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RTE documentary prompts new calls for Commission of Investigation into death of Fr Niall Molloy < DAN DOONER

There have been renewed calls this week for a Commission of Investigation to be set up in the case of Roscommon priest Fr. Niall Molloy, who died under violent circumstances at a house in Clara, Co. Offaly in 1985. Father Niall Molloy was killed in mysterious circumstances at Kilcoursey House, the home of Richard and Theresa Flynn. Richard Flynn, who admitted assaulting Fr. Molloy, was later tried for manslaughter, but Judge Frank Roe directed the jury to find him not guilty because the priest suffered from a heart condition and it wasn’t clear what had caused his death. An inquest established that the 52-year-old had died from head injuries and it later emerged that Judge Roe was a friend of the Flynns. Father Molloy had been friends with the Flynns, who regularly stayed in Castlecoote where he was parish priest. He shared an interest in horses with the couple. It also later emerged that he was a business partner of Mrs. Flynn. Both Richard and Theresa Flynn have since passed away. This week, in the wake of a twopart RTÉ documentary detailing his death, Fr. Molloy’s nephew, Bill Maher, has called for a Commission of Investigation to be set up. He was critical of politicians,

The late Fr. Niall Molloy

whom he said had promised to fight for a new investigation before being elected and (claimed Mr. Maher) losing interest in the case. “There are people alive today who know what happened and if a Commission of Investiga-

tion is established they will be compelled to speak and then we might get the truth and maybe justice,” he said. Calls for a Commission of Investigation have been echoed by both Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny and

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy this week. Deputy Kenny, who is Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Justice, commended Father Molloy’s relatives for their “unwavering and dignified campaign for answers”. “This death occurred in circumstances which have never been adequately explained or investigated. The facts of the case have been consistently covered up in order to protect the well-connected,” he claimed. “When you go to court, you may, on a good day, get justice. What you should always get, at the very least, is law. Fr. Molloy’s family have been provided with neither”. Senator Murphy said he fully supported the family’s call for the Government to establish the Commission. “There are issues about missing files, the strong possibility that Fr. Molloy did not die of a heart attack, questions as to where the attack took place, and documentation which clearly showed Fr. Molloy and Theresa Flynn as brother and sister, which was clearly not true,” he said. Senator Murphy said he was surprised that then Minister for Justice Alan Dukes had stated on the RTÉ documentary that it was “time to call a halt and move on”. “A family have lost a loved one in very tragic circumstances and we must never call a halt in such situations in the hope that we get some clearer answers,” he concluded.

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‘Scrutiny of politicians should only apply to their work and conduct, not the colour of their outfit’ < MAIREAD O’SHEA (COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER WITH SEE HER ELECTED)

An opinion piece in the Irish Mail on Sunday which strongly criticised the clothes and appearance of a number of female Fianna Fáil politicians at the party’s national Think-In last week has quite rightly caused a furore across social media platforms. TDs Niamh Smyth, Norma Foley and Mary Butler along with their party colleagues Senators Erin McGreehan and Fiona O’Loughlin were subjected to an unacceptable critique of their clothes and appearance. See Her Elected recognise this for what it is – lazy, unprofessional journalism and a deliberately provocative and unhelpful act by the Irish Mail on Sunday. Women

are already subjected to a myriad of obstacles on entering political life or becoming engaging in politics, without having to put up with this nonsense. Unfortunately, the very fact that the story is being discussed on national and local airwaves and causing outrage on Twitter means that to some extent, this headlinegrabbing act worked. Let’s look at some facts. The weekend newspaper market, and in particular the Sunday market, is heavily saturated, as a number of print titles jostle for position. The Irish Mail on Sunday is struggling against dominant players such as the Sunday Independent, the Sunday World and the Sunday Times. In this context, what better way to help boost your circulation figures than to rattle a few cages with a provocative and headlinegrabbing act such as last Sunday’s opinion piece. It is a shame that a much more measured article covering women’s groups calling for political leadership when members or candidates engage in online abuse, and which was featured just ten pages earlier in the same edition

I am sure when Mary Butler or Niamh Smyth wake up in the morning, they have more to be worried about than whether their pink or orange dress is going to cause a Twitter meltdown. Female politicians, just like their male counterparts, are busy professionals, representing their constituents, and getting on with a myriad of other things.

of the same paper, did not receive any attention. Politics can be a toxic space. While public attention is part and parcel of the role for politicians, public scrutiny should only apply when it comes to their work and conduct, not the style of their hair or colour of their outfit. I am sure when Mary Butler or Niamh Smyth wake up in the morning, they have more to be worried about than whether their pink or orange dress is going to cause a Twitter meltdown. Female politicians, just like their male counterparts, are busy professionals, representing their

constituents, and getting on with a myriad of other things. We need to call out this type of harassment for what it is. Abuse. Indeed, all politicians and party leaders need to stand up for their colleagues when this type of abuse is levelled. Ireland is ranked 101st globally for female parliamentarians. Women account for just 22.5% of TDs and 40% of Senators. Just four of the 15 Cabinet ministers are female. Of the 949 county councillors in Ireland, just 241 or 25% are women and that figure is even lower in rural counties than urban centres in Dublin. The SHE (See Her Elected)

Programme seeks to empower more women in rural counties of Longford, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, and Westmeath to engage in electoral politics and also examines barriers to women entering politics. Like it or loathe it, cultural institutions such as the media do play a significant role in shaping society’s perception of women politicians and this type of gender-biased article is unhelpful. We need to empower women to achieve entry to the political arena, as this will bring more balanced decision-making. Our council chambers need to reflect the society they represent. They need to be more diverse and inclusive, with women from ethnic minorities, disabled women and Traveller women being represented. The unique perspectives of women do not need to be feared but rather embraced as part of a collective strength which can only benefit and enhance the political system. Surely that’s what matters more than the (non-existent) creases on a politician’s dress!


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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor All weekend All weekend there are documentaries, films and tribute programmes on TV commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America. Even after all these years, a powerful sense of the shock and fear that people all over the world felt that September day in 2001 somehow returns the moment you look again at footage of the horror. I watched a few of the anniversary programmes, parts of them at least. Documentaries about 9/11 are a tough but fascinating watch. Sometimes I’m drawn to them, in their stark, compelling detail, with remarkable footage of the attacks accompanied by the heartbreaking, poignant contributions of eyewitnesses and relatives of victims. Sometimes I prefer to switch the channel, because it’s easier than watching. Meanwhile on Sunday night on Sky, ‘Collapse: Retreat from Afghanistan’ focussed on the chaos at Kabul Airport during the recent botched withdrawal of American troops. As the retreating soldiers of the world’s most powerful nation mingled with desperate Afghans seeking escape, smug Taliban fighters stood on guard a few feet away, their victory America’s humiliation. 20 years on from 9/11, the ‘war on terror’ sounds like little more than a shallow soundbite.

Saturday I was very saddened to hear today of the death on Friday of Fr. Frank McGauran. He was a big man and a big

personality. A man of great faith, his good deeds extended beyond his religious and spiritual duties. He had tremendous energy, vision and motivation to develop and promote the communities in which he served, most notably in Ballinameen, where he was Parish Priest for many years. I first met Fr. Frank when he was based in Ballinameen, where he spearheaded many positive projects, so much so that the Roscommon Champion presented him with a Person of the Year award. He had a gentle way about him, and was deeply proud of Roscommon, his native county. It was always a pleasure to chat with him, not least about the GAA. Fr. Frank McGauran leaves a very positive legacy, both pastorally and in wider community terms too. May he rest in peace.

Saturday 15 minutes into today’s AllIreland senior football final, and RTE co-commentator Tomás Ó Se was getting very excited by the contest in front of him. I didn’t think it was quite that riveting, but maybe you had to be there to fully appreciate it. You seldom see the full pitch on TV, and therefore you are literally not getting the full picture. Tomás was happy anyway, while it was left to Ger Canning to describe the action (which is another matter entirely). As for the match, it petered out in the last 15 minutes, Mayo wayward by then, Tyrone in control. Obviously crucial missed goal chances cost Mayo dearly. Tyrone were deserving winners. It was another tough


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day for Mayo. The journey starts again.

Sunday We need to talk about…Pat. I’ve probably written more about Pat Spillane in the last three weeks than in the previous five years (mainly because of his inspired rant at Sean Cavanagh a fortnight ago) but the harsh truth is that the great man is long past his best as a pundit. That’s not ageism on my part; I just think Spillane has become a caricature of the controversialist he once was. Now, spluttering Pat relies far too much on tediously rhyming off statistics to back up his one-dimensional style of analysis. RTE, a shake-up, please!

Monday The scene, a hotel ballroom. We know that bruised Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar asked all party TDs and Senators to put their mobile phones into a pile in the middle of the floor. We saw footage of him making that

request. But that’s when the footage ends. They say it was a serious think-in, but who’s to say that once the cameras stopped rolling, they didn’t just converge around the phones and spend the day dancing, a bit like that traditional dance around handbags? We will probably never know.

Monday night The Ian Bailey circus continues, still packing the punters in 25 years after it first arrived in town. Bailey is the obnoxious publicity-obsessed writer who is the chief suspect here in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder (and found guilty in France). Tonight, Virgin Media broadcast an interview with Bailey. As ever, he insisted he is innocent in relation to Sophie. What made for uncomfortable viewing was Bailey’s arrogance and ego. Over the course of the hour he made flippant comments about Sophie and her family, claimed Princess Diana had flirted with him, attempted a Cork accent – as if shoot-

ing the breeze on a chat show – pedantically checked the interviewer when she described injuries Bailey had inflicted on his former partner, and casually held his poetry books up to the camera. It begs the question yet again: should the media continue to give this man the exposure he clearly craves? In this unseemly circus – the public fascinated by the star performer – the media is ringmaster.

Tuesday At the Liveline editorial meeting, the tension was slowly mounting. Even Joe was pacing up and down. Around him, glum-faced researchers scrolled and scowled. Well, all except one, the upstart with the silly grin. Joe shot him a puzzled look. One of the producers went through the list of possible topics again. ‘Coveney… Zappone…The House of Prayer in Achill…scams… the cost of living…there must be more we can get out of scams!’ he cried out.

But there was silence. The researchers were struggling, like it was silly season all over again. Joe tapped his fingers on his gold-plated desk, beside the life-sized statue of Gaybo. He knew not to panic. There’s always something, he thought. Exhausted, the researchers began to drop their gaze to the floor. Someone muttered about the good old days when Normal People was driving callers crazy. ‘Even an elephant promoting a circus would come in handy’, one researcher whispered. Suddenly, the researcher with the smug grin broke into a smile. ‘What is it? What is it?’ they asked. Unable to keep his secret any longer, he burst out laughing, instantly easing the tension. The researcher even embarked on a little dance, almost knocking Joe over. ‘Garth Brooks…he’s coming back…Croke Park…at least three concerts!’ the researcher screamed, as his relieved colleagues began a series of high-fives. Although he liked to appear outwardly cool, Joe’s face slowly broke into a smile. Garth! Again! It’s a miracle! The metaphorical thunder was no longer rolling! There might even be a full week out of this! Everyone raced back to the phones. Suddenly, all was well with the world. As he strode towards the studio, and that magnetic red light, Joe winked at the statue of Gaybo. The Liveline was open!


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PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT 2000 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS 2001 (AS AMENDED) PART 8 Applicant: Roscommon County Council Location: Windmill Rd, Elphin Td., Elphin. Co. Roscommon Proposal: Pursuant to the requirements of the above, notice is hereby given of … A Proposed Residential Development at Elphin Td., Elphin, Co Roscommon. The Proposed development will consist of 10 no. Residential units which comprise of (a) Construction of House Type 1 – 2 no. 3 bed semi-detached two storey houses (b) Construction of House Type 2 - 2 no. 2 bed detached single storey houses (c) Construction of House Type 3 - 6 no. 2 bed semi-detached two storey houses and (d) all associated site works including construction of footpaths, access road, car parking areas, green areas, street lighting, ducting for utilities, formation of new connections to existing foul and surface water drainage, and existing utilities. An appropriate assessment screening report and environmental impact assessment screening report of the proposed development has been completed and is available for inspection with this development. The reports concluded that a full EIAR is not required, and that the development does not need to proceed to Stage 2 appropriate assessment. Where any person considers that a development proposed to be carried out would be likely to have significant effects on the environment, he or she may, at any time before the expiration of 4 weeks beginning on the date of publication of the notice referred to in Article 81(2), apply to An Bord Pleanala for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have such effects. Plans and Particulars of the proposed development may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy for a period of 4 weeks from 17/09/2021 during public opening hours at the offices of the Housing Department, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon County Council, Roscommon. Plans and particulars can also be viewed online on the Roscommon County Council website at the following link: http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/ About_Us/PART-8-Local-Authority-OwnDevelopments/Housing/ A submission or observation in relation to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made, in writing or via email before 4pm on 01/11/2021, marked “Elphin Housing Development” and submitted to: Housing Department, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon. Or Housing@roscommoncoco.ie

Nurse Erin Watt Shepherd pictured at Lough Key Viewing Point, Co. Roscommon.

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Sept 20th part time for 40 weeks WHERE? GALWAY AND ROSCOMMON EDUCATION AND TRAINING BOARD FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Irene Greene Adult Literacy Organiser Roscommon town & South Roscommon Mob: 086 045 1427 irene.greene@gretb.ie or

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Signed; - Majella Hunt, Director of Services 17th September 2021

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Public urged to go ‘Up the Hill’ for Jack & Jill! The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is urging the people of Roscommon to go Up the Hill for Jack & Jill this October and climb a hill in solidarity with the 12 families it supports in Roscommon who have an uphill challenge in caring for their very sick child every day. This is the seventh year of the nationwide fundraising challenge which aims to raise funds for Jack & Jill’s specialist home nursing care, respite support and end-of-life care for very sick children up to the age of six. In 2020 Jack & Jill funded and delivered over 94,000 hours of home nursing care to 376 families, through a team of hundreds of nurses and carers in communities across the country. This was in addition to the 25,000 hours of hands-on, case management provided by the Jack & Jill core nursing team, which is made up of 15 specialist children’s liaison nurses. In 2020, Jack & Jill also extended the age range of children it supports by a year and that age extension continues today, with children up to six years of age receiving the vital care that they need at home. With less than 20 percent of Jack & Jill’s funding coming from Government, it relies hugely on the support of the public for the continued provision of this critical service for so many families. The Up the Hill fundraising challenge is part of Jack & Jill’s ‘Support Local, Donate Local’ drive, with all money raised supporting local Jack & Jill family homes. Erin Watt Shepherd, Jack & Jill Specialist Children’s Liaison Nurse for Roscommon said: “Last year, we provided over 2,200 hours of support to families in Roscommon. This support affords families the ‘Gift of Time’ to do things for themselves and other family members – whether it’s spending some quality time with a sibling, grabbing a quick coffee with a friend, getting some fresh air in the great outdoors, or simply taking a nap to recharge – it’s that time out which means that they can continue to spend time caring for their sick child and doing what mums and dads do best”. For more information on the work of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, or to find out more about the Up the Hill for Jack & Jill fundraising challenge, visit www.jackandjill.ie or call Jack & Jill on 045-894538.


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To The Mountain: words and music live event in Carrick-on-Shannon

Pictured from left to right: Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan, Chaplain to the Athlone Knights; Marie Moran, Samaritans; Deirdre Collins, Samaritans; Ray Joyce, Grand Knight of St. Columbanus Athlone.

Knights give back to The Samaritans!

Ray Joyce, Grand Knight of Knights of St. Columbanus, Athlone, welcomed a gathering at the Obelisk monument at Burgess Park recently. He welcomed Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan Parish Priest of Ballinahown, Boher, Pullough and chaplain to the local Knights in Athlone and also Marie Moran and Deirdre Collins from Athlone and Midland Samaritans. Standing beside the Obelisk sculpture, Ray said that the monument, although a friendly camera focus, had a more poignant function as it is dedicated to those who have lost family members and friends to the River Shannon. It also remembers those loved ones left behind and has a touching reflection and

emergency contact numbers attached including the Samaritans. It was fitting he said to hold the presentation here to praise the work of the Samaritans and call on people in need to give them a call as they are available 24 hours. He said: “Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you”. Speaking after receiving a cheque from the Grand Knight, Marie Moran, on behalf of Athlone and Midland Samaritans Branch, expressed sincere thanks to Ray Joyce and to all the Athlone Knights of Columbanus for their ongoing generous and faithful support for Samaritans. She complimented Pad-

raig Dunne and Cieran Temple on the magnificent 2021 photographic calendar, containing iconic images of Athlone, which they produced in conjunction with the Knights as a fundraiser for Athlone Samaritans. Due to Covid restrictions, many of Samaritans’ usual fundraising activities had to be curtailed so they were very grateful for this additional donation. Marie said the branch is very busy in these difficult times and although currently they are unable to cater for drop-in callers to the branch Samaritans volunteers are available to listen and support anyone struggling to cope anytime, day or night, every day of the year on Freecall 116123 or email jo@samaritans.ie.

Glanduff student wins top prize in Texaco Children’s Art Competition Seven-year-old Roscommon student artist, Róisín Sturgeon, from Glanduff National School, Athlone, has won a top prize in this year’s 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, the results of which were delayed until now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Róisín won a Special Merit Award for her artwork entitled ‘Stargazing’, which Final Adjudicator, Professor Declan McGonagle said: “demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination”. The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is popularly Glanduff NS student, Róisín Sturgeon, won a Special Merit Award for her artwork regarded as the longestentitled ‘Stargazing’ in this year’s 67th running sponsorship in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first competition held in 1955. It has been a platform on which young artists from Roscommon and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended. From September 14th to October 2nd, Drogheda’s Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s competition. Admission is free and further information is available at www.highlanes.ie.

A special evening of words, poems, memories, music and song, entitled, ‘To The Mountain’, took place in Carrick-onShannon Town Park on Thursday, September 9th, to mark this year’s Iron Mountain Literary Festival. The special live event featured the premiere performance of new work specially commissioned for this year’s Iron Mountain Literature Festival, as well as performances from artists such as Patrick McCabe, Alice Lyons, Seamus O’Rourke, Ailie Blunnie, Michael Harding, Róisín Kelly and Stephen Murphy. This year’s Iron Mountain Literary Festival will be streamed online from October 5th to October 9th.

Author Michael Harding pictured onstage at the ‘To the Mountain’ event in Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, September 9th. Pic: Brian Farrell.

Boyle’s Barry Lowe and Anne Costelloe pictured at the ‘To the Mountain’ event in Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, September 9th. Pic: Brian Farrell.

Seamus O’Rourke pictured onstage at the ‘To the Mountain’ event in Carrickon-Shannon on Thursday, September 9th. Pic: Brian Farrell.

‘Bingo Loco’ set for Carrick and Athlone! Athlone, Carrick and Longford are set to get the full ‘Bingo Loco’ experience when the interactive stage show returns to Ireland after 18 long Covid-impacted months. Originally formed in Dublin, Bingo Loco has since filled theatres across the world, entertaining hundreds of thousands of people in the process. Known for a trademark sense of madness

that has turned the traditional game of bingo on its head, Bingo Loco is all about carnage and chaos. Featuring throwback tunes, showers of confetti, outrageous performers, and incredible prizes, this is one event the people of Athlone, Carrick and Longford will not want to miss! A full list of locations and tickets are available at www.bingo-loco.com/ireland.


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PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT 2000 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS 2001 (AS AMENDED) PART 8 Applicant: Roscommon County Council Location: Windmill Rd, Elphin Td., Elphin. Co. Roscommon Proposal: Pursuant to the requirements of the above, notice is hereby given of …

The Ballygar 1921 Remembrance Committee hosted a commemoration event on Sunday last to honour all local volunteers who fought in the War of Independence (1919-1921).

War of Independence commemoration in Ballygar The Ballygar 1921 Remembrance Committee hosted a very successful commemoration event on Sunday last to honour all local volunteers who fought in the War of Independence (1919-1921). Community spirit was alive and well in the east Galway town as a re-enactment of the Ballygar Ambush by Ahascragh Centenery group took place on Main Street. There was also a photographic exhibition at the

old courthouse, a number of speeches detailing events of 1921, and the Castlerea Brass & Reed Band performed alongside a lone piper. Postcards depicting events in Ballygar during the War of Independence are now available locally as a memento of the 1921 commemoration and video and photographs from last Sunday are available to view on Ballygar 1921 Remembrance Facebook page.

A Proposed Residential Development at Elphin Td., Elphin, Co Roscommon. The Proposed development will consist of 10 no. Residential units which comprise of (a) Construction of House Type 1 – 2 no. 3 bed semi-detached two storey houses (b) Construction of House Type 2 - 2 no. 2 bed detached single storey houses (c) Construction of House Type 3 - 6 no. 2 bed semi-detached two storey houses and (d) all associated site works including construction of footpaths, access road, car parking areas, green areas, street lighting, ducting for utilities, formation of new connections to existing foul and surface water drainage, and existing utilities. An appropriate assessment screening report and environmental impact assessment screening report of the proposed development has been completed and is available for inspection with this development. The reports concluded that a full EIAR is not required, and that the development does not need to proceed to Stage 2 appropriate assessment. Where any person considers that a development proposed to be carried out would be likely to have significant effects on the environment, he or she may, at any time before the expiration of 4 weeks beginning on the date of publication of the notice referred to in Article 81(2), apply to An Bord Pleanala for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have such effects. Plans and Particulars of the proposed development may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy for a period of 4 weeks from 17/09/2021 during public opening hours at the offices of the Housing Department, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon County Council, Roscommon. Plans and particulars can also be viewed online on the Roscommon County Council website at the following link: http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/ About_Us/PART-8-Local-Authority-OwnDevelopments/Housing/ A submission or observation in relation to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made, in writing or via email before 4pm on 01/11/2021, marked “Elphin Housing Development” and submitted to: Housing Department, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon. Or Housing@roscommoncoco.ie Signed; - Majella Hunt, Director of Services 17th September 2021


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FRANK BRANDON Bruno right to turn down ‘comeback’ offer! FRANK BRANDON’S

Our man Frank on Frank Bruno’s decision to avoid an ill-advised showdown with Evander Holyfield, not feeling too sorry for perennial runners-up Mayo, and the latest gritty crime drama to hit our screens…

Back in the eighties and into the midnineties, Frank Bruno was a pretty decent British boxer. He won the WBC heavyweight title in 1995 by beating Oliver McCall at a packed Wembley Stadium in what was his fourth world championship attempt. He also fought Mike Tyson twice, as well as fellow Englishman Lennox Lewis. He had, as they say in boxing, “a great right hand” and of his forty professional wins, an amazing total of 38 were by knockout. In fact, in a recent documentary, Tyson admitted that he

too was almost rendered senseless by Bruno’s punching power. The British public loved him, partly because of his boxing prowess, but partly because he was regarded as some sort of lovable fool. His popularity has remained at a high level with the ordinary people ever since. His interviews with boxing commentator Harry Carpenter were legendary, and his catchphrase – “You know what I mean, ‘Arry” – is still instantly recognisable to all sports fans. Upon retirement, he had a reasonably successful media career, with appearances on several television programmes. He then released a version of the song, ‘Eye of the Tiger’, which reached number 28 in the American charts. It then transpired that he had some mental health problems. He suffered greatly with depression and was eventually diagnosed as bipolar, although in 2005 he admitted that cocaine abuse had hugely contributed to those health issues. Anyway, that would be that as far as Frank Bruno and I were concerned if I hadn’t read recently that someone had

Mayo’s no show on the biggest stage Last week, I couldn’t get over the wonderful entertainment provided by the super ladies of Ireland: the Meath AllIreland winning footballers, Cavan’s pride and joy, golfer Leona Maguire, and everyone’s golden girl, Katie Taylor. I had predicted that the men’s football final would not be as exciting or as entertaining as the ladies’ one, and as I write this, after seeing yet another demoralising failure by Mayo to banish their curse and bring home the Sam Maguire, I take little pleasure in saying I was right. I know Mayo missed enough chances to win ten Sam Maguires, but as the game entered its final stages, most onlookers knew that Tyrone would end up as champions. In fact, for a good while towards the end, it was really only a

question of how much the northerners would win by. By the end, there was little to no excitement (unless of course you were from Tyrone), as yet another All-Ireland bid for the Connacht champions ended in terrible disappointment and despair. In other years, I had felt so sorry for Mayo. They suffered some awful hard luck stories on their big days in Croker, but despite missing a penalty in Saturday’s final, I got the feeling that for whatever reason, they just didn’t show up and were deservedly beaten. Maybe it was the fact that people made them favourites after beating the Dubs, or maybe the curse really does exist. A few years ago I would have said that there was no way such a curse could be real, but now I’m not so sure!

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offered him £120,000 to come out of retirement and fight the legendary Evander Holyfield, another great boxer from years ago, but one who is now 58-yearsold. How anyone in their right mind could think that genuine boxing fans would pay to see an almost sixty-year-old Bruno fight Holyfield beats me. I’m glad to say that the Englishman turned the offer down, even if only because he would be in danger of going blind since his sight was so badly damaged in his bouts with Iron Mike Tyson. Boxing has always been tainted with controversy thanks to its association with the Mafia in the old days, and present-day organised crime, but it seems to me that money was always at the centre of its bad reputation. Whoever was trying to get two aging fighters to go into a ring and beat the living daylights out of each other surely had no other motive apart from a handy payday. Thank God it didn’t happen. We are all the better for that – “You know what I mean, ‘Arry”!

Frank Bruno

Great support for Creggs All-Ireland draw As I told you last week, my local GAA club, Creggs, held a draw for two All-Ireland stand tickets for last Saturday’s game. So on Thursday, I took off to Castlerea to try and sell a few tickets, my reasoning being that plenty of Mayo farmers would be in town for Mart day. Needless to say, I couldn’t go into Castlerea Mart itself, but I thought I might intercept some of the farmers on their way in. I had a homemade placard held up to let people know what I was at, and in fairness to the Rossies, lads from the local clubs supported me – including Ballinameen, Castlerea, St. Joseph’s, Oran, and Glinsk. As it turned out, those couple of hours spent having the craic and the chat were both very enjoyable and fairly profitable. However, when I reflected on my day, I realised that only one lad from Mayo bought a line for the draw, so either they were sick and tired of lads putting cards in front of them for similar draws, or maybe they felt Tyrone would be too good for them. Anyway, later that night, Creggs GAA Club livestreamed the draw to the world, and the good news is that the tickets were won by a real Mayo supporter living in Herefordshire in England, a man called David Moran whose parents both hailed from the western county. He was absolutely thrilled, and couldn’t get over how lucky he was to win them. That was Thursday night however, so maybe if I spoke to him now he wouldn’t be feeling quite as lucky! And so, we come back to the ladies. This time it was the turn of the camogie players of Galway and Cork to serve up another Croke Park thriller in the final, a game that the Tribeswomen won by three points in the end, but a game that was in the melting pot right up to the final whistle.

Galway were never behind until the closing stages of the match when, with just over ten minutes left, Cork scored a goal, putting them ahead by three points. However, following this, that was when Galway truly began to show the heart, courage, and quality of champions. From there to the finish, they outscored the Cork ladies by 1-4 to a single point. I won’t deny that I was shouting like a madman at the telly as the game headed into the final minutes, and for the second week in a row, the team I wanted to win ended up as All-Ireland champions. What a game, and what another great advertisement for women’s sport. What sport they have on next week I don’t know, but I’ll find some somewhere!

And finally… On Sunday night, the new ‘Love/Hate’ of Irish television, ‘Kin’, appeared on our screens, and the eagerly awaited drama about the criminal underworld didn’t disappoint. We had a bit of everything – drug abuse, huge money changing hands, a drive-by shooting, the subsequent revenge murder of a young lad, and with seven more episodes to go, I must admit that I am already hooked! The drug-dealing Kinsella family were the main characters featured last night, but as the show develops, I’m sure we will meet many more dangerous and psychopatic characters. I am already looking forward to next Sunday night for episode two. ‘Till next week, bye for now


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The ABE Service offers individuals a chance to return to education – Learn to Upskill within a Friendly, Confidential and Informal Environment. Online Leaning/blended learning and 1/1 support is also available for Reading, Writing & Maths

Supporters pictured at the Castlerea St Kevin’s v Creggs game at the weekend. Photo: Bernie O’Farrell

ALL PROGRAMMES ARE FREE General Learning QQI Levels 1-3  Themed Literacy/Everyday Numeracy & Budgeting Skills  Computers /iPad/Tablet/Internet/Email Skills  Personal Development/Effectiveness Skills  Employability Skills QQI Level 3 e.g. Introduction to Communications, Retail Skills, Hair Dressing, Horticulture, Public Area Cleaning, Painting & Decorating etc,  Family Learning/Literacy/IT/ESOL/Cooking etc.  Writing Skills – Preparation for Levels 4/5/6 Modules ESOL  English for Speakers of other Languages. Classes:


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Employees in the Private Sector Self-employed Farmers Alternative Route to Apprenticeship People returning to work

The Government announced a new Rates Waiver Scheme on 27th January 2021. An extension of this scheme applies to specific businesses for the 3rd Quarter 2021 (July, August and September) as a continued support response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The value of the waiver is the equivalent value of 25% of the annual rate bill for 2021. There is no application process for the rates waiver as Roscommon County Council will automatically apply the waiver to eligible rate accounts.

Excluded Categories

It is important to note that there are some categories of businesses which were included in the 2020 Waiver Scheme but are now excluded in the new scheme. Further details and the categories of business eligible and non-eligible for the waiver are available on our website www.roscommoncoco.ie

For further information, contact:

Appeal Process

In recognition of the fact that there may be ratepayers excluded from the waiver that were severely impacted by the pandemic, an online appeal process is available. Go to https:\\roscommon.achieveservice.com to complete the online appeal form.




GRETB, Adult Basic Education Service, South Roscommon Region (Roscommon Town, Monksland, Ballyleague, Ballygar etc.)

Irene Greene, ALO irene.greene@gretb.ie

086 0451427

Rachel Feeney Resource Worker rachel.feeney@gretb.ie

086 0753098

GRETB, Adult Basic Education Service, North Roscommon Region (Castlerea, Boyle & Ballaghderreen, Strokestown etc.)

Fergal McDonnell, ALO fergal.macdonnell@gretb.ie

087 6746842

Closing date for appeals is 5.00pm on Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021.

Jean Feeney Resource Worker jean.feeney@gretb.ie

087 2074924

Should you have any queries in relation to the Rates Waiver 2021 please contact the Rates Team on 090 66 32555 or e-mail: ratesenquiries@roscommoncoco.ie

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Please note if a rate account in an excluded category has received provisional approval for the Rates Waiver Quarter 1 or Quarter 2 2021, there is no requirement to re-apply for this Quarter 3 waiver.

Sean Mullarkey A/Head of Finance Roscommon County Council.


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Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

Has breast cancer become our new epidemic? You’ll all be aware that, just two weeks ago, Sarah Harding (39), a member of pop group Girls Aloud, sadly passed away from breast cancer. This beautiful woman’s death has sent shockwaves through most women for two reasons. One, she was so young and two, she appears to have delayed seeking treatment, admitting to using the Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns as “an excuse not to face up to the fact that something was very wrong”. Sarah’s statement is heartbreaking because it tells me that this poor young woman may have blamed herself for her terminal illness; and that shouldn’t be the case. Sarah, like anyone who is diagnosed with cancer, got ill because she was extremely unfortunate; she is not to blame for her diagnosis or her illness, nor is she at fault for using an excuse like the Covid restrictions – or any excuse for that matter – to ignore the warning signs. However, as one in nine women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime, as 3,700 new cases

are diagnosed annually in Ireland, and as 724 women lose their lives each year as a result of this disease, I worry if perhaps breast cancer has become Ireland’s new epidemic. For that reason, I’m really glad an organisation like Breast Cancer Ireland is providing health information talks via their ‘TY Schools Awareness Programme’ because it’s important that young girls are aware of what is ‘normal’ for them and what isn’t. I don’t know about you readers, but the above statistics frighten the life out of me, and, as next month (October) is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I felt it was timely to address the overall issue of checking our breasts and attending our screening appointments when offered them. With that in mind, and, as someone who, due to the restrictions imposed on services regarding Covid, is now a year overdue for my own mammogram, (something which I dread attending, but do so because it’s vitally important), can I remind all Roscommon

Leo: Stop overlooking Roscommon – and start promoting us! Apart from the pathetic spin peddled by Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael party knees-up, sorry ‘think-in’ where, referring to ‘Zapponegate’ he insisted, “we will come out of here united” I noted that the Tánaiste made a point of name-checking Trim Castle. Don’t get me wrong, Trim Castle is beautiful and so is County Meath where it’s located. However Leo, next time you’re spending our money on inviting (at least) 55 elected members to attend a three-day knees-up, sorry, event in a four-star hotel, why not consider coming to County Roscommon? We’ve got castles, we’ve got historical sites, we’ve got stately homes, we’ve got historic towns, we’ve got luxurious four-star hotels, and you know what…we’ve got wonderful people; people who, when it comes to your Government loosening its purse strings, are fed up being continuously neglected, disregarded and overlooked!

Sarah Harding (39), sadly passed away from breast cancer recently.

women reading this to do the following: For just five minutes today, stop fussing over that child; stop cooking that dinner and stop making that pot of tea for someone else and please instead, do something crucially important for yourself and go check your breasts. Go to your bedroom/bathroom and, if you think a child,

a dog or a partner is going to interrupt you, then lock that door behind you. Remember, in order for you to do this properly you need no interruptions or distractions; so don’t even bring in your phone. Then, standing in front of your mirror, take off the bra and look, really take a long hard look at those boobs…and feel them. Familiarise yourself with

their size, their shape, and their texture, and, thinking about the last time you had a look, (probably ages ago), see if you can spot any unusual changes that may have occurred in the meantime. I’ve got no medical training whatsoever, I mean, you certainly can’t call a certificate in first aid as being ‘medically trained’, however, based on instructions I’ve read on www. cancer.ie I carry out a weekly check on my own breasts. That means, if I can do it, so can you! My DIY ‘breast check’ usually happens after a shower and after I’ve managed to shoo the dogs out of the bathroom. I cannot remember when I last managed to shower or even go to the toilet in peace without doing it in front of an audience of four-legged fur babies…but I digress. The fact is ladies, you too should be making time for yourselves to carry out your own checks; and, if you spot any changes whatsoever, don’t panic, but do ring your doctor and book an appointment, all the time remembering that not

all lumps/changes are cancerous. I have no affiliation or association with Breast Cancer Ireland; nor do I know if their education awareness programmes are countrywide, I just happened across them in the course of my research. However, if any TY teachers reading this wish to find out about their ‘complimentary’ services, their website provides an email and a contact number which are: smcgregor@bciresearch.ie or phone 01-533 7570. It might be worth giving them a call; I’m sure all students will benefit from having a bit of extra knowledge regarding their health and wellbeing; one that could potentially save their lives. In addition, if you’re a lady of a certain age, log onto www2. hse.ie/services and click on the check, update or join the register link to make sure you’re in the breast screening system; and, when the invitation comes for you to have a mammogram, make sure you keep it.

lute mockery of our gender! Now folks, (and taxpayers), I do know that providing this service won’t come cheap, indeed it’ll probably cost us all over €20 million, and I’m sure Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will wonder how he’ll fund such a scheme. Well Stephen, if your predecessors hadn’t dwindled €54 million of our money on 7,500 stupid e-voting machines, then sold them for scrap at a miserable €9.30 each, you’d be able to properly provide for Irish women’s health.

In addition, if certain numpties hadn’t shelled out €808,000 on a ‘stateof-the-art’ printer, then wasted over €230,000 to get it into the Oireachtas because some dimwit took the wrong measurements, you might have a little stash set by to provide free birth control services for women. I mean, how long is it going take for our Government to understand that the majority of Mná na hÉireann would rather prevent a crisis pregnancy as opposed to having to devastatingly and heartbreakingly end it?

Why are Irish women still being denied free contraception?

Well done to the French government, who, in their bid to tackle a decline in the use of contraception, (possibly due to the high cost), have, as of next year, decided to offer free contraception to its young women under the age of 25. This move will include a visit to a healthcare professional, birth control pills and intrauterine devices etc., so, Vive la France! With that in mind, I’m wondering why this initiative hasn’t been introduced here. I mean, the Government has been banging on

about it for long enough yet, despite making commitments around the time of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to provide abortion services free to women, they’ve yet to roll out free and fully available access to contraception. Let me repeat that…the State provides free abortions, but not free pregnancy preventative measures; meaning at this rate Irish women will never have any control over our reproductive rights; and that ladies, in a so-called progressive society, is making an abso-


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Roscommon Credit Union launches Side by Side Loan Advertorial

Roscommon Credit Union’s newest loan, the Side by Side Loan, is aimed at members with an existing credit union loan. So if you have a car or home improvement loan with us and want to borrow for that special occasion, holiday, or an unexpected expense, you can! Members can now have two separate loans with Roscommon Credit Union at the same time – with no need to pay off your existing loan before you can apply for a new loan! Bernie Moran (CEO of Roscommon Credit Union Ltd) explained: “As a local lender, we continually strive to improve our services and product offering to better serve our members. In late August, we introduced Lower Standard Loan rates for both our Car and Home Improvement loans of €20,000 and over to meet member demand. Our newly launched Side by Side Loan is another step in offering members greater value and flex-

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North Connacht 110kV Project

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Upgrading lives We want to thank everyone who has engaged with us at EirGrid over the past number of years as we planned for the North Connacht Project. This will help us to deliver a safe, secure and sustainable electricity supply into the future. We are pleased to let you know that we are now in a position to confirm the route of the new 110kV underground cable between Moy in Co. Mayo and Tonroe in Co. Roscommon. We will, of course, continue to keep you informed as the project progresses. You can find updates and details of information events on www.eirgrid.com/NorthConnachtProject Or email NorthConnachtProject@eirgrid.com

Roscommon/Galway Senator Eugene Murphy, who lost his Dáil seat in the 2020 general election, has called for Fianna Fáil to run a candidate from both Roscommon and Galway next time around. Confirming he will seek the nomination – and pledging to win the seat back – Senator Murphy called for a Galway candidate to be on the ticket with him. In a press statement, Senator Mur-

phy says he told Taoiseach Micheál Martin at last week’s FF think-in that the party strategy in Roscommon/ Galway was the main reason Fianna Fáil failed to win a seat. Senator Murphy’s view is that the adding on of a second candidate in County Roscommon (Cllr. Orla Leyden) was a flawed strategic approach. Pointing to the ‘loss’ of parts of

North Roscommon into the SligoLeitrim constituency – as part of revision of such constituencies – Senator Murphy says this called for Fianna Fáil to choose a Galwaybased candidate the next time. “We left Galway wide open for Michael Fitzmaurice, thus leading to him getting a major vote and a huge surplus to be distributed” Senator Murphy said.


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Lessons we can learn from Covid Like the majority of people in this country, I have been vaccinated twice for Covid-19. In recent weeks I also brought my son to the vaccination centre twice to get his vaccines. The organisation was superb on all four occasions. The whole experience reflected military precision by the HSE, so I left with a sense that when we really want to achieve a result in this country, we can roll up the sleeves and get it done – without any problem. Having spoken to loads of people who went for the vaccines to the Abbey Hotel, Kilbride Community Centre, the AIT sports arena in Athlone or the Sports complex in Newtownforbes, I know that their reaction was similar – one of great satisfaction with the slick organisation, the control of the parking, the queueing, the filing systems and the actual jabbing itself. This columnist is not going to comment on the arguments for and against the vaccination. It’s really a personal choice for everyone to make, but it’s the mobilisation of so many resources and the manner in which the Covid vaccination process was completed so effectively and so efficiently that has me thinking – is it possible that, as a society we could repeat this trick and put our best foot forward to tackle some other huge problems within our health service? Can we learn anything from the ordeal of the last two years? The major issue facing the nation now is waiting lists for operations and surgery within our hospitals, so that was the first serious matter that came to my mind. We know there are huge delays for procedures like cataract operations, and that every month dozens of people are travelling north to get these done in Belfast hospitals. Is it possible instead that we could open our own hospitals on a 24-hour basis every weekend and on every bank holiday to tackle this appalling waiting list, using the same precision to get the maximum number of medical professionals and surgeons on board for a really short and sharp blitz on the waiting lists here too? There are dozens of other areas where greater efficiency and resources might help improve the quality of life for hundreds of people overnight in this country. There are thousands waiting for scans and colonoscopies – and these lists have grown longer and longer due to the pandemic – with people genuinely waiting at home for months in a state of some anxiety as they await the opportunity to get their tests down. For many, it’s a really scary time.

Manager Monica Gaffney and Head Chef Philip Gordon outside The Melting Pot in Roscommon Town where the ‘Dinner for You’ meals-on-wheels service is now being coordinated from. This was one of the many positive initiatives to emerge from the Covid pandemic period.

The far greater role played by the community and voluntary sector during the pandemic is another issue that raises questions. Dozens of groups here in County Roscommon were out front in their voluntary work to try and help people who were living alone or found themselves in a vulnerable position during the lockdowns. Roscommon County Council coordinated the effort with Roscommon LEADER Partnership and others, and it proved highly effective for those who needed help. Organisations like the St Vincent de Paul and Meals on Wheels do this work all the time but, during the first and second lockdown, I saw dozens of GAA clubs and other community groups send their own members out to collect groceries and medical supplies for those who were cocooning within their own communities – especially in rural areas. It

was a superb humanitarian service. In one part of the country I even saw a football team come out and make up the turf for a vulnerable elderly person – what a brilliant contribution! If volunteers can be mobilised in situations like this, one wonders if more could be done all year around to try and help non-drivers and the elderly on urgent issues such as getting a lift to hospital appointments in Galway and Dublin. At the moment, I am aware of lots of individuals – especially in the north of the county – who simply cannot make it to their appointments and are stuck at home, often in some discomfort or pain while they wait for treatments. A person from Boyle rang me last week to stress the need for such a service in that area as she was aware that there already is a similar ‘supporting driver’ scheme operating in the south of the county

– so wouldn’t it be great if some of the volunteers who cut their teeth during Covid-19 were given a regular weekly or monthly role in supporting the elderly and vulnerable folk who live alone and have no transport? I was delighted to see the Gardai in Roscommon take the lead recently on another community initiative, started by the Lions Club movement internationally, that would really make a huge difference to those living alone or in remote areas either during the pandemic or any other time of the year. ‘Message in a Bottle’ is a simple idea that encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details in a common place, where, in cases of emergency, the emergency teams can easily access them. The information required is very basic (details on medication, etc.) but very necessary and, once it’s recorded and stored in this little bottle in the fridge, it can be easily accessed by the emergency services if they have to call for a medical emergency. It really is quite easy to do. Everybody in the community wins with the ‘Message in a bottle’ scheme. Older people, people not in good health, people living alone, people with life-threatening conditions/allergies, people with disabilities, paramedics, Gardaí, fire-fighters, hospital accident and emergency staff and local social services personnel are all helped by this system when it works. I would like to compliment Inspector David Cryan here in Roscommon who got his hands on hundreds of the bottles already and has pushed the new project in the last few months. Anybody who needs one should probably enquire at their local Garda station. If you’re a relative of a person living alone I would strongly recommend you go and get the bottle and make sure the health information is filled in correctly. Anything that can avoid confusion and delay when somebody actually collapses alone at home and needs a paramedic is surely worth the effort. One other positive part of the legacy of the horrid Covid-19 pandemic here has been the arrival of the ‘Dinner For U’ service from the Melting Pot social enterprise project in Roscommon town. The new service, which is supported by Roscommon LEADER Partnership, was launched in June and aims to support the most vulnerable and isolated in our communities, especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, by providing a meals service and daily social interaction

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to members of the locality. The dinners provided by the service are of excellent quality and prepared by a professional chef of many years standing. They are competitively priced at just €7, including cost of delivery.

‘Is it possible that, as a society we could...put our best foot forward to tackle some other huge problems within our health service? Can we learn anything from the ordeal of the last two years?’ The dinners are delivered daily at 11.30 am, and the van drivers are fully compliant with the Covid-19 guidelines. Effectively, it’s a ‘meals-on-wheels’ type service that has already been provided efficiently by the Roscommon LEADER Partnership in the north of the county. I was lucky enough to be at the launch of this service in June when many speakers highlighted the importance that the social aspect of the initiative provides, noting the positive impact that social inclusion and regular social interaction can have for those in our society who are feeling isolated. It’s evidently not just about delivering the food – it’s about a friendly chat and a bit of social interaction for somebody who needs it. Recently I was told the remarkable story by one post office staff member of an elderly lady in his area who had turned to writing letters to herself so that the postman in her area would call more often and chat with her. What greater example of the need for more social interaction could one need? In the aftermath of Covid, wouldn’t it be great if we made services and initiatives like these part of the positive legacy to take away – and learn from – in the years to come?


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NewsPeople Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Paul Healy’s take on top tweets!

Oliver Callan @olivercallan

John Sullivan @nanasthoughts

Aaaaand RTÉ’s movie right after the All-Ireland final is The Mummy. About an endless curse. I’m not making this up. #MayoTyrone

The #FrNiallMolloy documentary on RTE1 is just excellent. One of the best docs I’ve seen in a long time. Honest, shocking, gripping, heartbreaking. It’s incredibly tough to tell such a horrific story so sensitively.

-Observant Oliver predicting a scare long before bedtime for those already traumatised Mayo fans who watched the game on RTE… Cora Staunton @duckie15

-Viewers have been impressed by the documentary series on the killing of Roscommon priest Fr Niall Molloy Joe Brolly @JoeBrolly1993 At the Palace bar with a Meath friend and some Mayo ones. One of the Mayo men had no ticket. My friend gave him his ticket. Said he couldn’t in good conscience go to the game with a true Mayo supporter missing out. The GAA. Where would we be without it?

-Colette’s response to Piers Morgan was as direct and effective as an ace on the court… Gabby Logan @GabbyLogan Is this the most incredible sporting achievement we have ever seen by an individual athlete? No sets dropped, came from qualifying? Second major?

Just rewatched the game Lee Keegan is some footballer in my opinion the best mayo footballer that I have ever seen. His leadership drive toughness & never say die attitude is something to behold. An all time great

-Popular BBC sports’ presenter Gabby celebrates tennis star Emma Radicanu’s remarkable win in the US Open...

-Cora in a fitting tribute to Mayo great, Lee

Gabby’s obviously never heard of Séamus Darby

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan

Jonathan Healy @jonathanhealy

I love how weak woke whiny Twitter thinks this makes me look bad. Emma Raducanu admitted she couldn’t handle the pressure at Wimbledon, resolved to be tougher next time, & just won the US Open. McEnroe was right and so was I.

Mayo really are cursed. #Tyrone

-Dubious logic from provocative Piers…

-Newstalk broadcaster brings up you know what moments after the final whistle in Saturday’s All-Ireland final…

Colette Browne @colettebrowne

-Joe Brolly’s pre-match update from ‘The Palace’

to tear apart an 18-year-old tennis player during her first big tournament. You are weak personified.

You are a middle-aged man who decided


Andre Diaz

The Plague in Lisbon: The city saved by the Holy name of Jesus. A life-killing plague broke out in Lisbon in 1432. People fled from Lisbon and spread the plague to everywhere in Portugal. People died everywhere, on street corners, fields, beaches, shops, at tables, family homes, in churches, anywhere people were. Monsignor Andre Diaz urged the Portuguese people to call on the Holy name of Jesus. He urged them to write the Holy name of Jesus on cards and keep those cards on your person, place them under your pillows at night, place them on your doors but above all, at all times invoke with your lips and with your heart the Holy name of Jesus. He summoned the people to the Church of St. Dominic, he spoke of the power of the Holy name of Jesus and blessed water in the name of Jesus, ordering all the people to sprinkle themselves with it, and sprinkle it on all the faces of the sick and the dying. When they did this everyone became cured of the dreadful plague, which immediately ceased and the city of Lisbon and the whole country of Portugal was delivered from this plague. The people of Portugal still honour the Holy name of Jesus today. It is very important for people to write the Holy name of Jesus on a card for help from Jesus Christ in the future. It is important for people to have to hand Holy Water in the family home also. People all over the world should as a community, in every village, town, hamlet, city, county arrange after every mass in your area for your Catholic Priests or Catholic Deacon’s to bless bottles of water in the Holy name of Jesus that you bring to the Church. It is very easy then to place plastic bottles of holy water in your home, workplace, tractors, farms, cars to keep people safe. We can take a leaf out of Monsignor Diaz’s story above to use the Holy name of Jesus card and Holy Water in all natural disasters in the world today, especially in the present and future wildfires in the world today. Every fire fighter should carry the Holy name of Jesus card on their person for safety and also Catholic Priests and Catholic Deacons should bless all water sources and turn it into Holy Water so they can use it to fight fires everywhere, and bless all fire engines, helicopters, planes, and all equipment and keep people and their homes safe. This method can be replicated to alleviate all natural disasters everywhere in the world today. I think this shows how important the Catholic Priests and Catholic Deacons are for replaying the Seven Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ to us all. We should keep them and all our neighbours in our prayers always.

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Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan @lukeming

Emma Raducanu

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan @lukeming As an avid 5 Live listener my faith is restored! -Ming was as (pleasantly) surprised as other tweeters (Gabby may just have googled Darby, but she has Irish links, having represented Leeds in the 1991 Rose of Tralee; either way, fair play to her!)

...only to be the subject of a tongue-in-cheek response from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, which we assumed would be the end of that... Gabby Logan @GabbyLogan Scored the goal that deprived Kerry five in a row in 1982? -A shock twist(!) as Gabby stuns Ming (and everyone else) by not only replying, but actually indicating full knowledge of Darby’s main claim to fame

Gabby Logan


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TAKE A BREAK It’s been a GOOD week for…

Tyrone people, with the Ulster champions who had already confounded Covid-19 and shocked Kerry completing a remarkable campaign by defeating Mayo on Saturday to be crowned 2021 All-Ireland senior football champions Roscommon sport, with our camogie team winning Saturday’s All-Ireland Minor B Camogie Final against Meath in Longford, a great achievement by the girls and management English entertainers (with Irish heritage) Ant & Dec, who won the ‘Best TV Presenter’ prize at the UK’s National Television Awards for the 20th time

It’s been a BAD week for…

Mayo supporters, with hopes of ending the long wait for another All-Ireland senior football success dashed by an underwhelming performance which saw James Horan’s men lose to Tyrone on a 2-14 to 0-15 scoreline

Throwback Thursday... Fine Gael meeting

Here’s another photograph from our files. Pictured at a Fine Gael meeting from circa 1987-‘88/’89 were distinguished elected public representatives and party officers of that era (back row, left to right): Frank Curley, Sean Naughton, Dympna Regan, and the late Tom Callan. Front row, left to right: The late Liam Naughten, Paddy Cooney, John Connor.

The Government’s Sláintecare plan, with the resignation of a top executive and the chairperson a big setback for the initiative which aims to end the two-tier health system The Irish women’s rugby team, who suffered a surprise defeat to Spain in their opening World Cup qualifier game


Famous birthdays ... this week

The things people say… “We can’t forget Mayo. No other county provides more inspiration to us than Mayo. It’s been our privilege and honour to share this field with you... so thank you for that”

Sherrie Lynn Hutchinson (English actress, television personality Phil Jackson (American and novelist, best known basketball coach who led the Michael Jordan-inspired for her role as Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Chicago Bulls to six NBA Street, 71 on Friday) Championships, 76 on Friday)

– Tyrone captain Padraig Hampsey pays tribute to Mayo as he collects the Sam Maguire Cup

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Seamus O’Rourke pictured making a new friend at Town Park, Carrick-on-Shannon before his performance at the ‘To the Mountain’ event on Thursday, September 9th. Pic: Brian Farrell.

Lance Armstrong (American professional cyclist who won the Tour de France seven times before being stripped of those titles after a doping investigation, 50 on Saturday)

Twiggy (real name Lesley Lawson) is an English model, actress and singer who will be 72 on Sunday


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NewsPeople newsbriefs Services at Castlerea Community and Family Resource Centre

Castlerea Community and Family Resource Centre are currently offering a range of services to people in the community. The Family Drop-In Clinic continues throughout the week by phone or appointment only. This is a space for parents who want advice or support on an issue relating to their family. Community Drop-In is also open for all community members who may need support with printing, photocopying, help filling out forms, etc. Additionally, the clothes bank has been emptied and is available again for donations. Donations help us raise funds towards the running costs of the project, including various programmes and supports. The Castlerea Community and Family Resource Centre is also offering free five-week dance classes for 7-10-year-olds, from Monday, September 20th, from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm in the Trinity Arts Centre. A new, free six-week Pilates programme also begins on Tuesday, September 21st, at 6 pm with Sheila from the Workshop, and an online Baby and Toddler activity group takes place every Thursday at 11 am. For more, contact Martina (086-1711394) or Aisling on (0864615537).

RosFM to broadcast live on Culture Night As part of Culture Night 2021, RosFM will be broadcasting live from its outside broadcasting unit at Loughnaneane Park in Roscommon town this Friday (17th) from 7 pm to 9 pm. Arts presenter Flin Keane will host two hours of music, interviews and chat to celebrate this year’s event – so come along and say hello!

Bingo returns to Glenamaddy

‘Make Way Day 2021’

Pictured at the launch of ‘Make Way Day 2021’ in Roscommon on Wednesday were Cllr. Anthony Waldron, Senator Aisling Dolan, Mary Ganley, Ciaran Mullooly and Katelyn Fitzpatrick.

...highlighting the need for equal accessibility in county’s public spaces < DAN DOONER

Make Way Day 2021, a campaign aimed at highlighting the need for accessibility in public spaces, was officially launched at the offices at Roscommon Leader Partnership yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. The campaign, which is led by the Disability Federation of Ireland, takes place on Friday, September 24th with support from Roscommon Leader Partnership, the Roscommon Access Group, and the local authorities. Next Friday, members of Roscommon Access Group will take to the streets of Roscommon town in order to highlight obstacles such as cars parked on footpaths, bins, bicycles and restaurant menu boards which block the way and complicate the lives of people with disabilities and mobility issues. Speaking at Wednesday’s launch, Mary Ganley of Roscommon Disability Support Group and Roscommon Access Group said the campaign was about informing people about the right to access for all. “We have a list of issues which cause problems on footpaths, not just for those in wheelchairs or with disabilities but also elderly people and families with prams or trolleys. “When you’re using public streets you

don’t want to see bins or signs or other obstacles. We’re not out to get anyone or blame anyone, we just want to inform people,” she said. Independent Councillor Tony Waldron is also a member of Roscommon Access Group and he said next Friday is an opportunity to raise awareness. “This is the second year I have been involved with Make Way Day and last year’s campaign saw some success,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to make a positive difference when it comes to accessibility. It’s about listening to people and finding a way of making life easier for them. I’m excited about this group and think it will make a difference”. Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said she was delighted to be part of the group and to share her experience of the accessibility measures implemented in her native Ballinasloe. “Accessibility will affect people of all ages. There has been a real focus recently on funding for accessibility projects and I’m looking forward to Make Way Day next Friday,” she said. Senator Dolan said dog fouling footpaths was another major issue for those in wheelchairs and said increased use of ‘poop scoops’ in public spaces could alleviate this problem. The group also revealed it had met with the engineer in charge of the ongoing Public Realm Enhancement project in Roscommon town and was happy that a number of disa-

bled parking spaces in key locations would be retained. It did however call for further enforcement when it comes to keeping these spaces free for those with disabilities. Cllr. Waldron agreed that the group had been very proactive and had visited towns with similar works in progress. Mary Ganley also highlighted the good work that has been done in terms of the Lough Ree ‘Access for All’ boat in Lanesboro and amenities in Ballinlough. Mary and the Roscommon Access Group will once again lead the charge on Make Way Day in Roscommon next Friday in order to highlight the everyday obstacles that prevent equal accessibility for all on our county’s streets. For more information, go to www.makewayday.com.

‘When you’re using public streets you don’t want to see bins or signs or other obstacles. We’re not out to get anyone or blame anyone, we just want to inform people’

Organisers of Glenamaddy Bingo are delighted to welcome back their Bingo on Wednesday, September 22nd at 8.30 pm. The usual bus service will be in operation and refreshments will be served. We are looking forward to seeing all our bingo friends again!

‘Rally For Life’ in Roscommon town Pro-life group, Roscommon For Life, will stage a ‘Rally for Life’ this Friday, September 17th at 6 pm in Roscommon town. The rally will convene at Casey’s roundabout and all are welcome.

Active Age event in Tisrara/Four Roads Tisrara/Four Roads Active Age will host a tea/coffee evening in aid of Mayo-Roscommon Hospice on Thursday, September 23rd from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm in Tisrara Community Centre. Social distancing and relevant Covid-19 safety measures will be in place throughout the evening.

HSE Living Well Programme

The HSE are running a health programme free of charge for people living with a long-term health condition (mental and/or physical). This programme helps people develop the skills and confidence to live a healthy and happy life. The new dates for this programme are Thursday, the 7th of October, Wednesday, the 13th of October, Tuesday the 19th of October, and Monday, the 1st of November. For more information, or to book your place, please contact Olga on 086 6078950, or email olga.maguire@mayocil.ie

Gospel Reflection

Sunday, September 19th In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes – who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34). The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers. And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the Cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will… deliver Him” (compare Matthew 27:41–43). Today’s Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers Himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him. But the Apostles today don’t understand this second announcement of Christ’s Passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession – over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed. Again, they are thinking not as God but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve – the chosen leaders of His Church – that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be “servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless – symbolised by the child He embraces and places in their midst. This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself to come among us (see Philippians 2:5 – 11). We must freely offer ourselves; making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name. As James says in today’s Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility, not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy. -Scott Hahn PhD, salvationhistory.com (courtesy of Sacred Heart Church).


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The Sinn Féin MEP highlighted the plight of smaller farmers who are struggling most. “Between 2005 and 2014, Europe lost four million farmers. Small farmers are struggling more than ever to survive. If we fail to reduce the gap between those on large basic payments and those at the other end of the scale we put the whole future of rural Ireland and Europe in jeopardy. “In my constituency, many towns and villages depend on the network of family farms dotted around them to generate economic activity. “A few years ago, research estimated that every euro in direct payments supported around €4 in the wider economy, thus having a very substantial multiplier effect. From a public policy perspective, agricultural aid makes perfect sense. “Sinn Féin will continue to apply pressure to en-

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has welcomed the new CAP reform proceeding to the final stage within the European Parliament.

sure the Irish Government draws up a strategic plan that is right for small and medium farmers,” he concluded. The European Parliament’s final vote on the CAP reform is expected to take place in November.

€11,000 for local forest access – Naughten Local Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €11,000 to improve access to Coillte forests in Ballygar and Correen outside Ballinasloe. A sum of €7,000 has been allocated to replace the foot bridge in Aghrane/ Ballygar forest with the provision of a new trail to the children’s burial ground. A further €4,000 has been allocated to Correen forest in

South Roscommon to upgrade the carpark, which is in need of investment. “This is particularly welcome in light of the limited public open space currently available in the Ballinasloe area,” commented Denis Naughten. “This investment comes on top of significant investment in Coillte forests at Mote Park, Lough Key and Sliabh Bán, as well as the Hymany Way, Suck

Valley Way, Lung/Lough Gara Way and Miners Way, with further investment planned for some of these sites over the coming months. “It is clear that we all have a much greater appreciation of local walks and trails since restrictions were imposed as a result of Covid, and it is important that these routes are maintained and developed to improve their accessibility,” Deputy Naughten concluded.


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Pictured (left to right): Minister of State Senator Pippa Hackett; Shane Fitzgerald, Chairman Macra Agri Affairs Committee; John Keane, Macra National President; Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue; Denis Duggan, Chief Executive Macra na Feirme; Minister of State Martin Heydon.

Macra outlines young farmers’ CAP concerns

Macra na Feirme has held highlevel talks with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Charlie McConalogue, along with Ministers for State Senator Pippa Hackett, and Martin Heydon in a bid to outline the concerns of young farmers regarding the CAP Strategic Plan. Macra na Feirme National President John Keane said: “It is paramount that this next CAP delivers for young farmers and that the interventions undertaken during its lifetime are supportive of the aspirations of young farmers in meeting the challenges of climate action, good environmental manage-

ment, and ensure a sustainable income for the next generation of farmers”. In highlighting the challenges ahead to the three Ministers, Macra na Feirme called on the Department of Agriculture to maximise the funding allocated to young farmer supports and interventions. Mr. Keane added: “More of the same will not do in encouraging generational renewal and addressing the challenges ahead”. Macra’s National President was joined at the meeting by Shane Fitzgerald, Chairman of Macra na Feirme’s National

Agricultural Affairs Committee. Mr. Fitzgerald said: “We have seen young farmers respond very positively to existing environmental schemes. Young farmers are more likely to engage in additional environmental schemes, to embrace changes and innovate to meet the challenges ahead. “Priority must be given to the next generation along with higher financial rewards for greater environmental ambition. Young farmers are ready, willing and able to meet the climate challenge, but need the financial supports from CAP to

realise that ambition”. In his concluding remarks, Macra na Feirme National President, John Keane, said: “We look forward to continuing our engagement with Ministers McConalogue, Hackett and Heydon and the team of officials working on the CAP Strategic Plan. We are acutely aware of the very tight timeframes laid out by the EU Commission which the Department have to operate within”.

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Castlerea MART WATCH 750 cattle presented for sale this week with continued good demand on offer for all classes of stock, aided by recent good growth and a large contingent of buyers, a good clearance was reported from all three rings. The bullock ring noticed the largest numbers on offer with the top-quality lighter stores recording some very fancy prices while the heavier lots remain a very strong trade. Heifer prices peaked at €3.12 a kilo with strong northern demand and increased farmer activity. The weanling rings are noticing increased farmer activity as well as higher numbers on offer with heifers peaking at €3.67 a kilo and bulls peaking at €3.24 a kilo, with a very lively trade prevailing for quality. The dry cows reached €2,130 while cows with calves at foot made up to €2,040. Runners were in strong demand this

week with lots making up to €820. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,180 to €2,040 for a Limousin cow and her heifer calf at foot. Springers made from €1,050 to €1,710. Calves/runners made from €280 to €820. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 16th) when we hold our Annual Show and Sale of Continental Weanlings. Please note change of order of sale this Thursday: Ring 1: Weanling bulls; Ring 2: Suck calves, cows with calves, springers, weanling heifers and runners; Ring 3: Store heifers followed by dry cows. All three rings open at 11 am. Sample prices for bullocks: Lm 460kgs €1400, Ch 410kgs €1300, AA 455kgs €1190, Lm 383kgs €1100, Ch 515kgs €1490, Ch 505kgs €1480, AA 505kgs €1350, Ch 555kgs €1480, Ch 640kgs €1580, Lm

600kgs €1550, Lm 780kgs €1780, Lm 670kgs €1720. Heifers: Lm 395kgs €1200, Lm 365kgs €1140, AA 385kgs €1080, Lm 475kgs €1280, Lm 460kgs €1210, Lm 450kgs €1130, Lm 580kgs €1700, Lm 570kgs €1540, AA 650kgs €1520, Ch 510kgs €1390, Lm 500kgs €1330. Dry cows: Sim 920kgs €2130, Lmx 775kgs €1850, Chx 785kgs €1810, Lm 680kgs €1710, Fr 495kgs €710, AAx 460kgs €890, AA 690kgs €1390, Lmx 565kgs €1280. Weanling bulls: Ch 290kgs €940, Ch 295kgs €940, Lm 295kgs €860, Lm 260kgs €790, Ch 210kgs €600, Lm 370kgs €1100, Ch 365kgs €990, Lm 310kgs €990. Weanling heifers: Ch 275kgs €1010, Ch 265kgs €820, Lm 195kgs €620, Ch 235kgs €660, Lm 290kgs €870, Ch 305kgs €1030, Ch 305kgs €1010, Lm 315kgs €880.


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Roscommon IFA Branches, Ardcarne, Arigna, Boyle and Drumlion, held their Branch AGMs recently in The Showgrounds (Bull field), Carrick-on-Shannon. Pictured at the meeting were (left to right): Pat Murphy, Connacht IFA Regional Chairman; Jim O’Connor, Roscommon IFA County Chairman; Brendan Golden, National IFA Livestock Chairman; Shane Kilrane, Chairman of the Midland and Western Livestock Improvement Society, and Norman Little, Boyle IFA Member and Angus Breeder.

Brazilian export decision presents an opportunity for Irish beef IFA President Tim Cullinan said the decision by the Brazilian authorities to stop exports to China presents a huge opportunity for our beef sector. “Taoiseach Micheál Martin, the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and the Government must now redouble their efforts to secure

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an immediate return of Irish beef to the Chinese market,” he said. “We should be making the most of this decision by Brazil. It’s a chance to gain a foothold in a market where demand is growing for quality food”. Brazil exported nearly 400,000 tonnes of beef to China in the first six months of this year, underlining the scale of the market that exists there. IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the Chinese market for Irish beef for the first six months of 2020 had grown in value by over 60 percent to €22.5 million, compared to the previous year. This is a clear indication of the strength of demand and potential for Irish beef exports. “There’s huge demand for beef in China. It’s critical that Irish farmers who produce to the most exacting standards in the world are in a position to avail of this,” he said.

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IFA won’t allow Department to impose measures without proper negotiations IFA President Tim Cullinan said that Minister McConalogue and the Government must sit down to negotiate the new CAP with farmers, with a view to reaching an agreement with them. “IFA met with Minister McConalogue and Ministers of State Hackett and Heydon recently. “We were very clear with the Ministers that any changes must be in agreement with farmers. They cannot be imposed following a consultation process which is just shadow boxing,” he said. “In any other sector of society, the Government would sit down and negotiate change with the people affected. Farmers must be treated the same way, and not treated as some distant stakeholders. “We recognise that with negotiation, comes responsibility. IFA is prepared to sit down and negotiate with a view to reaching an agreement on these issues. Imposing measures on farmers will not work no matter how much ‘consultation’ there is,” he concluded.

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Roscommon MART WATCH There was a strong entry of excellent quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale, which included a special sale of bullocks. From start to finish, there was a vibrant trade for bullocks with rapid bidding from the large number of customers in attendance and online. Prices averaged from €2.59 per kilo up to €3.50 per kilo. Heifer numbers were small due to next week’s special sale. There was a good trade for dry cows with lots fetching from €2.12 per kilo up to €2.42 per kilo. There were 1,100 sheep on offer at our sale of breeding ewes on Saturday last (11th) with a steady trade for both hoggets and breeding ewes. Hoggets ranged from €150 to €250 and the second crop of ewes made from €128 up to €200. There was a good entry of sheep

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Roscommon Arts Officer Rhona McGrath pictured with Lily Lawlor and Amelie Frazer (Music Generation Roscommon) at the Amphitheatre in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon, for the launch of Culture Night, which takes place this Friday, September 17th. Pic: Brian Farrell

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Culture Night Spectacular at Roscommon Castle! As part of Culture Night 2021, Roscommon County Council Arts Office in association with the Office of Public Works will host ‘At the Castle’, a dance, music, film, projections and lighting effects event, live from Roscommon Castle this Friday (17th) from 9 pm. The event is funded by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. The lifting of restrictions means that a larger audience can attend but early booking is advised via roscommonartscentre.ie. ‘At the Castle’ is a site specific multimedia show which features stunning film by local film director Emma Brennan. Projections on the walls of Roscommon Castle will portray a new dance piece performed and choreographed by Mintesinot Wolde with local dancers. Live dance and music by local performers will take place on

the night in the Castle grounds, followed by visuals and lighting on a loop until late. The projections and lighting have been devised by Algorithm Productions who bring their expertise to the local team in creating and devising this unique show. The live show (which is sold out) takes place at 8 pm on Culture Night followed by projections and lighting until 11 pm. Roscommon County Council has been allocated funding by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 2021 to programme outdoor live performances in summer 2021. Arts Officer Rhona McGrath explains: “This is part of a suite of Covid-19 measures by the Government to support the commercial live performance sector. The funding enables local authorities to manage and support performances by local

performers, technical teams and event organisers, and to bring high quality performances to the public in a safe manner, outdoors, this summer”. Mintesinot Wolde is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and member of Dance Ireland. Based in Roscommon, Mintesinot has established his own dance company. For these events, Mintesinot has engaged dancers Victoria Walker, Kate Lohan, Carol Ann Farrelly, Patri Savoie and Robin Wilson. Emma Brennan, from Roscommon, is a composer, actor, photographer, filmmaker and award-winning director and producer. For these productions, Emma has engaged musicians John and Liz Wynne flute, Padraig McGovern and Leonard Barry uilleann pipes, Barra O Flanniagh percussion, John Joe Kelly bodhrán and Mossie Martin fiddle. The projections can be viewed from 9 pm until 11 pm without booking.

In honour of Culture Night, Decade of Centenaries 1921-2021 have commissioned a film and accompanying sculpture to mark the second in a series of artist commissions to reflect on Roscommon’s role in the struggle for independence. The specially commissioned film, from artists Susan Mannion, Rory Pierce, Matthew Gammon and Conor Horgan, can be viewed on September 17th using a QR code. Artist Susan Mannion was awarded the 2021 commission for her proposal to create a sculpture and a film. The river and associated stories provide the basis for an artistic interpretation of the development of the nation since 1921, linking to specific points along the River Shannon basin in County Roscommon. The sculpture, which was created by Susan Mannion, will be on display at King House, Boyle, on Culture Night, this Friday, September 17th. This project is funded by Roscommon County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme for Culture Night 2021.

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WDC highlights challenges ahead of revised National Development Plan The Western Development Commission (WDC) has made recent submissions to Government in a number of areas that will set the framework for regional development in the coming years. These submissions, on the review of the National Development Plan (NDP), the related establishment of the National Investment Framework for Transport and the development of a National Smart Specialisation Strategy, identify key challenges for the Western Region but also highlight the ongoing work of the WDC to address these challenges with solutions in the medium and long term. WDC says the aim of the revised NDP should be to provide the conditions for regions to grow to support the Ireland 2040 objective of “sustainable development of the regions”. Recent WDC research shows that both Covid-19 and Brexit have had a disproportionate impact in the region,

particularly on key employment sectors such as agriculture and tourism. The WDC, however, believes that enterprise, employment and education can address this. The WDC is leading the development of the connectedhubs.ie National Hubs Network that will help to support access to public enterprise supports, access to education and through remote work offer employees the opportunity to work in a broadband connected hub close to where they live. The Western Region, historically, has had lower levels of investment and there is an on-going need to improve regional connectivity and accessibility. A constraint for regional entrepreneurs is the lack of physical and digital infrastructure. The WDC has, in its submission to the National Smart Specialisation process, identified areas of existing and emerging regional strength that can create a sustainable competitive advantage in the long term. The three

sectors identified are the Life Sciences (which includes MedTech), Artificial Intelligence, Data and Analytics (particularly in the area of sensors and mobility) and the Creative Industries and Creative Economy. WDC CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin said: “While every region across the globe can identify challenges, it is also important to recognise that the Western Region, as a region of remarkable physical beauty, offers a fantastic quality of life, a skilled workforce and access to education. These factors, when aligned with the long-term potential of offshore wind as a source of renewable energy for our communities and economy offer huge potential to improve the standard of living for all. The WDC is committed to working with others to realise that potential to raise the profile of the west at home and abroad”. The Western Development Commission has made these submissions available to the public via www. westerndevelopment.ie/policy.

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Trinity study: Remote working could save 2.5 hours’ commuting time Research carried out by NoCo and Trinity College Dublin suggests that an average of 2.5 hours commuting time could be save every day by workers using remote working locations. The research also shows that 70 percent of people would consider changing their home location as a result of the ability

to work remotely. A key focus of the research was to measure the potential carbon emissions savings as well as travel time savings. The results indicate that a switch to working from a remote working hub for just three days a week could save a driver up to 14 days of travel time a year, saving approximately 670kgs of

Kerrane commends school secretaries and Fórsa for stance on pay regularisation Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has commended school secretaries and their trade union Fórsa for “forcing the Government and Department of Education into concessions on pay regularisation”. Following the deferral of planned strikes action this week, Deputy Kerrane said: “School secretaries have fought for decades for pay equality, fair treatment and pension entitlements. “I commend the school secretaries and their representatives in the FÓRSA Trade Union for their dedication to this campaign, the fruits of which we have begun to see this week. “The work that school secretaries and caretakers do in schools is invaluable, schools would literally cease to function without them. “So it is welcome that this long campaign is finally forcing long

overdue concessions from Government. “There is still work to be done, to secure full equality for school secretaries, and Sinn Féin will continue to stand with the secretaries and support them as they continue their campaign in pursuit of pension entitlements and full equalisation of sick pay. “Whilst I am glad the Government have eventually listened to the secretaries, to their union, to Sinn Féin and others, I would urge the government today to not forget the school caretakers, who too face significant inequality in terms of their wages and conditions. “School secretaries and caretakers deserve justice, and they deserve full equality. Until that is achieved, the campaign continues and Sinn Féin will continue to stand with and lend support to our secretaries and caretakers”.

CO2. Public transport users would save almost 11 days of commuting time, saving the equivalent of 2.19kg CO2 from these public transport trips. 38 percent of respondents said they would benefit from spending more time in their local communities if allowed to work remotely. NoCo, one of Ireland’s largest workspace network providers, says its service has the potential to boost local economies and encourage more community engagement in towns across the country. While the results of the study are encouraging, with 80 percent of workers believing a hybrid work system is possible post-Covid, a number of issues still need to be addressed: 78 percent of people said they experienced feelings of isolation as a result of working from home;

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Over 320 courses announced by Irish Local Development Network Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), representing Ireland’s 49 Local Development Companies including providers of the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP), have confirmed that its members will provide over 320 training and educational programmes during the course of this autumn and winter in communities across the country. SICAP aims to address high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally-led approaches. It targets and supports those who are disadvantaged in Irish society and

less likely to use mainstream services. One of the identified goals of SICAP is focused on supporting people who have been identified as in need, through lifelong learning. Commenting on the Training and Educational Programmes available across the Irish Local Development Network, ILDN Social Inclusion Chair Adeline O’Brien said: “Lifelong learning, to improve work readiness and providing education in more holistic ways so participants can improve their quality of life and wellbeing is central to the work our members do through SICAP. With over 320 diverse programmes

available across the country there are significant opportunities in communities for people seeking to participate and learn new skills”. ILDN CEO Joe Saunders added: “It is encouraging to see such a high number of interesting and diverse classes and programmes available across our network this autumn. “I would encourage any individual seeking out a new opportunity – particularly as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic to contact their Local Development Company to explore the wide range of opportunities available”.


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SEAI urges Roscommon homeowners to take steps for warmer homes this winter

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched a new campaign to encourage homeowners to invest in home energy upgrades. Declan Meally, Director of Business and Public Sector with SEAI said: “Over 6,370 families in Roscommon will enjoy a warmer, cosier, more energy efficient home this winter having already begun their home energy upgrade journey with the support of SEAI”. SEAI recommends that homeowners considering a home energy upgrade start with a Building

Energy Rating or BER assessment, carried out by a SEAI registered assessor. The assessor will prepare a personalised advisory report for your home setting out the necessary upgrades to bring it up to the modern efficiency and comfort standards. “Once you get your personalised advisory report you will know exactly what your home needs. You’ll also have a broad idea on the cost of the upgrade and the grants available to help fund the works,” Declan Meally added.

There are a range of Government-funded home energy upgrade grants available through SEAI. These provide up to 30 percent of the overall cost of works on a variety of energy upgrades. Homeowners can apply for individual grants for insulation, heating controls, heat pumps and solar panels. The grants are fixed amounts ranging from €400 up to €6,000 depending on the works to be undertaken and the size of house. Alternatively, homeowners can avail of the one stop shop service

currently being offered by several companies. These one-stop shops will manage the whole process, including grant application and works, on behalf of homeowners. SEAI also offers free home energy upgrades to qualifying homeowners in receipt of certain social welfare benefits. Homeowners who invest in a home energy upgrade feel the benefits almost immediately. More information on home energy upgrades is available at: seai.ie/homeenergyupgrade.

Character pub to let in Ballymoe This week, John Earley of Property Partners Earley, has a prime, character pub available to let in Ballymore village, Co. Roscommon. For further details or to arrange a view-

ing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6626579 or email jearley@propertypartners.ie. Contact John on mobile at 086-2551380.

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‘Government must resolve MICA scandal with full redress’ The Government must show decency and compassion and move to immediately resolve the

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this week, Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “People are now being victimised twice by the state. The first transgression occurred when lax regulation saw inferior blocks being sold in what was considered to be a Government-regulated industry. The second transgression is the decision to only offer a 90 percent redress scheme. “People are now living in houses where the blocks are like Weetabix. This is not just a fiscal issue, it is a humanitarian matter. The mental health of affected families has been seriously compromised. Ordinary decent homeowners are now being ef-

fectively forced to foot the bill for the incompetence of their masters. Pensioners are facing years of penury and families are facing bankruptcy. A family home should be a place of security rather than a living nightmare. “The Government should act with the same speed they displayed with their banker friends when they bailed them out. Homeowners with MICA want a hand up, not a bailout. “The Government should act with decency and compassion and provide them with the former, as distinct to the current slap across the face,” he concluded.

This week, John Earley of Property Partners Earley is this week offering, new to the market, prime lands containing circa 17.26 acres (comprised in folio 23874F), located at Carrowreagh, Granlahan, Co. Roscommon. A prime holding of

lands set out in one lot, the sale of this property offers an excellent opportunity to all local farmers to increase their existing holdings. The auctioneer now invites immediate viewings and all offers to sell. For further details or to

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This beautiful home was recently refurbished to an incredibly high standard with tasteful, modern décor in every room. Extending to Approx.1,510 sq. ft., this property offers spacious and well-proportioned living accommodation comprised of an entrance hall, living room, open plan kitchen/dining/living area, utility, W.C., 4 bedrooms with master being en-suite and the main bathroom. Also benefits from an insulated attic. Certified with an impressive C3 BER Certificate, heated via oil fired central heating, solid fuel stove with stunning brick feature fireplace in the kitchen/living area and a solid fuel fireplace with feature fireplace in the living room. Double glazed windows are fitted throughout. The property sits on an excellently maintained 0.59 acre site with patio area to the rear, manicured lawns front and back and a wraparound chipping driveway providing ample private parking. BER C3 LEGAL: Brendan Noone, Messer’s Connellan Solicitors, Longford Tel: 043 33 46440 The Auctioneer now invites viewings and all offers to sell


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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

The house is constructed to the highest quality of finish with a stylish designed home offering spacious well proportioned accommodation for modern family life. High energy efficiency and a bright relaxed atmosphere are a priority for this superior home of unmistakable quality and style Special features: Energy efficient A rated home. • Traditional block construction • Tarmacadam driveway. • Gardens leveled and seeded. • Hollow core concrete 1st floor. • Triple glazed uPVC windows and doors • Triple glazed EcoTherm Sliding Patio door. • GRP Composite front door. • Fixed plumbing with shower trays. • Fixed electrical. • Mechanical ventilation. • Heat recovery system. BER A2 The Auctioneer invites viewings and all offers to sell

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Directory of services launched to mark World Suicide Awareness Day in Roscommon World Suicide Awareness Day, which took place on Friday last (10th), was marked locally by the launch of a Directory of Services by Mental Health Roscommon (MHR), Mental Health Ireland and Roscommon Mental Health Services. The Directory is a list of of support service organisations and resources in a light A5 booklet. Its simple A-Z design contains everything from confidential phone numbers, 24hour emergency services, counselling and family supports, services for older people, and mental health and wellbeing training. The new Directory will be available in libraries across County Roscommon and through local Family Resource Centres, the Primary Care Centre, Citizens Information and REGARI and will also be digitised and be available on an app being launched by MHR in October. The launch of the Directory is fulfilling part of the work of the project team established for Roscommon Mental Health Services to engage with service users, family members and the community

of Roscommon County – and to share information with them. It was facilitated by Mental Health Roscommon, Roscommon HSE Mental Health Services and Mental Health Ireland. Sinead McDermott, Trustee and Treasurer of Mental Health Roscommon, said: “We are delighted to have a full A to Z of services in this one-stop shop for Roscommon. It is empowering the people of Roscommon from our youngest to our oldest to have knowledge and access of what’s out there – and that benefits everyone. This is not something for one category of people, it is something for all of us”. Teresa Keane, Development Officer for Roscommon and Mayo with Mental Health Ireland added: “This directory fits with Mental Health Ireland’s mental health promotion work aimed at three levels, strengthening individuals, strengthening communities, and reducing barriers. We cannot leave anyone behind. This directory plays a critical role in ensuring all people in our community are aware of and can access services

Pictured at the Abbey Hotel for the launch of Mental Health Roscommon’s Directory of Services to mark World Suicide Awareness Day last Friday (10th) were, back row (left to right): Andrew McDonnell and Greg Clarke. Middle (left to right): Teresa Keane, Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland; Clara Meehan, Project Lead, HSE; Mary G Killion, Principal Social Worker, HSE; Angela Shalley. Front row (left to right): Alison Kerrane; Sinéad McDermott, Treasurer, Mental Health Roscommon; Sinead Dowd, Chair, Mental Health Roscommon.

and agencies there to support them so that everyone feels included”. Clara Meehan (HSCP lead Project Team) and Mary G Killion (Principal Social Worker with Mental Health Services) com-

mended Mental Health Roscommon and its partners for their hard work in producing the Directory, which they described as a valuable resource. Mental Health Roscommon was set up in 2020 by

volunteers with an interest in promoting positive mental health in Roscommon and is affiliated to Mental Health Ireland. Their aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the Roscommon

community and support adults on their recovery journey through peer-led engagement and activities. MHR Chair Sinead Dowd explained: “Our vision is a Roscommon where people value their

own and each other’s mental health as an important part of living well. We want to achieve positive mental health for everyone. We believe this Directory forms a keystone in realising that aim”.

Making a Song and Dance 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 living with dementia. This week, we focus on dementia and the benefits of music Joan Fitzpatrick, HSE Senior Occupational Therapist, Living Well with Dementia programme

‘See the person, not the dementia’ is a guiding principle when supporting someone who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. It focuses on the truth that despite having dementia, people have many of the same abilities, life-long skills and needs as before. Dementia is usually far more than memory loss. The sensory challenges can be more difficult to cope with in day to day living. Alongside difficulties with language and expression,

there can be issues around auditory and visual perception. Music and dance can transcend these difficulties as they don’t rely on good language skills. They are non-verbal communication channels that can tap into deep memories and promote movement, balance and confidence. Dance to the music Dancing isn’t just about music and steps. It’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation. It can move us to a different place and allow us to connect with others. The Dance Theatre of Ireland offers online music and movement sessions inclusive of people with dementia, their partners and carers. Music is specially selected to connect creativity with exercise, whether seated or standing, and people have the freedom to move as they are able, with musicality, imagination and self-expression. Most importantly, everyone has fun. Speaking of her experience of dance, a spouse, who had become her husband’s carer, told me: “This is the first time I have felt that we were a couple for so long. It feels so good and so normal”. The ability of a couple to be just that – a couple – can be part of a dementia diagnosis that is often forgotten about. Lifting spirits There are lots of choirs that are inclu-

sive of people with dementia. Choirs offer a weekly routine with familiar songs and faces. They’re often an opportunity for a choir member who can play an instrument to showcase their talents. They provide a sense of belonging and lift spirits. A spouse whose husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s said to me: “Joining the choir was one of the best things we ever did. Seeing him close his eyes and tap along with the singing was great. I could see his mood lift and his smile broaden. It lasted all day”. One woman joined with her mum, which enabled both to enjoy social time together. “My experience in the choir was transformational. It enabled my mother and I to participate as equals in a highly enjoyable social activity. She adored singing”. Challenging the brain by remembering or carrying out skills that might otherwise lie dormant is important in maintaining a sense of self and living a full life. Singing, hearing or playing a favourite piece of music can lessen anxiety and distress and bring pleasure to the person with dementia and their family member. Top 5 Tips to Introduce Music into the Life of a Person with Dementia Tailor the experience. Think about how the person with dementia has engaged with music previously. What music did they listen to? Did they enjoy concerts?

Did they like singing? Would they join a choir? Think about your environment. For some, being in a room with lots of movement and activity is great. For others, it can be distressing and a small gathering is best. People can be sensitive to noise, especially if unsure where it is coming from. Bring music into the home. This can be as simple as playing Lyric FM or downloading favourite music onto a USB stick so that it’s always available. Why not dust down the record player and some old vinyl, or find some Golden Oldies or musicals on YouTube? Strike up the band. Did the person play an instrument that has been lying idle in the attic all these years? Would a musical family member or friend play a few of the person’s favourite songs? Look around you. A little research about what is happening in your locality can be revealing. When back up and running, a lunchtime recital or an

evening concert can be a lovely way to spend some time. This newspaper, the library, or the County Council Arts Office are a great resource to find out what is happening locally. 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 choirs that are inclusive of people with dementia, use the service-finder at www. understandtogether.ie or contact The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Helpline for support on Freefone 1800 341 341 (Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm).


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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, County Roscommon I, Oliver Grenham, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct a 6-bay cubicle shed and robotic dairy parlour, outdoor milk tank, a walled silage slab and ancillary concrete apron, together with all associated site works at Moore South, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed on behalf of Oliver Grenham, by Eoghan Finneran – Agent. Onagh Consulting Ltd. Onagh, Taughmaconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 090 96 11911 E: finneranagri@gmail.com

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Clive Egan, hereby give notice that I am applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to change the use of the existing derelict house to a domestic garage, to construct a new dwelling house to its rear and install a wastewater treatment system and percolation area and all ancillary site development works at Tonlegee Townland, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Clive Egan 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 planning 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.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Lorraine and John Murphy are applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to retain as constructed extension to rear of existing dwelling house and all ancillary site development works at Kye, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. F45 E104.

Planning Notice The planning application may be PLANNING NOTICE inspected or purchased at a fee In accordance with the In accordance with the provisions of Part 9, Planning and Development Regulations, 086 3482387 not exceeding provisions of gives Part 9,the change 2001 (S.I. No. 600 of 2001), the Courts Service notice of of use of the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the premises, the formerPlanning Fairyland Dancehall, Racecourse Road, Roscommon, and Development the planning authority during its County Roscommon as a Courthouse and ancillary facilities. Regulations, 2001 (S.I. . public opening hours. A submission No. 600 of 2001), the or observation in relation to the info@moleskinarchitecture.com The proposed change will consist of the use of the area as a Courtroom and ancillary Courts Service gives application may be made to the facilities. notice of the change authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, €20 within the period of of use of the premises, facebook.com/moleskinarch 5 weeks beginning Drawings and particularsthe of the development available for inspection between on the date of receipt former will be Fairyland 10.00am -12.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm Monday to Friday for a period of sixauthority weeks of the application, by the Dancehall, Racecourse beginning on the date of this publication at: and such submissions or observations ROSCOMMON COUNTY Road, Roscommon, will be considered by the planning COUNCIL Roscommon Court Office, Government Buildings, Golf as LinksaRoad, Roscommon. County Roscommon authority in making a decision on the F42 NC84 We Rathcroghan Designs Courthouse and ancillary application. The planning authority intend applying for facilities. may grant permission subject to or & planning permission on The proposed change will without conditions, or may refuse to behalf of Maureen CourtsDevaney Service, Westernconsist Regional of Office, Castlebar, grant permission. theThe useMall, of the areaCo. Mayo and Shane O’Connor Signed: as a Courtroom and ancillary Submissions and/or observations on the change of use, dealing with the proper for alterationsplanning to and house sustainablefacilities. development of the area in which the development is design granted under situated, may be made inDrawings writing to: and particulars planning reference number of the development will Mr. Brendan J. McDonald, Regional Manager, Western Regional Office, Unit Courts 5, Ballypheason House, PD/20/170, together with be available for inspection during Service, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or westernro@courts.ie the sixRoad, week Circular all associated site works at, period beginning on the between date of this publication. 10.00am -12.00pm Roscommon, F42 C982. Ardkeenagh T.d. Tulsk Co. and 2.00pm - 4.00pm Ph: 090 6634365 Roscommon. Mob: 087 8228529 Monday to Friday for a period The planning application may be E: james@jlce.ie & aaron@jlce.ie of six weeks beginning on inspected or purchased at a fee Web:www.jlce.ie the date of this publication not exceeding the reasonable cost Architectural Designers – at: Roscommon Court Office, of making a copy at the offices of Consulting Engineers Government Buildings, Golf the planning authority during its Links Road, Roscommon. public opening hours A submission F42 NC84 & Courts Service, or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Western Regional Office, The authority in writing on payment of Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. the prescribed fee of €20 within a period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission Signed: Martin Dowd Rathcroghan Design, Ballyconboy, Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon Tel: 086 2328484

Submissions and/or observations on the change of use, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development is situated, may be made in writing to: Mr. Brendan J. McDonald, Regional Manager, Western Regional Office, Courts Service, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or westernro@courts.ie during the six week period beginning on the date of this publication.

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, PD Contractors Ltd, are applying for Planning Permission to fill the site with inert materials including soil to return the land to productive agricultural land with all associated site development works at Cornaveagh Td, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: AOL Design Ltd. Consulting Engineers C/O Albert Looby, Killeenboy, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. Tel: (090) 66 28184 Mobile: (086) 8167365 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Donal Kilduff wish to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for development at this Site, Glanduff, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon. The development will consist of the proposed refurbishment of and rear extension to existing dwelling, secondary wastewater treatment system and tertiary percolation system and all ancillary site works.

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We are looking for an experienced Customer Service Advisor with strong administration and communication skills for this fast-paced customer support role. Working as part of the We are looking for anthe experienced Advisor with strong administration and Print Team main aim ofCustomer this role is Service to provide excellent customer support to incoming Application form and candidate information customer queries via the telephone, email, and web-based systems. There will be an booklet setting out full details in relation to communication skills for this fast-paced Customer support role. Working as part of the Print Team Acceptance of an advertisement or payment therefore is not to this position are available by logging onto the on design and photography as part of the role. the main aim of this role isemphasis to provide excellent customer support to incoming customer queries via be taken as implying guarantee Job Vacancies section on Roscommon County REQUIREMENTS the telephone, email, and web-based systems. There will be an emphasis on design and photographythat the advertisement will be Council’s website at www.roscommoncoco.ie published. The right is reserved to • Experience in a fast paced, telephone-based customer service work as part of the role. refuse to insert any advertisement, environment Candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of without giving any reason; also • The ability to manage time and workload without direct supervision information supplied on to discontinue the publication REQUIREMENTS • The ability to build effective working relationships quickly with customers and application form. of any advertisement previously colleagues published, without compensation • Experience in a fast paced, telephone-based customer service work environment for any loss or damage claimed The closing date for receipt of completed • Excellent communication skills including listening and accurately documenting for non-publication. Publication applications is ability customer requests • The to manage time and workload without direct supervision of an advertisement cannot be 4.00 p.m. on 30th September 2021 • A strong team player who can work well under pressure and manage a large guaranteed on a specific week or Canvassing will disqualify. ability customer baseeffective working relationships quickly with customers and colleagues at all, whether or not a particular • The to build • Good knowledge of information technology including Microsoft Office and week has been stipulated by the Roscommon County Council is an equal opportunities employer. previous experience skills of using a CRMlistening and accurately documenting customer advertiser, and the company will not • Excellent communication including Is fóstóir comhionannais deiseanna í Comhairle Chontae Roscomaín be liable for any loss claimed by such requests EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION omission, whether from all editions or any particular edition or editions • A minimum of 3 year’s’experience in a fast-paced customer service office • A strong team player who can work well under pressure and manage a large customer base of the paper. Right is reserved to environment. alter any advertisement without PRODUCTION OPERATIVES • Experience working in a general business environment including accounts liability for any compensation • Good knowledgeoperations of information technology including Microsoft Office and previous receivable, and collections. REQUIRED FOR for such alteration. Further, the experience of using CRMor photography environment • Experience in aa print company does not accept liability for any loss or damage caused by an error or inaccuracy in the printing of any advertisement.

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Quarry Springs, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon Who passed away on the 15th September 2018 (3rd Anniversary)


Lisheen, Williamstown, Co. Galway (4th Anniversary)

SELBY George

Rath, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. Who passed away on 17th September, 2020.

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You always had a smile to share time to give, time to care. Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Sadly missed by her husband Jimmy, son Daniel, daughter-in-law Marie and grandson Jason (Boston), son Joseph and daughterin-law Katrina and her grandchildren Hazel and Darragh. Anniversary Mass for Rose in Scramogue Church, on Sunday, 19th September at 10am.

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We do not need a special day to bring you to our minds, the days we do not think of you are very hard to find. Our hearts still ache with sadness and secret tears still flow, what it meant to lose you no one will ever know. Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same, we try to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name. We shall always remember the closeness that we had, we love and miss you so everyday, our kind and thoughtful Dad.

Forever loved and missed always by his wife Bernie, son Bernard, daughters Sinéad and Áilish, son-inlaw Padraig, daughterin-law Deborah and grandchildren Páidí, Molly and Gussie. Gussie’s 3rd Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Saturday, 18th of September at 11am.

In loving memory of Sharon, who passed away on 15th September 2017.

Gone from us that smiling face, the cheerful pleasant ways the heart that won so many friends in bygone, happy days. A life made beautiful by kindly deeds, a helping hand for others needs. For a beautiful life, it came to an end, she died as she lived, everyone’s friend.

Always remembered by your loving family and friends. Anniversary Mass for Sharon will be held on Sunday, 19th September at 10.30am in St. Patrick’s Church, Glenamaddy.

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

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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. Will those who think of Joan today, a little prayer to Jesus say.

Dearly loved and missed everyday by her husband Seamus, daughters Natasha and Jackie, son James, sonsin-law Noel and Francie, daughter-in-law Aishling, grandchildren Rebecca, Emily, Evan, Laura, Aoife, Shea, great-grandchild Eoghan and extended family and friends.

THANKSGIVINGS On the First Anniversay of his passing, George’s wife Eileen, his sisters, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and our extended family, wish to express our sincere thanks to all who sympathised with us on our sad loss of George. To all who phoned, called to our home to pay their respects, sent letters, mass cards and personal messages of condolence on R.I.P.ie. Thanks to all our neighbours, parishioners, relatives and friends, who attended the Funeral Mass and burial, to all those who stood outside our home and along the route to the Church as George was on his final journey. A very special thanks to Fr. Pravin for the beautiful Funeral Mass and for all his visits to our home prior to George’s passing. To Ann Corcoran for her lovely singing and to Aidan Flynn for his musical tribute on flute, thank you both. To Sacristan John Ward, we thank you. To Pat and Gillian Smyth who carried out the funeral arrangements so professionally and for live streaming George’s Mass. To the gravediggers who prepared George’s final resting place, we thank you all. We are very grateful to the staff of the Kelly Henry Medical Centre, Castlerea for their expert care to George. We also thank the staff of McSharry’s Pharmacy. A special thanks to a good friend Josephine (Jo) Kilroe for all her support and help in the days prior to George’s passing. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital and the Hermitage Clinic, Dublin, U.H. Portiuncula, U.H. Roscommon. To the Palliative Care team especially nurses Martina and Chrissie for their kindness, care and support, especially in the final weeks of George’s life. To the night nurses and public health nurse Hilary Lynch, we thank you all for your excellent care to George. To Joe Malone who cared for George in the final weeks of his life, we thank you. Thanks to the Abbey Hotel staff for providing a lovely meal after the burial. We hope this acknowledgement will be accepted by all as a token of our appreciation and gratitude. Mass will be offered for your intentions. George’s First Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Clooneycolgan Church on Sunday, 19th September at 9.30am.

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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.P. 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. F.K. 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. K.K NOVENA TO ST. JUDE O Holy St. Jude! Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor for all who invoke your special patronage in time of need: to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart, and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen. (Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Mary’s & 3 Gloria’s.) Publication must be promised. This Novena has never been known to fail. I have had my request granted. Publication promised. F.K. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN O Most Beautiful Flower of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days. M.S. PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH - never known to fail Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me. This prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A.H. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN O Most Beautiful Flower of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days. E.M.


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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES WALSH Rita Antogher Road, Roscommon. (1st Anniversary) In loving memory of Rita who sadly passed away on the 19th of September 2020. R.I.P.

MULLEN (nee Grady) Marie Island View, Canine Creche, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon (6th Anniversary)

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God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so he put His arms around you, and whispered “come to me”. With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. When those we love become a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Always loved and sadly missed by her devoted husband Paddy, much loved Mother to her children Declan, Stephanie, Robert and Caroline, sister Eileen, brothers-in-law Noel and Andy, grandchildren and all her extended family. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 18th of September at 7pm in The Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon.

Cherished memories of Marie who passed away on the 17th September 2015. R.I.P. Sadly missed by your husband Michael, family and friends.

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May she Rest In Peace.

DONNELLY Liam Rahara, Roscommon (2nd Anniversary) In loving memory of Liam who died on 15th September 2019

Your life was one of kindly deeds, a helping hand for others needs. Sincere and true, in heart and mind, beautiful memories you left behind.

Sadly missed by his nephews, nieces, sistersin-law, brother-in-law and extended family. Anniversary Mass in Rahara Church on Sunday, 26th September at 10am.

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Nationwide in Athleague to record memories of pioneering Aleen Cust RTÉ’s Nationwide team visited Athleague recently to record memories of Aleen Cust, who worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in the village from 1900 to 1920. Ms. Cust’s arrival in Athleague in 1900 to avail of a post as assistant vet to the local veterinarian, Willie Byrne, was the culmination of many years trying to complete her veterinary courses and examinations despite stiff resistance from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Cust even fought a court case against the college in 1897 but failed to penetrate the wall of opposition against her and was not successful until The Disqualification Sex Removal Act in 1919 became law and all professions were then open to women. Miss Cust had sprung from a noble family and had influential connections in the royal court in London. They were strongly against her becoming a veterinarian and were estranged from her as she embarked on her career. When in Athleague she become popular among the local community and worked equally well for the large estate houses and the smaller subsistence farmers. She served a number of years in the Great War with the British Expeditionary Forces and had a veterinary post near Boulogne, northern France. When she returned to Athleague she enquired after all the animals that she had cared for in the years before the war. However, following the increase in unrest during the War of Independence she sold her house and practice and returned to England settling in the New Forest. She is said to have remarked that it was the closest kind of countryside to Ath-

league and settled there for a number of years. She passed away in 1937 in Jamaica where she was on an educational tour under the auspices of the RSPCA to help ameliorate the plight of animals due for slaughter in poorly maintained abattoirs. The Production Director for RTÉ Mary Fanning spoke to a number of interested Athleague people who detailed how Miss Cust gained her diploma, how she came to Athleague and various memories that were retained by local people. A personal album of photographs taken by her and presented to Mary Tiernan, a merchant who was one of her good friends in Athleague was on display for the occasion as well as an account book showing her weekly purchases in Tiernan’s shop. A number of historians in the area spoke about her legacy and a re-enactment of her riding her white stallion on her rounds was made by a lady veterinary surgeon. Another lady surgeon performed procedures on cattle in a crush to underline the advances in the number of female veterinary surgeons today. There was a contribution too from a Tidy Towns representative who spoke about the wooden sculptures of Miss Cust in the amenity area near the bridge. Some of the storylines were supplemented by material written by a veterinary surgeon, Connie Forde, who knew Aleen Cust in life and published a book about her in the 1990s. Only for her much material about Aleen Cust would have been lost. The 100th anniversary of her gaining her diploma will occur in 2022. The Nationwide programme will be broadcast in early 2022.

Contact James on 087 3549574 or David on 087 6086723 E-mail: anthonymurrayandsons@gmail.com

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RTÉ’s Nationwide team visited Athleague recently to record memories of Aleen Cust, who worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in the village from 1900 to 1920.

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Sports PEOPLE Keane steps down as hurling manager < DAN DOONER

Johnny Keane has resigned as manager of the Roscommon senior hurling team after just one year at the helm.

Johnny Keane has resigned as manager of the Roscommon senior hurling team after just one year at the helm. Keane contacted Hurling Board Chairman, Christy McDermott, on Saturday last to inform him that he would not be continuing in the role in 2022. The Portumna native first joined up with the Roscommon hurlers four years ago as a coach under then manager Ciaran Comerford. He then took over the reins when the job became available last year. Keane managed Roscommon in the Christy Ring Cup in 2020 and 2021 as well as this year’s National League campaign. A statement from Roscommon GAA read: “The past two years were extremely difficult due to Covid-19 and only having a few weeks to prepare for competitions. A lot of work that was carried out had to be executed via Zoom calls. “In 2021, Roscommon were relegated in both the league and championship but in several games the margin of defeat was only by a point or two. Sadly, narrow defeats do not earn you any points. “The Roscommon hurling committee and Roscommon GAA would like to thank Johnny, his backroom team and players for all their effort and time. “Once again thanks to Johnny, his wife and very young family for the sacrifices made over the past four years for the cause of Roscommon hurling and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours”.

Camogie championship throw-in! Athleague will be aiming to retain their crown as the Roscommon Senior Camogie Championship throws in this weekend. The 2020 champions couldn’t have asked for a tougher assignment on opening weekend as they face Knockcroghery club St. Dominic’s in what is a repeat of last year’s final. Dominic’s, who made history in winning the 2019 title, have experienced manager John Benton in charge this year and will be hoping to regain the championship they lost in Ballyforan

Seamus Duke’s Weekend Previews Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Relegation play-off: Western Gaels v Elphin on Sunday in Dr. Hyde Park at 1 pm Not many people would have predicted that Western Gaels would be in a relegation scrap and they will certainly have to improve on their recent performances if they are to come through this test. Elphin led for most of the way against Boyle last weekend before conceding a late goal. Fergal O’Donnell’s side, however, look the better bet here but there won’t be much in it. The experience of Finbar and Cathal Cregg, Ciaran Cafferky, Seanie McDermott and Kevin Higgins should swing it in the Gaels’ favour. Prediction: Western Gaels

Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Quarter-Final play-off: Pádraig Pearses v Tulsk on Sunday in Dr. Hyde Park at 3.30 pm It’s a surprise to see Pearses needing to win a play-off game to advance but the 2019 senior champions have been slightly off colour so far in this championship. Tulsk on the other had will have been very happy to have secured their place in the senior ranks next year with that win against St. Croan’s. With Padraig Scott, Thomas and Tadgh O’Rourke and Callum Fahey on board they will feel they have a chance. However, the likes of the Dalys, Davy Murray, Hubert Darcy and Paul should see Pearses through. Prediction: Pádraig Pearses

Mulryan Construction IFC In the quarter-final play-off, Éire Óg look to have the edge against St. Aidan’s. Conor Cox is back playing well and he scored 1-9 last weekend against Kilmore and could be the difference between the sides on Saturday evening at Dr. Hyde Park (5 pm). In the relegation play-off, which takes place in Strokestown at 7 pm this Saturday, Kilmore should have enough to account for Ballinameen, who have struggled thus far.

Kepak SHC quarter-finals Oran v Athleague on Sunday in Athleague at 1 pm There won’t be much in this clash as both have mixed the good with the bad in the championship so far. Athleague have been missing some key players through injury. If they can get them back on the field they should be good enough to win. Prediction: Athleague

last September. Elsewhere, former county kingpins and 2020 B champions Four Roads will be hoping normal service resumes at the top of the county camogie tree. They face Padraig Dooley’s Pádraig Pearses this Saturday. Pearses enjoyed back-to-back junior success in 2017 and 2018 and were Senior ‘B’ runners-up last time out. Fixtures (all games on Saturday at 5.30 pm): Four Roads v Pádraig Pearses; Athleague v St. Dominic’s.


Tremane v St. Dominic’s on Sunday in Athleague at 4.30 pm

Athleague will be aiming to retain their crown as the Roscommon Senior Camogie Championship throws in this weekend.

An intriguing clash here as both sides will fancy their chances of a place in the last four. Dominic’s are an improving side, even if that improvement is happening at a slow pace. With Naos Connaughton and Mickey Joe Egan in attack Dominic’s may fancy their chances but it will be tight and Tremane get the nod here. Prediction: Tremane

Seamus Duke’s Championship Watch I watched last Saturday’s All-Ireland final in full again on Sunday morning and you can analyse what happened until the cows come home, but the bottom line is that Mayo missed four gilt-edged goal chances during the course of the game (including a penalty) and if you do that in any game, an All-Ireland final in particular, you will not be successful. At the other end of the pitch, Tyrone had three clear goal chances and they

took two of them and that’s why Sam Maguire is heading north for the winter. All the talk about curses, the style of play, poor decision making and inferior tactics means nothing. At the end of the day and as poorly as Mayo played, they created enough chances to win this All-Ireland final and they couldn’t take them. I have no doubt that Mayo will shake themselves down and will be back

again because that’s what Mayo do. But whether they will get back to an AllIreland final again next year is another debate. The 2022 Championship is certain to have a much-changed format and will surely give teams a second, and maybe even a third chance. Dublin will be back after a disastrous year for them and Kerry will almost certainly be gunning for the title under a new manager. The

confidence that will be running through Tyrone football after their All-Ireland victory last weekend will make them very dangerous opponents over the next few years too. Here in Roscommon the performances of our U-20 team have given us all hope and some of those talented young players should be introduced into the senior set-up gradually. We need some young blood. Operating in Division Two of the

National Football League may well give the management some breathing space and a chance to try out new players. But 2021 has been Tyrone’s year. Who would have thought that just a few months ago when they were beaten out the gate by Kerry in the National League? It shows what can be done. They may not be the most popular team in Gaelic football but they thoroughly deserve their title.


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Bolger says ‘future’s bright’ after All-Ireland camogie win < DAN DOONER

Roscommon manager, David Bolger, says the future for camogie in the county is bright following Roscommon’s All-Ireland Minor B Shield final success last Saturday. Roscommon defeated Meath by 2-9 to 1-7 in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park (Longford). Bolger was understandably very pleased with his team’s performance in what was a physical encounter against a tough Meath side. “I’m absolutely delighted. Meath beat us by four points in August in what was our first competitive game this year. Both teams were missing players that day but we knew we could’ve maybe played a little bit better,” the Kilkenny native said. “We were probably considered underdogs going into last Saturday’s final but we weren’t

overly concerned about that. I have known these girls for a number of years and I’d never really feel we were underdogs going into any game. These girls would even be competitive at the next level up. “We told them that on All-Ireland final day you have to stand up to the challenge and meet it head on and they did that last Saturday”. The Roscommon manager said that despite Meath’s larger population and therefore wider pick of players, his backroom team was confident of a big performance on the day. “We talked about it in the lead-up to the game that if everyone did their part we would be okay and thankfully that’s what happened. “Getting them all together for training was quite difficult this year because they have parttime jobs and club camogie and football. Some also represent Roscommon in minor football. The week leading up to the semi-final was prob-

ably the first time we got them all together,” he said. The core of this minor team won the U-16 AllIreland ‘C’ title in 2019 and David says the interest and passion for the game hasn’t waned since. “That core is definitely still there, I think we had about two-thirds of the team that started that U-16 final. But it’s not just the starting team; it’s the whole panel. We had our weekly management meetings and it was always very difficult to pick the team,” he added. The Four Roads clubman says the standard of underage camogie in Roscommon is improving all the time. “The game is in a good place at minor and U-16 level. The U-16s were barely beaten in their AllIreland final recently (by Westmeath). We were also at the U-14 county finals on Tuesday night and that standard is coming up all the time. “Over the next few years I can’t see any reason

Roscommon players pictured celebrating their win in the All-Ireland Minor B Camogie Shield Final at Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday. Pic: INPHO/John McVitty

Roscommon’s Anna Campbell pictured with Meath’s Emma Byrne during the All-Ireland Minor B Camogie Shield Final in Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday. Pic: INPHO/John McVitty

why a good core of these girls can’t take the next step with a bit of mentoring and training with more senior players. A few of them are already


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Shor t putts (News from local golf clubs)


Sean McGrath topped the leaderboard in the Men’s 18-hole Stableford last weekend with 40 points while P. Burke won the AWGS on September 9th with 30. Catherine Lenehan was victorious in the Primrose Cotton Memorial recently with 44 points and Mary McHale (18) won the 9-hole competition. The 97 Club 12-hole went to Eleanor Larkin with 26 points.


The victorious Roscommon team pictured following their All-Ireland Minor B Camogie Shield Final win at Pearse Park on Saturday. Pic: INPHO/John McVitty

playing at senior level for their clubs. They are good players and they are only getting better,” he said. As the senior footballers of Tyrone and Mayo were preparing to do battle in Croke Park, Roscommon and Meath went head-to-head in Longford, with a big prize on offer. It was a Super Saturday, with a fired up Roscommon showing grit, determination and skill to get over the winning line. The Knockcroghery-based St. Dominic’s club has a great camogie tradition and it was two of their players who provided the vital first-half goals which gave Roscommon an early initiative. Those goals from Ciara Kilcommins and Anna Campbell had Roscommon 2-4 to 0-4 in front at half-time, with victory already in sight. Meath closed the gap to two points when Robyn Dunne goaled in the second half. Roscommon held their nerve, adding vital scores which kept the Leinster side at bay. Roscommon team and scorers: E Cafferkey; C Carr, A Campbell, T Kelly; M Lohan, O Connolly, S Treacy; L Mahon, E O’Farrell (0-1); N Fitzgerald (0-2), S Mannion, A Campbell (1-1); S Finneran (0-1, a free), C Kilcommins (1-3), C McNeill (0-1). No subs used.

Well done to Lewis Shaw’s Connacht Shield team who had a great win over Sligo (Rosses Point) on Monday, September 6th. Brendan Gaffney is putting together a team to play in the Connacht 9-hole competition. Boyle will play the winners of Strokestown v Ballinamore in the next two weeks. The Boyle Ladies will compete in this year’s Roscommon Cup on Saturday, October 2nd at Athlone Golf Club. Closer to home, John McGuinn won the Men’s competition on Sunday, September 5th with 42 points with Padraic O’Connell (42) in second, Shane O’Dowd (40) third, and Terry Canning taking the gross prize.


The annual fundraising Club Classic takes place this weekend with teams of three costing €75. Book online via BRS, www.castlereagolfclub.ie or call 087-1278066. Well done to Kay O’Loughlin who won the Kelly Henry Medical competition recently. Mary Kenny was runner-up. Padraic Casey was best of the men with Jimmy Joyce in second place. Cat 1: Patrick O’Connor, Cat 2: Des Glynn, Cat 3: Michael McGovern. Meanwhile, the club was bursting with pride as honorary member Leona Maguire made Irish golfing history as part of the European team which clinched Solheim Cup glory recently. Well done Leona!

Carrick Roscommon’s Anna Campbell pictured scoring a point in the All-Ireland Minor B Camogie Shield Final in Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday. Pic: INPHO/John McVitty

Shamzuri Hanifa still leads the Golfer of the Year standings with 47 points while Emmett Herbert (108) tops the Rookie leaderboard. Carrick’s Jimmy Bruen team was narrowly beaten 3-2 by Tramore in the All-Ireland quarterfinals recently. A great effort all round by Captain Fiachra and his panel. The Lynch Cup semi-finals line-up is as follows: Noel McDermott v Michael Gallagher and Eoin Gibney v Niall Keaney.


Roscommon’s Mairead Lohan and Ciara Carr pictured celebrating their win in Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday. Pic: INPHO/John McVitty

Roscommon players pictured celebrating their win in the All-Ireland Minor B Camogie Shield Final at Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday. Pic: INPHO/John McVitty

There was heartbreak for the Ladies’ Senior Foursomes as they narrowly missed out on an All-Ireland final appearance in the AIG Cups and Shields at Shandon Park last Saturday. After securing a semi-final place with a win over Tipperary, the Ladies were beaten by Limerick on the 19th hole. Team captains Kate Walshe and Kay Ruane panel members Orla Quinn, Olivia Costello, Paula Quinn, Rosemary O’Brien, Annie Timothy, and Sinead Benedetti served the club with distinction throughout this competition. This Friday (17th), the club welcomes members and visitors for the Ladies Gala Day which is sponsored by McNulty’s Furniture. Meanwhile, the recent Ladies’ 18-hole Stableford was won by Sandra Crean with 39 points while the 9-hole was won by Mary Joe Riordan with 21. The Men’s 18-hole Stableford went to Conor Mullally with 46 points. Congratulations to Kevin Kenny who had a hole-in-one on the 6th during the club’s Open Day on Wednesday last. The semi-final of John Cunningham’s President’s Prize takes place today (Thursday) with the final being played on Saturday.


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Horses for Courses Today, Thursday, racing in Ireland is on at Naas first race at 1.25 pm. Tomorrow, national hunt racing is at Downpatrick away at 1.25 pm and on the allweather in Dundalk stall for the first opening at 4.40 pm. On Saturday, again there are two meetings, over the sticks at Gowran Park at 1.35 pm and on the level at Navan off at 1.15 pm. Sunday sees the start of Listowel’s seven-day autumn festival with a full national hunt card at 1.30 pm. Monday features jump racing again at 1.40 pm with a flat card on Tuesday. The Grade A Kerry National is the centrepiece of Wednesday’s card. There are no mixed racing cards on any day of the festival. There is also a flat card at Fairyhouse on Monday first race at 2.55 pm.

Review of the Week Last




Champions Weekend saw just four go to post for the Champion Stakes but what a race they provided. Joseph O’Brien’s Patrick Sarsfield under Declan McDonagh led them into the straight where the other three swept past him and at the distance all looked to have a chance. Ballydoyle’s St. Mark’s Basilica prevailing from Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa and Jim Bolger’s Poetic Flare by ¾l and a short head. Ryan Moore rode the winner, Colin Keane the runner-up and Kevin Manning the third. The winner hung right and carried Tarnawa across the track and was, in our opinion and that of many others, lucky to keep the race. The other Group 1 on the card, The Matron Stakes, went to Jessica Harrington’s No Speak Alexander at 25/1 with Shane Foley who beat Pearls Galore and the favourite Mother

Earth by a neck and 1¼l. Colin Keane and Shane Foley each rode trebles for their retaining stables on Saturday, a remarkable feat on such a competitive card. In Doncaster in the final British Classic, the St. Leger was won by Hurricane Lane who proved the backers right winning at odds-on favourite from Mojo Star and The Mediterranean with Interpretation fourth. Charlie Appleby trained the winner, Richard Hannon the runnerup and Aidan O’Brien the third and fourth. Johnny Murtagh’s Ottoman Emperor finished a disappointing last of ten. On Sunday in the Curragh, the first of four Group 1 races stayed at home when Eddie Lynam’s Romantic Proposal, with Chris Hayes in the saddle, and Ado McGuinness’s A Case Of You caught Kevin Ryan’s English raider Glass Slippers in

St. Mark’s Basilica and Ryan Moore win from Tarnawa in green and Poetic Flare in white.

Soccer results RDFL Premier Division St. John’s Athletic 3 Boyle Celtic 3 RDFL Division One Shiven Rovers 4 Glen Celtic 2 Ballinasloe Town B 3 Dunmore Town 0 Roscommon United 3 Skyvalley Rovers 1 Ballinagare Manor United 2 Dysart FC 3 RDFL Division Two Moore United B 2 Skyvalley Rovers B 4 Rahara Rovers v Roscommon United B, postponed. St. John’s Athletic B 2 Boyle Celtic B 4 Cam Celtic 2 Ballymoe FC B 1

Fixtures Friday, September 17th RDFL Premier Division (8 pm) Kilkerrin United v Moore United Cloonfad United v Moylough ‘79 RDFL Division Two Skyvalley Rovers B v St. Cuan’s Ahascragh United. 8 pm

Saturday, September 18th RDFL Masters Shield Final (7.30 pm) Colemanstown United v Skyvalley Rovers/Castlerea Celtic

Sunday, September 19th RDFL Premier Division (11 am) St. John’s Athletic v Ballymoe FC Ballaghaderreen FC v Castlerea Celtic RDFL Division One (11 am) Glen Celtic v Roscommon United Dunmore Town v Ballinagare Manor United Dysart FC v Shiven Rovers CP Ajax v Ballinasloe Town B RDFL Division Two Roscommon United B v Ballaghaderreen FC B. 2 pm

the last 100 yards. In the 2-Y-O Matron Stakes, Shane Foley was on the mark again with Jessica Harrington’s Discoveries who caught the battling Joseph O’Brien trained Agartha and Declan McDonagh, Gavin Cromwell’s Sunset Shiraz was third under Gary Carroll and the winning distances were ¾l and 2l. The Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, again for 2-Y-Os, went for export to Charlie Appleby’s Native Trail ridden by William Buick by 3 ½ l from Ballydoyle’s Point Lonsdale and Ryan Moore with the third place going to the Hugo Palmer Newmarket trained Ebro River another ½l back. The final Group 1 race, the Irish St. Leger, provided Johnny Murtagh and Ben Coen with a Classic win as Sonnyboyliston beat the Joseph O’Brien trained pair Twilight Payment ridden by Declan McDonagh and Baron Samedi with Dylan Browne McMonagle aboard by ¾l and 1½l. Murtagh has indicated that the winner will not travel to the southern hemisphere for the Melbourne Cup. In Paris on Sunday, Ballydoyle’s Snowfall, 1/5, with Dettori on board was beaten by Roger Varian’s Teona ridden by Olivier Peslier in the Group One Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp. Teona had finished tenth behind Snowfall in the Epsom Oaks. O’Brien’s La Joconde finished third and the distances were 1½l and ½l. Aidan O’Brien only trained one winner from 22 runners across the weekend. On Saturday, ITV4 cover four races from Newbury, including

by Tom Red

Gordon Elliott speaks to jockey Declan McDonogh at Punchestown on Tuesday.

the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes, and five from Ayr.

Racing News Gordon Elliott returned to the track at Punchestown last Tuesday when his Oh Purple Reign finished a disappointing tenth of 12 runners. He had four runners in Sligo yesterday (Wednesday). He had his first winner since his return when Fancy Fountain gained a hardearned victory in the four-runner Templehouse Lake chase at evens favourite. Winning jockey Denis O’Regan picked up a spare ride after Bryan Cooper was injured in a fall earlier. John Ryan, who trains in Templemore Co. Tipperary, had a four-timer in Sligo winning the first three races with three different riders. Ryan was successful with gambled on Kitty Galore with Sean O’Keeffe was in the saddle in

the first, Philip Donovan on Rippon Lodge in the second and Bryan Cooper on Grange Walk in the third. Then in the last Ryan’s Fr Jed was a very lucky winner when the leader Makeyourcall, looking all over a winner, fell at the last, hampering the runner-up. Ryan is now on his 29th winner of the season, easily his best ever. Jockey Sean O’Keeffe completed a treble having ridden the Tom Gibney trained, Galileo-sired Bold Emperor to a first win. On Friday, Davy Russell will finally return from injury at Downpatrick where he will ride The Greek in the Bill McIlroy Bookmaker Maiden Hurdle and The Abbey in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase, both for Gordon Elliott. He has been out of action since a fall from Doctor Duffy at the first fence of the Munster National at Limerick last October.

Reeside AC takes silver in national finals! Newly established local athletics club, Reeside AC, recently celebrated winning its first national medal in the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Championships. 13-year-old Eamonn Coyle from Knockcroghery ran a brilliant race to take the silver medal in the final of the Boys’ U-15 1500m. Eamonn, who

Creggs RFC Report

had recently joined the Knockcroghery/Lecarrow based club, was thrilled with his achievement. Although relatively new to track-running, the young athlete had shown great promise in the Connacht Championships when he smashed the Boys U-15 Connacht record for the 1500m in a personal best time

of 4:34.39. He then went on to take a further nine seconds off his time when he ran in the All-Irelands two weeks later, finishing in second place in a time of 4:25.24. Chairperson, Laura Clyne, said recently that she was thrilled for Eamonn and delighted for the club. In its first year of competition, the club won a

total of six Connacht medals and one All-Ireland medal. In the Connacht Championships, Sibeal Ni Mhainin and Aoibheann O’Sullivan came third in in the U-9 Turbo Javelin team event, while Emily Clyne took gold in the U-12 60m Hurdles and Colm Fitzgerald secured a bronze medal in the U-13 Boys’ 60m Hurdles.


Creggs set for local derbies!

Youth Rugby

Both Creggs First and Development teams have away fixtures against neighbouring sides this coming week. The Firsts play local rivals, Buccaneers, away from home in the fourth round of the Cawley Cup on Thursday evening at 8 pm. The team will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in this competition which goes back almost four years. The Development side play Carrick-onShannon in round one of the Curley Cup this Sunday (19th) at 2.30 pm in Carrick. Training continues for all First, 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.

Creggs U-15 Boys play Loughrea this Friday in the Connacht League, with an evening kick-off at 7.30 pm in Creggs. The U-14s take on Ballina at 11 am away from home this Sunday in the league while the U-18.5s are also in action in Ballina at 12 pm. Creggs U-16 Girls play Galwegians at home on Sunday at 4 pm in the Connacht League. Youth team training continues throughout the week and new players are always welcome. The U-14 Girls train on Mondays at 7 pm while the U-16 and U-18 Girls train at 8 pm. Meanwhile, the Boys U-13s train on Satur-

day at 11 am, and the U-14s train at 12 pm. U-15s’ training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm and the U-16s and U-17s train on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm. Training for the U-18.5s continues every Thursday night at 7.30 pm in Creggs. Keep an eye on the Creggs Facebook page or contact Dave Purcell on 087-7000547 for more information.

Mini Rugby MINI Rugby Returns on Saturday week (September 25th) at 10 am. All age groups (boys and girls) from U-7s up to U-12s will be welcomed back. Beginners and boys and girls new to Mini Rugby at all age levels are always very welcome.


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Gaels’ goals decisive against Glavey’s THE PEOPLE’S MATCH CHOICE

Roscommon GAA Chairperson Brian Carroll

100% of funds raised in new GAA draw ‘back to clubs’

Roscommon GAA is delighted to launch an exciting draw to raise funds for all clubs in the county. In an innovative initiative, Roscommon GAA are providing a car and cash prizes, as well as the technology and marketing so that clubs can raise much-needed funds. 100% of funds raised will go the clubs in question. There is a range of super prizes on offer. First prize is a choice between a Toyota Yaris or a Volkswagen Polo, the second prize is €2,000, the third prize is €1,000, and the fourth prize is a €300 voucher for Red Mills. Tickets cost just €10 each, also available in bundles of three for €20 or eight for €50. Tickets can be purchased online at clubrossie.ie, and a limited number of hard copy tickets will be made available to clubs. When a person purchases online, they select their preferred club, and that club will receive the money paid for those tickets. Roscommon GAA are covering the cost of all the prizes, as well as all costs involved with the production of hard copy tickets. Roscommon GAA Chairperson Brian Carroll said: “Roscommon GAA are delighted to give all our clubs a mighty opportunity to raise much-needed funds by making these great prizes available for the draw. I would encourage all our clubs to promote this draw as much as possible within your communities and also reach out to the many people living outside our county with strong links to all our clubs. This is a great opportunity to raise significant finance. “Our clubs have all had an extremely difficult time over the last eighteen months. Clubs in Roscommon have been unbelievably supportive to Roscommon GAA in our fundraising initiatives. This is a way of giving back”, concluded Brian.

Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC (Group B) Roscommon Gaels 3-4 Michael Glavey’s 1-8


Roscommon Gaels produced a very solid team performance to deny Michael Glavey’s in this poor quality tie played in perfect weather conditions at Lisnamult last Sunday. Glavey’s arrived on the back of a highscoring win against Boyle in the previous round but they never really got going against a Gaels team who fought doggedly all through and denied their opponents time and space on the ball. In the final analysis, the three goals that the Gaels scored proved crucial. However, it must be said that this was poor football. There was only one point scored (a free from the Gaels’ Mark Purcell) in the opening 18 minutes. Then, after the first water break, the Gaels forged further ahead when Mark Healy and Orin Walsh exchanged passes and Brian

Kelly finished the move to the Glavey’s net. It took Glavey’s a full 27 minutes to get their first score, a free from the boot of Cathal Heneghan. Two minutes later Heneghan combined with his brother Darragh to set up a well-worked goal. The Roscommon town team answered that score almost immediately when William O’Doherty released Mark Healy to score his side’s second goal, in first-half injury-time. There was still time for the teams to exchange points from Eugene Stritch and Richard Hughes. At half-time it was Roscommon Gaels 2-3 Michael Glavey’s 1-2. Cathal Heneghan reduced the margin with a point inside the first minute of the second half, but less than 60 seconds later the Gaels had another goal on the scoreboard. John McManus, who was the Gaels’ best player on the day, shot for a point, but his effort dropped short and Sean Burke stepped back over the line with the ball in his possession. In the nature of such a very tight game a six-point lead was always going to be hard to bridge – and so it proved. In fact, Roscommon Gaels managed just one more score in the remainder, but by then they had done enough. Dylan Ruane pointed a 30-metre free in

Roscommon Gaels manager Decie Hoare will be delighted with three goals, a win... and a favourable draw outcome! Photo: Mick McCormack

the 37th minute to narrow the gap and a minute later the Gaels were down to 14 men when referee Paul Daly issued a red card to Mark Purcell after an off the ball incident. Ruane converted another free,

Cathal Heneghan (file pic) scored two points for Michael Glavey’s. Photo: Michelle Hughes Walsh

and by the 40th minute the margin was down to four (3-3 to 1-5). There followed 13 minutes without a score as the Gaels dug in and Glavey’s were wide with a number of good chances. Ruane pointed again in the 53rd minute to narrow the gap to three but then Orin Walsh lifted the siege in a rare Gaels attack with a point on 55 minutes. The exchanges became feisty as Glavey’s searched for the scores they needed but the Gaels were resolute. Glavey’s managed just two converted frees from Stephen Comer deep in injury-time as the home side survived. The outcome of the two games in the group meant that Boyle finished top with Glavey’s second. The Gaels are now into a quarter-final after they were the biggest beneficiaries of the draw involving the third-placed teams. But both sides know that to progress in this championship they will have to do a lot better than on this occasion. Roscommon Gaels: D. McCormack; Joseph O’Malley, Danny Mahon, Ryan Horan; John McManus (1-0), David O’Gara, Richard Hughes (0-1); Cathal Dineen, Mark Purcell (0-2, 1 free); Orin Walsh (0-1), Brian Kelly (1-0), James O’Gara; William O’Doherty, Mark Healy (1-0), Brian O’Malley. Subs: Ollie Hannon for Healy (54), Paul Gleeson for J O’Malley (55), Ronan Gleeson for B O’Malley (59), Richard Walsh for D O’Gara (64). Michael Glavey’s: Sean Burke; Liam Cregg, Shane O’Malley, Neil Morris; James Brennan, Conor Hussey, Shane Fagan; Eugene Stritch (0-1), Tom Murphy; Stuart Daly, Caoileann Fitzmaurice, Darragh Heneghan (1-0); David Frayne, Cathal Heneghan (0-2, 1 free), Dylan Ruane (0-3, 2 frees). Subs: Tiernan Murphy for Frayne (h/t), Stephen Comer (02, 2 frees) for Fagan (40), Dylan Coleman for Murphy (50). Referee: Paul Daly. Man of the Match: John McManus (Roscommon Gaels)


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SportsPeople HOW IT’S GOING… SFC (Group A) Clann na nGael 1-10 Western Gaels 1-10 Pádraig Pearses 0-11 Strokestown 0-11 SFC (Group B) Roscommon Gaels 3-4 Michael Glavey’s 1-8 Boyle 1-13 Elphin 2-7 SFC (Group C) Oran 1-14 Tulsk Lord Edwards 1-8 St Brigid’s 1-18 St Croan’s 0-6 IFC (Group A) Fuerty 3-10 Shannon Gaels 1-10 Castlerea St Kevin’s 1-10 Creggs 0-9 IFC (Group B) Ballinameen 2-11 Clann na nGael 1-14 Kilbride 2-11 St Aidan’s 2-11 IFC (Group C) St Faithleach’s 0-15 St Dominic’s 1-12 Éire Óg 2-16 Kilmore 1-13 JFC (Group A) St Brigid’s 5-16 St Ronan’s 0-10 St Michael’s 3-9 Boyle 0-10 JFC (Group B) Kilglass Gaels 0-13 Roscommon Gaels 1-9 St Barry’s 1-9 Western Gaels 0-12 JFC (Group C) St Joseph’s 1-12 St Dominic’s 1-11

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Strokestown strike late to reach the last eight! Sean Mullooly...prominent again for Strokestown. Photo: Mick McCormack

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Strokestown 0-11 Pádraig Pearses 0-11


14-man Strokestown kicked two injury-time points to ensure their place in the quarter-finals on score difference following this very competitive round three clash played in perfect weather conditions in Kiltoom on Friday night. Fionn Cusack received a black card in the 53rd minute and that, added to an earlier yellow, ensured that the ‘Black and Amber’ were down a man for the final stages of the game. However, they kept their composure and

late frees converted by Kevin Finn and Diarmuid McGann saw them earn a share of the spoils. It means that 2019 champions Padraig Pearses must now await the outcome of a play-off draw to see who reaches the last eight. Pearses blitzed Strokestown from the throw-in and had three points on the board within two minutes through Paul Carey (2) and Niall Daly. Strokestown settled into the game after that and, prompted by the excellent Paddy Brogan, they got back into contention. Cathal Compton was a very effective target man and Diarmuid McGann and Sean Mullooly were also prominent as ‘The Town’ improved. By the 11th minute they led 0-4 to 0-3 and by the first water break they were 0-6 to 0-4 in front. John Rogers’ men were guilty of three or four bad misses in the second quarter and it meant

Niall Daly...scored a point for Pearses and lined out in midfield. Photo: Michelle Hughes Walsh

THE PEOPLE’S FEATURED MATCH that Pearses were able to stay in the game and make their experience count, despite limited possession. At half-time Strokestown were ahead by the minimum margin, 0-7 to 0-6. Rúaidhrí Molloy opened the second-half scoring for Strokestown, but Paul Carey and Hubert Darcy pointed for a much-improved Pearses to level the game by the 41st minute. Pearses’ improvement coincided with the introduction of a number of impressive subs by Pat Flanagan and his selectors. Pearses seemed to have the initiative when Carey pointed, Cusack saw red and then Davy

Murray grabbed a very good individual point. There were two points in it heading into time added on. In fairness to Strokestown, they stuck to their guns and Finn narrowed the gap from 25 metres in the 61st minute and then McGann fired over the equaliser in the 64th minute. It was no more then they deserved on the evening. Strokestown: John McHugh; David Neary, Conor Kelly, Cathal Brogan; Michael Fallon (0-2, 2 ‘45s), Keith Murphy, Ciaran Regan; Cathal Compton (0-1), Paddy Brogan; Diarmuid McGann (0-4, 1 free), Sean Mullooly, Fionn Cusack; Rúaidhrí

Molloy (0-3, 2 marks), Kevin Finn (0-1, free), Luke Kelly. Sub: Colin Compton for Kelly (48). Pádraig Pearses: David Donnellan; Anthony Butler, Gavin Downey, Mark Richardson; Shane Carty, Ronan Daly, Davy Murray (0-1); Niall Daly (0-1), Caelim Keogh; Lorcan Daly, Niall Carty, Conor Payne; Emmet Kelly (0-2), Hubert Darcy (0-3, 3 frees), Paul Carey (0-4). Subs: Jack Tumulty for Kelly (42), Aaron Fehily for Payne (50), Eoin Colleran for Carey (54), Daniel Farrell for S Carty (59), Jack Downey for G Downey (61). Referee: Paddy Neilan. Man of the Match: Paddy Brogan (Strokestown) Note: It was good to see Paddy Neilan back refereeing a senior championship game for the first time in two years after his injury. We wish him well.

Friday, September 17th Junior B Football Championship (Group B) At Johnstown: Clann na nGael v Michael Glavey’s. 8 pm Junior B Football Championship (Group C) At Lisnamult: Roscommon Gaels v St. Faithleach’s. 8 pm At Kiltoom: St. Brigid’s v St Michael’s. 8 pm Saturday, September 18th Junior B Football Championship (Group B) At Rockfield: Oran v Castlerea St. Kevin’s. 6 pm Sunday, September 19th Hodson Bay Hotel Senior Football Championship Relegation Play-off At Dr. Hyde Park: Western Gaels v Elphin. 1 pm Hodson Bay Hotel Senior Football Championship At Dr. Hyde Park: Tulsk Lord Edwards v Pádraig Pearses. 3.30 pm Senior Hurling Championship At Athleague: Athleague v Oran. 1 pm At Athleague: St. Dominic’s v Tremane. 4.30 pm

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PUNDIT... Go on then… Huh? Give me a learned quote. A passage from a play. Something profound… Hey, I’m a GAA pundit…what’s wrong with you? Go on, give me something deep and profound, either to sum up the enormity of Tyrone’s achievement or the anguish of Mayo… Well, at the end of the day, goals win games and… No, not that kind of stuff! If you’re a proper GAA pundit, give me something special, something that sums up sport as art, something… What’s up with you today? Didn’t you hear Pat Spillane, King Pundit…did you not hear his words of eloquence? That’s the cultural level you need to reach! What, ‘Mr Puke Football’? Charming... Oh he’s apologised for that comment! And it was a long time ago! No, on Saturday, after the match, when he was paying tribute to Mayo, Pat quoted Beckett. Rob Beckett, the comedian? Okay, I can match that. So Tommy Cooper once said… No, not ROB Beckett! Samuel Beckett! Spillane quoted Sam Beckett! ‘Try again, fail again. Fail better. I can’t go on, I will go on’. Words to that effect… Oh, that! Fair enough, but I prefer to concentrate on the football… And your latest wise-after-the-event verdict is? Not wise after the event, just wise! I told you last week that Tyrone would win if they curbed Mayo’s goal threat and took their chances… Yeah, yeah, yeah, you sat on the fence! Well, fact is, you have to take your chances, and Mayo missed good goal opportunities. Mmnn…I’m still not hearing any great literary quote from you to sum it all up… I have too many to choose from! People knock Spillane, but he was very empathetic to our Mayo friends, and cultured too…you, on the other hand, are a fraud! I’m sympathetic to Mayo too. The best team won on Saturday, but Mayo will be back. As for Spillane, don’t talk to me about him! Why? Only that fella could try to console Mayo fans by quoting…a famous SAM!

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A third win from three for Oran, confirmation that St. Brigid’s are back in business, and confidenceboosting wins for Boyle and Roscommon Gaels were highlights of a busy schedule of matches last weekend. Seven teams have now made it into the quarter-finals. Boyle, Clann na nGael, Michael Glavey’s, Oran, Roscommon Gaels, St. Brigid’s and Strokestown will be joined by either Padraig Pearses or Tulsk (who meet in a play-off this weekend). Oran’s remarkable campaign continued – in now familiar fashion – with another decisive win, this time at the expense of Tulsk (1-14 to 1-8). It’s three from three for the newly-promoted Oran – and they’ll have no intention of ending the fairytale yet. St. Brigid’s, shocked by Oran in round 1, have recovered from that significant wobble and are now strong contenders with a real chance of retaining the title. They were impressive when easily accounting for a deflated St. Croan’s. Boyle also advanced but it wasn’t too convincing. Daire Cregg’s late goal ended Elphin’s stubborn resistance, Boyle winning by three (1-13 to 2-7). Still, Boyle are in a good place. Roscommon Gaels staggered into

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the quarter-finals in unconventional style – well, an unconventional scoreline at least – as they defeated Michael Glavey’s, 3-4 to 1-8 and then hit the jackpot in the draw. It doesn’t amount to title-challenging form, but manager Decie Hoare will be encouraged by this win and intent on the Gaels reaching a new level the next day. Strokestown and Clann are also through, with the remaining last eight spot up for grabs this weekend, when attention turns to vital play-offs. In the SFC, Tulsk and Padraig Pearses meet on Sunday at Dr. Hyde Park, neither team having particularly impressed so far. A quarter-final place is up for grabs, with Pearses the strong favourites and Tulsk likely to relish underdogs’ status. That match will be preceded by an SFC relegation play-off (1 pm) at the same venue, with Western Gaels and Elphin meeting. The losers will play St. Croan’s. In the IFC draw, Creggs have been given a place in the quarter-final. Éire Óg and St. Aidan’s meet at Hyde Park on Saturday to see who joins them. The IFC relegation play-off between Kilmore and Ballinameen takes place in Strokestown, also on Saturday. The losers of that tie will play Shannon Gaels.

Action from Castlerea St Kevin’s v Creggs in the IFC last weekend. Photo: Bernie O’Farrell

3 STARS...OF WEEKEND H James Fitzpatrick, contributed 1-3 for on-song Oran against Tulsk

H Ben O’Carroll, highly promising young Brigid’s star, scored 0-8 for the champions

H Daire Cregg…scored a vital 1-1 as Boyle edged a derby with Elphin

SOCIAL shorts... Keane-oh, Keane-oh: Usually it’s Roy Keane who’s trending – maybe after he’s arched an eyebrow, scowled or made a quip – but on Monday night, it was Peter Keane who was in the spotlight. The Kerry football manager (holder of that role up to recently at least) isn’t too happy in the spotlight either. On Monday evening, the Kerry County Board issued a very brief statement announcing that a subcommittee has been appointed to begin the process of appointing Kerry’s ‘next manager’. This is ominous for Keane. Conor McKenna tweeted: ‘Very disrespectful to Peter Keane considering the service he’s given Kerry football’. Ciara Quill got to the heart of the matter, effective-

ly wondering why Kerry County Board was going public on a management appointment process when they already have a manager in situ. ‘Eh, did I miss something? Has there been an official announcement that I wasn’t aware of stating that the current #Kerry manager Peter Keane had quit or was let go? Has he gone? The plot thickens. This statement by Kerry County Board is bizarre to say the least’. Richie Brown was also sympathetic towards the man in possession...who now looks like he’s suddenly out of possession. He tweeted: ‘So Kerry’s Peter Keane wasn’t sacked by the County Board, they just let his contract expire. Now they’ve set up a committee to determine the next senior manager. If PK wants the job again he has to reapply! Bit

sneaky by the CB all the same’. Former Meath star Bernard Flynn wasn’t impressed either, tweeting that this was ‘a very poor way to treat Peter Keane’. Loving Lee: The new trend (at least we think it’s a new trend) of touching ‘aah’ moments being captured on camera at the end of big games continues. There have been images of emotional embraces between players and family members. There was that lovely shot of Meath legend Sean Boylan, tears in his eyes, congratulating the brilliant Vikki Wall after that county’s All-Ireland ladies’ win. Meanwhile, babies have been ‘invading’ the Croke Park pitch at the final whistle, all (happily) in the embrace of their sporting dads. There were several nice moments/images at the end of Saturday’s All-Ireland football final, in which our neighbours Mayo once again saw their bid for the ultimate prize come up short. There was huge admiration for the performance of Lee Keegan, one of Mayo’s greatest warriors. This photograph of Lee having a relaxed/ philosphical chat with a Tyrone opponent on the hallowed turf – baby included – was particularly poignant, a real ‘aah’ moment/photo! On Twitter, Maureen Catterson retweeted the photograph, adding a simple comment: ‘That’s sport’. Broadcast blues: Tweeter Seán MacBrádaigh’s enjoyment of Tyrone’s win was hampered by... RTE. Here’s what he had to say: ‘Tyrone win the All Ireland Final and @thisweekrte open their coverage of this fantastic victory by…you’ve guessed it – interviewing Mayo supporters and former Mayo players about why they lost! What is wrong with RTÉ?’ (Answers on a postcard, or even by social media). -PH


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