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LITTER DISPOSAL I live in a busy residential area and sadly I have noticed a dramatic increase in the level of littering surrounding my home and locality in recent months. This littering includes everything from chewing gum, fast food wrapping and even dog faeces. Please explain the general laws dealing with litter disposal. Also, my friends neighbour has allowed rubbish to pile up in his front garden, is this legal? The Litter Pollution Act, 1997 (as amended by the Waste Management (Amendment) Act 2001 and the Protection of the Environment Act 2003), governs litter pollution and introduced heavy penalties in Ireland to help combat the problem. Litter is defined as a substance or object, when deposited in a place other than a litter receptacle, is or is likely to become unsightly, deleterious, nauseous or unsanitary, regardless of its size or volume. Your local authority is responsible for implementing the litter laws and is obliged to prepare a litter management plan for its own area. It is responsible for the prevention and control of litter and has the power to take enforcement action against people who break or ignore these laws. It is responsible for keeping public places that are under its control clear of litter as far as is practicably possible. Gardai also have the power to issue on-the-spot fines for litter offences. Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence and may attract an on-the-spot fine of €150 or €3,000 if you are convicted in the District Court. If an offence continues after conviction, the person concerned is guilty of a further offence and is liable to a fine of up to €600 euro for each day during which the contravention continues. Dog owners are obliged to remove their pets’ waste from public places including, public roads and footpaths and the immediate area surrounding another person’s house, and dispose of it in a proper manner. As regards your friend’s neighbour, any outdoor area on their property which is visible from a public place must be kept free of litter. Failure to do so may result in the owner or occupier being fined or prosecuted by the local authority.


OMG! What an MMM! Or do I have to spell it out for you? Hey, I couldn’t make contact with you! What’s up? It’s not like you’re busy! I was on the phone all morning! Okay! No, don’t ask me…no details, I’m too exhausted! I DIDN’T ask you! Okay, if you insist… Huh? I was trying to book a place! What an MMM it’s been! Huh? What an MMM! Didn’t you know, it’s all acronyms these days! Acronyms? You know…using letters, rather than full words! Like OMG and FYI and GOAT and so on! Like on LOD? Huh? Line of Duty… Oh yeah! Anyways, what’s an MMM? Oh, a marathon mobile morning! MMM! MARATHON MOBILE MORNING. I was on the phone all morning! Yeah, you said… Yeah, trying to make a booking! Any luck? Eventually! You’re excited…with so many restrictions being lifted? Of course I am! Aren’t you? (There’s a slightly awkward pause as they both privately admit to themselves that that which they have wished for – the reopening of society – may also lead to some social anxiety) Well I’m glad for you… Huh? Glad you were able to book a place, for later in the summer. I know demand is going to be crazy. It’s been a long year… Ta, my friend! After all, YOLO. Eh, sorry? You only live once! It’s an acronym!

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Oh, now YOU’RE at it! BTW… By the way? Yeah! Easy one! Hey, did I detect some reluctance on your part…regarding the lifting of so many restrictions? Well, you know…I’m a little bit nervous about the return to normal. I’m sure many of our readers are too… But we’ve been suffering, all of us…surely we all want normality to return? Surely we welcome the light at the end of the tunnel? Yeah, I know, I know...but there will be some social anxiety. I mean, we’ve been in that tunnel for over a year, are we sure the light won’t dazzle us? Profound! Thank you! Hey my friend, I know what you mean… but let’s approach this reopening steadily… let’s embrace the great things about this semblance of normality returning, while also making positive lifestyle changes based on what we’ve learnt during the pandemic.

Just thinkin’… Yeah? IMO… In my opinion? Yeah…life will be very boring if acronyms take over. They won’t! They’ve taken over LOD… Yeah, but they won’t IRL… In real life? Yeah… But they are! Nah… Not actually…eh…HANDSOME? What? What’s NAH an acronym for? Look, not everything I say is an acronym! It’s just NAH! Oh, good! Handsome! (They pause to allow a slightly embarrassing moment pass) Anyways, I got to make the booking… Oh yeah, forgot all about that! Is the whole family going? Eh…no…just me. Just you? Yeah… Oh, precious, aren’t we? Did you get a nice place? Eh…yeah…it’s a grand spot. You’ll have a bit of craic… ‘Spose… West of Ireland? Donegal? Kerry? NO! I don’t have to go THAT far! In town! REALLY? You’ve booked a staycation, a hotel break…IN TOWN? I never said anything about booking a hotel break….I was all morning trying to book an appointment in a barber shop! Oh…LOL!

The easing of a number of Covid-19 restrictions (effective from various dates in May and June) has lifted public morale significantly.

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The easing of Covid-19 restrictions which will see the phased reopening of the country gain momentum from early May onwards; Former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy voluntarily quits politics; Arlene Foster not quite so voluntarily announces she will step down as DUP Leader and First Minister in the North; Manchester United hit Roma for six in the Europa Cup; Katie Taylor wins again; Shane Lowry signs up to major sponsorship of Offaly GAA…




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Fewer than five new Covid cases in Roscommon < DAN DOONER

There were fewer than five new Covid-19 cases reported in Roscommon yesterday (Wednesday) after 16 cases were confirmed in the county on Tuesday with speculation that the spike was associated with outbreaks in a number of schools. The county’s five-day moving average has increased to seven and the incidence rate per 100,000 of the population is at 102.3. 77 new cases have been reported in the county over the past 14 days. Nationally, there were sadly seven new deaths related to the disease and 418 confirmed cases. The vaccine roll-out continues and as of Monday last (3rd), 1,174,292 people have received their first dose while 447,578 have received a second. Meanwhile, the county’s ‘walk-in’ test facility in Castlerea has been extended until next Monday (10th). The service has been in operation since Tuesday last (April 27th) and is available to those aged 16 and over, who do not have Covid-19 symptoms and who haven’t been tested for Covid in the last six months. It will remain open each day from 10 am to 5.30 pm. The service operates alongside the testing centre for those who are symptomatic or close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case and who have been referred by their GP.

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Businesses and services in County Roscommon are preparing to reopen ahead of next Monday’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Inter-county travel will resume while outdoor retail and ‘click and collect’ will be permitted along with personal services such as hairdressing and barbers, and attractions like galleries, museums, and libraries will also reopen. In-person religious services will also return and outdoor sports training for adults can take place in pods of no more than 15 people. Roscommon Parish Priest, Fr. Kevin Fallon, said he was glad to be welcoming parishioners back from next Monday. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’d like to say a huge thank you to people for their support and patience in recent months. It has been a very difficult period for people who have had funerals as well as month’s mind and anniversary masses. “We’ve all experienced loss at one point or another but it has been much harder on those who have had to go through the experience during this pandemic. Parishioners have also been very patient when it comes to baptisms and weddings and other traditionally big

events so a huge thank you to everyone,” he said. Fr. Kevin was also grateful for the continued encouragement and financial support afforded the Sacred Heart Church by local parishioners, and said the absence of in-person services in recent times would perhaps make a return to church even more meaningful. “I suppose one good thing to come out of the closure of churches is that it’s now a conscious decision to return to mass and people are more mindful of services taking place,” he said. The reopening of churches ahead of Christmas 2020 was widely welcomed across the county and led to the establishment of a ticketing service for services. Fr. Kevin said numbers will also need to be restricted this time around. “Because we are such a large parish here in Roscommon we will unfortunately still have to restrict numbers at the weekends, but we are grateful for what we have. “Hopefully, with the continued roll-out of vaccines we will have full churches again before too long,” he said.

Local barber, Martin Egan of Roadside Barbers in Roscommon town, hopes it’s the start of a wider reopening. “We’re delighted to be able to reopen our doors again. It has been a long year and hopefully this means that over the next few weeks everyone else’s doors will be back open too,” he said. Martin assured customers that his business would continue to adhere to strict Covid-19 measures similar to when it was last open in December of last year. “We will be working on an appointment basis and customers can book in by calling 086-4479359 or by using the booking system on the Roadside Barbers Facebook page. It’ll be great to be back and to see everyone again,” he said. The county’s libraries will also resume lending from next Tuesday (11th) and Roscommon County Librarian, Sandra Turner, detailed some of the services that will be on offer. “Roscommon, Boyle and Castlerea Libraries will reopen on Tuesday next to allow people to browse the collection, borrow items and to return any items they have on loan.

Fr. Kevin Fallon is looking forward to welcoming parishioners back to the Sacred Heart Church. Pic: Mick McCormack

Martin Egan, proprietor of Roadside Barbers in Roscommon town, is preparing his business for next Monday’s reopening. Pic: Mick McCormack

“The library service will also continue to offer a full range of online resources and online events will continue including the new Sense-Ability Webinar Series which starts at 7.30 pm on Tuesday and runs for six weeks,” she said. The reservation system, where users can request items from any library in the country, will resume from Monday, May 17th. For now, study spaces, computers, and printers will not be available to users and social distancing measures remain in place. “People are asked to wear a face covering, use hand sanitiser, practice social distancing and to follow staff advice,” Sandra said. “They are also asked not to attend the library if they or anyone is their household has symptoms of Covid-19. “The library service will continue its Age Friendly Digital Ambassador training, where library staff act

as online tutors for people who need help in accessing online library services”. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Roscommon branch of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, Larry Brennan, has said he hopes to see pubs and indoor dining return by late July. “There is still no word yet (on a possible reopening date) but we would hope to be able to return by the end of July. It will probably be dependent on the hospital figures and particularly the number of patients in ICU,” he said. Mr. Brennan, who runs Down The Hatch in Roscommon town, said he welcomed the planned reopening of outdoor dining facilities on June 7th. “It’ll certainly be a big help to those venues who have outdoor facilities and we see it as the start of a wider reopening. The rest of us are happy to wait just as long as we are not left in the lurch,” he said.

Reopening from next Monday (10th)… Travel: Inter-county travel will resume. Gatherings: Three households or six people will be able to meet outdoors, including in private gardens. This limit of six does not include children aged 12 or younger. Organised gatherings: Outdoor gatherings can take place with a maximum of 15 people. Sports: Outdoor training for adults can take place in pods of no more than 15 people. Personal services: Personal services such as hairdressers can reopen by appointment.

Retail: Non-essential retail clickand-collect services can resume, along with outdoor retail. In store retail by appointment only. Attractions: Galleries, museums, other cultural attractions, and libraries (lending services only, with no access to reader spaces or computers) can reopen. Religious services: In-person religious services can resume, although no communions or confirmations should take place. Weddings: 50 guests can attend a civil or religious service, while six guests can attend an indoor reception

and 15 can attend an outdoor reception. Funerals: 50 mourners can attend a funeral service, with no related events taking place before or after. Public transport: Capacity will increase to 50 percent of normal. Vaccine bonus: Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors without masks or social distancing with up to three other fully vaccinated households, or with unvaccinated people from a single household who are not at risk of severe illness. From May 17th: All remaining retail can reopen.


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Molloys Pharmacy and Health Store delivers an exceptional level of customer service in their dispensary and front of shop and Health store at the Harrison Centre in Roscommon town. May is Asthma awareness month and to support their asthma customers, Molloys are offering each customer an Asthma Bundle Pack. This Asthma Bundle Pack contains information on Asthma and your Child, Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis and an Asthma Plan along with a Vitamin D supplement. Drop in and the Pharmacist can also offer advice on your asthma inhaler technique. So bring your inhalers with you! Molloys are specialists in fertility prescription, women’s health, post-surgery recovery and sports health. To find out more about these services, call in and their staff can offer you a one-to-one consultation. Molloys have also partnered with another Irish company ‘LetsGetChecked’ to offer health screening services including fertility testing, sexual health tests and thyroid checks. Call in to discuss

these tests further. Molloys is conveniently located beside Tesco and Bank of Ireland, with plenty of parking spaces within walking distance of the store. Hours of opening are Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. The staff at Molloys place great emphasis on reduced prescription waiting times. When you drop in or order your prescription, Molloys endeavour to dispense it immediately so you don’t have to wait. You can also ask your GP surgery to email your prescription to Molloys and their dispensary teams will have it ready for you when you call to pick it up. Molloys also offer a free prescription delivery service to Roscommon and the surrounding areas. If you are thinking of transferring your prescription to Molloys in order to experience their great customer service, just call 090-6637602 or email roscodisp@molloyspharmacy.com and leave the rest to them! The Molloys Pharmacy team, including local pharmacists Lorraine Ward and Catherine Hanly, together

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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

paul@roscommonpeople.ie Businesses have been destroyed. Carnage. I’m certain that the small business community will suffer permanent damage. Some companies will roar back and prosper. Many more will fold. Some will hang on, their long-term future uncertain. I compare Covid to a tsunami or earthquake; there is immediate devastation...but when it’s over, and we get to survey the wreckage, that too will be devastating. Then, and only then, will the full extent of the rebuilding challenge be evident. It won’t be a pretty sight.

Every day Definitely not the best of times, probably not the worst of times, almost certainly the strangest of times…. There’s still a journey to travel, but this past week has arguably been the most positive in this 14-month Covid-19 mystery tour. This week, I thought I’d reflect on those fourteen months, during which time our lives have been turned upside down. Life now is completely unrecognisable from how it was before the pandemic. It’s not widely known, but just prior to the pandemic kicking off, George Lee was doing a few nixers most weekends…as an eversmiling clown at kids’ parties. Meantime, a group of egotistical scientists – frustrated because nobody ever seemed to recognise them in the street – had set up a WhatsApp group so they could discuss marketing ideas and share the contact details of showbiz agents. Shares in Zoom and sales in bananas were both plummeting. Set designers and researchers on the Claire Byrne Live Show were under threat of being laid off. Okay, none of the above is true…well, the bit about George Lee definitely isn’t. You will forgive (maybe even appreciate) my humourous approach.

Unprecedented change I have so many newspapers at home, I occasionally come across one from before February 2020. It’s weird to read headlines predating Covid-19. When the pandemic gripped the country, and that proper first lockdown – the ‘Mother of all Lockdowns’ – kicked in, Ireland experienced unprecedented change. That first lockdown was a huge shock to our psyche, although it also had its beautiful moments. The second lockdown wasn’t nearly as memorable. By then, we were already becoming fatigued, feeling cheated by the refusal of Covid-19 to get over itself quickly. By Lockdown 2, reality was hitting home. By then, this was a nation worn down by death, illness, stress, loneliness, fear too. The entire world was traumatised. Then, before Christmas, we thought we could see light. Suddenly, there was hope, the prospect of a pathway back to the recent past. So it seemed. Instead, a new wave of the virus struck, and vaccine roll-out began in a stumbling, erratic manner. Demoralised by an unexpected crushing of optimism, a vulnerable public struggled, punch-drunk by this flurry of new setbacks. Dancing again to Covid’s morbid tune.

Learning lessons

Shona and Anthony Murphy, Kingsland, Boyle, pictured at Lough Key Forest Park recently. Pic: Mick McCormack

January was torture, long drawn out, as grim as grim can be. The months since have been better, but not much. Until now. What a journey it’s been.

Emotional journey First and foremostly, our thoughts remain with those who have died, with their loved ones who mourn them. I think a huge part of this deeply emotional journey is the ‘delayed grief’. It is always sad when people die. It is sad for those who are bereaved. But death during Covid-19 has been particularly harrowing, with families unable to say goodbye in the traditional way. This is a tragedy all of itself. For some, the grieving is still to come. It is really important that we continue to acknowledge frontline workers. Of course this begins with health workers. Not only have they put themselves at risk, they have done so while saving lives. They’ve been heroic. But it’s important too that we hail other frontline workers…(like Gardaí, carers, etc.). Think too of the people who work in our supermarkets and in other essential services. These people have been dealing with the public for those fourteen months, often with little thanks, very occasionally with some abuse thrown in, always with an element of risk to their own health. They too have been heroic. I can’t speak (yet) for the elderly generation, but my heart has gone out to them. Obviously the Covid experience has been different for different people, but suffice to say it’s been an awful journey for many older citizens. I feel sorry for elderly people who were cocooned…denied access to family…robbed of the simple pleasure of a visit

to cafes, hotels, bars, bingo, sport. I feel sorry for elderly men and women who used to play golf before it too fell victim to the new normal. It’s back now, but should never have been banned. I don’t know how great the absence of Mass in its traditional form has been for many of these people, but I fear it has been seismic. As the months passed, my sympathy for young people grew. I’m more empathetic now. It’s obvious, as this merciless saga drags on, that it has been extremely difficult for younger people (and probably for all age groups). From small children who’ve had key parts of their formative years upset, to College students losing out on structured learning and necessary social interaction, this has been a disaster. Perhaps the abiding image of Covid has been the anguish inflicted on nursing home patients and on elderly people in their own homes. A ‘Connecting though windows’ philosophy prevailed…the gloomy tagline of an historic pandemic. The impact on sport added to the gloom. We might give out about some pampered millionaires in the world of sport, but we love the entertainment and drama they provide. Much of this sport was disrupted by Covid. The GAA, which is great sport without the millionaires, was paused, then modified. We’re grateful there was some GAA, but we’ve missed the noise that was the backdrop to the games and occasions we are used to enjoying each year. Many people lost their jobs or were put on reduced hours. There will be a mental health fall-out from this and other impacts of the pandemic.

It’s been a time for reflection too, for gaining a very sobering and welcome appreciation of what matters. Truth is, we’ve learnt a lot during the Covid era. Appreciate nature. Slow down. Get the work-life balance right. Appreciate family more. Enjoy – and appreciate – life. We’ve been in a jungle. We sense that there’s a clearing ahead. Somewhere beyond that, open ground and the familiar terrain of the past we knew. When we find it, let’s be humble, grateful, appreciative. Let’s cherish rediscovering what we once took for granted. Covid’s been tough, still is. Let’s learn by studying its imprint. There will be an opportunity now to slow down, to savour life, to appreciate what’s important.

Seeing the light? On Friday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced details of the relaxing of restrictions. The sense is that May and June – starting next week – will bring release, joy, hope. We are seeing the light. The last fourteen months have been horrendous. This has been very stressful for many people, for families. But with the vaccine rollout progressing, and restrictions being eased, it feels like life is getting better. On Saturday, driving our son to GAA training – such a welcome return – I heard that show which features some of the week’s radio highlights. A clinical pyschologist (chatting to Brendan O’Connor) spoke of the social anxiety many will feel as the country reopens. He advised people to be empathetic and kind – to others, and to ourselves. We need to take things slowly, to spot warning signs, to take a deep breath. There are three words we should go by, he said: “Recognise, release, reengage”. With those wise words in my ears, I dropped our son off and watched him join his friends in football practice on lush grass on a bright and hopeful first morning of May.


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NewsPeople Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Paul Healy’s take on top tweets! Piers Morgan @piersmorgan Shall I dust down my tie collection @Channel4News -Piers makes a pitch for Jon Snow’s job after the Channel

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Don’t ring us, we’ll ring you -But the Editor of Channel 4 News wins the brief exchange hands-down

-Eh, Nphet and the Government, it’s been in the public domain for ages! Des Cahill @sportsdes OMG! When the #Taoiseach left the @ morningirelandstudio, I went in to do the sports - & there on the floor was his phone! I sent a couple of cheeky texts to Boris in London & Ursula in Brussels, complete with emoji & then, the MOST UNLIKELY PERSON IN THE WORLD rang! Guess who? -RTE sports’ man officially has too much time on his hands Flor Mac Carthy @florNEWS Des Cahill

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apologising to a machine? I just unplugged the printer without turning it off first, and I know it doesn’t like that -And we don’t like it when the printer runs out of paper, which is why we’re launching a Keep the printer fed (and plugged in) campaign… Dawn McGoldrick @Dawn_ACT I’m nervous as hell of #reopening. Not because of covid, but I’ve been living in a weirdly happy little bubble for 13 mths & I really dont want my crazy, nonstop pre-covid lifestyle back! I’m afraid of falling straight back into those habits. Anyone else feeling like this? -Eh…yeah…kind of Muireann @BellXHun OK please tell me other people with big families used to sit in the boot of the car? I mentioned this at work yesterday and everyone was shocked??? -Isn’t this usually called kidnapping?

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destroying all his anecdotes #latelate #latelateshow #rte

Noel Gallagher is clearly in the mood for an epic interview but unfortunately Turbidy 450k per annum is

-There are no ‘Turbidys’ out there, just as there can’t possibly be any Von Tarts…

100mm x 2 cols = €100 + vat Job Code: B1101124 Recoup A/C 08Road Closures Roscommon Town Public Realm Enhancement 2021

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TEMPORARY CLOSING OF ROADS ROADS ACT 1993, SECTION 75 ROADS REGULATIONS 1994, ARTICLE 12 Roscommon County Council has decided to close the road set out in the schedule hereunder for the periods and the reason specified. Road to be closed: R366 at The Square, Roscommon Period of Closure: Monday 17th May until Friday 9th July 2021 inclusive. Alternative Routes: N61, N63, L7035/L7040/ L7041/L7043/L7045/L7046

Action needed on ‘out-ofcontrol’ Roscommon rents Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has said that a Sinn Féin private members’ motion would end the crisis in the private rental sector. Rents in County Roscommon have increased by 2.4% in the last quarter of 2020 alone, with average rents now €745 and some renters in areas like Roscommon Town seeing rises of two and three

hundred euro in one rent increase. Deputy Kerrane said: “The rental sector is still in crisis. This Government is picking up where the last one left off. They have failed to properly regulate against unsustainable rent hikes, while failing to deliver affordable rental homes at the scale required. The average rent

across the state is now €1,256 per month, with rents rising rapidly in areas outside Dublin and the commuter belt”. The Roscommon TD claimed that Sinn Féin would implement an emergency ban on rent increases once in power. “The Government has no plan for the rental sector. Sinn Féin do. In Govern-

210mm x 2 cols = €210 + vat Shane Tiernan Director of Services

TEMPORARY CLOSING OF ROADS ROADS ACT 1993, SECTION 75 ROADS REGULATIONS 1994, ARTICLE 12 Roscommon County Council hereby gives notice of its decision to close the road referred to hereunder for the period and the reason specified.

The L-5697-16 at Carrowbehy will be closed for 1000 metres between its junction with the L-1237-22 and the L-56976-0 at Drummad. Alternative Routes: Traffic will be diverted via R-293-203 at Gortaganny and left onto the L-1237-22 or left on to the L-56976-0 and vice versa. Period of Closure: The 17th of May 2021 until the 9th of July 2021. Reason for Road Closure: Laying of water mains along the public road in the Townland of Gortaganny & Carrowbehy as part of the Gortaganny GWS pipe laying Contract. All necessary approach signage and diversion signage will be used at the required locations as per Traffic Management Plan. Residents will be contacted and notified directly by the Contractor in advance of the closure. Closures will be phased to ensure minimum disruption to locals. Maps showing proposed closure/diversions are available on www.roscommoncoco.ie Water Services Section Roscommon County Council Aras an Chontae Roscommon F42 VR98

with minimum standards by introducing an NCT style certification system. “There is action that can be taken to address the rental crisis. It just requires political will. This Government has no plan to reduce rents, protect renters from further rent hikes or prioritise affordable rental supply,” Deputy Kerrane concluded.

Calls for five-year waiver of outdoor dining licence

Reason for Closures: Roscommon Town Centre

& Public 3411 Realm Enhancement Project Job Code:

Road to be closed: The L-5600-0 at Gortaganny will be closed for 900 metres between its junction with the R293 and the L-1237-22 Carrowbehy.

ment, Sinn Féin would implement an emergency, three-year ban on rent increases and legislate for tenancies of indefinite duration. We would also introduce a refundable tax credit for tenants in the private rented sector to put a month’s rent back in every renter’s pocket. We would also ensure that all rental properties are compliant

Away with the birds! Our photographer, Mick McCormack, spotted this cock and hen pheasant near Boyle earlier this week.

Independent TD Denis Naughten has called for a fiveyear waiver of the outdoor dining licence fee, in order to support restaurants and cafés badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The proposal to extend the period for which the fee will be waived, from the six months introduced by Minister Darragh O’Brien, was supported in the Dáil on Thursday last by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Deputy Naughten said: “On average we have 225 days of rain per year in this country. If there is to be a shift of the mindset in Ireland to outdoor dining, it will require a significant outlay by businesses which have been the worst hit by the pandemic to date. “This does not just relate to furniture, but also to heating and insurance. Those businesses will need to make a serious financial commitment and we need to support them by waiving that fee, not just for a number of months but for five years for anyone who establishes such services this year”. Tanáiste Leo Varadkar said Deputy Naughten’s proposal was a good one and that it’s something the Government should support.

newsbriefs Government Notice The Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform has launched a public consultation on the mid-term review of the National Peatlands Strategy. The purpose of the mid-term review is to provide a broad assessment of where the Strategy currently is, what it can achieve over the next five years, and, where necessary, to propose changes to the actions set out in the Strategy to refocus it in line with its overall goals and the current context. The mid-term review document for public consultation is available on https://www.npws.ie/peatlands-and-turf-cutting/peatlands-council/ national-peatlands-strategy. Hard copies of the document are available on request by emailing NPSreview@housing.gov.ie or by writing to National Peatlands Strategy Mid-Term Review, Peatland Issues and Land Designation Section, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 90 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7 D07 N7 CV. The document is available in both the Irish and English languages. Submissions on the mid-term review of the National Peatlands Strategy will be accepted via email or standard post only to the following addresses: Email: NPSreview@housing.gov.ie Post: National Peatlands Strategy Mid-Term Review, Peatland Issues and Land Designation Section, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 90 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7 D07 N7 CV. Closing date for receipt of submissions is 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 June 2021. All submissions received will be published online, subject to Freedom of Information, Access to Information on the Environment, and data protection legislation.

Connolly welcomes wastewater plant decision Local Fianna Fáil Cllr. Michael Connolly has welcomed the decision by Irish Water and Galway City Council to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant in Ballygar, as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme. Cllr. Connolly said: “The local community in Ballygar have trying to get this decision from Irish Water for some time. “This will give Ballygar the opportunity to develop and grow with other towns and villages in country. “Ballygar is on the border of Galway and Roscommon and this new wastewater treatment plant will give the town the prospect to develop and grow into the future”.

PAT cert another blow for businesses Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has this week raised concerns regarding the financial strain being put on businesses following renewed pressure from regulators and insurers to have all portable appliances in the workplace tested and certified. Deputy Fitzmaurice said he had been contacted by a number of businesses who have been asked by some companies who carry our Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) certifications for call out fees ranging from €120 to €350. The Independent TD said he was provided with a copy of an email from an insurance broker which highlighted Portable Appliance Testing is a legal requirement since 2007. “Essentially, if a business has not done what is required of them by this legislation, their insurance could be nullified in the event of a workplace accident or fire,” Deputy Fitzmaurice claimed. “I don’t know what’s worse – the fact this legislation exists, the fact it’s been around for 14 years, or that only now many small businesses are being made aware of their obligations by insurers and standards authorities such as HIQA,” he added.


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COVID-19: Resilience and Recovery

The Path Ahead We are now in the early stages of recovery from the pandemic. Restrictions will be eased carefully with a focus on finding the right balance between what is safe, what has the greatest social impact and what supports our economic recovery. The National Vaccination Programme is well advanced and is already having an impact. While we enjoy new activities, sticking with safe behaviours at an individual level is more important than ever.

Plan Your Outdoor Summer May Continue to work from home


From 4th May only: Full reopening of construction From 10th May: Phased re-opening of retail (Outdoor retail, Click and Collect/In Store by Appointment only from 10th, full re-opening from 17th

Continue to work from home

Outdoor gatherings of up to 15

Recommencement of religious services

No restrictions on domestic travel

Outdoor training for adults, in pods of up to 15

Funeral services—50 mourners permitted

Public transport capacity increased to 50%

Reopening of personal services

Wedding services (religious & civil)—50 guests permitted

You can meet outdoors incl. private gardens with either:

Reopening of galleries, museums, libraries and other cultural attractions

Wedding celebrations/ receptions —6 indoor/ 15 outdoor

From 2nd June only: Hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, self-catering accommodation and hostels can reopen. Indoor dining and bar services for residents only

The following will be considered for June, subject to maintaining progress on the virus:

A group of 3 households A group of 6 people from any number of households

Outdoor dining— groups of up to 6 people

From 7th June: Outdoor matches (no spectators) Gyms, Swimming Pools, Leisure Centres for individual training only

Wedding celebrations/ receptions—up to 25 Indoor visits in private homes from one other household

Following public health guidance and sticking to all of the safe behaviours — inside or outside — is now more important than ever. If we all stick to the guidance it will help us progress through our recovery plan and control the spread of the virus.

Vaccination Bonus

From May 10th, fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than three households present.

Provided they are not at risk of severe illness, unvaccinated people from one household can meet with vaccinated people from one or two other households.

National Vaccination Programme — Key Milestones




Over 70s

High Risk


Over 60s

50—59 year olds

vaccina ons well advanced

& Very high Risk

First dose vaccina ons well advanced

Business Supports

first dose vaccina ons well advanced. — First dose vaccina ons underway for — First dose vaccina ons underway for

35—49 year olds

No cliff edge in financial supports for business

For full details, please go to gov.ie/covid19

year olds first dose vaccina ons underway

Economic recovery measures to help businesses and get people back to work

All 38 Vaccination Centres are open in May, June & July

Businesses availing of CRSS who can now reopen will be able to avail of a double restart payment for two weeks up to a maximum of €5,000 per week.


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Great response to Young Visitor Project! The Creative Roscommon Young Visitor Project has enjoyed great success since its launch by Roscommon County Council last week, with County Roscommon families and children exploring a series of outdoor heritage sites in the county through a collection of fun and creative resources. The project, which continues this week, is aimed at primary school children throughout the county, and has been developed by Roscommon County Council through the Creative Ireland Creative Communities Jobs Stimulus Measure 2020. Through collaboration with art-

ist Catherine Fanning and writer Maura Gilligan, the Young Visitor Project features a number of resources, including drawings, stories and information, available as printable downloads on visitroscommon.ie. The project features ‘Rossie the Heritage Duck’ as the main character, and encourages children to visit, colour and read about a number of key heritage sites in County Roscommon, namely Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Abbey, Lough Key, Boyle Abbey, Elphin Windmill and Tulsk Abbey. The printable resources include interesting facts

and stories about each heritage site, colouring pages featuring images of the tourist site and a map of County Roscommon detailing the key locations of heritage sites in the county. The project is being spearheaded by the Arts, Tourism and Heritage Officers on the Culture Team at Roscommon County Council. Tourism Officer with Roscommon County Council, Eiméar Dowd, said that many families and children enjoyed the May Bank Holiday weekend by exploring heritage sites throughout the county. “There has been a great response

to the Creative Young Visitor Project, with many families and children getting out and about over the Bank Holiday weekend by exploring some of our key heritage sites in the county. The resources, which includes colouring sheets, stories and information on various heritage sites, will be available on visitroscommon. ie for the coming weeks, and I would encourage as many people as possible to visit, colour and read about the fantastic heritage sites in County Roscommon, all with the help of Rossie the Heritage Duck,” Eiméar said.

Ballymoe singer promotes Suck Valley Way

Athlone Castle to reopen next Thursday (13th)

One of the main heritage attractions in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will reopen its doors on Thursday, May 13th. The castle will return with a numbre of safe onsite and virtual activities this summer including an expanded programme of events for Heritage Week. Activities will include weapons demonstrations, bow making, online lec-

tures and podcasts and a sneak peek inside the castle’s museum collections. Younger audiences can get involved in Athlone Castle’s annual Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations including a recently announced Creative Writing competition, writing workshops and storytelling events. For more information, check out www.athlonecastle.ie.

Ballymoe native and resident singer and harpist at Ashford Castle, Annette Griffin recently released her latest single ‘Auld Ballymoe’, which is already proving to be a big hit on radio. The song and video were produced by Annette’s partner, John Staunton, and help to promote The Suck Valley Way, which takes in the villages of Ballygar, Creggs, Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballintubber, Castlecoote, Athleague, Mount Talbot, and Castlerea.

Ballymoe native and resident singer and harpist at Ashford Castle, Annette Griffin recently released her latest single ‘Auld Ballymoe’.

‘Ballet of light’ in the skies of Roscommon this June < DAN DOONER

A ‘ballet of light’ will be visible in the skies of Roscommon and across the Hidden Heartlands this June as an artistic installation goes on its maiden voyage of the River Shannon. ‘Light Ballet’ is presented as part of Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences by the Arts Council next month. Organisers say the installation

“will transform the skies and surrounding landscape of eight counties” including County Roscommon, from June 13th to June 20th, and will be visible from up to seven kilometres away. Light Ballet will be accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt and audiences will be able to access this through the Culture Works and Brightening Air websites. Produced by Culture Works, the

installation will light up the skies of Roscommon, Longford, Galway, Leitrim, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary and Clare. The organisers are also inviting schools to engage in the creative process through a bespoke education pack. Two primary schools each of the eight counties will receive the pack, which includes instructions on how to create light movements. The creators of Light Ballet, artist Mick Murray and lighting designer Matthew

Cregan, will incorporate these into the final design and as the installation passes through each of the locations, the children’s lighting design will appear as part of the overall light installation. For more information on the full programme for Brightening Air/ Coiscéim Coiligh, visit www. brighteningair.com. For more on the Light Ballet installation, visit www.cultureworks.ie, or check out Culture Works and Light Ballet on social media.

Good doggo! A big thank you to Teresa Cunningham, who sent us this picture of her dog Riley taking a well-earned rest during a walk in the Bluebell Forest in Boyle on Friday last.

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Katie Taylor showcases all that’s good about sport Our man Frank on another big win for world champion Katie Taylor, inter-county heroes, the passing of renowned actor Tom Hickey, and the return of live country music… Sport, by its very nature, is a hugely divisive subject. For those who are into it, it can give hour upon hour of exhilaration, enjoyment, and excitement – along with equal measures of despair, disillusionment, and disappointment. Meanwhile, those who

are not into it can’t understand the fuss and often think that the ‘into it’ crowd need their heads examined! Remarkably, even for those of us who love our sport, there are lots of divisions, with supporters of different counties and clubs even holding a certain level of disdain for each other. Additionally, some of the most popular sports worldwide do nothing for me at all. Basketball, cricket and hockey all command huge audiences in different parts of the world, but if everything else ceased to exist, you wouldn’t find me looking at any of those three sports; I would probably become a DIY expert - or even a reasonably committed gardener!

That brings me to boxing, a sport that I have never been fully sure of! On the one hand, I have always been an admirer of great boxers and world champions like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler, and closer to home, wee Barry McGuigan and Steve Collins. On the other hand, we’ve all been made aware of certain allegations that have always tended to taint the world of boxing. Back in the great days of the sixties, when heavyweight boxing was at its best and the likes of Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, and Sonny Liston were all serious world title contenders, the mafia’s finger-

prints were all over the sport. There were widespread allegations of match fixing, cheating, and corruption, and I have to say it often left me wondering whether there was anything to those crooked rumours. That is why the emergence of Katie Taylor on the world stage has been such a huge boost, because no matter how murky the waters of professional boxing, there is no doubt that in Katie we have found a true warrior, who endorses everything that is good about sport. Her will to win, her refusal to give in even when things seem to be going against her, and her total commitment to boxing are an example to everyone.

Her fight with Natasha Jonas on Saturday night last was an epic battle, and one that will live long in the memory of all who were lucky enough to see it. Here we had two wonderful exponents of the game, each of whom gave absolutely everything to their cause, and yet again, Katie had to dig deep and earn herself a deserved, but hard-fought victory. Anyone who ever harboured misgivings about the place of women’s boxing in the sport were left in no doubt – as I write this on Sunday evening, I am still buzzing with the excitement of it all. Well done Katie, once again you did us all proud. What a debt we as a country owe you!

Maurice and Niall are real life heroes! Heroes come in many shapes and forms. Those of us who follow our inter-county teams tend to look up to the players and make the assumption that since they’re well-known inter-county stars, everything in their lives is good, and they’re immune from the pressures of everyday life. That may not always be the case. This week, I have found two new heroes - both well-known county players - but neither has become a hero of mine for their sporting ability. The first is former Waterford All Star hurler Maurice Shanahan, who has become an ambassador for Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light campaign ahead of their ‘One Sunrise Together’ event on May 8th. Maurice is very open about his struggle with depression, and how he attempted to take his own life in 2014. His message is that if someone is finding the going tough, don’t bottle it all up – seek help from a family member, a friend, or anyone you can turn to. Obviously Pieta House is now one of the best-known places in Ireland for this kind of service, and they provide a free therapeutic approach to anyone who has suicidal thoughts. Maurice says he still has the

occasional bad day but overall, his life is good. The birth of his daughter Rosie six weeks ago has been great for both him and his wife Katie, and at just 31 years of age, he hopes to force his way back into the Waterford hurling panel. My second hero is Offaly footballer Niall McNamee. This week, he has been talking about his battle with gambling and the dangers for people who are unable to control the addiction. He has given his support to Extern Problem Gambling, a service that helps those who have a gambling problem. Niall gambled until he was 26-years-old, and it has taken him nine years to clear off all his gambling debts. Nowadays he is a counsellor, and tries to help others kick the habit. He doesn’t try to hide any of the downsides of his gambling life – the loneliness, the guilt, and the constant juggling of his emotions – and has left others in no doubt that addiction literally takes over your life. I’d never have thought I’d regard a Waterford hurler and an Offaly footballer as my heroes, but as I write this on Sunday evening, I can only admire the two of them, and wish both of them well in continuing to deal with their problems.

And finally…

Tom Hickey, R.I.P.

Thanks for the memories Tom For all of us who were around at the start of television in Ireland, three rural dramas, all intertwined with each other, dominated almost forty years of RTÉ, and made household names of several of the main characters. The Riordans, Bracken, and Glenroe were all spin-offs from each other, and they had the entire country totally fixated with the comings and goings of the many characters. Nearly sixty years after the very first episode of The Riordans, it’s safe to say that three main characters are still remembered by those of us lucky enough to have been there to see them all. Miley and Biddy, played respectively by the late Mick Lally and Mary McEvoy were, and still are, revered for their roles in Glenroe. Before them however, was Benjy, played by Tom Hickey, and he was the first big heartthrob of Irish television. The Riordans’ story revolved around two

middle-aged parents, Tom and Mary Riordan, and their slightly radical son Benjy. For 14 years, we as a nation were completely enthralled with the storyline, and when the show was finally axed in May 1979, there was widespread disbelief and shock. The public, media, and politicians all criticised the sudden decision, but it was to no avail. The show was finished. Then, last weekend, it all came back to me when Tom Hickey, or Benjy as he was always known, passed away, bringing down the curtain on a long and successful acting career, during which he starred on stage and screen for more than six decades. However, as Tom goes off to meet up with Mick Lally and all the other stars that gave us almost forty years of unforgettable rural dramas, to most of us he will always be ‘Benjy’. All I can say is thanks for the memories and may he rest in peace.

A real sign that things may be going back to normal is the fact that Cliona Hagan, Robert Mizzell, Johnny Brady, Patrick Feeney, and others are headlining the Kilbeggan Country Music Drive-In Festival on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The event will be an open-air concert for 2,000 fans in 500 cars. I know it’s still not the same, but at least it’s a start. Besides, after more than a year of having no gigs, it must be pretty amazing for all these artists to have something like this to look forward to. I also see ads for a big weekend of entertainment with Red Hurley, Linda Martin, Paddy Cole and a host of other slightly younger artists like Keith and Lorraine in The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney in October, so maybe the end is in sight and I can finally start to polish up my dancing shoes. I don’t know why because I can’t dance…but at least I will look nice!

‘Till next week, bye for now


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Views sought on youth facilities for Roscommon town Do you know someone 9-24 years old?

God is love, and He revealed that love in sending His only Son to be a sacrificial offering for our sins. In these words from today’s Epistle, we should hear an echo of the story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac Roscommon Town Team is enat the dawn of salvation history. Because Abraham gaging with Foróige Roscommon obeyed God’s command and did not withhold his to carry out a consultation with only beloved son, God promised that Abraham’s deyoung people and their parents in scendants, the children of Israel, would be the source order to ascertain their interest in of blessing for all nations (see Genesis 22:16–18). bringing community-based activiWe see that promise coming to fulfilment in today’s ties and facilities to the county First Reading. God pours out His Spirit upon the town and its environs. Gentiles, the non-Israelites, as they listen to the word The Town Team is calling on of Peter’s preaching. Notice they receive the same those aged between 9 and 24 to gifts received by the devout Jews who heard Peter’s share their views via an online preaching at Pentecost - the Spirit comes to rest upon survey which will run until May them and they speak in tongues, glorifying God (see 21st. Acts 2:5–11). Roscommon Town Team In His love today, God reveals that His salvation emCustomer Name: Chairperson, Larry Brennan, is braces the house of Israel and peoples of all nations. encouraging local young people Not by circumcision or blood relation to Abraham but and their parents to take part. DOYLE & SONS by faith in the S Word of Christ, sealed in the Sacra“We at Roscommon Town Team ment of Baptism, people are to be made children of have our own views on what faAbraham, heirs to God’s covenants of promise (see cilities people might like to see in Galatians 3:7–9; Ephesians 2:12). Roscommon town but we would This is the wondrous work of God that we sing of in Customer No: really like to get the opinions of today’s Psalm. It is the work of the Church, the good the people who will be using the fruit that Jesus chooses and appoints His Apostles for facilities,” Mr. Brennan told the 2060848 in today’s Gospel. Roscommon People this week. As Peter raises up Cornelius today, the Church con“We would like to engage with tinues to lift all eyes to Christ, the only one in whose young people aged from 9 to 24 name they can find salvation. In the Church, each and their parents to find out what of us has been begotten the love of13/04/2021 God. But the StartbyDate: they want or would appreciate”. Scriptures today reveal that this divine gift brings with A youth facilities survey has it a command and a duty.Date: We are to love one another End 27/04/2021 been set up and can be completed as we have been loved. We are to lay down our lives by those in the 9-24 age bracket. in giving ourselves to others - that they too might find Parents are asked to assist those ofnewInserts: 3 friendship with No. Christ and life through Him.

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aged 13 and under in completing the five-minute survey. “We feel that the mainstream sports, such as GAA, soccer and rugby, are well catered for in Roscommon town so we are looking at developing other facilities to cater for those not involved in team sports,” Mr. Brennan said. “The aim is to provide facilities that young people feel they need and would be used. Once we have gathered the information from the survey we will then Rep Contact Order No.: 836743 engage with RoscommonDetails: County Council to bring the project to fruition using the relevant fundAlan beirne Copyline: business ing streams. “The survey could act as a guide Date: 30/11/2020 | M 0906627377 for the Town Team and other local groups for the next five to ten alan.beirne@roscommonherald.com years in terms of what is required in Roscommon town,” Mr. BrenDo you know someone 9-24 years old? Roscommon Town Team & Foróige want to hear the nan concluded. voice of young people in our community! Those interested in taking part in Please ask 9-24 years old to: • Complete the survey themselves. the survey can access it through • Share the link with friends and tell them to do it. • Help a younger brother or sister to complete the survey. the Roscommon Town Team Scan the QR code using a smartphone to access the survey or find the survey link on or The Quad Youth Centre’s Facebook (Search for: Roscommon Town Team or The QUAD Youth Centre) Facebook pages, or email gary. nugent@foroige.ie for a link to the survey. Submissions must be made by Friday, May 21st.

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Roscommon Herald Calls for more public toilets across the county Isabelle Flanagan, a member of the Social Democrats Party from Castlerea, has called on Roscommon County Council to install public toilets across the county ahead of a summer of ‘staycations’. Ms. Flanagan said: “In the past, Roscommon County Council has relied on private businesses to provide toilets, but under current Covid-19 restrictions, that isn’t feasible. We need to support local businesses in their outdoor dining effort by providing public toilets. “Public toilets are essential for people menstruating, pregnant people, families, and also those being assisted by carers. This is not just a slight inconvenience for people – it is a health, well-being, gender and accessibility issue that must be addressed. If public toilets are installed, they must be permanent and not just for the holiday season”. Ms. Flanagan urged the local authority to open public buildings such as community centres with toilet facilities, investigate the purchase or rental of temporary facilities, and in the long-term, install permanent public toilet facilities throughout the county.

A healthier, greener you with RWN! Roscommon Women’s Network (RWN) presents ‘Healthy, Greener You’, a free online six-week course incorporating self-care, shopping tips, and waste reduction tips aimed at protecting the community and the planet. Participants can learn how and why small changes in our everyday lives can help both ourselves and our communities to be healthier and happier. This course will take place online via Zoom every Thursday morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm from Thursday, May 20th and run for six weeks. This free course is funding by the Galway Roscommon Enterprise and Training Board (GRETB) and is open to all. To book your place, please contact Laura at Roscommon Women’s Network on 094-9621690 or text 086-8099154, email info@rwn.ie or contact the RWN Facebook page. For full programme details, visit www.rwn.ie.

Emigrants and exiles – the East Galway story

The stories of the east Galway diaspora are Moores) will look at the historical context varied and complex. Among their descend- of the evictions which caused many to flee, ants are nurses, teachers, doctors, farmers, the communities in England where many business owners, blue and white-collar found refuge, and their continued connecworkers, and a US President. On May 15th, tion with home through financial and poa range of speakers, composed of descend- litical support in later times. Home,Interiors,DIY ants and academics, will gather virtually Noeleen Lloyd, Pam Neary, Patricia Greacross the diaspora to share their stories ber, and Erica Veil will recount the stories and the stories of their communities. of their ancestors, how they arrived in AusDr. Christine Kinealy (Great Hunger tralia, Canada or the US and how their lives Institute at Quinnipiac University), Dr. impacted their new community. Jennifer Ciarán Reilly (historian at Maynooth Uni- Wilt will look at the impact on one West versity), and John Herson (Visiting Re- Virginia county of Irish settlement in the search Fellow in History/‎Liverpool John 1850s and 60s, brought about by railroad


employment, while Andrew Martin will talk about how to research using the Irish newspapers of the era to understand the social and political happenings. The conference will be hosted by trasnanatire.ie, and starts(CMYK) at 11 am on May 4C 15th via Zoom. It is a free event as part of our local marking of the National Famine Commemoration Day, May 16th, and we invite all that have an interest to join us on the day. For more information, visit facebook. com/trasnanatire/events/ or see eventbrite. ie.


Pictured is Bridget Melody of New Inn, Co Galway, who emigrated to Canada.


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Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

‘Alpha male’ behaviour shows a deeprooted disrespect towards women! It was the stuff of diplomatic nightmares with good manners and respect being more elusive than Peter Pan’s shadow. In one corner we had Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the other, we had European Council President Charles Michel, both alpha males, both, (clearly in their own minds), aggressive powerhouses, and both devoid of even a smidgen of respect for those of equal rank! Yes folks, I’m referring to ‘sofagate,’ where Ursula von der Leyen, the first female president of the European Commission was, last month - upon attending a meeting with Michel and Erdogan - left without a seat. Ms. Von der Leyen, who holds an equal professional status with these two leaders, was forced to stand awkwardly while they sat, leaving her, as the world bore witness, with no choice but to obediently consign herself to the role of some lowly chattel, dutifully taking her place at her master’s side! Yes ladies, we all know about the ‘al-

Ursula von der Leyen

pha male’ syndrome don’t we! He’s the bloke who thinks he’s the irresistible, charismatic, powerful, strut-like-a-peacock-don’t-mess-with-me-becauseI’m-the-lady-loves-Milk-Tray-badass – albeit in a more expensive suit! In short, Mr. Alpha Male believes that, by being the ultimate female fantasy, women should not only fall at his feet, they should gaze adoringly into his eyes whilst lying there. In actual fact ladies, given I’ve met quite a few of these ‘because-I’mworth-it’ eejits in my time, it’s my opinion that the stereotypical alpha male’s view of himself is more in line with his own fantasies, in so much that he believes undermining women is his most captivating quality. It’s not! Any woman who watched the disgraceful way in which Ursula von der Leyen was snubbed by these two so-called leaders, and who listened to her impassioned speech regarding how ‘hurt’ and how ‘alone’ she felt, both ‘as a woman and as a European’ could not

help but feel devastated for her. I know I was. Ok, the incident didn’t keep me awake all night gnawing holes in my pillow, but it did make me question if this toxic sexism and public humiliation of a high profile woman coincided with Erdogan taking Turkey out of the world’s first binding treaty to prevent violence against women. Perhaps I’m wrong. Either way, because of Erdogan’s and Michel’s disgusting, deep-rooted, sexist, misogynistic attitude towards this woman, or any woman, (even if it were unintentional), it’s my opinion that this pair of, I-can-bench-press-five-timesmy-bodyweight alpha-males cachet has now been diminished to that of a pair of snivelling, castrated relics. Give me the caring, compassionate beta bloke any day girls…he may not set the whole world on fire, but he’ll never treat you like a second class citizen! Why? Well, because he’s man enough not to feel threatened by a successful woman.

Pet parenting 101 – pick up your dog’s poo! According to reports, incidences of dog fouling are on the rise, especially it seems, for our unfortunate neighbours living in Leitrim with the County Council apparently planning to introduce DNA testing of dog poo in an effort to identify owners who fail to bag and bin their pet’s waste. Wow! That’s going to prove a costly and time-consuming exercise; however the local authority clearly believes it’s a necessary one. You see folks, even though I know there are lots of responsible pet parents out there – and I’ve met many of you lovely, lovely people with your adorable pooches during my own daily walks; there are, it seems, a few, let’s say thoughtless sods too. Can I add here that none of these thoughtless sods or their dogs walk in my area. I’m lucky to live in a community of pet parents who not only bag their dogs’ landmines, they take them home and they bin them. With that in mind, my mini rant is not aimed at you. It is however aimed at those who don’t realise or who don’t care that a major part of being a responsible pet parent means that, under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, you must provide your precious pooch with their Five Freedoms. If you don’t know what these are, you’ve no right having a dog! You should also know that when you’re out enjoying a walk with

your dog, and you notice he/she suddenly drops into that recognisable squat, you must, (unless you’ve received an exemption by some higher authority), under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, pick up their poo! Now folks, while I do understand that picking up your dog’s waste can be an unpleasant exercise, the fact remains, even though Fido’s a clever little canine, unfortunately he/she doesn’t have opposable thumbs meaning they’re physically incapable of using that old pooper scooper. Therefore, as the responsible human who knows (or should know) that as your dog’s waste contains nutrients and pathogens both of which are environmental pollutants which don’t break down on their own – you, and you alone, are both legally and morally obliged to dispose of it properly for them! Sure it’s all part of Pet Parenting 101; or rather it is if I’m carrying out a dog rehoming/adoption process! And don’t think the old ‘Fido ran off lead and I couldn’t see where he/she did their business’ excuse will fly as a defence! Here’s the thing, there are pregnant ewes and newborn lambs out there; so keep your dogs under effective control. This means if Fido doesn’t come to you at your command, keep him/her on a lead/harness! Simples.

Roll on the re-opening of Roscommon! As lockdown restrictions are easing, seats in hair and beauty salons across Roscommon will be among the most coveted. I can tell you readers, watching those appointments being made up north and across the water has, I must admit, elicited quite a bit of envy in me. You see, for me, (and call me fickle), finding that perfect hair stylist, beauty therapist and nail technician is like finding the perfect partner…’the one’, if you like. Therefore, by not being able to visit any of these people, who are, let’s face it, extremely important in my life, (and yes, of course I’m missing my family too), I’ve been left feeling decidedly less than my best. Indeed, if I’m honest girls, it’s kind of as if by not having a proper ‘do’ I have, in some

strange way, been flunking femininity; not only that, I’ve been doing it since the salons closed at Christmas! You understand readers, when faced with the misshapen mass that’s now perched on my head making me look like the female version of a marauding Viking, I must confess that I not so much miss ‘being me;’ I actually miss ‘being me’ more than I miss hugging my family and friends. And I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one feeling this way. You see, being unable to get a professional haircut, colour or brow wax and lash tint etc., has not only left many of us ladies in a highly emotional, anxious and vulnerable state, it’s actually left us with a massive void in our lives. Roll on the reopening of Roscommon!


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Technological University status for AIT a ‘game-changer’ < DAN DOONER

Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris has this week confirmed that Athlone Institute of Technology together with Limerick IT has been granted Technological University (TU) status, a decision that has been described as a ‘game changer’ for the region. The decision will increase higher education access for local students and is expected to drive regional development.

Local councillor and member of the AIT Governing Body, Kathleen Shanagher, welcomed Wednesday’s announcement. “I am very much aware of the huge amount of work which has gone on in the background over the last 18 months to achieve Ireland’s third Technological University. I welcome the announcement by the Minister and look forward to the benefits it will bring to the region.

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“The institution is expected to comprise a student population of more than 14,000 and a staff complement of approximately 1,200 people across six campuses in Athlone, Limerick, Clonmel, Ennis and Thurles. “The Roscommon County Development Plan is currently under review. It is a policy objective of Roscommon County Council to support the potential development of an offcampus third level facility in Roscommon town in order to facilitate the delivery of third-level courses, possibly in collaboration with the new Technological University. “I would like to acknowledge the work of the staff and students in both institutions who have worked extremely hard to achieve this status which will bring economic benefit to this region. It is an exciting time for students in this area who are planning their future and will now have another Technologi-

cal University to choose from,” Cllr. Shanagher said. Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan described the announcement as a “fantastic achievement for the west and midlands”. “It will be a game-changer for students and staff as well as our businesses and communities,” she said. “With a dedicated focus on research as well as academic excellence, this new Athlone Limerick TU will attract more European and international funding, as well as linking in closely to support industry, and develop new product ideas. “With highly-skilled graduates in areas of global demand such as Medtech, Pharma, Healthcare, AI, and engineering, we will embed multi-national, SMEs and start-ups in the west. “Congratulations to the AIT-LIT consortium on this incredible achievement, and particularly Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin

Athlone Institute of Technology together with Limerick IT has been granted Technological University status.

(President of Athlone IT), and Professor Vincent Cunnane (President of Limerick IT)”. Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said it was a very exciting prospect for the region that would enable students to gain university qualifications closer to home. “This is well-deserved and fantastic news for the

midlands and mid-west,” he said. “It will lead to huge economic benefit in our region and will allow many students to stay local and receive their university qualifications. “The process to designate a new TU is enshrined in the Technological Universities Act 2018. The next steps require the Minister to bring forward a draft

order establishing the appointed day on which the new technological university will be legally established. “A date for this requirement is currently being considered but subject to the order being approved in due course all students graduating in the 20212022 academic year will do so with university qualifications,” he concluded.


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Historic Structures funding for local projects < DAN DOONER

Local built heritage projects in Counties Roscommon and Galway are set to benefit following the announcement of €3 million under the Historic Structures Fund for projects nationwide. A number of projects in County Roscommon have been allocated funding including Strokestown Park House which is set to receive €80,000 under the Irish Heritage Trust.

Roscommon County Council has also been allocated €46,000 for a number of projects including €16,000 for Clonalis House in Castlerea, €15,000 for Rockingham Stable Yard in Boyle, and €15,000 for Lisadown Entrance Arch and Gates in Mote Park. Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy this week welcomed the news. “This funding is most welcome and will be used to carry

out a range of conservation projects to repair and preserve our built heritage for future generations and this work will also help generate employment in various different communities and will give a boost to local construction and tradespeople. It will help breathe new life into many heritage projects and hopefully bring them to a new audience. “I am particularly delighted to see such significant grant

funding from the Irish Heritage Trust in my own locality of Strokestown with Strokestown Park House set to benefit from a total of €80,000 in grant funding with €40,000 in 2021 and €40,000 in 2022. Strokestown Park House is of major national significance and this funding will help secure its future and continue to bring its story and message to future generations,” he said. Fine Gael Minister of State,

Frank Feighan, meanwhile, also welcomed funding for Rockingham Stable Yard at Lough Key in Boyle. “I am delighted that Roscommon County Council had put forward this project. There are many buildings of historic significance and heritage value within the Rockingham/Lough Key demesne and I encourage the local authority to continue to prioritise buildings of significance,” he said.

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War of Independence in Roscommon 100 years ago T

he month of May 1921

was marked by attacks on crown forces, road trenching, burnings, and reprisal killings by Black and Tans. On May 17th, volunteers in the Ballaghaderreen area embarked on a daring raid, commandeering a train and driving it towards Ballaghaderreen. They stopped close to the RIC barracks and commenced fire at the building for about ten minutes before retreating. Upon their return, they encountered a party of RIC members and another period of firing commenced. This time they were lucky to escape. The attack must have irked the Black and Tans, as they attempted to burn the town of Ballaghaderreen as a reprisal later that month. Several houses were set on fire before a local RIC sergeant, who didn’t want to see his hometown burnt down, reined them in. Crown forces were carrying out reprisal killings all over the country at this time. In Galway, a man called Hugh Tully (a native of Monaboy, Tulsk) became one such victim. On May 11th 1921, his place of lodging was raided by men with blackened faces. Tully, who was in bed, was shot in the head at point-blank range. His death was seen as a random reprisal killing for an ambush that had taken place beforehand. A police report released at the time claimed the IRA shot Tully, but it was well-proven that his killing was the work of Crown forces. Hugh was a son of James and Ellen Tully, and brother of twin

sibling Michael. He died aged 27. His burial took place in Killcooley Cemetery near his native Monaboy, where he received full Republican honours at his funeral. Back in County Roscommon, in the same week, a young man called Michael Wynne from Kilteevan became a victim of the Black and Tan terror. At 11.30 pm on that fateful night, raiders came to Wynne’s home in Kileenboy. In the house with Michael were his father, Patrick (a widower) and his brother Peter. They were having supper when the Tans entered the kitchen. The raiders ordered all three to put their hands up. Michael, who was of shy disposition, went to run into the bedroom. His father pleaded with the raiders not to shoot him, stating he was an innocent boy, but a volley of revolver shots rang out, and Michael fell dead at the bedroom door. Michael’s brother Peter was then arrested and brought to Roscommon, where he received a severe beating. Michael was 26-years-old when he was killed. He was not a member of the volunteer movement. At a military enquiry into his shooting, the verdict given by the court was “justifiable homicide”. He was buried in Derrane old graveyard. On the previous day in the same district, two civilians, accused of being informers, were found shot dead on the roadside. Wynne’s shooting could be seen as a random reprisal for that event.

Pictured is the monument that marks the spot where John Scally was fatally injured.

Cloontymullen explosion Volunteers in the 3rd Battalion (south) area would trench roads between Roscommon and Lanesborough to make it hard for motorised military traffic to travel through. One such operation ended in tragedy, when a booby-trap mine exploded as men re-opened a trenched road at Cloontymullen. Oftentimes when a road was cut by a trench, Crown forces would force locals to refill the cutting again. On this occasion, however British army engineers refilled the trench at Cloontymullen, and set a grenade in the back-filled material. The safety pin was withdrawn, and the device was placed between two stones. The weight of the top stone kept the striking lever closed. As soon as the stones were disturbed, the striker would release the firing mechanism resulting in an explosion. When it was found that the trench had been refilled, volunteers went back again to reopen it, and were working away when the grenade was struck with a shovel. After hearing a ‘fizzling’ sound, there was a shattering explosion. The injured men were immediately transported to Inchenagh, an island on Lough Ree, where the IRA had a field hospital. Three of the volunteers – John Kelly of Moneen (Captain of Cloontuskert Company), Johnny O’Connor of Gallagh, and Jimmy Gannon of Coolshaughtena/Weekfield – received serious injuries to their abdomens, and John Scally of Gallagh had a minor leg wound. Doctors travelled to the island to treat the three men, and after a long period of time, they made full recoveries. However, Scally’s leg wound, which hadn’t been detected as being serious, later turned gangrene. Despite their best efforts, the doctors failed to save him. He died on May 21st, a couple of weeks after the explosion. Scally’s body was taken to Kilteevan cemetery, where his comrades buried him in the dead of night. When the truce period came, his remains were reburied in the family plot in Cloontuskert Abbey Cemetery. 4,000 people attended Scally’s funeral. His coffin, draped with the tricolour, was placed on an improvised gun carriage and taken on the journey to Cloontuskert. After the coffin was lowered, Scally’s IRA comrades fired three volleys as a final salute, and Fr. Michael O’Flanagan delivered an oration. Later in the month, on May

30th, another road-trenching operation almost ended in disaster for the volunteers. A party of diggers were working at Corbo, Kilrooskey, when a sentry noticed a figure approaching in the dark. They called on them to halt and as soon as he did, gunfire erupted from a unit of Black and Tans, who had approached in the dark on foot. The volunteers scattered to safety, and one member lobbed a grenade towards the attackers. The explosion killed one of the Black and Tans. Also during May, Crown forces came under fire at Emmoo on the Lanesboro/Roscommon road, and one of their members was wounded.

Escape of Pat Mullooly Pat Mullooly, who had been captured by a Black and Tan raiding party after the Scramogue ambush, made a dramatic escape from captivity in Athlone Military Barracks on May 24th 1921. After being captured, Mullooly and Brian Nangle (Mongagh, Scramogue) were taken to Strokestown Park House, and then Roscommon town. On the journey there, a British soldier began to ferociously beat the prisoners. When they arrived in Roscommon, the men were lodged in cells for the night. The next morning, Pat learned that his brother Michael had been shot dead earlier that day at his home in Kiltrustan. After interrogation and more beatings, the prisoners were transferred to Athlone military barracks and then the Curragh military camp. While at the Curragh, they were brought before two soldiers to see if they could be identified. One soldier identified Mullooly as the man that disarmed him after the ambush at Scramogue, which was enough for the military to charge him with causing the death of military and police. Sometime later, the two prisoners were transferred back again to Athlone. In the meantime, Mullooly had contacted a skin rash and was placed in the hospital wing of the barracks to await his trial. Mullooly knew that he would likely be found guilty and executed. So he made his mind up to try and escape; he felt it was as well to die in the attempt than be hanged. Shortly after arriving in Athlone, Mullooly began to converse with the soldiers who were part of the security at the hospital. One soldier became friendly and they had many conversations. In order to delay the recovery from the skin rash, Mullooly would rub the

Pictured is Pa t Mullooly.

The Crown forces pictured examining a trenched road during the Troubles.

affected areas with the rough side of a matchbox, making the rash more inflamed, putting the court-martial date back further. Eventually Mullooly asked the friendly soldier to aid him in an escape attempt, asking him if he would find a ladder and leave it in a convenient place near the boundary wall of the hospital unit. The soldier agreed, also giving him instructions on how to get out of the barracks if he got lost. The room where Mullooly was detained was a single-prisoner unit with one door. The door was locked, and an armed guard stood outside at all times. There was however a bar-less window that looked out on an enclosed yard. When the guard outside the door had his stint done, another soldier would replace him. Mullooly knew when this was happening, as there would be a shuffle of footsteps and a few words of conversation. At 2 am, as the guards changed over, Mullooly put on an overcoat, slowly raised the window and squeezed through. He dropped 16 feet to the yard, injuring himself and as a result, couldn’t fully straighten his body. In this condition, he struggled across to the ladder the soldier had left. Placing it against the wall, he scrambled up the steps. The top of the wall was covered with sharp pieces of glass, so he draped the overcoat over it and pulled up the ladder after him. Now in an orchard, he crossed to the next wall, and used the ladder to climb it. The top of this wall had barbed wire on it and Mullooly’s shirt got badly torn as he crawled through.

At this point, he abandoned the ladder and dropped about 12 feet to the ground. He then climbed another, smaller wall, which led to a lane. He noticed a military patrol passing by, and kept silent until the patrol was out of sight before moving again. Mullooly put as much distance as he could between himself and the barracks by going into the fields. He walked along the River Shannon until he came to a house, where he asked for directions. He was directed to another house, where he got refreshments. After this, he was sent to yet another house to stay the night. The people of this house hid him all the next day while the military were out looking for him. From there, he was transported to Taughmaconnell, where he was put to rest to heal his injured back and rash. He stayed in the area until fully recovered from his ailments. He was then transported back to the Strokestown region. Pat Mullooly, who was quartermaster of the North Roscommon Brigade, was never recaptured. His co-prisoner Brian Nangle was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment, but was released after the truce. On May 25th, the IRA carried out a spectacular operation in Dublin when they attacked and burned the Custom House. The destruction of the building caused all local government records to be destroyed, thereby crippling British civil administration in Ireland. More next month…An Staraí Áitiúil (The local historian)

Pictured are the Athlone Military barracks, which Pat Mullooly escaped from.


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Athlone Chamber: Still time to avail of Outdoor Dining grants! Athlone Chamber of Commerce President, Alan Shaw has reminded local hospitality and tourism businesses that there is still time to avail of the Outdoor Dining grants recently announced by Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin and Fáilte Ireland. Mr. Shaw said the grants could be availed of through the relevant local authorities. “This multi-million euro fund can be availed of through Westmeath or Roscommon County Council. The aim of the scheme is to provide support to individual independent

hospitality and tourism businesses towards the cost of equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and facilitate these individual independent businesses to increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021,” he said. Applicants to the Outdoor Dining Scheme can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 (for up to 75% of the exVAT cost of equipment purchased), and applications are to be made directly to Westmeath or Roscommon County Council, and local authorities are to approve applicants on submission of receipts and photography

of furniture in situ. Mr. Shaw added: “The following is a list of eligible expenditure: outdoor tables, outdoor chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens/windbreaks, and outdoor plant stands”. Expenditure must be incurred between April 1st 2020, and September 30th 2021. The scheme opened on local authorities’ websites on the April 12th and will close on September 30th. All applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative requirements and other compliance requirements.

Local companies urged to avail of Online Retail Scheme

Local newspapers should receive specific Covid-19 supports – Harkin


Businesses in County Roscommon are being urged to apply for funding under the latest round of the Online Retail Scheme, which will see successful applicants receive a grant ranging from €10,000 to a maximum of €40,000 – covering up to 80% of project costs. Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English recently launched the latest round of the scheme, which is worth €5 million and is aimed at helping Irish businesses to upgrade their websites and improve competitiveness in online retail. The funding announcement was welcomed by local public representatives this week. Fine Gael Senator Dolan said Irish retailers were forced to adapt quickly due to Covid-19 and that the Online Retail Scheme, which is administered by Enterprise Ireland, can be used to develop and implement digital strategies. “Enterprise Ireland have confirmed more than two thirds of grants are going to companies outside Dublin,” she said. “Roscommon businesses that had ten or more employees on or before February 29th 2020 (or have grown to this level since then) should apply for the fund. Enterprise Ireland has published a number of helpful resources online and have a dedicated retail team who can answer any other questions you have around the application process”. Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has said: “The scheme aims to continue to address the urgent need for retail companies to achieve a step change in online capability to achieve business continuity, and to lay foundations for future recovery and growth”. The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme opened for applications on Tuesday last (May 4th) and closes at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 25th. More information is available at www.enterprise-ireland.com.

Independent TD Marian Harkin

Independent TD Marian Harkin has called on the Government to provide specific Covid-19 supports for local newspapers akin to the financial support offered to local radio stations by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland last June. Speaking in Dáil Éireann on Wednesday, April 28th, the TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal asked Minister Catherine Martin why a scheme for local print media had not yet been put in place. Minister Martin accepted the value of local print media and the

essential role it plays in local communities but spoke of avoiding the perception of any undue ‘Government interference or influence’ and described the funding of newspapers as a “complex issue”. Deputy Harkin replied: “I’m sure it’s not beyond the bounds of your Department to find an arm’s length scheme or way to support local newspapers to help ensure their sustainable future”. The Independent TD also disagreed that there was no specific mechanism in place to support local media.

“Unprecedented supports for businesses for whole sectors and for individuals have been put in place, and this has been absolutely necessary to help prevent economic and societal collapse. Local newspapers are an essential part of how our communities operate, both local and regional. They too should receive specific Covid supports. “There is something essentially unfair in supporting certain local media sectors and not others. Minister Martin needs to look at this again,” Deputy Harkin concluded.

MACE search for local unsung heroes!

MACE Ambassador Johnny Sexton is looking for local ‘Unsung Heroes’.

Roscommon-based MACE stores have teamed up with Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton to offer people the opportunity to share in a prize fund of €10,000 in a community initiative whereby customers and the public nominate their Unsung Hero. MACE is challenging the people of Roscommon to nominate that special someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference, but who perhaps doesn’t get the recognition they deserve. There are five special individual awards with a prize of €1,000 for the most worthy hero in each category. The individual award categories are: Charity; Child & Youth; Environment; Sports, Health & Well-being, and the MACE Staff Award. The special overall MACE Community Award will single out someone from around Ireland who really goes over and above to give something back to their community.

Each category winner will receive €1,000 while the overall special MACE Community Unsung Hero will receive an overall prize of €5,000. MACE Ambassador Johnny Sexton is very excited to be part of the initiative. “The last year-and-a-half has been a very challenging time for all of us and little acts of kindness have gone a long way to help people. The Unsung Hero is a person who puts the needs of others ahead of their own and I am really looking forward to seeing the wide range of thoughtful and spontaneous acts by people in communities all around the country. I am genuinely proud to be working with MACE in promoting this positive community initiative throughout towns and villages in Ireland,” he said. The closing date for entries is May 31st. Nominations can be made by logging into www. mace.ie/unsungheroes.


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Was ‘NO SURRENDER’ banner linked to protest over jailing of IRA men? < PAUL HEALY

In our edition dated 23rd of April last (and online) we published/posted one of our photos from the past, a fascinating picture of a gathering near The Square in Roscommon town. Visible in the old photo was a ‘NO SURRENDER’ banner. My thanks to readers who liked the photo and to those who have speculated about what period it dates from and what the ‘NO SURRENDER’ banner may have referred to. Most readers who got in contact speculated that the photo was probably taken at some point between 19181930s. The registration (DI 197) of a vehicle in the photo

backs that up – D1 registrations started in 1903 and continued for a number of decades. One reader wrote: “Could the photograph be of an event associated with the Trade War between the UK and Ireland in the 1930s?” The Anglo-Irish Trade War between Ireland and the UK raged from 1932 to 1938. The Irish Government refused to continue reimbursing Britain with land annuities from financial loans granted to Irish tenant farmers to enable them to purchase lands under the Irish Land Acts in the late 19th century, a provision which had been part of the AngloIrish Treaty. This resulted in the imposition of unilateral

trade restrictions by both countries, causing significant damage to the Irish economy. That’s a plausible theory, but a more detailed – and fascinating – one was submitted by Declan Kavanagh, a reader with strong

Strokestown connections. Declan wrote: “I think it’s from 1918 and a protest outside Roscommon jail. I’m researching a man called Tom Shevlin, Strokestown and Roscommon GAA legend, who was also an

IRA Captain during the War for Independence. “He and others were arrested for drilling in Strokestown, convicted and sentenced in Roscommon. They were then transferred to Sligo and Belfast prisons. “In Belfast, Tom and fellow Strokestown man Charlie Minogue took part in protests and riots led by Kerry GAA and IRA leader Austin Stack. “One of their slogans/catchcries during the protests, which lasted for months, was ‘No surrender’. To this effect, I came across a clothes-brush which Tom had in Belfast gaol, containing the inscription ‘8th week close confinement + no surrender’. “There were protests after the volunteers’ arrests

and imprisonments, and the photo could well be of one of those protests”. My thanks to Declan for his very interesting response and also to other readers who got in touch re: the car registration, etc. ‘M.A. FARRELL’ shop front pic: In our edition dated 30th of April last in our ‘Throwback Thursday’ feature – and online the previous Tuesday – we featured a photo from the past of the front of the M.A. FARRELL shop. I want to acknowledge now that this premises was actually in Castle Street, not Church Street. A number of readers have been in touch with feedback (thank you). I will feature their responses next week (and online too).

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t Minister for Justice The happy news tha birth to a baby boy Helen McEntee gave nsiderable interest last week was of co le readers. Helen to Roscommon Peop ckey, a native of is married to Paul Hiscommon. Castlecoote, Co. Ro rk colleague, having been em- . Paul is a former wot with the Roscommon Champion lis ployed as a journa occasional contributor to the an en be o als s ha He le. Roscommon Peop many friends in Castlecoote and On behalf of their ommon, we extend congratulations to throughout Co. Rosc great news! - PH Paul and Helen on the


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‘New Food Regulator must have real teeth’ - IFA IFA President Tim Cullinan has said the new Food Ombudsman/Regulator must have real teeth and the ability to hold processors and retailers to account. “I acknowledge the move to transpose the Unfair Trading Practices Directive into national law, and to have a public consultation process on a wider remit of the Food Regulator/Ombudsman,” Mr. Cullinan said. “However, we cannot have any footdragging in getting an office set up. It must have full powers of investigation, the ability to make findings and the authority to impose sanctions. “At present, farmers feel that processors and retailers are abusing their dominant market positions with impunity and that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has failed farmers,” he added.

The IFA President said the market dominance of large retailers has driven prices to unviable levels for farmers. “IFA fought hard at EU level to introduce the Unfair Trading Practices Directive,” he said. “We welcome the fact that this will be transcribed into Irish law. This will automatically outlaw a number of key unfair trading practices,” he said. The EU Directive gives the power to member states to legislate for additional legal requirements, going beyond the scope of the UTP Directive. “This option must be backed up by serious legislation. At present, only 6% of farmers in Ireland are under 35 years of age. We will not attract young people into the sector unless they get a fair return for what they produce,” Mr. Cullinan concluded.

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Following last Thursday’s Cabinet meeting to discuss Ireland’s phased reopening, it has been confirmed by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue that buyers will be permitted to return to mart rings from May 17th. As part of the reopening of agricultural marts, online trading will also continue to be facilitated. Buyers will be allowed to attend the sales ring and view stock in

pens provided they have a prior appointment with the livestock mart. Social distancing measures will remain in place and attendees must continue to wear face coverings. Marts must also prevent the congregation of members of the public in mart carparks and entryways. Marts must also continue to operate according to Covid-19 standard operating procedures, which have been approved by their regional veterinary office. Commenting on last week’s deci-

sion, Minister McConalogue said: “The return of in-ring buying will continue to be augmented by the facilitation of online sales which have worked exceptionally well during this challenging time for all of us. “The move to online-only platforms in October has proven to be an excellent way of trading cattle and sheep, with strong throughput, coupled with steady prices over this time. In fact, online sales have been proven to reach a much higher number of agents than the

Authorities urged to validate import procedures Roscommon IFA Sheep Chairman, Pat Leonard, said IFA led a delegation to meet Irish Country Meats following the recent importation of sheep meat, which coincided with factories dropping lamb prices. Mr. Leonard said factory management were left in

no doubt that undermining prices would not be tolerated. He said factory management assured the meeting that the product, which is re-exported, primarily to the EU market, is fully compliant with the regulatory labelling requirements, and does not carry

the Bord Bia QA logo. “It is up to our competent authorities - the Department of Agriculture, the Food Safety Authority and Bord Bia - to assure farmers this product is not misrepresented as Irish sheep meat. “Structures must be put in place to supply our key markets throughout the year and remove the need to use imported product to fill orders,” he said. Mr. Leonard added that factories have a key role to play in this and must support the production of early lamb on Irish farms for markets with price commitments that reflect the

costs and labour associated with production. “Current market conditions are strong and the price cuts attempted by factories must be reversed. Numbers are tight and demand will increase further as we approach the end of Ramadan in mid-May. “Lamb prices throughout the EU and the UK remain strong, driven by high volumes of supermarket sales, the reopening of the food service sector in the UK and the approaching end of Ramadan. “Farmers should dig in, sell hard and demand the full market value of lambs and hoggets,” he concluded.

traditional in-person sales”. The Minister concluded by saying he was looking forward to a ‘blended approach’ of online and in-ring sales, which will continue into the future. “I again commend the work of mart managers and farmers for engaging so meaningfully with all public health guidelines in recent months. Your heroic efforts have helped to ensure the continuity of live trade while, most importantly, keeping our communities safe,” he said.

Calls for Code of Practice for BNM Bogs Project IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe has called for a Code of Practice to be implemented around Bord na Móna’s Bogs Project. “This is a huge project receiving over €100 million in State support. It is vital that there is an agreed code about how the work will be carried out and what processes there are if issues arise,” he said. Bord na Móna has also issued a detailed document to the Irish Farmers’ Association setting out responses to over 50 questions posed following a public meeting in February. These can be found on the IFA website at https://www. ifa.ie/rewetting-bogs-a-farmer-discussion/.


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IFA and NFU meet to discuss issues The Presidents of the Irish Farmers’ Association and Britain’s National Farmers’ Union held a bi-lateral meeting online recently to discuss issues of mutual concern. The meeting coincided with the debate in Plenary of the European Parliament about the future relationship between the UK and the EU post-Brexit and the vote by MEPs on the ratification of the EU– UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. “IFA supports the endorsement of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK, and we welcome the greater certainty in the market as a result of the agreement,” said IFA President Tim Cullinan. Both organisations said they would continue to

work together for the advancement of farmers on the island of Ireland and in the UK and will defend against any trade deals that could jeopardise the current market for products from vulnerable sectors. NFU President Minette Batters said the trade in commodities must not become a race to the bottom. Tim Cullinan and Minette Batters re-affirmed their commitment to the adherence to world-class standards that underpin food production in the UK and Ireland. The two Presidents said any future trade deals between the UK and third countries have to provide a cast-iron guarantee that will recognise these standards fully. The two delegations also discussed market develop-

Castlerea MART WATCH Large numbers of stock were presented at the sale on April 19th, and despite poor growth and adverse weather conditions, trade has remained firm, especially for the quality lots on offer. The heifer ring reported a good clearance, with good demand from Northern customers and feeders. The weanling rings noticed the bulls peak at €3.79, while the heifer weanlings topped out at €3.43 a kilo, with plainer, poorly presented stock more difficult to sell. Breeding stock remain a fine trade, with the top price of €2,480 paid for a Charolais cow and her bull calf at foot. Calf numbers also remain strong with a good clearance reported, while the dry cows peaked at €1,950, or €2.48 a kilo. Cows with calves at foot made from €930 to €2,480, springers made from €780 to €1,560, and runners made from €320 to €980 for continental lots. There were 150 bullocks on offer at our sale of bullocks on Monday, April 26th. Forward lots were a fine trade, making up to €1,940 or €1,120 over their weight, and the lighter stores were also in good demand, with a top price of €1,310 paid for 430kgs or €3.04 a kilo. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings on Thursday (May 6th). All sales commence at 11 am, with Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions in place. Sample prices for heifers: Sim 425kgs €1070, Lm 390kgs €990, Lm 495kgs €1340, Lm 495kgs €1320, Ch 470kgs €1260, AA 470kgs €1190, Ch 710kgs €1730, Ch 675kgs €1660, Lm 560kgs €1440, Ch 550kgs €1410. Dry cows: Lm 785kgs €1950, Lm 825kgs €1770, Sim 810kgs €1750, Ch 790kgs €1740, AA 790kgs €1700, AA 805kgs €1700, Fr 485kgs €650. Calves: AA hfr €300, Hex bull €150, AA bull €210, Ch hfr €410, Ch bull €360, Ch hfr €420, Fr bull €95. Weanling bulls: Lm 195kgs €740, Ch 250kgs €940, Ch 255kgs €940, Lm 290kgs €880, Lm 365kgs €1120, Lm 445kgs €1110, Ch 430kgs €1140. Weanling heifers: Ch 285kgs €980, Ch 290kgs €900, AA 285kgs €810, Lm 340kgs €940, Lm 315kgs €900, Lm 320kgs €890, Lm 345kgs €930. Bullocks: Lmx 430kgs €1310, AA 435kgs €1170, AA 480kgs €1160, Lm 535kgs €1480, Ch 540kgs €1390, BB 580kgs €1440, Lm 645kgs €1620, Ch 820kgs €1940, Ch 795kgs €1790.


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Roscommon MART WATCH There was another good entry of excellent quality stock on offer at last Friday’s sale, with an improved trade for all classes. Trade for heifers was lively, with plenty of very active buyers, resulting in a high percentage clearance of lots. Prices ranged from an average of €2.41 per kilo up to €2.84 per kilo. There was a large entry of top-quality dry cows on offer, with a total of 94 presented for sale with all lots sold. Lots fetched from an average of €1.94 per kilo up to €2.38 per kilo. Bullock numbers were small due to this week’s special sale, but there was a full clearance of lots, with averages ranging from €2.37 per kilo up to €2.63 per kilo. This Friday, we will have our special sale of bullocks and general sale of heifers and dry cows. The numbers on offer at our sale for weanlings and suckler cows on Tuesday last were slightly back on the previous week. Average prices for weanling bulls were improved, with lots fetching from €2.70 per kilo up to €3.16 per kilo. There was a brisk trade for weanling heifers, with averages of €2.68 per kilo up to €3.55 per kilo. Our next sale of weanlings takes place on Tuesday next (11th) at 4 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday). There was a smaller entry of sheep on offer at our sale yesterday (Wednesday), with a similar trade for spring lambs, hoggets and cast ewes. Spring lambs made up to €160 for 45.7kgs, finished hoggets made up to €170 for 52.5kgs and stag ewes made up to €160. Cast ewes made from €116 to €160 per lot, ewes with two lambs at foot made up to €285, and ewes with one lamb at foot made up to €220. Our next online sheep sale takes place on Wednesday, May 12th at 11 am. The yard opens at 8 am, and all stock must be penned by 10 am. The sale can be viewed live on livestock-live.com. Sample prices for dry cows: Char X 965kgs €2090, BBX 830kgs €1800, Ch 775kgs €1760, Simm X 785kgs €1740,

Lim X 760kgs €1730, AAX 835kgs €1730, Lim 700kgs €1670, AAX 785kgs €1640, Lim 710kgs €1450, Char 685kgs €1430, Lim X 705kgs €1650, Lim X 600kgs €1400, Lim X 605kgs €1300, HEX 645kgs €1240, Lim X 510kgs €1080. Heifers: 3 BBX 703kgs €1810, Lim X 615kgs €1740, Char X 655kgs €1600, Char X 620kgs €1580, 2 RMX 617kgs €1510, Char X 595kgs €1510, Char X 575kgs €1490, Char X 515kgs €1410, Lim X 520kgs €1390, Lim 485kgs €1260, BBX 495kgs €1220, Char X 490kgs €1350, Lim X 420kgs €1150, AAX 515kgs €1140, AAX 470kgs €1090, Lim X 380kgs €1080, Lim X 385kgs €1010. Bullocks: 2 Char X 650kgs €1620, BBX 655kgs €1570, Lim X 610kgs €1530, Fr 720kgs €1470, Char X 525kgs €1310, Lim X 530kgs €1280, Lim X 470kgs €1240, Lim X 430kgs €1090, AAX 410kgs €980, Lim X 465kgs €1140, Char X 415kgs €1040. Weanling heifers: Char X 480kgs €1120 - €2.33 per kilo, Lim X 455kgs €1110 - €2.43 per kilo, Char X 385kgs €1090 - €2.83 per kilo, 2 BAX 375kgs €1060 - €2.82 per kilo, 2 Lim X 315kgs €990 €3.14 per kilo, Char X 335kgs €990 - €2.95 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €1010 - €3.15 per kilo, BBX 295kgs €1050 - €3.55 per kilo, Simm X 210kgs €670 - €3.19 per kilo, Lim X 300kgs €850 - €2.83 per kilo. Weanling bulls: Char X 390kgs €1230 - €3.15 per kilo, Char X 395kgs €1170 - €2.96 per kilo, Char X 370kgs €1170 €3.16 per kilo, BAX 365kgs €1080 - €2.95 per kilo, Simm X 205kgs €610 - €2.97 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €950 - €3.06 per kilo, Lim X 250kgs €780 - €3.12 per kilo, Lim X 220kgs €690 - €3.13 per kilo. Spring lambs: 45.7kgs €160, 48.8kgs €159, 49kgs €158, 50kgs €158, 47kgs €158, 44.8kgs €158, 45.3kgs €154, 42.7kgs €152, 39.7kgs €148. Finished hoggets: 52.5kgs €170, 49kgs €158, 42kgs €132, 36.5kgs €108.

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

NEW TO THE MARKET 12 ANTOGHER ROAD, ROSCOMMON TOWN, F42 FN77 Quality 4 detached family home with adjoining former pre school facility. This most select property offers the ideal work from home environment whilst also offering further opportunities given the said accommodation mix. Enquiries are now invited.





Guide Price: €450,000



SHANKILL, ELPHIN, CO. ROSCOMMON c.12.5 acre of prime land, attractively set adjacent to Elphin Town along the R369 from Tulsk. The said lands offer quality agricultural land on an elevated and mature setting benefiting from 2 No. Stone outbuildings situated thereon offering attractive setting for a dwelling subject to planning. Substantial road frontage on the outer suburbs of Elphin Town. Enquiries invited.


Detached Traditional Bungalow, extended to a shell specification and requiring complete refurbishment set in a scenic rural location convenient to the N5 and Roscommon Town. AMV: €50,000

Prime Residential Site with previous Full Planning Permission for the Construction of Two Detached Dwelling Houses. Opposite Castlerea Golf Club and within close proximity to all amenities in Castlerea. The site is zoned residential in the Castlerea development plan. AMV: €50,000

c.16 acres of prime agricultural land on a mature setting offering potential. Enquiries now invited.



2 No. Semi Detached Two Storey houses requiring complete refurbishment. To the rear, there are a further 2 acres of land offering obvious potential. For Sale by Online Auction 27th May, excellent value on offer. AMV: €60,000




3 bedroom Semi Detached Two Storey Residence located on the outskirts of Ballaghaderreen Town and within walking distance to all amenities. AMV: €75,000

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Detached bungalow at Ballinaheglish sold for €218,000 by Seamus Carthy REA Seamus Carthy’s online sales are consistently delivering excellent results for their clients. “Last Friday, after 75 bids, we successfully sold a quality, detached home at Ballinaheglish for €218,000,” commented

Quality investment opportunity with Seamus Carthy REA Seamus Carthy are presenting to the marketplace, Bridge Apartments – a detached, two-storey apartment block, comprising of six apartments, situated within the sought after Árd Clár Residential Scheme in the heart of Claremorris Town. The apartments comprise of two one-bedroomed apartments, and four two-bedroomed apartments, available in one lot. Árd Clár is a residential

development comprising of a mix of detached properties, and the subject property is the only apartment development in the estate. This is an excellent investment opportunity, and immediate enquiries are advised before the property goes up for sale by online auction on Thursday, May 13th. REA Seamus Carthy are market leaders in online auctions, and Seamus is inviting anybody who is considering either sell-

ing or buying to follow next week’s auction online. “Why not follow our auction next Thursday, May 13th, and see how it works,” Seamus said. “Simply log on between 12.30 pm and 1 pm on Thursday afternoon via reaseamuscarthy. bidnow.ie/lot/details/41324”. For more information, or for anyone considering selling, please contact REA Seamus Carthy on 090-6630001, or email info@ reacarthy.ie.

Seamus Carthy. “We are delighted to confirm the successful sale, and we wish the local young couple who purchased the property the very best of luck in their new home. “With sixteen registered parties and four under bidders,

we now urgently require similar types of properties for our awaiting clients. Please contact our office in confidence today,” Seamus concluded. Contact REA Seamus Carthy on 090-66 30001/086-8035538 or email info@reacarthy.ie.

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32 CHESTNUT GROVE, TULSK, CO. ROSCOMMON Price Guide: €115,000.

A quality 3 B/R semi detached residence located in the attractive Chestnut Grove development and within walking distance of Tulsk Village and all local amenities. The said property is presented for sale in show house condition throughout and offers spacious living accommodation together with a generous rear garden area. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell. BER: B3. Legal: Kieran Maddigan & Co, Castlerea. 094 96 22552.




MAIN STREET, CASTLEREA, CO. ROSCOMMON F45 R6V3 All offers after €125,000 to sell.

A primely located public house located in the heart of Castlerea town adjacent to the mart and all town amenities. Offering spacious commercial and residential accommodation throughout, the property lends itself to various alternative uses due its size and location. The said property and 7 day license can be sold independently should market interest dictate and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €125,000 to sell. BER: D1.





Final offers after €120,000 to sell.

56-acre residential farm for sale at Derrymacar, Co. Longford On the market with Oates Auctioneers is this 56acre residential farm at Derrymacar, Co. Longford. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a superb picturesque farm, consisting of top-quality lands, all well maintained and fenced.

The farm boasts spectacular views and direct access to Derrymacar Lake. Additionally, there are some wonderful specious of mature trees around the farm, with numerous old farm buildings and cottages, as well as an old courtyard, also situated on the property. A private, natural,

spring water supply services the lands and the dwelling house, which is in need of renovation. The price region for this property is €500,000. For more information, contact Oates Auctioneers, Church Street, Roscommon, on 0906627878, email info@oates.ie, or visit oates.ie.

When it comes to selling property, there’s no substitute for experience This week, Property Partners Earley Roscommon are seeking houses in all areas of Roscommon for cash clients and disappointed under bidders. Houses in the general Roscommon Town, Knockcroghery and Lecarrow areas are of particular interest, due to a number of properties having been sold here in the past few weeks. Property Partners have been

selling property for generations, and offer a nationwide network of offices with exceptional local knowledge. With an extensive computerised database of active buyers, Property Partners Earley are best placed to advise you on all your property matters. They offer a professional marketing plan designed to deliver their goal of selling your home for the

highest price possible. They have also now launched a 360-degree virtual tour service at no extra cost, and have sold a number of properties to overseas clients who are unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions. Your property will be listed on all major websites including propertypartners.ie, daft.ie and myhome. ie. With over 3,000 unique hits on

the Property Partners website each day alone, your property will be marketed to the forefront. Local knowledge, nationwide. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact either John Earley (FIPAV) or David Diffley (MIPAV) of Property Partners Earley Roscommon on 090-6626579, or email jearley@ propertypartners.ie.

Strong land sales with Michael O’Rourke Michael O’Rourke is advising of strong land sales in the last two months and the completion of six sales, with prices ranging from €7,000 per acre to €12,200 per acre for agricultural land. Michael says there remains a big demand for larger plots of land. If you are buying or selling land, contact Michael on 087-2242329, email michaeljoroarke59@gmail.com or contact the office on 090-6621125.

Michael O’ Rourke ~ AUCTIONEER & VALUER ~ • Creggs, Roscommon • Phone: (090) 66 21125 (087) 2242329 • Email: Michaeljoroarke59@gmail.com PSRA No.: 003996

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 auctioneer now invites immediate viewing and final offers to sell. BER: F.


6 acres at Kilbegnet, Creggs Good quality land with road frontage ideal for young farmer or to add to existing holding.


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

1.6 acres at Rosmoylan, Creggs Average quality land

-------------------------------------------------------------------8.3 acres at Rahara, (Curraghboy), approx 12 miles from Athlone Town on main road. Good quality land with road frontage on main road.

Final offers for quality, twobedroomed Stonecourt duplex This week, John Earley of Property Partners Earley is offering, new to the market, a quality, two-bedroomed duplex apartment, located at 23 Stonecourt, The Square, Roscommon. Price Guide: €80,000 o.n.o. to sell. John describes the property as “a prime rental and investment property due to its location on Roscommon Town Square. The property is presented for sale in good

condition. Altogether, this is a quality apartment to come available in a select town centre location and we now invite final offers to sell”. For further details, or to arrange a viewing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley Roscommon on 090-6626579, email jearley@propertypartners.ie or log onto propertypartners. ie.


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NEW TO THE MARKET Donamon Roscommon NEW TO THE MARKET Co. Roscommon Exceptional 2 storey residence built on an elevated hill side site with spectacular Donamon views over the surrounding countryside. Situated just off the N60, 15 minutes from F42 WY49 Roscommon Town centre, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a property of this calibre which was built to the highest standard with no expense spared. Accommodation Exceptional 2 storey residenceRoscommon built on an elevated hill side site consists :- entrance hallway, NEW TO THE MARKET with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Co. Roscommon sitting room, living room, large kitchen with arch to dining Situated just off the N60, 15 minutes from Roscommon Town Michelle Gannon got a great Birthday surprise! F42 WY49 area. Utility with w.c. off and Donamon surprise when daughters Eva and Allison presented centre, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a property of this calibre which was built to the highest office/playroom. First floor:- 4 Exceptional 2 storey residence builtKey on an elevated sidecake siteat a private party at Crenane, her with ahill birthday Renee and Reon Hargadon pictured at Lough large bedrooms all with built in standard with no expense spared. Accommodation consists :entrance hallway, sitting room, living Ballaghaderreen last Roscommon Forestspectacular Park recently. Pic: Mick McCormack wardrobes and master ensuite with views over the surrounding countryside. week. Pic: Mick McCormack together with family bathroom. room, large kitchen with arch to dining area. Utility with w.c. off and office/playroom. First floor:- 4 Situated just off the N60, 15 minutesRoscommon from Roscommon Town Outside:- spacious landscaped large bedrooms all with built in wardrobes and master ensuite together Co. with family bathroom. grounds with wrought iron centre, thisspacious is a rarelandscaped opportunity to acquire property of railings, this calibre was built theand highest railings, stud rail fencing shrub Outside:grounds with awrought iron stud which railF42 fencing shrubtoarea WY49 area and large detached fully standard with no expense spared. Accommodation consists :entrance hallway, sitting room, living large detached fully serviced garage. serviced garage. room, large kitchen with arch to dining area. Utility with w.c. off and office/playroom. First floor:4 hill side site Exceptional 2 storey residence built on an elevated Viewing is highly Viewing is highly recommended by the Auctioneers. recommended by the

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large bedrooms all with built in wardrobes and master ensuite together bathroom.countryside. with spectacular views overwith thefamily surrounding Outside:spacious landscaped grounds with wrought iron railings, stud rail fencing shrub area and BER Rating: C3 Price Region: € 275,000 Situated just off the N60, 15 minutes from Roscommon Town large detached fully serviced garage. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------centre, this is a is rare opportunity toby acquire a property of this calibre which was built to the highest Viewing highly recommended the Auctioneers. NEW TO THE MARKET


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NEW TO THE MARKET standard with no expense spared. Accommodation consists :- entrance hallway, sitting room, living Lanesborough Street LanesboroughBER C3 Price Region: € 275,000 room, large kitchen with arch to dining area. Utility with w.c.Street offRating: and office/playroom. First floor:- 4 Roscommon Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42 CD45 large bedrooms all with built in wardrobes and master ensuite together with family bathroom. Co. Roscommon High profile bungalow style residence in NEW TO THE MARKET Outside:- spacious landscaped grounds with wrought iron railings, stud rail fencing shrub area and need of restoration. F42 CD45 Lili Dearock ad Mervyn Butler pictured at Situated in a unique most sought after Lanesborough Street Niall, Eve and Elaine Mulryan, Ballyfarnan, pictured at Lough Key Lough Key Forest Parkstyle recently. large High profile bungalow residence in need of restoration. residential area just 100m meters to thedetached fully serviced garage. Forest Park recently. Pic: Mick McCormack Pic: Mick McCormack town centre, this property is suitable a unique most sought after residential area just 100m Roscommon for a variety of uses and would make an Viewing is highly recommended Situated by theinAuctioneers. excellent residential home, investment meters to the town centre, this property is suitable for a variety uses and would make an excellent Co.of Roscommon residential home, investment property or retail/office unit. CD45 It is rare a property of this calibre comes to the market at thisF42 location and Auctioneer invites C3 BER Rating: Region: € that 275,000 High profile bungalow style residence in need of restoration. viewings and offers.

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Situated in a unique most sought after residential area just 100m meters to the town centre, this property is suitable for a variety of uses and would make an excellent Region: € 185,000 NEW TO THEPrice MARKET NEW TO THE MARKET residential home, investment property or retail/office unit. Creemully, Castlecoote It is rare that Village a property of this calibre comes to the market at this location and Auctioneer invites Lanesborough NEW TO THE MARKET Street viewings and offers. Roscommon, Co. Roscommon ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Creemully Roscommon Castlecoote Village Region: € 185,000 Co. Roscommon Roscommon Co. Roscommon F42MARKET CD45 TO THE Prime building site circaNEW 1.16 acres being sold subject to Planning Price Region: € 85,000 High profile bungalow stylepopular residence in need of restoration. Permission, situated in the veryCreemully village of Castlecoote Situated in a unique sought after within walking distancemost toCastlecoote the River Suck and allresidential amenities. area just 100m --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Village is seldom site of thisthis calibre comes to is thesuitable market andfor the Auctioneers invites viewings and offers. NEW TO THE MARKET meters to Itthe townacentre, property a variety of uses and would make an excellent Roscommon

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within walking distance to the River Suck and all amenities. a site of this calibre comes to the market and the Auctioneers invites viewings and offers.

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon NOTICE OF FURTHER INFORMATION Name of applicant: Laragan Dairies Ltd. Location: Lisduff Td. & Cregga Td., Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Reference number of the application: PD/20/493 The development applied for consisted of: i. Milking parlour including handling yard, feed storage silo and milk storage tank. ii. Agricultural shed consisting of cubicle area and concrete aprons. iii. Silage slab with concrete apron iv. Slurry lagoon and underground slatted slurry tank v. Connections to services and all other associated site works.

Further Information in relation to this application have been furnished to the planning authority and is available for inspection or purchase 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 further information may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 not later than two weeks after the receipt of the newspaper notice and site notice by the planning authority. There will be no fee payable on a further submission/ observation if it is accompanied by a copy of the acknowledgement of a previous submission/observation. Signed: Collins Boyd Engineering Ltd. Engineers & Architects Galway Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. Ph (090) 6634421 Fax: (090) 6634423 Email: info@collinsboydeng.com

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission on behalf of Karen Grehan and Declan Murray to construct a dwellinghouse, garage, waste water treatment system and associated siteworks at Curry, Brideswell, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Seamus Murray, Project Managers, Engineers & Surveyors. Ph- (087) 2222874 The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Shuttington Holdings ULC intend to apply for permission for development at Warren/ Drum, Carrick Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. This development will consist of the change of use of existing convenience shop to include part off-licence use (gross floor area for off-licence use 18 sq.m.), alterations to shop front elevation and associated 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: APS Consulting & Engineering Limited Lackagh, Turloughmore, Galway. T: 091 737 458 M: 087 975 3953 www.apsconsulting.ie

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Michelle Walsh and John Ryan intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the demolition of existing dwelling house, existing domestic garage/fuel store and existing agricultural shed, construction of a replacement dwelling house, domestic garage/fuel store, proprietary treatment system, percolation area and associated works at Cornaseer, Kiltoom, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of 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:

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Leo and Finola Kiernan hereby give notice that we are applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to construct a single storey extension to the side (north east facing) elevation of existing single storey dwelling and all associated external site works at Cloonkeen, Taughmaconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Hubert Gordon, R.I.A.I. Arch. Tech. , Architecture, Design + Planning, Killimor, Co. Galway.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Lung, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, F45 K658 We, Muhammad Aamir and Nida Aamir, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for Planning Permission to retain and complete dwelling house, garage and foul effluent treatment system as granted under PD/07/279, all as per drawing documentation submitted together with all ancillary site works and services.

The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant the application. Signed: BK Engineering Design Ltd Chartered Engineers and Architectural Services Abbey Street, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo www.BkEngineeringDesign.com bkengineeringdesign@gmail.com PH: 087-7743327 / 0949630030

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Patricia McLoughlin intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for retention of extensions to front of existing dwelling by way of open front porch, extension to sitting room and associated works at Barrymore, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon. N37 DX93

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

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, APK Architects & Engineers, intend to apply on behalf of Sinead Benedetti and Ken Kearney for permission for development at this site: Golf Links Road, Slevinagee Td, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of: construction of dwelling house, connections to existing services and carry out all ancillary site works.

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying for planning permission for demolition of derelict buildings on site and for erection of dwelling house and domestic garage with sewerage treatment plant and percolation area and ancillary site development works at Coolagarry, Curraghboy.

Signed: Eamon Finnegan The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 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.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission on behalf of Athleague Tidy Towns to construct two angling stands and associated siteworks at Glebe, Athleague, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Seamus Murray, Project Managers, Engineers & Surveyors. Ph: (087) 2222874 The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


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REDDINGTON Malachy (Malick) Rackins, Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon Who died on 9th May, 2017 (4thAnniversary) Aged 79 years R.I.P.

God called your name so softly that only you could hear and no one heard the footsteps of angels drawing near. The golden gates stood open God saw you needed rest His garden must be beautiful He only takes the best.

Loving remembered by his sisters, Kathleen, Sr. Maura, Rita, Philomena and brothers Sean and Tommy. Rest In Peace.

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McPHILLIPS Michael (6th Anniversary)

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The family of the late Nancy Geraghty would like to offer our sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with us on the sad passing of Nancy. Thanks to everyone who sent Mass Cards, messages of condolence, letters, telephone calls and floral tributes. To all those who called to our home to support us and help us in every way and to our neighbours and friends who brought food and refreshments thank you all. Thank you to Ave Maria Nursing Home, the nurses, health care assistants and staff who looked after Nancy so caringly. To Fr. Michael Cusack, thank you for your compassion and prayers and the beautiful service for Nancy. It was much appreciated during this difficult time. Thank you to Eoin Kenny and Matthew Gilsenan for the beautiful singing in the Church and at the graveside. To Johnny and Mary Feeney, Funeral Directors, thank you for your professionalism, attention to detail and dignified manner in which Nancy’s Funeral arrangements were carried out. Thank you to Pat Smyth for the live streaming of Mum’s Funeral Mass, and to the gravediggers for preparing so beautifully Nancy’s final resting place. Thank you to our wonderful neighbours and friends who lined the roadside as Nancy was brought home and again on her final journey to the Church and the graveyard. It was a beautiful tribute to Nancy and gave us great comfort. Due to Covid restrictions, we would like to thank the volunteers who took care of us at the Church in a quiet and dignified manner. As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our deep appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of Mass will be offered for your intentions. Nancy’s Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Theresa’s Church, Williamstown on Saturday, 8th May 2021 at 7pm.

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Sadly missed by all his family and friends. Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Wednesday, 12th May at 11am.

GEOGHEGAN Helen Lismehy, Strokestown Who died on May 6th 2014 (7th Anniversary)

For a second you were flying like you always wanted to Now you’ll fly forever in skies of azure blue We’ll see your smile in every ray of sunshine after rain and hear the echo of your laughter over all the pain The world’s a little quieter now the colours lost their hue The birds are singling softly and our hearts are missing you Each time we see a little cloud or a rainbow soaring high we’ll think of you and gently wipe a tear from our eye.

Heartbrokenly missed by your loving husband Aidan and son Evan x ~~~~~~~~~~ We’ve seen your secret struggles and I’ve heard your silent tears We’ve bathed in your laughter and stood against your fears We’ve cherished every moment you are our love, our life, God’s gift Precious daughter, we hold you dear

Sadly missed by Mom and Dad x Every day in some small way memories of you come our way.

Lovingly remembered by her sisters, brothers and their families.

FOX Emma and Jack Ryefield House, Elphin, Co. Roscommon

~~~~~~~~~~ The sun turned around and kissed the moon and just like that it’s two years so soon We recall you so clearly your eyes and your voice we know you wouldn’t leave us if you had the choice We hold you close to us We love you so dearly Yet you are not gone You are here in the night until the dawn You are with us for our ups and downs To heal our hearts and calm our frowns The moon comes out and another day dies We will see you again when we close our eyes

Keep us on the right path. Missed and loved by Michael, Emma, Laura, and Tommie. ~~~~~~~~~~

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In ever loving memory of Emma (50th anniversary) who died on 6th May 1971 and Jack (30th anniversary) who died on 19th August 1991 Time and years slip gently by, but love and memories never die.

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I can’t help remembering the way it used to be the days, the months long past keep coming back to me They say you never miss the good times until they’ve been and gone I only wish those good times could have gone on and on All of us together enjoying all our day Things have never been the same since the day you went away

Always remembered by Amanda, Alvin and Grace ~~~~~~~~~~ Just close your eyes and you will see all the memories that you have of me Just sit and relax and you will find I’m really still there inside your mind Don’t cry for me now I’m gone for I am in the land of song There is no pain, there is no fear so dry away that silent tear Don’t think of me in the dark and cold for here I am, no longer old I’m in that place that’s filled with love known to you all, as “up above”

Sadly missed and always remembered by Karen, Ciaran, John, James, Michelle, Cathal, Michelle, niece and nephews.

KENNEDY Michael 24, Beechgrove, Roscommon & Corbo, Kilrooskey, Co. Roscommon (6th Anniversary) Who passed away on 9th May 2015

I just can’t help remembering the way it used to be, the days, the months, long past now keep coming back to me. They say you never miss the good times until they’ve been and gone, I only wish those good times could have just gone on and on. I often lie awake at night, when the world is fast asleep, and take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday, but missing you is heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain. Until the joyous day arrives, that we will meet again.

Always loved and sadly missed by his daughter Eva, son-in-law Francis, granddaughters Nikita and Sophie. ~~~~~~~~~~ The Angels sang Amazing Grace God came down and touched your face then He whispered soft and low “Come with Me, it’s time to go”. The gates of Heaven opened wide the Angels lined up side by side a special guest is on his way the day they took Michael away.

Love from your sister Marie, Vincent, Philip and Alex. ~~~~~~~~~~ As we look upon your picture sweet memories we recall a face so full of sunshine a smile for one and all. Though your heart has gone forever and your hand we cannot touch we shall never lose those memories of a brother we loved so much.

Love from your brother Christopher and Hilary. Michael’s 6th Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in private due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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If I had a lifetime wish, a dream that would come true. I’d pray to God with all my heart, for yesterday and you. No one knows my longing as I write these simple lines, for my husband’s love and friendship that is no longer mine. Things are all so different now, since you went away all because God wanted you just as much as me. I think about you daily and the happy times we knew God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart.

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


HOARE Bernie

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Circular Road, Roscommon Town Who passed on 6th May, 2002 (19th Anniversary)

With fond loving and everlasting memories of Ronan McCormack Racecourse Road, Roscommon Town, who left home on May 8th, 2010. Aged 26yrs. It’s sometimes hard to know why things happen as they do, for so much joy and happiness was centered around you. It seems so hard to comprehend that you’re no longer here but all the happy memories helps us to keep you near. Ronan, we miss your warmth, your smile, your laughter, the glint in your eye, your words, your presence. We miss you

Sadly missed and remembered every minute of every day by your family Bob, Jacqui, Angelina, Fiona, Clement, Shane, Andy, Anne, Gavin, Zoe and Dylan. Also T in Roscommon Town.

Feel no guilt in laughter, he knows how much you care, feel no sorrow in a smile that he’s not here to share. You can not grieve forever, he would not want you to. He’d hope that you would carry on the way you always do. So talk about the good times and the ways you showed you cared, the days you spent together all the happiness you shared. Let memories surround you, a word someone might say, will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day that brings him back as clearly as though he were still here. and fills you with the feelings that say he’s always near. For if you keep those moments you will never be apart and they will live forever safely locked within your heart.

Deeply loved and missed by all your family.

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Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and so very dear.

SHIEL Mary (13th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Mary, late of Ballymoe, Co. Galway, who passed away on May 10th, 2008. R.I.P.

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Corlackin, Creggs (11th Anniversary)

Every day in some small way, memories of you come our way, though absent, you are always near, still missed, still loved, and always dear.

Remembered always by his wife Ann, family and friends. Anniversary Mass has been offered on Sunday 2nd May in Kilbegnet Church at 11.30am.

DONNELLY Brian Funshinagh, Four Roads, Co. Roscommon. Who died on 11th May 2014 (7th Anniversary)

Sadly missed by her loving husband Mickie. Anniversary Mass in St. Croan’s Church, Ballymoe on Sunday, 9th May at 11am.

MURRAY Bridie (nee Brennan) Lisphelim, Knockcroghery. In memory of my dear mother, Bridie, who died on May 4th 2010. (11th Anniversary)

What I would not give to clasp your hand, your dear, sweet face to see: to hear your voice, to see your smile. that meant so much to me. You left behind an aching heart, that loved you most sincere. I never have, nor never will forget you mother dear. May your gentle soul Rest In Peace.

Thought about and missed every day. Your loving daughter Geraldine.

Memories are precious they don’t fade away, we remember you always not just today. Although we sadly miss you, we know we are not alone. For you are watching over us from a place you now call Home.

Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Mam, Dad, James, Paul and Granny. Anniversary Mass has been offered.

A smile for all a heart of gold the very best this We love and miss you always world could hold. Dad, from John, Eamon, Never selfish, Tom, Trish, Josie, Russell, always kind, Charlotte and Lara xx those are the memories Those we love don’t go away, So fondly missed by your you left behind. Masses offered. T h ey w alk Bridie, beside children us everyday loving wife Thinking of you Ann, Declan, Audrey, Emer, Mary is easy Unseen, unheard but always near, Cathriona, Sinéad, Martine, I do it every day, Denis, but missing you Still lo ved, sgrandchildren, till missed and so very dear. family and friends. is a heartache, So fondly missed by your loving wife Bridie, children: Ann, Declan, that never goes away. and friends.


HANLEY Pakie Mount Cashel, Kilrooskey (20th Anniversary) In loving memory of Pakie who passed away on 8th May 2001

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

Always remembered by Majella, Gerard and family. Mass has been offered.

COYNE Eamonn Emlaghmore, Donamon Who passed away on the 10th of May 2007.

GREENE Billy Clooneen, Athleague, Co. Roscommon (2nd Anniversary on 6th May)

If we could have a lifetime wish and one dream that could come true. We would pray to God with all our hearts just to see and speak to you. A thousand words won’t bring you back, we know because we’ve tried and neither will a million tears, we know because we’ve cried. You have left behind our broken hearts and precious memories too. But we have never wanted memories, we only wanted you.

Always loved and sadly missed by his wife Mary, son Liam and daughter Angela. ~~~~~~~~~~ In the rising of the Sun and in its going down, we remember him, In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter we remember him, In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring we remember him, In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember him. In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember him, In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember him, When we are weary and in need of strength we remember him, When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember him. When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember him, So long as we live, he too shall live, for he is now part of us as we remember him.

Sadly missed and remembered with love by your daughter Anne Marie, son-in-law Adrian, grandchildren Elliot, Carla and Louis. Mass will be said privately due to current regulations. Love’s Greatest Gift - Remembrance

Never Forgotten I think of things you used to say and all that you would do, at some point, every single day, my thoughts will turn to you. To lose you was a bitter wrench, the pain cut to my core. I cried until my tears ran out and then I cried some more. This wouldn’t be your wish for me that I’d be forever sad. So I try to remind myself of the happy times we had. I know I can’t be with you now and you can’t be with me. But safe inside my heart you’ll stay, that’s where you’ll always be.

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Due to continued growth, we currently have an opening for an energetic and enthusiastic candidate to join our sales team.

We are currently recruiting for a Service Advisor to join our Aftersales Team. The successful candidate will be required to work within the Service Team to deliver the highest level of satisfaction to our customers.

Key responsibilities include: • Deliver exceptional customer service. • Maintain excellent product knowledge. • Sales of new, used and electric vehicles. • Sale of financial service products. • General sales administration. • Deliver results in a target driven environment. • Work closely as part of a team.

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Let the games begin! HURLERS AIMING FOR FAST START IN LETTERKENNY Allianz NHL Division 2B (Round One): Donegal v Roscommon on Sunday in Letterkenny at 2 pm < SEAMUS DUKE

Roscommon’s senior hurlers are first into the fray when intercounty GAA action returns this coming weekend. That’s a sentence that this writer has been looking forward to writing for the past five months, and talking to players and management over the past couple of weeks there is huge enthusiasm and excitement as the new season is about to begin. Galway man Johnny Keane is at the helm once again and he is fiercely determined to see his changes get off to the good start with games against Donegal and Mayo two contests that they will be targeting to win. With the two strongest teams in the division, Derry and Kildare coming up in the final two fixtures, the hope is for Roscommon to have two wins under their belts heading into those games. Since returning to training, the response of the Roscommon players has been superb with well over 30 players on the panel taking a full part in the preparations. Manager Johnny Keane has been delighted with the levels of commitment. “We have been thrilled with the numbers. Every club is involved and we have brought in a few new lads too,” he told the Roscommon People this week. “A lot of the experienced players came back in great shape which was great to see and we are working hard on the rest to get them up to speed. “It is great to have so many

Roscommon senior hurling manager, Johnny Keane, has confirmed that Jason Kilkenny will captain the team for 2021. Roscommon open their NHL Division 2B campaign against Donegal in Letterkenny this Sunday. Pic: Roscommon GAA

players to choose from. We would be giving out if we had only 16 or 17 training so it’s a nice problem to have and there is a great buzz among the lads”. With games against Donegal and Mayo on the horizon, John-

Murray is new Scór chairperson

St. Dominic’s clubman and County Board Vice-Chairperson, Thomas Murray, has been appointed by GAA President Larry McCarthy as the next chairperson of Coiste Náisiúnta Scór. The Ballyforan National School Principal, who has served his club and county at provincial and national level, described the appointment as a “fantastic honour” for his club, county and province.

ny sees a fast start as crucial to Roscommon hopes. “It’s very important that we get a win the first day out because we don’t want to undo the good work we have done in the past few years. We want to stay in

this division at least,” he said. “This is not an easy task. It’s a long journey up to Donegal and under normal circumstances we would be travelling on the Saturday night but with Covid-19 we can’t do

that which makes it tougher. It will mean four hours travelling to get there and four hours to get home which means a very long day. But we are not making excuses. We will be disappointed if we don’t win

this game and that’s the bottom line”. Johnny is very happy with the level of co-operation he is getting from the hurling community and is determined to build on the progress of recent years, starting this Sunday. ”We have a very good set up and there are loads of people willing to help us out and we welcome them all. “In Division 2B it’s a good standard and we want to keep improving. We don’t want to go backwards. We are without Padraig Kelly and Micheal Beirne this year and of course Shane Curley retired - all great players - but we have to get on with it. “Jason Kilkenny is our captain this year and Cathal Dolan is the vice-captain and both of those lads are top-class performers who have given great service to Roscommon hurling,” he said. The Galway man is looking forward to the campaign. “It’s going to be a quick year for the team and the matches are going to come thick and fast and we will have to be right every day we go out. We have plenty of good hurlers on our panel and I think we are with a good chance,” he concluded. I have been very impressed with Johnny Keane since he took over as manager of the Roscommon hurlers and his enthusiasm and fierce determination to do well will be a huge asset to the team. Victory over Donegal would be the perfect start and it is certainly within Roscommon’s capability to return from Letterkenny with two points in the bag. In the other game in the division, Derry face Mayo. Kildare have a bye this weekend. Let the games begin! Prediction: Roscommon

Local clubs to feature on RTÉ tonight Two Roscommon GAA clubs are set to feature on the second episode of RTÉ’s Open for programme tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. Representatives from Tulsk and Elphin GAA Clubs will discuss how Covid-19 has impacted on their clubs’ revenue streams. Eric Murray from Elphin will discuss how the pandemic led to

‘financial meltdown’ for clubs and how the club was forced to adapt in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions. Before 2020, one of Elphin’s big income earners was their sponsorship draw, which saw local businesses pay into a raffle with the possibility of having their name on the front of a jersey. This didn’t happen last

year. With costs of anything up to €100,000 to run the club, members decided to run different fundraisers, including ‘Win a heifer or a heap of cash’. This draw proved hugely successful and generated much interest and badly needed funds. Darena Hanley and Justin Dixon will also reveal how Tulsk GAA had already started

to move online before the pandemic began and how Covid-19 highlighted just what great revenue streams online bingo and the club shop could be. Tonight’s programme on RTÉ One will be presented by Richard C Business urran and Ella McSweeney.


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Horses for Courses by Tom Red

Racing this weekend starts this evening over the jumps at Tipperary, off at 4.20 pm. There are two meetings tomorrow, over the jumps at Downpatrick in the afternoon at 1.35 pm and the first of a two-day meeting on the flat in the evening at Cork at 4.35 pm. Racing starts at 1.20 pm on Saturday with a national hunt meeting at Cork and a second meeting on the level at 1 pm in Naas. Sunday sees the start of a three-day festival at Killarney with a jumping card away at 2 pm. There is also flat racing at Leopardstown away at 1.45 pm. Monday, from 4.45 pm, and Tuesday evening are days two and three of the Killarney Festival. Roscommon hosts its opening fixture of 2021 at Lenebane on Tuesday after-

noon on the level and we wish Michael Finneran and his staff all the best for 2021. Best wishes to incoming Chairman Pat Rogers of Clooneyourish who takes over from the long serving Dick O’Brien. May we take this chance to thank Dick for all his hard work and wish him the best in his retirement. A successful Irish raid on Newmarket last weekend with Jim Bolger training Poetic Fair to win the 2000 Guineas at 16/1 on Saturday, ridden by his son-in-law Kevin Manning. He won by a short head and a neck from Charlie Appleby’s Master of the Seas and Jessica Harrington’s Lucky Vega. On Sunday,in the 1000 Guineas 10/1 shot Mother Earth, Aidan O’Brien’s second string, was ridden to victory by Frankie Dettori, his 20th British classic win.

ITV4 are covering five races from the cross-channel meeting at Chester today and tomorrow including the Chester Cup. There are four flat races being covered by ITV4 on Saturday from Lingfield with two from Ascot and one hurdle race from Haydock. Congratulations to Adrian Joyce, now assistant trainer to Ger O’Leary, whose Pretty Rebel won at the Curragh on Monday. The mare looked to have lost all chance when rearing as the stalls opened and handing an 8l lengths start to her rivals. They went a good pace up front and rider Dean Curran brought the filly back into contention and in the final quarter mile and she came through to collar Ottawa Fire for a most unlikely half a length success from Wee Pablo in third.

Point-to-Point News Following last weekend’s successful meetings at Lisronagh, Dromahane and Dawstown, there are three more meetings this weekend as racing returns to the northern circuit with racing at on Saturday at Brockshane in Antrim with 102 entries. On Sunday, there are two meetings at Dromahane in Cork with 176 entries and The Westmeath’s race at Tattersalls opposite Fairyhouse racecourse with 133 entries. All three meetings are scheduled for a 2 pm start and are being run behind closed doors. Hopefully there will be a full return to racing in the fields, the wide-open air, sooner rather than later.

Punchestown Review Thursday Friday The opener on Thursday last was won by Jiving Jerry for trainer James Barcoe and Cahal Landers, backed from 20/1 into 11/2. The second race went for export to the Anthony Honeyball trained Sully D’Oc ridden by champion conditional Simon Torrens. The longest race in the island, the La Touche, was won by Philip Rothwell’s outsider, Singing Banjo at 33/1 who beat 80/1 shot Michael’s Pick over the banks course. The winner was ridden by Barry Walsh whose family own and bred the winner who was completing a festival double having won on the opening day. In the first of the 3 Grade 1 races, the Champion Stayers Hurdle went to the Mullins family combination of Willie and Patrick with Klassical Dream. There were 25 runners in the Grade B 3m Handicap Hurdle and again it went to Closutton’s Cappadanno ridden by Jodie McGarvey. Next up, the Grade 1 the Ryanair Novice Chase Energumene kept the Mullins bandwagon rolling on winning by 16l under Paul Townend. The combination were on the mark again in the Listed Mares Novice Hurdle won by Gauloise. Willie Mullins was again in the winner’s enclosure when Dysart Dynamo, a winner at Clonmel, doubled her account beating 50/1 outsider Gordon Dai Dai at evens in the hands of son Patrick.

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Honeysuckle and Rachel Blackmore won the Irish Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.

as expected with outsider El Barra finished head and 3l in front of Get My Drift and the favourite M C Muldoon, ridden by Patrick Mullins. Racing closed with yet another winner for Mullins, Patrick, riding Gavin Cromwell’s My Mate Mozzie in the bumper.


Racing started with a banks race won by Ross O’Sullivan’s Call It Magic ridden by Keith Donohue with Ballyboker Bridge runner-up and My Home Town third. Donohue took the right course this time having gone wrong on this course in the La Touche. It was a race for the layers with the SP 22/1, 22/1 and 50/1. In the 3m 7f Handicap Chase the recent Welsh national third, Mister Fogpatches, was 11/2 favourite and duly obliged. The Peter Fahey trained Danny Mullins ridden beat Se Mo Laoch and Anibale Fly ¾l and 2l with Irish Grand Nation-

al winner Freewheelin’ Dylan fourth. WP Mullins wasn’t quiet for long and won the EBF Mares Champion Hurdle with Stormy Ireland ridden by nephew Danny who beat Minella Melody and Concertista 7l and 2½l. Skyace, with Roscommon connections, stepping up in class fell at the second. The Grade 1 Champion 4-Y-O Hurdle was won by Noel Meade and Sean Flanagan with Jeff Kidder, completed a festival treble having won at Fairyhouse and Cheltenham. The 22/1 shot beat Zanahiyr and Haut En Couleurs ¾l and 1½l. The Grade B Pat Taffee Handicap Chase again went the way of Closutton with 14/shot Brahama Bull, ridden by Brian Hayes, to beat Ten Ten and Popong by a neck and 1l. The Grade B Handicap Hurdle was won by Koshari ridden by Ricky Doyle for once again WP Mullins beating Ciel De Neige and The Shunter. The penultimate race

of the festival went for export with Harry Fry’s Pure Bliss winning in the hands of Mark Walsh from Mary Poppins and Socially Distant. The Mullins’ family was again associated with the winner of the final bumper when Emmet Mullins trained Cararea was pushed home by Philip Byrnes with Naughtiness and Kilbarry Chianti filling the minor places. Willie Mullins with 19 winners, a record, won the leading trainers’ award at the meeting. He trained for 14 different owners and used 11 different jockeys. Paul Townend won the Jockeys’ Award and Patrick Mullins the leading Amateur Award. The Irish Champion Trainer for the 2020/2021 National Hunt Season is once again Willie Mullins, his 15th title, with 182 winners. The champion jockey, after a tough battle with Rachael Blackmore, is Paul Townend who finished eight ahead

on a figure of 100. His sister Jody won the leading Amateur Lady title on eight winners. Champion Amateur rider for the 13th time was Patrick Mullins who rode 47 winners in a ding dong battle with Jamie Codd who finished three behind. The leading conditional jockey was Simon Torrens, who rode a lot of JP McManus’s horses, on 34 winners. After a break of seven years JP McManus has won back the owner’s title from Gigginstown. Cross channel Paul Nichols is the leading trainer with Dan Skelton runnerup. Dan’s brother Harry is leading jockey with outgoing champion Brian Hughes runner-up. That is the last of the major national hunt racing and the flat season has well and truly began in style with an Irish double in the English Guineas at Newmarket. Roll on the summer racing festivals and hopefully a return to spectators at meetings like Killarney, Tramore, Galway, Listowel etc.

There was good news for St. Dominic’s GAA Club this week as Sports Direct announced the renewal of their partnership for a further three years until 2024. The news comes as part of a nationwide expansion of Sports Direct’s grassroots GAA support programme. The company now sponsors 11 clubs nationwide. Sports Direct’s Managing Director, Leonard Brassel said: “Over the past three years, we have been proud official supporters of St. Dominic’s GAA and we are delighted to renew our support of them for a further three years until 2024. We have nurtured positive relationships with all of our existing clubs, which remain true and respectful to the principles and culture of these clubs. “All of us at Sports Direct share this passion for Gaelic Games, and we look forward to working with all of these local clubs and celebrating the local success stories”.


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