent is the renowned “Suck Valley Way Trail”. Offering good road frontage with site potential (subject to planning permission), the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell.


A select parcel of agricultural lands located on a cul-da-sac road located off the Ballagh Strokestown route. The said lands are comprised in folio RN11895 and is set out in two lots on opposite sides of the cul-da-sac roadway. Offering lands of approx. 9.5 acres and quality boglands of approx. 2.5 acres. Lands which must be of interest to local farmers. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell.

A select parcel of lands located in a renowned farming district at Ballagh. The said lands are comprised in folio RN15226 and is set out in one lot. Standing on the said lands is a cattle holding pen, cattle crush and 2 bay hay barn. Mains water point at gate and the said lands has the benefit of a natural river running on the boundary. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell. LEGAL: BRIAN O’BRIEN, OAK HOUSE, 39-41 MARDYKE STREET, ATHLONE, CO. WESTMEATH

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PropertyPeople FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Saturday 21st July at 4pm The Central Bar, Elphin

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

Residence on c.56.07 Acres at

Clogher Beg & Clogher More, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. F45 VN24 NG VIEWI y N E P O aturda S s i h t pm idence of Res uly from 1-2 14th J

Prime residential farm comprising excellent quality lands located between Elphin, Ballinagare & Tulsk set out in lots as follows: Lot 1: Entire Property - Residence and Outbuildings standing on c.56.07 Acres Lot 2: Two B/R residence and outbuildings adjoining on c.3.29 Acres @ Clogher Beg, Elphin Lot 3: c.12.90 Acres at Clogher Beg, Elphin Lot 4: c.18.90 Acres at Clogher Beg, Elphin Lot 5: c.8.86 Acres with Farm Buildings/ Derelict Residence at Clogher Beg, Elphin Lot 6: c.9.93 Acres at Clogher More, Elphin Lot 7: c.1.11 Acres of Boglands at Edenan & Kinclare, Elphin Lot 8: c.1.08 Acres of Boglands at Edenan & Kinclare, Elphin

Public Auction 21st July at 4pm in the Central Bar, Elphin For further details, maps, brochure contact Sole Selling Agents: Connaughton Auctioneers on 090-6663700


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NEW TO THE MARKET Three Bedroom Dormer Residence on c.2.81 Acres at

“The Cwtch”, Drishaghaun East, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon, F45 E189

Now taking bookings off plans

• Charming three-bedroom residence with private driveway • Comes to market in pristine condition • Standing on c. 2.81 acres of excellent quality lands • Boasting spacious living accommodation • Extensive range of outbuildings with potential • Unrivalled views of surrounding countryside To arrange a viewing contact the office on 090 6663700 Viewings at evenings, weekends and bank holidays also accommodated with Connaughton Auctioneers

Cluain Álainn Place Athlone Road, Roscommon Town

NEW TO THE MARKET Three Bedroom Bungalow on c.1.25 Acres at

Carroweighter, Oran Co. Roscommon F42 YK70 • Attractive three-bedroom residence with private driveway • In excellent condition throughout • Standing on c. 1.25 acres of excellent quality lands • Boasting spacious living accommodation • Located just off the Roscommon/ Castlerea Road To arrange a viewing contact the office on 090 6663700 Viewings at evenings, weekends and bank holidays also accommodated with Connaughton Auctioneers

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Three superb 4 bedroom contemporary family homes Set within their own gated grounds Exceptional standards of design, quality and comfort Private forecourt, rear garden and private driveway 5 Minute Walk to Roscommon Town Excellent Transport Links High BER Rating Photovoltaic Panels (PV) MVHR Heat Recovery Ventilation System High Performance uPVC Windows & Doors Large Bi-Fold Door to Rear Garden & Terrace Energy Efficient Appliances

For further information contact Connaughton Auctioneers, Sole Selling Agents.

Tel: 090 6663700 or visit

Beautiful thatched cottage at Creggs on the market 20, Greenhills Drive, Knockcroghery.

New to the market in Knockcroghery New to the market in the much soughtafter area of Knockcroghery is this fourbedroomed dormer bungalow at 20, Greenhills Drive. The property is in excellent condition throughout and is located to the front of the development of Greenhills Drive. The bungalow is cleverly laid out internally with very good use of space and has ample light coming into each room in the property. Accommodation includes on the ground floor, reception hallway, sitting room with wooden flooring and open fireplace, kitchen/dining room with all mod cons with sunroom off and access to the rear walled garden, which affords plenty of privacy. There is a main bathroom and two large double bedrooms, one to the front and one to the rear. On the first floor the landing area is flooded with light from the addition of a Velux window with a seating area un-

der. There are two additional double bedrooms, both with under roof storage and provision for built-in wardrobes or freestanding with one with ensuite bathroom. The services include oil-fired central heating, mains sewerage and mains water. There are a host of extra features such as a raised patio area in the rear garden which is a sun trap in the evenings. Lawns are laid with a selection of mature shrubbery and plants. The driveway is fully tarmacadamed and kerbed. Garden shed included. Internally there is a high quality of timber flooring and tiling throughout the property and the house is fully alarmed. Viewing highly recommended and by appointment. Contact the office to arrange to view on 090-6663700 or email at info@ Weekend, evening and bank holiday viewings available by prior arrangement.

Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers (Athleague) are inviting final offers on this beautiful three-bedroomed traditional Irish thatched cottage which is located in a quiet rural area c. 10 miles from Roscommon town and under an hour’s drive from Galway city. This cottage has many of the original features which have been maintained and restored over the years. The thatched roof is in excellent condition and is becoming a rare sight to behold in the countryside around Ireland nowadays. Tucked away at the end of a picturesque country lane but under 15 minutes’ drive to all the amenities Roscommon town has on offer, Derryhippo Cottage has been a well-known retreat for travellers from around the world. For many years as it was rented as a self-catering cottage which was Bórd Faílte approved. The entrance porch is accessed by a stable halfdoor into the hallway. The dining room is to the

Derryhippo Cottage

right with large kitchen to the rear. The ample living room has the original fireplace and in traditional style a bedroom both on the right (with ensuite bathroom) and on the left rear of the fireplace. In recent years an extension was added to the house to accommodate a third bedroom and bathroom. At the side of the property

there is a utility room, boiler/pump house and storage shed. The views from this cottage over rural fields and countryside is so unique as the cottage sits on an elevated site with winding driveway to the front door. The cottage is not in need of any renovations and can be lived in immediately. Services include oil-fired

central heating, septic tank and well water. Due to unprecedented interest in this cottage it will now be going for final offers by Thursday, 19th of July by 4 pm. Contact the office to arrange your appointment to view on 0906663700 or Joint Selling Agent Michael O’Rourke & Son Auctioneer, Creggs on 090-6621125.

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All-Ireland Ladies MBFC Final

Minors can add All-Ireland Ladies Football Minor ‘B’ Championship Final Roscommon v Kildare in Moate on Sunday at 2 pm  SEAMUS DUKE

The rise in fortunes of Roscommon ladies football can continue on Sunday when their minors face Kildare in the ‘B’ final in Moate. After their dramatic win against Antrim in the semi-final, Ollie Colgan’s side will be confident that they can bring home the title. I visited the Roscommon camp as they prepared for the big game last week and team manager Ollie Colgan reports a clean bill of health, which is always a bonus going into a final. Kildare are a strong, physical team and Roscommon will know them well as the sides met

at U-16 level last year with the Lilywhites winning by a point. Their best-known players are Lauren Murtagh, Molly Aspel and Lara Cullen who line out at centre half-back and at midfield and Roscommon will have to be ready for the battle for possession in that midfield sector. There are several players on this Roscommon team who will be looking to step up to Michael Finneran’s intermediate team and an All-Ireland title would be a big help for the confidence of the entire squad. The ultimate aim of the people behind the development drive in Roscommon ladies football is to get the elite teams to ‘A’ level at underage and to senior level too.

It’s all about player development and with players of the quality of Sasha Lavin, Kelley Colgan, Marie Kelly, Aimee O’Connor, Aoife Gavin, Sinead Gavin and Mikaela McHugh on board, the future looks bright for ladies’ football in the county. Roscommon have some great attacking players and if they can get enough ball on Sunday they can do damage. Of course it’s important to win titles and this Roscommon team looks well equipped to continue the upward curve of the ladies game in the county. Prediction: Roscommon.

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Roscommon Ladies’ Minor team manager, Ollie Colgan, believes the hard work of the past 12 months is beginning to bear fruit at all levels of ladies football in the county. “This is all about the development of the ladies game in Roscommon. Of course everyone wants to win an All-Ireland final when you are in it, but we started this development programme over 12 months ago and you can see the fruits of it now with the Intermediate ladies and now the minor team.

“The profile is rising all the time and the ultimate goal is to be competitive every year at this level and at higher levels too. To be in this final is a bonus and now we are in it we want to win it,” he said. The semi-final against Monaghan was a rollercoaster affair and Colgan is expected an even bigger test against the Lilywhites in the final. “The semi-final against Monaghan was one of those funny games that happen from time to time. We were coasting after twenty minutes, then we got into a bit of a rut and we nearly

lost it, but the girls showed tremendous character to pull it out of the fire in the end. “Kildare are a very formidable side, we met them a few times at U-16 level. They are athletic, fast and very skilful, but one thing I will say is that they will let us play football. There is no negative stuff, but it will be tough and hard to beat them. “Moate is a great venue for us because we have played a few challenge matches there and it’s local and there should be a great Roscommon support there on the day”. The panel has a clean bill of

health and the recent Connacht Intermediate final has provided a welcome boost for the minors, according to their manager. “Training is going well, we have a few niggles, but everyone is fit. It would be a fantastic boost for the game in the county to win and especially the Intermediate Ladies who are playing the following week in the All-Ireland series. We took great satisfaction from their Connacht final win and it gave us a boost and hopefully we can give them a boost by winning this All-Ireland final”.


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Church Street, Roscommon Megan Kelly, Kelly Colgan, Aoife Gavin and Ellen Irwin pictured at training in Kilteevan last Thursday ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ final against Kildare in Moate.

Captain Shauna hails colleagues  SEAMUS DUKE

Manager, Ollie Colgan, with captain Shauna Fleming and selectors Shane Curran and Brendan Cregg pictured at training in Kilteevan last Thursday ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ final against Kildare in Moate.

Captain Shauna Fleming is hoping to make up for some of the heartbreaking defeats over the past few years when the Roscommon minors face Kildare in Moate this weekend. “It’s a fantastic achievement for the girls to be in this final. We have trained really hard during the year and we are so delighted to make it this far. We have had some heartbreaking losses over the years, so it would be great to win this one. “We almost let the semi-final slip but we came through in the end thankfully and it was hard work and determination that got us through. I have never seen such commitment and dedication in a bunch of girls; it’s a great honour to be the captain of this team. “We won’t worry too much about Kildare. We will focus on ourselves and our own game and it would be great for everyone if we could win this All-Ireland title on Sunday,” Shauna said.

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Connacht U-17 FC Round 4

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Roscommon’s U-17s produced another top class second-half performance to easily deal with the challenge of Sligo at balmy Dr. Hyde Park on Friday evening last. The result means that Paul Staunton’s team will now play Galway in the Connacht final tomorrow evening (Friday) at Dr. Hyde Park. There were plenty of scores but little intensity in an enjoyable first half. Sligo’s Gavin Duffy and Eoghan Smith caught the eye with some superb scores as the Yeats County matched the home side for the most part in the opening half. With the score at 0-4 to 0-3 for Roscommon, Duffy rifled home a fine Sligo goal in the 10th minute. But Roscommon’s full-forward line of Eoghan Derwin, Adam McDermott and James Fitzpatrick were always dangerous. In the 11th minute Fitzpatrick got Roscommon’s first goal and two minutes later Derwin grabbed a second after some great Roscommon teamwork. But in fairness to Sligo they hung on to Roscommon’s coat tails, and at half-time it was Roscommon 2-10 Sligo 1-10. But just as they did against Leitrim in the previous game, Roscommon were in total command after the break and outscored their opponents by 3-8 to 0-3 in that second period. McDermott blasted home a penalty in the 35th minute as Roscommon began to pull away. Further goals for Roscommon arrived in the 47th minute from James Fitzpatrick and in the 52nd minute from Ruaidhri Fallon as the home side set up a revenge mission with Galway in the final this weekend. For Roscommon, Enda Crawley, Shane Cunnane, Jack Lohan and the deadly full-forward line of Derwin, McDermott and Fitzpatrick

Shane Cunnane takes control of possession for Roscommon.

(who scored 4-8 of their side’s total) were most prominent. After the game Roscommon manager Paul Staunton was very happy with the win. “We are delighted to be in the Connacht final. It was one of our targets at the start of the year. It’s a great competition that is run on a roundroblin basis and it is a great achievement for any Roscommon team to be in the top two in Connacht. “But there is no silverware for being in the final and we want to go to the next level now. It will be easy to give the team talk the next day (laughs). Galway gave us a good beating in Tuam and we have to do something about that now. It’s a test

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Coming home from Tuam after the first round of the Connacht U-17 football championship I was struggling to recall a Roscommon team on the end of such a hammering as was handed out that evening. I had seen this team in action several times in 2017 and I was shocked that they had surrendered so meekly on the night. How could a good team become a bad one in the space of a few months? But the round-robin format ensured that

Roscommon had a chance to recover, and recover they did. Now they will have a chance to prove that what happened in round one was just one of those things that happen in sport every now and then. One thing is for certain: it will be easy to give the team talk in the Roscommon dressing room on Friday night! Revenge is a dish best served cold! The win against Mayo was Roscommon’s best performance since that aberration against Galway. Yes, there were big wins against Leitrim and Sligo but there were lapses of

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concentration during those games that are a worry as this big game comes up. If Roscommon do not play to their ability for the entire 60 minutes on Friday night then they will not be winning this Connacht title. Galway have breezed through this Connacht campaign although they were tested by Mayo in Tuam a few weeks ago. They have some marvellous players like Conor Raftery, Ryan Monaghan, Cathal Sweeney and Oisin Gormley and they will come to Hyde Park in a confident mood especially after the drubbing they handed out to Roscommon a couple of months ago. I like this Roscommon attack and the fullforward line in particular. Eoghan Derwin, Adam McDermott and James Fitzpatrick are clever, skilful players who are all able to score. Further out the field Shane Cunnane and Enda Crawley will have to get a grip on the midfield sector to provide ammunition for the forward division. But Roscommon will need every player to be ready to give their all for the jersey on Friday night. The odds have to favour Galway, given the way they have played in this championship. Anything can happen at this level and if Roscommon can pull out a performance like the one we saw against Mayo then it could be a great night at Dr. Hyde Park. The carrot is huge. The winners will face Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final while the losers will have to play Kerry. It would be some story if Roscommon could turn a 22-point defeat into a Connacht title against the same opposition. You know something? I think that it’s entirely possible. Prediction: Roscommon.

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park that now and prepare for what will be a totally different challenge offered by Tyrone. Mickey Harte’s men will come with a tried and tested gameplan that has not changed in the past six or seven years. They will sit back and defend in numbers but they will counter attack with devastating speed using their talented players to notch matchwinning scores. Even though the Red Hand turned in a ruthless display against Cork last Saturday, it as probably the worst Cork team I have seen in my time covering matches. For more reliable evidence of their form it

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bypass the blanket have to trust their attackers to shoot from distance. Ciaráin Murtagh, Diarmuid Murtagh, Cathal Cregg and Donie Smith are all capable of scoring from range and Roscommon will have to do that on Saturday. Colm Lavin’s kickouts will have to be flawless as Tyrone will be pushing up and tackling hard.

Roscommon will not get the space that they had against Armagh. In the intense heat Roscommon will have to let the ball do the work when they can. We also need Enda Smith to perform the way he is capable. He took the game by the scruff of the neck in O’Moore Park and he remains a really special talent when he is

on his game. Maybe I am getting carried away or have been out in the sun too long, but I am of the firm opinion that this is a very winnable game. Tyrone are a good side but are not near the quality of their teams of latters year in terms of quality forwards. The Roscommon attack holds the key to the

outcome of this match. It is possible to go over the blanket defence as Dublin proved last year and as Monaghan proved in the Ulster championship only a few months ago. It’s very exciting that Roscommon are now part of this brand new series. I think they can make the rest of the country sit up

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his was one of the great days. People like me are often accused of spending too much time looking back, recalling great memories from the 1970s and ‘80s, from ‘90 and ‘91 and 2001. Not this week. At this present time in Roscommon football, we have young men who are writing their own chapter in history. We have new heroes. Regardless of what happens in the Super 8s competition, Roscommon football fans will remember Saturday, the 7th of July in the boiling heat of O’Moore Park, Portlaoise for one of the county’s best-ever championship wins. This is the way Gaelic football should be played. Two super-fit teams going at each other with attacking intent. It threw up a footballing classic and definitely the best game that I have seen at this level in a number of years. All the skills of the game were in abundance here. There was spellbinding skill; superb scores, long, accurate kick-passing, incredible excitement and tension, magnificent determination and huge drama from start to finish. Even better that Roscommon came out the deserved six-point winners at the end of it all and now the Super 8s beckon and three more huge championship games. It doesn’t get much better than this. Despite the fact that Roscommon were the better team, and especially as the second half went on, there was still only a point between the teams as late as the 69th minute. It was only when Enda Smith blasted home a second Roscommon goal in injury-time that Roscommon fans could relax and enjoy this momentous victory.

First half On a scorching hot day it was clear that both sides were going for the jugular from the opening exchanges and by the 14th minute it was 0-5 each. Ciaráin and Diarmuid Murtagh were on target for Roscommon with Andrew Murnin on fire for The Orchard County. Donie Smith had a great goal chance in the 13th minute but he hesitated and fired over the bar. With Armagh leading by two points in the 29th minute, they lost possession close to the Roscommon goal. Roscommon worked the ball upfield with a series of superb passes. Suddenly Conor Devaney was in on goal and he drew the cover before releasing Enda Smith who blasted low and hard for a superb team goal. Half-time score: Roscommon 1-11 Armagh 0-12

Second half Roscommon goalkeeper Colm Lavin gets down to save Rory Grugan’s penalty during the All-Ireland Round 4 Qualifier in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise last Saturday.

It was helter-skelter from the time the ball was thrown in. Cathal Cregg was on fire up front and Ciaráin Murtagh and Diarmuid Murtagh were not far behind. The scores were coming thick and fast. But down the other end our defence was in trouble. Andrew Murnin was creating havoc, ably assisted by Rory Grugan and Aidan Forker. Enda Smith started slowly but boy did he make up for it as the game went on! The Boyle man was sensational. His goal on 29 minutes was one of the best team goals scored by Roscommon in many years. It came from inside their own 20-metre line. The ball was worked upfield with a series of mesmerising passes until Conor Devaney sent Smith away and he duly buried the ball in the bottom corner of the Armagh net. What a score! You could point to several turning points in the game. One certainly arrived in the 43rd minute when referee Joe McQuillan saw fit to award Armagh a penalty after allowing two advantages and then gave the spot-kick for an alleged foot-black that only he saw. In any case, Rory Grugan stepped up to take the penalty. A goal would have reduced the

Teams and Scorers

Rising to the occasion! Roscommon and Armagh contested one of the games of the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship last Saturday at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Roscommon: Colm Lavin; David Murray, Niall McInerney, Seanie McDermott; John McManus, Peter Domican, Niall Daly; Enda Smith (2-1), Tadgh O’Rourke; Conor Devaney (0-1), Niall Kilroy, Ciaráin Murtagh (0-6, 2 frees); Donie Smith (0-3), Cathal Cregg (0-3) Diarmuid Murtagh (0-6, 5 frees). Subs: Gary Patterson for Domican (41), Fintan Cregg (0-1) for C Murtagh (54), Cathal Compton (0-1) for D Smith (58), Conor Daly for McDermott (60), Finbar Cregg for Kilroy (64), Ian Kilbride for N Daly (72). Armagh: Blaine Hughes; Ryan Owens, Gregory McCabe, Patrick Burns; Connaire Mackin, Brendan Donaghy, Mark Shields (1-0); Charlie Vernon, Stephen Sheridan (0-1); Ryan McShane (0-1), Jemar Hall (0-1), Niall Grimley (0-5, 3 frees ’45); Rory Grugan (0-5, 2 frees), Andrew Murnin (0-4), Aiden Forker (0-1). Subs: Joe McElroy for McCabe (33), Ross McQuillan for Sheridan (41), Niall Rowland for Donaghy (47), Gavan McParland (0-1) for Mackin (51), Jason Duffy for Hall (61), Kevin Dyas for Murnin (64). Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).

margin to a point at that stage but Colm Lavin was having none of it and he saved brilliantly. Justice was done. In the end, Roscommon’s subs played a huge part in the steaming cauldron of O’Moore Park. Cathal Compton (twice a sub, once as a blood replacement) showed his class and kicked a crucial point towards the end when the game was still in the melting pot, Fintan Cregg likewise. Gary Patterson covered acres of ground when he came on too. Niall Kilroy didn’t know he would be playing until literally two minutes before the throw-in. He did very well, given the circumstances. A word of sympathy for Ultan Harney: he was flying fit and getting ready for his big day when he accidentally ran into John McManus in the warm-up and sustained a shoulder injury that put him out of the game. How unlucky is that? Niall McInerney and Seanie McDermott had their moments in a defence that was under pressure all through. John McManus had a fine game and he carried the ball forward time after time in the energy sapping conditions. Tadgh O’Rourke got through a mountain of work at midfield, much of it unseen, and he played his part for sure. But it was up front that Roscommon were so sharp last Saturday. Top of the pile was Cathal Cregg. From the first minute it was clear that he was on his game. He caused consternation in the Armagh defence throughout with his vision, clever running and brilliant score-taking. I cannot recall Cathal having a better game in the Primrose and Blue at senior level. Not far behind was Enda Smith. He may have taken a while to get going but he gave a masterclass of direct running and swashbuckling play for three-quarters of the game. Armagh were not able to cope with his powerful football and his two goals were brilliantly taken. Ciaráin Murtagh, Diarmuid Murtagh and Donie Smith were also very prominent in an attack that rediscovered their mojo after that second-half lapse in the Connacht final. The amazing thing about this extraordinary game is that Roscommon could easily have scored three more goals. Done Smith (two) and Diarmuid Murtagh missed gilt-edged chances that would surely have gone in on another day.

I am thrilled for everyone concerned, especially after the disappointment of the Connacht final loss. Manager Kevin McStay, his selectors and players put their reputations on the line and they were vindicated. This was an absolutely massive game for the team –and they delivered. The joy and excitement in the Roscommon dressing room after the game had to be seen to be believed. It’s more progress for the team as they continue on the upward curve. Now the Super 8s beckon and the challenges get really tough, but the next three games will be an experience that you could not buy for our magnificent young team. Yes, there are areas that need attention, particularly in defence, but let’s

see after the Bank Holiday weekend in August where we stand. All aboard folks, it’s going to be one hell of a ride! Some of the cynics would say that in this era of negative football and blanket defences that what we saw in this game was naïve in the extreme. If that’s the case then give me naïve every day of the week. Finally, a word for our magnificent supporters – there were as many Roscommon fans there on Saturday as there were for the other three counties combined. It never fails to amaze me the huge level of support there is in our county for the team. Yeah, it was one of the truly great days.

Three points on the spin from Cathal Cregg (2) and Ciaráin Murtagh saw Roscommon’s lead out to four by the 40th minute. Controversy in the 43rd minute: Armagh’s Jemar Hall was given the advantage by referee Joe McQuillan, he passed to Rory Grugan, who was also given the advantage, he shot for goal and immediately the referee signalled a penalty. He indicated a foot-block on Grugan but no-one else saw it. A very harsh call. Grugan took the spot-kick but Colm Lavin was equal to it and he dived low to sweep the ball away – a magnificent save. Armagh were not to be denied and three minutes later Mark Shields scored a magnificent goal to haul his team back into the match one more time. Roscommon led by four with 12 minutes remaining, but Armagh came back into it again. Cathal Cregg blazed wide when in a good position in the 59th minute, and then three points in a row saw just a point between the teams (1-19 to 1-18) with the clock in the 69th minute. Cathal Compton then kicked a crucial point from out on the left wing and when Diarmuid Murtagh (free), Fintan Cregg and Conor Devaney followed with similar scores, Roscommon started to pull away. With four minutes of injury-time played Diarmuid Murtagh missed a sitter when he palmed the ball wide when it looked easier to score. However, victory was secured a minute later when Enda Smith ghosted in behind the Armagh cover to blast home his second goal, and Roscommon fans could enjoy this marvellous victory for the remaining two minutes. The Armagh resistance was finally broken. The final whistle brought scenes of unbridled joy as thousands of Roscommon fans spilled out on to the baking O’Moore Park turf to acclaim their heroes. It’s a game that anyone who was there will not forget for many years to come. Full-time score: Roscommon 2-22 Armagh 1-19

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Roscommon manager Kevin McStay believes Saturday’s win over Armagh was a “coming of age” moment in the development of his team. “It’s fantastic, you can hear the noise coming out of the dressing room there now. We know the other side of it after the dejection of the Connacht final but more important is that we have three huge championship games to further develop this team. “Today was a coming of age for this team and Armagh put up a huge battle. We wobbled a few times and we came back great every time and we got the scores we needed. We also missed a few goal chances as well but it is so good to come out the right side of a game like that. “On a day like that you are just trying to keep your wits about you and it was so vital to be able to bring fresh legs in. Gary Patterson came on and made a few vital interceptions and every sub we had today made a vital contribution and that is so important in conditions like today,” he said. While there was a lot at stake last Saturday, McStay said his charges can only play the game one way and defensive football was never an option. “There was a lot at stake for sure and it is nice to hear that it was such a good game but to be honest we cannot play a kind of attritional ‘thirteen behind the ball’ game. We haven’t the physicality to play that game; we are more of a footballing side. “It is brilliant now we are getting ready for the Super 8s. It’s what we have been talking about

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8s would be enough in itself to bring this Roscommon team on. “The Super 8s will be huge for this team. We are so happy to be there. If we lose a couple of games in it then so be it, but we will have the experience of it to progress and that’s what it’s all about”.

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Form Lost to Monaghan in the opening round of the Ulster championship and were less than impressive through the qualifiers until last Ciarán Kilkenny of Dublin and Ronan McNamee of Tyrone with the Sam Maguire Cup (Image: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile) Saturday when they hammered a very poor Cork team. They are still a formidable outfit but have weakened considerably. I don’t think they not as good as they were four or five years ago. from all angles. It’s very hard to deal with Jim will qualify from the group. Gavin’s men when they are in full flow. Players to watch Peter Harte, Frank Burns, Mattie Donnelly, Tiernan McCann, Colm Cavanagh, Niall Sludden, Rory O’Neill. Style of play They play a very defensive game that is all about counter-attacking at pace and they have players like McCann, Harte and Donnelly who are able to make opposing defences pay. Prediction The first game against Roscommon on Saturday is vital. With the Dubs to come to Omagh the following weekend, a win against the Rossies would set them up nicely. They will be favourites on Saturday but Roscommon have a real live chance.


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Form Not a lot of straws to grasp here. They have hammered everyone in sight so far. Now the big tests come and it will be interesting to see how they approach the Super 8s. They are the best team in Ireland by a country mile and it’s hard to see where they might be vulnerable. Players to watch Where to begin? Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan, James McCarthy, Paul Mannion and Dean Rock, to name a few. Style of play The Dubs play a wonderful brand of attacking football based on pace and direct running

Prediction It would be the sporting shock of the year if the Dubs do not make it out of this group. It will be interesting to see how they cope without Diarmuid Connolly and also when they play in Omagh. But they look very strong again and odds-on to retain their All-Ireland title.

Donegal Form They have been excellent this year and were desperately unlucky to have been relegated from Division One. They have swept all before them in Ulster and they have some wonderful players. But the loss of Paddy McBrearty could be the difference between them contending for an All-Ireland title and having to make do with a place in the Super 8s. Players to watch Michael Murphy, Ryan McHugh, Eoin Ban Gallagher, Frank McGlynn, Jamie Brennan. Style of play They play with a sweeper but break forward very quickly. Michael Murphy and the excellent Ryan McHugh are key to their attacking play. Prediction Donegal could be in trouble if they lose heavily this weekend because they will have a tricky trip to face Roscommon in Dr. Hyde Park the following week. They have the players to trouble Dublin but without Paddy McBrearty their chances of causing a shock

Roscommon Form The Rossies come into Saturday’s game on the back of a thrilling win against Armagh, but they know that Tyrone will present a totally different set of challenges. They have the attackers to cause trouble for any team and if they can tighten up their defence they have every chance of beating Tyrone this Saturday. Players to watch Enda Smith, Ciaráin Murtagh, Cathal Cregg, Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Devaney. Style of play Roscommon usually play with a sweeper (Niall Kilroy) but a defensive set-up does not suit them. They have a very strong attack who can put up big scores but sometimes the attack malfunctions, like we saw in the second half of the Connacht final. Prediction With the Primrosse and Blue tinted glasses on it is entirely possible that Roscommon could beat Tyrone on Saturday. That would set up a clash with Donegal in Dr. Hyde Park the following week for a place in the AllIreland semi-final. If Roscommon can win on Saturday they can make it to the semi-finals. This weekend’s fixtures (all at Croke Park): Saturday: Roscommon v Tyrone at 5 pm and Dublin v Donegal at 7 pm. Sunday: Kildare v Monaghan at 2 pm and Kerry v Galway at 4 pm.


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The GAA version of Strictly Come Dancing got off to an undistinguished start on Saturday!

“No penalty!” the Roscommon fans claimed, and readers can judge for themselves whether or not Michael McCormack’s great photograph supports that view. Was it actually a footblock? Many fans took issue with the ref’s call on Saturday. We looked in the rulebook, and found this definition for a footblock… ‘5.1 To block or attempt to block with the boot when an oppo-

nent is kicking the ball from the hand(s).’ Was this a footblock on Saturday? Many people didn’t think so, including Seamus Duke, who writes in this week’s Roscommon People: “…Referee Joe McQuillan saw fit to award Armagh a penalty after allowing two advantages and then gave the spot-kick for an alleged footblock that only he saw”.


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We’re into the wha’? A Beginner’s guide to Super 8s ... So, Roscommon are into the Super 8s. Great. Er… what’s that? This year, 134 years after its formation, the GAA has introduced a ‘Champions League style’ group format for the business end of the All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championships. The provincial championships remain. The four provincial winners and the four teams that emerge through the qualifier (back door) route go into the Super 8s, effectively All-Ireland quarter-finals with a group format.

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And those super 8 are…? Well, the provincial winners were Donegal, Dublin, Galway and Kerry. The four teams who emerged from Round 4 of the qualifers were Kildare, Monaghan, Roscommon and Tyrone. So what happens now? The Super 8s will be played on a group basis. The

‘Humble’ players lauded after ‘thank you’ to fans

Sounds great…when are Roscommon out? Well, unless you’ve been holidaying in Mars, you will know that following their exciting win over Armagh (in Round 4 of the qualifiers) last Saturday, Roscommon are into the Super 8s and are now preparing to play Tyrone this Saturday in Croke Park (5 pm). Next, it’s Donegal in Hyde Park the following weekend, and two weekends on, Roscommon play Dublin in Croke Park. Enjoy!

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Much-commented on in recent times is how accessible, friendly and humble the Roscommon footballers are! Great ambassadors for our county, they conduct themselves magnificently. We’ve known that for a long time…we can be very proud of these guys on and off the field. No surprise then to receive a call early this week from a People reader from North Roscommon who told us of a nice exchange after the game on Saturday. He takes up the story. “I brought my son on to the pitch to join in the celebrations. There were lots of fans congratulating the players. I can’t tell you how impressed I was when one of the players said to us ‘Thanks for coming and supporting us’. “I just thought to myself…you guys have given me and everyone else so much entertainment over the last seventy minutes. You’ve put your lives on hold with your commitment to Roscommon. And to see these players then being so courteous and humble, it’s wonderful”. And we agree!

eight teams go into two groups. Group 1 is made up of Galway, Kerry, Kildare and Monaghan. Group 2 is Donegal, Dublin, Roscommon and Tyrone. Each team in the respective groups will play the other teams in their group once. Each team will have a home game, an away game and a game at Croke Park. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Colman Lynch pictured celebrating Roscommon’s win.

Excited and relieved Roscommon fans (such as Colman Lynch, pictured) who made their way on to the pitch in Portlaoise at the final whistle on Saturday were in no hurry to make way for the Cork and Tyrone players when the latter groups arrived to begin their warm-ups. It may have been a touch frustrating for Tyrone, Cork and the organisers, but it was all good-humoured – and understandable! After perhaps ten minutes or so of enthusiastic celebrations, the players, management and fans left the pitch to the cheers of Roscommon fans in the Stand and terraces. A few minutes later, the National Anthem rung out as Cork and Tyrone prepared to do battle. And, just as Amhrán na bhFiann ended, one cheer went up from a wiseguy in the Stand: “C’mon the Rossies!” – PH


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Rossies qualify for Super 8s! I have watched The Sunday Game twice since last Sunday night and I still can’t figure out whether Ciaran Whelan and Tomas Ó Sé were trying to praise or criticise Roscommon. One minute Roscommon were ‘brilliant’, the next they were ‘very vulnerable’. They said Roscommon ‘could give a lot of teams trouble’ and equally that ‘they could be badly caught’. Talk about covering all their bases! Either way, Roscommon are now where they wanted to be, and that’s in the Super 8s. One thing is for certain, there will be upsets and surprises in this competition, and it may not be as straightforward as everyone thinks. Roscommon are now in bonus territory and every outing will bring our team on. With Division One to come in the spring, it is a perfect way to progress.

I was so glad for the players and for the management after Saturday’s win against Armagh. They have put in a savage amount of work over the past few years and they deserve their day in the sun. I said it already in the match report, but last Saturday was one of the great days in Roscommon football. Hopefully, as they say…the best is yet to come. I genuinely feel that if we can tighten up in defence that we can give Tyrone a good rattle on Saturday. They have a system that they play to and they have four of five outstanding players. But they are not the team they were and Roscommon have a great chance against them. If Roscommon were to win this game then we would be playing Donegal in Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday week for a place in the All-Ireland semi-final. Just think about that!

All-Ireland SFC Super 8s Round 1 (All games in Croke Park) Saturday at 5 pm: Roscommon v Tyrone This match is previewed in more detail elsewhere in the paper this week, but Tyrone will pose far more problems for Roscommon than Armagh did. It would be one of the sweetest championship wins in many years if Roscommon could pull it off, but Tyrone will simply strangle the life out of Roscommon as they do to most other teams. It will not be pretty. Prediction: Tyrone.

Saturday at 7 pm: Dublin v Donegal

Cathal Cregg gets his shot away during the All-Ireland Qualifier Round 4 win over Armagh in Portlaoise last Saturday.

Scenes of celebration on Saturday The fact that the Roscommon fans ran out on to the field to acclaim their heroes after the win against Armagh attracted much comment on social media. The

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The Irish Open Golf Championships at Ballyliffin was one of the best we have seen to date with drama all the way to the very last putt. It was just a pity that there was no Irish player able to contend. The decision to play the championship in Ballyliffin was a huge gamble but with the fantastic weather it paid off and as I said here last week, the publicity that Ballyliffin, Donegal and Ireland got last weekend was simply priceless. I sat down for half an hour last Friday evening to watch the Sky Sports coverage and they showed the nearby Slieve League cliffs, the local beaches and mountains, and the stunning scenery. They even featured several dolphins swimming and having fun close to the shore. It was like watching a golf tournament in Florida or The Caribbean. Well done to all concerned. Next year they are off to Lahinch. They will have some job to match what went on this year.

Tyrone and Cork teams came out to do their warm-ups to be greeted by hundreds of Roscommon fans celebrating the win against Armagh. It was a lovely thing to

see and it’s another indication of the level of support that there is in the county for this team. There were plenty of people giving out and complaining. You know what

they about the begrudgers…I say the same! The only thing is, I doubt if the Rossies will get away with it if we beat Tyrone on Saturday in Croke Park!

Huge weekend for county’s young footballers It’s a huge weekend for our young footballers, both boys and girls. The minor ladies team face Kildare on Sunday in Moate in the All-Ireland ‘B’ final. The game in the county is on a high right now and there are many people in the background who are working hard to

bring it to a higher level. It is always good to back up this work with success on the field and on the back of the recent Intermediate Connacht title it would be great to add this trophy to the cabinet. We wish everyone concerned the best of luck.

The county’s young footballers are set for a busy weekend as the U-17s (minors) take on Galway in the Connacht final at the Hyde and the ladies’ minors face Kildare in the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ final at Moate on Sunday.

Before that, on Friday night, the minor footballers face Galway in a revenge mission in the Connacht final. Coming home from Tuam after round one of the championship this year very few Roscommon people would have given the team any chance of being in this position after a 22-point hammering at the hands of the Tribesmen. Full credit to all concerned, they have recovered well and wins against Mayo, Leitrim and Sligo see them in this position now. Roscommon have a very good team and some very classy players, but the big question is, have they recovered enough to be able to overcome Galway in this final? It has to be said that Roscommon are prone to lapses in concentration. That was evident against Galway, in the first half against Leitrim and again last Friday night against Sligo. If Roscommon don’t play for the entire 60 minutes then it will not be good enough against a really classy Galway outfit. The best of luck to Paul Staunton, his management team and the players. It’s good to have the match at home in Hyde Park too.

This is one of those games that could be the makings of the Super 8s. Donegal have nothing to lose and they can give this a lash. However, the loss of Paddy McBrearty is massive. Donegal have plenty of very good players but it is hard to see anything other than a Dublin win. It could be close, but the juggernaut to roll on. Prediction: Dublin.

Sunday at 2 pm: Monaghan v Kildare Kildare will come in to this game oozing with confidence and Monaghan will have to be about their business to win. I am so impressed with the Kildare attack and Daniel Flynn in particular. But if Monaghan bring their ‘A’ game they should be good enough to start this competition with a win. Prediction: Monaghan.

Sunday at 4 pm: Galway v Kerry In direct competition with the World Cup Final, this will be a fascinating game. Will the Kerry young guns be able to break the Galway defensive shield? Galway were less than convincing winners of the Connacht final, while Kerry eviscerated Cork in the Munster final. I am giving a hesitant vote to The Kingdom. Prediction: Kerry.

All-Ireland SHC QuarterFinals Clare v Wexford at Pairc Ui Caoimh on Saturday at 3 pm What a game this promises to be. Davy Fitzgerald in opposition to his beloved native county. This could be one of the contests of what has already been a memorable championship. Clare might have just enough firepower to survive. It might go to extra-time though. Prediction: Clare.

Limerick v Kilkenny in Semple Stadium on Sunday at 2 pm It’s a quick turnaround for the Cats who were excellent in defeat in the Leinster final against Galway. Only a fool would write off the chances of Kilkenny but Limerick look a good side this year and they will come into the match fresh. Prediction: Limerick.

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Boyle Arts Festival’s jam-packed programme The programme for the 29th annual Boyle Arts Festival was launched recently at Lough Key Boats in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle. The nationally renowned festival will be officially opened by Brent Pope in King House next Thursday, July 19th, and a specially commissioned musical piece composed by Siobhán Cleary will be performed by John Carty and Patsy Hanly. Children will have plenty to do at Boyle Arts Festival including Film and Puppet shows, Storytelling, Art & Craft workshops with Kate Wilson, Hullabaloo, Singskool and Baby Buddies. For a detailed listing of our workshops for adults, see our website and programme. As always, the centrepiece of Boyle Arts Festival is the main Visual Exhibition. Once again curated by Paul McKenna and housed in the beautifully restored King House, the theme this year is ‘The Gathering’, featuring 140 of the finest artists in the country. Several other exhibitions, including the highly acclaimed Local Artists exhibition and the Boyle Camera Club expo, will take place during the Festival.

Brent Pope will officially open Boyle Arts Festival in King House next Thursday, July 19th

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Details will be available in the programme. The programme is an exciting mix, containing over fifty events, and will continue until Saturday, July 28th. The Boyle Arts Festival office, situated beside Marian’s on Bridge Street, has been open since Monday (9th). Details and tickets for all the events will be available from here but you can pick up a programme in local businesses now. Tickets for a selection of events are now available to purchase in advance through

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R&B flavoured pop by three girls with young hearts but witchy old souls, to The Storehouse on Sunday, July 22nd. Boyle Arts Festival veterans, The Men Who Knew Too Much will take up their usual Sunday afternoon residency in Daly’s on July 22nd and Dublin-based Mongrel State will rip it up with their powerful sound, raw Rock ‘n’ Roll and stomping Rockabilly on Monday, July 23rd. ‘Join Me In the Pines’ is the moniker for Bell X1 guitarist Dave Geraghty, who will perform at an intimate late-night concert in King House on Tuesday, July 24th. Rooted in

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There will be plenty of drama! There’s plenty of drama this year too. Beezneez Theatre Group will present ‘Callaghan’s Place’ in St. Joseph’s Hall on Wednesday, July 25th, while Sean Leonard will present ‘Humanity Dick – A Tale of Beasts & Bullets’ in King House on Saturday, July 28th. Don’t miss Shiva Theatre’s ‘Meet Me in the Gardens’ in the Pleasure Grounds on Saturday, July 21st or Leonie McDonagh’s comedy and drama, ‘There’s All Sorts’, in King House on Thursday, July 26th.

In the Classical genre, Boyle Arts Festival is delighted to welcome soprano, Celine Byrne. Celine will be accompanied by Ailbhe McDonagh on piano and cello, with Lynda O’Connor on violin. The concert will take place in the Church of Ireland on Thursday, July 26th. New Airs is a classical fusion group combining classical strings with rock/ folk percussion and synthesised electronics. Their production is directed by Irish composer, arranger and producer Glen Austin and will be presented in King House on Saturday, July 21st. Don’t miss The Harlequin Opera Company, who will present an outdoor Opera Gala featuring some wellloved pieces in Boyle Abbey on Sunday, July 22nd. Please note that tickets for this event will only be


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Trad sessions galore in Boyle! If you’re looking for traditional music, James Carty, Francis Gaffney and Brian McGrath will kick off the Trad sessions with a lunchtime concert in King House on Friday, July 20th and Sean Keane will perform in the Church of Ireland, later the same evening. We are delighted to have Trad supergroup Altan with us this year and they will perform in the Church of Ireland on Tuesday, July 24th. The Boyle Singers will be joined by Tim Dennehy in Dodd’s bar on Thursday, July 26th and Kieran Quinn, Seamie O’Dowd & Guests will bring the Trad. performances to a close, in the Church of Ireland on Friday, July 27th. James Carty

Folk Group on Saturday, July 21st and another by the recently-formed St. Joseph’s Church Choir on Sunday, July 22nd. The always-popular King House lunchtime concert programme will include performances by the Incantato String Quartet, saxophonist Robert Fin-

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WeekendPeople SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION In commissioning the Apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church’s mission after the Resurrection. His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the Twelve Tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites were sent out with no bread and only one set of clothes, wearing sandals and carrying a staff (Exodus 12:11; Deuteronomy 8:2–4). Like the Israelites, the Apostles are to rely solely on the providence of God and His grace. Perhaps Mark also wants us to see the Apostles’ mission, the mission of the Church, as that of leading a new exodus – delivering peoples from their exile from God and bringing them to the promised land, the kingdom of heaven. Like Amos in today’s First Reading, the Apostles are not “professionals,” who earn their bread by prophesying. Like Amos, they are simply men (Acts 14:15) summoned from their ordinary jobs and sent by God to be shepherds of their brothers and sisters. Again this week, we hear the theme of rejection: Amos experiences it, and Jesus warns the Apostles that some will not welcome or listen to them. The Church is called not necessarily to be successful, but only to be faithful to God’s command. With authority and power given to it by Jesus, the Church proclaims God’s peace and salvation to those who believe in Him, as we sing in today’s Psalm. This word of truth, this Gospel of salvation, is addressed to each of us, personally, as Paul proclaims in today’s Epistle. In the mystery of God’s will, we have been chosen from before the foundation of the world – to be His sons and daughters, to live for the praise of His glory. Let us, then, give thanks for the Church today, and for the spiritual blessings He has bestowed upon us. Let us resolve to further the Church’s mission – to help others hear the call to repentance and welcome Christ into their lives.




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Memories of Mattie, a superstar long before the Super 8s It’s another beautiful Monday evening, and four of us have had a couple of very enjoyable hours playing golf in the gloriously peaceful surrounds of Castlerea Golf Club. However, because of the unusual rules that we play by, (nothing criminal, only unusual), myself and my partner find that, even though we won a few holes, drew a few, and only lost one (critically the last one), we are going home as the runners-up in our mini-tournament. And for some reason – maybe the lovely weather was also a factor – I found myself transported back in time to the days when the late Mattie McDonagh – still and probably for ever more the most decorated Connacht footballer of all time with his four All-Ireland medals – used to host a regular soccer get-together at the back of his own house, outside Ballygar. In that mini-tournament, the ‘winners’ also only had to be ahead at the final whistle. I encountered the great Mattie at a number of sports… including golf, racquetball, tennis, rugby, hurling, football and soccer (both indoor and outdoor). His will to win was renowned, and in our soccer outings, at a certain stage, it always went to whoever “gets the next goal wins”, no matter what the score was at the time. We all knew that the game would carry on until

Mattie’s team won. Many a Sunday evening saw the concession of a soft goal to ensure that Mattie won and we could go home. As Roscommon and Galway head off to the Super 8s and Croke Park this weekend, I just wondered is there anyone amongst them as focused on winning as Big Matt used to be. I really hope both western teams have a right go at it. Remarkably, I know the Rossies will attack the men from Tyrone – I just hope Kevin Walsh lets the Tribesmen off the leash and they take the battle to The Kingdom. I might be in the minority, but the Dubs showed last year how to play against the blanket defence, and I am sure Kevin McStay and his merry men don’t need me to tell them how to play, although if they want to call me I will gladly help. I believe the Rossies can spring an almighty shock on Saturday evening, and pour more pressure on Mickey Harte. As for Galway, last year they made no effort to take on Kerry, and let what at the time was a poor enough team beat them well. For us supporters, it was almost an embarrassment. This Galway team is well capable of winning as well, and, if both were to do so, wouldn’t it be great for the West?

We’ll be calling! It’s amazing how quickly the time is going, and how the years are passing, and so today I rang my friend Dave in Cancer Care West to organise the printing of posters and tickets for our Annual Dance in aid of Cancer Care West and the Lourdes Invalid Fund. It takes place this year on Saturday night, 15th of September, in Dowd’s, Glinsk, with music once again by the very popular Lancers. As usual we will be taking to the highways and the byways with the tickets, starting in two or three weeks’ time, so this is just a preliminary notice to let you know we will be calling, and we know you will support two very worthy causes.

Gearoid McInerney and Neymar… The hurling last Sunday between Galway and Kilkenny was such a wonderful exciting contest that there can be no argument that hurling is one of the best, if not the best, field game of all. The effort put in by both sets of players was bordering on the heroic. When you compare that to the behaviour, particularly of Neymar, in the World Cup, you really have to wonder. Before I leave the World Cup – and obviously

by the time this newspaper arrives in your door you will know if England have made it through to the World Cup final on Sunday, but on my way home from Castlerea on Monday night, and as I recovered from the disappointment of not being a champion golfer, I was amazed to realise that I could name the England starting eleven in 1966, without having to think twice. Banks, Wilson, Moore, etc…their

names rolled off my tongue, and it nearly frightened me to think that as they get ready for this year’s semi-final, I would hardly know half their present team. Maybe I’m older (no maybe about it), but I think it’s also a reflection on how, personally, I have got fed up with the diving, moaning and cheating of the soccer multi-millionaires. Wouldn’t it be great to put one of them out in the middle of a serious in-

tercounty hurling match, and see how they would get on – can you imagine Gearoid McInerney and Neymar going bald-headed for the sliothar! I’d say for a change the Brazilian superstar would have good reason to do a bit of rolling on the ground. Anyway, I’ve said all along that our neighbours can win it, and I certainly feel they will be in the final. After that, anything can happen.

And finally… Finally for this week, we had an unusual treble in Mikeen’s, when three local people – Bobby Jennings, Michael Griffin and Sylvia Lynch – all celebrated their 7th of July birthdays. I received a photo entitled the 7th July babies, but you will agree the two lads are a long way removed from their baby days, (you could say they are fairly hairy babies), and despite extensive enquiries I couldn’t get their exact ages. The only thing I’m sure of is that none of them were born in the same year, and the nearest I got was an admission from Mike Griffin that there was quite a bit of VAT to be added to the 21 that he admitted to. Sylvia’s mother said (note pun) nothing, and the best DJ in the west (Bobby) sang dumb. Anyway, congrats to all three, but if they think they are special, the 14th April gang one year had four people celebrating their birthdays in Mikeen’s, so the 7th July crew need one more for next year. However, well done, and here’s to many more.

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I don’t know anything about the politics of the GAA (some of ye would say I know nothing about anything). A simple mind, that’s mine, but it looks to me as if it would make sense to have both Western teams in Croke Park on Sunday. However, it is not to be, although I imagine a lot of people, me included, would like to make it to both games.

Michael Griffin, Sylvia Lynch and Bobby Jennings celebrate their 7th of July birthdays at Mikeen’s in Creggs recently.

Till next week, Bye for now!


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New York, New York: Leo does it again! Kerrie and Erin O’Connell, Lanesboro, pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Ladies Day judge, Jennifer Wrynne and Barbara Taylor, Horse Racing Ireland, pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Leo Varadkar tried hard to back-peddle in order to diffuse the furore around his highly wounding remarks which were aimed at journalists and which he allegedly made while he was attending a lunch in New York, during his visit to launch our bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council. Yes folks, apparently, as the song says ‘in a New York minute, everything can change,’ and our Leo got ‘pretty strange,’ telling invited guests that ‘the media,’ of which I am a member, was ‘not interested in the facts; only in getting a story,’ and that political journos only focused on what he described as “tittle-tattle,” and “rumour,” rather than “important issues”. Er, but it was all great craic when we reported on the less substantive issue of your maple leaf novelty socks during the love-in with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Oh yeah, no complaints there I see. Was that because nobody asked you a difficult question Leo? An Taoiseach allegedly made this latest controversial blunder while ‘expressing sympathy with Donald Trump’s attacks on the media,’ but, despite the fact he now “profoundly regrets” the comments, in order to make sure us horrid and unfair peddlers of “tittletattle” got the message, Leo dispatched chuckle brothers Eoghan Murphy and Paschal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in New York for the launch of Ireland’s bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council.

Donohoe to assuage us, nay, to stage-manage us into believing the great one’s remarks were all “taken out of context”. Will ya give me a break lads; sure the hubby has garden tools rusting in the shed that possess more charisma and cop-op than the pair of ya put together. And by the way, what is it with your boss, (perhaps it’s jet lag) but every time he visits the US he appears to feel an urge to impress Donald Trump…I mean, back in March we had his off-the-wall remarks regarding the Doonbeg wind farm negatively impacting on Trump’s golf course business, where Leo, assuming he was being hilarious, recounted how

he had “endeavoured to do” what he could to help the then businessman. Having crossed the line, Leo, (last spotted hiking up Mount Ego), now says he ‘believes that a free, fair and balanced press is a cornerstone of our democracy’. Damn right it is sunshine. And let me tell you this Leo, (in case the teachers in your old boys’ private school didn’t enlighten you sufficiently), as journalists, myself and my colleagues hold ourselves to a very important code of ethics and often have to make crucial decisions when reporting news to our readers. All of these decisions centre around finding and communicating the truth;

something which facilitates the democracy in which we all live! As journalists, we try to bring transparency to our readers; and we strive hard to remain objective; even when we are reporting on issues we may not agree with. We try to relay information in an understandable and accessible way; and we try to evoke emotion regarding matters that will impact on all of our daily lives. D’ya get it Leo? An dtuigeann tú? Buachaill maith! Oh, and, since you’re so chummy with the Prima Donald, I have to ask, when it comes to securing our post Brexit border with the UK, will you be bringing his batty build-a-wall idea to the table?

Why Will & Jada need to stop sharing! Jennifer Wrynne and Aoife Greenfield, Elphin, pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Ladies’ Day judge, Jennifer Wrynne and John Tobin pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

He may be one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, he may be handsome, talented and charismatic; oh and stinking rich; but, given the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s latest podcast comments regarding his marriage to Jada PinkettSmith, I think Will Smith’s trying way too hard to be cool. His comment, “We don’t even say we’re married any more,” and, “There’s no deal breakers. There’s nothing she could do — ever. Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support ‘till death and it feels so good to get to that space,” makes me suspect the highly secretive Agent K from Men in Black may have visited the Smith household and fried Will’s brain with a Neuralyzer, because the bloke is living in a fantasy world and needs to wake up and understand that no marriage is bomb-proof!

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.

You see, in my humble opinion, while this couple are entitled to create their own version of a relationship/marriage/ union…as indeed, we all are, maybe it’s just me, but the Pinkett-Smith’s slant on family situations has always been kinda unorthodox. They’re always over-

sharing intimate stuff and trying way too hard to prove to the world they’re shiny, happy people. However, it’s not just Will; motherearth Jada is also known to take the whole ‘we are family’ theme to what I’d opine as pretty disturbing levels. For example, does anyone remember a segment of her Facebook series where she imparted to followers that her grandmother – yeah her Nana – (and for the sake of this being a family publication and me not wishing to give our shocked editor a heart attack, I’ll be delicate) – taught her to, ahem, discover how to fine-tune her own personal entertainment system, (ya get my meaning?) – where Nana allegedly passed on some pretty specific instruction! Yeuch! Excuse me while I burn that distracting image from my mind’s eye!


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Eleanor Hanly, Yvonne Donohue, Eimear Reynolds and Cáit O’Brien pictured at Roscommon Rose Escort Paul Clabby’s Lip Sync fundraiser at the Red Parrot on Saturday last.

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Kevin Coyle, Genevieve McCormack, Eleanor Hanly and Brian Neary pictured at Roscommon Rose Escort Paul Clabby’s Lip Sync fundraiser at the Red Parrot on Saturday last.

Roscommon Rose Chairperson Yvonne Corrigan Donohue, Roscommon Rose Eimear Reynolds, and Roscommon Rose Escort Paul Clabby pictured at Paul’s Lip Sync fundraiser at the Red Parrot on Saturday last.

ET Murray, Mossy Connaughton and Roscommon Rose Escort Paul Clabby pictured at Paul’s Lip Sync fundraiser at the Red Parrot on Saturday last.

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Olympians Shane Healy and Mick Clohisey pictured at Roscommon Harriers’ 10 Mile Road Race in Roscommon town last Saturday. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

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Harriers’ race a runaway success! A warm, humid day didn’t put off over 600 runners taking to the roads of Roscommon for the annual Roscommon Harriers 10 Mile Road Race. The annual 10 miler is now part of the inaugural Kia Race Series, and it has become a firm favourite of top Irish athletes, with Mick Clohisey returning for a second year… attempting to beat the course record as set by him last year in the male category. The race had a very special Roscommon native as race starter: Shane Healy, who competed in the

1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Shane decided on the start line that he too wanted to join the race and from the back he claimed 5th spot and 1st male in the over 40s category! The race proved popular with runners of all abilities from as far afield as Canada and Australia. A flat, fast course, and superb organisation with extra touches such as a free 99 cone post-race, means that the numbers already registered for 2019 are in excess of 150 only a few days after what was a memorable 2018 edition! Mick Clohisey was less than a

Mary Caslin, Elphin, and Faye McManus, Co. Sligo, pictured at Roscommon Harriers’ 10 Mile Road Race in Roscommon town last Saturday. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

minute off this time last year with a time of 49.31, Sinéad Foran from Athenry AC was the first female home in a time of 1.07.03, second and third places when to Colin Maher, Ballyfin AC, and Paddy O’Toole from Westport AC. The second lady home was Mari Johnston from Sligo AC, followed by Siobhan Lee from Galway City Harriers. The Roscommon Harriers 10 Mile Race also forms the Roscommon County Championships with first male Adrian Smith and first female Andrea Keogh taking home the honours for Roscommon Harriers AC.

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Classifieds COTTAGE MARKET  THE COTTAGE MARKET, Strokestown will be held on Sunday July 15th in Church Street, Strokestown, from 12pm - 4pm. New monthly market with community at its heart offering locallygrown produce, baked goods and crafts. Tel: 089 9725741 for more information.

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

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:

D.A.F.M. Approved Reg No: EL000083

 GRAZING WANTED: Shortterm or long-term for sheep, must have water, be well fenced. Tel: 086 8675213

FOR SALE  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: 2011 Kia Rio 1.5 Diesel, 5 door, taxed, NCT until May 2019. €5,500 o.n.o. Tel: 087 6348443  FOR SALE: 30 glass panel adjoining double doors. Tel: 087 6133474  FOR SALE: Old style Kitchen Dresser (recently made) on offer cheap. Would suit the older house or as a set for a stage drama. Has to be collected in Dunmore. Offers accepted, for more info. Tel: 087 9226810

FAMILY CIRCLE FAMILY CIRCLE 07/07/18 FIRST PRIZE €50: Laura Gatley c/o K H SECOND PRIZE €25: Cole Brady c/o K H THIRD PRIZE €20: John Murtin c/o Murrays Pub 8 RESIDUAL PRIZES OF €10 EACH:

Dennis O’Shea c/o Mary Barry Teresa Kilduff c/o K Hoare Sarah Cunniffe c/o K Hoare Kathleen Lanagian c/o B Healy Mary Geraghty c/o K Hoare Tony Hannon c/o K Hoare Eileen Kelly c/o B Healy Bernie Egan c/o K Hoare 5 PROMOTERS PRIZES OF €5 EACH:

Thomas A Murray c/o Murrys Kathleen Houre Sorcha Ward Goff St. Aaron Dimambro c/o K Houre Kathleen Collins Total Receipts: €192 Total Prizes: €200

To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email


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

087 2346364 FRANCIS REGAN FENCING LTD For all your fencing needs. Glas Fencing Grant Fencing Post Rail

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Tel: 087 2172281

GARDENING 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


ALL ABOUT THE GARDEN • Roscommon Town • Grass and Hedge Cutting • General Maintenance • Strimming and Weeding


090 6630879 or Mobile

087 2835742 GATELY GARDENING Four Roads, Co. Roscommon • Landscaping • Timber Decking • Patios • General Maintenance Contact Liam on 086 8749550 or 090 66 27496

PARKLAWN TREE SERVICES • Certified Arborists • Tree Surgery • Dangerous Tree Removal • Wood Chipping • Leylandii hedges reduced and shaped. Comprehensive insurance cover. I.S.A. member.

Tel: 086 6077307 or 086 8125165

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

Garden Clearance

087 2860428

JOE HEALY Tree Services • Hedge Cutting • Dangerous Tree removal • Wood Chipping • Fully Insured


087 2721193

DANGEROUS TREE REMOVAL SERVICE • Woodchipping • Log Splitting • Tree Surgery • Hedge Cutting

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



JOAN MOORE Therapy Rooms


 HOUSE TO RENT: New 3 bed house to rent in Roscommon town, first letting. Tel: 086 8198819

• Sports Massage • Deep Tissue Massage • Reflexology • Indian head Massage • Reiki • Aromatherapy • Dry needling • Thai Massage Roscommon West Business Park, Circular Road, Roscommon

087 9201818 Gift vouchers now available

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Phone John on


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

Tel: 086 2437376


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

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

086 1930766

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


Private & Commercial Power washing 25 years experience Free Estimates Given

Phone Alan on:

090 6661635 or Mobile:


086 4679798 PHYSICAL THERAPIST ● Amatsu Therapy ● Neuromuscular therapy

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

Tel: 087 2721757 Vouchers available on-line

KITTENS TO BE HOMED  KITTENS: Free to good homes. Will the lady who called on 5th June please call back as we will give her one kitten. Tel: 090 6629794

KENNELS LISBROCK BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY Brideswell, Athlone, Co. Roscommon • Spacious Kennels provided • Spacious exercise areas outside • Short Term - Long Term boarding welcomed • Dogs walked on request.

For further details contact Mary 087 6162191 or Barra 087 9764250 Members of IBKCA

Roscommon Physical Therapy Clinic 18 years experience in treating babies to adults Physical Therapy CranioSacral Therapy Medical Dry Needling Prescription Orthotics Pilates – Small Classes Can we help you? Call us today to enquire Ph. 090 663 0009 Like us on Facebook We are now located at: 2 Castleview, Castle Street, Roscommon F42 C902

REFLEXOLOGY REFLEXOLOGY MARINA FUREY (MNRRI) African & Classical Reflexology 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 - Ante Natal Reflexology - Cancer Care Reflexology - Infant/Child Reflexology Mobile Service Available Marina Furey B. Sc. (Hons)

Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon

Tel: 087 2264951 Find us on facebook

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

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to retain and complete existing domestic shed and ancillary site works at Killadangan, Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Alan Regan. 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 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 Curraghsallagh, Lisacul, Co. Roscommon We Ann Marie Dooney and J.P. Harte intend to apply for planning permission for the construction of a new dwelling house, domestic garage, septic tank and percolation area along with ancillary site works at Curraghsallagh, Lisacul, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Ann Marie Dooney and J.P. Harte. 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 Roscommon County Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to this application may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of €20, within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt 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, Sean and Jacqueline Naughton, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct 3 detached, two-storey dwelling houses on fully serviced sites no.36, no.37 and no.38, a domestic garage/ store on site no.36 and all associated services and site works at Castle Manor, Lisnacroghy or Gallowstown, Racecourse Road, Roscommon. Signed: Sean and Jacqueline Naughton 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 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.


Design Consultation Planning Applications New Build, Extend, Renovate Bespoke Design Domestic, Commercial & Agricultural

086 3482387

MORRIS LOHAN Consulting Engineers Castle Street, Roscommon Phone: 090 66 27950 • HOUSE/EXTENSION DESIGN • PLANNING APPLICATIONS • ASSIGNED DESIGN & CERTIFIER ‘New Building Regs’ • BER RATINGS ‘Domestic & Commercial’ • STRUCTURAL & CONDITION SURVEYS • FIRE DESIGN CERTIFICATES ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Peggy Collins, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council, for the following:(1) Retention permission for existing first floor extension to rear of existing dwelling house and (2) Full planning permission for the change of use of the existing domestic shed to habitable space and permission for a proposed extension to same, all to form an en-suite bedroom associated with existing dwelling house, together with minor elevation changes and all ancillary developments at Glenvela Td, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Peggy Collins 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 office 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 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the 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.


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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We are applying for planning permission, to retain the front boundary of a site, consisting of a timber post and rail fence, at Carrownageeragh Townland, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Gantrac Ltd. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable costs 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 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 Conlon Consulting Engineering Ltd., are applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of our client, Donal McDermott, for permission for development for the site located at Clooneenbaun, Oran, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of: The erection of a single storey dwelling-house, domestic garage and for the installation of a septic tank with soil polishing percolation area and all ancillary site works. Signed: Conlon Consulting Engineering Ltd. CL Building, Racecourse Rd. Roscommon Ph: 090 6665341 (Agent) 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 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, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the 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, S and J Egan, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct alterations and extensions including attic conversion to existing house plus the installation of new domestic sewage treatment system and associated site works, at Castlesampson, Bealnamullia, Athlone, Co. Roscommon, all per application documents.

 CHILDMINDER WANTED: Reliable childminder wanted to mind 2 children in own home, girl 10 and boy 8 years, outskirts of Roscommon town, own transport would be a bonus, hours per week would vary, but would average 23 hours, for more information. Box No: 1159 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon

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, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the 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.

 RELIABLE, CARING LADY WITH EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN REQUIRED: To help out in a family home in Elphin area from mid August onwards on a regular basis. 3 days per week. Hours and pay negotiable. Please reply to: Box No: 1162 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Ivorybull Design on behalf Iain and Anne Marie MacKay, intend to apply for Planning Permission for the renovations and remodelling of the existing c.1922 property, a two storey side extension on the west elevation subordinate to an existing two storey house, a small single storey front porch to the east elevation and a small plant house to the south elevation and all ancillary site development works at: Ballindrumlea, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45 HC67 Signed: Iain MacKay Ivorybull Design, 4 Main Street, Castlerea, F45 CC99 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PUBLIC NOTICE AN CHÚIRT DÚICHE (The District Court) LICENSING ACTS 1833 TO 2011 The Licensing (Ireland) Act 1833 - Section 6 Intoxicating Liquor Act 1960 - Section 29 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF TRANSFER OF LICENCE District Court Area of Roscommon District No. 4 Catherine Kelly Applicant TAKE NOTICE that Catherine Kelly of Galeybeg, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon intends to apply to the Annual Licensing Court to be held at the Courthouse, Abbey Street, Roscommon on the 18th day of September, 2018 at 10.30am for the transfer to the Applicant of the Publican’s Licence (Seven Day Ordinary) attached to the premises known Kelly’s Pub situate at Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon in Court area and District aforesaid and heretofore licensed in the name of Thomas Kelly. Dated this 3rd day of July 2018 Signed: Fintan O’Reilly & Co., Solictors for the Applicant Suite Five, Gateway Centre, Monksland, Athlone, Co. Roscommon To: District Court Clerk District Court Office, Government Buildings, Golf Links Road, Roscommon. To: The Superintendent of the Garda Síochána, Abbey Street, Roscommon. To: The Fire Authority/Chief Fire Officer Roscommon Town Fire Station, Circular Road, Roscommon.

 CHILDMINDER REQUIRED: For 1 year old girl in Lanesboro area, four days a week, in own home or minders. Please apply with just full name and phone no to: Box No: 1161 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon  CHILDMINDER REQUIRED: To mind 1 child in childs own home, Knockcroghery area, 4 to 5 days a week. Experience and fluent English essential. Tel: 089 4382694

SITUATIONS WANTED  HANDYMAN/ BUILDER AVAILABLE: For small projects such as extensions, bathroom, conversions, replacement windows, paving, patios, general maintenance etc. Tel: 086 0512267  RETIRED MAN AVAILABLE: For all types of work, full drivers licence, all offers considered. Box No: 1160 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon

PAINTERS  PAINTERS: For all your interior and exterior painting, tried and trusted since 1993. Telephone John: 083 8838022

Pete’s Cabs



Quality Small Job Services For Home or Business




also Cattle Bedding Available


All aspects of Plastering

Tel: Donal


● Interior ● Exterior ● Domestic ● Commercial ● Modern & Traditional Methods ● Restorations ● Dry-lining ● Insulation


087 6395741 SOULMATES SOULMATES - DON’T BE ALONE, LOVE IS ALL THERE IS: Find that special person for friendship and romance with like-minded people. Safe, reliable and confidential. Tel: 087 9216302/087 7720250


TOM KILDUFF CABS Tel: (086) 2544662 086 3821515



 EXPERIENCED LADY AVAILABLE: For care of elderly, professional chef, art tutor and general house keeping. Tel: 089 9554313

TELEPHONE: 086 8099 503



 7th SON: A Seventh Son Healer will attend in the Coffee Drop, The Square, Ballygar, Co. Galway this Saturday, 14th July, 11.30am to 3.30pm. Cures for Depression, Sinus, Migraine, Headaches, Blood Pressure, Ear noise, Vertigo, Back Pain, Chest Asthma, Shingles, Blushing lack of Confidence, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Fatigue, Eczema, Psoriasis, Panic Attacks Nerve Stress, Anxiety, all skin rash etc. 100% success rate. No appointment needed, call on day in private. Any enquiries to 049 4335497 or mobile 086 1921955 anytime.


Taxi and Minibus hire.


– Contact –

Peter Lynch 086 8400002

Padraig Healy Car & Mini Bus Hire Wheelchair Accessible Call car direct

(086) 2714879 TURF/FUEL/ FIREWOOD  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  FOR SALE: Large lorry loads of turf. Screened and delivered. Orders for this years turf taken now. Tel: 086 7236301  FOR SALE: Top quality turf, approx 8 ton loads, screened and delivered. Approx €750. Tel: 086 2318207

086 2721812 (All areas) WANTED: Fallen trees for firewood. Ash, Beech, Birch and Whitethorn. We are safety certified and insured. Phone:

 FOR SALE: Small truck loads of turf for sale, 9x5 14” Box, heap on top €200 delivered. Tel: 087 6280483


 FOR SALE: 200 bags of turf for sale in Kilrooskey, bags full to the brim, the bank is great and dry, no bother driving in with car and trailer. €2.50 per bag. Tel: 086 2003080  TURF FOR SALE: Plot of Turf for sale (footed) Kilrooskey area. Tel: 087 2656401  LOADS OR BAGS: Footed Turf for sale, Lanesbor area. Tel: 087 6175160


DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS: WASHING MACHINE, REPAIRS, DISHWASHER REPAIRS, OVEN AND TUMBLE DRYER REPAIRS Contact Paul on 086 0538977 087 4046478  SHANE NAUGHTON ROOFING CONTRACTOR Roofing, slating, tiling, 1st and 2nd fixing and flooring. All aspects of carpentry and building undertaken. Tel: 086 3155329.  SEMI-RETIRD WINDOW ENGINEER: Available for window repairs, door locks, reseals, adjustments, replacement units Telephone Nick: 089 2350108


Is your Kitchen/Bedroom looking tired or dated?


086 2670670

Why not get it resprayed in any colour of your choice Large selection of worktops and handles to choose from Contact Stephen on:


ONE CALL DOES IT ALL ! 094 96 31880 087 9100477 Established since 2005

087 2727888 Cab and Bus Hire

From fitting Curtain Rails to laying that footpath • Fast Reliable Service • Professional, Courteous Employees • Trustworthy

086 2437376

 R O O F I N G / S L AT I N G : PVC Facia Soffit, Gutters supplied and fitted. Tel: 087 6430164


to do that small job, or you haven’t got the time ...


TELEPHONE MICHAEL HAVERTY: 086 8381227 or 086 1997815  HANDYMAN AVAILABLE ALL SEASONS: For sewers, drainage concrete and lawn services, call Seamus. Tel: 087 1324245  HANDYMAN AVAILABLE: Indoor and outdoor painting, power washing, garden fencing erected, hedge cutting, general maintenance, no job too small. Tel: 086 0815802  CARPENTER AVAILABLE: Doors, floors, kitchen fittings, decking and garden furniture made to order, etc... free quotation, no job too small, 30 years experience. Call Paul: 086 3421114  ELECTRICIAN AVAILABLE: Safe electric registered. All work considered. No job too small. Phone Paul on 086 2553153 anytime or email: p086


| Insurance Repairs | Restoration Work | Paint Repairs | Colour Matching | Panel Replacement | Valeting | And much more Rathra, Tibohine, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon T: 094 98 72870 M: 087 6077277 E:

WINDOW CLEANING  WINDOW CLEANING: Competitive rates. All areas covered. Also Gutters/ fascias. Contact John: 087 2291931


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Racecourse Road, Roscommon

DOOLEY CHIMNEY REPAIRS • Lining • Relining • Rebuilding • CCTV Camera Inspection

CATHAL DOOLEY 087 6579064

20 Years Experience Free Insurance Quotes Nationwide Service Stoves and Ranges Fitted All Work Guaranteed

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

Thermally efficient and high security with reinforced frames offering quality without compromise.

Telephone: 090 66 33026



Dead & Worn-Out Animals Contact


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


Bonded Bead Cavity Wall Insulation Cellulose, Sheepswool, Fibreglass, SIGA Airtightness New Buildings & Retrofit Call in or contact us for free advice and quotes

Unit 2, Ballybrit Industrial Estate, Galway


Also Wooden Venetians, Velux Window Blinds. Tel: 090 66 30521 Mobile: 086 8115928


Boyle Glass Ballinameen, Boyle,

Tel: 071 96 68368 - Stained Decorative

and Frosted Glass - Double Glazed Units - Bevelled Glass/ Mirrors - Glass Shelves/Table Tops - Painted Glass Splashbacks - Balcony Glass

- STOVE GLASS - Fire Rated Glass Find us on Facebook/boyleglass



ROSCOMMON Driving School 087 2295551 Road Safety Authority Approved Driving Instructor

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

- CCTV Camera Inspection For Professional For Professional Advice Contact Advice Contact: John Hibbitt: Tel: 090

9673336 2678350

Mob: 086 Email:

WINDOW AND DOOR REPAIRS • Door Handles • Door Locks • Letterboxes • Window Hinges • Patio Door Repairs • Misted and Double Glazed Units • Reseal Windows and Doors

Contact David Martin on 087 9959417 uPVC WINDOW AND DOOR PARTS NOW IN STOCK TO SUIT ALL BRANDS • Handles • Hinges • Locks • Letter Boxes • Double Glazed Units supplied and fitted Fully insured



Gerry Monaghan

TARMACADAM CContact: GGerry M Monaghan h

SERVICES: • Tarmacadam • Kerbing • Patio • Domestic & Commercial TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GOVERNMENT HRI SCHEME

STEPHEN HOARE CLEANING SERVICES • ROSCOMMON • Carpets & Upholstery Cleaning • WINDOW CLEANING • POWER WASHING Fascias & Soffits • Gutters & Down pipes • Drive ways ‘paths and patios’ KEEN and COMPETITIVE PRICES

M: 086 3912396 PH: 090 66 62892

House & Garden Maintenance

Alan Somers Cluain Árd, Ardsallaghmore, Roscommon. Tel: (090) 66 27970 Mobile: (086) 8161651 Email:

Powerwashing - House, Driveway, Roof Complete Painting Service DIY Solutions

Chimney Cleaning Service NOW AVAILABLE

SELLING A USED CAR? Don’t let your advert get lost in the Web!

You have a better chance of selling a reasonably priced used car within your own county! An advert in the Roscommon People will be seen by over

80,000 LOCAL people every week!

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

Telephone: 090 66 34633 Email:

FAMILYNOTICES .... SNYPE (nee Madden) Gretta Late of Hollywell, Derrane In loving memory of a dear Mother, who died on July 18th 2001 R.I.P. (17th Anniversary)

MOTHER 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 in her footsteps, We will never go wrong. Gone from the home that smiling face, The cheerful pleasant ways, The heart that won so many friends, In bygone happy days. A life made beautiful by kindly deeds, A helping hand for others needs. To a beautiful life comes a happy end, She died as she lived, everyone’s friend. Fold her in your arms Lord, Now that she is reunited with our Dad. You will be looking after each other, Until we meet you both again.

Remembering you today and always, by all your loving family, friends and neighbours. Mam’s Anniversary Mass in Derrane Church on Saturday, 14th July at 7pm.


FREEHILY Laurence, Francis Highlake, Fourmilehouse, Roscommon Who died on the 12th July, 2007 (11th Anniversary)

A silent thought, A quiet prayer, For a special person In God’s care Always remembered by his brothers PJ and Martin. Anniversary Mass in Ballinaheglish Church on Sunday, 15th July at 11am.

HANLEY Padraic 6, Shannon Heights, Ballyleague Who died on the 17th of July 2016 (2nd Anniversary)

Dearly loved son and brother You had a smile for everyone You had a heart of gold You left the sweetest memories The world could ever hold

With love from mam Kathleen, dad Patsy, sister Marie and brother Alan. 2nd Anniversary will be celebrated in Ballyleague Church on Friday, 13th of July at 7pm.

Hawthorn Drive, Roscommon (8th Anniversary)

KELLY Bartley Northyard, Scramogue

No special day is needed For us to think of you You are always in our thoughts No matter what we do. You’re more than a precious memory From whom we had to part You are the light that burns within us In the centre of our hearts.

Sadly missed by her husband Danny, daughter Rita, son David, son-in-law Robert, daughter-in-law Mary and grandchildren. Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Monday, 16th July at 10am.

We hold you close within our hearts And there you will remain, To walk with us throughout our lives, Until we meet again

Always loved and sadly missed by his wife Lily, sons, daughters, in-laws and grandchildren. Anniversary Mass in St. Anne’s Scramogue Church on Sunday, 15th of July at 10.30am.


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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES FLYNN Clare Mountdillon,Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon Who died on 16th July 2017 (1st Anniversary)



Tobbervaddy Athleague 15th July 2018 (5th Anniversary)

Silkwood, Strandhill Road, Sligo.

In loving memory of our darling daughter and sister Clare, who died on 16th July, 2017. Percy, Carmel and Peter wish to express sincere thanks to all who sympathised and supported us at this heartbreaking time. Clare’s friends, especially Edwina and her work colleagues in Motor Tax (Roscommon), M.B.N.A. (Carrick on Shannon), Laya Healthcare (Cork) and H.S.E. (Manorhamilton) who attended and formed a guard of honour. Our outstanding neighbours and friends for helping out with food and catering at our home and support all round. All who travelled to our home, Clare’s Reposing at Leavy’s Funeral Parlour and her Funeral Mass. Family and friends who travelled from England and further afield. Fr. John McManus for prayers at the Funeral Parlour “Thank You”. Clare’s friends and colleagues and God Daughter, Hazel who took gifts of remembrance to the altar. Those who read the Lesson, Prayers of the Faithful and Responses. Fr. Dusmanta and Fr. Gerry O’Brien for concelebration of the Funeral Mass and prayers of Commendation. The Altar Society for the floral arranging. Special thanks to Mel and Helena for hymes and music at the (Church) Funeral Mass. To all who sent floral tributes, Mass Cards, messages of sympathy, thanks for your generosity. To McGowan, Funeral Directors (Dromod) for their professionalism throughout this time. Thanks to Kieran Leavy, Scramogue for use of his Funeral Parlour. To Peter’s friends and all those who took charge of stewarding and traffic management. Great thanks to Seán and the Cemetary Committee together with our friends and neighbours for the beautiful preparation of Clare’s resting place. We are most thankful to the doctors, nursing staff and medical team at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar for their attention to Clare. Keenans Boutique Hotel, Tarmonbarry for a delicious meal following the Funeral. To anyone that we have failed to mention, many thanks also those who have continued to keep in contact “Thank You”. Clare’s First Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe on Sunday, 15th July at 10am.

No matter how many years go by, We still miss you so much, If only we could hear your voice and hold your hand one more time, You have left a void in our hearts. Time is supposed to heal but on your fifth anniversary mammy we miss you even more as each day that you are gone. Your memory will never be forgotten, and you are with us every day as we talk, laugh and cry at the amazing memories you left us with. We are guided by your influence and we know you are always with us, watching over us in everything we do. Always loved, never forgotten, forever missed.

O’DONOVAN Margaret and Paddy Park Head, Celtic Avenue, Roscommon (2nd & 38th Anniversary)

Love from her loving sons, daughters and families. Anniversary Mass in Castlecoote Church, on Friday, 20th July at 7pm.

O’GRADY Margaret & Martin Lanesboro Street, Roscommon (12th Anniversary)

In loving memory on your 1st Anniversary You are forever in our hearts and cherished memories sustain us, until we meet again. Lovingly remembered by your husband Kevin Molloy, children Mark, Jenni and Rory, sister Clare, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours. First Anniversary Mass in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Sligo on Friday, 20th July at 10:30am.

BEIRNE Denis Lus Leana, Roscommon (5th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Denis Beirne who died on July 15th, 2013 Time goes by And life goes on But from our thoughts You are never gone

Always loved by Willie, Mairead and extended family and friends. Anniversary Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derrane on Saturday, 14th July at 7pm.

GARVEY Kathleen The Grove, Kilteevan, Roscommon (5th Anniversary)

Tresured memories of our dear parents Margaret, who passed away on 14th July 2016 and Paddy, who passed away on 25th June, 1980 No matter how life changes, No matter what we do A special place within our hearts Is always kept for you.

Always loved and remembered by Mary, John, Anne, Paul, Simon, Eoin and Tara.

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Treasured memories of Margaret, beloved mother and friend, who died on 31st July, 2006 R.I.P. Also in memory of her late husband Martin Loved and remembered by her sons Martin and Philip and extended family and friends. Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Friday, 20th July at 10am.


THANKSGIVINGS UNFAILING NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY Oh Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the ‘Saint of Miracles’. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Publication promised for a great favour received. A.M.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. A.M.M.

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. J.W.

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. A.M.M.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, County Roscommon Derrysallagh Wind Farm Limited, intend to apply for permission for development at this site within the townland of Gubbarudda, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of the laying of underground 38kV electricity cable and associated ducting and ancillary development primarily within the public road to facilitate the connection of the permitted Derrysallagh Wind Farm within the townlands of Derrysallagh and Glen, County Sligo (Sligo County Council Planning Reference PL12/133) to the National electricity grid via the existing Garvagh 110kV substation in the townland of Seltan, County Leitrim. Part of this development is in place and subject to a pending application for Substitute Consent to An Bord Pleanála (Ref: ABP-300811-18). The proposed development within the jurisdiction of Co. Roscommon for which permission is sought includes the following: Installation of approximately 0.38km of underground cable ducting and ancillary development laid within private lands within the townland of Gubbarudda. Permission is also sought for the installation of the electricity cable following completion of the civil works. This application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 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, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the 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.




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No matter how life changes No matter what we do A special place within our hearts is always kept for you.

Always loved and sadly missed, by your loving family.

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Appointments Are now recruiting for an AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE ADVISOR to join the team. Responsibilities: Answer Incoming Calls and Schedule Service Appointments. ● Customer Service: Meet and Greet the customer, liaise with customer during repair. ● Document and Invoice Repairs.

Marketing Manager Required Michael Moore Car Sales

The successful candidate must have: ● God Interpersonal Skills. ● Technical experience in the Motor Industry. ● Good Organisational Skills.

Michael Moore Car Sales have an esteemed reputation for meeting and exceeding the highest level of standards within the motor trade. It is our driven and ĞĵĤǟĤĤĚĜīĩĄĞĞĩĝĄĩĤġĚĄĩĩĝĚěħĪĚħĞħĵĪĄěěħĥĨĤġīĝĥĚģĩƎĀĚĄĪĚěĵĪĪĚģĩĤĹīĚĚĠġģğĄ full time Marketing Manager to join our vibrant and dynamic team. Responsibilities: • To ensure all brands within the Michael Moore group are marketed accordingly. • Liaising closely with Sales team & Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen & Skoda. • Managing and executing the marketing and communication plans. • Making sure all web content is accurate, customer focused & up to date.

Apply by Post to: Turlough Burns, Colm Burns Commercials Ltd Dublin Road, Sligo or by email to: Closing date for application: 27th July

• Monitor lead generations and conversion results. • Identify digital opportunities in line with the objectives of the business. • Create a robust social media strategy across all social media channels.

Acceptance of an advertisement or payment therefore is not to be taken as implying guarantee that the advertisement will be published. The right is reserved to refuse to insert any advertisement, without giving any reason; also to discontinue the publication of any advertisement previously published, without compensation for any loss or damage claimed for non-publication. Publication of an advertisement cannot be guaranteed on a specific week or at all, whether or not a particular week has been stipulated by the advertiser, and the company will not be liable for any loss claimed by such omission, whether from all editions or any particular edition or editions of the paper. Right is reserved to alter any advertisement without liability for any compensation for such alteration. Further, the company does not accept liability for any loss or damage caused by an error or inaccuracy in the printing of any advertisement.

Experienced Technician Required

Michael Moore Car Sales

• Anniversary Remembrance • Acknowledgements • Birthday Remembrance Call into our office on Abbey Street, Roscommon

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

• 1 - 3 years marketing experience in a similar role. • Strong writing and proofreading skills. • Knowledge of our industry is an advantage, interest in learning is essential. • Strong organisation and time management skills. • Creative and forward thinker with drive and ambition. • Graphic design, photography & video skills are an advantage. An attractive package awaits the ideal candidate.

Michael Moore Car Sales have an esteemed reputation for meeting and ĚĸěĚĚĜġģğĩĝĚĝġğĝĚīĩĤĚĶĚĤħĞīĩĄģĜĄĪĜīĴġĩĝġģĩĝĚĥħĩħĪĩĪĄĜĚƎÒĩġīħĵĪĜĪġĶĚģĄģĜ ĞĵĤǟĤĤĚĜīĩĄĞĞĩĝĄĩĤġĚĄĩĩĝĚěħĪĚħĞħĵĪĄěěħĥĨĤġīĝĥĚģĩƎĀĚĄĪĚěĵĪĪĚģĩĤĹīĚĚĠġģğĄ ĞĵĤĤĩġĥĚÎĸĨĚĪġĚģěĚĜýĚěĝģġěġĄģĩħĢħġģħĵĪĶġĂĪĄģĩĄģĜĜĹģĄĥġěĩĚĄĥƎ

Marketing experience is preferred but if you feel you can sastify the above attributes please forward your letter of application together with your CV to Closing Date: Friday, 20th July.

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Through the use of diagnostic equipment and a systematic approach, ensure vehicle ĞĄĵĤĩīĄĪĚĜġĄğģħīĚĜĄģĜĪĚěĩġǟĚĜƎ

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ÓĚĚĩĴġĩĝěĵīĩħĥĚĪīĩħġĜĚģĩġĞĹĄģĜěĤĚĄĪĤĹĵģĜĚĪīĩĄģĜĨĪħĂĤĚĥīĄīĄģĜĴĝĚģĪĚĦĵġĪĚĜƎ Ensure full understanding of latest technology introduced on the vehicle range and ĝħĴĩħĜġĄğģħīĚĄģĜĪĚĨĄġĪĞĄĵĤĩīħģĩĝĚĥƎ ÎģīĵĪĚĄĤĤĴħĪĠġīěĄĪĪġĚĜħĵĩħĂīĚĪĶġģğīĄĞĚĴħĪĠġģğĨĪĄěĩġěĚīħĞīĚĤĞĄģĜħĩĝĚĪīƎ ĄĪĪĹħĵĩĜġĄğģħīġīʉĪĚĨĄġĪīĄģĜīĚĪĶġěġģğĩħĩĝĚĝġğĝĚīĩīĩĄģĜĄĪĜīƎ ĝĚěĠĤĚĶĚĤĄģĜĦĵĄĤġĩĹħĞĴħĪĠĩĝĪħĵğĝĵīĚħĞĜġĄğģħīĩġěĚĦĵġĨĥĚģĩĄģĜĪħĄĜĩĚīĩġģğƎ ħĥĨĤĚĩĚĪĚĤĚĶĄģĩīĚĪĶġěĚĜħěĵĥĚģĩĄĩġħģġģĄěěħĪĜĄģěĚĴġĩĝĪĚĦĵġĪĚĥĚģĩīƎ Ensure that workshop housekeeping standards are maintained at all times

Key Competencies: Communication: Communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with customers, colleagues and suppliers of all levels

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Analytical Ability: Gathers and records verbal and numerical data in a ěħĥĨĪĚĝĚģīġĶĚĄģĜĚĞĞĚěĩġĶĚĥĄģģĚĪƎ Customer Focus: ʈĂĤĚĩħġģĩĚĪĄěĩĴġĩĝěĵīĩħĥĚĪīġģĄĨĪħĞĚīīġħģĄĤĥĄģģĚĪƎÒĜĚģĩġǟĚī ĄģĜĵģĜĚĪīĩĄģĜīěĵīĩħĥĚĪĪĚĦĵġĪĚĥĚģĩīƎ Technical Ability: ÒģīĨĚěĩīĶĚĝġěĤĚīĄģĜěħĥĨĤĚĩĚīĄĤĤħěĄĩĚĜĴħĪĠĚĞǟěġĚģĩĤĹĄģĜ ĄěěĵĪĄĩĚĤĹġģĄěěħĪĜĄģěĚĩħĂĪĄģĜĶĄĤĵĚīƎ Effecting Control: Approaches tasks and interactions with others in a systematic

ST. CHRISTOPHER’S SERVICES CLG BATTERY ROAD, LONGFORD St. Christopher’s Services CLG is a Voluntary Organisation (Section 39) providing Day, Residential and Respite Services for People with an Intellectual Disability, at various locations in Longford Town and County.

Human Resources Officer We are seeking a full-time, permanent Human Resource Officer, based at our offices at Battery Road, Longford. Eligibility Criteria Qualifications and/ or experience: Each candidate must, at the latest date for receipt of completed applications for the post: • Have an appropriate qualification in Human Resource Management at degree level and/or relevant practical experience in a similar role. • Have an in-depth knowledge of Employment Legislation, together with experience in Industrial Relations. • Have Access to Transport as post will require some travelling • Have Strong IT Skills, including Word, Excel and Email.

Relationship Building: Develops productive and cooperative relationships with

Salary: Department of Health & Children Consolidated Payscale Clerical Officer Grade VI.


Informal Enquiries: Derek Scanlon, CEO. 085/8620005


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Application Forms and further details available from

HR Department, St. Christopher’s Services CLG, Battery Road, Longford. Tel: 043/3341769 Email: Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 25th July at 3.00 p.m. Applicants who meet the above criteria will be shortlisted for interview based on information supplied on the Application Form. Interviews will be held late July/early August 2018 St. Christopher’s Services CLG is an Equal Opportunities Employer


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Appointments Specific Purpose contract

Galaxy are now recruiting for a



St. Fidelma’s Childcare Centre, Corbally, Tulsk.

GENERAL OPERATIVE required for Specialist Waterproofing Company, mainly working in the Leinster region Requirements: • Must hold a safe pass • Manual Handling training • Experience working on building site • Driving licence experience • On Site training provided in structural waterproofing Apply with CV to: Hollywell Construction Hollywell Derrane Co. Roscommon

Requirements: • Well organised • Experience and passion for healthy cooking for children What we look for in a team member: • Good communication skills • Work as part of a team • Good rapport with adults and children alike • Be enthusiastic and motivated • Be able to work under direction and on own initiative • Be enthusiastic and motivated • Good record keeping Hours 11am – 5pm Position is subject to Garda vetting and Reference validation. Shortlisting of candidates may apply. Closing date: 17th July 2018 If you fulfil the above requirements and are interested in applying please forward your C.V. and a cover letter to:

Or email: Salary: DOE Closing date for applications Tuesday, 31st July 2018

The Management Committee, St. Fidelma’s Childcare Centre, Corbally, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon Or Email, Telephone: 071 9639202 “Investing in your future” Charity No. 159 83

Directors: Seamus Conway, Darena Hanly, Fiona Crean, Michelle Keaveney

Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre Curriculum Vitae’s are invited for two positions :

Early Years Teacher 25 hours 1pm-6pm 38 weeks Maternity cover 9:45-4:30pm Monday Tuesday Wednesday Essential Criteria: ● Fetac V in Early Childhood Care and Education/Equivalent ● Meets the employment requirements in line with all current and relevant legislation of the ECCE which must include Garda Clearance. ● Knowledge of Aistear, the Child Care Regulations 2006 ● Good oral and written communication and relating skills with children, parents, and staff ● Ability to work on own initiative Desirable Criteria: ● Fetac VI in Early Childhood Education or higher qualification/equivalent ● Strong Knowledge in High/Scope Curriculum & Síolta ● Current First Aid Certificate, Children First Training, Manual Handling, and any other certificates relevant to Early Childhood Education and Care. Shortlisting of candidates may apply. Subject to Garda Clearance. Please call for a blank Garda Clearance Form. Job description available upon request. A panel may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled, including relief work. Canvassing will disqualify.

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Interested applicants should send in completed Garda Clearance Form with letter of expression of interest and CV no later than 24th July 2018 at 5pm to:

The Manager, Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre, Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon F42W326 090 662 9844 Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Business Checkout Ireland Best in Fresh Awards 2018 At the recent Checkout Ireland Best in Fresh Awards 2018 on the 3rd July of 2018 in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Smith’s SuperValu, Monksland’s in-store scratch bakery was selected as finalist in Ireland’s Best Bakery Offering category. Store Manager, Tim Dolan, said “This award is open to retail bakeries all over Ireland and we are delighted to have been chosen as a finalist. “The judges recognise excellence in the bakery category, including range, quality, value for money, scratch baking/in-house preparation, display and presentation”.

The SuperValu Monksland Bakery Team.

Nicola Auchmuty, HR Manager and Sandor Dima, baker, at the Best in Fresh Awards 2018.

Software firm to create 200 jobs in Athlone Neueda Technologies is to create 200 software development jobs in Athlone. The IT Training, development and consulting services company – headquartered in Belfast – is establishing a Software Engineering Hub in Athlone, where it will employ 200 staff over the next four years. Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement.

“This is a major boost to Athlone – which is fast becoming the ‘Silicon Heartlands’ – with the town set to have a bigger percentage of the workforce employed in software development than any town or city in Ireland or the UK,” he said. “With current employment levels in the sector locally, along with job announcements and others set to be formally

made, Athlone is set to have 15% of its workforce in the software sector which puts is well ahead of Dublin and its ‘Silicon Docks’”. Minister Naughten added: “With towns such as Roscommon having an abundance of ‘ready to move into’ office space, and with a new incubation hub about to become operational in Ballinasloe, other

towns in the region are set to benefit from this major growth in the tech sector in Ireland’s Heartlands. “The objective of creating a hub in Athlone and using that to bring more investment into the surrounding towns of Tullamore, Mullingar, Longford, Roscommon and Ballinasloe is clearly set out in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040”.

Over 200 enterprises represented at Boost Your Business event Over 200 Irish small and medium enterprises from Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford gathered at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, last Friday morning for the Boost Your Business event, which was run by Facebook Ireland. Amongst those addressing guests was Minister Denis Naughten. At the event, SMEs heard from Facebook’s small and medium business team on industry insights and latest trends. Business owners also participated in workshops to help them grow brand awareness, drive sales and find new customers.

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(Above) Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten, Facebook’s Olivia Leonard and MC Richard Curran pictured with Patrick Kelly of the Aran Sweater Market and Niamh Barry of the Irish Fairy Door Company at Facebook’s Boost Your Business Event at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone last Friday. Pic: Athlone City Photography

Contact Tonya on 090 66 34319 (Left) Minister Denis Naughten speaking at Facebook’s Boost Your Business event which took place last Friday at the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. Pic: Athlone City Photography website


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Sports Eilish Walsh and Colette Gallagher pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Fiona Fallon, Sandra Flanagan, Jacinta Glover, Michelle Dockery, Maire Leydon and Sandra Lavin pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Marie Keane, Margarette Beades and Ann Conlon pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Frankie Whyte, Dan Kennedy and Anthony Flaherty pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Racing in Ireland today is at Leopardstown on the flat, stalls for the first opening at 5.40 pm, while performing at the Bulmer’s Live Music Festival are the Booka Brass Band who will bring a flavour of New Orleans Carnival to Foxrock. There is also a fundraiser meeting for Down GAA on the all-weather in Dundalk, off at 2.30 pm. Tomorrow over the sticks the action is at Downpatrick starting at 3.05 pm and on the flat at Cork, off at 5.45 pm. On Saturday jump racing takes place at Limerick, away at 2.10 pm and on the flat at Navan, first away at 2 pm. On Sunday it’s the first day of the Killarney 5-day Festival with a flat card away at 1.50 pm and featuring the EBF Listed Cairn Rouge Stakes. The Cleveragh in Sligo provides the jumping fare with 6 hurdles and a bumper away at 2.05 pm. Killarney continues for the rest of the week.

Lenebane Review

Horses for Courses by Tom Red


Christmas arrived early at Lenebane last Monday as the Aidan O’Brien trained 2-YO colt Christmas, ridden by son Donnacha, easily won the opener by 3½l at long odds on. The Property Partners Earley Auctioneers handicap for 3-Y-O+ fillies went to My Silver Nails trained by Michael Mulvany and ridden by Gary Carroll. The handicap sponsored by the local SuperValu supermarkets sprang a surprise as 25/1 Button Popper just held on by a head from the fast finishing Bouquet Garni. The EBF maiden for 3-Y-O fillies saw the Ger Lyons trained Hypnotic Force deny Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien a double winning by a length under Chris Keane from odds on Queen Iseult. The O’Brien father and son quickly got compensation when in Roscommon Herald Handicap, Conclusion, at 4/1, beat Raphael trained by Kevin Prendergast. The featured race on the card The Listed Lenebane Stakes was very competitive with 5 of the 6 runners priced between 2/1 and 5/1. Michael Halford’s Ulster Oaks winner, Kalanaka, completed a hat-trick coming home 1¼l and ½l from Richard John

O’Brien’s Maths Prize and Ballydoyle’s Family Tree. The winner is owned by the Aga Khan, who has owned 5 winners of this race, the other 4 being trained by John Oxx. The filly was the only horse tipped by the column last week. Racing closed with another odds on favourite Regem winning the Budweiser Maiden from outsider Eirene Wind by 7½l. Jennifer Wrynne had a mammoth task on her hands, with the fine weather bringing out all the ladies dressed to the nines and declared Siobhan Hanley from Strokestown as the winner of the title sponsored by the local Supervalu Supermarkets. Tuesday was another Ladies Day but this time it was the lady riders who shone, between them winning 5 of the 7 races on the card. Katie O’Farrell got the ladies off to a fine start winning the opening Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle aboard Pat Kelly’s Gallimh Abu at 25/1. Kelly also trained the second Licklighter. Amschel continued the ladies run in the hands of Rachel Blackmore, leading national hunt jockey, for John O’Shea in the Connolly Red Mills Novice Hurdle. No relief for the punter as Like A Diamond, under Kevin Brouder, won the third, the Leo Dolan Memorial Handicap Hurdle giving Co Kerry trainer Ian O’Connor his first winner. The Larry O’Farrelly Memorial Handicap Hurdle gave punters their first relief as Spring Watch won for Mouse Morris and ridden by Donie McInerney. He beat the gambled-on Dawn Raider from Pat Kelly’s Athenry yard, by 2¼l. I Keano trained by Denise Marie O’Shea won the Handicap hurdle giving Rachel Blackmore a double. The penultimate EBF Bumper confined to ladies was won by Willie Mullins with debutant Supreme Trix ridden by Jody Townend, sister of leading jockey Paul. Another bumper closed proceedings again another lady, Lisa O’Neill, steered a Gordon Elliott debutant, Galvin, to victory. The 4-Y-O gelding beat Gateway To Europe by


Daragh Concannon and Amy Poland pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Bernie Kelly, Co. Cavan, and Matthew Donnelly, The Brewery, Roscommon town pictured at Ladies’ Day at Roscommon Racecourse on Monday last. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Amschel and Rachael Blackmore get the better of Boot Camp and Davy Russell.

General News Less than 3 weeks to go to the Ballybrit Festival and news that the Galway specialist Swamp Fox, narrowly beaten by Tigris River in last year’s Guinness Galway Hurdle, has picked up a slight injury and is out for the year. In 2016 Joe Murphy’s stable star won The Amateur under Barry Browne at the festival. Ruby Walsh is looking forward to Galway this month as his surgeon is happy with the progress he has made in recent weeks. Out since he aggravated an injury, a broken leg, at the Cheltenham Festival it looks like his return to action at will be in Ballybrit at the end of the month. He has been riding out for the past few weeks. The three-time Grade 1 winner Finian’s Oscar died this week due to complications after an attack of colic. The 6-Y-O won this year’s Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree and the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at the same track in 2017. His other Grade

1 success came in Sandown’s Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle. Colin Tizzard’s charge won seven races and earned connections over £220,000 in prize-money.

Competition Time Last chance to win 3 pairs of tickets for Kilbeggan on the 20th of this month compliments of Secretary Paddy Dunican and to win can you tell us who trained the winner of the Irish Derby last Saturday week? Answers please on a postcard to The Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon or by e-mail to tomred17@ by 12 pm Wednesday the 18th 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 Thursday or Friday.


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Wins for Athleague, Four Roads and Pearses Donoghue the difference! Pádraig Pearses 2-13 St. Dominic’s 1-12 Pádraig Pearses squeezed past the spirited challenge of St. Dominic’s when they produced a good second half display to get over the line. Cathal Kelly’s goal gave Pearses an early advantage but Dominic’s hit back with John Murray’s goal and by half-time the sides were level at 1-8 apiece. But Pearses were sharper after the break and sub Mike Donoghue was the trump card for the champions, scoring 1-1 after his introduction. Scorers: Pearses: D Glynn (0-8), M Donoghue (1-1), C Kelly (1-0), D Loughnane (0-2), L Fehily and S Naughton (0-1). St. Dominic’s: N Connaughton (0-8), J Murray (1-0), M Byrne, R Kilcline, N Watson and S Naughton (0-1) each.

In a different ‘league! Athleague 5-24 Roscommon Gaels 1-7 It was one-way traffic at Athleague last Friday night as the home side had 29

points to spare over a very poor town team. Ben McGahon was the goalscorer in the opening half as Seamus Qualter’s team led by 1-14 to 0-4 at half-time. A string of fine points saw Athleague push out the lead to 18 points by the 48th minute. Thomas Connaughton, Eoghan Coyle and Eamon Flanagan (2) weighed in with goals in the final ten minutes to add to the Gaels’ woe. Gearoid Egan’s late goal was hardly a crumb of comfort for them. Scorers: Athleague: Eamon Flanagan (2-11), B McGahon (1-5), T Connaughton and E Coyle (1-1) each, D Flaherty and C Kelly (0-2) ach, D Heavey and D Mullen (0-1) each. Roscommon Gaels: C Egan (0-5), G Egan (1-1), C Tarmey (0-1).

Four Roads laid down another impressive marker when they put up a big score in their dismissal of Tremane in Athleague. A goal from Johnny Coyne early on set the Tisrara men on the road and despite Joe Brennan grabbing two opportunist goals, Four Roads led by 1-14 to 2-4 at half-time. Conor Mulry added to Four Roads’

Supporters urged to back Club Rossie draw Roscommon manager Kevin McStay earlier this week encouraged everybody to get behind Club Rossie and the Club Rossie draw. He said: “I was involved originally in the review of Roscommon GAA which was carried out about five years ago. That was when we changed the leagues and championship structures and created Club Rossie. I knew at the time we were creating something special. “However, I never knew until I got involved with the management of the senior team, just how much work Club Rossie actually do. We have over 20 players based in Dublin; it costs money for those players to travel to and from training. All players need to be fed after training and matches. This money comes from Club Rossie fundraising. “We’re on a new adventure as we enter the Super 8s, we’re up there with the top teams in the country. Success does not come cheaply and this next month will see additional costs being incurred by the board. Next year we’re in Division One. All this success means additional costs and the Club Rossie draw creates that income”.


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Seamus Carthy Auctioneers AFL Division 1 At Johnstown: Roscommon Gaels v Clann na nGael. 8.30 pm At Kiltoom: St. Brigid’s v Boyle. 8.30 pm AFL Division 6 At St. Dominic’s: St. Dominic’s v Pádraig Pearses. 8 pm At Creggs: Creggs v St. Michael’s. 8 pm Saturday, July 14th

All-Ireland U-21 ‘B’ HC Quarter-Final At Dunshaughlin: Meath v Roscommon. 1 pm Sunday, July 15th

Roads’ run continues Four Roads 2-29 Tremane 3-7

Senior football captain Conor Devaney added: “We have great supporters who travel and support our teams. We as players really appreciate that, now I’m asking you all, if you can, to buy a Club Rossie ticket or join with a friend to buy one between two of you. “A top prize of €20,000 would make anybody’s summer, there are great prizes on offer and I counted 22 different prizes including shopping vouchers, holidays, cash prizes and All-Ireland tickets. “Our hurlers are performing well, the U-21 hurlers are out against Meath on Saturday, our Minor footballers are in the Connacht final on Friday, Our U-20s lost the Connacht final to Mayo after defeating a fancied Galway team. Things are going well in the county we need to ensure it continues. Please come on board and join us in Club Rossie”. Tickets for the Club Rossie draw, which has been put back to a later date, cost €100 and can be bought via the Club Rossie website www., from each club in Roscommon or by ringing Pat on 0872361794 or David on 086-8399584.

GAA Results Leydon Brothers AFL Division 3 (Tansey Cup) St. Dominic’s 0-21 St. Brigid’s 2-10 Kilglass Gaels 1-15 Western Gaels 2-12 King & Moffatt Building Services JBFC (Section A) Elphin 2-19 Michael Glavey’s 1-7 King & Moffatt Building Services JBFC (Section B) Kilglass Gaels W/O Clann na nGael Warm & Cosy Homes All-County Cup Semi-Final Western Gaels 1-18 St. Faithleach’s 2-12

Daniel Glynn struck 0-8 for Pádraig Pearses as they put St. Dominic’s to the sword last weekend.

total with an early goal after the break and there followed some very impressive point taking as they put Tremane to the sword. Jack Naughton’s goal was of consolation value only as the game was over as a contest a long time before the final whistle. Scorers: Four Roads: A Lawlor (0-7), C

Dolan (0-5), J Coyne and C Mulry (12) each, C Coyle (0-4), E Mulry and B Mulry (0-2) each, J Donnelly, S Curley, M Kelly, E Rogerson, and D McCarthy (0-1) each. Tremane: J Brennan (2-1), J Naughton (1-1), S Mahony (0-2), W Boyle, K Kellehan, L Óg Murray (0-1) each.


Seamus Carthy Auctioneers AFL Division 1 (6 pm) At Ballyleague: St. Faithleach’s v St. Croan’s At Strokestown: Strokestown v Pádraig Pearses At Orchard Park: Elphin v Western Gaels Connaughton Fuels AFL Division 2 (O’Gara Cup) (6 pm) At Croghan: Shannon Gaels v Oran At Creggs: Creggs v Kilmore At Mulhern Park: Fuerty v St. Aidan’s At O’Rourke Park: Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Michael Glavey’s Leydon Brothers AFL Division 3 (Tansey Cup) (6 pm) At Strokestown: Strokestown v Western Gaels At Davonna Park: Ballinameen v Clann na nGael At Kilbride: Kilbride v St. Brigid’s At Kilglass: Kilglass Gaels v St. Michael’s At St. Dominic’s: St. Dominic’s v St. Barry’s King & Moffatt Building Services JAFC – (Section B) At Kilteevan: St. Joseph’s v St. Faithleach’s. 2 pm

Underage update Thursday, July 12th

U-14 Football Championship Division 1 (8 pm) At Lisnamult: Roscommon Gaels v Boyle At Pairc an Phiarsaigh: Pádraig Pearses v Cill Moire/Gaeil na Sionanne/Niamh Roine At Strokestown: Strokestown v Clann na nGael U-14 Football Championship Division 2 (8 pm) At Kilglass: Kilglass Gaels/St. Barry’s v Oran At Western Gaels: Western Gaels v Elphin-Ballinameen At Ballinlough: Éire Óg/Michael Glavey’s v St. Ciaran’s U-14 Football Championship Division 3 (8 pm) At Enfield: St. Croan’s v St. Aidan’s At O’Rourke Park: Castlerea St. Kevin’s v St. Faithleach’s U-16 Hurling League Group 2 At Lisnamult: Roscommon Gaels v Tooreen. 7.30 pm Sunday, July 15th

(Above) Roscommon LGFA Intermediate players with pictured with Ava from Castlerea at the Lidl Future Stars event last Sunday in Annaghdown GAA, Galway. (Right) Roscommon Hurling Secretary Christy McDermott presents the cup to Four Roads’ Captain David Butler after the G & G Electric Junior Final against Oran in Fuerty on Tuesday, July 3rd. Four Roads claimed the title on a scoreline of 0-23 to 2-15.

U-16 Football Championship Division 1 (12 pm) At Abbey Park: Boyle v Pádraig Pearses At Orchard Park: Elphin-Ballinameen v St. Brigid’s At Kilmore: Kilmore/Shannon Gaels v Clann na nGael U-16 Football Championship Division 2 (12 pm) At Ardcarne Park: St. Michael’s v Éire Óg/ Michael Glavey’s At Lisnamult: Roscommon Gaels v Strokestown At Mulhern Park: St. Ciaran’s v St. Aidan’s U-16 Football Championship Division 3 (12 pm) At O’Rourke Park: Castlerea St. Kevin’s v St. Dominic’s At Kilbride: Kilbride v Oran At Ballyleague: St. Faithleach’s v Western Gaels/Tulsk At Enfield: St. Croan’s v Kilglass Gaels/ St. Barry’s


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Who’d be a GAA fixtures secretary? THE LEAD STORY Dan Dooner You’ve got to hand it to the GAA: nobody does fixture lists quite like those lads! Trying to avoid watching a Champions League Final involving Liverpool? No problem, we’ll throw on a Connacht Football Championship semi-final to get you away from the TV! Dreading a (potential) World Cup final victory for England and the inevitable gloating from a smug Gary Lineker and his cringeworthy cronies? Don’t worry about it chief, we’ll put the Super 8 game of the weekend on at the exact same time! As a Manchester United supporting Irishman, I am grateful for the GAA’s

forward thinking in this regard. To have a genuine reason not to watch successful Liverpool and England teams is surely why the GAA was founded in the first place? (I jest) But who really cares about ‘foreign’ sports clashing with our beloved games, what about fixtures closer to home? One member of a local club was in contact via Twitter this week to highlight the fact that there was a full list of league fixtures down for decision at 6 pm this Sunday. How could those involved enjoy Kerry v Galway and the World Cup final, he wondered? According to the secretary of another local club, clubs had the option of rearranging fixtures for midweek or later that evening but it

still wasn’t easy to suit everyone. Understandably, it’s difficult getting numbers midweek in rural Ireland during the summer months never mind when there’s unseasonably warm weather. Therefore, finding a time and day that suited everyone could prove more stressful than say, a day at the bog! The fact is the club secretary was 100% correct; fixture planning can be a thankless task at the best of times. I mean, if those responsible at GAA headquarters find it difficult to avoid clashing with the Champions League and World Cup finals, what hope does the hard-working secretary of a local club have of pleasing everyThis column would like to wish our (near enough) neighbours the very best of luck this Sunday in the World Cup Final in body? Moscow. Bonne chance et Allez les Bleus! *Subject to England beating Croatia

Clohisey first home in Roscommon! Congratulations to Roscommon Harriers on yet another very successful 10 Mile Road Race last Saturday in Roscommon town. Mick Clohisey was the first of the men home. Clohisey was less than a minute off his time last year with a time of 49.31, while Sinéad Foran from Athenry AC was the first female home in a time of 1.07.03. Meanwhile, Adrian Smith claimed the men’s county championship and Andrea Keogh took the women’s title.

In the sporting diary .... Rooskey 5K with Kilglass Gaels The annual Rooskey 5K takes place on Wednesday, August 1st at 8 pm, taking in both Co. Roscommon and Co. Leitrim. This year’s event sees the introduction of a GAA club team race with clubs being encouraged to enter both men’s and ladies’ teams of five to compete for two great prizes for their teams or clubs. The normal 5k run and walk will have its normal categories for competitors. The winning men’s team will win a full day’s team building for their team in the very popular Liliput adventure centre outside Mullingar. While the ladies’ prize will take them to Shannon River Adventure Centre in Rooskey, a facility that is well known in the surrounding counties for its excellent facilities. Both prizes are worth over €1,000 each.

Mick Clohisey crosses the line following his successful defence of the Roscommon Harriers’ 10 Mile Road Race last Satuday.

The rules: All five runners will complete the 5K run with the fastest four times accounting for team’s time. Club teams must be made up of members who have played league or championship within the last year or have been a member of the club they are running for since April 2018. Entry fee is €100 per team or €20 per team member. For more details contact Niall at or 087-7640679 or check out The Rooskey 5k on Facebook.

Super Saturday at Croker! The Super 8s have finally arrived and the Rossies take on Tyrone this Saturday in Croke Park at 5 pm, ahead of the 7 pm meeting of Dublin and Donegal. The very best of luck to Kevin McStay and his players and safe travels to all Roscommon supporters making the trip!

The sporting brief Golf

Open Week! We begin our round-up in Boyle this week where a very successful Open Week took place from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th. Captain Terry Canning graciously thanked all those who made such a successful event possible, particularly local businesses for their continued support. Some notable prize winners were Valentin Mirt and Daniel Casey winning their first ever prizes and Conor Hamill winning his first ‘trophy’ competition. Lady captain, Marie HanmoreCawley, also presented men’s captain Terry Canning with a bottle

of brandy on behalf of the club to celebrate his “hole in one” in the men’s competition on Thursday. Daily first places were as follows: Monday: Anna Smith (Ladies’ 9-hole) and Martin Wynne (gent’s 9-hole). Tuesday: Paula Cull (Ladies Day 18-hole) and Paddy Egan (Gent’s 9-hole). Wednesday: Michael Simon (Ladies and Gent’s 9-hole) and Paddy Egan and Carmel McGarry (Mixed Foursomes). Thursday: Mary O’Hara (Ladies’ 9-hole) and Conor Hamill (Gent’s 18-hole). Friday: Brendan Gaffney and Susan O’Mahoney and Daniel Casey (3 Ball Scramble). Last weekend the Summer Show fundraiser was won by Seamus Gallagher with 38 points, the Geelan Trophies competition was won

by Shane Loftus with 39 points and Gerry O’Hara claimed the Golfstyle competition. To Roscommon next, where M Dolan was victorious in the senior ladies’ competition last Thursday. She finished ahead of M Brennan and M Daly. The men’s single stroke 1914 Captain’s Cup was won by Tony McManus 67 (14). Seamus Conneally 68 (11) finished second, while Aidan Mulvhill 68 (7) finished third and Simon Walker took gross. Finally to Athlone, where the Lady Captain’s Day was played in glorious weather last Sunday. Paul McClean (87 nett) won Captain Margaret Egan’s prize following a six hole play-off. Linda Corbett

finished second while Celeste O’Regan took gross. Other winners on the day included: Alacoque O’Connor (Class A), Anne Egan Farrell (Class B), Kathleen Shaw (Class C), Patsy Gunning (Class D); Jean McGowan (Past Captain’s); Celeste O’Regan (Longest Drive); Patricia O’Meara (Nearest the Pin); Emer Quinn (9-hole competition); Niamh O’Regan (country/distance members); Alice Lim (Visitor’s). Mary Madden, Des Madden and Ronnie Madden won the Lady Captain’s 12-hole scramble on Friday evening. The AWGS Captain’s Prize was won by Tom Murphy, who hit 35 points for the 15-hole event.

Conor Hamill pictured receiving his prize for first place in the Boyle Open Week men’s 18-hole strokeplay competition from Boyle men’s captain Terry Canning.


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