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THINGS WE DIDN’T LIKE THIS WEEK… Yeah, Ryan just couldn’t help himself… We didn’t particularly like the Ryan v Peter farce on the Late Late Show. Neither were we surprised that it was such a debacle. Ryan Tubridy is prone to losing the plot a little when he has what he considers a political heavyweight interview. Ryan is so anxious to not be seen as soft, he overdoes it! Frequently in such interviews – with the likes of Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair, the late Martin McGuinness, etc. – the LLS host is so eager to ‘win’ the duel and ‘impress’ viewers he ends up hectoring, interrupting and being downright rude. More of the same last Friday night when Tubridy showed clear signs of bias as he did his annoying quick-fire routine with Presidential election runner-up Casey, the excitable host supported by a number of members of the Travelling community in the audience. Granted, Casey is a poor enough speaker – and some of his ideas are certainly far-fetched – but viewers weren’t given much of a chance to hear what he had to say.

Backstop blues Yeah, Bertie was right – we should have resolved that vexatious border issue long before the other issues were dealt with. Simon and Leo have been playing a blinder, but the Taoiseach arguably wobbled a bit this week. On the border issue, to quote the great Mick McCarthy, it’s squeaky bum time…

Warning: ‘Silly people’ approaching Another report, more stats. Apparently the emergency brakes on Luas trams have had to be “slammed” 550 times so far this year. Well that stopped…in our tracks. Causing all this brake-slamming are incidents (or potential incidents) involving other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. A Luas spokesperson explained that the rise in such incidents is down to the fact that people have headphones on/are on their smartphones/are immersed in their hoodies! So, this is the point we have evolved to in 2018. We are hiding our heads in hoodies, drowning out the sounds of public transport (and the rest of the world)…while communicating with friends/the rest of the world on social media…all while risking injury or even death as a Luas tram powers towards us. So, our appeal to the offending Luas users is: Please stop being silly when the tram is approaching and at least wait until you are on the actual Luas before you start staring at your screens/vacantly staring into space.

It was a good week for Jordan Larmour, who graced Ireland’s impressive win over Italy in a rugby test at the weekend with a hat-trick of tries in a sensational man of the match performance.

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THINGS WE DID LIKE THIS WEEK… Oran by 2-11 to 0-6, sparking great celebrations as the club qualifies We still have for the senior championship for the very first time. it… It was nice to see a letter in the Irish Independent which celebrated the type of thing we always took for granted about Ireland and our people. Margaret Docherty from Terenure in Dublin wrote of her experience travelling on a train from Galway to Dublin. She reported nothing only pleasant exchanges (“no one blasts you out of it if you cross the road in Eyre Square at the wrong place”), an absence of the F-word on the train, encounters with students who were well mannered, and with shop assistants who said ‘Thank you’ and ‘God Bless’. We can vouch for this ‘review’ of Galway – and Margaret, you would find more of the same in Roscommon!

What Fuerty did next… Congratulations to Fuerty on a historic win in the Roscommon Intermediate Football Championship Final replay. Fuerty defeated

Our Person(s) of the Week… Good WEEK

It was a bad week for the declining number of fans who’ve stayed loyal to Big Brother, the groundbreaking, controversial and now tired reality tv show, which finally limped to an end this week.

Our person of the week award goes to Aengus Lyons who scored both goals for Fuerty as they enjoyed a historic Roscommon IFC Final win over Oran (2-11 to 0-6).

Commiserations to Oran – another great club – but it’s Fuerty’s year, and we wish them all the best in the senior ranks next year!

Back on the road: the Christmas lights’ brigade Great to see the dedicated members of the Christmas Lights Committee (a sub-committee of Roscommon Chamber of Commerce) out bright and early on Sunday morning, beginning this season’s project. The Christmas lighting in the county town is always of the very highest standard – better now than ever – and it’s a credit to the volunteers who make it happen and to the businesses who provide the necessary financial support. Obviously similar great voluntary work will be happening in other towns and villages countywide.

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“Time has not lessened my sense of the catastrophic effects of Brexit. It has increased it…(and) there is simply no answer to the Irish issue”

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Local road crash victim named The woman who died following a tragic road traffic accident near Kilteevan last Monday night (5th) has been named as Kathleen Morris from Knockcroghery. The 68-year-old lost her life when the car she was driving collided with two other vehicles at Ballinaboy Cross on the Lanesboro to Roscommon

road. The late Kathleen Morris is survived by her husband, Michael, and their son, John. Her Funeral Mass takes place this Friday (9th) at St. Patrick’s Church in Knockcroghery at 11 am with burial afterwards in Gailey Cemetery. The drivers of the other two cars were injured and taken to Ballinasloe and Tullamore

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Oran fans Dan Monaghan and Conor Muldoon pictured in Strokestown for the Roscommon IFC Final between Fuerty and Oran last Saturday.

Smash and grab raid at Vodafone shop A large number of phones and other items, though to be worth in the region of thousands of euro, were stolen from the Vodafone shop in Roscommon town in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The smash and grab raid, which is believed to have taken as little as three minutes, happened some time between 4 am and 5 am. Roscommon Gardaí are

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St Vincent de Paul Church collections St. Vincent de Paul (Roscommon Town) is holding its annual Church gate collection at local Masses on Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th of November. All support would be gratefully appreciated.

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be former Minister, Mary O’Rourke. Christina McHugh, Editor of the Roscommon Herald, will chair. The event is a joint initiative of the Roscommon Women’s Network’s newest group, the Roscommon Women’s Manifesto Group (RWMG) and Longford Women’s Manifesto Group who aim to help women become more politically aware. Maria Harris, Development Worker with Roscommon Women’s Network and member of the RWMG

has led the organisation of the event. She said: “We wanted to host an event that was free to all women to attend and gain a real insight into these women’s lives in politics. It’s the aim of the Roscommon Women’s Manifesto Group to educate, encourage and empower women to seek out opportunities to bring their voice to the decision-making table”. To register your attendance email: or contact Roscommon Women’s Network for more details: 094-9621690/087-4073321.

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Roscommon Heritage Group meeting The Roscommon Heritage Group will meet on Tuesday, November 20th at 8.30 pm at Gleeson’s Townhouse in Roscommon town. All are welcome. Please contact acting secretary Theresa on 087-7554393 or by email at for more information.

Class of ’77 Convent Reunion The Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Leaving Certificate Class of 1977 is holding a reunion on Saturday, November 24th at 5 pm in Jackson’s Restaurant, Roscommon town. All are welcome to come along.

Lisnamult Residents’ indoor market

Remembrance Mass for County Council staff

Lisnamult Residents’ Association will host an indoor market on Sunday, November 11th from 11 am to 4 pm in Greenfields Childcare Centre in Lisnamult. There promises to be something for everyone and the association is looking forward to seeing you there.

A Mass for deceased Roscommon County Council staff and members has been arranged for Friday, November 16th at 6 pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon. All welcome.

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Religious goods on display at Sacred Heart Church This Saturday and Sunday (10 and 11 ) the Roscommon branch of Apostolic Workers will have on display at the entrance of the Sacred Heart Church in Roscommon town, a selection of religious goods. Consider donating a chalice or sacred vessel on behalf of a friend who has had a special occasion including a wedding anniversary, birthday, jubilee, confirmation or retirement, or pick up something in memory of a loved one who has departed this life. th

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The Friendship Circle is meeting this Sunday between 3 and 5 pm at The Core in Roscommon town with a view to creating Christmas cards and decorations. All are welcome. For more information please call 087-0937669.


Glenamaddy Christmas Fair The Glenamaddy Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, 25th of November featuring 35 local producers. There will be plenty of crafts on offer on the day, a face-painting section for the kids, a guess the weight of the cake competition and a raffle with lots of prizes and some dancing and music by the local Comhaltas! This promises to be a great day and admission is free!

Keelan Dolan from Ballinasloe recently graduated top of his class with a Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick. He is pictured with David Dolan, Annmarie Dolan and Anthony Dolan.

Hospice appeal for volunteers Mayo/Roscommon Hospice is seeking volunteers to help with the sale of cards at outlets over two weekends in late November and mid-December in local towns. Any hours you can give would be most appreciated. Contact 094-9388666 or email

Mass for the Holy Souls Special Mass for the Holy Souls will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre, Curraghboy, Athlone on Wednesday, November 14th at 8 pm. The celebrant will be Monsignor Daniel

McHugh from Birmingham (UK) and formerly from Taughmaconnell and Curraghboy. Confessions will be available from 7 pm prior to the commencement of Holy Mass. All are most welcome. Contact 086-4054489 for more information.

Cam Bóthar auction in Curraghboy on Saturday Cam Bóthar Committee is holding a fundraising auction this Saturday (10th) in McDermott’s Lounge, Curraghboy. There will be animals and other items for auction. Music in the lounge will be provided by Pat The Man and there will be a number of raffle

Knockcroghery Hospice Coffee Morning – a thank you Knockcroghery Hospice Coffee Morning would sincerely like to thank all who donated so generously at our recent event. The total amount raised for our local hospice was €3,501.45. We would like to express our gratitude to all our loyal local sponsors who come on board each year without hesitation allowing our raffle to be an impressive display of what’s available in our local businesses. Many thanks to our main sponsor the Clay Pipe Visitor Centre and indeed to all our sponsors. We also want to acknowledge the continued support of the Creggan Court Hotel Athlone. They make so much available to us and for that we are very grateful.

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Enjoy family memories at Ardcarne Christmas Shop Join with family, friends and neighbours at the newly opened Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shop, Boyle & Roscommon Town, on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th November and help support your local Roscommon-Mayo Hospice.

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A Family Occasion This special fundraising weekend at the Ardcarne Christmas Shop is always a family and community occasion and as part of the celebrations and fundraising you can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine and tasty nibbles and bring the children along to enjoy the atmosphere and Christmas spirit.

painting will also take place Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 pm.

Children’s fun We are delighted to have an Official Santa Post Box, supplied by Santa himself. Do bring your children along to write and post your letters to Santa – you don’t need to bring anything, we even have official Santa paper from the North Pole. Free face

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People NEWS Roscommon jobless figures fall again – Feighan Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has said that the Live Register is continuing to decline in County Roscommon at a time of “record unemployment figures nationally”. “The CSO has reported that the monthly unemployment rate has dropped consistently over the past year and has now fallen to 5.3%, as of October 2018. There are now about 29,000 fewer people out of work in Ireland compared to October 2017 and it is almost eleven years since the unemployment rate was so low. “Roscommon is benefitting as the CSO also reports consistent decline in the Live Register figures showing the number of persons on the Live Register in October 2018 is at its lowest number since May 2008”. Senator Feighan added: “The Live Register has declined by 16% on an annual basis and by 55% since Fine Gael launched the first Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. In Roscommon, the number of people on the Live Register has declined by 47% since Fine Gael launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2012”.

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Fionn Healy and Liam O’Brien pictured in Strokestown for the Roscommon IFC Final between Fuerty and Oran last Saturday. Pics: Mick McCormack

Call for hospital parking charges to be abolished Former county councillor Tom Crosby, a declared Independent candidate in next year’s local elections, has backed calls from the Irish Cancer Society for hospital car parking charges to be abolished. This follows recent claims that some cancer patients are paying up to €63 a week for parking on hospital grounds. Mr. Crosby acknowledged that the hospitals in Roscommon and Ballinasloe Hospital offer free parking, but he said the issue of charges is very contentious elsewhere. “In Mullingar and Portlaoise hospitals, a visitor or patient can park for free for 30 minutes – but Mullingar charges €1.50 for the 30 minutes after that, while in Portlaoise there is a €3 flat fee after the free period elapses”. Mr. Crosby said that public hospitals have collected almost €13 million in a year in parking charges. He said that maximum charges for parking for a full day range from €3 to €15 and that there are currently no national guidelines governing charges for parking. He is now calling on the HSE to carry out a review of hospital car parking charges and to engage with the Irish Cancer Society and other patient advocacy groups. “This should happen without delay and they should ensure that such a review takes account of the circumstances of patients, particularly those who require longterm care, all with a view to establishing clear guidelines on this sensitive issue as a matter of urgency”.

Bord na Mona blow: Murphy calls for €250m fund Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy says that a €250m deal which was put in place to support the Spanish coalmining industry is exactly the type of initiative that’s needed in the Midlands in light of Bord na Mona’s decision to transition away from its reliance on peatharvesting based employment. Last week, Spain’s new Government secured agreement between management, unions and other stakeholders for a €250 million deal that will see investment in Spain’s northern Asturias, Aragón, and Castilla y León regions and support for miners who may see their employment end. “The Spanish situation is very similar to that of the Midlands here” said Deputy Murphy. “The numbers losing their jobs in Spain is estimated at just over 600. The expected Bord na Móna direct job losses is in the same range with a similar number of indirect jobs in the region expected to be lost. The agreement in Spain demonstrates that it is possible to make progress on the Paris 2020 targets but without wholescale damage to communities and regions”. Deputy Murphy claimed that his party has the solution. “Fianna Fáil’s proposal for a Sustainable Transition Forum, underpinned by funding from the EU’s Globalisation Fund, is exactly what the Midlands needs to allow it move away from its dependency on jobs associated with peat harvesting”.

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The Convent of Mercy has a long standing participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and has accumulated numerous awards in both individual and group categories awards down through the years. Pictured above is Niamh Petrie who scooped first place in the 2018 Social and Behavioural Intermediate Individual category.

We are very proud of our long tradition of sporting activity and achievement. The 2018 All-Ireland winning Convent of Mercy Cadette Volleyball team is pictured. Back: L-R: Ciara Farrell, Emily Horan, Anna Finan, Nessa Madden, Roisin Tully, Hazel Murray, Laura Crean, Ms. S Farragher (coach). Front row: Aoibhe Kelly, Amy Hanly, Chloe Egan, Sheena Kilroe, Zara Hunt.

We cherish, we challenge, we care


Our school magazine ‘Macalla’ is produced annually since 1973. The 2018 edition was launched in May by Sunday Times journalist and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Limerick, Ms. Justine McCarthy.

Pictured at the recently held NUIG Student Business Awards presented to students who achieved an A grade in their 2018 Junior Cert examination are: Back Row L-R: Dr. G Turley (Programme Director of B.Comm in NUIG), Ms. E Connolly (Business Teacher) Ciara Roddy, Anastazja Pliszka, Shona Hanly, Sravani Duvvada, Mr. G Keane (Business Teacher). Front Row: L-R: Sarah O’Mara, Laura Curley, Laura Crean, Caoimhe Murray and Mary Elizabeth Connolly.

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 10.00am Principal’s Address at 1.00pm

The Convent of Mercy attaches great importance to its reputation for high academic standards. Students have received entrance scholarships to universities annually based on their Leaving Certificate results including TCD, UCD, UL, NUIM and NUIG. Pictured above is past pupil Aoife Brennan who was awarded the Intel Women in Technology Award 2018. Aoife is studying Engineering at University College Dublin.

For further information, contact Mrs. Miriam Hunt, Principal Ms. Sinead Tiernan, Deputy Principal Telephone: (090) 66 26321 / 26444

Pictured above is Convent of Mercy student Emma Gibbons modelling her stunning creation entitled ‘Fortunistic’ at the 2018 Junk Kouture regional final in the Helix Theatre DCU. The dress was designed by Emma, Cayla Lawless and Fiona Hoare.

The Convent of Mercy secondary school has been synonymous with the production of stage musicals down through the years. Classics such as Annie, Oklahoma, The King and I, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Grease, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast have been produced to date. This is the school’s first production of the popular Broadway musical Hairspray presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International . Majella Flanagan is Director for this year’s production with Siofra Byrne as Musical Director and choreography by past pupil Laoise Flanagan. Booking opens on Tuesday, November 13th (10am-3pm) on 085 2338799.

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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION OF DRAFT REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020 Roscommon County Council is responsible for the compilation of the Register of Electors for County Roscommon. The Register comes into force on the 15th February each year and being on the existing Register does not guarantee that you will be included in the new Register. The Draft Register of Electors for 2019/2020 was published on the 1st November 2018. It is printed on PINK PAPER and will form the basis for the Register to be used at elections and referenda from 15th February 2019 to 14th February 2020. The Draft Register of Electors is on display and available for inspection at Áras an Chontae, Roscommon County Council, your Local Municipal District Offices, Head Garda Stations, main Post Offices, County Library, Branch Libraries and online at The public are invited to check that they are properly registered. A person has until 25th November 2018 to submit a claim to have a correction made or a name added to or deleted from this Draft Register. Revision Claim Courts are held during December 2018 throughout the county to adjudicate on claims/submissions received. The Courts are presided over by the County Registrar who rules on the submissions made. Notices of such Courts are advertised in the local newspapers and persons may attend these Courts if they so wish. To be registered as an elector a person must be: - 18 years or over on the 15th February, 2019 and - Ordinarily resident in County Roscommon on the 1st September, 2018 Special Voters List You may also qualify to be on a Special Voters List for those who live in hospitals, nursing homes or similar institutions and who wish to vote at these locations. Applications for inclusion on the Special Voters List must be made by 25th November 2018 and, in the case of a first application, must be certified by a medical practitioner. Postal Voters List You will normally be required to vote in person at an official voting centre but you may be eligible for a postal vote if you are: - An Irish Diplomat serving abroad and his/her spouse or civil partner - A member of An Garda Síochána - A whole-time member of the Defence Forces - Have a physical illness or disability - Unable to vote at a polling station because of your occupation, service or employment - Participating on a full time basis on an educational course of study at an educational institution in the State - You are in prison as a result of an Order of a Court. If you are registered as a postal voter, you may vote by post only. You may not vote at a polling station. Applications for inclusion on the Postal Voters List must be received by 25th November 2018. Application forms to register are available from Corporate Services Section, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. Applications are also available to download at Completed application forms should be returned on or before 25th November 2018. For further information please telephone (090) 6637368/147 or email

Shane Tiernan Director of Services Roscommon County Council Áras an Chontae Roscommon F42 VR98

Hospital’s claims on respiratory services disputed  PAUL HEALY

The local man who first highlighted concerns over respiratory services at Roscommon Hospital is disputing HSE claims that the service is still available at the hospital. This week Roscommon Hospital moved to allay fears that respiratory services at the hospital may be closing. The hospital confirmed that the vacancy which arose because of the resignation of the permanent Respiratory Consultant almost three years ago has still not been filled. In a statement, the hospital went on to say that it had been decided that respiratory patients would continue to be seen by a Consultant Physician at Roscommon University Hospital and referred on to a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in another hospital, as required. The hospital stressed that all respiratory patients should continue to attend their appointments at Roscommon University Hospital as scheduled. Castleplunkett resident Henry Hughes, who first highlighted this issue on Shannonside Radio, is “... She said not happy with the HSE/ there will be hospital response. Mr. Hughes says that no more clinics people with serious for anyone respiratory problems will not be treated at with COPD.”

Castleplunkett resident Henry Hughes is not happy with the HSE/hospital response.

Roscommon Hospital and that COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) clinics will not be held there. Alarmed at the HSE stance – which went public earlier this week – Mr. Hughes contacted the Roscommon People. “I spoke to a Risk Manager at Roscommon Hospital on Wednesday (yesterday) and she confirmed the position. She said there will be no more clinics for anyone with COPD”. Mr. Hughes said that people who have minor respiratory issues will be treated and that all patients with appointments are indeed being advised to attend the hospital. However, he contends, people with serious respiratory problems, on turning up for their appointment, will be told they are not being treated in Roscommon and that they can choose an alternative hospital (at which to be treated).

BUSINESS AS USUAL? What the hospital said In correspondence to Deputy Eugene Murphy, Mary Garvey, General Manager of Roscommon University Hospital, wrote: “In January 2016 the permanent Respiratory Consultant in Roscommon University Hospital resigned. The respiratory service continued with a locum consultant while efforts to recruit a permanent replacement were ongoing. Unfortunately the post did not attract any suitable candidates. “It was decided that respiratory patients would continue to be seen by a Consultant Physician at Roscommon University Hospital and

referred on to a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in another hospital, as required. “Roscommon University Hospital has a specialist respiratory nurse who works closely with the Consultant Physicians in Roscommon and the Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in Portiuncula University Hospital in managing these patients according to their clinical needs. “All respiratory patients should continue to attend their appointments at Roscommon University Hospital as scheduled”. Deputy Murphy noted the reply,

stating that the response points out that the hospital has been unable to fill the permanent respiratory consultant post following the resignation of the consultant in January 2016. This, he said, opens up a bigger question as to problems attracting and retaining consultant posts in hospital such as Roscommon. Deputy Murphy said that it would appear from the hospital statement that respiratory services are still available at Roscommon and patients are being referred on to a consultant in respiratory medicine in another hospital as required.


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Bright Spark Boutique celebrates 30 years in business at The Square Bernie and all at Bright Spark Boutique, The Square, Roscommon, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the opening of the popular business. “We can’t believe how time has passed” reflected proprietor Bernie Burke when she spoke to the Roscommon People this week. Bright Spark continues its proud tradition of stocking the finest brands and offering top class service – every time. Says Bernie: “After all this time we are still selling great, top quality brands like Fransa, Smashed Lemon, Intown, Cotton Brothers, Vila Jay and Soulmates. “Also, we have party and wedding outfits by Fee G and Coco Doll, all of which are established favourites with our loyal customers.

“The quality and service that we provide at Bright Spark is second to none…we place a great emphasis on listening to our customers’ needs and on providing them with top class and friendly service”. As Bright Spark celebrates a momentous 30 years in business on The Square, the public are invited to pop in and join the celebrations! (See advertisement for details). Bernie and staff members Mary Jo and Emma (top, left) would like to take this opportunity to thank all their loyal customers over the years. “Without your support we would not be here to celebrate this special anniversary. We would love to see everyone for our anniversary celebrations…looking forward to seeing you all!”

Bright Spark Boutique The Square, Roscommon 090 6626978

30th Anniversary Celebrations Weekend Join us in store to celebrate During the weekend there will be:

20% OFF ALL STOCK Check our Facebook/brightsparkboutique for our competition to win an outfit ● Style advice from Bright Spark’s very own fashion gurus ● Full Autumn/Winter Stock available

Nibbles and drinks served all weekend DATE & TIMES: Thursday, 15th November 10am - 6pm pm ● Friday, 16th November 10am - 7pm m ● Saturday, 17th November 10am - 6pm pm ● Sunday, 18th November 2 - 6pm

We would like to thank all our loyal customers for their support down through the years

newsbriefs Men’s Shed social night in Ballaghaderreen Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed held a most enjoyable social night in the Brusna Inn last Friday. The very large attendance enjoyed a lovely buffet meal with dancing afterwards with Night Owl. The shed would like to thank Kathleen and staff at The Brusna Inn, Maureen O’Gara and Eileen Fanning and everyone else who helped to make it such a memorable occasion, including those who prepared the food and donated spot prizes on the night. PRO Martin Tynan provided an update on the group’s recently acquired premises in the town: “We are making great progress on the shed and a new heating system is currently being installed and electrics upgraded. Anybody who would like to join or help in any way, please contact any member or myself on 087-8143441”.

Four Roads’ 5K Walk in aid of Pieta House A 5km Walk will take place in Four Roads on Sunday, November 18th in aid of Pieta House. The walk will commence at 3 pm in Tisrara Community Sports Park. All are welcome. There will be refreshments provided for everyone afterwards. Please support this very worthy cause.

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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

‘There were highs and lows, but somehow Rooskey’s very own hotel kept ticking over’ It was known as ‘The Beeches’ – presumably because there were Beech trees nearby. I’m probably doing that old building an injustice, but my memory is that it was an eerie and drab place. Even by the late 1970s, it was long vacant, a ruin in fact. It had been a public house, in its day. ‘The Beeches’ was an intimidating old ruin that night when a few of us decided to get a closer look. The derelict and mysterious building dominated the landscape when you crossed Rooskey bridge, on to the Leitrim side. As young lads, we had to explore it…we were drawn to the very thing that was scaring us. Having a name like ‘The Beeches’ added to its auru…as though it belonged to a novel or a movie. That cold and wet night, we were feeling adventurous, brave and apprehensive, all rolled into one. We approached the building from behind, presumably to avoid detection. We entered, via an unlocked rear door. We even tiptoed upstairs...jumping with alarm or probably even terror at every sight of a shattered window, every gust of wind, every imagined shadowy image. We survived. A decade or so on, ‘The

Beeches’ had been purchased… and a new chapter in its history beckoned. The building would be knocked, and in its place, Rooskey would have its very own hotel. The imminent arrival of a hotel certainly caused quite a stir. And in a marketing masterstroke, the owners invited the public to suggest a name for it. Readers submitted suggestions to a local newspaper. ‘Shalamar’ (or ‘Shalimar’) won out. The first owner of Rooskey’s own hotel

the hotel changed hands a few times. There were highs and lows, but somehow Rooskey’s very own hotel kept ticking over. In more recent times, the hotel was renamed ‘The Shannon Key West’. This was probably its most successful era…seemingly flying during times of prosperity, hanging in there when the recession bared its teeth. It can’t have been easy to keep going, in such a competitive industry.

We even tiptoed upstairs...jumping with alarm or probably even terror at every sight of a shattered window, every gust of wind, every imagined shadowy image

was Phil McGovern, who was affectionately known as ‘Phil Baby’. The fact that ‘Phil Baby’ had been in America for many years seemed to give him a special aura – sure the locals were fascinated. With or without an American vibe, Phil had a great personality. He was quite a charismatic character, with a ready smile and a great turn of phrase. Some years later, the ‘Shalamar’ (or ‘Shalimar’) became ‘The Marina’. Over the years,

Up to as recently as six or seven years ago, it was usual to see the carvery area packed at weekends (especially Sundays). At night, crowds enjoyed the music of local performers. Then came the demise. The doors had closed before, but someone had always come to its rescue. But now, societal trends were a foe. The village was bypassed, the recession had hit hard, big dinner dances were dying out. Many of

the young people who might have held wedding receptions in Rooskey’s own hotel were now in Australia, Canada or elsewhere. The years went by, and the doors never re-opened. Hope ebbed away. There was talk last March of a takeover by a consortium that would restore the hotel to its former glory (‘A well-managed 3 or 4 star hotel’ the headlines screamed). Nothing came of it. More misplaced optimism. Now, this week’s news suggests that long-standing rumours appear to have been built on substance. It’s the news that many people didn’t want to hear. Others may be fine with it. I find it very disappointing. Rooskey’s own hotel is apparently set to become an asylum centre. It will, we are told, cater FUERTY’S JOY ... Laoise Sweeney pictured in Strokestown for the for around 80 asylum seekers Roscommon IFC Final between Fuerty and Oran last Saturday. – and it’s all likely to happen within the coming weeks. Although the rumours had been circulating, many local people are stunned. It seems they are not getting their hotel back. And they are concerned that Rooskey – a great village I didn’t get to Gleeson’ which was devastated by the new book, but I’d like tos on Saturday for the launch of Paul Connolly’ loss of the old Hanley Bacon Mount Talbot man on histake this opportunity to congratulate the s factory to fire in 2002 – simply Paul’s late brother, Tom latest project. does not have the facilities and People (and, in a previo my, was a great friend of the Roscommon services in place to provide for ‘recruited’ Tommy as a us era, of the Champion). Many years ago I the influx of 80 or so asylum excellent hurling reportlocal notes correspondent (he also submitte d seekers. Paul has taken the Co s). Challenging times ahead. It levels. A few years ago nnolly writing flair and love of place to new appears that the music has died, Talbot. His latest work Paul wrote an extensive history of Mount the Sunday afternoon carvery and I very much look foris ‘The Landed Estates of County Roscommon buzz will be no more. It’s an of the history and folklo ward to reading it. The book is a celebration’ uncertain new chapter for what ‘Landed Estates’ of Counre behind each of the stately homes and ty Ro was the ‘The Beeches’, for what at €3 0. What a valuable additscommon. It’s available in local outlets was ‘Rooskey’s own hotel’. ion to Roscommon’s im output. pressive literary

The write stuff fr om Paul (again)

Wanted: Manager, and some positivity… I haven’t been rubbing shoulders with the barstool experts for ages – and I use the term with affection, not sarcasm – and neither have I delved much into the social media commentary. So I’m not entirely up to date with how the Roscommon GAA community feels about the saga surrounding the vacant senior team management position. However, from just chatting to people on the street or at a shop counter, it’s fair to say that fans/GAA activists are becoming demoralised with the current impasse.

Obviously the people mandated to find a new manager are working away behind the scenes, and no doubt a candidate will emerge soon. To which one might add, the sooner the better. The delay in making an appointment, which is largely down to the poorly handled Aidan O’Rourke last-gasp withdrawal, is not good for Roscommon football. We all know that. It’s probably inevitable in the absence of an appointment that a negative mood, certainly a sense of frustration, would fill that vacuum. Still, an outbreak of positive thinking would do no harm. After all, Roscommon are now

a Division One team again. We have a lot going for us. We were Connacht champions in 2017 and finalists this year. We made it to the inaugural Super 8s, and we have some very exciting talent. We need to shake ourselves out of this unfortunate (but no doubt temporary) post-McStay era stalemate period and get back on course. We need a manager to be appointed as soon as possible – urgently at this stage. There is no denying that the O’Rourke episode left many people angry, no denying that it’s been a highly frustrating few weeks. What we need now is

an appointment, and then let’s get down to business. Sideshows like focusing on who is or isn’t leaking to the media are daft – it’s trivial stuff, like complaining of a few draughts when you’re halfway through building a fine house. Yeah, we took a few hammerings from the very elite in the Super 8s. But on balance I think we’ve been very much on an upward curve the last few years. We need to regain and then build momentum. We’re in Division One. A new season beckons. Let’s get back to the process of continuing to…er...make Roscommon great again!


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Please join us for our OPEN DAY which takes place on November 10th. Your son will have the opportunity to participate in a host of fun activities: • Entertaining mini lessons in new subjects • Practical sessions in the school’s laboratories & workshops • Group activities and games to introduce students to new friends

Parents will also have the opportunity to tour the school and meet the teachers. Principal Ms. Fiona Gallagher will speak about how the CBS can help your son achieve his academic and personal potential, as well as Please join for our Open Dayhave. which answering any us questions you may th . Your takes place on November 10 We look forward to seeing you there! son will have the opportunity to participate in a host of fun activities:

The timetable for the day is as follows:


Saturday 10 9.30 pm-–1pm 1pm Nov 2018 |9.30am GALWAY ROAD ROSCOMMON TOWN, CO. ROSCOMMON

• Entertaining mini lessons in new subjects - 9.55am •9.30am Practical sessions inRegistration the school’s laboratories & workshops 10.00am - 1.00pm Fun workshops, • Group activities andgroup games to introduce activities & students to new friends tour of school Parents also opportunity to tour 10.15amwill (Option 1) have the Principal’s address to the school and meet the teachers. Principal Parents & Guardians Ms.Fiona Gallagher will speak about how the 12.00 noon (Option address to CBS can help your2)son Principal’s achieve his academic and personal potential,Parents as well & asGuardians answering any questions you may have. We look forward * Please note that you there there! will be two opportunities to meet with the Principal to seeing and Deputy Principal on Saturday November 10th (see above times).

T: 090 6626496 | F: 090 6627597 | E: | W: CBS Roscommon strives to provide a comprehensive education for all its students and cater for the needs of each student. We seek to develop in every student the talents that they possess so that when they complete their education here they can face into the wider world with great confidence.

Jack Lohan, Head Boy for the year 2018-2019, and Deputy Head Boy, Allan Hill.

Oisin Stephens, recipient of the Naughton Scholarship Award, with his teachers Mr. Aaron Hynes; Ms. Breege Grennan and Mr. Mark Hodgins. Oisin received a H1 in honours Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

You can be assured of a warm and informative reception and we look forward to the opportunity to educate your son in a caring and committed environment.

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GALWAY ROAD, PORTUMNA, CO GALWAY. TELEPHONE MAIN LINE: 09097 42200 Visit: • Open: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm •

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€37,500 + VAT €35,000 + VAT €6,500


Volkswagen Amarok V6 Trendline Manual Volkswagen Amarok 2.0TDI H/L A/T

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€26,500 + VAT €22,000 + VAT €29,000 + VAT €25,500 + VAT €20,000 + VAT €19,500 €16,000 + VAT €14,500 + VAT €16,500 + VAT €13,500 + VAT €10,500 + VAT €11,000 €7,500 + VAT €6,000 + VAT

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Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI 102HP Highline Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI 102HP Trendline Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI 102HP Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI Highline Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI Trendline Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDI 150HP (Extras) Volkswagen Caddy 1.6TDI Volkswagen Caddy 1.6TDI Volkswagen Caddy 1.6TDI Volkswagen Caddy 1.6TDI Volkswagen Caddy 1.6TDI Volkswagen Caddy 106TDI Volkswagen Caddy 1.6TDI

€17,000 + VAT €16,000 + VAT €14,800 +VAT €13,500 + VAT €16,500 + VAT €12,500 + VAT €11,500 + VAT €10,500 + VAT €9,500 + VAT €8,500 €7,500 €6,500 €5,000 €4,000

CITROEN RANGE 171 2011 2010 2008 2012 2012

Citroen Berlingo Citroen Berlingo Citroen Berlingo Citroen Berlingo Citroen Multi Space DSL 5 Seater Citroen C5 1.6HDI

€9,500 + VAT €5,500 €4,500 €2,000 €8,500 €8,500

RENAULT RANGE 142 141 2012 2011 2011 2008

Renault Traffic DSL Van Renault Captur 1.5 DSL Renault Trafic 2.0DSL Renault Fleunce 1.5DSL Renault Kango 1.5DSL Renault Scenic 1.5DSL

€11,500 €14,500 €8,500 €5,500 €5,000 €4,500

TOYOTA RANGE 141 2011 2010 2008 2005

Toyota Proace 2.0DSL LWB Toyota Hi-Lux Canopy Toyota Hiace Van DSL Toyota RAV4 4WD Toyota Landcruiser LWB Passenger

€12,500 €13,500 €6,500 €6,000 €7,500

FORD RANGE 161 131 2012 152 141 141 141 2011 2010 2009 2008

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€21,500 €10,500 €7,500 €13,500 + VAT €12,500 + VAT €17,500 €14,500 €8,500 €5,500 €6,000 €4,000

MITSUBISHI RANGE 151 141 141 141 2008 2008 2006 2006

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0DSL Mitsubishi Lancer 1.8 DSL Mitsubishi L200 5 Seater Commercial Mitsubishi ASX 1.8 DSL Passenger Mitsubishi Outlander Passenger Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2LWB Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 SWB Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5 Sport

€13,500 + VAT €12,500 €13,500 €13,500 €4,500 €8,500 €6,500 €5,000

NISSAN RANGE 161 152 2012 2011 2008 2006

Nissan Qashqai 1.5DSL Nissan Qashqai 1.5DSL Nissan Navara 2.5TDI Van Nissan Note 1.5 DSL Van Nissan Navara 2.5DSL Crew Cab Nissan Pathfinder 2.5DSL

€21,000 €18,500 €10,500 €6,500 €8,500 €5,000

SALES TEAM: • MAIN LINES - PORTUMNA: 090 9742200 – MAIN LINE – TUAM: 093 26411 – MAIN LINE – ENNIS 065 6822400 – AL: 086 2449645 – DAMIEN: 087 2368841 – DEREK: 086 8119141 – NIALL: 087 6385033 – ALAN: 087 4153872 – RONAN: 087 9031373 – MARTIN: 086 2056597

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NewsPeople newsbriefs Women of the West talk in Ballinasloe Galway’s Great Read 2018 – ‘Women of the West: Art, Citizenship & Literature is Galway Public Libraries’ annual literary programme, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the campaign of votes for women. This diverse and exciting programme of events includes performance, lectures and talks and art and drama workshops focusing on and highlighting pioneering women from Galway and the West of Ireland who were active during the 1918 period in political, working, artistic or literary life. One such event is a talk by Dr. Angela Griffith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Architecture in Trinity College, Dublin, which will be held in Ballinasloe Library on Friday, November 16th at 2.30 pm. Dr. Griffith’s talk looks at the involvement of the Yeats sisters – Elizabeth and Lily – in the Celtic Revival of the 20th century and the use of Celtic Revival designs for embroidery. This event is free and all are welcome.

Fundraiser for Cootehall Barracks Renovation The Cootehall Community Development Group will host a fundraising concert for the Cootehall Barracks Renovation on Sunday, December 9th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Cootehall Church. Performing on the night will be the Millennium Choir, Rakish, Ardcarne Trad Goup and Hannah Keaveny Dance Group. Tickets are €10 each or €20 for a family ticket. There will also be a raffle on the night.

Coffee morning and book sale for IHF A coffee morning and book sale in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation will take place at Aalba Footcare and Carrickon-Shannon Physiotherapy Clinic on Thursday, November 15th from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Pre-loved books wanted and can be dropped off at the clinic’s reception.

Athleague Community Centre AGM Athleague Community Centre AGM will be held on Monday, 12th of November at 9 pm in the centre. All are welcome.

Church gate collection Athleague National School Parents’ Association are holding a Church gate collection at Masses at Athleague Church this weekend, the 10th and 11th of November. The Parents’ Association wish to express their thanks to all the community for their continued support.

Wellbeing and Inclusion Seminar in Donamon A diverse range of groups and speakers are coming together on Saturday, November 10th in Cuisle, Donamon from 11 am to 1 pm to offer a day of talks in the area of nutrition, addictions, mental health and diversity. This will be a great opportunity to meet with mentors and professionals who dedicate themselves to the all-round development of our young people. This free event is presented by the parent support group Tuismitheoiri le Cheile, (TLC) and is supported by Roscommon LEADER Partnership Company (SICAP) and Oran Healthy Clubs. Speakers on the day will be Barry Johnston (Human Rights campaigner); Helen Butler (Youth Coach); Anne Quirke (nutritionist); Justin Campbell (Addiction Counsellor, CYPSC (Children’s and Young Peoples Services Committee); LGBTQI+ and Dawna Concannon (psychotherapist). For more information contact 086-0291215 or teresa@

Roscommon Tidy Towns AGM Roscommon Tidy Towns will hold its AGM on Tuesday, 13th of November in Gleeson’s at 7.30 pm. This year Roscommon town retained its Gold Medal status in the National Tidy Towns Competition and the group are working on new projects to enhance the town for next year’s competition.  New members are always welcome to join the group.  

Asylum seekers for Rooskey Department “in discussions” with owners  DAN DOONER

In a statement to the Roscommon People earlier this week, the Department of Justice confirmed that it was “currently in discussions with representatives of the Shannon Key West Hotel for its use as an accommodation centre for persons seeking asylum in Ireland”. The Department added that the hotel would not be used as an Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre similar to the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen. The Department refused to make any further comment until discussions with the owners of the hotel had been concluded but said that “as much information as possible” would be provided when that process had been completed. The statement came following a private meeting which was chaired by Fine Gael Local Area Representative Andrew Reynolds on Monday night where local community groups, the local school principal and the two local GPs raised concerns over the future

of the hotel. That meeting was also attended by former Longford Town Fine Gael councillor James Keogh, whose sister Christina Barry is one of the directors of Abbey Castle Accommodation, who are rumoured to be in the running to manage the premises should it be used to accommodate asylum seekers. Andrew Reynolds said he had been invited to a meeting with James Keogh last Monday morning. He said that Mr. Keogh informed him that he was acting “on behalf of Abbey Castle Accommodation” who he said had been successful in obtaining a contract from the Department of Justice to operate a centre for asylum seekers in the hotel. Mr. Reynolds said that Mr. Keogh asked him if his catering business could “provide 70 hours of labour” for the centre but he had declined this offer. He then informed Mr. Keogh that he would have to make that offer known to the public and invited him to the subsequent meeting that Monday night.

Local politicians meanwhile, have expressed their concerns over the possibility of the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey being used to accommodate asylum seekers. Independent TD Denis Naughten confirmed that he has written to Minister of State Denis Stanton to highlight his concerns while Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy accused the Government of acting under a “secret type of cover”. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice said that Rooskey was not a suitable location for asylum seekers while Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins claimed that “lessons have not been learned by the Department from the experience in Ballaghaderreen”. Former Roscommon County Councillor, Tom Crosby, has called for an emergency public meeting and said that he was “very disappointed” to hear that up to 80 refugees would be placed in the hotel. “A similar situation occurred in January 2001 when it was speculated that 20 asylum seekers were

being brought to Strokestown, again without any consultation with the community. At that time, as chairman of Roscommon County Council, I immediately called a public meeting which took place in Strokestown on February 5th 2001 where six representatives where nominated from the various communities groups from around the town. “I was delegated to make the case to the department highlighting the various reasons that Strokestown was not a suitable location because of the lack of facilities to cater for these people which in many cases were fleeing war torn large cities. “It is ludicrous to propose to bring four times the number of those unfortunate people to a small village like Rooskey without any consultation with the community. I am calling on our elected public representatives to immediately call a public meeting and communicate with the Department of Justice before it is too late for all concerned,” he concluded.

Orphaned at eleven,  DAN DOONER

The backlash surrounding the proposed use of the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey as a centre for asylum seekers is nothing new to the people of Ballaghaderreen, where refugees fleeing war-torn Syria have been arriving since last year. The Emergency Reception Centre at the former Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen has been a source of controversy since it opened in 2017 with locals and public representatives questioning the decision to locate those in need in a town which was hit hard by the recession. While the mostly Syrian refugees have been mainly positive

about their experiences in Ballaghaderreen, there have been concerns as to what exactly the next step in their journey will be. For young Syrians like Bashar Samiz, that feeling of uncertainty has been a common theme throughout their lives. Bashar is 17-years-old and arrived in Ballaghaderreen just six months ago. He said he was just eleven-yearsold when his entire family was killed by what his neighbours described as a “gas bomb”. He had been away from the family home at the time of the explosion but returned home to a scene of devastation. “We left Syria because there were a lot of problems and war and bombs

It is very hard but it is life. I don’t like to speak with other people about my family. I keep that in my heart. It is hard but when I speak to people they can’t do anything for me

five years ago.I came with my uncle because my mother, father, two brothers and sister all died in Syria. “It is very hard but it is life. I don’t like to speak with other people about

my family. I keep that in my heart. It is hard but when I speak to people they can’t do anything for me. It doesn’t help and it doesn’t do anything. My uncle and aunt are my family now.

“When I went back to the town (that day) people came and told me that (a bomb had hit the town). I didn’t see the bomb or anyone die but they told me that everyone died,” he said.

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Our questions to the Department… Roscommon People: Are there plans to use the former Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey as an EROC and if so who will operate such a facility? Department: (We) are currently in discussions with representatives of the Shannon Key West Hotel for its use as an accommodation centre for persons seeking asylum in Ireland. This will not be an EROC like the premises in Ballaghadereen (sic).

What our TDs have to say Denis Naughten (Independent) “I have written to Minister Stanton, who has responsibility for immigration, outlining my concerns at the proposal to accommodate asylum seekers in the former Shannon Key West Hotel. “This is an isolated location which cannot provide the facilities that will be needed by the families that would be accommodated in such a centre. “These people would have to travel to other locations to avail of the services needed and I have asked Minister Stanton to consider this before deciding on a location”.

Eugene Murphy (Fianna Fáil)

Roscommon People: If so, what would be the suggested timeline for such a move? Department: Until we conclude those discussions we cannot make any further comment on the matter at this time.

we will provide as much information as possible.

Roscommon People: Will financial support be provided for the relevant services which will be required should the move go ahead? Department: When those discussions are concluded

Roscommon People: With the contract for the Ballaghaderreen EROC (the former Abbeyfield Hotel) set to end in December of next year when will the centre begin the process

of winding down? Department: (No response). Roscommon People: Will there be any further arrivals at the Ballaghaderreen EROC and when and where will the current residents be rehoused?

Department: Residents will continue to reside in Ballaghaderreen in 2018 and 2019. Residents are rehoused following availability of housing. Any queries regarding the housing of refugees should be addressed to the Department of Housing.

Roscommon People: Will the lessons that have been learned at the Ballaghaderreen EROC in terms of services and timelines for rehousing be adhered to in the planning for a similar centre in Rooskey? Department: (No response).

Hopkins: ‘No lessons learnt’  DAN DOONER

Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins believes that lessons have not been learned from the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen after the Department of Justice confirmed on Tuesday that it was in discussions with the owners of the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey with a view to using the premises to

accommodate asylum seekers. Senator Hopkins said she has raised her concerns with the Taoiseach as well as the Minister for Justice. “I have made it very clear to them that the north Roscommon region is doing its fair share in supporting individuals seeking refuge through the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre established in January 2017. “I strongly believe that this is

a shared responsibility which should be borne right across the country. It is unacceptable that one small area of north Roscommon should carry a significant portion of our national responsibility. “I am very aware, having been actively involved with the EROC in Ballaghaderreen, that proper resources and service provision need to be put in place to support both the

refugees and the local community. From the experience in Ballaghaderreen, proper planning and funding for additional resources and services were not put in place. “It seems to me, that lessons have not been learned by the Department from the experience in Ballaghaderreen. I am very concerned about these proposed plans in a village the size of Rooskey,” she concluded.

“Over the last few days the village of Rooskey was told that a refugee centre was moving to the former Shannon Key West Hotel, nobody in the community was informed (prior to this). “Why is the Government doing this under a secret type of cover? Why not go to the communities first and then the communities could meet these challenges head on and support these people? Extra support in schools and doctors’ surgeries, etc. is talked about but it isn’t happening – just like it didn’t happen in Ballaghaderreen. Local communities need back-up and support to be able to help these communities. “I have tabled a number of parliamentary questions with the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan seeking clarification on a number of issues relating to the refugee centre in Rooskey”.

Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) “Many people came to a public meeting not too long ago and it was anticipated that the hotel would be opening for events or opening on a full-time basis. If this had come to pass, I would have said that it would have led to a new dawn for the area. “Firstly, this is not about being against asylum seekers; but Rooskey is a very small village. The medical, educational and transports services that would be required to house these asylum seekers are just not there. “In the local area, medical practitioners are at capacity. Are we going to see what happened in Ballaghaderreen, where people were – through no fault of their own – foisted by the HSE on top of services that were already bursting at the seams? “It is my view that The Shannon Key West Hotel is not a suitable location for asylum seekers”. * In conversation with Dan Dooner

Bachar seeks a new life Bashar was told that after the gas bomb there was a fire and many people were burned. He still doesn’t know where the bomb came from but believes that it came from one of the “many” planes that were in the skies above Syria at that time. His uncle Khalid took him in and became his guardian. Bashar said that shortly after his family’s tragic deaths he left Syria and travelled to Turkey with his mother’s sister. “I stayed in Turkey for six months and I met with my uncle Khalid in Turkey. I went to live with him and we decided to come to Europe”. Bashar said his uncle, a brother of his father, and

himself a married man with five children, took him to Greece where they stayed for over two years before arriving in Ireland six months ago. Bashar and his aunt had initially made a cross border crossing in Turkey by bus. He says he made the dangerous journey into Greek waters by way of an inflatable ring at the age of fourteen. He was met by officials who brought him ashore and took them to a camp where they were fed and given clothes. Later Bashar said that he and his uncle would spend six months in a tent in a Greek town before police brought them to the countryside where they lived in a caravan at a camp before

moving into a house. “The UN called us and ask ‘Do you want to go to Ireland?’ We said yes”. The UN carried out “many interviews” ahead of their journey to Ireland according to Bachar, asking him questions about his background and circumstances. Earlier this year Bashar arrived in Dublin and was taken to Ballaghaderreen. He said he made the trip with his uncle’s family because he didn’t feel safe in Turkey and claimed that Syrian workers had been exploited by Turkish businessmen. While he described Greece as “beautiful”, he said that there was no work for him there. He said he

wants to go to college to study design. School had finished in Syria when he was eight but he resumed his studies in Greece where he learned Greek before moving to the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen where he is learning English. He described Ballaghaderreen as a “beautiful town” adding that he felt safe, but he said that there weren’t enough opportunities and facilities in the town for young people. “I want to learn English. I want to go to college and I want to work. I want to start a new life,” he said before adding that that would require moving to “one of the cities”.

Syrian refugee Bashar Samiz is 17-years-old and arrived in Ballaghaderreen from a camp in Greece just six months ago.

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FarmingPeople IFA meet Department on EID and Clean Sheep policy IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said IFA met senior officials in the Department of Agriculture on EID and the Clean Sheep policy. “IFA made it very clear that Agriculture Minister Michael Creed will have to deal with the issue of increasing costs and charges on sheep farmers. EID is going to cost sheep farmers over €2m per annum. The Minister must tackle the increased charges that factories are imposing under the clean sheep policy, as well as the unfair SRM and scrapie charges”. Sean Dennehy said the Department of Agriculture will have to adapt a “more practical approach” to the Clean Sheep policy. “Sending lambs home is not on and what I could consider to be an over-zealous approach by the vets has been very unhelpful,” he concluded.

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IFA calls on banks to stop vulture sales IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton has said it’s vital that all possible actions are taken to stop AIB and Rabobank from selling further farm loans to unregulated vulture funds. “Our view is that by selling these loans, banks which approved the loans in the first place are abdicating their responsibilities by throwing their customers to the wolves,” he said. Figures published recently in the Farmers Journal show some 285 land parcels amounting to over 11,000 hectares have a charge registered against them by vulture funds. Martin Stapleton said for many farmers who are having real problems, their loans still remain with the banks. “Irrespective of who owns the loan, it’s our clear position that farmers have to be afforded time and space to work through a reasonable repayment schedule. “AIB and Rabobank are currently considering selling more loans. We have written to both banks seeking a meeting before any more are sold,” he said. IFA’s Debt Support Service is now helping farmers, and members can contact the helpline on 1890 924 853. IFA president Joe Healy (left) and IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton.

Roscommon People MART WATCH Roscommon Mart sample prices Dry cows Char X 785kgs €1535, AAX 910kgs €1500, Lim X 765kgs €1435, Lim 685kgs €1250, BBX 690kgs €1120, Lim X 710kgs €1310, Lim X 635kgs €1000, BBX 645kgs €1050, Char X 570kgs €950, AAX 520kgs €910.

Bullocks AAX 660kgs €1415, Char X 595kgs €1400, 2 Lim X 632kgs €1360, 3 AAX 583kgs €1320, Char X 525kgs €1275, 3 Char X 468kgs €1150, Lim 465kgs €1140, 2 Lim X 562kgs €1250, Char X 445kgs €1115, Lim X 455kgs €1060, HEX 390kgs €890, Lim X 455kgs €1060, Char X 445kgs €1050, 3 Char 446kgs €1020,Char X 330kgs €770.

Heifers Char X 560kgs €2160, Lim X 615kgs €1750, Char X 700kgs €1700, BBX 590kgs €1610, BBX 535kgs €1600, Char 575kgs €1560, Lim X 535kgs €1490, Char X 525kgs €1450, BAX 475kgs €1355, 2 Lim X 490kgs €1330, Char X 470kgs €1300, Lim 480kgs €1230, Char X 475kgs €1200, AAX 540kgs €1185, 2 Char X 450kgs €1135, Lim X 405kgs €1065, 3 Char X 430kgs €975, Char X 385kgs €955, Lim X 375kgs €955.

X 365kgs €1000 - €2.74 per kilo, Lim X 335kgs €925 -€2.76 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €850 - €2.66 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €905 - €2.92 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €810 €2.89 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €675 - €2.60 per kilo, Lim X 270kgs €680 €2.52 per kilo.

Weanling bulls Char X 420kgs €1255 - €2.99 per kilo, Char X 440kgs €1125 - €2.56 per kilo, Lim 355kgs €1070 - €3.01 per kilo, Char X 265kgs €1000 - €3.77 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €920 - €2.71 per kilo, Char X 345kgs €905 - €2.62 per kilo, Lim X 360kgs €925 - €2.57 per kilo, BBX 350kgs €900 - €2.57 per kilo, Lim X 240kgs €770 - €3.21 per kilo, Simm X 335kgs €800 - €2.39 per kilo.

Finished lambs 52.3kgs €106, 52.9kgs €106, 53.4kgs €105, 54.6kgs €105, 53.5kgs €105, 50kgs €103.50, 50.5kgs €102.5, 49.1kgs €100.

Store lambs 40.6kgs €86.5, 41.7kgs €85.5, 38.7kgs €85.5, 40kgs €84, 41.3kgs €81.

Weanling heifers Char X 335kgs €1295 - €3.87 per kilo, Char

Manager’s report… Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart “Big numbers presented for sale once again last week and in most cases prices are holding firm with increased farmer buying evident this week, especially in the weanling rings with prices still very strong for the top quality calves. “Heifers, dry cows and breeding stock reported good clearances this week. Cows with calves at foot made from €800 to €1,650 per head. Springers made from €900 to €1,350 per head while runners made from €225 to €680 for continental lots. “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday). All sales commence at 11 am”.

Manager’s report… Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart “There was another large entry of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale. Trade for heifers was brisk with prices averaging from €2.29 per kilo up to a max of €3.86 per kilo for a super Char X heifer weighing 560kgs and fetching €2160 (€1600 over its weight). “Bullock prices ranged from €2.17 up to €2.57 per kilo. There was a big entry of dry cows with lots averaging from €1.57 per kilo up €1.96 per kilo. Again this week there was large attendance of buyers anxiously sourcing stock resulting in a very high clearance of lots. “This Friday (9th) there will be a Special Winter sale of Heifers. “There were smaller numbers on offer this week. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €106 for 52.3kgs. Store lambs fetched up to €86.50. The trade for cast ewes was better than the previous week with prices ranging from €77 up to €126. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices Bullocks Ch 610kgs €1430, Ch 670kgs €1545.

Dry cows AAx 715kgs €1420, Lm 720kgs €1360, Sim 755kgs €1400, Lm 800kgs €1390, AAx 475kgs €360.

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Weanling heifers BBx 290kgs €900, Ch 285kgs €890, Lmx 330kgs €905, Ch 350kgs €1060, Lm 355kgs €900.

Heifers Lmx 425kgs €1055, AA 425kgs €960, Ch 420kgs €1000, Lmx 455kgs €1245, Lm 640kgs €1485, BBx 550kgs €1345.

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Naughten welcomes progress on cleaning of River Shannon Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the progress made in relation to removing pinch points on the River Shannon which will help to address flooding within the river’s catchment, particularly in the Shannon and Suck Callows. Denis Naughten was commenting following the outline of work by Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group, which was established to help to further manage the flood risk for those living and working near the River Shannon. He said that this Group, through targeted maintenance activities

involving the removal of silt and emergent vegetation and the removal of trees in three locations, is improving the flow of water and navigation along the River Shannon, particularly south of the towns of Athlone and Ballinasloe. “Over the last two and a half years I supported the members of the Group who came under the authority of my own Department, namely the Electricity Supply Board, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Bord na Mona and the Environmental Protection Agency. And I actively encouraged them to provide solutions rather than barriers to works on the River Shannon,”

explained Denis Naughten. “It must be remembered that this is the first Government since the foundation of the Irish State to actually remove silt from the River Shannon and I hope now this work has started that a regular maintenance programme will continue on the Shannon in the years to come”. Deputy Naughten said that the work of this group is continuing with consultants now being appointed to examine the removal of the pinch points resulting in lower summer water levels through the Shannon Callows, to help address the summer flooding in this area

while maintaining the appropriate navigation requirements. Further work is to investigate the cause, degree and rate of restriction downstream of Parteen Weir. “Work is ongoing again this winter on the lowering of lake levels in Lough Allen to help alleviate any significant flooding event that may occur”. Deputy Naughten acknowledged the work of former Minister Brian Hayes, the IFA, and the late Deputy Nicky McFadden, and also paid tribute to Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran on his work in addressing flooding in the Shannon Catchment.

OPW respond to queries on River Shannon dredging Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy raised the ongoing issue of overgrowth which he says is “strangling” fishing resources on the famed ‘hot stretch’ of the River Shannon at Lanesboro/Ballyleague with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action. As Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the OPW and Flood Relief, Deputy Murphy raised a number of concerns. These included queries in relation to the Home Relocation Scheme, maintenance system for the River Shannon, flood defences, insurance issues and progress on Turlough studies. “In response, Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW, indicated that there is no maintenance programme as such for the River Shannon as he suggested this would perhaps involve a change of legislation and environmental works. “There are major problems with overgrowth and peat and silt deposits in the River Shannon at the moment, particularly in the Lanesboro/Ballyleague area which is heavily dependent on tourism and fish-

ing from the famed hot stretch of water and the River Shannon is clogged very badly there at the moment. I have long called for an interagency approach for maintenance of the River Shannon,” said Deputy Murphy. The Fianna Fáil TD also raised queries in relation to the success of the Home Relocation Scheme for homeowners who suffered from flood devastation. Deputy Murphy said that John Sydenham, Commissioner (Flood Risk Management) at the OPW admitted that not one person has been relocated under the Home Relocation Scheme. Mr. Sydenham noted that there are a number of applications going through the formal process but, said Deputy Murphy, “nobody has actually been relocated under this scheme, which I believe is moving at an abysmal pace”. Deputy Murphy said that the plan, which was approved by Cabinet last April, was to see homeowners affected by flooding being offered compensation to help them move, if they choose to do so.

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Honouring those we lost: Why I’m calling on everyone to wear the Shamrock Poppy  SENATOR FRANK FEIGHAN

It is only in recent years that I have come to develop a true appreciation of our complex history, not least our sense of understanding of the Irish involvement in World War 1, especially from a local perspective. Out of 200,000 who fought in the war, up to 50,000 Irishmen and women died, 30,000 of those coming from the Republic of Ireland. More than 550 men from County Roscommon lost their lives in the war. 126 of them came from my home town of Boyle and surrounding areas and I only discovered recently that four brothers, the Wynnes, who lived only 100 yards from my house, died in the war. Indeed, if we all scratch the surface, we are sure to find a distant relative who served or died in World War 1. These men and women were largely from a Catholic, nationalist background. They played on the same streets as me, attended the same Church; drank in the same pub; they were just ordinary people – shop workers, farm labourers, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters from every town, village and townland across the island of Ireland. These men and women signed up for different reasons…including financial necessity, out of a sense of adventure, or more importantly to sign up to secure the long-awaited Home Rule Bill for Ireland. As we all know too well, both Ireland and the UK have a shared and a divided history. It is a history marked by tragedy and triumph, success and failure, loss and hope. Part of my own family’s political lineage certainly illustrates the complexities of Irish History. My grandfather James Feely was a Commander in the Old IRA in North Roscommon, a Sinn Fein councillor and was a prisoner in Mountjoy and the Curragh during the War of Independence. Along with all other prisoners, he was released on the signing of the Anglo-Irish agreement in 1921 and later became one of the first members of the Irish State’s fledgling police force, An Garda Síochána. The Shamrock Poppy Pin which I am wearing this week was commissioned by the Limerick branch of the Royal British Legion in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 and especially to remember the tens of thousands of Irish men and women from the island of Ireland who lost their lives. I believe that this Irish version of the poppy makes it more acceptable for those who otherwise would be reluctant to wear the poppy to remember the Irish dead. To me, the poppy is a commemorative symbol: poppies grew in

Senator Frank Feighan

James Feely

the fields where the battles and slaughter in World War 1 took place, a place where many Irish men are now buried. The poppy was made famous in a poem written by Lieutenant Colonel McCrae, a serving military doctor from Canada. As the start of the poem goes: ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow; Between the crosses, row on row’. From the 1920s onwards, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance. Thankfully, I believe we

More than 550 men from County Roscommon lost their lives in the war. 126 of them came from my home town of Boyle and surrounding areas and I only discovered recently that four brothers, the Wynnes, who lived only 100 yards from my house, died in the war

have arrived at a point where the poppy is no longer a controversial symbol in this country and it should not be seen as divisive. There is a new political dawn in this country where our shared histories on this island allow us to remember all those who served and died, especially those from the 26 counties whose sacrifices up until the last number of years was neglected and ignored. The new climate of tolerance and understanding gave me the opportunity to make an important gesture in 2012 when I wore a poppy in Dáil Éireann on Remembrance Day. Since 2012, we have had a very successful and historically informative decade of commemorations, which opened up access to historical records. These records, along with using local and national historical and cultural bodies, enhanced our understanding and respect for different traditions and versions of seminal moments which shaped who we are today. Those events include the campaign for Home Rule; the Great Lock-out; the Suffragette movement; the signing of the Ulster Covenant; the outbreak of World War 1; the Easter Rising; the War of Independence and the foundation of the Free State. For me, being the first politician in 16 years to wear the poppy in the Irish parliament back in 2012 was a symbolic gesture to recognise these Irish men, especially the thousands of nationalists from the Republic who fought and whose sacrifices were airbrushed out of our history. Wearing the Shamrock poppy, I believe, continues to endorse this new dispensation. Indeed, last year, I presented Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with a Shamrock poppy pin which he proudly wore in the Dáil to commemorate and remember the sacrifices of Irish soldiers of all backgrounds – both nationalist and unionist – across the island of Ireland who fought and died in the First World War. On this Sunday, November 11th 2018, we are marking a very significant centenary – the end of the First World War. As part of a recent initiative I undertook, I sent a Shamrock Poppy pin to every Irish MEP, member of the Oireachtas and councillor, along with members of the UK Parliament. In doing so, I invited them to mark the centenary of the upcoming Armistice in their own way either by wearing one of these pins or some other gesture. I believe it is important more than ever to remember and honour these Irish men and women. Lest we forget. * Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan is Vice-Chair of the BritishIrish Parliamentary Assembly and a member of the Good Friday Implementation Committee

Mary’s winning streak… Mary Lohan from Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon won €22,000 in cash on last weekend’s Winning Streak tv show. Mary and her husband Joe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July this year so this is turning out to be a good year for Mary! The couple have three children: Breda, Oliver and Patricia, who all cheered their mum on last weekend. Mary is a proud grandmother to a total of six grandchildren: Nathan, Sean, Sarah (who were in the audience) and Emma, Rachel and Michelle (who watched from home). Mary and Joe still keep themselves busy on the family farm in Curraghroe, helping out whenever they can. In her spare time Mary loves bingo and plays in two locations in County Roscommon: Ballyleague and Kilglass.

Mary Lohan from Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon won €22,000 on last Saturday’s National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. Pictured here at the presentation of the winner’s cheque were from left to right: Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host; Rita Oates, National Lottery ticket selling agents ETL, Main Street, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon; Mary Lohan, the winning player; Declan Murray, Head of Security and Compliance Manager, The National Lottery; Michael Oates, National Lottery ticket selling agents ETL, and Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak game show co-host. Pic: Mac Innes Photography

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Konmak x Marty Sat 10th Nov Doors Open 11.30pm Castle Street | Roscommon Town


Art exhibition and sale in aid of Hospice An Exhibition and Sale of paintings by Lily Walshe, Elphin, will be held in Roscommon School of Art, Antogher Road,

Caoimhe Connaughton, Aideen O’Brien and Aoibhinn Murray pictured in Strokestown for the Roscommon IFC Final between Fuerty and Oran last Saturday.

Arts Centre hosts an evening with Johnny McEvoy Join singer-songwriter Johnny McEvoy, pictured left, for an intimate evening of music at Roscommon Arts Centre this Friday (9th) at 8 pm. Johnny has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his current nationwide concert tour is getting a huge response from his legion of fans. This nostalgic evening of ‘Song and Story’ features all of Johnny’s many hit songs, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar, Those Brown Eyes and Long Long Before Your Time – and will also feature some songs from his new album. Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer-songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented, with many in the folk and ballad style. His concert performance is second to none with his songs beautifully delivered in truly artistic fashion and storytelling of the finest order. This is a concert not to be missed and tickets are on sale now from Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824 and from www.

Roscommon, on Friday, 16th of November (7-9 pm) in aid of Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice and Palliative Care. The local Palliative Care team helped Lily and the Walshe family during her husband Marty’s final weeks in 2005. Lily took up painting as a hobby in 2009, following her retirement from Primary school teaching. She was introduced to Stephanie Cuddy Cullen in August 2011, and has enjoyed weekly classes at Stephanie’s School of Art in Antogher Road since then. Lily has held three

exhibitions in the past five years and has given the proceeds to Hospice, in gratitude for the care and kindness shown to her late husband and family. Many families have similar stories to

relate. On the 16th of November you have another chance to say thanks – by supporting this event. All are welcome. (For more information, call 0871256167).


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WeekendPeople SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION We must live by the obedience of faith, a faith that shows itself in works of charity and self-giving (see Galatians 5:6). That’s the lesson of the two widows in today’s liturgy. The widow in the First Reading isn’t even a Jew, yet she trusts in the word of Elijah and the promise of his Lord. Facing sure starvation, she gives all that she has, her last bit of food – feeding the man of God before herself and her family. The widow in the Gospel also gives all that she has, offering her last bit of money to support the work of God’s priests in the Temple. In their self-sacrifice, these widows embody the love that Jesus last week revealed as the heart of the Law and the Gospel. They mirror the Father’s love in giving His only Son, and Christ’s love in sacrificing Himself on the Cross. Again in today’s Epistle, we hear Christ described as a new high priest and the suffering servant foretold by Isaiah. On the Cross, He made sacrifice once and for all to take away our sin and bring us to salvation (see Isaiah 53:12). And again we are called to imitate His sacrifice of love in our own lives. We will be judged not by how much we give – for the scribes and the wealthy contribute far more than the widow. Rather, we will be judged by whether our gifts reflect our livelihood, our whole beings, all our heart and soul, mind and strength. Are we giving all that we can to the Lord – not out of a sense of forced duty, but in a spirit of generosity and love (see 2 Corinthians 9:6–7)? Do not be afraid, the man of God tells us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the Lord will provide for us, as He sustains the widow. Today, let us follow the widows’ example, doing what God asks, confident that our jars of flour will not grow empty, nor our jugs of oil run dry. – Scott Hahn Ph.D., www. (and courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)

THE BRIDGE CLUB Roscommon Bridge Club Hurley Cup (Session 1) – 1st: L. & L. Curley, 2nd: C. Ansboro & C. McGrath, 3rd: E. Kelly & M. Dermody. Happy ‘71 Bridge Club 1st: T. Murphy & J. Halliday, 2nd: K. Murray & M. Molloy, Gross: V. & M. Brennan. Kilbride Bridge Club North/South – 1st: J. Hunt & A. Gaffney, 2nd: P. Donohoe & M. Fallon, 3rd: E. Dowling & M. Farrell. East/West – 1st: B. Gillooly & F. Keane, 2nd: A. Igoe & G. McDermott, 3rd: A. McCourt & S. Maken.




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The man rang me and said ‘I hope you voted for Peter Casey’ Reflections on the ‘Squeezed Middle’ A couple of days ago I got a phone call from a man who started off his chat with the words “I hope you voted for Peter Casey”. I told him I hadn’t, which didn’t impress him much. He then started to talk about the new rung in Irish society, i.e. the Squeezed Middle. The man told me of a conversation he recently had with two schoolteachers who are married to one another and who are both working in Dublin. Basically they told him that they cannot afford to even think about starting a family, such is the crippling cost of childcare, and they also told him that they can never dream of trying to buy their own house – an amazing situation considering they are two highly educated people, both of whom are working, and effectively – as teachers

– responsible for the education of our next generation. As Peter Casey did earlier, the man contrasted their situation with that of the travellers in Tipperary who turned down the six new houses which had been built at a cost to the taxpayer of €1.7m. It is easy to see why the Squeezed Middle are becoming more and more restless. Later that evening I spoke with an educated professional person, and in her opinion we now have a threetier society – the social welfare one (where certain sections seem to get everything from free housing to free medical services to fuel and footwear allowances, etc.), the very wealthy who don’t contribute anywhere near their fair share to the economy, and the Squeezed Middle, who get caught for everything and now have nowhere to turn. The latter group’s problem is that they are earning too much to qualify

for any social welfare, but the cuts which they suffered during the recession mean they are now stuck in no man’s land, and the banks (who had to be bailed out by all of these P.A.Y.E. earners because of their own outrageous mismanagement) have turned their backs on the very people who saved them – and their extremely strict mortgage guidelines mean these middle-income earners are now trapped in a poverty trap. In Dublin it is not uncommon to be paying up to €1800/€2000 a month in rent for a two-bedroomed property, and despite continuous promises of its intention to address this, the Government has done nothing about it (or certainly achieved nothing). The teachers I am talking about are stuck with the outrageous rent prices that are being charged now. As in the case of a lot of people, they could buy their own house for less monthly outlay than they are now paying if the

Captain Tom Bannon congratulated by his mum and family following Fuerty’s Roscommon IFC Final win over Oran at Strokestown last Saturday.

MY PRESCRIPTION: Cut back on claims culture Sometimes you would wonder as to what sort of world we live in today. One of the biggest causes of concern to me, and to many ordinary people like me, is the big surge in legal claims against every type of company and individual – and the huge sums of money that are being awarded for what often appear to be relatively minor complaints. One of the areas that seems to be particularly vulnerable is the medical services sector. I have to say that if I was a doctor or a consultant (or any type of medical professional), I would need to make sure that I had adequate insurance in place. Now nobody wants to see patients or their families suffer as a result of medical negligence, but it seems to me that hardly a day goes by without some claim or other making the national papers. Sometimes I think we expect too much from our overworked, stressed-out medical professionals. No matter how well educated and trained our doctors and nurses are, it is not possible for them to be immune from making mistakes, particularly as they are dealing with something as complicated as the human body.

I have to say that if I was young and starting out in life, even if I had the ability I would turn my back on a life in medicine. Even tradesmen, who are working with lifeless objects, can get things wrong occasionally, so is it any wonder mistakes can be made on the human body, which has so many different bits and pieces involved in making it up? Now I am not showing favour to any side, as I am well aware at how traumatic a wrong diagnosis can be, but it just seems to me that there is a neverending stream of lawsuits going on. If it continues like this, will anyone at all train to become a doctor? If not, we will eventually have no health service at all. Another feature of our society is the reality that there are several fraudulent claims being made (across the board, not necessarily against medical personnel) and there are families and gangs who make hundreds of thousands of euro through staged accidents and other such scams year in year out. For ordinary, everyday folk, this goes against the grain. I think we would all be better off if we saw less lawsuits and lower monetary awards.

banks would only give them a mortgage. It’s the classic Catch 22 situation, but the fact that 340,000 people voted for an unknown candidate simply because he highlighted the unfair treatment of a section of our society must surely make our politicians more than a little uneasy. Maybe it will force them to act. We’ll wait and see, but we’re not holding our breath. Now we all know that there are true, genuine social welfare recipients out there, who need all the help they get, but we also know that large numbers are trying to milk the system, while a good number of our millionaires and billionaires have overseas residences’, and in some cases pay very little tax, even on money made in Ireland. The truth is that the middle-income earner is an easy target, and is getting hit at every turn. I believe he, and she, has had enough, and the revolution may be just around the corner.

Sporting success stories Finally for this week, yesterday afternoon I took a stroll around the grounds of Creggs Rugby Club, where the floodlights for the new 4G pitch were being erected. In the cold light of day it is an amazing sight and a development that the club and the village should be rightly proud of. When all is done there will be a total of five fullsize rugby pitches in a village with a population of about 100 people. I am told the first match on the new pitch, and under the new lights, will take place in a couple of weeks or so. All I can say is make it your business to get there, as in every way – both in terms of the rugby the teams are playing and the way the club is developing – this a great local success story. Talking of success stories, well done to our neighbours Fuerty on winning the Intermediate Football Championship last Saturday and to St. Brendan’s ladies on winning the Connacht Intermediate Final last Sunday. Going back a week or two ago, it was great to see Aidan Tully’s beloved Kilglass Gaels finally winning the County Junior Championship after a few years of heartbreak. Congratulations also to our good friends (sometimes) from St. Joseph’s, Kilteevan, a club we in Creggs have had a lot in common with down through the years…well done on winning the league title, and if any victory was better celebrated, I would be very surprised. When all we hear is doom and gloom about the decline of rural Ireland, it’s great to realise that sport, in whatever guise, can lift the spirits of so many small communities. All of these different villages (including Athleague after their great County Hurling Final win) will get through the winter in a better way as a result of their exploits on the sporting fields. So congrats to them all, and also to John Whyte, who became President of Creggs last week. Great performances from all involved – well done!

Till next week, Bye for now!


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WeekendPeople Remembrance Day Commemoration in Shamrock Lodge Hotel Athlone Military Historical Society are hosting a Remembrance Day Commemoration in The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, on Sunday, the 11th of November 2018. Guest speakers will present interesting Historical Military talks to remember soldiers from the Midland Region – Athlone, Moate and Moyvoughly – who served and died in the First World War in the service of freedom and peace. Keynote speaker is the writer and historian Ian Kenneally. The commemoration and Remembrance Day will also remember and commemorate all serving Irish soldiers who served and died in the service of peace with the United Nations. There will be a poignant service at 11 am. There will be military stalls and exhibitions and displays of military memorabilia for viewing by the general public. This event will start at 11 am and conclude at 5 pm and admission is free. A spokeperson said: “This is a very unique day in commemoration of the last day of the First World War 100 years on and for that reason it will never occur again. There are many towns and cities around Ireland who are commemorating this great event as they have done so on past anniversaries. “Here in Athlone this will be no different for us all, given that Athlone has a great military history and tradition going back well over 300 years…and having the historical tradition of having the oldest occupied Military Barracks in Europe”. Come along to this very unique military historical event to commemorate the anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on the final day of World War 1 100 years on.

Lecture on Cattle Raiding on a Grand Scale, Na Tana and Cruachain Ai A meeting of the Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society will take place on Tuesday, 13th of November at 8 pm in the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown. Following at 8.30 pm (sharp) an illustrated lecture will take place on the theme of Cattle Raiding and the Tain Bo Cuailigne by Mike McCarthy BSc. Mike originally qualified as a pharmacist and plied this professional work for 20 years before the love of folklore and mythology brought him to Rathcroghan, where he now works as a Tour Guide and research assistant. He is also involved in the organising and promotion of the Annual Rathcroghan Winter Conference and has co-authored a number of important publications pertaining to Rathcroghan. Many of the great Tain Bo Cuailigne tales in the Epic Irish Literature have a deep association with the ancient Connacht capital of Rathcroghan. Indeed the centrepiece of them all – the Cattle Raid of Cooley – has both an origin and a dramatic ending in Rathcroghan and features characters such as the Warrior Queen Medb, the mighty Battle Goddess Morrigan, the Connacht warrior Fraoch and boy hero Cuchulainn, all of whose legendary deeds are inextricably linked with the landscape that surrounds us here in Co. Roscommon. All welcome. €5 for non-members.



Miriam’s MUSINGS McCabe was wronged because they couldn’t handle the truth Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

The entire process of the Garda ‘whistleblower’ scandal has taken out two Ministers for Justice, two Garda Commissioners and two senior civil servants, although it must be noted that while the dispute had begun long before Nóirín O’Sullivan took the helm, her tenure as boss was constantly dogged by it. May I add that the publication of the resulting Disclosures Tribunal has exonerated her of mistreating Sgt. McCabe and of helping to orchestrate a smear campaign against him. I also stress that Frances Fitzgerald got a clean bill of health when she was vindicated and found to have ‘acted appropriately’. In addition, Alan Shatter was himself vindicated in the courts. However, perhaps the biggest loss resulting from this shocking controversy is the ‘whistleblower’ himself, Sgt. Maurice McCabe who has retired from An Garda Síochána following 30 years of service for the simple reason that the man who really should be hailed a hero, felt it was ‘the only decision’ open to him. Now while I believe the force has lost an incredibly brave and honourable member – a man who at all times had only the interests of the country he served at heart – Maurice’s decision to opt out is absolutely

the right one to make; both for him and for his family. Why? Because, despite the fact the force has missed a wonderful opportunity to retain McCabe’s services where he could teach rookies how to relate to the public, how to earn their respect and admiration, and, in general, how to be a good copper, there’s no way back for him. And, while Minister Charlie Flanagan has said the nation owes Maurice “a debt of gratitude,” I’d go one further and say give this amazingly strong human being the Scott Medal in honour of his bravery. While we’re at it, let’s give a shout out to Lorraine McCabe, the incredible woman who stood strong and silent by her man; who held her head high, who never wavered, not for one second, even when the man whose babies she bore, was disgustingly and wrongly accused of child sexual abuse. I won’t use the vile words former Commissioner Martin Callinan is alleged to have uttered when he tried to taint an officer trying to do his job, because this is a family publication. But I’ll give you a possible reason for Callinan’s nauseating attempt to blacken a man’s good name… he couldn’t handle the truth. Now I can tell you, while an apology from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Minister

for Justice Charlie Flanagan and the current Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will go nowhere near soothing what must have been the unspeakable emotional turmoil this solid couple have endured for over a decade, I’m sure it’s welcomed and received with the same sense of human dignity, respect and integrity that has become indicative of their upstanding behaviour. We can expect that Mr. McCabe (it’s odd not to address him as Sergeant, but he’s now like the rest of us…livin’ on civvy street), is due a level of financial compensation, especially from Tusla; but I’d say no amount of money will ever be enough. And, while I’m not pre-empting anything regarding an amount of remuneration, it must be said that Tusla’s mishandling of a file and an incorrect allegation levelled at McCabe was beyond doubt a travesty. Okay, Tusla have very publicly apologised for their titanic feck-up; in fact, if Carlsberg did catastrophic cock-ups, this one would defo be an award winner. However, for the record, there are upstanding, blameless people working within Tusla who do a fantastic job, so let’s not sully their good names. Look, if anything good is to come of this debacle, and if citizen McCabe is to leave

Sgt. Maurice McCabe who has retired from An Garda Síochána following 30 years of service

any legacy, it’ll surely be that Commissioner Harris will learn lessons going forward regarding the process by which the force he leads operates and delivers its service to us, the citizens it protects. He should also look at how the force treats its hard-working and admirable coppers, (many of whom are stationed here in Roscommon), and make sure they’re treated with the due regard and respect they deserve. I wish the McCabes every best wish and happiness.

It’s Movember lads…you’ve got 30 days to cultivate that luscious lip warmer It’s Movember folks and that means raising awareness of men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer, etc. Oh, and it also means all you sexy Roscommon Mo Bros who’ve been putting off growing and cultivating a bit of hair on your upper lip can now do it in the name of a good cause. However, do bear in mind lads, despite the fact menopause has given your poor elderly maiden aunt a weak bladder and regular hot flushes, much to the woman’s mortification,

the ‘change’ has now managed, (without auntie even trying) to allow her grow a substantial soup straining set of old lady whiskers that’d put Magnum PI, (or a ‘70s porn star) to shame; yet you, ya big hunk of masculinity, may only be able to manage a slash of peach fuzz on your chinny-chinchin; but don’t get too disheartened. However, Movember is not all about the lads, women can get involved too by becoming Mo Sistas who encourage and

sponsor their dads, their brothers, their partners and their friends to grow and cultivate a luscious winter lip warmer, raise awareness and funds, and have conversations about their own health concerns. In addition ladies, when the man in your life reaches his upper-lip limbo, (and he will), and his barely-there bush begins to itch like hell, remember, it’s gonna be your job to encourage that bad boy to stick it out. Good luck!

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P lanning your Wedding Day

Wedding etiquette: A few basic tips for your big day  MIRIAM KERINS

When it comes to your wedding day, there are no particular set of rules a couple are obliged to follow regarding how things ‘must’ be or ‘should’ be done; however, if you’re planning to tie the knot and are in need a few hints and tips regarding what is good old-fashioned wedding etiquette; or, as we like to call it, basic manners, then take a look at our top tips. While everyone seems to communicate via social media nowadays, (and that’s great), we’d advise couples against sending out a group ‘save the date’ notice and instead put a touch more thought into your invitations. Remember, not everybody is on Facebook, etc., and not everybody looks at their ‘upcoming events’ on their timelines. Want a little tip for that extra special touch? Include a stamped addressed envelope for your RSVP cards. It will mean a lot. When sending out your thank you notes, send

individual ones and don’t do a mass social media ‘thank you for your gift’ post! If you’re a couple who has decided to make a ‘wedding gift list,’ please don’t slot it into your wedding invitation, to do so may make you appear like a spoilt demanding pair who’re placing a monetary value on your guests’ friendship. We would suggest that you instead could, (if guests ask what they can get you), politely propose that you could send on a gift list to them, or even add it to your wedding website and direct them towards it. In addition, while we know it has become commonplace for couples to ask guests for ‘cash’ as a gift, and that’s fine, however do bear in mind this request may be placing some guests under financial pressure to come up with an amount that doesn’t look like they’re channelling their inner Scrooge. After all, it is the thought that counts. Remember to supply food/ refreshments for your band/DJ/ wedding planner/anyone else

providing a service for you on the day. It’s basic manners. Just a thought to bear in mind, but if you’re having a hen/ stag party, (and it is a personal choice), it could be considered a tad rude to invite someone to the mad and expensive weekend and then not include them on your guest list for your big day. While everyone will understand that couples may need to cull their wedding guest list, (small venue, budget constraints, etc.,), many people, (me included), could feel disgruntled with the fact a couple may not deem them good enough to attend the entire ceremony, i.e. witness the lovingly exchanged vows, enjoy the sit-down meal, etc., yet they and their wedding gift are considered perfectly acceptable and worthy enough to attend the ‘afters’ for an overdone sausage roll and a soggy ham sandwich, just in time to see the inner circle guests who made the cut too drunk to stand upright! Ouch! Bitter much?

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P lanning your Wedding Day

How to be the perfect father-of-the-bride!  MIRIAM KERINS

Being the proud, doting, father-of-the-bride does not mean your responsibilities begin and end with you gracefully walking your darling baby girl down the aisle…oh no, the job description goes much deeper than that. Now while we know the important role of fatherof-the-bride traditionally goes to the bride’s dad, it can of course, (should the post become vacant for whatever reason), be undertaken by a fatherfigure. Either way there are certain elements and trademarks associated with the function of father-of-thebride, and they should not be taken lightly. Therefore, if you’re on the cusp of walking that favourite girl in your life down the aisle, and are in need of a bit of direction, calm down, read on, and take note of our useful hints and tips; and while this honour may differ from wedding to wedding, we think, (hope)

we’ve got you covered. Write lots of cheques! We’re joking of course, but do bear in mind, a wedding does not come cheap and while traditionally, in the past, the bride’s parents footed the bill, times have changed and couples usually take responsibility for the bulk of their big day. But do the Lotto just in case! Be the mother-of-the bride’s wing man and try to do everything both she and the bride ask you to do. In fact, don’t wait to be asked to do something, instead, request they make a list of duties they’d like you to attend to and follow it to the letter. Does anyone need to be collected from the airport/train station? Can you pick up clothes from the dry cleaners/flowers from the florist? Does the wedding singer need a lift to the venue and can you arrange it? Any other loose ends need attending to? You’ll be expected to give a speech, so always have a pen and notepad handy

and jot down some points and anecdotes as you remember them in the runup to your daughter’s big day. Remember, this is going to be your big moment, so craft it carefully, and then create it by making sure your speech is heartfelt and honest. Draw on your experience of watching this incredible little girl blossom into a beautiful woman, etc. Never, ever say anything crass or tacky; and especially don’t mention your daughter’s former partner/husband! Welcome the new in-laws, welcome the guests and thank them, etc. In short Dad, set the happy tone for the celebrations. Finally, enjoy your day, bask in the glow of your important role but do not… again, we stress, do not, drink too much alcohol! Yes, we know everyone wants to buy you a pint, so pace yourself because getting rat-faced, grabbing the mic, knotting your tie around your head and belting out Guns and Roses’

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Launching the Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie fundraising campaign ‘Win a House in Dublin’ back in September were Roscommon hurler Padraig Dolan, camogie player Meabh Tiernan and footballer Diarmuid Murtagh, along with their four-legged friend Ollie. Up for grabs is a €425,000 Ballymore home in Ashtown, Dublin 15.

Another brick in the wall INNOVATIVE FUNDRAISING DRIVE HAS REAL MOMENTUM SEAMUS DUKE speaks to PAT COMPTON, Chairperson of Club Rossie, about the ambitious ‘Win a House in Dublin’ project…


t’s one of the most innovative and ambitious fundraising ventures ever attempted by any organisation in the county. Roscommon County GAA Board are offering a €425,000 house in Dublin as the gala prize in a unique draw which will be held at the end of December. The house is located in the suburb of Ashtown and is close to all major amenities including the LUAS line and shopping and leisure facilities. Tickets in the draw are priced at €100 each and Club Rossie (the fundraising arm of Roscommon County GAA Board) have set a target of 15,000 ticket sales which, if reached, would raise over €1m.

‘The profits will go towards development works at Dr. Hyde Park and also to the start of our Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Runnabracken’

This extraordinary figure would be used to fund development work at Dr. Hyde Park and at the new Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Runnabracken. I recently met up with Pat Compton, the chairperson of Club Rossie, to find out a little more about this ambitious fundraiser and how it’s progressing. Pat began by telling me where the idea came from. “It was the brainchild of our treasurer, David O’Connor. David thought it would be a good idea to raffle a house and it took off from there. Ballymore Properties (Sean Mulryan) are the developers and they have put this house at our disposal. We have to pay for it, but it is coming at a reasonable cost and we are very grateful for Sean Mulryan’s support in this venture”. Pat continued: “The house is in a development at the old Phoenix Park Racecourse (the address is Royal Canal Park). It’s a threebedroomed semi-detached house and it’s worth €425,000 at today’s market prices”. Pat next alluded to the ambitious target for the draw. “We hope to raise €1m (profit). We have a limit of 15,000 tickets… to date we have sold just less than 5,000 tickets and we are happy with the response so far. “We have been travelling around the various shopping centres in Dublin and we have been doing events like the Ideal Homes Exhibition. We have also been marketing the draw around the country and at matches. The draw is attracting a lot of interest in Dublin – for obvious reasons. The

Camogie player Meabh Tiernan pictured at the launch of the Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie fundraising campaign ‘Win a House in Dublin’ back in September

shortage of houses in the Capital makes this a very attractive draw. It’s a huge prize for just €100… the draw will be held on the 30th of December and we are determined to go ahead on that date”. Pat Compton then outlined where the funds raised from the draw will be spent. “The profits will go towards development works at Dr. Hyde Park and also to the start of our Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Runnabracken. It’s for infrastructural developments that will be there for the next generation hopefully”.

Club Rossie are also busy with other activities. “We are going ahead with our usual annual draw next year and we have several other ideas in the pipeline. I have to say there is an excellent committee there…working hard on behalf of Roscommon GAA. “Our supporters in Dublin have been fantastic. They have been very supportive and I thank them for that. But Roscommon supporters all over the country have been great. I have to point out that our biggest sales area to date has been within County Roscommon, which is

slightly ahead of those in Dublin, so we have received great support here in Roscommon too”. Club Rossie will also be looking for support from the worldwide Roscommon family. Pat: “We will be seeking assistance from all our diaspora around the world as well as from throughout the country. We have to raise enough funds to show our sponsors and supporters that we are serious about what we are doing and we are going to work hard to ensure that this draw is a success”. * See for more details

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – a real pain in the gut  JAMES MOLLOY

What is irritable bowel syndrome? As a community pharmacist I have seen the dramatic rise in this condition over the last twenty years or so. Some would consider IBS an illness of our times, with large amounts of stress and bad diets being possible significant contributors. If you suspect you may have the symptoms of IBS please talk to your GP or pharmacist. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large bowel (colon) Fig.1 in which the bowel overreacts to a mild stimulus – such as eating or the presence of gas – by going into spasm. It is also known as spastic colon. IBS is characterised by abdominal pain, bloating and irregular bowel habits – including alternating diarrhoea and constipation. IBS is extremely common, affecting as many as one in five of our population. It is most common in people in their 20s and 30s, and affects more women than men. In some people, irritable bowel syndrome is a mild annoyance, while in others it can have a tremendously debilitating effect. What are the symptoms of IBS? Abdominal pain, which can be quite severe – pain may be relieved following a bowel movement. Also, unusual bowel movements – intermittent diarrhoea, constipation, or an alternating combination of both. A crampy urge to move bowels but inability to do so. Bloating sensation. Excessive belching and flatulence. Stool may have mucous and be small in size. Occasionally heartburn, nausea and vomiting also occur. What causes IBS? IBS appears to be due to an abnormal, exaggerated response of the muscles of the intestinal walls; however, it is not known exactly why some people develop the disorder. It can sometimes develop after a gastrointestinal infection, and there are also a number of factors that may set it off – including dietary, psychological, hormonal and genetic factors. Stress and depression are known to contribute to flare-ups. How is IBS diagnosed? There are no specific tests for irritable bowl syndrome, and so your doctor will normally make a diagnosis on the basis of your symptoms and after ruling out various other disorders – such as colon cancer and Crohn’s disease. Diagnostic tests that may be carried out to rule out these other disorders include blood tests, stool analysis, x-ray and endoscopy of the bowel.

The colon and that feeling in IBS.

How is IBS treated? Treatment for IBS will depend on the degree of your symptoms. The first step is to find out as much information on the condition as you can. Dietary changes: Some people may find particular foods set off their IBS. Making changes to the diet can help to control symptoms for many people with IBS. This may include: Implementing a high-fiber diet (Multifiber plus) from the Molloy’s Benevits range. More fruit and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals – this helps by softening stools and relieving constipation. Avoiding tea and coffee and swapping for herbal teas such as peppermint and chamomile. Drinking more water (6-8 glasses a day is recommended). Cutting out vegetables that produce gas, such as beans. Cutting out spicy and fatty foods. Cutting out artificial sweeteners. The addition of a probiotic (Benevits) will reseed the gut and improve the gut flora. Stress management: As stress can often set off flareups of IBS, stress management can be a useful part of treatment. This can entail counselling and support, stress reduction and relaxation therapies, and ensuring you are getting enough exercise and adequate sleep. Medication: For some, lifestyle changes may not be enough to manage symptoms and medical treatment may also be necessary. Anti-spasmodic drugs may be prescribed to reduce the involuntary muscular contractions associated with the condition. This will help to stop diarrhoea and pain. The doctor may advise you to take mild laxatives (particularly the bulking or stool softening types) if you are suffering from constipation. Antidepressants may also be prescribed, even if you are not depressed – as these drugs can block the brain’s perception of pain in the gut. Painkillers or sedative drugs may be prescribed if indicated. * If you would like to chat about any of the above please email me at

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Aoibheann Miley and Ellie Connaughton pictured at the recent South Roscommon Singers Festival Gospel Concert in St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery.

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Pictured at JJ Cattigan’s on Saturday night were Aishling McGrath and Grainne Whyte. Cattigan’s celebrated one year in business last weekend.

Pictured at JJ Cattigan’s on Saturday night were Conor Gibbons and Stephen. Cattigan’s celebrated one year in business last weekend.

Pictured at JJ Cattigan’s on Saturday night were Liz Gibbons and Mike Dolan. Cattigan’s celebrated one year in business last weekend.

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Pictured at JJ Cattigan’s on Saturday night were Majella, Gerry and Anne Donohue. Cattigan’s celebrated one year in business last weekend.

Pictured at JJ Cattigan’s on Saturday night were Tom O’Brien and Ray Richardson. Cattigan’s celebrated one year in business last weekend.

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Pictured in PJ’s of Castlecoote last Saturday night were members of the Fuerty team which won the Roscommon Intermediate Football Championship.

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Pictured in PJ’s of Castlecoote last Saturday night celebrating Fuerty’s Intermediate Football Championship win were Conor Lavin, Adam Farrell and Cormac Lavin.

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Pictured in PJ’s of Castlecoote last Saturday night celebrating Fuerty’s Intermediate Football Championship win were Christy Leahy, Niall Keenan, Darragh Heavey, Mark Ward and Oisin Lyons.

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Pictured in PJ’s of Castlecoote last Saturday night celebrating Fuerty’s Intermediate Football Championship win were Sean Neilan, Niall Keenan and Johnny Blighe.

Pictured in PJ’s of Castlecoote last Saturday night celebrating Fuerty’s Intermediate Football Championship win were Seán Neilan, Ben McGahon and Cian Murray.


Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were Sarah Kelly, Leanne Walsh and Liadan Greally. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were Alia Naughton, Becca Conway and Linda Booth. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

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Business Car sales down Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that the total new car registrations for the month of October were down 11.2% (1,725) nationally when compared to October 2017 (1,943). Registrations year to date are also down 4.4% (124,809) on the same period last year (130,491). In County Roscommon, new car registrations in the period January-October 2018 totalled 1047, as compared with 1190 for the comparable period last year. That’s a drop of 12.02%.

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in Ireland’s most important business sector. According to the research, 59% of SME employees in Connaught/Ulster feel confident about the future prospects of their company (versus 52% in Leinster (outside of Dublin), 60% in Dublin, with Munster coming in highest at 67%). Additionally, 58% of Connaught/Ulster employees are happy in their workplace (versus Dublin 59%, Leinster 52% and Munster 60%). The national figures show there is significant optimism in the sector overall with nearly 90% of SMEs predicting growth between now and 2021. This optimism was shared by employees, with 60% confident about the future prospects of their company. When asked about investment, 51% of Connaught/

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Roscommon Credit Union…supporting Aisling’s Euro quest Roscommon Credit Union have sponsored Aisling Hanly, who is a member of the Irish Deaf Women’s Football Squad which has qualified to compete this December in the European Deaf Women’s Futsal Championship in Finland. Aisling (14) played an integral part as the squad achieved qualification in a very competitive group which included Holland, Germany, Italy and Denmark. Roscommon Credit Union have sponsored Aisling with funding towards training, travel and accommodation for the upcoming trip. We wish her every success. Recently Roscommon Credit Union presented Aisling with the sponsorship cheque. Pictured left to right: Anthony Lee (Director, RCU); Bernie Moran (Manager, RCU); Aisling Hanly, Liz Hanly and John Devaney (Chairman, RCU).

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

Playtime… another motoring game? In last week’s Roscommon People, in a humorous reflection on traffic gridlock in Roscommon town, Paul Healy wrote about ‘a new game’ for local motorists which he called ‘How do we get our car home/ anywhere?’

It prompted this reply from Raymond Whelehan of Galway Road, Roscommon: Dear Editor, I have another motoring game we can play, it is called ‘Try to get out of town at night’.

I will leave it to the relevant people who seem available to play during the day but not at night – when demand is there – to maybe reply in your next issue with some ideas. Yours faithfully, Raymond Whelehan

Pictured in Gleeson’s Townhouse last Friday for a coffee morning and Team Archie homecoming following the Dublin City Marathon were Isaac, George and Archie Naughton with their cousins Kealan, Connor, Katelyn and Aaron Casey. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Looking for brother with Rossie connections Katrina Coombs, who lives in the UK, has recently been in touch through the Roscommon People Facebook page seeking assistance in contacting her brother whom she believes may have connections to County Roscommon. Katrina believes her brother would be about 40 years of age and that his mother was originally from the county. She told the Roscommon People that her brother had previously attempted to contact their father (Michael) in 1993 and it is only recently that she learned of his existence… ‘Hi, I understand you are the local paper for Roscommon. I was wondering if you would be able to help me find my half-brother whose mother lived in Roscommon.

‘I don’t really have much information to go by. Her name is Geraldine (unfortunately I don’t have a surname) and she lived in Co. Roscommon. She has a son called Peter who is my half-brother and should be 39 or 40-yearsold. He was born in 1979/80. I know she used to work in a pub called ‘Barney’s’ which was closed down 20-25 years ago. I think the pub was in Dublin. ‘I would love to get in contact with Peter and so too would my other brother Alex, who is anxious to meet him. If anyone could help in any way I would be truly grateful!’ * If anyone has any information that may help Katrina and Alex in their search, they are asked to contact Katrina at

Pictured in Gleeson’s Townhouse last Friday for a coffee morning and Team Archie homecoming following the Dublin City Marathon were Ann Corcoran, Seamus Brennan, Maria Corcoran, Tonya Hand, Paula Naughton, Myra Casey, Cáit Gleeson, Archie Naughton and Sinead Gannon. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

An Appreciation: the late Damien Carty I was saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden death of my good friend Mr. Damien Carty, which took place on Thursday, September 20th 2018 at Castlerea Community School. A native of Carramore, Bullaun, Loughrea, Co. Galway, he came to teach in Castlerea Community School in 2004. He established himself as a proficient teacher of business studies, mathematics, ICT, but especially in the PLC department, a department that he managed successfully to the very end. He was well respected by his students, fellow teachers, and the principals, vice principals and various staff over the years. Indeed only a few hours earlier I was speaking to him in the staff room where he was putting in motion the training of the school’s Boys’ Junior Football team that he was to manage this year. He was a keen sportsman and got

involved with football in the school in 2009 when he took over the first year team. This was a talented bunch of players and he managed them in every grade up to senior. He took great pride in managing teams for the school and always had their best interests at heart and they in turn had great respect for him – and while he did not have that much ultimate success with his teams, he always said that taking part was important. The first year team of 2009/2010 were beaten in the Connacht Colleges Division C League Final by Foxford and in the Division C Championship Final by Glenamaddy. The second year team of 2010/2011 were beaten by Foxford in the Connacht Colleges Division C League and Championship finals. The juvenile team of 2011/2012 were beaten by Ballinamore in the Connacht Colleges Division C

Championship Final and in the league semi-final by Gorthnorabbey. The junior team of 2012/2013 brought him great joy when they beat Ballinrobe in the Connacht Colleges Division C Championship Final. The senior team of 2013/2014 were beaten by Rice College, Westport in the Connacht Colleges Division B semi-final and by St. Aloysius, Athlone in the Connacht Colleges Division B League semi-final and the Roscommon Colleges County semifinal. In 2014/2015, he took the senior team for a second year; they were beaten by Roscommon CBS in the Connacht Colleges B Championship and the semi-final of the Roscommon Colleges County Championship. In 2015/2016, it was back to where he started; the first year team were beaten in league and championship. He took the first year team again in 2016/2017. As there was no

competition in Connacht, they took part in the Blitz’ – Mick Tarmey and Liam Campbell competitions. Junior team in 2017/2018: As a result of Damien’s passing this team will now be managed by his work colleagues Mr James Reidy and Mr Paul Gooney and no doubt he’ll be looking down on them, making sure they make the right calls. I was involved with him during all of those nine years and I have to say that it was a pleasure to work with him. He was a perfect gentleman. He was also very witty, and I will miss the lunchtime chats in the staff room, as will his work colleagues. He was a great supporter of the Galway hurling team and was very proud when they won the All-Ireland in 2017, but was disappointed when they lost this year’s final. He was also very proud of his club, Sarsfields. Only on the day before his passing,

he was telling me how well they were doing in the championship and how well his neighbours – the Cooneys – were playing. He would always mention them whenever hurling was discussed. He will be sadly missed, especially by his mother Claire, brothers Gerry, Ronan and Ciaran, sisters Marie and Anne, sisters-in-law Niamh and Linda, nephews Brian, Marc and David, niece Sarah, uncle Fr. John Naughton, aunts and all extended family and friends, as well as all at Castlerea Community School, to whom I extend my deepest sympathy. Farewell Damien. Thanks for your friendship, until we meet again some sunny day – and who knows, we might get to manage a first or second year team. May he rest in peace. – Danny Burke

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Irish Wheelchair Association launches Angels campaign The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Roscommon recently launched their national fundraising campaign ‘Angels’ at IWA’s National Holiday Centre, Cuisle Respite Holiday Centre, Donamon. Local members and Cuisle guests kickstarted the campaign by introducing IWA’s new Angels Christmas products and Firefighter Angels pin which will be sold by volunteers throughout County Roscommon during the month of November. IWA provides a range of essential services to people with physical disabilities from its Community Centre in Donamon. The Community Centre is a hub of activity and a place where people can come to get advice and support, develop new skills, learn to drive or participate in training programmes and sports leagues. Each year, IWA provides over two million hours of vital services to people with physical disabilities in their own homes and communities. Speaking at the launch of the Angels campaign 2018, Tina Kelly, IWA Angels Coordinator for Roscommon said: “IWA’s Angels campaign is the largest campaign in our fundraising calendar and enables IWA to generate vital funds to help us to continue to maintain the level of services provided to people with physical disabilities and their families throughout Co. Roscommon. “Volunteers will be selling Angels products outside shops. If you come across one of IWA’s volunteers please purchase an Angels product or make a donation to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities and live their lives independently”. This November IWA is asking local

Pictured at the Irish Wheelchair Association’s recent Angels campaign launch at IWA’s National Holiday Centre in Donamon were Breda Gaffey and John Tobin.

community groups, organisations, businesses, and schools to volunteer their time to assist with the Angels campaign. Volunteers can get involved with the campaign by selling Angels

Pictured at the Irish Wheelchair Association’s recent Angels campaign launch at IWA’s National Holiday Centre in Donamon were back row (l-r): Maria Shaw, Joan Attenbury, Bernie Myles. Front (l-r): Ian Hunter and Rita Carroll.

pins or products, hosting an Angels event, or taking part in some of IWA’s organised initiatives taking place nationwide. To make a donation to IWA during the

Still no site purchase for €16m new build at St Patrick’s Hospital

Expansion of post office services in Ballaghaderreen welcomed Senator Maura Hopkins has said that the rollout of the pilot ‘digital assist’ initiative to Ballaghaderreen post office is very positive expansion of the services that are currently offered through our post office network. Senator Hopkins stated: “The first of the new kiosks in Roscommon is now operating in Ballaghaderreen on a pilot basis and will provide access and information on government information and services. “Specially trained An Post staff will be on hand to assist customers to access information, services and application forms which can be printed free of charge. “€80,000 has been provided for this initial rollout by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. Our post offices are at the heart of our communities and key to sustaining their long-term viability into the future is the expansion of services which can be offered at east post office”. Senator Hopkins concluded: “I would encourage people to utilise this new service in Ballaghaderreen post office. I hope that this pilot programme will be successful and will see this new service rolled out to other post offices across the region”.

€13,118 for Roscommon Town sports facility feasibility study – Feighan Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed €13,118 in LEADER funding to assist in carrying out a feasibility study for developing a community sports and recreation facility in Roscommon town. Senator Feighan said: “This funding approval for this important study has been granted to the Roscommon Local Community Development Committee by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring. “The LEADER programme makes a vital contribution to rural communities. It funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment”.

Angels campaign or for information about events and collections in your area please visit or contact Tina Kelly, tina., 090-6662277.

Sena Auchmuty (Peter Rabbit) pictured enjoying some homegrown carrots at Mote Park for Halloween. Pics: Adele Auchmuty

Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that a site has still not been purchased for the proposed €16 million new build at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon with construction not set to begin on the project until 2020. Deputy Murphy recently tabled a parliamentary question with the Minister for Health seeking an update on the status of the planned €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon when he queried what stage the proposed development was at, when the finalisation of financing would be achieved and the timeframe for completion of works. Deputy Murphy: “While I welcome that fact that the project is progressing it is unfortunately at a very slow pace. Commitments were given in relation to this new €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital prior to the 2016 General Election but still two years on not a sod has been turned on the site – in actual fact the site still has not been purchased for the development as the reply to my Parliamentary Question reveals. “The Minister indicated that the site has been identified and a submission will be made to the HSE National Property Steering Group in forthcoming weeks to seek approval to purchase the site. While it is welcome to hear that funding is provided in the Capital Plan to commence design following site purchase we are still looking at 2020 before construction even begins,” said Deputy Murphy. The Fianna Fáil TD said that he would continue to keep this issue on the Minister for Health’s radar and he has urged Minister Harris to progress with the planned €16 million build in a timely manner.


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PropertyPeople Attractive bungalow in Four Roads area

Auctioneers & Valuers PRSA no. 001090

Hughes & Company, Abbey Street, Roscommon are offering for sale at Currawinna, Four Roads, Roscommon an attractive four-bedroomed bungalow on a circa halfacre site. The residence is finished to a high standard and located approximately three miles from the village of Athleague in a nice rural setting. Pat will accept offers in excess of €145,000 for this property. For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090-6627003 or email info@

NO. 1 ABBEY ST., ROSCOMMON. TEL 090 66 27003. FAX 090 66 26296 EMAIL Web:


‘Called off at short notice’ A large commercial building formerly Mirabelle, consisting of 2 Commercial Units, a range of Stone Stores, and the benefit of a large yard with direct access onto Lanesboro street and Castle Street. The Property also contains living accommodations comprising of 5 Bedrooms, Kitchen Cum Dining Room, Sitting Room, Living Room and a bathroom. The property has excellent development potential subject to planning permission being granted. The property Is located in a prominent location and is in excellent condition with extensive road frontage onto Castle Street.


For further details contact the office on 090 6627003 or e-mail LEGAL: AILEEN GIBLIN, SOLICITOR, JACK DUNCAN & CO. SOLICITORS, THE SQUARE, BALLINASLOE, CO. GALWAY. TEL: 090 9646744 __________________________________________

FOR SALE – NEW TO THE MARKET AT CASTLE STREET, ROSCOMMON Site with the benefit of Planning Permission for 8 Apartments.

For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail __________________________________________

FOR SALE AT TULSK, ROSCOMMON A large 4 Bedroomed 2 Storey Residence on circa 1 acre site with a large workshop located to the rear suitable for all types of enterprise. The Residence is situated within walking distance of Tulsk Village in a nice quiet rural setting. The property is finished to a high standard with viewing highly recommended.

For further details or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 090 6627003 or e-mail __________________________________________


A newly refurbished 3 bedroomed town house. Accommodation consists of a Sitting Room, Kitchen Cum Living / Dining Room, Larder, Downstairs Toilet & WHB. Upstairs consists of 3 Bedrooms with one en-suite and a walk-in wardrobe and a bathroom. The property is prominently located in one of Roscommon’s most sought-after areas at Abbey Street, Roscommon close to Schools, Shops, Church and all local amenities. The Property has the benefit of a nice cobble lock yard to the rear.

For further information or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail __________________________________________

FOR SALE OR RENT AT LISNAVILLE, FUERTY, ROSCOMMON This Week Hughes & company are confirming that they have had a lot of interest in a large 6 Bedroom Dormer Bungalow which recently went on the market at Lisnaville, Fuerty, Roscommon located only 3 miles from Roscommon Town. The residence stands on a circa 1 acre elevated site and is finished to a high standard.

For further information or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail

Tulsk lands with excellent road frontage At Glenaballythomas, Tulsk, Hughes & Company are offering for sale circa 33 acres of land with excellent road frontage. The lands can be sold in one or two lots to suit. There is an old stone dwelling on part of the lands which would be suitable for restoration, subject to planning permission being granted. For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090-6627003 or email

Great interest in well-known commercial building Pat Hughes reports that the commercial building formerly known as Mirabelle which is for sale at Castle Street, Roscommon (by private treaty or public auction at a later date) is generating a lot of interest at present. For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090-6627003 or email

Pat Hughes reports that the auction which was to be held last Friday at the Abbey Hotel for a circa 125acre residential farm at Curraghboy for the representatives of the late Maura Murray had to be called off at very short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. A crowd of approximately 40 people had gathered for the auction. Pat is confirming that he was in a position to contact a number of interested solicitors and parties prior to the auction to let them know but unfortunately this only happened an hour before the auction was to commence. Mr. Hughes says that Hughes & Co. hope to be in a position to re-advertise the lands as soon as these issues are resolved. The crowd were in good spirits with tea, coffee and sandwiches being provided for all!

Auctioneers & Chartered Surveyors Main Street, Ballygar. Tel 090 6624531 087 2786664 PSRA no. 001472

KILMORE, BALLYGAR 4 Bed Bungalow & Garage

Delightful rural location convenient to Ballygar. A bright spacious timber frame family home c. 153 sq.mts. with excellent level of accommodation, fully floored attic suitable for conversion, solar panels, large garage cum store and mature gardens. The property is well presented and viewing is highly recommended. The property is c. 15 mins. drive from Roscommon, c. 25 mins. drive from Athlone & Ballinasloe and c. 45 mins. drive from Galway city.

MARKET COURT, BALLYGAR 3 Bed Semi-Detached Readvertised due to genuine cancellation. Ideal family home or investment property. Offers over €85,000 by 30th November 2018.

PROPERTIES WANTED ALL AREAS We have a number of clients seeking houses and lands. Contact us for a free valuation and the best advice. NO SALE NO FEE Moran & Co. Established 1912 and Auctioneers since 1943 David Moran MSCSI MRICS is a licensed auctioneer since 1983 Experienced Auctioneers - Trusted By Generations

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A quality 4 bedroom bungalow residence with detached outbuildings(containing a workshop and an office/granny flat) set on 2.3 acres of land situated convenient to Roscommon Town in what is considered a sought after residential location, in close proximity to schools, shops etc. This residence is c. 180 sq.m boasting spacious living accommodation and in particular a most impressive main living room with 4 double bedrooms (2 ensuite). Altogether, a most impressive property and we now invite viewings and all offers to sell. Please contact Seamus Carthy at REA Seamus Carthy 090 663 0001 AMV: POA



REA Seamus Carthy are delighted to bring a 0.44 acre residential site to the market at The Walk, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon. These sites come to the market with planning permission to build two high quality, detached homes in a sought after and established residential location in Roscommon Town. At a time when securing planning permission to build quality family homes is proving increasingly more difficult, there is




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no doubt that these sites are worth a viewing and offer exceptional value for money. The planning permission is due to expire in February 2019 and as such this quality site

offers excellent value for money at a guide price of €50,000. Seamus Carthy of REA Seamus Carthy invites immediate enquiries on 090-6630001 (or email

A PRIMELY LOCATED 3 B/R BUNGALOW RESIDENCE A most attractive 3 B/R bungalow residence located in a select residential area on the edge of Ballintubber village. The said residence stands on a beautifully mature and private site area with the benefit of a mains sewerage connection servicing same. In general, the said property can be described as being in good condition throughout and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell. BER: D1. Joint Selling Agent: Nigel Dineen Auctioneer. 086 2130723.


Quaint 2 bedroom detached dormer bungalow, situated on a peaceful landscaped site of 1 acre. This home has been well looked after by it’s owners and is in good decorative order. The property is situated in the rural, sought after location of Fourmilehouse which provides country living yet only 10km from all amenities in Roscommon Town. REA Seamus Carthy highly recommend viewing. Please contact Seamus Carthy at REA Seamus Carthy 090 663 0001 AMV: €120,000



A LUXURY 4 B/R DORMER STYLE RESIDENCE OF APPROX. 1,722 SQ.FT A luxury 4 b/r dormer residence, finished to the highest standard in this quality development close to Roscommon town center. This quality property offers spacious living accommodation throughout and has the benefit of side access to a large and mature rear garden area. Altogether this is a quality property to come on the market for which the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell. BER: C1.

A traditional style bungalow with detached garage set on a quality 0.54 acre elevated and picturesque site conveniently set off the Walk Road in what is considered a most sought after and convenient location in Roscommon Town. The said property would substantially benefit from modernisation whilst the site itself also offers exceptional potential. AMV: €70,000


Quality 4 bedroom detached residence well maintained by its present owners and located in a much sought after residential location close to Roscommon town and all amenities. The said residence stands on a large mature site area and has the benefit of 2 no. entrances. Accommodation comprises briefly of a reception hallway, Living room, kitchen, sitting room/dining room, utility room, 4 bedrooms and family bathroom. Please contact Seamus Carthy at REA Seamus Carthy 090 663 0001 AMV: €245,000

REA Seamus Carthy have experienced a surge in residential sales in various locations and in close proximity to Roscommon Town. We currently have a high volume of clients seeking all types of properties. Please contact Seamus Carthy confidentially if you are considering selling

ROSCOMMON TOWN T: 090 66 30001 • W:


Sale of the Week with Property Partners Earley David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this week pleased to advise that he sold a quality five-bedroomed detached countryside residence standing on approx. two acres located at Gortnagoyne, Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon for a “very satisfactory price”. David described the property as “an impressive five-bedroomed detached twostorey residence standing on a wonderfully mature site area of c. two acres”. David further commented: “We have experienced a very busy selling period

with quality properties attracting strong interest in all areas. Due to demand, we are now seeking properties in all areas for disappointed underbidders and cash buyers. We welcome all submissions and offer a free appraisal service”. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) or David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) at Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090-6626579, email jearley@ or log on to www.



Price Guide: €245,000

A LUXURY 5 B/R DORMER STYLE RESIDENCE OF APPROX. 1,900 SQ.FT A highly impressive 5 B/R dormer style residence located in a much sought after residential location adjacent to Roscommon Hospital and within walking distance of Roscommon town center. The said property has been carefully maintained to the highest standard by its present owners and comes to the market in excellent condition throughout. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers for sale. BER: B3.

Price Guide: €260,000

Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon Email: of Professional ipav Institute Tel: (090) 6626579 / 6626796 Auctioneer & Valuers Fax: (090) 6625405 PSRA Licence No. 001481


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NO. 1 ABBEYTOWN, ROSCOMMON F42 HW98 Excellent 3 bedroom residence situated adjacent to the Abbey Hotel in a highly sought after residential location within easy walking distance to all town amenities. Finished in hallmark red brick with cobble lock driveways, this unique property offers reception porch, entrance hallway, sitting room with bay window, open plan kitchen/dining room with patio door to private rear garden. Upstairs, 3 large bedrooms (Master ensuite) all with built in wardrobes together with family bathroom. Price Region: €180,000 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


BALLYBRIDE, CO. ROSCOMMON F42 XN63 Magnificent 5 bedroom (3 ensuite) property situated on a large landscaped site area located only 1.5 miles from Roscommon Town Centre in a highly sought after residential area. Exceptional finish throughout with no expense spared, this property offers entrance hallway, open plan kitchen/dining area, utility with WC, Living room, 3 large bedrooms on ground floor (master ensuite) and family bathroom. There are a further 2 large ensuite bedrooms on first floor both with walk in wardrobes. Price Region: €310,000 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


CRUBY HILL, GALWAY ROAD ROSCOMMON F42 PD95 Quality 4 Bedroom bungalow situated on large landscaped grounds located in a much sought after residential area just off the Galway Road and within walking distance to all amenities. It is very rare that a property comes to the market in this area and the Auctioneers advise prompt enquiries. Accommodation consists entrance porch/ reception hallway, sitting room, living room, kitchen/dining room, 4 large bedrooms all with wash hand basins and master ensuite. Family bathroom and utility with WC. Outside spacious and mature lawns with both attached and detached garages. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


NO. 2 ABBEYVILLE GALWAY ROAD, ROSCOMMON F42 DX07 Elegant 4-bedroom (2 ensuite) residence situated at the entrance to this Hallmark estate on the outskirts of Roscommon Town. A former showhouse, it is finished to a very high standard with a host of extras. Accommodation includes entrance hallway, sitting room, living room, open plan kitchen/dining room, large utility with W.C. off. First floor comprises of 4 large bedrooms, 2 with ensuites and wall to wall built in wardrobes and family bathroom. Outside generous landscaped grounds with cobble lock driveway. Price Region: €279,000

Church Street, Roscommon town, CO. ROSCOMMON TEL: 090 6627878 FAX: 090 6627877 E-mail Website:

Cuillagh Lower, Scramogue, Co. Roscommon

Bargain of the Week with Oates Auctioneers ‘Bargain of the Week’ with Oates Auctioneers is this quality fourbedroomed bungalow at Cuillagh Lower, Scramogue, Co. Roscommon which is presented for sale in excellent condition by the present owners. This residence is situated in a quiet country setting, circa four miles from

Lanesboro, three miles from the scenic village of Tarmonbarry on the River Shannon and only eight miles from Longford Town. The bungalow comprises of: entrance hallway, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, four bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside are landscaped

gardens and large detailed workshops with benefit of private water supply. Price region: €125,000. Details from Oates Auctioneers (Roscommon) Ltd., Church Street, Roscommon town, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 090-6627878. Email: info@ and website:

Prime Athlone property new to the market at Earley’s David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this week offering new to the market a prime Athlone town property located at 32, Valleycourt, Dublin Road, Athlone, which is selling to offers above €175,000. David describes the property as “a quality threebedroomed semi-detached residence located in a mature residential development adjacent to Athlone town centre and Athlone Institute of Technology”. Presented for sale in excellent condition throughout, this spacious property offers a wonderful

location in one of the town’s most sought after residential districts. This represents an excellent investment opportunity or would be an ideal family home. The auction-

eers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €175,000 to sell. For further details or to arrange a viewing, contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Part-

ners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6626579 or email or log on to www.

Attention house-owners: properties required in Roscommon town The Manse, Northgate Street, Athlone, CO. WESTMEATH TEL: 090 6477500 FAX: 090 6477546 E-mail Website:

Property Partners Earley, Roscommon are this week seeking houses in Essex Grove, Castle Park, Cherry Drive and Celtic Avenue in Roscommon for cash clients and disappointed underbidders. John Earley (FIPAV) commented: “We have experienced a very busy period of house sales over the past number of weeks with a large volume of residential properties

being sold or reaching sale agreed status. “We have just agreed sale of two bungalows in the Convent Court development for very satisfactory prices and consequently we are now seeking bungalow residences in Essex Grove, Castle Park, Cherry Drive and Celtic Avenue and the general vicinity. “We offer a comprehensive pre-

market analysis, valuation service and one of the largest databases of potential purchasers in the region to our clients”. For further details or to arrange a consultation, please contact either John Earley (FIPAV) or David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090-6626579 or email jearley@


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

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

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Tel: 087 2721757 Vouchers available on-line 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.

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PROPERTIES TO LET/RENT/WANTED 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

 TO RENT: 4/5 bed house in Oran, OFCH, multi stove with back boiler, large garden, suitable for professionals/ family. Viewing by appointment only. Tel: 086 4458840  TO LET: 4 bedroom bungalow to let in Ballymoe/ Castlerea area. Tel: 087 9282033  FOR LEASE: New office, 750sqft, 1st floor “Augustine House” Circular Road, Data, Phone, Heating and Lighting. Telephone Peter: 086 1723216  ROOM AVAILABLE: In shared house in Roscommon town. Tel: 087 0519691

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Suzanne Cotter intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to refurbish existing dwelling The Lodge (Protected Structure RPS ref 03900503) by way demolition of single storey flat roof extension to side of dwelling, new pitched roof to match original dwelling to two storey flat roof extension, associated site development works and services at Ardnanagh (Abbeytown), Roscommon. (All works to be carried out in accordance with Department of Culture, Heritage and An Gaeltacht Advice series). Signed: Gaynor Architectural + Design Services Ltd. Architects Fallon Avenue, Roscommon Phone: 090 6626974 Mobile: 086 8115449 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 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.






Consulting Engineers Castle Street, Roscommon Phone: 090 66 27950

FIRST PRIZE €50: Agnes Donnellan SECOND PRIZE €25: Gillian Owens THIRD PRIZE €20: Evelyn Coyle 8 RESIDUAL PRIZES OF €10 EACH: Sadie Mulryan Breda Healy Maura Quigley Jimmy Menton Kay + Mary Jim Conlon Teresa Hanley c/o M Rice Derry O’Donnell c/o M Mulhern

• 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, Barry Gaffey, hereby give notice that I am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to erect an extension onto side elevation (south) of existing dwelling house and all associated site works at Keelty, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Lo-Homes Limited Tonamaddy, Creggs, Co. Roscommon. Tel. 090 6621941 Mobile:086 8551835 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 in writing to the 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, Gordon and Mary O’Connor intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the construction of a dwelling house, domestic garage/fuel store, proprietary treatment system, percolation area and associated works at Carnagh West, Kiltoom, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Stephen Blake, M.R.I.A.I., Registered Architect Trihill, Ballinmore Bridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway 087 635 8949 This planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority during its opening hours. 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 by the planning authority.


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086 3482387 ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, William Lowe and Christine Evans of Evanslowe, Newline Road, Elphin, Co. Roscommon F45 YY52 are applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to retain the existing entrance at the rear of the site on the Blackstick Road. Signed: William Lowe and Christine Evans 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 authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Donncha and Olivia Began intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the construction of single storey extensions to side and rear of existing dwelling house, proposed alterations to kitchen/dining area and sun lounge windows, omission of bedroom window to front elevation and associated works at Galey, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. Signed: Stephen Blake, M.R.I.A.I., Registered Architect Trihill, Ballinmore Bridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway 087 635 8949 This planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority during its opening hours. 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 by the planning authority.

5 PROMOTERS PRIZES OF €5 EACH: Kathleen Hoare Aoibhann Ward John Igoe Aaron Dimambzo Hannah Dimambzo Total Receipts: €372 Total Prizes: €200

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 JOB VACANCY: For Apprentice HGV Mechanic and Job vacancy for Qualified HGV Mechanic. Tel: 087 2541720


 PART-TIME STAFF REQUIRED FOR BUSY CAFE: Candidate must have fluent English. Flexibility with shifts expected. Previous experience a benefit but training will be provided. Box No: 1193 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon

Tel: 086 2479829

 PART-TIME CHILD CARE ASSISTANT: A vacancy has arisen for parttime child care assistant in our Montessori & Creche. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with genuine love of working with children. Must be able to work as part of a team. Primarily working with children aged 1 year to 12 years. Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda Vetting application form. You must be educated to a minimum of Fetac level 5. Additional qualifications would be an advantage. Hours of work minimum 20 per week. Salary Neg depending on experience and qualifications. We are an equal opportunities employer. Box No: 1195 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon  BOOKEEPER REQUIRED: For 1 day per week in Roscommon town. Wages negotiable, experiencerequired. Box No: 1196 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon  BAR STAFF WANTED: For South Roscommon Country Bar. Midweek day hours. Box No: 1197 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon

SITUATIONS WANTED P R O F E S S I O N A L HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT AVAILABLE: QQI Level 5 qualification. Available to look after client in own home. Tel: 086 0581152  EXPERIENCED CHILDMINDER AVAILABLE: Afterschool pick-ups available, Roscommon/Knockcroghery area. Box No: 1194 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon

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To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email TUITION  TUITION: Castlerea/ Tulsk. Maths French Irish Leaving and Junior cert, private tuition in your own home. Tel: 086 3282437



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 GRINDS: Grinds available for Junior Cert Science and Leaving Cert Biology, Phys Chem and Agricultural Science. Teaching counsel and Garda vetted. Tel: 089 4149230


2018 SEASONED TURF Tel: Donal

086 2721812 (All areas)

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 TURF: Good black turf available in bags and also bags of timber - good and dry. Tel: 086 2544294  FUEL - FIREWOOD: High quality seasoned hardwood timber split and suitable for stoves and open-fire. Available in bulk bags and 25kg bag. Very competitively priced and delivery can be discussed. Tel: 086 3312411 after 6pm.

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TELEPHONE MICHAEL HAVERTY: 086 8381227 or 086 1997815 Do you have a house or shed that you want cleaned out and all unwanted items removed? If so ring: 087 9657933 or 090 6626752  SHANE NAUGHTON ROOFING CONTRACTOR Roofing, slating, tiling, 1st and 2nd fixing and flooring. All aspects of carpentry and building undertaken. Tel: 086 3155329

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

PAINTING & DECORATING  PAINTING SERVICES: For all your painting needs, interior and exterior painting. Power washing, gutters and facias cleaned. Telephone Tom: 086 0815802

WANTED: Fallen trees for firewood. Ash, Beech, Birch and Whitethorn. We are safety certified and insured. Phone:

086 2437376  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

Quality Small Job Services For Home or Business


ONLY €80 Includes new nozzle, Efficiency report, Printout, etc .... 094 96 31880 087 9100477  ELECTRICIAN AVAILABLE: Safe Electric Registered. Domestic and Industrial, All work considered - No Job too small. Phone Paul 086 2553153 or 090 666 3053 or Email p0862553153@  SEMI-RETIRD WINDOW ENGINEER: Available for window repairs, door locks, reseals, adjustments, replacement units Telephone Nick: 089 2350108

FOR HIRE  13 TONNE TRACK MACHINE: For hire with experienced driver for all types of work, keen rates. Tel: 087 1476117

Christmas Ladies Luncheon in Abbey Hotel, Roscommon A Christmas Ladies Luncheon in aid of Roscommon/Mayo Hospice takes place on Sunday, 25th of November at 1.30 pm in the ballroom in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town. Guests will be treated to Prosecco, Warm Punch and Mince Pie Reception followed by a scrumptious four-course festive lunch served with wine. Guest speaker on the day is the former President of Ireland Dr. Mary McAleese. With lots of fun, entertainment and music as well as a first class fashion event showcasing the latest looks for the party season ahead, this day is one NOT to be missed ladies! If you would like to attend this exciting event you can purchase your tickets online at or contact the Hospice Office on 094-9388666.

Ambulance service in West Roscommon is ‘inadequate’ Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon Claire Kerrane has said that the ambulance service in West Roscommon is “inadequate” and its current operational times are not good enough. Ms. Kerrane said that as someone who “campaigned vigorously against the closure of Roscommon A&E back in 2011”, she remains extremely frustrated with the health service we have been left with in County Roscommon. “On the closure of A&E, we were promised a rapid response ambulance service in its place. In Loughglynn, we have an ambulance operating five days a week and just two nights per week. This is despite the fact that in 2014 Loughglynn was identified as one of three ambulance blackspot areas in the State. “Yet, four years later and we have an ambulance base that operates two nights a week to replace a 24/7 Accident & Emergency Unit at Roscommon Hospital”. Ms. Kerrane said that Fine Gael had misled the people of Roscommon in 2011 (on A&E) and are now providing an ambulance service that operates on an on-off basis for West Roscommon. “This is not good enough for the people of Roscommon and it needs to be addressed urgently”.


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Pictured are Amy Igoe (left) and Leah Feane following their recent graduation from Athlone Institute of Technology. Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Social Care and Leah graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sport Science with Exercise Physiology.


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Racecourse Road, Roscommon

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

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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


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Tel: 071 96 68368 - Stained Decorative


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


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

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TARMACADAM - 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 Mob: 086 2678350 Email:


DRY LINING ROSCOMMON Attic Insulation ● Suspended Ceilings ● Metal Stud Partitions ● Plaster Boarding Contact: ●

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

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

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




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

Sean Doyle & Sons Ltd ESTABLISHED 1978

• Circular Road, Roscommon LARGE STOCK OF MISFIT WINDOWS AND DOORS FOR SALE Many different sizes available, all in excellent condition

Visit our Showroom with your sizes you will not be disappointed Saturdays only 9am -1pm

CONTACT 090-6626753 • •


CLEW BAY LOG HOUSES 4 Bed House from €70,000


Lisagallon, Cloverhill, Roscommon Eircode: F42 K243 Tel: 0906665555 Fax: 0906627653 • Digital X-Ray Facility • In house Blood Analysis • Small Animal Ultra-Sound • Gas Anaesthetic • Veterinary Kennel’s facility •24hrs Emergency Vet on call Clinic Hours: 2pm – 7pm Mon – Friday • Saturday Clinic 10am - 3pm Office Hours: 9am – 7pm Mon - Friday PLEASE CALL TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT

2 Bed House from €25,000

3 Bed House from €35,000

Prices include double glazed windows and doors. Wall thickness: 68mm, 44mm and 34mm

Tel Brian on 098 42501 or 086 8478376


Dead & Worn-Out Animals Contact JOHN GREENE BALLINASLOE TEL: (090) 96 88606 (090) 96 88830 or (090) 96 87651 Lowest price guaranteed Daily collection

PEAT BEDDING Cellulose, Sheepswool, Fibreglass, SIGA Airtightness

Our Ou ur Peat Peeat Pe att BBedding eddi ed ddi ding ding g is is highly high hi ghl hly ly absorbent abs bsor bsor orbe orb bentt and bent and d extremely eext xtre xtre xt reme eme m ly mel ly comfortable for Dairy & Dry Stock, Calves & Poultry Available in small or bulk truck loads.

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Peat can also be collected from our yard at €12.50 per cubic metre.

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Contact Donal on 086 2721812

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ROSCOMMON Driving School 087 2295551 Road Safety Authority Approved Driving Instructor

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DELANEY Mary (Molly)

Gurrane, Creggs, Co. Roscommon (7th Anniversary) In loving memory of Elaine, who died on 6th November 2011 Aged 19 years R.I.P.

Cremully, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon (15th Anniversary)


CONNOLLY Tomás The Acre, Cloonakilleg, Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon (8th Anniversary) 28/01/1986 - 13/11/2010

Tonight the stars are gleaming, On a lonely silent grave, Where sleeps in dreamless slumber One we loved but could not save No one knows the silent heartaches Only those who have lost can tell Of the grief that we bear in silence For the one we loved so well.

So dearly loved, so sadly missed Mammy, Daddy, Kieran, Aisling and Noel xxxx ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AUNTIE A beautiful memory, more dear than gold Of an Auntie whose worth can never be told There’s a place in our hearts no one can fill We miss you Auntie Elaine and we always will.

Loved and missed, Ciara, Aoife, Kian, Jack and Kealan xxxxx Anniversary Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Kilbegnet, on Friday, 9th November at 7pm.

Loed and remembered by your family. Anniversary Mass in Fuerty Church on Sunday, 11th November at 11.30am.

WHYTE Frank Castlestrange, Athleague 11th Anniversary occurs on the 10th November

Missed everyday by your wife Shirley and family. Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Athleague on Saturday, 10th November at 7pm.


LOHAN Kathleen & Sean

Grange, Curraghboy, Athlone, Co. Roscommon (6th Anniversary 6th November 2012)

(12th Anniversary)

In God’s care you rest above In our hearts you rest with love. Quietly today your memory we treasure, Missing you always Forgetting you never.

Thinking about you every day Tony, especially today, from your sister Mary, brothers Noel, P.J., Billy and George, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyforan on Saturday, 10th November at 7pm.

Today is full of memories of our brother laid to rest and every single one of them is filled with happiness. For you were someone so special always full of joy to know and there was so much pain when it was time to let you go. That’s why this special message, is sent to Heaven above for the angels to take care of you and give you all our love.

Deep in our thoughts your memory is kept To love and to cherish and never forget Deep are the memories, precious they stay No passing of time can take them away Treasure them Lord in your garden of rest While on earth they were two of the best.

‘Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day’

CONNOLLY Tomás The Acre, Cloonakilleg, Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon (8th Anniversary)

KELLY Patrick and Mary Ann Ballinwooly, Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon (30th and 31st Anniversaries)

Treasured memory of Mam and Dad. For the memories of the ones we loved still Cast a gentle glow To grace our days and light our paths Where ever we may go

Always remembered by your daughter Maisie, husband Seán, son Patrick (Bab) and also your grandchildren. Anniversary Mass in Ballagh Church, on Saturday, 1st December at 8pm.


CRUISE Richard

Muff, Castlecoote, Roscommon Who died on 4th November 2012 (6th Anniversary)

Derrycahill, Ballyforan, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon (24th Anniversary)

In loving memory of our parents, who passed away on 12th and 13th November 2006, late of Tonamaddy, Creggs, Co. Roscommon Silent thoughts, Sincere and true, From a family that thought the world of you. Time passes, Memories stay. Quietly remembered every day.

Remembered with love, Padraig, Mary, Seanie, Attracta, Eleanor and Michael and our families. Anniversary Mass in Kilbegnet Church, Creggs on Sunday, 11th November at 11.30am.

Forever loved and missed by your Godmother Sheila, George, Hugh and Matt.

Carrowreagh, Athleague, Co. Roscommon Who passed away on 9th November 2017

On the occasion of the first anniversary of his passing the family of the late Patsy Tiernan, Carrowreagh, Athleague wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and kindness shown to us following our sad loss. We sincerly thank our extended families our neighbours and friends who called to our home, attended the Removal, the Funeral Mass and Burial. To those who sent Mass Cards, sympathy cards and called with food and expressions of sympathy, your kindness was much appreciated at a difficult time for us all. To Fr. Eugene McLoughlin for his kindness shown during Patsy illness and for celebrating his Funeral Mass, we thank you sincerely. To Natalie and Hazel Murray we offer our sincere thanks for providing the beautifull music and singing during the Funeral Service. To Kathleen Mooney the Sacristan and the Altar Society and Eucharistic Ministers for prepartion of the Church and help at the Funeral Mass. We express our sincere gratitude to Henry Hamrock for the professional and dignified way that the Funeral arrangements were carried out. We thank the people who partook in the Guard of Honour, organised by local GAA Clubs. Finally we are forever indebted to the wonderfull staff of University Hospital Roscommon to Dr. Keenan and Dr. O’Mara and Tracy his home help for the great care, compassion and kindness shown to Patsy over the last few weeks of his life. A special thanks to Fr. Beirne the Chaplin at Roscommon Hospital for his kindness and time spent with Pasty during his final days. As an expression of our thanks The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions. Patsy’s First Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Athleague on Sunday, 11th November at 10am.

Ros Memorials

In memory of Tomás Connolly, Cloonakilleg, Mount Talbot, County Roscommon on his 8th anniversary. Like fallen leaves the years pass by, But memories of you will never die.

TIERNAN Patrick (Patsy

Loved and missed by Miriam, Josephine, Caroline Ann and Bernie, son-in-law Joe, grand-daughters and Marian. Anniversary Mass in Ballinaheglish Church on Sunday, 11th November at 11am.

At peace with his loving Father Tommy & Mother Veronica.

Missed always by his heartbroken sisters Sarah and Brigid.

Will those who think of him today, A little prayer to Jesus say.

Highlake, Balymacurley, Four Mile House (8th and 2nd Anniversaries)

In loving memory of our dear parents Bernard and Mary

In loving memory of Mary, who died on 7th November 2003 To us you were someone special, Someone set apart, Your memory will live forever, Engraved within our hearts.

BRENNAN Bernard and Mary

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

Loved and remembered by his family.

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As we remember both our Mam and Dad on this the first anniversary of Dad’s passing, we their family wish to sincerely thank all those who helped and supported us both at the time of their respective deaths and also over the recent years. We wish to thank all their carers and medical professionals for all their kindness, help and support in recent years, particular thanks to Oakwood Nursing Home who in Mam and Dad’s final months looked after them with loving care delivered with dignity and respect (always with a smile). Many thanks to Fr. Joe Fitzgerald who administered the Last Rites to both of them and who along with Fr. John O’Donoghue celebrated the respective Funeral Masses and to Hannon’s Hotel for the meals after the respective Funerals. Special thanks to undertakers Pat Smyth and his family whose sensitivity and professionalism was most comforting to us and also to the grave diggers who prepared their final resting places. To members of Roscommon Golf Club who provided the Guard of Honour for Dad’s Removal, many thanks. To pupils, teachers and staff of Scoil Mhuire, National School who formed the Guard of Honour for Mam’s Funeral, many thanks for a fitting send off. We are particularly grateful to all those people who called to the house, attended the Funeral Services, especially those that travelled distances to be with us and also those who sent Mass Cards and contacted us with their condolences. Finally, we as a family will always be indebted to Mam and Dad’s wonderful neighbours and friends whose caring and compassionate ways was a great support to them and also to us. Sadly some have predeceased Mam and Dad and we would ask that you would remember them for all their small and unremembered acts of kindness and love. Please accept this acknowledgment as a token of our appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Dad’s Anniversary Mass will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Saturday, 17th November at 7pm.

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Fuerty’s first! Pages 54 & 55

It has been a busy few days of sport in Co. Roscommon as Fuerty clinched their first county intermediate title, Clann na nGael squeezed past Tir Chonnaill Gaels in the Connacht SFC Quarter-Final and Roscommon hurler Naos Connaughton was presented with his Christy Ring Champion 15 Award at the All Stars Awards in Dublin. Pics: Mick McCormack and Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Horses for Courses by Tom Red

National hunt racing returns to Thurles this afternoon after their brief sojourn with the flat with the first off at 12.45 pm. There is flat action on the all-weather track at Dundalk tomorrow evening stalls open for the first at 6 pm. On Saturday Naas the feature is the Grade B Brown Lad Hurdle together with a Grade 3 hurdle and chase, with racing starting at 12 pm. There are 2 Grade 2 races, the Lismullen Hurdle and the Fortria Chase backed up with the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle at Navan on Sunday at 12.35 pm. A very interesting intended runner on Sunday is Apple’s Jade in the Lismullen Hurdle before defending the Hatton Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse early next month. She also won the Lismullen last season. In the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle last Friday at Down Royal Ian Jardine made the trip across the Irish Sea from Scotland pay as Bedrock under Rachel Blackmore kept on well to beat the odds on favourite Samcro ridden by Jack Kennedy with WP Mullins’ Sharjah in 3rd. The winning distances were 1½l and 5l. Samcro remains on target for the Morgiana at where he will have a new rider with Kennedy suspended. On Saturday, in the Grade 1 JWwine. com Champion Chase Gigginstown, owned 4 of the 6 in the race, and Noel Meade and Sean Flanagan combined to win with last year’s runner-up, Road To Respect, by 16l and 1¾l from Woodland Opera and Outlander, last year’s winner. John Gosden’s super mare Enable confirmed her place in history by complet-

ing the trans-Atlantic double, adding the Breeders Cup in Churchill Downs to the Prix de L’Arc. Frankie Detorri was in the saddle as the 4-Y-O beat Ballydoyle’s Magical and Ryan Moore by ¾l with the best of the home team Sadler’s Joy 9l further back in 3rd. In Flemington on Monday morning the Charlie Appleby trained and Kerrin McEvoy ridden Cross Counter grabbed the Group One Melbourne Cup for the famous blue silks of Godolphin. Hugh Morrison’s Marmello and Charlie Fellows’ A Prince of Arran made it a 1, 2, 3 for the British raiding party. Cross Counter is the first British winner of this race “that stops a nation”. Aidan O’Brien’s Yucatan was favourite but finished down the field, but his Rostropovich finished 5th. Unfortunately, he lost Cliffs of Moher who was fatally injured on the first circuit. On Monday there was more misfortune when The Pentagon shattered a leg on the gallops. Spare a thought for Marmello’s jockey Hugh Bowman who felt the wrath of the stewards after the race. Bowman was found guilty of careless riding over 2f out, suspended for 12 meetings, excessive use of the whip, 8 meetings and weighing in 0.5k overweight, 21 meetings. A total of 41 meetings which the stewards magnanimously reduced to 35. Maybe the suits are not that bad here.

General News News from Closutton re Douvan is not good and now WP Mullins expects his star to be on the side-lines for the season. The

Enabled, near side, beats Magical in the Breeder’s Cup.

injury to his leg is worse than he expected. The Flat has come to a close in Ireland and Shane Crosse is the Irish champion apprentice with his 28 winners beating Killian Leonard by 5 and Ben Coen by 6. Donnacha O’Brien won the senior jockeys title with 111 winners and his father Aidan the trainers’ title.

Point to Point Corner There are two meetings down for de-

cision on Saturday with racing on the northern circuit at Loughanmore in Co. Antrim, 105 entries, and in the south at Lisronagh between Fethard and Clonmel in Co. Tipperary, 92 entries. There are two meetings on Sunday at Dromahane near Mallow with 87 entries for the 6 races and at Ballinaboola near New Ross where there are 104 entries. Loughanmore starts at 12.30pm with the other 3 meetings set to start at 12.00pm.


Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were Maria Mitchell and Alex Murray. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were Leanne Walsh and Nora Ward. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were management Michael and Clodagh McHale and Padraig and Ryan Mannion. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were Linda Booth, Laura Farrell and Eimear O’Shaughnessy. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Pictured in Ballygar on Sunday evening celebrating St. Brendan’s Ladies’ Connacht Intermediate Football Championship win were Liadan Greally, Emma O’Malley and Leanne Walsh. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh


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SPORTING WORLD WITH DAN DOONER Radical change needed for Irish football? THE LEAD STORY Dan Dooner The news yesterday (Wednesday) that Noel King has stepped down as manager of the Republic of Ireland U-21s will come as no real surprise following the squad’s failure to qualify for the 2019 European Championships. He had been in charge of the national U-21 side for eight years and in that time had never qualified for the biannual competition. Such a run has hardly helped players to grow in confidence ahead of their graduation

to the senior ranks. However, King’s resignation is just one of a number of changes needed in order to breathe life back into Irish football. There has been speculation recently that the senior international team, of which King was interim manager at one point, may also be set for a change of management, with Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny the name on quite a number of lips. Kenny has done exceptionally well in the League of Ireland and has overseen a breakthrough in Europe with Dundalk, and while I agree with Martin O’Neill’s recent comments that the domestic game is not quite where it needs to be in order to filter into the na-

tional team, someone like Kenny could prove to be a breath of fresh air. Recent international performances have lacked confidence, composure or any sign of inspiration. The national pool isn’t exactly an embarrassment of riches, but it shouldn’t be too much to expect our players to be able to attempt to play football at least. Confidence at the elite level is key and the U-21s should be used as a major stepping stone in terms of the development of domestic players. Exciting things are happening at the U-19 grade and therefore a fresh outlook is now needed at U-21 level…and perhaps at senior level too.

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Time for a change? Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been linked with the Republic of Ireland job in some quarters.

Football Against Racism!

Pictured at Roscommon Golf Club recently was Tom Higgins following his win at the Boys U-18 Ulster Championship with Tom Judge, Club President, Nuala Costello, Lady Captain and Paul Cuttle, Captain.

Clubs at grassroots level were invited to participate in Football Against Racism in Europe from October 1125th. The FARE fortnight is an opportunity for clubs in Ireland and across all UEFA affiliates from grassroots to Champions League level to promote respect for diversity and to make a stand against racism. Ballaghaderreen FC were the only club in Roscommon who took part in the campaign this year. As part of this the Ballaghaderreen Secretary, Seamus

O’Grady, gave a talk to both teams, parents and officials about what the club was hoping to achieve on the night. The teams involved were Ballaghaderreen FC and CP Ajax of Castleplunket. All players and kids at the game received Show Racism the Red Card wrist bands. Ballaghaderreen were delighted to have the full support of the RDYSL league on board on the night.

The sporting brief Golf

Captain’s Dinner A large crowd of ladies including some family and friends joined Athlone Golf Club’s Lady Captain, Margaret Egan, to celebrate her last big event last Saturday at the Lady Captain’s Dinner. The competition had been played three weeks earlier but the results had been kept secret and were only revealed on the night. Eleanor Larkin won with 38 points with second place going to Nora St. John with 37 points. The 9-hole competition was won by Dympna Hayes with 17 points. The Scramble was won by Maeve Holmes, Marion Hendrick, Patricia Kinahan and Mary McHale. Meanwhile, the final event of the year for the ‘Plumbers’ took place on October Bank Holiday Monday with the staging of the annual Fourball invitation. PJ Martin was Plumber of the Year and Michael Cuddy was winner of the matchplay competition. PJ

Martin and Padraig O’Connor won the Fourball competition. To Boyle next where the Drumderrig Cup was won by Lorcan Egan, Cillian Doyle, Jonathan Egan and Paddy McLoughlin with 103 points. The King Harmon matchplay is well underway with Mark Whelan facing Brendan Gaffney and Terry Canning playing Liam Mullaney in the semi-finals this week. Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club, meanwhile, extends congratulations to Fionan Farrell who has been selected for the U-16 Connacht Development Panel, and Zach Brennan who has been selected for the U-14 Connacht Development Panel. Both players will attend regular training sessions at County Sligo Golf Club. In Castlerea, Gerry McDonagh won this week’s men’s competition in Castlerea with 38 points, just edging out Pat Doory who also finished on 38. Eddie Campion was third with 37. The recent ladies’ 9-hole competition

was won by Valerie Callaghan. Roscommon Golf Club had a superb win last Thursday when Tom Higgins captured the Ulster Boys U-18 Open Championship in Royal Portrush. With rounds of 66, 69 and 69 Tom’s name now joins past winners Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell on this prestigious trophy. Meanwhile, Jim Grogan (39) won the men’s recent 16-hole Stableford while John Walker was second with 38. Gross went to Alan Hill with 34 and Cian O’Connor finished third with 37. Jackie Maxwell finished first in the recent senior ladies’ competition with Marguerite Farrell second and Kay Ruane third. Declan Browne won the senior men’s competition.


Tight at the top

Recent prize winners at the recent Ballinlough Gun Club November’s Day Competition were: Ruairi Comer (overall winner) pictured with Eugene Flanagan, Dommy Carty, John Robinson (adjudicator), Anthony Baggott and Ray Burns.

McDermott’s are currently top of the Roscommon Darts League following their 7-2 win over The Three Counties last weekend.

Molly’s are just a point behind in second thanks to their 5-4 victory over The Holly Tree. Elsewhere, The Hollywood edged Creaton’s

5-4 and An Bóthar Rua were beaten 5-4 by Flanagan’s. This week’s fixtures are as follows: Hollywood Bar v Molly’s;

Three Counties v Creaton’s; Flanagan’s v McDermott’s; The Holly Tree v An Bóthar Rua.


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SportsPeople Creggs RFC Report


Creggs’ bonus point win over local rivals Senior Rugby Connacht Junior 1 League: Creggs 30 Buccaneers 10. Three tries from hooker Maurice Buckley helped Creggs to their first bonus point win against Buccaneers at The Green last Saturday night. Creggs got off to the perfect start, Shane Dowd slotting over a penalty in the opening minute and after ten minutes Buckley steered a forward drive to touch down for an unconverted try. Buccaneers scored a try mid-way through the half and briefly took the lead with a penalty fifteen minutes later but there was an immediate response from Creggs as they secured possession from the kick-off with James Brandon making the decisive break for Shane Dowd to finish. His conversion attempt struck the post. Dowd added a well struck penalty ten minutes into the second half when Buccaneers had two men in the bin. Another forward surge then saw Buckley cross for his second try. Mark Brandon added the conversion and did likewise with a well-judged kick when Buckley completed his hat-trick, this time touching down at the back of a well-executed lineout drive. In truth, Creggs with a monopoly of territory and possession should have scored more but full credit to Buccaneers whose defence in the face of a relentless onslaught was at times heroic and they always looked dangerous in broken play.

Creggs’ next Connacht League match will be on Sunday week at The Green against Sligo. Meanwhile, Creggs’ development team’s lost their Junior 1C League game last Sunday away to Ballina RFC. The strong Ballina team also took over from Creggs at the top of the table, thanks to their bonus point victory. Creggs play Ballyhaunis RFC in their next Connacht J1C League match this Saturday night in Creggs at 7.30pm.

Aodha’s first cap! Congratulations to Creggs’ Aodha Hession on winning his first cap for the Ireland U-18s against Italy in Treviso last Saturday. The Irish team, which included eleven of the Connacht U-18 side which won the interprovincial crown in August, defeated Italy 31-12 in Treviso and Aodha had a great game, helping Ireland to score five tries in the big win.

Youth Rugby Connacht U-15 League: Creggs 22 Oughterard 38. The U-15 boys lost out to Oughterard in the on Saturday in Creggs. Oughterard started the game much better and scored too early tries before Creggs eventually woke up and scored two good tries from Edimar Fimho and Lee Kilcoyne. Some poor defence on the stroke of half-time let Oughterard in for a try they went in at the break 17-10 up.

Creggs began the second half well and got a try from Eoin Kelly, to bring the score back to 17-15. Then in a defining moment, Creggs were held up just short of the line and from there somehow managed to let Oughterard run the length of the pitch to score another try. Creggs tried to force the game and a few unforced errors saw the ball hit the floor and Oughterard dived on it to run under the posts for another try. Creggs did get another try from Ben Johnson, but it was too little, too late as Oughterard ran out 38-22 deserving winners on the day. Creggs’ next game will be against Ballina on Saturday, November 17th in Creggs at 2.30 pm. Connacht U-17A League: Creggs 5 Ballinasloe 20. Ballinasloe started this game well and were eight points up after a try and penalty after only 8 minutes. However, even though Creggs were not at their best they did go through a number of phases for a try for Jack Tucker in the first half to only be three points down at half-time. Ballinasloe got in for a try straight from the kick-off in the second half and Creggs were always chasing the game after that. As Creggs tried to run the ball out from under the posts in the last minute they did create an overlap but when a pass didn’t go to hand Balinasloe kicked through for a try in the last play in the game to finish the scoring and leave the visitors as well deserved winners on the day.

Creggs next Connacht League match will be against Buccaneers. Creggs U-14s continued their good vein of form with a win against Buccaneers in Creggs on Sunday last. Creggs were much stronger through the middle and ran in three tries in the first half which gave them a lot of confidence. It was a similar story in the second half with a further five tries and four were converted by Andy Quinn. Buccaneers scored a great breakaway try when their number 3 ran the full length of the pitch to score under the posts before they added the conversion. Creggs scores came from Jack Donnelly (2 tries), Aindriu Oates (2 tries), Shane Maloney (1 try) and Andy Quinn (3 tries and several conversions). Creggs U-14 Girls will play a combined girls team from Westport and Corinthians in Creggs on Saturday at 12.30 pm. The team trains every Monday evening at 7 pm. New players always welcome. Creggs U-14 Boys will play Westport in the Connacht U-14A League in Westport next Saturday. The U-18 Boys will play NUIG next Sunday at 12 pm in the Connacht U-18.5 League in Creggs.

Mini Rugby This Saturday, Creggs Minis - all ages from U-6s up to U-12s - will visit Buccaneers in Athlone. Kick-off at 10.30 am, players to be there by 10.10 am.

Creggs player Aodha Hession was the starting scrum-half for Ireland U-18s in their win over Italy in Treviso last Saturday.

BUCCANEERS RFC Buccs drop points to Malone A sustained and disciplined defensive finish by Malone saw the Belfast side hang on to pip Buccaneers by the minimum 24-23 in a terrific All-Ireland League Division 1B duel at Dubarry Park on Saturday. Buccs will be wondering why they had to settle for a losing bonus point as they pounded the visitors’ line for a prolonged spell with the clock in the red. Why they did not attempt a drop goal in a thrilling climax is difficult to fathom.


Dooner’s weekend predictions There are a couple of stand out ties this weekend including the meeting of Ballinasloe Town and Castlerea Celtic in the Connacht Junior Cup and a local derby between Roscommon United and Manor United in Division Two.

Friday, November 9th Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division At Lecarrow: Skyvalley Rovers v Ballymoe FC. 8 pm

The 2017 champions have been terrific so far this season. Prediction: Ballymoe FC

Saturday, November 10th Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division (7.45 pm) Moore United v Boyle Celtic League leaders Boyle could face a stern examination of their title credentials this weekend but will be expected to prevail. Prediction: Boyle Celtic

Soccer Results Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division Cloonfad United 0 Ballymoe FC 8 Moore United 3 Dysart FC 0 St. Peter’s FC 6 Skyvalley Rovers 2 Kilkerrin United 2 Castlerea Celtic 3 Shiven Rovers 0 Ballinasloe Town 4 Norio’s Takeaway Division One Ballinasloe Town B 2 Rahara Rovers 3 Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two Manor United 1 Shiven Rovers B 2 Castlerea Celtic B 5 St. Cuan’s United 2

Shiven Rovers v Strokestown United The hosts will be favourites. Prediction: Shiven Rovers Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two Cloonfad United B v Castlerea Celtic B Division Two leaders Castlerea will be expected to extend their lead at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s big matches. Prediction: Castlerea Celtic B

Sunday, November 11th FAI New Balance Junior Cup Round 4 (2 pm) Ballinasloe Town v Castlerea Celtic A mouth-watering tie in prospect. Home advantage may swing it in Ballinasloe’s favour but the visitors have been impressive on the road this season. Prediction: Ballinasloe Town. Narrowly. St. Peter’s FC v Carbury FC

The defending RDFL champions should have enough to account for Carbury. Prediction: St. Peter’s FC Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division (2 pm) Dysart FC v Kilkerrin United The visitors can take heart from their performance against Castlerea last weekend and will be confident going to Dysart this Sunday. Prediction: Kilkerrin United Norio’s Takeaway Division One (2 pm unless stated) St. John’s Athletic v Rahara Rovers.11 am While the future looks a little brighter for Rahara following their win over Ballinasloe, the hosts will be favourites this weekend. Prediction: St. John’s Athletic Ahascragh United v Moylough ‘79 The visitors should prevail. Prediction: Moylough ‘79 CP Ajax v Cam Celtic The Castleplunkett side will

be eager to take advantage of any Moylough slip-up. Prediction: CP Ajax Dunmore Town v Ballaghaderreen FC Dunmore are capable of getting a result at home but the visitors are slight favourites. Prediction: Ballaghaderreen FC Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two

Ballymoe FC B v Shiven Rovers B. 11 am Shiven seem capable of upping their performance against the stronger sides in this division. They should have few problems in Ballymoe. Prediction: Shiven Rovers B Roscommon United v Manor United. 11 am A huge game in Division

Two this Sunday as Roscommon United welcome Manor United. I’m leaning towards the hosts here but it will be close. Prediction: Roscommon United Skyvalley Rovers B v Glen Celtic. 2 pm This could be a big weekend for Glen. Prediction: Glen Celtic

Pictured is the Kilkerrin United team and management who recently won the RDYSL U-18 Premier Division Cup with a 6-1 victory over Moylough ‘79 in the final. Front (L-r): Oisín Hynes, Cian Hynes, James O’Donnell, Martin Fahy, Evan Fahy, Oisín Moran, Cian Carton. Back (L-r): Enda Divilly, Aidan Kitt, Brian McDermott, Simon Keaveney, David Madden, Cathal Fallon, Brian Fahey, Cathal Gilligan, Kevin Traynor, and Declan Kitt.


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Fuerty finally get over the line! So Fuerty finally got there on Saturday last. A lot of heartache and disappointments were put behind them as they deservedly took home the Jimmy Murray Cup from Strokestown after a commanding display against Oran. Billy Donnellan’s men could not overcome the injuries to Jack Earley and Paul Kenny and they were playing catch-up for almost the entire 60 minutes. Oran played some of the best attacking football that I have seen in some years against Kilbride and again against Tulsk but they just ran out of steam last Saturday. But they will be back, and if those young talented play-

Plenty of great club goals People who have attended the club football games over the past couple of months have seen some brilliant goals. In the senior final we had spectacular goals from Senan Kilbride and also from Cathal Callinan, in the intermediate final drawn game the strikes from Gearoid Keenan and Gearoid Ennis will live long in the memory and then last Saturday in the Intermediate replay Aengus Lyons and Darragh Walsh scored two absolute crackers. I can’t recall seeing so many great goals at the latter stages of the club championships and long may it continue.

Ireland ready for Argie-bargy! The Irish rugby team will step up the intensity when they face Argentina at the Aviva this weekend. The game against Italy saw Ireland win easily but it was not a game that will live long in the memory save for Jordan Larmour’s spectacular try late on. He will be knocking on Joe Schmidt’s door for a starting spot this weekend and next weekend against New Zealand. Argentina will be a severe test for Ireland and they are a very physical outfit. However I am expecting Ireland to win with a bit to spare and set up the big one against the All Blacks on Saturday week. What a game that promises to be. The selection for this weekend will gave a strong indication of what team will take the field against the world champions.

City emerge the strong favourites The race for the English Premier League is now a three-horse race with Man City the strong favourites. Liverpool and Chelsea will certainly give chase but at this stage of the season it looks like City have the players and the power to fend off all challengers. I am not ruling out Liverpool but they will have to go to places like Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge and win if they want to keep up with City. They are capable of doing that but if they drop many more points then City will run away with it.

ers stay together it is only a matter of time before senior football returns to Oran. But it was Fuerty’s day. Old stagers like Niall Kilroy, David Delaney, the Bannons and Niall Connolly have got their day in the sun, add in the younger brigade, and a top class coach in the shape of Eamon Towey it was a recipe for success and a victory for patience and persistence. The hard work done by St. Ciaran’s at underage level over the past 10 to 15 years has paid off. Now Fuerty will take their place in the senior football Championship in 2019. Few will begrudge them their success.

Fuerty players react at the final whistle following their Roscommon IFC Final win over Oran last Saturday in Strokestown. Pic: Mick McCormack

All Stars selection controversy The All Stars teams have come and gone once again and the football team was controversial. Colm Cavanagh at full-back? I thought he was deserving of an award but at midfield. I would have found room for Ryan Wylie in the fullback like. He conceded a total of 0-2 from play in 2018. That’s an incredible statistic. The selection of Rory Beggan ahead of Stephen Cluxton was controversial and it is true to say that you will never pick an All Star team that doesn’t generate argument. But Cluxton has changed the face of Gaelic football over the years. So much so that the powers that be are coming up with rule changes to cope with some of the things he has introduced. That he hasn’t got an All Star in the past five years is bizarre. It’s time for a shake-up in the selection committee many of whom are serving for well over 30 years. Surely there are 10 or 12 people representative of all levels in the GAA at football and hurling who can serve for five years before letting someone else have a go at it. It would appear that it’s harder to get off the All Star selection committee than get on it. Just a word about young Limerick hurler Cian Lynch, who spoke brilliantly at the All Stars event on Friday night last. For one so young he outlined the importance of the GAA in this country in a few sentences in terms of commu- Footballer of the year Brian Fenton of Dublin and Hurler of the year Cian nity, family and how it impacts on people of all Lynch, right, of Limerick during the PwC All Stars 2018 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Pic: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile ages.

Dundalk on the double!

Dundalk FC completed the league and cup double at the Aviva last Sunday when they overcame Cork City.

I enjoyed the bit of the FAI Cup final that I saw on Sunday last. I was rooting for Cork City because of Johnny Caulfield but they were very unlucky on the day. Stephen Kenny has done a great job with Dundalk. He is a very capable manager. I got to know him when he was over Longford Town and at that stage they won the cup and got to two finals in a row. There was incredible excitement in the Longford area at the time. I see where he is being touted as a possible replacement for Martin O’Neill as the next Irish manager. If that were to come about it would be a remarkable rise to the top for the Dubliner.

Clann squeeze past the exiles I expected that Clann na nGael would win by four or five points last Sunday but I certainly didn’t expect the struggle that it was for them. Tir Chonaill Gaels were well organised and they had a number of very good players who gave Clann plenty of headaches for three quarters of the game. But Donie Shine and to a lesser extent, Ciarán Lennon kept Clann alive when they were struggling, and the Johnstown men can be very happy with their contributions. Graham Pettit’s goal came at just the right time for the Roscommon champions and they pulled away in the last ten minutes. Clann will not need me to tell them that if they play like that against Corofin on Sunday then they will not be going any further. But last Sunday’s game and result could be the ideal way for Clann to go into this game. Corofin will be the hot favourites but I am of the firm opinion that Clann have a great chance in Dr. Hyde Park. They will certainly have to tighten up in the full-back line and improve at midfield but with Donie Shine and Ciarán Lennon able to get the vital scores they can give the All-Ireland champions plenty of problems. Remember in last year’s championship St. Brigid’s took Corofin to extratime and probably should have beaten them too - it can be done! I am really looking forward to this match. Good luck to Fuerty who are in Sligo to face Shamrock Gaels, and also to Kilglass Gaels who travel to Tuam to face Clonbur. It’s a pity that all three games are on Sunday. There are a number of people who would love to have seen all three Roscommon teams in action. A special mention to St. Brigid’s who won their second Connacht minor title in a row last weekend beating a really good Westport team in the final. You have got to admire St. Brigid’s as a club. They are setting the standard that everyone else should aspire to. The future sure looks good for them!


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Clann the underdogs as champions arrive AIB Connacht Club SFC Semi-Final: Clann na nGael v Corofin on Sunday at Dr. Hyde Park at 1.30 pm  SEAMUS DUKE

There will huge interest in this one, the visit of the All-Ireland champions to Hyde Park to face the new Roscommon champions who will go into the game as underdogs but who have a great chance of upsetting the odds if they can hit the form we saw in the county final. On the form that Corofin showed when winning their national title in Croke Park in March, Clann would have no chance on Sunday. But this is a different day and a different set of circumstances, and after a poor enough display against Tir Chonaill Gaels last Sunday, Clann will know that they will have to up the ante if they want to progress to the final. However there is loads of room for improvement. Corofin have emerged from the Galway championship after a dour double battle with Mountbellew-Moylough when defences were

definitely on top. A couple of friends who attended both games told me that it was brutal stuff to watch. But Corofin will not worry about that and maybe now that they have emerged from the county for the sixth year in a row they will throw the shackles off. If they do, it could be a long evening for Clann. The Galway side have very familiar names in their side. The evergreen Kieran Fitzgerald is still a very good full-back and inspiration for the rest of his team mates. Liam Silke, Dylan McHugh and Kieran Molloy form a very solid half-back line. Hurling hero Daithi Burke and Ronan Steede will be hoping to win the midfield battle. Michael Lundy leads the attack from centre half-forward while Gary Sice and the two Farraghers will be hoping to get the scores inside. Clann will certainly have to tighten up in the full-back line. They were in trouble against the exiles last Sunday. Hopefully Jack Con-

Fuerty to prevail AIB Connacht IFC Semi-Final: Shamrock Gaels (Sligo) v Fuerty on Sunday in Coolooney at 1.30 pm

naughton will be back for this encounter. His energy and running and ball carrying ability are vital to his side. Ultan Harney and Cathal Shine will have to do more at midfield. That battle will be pivotal. Once again Donie Shine’s contribution will be important. His free-taking prowess and ability to inspire those around him is priceless for Clann. Ciarán Lennon is a super target man. Clann must be able to get the ball to him and let the likes of Cathal Callinan, Cian McManus and Jamie Fahy feed off him. After a ropey display last Sunday, Clann will know what they have to do to be in with a chance in this match. It’s a good way to be going into the game. Expectations will not be high. I won’t be surprised if Clann give this a huge rattle but it would be more than a shock if they were to overturn the All-Ireland champions. Prediction: Corofin



The outcome of this game will depend on a number of factors, not least on how the Fuerty players have recovered after a week of celebrations following their memorable success in the county final replay last weekend. It is interesting to note that the Gaels needed a replay to oust Curry in the Sligo county final. Not having seen Shamrock Gaels play it is difficult to make any kind of a solid judgement but Fuerty have a very good blend of younger and more experienced players. The Bannons, Philip Neilan, Niall Kilroy, Pete Kellehan, Aengus Lyons, Gearoid Ennis and company should have enough to defeat the home side and make it to the provincial final. Prediction: Fuerty

Kilglass heart can be the difference AIB Connacht Club JFC Semi-Final: Clonbur (Galway) v Kilglass Gaels in Tuam Stadium on Sunday at 1.30 pm Kilglass will fancy their chances against a Clonbur team who were actually beaten by Corofin in the county final in Galway last weekend. Kilglass will know themselves that it is very hard to lift a team for the provincial championships not having won your own county title. Kilglass showed huge heart and determination to battle back and take the title against Clann na nGael and if they can show the same qualities on Sunday they can make it to the final. Prediction: Kilglass Gaels

Darra Pettit and Mark Gottsche compete for a high ball during last Sunday’s AIB Connacht Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final at Dr. Hyde Park. Clann face reigning All-Ireland champions Corofin this Sunday at the county town venue.

GAA Results AIB Connacht Club Championship Quarter-Final Clann na nGael 1-15 Tir Chonnail Gaels 1-10 Mulryan Construction IFC Final Replay Fuerty 2-10 Oran 1-6 AFL Division 4 Final Pádraig Pearses 3-8 Elphin 0-9 Dermot Hughes Cars Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 (Section A) Strokestown 0-16 St. Brigid’s 0-11 Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 2 (Section A) St. Faithleach’s 4-17 Roscommon Gaels 1-11 Castlerea St. Kevin’s 2-15 Boyle 1-10 Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 2 (Section B) Tulsk 2-12 Éire Óg 1-4 Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 3 (Section A) St. Aidan’s 2-12 Kilbride 0-11 Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 3 (Section B) St. Croan’s 3-11 Western Gaels 3-8

Fixtures Sunday, November 11th Roscommon hurler Naos Connaughton is presented with his Christy Ring Champion 15 Award by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan and GPA CEO Paul Flynn during the PwC All Stars 2018 at the Convention Centre in Dublin last weekend. Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The Weekend Wrap-Up

Connacht Minor champions again!

O’Reilly (1-2), R Smith; E Derwin (0-1), C Sugrue (0-1), T O’Carroll (0-1). Subs: B McDonnell for Smith, C Canny for Derwin, C Quinn for Daly.

St. Brigid’s produced a really gutsy display to beat Westport on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10 to land their second Connacht Minor title in a row in Ballyhaunis last Friday night. Those who were at the game and watching on Facebook were treated to an excellent game, which Brigid’s thoroughly deserved to win. Oisin O’Reilly was very prominent all through and it was no surprise to see the talented attacker score Brigid’s’ goal after sixteen minutes. But a soft goal for Westport was a boost for them and by half-time they led by 1-8 to 1-5 largely against the run of play. Brigid’s were dominant on the restart and four points on the bounce saw them back in the lead. But Westport hung in there and were level with three minutes to go, However a late point from Ciaran Sugrue proved the winner for the Kiltoom side. St. Brigid’s: E Gallagher; L Grisleain, G Daly, P Frost; R Dolan (0-1), P McGrath (0-1), M Horan; S Cunnane (0-3), R Fallon (0-1); O O’Rourke, O

Still no white smoke! At the time of going to press there was no progress in the quest to find a new Roscommon senior football manager. The name of former St. Brigid’s manager Anthony Cunningham has been mentioned in recent days after the Dublin hurling job was given to Cuala’s Mattie Kenny at the weekend. Cunningham had been a candidate for that position. It’s not known if the former Galway hurling manager would be interested in the Roscommon job. David Casey has been mentioned a number of times in connection with the vacant post but it’s also unclear whether he is interested in the post. Meanwhile, Frankie Dolan has stepped down as manager of the St. Brigid’s senior team. He managed his native club for three years bringing them two county senior titles in a row. A statement from St. Brigid’s read: ‘St. Brigid’s

executive would sincerely like to thank Frankie for all his hard work, dedication and commitment to the club as both a manager and player. We would also like to extend our thanks to all the people that Frankie has brought in around him in backroom teams and helpers over the years.’

Youngsters exit Fr. Manning Cup Roscommon exited the Fr. Manning Cup last week when they were defeated by 3-19 to 4-7 by Louth at Darver. Louth did the damage in the first half and by the break they led 2-14 to 1-2. Roscommon were much better after the break adding 2-5 to their total but this loss means that they are now out of the competition. Roscommon: C Feeley; C Lohan, R Gibbons, T Crane; E McManus, J Downey, C Regan; C Feeley (0-1), C Glennon; A Merriman (0-1), A Tiernan (1-1), D Heneghan (1-1); B O’Carroll (0-1), A McDermott (2-2), E Corcoran. Subs: J McDermott, B Duggan-O’Hara, S Keenan, D O’Brien.

AIB Connacht Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final At Dr. Hyde Park: Clann na nGael v Corofin. 1.30 pm AIB Connacht Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final At Coolooney: Shamrock Gaels v Fuerty. 1.30 pm AIB Connacht Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final At Tuam: Clonbur v Kilglass Gaels. 1.30 pm All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Semi-Final At Edgeworthstown: Four Roads v Crosserlough (Cavan). 2 pm Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 (Section A) Venue: Pairc an Phiarsaigh, Pádraig Pearses v Strokestown. 12 pm Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 (Section B) At Mulhern Park: St. Ciarán’s v St. Dominic’s. 12 pm Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 2 (Section A) (12 pm) At O’Rourke Park: Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Roscommon Gaels At Ballyleague: St. Faithleach’s v Boyle Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 2 (Section B) 12 pm At James Timothy Park: Éire Óg v Oran At Kilmore: Kilmore-Shannon Gaels-St. Ronan’s v Tulsk Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 3 (Section A) At Ballyforan: St. Aidan’s v Elphin-Ballinameen. 12 pm Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division 3 (Section B) At Nash Park: Western Gaels v Kilglass Gaels-St. Barry’s. 12 pm


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Clann-ic over as exiles sent packing AIB Connacht Club SFC Quarter-Final






The final score would indicate a routine win for Clann na nGael, but this was no walk in the park for Fergal Shine’s men as a plucky and well organised Tir Chonaill Gaels team gave the Roscommon champions plenty to think about in this very competitive quarter-final played in perfect weather conditions at Hyde Park last Sunday. Clann never reached the level of performance we saw in the county final, and with 18 minutes to go the exiles led by 1-9 to 0-11 and were full value for that narrow lead. But all credit to Clann, they kept going, they got a crucial goal from Graham Pettit, and kicked on in the final quarter. Clann certainly won’t need me to tell them that a similar performance against the All-Ireland champions Corofin next Sunday in the Connacht semi-final will not be good enough. Their full-back

line were in trouble all through. They struggled at midfield and they can be very thankful to Donie Shine and Ciarán Lennon who were exceptional on the day. The London champions caused all kinds of trouble for the Clann defence for three quarters of the game. Liam Gavigan was excellent from frees and play but it was Killian Butler who was the main concern for Clann. His superb movement and ball winning ability caused mayhem in the Clann rearguard, which will have to tighten up considerably ahead of next weekend’s game against Corofin. But in fairness to the Roscommon champions, they found a way to win and they were able to respond when they were under pressure which is an admirable trait. Shine was immense all through and Lennon was always a threat. Ultan Harney came into the game in the second half and David McManus and sub Johnny

Dunning also contributed to this victory. Clann were by far the better side in the opening quarter and they led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Donie Shine (3 frees) and Ciaran Lennon (2) on target for the Johnstown men. But the Gaels came roaring back into the game in the second quarter, Butler and Gavigan were leading the charge and by the 21st minute the gap was down to one. Donie Shine kicked another two points to help his side into a 0-8 to 0-6 lead coming up to half-time. But the enterprising attacking play we had seen from the London champions paid off in injury-time when Gavigan was fouled by Graham Pettit and Eoin Murray planted the resultant penalty past David Finneran. Half-time score: Tir Chonaill Gaels 1-6 Clann na nGael 0-8. Clann responded well on the restart and three pointed frees from Donie Shine saw them lead by two after 36 minutes. But it was proving difficult to shake off the London men who scored three points on the bounce to lead by 1-9 to 0-11 after 42 minutes. The decisive score of the game came in the 44th

minute. A high ball from Donie Shine was grabbed by Graham Pettit 10 metres from goal and the centre half-back swivelled and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. It gave Clann the breathing space they needed and they were able to kick for home after that, Points from Ultan Harney, Donie Shine, Darra Pettit and another peach from Ciarán Lennon saw the Roscommon champions through, but not without a scare or two. This was not a great

display from Clann but maybe it’s the perfect way to go into a clash with the All-Ireland champions next Sunday. They know that a huge improvement will be needed but they also know that they are well capable of playing much better than we saw on Sunday last. A win is a win, and now they can move on. But all credit to the Tir Chonaill Gaels men. They didn’t come to Hyde Park to make up the numbers and they did themselves proud.

Ultan Harney carries possession forward despite the best efforts of Tir Chonnaill’s Kevin Rafferty during last Sunday’s AIB Connacht Club Senior Football Championship QuarterFinal at Dr. Hyde Park.

Stat Attack Wides:

half ) Clann na nGael 6 (3 first rst half ) fi (3 6 ls Gae ll nai Cho Tir

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nGael 2 Yellow cards: Clann na tit, Graham Pettit) Pet rra (Da Tir Chonaill Gaels 2 n Mullin) (Michael McWilliams, Bria imately Attendance: 600 approx Man of the Match: Killian


Butler (Tir Chonaill Gae

Teams and Scorers Clann na nGael: David Finneran; Darra Pettit (0-1), Stephen Flynn, Ronan Gavin; David Connaughton, Graham Pettit (1-0), Shane Pettit; Ultan Harney (0-1), Cathal Shine; Cathal Callinan, Donie Shine (0-9, 7 frees), Emmet Kenny; David McManus, Ciarán Lennon (0-3), Jamie Fahy. Subs: Cian McManus for Kenny (h/t), Johnny Dunning for McManus (38), Matt Scally for Callinan (43), Ross Naughton for Fahy (55), Niall Connaughton for D Connaughton (62), Dylan Sumner for Shine (65). Tir Chonaill Gaels: Gavin McEvoy; Michael McWilliams, Phil Butler, Shaun Burke; Marty McCoy, Anthony McDermott, Matthew Moynihan; Mark Gottsche, Brendan Friel; Eoin Murray (1-0, pen), Adrian Hanlon, Kevin Raftery; Brian Mullin (0-1), Liam Gavigan (0-6, 5 frees), Killian Butler (0-3). Subs: Liam Gallagher for Raftery (36), Ryan Elliot for Burke (41), Eamon McConville for McDermott (48), Adam Askin for Hanlon (55), Eoin MaGeean for Murray (55), Aidan McGarvey for McWilliams (65). Graham Pettit fires home Clann na nGael’s all important goal in the second half of their AIB Connacht Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final against Tir Chonnaill Gaels at Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday. Pics: Mick McCormack

Referee: Eamon O’Grady (Leitrim)


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Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC Final Replay: Fuerty 2-11 Oran 1-6

Fuerty storm to first title! The Verdict Seamus Duke There must have been many times over the past five years when Fuerty doubted if they would ever climb to the summit in the intermediate football championship. Every time just when it looked like they would reach the Promised Land, they always ran into an obstacle. This year it was a revitalised young Oran side who almost stole their thunder at Dr. Hyde Park two weeks previously. But Eamon Towey’s men came to Strokestown last Saturday on a mission and they swept all before them to win their first ever title at this grade, and in some style too. The Black and Amber burst from the blocks and went seven points up in the first half. They fell asleep in the third quarter but shook themselves to finish in style and they were not flattered by the eight point winning margin. Oran never got going. The injuries to Jack Earley and Paul Kenny were to prove costly. They were playing catch-up for most of the first half. Still, Thomas Fetherston almost singlehandedly inspired them to an unlikely revival. A sublime Darragh Walsh goal helped to reduce the

margin to two by the 43rd minute. But Fuerty were having none of it this time around, and when the superb Aengus Lyons scored his second goal of the game with twelve minutes to go, Fuerty were back on course to lift the Jimmy Murray Cup. They free-wheeled to the finish after that. Fuerty went for the Oran jugular from the throw-in. Niall Keenan and Philip Neilan were winning the midfield battle. Niall Kilroy, Gearoid Ennis and Aengus Lyons were razorsharp up front. The Bannons - Eamon and Tom - were superb. A couple of pointed frees from Kilroy early on were followed in the 6th minute by a brilliant goal. Kilroy’s laserlike pass found Lyons who didn’t have to break stride, and he blasted past Matthew Whyte. By the 21st minute Fuerty were 1-5 to 0-1 ahead. Oran were struggling and they reached halftime without having scored a single point from play. But in fairness to Billy Donnellan’s men they came out in the second half determined to give it a rattle, and that they did. Thomas Fetherston, who was quiet in the drawn game, was inspirational. His point in

the 33rd minute, with half the Fuerty team on his back, was memorable. Then in the 41st minute we saw a contender for ‘Goal of the Season’. Raymond Farrell played a great pass into Darragh Walsh. The talented young attacker still had a lot of work to do but he unleashed a thunderbolt that Joe Fallon could only watch as it flew into the net. Walsh’s pointed free two minutes later reduced the margin to only two. Could Oran come back from a seemingly impossible position? Fuerty, and ‘man of the match’ Aengus Lyons supplied the answer, and it was an emphatic ‘No’. In the 48th minute his brother Oisin did the spadework this time before Aengus finished with aplomb to restore Fuerty’s dominant position and ease the worries of their supporters. Four points on the spin after that and the Black and Amber ribbons were going on the cup well before the final whistle. Joe Fallon made a couple of superb saves and was excellent on the day between the sticks. Tom Bannon was in inspirational form and he played a real captain’s part throughout. Niall Keenan and Philip Neilan won the midfield battle this time around with Keenan especially impressive. Up front it was one of the quieter days for talisman Niall Kilroy but his contribution to

Fuerty, not only to his historic win but over the past decade has been phenomenal. Man of the Match was Aengus Lyons who won every ball kicked in his direction in the first half. He linked up well with defence and attack and scored two great goals. A mention too for Gearoid Ennis who once again made a huge contribution and his two points from play were of the highest quality. For Oran it was just not their day. They fell behind early on and just couldn’t recover. Thomas Fetherston was inspirational for his side. He put in a huge shift as he tried to rally his charges after that poor start. It was a fantastic display from him despite being on the losing side. Darragh Walsh was also superb. With limited supply he scored 1-4 and his goal is one of the finest seen in a county final for many years. Ray Farrell and Mike Dwyer had their moments but in truth Oran never looked like they could win this replay. The injuries had taken their toll on the day but one thing is for certain, this young and talented Oran team will be back. So to Fuerty the spoils, which they richly deserve. Their first ever intermediate title and few will begrudge them this success. Eamon Towey has done a marvellous job as manager over the past few years and now

Fuerty captain Tom Bannon lifts the Jimmy Murray Cup in Strokestown last Saturday following his side’s Roscommon IFC win over Oran.

they will get to play senior football in 2019. It’s a historic and well deserved win for Fuerty and this one will be well celebrated in Tremane, Athleague, Castlecoote and Fuerty over the coming weeks and months. They have waited long enough.

Stat Attack Wides:

n 9 (6 first half ) Fuerty 5 (3 first half ) Ora

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Yellow cards: Fuerty 4 , (Philip Neilan, Niall Keenan on) Gah Mc Ben is, Gearoid Enn Oran 1 (Mike Dwyer) roximately Attendance: 1,200 app gus Lyons (Fuerty)

Man of the Match: Aen

reed by Marty Parker.

ll refe Note: The game was we

Teams and Scorers Fuerty: Joe Fallon; Adam White, Tom Bannon, John Brennan (0-1); Mark Ward, Pete Kellehan, Ben McGahon; Philip Neilan, Niall Keenan; Oisin Lyons, Eamon Bannon, Cian Murray (0-2); Gearoid Ennis (0-4, 2 frees), Niall Kilroy (0-3, frees), Aengus Lyons (2-0). Subs: Robbie Fallon for E Bannon (41), E Bannon for Murray (45), Luke Byrne for J Fallon (49), Darragh Heavey for Ward (54), Peter Leahy (0-1) for R Fallon (61), Christy Leahy for O Lyons (64), Oran: Matthew Whyte; Thomas Fetherston (0-1), Jack Casey, Kevin Concannon; Jack Gunning, John Martin, Mike Dwyer; James Regan, Gearoid Keenan; Eamon Kenny, Ciaran Lawless, Kieran Whyte (0-1); Ray Farrell, Shane Regan, Darragh Walsh (1-4, 4 frees). Subs: Ciaran Casey for S Regan (h/t), Declan Beirne for Gunning (h/t), Adrian Cassidy for E Kenny (54), Liam Earley for Farrell (64), Brian Diffley for Keenan (64). Aengus Lyons celebrates with Philip Neilan during last Saturday’s Roscommon IFC Final at Strokestown.

Referee: Marty Parker


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Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC Final Replay: Fuerty 2-11 Oran 1-6

Champions at last! Fuerty players and management celebrate at the final whistle following their Roscommon IFC win over Oran last Saturday in Strokestown. Pics: Mick McCormack

Key Moments

TIME ADDED ON… Towey: ‘View from the top is great!’  SEAMUS DUKE

Fuerty manager Eamon Towey was delighted to get over the line last Saturday and was determined to make the most of this success. “We didn’t kick on the last day (in the drawn game) when we were on top and it was probably nerves from a club that have never won an intermediate title. But the lads came out of the traps very strong today and showed great character. We slipped a couple of times during the game but when it was there to be won we went on and did it and that was great to see. “We had to make a couple of late changes but every player reacted so well today. The whole panel have been so important this year. You have to have subs you can rely on and we have had that this year. “Niall Kilroy wasn’t

the man of the match today but he is just so important to this team. He is off playing for Roscommon but he comes back to this club and gives everything. He is man of the match for us so many days and we have concentrated as a management team in getting our other lads into the game and we did that today.

“I am so happy for Joe Fallon, the Bannons, Niall Kilroy and the older lads on the panel. They have finally done it after all the years. We have finally climbed the mountain and the view is great! That view might not last too long and we might as well enjoy it while we have it,” he concluded.

Seamus Duke First half Early points for Fuerty from Cian Murray and Niall Kilroy (free) were followed by a super Joe Fallon save denying Mike Dwyer an Oran goal in the 4th minute. But it was Fuerty who were dominating. In the 6th minute Niall Kilroy played a precision pass into the arms of Aengus Lyons who made no mistake for a top class goal. Eamon Towey’s men continued to dominate and they kicked some great points, not least a super strike from Gearoid Ennis from 35 metres in the 20th minute. Thomas Featherston tries to get away from Fuerty’s Eamon Bannon during last Saturday’s Roscommon IFC Final at Strokestown.

The wait is over for Kilroy and Co.  SEAMUS DUKE

Fuerty manager Eamon Towey pictured on the sideline during last Saturday’s Roscommon IFC Final in Strokestown.

Fuerty’s talisman Niall Kilroy was unde that the long wait for a title was at an end rstandably delighted forward to competing in the senior rank and was also looking “It’s brilliant and a long time coming. s next year. into it over the years and it’s great that We put so much effort for us on the day. We played very well everything went right start and that was vital. We had a dodg. We got off to a great but I always felt that we were in cont y spell after half-time rol of the game. We responded well and that’s the way we have “It’s great to look forward to the senio been playing all year. Ever since we were playing underage r championship now. with St. Ciaran’s for years that was the aim, to play senior footb all with Fuerty and now it’s a reality. We intend to enjoy it now that’s for sure,” he said.

Donnellan: ‘Best Oran bunch I’ve ever seen’  SEAMUS DUKE

Oran manager Billy Donnellan was left to rue his side’s poor start to last Saturday’s replay but promised that better days were coming for the Rockfield outfit.

“We got off to a very poor start. They got the start that we wanted and we just didn’t get going quickly enough. We thought that we would be able to cope with the injuries from the drawn game but as it went on the depth of our squad

told against us. “We got back into it after half-time and if we could have got a couple more scores after that it might have made a difference, but you have to give full credit to Fuerty. They never threw in the towel

and when we came back at them they drove on again and the second goal was the killer really. “I am very proud of our young team. Their dedication and the sacrifices they have made this year is second to none. They are

a marvellous bunch and they will be back for certain, bigger and stronger than ever. They are the best bunch that I have ever seen to come out of this club and they will have great days ahead,” he concluded.

Oran were struggling. They only managed three first half points, all frees from Darragh Walsh, and when referee Marty Parker blew the half-time whistle Fuerty were six points ahead. Half-time score: Fuerty 1-6 Oran 0-3

Second half Oran had their best spell of the game after the break. The inspirational Thomas Fetherston made a lung-bursting run and scored a magnificent point to kick-start their minirevival in the 33rd minute. After Gearoid Ennis had kicked another wonderful long-range point in the 39th minute, Oran were back in the game when young Walsh rifted home a thunderbolt two minutes later. The same player pointed a free shortly afterwards and now the gap was down to two 1-7 to 1-5. But Fuerty steadied themselves and put the victory to bed in no uncertain terms. Aengus Lyons slipped in for his second goal of the game and further points from John Brennan (a fisted effort) Gearoid Ennis (free), Niall Kilroy (free) and Peter Leahy saw them pull away into the distance. Oran got a late consolation point from Kieran Whyte in injury-time but they will know it was not their day and the final whistle brought wild celebrations as Fuerty supporters poured out onto the field to acclaim their heroes. They had waited so long for this day. Final score: Fuerty 2-11 St. Croan’s 1-6


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