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Dismayed local publicans are warning that many pubs in County Roscommon may never reopen in the future. There has been widespread dismay following Tuesday’s announcement that pubs won’t be allowed to reopen this Monday, as had originally been planned. Larry Brennan, the Chairperson of the Roscommon Town & District branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, said: “This decision could mean that some pubs will never open again”. Sarah Jane Coffey, the proprietor of Coffey’s Bar and shop in Lecarrow, described it as “a dark day for publicans”. Roscommon-Galway Constituency “This (running a pub) is already a dying trade and sympathy from Leo Varadkar and other politicians won’t pay the bills,” she said. SIGN OF THE WEATHER... Heather Humphreys TD, Minister of Social Protection, Community Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice said: “If immeand Rural Development and the Islands officially openend the Boyle to Lough Key Cycleway and il tá diate action isn’t taken to support these pubó V the construction phase for the redevelopment of the former Royal Hotel yesterday (Wednesday). licans, then some pubs may never open their Also pictured are Roscommon Country Council Cathaoirleach Laurence Fallon and Frank doors again – particularly in rural areas”. Feighan, TD. Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy. Photograph: Brian Farrell. Special report: Page 4.

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A programme on John Hume – ‘John Hume in America’ – which was repeated on RTE 1 on Monday night, was a superb tribute to the peacemaker and statesman who sadly passed away earlier that day. There will, no doubt, be many more tribute programmes in the future.

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Wha’? ‘The nun was on the other side’. I mean, I know she’s religious – by definition – but are you saying she was…somewhere else…meditating…connecting with a Higher Power? NO! The other side of the freezer! Oh, sorry! So, what happened? Well, she was reaching for some peppers… Hot? I’m not sure if that’s appropriate. She was a fine looking woman, certainly… No! Hot peppers? Sorry, dunno! And… Well, I asked her if she could reach the fish fingers and pass them over. We kept contact to a minimum… It all ended well? Yeah…grand. But still, a strange Saturday… Look, you had an ‘experience’ with a kindly nun and two men at a freezer in the middle of a pandemic when we are all adjusting to social distancing and masks and general nervousness around people… it’s fine! Yeah, but I’m still a bit rattled. It’s fine! I dunno. A few minutes later, when I was going back to my car, a jeep passed me and ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ was blaring out. Dusty Springfield man! ‘SON OF A PREACHER MAN’! Fair enough, but that guy’s still a spoofer, still an oddball… No, wait! In the back of the jeep, I’m sure I saw a fully-grown kangaroo… wolfing down frozen fish fingers!

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The death of John Hume, the former SDLP Leader who was the driving force behind the Northern Ireland peace process; the Government’s decision to delay the reopening of pubs, hotel bars, etc. for at least three more weeks.

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‘A dark day for publicans – some may never reopen’ Bernie Compton, The Central Bar, Strokestown.

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There has been widespread dismay following Tuesday’s announcement that pubs will not reopen next Monday (10th) as planned due to concerns over the rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, with many local publicans critical of the decision. The Chairperson of the Roscommon Town & District branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, Larry Brennan, who is also the co-owner of Down The Hatch in Roscommon town, said the decision has added to local uncertainty. “It’s very, very frustrating that pubs, who had been gearing up to reopen, are not even sure if they’ll be able to open in three weeks’ time. It’s hard to understand because bigger pubs serving food are now open. I don’t see the difference between a pub serving food and one which doesn’t, as long as social distancing measures and proper guidelines are in place,” he said.

Larry pointed out that most pubs have now missed the busy summer holiday season which will lead to increased financial pressures during the quieter months of autumn. “This decision could mean that some pubs will never open again,” he added. Larry’s comments were echoed by publicans across the county. Sarah Jane Coffey, the proprietor of Coffey’s Bar and shop in Lecarrow, described it as “a dark day for publicans”. “There are almost 4,000 family businesses that have not traded for five months. The health guidelines are paramount but there seems to be an abdication when it comes to balanced decision making. “This (running a pub) is already a dying trade and sympathy from Leo Varadkar and other politicians won’t pay the bills,” she said. Coffey’s’ staff have been busy preparing for reopening and Sarah Jane was confident that she could provide a safe environment for customers. “We’d have no problem practicing social distancing here. We would have had to lose seats at the bar of course but our tables are well spaced, and

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Larry Brennan, Down The Hatch, Roscommon.

we have a marquee and furniture for outside too. “We’re so disheartened by everything. We have missed five Bank Holiday weekends, the local Pudding and Porter Festival, and other local events. Last Saturday night there were 22 boats in Lecarrow Harbour but we’re turning business away left, right and centre. “We are hoping that we will reopen in September and then we’ll be banking on the weather being good to make up for some of the business we have lost this summer,” she added. Sarah Jane called on the government to provide compensation to those pubs affected by

the closures and warned that livelihoods as well as local communities were in jeopardy. “I am the fourth generation here at Coffey’s and our pub, which will be in business for 102 years next October, is at the heart of the local community. We miss our loyal customers. They’re like a family to us here,” she added. The disappointment was shared in Strokestown, where Willie Compton runs The Central Bar. Willie said there is a feeling that the pub industry is being shut down in rural Ireland. “The decision to keep pubs closed is not wise because

the market has now moved to house parties where there is no supervision whatsoever. That has been highlighted in the number of Covid cases among those under the age of 45. “If pubs had been left open there would have been a level of order and control. The situation regarding house parties is daft and we have seen that in the large increase in alcohol sales at off-licences,” he said. The Central Bar was also preparing to reopen, and Willie said that protocols are in place to ensure the safety of customers. “Public health is the most important thing and clients need somewhere safe to go. There is not the same level of risk in a controlled environment like a pub as there would be at house parties. A lot of work has been carried out here so that we can adhere to the guidelines. “All we want is a level playing field. What’s coming out of all of this is the lack of interest from the government when it comes to pubs. There seems to be an unpublished agenda to put people back drinking at home. It’s an industry that’s being shut down. I’m disap-

pointed for myself and other local pubs because rural pubs are a social outlet within communities,” he said. Well-known Creggs publican, Michael O’Roarke, was also disillusioned with Tuesday’s decision. “It’s a bit silly when you think about it. Pubs were already struggling to get people in the door before Covid-19 and places in rural Ireland like Creggs don’t have the population to have big crowds in pubs anyway. “It feels like we’re suffering because of issues in bigger towns and cities. There should be one rule for everyone. It’s not fair half-promising something and having publicans investing money to get ready to reopen and then being told they can’t reopen,” he said. Like many other local publicans who had spoken to the Roscommon People in the past week, Michael was left wondering what the future would hold for the industry in rural Ireland. “You would wonder what will happen. We have no choice for the moment though, we just have to obey the rules and see where they take us”.


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Galway to Athlone National Cycleway Scheme Public Consultation No.1 Project Vision The vision for the project is to develop a world class trail, from Galway to Athlone, that will complete the Galway to Dublin route, which is of a scale and singularity that will allow Ireland to tap into the growing tourism market for cycling. It will be scenic, sustainable, be a strategic link, with lots to see and do, be substantially segregated from motor traffic and welcome a wide variety of users. It will be developed in co-operation with local communities and offer real benefits to them.

Progress to Date The Project was paused in 2015 following identification of a preferred route corridor. It is now restarting and the project is to be progressed from a clean slate, with no route corridor favoured at this stage. A dedicated Project Office has been established in Ballinasloe, where the Consultants and Project Liaison Officers from Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath County Councils will be available to meet landowners and the public. Meetings at the Project Office are strictly by appointment due to the COVID-19 Restrictions.

Have your say We would like to hear your views on the project at this stage. This can include your opinion on the: • need for the project, • possible routes that should be considered, • locations, attractions or facilities in your locality that could be attractive to cycleway users, or would benefit from a cycleway, constraints or barriers to a cycleway in your area, any concerns or issues you may have at this stage. A series of public consultations will be held between the 10th and 14th August, where you may meet members of the team and discuss the project or make a submission or observation. Maps of the study area will be on display. No route corridors are proposed at this stage.

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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

All weekend I’ll never, ever forget watching that very first episode of the original ‘Incredible Hulk’. That moment when the soft-spoken Dr. David “Don’t make me angry” Banner (played by Bill Bixby) transformed into the Hulk (played by Lou Ferrigno) was really something, tv gold. Banner/Hulk was suddenly all bulging muscles, an image which remains fresh to this day for millions of viewers all over the world. I fear the same fate awaits those of us who’ve seen the images of Minister Richard Bruton over recent days. Richard, the generally likeable Minister for (what is it? Oh yes, forever) has become a social media sensation, on account of being stripped off for a tourism video, with resulting glowing appraisal of his physique. His “impressively toned beach body” (I’m quoting the Sunday Independent) even led to comparisons with Vladimer Putin. Richard rightly milked the fact that the video went viral! Mind you, just where is social media taking us in terms of what’s considered to be important/worthy of comment? Also going viral in recent days was footage of a man accidentally knocking over a loudspeaker while some politicians were addressing the media. Minister Paschal Donohoe went to the man’s rescue, but Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan was taken to task on social media for standing still while the incident unfolded. Big deal! Social media goes crazy about such trivial stuff…meanwhile, the world is in crisis.

Sunday One of the brilliant new journalists to emerge in Ireland in recent times is Shane Beatty, a regular on Virgin Media & Newstalk. He’s terrific, as is Sarah McInerney. The old guard have been warned. New kids on the block. That’s life. Still, I felt sympathy for Shane on Sunday. Driving into Roscommon town, I tuned into Newstalk. Shane’s guest was Willie O’Dea, The Man Who Won’t Go Away (yeah, I know, he’s got a mandate from his beloved Limerick constituents). It was tiresome. Willie’s on a month-long rant/sulk, and it’s not at all clear that there’s an end in sight. He’s been snapping at his own leader’s heels ever since Micheál Martin became Taoiseach. And he’s been having a cut at Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael too. What Willie would like us to believe is the follow-

slowly and carefully led his troubled people along the pathway to peace.

Tuesday There is no truth in the rumour that Taoiseach Micheál Martin is advising everyone to avoid foreign travel, with the exception of one man whom he wants to book a foreign holiday for: Leo Varadkar. It’s not true!


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ing: That he’s merely exercising his right as a backbencher to speak out for the ordinary people. In reality, Willie is sulking because he didn’t get a ministerial call-up. And it’s pretty pathetic. Willie, it seems, has a long list of grievances, most of them fairly trivial. At least Michael Ring, after his unseemly sulk when he was overlooked for a ministry, has had the grace to lie low since. But there’s no stopping Willie just now. Not unless you turn the dial, which I did.

Monday I generally try to avoid repeats on TV (well, I make an exception for Fawlty Towers). Especially if the repeat is a tribute (by definition, out of date) to someone who has just died. For example, when a much-loved figure such as Brendan Grace died, there’s a lack of authenticity (however well meaning it is) about RTE rushing to the archives that day and summoning up an old Late Late Show tribute to the star. Much better to wait a few weeks

or months and compile a new tribute show. I wasn’t drawn therefore to RTE’s repeat of ‘John Hume in America’ which they showed tonight, in tribute to the great patriot, who sadly died today. But I ended up watching it, and it was superb – and very touching. It reminded viewers of the colossal, singleminded role played by Hume in turning republicans away from violence, in firstly constructing an ambitious template for the peace process and then having the courage, patience, stamina and determination to see it come to fruition, indeed to ensure that it did. He was a truly remarkable man, unquestionably a great figure in Irish history. Current generations, and generations as yet unborn, owe him a great debt. The programme ended with moving footage of a clearly ill Hume walking alone on a narrow Derry path. It was very moving, but also dignified. Slowly and carefully this giant amongst men progressed along the narrow path, just like he had

The rain is lashing down, like it’s trying to escape the skies, a thoroughly depressing sight, and perhaps a fitting backdrop to the gloom felt at last night’s stalling of the phases. It was no big surprise when the Taoiseach confirmed that “pubs, hotel bars, nightclubs, cinemas, casinos” would remain closed for at least three more weeks. Our publicans are like innocent people who received an unfair sentence in March; they are up for appeal every few weeks – but instead of being released, their sentence gets extended every time. Meanwhile, the rest of the nation is free, sort of. And the miserable rain slips on to the freshly painted walls of the silent bars. No change either (after some confusion) on the limits that can attend sporting and other outdoor events, meaning if you want some quiet time to yourself – and a chance to avoid people – you should go to a GAA match. It’s an ultra-cautious approach by the Government, and while it may be the right strategy – especially with reopening of schools in mind – I really feel for the publicans, for the hospitality and entertainment industry generally. On Tuesday night, post the latest delaying-ofphases misery, I channel-hopped. On Prime Time, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was word perfect but sombre; David McCullagh hadn’t the will to even do his customary eyebrow-raising. Later, World Snooker highlights with no audience. I switched channels. On BBC, a presenter and guest were enthusing about Ireland’s – IRELAND’S! – win over England in cricket. Strange times. It’s Wednesday morning, and it’s time to go to work, to wrap on this week’s Roscommon People. In an apt metaphorical commentary on the ongoing challenges posed by this virus, the rain continues to plummet down. Not much fun for anyone staycationing just now. You wouldn’t see a sinner out in this weather, bar maybe Richard Bruton, flexing his muscles on the beach, one man’s proud resistance in an uncertain, troubled world.


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Bishop confirms Elphin Diocesan appointments The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran, pictured right, has announced a number of changes in pastoral responsibilities in the Diocese of Elphin and provided updates on some appointments previously announced.

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Parish of Ballintubber/Ballymoe (effective June 1st 2020): Fr. Joe Poole (CSSp PP) has returned to his congregation to take up a new assignment. Fr. Pat O’Toole (CSSp CC) has been appointed Pastoral Coordinator, Ballintubber and Ballymoe, and Deacon John Mahony has been appointed Administrator, Ballintubber and Ballymoe. Parish of Oran (effective August 1st 2020): Fr. Irek Kuzmicki (PP), a priest of the Diocese of Warmia, Poland, has returned to his Diocese to take up a new assignment, and Fr. Pravin Dhason (CC, Roscommon), a priest of the Diocese of Kottar, India, has been appointed PP, Oran. Parish of Kilglass, Rooskey and Slatta (effective August 1st 2020): Fr. Evaristus Nkede (CC, Knockcroghery), a priest of the Diocese of Kumba, Cameroon has been appointed PP, Kilglass, Rooskey and Slatta, following the recent death of Fr. Martin Mulvaney (PP). Diocesan Healthcare Chaplaincy Team (effective 1st August 2020): Following the retirement of Fr. Brian Conway (SPS) at the end of April 2020, Ms. Colette Furlong has been appointed to the Diocesan Healthcare Chaplaincy Team (in addition to her present

role with Sligo Cluster of Parishes). Fr. Hugh McGonagle (CC, Calry) has been appointed to the Diocesan Healthcare Chaplaincy Team, in addition to his present parish responsibilities. Chaplaincy, St. Angela’s College, Sligo: Fr. Julian Lupot (PP, Aughanagh) has been appointed to the role of Sacramental Chaplain at St. Angela’s College, Clogherevagh, Sligo in addition to his parochial responsibilities. This appointment was previously held by Bishop Michael Duignan.

Parish of Ahascragh and Caltra: Following his period of sabbatical leave in London, Fr. John Cullen has completed his quarantine and will be taking up his appointment in Ahascragh and Caltra during the coming week. He also takes over as Editor of intercom Magazine. Pontifical Irish College Rome: Fr. John Coughlan, who was in Rome throughout the pandemic, was appointed Vice-Rector at the Pontifical Irish College at Easter, having previously been Director of Formation. Star of the Sea Retreat Centre (effective September 1st 2020): Sr. Kathleen Rooney will resign her role as Director of Star of the Sea Retreat Centre, Mullaghmore at the end of August to take up a new assignment with her Congregation. The new Director, Louise Hayden, and Associate Director, Deacon Frank McGuinness, will take over responsibility for the Centre on September 1st. Bishop Kevin said: “I take this opportunity to thank all of the priests and deacons of the Diocese, as well as our lay staff and religious sisters, who have worked so hard over these past months to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of our parishioners and who have more recently been working with their parish teams to recommence the public pastoral life of the Church. I express my appreciation in particular to all who have agreed to accept new appointments in this rather strange and challenging year. I wish Fr. Irek every blessing as he leaves the Diocese to begin his new mission”.

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Fianna Fáil councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says he will not be letting Castlerea Fire Station close without a fight and that he will be “constantly raising the issue” in the Roscommon County Council chamber in future. “The closure of Castlerea Fire Station was mentioned in Dáil Éireann last week and I am still of the view that even though the (Roscommon County Council) chief executive (Eugene Cummins) announced its closure, the decision should be looked at again. “I would hope that we could reflect (on the decision) and to see if there is any way at all to get it reopened. “I certainly won’t be letting it go and it might take time, but I’ll be constantly raising this issue with the chief executive (so that it’s looked at again),” he said.

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NewsPeople newsbriefs Fitzmaurice in tribute to peacemaker Hume Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has added his tribute to the late John Hume, who died earlier this week. Offering his condolences to John Hume’s wife Pat and the extended family, Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “Mr. Hume has left a legacy which will never be forgotten by the people of Ireland, both north and south of the border. “During his time in politics and as the leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), Mr. Hume played a key role in the peace process and the creation of the Good Friday Agreement. “The people of Ireland owe a great deal to Mr. Hume for his unwavering determination to broker peace on this island. “The outpouring of condolences, from near and far, is a testament to the high esteem in which Mr. Hume was held. May he rest in peace”.

€70,000 for local projects Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys has announced €70,000 in funding for three projects in Co. Roscommon, as well as further funding for a project in Ballinasloe. In Roscommon, there’s funding for assistance towards replacing the forecourt at St. Ronan’s Hall, Keadue; assistance to purchase outdoor seating and outdoor cinema screen in Castlerea; and assistance to purchase outdoor equipment for outdoor activities in Athleague. Local politicians have welcomed the funding. Minister of State at the Department of Health, Frank Feighan said: “I am delighted to confirm, along with my colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, that Keadue will receive support in this round of funding. “€22,764.42 will be used to replace the forecourt at the front of St. Ronan’s Hall, helping them to adapt and ensure the local community will have a safe space to use in light of Covid-19”. 106 towns and villages across Ireland are to benefit from the fund to help communities to socialise, work and shop safely during the current pandemic. Senator Eugene Murphy stated that while he did not make representation on any of the projects, he was well aware of the ongoing work in the three areas to further enhance facilities. Senator Murphy also stated that more monies would become available later in the year for other projects within the county. Meanwhile, Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed the ‘Roscommon funding’ – as well as further funding for Ballinasloe Area Community Development. Galway county councillor Michael Connolly (Fianna Fáil) has also welcomed that latter funding, which is €40,000 for a Ballinasloe shop local campaign – promotional signage, Christmas experience and a Parklet Pilot scheme which will provide additional seating for traders.

Mark’s exhibition opens this week at arts centre A new exhibition of work by the Boyle-based artist Mark Garry is due to open at Roscommon Arts Centre this Friday. This exhibition comprises of a new film work by Mark entitled An Lucht Siúil (The Walking People). The film explores the relationship between Irish travellers and Modernism, specifically the relationship between Irish Travellers and the Irish state as it is played out between the traveller and settled communities in the middle part of the last century. The film’s narration in five sections adopts the theatrical structure of a Greek Tragedy performed partly in English and partly in Shelta (de Gamon/Cant), the language of the Irish traveller. These songs, written by the artist, act as a poetic response to Ireland’s complex relationship to land and land ownership, and the relationship between the peoples who share this land. Mark Garry is an artist, curator, writer, educator and occasional musician. Mark has held exhibitions at museums and art venues in Europe, North America and Asia and represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. An Lucht Siúil was originally commissioned as part of a Percent for Art project by Roscommon County Council. The exhibition is open from Friday, August 7th and continues during the centre’s opening hours until September 22nd.

Future is bright for Sacred Heart Hospital – Ward < DAN DOONER

Independent Cllr. Tony Ward has welcomed HSE confirmation that fire safety works will commence at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon town at the end of this month. Cllr. Ward said he was also satisfied that the families of residents affected by the works – which are expected to last three months – had been consulted by the HSE. “I received an email from the HSE in relation to a question I

had raised regarding fire safety works in St. Joseph’s Ward and Our Lady’s Ward at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon. €400,000 needs to be spent on the works which are needed urgently. “There was an issue in relation to the residents who will have to be relocated while the works are being carried out. My understanding is that two residents will be cared for at home (with family) and that of sixteen other residents, some will move to Áras Mhathair

Phol in Castlerea and some will go to St. Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Ballinasloe. I am happy that consultations have taken place with families during the process,” he said. Cllr. Ward, who sits on the HSE Regional Health Forum West, said he could see a “bright future” for the Sacred Heart Hospital including the construction of the proposed 50-bed unit at the facility. “The electrical works are needed and it’s good to have funds

available because HIQA (Health Quality and Information Authority) had raised concerns (about the facility) a few years ago. I have pushed the issue of the 50bed unit at the HSE Forum and that needs to happen, and it is going to happen,” he said. The HSE has previously stated that the appointment of a design team for the 50-bed unit was underway and that fire safety works must be completed by the end of 2021 for the hospital to comply with regulations.

Naughten unhappy with Minister’s response Independent TD Denis Naughten has expressed “deep disappointment” at the response of the Minister for Health to concerns raised regarding planned fire safety works at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon. Deputy Naughten said that Minister Stephen Donnelly, when asked about the cost and timescale for fire safety works at the Sacred

Heart Hospital, and the provision being made for patients and staff for the duration of the works, had “simply passed the matter to the HSE for reply”. Deputy Naughten: “This is a very anxious time for residents and their families, as well as the dedicated staff, in the Sacred Heart Hospital, all of whom have done Trojan work

to keep Covid-19 out of the long-stay home. It would help to allay concerns if the Minister could provide reassurance to all concerned”. Deputy Naughten said that he accepts that the works need to be done, but it was also important that residents be accommodated, where possible, on the existing hospital campus.

Roscommon Rapid Response meetings for defibrillator groups Roscommon Rapid Response will be launching their EmCall App in the next four weeks and prior to launch are holding drop-in meetings throughout Co. Roscommon for defibrillator owners/groups. In a statement, Roscommon Rapid Response said: “We will explain how they can upload their own defibrillator data and see how EmCall App works and how it uses their defibrillator information to increase the numbers of people surviving a cardiac Arrest. “The EmCall App will enable smartphone users who download the free EmCAll App in Co. Roscommon, in the event of a cardiac arrest,

to notify emergency services, nearest trained CPR responders and where the nearest defibrillator is. “The improved response time of medical intervention C.P.R. and defibrillator which is enabled by EmCall App will give cardiac arrest patients the best possible survival opportunity. “Our Mid-Roscommon drop-in meeting will be held in Gleeson’s Townhouse on Friday, 7th August from 6 pm until 8.30 pm. All Covid-19 regulations will be adhered to. “If you can’t attend/further information is required you can contact us through our website or 087-3197610”.

Glenamaddy Centre’s meals on wheels service Glenamaddy Daycare Centre has resumed its meals on wheels service. Enquiries to 094 9659269 between 10 am and 2 pm or by email to We hope to recommence our full Day Care service as soon as the regulations allow.

Masses resume in Rooskey The people of Rooskey have extended a warm welcome to their new priest, Fr. Evaristus Nkede. A community spokesperson said: “We welcome Fr. Evaristus to our parish and hope his time with us will be happy and fulfilling”. Mass will resume in Rooskey on this Sunday, 9th of August at 11.30 am and continue on weekdays (Tuesday to Friday) at 10 am (with the nationally agreed attendance restriction of 50 people).


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The late John Hume, R.I.P. Padraig Reidy @mePadraigReidy There’s a strong case that John Hume was the single most heroic figure of the past 50 years on these islands – Many people would agree Michel Barnier @MichelBarnier Thank you, John Hume. Respect. Rest in Peace. – Nicely put by the big man aoife-grace moore. @aoifegracemoore When John Hume first got dementia, he would still go on long walks, you’d always see him along the Foyle. As it progressed, people would walk with him to make sure he was alright. A few people I know walked him home. John Hume looked after us, so Derry looked after him. RIP John. – A touching contribution, as Ireland – and beyond – mourns John Hume

Shane Ross @Ross_Shane1 Sincerely hope cabinet does NOT recommend reopening of pubs tomorrow. Would be madness (tweeted Monday) – He hasn’t gone away, you know Cllr. Juliet O Connell @julietoconnell I am retweeting my own tweet. Think that’s frowned upon. But enough is enough. #Phase4 #Taoiseach needs to support publicans across the entire country. What do you expect them to do. Trust business owners to protect their own industry – Not opening the pubs for at least three more weeks? The people are restless, angry…(well, some are) John Simpson @JohnSimpsonNews I’ve just watched @realDonaldTrump’s latest TV interview in full. As someone who has interviewed world leaders from Gorbachev to Putin, Thatcher to al-Assad, Ayatollah Khomeini to Mandela, I can honestly say he seems worse informed & less impressive than any of them. – Clever! Have a go at Trump, while reminding everyone of who he’s interviewed!! chris o’dowd @BigBoyler Watching The Commitments again in tribute to Alan Parker. Always loved it, but I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed so much. God it’s so good. The shot composition, the energy, the message. Very few films so bursting with life. What joy. Thanks Alan. – Our man in Hollywood remembers a movie maestro who passed away this week (RIP)


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I’m glad ‘that’ ad has gone…and here’s why! Parental alert…this week’s column contains ‘adult content’. Readers, (more than likely the ladies), will be aware of ‘that’ TV advertisement staging what looks like a mock-up of a lowrent chat show with the ‘host’ encouraging us to, ahem, insert a tampon correctly. Yeah, you know the one! Okay; well then you’re probably also aware that this advert has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) – and rightly so! However, not everyone shares my opinion. For example, Newstalk’s Ciara Kelly is annoyed at the banning, believing it’s just one more example of shaming women’s bodies, saying, “the only reason this ad was taken down and 84 complaints in a population of six million odd nearly, is it’s to do with shame”. Nay, nay Ciara,

this ad has been banned because it’s in poor taste. For me, the makers of this crass ad are making the assumption that Ireland is crawling with a gaggle of braindead women who believe our menstrual cycles are a problem that need to be solved! And while I do welcome a more open and honest conversation regarding menstruation, (because it shouldn’t be a taboo subject), the fact is, discussing women’s periods and intimate parts of our anatomies in such a condescending fashion is just downright weird. I mean, do the product-makers assume we’re all dimwits who require peak-time education through the medium of infotainment? Look, let me explain. I don’t find the term, “you gotta get ‘em up there girls,” to be ‘offensive’ or ‘crude’ or ‘vulgar,’ (words used by snowflakes, sorry, com-

plainants), but I am delighted the content is no longer on our screens because quite simply, it was point-blank patronising and condescending to women. Okay, I suppose in banning it the ASAI has pandered to the perpetually outraged, the moaning minnies and the whingers, and I do hate to see these politically correct, social oppressors gaining ground, but in this instance, so be it. Personally, I was never one of those women who’d surreptitiously slip my tampon up my sleeve or push it deep into my pocket in order not to offend onlookers, and advertisements flogging these products never normally annoy me. So why has this one irritated me? Well, ‘the guest’ in this ad is being depicted as a victim, a prisoner of her own body. A poor soul, way too stupid to cope with what is, let’s

Where do you stand on ‘Mercs and Ministers’ now, Simon? According to a 2011 decision taken by government, when it comes to a State car complete with Garda driver, only An Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Justice should be permitted this perk. Therefore, shouldn’t it follow that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, being technically demoted from his position as Tánaiste, (now occupied by Leo), should no longer have the privilege of such a job benefit! I think not! But wait, isn’t this the same Simon Coveney who, (when in opposition with Fine Gael) and as spokesperson for Transport, made the rallying cry to the troops that ‘there can be no sacred cows when the country is in fiscal crisis, and the government must lead by example in cutting unnecessary expenditure’? Indeed, (and I could be wrong) during the run-up to the 2011 general election, didn’t Mr. Coveney pledge his party would ensure that ‘Mercs and Ministers’ will no longer be associated with each other? Hmmm, I wonder what tree-hugger Eamon ‘share a car amongst yourselves’ Ryan feels about this debacle! Indeed, during one of his many bon-

face it, a vital monthly feminine bodily function. Of course, the lunatic feminist brigade will disagree with me. They’ll take exception at the disappearance of the relatable young wan instructing the eejit how she can drink tea, gorge on biccies and insert a tampon correctly. But bottom line ladies, no ad extoling the brilliance of a sanitary product is ever going to help us turn our lives around to such a degree all thoughts of menstrual pains, bloating, throbbing headaches and hormonal surges strong enough to entertain homicidal thoughts will magically disappear. Maybe I’m wrong, but to my mind, two women on TV (one an expert, the other an idiot), explaining the intricacies of feminine hygiene devices to the sisterhood is far from liberating!

Codladh sámh to the boy from the Bogside There’s no doubt in my mind that, along with my heroes Michael Collins and Martin McGuinness, (the latter ultimately choosing dialogue over the reactionary instinct to engage in violence), John Hume is indeed one of the greatest Irish patriots that ever lived. Completely unfazed by a barrage of threats and criticisms during his political life, John Hume was a purposeful and formidable man. Through his unselfish and heroic efforts, this humanitarian didn’t just dedicate his life to uniting us, he lifted us up when he gifted us with the peace we so desperately craved and deserved. Codladh sámh John.

Thank you Judge Keane Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney

kers car-pooling sermons, Mr. Ryan emphatically condemned such wastage, whinging, ‘you don’t spend money on something that’s sitting idle for 95 per cent of the time’. Well if that’s the case, perhaps Sleeping Beauty should prepare himself for a ‘slackening-off-on-the-job,’ pay cut…or should I say a phantom pay cut! That’s right Eamon, you pretend to work love, and we’ll pretend to pay you!

As an animal lover and welfare advocate, and as one of the main consultative bodies in drawing up the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Judge Marie Keane for closing down John and Mary Boland’s puppy farm. I have zero tolerance with anyone that operates illegally and shows zero compassion for any animal in their care. People who make money off their innocent, vulnerable animals will always prioritise profit and volume over welfare, and I’m so glad this cruelty has not only been publicly highlighted, but that it has, once and for all, been stopped. Good on you Judge Keane. By putting an end to this greedy pairs’ puppy mill days, you’ve hopefully ended the horrific cycle of suffering endured for hundreds, possibly thousands, of innocent little lives. God bless you.

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LEGAL NOTICES THE DISTRICT COURT District Court Area of Roscommon – District No. 4 Public Dance Halls act, 1935, Section 2 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PUBLIC DANCING LICENCE Michael Flahive, Ard Aoibhinn, Roscommon – Applicant Secretary, Dr. Doughlas Hyde Park Club, Roscommon – Applicant Take Notice that Michael Flahive, Ard Aoibhinn, Roscommon Secretary, Dr. Douglas Hyde Park Club, intends to apply to Roscommon District Court to be held at The Courthouse, Roscommon on Tuesday 15th September, 2020 at 10.30am for the Grant of a Licence to use a particular place to wit the Dr. Douglas Hyde Park Club House, situate at Ardsallagh, Roscommon, in the Court area and District aforesaid, for Public Dancing. Dated this 31st day of July, 2020 Signed: Thomas V. McCrann & Son, Solicitors for the Applicant, Church Street, Roscommon TO: The District Court Clerk, Government Buildings, Golf Links Road, Roscommon TO: The Chief Fire Officer, Fire Authority HQ, Circular Road, Roscommon

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A flat note:We need to bail out the entertainment industry! Our columnist is feeling sorry for publicans, musicians and entertainers… and reports on a welcome sighting of a legendary umpire… It’s Bank Holiday Monday… and in normal times I would be heading for Ballygar for the Carnival Fair Day, enjoying the craic and banter as I made my way around the many stalls and fairground attractions – trying to get an odd bargain, haggling over

the prices, and just having a bit of fun. Today however is very different: the carnival is on hold for this year, the fair day is cancelled, and there are no amusements on The Square. As I was thinking (with sadness) about the big void in all our social lives, my mind turned to the terrible situation that the musicians/ entertainers who should have been playing in Ballygar and at festivals and carnivals all over Ireland now find themselves in. Of all the sectors that Covid-19 has hit, the entertainment one must be the worst, because most of

those that play in showbands or musical groups of any type rely solely on the income from their music. Not only has that income dried up, but there is very little likelihood of anything happening for them in the foreseeable future. One day last week I was visiting a family member in Galway, and as I left the city I happened to tune into Galway Bay FM (tell Joe Finnegan I couldn’t get Shannonside). The show’s presenter had various entertainers on, all telling their stories about how the pandemic had derailed them entirely. Among those he spoke to were singer Mary

Coughlan, who spoke about how she was being harassed twice daily on the phone by some bank because she was behind with her mortgage payments, and comedian Frank Forde, a very funny man, who spoke about how his entire list of summer engagements, including performing on a number of cruises, had just evaporated. Now it goes without saying that all those well-known people usually play four or five nights a week all through the summer, and earn big money – and rightly so – but that income has totally dried up, and the Covid payment of €350 a week is but a pittance

Publicans are being unfairly punished It’s now a very wild, wet Tuesday afternoon (as I write), and I’ve just made it back from my daily (almost) walk before the rains came. At time of writing, the whole country is wondering as to whether or not the ‘wet’ pubs will be allowed to open next Monday (Editor: we now know…they won’t be). The truth, in my opinion, is that it doesn’t make the slightest difference, as either way, the pub is not the problem. Long before this horrible virus arrived on our shores, one of the things that drove me mad was the availability of every type of alcohol, at ridiculously low prices, in off-licences and supermarkets. As we know, a minority of people who drink at house parties/even in public locations (nationwide) can sometimes engage in anti-social behaviour on the streets of all our cities, towns and villages. (There is no suggestion that there is any culpability for this on the part of businesses who sell the alcohol). Obviously the nightclub scene is presently off the radar, so we should have less trouble on the streets, but as long as pubs – where there would be some type of supervision – remain closed, all of these low-cost alcohol

sellers are experiencing massive queues outside their doors all around local towns. House parties – where anything goes – are cropping up all over the place, so is it any wonder that we are seeing an escalation in the number of new virus cases? Whether the local pub is open or not, as long as the Government (yet again) tackles the wrong man/woman, things will carry on as they are. It is my view that supermarkets where you can buy a bottle of vodka for as little as €13 and 20 bottles of Heineken for €21 should have had to close, while the pubs remained open. Simply by having the drink much more expensive, there would be a lot less house parties and a lot less scope for the virus to prosper. One great development is that the local drunk, who continually annoyed everyone within his range, is a thing of the past, and no self-respecting publican will allow such behaviour any more. Even if they did, social distancing considerations would allow you to tell your tormentor to leave you alone (maybe even in stronger terms). As I say, there’s always a silver lining.

compared to their normal income. It seems there is no allowance at all for the fact that musicians and entertainers are a specialist, irreplaceable, and vitally important group of people. I know the suddenness of the pandemic outbreak took the legislators by surprise and they hurried stuff through, but surely there could be some extra help available to those entertainers who have no other source of income, and who have no prospect whatsoever of getting back to work any time soon. At the time of writing, nearly everything has reopened – except the pubs – but it will be a long time

before we will have live music, concerts, or dances in any venues anywhere. In my view we must do something to help all the entertainers who have effectively had their incomes wiped out. From the tourism point of view, the entertainment industry is vital to our economy. So, in their hour of need, let us show that the country appreciates their work and do what we can to steer them through these financially tough times. Over to you, Micheál, Leo, Eamon and all of you who seem to be able to find money for yourselves at the stroke of a pen.

Umpire strikes back: Danny still going strong Last Saturday evening I was in the lucky 50 who got tickets to the Creggs v St. Aidan’s championship game in Creggs. Thankfully we won fairly well, but the truth is that this was a real tough, proper battle and the scoreline in no way reflected the quality and effort of the Ballyforan men. However, it was an event off the field (well sort of) that showed (yet again) what makes the GAA, at grassroots level, the true sport of the Irish people. Almost fifty years ago, as a young bank clerk I arrived into work in the Bank of Ireland, Castlerea, and one of the first people I got to know was the local postman, Danny Burke – a man I was soon to find out who was at the heart of everything that took place in Castlerea football. He coached and managed teams all the way from when they were young school kids to (in some cases) senior inter-county level. I have told you before that it has been my privilege and honour to have known Danny for all those years, and indeed we have shared many a glass of porter since then, so it was a nice surprise to see him in Creggs – talking to Tommy Gately – when I arrived at the pitch. I assumed he was on a spying mission – but I was wrong.

At the wrong side (or maybe the right side) of 80 years, Danny had answered the call of referee Dermot Lyons, and was in Creggs to do umpire for the game. In his white coat he looked as fit and as sprightly as a man half his age, and it is a tribute to him and his love of Gaelic football that he would travel, during this pandemic, to do his bit for his fellow Castlerea man. The good news is that he didn’t have to call on Hawk-Eye, and, as always got through with the minimum of fuss. Well done, Danny, there’s not many like you.

And finally… Finally for this week, down there in Strokestown, Ado Kenny, one of the most respected and important members of the Irish Showjumping Association for many a long year (a former national chairman) celebrated a big birthday recently. All of us out here in Crosswell, who have known him for quite some time, would like to wish him well. Happy birthday, Ado – and here’s to many more.

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32 counties, 6 days, 1,900km…Ultra-Cycling Charity Challenge for Roscommon Funds will help Roscommon Hospice project A group of adventurers will bring their ultra-challenge to Co. Roscommon as they take on the ultimate task of cycling a whopping 1,900 kilometres across 32 counties in Ireland in just six days – all in aid of charity. The ‘Mayo Ultra-Cyclists’ are a group of adventure cyclists who take on an ultra-cycling challenge for charity every year. Since 2016, they have completed 4,823km over four different cycles in just twelve days in five different countries, and in the process have raised an incredible €88,000 for various local charities. On Sunday, August 16th, this group is undertaking the enormous challenge of cycling 1,900km through the 32 counties of Ireland from start to finish – all within six days – in memory of James Alexander Moore, who was cared for in CHI at Temple Street. They will be starting in Mayo and cycling clockwise through every county – a staggering 320km per

Going the extra mile! ‘Mayo Ultra Cyclists’ are set to cycle across all thirty-two counties over six days in a fundraiser in memory of James Moore. The money raised will go to Temple Street Foundation, Down Syndrome Ireland West, Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and Pictured are Jonathon Verry (Crossmolina), Maurice Dore (Mullingar), Gerry ‘Boots’ Powell (London and Armagh), Alan Heaney (Swinford), and Gary Bigley (Kiltimagh).

day. Whilst doing this tough six-day, 1,900km ultra-cycling challenge, they

are using the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for four deserving

charities: Temple Street Foundation, Down Syndrome Ireland West,

Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, and The event is selffinanced by all the cyclists and all of the proceeds collected will go directly to this year’s four chosen charities. Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation, said: “We are honoured to be chosen as one of the three charities to benefit from this year’s Mayo Ultra Cyclists challenge. These types of events are vital to us, as we continue to fund our palliative care service in the two counties, and also progress with construction on our Roscommon Hospice, which will be completed next year. “The funds raised from this 32-County Challenge will go specifically towards our Roscommon Hospice, which will be a state-of-the-art 8-bed inpatient unit, with full day care facilities”. 

 The group has set up an online fundraising page, and is asking people to spread the word far and wide. Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as any small contribution will be greatly appreciated. Members of the public can support by visiting the event GoFundMe page.

Isabelle’s banana bread success! Sina’s a winner!

Sina Theil, the winner of the RosFM GoFundme prize in a recent competition run by the radio station, was presented with her prize recently. RosFM wishes to thank Tina Doran for sponsoring the ‘SOSUEME’ hamper, and Adrian Grealy for the voucher for Dinner for two in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town. Thanks also to Elaine Doran for organising the fundraiser with the help of Shane Browne and Martina Dockery. Thanks to all who donated to the GoFundMe fundraiser, which raised €2,000 for the station at this difficult time.

Adam’s essay excellence!

Congratulations to Adam King, a 5th year student at Roscommon Community College, who was awarded 2nd place in the Irish National History Essay Competition 2020 final which was held last week. This competition is part of NUIG’s ‘Breaking the S.E.A.L.’ (Schools’ Engagement with Archives through Learning’) programme. Adam’s abstract was titled ‘Boeing’s aviation contribution to the United States during WW2 (1939-1945)’. Out of twenty schools involved, Adam’s abstract reached a shortlist of sixteen finalists, each of whom then had to prepare a video presentation of their chosen abstract topic. Adam will have his research synopsis published in the Journal of Second Level Research, and is also eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit.

Isabelle with her mother, Margaret Sexton.

Isabelle Sexton, a 14-year-old student from Roscommon town, is one of Ireland’s best banana bread bakers! Isabelle was selected as the winner of the ‘Best Junior Baker 10 years and over’ category award in a recent nationwide competition to find Ireland’s Best Banana Bread Recipes. The competition was conducted by celebrity chef and RTE presenter, Donal Skehan with the support of banana distributors, Fyffes. Daughter of Margaret and Kevin Sexton, and sister of Tom (11), Isabelle is a student at the Convent of Mercy in Roscommon where she hopes to begin her second year studies with her eyes firmly set on the goal of becoming a teacher. Her mother, Margaret (from Gowran, Co. Kilkenny) is a District Nurse, and her father Kevin is a member of An Garda Siochána. Noting that “there’s always something baking in our house,” Margaret describes Isabelle as “an avid baker” whose award-winning recipe was given the succulent, mouth-watering title ‘Chocolate Orange Hazelnut’ Banana Bread. In it, Isabelle fused bananas with the subtle tastes and textures of chocolate, oranges and nuts to create a bread that other family members – what she humorously calls her Quality Control Team – “just begged to be eaten”. Isabelle filmed her own video that reveals her love for baking, which can be viewed online on Instagram @margaretsexton123. In winning her Fyffes ‘Great Banana Bread Bake off’ award, Isabelle followed in the footsteps of her mother Margaret who recently won first prize for her Brown Bread at the National Ploughing Championships. The overall Best Banana Bread recipe award was won by Gillian Carney from Cobh, who also topped the category for Best Ingredients.


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IFA welcomes the opening of applications for loans Chairperson of IFA’s Farm Business Committee Rose Mary McDonagh has welcomed the opening of applications for the Future Growth Loan Scheme (FGLS). An additional €500m has been made available under the scheme. “This announcement is welcomed by the farming sector, with 40% of the additional funds ring-fenced for agriculture”, she commented.

The FGLS benefits from a guarantee from the European Union under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Previously, the minimum loan amount was €50,000 but this has been reduced to €25,000; with a maximum amount of €3m. According to the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), interest rates remain unchanged from the original rates: 4.5% for loans less than

€250,000 and 3.5% for loans equal to and greater than €250,000. “Loans are available for terms of between seven to ten years and are unsecured up to €500,000,” added Ms. McDonagh. Loans under the scheme are for investment purposes only. The funds can be used for long-term investment in tangible or intangible assets on agricultural holdings linked to primary agricultural production.

Cattle trade continuing to strengthen – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the cattle trade is continuing to strengthen, with finished cattle in the marts making up to 30c/kg above the factory price. This is being driven by procurement managers and agents. “This is a clear reflection that factories can afford to pay more”, he commented. He said the steer base price is generally at €3.75 and €3.80 for heifers. Deals are being done for more, including special arrangements on transport, weight and

specs in some places. The cow price has also strengthened with P grades on €3.00/ kg and good quality cows making €3.50/ kg. Brendan Golden said supply numbers are expected to tighten in the next few weeks. “The weekly kill has been running at 35/36,000 per week and the steer kill is now 25,000 more than this time last year. The Department AIMs data clearly shows that the number of finished beef cattle coming through in future weeks and months will tighten”.

MART WATCH Roscommon Mart Report Sheep Sale, Wednesday, August 5th 2020: There were similar numbers on offer this week with a slight dip in trade. Finished lambs made up to €112 for 51 kgs. There was excellent quality ewe lambs on offer with prices fetching as high as €117. Stag ewes made from €30 up to €124 per head. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set. Our next Sheep Sale is next Wednesday, 12th of August. Sheep to be penned by 10 am on day of sale. Sample prices – finished lambs: 51 kgs €112, 51.6 kgs €110, 48.3 kgs €105, 49.5 kgs €105 47.7 kgs €104, 51.2kgs €104, 46.2 kgs €102, 44 kgs €100. Ewe lambs: 50kgs €117, 42.3kgs €114, 47.5 kgs €110, 38.1 kgs €106, 41kgs €104, 38.1kgs €95, 38kgs €91. Store lambs: 36.8 kgs €91, 39 kgs €90, 38.7 kgs €90, 37 kgs €88 36.5kgs €86, 34.3 kgs €86, 39.8 kgs €84, 40 kgs €84 34.9kgs €80, 31.20 kgs €76. Cast ewes made from €30 to €124 per lot. Weanlings, Tuesday, August 4th 2020: There was a good entry of weanlings on offer for our opening Show & Sale with a strong demand for both bulls and heifers. Weanling bulls averaged from €2.15 per kilo up to €3.21 per kilo. Weanling heifers fetched from €2.50 per kilo up to €3.14 per kilo. Bidding was brisk online and also at the ringside. Again this week a lot of sellers viewed their stock being sold online without having to return to the mart for the sale. Please note that Autumn Special sale of weanlings takes place on Tuesday, August 18th at 4 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, 13th of August. Weanling heifers made from an average of €2.50 per kilo up to €3.14 per kilo. Sample prices BBX 410 kgs €1180 - €2.87 per kilo, BBX 410 kgs €1130 - €2.75

per kilo, Lim X 460 kgs €1100 - €2.39 per kilo, Char X 350 kgs €1100 - €3.14 per kilo, BBX 390 kgs €1090 - €2.79 per kilo, Char X 360 kgs €1010 - €2.80 per kilo, BBX 380 kgs €1000 - €2.63 per kilo, Lim X 345 kgs €980 - €2.84 per kilo, Char X 315 kgs €970 - €3.07 per kilo, Char X 320 kgs €890 - €2.78 per kilo AAX 295 kgs €650. Weanling bulls made from an average of €2.35 per kilo up to €3.21 per kilo. Sale of dry cows, heifers & bullocks, Friday, July 31st 2020: The numbers on offer were similar to the previous week. There was a firm trade for all stock resulting in a good clearance of lots. Bullocks averaged from €2.12 per kilo up to €2.63 per kilo. Heifers fetched from an average of €2.27 per kilo up to €2.89 per kilo while dry cows ranged from €1.69 per kilo up to €2.07 per kilo. Again, this week there were a good deal of purchases completed online with bidders at the ringside also very active. Sellers continue to take advantage of the LSL bidding App to view their stock being sold. On Friday, August 7th at 11 am, there will be a sale for bullocks, heifers, dry cows and weanlings. Please note sales will commence at 11 am. Intake from 7.30 am up to 9.30 am. Viewing by appointment from 10 am to 10.45 am. Limited access to the ring for buyers only. Also, online bidding facility with LSL. Gates close at 9.45 am. Dry cows ranged from €1.69 up to €2.07 per kilo. Sample prices Lim X 820 kgs €1700, AAX 970 kgs €1700, AAX 885 kgs €1590, AAX 755 kgs €1460, Char X 750 kgs €1450, HEX 775 kgs €1360, Lim X 645 kgs €1280, Char X 745 kgs €1200, Char X 765 ks €1200, Sim 665 kgs €1180, Simm X 640 kgs €1100, Lim X 610 kgs €1010. Bullocks ranged from an average of €2.12 up to €2.63 per kilo. Sample prices Lim 720 kgs €1580, 2 Lim 610 kgs €1380, 2 Char 622 kgs €1380,

Lim X 625 kgs €1360, Lim X 590 kgs €1340, Lim X 575 kgs €1330, 2 Lim X 567 kgs €1230, AAX 565 kgs €1180, Char X 495 kgs €1080, Lim X 395 kgs €1040, Char X 400 kgs €1010,Lim X 455 kgs €1000, Char X 360 kgs €900, Char X 340 kgs €840. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.27 per kilo up to €2.89 per kilo.

Castlerea Mart Report Sale, 30th of July: There were 600 cattle on offer last week, with a very good trade for all classes of stock. Forward store bullocks were met with strong demand from both the online system and those anxious for stock at the ringside. The heifer and dry cow trade also experienced good clearances, while the runners and weanlings attracted strong demand for the time of year. Bullocks: Sample prices – Lm 480kgs €1400, Lmx 470kgs €1220, Ch 525kgs €1490, Lm 515kgs €1340, Ch 575kgs €1490, AA 605kgs €1340, Ch 790kgs €1760, Chx 700kgs €1720, and Ch 815kgs €1700. Heifers: Sample prices – Sim 360kgs €1090, Ch 415kgs €1070, Lm 410kgs €990, Ch 490kgs €1150, Ch 430kgs €1140, AA 540kgs €1300, Lmx 585kgs €1270, and Ch 655kgs €1360. Dry cows: Sample prices – AA 845kgs €1580, AA 825kgs €1510, Shx 755kgs €1450, Lm 695kgs €1440, and Fr 485kgs €450. Cows with calves at foot made from €1100 to €1950. Calves/runners: There was an increased number of runners on offer, with lots making from €320 to €710 for continental lots. Weanling heifers: Sample prices – Lm 315kgs €890, Lm 300kgs €780, Hex 245kgs €500, Hex 240kgs €460, and Lm 315kgs €790. Weanling bulls: Sample prices – Lm 295kgs €910, Ch 295kgs €840, Ch 230kgs €660, and Ch 505kgs €1230. Sales continue at Castlerea mart on Thursday (today) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.

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Kevin McStay


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Extracts from Roscommon People Podcast with Kevin McStay (listen to full two-part interview on Sound Cloud and on Interview: Paul Healy

THE HONEYMOON… ‘I knew that with Fergal there, we’d be essentially bomb-proof’ In 2015, in an exciting new development, Roscommon County Board appointed a joint management team…Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell PH: You took over as Roscommon senior football manager in 2015. You suggested that Fergal O’Donnell would be joint manager with you. What was your thought process? KMcS: Well, my morale was very low after the Mayo situation (he had been overlooked for the Mayo management position, after being seen as the frontrunner)…I’d come back to RTE…and I didn’t see anything really happening for me…then the (Roscommon) opportunity came up. I wasn’t as confident about myself as I was after the Brigid’s win (All-Ireland club title)…Fergal had been involved with Roscommon in 2010, ’11, ’12, that period, and I knew he was very good. I had him as a player, so I knew the sort of guy he was…that he was hugely motivated for Roscommon. And passionate…(also) I’d seen the whole vibe – the Rossies don’t take outsiders too easily to heart (laughs)… John Maughan and Tom Carr (both previous Roscommon managers) were army colleagues…there’s kind of an army vibe going as well, that you’re a sergeant major, telling people what to do…which is absolutely not my style. PH: So were you trying to insulate yourself…against any negative feedback, fellas not warming to you? KMcS: Yes…a bit of that…a bit of lack of confidence…I knew that with Fergal there, we’d be essentially bomb-proof. Nobody would go after us as a partnership. It would give us every chance, because there was a really good group of Roscommon lads coming through. I felt ‘we’ll make this work’…it was a really difficult effort to get Fergie to sign up. He had huge reservations. PH: We had a great league campaign

that first season (2015/2016)… (Roscommon beat a number of teams away, including Kerry, Cork and Donegal). KMcS: The win down in Killarney was the first ever competitive win by a Roscommon team in Kerry in the history of the GAA. That’s how fun this was; that’s how groundbreaking it was. The performance up in Donegal was outrageous. The team put on a huge display that day. Cork too… you’d be pinching yourself saying ‘are we really this good?’…but then we got an awful wallop against Kerry, in the semi-final. PH: A ten-point margin… KMcS: Yeah, but it felt twice that…

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND… ‘We wouldn’t have got to JFK without the two of us resigning’ Buoyed by an exciting first league campaign under McStay and O’Donnell, Roscommon travelled to New York for what everyone assumed would be a routine assignment on the pitch, and a social/PR success off it… PH: We move on to the 2016 championship. New York…that was scary stuff? (Roscommon won by a point). KMcS: It was. And there was a huge crowd out there…a great buzz. The draw was good, we were expected to get to the (Connacht) final, with a bit of style…ready for Mayo or Galway. PH: New York almost did us… KMcS: Oh, the detail of that, I can see it in slow motion in my head. I remember saying that night…if we had lost, we wouldn’t have got to JFK without the two of us resigning. PH: You would have resigned that night? KMcS: Oh, you’d have to go. You wouldn’t even wait for the qualifiers… in fact I don’t even know were we allowed into the qualifiers. Some funny rule at the time. I was so angry with the team, that it had come to this…I was so mad that we had performed in the way we had (I was thinking) do you know something, let New York have their day, let’s get out of here. And then you’re thinking, oh Jesus, you can’t be thinking like this. We have to get out of here some way and see can we resurrect the season. And Senan Kilbride kicked an unreal point to win it for us. Fergal and myself were fuming that day. It was a pisser of a day. The crowd got drowned, we got drowned. Morale was on the floor. It was horrendous.

Roscommon went on to reach the Connacht final in 2016 (comfortably defeating Leitrim and Sligo). They drew with Galway in Salthill, but were decisively beaten in the replay. Subsequently, they made a tame exit from the championship, losing to Clare in the qualifiers PH: We lost to Clare…speaking as a supporter, I wasn’t particularly surprised that we lost. Was there a sense that the wheels were coming off at that stage? That morale was low? K McS: There was, there had to be. The last good game we had played was probably that Donegal match. We didn’t have the legs (for Clare). We had trained very hard for that league…but we had no other option if we wanted to stay in Division One. Our morale was on the floor. We couldn’t resurrect it. PH: Were players fighting with management? Were players fighting with players? KMcS: No, just despondent. I’d say management ourselves were getting a bit frustrated. The big one for me was the first day in the Connacht final, that we adopted…out of nowhere… players just went into this outrageously defensive stance. A fear of Galway, for some reason. Our graph was falling… there was every chance that it was going to die with Clare….

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO ‘It wasn’t working… I point the finger at nobody but myself’ The second half of the 2015/2016 season had been uninspiring, disastrous some would say…Kevin McStay came to the painful conclusion that it was time for change… PH: Presumably tensions had been showing for a while in terms of your relationship with Fergal? KMcS: No, well, you’d have to ask Fergie that…but no. We don’t have a relationship now really. There was no tension. We had five on the management and it was becoming a little bit unwieldy perhaps. There was perhaps some mixed messages. I was getting a bit frustrated that maybe Liam’s (McHale) message wasn’t getting out stronger, whereas Fergal had huge trust in David (Casey) and Stephen (Bohan) as well. I didn’t know them as well. PH: In a way it was two camps within one management? KMcS: I wouldn’t put it like that, because the five of us were working awful hard to make it work. I don’t like words like splits and camps. I


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ROSCOMMON HOT SEAT never had a row with Fergal over this. We’d come to the end…I was the one that put it together and I was the one that had to put an end to it. I felt really broken. I really found that very difficult. Because I really liked the guy…had a lot of love for the guy. He is a great fellow. I have nothing only good things to say about him. The only problem was, as a management team, it wasn’t working…when it boiled down to it, Fergal had different ideas than I had…we had to meet up. PH: And you communicated this to Fergal? KMcS: Yeah, ah he was awful upset. Perhaps he didn’t see that coming. Of all the regrets I have over that period…we didn’t have a row or anything, we certainly didn’t shout at each other, we shook hands in the County Board office, and I haven’t seen him since that day. I point the finger at nobody but myself. I made the decision to have a joint management. PH: You would now see that as a mistake? KMcS: In hindsight, yes. I learnt the hard way. And yet there was a lot of great fun during those 12 months, and that National League journey. PH: Do you think you might be able to have a cup of coffee or a pint with Fergal at some point in the future? Would you like to? KMcS: Well, yeah, of course I would. I’ve a lot of love for him, a lot of respect for him. I never played or managed in football to fall out with anyone. But look, he’s a great fella…the things he has done for Roscommon will stand the test of time. We both went into this so well intentioned. It was a horrible end to what turned out to be a tough year. And it had opened so bloody promisingly.

CONNACHT GLORY ‘The best day of my football life’ McStay was under pressure, as were many of the players. When Roscommon reached the 2017 Connacht Final – Galway their opponents once again – few people expected what unfolded… PH: We won the 2017 Connacht title in super style… K McS: We had a very good young team. We had really good forwards. Our backs were against the wall… it wasn’t just me (with his back to the wall). The team had been hockeyed in a Connacht final (2016 replay)… all our best players had been part of getting an awful trimming…(but then) two goals for the ages, two great Connacht final goals. Beating Galway, down in Pearse Stadium, what hadn’t been done in a final in 40/50 years. We played really well in that Connacht Championship. I won’t say I knew we were going to win (the final), but I knew we’d be hugely competitive. I had no idea we would play to this level…you fall out of bed one of two ways. In great form or bad

form! We were fearless; especially when it got ropey after half-time. Because Galway made a bit of a spurt…and then they (Roscommon) took off again. I was incredibly proud of them. That was the best day of my football life. The pressure of it…to win it in the way we won…it wasn’t negative stuff. It was Roscommon playing a brand that we don’t often play. Really exciting.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY ‘If we win that, we all move on; if we lose it, there has to be change’ In 2018, Roscommon reached a third successive Connacht final. After a brilliant first half, a shot-shy secondhalf display led to defeat to Galway. Later, McStay’s men defeated Armagh in a thrilling qualifier game, meaning Roscommon were into the first ever Super 8s. A bit of history, a notable achievement…inclusion in the elite top 8…but it would prove to be a bruising experience… KMcS: The team had come from Division 3 to 2 to 1 under John Evans, which was no mean achievement. They now had three years’ experience

in Division One…and a load of Connacht finals. So they were quite an experienced team and still they were a young team. I remember texting Marty McDermott, saying we’re going to match you now, he was the last manager to win two in a row… (But) us losing that final as a group… shocking. That was the one match I look back on over the three years. If we win that, we all move on; if we lose it, there has to be change. The Super 8 group would have been different if we’d won the Connacht final. That Connacht final was won at half-time. As in we had all the groundwork and spadework done. That’s one (game) I have huge regrets about. 2018 was probably our best year, bar the fecking Connacht final result! We won the FBD, win Division 2, get to the Connacht final with a bit of style, beat Armagh in a marvellous match, and qualify for the Super 8s. The Super 8s look horrific, because of the margins. These were big experiences for us; but the big experience was to retain Connacht. So that Connacht final knocked me back an awful lot. I couldn’t believe we’d left it behind. That’s the one game I look back on. That would have changed everything, for me personally, for the group. Now they made a great recovery the following year, under a new manager, and they’ve kept themselves relevant. They’re in a great place now. So, did it kill them? It didn’t. But it killed me! (Laughs).

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT ‘Roscommon was the time of my life’ At the end of the 2018 season, Kevin McStay decided to step down as Roscommon manager. It had been an extraordinary ride. The brilliant opening league campaign. A drawn Connacht final in 2016 – one we could have won. The split with Fergal O’Donnell. A never-to-be-forgotten Connacht final win in 2017, followed by a thrilling All-Ireland quarter-final draw with Mayo at Croke Park (and a crushing defeat in the replay). A third Connacht final (2018) – one we should have won. Relegation from Division One followed by promotion as Division Two champions. Qualifying for the Super 8s. The joy of 2017 in Galway notwithstanding, McStay says 2018 was their best year. But now there were rumours of (some) player unrest. The County Board wanted McStay to stay, and assumed he would. But events took a twist…and McStay had some thinking to do PH: You engaged with the players… was it the case that some players were withdrawing from the squad, or weren’t happy? K McS: I was on. Seamus Sweeney

(County Board chairperson) had been brilliant to me. He said we want you to stay on. We think this is a team that can go places. I said I’m very appreciative, but I’ve a lot of thinking to do. We had a meeting with the captain and the vicecaptain…and Davy Murray, one of the senior lads. They had done their own review. We met. Everything was going fine until…Conor kind of said casually ‘there’s a few lads thinking of travelling’. I said ‘what do you mean?’ He said six or seven of them. The big thing was some of my best players were thinking of taking a break. I won’t say it annoyed me; it was more disappointment (that he felt). Then I was thinking ‘maybe they don’t see I’m the fella to take them to the next level’ – that started going around in my head, and I have to say I was exhausted after the three years. Between the disappointment of realising I’m not going to have the full crew next year – positions are going to have to be filled – the exhaustion that I personally felt, and my own health, I said maybe I’m not the person to bring them to the next level. I went for a long walk to Mote Park, Verona and myself, teased out the pros and the cons, and kind of said you know what, maybe it’s come to its natural end. I’ve had a good innings. Roscommon was the time of my life. When this thing goes right for you at this level, it’s fantastic.


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Dolan urges public to engage on Athlone to Galway cycleway Public consultation on a proposed cycleway from Athlone to Ballinasloe will begin within the next fortnight, according to Fine Gael Senator, Aisling Dolan. She is urging people interested in the project to either attend the public events in Athlone, Ballinasloe, Athenry, Loughrea and Oranmore, which begin on August 10th, or engage online as per Covid-19 health guidelines. The aim of the cycleway is to create a route from Dublin to Galway, tapping into the growing

tourism market for cycling. A preferred route corridor was initially indicated in 2015, however the plan is now progressing again with a fresh start. The Athlone to Galway element of the cycleway will complete the 270km car-free route from Dublin to the west. The project team is seeking public engagement before it undertakes environmental studies and detailed design. A planning application to An Bord Pleanala is expected to be submitted in about three years’ time. The project is

being spearheaded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, and local authorities in Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath. Senator Dolan, who raised the topic of the cycleway in the Seanad, commented: “The benefits of greenways and cycleways can be seen in other locations across the country where businesses have popped up along the routes, or existing small rural businesses have benefited and become more sustainable. The Athlone to Galway cycleway will only progress by consensus, so it’s

vital that the public engages with the public consultation process”. The first public consultation event will take place in Athlone on Monday, August 10th (11 am-8 pm) at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel. The other events are on Tuesday, August 11th (11 am-8 pm) at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe; Wednesday, August 12th (11 am-8 pm) at the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry; Thursday, August 13th (11 am-8 pm) at the Loughrea Hotel; and on Friday, August 14th (11 am-8 pm) at the Maldron Hotel, Oranmore.

Alan is new President of Athlone Chamber

Heritage Week events locally

Athlone Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce Alan Shaw as their new President. Appointed by the Board of Athlone Chamber, Alan will bring to the role an extensive skillset from the business sphere as well as his experience from public life. A ceremony was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone, at which the Chain of Office was handed over to the new president. The Athlone Chamber Board were joined by local public representatives including Mayor Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke; Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Laurence Fallon, and Cllr. John Dolan.

SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Sunday 9 July 2020 How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet Him. In each case, the Lord makes himself present amid frightening tumult – heavy winds and high waves, fire and earthquakes. Elijah hides his face. Perhaps he remembers Moses, who met God on the same mountain, also amid fire, thunder, and smoke (see Deuteronomy 4:10–15; Exodus 19:17–19). God told Moses no one could see His face and live, and He sheltered Moses in the hollow of a rock, as He shelters Elijah in a cave (see Exodus 33:18–23). The disciples, likewise, are too terrified to look on the face of God. Today’s Gospel is a revelation of Jesus’ divine identity. Only God treads across the crest of the sea (see Job 9:8) and rules the raging waters (see Psalm 89:9–10). And the words of assurance that Jesus speaks – “It is I” – are those God used to identify himself to Moses (see Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10). Even Peter is too overcome by fear to imitate his Lord. His fears, Jesus tells him, are a sign of his lack of faith. And so it often is with us. Our fears make us doubt, make it hard to see His glory dwelling in our midst. Yet, we should know, as we sing in today’s Psalm, that His salvation is near to those who hope in Him. By faith we should know, as Paul asserts in today’s Epistle, that we are heirs to the promises made to His children, Israel. We must trust that He whispers to us in the trials of our lives – that He who has called us to walk along the way of His steps. He will save us whenever we begin to sink. – Scott Hahn Ph.D., (courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)

Pictured at the Éire Óg v Kilmore match last weekend. Picture: Michael McCormack

Farmers losing out due to inaccurate beef grading machines – Naughten

Beef farmers could be losing up to €168 per head due to the lack of accuracy on mechanical beef grading machines in meat plants across the country, says Denis Naughten TD. Figures obtained by the Roscommon-Galway TD on the accuracy of beef grading machines show that Department inspectors have found machines to be out by a factor of at least 10% on 119 occasions over the last 18 months Denis Naughten pointed out that the legal tolerance limit set for beef grading machines currently in use in meat plants is a

mere 60% accuracy. Even though the Department inspectors found them to be out by at least 10% on 119 occasions, on only 8 occasions was mechanical grading suspended because the machines had to be getting the grades wrong on 4 out of every 10 cattle. “The mechanical grading machines in use in beef plants across the country today were first trialled and tested 20 years ago by Teagasc. At that time Google was just invented and people needed an encyclopaedia if we wanted to look something up,” said Denis Naughten. “Technology has changed a lot

in 20 years and we now need new hi-tech beef grading machines and new modern rules to operate them so they can accurately reflect the actual grade of the animal. These new rules then need to be properly enforced by Departmental officials to ensure that farmers will not be exploited”. Denis Naughten went on to state that this incorrect grading is having a significant impact on the payment received by farmers because if a grading machine is out by at least two sub-categories this could see farmers getting €168/head less than they should for their cattle.

Those with a love of heritage will know that Heritage Week lights up the August schedule each year with hundreds of events around the country. Roscommon is to the fore in this regard and, notwithstanding the current restrictions, several events are listed for the county over the coming week or so. Roscommon County Council are to the fore in presenting events. Dr. Kieran O’Conor from NUIG provides an online video ‘virtual’ guided tour of Roscommon Abbey, Nollaig Feeney provides a video on Alderford Harps from the Somerset Folk Harp Festival 2020, and Brian Farragher presents a powerpoint on ‘Regenerating Roscommon Town Spire Quarter’. Elsewhere, the book A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography by Michael Lennon, providing obituaries of five thousand people associated with the county over four centuries, will have a press launch, and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre will present three short videos providing a taste of the archaeology, history and mythology of the area. Finally, historian Steve Dolan provides an online lecture and launches a booklet on eighteenth century Roscommon newspaper items. As with Steve’s booklet on the Workhouses of County Roscommon from last year’s Heritage Week programme, all proceeds will go the Cootehall Development Group and their restoration work on their former barracks. This publication is one ten written by Steve for Heritage Week this year with the proceeds from all ten going to charities and community organisations in the west. For updates and specifics on this year’s Heritage Week events, visit


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David Diffley’s sale of the week at Williamstown

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The way we view and sell property could be about to change forever following the launch of a new virtual reality tour tool which is available for all properties on the books at Property Partners Earley! The new tool will allow prospective buyers to view properties from the comfort of their own homes. It will also mean that properties will reach a wider audience online. David Diffley explains: “This is something we had been planning for a while but the arrival of Covid-19 brought it into focus. We had a lot of people looking for something like this for some time and we’re delighted to be able to offer it to our clients. “It has been very successful so far and I have already sold a number of properties, mostly to buyers from the UK, who can now view homes without travelling and then having to quarantine,” he said. The new tool offers 360-degree views both inside and outside and drone images are also used for an overall view of the property. Viewers are also afforded a full virtual tour of each room. “The virtual 3D tour gives the client a full and detailed view of the property without actually being there, all at no extra cost. It creates a different dynamic because people like to see a property before travelling and this will give them the full experience of a viewing without the risk or the expense. Clients can now view the entire house before even making an enquiry. “It is proving to be very popular and it has led to even more viewings of properties in the last few days. Vendors are happy because the house is being shown to a wider audience and buyers are happy because they get to see the entire house on their personal computers or handheld devices without leaving home,” he said. You can get a glimpse of your future by taking a virtual tour of the wide selection of properties on the books at now!

David Diffley (MIPAV, TVR) of Property Partners Earley is this week pleased to advise that he closed the sale of a quality holding of lands and with residence standing thereon located at Ballyhaigue, Williamstown, Co. Galway for a very satisfactory price. David further commented: “Due to demand, we are now seeking properties in all areas for disappointed underbidders and cash buyers. We welcome all submissions and offer a free appraisal service”. For further details please contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) at Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090 66 26579, email or log on to

Clooncashel Beg, Kilroosky, Co. Roscommon.

Final offers invited for impressive Kilroosky home David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV), of Property Partners Earley is this week inviting final offers for a luxury four-bedroomed two-storey property located at Clooncashel Beg, Kilroosky, Co. Roscommon.

Earley’s reports over €4m in sales in June Looking to sell? We have buyers! Our services include: • Sales – Sell your home! • Lettings & Rentals • Property Management – We will manage all aspects of your rental property • Valuations – FREE pre-sale valuation

For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email


No Sale – No Charge Web: Tel. 071 96 34737


Institute of Professional Auctioneer & Valuers

PSRA Licence No. 001481

John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is this week pleased to report over €4m in sales for the office in what he described as “an exceptionally busy selling period”. On the residential front, John reports a huge surge in sales with a number of sales in Roscommon town, Strokestown, Athlone, Castleplunkett, Tulsk, Ballinlough and Castlerea, etc. Land and forestry sales have also been particularly strong with sales in Kiltoom, Athlone, Strokestown, Cloonfad and Ballyhaunis.










Final offers after €50,000 to sell.

82 OLDWOOD, ATHLONE ROAD, CO. ROSCOMMON. Price Guide: € 259,000.

Price Guide: € 100,000.

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A most attractive bungalow residence in need of renovation and modernisation located adjacent to Ballyleague village on the main Roscommon/Longford route. The said property stands on a generous site area of approx. 0.65 of an acre with an attached garage set to the side and with an open storage shed set to the rear. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and final offers after €50,000 to sell. BER: G

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A spacious 2 B/R semi-detached residence located in a private horse shoe shaped development in the center of Roscommon town and beside all local amenities. This said residence would make an ideal private residence and also possesses excellent rental potential due to location. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings. BER: E1.

While Oldwood’s location is important, what sets it apart is the attention to detail throughout to every facet of its design and build. This property is finished to a high quality showhouse finish, with a luxurious and stylish design with sleek fitted kitchen, elegant bathrooms, high efficiency Panasonic Heat Source Pump Air to Water heating systems, triple glazed uPVC windows and a warming log burner for the lounge area. There is a lot to love and we invite you to step inside and see for yourself. BER: A. Legal: Mr Billy Brandon, Messers Patrick J Neilan & Co, Roscommon.

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


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Impressive dormer-style residence at Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon Oates Auctioneers are offering an impressive new build property at Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon, (F42 F584). The property is currently under construction in a highly soughtafter residential location, set adjacent to Mote Park Forest and amenity park, being only ten minutes to Roscommon town and fifteen minutes to Athlone Town Centre. Built to a builder’s finish, with a provisional Ber A rating, this property comprises majestic entrance hallway with feature oak stairway, open plan kitchen/dining room, sitting room, utility, office and bathroom. First floor, 4 large bedrooms, 3 ensuite together with family bathroom. Spacious elevated site area extends to c. 0.65 acres with all mod cons including air to water

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Charming 3 bedroom bungalow located within walking distance to Roscommon Town Centre in a most sought after residential area. Tastefully decorated with modern fit out, this residence comprises entrance porch, reception hallway, open plan kitchen/dining/ living room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms, (one en-suite) and family bathroom. Outside landscaped grounds with ample parking. PRICE REGION: €175,000 BER: F/ D01564 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon

heating system, and heat recovery system, hollowcore flooring together with solid oak doors

throughout. Price region: €365,000. Please contact Oates Auctioneers for further details, Church

Street, Roscommon town, telephone: 090 6627878. E-mail; Website:

Ballinasloe lands sold

Auctioneers & Valuers PSRA no. 001090

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


Curraghroe National School

Re-advertised for sale due to cancellation a unique opportunity to acquire an the old primary school in Curraghroe, Roscommon.

Accommodation consist of 2 Large Classrooms, Cloakrooms, Boys & Girls Toilets and a staff room. The Property stands on circa 1-acre site and located approximately 2 miles from Lanesboro on the main Lanesboro to Scramogue Road. While the School has not been in use for almost 20 years it has been well maintained and can easily be converted into Residential Accommodation subject to planning permission being granted. For further details or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 090 6627003 or e-mail -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

LANDS TO LET – • Circa 50 acres at Dysart. Can be let in one or two lots. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------


• Circa 20 acres at Newtown, Ballymacurley. Co. Roscommon. • Bales of Silage Available, convenient to Roscommon Town.

Hughes & Company (Roscommon) are confirming that they have reached sale agreed status on circa 25 acres of lands which they have had on the market at Cloonultry, Ballinasloe. The lands have been sold in trust to a local solicitor.

For sale at The Spinney, Roscommon

At No. 56, The Spinney, Abbeytown, Roscommon, Hughes & Company are offering for sale a five-bedroomed detached property. Accommodation consists of a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, downstairs bedroom, utility, toilet with wash hand basin. Upstairs has four bedrooms with one ensuite and a bathroom. There’s a nice private garden to the rear. The residence is finished to a high standard and situated in one of Roscommon’s most sought after areas within walking distance of all local amenities. Offers in the region of €250,000 are being considered. Viewing is highly recommended. For further information or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 09066 27003 or email info@

Opportunity to purchase investment property

Hughes & Company are offering for sale at Racecourse Road, Roscommon an investment property consisting of a block of four one-bedroomed apartments. The property is ideally located within walking distance of Roscommon Town centre. Accommodation consists of kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom. The property is generating a rental income of €14,000 per annum. The property is fully let at present. This would make an ideal investment opportunity. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or email

Residence at Mullymux would make ideal renovation project

This week Hughes & Company are offering for sale a three-roomed residence at Mullymux, Roscommon. This would make an ideal renovation project. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or email info@

A substantial 5 bedroom detached residence located in this hallmark development in the centre of Roscommon Town within walking distance to railway station and all local amenities such as schools, supermarket, bakery, hotel and church. Spacious living accommodation includes:- entrance hallway, kitchen, utility, dining room, and living room, 5 bedrooms (one en-suite) and family bathroom. PRICE REGION: €245,000 BER: C3/D01555 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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BALLYMACFARRANE, DONAMON CO. ROSCOMMON, F42 XA47 Charming two storey residence set in a quiet countryside setting adjacent to the famed Donamon Castle on the River Suck which boasts excellent fishing and boating. Roscommon Town is 10 minutes’ drive and 1hr and 40mins to Dublin city centre. The residence stands on c. 1.65 acres with Paddock to side and consists of entrance porch, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 2 large bedrooms and family bathroom. There is a large fully serviced garage to the side together with oil fired central heating and private well. PRICE REGION: €125,000. REF: D01562 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Corboley, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon F42 TK64

Impressive four bedroom property situated within walking distance to Knockcroghery Village and convenient to the County Towns of Roscommon and Athlone. Superb house on an elevated site overlooking the village, this residence comprises entrance hallway, sitting room, open plan kitchen with arch to dining area, large utility, 4 large bedrooms, 3 with built in wardrobes, (master ensuite) and family bathroom. The attic, which is suitable for conversion is partly floored and has 2 Velux windows. PRICE REGION: €235,000 BER: C1/D01561

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

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


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‘Ideal’ family home, oozes character

Final offers are now invited by Friday, 21st of August (12 noon) for this four-bedroomed detached two-storey residence at Mote Park, Roscommon. On the books of Connaughton Auctioneers, this spacious property (with garage) is in excellent condition. It’s located in the much sought after residential area of Mote Park Demesne which is a 7-minute drive from Roscommon Town centre. For further details and to arrange viewing, contact the office on 09066 63700 or info@ Evening and weekend viewings available by prior arrangement.

Five-bedroomed country residence in Kiltoom

Recently arrived to the market is this attractive five-bedroomed, detached country residence in the much sought after residential area of Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon, approximately five miles from the Dublin to Galway motorway and Athlone Town centre. It’s on the books of Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers. Final offers by Friday, 21st of August at 2 pm. This beautiful property oozes character and charm and is presented to the market in showhouse condition. The layout and presentation of this family home is a delight for the potential purchaser who wishes to buy a one of a kind property which is both distinguished and sophisticated. For further details contact the office on 09066 63700 or

Country living – just ten minutes’ from Roscommon! Located in close proximity to Roscommon town is this attractive two-bedroomed detached property. The property at Lisgallan, Cloverhill arrives to the market in pristine condition and is decorated to a very high standard internally and externally. This property comes with an asking price of €120,000 from selling agent David at Sherry Fitzgerald P. Burke, Goff St., Roscommon. Deceptively large internally, this picturesque home features a spacious porch and hallway with wooden flooring. To the right of the hallway is the kitchen with fully fitted units and appliances. To the left is the living room with wooden floors, a fireplace and a real homely feel. The spacious dining room with cut-stone featured wall leads to the beautifully manicured gardens to the sides and rear with tall trees as a border (providing privacy). There are two bedrooms (one ensuite) and a W.C. Viewing is a must. Contact David at 090 6627200 or email pburke@sfpburke.


PSRA Licence: 001350







ATHLEAGUE, CO. ROSCOMMON. Tel. (090) 6663700. Mob. (086) 8985013


NEW TO THE MARKET c. 32.70 Acres In 3 Lots at

Araghty & Keenagh (Clanrickard), Athleague, County Roscommon • Prime parcel of good quality lands located close to Athleague Village, on the Ballygar/ Galway road adjacent the Four Roads junction. • Set out in three lots, these lands hold huge potential due location and can be sold as one lot or in seperate lots. • Lot 1: c. 17.50 Acres at Araghty fronting onto two roads • Lot 2: c. 10.30 Acres at Keenagh (Clanrickard) fronting onto Four Roads road • Lot 3: c. 4.90 Acres at Athleague fronting onto main Galway road • Lot 4: Entire property c. 32.70 Acres The Auctioneer invites enquires and offers for immediate sale Contact the office on 090-6663700 for further details

NEW TO THE MARKET Four Bedroom Residence at

Corderryhugh, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon, F42 D576 • Attractive four bedroom bungalow residence in excellent condition throughout • Located close to the villages of Castlecoote, Creggs and Athleague • Boasting spacious living accommodation • Standing on an elevated site (c. 0.88 acres) and detached garage to rear • Viewing comes highly recommended To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700 Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated

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• Prime office space measures approximately C.2506 sq.ft. • Consisting 4 floors, each floor contains 3 or 4 large office spaces, kitchenette and W.C. basement 555sq.ft. ground floor746sq.ft. first floor652sq.ft. second floor 553sq.ft. • Located near a number of well-known businesses including Allied Irish Bank, Donnellans, Sherry Fitzgerald P. Burke. • Offices are ready to go with cat five cabling on each floor. • Complete first floor is now leased.

• Beautifully presented 2 bed home located in a peaceful countryside area. • Set on C 0.5 acre with large manicured lawns to the side and rear. • Located in close proximity to Roscommon Town (15 mins) • Accommodation porch, hall, kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 bedrooms, 1 en suite and W.C. BER: C3 CALL DAVID FLYNN : 090 6627200; EMAIL : PBURKE@SFPBURKE.IE




• An exceptional 4 bed detached property tastefully decorated throughout. • Set on C. 0.5 acre well maintained private site. • Centrally located to the towns of Castlebar 30 mins, Westport 45 mins, Knock international Airport 10 mins. • The property has a well maintained garden with garage attached to the side of the property. • Accommodation hall, kitchen dining room, living room, utility, bathroom, 4 bedrooms and en-suite. BER : C2



It’s not just about property. It’s about people. PSRA No. 001316


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Everyone wants it Everyone reads it 80,000 PEOPLE READ OUR NEWSPAPER EVERY WEEK!

To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GROUP MEETINGS Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon town Tuesdays, 9.00pm Thursdays, 1.00pm Saturdays, 8.30pm Sundays, 12 noon



For all foot ailments Siobhan Murray BSc (Hons) Podiatry M.Ch.S.I.

Department of Health Approved

Cloonchambers, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon For appointment: (094) 96 21647 / (089) 4142233 • Home visits • 20 years experience

Tel: 01 4538988 or 091 767777



Complete Chimney Services

Mark Kilgallon B.Sc Podiatry (Hons) M.Ch.S.I.

FOOT CLINIC ROSCOMMON – MOLLOYS PHARMACY (Monday to Saturday) Also available in Boyle & Athlone -------Chiropody treatment and all aspects of Foot Pain. Orthotics prescribed

By Appointment Only –

087 2982214

Tel: Catriona Byrne DIP CHFP


Department of Health Approved

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

Chimney Cleaning

• Power brush and vacuum technology for cleaning chimneys, stoves, ranges and open fires


085 1503353 086 8538404


• Removes up to 50% more than traditional methods CCTV CAMERA INSPECTIONS • Firebacks replaced and flues repaired • Can be cleaned from the bottom up • Chimney cowels and crow guards fitted Power washing and gutter cleaning services. Telephone:

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• House Visits • Insoles and Orthotics Prescribed • Chiropody Services

Clinics also in Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar

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Roscommon West Business Park, Circular Road, Roscommon. David Connor

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Are you affected by Anger Issues, Bullying, Bereavement, Confidence/self-esteem issues, OCD, Stress, Depression, Eating disorders Panic/Anxiety, Relationships, Exam pressure, Sexual Abuse Contact: Billy 094 96 59966 Mobile: 086 0675433 or visit

DSA/ADI (UK) RSA MIAM ROSPA Approved Driving Instructor Former BSM Driving Instructor and UK advanced Met. Police Driver. GIFT VOUCHER CARDS AVAILABLE Castlerea & Roscommon

EDT Lessons Available Telephone:

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COUNSELLING Are you experiencing difficulties in your life? Such as depression, anxiety, life or spiritural crisis. Are you having difficulties in relationships at work? Have you experienced sexual abuse or abuse and need counselling to help you?

This driving School conforms for the new RSA regulations & legislation

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l General Building Extensions & Roofing l Groundworks l Renovations

Strokestown, Co. Roscommon

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COMPUTERS DC Computer Services Providing IT services for Homes, Businesses & Schools. Home Callouts.


PC Maintenance – Upgrades, Repairs, Virus & Spyware removal. Network Solutions – Cabling, Hardware & Software Installation & Maintenance. Contact David Conboy Tel: 087 7496459 Email: Web:

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< WANTED TO RENT 2, 3, 4 bay slatted shed for winter. No silage needed. Cash/ exchange for sheep grazing. Tel. 086 8435974.

< ABATTOIR SERVICE AVAILABLE: Cattle, lambs and pigs. Ready for freezing. Home Cured and Honey Dry cured traditional bacon (not pumped with water) now available. Tel: Webb’s Butcher’s, 094 96 20005 or 086 4094715. < FOR SALE: Good quality top soil. Tel: 086 3776948. < FOR SALE: Whole crop barley silage. Can bale and deliver. Unwrapped. Teel. 9087 1521898.

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• Sprayers tested on owners premises • Test report & D.A.F.M. stickers provided. • Small stock parts fitted on site (if necessary) Dept. of Agriculture regulations. From 2020 all sprayes are required to be tested every 3 years Contact: Thomas Neilan on 087 2395171 or 090 6663069 e-mail: D.A.F.M. Approved

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For all your fencing needs. Glas Fencing Grant Fencing Post Rail

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

• Certified Arborists • Tree Surgery • Dangerous Tree Removal • Wood Chipping • Leylandii hedges reduced and shaped Comprehensive Insurance Cover. I.S.A. member.

Tel: 086 6077307 or 086 8125165



Tree Services

• Hedge Cutting • Dangerous Tree Removal • Wood Chipping • Fully Insured


087 2721193 WALTER BEGLEY




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

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

Contact Walter on 087 9519873 < GARDENING SERVICE: Overgrown shrubs and hedges, cut back and mulched. Contact 086 2437376


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l General Maintenance Dangerous Tree Removal l Garden Hedges & Trees reduced and shaped l Wood Chipping l Fully Insured Contact Alan on


087 6558597


To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email

PROPERTIES TO LET/RENT/WANTED CHAZEY PROPERTIES: We require properties for waiting tenants, we advertise, conduct viewings, arrange references, read meters, set up tenancy agreements and arrange direct debit payments straight into your bank. We charge a one off fee only if we are successful in renting your property. If not no fees are payable. Tel: 086 8212732

< TO LET: 3-bed apartment. Fully furnished. Private parking. Quiet area in Roscommon town. Tel. 086 8538519.


Roscommon Physical Therapy Clinic Movement Matters

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Tel. 086 7866774 GARDENING SERVICES Including: • Hedge Cutting • Hedge Planting • Grass Cutting • Spraying • Strimming • Weeding • Garden Tidy-ups • Planting • Gutter Cleaning, etc. Chainsaw work also available

20 years experience treating babies to adults. Everyday aches & pains to sports injuries. Physical Therapy CranioSacral Therapy Medical Dry Needling Prescription Orthotics Pilates – Small Classes

Can we help you? Call us today to enquire 090 663 0009 Like us on Facebook 1 Castleview, Roscommon F42 C902

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087 2860428 Garden & Home Maintenance Services Give it professional care! Services offered: – Powerwashing – Lawn Mowing – Outdoor Cleanup – and much more ...

Covering Castlerea, Ballintubber, Ballymoe, Tulsk, Castleplunkett and Ballinlough areas

Contact: David on 085 252 0355 for more information and a free quote.



086 4679798 PAINTER & DECORATOR Private & Commercial Power washing 25 years experience Free Estimates Given

Phone Alan on:

090 6661635 or Mobile:

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REFLEXOLOGY MARINA FUREY (MNRRI) Reflexology may bring relief from conditions such as: • Allergies • Colic • Eczema • Constipation • Migraine • Back Problems • Stress • Infertility • Insomnia • Respiratory Disorders • Blood Pressure • Pain • Bowel Disorders • Joint/Muscle Problems • Thyroid Imbalance • Emotional Disorders - Fertility Reflexology - Ante Natal Reflexology - Baby Reflexology - Cancer Care Reflexology - Special Needs Reflexology

Mobile Service Available Marina Furey B. Sc. (Hons)

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Concrete and Paving Work carried out Walls built, etc. Tel. 086 3293010

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

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TELEPHONE MICHAEL HAVERTY: 086 8381227 or 086 1997815 < ELECTRICIAN AVAILABLE: Rewires, first and second fix new houses, fuse board upgrade. All farm buildings and sheds, security lighting and garden lights. Tel: Tom on 086 0815802. < HANDYMAN SERVICES: Do you need odd jobs doing around your home/yard? Don’t have time to do them yourself? Don’t want to contact a specialised tradesman to carry out these tasks? l Gardening l Stonework l Clean up/Tidying l Concrete repairs l Fence repairs l Pointing/Repointing l Cutting/Chopping firewood. Honest Service Provided at a Reasonable Rate. Phone: 087 2176205

Electrician Available Safe Electric Registered. Domestic and Industrial, All work considered. No Job too small. Phone Paul 086 2553153 or 090 666 3053 or Email p0862553153@

Storage facility available in Ballyfarnon (Close to Boyle and Carrick on Shannon areas). Ideal for storing belongings for personal or business reasons. Short or long term contracts. Keen rates. Available from late September 2020. Tel. 087 6591787.


POWER WASHING SERVICES Covering all Roscomon and Leitrim areas 10% DISCOUNT for Senior Citizens when they mention the ‘Roscommon People’ newspaper Areas cleaned include: • All external walls • Driveways • Paths • Patios • Houses, inc. gutters Soft washing available for rendered and painted walls and houses Reliable and professional service with a smile

Tel. 089 2386442

Evo Roofing & Guttering Experts CONNAUGHT AREA

Call on 091 734122 or 085 1240639

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

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< GOOD QUALITY 10’x6’ loads of turf. Can be delivered. Also bags of turf. Tel. 086 3776948. < FOR SALE: Large lorryloads of turf. Screened and delivered. Orders for this year’s turf taken now. Tel: 086 7236301. < GOOD QUALITY TURF for sale. Delivered. Tel. 087 6810849

• All types of roof repairs • Gutter cleaning from €49 • PVC fitted • Roof moss removal • Chimney repairs • Power washing • Ridge Piping • Lead valley repair • New tiles • Quality work, guaranteed

No job too big or too small



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

< FOR SALE: Trailer loads of screened turf delivered in various sized loads. tel. 087 1173288.

SITUATIONS WANTED < HOME HELP AND PET SITTER availble in Roscommon County. Call Chloe 071 9634398.

(All areas)




Junior and Leaving Certificate Higher Level Experienced Higher Level Teacher Outstanding results record Excellent notes provided Application Forms now available Contact by phone/text:

Lorraine Beirne 086 3688302

EMAIL: roscommonmathsgrinds

SITUATIONS VACANT < CHILDMINDER INSTROKESTOWN AREA REQUIRED. 2/3 hours, Monday to Thursday/Friday- flexible. Clean driving license with own car, light housekeeping. Pickup 1 child from primary school at 3pm (5 minutes from home). Start September. Reply to box no 2024, c/o Roscommon People newspaper, Abbey Street, Roscommon.


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086 3482387 ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Aaron Gill am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to construct dwelling house along with domestic garage, and to install a secondary sewage treatment system and a tertiary percolation area and all ancillary site development works at Clooneyquinn, Fuerty, 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 €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd, Unit 5, Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42 C982. Ph: 0906634365 Mob: 0878228529; E: &;; Architects – Consulting Engineers

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Val and Loretta Cunningham, intend to apply for planning permission to construct an extension to existing dwelling at Meehanbee,Drum, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of a modified front façade and extension to rear of existing single storey dwelling all on site at, Meehanbee,Drum, 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 to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, (20e) 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: Val and Loretta Cunningham.


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Classifieds PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Finton & Mary Dockery, are applying to Roscommon County Council for the following: 1. Permission to retain as constructed rear extension to house 2. Permission to retain as constructed domestic garage 3. Planning permission to install new sewerage treatment system and to carry out all ancillary site works at Rahara. Co Roscommon F42 RK12

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd, Unit 5, Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42 C982. Ph: 0906634365 Mob: 0878228529; E: &;; Architects – Consulting Engineers

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Charles & Maria Louw, are applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to upgrade existing treatment system and to install a new sewage treatment system and a tertiary percolation area and all ancillary site development works at Corbally, Donamon, Co. Roscommon F42 HH29

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd, Unit 5, Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42 C982. Ph: 0906634365 Mob: 0878228529; E: &;; Architects – Consulting Engineers

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Frank Flynn, am applying to Roscommon county council for Planning permission to construct an agricultural shed for seasonal storage of organic fertilisers along with soiled water containment tank, concrete apron and all ancillary site works at Ballyfeeney, Scramogue, 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 €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd, Unit 5, Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42 C982. Ph: 0906634365 Mob: 0878228529; E: &;; Architects – Consulting Engineers

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Keith Machin, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for retention permission of completed works of exisiting dwelling house and associated waste water treatment system at Derrinlerig, Mount Talbot, County 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 €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Signed: Keith Machin.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Hanly Quarries Limited, intend to apply for permission for development for a period of 24 years at a site in the townlands of Cuilreevagh and Largan, Elphin, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. The development will consist of two no extensions to the south and west of the existing quarry with a total extraction area of 8.60ha, a berm along the southwestern side of the southern extension, all associated site development and landscaping works. An environmental impact assessment report has been prepared in respect of the proposed development and will be submitted to the planning authority with the application. The planning application and environmental impact assessment report may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing made on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Signed: Hanly Quarries Limited.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Ballina, Dysart, Co. Roscommon. I hereby apply to the above authority on behalf of Michael Keane for planning permission for retention of; 1. Sheep sheds. 2. Slatted shed with slatted tank and creep area. 3. Silage slab to include concrete apron and all associated works at the above location.

The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Ruane Survey, Design and Planning Ltd., Phone : (087) 8188596.

RHS Home Care is Ireland’s only community owned co-operative. We are Irish owned and have been caring for clients in the community for over 22 years. We employ over 500 staff locally in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. All retained income is reinvested in our organisation for continuous To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email improvement which is overseen by our committed voluntary Board of Management who are members of your community. We operate a unique model that differs from other home care providers.

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying for planning permission for erection of warehouse , with connection to public services and all ancillary development on site at Cloonybeirne, Lanesboro Road, Roscommon Signed: Kenneth Doyle.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the :Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Au-thority may grant permission subject to or without conditions , or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Éanna & Caoimhe McKeon, intend to apply for permission for development at site at Garrow, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of the construction of a dwelling house, domestic garage, installation of wastewater treatment system and polishing filter, connection to services, access onto the Public Road, and associated site development 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, 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: Éanna & Caoimhe McKeon

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Rathcroghan Designs intend applying for Planning Permission on behalf of Brian Bruen to construct Domestic Garage together with all associated site works at Emlagh, T.d., Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the rea-sonable 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 of €20 within a period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Martin Dowd Rathcroghan Design, Ballyconboy,Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon. Tel. 0862328484


We have achieved the first Quality Mark in Ireland specific for home care standards in the community Health Assured and also hold ISO certification 90001. We are an approved provider for HSE care delivery. We believe that caring is a very special talent and we are looking for the right individuals to join our team. Due to our continued growth and expansion we are currently recruiting the following roles;

Care Staff JOB OPPORTUNITIES At Hannons Hotel, we are recruiting suitably experienced people for a variety of disciplines including: • • • •

Food & Beverage Supervision & Service (Waiting Staff) Front Desk Supervision & Service (Reservations) Housekeeping Supervision & Service Chef – Minimum 3 years experience, Formal qualifications & training.

Please note that these are Full Time, operational roles that involve shift work. If you are an experienced Hospitality Professional, and can guarantee a professional, courteous service and a commitment to high standards, we would like to hear from you. Responsibilities Include: • Providing a sincere, friendly and efficient service • Maintaining the Hotel in a safe, clean, ‘fit for purpose’ condition • Ensuring all guest needs are met which will include satisfying a broad spectrum of expectations and standards • Ensuring that our standards are met by helping in the training and development of the team. • Assisting in organising resources, managing assets and ensuring that our administration and compliance are upto-date Successful candidates will demonstrate competency in: • • • •

A ‘Can do!’ attitude to customers and colleagues Positive & constructive communication. Attentiveness & care for detail Stewardship & a Commitment to high standards. Training will be given and we offer promotional and development opportunities to employees who share our service vision and values.

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Your We urgentlyYour needHome, care in all Care, areasYour of theChoice West of Ireland, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, and Athlone. Staff must have achieved the full QQI Level 5 award and or have completed the mandatory module Care Skills and Care of the Older Person. We welcome nursing staff and RHSstaff Homethat Care have is Ireland’s only community owned co-operative. social care completed applicable modules.We are Irish owned and have been caring for clients in the community for over 22 years. We employ over 500 staff locally in

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We urgently need care in all areas of the West of Ireland, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, and Athlone. Staff must have achieved the full QQI Level 5 award and or have completed the mandatory module Care Skills and Care of the Older Person. We welcome nursing staff and social care staff that have completed applicable modules.

RHS Home Care are recruiting a full-time Care Scheduling Teams

permanent position: Care Manager Position is in Roscommon office the role is to scheduling care calls to clients in the West of Area Supervisors in the Galway/Mayo/Roscommon area Ireland, strong administration, excellent computer, and office experience 3-5 years’ experience in managing people. Full award communication QQI / Nursing Healthskills Care qualification and must be passionate about supporting people to live in their homes for Location: Head Office, Roscommon Primary 3-5 yearsasessential. Experience long as safely possible. in a busy office environment, industry related experience, QQI Centre,social Roscommon Town Level 5 inCare Health CareCare full award/nursing, care degree would be an advantage. Scheduling Teams Position is in Roscommon office the role is to scheduling care calls to clients in the West of Ireland, strong administration, excellent computer, communication skills and office experience 3-5 years essential. Experience in a busy office environment, industry related experience, QQI Level 5 in Health Care full award/nursing, social care degree would be an advantage.

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Full and part time positions Accounts Team in Roscommon. Must have accounts payroll experience, timesheet must aadvantage. healthcare Full and part Candidate time positions in Roscommon. Must be have accounts payroll experience, timesheet management, computer skillsskills andandexcel. management, computer excel.Experience Experience anan advantage.

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5 years people management experience, HR experience, good work ethic’s, work on their own initiative, critical thinking solving problems must be passionate about client care. All applications to be emailed to and the closing date is 17th August 2018.

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THANKSGIVINGS THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. B.C. THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. Bridie. A PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me this 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 succour me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O, show me herein you are my Mother, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times) Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times). M.M

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES CURLEY (nee Maloney) Mary Kate Runnamote, Co. Roscommon Died 7th August 2019

The family of the late Mary Kate Curley would like to thank all those who supported and sympathised with them, sent mass cards, flowers, telephoned and travelled long distances to show support at the time of her death. To all the wonderful neighbours who came with refreshments, and to Corrib Oil and Supermac’s, a sincere thanks for all your kindness and generosity. To Fr. Irek, Fr. Glennon and Ballinaheglish choir, thank you for the wonderful mass. Heartfelt thanks to all the staff, doctors, nurses and the hospital Chaplain in Tullamore Hospital and University Hospital Roscommon for the superb care provided and for all their compassion and support shown towards her and the family. To the public health nurses Fiona and Mary, we appreciate all the care and support. We would also like to thank Kelly-Henry medical centre and Tully’s Pharmacy, Castlerea for all the care they provided over the years. Thank you to the grave diggers, who prepared her final resting place and exceptional thanks to Smyth’s Funeral Directors for their kindness and professionalism throughout. We would also like to thank the O’Hara, Boland and Maloney families, who showed great support during her illness. A special thank you to Nora Hoban for all her kindness and consideration during this time. To McDermott’s Pub and to the management and staff at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon, thank you for the lovely meal and hospitality after the removal and the funeral. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intensions. Mary Kate’s first Anniversary Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm on Friday 7th August in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinaheglish.

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KENNEDY Mary Creevy, Roscommon (4th Anniversary) In loving memory of Mary who died on the 10th of August 2016

A smile for all A heart of gold The very best this world could hold Never selfish Always kind These are the memories you left behind Will those who think of Mary today A little prayer to Jesus say

Loved and remembered by David, Teresa, Maria, Grace and all her family and friends. Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Kilteevan on Sunday, 9th August at 10am.



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Danny’s wife Vera, daughter Catherine and family would like to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss. Thank you to all who sent messages of support through telephone calls, Mass cards, sympathy cards, flowers, text messages, online condolence messages on and social media and visits to our home. Thank you also to all those who kept us in their thoughts and prayers. A special thank you to all those who were able to attend the funeral, to those who stood in attendance outside the church and to those who stood in honour along the funeral route. Sincere thanks to Smyth’s Funeral Directors for their guidance, professionalism, attention to detail, care and respect in the kind handling of Danny’s funeral. A special thank you to Fr. Fitzgerald for celebrating Danny’s funeral Mass and officiating at his burial and for attending the funeral home and for his guidance and compassion. Thank you also to Enya O’Reilly for the beautiful singing during the funeral Mass. Thank you to the Grave Diggers for preparing Danny’s final resting place. To all the staff at Sonas, Cloverhill thank you for all your wonderful care and kindness while Danny was in residence. Thank you also for being available to assist us during Danny’s final weeks. Thank you to Dr Keenan, his colleagues and staff for your very professional and compassionate care of Danny over the years and for your support to us his family. To those who provided Home Help to Danny at home and to nurse Margaret Comerford, thank you for your kind help and support. To all our neighbours, friends and extended family we thank you for all your unwavering support as always. Your sympathy and most of all your friendship during this time is greatly appreciated. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgment as an expression of our deepest gratitude. Danny’s Month’s Mind Mass will be offered in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Saturday 8th August at 7.00pm.

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BURKE Margaret

Birchgrove, Creagh, Ballinasloe Died on the 4th of August 2009 (11th Anniversary)

Goff Street, Roscommon and Ballinasloe (17th Anniversary)

In fond and loving memory of Margaret. who died on 10th August 2003. R.I.P.

His memory is as clear today, as in the hour he passed away.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by your wife Bridie and family. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Saturday the 8th of August in St. Michael’s Church, Ballinasloe at 7.00pm.

Just as you were, you will be Someone special in our memory

Lovingly remembered by your sister Eileen and family, Rahara. Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church Roscommon on Thursday, 13th August at 11am.

We hold you close within our hearts, and there you shall remain. To walk with us throughout our lives, Until we meet again. So, rest in peace dear loved one And thanks for all you’ve done. We pray that God has given you the crown you’ve truly won.

Sadly missed by his wife, Bridget, sons Jonathan and Michael; daughters Katelyn and Hallie; daughters-inlaw Edel and Georgina; granddaughter Isabella. Anniversary Mass in Ballyleague Church on 8th August at 7pm. ----------------------

FITZPATRICK Joseph (Joe) Cloonagera, Kilrooskey, Co. Roscommon In loving memory of our dear brother,Joe who died on the 15th August 2019. (1st Anniversary)

As we walk in silence to the cemetery We remember all your precious memories. As we kneel down on our knees to pray, We know God will take care of you each and every day, We remember now in love Your life from start to end, And we’re so proud we knew you, As a daughter, sister, friend.

Dearly loved and missed everyday by maman Aideen, sister, Rebecca and all your family and friends Anniversary Mass held on Sunday 2nd August 12 noon St John the Evangelist, Dublin.

MULRYAN (nee Quinn) Maureen Brookvale Avenue, Roscommon (7th Anniversary) In loving memory of Maureen who died 6th August 2013

One year has passed since that sad day, when the brother we loved was called away. God took him home it was his will within our hearts he liveth still.

Remembered with love by Kay, Maura, Nuala and extended family

HAUGHEY Sr. Maria Margaret LSU Sissters, Highgate Road, London and formerly Correal, Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Died 27th February 2020

Sr. Maria Margaret’s family and the La Sainte Union sisters, wish to thank those who sympathised with them, sent Mass Cards, messages of Condolences and telephoned. Sr. Maria was surrounded by family and LSU Sisters when her death occurred at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Her burial took place in Erith, Kent on 23rd March. Sister was pre-deeased by her parents, Daniel and Margaret and he sister Eileen and brother Noel. Thank you to the Staff at the Hospital, for their care of Sister during her final illness and to the LSU Sisters for meeting with family members as they visited Sr. Maria in Hospital. A Memorial Mass will be held on Sunday 9th August, 2020 in Athleague Church at 10am. Please observe the Covid-19 restrictions in place. Mass will be live-streamed on Athleague 2020 Facebook page and an outside broadcast will be available if Church quota filled.

O’BEIRNE Charlie Gone are the days we used to share. But in our hearts you are always there. The gates of memory will never close, We miss you more than anyone knows. With tender love and deep regret, We who loved you will never forget.

From your loving husband Michael (Haul), children Edel, Adrian, Elaine and Deirdre. Grandchildren Caio, Anna and Luan, son-in-law Rajael Anniversary Mass in The Sacred Heart Church Roscommon on Thursday 6th August, at 11am.

Carnagh, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon. (21st Anniversary) In loving memory of Charlie, who died on August 17th, 1999, R.I.P.

Always in our thoughts and prayers, Loved and remembered every day.

Sadly missed by his wife Maura and all the family Anniversary Mass in St.John’s Church, Lecarrow on Sunday 9th August @ 11:30am


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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES O’GRADY Rita Carnamadda, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon In loving memory of my dear mother, Rita, who died on 7th August, 2019 (1st Anniversary)


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Sports PEOPLE St Brigid’s bench finally subdues Strokestown THE WEEKEND’S RESULTS Senior Football Championship Group A St Brigid’s 0-14 Strokestown 1-7 Clann na nGael 0-11 Elphin 0-8 Senior Football Championship Group B Roscommon Gaels 1-15 St Croan’s 0-12 Western Gaels 0-18 Fuerty 0-10 Senior Football Championship Group C Boyle 1-10 Tulsk Lord Edward’s 1-9 Pádraig Pearses 0-14 Michael Glavey’s 1-8 Intermediate Football Championship Group A Kilmore 2-13 Éire Óg 0-13 Oran 2-15 Castlerea St Kevin’s 1-7 Intermediate Football Championship Group B Creggs 2-12 St Aidan’s 0-9 St Faithleach’s 2-17 Kilbride 4-10 Intermediate Football Championship Group C St Dominic’s 5-16 Ballinameen 0-8 Junior A Football Championship Group A Western Gaels 1-11 St Joseph’s 0-10 Roscommon Gaels 2-12 Castlerea St Kevin’s 1-6 Junior A Football Championship Group B St Michael’s 1-12 St Ronan’s 1-9 St Brigid’s 3-17 Boyle 0-2 Junior A Football Championship Group C Clann na nGael 0-14 Pádraig Pearses 0-8 Kilglass Gaels 3-13 Elphin 0-6


of the weekend Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC (Group A) St Brigid’s 0-14 Strokestown 1-7 < SEAMUS DUKE

When the returning Cathal Campton was shown a straight red card by referee Brendan Healy after only five minutes of this very competitive Group A match in Strokestown on Friday night last, it looked as if the home side’s chances of a badlyneeded win were gone up in smoke. To their credit, Strokestown battled all the way to the finish and were only overhauled in the final ten minutes by a St. Brigid’s side who had more strength on the bench when it was needed. On a mild, breezy evening, both sides knew that a win would probably put them into the quarter-finals. Strokestown named a strong side in their quest to put their opening round defeat by Elphin behind them. Two minutes after Ciaran Sugrue opened the scoring with a St. Brigid’s free in the 3rd minute, Strokestown and Roscommon midfielder Cathal Compton was involved in a tangle with Alan Daly, the latter going to ground. After consulting his linesman, the referee issued a straight red card to

Compton. Now the task facing Strokestown was an even bigger one. St. Brigid’s went on to dominate for the next 10 minutes or so with Gearoid Cunniffe kicking two super points to help them into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead. Then, in the 16th minute, Strokestown got back into the game. Diarmuid McGann made a great run towards goal before being fouled by a combination of St. Brigid’s defenders. David Neary slotted the resultant penalty past James Martin. The goal gave Strokestown a big boost and from that point on they were very competitive. Sean Mullooly and David Neary were winning plenty of ball, and by half-time the home side led by 1-4 to 0-6. Indeed it could have been even more as McGann’s goal-bound shot was blocked brilliantly on the line by Alan Daly in injury-time. The sides were well matched for most of the second half, with young Ben O’Carroll kicking a couple of great points for the Kiltoom side. However, points from Colin Compton (2) and Cian Corcoran kept Strokestown in the match and with just ten minutes to go the sides were level at 1-7 to 0-10. Key to the eventual outcome was the fact that St. Brigid’s had more to offer off the bench. Robbie Dolan, Jack McDonnell and Eoin Sheehy all made significant contributions when they were introduced, with the excellent Brian Stack now pulling the strings around midfield. Points from Brian Derwin (2), Eoin Sheehy and Ben O’Carroll closed out the win for St. Brigid’s, who will now face Elphin in the final group game. Strokestown will now have to beat Clann na nGael to avoid a relegation battle. Best for St. Brigid’s on the night were Peter Domican, Pearse Frost, Brian Stack, Gearoid Cunniffe and young guns Ben O’Carroll, Ciaran Sugrue and sub

Brian Derwin. David Neary had a great game for Strokestown and Colin Compton, Kevin Finn and Sean Mullooly were also prominent throughout. Note: The victory by Clann na nGael against Elphin on Saturday means that with a round still to go, Strokestown are now out of contention for a quarterfinal slot. They will now have to battle it out to avoid relegation. St. Brigid’s: James Martin; Darragh Sheehy, Peter Domican, Pearse Frost; Alan Daly, Ronan Stack, Paul McGrath; Eamon Cunnane, Ruari Fallon; Brian Stack, Donnacha Gately, Gearoid Cunniffe (0-2); Ciaran Sugrue (0-3, frees), Senan Kilbride (0-1), Ben O’Carroll (0-3). Subs: Robbie Dolan for Sheehy (39), Brian Derwin (0-4, 2 frees, mark) for O’Carroll (45), Eoin Sheehy (0-1) for Cunnane (46), Jack McDonnell for Cunniffe (55), Ruari Smith for Gately (60). Strokestown: John McHugh; Conor Kelly, Michael Fallon, Keelan Beirne; Niall Moran, Sean Mullooly (0-1), David Neary (1-1, 1-0 pen); Cathal Compton, David Butler; Cian Corcoran (0-1), Kevin Finn, Keith Murphy; Diarmuid McGann, Colin Compton (0-4, frees), Daniel Rogers. Subs: Mikey Kavanagh for McGann (60), Luke Kelly for Corcoran (61).

Stat attack Wides: St Brigid’s 6; Strokestown 9 Red cards: Strokestown 1 (Cathal Compton) Black cards: St Brigid’s 1 (Donnacha Gately) Yellow cards: St Brigid’s 2 (Darragh Sheehy, Alan Daly); Strokestown 3 (Sean Mullooly, David Neary, David Butler) Man of the Match: Brian Stack (St Brigid’s)

Don’t drop it, Seanie! Western Gaels’ Seanie McDermott has to deal with a difficult pass during Sunday’s championship game in Dr. Hyde Park. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh


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Action from the Éire Óg/Kilmore game. Picture: Michael McCormack

Action from the Éire Óg/Kilmore game. Picture: Michael McCormack

Pearses impress as Roscommon Gaels get campaign back on track < SEAMUS DUKE

Tulsk and Strokestown are out of contention to win the Fahey Cup this year after

last weekend’s action in the Hodson Bay Hotel SFC. Tulsk, last year’s intermediate champions, gave Boyle the fright of their lives in

Strokestown before falling short by just a point. Meanwhile, Strokestown fell victim to a late surge by a youthful St. Brigid’s side

Action from St Aidan’s v Creggs on Saturday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

on Friday night (see report). Both Tulsk and Strokestown are now in a fight to avoid relegation. Champions Padraig Pearses continued on their winning way with a hard-fought threepoint win against Michael Glavey’s at Dr. Hyde Park. The loss of Caoileann Fitzmaurice through injury was a big blow to the Ballinlough side but Pearses were sharper in attack. Clann na nGael were made fight all the way by Elphin before emerging with a three-point win on Saturday at Orchard Park. Cathal Shine and Ciaran Lennon were once again prominent for Liam Kerins’ team. Roscommon Gaels rediscovered their form against St. Croan’s in Kiltoom in a game that saw referee Ollie Kelly show three red cards (John McManus and Richard Hughes for the Gaels, Cathal Connelly of St. Croan’s) in injury-time. Peter Gillooly scored an impressive 1-6 for Liam McNeill’s team. The town team will now face Fuerty in a winner-takesall contest in round three after Western Gaels defeated Malachy Gately’s side by eight points at Dr. Hyde Park. Western Gaels’ manager Fergal O’Donnell will be happy with the progress of his unbeaten team. In the Mulryan Construction IFC Éire Óg were brought back down to earth with a bang in Loughglynn. A resurgent Kilmore were full value for their six-point win.

Roscommon People SFC Team of the Week James Fetherstone (Roscommon Gaels) Pearse Frost (St Brigid’s)

Cathal Duignan (Clann na nGael)

Aidan Dowd (Western Gaels)

Evan McGrath (Boyle)

Ronan Daly (Padraig Pearses)

Richard Hughes (Roscommon Gaels)

Cathal Shine (Clann na nGael)

Ruairi Fallon (St Brigid’s)

Brian Stack (St Brigid’s)

Andy Glennon (Michael Glavey’s)

James McDonnell (Western Gaels)

Peter Gillooly (Roscommon Gaels)

Hubert Darcy (Padraig Pearses)

Cian McKeon (Boyle)

Meanwhile, Oran continue to impress. They had eleven points to spare against a faltering Castlerea St. Kevin’s. Game of the weekend in any division took place at Rockfield where championship favourites St. Faithleach’s conceded 4-10 and still managed to win by a point in a thrilling, high-scoring game! Diarmuid Murtagh (1-6) and brother Ciaran (0-6) were the Faithleach’s heroes as Kilbride pushed them all the way with Henry Walsh

and Conor Devaney scoring 2-9 between them. Two fine goals for Noel Gately were key as Creggs eased to a comfortable win against St. Aidan’s, while St. Dominic’s produced another emphatic display, scoring 5-16 against Ballinameen. The game between Shannon Gaels and St. Barry’s was postponed due to a bereavement. There is a break from the football action this weekend with the final round of games being played on the weekend of 15th and 16th August.


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GAA Extra-time

Paul Healy

Early pacesetters…

It was another exciting weekend on the club football front in Roscommon. Early pacesetters in the SFC are defending champions Padraig Pearses and Western Gaels, both of whom have recorded back-to-back wins. Pearses had just three points to spare over Michael Glavey’s, while Western Gaels were comfortable victors over Fuerty. As expected, Roscommon Gaels got their campaign back on track, defeating St. Croan’s. Strokestown put up a great challenge against St. Brigid’s, Clann edged out Elphin, and Boyle just prevailed in a derby clash with Tulsk.

Men in black…

They’re not the ‘men in black’ for nothing! Our friends in Éire Óg have been hogging headlines since the Roscommon IFC resumed, what with Conor Cox joining their ranks and all! Last weekend the Loughglynn club faltered against Kilmore, having defeated Castlerea impressively in round one. Meanwhile, on Twitter (below), the club proudly pointed out that three of its members had refereed at the weekend. Congrats to Shane, Declan and Seamus! Éire Óg Roscommon @EireOgRos History was made in the club on Sunday when three of our members were all acting as the referee in three different championship games. Well done Shane Noonan, Declan Woods and Seamus Regan.

Spare a thought for Kilbride. Deflated by a ‘double scores’ defeat to Creggs in round one of the IFC, they weren’t given much hope (by neutrals, at least) when they took on a freescoring St. Faithleach’s. In fact, Kilbride scored an immensely impressive 4-10. Problem was, Faithleach’s lived up their free-scoring reputation… scoring 2-17, to win by one. That’s 4-31 from St. Faithleach’s in two games. Needless to say, the Murtaghs have been helping dazed defenders with their enquiries!

St. Dominic’s = goals! If it’s goals you want, St. Dominic’s are the team to watch just now (in as much as punters can watch football just now). They’ve hit a phenomenal 8-32 in two games in the IFC so far!

Kilmore 1 Hacks 0 Is nothing – or nobody – sacred any more? Must GAA match preview writers – of all people(!) – now have to adjust to a terrible new normal? Oh dear. What a nightmarish future awaits if sportswriters are to be held to account for…getting match predictions wrong! Actually, come to think of it, it’s ever been thus…but it’s usually a big bear of a man loudly calling the poor reporter out from the sideline, reminding them (to a chorus of laughs) that they got a recent prediction badly wrong… But being called out on Twitter? It’s so instant, so public! And, what are sportswriters to do if they can no longer use clichés or time-honoured terms? Reporters simply cannot afford to dispense with phrases such as ‘beleagured team’ and ‘preparing for relegation showdown’ – not to mention the rest of our stockpile of ready-to-use clichés. What I am referring to? Well, Kilmore GAA Club – tongues firmly in cheeks, and all in good humour – tweeted after Saturday’s win over Éire Óg: Kilmore GAA @GAAKilmore We aren’t beleaguered! We aren’t preparing for a relegation showdown! We spoiled the party! Don’t ever write us off!

Happy Kilmore fans, pictured last weekend! Picture: Michael McCormack

They weren’t referring to the match previews in the Roscommon People. The preview they were quoting from was from our n…newspaper neighbours (from Boyle!). But it could be any of us. It’s just not safe out there! Spare a thought for the GAA match preview writers – the beleaguered people who choose to put their heads on the block…

Happy Kilmore fans, pictured last weekend! Picture: Michael McCormack

St Brigid’s unveil big plans

Round 2: Hurling resumes < SEAMUS DUKE

The second round of the Roscommon SHC takes place this weekend. The action starts on Saturday evening in Athleague (7 pm) with the big inter-parish rivalry between Tremane and Athleague, who are making their first appearance in the championship. A lot of the players who featured for the Fuerty footballers in recent weeks will be back in action here. Tremane put up a big score against Roscommon Gaels in their first outing. There won’t be much in this one. St. Dominic’s were impressive in their opening draw against Four Roads and were unlucky not to win. They will welcome Oran to Knockcroghery on Sunday (1.30 pm) and the home side should win. There’s a very interesting derby match taking place at Pairc an Piarsiagh on Sunday at 5 pm when Padraig Pearses take on Four Roads. Pearses were very impressive when they got going against Oran in their opening game and they can put down a further marker about their title credentials with another win here.

When 4-10’s not quite enough…

Action from the recent Roscommon Gaels v Tremane match. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

St. Brigid’s GAA Club has launched a major development project involving the construction of a new gym and meeting room along with a series of infrastructural upgrades. Sustained development has taken place over the decades at the South Roscommon club since the original purchase of five and a quarter acres at Newpark, Kiltoom in 1953. Among its extensive facilities, the club now has three floodlit pitches, a handball complex in Curraghboy and a communitywalking track. As the club now moves into the next phase of its development, St. Brigid’s currently caters for 18 teams from U-8s to Senior, across boys, girls and adult grades. The current development project involves the construction of a new gym and a meeting/multi-functional room as part of a new extension to the existing complex. The upgrade and extension of the car park, as well as upgrades to the

club dressing rooms, kitchen and roof will also take place as part of this project. “This is a major development which will benefit our club, the wider community and future generations. The club is receiving significant funding from LEADER and a specific target from our own resources now needs to be raised,” explained Club Chairperson, Michael McDonnell. To coincide with the project, a fundraising campaign is getting underway, centering on a ‘Buy a Brick’ initiative where people can sponsor illustrated bricks that will eventually go on mounted displays in the new building. “We are encouraging all our members and our club diaspora to support the club’s fundraising efforts in whatever way possible in order to bring to fruition a development that will have lasting benefits for our club and community,” said Michael. For further information, contact Brian Ó Ruairc on 087 277 9194.


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CBS golf team ready for Senior Championship Finals

At the photocall to announce the Flogas sponsorship of CBS Roscommon, representing Connacht, at the upcoming GUI 2020 Senior Schools Championship were team members l/r TY student Fionn Hoare (17) from Golf Links Road; TY student Kevin Connaughton (17),Roscommon town; TY student Cian O’Connor (17), Knockcroghery; 6th year student Michael Corcoran (18) from Kilteevan; 6th year student Alan Connaughton (18), Roscommon town; 6th year student Simon Walker (19) from Roscommon town and TY student Thomas Higgins (17) from Ballybride. Photo: Silver Image.

Short putts

(News from local golf clubs)


The Captain’s Prize to the Ladies takes place next Sunday, the 9th of August. The men’s competition that day will be an 18-hole Stableford and will be the last opportunity to gain a qualifying card to be eligible to win the Captain’s

Prize for those who have not already played in an 18-hole qualifying competition this year.


Ladies: This weekend we have the Maria Talbot Perpetual Trophy (Stroke). The Granard Cup Qualifier (Foursomes) takes place the following weekend. The month closes with two Stableford competitions, Grafters Stableford (August 23rd) and Trailblazers Stableford on August 30th. Garvey and Lynch Cups: All group matches to be played by the end of this week (August 7th).


The Lady Captain’s Prize began on Tuesday, the 4th of August. The second 18 holes will be played on Saturday, the 8th of August, followed by the presentation of prizes. Members of Castlerea Golf Club would like to wish our Lady Captain Maura Kelly every good wish for her prize day. The first 18 holes of Mr. Liam Callaghan’s Captain’s Prize were played on Sunday, 19th of July. Patrick O’Connor and Michael Doyle were leading the field after the first 18 holes with 64 nett. Daryl Kelly, who shot an impressive 67 nett on the first day of the Captain’s prize, closely followed them. The second 18 holes were played on Saturday, 25th of July.

Flogas has announced its sponsorship of the CBS Roscommon senior golf team, which is representing Connacht at the upcoming GUI 2020 Irish Schools Senior Championship Finals on August 18th. It is the school’s third year in a row to represent Connacht at the Championship Finals, which they won in 2018. The team are brothers Alan Connaughton (18) and Kevin Connaughton (17) from Roscommon town (6th year and TY students respectively), 6th year student Michael Corcoran (18) from Kilteevan, TY student Thomas Higgins (17) from Ballybride, TY student Fionn Hoare (17) from Golf Links Road, Michael Doyle was a very deserving winner with two very impressive scores: a 64 nett on day one and a 69 nett on day two. Patrick O’Connor was runner-up. Dara Bruen won the gross prize and Lorcan Cribbon won 3rd prize. The winner of the first 18 holes was Daryl Kelly and Matt Griffith won the second 18 holes. The Captain’s Prize to the ladies was won by our Lady Captain, Maura Kelly, closely followed by Pauline Glynn in 2nd place and Elizabeth Devine in 3rd place.


Lady Captain Dr. Sandra Black Kelly held her presentation evening in the Clubhouse recently. This was indeed a Lady Captain’s night like none before. Presentations were made to all the winners from the recent Lady Captain’s week. President Tresina Smyth and Captain Tom Grealy Jnr. thanked our Lady Captain for all her work in the club and her efforts in conjunction with the management committee and officials in helping to bring about the return of golf in the face of Covid-19. Thanking everyone, Sandra congratulated all the winners and paid tribute to her committee for their hard work throughout the year.

TY student Cian O’Connor (17) from Knockcroghery, and 6th year student Simon Walker (19) from Roscommon town. On Tuesday, August 18th, at Macroom Golf Club in Cork, the CBS Roscommon team will tee off against the winners of the other three provinces. Fiona Gallagher, principal of CBS Roscommon, said: “I am very proud of our team and the passion and dedication they have shown in reaching the final of this very championship. I especially want to thank my fellow teacher Mark Hodgins for all the hard work that he has put into managing the team. The entire school will be wishing them the very best!” Last weekend saw Mr. Tom Grealy Jnr. hold his prestigious Captain’s prize competition. Congratulations to Michael Finneran who shot a magnificent score of 94 nett to become this year’s winner. In his Captain’s speech, Tom thanked all those that took part in the competition, congratulated all prizewinners and paid tribute to his fellow officers, members of the management committee and his own Men’s committee. Tom also referenced the fact that he was very honoured to hold the position of Captain this year as it was exactly 50 years since his dad, Tom Snr., held the position. Congratulations to our Junior Cup team and our Pierce Purcell teams who both won their first round matches in their respective competitions this week. Well done to Junior Cup team Captain Brian Feeley and his panel of Kevin Connaughton, Alan Connaughton, Ian Gannon, Tommie Grealy and Mark Cunniffe. We look forward to their next outing v Portumna in the coming weeks. Our Pierce Purcell team had a good win against Castlerea GC during the week. Next round against Athlone GC within the next fortnight. Good luck to Phelim Henry and our Senior Cup team who play Enniscrone GC later this week.

Roscommon Lady Captain Dr. Sandra Black Kelly pictured with recent prizewinners at Roscommon Golf Club

Pictured in Roscommon Golf Club are members of the Grealy family.

Following in Tom Senior’s footsteps…

Tom Grealy Jnr. pictured with his Captain’s prize winners 2020 at a recent presentation evening in Roscommon Golf Club.

A huge weight of nostalgia is associated with Tom Grealy Junior’s year as Captain of Roscommon Golf Club as it is exactly 50 years ago (1970) since his Dad Tom Grealy Snr. (a former President of the Golf Union of Ireland) held the same position of captain. Not many families, nor indeed golf clubs in Ireland, can claim such a wonderful piece of history. In his speech Tom recalled

his early interest and love of the game of golf from the age of seven, spurred on by his father. He acknowledged the work of the many club officers, golf course staff and greenkeepers, former captains and presidents of the club, many of whom were in attendance on the night. Tom also thanked everyone for their support and good wishes.


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Horses for Courses by Tom Red

up the hill to win the Blazers Chase for Matthew Smith and Robbie Power. Elsie’s A Lady proved that her 50/1 Kilbeggan debut win was no fluke winning the closing bumper for father and son team Paul and Aaron Fahy, who was riding his first winner.

Racing today takes place at Leopardstown on the level with 3 Group 3 races off at 1.00pm. there are 2 flat meetings tomorrow in the afternoon in Sligo at 1.00pm and in the evening at Tipperary at 4.10pm. On Saturday the flat racing is at Cork outside Mallow first at 2.30pm and the jumping action is on at nearby Kilbeggan away at 4.40pm. Sunday sees racing at 2.00pm in the Curragh featuring the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and national hunt fare in Downpatrick at 2.20pm. Monday evening sees racing in the west at Ballinrobe away at 4.40pm. There are 15 runners in the Phoenix Stakes on Sunday, including 4 supplemented at a cost of €20,000 each. The supplemented horses are English raider Richard Hannon’s Ventura Tormenta, Michael O’Callaghan’s Steel Bull, the ante post fav., Fozzy Stack’s Aloha Star and Aidan O’Brien has added Georgio Vasari to his team of 5. Stack and Ger Lyons both have 2 entries and runners from Jessica Harrington, Ken Condon, Joseph O’Brien and another raider Michael Bell’s The Lear Jet. Only 3 of the supplemented can get their money back if they fill the first 3 places and Michael O’Callaghan is a shrewd man unlikely to burn €20,000. Take Steel Bull to win from the flying raider The Lir Jet. No racing from televised on RTE this weekend. Virgin Media One features live afternoon racing from Ascot on Saturday.

Racing News Less than a week after hanging up his riding boots to concentrate on training Denis Hogan lost his star sprinter Sceptical who was fatally injured on the gallops on Tuesday morning. Unraced by Godolphin, the four-year-old cost just £2,800 at the sales and had proved a bargain buy for Hogan and owners Hilltop Racing winning four races in a row, including 3 at Dundalk and the Listed Woodlands Stakes at Naas. Niall Egan, brother of senior jockey John, trained his second winner at Naas when Chris Hayes carried Theoneyouare to victory on Monday sparking more celebrations in the Moran household on Scrine. The 5-Y-O won by 5½l and 1¾l from Dee Sprinter and Cactus Tree.

Aramon, two off the rail, leads over the last with the grey Petit Mouchoir runner-up in the Galway Hurdle

Gold won form the similarly priced Fleming’s Dream with Pretty Fantasy filling the minor place. The 4-Y-O’s+ Class Grass Handicap Hurdle was won by, the Strandhill based, Mark McNiff trained Philip Enright ridden William Of Wykeham from Happy Days and Top Of The Charts. The first race over the major obstacles, the Mares Beginners Chase, went to the Declan Queally trained, 1/3, odds on fav Western Victory ridden by Sean O’Keeffe who beat Rapid Response and La Hachette easily by 13l and 24l. The 2m Boyle Beginners Chase was won by Got Trumped trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Jack Kennedy from Konitho and Arthur’s Quay.

Galway Review

The penultimate race is the Castlerea Handicap Chase saw Brian McMahon’s Warreedy ridden to victory by Denis O’Regan over Rudi Catrail and Railway Muice. Racing closed with Elliott scoring a double on the card with Papal Lodge in the bumper. The winner was ridden by Jamie Codd at 11/2 with outsider Meet And Greet at 80/1 and the odds on Wearapinkribbon.

The Guinness Galway Hurdle, was won by the Mullins’, Willie and son Patrick, with Aramon who beat Hearts Are Trumps and Petit Mouchoir. That man Willie Mullins was again on the mark as 2/7 shot Jon Snow beat Belfast Banter and Rebel Gold in the Guinness Novice Hurdle with Paul Townend in the plate. The Ronan McNally owned and trained The Trigger defied his 11 years of age winning

Racing opened on Thursday with Guinevere winning the 4-Y-O Novice hurdle for trainer Ray Cody with Simon Torrens in the saddle. In the Beginners Chase Court Maid beat the well fancied fav. Doctor Duffy and Karl Der Grosse for Tom Mullins and David Mullins. Jessica Harrington’s Polished Steel finished in front of Mr Manikineko and Dime A Dozen by 9l and ½ l in the Rockshore Novice Chase. The well backed Denis Hogan trained and ridden Bua Boy won the Arthur Guinness Handicap Hurdle. Hogan announced his retirement from the saddle immediately afterwards.

Lenebane Review At Lenebane on Tuesday the 3-Y-O maiden hurdle was won by the Gordon Elliott trained Longclaw ridden by Keith Donohue at odds of 15/2 from the fav. Jeff Kider and Orchestral Rain by 6l and 2 ¼ l. Punters were out of luck in the second as the Alice Curran trained 33/1 shot Jackson’s

Warreedy and Denis O’Regan (near side) head Rudy Catrail at the last

the Open Gate Pure Brew Handicap Hurdle ridden by Mark Walsh. In the bumper Joseph O’Brien and Tom Hamilton combined to win with Slige Dala from the Mullins combination of Willie and son Patrick aboard the fav Power Of Pause. Friday opened with another Mullins/Townend winner in the James’s Gate Maiden Hurdle, N’Gola. The Opportunity Handicap Hurdle went to the Edward Delaney trained Loudest Whisper ridden by Conor Orr. Another small yard followed in the Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle when Ray Hackett’s Nibbler’s Charm gave Simon Torrens his second winner of the week. Mullins/Townend were again in the winner’s enclosure when the featured Grade 3 Guinness Handicap Hurdle was won by Great White Shark from stablemate Sister Sarah ridden by Rachel Blackmore. Andrew Slattery’s Convara made all in the Guinness Beginners Chase under Cathal Landers to beat Star Max and the local trained Stormey. Elliott and Donohue were on the mark with The Storeyteller, pulled up in the Plate, in the Arthur Guinness Chase. Mindsmadeup stayed on well

On Saturday the opener went to the Ballydoyle trained Ontario ridden by Wayne Lordan at prohibitive odds of 2/7. The second was won by Donnacha O’Brien with the Gavin Ryan ridden fav. The Rain King. Ryan completed a quick double aboard Adrian McGuinness’s Sirjack Thomas in the 1m handicap third. There was a small stable on the mark in the fourth as Next In Line won for James Barrett and Luke McAteer at 12/1. The next, another 1m handicap was won by 16/1 shot Lightning Jock who came from last to first and is trained by Patrick Hayes and was ridden by Shane Foley. In the featured Galway Shopping Centre Premier Handicap, the fav. Princess Zoe was on the mark again, won the amateur on Monday, for Tony Mullins with 5lb claimer Joey Sheridan in the plate. Last word on the day again goes to WP Mullins with the Shane Foley ridden Dark Voyager, another market leader. On the final day Shane Foley started off where he left off on Saturday with the fav. Ya Ya Baby for Jessica Harrington in the opener. Fourhometwo extended the winning favourite run to 5 as Johnny Murtagh’s charge obliged under Shane Kelly. Denis Hogan trained the winner of the Ardilaun Handicap Tuesday’s runner-up Darkened, the sixth favourite on the trot, with Joey Sheridan in the plate. Adrian McGuinness and Gavin Ryan brought the run to a close as Current Option beat the fav. Njord in the featured Ahanoora Premier Handicap. The winning combination had also pipped the runner-up in Tuesday’s feature with Saltonstall. Joseph O’Brien and Shane Crosse won the Fillies Maiden with Pista. The penultimate race of the festival completed a double for Shane Foley and Jessica Harington on Camphor and the final race of the 2020 festival would have sent punters home as Willie Mullins was again on the mark with the favourite Eight And Bob ridden by Rachel Blackmore. Gavin Ryan and Shane Foley finished level on five winners each for the week. Gavin Ryan took the leading Flat jockey title on 5 winners’ courtesy of his two premier handicaps on Saltonstall and Current Option giving him more prizemoney. Paul Townend was the top National Hunt jockey again with 5 winners, and Willie Mullins was top trainer with 10 winners including both codes. Roll on next year when hopefully if we are all alive the punters will be allowed in.


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Cool and clinical, the brilliant Eddie Macken was a hero of our youth involved in the sport. He was wonderful, and he brought a lot of pleasure to fans during his glorious peak. His feats at Hickstead, and the memory of his cool, clinical brilliance ensure his place in showjumping’s Hall of Fame. I’ll certainly always remember how this man – more than anyone else – made showjumping a wonderful part of my sports-following youth. The man who would definitely win any ‘Granard’s Best’ list(!) was a true Irish sporting hero. Thanks for the great memories, Eddie!



Nobody could get Harvey Smith’s autograph on that muddy, memorable day in Strokestown in 1979. Several had asked, all had been rebuffed (at least from what I could see). It wasn’t on a par with the Pope’s visit later that month (not to Strokestown, to Ireland), but we were pretty excited at the presence of sporting superstars in the town. Con Power was there, Paul Darragh too. Even more exotic…stars from England, walking around in our midst, in our mud, in our collective horse manure, in Strokestown. David Broome! Showjumping royalty! I had no doubt that the Queen knew David, probably hosted him at parties. And, scowling in Strokestown, the unmistakable, brooding Harvey Smith, charismatic straight-talking bad guy off the telly. In those days, the annual Strokestown Show featured top international equestrian showjumping, with big prizes. A golden era. Ado Kenny, a teacher from Strokestown, was a big figure in Irish showjumping circles. The Show was held in the grounds of Strokestown Park House. And I was there, in the mud, celebrity-gazing, thrilled at the presence of the showjumping stars. In the nature of this sport, they mingled, whether they liked it or not. Horseboxes parked, abandoned almost, zigzagged into the landscape. Onlookers everywhere, rubbing shoulders with the stars. They (the showjumpers), in their splendid attire, whip in hand, circling, walking, some signs of impatience, some nervous energy, the odd smile, their attention always on their horse and their small but important entourage. Everyone gazed at Harvey, every step and turn he took. I’m sure he served up some Harvey charm that day. But I noted, as I watched, that he was turning down all autograph requests. Which was disappointing. Because I was 15 years of age, and I had a copybook and a pen in my pocket. The reason I was looking for autographs was because showjumping was big. And these showjumpers were household names. This sport had a profile in the 1970s and early ‘80’s which was not entirely dissimilar to that of snooker at the time. The Aga Khan Cup (competed for at the Dublin Horse Show each year) was unmissable…just as the FA Cup Final was in those days. And several weeks of the year, there were televised showjumping competitions. The sport was perfect for TV; colourful, glamorous, graceful, exciting. Clear rounds were the ‘currency’ that paid handsomely. If invested in a particular rider and horse, you felt great tension as they approached each new fence. Making it even more exciting was the race against the clock (the fastest riderand-horse combination declared winner if two or more competitors were level on jumping ‘faults’). There were accomplished participants on the circuit who were from beyond the British Isles, but mostly this was a weekly showdown between the English elite and Ireland’s

Harvey hits back…

Eddie Macken on Boomerang.

small but brilliant crop of jumpers. Tommy Wade had been an Irish hero in a different time. Now we had a golden era, a handful of riders who always seemed to be in contention. World class horsemen, including Paul Darragh and army riders Con Power and James Kernan. And we had a man who, in my teenage years, stood supreme. Or sat supreme, on the peerless Boomerang (honourable mention here for another horse, ‘Kerrygold’). That man was Eddie Macken.

King of showjumping

I couldn’t leave him out – so that’s why he’s in! Maybe it’s a minority sport. Maybe it’s not cool, well, not now. Maybe I need to stop almost apologising! Fact is, nothing can undo what was. And, while we mightn’t pass as much heed on it now, for many people, showjumping was an unmissable TV sport in the 1970s and ‘80’s. Midst all the GAA greats and soccer stars, and the mesmerising casts at Wimbledon and Sheffield (Crucible Theatre), there was a Granard man who had hero status in our house. Granard! That, perhaps, was a small part of the allure. Local pride. We passed through Granard a few times a year, on our way to visit our grandparents in Ballyjamesduff. Before anyone even mentioned ‘Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’ (the song always got a mention on those journeys) there was the thrill of passing Macken’s filling station, on the edge of Granard. That’s where Eddie Macken was from. The man whose great feats ensured that RTE’s likeable sports’ anchor Brendan O’Reilly could never realistically be Granard’s most famous son. For a few years, Eddie Macken was one of my top sporting heroes. Showjumping was a wonderful fit for TV. Any night (usually midweek, making it all the better) that it featured on TV, it was relished. It was riveting. What a cleverly constructed sporting theatre! Elaborate, beautiful fences, water obstacles, doubles and trebles, tension, drama, jump-offs, the rider torn between

the need to approach each fence with caution while remaining conscious of the time factor. Frequently, Macken triumphed. He was always generously hailed by the UK commentators. He was clearly a brilliant horseman. His most famous horse was Boomerang, though I recall Kerrygold too. With Boomerang, he made showjumping history, winning the Hickstead Derby four years in a row (1976-’79). He was the King of Showjumping at that time.

Hero of Hickstead

Radio was a special friend in those days, at least for those of us who were drawn to sport. There was so little televised sport then, compared to now. On European soccer nights I patiently adjusted the dial back and forth to try to get the BBC commentary as clearly as possible. Great commentators painted evocative pictures for a teenage boy in Rooskey, ear to the radio, imagination running free. On nights when the showjumping wasn’t televised, there were breathless radio reports of never-to-be-seen rounds and jump-offs against the clock. I remember a BBC commentator rhapsodising about Eddie Macken one such night, the man from up the road in Granard conquering Britain’s best again. Eddie also starred in many great Irish wins in the Aga Khan Cup. Of course David Broome and Harvey Smith and many others – I recall, for example, Michael Whitaker, Caroline Bradley, Nick Skelton – all had their successes too. Truth is, I can’t be sure where Eddie Macken rates in the all-time equestrian list. Oddly, it’s proven difficult to find any polls, any record of ‘Best ever Irish showjumpers’ or ‘Best ever showjumpers in UK & Ireland’. Be that as it may, I’m certain that Eddie Macken is an equestian great – for that matter, one of Ireland’s finest sportspeople (though seldom mentioned)! What I have discovered is that Eddie Macken rode competitively long after that golden era. In recent years he moved to Canada, and is still

Back in Strokestown over forty years ago, mud…muck, manure. And Harvey. One of the reasons the showjumpers tend to be accessible – certainly it’s easy to see them up ‘close and personal’, to kind of mingle with them – is because they have to hang around for so long, between rounds. Often a jumper might have two horses in an event. It can be a long day. While Eddie Macken certainly competed – and won – in Strokestown in the 1970s, I don’t think he was there in ’79. All eyes were on David Broome and Harvey Smith. Especially on Harvey. When he hit me, I went reeling. The ‘he’ was Harvey. Harvey Smith. I didn’t know that at the time. For a few seconds, I didn’t know anything! Here’s what happened… Being a 15-year-old boy, long day at Strokestown Show, muck and moody showjumpers everywhere, I’d started to daydream. There are only so many times you can walk around in circles, checking out smelly horseboxes, celebrity-gazing, waiting around. So I’m daydreaming, wandering, head down, and next thing…THUD! My left shoulder/upper back reeled with pain! I looked up. Harvey Smith had accidentally bumped into me! Yes, Harvey Smith had bumped into me! I was shy – and sore. But this was my moment. Harvey mumbled an apologetic “sorry, son” – then I just went for it. I asked him for an autograph. Time stood still. Then, he scribbled his name into my notebook, before shaking my hand. Eddie Macken was my hero, but this was special too. A golden sporting world, depicted weekly on our TV screens, had landed in Strokestown. I may have been the only person who managed to get Harvey Smith’s autograph in Strokestown that day. I had a sore shoulder, but I had Harvey’s autograph! Now for the Pope…

The series so far… 1: Tony Currie & Trevor Brooking 2: Steve Davis, Jimmy White & Ken Doherty 3: Con Houlihan 4: Eamonn Coghlan 5: Bjorn Borg 6: Muhammad Ali 7: Dermot Earley 8: Liam Brady 9: Tony Ward & Ollie Campbell 10: Seve Ballesteros 11: Sonia O’Sullivan 12: George Best 13: Alex Higgins 14: Paul McGrath 15: Jack Charlton 16: Barry McGuigan. 17: Tony McManus 18: Eddie Macken For previous columns, see

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