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Disunity between Fianna Fáil’s 2020 General Election candidates manifested itself in public this week with Cllr. Orla Leyden launching a fierce broadside against her party colleague, Senator Eugene Murphy. Roscommon-Galway Constituency Cllr. Leyden says she had to “set the record straight” after Senator Murphy claimed that the party’s decision to run two Roscommon-based candidates in last year’s election had cost him his Dáil seat. Intense competition for party nominations to


contest the next election in Roscommon/Galway constituency is now likely. Senator Murphy wants FF HQ to select him and a Galway-based candidate. However, Cllr. Leyden and Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice have both told the Roscommon People that they have not ruled out seeking a nomination. Cllr. Leyden castigated her party colleague Senator Murphy, accusing him of “playing the victim” and attempting to use her as a “scapegoat” for the loss of the seat he won in 2016. Senator Murphy


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Is he coming to Roscommon? We could write a song for the great man! Is he coming here? Will there be tickets on sale in Casey’s? Will he call into the Roscommon People office? He’ll be on the front page, won’t he? Will… Will you stop! I can’t keep up with you! Is WHO coming? GB! Is he coming to Roscommon? Who? Who is GB? The big celebrity! CYCLING ACCIDENT Let me guess…a celebrity coming to Roscommon...initials ‘G’ and ‘B’…is it the actor, Gabriel Byrne? His mother If you were involved in a cycling was accident from Elphin. contactNot a lot of people know that!Carolan Is it Gabriel? Byrne No, it’s the man with the distincCunningham Solicitors tive hat/cap…he brings a message of simplicity, capturing country life in all its highs and lows! He’s revered in Ireland! He… Distinctive cap? Revered here? Captures country life with his message of simplicity…is it Michael Healy-Rae? No! I said GB…GB…it’s Garth Brooks! Oh, HIM! I’m sick of HIM! (Unknown to one another, they both hear the words of ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ over and over again in their heads) So…is HE coming HERE? Wha’? Garth! Will he come to Roscommon? Don’t be silly! Oh don’t rule it out! Huh? I’ve heard reports that he’s coming to Croke Park next year! Yeah, yeah, we know… …and Nowlan Park! Okay… And Páirc Uí Chaoimh... Alright…

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And Thomond Park. So? So…they’re all top GAA parks… why not Hyde Park?! Well… Well, what! A concert in the Hyde? We had The Beach Boys here once! True! Garth in the Hyde…it would be FUN, FUN, FUN! As the Beachboys sang! Yeah…but I’m still sick of him! How dare he play up the way he did in 2014! Oh let bygones be bygones! Take it on the chin. In life, you can’t win if you can’t take it on the chin! Is that one of his hits? It sounds like

one! No, but you’ve given me a great idea. We could write a song for Garth! We could be the new Lennon & McCartney! A songwriting team! Like the Bee Gees! Yeah, BGs for GB! Wha’? (They pause to compare notes on how many mutual friends they have in low places) I had another of my strange Covid dreams… Go on… A man who was working in a coal mine fell in love with a rich neighbour’s daughter. They were banned from meeting up by her strict parents. So they’d meet in secret. He’d serenade her on a horse, playing the banjo… The horse could play the banjo? No, the man was sitting on the horse while playing the banjo. The woman loved it. They planned to run away and live happily ever after. Run away? So they weren’t going to bring the horse? Please! And? Unfortunately, he tripped over the banjo, fell into the mines and was trapped…that’s when I woke up. Oh dear. Working in a coal mine. Forbidden love. Serenading. A horse. A banjo. A mishap. Uncertainty about how it ends…what a beautiful, yet sad story… Yeah, but perfect material for a song for Garth! Let’s get pen to paper!

What we liked... Culture Night 2021 in Roscommon – a welcome return to widespread live events in the county – was a success, and a muchneeded tonic!

What we didn’t like... News that unsafe water entered the public domestic water supply, leading to a large number of people becoming ill, was alarming – and is something Irish Water must ensure does not happen again.

This column is prepared by Dolores Gacquin, Solicitor. Byrne Carolan Cunningham have offices in Athlone, Moate, Lanesborough and Galway.

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Empower Programme “Empower Start” now open for applications EMPOWER, the women’s entrepreneurship programme, which is run by the GMIT iHubs, is now accepting applications for the next EMPOWER START programme. The EMPOWER Programme is free to participants and aims to fast track female-led businesses in the West and North West of Ireland. EMPOWER is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund. There are two programmes; EMPOWER START for early stage ideas or businesses operating for less than 18 months, and EMPOWER GROWTH for females with established businesses looking to grow and scale their enterprise. The EMPOWER GROWTH 2021 programme commenced in June 2021 and the next START programme will commence in November 2021. Female founders based in counties Donegal, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo are eligible to apply. The closing date for the next START programme is Thursday 30th September 2021. When asked about the programme, Sandra Divilly Nolan, EMPOWER Programme Manager replied “When you have a business idea it can be difficult to know how to turn this idea into a business and who to turn to for help. Many questions arise, for example: Is this a good idea? Do people want this service/product? Where do I start? Who can help me? Who can I learn from? Am I good enough? The START programme uses a proven approach to address these types of questions and leave the participants with a network of support on programme completion.” The START programme is designed to help early stage female founders validate their business idea, define a business model, confidently communicate and clearly articulate their business proposition and develop a support network with

like-minded business women. Weekly training sessions cover topics including strategy, marketing research, marketing, networking, story-telling and pitching. Throughout the programme participants receive individual mentoring sessions. Guest speakers join the group to talk on a specific topic or to share the story of their business journey. These sessions are intended to inform and inspire the participants and offer them a chance to ask specific questions. The next EMPOWER START programme will run from November 2021 to February 2022. The programme is delivered on a Wednesday, once per week. The programme is planned to be delivered in a hybrid of online and in-person sessions. Cáit Kenny, founder of RizeTV based in Roscommon, applied and secured a place on the START 2020 programme. When asked about the programme, Cáit replied, “The Empower Start programme helped to give me so much clarity on my business idea and by the end I had a powerful presentation deck and sales pitch. The course was delivered online in a very structured and professional way by Sandra Nolan and Michelle Lee. I would recommend this course to any woman who is looking to develop her idea and bring it to market.” If you would like to know what other past participants have to say about their experience on the EMPOWER START programme visit the EMPOWERHer website www. empowerher.ie The EMPOWER team encourage the participants to avail of the specialised training and

tailored mentoring services offered by the LEO. Through the CUA partnership, the participants are also encouraged to avail of the research facilities and supports provided at GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT and other government supports available to SMEs in the region. Sandra Divilly Nolan, EMPOWER Programme Manager, says: “This year we were delighted to work in conjunc-

tion with the GMIT Marketing Department to offer the EMPOWER business owners the opportunity to be assigned a 3rd or 4th year student to complete an assignment on their business in the areas of social media, marketing research, branding and developing a marketing plan.” The closing date for applications is Thursday, 30th September, at 3pm. Apply online at www.empowerher.ie For further information on EMPOWER visit the website and get involved in the Empower Community through the EMPOWER social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Scramogue Ambush Centenary commemoration update The Scramogue Ambush Centenary Committee have confirmed plans are in place to hold their centenary commemoration on the 101st anniversary (March 23rd, 2022). The event was due to take place this year but was deferred due to Covid-19. A memorial Celtic Cross will be erected on the site to mark this important historic milestone. The committee invites anyone interested in the history of the War of Independence or descendants of those who took part in the famous ambush to contribute information by way of documentation, photos, etc., to ensure those who took part in this

period of Irish history are not forgotten. The events which led to the Scramogue Ambush began with Séan Connolly’s arrival in Roscommon. Séan Connolly of the North Longford Brigade had been sent by IRA GHQ to Roscommon to reorganise, build morale and enhance a sense of patriotism in the ongoing fight for freedom. Connolly was undoubtedly one of the great guerrilla leaders that the IRA had so far produced, and his sojourn in Roscommon had borne fruit. The battalions had been reorganised, he had installed a high sense of morale and inspired confidence in their officers. After ‘reorganising’

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Roscommon, Connolly was transferred for the same purpose to Leitrim. Some time after going to Leitrim, Connolly died along with five of his comrades. He had been betrayed to the enemy. One of those who betrayed him was promptly executed and the other made good his escape to England, where he did not survive his treachery long – he was crushed to death at his own doorway by a runaway lorry. Immediate action was deemed necessary, with the Roscommon IRA were anxious to avenge Séan Connolly’s death. At the time, Seán Mac Eoin had given the

enemy in Longford a torrid time. The volunteers were also under pressure. Plans for the Scramogue Ambush were formulated, as a joint operation between the North and South Roscommon Brigades. The Scramogue Ambush was one of the most successful actions carried out by the IRA against British Forces in County Roscommon during the War of Independence. (More details in future issues). * Anyone wishing to become involved in this important centenary project can contact nrcf12@gmail.com or Kieran Leavy property@kleavyauctioneer.com.

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Eileen, one of Roscommon’s oldest residents, dies aged 106 The death of one of Roscommon’s oldest residents occurred at Sonas Nursing Home, Cloverhill on Sunday last (19th). Eileen Kilcline (nee McGawley), a native of Cloonsellan, Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon, passed away in her 107th year and was believed to have been one of the oldest Irish citizens at the time of her death.

She was laid to rest yesterday (Wednesday) in St. Coman’s Cemetery, Roscommon following funeral mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Kilteevan. Eileen had contracted Covid-19 in May 2020 but thankfully was asymptomatic. She celebrated her 106th birthday at Sonas in July of this year surrounded by her family and friends.

The grandmother-of-one had been a resident of Sonas Nursing Home for the past seven years. Beloved wife of the late Brian and much-loved mother of John and Bernard, she will be very sadly missed by her sons, daughter-in-law Anne, granddaughter Aisling, nephew Joseph Hopkins, relatives, neighbours, and friends.

Pictured with Eileen Kilcline (RIP) as she celebrated her 100th birthday in July, 2015 at Sonas Nursing Home Cloverhill were Bernard, Aisling, Anne and John Kilcline. Pic: Andrew Fox

Kerrane wants changes on Fuel Allowance Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection Claire Kerrane TD has said that raising the Fuel Allowance in this year’s Budget will not be enough for families struggling with rising energy prices. Raising the issue with the Tánaiste in the Dáil, Deputy Kerrane said: “It was reported last week that families face paying €400 more for their

electricity and heating this winter. It has been confirmed that your Government will look at increases to the Fuel Allowance in the Budget, however the Fuel Allowance is very limited. “There is a wait time for people who lose their job. They have to be in receipt of a Jobseekers’ payment for fifteen months before they qualify for

the Fuel Allowance. This rule needs to be suspended. Workers who have to leave work due to illness and receive Illness Benefit do not qualify for the Fuel Allowance. This will also impact on workers who contracted Covid-19 and are suffering with long-term effects of Covid, meaning they have been unable to return to work.


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Works commence on N4 at Cootehall and Croghan Works have commenced on the Cootehall and Croghan junctions of the N4 between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon, news that was welcomed this week by Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan. The Minister of State at the Department of Health said Roscommon County Council had made significant progress in recent months with local landowners and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). “I am sure many people were frustrated with the pace and progress in getting this project up and running. However, it is im-

A stunning sunset at Newtown, (Athlone Road), Roscommon on 7.30 on Tuesday evening.

New shelter for Roscommon train station

A new shelter is to be installed on the platform at Roscommon train station later this year, local Independent TD Denis Naughten has confirmed. Deputy Naughten had raised the lack of shelter for passengers waiting for trains on the platform with Iarnród Éireann. Speaking on the matter recently, Denis Naughten explained: “I understand Iarnród Éireann is in the process of conducting a station furniture audit of its network to establish where current furniture is not up to an acceptable standard and where additional passenger facilities are required. “As part of this, it has been confirmed that a new shelter will be installed on this platform later this year”.

Golf fundraiser for Haitian orphanage

A fundraising golf tournament will take place at Mountbellew Golf Club on Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th in a bid to raise much-needed funds for ‘Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanage’ in Haiti. This fundraising golf Am-Am in aid of the orphanage will tee off on Friday, September 24th at Mountbellew Golf Course. A team of four costs €80 and teams can play all week from Monday, September 20th. Further information is available by contacting 090-9679259 or 0879695924. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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

portant to realise that given the volume of traffic on the N4, it is vital that TII and Roscommon County Council get everything right at the design and planning stage. “I wish to thank Roscommon County Council for their ongoing commitment to these vital safety works, and I am glad that work has commenced. I am pleased to have played some small part in raising this issue as a public representative, and using my influence to ensure this project became a reality. I believe that the outcome will be

safer access on to the N4 for the local area’s residents,” Deputy Feighan said. TII had sought a revised feasibility report considering agreed changes in design and this revised report detailing the required accommodation works and funding was submitted from Roscommon County Council to TII. The first phase will be to complete the accommodation works. The pavement rehabilitation would follow on in Phase 2 with funding under the Pavement Asset Repair and Renewal Scheme.


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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

paul@roscommonpeople.ie and Horses is a different type of sit-com. It’s arguably a comedy-drama, and ought to be judged differently to Fawlty Towers. With ‘Fools’, the characters are more developed. Viewers invest in them, care about their fate. It was a truly outstanding TV series, and I can understand why millions of people are more emotionally attached to Del Boy and Rodney than to the more slapstick (but brilliant) carry-on in Fawlty Towers. With his glorious depiction of the (very) dodgy second-hand car dealer Boycie, John Challis was comedy gold. A Bling King – clad in trench coat, with cigar and brandy in hand – Boycie got his share of laughs, many of which (despite his best efforts) were ultimately at his own expense. Challis was a key member of the great cast of this classic series (repeats of which are on daily).

All week When in Rome, Michael D went to see the Pope...but he won’t be going to Armagh to see Church leaders there. Our president’s decision to refuse to attend an event marking the centenary of the partition of Ireland caused a major outcry all week. This story dominated the news agenda from Dublin to Belfast and to Rome itself. I assume that embattled Simon Coveney – being human – took some comfort in Michael D taking the spotlight off Zapponegate. Fine Gael royalty, in the form of John Bruton, even helped Simon in that regard, the former Taoiseach weighing in with somewhat uncharacteristic poor judgement. As to the substantive issue, I think President Higgins was probably right to refuse to attend the upcoming event, which will mark/ celebrate 100 years of partition and the founding of Northern Ireland. Hearing critics of his decision not to attend refer to Michael D (on radio) as ‘the President of the Republic of Ireland’ only confirms that this is a politicised affair. The vast majority of people want to see the closest of ties between North and South, but there is a compelling argument against the idea of the President of Ireland attending an event (albeit a church service) which is marking the partition of…Ireland. Besides, President Higgins can proudly stand over his record when it comes to actively supporting and promoting reconciliation and inclusivity.


Friday On the Late Late Show, a very nice interview with Tuam historian Catherine Corless and her husband, Aidan (the latter a bubbly, twinkly-eyed character). Catherine is the woman whose persistence and passion revealed the Tuam babies’ scandal. What a remarkable person she is: modest, passionate, determined, relentless in her pursuit of justice for the mothers and babies. Catherine Corless is a modern-day national hero.

Saturday ‘Guilty pleasure’ corner: I’m currently enjoying repeats of ancient episodes of ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ (Sky Arts). Mostly based on short stories written by Roald Dahl, the series ran from 1979 to 1988. Generally each episode is quirky and quaint, with a touch of drama and humour, and always that keenly awaited twist at the end. I remember the series fondly from my youth, categorising it in my mind with the American TV series ‘The Outer Limits’. Sky Arts is currently running daily repeats (at 5 pm) and I’m recording them with the enthusiasm of a child awaiting a Christmas present. Obviously the episodes are very dated, but that’s part of their appeal. The theme music/opening sequence is of course iconic. And, just for the record, there are no plans for a new series of ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ starring Katherine Zappone, Simon Coveney and Matt Carthy.

Sunday Jimmy Greaves. Two magic words when you put them together like that. In truth, I only really ‘knew’ him from the ‘Saint and

Former Tottenham, Chelsea and England striker the late Jimmy Greaves

Greavsie’ show he and Ian St John presented on Saturday afternoons in the 1980s. It was football as fun, St John as the straight man, Jimmy as the joker. Midst the welcome frivolity, the word was that St John had been an accomplished footballer…and that Greaves was a genius. Footage of past games, eagerly sought out, quickly revealed the truth of this man; he was a uniquely gifted, thrilling, merciless marksman. Greaves could score from close in, and could dance past defenders too, the ball at his mercy, like it was part of his body. Jimmy’s stupendous scoring statistics illuminate the record books…422 goals in 602 league games, 44 goals in 57 appearances for England. He was a smiling assassin too. Greaves, who died today aged 81, battled alcohol addiction for much of his life. In recent years I read and enjoyed his autobiography. He had demons, but overcame them with courage. Greavsie the broadcaster was quirky, mischievous, different. The sight of Greaves ghosting into the penalty area was breathtaking. I think fans of all clubs had a soft spot for him. Here was the type of footballer young boys are in their dreams. Jimmy. Greaves. A genius who was revered and loved.

Sunday Another adored TV star of the past has gone to his reward. John Challis, whose death was announced on Sunday, was a fine actor, most famous for his long-standing role as ‘Boycie’ in Only Fools and Horses. I’ve always maintained that Fawlty Towers is the greatest sit-com of all time, but that’s because it was ‘laugh out loud’ funny, and built around the greatest sit-com character in history (Basil). Only Fools

According to the nice people who’ve been texting me with almost admirable persistence over recent weeks, my parcel is “out for delivery” today. I am invited to track or divert ‘my’ parcel. This is fascinating. I wonder what’s in the parcel? Of course it’s a scam. Not only do I not currently have a parcel ordered, I have actually never personally purchased anything online (family members have ordered on my behalf; I am still adjusting to the service). Later, another text. There’s an exciting update. “One item of your order has already been shipped!”. This implies that I have ordered more than one item. Also, the inclusion of the exclamation mark kind of suggests that I should be pleased with this ‘progress’. But why would I be impressed if ‘one item’ has already been shipped? The inference is that more than one item has been ordered. Why not set them off sailing together? Anyways, it’s all rubbish. Scam artists are now in overdrive, the pandemic having ushered in Generation Scam. These days it’s all computer hacking and phone scams, the criminals looking to squeeze multiple small payments from unsuspecting consumers who, due to Covid, are online in greater numbers than ever before. Spare a thought for the Nigerian princes of old, now thoughtlessly sidelined.

Tuesday My own online prowess is still a work in progress (see ‘Monday’). Today I managed to successfully apply for an NCT retest, the sense of satisfaction momentarily erasing the disappointment felt at last week’s ‘FAIL’. What a ‘testing’ experience the whole NCT appointment is. I travel there more in despair than hope. Last week, the chap in the NCT test centre was remarkably good-humoured and cheerful. It almost lulled me into a false sense of security. I handed him the keys, and my fate. There is nothing quite like the resignation you feel at the NCT test centre. Due to Covid restrictions, we were spared sitting inside and suffering with strangers. Instead, I leaned against a wall outside, listening to the sounds of a crisp morning. After 20 minutes or so, the nice man broke it to me. In response to his car jargon, I feigned an understanding of the complexities involved. Oh, that track rod? Anyways, retest required. And that’s why I reapplied online today. Another 28 euro gone, and another agonising NCT outing to come!


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Culture Night 2021: Michael and Patricia Duignan pictured at a reading from the works of John McGahern in the John McGahern Barracks, Cootehall. Pic: Brian Farrell

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.

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.

Creative courses in Portrunny this weekend

Enjoy two creative courses in the beautiful surroundings of Portrunny. The theme for both is to capture the beauty of the natural Portrun lakeside shoreline. ‘Walk and Click’ and ‘Painting by the Shoreline’ take place this Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th). ‘Walk and Click’ will guide participants on how to take the best photographs using a mobile phone. ‘Painting by the Shoreline’ will allow participants to capture the lake’s beauty by painting on canvas. Sponsored by the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), both courses are free of charge. For further information and a pre-registration form, which must be completed and submitted, email: portrundevelopmentassociation1@gmail.com or call 086-3786723. See also the Portrun Development Facebook page.

Knockcroghery Community Association Social Gathering

Knockcroghery Community Association are hoping to organise a social gathering for fully vaccinated people one morning each week, starting on Wednesday, September 29th at 11 am at the community centre in Knockcroghery. The aim is to get people to meet up again following the hardship of not being able to meet in a social gathering over the last 18 months. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to come along.

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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 administering the Seven Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ to us all. We should keep them and all our neighbours in our prayers always. Finally, today all our Catholic Priests and Catholic Deacons are the present day Apostles of Jesus Christ, whose hands are blessed with the power from Jesus Christ himself. We must multiply our prayers for all the Catholic Priests and Catholic Deacons everywhere, to use the Crucifix of Jesus Christ to tame the elements of natural disasters that threaten the world everywhere today, with their courage and belief every day and that their anticipation of these natural disasters will always be ahead of the curve. In conclusion, let us not forget all the Catholic Nuns all over the world who spend every day and night praying to God for our protection, intentions and salvation always. Let us also not forget to pray for all those who have passed away from the beginning of time up to the present time, especially for all those who have no-one to pray for them, and for all those who have lost loved ones, that they will get all the help they need from God at this time.

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Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Paul Healy’s take on top tweets! Joe Dwyer @JoeEDwyer Michael D. Higgins publicly slapping down John Bruton is something to behold. “I was also referred to as the President of the Republic of Ireland. I am the President of Ireland”. -THAT spat. THAT issue. Drama and excitement that elevated it above even Love Island... Michael O’Regan @Michael_O_Regan Good week for Michael D. Endorsed by the Pope and Kerry credit unions, not necessarily in that order. -Michael with helpful updates from The Vatican and The Kingdom…

Jimmy Greaves

john creedon @johncreedon Neither a hurling stronghold. -In reply, RTE broadcaster John invokes a famous Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh quote… Jamie Carragher @Carra23 RIP Jimmy Greaves. The best goal scorer we have seen & also part of the best football show we have ever seen. -Millions of football fans are mourning the great Jimmy Greaves, star of penalty box and screen… Ciara Ní Dhomhnalláin @starsandwhatnot Mam thought she was entering the #LateLateShow competition but is accidentally after putting herself forward for the Eurovision

-Not an issue. We’ve tried almost everybody else in recent years, so let’s try Ciara’s mam! Stephen Clinch @StephenClinch Fair play to the #LateLateShow they’re really doing their bit to get people back into the pubs. -Oh come on, Stephen! I thought we had agreed that the ‘Smart comments about the Late Late’ campaign was kicking off in October? Ciara Plunkett @PlunkettCiara Ireland can never repay the debt owed to Catherine Corless for her courage, tenacity, and the immense power of her sense of justice. -Totally agree…a wonderful, modest woman who has done the state some immense service

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL 2021 SOCIAL HOUSING ASSESSMENT (UPDATE OF DETAILS) Roscommon County Council is carrying out a Social Housing Assessment in accordance with Section 21 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009. 1. If your Social Housing Application is selected for assessment you will receive a 2021 Social Housing Assessment (Update of Details) Form in the post. This form must be completed and returned with all required supporting documentation on or before Friday the 8th October, 2021. All completed applications should be returned to the address below. If this form is not returned by the required date, your application for Social Housing will be CLOSED and you will not be considered for future offers of Social Housing Support. If you have moved and the address you previously provided on your Social Housing Application is no longer correct, please contact Roscommon County Council to request the 2021 Social Housing Assessment (Update of Details) Form or download the form at http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/Coco/en/Services/Housing/ Social-Housing/2021-Social-Housing-Needs-Assessment This form must be completed in full and returned with all required supporting documentation on or before Friday the 8th October, 2021. All completed applications should be returned to the address below. 2. If you are not already on the social housing list but wish to be considered for housing support services, please contact Roscommon County Council at the address below or call 090 663 7100.

Roscommon County Council Housing Business Unit Áras an Chontae Roscommon F42 VR98 Majella Hunt, Director of Services Date: 21st September, 2021

Barbara Dowling will kayak the length of Lough Ree this Saturday to raise funds for a special ‘Christmas in June’ concert which takes place next year in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland.

Barbara to kayak Lough Ree for Brain Tumour Ireland < DAN DOONER

A local woman is set to kayak the length of Lough Ree this coming Saturday (25th) in order to raise funds for a very special ‘Christmas in June’ concert in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland, which takes place next year. Married mother-of-one, Barbara Dowling (52), a classical clarinettist and peripatetic woodwind teacher from Newtowncashel in Co. Longford, had her world turned upside down in July 2019 when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, Multiple Sclerosis, and thyroid cancer. Two years on and thankfully Barbara is now cancer-free but is about to start MS treatment with the brain tumour still in place. “To look at me, you would think I was healthy…but scans, bloods, and all the other medical tests say otherwise,” she said.

“During all the various treatments over the last two years I came in contact with an organisation called Brain Tumour Ireland, a fully registered charity that is totally self-funding. They are ever-present whenever a question needs to be asked or answered...and they are the reason for me doing this challenge which I have set myself”. Barbara took to the lake in a kayak for the first time in July of this year and says she hasn’t looked back since. “For the first time in years I had the desire to participate in a physical activity and loved it even when I was at my most ‘crocked’! The next stage now is to see how I can do this and let someone else benefit from it,” she added. A proud Kerry woman and the first woman to serve in the Band of the Western Command at Custume Bar-

racks in Athlone (now called Defence Forces Band of the 2nd Brigade), Barbara had initially approached BTI in January of 2020 with the idea of staging a fundraising concert. The concert, ‘Christmas in June’, will feature an orchestra of over 200, a choir of over 400 and four conductors, with all participants giving their time for free. It will take place on June 26th, 2022 at the WIT Arena in Waterford and will cost in the region of €5,000 to stage. That’s where this Saturday’s 32k paddle of Lough Ree comes in as Barbara aims to raise funds. Barbara will set off from Lanesboro this Saturday morning and donations to this very worthy cause are welcome at www.ifundraise. ie/6523_christmas-in-june-for-braintumour. Direct donations can be made to ‘Christmas in June’: IEAIBK93226458851044.

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Truce period in Roscommon Roscommon Herald

the Crown forces, when tracking down informers. During the Truce, Lieutenant Killian was involved in organisational duty and travelled around on a motorcycle. It was when he was returning from such duty that he was involved in an acRep Contact Details: cident and fell from the cycle. He was brought to Alan beirne Roscommon Infirmary Hospital, where he was treated for facial 6627377 injuries, 090but he died as a result of tetanus infection. His deathalan.beirne@roscommonherald.com took place on September 23rd, 1921 and his funeral took place at Portrun cemetery. He was 38-years-old and was survived by his parents James and Mary, a brother John and sister Annie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. *More articles at a later date. – An Staraí Áitiúil (the local historian)

Death of Lieutenant Luke Killian of Knockcroghery in 1921

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Commemorative event taking place in Knockcroghery

Activities to resume at Cloonycolgan Centre

Cloonycolgan Community Centre has served Oran parish for fifty years but Covid-19 led to its temporary closure in March of last year. The committee wishes to thank Michael Monaghan, who published a book on Cloonycolgan in July 2020. The committee has now decided that it is appropriate to resume activities at the centre. A grant of €3,000 has been secured for the upgrade of toilets at the centre and WiFi has been installed. A general cleaning of the centre will take place on Thursday, September 30th at 8.30 pm. We ask local people to come along and help with the cleaning. Bingo will resume on Monday, October 4th at 8.30 pm. Kelly’s bus service will provide transport for Roscommon town patrons. The progressive 25 card drive will resume on Thursday, October 7th at 9 pm. Thelma Keenan will resume ‘keep fit’ exercise classes on Friday, October 8th at 10.30 am. Also, in the coming months, Ann McCormack will provide craft classes and Ethna Fahy will hold dancing classes. We urge patrons to support the centre and we will be delighted to welcome new patrons. Masks must be worn at all events in the centre.

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Athlone women’s marathon swim raises €11k for Lough Ree RNLI Local open water swimmers, Serena Friel and Karen Reynolds, presented Lough Ree RNLI with a cheque for €11,300 on Thursday last following a fundraising swim on the lake last month. Throughout this year the women, who have been

swimming regularly at Coosan Point, admired the progress on the new boathouse for the RNLI which is under construction on the lake shore. When they heard of an initiative to raise a local community contribution of €100,000 for the facil-

ity they decided to lend their support. Under the careful eye of their coach David Warby from Athlone Regional Sports Centre they set about the task of training to swim the length of Lough Ree, a challenging 32km from Lanesboro

Pictured at the presentation of a cheque for €11,300, proceeds of a recent fundraising swim, were (left to right): Damien Delaney Lough Ree RNLI; Karen Reynolds; Serena Friel, and Vincent Rafter, Treasurer, Lough Ree RNLI.

Bridge on the Longford/ Roscommon border to the Town Bridge in Athlone. They completed the task last month in a record time of 10 hours 13 minutes. On Thursday last, Serena and Karen visited the Lough Ree RNLI facility at Coosan Point and presented Treasurer Vincent Rafter with a cheque for €11,300, more than 10 percent of the overall target. At the presentation, Serena Friel thanked everyone who had supported them in the ‘Lough Ree Challenge’ especially: “Midland Print, Cantwell Corporate Finance, the staff of Athlone Mail Centre and clients of Serena’s Hair Studio. Karen Reynolds thanked “everyone who had contributed to the fund and especially logistics coordinator Carmel Hughes

and Catriona Cantwell for social media”. Accepting the generous contribution, Lough Ree RNLI Treasurer Vincent Rafter said: “Both women have made an invaluable contribution to the charity and to water safety on the lake and River Shannon”. So far this year, Lough Ree RNLI has responded to 42 call-outs to people and vessels in difficulty on the water. This week Lough Ree RNLI also received a generous contribution to the fund of €1,500 from RBK Chartered Accountants. The station has a local bank account where all donations, large or small, are welcome: Loughree RNLI Boathouse Appeal – BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE80AIBK93226458090098.

Athlone women, Karen Reynolds and Senena Friel, pictured with the chart mapping their recent marathon swim which raised €11,300 for Lough Ree RNLI.

Roscommon punter celebrates as three Lotto numbers land €7,000!

Athleague National School’s First Holy Communion class pictured with their teacher Ms. Feeley, Mr. Higgins and Ms. Burke.

Roscommon Drama Group returns to Arts Centre stage! Roscommon Arts Centre and Roscommon Drama Group spent the summer months working on a project called ‘Playing On The Radio’ which brought members of the drama group together with well-known Roscommon actor Enda Oates. The group worked with IFTA winning actor Enda, who plays Pete Ferguson in RTÉ’s Fair City, both virtually and in person at Roscommon Arts Centre on two new productions: J.M. Synge’s ‘The Tinker’s Wedding’ and Lady Gregory’s ‘Spreading the News’ which will now be performed live as staged readings at the Arts Centre this October 2nd to 5th, before being broadcast on radio later his year. The Tinker’s Wedding tells the story of Sarah Casey, a young tinker woman, the beauty of Ballinacree, who makes a bid for respectability by

marrying with Michael Byrne, father of her children and companion on the roads for many years. She attempts to inveigle the local priest to marry them but things don’t quite go to plan. Tom Holian, Con Connolly, Mary Cox and Marie Conroy star in this performance. Spreading the News is a short one-act comic play by Lady Gregory, which she wrote for the opening night of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on December 27th, 1904. This one-act comedy of rumour and misinterpretation is set in a small town in rural Ireland where gossip is prevalent and stars Tom Holian, Dermot Cox, Con Connolly, Mary Cox, Kevin Woods, Jim Conlon, Steve Gregory, Marie Conroy, Margaret Madden, Majella Flanagan, Aidan Flanagan and Leo Walsh. Enda Oates’ theatre, film and televi-

sion career spans over twenty years. From his role as Reverend George Black in Glenroe to appearances in films like Veronica Guerin, The Secret Scripture, and stage roles in Juno And The Paycock in The Gate Theatre and Big Maggie at The Abbey, Enda is no stranger to audiences and Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to work with Enda on this project. Playing on The Radio is a Creative Ireland Project in association with Roscommon Drama Group. Staged readings will take place from Saturday, October 2nd to Tuesday 5th, nightly at 8 pm. Tickets are €15 and are on sale now from the arts centre on 090-6625824/roscommonartscentre.ie Capacity is limited so early booking is advised.

Well-known Roscommon actor Enda Oates has been working with Roscommon Drama Group ahead of a series of staged readings at Roscommon Arts Centre next month.

A punter in County Roscommon only needed three numbers to pick up a four-figure windfall when a Lotto flutter paid off in some style last week. The anonymous customer struck the bet online with BoyleSports and opted for a €10 treble on three numbers to land in the main Irish Lotto draw on Wednesday evening last. They faced odds of 700/1 on them all rolling out, but that’s exactly what happened as 1, 9 and 21 all dropped to trigger the celebrations. The lucky run of numbers saw the punter’s account boosted by a tidy total of €7,010 not long after the last ball rolled out. Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “It only took our County Roscommon customer three numbers to pocket €7,000 profit, so we have to applaud them for taking advantage of the odds and we wish them well with their winnings”.


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Roscommon breeder breaks records with €35,000 foal! < DAN DOONER

A Roscommon horse breeder is said to have received the highest price ever in Ireland for a showjumping foal at auction recently when one of his animals was snapped up by a USbased stable for the sum of €35,000 at a sale of elite foals in Cavan. Owner Stephen Reilly of Creevy, Co. Roscommon was understandably pleased when ‘Creevyquinn Evangelia’ received the top price at Cavan Equestrian Centre on Thurs-

day last when purchased by Freestyling Farms of Ohio. “It’s some price for a showjumping foal, a really nice touch,” he told the Roscommon People this week. “This was the elite foals sale and they select the best 27 six weeks beforehand. The foals are selected on dam lines and their performance as well as how they look. “I purchased the mare from VDL Stud in the Netherlands nine years ago and all her foals are doing very well.

“Creevyquinn Evangelia’s sister was sold last year for €15,500, and another, Creevyquinn Poser, was jumping on the Sunshine Tour in Spain last spring”. Cavan Equestrian Centre confirmed the record-breaking sale on social media, stating that the “beautifully turned out Creevyquinn Evangelia by Tangelo and along with the fantastic pedigree of her dam Boraya Vdl, helped to achieve €35,000 for its well deserved owner Stephen Reilly”.

Stephen said his latest foal was born in May and has a lovely temperament. “She’s one of the nicest foals I’ve ever had,” he added. His daughter Sarah (12) chose the name while 16-year-old son Michael has also played his part in looking after Creevyquinn Evangelia this summer. The foal is expected to stay in the country for the next few weeks beEvangelia’ received the top price at Cavan fore heading for her new home in ‘Creevyquinn Equestrian Centre on Thursday last when purchased by Ohio. Freestyling Farms of Ohio.



NOTICE IN RELATION TO SPECIFIED DEVELOPMENT Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 179 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and Article 81 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) that Roscommon County Council proposes carrying out the following works:

Hero Callum makes national headlines

A young Tulsk boy has made national headlines after saving his grandfather’s life in what was a near-fatal incident on Killina Lake on Thursday last. 11-year-old Callum Clarke, a pupil at Tulsk National School, came to the rescue when the boat he and his grandfather Seán Stroker were fishing in capsized shortly after 7 pm. Callum managed to pull Seán from the water and brought him to the shoreline to safety. Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Liveline programme, Seán, who cannot swim and fell into the lake after a freak gust of wind capsized his boat, said he feared the worst and that he didn’t think he was “coming back up”. An emotional Seán described how Callum had saved his life to Liveline presenter Joe Duffy: “He took me by the collar and pulled me back up and told me to keep my head above the water. “He proceeded to the bank and waited until I got in until he pulled out of the water himself…unbelievable”. Callum’s father Kevin and mother Jacqui are understandably proud of their young son. Kevin, who runs a local minibus and coach hire firm, described Callum as a “hero” to the Roscommon People this week and said he was thankful that the story had a happy ending. Meanwhile, Jacqui told the radio show: “We’re beyond words, we’re so proud of him. He kept his head and it’s so good that this has a happy ending and we’re able to talk about it”. As for brave Callum, Roscommon’s newest hero told Joe Duffy that his grandmother had been paying for swimming lessons in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town. “He put his hand on my shoulder. I just kicked my legs until we got to the shore. It was freezing,” he said. Callum’s grandfather thanked him on air for saving his life. His heroic act was also acknowledged in the Seanad yesterday (Wednesday) when raised by local Senator Eugene Murphy.

Works to extend the Mid Shannon Wilderness Park Greenway at Cloontuskert, Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon The scheme consists of: • The provision of 89m of greenway along decommissioned Bord na Móna rail lines in the townland of Cloontuskert, Ballyleague Co Roscommon • Retrofitting of Kilnacarrow Bridge (Extent within Roscommon County Boundary) to accommodate greenway users • All other associated site & ancillary works in the townland of Cloontuskert, Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon

An Appropriate Assessment screening report and Environmental Impact Assessment screening report in respect of the development have been carried out and are available for inspection. 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 Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the development would be likely to have such effects.

COVID 19 Restrictions Apply Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available for inspection (in the front windows only) at the offices of Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon Town. Plans and particulars will be available for purchase (at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy) from 23rd September 2021 to 22nd October 2021 inclusive, during office hours (subject to prior agreed appointment for collection due to Covid 19) at the offices of Community and Enterprise, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon Town – telephone 09066 37100. Plans and particulars of the proposed development will also be available for inspection online on the RCC website using the following link:



Submissions or observations with respect 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 to the undersigned on or before 5pm on 08th November 2021 Signed: - Majella Hunt Director of Services Áras an Chontae Roscommon Town Email: mhunt@roscommoncoco.ie

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FRANK BRANDON On comeback trail with Garth and Cristiano! FRANK BRANDON’S

Our man Frank on three famous comebacks, national airtime for the Carlow hurling final, a possible pension increase, a wonderful initiative for local GAA clubs, and a couple of high profile local weddings…

It’s Friday morning and as I write this, there are nothing but comebacks on my mind. The great Ronaldo started it when he returned to Manchester United, twelve years after leaving them for Real Madrid. Then I carried it on by going back to work in Lynn Antiques in Athlone, eighteen months after officially retiring. Now comes the news that the biggest country music superstar of them all, Garth Brooks, is coming to Ireland seven years after the famous cancellation of his last proposed visit.

Carlow hurling final goes national!

In my lifetime, outside of the Northern conflict, nothing divided the nation (except maybe Saipan and Roy Keane) as much as Brooks’ failure to appear in Croke Park back in 2014. Despite having sold 400,000 tickets for five shows, nothing actually took place at all. When the number of concerts was cut from five to three, some of his fans claimed he acted in an honourable fashion by cancelling them all so that everyone was treated the same way, rather than having to disappoint those who had tickets for the cancelled dates. Others say he was motivated solely by greed, and pulled the plug in a vain effort to force the authorities to capitulate and grant him the five nights that he wanted. Anyway, I guess no one will ever know. All I know is that at five o’clock one freezing morning, I joined a number of hardy souls queueing for hours to get my hands on a few tickets – none of which were for me – and then found it was all in vain, a complete waste of time. This time I will be staying in my bed. I will not be joining the tents and sleeping bag brigade, who will undoubtedly join the new rush for tickets, as it is an absolute certainty that ‘Garth Mania’ will once

On Sunday, Carol and I took a little trip up to Galway to visit our newest granddaughter, Poppy. On the way home, I decided to tune into our national radio station, RTÉ One, to catch up on the happenings in the world of sport. Now without being disrespectful to Carlow or Carlow hurling, I was astounded to find that their county final was the featured game on our national radio station. I know there would be people out there who would be interested in that particular game, but surely occasional updates on the score would have been enough? In any case, someone in authority decided to send Ireland’s biggest (smallest) heartthrob, Marty Morrissey, down to Carlow to do the commentary and the entire match was broadcast live. For the record, Mount Leinster Rangers beat St. Mullin’s by eight points. I’m sure it was a great win for them, and I heartily congratulate them. However, I do think our national broadcaster could have found something to appeal to a wider audience, and they might have made better use of the great Marty’s talents.

Support Glinsk’s virtual walk for Hospice

Down the road in Glinsk, Marie Fitzmaurice tells me that next Sunday, September 26th, they are holding a virtual walk for Galway Hospice. People can do a walk of their choice and make a donation in either Dowd’s shop, or the Glinsk Community Centre, from 3 to 5 pm. All donations are very much appreciated, and at 5 pm there will be a free raffle for all participants. Now you don’t need me to tell you how important the Hospice is for people of this area. The number of people touched by cancer is enormous, so if possible, support the Glinsk initiative and contribute as much as you can for a very worthy charity.

I’ll gladly take a pension increase… I was listening to some programme on the radio the other day about the upcoming Budget and whether or not old-age pensioners (of which I am one) should be given the paltry increase of €5 a week. A person who is getting the pension rang in to say that €5 would make very little difference to him, and in view of the huge hole in the Government’s finances, he felt we should all agree to have no increase at all. His idea was probably good, but in principle I could not agree with it. As pensioners we have earned the right to have our pensions through our contributions to PRSI for many years, and as well as that, prices on everything are going through the roof, so we need any increase we can get. Energy prices, from electricity to petrol and diesel, have risen dramatically, anything to do with building materials has gone crazy, and food prices are also set to rise. So, for all of us who rely on the State Pension, and as noble as the idea of not taking any increase might be, I would gladly take any increase that might come our way, as I have paid well for the privilege. However, judging by some of today’s papers, we might still be getting nothing at all. But if we do receive an increase, I will certainly take it!

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again sweep the country. Everything about the previous fiasco will be forgotten. The last time, to try to make up for the disappointment he suffered in not performing in Croke Park, I wrote to Garth in America and invited him to do a gig at the Creggs Harvest Festival. I offered Garth and his wife, Tricia Yearwood, free accommodation, free food and as much Guinness as they could drink. Sadly I am still waiting for his reply, but even if there is a Harvest Festival this year, he probably won’t be appearing as he might be a little busy. Seeing as he didn’t bother to acknowledge my very generous offer, if I met him now I think I’d tell him to go back to his ‘friends in low places’ and stay there! However, low places or not, it is certain that hundreds of thousands will be off to Croker again. The concerts will sell out in jig time, the local residents will protest again to no effect, and the lad I heard on the radio the other day will finally sell the thousands of stetsons he has had in storage since 2014. As for the other great comebacks, Ronaldo has scored four goals in three games for United, and it seems as if he has never been away. The third

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member of this superstar group (me), enjoyed my day back in my old stomping ground in Athlone, but as it was a once-only appearance it didn’t quite create the same excitement as the returns of Garth and Cristiano. Things were a bit different than when I last walked through the doors, with everyone wearing masks now inside the shop. It was nice to be back for even one day, but I can assure you that I have every intention of staying fully retired.

Clubs will benefit from Roscommon GAA draw As everyone knows, times have been tough for us all over the last year and a half, and even before Covid rural GAA clubs were finding it very hard to survive. Since Covid, nearly all fundraising activities had to cease, and a tough situation became even tougher. All credit then to Club Rossie and the Roscommon County Board for coming up with a huge, innovative draw that will benefit several clubs in the area. The draw is offering a first prize of a Toyota Yaris or Volkswagen Polo, second prize of €2,000, third prize of €1,000 and for the fourth prize, a €300 voucher from Red Mills. Tickets are priced at €10 each, or can be bought in bundles of three for €20, or eight for €50. The big thing about this draw is that all the clubs can keep the money they collect from selling tickets – for example, Creggs can keep all the money made by the tickets our club members sell, as can every other club in the county. This draw really is a golden chance for clubs to get a few bob into the coffers, at a time when things are difficult. Throw in the fact that the prizes are so good, and it all makes for a very attractive draw, as well as an opportunity to throw your local club a financial lifeline.

Tickets are available in Roarke’s shop and pub, in Dolan’s pub, online at www.creggsgaa.ie and also from some club members. Out here in Creggs, as this is the last major fundraiser of the year, the club would like to thank everyone for their great support, especially their sponsors and Club Rossie for coming up with this initiative to support all the clubs in the county. So no matter what club you belong to, put your hand into your pocket one last time, buy your tickets, maybe win the lovely Yaris or Polo, but above all, help to keep your local club alive!

Finally for this week .... Finally for this week, on Friday last rugby stalwart Sean Óg Higgins got married to Grainne Cribbin, while rugby and Gaelic football star (and AllIreland minor football winner in 2006) Colin Canny wed Jeanine Scanlon. We congratulate both couples and wish them long, happy lives together, and hope their new status will not impact on their future playing careers.

‘Till next week, bye for now


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NewsPeople Positive Ageing Week...

Advice on nutrition from Roscommon University Hospital To mark Positive Ageing Week, which runs from September 27th to October 1st, the Frailty Intervention team at Roscommon University Hospital (RUH) would like to offer advice on health eating for older adults. Fiona Finneran, Senior Frailty Dietitian at RUH, said: “As we age we don’t always absorb the nutrients from our food as well as we used to and as a result our body muscle starts to decline. The good news is we can counteract some of this by eating a balanced diet”. If you are over 65, here are some tips that can help ensure your diet is balanced with all the right nutrients… Stay hydrated: Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated? Water, milk, tea (between meals rather than with meals) and unsweetened fruit juice all count toward your daily fluid intake. If you are a woman, you should aim to drink six to eight glasses

(1.6 litres) each day, while men should aim for about eight and ten glasses (2 litres), unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Protein is so important to help keep muscles strong and reduce the risk of falling. Try to have a proteinrich food such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, peas, beans, lentils or nuts with at least two of your main meals each day and include snacks of milk, yogurts, nuts or seeds in between. Energy and fibre: The best foods for energy are bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and cereals – always include one of these at each of your three main meals. Increase you fibre intake by choosing wholemeal or wholegrain breads and cereals as these help keep your bowels healthy and prevent constipation. Calcium and Vitamin D: Calcium is important for strong bones while Vitamin D helps get the calcium into our bones. Include three portions of calcium-rich foods each

day. An example of a portion is a glass of milk (200ml) or a pot of yogurt or two thumb-sized pieces of cheese. Full fat and low fat dairy products contain the same amount of calcium, but not all dairy-free alternatives contain calcium so always check the label. The Department of Health now advises everyone over 65 years to take a Vitamin D supplement daily. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist first as you may already be on a prescribed dose of Vitamin D. Iron and Vitamin C: Iron is essential for carrying oxygen around your body. The best sources of iron are beef, lamb, pork, fish and poultry. To help your body absorb the iron from the meat or fish, have it with something rich in Vitamin C such as potatoes, vegetables, salad or fruit, particularly if you are having a plant-based source of iron such as peas, beans, lentils, dark green vegetables, nuts or seeds. B Vitamins: Vitamins

Fiona Finneran, Senior Frailty Dietitian at Roscommon University Hospital.

B2, B6, B12 and folate are particularly important to help keep blood and nerves healthy and help us use the energy from our food. Regularly including meats, dairy,

green leafy vegetables and pulses, in addition to foods fortified with folic acid such as milks and cereals, will help ensure a balanced intake of these vitamins.

Gospel Reflection Sunday September 26th

Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the Apostles. Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake of presuming that only a select few are inspired and entrusted to carry out God’s plans. The Spirit blows where it wills (see John 3:8), and God desires to bestow His Spirit on all the people of God in every nation under heaven (see Acts 2:5, 38). God can and will work mighty deeds through the most unexpected and unlikely people. All of us are called to perform even our most humble tasks, such as giving a cup of water, for the sake of His name and the cause of His kingdom. John believes he is protecting the purity of the Lord’s name. But, really, he’s only guarding his own privilege and status. It’s telling that the Apostles want to shut down the ministry of an exorcist. Authority to drive out demons and unclean spirits was one of the specific powers entrusted to the Twelve (see Mark 3:14–15; 6:7, 13). Cleanse me from my unknown faults, we pray in today’s Psalm. Often, like Joshua and John, perhaps without noticing it, we cloak our failings and fears under the guise of our desire to defend Christ or the Church. But as Jesus says today, instead of worrying about who is a real Christian and who is not, we should make sure that we ourselves are leading lives worthy of our calling as disciples (see Ephesians 1:4). Does the advice we give, or the example of our actions, give scandal – causing others to doubt or lose faith? Do we do what we do with mixed motives instead of seeking only the Father’s will? Are we living, as this Sunday’s Epistle warns, for our own luxury and pleasure while neglecting our neighbours? We need to keep meditating on His Law, as we sing in today’s Psalm. We need to pray for the grace to detect our failings and to overcome them. -Scott Hahn PhD, salvationhistory.com (courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)

Dementia – getting plugged in 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 how technology can help Emma O’Brien, Occupational Therapist & Clinical Lead, HSE’s Memory Technology Resource Rooms

It’s hard to believe that we’re a year and a half into the Covid-19 pandemic. While its grip is slowly loosening, it continues to have a significant impact on our lives. Thankfully, technology has offered us ways to stay in touch, when so many of our usual routines have changed. Virtual and online communication methods have become the norm, and will no doubt continue to play a role in our lives. For many people with dementia, technology has been a lifeline in maintaining a level of social connection so important for health and well-being. To showcase the advances being made, and how they can help, the

HSE has Memory Technology Resource Rooms (MTRRs) in almost every county to support people with memory difficulties, including people with dementia and their families. The MTRRs often have a homely feel and feature a wide variety of low- and hightech equipment that can help overcome common problems encountered as a result of memory loss or cognitive impairment. These include orientation clocks with the day, date and time; easy-to-use technologies such as TV remote controls, one-button radios, and picture phones; and prompts and safety technologies such as medication reminders and GPS devices. Visitors to the MTRRs have the opportunity to speak to an expert occupational therapist about the challenges that they may be experiencing. They can gain advice on how best to enjoy activities, stay safe and maintain independence, see what pieces of equipment might best suit and be able to see how they work.

port for people. Unfortunately, as dementia progresses, they can become challenging to use. However, there are some steps you can take to make things simpler: Increase the size of text and icons; Change the background to a strong contrasting colour to support visibility; Delete or conceal apps no longer in use. For some people, making a call can become challenging. Easy-to-use phones can be purchased, but making some changes to contacts can also make all the difference. Here’s how to do it: Pare back the phone book to who the person stays in contact with most; Move the most-used numbers into a favourite section in contacts; Incorporate images as part of contacts to make numbers easier to recognise. For some android smartphones, a contact may be added to the home screen. This is called a widget. Simply pressing the person’s image on the home screen will immediately call them – no need to go through the phone book.

Smart Homes Advances in technology are also now evident in many homes, thanks to voice-activated personal assistants. These can be a great support for people with dementia, for example, in asking what day it is or to play a favourite song. They are also great to add reminders about events and appointments, and prompts about medications.

Smart Apps There is a wide range of supportive apps that can be accessed on a smartphone or tablet computer to use for reminders, for pleasure, for reminiscence, for stimulation and for brain challenges – for example: • Hello Brain Health – an app available in the Apple App Store with daily ‘Brain Buff’ challenges to help keep the brain fit and healthy • Irish Film Institute (IFI) player – an app featuring a collection of Irish

Smartphones Smartphones too can be a great sup-

cultural, social and historical film, as well as TV ads from times gone by. It can be a reminiscence experience for a person with dementia to look back on familiar footage • Luminosity – a brain-training app that focuses on attention, memory and problem-solving • Jigsaw puzzles – there are jigsaw apps where you can select an image and desired difficulty level Of course, while technology has many benefits, not all technology is appropriate or helpful. It is important that the needs of each person with dementia are assessed to identify what technologies may be most appropriate or beneficial for them. If you would like information and advice, reach out to the expert occupational therapist in your local Memory Technology Resource Room. 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. It aims to create communities that actively embrace and include those living with dementia and their families. For information on HSE Memory Technology Resource Rooms, including the service in the Primary Care Centre, Elphin Street, Boyle (tel. 087 751 4428), along with a video showcasing what’s on offer, visit www.understandtogether. ie/mtrr. Alternatively, 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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Miriam’s MUSINGS Michael D made the right decision – now get over it! Words of wit and wisdom with MIRIAM KERINS

As far as I’m concerned, President Michael D Higgins was placed in a damned-if-he-did, and damned-if-he-didn’t situation the second that invitation to attend a ceremony called ‘marking the centenaries of the partition of Ireland and the foundation of Northern Ireland’ dropped through the Áras letterbox. I’m clearly not Uachtarán na hÉireann, indeed I’m only an ordinary voter, however if I were invited to attend a gathering that celebrated, commemorated or honoured the partition of the island of Ireland, I’d also refuse to attend. Why? Because I’m a proud Irishwoman and I’d see it as an insult for anyone to ask me to publicly (or privately) endorse the division of my beloved country. Furthermore, if DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson sees President Higgins’ refusal as being a ‘retrograde step’ then that’s not just tough, it’s jaw-droppingly naive of the man! I mean

what head of state in their right mind would support a ceremony to mark a period of our history that almost paralysed us as a nation? It’s akin to being given a front row seat (with a bucket of popcorn thrown in) to watch a burglar invade your own home! But then again, I’m kind of sensitive when it comes to my country’s history, and the above is just my opinion folks, so don’t go drafting letters to the editor – he’s a busy man! Besides, I have nothing but respect and high regard for my fellow countrymen/women living in the north of Ireland, and for those now living in County Roscommon. In fact, I fully understand how Michael D’s decision to decline the invitation may be viewed (by some) as having caused a difficult and delicate dilemma around the subject of reconciliation between the various traditions celebrated across our island. However (big picture), at least our President

Maura Higgins is not public property! Well done to Maura Higgins for highlighting what I’d imagine was an extremely disquieting incident for her, one where the County Longford woman alleges a male stranger approached her, and using what she describes as “completely inappropriate behaviour”, grabbed her arm and pulled her towards a car. By calling out this toxic behaviour, Ms. Higgins has shown that she’s not just a pretty face (and luxury fake tanning collaborator), she’s also the owner of a powerful voice, one which, it must be said, holds the potential to influence young women when it comes to highlighting serious issues. While I know reality shows like Love Island, etc., are, let’s be honest, surrounded by a culture that reduces women (and men) to sexualised objects, it’s imperative that view-

has taken the heat off the Government’s ‘Zapponegate’ shambles, so I’d say Simon Coveney should be jumping for joy and shaking Michael D’s hand right now! Oh and while I’m at it, for those who are accusing Uachtarán na hÉireann of ‘snubbing the Queen’, will you all get a grip – he’s done no such thing! As far as I know, Queen Elizabeth didn’t send him the invitation, she was simply on the guest list with him. To my mind, Michael D has always been a gentleman who demonstrated the utmost respect when dealing with and when referring to our neighbours’ head of state – so get over yourselves. As for former Taoiseach John Bruton…well, one would have to wonder why someone who hasn’t held any power since 1997 would suddenly decide to throw in his tuppence worth, when the smart thing to do here would be to shut up. You see, by alleging Michael D was in

breach of Bunreacht Na hÉireann’s Article 13:9, Mr. Bruton has simply served to increase the sensitivities already dogging this matter. For the record, Article 13:9 states ‘the powers and functions conferred on the President by this Constitution shall be exercisable and performable by him only on the advice of the Government’. Personally, I find Mr. Bruton’s interpretation of this Article to be preposterous for the simple reason that it appears he’s suggesting our President should be seen as an easily manipulated marionette whose every action should be coerced and controlled by others. How ridiculous! The President made a decision John, he took a stand John, so do us all a favour and move on John! Better still, as you’re clearly on a quest to remain relevant, why not engage your energies in a justifiable crusade; preferably one which doesn’t involve you trying to interpret our country’s constitution.

ers know that these contestants did not sign up to be sexually harassed, mauled or assaulted by anyone. Maura Higgins is a human being, she’s not public property and there was no justification whatsoever for anyone to brazenly maul her. While you could argue that by placing herself in the spotlight and effectively selling her image, her persona, her status and her reputation in return for a pay cheque, she’s courting publicity and attention, that does not make her fair game. It simply makes her ‘Brand Maura’, and as much as I’m sure she knows her livelihood depends on both the public’s and the media’s interest in her, I’m certain she doesn’t enjoy being around creeps who feel they’re entitled to invade her personal space and touch her without her permission. Maura Higgins

No room for hate-mongering, homophobic morons in aprogressive society Articles 40 to 44 of Bunreacht Na hÉireann set out our fundamental rights. This includes our rights to freely express our convictions and opinions, as covered under Article 40.6.1.i. In addition, under Article 40.6.1.ii we have a right to (and this is my loose interpretation, see John Bruton for a more literal explanation), assemble peacefully and without weapons, so long as we don’t breach the peace, or engage in meet-

ings that are calculated or designed to cause a riot. So you get it, we all have a right to peacefully protest, and that’s wonderful! However, as far as I’m concerned, the protest that took place outside ‘a residence in Dublin 8’ last weekend should not have ended ‘without incident’ – rather it should have ended with several arrests! Why? Because firstly, it took place outside of a private residence. Yes it was on a pub-

lic street per se, however it was not carried out by citizens wishing to freely express their opinions, rather it was designed to cause hurt, abuse, intimidate and threaten two people. These two people happen to be Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett, a same-sex couple who were subjected to what appears to have been a disgraceful, deliberate and shocking display of corrosive, homophobic viciousness peppered

with a volley of ‘unfounded allegations about his (Leo’s) sexual orientation’. I’m perfectly okay with people exercising their rights to protest peacefully, whatever their gripe. However, what I’m not okay with is debauched sickos ganging up on any person, or couple, no matter who they are, with a specific purpose to torment, intimidate, abuse and bully them just because of their sexual preferences.

In the interest of clarity, and for the sake of spelling it out for any hatemongering, bigoted homophobic morons who believe it’s okay to illtreat or name-call anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, let me remind you that homosexuality was decriminalised in this country on June 24th, 1993. Homophobia, transphobic harassment, hostility and violence are hate crimes, and all punishable by law. Got it? Good!


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Orla directs ire at Murphy – and Martin < PAUL HEALY

Cllr. Orla Leyden says she doesn’t know if she still has a political relationship with her party colleague, Senator Eugene Murphy – because “he broke it”. Cllr. Leyden, who ran with then Deputy Murphy for Fianna Fáil in the 2020 General Election, says she “had to put the record straight” this week and hit back at her colleague’s repeated claims that the party’s decision to run two Roscommonbased candidates had cost him his Dáil seat. When the Roscommon People

contacted Senator Murphy on Wednesday, he said he has no intention of making any response to Cllr. Leyden’s comments. Cllr. Leyden has also reiterated her view that Fianna Fáil should not have gone into coalition with Fine Gael. She says Micheál Martin should not lead Fianna Fáil into the next General Election, but should instead step down as leader once his term as Taoiseach ends in December 2022. Cllr. Leyden issued a strongly worded rebuke of Senator Murphy this week. She was responding to comments made by Senator Murphy

at the recent Fianna Fáil think-in in Cavan, which the former TD repeated in press statements issued to the Roscommon media last week. Cllr. Leyden says she does not know if her political relationship with Senator Murphy is permanently damaged. “He broke it...I think I was being too polite for too long. I can’t work with someone who rewrites the past. I am not interested in drama, or in this being about me. Eugene plays the victim. His latest comments were too much, they were the last straw. I had to put the record straight this time”. In her press statement, Cllr. Ley-

den says she received a phone call from Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin in January 2020 in which he asked her to run in the upcoming election. Cllr. Leyden says Mr. Martin was “desperate” for her to run, as internal party polls were showing that then Deputy Eugene Murphy would not retain the Dáil seat in the 2020 election. Cllr. Leyden alleges that the Murphy camp made negative comments about her during the subsequent brief campaign, and that there was no effort to work as a team. As to the future, she would like to see Micheál Martin replaced as

leader. “If I knew then what I know now I would not have run in the last election. I wanted a National Government and felt Fianna Fáil should talk to everyone. I was not comfortable with the decision to go into coalition with Fine Gael. Micheál Martin is not decisive enough. When his term as Taoiseach is up he should step down in the interests of the party”. Asked if she will consider seeking a nomination to run for Fianna Fáil in the next General Election, Cllr. Leyden said she doesn’t know. “I am not ruling it in or out”.

Leyden: ‘I will not allow Murphy to use me as his scapegoat’ Tensions between Fianna Fáil’s Roscommon candidates in the 2020 General Election erupted into the public domain this week with Cllr. Orla Leyden launching a fierce broadside against her party colleague, Senator Eugene Murphy, in response to his claim that the decision to run two Roscommon-based candidates had cost him the Dáil seat he won in 2016. Cllr. Leyden accused Senator Murphy of engaging in “self-obsessed egocentric drama”. Cllr. Leyden has reacted angrily to comments made by Senator Murphy at the recent Fianna Fáil think-in in Cavan, which the former TD repeated in press statements issued to the Roscommon media last week. Cllr. Leyden, part of a twocandidate team for Fianna Fáil in Roscommon-Galway constituency in 2020, accused her colleague of “playing the victim for far too long” and said people are “sick and tired” of him complaining. Cllr. Leyden infers that the now Senator Murphy would not have lost his Dáil seat if he had been doing his job properly. She accuses him of being deluded and of attempting to make her the scapegoat for Fianna Fáil’s failure to retain the seat. Contacted by the Roscommon People on Wednesday, Senator Murphy said that he would not be commenting on what Cllr. Leyden has been saying this week. In last week’s Roscommon People, Senator Murphy said that the decision to run a Roscommonbased candidate (Cllr. Leyden) alongside him had cost the party

Sen. Eugene Murphy deep in thought as newly-elected TD Claire Kerrane prepares to make her acceptance speech at the Hyde Centre, Roscommon during the 2020 General Election. Picture: Mick McCormack. Cllr. Orla Leyden, (right), has advised Senator Murphy that ‘negativity is not attractive and victimhood is not appealing’.

a seat. He called for a Galwaybased candidate to be chosen with him in the next election. Senator Murphy said that at the think-in in Cavan, he had directly asked Taoiseach Martin: “Who in God’s name came up with the idea to add on a second candidate in Roscommon...?” This week, Cllr. Leyden hit back, saying: “Eugene is deluded if he actually thinks the main reason Fianna Fáil lost the Dáil seat in the Roscommon-Galway constituency was because the party adopted a two-candidate strategy with no candidate in Galway. I know that I am not the only one that is sick and tired of hearing Eugene lamenting the last election. The problem is that Eugene has played the victim for far too long. It is time that he takes re-

sponsibility for his own circumstances. I will not allow him to use me as his scapegoat. “The brutal reality is that had Eugene been doing his job and polling well in the Fianna Fáil polls in the RoscommonGalway constituency prior to the election then I would never have got that last-minute desperate call from Uachtarán Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin TD”. Cllr. Leyden said that Deputy Martin had phoned her in January 2020 and asked her to consider running for the party. According to Cllr. Leyden, the party leader referenced internal party polls and said that the then Deputy Murphy would not retain the seat if he was the only FF candidate in the constituency. “They had run polls and were deeply concerned about Eu-

gene’s inadequate performance in them” Cllr. Leyden says. Her statement continued: “He (Deputy Martin) stressed that the party needed to put its ‘best foot forward’ and that it ‘needed to be ambitious’. Cllr. Leyden subsequently decided to run and to “step up to the mark when asked by the Leader of the party”. She says she gave the campaign everything and did not want to see Fianna Fáil lose the seat. Accusing the ‘Murphy camp’ of not working as a team (with her) she pointedly states: “It had not been my intention or plan to contest the election until I got this desperate call from the party leader. I regret that Eugene did not see fit to work as a team during the campaign. I don’t believe

that the negative comments of some of his very close supporters on Facebook about me did Eugene any good. It made him look bad. Negativity is not attractive, victimhood is not appealing. What the people want are hard-working public representatives that get on with the job without any of this self-obsessed egocentric drama. They want people that are prepared to take a stand. They want leaders”. Cllr. Leyden continued: “My advice to Eugene is: Stop looking behind, the 2020 General Election is almost two years ago. Get real, Eugene. Look forward, plan, try to build some alliances. Stop attacking...the party, Eugene, it is bigger than any individual. We can all be replaced”.

Paschal: ‘People need a strong voice for area’ Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice says he is not ruling out seeking a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next General Election race. Speaking to the Roscommon People on Wednesday, Cllr. Fitzmaurice indicated that he is giving the matter serious consideration. “I have been thinking about running...let’s just say I am not ruling it in and I am not ruling it out. My name went forward (to convention) before, but I withdrew, because the timing wasn’t right. My children are older now. Of course family circumstances will always come first”. Cllr. Fitzmaurice, a Castlerea-based businessman, has served on Roscommon County Council since first being elected in 2009. He topped the poll in Roscommon Municipal District in the 2019 local elections. Asked if Fianna Fáil can win back a seat in Roscommon/Galway, Cllr. Fitzmaurice said: “Yes, but it’s more important that people elect someone who will be a strong voice for the area, for the entire constituency. I find that people at local level are involved in politics for all the right reasons... basically to see their area improved. I have lots of ideas as to how we can improve this area. “You have to work with people. My style is to be hands-on, to get things done. The Fianna Fáil organisation in Castlerea have been very supportive of me since 2009, as has the wider community. At the end of the day, it’s about improving our local areas”.


Roscommon People Friday 24 September 2021


New angling facilities can hook tourists in and boost local economy O

ver the last few weeks, I have been meeting with people involved in the whole area of social enterprise and community development throughout Roscommon and catching up on some of the fantastic projects that are underway around the county – despite the efforts of Covid-19 to scupper an improvement in facilities and infrastructure. The official opening of the new marina and angling facilities at Lake O’Flynn in Ballinlough was a real eye-opener for me. In the height of the second lockdown, I had occasion to go to that part of the county to interview a local lady. We agreed on the lakeside as a location where we could meet and do the recording in a good safe outdoor space. I hadn’t been in that area for some time and have to say I was quite stunned by the comprehensive nature of the new development underway. The marina, which was developed by Ballinlough Development Association, includes berths for 24 angling boats, a floating jetty, a fishing stand which includes access for those with reduced mobility, a lovely playground, ample parking space and toilet facilities. It’s an absolutely superb and very well designed piece of work. I think it’s going to be the catalyst for a huge economic boost in that area. It also provides the rest of us with a challenge to build on the new infrastructure already put in for the angling tourism industry locally –and to plan for even more in the years to come. In the last few weeks, we have seen huge numbers of anglers from around the country and abroad arrive in County Roscommon to take part in major fishing festivals again. It’s a breath of fresh air after all the Covid cancellations. In Strokestown, the local development committee and Andy Burnett and his team staged a fine coarse fishing event in local lakes, and our own Lough Ree Angling hub hosted the International Pike Angling classic. Both events were hugely successful, with very decent numbers taking part, giving both towns and the surrounding area a real boost. I have been deeply involved in angling tourism since 2015 when we set up the Lough Ree Angling hub in Ballyleague-Lanesborough. I can vouch for the economic boost these festivals and their associated knock-on events have on a community. I am not a fishing expert so my interest at the beginning was based around restoring just some of the angling tourism that people like the late Hugh Baxter in Ballyleague and the hard-working Dessie Watts in Lanesborough established when they worked on developing fishing in the 1960s and 1970s.

More visitors means more (high quality) accommodation will be required. There is an onus on the local business community to recognise the investment by the state and give it their own vote of confidence by also investing heavily

Anglers from Cootehill, County Cavan, who took part in the recent Lough Ree International Pike Classic, pictured at the marina in Ballyleague with Cllr. Joe Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.

ANGLING TOURISM BOOST...a scene from the World Predator Boat Fishing Championships in Ballyleague/ Lanesboro in 2016. Competitors bring thousands of euro into the local economy in Roscommon – but could they bring more?

This was pioneering work for angling tourism in Ireland. Those involved came together to take advantage of the healthy UK interest in fishing, the strength of the English pound, and the popularity of the old ESB power station hot water stretch – which brought visitors in their thousands. The result was a strong economic boost for Baxter’s hotel and the old Anchor hotel, the Lough Ree Arms, the Strokestown Arms and dozens of privately owned B&Bs and guesthouses all around the Shannon. I remember the era very well. All summer the hot water stretch had huge numbers of visitors. They all stayed locally too. We became accustomed to a wide range of Yorkshire and other accents every year.

Regrettably, that business faded away in the ‘80s and ‘90s when the euro replaced the pound. Some anglers thought they were not getting as much value for money on their trips. The quality of the angling also declined, for various reasons. Against that background, we were thrilled in 2015 to win the right to stage the World Predator boat championships in Ballyleague. The 2016 event still brings back terrific memories of international visitors, economic investment, and a really great fortnight around Lough Ree. The exploits of the Russian team and their opponents from Ukraine stand out. The Russians, who had a very large budget, decided they would bring their snazzy fishing boat to Ballyleague a full four weeks ahead of the actual competition. They drove into town in the first week

of September and moved into accommodation which they had booked for a month. When I met their team the next day, I was pretty stunned by what they had actually done because it emerged they had driven their very expensive looking angling boats, complete with massively powered engines, over on trailers pulled by even more expensive looking jeeps – a journey of over 3000 miles. They meant business! Over the next two weeks they were out on Lough Ree every day doing a bit of a ‘recce’ for the world championships. They asked angler after angler about where the really big pike were to be found. Then, after their two weeks was up, they parked up the boats and trailers at their accommodation and flew back to Russia to work in their day jobs for a fortnight before flying back again in early October 2016 to take part in the World Championships. It was obvious they had lots of money to spend on the fishing and wouldn’t be found wanting in the cash department. Two weeks later, the situation couldn’t have been more contrasting when many of the other teams arrived in Ballyleague. At least three countries had no boats at all with them. After arriving in a bus at the Hodson Bay Hotel, some teams more or less thumbed over to Ballyleague to see if they could rent a couple of boats locally (which they did). When the Ukrainian team arrived, it was pretty clear they too were on a fairly tight budget – but here the story takes a rather interesting turn. After four days of great fishing in the World Championships on Lough Ree, the Russian team did not enjoy too many high quality catches and were significantly down the leaderboard. At the top were Ukraine – a feat which they enjoyed greatly when they won the championships and celebrated wildly in the local pubs that weekend! The moral of the story is that fishing is not a predictable sport. Success certainly can’t be bought. Those who enjoy it most know that weather and all sorts of other factors play into the equation. The other thing I learnt was that the angling tourism business was alive and well and that if the right organisation was done, international tourists would come back time and time again. This backdrop came to mind when I looked at some of the new facilities in Ballinlough. Through my own involvement with the Lough Ree Angling hub, I know there are also very hard-working committees down the years in Boyle and along the Suck Valley Way – and that was one reason why I recently suggested that a specific investment by the tourism authorities at national and regional level might be a good strategic economic move in the next five years in order to build on the potential of the new facilities. Everybody knows that high quality venues such as Lough Key Forest Park and Bay Sports at Hodson Bay will always bring in higher numbers when it comes to mass tourism. They deserve support – but there must be a place in the new vision for high quality seasonal tourism attractions such as Lake O’Flynn and Lough Ree. It would be nice to see Fáilte Ireland investing more in those areas over the next few years. Of course locals have a part to play too. More visitors means more (high quality) accommodation will be required. There is an onus on the local business community to recognise the investment by the state and give it their own vote of confidence by also investing heavily. Over to you!


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Roscommon People Friday 24 September 2021


Roscommon classical teens sought for €5,000 Music Awards


Good news for Roscommon’s top teen music talent as the 2021 Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards is now open for entries. With a €5,000 prize for the winner, it is the largest such competition for Irish secondary schools. Last year’s winner, violinist Julieanne Forrest (18), pictured, was at the photocall to launch details of the 2021 competition. The Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were first created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr. Frank Maher, a pioneer in the nurturing of musical talent in secondary schools. They went nationwide in 2012. Emmet said: “From small beginnings, the Awards are now into their tenth year of national competition, and we never cease to be amazed and delighted at the incredible teenage talent that it attracts”. The Awards are open to sixth year post-primary students of string, woodwind, brass and piano. The €5,000 top prize will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent. The remaining finalists will each receive a €300 bursary. The closing date for this year’s entries is Friday, 8th of October 2021. Further information on www.frankmaherclassicalmusicawards.com

It’s been a GOOD week for… Veteran entertainer Johnny Logan, left, who wooed viewers as the first guest on a promising new RTE series ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ (presented by Bressie) Various TV favourites, such as acclaimed royal family drama ‘The Crown’ and football comedy series ‘Ted Lasso’...the big winners at the 73rd annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

It’s been a BAD week for… John Bruton, right, with the dignified but slightly error-prone former Taoiseach forced to backtrack after incorrectly suggesting that President Higgins would have been in breach of the Constitution if he’d decided not to attend a church service in Northern Ireland without first asking the Irish Government Irish Water, with the revelation that some of their customers became ill after water supplies were contaminated. The body has apologised and said that what happened was ‘unacceptable’ Women and girls in Afghanistan, with stark early evidence of ‘no change’ from the Taliban after the extremist group – now in charge in that country – issued a diktat that only male teachers and students were to return to school

Hurlers of Athleague and Tremane, with those two teams progressing to the Roscommon SHC semi-finals, the latter after a thriller against St Dominic’s

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There have been a couple of famous visitors to County Roscommon in recent weeks as the county continues to reopen following the Covid-19 lockdown. First up was model and former Miss Universe Ireland Rozanna Purcell, whose visit we covered in a previous issue of the Roscommon People. The social media influencer visited the county in August. Rozanna enjoyed a historical tour of the county town with local guide

Marie Gillooly and also dropped in to the Claypipe Centre in Knockcroghery and Bay Sports at Hodson Bay. Celebrity chef, Donal Skehan, was the most recent visitor to Roscommon when he dropped by during filming of his new series ‘Donal’s Irish Adventure’ which is set to air. Donal travelled down Lough Ree where he met members of the Midlands Fishing and Shooting Club led by Mick Flanagan. He also popped into the Claypipe Centre in Knockcroghery where he tried his hand at

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Further restrictions lifted as normal service resumes! County Roscommon took a further step to normal service this week following the lifting of yet more Covid-19 restrictions by the Government. On Thursday last, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) gave the go-ahead for the lifting of further restrictions on Monday last (September 20th). These changes are the latest to take place following the easing of some restrictions on September 6th. Since Monday, there have been several changes in restrictions regarding organised group activities. Indoor sports, arts and dance classes can resume with a limited capacity of one hundred immune people, and in cases of mixed immunity, pods of up to

six people will be allowed. The number of pods permitted will be subject to the size of the venue and capability for social distancing. Meanwhile, all restrictions for participants in organised outdoor group activities have been removed. However, depending on specific event regulations, spectator attendance may be limited. Monday’s easing of restrictions also sees the start of a phased return to the workplace for many workers. Employers are being encouraged to develop a long-term blended working and return to work policy. Live music is now permitted at weddings, though capacity continues to be limited to 100 guests. Religious ceremonies can be

held with 50 percent venue capacity and galleries and museums can open with protective measures in place and 60 percent capacity for full-vaccinated patrons. The easing of restrictions is set to continue until October 22nd, when, provided the virus remains under control, all restrictions will be lifted. This will mean the reopening of nightclubs, the removal of attendance limits on indoor and outdoor events, and will get rid of the need to have a vaccine certificate to access certain events and activities. Following October 22nd, people will still be asked to self-isolate when exhibiting symptoms and to continue wearing masks in indoor settings and on public transport.


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Drama Group returns to the boards!

Roscommon Drama Group are delighted to announce their return to the boards early next month, 2nd to 5th October, when they stage two one-act plays at the Roscommon Arts Centre. They have spent the summer preparing the plays for recording for radio under the direction of Roscommon born thespian Enda Oates. The group will present enhanced staged readings of the plays which is a new and innovative idea to bring drama to the Roscommon stage after the long Covid break. There is a more detailed description of the plays and casts on the ‘Good News Page’ this week (page 10). Due to Covid restrictions there is a limited availability so booking early is advisable. At a recent committee meeting it was decided to return to the road on the One-Act Drama circuit this year with The Galway Girl directed by Mary Cox. There will also be a spring production of a three-act play details of which have yet to be decided. Finally, the AGM will be held on October 12th where new members will be more than welcome.

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Triest Press opens new offices in Castlerea Local publishing company, Triest Press, officially opened its new offices in Castlerea on Thursday last with the creation of five new jobs. The company, which is run with the support of the Brothers of Charity and has an existing operation in Roscommon town, offers quality printing, folding and binding services and

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Roscommon consumers respond to LEO’s call to ‘Look for Local’ Research released by Local Enterprise Offices has shown that 66 percent of Irish consumers bought goods or services locally, to support their local economy, as a result of seeing or hearing the ‘Look for Local’ campaign or similar shop local themed campaigns this past summer. The results also showed that 75 percent of adults are now more inclined to shop for local businesses online since 91 percent believe there are now more local Irish businesses online than ever before. In 2020, Local Enterprise Offices nationally approved over 13,000 Trading Online Vouchers which enabled small businesses to set up an online trading presence. This was up over 950 percent from the year previous (1,218) and helped small businesses to keep the virtual doors open, when physical ones were shut.

Those surveyed also showed an understanding of the benefits of spending in your community or town with the research highlighting they “strongly agreed” that looking for local is beneficial to the economy and jobs and also have a positive environmental impact. The Look for Local campaign was launched earlier this summer by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon, funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities. The campaign involved national and local advertising and promotion across the summer encouraging consumers to look for local when purchasing products, services or experiences. It saw over 4,500 local businesses listed on the Look for Local hub on the Local

Enterprise Office website that consumers could access and browse to see what was available in their area. Minister for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English said: “Across the summer we saw thousands of Irish businesses reopening their doors, many for the first time since the pandemic began. “This would have been a very exciting but anxious time for them as they recommenced trading to the public. This research shows that the Irish public responded to the ‘Look for Local’ call by the Local Enterprise Office Network and supported their own when they needed it the most. “We have worked closely with Enterprise Offices across the past 18 months to sustain businesses, help them upskill, get online and in some cases pivot as we adapt to new ways of trading we will

continue to support these small businesses that are the life blood of communities across the country”. Louise Ward of Roscommon LEO said: “The Look for Local campaign was an opportunity for the Local Enterprise Office to show support to all those small businesses in Roscommon as they reopened and encourage consumers to do the same. To see that people intentionally spent with our local businesses this summer is fantastic, but it also shows that consumers believed in the quality of product, service and experience they were getting on their own doorstep. “As was outlined during the campaign, every euro that is spent locally here in County Roscommon is an investment in our community and that money has a knock-on effect through the county. Consumers now understand that spend-

ing locally will positively impact the economy and jobs in their area and going forward for small businesses there is a big opportunity to capitalise on that sentiment”. The survey by GroupM Research, sampled over 700 Irish consumers, and highlights how Irish consumers were keen to support their own local businesses as the country reopened across the summer. In addition to the Trading Online Vouchers the Local Enterprise Office continues to work with small businesses across the country with training, mentoring, sector and issue specific consultancy and financial supports to help them start up and grow as the country reopens fully. For more information on Look for Local go to www.LocalEnterprise.ie/LookForLocal and support Look for Local online using the hashtag #LookForLocal.


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Macra wants urgent Government intervention at Lough Funshinagh < DAN DOONER

Macra na Feirme President John Keane has called for urgent Government intervention in order to safeguard homes and farms at Lough Funshinagh this winter. The Macra President said the environmental impact at the turlough was significant, especially given that the area is classed a Special Area of Conservation. Mr. Keane added that local farmers had been farming beside the lake for

many years, working with the land to promote biodiversity while practicing climate-friendly farming. “The rising floodwaters will only continue to destroy habitats and carbon stores while reversing generations of progress and development by the farmers affected,” the Macra na Feirme President said. “The Government needs to intervene now to resolve this issue for the benefit of both the people and the environment. Standing by and allowing the crisis to worsen is no longer a

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ed a farm walk on September 10th at the farm of Cllr. Laurence and Michael Fallon on the shores of Lough Funshinagh. The large crowd attending the walk heard of the threat of the expanding turlough to farmland, houses, and the environment. The organisers said attendees saw hedgerows that have been destroyed by the rising waters with a huge loss of habitat for birds and insects. A forest planted some decades ago to sequester and store carbon is wilting and dying due to submerged roots.

First prize for Tom’s sucklers at ICCS herds competition < DAN DOONER

Congratulations to Tom Fitzmaurice, based just over the Roscommon Mayo border in Derrynacong, who recently won first prize in the small herds category of Irish Charolais Cattle Society’s Suckler Herds Competition. Tom farms on his own and keeps approximately 20 suckler cows. The cows are a mix of Simmental, Limousin and Charolais crosses. Tom is well known in the area for producing

top-quality Charolais weanlings and for the last four years he has sold his Charolais cross weanling bulls at the Show and Sale in Castlerea Mart. He has won ‘Overall Champion’ on three out of those four years as well as achieving the top price on all three occasions. Tom’s weanling heifers are usually sold off-farm to repeat customers, as he explained to the ICCS website recently: “I have any amount of customers for my Charolais weanlings. The same

men have been buying from me for years”. Last year, Tom’s weanling bulls sold for an average of €1,152 at an average weight of 390kgs. His Overall Champion of the Show weighed 445kgs and sold for €1,440. The heifers were sold off-farm at an average of €900, and average weight of 300kgs. The average age of these heifers was just seven months. This year’s weanling bulls will once again go for sale at the annual show and sale in Castlerea Mart.



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Roscommon agricultural students encouraged to apply for John Feely Scholarships The John Feely Foundation has announced that applications are now being accepted for the four scholarships awarded by the group each year. A sum of €1,500 each is awarded to four students in year one of an agricultural course at one of the following agricultural colleges: Clonakilty, Kildalton, Pallaskenry, Gurteen, Mountbellew, Ballyhaise or those who are studying an agriculture related course in another third level institution. Applications can be made by any ICMSA member, who are required to give their own name, phone number and membership number

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Grassland that was home to over 100 travelling hooper swans completely submerged with the swans not returning to lands they had visited for generations. An overflow pipe has been partially completed at Lough Funshinagh but has been halted due to legal objection from environmental group, Friends of the Irish Environment. Macra na Feirme has now called for urgent action to prevent the crisis from worsening and leading to an environmental and humanitarian emergency.

Castlerea MART WATCH A large entry of stock presented at our annual show and sale of continental weanlings. The quality on offer was of a very high standard and this was reflected in the prices and trade on offer. The top-quality bulls made up to €4.05 a kilo while the heifer calves peaked at €4.25 a kilo. The trade was a welcome boost to the suckler industry as farmers were rewarded for their quality lots. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,260 to €1,660, springers made from €1,020 to €1,560, and calves/runners made from €240 to €810 for continental lots. There were 250 bullocks on sale on Monday, September 13th with very good demand for all classes on offer. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday, 23rd) when we hold our annual show and sale of continental heifers and Belgian Blue weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am. Sample prices for weanling bulls (prize winners): Ch 420kgs €1510, Ch 375kgs €1420, Ch 400kgs €1410, Lm 300kgs €1100, Lm 365kgs €1140, Lm 360kgs €1110. Further prices: Ch 275kgs €1080, Ch 260kgs €1040, Ch 380kgs €1520, Ch 340kgs €1380, Ch 330kgs €1050. Weanling heifers: Ch 380kgs €1500, Ch 325kgs €1360, Ch 375kgs €930, Lm 360kgs €1360, Lmx 395kgs €1160, Lm 325kgs €1340, Lm 380kgs €1530, Lm 300kgs €970, Lm 400kgs €1700, Ch 415kgs €1290. Heifers: Ch 420kgs €1200, Lm 420kgs €1140, BBx 390kgs €1110, Lm 375kgs €1110, Lmx 495kgs €1350, Lm 485kgs €1290, Ch 595kgs €1580, Ch 620kgs €1570, Lm 580kgs €1540. Dry cows: Lm 805kgs €1840, Lm 805kgs €1780, Lm 775kgs €1750, BA 775kgs €1700, Lm 795kgs €1760, Sh 915kgs €1730. Bullocks: Ch 465kgs €1400, Lm 475kgs €1390, Lm 420kgs €1310, Ch 505kgs €1560, Ch 500kgs €1440, Lm 595kgs €1570, Ch 575kgs €1540, Ch 645kgs €1600, Lm 610kgs €1600, Ch 730kgs €1720, Lm 655kgs €1630.


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Roscommon students among finalists set to rear five Angus calves in unique schools competition At a special event at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois this week, RTÉ broadcaster Carl Mullan revealed the six schools that will progress as finalists in the Certified Irish Angus school’s competition. Among the finalist groups challenged to rear Angus calves were David Duggan, Liam Killoran, Gavin O’Connor and Colin McGrath from Abbey Community College in Boyle. The initiative, organised by Certified Irish Angus in association with its partners ABP and Kepak, has increased in popularity in recent years, with schools excelling from both urban and rural schools, with farming and non-farming backgrounds. The unique competition sees the stu-

dent groups actively involved in the rearing of five Irish Angus cattle in order to allow them to gain an understanding of the care and attention that is required to produce topquality Irish beef under a sustainable family farming system. Over the next eighteen months, David Duggan, Liam Killoran, Gavin O’Connor and Colin Mcgrath will rear five Irish Angus calves while carrying out research on an important topic. The group will focus on ‘Sustainable Beef Production’, highlighting sustainability practices across beef processing and retailing and the environmental and sustainability benefits of the Angus breed in suckler beef production systems. The Roscommon group

join students from St. Louis’ High School in Rathmines, Holy Rosary College in Mountbellew, Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard, Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles, and St. Brigid’s Secondary School in Killarney as the successful finalists for this year’s competition. Speaking about the event, Charles Smith (General Manager for Certified Irish Angus) said: “We are honoured to be welcomed back today by the National Ploughing Association for this special event, allowing the school’s competition finalists to meet their Angus calves for the first time. Standards were extremely high once again this year, with brilliant applications received from students of all backgrounds – inner-

city schools and groups with rural and farming backgrounds. “We are delighted to reveal these six schools as worthy finalists today. During the interview stages, these groups stood out to the judges for taking great interest in the agri-food industry and for bringing new perspectives, ideas, and findings to the competition. The next eighteen months will be exciting, challenging and rewarding for these students as they navigate their way through the competition”. Now, the competition organisers are looking for enthusiastic Transition Year students across Ireland to be the next finalists of the popular competition. Each finalist group will receive a once-in-a-

Pictured are David Duggan, Gavin O’Connor, Colin McGrath and Liam Killoran from Abbey Community College in Boyle, who were presented with five Certified Irish Angus calves to rear as part of a unique school’s competition, organised by Certified Irish Angus in association with its partners ABP and Kepak.

lifetime opportunity to rear five Angus calves for eighteen months, while preparing a research project on a relevant topic. The project themes will cover the important topics of Improving Animal Genetics, Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Health

Teagasc highlights five key areas for Irish suckler herd < BY CHARLIE DEVANEY, BEEF ADVISOR, TEAGASC CASTLEREA

Charlie Devaney, Teagasc Adviser, Castlerea.

The Irish suckler herd has some major challenges facing it over the coming years. In order for it to survive into the future it is my opinion that there are five key areas that we need to focus on or will be asked to focus on. Calving interval: The national calving interval over the last 12 months is 395 days. This figure is consistently around 400 days per year. It needs to be closer to 365 days. Calves per cow per year: This figure is 0.86 calves per cow per year over the last

year. Again this figure has been around this for quite a while. Basically what it means is that for every 20 cows we are producing 17 calves each year. Recycled cows: Presently 17 percent of our suckler cows are not having a calf each year. This equates to nearly two cows out of every ten. Can this continue? Heifers calved at 24 months: Again the percentage of heifers calving at two years is very low. I know a lot of farmers don’t like calving heifers at two years of age but again this is an area that I think we will be asked to improve on in the future. AI usage: Lastly AI usage is at 16 percent for the last 12 months in the suckler

herd. The reality is that it needs to improve to improve the quality of our herd but practically this is very hard. The reality is that the current situation can’t continue. The question now is will it be the carrot or stick method that forces this change. Teagasc provides a local advisory and education service to farmers. They have offices based in Roscommon town (Tel: 090-6626166), Castlerea (Tel: 094-9620160) and Longford (Tel: 0433341021). You can also find Teagasc on social. For information about local farm webinars, email: RoscommonLongfordAdvisory@teagasc.ie.

Roscommon MART WATCH There were good numbers on offer again this week with prices holding firm for all stock. Heifers made from an average of €2.50 per kilo up to €3.25 per kilo. Bullock numbers were small due to next week’s special sale. Prices averaged from €2.34 per kilo up to €3.27 per kilo. Dry cows made from an average of €2.03 per kilo up to €2.43 per kilo. Again this week there were plenty of customers actively sourcing stock both at the ringside and online. There will be a special sale of bullocks as well as heifers and dry cows this Friday (24th). Numbers were slightly reduced at last Saturday’s sale of breeding sheep but prices were improved with more customers sourcing stock. Hoggets ranged from €140 up to €262. 2-year-olds made from €142 up to €196 and 3-year-olds made from €130 up to €162. Sales continue for breeding sheep on Saturday (25th). There will also be a show and sale of pedigree Texel rams this Saturday with 20 rams on offer. Show at 12 Noon and sale at 1 pm. There was a good entry of

top-quality weanlings on offer at Tuesday’s sale and trade was brisk for both heifers and bulls. Prices for heifers ranged from an average of €2.73 per kilo up to €3.32 per kilo. Bulls fetched from an average of €2.50 per kilo up to €3.52 per kilo. There was a strong demand from customers both online and at the ring resulting in a high percentage clearance of lots. There will be a show and sale of weanlings on Tuesday next (28th) at 4 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday). Finally, there was a large entry on offer at our weekly sale of lambs and case ewes with improved trade all round. There was a good selection of ewe lambs presented for sale with plenty of customers sourcing them. The top ewe lambs fetched up to €156 for 55.30kgs. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set. Sales as usual on Wednesday next (29th) at 11 am. Yard opens at 8 am and all stock must be penned by 10 am. Sale can be viewed live on www.livestock-live.com. Sample prices for dry cows: Lim X 735kgs €1750, BBX 770kgs €1710, Simm X 730kgs €1600, Lim

X 665kgs €1600, Char X 535kgs €1260, AAX 625kgs €1290, Simm X 670kgs €1470, Lim X 675kgs €1530, Lim X 665kgs €1600, Lim X 590kgs €1430. Heifers: Char X 740kgs €1920, Lim X 710kgs €1830, Char X 645kgs €1800, Lim X 680, Lim X 660kgs €1770, Lim 610kgs €1660, Lim X 630kgs €1600, Char X 530kgs €1620, Char X 585kgs €1680, Lim X 490kgs €1470, BBX 630kgs €1500, Char X 540kgs €1500, Char X 590kgs €1600, Lim X 425kgs €1380, Char X 490kgs €1420, Lim X 440kgs €1430, Char X 435kgs €1310, Char X 425kgs €1350, 6 Char X 487.5kgs €1270, Lim X 460kgs €1240, Lim X 420kgs €1100, Lim X 410kgs €1080, Char X 365kgs €900, Lim 360kgs €970. Bullocks: AAX 760kgs €1500, AAX 650kgs €1450, AAX 450kgs €920, Lim X 420kgs €1000, 2 Lim X 320kgs €1000, Char X 315kgs €1020, 2 Char X 365kgs €1100, Lim X 330kgs €1080, Lim X 560kgs €1400, Char X 470kgs €1070. Weanling heifers: Lim X 360kgs €1100 - €3.05 per kilo, BBX 365kgs €1090 - €2.98 per kilo, Lim X 370kgs €1070 - €2.89 per kilo, Lim X 335kgs €1030 - €3.07 per kilo, Lim X 300kgs

€960 - €3.20 per kilo, Lim X 265kgs €880 - €3.32 per kilo, Simm X 270kgs €840 - €3.11 per kilo, Char X 295kgs €920 - €3.11 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €840 - €3.29 per kilo. Weanling bulls: Char X 470kgs €1350 - €2.87 per kilo, Char X 445kgs €1310 - €2.94 per kilo, BBX 480kgs €1300 - €2.70 per kilo, Char X 425kgs €1270 - €2.98 per kilo, BA 400kgs €1230 - €3.07 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €1080 - €3.27 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €1130 - €3.13 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €900 - €3.52 per kilo, BA 375kgs €1000 - €2.66 per kilo, Lim 295kgs €830 - €2.81 per kilo. Finished lambs: 51kgs €138, 47.50kgs €132, 48.20kgs €130, 48.30kgs €128, 54.50kgs €135, 50kgs €135, 51.50kgs €136, 51.20kgs €135, 52kgs €135, 50kgs €133. Ewe lambs: 55.30kgs €156, 51kgs €133, 49.90kgs €140, 48.10kgs €136, 48.60kgs €142, 46.70kgs €144, 46.80kgs €129, 50.40kgs €140, 43.50kgs €120, 44kgs €125. Store lambs: 40.80kgs €115, 38.50kgs €101, 38.40kgs €105, 41.80kgs €110, 38kgs €102, 35.40kgs €96, 40.30kgs €111, 38.30kgs €100, 40.30kgs €104.

and Safety, and Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Quality of Irish Food, in Particular Irish Beef. Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals on completion of the project. The winning students also

receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education. Visit certifiedirishangus. ie/schools for information about the competition stages and how to enter. The closing date for entries is November 19th, 2021.

(Proudly serving farmers for over 62 years) Property Services Providers Licence No. 001373

Harvest Special Sale of Bullocks

Friday, September 24th at 11 a.m. 136 pens of Bullocks Also Heifers and Dry Cows ----------------------

Fall Special Sale of Heifers Friday, October 1st at 11a.m. Also Bullocks and Dry Cows

Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Monday, 27th September ----------------------

Show & Sale of Weanlings Tuesday, September 28th at 4 p.m. Also Suckler Cows Details of classes on our Website/Facebook pages

Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 23rd ----------------------

Fall Special Sale of Weanlings Tuesday, October 5th at 4 p.m.

Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 30th

Also Suckler Cows ----------------------

Lambs & Cast Ewes

Each Wednesday at 11 a.m. Yard open at 8.30 a.m. All stock must be penned by 10 a.m. ----------------------

Saturday, September 25th

Breeding Ewes & Hoggets Sale at 11 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Also Show & Sale of Pedigree Texel Sheep Show at 12 Noon – Sale at 1 p.m.

ENQUIRIES 090 6626352

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EirGrid seeks local groups to join North Connacht Community Forum EirGrid is encouraging community groups and organisations located close to the North Connacht 110kV Project to join a new community forum. The company says the project will enhance the electricity network in the area and connect new renewable generation onto the national grid. A best-performing underground route for the project, which runs from Ballina in Co. Mayo to Ballaghaderreen in Co. Roscommon, was recently announced. Now, the national electricity grid operator is looking for people from areas across Ballina, Foxford, Swinford and Ballaghaderreen to join the forum and represent the views of their communities in relation to the development of the project. An information evening will be held on Thursday, September 23rd via Zoom, to inform communities and stakeholders about the forum. Sinead Dooley, Head of Public Engagement with EirGrid said: “The North Connacht 110kV Project Community Forum brings together people and organisations from across the project area in Mayo and

Roscommon so that their views can be discussed, understood and properly considered before and during project delivery”. The forum will receive project updates and will provide guidance to the EirGrid Project team on any relevant community issues. The forum will also oversee the implementation of the community benefit fund and communicate information to a wider group of regional and local stakeholders. Membership of the forum will be fully inclusive and consist of representatives from local community and voluntary organisations in the project area. Membership is also extended to local public representatives. Irish charity, Development Perspectives, has been appointed as the independent Chair of the North Connacht 110kV Project Community Forum. To find out more about the project, or to express an interest in participating in the North Connacht 110kV Project Community Forum, you can visit www.eirgrid. com/NorthConnachtProject.

Pictured (Left to right) at the announcement of six new Director appointments at RBK Chartered Accountants were: Lorraine Morrison, VAT Director, Michael Moriarty, Business Advisory Director, Patrick Fannon, Tax Director, David Gleeson, Managing Partner, Patrick Keegan, Wealth Management Director, Eddie Darby, Corporate Finance Director, Sinead McMahon, Tax Director

Six new Directors for RBK Chartered Accountants Athlone-based chartered accountancy firm, RBK, recently announced the appointment of six new Directors following a period of strong growth across the company’s three offices. The new Director appointments are: Sinead McMahon (Tax Director), Eddie Darby (Corporate Finance Director), Patrick Fannon

(Tax Director), Michael Moriarty (Business Advisory Director), Lorraine Morrison (VAT Director), and Patrick Keegan (Wealth Management Director). Commenting on the new appointments, David Gleeson, Managing Partner of RBK said: “I am very pleased to welcome these six new Directors to RBK’s senior leadership

Road adjacent to AIT renamed

A stretch of road, which runs adjacent to Athlone Institute of Technology from the new Garrycastle roundabout to what’s know locally as the Wash House Turn roundabout, has been renamed as ‘University Road’ in anticipation of the midlands’ first university opening its doors on October 1st. A submission was made by AIT in June following a call by Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke to the public to name seven roads in Athlone without official place names. The proposal was put forward to Westmeath County Council by Cllr. O’Rourke, a graduate of AIT, late last week and unanimously seconded. Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, president of AIT, welcomed the news and said it was a “small but symbolic step forward” for the midlands and Athlone as a new university town. “There was a unanimous decision from our governing body that we should submit a proposal to the council on the naming of the road to mark the occasion of the technological university, so we put it in and we were delighted to

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, president of AIT and Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke pictured following the announcement to rename the road from the new Garrycastle roundabout to the Wash House turn roundabout as ‘University Road’.

see that the council supported it. “It’s a wonderful tribute to Athlone and to AIT, as we celebrate 50 years and stand on the cusp of becoming a university to have the main link road down from the motorway to the campus being called University Road,” he said. He continued, “I think it augurs well for the future and it is wonderful to

receive this recognition from the town council for the tremendous work that has been done since AIT’s origins as an RTC to an institute of technology and speaks to the future of what the Technological University will be”. Cllr. O’Rourke, who proposed the idea of the naming the road, said that there had been “unanimous agreement from all

parties” and that he was looking forward to what it would do for the town of Athlone. “This will be transformational for the town; there’s no doubt about that,” he said, “I have a connection with the college, myself, having studied there and through my mother and even my grandfather going back 56 years ago or so when the idea was first

mooted about turning the lands of Creggan into a regional technical college. “Now to see it become a technological university, it has really been a fantastic transformation, it really has, and it is a great credit to Professor Ciarán Ó Catháín’s leadership. He had the vision for what AIT could become and drove it through to its conclusion,” he said.

team including Patrick Fannon, a native of Cloverhill, Co. Roscommon. “These appointments further support the ambitious growth plans of our business, which now numbers 220 dedicated financial advisory practitioners, and underlines our commitment to enhance the breadth and depth of expertise we offer our clients”.

Athlone Food Circle is looking for new members!

Athlone Food Circle is the new food network aiming to highlight the excellent food and drink offering in the wider Athlone area. It is currently inviting members to join the network which has funding under CEDRA (Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas) for a programme of marketing and PR activities until the end of the year. The group says this is an exceptional opportunity for local food businesses and the first intake of membership will close on September 30th. “This is a very exciting time to be involved in the food and drink sector in Athlone,” said Chairperson Deirdre Adamson (Glasson Lakehouse). “We are inviting members from a broad spectrum producers and markets, restaurants, gastro pubs, cafés, hotels and tours or activities with a food connection. By working together as a group we can achieve much more than by marketing as individuals”. Earlier in the year a series of five workshops gave people in every sector of the food industry a chance to express their views. From this a compelling food story for Athlone has been developed which will form part of the basis for promotional activity. Athlone Food Circle will work to raise the profile of food and drink in the area, offer specific training to members and generate media coverage. “Athlone Chamber of Commerce secured funding on behalf of the new Athlone Food Circle”, explained Gerry McInerney, CEO, Athlone Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to see the progress made so far and look forward to seeing the impact the network has on the food and drink sector. We are looking forward to working with and supporting the new committee”. This exciting new initiative to promote Athlone food was instigated by Athlone Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Destination Athlone. Anyone interested in joining the Athlone Food Circle should email athlonefoodcircle@gmail.com.


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Institute of Professional Auctioneer & Valuers

PSRA Licence No. 001481




4 B/R Residence of Approx.1510 ft² Located at


This property is presented in excellent condition throughout. Living accommodation is comprised of an entrance hall, living room, kitchen/dining room and W.C on the ground floor level. Proceeding to the first floor is a landing, main bathroom and 3 bedrooms with master being en-suite. The property features oil fired central heating with a solid fuel feature fireplace in the living room. Double glazed windows are fitted throughout. To the rear is a well-maintained garden with a sunny South facing aspect. The garden features a raised patio area, spacious lawn and side access. Off street parking is available on the tarmac driveway to the front with lawn to side. BER D1 Legal: Stephen Reel, Brian Berrills Solicitors, Dundalk Tel 042 9334219 The Auctioneer invites viewings and all offers to sell

FINAL OFFERS INVITED Luxury 1 Bedroom Apartment Approx. 500 ft² LOCATED AT


RATHCONOR, FOUR MILE HOUSE, ROSCOMMON F42 WY04 Recently Refurbished to a High Standard

AMV €250,000

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


Prime Roadside Farm 35.4 Acres approx LOCATED AT


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

The apartment is presented in excellent condition. The living accommodation is comprised of an entrance hall, kitchen, dining/living room, bedroom and bathroom. The property is heated via storage heaters with double glazed windows fitted throughout. The apartment is situated in a prime location within the centre of Roscommon Town. Access is from both the front and rear of the complex and there is ample free parking available. Lift and stairs servicing to the apartment. Ber E1 LEGAL: Billy Brandon, Messer’s PJ Neilan, Church Street, Roscommon. Tel: 090 6626245 The Auctioneer now invites immediate viewings and all offers to sell

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


GRANAGHAN DILLON AMV €250,000 €250,000

Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon Email: jearley@propertypartners.ie www.propertypartners.ie Tel: (090) 6626579 / 6626796 or John 086 2551380 Fax: (090) 6625405


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Sean Naughton MIPAV COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS, AUCTIONEERS, VALUERS, ESTATE AGENTS THE SQUARE, ROSCOMMON TEL: (090) 6625080 (office (office)) Mob: 087 2479486 — Fax: (090) 6627161 Email: seannaughton@eircom.net PRSA no. 001821 – FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY –

CLOONEENBAUN, DONAMON 30.54 acres (12.36 hectares) of fair quality land at Clooneenbaun. Final offers on or before 29th October 2021

Price Guide €165,000 Legal: Niamh Mahon, Mahon Sweeney Solicitors, Market Square, Roscommon


CLOONSELLAN, KILTEEVAN CO. ROSCOMMON 5.30 acres (2.14 hectares) of fair quality agricultural lands. Final offers on or before 29th October 2021

Price Guide €25,000 -------------------------------------------------------------------

CLOONDARAH, MOUNT TALBOT 3.33 acres (1.35 hectares) of good quality lands, Ideal for building subject to Planning Permission. Final offers on or before 29th October 2021

Price Guide €35,000 -------------------------------------------------------------------

GRANGE, FOUR MILE HOUSE CO. ROSCOMMON 35.48 acres (14.36 hectares) of top quality land at Grange Fourmilehouse, Co. Roscommon. Final offers on or before 29th October 2021

Price Guide €280,000 For Viewing & Information of the above properties contact the Auctioneer Sean Naughton M.I.P.A.V. The Square, Roscommon. Commissioner for Oaths, Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents PSRA License No: 001821 Tel: (090) 6625080 Mob: 087 2479486 Email: seannaughton@eircom.net

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Sean Naughton wants properties! When it comes to selling property, there is no substitute for experience. Having sold a number of properties in the last few weeks, auctioneer Sean

Naughton is very proud of the success the business has experienced. Sean’s business is completely independent, which allows him to serve

his customers in the best possible way. Sean prides himself on offering a very personal service. If you are thinking of selling, buying, renting, or require

a valuation, contact Sean Naughton on 087-2479486 or email seannaughton@ eircom.net. Best prices, best rates, and complete privacy guaranteed!

Prime four-bedroomed Knockcroghery residence New to the market with auctioneer Sean Naughton is a prime, four-bedroomed residence located at 50 Dun Ard, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon (F42 VO22). This semi-detached residence comprises four bedrooms (one ensuite), a main bathroom, kitchen/dining room, sitting room and downstairs washroom with toilet. There are spacious gardens towards the front and the rear of the property. Knockcroghery is located twenty minutes from Athlone and just ten minutes from Roscommon. It has a daily bus service serving Athlone and Roscommon, and is close to all local amenities including the primary school, filling station/convenience store, and restaurant. Viewing is highly recommended for this property, which would be ideal as either a family home or investment. Price guide: €185,000. For further details, please contact Sean Naughton Auctioneers on 090-6625080 or email seannaughton@eircom.net.

New to the market: Prime roadside farm lands in Strokestown This week, John Earley of Property Partners Earley, is offering, new to the market, prime roadside lands containing approximately 18.5 acres, located at Cloonslanor, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

These quality lands, comprised in Folio RN9802, offer commanding frontage onto two public roads, including the R368 (the Roscommon route). Servicing the lands is a cattle holding pen, crush, and water.

The auctioneer is now inviting viewings and all offers to sell. Contact Property Partners Earley of Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-66 26579, or contact John on 086-2551380 or at jearley@propertypartners.ie.

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10 Essex Grove, Roscommon Town

 Property 1 key feature 1 F42 2X008  Property 1 key feature Attractive bedroom  Propertytwo 1 key feature 3semi detached bungalow located in the heart of Roscommon Town within AMV: ¤000,000 walking distance to all amenities. Price: €150,000 SALE TYPE Guide TAGLINE

 Property 1 key feature 1  Property 1 key feature 2  Property 1 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000



ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 2 key feature 1  Property 2 key feature 2  Property 2 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000


ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 5 key feature 1  Property 5 key feature 2  Property 5 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000

ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 5 key feature 1  Property 5 key feature 2  Property 5 key feature 3

FINAL OFFERS INVITED ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE Maryville, Roxboro, Roscommon  Property 2 key feature 1 F42 2X640  Property 2 key feature 3 Bedroom Bungalow with Property 2 key feature 3 fully serviced Detached Outbuilding conveniently set on a mature site AMV: ¤000,000 within walking distance to Roscommon Town. Guide Price: €250,000 SALE TYPE TAGLINE

ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 6 key feature 1  Property 6 key feature 2  Property 6 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000

FINAL OFFERS INVITED ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE 10 Antogher Road, Roscommon Town,  Property 3 key feature 1 F422YA03  Property 3 key feature 4 Bedroom Family Home Property 3 key feature 3with adjoining Garage, set in the sought after Antogher Road, in the heart of AMV: ¤000,000 Roscommon Town. Guide Price: €350,000 SALE TYPE TAGLINE SALE TYPE TAGLINE

ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 3 key feature 1  Property 3 key feature 2  Property 3 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000


ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 7 key feature 1  Property 7 key feature 2  Property 7 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000


ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 6 key feature 1  Property 6 key feature 2  Property 6 key feature 3

ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 7 key feature 1  Property 7 key feature 2  Property 7 key feature 3

Upcoming online auctions with REA Seamus Carthy AMV: ¤000,000

AMV: ¤000,000


REA Seamus Carthy are delighted to present to the marketplace two properties for sale by auction on September 30th, all offering exceptional value. The first property for sale is a three-bedroomed bungalow with detached fuel store, presented in excellent condition and set on a large 0.93/0.38 hectare site at Bre-

anamore, Loughglynn. With an AMV of €100,000 this is a real bargain and a rare opportunity. The second property for sale on September 30th is a quality fivebedroomed family home presented to builder’s finish at Loughglynn Road, Castlerea Town. AMV: €140,000. The above properties offer excep-

tional value and Seamus Carthy strongly recommends all interested parties to register on his online auction platform, Bidnow.ie. Simply log on to bidnow.ie, carry out a property search and register your interest on your preferred property. Contact REA Seamus Carthy for further details on 090-6630001 or info@reacarthy.ie.

AMV: ¤000,000


ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE Site at Castle Avenue, Castle Street,  Property 4 key feature 1 Roscommon Town  Property 4 key feature 2 .054 Hectare Site with F.P.P for 3 Bed 125 Select Property 4 key feature 3 Sq.M Detached Bungalow set in a most wonderful AMV: ¤000,000 location overlooking Roscommon Castle in the heart of Roscommon Town. SALE TYPE TAGLINE Offers in excess of €60,000 now invited. ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 4 key feature 1  Property 4 key feature 2  Property 4 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000


ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREET NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 8 key feature 1  Property 8 key feature 2  Property 8 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000

090 66 30001

Licence No: 002782 ADDRESS LOCALITY, STREETPSRA NAME, TOWN, COUNTY, POSTCODE  Property 8 key feature 1  Property 8 key feature 2  Property 8 key feature 3

AMV: ¤000,000

090 66 30001 PSRA Licence No: 002782


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New to the market: prime development site in Monksland New to the market with Oates Auctioneers is a prime, ready-to-go development site with full planning permission for eight units, comprising one detached dormer style residence, one semi-detached bungalow with an extension to the rear, two blocks of terraced houses including four three-bedroomed houses and two two-bedroomed houses. The site is located in

Monksland in Athlone, in a most attractive residential area within walking distance to all amenities and includes an hourly bus route into the town centre. It is seldom a site of this quality with full planning permission comes to the market in this area. Offers in excess of €400,000 will be considered for this property. The auctioneer now invites all viewings and offers.

PSRA Licence No: 003201


1 Abbeyville, Galway Road Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42 XA61 For more information or to organise a viewing, contact Oates Auctioneers

on 090-6627878, email info@oates.ie or log onto oates.ie.

Situated in the exclusive Abbeyville Housing Development, this house is positioned beside the entrance to the estate at No. 1 Abbeyville on a large garden area with enclosed walls. It is also adjacent to Situated in the exclusive Abbey Roscommon Town Centre and entrance to the estate at No. 1 A all its amenities and an easy commute to the more business adjacent to Roscommon Town Cen orientated / industrial towns. This is a top quality 4 bedroom residence built to an extremely high standard and presented This is a top quality 4 bedroom resi for sale in excellent condition by its owners. It has cavity wall excellent condition by its owners. insulation and extra attic insulation along with Oil Central Heating. Accommodation includes: Solid kitchen with marble worktop, Sitting room with solid flooring, Living room / Play room with solid flooring, downstairs Bathroom, 4includes: bedrooms - Solid Accommodation master ensuite, family Bathroom and patio to the rear.

Situated in the exclusive Abbe Play room with so --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------entrance to the estate at No.fam 1 PriceMARKET Region: € 260,000 NEW TO THE adjacent to Roscommon Town Ce Living room Price Region: € 260,000 BER Rating: C2 /

On the books at Earley’s: Prime Williamstown lands This week, John Earley of Property Partners Earley, is offering, new to the market, prime lands of approximately 3.18 acres, with a four-bedroomed derelict residence. Offering huge potential, the lands are located on the left-hand side when entering Williamstown on

the Ballymoe Road. The lands previously had planning permission consisting of eight dwelling houses, six commercial units with six apartments (under Planning 07434 Galway County Council), but this has since expired. The site is being sold as it stands, with the benefit of a bun-

galow residence in need of restoration. The auctioneer is now inviting all enquires. Contact Property Partners Earley of Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090-6626579, or contact John on 086-2551380 or at jearley@propertypartners.ie.

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The Widow Pat’s, Knockcroghery Village Co. Roscommon F42 T220

This is a top quality 4 bedroom re excellent condition by its owner

Former public house presented for sale in excellent condition throughout and suitable for a variety of uses including pub/ restaurant /commercial /office or residential etc subject to planning permission. Situated on a large site area with private garden to rear and ample parking space to the side. Viewing strictly by prior appointment with the Sole Selling Agent.


Accommodation includes: Soli Price Region: POA BER Rating: D1 throughout and suitable for a va --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Living room / Play roomresidenti with s Situated on a large site area wit NEW TO THE MARKET Viewing strictly fa by Lanesborough Street, Roscommon Town Price Region: POA Price Region: €F42260,000 Co. Roscommon K597

Prime Town Centre property located on Lanesboro Street within walking distance to all town amenities. This property is currently rented with excellent rental income and offers large site area. Accommodation consists of entrance hallway, sitting room, 2 kitchens, 4 large bedrooms and bathroom. The attic area boasts 2 large storage rooms.

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Creemully, Castlecoote Village bathroom. Roscommon, Co. PriceRoscommon Region: € 150,000 Prime building site circa 1.16 acres being sold subject to Planning Permission, situated in the very popular village of Castlecoote within walking distance to the River Suck and all amenities. It is seldom a site of this calibre comes to the market and the Auctioneers invites viewings and offers.

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Gerry and Joan McDermott are applying to Roscommon County Council for the following: 1. Planning permission to construct extension to front and side of existing dwelling house 2. Planning permission to close up existing house entrance and to relocate new entrance further down towards site boundary 3. Permission to retain as constructed side window on existing dwelling house And all ancillary site development works at Circular Road, Roscommon. F42 NX94

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

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facebook.com/moleskinarch ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Noel Hannon and Anna Marie Queenan, intend to apply for permission for the construction of a dwelling house, domestic garage, the installation of a sewerage treatment unit and percolation area along with connections to all site services and all other associated site works at Knockarush Td, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Brian Sheerin and Rachel Creighton are applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to construct domestic dwelling house along with domestic garage, new treatment system and percolation area and all ancillary site development works at Cloonyogan, Clashaganny, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon.

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PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Thomas and Maureen Kennedy intend applying to Roscommon County Council for Retention Planning Permission to retain and complete double height porch to front of existing dwelling house and associated site development works at Garrow and Sheegorey Tds, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. F52 D586

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Michael and Rebecca Carty intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct a new dwelling house, garage, wastewater treatment system and all associated site works at Oldtown Kilcashel, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Donal Kilduff wish to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for development at this site, Carnagh West, 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.

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

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Joe and Betty Murphy are applying to Roscommon County Council for the following: 1. Permission to retain as constructed house 2. Permission to retain as constructed domestic garage to rear of property and all ancillary site development works at Gortgallon Townland, Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon. N39 T9N1

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

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission on behalf of Gerard Dervin to construct a garage/store ancillary to dwellinghouse and associated siteworks at Ardnanagh, Galway Road, Roscommon.

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

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Nelius and Marian Darcy, intend applying to Roscommon County Council for Planning Permission for construction of a dwelling house, domestic garage, on site wastewater treatment system, access onto the public road and associated site development works at Gortnagoyne Td, Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon.

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I James Kelly am applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for the following: 1) Demolish existing disused agricultural sheds. 2) Permission to construct 4 No. detached dwellings in a housing cluster format including boundary fences, service road and connection to all public site services at Cloonslanor, Strokestown, Roscommon.

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

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

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying for planning permission for erection of dwelling house and domestic garage, with septic tank and percolation area, and ancillary site development works at Killeenrevagh, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon.

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

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In memory of Jack who died on 2nd July, 2004 and Maureen who died on 3rd September, 2010 Silent memories true and tender, just to show we still remember.

Anniversary Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Four Mile House on Friday, 24th September at 8pm. Our Lady of Knock pray for them.

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Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon (4th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Kathleen who died on the 25th September 2017

May the winds of Heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here

Loved and sadly missed by your sons, daughters, sons-in-law, and extended family. Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyforan on Sunday, 26th September at 10am.

TUCKER (nee Martin) Mary Lehery, Lanesboro 23rd September 2005 (16th Anniversary)

(2nd Anniversary)

In loving memory of Eileen Doherty, who passed away 26th September 2019.

We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain. to walk with us throughout our lives until we meet again.

Always remembered and sadly missed by husband Gerry, daughter Maria and son Martin. Anniversary Mass for Eileen and her son Gerald, will take place at St. Aidan’s Church, Monasteraden on Saturday, 25th September at 7.30pm.


SAMMON Thomas Killupan, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway formerly of Castle Street, Roscommon.

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Remembering our beloved mother Mary

Sadly missed by her loving family and friends. Our Lady of Knock pray for her.

Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday Dad on 22nd September 2021 From your loving family.


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Ballygar, Co. Galway and formerly Clonfard, Co. Fermanagh

As we lovingly remember May on her First Anniversary her daughter Michelle, granddaughter Shannon and brother Eddie and sister–in–law Betty, grandchildren and extended family members wish to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to all who sympathised with us on our heart breaking loss. To those who sent Mass Cards, messages of sympathy and phone calls. Our heartfelt thanks to our amazing immediate neighbours, especially Margaret and Fintan, to Annemarie, to Damien and Annemarie for their truly outstanding support before, during and after May’s passing. To Dr. Martin Daly and Dr. Miriam Mangan, to their receptionist Mary Healy for her outstanding care and attention to detail and support. To the doctors and staff in UHG Galway and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. To the magnificent staff in the Galway Hospice who welcomed us as strangers but soon made us part of a very large and loving family unit. To the nurses and carers in Galway Hospice who treated Mum with so much dignity and respect in her short time there and in her final days. Their professionalism both during and after Mum’s passing was second to none and will always be remembered for their support, conversations and who joined us in our laughs and in our tears while visiting Mum. To the Ambulance staff for their outstanding professionalism at all times during a very difficult time, including Covid. To our local undertaker David Moran and his wife Bernie for their support, professionalism and going over and above the call of duty. To Fr. Breslin for his outstanding support and words of wisdom and comfort. To the people of Ballygar for their Guard of Honour from Mum’s house all the way to the Church, it was a sight and a memory that will be forever cherished in our hearts. To our great friend and county music singer John McNicoll for honouring us by singing at Mum’s funeral with Bernie Moran, thank you will never be enough. To Sean Connaughton for digging the grave. The love, support, respect and unity shown to May on the day of her burial was an extremely proud and special moment to be part of and we send our heartfelt thanks and prayers to those who were part of it, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all your intentions. May’s First Anniversary Mass will be held on Saturday 25th September in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar at 12 o’clock.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Loved and missed by your brother Eddie. --------------------------------------------

The Broken Chain Little did we know that morning that God was going to call your name, in life I loved you dearly, in death I do the same. It broke my heart to lose you, but you did not go alone, for part of me went with you the day God called you home. You left me peaceful memories your love is still my guide, and though I cannot see you, you are always by my side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls me when the time has come to go join you Mum, Dad and Hugh the chain will link again.

Loved and dearly missed by your loving and heartbroken daughter Michelle. -------------------------------------------GRAN Your wings were ready but my heart was not.

Loved and missed everyday by your loving Grand daughter Shannon. --------------------------------------------

MAY Your are now reunited with Dan, Hugh and Sean and I know you will watch over us all.

Loved and missed everyday Betty and boys.

QUINE (nee Hoban) Agnes Oran, Donamon, Co. Roscommon (6th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Agnes, who died on 20th September 2015

FITZGERALD Michael & Marcella

SCALLY Tom, Annie & John

Tremane, Co. Roscommon Kendale Court, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon

Anrattabeg, Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon

Michael (23rd Anniversary)

Marcella (3rd Anniversary)



20th April 2003

17th February 2016

John 23rd November 2018

Always loved and remembered A day that’s filled with sadness returns to us today, to mark the day you closed your eyes and quietly slipped away. You had a smile for everyone, you had a heart of gold. You left the sweetest memories, this world could ever hold. A smile can hide our sadness, tears can be wiped away, but the heartache of losing you, will never go away. Because you were so special, no words could ever say, how much we love and miss you, today and everyday.

Sadly missed by her loving son Francis, daughters Cathy and Michelle, daughter-inlaw Mary, son-in-law John, granddaughter Emma, grandson Jamie, all her extended family and her many friends. Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Cloverhill on Saturday, 25th September at 7pm.

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

Remembered by Marie, James, Tom and Sinéad and great grandchildren Mia, Jay and Caoimhe and extended family and friends. Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery on Saturday, 25th September at 7p.m.

COSTELLO Jimmy & Tess Late of Convent Road, Roscommon

Forever loved and deeply missed by Caroline and family, Kevin and family, Donal and family and Johnny (Vilnius, Lithuania). Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon Town on Friday, 24th September at 11am.

Rogers Funeral Directors Rooskey

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In loving memory of Jimmy and Tess 40th and 10th Anniversaries on 27th and 26th September. These two days are quietly kept, no words are needed as we never forget, those we love don’t go away, as they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, so loved, so missed and so very dear.

Lovingly remembered by your sons, Anthony and Seamus, daughters Olivia and Dee, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law Anne, your 10 grandchildren, your 8 great-grandchildren, Cian, Pia, Stanley, Chloe, Ben, Kai, Leah and Senan and extended family.



Tonlagee, Roscommon. (13th Anniversary)

Gortgallon, Lanesboro, Co. Longford (9th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Martin who died 28th September, 2008. R.I.P. You always had a smile to share, a laugh, a joke and time to care. A kindly nature, warm and true, many lovely memories we have of you.

Lovingly remembered by your wife Teresa and all the family. Anniversary Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Four Mile House on Sunday, 26th September at 11am.

Who passed away on 26th September 2012

Your life was love and labour, your love for your family true, you did your best for all of us, we will always remember you.

Lovingly remembered by all your family. Anniversary Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Ballyleague on Saturday, 25th September at 7pm.

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Scrine, Athleague, Co. Roscommon Third generation Monumental Sculptors specialising in: • New Headstones • New Inscriptions • Restoration and Cleaning of Monuments • Wall Plaques and Name Plates • Grave Maintenance Service Contact James on 087 3549574 or David on 087 6086723 E-mail: anthonymurrayandsons@gmail.com


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RUANE Ned, Colm and Mary


Lisnamult, Roscommon

Liswilliam, Dysart (6th Anniversary)

BRIAN MURRAY MEMORIALS • Superior Quality Headstones • Restoration work carried out • New Inscriptions added


(21st Anniversary) (25th Anniversary) Treasured memories of my parents Jim who died on the 2nd September 1996 and Kathleen who died on the 22nd September 2000

Also remembering my brother John Who died on the 8th January 2013 (8th Anniversary)

When someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure.

Remembered with love by their daughter Kathy and grandchildren Fiona, Michelle, Niall, Cathriona, Niamh and Ciara. Anniversary Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar at 7.30pm on 8th October.


Ashbourne, Co. Meath and formerly of Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon. (1st Anniversary) Who passed away on 28th September 2020.

On this Brendan’s first anniversary, his wife Bernie and all of the Reddington family would like to sincerely thank all those who attended Brendan’s Funeral and sympathised with them, sent mass cards, left online messages of condolences, telephoned and sent floral tributes. We also wish to thank the people who prepared and have since restored Brendan’s final resting place in Cam. We wish to thank Donal Hamrock, P.J. Moore and An Gardai Siochana for the motorcycle escort from Athlone to bring Brendan home. We would also like to thank Fr. Michael McManus who met us in Cam and for all of those who lined the route along the way. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Loved and remembered by his family, colleagues and friends. Brendan’s First Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Ashbourne at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, 26th September at 12.30pm.

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Ned Ruane

Colm Ruane

Mary Ruane

In loving memory of Ned and Colm Ruane, who’s Second Anniversary takes place on the 23rd and 25th of September 2021 and Mary Ruane who’s 16th Anniversary took place on the 8th June 2021. We often sit and think of ye, and think of how ye died. To think ye could not say goodbye, before ye closed your eyes. The blow was hard, the shock severe, to part with ones we loved so dear. Our loss is great, we’ll not complain, but trust in God we meet again.

Sadly missed by your heartbroken family. Mass offered.


Castlecoote, Co . Roscommon Who passed away on the 28th September 2020 (Acknowledgement and First Anniversary)

On the First Anniversary of J.J.’s passing, we the Mannion family wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who sympathised with us on our sad loss. To those who sent Mass Cards and expressions of support, whether online, in person or by phone at that time and since, we are sincerely grateful. To those who supported the family on the night of J.J.’s passing at his home, including the services who attended, we sincerely thank you. A special thank you to Fr. Eugene McLoughlin, who supported the family and offered the Funeral Mass in a very meaningful way, which was a great consolation to us all. We also thank John Carlos and Jimmy Kearney, who played so beautifully during the mass. We also extend our thanks to Fr. O’Boyle, Glenamaddy, who officiated at the cemetery. We thank those who gathered respectfully at Smyth’s Funeral Home, at Castlecoote Church and Boyounagh Cemetry and those who stood by the roadside as J.J. journeyed to his final resting place, all in compliance with the COVID regulations in place at the time. To Pat and Gillian Smyth, Funeral Directors, for their empathy, compassion and professionalism through the services provided as part of J.J.’s final arrangements, we extend our deepest gratitude. For those unable to attend or travel due to restrictions in place, the live streamed Funeral Mass and footage from the graveyard bridged a distance that could not otherwise be crossed. To the grave diggers, who carved J.J’s final resting place in Boyounagh Cemetry in his native Glenamaddy, we thank you. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions.



THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. With thanks to St. Martin, Padre Pio and Mother Teresa. K.E.

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

Scrine, Athleague, www.brianmuraystone.com Co. Roscommon E: brianmurraystone@gmail.com In loving memory of a dear husband (Pre deceased by his wife Maureen nee Sheeran, brothers Tommy and John and sister Sheila) father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who died on 18th September 2015 DAD We lost a Father with a heart of gold, how much we miss him can never be told. He shared our troubles and helped us along, if we follow his footsteps we can never go wrong We miss you from your fireside chair, your loving smile and gentle air, your vacant place no one can fill, we miss you Father and always will. He was a Father so very rare, content in his home and always there, on earth he toiled, in Heaven he rests God bless you Father, you were one of the best. Each time we look at your picture, you seem to smile and say, “Don’t be sad but courage take, and love each other for my sake.” So Rest in Peace dear loved one, and thanks for all you’ve done, we pray that God has given you, the Crown you’ve truly won.

Loved and remembered always by his daughters Margaret, Denise, Joanne, Fiona and Maura, sons-inlaw Padraig, David, Fintan, Dermot and Mark, his sisters Noreen and Mary. GRANDAD Just a prayer from the grandchildren who loved you, Just a memory fond and true, In our hearts you will live forever, because we thought the world of you.

From all his loving grandchildren Anniversary Mass in the Church of The Good Shepherd, Four Roads on Monday, 27th September at 7.30pm. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace

BRENNAN Gerard 100 Acres, Cloonfad, Ballyhaunis, Co. Roscommon Who died on 23rd September 2016. (5th Anniversary)

HYNES Danny (14th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Danny, late of Shrove, Strokestown, who died on the 25th September 2007 Sometimes we just sit quietly reflecting for a while, imagining your voice, your face, your warm and loving smile. For its so lovely to recall the happy times we had when you played such a special role as both husband and dad. And at this very special time we only wish you knew that we’d give all the world today for one more hour with you. But we still have our memories and since we’ve been apart it comforts us so much to know that you’re right here in our hearts.

Always remembered and sadly missed every single day, by your loving wife Jeannette and daughters Caroline and Martina, brothers Frank and Michael, parents-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Gerard’s 5th Anniversary Mass will take place in St. Patrick’s Church, Cloonfad, on Saturday, 25th September 2021 at 8pm.

He always had a smile to share, a laugh, a joke, a time to care, A wonderful nature, warm and kind these are the memories he left behind.

Forever in our hearts Mam, Dad, Séan, Aisling and Alan.

TRAYERS John Ardagh, Glinsk, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon (16th Anniversary)

In loving memory of John who passed away on the 25th September 2005. Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near. still loved, still missed so very dear.

Loved and sadly missed by your loving wife Catherine, daughter, sons, son-in-law, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Mass will be offered.

THANKSGIVINGS THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and promise publication and the favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. G.H.

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Greenfields Childcare We have a vacancy for a


Part Time Cook/Cleaner

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for inclusion on a panel from which permanent and temporary vacancies may be filled during the lifetime of the panel for the position of:

This is an afternoon position, working Monday to Friday 1.30 – 6.00

Required by Construction Company Telephone: 090 66 12938 or email: info@brehonconstruction.ie

Knowledge of HACCP required Experience preparing healthy meals


for pre-school children Garda Clearance is a requirement for this position Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday,1st October Canvassing will disqualify Apply with CV only to: Lisa O’Neill Greenfields Childcare

Application form and candidate information booklet setting out full details in relation to this position are available by logging onto the Job Vacancies section on Roscommon County Council’s website at www.roscommoncoco.ie Candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of information supplied on application form.

Lisnamult, Roscommon

Greenfields Childcare is an equal opportunities employer

GENERAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR OPERATIVE Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre Required for busy office

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4.00 p.m. on 14th October 2021 Canvassing will disqualify. Roscommon County Council is an equal opportunities employer. Is fóstóir comhionannais deiseanna í Comhairle Chontae Roscomaín


Four Mile House Community Playgroup CLG

in Strokestown area. Required forFour Agricultural Mile House, Co Roscommon Full-time position Tel/Fax: 090 66 29844 in Castlerea. CHY 12629 Email: cuanbhride@outlook.com Business Computer literate essential Experience preferred required. Relief References Staff Panel Being Created! Please forward CV and cover letter to: Telephone: 094 9622930 Lisardjobs@hotmail.com Essential Criteria:

Cuan Bhríde Centre • Minimum QQI/Fetac V in Childcare ECCE • Ability to ensure the health and safety of children at all times • Experience planning child-centred activities our Mile House Community Playgroup CLG Bhríde • Cuan Experience working asCuan part of aBhríde team Childcare Childcare Centre Centre • Good oral and written communication Four Mile House, Co Roscommon Four Mile House Community Playgroup CLG • Ability to work on own initiative, willing to work flexible hours



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Roscommon teenager, Hollie Kilroe, will get her first taste of international competition this Saturday when she competes in the 800 metres at the SIAB Track and Field Championships in Derbyshire, England. The 15-year-old from Ballybride in Roscommon town was in terrific form on Saturday week last when she claimed three bronze medals at the Irish Life Health Tailteann Schools Interprovincial Games in Morton Stadium, Santry. This was despite breaking and dislocating her arm just a few weeks ago while playing with her GAA club St. Ciaran’s. The Convent of Mercy student, a daughter of Fintan and Siobhan Kilroe, gave a display of sheer guts and determination as she claimed third-place finishes in the 800 metres, 300 metres and 4 x 300 metres relay. Hollie told People Sport this week that it was a “big relief” to be able to compete following her horror injury and she was now looking forward to competing in the U-17 800 metres in Derbyshire this weekend. Hollie’s mother, Siobhan, was understandably proud of her youngest daughter this week. “She had done as much training as she could during the Covid-19 lockdowns and she was also working with Richie Feeney in the gym to keep her fitness levels up. It wasn’t just the physical side she was working on but also the mental side too,” she said. Hollie, who also qualified for the All-Ireland Community Games which clash with the SIAB event this weekend, qualified for the Irish Schools’ team in Athlone recently and will be one of the youngest athletes in the travelling party this weekend. “Of course, I’m absolutely proud of her,” Siobhan said, “she has worked really hard for this and it’s such a great achievement especially considering the hand injury...if anything it just made her even more determined!” The Kilroes are no strangers to sporting success; elder sister Sheena has captained Convent of Mercy to All-Ireland volleyball success while brother Lee has also won a Celtic Challenge Cup medal with the county’s underage hurlers. Hollie herself has five national titles in athletics as well as Community Games medals and one for swimming. This Saturday she’ll be hoping to add to the family’s roll of honour as she makes her debut on the international stage.

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Roscommon Pool League returns

Roscommon teenager, Hollie Kilroe, will get her first taste of international competition this Saturday when she competes in the 800 metres at the SIAB Track and Field Championships in Derbyshire, England.

After a long eighteen months the Roscommon Pool League is back. Starting on October 29th, current and new teams are invited to join the league, which is played every Friday night. All levels of pool are welcome as there are three divisions. Let’s support the pubs over the winter by joining the biggest pub pool league in Ireland. Teams to be in by October 3rd. For more information, contact 086-0829319 or visit the Roscommon Pool League Facebook page.

Seamus Duke’s Championship Watch Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Quarter-Finals Clann na nGael v Michael Glavey’s It’s a festival of football this weekend with several mouth-watering games down for decision and this is another one. Clann were probably the most impressive team in the county until their clash with Western Gaels, but it must be remembered that was a game they did not need to win so maybe they were not at their best. They are solid all through their team and Paddy Gavin, the Pettitts, Ultan Harney and Ciaran Lennon have been playing great football. Glavey’s looked live contenders when they scored 4-9 against Boyle. However, they were very poor against Roscommon Gaels and were deservedly beaten. They will need their best form to return for this match if they want to cause an upset, Cathal Heneghan has been playing well but he will need more help up front if Glavey’s are to win this. Liam Kearins’ men should prevail. Prediction: Clann na nGael

Boyle v Pádraig Pearses Another very difficult game to call. On their best day Boyle have probably the best set of forwards in the championship but they have been suspect in defence. They conceded 4-9 against Glavey’s and they gave up several goal chances against Roscommon Gaels too. Pearses had been ambling along in the championship, doing just enough until they met Tulsk last Sunday and now they seem to be coming into form at just the right time. The Dalys, Davy Murray, Hubert Darcy, Conor Payne and Paul Carey seem to be getting their mojo back. No doubt that Enda and Donie Smith, Cian McKeon and the very impressive Daire Cregg will have a big say for Boyle. They may just have enough firepower and I give them a hesitant vote. Prediction: Boyle

Oran v Roscommon Gaels If anyone had suggested a few short years ago that if Oran and the Gaels met in the championship Oran would be favourites there would be plenty of guffaws, but that’s now the situation. Billy Donnellan’s men have answered every

question asked of them so far in their first year back in the senior championship. They have a very exciting team of talented young players bolstered by some excellent experienced heads like Matthew Whyte, Tom Fetherston, Gearoid Keenan and the Kennys. They have played some great football and put up big totals. The Gaels, meanwhile, have struggled and have several key players on the injured list, but they eked out a hard-fought win against Michael Glavey’s against the odds. Decie Hoare is a wily and experienced manager who will have a game plan worked out to deny the Oran attack time and space. The Gaels need Kieran Kilcline, Tim Lambe and Peter Gillooly back in their team. Local derbies are what the GAA club scene is all about. I am predicting a close-fought battle with Oran just coming out on top. Prediction: Oran

St. Brigid’s v Strokestown The shock of the championship so far was St. Brigid’s’ loss to Oran, but the champions have bounced back and they seem to be improving with every game.

They showed last year that they certainly have the players to beat anyone. Strokestown are much improved this year and I have been impressed with Paddy Brogan, Diarmuid McGann, Cathal Compton and David Neary. ‘The Town’ will be confident that they can cause an upset but it would be a surprise if Brigid’s do not advance. Prediction: St. Brigid’s

Mulryan Construction IFC Quarter-Finals Clann na nGael v Creggs Clann have seen off all comers so far while Creggs were found wanting against Fuerty. Shane Dowd and the Gatleys will have to perform at their very best if Creggs are to win here. Prediction: Clann na nGael

St. Dominic’s v Kilbride There has been a steely determination about the way St. Dominic’s have gone about their business this year. They are determined to make up for last year’s

disappointment. They should be good enough to account for Kilbride. Prediction: St. Dominic’s

Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Éire Óg A very interesting clash in prospect here. Castlerea have an improving young team but Éire Óg have found their form in recent weeks and Conor Cox is on fire for the Loughglynn men. I have a feeling that Éire Óg might cause an upset. Prediction: Éire Óg

St. Faithleach’s v Fuerty This is definitely the tie of the round in the IFC. Faithleach’s should be the favourites to win this championship but they have been stuttering. However, with the Murtaghs on board they are always capable of getting the vital scores. But if Niall Kilroy, Aengus Lyons and company can produce a big display they will be close. I just have a slight preference for Faithleach’s. Prediction: St. Faithleach’s


Roscommon People Friday 24 September 2021


Ballagh’ girls are Connacht champions! Pictured with coaches Declan McHugh, Sharon Conway, and Dermot Dillon are Community Games Connacht Champions, the Ballaghaderreen Girls U-12 foot-

ball team. The girls beat neighbours Charlestown on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-7 and now qualify for the AllIreland semi-final in Limerick on 9/10th October, where they will

face the Leinster champions. Best of luck girls! Back row: Declan McHugh (coach), Sharon Conway (coach), Melissa Sharkey, Zoe McDonagh, Ava Quinn, Caoimhe Taylor (captain), Saerlaith

Dillon, Aicha Bouhouch, Áine O’Brien, Dermot Dillon (coach). Front row: Kaylan McHugh, Sadhbh Dillon, Kayleigh Duffy, Ceola McDonagh, Abbie Madden, Aobhinn Conway. (Missing from picture Jennifer Connor)

Horses for Courses

The racing and the craic continue in Listowel today with a flat card away at 1.40 pm, tomorrow there the penultimate meeting is a national hunt card at 1.40 pm, Saturday sees the festival comes to a close with a meeting over the sticks starting at pm. There are flat cards at Dundalk tomorrow, off at 4.45 pm and a two-day meeting at the Curragh on Saturday and Sunday. Racing returns to Roscommon on Monday. 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 is also a flat card at Fairyhouse on Monday first race at 2.55 pm.

Review of the Week

On Friday in Downpatrick, Davy Russell rode The Greek and The Abbey into second place for Elliott but on Saturday at Navan he made his long-awaited return to the winner’s enclosure when the well backed Chemical Energy won the maiden hurdle for Gordon Elliott. Elliott earlier won with Weseekhimhere with Jack Kennedy and completed his treble with Jordan Gainsford aboard Tullybeg. Gainsford had a double with Yamoto for John McConnell who himself had an across-the-board double with Fennor Cross winning on the flat in Gowran Park under Donogh O’Connor. Across the small pond, Charles Byrnes won the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket when John Egan rode Turnpike Trip to victory. Byrnes, who returned from suspension earlier

this month, won it with Domination back in 2012.

Roscommon Preview

Racing in Roscommon on Monday opens with the Boyle Maiden Hurdle for 4-Y-O’s that have not won a race under rules including bumpers. The second is the 2m Athlone Handicap Hurdle, with 44 entered. The third is the Try Racing TV For Free Maiden Hurdle for 4-Y-O+ mares with 23 entries. The Roscommon On-Course Vats Handicap Hurdle is the last hurdle race on the card for 4-Y-O+ and there are 23 entered. Next up is the jewel in Roscommon’s national hunt crown, the Grade 3 Kilbegnet Novice Chase over 2m, sponsored by the EBF, and Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Properties, with 11 entered. The penultimate race is a 12-runner 2m 4f EBF Beginners chase and racing closes with 23 in the Knockcroghery INH Flat Race for 4-Y-O confined to amateur riders. Of 11 entered in the Lenebane Chase, Gordon Elliott, WP Mullins and Joseph O’Brien have two each, with Jessica Harrington, Henry de Bromhead, Declan Quealy, John Ryan, and Colin Bowe one each. In a very competitive race preference is given to the yard in form, John Ryan’s Templemore yard with Presenting Bonnie a recent winner at Kilbeggan. Henry de Bromhead’s June course and distance winner won’t be too far away. Members of the public are permitted to attend. See www.roscommonracecourse.ie.

Listowel Review

The Listowel Harvest Festival got the Mullins/ Townend partnership off

to a great start on Sunday with the pair sharing a treble. French Made won the mares hurdle, Captain Kangaroo the Dairygold Mdn Hurdle and the featured Kerry Group Chase went to Easy Game. John Ryan’s good run continued with Kilashee in the EBF Mares Handicap hurdle and Elliott had a winner when Davy Russell rode Coach Carter to victory at 14/1 in the novice chase. Elliott quickly pulled level with a double in the opening two races on Monday when Party Central and I A Connect won. Russell rode the first and Jack Kennedy the second. The feature, the Grade B Liam Healy Lartigue Hurdle, was won by Jessica Harrington’s Autumn Evening with Sean O’Keeffe in the plate. The bumper was won by Peter Fahey and Derek O’Connor with Esperti. The first flat card of the meeting took place on Tuesday with Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley enjoying a double in the final two races with Tut Tut, second favourite at 5/2, and Laelaps at 15/2. The meeting was kind to punters opening with the first four races giving them a great start with all the favourites winning. Aidan O’Brien trained the first, Aikhal, at evens, Jarleth Fahey the second with Pinstrel at 7/2, Eoin McCarthy the third with Drombeg Duke also 7/2 and Dermot Weld the fourth with Mutassaref at 7/4. The second favourite won the fifth as Petticoat Rule at 7/2 pipped thefavourite Emilie Gray by a neck. The O’Briens were on the mark again in the sixth as Joseph’s Visualisation finished first at 7/2 second favourite. Yesterday opened with the division of the McSweeney Brothers Maid-

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Assemble and Shane Fitzgerald jump the last ahead of Annamix at Listowel.

en H´dle and Division 1 was won by the JP McManus owned Choir Practise trained by Enda Bolger and ridden by Mark Walsh at 4/1. Division 2 went to the John Kiely-trained The Names Jock with Denis O’Regan in the plate again at 4/1 beating the favourite Dixie Flyer. The Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice Hurdle went to Off Your Rocco trained by Elliott with Jack Kennedy in the saddle from Far Out and Hammersmith. In the Devon Inn Hotel Handicap Hurdle John ‘Shark’ Hanlon and Jordan Gainford combined with Hewick to win at 11/2 joint favourite from My Immortal at 13/2. Hewick, like Skyace, was another bargain purchase for The Shark costing only 300 guineas at Goresbridge sales and has won 4 races. Only five went to post for the Ballygarry House Novice Steeplechase and Willie Mullins’ Robinna ended up long odds-on favourite and duly obliged at prohibitive odds of 2/11 winning pillar to post from 14/1 shot Swiss Brid by8l. All 18 ran in the Grade A Guinness Kerry National and Gigginstown’s Assemble gave Joseph O’Brien and Shane Foley

victory over the top weight Brahma Bull with Sean O’Keeffe and Annamix with Paul Townend. Ben Dundee was fourth for Gearoid O’Loughlin and Born By The Sea fifth for Paul Gilligan. The Brandon Hotel Beginners Chase brought victory for Joseph O’Brien and Bussleton ridden by his cousin JJ Slevin.

Racing News

Christophe Soumillon has been booked to ride Tarnawa in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday week for Dermot Weld. The 5-Y-O is the ante post favourite. Word from Closutton is that Monkfish has been ruled out for the season after suffering a tendon injury. Stablemate Min has been retired. Meanwhile, Ballydoyle’s Santa Barbara has suffered a setback and Mother Earth will now probably run in the Breeders’ Cup instead.

Point to Point News

Saturday the point-topoint season begins at Oldcastle in Co. Meath with the first race off at 2 pm. On Sunday, racing is at Monksgrange near Enniscorthy in Wexford starting at 2 pm.

Shor t putts (News from local golf clubs)

Roscommon Brian Cleary won the final major of the year on Saturday last when he topped the leaderboard in John Cunningham’s President’s Prize. Paul Hoare was runner-up while John McGrath and Brian Daly reached the semi-finals and Aidan Donnelly, Pat Finneran, Noel Sharkey and Andy Lawlor made the quarter-finals. The President’s Prize to the Ladies was won by Nuala McDonagh, Pat McDonagh won the Senior Men’s prize, Phil Murray O’Brien the Senior Ladies’, Luke Golden the Junior Boys’ and Anna Higgins the Junior Girls’. Meanwhile, Christina Hogan came out on top in the Ladies’ Gala Day on September 17th with 43 points with Clare O’Neill in second place on 42 and Noreen O’Grady third with 40. Rosemary O’Brien took gross with 30 points while the front nine went to Geraldine Hoban (30), the back nine was won by Mary O’Keeffe with 33 and Helen Lavin claimed the Visitor’s with 32. The Men’s Club competition was won by Padraic Conlon on Sunday with 42 points. Other results: Division 1: John Walker (37); Division 2: Lorcan Dowd (38); Division 3: Bob McCormack (37); Gross: Cian O’Connor (36). The Senior Ladies’ competition results were as follows: Fenn Thompson, Antoinette O’Donnell, Helen Earley. Senior Men’s: Willie Weldon, Kevin Glynn, Frank Nally, Anthony Costello, Michael O’Connor.


The Ladies won four of their five matches in their Connacht Trophy Final first round match against Bearne recently and excitement is now building in the club as they head to Bearna this Sunday for round two. Fingers are crossed in Castlerea for the team under the watchful eyes of team captain Nicola and manager Maureen. The club last won the trophy in 1962. The Tully’s Pharmacy sponsored fundraising Class took place last weekend over three days and was an outstanding success. The club thanks members and visitors for their support and the following clubs for green fees: Ballinrobe, Castle Dargan, Athlone, Glenlo Abbey, Roscommon, Strokestown, Athenry and Ballaghaderreen. Thanks also to The Westport Hotel Group. Winners of the 2021 Club Classic were: T. Meaney, K. Beirne, F. and McHale. Runners-up were J. Tighe,

O. Kiernan, B. Hall. D. Gilmore won the Men’s Longest Drive while T. Meaney took the Ladies’. Nearest the Pin were S. Lacey and T. Meaney. Jean Timothy was on fire recently, winning the Norio’s Castlerea competition with a fantastic score of 42 points. Joey O’Flanagan was best of the men with 63 nett while Keith Revins was second with 64. Cat 1: Dara Bruen (67); Cat 2: Michael Doyle (69); Cat 3: Dr. Greg Kelly (67). Castlerea Golf Club extends deepest sympathy to Mary Colleary and the extended Maguire family, on the death of her mother Marian, grandmother to Padraig, Lisa, and Leona. May her kind and gentle soul rest in peace.


Next Sunday’s Men’s competition is the final in the Golfer of the Year series. Jason Beirne and Brendan Gaffney are clear leaders by Conor Hamill is still in with a chance. Meanwhile, it was great to see Michael O’Dowd back in the winner’s enclosure last Thursday with 22 points. Gerry Nerney was runner-up with 21 and Jason Beirne third with 19. Tommy King won the 18-hole Stableford on Sunday, 13th with 43 points. David Gallagher was second with 42, gross went to Brendan Gaffney and Jason Beirne finished third. The winner of the Men’s Thursday competition on Thursday, 18th was Lochlainn Conboy, with Charlie O’Donnell taking second and Michael Connolly third.


Shamzuri Hanifa still leads the Golfer of the Year leaderboard with 47 points. Keith Duggan is second with 40 and Albert Noone third with 34. Emmett Herbert is well out in front in the Rookie standings with 108 points. Jessie Doherty won John Coffey’s Captain’s Prize recently with 38 points. Geraldine Conlon was second with 37 and Sinead McTiernan finished third with 36. Hilary Collins took the gross prize, Nearest the Pin was Helen Martin and the Longest Drive went to Lisa Casey. The Birdie Tree was won by Mary King. Meanwhile, Renee Dolan, Helen Lavin and Mary Egan won the Ladies’ Scramble on Wednesday last while Austin McDermott won the gent’s competition and Seamus Sheeran took the Senior prize.


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FAI Club Mark Award for Ballaghaderreen FC! Ballaghaderreen FC were recently awarded the highly respected Club Mark One Star Award. The FAI Club Mark is an award based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a football club. Clubs start their journey at entry level, and can progress on to the One Star Award to become an official FAI Player Development Centre, in line with the FAI’s Player Development Plan. The club received the Entry Level Award in 2019 and quickly moved to achieve the next award. Through a combination of hard work by committees and all the coaching volunteers ,the club

were awarded the One Star in 2021. Ballaghaderreen are the only club in Roscommon and one of just 26 clubs in Ireland to hold this award and this gives the club the title FAI Club Development Centre. At the end of the club’s recent summer camp, FAI’s Barry McGann, along with FAI Club Development Officer Adrian Carberry, presented the award to Ballaghaderreen FC Chairman James Kilcoyne, Treasurer Brid Duffy, and Club Secretary Seamus O’Grady. Also present on the day were the boys and girls and coaches that took part in the very successful summer camp, which was hosted by the club.

RDFL Premier Division Kilkerrin Unied 2 Moore United 2 Cloonfad United 1 Moylough ’79 5 Ballaghaderreen FC v Castlerea Celtic, postponed. St. John’s Athletic v Ballymoe FC, postponed. RDFL Division One Glen Celtic 3 Roscommon United 2 Dunmore Town 2 Ballinagare Manor United 2 Dysart FC 5 Shiven Rovers 3 CP Ajax 2 Ballinasloe Town B 3 RDFL Division Two Skyvalley Rovers B 4 St. Cuan’s Ahascragh United 2 Roscommon United B 1 Ballaghaderreen FC B 3 St. John’s Athletic B 3 Cloonfad United B 1 Dunmore Town B 2 Cam Celtic 1 Moore United B 5 Boyle Celtic B 2 RDFL Masters Cup Final Glen Celtic 3 Moore United 1 RDFL Masters Shield Semi-Final Skyvalley Rovers 1 Castlerea Celtic 0

Fixtures Friday, September 24th FAI Club Development Officer Adrian Carberry pictured presenting the FAI Club Mark Award to Ballaghaderreen FC Chairman James Kilcoyne, Club Secretary Seamus O’Grady and Treasurer Brid Duffy at Community Park following the recent summer soccer camp hosted by the club.

A season of positives for St. Cuan’s United Ahascragh Last season may have been severely impacted by Covid-19 but that didn’t prevent St. Cuan’s United Ahascragh from making impressive strides both on and off the pitch. The club, which plays its

Soccer Results

soccer in the Roscommon & District Youth Soccer League and Roscommon & District Football League, registered 170 underage players in the last season alone. The club also entered its

first U-16 side, which went on the claim RDYSL Sevens honours late in the season. St. Cuan’s Ahascragh also entered its first ever girls’ team into the Mid-Western Girls League.

The club also held its ‘Cuan’s Club Community Meitheal’ to enhance the clubhouse and surrounding grounds and will soon host its ‘Trek 3’ fundraiser next month. St. Cuan’s United Ahascragh

look forward to welcoming new players and members to the club. For more information, contact Chairperson Padraig Concannon (0876057925) or Secretary Mary Lynch (087-9290193).

RDFL Premier Division Kilkerrin United v Ballaghaderreen FC. 8 pm RDFL Division One Glen Celtic v Ballinagare Manor United. 8 pm RDFL Division Two (8 pm) Ballymoe FC B v Moore United B Skyvalley Rovers B v St. John’s Athletic B RDFL Masters Shield Final At Lecarrow: Colemanstown United v Skyvalley Rovers. 7.30 pm

Saturday, September 25th FAI Junior Centenary Cup First Round (2 pm) Strand Celtic v Ballinasloe Town Dunmore Town v St. John’s FC Moylough ’79 v Cloonfad United Boyle Celtic v Ballymoe FC Manorhamilton Rangers v Moore United RDFL Division One Roscommon United v Shiven Rovers. 11 am Dysart FC v Ballinasloe Town B. 11 am Skyvalley Rovers v CP Ajax. 2 pm RDFL Division Two Cam Celtic v Cloonfad United B. 11 am Ballaghaderreen FC B v Rahara Rovers. 11 am Boyle Celtic B v Dunmore Town B. 11 am St. Cuan’s Ahascragh United v Roscommon United. 2 pm

St. Cuan’s Ahascragh recently entered its first ever girls’ team into the Mid-Western Girls League.

Creggs RFC Report Adult Rugby


Creggs Firsts maintained their unbeaten run in the Cawley Cup, which now extends to almost four years, when they just did enough to squeeze past local rivals Buccaneers in round four on Thursday last on a scoreline of 13-10 in Athlone. This weekend, Creggs face NUIG at home in Saturday night and should they win will be guaranteeed a home semifinal draw. Training continues for all First, Development and U-20 players on Tuesdays at 8 pm and Fridays at 8.15 pm. New and returning players welcome.

Youth Rugby Creggs U-16 Girls play Claremorris Colts away in the Connacht League on Sunday, kicking off at 11 am. The U-18 Girls play their first league game of this Saturday at 12 pm in Creggs. The U-13 Boys take on Westport in the Connacht League on Saturday while the U-14s are away to Corinthians. The U16s/U-17s are home to Castlebar. Training for all ages continues throughout the week, contact Dave Purcell on 087-7000547 or check out the Creggs Facebook page.

Big away win for the U-14s! The U-14 Boys got off to a great start recently with a convincing 42-14 win away to Ballina. Kaylum Curran was first to strike with a try under the posts which he converted himself. It was not long before Ballina were on the scoreboard with a well worked try through the middle. After the first water break Creggs took control with two more tries from Cian Kiernan which were converted again by Kaylum Curran. The Creggs pack showed good

strength in attack, with carries from Ruari Webb and James Trundle. This forward dominance resulted in two second-half tries, one by Adam Smyth who was not long on the pitch, and the other by scrum-half Daniel Fleming. Both of those tries were converted by out-half Kaylum Curran. Just before the second water break, Myles McSharry brought off a try saving tackle to halt an almost certain try. Ballina registered their second try after the second water break before Roger Connolly went over for Creggs and Curran maintained his 100 percent kick rate with the conversion.

Ten tries for Creggs Girls Creggs Girls U-16s had a decisive victory on Sunday afternoon last in their league game against Galwegians, running in ten tries. Creggs’ tries came from Siofra Hession, Sarah Purcell, Katie O’Connor, Grace Mannion, Jemima Adams Verling and Shauna Walsh with conversions coming from Siofra Hession and Michaela Gillooly. The girls’ next game is away to Claremorris this weekend.


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Brilliant Ben is Athleague ace THE PEOPLE’S MATCH CHOICE Kepak Roscommon SHC Quarter-Final Athleague 3-17 Oran 3-8


Athleague were never in trouble in this one-sided quarterfinal played in Waldron Park last Sunday. However, despite the impressive tally that Athleague put on the scoreboard, it’s unlikely that anyone in Pádraig Pearses will be losing too much sleep ahead of the semifinal between the two teams. It was a poor quality match and Athleague will have to improve if they are to trouble the champions. The exchanges were evenly contested in the first ten minutes, with the sides level at 0-2 each. Once Athleague got a grip in the middle of the field they drove forward effectively, and with Ben McGahon in deadly accurate form from play and frees, they began to pull away. By the time Aaron Clogher blew the half-time whistle, Athleague were ahead by 0-11

to 0-3, with McGahon contributing 0-7 of their total. David Delaney, Eoghan Coyle, Ronan O’Meara and Aenghus Lyons were also playing well for the home side. After McGahon was on target with another free on the resumption, Athleague got in for the opening goal in the 33rd minute when Lyons finished smartly after good work from Gary Fallon and Eoin Ward. A minute later, Oran had a goal of their own when ET Murray’s poor puck-out was returned with interest by David Quinn. Indeed, Athleague were guilty of some sloppy play in the third quarter and Liam Ryan got in for another Oran goal in the 42nd minute to narrow the gap, the score now 1-13 to 2-5. Athleague steadied themselves, and when Eoin Ward kicked home a goal in the 47th minute they were back in business. Ryan flicked home a third Oran goal in the 58th minute but it was of consolation value only and Athleague sealed a resounding win in the first minute of time added on when sub Robbie Fallon goaled on the rebound after his first effort was saved. It was a good win for Athleague but Oran were poor on the day, and Pearses will pro-

Liam Murray was in action for Tremane against St. Dominic’s last weekend (file pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh).

HOW IT’S GOING… SFC Quarter-Final Play-off Pádraig Pearses 2-17 Tulsk 0-8 SFC Relegation Play-off Elphin 2-7 Western Gaels 1-9 IFC Quarter-Final Play-off Éire Óg 2-9 St Aidan’s 1-9 IFC Relegation Play-off Kilmore 1-19 Ballinameen 0-8 Junior B FC (Group B) Clann na nGael 3-20 Michael Glavey’s 3-7 Castlerea St Kevin’s 2-10 Oran 1-9 Junior B FC (Group C) Roscommon Gaels 0-14 St Faithleach’s 2-4 St Brigid’s 2-12 St Michael’s 0-10 SHC Quarter-Finals Athleague 3-17 Oran 3-8 Tremane 2-14 St Dominic’s 2-13

GAA fixtures Friday, September 24th Junior B Football Championship (Group A) (8 pm) At Kilbride: Kilbride v Fuerty At Ballyforan: St Aidan’s v Tulsk Lord Edwards

Ben McGahon...scored 0-11 for Athleague in comfortable win over Oran. File photo: Michelle Hughes Walsh

vide a much bigger challenge in the semi-final. Athleague: ET Murray; Niall Connolly, David Delaney, Mark Ward; Naoise Coyle, Eoghan Coyle, Alan Moore; Darragh Heavey, Ben McGahon (0-11, 8 frees); Gary Fallon, Ronan O’Meara (0-1), David Flaherty; Eoin Ward (1-1), Stephen Kilcommins, Aengus Lyons (1-2). Subs: Cian Murray

for G Fallon and Robbie Fallon (1-2) for O’Meara (both 43), Thomas Connaughton for Flaherty and Pat Nolan for Ward (both 51), Thomas Clayton for Heavey (57). Oran: Jerry Fallon; Michael T McCormack, Padraig Crehan, Kevin Crehan; Oisin Keenan, Hugh Rooney (0-2), Brian Diffley; Eamon Kenny, Liam Ryan (2-0); David Quinn (1-0), Cath-

al Kenny (0-6, 3 frees), Michael Dwyer; Joseph Henry, Dara McCormack, Shane Keane. Subs: Ciaran Hoare for McCormack (46), Thomas Fallon for Keenan (48), Robert Varley for McCormack (60). Referee: Aaron Clogher. Man of the Match: Ben McGahon

Gately provides gateway to last four for Tremane Athleague were comfortable winners over Oran in last weekend’s Kepak Roscommon senior hurling quarterfinals...but the game of the weekend was a thriller between Tremane and St. Dominic’s. Athleague v Oran was the People’s ‘Match Choice’, with Ben McGahon leading the way as the Oran men won by a nine-point margin. Remarkably, all six goals

were scored in the second half. Meanwhile in Athleague, there was an absolute thriller between Tremane and St. Dominic’s. The Knockcroghery side were two points up in stoppage time (courtesy of a last-gasp goal) but there was still time for more drama, with Darren Gately’s late, late goal earning a sensational win for Tremane. It was heartbreak for St. Domi-

nic’s, after an exciting see-saw encounter. An early goal by Cathal Brennan had set Tremane on their way. Seven converted frees from Niall Kilroy would also prove significant. Ultimately, this thriller would go down to the wire, with more drama than an hour perusing Netflix might yield. In the end, victory went to Tremane after a memorable match.

Saturday, September 25th Junior Football Championship Play-off At Orchard Park: St Dominic’s B v St Ronan’s. 3 pm Intermediate Football Championship Relegation Final At Orchard Park: Shannon Gaels v Ballinameen. 5.30 pm Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Quarter-Finals At Dr. Hyde Park: Clann na nGael v Michael Glavey’s. 5 pm At Ballyforan: Strokestown v St Brigid’s. 8 pm Mulryan Construction IFC Quarter-Finals At Nash Park: Castlerea St Kevin’s v Éire Óg. 5 pm Sunday, September 26th Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Quarter-Finals At Dr. Hyde Park: Pádraig Pearses v Boyle. 1.30 pm At Dr. Hyde Park: Oran v Roscommon Gaels. 4 pm Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Relegation Final At O’Rourke Park: Western Gaels v St Croan’s. 2 pm Mulryan Construction IFC Quarter-Finals At Athleague: Creggs v Clann na nGael B. 2 pm At Strokestown: Fuerty v St Faithleach’s. 3 pm At Kiltoom: St Dominic’s v Kilbride. 4 pm


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Roscommon’s Conor Beirne has his eyes on the ball while being pursued by E. Conroy of Mayo last Saturday at Swinford Amenity Park during the All-Ireland Masters Football Championship. Final score: Mayo 0-16, Roscommon 0-11. Picture: Bernie O’Farrell.

Classy Carey takes care of Tulsk challenge! THE PEOPLE’S FEATURED MATCH

Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Quarter-Final Play-off Pádraig Pearses 2-17 Tulsk 0-8


Emmett Kelly...was on the scoreboard for an impressive Padraig Pearses last weekend. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

For the first 15 minutes of this playoff, played in perfect weather conditions at Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday, it looked like Tulsk were going to give Pádraig Pearses a searching test of their credentials. They had plenty of possession, led by 0-4 to 0-3, and were looking well capable of causing several problems for their opponents. But after the first water break Pearses emerged a different side.

They were committed in the tackle and denied Tulsk any time and space on the ball. Niall and Conor Daly prospered at midfield, David Murray carried intelligently, and up front, Paul Carey and Hubert Darcy began to get the better of their markers. Suddenly Tulsk were in trouble. They were chasing shadows all over the field as Pearses ruled the roost. After Ryan Galvin scored a point from play in the 14th minute it would be over 35 minutes before Tulsk scored again – and at that stage the game was long over as a contest. Points from the outstanding Paul Carey, Hubert Darcy, Jack Tumulty, Lorcan Daly and Emmett Kelly saw the 2019 champions ahead by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time. When play resumed Pearses pressed their foot on the accelerator and put the issue beyond Tulsk in the third quarter. Carey helped himself to two points, and when he

blasted home a great goal in the 43rd minute it was 1-13 to 0-4 and Pat Flanagan’s men were already looking ahead to the quarter-finals. Both sides ran their benches in the final quarter as the game petered out. In fairness to Tulsk, they battled away gamely and put some respectability on the scoreboard with a run of late points, with impressive sub Daniel Connolly accounting for three fine scores. But Pearses were simply too strong and Tumulty bundled the ball into the Tulsk net in the final minute of normal time for their second goal. This was definitely Pearses’ best showing of the championship so far and they will go into this weekend’s quarter-final against Boyle with a lot of momentum. After this showing, don’t rule them out as contenders. Anthony Butler, David Murray, Niall and Conor Daly and Paul Carey were excellent on the day, while for a well beaten Tulsk, Dylan Gaughan was best performer by some considerable distance. Padraig Scott, Ryan Galvin and sub Daniel Connolly had their moments.

Pádraig Pearses: Paul Whelan; Gavin Downey, Mark Richardson, Anthony Butler; Shane Carty, Ronan Daly, David Murray; Niall Daly (0-1), Conor Daly (0-1); Conor Payne, Emmett Kelly (0-1), Lorcan Daly (0-2); Jack Tumulty (1-1), Hubert Darcy (0-4, 1 m, 1 f), Paul Carey (1-6, 2f). Subs: Shane Mulvey for Carty (35), Jack Downey for G Downey (39), Conor Lohan for Richardson (44), Eoin Colleran for Darcy (45), Aaron Feehily (0-1) for N Daly (45). Tulsk: Reagan Fahey; Niall McNamara, Dara O’Rourke, Stephen Lennon; Ryan Galvin (0-1), Dylan Gaughan (0-1), Padraig Scott; David Coyne, Tadhg O’Rourke; Robbie Kelly (0-1), Gerry Galvin, Cathal O’Rourke; Evan Flynn, David Carleton (0-1), Louis Galvin (0-1, free). Subs: Ryan Donoghue for McNamara (24), Daniel Connolly (0-3, 1 ‘45) for Flynn (35), Ryan Larkin for Carleton (45), Sean Murray for L Galvin (45), James Egan for Scott (50). Referee: Gerry Carmody. Man of the Match: Paul Carey (Pádraig Pearses)

<< Weekend Rewind


PUNDIT... Wow! Big win for Pearses...against Tulsk! Yeah, I was expecting that. Like a train picking up speed, so predictable! Right! I suppose you knew Paul Carey would be man of the match? Ah yeah, had him down for about... 1-6? Yep! I thought so! Hey...I don’t suppose you’d like to give me predictions for the SFC THIS weekend? Eh...four good games. Anything more specific? Eh...very good? You’re losing your nerve! Okay, damn it! St. Brigid’s, Clann, Oran and Pearses! Ha ha! I can’t wait ‘til next week! Or maybe Boyle... No maybes! Hey, the Emmys were on at the weekend. It’s kind of awards season! So who’s your national pundit of the year? Besides me? Yes, besides you... Pat Spillane! The comeback kid! You’re full of contradictions, you were giving out about him last week! And your Roscommon-based GAA pundit/reporter/ commentator/analyst of the year? From the local papers...radio... Oh stop! Not even Matt Carthy would name names on that one!

Kilbride’s 17-point comeback! Senior Ladies’ football champions Kilbride stage a remarkable comeback against St. Brigid’s last Saturday when they overturned a 17-point deficit (5-7 to 0-5) in Kilbride. The visitors were firmly in the driving seat through four first-half goals from Áine O’Brien before the five-in-a-row champions came back from the dead. A Niamh Shanagher goal just before the secondhalf water break seemed to reignite the champions. The ultimate comeback win was then delivered thanks to an Aisling Hanly hat-trick and a goal deep into injury-time from Áine Griffin. Full-time score: Kilbride 6-7 St. Brigid’s 5-9.

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GAA Studio A knockout weekend! The

Weekend Fast-forward


There’s an exciting weekend of Gaelic football ahead in County Roscommon with championship quarter-finals in both the SFC and the IFC. After a surreal supporter-less championship in 2020 – the ‘Year of the Ladders’ – there’s been a welcome sense of near-normality in recent weeks as the group stages of the local club championships brought us to this weekend’s knockout deciders. Credit to the players, managers and administrators (and to the County Board) for their collective input, all of which has ensured that Championship 2021 has (already) been smooth, competitive and highly enjoyable. Elsewhere in your locally-owned Roscommon People, Seamus Duke has a close look at this weekend’s SFC and IFC clashes. There is, on paper at least, the real prospect of four cracking games. St. Brigid’s will be strongly fancied to defeat Strokestown, but the latter’s form has been more than decent and the defending champions can hardly afford any complacency. Strokestown, a club with such a proud footballing tradition, frequently rise to the occasion and they could push the deserved favourites. The surprise packet (initially, but no longer) has been Oran, who stormed into the senior ranks with three great wins. If confidence brings momentum, Oran might just prove to be an unstoppable force, for another outing at least. Trying to halt their march will be Decie Hoare’s thus far steady-butnot spectacular Roscommon Gaels. In-form Clann na nGael meet Michael Glavey’s. It could be an exciting and close encounter. In the other quarter-final, Pearses – fresh from a very comfortable play-off win over Tulsk – will meet Boyle. The latter club have been scoring lots and may be considered by some as title dark horses.

Roscommon’s Dermot Lyons in action against Mayo in the All-Ireland Masters Football Championship in Swinford Amenity Park.


Paul Carey scored 1-6 as Padraig Pearses cruised past Tulsk


Conor Cox was key man for Éire Óg as he hit a match-winning 1-6 in the IFC play-off against St Aidan’s


In the hurling, Ben McGahon punished Oran, notching 0-11 in Athleague’s quarter-final win

Guest pundit...Sylvia Kilcline (St Dominic’s) Return to play… It’s great to be back! The one thing we learned from the Covid-19 lockdowns was how it affected people getting out and about and it brought home to us the core values of the GAA: meeting up with other people and taking part. We also noticed that there were a lot of people unable to attend training and matches because they were working in Dublin or even abroad so it’s great to see people coming back to Knockcroghery.

‘Dads + Lads’ social hurling in Four Roads! Four Roads Healthy Club have organised this sixweek initiative which is aimed at those hurlers who may have retired, lapsed or just want to get playing in a social environment. Social hurling is a modified hurling game, designed to offer players who may no longer be playing competitively or have retired from playing with their clubs, a chance to continue playing GAA in a social setting with like-minded players. The first session takes place from 6 pm to 7 pm this Sunday (September 26th) at Four Roads pitch. Please call Sheila Coyle, Healthy Club Officer, on 087-4164202 if you have any queries.



Covid challenges… Steps like providing hand sanitiser and reinforcing the national message about social distancing and respiratory etiquette are important. It has been difficult at times but people have been really good.

Keeping the show on the road… Action from Kilmore v St. Dominic’s at Dr. Hyde Park recently. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

We are lucky to have Club Rossie who have been so generous in supporting

us this year and whatever money we make from their draw will go back into the costs of running the club. We will also be launching a unique fundraiser of our own in the coming weeks so watch this space!

Looking ahead to the weekend… They say you sometimes have to lose a final before you win one! Last year’s Intermediate final was heart-wrenching but it’s heartening to see Oran (Last year’s IFC champions) do so well in the senior championship. It’s hard to get a team back together and fired up…but we can see on the pitch that the guys are still in it and fighting to the end. It’s very exciting for St. Dominic’s’ supporters and while we have had a few scares, the lads never give up. *Sylvia Kilcline is the Chairperson of St. Dominic’s GAA Club. The club fields successful teams in adult and juvenile football, hurling, and camogie as well as boasting a very talented Scór section!


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