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Just five months after running in the General Election in Roscommon/ Galway, local Green Party spokesperson Julie O’Donoghue has quit Vótáil the party. Her decision to leave is the latest setback for the Greens after a torrid fortnight which also saw the depar-

of former MEP candidate, Mayo-based Saoirse McHugh. Julie O’Donoghue only recently set up a branch of the Green Party in Roscommon. She was a first-time candidate for the Greens in the February 2020 General Election, polling a respectable 1,413 number ones. Ms. O’Donoghue informed par-



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Byrne Carolan Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs. Cunningham You have toSolicitors say five words in a row.

Then you have to remember them… it’s what makes Trump special. HE can do it! Those aren’t the five words he repeated! I know! I made up my own list! His were too easy. Remind me of Trump’s again… Ah, I see what you’re doing there… What? You’re spot-checking me! I’m just asking…remind me of Trump’s famous test! Okay, but I may not be as good as he is! Trump’s five: ‘Person. Woman. Man…’ (pauses) Go on! …‘eh…CAMERA! TV!’ Well done. And my own? Huh? My own list again… Go on. Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs. Okay. Okay?! Aren’t you impressed? It’s pretty impressive! (They both jump as a motorist blows their horn) Ask me to do it again! If I get it in order I get extra points! It’s not THAT hard… Mine is tricky! Plus it’s a few minutes’ since I did it! GO ON SO! Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs. Mmnn… Well? Well what? Impressive? Not bad, you’re as clever as Trump! Thanks! You see, like him…I’m cognitively THERE! Anyways, it’s an odd sentence…

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‘Elephant’ is, well…elephant. ‘Zoom’ rhymes with ‘room’, so you have the elephant in the room. Super is a reference to the super junior ministers in the new government. ‘Clean’ reminds me that they are cleaning up, after getting a €16,000 pay boost. THAT’S the elephant in the room – a €16,000 pay hike for our super junior ministers! And mugs? WE’RE the mugs! The taxpayers! (They pause and watch the world; five minutes pass)

Being President of America? No, YOUR five words. Not really a sentence…five separate words. Yeah…okay…but you picked unusual words. Did I? Yep! Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs. There! I did it again! I know you! I think you’ve used a form of word association…one word reminds you of the other, one word is linked to the next… Story of our lives! No, seriously…you’re using a technique. Are you accusing me of NOT being a natural, like Trump?! I dunno…how are you remembering those words? It’s simple! Go on. You were right. Here goes…

You’re deep in thought… Oh, maybe I was. Actually, I’VE come up with five words… Go on. Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs. They’re MY words! Mine too…well, they are now. Ask me again… NO! Because you’ll just use my word association trick, with the junior ministers… Nope! Promise I won’t! How will I know? Eh…I have my own system. Go on… Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs. Yeah, right, so how do YOU do it? This morning. My wife said she was taking the kids to the Zoo. That’s the elephant. I asked when are ye back, she laughed, ‘Oh, we’ll call you from a restaurant, we might do a Zoom chat with you!’ Go on… I feigned hurt, then said I had a lot of work to do…in the shed. Nice…the old shed trick! Then my wife said: “It would be SUPER if you do a CLEAN up of the house while we’re away. And you can start with the mugs from breakfast!” That was it: Elephant. Zoom. Super. Clean. Mugs!

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NewsPeople Fitzmaurice welcomes €376m return to schools’ plan The €376 million support package and roadmap to enable the safe return of schools next month has been cautiously welcomed by independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice. However, significant challenges remain to be overcome in the coming weeks before schools reopen, the Roscommon-Galway representative said. Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “The guidance issued by the Department of Education for the safe return of schools in a few weeks is a welcome development. “School principals, teachers, staff and boards of managements can now begin putting effective plans in place to ensure social distancing where possible in classrooms. “Given the enormity of the plan, it is inevitable that there may be some teething problems starting out – but these must be overcome in a timely manner. “The safe reopening of primary and post-primary schools is extremely important in order for society to get back to some form of normality. “It is also vitally important for the kids themselves, for both their educational needs and their interpersonal skills. “Over the coming weeks, the Minister for Education and her Department must continue to support schools in whatever way necessary,” Deputy Fitzmaurice concluded.


Sunday, 2 August 2020 In Jesus and the Church, Isaiah’s promises in today’s First Reading are fulfilled. All who are thirsty come to the living waters of Baptism (see John 4:14). The hungry delight in rich fare – given bread to eat and wine to drink at the Eucharistic table. This is the point, too, of today’s Gospel. The story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 brims with allusions to the Old Testament. Jesus is portrayed as a Davidlike shepherd who leads His flock to lie down on green grass as He spreads the table of the Messiah’s banquet before them (see Psalm 23). Jesus is shown as a new Moses, who likewise feeds vast crowds in a deserted place. Finally, Jesus is shown doing what the prophet Elisha did – satisfying the hunger of the crowd with a few loaves and having some left over (see 2 Kings 4:42–44). Matthew also wants us to see the feeding of the 5,000 as a sign of the Eucharist. Notice that Jesus performs the same actions in the same sequence as at the Last Supper – He takes bread, says a blessing, breaks it, and gives it (see Matthew 26:26). Jesus instructed His Apostles to celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Him. And the ministry of the Twelve is subtly stressed in today’s account. Before He performs the miracle, Jesus instructs the Twelve to give the crowd “some food yourselves.” Indeed, the Apostles themselves distribute the bread blessed by Jesus (see Matthew 15:36). And the leftovers are enough to fill precisely 12 baskets – corresponding to each of the Apostles, the pillars of the Church (see Galatians 2:9; Revelation 21:14). In the Church, as we sing in today’s Psalm, God gives us food in due season, opens His hands and satisfies the desires of every living thing. Now, as Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. – Scott Hahn Ph., (courtesy of Sacred Heart Church)

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Local businessman Liam Stephens is calling on the Government to cut VAT rates and continue the wage subsidy scheme in order to enable businesses in the services sector to survive the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Klassic Cleaners (Roscommon) proprietor is a member of the ‘Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Wet Cleaning and Tailoring Association of Ireland (DLWTA)’, and the group is hoping to meet with Government officials soon in order to highlight concerns raised by business owners. “DLWTA is very worried nationally because with people working from home the demand for business dry cleaning has been hit. I have heard of at least ten dry cleaners closing across the country, which is a huge concern. “As a group we are hoping to meet with members of the Government in order to raise some of our concerns and to highlight the need for continued support. We will also be calling for a VAT reduction so that savings can be passed directly to the customer. I can’t see the current voucher scheme working for us because it’s very restrictive when it comes to services such as ours,” he said. While his own business adapted in order to continue at limited capacity through lockdown, Mr. Stephens believes more help is needed for small business owners going forward. “At Klassic Cleaners we have started to rebuild in the last few weeks and we are happy enough with how things have gone. It has been difficult, but we have adapted our business in order to bring our staff back. Our dressmaker

is now full-time making facemasks which have proved very popular with our customers. “On the other hand, the dry-cleaning side of our business has been very quiet as events such as weddings and parties have been cancelled and Confirmations and Communions have been put on hold. “At the same time, we want to guarantee the safety of staff and customers and steps have been taken at Klassic Cleaners in terms of social distancing (and other protocols). “Just recently, dates have been announced for local Confirmations and Communions for the end of August and the end of September. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but it is very important that the Government continues to support the industry through the wage subsidy scheme,” he added. Mr. Stephens said the wage subsidy scheme has enabled him to bring most of his eight parttime employees back to work and he is also thankful to his loyal customers for their continued support. “The Government reaction to Covid-19 has been mostly good, in fairness. It is a pandemic, so they have had to think about things as it has gone on but it’s (the reaction) certainly better than the last recession. It’s now up to the current Government to continue supporting businesses in order to get the country back to some sort of normality. “Our staff and customers have been brilliant throughout this too and I’d like to thank them for their support and understanding. While business has been affected, our facemasks, particularly those in the Roscommon colours, have been flying out the door!” Liam Stephens

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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

Somewhere in Ireland… The location: A typical enough house. Wife to husband at breakfast: Any news in the paper? Husband: Eh, just checking… Wife: Hopefully they’re going to do something more to help us. We’ve both lost our jobs, we can’t pay the mortgage, we’ve three kids to feed… Husband: Yeah…and no holiday this year, and our mental health is being tested... Wife: There must be some news in the paper, some further response from the new Government. What have they come up with? Husband: Can you pass the salt please, it’s behind those bills… Wife: Sorry, that’s why I couldn’t see it! ANYTHING? IN THE PAPER? Husband: Yes! There’s a story here…ah right, I have the gist of it. Seemingly the three Super Junior Ministers in the new Cabinet are each to get a €16,000 allowance, on top of their salaries… Wife: Okay…that’s not really helpful, is it? We’ve lost our jobs, we’re behind with the mortgage as a result, we’ve three kids to feed, and you’re saying the new super junior ministers are each going to get €307 PER WEEK EXTRA on top of their salaries and expenses? Husband: Yeah…but hold on… Wife: Yeah? Husband: The Government’s saying this salary boost has to be taken in the context of the wider stimulus plan they’ve announced. Wife: Oh, that explains it! I was worried that we were being unfairly treated, that maybe there was a ‘them and us’ culture prevailing. Why don’t we both take it in that context, so? Onwards and upwards! Maybe pass the pepper, darling…it’s behind those other envelopes…the ones with the windows! * Update later in column

Saturday There was a slightly odd, but endearing, Match of the Day tribute to the late Jack Charlton on BBC tonight. When I saw it advertised, I had expected some fairly recent footage, maybe Gary Lineker in the chair, and a guest or two. In fact, it was an old interview between Jack and Garth Crooks, the ex-footballer who is now a pundit. Bizarrely, the backdrop featured shower units/bathrooms, as if the interview had been hastily arranged in a showroom. Knowing Jack, he may have done a sponsorship deal with a leading home improvements’ provider!

radio shows. As a presenter, I could take or leave him. He could be very good, but he was a purveyor of mock anger and outrage, more often than real. He was a broadcasting showman. His rants were often tiresome. On other occasions, he could cut through a politician’s waffle with impressive precision. I liked that he wasn’t politically correct. We need more of that. Ivan got quite a send-off. I didn’t hear his last Newstalk show, but I saw his Tonight wrapup on Virgin Media. Some of those politicians really will do anything to get some airtime. One by one, they lined up to pay tribute. Most of it was sycophantic, but I thought his old sparring partner Michael Healy-Rae was warm and sincere. In the Sunday Independent, Ivan admitted that he is motivated hugely by money, and that he will continue to work – in PR, and making independent documentaries, like an Irish Michael Portillo. On balance, I’d say Ivan definitely added to the gaiety of the nation, not that there’s much gaiety just now. Maybe that’s why he’s quitting!

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It was old footage, it was quaint…but it was a lovely tribute, with Jack discussing his career in considerable detail. Impressively, given that it was a BBC production, a large segment was devoted to Charlton’s time as Republic of Ireland manager. Jack spoke with very sincere pride about his great relationship with the Irish people. He confirmed that he couldn’t buy a drink in a pub in Ireland – the proprietor or a customer always beat him to it – but dismissed reports that he would pay by cheque, only for his cheques to be framed by the recipients, and therefore never cashed! This interview was further evidence of the wonderfully close relationship between Jack Charlton and Ireland. It was moving, and memorable.

Saturday/Sunday I followed the return of club football in Roscommon on Twitter. Some great matches! Well done to all involved. We have coverage in our sports section this week. Meanwhile, the Premier League season wrapped up on Sunday. All eyes were on the relegation battle and the chase for Champions League places. I was glad to see Aston Villa stay up, but felt some

sympathy for Bournemouth and their likeable manager, Eddie Howe. Overall, the return of soccer in the UK – even without crowds – went very well. Roll on the new season.

Sunday I’ve interviewed Ivan Yates a couple of times. The first time is so long ago it was in the Forest Park Hotel outside Boyle – a building which is no longer there. Yates was Minister for Agriculture at the time. Next time was in the Percy French Hotel in Strokestown. Yates, then of Celtic Bookmakers, was helping to promote a Cheltenham Preview Night. “Horse racing” he sort of joked, “it’s full of gangsters and lowlifes! I love it!” Any questions, asked the MC. I had a question. “Mr. Yates, you said horse racing was full of gangsters and lowlifes. How does it compare to your previous profession (in politics)?” In fairness, he laughed. We were both joking (I think). He’s in the news because he’s quitting his TV and

The location: A typical enough house (bills still stacked on the table). Husband: Well, any news in the paper today? Wife: Well, in fairness, the three Super Junior Ministers are passing on the third €16k. Instead, they’ll share an extra €32k between them. Husband: Okay, a bit confusing, but great! Wife: And it gets better. Senior ministers, including An Taoiseach, are taking a 10% pay cut. Husband: Wow! Awesome! Eat your heart out Jacinda Ardern! Wife: But hold it, they’ll still be on MORE money than they are now…‘cos the previous government waived a pay rise…so in fact the new ministers will now be on more than the last lot! Husband: Confusing, but at least they’re focussed on financial matters! So, to summarise…the super junior ministers responded to an outcry by doing a u-turn, but will now share €16,000 x 2 instead of x 3; and the senior ministers will receive more than the government of a few months’ ago? Wife: Yep! Both: Woo hoo! Fair play! (They do a high five over the rising mountain of bills on their kitchen table).


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

the middle? Can ye kiss and make up.. I just want the old Tulsk back! – No idea, absolutely no idea… Mattress Mick @mattressmick I am sorry to have to ask this but what is a Super Junior Minister. Cheers. – Presumably a minister who is really, really brilliant at their job (or at negotiating salary) Ed Smith @EdTodayFM Paul Mescal’s speech if he wins the Emmy: ‘Umm...yeah...I dunno..I mean this is cool I suppose...or not...whatever...what do you think?...I guess so yeah like it’s up to you...ummm’ – The rising star has only gone and got an Emmy nomination. He’s Irish, isn’t he?

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump I was on Air Force One flying to the Great State of Texas, where I just landed. It is AMAZING in watching @FoxNews how different they are from four years ago. Not even watchable. They totally forgot who got them where they are! – If the great man is losing Fox, he’s sure in trouble, ‘cos he ain’t getting anything out of CNN… Aaron Lynch @AaronLynch89 I want to know who upset Tulsk? Traffic lights for 5-10mins, the town torn down

Fuerty from my sofa here in England per chance? – Fuerty fan in UK responds to Roscommon County Board live streaming of games… and uses the word ‘perchance’???

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Mark O’Connell @mrkocnnll Does the @guardian realise that Paul Mescal, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott and Matthew McFayden are all proud Irishmen, born and raised, or are they just trolling us at this point? – Surely the Brits haven’t been claiming Paul? They’re not at that again, are they?

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Anger over decision to permanently close Castlerea Fire Station


There was widespread anger this week following the announcement at Monday’s meeting of Roscommon County Council of the intention to permanently close Castlerea Fire Station. The announcement was made by Roscommon County Council Chief Executive, Eugene Cummins, following the presentation of a report on fire services in the county by Chief Fire Officer, John Keane. The report was peer reviewed by former Dublin Chief Fire Officer, Pat Fleming. The station had been closed for three and a half years due to staffing issues. Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane, who was at Monday’s meeting, described the CEO’s decision as “outrageous” and said it would have “grave consequences”. “This is an outrageous decision by the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council. Castlerea is the second largest town in County Roscommon. It is a hugely residential town with a number of schools and factories. One of the largest prisons in the State is in the town. Despite all of this, the Chief Executive has decided that a life or death service is not necessary. This announcement is not the end, as far as I am concerned. I am going to bring this issue to the attention of the Minister this week because I believe that the statutory obligation on Roscommon County Council to provide a fire service is not being met. “People in Castlerea pay their property tax and are entitled to basic services. A Fire Service is a basic service and I will not give up on this issue until it is reinstated. This decision will have grave consequences for Castlerea,” she said.

Meanwhile, Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said that now was the time to redouble efforts to find a solution to staffing issues at the station. “Whether it is admitted or not in the report, in my opinion, one of the main contributing factors to the recent closure has been the complete breakdown in the process to find solutions to the prolonged HR situation that evolved at the station in recent years. It is well known that a number of people tried to see if a solution could be found, but unfortunately it hasn’t.

“I do hope that common sense will prevail over the coming months and I think we need to get an independent review done of the areas and their requirements,” he said. Speaking at Monday’s meeting, Mr. Cummins said that Castlerea is serviced by 18 fire services and that response times reflect national standards. He added that there were six firefighters on the payroll at Castlerea and that he was closing the station not because he wanted to, but because he “had to”.

His announcement was met by anger in the Roscommon County Council chamber, however, with a number of councillors criticising the decision. Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice said he was “bitterly disappointed”. “My argument will always be that for the size of the town and area we should have a fire service. I acknowledge that Castlerea Fire Station has been closed for three and a half years and that the statistics may say the service is relatively safe for the town. “My own view, however, is that the east side of Castlerea, if serviced by Ballyhaunis or Ballaghaderreen, is (approximately) twenty minutes’ drive away. Twenty minutes is too long in case of emergency. Other areas are very fortunate to be closer (to fire stations) and I’m very disappointed that our local station is shut. “I still think the CEO (Eugene Cummins) should reflect on his decision because, as an urban population, Castlerea is one of the furthest points from a fire station,” he said. Cllr. Orla Leyden said the public would be “aghast” at the decision while Cllr. Michael Mulligan claimed that the issues surrounding the station should have been resolved three and a half years ago. Cllrs. Kathleen Shanagher, Liam Callaghan and Tony Waldron also expressed their disappointment. Earlier, following the presentation of the report by Chief Fire Officer John Keane, Council CEO Eugene Cummins justified his decision to close the station, stating the report “confirms the county has an effective and efficient fire service” compliant with the Fire Services Act.

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As the Seanad spokesperson on Rural & Community Development & The Islands, I want to take issue with a number of points raised in an opinion piece by Independent Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, and a front-page article in last week’s edition of the Roscommon People. I want to assure the people of Roscommon/Galway that I have no intention of allowing rural Ireland to suffer, be penalised, or indeed turn into a “deserted theme park” as suggested by Deputy Fitzmaurice. I am from a farming background and have always stood up for the farm-

ing community and represented their views. I was reared on a small farm in Scramogue, and my late father and my mother – who is still happily alive – often struggled to provide for our family of six. I know first-hand the reality of life in rural Ireland, and as the only Government representative in County Roscommon, and one of only two Government reps in Roscommon/ Galway, I will not be found wanting in having a positive and rurally-focused agenda. When I have to fight and stand up within Government circles for issues facing rural Ireland, I will not be afraid to do so. Fianna Fáil brought forward and pushed for REPS 11 in the programme for Government. Fianna Fáil also pushed to ensure that small and medium-sized farmers had a fair share of

the cake. In my opinion, the changes in CAP payments will be of benefit to smaller farmers. It seems that the changes to Pillars 1 and 11 will mean that farmers may be enticed to take part in more schemes and some of those schemes will be more environmentally focused. However, I do not want to see a situation whereby farmers are bogged down in red tape, and bureaucracy must be avoided at all costs. In relation to climate change, I believe that farmers can be the great protectors of the environment, but in order to achieve this, they must be adequately compensated. I believe that in the CAP negotiations, the Irish Government, led by a Fianna Fáil Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary, will be well placed to deliver the right decisions for rural Ireland.

This Fianna Fail-led Government has committed to a new post of food Ombudsman as promised, and one of the key issues for that office will be to get a fair price for producers – including beef, lamb, and pork producers. This post of food Ombudsman was a clear commitment by Fianna Fáil and I look forward to seeing that post deliver. Fianna Fáil insisted in the programme for Government that there would be no interference with live exports during the term of this Government, and that has been agreed by all parties, including the Green Party. I should also emphasise the importance of the suckler herd to this region, and how very supportive Fianna Fáil has been of this sector. Fianna Fáil committed to fight for the agriculture portfolio and was deter-

mined to have the Minister from a rural region. While I have been very saddened by the demise of Brian Cowen in this portfolio, I have no doubt that the new Minister for Agriculture, Dara Calleary, will rise to the challenge and be specifically focused on the challenges facing the farming and rural community in the West and Midlands. In conclusion, I think it is important to point out that there is more than one voice for the farming community in this region, and over the past four years I have demonstrated that fact. I believe I am well placed to represent the people of Roscommon/Galway, and I will fight all the way to deliver for the farming community and rural Ireland. * Eugene Murphy is a Fianna Fáil Senator


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QF Hair Salon – Turning heads in Strokestown!

QF Hair Salon has added a dash of colour to the business landscape in Strokestown since opening its doors on June 29th. The salon is owned by Dubliner, Fiona Reilly, previously of Galaxy Hair & Beauty in Roscommon town. For Fiona, owning her own salon is a dream come true – and her work is already turning heads in Co. Roscommon. “We’ve been very busy since opening, thankfully. The other local businesses have been very supportive since we opened and I’m delighted to be doing business in Strokestown,” she said. Roscommon has been home to Fiona and her husband Terry for 18 years. They have raised four children here – Max (14), Jake (12), Quinn (7) and Freya (5). The two youngest, Quinn and Freya, have kindly lent their initials to their mother’s new venture! “I’ve had great help from my mam and dad and my sister and of course the rest

Fiona Reilly pictured with her husband Terry and on right with a customer at the recently opened QF Hair Salon in Strokestown.

of the family in Dublin. My husband Terry decorated the salon and even took down wallpaper and changed it when I wasn’t happy! It’s been a team effort and I’m delighted we’ve managed to turn it around so quickly,” she added. Before joining Galaxy, Fiona studied the technical aspects of hairdressing – down to the

structure of hair itself – at Longford College of Further Education. “I had a great tutor called Anne McGoey. She pushed me and helped me to realise it was possible for me to have a career in hairdressing. “I was a bit nervous starting in Galaxy with all the young stylists but I’ve worked hard to make up for lost time! Galaxy


was great and I really loved working with the girls but when Covid-19 hit I felt it was time to start up on my own. “Before lockdown, I entered the Wella ‘Trend Vision’ awards and finished in the top twenty in Ireland in the Colour Specialist Category. During lockdown I kept busy with business and hairdressing courses online. I’m also due

to finish a course in the Wella Institute in Dublin to become a Master Colour Professional. “I’ve always been interested in learning more about the structure of hair as well as what each client needs. I try to help my clients to gain an understanding of what their hair needs and what it takes to get the style the really want. “It’s not just about putting

colour in and going home… there’s a science to it. I offer a full consultation and patch test up to 48 hours beforehand. I want my customers to be really happy leaving here and to keep coming back,” she said. As well as the wide range of services she currently offers, Fiona also believes there’s a service gap for those with curly hair in the midlands. “As someone who has curly hair, I know how difficult it can be to find a specialist so I’m hoping to be able to offer a wide range of products and services at QF in the near future!” QF is a Wella salon and Fiona uses and stocks the world renowned brand as well as offering a wide range of services. Great care and attention has also been taken to ensure that QF Hair Salon complies with all Covid-19 safety measures. To book an appointment or for further information, contact QF Hair on 083-0555430 or check out Fiona’s exceptional body of work on Fiona Hair 2020 on Instagram and QF Hair on Facebook.

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LOCAL PROPERTY TAX PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCESS NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF SETTING A LOCAL ADJUSTMENT FACTOR The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Roscommon County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate.

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Éamon Ó Cúiv to speak at Fr. O’Flanagan event “People like to live and work here; it’s a place with a lot of heritage and lovely people. It’s also in the national interest that central Government supports counties like Roscommon due to the overcrowding in our cities. “I sometimes wonder what Fr. O’Flanagan would think if he was around today. He certainly wouldn’t be happy with many things or the way Roscommon has been forgotten about in some ways,” he said.


Cllr. Tony Waldron has this week confirmed that Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cúiv will be the guest speaker at an event commemorating the life and work of Fr. Michael O’Flanagan on Saturday, August 22nd in Ballintubber as part of National Heritage Week (August 15th to 23rd). Cllr. Waldron said the event provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the former Sinn Féin President and Chaplain of the first Dáil, while also highlighting Roscommon’s rich cultural heritage. “Fr. Michael O’Flanagan was an entrepreneur and an adventurer and once travelled to the United States of America with 32 sods of turf to raise funds for a cheese factory in Loughglynn. We are trying to take our inspiration from him in order to promote Roscommon as a place to live and do business,” he said. Throughout the week, Ballintubber and the Suck Valley Way will play host to a cycling, canoeing, kayaking, and other activities before Deputy Ó Cúiv delivers his talk in Donamon Castle. “Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are hoping to stream events live. There will be talks on topics such as genealogy and environmentalism, and Deputy Ó Cúiv will speak

about the life of Fr. Michael O’Flanagan at 7 pm on Saturday, August 22nd at 7 pm in Donamon Castle. He will also be visiting Clonalis House, Ballintubber Castle and Roscommon town. “Deputy Ó Cúiv has some great stories of when his grandfather Éamon De Valera visited Clonalis House, so it promises to be an interesting evening,” Cllr. Waldron added, before emphasising the importance of promoting County Roscommon as a place for tourism and business. “The county is currently at the same stage as Ireland was when it joined the EEC and it’s up to the Government to support it in order to free up space in towns and villages and increase the quality of life for those living in rural Ireland.

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Roscommon County Council will meet on 28th September, 2020 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor. Roscommon County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on individuals and local authority services.

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‘Postpone moving Sacred Heart Hospital residents’ Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said that it “beggars belief” that the HSE is planning to relocate a number of residents of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon town in the middle of the global Covid-19 pandemic. “I have grave reservations about the HSE forging ahead with plans to relocate a number of residents from the Sacred Heart Home in Roscommon” he said. It is understood that families were informed last week that their relatives will be relocated to Ballinasloe or Castlerea for three months while fire safety works take place. “I accept the fact that fire safety works need to be carried out, but surely this work could be postponed in light of the fact that we

are in the middle of a pandemic” commented Senator Murphy. “These are vulnerable and elderly patients and it is just staggering that the HSE would attempt to move residents at a time such as this. I have been in touch with the HSE about the matter and they are forging ahead with the plans, but I have made my grave reservations on the matter very clear,” said Senator Murphy. “I understand that Fire Remedial Works are due to begin on the 24th of August and will lead to the closure of Our Lady’s Ward initially, and later, St. Joseph’s Ward. I believe this work should be postponed until a later date, with further consultation with families,” concluded Senator Murphy.

Enhanced RESTART GRANT In light of the Government July Stimulus announcement on 23rd July 2020, the RESTART GRANT is temporarily suspended. An enhanced RESTART GRANT, with further funding of €300 million, will be made available to businesses in due course through local authorities. The maximum grant available will rise to €25,000 (up from €10,000) and the minimum payment will be €4,000 (up

from €2,000). Firms that accessed the Restart Grant will be eligible to apply for a second top-up payment to a total combined value of the revised minimum and maximum grant levels. The criteria for accessing the scheme will include Enterprises that have: 250 employees or less; Turnover of less than €100,000 per employee; and

Reduced turnover by 25% as a result of Covid-19 Under the revised Restart Grant, support will also be provided for enterprises that could not access the original grant scheme. Non-rated B&Bs and rateable sports businesses will be eligible for a grant payment of €4,000 (B&Bs will be eligible to apply to Failte Ireland). Further details will be provided later.

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McDermott confirms right-of-way system for Lisadurn Bridge This week, Cllr. Marty McDermott confirmed that a yield/ right-of-way system will be put in place on Lisadurn Bridge in the coming weeks in order to ensure the safety of road users. Cllr. McDermott said the bridge has been of “huge concern” to members of the public for some time. “This is an issue which was raised during my election campaign, and again when I was elected. The bridge at Lisadurn (Golf Links Road, leading to Tremane) is too narrow for two vehicles to cross at the same time and has caused confusion for road users for many years. I was very eager to deal with this important issue and I am delighted to be able to confirm that yield/right of way signage and road markings will now be put in place at the bridge. “I’d like to thank Roscommon County Council and the engineer for their swift action on this. I look forward to seeing the signage and road markings installed in the very near future so that the bridge can be made safe for road users,” he said.

Just five months after running in the General Election in Roscommon/Galway, local Green Party spokesperson Julie O’Donoghue has quit the party. Her decision to leave is the latest setback for the Greens after a torrid fortnight which also saw the departure from the party of former MEP candidate, Mayo-based Saoirse McHugh. Julie O’Donoghue only recently set up a branch of the Green Party in Roscommon. She was a first-time candidate for the Greens in the February 2020 General Election, polling a respectable 1,413 number ones. Ms. O’Donoghue, who announced details of her resignation in a number of Twitter posts on Tuesday, had earlier in that day informed party HQ of her decision by email. She told the Roscommon People on Wednesday that the party urged her to reconsider, but she had her mind made up.

The Roscommon Town resident, who works as a school teacher, said: “On Tuesday I resigned my membership of the Green Party. This is not a decision that I have taken lightly and I have given it careful consideration over a number of weeks. “I am leaving for a number of reasons but, ultimately, I no longer feel that I am a member of a party that is aligned with my own values and principles or, indeed, its own policies”. In her statement, Ms. O’Donoghue continued: “In recent weeks, I have felt increasingly disappointed by votes and decisions taken by the party and I no longer wish to be associated with the actions of this government. “I campaigned against the Programme for Government both within the party and on local and national media and voted against it. “Recent events have further confirmed for me that this Government does not reflect

the transformative change that I campaigned on during the General Election and will not deliver the fair transition to a low carbon society that the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency requires. “I have registered with the newly-formed Just Transition Greens group as I want to support the people involved and the work that they are doing but it is my hope that it will develop into a separate party committed to real system change. “I am extremely grateful to everyone who canvassed, supported and voted for me. I know that my decision has disappointed some but I am confident that it is the correct decision for me and that I am staying true to commitments that I made throughout the General Election campaign”.


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COVID-19 Waiver of Commercial Rates A 100% waiver of commercial rates applies for a 6-month period from 27 March 2020 to 27 September 2020 to all ratepayers except a small number of categories. The waiver will be applied as a credit in lieu of rates for the 6-month period covered in 2020. These excluded categories are mainly utilities, banks, large supermarkets and corporates (as below). The full waiver applies to over 100,000 ratepayers. How to apply An application to Roscommon County Council is not required. Roscommon County Council will automatically apply a 100% credit in lieu of commercial rates, for a six-month period, to classes and categories of occupied rateable property where the occupying business is not in an excluded category identified below. In the event that you qualify for a six-month credit in lieu of rates and have already paid your rates bill for 2020, a refund or credit will be arranged by Roscommon County Council. You should contact the rates department by email at to make arrangements. The Covid 19 Waiver will be applied to all eligible rate accounts by 30th September 2020. Should you wish to see this credit on your account, you can download or log on to the Rates App. This App is available to download from the App Store or from Google Play. There is also a web version available for customers who don’t have a smartphone: Alternatively, you can view it on your end of year statement.

What will happen after 27 September 2020? The potential for the waiver to extend beyond the end of September will be kept under review and any future extensions can be considered when there is greater certainty regarding the continuing impact of the pandemic on businesses and the reopening of society.

Excluded categories In recognition that there is a small number of ratepayers for whom their businesses have not been affected by the pandemic, these ratepayers will not be eligible for the automatic waiver. However, a fund is being provided for ratepayers in these categories who can demonstrate that the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on their business. These ratepayers should engage with Roscommon County Council in relation to their commercial rates. This credit does not apply to the following Excluded Categories: • Public Service • Global Utility Networks on the Central Valuation List • Vacant Properties • Individual Office Premises with an annual rates bill of €100k or greater in 2020* • Individual Industrial Premises with an annual rates bill of €100k or greater in 2020* • Supermarkets greater than 500m2 (Categories Supermarket 2 and Supermarket 3)

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• Building Societies • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing • Computer/Technology/Electronic manufacturing • Premises contracted to provide services related to the COVID 19 pandemic to/ on behalf of the State, where the State is already compensating for rates as part of the contract between the occupier or service provider and the State.

*Individual premises refers to all property valued under a single property number.

Businesses in the excluded categories above may seek eligibility from Roscommon County Council if it can be shown the business was severely impacted by the pandemic. The Council may request documentary evidence to support eligibility. In this circumstance, please apply to before 5pm on Friday 4th September 2020. Martin Lydon, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council

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Three Roscommon beneficiaries of Begin Together Fund

Vita House/South Roscommon Family Resource Centre, Lough Ree Angling Club and the Roscommon branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland are among the 116 projects to receive support from Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Fund. The financial support will help local community groups and non-profit organisations continue to serve their communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. The three Roscommon grantees will each receive up to €5,000 to support a range of projects and initiatives spanning mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing.

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A Roscommon Broadsheet: poems, song lyrics, flash fiction Roscommon County Council Arts Office has announced details of a new literary initiative as part of its Literary Development Programme for 2020. The new initiative comes in the guise of a literary broadsheet. The broadsheet will be published before the end of the year and will include selected poems, song lyrics and flash fiction from Roscommon poets, songwriters and fiction writers.

The emphasis of the broadsheet will be on unpublished work, however previously published work will be read and considered. To qualify for submission, writers must have a strong Roscommon connection (born in, living in, working in, parents or grandparents from). Roscommon poets are being invited to submit poems no longer than 60 lines in length (there is no minimum line length).

Roscommon songwriters are invited to submit song lyrics no longer than 60 lines (there is no minimum line length). Roscommon fiction writers are invited to submit flash fiction pieces with a maximum word limit of 300 for each story submitted. Full details are available on the Arts page on Roscommon County Council website (http://www.

community/arts-office/literature. html). Email all submissions to The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 11th of September 2020. Enquiries to roscwir@ A Roscommon Broadsheet (working title) is edited by Roscommon County Council Literary Programme Advisor, Gerry Boland, with guest editor Jane Clarke.

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Padraig Maloney of Doogra, Ballaghaderreen raised €4,918 for Mayo-Roscommon Hospice by walking 10km a day in June to mark his 71st birthday. He is pictured presenting the funds to Angelina Nugent, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Mayo-Roscommon Hospice.

Boyle Arts Festival: Children’s Art Exhibition – Life After Lockdown!

Boyle Arts Festival is inviting children aged 3-16 to enter a work of art to their 2020 Children’s Art Exhibition, which will be exhibited around the town. The entry can be in any media, for example a drawing, painting, photograph or collage. The subject is Life after Lockdown, so it could be anything that they are now looking forward to doing: meeting friends or relatives, playing sport, going back to school or going on holiday or even anything that they will miss about lockdown. The maximum size is A4 (210 x 297mm) and this should be stuck onto card, with the title, name, age and contact telephone number on the back. Entry is free and limited to one per person and all art can be handed in at the Courtyard Market in the grounds of King House, Boyle on Saturday, 15th of August, between 10 am and 2 pm. The committee said: “We are extremely grateful to Better Buy and Surprises for kindly offering to sponsor this event. We look forward to seeing your work of art. For any queries, please email info@ boylearts. com By Artist: Maeve Fahey

Audrey Dalton Gleeson has been appointed as the first Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP) in Acute Medicine at the Medical Assessment Unit, Roscommon University Hospital. RANPs are the highest level of clinical experts in the nursing profession in Ireland today. Audrey graduated from New York University in 2006 with a Masters Degree in Nursing as an Advanced Nurse Practitionerm, and gained vast experience while working in New York in the Urgent Care Centre at Fordham University, the Emergency Department at Albert Einstein University Hospital and Montefiore Hospital. After returning from New York in 2014, Audrey began working in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway and in 2016, transferred to the Urgent Care Centre at Roscommon University Hospital after completing a semester in NUIG Galway as part of the process for registration.

In November 2019, Audrey was awarded Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and was officially appointed as an RANP to the Medical Assessment Unit recently. She is the first RANP in acute medicine for Roscommon University Hospital. Speaking of her role, Audrey said: “The Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) is a dedicated facility within the hospital that acts as the focus for medical care for patients who have been referred to the unit by their GP. I assess and diagnose patients in collaboration with the Consultant and Registrar. “As an RANP, I am able to independently prescribe appropriate medication, appropriate diagnostics, admit, evaluate or refer to other specialists if necessary”. Mary Garvey, General Manager, said: “I am delighted to welcome Audrey to the Medical Assessment Unit as RANP. Audrey’s appointment is a significant development for our service”. Audrey Dalton Gleeson

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It was all fine to say ‘go to Tulsk’. The greatest snowstorm in living memory was raging at the time 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 Well, time marches on…Roscommon was the first county to elect a Member of Parliament who would give a pledge to abstain from attending the British House of Commons, Count Plunkett. I well remember that election. We in Roscommon got word from the late Father Michael O’Flanagan, the message came from Boyle and gave instructions that we were to proceed to Tulsk, form an election committee there and start work on the register of voters, etc. It was all fine to say “go to Tulsk”. The greatest snowstorm in living memory was raging at the time. We held a meeting in Willie McCrann’s and decided to get to Tulsk somehow. We made a start about 6 am. We had an old Ford car and we took three shovels. We got as far as the Ranelagh School when the car was buried in the snow. We tried to clear a track for it but no good. We turned the car around and got back to town with a message to send out a horse and sidecar. We got a short distance but the same story. The horse and car went back. So there was nothing for us to do but walk to Tulsk. We encountered snowdrifts nine feet high and we had to take to the fields to bypass them, and then again parts of the road were quite clear. However, we arrived in Tulsk about midday, five

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whacking the big drum and after a while six or seven young men arrived and we formed the committee. We returned to Ros a very tired party, but a good day’s work was done.

The Roscommon Militia The Militia men were reserves of ‘The Connaught Rangers’ regiment with Headquarters at Boyle. They did a month’s training each year, and were liable to be called up at any time to fight for England. They were recruited from all towns and villages in the county. Roscommon town supplied twenty to thirty men. They walked to Boyle and when they returned after the month there was a hot time in the old town for a few days and nights. Most of them took part in the South African War and although they went through the thick of the fight they all came back safe, except a few that were slightly wounded. At that time there was an old saying: “A day late like the Roscommon Militia”. I don’t know the origin of the saying.

The Roscommon Church Choir

Church Street, Roscommon. Photograph courtesy of Pat Hughes

of a party. When we entered George Kelly’s shop a very tired lot, George greeted us as follows “What in the name of God brought you chaps here today?” In reply we said: “Give us a drink and something to eat and then we will talk to you”. After we were refreshed we explained our mission. George said it was hopeless, that no man could come to Tulsk, and all were snowbound. Never say die, we got the key of the band room and started

This was one of the best in Ireland. Mr. Hanratty was the first choirmaster 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 Yeomen 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 five or six 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 continues in coming weeks)


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Criminal gangs still targeting rural areas Our columnist is enjoying The Young Offenders, but not the activities of the real-life criminal fraternity. He is enjoying the return of the T-bone steak. Meanwhile, Frank’s uplifted by the progress of a well-known team in Manchester…and even more enthusiastic about the youth policy of Creggs GAA Club… It’s Monday morning as I write, and out here in Creggs our local Neighbourhood Watch scheme has alerted us to the fact that there is a vehicle (or its occupant/s) acting suspiciously in the area. In view of the upsurge in the theft of dogs, along with the continuing theft of

tools, machinery, trailers and other farmyard items, sadly it is vitally important that such a service exists in rural Ireland. Over the weekend I met a friend who told me that in the recent past he has been robbed of a generator, a consaw (whatever that is), an angle grinder, and other miscellaneous tools from his garage, a property which is relatively secluded and well hidden. Despite that, it was not safe from the ‘eagle eyes’ of our thieving predators, so I suppose the message is (even during this pandemic) to be wary of unusual activities in your area, and keep everything that can be moved under lock and key. As for me, I’m keeping an eye out, even as I’m writing this, although in truth I haven’t much that would be any good to a self-respecting robber. However, it is a sad reflection on the deterioration of our society that our little local communities are constantly being targeted by criminal gangs. I wondered last Friday, on the 43rd anniversary of my father’s passing, what he would have thought of our present-day criminality, and

would he believe that the rural practice of never locking the front door is now a complete no-no. The whole approach nowadays seems to be about exploiting everything to one’s own advantage, regardless of the cost (in every way) to the people who suffer. On today’s papers the very fact that so many of our own citizens illegally took advantage of the Covid payments shows that we are now a very ‘Mé Féin’ society. More than 11,000 false claims have been discovered, saving our hardpressed finances more than €45 million, but there can be no doubt that those discoveries are but a tip of the iceberg, and there are undoubtedly many more recipients of the Covid payments who shouldn’t be getting it at all. I suppose because it’s coming from the State it doesn’t seem to be wrong, because, as they say, ‘no-one is getting hurt’. Still, just like the gangs who are going around our areas taking stuff that doesn’t belong to them, the social welfare scammers are every bit as guilty.

GAA games can take more than 200 people! Last Saturday evening, along with 199 other hardy souls, I headed to the football pitch in Oran for the first round of the Intermediate Football Championship between our own local lads, Creggs, and our old foes, Kilbride. It was my first experience of the 200-people rule at outdoor gatherings. In my opinion there is no need to keep the numbers so low. In fairness, everything was properly organised by (I presume) the Oran club and the County Board, and the grounds were a credit to the host club. It was all-ticket entry. We were checked in on arrival, but there is no doubt that around the full area of a football ground – with proper social distancing – loads more supporters could be accommodated. I parked myself on the side of the pitch about 50 yards from one of the goals, and all the way from there round behind the goal to my left there were only five other people, so at least half the pitch-side had no spectators at all. The good news from our point of view is that, after a

slow start, we went on to win the game. The fact that we had a couple of 18-year-old lads, Eoin Browne and Thomas Crean, play so well is a hopeful sign for the future. So it’s full steam ahead for next Saturday when we take on St. Aidan’s in Creggs and hopefully keep up our winning ways. Sticking with sport, and it is no secret that I have been a long-time supporter of Man. Utd., and so on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm I parked myself in front of the telly to watch as they attempted to secure a Champions League place by either drawing or winning at Leicester City. History will show that they succeeded in their mission, luckily winning by two goals to nil. I have to admit that it was a great result for us, but the truth is that there was a lot more intensity, passion and effort shown by both teams in Oran on the previous evening than was shown by the multimillionaires of United, who played as if they were out for a Sunday stroll. They looked tired – mentally and physically

Loving The Young Offenders…

Last week on TV we had the eagerly-awaited return of The Young Offenders. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I have to say I enjoy it. You would be hard set to find better characters anywhere than the two main lads, Conor and Jock. Conor, played by Alex Murphy, is such an idiot that he is almost unbelievable. Jock is a good deal cuter, but still an ass (and perfectly played by Chris Walley). However, the star of the show for me is the ‘outrageously mad’ Billy Murphy, played by Shane Casey. He must be one of the zaniest characters ever dreamt up by any scriptwriter. In previous series he was more a bit part player. This time around I really hope they give him more screen time. He is just such a total ‘loose cannon’. There can’t be another one like him anywhere in the world of drama (I think that’s what it is). While for some reason it doesn’t seem to be as fashionable as the likes of Derry Girls, I love The Young Offenders, and can’t wait to see how mad Billy can become. PJ Gallagher is another actor who plays his part well, so all told it’s good to have it back and I look forward to seeing how it all works out in the rest of the series.

For peat’s sake

There can be no doubt that one of the beneficiaries of the global pandemic has been the gardening sector. For the last five months, loads of people, myself included, who had never previously shown much aptitude for or interest in gardening suddenly found themselves spending loads of time in the garden, out in the fresh air and appreciating the beauty and wonder of the many different types of plants and flowers. Now, one of the most important items for any garden is moss peat, and while you can buy bags of moss peat/compost in any garden centre or even the odd supermarket, a fellow I know was asking where you could get a trailer-load of it, and he wondered if Bord na Mona – who apparently have mountains of it – would make it available to the public. It seems they are turning to green energy, and won’t be using peat products for the generation of power any more, so he thought – as a goodwill gesture – they could sell it off at a reduced price to would-be gardeners, who would make good use of it. If he is right, and it’s being stockpiled in huge heaps on our decreasing number of active bogs, then it would make great sense to let it go, reduce their surplus stock, get a few bob in, and help the gardeners of the country as they try to brighten up their lives. It’s one of those win-win situations, with no seeming downsides.

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– which is understandable after their recent exertions since the pandemic lockdown, and it would be churlish of me not to acknowledge their fantastic finish to the season. To finish third, after being – in racing terms – left at the post, is a fantastic achievement, and they played some

very good football on the way. Please God things will be back to normal next season and grounds will reopen to fans – and if my friend, Martin Logan, over there in Manchester is reading this, he might still figure a way to get me to Old Trafford.

Finally for this week, back in the day one of my great gastronomic delights was a good lump of Tbone steak. Even though it would only be an occasional treat, it was hard to beat…well done, with a load of mushrooms and onions, and a few chips. It was simply delicious, definitely my favourite meal of all. Then, as a result of the foot and mouth scare back in the early part of this century, Europe decided that the T-bone could no longer be sold, and sadly it disappeared from our lives. Now I have no idea how long it is since it made its comeback, but recently I have seen it being advertised by different retailers and butchers, and yesterday evening I had my first big T-bone for many a year. I can report that it has lost none of its flavour or taste. It wasn’t cheap, but after so long it was just wonderful – and is definitely back on my shopping list. Please God Europe doesn’t decide to ban it again.

‘Till next week, bye for now


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Local politicians have been reacting to the Government’s July Stimulus package. Minister of State at the Department of Health, Frank Feighan, said the July Stimulus package is a €7.4 billion package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19.

He said: “The government is committed to supporting workers, businesses and families in the months and years ahead who have felt the negative impact of this pandemic. The overriding priority of the Government remains the wellbeing and health of our citizens. In this package we have focused on our economy and supporting businesses to retain

and employ as many people as possible going forward”. Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said that the July Stimulus package will address the need for balanced regional development. “The package includes an increase of €10m for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme to help our rural towns and villages

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CAP funding ‘not consistent with EU plans for farming under the EU Green Deal’ Reacting to the outcome of the talks IFA President Tim Cullinan said that while a deal was needed, the funding provided for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) over the next seven years is not consistent with the EU’s aspirations for farming as part of the European Green Deal. “On the one hand the Commission wants farmers to take costly actions to implement the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, but on the other hand they don’t want to provide the necessary funding,” he said. “The overall allocation for CAP is down approximately 9% at constant prices, compared to the previous seven years. The Government will need to come forward with significant co-financing to protect payments,” he said. “What farmers will want to know is how these figures, to-

gether with national co-financing from the Government, will translate into payments at farm level. “The Taoiseach now needs to give a clear commitment to all farmers that their payments will at least be maintained in real terms during the transition in 2021/2022 and beyond when the new CAP comes into play,” Mr. Cullinan continued. “These talks were difficult with pushback from the so-called frugal countries reducing funding for rural development from the recovery fund from €15bn to €7.5bn during the talks,” he said. “While there is a ring-fenced ‘additional allocation’ for Ireland under rural development of €300m, the Government will need to provide significant National co-financing to support these programmes,” Mr. Cullinan concluded.

A good number of stock presented for sale last week and demand and trade has remained strong with a good attendance of buyers present trying to source stock for further feeding. Bullocks in particular with good quality lots on offer met a very lively trade while the other categories were similar to previous weeks with quality again the driving force behind the prices obtained.

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made from €980 to €1770 for a AA cow and her Chx bull calf at foot. Springer cows made from €1090 to €1220 per head. Calves/runners: Prices ranged from €270 to €680 for continental lots. Weanling heifers: Ch 350kgs €900 Ch 340kgs €850 BBx 430kgs €1040 Ch 445kgs €1000 Hex 260kgs €530. Weanling bulls: AAx 270kgs €710 Ch 270kgs €700 AA 255kgs €660 Six 385kgs €900 Six 325kgs €820 Ch 375kgs €840. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday, 30th (today) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with restriction in place regarding Covid-19.

Roscommon Mart report Dry cows, heifers & bullocks – Friday, July 24th: There were similar numbers on offer this week with improved prices for all stock. Bullocks averaged from €2.14 per kilo up to €2.95 per kilo. There was a complete clearance of heifers, with lots fetching from €2.34 per kilo up to €2.87 kilo. Dry cows averaged from €1.76 per kilo up to €2.23 per kilo with all lots sold. Buyers were active both online and at the ringside, with sellers

also taking advantage of the LSL bidding app to view their stock being sold. Friday, July 31st: Sale for bullocks, heifers, dry cows and weanlings. Please note sales will commence at 11 am. Intake is from 7.30-9.30 am. Viewing by appointment from 10-10.45 am. There is limited access to the ring for buyers only. Our online bidding facility with LSL can also be used. Gates close at 9.45 am. Dry cows ranged from €1.76 up to €2.23 per kilo. Sample prices: Char X 825kgs €1560, Lim X 640kgs €1430, Lim X 755kgs €1360, AAX 725kgs €1290, Lim X 700kgs €1290, Lim X 650kgs €1240, Simm 660kgs €1180, 2 Lim X 637.5kgs €1180, HEX 650kgs €1200, SHX 675kgs €1200, Char X 690kgs €1220, Simm X 640kgs €1100. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.34 per kilo up to €2.87 per kilo. Sample prices: AUX 540kgs €1250, Lim X 520kgs €1200, Char X 445kgs €1170, 2 Char X 382.50kgs €1100, Char X 425kgs €1080, Char X 415kgs €1140, Char X 410kgs €1170, 2 Char X 460kgs €1150, Lim X 365kgs €920, HEX 440kgs €1020, 2 Lim x 382kgs €960, Char X 345kgs €910. Bullocks ranged from an average of €2.14 per kilo up to €2.95 per kilo. Sample prices: Simm X 770kgs €1660, Lim X 660kgs €1460, Char X 520kgs

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Use the pandemic to purge your


It’s the final fling, the last bank holiday weekend of the summer (if you could call it a summer) – however, in order to flatten the Covid curve, we’re all being urged to stay home and abide by the social distancing guidelines. While many of us have no problem staying put (myself included), the fact is many readers are getting bored, frustrated, fed up and fatigued. But never fear – because your friendly local newspaper

has the perfect solution to your dilemma, and it’s this: use the time to declutter! It’s a known fact (and I can vouch for this) that clutter creates stress. This is especially true if you live in a small house and one of you (not me) hoards! Now, while we know there’s nothing wrong with binging on episodes of Breaking Bad or Queen of the South, your weekend would be much more productive if you cleared out that closet, binned those out of date magazines and trawled through those

cupboards, throwing out those mouldy jars of jam and packets of pasta!

The kitchen presses Why are you holding onto that rancid jar of peanut butter? Are you actively looking to contract salmonella? No! Then scoop out the contents, put them into the bin, wash the jar and recycle it! If you’ve got any unused, still sealed

items within their sellby or best-before dates, donate them to a local food bank charity.

Dishes, mugs and utensils Ask yourself this question – how many of these items do I need per person in my home? Let me put it to you this way…we had six travel coffee mugs in our house…for two people!

Four of these were still in boxes, unopened and untouched. They’ve been donated, as have the unopened, hand-held vegetable spiralizers I’ve never used. Have you got a stack of wrapping paper lying around? Here’s what you do: sanitise your drawers, and once they’re thoroughly dried, give them a pop of colour by using the

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Country cottage with lands on the market in Moyne Sherry Fitzgerald P. Burke are pleased to offer new to the market this impressive six-bedroomed dormer family home featuring circa 6.35 acres with a detached annex and located at Moyne, Ballaghaderreen. The unique property is nestling on circa 6.35 acres of fields that are resplendent with flowers. There’s also a garage and annex, all conveniently located a short distance (seven minutes) from Ballaghaderreen town, 45 minutes from Westport, 35 minutes from Castlebar, 40 minutes from Sligo and 25 minutes from Knock. The property comes with an asking price of in excess of €180,000

from selling agent David at Sherry Fitzgerald P. Burke, Goff Street, Roscommon. The impressive detached residence provides a bright and airy ambience right throughout and affords unsurpassable views of the sweeping lawn and fields that surround the property, with excellent views of the rolling hillside. Accommodation comprises six large double bedrooms including two ensuites and a number of walkin wardrobes. There is a large kitchen/dining room with a fitted kitchen and inserted solid fuel stove in the living room. The property also has

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• 3 bed detached cottage and good quality land of C.22.89 acres. • Located in a much sought after area with fabulous views of the countryside. • Cottage in need of complete refurbishment. Ideal for a DIY lover. • 5 minutes from Drumshanbo town. • Internally hall, living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. • Externally no of outbuildings, large farmyard, farm. • BER : exempt


• C.1 acre site being sold subject to planning permission. • Located in a sought after residential area of Cloonach, Strokestown. • It is approximately 5 minutes from Strokestown and 10 minutes from Roscommon town. • This site boasts fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. • Close to all amenities schools, supermarkets, church, restaurants, playschool.


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Prime Elphin property with Earley’s

This week, John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is offering to the market a quality property in Elphin town centre, ideal for residential conversion option. Price guide: €80,000 ono. John describes the property as being a “quality residential/commercial property centrally located in Elphin village, beside all amenities”. The said property offers spacious accommodation throughout. Ground floor consists of a shop unit (circa 400 square feet) fitted out as a butcher shop, kitchen area with toilet servicing (circa 200 square feet), and two store rooms (circa 300 square feet). 1st floor consists of a one-bedroomed apartment, comprising of landing area, kitchen/living room, utility room, shower room and one bedroom offering circa 415 square feet in total. To arrange maps or for further details contact John Earley (FIPAV), Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579, email jearley@ or log on to You can also find us on Facebook.

Strong demand for farmland – Naughton Sean Naughton Auctioneers are very pleased to report a strong demand for farmland in recent months. Sean has disposed of a number of farms in the past few weeks. One such sale was ten acres at Newtown, Ballymurray which had a guide price of €8,000 per acre. It is a lovely parcel of land and Sean is pleased with the outcome. Solicitor with carriage of sale was Roddy McCrann, (T.V.) McCrann & Son, Church Street, Roscommon. Sean also reported sale agreed on a 40-acre residential farm at Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. This property was sold in three lots and Sean was very pleased with the price secured. For further information please contact the office on 0906625080 or email

Church Street, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon

David Diffley’s sale of the week – in Strokestown This week, David Diffley (MIPAV, TVR) of Property Partners Earley is pleased to advise that he has closed the sale of a primely located four-bedroomed residence located at Church Street, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon for “a very satisfactory price”. David said: “We have

Elphin town centre

Final offers invited for Stonecourt apartment

experienced a very busy selling period with quality properties attracting strong interest in all areas. Due to demand, we are now seeking properties in all areas for disappointed underbidders and cash buyers. We welcome all submissions and offer a free appraisal service”.

For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) at Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090 66 26579, email ddiffley@ or log on to



This week, David Diffley (MIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is inviting final offers above €80,000 for a quality two-bedroomed duplex apartment located at 23, Stonecourt, The Square, Roscommon. David commented on the property, saying: “Property Partners Earley are pleased to invite final offers after €80,000 for a primely-located duplex apartment located in the heart of Roscommon town in the popular Stonecourt complex. “The property boasts quality, spacious living accommodation throughout and with the benefit of free parking facilities at the front and rear of the complex”. This is a quality investment property to come available and the auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and final offers after €80,000 to sell. E1. For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact David Diffley (MIPAV, TRV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email Institute of Professional Auctioneer & Valuers

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All offers after €50,000 to sell.

All offers after €215,000 to sell.




SCRAMOGUE (JUST OF MAIN N5 STROKESTOWN TO DUBLIN ROUTE), All offers after €190,000 to sell.

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A most attractive bungalow residence in need of renovation and modernisation located adjacent to Ballyleague village on the main Roscommon/Longford route. The said property stands on a generous site area of approx. 0.65 of an acre with an attached garage set to the side and with an open storage shed set to the rear. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €50,000 to sell. BER: G

A luxury 4 B/R detached residence of approx. 1,965 sq.ft presented for sale in show-house condition throughout. This stunning property sits on a large and mature site area of approx. 1.26 acres in a peaceful countryside location close to just off the main N63 Roscommon/Lanesboro route. Offering spacious living accommodation and all modern conveniences, this is a quality family home that must be viewed to be fully appreciated. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €215,000 to sell. BER: C3.

A beautifully presented 4 B/R dormer style residence standing on a wonderfully mature site area of approx. 1.4 acres with a substantial garage of approx. 670 sq.ft set to the side. The said property has been carefully maintained and is presented for sale in excellent condition throughout by its present owners. Offering spacious living accommodation throughout and within only minutes drive of Strokestown and the main N5 Dublin/Western route, this is a must view property. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €190,000 to sell. BER: C2. Joint Selling Agents: Kieran Leavy & Associates, Strokestown. 071 96 34737.

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


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• GALWAY ROAD, ROSCOMMON TOWN • HYDE COURT, ROSCOMMON TOWN • FOURMILEHOUSE, CO. ROSCOMMON • BALLYMURRAY, CO. ROSCOMMON • CONVENT CLOSE, ROSCOMMON TOWN Please contact our office in confidence if you have a property to sell in the above areas or indeed anywhere in County Roscommon.


Quality 4 Bedroom Bungalow Residence with detached outbuildings (containing a workshop and an office/Granny Flat) set on 2.3 Acres of Land situated convenient to Roscommon Town in what is considered a sought-after residential location, within close proximity to Schools, Shops etc. A most impressive property and we now invite viewings and all offers to sell.

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Three-bedroomed bungalow at Corramore, Kiltoom

Parkview, Lisnamult

Quality residence in Roscommon town On the market with REA Seamus Carthy, is a quality three-bedroomed, semi-detached residence with detached fuel store, conveniently located in Roscommon town. The property is situated within the residential estate of Parkview, Lisnamult, within walking distance to all amenities in Roscommon town. No.10, Parkview is presented in good condition and benefits from a garden to the front and rear. Internally, this quality, semi-detached home comprises of kitchen, sitting/ dining room, living room, bathroom and three bedrooms. This is a quality home in a highly convenient location in Roscommon town. Seamus now invites offers for what is considered excellent value for money. Guide price €125,000. Contact REA Seamus Carthy today on 090 66 30001 or to arrange a viewing.

This three-bedroomed bungalow, sitting on a large site of circa 0.53 acres, is in an excellent location, just a short distance from the Hodson Bay Hotel and Athlone Town centre. It’s on the books of Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers. In need of modernisation, this property represents excellent value and offers huge potential for future expansion and renovation. There are an array of outbuildings adjacent with concerete yard. There’s a host of additional features including laid lawns to the front and rear, six stables, a shed to the rear (21`4” x 14`10”), an open shed to the rear (17`5” x 12`3”) and another shed to the front (15`3” x 13`2”). Services include mains water electricty and septic tank. Accommodation includes porch to the

front, reception hallway, living room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, back hallway, three bedrooms and bathroom. This property is popular for viewing and has attracted huge interest since arriving on the market. In order to secure your appointment contact the office on 09066 63700 or info@connaughtonauctioneers. ie. The Maples, Strokestown

Impressive residence on market with REA Seamus Carthy

Curraghroe, Roscommon

Old primary school has fantastic potential Re-advertised for sale due to cancellation, the unique opportunity is once again available to acquire the old primary school in Curraghroe, Roscommon. It’s on the books of Hughes & Co. While the school has not been in use for almost 20 years, it has been well

maintained and can easily be converted into residential accommodation, subject to planning permission being granted. 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 to Scramogue Road. For further details, or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090 6627003 or email

On the market with REA Seamus Carthy is this most impressive, four-bedroomed, detached, two-storey family home, situated within the highly sought-after residential estate of The Maples, Strokestown. No. 30, The Maples is presented in excellent condition, both internally and externally. The subject property is set within walking distance to all amenities in Strokestown including supermarkets, schools, etc. A quality family home in an exceptional and sought-after residential estate is now available. The subject property is available for sale through our online auction platform, on the 3rd of September with a guide price of €150,000. For more information, contact REA Seamus Carthy today on 090 66 30001 or or log on to

The Maples, Strokestown


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Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Tel. (090) 6663700. Mob. (086) 8985013 • NEW TO MARKET c.32.70 Acres in 3 Lots at

Araghty & Keenagh (Clanrickard), Athleague Co. Roscommon


c.1.75 Acres at “St. Trea’s”, Clooncun West, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway F45 ET86 4 B/R Residence on

• Prime Parcel of Good Quality Lands Close to Athleague Village • Can Be Sold as One Lot or in Separate Lots Lot 1

c.17.50 Acres at Araghty (Corner Field)

Lot 2

c.10.30 Acres at Keenagh Clanrickard (Four Roads Road)

Lot 3

c.4.90 Acres (Main Galway Road)

Lot 4

Entire Property – c.32.70 Acres

• Luxury 4 B/R Bedroom American Style Residence • Standing on c.1.75 Acres c.1 Mile from Glenamaddy • Spacious Living Accommodation Throughout • Detached Garage to Rear • Commanding Views of Surrounding Countryside

PUBLIC AUCTION c.17.25 Acres at

Newtown Ballinamore Bridge Co. Galway

• Prime Parcel of Lands c.17.25 Acres • Extensive Road Frontage in Renowned Farming District • Potential for Sites (Subject to P/P)

Public Auction – Friday 28th August @ 4pm Venue: On The Lands For further details contact the office on 090-6663700

To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700 Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated

Legal: Staunton Caulfield Solicitors, Athleague Tel: 090-6663814

NEW TO MARKET c.13.50 Acres at

NEW TO MARKET 5 B/R Residence on c.12.5 Acres at

NEW TO MARKET 3 B/R Residence on c.0.78 Acres at

Toberrory, Ballinagare Co. Roscommon

Scrine, Rahara, Co. Roscommon F42 FC64

Breanamore Loughglynn Co. Roscommon F45 PN29

For further details contact the office on 090-6663700

• Prime Parcel of Good Quality Lands • Located in Renowned Farming District, just off N5 Road • Huge Potential with Commanding Views • Convenient to Tulsk, Ballinagare, Elphin & Castlerea For further details contact the office on 090-6663700

• 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 • Complete to a High Specification/ Finish • Unrivalled Views of Surrounding Countryside • Residence & 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

• Luxury 3 B/R Bungalow Residence • Standing on c.0.78 Acres • Magnificent Views of Adjoining Countryside • Detached Garage to Rear • Located off Ballinlough to Loughglynn road. To arrange a viewing, contact the office on 090-6663700 Viewings at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays also accommodated


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PropertyPeople Auctioneers & Valuers PSRA no. 001090

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

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New to the Market: -


circa 26.5 acres of top-quality land at


The lands are located ½ mile off the main Tulsk to Roscommon Road. Compact farm located close to Roscommon Town. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail ------------------------------------------------------------------------


Large 4 Bedroomed Bungalow on a large corner site which would be suitable of further development subject to planning permission being granted at


Accommodation consists of a Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Downstairs Bedroom, Utility, Toilet with WHB. Upstairs has 4 Bedrooms with one EnSuite, Bathroom and a nice private garden to the rear. The Residence is finished to a high standard and situated in one of Roscommon’s most sought - after areas within walking distance of all local amenities. Viewing is highly recommended. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail ------------------------------------------------------------------------

MEADOW - TO LET • Circa 20 Acres at Newtown, Donamon

Dysart, Co. Roscommon

Thriving Convenience/ Hardware Store – “Thomas Street Stores” – for sale in Dysart village Oates Auctioneers invite offers for this unique property – ‘Thomas Street Stores’ – in Dysart, Co. Roscommon. The property is situated in a pivotal position on a very busy junction benefiting from a high volume of passing trade within a large catchment area, this established business is being sold as a going concern. Offering a wide range of products including hardware, petrol, diesel, farm supplies, animal remedies, grocery, cold deli etc. This property comprises large shop unit, 3-bedroom residential accommodation, large agricultural store and yard to the rear. Please contact Oates Auctioneers for further details, Church Street, Roscommon town, telephone: 090 6627878. E-mail; Website:

For sale – cottage on elevated site

This week, Hughes & Company have a cottage available for sale at the Derrane road, on an elevated site, located conveniently to the local church and school. The property is located only three miles from Roscommon town. This is an ideal opportunity for somebody to acquire a property with huge development potential, convenient to all amenities. For further details, contact the office on 09066 27003 or email

Strong interest in lands at Ballinasloe This week, Hughes & Company are confirming that they are at an advanced stage of negotia-

• Circa 50 Acres at Dysart. Can be let in two lots if required. Meadow or grazing unit 31st January 2021. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

tions on the sale of circa 25 acres at Cloonultry, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon. The lands have excellent road frontage and have the benefit of an old derelict residence thereon, and are situated approximately two miles from Ballinasloe, just off the old Ballinasloe to Athlone road. Pat is confirming that most of the lands are of good quality but have been neglected over recent years, with some reclamation works being required. It would be an ideal opportunity for local farmers to increase their holding or for somebody looking for a site with huge potential convenient to Athlone and Ballinasloe. For further details, contact the office on 09066 27003 or email info@ pathughesauctioneers. com.


Unique opportunity to acquire two excellent properties for the price of one in this much sought-after location adjacent to Newtowncashel Village and Barley Harbour famed for its excellent boating and fishing. The primary residence is a modern 3-bedroom property finished to a very high standard by its present owners with no expense spared. The second property consists of a traditional 1 bedroom two storey residence. The property is situated on c. 1 acre of manicured gardens with water ponds and waterfalls filled naturally by a new water collection system. Price Region: €249,950 BER Rating: B3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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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 Rating: C1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------




Unique opportunity to acquire a ready to go development site with full planning permission granted in 2017 for 6 impressive detached 2 storey residences each with its own treatment plant and no local needs requirements. Spacious design offering a mix of house types each on c. 0.5 acre site within the village with all local amenities within walking distance and only 5 minutes’ drive from Athlone Town Centre. Selling to all offers over €35,000 per site. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

New to the Market: -

‘Corriga’, Lanesboro Road, Roscommon Town, F42 X018

‘Corriga’ is an exceptional five-bedroom detached family home standing on large private mature gardens within walking distance of Roscommon Town. It compromises of c. 4000 sq. ft. with an additional 1200 sq. ft. of garage/shed space on c. 2.5 acres site. Spacious accommodation includes entrance hallway, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, living room, conservatory, office, utility, 5 large bedrooms -2 ensuite, family bathroom and a large balcony overlooking the front gardens. Price Region: €495,000. Ber: D1

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:


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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GROUP MEETINGS Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon town Tuesdays, 9.00pm Thursdays, 1.00pm Saturdays, 8.30pm Sundays, 12 noon

Tel: 01 4538988 or 091 767777


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Appointments any time and walk ins on Fridays Please call Helen 087 6833053


Complete Chimney Services

Chimney Cleaning

• Power brush and vacuum technology for cleaning chimneys, stoves, ranges and open fires

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

Department of Health Approved

Cloonchambers, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

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

By Appointment Only –

087 2982214

Tel: Catriona Byrne DIP CHFP



Telephone: 086 8433433

Roscommon West Business Park, Circular Road, Roscommon. David Connor

BSC (Hon.) Chiro. MSc. Chiropractic Association of Ireland

VHI and Laya Covered



087 9268424


l General Building Extensions & Roofing l Groundworks l Renovations

Strokestown, Co. Roscommon stephenrockcasey@

Department of Health Approved

EVERY FRIDAY St. Joseph’s Resource Centre, Boyle For appointment


• House Visits • Insoles and Orthotics Prescribed • Chiropody Services

Clinics also in Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar



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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

DSA/ADI (UK) RSA MIAM ROSPA Approved Driving Instructor Former BSM Driving Instructor and UK advanced Met. Police Driver. GIFT VOUCHER CARDS AVAILABLE Castlerea & Roscommon

EDT Lessons Available Telephone:

094 96 20099

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?


• 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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This driving School conforms for the new RSA regulations & legislation

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Roscommon Driving School Telephone:

090 66 61102 Road Safety Authority Approved Driving Instructor

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For appointment: (094) 96 21647 / (089) 4142233 • Home visits • 20 years experience

Mark Kilgallon B.Sc Podiatry (Hons) M.Ch.S.I.


< WANTED TO RENT 2, 3, 4 bay slatted shed for winter. No silage needed. Cash/ exchange for sheep grazing. Tel. 086 8435974.

< 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: Good quality top soil. Tel: 086 3776948.

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

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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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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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HOME IMPROVEMENTS All types of Roof Cleaning, Ridge Tile Repairing, Gutter Cleaning, Facia & Soffitts and Sealed Gutter Repairing All types of Driveway Cleaning Also Patio Cleaning, Houses and Walls

Contact: Gerry: 085 287 9599

087 2721193 WALTER BEGLEY

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


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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


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To advertise, telephone 090 66 34633 or email

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-bed apartment. Fully furnished. Private parking. Quiet area in Roscommon town. Tel. 086 8538519.


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Tel. 086 7866774 GARDENING SERVICES Including: • Hedge Cutting • Hedge Planting • Grass Cutting • Spraying • Strimming • Weeding • Garden Tidy-ups • Planting • Gutter Cleaning, etc. Chainsaw work also available

20 years experience treating babies to adults. Everyday aches & pains to sports injuries. Physical Therapy CranioSacral Therapy Medical Dry Needling Prescription Orthotics Pilates – Small Classes

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Phone Alan on:

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< 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



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@

Storage facility available in Ballyfarnon (Close to Boyle and Carrick on Shannon areas). Ideal for storing belongings for personal or business reasons. Short or long term contracts. Keen rates. Available from late September 2020. Tel. 087 6591787.


WANTED: Fallen trees for firewood. Ash, Beech, Birch and Whitethorn. We are safety certified and insured. Phone:

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• All types of roof repairs • Gutter cleaning from €49 • PVC fitted • Roof moss removal • Chimney repairs • Power washing • Ridge Piping • Lead valley repair • New tiles • Quality work, guaranteed

< GOOD QUALITY 10’x6’ loads of turf. Can be delivered. Also bags of turf. Tel. 086 3776948. < FOR SALE: Large lorryloads of turf. Screened and delivered. Orders for this year’s turf taken now. Tel: 086 7236301. < GOOD QUALITY TURF for sale. Delivered. Tel. 087 6810849

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086 3482387 ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Brendan Doyle & Marie O’Donnell, intend to apply for Permission for the construction of a new two storey dwelling house and domestic garage, installation of a septic tank and percolation area along with connections to all services and all other associated site works At; Moher Td., Lanesborough, Co. Roscommon

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

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL 5 Ascail Na Bhfea, Ballinlough, Co Roscommon. We, Fiona Raftery and Josh Murray, intend to apply to Roscommon County Council for Planning Permission to Construct extension to Dwellinghouse and demolish existing shed on site together with all ancillary site works and services at the above address. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority at Roscommon County Council, Golf Links Road, Roscommon during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20, within the period of 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.

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Classifieds PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Deeney Engineering and Planning Services, are applying to Roscommon County Council, on behalf of Una Keegan, for Retention Planning Permission to retain, as constructed: 1. elevation changes to sides of existing house from that previously granted under PD/98/579 2. Revised eastern boundary to that previously granted under PD/98/579 3. Attic conversion. 4. 3No existing out-buildings on site at Drumnalassan TD, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of a prescribed fee within a period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application Signed:, Deeney Engineering and Planning Services, Tel 086 2503109

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We are applying on behalf of The Board of Management of Kilteevan National School for Planning Permission to construct a new grassed playing pitch to include security fencing and a foot bridge and all associated site development works at Cloontogher Td, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: AOL Design Ltd., Consulting Engineers, C/O Albert Looby, Killeenboy, Kilteevan, Co Roscommon. Tel: (090) 66 28184. Mobile:(086) 8167365 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 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 We Rathcroghan Designs intend applying for Planning Permission on behalf of Kieran Clarke to construct Agricultural Building to contain straw bedded area, feed passage and manure pit together with all associated site works at Lisheen, T.d., Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within a period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission Signed: Martin Dowd, Martin Dowd Rathcroghan Design, Ballyconboy,Ballinagare, Co Roscommon. Tel. 0862328484

PLANNINGS ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We Paul and Sarah Garvey, intend to Apply to Roscommon County Council for Planning Permission to erect a New Dwelling House and provide a sewerage system and a treatment plant, to provide secondary and tertiary treatment , and all associated works, at Liscolvin Td , Hillstreet, 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 The Prescribed Fee Of €20.00. ,Within A Period Of 5 Weeks Beginning On The Date Of Receipt By The Authority Of The Application, And Such Submissions Or Observations Will Be Considered By The Planning Authority In Making A Decision On The Application. The Planning Authority Subject To or Without Conditions, or May Refuse To Grant Permission Signed : Paul and Sarah Garvey

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. M.C. 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. K.C. 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. Thanksgiving to Our Lady, St. Jude and St. Claire. K.E.

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES BEESTON (nee Mannion) Kathleen Late of Hollywell, Roscommon, and San Diego, California (9th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Kathleen who passed away on the 31st of July 2011 Love and memories are forever, In our hearts you will always stay, We think of you always, Especially today.

Lovingly remembered by your family. Anniversary Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Friday, 31st July at 11am.

CASHIN (nee Lohan) Evelyn Manchester and formerly Caggle, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon (2nd Anniversary)

Cherished memories of our darling sister, who passed away on 30th July, 2018 We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and the days before that too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. All we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her sisters Ita, Teresa, Mary, Bernadette and Imelda, brother Sean and extended family members. Anniversary Mass for Evelyn in Four Mile House Church, on Sunday, 2nd August at 11am.

MULRY John Tibarney, Four Roads, Co. Roscommon 2nd August 2015 (5th Anniversary)

In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather Who died on the 2nd of August, 2015 R.I.P. We never fail to think of you, We never cease to care, We only wish we could go home, And find you waiting there. Loved and missed always by your wife Mary and family.

Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Dysart on Saturday 1st August, at 7.30pm

FREEHILY Laurence, Francis Highlake, Fourmilehouse, Roscommon Who died on the 12th July, 2007 (13th Anniversary)

A silent thought, A quiet prayer, For a special person In God’s care Always remembered by his brothers PJ and Martin. Anniversary Mass in Ballinaheglish Church on Sunday, 2nd of August at 11am.

CASSIDY Teresa Grange, Fourmilehouse, Co. Roscommon (13th Anniversary)

Treasured memories of a dear daughter and sister, who passed away on 28th July 2007. 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 Teresa today, a little prayer to Jesus say.

Dearly loved and missed everday by your parents, Seamus and Breege, your brother Lorcan and by all your family and friends. Anniversary Mass in St. Bridget’s Church, Four Mile House on Sunday, 2nd August at 11am.

MALONEY Dolores (4th Anniversary) Who died on August 1st 2016


Noel (4th Anniversary) Who died on April 20th 2016

FARRELL William (Billy) Roxboro, Roscommon. (5th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Billy whose 5th anniversary occurs on 29th July. Thinking of you.

From Karen and David Jones and family.

KENNY John Lisnaville, Fuerty, Co. Roscommon Who died on 27th of July 2011 (9th Anniversary)

There is no death Only a change of worlds, Let us not grieve Beyond letting go, For in the Tree of Life, His roots and ours Are forever entwined.

Loved and missed by Lisa, Barry and John. Masses offered.

In loving memory of our darling Ray who passed away on 2nd August, 2015 Now I am contented That my life it was worthwhile Knowing as I passed along the way I made someone smile When you are walking down the street And you’ve got me on your mind I’m walking in your footsteps Only half a step behind And when you feel the gentle breeze Or the wind upon your face That’s me giving you a great big hug Or just a soft embrace So please don’t be unhappy Just because I’m out of sight Remember that I’m with you Every morning, noon and night

Forever in our hearts Love Aileen, Hayley, Sonya, mom and dad, Padraig, Reza and Samantha and extended family.

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Just a prayer from the family who loved you, Just a memory fond and true, In our hearts you will live forever, Because we thought the world of you.

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In loving memory of Ray God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be He put His arm around you and whispered: “come to me” He took you up to Heaven and ended all your pain Although our hearts were breaking, We could not make you say. God only takes the best

Our wonderful son-in-law Ray, we will never forget you. Lovingly remembered by Ann and Seamie Farrell.


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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES Bracken Patricia Ballyglass, Lanesboro, Co. Roscommon (1st Anniversary) Died 1st August 2019

KEADIN (née MANNION) MARY KATE Kildaree, Williamstown, Co. Galway Died July 1st 2020

WARD Annie Scregg, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon (4th Anniversary)

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On this the 1st Anniversary of our dear mum’s passing, we her family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who sympathised with us following our sad loss. We are very grateful to everybody who attended her reposing at her home, funeral mass and burial, all who sent mass cards, sympathy cards and floral tributes and a special thanks to all our relatives and friends who travelled long distances to be with us. . Thanks to our friends, neighbours and extended family who provided and helped with refreshments at her home. Your kindness and support is very much appreciated. To those who helped with traffic management and those who helped to prepare mum’s final resting place with such care we are eternally grateful. Many thanks to Western Alzheimer’s Roscommon, especially Marie Hawthorne for their care and understanding during mum’s illness at home. Thanks also to Dr. Colm Farrell for his care at all times. A special thank you to the management and staff of Inis Ree Lodge, Ballyleague who looked after mum so wonderfully and for their friendship and kindness to us. Words can never express our gratitude. To her wonderful friends who visited mum in her home and in Inis Ree, your support during this difficult time will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Fr. Dusmanta and Fr. Cephas who officiated at her funeral and were a great source of comfort to us throughout, and to Teresa Costello and Johnny Duffy for their wonderful music and singing. Thanks also to Eliza Glennon and Ella Reynolds altar servers. Thanks to Doreen for the flowers in the Church and to Padraig O’Reilly for his lovely rendition of “Slievenamon” at her graveside. A special word of thanks to Aidan Tully, Funeral Director for his kindness, understanding and professionalism throughout. To the management and staff at Percy French Hotel, Strokestown for the lovely meal and hospitality after the funeral. To everybody who helped in any way thank you, we really appreciate your kindness. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all your intentions. Patricia’s 1st Anniversary Mass will take place on Sunday 2nd August at 11a.m. in Ballyleague Church.

The family of the late Mary Kate Keadin would like to thank all those who supported and sympathised with us on our sad loss. To our wonderful neighbours and close friends who were so helpful in these difficult times. To all who posted condolences on Midwest Radio & RIP. ie, sent Mass Cards, telephoned & texted, thank you. A special thank you to all, who brought Food and Refreshments to our Home during these days. Heartfelt thanks to all of Mom’s Carers especially Claire & Margaret for your care and kindness throughout the years. Sincere thanks to Dr. Noone & Staff at Hazel Hill family practice, Curleys Pharmacy, & Mayo General Hospital for their professional care. Thanks to Fr. Mooney, for the lovely Mass, Eucharistic Minister Bridget and Organist Owen for the music. Many thanks to the people for their roadside and cemetery presence on Mary Kate’s last journey. To the grave diggers who prepared Mary Kate’s final resting place, thank you. Sincere thanks to undertakers Feeney /Kirrane for their professionalism and consideration in these very difficult times. We truly appreciate the kindness shown to us by everyone. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of you all. Month’s Mind Mass will be available on 106.4FM on 2/8/20 at 10.30am.

MACKLIN (nee BURGOYNE) MARY Mote Park, Roscommon Who died 30th July 2019

“Deeply missed and lovingly remembered always and forever”

COYLE Larry & Vincent Carrowcrin, Roscommon

In loving memory of Vincent Coyle, who died August 5th 1985 and also his Dad, Larry. Rest in Peace. Always remembered by his loving mother, brothers, sisters and friends. Masses offered.

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Mary’s family wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all who sympathised with us, sent mass cards, letters of sympathy and flowers, donated to Cancer Care West and supported us at the time of her death. We are forever grateful to you all. To Canon Eugene McLoughlin, Sr Christine, Athleague choir, Church Committee and Monsignor Charles Travers, thank you for your kindness and support. Thank you to our magnificent neighbours, friends and relatives for all your kindness and generosity for all you did, especially the grave diggers who beautifully prepared Mum’s final resting place as well as Smith’s Funeral Directors. We offer our heartfelt thanks to the Palliative Care Team at the Regional Hospital Mullingar, Beaumount Hospital Dublin, Galway University Hospital, Roscommon and Portiuncula University Hospital, staff at Rosmed Pharmacy as well as a special thank you to our mothers GP Dr Alex Robinson and her staff for all their compassion and support to our mother and family. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. The holy sacrifice of the mass will be offered for your intentions. Mary’s first anniversary mass will be celebrated at 10am on Sunday 2nd August in St Patricks Church Athleague. Always missed forever loved by all your family. We remember now in love, Your life from start to end, And we’re just glad we knew you, As Mother, and as Friend.

In loving memory of Annie who died on the 30th July 2016 R.I.P. We lost a mother with a heart of gold How much we miss her can never be told She shared our troubles and helped us along If we follow her footsteps, we will never go wrong It broke our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone For part of us went with you The day God called you home As we look upon your pictures Sweet memories we recall Of faces full of sunshine A smile for one and all You are always close behind us In everything we do You were a special mother God’s gift to us were you Sweet Jesus take this message To our dear mother up above Tell her how we miss her And give her all our love We hold her close within our hearts and there she 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 Deep are the memories Precious they stay No passing of time Can take them away

Always loved and sadly missed by her sons Con and Aidan and daughter-in-law Kathleen. ~~~~~~~~~~~ To hear your voice, to see your smile. To sit and talk, with you awhile. To be together, in the same old way. Would be our dearest, wish today.

Lovingly remembered by her sisters Ellie and Sheila, their husbands Tommie and Sean, her brother in law Sean, nieces, nephews and their families Anniversary Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery on Friday 31st July 7pm.

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Receptionist/Clerical Worker through RSS The post will be based in Roscommon Town. Office experience preferred, computer literacy essential. To be eligible to apply, the candidate or their immediate family must have an active herd number and be in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment i.e. Farm Assist or Jobseekers Allowance. Applicants are asked to email their CV and cover letter to Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm Friday 7th August, 2020

RSS are currently recruiting for various positions throughout Co. Roscommon. If you wish to join the scheme as a participant, please contact for an Expression Of Interest form. Roscommon LEADER Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer. This project was approved by Government with support from the Community Services Programme

Saltonstall,in cheekpieces , just gets up on the line to beat Njord by a nose in the Colm Quinn on Tuesday Galway continues today and tomorrow with national hunt racing featuring The Guinness Hurdle today and the Grade B Guinness Handicap Hurdle tomorrow both starting at 4.45pm. There is flat racing on Saturday, 2.35pm, and Sunday, 2.45pm, with the 1m 4f Galway Shopping Centre Handicap on Saturday and the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap over 7f on Sunday. There is also flat racing at Leopardstown on Friday afternoon at 1.05pm with national hunt racing at Kilbeggan on Saturday and Cork on Sunday, both afternoon meetings off at 2.15pm and 2.00pm respectively. On Bank Holiday Monday there is a flat card at Naas, 2.05pm, and Lenebane hosts a national hunt card at 2.20pm. Racing from Galway televised on RTE this evening and tomorrow at 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Virgin Media One features live afternoon racing from Goodwood for the next 3 days including the Nassau Stakes today, the King George Stakes tomorrow and the Stewards Cup on Saturday. Lenebane on Tuesday opens with the first 3-Y-O maiden hurdle of the year sponsored by The Railway Bar, Roscommon over 2m. Next up is a 2m 3f maiden hurdle for 4-Y-O’s+ followed by the Class Grass Handicap Hurdle over 2m 7f. The first race over the major obstacles on the card is the 2m 5f Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase followed by the 2m Boyle Beginners Chase. The penultimate race is the Castlerea Handicap Chase over 3m and racing closes with a 2m bumper for amateur riders only. It is great to see all the local sponsors, despite lockdown, staying loyal.

Review of the Week

Enable wrote herself into the history books with another sparkling display to claim her third win in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday under Frankie Dettori. She easily accounted for both her Ballydoyle trained opponents Sovereign and the disappointing Japan by 5½l and 11l. Now it’s onto Longchamp for John Gosden’s super mare and an attempt to win the Prix de l’Arc for the third time, a feat she was denied by Crystal Springs last year, and another entry in the annals of history. Wayne Lordan made the most of his ride in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday making every post a winning one on Magical justifying the decision to by-pass the King George Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Magical won by 2¼l and 2l from her stablemate Sir Dragonet and Dermot Weld’s Search For A Song.

Galway Review

Monday’s feature race the Connaught Hotel Qualified Riders Handicap was won by a Mullins, not Willie, but his brother Tony whose Princess Zoe came with a late run under Finnie Maguire to beat Run For Mary by 1¼l with Golden Pearl 3rd and Zenon 4th. Maguire lost his 3lb claim with this win. Racing opened with a winner for DK Weld, Blue For You, and Centroid completed a double for him in the 5th. The 1m 4f for amateur riders was won by Willie Mullins with son Patrick aboard Mount Leinster who is in the Hurdle tomorrow. On Tuesday the featured Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap was won for the 2nd year running by the Ado McGuinness trained Saltonstall. The 5lb claimer Gavin Ryan rode the 5-Y-O and caught Njord on the line to win by a nose at 11/1. The third, Only Human, and fourth, Tauran Shaman, all 3 trained by Harrington. Racing opened with a 7f 2-Y-O maiden and an easy win for Meala, 11/4 jt. fav., trained by Jim Bolger with his son-in-law

Kevin Manning doing the steering. The 3-Y-O+ maiden, again over 7f, went to Rocket Science, 3/1, with Shane Foley riding for Jessica Harrington. The Corrib Fillies Listed Stakes was won by the 15/8 favourite Champers Elysees for Johnny Murtagh and Ben Coen by an easy 7l from Auxilia. The caulfield.industrial. com Handicap again went to the 13/8 fav, JP McManus’s Flying Scotsman, who lived up to his name, winning by ½l from In From The Cold for Joseph O’Brien and Wayne Lordan. The Caulfield Industrial Handicap was divided with Div I going to the 100/30fav Out On Friday trained by Philip Byrne and Div II was won by the Denis Hogan trained Mulzam at 7/1. Lee Roche, from Abbeyknockmoy, was aboard outsider Walking On Glass for Padraig Roche, no relation who won at 28/1. The Grade A Galway Plate Handicap Chase received a late blow with the news that the fav Galvin was out. Mark Walsh got it right for JP McManus with Early Doors trained by Joseph O’Brien for JP McManus beating Royal Rendezvous and Cabaret Queen, both trained by WP Mullins with The West’s Awake 4th Yesterday the opening 4-Y-O novice hurdle was easily won by The Very Man completing a four timer for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown with Davy Russell aboard. The son of Jeremy won by 2¾l and ½l from Getaway Gorgeous and Tellmesomethinggirl. He carries an entry today and could run again. The 2m handicap hurdle went to Paul Nolan’s Mrs Milner at 14/1 ridden by Sean O’Keeffe winning by ½l and 4½l from Jazzaway and Millyinthemiddle. WP Mullins and Paul Townend, after 2 seconds, got off the mark with the 7/4 fav. Katskill Nap who led pillar to post in the Bet With The Tote at Galway Maiden Hurdle beating The Little Yank and Hand In My Pocket by 5½l and ½l. A quick double for Mullins and Townend in the Play The Tote Trifecta Handicap Hurdle as Bon Retour beat the fav Pilbara and Summer Hill.


Racing opens today with a 4-Y-O Novice hurdle followed by a 2m 6f Beginners Chase and the Roscommon race won by Macgiloney looks to hold the key. Braid Blue beaten 2½l that day should confirm the form with the Galway trained pair Not So Simple, 4th, and Avec Espoir, 6th. Eight go to post in the Novice Chase and Plate non-runner Galvin should be a shoe if he runs here. The Handicap Hurdle and best it is left alone. The Galway Hurdle has 20 runners, 5 from WP Mullins, but Felix Desjy, a recent winner over 2m on the flat at Navan under Jamie Codd, for Gordon Elliott could be the answer with Davy Russell taking the reins. Due Reward could be the best e/w value in a very open race. The Guinness Novice Hurdle looks a match between The Very Man, a winner here yesterday, and Jon Snow with the vote going to The Very Man seeking a five timer. In the 3m handicap hurdle it is noted that Mark Walsh rides The Trigger for Ronan McNally and if the handicapper has not caught up with him, he must be fancied especially as JP McManus has 2 in the race. With 6, half the field, making their debut in the bumper it is very hard to look beyond Willie and Patrick Mullins with Power Of Pause. The feature on Friday is the Grade B Guinness Handicap Hurdle with WP Mullins responsible for 7 of the 20-runner field with Paul Townend opting to ride Cheltenham faller Canardier, Robbie Power rides Stratum and son Patrick is on Sayo. West Roscommon owned Lenebane winner Sweet Home Chicago runs for Colin Bowe and must be respected that run. Robert Tyner brings Blast Of Koeman all the way up from Kinsale and has a very good last run over 3m at Punchestown should run a big race and is e/w value in a very open race.


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Sports PEOPLE After a great opening round… round 2! Roscommon SFC (Round 2)


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Strokestown v St Brigid’s on Friday in Strokestown at 8 pm (Group A) There were contrasting fortunes for these clubs last weekend. St. Brigid’s demonstrated that they have a very exciting young team as they raced into a 1-8 to 0-0 lead when playing some scintillating football against Clann na nGael – but they just couldn’t hang on in the end. Strokestown were unlucky to lose out against Elphin and will be determined to put a win on the board to prevent needing something from the final game (against Clann) to avoid a relegation scrap. This promises to be a very tight affair. Don’t rule out another draw. But if Brigid’s can get their talented young-

sters on the ball, they can edge it by a point or two. Prediction: St Brigid’s.

Live streaming The Roscommon GAA live streaming service will continue at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday at 5 pm with the clash of Padraig Pearses and Michael Glavey’s in Group C of the Roscommon SFC. Further details on the Roscommon GAA website.

Group A Clann na nGael will be boosted by their late surge against St. Brigid’s, but they will have to improve if they are to harbour hopes of being a major factor in this year’s championship. With Ciaran Lennon on fire, Liam Kerins’ men should have enough firepower to beat Elphin on their own ground on Saturday evening (7 pm).

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Group B Roscommon Gaels were disappointing against Western Gaels and now they need a win against St. Croan’s (Saturday evening at 7 pm in Kiltoom) to get their campaign up and running. Croan’s will have been delighted with their win against Fuerty which will keep them safe in the SFC for another year. They can go out and give this one ‘a lash’. Roscommon Gaels should prevail. Fuerty need a win against Western Gaels (Sunday at 1 pm in Hyde Park) to prevent a last-round cliffhanger against Roscommon Gaels. It’s no surprise to discover that Fergal O’Donnell has Western Gaels very well organ-

Fans pictured at the Éire Óg-Castlerea game in Ballinlough. Picture: Michael McCormack

Western Gaels’ Sean Conry and Roscommon Gaels’ Kieran Kilcline in action on Saturday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh.

ised. They should make it two wins from two on Sunday.

Group C A contender for ‘Game of the Weekend’ is Michael Glavey’s against Padraig Pearses in Hyde Park on Sunday (5 pm). Pearses came from 12 points

down against Boyle and will want to secure their place in the quarter-finals with a win against a Glavey’s side who were impressive against Tulsk. There won’t be a lot in it but Pearses are the hesitant choice. Boyle should be too strong for Tulsk in the other match in this group which is in Strokestown on Saturday at 4 pm.

In Group A, Éire Óg can build on their excellent win last weekend when they play Kilmore, but the loss of Liam Creaton will affect their chances. The presence of Conor Cox should ensure they win. There may be an air of desperation about Castlerea when they face a talented Oran team at home. Castlerea need to win it this one after last weekend’s heavy defeat at the hands of Éire Óg. Oran look to have too much firepower. Creggs should secure a quarter-final place with a win against St. Aidan’s while St. Faithleach’s should experience few problems against Kilbride in Group B. In Group C, Shannon Gaels will expect to beat St. Barry’s while St. Dominic’s should be too good for Ballinameen.


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Butler serves up tasty finale Game

of the weekend Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC (Group C) Padraig Pearses 2-10 Boyle 3-7 < SEAMUS DUKE

With 43 minutes of this Group C game at Pairc an Piarsiagh played last Sunday, Boyle looked to be out of sight as they led the defending champions by 3-7 to 0-4. While Padraig Pearses did have the aid of a strong wind, they looked out of sorts – and out of the match too. Yet, having scored splendid goals from Donie and Enda Smith early in the second half to propel them into that 12-point lead, it all fell apart for Boyle in the final quarter as one calamity after another struck Basil Mannion’s men. Firstly, midfielder Roch Hanmore got a black card in the 45th minute, to be followed two minutes later by a red card for Enda Smith (on a second yellow card offence). Smith was having an absolute stormer and the Boyle challenge wilted after his departure. The comeback was on. The champions finally drew level in the 6th minute of injury-time when Conor Payne punted hopefully into the danger area. Boyle goalkeeper Robert Kearney went to punch clear, but the ball spun off his hands up into the air and back into the goal. Pearses’ sub Tom Butler was on hand to ensure that the ball crossed the line and the champions’ revival was now complete. The home side had been smelling blood in that final quarter as they awoke from their slumber. Hubert Darcy scored a goal on the rebound after his penalty kick was saved by Robert Kearney in the 43rd minute. The previously anonymous Paul Carey kicked three great points, and later came that equalising goal of very soft variety. Boyle had been excellent for three-quarters of the game. With the aid of the wind in the opening half newcomer James Bolger scored an opportunist goal in the 3rd minute and points from Evan McGrath (2), Enda Smith (3), Done Smith and Mark O’Donoghue saw them ahead by 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time. Pearses’ only scores in that opening period came from three Hubert Darcy frees and a Ronan Daly point in injury-time. Boyle started the second half in blistering fashion and a brilliant goal from Donie Smith in the 32nd minute was followed in the 40th minute by an even better goal from Enda Smith, who powered through the middle and blasted home. Boyle were now 3-7 to 0-4 ahead. But that was as good as it got for Boyle and they will know that this was a great chance for them to record a significant win against the side who beat them at the semi-final stage last year. For Boyle, Evan McGrath, Sean Purcell, Enda Smith, Donie Smith, Cian McKeon and James Bolger were impressive. For Pearses, most of

THE WEEKEND’S RESULTS Action from our game of the weekend, Boyle v Padraig Pearses. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

their good displays came in the second half. Shane Carty, David Murray, Paul Carey and Hubert Darcy were most prominent. It was a cracking start to the championship season at a breezy but sunny Pairc an Piarsiagh. We will certainly see both these sides in the latter stages of the championship. Padraig Pearses: Paul Whelan; Shane Carty, Anthony Butler, Shane Mulvey; Gavin Downey, Ronan Daly (0-1), David Murray; Niall Daly, Conor Daly; Lorcan Daly, Niall Carty, Paul Carey (0-3); Emmett Kelly, Hubert Darcy (1-5, 4 frees), Conor Payne. Subs: Tom Butler (1-1) for Mulvey (46), Sean Ryan for Kelly (54). Boyle: Robert Kearney; Killian Cox, Conor Flanagan, Ciaran Beirne; Evan McGrath, Sean Purcell, Tadgh McKenna; Roch Hanmore, Enda Smith (1-3); Tadhg Lowe, Done Smith (1-2, 2

frees), James Bulger (1-0); Mark O’Donoghue (0-1), Cian McKeon (0-1), Seamus Keane. Subs: Kieran Cox for Keane (h/t), Ryan Finneran for O’Donoghue (55), Brian Furey for Lowe (59).

Stat attack Wides: Boyle 4; Padraig Pearses 5 Red cards: Boyle 1 (Enda Smith) Black cards: Boyle 1 (Roch Hanmore); Padraig Pearses 1 (Lorcan Daly) Yellow cards: Boyle 3 (Enda Smith x 2; Donie Smith); Padraig Pearses 3 (Niall Daly, Gavin Downey, Conor Payne) Man of the Match: Enda Smith (Boyle)

Senior Football Championship Group A St Brigid’s 1-14 Clann na nGael 1-14 Elphin 1-9 Strokestown 0-10 Senior Football Championship Group B Western Gaels 0-10 Roscommon Gaels 0-7 St Croan’s 0-8 Fuerty 0-6 Senior Football Championship Group C Michael Glavey’s 2-11 Tulsk Lord Edward’s 1-7 Pádraig Pearses 2-10 Boyle 3-7 Intermediate Football Championship Group A Oran 2-13 Kilmore 0-11 Éire Óg 4-13 Castlerea St Kevin’s 1-13 Intermediate Football Championship Group B St Faithleach’s 2-14 St Aidan’s 1-8 Creggs 2-10 Kilbride 0-8 Intermediate Football Championship Group C St Dominic’s 3-16 St Barry’s 1-5 Shannon Gaels 1-15 Ballinameen 1-10 Junior A Football Championship Group A Roscommon Gaels 1-12 St Joseph’s 1-7 St Dominic’s 1-11 Western Gaels 0-13


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Roscommon star Conor Cox in action on his Éire Óg debut against Castlerea in Ballinlough last Sunday. Picture: Michael McCormack

Action from St. Faithleach’s v St. Aidan’s. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Cox makes his mark as football season off to exciting start < SEAMUS DUKE

There was an exciting start to the Hodson Bay SFC last weekend with two of the biggest first-round games ending in draws. Padraig Pearses came from 12 points down to catch Boyle in injury-time at Pairc an Piarsiagh (see ‘Game of the Weekend’). A late rally that included a super goal from Ciaran Lennon and a spectacular long-range point from Cathal Shine in injury-time saw Clann na nGael come from behind to level the match against St. Brigid’s at Dr. Hyde Park. A highly impressive young Brigid’s side had led by 1-8 to 0-0 at one stage. Elphin secured local bragging rights with their narrow win against Strokestown in the derby match at Kilmore, with Austin Kielty getting the all-important goal. Fuerty will now face an uphill battle to stay out of the relegation dogfight after they went down by two points against St. Croan’s. Andy Glennon scored 1-6 for Michael Glavey’s as they easily accounted for the challenge of Tulsk, but midfielder Caoileann Fitzmaurice was injured and could be out for a while. Western Gaels had Cathal Cregg in impressive form at centre half-back as they beat a very disappointing Roscommon Gaels at Lisnamult. In the Mulryan Construction IFC, all eyes were on Ballinlough as Conor Cox made his debut for Éire Óg, and the Roscommon ace did not disappoint, scoring 1-6 in a very impressive display against Castlerea. As was expected, Oran and St. Faithleach’s opened their campaign with wins against Kilmore and St. Aidan’s respectively. Creggs were impressive winners against Kilbride, while St. Dominic’s put up a big score in their win against St. Barry’s. Shannon Gaels will be very happy with their five-point victory in the local derby against Ballinameen.

Roscommon People SFC Team of the Week Aaron Brady (Elphin) Brendan Pacey (St Croan’s)

Shane O’Malley (Michael Glavey’s)

Gary Patterson (Michael Glavey’s)

Cathal Cregg (Western Gaels)

Enda Smith (Boyle)

Ciaran Sugrue (St Brigid’s)

Ciaran Lennon (Clann na nGael) Action from the Michael Glavey’s/Tulsk game last Saturday. Picture: Michael McCormack

Action from the Michael Glavey’s/Tulsk game last Saturday. Picture: Michael McCormack

Shane Carty (Padraig Pearses)

Shane Pettit (Clann na nGael)

Cathal Shine (Clann na nGael)

Andy Glennon (Michael Glavey’s)

Hubert Darcy (Padraig Pearses)

James Bolger (Boyle)

Brian Derwin (St Brigid’s)


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Conor’s GAA Extra-time classy The games return… debut

Paul Healy

As debuts go, it was pretty impressive!

When Conor Cox was putting his boots on – not in a communal dressing room, but in the quiet of his own space – he must have been feeling even a touch of pressure. As the Roscommon People bills it in an online video we’ve produced, home was the hero. Conor’s dad was born in the Loughglynn area. Kerry-born Conor joined Roscommon a couple of seasons ago, after a club transfer saga that even Columbo (yep, showing my age) would have found confusing. Now, happily, Conor’s not just playing for Roscommon, he’s playing in Roscommon. Having made a massive impact as a fearless forward with the Rossies, the swashbuckling and very popular frontman has joined his dad’s club. And all eyes were on him last Sunday (well, all eyes that were permitted to be present). Boy did he deliver. Malcolm McDonald scored a hat-trick on his Newcastle debut. Alex Higgins won the world snooker at his first attempt. Conor Cox stepped forward and slotted 1-6 on his Éire Óg debut. Castlerea felt pain that others will no doubt experience!

The games are back. Long live the games. What a wonderful opening weekend of the long-delayed, at one time endangered (no guarantees still), club football season. Lots of scores, some thrilling matches, and positive reports about how well the Covid-related logistics worked out. There were indeed some thrillers. Champions Padraig Pearses were hit by a Boyle blitz. The rumour mill over the past week or so (there’s lots of time to talk!) had it that Boyle were flying. And they were. Bang, bang! A couple of Smith-y specials (Enda and Donie) and they were 12 clear. But then Boyle lost Enda Smith. Enda saw red (two

yellows) and Pearses saw an opening. Remarkably, they closed the entire 12-point gap. Draw! But the game of the weekend was probably St. Brigid’s v Clann. Two neighbouring giants head to head. Brigid’s flew into an eight-point lead. This was a very good game that reached thriller status thanks to Clann’s great finish. I saw Cathal Shine’s epic, long-range equalising point online. A beauty. A reminder of what’s been missing all summer. Welcome back, club football. Please stay. (And well done to the County Board, the clubs and the players on the success of last weekend).

Happy viewers! Roscommon County Board’s decision to live stream some club games, in light of attendance restrictions due to Covid-19, has proven be totally justified. A good call. On social medal, reviews were glowing. The quality of the presentation was hailed. Seamus Duke was back in the commentary hot seat, and did a great job. Fans enthused about the new initiative. Sources suggest that the County Board was well pleased with the ‘take up’. The main thing is, this is a very welcome service in strange times. It’s also, in all likelihood, the future brought forward!

Fans pictured at the Tulsk/Michael Glavey’s match last weekend. Picture: Michael McCormack

Dear old Elphin! Derby games are special. We all know that. In Madrid, in Glasgow, in Manchester, Liverpool and elsewhere. And Elphin v Strokestown was always a tasty prospect, once the draw for Championship 2020 was made. It didn’t disappoint. Tight game. Local bragging rights at stake. Championship progress at stake. Who would prevail? In the end, it was a famous win for Elphin. Hard luck Strokestown. A great club. But a great day for Elphin. A sweet one.

So sweet that well-known gael and prominent boardroom man Mick Rock was moved to release a rare tweet, with no little emotion. Mick Rock @mickrock2 There are few things that boost the morale of a small community than a championship win over a near neighbour. It’s an intangible thing especially in this current unreal universe. Tonight it was our turn! Dear old Elphin! #elphingaa #rosgaa #gaa

Ronan Collins was half my size, but could kick the ball out twice as long as me! I’m home from Abu Dhabi, where the local scene is almost intercounty-like. The main club is Na Fianna, and just to give you an idea of the standards, they have former Roscommon players Scott Oates, Cian Connolly, Cathal McHugh and Darren O’Malley playing with them. I hear rumours that Senan Kilbride is also joining them. It may not be long until we have our own Rossie team over there, but I think I’d have to settle for a place on the bench in such illustrious company. I play with Al Reem Shamrocks, a new club who play at intermediate level.

FAN…ON THE SPOT Former Elphin player Shane Reynolds is this week’s fan on the spot

Hi, Shane…nice win for Elphin over Strokestown. How did that go down? Yes, Elphin ground out a very important twopoint win. Austin Kielty scored the decisive goal in the second half, and they fought off a late Strokestown onslaught to set them up nicely for this weekend!

Back home, who’ll win the 2020 Roscommon SFC? Very difficult to call as it’s been such a surreal year for football. Pearses showed their champions’ prowess with a big comeback last weekend. I am going to sit on the fence here and say it will definitely be staying south anyways!

So, can Elphin revive the glory days in the coming years? When I left in 2015 I feared for Elphin as the underage teams were plying their trade in the lower divisions, but they have come on strong since and who knows, this year’s championship is somewhat of a lottery – so they may even cause a surprise this year!

Best game you played in and why? The best game I played in was the minor final of 2003. I was only 15 years of age so it was the biggest game of my career. We went 2-2 to 0-1 down after 10 minutes. Disaster. But we ground it back and won it by two in the second half…still my most enjoyable feeling after a final whistle (long time ago now though).

Who was your toughest opponent? A little of an unknown player here: Shane Farrell. He didn’t move that often but when he did and came through on goal he was a very formidable force. Hung up the boots too early though! If Roscommon GAA was a song, what song would it be? I think they sing it from the terrace...Common People from Pulp. Just replace the lyrics with Roscommon people, if you know what I mean! Roscommon People? Sounds good! Now, a genie grants you two GAA wishes. They are…? 1: Elphin to end their over 60-year wait to win

Elphin to Abu Dhabi: Shane Reynolds (front, second from right) and his Al Reem Shamrocks teammates.

the Fahey Cup. 2: The Middle East GAA Board to be allowed to enter the All-Ireland series – our team would be good enough! Which teammate did you most envy?

Ronan Collins, my rival in goals…half the size of me, but could kick the ball out twice as long as me, I could never figure it out! You’re home from Abu Dhabi…what’s the GAA scene like there?

Three words to describe what the GAA means to you... Passion, pride, home. Thanks Shane, stay safe…and keep flying the Elphin and Roscommon flags in Abu Dhabi! (Interview: Paul Healy)


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‘Every time Tony McManus played, he oozed class. It was hard to take your eyes off him’ HEROES


There was definitely a time when Roscommon’s Tony McManus was one of the very best forwards in the country. I’m just not sure which of three decades it was! Maybe he was one of the best Gaelic footballers in the country in all three decades of his remarkable career – the 1970’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Cliff Richard famously had No. 1s in about six decades; our Tony Mc had hits in three decades. Just as I haven’t been an expert throughout this series – more, to paraphrase Eamon Dunphy, an unapologetic ‘fan with a typewriter’ – I’m not quite an expert on Tony McManus’ career. Well, not on its totality. I didn’t see him playing that often in the early years, certainly not at club level. But I caught up with him a lot in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s, when – even as a veteran – he was still magnificent, still the leader for both Clann and Roscommon. It’s amazing, looking back, how long he played at the very top. He won an All-Ireland U-21 medal in 1978. Eleven years later, he won an All-Star. Thirteen years after ’78, he won a (second successive) Connacht title, and played in another All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final. Sixteen years after first playing championship for the county seniors in 1977, he was still playing for Roscommon. Sixteen successive seasons! Naturally, by the very end, Tony had slowed, but the craft and wiliness was still there, the football brain orchestrating much of the play. He was still the ‘go to’ man in the Roscommon team. And every time he played, he oozed class. It was hard to take your eyes off him.

A Clann legend

I was very young when Tony Mc and Dermot Earley and their teammates were winning four Connacht titles in a row (1977-’80), while inching achingly close to the feats of Jimmy Murray and the men of 1943/’44. I was at three of those Connacht finals. Magical days. Crepe caps, class team. Time passed. After working for a couple of years as a sports reporter in Cavan, I ‘transferred’ to the Roscommon Champion in 1988. My first port of call was hurling in Athleague. I soon learnt about the might of Four Roads. And very soon I discovered that covering club football in Roscommon would be almost all about the magnificent Clann na nGael. Over the next few years, I followed Clann around the country. They routinely destroyed all-comers in Roscommon, also dominating Connacht. They had a few stars, but mostly Clann were a great team. Incredibly, Clann won ten county titles in eleven years (19811991) and six Connacht titles in a row. In all, McManus collected an amazing 14 county senior medals. At Clann, he was not alone in collecting multiple honours. Sadly, cruelly really, All-Ireland club success eluded Tony and Clann; they reached five finals, falling at that last hurdle each time. Sport often scoffs

Tony McManus in action for Roscommon. Picture: Gerard O’Loughlin

at our notions of what is fair, what is deserved. I enjoyed covering those Clann years (the muchmissed Donie Shine Senior was their manager at the time). The one-sided demolition jobs in Roscommon were becoming boring for neutrals…and were hardly particularly healthy for football here, even if one always had to admire Clann’s class, ruthlessness, and extraordinary hunger. Much more memorable were some great performances in Connacht and in All-Ireland semi-finals. More often than not, Tony Mc starred. He was a consistent scorer, a born leader, a player who detested defeat. As such, he was more than happy to get his hands dirty. Great workrate. He had remarkable dedication and commitment. Hence the long career. Fans will always remember the great scores, the trademark McManus dummy, the touches of class… also how he simply never gave up, even when the scoreboard bore a grim message. It wasn’t unusual to see him foraging for possession/helping out, deep in his own half. I remember one famous Clann win against Burren. It was a bitterly cold day, the pitch bathed in snowflakes. From the press box, we could barely see the players. We could just about make them out. Clann had many warriors who excelled in that epic battle, but I particularly remember Tony coming deep, in defence one minute, then midfield, then attack, linking the play, eking victory through sheer will and hunger and craft, Clann masterful and heroic, prevailing over man and snow.

Long, distinguished county career

Somehow, the Gods (aided by Nemo Rangers and others) decreed that Clann wouldn’t win that AllIreland. So be it. We cannot tamper with the history books, but neither can hard luck tarnish the memory of what we saw, of how good they were. Meanwhile, what can one say about Tony McManus’ inter-county career? It was remarkable. He won those four Connacht seniors as a very young man – ’77 to ’80 inclusive. The run he made to set up the Roscommon goal in the first minute of the 1980 All-Ireland final is timeless, a thing of beauty, while also a teasing reminder of what might have been. After the huge disappointment of that All-Ireland

final defeat to Kerry, many of Tony’s teammates drifted away, entirely understandably. The dream was dead. McManus soldiered on. A great player showing what it’s like to be a great, loyal servant. Year after year, he excelled in that Roscommon attack, earning the respect and admiration of GAA people all over the country. But they were barren years at inter-county level. In the Roscommon Champion, I labelled the eighties’ Roscommon’s ‘Decade of despair’. Finally, by 1989, Martin McDermott had built a very good team and still had the talisman up front. In the Connacht Final, Mayo (eventual All-Ireland finalists that year) and Roscommon drew. The replay in the Hyde was a thriller. A full house. McManus scored two goals. His second, a superb penalty, put Roscommon ahead by a point in the dying seconds. Tony directed colleagues to mark up as Mayo made a quick restart. But his plea went unanswered. Mayo broke upfield, levelled, and brought the game to extra-time. Roscommon dominated, only for Jimmy Bourke to scramble a horrible, ugly, heartbreaking sickener of a soft goal over the line! But Roscommon, with the now-veteran McManus still hurting defences, were going places. Aged 32, Tony won a richly deserved, overdue All Star that year. And McDermott’s team won the 1990 Connacht final. (Cork beat Roscommon by seven in the All-Ireland semi-final). Roscommon retained Connacht in 1991 (under McDermott), running Meath to a point in the All-Ireland semi-final. Another one that got away. Tony Mc finally retired in 1993. He won six Connacht titles in his career, and a National League winner’s medal (in 1979 v Cork). These, allied to multiple honours with Clann, three Sigerson Cups with UCD, and that All-Ireland U-21 title in 1978 against a Kerry team laced with young men who would become senior legends. Throughout that long, distinguished career, McManus was recognised as one of the outstanding forwards of the era.

Twisted blood, dummies to die for

There were virtuoso scores and performances that I never saw, others that I did. I recall a day (was it

against Meath in that NFL game in Kiltoom, when it rained almost biblically?) when he scored 1-5 from his total of six shots in the entire game. In 1990, in a National League quarter-final in Portlaoise (rather like George Best against Chelsea’s Ken Shellito) he gave Dublin’s Noel McCaffrey twisted blood. In a classic game (won by Roscommon) Tony scored 2-5, McCaffrey hung out to dry on a summer’s day. It’s no harm to meet our heroes. In Down the Hatch (the well-known ‘GAA pub’ in Roscommon) and elsewhere, we bump into Tony every now and again (well, pre-Covid) and we’re always transported back to when his greatness graced the grass. First, the magical 1977-’80 team. Then, the quietly heroic soldiering in the wilderness years, McManus alternating between fruitless campaigns with the county and glory with club. Then, when Roscommon blossomed again – that fine team of ’89-’91 – Tony was royalty up front. Good times had come again. Two Connacht titles. For a while, he broke Leitrim hearts year on year, Tony often the main difference between the teams in tight derbies (remember, Leitrim had a fine team then, winning Connacht in ’94). Yes, it was hard to take your eyes off him. He was generally at corner-forward, but he could pop up anywhere. He took the ball, chest-high (having pointed to where he wanted it). He hardly ever wasted it. He scored, or he passed, or he won a free. He was some man to draw a free! He scored inspirational points. Blessed with great balance, he soloed artistically. He had a dummy to die for. He could turn defenders inside out and was clinical with his finishing. Gifted, oozing class, fiercely committed, and with an extraordinarily long career – one marked by both glory and broken dreams – Tony McManus was a distinguished prince of footballers, a Roscommon hero always. Footnote: One Sunday in the early ‘90’s, after the now-veteran McManus had broken Leitrim hearts (again) in a championship game in Carrick, four or five of us found a quiet bar in the town. Fresh from his handiwork, Tony Mc joined us, as had been arranged. One of our party told the old Leitrim lady behind the counter that this was Tony McManus. For a moment I wasn’t sure if she was going to hero-worship him, or hire a hitman. After a pause, she smiled and sighed. “So you’re the fella that keeps tormenting us!” Our very own football hitman smiled back.

The series so far… 1: Tony Currie & Trevor Brooking 2: Steve Davis, Jimmy White & Ken Doherty 3: Con Houlihan 4: Eamonn Coghlan 5: Bjorn Borg 6: Muhammad Ali 7: Dermot Earley 8: Liam Brady 9: Tony Ward & Ollie Campbell 10: Seve Ballesteros 11: Sonia O’Sullivan 12: George Best 13: Alex Higgins 14: Paul McGrath 15: Jack Charlton 16: Barry McGuigan. 17: Tony McManus For previous columns, see

Roscommon People Friday 31 July 2020


Supporting wellbeing through economic recovery Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on Ireland, on our communities, our businesses, our families and on individuals across our country. The priority throughout the crisis has always been the wellbeing of our people and our communities. To help our society to recover, we need to help our economy to recover. Rebooting Ireland’s Economy Income Support Schemes

Community Call launch

Business Supports Schemes


Reopening Roadmap


Further Economic Measures

Phase 1 Reopening

Phase 2 Reopening


Phase 3 Reopening


July Jobs Stimulus Package

National Economic Plan



We are here

These are the 4 Immediate Actions to deliver these objectives





The Temporary Wage Subside Scheme will be succeeded by the Employment Wage Support Scheme.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will be extended to 1st April 2021.

Financial Certainty through the Enterprise Wage Support Scheme, the Pandemic Unemployment Scheme, Rates waivers etc.

€25M Investment in Life Sciences.

Backing Ireland’s businesses, supporting and creating jobs The Employment Wage Support Scheme will run until April 2021 and is targeted at businesses whose turnover has fallen by 30% and new businesses in certain sectors. Credit Guarantee Scheme of €2 bn. Zero-interest loans for Small and Medium Enterprises. Increased and more widely available Business Restart Grants. Extended waiver for commercial rates (30th September 2020). Supports for start-ups and other business support measures.

Helping people, especially young people, get back to work €200 million investment in training, skills development, work placement schemes, recruitment subsidies, and job search and assistance measures. 35,000 extra places will be provided in further and higher education. 10,000 additional places on work placement and experience schemes will be made available for those unemployed for over 6 months. 12,500 additional places will be funded through the Training Support Grant for short term skills training. 8,000 recruitment subsidies will be provided under the JobsPlus scheme. The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and Back to Education Allowance will be extended to people currently in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. The Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme will provide a €2,000 payment to support employers to take on new apprenticeships in 2020.

For information on how to avail of these supports, please go to

Building Confidence and Solidarity

€500 million investment in communities, schools, transport infrastructure. Energy Efficiency National Retrofit Programme. Stay and Spend Incentive to support the hospitality and tourism sectors. Tax measures to support cash flow for hard hit businesses. Investment in heritage, arts, tourism and Gaeltacht-related projects. Town and Village Renewal.

Preparing Ireland for the Economy of the Future Training and Skills Development. €10m to be provided under a new Green Enterprise Fund. Increase in Seed and Venture Capital for innovation driven enterprises. Additional supports for IDA promotional and marketing initiatives targeting jobs. Additional supports to businesses to develop their online presence. €20 million Brexit fund to help SMEs to prepare for new customs arrangements. Expansion of Sustaining Enterprise Fund scheme.

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