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I have a plan for all those government plans...it’s my super super-plan! You rang WHO? A top guy in government! Well, one of them! Micheál? No! Leo? No! Simon A or Simon B? CYCLING ACCIDENT No! Who? If you wereDarragh involved O’Brien, in a cyclingthe Minister I rang accident contact for Housing! He’s always smiling! Well, Byrne Carolan except when he has his serious face on! Cunningham Solicitors And the purpose of your call? Well, you know I’ve been toying with a few ideas, like I always have a few irons in the fire... Yeah, right. Were you speaking to the minister personally? Well, no... He wouldn’t take your call! It’s not that. I WANTED to speak to someone in his department first. It will be a case of ‘his people’ speaking to ‘my people’...that’s how it works...at this level! Go on... SO, I pitched my proposal to one of his advisors... And your proposal is? Well, it’s all these government plans. I just want to streamline everything! Go on... Well, Darragh has proudly launched Housing For All. But it’s just the latest in a series of housing plans! I mean, there was Housing for Everyone, Housing in the 21st century, Housing for a new Ireland, Fair Housing, Very Fair Housing, Housing for everyone who

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wants it... They aren’t the actual names, are they? Okay, one or two of them might have been made up! Yeah... But the point is, there are too many plans! So I’m offering my services to Darragh, and the Department! I’ll take the last ten plans, cross-reference them with comparable plans in the UK, and stress-test them against all the plans of the opposition. I’ll cost them, and I’ll produce one Super-Plan! (They pause to check if Super-Plan is one word, two words, hyphenated... they give up) And how would this elaborate...eh... plan...be financed?

What we liked… Cavan golfer Leona Maguire’s starring performance in the Solheim Cup, and Meath ladies’ sensational victory in the All-Ireland football final.

What we didn’t like… While politicians are (obviously) entitled to private time – and really shouldn’t have their privacy invaded – now that Leo Varadkar’s presence at a music festival in the UK has come to light, we suggest that his decision to attend was unwise and arguably insensitive.

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Well, obviously I’d need some government investment for my plan to collate all previous plans into a new plan. Isn’t there a danger that your plan might end up sitting on a shelf in the Department? That’s another part of my plan... Huh? Remove all shelving in government offices. There are too many plans gathering dust on those shelves. We need to get rid of them! Oh dear. This is getting ridiculous... (Editor:‘getting?’) Look, I’ve been exaggerating a bit, but I really think there’s potential in putting all recent plans into one Super-Plan! What if it all backfired...took too long...cost too much...went nowhere? Then the Government could commission a report into what went wrong! I can provide that service too! I told Darragh’s advisor that I can do plans AND reports... What did he say? Well, when I say I TOLD him, I mean I texted him... Did he text back? Oh yeah...sure the advisor’s a personal friend of mine. He said he might see if a role can be created for me. He even texted me possible financial terms! Wow! Can I see the text? Sorry, I deleted it. You CANNOT delete texts relating to government business! Didn’t the Taoiseach say he’s going to issue a memo to all ministers with new guidelines... to that effect? You’re telling me! Sure I’ve been on to the Taoiseach’s office, I’m working on that memo as we speak...

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Meath ladies’ remarkable win over Dublin in the All-Ireland football final; Cavan golfer Leona Maguire’s heroics in her Solheim Cup debut; Significant lifting of Covid-19 restrictions; The launch of Housing for All; The Katherine Zappone UN job saga...

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New book on Roscommon in 1912-23 A new book by author John Burke, entitled, ‘Roscommon. The Irish Revolution, 191223’, gives a detailed account of the cultural and political landscape of Roscommon in the early 20th century during the period of the Irish Revolution. John Burke holds a PhD in history from National University of Ireland, Galway. Among other works, he is the author of, ‘Athlone, 1900–1923: politics, revolution and civil war’ (Dublin, 2015). The history of Roscommon

in the 1912–23 period is one of transition to new political allegiances while retaining old economic desires. Almost wholly dependent on agriculture to fuel the local economy and sustain the county’s people, the fight for land was the ever-present backdrop to Roscommon’s recent history. By 1912, the organisation that had provided leadership in that fight – the Irish Parliamentary Party – was on the cusp of achieving Irish home rule, a measure believed to have the potential to

settle the land issue. The need to protect the bill saw thousands in Roscommon join the Irish Volunteers and proclaim their opposition to anti-home rule unionists. The First World War led to the suspension of home rule and a call by Irish MPs for their followers to support the British war effort. However, a combination of increasing war-time prices, inadequate food production, ongoing land issues as well as the toleration of partition by local MPs and

the draconian British response to Easter 1916, caused many in Roscommon to reassess their political allegiance. Sensationally, in February 1917, Roscommon elected the first Sinn Féin-backed MP. This proved a decisive step in the demise of the Irish Parliamentary Party and the success of Sinn Féin, which reinvigorated the fight for the land as part of its efforts for a republic. In 1919, Roscommon men took up arms against the British to pursue Sinn Féin aims, only to turn the

weapons on one another three years later when conflict over the continued pursuit of the Irish Republic led to civil war. In tracing the history of Roscommon during these years of instability, Burke’s careful research has produced a comprehensive and accessible study that illuminates and explains the changes and continuities that defined the period. The paperback edition of the book will be available from September 10th, 2021, for €24.95.

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Local politicians have welcomed the Government’s major new plan on housing, with one local Independent TD asserting that the document contains many measures which he had proposed. Deputy Denis Naughten was referring in particular to proposals he has previously put forward with regard to vacant housing. The Government’s Housing for All Plan promises 300,000 new homes by 2030. Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said: “Housing For All sets out clear housing targets and a realistic and sustainable path to delivering on those targets. It is financially backed by €20bn of investment over 5 years and represents real progress for first-time buyers, for renters, and for lower in-

come families who need additional support to meet their accommodation needs”. Senator Eugene Murphy of Fianna Fáil noted that the ambitious plan pledges to support homeownership and increase affordability; to eradicate homelessness; increase social housing delivery; support social inclusion; increase new housing supply, and address vacancy and efficient use of existing stock. Senator Murphy said that the plan will change housing policy in this country “so as to ensure that ‘Housing for All’ actually means that. “We all know fixing the current housing crisis is complex, there is no silver bullet, but what the Government have announced sets us on a path to achieving the supply we need to

cater for all our people. There really is something in this plan for everyone”. For his part, Independent TD Denis Naughten welcomed the publication of the plan, while adding that many of his own proposals on measures dealing with vacant properties across the country are included in it. “While the number of homes lying vacant across the country varies between 50-180,000, depending on the source, the fact is that if we can have these occupied – particularly those in our villages – then there is an immediate dividend to both the State and rural Ireland,” stated Deputy Naughten. “Over the last number of years while all of the experts and public commentary has been focused only on new housing builds, I had continually high-

lighted the fact that we have many existing vacant family homes, close to schools and services including 1,000mbps broadband outside the door. “While there is no doubt we must build more homes, right now we should look to our existing 1.75m houses across the country and see how we can ensure that as many of these as possible are occupied, particularly those in our towns and villages”. Welcoming other aspects of the plan, Deputy Naughten noted its aims of providing circa 300,000 new homes by 2030 and ending homelessness, concluding: “I think the Government, in fairness, has listened to constructive suggestions from all sides and it is in all our interests that it achieves this overall goal”.


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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor Every day Another night, another strange lockdown/pandemic dream. I remember it so clearly. Like most of my pandemic dreams, it was quite bizarre. The scene was The Piglet Bar in a posh city centre hotel. Suave staff tiptoed between the beautiful people who were seated around the plush lobby, their sparkling jewellery and glamorous fashion a striking contrast to the spotless but unimaginative staff uniforms, each of which were emblazoned with a distinctive logo of lonesome piglets. In a corner in the opulent bar sat Cate Blanchett, twiddling with her iphone while tossing the curls of her hair, every now and again glancing at the door to see if a random government minister or official might walk in. Meanwhile, on a busy beach – surrounded by iphone-raising onlookers, yet somehow curiously alone – a Hugh Grant-like figure was seated on a deck chair, sunglasses propped high on his forehead, self-confidence oozing. In a busy government office, with nervous officials scurrying past, sat Colin Firth, or what appeared to be a Cork Colin Firth, if such a wonder could exist. He was deep in thought, mostly a series of reflections on his James Bondlike forays across the international stage, where mercifully he is free of Danny Healy-Rae and Mattie McGrath-shaped distractions. Back in Piglet’s, it was nightfall. Cate, who bore a slight resemblance to Katherine Zappone, checked her mobile for the 72nd time that day. A frown slowly formed on her forehead as she sipped a very fine wine. All her efforts to get talking to top personnel in the American government

had been ignored. Worse, now Colin, in his Foreign Affairs arrogance, was ignoring her texts. She wondered if the smiley face emojis she’d been sending were somehow too common, if there was an ‘Entitled insider’ emoji she wasn’t aware of. Later, in the ladies room, Cate rolled her eyes when a friendly young woman fretted about the stresses of the pandemic. ‘I’m a part-time singer, but I haven’t worked in a year and a half’ the woman said, adding that her PUP income wasn’t compatible with the prices in the Piglet Wine Bar, and that she was only there to collect a friend. ‘I need to get away from here’ Cate thought, before uncharacteristically blurting out: ‘You think YOU have problems? I’m waiting to be appointed as a Special Envoy to the UN – in New York!’ Perhaps fortunately, she didn’t appear to hear the part-time singer muttering ‘Yeah, and piglets will fly’. Hugh Grant was also feeling the pressure. He’d secretly tried to save the Electric Picnic, while publicly banning large outdoor events (it’s complicated). Worse still, he was briefly out of the media spotlight. He needed some time away. Time to think. A few hours later, he was sitting on the grass at a music festival in London. Woo hoo! Back in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Colin Firth just stared ahead, practising his serious look. He knew he was smooth. He knew he was good. He looked at his pinging phone. He passed it to an official and said: ‘It’s her. Deal with it’. In the Piglet Bar, Cate/Katherine ordered another drink. ‘Of all the gin joints in all of the towns in all the world…’


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she muttered, as she zinged texts to Colin, Hugh and Matt Damon, who looked a touch like a young Paschal Donohoe. But the text replies had dried up. Briefly, Cate wondered if her phone could possibly be broken. She asked a pigletdraped waiter to summon the part-time singer from the lobby. ‘Darling, could I possibly borrow your phone? It’s important. Top secret UN business’. The young woman was so apologetic. ‘I’m sorry, like I said, I’m on the PUP. I’m out of credit’. ‘Of course you are, of course you are’ wailed Katherine/Cate, as an emoji for a piglet popped up on her phone.

difficult not to invest all our viewing time into a gripping, brilliant Solheim Cup, the female version of the Ryder Cup. After thrilling, top quality competition, Europe prevailed over hosts America. It was captivating viewing on Sky Sports, particularly as Cavan’s Leona Maguire – the first Irish player to ever reach this stage – was the star of the tournament. I spent most of the weekend savouring the words of commentators and pundits as the brilliant Maguire, a Solheim rookie, remained unbeaten over five outings. She was, quite simply, powering Europe to success. ‘What a sensation she is… relentless’ one commentator purred on Sunday night. Minutes later: ‘A superstar’. Later still ‘Leona’s out of this world’. Her teammates played their part too. It was a superb win for Europe, and a joyous sporting event. Earlier on Sunday, the AllIreland Ladies Football Final was gripping sporting combat, Meath playing brilliant football on their way to a shock win

over a five-in-a-row chasing Dublin. You couldn’t but be thrilled for this wonderful Meath team. I was impressed too with the humility and grace with which Dublin players and management coped with their expected destiny being ambushed by these magnificent, rampaging Royals.

All weekend In the end, Patrick Cantlay won 15m dollars for repeatedly ‘putting’ that little white ball into a hole, but I barely saw any of the PGA’s big season-ending tournament. Golf’s mega-race for the FedEx Cup hadn’t a chance with viewers over the weekend. For those of us into sport, it was

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Every day Obviously there’s any number of ways in which one can embarrass middle-aged men, but one that usually works is if you suggest that they might be aware of the plot (and characters) of any of the popular TV ‘soaps’. This phenomenon may not apply to middle-aged men only, but in my experience it is mostly this group who quake in fear at any suggestion that they might be familiar with Eastenders, Corrie, Fair City, Emmerdale, etc. If one of these programmes comes up in conversation, the Soap Snobs will immediately feign complete disinterest. If they are unfortunate enough

to let some knowledge of the soap slip out, they will quickly, nay desperately, reach for the well established but dubious defence: ‘Of course I don’t actually watch it, it’s just sometimes when I’m in the room it’s on in the background’. I don’t suffer from Soap Snobbery at all, although I haven’t followed any of them for years. I did watch Coronation Street for many years, and Fiona and I enjoyed a visit to the famous set in Manchester back in the days when Jack & Vera were a great double act and Mike Baldwin and Ken Barlow engaged in regular battles. At its best, Coronation Street was tremendous entertainment, with a wonderful cast of characters throughout the 1980s and ‘90s (I rarely see it now). I wouldn’t be too snobby about these programmes. They provide millions of people with escapist light entertainment/drama, and – given the demands of producing so many episodes in a week – the cast and crews are clearly hard-working and talented. Of course many of the storylines are far-fetched; personally, if I lived in Albert Square, I’d get out of there quickly. It’s bad when the local lawyer is going around killing people. And ‘The Queen Vic’ is just not the place to go to for a quiet drink. What prompted the above ramblings was a scene in Eastenders recently, when I was full of Irish pride to hear ‘Linger’ by ‘The Cranberries’ being played in the background. (I just happened to be in the room when it was on).


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Shannon in Athlone Town. The male suspect fled the scene when another male came to the aid of the injured party. This male then waited with the female until her friends arrived. One man was later arrested in connection with this assault and he is currently being detained at Athlone

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At the Castle!

Roscommon County Council Arts Office in association with Culture Night and the OPW will host ‘At the Castle’ on Friday, 17th of September from 8 pm. This is a dance, music, film, projections and lighting effects event, live from Roscommon Castle, Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon Town. The event is funded by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. “It was spectacular. Glad to say I was one of the lucky spectators. Let’s hope, with the lifting of restrictions, lots more people can see it”. A quote from an audience member at the event previously produced at Boyle Abbey in association with Boyle Arts Festival in August. The lifting of restrictions means that a larger audience can attend but early booking is advised via roscommonartscentre.ie.

DERMOT EARLEY BURSARY 2021 -2022 Roscommon County Council established an annual Sports Bursary in honour of the late Dermot Earley. These scholarships will afford financial assistance to two successful candidates, one male and one female residing in County Roscommon and attending his/ her first year in 3rd level education Autumn 2021, with an accomplished background in sport. Application forms are available at www.roscommoncoco.ie or info@roscommoncoco.ie Corporate Services Áras an Chontae Roscommon

Closing date: Friday, 29th October, 2021 at 4.00pm

Over 6,000 people on outpatient waiting list at Roscommon Hospital 199% increase in five years < PAUL HEALY

Over 6,000 people are on an outpatient waiting list at Roscommon Hospital, dramatic new figures have revealed. This represents a staggering 199% increase compared with the waiting list figures at the hospital six years ago. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) says there are now over 127,700 people on outpatient waiting lists at hospitals across the Saolta University Health Care Group, an increase of 53,000 (72%) since 2015. As of July 2021, there were 6,471 people waiting for hospital treatment or to be assessed by a consultant at Roscommon University Hospital. This is compared to a figure of 2,164 in July 2015. The IHCA says that a “severe short-

age” of consultants is the primary reason for the delays. The group says that the shortage of consultants across a large number of specialities is restricting patients from accessing timely, high-quality medical and surgical care. They warn that the waiting lists are likely to worsen in the coming months as more people who have put off seeking care during the pandemic enter the system, and as a result of the ongoing impact of the cyber-attack on the HSE. The hospitals that have seen the greatest growth in outpatient waiting lists are Roscommon University Hospital, which has seen its list increase 3-fold (+4,307, 199%) since July 2015, and Mayo University Hospital, where there has been an additional 9,473 people added over the same period, an increase of 162%. Some of the longest waiting lists across the whole region are for routine, planned care particularly in Or-

thopaedics, ENT (Otolaryngology), Urology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology and Dermatology. Patients are waiting to see a

consultant and then receive treatment for procedures such as hip or knee replacements, tonsillectomies, prostate biopsies, and cataract surgery, while

others face similar waits for critical gynaecological assessments and skin biopsy for possible cancers. IHCA President, Professor Alan Irvine, said: “This shocking increase in waiting list figures demonstrates the impact of years of consultant shortages and underinvestment in capacity across public hospitals in the region. We now have a chronic recruitment and retention crisis”. He called for the urgent filling of vacant permanent hospital consultant posts and the expansion of the region’s hospital beds, operating theatres and other essential hospital facilities. Acknowledging the impact of the pandemic and the cyber-attack, Professor Irvine still laid most of the blame at central government, referencing “persistent underinvestment in hospital infrastructure over the past decade”. He added that the “immense backlog of care” is dangerously close to overwhelming our public hospitals.

‘Childcare workers are professional and passionate ... but we are being underpaid’ ‘Laura’ says a staff crisis in the childcare sector is about to get worse… I change babies’ nappies, clean children’s noses, comfort children when they are upset, help them put their shoes on, teach them to learn about their interests, put them to sleep when they are tired, pick them up when they fall, plan their activities, and observe and care for all their individual needs on a daily basis. I do this, plus a lot more – including cleaning,

not to mention huge amounts of paperwork. It’s hard work. I do it because I’m passionate and committed to working with children and giving them the best start in life. The childcare sector in Ireland is highly regulated and regularly inspected. Childcare practitioners are highly professional and well educated. We are committed to giving children the care and education they need. We are inspected by the Department of Education and Tusla. Yet we are not recognised as educators or treated as such. We do not get the recognition or pay of a teacher. There is a childcare crisis! More and

more childcare practitioners are leaving the sector every week. In County Roscommon and nationwide, there are lots of childcare services’ looking for staff but they are having difficulty replacing existing staff, who are leaving the sector. The reason these people are leaving is because childcare workers are still not being recognised as professionals or treated fairly for the work that we do. Childcare can be a stressful job as there is a lot of paperwork involved and huge responsibility on our shoulders. We are underpaid. Some have challenging working conditions, even though our service is so vital

to parents and is in demand more than ever. The Government needs to do something fast before even more people leave the childcare sector. Childcare services have closed down, parents are left struggling to find childcare and childcare workers are leaving the sector to seek alternative work. Wages are inadequate. Change needs to happen now. We need a proper payscale introduced and the Government need to act fast before there are no childcare services left! * Laura is a childcare worker in County Roscommon

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On trend… Erita Nails & Beauty Boutique featured by Cosmo! A Boyle-based beauty salon has been handpicked to be a part of the world famous Cosmopolitan magazine. Located on The Crescent, Erita Nails & Beauty Boutique recently turned heads at Cosmo HQ thanks to its trend-setting nail designs. Cosmo were blown away by nail artist Erita O’Carroll’s Black and Gold nails design and were equally impressed with the stunning artistic work she and her staff at the salon have become renowned locally for. Not only was her amazing design featured on Cosmo’s website and magazine, but the boutique has also been chosen by Cosmo to be a trend-setter and its designs will now be used for further trend-setting articles for both Cosmopolitan’s magazine and website. Erita Boutique joins a very impressive lineup of select nail artists and salons from New York to LA for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s quite amazing for a local Irish salon to be featured and a very proud moment for Erita and her hard-working staff. The salon prides itself on not just providing a high quality service but also on giving its clients that take-home ‘wow’ factor. Professionalism and client satisfaction are at the heart of what drives Erita Nails and Beauty Boutique. Erita O’Carroll established her business in 2018 with one aim in mind: to provide clients with high-quality nail and beauty treatments, and while the pandemic has posed a number of challenges, the salon remains the go-to

boutique for clients across Roscommon and further afield. The staff at Erita Boutique – Erita, Emer and Aisling – are highly trained and Erita offer a world class service, taking great pride in each and every treatment. The reaction to becoming Cosmo ‘Trend Setters’ is testament to the hard work and dedication that goes into ensuring each client leaves the salon glowing with satisfaction. This year, Erita Nails & Beauty celebrates its third anniversary. Both Erita and her staff Emer and Aisling, are extremely grateful for the support and thankful to all their clients and friends and clients for their loyalty throughout.


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Arts Centre welcomes exhibition by acclaimed photographer Martin Parr Since the late 1980s, the esteemed British documentary photographer Martin Parr has been taking photographs in Ireland. Between 1980-1982 he lived in in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, where he embedded himself in the land and culture, capturing the area where he was based. Since then, he has returned many times to continue this work, coming back to Ireland at regular intervals over the last three decades. During that time, he captured the changing Ireland and created a series of images that present the effects of wealth and Americanisation on the country. At a pivotal time of social and cultural

Congratulations from all at the Roscommon People to our reporter Dan Dooner and his bride Anna Ryan, who were married last Friday. The wedding took place at the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon. The reception was held in the Abbey Hotel, where the happy couple are pictured.

change, these series’ range from the Texan-inspired bungalows of Co. Leitrim to the Country and Western dances in rural dancehalls, showing an Ireland on the cusp of the Celtic Tiger era. Since then, he has produced new series of works around the Silicon Docks in Dublin, once again exploring the new wave of Corporate American influence in Irish society and the shadow of an impending Brexit. Until now, this expansive series of images made in Ireland over a 40-year period has not been exhibited in its entirety. Now, a two-year international tour presents all of Parr’s work from the country across six venues from Spring 2021

to December 2022. The work explores a variety of themes and events of historical and social significance in Ireland including the Pope’s visit, the traditional Irish horse and cattle fairs, rural ballrooms, the infamous abandoned Morris Minors of the West of Ireland, seaside holidays, and the changing face of economic Ireland. The tour, which began in Spring 2021 in Limerick City Art Gallery, will open (for Culture Night) at Roscommon Arts Centre on September 17th, and will be on display until October 29th. The Roscommon Arts Centre exhibition is supported by Creative Ireland and The Arts Council.

Pictured is a striking photograph of a man at a drive thru, taken by Martin Parr.

Strokestown Poetry Town begins on Friday Strokestown is to take part in Poetry Town, an initiative from Poetry Ireland in partnership with Roscommon County Council Arts Office. An exciting range of activities will take place around the town and online over nine days from September 10-18th. Twenty towns across the island of Ireland are

participating in Poetry Town, a celebration of the pride, strength and diversity of towns, with more than 100 free activities lined up across all the towns. Each Poetry Town has a Poet Laureate, who is either from the respective local area or who has strong connections to it. They have been com-

missioned to write a poem honouring and reflecting their Poetry Town and its people. The Poet Laureate for Strokestown is Noelle Lynskey, who will be unveiling her Town Poem on Roscommon Library Facebook page on Culture Night, Friday, September 17th. The poem will be available to read on the Poetry Town website in the days following the event. Further activities will include a series of poetry events involving local poets and community groups including a Tour of Strokestown Heritage Trail with poetry readings, hosted by the Strokestown Community Development Association. The full programme of activities for

Pictured is Noelle Lynskey, Strokestown’s Poet Laureate.

each town is available on the Poetry Town website at poetrytown.ie. Strokestown events are coordinated by Anne O’Leary in association with Roscommon Arts Office and Poetry Ireland.

Pictured on their first day of school is the new junior infant class in Athleague National School.

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20 years on from 9/11, the world is as troubled now as it was then Our man Frank recalls the trauma of the 9/11 terror attack 20 years ago, an amazing sporting weekend for Irish women, and a poignant farewell to a local man...

It’s Monday evening as I write, and some programme on telly (that I wasn’t really looking at) is asking the question, “Where were you when the twin towers came down?” – an event which, amazingly, took place twenty years ago this week. For some reason, the same question is asked about President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Elvis Presley’s death in Memphis, and Princess Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris – all such important, traumatic experiences. However, with almost three thousand people perishing in the terror attacks on the 11th of

September 2001, the collapse of the twin towers has to go down as the most appalling of all the modern-day tragedies. Funnily enough, I can remember where I was for all four tragedies. In November 1963, when JFK was shot, I was in school in Roscrea, a first year student aged just 12. When I heard about Elvis’s death in August 1977, I was sitting on a high stool having a pint in what was then Keane’s of Athleague (now The Bridge House). In August 1997, when the ‘People’s Princess’ was killed in that still dubious car crash in Paris, I was sitting on the couch in my sitting room. Now I had to think a little bit to figure out where I was for those three events, but there was no need for any soul-searching for the twin tower disaster. For that terror attack, I was flat on my back in Roscommon Hospital. I’d been suffering from cellulitis, a condition which, of my long list of ailments, was definitely the worst of my life so far. I had felt unwell for a little while,

but of course said and did nothing. When I eventually presented myself to Dr. Daly in Ballygar, he immediately sent me off to hospital, an act that I am still convinced saved my life. By the time I was admitted, I was so sick that I nearly didn’t care if I survived or not. Anyway, the fantastic staff in the hospital sorted me out, and by the Sunday (after being in for a week or so), I was well enough to watch Galway hurlers lose the All-Ireland to Tipperary by three points. Two days later on the Tuesday, the twin towers collapsed. There was no television in the ward I was in, but I can remember being told by a nurse to come out quick to a communal telly, as something awful was happening. To tell the truth, in common with many people around the world, I thought at first that I was watching a film. It took some time for us all to realise that we were watching real events, that we were seeing real people jump to their deaths from several storeys high – in a bid

One of the best sporting weekends of my life I have mentioned this before, but in my younger days it was almost unheard of for women or girls to play sport. Sadly, all sports were virtually the sole domain of the male gender. Gradually, but ever so slowly in Ireland, women began to emerge in certain sports. We started to see sportswomen like Philomena Garvey, who became Ireland’s first professional lady golfer in 1964, and Rosemary Smith, who was a champion international rally driver in the 1960s. However, it was much later before women in sports became fully acceptable and recognised. And so it was that last weekend I had one of the most memorable and enjoyable sporting weekends of my life. First, the lady footballers of Meath and Dublin put on a classic All-

Ireland final on Sunday. Then, the lady golfers of Europe and the USA played out a spectacular and enthralling Solheim Cup. The football final was just fantastic – a Meath win was almost unthinkable, but the quality of the football was truly amazing, and there is little doubt that next Saturday’s men’s game will be a lot less entertaining. Three things in the ladies game should be adopted by the men to speed it up: the pick-up from the ground, the kick-out off the hands, and the use of the hooter to bring an end to the procedure. Meath were worthy winners. Their athleticism, skill, determination, and fitness were unbelievable. It was the best game of football I’d seen in years. Then came the drama and excitement of the

to avoid being incinerated by the burning aviation fuel. Thankfully I was released a few days later, but there can be no doubt that that particular day in 2001 changed the world in so many ways for so many people. As the 20th anniversary approaches this weekend, let us pause to remember all of those who perished in those attacks, and those who died in the Pentagon, and in the fourth plane crash in Pennsylvania. A sobering thought is that nothing much has changed since 2001. The threat of terror attacks is still as big as ever, Afghanistan is becoming an ever-larger humanitarian disaster, there is still widespread hunger and poverty, the rich are getting richer, and as ever, the poor are getting poorer. However, life goes on. I suppose it always will. But for this one day, let us reflect on the happenings of 9/11 and hope we never see the likes again.

Leona Maguire

Solheim Cup, which had me on the edge of my seat for the weekend. The fact that Cavan woman Leona Maguire was the undoubted star made me so proud to be Irish. In the end, Europe won the cup by a 15 to 13 score, and nobody played as big a part as the very modest, but supremely focused, Maguire. A mention here too for the marvellous Katie Taylor, who won again at the weekend. And so I have to say thanks to all the footballers and golfers (and Katie) who provided such quality entertainment for millions of people at the weekend. It was fitting that it all happened around the time that the FAI agreed to pay our soccer international teams, male and female, the same match fees. Well done ladies, you all deserve to take a bow.

Jimmy’s poignant return home I have told you many times of Martin Logan, a native of Mount Mary, and a man who has a huge following in the UK. Martin and his Mayo-born wife Annette present the very popular, ‘Irish in the UK’ programme on Sky TV, a show that goes out on Channel 191 every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm.

This week here in Creggs, we saw another side to the Logans, as they were instrumental in having the ashes of local man Jimmy Noone brought home to be buried in his family grave in Kilbegnet. Jimmy spent a large part of his life in Manchester, where he worked for many years with Martin Logan and Martin’s father.

Like a lot of us, Jimmy never lost his love for Creggs and always expressed a wish to come home to be buried with his family. Sadly he passed away some time ago, but Covid regulations meant he could not come home until last Monday, when we, his neighbours and friends, gathered at Mass in Kilbegnet Church and

Kilbegnet Graveyard to pay our respects and say our goodbyes. Thanks to Martin Logan’s generosity, we were all treated to a beautiful meal afterwards in Mikeen’s, and it was so uplifting to see how the Irish can look after one another. If you haven’t seen it yet, look out for Martin’s show – you will not be disappointed.

All-Ireland final tickets to be won!

Our local GAA club are holding a big draw for two All-Ireland Stand tickets for Saturday’s All-Ireland final. You can get your tickets online or off club members, so please consider getting a ticket and showing your support for a very good local GAA club. If you win, hopefully you will see Mayo finally bridge the 70-year gap since they last won the Sam Maguire!

And finally… Out here in Creggs we lost another link with our local history when Mary Small, nee Kiernan, passed away suddenly last Monday week, a passing that greatly saddened her neighbours and many friends. Mary’s parents, Gerry and Agnes, were great friends of our family back in the day, and Agnes was like a second mammy to me when I was a child. Gerry, as our local barber, also used to cut my hair (those were in the days when I used to get it cut). We went back a long way with the Kiernans, and there is no doubt that Mary carried on the same traits as her parents. She was kind to a fault, always in good humour, very funny, and a person it was a privilege to know. To her husband John, sons John and Dean, daughters Jacinta and Aoife, brother Marty, and all the extended family and friends, I express my deepest sympathy – Mary will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.

‘Till next week, bye for now


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Music Generation Roscommon’s Lily Lawlor performing with her father Conor at the Amphitheatre in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon, for the launch of Culture Night. Pic: Brian Farrell

The Weight is over!

Slimming World groups return to full group support A weight has been lifted for slimmers from Roscommon, Castlerea and Ballygar as Slimming World consultants plan to move their meetings from Zoom to face to face meetings. Restrictions are easing and from the 20th of September, local Slimming World consultants are delighted to offer members who are fully vaccinated the choice to avail of group support and Image Therapy in person. Members are so excited that they can now stay to group. It’s the power of a Slimming World group – the sharing, the caring, the expertise that brings success. Slimming World doesn’t just share a healthy eating plan, it tackles the psychology of slimming, and helps members develop a healthier relationship with food. Dr. Jacquie Lavin (Head of Nutrition and Research at Slimming World) says: “The power of the group and the peer support that members give one another is what sets Slimming World apart. Our members become part of a community, something special that helps them to realise that they are not alone in the challenges they face”. Local Consultant Trish Keegan, who runs the groups in Roscommon, Castlerea and Ballygar, says: “Members have told me they’ve really missed being together in-person – that feeling of community, sharing recipe ideas, success stories and being there for each other through the highs and the lows of their journey. Plus, we know that there’s something powerful about stepping on the scales each week and having that regular check-in on your progress. “This past year and a half has been far from easy for all of us, with some people struggling more than others, but for lots of our members, all of the challenges and anxieties have actually made them more determined than ever to

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Miriam’s MUSINGS It’s time for Micheál to show the lads who’s boss! Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

At the time of writing, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Defence and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael Simon Coveney was still staunchly defending his decision to delete what were, let’s face it, crucial text messages relating to the Katherine Zappone ‘Merriongate’ affair. Initially citing ‘storage’ issues as what he clearly believed to be a valid reason for deleting texts on his ministerial phone, instead of cutting the cackle, Mr. Coveney then introduced a disturbing narrative into the mix – alleging his phone had been hacked! Oooh – a thrilling hint at

espionage, or simply some hyped up spin? I wonder what Green Party leader, Minister Eamon Ryan thinks of the whole affair? I’m sure he’ll tell us when he wakes up! For the record Simon, if I were a political reporter, my question to you would be… did you delete these messages before or after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request was filed? Furthermore, if I were someone advising Simon, I’d be instructing him to either get on top of this, get his story straight and to stick to it, or to shut up! It’s my opinion that when a high level government minister is ex-

plaining, they’re losing – and that’s a situation that can lead to widespread unease right across the nation. I’d also tell Simon to either increase the storage capacity of his phone, or better still, to get an upgrade! As for Leo, well let me say I’m not a fan, however, he deserves some degree of credit for his impressive, self-preservation, cover-yourown-ass tactics in releasing his own text messages, which, it must be said, removed any impropriety on his part regarding Cronygate, sorry Zapponegate. This move, which was not

only a stroke of PR genius on Leo’s part, also lifted the lid on the government’s alleged lies regarding lockdown. Had it not been for Zappone’s soiree, the nation may never have been made aware that up to 200 hundred people could ‘legally attend organised outdoor events and gatherings’. Mind you, the Tánaiste’s every-man-for-himself stunt did spectacularly backfire this week when a picture of him attending the Mighty Hoopla music festival in London was released in time to coincide with what should have been our now cancelled Electric

Picnic (EP) event. Not cool Leo! While Leo is of course entitled to do what he wishes in his own personal and private time, it has to be said the optics are not good. For me, the whole episode smacks of Marie Antoinette’s ‘let them eat cake,’ school of thought, and we all know what happened to France’s final queen, don’t we folks? Her bad attitude not only led to her falling out of favour with the peasants – sorry, the voters (especially those of us who don’t eat cake) – she also lost her head! I’m certain Leo will not

suffer a similar fate, I mean we’re hardly going to storm the Bastille or the Dáil, now are we? Mind you, given the current shenanigans, I would question An Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s grip on the overall situation and suggest it’s about time he grew a set and let the lads know who’s boss. To reference another period in European history folks, from where I’m sitting, it appears that during a time of crisis, instead of leading, Micheál’s fiddling while Ireland burns, leaving me to wonder whether it’s Leo, Simon, or the hackers who’re really running the show!

Welcome to the world, baby Claudia!

Columnist Miriam Kerins was not impressed with Virgin Media’s The Big Deal.

The Big Deal is as flat as a failed soufflé! Last Saturday night, with vodka and tonic in hand and dogs on lap, I sat down and tuned into Virgin Media’s ‘biggest Irish entertainment show of the year’, The Big Deal. Billed as a brand new format and developed by Fox Entertainment, I felt this highly anticipated, attention-grabbing series might take the edge off an otherwise boring evening. I was wrong. As entertainment goes, it’s my belief that Virgin Media’s creative team have officially run out of ideas, because The Big Deal was about as flat as a failed soufflé!

Perhaps I expected too much of what, in my opinion, turned out to be a tacky, re-booted version of Ireland’s Got Talent, or as I call it, a poor-person’s X Factor! Desperate for good oldfashioned entertainment, I allowed myself to get carried away by all the ballyhoo surrounding this new-fangled concept, whose hype, let’s face it, was laid on so thick this past month, I actually thought the producers would be showcasing, well, talent! However, having viewed what was a cringe-worthy episode one, I’m guessing the researchers couldn’t find any gifted entertainers, and

er, just went with what they had! And don’t get me started on the, ‘star-studded’ judging panel! More like a group of Z list hasbeens whose agents couldn’t get them a booking anywhere else! Take Jedward for example. I mean, placing John and Edward Grimes in the judges’ seats is akin to sending Dustin the turkey to the Eurovision. Then again, I suppose you have to admire the sheer brass neck and level of self-assurance displayed by this novelty duo, who despite their own musical clout being highly questionable, were placed in a position of offering constructive

criticism to others. The nerve! On a positive note, because I like to be fair, shows like this do offer mediocre, eardrum-abusing karaoke singers, up and coming magicians, and other ‘entertainers’ a chance to perform, and that’s nice. Mind you, kudos to Bella Duo, they kind of saved the day. However, if, as the spin says, The Big Deal guarantees to showcase ‘the best talent Ireland has to offer,’ I think I’ll stick to shoving bamboo shoots up my nails. It’d be far less painful, and in my opinion, way more entertaining!

Meeting and holding my granddaughter Ellarose for the very first time 14 years ago was the most joyful experience of my entire life. There was no such thing as a nasty pandemic hanging over us, therefore while my daughter Gillian was giving birth, Nana, Granddad and aunty Megan camped outside the labour ward, munching on doughnuts, drinking coffee and feeling grateful to a nurse who popped out with regular updates. This we did for eight hours solid until our bundle of joy, my best pal, my sidekick, arrived into this world. I kissed every inch of her beautiful little body before going home, showering, and heading straight back to the hospital for more cuddles. I’ve been spoiling that child, a beautiful being I cherish above all else, ever since! Fast-forward to last Sunday, and, 14 years later, as Ellarose’s mammy went into labour for the second time, due to the effects of Covid it was an entirely different experience for everyone. However, I’m over the moon to announce that, following a 24-hour labour, (every minute of which I went through with her on the phone), Gillian had a C section. As my child went to theatre, my connection was cut, leaving me wondering and worrying how on earth the team of midwives, medical specialists and my sonin-law would all cope without me telling them what to do! Nana always knows best. An hour later … a whole agonising hour… pictures and videos finally filtered through our family’s WhatsApp group alerting us to the arrival of my second granddaughter and brand new member of Nana Miriam’s ‘girl crew’, baby Claudia! I am, readers, for the second time in my life, rendered speechless. I have, for the fourth time in my life, fallen head over heels, instantaneously and unconditionally in love with a human being – the other three times being my own daughters’ and Claudia’s enormously proud big sister Ellarose. Welcome to the world Claudia, like your big sis Ellarose, Nana’s going to spoil you like rotten and cherish you for eternity.

Roscommon People Friday 10 September 2021



Roscommon People Friday 10 September 2021


Not a very just transition so far It’s the time of year when families are preparing to send their children to universities and colleges around the country. The race for accommodation has been painful and expensive, and with college offers accepted by many in the past week or so, there’s a real sense of household budgeting now to try and pay for the fees, rent and upkeep of the students in the coming months. For many families, this will not be easy. Many are absolutely dreading autumn and winter. With the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, their sons and daughters will in most cases be going back onto campus – and that will mean they will have to fork out thousands of euro in the coming days to cover transport, accommodation, food and drink. There’s another category of parents I feel particularly sorry for this year, and that’s the younger couples who have to pay for the adult children’s college fees and upkeep after a summer when they initially hoped these young men and women might have worked with Bord na Mona during the harvesting season, earning their own dough. For decades, the job on the bog was a saviour for such families – their hard-working student spending most of the summer out on the Mountdillon or Blackwater bogs, driving a tractor, picking stones, opening railway gates or doing whatever was asked of them and coming home at the end of a good week with 500 or 600 euro or more in their pockets. This was the way it was in my own youth and I know full well how important it was for the household budget. With two sisters training to be teachers and a brother in Athlone Regional College, there was severe pressure on my own parents to meet the bills. I can remember the trips to Galway and Athlone and elsewhere with bags of turf, boxes of groceries and much more. It was a really penny-pinching time for us. Bord na Mona was a crucial contributor to the household economy of thousands of Roscommon families every year. The ‘Bord’ paid for the education of thousands of children in return for the hard slog on the dusty peatlands of the county every summer. Now, the suddenness of the demise of the company’s operations in peat here over the last 12 months has left a lot of people cash-starved. I know that some of the more experienced BNM staff have received redundancy payments – and there is some money in the region for education – but the parents I’m referring to are the younger couples who did not qualify for a decent redundancy payment this year, or who are just starting out as parents of college students and are now facing a really challenging time in coming up with money. A colleague cautioned me when I mentioned I was about to seek redundancy from RTE last spring. “You DO know you will need 15,000 euro per child, per college, per year, if you are going to be able to pay to educate your boys in the years to come? That’s at least 150K...you might need to think twice about walking away from a good job with those sort of bills coming down the line. They won’t be on the bog this summer either!” I have to say I was a bit shocked when it was put in those terms. Apart from education costs, many families are also wondering who will give them a job in the years to come. This painful scenario has quite rightly led to questions being asked in the Dáil in

A staff photo from the old ESB power station in Lanesboro, taken many years ago. The station and Bord na Mona were huge contributors to the economy of the area.

recent weeks about the progress of the Just Transition Fund. Just Transition has been a painful process for many people I know in Shannonbridge and Lanesboro-Ballyleague and their hinterlands. Ten years ago there was an expectation that there would be a phasing in of any major economic changes. We were told there was a plan to use the burning of biomass for eight or ten years in the existing power stations as a period when these people could begin to look elsewhere for employment (while they still had a job), set up alternative industries and have Government aid to assist them make the transition in a slow but safe manner – instead of falling off the economic edge. The German experience was quoted most. They were dealing with the closure of dozens of coal mines and the loss of thousands of jobs, and had set out a ‘transition’ plan over many years. Mining for hard coal in Germany officially came to an end on Friday, 21 December 2018. The decision to shut the last hard coal mines was made in 2007 – some 11 years earlier, for purely economic reasons. The aim of their transition was to wean mining communities off coal onto new enterprises in order to head off the hard-coal mining industry’s overall structural decline across western Europe due to competition from cheaper extraction costs elsewhere and a diversifying energy mix –for the most part they achieved their goal, with hundreds of new industries being grant-aided, creating jobs across the German coal regions.

In Ireland, we had closer to 11 months’ notice that the power stations were going. The collapse of the planning process undertaken to help adapt the existing power stations to burn biomass was disastrous. Within a very short space of time, over 20,000 people in four counties were faced with the brutal reality of redundancies. The saddest part of it all is that we were well warned. The National, Economic and Social Council here had looked at the German model (and others) and advised a long time ago that a badly handled restructuring of regional economies would leave deep scars, a community in decline, and distrust of new restructuring attempts. The reality is there was no time for regional restructuring after the collapse of the planning cases. The date was simply set for the closure of the stations and the Just Transition Fund Commissioner was wheeled out, with Roscommon’s Kieran Mulvey at the helm. Two years later Mr. Mulvey has been the first person to express deep dismay and disappointment with the way the Transition Fund has operated. He has long admitted that the process began far too late. It is true that Just Transition is supporting some job projects in Roscommon and neighbouring counties – but these are few and far between. Counties like Offaly were advanced in their preparations (because they expected the Edenderry power station to close much earlier) but, even

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there, there is frustration with the pace of change and the lack of urgent supports. The bottom line is that communities needed at least ten years to prepare for these closures. Fortunately, there is a new process underway now. I am hearing for the first time of exciting new developments around the use of hydrogen and other energy forms in this region in the years to come, but it’s all so very late for the people who need this economy to give them a job next winter, or for those who have to pay those college fees this month. In the months to come, we must all work closer with the Just Transition process to see what can be salvaged. I am told that the next stage of the Just Transition Fund is a green initiative from Europe and that significantly more funds will be made available to help support communities like our own, where jobs can be created in a low-carbon friendly society. It will be a challenge to take it on, but the scientists and the engineers say it is possible – and we must try. If we don’t, the alternative is a decade (at least) of decline for the old Bord na Mona communities – when the economy will stagnate and younger generations will be lost for good. That’s not just my view. It’s exactly what the Economic and Social economy review group told us in its report two years ago.


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NewsPeople newsbriefs Kerrane slams ‘unfair’ cuts to PUP Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Claire Kerrane TD, has criticised cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which came into effect on Tuesday. The PUP is being cut by €50 per week for many workers. Deputy Kerrane said: “I am appalled that the Government has insisted on going ahead with these PUP cuts. From Tuesday, thousands of workers across the state will see their financial supports slashed, despite the fact that they remain unable to return to work due to their sectors being closed under public health advice. “These cuts should not have gone ahead when sectors are only starting to reopen as a result of the recently updated public health guidelines. The live music/entertainment sector are operating at reduced capacity through no fault of their own, simply because they are following government guidelines put in place to keep us all safe. Yet many working in this sector will see their PUP payments cut by €50 per week”. Deputy Kerrane said that the cuts will represent a drastic loss of income for those who are still waiting to return to work, creating stress and potentially causing a financial cliff-edge for many workers. “I have been challenging Minister Humphreys on this continually, yet she has been silent on this issue for almost a month now. She has continually failed to be upfront with workers and explain why she is insisting on continuing with these unfair cuts despite sectors remaining closed. I am again urging her to reverse this decision”.

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Pictured are Volunteers of the Ballygar Company.

1921 remembrance event in Ballygar on Sunday The Ballygar 1921 Remembrance Committee are hosting a commemoration event in honour of the local volunteers who fought in the War of Independence. It will take place at the Old Courthouse in Ballygar on this Sunday, September 12th, beginning at 12 noon. The event is being held to commemorate the Ballygar Company of Irish Volunteers, and their involvement in the War of Independence. It will focus on their contribution and create awareness of the

legacy they’ve left behind. The Ballygar 1921 Remembrance Committee was formed in mid-July of last year under the chairmanship of Pat Roche (Western Branch PRO of Military Police Association Ireland). Some of the members of this committee have direct ancestral links with Irish Volunteers from Ballygar Company. A photographic exhibition will be hosted in the old courthouse as part of the event, with several

pull-up banners (courtesy of Galway County Council Heritage Officer Marie Mannion) detailing the history and heritage of local volunteers’ involvement in the War of Independence, as well as showcasing many historical images. Additionally, six different postcards with individual designs are to be available (free of charge) as a memento to those attending on the day. The event will also feature a re-enactment of the Ballygar Ambush.

Video and drone coverage of the commemoration will be provided by Stephen Blake (MRIAI) and Keith Gordon. It is expected that a DVD will be available for purchase at a later stage. Those who wish to attend are requested to arrive early on the day. Hopefully the weather will be dry, but come prepared for the rain just in case! More information is available via the Ballygar 1921 Remembrance Committee’s Facebook page.

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The things people say…

Simon Coveney

“I never dreamt of that at all. If they never kick another ball it doesn’t matter, they’ll never be forgotten. Never” - Eamonn Murray, manager of the Meath ladies’ team, speaking after their sensational win in Sunday’s All-Ireland senior final

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It’s been a BAD week for… Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar and others in government, as the botched Katherine Zappone UN appointment controversy continues to stalk them, with an added outcry over Varadkar’s attendance at a music festival in London The Band with No Name: Music Generation Roscommon’s Joe McGrath, Roy Brannigan and Ben Carney pictured outside Roscommon Castle at the launch of Culture Night. Pic: Brian Farrell

It’s been a GOOD week for… The people of Ireland, with more Covid-19 restrictions lifted earlier this week, including facilitating the return of live music, large crowds being permitted at indoor venues, changes to rules regarding church ceremonies, etc

Meath ladies’ footballers, who won their first ever All-Ireland senior title with a sensational display at Croke Park on Sunday, defeating hot favourites Dublin (1-11 to 0-12) and sparking emotional celebrations

Leona Maguire, with the brilliant young Cavan golfer making a sensational debut in the Solheim Cup, her magnificent matchplay showcasing a sporting star to millions of new fans

Dublin ladies’ footballers, who saw their five-ina-row All-Ireland winning ambitions crushed by an amazing Meath performance, though great credit must go to the Dubs and their management for the grace with which they accepted their unexpected defeat Irish public life, with the loss of some well-known and highly respected figures, including RTE broadcasting greats Rodney Rice and Donncha Ó Dúlaing, and Pat Hume, wife of the late John Hume, herself described as “a great peacemaker”


Famous birthdays ... this week

Jack Grealish (English football star who recently signed for Manchester City for £100m, 26 on Friday)

Hugh Grant (awardwinning English actor, star of Four Weddings and a Funeral, 61 on Thursday)

Throwback Thursday! ...O’Dowds Bar

Jennifer Hudson Colin Firth (Acclaimed (American singer and English actor, 61 on actress, 40 on Sunday) Friday)

I’m grateful to PJ Naughton of PJ’s Bar & Lounge in Castlecoote, who recently sent this photograph to me. It’s of a famous old bar in Roscommon Town. While it was formerly O’Dowds, and later The Spiral, this is actually where the modern, state-of-the-art Hollywood Bar is now located. Situated at Castle Street, O’Dowds was a popular bar many decades ago. It was run by Mable O’Dowd and her brothers, Dessie and Brodie (Mable was primarily in charge). All three were popular members of the local community. When I called local historian John Kerrigan on Tuesday, he spoke fondly of the pub’s place in the hearts of many locals. John recalls Brodie as a “wellknown sportsman” who also had a passion for antiques. Dessie was a popular figure in town. Indeed many readers will recall the late Dessie O’Dowd as a somewhat eccentric and popular character whose ‘party piece’ was to sing ‘Blueberry Hill’. The late Jimmy Costello purchased O’Dowds – probably in the early 1970s – and proceeded to expand and develop the premises. ‘The Spiral’ was born, and it too became a very popular public house (run primarily by Jimmy’s wife, Tess). Later still, the O’Gara family purchased the pub and it is now long established as The Hollywood Bar. *My thanks to PJ Naughton and John Kerrigan for their assistance – PH


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NewsPeople New TU President takes first tour! (Left) AIT President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, pictured showing the inaugural President of TUS: Midlands Midwest, Professor Vincent Cunnane, around the Athlone campus and meeting with students and staff ahead of the opening of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest on October 1st.

(Right) Professor Vincent Cunnane pictured meeting students during a visit to Athlone campus ahead of the opening of TUS: Midlands Midwest on October 1st.

Hunting to resume in County Roscommon from next month

New members sought as Walsh revives Hunt < PAUL HEALY

Hunting in County Roscommon is to resume next month, just a few weeks after the formal ‘winding up’ of the long established Roscommon Hunt. Well-known hunting enthusiast Oliver Walsh is the man behind the revival. Mr. Walsh says he was approached by a number of people in County Roscommon with a view to continuing the sport. The opening meet will take place on Sunday, October 3rd at 12 noon in Lecarrow. This will be a fundraising event for the Lecarrow Benevolent Fund. In the Roscommon People dated 27th of August last, the outgo-

ing Roscommon Hunt Chairman Micheál Curley had confirmed that the hunt was ceasing after 21 years. However, the absence of hunting will be short-lived, after Mr. Walsh, a prominent figure in hunting circles who was a huntsman with the County Roscommon Hunt for twenty seasons, moved to revive the sport locally. “I was approached by a number of people in the county with a view to continuing the hunt and we are due to begin the season on October 3rd,” Mr. Walsh commented. “There is a great history of hunting in County Roscommon and there is excellent drystock grazing land with plenty of stone walls for jumping so there has always been

newsbriefs €160,000 for local mobility and cancer care transport services Local politicians have welcomed the allocation of €160,000 to fund three vehicles for community-based organisations in Ballinasloe, Mountbellew and Roscommon Town. Deputy Denis Naughten said: “The funding provided under the 2021 CLÁR programme by Minister Heather Humphreys will support the vital cancer patient transport service operated by East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support in Ballinasloe and ensure that people with mobility issues within the Mountbellew and Roscommon areas have access to vital local services. “While this funding is very welcome, it must not take away from the responsibility of the Department of Health and the HSE to provide rapid local access to cancer services where medically possible without patients having to travel long distances to avail of treatment. “In addition, over the last year we have had the ongoing problem with the disabled drivers’ scheme and both the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant schemes for people with a disability have been suspended for the last decade”. Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy also welcomed the funding of vehicles for community-based organisations. “The vehicles will also be used to assist people who are wheelchair-bound or have other mobility issues. They will also be used to transport people to day care centres to give respite to family members who are caring for loved ones,” said Senator Murphy. Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said: “This is wonderful news for Ability West in Roscommon who have been unable to fundraise as normal over the past year and a half and this is crucial funding to keep services going on the ground. This funding will ensure some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can access vital supports or attend medical appointments”.

a love of hunting and an excellent relationship with landowners over many years”. Hunting will take place every Sunday at venues throughout Co. Roscommon. Dates for the season will be confirmed at a later stage. The season will also feature a number of outings to Flowerhill Equestrian Centre (near Portumna) to take part in cross-country treks. There will also be social gatherings. Mr. Walsh said he is keen to see new members joining the Hunt which “aims to be a real grassroots organisation, grounded in the local community”. “I would love to see the sons and daughters of landowners getting

involved as we need more young people. We have an excellent working history with landowners throughout County Roscommon and we are indebted to them for their cooperation over the years and we would like to continue that relationship. “The past year or more of the Covid pandemic has been difficult for everyone. What better way to get fresh air and enjoy the countryside than to get involved in hunting – it’s a fantastic outdoor sport and recreation pastime,” he added. *If you would like to find out more about hunting in Co. Roscommon, call 087 3843844 or 087 2570221 or email westsideequestrian@ gmail.com

Huntsman Oliver Walsh (pictured) will continue the hunting season in Roscommon with an opening meet on Sunday, October 3rd at 12 noon in Lecarrow in what is a fundraising event for the Lecarrow Benevolent Fund.


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‘No one even dared to comment. What we were looking at was beyond words’ Seamus Duke recalls the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago this week Twenty years ago, on the 11th of September 2001, I was on holidays in Portugal with my wife and young family. We were out visiting a pet farm where the kids could see some exotic animals. It was a beautiful September day. As we drove back towards our apartment I became aware that something major was happening in New York. The radio stations in the rented car were not broadcasting in English, but the words ‘New York’ and ‘World Trade Centre’ were coming up in every few sentences. I said to my wife Teresa ‘There’s something serious going on in New York’. There was no TV in our apartment but there was a bar in the complex which had SKY News. When I rushed in to find out what was happening, there were several people already there, all staring at the screen open-mouthed and in silence. The footage of the planes crashing into the twin towers was being repeated over and over. It was hard to take in what we were looking at. Just truly terrifying. No one even dared to comment. What we were looking at was beyond words. Even worse was the sight of the towers crumbling like a house of cards might when you remove one from the bottom. The only difference was that these were 110-storey buildings which were full of people.

No one really knew what was happening over those first couple of days. There were suggestions that there could be 50,000 people dead, that it was the start of a World War, that everyone everywhere was now in danger. The 9/11 attacks happened on a Tuesday and we were due home on the Thursday. We spent the intervening day and a half in our apartment counting the hours until we could go home. In fact for the first day we were not sure if we would be able to leave at all. We went to the airport on the Thursday morning. There were security personnel everywhere. We were searched about a mile from the airport and again when we got there. Eventually, we got on the plane to Dublin. The two-hour journey was one of the most frightening experiences of my life. There wasn’t a sound on the packed plane. We just wanted to get our family home safely. Everyone else on the plane was of a similar mindset. When the aircraft touched down at Dublin Airport, there was a big round of applause from the passengers. The relief was palpable. We were home. We drove down to Roscommon, relieved and so happy to be safe and sound. But the world would never be the same place again. The 11th of September 2001 is a day that few people will ever forget. There are so many who lost loved ones and whose lives were cruelly changed as a result. We remember them all this weekend.

Dementia – more than just memory loss September is World Alzheimer Month and the Roscommon People, in partnership with the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign, is featuring a series of articles on dementia. With an estimated 1,108 people living with dementia in Roscommon, this week we focus on some common types of dementia... Professor Iracema Leroi, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin & Director, Lewy Body Ireland

Most people understand dementia as a progressive condition in older people that affects a person’s memory. Often, clinics where dementia is diagnosed are called ‘memory clinics’, and people typically get referred when they experience forgetfulness, get lost in a familiar place, have difficulty recognising faces or forget the names for things. However, the syndrome of dementia can present in many ways, with memory function being spared in the early stages. In such situations, people often don’t realise that they have a condition that may lead to

dementia, leaving them without the right diagnosis, support and care. Many different diseases or brain conditions can lead to dementia. In the same way that ‘heart failure’ can result from several different heart conditions, so too can ‘brain failure’ or dementia result from a variety of different brain diseases. These generally fall into the category of neurodegenerative disorders, or diseases in which brain cells become damaged and die. These diseases are usually progressive. Alzheimer’s Disease Nearly 60 per cent of dementias will be caused by Alzheimer’s disease which particularly affects areas of the brain involved with memory. In ‘typical’ Alzheimer’s, forgetfulness and memory complaints are the main concern in the beginning. Over time, more areas of the brain become damaged, eventually leading to problems with other aspects of thinking such as recognising people, paying attention and making decisions. Often, due to the brain damage involved, other problems arise, such as anxiety and hallucinations, or personality change. Although less common, atypical Alzheimer’s disease can present with personality change or mobility difficulties before memory problems. In rare cases, a person may have difficulties interpreting the visual world around

no family history of such conditions. In fronto-temporal dementia, about one-third of those affected will have a family history, while in Alzheimer’s disease, even fewer may have a clear family history.

them. In some cases, people may experience difficulties with language. These symptoms are more often seen in people under 55 years with young onset dementia. Other Dementias In Lewy body dementia – named after Lewy proteins in the brain – a person may first experience difficulties with vivid dreams, loss of their ability to smell, and visual hallucinations. Episodes of confusion and disorientation may occur, and Parkinson’s-like movement problems may arise. Memory problems occur much later during the condition, as more brain areas become involved. Fronto-temporal dementia is another type of dementia and is an umbrella term that includes many diseases. It is caused by different protein abnormalities in the brain that affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. It most often occurs in younger people, between the ages of 50 and 70 years.

In behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia, personality changes are often the first symptoms and may not be recognised as a condition leading to dementia. People with this condition may act impulsively, say inappropriate things, prefer eating sweets or limited food types, and develop rigid daily routines. This may be accompanied by loss of motivation or apathy, which may be inappropriately interpreted as laziness. With primary progressive aphasia fronto-temporal dementia, language problems may arise as the first symptoms. People may find themselves using incorrect grammar, not recognising words or being unable to find the right word, or they may have difficulty speaking. Around 10 per cent of people with fronto-temporal dementia may develop weakness in the muscles controlling the limbs and speech, swallowing and breathing. All of these different types of dementia may run in families but can also occur out of the blue in people with

Taking action An accurate diagnosis is key to getting the right support for those with dementia and their families. If you’re worried about dementia, your GP can arrange an assessment at a specialist service. This will involve a physical exam, cognitive tests, blood tests and brain scans. While there is no cure, symptoms due to Alzheimer’s disease or Lewy body dementia may respond to certain medications. The most important thing is to arm oneself with the necessary information to enable everyone involved to make decisions about the future. The Dementia: Understand Together campaign is led by the HSE in partnership with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Age Friendly Ireland, Age and Opportunity, and the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre. For information on supports and resources, including a local servicefinder for people with dementia and their carers, visit www.understandtogether.ie or contact The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Helpline for support on Freefone 1800 341 341.


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Our selection of seven savvy spending tips for September! < MIRIAM KERINS

While it must be pointed out that money can’t buy us happiness, it also has to be said that having some extra cash can not only bring us a sense of security, it can also allow us to fly first class! However, as Roscommon opens up again and the countdown to the festive season’s big spends begin, it’s obvious that our purse strings will take a tugging. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of seven savvy spending tips to help you get to grips with managing your finances. Here’s what we suggest!

monthly expenses, and cutting out anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. For example, while we’re not suggesting you stop spending altogether, we do suggest you ask yourself if you could get by on two takeaways a week instead of your usual three. In addition, consider meeting the girls/lads once a fortnight rather than once a week, or better still, when having one of those takeaways, get the gang to drop around and bring a bag of chips and a bottle with them!

3: Do you have an emergency fund?

small, local business who can, on most items, more than match the low prices of the larger chain stores.

5: Do you have a credit card? If the answer is yes, consider placing a limit on how much you spend. In addition, try to get out of the habit of only paying off the minimum monthly amount, and instead, increase it to a little bit higher each time – that way you can hopefully reduce your debt faster.

6: Save on utility bills

Unless you know where you stand financially, you cannot possibly improve your situation. Therefore, when it comes to any outstanding debt, be honest with yourself and do try to either curb, or cut out altogether, any expenses that are hurting your weekly/ monthly budget.

We’ve all had unexpected expenses, so isn’t it about time we planned for them? This could be anything from a job loss to medical expenses, veterinary bills to education fees. For that reason, why not decide what you can comfortably set aside and set up a direct debit with either the credit union, the post office, or the bank to put that amount away each week, directly from your pay.

Another useful money saving hack is to try to cut back a bit on your utility bills. Before we set into winter, why not speak with your energy provider to see if they’re offering any loyalty discounts? If they’re not and you’re not committed to a contract, shop around and look for a provider offering the cheapest tariff. You never know, you could save yourself a couple of hundred euro to put into your ‘emergency’ fund!

2: Set saving goals

4: Shop local

7: It’s good to talk!

1: Examine your current financial situation

You can do this by planning your daily/weekly/

As part of your weekly shopping routine, why not consider shopping with a

Include the entire family on any talks relating to the household budget. If

you do this, you remove the so-called stigma of ‘budgeting’ from an early age for your kids. This will hopefully help them become confident in themselves regarding money matters, and provide them with an opportunity to set aside some savings from their pocket money. Teach your kids that money doesn’t grow on trees and it

doesn’t just appear free of charge every time a card is inserted into a hole in the wall. Help your kids set up a savings account so that they can save, plan, spend and enjoy. With that in mind, why not drop into your local credit union, post office or bank/building society this week and ask about setting up a savings account for your little ones.

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New working arrangements ‘could add to dog attacks’ IFA Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy says farmers are fearful that the new working arrangements arising from the Government announcement recently will add to the problem of dog attacks on livestock. “We know that dog ownership increased during lockdown, and we also know that some people took on pets without realising the responsibilities that go with that. As people move about more freely, and some travel to work for part of the week, the danger is that their pets will have too much freedom,” he said. He called on the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to implement the necessary controls as a matter of urgency to tackle the issue of irresponsible dog ownership. He said farmers’ patience with the authorities on this issue has run out. The recent horrific attack in Wicklow shows

the message is not getting through to dog owners. “The Minister for Agriculture must advance controls and enforcements for negligent dog owners. We need a single national database for all dogs in the country that identifies

the dog owner who is responsible. There must be appropriate sanctions in place for those who fail to have their dog under control at all times, and for those whose dogs are identified worrying or attacking livestock,” he said.


There were 650 cattle on offer on Thursday last with a very good trade for all classes of stock as we enter the peak period of selling. The bullock ring with increased numbers on offer witnessed strong demand for the stores on offer while the heavier lots noticed €2160 paid for a 895kgs Lmx bullock or €1265 over their weight. The heifer ring witnessed strong demand also with the quality breeding-type heifers obtaining some very fancy prices. Breeding stock and dry cows saw prices holding extremely well while the weanling rings has started to notice numbers increasing also with demand strong.


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saying the IFA’s ‘No Dogs Allowed’ campaign will continue, highlighting the damage uncontrolled dogs inflict on cattle and sheep and the urgent need for appropriate legislation to protect farmers and their livestock.

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The IFA Sheep Chairman said the lack of action from the Government and local authorities to put appropriate sanctions in place to deal with the irresponsible behaviour of dog owners is unacceptable. He concluded by

IFA President Tim Cullinan

‘Farming is a business, and farmers need certainty’ At a special National Council meeting, IFA approved a comprehensive submission to the CAP Strategic Planning consultation process. IFA President Tim Cullinan said there must be real negotiation with farmers now about the new Strategic Plan, along with the other key issues such as sectoral targets under the Climate Act, the Nitrates Action Programme, and the allocation of the €1.5bn in carbon tax funds committed in the Programme for Government. “We are getting sick of these meaningless consultation processes. IFA puts huge work into replying to consultations, which appear to go into a black hole. We need negotiation, not just consultation. Our livelihoods are on the line,” he said. “The CAP, sectoral climate targets, the Nitrates directive and carbon tax fund-

ing will directly affect farmers’ incomes. The Government needs to sit down with farmers and treat us with respect, instead of lumping us in with other ‘stakeholders’ who have no skin in the game. Farmers understand the climate challenge and we can deliver a lot. However, I believe a lot more can be achieved through negotiation rather than through these consultation processes, which are effectively a box-ticking exercise to give the Government carte blanche to do whatever they like. “Farmers want to engage constructively, but the goalposts keep moving. We had AgClimatise and the Agri-Food Strategy 2030. Now we are told that these will be superseded by sectoral targets. Farming is a business, and farmers need certainty. The Government must sit down with us to negotiate a plan,” he concluded.

SAMPLE PRICES BULLOCKS: Ch 495kgs €1430 Ch 480kgs €1400 AA 490kgs €1280 Lm 400kgs €1160 Ch 340kgs €950 Ch 535kgs €1510 AA 520kgs €1340 Lm 515kgs €1400 Ch 570kgs €1530 Ch 555kgs €1430 Ch 600kgs €1690 Ch 640kgs €1600 Lm 895kgs €2160 AA 710kgs €1770 Ch 700kgs €1700 Sim 680kgs €1700. HEIFERS: Ch 385kgs €1140 Lm 345kgs €1100 Lm 395kgs €1080 Lm 495kgs €1520 Ch 445kgs €1250 Lm 445kgs €1200 Lm 815kgs €1940 Lm 825kgs €1910 Lm 570kgs €1600 Lm 750kgs €1780 Lm 525kgs €1500 Ch 535kgs €1390. DRY COWS: Ch 840kgs €1890 Ch 775kgs €1800 AA 895kgs €1800 Lm 770kgs €1770 Sim 705kgs €1550 AA 660kgs €1490 Lm 620kgs €1390 Her 600kgs €1080 Cows with calves at foot made from €1170 to €1500 Springer cows made from €820 to €1340 per head. CALVES/RUNNERS: Calves made from €190 to €460 while runners made from €240 to €740. WEANLING BULLS: Chx 290kgs €960 Ch 285kgs €910 Ch 285kgs €900 Lm 265kgs €850 Ch 330kgs €1050 Ch 325kgs €1040 Lm 365kgs €920 Lm 565kgs €1320 WEANLING HEIFERS: Ch 295kgs €880 Lm 290kgs €810 Ch 270kgs €760 Sim 345kgs €980 Ch 325kgs €980 Lm 320kgs €910 Ch 385kgs €1010. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday (today) the 9th of September with our weekly sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am.


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Family successors must act now to avail of nursing home farm relief – Naughten

Independent TD Denis Naughten.

Denis Naughten TD has urged families to ensure they are in a position to designate the farm successor within the next six weeks, in order to avail of the threeyear cap on farm or business assets due to changes under the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme. Deputy Naughten said that as a result of an amendment that he put forward, changes in the law introducing a threeyear cap on nursing home charges against a farm or business asset were passed last July, and will come into force by October 22nd. However, Denis Naughten cautioned families, saying that they need to, “act now and ensure that they are ready to avail of this cap when it comes into force next month”. Firstly, the person in the nursing home must formally designate their family successor as well as being in a position to

confirm that either they or their partner/ spouse spent a substantial part of their working time on the farm or in the business before they went into long-term care. Secondly, the family successor must commit to working the farm or business for a period of six years, beginning on the date of their appointment by the person in the nursing home. “I would urge families to seek professional advice on what they need to do now to make sure that they are fully compliant with the new law, rather than wait because the Government refused to accept my proposal to have these measures backdated. As a result, every week a family delays in being able to avail of the new relief, a further charge of 0.14% will be placed against the capital value of the family farm or business asset,” concluded Denis Naughten.

Kelly hits out at new regulations on parasite treatment products New regulations which are set to be introduced will see farmers being unable to purchase parasite treatment mediation for animals from a licensed merchant or co-op that are currently being sold without prescription from a veterinary practitioner. The changes arise from an EU directive set to come into effect from 28th January 2022. This is according to Independent Roscommon councillor Emer Kelly, who stated: “This will lead to a number of changes for farmers, licensed merchants and veterinary practitioners who will be directly affected by the proposed changes. “Licensed merchants now

face reduced business potential and are faced with the threat of unemployment and possible closure. Farmers have another unnecessary cost of a visit to the vet to obtain a prescription and vets will have an increase in paperwork and an added workload. “The added cost and time will result in inefficiency for the farmer who may have a to wait hours for a vet to fill a prescription during the busy spring months for an item as simple as a wormer, which they could previously have purchased from a licensed merchant. “The EU derogation enables professionals other than a vet to prescribe the parasite medications pro-

vided they are qualified to do so, however this has not been incorporated into the changes set to come into effect in Ireland. Responsible persons operating in licensed merchants in Ireland meet these requirements and so face a waste of training if they cannot use it to prescribe parasite medication”. Cllr. Kelly called on the Minister for Agriculture to amend these changes to include responsible persons in the people identified to prescribe parasitic information. She added: “I have contacted a number of local TDs and senators and am calling for them to continue to put pressure on the minister”.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

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Fitzmaurice welcomes recognition of turf cutters’ rights Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has welcomed the recognition of turf cutters’ rights as part of the recent announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, on the new standards for all domestic solid fuels. The minister clarified that in order to accommodate those with rights to harvest sod peat, no ban on its burning will be introduced. However, the statement added that “a regulatory regime to reduce its harm in more urbanised areas is under examination”. Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “Following on from a meeting we had earlier this year, I am glad that Minister Ryan has clearly stated that the rights of turf cutters’ will be recognised and that there will be no ban on the burning of ‘sod peat’. “We must continue to keep these measures under review. The caveat of the potential introduction of a regulatory regime

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to supposedly reduce the burning of turf in more urbanised areas needs to be closely monitored. The definition of ‘more urbanised area’ will be key, as people in villages, towns and cities can also have a right to cut and burn turf”. On the topic of timber, the RoscommonGalway TD added: “People need to recognise that cutting timber and burning it the following week is not good for themselves or their chimneys. It is hugely important that timber is left to season before it is burnt. I believe that the 20% moisture target over the next four years is attainable if timber is cut and left to season, without having to employ the more expensive methods of drying it. “I have looked for clarity on how smoke emission rates are calculated regarding peat briquettes and other fuels, as well as further details around sulphur content permitted for all fuels,” he concluded.

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Roscommon MART WATCH Cattle We had a large entry of top quality cattle on offer at our sale on Friday, September 3rd, which included a special sale of heifers. There was a firm trade for all classes with only a small number of cattle unsold. The number of bullocks was small due to upcoming special sale. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.44 per kilo up to €3.46 per kilo, bullocks averaged from €2.28 per kilo up to €2.61 per kilo, and dry cows fetched from an average of €2.09 per kilo up to €2.33 per kilo. Once again buyers were actively sourcing stock both at the ringside and online. On this Friday, September 10th, we will hold our special sale of bullocks and general sale of heifers and dry cows. Dry cows, sample prices: Char X 845 kgs €1890, Lim 795 kgs €1860, Lim

x 815 kgs €1860, Simm X 785 kgs €1730, BBX 780 kgs €1680, 2 Lim X 657 kgs €1410, BBX 615 kgs €1320, Sh 625 kgs €1110, Char X 545 kgs €1160, BAX 670 kgs €1440, and PTX 720 kgs €1560. Heifers, sample prices: Char X 720 kgs €1820, Char X 675kgs €1720, Char X 695 kgs €1790, Lim X 645 kgs €1680, Char X 615 kgs €1660, Char X 645 kgs €1650, Char X 585 kgs €1490, Char 620 kgs €1480, Char X 550 kgs €1490, 2 Char X 572 kg €1520, Lim X 585 kgs €1640, Char X 485 kgs €1320, Lim X 450 kgs €1300, Char X 460kgs €1200, 2 Char X 422 kgs €1090, AAX 490 kgs €1180, and 2 Char X 437 kgs €1170. Bullocks, sample prices: Lim X 580 kgs €1380, Lim X 640 kgs €1360, Char X 665 kgs 1320, Char X 565 kgs €1280, Simm X 480 kgs €1150, 2 HEX 480 kgs €1060, 3 Lim X 325 kgs €850, and Lim 350 kgs €850.


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Minister for Sport Jack Chambers (centre) visited Hyde Park recently to discuss future plans with County Board Chairperson Brian Carroll (right). The visit was arranged by Senator Eugene Murphy. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

Minister for Sport, Jack Chambers (third from left), recently visited Roscommon Gaels’ facilities, where he discussed future developments at the club. He’s pictured here with Senator Eugene Murphy, Cllr. Marty McDermott, P. Burke and club officials Teresa Hession and Harry Hoare. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

EirGrid identifies route for North Connacht 110kV Project On Tuesday EirGrid announced the best-performing route option for the North Connacht 110kV Project that runs from Ballina in Co. Mayo to Ballaghaderreen in Co. Roscommon. The route, which is approximately 60 km in length, will bypass major towns and villages, including Ballina, Foxford and Ballaghaderreen. The underground cable route is mainly along public roads, however, to avoid constraints and obstacles along the route, it will be necessary to construct some of the cable off road. Approximately 53 km of the underground cable route will be constructed on a range of road types from Moy to Tonroe, including the N5, N26, L1321 and N59. The off-road sections of the underground cable account for approxi-

mately 7 km of the overall route. Sections of off-road cable will be mainly located at Ballaghaderreen, Swinford, Ballina and engagement with local landowners will continue in relation to this. Michael Mahon, EirGrid Chief Infrastructure Officer, said: “A planning application will now be prepared for submission directly to An Bord Pleanála. It is anticipated that the application will be submitted

Pictured are members of Strokestown Tidy Towns during the National Spring Clean 2021.

in early 2022”.The planning application will include environmental and ecological reports and local engagement will continue. If successful, the project would move into the construction phase in 2023. An information evening will be held on the 23rd September via Zoom, to inform communities and stakeholders about a forum that is being set up. People can find out more about the project by attending a public webinar which will be held on the 14th of September (one was also scheduled for the 7th). See www. eirgrid.com/NorthConnachtProject.com Alternatively, people can arrange to speak to a team member, email NorthConnachtProject@EirGrid. com

‘Broadband boost for 3100 homes in Ballinasloe & South Roscommon’ National Broadband Ireland is currently completing construction of its fibre optic broadband network in the rural areas surrounding the town of Ballinasloe in both counties Galway and Roscommon with companies now taking pre-orders for connections, says local TD Denis Naughten. There are approximately 3100 premises in the Ballinasloe area – such as Ballydangan, Creagh, Moore, Clonfad, Kilconnell, Ahascragh, Aughrim and Kiltomer – and all rural homes can make pre-orders for connections to the 500mbps super highspeed broadband network. Of these 3100 premises about 700 have the network to their door fully built and those who have ordered broadband will start to see the fibre installed in their home from the beginning of October onwards. “The vast majority of connections to homes will be from the nearest eir telephone pole and it is important that homeowners make sure they can connect to the fibre when it comes to their door” explained

Denis Naughten. He added: “While the initial local build-out started in the rural areas around Ballinasloe, work has already commenced around Roscommon town with work in Athlone, other parts of South Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon taking place over the coming months”. Further information on the National Broadband Plan can be found at www.nbi. ie and you can register for updates using your eircode.

Denis Naughten TD.

Over 2,000 Roscommon volunteers joined the National Spring Clean 2021 The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s official anti-litter campaign. Over the past 21 years, the initiative has been highlighting the collective responsibility we share in tackling and preventing our national litter problem. National Spring Clean is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce in partnership with local authorities, and is supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.  This year, due to the campaign’s success in previous years, the National Spring Clean ran from April to the end of August, meaning that Spring Clean 21 is Ireland’s longest running

and largest anti-litter campaign to date. Over 2,000 Roscommon volunteers have participated in organised clean-ups across over 100 different locations in the county. Furthermore, National Spring Clean has been a starting point for a large number of groups to organise recurring clean-up events throughout the rest of the year. National Spring Clean 2021’s initiative has been a great opportunity for volunteers to get out again and do their bit for their local environment, contribute to creating a more sustainable community, meet new like-minded people and make a difference.

The National Spring Clean is also an opportunity to act local to tackle a global issue. As a matter of fact, over the last couple of years, the National Spring Clean has also been trying to raise awareness about another crucial issue: the link between litter and climate change – the biggest environmental challenge of our time – and highlight how combined local actions can have a global effect. Our consumption patterns and how we dispose and treat our waste has a substantial impact on the levels of emissions of several greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change.


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PRSA No. 001481

NEW TO THE MARKET Luxury 1 Bedroom Apartment Approx. 500 ft² LOCATED AT


The apartment is presented in excellent condition. The living accommodation is comprised of an entrance hall, kitchen, dining/living room, bedroom and bathroom. The property is heated via storage heaters with double glazed windows fitted throughout. The apartment is situated in a prime location within the centre of Roscommon Town. Access is from both the front and rear of the complex and

Five-bedroom residence in Strokestown is new on market New to the market this week with Property Partners Earley is a fivebedroomed residence of over 1800 sq. ft., situated on a site of approximately one acre, with a fantastic, mature, tree-lined avenue driveway. Located at Clooncunny House, Clooncunny, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon (F42KD92) in a countryside setting, this quality farmhouse comes to the market at €165,000. Clooncunny House was first constructed over 100 years ago, and has recently been refurbished to a high standard throughout. Living accommodation on the ground floor is com-

prised of a porch, separate entrance hall from the porch, living room, kitchen,dining room, inner hallway and second living room/additional bedroom/playroom. Proceeding to the first floor, there is a landing, five bedrooms (three doubles and two singles), and a main bathroom. There is also an insulated attic. The property is heated via oil-fired central heating with a solid fuel stove and a brick feature fireplace. The residence boasts a solid fuel feature fireplace and newly-fitted doubleglazed windows. Externally, the farmhouse sits on an

approximately one-acre site with a wonderful, mature, tree-lined avenue leading into the property. The rear garden features a sunny south-facing aspect and there is a spacious forecourt, as well as storage sheds set to side servicing the property. Legal: John McNulty, Messers Kevin Kilrane Solicitors, Mohill (071 96 31170). BER rating: E1. For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 6626579 or email jearley@propertypartners.ie.

Prime residential farm in Tulsk – with Earley’s John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is offering for sale approximately 29.38 acres of good quality farmland (comprised in Folio RN19032) with a four-bedroomed, detached, two-storey residence. The property can be sold in one or more lots, should market interest dictate. The property is located in Lismurtagh, Tulsk, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon (F45XC64). This property extends to approximately 1,100 square feet and is in need of renovation. The property comes with approximately 29.38 acres of good quality agricultural land. Lot one comprises the entire, lot two includes the residence set on approximately 14.16 acres with sheds (price guide €150,000), and lot

there is ample free parking available. Lift and stairs servicing to the apartment. Ber E1 LEGAL: Billy Brandon, Messer’s PJ Neilan, Church Street, Roscommon. Tel: 090 6626245 The Auctioneer now invites immediate viewings and all offers to sell


4 Bedroomed Detached Residence with 1 Bedroomed Apartment located on a large site approx. 1.6 acres with further development opportunity (Subject to Planning) LOCATED AT

CARROWROE, ATHLONE ROAD, ROSCOMMON F42 XK58 OPEN TO OFFERS AFTER €200,000 TO SELL The property is presented in good condition and is being sold as is. The property benefits from a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom granny flat. House: comprising of an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom W.C. and 5 bedrooms in all. Heated via oil fired central heating and a solid fuel stove with back boiler. Total area: Approx. 1,600 sq ft Externally the property sits on approx 1.65 acre site with 2 storage sheds and tarmac driveway. Carrowroe is situated 2 minutes drive from Roscommon Town. BER D2 Legal: Padraig Kelly, Stroketown Tel 071 96 33666 The Auctioneer now invites immediate viewings and all offers to sell


Prime Roadside Farm 35.4 Acres approx LOCATED AT

GRANAGHAN DILLON (on the R371 Route between Lanesboro and Scramogue adjacent to St. Cecilia’s Church)

AMV €250,000 Quality Farm comprised in Folio 19087F, all in grass with a comprehensive farm yard servicing Incorporating a 5 bay slatted shed Unit (approx. 3000 sq ft) with dry stock and storage areas off incorporating haybarn, cattle holding yard and crush, storage and calf shed to side (650 ft approx). Old residence set to road front in derelict condition but holding potential Services: Water and ESB Viewing and offers invited for this select holding Legal: Billy Brandon, Messer’s PJ Neilan, Church Street, Roscommon. Tel: 090 66 26245

three consists of lands of approximately 15.22 (price guide €110,00). Situated just five minutes from Tulsk, this property benefits from many local amenities and is just 20 minutes’ drive from both

Castlerea and Roscommon. Legal: Padraig Kelly, Strokestown (071 9633666). The auctioneers now invite immediate enquiries and offers to sell. For further details, please

contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 6626579 or email jearley@propertypartners. ie.

Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon Email: jearley@propertypartners.ie www.propertypartners.ie of Professional ipav Institute Tel: (090) 6626579 / 6626796 Auctioneer & Valuers Out of office contact John on 086 2551380 PSRA Licence No. 001481


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PSRA Licence No: 003201

NEW TO THE MARKET C. 32 Acres of Agricultural Lands

New to the market: prime six-bedroomed residence in Boyle

Newtown Farragher, Four Mile House Co. Roscommon

New to the market with Oates Auctioneers & Valuers is this stunning, six-bedroomed (four enNEW TO THE MARKET suite) residence, located Quality holding of land set out on a large elevated circa in one block, c. 32.5 acres in total one-acre site at Cartron, fully serviced with mains water Knockvicar, Keadue, “C. 32 Acres of Agricultural Lands” etc. Boyle, Co. Roscommon Comprising folios RN13266 Newtown Farragher (F52YY51). The property and RN34762F and offering excellent quality lands with road is situated close to Lough frontage located in a renowned Four Mile House Key Forest Park, Kilronan farming district, 15 minutes from Castle Hotel, and Keadue Roscommon Town. Co. Roscommon Village, which is famed There is generous frontage onto for its National Tidy Town the public road offering site Quality holding of land set out in one block, c. 32.5 acres in total awards. potential subject to planning. An exceptional property, Price Region: POA fully serviced with mains water etc. the residence in question --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------boasts an expensive fit-out, Comprising folios RN13266 and including RN34762F and offering excellent quality lands with road frontage NEW TO THE MARKET Italian marble a solid district, handmade 15 minutes from Roscommon Town. located in a renownedflooring, farming oak kitchen with granite room looks out over the rating of C1, and a price appointment. For more information or worktop and breakfast scenic countryside through guide of €375,000. a large bay window, and This is a once in a lifetime to organise a viewing, conbar, as well as a solid oak N37 D993 withsite a marble opportunity to buy a house tact Oates Auctioneers on stairway, skirting There is generous frontage onto thedoors, public roadis complete offering potential subject to planning. Oates Auctioneers are delighted to bring and architrave throughout, fireplace and solid Cana- of this calibre, for which 090 6627878, email info@ this ground floor 2-bedroom apartment with tastefully decorated dian mahogany flooring. the auctioneer now invites oates.ie or log on to oates. to the market. With its large fully fitted plaster coving. The sitting The house has a BER viewings – strictly by prior ie.

Apartment 2, Silver Quay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

kitchen and large living room, it boasts superb views of the River Shannon. Silver Quay is situated in the heart of Athlone town centre and is adjacent to the Radisson Hotel. Access to the building is by fob entry only making it very secure. Because of Silver Quay’s central location this property will appeal to young, old, investor or first-time buyer alike. This apartment must be seen to appreciate the high standard of finish, it’s views and spacious accommodation.

Price Region: POA

Offered at bids over €240,000 BER: E1




Donamon, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42 WY49

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

Cloonascarberry, Ballygar NEW TO THE MARKET Corracoolia, Ballyforan High Street, Ballygar, F42 T026 4 Bed Two Storey c. 1,250 sq.ft Lands For Sale c. 4 acres Spacious 4 Bed Semi-Detached In need of total refurbishment Apartment 2, Silver Quay

Athlone Co. Westmeath N37 D993

Exceptional 2 storey residence built on an elevated hill side site with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Situated just 15 minutes from 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 consists: entrance hallway, sitting room, living room, large kitchen with arch to dining area, utility with w.c. off and office/playroom. First floor: 4 large bedrooms all with built in wardrobes and master ensuite together with family bathroom. Outside: spacious landscaped grounds with wrought iron railings, stud rail fencing, shrub area and large detached fully serviced garage. Viewing is highly recommended by the Auctioneers.

Oates Auctioneers are delighted to bring this ground floor 2bedroom apartment to the market. With its large fully fitted spacious family home or location on the N63 kitchen and large living room,Prime it boasts superb views of theBright River Shannon. investment property c. 1,900 Prime location. Unlimited potential Silver Quay is situated in the heart of Athlone town centre and is adjacent to the Radisson Hotel. sq.ft. Beside all amenities. Good Unique opportunity Good road frontage. level of accommodation. Access to the building is by fob entry making it very secure. Because of Silver Quay’s Site only potential subject to P.P. Inspection recommended. central location this property will appeal to young, old, investor or first-time buyer alike. Starting Bids: €260,000. BER Rating: C3 This apartment must be seen to appreciate the high standard views and spacious Cloonascarberry, Ballygar of finish, it’s Corracoolia, Ballyforan --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEW TO THE MARKET 4 Bedaccommodation. Two Storey c. 1,250 sq.ft Prime Site c. 0.2 ha

The Widow Pat’s, Knockcroghery Village, Co.Offered Roscommon F42 T220 at bids over €240,000 Former public house presented for sale in excellent condition throughout and suitable for a variety of uses including pub/restaurant/ commercial/office or residential etc subject to planning permission. Situated on a large site area with private garden to rear and ample parking space to the side. Viewing strictly by prior appointment with the Sole Selling Agent.

Price Region: P.O.A. BER: D1

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

Corracoolia, Ballyforan In need of total refurbishment Prime Site c. 0.2 ha with full planning permission NEW TO THE MARKET for a 4 Bed Bungalow & Garage The Widow Pat’s

with full planning permission for a 4 Bed Bungalow & Garage


Newbridge, Co. Galway

Knockcroghery Village Lands For Sale Co. Roscommon c. 33.8 acres of clearfell lands F42 T220 laid out in two divisions. Former public house presented for sale in excellent condition Full details from the throughout and suitable for a variety of uses including pub /restaurant /commercial /office residential Primeor location on etc thesubject N63 to planning permission.auctioneers. The Manse, Northgate Street, Athlone, SituatedCO.onWESTMEATH a large site area with private garden to rear and ample parking space to the side. Unlimited potential FINAL OFFERS TEL: 090 6477500 FAX:by 090 6477546 Viewing strictly prior appointment with the Sole Selling Agent. Unique opportunity E-mail athlone@oates.ie Website: www.oates.ie

Price Region: €175,000


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Cllr. Joe Murphy (Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council), Arts Officer Rhona McGrath, and Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, pictured with representatives of spoken word, music, art and film at the Amphitheatre in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon, for the launch of Culture Night. Pic: Brian Farrell

Launch of Culture Night The launch of Culture Night Roscommon (17th of September) has taken place. Cllr. Joe Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, officially launched Culture Night Roscommon at the Amphitheatre, Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon town. The launch saw some impromptu performances by talented young band members from Music Generation Roscommon and some members of Boyle Songwriters Circle. On a lovely late summer’s evening, the amphitheatre – with Roscommon Castle in the background – was the perfect setting. The launch was attended by Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, Deputy Chair of Galway Roscommon ETB, Rhona McGrath (Arts Officer), artists and organisers of Culture Night Roscommon events, together with family and friends. See culturenight.ie/events/ Roscommon for more Music Generation Roscommon’s band members and educator, pictured with Johnny McGlynn at the Amphitheatre in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon, for the launch of Culture Night information. (September 17th). Pic: Brian Farrell


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NewsPeople Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Paul Healy’s take on top tweets! Colm O’Regan @colmoregan #zapponegate is bringing the word ‘shenanigans’ into disrepute. No part of the story showed even the minimum strokecompetence to qualify as a shenanigan. -Comedian Colm gets into the finer detail of THAT issue... Michael O’Regan @Michael_O_Regan The Minister for Housing has selfdestructed on @morningireland -Sounds like a big story! We’re surprised we haven’t heard more about this! Greg Hughes @GregHughes2

takes time to build a team for the future. Every man and his dog said he didn’t have the players yet here we are playing good football. Results will come -Celebrity chef who made his name in this part of the country was keeping the faith and adamant that Kenny’s…er, goose isn’t cooked Marie Crowe @mariecrowe Fans off their feet at the Aviva Stadium, applauding this Ireland team, plenty of people believe in the Stephen Kenny project #IRLSRB -On Tuesday, Ireland scrambled a draw again, but at least this time it was against Serbia! Gary Connaughton @gconnaughton15

Ireland playing like a team that don’t want Stephen Kenny as their manager. It may not be all his fault, but the marriage simply isn’t working #ireaze

Gavin Bazunu and Andrew Omobamidele, with a combined age of 38, were absolutely phenomenal tonight. That is what the Stephen Kenny era is about. Give it time. #IRLSRB

-Ireland scrambling a draw at home to Azerbaijan had ‘the Twitteria’ out in force…

-Now all is well again, and everyone’s behind Team Ireland and Stephen Kenny, aren’t we?

Gary O Hanlon @gazzachef

Frank McNally @FrankmcnallyIT

I know the results have been poor but if fans can’t see the change in this Irish side I don’t know what they’re watching. It

Well done Ireland on yet another famous 1-1 win.

-Well, there’s always a sarcastic one, but overall, we may have turned a corner... Gavan Reilly @gavreilly I want Ireland to succeed as much as the next fella but it was 10-2 shots on target, our goal was a Serbian defender literally hoofing a clearance into his teammate, and we’d have been slaughtered but for Bazunu having a great night. Not quite buying the ‘corner turned’ #IRLSER -Or not...(the ‘debate’ continues) @SportsJOEdotie What a day and night for these two absolute heroes Raising hands Raising hands @leona_maguire and @KatieTaylor doing us all proud! -Saturday was disappointing at ‘The Avivia’, but golfer Leona and boxer Katie soon had our hearts beating with pride

Gavin Bazunu

Karl Brophy @KarlBrophy Rookie Leona Maguire has now won more points than the entire American team. Sensational performance. And she has taken down the World Number One twice in two days. #SolheimCup -By tea-time on Sunday (Irish-time) Cavan golfer Leona Maguire was the talk of the Solheim Cup

Leona Maguire

Lorna Duffy, Deirdre McDermott, Helen Lavin, Megan O’Hara, Orlaith Towey, Fr. Vincent Sherlock, Joe Geever, David Drake and Tommy Davey pictured on stage at a drive-in reading of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Sharkey’s Yard, Ballaghaderreen, recently.

Drive-in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Ballaghaderreen!

Photos: Mick McCormack

Megan O’Hara and Lorna Duffy pictured on stage at a drive-in reading of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Sharkey’s Yard, Ballaghaderreen.

Attendees pictured at a drive-in reading of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Sharkey’s Yard, Ballaghaderreen.

Darragh Kelly and his mother Carmel attending a drivein reading of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Sharkey’s Yard, Ballaghaderreen, recently.

Fr. Vincent Sherlock pictured on stage at a drive-in reading of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Sharkey’s Yard, Ballaghaderreen, recently.

Attendees pictured at a drive-in reading of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Sharkey’s Yard, Ballaghaderreen.


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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Gerry and Aisling Shannon intend to apply for planning permission for development at Bella, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of (a) internal modifications and replace rear single storey extension, (b) construct new single storey side extension to existing for new kitchen/dining & living room to existing 3 bed domestic dwelling, (c) demolition and relocation of existing fuel store shed and (d) new pumped private domestic well.

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Shane Higgins am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to construct dwelling house along with domestic garage, new treatment system and percolation area and all ancillary site development works at New Road, Elphin, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, €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, Conlon Consulting Engineering Ltd., on behalf of Bill O’Brien, intend to seek permission for development from Roscommon County Council, for an adjoining garage and utility room to the existing dwelling house and all necessary ancillary site works, in lieu of that which was granted under PD/19/154, for the site located at Ballybride, 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 may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making its decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Conlon Consulting Engineering Ltd. [Agent] Email: info@conlonconsulting.ie Web: www.conlonconsulting.ie Tel: 090 6665341

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying to Roscommon County Council on behalf of Peadar Glennon for – (a) Retention permission for 2 no. roadside agricultural entrances and (b) full planning permission for a livestock holding pen and associated siteworks at America, Oldtown, 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.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying to the above authority for Planning Permission for Retention of Garage/Shed as constructed on my property at Carrownamaddy Td., Lecarrow, Roscommon.

Signed: Sam Wark 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 may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making its 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 I, Michael Finnegan, hereby give notice that I am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to retain and complete partially constructed dwelling house with changes to dwelling house previously granted under PD/07/1178. The changes include the omission of the first floor and all associated site works at Leitrim, Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Lo-Homes Limited Tonamaddy, Creggs, Co. Roscommon. Mobile: 086 8551835 The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Aidan and Penny Higgins intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct part single storey/two storey dwelling, domestic garage, proprietary effluent treatment unit and percolation area, associated site development works and services at Corramore, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon.

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Keadue East, Keadue, Boyle, Co. Roscommon I, Kevin Graham intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for Planning Permission to construct new slatted shed and dung stead, together with all ancillary site works and services at the above address.

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

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We are applying for planning permission for erection of dwelling house and domestic garage, with sewerage treatment plant and percolation area and ancillary site development works at Correal, Four Roads, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Dermot and Fiona Sutton 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.

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Ballygar, Co. Galway Who passed away on 11th September 2020

KING Brian

NERNEY Kitty & Jack

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NERNEY Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on the souls of Kitty (8th and 49th Anniversaries)

As Pauline’s first anniversary draws near, we her family wish to express our sincere gratitude for all the support we received from our great neighbours, cousins and friends following the sad loss of Pauline in these extraordinary times. Thanks to all those who sent Mass offerings, telephoned, sent text messages and emails, those who expressed condolences on RIP. ie, to all those who made donations to Cancer Care West, to those who brought food and refreshments to our home, who lit candles and lanterns and helped us in any way. To all those who stood in support outside our home and on the route of her final journey and outside the Church for her Funeral Mass. Thanks to Professor Maccon Keane and Professor Mark Regan, and their medical teams, to the Pallative Care doctor and her team and to the exceptional staff in St Joseph’s and St Nicholas’s Ward UHG for their care of Pauline in her final weeks. Thanks to Drs James and Theola Moore, Mountbellew Medical Centre, Mulrooney’s Pharmacy Mountbellew, Craughwell Order of Malta and The Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers. Thanks to Fr. Breslin for celebrating a lovely Requiem Mass, for his kind words in her memory and prayers at the graveside. To Tomas and Bernie who made a special contribution to the Mass with their beautiful music and singing, to the readers and church stewards, to all who contributed to the Mass in any way. Thanks to David Moran for his sensitive and professional handling of Pauline’s Funeral arrangements, to the gravediggers, our neighbours, who prepared her final resting place with such care and attention and especially the lovely display of sunflowers. Thanks to Gerard for his wonderful rendition of Amazing Grace at the graveside. Thanks to John and Noeleen Fallon and their catering staff, who provided food and refreshments on both days. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our sincere thanks, your kindness, prayers and support will never be forgotten. Mass will be offered for your intentions. Anniversary Mass for Pauline will be held on Friday, 10th September 2021 at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar.

In memory of Brian who passed away on 11th September 2007 If love could have saved you Brian, you would have lived forever.

Sadly missed by Gerry, Helena, Ellie-Ann and Katie.

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THOMPSON Peter and Mary

Clooneenbane, Roscommon (9th Anniversary) Mary Thompson, died on 18th August 1983 Peter Thompson, died on 9th November 1990 Softly in the morning you heard the gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all.

Words and times we can no longer share. But in our hearts you are always there.

Always remembered by Peggy and all the family. Anniversary Mass in Cloverhill Church on Saturday, 18th September at 7pm.

LOHAN Paddy Racecourse Road, Roscommon (13th Anniversary)

The day you stole our Parents our hearts just broke in two, the smallest part is still with us the biggest part with you. For the rest of this short life, we miss our parents dear, but our secret tears still flow, how much we really loved you no one will ever know. We miss your smile, your joking ways, we miss the things you used to say, and when old times we do recall its then we miss you most of all. You were always there when needed most, no task too great or small with loving hearts and willing hands for us you did it all. Now look around your garden Lord and when they turn and smile place your arms around them and hold them for a while.

Loved and remembered by the Cloontuskert Thompson family. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Sunday, 26th September at 11am.

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THANKSGIVINGS Cherished memories of a dear husband, father and brother. Loved and remembered by his wife Bridie, son Mark and daughter Jacqueline, daughter-in-law Lisa, sonin-law David, brothers and sisters. May he Rest in Peace

Anniversary Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Four-Mile-House on Sunday, 12th September at 11am.

FLYNN Joseph (Joe)

Oran, Donamon, Co. Roscommon Who passed away on 24th April 2020

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Joe’s wife Maureen, daughter Julie Ann, son Aidan, together with their families, thank you most sincerely for your expressions of sympathy on the sad loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Your kindness and support at what was a very difficult time for us, and since then, will always be remembered. We thank all who sent messages of sympathy, mass cards, sympathy cards, letters, phone calls, text messages and posted messages of sympathy on RIP. ie. Sincere thanks to all who stood along the route from our home to pay their respects, as Joe made his final journey to the church and graveyard. Thanks to Fr. Irek Kozmicki for the Funeral Mass and for officiating at the burial. To Joe’s adored grandchildren, for their beautiful Prayers of the Faithful. To Eoin Kenny for his great music and singing and Aidan for his rendition on flute of Táimse ‘Mo Chodladh’. To John Ward Sacristan. Special thanks to James Kenny, Ballintubber, who organised the funeral details in a caring and professional manner. Thanks to Niall and Rena of Flanagan Undertakers, Castleplunkett. To the grave diggers for arranging Joe’s resting place so beautifully. To Dr. Ion Ignoea and staff of Roscommon University Hospital, for their excellent care and attention while we were unable to visit (due to restrictions). Also, the Hospital Chaplains. Thanks to the medical staff of Portiuncula Hospital. To Joe’s GP, Dr. Marc McCafferty of the Medical Centre Castlerea, nurse Jean and also Ann Marie and Frances for always being kind and helpful. To Joe’s brilliant carers, Tracy Wright and Seamie Lennon, whose visits he always looked forward to, and enjoyed. To the staff of the Sacred Heart Hospital and Day Care Centre Roscommon, for their excellent care and attention during Joe’s time there. To Marie, Rosaleen, Angela, Katie Ann and Cian for providing our family with heartwarming food on that sad and lonely day. Finally, as it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we trust that this acknowledgement will be accepted by all, as a token of our appreciation. Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES CURLEY Bridget Tobberconnor, Rahara (13th Anniversary) 11th September 2008

FIORENTINI (nee Curley) Bridie Tobberconnor, Rahara and Cheltenham, England (10th Anniversary) 24th September 2011


HUSSEY William (Bill)


15 St. Theresa’s Road, Roscommon Who passed away on the 9th September 2014 (7th Anniversary)

Late of Bumlin, Strokestown Four Mile House and Glenamaddy (4th Anniversary)

Kiltoom and Monksland Athlone (2nd Anniversary)

In loving memory of our dearest mother and sister.

We think of you often, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and the days before that too. We think of you each day and the sadness of your passing rarely goes away.

Loved and remembered by daughters: Mary, Ann, Veronica and sons-in-law.

Loved and remembered always by your daughter Francesca, sisters Mary, Ann Veronica and brothers-inlaw. May you Rest In Peace

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

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

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

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

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Always remembered. Anniversary Mass will be in St. Brigid’s Church, Four Mile House on Sunday, 12th September at 11am.

CONNAUGHTON Kathleen Coolatubber, Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon. In loving memory of Kathleen who passed away on September 2nd 1995. R.I.P.

Along the road of suffering you found a little lane that took you up to Heaven, and ended all your pain. You may be out of sight, we may be worlds apart, but you are always in our prayers, and forever in our hearts.

Always remembered by your loving family. Anniversary Mass in Fuerty Church on Friday, 10th September at 7pm.

We sat beside your bedside, our hearts were crushed and sore, we did our duty to the end till we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, we watched you fade away and though our hearts were breaking, we knew you could not stay. You left behind some aching hearts, that loved you most sincere, we never shall and never will, forget you, Father dear.

Sadly missed by your loving daughter Sharon and Brendan. ---------------------Dad silent thoughts of time together leave memories that will last forever.

Your loving son Rory. ----------------------

Dad still loved, still missed, gone yet not forgotten.

From your loving son Declan, Carole, Ray and Shannon. Will those who think of Kathleen today, a little prayer to Jesus say.

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


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No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you will always be remembered Bill. For those of you who think of Bill today a prayer to the Holy Family please say.

THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one. (mention it). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times, for three days, promise publication and favour will be granted. B.F. THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one. (mention it). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times, for three days, promise publication and favour will be granted. B.F.


Grange, Four Mile House Who passed away on 8th September 2020

We, the family of the late Joe Kelly would like to take this opportunity to thank all who sympathised with us on Joe’s passing. Thanks to all who sent Mass cards, phoned or left messages on RIP.ie. Thanks to the ambulance crew and Gardi who attended Joe at his home. To the home-help ladies who called to Joe on a regular basis, he always looked forward to your visits. To Pat and Gillian Smyth, Smyth’s Funeral Directors for your professionalism, compassion and support. To the late Fr. Browne who called to the house to give Joe the Last Rites and also for the lovely Mass, also thanks to Deacon Seamus Talbot, who assisted with the Funeral Mass. To Catherine and Saoirse Murray for the beautiful music at Joe’s Funeral Mass. To Hannon’s Hotel for the lovely meal they provided. For everyone who adhered to the restrictions in place at the time of Joe’s funeral. As it would not be possible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our appreciation. Joe’s First Anniversary Mass will take place in St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery on Monday, 20th September at 7pm. Love’s Greatest Gift - Remembrance

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Love from your grandchildren Jillian, Brendan, Paul, Nicola, Kevin, Thomas and Conor and all your great grandchildren. Second Anniversary Mass at St. Marys Church, Castlerahan, Co. Cavan on Saturday, September 11th at 6.30pm.

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

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Roscommon People Friday 10 September 2021 who passed away 9th May 2005. Sadly missed by Stephen, Anne-Lot & Harte fam, To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email advertising@roscommonpeople.ie sister Denise & Lohan fam, sister Arlene, Gerry & Joyce fam. and extended family ∞ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES



HARTE Peter Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. (30th Anniversary) Who Peter passed Harte, away onCastlerea, 9th September 1991. R.I.P. th 30 Anniversary

who passed away 9th Sept. 1991

Knockroe, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Who died on 24th September 2009. Rest in Peace who passed away 9(12th May Anniversary) 2005.

In loving memory of Peter

You are sadly missed. Always treasured, loved and remembered Today on your special 30th anniversary ∞ We, family of late Bernard Harte also would like to thank everyone who sympathised with us on the occasion of Bernard’s death 2nd March 2020.

Lovingly remembered by Mary and family. Anniversary Mass in Fondly remembered by his wife Denise, sons St. Patrick’s Church, Derek and Peter Lohan, Castlereaand onextended Sunday,family. 19th sisters, brothers-in-law September at 12 noon.

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Elphin St., Strokestown Co. Roscommon Who passed away on 12th September 2012 (9th Anniversary)


sister Denise & Lohan fam, sister Arlene, Gerry & Joyce fam. and extended family ∞

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Who passed away on 13th September 2019 (2nd Anniversary)

Never more than a thought away, loved and remembered every day.


(16th Anniversary) Who passed away on 8th December 2005

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Lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law Patsy.

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In loving memory of Bridie, who died on 13th September 2020

DUFFY (nee Lohan) Pauline


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‘The Laurels’, Creevy, Roscommon, formerly of Moate Co. Westmeath Who passed away on July 29th, 2021

Tommy Lohan, In God’s care you rest above. 16th anniversary In our hearts you rest with love. th A little whisper on a Who passed away 8 Dec. 2005 Never more than a thought away. September morning, Loved and remembered every day. you heard a gentle call. Silent You tookmemories the hand keep you near, Always lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her children of Jesus, As time unfolds another year. Michéal, Anne Marie, Alan, Margaret, Breege and Tomás, her andOut quietly left us all. of our lives you may have muchgone, loved grandchildren, brother John, sister Sr. Kathleen, Our memories are But our thoughts and prayers, you still live daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and her ourin keepsake, extended family and friends. from which we on. Tommy Lohan, never part. 16th anniversary God you in Bridie’s Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, th Who passed away 8Fondly Dec. has 2005 remembered by his wife Denise, sons His keeping, 12th September at 11am in The Church of the Immaculate Derek and Peter weyouhave you in Lohan, Conception, Ballinlough. Silent memories keep near, As time unfolds another year. our hearts. sisters, brothers-in-law and extended family. Out of our lives you may have gone, But in our thoughts and prayers, you still live on.

her 16 anniversary We also want to payontribute to our mum Martina Harte (nee Harrington) on her 16th anniversary who passed away on the 9th May 2005. Sadly missed by Stephen, Annelot and Harte family, sister Denise and Lohan family, sister Arlene, Gerry and Joyce family and extended family. who passed away 9th May 2005.

Coolougher, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon (1st Anniversary)

KILLEEN (nee Grogan) Marie


Sadly missed by Stephen, Anne-Lot & Harte fam, sister Denise & Lohan fam, sister Arlene, Gerry & Joyce fam. and extended family ∞

In loving memory of Peter You are in our thoughts & hearts You are sadly missed. Always treasured, loved and remembered Today on your special 30th anniversary ∞ We, family of late Bernard Harte In would loving memory Peter everyone who also like to of thank Peter Harte, Castlerea,and hearts Yousympathised are in our thoughts you sadly missed. of Bernard’s death with us on the occasion 30thare Anniversary Always2nd treasured, loved remembered who passed away and 9th Sept. 1991 March 2020. today on your special 30th anniversary. You are in our thoughts & hearts --------------------------------------------

QUINN Bridie

A heart too gentle, a mind too deep a beautiful soul forever asleep. Eyes full of sparkle a heart full of love now shining brightly from Heaven above.

Dearly loved and missed by her sisters, Ita, Teresa, Mary, Bernadette, Imelda, brother Sean and extended family members. Anniversary Mass for Pauline is on Friday, 10th September in Strokestown Church at 10.30am.

THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one. (mention it). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times, for three days, promise publication and favour will be granted. A.D.

We, the family of the late Marie Killeen, ‘The Laurels’, Creevy, Roscommon, formerly of Moate Co. Westmeath who died on July 29th 2021 in Sonas Nursing Home. Cloverhill, would like to thank all the management and staff for the kindness and care shown to our mum over the past three years. We would like to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us on the death of our dear mother. We would like to thank all our extended family and friends for their kindness and also the support received from our wonderful neighbours in Creevy. Thank you for the thoughtful words expressed on condolences online, for the mass cards, letters of sympathy and refreshments sent to our home. We are truly grateful. Thank you all for the Guard of Honour that you formed at our mum’s removal from her home at ‘The Laurels’ and lined the route towards the Sacred Heart Church Roscommon. Thanks to all the doctors and nurses in the Stroke Unit of Galway University Hospital for their care and empathy shown to mum and our family. Thanks also to Dr. Brendan Crosby and Sarah from Roscommon Palliative Care Team who attended mum in Sonas Nursing Home during her final days. Thanks to Pat and Gillian Smyth, Smyth’s Funeral Directors, for their professionalism and support and for livestreaming mum’s Requiem Mass. Thanks to the gravediggers who prepared mum’s final resting place in St. Coman’s Cemetery. Thanks to Fr. Fitzgerald for his words of comfort and the beautiful celebration of mum’s Requiem Mass, to Miriam Hunt and Aisling Macken for the wonderful music and singing. As it is not possible to thank you all individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time I ask this special one. (mention it). Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your own favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times, for three days, promise publication and favour will be granted. M.C.

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SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Sunday 12 September In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is. Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of David (see John 6:15). Jesus today reveals a different portrait. He calls Himself the Son of Man, evoking the royal figure Daniel saw in his heavenly visions (see Daniel 7:13–14). But Jesus’ kingship is not to be of this world (see John 18:36). And the path to His throne, as He reveals, is by way of suffering and death. Jesus identifies the Messiah with the suffering servant that Isaiah foretells in today’s First Reading. The words of Isaiah’s servant are Jesus’ words – as He gives Himself to be shamed and beaten, trusting that God will be His help. We hear our Lord’s voice again in today’s Psalm, as He gives thanks that God has freed Him from the cords of death. As Jesus tells us today, to believe that He is the Messiah is to follow His way of self-denial – losing our lives to save them in order to rise with Him to new life. Our faith, we hear again in today’s Epistle, must express itself in works of love (see Galatians 5:6). Notice that Jesus questions the Apostles today “along the way.” They are on the way to Jerusalem, where the Lord will lay down His life. We, too, are on a journey with the Lord. We must take up our cross, giving to others and enduring all our trials for His sake and the sake of the Gospel. Our lives must be an offering of thanksgiving for the new life He has given us until that day when we reach our destination and walk before the Lord in the land of the living. - Scott Hahn Ph.D., www.salvationhistory.com (courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)


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Seamus Duke’s Weekend Previews

Boyle must make case for ‘the defence’! Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC (Round 3)

Group A There are surprisingly few actual ‘must win’ games in Round 3 this weekend. Clann na nGael know that they will finish top of the table, while Western Gaels will be bottom regardless of what happens when the two sides meet on Friday night in Ballyforan (8 pm). It also means that Western Gaels will be in the relegation play-off battle. The other match in the group, between Padraig Pearses and Strokestown at the same time (in Kiltoom), will sort out who finishes second and third. It should be competitive, with Strokestown in good form following a battling win against Western Gaels last weekend. They could win this one too.

Boyle manager Cian Smith will be anxious to address defensive concerns, while pleased that his team’s attacking threat is formidable. Picture: Mick McCormack

Group B While Boyle have put up two very big scores to date, they are showing signs of being suspect in defence. They will have to be careful against Elphin when the sides meet on Sunday at Orchard Park (1 pm). Boyle’s firepower should pull them through. Roscommon Gaels will entertain high-flying Michael Glavey’s at Lisnamult, at the same throw-in time. It should be a competitive fix-

ture. Glavey’s look good up front, with Cathal Heneghan back among the goals, and they should confirm their place at the top of the table with a narrow win.

Group C Oran have answered every question they have been asked at senior level so far, but they could face a stiff challenge away to Tulsk on Sunday (at 1 pm). Both sides know they’re through, but I presume that Billy Donnellan’s side would prefer to go into the quarter-finals unbeaten. St. Croan’s really struggled against Tulsk and Oran, and now they face the champions St. Brigid’s on Sunday in Enfield. Eamon Towey’s men will be setting their sights on a relegation battle as St. Brigid’s should win with a bit to spare.

Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC (Round 3) Group A This is another group where the top and bottom places have been decided already. Fuerty face Shannon Gaels at Hyde Park on Saturday (2.30 pm) in the knowledge that they will top the section, while Shannon Gaels will be preparing for a relegation battle. Creggs and Castlerea travel to En-

Seamus Duke’s Championship Watch

field at the same starting time to sort out who will finish second and third in the group. Castlerea should have enough quality to emerge victorious.

Group B Clann na nGael have been probably the most impressive side in this championship up to this point and they should be far too strong for a Ballinameen side who have struggled thus far when the sides meet in Ballinameen on Sunday (3 pm). Kilbride are at home to St. Aidan’s in what looks an evenly matched contest. Aidan’s will be hoping that they can continue the good form they showed against Ballinameen last weekend, but with home advantage, Kilbride must be the fancy. Group C Éire Óg haven’t won a game yet but they have played very well in both their outings and should be rewarded with a victory when they face Kilmore on Sunday in Loughglynn (3 pm). Kilmore are really struggling this year and look destined for a tough relegation dogfight. A strong argument can be made for St. Faithleach’s v St. Dominic’s being the prospective game of the weekend in either championship. This could well be a rehearsal for a final pairing. Dominic’s look the better balanced outfit and I take them to win narrowly.

Tyrone’s siege mentality could sway final All-Ireland SFC Final: Mayo v Tyrone on Saturday in Croke Park at 5 pm Who’d be a pundit? I called both semi-finals horribly wrong (in common with many others, it has to be said), so readers may well have a look at the prediction at the bottom of this piece and immediately feel confident that the other team will win! The psychology surrounding this final is absolutely fascinating. Many educated observers are saying

that Mayo will never have a better chance of breaking their All-Ireland duck. It’s true that it’s not Kerry or Dublin in the other corner, and it’s also true that Mayo have a good record against Tyrone over the years. So the narrative in many quarters is that the chains will be off and Mayo will be able to go out and confidently take on Tyrone – and beat them too. In addition, the Connacht champions and perennial challengers will have most of the other 31 counties behind them. But therein lies the big danger for Mayo. Tyrone know that they are not liked by a lot of GAA fans outside their county – and they

couldn’t care less either. In fact, the siege mentality that they thrive on will give their management team plenty of ammunition with which to motivate their players in the run-up to Saturday. Tyrone have a huge workrate and great confidence in their own ability. The more they are criticised the more they like it. Their new management team of Brian Dooher and Feargal Logan have made subtle yet important changes in the way they play, including increasing their attacking threat. James Horan has done a fantastic job as Mayo manager. His young team has reached this All-Ireland fi-

nal on merit and yes, it is fair to say that they might never have a better chance of bringing Sam back across the Shannon. I would love to see Mayo winning, but I have a notion that Tyrone’s inner belief, their siege mentality and their superior attacking threat will see them home narrowly. The fact that I am going for a Tyrone win will be music to the ears of those of our readers who are Mayo supporters. It’s an honest opinion based on what we have seen in this championship so far. Another massive drama-filled and breathtaking afternoon awaits in Dublin 3. Prediction: Tyrone.

James Horan.


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Horses for Courses No Irish racing today, Thursday, and tomorrow racing is at Ballinrobe with a national hunt card starting at 3.55pm. On Saturday, Irish Champions Weekend, first race on a flat card at Leopardstown is away at 12.40pm. Sunday racing is at headquarters and the card contains 4 Group 1 races, including the final Irish classic of the season the St Leger, starting at 1.45pm. There is no racing on Monday. This weekend promises a bumper feast of high-class action across Ireland, Britain, and France for Aidan O’Brien, with running and riding plans for his Group 1 candidates yet to be finalised. It is Irish Champions Weekend in Ireland and Saturday’s card at Leopardstown features 2 Group 1 races, the Irish Champion Stakes with 13 entries and the Matron Stakes with 20 entered. There are 3 other Group races on the card the Champion Juvenile Stakes with 17 runners, and the Boomerang Mile with 16, both Group 2 races and the Group 3 Paddy Power Stakes has 15. Also, on Saturday there is the final British Classic, the St Leger, at Doncaster with 13 runners, 6 of them from Aidan O’Brien’s yard including the supplemented High Definition, a dual winner at headquarters last season. Riding arrangements are not yet finalised, but Ryan Moore will probably be in Ireland for both days, Detorri will ride for O’Brien in the English classic and in Paris on Sunday where he will probably renew his association with the Arc fav Snowfall in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp which also includes stable mate Love. Ben Coen rides Ottoman Emperor for Johnny Murtagh having earned

his place with a win in Goodwood and Oisin Murphy rides Fernando Vichi for Donnacha O’Brien in Doncaster. Sunday’s card at the Curragh has 4 Group 1 races and features the final classic the St Leger with an entry of 22 including Sonnyboyliston on whom Ben Coen might be seeking a St Leger double. The other Group 1 races are Flying Five Stakes with 16, for 3-YO’s+, and the Moyglare Stud Stakes with 14 and the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes with 10 both for 2-Y-O’s only. There is a conditions race for 2-YO’s worth €300,000 sponsored by Tattersall’s, the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes which has 16 entries and the Group 2 Blandford Stakes with 21 entered. RTE are covering 4 races from Leopardstown on Saturday and 5 from the Curragh on Sunday. On Saturday ITV4 cover 4 races from Doncaster, including the St Leger, 2 from Chester and one race from Leopardstown.


Baaeed extended his unbeaten run to five with a decisive victory on his Group One debut in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp. The William Haggas trained and Jim Crowley ridden 3-Y-O won by 1¼l and a neck from Ballydoyle’s Order Of Australia and Andre Fabre’s Victor Ludorum. Jim Bolger’s Poetic Flare bypassed this race and will run in the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday.

Kilbeggan Review

Last Friday evening the opening Pat Doyle Memorial Maiden Hurdle went to the Cormac Farrell trained Il

by Tom Red

Kilsaran Handicap Chase was won in fine style by the top weight Exit Poll trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Sean O’Keeffe at 6/1 beating the 7/2 fav Ya Boy Ya and Funky Dady by 2¼l and 4¼l. In the season’s finale at Kilbeggan Patrick Mullins rode the fav, Watergrange Jack to victory for Curragh trainer Paddy Hayes by ¾l over One Last Tango who had finished ¾l ahead of him in second when 3rd in Killarney last month.

Racing News

Game Catch and Paul Power beat the blinkered Trouble And Strife and Wavylake, in maroon.

Courra ridden by Adam Short who finished 4½l and 14l ahead of the favourite Mark Fahey’s Rebel Rose and Henry de Bromhead’s Old Durham Town for an easy win. The Sean Doyle Memorial Mdn Hurdle the 11/8 favourite Cornerkova brought a run of 3 runner-up spots to an end by accounting for Tom McGreevy and Full Aux Rois. The winner is trained in Waterford by Henry de Bromhead and was ridden by Hugh Morgan and won by 6½l and 12l. The first handicap on the card was the Adare Manor Opportunity Hurdle sponsored by JP McManus and was won by the 8/1 shot Trixie Mc trained by the in form Thomas Gibney and ridden by claimer Gavin Brouder finishing 2¾l and 7l ahead of the fav. Falak and Reverse Polarity. There were 2 divisions of the Belvedere House, Gardens and Park Handicap Hurdle with Div 1 going to the Luke Dempsey ridden Railway Muice trained in Co Longford by

Paul Flynn. Michael Hourigan’s Finding Joy and Dermot McLoughlin’s Laughing Trix filled the minor places beaten a head and 4l. Div 2 was a family affair as Mrs B Power’s Game Catch, trained and ridden by her son Paul, came with a late run to deny the fav., Trouble And Strife by 2¾l with Wavylake back in 3rd another ½l away bringing the hurdle racing to an end. Next up was the Midland Breeders Supporting Kilbeggan Beginners Chase with 6 runners and Presenting Bonnie proved the old adage of horses for courses when racking up her 4th win on this track on her chasing debut. She is trained in Tipperary by John Ryan, who is enjoying a purple patch, and was ridden by Bryan Cooper and beat the favourite Nero’s Rock and Ennemi Public. She won her maiden and 2 handicap Hurdles here in the summer and the winning distances were ½l and 14l. The penultimate

Paddy Dunican announced that the AXA Farm Insurance €75,000 Midlands National has been upgraded to a Grade B handicap and becomes Kilbeggan’s first Pattern race. Horse Racing Ireland have upgraded three races in the Irish National Hunt Pattern race programme. Glencarraig Lady Handicap Chase at the Punchestown festival being converted from a Grade B Handicap to a Grade 2 weight-for-age chase. The Grade 3 Kerry Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Cork Racecourse in early December becomes a Grade 2 race. Frankie Dettori, Jamie Spencer, Tom Queally and Shane Kelly will join the top Flat jockeys from Ireland at Bellewstown on the 20th of this month in the €20,000 Gannons City Recovery And Recycling Services Ltd Supporting DAFA Handicap, over one mile to support the late Barney Curley’s African charity. HRI have announced the fixtures for next year and Roscommon hold the first of 8 meetings on the evening of the 9th May. Kilbeggan opens it’s season on the 21st April.

s tt u p t r o h S (News from local golf clubs)

Athlone Kenneth Martin was the winner of the Hodson Bay Cup Singles Stroke, while Thomas Donoghue Jnr. came in second. E. Moloney won the recent AWGS with 36 points. Frances McGettigan came first in the Corner House Bistro 18hole with 44 points. Bernie Watson was the winner of the 9-hole competition with 23 points, and Brid Kenny came out on top of the 12-hole competition on August 26th with 27 points.

Boyle Hard luck to Sean Heslin’s Jack O’Sullivan Cup team, who lost the zone final to a strong Tubbercurry team during the week. Good luck to Tubbercurry Golf Club in the rest of the competition. The Connacht 9-hole Interclub, captained by Brendan Gaffney, will be playing the winners of Strokestown vs Ballinamore in the next two weeks (date yet to be confirmed). The winner of our last 12-hole competition of the year was Frank Casserly with 28 points. Kevin O’Connor was second with 28 points, and Adam Daly came third with 28 points. Lee McKillen won the 2s club. Lochlainn Conboy was the winner of the 9-hole Stableford, played on Thursday, September 2nd, with 22 points.

Carrick Carrick’s Golfer of the Year leader board is as follows: 1st Shamzuri Hanifa (47pts), 2nd Keith Duignan (40pts), 3rd Albert Noone (34pts). Emmett Herbert leads Rookie Golfer of the Year with 108 pts, while Cian Harmon (89) is in second, and David Clarke (49) is in third. Good luck to our very hard-working Captain John Coffey as the qualifier starts next weekend. The Captain’s Prize to Ladies takes place on September 11th and 12th, and the Captain’s Prize to Gents Qualifier takes place on September 10th, 11th, and 12th. The results of the Jimmy Bruen fundraiser are as follows: in the

ladies section, Cathy McCabe and Shauna Fee came in first (41), and Carmel Stritch and Marian Mulvey were second (38). Gerry and Phil Emmett (40) came out on top in the mixed, with Attracta O’Connor and Liam Mullaney in second (39). In the men’s section, Liam Bruen and Damien McLoughlin (59 net, back 9) were first, and Dylan Beirne and John Coffey (59 net, back 9) came second. Congratulations to Pat Conlon on winning the McGarry Trophy last weekend (62 nett). Congratulations also to Danny Egan on becoming a scratch golfer for the first time. Danny equalled his own course record of 67 in Carrick Golf Club (a record that he set earlier this year). Noel McDermott will play Michael Gallagher and Eoin Gibney will play Niall Keaney in the upcoming Lynch Cup semi-final.

Castlerea Congratulations to Captain Michael Creaton on a very successful Captain’s Week. Michael was delighted with the numbers, with members enjoying dry conditions and great scoring. He praised all involved, and the fantastic condition of the course. Lady Captain Kathy and Club President Mary both paid homage to Michael, who is both an officer and a gentleman. In the competition, Elizabeth Devine was victorious for the ladies, with Mary Finan in second and Kay Condon in third. Catherine Collins won the Ladies’ 9-hole prize, and Tommy Murray was the overall winner in the men’s. The annual fundraising classic, kindly sponsored by Tully’s Total Health Pharmacy, will take place over September 17th, 18th, and 19th. Teams of 3, any combination, at €75 per team. Re-entry is €10 per person. Book via castlereagolfclub.ie or 087 1278066. Best of luck to the Castlerea Lady golfers against Bearna on September 12th. Well done to Celia Mulligan and Nicola Devine for representing the club in the provincial final of the Ladies Silver and Bronze medals Connacht final. Bets of luck to Nicola in the national finals.

Congratulations to Royal Dublin golfer Hugh Foley, who won the West of Ireland Men’s Open at Co. Sligo Golf Club last weekend. Well done to Roscommon Golf Club members Thomas Higgins, Simon Walker and Allan Hill who all performed very well in the competition – all three finishing in the top 20!

Roscommon Best of luck to our Ladies Senior Foursomes in the AIG AllIreland finals this weekend. This is a superb team has represented the club with pride and professionalism throughout this competition. Thank you to the Roscommon People newspaper for their kind sponsorship of our Men’s competition on September 5th. The winner was Frances Grehan (6, 47 pts). The results of the Ladies Club competition held on Tuesday, 31st of August were: Geraldine Relihan (19, 39 pts) won the Ladies club competition on August 31st, and Mary Lalor (16, 41pts) came out on top in the 18-hole Ladies’ Captain’s Prize. Michael O’Connor, Michael Sharkey, Peter Brady, Tom Costello and Jack Halliday were successful in the senior competition on September 2nd. Phil Murray O’Brien was the winner in the senior Ladies, with Marguerite Farrell coming in second and Noreen O’Grady third. Well done to Thomas Higgins, Simon Walker and Allan Hill for their notable performances in the West of Ireland Men’s Open Championships at County Sligo Golf Club over the weekend.


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SportsPeople Creggs RFC Report


Curley Cup opener on Sunday Curley Cup: The Creggs Development team will play their opening game of the season on Sunday, September 12th, with a 2.30 kick-off on the 4G pitch. It’s in the Curley Cup and the opposition is Galwegians RFC’s second team. Creggs firsts have a bye in

Round 3 of the Cawley Cup and their next outing will be against the Buccaneers away in Athlone on Sunday, September 19th, in Round 4. The team will be hoping to continue an unbeaten run in this competition that goes back nearly four years. Adult training: Training con-

tinues for all firsts, Development and U-20 players each week on Tuesdays at 8 pm and Fridays at 8.15 pm. New and returning players are always welcome. Youth teams’ training: Creggs U-14 Girls train on Monday evenings at 7 pm. U-16/18 Girls train on Monday evenings at

8 pm, and on Friday evenings at 7 pm. New players always welcome. The U-16 Girls are due to have their first participation game before the start of the league next weekend against Ballina. Creggs U-13 Boys will return to training on Saturday, Septem-

ber 11th, at 11 am. U-14 Boys begin training on Saturday, September 11th at 12 noon, and U-15 Boys training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm. U-16/17 Boys train every Tuesday at 7.30 pm. U-18.5 training continues every Thursday night at 7.30 pm in Creggs. This team

are due to have a participation game next weekend against Corinthians (away). Please keep an eye on Creggs Facebook page for updates and for any enquiries, please contact Dave Purcell on 087 7000547. Mini Rugby returning soon – news update next week.

Soccer fixtures Friday, September 10th RDFL First Division Shiven Rovers v Glen Celtic. 8 pm RDFL Second Division Moore United B v Skyvalley Rovers B. 8 pm

Saturday, September 11th RDFL Masters Shield Semi-Final Strokestown v Colmanstown. 7.30 pm Skyvalley Rovers v Castlerea Celtic. 7.30 pm

Sunday September 12th RDFL Premier Division St John’s Athletic v Boyle Celtic. 2 pm RDFL First Division Ballinasloe Town B v Dunmore Town. 11 am Roscommon Utd v Skyvalley Rovers. 2 pm Ballinagare Manor Utd v Dysart. 2 pm RDFL Second Division Rahara Rovers v Roscommon Utd B. 11 am St John’s Athletic B v Boyle Celtic B. 11 am Cam Celtic v Ballymoe B. 2 pm

Saturday, September 18th RDFL Masters Shield Final Strokestown/Colmanstown v Skyvalley/Castlerea. 6 pm RDFL Masters Cup Final Moore Utd v Glen Celtic. 8 pm

Astro turf pitch for hire! Bookings are now being accepted for the Roscommon Town Astro Turf pitch at Lisnamult for autumn/winter. Slots currently available. To find our more, contact 086 8538519.

Rovers and IT Sligo team up! Sligo Rovers, in partnership with IT Sligo, have announced new plans to form a senior women’s team for the first time, with a view to joining the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League from the 2022 season onward. IT Sligo has been a long-term partner with Sligo Rovers offering support in training and sports scholar-

ships to the senior men’s team over the past two years. Now the Institute of Technology Sligo will extend sports scholarships to women players, giving them the opportunity to play at senior level at Sligo Rovers. Announcing the new plans, Sligo Rovers Chairperson, Tommy Higgins, said the partnership will allow

elite women soccer players to participate at the highest level and gain an excellent academic qualification while playing. Vice-President, Academic Affairs and Registrar of IT Sligo, Dr. Michele Glacken, said it offers equal opportunities for female soccer players. “IT Sligo is delighted to support

the development of a Women’s National League team for the North West region. This partnership builds on our current successful Scholarship programme with Sligo Rovers, and offers equal opportunities for female soccer players to succeed in their sporting and academic pursuits”.

St Barry’s tops in LGFA U-16 Division 1 Final

St. Barry’s won an entertaining U-16 Division 1 Championship final, defeating St. Dominic’s by 4-7 to 1-9.

‘Tús maith leath na hoibre’, is an old saying, meaning a good start is half the battle, and it was definitely the case in the recent U-16 Division 1 Championship final, when a whirlwind start from St. Barry’s set the foundation for a great win. The Dominic’s girls were up for the battle, and gradually eked their way back into the game, but the damage had been done in the opening 10 minutes, as the Barry’s girls led from pillar to post for a deserved win. This was a good performance from both sides on the night, making for a very entertaining game. The final score was St. Barry’s 4-7 St. Dominic’s 1-9. Johnny Cox, representing Roscommon LGFA, presented the Division 1 trophy to St. Barry’s captains Aoife and Orla Tighe.


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Signed programme from ‘47 final available for €1,340!

With a mouth-watering GAA All-Ireland football final in prospect, eBay Ireland has revealed that there have been more than 30,000 searches for GAArelated items so far this GAA season on ebay.ie. Football trumped hurling in the popularity stakes – there were 20 times’ more searches for football-related goods compared to hurling products and memorabilia. Currently on ebay.ie, there are 1,460 live listings for GAA-related products. The most expensive item for sale on the marketplace is a signed 1947 All-Ireland GAA Football Programme, priced at €1,340. The match, which saw Cavan and Kerry go head-tohead in the All-Ireland Final, is the only final to be played outside Ireland, taking place in New York (at the Polo Grounds) in September 1947. August alone saw more than 2,000 searches for GAA jerseys, shorts, footballs, hurls and memorabilia on ebay.ie. The hunt for GAA products on eBay peaked in April and May, as the 2021 Senior Football League got underway, with 600% more searches compared to June and July.

Fuerty firepower proved decisive in derby shootout! Niall Kilroy (pictured in action for Roscommon) was typically effective at full-forward. File pic: Andrew Fox

IFC movers and shakers!

In Group A, Fuerty secured local bragging rights after an impressive win against Creggs in the local derby at Mulhern Park. Castlerea secured a badly-needed win when they defeated Shannon Gaels in Croghan. In Group B Kilbride were impressive as they scored 3-16 against Ballinameen, while Clann na nGael’s second team continued their unbeaten run with a very solid win against St. Aidan’s. In Group C meanwhile, Kilmore are in trouble after another defeat at the weekend as they went under to St. Faithleach’s (1-15 to 1-4). The game of the weekend in the IFC was in Knockcroghery where the home side, St. Dominic’s, came from behind to beat Éire Óg 2-15 to 1-16.


Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC (Group A) Fuerty 5-9 Creggs 2-8 It may not have been the ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’ but Fuerty and Creggs produced their own shootout in this very entertaining local derby played in perfect weather conditions at Mulhern Park on Saturday evening. At the end of the day it was Fuerty who had the more effective ‘gunslingers’ as they eventually asserted control. There were some marvellous goals for the big crowd to enjoy, although it must be conceded that the defending of both sides was certainly not top-notch. The game had an explosive opening when Enda Conneran blasted home a great goal for Creggs after just 25 seconds. When Shane Dowd followed up with a splendid point we wondered if a surprise was on the cards. But Fuerty,

with Niall Kilroy typically effective at full-forward, were soon back in the game with three points on the spin, and then in the 10th minute they were ahead. A lightning-fast move saw the Lyons brothers combine before the highly impressive Aengus Lyons blasted to the Creggs net. Undaunted, the Creggs lads were determined to make it an uncomfortable evening for the home side and in the 17th minute they were ahead again, Conneran on hand to crash home another great goal. Now Creggs led by 2-4 to 2-3. Fuerty’s ability to cut holes in the Creggs defence through their running and passing game was causing Ger Dowd’s side plenty of problems. In the 29th minute a rising shot from Gearoid Ennis came back off the crossbar, but Niall Kilroy was there to point the rebound. In the 30th minute Aengus Lyons was the creator, releasing Kilroy, the county senior star rounding the ‘keeper and shooting low to the net. Halftime score: Fuerty 3-6 Creggs 2-4. The second half never matched the intensity of the opening period and the scoring rate slowed. Creggs hinted at a recovery when they shot three out of the first four

THE PEOPLE’S MATCH CHOICE scores within seven minutes of the restart, reducing the margin to three points. It was, however, a false dawn. Remarkably, we had almost 10 scoreless minutes until Cian Murray set up Aengus Lyons for his second goal of the game. After that, Fuerty looked comfortable. Cian Murray helped himself to the fifth goal in the 53rd minute and the local bragging rights now belonged to the black and amber. Given their firepower, Fuerty must be one the favourites to lift the intermediate title this year. However, they will have to tighten up at the back if they are to lift the Jamesie Murray Cup later in the season. Eamon Bannon, Philip Neilan, Oisin Lyons, Aengus Lyons, Cian Murray and Niall Kilroy were in great form on the day, while for Creggs, James McKeague, Shane Dowd, Enda Conneran and Darren Gately were best performers. Note: Congratulations to the Fuerty club who unveiled their new spectator stand at

Mulhern Park for this game. It’s a great facility. Well done to everyone responsible. Fuerty: Joe Fallon; Darragh Heavey, Adam Whyte, Mark Ward; Eamon Bannon, Peter Kellehan, Philip Neilan (0-1); Tom Bannon, Ben McGahon; Oisin Lyons (0-1), Aengus Lyons (2-1), Cian Murray (2-1); Gearoid Ennis, Niall Kilroy (1-4, 1 free), Eoin Ward (0-1). Subs: Ben McGahon for Ennis (20), Darragh Mullen for Kilroy (53), Cormac Lavin for Murray (54), Conor Levin for E Bannon (54), Tomas Clayton for Heavey (58). Creggs: Sean O’Rourke; Padraig Gaffey, Tomas Crean, James Brandon; Tom Fleming, James McKeague, Paul Brandon; Colin Canny (0-1), Shane Dowd (0-2, 1 free); Matthew Browne, Noel Gately, Mark Dowd; Kevin Gavin (0-2, 1 free), Enda Conneran (2-0), Darren Gately (0-3). Subs: Evan Coleman for Gaffey (37), Joel McPhilbin for Fleming and Michael Roarke for P Brandon (48), Mark Brandon for S Dowd (50), Enda O’Rourke for Gavin (56). Referee: Ollie Kelly. Man of the Match: Aengus Lyons (Fuerty)


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Hodson Bay Roscommon SFC (Group C) Oran 5-13 St Croan’s 0-9 The hardest thing to do in any sport for an emerging team is to maintain momentum and follow one great win with another. That however is exactly what Oran did in this very one-sided match played in Rockfield last Sunday. The local club left no stone unturned in their preparations for their first senior football championship game at the venue in almost a quarter of a century. Their team didn’t let them down either as Oran totally dominated a St. Croan’s side who were game to the end yet outclassed from pillar to post. Oran simply had too much quality for their opponents all over the field, and, on the basis of this performance, it will take a good team to knock Billy Donnellan’s men off their perch. They set about Croan’s from the first whistle. Ciaran Lawless and Aidan Brogan (free) exchanged points in the opening four minutes, but the signs were ominous for the Croan’s men early in the contest. Darragh Walsh (0-2, 1 free), Kieran Whyte and Colin Walsh added points to open a four-point gap by the 7th minute. Oran were finding their men easily with intelligent diagonal passing and the scores began to pile up as the match progressed. Richie Thomson kicked a longrange free for St. Croan’s in the 12th minute, but it was only a drop in the ocean for them as the home side drove forward relentlessly. In the 20th minute Charlie Carthy punched home a Ciaran Lawless long ball from out on the right. Worse was to come for Croan’s in the 25th minute when Vinny Egan’s misdirected kick-out was returned to the empty net by Ciaran Lawless. By half-time it was ‘game over’ territory, Oran leading by 2-8 to 0-2. St. Croan’s opened the second-half scoring with a Keith Muldoon point, but the home side kept their foot on the accelerator and their third goal

came in the 34th minute through Ciaran Lawless. It followed a great team move. St. Croan’s’ best player on the day, Aidan Brogan, had a good tussle with Tom Fetherston all through, but elsewhere it was Oran on top in all sectors. Billy Donnellan ran his bench late on and there were some very impressive cameos there too. Ciaran Casey tapped home Oran’s fourth goal in the 54th minute, another sub, Mark Gunning, scored the fifth in the 60th minute, and a third, the very experienced Mike Dwyer, chipped in with a great point. It was another very impressive performance from Oran. They are through to the quarter-finals on merit and on the back of two excellent performances. However, there are much bigger tests ahead. Cathal Kenny, Colin Walsh, Gearoid Keenan, Ciaran Lawless, Charlie Carthy and Darragh Walsh were their stand-out performers. For St. Croan’s, this wasn’t a good day out and now they will have to set their sights on a relegation battle. On the evidence of this display they will have to pull a major rabbit out if they are to avoid the trap door this year. Mike Holland, Ger Connaughton and Aidan Brogan battled away, but they were fighting a lost cause. Oran: Paul Brandon: Jack Casey, Tom Fetherston, Kevin Concannon; Eoghan Grady, Colin Walsh (0-1), Cathal Kenny; Connie Regan, Gearoid Keenan; Ciaran Lawless (2-4), Darragh Walsh (0-3, 1 free), Kieran Whyte (0-2); Charlie Carthy (1-1), Paul Kenny, James Fitzpatrick (0-1). Subs: Jack Earley for Paul Kenny (24), Mike Dwyer (0-1) for Concannon (38), Mark Gunning (1-0) for Grady (46), Ciaran Casey (1-0) for Carthy (46). St Croan’s: Vinny Egan; Mark Kilcommons, Gregory Grogan, Jason Egan; Ger Connaughton, Dan Malone, Gerard Leech; Richie Thompson (0-2, 1 free, ’45), Dean Muldoon; Oisin Egan, Aidan Brogan (0-6, 4 frees), Cathal Connelly; Kevin Lambert, Mike Holland, Keith Muldoon (0-1). Subs: Kevin Smyth for Leech (h/t), Ethan Hoban for O Egan (38), David Hussey for V Egan (50). Referee: Aaron Clogher. Man of the Match: Ciaran Lawless (Oran)

Roscommon camogie minors in All-Ireland final on Saturday Best wishes to the Roscommon camogie team which is in All-Ireland Minor B final action against Meath this weekend. The final was meant to be played last weekend but was postponed due to a bereavement (with the death of the mother of one of the Meath players). Roscommon qualified for the final with an extremely comprehensive win over Down in Cavan, the girls winning by 4-19 to 1-3. To reach an All-Ireland final is a tremendous achievement and hopes are high that manager David Bolger and company can reproduce or even improve on that showing when they face Meath in this shield final. The big game is fixed for Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford this Saturday (1 pm). Meath will be formidable opposition but the Roscommon girls have the skill and determination to challenge strongly for this All-Ireland title. We wish them the very best of luck.

Gaa results

Oran’s Thomas Fetherston...had a good tussle with Aidan Brogan. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

SFC (Group A) Clann na nGael 0-14 Padraig Pearses 0-10 Strokestown 1-16 Western Gaels 2-9 SFC (Group B) Roscommon Gaels 1-9 Elphin 0-10 Michael Glavey’s 4-9 Boyle 1-17 SFC (Group C) St Brigid’s 1-17 Tulsk Lord Edwards 1-11 Oran 5-13 St Croan’s 0-8 IFC (Group A) Fuerty 5-9 Creggs 2-8 Castlerea St Kevin’s 2-9 Shannon Gaels 0-8 IFC (Group B) Kilbride 3-16 Ballinameen 0-12 Clann na nGael 2-17 St Aidan’s 1-12 IFC (Group C) St Dominic’s 2-15 Éire Óg 1-16 St Faithleach’s 1-15 Kilmore 1-4 JFC (Group A) St Brigid’s 4-13 Boyle 0-7 St Michael’s 3-11 St Ronan’s 2-9 JFC (Group B) Roscommon Gaels 1-6 Western Gaels 0-8 Kilglass Gaels 5-15 St Barry’s 0-9 JFC (Group C) St Joseph’s 2-17 Elphin 0-4 Padraig Pearses 4-15 St Dominic’s 2-7

GAA fixtures Friday, September 10th Senior Football Championship (Group A) Clann na nGael v Western Gaels. 8 pm Padraig Pearses v Strokestown. 8 pm Saturday, September 11th Intermediate Football Championship (Group A) Castlerea St Kevin’s v Creggs. 2.30 pm Shannon Gaels v Fuerty. 2.30 pm Junior Football Championship (Group A) Boyle v St Michael’s. 2 pm St Brigid’s v St Ronan’s. 2 pm Junior Football Championship (Group B) St Barry’s v Western Gaels. 1.30 pm Kilglass Gaels v Roscommon Gaels. 1.30 pm Junior Football Championship (Group C) Padraig Pearses v Elphin. 1.30 pm St Joseph’s v St Dominic’s. 2.30 pm

It was a challenging outing for Cathal Connelly (St. Croan’s) and his colleagues, who were the latest team to fall to in-form Oran. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Sunday, September 12th Senior Football Championship (Group B) Elphin v Boyle. 1 pm Roscommon Gaels v Michael Glavey’s. 1 pm Senior Football Championship (Group C) St Croan’s v St Brigid’s. 1 pm Tulsk Lord Edwards v Oran. 1 pm Intermediate Football Championship (Group C) Éire Óg v Kilmore. 3 pm St Faithleach’s v St Dominic’s. 3 pm Intermediate Football Championship (Group B) Kilbride v St Aidan’s. 3 pm Ballinameen v Clann na nGael. 3 pm

<< Weekend Rewind

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PUNDIT... Well...Meath ladies! Now NOBODY saw that coming! Well, actually... WHAT? Ah yeah, I was confident they’d win, sure... Hold it, you’re getting on my nerves since this column started! Are you claiming to be infallible? No, I’ve zero interest in politics! But getting back to the Meath ladies, the signs were there... They weren’t! Meath were intermediate last year, Dublin were going for five in a row! It was a massive shock! Like you admitting you got something wrong! Thing is – and I’ll ignore that jibe – all periods of domination come to an end. Yeah, but the Dublin ladies...they’re aristocrats! Yeah, but that’s the point...Meath are actually ROYALTY!

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Mayo’s often agonising and frequently captivating 70-year quest to reach the All-Ireland football summit again can end in glory this weekend, according to Roscommon resident and former Mayo star, Kevin McStay. McStay, who managed Roscommon to a memorable Connacht title win in 2017, believes his native county can end that 70-year wait to be reacquainted with the Sam Maguire Cup. James Horan’s men face Tyrone in the 2021 All-Ireland Senior Football Final at Croke Park this Saturday (5 pm). In his Irish Times column on Tuesday, McStay asserts

that Tyrone and Mayo are very similar. “Their (both teams’) athletic profile is impressive. Both teams move very rapidly and randomly around the pitch until they reach the attacking half of the field when some patterns emerge”. While Mayo “have an edge in pure size”, McStay says Tyrone are more comfortable or polished in the fine skills of the game...“such as passing, possession, evasion, drawing an opponent and dishing a good ball”. The Sunday Game pundit says Mayo have yet to play for a full 70 minutes – and that nothing less than a 70-minute return can be acceptable on Saturday.

Summing up what he expects to be a close final, McStay wrote: “I believe Mayo will win this final. There is not that much to separate the teams in terms of attitude and ability. Mayo have been forewarned by Kerry in that they were given a demonstration of what not to do. But Kerry also illustrated that you can create a lot of chances against Tyrone – goals and points”. He concluded with a considered prediction: “I do believe that when the championship ends this week, Mayo will be the champions of Ireland for the first time in 70 years; that this team will bring an end to the grand obsession”.

I am! That Meath ladies’ manager Eamonn Murray, he’s as cute as a Kerry man! “We’re not going to Dublin to go shopping”...when I heard him saying that, I knew! Very scientific! Sure Sean Boylan’s from Meath, and he’s a genius. And Colm O’Rourke. And Tommy Tiernan. And... Okay, I get it! ...Hector grew up in Meath... Cathal Heneghan, a three-goal hero last weekend, in action for Michael Glavey’s against St. Brigid’s in last year’s quarter-final. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Well, now that’s tricky...

Heneghan heroics light up race!

Ha! I have you! You’re a bit of a fraud...


But – and I’ll ignore that jibe too – when I analyse both camps, my expertise effortlessly comes into play. Okay... It’s going to be tight, it’s 15 against 15, a lot will depend on which team wants it most, it will go down to the... Okay, are there any cliches left? And at the end of the day... GIVE ME A PREDICTION! It’s obvious... GO ON! If Tyrone suffocate the Mayo forwards and repeat their relentless high intensity performance against Kerry and curb Mayo’s goal threat and take their own chances, they’ll win. HOWEVER, if Mayo are less open in defence than Kerry were, reproduce their running game, take their long-range points, and seize their destiny, they win!

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McStay: Mayo can bring end to the grand obsession

You’re not seriously saying you knew Meath would win?

Enough! So who do you fancy THIS weekend? Let me put you on the spot! No more nonsense. Tyrone or Mayo?



As an exciting and hotly-contested race for the Fahey Cup moves closer to the quarterfinal stages, the ultimate prize remains a realistic target for a number of rival managers and their squads. Last weekend’s action saw St. Brigid’s steady the ship after it ran into Hurricane Oran in Round 1. The champions are back in the race following a six-point win over Tulsk. Last weekend also saw Oran underline their credentials, a second win catapulting last year’s intermediate champions into the quarters.

With victory over neighbours Padraig Pearses, Clann made it two wins out of two, as did an impressive Michael Glavey’s, who had a great win over high-flying Boyle, Cathal Heneghan scoring a superb 3-3 in a thriller. Roscommon Gaels, Strokestown and Tulsk all found some momentum. The Roscommon People selected Oran v St. Croan’s as our featured match last weekend. For our ‘People’s Choice’ game we put the focus on the big IFC derby between Fuerty and Creggs. See Seamus Duke’s reports from the press box. Attention this weekend now turns to Round 3 in the Roscommon SFC and IFC. See Seamus Duke’s big match previews.

SOCIAL shorts... Meath marvels: Needless to say, Twitter went into overdrive over Meath’s remarkable, feelgood win over Dublin in last weekend’s All-Ireland Ladies Football Final. The superlatives were flying around as Meath fans and neutrals alike poured praise on the high-energy Meath ladies, last year’s Intermediate champions. ‘Cormac D’ tweeted: ‘One of the best stories during my time watching Gaelic Football. Niamh O’Sullivan is a wizard. Build a statue of Vikki Wall in Dunboyne Castle’. Bernard Casey: ‘That’s one of the greatest achievements in Irish sport. Meath Ladies had to beg people to come play Cork in 2016 & now they’re All-Ireland Senior Champions. What a team’. From Michelle Chambers: ‘Incredible stuff from Meath. And what an inspiration they are for other teams around the country looking to move up to Senior level. They’ve set the bar now’. David Kent summed up the scale of the progress: ‘Meath coming up from intermediate, their first ever time at senior level, they take out Armagh, then Cork and then stop the unstoppable in the final. You may not find a better tale in all of sport in 2021’.


H Cathal Heneghan scored 3-3 to guide Glavey’s to a great win over Boyle

H Sean Mullooly scored key goal for Strokestown v Western Gaels

H Fuerty footballers have the local bragging rights after winning a thriller v Creggs

Vikki Wall played a starring role as Meath ladies won the All-Ireland senior football title.

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COVID-19: Emerging from the pandemic

Reframing the Challenge: Continuing our Recovery & Reconnecting Due to the resilience and solidarity of the

Many of the restrictions will be lifted and

Irish people and our exceptional support

replaced by guidance and advice to enable

for the vaccine programme, we will change

us to work together, as individuals and

how we manage and live with COVID-19

communities, to protect ourselves and to

from 22nd October.

live our lives to the fullest extent possible.

These are the changes that will take effect in the coming weeks:


From 22 October

The following restrictions will be lifted:

The following restrictions will be lifted:

Public Transport

Public Transport returns to 100% capacity from 1st September


Return to work may commence on a phased and staggered attendance basis from 20th September in line with the Work Safely Protocol


Easing of restrictions on organised indoor/ outdoor events/mass gatherings from 6th September (see gov.ie/recovery for details) Easing of restrictions on indoor/outdoor group activities from 20th September (see gov.ie/recovery for details)

Requirements for physical distancing, mask wearing outdoors and in indoor private settings Limits on numbers that can meet in private homes/gardens Limits on numbers at indoor and outdoor events and activities Restrictions on religious or civil ceremonies Certification of vaccination, immunity or testing as a prerequisite for access to, or engagement in, any activities or events (with exception of international travel) Restrictions on high-risk activities (i.e. nightclubs)

Measures that will remain in place include self-isolation when we have symptoms, continued social distancing and avoidance of crowds where appropriate. We will continue to wear masks where necessary to protect ourselves and by law in healthcare settings, indoor retail, and on public transport. During this phase, Government will continue to provide supports to workers and businesses under the Economic Recovery Plan.

For up-to-date information on all matters relating to COVID-19, please go to gov.ie/recovery