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‘It would be nice to see Messi dribbling in Lecarrow’ I’m still upset…it’s SO frustrating… But the Late Late Show has to come back some time! No, not THAT! Then what’s bugging you? Big Phil? Trump? Has Marty got a new show? Don’t tell me he has a cookery programme now! Munching with Morrissey? Is that what it’s called? TELL ME! No, not Phil! Not Donald! Not Marty! So what’s bugging you? The restrictions….for sport! No-one allowed into games! It’s not right! CYCLING ACCIDENT Oh, THAT! People don’t know where they stand… If youWell, were anywhere involved in a cycling bar on the terraces… accident contact It’s… Byrne Carolan Messy? Cunningham Solicitors What about Messi? The leaving of Barcelona? No, I mean the ‘no spectators’ thing. It’s messy…still, there is some sport on TV. Oh yeah, last weekend I watched GAA, soccer, rugby, even the Tour de France… Speaking of soccer, where do you think Messi will go? Oh I think he should come here! You mean the UK? Surely not Ireland! Roscommon & District League! You’re mad! Anything’s possible! All we need is a big sponsor…maybe Mr. Mulryan could be spoken to… You’re joking! Well, George Best and Bobby Charlton both played in the League of Ireland…but yes, I ‘spose I am joking. Still, it would be nice to see Messi dribbling in Lecarrow…(at the soccer HQ)

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We’re living in strange times…but I guess not THAT strange! (They pause and watch as three teenagers who’ve met up for a chat ignore each other as they scroll on their mobiles) Strange times… What about the livestreaming, have you done any of that? Haven’t fished in years, but I meant to take it up during lockdown! NO! Livestreaming the matches! The Roscommon GAA club games…on the Internet!

Oh I heard about that! Not yet! I’m still learning how to send a photo through WhatsApp! Well, get one of your kids to livestream the club semi-finals…at least you’ll see some football! I might do! Anyways, fair play, the local clubs seem to have served up exciting championship action! Oh yeah, it’s been great…and there’s some super new talent emerging! Really? I hadn’t realised that! Good young players? Oh no, not players! Commentators! Frank Brandon, Ivan Connaughton, several club stalwarts are emerging as exciting new prospects! Media newbies! Excellent! Strange times! The championships are exciting, budding Willie Hegartys are emerging, but still there’s nobody at the games! No, but oddly enough, some of the local pubs – which serve food, of course – are getting lots of supporters in, and they’re watching the livestreaming of matches on big screens! So, Super Saturday and Super Sunday are making a comeback? Well, reportedly! All while no-one is allowed into grounds! Mad stuff! Maybe that’s why Phil Hogan came to Roscommon…a pint, a pizza and a GAA match on the telly? Yeah, and who knows, maybe if Messi came here he’d also get hooked on the GAA? “Hey Lionel, nice goal you got there in the second half…listen, a few of us are popping into Coffey’s for a bite to eat and a pint, do you fancy…”

What PEOPLE are talking about… Simon or Mairead or Frances for Phil’s job; Messi may be leaving Barcelona; the big return

to school…and (irresponsible) high jinks in Killarney.

It’s arguably stressful – for all involved – certainly challenging – but still, it’s good to see children returning to school this week. We wish the pupils, teachers and parents well on the occasion of this momentous milestone. Good luck to all!

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POLITICAL PEOPLE Can Aisling rise…Phoenix-like? < PAUL HEALY

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Former Fine Gael election candidate Andrew Reynolds, a Rooskey-based businessman, has advised against people rushing to judgement over politicians and the issue of their adherence (or otherwise) to Covid-19 guidelines. Noting that Olympian Kenny Egan has resigned the Fine Gael whip (the former boxer is now a councillor) after failing to restrict his movements following a trip abroad, Mr. Reynolds says: “It’s in his favour that he admitted his mistake, apologised and has taken responsibility for his actions.

“But it should make us reflect upon our own lives. Is there any one of us who can say, hand on heart, that we have not broken even one small rule (of the NPHET guidelines)…be it travelling outside the recommended 5km radius, going for a walk, or perhaps slipping to a town out of our geographical area to perhaps secure a better bargain?” Mr. Reynolds concluded: “Perhaps religion and politics should not be mixed, but I think this is a firm case of ‘let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

Congrats to Senator Aisling Dolan – not only has she made it into the ‘Young Bloods’ section in the Phoenix magazine – she’s even avoided a rough ride from the often uncompromising but always enjoyable current affairs mag! Our friends in The Phoenix have been keeping a watching brief on the political landscape in Roscommon/Galway. They’ve concluded that Fine Gael is “intensifying its efforts” to win extra seats in the next General Election, particularly in areas where it currently has no representation. In Roscommon/Galway, the party is still suffering from the fall-out of Roscommon Hospital-gate, and the loss of Denis Naughten. The Phoenix acknowledges that Cllr. Dolan is

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the new (and serious) contender, but suggests that the Ballinasloe woman will need to take 3,000 votes off Naughten. In 2019, Dolan was elected to Galway County Council as an Independent, later switching to Fine Gael. She ran for the party in the February 2020 General Election (after Maura Hopkins opted out). Dolan polled quite well, but not well enough. Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar subsequently ensured that she got a Seanad nomination, a clear sign of the party’s conviction that she can deliver a Dáil seat. The Phoenix reports that “complete unknown” Aisling shocked the local political world with that Council breakthrough last year, adding that her decision to move to Fine Gael has ruffled feathers within the party (locally). The Phoenix rates Dolan as an emerging force, but

is unsure as to whether or not she will prove to be the real deal. The magazine says she faces a problem in reconciling her joining FG with the party’s record on Portiuncula Hospital. The writer notes that Dolan has to significantly eat into Denis Naughten’s vote, adding that Naughten is a big force in Roscommon/ Galway who still draws the bulk of his support from Fine Gael folk.

The magazine concludes that Naughten and Michael Fitzmaurice “both look impregnable” and that Claire Kerrane (Sinn Féin) will be “be hard to displace”. On this analysis, there’s a long road ahead for Senator Dolan, not to mention for Senator Eugene Murphy (Fianna Fáil). Most roads have twists and turns, but for now, it’s certainly advantage to the three sitting TDs.

You Winston, you lose some… In Donegal last week, I found some of the ‘place names’ quaint, fascinating too. Still, I got it wrong… When I saw ‘Churchill’, I wondered if there was some unlikely association between the county and the legendary British PM. I was a good bit closer to the sign when I realised it read ‘Church Hill’… – PH

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Another Covid target: the ‘Certain Type of Man’ women. I don’t know if peak lockdown loneliness – and its possible long-term legacy – could have been avoided, eased some way. I don’t have answers. I’m not ringing Liveline (yet). I’m not ranting on Twitter. Still, I do wonder if they discussed it all at the Clifden golf dinner?

Every day Covid-19 is cruel. Covid-19 is ruthless. If it could talk, it might argue that at least it’s democratic, as its impact is felt by just about everyone, everywhere. As we try to navigate this difficult journey, there are challenges all around. It’s good to see the schools reopening, even if many parents, children and teachers are understandably concerned. There are a lot of people we should have empathy for, people we should be thinking of. Those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic have experienced extra hardship and anguish, above and beyond what we normally associate with bereavement and grief. We need to think too of those in our community who, the loving care they receive notwithstanding, have spent lockdown in nursing homes or hospitals, trying to come to terms with disconnection from loved ones. Frontline workers have been heroic, across the board. For many people – elderly ‘cooconers’ and others too – the Covid experience has brought sadness, loneliness, despair. People are hurting in different ways, to different degrees. For some reason, an old friend came to mind this week. I think his face and name came to me as I listened to yet another painful report on the ongoing closure of our pubs. There is a Certain Type of Man, and this old friend of mine is one of them. This week, rather belatedly, I wondered how peak lockdown must have been for him. He is in his late 50s. Both his parents are deceased. He has siblings, but lives alone. He farms by day, and (in normal times) pops into the local pub by night. Not every night, maybe every second night. Often, he will spend a third of the weekend in the bar, the racing pages and a pint in front of him. He’s mild-mannered, sociable but never intrusive. He loves sport; it is central to his modest existence. He has no partner. In peak lockdown, I imagine him jolted by the sudden upheaval in his comforting routine. I visualise him doing his farming chores, walking the land, boiling the kettle, cooking food, muttering perhaps to

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‘The initial attraction might be the pint; in reality, the comfort, happiness even, comes from the camaraderie’. Creaton’s pub in Loughglynn, pictured earlier this week. Empty and closed…like thousands such establishments. See page 19. Picture: Michael McCormack

Joe Finnegan or Pat Kenny. I visualise it not being enough. No live football (then). No live racing (then). No pub. No outlet. No trip to the local GAA grounds. I know what the pub means to such men. These are not the revellers of popular categorisation; these are companyseekers. Often it’s a subconscious thing…the initial attraction might be the pint; in reality, the comfort, happiness even, comes from the camaraderie. I have seen these men. Years ago, I served them. I have watched the nuanced morale lift these trips to the pub represent for them. There are of course much older ‘versions’ of the Certain Type of Man, men now robbed of a stool at the bar counter and the comfort of mischevious chat and shared revisiting of their youth. The pubs were already struggling, and they may never recover, but the closure of small rural venues is being felt. Maybe the pubs need to remain closed for now, maybe they don’t. I’m inclined to think they should be allowed to reopen, with restrictions. This man I knew – this man I know – I wondered the other day how in God’s name he got through peak lockdown. I wonder how much

his heart must have been tested. The long, lonely nights. The wretched rolling news stories on his football-less screen. The poor dead of Italy. The numbers. The press conferences. The grim relentlessness of life just now. Meanwhile, the gates of his GAA club steadfastly shut, as the sun – almost tauntingly – glistened. The pub closed all summer. No summer GAA championship to harmlessly dissect with his fellow experts. His friends much less visible, having faded behind their doors, into the privacy of their own somersaulted worlds. Yes, sport’s back on the telly, but now there’s the aberration of spectator-less games in the local pitches. There are thousands of these men. And what of all the other men and women, perhaps especially lonely over-70s, who lived through these months of great, testing, challenge? This crisis is easing a bit, but it continues, the virus still directing the course of our lives. Our so-called physical health is number one, but let us not forget our mental health. Only now, six months or so on, am I wondering how brutal it must have been for the Certain Type of Man, for other men, for other

The dramatic ‘news’ stories continue to flood in, day after day. Seriously, what is the media obsession with…changes…in the media? David McCullagh leaves Prime Time to join the Six-One News…(presumably a studio next door?). Cue gushing tribute from Miriam, as the likeable David presents his last Prime Time. Fair enough, I suppose. The Irish Independent responds with a lengthy interview with David and Caitriona Perry, whom he will co-anchor the ‘Six-One’ with. Meanwhile, more media frenzy as Claire Byrne gets a new role in radio, and Sarah McInerney is gently ushered to one side (for now). It’s even worse/more dramatic at Newstalk. Apparently there have been a few switches there too. Incredibly, this game of revolving broadcasters (with the odd promotion) attracted much media comment and celebration and (virtual) backslapping over recent days. Oh dear! Ciara will have to get up at 4 am! Broadcaster X (insert name if you wish) is so excited! Broadcaster Y (insert name if you care enough) is looking forward to the ‘new slot’ once he/she finds someone to mind their kids/cats. Do we really care what time Ciara has to rise at? Imagine if it was like this in the real world. Imagine a press release from ‘Murphy Plumbing’. “John will take over plumbing jobs from Monday to Thursday. He’s very excited. It’s been his dream. He’s just going to go with it, let his clients do the talking, see where it takes him. Meanwhile, Michael has got the prime plumbing slot on Fridays and Saturdays. He’ll be rising at 6.30 on Saturdays. He’s available now for a photoshoot for Life magazine, holding a spanner aloft and sporting a knowing grin…”


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Large sum of money taken in Castlerea robbery

Gardaí in Castlerea are seeking the public’s help as they continue to investigate the theft of a large sum of money from the Daybreak filling station in the town in the early hours of Monday morning. It is understood the raiders had been lying in wait in the area for some time prior to the robbery, before gaining entry through a rear door and taking cash registers from the premises. Gardaí believe three men were involved

in the robbery and that they left on foot, making their way through St. Joseph’s Cemetery and across the local golf course in the direction of Ballindrimley. They are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Arm or Ballindrimley areas of the town between midnight and 8 am on Monday morning, or anyone with dash cam footage, to contact them at Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621630.

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Major jobs blow for Ballinasloe < DAN DOONER

Ballinasloe suffered a major jobs blow on Saturday following the announcement that US manufacturer Aptar is to close its facility in December, with the loss of 115 jobs. The company, which produces pumps and dispenser systems for beauty and personal care products, said its industrial equipment and machinery would be transferred to other facilities around the world from September. Independent TD Denis Naughten has called on Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to convene and personally chair an emergency meeting of the Western Region

Enterprise Committee following the announcement. “It is deeply disappointing that the engagement between Government and the company, as well other options to save the Aptar operation, have failed to protect local jobs…it is now imperative that we look immediately at alternative sources of employment for the 115 workers. “We now need an immediate emergency meeting of the Western Region Enterprise Committee directly chaired by the Tánaiste to drive investment into Ballinasloe. “I believe what is now needed is a focused strategy for the town of Ballinasloe involving all the

Man charged over theft from Boyle garages

A man has been charged in connection with the theft of equipment from two motor garages in Boyle last weekend. Gardaí were called to a break-in at a garage in the town on Saturday morning and it was later discovered that a second garage had also been targeted. Following the examination of CCTV footage, a warrant was issued to search a property in Ballaghaderreen on Sunday.


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State bodies working with the management of Aptar, but also exploring the full potential of the St. Brigid’s Hospital campus,” he said. Local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan has described the announcement as devastating. “This is devastating news for the local community and my heart goes out to all the workers. “I have been in touch with the Department about supports for the employees and families affected. I am working with the Tánaiste to bring additional investment to the area,” she said.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Aptar had also been involved in the production of hand sanitisers. The plant, which normally operated on a 24/7 basis, had scaled back its output significantly over the past few months. Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon-Galway Claire Kerrane said news of the closure was “hugely disappointing” and urged Tanáiste and Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment, Leo Varadkar, to provide information on the Government’s plans for job creation in the town.

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which will be used to enable wheelchair users to experience waterways in Roscommon and further afield. CROÍ have recently established a new free community support service across Ireland, Heartlink West. Funds raised from this cycle will support this dedicated helpline, led by the charity’s highly experienced cardiac nurse specialists with considerable expertise in risk factor management and cardiovascular care. The cycle is being self-funded by each of the cyclists and all money raised will go directly to these two deserving causes. A number of social media pages have been set up to keep the public up to date (search Darragh Kenny Memorial Fund) across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and donations can be made online through the iDonate page: http:// The cyclists for this event are John Dolan, Mary Lennon, David Ingram, Declan O’Rourke, John Brennan, Marie Brennan, Brian Duffy, Michael O’Connor, Noel Galvin, Wilker Costa and Padraig Hanley. The cyclists are being supported by Brendan Donnelly as support driver. The project team is active seeking your help and assistance. They are seeking sponsors for the various stages of the cycle and would appreciate all offers of help or support. If you can assist please ema il:darraghkennymemorialfund2020@ or call Dylan or Lisa at 0433321734.

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Covid on rise in Roscommon

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There has been a significant rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in County Roscommon within the last two weeks – following a period of over 30 days without a single case here. Eight new cases were confirmed in the county last Friday, with the Department of Health announcing one new case on Tuesday, which brought the number of confirmed cases in the county to fourteen in the past two weeks. There has been no indication as to where in the county the eight ‘Roscommon cases’ announced on Friday relate to. Yesterday (Wednesday) the Department was notified of 89 new cases nationally, and sadly confirmed one new death, which occurred in June. There have been no Covid-related deaths in this jurisdiction for the past two weeks. It was also confirmed yesterday afternoon that a number of pupils had been sent home from a school in West Dublin, following a positive case of Covid-19, the second such

incident of its kind in as many days. Yesterday’s announcement followed news on Tuesday that there had been 217 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, including one new case in

Co. Roscommon, making it the highest daily virus figure since May. There have now been a total of 29,114 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and 1,777 deaths.


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Behind the Covid curtain: what happened in the Hyde… Frank…on watching Oran and Creggs footballers behind closed doors, post-match ‘socialising’ with a difference… and unacceptable ‘Kerry-on’ in Killarney… It’s early Saturday afternoon, and I am a little bit on edge as Creggs are due to play our neighbours Oran in the Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final, and I am waiting on word as to whether or not I will get the golden ticket that will allow me to attend the game as one of the very chosen few. I am hoping to be on the Roscommon People reporting team, or failing that to be part of the Niall Quinn livestreaming production team. The good news is that I made it on both counts, and so shortly after 2.30 pm I arrived into the Hyde and was all set for the upcoming battle between

the two neighbouring teams, a game that despite a rip-roaring first half by the Creggs men eventually ended in a 10-point win for the red-hot favourites, Oran. The game itself hinged on an extraordinary seven minutes of injury-time that the ref added on at the end of the first half, during which Oran scored a goal and three points to put themselves into a commanding half-time lead, a margin that did very little credit to the effort of the Creggs team. The second half showed how good a team the Oran lads are, and we in Creggs could have no arguments with the result. For me – and accepting that I might be a small bit biased – I thought they got frees very easily, while our forwards seemed to have to work very hard to get any reward. However, the great thing about the whole affair was the fact that, despite only 40 or so people being in attendance, the atmosphere was as good as ever, the effort and commitment from all the

players was total, and for a long time it was a full-on championship match. The highly-rated Oran forward Darragh Walsh was superb. He scored some brilliant points, from both frees and play, while on the Creggs side 18-year-old Tomas Crean was once again excellent, and probably our best performer. Oran will be favourites to get past St. Aidan’s in the semi-final, but they will not get it easy. For Creggs, the omens are pretty good as they have a very young team. Of their six starting forwards, the oldest was only 24, while apart from a couple of elder lemons (including my own son, Mark, who has been involved with the senior team in Creggs for twenty-five years) there is a great number of young lads coming through. As for me, I predicted that my commentating career would not last forever, but even in Sky Sports, where the pressure is at its highest, you would surely get more than the one game. No such safety net in Niall Quinn Productions where I was (sadly) made redundant after just

one game. Come back Marty Morrissey, all is forgiven. Anyway, despite the result, we booked a table in Joe Dolan’s and had ourselves another pizza (I will be twenty stone soon, if I don’t stop eating pizzas) and a pint or two. It was great to see the supporters of both clubs on the premises, and yet nothing brought home as much to me more how big of a disaster this Covid-19 is. Normally there would have been loads of good-natured slagging and banter between ‘them and us’, but of course with social distancing and all that stuff it simply didn’t happen, and so, while we enjoyed an hour or so, it was very different, and very hard to get used to. However, Joe and Alfie kept the show running smoothly. While you must be sick of me saying it, I repeat that it makes no sense at all that other local pubs – like Dowd’s in Glinsk or any of the three pubs in Castlecoote/Fuerty or Mikeen’s in Creggs – are still not allowed to open their doors.

Killarney ‘hopping’ – rest of us hopping mad For a long time now Killarney has been one of Ireland’s favourite places. Back many years ago Carol and I spent a few nights of our honeymoon there. The nightlife, even then, was second to none. A pub called The Laurels was a particularly lively place, where live music,

good porter and a great atmosphere meant it was a venue we’d never forget. Later, the Gleneagle became the mecca of live entertainment. Irish superstars like Joe Dolan, Daniel O’Donnell, Red Hurley and Brendan Grace used to do summer

residencies there to absolutely packed houses. With the American tourists, the Jarvies, and the Lakes, it seemed nothing could ever damage the jewel in Ireland’s tourism crown. But that was all before the arrival of Covid-19. A few weeks ago, a friend

ELBOW ROOM: Michael Raftery and Tommy Costello greeting one another in Loughglynn earlier this week. Picture: Michael McCormack

of mine spent a few nights down there and told me Killarney was “hopping”. He was a bit concerned because he said there was little sign of social distancing or even any respect for any of the accepted ways of trying to prevent the spreading of the virus, and that places were packed. The scenes on the streets of Killarney over the weekend shows how right he was. Hundreds of revellers were filmed dancing and drinking on the streets, with two idiots – one of whom stripped down to his bright orange boxers – dancing on top of an old-style phone box to the amusement of the totally un-socially distancing mask-less crowd. Michael Healy-Rae has since made the point that such a large crowd would not have gathered in one place if all the pubs in Kilkarney were open – and maybe he’s right. I would say it would be a long time before such

scenes would be replicated in a village like Creggs, even if both pubs were open. Anyway, the phone box is no longer with us, so the lad with the orange boxers would not be able to show off his steps (or anything else). Joking apart, this type of behaviour is totally reckless and irresponsible, and guaranteed to make an already difficult time even worse for all those who are trying to do their best. On the same subject, another friend of mine (I have at least two) was in the Station House Hotel in Clifden on the famous Golfgate night, and he told me the behaviour of many of the famous attendees at the dinner was unbelievable, with little regard for any of the Covid guidelines. So it seems to me that our cities and our tourist resorts are more dangerous than the local country pub – but the message just isn’t getting through.

Junior infants pictured on their first day at Clooncagh National School.

And finally… Finally for this week, my man of the week award (first and last one ever) goes to the chairman of Rathdowney-Errill GAA Club, Tim Barry, who took his place in goal for his club in their Junior C football championship game on Tuesday evening – at the young age of 72. There were only 12 players available on the night, and they needed 13 for the match to go ahead, so the chairman stepped in – almost 50 years since his last outing on a football field. He was a hurler in his day and didn’t play much football, but that didn’t stop him from lining out and only conceding two goals in a comprehensive victory for his team. He isn’t sure if he did enough to get his place in the next round, but he definitely did enough to ensure that his team got through. So well done Tim – you are a worthy winner of my star of the week award!

‘Till next week, bye for now


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Stand up for farmers, Charlie! – Fitzmaurice

The decision by the Department of Agriculture to issue farmers with TB Herd History Risk Statements and report letters will lead to untold damage, according to Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice. “One would have to wonder if the Department decided to sneak this in without a minister at the helm and without sufficient consultation with farm bodies. “I understand that members of the TB Forum were due to meet last Friday, only for the meeting to be postponed due to the ministerial vacancy in the Department of Agriculture. “And yet the Department were able to progress with its plan to issue these letters, which was vehe-

mently opposed by farm organisations at previous meetings of the forum. “Serious questions remain unanswered, particularly around: data protection; the potential devaluing of cattle; the impact it could have on the mart trade, and future compensation,” he said. Deputy Fitzmaurice wished newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, well in his new role, but urged him to stand up for farmers. “At this critical juncture, farmers do not need someone who is just going to nod to senior Department officials. They need someone who is going to be active and decisive when it comes to the important decisions”.

Pictured are Sarah Sexton, Tim Sexton, Rose Sexton and Lisa Gifford at the Court Yard Markets, King House, Boyle. Photograph: Mary Regan

Council’s traffic plans for Tarmonbarry Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy and Cllr. Joe Murphy have jointly welcomed plans by Roscommon County Council to carry out a major traffic plan for the village of Tarmonbarry. The plan, which could cost €200,000, will include new traffic controls, pedestrian crossings, new footpaths and new parking arrangements. The plan relies on Government funding, with the possibility of local contributions. Senator Murphy complimented Roscommon

County Council for bringing the plan forward, stating that a local petition to the Government was submitted over two years ago, as well as numerous political representatives raising the issue over many years. “Coming from the parish, we are delighted with this application even though we may have some issues with parking arrangements. I am hopeful Government funding will be forthcoming”, commented Senator Murphy.

Residents welcome new footpath plan in Roscommon < DAN DOONER

Local residents have welcomed the news that €110,000 has been allocated for the design of a new footpath which will run between the N61 and Roscommon Golf Club. Roscommon County Council had submitted an application for funding under Climate Change Adaptation and Active Travel Measures in order to complete the works which will include a cycle track, public lighting, surface water drainage and road pavement. Local activist, John Donohoe, said a number of safety concerns had been raised by those using the road.

“I have raised the need for a footpath along this route for the past number of years. I live close to the road and I use it on an almost daily basis so I know all about the dangers walkers, runners and cyclists face. It’s not only a link road between the N61 and Roscommon Golf Club but it’s also frequently used by construction traffic too. “This funding is very welcome news and I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of local councillors and the staff at Roscommon County Council in drawing up the plan,” he said. Ardsallagh Woods resident, Michael Crean, also welcomed the news.

“As a residents’ group we are very happy. This is something we had been looking for for the last twenty years. “Many people use this route on a daily basis and during lockdown there was a huge increase in those using it to walk, run and cycle, especially in the evenings. We felt it was an accident waiting to happen so we re-engaged with Roscommon County Council over the last few months. “In fairness to local councillors including Kathleen Shanagher, Marty McDermott and Orla Leyden, they have been pushing this issue and it’s great news that funding has now been awarded,” he said.

County Roscommon Disability Support Group CLG

New Directions

New Directions is a HSE initiative which is a new way of delivering services to those living with Physical and Sensory Disabilities. RSG are fully engaging with this Person Centred model as it is a more inclusive, more direct and most community-based concept for 2020. New Directions will be ran in conjunction with HSE guidelines. New Directions is based on three core values that guide how adults with physical and sensory disabilities can achieve the results they desire in order to realise their wishes, goals, hopes and dreams. Person-centeredness is a belief that each person has the right to live their own life, by providing opportunities to experience new things, and realise what they want to achieve. Under New Directions RSG offers support to make important life choices, listening to and respecting the person and being guided by them. This may change the way services are delivered as the service is built around the person. Person-centeredness is ensuring that the individual is at the heart of any decision-making process. It is a way of discovering how a person wants to live their life and what is needed to make that possible. This new HSE approach to supporting adults with disabilities who use a day service is about giving each person the supports they need to live the life they choose. Together we can help people to live ordinary lives in ordinary places. Covid-19 has increased pressure, stress and worry for everyone but especially for those living with disabilities and long term health conditions and for carers and families. It is important to keep up to date with what is happening, which is difficult because information is challenging and changing on daily basis. We are all aware of the importance of washing our hands and Home Care Support Workers have received training regarding Hand Hygiene, the use of PPE and infection prevention to keep everyone safe both in your home and theirs. Extra PPE training has been provided to Home Care Support Workers following regulations with regard to the wearing of masks. The sense of loneliness Covid-19 is bringing, especially to those who are isolating or cocooning is making this pandemic harder to bear as many are suffering with mental health, anxiety, fear and stress. It is fair to say that the more vulnerable in our society are perhaps the strongest in our society during this pandemic as they are used to taking precautions in order to simply remain safe. As a society we can learn a lot about ourselves, our wonderful communities, the role of volunteers and that really charity can and does begin at home. No one in our life time has lived through an emergency like this and in years to come we know our children and our grandchildren will be talking about Covid-19. The biggest positive is that we will have the benefit of having relearned the meaning of community and what we can all do to help each other.

Home Care Support Workers and PAs required to help Older Persons and People with Disabilities in the Community

County Roscommon Disability Support Group CLG (RSG) have vacancies for Home Care Support Workers and Personal Assistants to assist clients with activities of daily living. We require dependable, caring and flexible individuals who are willing to provide care. You should be working toward QQI Level 5 in Health Care or equivalent, up to date Manual Handling and Children First. If you like variety in your day-to-day life and enjoy working with people then RSG may be for you. If you are interested, please email or phone 090 66 25852 with your details so an application pack can be sent to you. If you are interested in a career as a Home Care Support Worker, RSG has employment and training opportunities for those who would like to work in the Health and or Social Care Sector on its Community Employment (CE) Project

Benefits of working with RSG‘s CE Project: • You will work 19.5 hours per week • You may be entitled to remain on the programme for up to 3 years • You can take up other part-time work during your placement • All training will be fully funded including all components of QQI Level 5 in Healthcare • You will receive mentoring and support towards progressing to full time work or education • You will receive training and work experience required to work with the HSE or HSE funded Agencies

Other Benefits of CE: • Minimum payment of €225.50 for 19.5 hours per week • If entitled you should retain your medical card, winter fuel and Back to School allowances • You may be able to avail of the Community Employment Childcare (CE) Programme which provides childcare places for CE applicants who need childcare so that they can take up a place on a CE scheme RSG has a proven track record of participants from CE progressing into full-time employment.

For further information please either email or call Bernie Connolly 090 6625852 ext 150. Visit the new RSG Flexible Learning College Website for all details on our courses. RSG Flexible Learning College is a QQI accredited training provider. The college has an agreed Quality Assurance System in place with QQI to ensure that QQI standards are met and maintained at all times. RSG Flexible Learning College adheres to and complies with the standards and requirements as set out by QQI. The college is committed to ensuring that all Learners achieve the standards set out in their programme of learning and is committed to the fair and consistent assessment of all its learners. All modules offered by the college are validated by QQI. RSG currently offers programmes leading to QQI awards at Level 3 and Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

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Ballintubber musician releases new clothing line Ballintubber musician, Arlene, launched her very own clothing line called ‘Aquarius X Arlene’ last Friday. The new streetwear collection is described as “fashionable unisex streetwear” which is affordably priced and features original song lyrics from ‘Does It Matter?’ Each item is carefully printed and labelled locally supporting Irish businesses, with packaging created using

all recycled and degradable materials. Arlene says she has been overwhelmed with the response and support she has received so far, with a majority of items already sold out. To purchase items from the up and coming singer’s new clothing line visit www. or check out Aquarius X Arlene on Instagram and Facebook.

Terry on track…new signs at Roscommon railway station Former long-time Oireachtas member Terry Leyden has welcomed the erection of historical signs at Roscommon Town railway station by Roscommon Town Team. He said: “Roscommon railway station is the gateway to Roscommon town, and displaying these historic, welldesigned signs of Roscommon Castle and Roscommon Abbey will attract the thousands of passengers on the Westport-Dublin railway line to stop over or return to Roscommon town”. Mr. Leyden said that he had proposed this initiative and had contacted senior management of Irish Rail. He had sent a proposal to Roscommon Town Team under chairperson Larry Brennan and secretary Helen McGinty.

The project was, he said, coordinated by Cllr. Orla Leyden. Mr. Leyden is now requesting the roll-out of this project to all railway stations in the state, especially in Castlerea, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford and Athlone, as Roscommon was a pilot project. Roscommon Town Team adopted the project, which was funded by Roscommon County Council, Creative Ireland Funding, and supported by Irish Rail team nationally, regionally and locally. The printed murals were designed by Creative Edge and Roscommon Signs. This year, Roscommon railway station, which opened in 1860, celebrates 160 years in operation.

Roscommon woman’s big Intel appointment Ann-Marie Holmes, who hails from Castle Street in Roscommon town, has been named as Assistant General Manager of Fab Sort Manufacturing at Intel, a role that she will assume in addition to her current responsibilities as a Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations. Ann-Marie, currently the Factory Manager of Fab 24, will fulfill this new global role from Ireland. Under Ann-Marie’s leadership, the Fab 24 facility

has become a key production location for 14nm products, ensuring that leading-edge silicon microprocessors, manufactured in Ireland, are at the heart of technology innovations that are essential to the way we learn, live, and work today.

 The Roscommon woman joined Intel in 1991 as an Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin and since then has gone on to work in all four of the Fab Sort Manufactur-

ing facilities in Ireland – Fab 10, Fab 14, Ireland Fab Operations (IFO) and Fab 24.

 Ann-Marie is married to Paul and has two children, Cian and Ruth. She has worked in Intel all of her career, making her the first Irish graduate hire to go on and become Intel Vice President.
 Speaking about her new role, Ann-Marie said: “I have had the honour of leading the Fab 24 team for more than eight years

and it has been the greatest privilege to be able to work together with such hard-working and dedicated people to create technology that changes the world and shapes the future. “I look forward to taking on this new role and embracing the opportunity to work with people across our global manufacturing network as we continue to deliver leading edge technologies”.

Elaine Bennett pictured with her dog Hayley at Lough Key Forest Park. Photograph: Mary Regan

€1.6m in funding welcomed Almost €1.6m has been allocated for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures in Co. Roscommon. Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan has welcomed the funding, which has been made available under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Plan and is part of the overall €115 million package for sustainable transport and the renewal of our transport infrastructure. €250k has been committed for a cycle track/greyway on the N61 Knockcroghery to Lecarrow Road, and €220k to build new footpaths & Toucan crossing at Crannagh, Summerhill close to Drum Community Centre. Senator Dolan said that €185k has been committed for drainage works in Athleague & Castlecoote, and €140k for works to alter road levels to mitigate flooding in Cloneen, Muckanagh. Senator Eugene Murphy also welcomed the allocations. He said: “I must compliment the roads section of Roscommon County Council who work tirelessly to resolve issues after severe weather patterns and this funding will help assist with essential repair works and help strengthen road networks”.

€4m for Sligo/Leitrim

Ann-Marie Holmes, who hails from Castle Street in Roscommon town.

Separately, Frank Feighan, Minister for State at the Department for Health, has said that a total of €4 million has been allocated for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency. €1,049,000 has been made available to Co. Leitrim and €1,043,200 has been made available to Co. Sligo under the active travel allocations scheme. Minister Frank Feighan has said that the provision of a new cycle track, road pavement, lining, and signage on the route between Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, and Carrick-on-Shannon will prove to be a game-changer in efforts to encourage activity tourists to access the location. The project was awarded €50,000 under the government’s Active Travel Measures Scheme 2020.


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Blaze within metres of closed Castlerea Fire Station

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Fire services from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis were called to the scene of a blaze just metres from Castlerea Fire Station yesterday (Wednesday) morning. The fire station was closed permanently in July following a review of the fire service in the town. An eyewitness told the Roscommon People that it took fire service vehicles over thirty minutes to attend the scene, which was cordoned off by Gardaí, near Church Road. Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane said the fire was a prime example of the threat posed to the town without a fire service. “A fire broke out at a derelict building in Castlerea this morning. Luckily, as this is a derelict house, nobody lives there and therefore there was no immediate threat to life. “This is a prime example of the threat posed by the lack of a fire service in the county’s second largest town. I have raised the closure of the station with the Minister for Local Govern-

The scene of the fire at a derelict building close to Castlerea Fire Station on Wednesday morning. (Picture courtesy of Teresa Geraghty Dos Santos)

ment, Darragh O’Brien, and I am seeking a meeting with him on this matter. “I encourage the people of Castlerea to write to the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council in opposition

to the decision to close the fire station. Letters of opposition are available in my offices and are being circulated albeit it’s difficult, given Covid-19. This issue is not going to go away,” she said.

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Roscommon goes back to school! Threen students get top marks on return < DAN DOONER

Students across the county have been adjusting to yet another ‘new normal’ this week with the big return to school. Social distancing, hand hygiene, and staggered drop-offs are now part of the school day as staff and parents adapt to the new Covid-19 measures.


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To find out how pupils and teachers are adapting, the Roscommon People – your community newspaper – made a visit to Threen National School, which reopened last Friday morning. There was plenty of excitement as thirty-four students returned to the classroom for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed last March. School principal, Áine O’Connor, was positive in her report to the Roscommon People earlier this week, praising her staff, students and their parents for a smooth transition back to the classroom setting. “They have all settled in really well and everyone was delighted to be back,” she said. Students were quick to notice a few new additions to the school building including hand sanitisation stations and new socially distant markings indicating where they should stand to await the start of the school day. Áine added: “There has been constant communication between the school and parents, who have been really cooperative. It has been a very smooth transition. “Everyone was understandably a bit anxious in the days before coming back but the first day went fine and we’ve had lots of complimentary emails and messages which is nice. “There have been a number of small changes including the dots where children stand when lining up for school and of course the hand cleaning

stations at the entrance and throughout the school. “We are lucky here because we have smaller numbers and plenty of space. Students sit in their ‘pods’ one metre apart from each other in the classrooms and the yard has been divided up for break time between junior and senior classes. The children have been really

good at hand cleaning and keeping their distance”. The hard-working students of Threen National School certainly didn’t rest on their laurels during lockdown, remaining busy throughout thanks to the digital platform Seesaw. School work was completed and a virtual sports day and art competition bought keenly contested.

They were glad to be back in class this week, however, where they were warmly welcomed by school principal Áine and her staff, including Mary Collins, Olivia Blake and Mary Crehan who have every reason to be proud as they look forward to what will hopefully be a safe but busy academic year in Threen.

Junior and senior classes at Threen National School pictured with teacher Mary Collins. Picture: Michael McCormack

1st class students pictured on their first day back at Threen National School. Picture: Michael McCormack

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Backwards and Forwards: Connecting with myself, my family and my community

Backwards and Forwards Connecting with myself, my family and my community

Weekly wellbeing programme

South Roscommon Family Resource Centre, a new service of Vita House, is running a new programme, ‘Backwards and Forwards’, for anyone who may be interested in taking part. Sessions will begin on the 9th of September, from 7 pm-9 pm in the Family Resource Centre. The programme aims to increase the resilience of men and women who may feel they need support in progressing in their life. You may have had experiences that have affected your outlook and how you live your life. You may be stuck in a rut and find it hard to untangle yourself without support. Maybe you feel you do know how to go about moving forward in theory, but for some reason are having difficulty making it happen. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a range of lifeenhancing modules to sustain mind, body and soul in a friendly, social and non-academic setting. It has been specially designed and developed by a group of professionals with a wealth of experience and ex-

as their experiences and challenges, so that we can best address the needs of the group. While it is not necessary to commit to every module, it will be Join us for a range of life-enhancing most beneficial to thosemodules who partaketo in susta mind, body and soul in friendly, social and non-acade theaentire programme. setting. Gain improved understanding of yourself The programme is open to all adults,and ot as well as building confidence andallmeeting new peopl all genders, from types of backgrounds. Your input is valued, and each time you share, you are helping other Wednesdays participants to learn. This programme Open to all €5 from 7 - 9pm was designed to help participants gain adults, starts registration and a greater understanding of themselves September per andoccasional their place in the world, in a fee relaxed 9th 2020 module atmosphere of growth and openness. Saturdays

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pertise in the health and wellbeing sector. Set modules will include learning about how your mindset affects your actions, mindfulness and positive living, the importance of self-care, living

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Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

BACK TO SCHOOL: Why collaboration, cooperation and communication are key Following months of preparation, anticipation and trepidation, our nation’s schools have finally reopened. Well, most of them have. Our granddaughter’s secondary school (in Dublin) doesn’t reopen until Monday, and while I believe, like most schools, buildings have been adapted and revamped, intervention strategies have, as far as is practicable, been put in place, etc., as a concerned Nana, I’m pretty worried for her safety. You see, Ellarose has asthma. Her mother, (my eldest) on the other hand is quite calm. Why? Well, according to her: “She’s you all over mam. She’s OCD about wearing her mask and she carries hand sanitiser everywhere; she’ll be grand, I trust her. Besides, I know the teachers, and

I trust them too, so stop texting me instructions, and stop offering to move in with us and homeschool her, it’s not happening!!!” Of course my daughter’s right, but being honest with you readers, even though it has been stressed by medical professionals that children are not key drivers of Covid, I’m still worried for my granddaughter. And it seems many of you share my concerns. According to a survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), apparently nine out of ten parents/guardians are concerned about their kids’ school ‘providing a safe environment’. Now I’d imagine this apprehension is due to the fact that, even though principals and teachers and other school staff have done their utmost to

implement reopening strategies which are as safe as is humanely possible, keeping this virus under control is going to prove extremely difficult. But we, parents/grandparents/carers and students can help their efforts by making sure we all get fully on board with the new routines. Adapting, collaborating and providing full cooperation during what continues to be a fluid situation will be essential if we expect our schools to operate as effectively as possible. Speaking of cooperation, I’d like to remind Minister for Education Norma Foley that accurate and clear communication from her Department would go a long way towards helping this situation. On balance, kids absolutely

need to return to school for their educational as well as their emotional and mental wellbeing… not to mention their parents’ sense of sanity. And, as this virus looks set to be with us for the foreseeable future, I suppose one of the important subjects on the 2020/21 school curriculum will be lessons focused around how to learn to live with Covid-19! To that end, I’d like to wish every single parent, grandparent, carer, guardian, student, teacher and principal the very, very best of luck as our precious babies return to the classroom. And, even though I’m worried about my granddaughter, (which is normal), I’ve got great faith in the school system, and I believe everyone working within it will do an amazing job!

Banks’ greed knows no bounds

Animal cruelty is a complex psychological condition Their lives are short, and, God love them, due to the vile, cruel and merciless acts perpetrated against them by some individuals, desperately trying to survive from day to day has become a constant struggle, meaning the feral cats of Roscommon urgently need our help. And, while there are some amazing charities like TNR South Roscommon and Fairyglen Community Animal Sanctuary, etc., working hard to humanely trap, neuter/spay and release them, the situation for these poor babies has now become so dire it’s breaking my heart. Regular readers know I’m an animal welfare advocate, animal lover, rescuer, and rehabilitator, meaning I’ve got zero tolerance for anyone who’s cruel to our furry, feathered, farm, equine, wildlife or exotic friends. It’s for that reason I’d like to raise awareness of the distressing (and illegal) situation taking place right here in Roscommon whereby cats, (mothers and babies) are being callously packed into plastic bags and either slung out of moving cars or flung into fast flowing rivers in a bid to ‘get rid’ of them. Therefore, to anyone even contemplating harming a cat, feral or domestic, let me make it abundantly clear…the implementation of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) provides all animals with full protection from abuse. It’s the law! Still haven’t grasped it? Okay, in short, any act that causes unnecessary suffering or endangers the health, safety and welfare of any animal (feral

cats included), is a criminal offence, the penalties for which are a fine of up to €250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to five years. How do I know? I was one of the consultative bodies involved in drawing up this legislation; that’s how! Therefore, if you’re a reader living with ferals in your garden/farm, first of all let me thank you for caring. However, in order to humanely reduce the overwhelming burden of ‘unwanted’ kittens, I’d advise you to contact a local TNR programme who’ll gladly help you to humanely trap them, and who’ll provide extremely low-cost neutering/spaying, carried out in collaboration with some of Roscommon’s wonderful veterinary surgeries. The kitties will then be restored to you, and, in return for some food, water and shelter in your shed/barn, will provide free labour by keeping rodents at bay. These beauties will also protect their colony by preventing other cats entering your garden/farm, and, as they’re altered, they won’t reproduce thus preventing litter after litter of kittens. Remember, an altered cat has a much lower incidence of contracting contagious feline disorders and they get into fewer fights with other cats. I’ll just leave you with this…Cruelty to animals is part of a complex psychological condition, and those who’re insensitive to the suffering of animals are often those who’re unresponsive to the needs of dependent/vulnerable humans in their families.

As someone who has been a loyal Bank of Ireland customer since I was 15 years old, I was disgusted to receive an email from them informing me of their intention to raise their fees. I mean, since when did it become my responsibility to help the bank recoup their loss of income incurred from loans just because there’s a lack of demand at the moment? Now for the sake of balance, it’s my belief that there are other banks/financial institutions currently making applications to the Central Bank with a view to raising their own charges; so at this stage I’d like to ask these covetous banks two questions…one, does your greed know no bounds? And two, where is it all going to end? We’re in the middle of a national economic emergency for God’s sake! Hundreds of Roscommon families, (mine included), have suffered a loss of income, and in some cases, even experienced a job loss, yet, instead of showing empathy, Bank of Ireland, along with other banks, have arrogantly given us the two fingers. What a cheek! Methinks it’s time to make the switch!

newsbriefs Archdiocese of Tuam: appointments

Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, has announced the following diocesan appointments, which will take effect from Friday, September 25th. The Very Rev. John Canon Fallon (AP, Kilmaine), the Very Rev. John Canon Walsh (PP, Aghamore), the Very Rev. Joseph Canon O’Brien (PP, Abbeyknockmoy), and the Very Rev. Patrick Mooney (PP, Glenamaddy/ Williamstown) are to retire. The Very Rev. Ronnie Boyle (PP, Letterfrack) is to become PP, Abbeyknockmoy; Rev. Eugene O’Boyle (CC, Achill) is to become PP, Glenamaddy/Williamstown; and Rev. Gerard Quirke (CC, Westport) is to become CC, Achill; Rev. Jerald David, CC, pro-tem Athenry, to become Administrator, Aghamore Parish and CC, Knock; Rev. Anthaiah Pudota, Administrator, Kilconly to become Administrator, Letterfrack; Rev. Frank Conlisk, SPS, to become Administrator, Milltown and Kilconly; Rev. Shane Costello (newly-ordained), to become CC, Westport.

HSE must provide out of hours flu vaccine clinics – Naughten Denis Naughten TD has called on both the HSE and Minister for Health to ensure evening and weekend flu vaccination clinics are provided to facilitate access for school children and working families. “Not only must the vaccine be made available to as many people as possible, but it is also imperative that schoolchildren and families can obtain a flu vaccination at a time that is convenient for them, in a socially distant manner,” stated Denis Naughten. “The only way our health service can manage a surge in Covid-19 infection this winter is if we can rule out the possibility that the patient has flu, as the symptoms are so similar. This can only be achieved by a populationwide vaccination programme against the flu virus, and the public must be actively encouraged to have the flu jab, and children the flu drops”.

Wokefishing is on the rise!

The social isolation restrictions imposed on us during this pandemic have greatly affected the way in which we interact with each other, with some singletons across Roscommon now turning to online dating in a bid to meet the future Mr/Mrs Right! With that in mind, let me make you aware of ‘wokefishing’, the new trend currently doing the rounds. For those who’re not yet aware, ‘wokefishing’ is when an opportunist, or as I call them a ‘fauxgressivist’, redefines their views/values and instead, masquerades as someone who holds similar ones to your own in a bid to, ahem, get you into the sack! Great if the sack’s where you want to head! However ladies, if he says he prioritises politics over, ahem, a bit of hanky-panky, swipe left… it’s likely he’s already married with a gang of kids and bills and he just wants someone to listen to him whine about his poor wife, who’s clearly a saint for putting up with him!

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Memorial to Patrick Gill to be unveiled

Patrick Gill of Corlara, Kilmore, was an innocent victim of a Black and Tans shooting in 1920. Gill had been walking through the village of Drumsna with two other people when he was gunned down on the roadside, by a member of a Black and Tan patrol. He became the first Roscommon native to be killed by the infamous force, and his death occurred on September 10th, 1920, just one hundred years ago. The Co. Roscommon IRA Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with Republican Sinn Féin, are erecting a memorial of grey marble at the spot where Gill was shot in Drumsna, and the unveiling ceremony will take place on Sunday September 6th at 3 pm. Covid-19 restrictions will apply.


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NewsPeople Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Paul Healy’s take on top tweets! The Cork Coypu @CorkCoypu Great news folks! Charlie McConalogue has been named as this week’s Minister of Agriculture – And so the jokes begin… Barbara Scully @barbarascully I know that for parents of kids going back to school this has been a stressful time. But to be out and about seeing school uniforms, lollipop wardens, kids cycling home... it’s a refreshing slice of normality. And has lifted my spirits today. – The journalist/commentator expresses sentiments that will resonate with many people Daniel McDonnell @McDonnellDan Shamrock Rovers have drawn AC Milan in the Europa League. The game will take place in Tallaght. And will be behind closed doors. Of all the times.... – Shamrock Rovers’ fans find out what it’s like to experience ecstasy and agony at the same time… Sheridan Sparkes @SheridanSparkes Shamrock Rovers v Milan is a heartbreaking draw. Covid has

killed a generation of kids telling their grandchildren all about when Milan rolled into town. – A privilege that remains a copyright of Athlone-based grandparents (Athlone hosted AC Milan in 1975, 0-0 draw!)

AC Milan players arrive at St. Mel’s Park, Athlone (1975).

Ita O’Kelly @ItaOKelly Tone deaf decision from RTE. Look at all the members of the arts community who are out of work due to #COVID19. – Some tweeters were far from impressed with the news that former Taoiseach Enda ‘Portillo’ Kenny is to present a TV programme on railways… Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan @lukeming Simon Coveney falling just short

of saying. ‘Do you not realise how important I am’. Ticket master currently negotiating a fee with him. – ‘Ming’ on the race to succeed Big Phil Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Rushing him out of basement after seeing some very disturbing numbers. Don’t worry, he’ll go back to basement soon! – President Trump reacts as Presidential rival Joe Biden finally begins to engage… Paddy Murray @paddytmurray I’d like to wish Van Morrison a happy birthday but I’m afraid he’d just tell me to f**k off and mind my own business. #vanmorrison – Sounds optimistic, but maybe, if he was in a good mood

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e’re not long back from a lovely break in Kerry – somewhere we try to visit every summer. Staying in a friend’s mobile home, beside the beach on the Maharees peninsula, is about as heavenly as it gets for us. The girls love the mobile home experience; sitting on the deck watching the sunset over the Atlantic, with the majestic Mount Brandon and the famous Connor Pass completing the picture. The mobile is not in a park, so no shops, traffic, etc. It sits in a small field with nine others, nestled in the sand dunes, just 200 metres from a beautiful, sandy beach. We love it there; it’s the perfect escape for our annual break. Tralee was busy, but not as busy as a coastal town should be in summer. The American tourists were noticeable by their absence – not just in Tralee but also in Dingle, where street brunches were replaced by staycationers feasting on pints and baskets of fish and chips. Storm Ellen arrived on the Wednesday night – just what you want when you’re trying to sleep in a mobile home beside the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way! Actually, it wasn’t nearly as bad as we expected and passed without causing any significant damage there. The week, as is always the case with holidays, went by quicker than a week normally does! But we filled our days with activities and had a great time. Ireland has so much to offer. I really hope that those who holidayed at home this year due to Covid-19 will consider doing the same again next year. What a boost that would be for tourism, not to mention the extended range of businesses which rely on it. Anyway, back to reality! The schools have reopened and everyone is, naturally, appre-

pero que aqueles que passaram férias em casa este ano devido à Covid19 considerem fazer o mesmo novamente no próximo ano. Que impulso isso seria para o turismo e para a ampla variedade de negócios que dependem dele. Enfim, de volta à realidade! As escolas foram reabertas e todos estão, naturalmente, apreensivos. As crianças não têm certeza do que esperar, então nos dissemos para seguir o fluxo e não se preocupar com nada. Estamos em tempos estranhos, estamos todos no mesmo barco e, eventualmente, será desenvolvido um sistema adequado para a maioria de nós. É um momento muito difícil para as próprias escolas. O governo parece estar liderando do campo de golfe. Diretores e professores têm se esforçado muito para o retorno das as crianças de volta à escola com segurança, e todos nós precisamos fazer nossa parte e apoiar seus esforços de todas as maneiras que pudermos. Os números com testes positivos para a Covid têm aumentado nas últimas semanas e, com a temporada de gripe se aproximando, a possibilidade de novos bloqueios, regionais ou nacionais, é muito real. Este ano maluco ainda não acabou para nós!

hensive. The kids are not sure what to expect, so we’ve told them to go with the flow and not to worry about anything. These are strange times. We’re all in the same boat, and eventually a system that suits most of us will develop. It’s a very tough time for the schools themselves. The Government seem to be leading from the golf course! Principals and teachers have put so much effort into getting the children back to school safely, and we all need to play our part and support their efforts in every way we can. The numbers testing positive for Covid have been increasing in recent weeks, and with the flu season just around the corner, the possibility of further lockdowns – regional or national – is very real. This crazy year isn’t finished with us yet!

Brazil! The number of deaths by Covid-19 in Brazil has decreased in August with a 12% drop. But it is still too early to talk about a downward trend in relation to Covid-19. The figures are still astronomical, with Brazil being the second most infected country in the world. The most significant casualties will occur in the southern region. As Brazil is a vast country, the fight against the virus has been taking place from region to region – “We can say we have varying pandemics within a pandemic”. Additionally, Brazil has now exceeded 100 days without a Minister for Health, with the interim Minister, Lieutenant Captain Eduardo Puzuello, taking responsibility.

Brazilian Women’s Meet-up Come for a chat and cup of tea/coffee while you knit or crochet or whatever you like! Meet-up takes place every Tuesday morning, from 1011.30 am starting September 8th. Venue: South Roscommon - Family Resource Centre 17, Castle View, Castle Street, Roscommon. Due to current health restrictions, you must let us know before 1 pm on Monday if you are coming.


ão faz muito que voltamos de uma pausa adorável em Kerry, onde tentamos visitar todos os verões. Ficar na casa móvel de um amigo ao lado da praia na península de Maharees é tão paradisíaco quanto pode ser para nós. As meninas adoram a experiência da casa móvel, sentadas no deck

‘Staying in a friend’s mobile home, beside the beach on the Maharees peninsula, is about as heavenly as it gets for us’.

assistindo ao pôr do sol sobre o Atlântico, com o majestoso Monte Brandon e o famoso Connor Pass completando o cenario. O móbile não está em um parque, portanto, não há lojas, tráfego, etc. Situa-se em um pequeno campo com 9 outras pessoas, aninhado nas dunas de areia, a apenas 200 metros de uma bela praia de areia. Adoramos lá, é o refúgio perfeito para nossas férias anuais. Tralee estava movimentada, mas não tão cheia quanto uma cidade costeira deveria estar no verão. Os turistas americanos eram notados por sua ausência, não apenas em Tralee, mas também em Dingle, onde os quiosques de rua foram substituídos por Irlandeses festejando com canecas de choop e com peixe frito e batatas fritas. Storm Ellen chegou na noite de quarta-feira…. exatamente o que queremos quando estamos tentando dormir em uma casa móvel à beira-mar no Wild Atlantic Way !! Na verdade, não foi tão ruim quanto esperávamos e passou sem causar nenhum dano significativo. A semana, como sempre e o caso dos feriados, passou mais rápido do que normalmente! Mas enchemos nossos dias de atividades e nos divertimos muito. A Irlanda tem muito a oferecer, realmente es-

Brasil! O numero de mortes pelo covid no Brasil, tem diminuido neste mês de Agosto com uma queda de 12%. Mas ainda e cedo pra falar de uma baixa seguinificativa em relação ao Covid- 19. Os dados ainda são astronomicos com o Brasil o segundo pais mais infectados no mundo. As baixas mais significativas se derão na região sul. O Brasil por ser um pais vasto o combate ao virus tem se dado de região por região. “Podemos dizer temos varia pandemias dentro de uma pandemia”. E o Brasil segue com mais de 100 dias sem ministro da Saude ainda atuando com o ministro interinio, Tenente e capitao Eduardo Puzuello.

Encontro de Mulheres Brasileiras. Venha para uma conversa e tomar um cha/cafe enquanto voce faz trico ou croche ou o que quiser! Toda terca -feira pela manha das 10.00 as 11.30 hrs apartir de 8 de Setembro. Devido as atuais restricoes de saude voçê deve confirmar a sua presenca ate antes das 13hrs da Segunda – feira. Sejam bem vindas! Local: South Roscommon – Family Resource Centre, 17, Castle View- Castle Street

New Bishop of Achonry ordained

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary places the mitre on the head of the new Bishop of Achonry, Bishop Paul Dempsey (also Fr. Martin Henry in picture) in The Cathedral of the Annunciation and St. Nathy, Ballaghaderreen last Sunday. Pic: Mick McCormack

Fr. Paul Dempsey became the youngest bishop in Ireland on Sunday afternoon when he was ordained to the Diocese of Achonry at a ceremony in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and St. Nathy in Ballaghaderreen. The 49-year-old was born in Carlow but raised in Athy, Co. Kildare where he was educated by the Christian Brothers. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 and his first appointment was as curate in Clane and Rathcoffey Parish in Kildare. It was during this time that he started writing a weekly column for the Leinster Leader newspaper. Fr. Dempsey was a firm supporter of youth projects in the county and also hosted a weekly religious and social affairs programme on Kildare FM. Fr. Dempsey was appointed Parish Priest of Newbridge and Administrator of Caragh and Prosperous Parishes from 2015 to 2020. Pope Francis announced his appointment to the Diocese of Achonry, which includes parishes in Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo, in January of this year. The new Bishop of Achonry is the youngest of four and was joined by his brother, Tony, close relations and friends for his ordination on Sunday afternoon. His two sisters, Bernadette and Angela, were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The new Bishop of Achonry, Bishop Paul Dempsey with his two aunts, Margaret Butterly from Skerries, Co. Dublin and Kathleen Lenehan from New Ross, Co. Wexford, after his Episcopal Ordination outside The Cathedral of the Annunciation and St. Nathy, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Pic: Mick McCormack

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‘There isn’t a pub open in whole parish!’

Punters remain locked out in Loughglynn! < DAN DOONER

There is growing frustration among publicans in rural Roscommon as the restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic continue to cause uncertainty in the industry. Both pubs in the village of Loughglynn, Creaton’s Bar and The Village Inn, remain closed, with no sign of imminent reopening. Creaton’s Bar is at least 130 years old, according to its current proprietor, James Creaton. The bar has been under the family’s stewardship for several generations but has never before faced a challenge quite like Covid-19. James said the continued closure of small rural pubs has taken a toll on local communities. “The closure of the rural pubs has been terrible for the locality. Here in Loughglynn there isn’t a pub open in the whole parish! It’s very hard on older people because it’s not giving them a chance to meet up and socialise. There are people who haven’t met each other in a long time,” he said. James said the lack of social interaction could lead to mental health issues and has called on the Government to give rural publicans a chance. “I believe the pubs should be allowed to open for at least four hours a day. Most people are so disciplined now when it comes to the guidelines (and social distancing) and rural pubs would be safer (than those in bigger towns and cities). “There are very few older customers going into pubs serving food right now because it’s mostly where the younger people are. They would feel safer in their own environment with their own corner to sit in,” he said. James warned that while the spring and summer months have been very difficult for publicans and customers alike, there may be even tougher times ahead this winter. “With the dark nights it’s going to be worse. I don’t know what we are going to do. At least in the summer you could

Keys at the ready! Tina O’Brien pictured at The Village Inn, Loughglynn, earlier this week. Picture: Michael McCormack

jump in the car and go for a drive or go out in the garden,” he said. Martina O’Brien runs The Village Inn with Tom Maloney and she believes a partial reopening might not be viable for some businesses. “I don’t think it would be viable to reopen for just a few hours a day. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but if the socially distancing calls for one metre it wouldn’t be too bad. If it’s

two metres then it would be very difficult because we wouldn’t be able to have enough customers on the premises to make it viable,” she said. Publicans across the country have been calling on the Government to provide meaningful support for the industry and Martina echoed those sentiments. “The Government will have to compensate us. What was announced re-

cently does not go far enough (to safeguard the future of the industry). “I don’t honestly know when the pubs will reopen. We closed down in March and we were teasing each other saying there was no point in changing the clocks forward for summer because they’d probably be back to winter time by the time we reopen. Sadly, it’s looking that way now,” she said. Most publicans have missed out on the busy summer trade and with September usually a quiet period, fears are growing that reopening in October and November might not be a realistic option for some. “We’ve missed the best part of the year and if September is as quiet as it

usually is, then there isn’t much point in opening in October and November. The longer this goes on the harder it will be for pubs to reopen,” Martina added. Another consequence of rural pubs remaining closed has been the increase of customers drinking at home and Martina believes this could become an irreversible trend. “Many people have become comfortable having a few drinks at home and may not be willing to put themselves out to go out in the cold evenings. There’s very little incentive for them to go back to pubs either if they have to talk to people at the other end of the bar or if there’s a deadline on when they have to leave,” she concluded.

Kerrane on pubs: ‘Pay up or open up!’

Publican James Creaton pictured in his empty (and closed) pub in Loughglynn earlier this week. Picture: Michael McCormack

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has said that the Government needs to go further on supports for publicans, many of whom have had their doors closed since March. “There are many publicans across Roscommon, Galway and beyond who are struggling to keep their business alive as many running costs remain while the doors remain closed. “Sinn Féin had suggested to Government that pubs be allowed to open and operate the same as restaurants and pubs with food. That means table service and social distancing, simply

without the food. We have to remember that publicans are a vital part of our rural communities. They are a social outlet for many older people that may have no other (way of socialising). “Publicans are under immense pressure. So too are their suppliers who must also be supported. The package from Government has to respond to publicans and their needs. If it doesn’t – and publicans have suggested what was announced last week doesn’t – then the Government need to go back to the table”.


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Rooskey winner at Forestry Awards Five livestock and three forestry award recipients were presented with their 2020 RDS Spring Awards on their farms and forests in recent weeks, as Covid-19 prevented the usual awards ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall. The RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards have a total prize fund of €23,000, and celebrate and promote the principles of climate-smart agriculture in Ireland. Patrick Rhatigan, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, received the Special Commendation Award in the 2020 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Category. Patrick was farming a suckler herd on 52 hectares of heavy land before taking the decision to plant the majority of his farm in 2012. Always a great lover of trees, Patrick realised that his land would be very suitable for growing trees after seeing the success of a neighbour’s move to forestry. Patrick realised that forestry would not only reduce his workload and cut down on the use of fertilisers and sprays, it would also provide him with a regular income.

As soon as he planted, Patrick knew that he had made the right decision for both himself and the land. Patrick credits the move into forestry for re-establishing his love of farming, and is excited for what the future will bring. Patrick is proud of what he has achieved with his forest and the positive impact it has on the local environment. The majority of Patrick’s forest is planted with Sitka spruce, but also includes a significant area of oak, Scots pine and silver birch. Patrick’s forest is a haven for wildlife, and he has seen deer, red squirrels, foxes and birds of prey in and near his forest. In congratulating Patrick Rhatigan on his award, Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc, said: “Well planned and actively managed forests and woodlands have strong potential to complement other farming systems. I congratulate Patrick on his excellent integration of forestry as a valuable enterprise within the overall farming profile”.


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Department’s TB response ‘ridiculous and weak’ – IFA IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has slammed the Department of Agriculture’s issuing of herd TB risk letters to farmers in response to the dramatic deterioration in TB levels as “ridiculous and weak”. He said: “The levels of TB in this country have risen to unacceptable levels when we should be seeing annual reductions. The De-

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Castlerea Mart Report Sale 27/08/20: A large entry of stock was presented for sale, with prices and trade holding up well despite the recent spell of wet weather. The bullocks were a very lively trade with strong farmer activity and Northern demand also, where lighter quality stores in particular were met with some fancy prices. The heifer and dry cows reported good clearances, while the weanling rings with bigger numbers on offer and the weanling bulls topped out at €3.46 a kilo. Weanling heifers reached a peak of €3.59 a kilo with strong export demand on offer. An increased number of runners met a flier of a trade, with farmers anxious to replace sold lots. Bullocks, sample prices: Ch 495kgs €1270, Lmx 480kgs €1200, Lm 410kgs €1180, Lmx 535kgs €1330, Lmx 520kgs €1240, Lm 560kgs €1430, Lm 645kgs €1390, Ch 640kgs €1390, and Lm 665kgs €1370. Heifers, sample prices: Ch 425kgs €1080, Lm 385kgs €1060, Ch 415kgs €1060, Ch 485kgs €1140, Lm 445kgs €1080, Ch575kgs €1370, Lm 505kgs €1280, and Ptx 635kgs €1460. Dry cows, sample prices: Lmx 875kgs €1790, Ch 865kgs €1740, Lm 780kgs 1600, Lmx 750kgs €1550, and Chx 735kgs €1460. Cows with calves at foot made from €1160 to €1720 for an 8-year-old AA cow and her simmental heifer calf at foot. Springer cows made up to €1400. In regards to runners, there were bigger numbers on offer this week, with AA and HEX lots making from €350 to €570, and the continental lots making up to €910 for a 3-month-old Charolais bull runner. Weanling bulls, sample prices: Ch 295kgs €830, Ch 230kgs €780, Lmx 250kgs €740, AA 220kgs €650, Ch 300kgs €1040, Ch 425kgs €1120, Lmx 410kgs €1130, and Lm 445kgs €1070. Weanling heifers: Lmx 295kgs €1060, Chx 275kgs €740, Ch 340kgs €1100, Lm 355kgs €1060, Chx 310kgs €1030, and Ch 315kgs €1000. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, September 3rd (today), with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with Covid-19 restrictions in place.

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partment of Agriculture flap around the edges with soft touch advice and guidance while failing to address the real drivers of the problem which are beyond the control of farmers and within the responsibility of the Department”. He added: “Department staff costs in the programme equate to €6,750 per farm with TB. Farmers rightly

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expect a lot more than letters outlining their herd risk and effectively a devaluation of their animals. Comparatively, the average amount of compensation paid to farmers is only €4,500. “The Grant Thornton Report, which was commissioned by the TB Forum, clearly and independently sets out the failings of the Department of Agriculture in their management of the TB situation in this country. “In particular, their failure to have meaningful engagement with the largest stakeholder in the programme and largest single financial contributor in developing key components of the programme”. Mr. Farrell said that unlike their counterparts in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, Irish farmers were expected to contribute to the TB programme to the tune of €37 million. He also called for a comprehensive survey of wildlife including badger sets and deer in order to implement an effective control programme.

Dry cows : Char X 825kgs €1410, Char X 720kgs €1410, Lim X 735kgs €1390, Char X 790kgs €1360, Lim X 755kgs €1350, AAX 715kgs €1320, PTX 680kgs €1170, Char X 690kgs €1110, PTX 680kgs €1170, Lim X 650kgs €1050, Char X 615kgs €950. Bullocks: Simm 700kgs €1450, AAX 700kgs €1400, Lim X 625kgs €1400, Lim X 610kgs €1350, Char X 545kgs €1330, Char X 510kgs €1330, Char X 495kgs €1260, Char X 450kgs €1000, Char X 445kgs €1080, Char X 390kgs €900. Heifers: Lim X 572kgs €1370, Lim 570kgs €1370, AAX 640kgs €1360, Lim 520kgs €1260, Char X 465kgs €1100, Char X 415kgs €1070, Lim X 385kgs €980, AAX 455kgs €1000, Lim X 440kgs €1060, Char X 405kgs €1050, Lim X 385kgs €980, AAX 420kgs €960, Char X 375kgs €960, Char X 365kgs €930, AAX 405kgs €920, Simm X 395kgs €900.

Manager’s report… Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart “There was a good entry of stock on offer at last Friday’s sale with a firm trade for all classes. Bullocks averaged from €2.16 per kilo up to €2.60 per kilo. Heifers made from an average of €2.25 per kilo up to €2.59 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.58 per kilo up to €1.95 per kilo. Again, this week there were good numbers of customers actively sourcing stock both on line and at the ringside “There will be a special sale of bullocks and a general sale of heifers this Friday (September 4th) at 11 am. Intake is from 7.30 am to 9.30 am and viewing is by appointment only from 10 am to 10.45 am. Online bidding facility with LSL. “On Friday, September 11th there is a special sale of heifers and a general sale of bullocks and dry cows at 11 am. “There was another large sale of excellent quality breeding sheep last Saturday. Hoggets were slightly improved on average and prices were also better for breeding ewes. Hoggets fetched up to €235 with twoyear-olds making up to €195, and three-year-olds making up to €160. Sales continue this Saturday. “There will also be sales of pedigree Suffolk ram and Lleyn sheep at 12 pm and 1 pm respectively on Saturday. Viewing times are 10.30 am to 11.45 am for Suffolks and 11.15 am to 12.45 pm for Lleyn sheep. “Please not that all customers must wear a face mask when visiting Roscommon Mart”.


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A childhood picture of Pat Glynn who was killed at Ballinlough.

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FALL/AUTUMN SPECIAL SALE OF HEIFERS Friday September 11th @ 11 a.m. Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday September 3rd

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Friday September 18th @ 11 a.m. Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday September 10th

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Tuesday September 8th @ 4 p.m. Gates open at 11.30 a.m. All cattle must be penned by 1 p.m. Weanlings must be born in 2020 in exhibitors own herd Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday September 3rd ---Prizes 1st: €100, 2nd: €65, 3rd: €40 Class 1: Best Bull Weanling Class 2: Best Two Bull Weanlings Class 3: Best Heifer Weanling Class 4: Best Pen of Heifer Weanlings (Minimum of 4 Maximum of 8)

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Captain Thomas McDonagh, shot in Tibohine Ambush

Michael Glavey, killed at Ballinlough 1920

Michael J Keane, killed at Ballinlough, 1920.

‘When the firing ceased three men lay dead at the scene’ THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE IN ROSCOMMON (100 years ago; September 1920) The month of September 1920 proved to be a bloody month in County Roscommon during the War of Independence, with barrack attacks, ambushes and shootings. On the 1st of the month an ambush occurred in the townland of Teevnacreeva in the parish of Tibohine, on the road between Frenchpark and Ballaghaderreen. Volunteers from east Mayo and south Sligo, along with some local men, had planned a bloodless coup where a number of RIC men were to be held up and disarmed of their weapons. On the day of the proposed hold-up a five-man unit of the RIC approached from Ballaghaderreen on bicycles. They were fully armed with rifles and revolvers and were on their way to Frenchpark where the September district court was in session. The whole plan became undone when one of the hold-up party fired at a policeman’s back wheel to prevent him from passing by; the police immediately jumped off their bicycles and returned fire. In the brief fire-fight, two RIC men lost their lives and one IRA member was killed. The volunteer who met his death was Thomas McDonagh, (who was born in the U.S. but then resident of Cloonloo, County Sligo) and he became the first casualty suffered by the IRA in Roscommon during the War of Independence. It was discovered later that McDonagh’s revolver had faulty ammunition and had misfired, resulting in him being unable to defend himself from the opposing fire. The ambush proceeds included rifles, revolvers and ammunition, equipment much needed by the volunteers. In the aftermath of the attack, the Black and Tans descended on the scene and seized the body of Thomas McDonagh. They placed it on a lorry and brought it into Ballaghaderreen. They then tied the body to the rear of the lorry and had it dragged through the streets of the town. Thomas McDonagh’s remains were eventually released after his relatives and his fiancée pleaded with the authorities for possession. The Black and Tans would further exact their revenge for the ambush later in the year, as will be detailed in further articles. September also saw the first random killing by the Black and Tans of an innocent civilian. On September 10th, Patrick Gill, a 44-year-old

Memorial in Ballinlough Village to the three IRA men

farmer from Corlara, Kilmore was on the way to pay his respects to the relatives of a dead neighbour in the village of Drumsna. He was accompanied by his sister and a friend. As they walked through the village a single shot rang out and Patrick Gill fell to the ground. He died instantly from a single bullet wound to the chest. The shot had been fired from a military vehicle parked on the street. He was the random victim of a Black and Tan patrol and was the first of many Roscommon citizens to fall victim of the terror during the period 1920/21. In the west of the county tragedy struck a few days later. On the 14th of September members of the 1st Battalion South Roscommon Brigade laid plans for the destruction of the RIC barracks in Ballinlough. The building was vacated by the police and military that had been stationed there before they moved to the more fortified barracks in Castlerea. The volunteers were going to ensure that by burning the structure it wouldn’t be habitable again for some time. This practice of destroying vacated barracks had been going on since the spring and the Crown forces were aware that the Ballinlough building could suffer the same fate as the other barracks in the county.

The destruction operation was led by Pat Glynn, the battalion commander. The plan was to climb onto the roof with the aid of a ladder, break a hole in the slated roof, pour in some paraffin or petrol and set it on fire. On the night of the assault everything seemed to be going according to plan, Pat Glynn was on the ladder and others were on the ground. As soon as the first flames erupted from the building a hail of bullets pierced the night sky. British forces, through information received, were aware of the impending attack and had set a trap by concealing themselves behind a wall opposite the barracks. The light from the flames illuminated the area and made the IRA men easy targets for the soldiers. The volunteers had not been fully armed and weren’t expecting an onslaught of this kind, so they scattered to the darkness of the surrounding fields. When the firing ceased three men lay dead at the scene. The three men who were killed were Pat Glynn, (Loughglynn) O/C of the 1st Battalion (Castlerea); Lt. Michael Glavey, (Ballinlough) a quartermaster with the battalion, and Michael J. Keane, (Ballinlough). The deaths of the three volunteers in Ballinlough that night was a severe blow to the IRA as it was the single greatest loss suffered by the movement so far in County Roscommon. The bodies of the three men were taken from the scene by the military to Castlerea and held there until relatives came to identify them. When the families of the deceased went to identify the bodies they found them disrespectfully placed in a turf shed at the rear of the barracks. A few days later their funerals took place; Glavey’s in Ballyhaunis, Keane’s in Granlahan, and Glynn’s in Kilruddane, Loughglynn where a large crowd of people from all over Connacht attended the burial. After Patrick Glynn was laid to rest a formation of 1000 IRA members paraded in a field beside the graveyard where they were addressed by brigade officers. In the 1930s Roscommon Co. Council passed a resolution naming the main streets of Ballinlough to the memory of the dead volunteers: The street leading to Granlahan is named Sráid Mhig Fhloinn, (Glynn Street), the street leading to Castlerea is named Sráid Chatháin, (Keane Street), and the street leading to Ballyhaunis is named Sráid Mhig Fhlaithimh, (Glavey Street). The GAA club of Gorthaganny is named ‘Michael Glavey’s’ in memory of the local volunteer. More next month (An Staraí Áitiúil)


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We are now seeking quality family homes in all areas. Reply in confidence to REA Seamus Carthy on 090 6630001.







A most impressive 6 Bedroom family home, situated in an exceptional and sought after location at the junction of Circular Road and The Walk in Roscommon Town. Considered a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial and modern family home built 2008, the said home is presented to a high specification and benefits from a detached Garage and attractive landscaped garden to rear. All bedrooms are ensuite, offering obvious potential. Enquiries and viewings are now invited


Bungalow with 2 No. outbuildings set on 2.3 acres

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. Altogether, a most impressive property and we now invite viewings and all offers to sell

Quality 4 Bedroom Family Home in a most sought after location, at Ballinagard Road, Roscommon Town. This select property presents itself as a wonderful opportunity to purchase a quality 4 bedroom (2 ensuite) family home with 3 receptions rooms presented in excellent condition set on a generous 0.3 Acre site. Considered to be one of the finest homes to come to the market in recent times. Immediate Enquiries are advised. Contact REA Seamus Carthy today to arrange your appointment to view. Guide Price: €325,000

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‘People are looking afresh at Ireland – and like what they see!’ New IPAV study shows slight changes in Roscommon house prices

The former schoolhouse, situated in Ballinderry, Fourmilehouse

Final offers now invited for former schoolhouse

On the market with REA Seamus Carthy is this quality, four-bedroomed, family home, benefiting substantially from recent refurbishment works, including a new state-of-the-art fitted kitchen and a detached garage/workshop offering further potential. This former schoolhouse, situated in Ballinderry, Fourmilehouse, is set on circa 0.5 acre rural site, yet is still within close proximity to all amenities in Roscommon town. The said property comprises of a feature open-plan reception hallway, living room, kitchen/dining room, utility, WC, playroom and bedroom at ground floor, with three bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom at the first floor. A quality, four-bedroomed, family home with detached garage/outbuildings is now available to the marketplace. Seamus now invites final offers and immediate enquiries. Contact REA Seamus Carthy, Roscommon Town today on 090 66 30001 to arrange an appointment.

In the first six months of 2020, house prices generally have remained remarkably stable, according to the latest Residential Property Price Barometer from IPAV (the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers). In Roscommon, there has been a 1.85% decrease for three-bedroomed, semidetached homes, and 0.72% for fourbedroomed, semi-detached homes, with an 1.29% increase for two-bedroomed apartments. Uniquely, the survey charts average prices actually achieved by auctioneers in the first six months of 2020 compared with the last six months of 2019 for these three best-selling property types. Pat Davitt (Chief Executive of IPAV) said this was a time defined by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the shutdown of the economy taking place midway through the period, and auctioneers in lockdown for 13 weeks. “Despite early predictions by some economists and lenders of a slump in prices

arising from the fallout from the virus, this has not happened,” he said. IPAV maintained from the start of the pandemic that property prices would remain firm, and that pent-up demand would keep prices largely stable. “This study has underpinned that view of the market. There has already been a correction in the Dublin market by about 20%, and there are approximately 300,000 too few properties, so it would appear at this juncture that there is only one way for prices to go”. Mr. Davitt also said that in rural Ireland, there are properties still selling for less than the price of construction, commenting also that from an international perspective, Ireland is looking like a safe place in Europe, with many buyers eyeing the country as a location for a second home. “This trend contrasts with the outflow of funds over the years to foreign properties. Many native Irish people are now rediscovering Ireland, and realising the value and beauty at our doorstep. With a lack of enthusiasm for flying, and a movement towards working from home, people are looking afresh at Ireland, and like what they see in terms of a new lifestyle”.

Pictured is Pat Davitt, Chief Executive of IPAV (the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers).


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Bargain of the week – at Stonecourt

Tully, Ballygar, Co. Galway

Quality Ballygar residence available with Earley’s

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John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is this week offering new to the market a most attractive fourbedroomed detached two-storey residence of approx. 1,365 sq.ft. located at Tully, Ballygar, Co. Galway (F42 HY88). All offers above €200,000 invited with a view to sale. John describes the property as “a luxury four-bedroomed detached residence of approx. 1,365 sq.ft. standing on a large and mature site area of approx. 0.59 of an acre. The said property offers a superb location adjacent to Ballygar town on the main N63 Roscommon/

Galway route”. Offering spacious living accommodation and all modern conveniences, this is a quality family home that must be viewed to be fully appreciated. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €200,000 to sell. Legal: Sinead Neilan, Messers Liddy Neilan & Co., Roscommon. 090 66 27498. For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email jearley@

John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is this week inviting all offers above €60,000 a “self-advertising” commercial unit located at 2, Stonecourt, The Square, Roscommon. John describes the property as “a primely located commercial unit of approx 700 sq.ft. (formerly East West travel agents) located in the busy Stonecourt development on the town square and benefiting from ample free car parking facilities at the rear and on the Square”. The said unit would suit various commercial pursuits due to its size and location and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €60,000 to sell. BER: C2. For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email

New to the Market

Scramogue Manor, Scramogue, Co. Roscommon

This is a well presented 4 Bedroom Detached Residence with front and rear gardens. Set in a well maintained, predominately owner-occupied estate with all detached properties. Early viewings advised.

Contact the office 071 9634737 / 087 6025597 Guide Price €140,000

2, Stonecourt, The Square, Roscommon.








LISDAULIN, RAHARA, KNOCKCROGHERY, CO. ROSCOMMON, F42 VH61 All offers after €120,000 to sell.

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Church Street, Strokestown Co. Roscommon MIPAV CV REV MMCEPI Tel.: 353(0) 71 96 34737 • Mobile: 353(0) 87 6025597 Email:

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A most attractive 2 B/R semi-detached bungalow residence of approx. 845 sq.ft located in the exclusive Oakwood Retirement Village beside Roscommon town, Roscommon University Hospital and all local amenities. The said property is presented for sale in turn key condition throughout with the benefit of spacious living accommodation and a peaceful setting with ample parking facilities. We now invite enquiries, viewings and all offers after €100,000 for immediate sale. BER: E2. Legal: Messers Mahon Sweeney & Co, The Square, Roscommon. 090 66 26102.

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An attractive 3 B/R countryside bungalow residence located in a select residential district. The said property offers spacious living accommodation throughout and stands on a large mature site area of approx. 0.61 of an acre. This is a property that must be viewed to be fully appreciated and the auctioneers now invite immediate enquiries and offers to sell. BER: C1.

A quality 3 B/R semi-detached residence located in this select residential development situated adjacent to Ballyleague, Lanesboro and adjacent to the famous River Shannon. The said residence is finished to an excellent standard throughout and offers spacious living accommodation over two floors. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €140,000 to sell BER: D1. Legal: Mary Mullarkey, Solicitor, Castlerea, 094 96 25420.



Having sold a number of quality farms over the past number of weeks, we now require farms in all areas for cash clients and disappointed under bidders Replies in confidence to the office.

Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon Email: Tel: (090) 6626579 / 6626796 Fax: (090) 6625405


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New to the market at Shannon Grove, Ballyleague This week, Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke has a luxury, four-bedroomed, semi-detached property for sale, on the edge of the picturesque village of Ballyleague. No. 8, Shannon Grove, Strokestown Rd., Ballyleague is a spacious and well maintained, four-bedroomed, semi-detached property, with an asking price of €165,000. The property is conveniently located on the front row of a popular, well established development on the outskirts of the attractive village, only three minutes’ walk to the centre of Ballyleague village, approximately ten minutes from the towns of Roscommon and Longford, half an hour from Athlone and 90 minutes from Dublin and Galway. The property boasts many attractive features, including fitted wardrobes throughout, coving, cornicing, integrated appliances, stove fireplace with back boiler, a patio area to the rear with a large garden, surrounded by timber fencing, which gives great privacy. There is also access to the garden from the side of the property. Accommodation on the ground floor comprises of an entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility room and guest WC. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms (one ensuite), main bathroom and hot press. Shannon Grove is an exceptionally well maintained, residential development on the fringes of Ballyleague, located close to a host of amenities, including schools, shops, church, restaurants, and pubs, as well as Lough Ree and the River Shannon. The twin villages of Ballyleague and Lanesborough feature dramatic scenery with a newly-renovated marina, which is a stopover point for pleasure boats on the River Shannon. Lanesborough/Ballyleague features a great children’s playground, and there is also a looped bog-walking trail, which starts near the harbour. This would be an ideal family home or investment property. Overall, the pristine condition of the property, coupled with the much sought after location (the excellently maintained Shannon Grove) makes this an extremely attractive proposition. For more information, contact the selling agent David at Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke, Goff St., Roscommon on 0906627200 or email

Goff Street, Roscommon town.

Retail unit for sale at Goff Street, Roscommon

No. 8, Shannon Grove, Strokestown Rd., Ballyleague




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• Quality 3 bedroom semi-detached residence. • Located in a peaceful mature residential area, 2 minutes from Ballaghaderreen. • Property is finished to a very high standard throughout. • Manicured garden to the front and rear with patio, garage and timber gate to gain access to the rear. • Accommodation: Ground Floor entrance hall, living room, kitchen/ dining room. First floor: 3 bedrooms one en-suite, main bathroom and hot press. CALL DAVID FLYNN : 090 6627200; EMAIL : PBURKE@SFPBURKE.IE


• Impressive detached 6 bedroom property C.2672 sq. ft. • Located on a large site on the N61 Roscommon to Athlone Rd. approximately 1km from Roscommon town. • The property comes with separate fully serviced one bed apartment. C.457sq. ft. kitchen/dining double bedroom, bathroom and attic space. • Accommodation provides ground floor entrance porch, hallway, large reception room ideal for entertaining, sitting room, office, bright kitchen cum dining area, utility and family bathroom. First floor 6 bedrooms two en-suite main bathroom and hot-press. Externally large yard with No. 5 storage sheds and greenhouse. • Large well maintained gardens surrounding the property.

• C.0.6 acre site subject to planning permission. • Located in the much sought after area of Aghamuck, Kilrooskey Roscommon • Approximately 5 minutes from Strokestown and 10 minutes from Roscommon. • Close to all amenities such as schools, church, restaurants



This week, Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke has a sizeable retail unit for sale, comprising retail area, office, rear store, kitchenette and WC. The unit is primely located in the heart of Roscommon town, adjacent to Allied Irish Bank and Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke. Occupying an internal area of approximately 839 square feet (78 square metres), this property is ideal for investment, or any type of business, given its location, size, and walk-in condition. Seldom does an opportunity arise to acquire a unit of this calibre, primely

located in Roscommon town. Viewing comes highly recommended and by appointment only. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, con-

tact the selling agent David Flynn at Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke, Goff St., Roscommon on 090 6627200 or email

Attractive bungalow at Moher, Strokestown New to the market and on the books of Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers is this attractive three-bedroomed bungalow in excellent condition and standing on c. 0.56 acres with unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Located approximately 4.5 miles from the town of Strokestown in a rural setting, ‘Moher’ has recently had insulation and heating upgrades to including the addition of oil-fired central heating, wood

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Moher, Strokestown.

burning stove in kitchen/dining room, double glazing throughout, cavity walls pumped and additional attic insulation. Accommodation includes porch to front, reception hallway, sitting room with open fireplace, kitchen/dining room, three double bedrooms and main bathroom. Externally, the property has many features including detached garage (8’8” x 8’3”) with electrical connection, laid lawns to front and rear,

driveway (kerbed and stoned), block wall to the front, mature hedging to front and side, and a range of flower and shrubbery beds. Ready for occupation, ‘Moher, Strokestown’ is a must for viewing. Appointments are strictly by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting the office on 09066 63700 or info@ Evening, weekend and Bank Holiday viewings available by prior booking.


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Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Tel. (090) 6663700. Mob. (086) 8985013 • NEW TO THE MARKET



Four Bedroom Bungalow at

Three Bedroom Residence at

Four Bedroom Residence at

Ballincurry, Glinsk Co. Galway F45 FY05

Corskeagh, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon F42 PN28

• Attractive four bedroom bungalow residence with garage adjoining recently renovated to a very high standard • Located c.1 mile from Strokestown • The residence boasts spacious living accommodation throughout • Standing on a large corner site c. 0.6 Acres • With unrivalled views over the adjoining countryside. • To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700.

• Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated

• Attractive three bedroom two storey residence requiring completion of renovation works • With commanding views of surrounding countryside • Located c. 2 miles from Glinsk Village, just off Creggs road • The residence boasts spacious living accommodation and is priced to sell • Also included in this sale is c. 1.43 Acres of Bog Lands at Glinsk. • To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700.

• Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated



New Four Bedroom Residence at

Residence on c. 12.50 Acres at

Slieve & Corbally, Donamon Co. Roscommon F42 W925

Skrine, Rahara Co. Roscommon F42 FC64

Gortmorris, Creggs Co. Galway F42 TW88

• Attractive four bedroom bungalow residence in good condition, standing on a c. 0.30 Acre mature site • Located on the Creggs to Glinsk road • This residence is located in much sought after area on the Galway/Roscommon border • Viewing comes highly recommended

To arrange a viewing, contact


Tel: 090 66 63700 Tel: 090 66 21125


10% Tax Rebate for 1st Time Buyers

• Spacious new four bedroom two storey residence • Built to a very high standard with detached garage to rear standing on c. 0.61 Acres • First time buyers can avail of a tax rebate of 10% of the purchase price for this property. See Help to Buy Scheme for First Time Buyers • The residence is located just off the Roscommon to Castlerea road, in much sought after area • Viewing comes highly recommended. • To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700.

• Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated

Lot 1:

Residence & Outbuildings on c.1.5 Acres Price Region: €450,000 (Residence can come with additional lands, if required)

Lot 2: c.11 Acres fronting onto two roads Price Region: €100,000 Lot 3: Entire Property: Residence & Outbuildings on c.12.5 Acres Price Region: €550,000 • To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700.

• Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated

Contact us today for a FREE VALUATION! VALUATION!

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PSRA Licence No: 003201

New to the Market: -

CARTRON, KNOCKVICAR KEADUE, BOYLE, CO. ROSCOMMON F52 YY51 Stunning 6 bedroom (4 ensuite) residence

Oran, Co. Roscommon

Oran stud farm sells in record time

An impressive equine property, situated on the Hill of Oran, has sold in record time after being on the market for less than one month. Auctioneer Brendan Naughton from selling agents Oates Auctioneers reported phenomenal interest in the property with expressions of interest from all over the country and overseas. The property comprised a period farmhouse c. 1800 sq. ft., 20 boxes and all ancillary facilities together with c. 36 acres of top-quality limestone lands laid out in 11 paddocks. The property which was sold to an overseas buyer is a strong reflection of the buoyancy of the local market at present with a huge demand for countryside properties. There is a clear mindset of people returning to live in rural Ireland, with a surge of purchasers returning to the area many now availing of the opportunities of working from home. Oates Auctioneers are now urgently requiring countryside properties to meet current demand. All queries dealt with in the strictest confidence. Please contact Oates Auctioneers for further details, Church Street, Roscommon town, telephone: 090 6627878. E-mail; Website: www.oates. ie.

located on a large elevated c. 1 acre site close to Lough Key Forest Park, Kilronan Castle Hotel and Keadue Village famed for its National Tidy Town awards on numerous occasions. An exceptional property, it boasts most expensive fit out including Italian marble flooring, solid handmade oak kitchen with granite worktop and breakfast bar. Solid oak stairway together with solid oak doors, skirting and architrave throughout with tastefully decorated plaster coving. The sitting room looks out over scenic countryside with large bay window, marble fireplace and solid Canadian mahogany flooring. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a house of this calibre for which the Auctioneer invites viewings which are strictly by prior appointment.

Price Region: €399,750. BER Rating: C1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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1 OAKLAWN DRIVE, RACECOURSE ROAD, ROSCOMMON, CO. ROSCOMMON F42 A252 Attractive 3 bedroom semi detached house located on the Racecourse Road adjacent to local shop, restaurant and filling stating. Within walking distance of Roscommon town centre and all amenities including railway station, this property would make a suitable starter home or investment property. Accommodation includes entrance hallway, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms and family bathroom.

Cottage at Lecarrow with views of Lough Ree On the books of Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers is this charming three-bedroomed cottage which recently arrived on the market in the much sought after area of Kilmore Bay in Lecarrow. It offers views of Lough Ree on the River Shannon. Kilmore Cottage is a traditional Irish cottage with outbuildings, standing on a large corner site of c. 0.54 acres. In need of some light decorative works internally, it is fully serviced with mains water, septic tank and electrical connection. There’s solid fuel central heating. The house is deceptively spacious internally with accommodation consisting of living/dining room, kitchen, utility room, bathroom and three double bedrooms. The stone outbuildings on site offer potential for renovation and have been recently re-roofed. The site offers ample space for further extension, if so required. Features include shed (adjoining cottage), cast-iron gate to (former dairy parlour), newly-roofed. Detached traditional stone shed set out in two, also newly-roofed. Driveway stoned to front. Mature hedging on all boundaries. Laid lawns, large garden to sides and rear. It’s located in a rural, picturesque location approximately three miles from the village of Lecarrow which in turn is c. ten miles to the town of Athlone and c. nine miles to Roscommon Town. Viewings are in demand and by appointment only. Contact the office on 09066 63700 or for further information. Evening, weekend and Bank Holiday viewings available by prior arrangement.

Price Region: €159,500. BER Rating C2.

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37 Church Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 E3P2.

Large mixed-use unit for sale in Athlone We are delighted to welcome to the market this large mixed-use unit, with a total floor area of approx. 585 sq.m. and spanning over 3.5 floors at 37 Church Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 E3P2. The property offers two retail units, with c. 120 sq.m. at street level and 3 entrances to the side of the building, one of which has a large gateway leading to the lower ground floor. On the first floor the property has a large restaurant area that it is in need of repair / modernisation while the 2nd and 3rd floors offer extensive living accommodation. The property offers excellent potential for the development of a substantial retail space at both the ground floor, Church Street level, the lower ground floor, Friary Lane level and the upper levels. The property has entrances on both Church St and Friary Lane and has access on two sides (five entrance points in total). Offered at bids over €275,000. Please contact Oates Auctioneers for further details, Church Street, Roscommon town, telephone: 090 6627878. E-mail; Website: www.oates. ie.

Immaculate 4 bedroom property presented for sale in show house condition by its present owners with no expense spared. Ideally located within walking distance to Roscommon Town Centre and all amenities, this spacious residence comprises entrance hallway, large sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room with utility and WC off. First floor – 4 large bedrooms (master ensuite) with attractive timber floors and family bathroom. This property offers excellent value for money and viewing is advised by the auctioneers. Price Region: €145,000 BER Rating: D1. --- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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11 THE SPINNEY, ABBEYTOWN, ROSCOMMON F42 AY99 A substantial 5 bedroom detached residence located in this hallmark development in the centre of Roscommon Town within walking distance to all local amenities - railway station, schools, supermarket, bakery, hotel and church. This property would make an excellent family home or investment property. Spacious living accommodation includes:- entrance hallway, kitchen, utility, dining room, and living room, 5 bedrooms (one en-suite) and family bathroom.

Price Region: €245,000

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

BER Rating: C3.

The Manse, Northgate Street, Athlone, CO. WESTMEATH TEL: 090 6477500 FAX: 090 6477546 E-mail Website:

Kilmore Bay in Lecarrow ADVERTORIAL

Seeking houses in Strokestown, Tulsk and Ballinagare Property Partners Earley, Roscommon are this week seeking houses in all areas of Roscommon for cash clients and disappointed underbidders. In particular we are seeking houses in the general Strokestown, Tulsk and Ballinagare areas, having sold four properties there in the past few weeks. Property Partners have been selling property for generations and offer a nationwide network of offices offering exceptional local knowledge. With an extensive computerised database of active buyers, Property Partners Earley are best placed to advise on all you property matters. They offer a professional marketing plan designed to deliver their goal of selling your home for the highest price possible. We have now launched our 360 degree virtual tour service at no extra cost and have sold a number of properties to overseas clients who are unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions. Your property will be listed on all major websites, including, and With over 3,000 unique hits on the Property Partners website each day alone, you property will be marketed to the forefront. Local knowledge, Nationwide. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact either John Earley (FIPAV) or David Diffley (MIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email


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PropertyPeople Auctioneers & Estate Agents Main Street, Ballygar. Tel 090 6624531 087 2786664

Email PSRA no. 001472

Thornfield, Mount Talbot, Ballygar, Co. Galway F42 A074 Valuable Holding of Prime Lands, Historic Walled Garden, Courtyard & Stone Outbuildings, together with Bungalow Residence thereon. Total Area Lands c. 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres) For Sale By Private Treaty in one lot and in two lots

This most desirable property was once the site of “Thornfield House” now demolished. Remaining is the ornate entrance erected c.1840, a protected structure. This is one of the entrances to the lands comprising c. 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres) which are almost all prime quality farm lands laid out in one division. They are bounded on two sides by the N63, on one side by a minor public roadway and on one side by the River Suck. A pathway from the ornate entrance leads to the old courtyard, a ruinous two storey house, imposing old stone outbuildings with bell tower and the magnificent former walled garden. These historic structures have the potential for restoration and the possibilities are endless. The property is part of the rich heritage of Mount Talbot. It is located on the RoscommonGalway border and has an idyllic and scenic location overlooking the River Suck. This amazing property can be a coveted residential holding of lands, a shrewd investment opportunity and subject to planning permission could be suitable for a variety of business/tourism/recreational uses. There is also site potential subject to planning permission. The bungalow residence which was constructed in the 1970’s is perfectly located and has its own entrance off the N63. This is a bright spacious house c. 168 sq.mts. with a garage c. 27.5 sq.mts. and mature gardens. A bright inviting entrance porch leads to a spacious hallway and the following accommodation; Sittingroom, Diningroom, Kitchen, Utility, 4 Bedrooms, Toilet, Bathroom. The property is being offered in one lot and in two lots as set out hereunder; Lot 1: The lands c. 12 hectares together with outbuildings Lot 2: The 4 Bed. Bungalow on c. 0.3 hectares. The property is located in the heart of Ireland on the N63 a short drive from Ballygar and Athleague and close to Mount Talbot Primary School, c. 15 mins. drive from Roscommon, c. 25 mins. drive from Athlone and c. 50 mins. drive from Galway city. This is without question one of the most attractive properties to ever come on the market in this region and inspection is highly recommended. VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT. Further details from the auctioneer David Moran, MSCSI MRICS.

Castlelawn, Glinsk, F45 EE36

10 Forest View, Ballygar F42 P584

Market Square Ballygar F42 C566

New 4 Bed. Detached Two Storey

Delightful 3 Bed. Bungalow

Two Storey 3 Bed. Residence

• Bright Spacious House c. 2,000 sq.ft. • Excellent level of accommodation. • Qualifies for first time buyer scheme. • Great Location close to Primary School. • Inspection recommended.


• Ideal family/retirement property.

• Excellent location on the Town Square. • Requires some investment. • Nice family home. • Suitable for business use subject to planning.

Full details from the auctioneers.

Full details from the auctioneers.

Full details from the auctioneers.

• Prime town centre location. • Beside all amenities.


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< ABATTOIR SERVICE AVAILABLE: Cattle, lambs and pigs. Ready for freezing. Home Cured and Honey Dry cured traditional bacon (not pumped with water) now available. Tel: Webb’s Butcher’s, 094 96 20005 or 086 4094715. < FOR SALE: 27 bales of silage for sale. Trien/ Castlerea area, Co. Roscommon, €20 per bale. Tel. 086 0278089 < SQUARE BALES OF HAY: Excellent quality square bales of hay, sold in lots to suit, can deliver. Call: 086 2628439


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TURF/FUEL/ FIREWOOD < THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL OFFERS: • Bags of seasoned firewood only €2 per bag• Bags of turf only €2.50 per bag, buy 20 get 2 free • Tonne bags firewood/turf €35 per bay, or buy tonne firewood + tonne turf + 2 bags coal 20kg all for €80 delivered. • Stove coal 40kg bags only €14, buy 10 bags get 1 20kg bag coal free. • 8x4 trailer load firewood only €90. All includes free delivery. Contact Tom: 086 2628439 WANTED: Fallen trees for firewood. Ash, Beech, Birch and Whitethorn. We are safety certified and insured. Phone:

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< TURF FOR SALE: In tonne bags, delivery to Roscommon town and surrounding areas. Price €50. Bag and delivery also included in price. Tel: 086 8534011

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086 3482387 ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Collins Boyd Engineering Ltd., intend to apply for Permission for the construction of 8 no. two storey detached houses including connections to existing public services and sewers, landscaping and all associated infrastructure works and services. At Waterville Housing Estate, Monksland Td., Bealnamulla, Athlone, Co. Roscommon

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee 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. Signed: Collins Boyd Engineering Ltd. Engineers & Architects Galway Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. Ph: (090) 6634421 Fax: (090) 6634423 Email:

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Eircom Ltd (t/a eir) are applying for permission to erect a 20m high lattice telecommunications support structure together with associated antennas, dishes and ground-based equipment all enclosed in security fencing and remove the existing 15m lattice telecommunications structure at eir Exchange, Circular Road, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

This 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 a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I Michael Kenny, am applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the following: 1) To retain as constructed slatted shed and dry bed shed. 2) To construct additional slatted shed circa 200 sq.m. and carryout all ancillary site works at Rathcarran Townland, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd. Unit 5 Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon. Email: & M: 087 8228529 M: 087 9595520 Ph: 090 6634365 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Carroll Consultancy are applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of David Leydon for planning permission for development to construct a four bay open Slatted Shed with an unroofed handling facility and Underground Slurry Storage Tank along with all associated site works at Carrownaglearagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant the application. Signed: Carroll Consultancy, Bridge Street, Swinford, Co. Mayo. Telephone: 094 9253742

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I intend to apply for planning permission for alterations and change of use of existing former Carnaska national school building to habitable use and to construct a vehicular entrance and a replacement sewerage system at Cloonylyon, Carnaska, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee, not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submissions or observations in relation to the application can be made to the authority in writing, on payment of the prescribed fee, within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed: Eamon Mahoney

PUBLICNOTICES .... ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Tulsk Action Group CLG are applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to connect to mains sewerage at the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Grange, Tulsk, Castlerea, Roscommon, F45 HH51.

Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd. Unit 5 Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon. Email: & M: 087 8228529 M: 087 9595520 Ph: 090 6634365 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Brian and Aisling Galway, are applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to remove un-authorised septic tank and install a packaged waste water treatment system and polishing filter at Kilcloghan, Elphin, Co. Roscommon, F45 YV67.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd. Unit 5, Ballypheasan House, Circular Rd, Roscommon, F42 C982 M: 087 8228529 M: 087 9595520 T: 090 6634365 Email: -

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Alan and Olivia Hegarty, are applying for permission for construction of a bungalow dwelling house, domestic garage, wastewater treatment system, percolation area and all associated site works at Cloonfower Td, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

This planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and 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. Signed: Brandon OBrien Ltd. (Agent) Consulting Engineers Tel: 090 6625005

THE DISTRICT COURT THE DISTRICT COURT (AN CHUIRT DUICHE) (AN CHUIRT DUICHE) District Court Area of ROSCOMMON District No.4 District Court No. 4 Area of ROSCOMMON PUBLIC DANCE HALLS ACT 1935 PUBLIC DANCE HALLS ACT 1935 And in the matter of Section 24 of the Fire Services Act NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PUBLIC DANCING LICENCE 1981 Bryan O’Gara - Applicant

TAKE NOTICE that an Application will be made by or on behalf of Thomas J. Greally as nominee of The Abbey Hotel (Roscommon) Limited of Roscommon in the County of Roscommon to the District Justice at the District Court to be held at Roscommon on the 15th September 2020 for a Public Dancing Licence in the premises known as The Abbey Hotel situate in the Townland of Ballypheason Poor Law Electoral Division of Roscommon Urban Parish of Roscommon and County of Roscommon in accordance with the provisions of the Public Dance Halls Act 1935.

TAKE NOTICE that it is our intention to apply to the District Court, Roscommon on Tuesday 15th September, 2020 at 10.30am on behalf of Bryan O’Gara as nominee on behalf of KPBM Limited for an Annual Public Dancing Licence in respect of premises known as “Rockfords and Jack’s Live Venue” situate at Castle Street, Roscommon in the County of Roscommon and District aforesaid.

Dated this 25th day of August, 2020

Dated this 28th day of August, 2020

Signed: Mahon Sweeney Solicitors for the Applicant Main Street, Roscommon.

Signed: Peter H Jones & Co., Solicitor for the Applicant, Goff Street, Roscommon, County Roscommon.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN To: District Court Clerk, Government Buildings Golf Links Road, Roscommon.

To: District Court Clerk, Court Services, Golf Links Road, Roscommon.

To: The Superintendent, Garda Siochana, Roscommon.

And: Superintendent, An Garda Siochana, Roscommon.

To: The Chief Fire Officer, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon.

And: Chief Fire Officer, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon.

To: The Secretary, Roscommon County Council Áras an Chontae, Roscommon.

And: The Secretary, Roscommon County Council Áras an Chontae, Roscommon.

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Ardeevin, Castleplunkett, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon (1st Anniversary) Who died on 6th September 2019 R.I.P.

Clare, Strokestown (4th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Willie Carroll late of Clare, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon who died on September 7th, 2016 R.I.P.

There are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven, spend the day with them, just one more time, give them a hug, kiss them goodbye or hear their voice again. One more chance to say: “I love you!”

Lovingly remembered by her husband Tony. Mass will be offered.

MURPHY Gerry In loving memory of Gerry Murphy, Ros-Ria, The Walk, Roscommon. Who passed away on 2nd September 2013. (7th Anniversary)

A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me.. Remember the best times the laughter, the joy the good life I lived while I was strong.

Always loved and remembered by the Murphy family. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Death leaves a heartache that no-one can heal. Love leaves memories that no-one can steal

Always loved by Seamus, Liz and family. Anniversary Mass will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Saturday, 5th September at 11am.

Your memories are so precious Your presence missed so much You will always be remembered And missed by all of us Our thoughts are always with you, in a very special way Not just on your anniversary, but every single day You always had a smile to share A laugh, a joke and time to care A kindly nature, warm and true Many lovely memories we have of you

Lovingly remembered by your wife Ethel, sons Pat, Donal, Sean, daughters Anne, Mary, Kate, Lorna, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law. GRANDAD What we’d give if we could say “Hello Grandad” in the same old way To hear your voice and see your smile To sit with you and chat a while So if you have a Grandad cherish him with care For you’ll never know the heartache Until you see his empty chair.

CONBOY Peggy 15 St. Theresa’s Road, Roscommon Who passed away on the 9th September 2014 (6th Anniversary)

MURRAY Michael Joseph

CRYAN Dominic (Dom)

Ballindall, Racecourse Road, Roscommon Town. Who passed away on 19th March 2020

Beech Mount House, Lung Road, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon 8th November 2019

No birthday card to send you For there is no address, Only a beautiful garden Where you have gone to rest. A day that’s filled with sadness, Returns to us today To mark the day you closed your eyes and quietly passed away. Nothing can dim the face we loved, Or the memory of your smile, The countless things you did for us, To make our lives worthwhile. Our hearts still ache with sadness, Our secret tears still flow, For what it meant to lose you No one will ever know.

Michael’s wife Teresa (nee Coyne) his children, June, Mary, Alan and John would like to thank most sincerly all who supported us in any way on our very sad loss. To our wonderful neighbours in Ballindall and Racecourse Road who lined the roadside on the very heartbreaking occasion as Michael left his home in Ballindall for the last time on his way to the Sacred Heart Church. To his former work colleagues from the Department of Agriculture and friends and neighbours who called to Michael’s home during his illness or telephoned him for a chat which he loved. To all our neighbours and friends who called to our home on Michael’s passing and attended his Funeral service in the Sacred Heart Church and burial in St. Coman’s Cemetary. To his former neighbours in Ballinagard, a place he had great memories of which he often recalled as the Quinn’s, McGarry’s, Loftus and Neilan’s visited each other’s houses. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Galway Clinic. We would like to sincerely thank Dr. Elizabeth Sweeney McSharry who couldn’t do enough for Michael. We thank Pat and Gillian Smyth, Funeral Directors. To Fr. Joe Fitzgerald who received the Remains into the Sacred Heart Church and for the beautiful Mass. To all who sent Mass Cards, texts and floral tributes, Thank you all. Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all.

Loved and sadly missed by her son Seamus, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Masses offered.

McLOUGHLIN Eddie, James and Peggie Late of Grange, Curraghboy, Athlone

Lovingly remembered by all your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anniversary Mass in St. Bridget’s Church, Four-Mile-House, Co. Roscommon on Sunday, 6th September at 11am.

THANKSGIVINGS PRAYER TO ST. EXPEDITE For urgent need... Our dear martyr and protector, Saint Expedite, you who know what is necessary and what is urgently needed. I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity, that by your grace my request will be granted. (Clearly express what you want and ask him to 
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May I receive your blessings and favours. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Thanks to St. Michael the Archangel also. Publication promised. M.C.

In loving memory of our dear parents Eddie who died on 27th of July 2007 and Peggie who died on 3rd of September 2008 Deep are the memories Precious they stay No passing of time Can take them away

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His wife, Colette, brother John (Otto), sister Mary Fahy and the extended members of the Cryan family wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the people that attended the Funeral and who sympathised with them on the loss of dear Dominic. A huge thanks to everyone who gave their support and sent condolences including Mass Cards, Sympathy Cards, flowers, letters, phone calls and messages from near and far. Sincere thanks to the wonderful carers who tended to Dominic at his home and also to Eithne McGarry and the Management and staff of Oakwood Nursing Home for the exceptional care and kindness they showed to him. Our thanks also to Dr. Martin Garvey and to Olivia Vaughan and the Public Health Nursing team for their care and attention to Dominic. Grateful appreciation to the undertaker Mr. Tommy Sharkey for his support and utmost professionalism. Many thanks to Fr. Paul Kivlehan for the beautiful Mass and Funeral and also to Fr. Joseph Gavigan for his support and visits. A special word of thanks to the Cathedral Choir for their wonderful singing and to Ita McGreal for the lovely flowers. Thanks to the gravediggers who prepared Dominic’s final resting place. As it would be impossible to contact everyone individually please accept this acknowledgment as a token of our gratitude and appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all your intentions.

DADDY As each day dawns we think of you. As each night falls we pray for you. And through out our lives, no matter where. In our hearts you are always there.

GERAGHTY Michael (Mickey) Mount Mary, Ballygar, Co. Galway (9th Anniversary) - 1st September

We miss you now, our hearts are sore. As time goes by, we miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face. No one can fill your vacant space.

Lovingly rememberd and sadly missed by Mary, Kelly Ann, Philip, Val, Danny, Emily and Ollie. Anniversary Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar on Saturday, 5th September at 7.30pm.

THANKSGIVINGS DEAR HEART OF JESUS, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. I.W. THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, honoured, adored and glorified throughout the world today and forever. Amen. Say 6 times daily for 9 days and your request will be answered. Publication promised. A.D. PRAYER TO ST. EXPEDITE For urgent need... Our dear martyr and protector, Saint Expedite, you who know what is necessary and what is urgently needed. I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity, that by your grace my request will be granted. (Clearly express what you want and ask him to 
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May I receive your blessings and favours. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Thanks to St. Michael the Archangel also. Publication promised. J.C.

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Polshask, Williamstown, Co. Galway. Who passed away peacefully at her home on the 24th of July 2020 in her 101st year.

In loving memory of our dear parents Patrick and Margaret Sherlock late of the Walk Road, Roscommon. Margaret Sherlock, The Walk, Roscommon who died in December 1979 and Pat Sherlock, The Walk, Roscommon who died on 1st September 1987

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Balinamore Bridge (7th Anniversary)

Time may close the book of grief, Like the smile that hides the tears, But memories turn back every leaf, Despite the passing years.

Treasured memories of a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Ann (Nancy) O’Connor (nee Mulryan), late of Ballinamore Bridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, who died on September 7th 2013

In loving memory of Maura, who died on 7th September 2002 Forever in our thoughts. O Sacred Heart of Jesus in whom we trust and pray, grant the souls of Patrick and Margaret eternal rest today.

We the family of the late Nora (Nonie) Deane wish to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for all the kindness, support and sympathy shown to us on our recent sad loss of our loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. We were so overwhelmed and touched by the many kind and sincere messages received by phone, text, e-mails, Mass Cards and condolences on and social media. For all the floral tributes received and those who sympathised with us on our sad loss in whatever way you could during these unprecedented Covid 19 times. A very special word of thanks and appreciation to our loyal neighbours and friends for all the refreshments and food provided at the house on the night of her wake. We would like to thank Fr. Paddy Mooney for all his visits and for administering the last rites. To Fr. Michael Cusack for a beautiful Mass on the day of her Funeral, for the kind words he spoke of Nonie, for his visits to the house also and for the prayers by the graveside. Thanks to Eoin Kenny and Declan Shields for the beautiful church music. We will be always grateful to Dr. Kasa and all his staff of Williamstown Health Centre who tended to all her needs prior to her passing. Thanks to Feeney’s Funeral Directors, Kirrane and Gaynor’s Funeral Directors for their sensitive and professional handling of the Funeral arrangements. We would also like to thank the grave diggers and the beautiful way they prepared and presented Nonie’s final resting place. Thanks to Alan Hunt for facilitating the on line streaming of the Mass and enabling nephews, nieces, cousins and friends in Ireland, UK and USA to share in the service. Thanks to Ann and her family for caring for her over the last number of years. To all the people who formed a Guard of Honour, who stood outside the church during Mass and for the amount of people who attended the graveyard and for all who stood along the route on both days. Thanks to Heneghan’s Supervalue and staff Glenamaddy and Smyth’s Daybreak and staff Williamstown for food and refreshments. To Raftery’s Oakland Glenamaddy for the lovely meal and refreshments after the burial. We will be forever grateful for the overwhelming support and kindness shown to us by relatives, neighbours and friends for all your kindness and support despite the difficult circumstances. As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgment as a token of our thanks and deep gratitude to all. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Month’s Mind Mass will be in St. Therese’s Church Williamstown on Friday, 4th September at 7.00 pm. May She Rest in Peace.

Remembered by there son Martin, daughters Mary, Philomena, Patricia and all the family.

DELANEY Liam Creemully, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon. 11th September 2010 (10th anniversary)

We once had someone special, that money could not buy. We had a special father, that could not say goodbye. You taught us love and fondness, you taught us how to care. You bound us all together, with love few families share. But of all that life has given us, and of all that’s left to do. We never had a greater gift, than the years we shared with you. The memories of your smiling face, are with us everyday. So meet us in our dreams dear Dad, and talk to us once more. And when our lives are through, we pray that God will take our hands and lead us straight to you.

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Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon. Who died September 21st 2017 (3rd Anniversary)

CONNAUGHTON Kathleen Coolatubber, Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon (25th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Kathleen who died on September 2nd 1995.

Always remembered by your family. Anniversary Mass in Fuerty Church on Sunday, 6th September at 11.30am.


BYRNE Padraig

Sadly missed by Vincent, Vincent Jnr., Conor, Anthony and Mark. Masses offered. We also remember Con and Bridie Wall, Ardsallagh, whose anniversaries occur around this time.

THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, honoured, adored and glorified throughout the world today and forever. Amen. Say 6 times daily for 9 days and your request will be answered. Publication promised. P.H.

Our hearts are full of memories. With pride we speak your name. Though life goes on without you. It will never be the same. Those special days will not return. When we were all together. But the love you placed Within our hearts, will stay with us forever.

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

His life is a beautiful memory. His absence a silent grief.

Treasured Memories always, Mam, Assumpta, Liz, Siobhan, David, Elma, Megan, Mikayla and Zoe. x Anniversary Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Thursday, 3rd September at 8 am.

FLYNN Jack & Maureen Late of Grange, Four-MileHouse, Co. Roscommon

Always remembered by her husband Tommy Joe, daughter Mary and family.

LOHAN Paddy Racecourse Road, Roscommon (12th Anniversary)

FITZGERALD James (Jimmy) Rahara, Athleague, Co. Roscommon Who died on September 1st 2008 (12th Anniversary)

High Street, Ballygar (1st Anniversary) Cherished memories of a dear husband, father and brother. Loved and remembered by his wife Bridie, son Mark and daughter Jacqueline,daughter-in-law Lisa, son-in-law David, brothers and sisters. May he Rest in Peace

Anniversary Mass in St. Bridget’s Church, Four-Mile-House on Sunday, 13th September at 11am.

In remembrance of Jack who died on 2nd July, 2004 and Maureen who died on 3rd September, 2010

Always remembered by his wife Rose and family.

In loving memory of Frank, who died on 30th August 2019

As time unfolds another year, memories of ye are ever near. Silent thoughts of times together, hold memories that will last forever.

Our Lady of Knock pray for them. Masses offered.

BRIAN MURRAY MEMORIALS A silent thought, A quiet prayer For a special person in God’s care.

Sadly missed by husband Padraic, daughters Marie, Karen and Barbara, sons Joe and Seamus, daughters-inlaw Valerie and Lorraine, sons-in-law Mike, Ciaran and Manus, granddaughters Ciara, Aoife, Naoise and Suin and grandsons Joshua, Aodhan, Odhran and Fionnan. Anniversary Mass in St. Brendan’s Church, Toghergar on Sunday, 6th September at 9.30am.


Loved and remembered by his wife Ann, sons Alan and Shane and their partners Philippa and Aoife. Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyforan, on Sunday, September 6th at 10am.

Beautiful memories are wonderful things, They last ‘til the longest day, They never wear out, They never get lost, And can never be given away. To some you may be forgotten, To others a part of the past. But to us who loved and lost you, Your memory will always last.

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A whisper on an August day, you heard a gentle call. You took the hand of Jesus and quietly left us all. It’s now your anniversary, you wouldn’t want a fuss. Just to be remembered and prayed for by all of us.

Sadly missed by his beloved wife Nora and daughter Jacqueline. Anniversary Mass on Friday, 4th September in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar.


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Sports PEOPLE Champions march on Game

of the weekend Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC quarter-final Padraig Pearses 0-19 Roscommon Gaels 0-9 < SEAMUS DUKE

After their shock defeat against Tulsk in the final group game, defending champions Padraig Pearses got their bid to retain their title firmly back on track with a decisive and dominant second-half display against a very disappointing Roscommon Gaels side in perfect weather conditions in Ballyforan last Sunday.

Pearses dominated the opening twenty minutes, but the town side came back into the game and were only a point down at the break (0-9 to 0-8) at which point a really competitive second half looked likely. Incredibly however, the Gaels only managed one point in the 37 minutes of play in the second period and as their challenge fell away Pearses capitalised with some superb scores from a variety of angles. With Shane Carty, Anthony Butler and Ronan Daly performing well in defence, Pearses opened up a 0-5 to 0-2 by the end of the opening quarter. Further forward, Conor Payne was having his best game in a Pearses’ jersey, and not far behind him was Emmet Kelly, who kicked a couple of super long-range points. Liam McNeill’s side improved before the break. Mark Healy and John McManus were making an impact at midfield and Peter Gillooly was showing well for the ball in attack.

By half-time, when Kieran Kilcline kicked a superb point from out near the sideline in injury-time, there was only a point between the teams when referee Kevin Naughton called for the ball at the halfway mark. The Gaels began the second half brightly and (after a Pearses’ point) by the 37th minute the margin was down to one again after another fine score from Kilcline, but that was a good as it got for the Gaels as their challenge wilted in the Ballyforan sunshine from that point on. Peter Gillooly and Brian Kelly both missed simple close range frees at one end, while down at the other, Pearses went on a scoring spree. Ronan Daly kicked two monster scores from way out the field and Pat Flanagan’s men pulled further and further away. Veteran sub Seanie Fahy even got in on the act towards the end of the game with two fine points as Pearses powered into the semi-finals, where they will meet Clann na nGael in what

should be a cracking game. On this form, it will take a very good side to defeat Pearses. They have rediscovered their mojo. Paul Whelan between the posts, Shane Carty, Anthony Butler, Ronan Daly, Conor Payne, Niall Carty and Emmett Kelly were all outstanding for the champions who will probably be without Tom Butler for the semi-final after he was helped off the field with a serious looking shoulder injury in the second half. It was a disastrous result for Roscommon Gaels, who can point to the fact that they were without Richard Hughes (injured), Scott Oates (returned to Dubai) and others such as Cian Connolly and Mark Nally. However one point in 37 minutes of play won’t win any championship game and they will return in 2021 knowing that it will be 17 years since they last won the Fahey Cup, the longest barren spell in the club’s history. Padraig Pearses: Paul Whelan; Shane

Carty (0-1), Anthony Butler, Shane Mulvey; Gavin Downey, Ronan Daly (0-2), David Murray; Niall Daly, Conor Daly (0-2); Tom Butler, Niall Carty, Paul Carey (0-3, frees); Emmett Kelly (0-4, 2 frees), Hubert Darcy (0-1, free), Conor Payne (0-3). Subs used: Lorcan Daly for Mulvey (37), Charles Nevin for Butler (47), S. Ryan (0-1) for Kelly (54), Daniel Farrell for Downey (60), Seanie Fahy (0-2) for Payne (60). Roscommon Gaels: James Featherston; Ryan Horan, Kevin O’Gara, Tim Lambe; Paul Gleeson, David O’Gara, Orin Walshe; Mark Healy (02), John McManus (0-1); Brian Kelly, Ronan Carolan, James O’Gara (0-1); Peter Gillooly (0-3, frees), Cathal Dineen, Kieran Kilcline (0-2). Subs used: Ronan Gleeson for Paul Gleeson (h/t), Paul Gleeson for Dineen (55), Richard Walshe for O Walshe (55), Bryan O’Gara for D. O’Gara (58). Referee: Kevin Naughton (Clann na nGael).

Stat attack Wides: Pádraig Pearses 4; Roscommon Gaels 7 Red cards: 0 Black cards: 0 Yellow cards: Pádraig Pearses 1 (Niall Daly); Roscommon Gaels 2 (Ronan Carolan, Kieran Kilcline) Man of the Match: Conor Payne (Padraig Pearses)

Conor Daly in action during the Senior Football Championship clash in Ballyforan on Sunday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh


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Cathal Heneghan about to take possession during St. Brigid’s v Michael Glavey’s in Ballyforan on Sunday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Brian Derwin going for a score as Sean Markham attempts a block in Ballyforan on Sunday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

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The most exciting game of the weekend in the Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC was the clash of Western Gaels and Clann na nGael at Dr. Hyde Park, when Liam Kerins’ side came from four points down midway through the second half to score seven without reply and secure a place in the semi-final against champions Padraig Pearses. It was a very hard-fought encounter until the 40th minute when Fergal O’Donnell’s men scored an opportunist goal from Oran Hester which pushed the Frenchpark-based side four points ahead. But, sensing that they could be heading out of the competition, Clann responded well and points from Ciaran Lennon (3), Cathal Shine, Cathal Callinan, Fearghus Lennon and Ciaran Farrell saw them over the line in the end by two. Boyle stuttered for 40 minutes against a battling St. Croan’s on Saturday night in Strokestown before emerging into the semi-finals. The Ballintubber men led by 0-10 to 1-4 early in the second half. The introduction of Donie Smith (who didn’t start because of injury) lifted Boyle, and two goals in a minute from Enda Smith and Dylan East relieved the pressure on Basil Mannion’s men. They will need to improve if they are to reach the county final. Arguably the most impressive performance of the weekend in the senior ranks came from St. Brigid’s who easily accounted for Michael Glavey’s in Ballyforan.

Paul Whelan (Padraig Pearses) Shane Carty (Padraig Pearses)

Fergal Lennon (Clann na nGael)

Evan McGrath (Boyle)

Ultan Harney (Clann na nGael)

Ciaran Lennon (Clann na nGael)

Tadhg McKenna (Boyle)

Ruari Fallon (St Brigid’s)

Enda Smith (Boyle)

Aidan Brogan (St Croan’s)

Pearse Frost (St Brigid’s)

Eoin Sheehy (St Brigid’s)

Ciaran Sugrue (St Brigid’s)

Cathal Callinan (Clann na nGael)

Conor Payne (Padraig Pearses)

Action from St. Dominic’s v Éire Óg last weekend. Picture: Michael McCormack

With the experienced Eoin Sheehy leading the way, the St. Brigid’s young guns ran riot with Ruairi Fallon, Ciaran Sugrue and Brian Derwin leading the charge. Benny O’Brien’s charges led by 0-11 to 0-3 at the break. St. Brigid’s continued to dominate in the second period, playing some sparkling attacking football. Stephen Comer’s late goal was of consolation value only to a well beaten Glavey’s. In the remaining senior quarter-final, Padraig Pearses were convincing winners against Roscommon Gaels (see match report).

St Aidan’s win thriller Mulryan Construction IFC quarter-finals In the IFC, the most eye-catching result of the weekend was at Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday evening when St. Aidan’s surprised Kilmore in a thrilling encounter with Roscommon minor All-Ireland winner from 2006 Keith Waldron scoring the winning point deep into injury-time. Championship favourites St. Faithleach’s put up another big score as they had 13 points to spare against Shannon Gaels at Hyde Park. Goals from Dar-

ragh Hussey and Mikey Dunne in the second half propelled Walter Burke’s side safely into the last four. St. Dominic’s issued a reminder to the other title contenders that they will have a big say in the destination of the Jimmy Murray Cup when they blitzed Éire Óg in Strokestown on Saturday night, scoring six goals in the process. Éire Óg’s cause was not helped when their full-back Christopher Scally received a straight red card in the 35th minute (for an off the ball incident). St. Dominic’s were very impressive as they dominated throughout. Oran’s title credentials are still very much intact after another commanding performance as they defeated Creggs

by 11 points. Darragh Walsh continued his fine form with nine points for the winners. Ci-

aran Lawless and sub Cormac Regan were the goal-scorers for Billy Donnellan’s side.

Last weekend’s GAA results Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Quarter-Finals Boyle 4-8 St. Croan’s 0-12 Pádraig Pearses 0-19 Roscommon Gaels 0-9 St. Brigid’s 0-19 Michael Glavey’s 1-8 Clann na nGael 0-14 Western Gaels 1-9 Mulryan Construction IFC Quarter-Finals Oran 2-15 Creggs 1-7 St. Dominic’s 6-11 Éire Óg 1-8 St. Aidan’s 2-11 Kilmore 2-10 St. Faithleach’s 2-21 Shannon Gaels 2-8 Mulryan Construction IFC Relegation Play-off Castlerea St. Kevin’s 3-15 Kilbride 3-13 King & Moffatt JFC (Group A) St. Joseph’s 2-11 St. Dominic’s 2-10


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Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC semi-finals St Brigid’s v Boyle on Sunday at Dr Hyde Park at 1 pm This is the first of two mouth-watering matches in Hyde Park to decide who will play for the Fahey Cup in 2020 in what has been the strangest of summers. However, followers will agree that the best four teams have reached this stage of the competition. At the start of this campaign it was generally acknowledged that St. Brigid’s had a very talented – but very young – squad of players. The theory among many has been that it might be a year or two too soon for these precocious youngsters to deliver a senior title (in terms of their physical development and the demands of senior championship football). Benny O’Brien’s side have answered every question asked of them so far and in fact they have played some spellbinding attractive football, racking up impressive tallies. The amount of talent available to the Kiltoombased club is formidable with young guns like Ruairi Fallon, Brian Derwin, Ciaran Sugrue and Ben

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O’Carroll on fire this summer and improving with every game. When you add in the experience of Eoin and Darragh Sheehy, Gearoid Cunniffe, Ronan Stack and Peter Domican, and the class of Brian Stack and Eddie Nolan, it all adds up to a very formidable side. Boyle have looked good all year and there is no doubting their class and experience all over the field. Their strength is based on an excellent halfback line of Evan McGrath, Sean Purcell and Tadhg McKenna. Enda Smith and Roch Hanmore have been a very impressive midfield partnership and, when in full flow, Enda Smith is a very hard man to subdue. Donie Smith is the key man up front for Boyle and they will need him on top form on Sunday. Cian McKeon is also a classy operator and Boyle will have to get him into the game because his scoring prowess will be vital. Two months ago I would have said that this year might have been a year or two too soon for this St. Brigid’s team, but I’ve been more impressed with them with every passing week. Boyle stuttered against St. Croan’s at the weekend and will need to produce their best performance of the year if they are to maximise their chances of reaching the decider. They will feel that this is their year.

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Padraig Pearses v Clann na nGael on Sunday at Dr Hyde Park at 3.50 pm (live on TG4) This clash of the South Roscommon heavyweights (the last two winners of the Fahey Cup) is sure to be fiercely contested, and while the opening semi-final has the potential to be a high-scoring encounter, this promises to be a high-octane and physical battle with no quarter asked or given. Pearses looked to be treading water in the early stages of the championship. They were lucky to emerge from their clash with Boyle with a share of the spoils in the opening round. The champions just did enough against Michael Glavey’s in round two before they were shocked by Tulsk in round three. However it must be said that they were back to their best when dismissing Roscommon Gaels by ten points last Sunday in the quarter-final. So, where are the champions in terms of form? It has taken them a while to warm up, but they will be hoping they can kick on now because they will need

to produce their best display of the year if they are to overcome their neighbours on Sunday. The Dalys, Hubert Darcy, Paul Carey and David Murray are their most prominent players, but Pat Flanagan will be very happy to see some of the ‘lesser lights’ like Conor Payne, Shane Carty, Anthony Butler and Emmett Kelly take responsibility to lead from the front against Roscommon Gaels. Under Liam Kerins, Clann na nGael have been impressive without being spectacular in this championship. They came though their group with the minimum of fuss but struggled for long periods against Western Gaels in the quarter-final last Sunday. The loss through injury of the inspirational Donie Shine is a blow for the Johnstown side. However, the return to full fitness of Ultan Harney is a counterbalance. Clann have plenty of excellent performers like Fergal Lennon and the Pettits. Cathal Shine has been having a great year at midfield while up front Cathal Callinan and Emmett Kenny have been proving important supporting roles for scorer-in-chief Ciaran Lennon. This is a fascinating battle in prospect. I have just a slight fancy for Clann, but Pearses will not let go their grip of the Fahey Cup without an almighty struggle. Prediction: Clann na nGael

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Oran v St Aidan’s on Saturday at Dr Hyde Park at 2.30 pm One of the stories of the summer in Roscommon GAA is St. Aidan’s progressing to the last four in the Mulryan Construction Intermediate Championship. They were well beaten in their opening two championship matches and looked certainties for a relegation battle. Then they scored 4-17 in their final group game against Kilbride – and they haven’t looked back since. A thrilling one-point win against Kilmore sees them take their place in the last four on Saturday. However, it’s a huge step up for the Ballyforan side in this match as their opponents Oran have not put a foot wrong in the championship so far. They have been clinical in every outing and they have some very talented young players, particularly in attack. Few followers would deny Oran an intermediate title after their heroics in recent years, and they should be good enough to reach the final here. I fear that the fairytale for St. Aidan’s will be coming to an end. Prediction: Oran

St Dominic’s v St Faithleach’s at Dr Hyde Park on Saturday at 5.30 pm I was one of the people guilty of dismissing the chances of St. Dominic’s in this year’s intermediate championship. But I have revised my opinion after watching them blow Éire Óg away in the quarter-final last weekend, scoring six goals in the process. St. Dominic’s have some excellent young players like Jack Lohan, Daire Keenan, Keith Doyle, Darren Dolan and Darren Donnelly, and when you add in the experience of players like Eoin McCormack, Conor Fallon, Micheal Byrne and Mark Miley, they look a very good side. St. Faithleach’s have been the favourites to lift the Jimmy Murray Cup since they were relegated from the senior ranks last year and are the deserved favourites to reach the final. With the Murtagh brothers, Kevin Farrell, Darragh Hussey and Dave Rooney on board, they have plenty of strength, class and scoring power. However, there is a question mark over their defence, with 7 goals and 33 points conceded in their four outings so far. But they have loads of firepower and that should see them through. I am expecting a big performance from St. Dominic’s – but St. Faithleach’s to win. Prediction: St Faithleach’s

(Above) St. Faithleach’s (in action v St. Aidan’s recently) are favourites to progress this weekend. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

(Right) Oran take on St. Aidan’s in the semi-final this weekend. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

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Club football may have returned – albeit not as we knew it – but it’s been an extraordinary ‘GAA summer’, preceded by a sombre spring. Here, TOM CURLEY reflects on ‘peak lockdown’…when the GAA fields were empty of players, the stands vacant, and “an eerie silence” corralled each ground…

No enthusiastic crowds queuing at creaking turnstiles… < TOM CURLEY


reaking from the (then) co-

cooning state, I embarked on a late spring Sunday morning ramble along the recommended and regular five-kilometre stretch. Obeying the World Health Organisation guidelines (a new narrative also to our normal routine) – of two metres apart – the length of a sneeze – friendly gestures were exchanged. Reaching the scheduled ‘road map’ stop sign, the local GAA ground – a familiar halt – again came into sight. For many seasons of Saturdays and Sundays, the axis of sport and launch pad that define such days, the wide entrance gate, now was as dormant as a closed-down handball alley. No enthusiastic crowds queuing at creaking turnstiles, flags on shoulders or held aloft, no Dublin ‘get your colours of the match’ sellers, declaring their trading presence with city intensity, no street entertainers. Local residents enjoyed their newly-found weekend freedom. The angled opening of the entrance gate, the loose hanging chain, like a misfit tie around an inebriated wedding guest’s neck – the tell-tale sign – nudged the impulse to dodge in. There were no cash collectors peering through caged windows. Inside the ground, the steaming chip and burger vans, confectionary and sweet stalls, charity seekers and programme sellers had taken their un-

welcome leave of absence. On all sides, from the fading end-line, an eerie silence corralled the ground. The goalpost net that so often tremored with the dent of force from a close-in boot, was starched as a curate’s collar, gaped for a replay. The surrounding open terraces as grim and stone bare as the Cliffs of Moher, cried out for summer cover. The sidelined covered stand resembling an empty hayshed, echoed to the sound of lost Sunday sport. No gathering crowds spilling up the steps scrambling for seats – no yellow-coated ushers to show the way. The press box under the roof, on more vigorous days, the watch tower of young and old paper folk, equipped with work technology down to pencil and jotter, tight against the window pane, waiting for the action – was a vacant glasshouse. There would be no action this Sunday. Glancing down from the centre seat, with only two cheeky jackdaws – maybe they were crows – as noisy neighbours, the unruffled grass looked a settled shade of green, pampered and conditioned by the machine, in the expectation and hope of sport’s revival. Rumours of club action return, at decision mode. There was no whistle-blower toeing the ball at centrefield, discussing match tactics with his free-takers as they await the clock to tick to the important hour – no throw-in, aerial tussle, or tedious early hand passing around, no card playing of any colour. Hawkeye confined to its nest. Managers and their minders were ab-

sent, no patrolling the sideline, expressing their jubilation, or letting go of their frustration as events outfield unfold. The loudspeakers are silent, the television cameras housed in Dublin 4 stores. The frozen-in-time atmosphere of the late Sunday morning needled the emotions. A harsh reminder of the tyranny of a new age sport that threatens. The soothsayers in Croke Park’s glass emporium predicted earlier, that in autumn a type of ‘catch me if you can’ championship, played behind ‘closed doors’ – followed by an All-Ireland final – would resume. An All-Ireland ticket the new Christmas gift! Lancelot Gobo, the clown in the Merchant of Venice, would scarcely harbour such folly. At this time, we give some thought to the unfinished National League, a victim too of the plague that enslaves us. We empathise with the football teams – hurlers also – heading their division, with only two games to play, denied their deserved promotion to the higher grade. Most notably Roscommon, on course for the top division, with Cavan a close second. Cork with lead points and bearing an uneasy look in Division 3, now primed for the step-up to where they rightly belong, with Down (Longford man, Jack Devaney is Mourne County Chairperson) – also on course for the climb. With Louth without a win in Division 4, Tipperary and Leitrim are in strong opposition to join the wee county in the ignominy of the bottom ranks,

Young Western Gaels supporters (pictured recently, but before latest restrictions on attending games). Picture: Michael McCormack

from where Limerick looks set to make their escape. Uncertainty hangs over the rise and fall of individual teams. At this time too, we think of Dublin footballers, for so long at the top of their game. Around now, with the rescheduled fixtures, having completed their demolition of the Leinster Championship, and, perhaps, the more arduous ascent of the All-Ireland semi-final hurdle, they would be in full chant of their Rare ‘new’ Times, having framed the sixth command. Their cake baked – but no ‘Hill’ to spread the icing. While there are those amongst us who bemoan the ongoing and often pompous publicity bestowed upon them – on and off the field by the national media, we must, nonetheless, applaud the Boys in Blue for the accumulation of years of armchair (and beyond) sporting entertainment they have given us. The parable of ‘the drive for five’, Dermot Connolly, Stephen Cluxton, Jim Gavin, there are others, is engraved in our minds. Has Connolly returned permanently from foreign playing fields and will he regain the blue jersey? One of the more exciting players of modern times. Will Stephen Cluxton leave with his manager and long-time friend, Jim Gavin? The Dublin net-minder of five All-Star Awards and holder of seven AllIreland medals, as a player, borders on longevity to that of Sean Boylan hoisting the Royal crown, Mickey Harte holding the Red Hand and in hurling, Brian Cody feeding the Cats! Of the small number of young men of twenty – age the enemy – ready to stand between the Dublin posts, young Evan Comerford, age too, and the influence of other sports being a deterrent, is nearest the goal-line. And while he travels on the team bus, it is only when Cluxton takes a back seat sojourn does the Ballymun Kickhams Club lad get a call. While the book is still open, there are few pundits beyond the blue brigade, concerned with who leaves or stays in the Dublin pack. The more recent chapter – the unexpected departure of Jack McCaffrey from the squad. The information extended to a

three-day press release. The young doctor is no stranger to team absence, having spent some length of championship time overseas, pledging his medical services to the needy in less privileged lands. On return, while still available for his club, he has chosen his special calling before the sport he, no doubt, loves. Refreshing tidings indeed for which he must be complimented and wished well in his new field. The part-time official who responded with ‘no bother’ to the earlier unauthorised entry (at the GAA ground) commented on the “strange times we are in” as he locked and re-chained the iron gate, a challenging act at a time of day that would be the flashpoint of a sporting Sunday. He was going home to watch All-Ireland Gold on television – for many sporting aficionados, then our Sunday game! On match weekends with the after-game crowd, we would shoulder our way into one of the local ale houses where we would compete for standing room only. Our after-match Sunday refuge where sporting fever exists on such days. With more than one ‘master of ceremonies’ – win, lose or draw, the match would be replayed many times over, amidst a chorus of conversation of ‘ifs’ ‘buts’ ‘if only’ and – ‘never again the wastrels’. The tills are silent today, the premises are shuttered. The wooden tables and chairs outside – an open invitation to the feathered friends. Back on that spring day, on the return journey – via another route – to ‘lockdown’ – we pictured the next fixture list. It might be brief, short-storied and cautious. The hesitant return of sport – ‘behind closed doors’ – while keeping the game alive, could be measured in similarity to an old black and white screen silent film. Now into injury-time, with time added on, we wonder when the padlocks will be re-loosened; the crowd will again pour in, the Dublin colours sellers will return. Covid-19 conceals the secret, we await the white smoke.


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GAA Extra-time Roscommon hurlers Keane on Johnny

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HAPPINESS IS…when you’re coasting into another Roscommon SFC semi-final! A very happy Padraig Pearses’ manager, Pat Flanagan, pictured after Sunday’s game. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Not those two again? Former Roscommon manager Kevin McStay, writing in the Irish Times at the weekend: “…The championship is coming into view. Seven weeks, run along 2000 rules, which will test teams with injury and suspension and for whoever gets the momentum right, a Christmas AllIreland for one of the usual suspects. Perhaps it’s strange after all we’ve been through that the football landscape has changed so little but another Dublin-Kerry final remains the best gambler’s shot”.

Roscommon GAA has announced the appointment of Johnny Keane as manager of the Roscommon senior hurling team. Speaking on Tuesday night following the ratification of the appointment, Seamus Sweeney, Chairman of the County Board, praised Christy McDermott and the Hurling Committee on their “great work” on filling the vacancy.

“Johnny is well known to us here in the county as he has been the coach to our hurlers since 2017. Johnny was an integral part of Ciaran Comerford’s management structure and it’s good to see continuity with the team. Johnny now takes the reins of the senior team for 2020 and 2021” Mr. Sweeney said. 
 Christy McDermott, chairperson of the County Hurling Committee, highlighted

Johnny’s career to date, saying: “Johnny is a Portumna native and was an integral panel member for all four of Portumna’s All-Ireland Club victories. He managed Portumna in 2018 and most recently was associated with Borris Kilcotton in Co. Laois. “I’ve worked closely with Johnny over the past three years and I know he has a lot to offer to the position.

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went out to the world: “If On Twitter, the question person to get one score in you could have been the would it be?” the history of GAA, what ly 1st 2001 in Hyde Park”. @Rossie4life replied: “Ju detail: “2001 Connacht re @johnc_65 went into mo mmon v Mayo. Deep into sco Ro k, Par de Hy in al Fin g narrowly, when BOOM injury time, Mayo leadin second goal of the game his res sco an !!!!..Gerry Loh victory, and silence our to give the Rossies a famous noisy neighbours”. s it up! And that pretty much sum

Gaels’ girls take county honours! Well done to Roscommon Gaels’ U-16 girls on a great County Final win against Éire Óg on Tuesday evening. It was a tightly contested match with both sides playing super football. Roscommon Gaels won by six points after a fine match. Well done to the management team of Fergal O’Gara, David Martin, Sean Mulry, Bernie Murly and Yvonne Donohue – and to this great group of players!

“Johnny will be joined by Gary Murphy who will act as the Strength and Conditioning coach.

The rest of the backroom team will be finalised in the coming days” Mr. McDermott confirmed.

Big D and JB… I see they’re at it…squabbling in public, getting a few nice digs in… Wha’? The two lads. The two power-hungry chaps. Let’s call them ‘The Big D’ and ‘JB’… Oh them?! Oh yeah, the insults are flying… ‘Big D’ is the boss and plans to remain the boss. ‘JB’ is a maverick, he’s getting edgy, sensitive… Yep! Sure that’s Donald Trump and Joe Biden for you! Oh no! Not THEM! The Big D is RTE Head of Sport Declan McBennett – and ‘JB’ is the ousted Sunday Game panellist Joe Brolly. Oh, THEM?! Yes…a recap: in a tackle from behind, McBennett took the pundit jersey off Brolly before last year’s All-Ireland football final replay. And? Now, in an Irish Independent interview with Vincent Hogan last Saturday, the RTE man very defiantly stood by his big call. JB (Brolly) responded by spilling a few beans in his column in the Sunday Independent. Boring! Over to Donald and Biden…!

To the four! Ladies reach semi stages The Roscommon LGFA Club Championships reach the penultimate stages with the senior, intermediate and junior semi-finals down for decision. All games to be played behind closed doors.

points), is a player who is always good for a few scores. Tight game on the cards. Kilbride are warm favourites, but Western Gaels might just edge it.

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At Croghan: Shannon Gaels v Clann na nGael on Sunday, 6th of September at 11 am

At Kilbride: Kilbride v Western Gaels on Sunday, 6th of September at 11 am This promises to be an intriguing encounter between two sides who know plenty about each other. With Pat O’Gara in charge, Western Gaels cannot be discounted as they can call on many talented players such as county players Jenny Higgins and Sasha Lavin, while Elaine Murren, Martina Freyne and Shannon Dowd are all playing well. Sasha Lavin is an outstanding ‘keeper. Kilbride under the astute Ollie Lennon have been in superb form and will not lack for confidence after five wins in the competition. Youngster Aishling Hanly and the Tully sisters Fiona and Siobhan have rewarded their manager’s trust with all three impressing on the scoreboard. Aishling Hanly, one of the stars of the Roscommon U-16 team and the only female in Roscommon to date to score from a 45 (worth two

Shannon Gaels and Clann na nGael take centre stage on Sunday in Croghan in the second of the Abbey Hotel Senior Championship semi-finals. James Deane’s charges come up against last year’s beaten finalists who sailed through the group stages with wins over St. Mary’s of Tulsk, Western Gaels and Kilglass Gaels. It is difficult to oppose a strong Clann outfit that will be keen to get back to the final and make amends for last year’s disappointment when they lost out to Kilbride.

McNeill’s intermediate football semi-finals At Abbey Park: Boyle v St. Dominic’s (on Sunday at 11 am) Table-toppers Boyle have been consist-

ent in the championship with four wins from five and surprisingly drew against St. Dominic’s. St. Dominic’s are the dark horses. Boyle look the better bet.

At Mulhern Park: St. Ciaran’s v St. Brigid’s (on Sunday at 11 am) Last year’s beaten finalists, St. Ciaran’s, have been knocking on the door ever since their Junior ‘A’ triumph in 2014 and will start as favourites here. St. Brigid’s, under the stewardship of twins Brian and Tom Lennon, will pose a significant challenge this Sunday however.

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Loughglynn and Ballyleague will be the host venues for this weekend’s Junior showdowns. Favourites Éire Óg will face fellow group toppers, St. Barry’s, and St. Faithleach’s host Michael Glavey’s, who they have already beaten this term.

Junior ‘C’ championship Roscommon Gaels beat Northern Harps by 1-14 to 1-6 in last Sunday’s semi-final and will meet neighbours Oran in the final on Friday, September 11th.

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Short putts (News from local golf clubs) Boyle Boyle played host to the ‘Crumlin Classic’ in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children recently with Mark O’Donohoe, Tadhg Lowe and Marc O’Connor winning out on 91 points. Lorcan Egan, Paul Connolly and Ciaran Beirne were second (88) and Lee McKillen, Jim Suffin and Martin Daly were third (88). The Lady Captain’s Prize takes place this Sunday (6th) so best of luck to Lady Captain Therese O’Daly and all participants.

Carrick-on-Shannon Congratulations to the Pierce Purcell team led by captain Jim Coffey on winning their zone final against Strandhill. They will now contest the Connacht semi-final. The team is: Alan Loftus, Niall Loftus, Damien Quigley, Paul Kelleher, Paul O’Brien, Owen Gibney, Pat Gannon, Colm Griffin, Niall Roche and Kevin Sheeran. Meanwhile, the Lynch Cup has reached the quarter-final stage. Upcoming events: President Phil McWeeney’s prize to Ladies and Gents on Friday, September 11th; Lady Captain Gabriele Madsen’s prize on Saturday, 12th and Captain John Coffey’s prize on Saturday, 13th. The recent 9-hole competition was won by Phil Emmett with Attracta O’Connor in second place and Phil was back among the winners in the Grafters Hair Company Scramble with her teammates Kathleen Martin and Eleanor Shortt. Anna Smith had her second win of the season in the Trailblazers while Mary Molloy and Phil McWeeney were second and third respectively.

Best wishes to Elizabeth Muldowney and Mary King in the Connacht/Ulster Regional Final in Athlone Golf Club this Thursday.

Roscommon A very successful Open Weekend took place in Roscommon with Matt Farrell winning Thursday’s Senior Open with 39 points, just one more than Cathal McConn in second place. Phelim Henry took the Gross prize while Noel Sharkey finished third on 37. The Ladies’ prize went to Teresa Hereward Ryan with 33 points while Kay Ruane finished second with 27. Friday’s 18-hole Stableford was won by Alan Connaughton with 41 points, Daniel Watts was second, also on 41, Gross was won by Alan Craven on 37, and Jack Kilroy finished third. Julie O’Gara was best of the ladies with 40 points and Niamh Lennon was second on 37. Shane McConn’s 40 points was enough to win Saturday’s event with Michael Armshaw (40) in second and Cathal Penney (39) in third. Michael Flanagan took Gross and the junior prize went to Alan Connaughton. The ladies’ prize was won by Julie O’Gara once again with Carmelita Leyden second and Mary O’Connor third. Sunday’s 18-hole Stableford rounded off a great weekend of golf with Fionn Hoare taking the men’s honours and Bernadette McCarthy best of the ladies. Tom Grealy was narrowly beaten into second place by Fionn while Joan O’Gara just missed out on a hat-trick of wins in the ladies’ section. Congratulations also to Sinead Benedetti, Leah Lennon and Margaret Egan who won the Ladies’ Winter League recently.

Alatar and Donagh O’Connor, green and red, going out on final circuit away from the empty stands

There are 2 meetings today, in the afternoon at Punchestown on the level at 1.20pm and in the evening over the jumps at Clonmel at 4.05pm. There are 2 meetings tomorrow, in the afternoon at Down Royal on the flat at 1.00pm and over the sticks in the evening at Kilbeggan away at 4.05pm. On Saturday the flat meeting is on at Navan at 1.50pm and jump racing in Wexford away at 2.05pm. Sunday sees racing return to the west with 4 hurdle and 3 chase races at Ballinrobe racing starts at 2.05pm. Monday and Tuesday racing continues in Connaught with 3 hurdles, 3 chases and a bumper at Ballybrit at 4.05pm and racing continues in Galway with a flat card on Tuesday evening and there is also a NH card in the afternoon at Punchestown.

Roscommon Review On Monday at Lenebane punters got off to a great start as the well backed Vafortino trained by Joseph O’Brien and ridden by Mikey Sheehy won the 4 runner conditions EBF Maiden, for 2-Y-O’s at 8/11 and the second race, the EBF Fillies and Mares Maiden, was won by Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley with Lady Anner at odds on 4/5 fav. The luck then swung with the layers as Donegal born claimer Dylan McMonegal, who is enjoying a purple patch, won the Frenchpark Handicap with Augustine Leahy’s Ecoeye at 15/2. Willie McCreery and Billy Lee, returning from 2 weeks quarantine, teamed up to win the Castlerea Handicap with Royal Canford at 5/1 making all. The Apprentice Maiden was won by Alatar who gave Donagh O’Connor first win riding for Michael Halford at 9/2. The penultimate Roscommon Racecourse Handicap went a 40/1 shot, trained by Jim Bolger and ridden by son-in-law Kevin Manning, Paso Doble who led the field a merry dance. Racing closed with the Elphin Handicap and a victory for Thefaithfulindian trained by Aidan Howard and ridden by Mark Enright.

Racing News Ryan Moore flew into Ireland last Saturday immediately after Goodwood and is in quarantine until the Longines Irish Champions Weekend to enable him to ride at Leopardstown and the Curragh. The three-time champion jockey is the number one rider to Aidan O’Brien but has not ridden in Ireland this year because of the Covid-19 protocol restrictions. Moore said, “It means that I am stuck in a house on my own for a fortnight, but it is well worth that small hardship.” Moore’s decision means he will miss Saturday’s Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock, and next week’s St Leger meeting at Doncaster but he can look forward to riding the likes of Magical, Japan, Peaceful, Fancy Blue and Battleground, and plenty

of others from Ballydoyle on Champions Weekend. Following the cancellation of the Irish Grand National for 2020, the three-day fixture at Fairyhouse in November is now a two-day meeting, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday, November 28th and 29th. The fixture on Friday, November 27th has been transferred and will now be run on the inside course a fortnight earlier on Friday the 13th. The 150th running of the race will now take place next Easter, hopefully. A Step Too Far won in Bellewstown this day week making made light of the 6lbs automatic penalty for the previous day’s course and distance victory. The 4-Y-O daughter of Footstepsinthesand, was given a 9lbs hike in the ratings for Wednesday’s win, again made all in the Handicap completing a hattrick having won at Naas at the end of July. She is trained by Kieran Cotter and was ridden by Colin Keane in all 3 wins and can expect a significant rise in the handicap. Female jockey Hollie Doyle rode a 5-timer at Windsor on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win five races on the same card in the UK. The haul was highlighted by Extra Elusive in the Gallagher Group Winter Hill Stakes the feature race of the 9-race card. On Sunday Doyle continued her amazing season by riding a treble at Yarmouth. The Master of Ballydoyle Aidan O’Brien has 9 of 30 overseas nominations in the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup, headed by Santiago along with Anthony Van Dyck, Cormorant, Dawn Patrol, Mythical, Nobel Prize, Order Of Australia, Sovereign and Tiger Moth. His son Joseph, who won in 2017 with Rekindling, has 7 entered Bolleville, Buckhurst, Degraves, Master Of Reality, Patrick Sarsfield, Pondus and Twilight Payment. Willie Mullins has 2, Stratum and True Self. Charlie Fellowes’ Prince Of Arran heads the eight British-trained entries for the race at Flemington on November 3rd where he will be joined by 7 compatriots. Hughie Morrison has Telecaster and Le Don De Vie, Ed Walker’s English King, Andrew Balding’s Dashing Willoughby, David O’Meara Eagles By Day, Ed Dunlop’s Red Verdon with James Fanshawe’s Selino completing the British octet. There are 179 nominations in all.

Point to Point Corner As we countdown to the start of the 2020/21 point-to-point season, on the 19th of this month at Ballingarry and at Oldcastle on Sunday 20th, the South Westmeath committee have announced that they will be racing on a brand new track at Umma House having spent over 40 years at The Pigeons. They hold their meeting on Sunday October 18th. Their new home is under 15km south-east of the track at The Pigeons between Moate and Ballymore.


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Ballaghaderreen bid for Connacht glory on Saturday TP Brennan Connacht Shield Final

Ballaghaderreen FC v Colemanstown United (Galway) on Saturday at 7 pm in Lecarrow Roscommon & District Football League Division One champions Ballaghaderreen FC take on Galway side Colemanstown United in this year’s Connacht Shield Final in Lecarrow this Saturday evening. Ballaghaderreen have been enjoying a highly successful season so far, having clinched the Norio’s Takeaway Division One title with an entertaining 2-2 draw with Cloonfad United recently. They come into this game high on confidence and with a Division One Cup Final to come against Roscommon United. The Roscommon & District side will be hoping to clinch their first ever piece of provincial silverware against Colemanstown this Saturday. Ballaghaderreen’s route to the final was far from straightforward. The Roscommon side saw off Galway outfit, St. Patrick’s FC, in the first round before edging past a fancied Mervue United side in round two, following a thrilling 4-3 win. Playmaker Danny Browne grabbed a hat-trick with Reece Keenan also on the scoresheet. Kiltimagh-Knock United were the visitors to Balla-

ghaderreen in the quarterfinals, where they found the hosts in impressive form. A brace from Danny Browne and goals from Patrick Callaghan and Leon Sinnott saw Ballaghaderreen advance as 4-0 winners. The semi-final was another end-to-end contest as Ballaghaderreen ran out 3-2 winners over Sligo Premier side Real Tubber. Two penalties from Danny Browne and a well-struck free-kick from captain Bruce Holton was enough to see off a stubborn Tubber side. While Ballaghaderreen are in great form with the league’s leading scorer, Danny Browne, pulling the strings, they face a Colemanstown United side who have proven hard to beat this year. Crowned the FAI Club of the Year in 2019, United play in Division One of the Galway League and are no strangers to teams from the Roscommon & District League. The Galway side beat NUIG 2-1 in the quarterfinals and came from behind on two occasions to beat Mayo side, Glenhest Rovers 4-3 in the in injury-time in their semi-final. Ballaghaderreen will start as slight favourites

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