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Details of the elite gathering prompted massive public anger, amidst claims that public health guidelines had been breached. Minister for Agriculture Dara < PAUL HEALY Colleary (who attended) resigned EU Commissioner Phil Hogan from the Cabinet last week, but dramatically resigned on Wednes- Mr. Hogan held out until last day night, following an explosive night, even after the Irish Governweek-long controversy over the ment indicated it no longer had Oireachtas Golf Society event in confidence in him. Roscommon-Galway Constituency On Wednesday night, Mr. HoClifden, Co. Galway. Earlier this week, it emerged that gan finally tendered his resignaCommissioner Hogan had a made tion as EU Trade Commissioner a ‘social visit’ to County Roscom- to the President of the European mon (on August 19th) during his Commission, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen. recent visit to Ireland. il Hogan VótáMr. He said it was becoming increaswas one of 81 people who attended a function in the Station House ingly clear that the controversy Hotel in Clifden on Wednesday, concerning his recent visit to Ireland was becoming a distraction 19th of August last.

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Eh…how was Clifden? VERY interesting. You didn’t…? I DID! What happened…? CYCLING ACCIDENT We always stay in the Station House Hotel! Love it. So I’m in the lobby, and suddenly the big arrogant, gruff political If you were involved in a cycling heavyweight walks in… accident contact Big Phil?Carolan Byrne No, Dick Spring! Cunningham Solicitors I don’t think Dick was at THE DINNER… Oh no, he was just passing through. He wasn’t at THE DINNER. Dick’s in the clear! Anyone else? Oh yes! I popped into the bar for a coffee…and was surrounded by Senators. What’s the collective term for a group of Senators? Failed Dáil candidates? Wannabee TDs? Ouch! Anyways, I’m there ordering my coffee, and there’s six Senators around me… Relaxing, calming, uplifting? Not really, they were full of waffle… No, not the Senators, the coffee? Oh yes, it was lovely. Any sign of Dara Calleary? He was working on his speech in the corner. A decent enough man, I reckon. I waved, not sure if he saw me. I can’t believe YOU were there, a wit-

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ness to this gruesome history. Anything else? Oh, loads. Three very dapper men ordered cocktails, and airily asked if I’d pay for them… Bankers? Absolute wan…eh, ahem, wan-ted me to pay. Any sign of Big Phil? Not at that stage, but I sensed he was coming when I saw some special carpet being rolled out. Red? Nope, black and amber. Black and amber carpet for the big guy. Unbelievable! Did you see the Judge? Well, I saw a man who looked like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth and thought that might be him, but it was… Brian Hayes?

Yep. Did you see any symbol of the nudge-andwink era, any flashback to the mad old days? Yes, Donie Cassidy was there! What happened next? Well, I finished my coffee and got out of there as fast as possible, clutching my wallet as I passed the bankers. Went for a walk, to clear my head. Any sign of Enda Kenny? No sign of Enda! We’re used to that in Roscommon! (Editor: Couldn’t resist it…) Did you go back later? Oh yes, I went into the function room, just to have a peek. Did you see the famous partition? I did! It was half open; there were gleaming knives and forks, beautiful wine glasses, ah, such ambience! Did you go back to the bar? I did! Ordered a €10 meal, and a pint, then sat down – socially distancing – between three senators, two bankers and one EU Commissioner. PHIL? YOU SAW PHIL? I saw Phil, I spoke to Phil! Well? At this stage, I had NO IDEA what was going to unfold later. Only about 15 of the now notorious ‘Gang of 81’ had arrived. I had no idea! What did Phil say? He said he’d played well, but he’d hit it into the rough once or twice. What did you say? I said ‘Phil, beware of the rough. We’ve all been in the rough. These are rough times. THESE ARE ROUGH TIMES FOR ALL OF US, PHIL!’ And? When I said ‘rough times for all of us’, all of a sudden there were one or two nervous coughs, then an awkward silence in the room. You could hear a Gold Credit Card drop…

What we liked…

Well done to Roscommon GAA on the ongoing progress of the club championships here. It’s been challenging, but very well handled. So many people looking forward to this weekend’s quarter-final championship action. See Seamus Duke’s previews in our sports’ section…

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Everything about that wretched golf event in Clifden. Shocking arrogance on the part of the self-styled elite involved.


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PatrickFreyne @PatrickFreyne1 I think we’re just days away from finding out Phil Hogan was golfing in Wuhan back in December – A new statement will be issued to address this speculation!

Jason @jaseomcn No matter where you are in Ireland, you’re never more than 6 feet away from Phil Hogan. – It’s not true, it just felt that way…

@lukeming You can rule out my house. #golfgate – Big Phil and ‘Ming’ didn’t shoot the breeze in Castlerea during lockdown? Really? Okay, we believe it…

Colette Browne @colettebrowne If Phil Hogan just said – “sorry, I got it wrong, I took a covid test and assumed that meant I no longer needed to selfisolate” – people would be much more forgiving. But the man is incapable of humility. – Sorry, I got it wrong? Come on!! It’s BIG PHIL!

John Sheanon @SheanonJohn Just watched #TheToughest Summer. Congratulations to all involved. Watching David Brady seeing his parents again after eight months would bring a tear to a stone. So proud to be a member of this incredible organisation. – Viewers loved the ‘GAA documentary’ shown on RTE on Tuesday night…

Angie Bee @angiebeeb There are so many missing since the Clifden #golfgate I’m wondering if it was a murder mystery event.

Denise @deniseaoc #TheToughest on @RTEOne is so lovely, although I think I’ve cried three times already. Beautifully done.

– If it was, would this clueless lot have made any progress?

– ‘GAA people’ starred during lockdown; the contrast with the arrogant shower who partied in Clifden is stark…

Enda Fanning @EFFanning The arrogance must be throughout Hogan’s office: A spokesman for the Commissioner told the Irish Times “If he was in Roscommon, I fail to see its relevance.” #golfgate – We’re insulted! We want the Commissioner’s spokesman to resign! Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan

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Getting return to school right may be this Government’s last chance COMMENT < SEAMUS DUKE

It is very dangerous to get into the politics of outrage. There are politicians, political parties and other commentators (including in the media) who are outraged by everything that happens, but seldom, if ever, have they any credible alternatives to offer. However, in 30-plus years of commenting on the political scene, I have never experienced such public anger as that which has followed this now infamous golf dinner in Clifden. What I cannot get my head around since this news broke, is that there (apparently) wasn’t one of the 81 eminent and well educated people who were there who thought that, in the current circumstances, it might be a bad idea to attend. It beggars belief, to be honest. The reason that this scandal stands head and shoulders above anything we’ve had before is that the Irish population have had to make massive sacrifices since the arrival of Covid-19. Many have lost loved ones. Many more have lost their jobs and businesses. This crisis has touched all our lives. This is about life and death, people’s livelihoods

and futures. The difference is that this won’t go away with the arrival of the next big news story, as usually happens with these scandals. We couldn’t visit our loved ones in nursing homes or attend the

funerals of our family members, friends and neighbours. We all know many young people who have cancelled their weddings. Many other family celebrations have been abandoned. The younger generation were being blamed for spreading

the disease with house parties, yet this elite cohort of politicians and others obviously thought that the rules did not apply to them. The older generation have been locked in their homes for much of the past six months, in compliance

with the regulations drawn up by many of the people who were at the golf dinner in Clifden. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and/or friends can’t go to support their family members when they play a GAA club match or partake in any sporting event. The mood of the public is one of extreme anger, brought about by a situation that has no sign of coming to an end any time soon. By any stretch of the imagination, it has been a disastrous start for this new Government, in the midst of the biggest health crisis in the history of the state. We have had one monumental cockup after another as the coalition lurches from one catastrophe to an even bigger one with every passing week. The time for them to get their act together is long since gone. The situation is just far too serious. I would suggest that after only a couple of months, this administration is on its very last chance. The plan is to send over one million children back to school within the next two weeks. It is something that has to happen. Micheál Martin and his Government better get this one right. If they mess this up, they will all have to go. After making so many sacrifices, the public will not stand for any more bumbling incompetence.

‘Our first great day was when we took part at Parnell’s funeral in Dublin’ Before his death in 1953, George N. Geraghty wrote extensively about his memories of life in Roscommon Town (and environs) in the early years of the 20th century… the Roscommon People is pleased to serialise these fascinating memories

Most of the young people would be surprised to hear that Roscommon had a Brass Band. Yes, it began its career in the early ‘Eighties’. The Band Master was a Mr. O’Connor. There were twenty-one members in the band, all lovely young men. The band room was the loft over John Caulfield’s forge, now occupied by Pat Flynn in Church Street. The band programme was very restricted. If I remember a-right the band could play only three tunes, ‘God save Ireland’, ‘St. Patrick’s Day’, and ‘The Girl I left behind me’. At the time, a young priest, a member of a very old Roscommon family, was about to depart from the town to fulfill his mission in the priesthood in the USA. The townspeople thought that it was only fitting that he should get a good send off, all wishing him well on his journey. So the band was requisitioned to take part. The band marched to the Railway Station playing ‘God save Ireland’ and as the train was about to start the band struck up one of the other two tunes it could play at that time, ‘The Girl I left behind me’. Before the first parade of the band, the members assembled in the old church and Dr. Phillips, the then Parish Priest, administered to them the total abstinence pledge. In after years we had a Fife and Drum band, and our first Band

ROSCOMMON AS IT WAS ~ George N Geraghty ~

Band Master, his name was Gordon Silver, a retired Bandsman of the Connaught Rangers regiment from Boyle. We paid him fifteen shillings per week. In order to meet his wages we had to make a collection of the town every Saturday night and I must say we were always well supported. We had constant subscribers giving us from three pence to one shilling per week. G. Silver gave us a great training. We had a grand selection of marches and apart from the music he drilled us in real military fashion before he let us parade in public. Our first great day was when we took part at Parnell’s funeral in Dublin. The excursion train from the west was packed. The Band Boys got a special reduction in the train fare, every two of its members were allowed to travel on return ticket for four shillings and six pence. Every man from Roscommon wore an Ivy leaf supplied from the Messenger Office and on the Ivy leaf was printed in gold letters ‘South Roscommon’. J.J. O’Kelly and Luke Hayden travelled on the train with us.

The Roscommon Church Choir

Church Street, Roscommon. Photograph courtesy of Pat Hughes

Master was John O’Neill. John was an old British army pensioner. He lived in a small thatched house in Castle Street. We went there at night for lessons with a penny candle for light, after some time we changed to the loft over the old Market House. The post office is now on the site of the old Market House. John O’Neill was very old and we secured the services of another

This was one of the best in Ireland. Mr. Hanratty was first choir master and later we had Professor F.S. Flanagan. Under the direction of the Professor the Glee and Madrigal Society produced three operas, ‘Maritana’, ‘The Mikado’, and ‘The Yeoman of the Guard’. We had some splendid singers taking part and outstanding as a Tenor was the late Jim Gavin, may God rest him. He took all the leading parts, and Roscommon was very proud of him. His solos in the Church choir will always be remembered. We had frequent visits of a German band. The band consisted of 5 or 6 men, all dressed in a faded green uniform and military cap. The instruments were all Brass, no drums, and the music was very good. (Series – sadly – concludes in coming weeks)


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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

Some musings from Donegal… Thursday

We’re in Donegal, a county of such rugged beauty that any rational human being couldn’t but have a soft spot for it. We set off on Thursday, our destination being Dillons Hotel in Letterkenny (it’s Dillon’s with an apostrophe on their website, but the signwriter went without it). On the journey, the car radio crackles with the anger and bewilderment of ordinary people as the nation digests news of the exploits of the Arrogant Golf Society (known in some circles as the Oireachtas Golf Society). It might be entertaining if it wasn’t a symbol of Them & Us…stark, stunning evidence that the Backslapping Brigade haven’t gone away, you know. Politicians, bankers, media, a Supreme Court Judge…they dine, wine and wink – breaking Covid regulations – while the rest of us fret and worry and comply. Those who could not see loved ones as they drew their last breath during lockdown, well, they are left with their memories, more hurt, and long nights ahead thinking of time that can never be recovered.

Friday It was our first time in Dillons Hotel and, apostrophe or not, we really liked it. It’s an old-style establishment, with character and good old-fashioned friendly service. This was our first experience of staying in a hotel in the Covid era. Everything was very well organised in terms of safety measures, the dreaded ‘new normal’ manifesting itself…numerous sanitation stations for guests, staff all wearing facemasks, social distancing measures much in evidence. It all went really well, but there’s no doubt that the restrictions drain some of the atmosphere you normally get in a hotel bar/restaurant (particularly in summer). There was no man or woman in the corner belting out ‘Sweet Caroline’ or ‘Suspicious Minds’ or even ‘The Town I Loved So Well’. In the hotel lobby, rolling adverts on a screen occasionally flash back to the last time there was live music here…which was in March, before lockdown and the era of multiple restrictions. The screen alluded to long-lost nights when ‘Misty Days’ were on stage, followed by ‘Unlikely Heroes’. That was then, this is now.

masked superheroes, but not even Spiderman can save me. I leave as quickly as I entered!

Monday evening

Glengesh Pass, Donegal.

It’s different, but staff and guests make the most of it. You can still dine in the hotel, have a few drinks, chat (while socially distancing) and just enjoy the fact that you’re on a break. The staff in Dillons were very friendly and professional and the whole hotel experience, if not quite as preCovid, was still very enjoyable.

Saturday/Sunday When in Donegal, you have to explore the magnificent, remote wonders of its landscape. We drove along the coast, passing through a bustling Dunfanaghy, into Burtenpoint, and on to Glenties. There’s some spectacular scenery, and some very chilled sheep! On Sunday, we drove as far as Malin Head. We’d been there before, but it still takes your breath away. En route, we stopped off in a lovely, quaint premises, the ‘Malin TownHouse’. This bar/restaurant is very imaginatively furnished, a very welcoming place. A vintage motorcycle catches your eye in the lobby, and there are more novelty items – including a painting of Jack Yeats, a signed Eric Cantona portrait (not for me!) odd books on odd subjects (one on ‘shoe design’) and some nice toy cars! Over the weekend we also got to Glengesh Pass, where the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Peaceful, remote, stunning.

Monday While we spent a lot of time on the fabulous scenic drives, Letterkenny itself is a nice town, with

excellent shops and cafes. Covid-19 notwithstanding, it seems to be busy enough. Many people were wearing facemasks as they walked up and down the streets. Today, the weather is beautiful. After checking out of our hotel, we spend an hour or two browsing around the town. In the attractive Market Square area, people relax in the shadow of a monument by sculptor Maurice Harron. It depicts a scene from ‘The Hiring Fair’, a phenomenon of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Poor labourers – many of them young children – were paraded at these fairs, in the hope that potential employees might hire them. In the Square, an intriguing mix of businesses, all human life. There’s a shop which sells old comics which feature superheroes such as Batman, Superman, cartoon characters, Disney memorabilia, etc. ‘Endgame Comics and Collectibles’ is its name. It looks quaint, so I recommend it to our children, and off they go to explore. Across from Superhero Shop, there’s a pub called ‘The Brewery’, which, with a nod to the dialect of Donegal, describes itself as ‘The Wee Bar’. Sadly, I cannot even pop into a pub on this staycation unless I am ready to grasp a menu! Above the Wee Bar, as the hill steepens, the constituency office of TD Charlie McConalogue. Also in the Square: Permanent TSB, ‘Donegal’s best vape shop’, an antique store and more. I pop into the land of superheroes to see if our children like what they see. They’re browsing, I browse. They have masks, I’ve forgotten. The friendly lady says ‘sorry, but I have to ask you to leave…you’ve no mask’. All around me, there are

On the drive home, callers to Liveline tell Katie Hannon heartbreaking stories of the sacrifices they’ve made, the losses they’ve experienced…this sadness, grief and anger revisited with raw emotion because of the fall-out of the Clifden ‘golfgate’ controversy. In particular, people are furious over the arrogant attitude of Phil Hogan, the EU Commissioner and roving golfer. Before we leave Donegal, we stop off in Killybegs, then, with stormy weather forecast later on Monday night, it’s time to head for The Gaelic Chieftain and the great county of Roscommon!

Wednesday And now, as we go to press on Wednesday night, the solemn news that EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has announced he is resigning. Another dramatic twist in an embarrassing saga. In falling on his sword, ‘Big Phil’ even had time to make a joke – at least I presume it was a joke when he said he was stepping down because the controvery was becoming (my italics) a distraction.

We drove along the coast, passing through a bustling Dunfanaghy, into Burtenpoint, and on to Glenties. There’s some spectacular scenery, and some very chilled sheep!


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Fitzmaurice doesn’t trust school transport plan Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has raised concerns that the Department of Education is rolling out a “cunning plan to finish off school transport”. The TD has been speaking to parents and operators of bus services throughout his constituency since last week’s announcement by the Minister of Education, Norma Foley. According to Fitzmaurice, it is either “a cunning plan to finish off school transport”, or “just another impulsive decision by this Government without any considerations for the wider impact that it could have”. He said: “First of all, they are talking about a requirement for an extra 1,600 buses. Having spoken to people in the industry, it is very question-

able whether they are even there (at that level) at the moment. “Also, many bus companies are struggling to find drivers for the buses that they have due to the long lay-offs caused by Covid-19 forcing their previous drivers to find alternative work. One would have to wonder whether this is a cunning plan to further reduce the number of students availing of discretionary school transport services. “The minister also revealed that parents would be compensated if they decided to drop their children to school, rather than opting for the bus service. But what happens if the numbers availing of the bus drop below the minimum threshold of 10? Will the bus then be cancelled?

“This raises huge concerns, as it could then prove very difficult to reinstate the service. Is this evidence of further underhanded tactics by the Department, or just a lack of understanding of the implications its decisions could have? “Meanwhile, what happens in an area where parents came together, without any financial assistance, to organise a private bus company to collect their children? Will they be expected to pay double or will those parents be compensated? The lack of clarity around all of these issues is leading to major frustrations”. The Independent TD called for the Minister of Transport, Eamon Ryan to intervene on these issues.

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REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2021/2022 PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL VOTERS LIST AND POSTAL VOTERS LIST Special Voters List: An elector may apply for entry on the special voters list if you are living in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution and you are unable to go in person to vote at your polling station due to a physical illness or a physical disability which is likely to continue for the duration of the register of electors now being prepared for the period 15th February 2021 to 14th February 2022. For a first time application Part B of the form must be completed by a doctor. Postal Voters List for Electors with a Physical Illness or a Physical Disability: An elector may apply for entry on the postal voters list if you are living at home and are unable to go in person to vote at your polling station due to a physical illness or a physical disability which is likely to continue for the duration of the register of electors now being prepared for the period 15th February 2021 to 14th February 2022. For a first time application Part B of the form must be completed by a doctor. Postal Voters List: An elector is normally required to vote in person at a polling station but an elector may apply for entry in the postal voters list if you are likely to be unable to go in person to vote at your polling station at an election or referendum which may be held for the duration of the register of electors now being prepared for the period 15th February 2021 to 14th February 2022. You may be eligible for a postal vote if you are: - An Irish Diplomat serving abroad and his/her spouse or civil partner; - A member of An Garda Síochána; - A whole-time member of the Defence Forces; - Unable to vote at a polling station because of your occupation, service or employment; - Participating on a full time basis on an educational course of study at an educational institution in the State; - You are in prison as a result of an Order of a Court. If you are registered as a postal voter, you may vote by post only. You may not vote at a polling station. Application forms for the categories listed above may be obtained from and should be returned to the Corporate Services Section, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon F42 VR98, on or before 25th November 2020. Applications forms are also available to download at For further information please telephone (090) 6637147 or email Liam Bergin, Director of Services Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, F42 VR98

The club continues to meet the demands of catering for a rapidly growing player membership (from six-year-olds to adults teams) and from more schools every year. File picture (from earlier in season): Michelle Hughes Walsh

Creggs Rugby Club planning major new sports complex

Creggs Rugby Football Club is seeking planning permission to construct an impressive new sports complex at their grounds. The plans are for a large sports building, which comprises (on the ground floor) four new dressing rooms, two of which will be for female teams only. These will offer individual dressing areas and individual cubicle showers. Plans for the ground floor also include referee’s changing rooms and toilet facilities. The first floor plans include a stateof-the-art gymnasium including running lanes, and also new clubrooms. In addition, the application is seeking retention of permission of the existing development on site, which includes a spectator stand and floodlighting. Less than two years ago, Creggs Rugby Club developed Connacht’s only full-size 4G artificial rugby pitch. It is fully approved by World

Rugby. It has accommodated many rugby games for Creggs and local school teams, as well as acting as a neutral venue for many Connacht finals, which would otherwise have fallen victim to the weather. It has also been a welcome training venue for many teams from other sports. The club also developed two more full-sized sand-based all-weather grass pitches. A spokesperson said that these were needed to cope with the demand for training and games from a rapidly growing player membership (from six-year-olds to adults teams) and from more schools every year. Creggs also provided a near 1km amenity walkway around their grounds. It has lights throughout, with a tarmac and concrete surface. That project was supported by Galway LEADER, and offers a safe walking route for people in communities for miles around, as well as

parents of children, etc. The club regards itself as very much community-based and has an excellent relationship with teams from all other sports in their region, which covers most of County Roscommon and part of East Galway. It is expected that the Galway planning dept. will make a decision on this community sports project in October. The Development Sub-Committee is made up of Kieran Dowd, Joe Ryan and Padraic Deane. It’s no surprise that the three are also part of the club’s larger and very hard-working Finance Committee, which will soon commence fundraising for their latest development project. The current Club President is Aidan Farrell, the Club Secretary is Sean Brandon, and the Club Treasurer is Kieran Dowd.


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Virtual childminding networking event


Following the childminding consultation period last year, Roscommon County Childcare Committee (CCC), as local agents of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), have been asked to look at setting up childminding networks locally. These networks will be established as part of the upcoming National Childminding Action Plan. The network is about building and establishing relationships between childminders and Roscommon CCC, as well as providing an opportunity for peer support from other childminders. It is also about identifying the training and development needs of childminders within the county of Ro-

scommon. The Childminding Development Officer for Mayo, Roscommon, Clare and Galway, Heather McColl and staff of Roscommon CCC will also be present. Roscommon CCC would like to invite all childminders in County Roscommon to an initial free online network event from 6.30-7.30 pm on Monday, August 31st. Childminders can book your place via Roscommon CCC Eventbrite. Visit the Roscommon CCC website or Facebook where more updates and details are available ( or https://www.facebook. com/roscommonchildcare/). Please share this event.



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Providing sanity, sausages and spuds in defiance of Storm Ellen! Our columnist on getting his ‘secret weapon’ out in a blackout, hanging on the phone line (with Pavatotti), Katie Taylor’s latest win…and that contentious Government decision to revert to ‘no spectators’ status for sport due to Covid-19… Once upon a time I used to have a little two-ring gas cooker as standby for whenever the ESB

might be gone – and for a household that relied exclusively on electricity, it was an absolute Godsend. You could boil a kettle, a saucepan of water, an egg, or even manage a small fry. For years, even though seldom called upon, it provided a huge amount of security whenever we might be hit by any major weather event. Sadly however, time took its toll on the little cooker, and eventually it passed away to join all the other little cookers in the sky (or maybe the Council tip). For a good while we had no back-up plan, resulting in massive amounts of stress and strain any time the ESB went, and emphasising the absolute importance of a cup of tea in times of crisis.

So a year or so ago, I went in search of a replacement, and funnily enough found it hard enough to get one. The good news is that I got one eventually, but Murphy’s law meant that once I got it we never had occasion to use it, and I began to wonder was it all a waste of time and energy. However, everything eventually comes around to those who wait. Last week, as Storm Ellen battered the country, our ESB went at about two in the morning, and didn’t come back until after five the following evening. With a great degree of pride and self-justification, I produced my little gas ring, boiled up a saucepan of water and had the nicest cup (mul-

tiple cups) of tea that I ever had. All day long my little cooker kept our sanity intact. We even managed to fry the rashers and sausages and boil the spuds. I can only say that never was a single item so important for the welfare of our house. Remarkably, having found it so hard to get my little cooker, nowadays I see them everywhere. So if I ever were to give you some advice (which I never would), it would be to buy one for yourself, put it up somewhere safe, and have the peace of mind to know that if and when you need it it’s there to keep your kettle on the boil. I might even drop around for a cuppa!

Fans still angry and upset over controversial decision on spectators Thousands of words have been written and spoken about the ridiculous new rule that says only fifteen people can attend out-

door events. This effectively means that when Creggs meet Oran next Saturday evening in the quarter-final of the Inter-

mediate Championship in the Hyde, none of us can be in attendance. In my opinion no amount of words could justify this

Pictured (prior to the latest restriction on attending sports events) at the recent Roscommon Gaels v Fuerty game were Seamus Murray, Domnick Connolly, Mike Conneely, Niall Heaney and Martin Connolly. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

totally asinine regulation. Last Saturday evening, Creggs played St. Brigid’s in a challenge match in Kiltoom, and my two lads (Mark and Paul) were both playing. However, despite the wide, open spaces around the pitch, I could not actually attend. Yet, if we had booked a table a couple of hours later in any of the pubs around the area that are presently serving food, I could have sat beside them while eating a bit and drinking a few pints. How any legislators (no matter what medical evidence is put before them) can say that it is better and safer for me to sit in an enclosed space with my two lads, with maybe another 40 or 50 people around me, than among 200 supporters in the open air around a full football pitch, is beyond comprehension. There is nothing they can say or do that will

Pavarotti and our dishwasher… Still on domestic matters – more specifically domestic appliances – on Saturday evening our ten-month-old dishwasher decided to pack up. Needless to say, it did so when everyone was home and it was ‘full to the lugs’, and so, after a weekend of elbow grease and Fairy Liquid, I rang our supplier to tell them the story and see what we could do. The lady in the office was very nice, helpful and obliging, but because of data protection she could not ring the manufacturers for me. Instead, she gave me their phone number and told me to give them a ring myself.

21 minutes and 42 seconds later – during which time I had to listen to some Italian operatic singer, and was told on several occasions that they were busy but that my call was very important to them – I finally made contact with a real person. The good news is that my appliance was still under warranty. Some repair person will contact me in the near future and hopefully they will sort out the problem, but in this day of modern technology and instant communication, how it could take 21 minutes to get through on a landline just amazes me.

make me believe that it is right. We must obey the rules – but who’s to say that with all games in Roscommon being streamed live, a situation might not occur such as the one that arose in Kerry last weekend (according to Pat Spillane), with matches played in front of empty terraces and the pubs that were streaming them completely full? Who’s to say this won’t happen all over the county – and indeed the country – this coming weekend? It’s just beyond crazy, and coupled with all the outrageous carry-on that our new Government has been guilty of since coming to power, it’s no wonder that the common man and woman, myself included, is beside themselves with anger. Not to be able to see our two neighbouring clubs do battle on Saturday has me more than upset.

Thankfully, the Italian operatic singer I mentioned was the one and only Luciano Pavarotti (bet you didn’t think I’d know that), and listening to a selection of his arias (got you again) at least made my wait a little more bearable. However, if my dishwasher should break down again, I will get out the rubber gloves and the big bottle of Fairy Liquid and go back to the old ways. I could not face another 20 or more minutes waiting for an agent (who is very busy) to answer me.

Helen Madden and Gretta Hough out for a stroll in The Demesne, Castlerea. Picture: Michael McCormack.

And finally…what Katie did next Finally for this week, on Saturday evening I sat glued to the telly as the Bray darling, Katie Taylor, had her rematch with Delfine Persoon, the Belgian police officer who many felt had been robbed of the decision the last time they met (in New York 15 months ago). Once again we had an absolute classic fight. There were still some experts who again thought that Persoon had won, but in my opinion this time the superior boxing skills of Katie made her a worthy winner. However, the sheer commitment of both women – the non-stop aggression of the Belgian boxer against the unshakeable will to win of Taylor – made it an exciting, tension-filled battle, and any of the sceptics that still say women have no place in such physical sports as boxing – and even rugby – should have a look at this fight and they will definitely change their minds. As for Katie, if she isn’t our greatest ever sportsperson she is most certainly in the top few, and could well eventually leave a legacy behind her that no one else will ever emulate. Good on you, Katie.

‘Till next week, bye for now


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Roscommon Sports Partnership Covid-19 Club Small Grant Scheme Pictured are Padraig Sammon (Sammon Developments), Cllr. Laurence Fallon (Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council) and Eugene Cummins (Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council).

Eighteen new homes for Ballyleague Last Friday, Roscommon County Council and Sammon Developments Ltd. (a building company based in Leitrim) signed a contract for eighteen new homes at Meadowbrook, Ballyleague, Co. Roscom-

mon, under the Rebuilding Ireland programme. The project comprises of ten two-storey, three-bedroomed, semi-detached houses, eight singlestorey, two-bedroomed, semi-detached residential

units and associated site works. The scheme is designed by Longford-based consultants, Sweeney Architects. Works are due to commence on site in September.

Sports clubs in Roscommon can now apply for Covid-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Roscommon Sports Partnership. The Covid-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of Covid-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies. This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement Covid-19-related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The Covid-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support Covid-19-related expenditure dating from May 2nd, 2020 onwards (date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs

which already have the finances to implement Covid-19 protocols should not apply. This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only, and cannot be used to support Covid-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities. The scheme will be based on identified needs. Roscommon Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme, however applications will be means-tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support. Speaking regarding the launch

of the Covid-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, LSP Coordinator with Roscommon Sports Partnership, Noel Feeley, said: “Roscommon Sports Partnership welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Roscommon to assess their need for financial support towards Covid-19 related-hygiene and social distancing protocols”. Clubs are advised to contact Roscommon Sports Partnership by email to or by phone on 09066 30853 for further information on this scheme. Applications to Roscommon Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within Roscommon, and only one application can be submitted per sport club. Funding applications must be submitted prior to 5 pm on Wednesday, September 2nd via the application form on Roscommon Sports Partnership’s website at Clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources.


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Ordination of new Bishop of Achonry is this Sunday On Sunday, August 30th, Paul Dempsey will be ordained Bishop of Achonry. The ceremony will be held in The Cathedral of The Annunciation and St. Nathy, Ballaghaderreen. The Principal Consecrator will

be Archbishop Michael Neary (Archbishop of Tuam), assisted by Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (Papal Nuncio to Ireland), and Bishop Denis Nulty (Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin – Fr. Paul’s native diocese).

Covid-19 guidelines mean the attendance at the ceremony will be greatly reduced. There will be a livestream of the Episcopal Ordination, and this will be overseen by iCatholic and available through the Diocesan website (

‘An Illustrated Collection of the most Common Irish Proverbs’

Maura, Senen, Eoin and Aaron Gorman out for a walk in The Demesne, Castlerea. Picture: Michael McCormack.

Funding for laptops for college students

Third level and further education colleges across Roscommon and Galway have secured €1.64m – from a €15m national fund – to provide over 1,800 laptops to assist with online learning. Minister Simon Harris confirmed the funding. The local institutions that will benefit from the Government fund are Athlone IT, Galway-Roscommon Education and Training Board, Galway-Mayo IT and NUI Galway. As a result of this funding, the colleges will be able to distribute the laptops through a targeted lending scheme, like the book rental scheme operating in secondary schools. Those attending college who wish to avail of the scheme – which will be available in every third level institution – should contact the college Student Access Office. For those attending further education and training run by Galway-Roscommon Education and Training Board, local management will be in contact with details of how to avail of the scheme. The focus of all the schemes in the colleges will be ensuring that disadvantaged students will have access to laptops so they can avail of online learning just like every other student. “Covid-19 is going to bring about huge changes for students, and it is important that every student can access online learning. That’s why, along with providing laptops, Government must also fast-track my plan to deliver high speed broadband to every home in Ireland,” stated Deputy Denis Naughten. Senator Aisling Dolan said: “As Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Higher Education, Research & Innovation, I am delighted to welcome this funding for third level students at NUI Galway, GMIT and the Galway-Roscommon Education Training Board. Covid-19 has disrupted many aspects of our lives. For students in third level, it has resulted in a changed college experience”.

Fr. Paul Dempsey

New book by Tomás P. Ó Móráin Explaining and translating 250 of the best loved Irish proverbs, this unique new book by Tomás P. Ó Móráin (B.A., M.Ed., H.Dip. Ed., A.T.G.) is now available. The book features 88 pages of some of the most traditionally used Irish proverbs, Canon Liam Devine baptises baby Ruby McEvoy in Loughglynn Church recently. Vince and with English translations, Angela McEvoy pictured with their baby (Ruby), Godmother Johanna Finn, Joe Finn and memorable illustrations and Canon Liam Devine. a paraphrased version of each proverb in more accessible Irish. Put together over many years, it would make a great resource for students, teachers and anyone with an interest in the Irish language and culture. It is currently available to purchase in many shops in Ballaghaderreen, including Duffy’s SuperValu, The Print Shop, Towey’s (Main Street), Newsround, and also in Cormican’s bookshop (Roscommon and Athlone). It is also available to order, at a price of €12, through Facebook (órseanfhocal) or by contact Tomás directly at A past President of Sli- From there, Michael will will help raise funds for a or on 086 0815635. go football club in New travel north into Donegal new pitch and walkway in York is preparing to travel and Sligo, before finishing memory of the late Detecthroughout Ireland on a in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. tive Colm Horkan. unique charity venture. As he travels throughout In addition, every county Michael Burke, a former the country, Michael will which Michael visits will player with close links have a special 9/11 GAA receive a jersey for players Exciting times lie ahead for SiarScéal with the publicato the south Sligo town jersey for each county. The to sign and donate to a lo- tion of our latest anthology, ‘Beneath Western Skies’, of Tubbercurry, and now jersey has been designed cal charity of their choice. which will take place this autumn in Roscommon Liresident in Castleisland, and donated by O’Neill’s – Additionally, Michael him- brary. Not only will the anthology feature several reCo. Kerry, was formerly Ireland’s largest sportswear self will also be wearing a nowned writers, the young recipients of the Hanna Grea volunteer rescue worker manufacturer. The bespoke 9/11 jersey that he hopes ally Literary Awards are eagerly awaiting their copy, to in New York. Michael as- jersey features silhouettes to get signed by players see their name and poem in print! sisted on the scene of the of the World Trade Cen- in every county he goes SiarScéal Festival launch will take place on Saturday, horrific 9/11 attack in New tre and the American flag, through, which will then be October 3rd in Roscommon Library at 10 am (CovidYork which occurred 19 while also paying homage donated to the LauraLynn 19-permitting), featuring the Hanna Greally Literary years ago this September. to the NYPD and PAPD. Children’s Hospice. The Awards (with an overall prize of €400) and two Highly Michael is delivering jerAs a mark of respect, and great Mick O’Connell has Commended prizes of €100 each. seys across Ireland in order in recognition of the unique signed a jersey and this will Categories include all writing disciplines. This year’s to raise 9/11 awareness and design, a 9/11 flag-raising be raffled in aid of Laura- theme is ‘Western Reflections’ and closing date for enmuch-needed funds for the memorial will take place Lynn. tries is extended until the 10th of September. Award-winchildren’s hospice, Laura- at O’Neill’s, Strabane on * For further information/ ning poet Jessamine O’Connor will adjudicate for this Lynn. September 11th. to order a jersey, please year’s literary competition. The journey starts on SepWhile in Mayo, Michael contact Michael Burke The competition details as well as rules and regulatember 8th from Castleis- plans to make a presenta- on mtubbercurry6211@ tions can be found on our website: land and then heads north tion of a 9/11 jersey that the or call 087 Get writing, writers; we are waiting to hear from you! via Limerick, Clare Gal- Mayo senior football team 4053485. SiarScéal is supported by Roscommon County Library way and Roscommon. will sign, which he hopes Services and Creative Ireland.

Michael’s LauraLynn fundraiser with O’Neill’s 9/11 commemoration

SiarScéal festival preparations continue!


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‘Support pubs – and help to fight isolation’

Local businessman and political activist Andrew Reynolds has backed calls for financial supports for rural publicans who have suffered what he calls “catastrophic losses” due to Covid-19. Referring to recent appeals by publicans who are struggling to survive throughout this predicament, and having personally heard testimonies from business people who have said they will not be able to open again as a result of the crisis, Mr. Reynolds said the lack of government funding for pubs in rural Ireland may well mean the end of social interaction for those who most depend on it in the local community. “For many, the local pub is the only means of social interaction and the only time that people get to meet for a chat. Such occasions play a major part in battling the scourge of loneliness, isolation and poor mental health in our communities. “Whilst there are obvious risks, with the presence of Covid-19 in our homes, towns and villages, our publicans have been more than willing to make changes and take the necessary steps in order to meet the health and safety demands required to deal with the ongoing crisis. “However, business owners do need some clarity and more support, and so, as a matter of urgency, I am calling for this to be provided before we lose such crucial, cultural aspects of our community”.

Pictured at the official opening of the Suck Valley Way Adventure and Fr. Michael O’Flanagan Commemoration events (in Castlerea) were Senator Aisling Dolan, May Moran and Minister Frank Feighan. Picture: Michael McCormack



Cllr Naughten seeks opening of Local Improvement Scheme

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Cllr. John Naughten is seeking the opening of the Local Improvement Scheme for new applications. Cllr. Naughten raised the issue at a recent meeting of Roscommon County Council. “This scheme provides a vital opportunity for residents and other users of these non-public roads to have the road upgraded to a standard where it is suitable to access homes and agricultural land,” explained Cllr. Naughten. “I asked the Council to open such a scheme for new applications. It was agreed to refer the issue to the Special Policy Committee for Roads and Transport to review the proposal with a view to opening the scheme for applications later this year or early next year. This would be an excellent opportunity to upgrade non-public roads that are badly in need of repair”. The Local Improvement Scheme applies to nonpublic roads with two or more users who may be landowners, householders or a combination of both.

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SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Sunday August 30 2020 Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach. But God does not deceive – and Jeremiah knows this. God tests the just (Jeremiah 20:11–12), and disciplines His children through their sufferings and trials (Hebrews 12:5–7). What Jeremiah learns, Jesus states explicitly in today’s Gospel. To follow Him is to take up a cross, to deny yourself your priorities, preferences, and comforts. It is to be willing to give it all up, even life itself, for the sake of His gospel. As Paul says in today’s Epistle, we have to join ourselves to the passion of Christ, to offer our bodies – our whole beings – as living sacrifices to God. By His Cross, Jesus has shown us what Israel’s sacrifices of animals were meant to teach: we owe to God all that we have. God’s kindness is a greater good than life itself, as we sing in today’s Psalm. The only thanks we can offer is our spiritual worship – to give our lives to the service of His will (Hebrews 10:3–11; Psalm 50:14, 23). Peter doesn’t yet get this in today’s Gospel. As it was for Jeremiah, the cross is a stumbling block for Peter (Corinthians 1:23). This too is our natural temptation – to refuse to believe that our sufferings play a necessary part in God’s plan. That’s how people think, Jesus tells us today. But we are called to the renewal of our minds – to think as God thinks, to will what He wills. In the Mass, we once again offer ourselves as perfect and pleasing sacrifices of praise (see Hebrews 13:15). We bless Him as we live, confident that we will find our lives in losing them, that with the riches of His banquet, our souls will be satisfied. – Scott Hahn., (courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)


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PEOPLE PLATFORM Your say, our say….in everyone’s favourite local newspaper!

Sanity is not statistical < GLYN CARRAGHER (BALLYGAR)

Passing the café, the obligatory witty chalkboard read ‘Smiling it’s infectious, you catch it like the flu’. Well, they fixed that didn’t they? The rebel in me slipped my mask down so that while my mouth was covered, my nose was exposed for all to see. No matter, I didn’t want to smile anyway. ‘Excuse me!…could you put your mask on correctly…we are all in this together you know…we have to stop the spread of the virus’. I apologetically complied. The temptation to confront the dictate welled up inside me. I could quote some of the many peer reviewed medical studies on the ineffectiveness of wearing masks, but the effort has become monumental, an uphill struggle, a self-effacing exercise in the face of overwhelming odds. I kept silent. We stood on the street waiting, together but separately. A true devote perhaps might have noted that not everyone was quite ‘the mandatory two metres apart,’ but without the guiding yellow boxes, who can tell? One person in the group wore their mask below their chin. But everyone silently understood, only the very young and smokers do not have to wear a mask. The acrid smoke of the cigarette permeated everything. I pushed my mask closer to my face, but it offered no protection, the smell of the cigarette, each molecule of the noxious, cancerous vapours flooded

my lungs with every breath I took. I said nothing. This was the perfect opportunity; in my mind I had rehearsed the speech. I would turn to the group and say, “you do know of course that tobacco smoke is actually an aerosol, with up to 20% water vapour, 10 to the 10 per cm cubed actually, you are all inhaling thousands of chemical substances, through those masks of yours, each of them hundreds of times larger than 120nm width of the virus you think you are protecting yourselves from?” But I kept silent, I did not even attempt to face the group. In the dystopian landscape of George

The Clanger in Clifden…

Ballymacurley, Co Roscommon Dear Editor, The Clanger in Clifden has morphed into a cliffhanger, with Hogan hanging on by his fingernails. They’ve lost the run of themselves; power intoxicates, as they say! We need someone smart for the Ministry of Agriculture dealing with issues such as Covid-19 in meat factories and the Mercosur threat to farmers, thanks to Mr. Phil Hogan! Yours sincerely, Ian Hester

No laughing matter?

Ballygar, Co Galway Dear Editor, A witty friend of mine commented that ‘by all accounts, the peals of laughter coming from the Station House in Clifden could be heard in Ballymun!’ Fresh from drafting updated, draconian Covid-19 legislation, the elite of Irish society decamped to Clifden, where a substantial meal and a dining room screen provided all the protection they needed. Rules and exceptions to rules, guidelines and suggestions are quite clear; a government message which has inadvertently become nothing more than a tribute to that Flann O Brien quote: ‘“Your talk,” I said, “is surely the handiwork of wisdom because not one word of it do I understand”’.

Orwell’s ‘1984’, Winston, his fictional everyman, mused that “perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one”. Am I insane? Is questioning the virus ‘thought crime’? It certainly seems to me that the further we go through this pandemic, the more two and two seems to be making five. We have suddenly entered a ‘new normal’ where adults can no longer choose to hug their grandchildren, where it is acceptable to have a higher death rate from cancer, suicide and influenza than from a virus which presents as asymptomatic in eighty percent of all cases. This new normal has been foisted upon us, without our consent, it has

been delivered up to as unconscious orthodoxy. Our television news shows, our current affairs shows, our live Covid briefing shows, they do the conscious thinking for us. Serving up the fear and the ‘contradictory facts’ as entertainment, the telescreens sombrely proclaiming the daily infection rates… read out like some macabre bingo spectacle – today’s number of infections is forty-five, that’s four five… bingo…we all fall down. Orwell’s ‘newspeak’ and ‘doublethink’ has actually come to pass. Where did the ‘R’ number go? Where are we on the infection curve? Has the second wave arrived? What hap-

pened to terrorism? World hunger, demonstrations, the stagnant world economy, homelessness, unemployment, peak oil …‘War is Peace’…ask yourself the meaning of that just as Winston did. The explanation is that the slogan is interchangeable. ‘Peace is War’. While we are war with the ‘virus’ we are at peace with everything else, and everything else is where it really is at! They say we are in unprecedented times, but what is happening all around us is not unprecedented. New restrictive laws, suspension of civil liberties, banning mass gatherings, the desensitisation of human emotion through separation and fear, the acceleration of wealth of the elite and rapid descent into even deeper poverty for everyone else. War with the virus validates all actions, all diktats, all restrictions. It is the new norm. The new normal has sidelined logic. Doublethink – the acceptance of contrary opinions or beliefs and to believe both at the same time – is the new logic. Everything else is reckless, simply a madness believed by a minority. But ‘being in a minority, even in a minority of one, does not make you mad. There is truth and there is untruth, and if you cling to the truth even against the whole world, you are not mad’. There…I have stopped saying nothing…I have said it. I am no longer prepared to hide behind the mask.

No doubt Myles would find nothing out of the ordinary with the contempt and disdain being continuously shown to the Irish people. No doubt he would just smile and counsel the authors of those ‘laughter’s’ in the Station House in Clifden – be careful now that some person or other, doesn’t take that ‘s’ from the end of your ‘laughter’s’ and place it in the front of the wonderful word. Now that would be a terrible thing. Yours sincerely, Glyn Carragher

Bloody Sunday: Reader responds

Dear Editor, In relation to Ms. Miriam Kerins’ column in last week’s ‘People’ on the subject of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park almost 100 years ago, I fully agree with her views on this horrendous massacre. What she didn’t address was the murder of 16 British armed officers a number of hours earlier that morning in Dublin. This event may well have lit the fuse for what happened in Croke Park later that afternoon. The murder of innocent people can never be justified in any armed conflict and what happened in Croke Park with the killing of men, women and children during a football game on that Sunday afternoon in 1920 was a hideous crime by those soldiers who occupied our country at that time. The GAA and all of us must never forget these poor souls. May they rest in peace. Yours sincerely, (Name and address with Editor)

Pictured in Lough Key Forest Park were Maude, Hughie and Archie Hennessey, and Mairead Clarke. Photograph: Mary Regan


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Immediate Actions to Counter the Rising Rate of COVID-19

What is happening with the disease? The disease is increasing and the profile is changing. In recent weeks, there have been multiple COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, households and resulting from social events including sporting activities.


What everyone should do:

Adhere strictly to the basic hygiene guidelines.

Government has decided to put new measures in place to try to change this trajectory, protect the vulnerable, enable schools to reopen and health services to resume. These measures will be in effect until 13th September. If we can get this right, we can avoid going back.


Cultural, Sporting and Social Activities


Avoid places and situations which are crowded.

Keep visitors to your home or garden limited to six from no more than three households.

Work and Transport

Over 70s and Medically Vulnerable

Restaurants and cafes, including pubs that serve food:

Sporting events and matches continue but behind closed doors.

Work from home unless workplace attendance is essential.

Limit interactions to a small network for short periods of time.

—All close by 11.30 pm.

Classes and training sessions limited to six indoor and 15 outdoor.

Avoid using public transport where possible.

Maintain 2 metre distance when exercising outdoors and wash hands on returning home.

—Customers wear face coverings until seated and again on departure.

For full details see

—Table Table service only — no bar seating and no more than six at a table.

Avoid sharing cars with people from another household. Wear face coverings if this is not possible.

There will be an enhanced level of enforcement to ensure that workplaces, venues and organisers of activities adhere to the guidelines.

Public Health Advice

Wash your hands regularly

For more information go to

Maintain a 2 metre distance from others

Avoid public transport. Shop during designated hours and wear a face covering.

Special measures for County Kildare will remain in place until 6th September.

Practise good cough and sneeze etiquette

Wear face coverings in accordance with public health advice

Limit your social contacts


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Back To Education Initiative courses Roscommon-Athlone service for school and college students

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at 08.00 hrs., Monday – Friday STOPPING AT

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Starting in Curraghroe, Cloontuskert, Lanesboro, Ballyleague and surrounding areas.

For further information please contact Pat Naughton on 087-4105449 or 090 66 61058 or Martin 087 9144445

Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) will be running part-time courses through BTEI (Back To Education Initiative) covering various subjects in various locations across County Roscommon. Classes start from the first week of September. What is BTEI? The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for over16s – aimed principally at those who have not completed their Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) qualification. It gives individuals the opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. Courses are scheduled in a flexible manner, allowing participants to continue with personal commitments while at the same time joining a course that will leave you


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with a nationally recognised Certificate by QQI (Quality Qualifications Ireland). Who can avail of these courses free of charge? Courses are offered free of charge to certain participants – those in receipt of a DEASP payment (previously known as Social Welfare), those who have a Medical/GP Card, dependants of above and also those with less than Leaving Certificate qualifications. Outside of that, fees vary depending on the course. Please note that priority is given to people who have not completed their Leaving Certificate in the past. Is there a training allowance or do I get paid while attending the advertised courses? No. For those in receipt of DEASP payments, continued entitlement is subject to satisfying the DEASP. It is best to discuss individual circumstances with your local office. How do I get on the course? Pre-registration for all courses is mandatory – this is to ensure the safety of both our staff and learners by working in accord-

ance with Covid-19 safe practice guidelines. You may self-refer through by entering the FETCH course code mentioned in the advertisement, or by contacting Stephanie O’Connor Shaw directly. How do I know if I am suitable for the course? Before joining some courses you will be required to attend an interview to determine your suitability to join the course. In certain circumstances you may be referred to other courses within the organisation. All those applying for courses must be proficient in both verbal and written English, to at least Junior Certificate level. Typing skills will be an advantage but are not mandatory. What happens on the first day? It is mandatory to attend the first day of all organised classes/information sessions as this will include information about the course, interviews and course induction. Once you self-refer on, or express your interest in joining the course by contacting Stephanie, you will be advised on the

Covid-19 protocol for the first day of class. If you intend on enrolling for any of the courses, please note that you must have the following with you at the information session/ start date: your PPS number, your medical/ GP card (if you have one) and a photocopy of your photographic ID (e.g. your passport or driving licence). Not having the paperwork with you may result in you not getting a place on the course. I’m nervous about going back to education after so long…any advice? Returning to education after a long period of time can be daunting and yet very fulfilling. The testimonial below was submitted to us by a past learner, who is now employed in a job they are passionate about. “I am just six months into an eighteen month course that I love. The chance to be able to learn and to be educated at my stage of my life is a gift. I love that I am being educated, trained and qualified to do something that I have wanted to do all my life. “I have regrets. Looking

back I could have done this all so much sooner, and I feel I held myself back. However, those regrets are pushed somewhat aside by the fact that in many important ways, this is the right time, right course, right teacher and right group of learners for me”. Adult Guidance Service GRETB Adult Guidance Service will be available throughout the course to explore your educational and career choices. This may happen in a supportive group setting or on a one-to-one basis. The Guidance Officer will help you ‘see the bigger picture, identify your strengths, find out about other courses and opportunities that may be available to you, build your CV and help with interview skills to help you achieve your goals’. I may have problems getting childcare…can you help? Learners may be able to avail of help with childcare through the CETS scheme (Childcare Employment and Training Support). Information about this scheme will be given to you on the first day of class.

Ministers announce a joint initiative on learning about healthy lunch boxes

The Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan, TD, have announced a collaboration with Healthy Ireland as part of the ‘Let’s Get Ready’ campaign. ‘Let’s Get Ready’ is a resource to support young children and their parents/guardians during the return to Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings or transitioning to preschool or primary school for the first time. This element of the campaign concentrates on healthy lunch boxes. As Early Learning and Care settings plan to reopen at the end of August, the ‘Let’s Get Ready’ website provides guidance for children and parents preparing to return these settings. There is a particular focus on new public health requirements, which were introduced in response to Covid-19. The ‘Let’s Get Ready’ campaign’s focus will be all about making healthy food choices when packing a lunch box for school/preschool.

The ‘Let’s Get Ready’ website also focuses on children preparing to attend pre-school or primary school for the first time this September. ‘Let’s Get Ready’ includes guidance for parents on practical steps they can take to support their children over these coming weeks, and tips on what children and parents can expect on their transition or return to preschool and primary school. Information contains ideas for parents on healthy content of lunch boxes and appropriate portion size using leaflets

prepared by SafeFood, the NorthSouth body responsible for promoting food safety and healthy eating. Minister O’Gorman commented: “As we get closer to the start of the new pre-school year, the ‘Let’s Get Ready’ website has lots of useful tips for parents and guardians to help support their children, whether it’ll be a first day at crèche or a return to school. ‘Let’s Get Ready’ will give parents ideas for healthy lunches, and help children practice independence skills, like getting lunch and washing their hands”. Minister Feighan said: “When a child starts school, it is the beginning of their own personal learning journey. During this time, children gather new skills that will last them a lifetime. The enjoyment of healthy food and snacks and making healthy food choices will support their growth and development now and throughout their life. As a result, I strongly encourage all parents to help their children to make these positive health choices and help us all towards a Healthier Ireland”.


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BTEI ROSCOMMON Part-time Courses

European Union Investing in your future European Social Fund


ROSCOMMON TOWN Award Code: 5M3782 (

HEALTHCARE Major Award QQI Level 5

BALLAGHADERREEN Award Code: 5M3782 (



Components covered:

Components covered:

Care of the Older Person; Communications; Care Skills; Infection Prevention & Control; Care Support; Work Experience; Person Centred Focus on Disability; Palliative Care. Patient Moving & Handling/CPR and breakaway training will also be provided. Venue: Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon Town Start Date: 02/09/2020 Duration: 2 Years (Academic Year) Day/Time: Wednesday, 10.00am-3.30pm Online Registration Code: 300456 (

Care of the Older Person; Communications; Care Skills; Infection Prevention & Control; Care Support; Work Experience; Person Centred Focus on Disability; Palliative Care. Patient Moving & Handling/CPR and breakaway training will also be provided. Venue: Resource Centre, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon F45 EW98 Start Date: 24/09/2020 Duration: 2 Years (Academic Year) Day/Time: Thursday, 9.30am-4.00pm Online Registration Code: 274835 (









Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon Town

Component: Palliative Care (QQI Level 5) Online registration Code: 275361 (

Component: Palliative Care (QQI Level 5) Online registration Code: 274826 (

Component: Infection Prevention & Control (QQI Level 5) Online Registration Code: 275363 (


Resource Centre, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon F45 EW98

Component: Infection Prevention & Control (QQI Level 5) Online Registration Code: 274827 (








Castlerea VTOS, Patrick Street, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

Resource Centre, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon F45 EW98

Component: Palliative Care (QQI Level 5) Online registration Code: 293583 (

Component: Conflict Management (QQI Level 6) Online registration Code: 274790 (

Component: Work Experience (QQI Level 5) Online Registration Code: 293579 (

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Ballinasloe College of Further Education, Sarsfield Drive, Cleghmore, Ballinasloe Start Date / Finish Date: 22/09/2020 / 18/05/2021 Duration: 1 Year Day/Time: Friday, 10.00am-3.30pm Online Registration Code: 293076 (


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Medical/GP Card Holders Those in receipt of a means tested Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection payment

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Dependants of above Outside of above you may qualify for a fee waiver/reduction under the Skills to Advance Scheme

Those with less than Leaving Cert/QQI Level 5



Resource Centre, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon F45 EW98

Start Date / Finish Date: Duration: Day/Time: Online Registration Code:

11/09/2020 / 15/01/2021 16 sessions Friday mornings only from 10.00am-1.00pm 293589 (


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PPS Number Medical/GP Card if you have one and/or proof of receiving a DEASP payment Official photo ID (e.g. Drivers Licence, Passport) Plus a photocopy of your photo ID




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FarmingPeople MART WATCH Property Services Providers Licence No. 002249

TELEPHONE: 094 9620300 Email: Web: THURSDAY WEEKLY:


For Enquiries Please Contact Mart Office Or Visit Our Website For Details. Number 002414

Roscommon Mart Report Friday, August 21st 2020 (Dry cows, heifers and bullocks): There was a good entry of top quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale. Trade was brisk and prices were up for all stock. Bullocks averaged from €2.28 per kilo up to €3.09 per kilo. Heifers made from an average of €2.26 per kilo up to €2.77 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.75 per kilo up to €2.27 per kilo. There were good numbers of customers actively sourcing stock, both online and at the ringside. Saturday, August 22nd 2020 (Breeding ewes): There was a large entry of breeding sheep on offer at last Saturday’s sale, with a strong trade and prices up on average on the previous week, for both ewes and hoggets. Hoggets fetched from €130 up to €240, two-year-old ewes made from €170 up to €185, and three-year-olds made from €136 up to €158. Sales continue for breeding sheep on Saturday next, August 29th. There will also be a pedigree Suffolk Ram sale at 2 pm. Viewing is from 12 noon to 1.45 pm. Wednesday, August 26th 2020 (Sheep sale): There were similar numbers on

Dead & Worn-Out Animals

Elphin Mart



Saturday 29th August

Super Sale of Pure Bred Limousin Cattle For the Millburn Limousin Herd and the Royal County Limousin Herd 100 lot on offer Sale @ 2.00p.m Viewing on Friday evening from 2.00p.m to 7.00p.m & on Saturday morning from 9.00a.m Monday evening 31st August

August Special Spring born Weanling Sale for Males & Females 300 Bulls in Ring 1 @ 5.00p.m Sharp. Dry Cows, Cows & Calves in Ring 2 Sale @ 6.00p.m followed by 150 Weanling Heifers in Ring 2 @ 7.00p.m Gates open @ 1.30p.m. Viewing @ 4.30p.m by appointment All cattle must be pre booked on 071-9635061. Usual sheep sale @ 7.00p.m. All sheep must be pre booked. Wednesday 2nd September


TEL: (090) 96 88606 (090) 96 88830 (090) 96 87651 Lowest price GUARANTEED Daily collection

Dead & Worn-Out Animals Contact


Special Bullock & Heifer

Strokestown, Co. Roscommon Tel. (071) 96 34783 and (071) 96 33344

Please contact: 071/9635061

Your LOCAL Collector Guaranteed lowest price

Sale including special AA & Hereford Sale for Bullocks & Heifers @ 11.00a.m. Booking by phone.

offer this week with an improvement in trade. Finished lambs made up to €117 for 50.3kgs. There was excellent quality ewe lambs on offer, with prices fetching as high as €136. Stag ewes made from €50 up to €119 per head. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set. Our next sheep sale (show and sale of lambs) is set for next Wednesday, September 2nd at 11 am. Sheep are to be penned by 10 am on day of sale. Finished lambs, sample prices: 50.3kgs €117, 49.6kgs €116, 49.6 kgs €115, 50kgs €114, 47.1kgs €114, 50.8kgs €113, 49.2kgs €112, 45.8kgs €109,and 45.7kg €107. Ewe lambs, sample prices: 50.4kgs €136, 52.1kgs €131, 47.3 kgs €124, 44kgs €122, 45.1kgs €121, 47.7kgs €121, 44kgs €120, 45.4kgs €118, 40.8kgs €117, 49.5kgs €115, and 40.8kgs €110. Store lambs, sample prices: 41.1kgs €97, 42.6kgs €95, 36.1kgs €94, 35.6kgs €91, 38.3kgs €90, 37.3kgs €88, 34.2kgs €86, 34.2kgs €84, 34kgs €80, and 35.6kgs €78. Cast ewes made from €50 to €119 per lot. Friday, August 28th (General sale for bullocks, heifers and dry cows): Sales commence at 11 am. Intake is from 7.30 am-9.30 am, and viewing by appointment is from 10-10.45 am. There is limited access to the ring for buyers only, and our online facility with LSL is once again available for use. Gates close at 9.45 am. Please not that in accord-

ance with Covid-19 restrictions, all customers must wear a facemask or face covering. Dry cows ranged from €1.78 up to €2.25 per kilo. Sample prices: Simm X 875 kgs €1790, Char X 870 kgs €1760, Lim X 770 kgs €1750, Lim X 835 kgs €1570, Lim X 680 kgs €1370, Lim X 590 kgs €1250, Lim X 640 kgs €1350, Lim X 595 kgs €1140, Lim X 510 kgs €910, Simm X 690 kgs €1100, Simm 685 kgs €1180, and Simm X 635 kgs €1200. Bullocks ranged from an average of €2.28 up to €3.09 per kilo. Sample prices: Char X 560 kgs €1660, Char X 685 kgs €1630, Char X 615 kgs €1600, Char X 550 kgs €1560, Lim X 675 kgs €1520, 2 Char X 580 kgs €1490, Char X 485 kgs €1500, Char X 545 kgs €1490, 4 Char X 611 kgs €1460,Char X 530 kgs €1460, 4 Char 495 kgs €1370, Char X 495 kgs €1370, Char X 435 kgs €1320, Lim X 465 kgs €1240, Lim X 450 kgs €1250, and Char X 390 kgs €1070. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.22 per kilo up to €2.57 per kilo. Sample prices: Char X 890 kgs €1800, Char X 740 kgs €1600, Char X 670 kgs €1500, Char X 625 kgs €1450, Char X 585 kgs €1420, Lim X 590 kgs €1390, 3 Char X 596 kgs €1320, Lim X 465 kgs €1210, Char X 575 kgs €1390, BAX 445 kgs €1170, Lim X 425 kgs €1120, Char 415 kgs €1060, Lim X 395 kgs €1070, 2 Lim X 410 kgs €1050, Lim X 400 kgs €1050, and Char X 385 kgs €1050.

Castlerea Mart Report Sale 20/08/20: Good numbers of stock were presented for sale again last week, and despite the inclement weather and storms, trade has held up well. The bullock trade attracted a good attendance of buyers with some of the plainer lots a little easier but the quality stores remaining a good trade. In the heifer ring, trade was maintained, and in some cases improved upon, with better quality lots on offer. The runners and weanlings experienced a very lively trade as farmers were out in force trying to source stock, while the breeding stock and dry cows’ sectors reported a good clearance. Bullocks, sample prices: Ch 445kgs €1270, Lm 485kgs €1250, Ch 605kgs €1500, Lm 745kgs €1520, and Hex 715kgs €1400. Heifers, sample prices: Ch 400kgs €1060, Ch 390kgs €1100, Ch 685kgs €1440, Lm 615kgs €1380, and Lm 550kgs €1370. Dry cows, sample prices: Lm 775kgs €1580, Lm 750kgs €1490, Lm 765kgs €1450, SAX 735kgs €1440, and Lm765kgs €1390. Cows with calves at foot made from €860 to €1600 per head. Runners made from €250 to €880 for continental lots. Weanling heifers, sample prices: Ch 290kgs €960, Ch 265kgs €800, Lm 230kgs €760, Lm 380kgs €1080, Lm 350kgs €1010, and Ch 205kgs €680. Weanling bulls, sample prices: Ch 235kgs €790, Ch 375kgs €990, Lm 435kgs €1060, Lm 385kgs €970, Ch 235kgs €790, and Lm 280kgs €800. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, August 27th (today) with our weekly sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with Covid-19 restrictions in place.

(Proudly serving farmers for over 61 years) Property Services Providers Licence No. 001373

Friday August 28th @ 11 a.m.

General Sale for Bullocks, Heifers & Dry Cows ----------------------------

Fall/Autumn Special Sale of Bullocks Friday September 4th @ 11 a.m. Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Tuesday 1st September

Also Heifers & Dry Cows --------------------

Fall/Autumn Special Sale of Heifers

Friday September 11th @ 11 a.m. Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday September 3rd

Also Bullocks & Dry Cows

-----------------------Tuesday September 1st @ 4 p.m.

Autumn Special Sale of Weanlings Also Springers/Suckler Cows

Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on this Thursday August 27th --------------------

Fall/Autumn Show & Sale of Weanlings

Tuesday September 8th @ 4 p.m. Gates open at 11.30 a.m. All cattle must be penned by 1.30 p.m. Weanlings must be born in 2020 in exhibitors own herd Bookings accepted up to 5 p.m. on Thursday September 3rd ----

Prizes 1st: €100, 2nd: €65, 3rd: €40 Class 1: Best Bull Weanling Class 2: Best Two Bull Weanlings Class 3: Best Heifer Weanling Class 4: Best Pen of Heifer Weanlings (Minimum of 4 Maximum of 8)

Champion Weanling of Show The Pat Neilan Memorial Cup (kindly sponsored by the Society’s Auctioneer) & €200 -------------------

Lambs & Cast Ewes

Each Wednesday @ 11 a.m.

Yard open at 8.30 a.m. All stock must be penned by 10 a.m. ------------Wednesday September 2nd @ 11 a.m.

Show & Sale of Lambs

Sponsored by Paddy Coffey & Sons Lecarrow Roscommon Class 1: Best pen of 10 or more Store Lambs Class 2: Best Pen of 10 or More Ewe Lambs suitable for Breeding Class 3: Best Pen of 10 or more Finished Lambs Prizes -1st : €100, 2nd €65, 3rd €40 Special Prize for Best Pen of Galway/Roscommon Ewe Lambs The Phelim Kerin Perpetual Cup (kindly sponsored by the Society’s Auctioneers) will be awarded to the Winner of the Champion Pen of Lambs


Breeding Ewes & Hoggets – Each Saturday Sale at 11 am. – Gates open at 8 a.m. Viewing from 10 a.m up to 10.45 a.m -------------------------------Saturday August 29th @ 2 p.m.

West of Ireland Pedigree Suffolk Club PREMIER SALE 38 Rams & 8 Ewe Lambs

Viewing from 12 noon. to 13.45 p.m.

-------------------------------------------------------Live streaming of sales from Ring 1 see link on our Facebook or website

Please note that All Customers must wear a Face Mask

ENQUIRIES 090 6626352

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Final offers invited for prime Strokestown lands Luxury at Fuerty!

Fuerty, Co. Roscommon.

Connaughton Auctioneers are delighted to bring to

Looking to sell? We have buyers! Our services include: • Sales – Sell your home! • Lettings & Rentals • Property Management – We will manage all aspects of your rental property • Valuations – FREE pre-sale valuation No Sale – No Charge Web: Tel. 071 96 34737

the market this newlyconstructed, luxury, fivebedroomed residence in the much sought after area of Fuerty, Co. Roscommon. Perched on an elevated site with outstanding views for miles of surrounding green countryside, ‘Lissaneaville, Fuerty’ is a must for viewing. The location is excellent, being approximately four miles from Roscommon town, off the Creggs/Fuerty road, nearing the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. For further details, contact the office on 09066 63700 or info@ connaughtonauctioneers. ie. Weekend, evening and bank holiday viewings available by prior arrangement.

John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is inviting final offers after €30,000 for a prime parcel of lands, containing approximately 5.3 acres, located at Cloonfree, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. John describes the lands as “prime roadside lands located in a renowned farming district close to Strokestown”.

The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and final offers after €30,000 to sell. Legal: Joan Devine, Messers Joan H Devine & Co., Strokestown. For further details or to arrange a map, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email



Final offers invited for prime Castleplunkett lands

This week, John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is inviting final offers above €120,000 for a prime parcel of lands containing approximately 20.8 acres at Pollranny and Drishaghaun West, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon. John describes this as “a most attractive holding of lands, located in a renowned farming district close to Kilmurray Church and Castleplunkett village”. He added: “The sale of these said lands offers an excellent opportunity for local farmers to increase their existing holdings”. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all final offers after €120,000 to sell. For further details or to arrange a map, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email jearley@ Advertorial

There’s no substitute for experience! This week, Property Partners Earley, Roscommon are seeking houses in all areas of Roscommon for cash clients and disappointed underbidders. Houses in the general Strokestown, Tulsk and Ballinagare areas are of particular interest, with four properties sold there in the past few weeks. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact either John Earley (FIPAV) or David Diffley (MIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email jearley@

5.3 acres, located at Cloonfree, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.


20.8 acres at Pollranny and Drishaghaun West, Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon.



Institute of Professional Auctioneer & Valuers

PSRA Licence No. 001481










Price Guide: €250,000.

Price Guide:€295,000.

All offers after €140,000 to sell.

All offers after €90,000 to sell Log onto:

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A most attractive 2 B/R semi-detached bungalow residence of approx. 845 sq.ft located in the exclusive Oakwood Retirement Village beside Roscommon town, Roscommon University Hospital and all local amenities. The said property is presented for sale in turn key condition throughout with the benefit of spacious living accommodation and a peaceful setting with ample parking facilities. We now invite enquiries, viewings and all offers after €90,000 for immediate sale.

A most impressive 4 B/R two storey residence standing on a beautifully mature site area of approx. 0.42 of an acre. The said property is presented for sale in excellent condition throughout and is situated in a much sought after residential location on the Galway road The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers to sell.

BER: E2.

BER: D1.

Legal: Messers Mahon Sweeney & Co, The Square, Roscommon. 090 66 26102.

Legal: Messers Mahon Sweeney & Co, The Square, Roscommon. 090 66 26102.

A most impressive Georgian period 5 bedroom residence of approx. 2,545 sq.ft standing on a beautiful mature site area of approx. 1 acre. The said property is presented for sale in excellent condition throughout having been carefully maintained and upgraded over the years yet maintaining a wealth of original features such as window shutters, fine fireplace, decorative plasterwork and coving together with an impressive timber staircase. This is a property that must be viewed to be fully appreciated and the joint auctioneers now invite enquiry and offers to sell. Joint Selling Agents: Callaghan Auctioneering, The Square, Castlerea. 094 96 20102. BER: F.

A quality 3 B/R semi-detached residence located in this select residential development situated adjacent to Ballyleague, Lanesboro and adjacent to the famous RIver Shannon. The said residence is finished to an excellent standard throughout and offers spacious living accommodation over two floors. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €140,000 to sell BER: D1. Legal: Mary Mullarkey, Solicitor, Castlerea, 094 96 25420.

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


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NEW TO THE MARKET THE ARCHES, THE WALK, ROSCOMMON TOWN, F42 R996 A most impressive 6 Bedroom family home, situated in an exceptional and sought after location at the junction of Circular road and The Walk in Roscommon Town. Considered a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial and modern family home built 2008, the said home is presented to a high specification and benefits from a detached Garage and attractive landscaped garden to rear. All bedrooms are ensuite, offering obvious potential, enquiries and viewings are now invited.. Guide Price: €550,000






Quality 4 bedroom detached Two Storey home on the outskirts of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The property is presented in excellent condition both internally and externally. A quality family home in an exceptional and sought after residential Estate is now available and the said Auctioneers now invites immediate viewings and enquiries. Guide Price: €150,000

Attractive Two Bedroom Mid Terraced Townhouse situated within walking distance to all amenities and considered a quality residential home. This most select property will prove of interest to both the investor and owner occupier market. Presently, a quality tenant is in place and offers a rent roll of €8,040 per annum making the subject sale a ready to go investment opportunity. Guide Price: €185,000

T: 090 66 30001 • W:

PSRA Licence No. 002782

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

New to the market: modern bungalow in Castlerea town No.9, Cnoc Na Giuise is presented in excellent condition

Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon

all mod cons including air to water heating system, and heat recovery system, hollowcore flooring together with solid oak doors throughout.Price region: €365,000.

Please contact Oates Auctioneers for further details, Church Street, Roscommon town, telephone: 090 6627878. E-mail; Website:

Quality home in Roscommon town REA Seamus Carthy are delighted to bring to the market a superior, four-bedroomed, semi-detached home, located in close proximity to Roscommon town. The said residence is located in the sought after residential estate of Glenview, conveniently set within walking distance to all amenities in Roscommon town. The subject property is presented in excellent condition. No. 10, Glenview is a large and spacious semi-detached home,

comprising circa 120 square metres. This select property, presented in excellent condition, comprises of a living room, downstairs wc, kitchen/ dining room, utility, four bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom. This property will be of interest to both owner-occupiers and investors, and we now invite viewings of this select home. For viewings or more information, contact REA Seamus Carthy today 090 66 30001 or

New to the market with REA Seamus Carthy is a modern, detached, two-bedroomed bungalow, situated within a small residential estate, convenient to all amenities in Castlerea town. No.9, Cnoc Na Giuise is presented in excellent condition, and comprises of living

room, open plan kitchen and dining room, family bathroom and two bedrooms (one ensuite). For viewings or more information, contact REA Seamus Carthy, Roscommon town today on 090 66 30001 or via

Three-bedroomed bungalow at Cloonshanagh, Rooskey This very attractive threebedroomed bungalow residence has recently arrived on the market for sale, located just off the Tarmonbarry to Rooskey road in a much sought after area close to the River Shannon. The residence is in excellent condition and situated on a large private site. In excellent condition internally, the accommodation includes porch to front with sliding door, reception hallway with wooden flooring, airing cupboard off and ample

storage cupboards. The sitting room is located to the left of the hallway has an open fireplace with marble surround. The living/dining room has a ‘Stanley’ oil-fired stove. The kitchen is fully fitted with door off to rear. There are three bedrooms in all and a main bathroom. This property presents very well. The driveway is fully tarmacadamed and extends to the rear of the property. There is a storage shed also located at the rear. Services include mains water and septic

Cloonshanagh, Rooskey

tank. Viewing is highly recommended. For further information and to arrange appoint-

ment, contact the office on 09066 63700 or via info@ connaughtonauctioneers. ie.


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Call 090 662 7200



• Beautifully presented 4 bed home located in a peaceful countryside area. • Surrounded by large manicured lawns on C0.91 acres boasting crab apples, cherry and apple trees to name a few. • Accommodation porch, kitchen, living room, dining room, utility, 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, external garage and large shed • Ideally located only 5 minutes from Ballaghaderreen Town. • Fiber optic broadband. OFCH dual heating. CALL DAVID FLYNN : 090 6627200; EMAIL : PBURKE@SFPBURKE.IE





• A purpose built single story crèche located in the Oldwood Estate approximately 1K from Roscommon Town • Internally the crèche is laid out to provide a number of cellular rooms, kitchen, reception, dining room and toilet facilities. • This crèche can be fitted out to accommodate all the new covid19 regulations. • The site provides a large off the road parking area which afford a safe drop off and collection system. BER: A3

• Beautifully presented 2 bed cottage located in a peaceful countryside area, • Set on C.1/2 acre of manicured gardens which include a poly tunnel, wooden shed and a large shed 30ft +20ft + 14ft. • Excellent condition throughout and boasts 16KW multi fuel stove and oil fired central heating. • Ideally located only 30 minutes from Knock International Airport and close to Lake O Flynn. BER: exempt



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

Rahara village, Co. Roscommon.

Rahara property in great location available for €120,000 This impressive three-bedroomed character residence has just arrived on the market with Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke, Goff St., Roscommon. It’s priced at €120,000. It was formerly known as the schoolmaster’s house, which gives it its sought after location beside the local primary school and church in Rahara village, Co. Roscommon. The property is conveniently located twelve minutes from Roscommon and fifteen minutes from Athlone/M6 motorway, which gives easy access

to Dublin and Galway. The accommodation comprises of a ground floor with entrance hall, living room, sitting room, kitchen, and a dining room/ conservatory with double glass doors that invites you to appreciate the unsurpassable views of the manicured gardens and surrounding countryside. On the first floor there are three bedrooms, including one ensuite, and a family bathroom. Externally, there is a large garage and fuel shed to the rear. The house – comprising circa 1563 square feet – is nestling on

a large site of circa 0.52 acres, and is surrounded by mature trees, which gives a very private feel, yet still boasts great views of the surrounding green fields. This residence is in need of renovation and offers excellent possibilities for the potential purchaser. Viewing comes highly recommended and is by appointment only. For further details or to arrange a viewing, contact David Flynn at Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke, Goff St., Roscommon on 0906627200 or email pburke@

PSRA Licence: 001350





Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Tel. (090) 6663700. Mob. (086) 8985013 • NEW TO THE MARKET



Cottage On c. 14.80 Acres at

c. 5.3 Acres at

5 B/R Residence on c.12.5 Acres at

Drumacoo, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon F45 HY95

Ballybrogan, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon

Skrine, Rahara, Co. Roscommon

• Prime property to come to market comprising three bedroom cottage with extensive range of outbuildings • altogether standing on c. 14.80 Acres, • located at end of country lane on the Roscommon/Sligo/Mayo border. • The cottage has unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside and just 15 minutes for Ireland West Airport Knock. • The lands surround the cottage and outbuildings and are predominantly good quality. • To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700. • Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated

F42 FC64

• Luxury 5 B/R Bedroom Residence on c.12.5 Acres • Ruin of Residence, Workshop & Outbuildings Standing Thereon • Lands Have Extensive Road Frontage • Located Convenient to Roscommon Town & Athlone/ M6 Motorway • Prime parcel of lands comprising c.5.3 Acres of excellent quality lands • Located in renowned farming district and holding huge potential • The lands are located close to the River Shannon • The auctioneer invites enquiries and offers for immediate sale • For further details call the office on 090-6663700

• Complete to a High Specification/ Finish • Unrivalled Views of Surrounding Countryside • Residence and lands can be sold in separate lots. To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700. • Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated


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PropertyPeople Top quality lands at Araghty, Athleague PSRA Licence No: 003201

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Stunning 6 bedroom (4 ensuite) residence located on a large elevated c. 1 acre site close to Lough Key Forest Park, Kilronan Castle Hotel and Keadue Village famed for its National Tidy Town awards. An exceptional property, it boasts most expensive fit out including Italian marble flooring, solid handmade oak kitchen with granite worktop and breakfast bar. Solid oak stairway together with solid oak doors, skirting and architrave throughout with tastefully decorated plaster coving. The sitting room looks out over scenic countryside with large bay window with marble fireplace and solid Canadian mahogany flooring. Price Region: € 399,750. BER Rating: C1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Immaculate 4 bedroom property presented for sale in show house condition by its present owners with no expense spared. Ideally located within walking distance to Roscommon Town Centre and all amenities, this spacious residence comprises entrance hallway, large sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room with utility and WC off. First floor – 4 large bedrooms (master ensuite) with attractive timber floors and family bathroom. Price Region: €145,000.

Ber Rating: D1

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50 TO 200 ACRES OF TOP QUALITY AGRICULTURAL LANDS IN THE ORAN AREA FOR CASH CLIENT. All queries dealt with in strictest confidence.


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17 DUN ARD, KNOCKCROGHERY CO. ROSCOMMON F42 DY23 Spacious 4/5-bedroom two storey residence located in the picturesque village of Knockcroghery, located just 15 minutes to Athlone town centre. The property is finished to a very high standard by its present owners with a host of extras including cobblelock drive, manicured grounds, water filtration system to name but a few. Accommodation includes entrance hallway, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility and guest W.C., five bedrooms (Master ensuite) and family bathroom. Price Region: €275,000 BER Rating: C1

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

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

This week, Pat Hughes & Co. have circa 26 acres of top quality land for sale at Araghty, Athleague. The lands are located less than a mile from the village of Athleague, just off the main Ballygar-Roscommon road, overlooking the River Suck. The lands are divided into two blocks by a road, leaving them suitable for development subject to planning permission being granted. The lands have excellent road frontage and are located on the main Galway to Roscommon Road. For further details, contact the office on 09066 27003 or email

Auctioneers & Valuers PSRA no. 001090

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

For Sale - New to the Market SKRINE, RAHARA, ROSCOMMON

Agricultural lands for sale at Ballinamore Bridge

This week, Pat Hughes & Co. have circa 18 acres of agricultural land for sale at Ballinamore Bridge, Roscommon. Boasting excellent road frontage, this is an ideal opportunity for local farmers wishing to increase their holding, or for someone looking for a compact parcel of land. The lands are located a short distance from the main Ballinamore Bridge-Galway road. For further information, contact Pat on 09066 27003 or email

Old primary school in Curraghroe returns to the market

Re-advertised for sale due to a cancellation, the unique opportunity to acquire the old primary school in Curraghroe, Roscommon is once more available. Accommodation consists of two large classrooms, cloakrooms, boys and girls toilets and a staff room. The property stands on a circa one-acre site, and is located approximately two miles from Lanesboro on the main Lanesboro-Scramogue road. While the school has not been in use for almost twenty years, it has been well maintained and can easily be converted into residential accommodation, subject to planning permission being granted. For further details, or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090 6627003 or email info@

At Skrine, Roscommon, a large 3 bedroomed 2 storey residence on circa 2.5 elavated site with breathtaking views of surrounding countryside. Accommodation consists of sitting room, kitchen cum dining room, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom with large store to rear. The residence is situated approximately 3 miles from Roscommon Town. The Property offers huge development potential subject to planning permission being granted. Ideally located and convenient to both Athlone and Roscommon. For further information or to make an appointment to view contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail Legal: Liddy Neilan Solicitors, Abbey Street, Roscommon. Phone 09066 27498 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------


Attractive bungalow for sale at Gallowstown

This week, Hughes & Co. have an attractive five-bedroomed, dormer bungalow for sale at Gallowstown, Roscommon. The bungalow stands on a large, elevated, landscaped site, with excellent views of Roscommon Castle. The residence is situated a few minutes’ walk from the town centre in a nice, quiet cul-de-sac. Accomodation consists of a kitchen, utility, dining room, sitting room, two large downstairs bedrooms, a toilet with shower and wash hand basin and a single bedroom. Upstairs has two large bedrooms and a bathroom. For further details, contact the office on 0906627003 or email Viewing is by appointment only.

Large 5 bedroomed dormer bungalow. Accommodation consists of a Sitting Room, Kitchen Cum Dining Room, 3 Bedrooms downstairs and a Bathroom. Upstairs:- 2 large En Suite Bedrooms one with a Jacuzzi Bath. There is a large garage to the side. The property is located close to all amenities. Offers in the region of €250,000 are being considered. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

For Sale – Circa 26.5 acres MULLYMUX, ROSCOMMON

Four-bedroomed bungalow for sale at Galway Road, Roscommon

This week, Pat Hughes & Co. have a large four-bedroomed bungalow for sale at Galway Road, Roscommon. The house stands on a large corner site, which would be suitable of further development subject to planning permission being granted. Accommodation consists of a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility, four bedrooms (one ensuite), a bathroom, and two separate rooms which would be suitable for an office/salon, attached to a large garage. The property is in excellent condition and is situated in a much sought after area, within walking distance of all local amenities. Viewing is highly recommended. For further details, contact the office on 090 6627003 or email info@

For sale at Mullymux, Roscommon circa 26.5 acres of top-quality land with excellent road frontage. The lands have recently been ploughed and reseeded. They are situated less than half a mile of the main Boyle to Roscommon road and only 2 miles from Roscommon Town. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail -----------------------------------------------------------------------------


Due to a number of recent sales Hughes & Company are urgently looking for all types of properties in and around the Roscommon area. If you are thinking of buying or selling contact Pat and let him advise you, his advice is free. Contact Pat on 09066 27003 or e-mail info@


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

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

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

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(Monday to Saturday) Also available in Boyle & Athlone -------Chiropody treatment and all aspects of Foot Pain. Orthotics prescribed

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


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

FARMING BOOM SPRAYER TESTING SERVICE • Sprayers tested on owners premises • Test report & D.A.F.M. stickers provided. • Small stock parts fitted on site (if necessary) Dept. of Agriculture regulations. From 2020 all sprayes are required to be tested every 3 years Contact: Thomas Neilan on 087 2395171 or 090 6663069 e-mail: D.A.F.M. Approved Reg No: EL000083





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Are you affected by Anger Issues, Bullying, Bereavement, Confidence/self-esteem issues, OCD, Stress, Depression, Eating disorders Panic/Anxiety, Relationships, Exam pressure, Sexual Abuse Contact: Billy 094 96 59966 Mobile: 086 0675433 or visit COUNSELLING Are you experiencing difficulties in your life? Such as depression, anxiety, life or spiritural crisis. Are you having difficulties in relationships at work? Have you experienced sexual abuse or abuse and need counselling to help you? Please call Glynis on

085 2514394


MIAM ROSPA Approved Driving Instructor Former BSM Driving Instructor and UK advanced Met. Police Driver. GIFT VOUCHER CARDS AVAILABLE Castlerea & Roscommon

< ABATTOIR SERVICE AVAILABLE: Cattle, lambs and pigs. Ready for freezing. Home Cured and Honey Dry cured traditional bacon (not pumped with water) now available. Tel: Webb’s Butcher’s, 094 96 20005 or 086 4094715. < FOR SALE: 27 bales of silage for sale. Trien/ Castlerea area, Co. Roscommon, €20 per bale. Tel. 086 0278089


EDT Lessons Available Telephone:

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This driving School conforms for the new RSA regulations & legislation

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FOR SALE < FOR SALE: Rough Collie (Lazzie) and Border Collie pups for sale, €250 each. Ready in 4 weeks. Tel. Anne, 086 3155044

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

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

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

Tel: 086 6077307 or 086 8125165



Tree Services

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


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

Contact Walter on 087 9519873 < GARDENING SERVICE: Overgrown shrubs and hedges, cut back and mulched. Contact 086 2437376 < G A R D E N I N G / PA I N T ING: Clean-ups and all odd jobs, Creggs, Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin areas. Tel. 086 2200520


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


087 6558597

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

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

< TO LET: 3-bedroomed house to let in The Oaks, Frenchpark, Roscommon. O.H.C.H. Open fire, large kitchen All mod. cons. Newly renovated. Ideal for family or professionals. HAP payments accepted. Tel. 089 2266682.


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

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

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

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

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

< TURF FOR SALE: Can be delivered locally also round bales of Hay for sale. Tel. 086 3776948 < TOP QUALITY hopper turf. Delivered. Tel. 087 6810849. < SALE OF TURF until the end of August. 5.5 – 6 tonne lorry load of turf. All screened and delivered. Loads for as little as €330 per load in the Athlone area. Will deliver to surrounding counties at small extra charge. Tel. 086 7236301.

SITUATIONS VACANT < CHILDMINDER REQUIRED: To mind 2 children aged 5 and 3 in Athleague for 1 day per week. Will require school runs. Tel. 087 7452038 < CARING AND COMPASSIONATE: Lady required to look ater elderly lady in her own home, Ballygar area. Tel: 089 4260675 < CHILDMINDER: Kind reliable lady available for childcare with 10 years plus experience. Full clean driving licence, references available and Garda vetted. Castlerea area. Tel: 087 2583395

SITUATIONS WANTED < CHILDMINDER: Experience, mature childminder available to mind child/children in their own home. Happy to assist with homework, full clean driving licence, non smoker, references available on request, Roscommon town, Ballymurray, Knockcroghery area. Tel: 086 3749999

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Jack and Yvonne Sharkey intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to construct two storey dwelling, domestic garage proprietary effluent treatment system and percolation area, associated site development works and services at Corrownalassan, Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Gaynor Architectural + Design Services Ltd. Fallon Avenue, Roscommon Tel: 090 6626974 or 086 8115449 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Tony Conry intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to demolish an existing dwelling house, to construct a new dwelling house, install a waste water treatment unit with soil polishing filter and to construct all ancillary site works to facilitate same at Cloonyquin, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the planning authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Tony Conry.


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Classifieds PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Colm Garvey and Jenny Connellan intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to erect a new dwelling house, domestic garage and provide a sewerage system and a treatment plant, to provide secondary and tertiary treatment and all associated works, at Carrowcuill Td., Kilmore, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Roscommon.

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

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL FURTHER INFORMATION Applicant: Board of Management Tulsk National School, Description of development: Permission for the construction of a standalone classroom, to the rear of the existing school, comprising of one classroom, toilets and circulation area, including connections to all services and all other associated site works. Location: Tulsk National School, Carrownageelaun Td. Tulsk, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45 VE84 Planning Reference Number: PD/20/72

Significant “Further Information” in relation to this application, including extending site boundary to include lands previously used by the Church and Parochial House, has been furnished to the planning authority and is available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours, and a submission or observation in relation to the “Further Information” may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 not later than two weeks after the receipt of the newspaper notice and site notice by the planning authority. There will be no fee payable on a further submission/observation if it is accompanied by a copy of the acknowledgement of a previous submission/observation. Signed: Collins Boyd Engineering Ltd. Engineers & Architects Galway Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. Ph (090)6634421 Fax: (090)6634423 Email:

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Denis and Serena Bergin intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for construction of a single storey extension, domestic garage, plus all ancillary works at Loughglinn Demesne Td., Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

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

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I Mark Murphy, intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission for construction of a single storey extension incorporating renovated existing outhouse, plus all ancillary works at Ardmore, Croghan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

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

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I Aidan Kelly Agricultural Design & Planning Services (ADPS, 085 7466211, www. ) intend to apply to Roscommon County Council on behalf of my clients Bernard Kelly. Permission to construct (I) cubicles shed with slatted tanks and feeding area (II) Dairy wash tank with rain water tank and all associated site works. Demolition of over ground slurry tower is also required at Newtown Kilcashel, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. That the planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed: Aidan Kelly Agri Design & Planning Services Molough, Newcastle, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary E91 VK64 WEBSITE: Mobile 0857466211, 062 43908

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COMPTON Patrick (Pat)

Ballinleg, Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon. (18th and 27th Anniversaries)


Ashbrook, Scramogue, Co. Roscommon. (11th Anniversary) Treasured memories of a dear wife and mother, who passed away on August 28th 2009. R.I.P.

Dooneen, Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon. (1st Anniversary)

Newtown, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon Who passed away on Aug 31st 2019 (First Anniversary)

Creemully, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon 17th September 1948 - 24th July 2020

God saw you getting tired, a cure was not to be. He put His arms around you. and whispered “come to me”, With tearful eyes we let you go, and watched you fade away. Although our hearts were broken. We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God knows why He took you, He only takes the best.

On this Pat’s 1st Anniversary, his wife Pauline and family would like to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us during our sad loss. We would like to thank our relatives, neighbours and friends for their help and support during our time of sadness. We will be forever grateful to all those who paid their respects and offered their condolences at Pat’s Removal, Funeral Mass and Burial; many of whom travelled long distances to be with us. To those who called to the house, sent Mass Cards, Perpetual Mass Enrolments, letters of sympathy and telephone messages; we are truly grateful for your thoughtfulness. A special thanks to Fr. Ciaran Whitney, Fr. Ciaran O’Flynn, Fr. Eamonn O’Connor and Fr. Frank McGauran for their comforting prayers and presence over the Funeral days and celebrating Dad’s Funeral Mass. Thank you to the Strokestown Choir for their beautiful singing and music at Dad’s Funeral Mass. Sincere thanks to Pat McHugh, Funeral Director for coordinating all aspects of Dad’s Funeral, and Paul and Charlie for preparing Dad’s final resting place. We would like to thank most sincerely Dad’s GP, Dr. Cyril Crosbie for his care and attention to Dad over the many years. We would also like to thank Dr O’Meara and the staff at the Roscommon Hospital who supported Dad in his final weeks. Our sincere thanks also to Mac Auliffe’s Pharmacy for their support throughout the years. As it would not be possible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

In loving memory of my parents. Mary who died on 26th August 2002. Paddy who died on 9th October 1993. Time passes memories stay. Always in our thoughts and prayers.

Sadly missed by your son Paddy and daughter-in-law Marian.

HOBAN Jack Ballymacfrane, Co. Roscommon. (10th Anniversary)

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

Remembered by his wife Nora, daughter Geraldine, sons Robert and Sean, extended family and friends. Anniversary Mass in Clooneycolgan Church on Wednesday, 2nd September at 10am.

A heart too gentle, a mind too deep, a beautiful soul, forever asleep. Eyes full of sparkle, a heart full of love. Now shining brightly from Heaven above. Will those who think of Heather today, a little prayer to Jesus say.

Dearly loved and missed everyday by husband Michéal, daughters Rachel and Rhona, sisters Sharon and Lorna, family and friends. Anniversary Mass in St. Anne’s Church, Scramogue on Sunday, 30th August at 10.15am.

KILLIAN Eilish Hollywell, Roscommon (24th Anniversary) In loving memory of Eilish, who died on 1st September 1996

Sadly missed by your loving wife Catherine, sons Michael, Joseph, Liam and Padraic, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters and brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. First Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinaheglish on Saturday, 29th August at 11am.

KELLY Annie Four Mile House, Roscommon (5th Anniversary) Also remembering Paddy Killian whose 4th Anniversary occurs on 6th September 2016 May the winds of love blow softly, And whisper for you to hear, We will always love and miss you both, And wish that you were here. If it’s memories that keep us close, Then we are never far apart, For you are always on our minds, And forever in our hearts.

Lovingly remembered by Mammy, Aine and Eadaoin, John, Inga and Adam. Anniversary Mass for Eilish in Derrane Church on Saturday, 29th September at 7pm.

Pat’s First Anniversary Mass will take place on Sunday, August 30th at 11.30 am in Strokestown Parish Church. May His gentle soul Rest In Peace

MOORE Bridget Ballyforan (1st Anniversary) 22nd August, 2019

In loving memory of our dear Mother Annie, who died on 22nd August 2015

A whisper on an August day, you heard a gentle call. You took the hand of Jesus and quietly left us all. It’s now your anniversary, you wouldn’t want a fuss. Just to be remembered and prayed for by all of us.

Sadly missed by her loving daughter, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. Anniversary Mass on Friday 28th August at 8.00pm in Four Mile House Church.

In loving memory of Bridget Moore whose 1st anniversary occured on 22nd August, 2020. Remembered by her nieces and nephews, sisters and the Moore family. Mass will be held at a later date.

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. P.B. 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. P.B.

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. S.D. PRAYER TO ST. EXPEDITE For urgent need... Our dear martyr and protector, Saint Expedite, you who know what is necessary and what is urgently needed. I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity, that by your grace my request will be granted. (Clearly express what you want and ask him to 
find a way to get it to you.)

May I receive your blessings and favours. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Thanks to St. Michael the Archangel also. Publication promised. S.D.

The Keegan and Beirne family would like to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to them following their sad loss. Thank you to all who sent messages of support, telephone calls, Mass Cards, text messages and online condolences on RIP.IE. A special thank you to all who were able to attend the Funeral, to those that stood in honour along the Funeral route. A sincere thank you to Henry Hamrock for his guidance, professionalism, attention to detail, care and respect in the kind handling of Mike’s Funeral. A special thank you to Fr. Delaney and Fr. McLoughlin for celebrating Mike’s Funeral Mass. Thank you to Gerry Dowd and Grace Hevehan who provided the beautiful music at the Church. We would like to thank the grave diggers for preparing Mike’s final resting place and the musicians who provided the wonderful music by the graveside. To the wonderful staff of Cloverhill Nursing Home, Roscommon Hospital, Ballinasloe Hospital, The Claddagh Ward in Galway University Hospital and the ambulance crew who were so professional and compassionate in their care of Mike. Thank you to Dr. Harrison and the staff of Roscommon Primary Care Centre and also to the staff of Hyne’s Pharmacy Roscommon for their kind help and support to Mike. A special thank you to Garda Owen Crehan who escorted Mike on his final journey to his beloved Creemully and to his final resting place. A sincere thank you to the home help staff Bernie Mee and Treasa Neiland and to the Pallitative Care team that looked after Mike during his illness. To all Mike’s neighbours and friends we would like to thank you all most sincerely for your generosity and kindness towards Mike and always looking out for his well-being. A very special thank you to Mike’s young neighbour Daniel Heavey who always kept Mike’s garden looking fantastic throughout his illness. Please accept this acknowlegement as an expression of our deepest gratitude as it would be impossible to thank everyone individually. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Mike’s Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Friday, 28th August at 7pm in Fuerty Church.

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Culleenervin, Dysart, Co. Roscommon (3rd Anniversary) In loving memory of Tom who died August 26th 2017

(4th Anniversary) In loving memory of Evan Who fell asleep on 31st August 2016

In loving memory of our dear Brendan, whom God called home on 30th August 2013 It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you The day God called you Home. Those we love must someday pass Beyond our present sight, Must leave us and the world we know Without their radiant light. But we know that like a candle Their lovely light will surely shine To brighten up another place. More perfect, More divine, And in the realm of Heaven where they shine so warm and bright, Our loved ones live forever in God’s Eternal Light.

Forever missed and loved by his wife Mary, sons John and Martin, daughters Jacqueline, Tracy, Elaine, Leonie and Ashling, sonin-law Ian, brother Patsy, sisters Ita, Madeline, Anne and Jean and extended family and friends. Mass will be offered at a later date.

COSTELLO Patrick 16 Circular Road, Roscommon. Who died 31st August 2001 (19th Anniversary)

In loving memory of my dear dad Patrick To us you were someone special, Someone set apart, Your memory will live forever, Engraved within our hearts.

Loved and remembered by your daughter Martina, Jimmy and family. ~~~~~~~~~~~

COSTELLO Patrick Time goes by And life goes on But from our thoughts You are never gone

Loved and remembered by your son Noel, Kathey and family.

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

Loved and remembered always, Denis, Marie, Teresa, Phyllis and Valerie. Anniversary Mass for Nellie and Larry in Dysart Church on Friday, 28th August at 7.30pm.


Moher, Lanesboro

(33rd Anniversary)

In loving memory of Martin Donlon, Moher, Lanesboro, who died on 22nd August 1987 May he Rest in Peace Your life was one of kindly deeds A helping hand for others needs Sincere and true in hearts and mind Beautiful memories left behind.

Always remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife Mary.

MURRAY Patrick Lisphelim, Knockcroghery. Who passed away on August 16th, 1985. (35th Anniversary) Fond memories, Dad through the mists of time. It seems so long since we last met, But happy times I remember yet.

Forever remembered by your loving daughter Geraldine.

Those precious memories keep you near. As time unfolds another year. Out of our lives you may have gone. But in our hearts you still live on. A silent thought, a quiet prayer. For a special person, in God’s care.

Lovingly remembered by his brother Martin Joe, sister Bridie, nieces, nephews and extended family.

He had a nature you could not help loving And a heart that was purer than gold And to those who knew him and loved him His memory will never grow cold.

Your loving parents, Robbie and Marian your brother Cian and sister Aoife. Anniversary Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Saturday, 29 August at 11am.

DOLAN Evan (4th Anniversary) In loving memory of Evan Who fell asleep on 31st August 2016

Tom’s Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Dysart on Saturday, 29th August at 7.30pm.

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.M. PRAYER TO ST. EXPEDITE For urgent need... Our dear martyr and protector, Saint Expedite, you who know what is necessary and what is urgently needed. I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity, that by your grace my request will be granted. (Clearly express what you want and ask him to 
find a way to get it to you.)

May I receive your blessings and favours. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. If Saint Expedite grants your request, place fresh flowers beside his statue in your home or in the church. Also place an ad in the newspaper thanking Saint Expedite, so that his name and fame will grow. L.M.

A beautiful memory, dearer than gold, Of a grandson whose worth can never be told. There’s a place in our hearts no one can fill, We miss you Evan and always will. Always in our thoughts, Forever in our hearts.

Loved and missed Granny and Grandad ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There’s a Bridge of golden memories, From here to Heaven above, It brings you very close to us, It’s called the Bridge of Love. No-one knows the heartache, Of which your parting cost, So God in all His glory, Has gained what we have lost.

From Barbara, David and family ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The years may pass, But still you stay, As near and dear, As yesterday

Always loved Brenda xx ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To us you were someone special, What more is there to say. Wishing with all our hearts That you were here today

Always remembered Ailish and Aidan ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On Angels wings you were taken away, But in my heart you will always stay. If I could send a letter, to Heaven up above, I’d tell you that I miss you, And seal it with all my love.

MULHERN Ann Convent Court, Roscommon June 14h 2020

The family of the late Ann Mulhern wish to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised and supported us on the loss of our dear Mother. We will be forever grateful to those who visited, made phone calls, sent cards and letters to Mam during her short illness and for all the Mass cards and messages. Our most sincere thanks to Monsignor Travers for his phone call and visit to Mam in her final days, it meant a lot to her. We would like to thank Dr. Brendan Crosibe and all at Castle Street Surgery; David Hynes and staff for all your kindness and support to Mam and to her family in the few weeks up to Mam’s passing. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Ursula, Caroline and all the Palliative care team, for her care durig Mam’s final days. Special thanks to night nurse Breda for her care during Mam’s final days. A special thanks to those who brought food and refreshments and to all who helped in our home. Thank you to Pat, Regina and Tom Smyth for your professionalism and kindness and for calling into us very early on the morning of Mam’s passing. Thank you to Carmel McLoughlin for her beautiful singing in the Church and Fr. Kevin Fallon and Fr. Pravin for a lovely Mass, to the gravediggers for preparing Mam’s final resting place. Thanks to all our great neighbours and friends for the lovely, respectful way they lined the road as Mam made her journey from Gabriel and Ann Marie’s home and onto Mam’s beloved home at Convent Court, Roscommon. To her kind bingo and card buddies and all who brought Mam all around the country with them. Thank you so much, you were always very good to her and she was proud to call you her friends. As it is impossible to thank everybody individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our gratitude and appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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Staunton Caulfield & Co. Staunton Caulfield & Co., Solicitors for the Applicant, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Courts Service, Government Buildings, Golf Links Road, Roscommon.

To: The Superintendent, The Superintendent’s Office, An Garda Siochana, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. To: The Chief Fire Officer, Galway City Fire Station, Fr. Griffin Road, Galway.


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In the Matter of the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1833 to 1963.


Michelle Hynes – APPLICANT

OWENCREST PROPERTIES LIMITED – APPLICANT TAKE NOTICE that the above named Applicant having its registered office at Circular Road, Roscommon in the County of Roscommon intends to apply to the Court at Roscommon, on the 15th day of September 2020 at 10.30 a.m. (being the Annual Licensing District Court for the said Court Area) for the transfer of the Licence attached to premises situate at and known as “JJ Harlows”, situate at Main Street, Roscommon, in the Court Area and District aforesaid. Dated this 24th day of August 2020 Signed:

TAKE NOTICE that application will be made to the District Court sitting at The Courthouse, Castlerea, County Roscommon on Friday the 25th day of September 2020 at 11am on behalf of the appicant, being an confirmation of transfer of the ordinary Seven Day Publicans Licence attached to the premises known as the Kilmore Inn, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon, which is in the District Court Area aforesaid. And further TAKE NOTICE that application will be made at the same time in accordance with the Provisions of Section 30 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1927 for transfer of the said Licence freed and discharged from any Endorsements against or records of offences committed by the former licensee. Dated this 24th day of August 2020

Patrick J. Neilan LLP Solicitors for Applicant, Church Street, Roscommon



The Superintendent, Garda Siochana, Garda Station, Roscommon


The Chief Fire Officer, Roscommon County Council, Aras an Chontae Roscommon The District Court Clerk, Court Services Government Buildings Golf Links Road Roscommon.

AN CHÚIRT DÚICHE (The District Court) District Court Roscommon District No. 4 LICENSING ACTS 1833 TO 2011 THE LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT 1833 SECTION 6 As Amended by Substitution in the First Schedule to the Courts (No2) Act 1986

The District Court Clerk, Court Services Government Buildings Golf Links Road Roscommon.


The Superintendent, Garda Siochana, Castlerea, Roscommon.


The Chief Fire Officer, Fire Authority HQ Circular Road, Roscommon.




TAKE NOTICE that Claudia Gormley as nominee of Clauds Limited whose registered office is at Derrane, Roscommon intends to apply to the Annual Licensing District Court on the 15th day of September 2020 at Roscommon District Court No 4 for a Certificate by way of transfer entitling the Applicant to receive the Publican’s 7 day Order On-Licence in respect of the premises known as Paddy Finns and situate at Kilteevan, County Roscommon in the Court area and District aforesaid, and heretofore licensed in the name of Kilteevan Inn Limited. Dated this 25th day of August 2020 Signed: __________________________________ Applicant or Solicitors for the Applicant Address: Liddy Neilan, Solicitors, Abbey Street, Roscommon To: District Court Office, The Court Service, Government Buildings, Golf Links Road, Roscommon And:

The Superintendent of the Garda Síochána, Roscommon Garda Station, County Roscommon.

And: The Chief Fire Officer, Roscommon County Council, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon

Love and Ryan Moore easily win the Yorkshire Oaks in front of empty stands at York

AN CHÚIRT DÚICHE (The District Court) District Court Roscommon District No. 4 LICENSING ACTS 1833 TO 2011 THE LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT 1833 SECTION 6 As Amended by Substitution in the First Schedule to the Courts (No2) Act 1986


Claudia Gormley as nominee of Clauds Limited

Thomas V. McCrann & Son, Solicitors for Applicant, Church Street, Roscommon



Paddy Finns

Horses by Tom Red for Courses



TAKE NOTICE that that Raymond O’Connor whose * place of abode is at 26 Castle Manor, Racecourse Road, Roscommon intends to apply to the Annual Licensing District Court on the 15th day of September 2020 at Roscommon District Court, No 4 at 10.30am for a Certificate by way of transfer entitling the Applicant to receive the Special Restaurant Licence in respect of the premises known as the Old Stone House Restaurant and situate at Ballinlough, County Roscommon in the Court area and District aforesaid, and heretofore licensed in the name of Joseph Shanaghy. Dated this 25th day of August 2020 Signed: __________________________________ Applicant or Solicitors for the Applicant Address: Liddy Neilan, Solicitors, Abbey Street, Roscommon To: District Court Office, The Court Service, Government Buildings, Golf Links Road, Roscommon And:

The Superintendent of the Garda Síochána, Roscommon Garda Station, County Roscommon.

And: The Chief Fire Officer, Roscommon County Council, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon

The final day of the 3-day Bellewstown Festival takes place this evening on the level off at 3.40pm and this afternoon at Tipperary, also on the level, off at 1.15pm. There are 2 meetings tomorrow, both in the afternoon one at the Curragh featuring the Flame Of Tara Stakes, the Round Tower Stakes and the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes, all Group 3 races away at 2.05pm and at Down Royal over the obstacles at 2.20pm. On Saturday the flat meeting is on at Navan at 2.00pm and jump racing in Wexford away at pm. Sunday sees a blank day’s racing and on Monday there is evening racing on the flat in Roscommon at 1.00pm and in the afternoon over the sticks in Downpatrick at pm. This day weeks Darley Yorkshire Oaks was easily won by Aidan O’Brien’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Love ridden by Ryan Moore and will now aim for the l’Arc for which she is now 2/1 ante-post favourite and faces a clash with Enable who is 3/1. Earlier Ken Condon’s Miss Amulet opened the day’s racing with an Irish win in the Group 2 Lowter Stakes. At York on Friday the star of the show was Jim Crowley who completed a four timer on the Charlie Hills trained Battaash, 1/2 fav, in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes. Crowley won the first 3 races with Alfaatik and Enbihaar for John Gosden and Minzaal for Owen Burrows. The Ebor Handicap on Saturday was won by the fav Fujaira Prince ridden by Andrea Atzeni and trained by Roger Varian. At Naas on Sunday Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan teamed up with Chief Little Hawk to win the inaugural running of the Ballyhane Stakes. Passion made all in the Group 3 Stanerra Stakes half an hour later bringing up a quick-fire double for the pair. The day got better for Seamie Heffernan when the John Murphy trained Sweet Gardenia collected the Silver Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at odds of 50/1. Roscommon Preview On Monday day there are 7 races advertised for Lenabane. The first 5 races are over 7f, starting with the richest race on the card, a conditions maiden, for 2-Y-O’s with 14 entries followed by a 3-Y-O+ fillies maiden with 24 both sponsored by the EBF. The 3rd and 4th are the Frenchpark, 45 entered, and Castlerea, 14 entered, handicaps both for 3-Y-O+. Next up is the first of 3 middle distance races over 1m 3f the first of which is an apprentice maiden with 22 entered followed by a 24 entry handicap both for 3-Y-O+. The Elphin

Handicap for 4-Y-O+ brings down the curtain on racing with 31 entries. The meeting is scheduled to start at 4.00pm with a maximum of 14 runners in all races. The going is soft, heavy in places, at the moment with prospects of a dry weekend.

Racing News The Doncaster St Leger meeting, from September 9th -12th, hopefully will see the start of racegoers being allowed in to racing in Britain. Over 3,000 will be permitted on the opening day and tickets must be purchased on-line in advance. Warwick on September 21st and Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting from September 24th - 26th will follow on in a pilot scheme to permit racegoers attend, although the exact numbers involved have yet to be announced. Let us hope we follow here in Ireland sooner rather than later. Champion apprentice Cieren Fallon, son of 6 times champion jockey Kieran, has been appointed to ride as second jockey to Qatar Racing behind champion jockey Oisin Murphy from Killarney. Fallon won his first Group One earlier this season on Roger Teal’s Oxted in the July Cup at Newmarket. On Monday at Ayr Murphy’s hopes of retaining the champion jockeys’ title suffered a major blow with the jockey incurring the wrath of the stewards with a 7-day ban for careless riding. Murphy, who is unlikely to appeal, will miss next month’s Doncaster St Leger Festival. Murphy holds a 19-winner advantage over Tom Marquand. As we go to press on Wednesday Marquand is still in action at Lingfield with 6 races left. On Tuesday the going at Cork was heavy after the rainfall from the storms Ellen and Francis and racing was in doubt but the card was run off in the rain with only the final race being abandoned due to waterlogging on the course. In England yesterday’s card at Chepstow was abandoned again due to waterlogging on the course and racing at Tipperary today has been cancelled Philip Reynolds has transferred his crack chaser, Presenting Percy, from Pat Kelly’s Athenry yard to Gordon Elliott’s Cullentra Stables in Co Meath. The 9-Y-O won the 2017 Pertemps Final victory over hurdles a year later was very impressive winning the RSA Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and he was sent off favourite for the Gold Cup in 2019 but finished lame with a back problem.


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Sports PEOPLE Relegation play-offs

Neighbours Oran and Creggs in Hyde showdown!


SEAMUS DUKE on the Mulryan Construction IFC quarter-finals The action begins with a very attractive local derby at Hyde Park at 3 pm on Saturday when Oran face Creggs. Having come so close over the past few years, Oran have a steely determination about them this year and they have some wonderful young players. They should have enough to advance. St. Dominic’s will be hoping to make another semi-final when they face Éire Óg in Strokestown at 4 pm on Saturday, but this looks like a game that is very much in the balance. It is easy to point in Conor Cox’s direction when talking about Éire Óg, but they have a number of other good performers too. I have a feeling the Loughglynn side

might win narrowly. Kilmore are a super championship side and on Saturday evening in Dr. Hyde Park (6 pm) they face St. Aidan’s in a game that they will be expected to win. A young Aidan’s side have performed well in their last two matches but Kilmore should emerge victorious. Pre-tournament favourites St. Faithleach’s should have enough in the tank to survive the challenge of Shannon Gaels in Hyde Park on Sunday (2 pm). The Murtagh brothers have been on fire and as long as complacency does not creep in they should win with a bit to spare.

Conor Cox

In the SFC, Fuerty face Strokestown at Enfield on Sunday (4 pm) with Tulsk awaiting the losers to see who will be relegated to the intermediate ranks in 2021. It is hard to separate these two on the formbook, but having seen both sides a number of times in recent weeks, I am giving a hesitant nod to Strokestown to win it if they can get close to their full team out. In the IFC, many people will be shocked to see Castlerea St. Kevin’s involved in a relegation battle. Their clash with Kilbride on Sunday in Enfield (1 pm) is no shooin. The result will depend on the attitude that both sides bring to the game. Castlerea should have enough to win it but if they don’t improve from their championship outings so far, they will be in trouble. St. Barry’s await the losers. Note: The Roscommon County Board will livestream all eight quarter-final games in the SFC and IFC this weekend. There will be a discount ‘weekend pass’ available and details will be posted on the Roscommon GAA website.

Flying Finnerty downs Dominic’s In the Kepak Senior Hurling Championship, the big game last weekend was the winner-takes-all contest between Padraig Pearses and St. Dominic’s at Dr. Hyde Park. Pearses emerged victorious by 2-20 to 4-9 after what was an excellent contest. Two goals from Jack Lohan in the first half saw St. Dominic’s ahead at the break by 2-5 to 0-10. Pearses were better on the re-start and two goals from Adam Finnerty helped them into the lead. St. Dominic’s responded with a goal from a Conall Kennelly penalty. By the time Declan Dowling scored St. Dominic’s fourth goal – deep into injury-time – Pearses had done enough. In the semi-finals, Pearses will face Tremane, while Athleague will play Four Roads after they easily accounted for Roscommon Gaels by 2-23 to 0-6 at Dr. Hyde Park.

Pictured is the Four Roads U-12 team that defeated Meelick-Eyrecourt in the U-12 Roinn 6 County Final. Back row: P. Mannion (manager), M. Delaney (selector), Arron Delaney, Eoin Dolan, David Mannion, James Trundle, Luke Tully, Joe Kenny, Cathal Kennedy, G. Mulry (selector), J. Mulry (selector). Front row: Jonah Finneran, Eoin Gately, Diarmuid Kennedy, Eoghan Mulry, Eoin Tully, Sean McDonnell, Cillian Donoghue, Luke Glennon, Matt Coyle, Conor Flynn.


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THE SUPER EIGHT! Western Gaels

St Croan’s

Michael Glavey’s


St Brigid’s




Clann na nGael

SEAMUS DUKE looks ahead to this weekend’s big GAA action Roscommon SFC quarterfinals Boyle v St Croan’s on Saturday in Strokestown at 7.30 pm Logical analysis would end with the conclusion that Boyle should come through this with relative ease, but St. Croan’s have proven very difficult opponents over the recent past when their backs are to the wall. Maurice Connaughton, Aidan Brogan,

Brendan Pacey and Richard Thompson have all done well for the Ballintubber men this year. But Boyle have the Smith brothers, Cian McKeon, Roch Hanmore and the very impressive half-back line of Tadhg McKenna, Seanie Purcell and Evan McGrath. It all points to a win for Basil Mannion’s side. Prediction: Boyle.

St Brigid’s v Michael Glavey’s on Sunday in Ballyforan at 4 pm This is very interesting match-up be-

tween a very youthful and free-scoring St. Brigid’s and a Glavey’s side who came good last weekend after a very poor performance against Boyle the previous week. On their display against Elphin, Glavey’s would have to be in with a chance here. Shane O’Malley, Gary Patterson, Conor Hussey, Cathal Heneghan, Andy Glennon and Stephen Comer will have to lead from the front if they are to cause an upset. St. Brigid’s have a great mix of experienced players and youthful exuberance and young guns Ruari Fallon, Brian Derwin, Ben O’Carroll and Ciaran Sugrue

can make up for the loss of Senan Kilbride. This could be closer than a lot of people think. Prediction: St Brigid’s.

Clann na nGael v Western Gaels on Sunday in Dr Hyde Park at 5 pm

A definite contender for ‘Game of the Weekend’. Clann will be the favourites to win but I won’t be surprised if the Gaels turn them over. Under Liam Kerins, Clann have motored nicely into the last eight but they will surely have to up their game for this clash.


of the weekend Padraig Pearses v Roscommon Gaels in Ballyforan on Sunday at 1 pm < SEAMUS DUKE

This is a repeat of last year’s county final in which Pearses made history by winning their first ever senior title. They were well in control of that match but almost let it slip in the final few minutes. This year, the champions have been doing just enough, not yet having reproduced the form that brought them the Fahey Cup in 2019. The one-point defeat to Tulsk in round three raised many eyebrows as to the current form of Pat Flanagan’s men. Still, they have some wonderful players. Niall Daly, David Murray, Ronan Daly, Hubert Darcy, Conor Daly, Paul Carey and Niall Carty are just some of the men who will be hoping to reach peak form on Sunday. The Gaels will be sweating

on the availability of Richard Hughes, their best performer thus far in 2020, as he is very doubtful due to injury. Meanwhile, Scottie Oates has returned to his place of work in Dubai, and there may even be concern about the fitness of young sharpshooter Peter Gillooly. Experienced players like Paul Gleeson, David O’Gara, Cathal Dineen, Kevin O’Gara and Mark Healy will have to step up to the mark if the Gaels are to remain in contention for the title. They need to improve up front, where they are too reliant on Peter Gillooly and, to a lesser extent, Ronan Carolan. Pearses’ struggles against Tulsk will give the Gaels hope – but it would be a mild surprise if the champions don’t emerge by a point or two. Prediction: Padraig Pearses.

Western Gaels have arguably been the most impressive team in the championship to this point and one thing you can be certain of is that Fergal O’Donnell will have them set up so that they will be very hard to beat. In deciding who to go for I am drawn to the superior Clann attack where Ciaran Lennon, Donie Shine and Cathal Callinan have been playing well. I think they just have enough firepower to withstand what will be a huge challenge from the Gaels. I am going to give Clann a hesitant vote, but won’t be surprised if it goes the other way. Prediction: Western Gaels.


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Ladies’ Championship moves to last four stage Abbey Hotel Ladies Senior Football Championship

After a busy Sunday, the line-up for the semi-finals of this year’s Roscommon Ladies Senior Football Championship has emerged. Kilbride’s hopes of a five-in-a-row remain intact as they stormed past Clann na nGael, securing their spot in the last four. A powerful and dominant second-half showing saw Kilbride finish 11 points clear on a 4-12 to 3-4 scoreline. Kilbride maintained their 100% record to see them top the group. Western Gaels recovered well after their defeats to Kilbride, Shannon Gaels and Clann na nGael. They ended their round robin campaign with a 2-12 to 0-12 victory over Kilglass Gaels. A 3-15 to 3-5 win over St. Mary’s of Tulsk in Round 5 saw Shannon Gaels secure their semi-final slot. Shannon Gaels went three for five to finish second in the group. Shannon Gaels have provided evidence that they’ll prove a tough nut to crack. The semi-finalists are now known. Kilbride topped the group and will now play Western Gaels in one semi-final while Shannon Gaels will play Clann na nGael in the second semifinal, which will take place on Sunday, 6th of September.

Intermediate semi-final: St. Ciaran’s v St. Brigid’s. Pictured are Éala Ní Chamhaill (St. Ciaran’s) and Kate Nolan (St. Brigid’s).

Senior semi-final: Kilbride v Western Gaels. Pictured are Ailish Fannon (Kilbride) and Jenny Higgins (Western Gaels).

McNeill’s Foodstore & Catering Intermediate Championship

Boyle and St. Ciaran’s were on level footing in the group going into their game. Boyle that proved too good for last year’s beaten intermediate finalists as they ran out 1-13 to 1-8 victors. St. Brigid’s took three more valuable points in their final round game against Padraig Pearses. Having lost their second round match to Boyle, Brigid’s gave themselves renewed hope as they got a badly-needed win over Pearses in a highscoring match – 4-13 to 2-11. This result sees St. Brigid’s secure a semi-final spot. Padraig Pearses, anchored to the foot of the table, are now facing the prospects of relegation. St. Dominic’s got their campaign up and running with a win over Castlerea, 4-9 to 3-3. St. Dominic’s booked their place in the semi-finals after this comfortable win over last year’s Junior champions. All round robin games are now complete and the semi-finalists are known. Boyle topped the group and will now play St. Dominic’s, while St. Ciaran’s will play St. Brigid’s in the second semi-final (on Sunday, 6th of September).

Keenan’s Bar & Restaurant Junior Championship

Intermediate semi-final: Boyle v St. Dominic’s. Pictured are Chloe Joyce (St. Dominic’s) and Suzie Keenahan (Boyle).

There were two quarter-final games in the Junior Championship last weekend. This group threw up a few surprises, with Michael Glavey’s defeating Kilbride II 3-11 to 1-5, and St. Barry’s having a good win at home to Strokestown – 2-8 to 1-5. With Éire Óg already through to a home semi-final, the second place in this group was up for grabs. It went to Michael Glavey’s after their convincing win over Kilbride II. So the semi-finals are now set, with Éire Óg hosting St. Barry’s and St. Faithleach’s hosting Michael Glavey’s. Semi-finals to be played on Sunday, 6th of September.

Senior semi-final: Shannon Gaels v Clann na nGael. Pictured are Orla Mullaney (Shannon Gaels) and Ciara Quinn (Clann na nGael).


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GAA Extra-time

Paul Healy

Fans hail ‘The Toughest Summer’ Not like summers of the past! < PAUL HEALY

‘The Toughest Summer’ – a documentary on the GAA in 2020 – which aired on RTE on Tuesday night was a huge hit. I didn’t get to see it myself (I plan to put that right) but judging by the hugely positive reaction, it was obviously all you’d expect from a slick documentary on the role in Irish society of the GAA – its importance never felt more keenly than during an extraordinary pandemic. On Twitter, viewers were highly complimentary about the programme. Seamus Duke tweeted: ‘If anyone ever wants to understand what the GAA means to the people of Ireland show them this documentary. Mighty stuff. #TheToughest’. Former Mayo player David Brady figures prominently, as does Roscommon’s famous fan, Paddy Joe Burke. I see where Tommy Conlon of the Sunday Independent described Paddy Joe as a philosopher (someone else went with ‘poet’). It reminded me of a passage

from my book ‘Nothing About Sheep Stealing’, in which I reflected on the wonderful buzz during Connacht Final week in Roscommon town in the 1980’s and ‘90’s: “…a visit to Paddy Joe’s was essential, regardless of the length of your hair. There were many men who called into the renowned barber’s and sat on a chair for a couple of hours without the notion of having a haircut even crossing their minds. Bald men were not barred. The haircut was not a priority on Connacht final week. This, in fairness, was also true of many other weeks. Paddy Joe’s is a place where men visit. Paddy Joe, as I have observed before, is a kind of philosopher or guru who does hair-care on the side. He is of course a national treasure who is copyrighted to Roscommon (but available to be shared on request…” I’m glad to hear Paddy Joe was ‘shared’ for the national audience again this week. A lot has changed since those balmy summer days of 30-plus years

Passion for the parish!

Michelle Hughes Walsh’s photo from Padraig Pearses encounter is evidencethe recent Michael Glavey’s v of the ‘passion for the parish’ which drives our club stalwarts!

GAA ‘Festival of Football’

ago, but, even in socially distancing confines, Paddy Joe is still in Church Street, still a philosopher to be cherished…still tending to

our hair, still tending to the ‘head space’ of his customers in more ways than one…long may it continue.

Fans’ frustration! Our photograph shows fans at a club game in Roscommon recently… their attire reflecting

the ‘new normal’. And yet, little did any of us know that even this ‘200 maximum’ spectator rule,

far from being increased to 500 or so (as hoped for) would be reduced back… effectively to zero. Frustration, anger indeed, has not abated for many fans nine days on from the controversial decision of the Government to revert to ‘behind closed doors’ status for the GAA (and other sports). Writing on page 10 of today’s issue, our columnist Frank Brandon sums up how many dismayed supporters feel: “Thousands of words have been written and spoken about the ridiculous new rule that says only fifteen people can attend outdoor events…in my

Our friends in Roscommon GAA are billing it as a ‘Festival of Football’ – as they prepare to livestream all eight football quarter-finals (senior and intermediate) this weekend. The full details are available on the Roscommon GAA website where you just go to Live Streaming and choose the games you would like to watch. A Roscommon GAA spokesperson said: “It’s great value – you can watch all eight games for just €30 and the game(s) can be watched live or any time over the next 30 days. So, if you enjoyed a game you can watch it back as often as you like!”


Overheard at a recent U-10 hurling challenge game in Athleague: Boy approaches mentor during warm-up and says (with some concern)… “They’ve TWENTY players!”

opinion no amount of words could justify this totally asinine regulation. There is nothing they can say or do that will make me believe that it is right. “We must obey the rules – but who’s to say that with all games in Roscommon being streamed live, a situation might not occur such as the one that arose in Kerry last weekend (according to Pat Spillane), with matches played in front of empty terraces and the pubs that were streaming them completely full? It’s no wonder that the common man and woman, myself included, is beside themselves with anger”.

Still going strong!

St Croan’s fans pictured at the recent Western Gaels-St. Croan’s match. Picture: Michael McCormack

l Roscommon GAA servThe great Seanie McDermott, a wonderfuaction for Western Gaels. in tly recen red pictu s, ant for many year meet Clann na nGael in a On Sunday, high-flying Western Gaelsship quarter-final. pion Roscommon Senior Football Cham r ‘quarters’ – with tasty It’s just one of four mouth-watering senio too. end week the IFC deciders over greatest servants of recent Veteran Seanie, one of Roscommon’s the formidable Clann men! on years, will be hoping to get one over


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Ballaghaderreen’s final flourish!

Action from Ballaghaderreen FC v Real Tubber. Pics: Mick McCormack

Soccer fixtures SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH Round 3 Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Shiven Rovers v Cloonfad at 8 pm Norio’s First Division Cup Semi-final Castlerea Celtic B v Ballaghaderreen at 8 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Quarter-final (1) CP Ajax v (3) Moore/St Peter’s FC at 2 pm

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Quarter-final (6) Shiven Rovers/Cloonfad A v (2) Skyvalley Rovers A/ Ballaghaderreen at 8 pm

TP Brennan Connacht Shield semi-final Ballaghaderreen FC 3 Real Tubber 2

Ballaghaderreen FC are through to the TP Brennan Connacht Shield Final, following a terrific 3-2 victory against Real Tubber at the Community Park, Ballaghaderreen on Sunday afternoon. A brilliant second-half performance did the trick for the recently crowned Roscommon & District Division One champions, after the visitors took the

lead through Matthew Mulhern towards the end of the first half. However, with the elements in their favour, Ballaghaderreen hit back on the resumption, as Danny Browne won and converted a penalty within a minute of the restart. Team captain Bruce Holton gave his side the lead courtesy of a deflected free-kick before Browne scored his second penalty of the afternoon with four minutes remaining. Real Tubber grabbed a consolation goal in injury-time through substitute Brian Morahan from the penalty spot, but Ballaghaderreen held on to reach the club’s first-ever provincial final.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH Hanly’s Quarries Premier Division Cup Final St Peter’s v Castlerea at 8 pm at RDFL HQ, Lecarrow

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH Norio’s First Division Cup Final Castlerea Celtic B/ Ballaghaderreen v Roscommon United at 2 pm at RDFL HQ, Lecarrow

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH Promotion and relegation play-offs Ballymoe v Dysart at 2 pm (neutral venue) Cam Celtic v Ballinasloe Town B at 2 pm (neutral venue)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Semi-final

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Final

Action from Ballaghaderreen FC v Real Tubber. Pics: Mick McCormack


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Short putts (News from local golf clubs)

Carrick-onShannon The Trailblazers Stableford is on this week (if you didn’t play Wednesday, play Saturday or Sunday). Garvey and Lynch Cups: Semi-finals to be played by Sunday, August 30th. Any groups with a three-way tie should contact Mary. Otherwise – Winners Group A v Group B, and Group C v Group D. Best of luck to all semi-finalists.

Roscommon Action from Michael Glavey’s v Elphin. Pictures: Mick McCormack.

Ger’s golden goal the highlight as Glavey’s book last-eight spot < SEAMUS DUKE

There was just one game last weekend in the Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC with Michael Glavey’s taking the final quarter-final place when they blitzed Elphin by 2-13 to 0-5 in the play-off at Abbey Park in Boyle on Sunday. With Andy Glennon, Cathal Heneghan, Conor Hussey, Shane Fagan and Stephen Comer all playing well, Glavey’s were in almost total control all through. Jack Hussey’s side led by 1-9 to 0-2 at half-time with Cathal Heneghan scoring a fine goal at the midway point. Elphin did improve on the resumption but they could never make any real impression on the Glavey’s lead. An easy win was embellished in the 43rd minute with one of the best goals seen in the championship this year. A clever pass over the top from Gary Patterson was fielded by full-forward Ger Fagan. Faced by Elphin defenders Jason Carney and Damien Cregg, the Glavey’s man sold two superb dummies before crashing the ball into the roof of the net. The score, which sealed Glavey’s impressive win, was reminiscent of the goal Tyrone’s Owen Mulligan scored against Dublin in the All-Ireland semifinal in 2005. Michael Glavey’s have been drawn to play St. Brigid’s in the quarter-finals this weekend.

Roscommon Golf Club ‘beamed with pride’ when word filtered through that the CBS Roscommon had won the Irish Schools Senior Championship 2020 at Macroom Golf Club (as covered in the Roscommon People). This team comprises of junior members from our Club and we are rightly delighted with their success. Well done to Alan, Cian, Fionn, Kevin, Michael, Simon, and Thomas. This win comes as a just and well deserved reward for all the hard work and commitment each of you have put into your golf. We send our sincere congratulations to this fabulous team and to Mark Hodgkins, Golf Co-ordinator in CBS. Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we are delighted to be able to run an open weekend from Thursday, August 27th to Sunday, August 30th. Competitions as follows – Thursday, August 27th: Senior Open Ladies’ and Men’s 18-

hole Singles Stableford. Kindly sponsored by Noel Carr & Co. Accountants. Friday, August 28th: Ladies’ and Men’s 18-hole Singles Stableford. Kindly sponsored by Casey’s Londis. Saturday, August 29th: Ladies’ 18-hole Singles Stableford. Kindly sponsored by Timepieces. Men’s 18-hole Single Stableford. Kindly sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald P. Burke. Sunday, August 30th: Ladies’ and Men’s 18-hole Singles Stableford. Kindly sponsored by Timothy’s Londis Plus. Draw: A reminder that our Club fundraising draw is currently underway. Tickets can be returned through the designated area in the Clubhouse. Funds raised by this draw will be used to aid vital course remedial works. The draw will take place on Saturday, September 19th. Your support would be very much appreciated Well done to our Jack O’Sullivan team on their recent win against Portumna. Congratulations to team captain Tom Grealy Jnr., and the panel of Michael McHale, David Farrell, Alan Creavin, John McHale, Rikki O’Gara, Michael Finneran, Francie Grehan, Ian Gannon, Clement McCormack and Tommie Grehan. Good luck to Johnny Walker and his panel in the next round of the Pierce Purcell competition, taking place on this Saturday (30th) against Ballinasloe. Commiserations to our Junior Cup team who were unlucky to lose out to Ballinasloe on Sunday.

THE GAIN LINE Creggs RFC Report Creggs Club Lotto: Creggs has announced that the Club Lotto returns from September. The club suspended their Creggs Club Lotto at the time of the lockdown, which then ran into the off-season for rugby. It is the club’s main fundraiser and it now returns from next week, so please support the Creggs Rugby Lotto. Creggs adult teams’ pre-season training: Pre-season training is underway in Creggs every Tuesday night at 8 pm and on Friday nights at 8.15 pm. New and returning players are always very welcome in Creggs. Training is fully

compliant with the current Government and IRFU health protocols. Contact Padraic Deane or Mattie Corcoran. The first team kick off their competitive season in the Cawley Cup in just over three weeks, with the Development team in action a week later. AGM postponed: The Creggs Annual General Meeting has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions in relation to indoor events. Members will be informed of the new date for the AGM when these restrictions are lifted or eased, allowing the meeting to go ahead.

Roscommon People Friday 28 August 2020


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