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Did you see that eccentric crowd running around the house on Friday night? Wow! Did you see that eccentric crowd running around the house on Friday night? Was it a late Dáil sitting? Did I miss something? Mayhem in the house, followed by them all hightailing it to the bar! Ah, so it WAS the Dáil! Of course for all their uppity ould stuff, they all fairly stand to order when the woman of the house speaks… You’re on about the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis! Yeah, Mary Lou certainly… NO! Not the Dáil! Not the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis! Mrs Brown’s Boys! Huh? Did you not see Mrs Brown’s Boys on Friday night? No, I never watch that! Why? Is it because you’re a TV snob? No, it’s because I can take or leave it! Well, I think it’s funny! Well then YOU watch it! Actually, I think it’s funny sometimes too…how was it on Friday night? Eh…not very funny. Still, you have to hand CYCLING ACCIDENT it to Brendan. What a man! What a man? What a woman! If youHuh? were involved in a cycling accident Mrs Brown!contact Byrne Oh yeah!Carolan Anyways, Mrs Brown’s Boys Cunningham Solicitors was celebrating its 10th anniversary last weekend. That’s a lot of ‘feckins’... True! So they did a live version... I don’t suppose that made much difference to the dozy grandad? Not a bit! So, after they did their thing live on BBC and RTE, they went on the Late Late! Ah, that’s why I missed it all!

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Huh? On a Friday night, I usually do what the dozy grandad does...I doze! (They pause to try out their best Mrs Brown impressions, complete with expletives and chuckles) I want to be Taoiseach! Oh don’t be ridiculous! I mean I know you’ve toyed with this idea of a political run, but Taoiseach? Seriously! No, not me! Mary Lou, the Sinn Féin Leader. SHE confirmed at the weekend that she wants to be Taoiseach... But she told us that before the last election... Yeah, well she’s really ready now!

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(They pause to remove scary looking pumpkins from their respective garden walls, before returning to their phone conversation) Did you go to the county final? No, I stayed at home and watched it on TV, while listening to Willie! Did you do anything else interesting on Sunday night? Yes, I watched some of that scary stuff on TV... A Halloween movie? No, The Week In Politics! Speaking of politics, how do you rate Mary Lou’s chances? Huh? Of making history? Becoming our first female Taoiseach... Her chances are excellent. Joan Burton’s off the stage. Norma Foley’s a long shot. There are a few possibles in Fine Gael, but Mary Lou is by far best placed! Agreed! It would be some achievement, given the historic dominance of men in our political system. If anyone can do it, Mary Lou can! Even if you disagree with her politics, you have to say no other woman has her authority, her straight-talking style, her appeal in Dublin... Well...NO other woman? Huh? Voice of authority? Straight-talking? Popular in Dublin? There’s always Mrs Brown!

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Well fair play to her! It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. History beckons! Possibly, although her opponents will no doubt have something to say about that!

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Athletics Club ‘appalled’ by absence of track in Council’s sports centre plan < DAN DOONER

Members of Roscommon Athletics Club have said they are appalled by the omission of an athletics track in plans for a €13 million multi-sports centre in Roscommon town. The plans for the new iRos Sports Centre on Roscommon Convent grounds, which were recently unveiled at a meeting of Roscommon County Council, have been met with dismay by many local groups and a number of submissions have since been made highlighting the need for a track at the facility. This week, in a statement to the Roscommon People, coaches and members of Roscommon Athletics Club said the development of a new

running track was essential due to growing participation numbers. The statement read: “On behalf of every Roscommon juvenile, senior, and master athlete, and in conjunction with volunteer coaches and parents, we at Roscommon AC are appalled to read that it is not thought necessary to include a 400m athletics track in the forward planning of a central sports amenity in Roscommon town. “Over the past eleven years, we have trained groups of children, 12-19 years old, for track competitions on public roads and in carparks around the town. Obviously this is extremely unsatisfactory, and more importantly, unsafe. We have regularly been the recipients of verbal abuse during our attempts to train.

“Luckily we were able to rent the convent gym (which has been invaluable), but in order to train for crosscountry over the winter and cover middle and long distance events for the indoor track competition season in spring and the outdoor track season in summer, we are forced out into the public domain. It is a wonderful achievement that we have produced Connacht and national medalists in these limited circumstances. “In order to minimise spread of Covid-19, Roscommon AC will continue to train on the floodlit community astroturf pitches over the winter. This is a step forward regarding safety and space but it is still not a 400m tartan track, essential to our sport. “A 400m running track is the home

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of athletics in the same way as a pitch is home to Gaelic games, rugby or soccer. It is obvious from the growing numbers of athletics clubs in the county and the many adults running on the roads that a track facility would never be redundant. Not only would it be used for training, but also for hosting competitions in conjunction with Athletics Ireland. “When preparing for track competitions, we must request that parents transport their children to Athlone in order to train adequately. This is both inconvenient and expensive as we must pay Athlone Institute of Technology for the privilege. We think that Roscommon may be the only county in Connacht, if not the whole country, that does not have an athletics track.

“As running and fitness is a basic requisite for all sports, we are certain that other sporting disciplines would also avail of a 400m track in order to maintain fitness over the winter months or ‘off season’. It would also be a facility inclusive to those who run for personal fitness and pleasure, who wish to avail of a safe, central and measured venue. Given the location of the proposed facility, it would also provide a huge advantage for the pupils of the surrounding primary and secondary schools. “It is our sincere hope that the current plan will be reconsidered and revised to include a 400m athletics track in the sports facility for the county”.

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Loss of essential services as Ballyforan Post Office closes < DAN DOONER

The people of Ballyforan and surrounding areas have been left without an essential service following the recent closure of Ballyforan Post Office, according to local Independent councillor, Emer Kelly. Reacting to the closure this week, Cllr. Kelly said: “I am extremely disappointed to see the closure of Ballyforan Post Office. It’s a service that will be missed greatly by the people of Ballyforan and the surrounding villages of Dysart and Four Roads. Ballyforan Post Office was the only remaining post office in the parish and its closure will leave the local people without an essential service”. While postal and bill paying services will relocate to Maureen’s Food Store in the village, the Independent councillor said locals

will have to travel further for other essential services. “This will prove increasingly difficult for elderly people or those who are unable to drive but require these services as they will now have to source lifts to other areas, for example Ballygar, to get their pension,” Cllr. Kelly said. “Rural villages are constantly fighting for survival. The closure of post offices is another blow to rural villages and it’s a shame to see the loss of such a great service. “I would encourage people to continue to shop local and to continue to utilise the postal services in Ballyforan through the local shop. I would like to commend Breege and all the staff who have worked in Ballyforan Post Office throughout the years on the excellent service they have provided. The closure of the post office will certainly leave a gap in the village,” she concluded.


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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor Thursday Just nine months into his term, Joe Biden is already shaping up to be potentially one of the least impressive US presidents in history. That may seem a harsh judgement, but he has certainly made an underwhelming start. His weak and uninspiring opening months in office are reflected in dismal opinion poll ratings. Normally a new President might reasonably expect a honeymoon period of at least a year, perhaps especially when succeeding an enormously divisive figure like Donald Trump. But Biden’s approval ratings have fallen as low as 38% in one poll, and are generally in the early 40s, very poor figures – particularly given the unique turmoil of the Trump era. The American public are unhappy with Biden on a number of fronts, including the economy and healthcare. I suspect that his dreadful handling of the botched withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan may even have done permanent damage to his credibility. Politics is certainly a ruthless old game. As Biden struggles, he would appear to have little business looking to his Vice-President, Kamala Harris, for support. She could be at his shoulder, instead Harris is distancing herself from the President. Physically frail, at times stumbling over words and struggling to grasp issues, Biden needs to assert himself better and recover ground or this will indeed go down as a weak and forgettable presidency. Harris of course is presumed to be planning her own White House run in 2024. Meanwhile, in the shadows, almost certainly determined to run again, stands the Democrats’ smarting nemesis: Donald Trump.

Friday The weekend, whether you liked it or not, belonged to Mrs Brown. Not bad for a fictional character. Befitting his marketing astuteness (and considerable ego), Brendan O’Carroll was everywhere. The creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys

was on Liveline today, chatting to big fan and fellow Dub, Joe Duffy about the hit comedy’s 10th anniversary. Later, Brendan and the cast did a live link-up with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show. In between, the 10th anniversary special was broadcast simultaneously on RTE and BBC at 9.30 pm. Regrettably low on laughs, it was pretty dire. While I sometimes find an episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys an amusing enough way to spend a half an hour, I’m not really a fan. Certainly there are original aspects to the show, and it can be funny at times. Also, it does have a nice ‘family values’ theme running parallel with all the crude humour. Overall though, I find it completely overrated, and am mystified by its success over the years. That said, I think O’Carroll is very talented, an extremely hard-working self-made man. He deserves all his success.

Saturday It was very sad to hear of the closure of another famous bookshop, in this instance Chapters Bookstore in Parnell Street in Dublin. The closure will take effect early in the New Year. Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline, the proprietor philosophically explained why it has come to this. Firstly, there was a big move to online buying of books during the pandemic; secondly, there are very few tourists in our high streets; thirdly, remote working has also impacted on footfall. The line that struck me was when he said there are “hundreds of thousands of books” in the store. “A browser’s dream” as Liam Collins wrote in a lament in Saturday’s Indo. The thought of those books, those walls, those beautiful shelves with their magical stories, soon being removed from everyday life is really so sad. For many of us, browsing in a bookshop is one of life’s pleasures. Looking up Amazon might be convenient, but it’s soulless. What sort of a world are we creating?


Sunday Moving an incalculable number of rungs up the TV quality ladder from Mrs Brown’s Boys (see Friday), I watched some vintage This Is Your Life clips on YouTube recently. Many of these now grainy episodes are powerful, nostalgic TV gold. Indeed most of the episodes of the long-running show (established by Eamonn Andrews, later succeeded as host by Michael Aspel) are wonderful celebrations of giants of the entertainment/showbiz and sporting worlds. (Of course a handful of these elaborate gatherings of celebrities now make for uneasy viewing due to the shadow of scandals that only came to light in recent years). I hadn’t realised that the producers even managed to land Muhammad Ali, a reflection of the ambition, meticulous planning, and seemingly limitless budget that made This Is Your Life the great show it was. When Henry Cooper turned up to add his congratulations, Ali’s eyes smiled: “Henry, you hit me so hard, you hurt my kin folk in Africa!” If you’re a YouTube fan, there’s some golden memories waiting for you.

Monday The five-part documentary series ‘Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution’ came to an end on BBC 2 tonight. It was riveting, an engrossing insight into Tony Blair’s three terms as UK Prime Minister, and his fascinating and flawed political relationship with Gordon Brown, who finally (but relatively briefly) succeeded him at Number 10. Both Blair and Brown contributed to the series. Between them, the one-time close friends created New Labour. Blair won three elections, but his success as PM was tainted by his track record on Iraq. Meanwhile, Brown fumed in the background as Blair hung on to the Labour leadership, despite having apparently agreed in private that he would step aside. Brown eventually made it to Downing Street, by which time his relationship with Blair was close to toxic. Despite his talent, charm and initial

Joshua Finlass pictured with his aunt Kimberly Finlass following Clann na nGael’s Abbey Hotel Ladies SFC Final win over Kilbride at Enfield on Saturday last. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

‘international statesman’ status, Blair’s legacy remains a mixed one at best, while Brown was left to curse his bad luck and ended up suffering the embarrassment of never winning an election (although his handling of the 2008 financial crisis was hailed). Ultimately, this enjoyable documentary series was a sobering reminder that Enoch Powell was more right than wrong when he said that all political careers end in failure.

Monday/Tuesday Nuno seems to be a nice guy. Full name: Nuno Espirito Santo. Former manager of Wolves, his career took a positive turn during the summer. On June 30th, a glamour job: He was appointed boss of Spurs (Tottenham Hotspur), filling the shoes of none other than the charismatic Jose Mourinho. He signed a two-year contract, with the option of a third. A mere four months on, there must be sections of Spurs’ fabulous new stadium that

Nuno hasn’t yet been to, invitations on his desk perhaps not yet dealt with. He can hardly have met supporters’ groups, not all of them at least. There may even be staff members he hasn’t yet met! There may be Christmas cards ordered with ‘From Nuno, manager of Spurs’ printed on them. All very fine, until Monday afternoon. That’s when Spurs sacked their manager. The Premier League at its most ruthless! Granted, Spurs were on a bad run, but four months into a two-year term? And he was ‘Manager of the Month’ in August! Just as well there’s a severance package of a reported £14m waiting for Nuno! Meanwhile, adding insult to injured ego, Spurs rather insensitively appointed Antonio Conte as their new manager on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo, meaning they were in negotiations with the ‘new man’ while the dead man walking was...walking. Not sure if I’d be buying a house in London just yet, Antonio!


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NewsPeople newsbriefs Church gate collection for Roscommon SPCA The Roscommon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be holding its annual church gate collections in the following areas during November and December: 13th and 14th November: Croghan, Ballaghaderreen and Ballyforan Churches. 25th and 26th December: Ballyleague, Ballagh and Four Roads Churches. Your support will be greatly appreciated, and all money raised goes directly to animal welfare in the county.

Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed AGM Two out of three ain’t bad! Padraig Pearses supporters pictured at Sunday’s Roscommon Senior Football final at Dr Hyde Park, where their team won a second title in three years. Photo: Mick McCormack

TEMPORARY CLOSING OF ROADS ROADS ACT 1993, SECTION 75 ROADS REGULATIONS 1994, ARTICLE 12 Roscommon County Council hereby gives notice of its intention to close the road referred to hereunder for the period and the reason specified. Road to be closed: The works take place on the L-6171-17 which will be closed between its junction with the N61 and the LS-6172 Rathmore. Alternative Routes: Traffic will be diverted along the N61 to its junction at Cashelmeehan, the L-6165. Traffic will follow along the L-6165 to its junction with the LS-6172 Rathmore, turning left and will end at the junction with L-6171-17, and vice versa when travelling in the opposite direction. Period of Closure: The 23rd November 2021 until the 10th December 2021. Reason for Road Closure: Laying of water mains along the public road in the Townlands of Rathmore as part of the Mid Roscommon Water Scheme pipe laying Contract. All necessary approach signage and diversion signage will be used at the required locations as per Traffic Management Plan. Residents will be contacted and notified directly by the Contractor in advance of the closure. Closures will be phased to ensure minimum disruption to locals. Maps showing proposed closure/diversions are available on www.roscommoncoco.ie Objections may be made in writing to the undersigned in respect of the proposed temporary road closure to arrive not later than 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 9th November 2021 Water Services Section Roscommon County Council Aras an Chontae Roscommon F42 VR98

Hospice fundraiser at Ardcarne Garden Centre A fundraiser for Mayo-Roscommon Hospice will take place at Ardcarne Garden Centre this Saturday (November 6th). Come along and support your local Hospice at the official opening of the Christmas Shop at Ardcarne Garden Centre. Attendees are invited to enjoy compli-

mentary mulled wine and finger food and enter a free a draw on the day.

The Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed AGM will take place at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 16th in the shed in Ballaghaderreen. All members are invited to attend.

Rosary in Oran Graveyard on Sunday A Rosary and prayers will be said for the deceased in Oran Graveyard at 2 pm this Sunday (November 7th). At 2 pm the following Sunday, November 14th, a Rosary and prayers will be said for the deceased in Ardkieran Graveyard. To ensure social distancing, it is recommended that parishioners join in on the prayers from beside their own family plot. A collection will be held for the upkeep of the graveyards.

Craft classes start tonight (Thursday) in Ballinaheglish NOTICE OF PUBLICATION OF DRAFT REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2022/2023 Roscommon County Council is responsible for the compilation of the Register of Electors for County Roscommon. The Draft Register of Electors for 2022/2023 was published on the 1st November 2021. This Draft, subject to amendments, will become the Register of Electors (County Roscommon) effective from 15th February 2022 to 14th February 2023.

Craft classes start in Ballinaheglish Community Centre on Thursday, November 4th, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Participants are asked to bring along their sewing machines, knitting needles, painting materials or any other craft ideas. Classes will involve sharing skills and ideas as we approach the Christmas season.

The Draft Register of Electors is now on display and available for inspection at Áras an Chontae, Roscommon and the local Area Offices by prior appointment only. The Draft is also available at head Garda Stations, main Post Offices, County Library and Branch Libraries or you can view the Register online at www.checktheregister.ie The public are invited to check that they are properly registered. Anyone wishing to make an amendment to the Draft Register has until 25th November 2021 to do so and should complete form RFA1, which may be obtained from all locations where the Draft Register is available. To be registered as an elector a person must be: - 18 years or over on the 15th February, 2022 and - Ordinarily resident in County Roscommon on the 1st September, 2021 Applications to be included on the Postal or Special Voters list must also be received by 25th November 2021 – contact 090 6637390 for further details. All application forms should be returned to FREEPOST, Corporate Services Section, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon on or before 25th November 2021. Forms are available to download at www.roscommoncoco.ie MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK THE REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.CHECKTHEREGISTER.IE, EMAIL REGELECTORS@ROSCOMMONCOCO.IE OR PHONE 090 6637390. Caitlín Conneely A/Director of Services

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Mary spends lockdown penning ‘Little Book’ < DAN DOONER

‘Little Book’, a collection of short stories, poetry, prose, and other creative writing was recently released by Strokestown native Mary Hunt.

‘Little Book’, a collection of short stories, poetry, and creative writing was recently released by Strokestown native Mary Hunt. The book delves into topics such as mental health, homelessness, acceptance, and

everyday observations. This deep and meaningful collection of personal writing is autobiographical in nature and has sections dedicated to Mary’s family memories as well as other topics close to her heart. “I first started writing when attending a creative writing

course as part of the National Learning Network in Dublin and it’s an interest I’ve kept up over the years. When the lockdown came, it gave me time to put it all together,” Mary says. “Some of the pieces are quite spiritual in nature and there is some poetry on the theme of homelessness.

“It’s a collection of short pieces I have written over the years and I plan on donating all proceeds to Focus Ireland”. ‘Little Book’ is dedicated to Mary’s parents and family and is available to purchase now in both Eurospar and Dawn Til Dusk in Strokestown, priced at just €8.

Beauty to Beast raises over €13k for Samaritans The Beauty to Beast fundraiser, which saw Tarmonbarry men, Eddie Coffey and Johnny Rhatigan, refrain from cutting their hair or shaving from December 31st, 2020 to World Suicide Awareness Day on September 10th, has raised over €13,000

for the Athlone and Midlands Samaritans. On Friday evening last, the Beauty to Beast team presented a cheque for €13,372.05 to the Samaritans. The team said they were delighted with the success of the fundraiser

and thanked all those involved as well as generous members of the public for donations. “Our hope all along was that this fundraiser would help save one person and in turn one family and one community from the heartache of life after sui-

cide,” organiser, Liz Coffey said. “We completed the fundraiser in loving memory of our fallen brothers Willie Casey, Frankie Lane and Paddy Casey. We hope we have done them proud and that this money will help those in need”. Truckers Tommy Collins, Ballaghaderreen and David Simon, Sligo, joined forces on Saturday, October 16th and organised a ‘Drive it on 2021’ event for Mayo Roscommon Hospice.

Tommy and David ‘Drive it on’ for Hospice!

Pictured at the recent cheque presentation following the Beauty to Beast fundraiser in aid of Midland Samaritans were (back row, left to right): Patricia Lane, Darragh Hoare, Bernie Cox, Lee Kelly, Claire Hoare, Geraldine Farrell. Middle row (left to right): Deirdre Collins, Liz Coffey, Mary T Kelly, Deirdre Collins. Front row (left to right): Johnny Rathigan and Eddie Coffey. Missing from team photo areStephen McGuinness and Karen Fitzpatrick.

Truckers Tommy Collins, Ballaghaderreen and David Simon, Sligo, joined forces on Saturday, October 16th and organised a ‘Drive it on 2021’ event in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Over 70 trucks participated in what was a fantastic spectacle which took place from Ballaghaderreen to Charlestown, Co. Mayo. With a raffle and spot prizes also up for grabs, the duo have managed to raise just over €5,000 so far. Tommy and David would both like to thank An Garda Síochána, bike marshalls, stewards, family and friends for all their help in organising the event. All proceeds raised will go towards the

Still Voices Film Festival at the Arts Centre As part of the Still Voices Short Film Festival, Roscommon Arts Centre will be screening the feature film ‘To The Moon’ on Sunday, November 7th at 3 pm. To The Moon, directed by Tadhg O’Sullivan, is a cinematic ode to the moon, made in large part from archival sources combined with literary fragments and bound together by a haunting original score. The film steps lightly through the ideas that people through the ages have drawn

from the moon - dreams of escape, myths of heaven, songs of longing and loss, odes of yearning, stories of lost futures - taking the viewer on a constantly surprising night-walk through the night sky. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Producer Clare Stronge. The Still Voices Short Film Festival is a community-focused, international film festival based in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. The festival takes place November 4th to 7th across

Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon. What started out as a showcase for local filmmaking talent in 2014 has grown into a festival which is recognised both nationally and internationally. The festival aims to deliver new, exciting and world-class cinema for the local community and wider midlands region. Through the core programme, the Short Film Competition, it showcases a variety of films, including fiction, non-fiction, animation, student,

Irish language and experimental. Throughout the weekend of the festival, over 150 short films are screened. More information on the festival can be found at stillvoicesfilmfestival. com This screening is supported with funding under Roscommon County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme 2022. Tickets are €10 and are on sale now from the arts centre at www.roscommonartscentre.ie and from box office on 090-6625824.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. Tommy said: “We’re blown away with the support we received from the trucking community. Lads and ladies travelled far and wide to take part and everyone made a huge effort getting their trucks ready for the run. “The local Gardaí assisted us and we had stewards on hand to make sure it was a fun and safe event. Our aim was to raise €6,000 for the hospice so we are leaving the online donation link up for another few days and hoping we can reach our goal”. You can donate by visiting ‘Drive it on 2021’ on GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/drive-it-on-2021.


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NewsPeople 94% of adults in Roscommon fully vaccinated as Covid cases rise

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Over 94 per cent of adults in Roscommon are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to HSE figures released to Newstalk this week. 94.2 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated in the county including 91 per cent of those over the age of 12. According to the HSE figures, Waterford has the highest uptake with 96.6 per cent while Monaghan has the lowest uptake at 80.9 per cent. There are also ten counties where more than 10 per cent of the population are not yet fully vaccinated against the virus. The news comes as the Department of Health reported 3,174 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday (Wednesday), though Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said this figure could be adjusted due to a technical issue. Dr. Holohan said there had been 56 deaths since Wednesday last, which brings the total number of Covidrelated deaths to 5,492. As of 8 am yesterday morning, there were 460 patients in hospital and 86 in ICU. The latest increase in case numbers has been attributed to the large number of people who have presented for testing over the Halloween period.

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Ballygar Pharmacy – at the healthy heart of the community! The recently opened Ballygar Pharmacy, located between the local post office and Bees Knees Health Store, offers excellent customer service and a wide range of services right at the heart of the local community. Pharmacist and proprietor, Catherine Healy, says she is grateful for all the support she has received so far. “I opened the door here at Ballygar Pharmacy, on Tuesday of last week and I am so thankful for the wonderful outpouring of community support and encouragement we have received,” she said. Catherine, who has been a pharmacist in Ballygar for the past seven years, qualified as a pharmacist from Trinity College Dublin before completing her Masters in the Royal College of Surgeons and her pre-registration year in McGuinness’ Pharmacy in Roscommon town. She has worked for and

Wag ‘n’ Tails Roscommon is inviting the local community to their Roscommon store on Sunday, November 7th, from 12 to 6 pm to celebrate the fifth hatch day of tortoise Liam. Odlum the owl, Flower the skunk, Percy the hedgehog and others will also be there on the day for people to meet and take photos with. There will be a €50 voucher up for grabs for the best handmade birthday card for Liam, as well as lots of goodie bags and vouchers available with selected purchases.

alongside some excellent mentors over the years, including Oliver and the dynamic team in McGuinness’, Tina and James Geraghty of Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy, Marie McDonnell of Strokestown and Elphin pharmacies and John O’Donnell in Castlebar. She returned to practice in Ballygar in 2014, just down the road from her homeplace of Mount Talbot and has been serving the community of Ballygar and surrounding areas ever since. Ballygar Pharmacy is located next door to Bees Knees Health Store, owned and managed by Majella Hannon. Majella and Catherine work side by side to provide a comprehensive healthcare offering to customers, ensuring that any herbal and supplemental medication is safely dispensed and agreeable with any other medications being taken. “We are pleased to offer a wide range of services,

including free blood pressure monitoring, delivery service, prescription texting service, photography printing and passport photo facility, blister pack medication system and vaccination services,” Catherine said. Catherine, who has a particular interest in baby and young children’s health, since becoming a mother herself a couple of years ago, empathises with parents and aims to provide experienced advice in this area. She wishes to thank the local tradespeople who were very obliging despite their busy work schedules over the past few weeks – Denis Delaney contractor and family, Paul Arnold electrician, Adrian Smith painting, YK signs in Athleague and Ken Broderick floor and window polishing. Catherine is always available for medication counselling and healthcare advice, so pop in to the pharmacy or contact 090-6624267.


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unique take on life ...

Why I’m thankful for traffic-free rural life! Our man Frank on the benefits of rural living, the dangers of Halloween festivities, meeting an old rugby rival in Moylough, and a memorable interview with the late Fr. Norman Davitt…

It’s just after five o’clock on Monday evening, and my trusty old Passat and I are heading into Galway from the west side of the city, where I find myself in very heavy traffic going over the big bridge. As I’ll be turning off to the left towards the

Tuam road, I stick to the inside lane, watching with a certain amount of annoyance as more adventurous drivers hop in and out of lanes with careless abandon, apparently leaving me further and further behind. In particular, I notice a little black Toyota, also a ‘08 like my old Passat. It is moving like a will-o’the-wisp as it flies in and out of the traffic, and to tell you the truth, I got a little bit cross with myself, and asked, ‘Why can’t I do some lane hopping and speed up my journey?’ The answer, of course, is staring me in the face – I simply don’t have the nerve. I hardly ever drive in that

type of heavy traffic, as apart from the fair day at the Harvest Festival or whenever the Connemara All Blacks come to town, Creggs is a fairly peaceful place to drive through. Even on those busy days, it only takes a few minutes for the traffic jams to dissipate. Though as it happens, the All Blacks are coming to Creggs this Sunday, so watch out! Anyway, I stick to my slow progress up the inside track and after what seems like an age, I get to the traffic lights before Dunnes Stores. There, to my amazement and huge delight, I see the ‘08 Toyota sat just

Halloween celebrations leave me cold ... I have never considered myself to be a killjoy or a curmudgeon and I enjoy festivals and feasts as much as anyone. However, Halloween has always left me cold. I understand that it was a celebration of the eve of All Saints day, but as far as I can see, it’s all to do with spooks, ghouls, and spirits, and the idea is to terrify people as much as possible and literally scare them to death! I hate horror films as well, and Halloween is recognised as the prime time for viewing such rubbish. However, one of my biggest pet hates around the holiday is the massive abuse of fireworks. A friend of mine who happens to live in Dublin tells

me that on both Saturday and Sunday night, the estate she lives in was akin to a warzone, with fireworks going off all over the place. My friend, who has a couple of dogs and a young family, said they were all absolutely terrified. Even though the area she lives in is regarded as fairly safe, there seemed to be no restrictions on the use of the fireworks or on the noise they created. It is another reason why I would never want to live in or near a city. I always thought the sale or use of fireworks was illegal, but obviously the Gardaí have too much on their plates to bother about the damage caused by a few fireworks or the actions of a few youths

who are simply having some fun! However, having heard stories like that of an innocent student who was blinded in one eye by a stray firework while sitting on a bench in Galway prior to Halloween, obviously there is something wrong. Maybe our legislators and law enforcers should come down a lot harder on the scandalously easy access to these dangerous playthings. Anyway, when you open your curtains tomorrow to breathe in the clean, fresh air and then make the drive into your local town or village in just a few hassle-free moments, thank your lucky stars – and spare a thought for the thousands of commuters who may not be so lucky!

two cars ahead of me. So, despite his constant in and out manoeuvres, the driver had gained hardly anything on me! After that I set off down the Tuam road, and for the first time in a good while, I found myself heading for what used to be the awful bottleneck of Claregalway – and at peak time too. We were told that the new motorway was going to do away with a lot of the tailbacks and resulting delays, and so it was a little disappointing to find myself driving at a crawl once I got past the grounds of Corinthians Rugby Club, a ground that I once graced

(or disgraced) as a young rugby player before Creggs RFC came into being. Eventually however, I made it through the village that is Claregalway. The whole thing led me to reflect on the wonderful bonus all of us rural dwellers have by living far away from city life. How people face the never-ending traffic problems every day as they commute to the cities from the country, or actually from where they live in the cities, is beyond me, and I can not ever imagine living in one. At seventy years of age, it’s unlikely to happen, but all I can say is God forbid!

Scrum-half Jimmy could still tog out for Dunmore! As I walked out of a filling station in Moylough the other day with a lovely, unhealthy breakfast roll in my hand, I was surprised to hear someone call my name. As I passed an Elwood Office supplies van, who should I see only Jimmy Coen, long time adversary with Dunmore Rugby Club, and without doubt, the best scrum-half that I encountered during a long career in Connacht Junior rugby. Jimmy is the representative for the office supply company, and he told me that he succeeded another legend, the late Jimmy Diskin, as President of Dunmore Rugby Club. As we chatted, it brought back great memories of the battles we had on the rugby field down through the years. By an unlikely coincidence, Creggs and Dunmore were both set up in 1974, and before both of us got affiliated a few years later, we had to rely on each other to get any games. As a result, we played many friendly matches (and some not so friendly ones) in our early years. We shared some memorable evenings and nights in various licensed premises, but especially in Howley’s in Dunmore, where many a Sunday afternoon game didn’t finish until late into the night. Jimmy and I reminisced for some time about the old times and the craic, and we both agreed that the singsongs and the fun were just fantastic. We would still be there talking of times past, only my breakfast roll was starting to get cold. It was great to see Jimmy after a good number of years. My last thought was that he mustn’t eat too many of the lovely breakfast rolls himself,

because he looked as if he could put on the Dunmore Number 9 jersey next Sunday and look perfectly at home in it! Please God if things ever get back to normal, we might one day have another pint together. Whatever happens, it was good to meet and talk about those heady days, days that are now nearly fifty years gone!

Finally for this week ...

Some years ago I had the privilege of interviewing Fr. Norman Davitt down in Donamon Castle, home of the Divine Word Missionaries, for the Roscommon People. In my lifetime, I can’t ever remember feeling as honoured or as humbled for being in the presence of any human being. At that time, he was a long way into his nineties, and was still full of the joys of life and of living. The truth is that he left me feeling completely uplifted and inspired after our couple of meetings. So, upon hearing of his recent passing, I found myself sincerely saddened by the news. I can honestly say that there will be very few people like him, even in the rarefied atmosphere of Heaven. May he rest in peace.

‘Till next week, bye for now


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Roscommon Citizens Information r u o Y Plan Centre Webinar Series for Individuals, 1 2 0 2 Future Families and Communities Throughout the pandemic, it has been business as usual for the Citizens Information Service (CIS), with the local teams working tirelessly behind closed doors providing independent, nonjudgemental, and confidential information, advice/assistance and advocacy to the public. Since March 2020, the service has responded to over 82,000 queries regionally via phone, email and where necessary with face to face meetings by appointment. As part of the CIS community response, a series of free, on-line public information events was piloted in Roscommon CIC in association with its partners, Roscommon Older Peoples Network and the Roscommon LEADER Partnership, on a range of social and civil rights and entitlements. Due to the success of this webinar series Roscommon, Mayo and Galway Citizens Information Centres (CIC), who together form South Connacht CIS, have come together to provide a series of free on line information events throughout November. With all the changes in the recent Budget, new laws in relation to inheritance, and significant changes in the “Fair Deal” scheme, some of which directly affect older people and members of the Farming community, it is more important than ever for the public to get accurate and up to date information on their rights and entitlements. With this in mind the webinar series, each lasting approximately an hour and a half, will cover the following topics:-

• Wills and Inheritance – Wednesday 10th November at 7.30pm • Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) – Wednesday 17th November at 7.30pm • Pensions and Entitlements in Retirement - Wednesday 24th November at 7.30pm Richard Regan, Development Manager of Roscommon CIS stated: ‘We have been providing supports behind the scenes for the last eighteen months, our services recently opened for drop-in so it’s great to be engaging proactively with communities again albeit in a virtual way on these webinars. This is a timely opportunity for people to engage with experts on these topics, and ample time will be allocated for questions at each session.’ Ultan Hynes, Head of Services for Nursing Home Support Scheme for the HSE, who will also be presenting stated ‘I am delighted to be working with South Connacht Citizens Information Service and to have the opportunity to update the public directly on the recent changes to the Nursing Home Support Scheme ‘Fair Deal’, particularly for changes relating to family farms and businesses. I look forward to addressing any questions or concerns which people have.’ Anne O’Carroll, from Cascade Training Consultancy will be delivering the webinar on Wills and Inheritance. Commenting on the webinar topic Anne said: “During my presentation I’ll


Your rights as a tenant Question Can a landlord or letting agency ask me for personal information like my PPS number when starting a new tenancy? Answer Yes, a landlord or letting agent can ask you for certain personal information, but only at a specific point in the process of finding somewhere new to rent. A landlord needs the PPS number of every tenant who is renting their property so they can register the tenancy with the Residential Tenancies Board, which landlords must do by law. See registering a tenancy on the Citizens Information Website www.citizensinformation.ie for more information. You may also be asked for the following information when you rent a property: • Recent bank statements • A reference from your previous landlord • A reference from your employer • Recent payslips • Photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s licence You should only be asked for these details when you are offered the property to rent. You should not have to give this information when you register with a letting or estate agent, or to view a property with an agent or a private landlord. Any personal information you give your landlord or agent should only be used by them in accordance with data protection legislation. You can read more about tenants’ rights and obligations on citizensinformation.ie You can also get information and advice from: • Roscommon Citizens Information Centre. T: 0818 07 6360 and

be discussing what you need to consider when making a will and the laws on inheritance. Making a will saves time, money and hassle after your death and of course it won’t kill you!’ Funded by the Citizens Information Board, CIS provide a free, impartial and confidential information and advice service to the public on a wide range of areas including social welfare rights and entitlements,

employment rights, health services, housing, education, family matters and consumer rights. CIS also provide in-depth assistance and advocacy support to people dealing with more complicated issues. The service works with all members of the public including pensioners, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, lone parents, the Travelling Community, prisoners, people who are geographically

isolated and those who do not have access to digital resources. South Connacht CIS, Plan Your Future 2021 webinar series, is part of our annual community education programme. Admission is free and anyone interested in attending can register on Eventbrite https://sccis. eventbrite.ie/ or call (0818) 07 6360. For anyone needing impartial, confidential, non-judgemental and informed advice and support the

CIS is here to help, throughout the pandemic and as we emerge from the pandemic. There are many ways to access our services. Our website www.citizensinformation.ie is packed full of helpful information. You can contact your local Citizens Information Service (Roscommon CIS) on 0818 07 6360 or email roscommon@citinfo.ie . We are available from Monday to Friday and our services are free and confidential.

Plan your future 2021 South Connacht Citizens Information Service is hosting a series of Online Information Sessions for Individuals, Families and Communities. DATE



Wednesday 10th November

Wills and Inheritance


Wednesday 17th November

Nursing Home Support Scheme “Fair Deal”


Wednesday 24th November

Pensions and Entitlements in Retirement


• Free of Charge • Questions & Answers • Enrol for One or All Sessions •

To register for these events visit:


Phone for more information Roscommon Citizens Information Centre on 0818 07 6360

email: fiona.kilmartin@citinfo.ie

• Boyle Citizens Information Centre. T: 0818 07 6330 • The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

This initiative is supported and developed by Roscommon LEADER Partnership, the Older People’s Network, South Connacht Citizens Information Service, and the Citizens Information Board.


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Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

We’ve become a highly litigious society If one of my kids were to attend a children’s event in another person’s home, and climbed a wall resulting in them breaking their leg, I’d consider it an accident. I wouldn’t be blaming the person whose wall they climbed! I firmly believe that a large majority of personal injury claims filed in this country are fully legitimate. However, when I read about a case where one parent sued another because their child, while attending a party, fell off a wall and broke their leg, my initial reaction was – how frivolous. How ridiculous! And yes, if there’s an issue with any part of a property where an event is taking place, then of course the onus is on the owner to make visitors aware and to warn party-goers of any potential danger posed to themselves of their munchkins, etc. I get that. However, given we’ve become a highly litigious society, with the fear of litigation manifesting itself in some of the most bizarre ways, I’m really glad my parental party-throwing days are over. When my girls attended their pals’ parties, they were pre-warned by me to behave themselves. But hey, as kids will be kids, I’m sure that pretty soon we’ll be sending them off to school, parties, and summer projects, etc., armed with not just our phone numbers, but a personal injury solicitor’s contact on speed dial!

I’m bringing ‘merry’ back!

The world may not resemble anything we anticipated it would be this time last year. But big picture, the people of Roscommon are resilient. Work on the Christmas lights has already begun in our county town and shops are displaying their festive fayre, so bring it on because Christmas is in the air! I love Christmas, so much so that I got excited when I saw an ad in this very newspaper for Santa’s Grotto at Vita House. However, as my teenage granddaughter’s too cool to be attached to the ‘Santa visit thing’, and my youngest is too tiny to understand the importance of getting on board with Nana’s fabulous, fun-filled, festive family visits to the big guy, I’ll have to come up with another way to bring ‘merry’ back! Regular readers will know that as a child raised by an abusive mother, wonder and amazement didn’t exactly ooze out of every Christmas spent in our house. That all changed the second I had my first daughter. My home, my rules and my Christmas meant I went big – and not just big, gaudy. The tree didn’t just glisten, nay, the glare off it was visible from the Mir Space Station (before it crashed). Yep, you get it, I’ve singlehandedly embedded Santa into the very culture of our family. Despite the fact there’ll be no ‘official’ visit to see Dadaí na Nollaig this year, you can bet your life I’ll still find a way to ring out plenty of joy this Christmas season. Would it be considered too creepy for a middleaged woman to visit Santa on her own? Asking for a friend.

Why does society ‘normalise’ body-shaming? Regardless of what form it takes, whether it’s targeting a person’s shape, height, skin colour, fashion choices, hairstyle, tattoos, their gender, their sexual preferences or their disability, etc., criticising another human being for the way they look is downright despicable. Yet, despite the physical and emotional harm we know it can cause, it appears that society has not just turned a blind eye to body-shaming, but by standing by and doing nothing, it actually normalises it. Let’s take LBC radio host Steve Allen’s recent criticism of Strictly Come Dancing contestant teenager Tilly Ramsey (TV chef Gordon Ramsey’s daughter) as an example. This individual (who clearly believes he’s perfect in every way himself, and fair play to him for being so superconfident) publicly labelled this young woman as being “a chubby little thing”. His barb, strangely, only generated 840 complaints to Ofcom. I’m not targeting free speech, and I stand firm by my belief that everyone’s entitled to express their opinions. Neither am I targeting comedy, because I believe political correctness shouldn’t be allowed to kill off comedy. What I am concerned about is this growing trend of inappropriately body-shaming people for their weight or size. To that end, I have to ask why Mr. Allen’s wounding comments didn’t give rise to thousands of complaints instead of hundreds? Hence my concern: we’ve all become desensitised and accepting of the way in which a personal and highly inflammatory criticism can negatively impact another person’s self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. Why do we fob off statements that are so brutal, they could potentially lead the person on the receiving end to resort to self-harm? And why are we, as a society, so accepting of remarks and beliefs that draw

disturbing parallels between a person’s body-size and their self-worth? And it’s not just people with more curvaceous bodies who are on the end of these thickos’ remarks. Others are also being ‘skinny-shamed’. Last week, while flicking through several rails of push-up bras, trying to find one small enough to fit what I selfdeprecatingly call my ‘high rise flats’, the sales assistant suggested that a “training bra” might suit my “more boyish shape”. At that moment, I felt like I’d just been hit by a psychological truck – and this woman was the driver! I may be skating on thin ice here, but this woman who was drawing attention to my size wasn’t exactly ticking all of the Miss World boxes herself.

However, instead of doing what I wanted to do and resorting to sarcasm (and as I’d just belittled my boobs myself), I resisted the urge to point out that rather than insulting customers, she might actually consider exercising her brain as vigorously as she exercised her big mouth. I didn’t even retaliate when this rude individual muttered beneath her breath how ‘curvy women’ were ‘sexier than skeletons’. Wow! Okay, being vegan means my food choices are different, as in I don’t consume animals, eggs or dairy, etc., but I do eat quite a lot of food and I consume as many calories as a carnivore...I mean, my home is not exactly Tofu-Towers! Nobody should be penalised or feel they’re at a disadvantage for their weight, height or

body-shape. Nobody should be judged on what has now become society’s narrow standards of health and beauty…and yet we all are. I’ve never been a curvaceous person, and that’s fine. Apart from the fact I’d love a decent set of boobs, I feel happy-ish with how I look, and so should you. It’s about time that we all stood up to these ignorant ‘fatphobic’ and ‘skinny-phobic’ prats, and instead make a conscious decision to shed the expectations that they (and society) have imposed on us. We are all loved, we are all valued and we are all beautiful just the way we are. But full disclosure, if I won the lottery tomorrow I can’t promise anyone I wouldn’t be Googling boob jobs!

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Roscommon and Galway join forces to create jobs and boost tourism along River Suck < DAN DOONER

A new partnership, endorsed by both Fáilte Ireland and Hidden Heartlands, which will see public representatives and groups from Roscommon and Galway coming together in a bid to create jobs and boost tourism along the River Suck, was launched on Friday last in Ballymoe. Chairperson of the Suck Valley Way, Cllr. Anthony Waldron described the partnership as historic and said it would be mutually beneficial to both counties. “Working together is the best way forward for this region. This is the heart of rural Ireland we’re talking about and the people who are here today and those who live in communities along the River Suck will be important in driving this initiative,” he said. Last Friday’s launch was Promoting attended by Cathaoirleach the Suck of Roscommon Valley Way County Council, Cllr. Joe Murphy and Chairman of Ballinasloe Municipal District, Cllr. Dermot Connolly as well as local councillors and public representatives. Cllr. Waldron said the venture, which is backed by Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Galway Rural Development Committee and local councillors, would focus on job creation while taking advantage of the rich history and heritage of the Suck Valley Way in order to develop tourism. Speaking at last Friday’s launch, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Joe Murphy said both Roscommon and Galway shared in the rich history of the river. “I’m delighted to be here. The River Suck joins the two counties and it’s a huge stretch of river which also joins towns and villages with walkways and cycleways,” he said. “We have seen already how important these cycleways and walkways are for mental health and getting outdoors during the Covid-19 pandemic and we have something here that will act as a driver for tourism”. Chairman of Ballinasloe Municipal District Dermot Connolly said that both County Councils would be key to bringing the initiative to fruition. “Both Councils and the general public can work well together. This is a fantastic amenity to have on our doorsteps, a live and living thing that we should all utilise,” he said. “The people living along the banks of the River Suck ‘The people need to be living along the heard, and we banks of the are really up River Suck need for the chalto be heard’ lenge”. The launch

also heard details of the Suck Valley DafCreating fodil Challenge from Treasurer, Gareth jobs and Scahill, whereby tourism communities along the river will be encouraged to plant daffodils in order to promote the Suck Valley Way while raising funds for Cancer Care West. Ronan Bilbow, Rural Recreation Officer with Roscommon LEADER Partnership, described Roscommon as an “amazing county” and paid tribute to communities along the river. The launch was also attended by local TD Michael Fitzmaurice and Senators Eugene Murphy and Aisling Dolan. Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said that as someone who grew up on the banks of the River Suck, she looked forward to new projects which would further develop the amenity and the Roscommon and Galway connection. “I look forward to new projects as there is such potential especially working with Fáilte Ireland and the Hidden Heartlands to develop this area along with Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Galway Rural Development,” she said. “Rural Recreation Officers are crucial to developing access for recreational use by walkers and anglers. The Government is investing in regional cycleway and walkway projects and accessibility for all users is key. “We want to make our region a place to live and work for local families as well as encouraging more eco-tourism and showcasing activities from Realising water sports, hikour ing, cycling, angling and more along the potential River Suck”.


Suck Valley Way Committee members, local councillors and public representatives pictured at the recent launch of a new initiative to promote the Suck Valley Way in Ballymoe.

Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, Tomás Beades (Roscommon LEADER Partnership), Cllr. Anthony Waldron, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Joe Murphy, Chairman of Ballinasloe Municipal District, Cllr. Dermot Connolly, Roscommon LEADER’s Rural Recreation Officer Ronan Bilbow, and Treasurer of the Suck Valley Way Committee, Gareth Scahill pictured at the recent launch of a new initiative to promote the Suck Valley Way in Ballymoe.

Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Joe Murphy pictured with Chairman of Ballinasloe Municipal District, Cllr. Dermot Connolly at the recent launch of a new initiative to promote the Suck Valley Way in Ballymoe.

Pictured at the recent launch of a new initiative to promote the Suck Valley Way in Ballymoe were Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County, Cllr. Joe Murphy, Chairman of Ballinasloe Municipal District, Cllr. Dermot Connolly, and Chairman of Suck Valley Way Committee, Cllr. Anthony Waldron.

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Time to put dementia care at the top of the health agenda Nora Owen still speaks from the heart when it comes to mention of the ‘D’ word. Dementia has been part of her life now for over ten years since her late husband Brian was diagnosed with it in 2010 after the couple began to first notice the symptoms. The former Justice Minister lived out every moment of the illness with her husband day after day until he deteriorated and finally passed away on November 27th 2020. It was a severely testing time for Owen and her loved one. Since that stage, Nora continues to work very hard in creating greater awareness of this condition, perhaps the one many of us fear most as we head into the later stages of our lives. On the phone chatting to her recently, she was still talking passionately about what the rest of us have to do to keep the ‘D’ word high on the agenda. Nora still talks with great empathy about people with dementia and their carers often still having to cope with feelings of loneliness and terrible isolation. My late mother also suffered with dementia after suffering a stroke at the age of 75, so I can fully identify with the feelings Nora describes as we chat on the phone. The former Fine Gael politician celebrated 50 years of married life with Brian in May 2018 – even though at that point he was “in the heavy grip of dementia”. She still vows to continue advocating for those suffering from dementia and the people caring for them. There’s a myth among many in this country that this debilitating disease is exclusively a problem of the elderly. In fact, one in 10 people diagnosed with dementia are under 65 years of age nowadays and over 180,000 people in Ireland are either currently, or have been, carers for a family member or partner with dementia. It’s hitting every corner of the country – and makes no exception for any ages. The former Dáil politician brings a message of great hope and positivity when she is asked about the care available to both the people who suffer dementia or those who look after them. “They can get the respite grant, they can get a carer’s allowance” she says, “and there are support groups all over the country now doing great work”. Nora is herself deeply involved in running one such support group in her own native county but feels that the support structures are even better in rural areas. She was more than delighted to hear about our own ‘Dementia café’ here in Roscommon. The café is the creation of the Roscom-

Nora Owen speaks honestly about how demential has been part of her life for over ten years.

mon Dementia Alliance group – made up of representatives of agencies and support groups from throughout the county. It meets once a month either online or in person to bring information to those affected, to maybe enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, some nice nostalgic musical memories or just a story or a yarn. It is facilitated on behalf of the Dementia Alliance group by Roscommon LEADER Partnership. Spotting the first symptoms of dementia in a loved one can be the most painful experience for any of us. “At first, the signs were subtle” Nora said. “Brian might

“At first, the signs were subtle. Brian might wonder what he went upstairs for…then there were other little things. I might ask him to bring a cup and saucer out to the kitchen and he wouldn’t understand what I was saying” – Nora Owen

wonder what he went upstairs for…then there were other little things. I might ask him to bring a cup and saucer out to the kitchen and he wouldn’t understand what I was saying. He would look at me as if I had asked him to fly to the moon”. She adds: “I let it go originally because Brian would often suffer some memory loss but seem fine again and then we would carry on. It was the fear of facing it. I was in denial. I felt terrible because I knew there was something happening”. After a family get-together, her sister Joan gently took her to one side and told her the hard truth: “You know Nora, Brian’s memory is not simply normal forgetfulness. There is something happening”. The reality suddenly dawned. Nora took Brian to the doctor the next morning and he was diagnosed with the same condition that affects 11 more people in Ireland every day. One in three people over 65 are diagnosed, and unfortunately the numbers are still growing. Living in the same home as somebody with dementia or Alzheimer’s can also be a testing experience – and one that often leads to fear and trepidation for relatives and spouses. I remember meeting my own poor mother one morning at the kitchen sink with a teacup full of hot water but with no tea or teabag in it – and sitting her down for a moment to try and work out what had happened. During the illness the habits of a lifetime can change in some ways yet not in so

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many other ways – which is also strange. Music and song was an important link with the past that my mother never forgot, despite the deterioration of her condition. In her youth she had learned to sing the Percy French song ‘Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’ and no matter how bad her condition became, she could still remember the words and try to sing as we ALWAYS turned to the left at the bridge of Finea – without fail – on our nostalgic journey back into her memory. Brian Owen and many others also held onto memories from their past – even during their toughest time with the illness. To make it worse for Nora Owen, her husband Brian died in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown. She said it was difficult visiting him at a distance during the pandemic but was also very comforted by friends and neighbours standing loyally on the road to pay their respects as he made his final journey following his sad death. She still hopes that practice will continue after the pandemic. We all stood out at some stage at the side of the road during the last two years to say goodbye to a friend or a neighbour and to be frank, it was a brilliant way to honour somebody. Hopefully this will continue. Now Nora says she will continue to “make people realise that people are out there suffering still”. They should not be forgotten, she says. The good news for our Roscommon readers is that Nora Owen will be coming to the county early in 2022 to speak at the Annual General Meeting of the Roscommon Older Persons Network, which is due to take place in Strokestown. “I love going around the country to meet people and speak about my own experience” she told me when we chatted. “I know people love to hear about the TV show and the choir and David Brophy and the fun we had. I have nothing but good memories of the ‘Forget me not’ choir and I love talking about it”.

An invitation

The Roscommon Older Persons network have issued a public invitation to active age groups and other committees and residents groups around the county to help put dementia care at the top of their own agenda in the coming year and also to come along to the event in 2022 and listen to Nora’s special message. If you would like to attend please contact 086 0836720 for details of time and venue.


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The Christmas party season is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a well deserved night out with work colleagues, family and friends at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. This year, the Abbey will host two party nights on Friday December 10th and Friday December 17th, starting off the festivities on both nights at 8 pm with a mulled wine reception. This will be followed by a delightful, four-course festive menu, after which there will be a festive-themed disco with Radio Compere and DJ Keith Shanley (Midlands 103 Radio and Christmas FM DJ). Featuring hits of the Alan decades,beirne the disco is guaranteed to keep you on the dance floor until the late hours. The cost is €39 per person with special B&B rates 0906627377 available on the night. To book, call 090-6626240 or email events@abbeyhotel.ie We wish to advise alan.beirne@roscommonherald.com that all attending the party nights will be required to have a valid digital Covid cert to gain admission. Full health and safety protocols will be in place.

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TAKE A BREAK It’s been a GOOD week for... Fans of Halloween, especially children, who enjoyed some welcome respite from the pressures of the pandemic by enjoying a relatively ‘normal’ Halloween and all the family fun that entails Padraig Pearses, who won a second Roscommon senior football title in three seasons with an assured display against neighbours Clann na nGael at Hyde Park on Sunday, Pat Flanagan’s team winning by 2-8 to 0-11 Clann na nGael senior ladies, who staged a remarkable second-half comeback to overcome six-in-a-row chasing Kilbride to be crowned Roscommon Ladies Football senior champions

It’s been a BAD week for...

A young supporter taking a very keen interest in the action during Sunday’s Roscommon Senior Football final at Dr Hyde Park. Photo: Mick McCormack

The things people say… “The funny thing is there is an awful lot more in them I feel – and I expect it from them. We showed a lot of character today. This meant a lot more than the 2019 win. It showed that this team is coming of age. They’re still not winning games as they should, they’re playing some good, decent football and then stepping off it. But they are starting to learn how to win championships” - Padraig Pearses manager Pat Flanagan, speaking after his team’s victory in Sunday’s County Senior Football final

Launch of ‘Dukie: The Game of Life’ on Thursday, November 11th Local journalist and broadcaster Seamus Duke is launching his autobiography, ‘Dukie: The Game of Life’, in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday, November 11th, at 8.30 pm. The book is an account of his thirty-two years working in the local media, including local newspapers and radio. In the book, he recalls several major sporting events, including Roscommon’s All-Ireland minor title win in 2006, Roscommon’s dra-

matic win against Mayo in the Connacht senior final in 2001, Roscommon’s ninepoint win against Galway in the Connacht final in 2017, and major All-Ireland success for Roscommon CBS and The Convent of Mercy. His experience of living in Roscommon town and his memories of Roscommon Gaels are also featured. In addition, there are memories of major events in horse racing, golf, soccer, politics, and the music and radio

business over the past three decades, with over thirty interviews with well-known people from all walks of life. The book will be launched by RTÉ presenter Damien O’Reilly and special guest on the night will be former Galway, Mayo and Leitrim senior football manager, John O’Mahony. MC on the night will be the Editor of the Roscommon People, Paul Healy. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Nuno Espirito Santo, who was ruthlessly sacked as manager of Spurs, admittedly following a dismal run of form, but still a mere four months after being appointed on a two-year contract...and two months after winning ‘Manager of the Month’ in the Premier League Diplomatic relations between France and Australia, with French President Emmanuel Macron accusing Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of lying to him (over a plan to build 12 submarines) Fans of The Waterboys who gathered in Gweedore (County Donegal), only to be informed (after the support act had finished their set) that Mike Scott & his fellow band members were refusing to perform due to...the windy conditions


Famous birthdays ... this week

Kris Jenner (American businesswoman, turns 66 on Friday) Matthew McConaughey (American actor, turns 52 on Thursday)

Emma Stone (American actress, turns 33 on Saturday) The joys of being back at matches! Fans pictured at Hyde Park recently. Picture: Mick McCormack

Lorde (New Zealand singer-songwriter, turns 25 on Sunday)

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Ardeevin to Castleplunkett roadworks to start – Cllr Fitzmaurice

Mia White, Jane Casey, Gemma Casey and Maria Tierney pictured at the recent camogie county final between Athleague and St Dominic’s. Pic: Mick McCormack

Laura Fleming and Athleague’s Clodagh Finch pictured at the recent camogie county final between Athleague and St Dominic’s. Pic: Mick McCormack

Kerrane raises plight of ‘power station communities’ Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane this week told Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that communities and workers in counties like Roscommon and Galway have been left feeling like collateral damage in the move from brown to green following the closure of power stations at Shannonbridge and Lanesboro. Deputy Kerrane also questioned the Tánaiste about the amount of emissions being spared by ending peat production here, while ramping up its importation to record levels. Asking about recent comments made by Minister Eamon Ryan on the possibility of Shannonbridge and Lanesboro playing a key role in generating emergency electricity in the coming years, Kerrane said: “Given the National Grid was already struggling last year, was any consideration given to the impact on energy supply of closing down Shannon-

bridge and Lanesboro? “Workers in Roscommon and Galway lost their livelihoods and their jobs haven’t been replaced. They and their communities feel they have been the collateral damage in the move from brown to green. “To add insult to injury, this Government has put an end to peat production and now we are importing it at record levels. Almost 40,000 tonnes of peat was imported into Ireland (to the value of €6.7million) from eight different countries in the first seven months of this year alone. “Last month, 3,600 tonnes of horticultural peat arrived from Latvia met by a fleet of 200 trucks – a 3,000km journey versus a few kilometres, if sourced from a Westmeath bog down the road. “Can you explain to those workers laid off from Shannonbridge and Lanesboro why we had to shut

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down peat-fired power stations almost overnight, while now importing thousands of tonnes of peat into Ireland? Can you tell workers and communities how much in emissions that is saving us? “Communities at the coalface need to see real action on replacing jobs lost and we need to see much more urgency on this,” Deputy Kerrane concluded.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice has welcomed the news that work is set to begin on building up the Ardeevin to Castleplunkett road, which is adjacent to a local turlough. A temporary road was constructed a few years ago where the original road had been submerged under water during very severe flooding. The works will include road widening and strengthening, along with pipe. The works will also include a new road surface. Cllr. Fitzmaurice welcomed the works, saying: “This is great news for the area. I have consistently worked on this issue to bring it to fruition, and I want to thank the Council staff for all their work on this project”. Fianna Fáil Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice


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NewsPeople Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Paul Healy’s take on top tweets! Piers Morgan @piersmorgan The best way to make anti-vaxxers take the covid jab is to mandate it for them NOT to have it - then they will furiously demand their freedom to have one. -Oh I think I need a lie-down... Vincent Hogan @Vincent_Hogan Water breaks are a real nonsense at this stage.#GAA -Where did this outburst come from?!

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What the hell has Brendan O’Carroll got over the BBC? It’s the only explanation for the dross that is Mrs Brown’s Boys getting prime time slots. Now we have RTE delaying the #LateLateShow for a 1/2 hour to accommodate a live broadcast of MBB

Since airplanes account for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions..... why aren’t the #COP26Glasgow world attendees doing ZOOM.... if they were truly serious?

-BOC has nothing ‘over’ BBC...and neither has Mrs B(B)! It’s pure talent...

Roisin Meaney @roisinmeaney

Bibi Baskin @BibiBaskin

Heard the doorbell. Answered to find four costumed young people and two supervisory adults outside. Confessed I had NO TREATS because I wasn’t expecting any callers, as I’d had none last year. Mortified. THEN the oldest child opened her treat bag and handed me a bag of lollipops

Why is it that so many people get excited about having an ‘extra hour’ in bed this weekend? If you go to bed an hour earlier any day you can still have an extra hour. What am I missing? -Did BB (or Bibi B) get out of the wrong side of the bed?

newsbriefs Murphy welcomes Connecting Ireland Plan Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has welcomed the Connecting Ireland Plan as part of a major national transport connectivity initiative with the express aim of establishing connectivity, particularly for people in rural Ireland. As part of this plan, routes and the frequency of routes will be increased. Senator Murphy said: “There will be major gain for rural areas throughout Galway and Roscommon. It is hoped that up to 70 per cent of people in rural Ireland will have access to public transport consisting of three return trips daily to nearby towns. Over 100 rural villages will now benefit for frequent public transport at least three times daily”.

-Faith in humanity restored (but get some stuff in for next year, Roisin!)

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Kerrane: Government must listen to student nurses and midwives

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

-The debate rages

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has this week backed student nurses and midwives’ calls for a fair pay allowance. Speaking at the INMO’s protest outside Leinster House, Deputy Kerrane said: “I am proud to be standing in solidarity with student nurses and midwives as they protest the ongoing failure of this Government to deliver the fair pay allowances they need. It is scandalous that the Government is continuing to fail student nurses and midwives on this issue. “Student nurses and midwives perform a very important role in providing high quality care. It is right that they receive a fair pay allowance for this. I have spoken to a number of students who contracted Covid-19 while on the frontline during placement. They have sacrificed so much during Covid. “The Government has continually kicked the can down the road on this issue and failed to act. Media reports have indicated that the Government may progress on this issue short-

ly. If so, I welcome that but we must see meaningful change and proper engagement with the sector. “The INMO has said they were effectively blind-sided by these media reports and that the government has failed to properly engage with them on a possible proposal. This isn’t good enough. This failure to consult the INMO is yet another sign of the contempt with which the government has treated the healthcare sector. It is important that there is clarity on what the pay allowances will begin to be paid and what exactly they will consist of. It is vital that sectors representatives, such as the INMO, are engaged with on this. “This week, the Dáil will debate our motion to ensure fair pay allowances for student nurses and midwives. I am calling on all TDs to back our motion and ensure this important change is enacted. Student nurses and midwives have waited long enough. The Government must act now,” Deputy Kerrane concluded.


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The Dolan/Cuddy family from Fuerty, Co. Roscommon are set to fly the Primrose and Blue flag on RTÉ’s hit TV show ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ later this month. Bernie Dolan (58), her son James Cuddy (32), and daughters Lisa Cuddy (25) and Emma Cuddy (21) are coached by Anna Geary and will appear on episode three of the TV series on Sunday, November 14th. Personal trainer Lisa, who is a former employee of Fullbody Workhouse and now runs her own business in Roscommon town, says the family had been encouraged to put their names forward for the show a number of times in the past. “People had said it to all of us at different points in passing and we had always just laughed it off… that was until my brother

James entered us into the show without telling us,” Lisa said. Ireland’s Fittest Family producers then contacted the Cuddys via Zoom and that’s when the family knew things were getting serious! “We were invited to do a fitness test which we recorded at home and then after that they wanted to chat to us again on Zoom and that’s when we realised something might actually come of this! “After that they (producers) asked us to get a medical screening done and send on our clothes sizes…and then one day I was on the way into work and James had sent me a WhatsApp voice message he had been sent, saying we were going to be on the show,” Lisa said. That was back in June of this year and the filming for the show took place from mid-July to August. “It was a great experi-

‘Wave of lunacy around climate change is breathtaking’ – Fitzmaurice ‘Farmer bashing must stop’ Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has criticised world leaders following the recent G20 summit in Rome and the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, saying the ‘wave of lunacy around climate change is breathtaking’. Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “Over the weekend world leaders visited Rome, Italy, as part of the G20 summit, travelling on private jets from across the globe and taking part in elaborate cavalcades of 85 vehicles. “Next, they sat aboard these planes once again and flew to Glasgow in Scotland in order to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 – how do these people not see the irony of it all?” The TD said that despite the continuing increase of the world’s population, some of the proposals at COP26 could limit food production and added that a major reality check was needed. Addressing the EU-Mercosur deal and the deforestation of large parts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “How can we suggest limiting food production in sustainable parts of the world, while simultaneously encouraging deforestation in another? “When you look at league tables, Ireland are far from table-toppers. If you look at the worst polluters, China clearly tops the charts with 9.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The United States comes second with 4.9 million tonnes of CO2 emitted, while India sits in third with 2.4 million tonnes. Meanwhile, Ireland produced closer to 60 million tonnes – that’s quite a difference,” he said. Taking aim at Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Deputy Fitzmaurice said plans to decarbonise the transport sector were “unattainable” and that Ireland’s power grid was a growing concern. “Instead of kicking the daylights out of farmers at every single turn, maybe we should be recognising what they are already doing for economy and the environment. Farmers are prepared to put their shoulder to the wheel, but the farmer bashing must stop”.

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ence, very cool. It’s all very surreal when you’re up there and you meet all the coaches. You see one thing on the television but when you’re actually in it you realise there are around twelve cameras on you and you become very conscious of your breathing and facial expressions during exercise,” Lisa laughed. “It’s all well and good when you’re alone in the gym working out but when there’s a GoPro camera on your head it’s like ‘Oh-oh I can’t make those faces anymore!” Lisa said the family really benefitted from the expertise and motivation on offer from their coach, former Cork camogie star, Anna Geary. “Anna was great. It was a good match given all that Anna had done in terms of women in sport recently. We only found out the night before our first day out. We got a text that night to tell us she was our coach. We met her and got on well with her so we were happy,” Lisa said. While James has been into fitness for a number of years and was a member of the Reserve Defence Forces, Bernie Dolan and her daughters are relative newcomers. “James was our leader and the coach of our team. When we were training for the show, he was the one driving us on,” Lisa said. “Mum (Bernie) was relatively new to fitness. She started doing triathlons about eight or nine years

Bernie Dolan, her daughters Lisa and Emma Cuddy, and son James Cuddy are pictured with their ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ coach Anna Geary. The Roscommon family will appear on episode three of the TV series on Sunday, November 14th.

ago and that’s when she really got into it. She’s done a half Ironman event and is doing the Cork Ironman next summer. “Myself and Emma are much newer to fitness. I only started going to the gym three years ago…so if someone told me I’d be running my own personal training business and appearing on Ireland’s Fittest Family I wouldn’t have believed them! I started training Emma when I became qualified. Before that we would have done ballet for a number of years”. The Cuddys have received great support from their family and friends including dad Seamus

Cuddy and daughters/sisters Rachel and Michelle. “We’re a little bit different from some of the GAAmad families you would see on the show and also the fact that we are three females and one male. We are the only family of that make-up in this year’s competition. They kept telling us the other teams would underestimate us!” Lisa added. Training for the programme was tough and involved a number of trips up Sliabh Bawn and some eye-catching drills around the county. “You’re pretty much guaranteed to come up against a wall and a ramp

at some stage so you have to work out a strategy for that – who’s first and last over the wall, for example,” Lisa explained. “We also practiced ‘hanging tough’ in the weeks leading up to the show so I’m sure people in Roscommon would have seen us hanging off goalposts and hiking up Sliabh Bawn with about 30kgs on our backs and hanging off the pull-up bars up there!” “James tortured us but we did put in a lot of training and really enjoyed the experience. You can’t plan and train for everything though and when you’re doing it in front of the cameras the unexpected

can happen … as I’m sure you’ll see next Sunday week!” The Cuddys make their ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ bow at 6.30 pm on Sunday, November 14th on RTÉ One. *The Cuddys wish to thank the following for their help and support ahead of Ireland’s Fittest Family: the Mullally brothers in Roscommon Tyre Centre for the loan of training tyres; Vincent Collins for the bales of hay; Cathal Dineen and everyone at Fullbody Workhouse for use of the cryo spa and facility; George in Baysports for the use of the facility; and Joan Moore’s Therapy Rooms.

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NewsPeople Enjoy family memories at the Ardcarne Christmas Shop


oin with family, friends and neighbours at the newly opened Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shop, Boyle & Roscommon Town, on Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th November and help support your local Roscommon – Mayo Hospice.

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Children’s fun We are delighted to have an Official Santa Post Box, supplied by Santa himself. Do bring your children along to write and post your letters to Santa, you don’t need to bring anything, we even have official Santa paper from the North Pole. We’ll leave the post box up until the week before Christmas if you want to drop in again.

showcase for all the latest styles and trends in Christmas and home décor, chosen from the best international collections. These are timeless pieces you will treasure for many years and will bring back cherished family memories every Christmas. To highlight these newest fashions, the Ardcarne Christmas Shop is beautifully colour-themed and full of inspiration for decorating your home.

This special fundraising weekend at the Ardcarne Christmas Shop Free face painting will So, make sure you is always a family and also take place Saturday get along to Ardcarne community occasion and 9th November from 1-3pm Garden Centre at Boyle as part of the celebrations in both Ardcarne garden and Roscommon Town, and fund-raising you can centres. Our photograph shows members of the Roscommon team and management (and representatives) that won the Connacht Senior football titles of 1990 and 1991 pictured at Dr Hyde Park on Sunday when they were Saturday and Sunday enjoy a complimentary honoured 30 years on from their back-to-back wins. The team was managed by Marty McDermott (back row, fourth from right). Also pictured are County Board personnel. Photo: Mick McCormack 9th and 10th November glass of mulled wine and Inspiration for for lots of family fun, tasty nibbles and bring your home Advertorial to support your local the children along to Roscommon Mayo As always, the enjoy the atmosphere and Hospice and to soak up Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas spirit. There’s the festive atmosphere. Christmas Shop is a also a chance to win €500

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Legend of the winter wonderland that is Ardcarne Garden Centre at Christmas has spread far beyond its branches in Boyle and Roscommon town. Every year, the Christmas Shop becomes a showcase of all the latest decor from the world’s leading brands, all beautifully arranged to provide inspiration for your own home. Along with the classic festive reds and golds, you’ll find décor that reflects the latest trends, such as those inspired by woodlands and nature, or the silvery pinks and greys that are so much in vogue in contemporary interior design. All the collections are chosen from top quality brands that you and the family will treasure for many years. The Christmas tree is undoubtedly the star of the show in the home during the festive season and you can find just the perfect one at Ardcarne Garden Centre. A growing trend is to invest in a really fabulous artificial tree. This year, there are over twenty-five different types at Ardcarne Garden Centre, including a range with ‘feel real’ needles, and all have hinged branches for easy assembly and storage. If you enjoy a real Christmas tree, then make a date to visit from late November when the fresh trees arrive. All are locally grown, non-shedding varieties, with that unmistakable Christmas tree scent of course! If you need lights for the tree, or perhaps decide it’s time for an upgrade, make sure you check out the latest energy-efficient Christmas and battery lights – all available in the sparkly Christmas shop. In addition to seasonal décor, you’ll find gifts for all your family, friends, and even perhaps yourself at Ardcarne Garden Centre. As usual, there’s an amazing selection of plants, both ornamental and edible, as well as gorgeous, ready-to-go colourful planters, tools, gardening footwear, hats, gloves, bird care and pet accessories. There is plenty of inspiration for indoors too, with elegant houseplants, scented room candles, diffusers, wind


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It’s time to forego financial factors and genuinely deliver on climate action Let’s talk about ... COP26

Alannah Ita Healy The 26th annual UN climate change conference, COP26, began in Glasgow last weekend on Sunday, October 31st, and will continue until Friday, November 12th. The coverage so far has seen world leaders making significant commitments in the fight against climate change, and while these changes are welcome and necessary, as is often the case when climate change is brought up, an air of scepticism remains for a lot of people. In the past, one of the biggest barriers to enacting meaningful progress has been a lack of faith in the truly disastrous effects climate change wreaks. However, the blind eye that was often turned to the climate crisis is no longer acceptable. The devastating effects of climate change are already very apparent, and will only continue to worsen if action isn’t taken. For the most part, we as a society have come to under-

stand this, and it is recognised by most people that taking urgent action is an overdue requirement. All of that said, the topic of climate change still continues to spark apprehension for a lot of people. So a question remains: if the popular opinion is one which recognises the need for drastic change to combat this crisis, why does this apprehension persist? The answer probably lies in how we’ve seen the fight against climate change play out in the past. Oftentimes when discussing climate responsibility, onus falls onto the individual. The conversation quickly turns to your personal carbon footprint, whether or not you cycle to work, or if you have ever left the tap running while brushing your teeth, etc. Undoubtedly, there is great importance in practising good environmental stewardship oneself – and these things do have a positive

knock-on effect – but as most of us are aware, changing individual actions will not be enough to successfully tackle the problem. Globally, we have seen overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that the bulk of carbon emissions are outside the control of the individual. A 2017 study found that 71% of global industrial emissions can be credited to just 100 companies, and a 2019 study attributed more than a third of all emissions to just twenty companies. Even post-Paris Agreement, we see that there is a clear tendency to forego environmental protection when it is profitable to do so. Meanwhile, as reports come in from COP26, we are reminded of the promises made in past summits that were never lived up to, particularly by more developed countries, and one wonders if the same motivation – putting financial considerations above the obvious obligation to act – is still at large. It was confirmed last week that a pledge made in 2009 by developed countries to provide $100 billion in climate funding has not been met, and is not expected to be met until 2023 at the earliest. These wealthier nations, which cause the bulk of emissions, have a responsibility to provide financially so that poorer countries aren’t left to suffer the consequences of what richer nations have put in motion. The failure to come through on this funding puts vulnerable countries at a di-

rect risk, and if left unrectified, will prove disastrous and even deadly. Sinisterly, the same issue seems to continue to creep up everywhere that we see attempts at fighting climate change fall short. It feels undeniable that at the moment, environmental protection’s biggest adversary is blatant economic prioritisation at the expense of those who’re less well-off. Despite the fact that climate change has been a known problem for quite some time,

years of failing to adequately address it, coupled with it being overshadowed at a critical point due to the pandemic, has caused the issue to be exacerbated. Now it has reached a point where meaningful change can only come about via immediate and drastic action – and such action is costly. However, having seen the clear prioritisation of profitability in the face of this crisis, this apprehension upon listening to world leaders’ commitments in Glasgow is understandable. All in all, the sentiments being

shared at COP26 do seem to be echoing the need for unprecedented action, and I hope that we do see prompt and effective measures being implemented in its wake. The Covid-19 pandemic pushed the issue of climate change from the forefront of people’s minds, but it has actually become a more pressing matter in the meantime. As the window for enacting significant change continues to become smaller, foregoing financial prioritisation in the face of the climate crisis is something that must come about fast.

COP26 and the price of poverty… OPINION < GLYN CARRAGHER (BALLYGAR)

‘Hawks on a plane’

I didn’t think it was a real photograph, but if you do an Internet search with the words ‘hawks on a plane’ there it is – eighty falcons sitting in business class on a commercial airliner. Apparently falcons can get their own passports from the UAE to travel. The passport allows a falcon to travel to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Syria. According to Flydubai, falcons must have their own seat and are placed on a cloth to avoid accidents. Another quick Internet search reveals that the average cost of a business class ticket is between $3,000 and $5,000, which means that you could have to fork out up to $10,000 to fly with your falcon. Of course, to the people in this photograph this is not expensive. If truth be known, it is only expensive to be poor. If you can’t afford to sign up to a cheaper direct debit option then you pay as you go, the most expensive option. If you can’t bulk buy, you pay more, buying individually only

when you can afford it. Can’t afford to run a car? Then expect to pay double the cost of your groceries because you can’t get to the discount stores. Earning the minimum wage? Then don’t expect the best loan deals from your ‘State bailed out private bank’, assuming it’s still in town – try the local moneylender instead. It’s an oxymoron, but the fact is that the poorer you are, the more expensive life becomes. So, continuing the now well-established tradition of ‘entertaining ourselves to death’, we are fed COP26. All the world’s leaders jetting into Glasgow to save us from global warming. No doubt the oil-producing delegates brought their falcons with them so that they could enjoy some time in the Scottish Highlands unwinding after the terse and difficult negotiations to decide on the new carbon taxes needed to save the masses. Actions need to be taken, and Ireland as usual leads the way. A ban on cutting peat, for example. The horticulturalists need not worry, we will now import our peat from Latvia, produced by a company owned by an extremely rich German citizen. It seems the bogs of Latvia are not part of the same planetary ecosystem we all live in.

To help out those who rely on solid fuel like coal, our political leaders have bestowed a further €5 in the weekly fuel allowance so that they can still afford to buy their weekly ration. Too bad a bag has increased by over €5 in the past twelve months, but this extra €5 is needed to pay for the new carbon taxes. Watching this pantomime is like watching children seeing the old three-card trick for the first time, their amazement at how the lady disappears and no matter how hard they try, she can never be found. As Charles Bukowski observed: “In the very poor and very rich extremes of society, the mad are often allowed to mingle freely”. The rest of us seem to be caught somewhere in the madness in-between. Will COP26 deliver any meaningful change in carbon emissions? I don’t know...ask the owners of the peat factory in Latvia and the coalmines in China. Trust in your political leaders and their commitment to the survival of the planet, they have a plan. Energy prices and everything else will have to increase, which will be tough on us all, but it needs to be done…and the next time you fly with your falcon, thank your lucky stars that you are not poor.


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Bradley Homes SALES& RENTALS

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Bradley Homes is new to the market! A new face has entered the local property market this week as Deirdre Bradley takes up the role of estate agent with her new business Bradley Homes, servicing countywide and the surrounding counties. Deirdre is well established on the property scene locally, having worked in property for sixteen years, establishing a strong record locally and nationally in residential and commercial sales. Her career in property began in Dublin when she completed a diploma in Auctioneering/ Estate Agency. She worked for a time in with Remax in Phibsboro before moving westward.

She then worked with Sherry Fitzgerald P Burke in Roscommon, where she honed her skills and developed a strong record in residential, commercial, agricultural and land sales, as well as residential and commercial lettings. Deirdre worked with McGann Properties in Galway City, where she was focused on residential lettings and management in the city environment and was also involved in residential and commercial property sales. In recent years, she worked with Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers in Athleague, developing her knowledge of the

local market and progressing her knowledge of residential and commercial sales/lettings in both Roscommon and east Galway. Launching her new company Bradley Homes, Deirdre is enthusiastic about the challenge ahead. Her focus is on customer service, reliability, trust and going the extra mile for every client, whether selling or buying. She acknowledges that selling or buying a home can be one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s life and she understands that people need someone to guide them stepby-step through the process

in a friendly, efficient and understanding manner. Deirdre feels that the close of 2021 is the perfect time to begin her new enterprise. “My son Torin started an apprenticeship a few months ago in Intel in Kildare, and I have always been saying that more women are needed in the property business. So, I decided that the time is right for a new start and a new challenge, and I decided to take the plunge and set up my own business,” she said. “I believe that I can bring something new and fresh to the property scene in the west and I look forward to working with people buying and selling property in coming months and years”. As a new start-up enterprise, Deirdre will bring her keen focus to each and every property on her books, endeavouring to get the best price possible for sellers, engaging in a respectful and friendly manner with pro-

spective buyers, and ensuring that the process is as stress-free as possible. She loves nothing better than matching the right buyer to the right property. To date, she has a network of people she has worked with over the years and regularly calls to homes across Roscommon and Galway where she was involved in an initial property sale to maintain links with the family. Those who have encountered Deirdre in her role in the property business over the past sixteen years can attest to the fact that she is

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a professional, dedicated and hard-working individual, willing to push hard on behalf of clients to achieve the best possible result. Prompt and efficient service is a cornerstone of Bradley Homes. Apart from property sales, Deirdre will also be overseeing property rentals. Her strong track record in the locality means that she knows what landlords require, meaning she can provide a seamless and efficient service and find the right tenant for your property. Looking forward to the new challenge, Deirdre intends to build her new business based on strong customer service, high professional standards and a high level of trust and engagement with clients. If you have a property that you are thinking of selling or renting, give Deirdre a call on 086-1713417 or email sales@ bradleyhomes.ie, and she can talk you through the process.


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Roscommon Heritage Office marks 20 years

Roscommon County Council Heritage Office was established in 2001, with the support of The Heritage Council. The Heritage Office works to build a better understanding and appreciation of our natural, built and cultural heritage. This involves gathering heritage data, promoting best practice in the care and management of our heritage and raising awareness of all the different aspects of our heritage. The work of local groups in County Roscommon in recognising their own heritage and their efforts to develop its potential for the benefit of the community is acknowledged and supported by the Roscommon Heritage Office. A look back through some of the projects delivered by the Roscommon Heritage Office over the past 20 years shows that 19 booklets and posters, 6 books, 7 videos and 27 conjectural reconstruction drawings have been produced. 6 seminars, 19 awareness-raising projects, 12 data-gathering projects, 22 schools projects, 10 conservation reports or projects and 15 projects to promote best practice or provide training have been delivered. 23 conservation grant schemes have been managed. National Heritage Week has been promoted and supported over 19 years. Three County Heritage Plans have been produced and delivered with the assistance of County Roscommon Heritage Forum, which is a partnership between Roscommon County Council and heritage stakeholders countywide who work closely with the Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage to address national heritage priorities, promote national best practice guidance at a local level and meet local heritage needs. “After 20 years in operation, now is a good time to reflect on some of the projects delivered down through that period and consider what should be prioritised for the next few years,” said Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer. This is timely as the current County Roscommon Heritage Plan is up for review, with a new County Heritage Plan due to be prepared in 2022. Suggestions on where the Heritage Office might focus future priorities or what the new County Heritage Plan might deliver are welcome by email to heritage@roscommoncoco.ie.

Seamus Maher, Tom Holian, Bernie Mahe, Mary Cox, Blaithin Cox (sound) and Patrick Cox (stage manager) pictured in Naas following Roscommon Drama Group’s performance of ‘A Galway Girl’.

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Mary and Blaithin Cox pictured in Naas following Roscommon Drama Group’s performance of ‘A Galway Girl’.

The Roscommon Drama Group travelled to Naas on Saturday last for their first performance on circuit this year with Geraldine Arron’s play ‘A Galway Girl’, directed by Mary Cox. They did Roscommon proud, finishing in second place and putting the all-important early points on the leaderboard in attempting to

qualify for the All-Ireland Finals in Ennis in December. Tom Holian plays hard-man and husband Dermot, and Bernie Mahe plays his wife of ten years, Maisie. Tom won the award for Best Actor, and the group won the Audience Award for overall favourite play of the festival. Bernie Mahe was nomi-

nated for Best Actress and Mary Cox for Best Director. This weekend, the group will tread the boards in Ballina on Sunday night and look forward to hopefully going one better. To follow the group’s progress, go to adci.ie, where you will see the league tables for the All-Ireland Circuit.

Meeting of Kiltoom Community Alert Group Last week, a meeting of the executive of the Kiltoom Community Alert Group was held. At the meeting, an appeal was made to householders in the area to not leave doors or windows open for any length of time in the event of the homeowner’s absence. In the countdown to Christmas and the winter months, an appeal was also made to householders to not leave keys under doormats or flower pots, and to ask a neighbour to keep an eye on their property in the event of the home being vacated for an extended period of time. Votes of sympathy were also extended to people who sustained bereavements in recent months. Condolences have been

extended to Mary Dooley (Curnaseer) on the death of her mother Anne Shine; the O’Carroll family (Hodson Bay) on the death of Myrl O’Carroll; Barney Kenna (Moyvannion, Kiltoom) on the death of his sister Emer Quinn; Michael Silke (Barrymore, Kiltoom) on the death of his wife Teresa; the Cunningham family (Upper Curramore, Kiltoom) on the death of Tom Cunningham; Anthony Cunningham (Upper Curramore) on the death of his mother Ann; Justin Lennon (Hodson Bay, Kiltoom) on the death of his father Johnny; Ita Dockery (The Rise, Kiltoom) on the death of her mother, Rosie Sweeney (Claremorris); the Finneran family (Derryglad) on the death of Bridie O’Connor (Birmingham); the Caulfield

family (Talbot Avenue) on the death of Pauline Caulfield; Kathleen Harney (Bredagh, Kiltoom) on the death of her sister May Fallon; the Connolly family (Lisbane, Kiltoom) on the death of their mother Mary Connolly; Bernard Kilcline (Hill of Berries, Kiltoom) on the death of his mother; Rena Harney (Barrymore, Kiltoom) on the death of her brother Paddy Feeley (Malahide, Dublin); Patricia Jordan (Cappalisheen, Kiltoom) on the death of her brother Martin Dolan; Mary Costello (Barrybeg, Kiltoom) on the death of her mother Mary Quinn; and the McGauran family (Kiltrustan, Strokestown) on the death of Rev. Frank McGauran, who ministered as a CC in Kiltoom and Cam in the mid-1970s.

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Technological University designation for north and northwest warmly welcomed Local Minister of State Frank Feighan has said welcomed the recent announcement of a new Technological University for the northwest of Ireland, saying it would transform the entire region. The announcement followed a recent application from GalwayMayo, Sligo and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology. Deputy Feighan said: “The new TU for the northwest will be one of the largest multi-campus universities in Ireland and will

offer excellent opportunities for the entire region. It will benefit students, staff, communities and enhance the local economy. “The TU will be spread right across the region with campuses based in eight locations across Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the northwest and will allow greater access to third level education for many students in the area. It will transform the entire region”.

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has also welcomed the announcement.  Commenting on the designation, Ibec North-West Regional President Seamus Hughes, said: “The establishment of a Technological University is an immensely positive achievement that will underpin the regions’ future economic and social progress. It is a testament to all involved in delivering a university of scale for the northwest and west regions.

“The University will support more balanced regional growth and will be a key enabler for the regions to realise their potential for growth. “A dynamic Technological University in the region will build the talent pipeline and significantly increase sustained investment in innovation and R&D. It will unleash the potential of the region to act as an anchor for innovation and high-tech skills development and will enable the region to develop, attract and retain talent,

sustainable enterprises and highquality jobs”. Ibec Senior Regional Policy Executive, Helen Leahy, said: “GMIT, IT Sligo and LYIT have individually made substantial contribution to the region’s economic and social development and have a strong track record of engagement with enterprise. A Technological University presents a unique opportunity to build upon this and strengthen further how enterprise and our education partners collaborate

on strategic issues that underpin regional development and competitiveness. “To realise the potential of the new institution and to add further capacity across the region considerable investment will be required. A targeted and sufficient capital investment programme in physical teaching and research infrastructure must now be delivered for the Technological University to be a regional driver of economic growth and innovation”.

Castlerea now registered as a ‘Sustainable Energy Community’ Call to action for local SMES

Roscommon women seeking career supports can now avail of expanded WorkEqual service Roscommon women seeking support to enter the workforce or progress their careers can now avail of the services on offer from WorkEqual, a charity that provides professional styling, mentoring, workshops and career consulting programmes, free of charge. WorkEqual began life ten years ago as ‘Dress for Success Dublin’, but this week announced its rebrand and new name – to reflect the fact its service provision is now available nationwide. Commenting, WorkEqual CEO Angela Smith said: “Dress for Success has made a huge difference to thousands of women over the past decade. The focus has been to equip women to enter or return to the workforce. WorkEqual will bolster this work with significantly enhanced initiatives aimed at helping women reach their full potential. “Over the past decade, we have developed into a national organisation with over 40 expert volunteers, providing a range of services for women seeking employment. We are proud to have supported more than 3,000 women in total, 60 per cent of whom have gone on to secure a job or return to education. “Under our new brand, WorkEqual, we will bolster this work with mentoring initiatives, bespoke training programmes, and one-toone coaching. We’re also very excited to now advocate for women generally within the employment sphere at national level. We have the expertise on the ground to advise policymakers on how we can ensure men and women are equally valued in employment.”

WorkEqual will continue to provide all its existing services, including confidence coaching, interview and CV preparation, mentoring and styling services. The rebrand of the charity is taking place to reflect the expanding range of employment services for women across Ireland, who are seeking to enter or re-enter the workplace. Earlier this week, WorkEqual also launched its annual awareness-raising campaign on gender equality in the workplace. The campaign has run each year since 2016 and is sponsored by SOLAS, the further education and training authority, and Permanent TSB. This year, the month-long campaign will focus on childcare and how family caring duties impact on workplace gender equality. Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Angela Smith continued: “This year, our annual campaign will explore how to reform the provision of childcare in Ireland, where we have one of the highest costs for parents in the EU. Our campaign will be furthering the conversation about the practical steps we can take at national and local levels for policy and legislative change, as well as the ways that individual employers can shape their workplaces to facilitate greater participation and progression for women. “We hope to see lots of Roscommon people engaging with our campaign and attending our free seminar on November 25th. Anyone with an interest in childcare, gender equality and workplace relations is welcome to attend”. Registration for the free WorkEqual seminar in late November is open now on eventbrite.

Castlerea Town Team have announced that it has registered the town of Castlerea as a Sustainable Energy Community and has successfully applied for funding to secure an Energy Master Plan with the support of Roscommon County Council. Castlerea Town Team Chairperson, Gareth Scahill, has encouraged local businesses to get involved. “By completing an Energy Master Plan for Castlerea we hope to get a better understanding of the energy demand and supply within our community. The overall goal of this is to

encourage energy efficiency, first within our community, a goal that is typically low risk and has a high payback,” he said. “The plan will be a live record of the community’s energy status and will give us achievable goals. We also plan to use this plan to tailor future projects and funding applications for the town. “At this early stage we are looking at getting as much scope for the plan as we can and are calling on all small to medium enterprises (SMEs with less than 250 employees) within the Castlerea area to get in touch.

“Through SEAI, a separate grant is currently available to get SME surveys completed. These surveys will outline efficiencies available to the SME and the information will enable us to get more value from the overall Master Plan. “A number of local businesses have already completed these surveys but we would like to engage with as many eligible businesses as possible. If you would like more information on this please Gareth Scahill on 087-6747290 or email your details to gscahill@gmail. com,” he concluded.

Abbott employees raise €30k for North West Hospice

Abbott employees in Sligo have successfully raised €30,000 for North West Hospice, through the Abbott ‘Charity of Choice’ programme. The initiative involves employee-led fundraising projects aimed at supporting local charities that deliver projects to benefit people in the local community. North West Hospice provides specialist care with compassion for people in the region who live with a life-limiting illness. The integrated service is provided to people in Sligo, Leitrim, south Donegal and west Cavan through an in-patient unit, a community palliative care team and a hospital palliative care team. Abbott is a global healthcare company that’s been operating in Ireland for 75 years across several of areas of business. The employeeraised funding will be used to purchase technology for patients in a new state-ofthe-art in-patient unit. This

will ensure patients can stay connected to family and friends who are unable to physically visit. Construction of the unit is due to begin shortly and will see the creation of 12 single private rooms, ensuring dignity and privacy for patients. The hospice holds a special

place in the hearts of Abbott employees in Sligo, with a long-standing tradition of staff supporting the charity. In February 2019, the employees from Abbott’s nutrition business in Sligo selected it as the first official Charity of Choice. Throughout the following

24 months, fundraising efforts were undertaken inperson, including cake sales, quizzes and ‘Spinathons’. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic pausing in-person fundraising, employees remained committed to their target and have successfully raised €30,000.

Abbott employees in Sligo have successfully raised €30,000 for North West Hospice, through the Abbott ‘Charity of Choice’ programme.


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Dennehy: Funding for sheep sector in CAP far short of what’s needed IFA Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue’s CAP Strategic Plan will exclude one million ewes from any funding. “The proposed €20 million per annum Sheep Improvement Scheme with payments of €12 per ewe will only be available to 1.7 million ewes. This is even fewer than the number of ewes in the current Sheep Welfare Scheme,” he said. The IFA National Sheep Chairman made this point directly to Minister McConalogue at the IFA protest in Kilkenny on Thursday night last and called on the Minister to provide funding for €30 for all ewes in the country in the new CAP plans. “According to the most recent census figures, there are over 2.6 million ewes in the country. Using those figures, the proposed funding will only deliver a payment of €7.70 per ewe,” he said. Sean Dennehy highlighted the vulnerability of sheep farming and the dangers of losing this key contributor to quality food production,

environmental ambitions and critical social and economic activity in some of the most challenging farming regions of the country. He said a targeted €30 per ewe payment is crucial to support the sector; encourage generational renewal; and ensure sheep farming remains a significant and positive contributor to those areas where it’s carried out. The IFA Sheep Chairman said IFA had specifically called for shearing to be included in the scheme to address the collapse in the wool market. He said inclusion of this measure would offset the enormous costs now associated with what is a key animal health and welfare measure on farms, and allow payments in the scheme build to the desired rate. Mr. Dennehy said the Minister must come forward with meaningful amendments to the proposed scheme and a budget that will provide €30 per ewe for all 2.6 million ewes in the country, which would reflect his stated support for the sector with meaningful actions.

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Castlerea MART WATCH Large numbers of stock presented again this week as the weather and ground conditions worsened. Considering the large amount of stock on offer, plainer type stock is tending to be harder sold but the quality stock remains a good trade. The heifer rings reported a similar trade to last week aided by northern demand and strong farmer activity. The weanling rings reported a good clearance with the heifer weanlings in particular in strong demand with the top lots making up to €4.52 a kilo while the bulls peaked at €4.42 a kilo. Cows with calves at foot made up to €2,000 with springers hitting the €2,000 mark while the dry cows peaked at €2,140. There were 350 bullocks on offer at Monday’s sale with trade relatively unchanged from previous weeks, and a good clearance taking place. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, November 4th) when we have our sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners, and weanlings. All sales

commence at 11 am. Sample prices for heifers: Lm 405kgs €1100, Lm 420kgs €1080, Ch 405kgs €1000, Lm 495kgs €1500, Lm 485kgs €1330, Ch 475kgs €1280, Lm 540kgs €1860, Ch 615kgs €1480, Ch 570kgs €1430. Dry cows: PT 860kgs €2140, Ch 935kgs €1980, Ch 785kgs €1670, Lm 730kgs €1590, Ch 745kgs €1580, LM 730kgs €1580, Her 770kgs €1690, Sim 770kgs €1590. Weanling bulls: Ch 285kgs €1260, Ch 295kgs €940, Lm 285kgs €820, Lm 275kgs €780, Lm 365kgs €1160, Ch 375kgs €1100, Ch 355kgs €1090. Weanling heifers: Ch 285kgs €1290, Lm 280kgs €1100, Lm 290kgs €1090, Ch 245kgs €870, Lm 325kgs €1260, Ch 380kgs €1170, Lmx 300kgs €1040. Bullocks: Lm 490kgs €1390, Ch 495kgs €1280, Lm 545kgs €1470, BBx 525kgs €1390, Ch 590kgs €1680, Lm 590kgs €1550, Ch 700kgs €1700, Ch 655kgs €1680, AAX 765kgs €1540.

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Carbon Budget will have serious impact on rural economy - IFA IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Carbon Budget staging announced by the Climate Change Advisory Council recently and the sectoral emissions ceilings reported, will have serious repercussions for farming. “Our most productive farmers simply cannot remain viable if agriculture has to reduce emissions by between 21 per cent and 30 per cent as has been reported. This will have profound implications for the rural economy,” he said. “Some may compare the budget, and the sectoral ceilings that had been proposed, to other sectors and think agriculture has got a fair deal, but the Government has not considered

the implications for individual farmers and the sector”. Mr. Cullinan said that for most people, climate action would impact on their lifestyle, but for farmers, it would impact on livelihoods. “It’s also important to realise that increases in the cost of energy and transport fuel are already impacting on the viability of farms and rural businesses,” he added. “The Government must now engage in meaningful negotiation with farmers to make a plan for the sector that can contribute to emissions reduction, but which does not impact on farmer’s livelihoods. In addition, proper funding must

be in place to help farmers implement climate action measures”. The IFA President said that the frustration for farmers will centre around the fact that if less food is produced here, it will be produced elsewhere, resulting in a larger carbon footprint. “The world’s population is growing and is likely to increase from 7.5 billion today to 10 billion by 2050. More food will be needed, not less,” he said. “There is a huge amount of misinformation out there. Ireland’s grassbased system is extremely efficient. The Government must support farmers, not regulate them out of business”.

Friday, November 5th at 11 a.m. 120 pens of Bullocks on offer Also Heifers and Dry Cows Yard opens at 7.30 a.m. Stock to be penned by 9.30 a.m. ----------------------

Special Sale of Heifers Friday, November 12th at 11a.m. Also Bullocks and Dry Cows Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Monday, 8th November ----------------------

Tuesday, November 9th at 4 p.m. IFA President Tim Cullinan

Independent TD Denis Naughten has urged families to immediately appoint a farm successor so that they can avail of the three-year cap on farm or business assets which came into force last week under the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme. Changes in the law introducing a three-year cap on nursing home charges against a farm or business asset, are now in force but Deputy Naughten cautioned families that they cannot avail of this relief until they have appointed a successor who will farm the land for the next six years and provide evidence of this to the HSE. Application forms are now available at the HSE website. To avail of the three-year cap the person in the nursing home must formally designate their family successor who will run the farm for the next six years and they must also confirm that either they or their partner/ spouse spent a substantial part of their working time on the farm or in the business before they went into long-term care. The family successor must commit to working the farm or business for a period of six years beginning on the date of his or

her appointment by the person in the nursing home. “In most instances this should be straightforward, but the cap cannot kick in until the application and supporting documentation including sworn affidavits are submitted to the Nursing Home Support Scheme offices,” he said. “This means that every week a family delays submitting their application a further charge of 0.14 per cent will be placed against the capital value of the family farm or business asset, so it is important that families act quickly”. The Independent TD warned: “Where the land has already been signed over but is still being charged under nursing home support scheme, the new owner of the farm or business asset is obliged to consent to a charging order being registered against the asset. “In such cases there may be a need to secure an additional consent from a lender which may result in additional nursing home charges being applied against the farm or business until all the paperwork is lodged,” Deputy Naughten concluded.

Roscommon MART WATCH There was another large entry of stock on offer at last Friday’s sale on October 29th for bullocks, heifers and dry cows. Trade was firm for quality lots, while plainer stock were a little more difficult to sell. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.37 per kilo up to €3.09 per kilo. There was a nice entry of bullocks with prices averaging from €2.22 per kilo up to €2.89 per kilo, and dry cow numbers were bigger this week with prices ranging from €1.77 per kilo up to €2.14 per kilo. This Friday (November 5th), we will hold our special sale of bullocks and general sale of heifers and dry cows. There were larger numbers on offer this week at our sale on Tuesday, November 2nd, with a firm trade all round. Prices for bulls ranged from €2.56 up to €4.42 per kilo, while weanling heifers made from €2.59 up to €3.38 per kilo, and a special entry of in calf cows made from €1,030 up to €1,820. Customers were active both on line and at the ringside resulting in a good clearance of lots. On Tuesday, November 9th, we will have our winter show and sale of weanlings. There will also be a special entry of twelve in-calf springer heifers, Char X and Lim X in calf to PB Lim Bull, due mid-February onwards. There was a larger entry on offer at our

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weekly sale for lambs and cast ewes with an improvement in trade from the previous week. Finished lambs made up to €158, store lambs made up to €130, and stag ewes made up €168. Sheep sales continue as usual at Roscommon Mart on Wednesday, November 10th, at 11am. The yard opens at 8 am and all stock must be penned by 10 am. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID tag set. The sale can be viewed live on livestock-live.com. Sample prices for dry cows: Char X 855kgs €1830, BBX 850kgs €1800, Lim 805kgs €1710, BA 805kgs €1710, Char X 705kgs €1310, BBX 695kgs €1360, Lim X 765kgs €1530, Lim X 800kgs €1690, BBX 720kgs €1540, Lim X 740kgs €1510, Lim 675kgs €1280, Lim X 640kgs €1250. Heifers: Char X 640kgs €1700, Char X 675kgs €1700, Char X 605kgs €1650, Char X 695kgs €1640, Char 600kgs €1550, 2 Char X 637kgs €1540, AAX 620kgs €1460, 3 Char X 568kgs €1400, Lim X 595kgs €1520, Lim X 430kgs €1330, PTX 500kgs €1350, Lim X 520kgs €1390, Char X 515kgs €1340, Simm X 550kgs €1370, Lim X 485kgs €1290, Char 475kgs €1240, Char X 405kgs €1110, 2 Lim X 422kgs €1110. Bullocks: AAX 815kgs €1700, Char X 735kgs €1600, Char X 665kgs €1590, Char X 535kgs €1550, Char X 590kgs €1490, Char X 510kgs

€1390, Lim 515kgs €1310, Char X 405kgs €1100, Char X 450kgs €1200, Lim 515kgs €1310, 3 Char X 443kgs €1080, Lim X 395kgs €920. Weanling heifers: Char X 345kgs €1100 - €3.18 per kilo, Char X 375kgs €1100 - €2.93 per kilo, Char 320kgs €1080 - €3.37 per kilo, Char X 335kgs €1020 - €3.04 per kilo, 3 Lim X 336kgs €900 - €2.76 per kilo, Char X 320kgs - €2.78 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €900 - €3.05 per kilo, Lim X 290kgs €950 - €3.27 per kilo, Char X 300kgs €940 - €3.13 per kilo, Char X 270kgs €870 - €3.22 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €880 - €3.38 per kilo. Weanling bulls: Char X 380kgs €1350 - €3.55 per kilo, Char X 370kgs €1260 - €3.40 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €1240 – €4.42 per kilo, Char X 305kgs €1000 - €3.27 per kilo, 2 Char X 320kgs €1070 €3.34 per kilo, 2 Char X 320kgs €1070 - €3.34 per kilo, Lim X 365kgs €1080 - €2.95 per kilo, SAX 295kgs €970 - €3.28 per kilo, Lim X 320kgs €900 - €2.81 per kilo, 3 AAX 355kgs €880 - €2.47 per kilo, Char X 285kgs €880 - €3.08 per kilo. Finished lambs: 53.9kgs €158, 56.4kgs €156, 51kgs €155, 48.8kgs €153, 49.5kgs €153, 48.5kgs €151, 50.4kgs €150, 47.4kgs €150,48.2kgs €148. Store lambs: 38.6kgs €130, 38.9kgs €130, 39.4kgs €129, 40.1kgs €128, 37.8kgs €126, 38.5kgs €124, 36kgs €124, 35.1kgs €121, 31.6kgs €112.

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Minister must ‘match rhetoric with action’

MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan

Local MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has said this week that COP26 and the Common Agriculture Policy are two intertwined issues with far-reaching implications for Irish agriculture and that Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue must now match COP26 rhetoric with action. Speaking to the Roscommon People this week, MEP Flanagan said: “Currently in the national discussions on the CAP reform there is a focus on the new concept of Eco-Schemes in Pillar 1, with many pushing for a minimalist application of these. Giving in to these de-

mands would not be in the longterm interest of agriculture. “We put ourselves forward as a food island, trading on our green image and pride ourselves on our high quality produce. To ensure that there is credibility to these claims, words must be backed up by actions”. Mr. Flanagan said it was important to note that the 25 per cent allocation to Eco-Schemes was a minimum amount, with certain caveats, that member states must reach over the stated period and that states were free to deliver a higher rate if they so wished. “Ireland should not be con-

strained by this minimal target, but be willing to go above this and use it as an opportunity to demonstrate that we are willing to go the extra mile to deliver on environmental goals, that can then be used as a marketing advantage,” he said. “We should embrace this new concept and make it work for Irish farmers. This involves both sides of the equation. On one side, the Minister must allocate adequate funds to the Eco-Schemes to ensure the farmers are properly remunerated for actions that are required of them. It is also critical that these schemes are structured in

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such a manner that beneficiaries do not incur costs in complying with them. “On the other side of the equation, farmers themselves must begin to think differently. Farming sustainability is not a zero sum game, where environmental action comes at a cost to the farmer. Many basic agronomic practices, such as increasing clover content in grassland swards or incorporating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in arable farming can add to farm profitability while delivering on environmental goals”. Concluding, MEP Flanagan said an honest discussion must

be had on the direction of Irish Agriculture if the ideals of the COP and the targets of the CAP are to be aligned. “Ireland’s grass-based agriculture can stand up to scrutiny across a range of environmental metrics. While there is much discussion on dairying versus beef farming, either can work in a grass-based system, however neither are sustainable if they are dependent on sucking in concentrates from outside the country and are reliant on the application of high levels of artificial fertiliser, which itself is hugely energy hungry to produce”.

Recent visitors saw a show of creativity on the Portrunny shoreline, with photography and painting held in the Kilteevan Community Centre (funded by GRETB). Thank you to all involved at Kilteevan Community Centre.

Portrun Development Association: Our great amenities are thriving! The Portrun Development Association CLG would like to thank all who took time to visit the Portrunny amenity over the past few months. With the extended good weather and people continuing to use the local amenities more for recreation, it has been great to notice the improvements taking place. In conjunction with Roscommon County Council, Waterways Ireland, and Inland Fisheries, the new slipway is nearing completion. The Willow Walk, courtesy of Roscommon County Council, is looking delightful. The Peatlands Community Engagement-sponsored Clooncagh link to the Clooncraff Bog Loop connecting the Cloonmore-Portrun road to the bog walks and the Hind River is open with a few details to be added soon. Recent visitors saw a show of creativity on the Portrunny shoreline, with photography and painting held in the Kilteevan Community Centre (funded by GRETB). Thank you to all involved

at Kilteevan Community Centre. Volunteers are kept busy in Portrunny, making sure the area looks fantastic through the weekly Tuesday evening clean-ups. People are also hard at work in the background, working at resourcing and doing the paperwork. We have noticed a significant improvement in curtailing littering, particularly thanks to the responsible dog walkers who pick up the dog foul with the free bags provided at the playground, and those who keep the dogs under control by leashing them. It is good to see the litter and dog wardens in Portrunny regularly. There are lots more ongoing projects coming to fruition, but as always, we welcome more ideas. If you are interested, please consider helping out an hour a week. People in the local community, as well as people in the surrounding villages and towns, are all welcome. By linking together, we will make Roscommon great!

Recent visitors saw a show of creativity on the Portrunny shoreline, with photography and painting held in the Kilteevan Community Centre (funded by GRETB). Thank you to all involved at Kilteevan Community Centre.


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New to the market at The Walk, Roscommon Oates Auctioneers are offering for sale a superb four-bedroom detached residence on a large landscaped site which is situated on The Walk Road, Roscommon within walking distance to all town amenities. This property is furnished to the highest specification with exceptional finish throughout and comprises entrance hallway, sitting room, living area, open plan kitchen dining room and large utility with w.c. off. First floor: four large bedrooms, master ensuite and family bathroom. Large mature grounds with wide variety of shrubs and plants together with mature hedging and trees.

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‘Sale of the Week’ at Remax Team Earley

This week, John Earley is pleased to advise that he has closed the sale of a three-bedroomed bungalow residence at Corboley, Knockcroghery, Roscommon. The residence, approximately 992 square feet, stands on a site of approximately 0.63 acres. John described the property as “A select, three-bedroomed countryside residence, standing on a mature site. The property has been care-

fully modernised in recent times and comes to the market in a much sought after residential location close to Knockcroghery village and all local amenities”. John added: “We have experienced a very busy selling period with quality properties attracting strong interest in all areas. Due to demand, we are now seeking properties in all areas for disappointed under bidders and

cash buyers. We welcome all submissions and offer a free appraisal service”. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact Remax Team Earley, Stonecourt, Roscommon, on 090-66 26579, email teamearley@remax.ie, or log onto teamearley.ie. Contact auctioneer John Earley directly on 0862551380.


1 Karol Avenue, Elphin, Co. Roscommon F45 AR28 Excellent positioned 4 bedroom semi detached residence located adjacent to a large green area and within walking distance to all town amenities including shops, pubs, schools etc., Situated just 15 minutes from the towns of Carrick on Shannon and Boyle, this residence comprises entrance hallway, sitting room with marble fireplace and back boiler, open plan kitchen/dining room and ground floor bedroom with toilet off. First floor, 3 large bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside laid lawns, oil fired control heating and large steel shed included in the sale.

Price Region: €100,000

BER Rating: E2



Glenballythomas, Tulsk Castlerea, Co. Roscommon F45 HY11 Imposing 3 bedroom 2 storey farm house situated on c. 1.35 acres of mature garden and paddocks, presented for sale in excellent condition and boasting traditional old world style and charm. This residence comprises entrance hallway, sitting room, kitchen/dining room and utility with wc off. Upstairs 3 bedrooms and bathroom. Outside cut stone walling, manicured gardens together with 2 large paddocks and numerous garages/workshops. Viewing is a must.

Price Region: € 200,000

BER Rating: D2



Millford, Creggs, Roscommon Co. Roscommon F42 TK74

Houses urgently wanted in all areas! Due to the large volume of residential sales over the past number of weeks, Remax Team Earley now require properties in all areas for mortgage approved and cash clients. All

properties will be considered, and we offer a free appraisal service. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact Remax Team

Earley, Stonecourt, Roscommon, on 090-6626579, email teamearley@remax.ie, or log onto teamearley.ie. Contact auctioneer John Earley directly on 086-2551380.

Imposing 6 bedroom residence situated on a mature 0.5 acre site within walking distance to Creggs village. This quality property extends to an impressive 2000 square feet with large double garage to side. Mature trees surround this property together with cut stone walling and attractive entrance gates. Creggs Village is situated on the Roscommon / Galway border and is only 30 miles from Galway city. This property is within walking distance from all shops, schools, sports clubs and fields as well as pubs

Price Region: € 185,000

Church Street, Roscommon Town, CO. ROSCOMMON TEL: 090 6627878 FAX: 090 6627877 E-mail info@oates.ie Website: www.oates.ie

BER Rating: D2

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


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PropertyPeople Auctioneers & Valuers

NO. 1 ABBEY ST., ROSCOMMON. Licence No. 001090 TEL 090 66 27003. FAX 090 66 26296 EMAIL info@pathughesauctioneers.com Web: www.pathughesauctioneers.com


Due to continued success Hughes & Company are urgently looking for all types of property in and around Roscommon for a number of disappointed underbidders. If you are thinking of buying or selling talk to Pat, let him advise you, his advice is free. Phone: 09066 27003 or e-mail info@pathughesauctioneers.com

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Circa 110-acre Farm for the Estate of Maura Murray, Deceased, in


All of the lands are of top quality and have been well maintained over the years. The lands are located in a renowned farming area with the benefit of lake frontage onto Lough Funshinagh. Final Offers will be accepted no later than 4.00pm on Wednesday 17th November unless previously sold For further details or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 090 6627003 or e-mail info@pathughesauctioneers.com Legal: Ms. Tina Dolan Solicitor, Mellotte O’Carroll Solicitors, 11 Pearse Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Ph. 090 64 92014



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Are now being sought for a circa 18.5-acre Residential Farm for the Reps of the late Patrick (Gossie) McGovern located at Killerney, Roscommon. The lands have excellent road frontage and the benefit of access to a side road which would leave them suitable for further development subject to planning permission. The residence is a one bedroomed bungalow with a range of out-offices including a 2-bay Hay Shed and 3 Horse Stables. Final Offers will be accepted no later than 4.00 p.m. on Friday 19th November For further details or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 090 6627003 or e-mail info@pathughesauctioneers.com

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The property can be sold in one or more lots to suit. Accommodation consists of: Kitchen, Dining Room, Sitting Room, 3 Bedrooms and Bathroom downstairs, with 2 further Bedrooms upstairs. There are several out-offices including hay shed and lean-to. The lands have excellent road frontage and would have development potential subject to planning permission being granted. The property is situated less than 2 miles from Roscommon town and ½ mile off the main Lanesboro to Roscommon Road convenient to schools and all local amenities. • Lot 1 Residence on circa 34 acres • Lot 2 Circa 9 acres • Lot 3 Residence on circa 3 acres • Lot 4 Circa 31 acres For further details and appointment to view contact 090 6627003 or email: info@ pathughesauctioneers.com Legal: Carmel Leahy, Thomas K Madden & Co. Solicitors, 1 Camlin View, Deanscurragh, Longford, (043) 334 1192

Final offers on 110-acre farm in Curraghboy village This week, Pat Hughes Auctioneers are confirming that final offers are now being invited for a 110-acre farm for sale in Curraghboy village. Final offers will be accepted no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, November 17th. All of these lands are of top quality, and the property has the advantage of lake frontage

onto Lough Funshinagh. The lands have been well farmed over recent years and would be of interest to local farmers or someone looking to acquire a good block of land located convenient to Athlone and Roscommon. The auctioneers confirmed that they are receiving a lot of interest from investors who

are buying this type of property and leasing it for a number of years, which gives them a tax-free income. This farm is capable of generating a rental income of €30,000 per year tax-free. For further details, contact Pat Hughes Auctioneers on 090-6627003 or email info@ pathughesauctioneers.com.

Final offers on residential farm in Roxboro Pat Hughes Auctioneers are confirming that final offers are being invited for a 43-acre residential farm, located at Roxboro, Roscommon. Final offers will be accepted no later than 4 pm on Friday, November 19th. The property, which is being sold under the representatives of the late Mary (Maisie) Farrell, can be sold in one or more lots to suit. Downstairs accommodation consists of a kitchen, dining room, sitting room, three bed-

rooms and a bathroom, with two further bedrooms upstairs. There are several out-offices including a hay shed and lean-to. The land has excellent road frontage and would have development potential subject to planning permission being granted. The property is situated less than two miles from Roscommon town and half a mile off the main Lanesboro to Roscommon road, convenient to schools and all local amenities.

There are approximately nine acres located a short distance away from the main block. All these lands are of top quality. Lot 1 comprises the residence on approximately 34 acres, lot 2 comprises approximately nine acres, lot 3 comprises the residence on approximately 3 acres and lot 4 comprises 31 acres. For further details, contact Pat Hughes Auctioneers on 090-6627003 or email info@ pathughesauctioneers.com.


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PropertyPeople Stone Court Centre, The Square, Roscommon Tel: (090) 6626579 / 6626796 Mobile: John 086 2551380 Email: teamearley@remax.ie Web: www.teamearley.ie SALE OF THE WEEK

John Earley FIPAV

Institute of Professional Auctioneer & Valuers

PSRA Licence No. 001481-001661.


3 Bed Residence known as “The Presbytery”

3 Bedroom Bungalow Residence on approx 1.13 Acres





AMV €10 €100,0 0,00 00

AMV €65,000

A 3 bedroom detached two-storey residence, extending to approx. 1,540 sq. ft., the property was originally constructed in approx. 1900’s and is in need of work and modernisation throughout. The ground floor comprises of a porch, entrance hall, living room, kitchen, dining room, utility, W.C., hot-press and storage space beneath the stairs. Proceeding to the first floor is a landing, 3 bedrooms, main bathroom and W.C. Certified with a G BER Certificate, the property is heated via oil fired central heating and 2 solid fuel feature fireplaces in the living room and dining room. Double glazed windows are fitted throughout the property. Externally the property sits on a generous size site with lawns surrounding the house, mature trees and a spacious driveway. There is also a shed with ample storage to the side of the property. BER G Legal: Callan Tansey Solicitors, Boyle (071) 966 2019 The Auctioneer now invites viewings and all offers to sell

The property is in need of refurbishment. The bungalow sits on a large site extending to approx. 1.13 acres, offering excellent potential to extend the property if required. Comprising briefly of Living room, kitchen, 3 Bedrooms and Bathroom of approx. 841 sq ft Heated via oil fired central heating with a solid fuel range and a solid fuel fireplace. Double glazed windows are fitted throughout. Cloonlaughnan is situated 3 minutes from Four Roads, 5 minutes from Athleague, 10 minutes from Ballygar and 15 minutes from Roscommon Town, the property offers easy access to an array of amenities in surrounding towns and villages. Four Roads and Athleague are the closest villages offering ample amenities such as schools, shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, public transport. BER F



Approx 14 Acres located at CARROWNASKEAGH, TULSK, CO. ROSCOMMON F45 E781 3 Bed Residence standing on

3 Bedroomed Terrace Property


AMV: €125,000

A fine residence and prime lands of approx. 14 acres. This said sale presents a rare opportunity to acquire renowned Tulsk lands with a fine 3 bedroomed two storey residence and sheds. This property is in good condition. The site is private, secure and located just 3km from Tulsk Village. Note: Land and residence can be sold independently should market interest dictate. Services: Water, ESB, Septic Tank, OFCH Lot 1: The entire lot Lot 2: Residence and 0.7 of an acre with barns Lot 3: Lands of approx. 13.3 acres with hayshed Legals: Noel Kelly, Kelly and Ryan Sligo 0719162855 The Auctioneer now invites viewings and all offers to sell

A popular residential estate within walking distance of the centre of Athlone. Presented in fair condition but in need of some cosmetic work throughout. Living accommodation is comprised of an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, W.C and bedroom on the ground floor. Proceeding to the first floor is a landing, 2 bedrooms and main bathroom. The property is heated via oil fired central heating and a solid fuel feature fireplace in the living room. To the rear of the property is an extra large garden with large lawns, rear access and shed storage. Private parking can be found to the front on the concrete driveway. Mitchells Terrace is within walking distance of Athlone Town Centre and also benefits from a bus stop a mere 160m away. An array of amenities are also within easy reach of the property including schools, AIT, shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, various sports facilities, playground, childcare and train/bus stations. Access to the M6 Motorway is also close by, allowing easy access to Galway and Dublin. BER G The Auctioneer now invites viewings and all offers to sell



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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Irish Woodland Trust Clg. wish to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for development at this Site, Rinnagan, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon. The development shall consist of the erection of new 1.82m high opaque steel fence to enclose a section of land measure 35m long and 22m wide and all ancillary site works.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Brian Flanagan, intend to apply for planning permission for development at Knockalaghta, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, F45 F586. The development will consist of upgrading of existing septic tank to new domestic wastewater treatment system with new percolation area and all associated site works and services relating to the above.

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

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Roscommon Racecourse Ltd, are applying for Planning Permission to demolish 2 No. existing Stables, and to construct 31 No. new Horse stables with Concrete Yard, a Vets Building consisting of 2 No. sampling Stables and a central observation area, a Soft Matting Horse Trot Area and Holding Area, 2 No Wash Bays, and to divert the existing Access Road, with all associated site development works at Roscommon Racecourse, Carrownabrickna Td, Co Roscommon. Signed: AOL Design Ltd. Consulting Engineers C/O Albert Looby, Killeenboy, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. Tel: (090) 66 28184 Mobile: (086) 8167365 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 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, KDM Construction Ltd, intend applying to Roscommon County Council for Retention Planning Permission to retain as Constructed Dwelling House No’s 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 25, 26 & 27 and retain as constructed common areas, road and footpath layout with associated services etc which is at variance to the Development Permitted under Planning Register Ref No PD03/1470 and An Bord Pleanala Reference No PL20.207502 with completion of all outstanding site works at Forest Park Manor, Drum or Warren Td, Carrick Road, Boyle, 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. A submission or observation in relation to the application may 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 of the application by the planning authority. Signed: Michael Hennessy Advanced Planning & Design Services Ltd Dorrary, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Roscommon Tel: 086 1701549

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Colm Manning intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the construction of a dwelling house, domestic garage/fuel store, proprietary treatment system, percolation area and associated works at Clooncoran, Ballinasloe, 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 a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Signed: Stephen Blake, M.R.I.A.I., Registered Architect Trihill, Ballinamore Bridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. T: 090 6624681 M: 087 635 8949 E: stephen@sbarchitect.ie

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Cormac Sheehy intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the construction of a proposed boundary wall incorporating vehicular entrance and associated works at Barrymore, Kiltoom, 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 a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon I, Michael Smyth, intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site at Sunset Cottage, Cloonfree, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, F42 YX92. The development will consist of the change of use from a Gym associated with an existing dwelling house to a bedroom.

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

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Eanna Crehan intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct two storey dwelling, domestic garage, proprietary effluent treatment unit and percolation area, associated site development works and services at Tonalig, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Gaynor Architectural + Design Services Ltd. Architects Fallon Avenue, Roscommon. Phone: 090 6626974 Mobile: 086 8115449 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

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I, Brian Keenan, Quarry Springs, Convent Road, Roscommon F42 W995 am applying to the Superintendent, Roscommon Garda Station for a certificate of personal fitness and bookmakers licence (course only). I, Brian M. Keenan, Clooncashel Beg, Mount Cashel, Roscommon F42 AK81 am applying to the Superintendent, Roscommon Garda Station for a certificate of personal fitness and bookmakers licence (course only).

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of Gerard Dervin for retention permission and completion for two single storey houses on Sites 9 and 10 previously granted permission under planning permission, ref- PD/12/261 at Ascaill Eoghan, Lisnamult, Roscommon.

Signed: Seamus Murray, Project Managers, Engineers & Surveyors. Phone: (087) 2222874 The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that 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 and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES McDERMOTT Henry The Old Forge, Oran, Donamon, Co. Roscommon (4th Anniversary)

DOYLE Anthony


SEERY Kathleen

Grange, Curraghboy, Athlone, Co. Roscommon (9th Anniversary)

Curraghreevagh, Creggs. Died 12th November 2017. (4th Anniversary)

Creggane, Cornafulla


(3rd Anniversary)

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Scrine, Athleague, www.brianmuraystone.com Co. Roscommon E: brianmurraystone@gmail.com Though we need to weep your loss, you dwell in that safe place in our hearts, where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Loved and remembered by your family, friends and neighbours. Anniversary Mass in Ballinaheglish Church on Tuesday, 9th November at 10am.


Gailey, Knockcroghery, Roscommon/ Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. Who passed away on 1st October 2021 R.I.P.

In loving memory of Anthony who passed away on the 6th November 2012 Sadly missed along life’s way quietly remembered everyday. No longer in our lives to share but in our hearts you are always there.

Always remembered by his loving family. May he Rest In Peace. Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyforan on Saturday, 6th November at 7pm.

CURLEY Elaine John’s wife Helena, daughters Roisin and Ciara, parents Sean and Maureen, siblings and parent’s in-law Tommy and Eileen along with their families wish to sincerely thank all those who sympathised and supported us on our sad loss. It has been overwhelming and we are eternally grateful. To all those who travelled from Ballycastle and further afield to support us through the funeral, we offer a very genuine and considered thanks. To those who sent mass cards, sympathy cards, condolences online and made donations to Roscommon Palliative Care Unit, thank-you. To Fr. Ray Milton, Fr. Joe Fitzgerald and Fr. Ali Joe who called to our home on the morning of John’s death and prayed with him. It will always be treasured and remembered. Thanks to Fr. Michael Donnelly for a lovely spiritual Funeral Mass together with Fr. Joe Fitzgerald. To the wonderful singers and musicians in the church, readers and church stewards. To our neighbours and friends who stood along the route as the cortege travelled to the Church and to those who stood in the Church grounds and Cemetery, we thank you all deeply. To the management and staff of all the clinical areas of Portiuncula Hospital and in particular the Oncology Unit under the guidance of Dr. Silvie Blazcova for your generosity of spirit in the care of John. To all the staff at St. Coman’s Medical Centre. To the Community Care team and nursing friends who took such precious care of John in the few weeks before he died. He trusted you all explicitly. Our families are forever in your debt. We are very grateful to friends, extended families, neighbours who brought food, looked after refreshments and helped out in so many practical ways during the funeral. The grave diggers for preparing John’s resting place. To Smyth’s Funeral Directors for arranging John’s final journey. You will always be remembered. John had many visitors and phone calls from his friends during his illness. This meant so much to him and we thank you all for your kindness. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation and gratitude. John’s Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Saturday, 6th November at 11am in St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery. Our Lady, Star of the Sea, pray for all.

Gurrane, Creggs, Co. Roscommon (10th Anniversary) In loving memory of Elaine, who died on 6th November 2011 Aged 19 years R.I.P.

Remembrance is a golden chain, death tries to break, but all in vain. To have to love and then to part is the greatest sorrow of one’s heart. Time may wipe out many things but this they wipe out never, the memory of those happy days when we were all together.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed Mammy, Daddy, Aisling, Noel, Kieran and Elaine. xxxxx

AUNTIE You were always someone special someone kind and true who will never be forgotten for we thought the world of you.

Loved and missed, Ciara, Aoife, Kian, Jack and Kealan xxxxx Mass offered.

No farewell words were ever spoken no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it and only God can tell us why. It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone for part of us went with you the day God called you Home.

Lovingly remembered by his parents, Tommy Joe and Mary, sisters Elizabeth and Maria, brother-in-law Joe, niece Dayna, nephews Dylan and Patrick. Anniversary Mass in Kilbegnet Church on Monday, 8th November at 7pm.

FLYNN Francie (Frank) Craughwell, Kilmore, Ballygar, Co. Galway (6th Anniversary) Who passed away on 31st October 2015

Deep are the memories precious they stay no passing of time can take them away.

Sadly missed and remembered by his mother Mary, wife Martina and sons, his bothers and sisters. Anniversary Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar on Saturday, 6th November at 7.30pm.

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


Nothing can dim the face we loved, the memory of your smile, the countless things you did for us, to make our lives worthwhile. And now your task is over, we long to let you know, how proud we are that you were ours, because we loved you so.

From Tommy Joe and family. Anniversary Mass in Drum Church on Sunday, 7th November at 10am.

HOBAN Lena Ballyglass, Ballymacurley (19th Anniversary)

BURKE Paddy and Marie Ballyglass, Ballymacurley, Roscommon (4th Anniversary) (8th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Paddy who died on the 11th September, 2017 and Marie who died on the 5th November, 2013 Softly the leaves of memory fall gently we gather and treasure them all. Unseen, unheard ye are always near so missed, so loved, so very dear.

Lovingly remembered by Mary, Martina, Ted, Elaina, Mark, Shane, Alan and Rebecca. Anniversary Mass in Cloverhill Church on Saturday 6th November at 7pm.

CURLEY Tom Muff, Castlecoote, Roscommon Who died on 4th November 2012 (9th Anniversary)

Time helps to heal life’s sadness, like a smile hides many a tear, but memories keep us very close, despite the passing years. It does not take a special day to bring you to our minds, for a day without a thought of you, would be very hard to find. Always a smile, always content, always loved wherever you went. True was your heart, your actions so kind, what beautiful memories left behind.

Remembered always by your loving husband Bill, sons Liam, Enda and Marty, daughter Sinéad, son-in-law Brian, daughters-in-law Ruth, Elaine and Gillian, grandchildren Dylan, Nathan, Noah, Cría, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Conor, Lorcán and Daire and extended family. Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinaheglish on Sunday, 7th November at 11am.

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

Loved and remembered by his family.

THANKSGIVINGS PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN O Most Beautiful Flower of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days. J.P.K.

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McCONN (nee O’Brien) Anne Whose 3rd anniversary occurs on the 8th November

KILCOMMONS Brian Enda Derreen, Glinsk. (17th Anniversary)

REGAN Cornelius (Con)

“Ilford Manor”, Creevy, Lisacul, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Who passed away on 6th November 2020

HANLEY Mary 9 St. Coman’s Park, Co. Roscommon (7th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Bríd, who passed away on 8th November 2015 May Bríd Rest In Peace

Softly the leaves of memory fall. Gently we gather and treasure them all. Unseen, unheard, you are always near. So missed, so loved, so very dear.

Missed each day and remembered by her family. Anniversary Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Kilbegnet.

NEILAN Mary & Thomas (Jnr) Castlecoote, Roscommon (31st Anniversary) In loving memory of Mary who died on 5th November 1990 and her son Thomas (49th Anniversary) who died on 16th November 1972 Always loved and remembered by their family.

DELANEY Mary (Molly) Creemully, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon

You left us peaceful memories your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you you are always at our side. Always remembered by your family. Anniversary Mass in Fuerty Church on Sunday, 7th November at 11.30am.

In loving memory of Brian Enda, whom God called home on 2nd November 2004.

Look up to the sky, now tell me what you see, a cloud, the moon, possibly the sun, many answers there will be. When I look up to the sky, I’ll tell you what I see, I see my mother, and she’s looking back at me. She tells me she didn’t want to leave us, but it was time for her to depart. It was the hardest thing she had to do, and it’s breaking her heart. She tells me we mustn’t be sad because finally she’s pain free. She’s found her place in Heaven underneath a blossom tree. She’ll always be there to guide us when we feel we’ve lost the way. She’ll always be there to comfort us and wipe those tears away. She’ll always be there to share our joy and laugh at the jokes we make. In order to feel her presence, only a little imagination it’ll take. She may be in the form of a butterfly or simply a floating feather or hovering over like a busy bee or simply part of the weather. You’ve all come here to say your farewell, but for me it’s not goodbye, if I want to see her, all I have to do is look up to the sky. Sweet dreams, Mam

Sadly missed everyday by her family, Kieran, Denise, Louise and Peter.

A secret thought, a silent tear, everyday wishing you were here. A rose may fade, a tear will dry, our love for you Enda, will never die. Sadly missed, Mam and Dad, brother and sisters, family and friends. Anniversary Mass on Tuesday, 9th November at 7.00pm and broadcast on FM108 ~~~~~~~~~~ Treasured memories of a wonderful fiance, Enda. My life was much enriched by having known you.


GIBBONS (nee Curley) Catherine Tobberconnor, Rahara and Hollymount, Mayo (16th Anniversary)

In loving memory of our very dear sister who passed away on 4th November 2005 Deep in our hearts your memory is kept, to love and to cherish and never forget.

We, the Regan and Conroy families, wish to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the kindness, support and sympathy shown to us on our sad loss of Con. We will be forever grateful to our extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours who visited our home, brought food and who lined the road outside his home and all the way to the Church and cemetery of Con’s final journey. We thank Canon Liam Devine for his prayers, Mass and kind words, also thank you to Fr. Joseph Gavigan who always visited Con in the nursing home and assisted at his Funeral Mass. Thanks to George Reid for his beautiful singing, to all who cleaned the church and arranged the lovely flowers. Thanks to Kilgarriff Undertakers, Tom Regan and Noel Gibbons, Fergus Kilroy for their understanding, care and respect in handling Con’s funeral arrangements. Thank you to the gravediggers for preparing Con’s resting place. A very special thanks to Eithena and all her wonderful staff at Oakwood Nursing Home for the wonderful care given to Con, also to Dr. Martin Garvey. Thanks to the staff at Roscommon and Mayo Hospitals for all the care over the years also a special thank you to Edel and staff at NCBI for your understanding over the years also the Alzheimers Team from Roscommon for their dedication and help. Thanks to everyone who visited Con over the years, sent Mass Cards and prayers and the many phone calls it meant so much to him. Covid placed many constraints on how we could mourn Con’s death and celebrate Con’s life. We thank everyone for observing with respect and sensitivity the public health restrictions that applied to his funeral. To all who watched the Funeral Mass on-line, who left messages of sympathy on R.I.P.ie, sent Mass Cards, letters, flowers, phone calls and text messages – thank you. As we cannot thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Con’s first Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 6th November at 12 o’clock in Christ The King Church, Lisacul. Con is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all his family.

SNYPE Mike & Gretta (nee Madden) Hollywell, Derrane, Co. Roscommon

Loved and remembered always by sisters Mary, Ann and Veronica. R.I.P.

Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Friday, 5th November at 11am.

Mike who passed away on 26th February 2002

Gretta who passed away on 18th July 2001

Cherished memories of our dear parents. You always had a smile to share, a laugh, a joke and time to care, a wonderful nature warm and true, those are the memories we have of you.

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Always remembered by your family, friends and neighbours. Anniversary Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derrane on Saturday, 6th November at 7pm. May they Rest In Peace.

The truth is that sometimes the pain will always be there and eventually you’ll just learn how to live with holes in your heart. - Wattney Loved and missed by Sonny, Dorothy, Paula, John, extended family and friends. Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church Roscommon on Saturday, 6th November at 11am.

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Accounts Administrator RHS Home Care est.1996 are looking for an Accounts Administrator for our head office in Roscommon Primary Care Centre, Golf Links Road, Co Roscommon. The ideal candidate will be good at multi-tasking, work well under pressure and have experience working in an accounts department. Reports to: Finance Manager Purpose of the Role l Accounts receivable duties- processing invoices and monthly statements in a timely manner. l Resolving customer queries. l Processing Payroll. l Working knowledge of Quickbooks beneficial l Dealing with other office duties as required. Requirements l Experience in Accounts Receivable Essential l Proven experience in Accounts Administration l Relevant qualification in Office Administration l Excellent attention to detail and admin skills l Exceptional organisational ability l Ability to work on own initiative but also work as part of a team l Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word. l Strong communication skills Employment Type l Full time permanent l Hours of work: Office Hours: (9.00-5pm Mon-Thurs, 9.00-4.30pm Fri) l Attractive salary l Training, support and more Please email your expression of interest in this role including your up to date Curriculum Vitae to:


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An electrical, switchgear, engineering, manufacturing and design company, located in the heart of the midlands (Athlone), are looking to expand its manufacturing team. We currently have the following positions available: · Electrical Apprentice (entry level or experienced) · Junior assembly Technician Alongside the current experienced, quality focused team, the candidates will be responsible for the following tasks: · Assemble mechanical and electrical components per a detailed electrical/ mechanical design package. · Wire up internal components, including ACB’s, MCBs, MCCB’s, RCBO’s as part of an inclusive skid. · Build, punch and form copper busbar components. · Assemble mechanical enclosures · Execute QAQC checklists as part of the internal quality guidelines.

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Enjoying County Final day... Supporters pictured at Sunday’s Roscommon Senior Football final at Dr Hyde Park. Photos: Mick McCormack


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Sports PEOPLE Masters set for All-Ireland Plate final < DAN DOONER

The Roscommon Masters team are in All-Ireland action this Saturday when they take on Cavan in the Plate final in Drumlish, Co. Longford, and manager Anthony Carroll says preparation has gone well since his side’s convincing semi-final win over Down. “We should have a full squad to choose from so we are in good shape heading into Saturday’s final. We are as prepared as we can be and we’re confident but you don’t win finals easy and Cavan have won games to get this far too,” he said. “We were a bit later starting this year due to Covid and that affected some of our early results. When we started back in September we were still missing a few players due to club commitments but once they came back we beat Galway and then went on to beat Down”. Roscommon’s campaign was slow in getting off the ground due to the number of players involved with their clubs. “I’d say around 80 per cent of our players are still playing at a fairly high level with their clubs, be it Intermediate or Junior A,” he said. “If we had a full panel to choose from earlier in the year we could have been competing in the main event this week-

end. There’s no doubt that we are capable of that and we have new players becoming eligible each year. Lads can play Masters as long as they turn 40 at some stage during the year so next year we should have a few more coming on board”. Conditioning is important at any level and Anthony believes club training will stand to his players this weekend. “It’s roll-on, roll-off subs so you need a big panel and you can’t expect lads to just turn up and tog out without some level of conditioning. It’s not fair on them and that’s when injuries occur and we have had a few this year,” he said. “But the club games take priority too and that’s understandable. Now that the club championships have finished we should be in a good position heading into Saturday, but Cavan will also be in a similar situation”. While quietly confident ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Drumlish, Anthony says nothing can be taken for granted. “We played Cavan in a challenge earlier in the year and beat them by a few points but both teams were missing players so you couldn’t really gauge too much from that. Finals are different but hopefully it all comes right for us on the day and we get it over the line,” he said.

Dermott Lyons in action against Mayo in the All-Ireland Masters Football Championship at Swinford Amenity Park.

Roscommon Masters take on Cavan this Saturday at 2 pm in Drumlish ahead of the All-Ireland Masters Final between Dublin and Tyrone. * Roscommon Masters would like to thank St. Faithleach’s GAA for the use of their facilities and the following

sponsors ahead of the All-Ireland Plate Final: FRS Boyle, Kalzen Tool Hire, Carrick-on-Shannon, Paddy Finns Bar, Kilteevan, Timmy’s Bar, Elphin, JPK Fencing Systems Ltd. MacMull Plant Hire, Elphin, and Smith Kelly Scott Auctioneers, Boyle/Elphin.


The Roscommon Masters panel: Jonathan Conroy (Creggs), Tommy Keane (Michael Glavey’s), Conor Beirne (Elphin), David Scahill (Castlerea St. Kevin’s/Shandonagh), Darragh O’Gara (Roscommon Gaels), Dermot Foley (Kilmore), Gerry Nugent (Kilglass Gaels), Gary Cox (St. Fiathleach’s/SalthillKnocknacarra), Emmet Collins (Strokestown/Athlone), Terence Kelly (St. Aidan’s), Niall Finneran (Pádraig Pearses), Mark Gavin (St. Brigid’s), Declan Woods (Éire Óg), Liam Óg Naughten and Jonathan Dunning (both Clann na nGael), Adrian Frayne and Derek Moran (both Western Gaels), Paul Gilleran and Ronnie Beirne (both St. Joseph’s), Seamus Kane and Lochlainn Conboy (both Boyle), Kenneth Bosquette and Damien Caslin (both Strokestown), Alan Brehon and Stephen O’Connor (both St. Faithleach’s), Dermot Lyons and Seán Ryan (both Castlerea St. Kevin’s), Joseph Towey, Cathal Finan, Vinny Egan, David Hussey, Damien Garvey, and Tommie Garvey (all St. Croan’s). Manager: Anthony Carroll (Kilmore). Selectors: Liam Butler (Elphin), Declan Woods (Éire Óg), Derek Flynn (Castlerea St. Kevin’s), and Pat Hoey (Roscommon Gaels). Physio: Adrian Fitzpatrick (Boyle).

Third time’s the charm for Brigid’s!

St. Brigid’s captured the Roscommon Junior A title at the third time of asking last Saturday with a 2-14 to 0-4 win over Pádraig Pearses in Kiltoom.

The Kiltoom club had tasted defeat in the two previous Junior deciders against Ballinameen and Clann na nGael but they stamped their authority on the 2021

final from the throw in to win the championship and earn a crack at the Intermediate ranks next year. The hosts led by 0-10 to 0-1 at the end of a very one-sid-

ed half and Eddie Nestor’s charges didn’t let up after the interval as goals from Ciarán and Oisín O’Reilly (a penalty) sealed victory in emphatic fashion.

Roscommon GAA Chairman Brian Carroll presents the Junior A Cup to St. Brigid’s’ captain Shane Furey following his side’s 2-14 to 0-4 win over Pádraig Pearses at Kiltoom on Saturday. Pic courtesy of Roscommon GAA


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Creggs record bonus point win over Monivea Creggs RFC 35 Monivea RFC 17 (Connacht J1A League): Creggs Firsts ran in five tries on their way to an impressive Connacht League win over Monivea at home last Sunday afternoon. Creggs are now joint-top of the table three weeks out from their meeting with a strong Westport team. On Sunday last, the club fielded one of its youngest ever sides for a Connacht League match but were rewarded with a very good performance. This Sunday, Creggs play Connemara RFC in the semi-final of the Cawley Cup. The game kicks off at 2.30 pm in Creggs. Creggs have won the last two Cawley Cups and have been undefeated in this competition in nearly four years. A good crowd is expected in Creggs on Sunday afternoon. This Thursday evening at 7.30 pm, the Creggs ‘Legends’ led by Mattie Corcoran will take on a touring team from Vermont in the United States. The Mad River and Stowe Rugby Club should enjoy what promises to be a great evening of rugby in Creggs followed by refreshments and presentations in Dolan’s Bar with music from Danny Arnold.

Adult Rugby The Creggs Development team have no game this weekend and will resume action on November 14th at home to Corinthians in round three of the Connacht J1C League. Training continues for all First team, Development and U-20 players continues each week on

St. Coman’s’ Golden Girls! Some of the Creggs Mini Rugby players and coaches pictured with Connacht’s Denis Buckley in Creggs last Saturday. In the background, is part of the new dressing rooms and gym development.

Tuesdays at 8 pm and Fridays at 8.15 pm. New and returning players are always welcome in Creggs.

Youth Rugby The U-14 Girls are away to Sligo on Sunday at 12 pm while the U-16 Girls are at home to Connemara on Saturday. The U-14 Boys play away to Galwegians on Sunday in the Connacht League at 1 pm and the U-15s are at home to Corinthians. The U-17s take on Ballinasloe.

Soccer Results

Mini Rugby There will be a Mini Rugby Blitz in Ballinrobe on Saturday featuring all age groups from U-7s up to U-12s. Creggs Mini Rugby training last Saturday morning was all cameras and action. Aviva were recording activity at the club and it was a lovely morning for all the boys and girls to enjoy training.

Denis Buckley gets involved in coaching with various groups of Mini Rugby last Saturday.

RDFL Premier Division Boyle Celtic 0 Kilkerrin United 4 St. John’s Athletic 0 Ballinasloe Town 5 RDFL Division One Roscommon United 1 CP Ajax 2 Ballinagare Manor United 2 Ballinasloe Town B 4 RDFL Division Two Rahara Rovers 4 Roscommon United B1 Cloonfad United B 1 Ballaghaderreen FC 2 TP Connacht Cup Second Round Cois Fharraige 2 Shiven Rovers 1 Cam Celtic 1 Dunmore Town 0



Treacy claims All-Ireland title! They say ‘good things come to those who wait’, and that was certainly the case for Roscommon’s Siobhan Treacy in Thurles last Saturday as she produced an outstanding performance to take the delayed 2020 60x30 Girls’ U-17 All-Ireland title against Kilkenny’s Lauren Power. The two key areas that determined the outcome of this match were serving and footwork. Siobhan’s consistent deep serving had the Kilkenny youngster in all kinds of trouble throughout the match and during the rallies Siobhan’s speed around the court kept her in the ascendancy. Siobhan led the whole way in the first game and despite a spirited finish by

Pictured are Annah McCormack and Avia Kiernan of St. Coman’s Swimming Club in Roscommon town. The talented swimmers claimed gold medals in the U-10 Girls’ Freestyle and Backstroke respectively at the Roscommon Community Games on Saturday last. Annah and Avia will now represent Roscommon at the national finals in the University of Limerick later this month.

Lauren, the 15-6 scoreline was a true reflection of the action. The second went pretty much along the same lines for most of the game until Siobhan got to the deciding point. Three times Power took her out and then launched her own comeback and things looked a little hairy for a few minutes before finally Siobhan finished it off to deservedly win the second 15-10. The Roscommon youngster will have no time to rest on her laurels as she competes in the Covid-delayed 2020 40x20 Girls U-17 All-Ireland final in approximately one month’s time, but this result will certainly boost her confidence in her effort to complete a famous double.

Friday, November 5th RDFL Premier Division Kilkerrin United v St. John’s Athletic. 8 pm RDFL Division One Glen Celtic v Ballinagare Manor United. 8 pm Saturday, November 6th

U-17 All-Ireland winner, Siobhan Treacy, pictured with Irish Handball President Dessie Keegan.

FAI Junior Centenary Cup Third Round (2 pm) Ballinasloe Town v Ballaghaderreen FC Carbury FC v Cloonfad United Boyle Celtic v Manorhamilton Rangers RDFL Premier Division Moylough ’79 v Castlerea Celtic. 2 pm RDFL Division One (11 am) CP Ajax v Shiven Rovers Dunmore Town v Roscommon United Dysart FC v Skyvalley Rovers RDFL Division Two Rahara Rovers v Ballymoe FC B. 11 am Cloonfad United B v Dunmore Town B. 2 pm


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Horses for Courses

Racing today is at Thurles with a national hunt card away at 12.10 pm. Tomorrow evening there is a flat card at Dundalk at 3.45pm. Saturday’s racing is on at the punter’s graveyard, Naas, starting at 12.15 pm featuring two Grade 3 races, the Fishery Lane Hurdle, the Poplar Square Chase, and the Grade B Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle. The weekend’s racing ends at Proudstown Park near Navan on Sunday away at 12.10 pm and featuring a pair of Grade 2 races, the Lismullen Hurdle and the Fortria Chase along with the Grade 3 For Auction Hurdle. Tomorrow, Keepthefaithinme catches the eye in the bumper, trained by Gordon Elliot he finished 6l third to Emmet Mullins’ Agritime at Limerick last month. The winner won again at Cork last Sunday. Should be good enough to win here. Aiden O’Brien is expecting a big run from his 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth in the Breeders Cup Mile. He runs Japan and Broome in the Breeders Cup Turf with Bolshoi Ballet first reserve and Mogul third reserve. He runs Love in the Filly & Mares Turf and Glounthaune in the Juvenile Turf. On Saturday evening, the Breeders Cup meeting takes place in Del Mar in California with coverage of nine races of the 12 races on ITV. On the home front they are covering three races from Doncaster, two from Aintree and two from Wincanton in the afternoon. Peter Fahey’s Belfast Banter runs in the Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday. The 6-Y-O Cheltenham and Aintree winner in the spring, fell in Listowel and is on a recovery mission and will

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be ridden by Kevin Sexton. Gort based trainer Norman Lee has Sole Pretender entered as well.

Review of the Week

What a weekend for Gordon Elliott in Down Royal as he announced his return to racing in style with seven winners over the two days. On Friday, Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell won the featured Grade 2 WKD Hurdle with Zanahiyr who bypassed Cheltenham last weekend at 8/13 odds on. The connections won the opener at an even shorter price of 1/9 but were beaten in the second when Party Central was well beaten favourite at 11/10. Bective Stud owns all three horses. In the bumper, Jamie Codd carried newcomer The Mediator to victory giving Elliott a treble, again at odds on 1/3. On Saturday, Elliot and Russell started off as the left off on Friday winning the first with Fil Dor at 5/4 joint favourite. Mighty Potter, 4/9 odds on, gave Elliott a double with Jack Kennedy aboard. Russell was on The Greek who fell two out and was stood down for the rest of the meeting. Kennedy quickly benefitted from Russell’s fall, replacing him on Eskylane in the third and giving Elliott a quick treble. Jamie Codd completed Elliott’s four-timer when again winning the bumper very impressively on American Mike, a son of Mahler, definitely one for the notebook. The feature on Saturday, the Grade 1 Ladbroke Champion Chase, went for export as Byrony Frost, England’s answer to Rachael Blackmore, rode Paul Nicholls’ Frodon to victory. Jamie Codd, replacing Davy Russell, was second on Galvin trained by Elliott, and Rachael Blackmore finished third on

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Verry Elleegant wins the Melbourne Cup from the favourite Incentivise.

Henry de Bromhead’s Gold Cup winner Minella Indo. Blackmore and de Bromhead gained some compensation when Envoi Allen returned to form and won the Grade 2 Join Racing TV Chase. On Sunday, in the final flat meeting of the season at Naas, Colin Keane recorded a double on Yanexi at 33/1 and Team Of Firsts in the last two races leaving him champion on a record 141 winners. Champion Apprentice, 19-year-old Dylan BrowneMcMonagle, finished with a winner on Joe Masseria for Noel Meade leaving him with a total of 48 for the season. Leading trainer, determined by prize money rather than wins, went to Aidan O’Brien who finished £1 million ahead of his son Joseph, who had trained 24 more winners. Also on Sunday, Gordon Elliott added to his tally when Braeside and Jack Kennedy won the Cork Grand National. Emmet Mullins recorded his first training treble when Crowns Major, Cape Gentleman ridden by Brian Hayes and Agritime with his cousin Patrick in the saddle all won. Elliott and Codd even won

on the beach at Laytown on Monday with Oh Purple Reign and on Tuesday Elliott had a double when Russell won on Three Stripe Life and Kennedy on Queens Brook. It has not taken him long to set down the marker that he is back and looking as good as ever. On Tuesday in Flemington, hot favourite Incentivise was beaten 4l in the Melbourne Cup by Verry Elegant ridden by James McDonald with the English Spanish Mission third another ½l back. Defending Champion, Joseph O’Brien’s Twilight Payment finished 11th.

Racing News

The death has been announced of Limerick trainer Andrew McNamara, who trained Boreen Prince to win the 1985 Arkle in Cheltenham having been runner-up in the 1983 Champion Hurdle and his Yer Man finished third at Aintree. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, sons and former jockeys Andrew and Robbie and daughter Liz. He was an uncle of amateur jockey the late JT McNamara. RIP. Solerina won 22 races, with five coming at the high-

est Grade 1 level including a hat-trick in the Grade 1 Hatton Grace at Fairyhouse. Owned by John Bowe she was bred by his brother Michael, trained by brother James and ridden by Gary Hutchinson in most of her races. She was originally trained by Tom Foley for whom she won a bumper at Naas. She won 22 races over hurdles, remarkable 64 per cent and three on the flat, a 50 per cent strike rate.

Point-to-Point News

With the cancellation of Lisronagh on Saturday and Tinahely on Sunday, due to operational isues, the County Louths were given a fixture which will be run at Tattersalls opposite Fairyhouse racecourse on Saturday with 137 entries. There are two meetings on Sunday with racing at Damma House in Kilkenny with 110 entries and at Dromahane in Co Cork, 112 entries. Racing begins at 12.30 pm at all three meetings. Spectators will still have to preregister to be allowed access to point to points and it looks that they will have to do so until February or clarification is received.

The Athleague U-15 camogie team which took part in celebratory events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John West Féile at Croke Park over the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend. Pic: Fintan Clarke

The results of the recent AWGS competition are as follows: Winner: J. Casey (23 points); Class 1: T. Campion (16); Class 2: P. Carolan (22); Class 3: T. Meagher (21); Class 4: T. Shaw (21). The Ladies’ Left Bank Bistro 18-hole was won by Ann Geoghegan with 32 points while Deirdre Connolly was second also with 32. The weekly 9-hole competition was won by Kathleen Shaw with 17 points. A reminder that the annual Mass for deceased members will take place in the clubhouse on Tuesday next (9th) at 9 pm.


The October Bank Holiday Shambles was won by Lochlainn Conboy, Michael McHale, Seán Purcell and Paddy McLoughlin. In second place were David Wynne, Owen Garvin, Tony Garvin, and Cillian Doyle and third were Seán Heslin, John McGuinn, Lee McKillen, and Jason Beirne. Recent winners in the club’s monthly fundraising draw were: 1st: Therese O’Daly, 2nd: Liam Whyte, and 3rd: Paddy Nangle. Meanwhile, the Ladies’ AGM takes place this Sunday (November 7th) while the Men’s takes place on the 14th and the overall Club AGM in on Sunday, November 28th.


The very best of luck to Dara Bruen and Padraic Casey who are playing in the semi-final of the Mulligan Menswear Matchplay later this week, with the winner playing Alan Devine in the final. The winners of the Men’s and Ladies’ Tully’s Hotel competitions were as follows: Ladies winners: Ruth Sullivan; Men’s winner: Patrick O’Connor Jnr. (39 points); 2nd: Padraic Gorham (38); Cat 1: Matt Griffith (36); Cat 2: Alan Woods (36); Cat 3: Greg Kelly (37). The winner of the Silke’s Bar competition was Patrick O’Connor Jnr. with 37 points, Willie Gannon was in second place (also with 37). Cat 1: Matt Griffith (37); Cat 2: Gerry Ryan (35); Cat 3: Michael Creaton (36). The Ladies’ winner was Ruth Sullivan. Finally, the Men’s AGM will take place in the clubhouse at 8 pm this Friday night (5th).


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Athleague retain their title

Athleague retained their senior title last Saturday in Ballyforan as they overcame St. Dominic’s on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-4. Pic: Mick McCormack

Senior Camogie Championship Final Athleague 0-8 St. Dominic’s 0-4 < DAN DOONER

Action from last Saturday’s Senior Camogie Championship Final between Athleague and St. Dominic’s at Ballyforan. Pic: Mick McCormack

Try as they might in Ballyforan last Saturday, a young St. Dominic’s team just couldn’t exact revenge for last year’s final defeat as defending champions Athleague made it backto-back senior camogie titles in efficient, if not spectacular fashion. The going was heavy, heavy to yielding in places, which resulted in a scrappy spectacle at times between the two thoroughbreds on the Roscommon camogie circuit. And while the Knockcroghery side battled gamely throughout, Athleague captain Niamh Conway was already rehearsing her entertaining speech by the time Kelley Hopkins smashed over her fourth placed ball of the afternoon in second-half injury-time. Speaking at the final whistle, Athleague manager, Liam Gordon, said his charges were fully prepared for what lay ahead of them last weekend. “We knew coming into the game that it was going to be a dog fight this time of year with the rain that fell during the week and that it was going to come down to thin margins,” he said. “We won the toss and had the breeze at our backs and we tried to get a few scores early. We had some bad wides and some bad decision making but these things happen”.

It was player of the match, Laura Fleming, who made the early running for the defending champions. Her powerful surges from midfield yielded two points in the opening exchanges but St. Dominic’s responded on both occasions via two Niamh Fitzgerald frees. Tara Naughton’s late point was all that separated the sides at the interval as Athleague led 0-3 0-2. A second-half improvement pleased Athleague manager Gordon: “The wind died down which helped us a small bit and we were more composed in our striking and shooting and getting the ball into scoring zones. Even though that didn’t really relate to the scoreboard, we still managed to come out on the right side”. The second half opened with a moment of improvised inspiration from Tara Naughton as she kicked a point to keep Athleague on the front foot. Kelley Hopkins quickly followed that score up with a long-range free and a ’45. The St. Dominic’s’ resistance was led by Niamh Watson, who struck their only point from play, and a Niamh Fitzgerald free but by now Hopkins had found her range and she added two more frees to keep John Benton’s side at arm’s length. Best for Athleague were Laura Fleming, Chloe Whyte-Lennon, Tara Naughton, and Rachel Fitzmaurice while for St. Dominic’s, there were a number of impressive performers, not least Rachel Dolan, Joanne Beattie, captain Áine O’Meara and Eimear McNally. It’s on now to the Connacht Championship final for Liam Gordon and his Athleague side,


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Eyes on the ball: Kelley Hopkins pictured in action during last Saturday’s Senior Camogie Championship Final between Athleague and St. Dominic’s in Ballyforan. Pic: Mick McCormack

Tara Naughton kicks an inspirational point during last Saturday’s Senior Camogie Championship Final at Ballyforan. Pic: Mick McCormack

as Dominic’s fall short again but not before a well-deserved break. “We’re playing Clarinbridge in the Connacht final in the first week of December so we are looking forward to that. We’ll try and settle down now after this result and drive on,” Liam said. “The girls need a break because they’ve been going constantly with the football and the camogie and now they’re

back in school and working - a lot of them are teachers too so it’s been hard going for them. They’re coming from all over the country for training on Tuesday or Wednesday and Friday nights as well, which is tough on them. “Most of them are young girls and then there are three girls with kids which is hard going as well. It’s a massive commitment so they have to be

respected. We’ll give them the week off to chill out and recuperate and then we’ll go again,” he concluded. There’s no doubt the champions had upped the ante after the break and while five points was still a modest return, they once again restricted Dominic’s to just two. The winning margin might also have been even wider, if not for Dominic’s’ netminder Caroline Connaughton,

who pulled off a stunning save to deny Elaine Daly a green flag. All in all, a satisfactory performance from Athleague, who retain their title, and a sense of déjà vu for Dominic’s, who fall at the final hurdle for the second year in a row. *Four Roads won the Senior Camogie Championship B Final against Pádraig Pearses.

Stat Attack Wides: Athleague 6 (5 first half ) St. Dominic’s 6 (2 first half )

Player of the final Laura Fleming pictured being presented with her award by Rebecca Naughton following the recent camogie county final between Athleague and St Dominics. Pic: Mick McCormack

Yellow cards:

Teams and scorers

Athleague 1 (Whyte-Lennon, 60 mins) St. Dominic’s 3 (O’Meara, 28 mins; Fitzgerald, 56 mins; A Dolan 60 mins)

Athleague: Paula Daly; Niamh Brandon, Niamh Farrell, Niamh O’Rourke; Niamh Conway, Meabh Tiernan, Chloe Whyte-Lennon; Laura Fleming (0-2), Eala Coyle; Rachel Fitzmaurice, Rebecca Brennan, Jane Horan; Tara Naughton (0-2), Kelley Hopkins (0-4, 3 frees, ’45), Ciara Dowd. Subs used: Elaine Daly for Dowd (37), Ciara Carr for Conway (60), Jade McCormack for Horan (60).

Red cards:

St. Dominic’s: Caroline Connaughton; Rachel Corcoran, Eimear McNally, Ali Campbell; Aisling Dolan, Áine O’Meara, Joanne Beattie; Rachel Dolan, Laoise Mahon; Aimee O’Connor, Ciara Kilcommons, Anna Campbell; Niamh Watson (0-1), Niamh Fitzgerald (0-3, 3 frees), Julie Healy. Subs used: Caoimhe Miley for Healy (52), Caoilfhionn Cox for Campbell (52).


Player of the Match: Laura Fleming (Athleague)

Athleague Captain Niamh Conway pictured being presented with the cup by mum Marion Conway following the recent camogie county final between Athleague and St Dominics. Pic: Mick McCormack

Referee: James Lundon


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‘Clann-tastic’ comeback

Second-half surge ends 24-year famine Abbey Hotel Roscommon Ladies Football Senior Final Clann na nGael 3-16 Kilbride 3-7 < SEAMUS DUKE

A devastating second-half display of attacking football saw Clann na nGael

Corina Gormley attempts to tackle Ide Crehan during the Abbey Hotel Ladies Senior Football Championship Final between Clann na nGael and Kilbride at Enfield on Saturday last. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

ladies sweep to their first senior club title in 24 years in what was a thrilling final played before a big crowd at Enfield last Saturday. In the 29th minute of the first half, six-in-a-row seeking Kilbride led by 2-6 to 0-3, and their clever tactic of leaving acres of space in front of their talented attackers was paying off in spades.

However, when Clann pushed up on their opponents in the second half and brought much more intensity to their play, the Kilbride attack was starved of possession and Finbar Egan’s team went on to win the match in tremendous style. This was a superb advertisement for ladies football in the county, played by two excellent teams who

were intent on attack. It was superbly entertaining all through. In perfect weather conditions, Clann enjoyed most of the possession early on, but some poor shooting allied to excellent Kilbride defending and some brilliant counter-attacking saw the defending champions take control. In the 5th minute, a lightning counter-attack saw

Clann’s Jenny Higgins gets her shot away as Aoife Leonard moves in to block during the Abbey Hotel Ladies Senior Football Championship Final between Clann na nGael and Kilbride at Enfield on Saturday last. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

The Clann na nGael players celebrate following their 1-12 to 1-5 win over Shannon Gaels in the Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry Junior C Football Championship Final on Saturday last. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell.


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clinches county crown Siobhan Martin making a searing run, before Fiona Tully’s high ball was fisted to the net by Niamh Shanagher. Clann hit back with points from Caoimhe Lennon and Rose Lennon (free), but Kilbride struck for another great goal in the 22nd minute. Once again, Fiona Tully did the

spadework and Shanagher was on hand to fist to the net again. With Kilbride following that score with five unanswered points from Aisling Hanly (2), Casey Keane (2) and Fiona Tully, it looked like the title would be returning to Ollie Lennon’s team for a sixth year

Teams and scorers Clann na nGael: Jamil Killilea; Mia Macken (0-1), Aine Connaughton, Megan Kelly; Kelley Colgan, Orla O’Neill, Shauna Bannon; Ide Crehan, Jenny Higgins (0-2); Kimberly Finlass, Ruth Finlass (0-1), Rose Lennon (0-5, all frees); Sinead Farrell (0-1), Caoimhe Lennon (1-3), Kara Earle (2-2). Subs: Emma Kildea for R Lennon (52), Kayleigh Dunning (0-1) for S Farrell (57), Grace Hannon for Earle (60), Niamh McTeague for Crehan (62), Gillian Wall for K Finlass (62). Kilbride: Lorna Flanagan; Jennifer Fannon, Yvonne Creighton, Niamh Tully; Aoife Leonard, Blaithin O’Beirne, Aoife Feely; Corina Gormley, Niamh Shanagher (2-0); Aoife Tully, Fiona Tully (0-1), Siobhan Martin; Casey Keane (0-2), Aisling Hanly (1-4), Aisling Shanagher. Subs: Ellen Tully for Shanagher (57), Rochelle Mullaney for N Tully (57). Referee: Lloyd Kelly. Player of the Match: Caoimhe Lennon (Clann na nGael)

in a row. Rose Lennon and Kara Earle pointed in injury-time for Clann but the half-time whistle couldn’t come quickly enough for them as they badly needed to regroup. Kilbride on the other hand were cruising and led by 2-6 to 0-5. But what a transformation from the Johnstown girls in the second half. They were stronger in the tackle and now hunted in packs to secure possession. Ruth Finlass, Jenny Higgins and Caoimhe Lennon were fantastic as the scores began to flow. In fact Clann scored 2-8 without reply as they turned over Kilbride time after time and attacked relentlessly. Caoimhe Lennon started the revival in the 32nd minute with a superb goal, and points from Rose Lennon (3), Caoimhe Lennon, Kara Earle and Ruth Finlass saw them forge ahead. In a brilliant team move in the 46th minute, Kara Earle was released and finished expertly after a mazy run. Now Kilbride were in

real trouble. Further points from Mia Macken and Jenny Higgins stretched the Clann lead, and in the 54th minute their victory was all but sealed when Earle finished superbly again, having been set up by Orla O’Neill. Aisling Hanly did fire home a Kilbride goal in the 56th minute but Clann were home and hosed at that stage and they finished with points from substitute Kayleigh Dunning and player of the match Caoimhe Lennon. For Clann, Shauna Bannon, Kelley Colgan, Jenny Higgins, Ruth Finlass, Caoimhe Lennon and Kara Earle were outstanding, while for a Kilbride team who have been magnificent champions, Niamh Tully, Siobhan Martin, Niamh Shanagher, Fiona Tully and Aisling Hanly were excellent. But it was Clann’s day and they celebrated in style as Ruth Finlass got her hands on the cup, the first time since 1997 that the club has won a senior title.

Joshua Finlass with his mum Ruth Finlass, aunt Kimberly Finlass and Kayleigh Dunning following Clann na nGael’s Abbey Hotel Ladies SFC Final win over Kilbride at Enfield on Saturday last. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Egan: ‘Time to put down a marker in Connacht’ < SEAMUS DUKE

One of the ingredients Clann na nGael had in their locker this year was the return of the vastly experienced manager Finbar Egan to the club. After looking down and out at the halfway mark, his side were magnificent in the second half, so the obvious first question at the final whistle was: What exactly did he say to his team at half-time? “I could never repeat here what we said at half-time (laughs). In all honesty, we didn’t lose our tempers and there was no shouting. We spoke softly, but we knew that we didn’t do ourselves justice in the first half. “But all credit to Kilbride: they were absolutely fantastic, they played a perfect game, stretched the pitch and they moved the ball well. We stood off them and the high balls into the square really killed us. They have some super players and if you give them space you are in

trouble,” he said. “In the second half we closed down the space and we started to move the ball better. We put the squeeze on their kick-outs and everyone did their job and in the end we got the breaks we needed. “It was a great game of football although I never want to see that first half again (laughs). It’s brilliant to win this title again; I was talking to a few of the members of the (successful Clann team) 1997 team there and they are all so delighted”. Finbar now has his sights set on the Connacht Club Championship. “We were lucky to win here today against a team who were great champions, but from here we want to try and push on and not leave it at that. “We are playing a Connacht Club semi-final on the 28th of November and I would like us to put down a marker in that championship. I’d love as a Roscommon man to see us in a Connacht final so that’s the next challenge,” he concluded.

Roscommon LGFA Chairperson Brendan Cregg pictured presenting the O’Malley Cup to Clann na nGael captain Ruth Finlass following Clann’s Abbey Hotel Ladies SFC Final win over Kilbride in Enfield last Saturday. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

The Clann na nGael side which won the Abbey Hotel Ladies Senior Football Championship at Enfield last Saturday. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh


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Powerful Pearses

Padraig Pearses players celebrate a second Roscommon senior football title win in three years. Photo: Mick McCormack

Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Final Pádraig Pearses 2-8 Clann na nGael 0-11 < SEAMUS DUKE

Pádraig Pearses came of age on Sunday last as they won their

second senior title in three years – and thoroughly deserved to do so. Their experience, power, strength and excellent teamwork once again came to the fore with the eventual winners never allowing Clann to get into the game for any sustained period of time. Pat Flanagan’s men started

Action from Sunday’s County Senior Football final in which Padraig Pearses defeated Clann na nGael by 2-8 to 0-11. Photo: Mick McCormack

well, and although Clann threatened their dominance on a couple of occasions, they were never really in trouble and closed out the win in style, scoring two vital second-half goals just when they were needed. There will be huge satisfaction down Taughmaconnell and Moore way this week after this superb win. Winning their first title in 2019 was a huge achievement, but winning a second title marks them out as a very good side and the dominant force in Roscommon club football right now. As for Clann, they never really got going and couldn’t come to grips with the power of Pearses, particularly around the middle of the park. They were second

best to most of the breaking balls and the likes of Ciaran Lennon never got the kind of ball that made him such a threat in this year’s championship. Conditions were poor with the heavy rain starting to fall just as the ball was thrown in and the first half became a very scrappy affair as a result. But the game livened up considerably in the second half and full credit to the players on both sides for producing a decider that was always interesting. Pearses began on the front foot and were much the better side in the early stages. Niall Daly and Paul Carey (a free) opened the scoring inside the first four minutes. Indeed Pearses could have recorded an early goal in the 5th

minute when Lorcan Daly burst through, but his shot was well saved by Ronan O’Reilly. Hubert Darcy then rifled over a super point from 40 metres before Clann opened their account when Ciaran Lennon pointed a free in the 7th minute. Niall and Conor Daly were dominating the midfield exchanges and it was Conor who fired over Pearses’ fourth point, in the 11th minute. The game became very scrappy after that and Pearses lost their way somewhat and were not to score again until the second half. Clann were now getting a bit more possession and Ciaran Lennon converted two frees to send the teams in at half-time with Pearses leading by 0-4 to

Celebrations at the final whistle after Padraig Pearses defeated Clann na nGael in Sunday’s Roscommon Senior Football final at Dr Hyde Park. Photo: Mick McCormack

0-3. The second half was a much better spectacle. The very lively Paul Carey fisted over in the first minute following a super run, but Clann points from Lennon (a free) and a super longrange effort from Cathal Duignan suggested that we could have a closely fought finish. Pearses were always playing the better football. In the 35th minute, Conor Lohan pounced when the ball was spilt by the Clann defence and he sent Paul Carey in on goal, the talented youngster finishing expertly. Lorcan Daly added a well-taken point soon after and the gap was now out to four. Clann were struggling now and although Ultan Harney

Action from Sunday’s County Senior Football final in which Padraig Pearses defeated Clann na nGael by 2-8 to 0-11. Photo: Mick McCormack


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‘mount’ summit again! Padraig Pearses players, management and fans celebrate with the Fahey Cup. Photo: Mick McCormack

scored the point of the game in the 41st minute, Pearses were always that bit more clinical. Hubert Darcy and Carey (free) extended the margin to five by the end of the third quarter and now Clann’s backs were to the wall. In fairness to Liam Kearns’ side, they produced their best football of the game when Dara Pettit, Shane Pettit and Ciaran Lennon (free) pointed without reply to reduce the margin to just two with seven minutes left – but Pearses always had an answer. In the 58th minute, we witnessed a superb team goal when Lohan and Lorcan Daly set up Carey once again and he passed to unmarked sub Jack Tumulty who fisted to the empty net. Game, set

Stat Attack Wides: Pádraig Pearses 5 (3, first half ); Clann na nGael 3 (0, first half ) Red cards: 0 Black cards: 0 Yellow cards: Pádraig Pearses 3 (Mark Richardson, Conor Daly, Paul Carey); Clann na nGael 3 (Dara Pettit, Ultan Harney, Ciaran Lennon) Man of the Match: Niall Daly (Pádraig Pearses) Attendance: 3,500 and match, and no more than Pearses deserved. Clann went down fighting with

injury-time points from Ciaran Lennon and sub Josh Lennon but by that stage the red and white ribbons were being put on the Fahey Cup for its journey down south for the winter. It was a very impressive show from Pearses who have improved with every game in the championship this year. They have an experienced and settled team full of excellent footballers. On Sunday, Mark Richardson, Conor Lohan, David Murray, Niall Daly, Conor Daly, Hubert Darcy and Paul Carey were outstanding, with Niall Daly showing great leadership with a superb display in the middle of the field. It was a disappointing day out for Clann who were strangely off colour. Dara Pettit, Jack

Action from Sunday’s County Senior Football final in which Padraig Pearses defeated Clann na nGael by 2-8 to 0-11. Photo: Mick McCormack

Padraig Pearses players celebrate a second Roscommon senior football title win in three years. Photo: Mick McCormack

Connaughton, Paddy Gavin, Oisin Lennon, David McManus and Ciaran Lennon were prominent but it was a day to forget for the men from Johnstown. Now Pearses have a four-week break before the Connacht Club Championship. They could go very well in that competition. Note: This county final was very well refereed by Patrick McTiernan.

Teams and scorers: Pádraig Pearses: Paul Whelan; Mark Richardson, Anthony Butler, Gavin Downey; Conor Lohan, Ronan Daly, David Murray; Niall Daly (0-1), Conor Daly (0-1); Lorcan Daly (0-1), Niall Carty, Shane Carty; Conor Payne, Hubert Darcy (0-2), Paul Carey (1-3, 2 frees). Subs used: Jack Tumulty (1-0) for S Carty (53), Aaron Feehily for Richardson (60), Emmet Kelly for Payne (62), Shane Ryan for Carey (64), Shane Mulvey for L Daly (64). Clann na nGael: Ronan O’Reilly; Jack Connaughton, Dara Pettit (0-1), Feargal Lennon; Paddy Gavin, Shane Pettit (0-1), Cathal Duignan (0-1); Oisin Lennon, Graham Pettit; Emmet Kenny, Ultan Harney (0-1), Cian McManus; David McManus, Ciaran Lennon (0-6, 4 frees, 1 mark), Ian Harney. Subs used: Damien Duff for Duignan (45), Fearghus Lennon for G Pettit (45), Cathal Callinan for Ian Harney (58), Josh Lennon (0-1) for Fearghus Lennon (60). Referee: Patrick McTiernan.


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Darcy sets sights on Connacht Pádraig Pearses forward, Hubert Darcy, believes his side can go on to even bigger and better things this year following their county final win over neighbours Clann na nGael. “We are thrilled, you can see the scenes here. It feels just as good as 2019 (when they also won). “The goals were crucial and we seemed to get them at just the right time. We could

always keep in front when Clann were coming back into it,” he said. “As a team we were not happy with just one title and we wanted to kick on. We are not finished this year yet. We have the Connacht Club Championship to come and we will be concentrating on that after a few days of celebrations. It is a great feeling to win another senior title”.

Flanagan: ‘There’s more to come from this team’

Kearns: ‘We were beaten by the better team’



Clann na nGael manager Liam Kearns had no complaints about the result when he spoke to People Sport afterwards, admitting that Pádraig Pearses had been the better team. “They created goal chances, we didn’t. I think they were the better team overall, we were possibly a bit better for a while in the third quarter but that was the only time we looked like we could turn it around. They deserved their win,” he said. The former Tipperary and Limerick manager said that experience was key to the outcome. “There was huge transition there this year and they (the players) did really well to get to the final. Obviously it’s very disappointing to lose any final and they’re going to have to learn from that. They’re very young, and they have to come again. “I think it was a decent year but if you’ve lost a final, you have to start from scratch again. In fairness to Pearses, they’ve been in a lot of finals in the last ten years with more or less the same team, and that experience told,” he concluded.

Niall Daly, man of the match in the County Senior Football final, pictured with his mother, Colette. Photo: Mick McCormack

Carty hails ‘very sweet win’ Pádraig Pearses’ Niall Carty feels his side deserved to win Sunday’s county final and was pleased to play his part in the club’s second senior championship win in three years. “We played well at times but we went out of it too. Overall I think that we deserved to

win it. The goals came at just the right time. “We started well but we slackened off a bit and didn’t press home our advantage but we got there in the end. This is a very sweet win. It’s great for the team to win another title,” he said.

Padraig Pearses players lined up at Dr Hyde Park prior to the start of Sunday’s County Senior Football final. Photo: Mick McCormack

Clann na nGael players lined up at Dr Hyde Park prior to the start of Sunday’s County Senior Football final. Photo: Mick McCormack

It was an unusual county final day for Pádraig Pearses manager Pat Flanagan, who had to spend the game in the stands after his appeal against his suspension due to an incident in the semi-final ultimately proved unsuccessful. The Pearses manager found it difficult not to patrol the line as his side captured the Fahey Cup in fine style. “It was the most difficult hour I have ever put in during my time in football. I like being with my players. I have been down here (with Pearses) for four years, we’ve done hundreds of sessions, but the players took ownership out there today”. Flanagan says that last Sunday’s win was much sweeter than the one in 2019 which saw the club win their first ever senior title. “The funny thing is there is an awful lot more in them I feel – and I expect it from them. We showed a lot of character today. This meant a lot more than the 2019 win. It showed that this team is coming of age. They’re still not winning games as they should, they’re playing some good, decent football and then stepping off it. But they are starting to learn how to win championships,” he concluded.

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Well...good game, good game? Eh…Bruce Forsyth? Tough, but fair… Eh...Bruce Lee? I’m not describing celebrities of the past…I’m talking about Pearses v Clann! Ah yes…quite a good game, tough but fair, tactically fascinating… Well you would say that, you’re such an expert… Thank you! And so the season ends… Yes, and thank God – and NPHET – for the championships! Our congratulations to Pearses… Yes, they’re the new powerhouse of Roscommon football! To be fair, the south is now a hotbed! Pearses, St Brigid’s and Clann…all three very formidable. Yes! Pearses were very businesslike, very efficient, took their goals well. Clann fought gamely, but just ran out of time. St Brigid’s will bounce back. Well done to all teams in all the various grades this season. And a word for Clann ladies? Magnificent, that’s the word! Let’s also pay tribute to Ollie Lennon and the amazing Kilbride ladies. They won five titles in a row and it took a stunning second-half display from Clann to deny them a sixth. The Kilbride ladies are in the history books! We salute them! How do you rate your own season, Mr Expert Pundit? Eh...pretty good! You know, being a pundit these days is not like in the past. Not like when Pat Spillane would rant down the phone to a poor sub-editor in the Sunday World, firing out random predictions on a Saturday night while serving pints in his pub… Go on… Oh no, it’s all changed. I have a team of people around me now. Statisticians, a physio, a psychologist, personal trainer, a doctor, a masseuse… Come off it! It’s true! It’s not easy being an elite pundit! I have to stay fit, keep my mind in shape, remain alert to every development in the GAA, think on my feet, be able to withstand criticism – frankly, most of it from you – and watch my diet. You’re a fantasist! Well, maybe SOME of the helpers I’ve mentioned are informally involved...I will admit that… So this psychologist, this statistician, they’re your pals in the pub? Eh…yeah. And the masseuse and physio? I’m working on it! Next season, when all is back to normal, I’ll probably get the call to replace Pat Spillane on The Sunday Game! Yeah maybe...if you play your cards right!

HOW IT’S GOING... Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Final Pádraig Pearses 2-8 Clann na nGael 0-11 Tansey Cup Division Three Play-Off Creggs 1-8 Kilglass Gaels 0-5 Junior A FC Final St Brigid’s 2-14 Pádraig Pearses 0-4 Junior B FC (Group A) St Aidan’s 5-10 Fuerty 1-4 Tulsk Lord Edwards 0-13 St Dominic’s 2-4 Junior B FC (Group B) Oran 0-9 Michael Glavey’s 0-7 Castlerea St Kevin’s 6-16 Shannon Gaels 1-6 Junior B FC (Group C) St Michael’s w/o v Kilglass Gaels St Faithleach’s 2-7 St Brigid’s 2-5 Junior B FC (Group D) Éire Óg 3-8 Kilmore 1-7 Strokestown 5-16 Pádraig Pearses 0-5 Strokestown w/o v Kilmore

Jumping for joy! Clann na nGael’s Niamh Jordan celebrates following her side’s Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry Junior C Football Championship Final win over Shannon Gaels last Saturday. Clann won on scoreline of 1-12 to 1-5. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Yes, goals really do win matches! < PAUL HEALY

It may be a cliché, but it’s so often a reality: goals really do win matches! Although they were unquestionably the better team, it was two rapid-fire goals which ultimately secured victory for Padraig Pearses in Sunday’s Roscommon Senior Football final. An upperhand in general play throughout wouldn’t of itself have secured the win had Pearses not struck for those two goals. As it was, the three-pointers in question were suitable symbols of their supremacy Familiar face... and a man familiar with GAA studios! Paul Earley had a big smile for photographer Mick McCormack on entering Dr Hyde Park on Sunday last.

– but they were needed too, against a very game Clann na nGael. The Pearses’ goals came from Paul Carey in the 36th minute and from Jack Tumulty in the 59th minute, the latter score finishing off a sumptuous team move which displayed just how great this team can become. Clann manager Liam Kearns accepted that the creation – and taking – of goal chances had been decisive. Gracious in defeat, he also acknowledged that the goals were merely gloss on a consistently good showing by the victors.

“They created goal chances, we didn’t. I think they were the better team overall, we were possibly a bit better for a while in the third quarter but that was the only time we looked like we could turn it around. They deserved their win”. Sunday’s final – televised live on TG4 – never threatened to reach classic status, but it was a good, honest encounter between two formidable teams. Clann are going places, but Pearses were their masters for much of this game, even if the margin on the scoreboard never allowed Pat Flanagan’s men to relax.

Pearses, winning a second senior title in three seasons, are now a very experienced, physically impressive, streetwise and talented outfit and there is no reason why they can’t be a force at provincial level too. After his team’s 2-8 to 0-11 win, forward Hubert Darcy was looking to the Connacht Club Championship. “We are not finished this year yet. We have the Connacht Club Championship to come and we will be concentrating on that after a few days of celebrations”. Meanwhile, post those celebrations, Darcy and his teammates will have to factor in manager Pat Fla-

nagan’s calm assessment, one that suggests he expects even more from his team – and will certainly be keeping their collective feet firmly on the ground! He said: “The funny thing is there is an awful lot more in them I feel – and I expect it from them. We showed a lot of character today. This meant a lot more than the 2019 win. It showed that this team is coming of age. They’re still not winning games as they should, they’re playing some good, decent football and then stepping off it. But they are starting to learn how to win championships”. Ominous words for all pretenders to the crown of Roscommon football’s undisputed new kingpins.

GAA fixtures Friday, November 5th Tansey Cup Division Three Play-off At Kiltoom: St Aidan’s v Creggs. 8.15 pm Saturday, November 6th AFL Division Four Semi-Final At Knockcroghery: St Dominic’s v St Ronan’s. 3 pm O’Gara Cup Division Two Semi-Final At Johnstown: Clann na nGael v Tulsk Lord Edwards. 6 pm Sunday, November 7th O’Gara Cup Division 2 Semi-Final At Enfield: St Croan’s v St Dominic’s. 12 pm


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