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The Government announcement that all pubs will reopen on Monday, September 21st has been warmly welcomed by publicans in County Roscommon, although the Roscommon & District Chairperson of the Vintners Federation of Ireland said he is wary of another ‘false dawn’. Larry Brennan, who co-owns Down The Hatch in Roscommon town, said he hoped publicans would be given a chance to work with HSE guidelines. “We’re delighted with the decision to reopen pubs on September 21st because we feel that the whole thing is now back in our hands. It is up to us now to prove that Roscommon-Galway Constituency we can make the guidelines work,” he said. Mr. Brennan did however express his concerns that the reopening could be further delayed. “I hope it’s not another false dawn. This is the fourth reopening date we have been given at this stage and táil they can march us to the top there’s only so manyVótimes of the hill before we lose faith. I am quietly confident this Sport’s ups and downs: The scene at the final whistle after Sunday’s thrilling Roscommon time though that all pubs will be allowed to reopen,” he Senior Football semi-final between Padraig Pearses and Clann na nGael (Pearses won by a added. (See page 10). point). Picture: Michael McCormack



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The ups and downs of a busy weekend… You look tired, my friend… I am tired…but happy! Why are you tired? Overworked? Been road running? Up all night watching Telly Bingo? No! I’m tired because I was on the go all weekend…up and down, over and back. Every muscle is sore! Really? And I’m happy, because I saw some GAA, and I also made a modest few bob! Mmnn…interesting!


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Byrne tired Carolan So you’re from being up and down Cunningham and over andSolicitors back all weekend? Yeah…plus I was already tired by Friday evening, after all those early-morning school runs! You need to relax! Did the Late Late Show not help? Oh yeah, I slept through most of it! Actually, I don’t think it’s on late at night any more… THE LATE LATE NOT ON LATE AT NIGHT? Are you okay? No, not the Late Late, Telly Bingo! I think it’s on in the afternoon! Oh I’m far too busy to watch daytime TV! Mmnn… Anyways, you saw some Gaelic football? Yep! Pearses v Clann? Yep! The local livestreaming, or on TG4? I saw it, I had a good view!

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That football on Sunday was poor! No, Pearses v Clann was excellent! Boring! No! Well, except for the finish… The finish? But it was a scrappy winning goal, nothing special… No, not Pearses v Clann, I’m talking about the soccer in The Aviva. Boring! Except for the Finnish! They did well, we were poor… Oh, THAT! Yeah, and the media told us the Stephen Kenny era would be great… I suppose we shoudn’t rush to judgement. Maybe… Although sometimes it’s good to be decisive! Like that Judge Judy on TV,

We’re glad that pubs are finally being allowed to reopen. It’s good news for the industry and for the public. However, it is critical that customers observe the guidelines that will be in place. And we do not underestimate the enormous setback this prolonged closure has been for publicans, or the scale of the challenge going forward. We need to support our local pubs…and stay safe.

What we didn’t like… On the RTE Nine O’Clock News, the newscaster read out the headlines. 1: No great progress on Covid/more misery (I accepted it). 2: Brexit update (suddenly, the ‘B’ word is back; I sighed). 3: It’s official: Ireland is IN RECESSION (I think I switched over to The Kardashians or something…)

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So, up and down and over and back all weekend…what were you at? I was lifting…delivering…providing a service…climbing! Very strange! And you still got time to see Clann v Pearses? Yes! And St. Brigid’s v Boyle and the games on Saturday! But…the ‘no spectators’ ruling? I don’t understand… I was providing an essential service! Mmnn…let me try another angle. Okay, straight to the point: Did you by any chance see the photo of that chap on the huge ladder in the graveyard? Ahem! Go on… He put a ladder up against the wall in the cemetery so he could see into the Hyde! Really? Yeah…in fact, I heard a rumour that there were several ladders in use at pitches over the weekend… ‘accommodating’ fans… Lovely…of course many people own ladders. Oh no, I heard some Del Boy-type actually had the cheek to hire out ladders, he was targeting football-starved diehards… Wow! How entrepreneurial! More like opportunist, greedy! This Del ‘boyo’ saw some football himself, made a few bob…and was up and down and over and back all weekend! GUILTY AS CHARGED!

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PIC OF THE WEEK: Padraig Pearses’ manager Pat Flanagan looks like he may have been seeking divine intervention as his team’s SFC semi-final with Clann na nGael reached a dramatic finale! Picture: Michael McCormack

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Finn Electrical Expert celebrates 25 years in business! Finn Electrical Expert on Goff Street in Roscommon town is celebrating 25 years in business this week. The familyowned shop offers a wide range of electrical goods including household appliances and first opened its doors to the public on September 5th, 1995. Proprietor John Finn paid tribute to Finn Electrical Expert’s loyal customers and staff when speaking to the Roscommon People earlier this week. “We first opened on Goff Street in September 1995 so we marked a very important anniversary last Friday. We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years in business. On behalf of the Finn family and our staff, we would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who played a part in making it possible. “I especially want to thank our many loyal customers over the last 25 years and particularly for their support in the last few months. It has been a very difficult time for everyone and we are very grateful for the faith our customers have had in us throughout. “This is why shopping local is

so important for small businesses as we wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone otherwise,” he said. Proprietors John and Anne and sons Ciarán and Declan have all played key roles in the family business over the years. “I also want to express my gratitude to Tommy (Beades) and Deirdre (Connaughton) who have worked with us for the past 25 years. We are lucky that we have had so many won-

derful staff members who have worked hard for us over that time. “There have been a lot of changes in the shop since 1995. When we first opened, people were just beginning to buy televisions, having rented them for years before that. Nowadays there are two or three flatscreen televisions in most houses and electrical household appliances are more important than ever in a busy home.

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“Some things haven’t changed, however, and at Finn Electrical Expert we still pride ourselves on top class customer service and great value. We have a great range of products in stock and our staff are ready to offer expert electrical advice”. Finn Electrical Expert is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday. Customers are asked to kindly wear a mask and practice social distancing in store.

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Who’s saying what on Tweet Street ... Darren Conway @darren_conway I’d love a pint but my ma said I’m not allowed to get wet – Okay, it’s been (another) fairly humourless week… Bernie Linnane @Berlinnaeus Tubridy assures that he will be here every Friday night, no matter what happens. That is exactly what I was afraid of. #LateLate – Not everyone welcomed the return of the Late Late Show (some people are so hard to please! See also Paul Healy’s Week) Darinaaaaaaaaaa @DarinaBurnell Maybe I’m biased as being from a medical background but I am truly moved by the composure and dignity (with which) Dr. Sammar Ali spoke of her father #latelate – But there was one stand-out interview which touched the nation

Anthony O’Connor @Antcon7062 A good egg, doing his absolute level best into a gale force wind in one of the biggest crises in our nation’s history. #latelate #latelateshow – Not ‘Tubs’ himself; Anthony was referring to Dr. Ronan Glynn (we think!) Grace O’Sullivan @gosulli Micheal O’Muircheartaigh could bring out a relaxation app – could talk about ANYTHING, it wouldn’t matter – could listen to him for hours! (notwithstanding my grá for the Kerry accent) – More Late Late Show reaction (in this case, to an absolute legend) Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul Stephen Kenny set out to change Ireland. But despite playing possession football, the result remains the same: 1-1 with a late Duffy headed equaliser. #BULIRL – Irish football fans, so fickle!

Paddy Murray @paddytmurray This is really, really exciting. My paint is almost dry. #IRLFIN – And sarcastic! Joe Brolly @JoeBrolly1993 Our elderly have suffered an abysmal quality of life since lockdown and it is most unfair to punish them further. They need to be given the choice to decide whether to go to a local pub or go to a game, as life, in the end, is for living. – That man Joe…making a good point, in fairness Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan @lukeming I wonder does @LeoVaradkar turn up at other people’s birthday parties wearing his own birthday badge? – Whatever can Ming be referring to? Has Leo been stealing limelight? Mmnn…

Naughten’s concern on ‘Stay & Spend’ scheme against inland counties with small numbers of Fáilte Ireland approved accommodation providers”. He pointed out that there are 155 premises registered with Fáilte Ireland that provide bed & breakfast accommodation in Kerry, while there are just 15 in Westmeath, 10 in Roscommon, nine in Offaly, three in Longford and five in Laois. “The reality is that people will be attracted away from the counties that are a short journey from Dublin, which undermines the govern-

School transport issue continues to rumble on – Fitzmaurice Kerrane calls for action

Pictured are the U-19 Boys Badminton team from Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar who qualified for the All-Ireland Schools Finals last March. Frankie Quinn, Eoin Ward, Sean Hynes and Jonathon Meares were presented with tops from Maureen’s Foodstore, Ballyforan. Unfortunately, they didn’t get their day out (due to Covid-19). Well done boys.

Deputy Denis Naughten has expressed disappointment over the government’s new ‘Stay & Spend’ scheme, saying it has ignored both older people who do not have a tax liability, and inland counties with limited numbers of Fáilte Ireland-approved accommodation. “While the principle behind the new scheme is welcome, a tax credit scheme is of no benefit to many older people, who would traditionally have holidayed at home in the off-season,” states Denis Naughten. “Furthermore, this scheme discriminates

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Community and Rural Development, Claire Kerrane TD, has welcomed the news that restrictions on so-called ‘wet pubs’ being open will be lifted on September 21st. Deputy Kerrane said: “I welcome the decision for pubs to reopen and the clarity that this decision gives to publicans and their families at long last. “In July, my colleague Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste to ask NPHET to consider the possibility of pubs which do not serve food being opened in the same way as pubs with food were operating. Finally, the government are proceeding with this approach by allowing ‘wet pubs’ to reopen. “Many pub owners have felt frustrated by the ongoing delay and confusion on this matter, while they have watched other areas of the economy reopen safely. “I am confident that rural pub owners and their staff are determined to abide by all new regulations and are aware of their responsibilities to protect their customers and wider communities. Rural pubs have dedicated considerable time, resources and money to make their premises Covid-19-compliant and they have been waiting to open and operate in that new manner for many months now”.

ment strategy of supporting the development of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands; a part of the country that has already suffered as a result of the just transition and Bord na Mona job losses,” added Deputy Naughten. “A scheme which allows a family on holidays to claim tax relief on a burger and chips, but not on Airbnb or self-catering accommodation in a rural area because it is not registered with Failte Ireland, is, I believe, a flawed scheme, and one that needs to be revisited”.

Despite the online portal for school transport reopening recently, children across the country are being left waiting for bus passes, according to Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice. The independent TD noted that the widespread criticism received by the Department of Education last week led to the reopening of the online portal, which children and parents had been denied access to of late. “While it is a welcome development that the online portal is reopened and that parents can complete applications for transport where necessary, I have been informed that while payments will be accepted, no bus passes are due to issue. “It appears as if this is an underhanded tactic by the Department of Education to defer further criticism and scrutiny. If payments are being processed, then those children deserve to be awarded bus passes. We cannot continue in a situation where children are being left on the side of the road. “Coming from an education background, you would hope that the Minister for Education Norma Foley will soon get a handle on this situation,” Fitzmaurice concluded. Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane called on the government to immediately reopen the school bus transport ticket system. Responding to growing frustration of parents across the country, Deputy Kerrane said: “The school bus ticket system needs to be reopened immediately. We have a situation where children have no means of getting to school. “Parents sent in their payment to local offices only to be told that the system was closed and their child will not be allowed on the bus. Segregation of children into concessionary and eligible categories is just appalling and needs to be reversed”.

Crosby accuses Senator Murphy of headline-seeking! Cllr. Tom Crosby has accused Senator Eugene Murphy of “grabbing headlines” for work he had “little or nothing to do with”. Local politicians Tom Crosby and Eugene Murphy have sparked off one another many times in the past, and the Tarmonbarry businessman has no intention of allowing the Fianna Fáil Senator to steal the glory for mooted enhancement works in his bailiwick! In last week’s Roscommon People, Senator Murphy and his brother, Cllr. Joe Murphy, jointly welcomed plans by Roscommon County Council to carry out a major traffic plan in Tarmonbarry village.

This week, Cllr. Crosby said that the Murphys were trying to give the impression that the positive development can be attributed to a submission that was made over two years ago. Cllr. Crosby: “The plan referred to was a result of a notice of motion that I had placed on the agenda of Roscommon County Council calling for urgent traffic management measures to be introduced in the very busy village of Tarmonbarry”. He said that measures envisaged were to include traffic calming, in order to substantially slow the traffic going through the village. Cllr. Crosby’s notice of motion also

called for a pedestrian crossing and for a number of other safety measures and upgrades for the village. Cllr. Crosby says the notion of motion was passed at the January Plenary Meeting of Roscommon County Council. Subsequently, the Council, in conjunction with Traffic Infrastructure Ireland (TTI), began preparatory work. Traffic/ pedestrian surveys were conducted. Cllr. Crosby said he had a separate notice of motion recently passed by the County Council calling for provision of footpaths and public lighting on the very busy Rooskey approach road into the village.

He said there are currently no footpaths or public lighting in place on this approach road and consequently residents of four new housing estates have safety concerns. Pointing out that he is Secretary of Tarmonbarry Development and Tidy Towns Association, Cllr. Crosby said that he was mandated by that group to make a detailed application for funding to the current Town & Village Renewal Scheme, which can provide funding of up to €200,000 for such village safety measures and enhancement works. He submitted the application on the 28th of June. On foot of that application, a “very positive meeting” was

held in Tarmonbarry on Monday, 24th of August last. Cllr. Crosby says the meeting was attended by the Director of Services from Roscommon County Council and by two Senior Planners/Engineers. Cllr. Crosby and other representatives of Tarmonbarry Development and Tidy Towns Association were also present. Detailed plans for the village were discussed. Cllr. Crosby says that neither Senator Eugene Murphy or Cllr. Joe Murphy attended. He concluded: “I was very disappointed but was not at all surprised at Senator Eugene Murphy grabbing the headlines for something he had little or nothing to do with”.

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PAUL HEALY’S WEEK A column by Roscommon People editor

Friday The Late Late Show is a dinosaur that’s trying to be cool down at the Zoo. The format is tired. The same D-celebrity guests keep reappearing. Often, the interviews are embarrassingly gushing. Of course it still has its moments, and for a certain section of Irish society the temptation remains to tune in, to always check out the Late Late. We’re conditioned…brainwashed by that owl, lured by the legend of decades of memorable TV. But how much more can we endure? After the summer break, the show was back tonight, admittedly with an impressive lineup (as Late Late line-ups go). The interview with Dr. Sammar Ali, whose father, Dr. Syed Waqqar Ali, died after contracting Covid-19, was heartbreaking and deeply poignant. After a glass of wine and a busy week, I napped through the Micheal O’Muircheartaigh interview. Dr. Ronan Glynn (the new Dr. Tony Holahan) was impressive. He’s grown into the role, but I don’t approve of the Late Late foisting more Covid content on to us on a Friday night. Tonight’s was quite a good show, but the sense remains that the Late Late’s frustratingly odd format – where it’s not unusual for a comedian to be followed by a story of personal tragedy – is symptomatic of a terminally damaged TV entity. My free advice to RTE remains: End the Late Late! Or, if advertising revenues and stubbornness must win the day, radically change it. If it’s meant to be an entertainment show, drop the sad ‘human’ stories. Cut it to a maximum of 90 minutes. If you must dip into current affairs, have a panel of guests reflect on the stories of the week. The often infuriating presenter, well meaning and all as he is, is a big part of the problem too. In reality, I think it’s all too…eh…late. It’s been a great journey, but – despite its occasional bright nights – maybe it really is time for the Late Late Show to be put out to pasture. Every owl has its day.

Every day They unveiled a giant mural of US Presidential candidate Joe Biden in Ballina last week. But I’m not sure that he’s the real deal. I’m not even sure if Joe is Mayo’s most capable politician! It may be appropriate that there’s a discount store across from the mural. And so, as Ballina declares for Biden, one might ask if Tourmakeady will declare for

campaigner, and if he gets to take Biden on in public, with glove off, he is capable of making this a tight and dirty fight. In Ballina last week – reflecting his Mayo links – they plastered Joe Biden’s smiling face across the wall of a building. It remains to be seen if the writing is on the wall for Trump.


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Trump? As least of equal importance is this question: Is Biden suited to be ‘Leader of the free world’? Biden, the Democratic Party’s candidate – the man tasked with trying to end the Trump soap opera – has been uninspiring in a campaign which admittedly has barely got past the starting blocks (due to the pandemic). The Biden camp’s tactic has been to lie low, trusting that Trump – damaged by his slow and often chaotic response to Covid-19 – will gift the White House to the Democrats. There was some logic to this approach initially. Over and above the usual controversy and drama one associates with the Trump regime, the president has had a rocky summer, with the pandemic causing human and economic carnage, and with widespread social unrest simmering in major cities as racial tensions erupted following the killing by police of George Floyd. However, it was never realistic that this ‘Joe lies low’ tactic would be guaranteed to carry Mr. Biden over the line. Unsurprisingly, in the last week or two he has belatedly accepted that he has to come out and fight his eccentric, unique opponent. For all the derision Trump is subjected to, he is still very much in this race. In fact, until Covid struck earlier this year, Trump was probably

favourite to win November’s election. As an unprecedented summer elapsed, his chances looked dead and buried, but I think he’s back in contention now. It’s clear from watching American TV networks and from observing social media that Trump’s America is dangerously divided. Trump has had many successes (the economy was thriving before the pandemic), but overall he has been a hugely divisive force. Much of the world watches Trump with unease, shock, disbelief…but his unpredictability and eccentricity appeals to millions of Americans, many of them long disillusioned with an establishment that has left them behind. Into this broken environment steps Trump, with his extraordinary mix of street-fighting and celebrity appeal. Contrary to some of the scornful media coverage he receives, Trump is brilliant at selling himself and his ‘America first’ message. I’m no fan of Trump’s, but I think people who see him as a fool are completely underestimating him. By contrast, Biden strikes me as a weak candidate. I am at a loss as to how the Democrats failed to put forward a more dynamic and inspirational candidate. Biden – mainly because he’s not Trump, and because of Covid-19 – is still favourite to win. But Trump is the better

The Certain Type of Man was feeding the cattle when the news broke. Obviously, he didn’t get it through Twitter. His phone didn’t ping, not that he knows anyway. Instead, in scenes reminiscent of when World War II ended, neighbours came running through the fields…to declare the good news. When he digested it – that the pubs are reopening on September 21st – he could hardly believe it. “The wet ones?” he asked Mrs. Reilly (89). “Yes, the wet ones” she exclaimed. Even the not socially distancing cattle seemed to allow themselves a smile. The Certain Type of Man will be ready. He knows it won’t be straightforward, it won’t be like it was. He’s bulling about the ‘table service only’ ruling; he may launch a ‘Back to the counter’ campaign in the future, but for now, he’ll (reluctantly) be grateful for small mercies. He’s not sure if he’ll go back to the local on the Monday night, but he knows he’ll relaunch no later than midweek. He’ll sit back – reluctantly – but he’ll venture near the counter at every opportunity, under the guise of passing en route to the toilets, or needing a closer look at the poster on the wall. He’ll be ready, make no mistake about it. He’s far from happy overall, but it’s a start. He’s ready too for the other customers, whether battle-hardened fogies like him, or young bucks or young wans. Secretly, he’s beside himself with excitement at all he has to get off his chest. In fact, he has a list done out already, a list of all the stuff he needs to comment on (Hogan, not opening pubs, Varadkar & Martin, China, Trump, no fans at GAA matches, etc). He’s glad that ould Normal People shi*te has died down. He’ll be ready alright. He’s damn glad that he won’t have to feign knowledge of pizzas from a menu. He just wants a proper feckin’ pint, a match on the telly, and a bit of normality. The Certain Type of Man is back in business.


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Psychology Level 7 with Maynooth University 2020/21 Vita House (Abbey Street, Roscommon) is delighted to announce that we will be running our Level 7 Certificate in Psychology, accredited by Maynooth University, starting on Monday, October 5th 2020, at 7.30 pm, running until Monday, May 10th 2021. This will also involve some Saturday workshops and two Saturdays in Maynooth University. Due to Covid-19, we will be running at least one class online, with the option of having more classes online if necessary. A timetable for the year is available on request. Module content: this certificate-level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. The course aims to introduce participants to the main psychological theories and examine their contribution to the development of the discipline, and is aimed at people who would like a comprehensive introduction to the subject discipline of Psychology at university level. Modules are as follows: Overview of what psychology consists of, its history and study skills. The Biological Basis of Behaviour: Most behaviour is rooted in our biology; this module considers the role of the brain in sleep, sensation and perception. Learning and Feeling: This module focuses on how we learn, remember and experience emotions. Personality: This module reviews the most important theories of personality, and how personality is assessed under each of these theories.

The Development of the Individual: This module considers the early development of the child from conception through to thought, language and moral development. Introduction to Social Psychology: Key areas in social psychology such as social perception, attitudes and prejudice will be explored in this module. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: This module introduces students to the diagnosis, classification and treatment models in abnormal behaviour. Introduction to Social Research Methodology: An introduction to the main techniques involved in social research. If you require any further information, or would like to book a place on the course, please contact Donal on 090 6625898.

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Roscommon People Friday 11 September 2020

Outdoor film NTY projections for Culture Night in Roscommon



A series of free live and online events will take place for Culture Night Roscommon. The nationwide event showcases culture across a wide variety of genres with free events taking place across the country. This year’s highlight event will be an outdoor film projection of the Douglas Hyde poem ‘A Poem to be Said On Hearing the Birds Sing’, by Roscommon-based artist Peter Kilmartin, of Spicy Dog Media. This 3-minute film centres around the struggle for independence in County Roscommon in 1920, with 2020 vision. The film is a commission by Culture Night Roscommon together with the Community Strand of the 2020 Decade of Centenaries Programme. The film will be projected onto the buildings of Roscommon Arts Centre, King House in Boyle, the Douglas Hyde Centre in Portahard, Frenchpark and on the building of Connellan Solicitors, beside the entrance to Strokestown Park House. In Boyle, the film can be viewed from the rear of King House, in Shop Street Car Park. Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer explains: “This main event was commissioned by Roscommon County

Council with Covid restrictions in mind. Viewers can park, stand or walk and watch. And they can do so time and time again over the weekend. The film is an emotive and reflective piece based on events around 1920 by film artist Peter Kilmartin. “We must also reflect that 100 years later, the current pandemic is a struggle of another kind, on a global scale. We hope the film and our other events will enable people to experience the arts and culture in Roscommon, at a time when access has been curtailed”.

The film will be projected from Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th between 7 pm and 9 pm. The film, 3 minutes in length, will be looped every ten minutes so there will be no need for people to congregate for any length of time or in numbers above 15. Culture Night will also feature another film by artist Mark Garry, entitled An Lucht Siúil, or ‘The Waking People’ which can be viewed in the gallery space of the Roscommon Arts Centre until 8 pm that evening and continues until September 25th. Online events will also take place on the night. Fregoli Theatre Company will perform ‘I Want You to Know Me’ and ‘Inside You Stay’ which will be screened on the Roscommon Arts Centre Facebook page. And a new documentary by the Boyle Songwriters Collective will be screened online on their Facebook page. There will also be free entry to King House in Boyle from 5 pm to 8 pm that evening. * Further information on Culture Night is available on, or facebook @roscommonculturenight. Culture Night is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with Roscommon County Council.


FREE EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTY A Poem To be Said On Hearing the Birds Sing 1920::2020 OUTDOOR FILM Venues: Roscommon Arts Centre; King House Boyle, Douglas Hyde Centre Frenchpark; Strokestown House (Connellan Solicitors Building) Dates: 18th, 19th + 20th September 7-9pm

Mark Garry: An Lucht Siúil (The Walking People) FILM Venue: Roscommon Arts Centre Gallery Space Until 8pm Exhibition continues until 25th September during centre opening hours.

Fregoli Theatre Company: I Want You to Know Me and Inside You Stay

THEATRE ONLINE: Roscommon Arts Centre Facebook page

King House Boyle - Open House Free entry to King House 5-8pm

Boyle Songwriters Collective Documentary

FILM ONLINE: Boyle Songwriters Collective Facebook page Culture Night is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with Roscommon County Council


€400,000 for charity and community organisations Minister Frank Feighan has welWhile welcoming the allocacomed the allocation of almost tion from central Government, €400,000 to twelve charity and Minister Feighan said: “The community organisations in the Covid-19 Stability Scheme aims Sligo/is brought Leitrim to constituency to provide Culture Night you by The by Arts Council in financial support to Ministerwith forRoscommon Community and Council qualifying organisations who partnership County Rural Development, Heather find themselves in difficulty and Humphreys. have seen their fundraising and/

or traded income drop significantly during the emergency crisis. The scheme focuses on supporting organisations, providing vital supports and services in the charity and community areas”. The successful applicants under this scheme are as follows:

Sligo: Skreen and Dromard Community Centre (€8,749), Lough Arrow Social Project (€67,695), MS Therapy Centre, Sligo (€103,333), Sligo Cancer Support Centre (€68,613), Sligo Centre for Independent Living (€53,204), and St. Michael’s,

Cloonacool (€4,348). Leitrim: The Organic Centre (€48,359), Feenagh Development Company (€9,506), Mohill Community Development Association (€9,617), and Tullaghan Development Association (€4,069).

Funding welcomed

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has welcomed funding of over €700,000 for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) for counties Roscommon and Galway. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, approved funding of approximately €18 million nationally. Senator Murphy said that a total of €776,039 was allocated to counties Galway and Roscommon. A breakdown of the figures shows that a total of €158,677 has been allocated to County Roscommon, which includes exchequer funding of €142,810, and €15,868 from Roscommon County Council.

AGM of Roscommon Women’s Network The County Roscommon Women’s Network (RWN)

are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company on Thursday, September 17th 2020 at 6 pm in the Roscommon Women’s Network Offices, the Old Mill, Castlerea. This is an open AGM, and all are welcome to attend. However, due to the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions, there will be limited spaces available. Therefore, anyone interested in attending is asked to register via phone on 094 9621690 or email For more information on the company visit our or visit the Roscommon Women’s Network’s page on Facebook.


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Speeding concerns raised with Gardai, Council Cllr. Marty McDermott, right, has called on Roscommon County Council to give consideration to the installation of a ‘fixed camera system’ at locations in Roscommon town with a view to addressing speeding in residential areas. Cllr. McDermott says that prior to last Monday’s Roscommon Municipal District meeting he met with Garda Superintendent Fran Nicholson to discuss residents’ concerns. “In particular, residents in The Walk, Hawthorn Drive and Lisnamult have raised concerns with me with regard to safety issues”. Cllr. McDermott said that some areas would benefit from speed limits being reduced. Specifically, there were concerns in the three named areas with regard to what he called “a total disrespect” for speed limits. “At The Walk, for example, there is a heavy volume of traffic which will only

increase on the completion of the housing development there. Already, there are instances of motorists disregarding the existing speed limits and this is a major safety concern for householders”. According to Cllr. McDermott, Superintendent Nicholson said that the Gardai are aware of the concerns. According to Cllr. McDermott, the Superintendent indicated that installation of a fixed camera system would be a very positive measure. At Monday’s Roscommon Municipal District meeting, Cllr. McDermott raised the concerns. He says the Council has committed to looking into the issues arising.

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G D News page Historic class of 2020 makes the grade! The


Leaving Certificate students across Co. Roscommon made history when they logged on to receive their calculated grades on Monday morning – and while there had been some trepidation regarding the process, the general consensus is that most were happy with the final outcome. Roscommon Community College principal, Georgina Keena, said students had to adapt to the new regulations. “It was a very, very strange day I have to say. Normally there is a routine where we pick up the results and the students will come in and meet with me to discuss whether those results will be

enough for their CAO choices. This year the results are one thing but trying to gauge the CAO points is another”. Ms. Keena said the school had been well prepared for the calculated grading system, expressing gratitude to the hard work of teachers and students alike. “In retrospect, we were well prepared for going online. The students had full access to the Microsoft Office suite which our teachers had been using for years. There was a robust system in place and we knew that the students had been working very hard and were well looked after. We felt that our teachers had the measure of our students and so there wasn’t that void that there

may have been in other places” she said. Convent of Mercy Principal, Miriam Hunt, was also thrilled with the excellent Leaving Cert results with 30% of the school’s students achieving in excess of 500 points, including a number of exceptional individual results. “Students accessed their results online at 9 am on Monday morning via the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades Portal and must wait until Friday at 2 pm to receive their college offer. It is a very anxious time for all concerned and I am eager to see the exact detail of the standardisation process applied by the Department of Education. “I want to congratulate the girls on their results after what was the

most difficult year for them with school closure, remote learning, all the uncertainty around orals and practical exams and then the final decision to cancel the exams. They were a superb group of girls and I wish them the very best for the future,” she said. Mrs. Hunt also expressed her gratitude to Deputy Principal, Ms. Sinead Tiernan, and all the hard-working teachers and staff at the Convent of Mercy. There was no spokesperson available to comment on behalf of Roscommon Community College when we phoned on Wednesday. More reaction from local schools in our next issue. Students now await CAO offers which will be issued at 2 pm on Friday.

Pictured are Thomas Carty of Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, and April Rarugal of Dublin, who were married on the 28th of August 2020 in St. Bride’s Church, Ballintubber. A reception was held afterwards in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.

Children’s art exhibition – ‘Life After Lockdown’ Almost forty works of art by children aged from 3 to 14 recently went on display at Boyle Library in King House, as part of a ‘Life After Lockdown’ exhibition. The work can be viewed during library hours until Saturday, September 19th. With no festival this year, and no children’s workshops, young people were invited to enter a work of art to the Boyle Arts Festival Children’s Art Exhibition, and asked to use their experiences during the recent lockdown as inspiration. All of the entries are comprised of drawings, paintings, photographs and collages, and are of a very high standard, showcasing many diverse and exciting styles of art by some of our artists of the future. For more information, email

Pubs to reopen on September 21



SEE YOU ALL ON THE 21ST! Larry Brennan, who co-owns Down The Hatch in Roscommon town with Seamus Hayden.

The Government announcement that all pubs will reopen on Monday, September 21st has been warmly welcomed by publicans in County Roscommon, although the Roscommon & District Chairperson of the Vintners Federation of Ireland said he is wary of another ‘false dawn’. Larry Brennan, who co-owns Down The Hatch in Roscommon town, said he hoped publicans would be given a chance to work with HSE guidelines. “We’re delighted with the decision to reopen pubs on September 21st because we feel that the whole thing is now back in our hands. It is up to us now to prove that we can make the guidelines work,” he said. Mr. Brennan did however express his concerns that the reopening could be further delayed. “I hope it’s not another false dawn. This is the fourth reopening date we have been given at this stage and there’s only so many times they can march us to the top

of the hill before we lose faith. I am quietly confident this time though that all pubs will be allowed to reopen,” he added. There remain concerns among some business owners however that the rising number of Covid-19 cases in recent days could scupper plans to reopen next Monday week. “I would see the number of cases as a concern but long-term we are going to have to get used to living with Covid-19. Until there is a vaccine, life as we once knew it won’t return. We can’t leave pubs and businesses closed but we do need to have proper guidelines in place. I accept that the numbers are high, but we can’t really blame the pubs because they have been closed since March. “There are people whose only social outlet is a couple of pints with neighbours and friends in their local pub and therefore the onus is on pubs to enforce the rules. “I have no doubt that we will make it work because we are resilient and because we simply have to make it work,” Mr. Brennan concluded.


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Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation is appealing to people to support this year’s Hospice Coffee Morning, together with Bewley’s. Organisers are calling on the public to host a coffee morning on Thursday, 24th of September to help raise vital funds for their local hospice. This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, coffee morning hosts are encouraged to host socially distanced or virtual coffee mornings. It is hoped that this year’s events – whether held in small groups in homes, or virtually with colleagues and friends – will raise much-needed funds for hospices across Ireland, to meet growing demands for the services. CEO of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Martina Jennings, said: “Our coffee morning hosts range from families who have availed of the service and experienced the work of our wonderful palliative care teams firsthand. “Construction is underway on the Roscommon Hospice and will be completed next year. All €6 million of that cost will come from fundraising. “Thanks to Bewley’s, every single euro raised by people

who host a local coffee morning goes directly to Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Foundation”. *To register to host a Coffee

Morning, log on to https://www., call 094-9388666 or


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NFGWS hosts Rural Water Week

‘Let it Bee’ initiative creating a buzz! Farmers turned beekeepers on Corracreigh Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co. Roscommon are creating a buzz as they spread the word on the danger of pesticides to their honeybees, the local drinking water source and to wider biodiversity. The ‘Let it Bee’ initiative started early this summer, when the Rushes, the Kellys and Durrs received honey beehives and began learning how to become beekeepers. Local GWS manager, Thomas Rushe, is the driving force behind the project. As an organic farmer and manager of his local group water scheme, he knows the damage that pesticides are doing to local drinking water sources and to biodiversity generally. “I’m very aware that water quality can be impacted by farming practices. Our water source is very vulnerable to pollution and is something we’re watching for all the time. Bees are a very visible reminder that we need wildflowers in the landscape. This is a message that people can relate to”. Apart from issues arising from pesticide use, he points out that “slurry spreading in wet conditions is one of the biggest dangers to the water source”. Cattle and sheep farmer, Jude Walsh, is mentor to the beekeepers of Corracreigh. He draws a parallel between “honeybees that work together for the benefit of their hive, their community” and the people of Corracreigh who, he says, “need to work together for the benefit of their drinking water supply”. Recognising that it’s not just the farming community that is using pesticide, the youngest beekeeper, Rory Durr, is keen to see householders pull back from spraying pesticides in their gardens. Domestic pesticide use is, therefore, a major focus of the ‘Let it Bee’ initiative. Recently the buzz has been heard in neighbouring Mid-Roscommon GWS, with three farm families signing up. Edward and Jennifer Payne and their son Ben from Hilltop Dairies were first to take the step, while the Nallys and Dufficys have also installed hives on their farms. Thomas Rushe is convinced that it won’t stop there: “This project is really raising awareness. Keeping honeybees and creating habitat for our wild bees and butterflies has the potential to change attitudes to farming practices. You are less likely to spray dangerous chemicals when you understand the harm that they cause”. In a bid to further enhance biodiversity-appreciation in the community, work is underway to construct 330 ‘bee hotels’ to be distributed to every family on Corracreigh GWS, thereby providing multiple nesting sites for wild bees and other pollinators.

Need to protect drinking water sources highlighted Pictured is Edward Payne of Hilltop Dairies.

Pictured are Pili, daughter Erin, Ivan and son Gael Kelly.

Let it Bee! Pictured are Emmet and Rory Durr with Thomas Rushe.

The organisation representing community-owned group water schemes has launched a ‘Rural Water Week’ to raise public awareness of key issues affecting the sector, which supplies drinking water to more than 120,000 homes nationally. The National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) aims to focus attention on a Source Protection Pilot Project in Co. Roscommon, in which group water schemes are working closely with householders and farmers to prevent contamination of vulnerable springs and the catchments that feed into them. Agricultural practices that can impact on water quality, both positively and negatively, have been erected at marts in Roscommon, Elphin and Castlerea, while leaflets providing similar guidance are being distributed across the county as part of a collaborative GWS Source Protection Pilot Project. Farmers and householders are being urged to think carefully before using pesticides, as these are emerging as a serious problem for drinking water supplies. Farmers and contractors are also being reminded of the importance of proper and effective nutrient management to help protect water sources from pollution. Pollacat Springs GWS Manager, Anthony Lee, says: “Contamination from pesticides and slurry is the main danger to public health in our drinking water supplies”. Praising Roscommon, Elphin and Castlerea marts, Mid-Roscommon GWS manager, Noel Carroll said: “Marts are an important meeting place for farmers buying and selling livestock. It was at such meeting places that an earlier generation of farmers set about building group water schemes across Roscommon. Today, we need to protect that legacy by engaging with the farming community”.

Pictures are Thomas Rushe and Gerry Connellan (manager of Elphin Mart).


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NFGWS hosts Rural Water Week

Pictured are Maura Quigley (Roscommon Mart manager), Noel Carroll (manager of the Mid-Roscommon Group Water Scheme), Anthony Lee (manager of the Polecats Group Water Scheme), and Niall Geraghty (Roscommon County Council).

Pictured is Catherine Finlay (Roscommon County Council) and Noel Carroll (manager of the Mid-Roscommon Group Water Scheme).

‘I’ve planted a tree and my garden is pesticide free’ Schoolchildren across County Roscommon will plant 7,500 native trees this autumn as part of an eco-initiative to help protect local water sources, enhance biodiversity and capture carbon. The community initiative, being launched as part of Rural Water Week, is also intended to inspire the next generation and their families to think about sustainability. The initiative has been developed by the group water scheme sector and Roscommon County Council, with the support of developer, Ballymore, and Irish children’s charity, Variety Ireland. National school children across the county will receive online information about the damaging consequences of pesticide use and the importance of biodiversity enhancement. Just before mid-term, every child will receive a tree, sponsored by Ballymore, as well

as a certificate recognising the child’s role as ‘an advocate for biodiversity’ in their own homes. Welcoming the rollout of the initiative, Mid-Roscommon GWs manager, Noel Carroll explains its importance. “Pesticide usage in gardens and on verges outside households poses a threat to the quality of water that comes out of our taps and to biodiversity in general. When children understand this, they can play a vital role in persuading their parents, uncles and aunties to stop spraying these toxic substances. “We trialled this initiative in Tulsk and Four Mile House National Schools earlier this year and could see the enthusiasm of the children and how they understood just how important it is to protect our local water sources and biodiversity”. Variety Ireland (which helps chil-

dren with disabilities) describes the project as a “wonderfully creative, inclusive initiative that allows children, regardless of their physical or mental health, to be involved in planting a tree that will create new life into area they live”. Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, adds: “We take sustainability and biodiversity seriously on all our projects and I’m thrilled to be a part of this. It’s a fantastic idea that will make a big impact on the education of children and on the future of Roscommon”. Senior Executive Officer with Roscommon County Council, Catherine Finlay says that the ‘I’ve planted a tree and my garden is pesticide free’ schools initiative “has the potential to bring lasting benefits to drinking water Three generations: Pictured are Sean Mulryan, James Mulryan and Ruby who have sources across the county and to the sponsored 7,500 trees for the National School Children in County Roscommon. communities that rely on them”.


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Staycationing tales from Trim and the Hill of Tara Royal watching Frank on the many attractions of County Meath… following by birdwatching (or listening) as our columnist provides a cuckoo update…

It’s Sunday of last week, and Carol and I are heading for Trim in County Meath, where we are due to spend a couple of nights in the Knightsbrook House Hotel. Even though we are looking forward to our first break in a long time, I must admit that we’re both slightly apprehensive about exactly how it’ll all work out. Covid-19 has changed the dynamics of practically everything, and while we weren’t really very worried, we did wonder as to whether or not we’d be able to have a relatively normal, relaxing time. However, the truth is we needn’t have bothered (being worried) as everything was perfectly organised. There was proper social distancing in the restaurants and bars, with last orders at 10.30 pm and everyone out by 11 pm. All told, there was very little difference between this little break and any others we have been on, even in normal times. Included in our little package was a round of golf on what turned out to be a Christy O’Connor designed championship golf course. However, as we watched group after group lining up (oftentimes with 10 or 12 players waiting and watching as others hit

off), we decided we would give the golf a miss. Even in the comfort of Castlerea Golf Club, if there is anyone that might be looking at me as I take a shot, I am guaranteed to top it, slice it, shank it (these are all golf terms), or even miss it completely, so I can’t imagine what calamity might have befallen us if we had attempted to drive off in front of so many strangers. We are made of strong stuff however. Earlier in the day, while we were on a little drive, I had noticed a place called Ballater Golf Centre. It had a driving range, so we decided to pay it a visit. It was a great bit of fun. The proprietor was a man called Kevin Garvey, a professional golfer, a top golf instructor, and a really lovely, welcoming host. One look at our swings was enough for him to know we were past all help, and there was nothing either he or anyone else could do for us, and so Kevin left us to our own devices. We hit about 100 balls (or at least some of them) without doing any major structural damage to his top class facilities. I have to say it was a lovely way of passing some of the day, and if you ever find yourself up that part of the world you could do a lot worse than visit Kevin and his golfing centre. When I was a young lad working in the Bank of Ireland, one of my good friends was from Trim, and the best thing he could say about his home town was that it had a good hurling team. Even though that review was aired almost fifty years ago, we were a bit concerned as to how we would fill the day. Once again we needn’t have worried, as we discovered that there are

loads of interesting places to visit in the Royal County, starting in our case with the Hill of Tara. As we have a daughter called Tara, a visit to the Hill has always been on our bucket list, but I don’t deny that I had very little expectations as we headed for the famous tourist spot. I got completely lost, and there were hardly any road signs to help me get there, leaving me decidedly unenthusiastic about our visit, until eventually we made it and I was totally amazed at what we found. Obviously there were all the historic items, spread over a huge open-air site – including a statue of St. Patrick, various graves, mounds, and stones, but for me the highlight was the absolutely stunning scenery. In every direction, we could see miles and miles of extraordinary beauty. If anywhere showcases the loveliness of our little country, then it’s the Hill of Tara. After our walk around the massive grounds we indulged ourselves a little by sitting out in the open air and enjoying a lovely cup of coffee from a gorgeous little coffee shop/restaurant. As the sun shone down, it was easy to realise why the Hill of Tara is such a popular place to visit. Even on this Monday morning there were a lot of people there. The other thing that was noticeable was how friendly the visitors to the Hill were. As we stood on top of one of the many mounds, we got talking to another couple, and they told us we have to visit Trim Castle, where apparently the wonderful film, Braveheart, was mostly shot. After lunch we decided to take their advice and so we headed to the castle. For an hour or so, I imagined myself

as Mel Gibson (Editor: Plausible!), sitting atop a big black horse as I battled against the might of the British forces. I changed my mind about that later on though, as the one and only time that I sat on a horse, my 29 inch leg meant I couldn’t swing my leg back, and I had to get down with the help of a gate, so in hindsight I was just an ordinary Scottish soldier… Once again we enjoyed the trip around what is an amazing structure, which apparently dates from the 11th century. How they managed to build it back then is mind-boggling,

Cuckoo update… About this time last year (early September) you may recall that I caused mayhem, controversy and uproar amongst my readers when I told you all that I had heard the distinctive sound of the cuckoo. Many people thought I myself had gone cuckoo, and the general reaction was that I might need to seek out some medical help. So this year I decided that I would take note of the number of times I heard the cuckoo. So far, it has only been twice…I heard it on the morning of the postponed Darkness into Light Walk (at 6 am) – that was on May 9th – and I heard it again six days later on a beautiful sunny afternoon as I walked up Lenamarla. The first time didn’t last very long, but on the second occasion it seemed to go on for ages, and little did I think that that would be the last time this summer I would hear its welcome sound. I am keeping my little notebook open, and hopefully I will be proven right and may once again hear the cuckoo in September. As Kevin Keegan famously said (in another context): “I would love that”.

but again, if you find yourself in Trim, pay it a visit. Newgrange and Monasterboice are other places of interest to visit in Co. Meath, so it seems that my friend got it wrong all those years ago, and besides, if the worst came to the worst, you could always go to Dunboyne, buy a few herbs and meet the legendary Sean Boylan. As we headed home, we both agreed that everything was top class, the hotel perfectly safe and really well run, and for the first escape in a long, long time, it worked out very well.

And finally… On Friday evening I couldn’t wait for the MunsterLeinster semi-final of the Pro14 rugby competition, but it turned out to be a most disappointing game. Sad to say, but Munster made no attempt to play any (creative) rugby and were comprehensively beaten by a Leinster team who didn’t even have to play well to do so. Where has the traditional Munster pride and fire gone? The ‘never-say-die’ attitude of previous teams? Maybe it’s time for them to go back to a homegrown, local coach who would at least understand what makes the province tick. It’s a long time since I have been so disgusted with any team as I was with Munster on Friday evening. If kicking the ball every time you get it is what it’s all about, then thank God I can at least look forward to seeing Creggs, who do the very opposite and run with it from every corner of the field. That can sometimes give the odd ‘heart attack’ as well, but I will gladly put up with that. Spectator stand! One stand, one spectator: Hyde Park on Sunday. Picture: Michael McCormack

‘Till next week, bye for now


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LEADER Food Initiative funding: expressions of interest invited In May 2018, then Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, in conjunction with then Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, pictured right, launched the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ – an exciting opportunity for both artisan and small food and beverage businesses to access up to €200,000 in grant-aid through the LEADER programme, 2014-2020. The initiative aims to provide financial assistance to eligible businesses – both new and existing – for the renovation/extension of production facilities and the purchasing of processing equipment, as well as supporting applicants in areas such as market development, competitiveness, and innovation. Supports under this initiative may include, but are not limited to, the following: artisan, micro and small food producers (including those with a focus on collaborative proposals aimed at production quality and market issues), regional product development (including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs), marketing

and processing for strategically identified sectors (including honey and apple processors), improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes, and the addressing of challenges to co-operation, as identified in studies on facilitating short sup-

ply chains – for example, entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, marketing and business skill deficits. Project eligibility In order for potential applications to be considered eligible, they must be in the areas of market development, competi-

tiveness or innovation and must be in line with the objectives of the LDS framework for the subregional area. Project applicants must be artisan, micro or small food producers and registered as a food producer with the relevant Competent Authority (for registration as a Food Producer, please contact FSAI). If the

applicant is not a food business, the project must deliver a benefit to artisan, micro and small food producers. Funding limits The minimum amount of funding available under this initiative is €5,000, with the maximum set at €200,000

per project. Funding will be provided for capital investment, analysis and development or training. LEADER funding – still available nationally under the ‘LEADER Food Initiative 2018’ – hopes to support new and existing artisan/small food and beverage producers, and is intended to make a vital contribution to the development of local food businesses. Funding is available for capital investment, analysis and development, or training. The types of projects that are eligible for funding include the renovation and extension of production facilities and the purchase of processing equipment, as well as marketing development, competitiveness and innovation. Please note that suitable projects will be selected on a first come/ first served basis. Expressions of interest for this targeted call are now being accepted. (You can download an Expression of Interest from our website Contact the LEADER team at Roscommon LEADER Partnership on 090 6630252 or email

Co. Roscommon LEADER Programme 2014-2020

LEADER Food Initiative Call for Projects 2018 ( Support for Artisan, Micro & Small food producers)

Overall budget for call: €5million Maximum level of funding available to any individual project: €200,000.00 Minimum level of funding: €5,000.00 Maximum Rates of Aid: Capital, Marketing & Promotion: Private Promoters/Businesses - 50%, Community Promoters - 75% Analysis & Development: Private Promoters/Businesses - 75%, Targeted Groups: Individuals, communities and commercial businesses Investment Type: Capital Support, Technical Support/Analysis & Development, Training, Marketing & Promotion Opening time/date 09:00am on Friday 11th September 2020 Closing time/date for receipt of completed EOI forms: 05:00pm on Friday 9th October 2020 Private individuals, businesses, entrepreneurs and community/voluntary organisations are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for funding under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020. Expression of Interest forms are available from the RLP website, by emailing or phoning 090 663 0252. Full details of the types of projects to be funded under this Targeted Call are contained in the Co. Roscommon Local Development Strategy Local Objective 2014-2020 which is also available on the RLP website. Please contact RLP if you wish to speak to a member of staff prior to submitting your EOI. Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interests, along with relevant supporting documentation, is detailed above. Late submissions will not be eligible for funding. Only EOIs deemed eligible will be invited to submit a full application. Completed Expressions of Interest and supporting documentation should be submitted to Roscommon LEADER Partnership by post or by hand to Roscommon West Business Park, Golf Links Road, Roscommon Town, F42 TD98 (Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm) or by email to All submissions should be clearly marked ‘LEADER – Food Initiatives Call 2020’. Canvassing will disqualify. The LEADER Programme 2014-2020 is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and by the EU under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas . Roscommon LEADER Partnership is the Implementation Partner for the delivery of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 in Co. Roscommon.


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Motoring People Further extensions to validity period of driving licences Recently, Minister Eamon Ryan TD, and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD at the Department of Transport, gave details of a further extension to the validity period of driving licences in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption it has caused to licensing services delivered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). This now means that anyone whose driving licence is or has expired between March 1st and August 31st 2020 has the validity of their license extended by seven months in total. In effect, this means that a person whose driving licence expired on March 10th 2020 will have the life of this licence extended to October 10th 2020, while a person whose licence expired on August 15th 2020 will have a new expiry date of March 15th 2021. Minister Naughton said: “it is important that we continue to take the necessary measures which have the health and safety of our drivers and that of the staff of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at its core. This latest extension will also go a long way in allaying concerns that many drivers may be facing with delays in renewing their licence. The

NDLS, in line with many other state agencies, has seen an increased demand for its services since resuming operations following its temporary closure due to the Covid emergency”. Minister Naughton also urged anyone availing of the NDLS services to follow the procedures that have been put in place to protect customers and the staff. The patience and understanding of the public is both appreciated and necessary, as staff are delivering public services with muchreduced capacity and in very challenging circumstances. The RSA, which operates the NDLS on behalf of the Department, also hopes to extend its online services over the coming months, subject to the appropriate legislation and technical solutions being in place. In addition, the ministers also confirmed that the exemption from having a current medical report for those aged 70 years and over, without specific medical conditions, is being extended. The exemption is being put in place until December 31st and means that no medical report is required for over-70s unless they have one of the conditions specifically listed in the licence renewal application form.

Electric vehicle demand in Europe hits record levels It appears that the pandemic’s strong impact on the economy has not dented consumer interest in electrified vehicles (EVs). In July 2020, we saw a recordbreaking month for EV registrations in Europe, up 131% yearon-year to 230,700. Here in Ireland, fully electric vehicle registrations currently make up a 3.59 per cent share of the market, with 2,660 EVs registered so far. However, this is down one per cent for the year to date (2,687). This was the first time that these vehicles (hybrids and full electric) were bought by more than 200,00

consumers in a single month. The Renault Zoe was by far the highest-selling EV in Europe for July, with 146% year-onyear growth. Renault sold 9,280 Zoes in July, followed by the Hyundai with the Kona (4,405), the Volkswagen e-Golf (4,094) and Kia’s e-Niro was in fourth. The latest figures from JATO tell us that EVs accounted for 18% of total registrations in July, far greater than their market share of 7.5% in July 2019, and 5.7% in July 2018. Felipe Munoz, global analyst at JATO Dynamics, commented: “The rise in demand for EVs

is strongly related to a wider offer that is finally including more affordable choices. The higher competition amongst brands is also pushing down prices”. Half of these cars were powered by hybrid engines (HEV), with demand soaring by 89%. Across Europe, the mild hybrid versions of the Ford Puma and Fiat 500 contributed to this result. Plug- in hybrids (PHEV) followed with 55,800 units, up by 365% from July 2019, and boosted by new models like the Ford Kuga, Mercedes-Benz A Class, Volvo XC40 and BMW 3-Series.

Finally, the pure electric cars (BEV) also showed encouraging results. Registrations jumped from 23,400 units in July 2019 to 53,200 just one year later, and the offer increased from 28 different models available to 38. New models like the Peugeot 209, Mini Electric, MG ZS, Porsche Taycan and Skoda Citigo buoyed the figures. Tesla posted a 76% decline to 1,050 units following shipping delays to Europe, as a consequence of production challenges in its Fremont, California plant.


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Motoring People Save fuel, money and emissions on motoring staycations With the summer having slipped away, some people will be jumping into their cars and heading off on a well-earned autumn break. For those who haven’t switched to an electric vehicle and are still driving a petrol or diesel car, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has some tips to help you drive more efficiently. This will help you use less fuel, reduce your emissions and also stay safe, not only this weekend, but all the time. Fuel consumption tends to be affected most by your driving style – excessive rapid acceleration, unnecessary short trips, a cold engine, poor car maintenance and incorrect tyre pressure. A less aggressive, energy-conscious driving style could save you as much as 10% on your fuel costs.

Regular maintenance This tip applies all the time, but is especially important ahead of a long journey or a motoring holiday. A properly maintained petrol or diesel car will have the following: good engine lubrication, wheel alignment and well-adjusted brakes, reducing your fuel use. It will also mean your car is safer and more reliable.

Check tyre condition and pressure

Be sure to check your tyres regularly. Tyres in good condition, with the proper thread depth and right pressure, improve both safety and fuel consumption. Tyres that are 10% below recommended pres-

sure increase fuel consumption by around 2%.

Read the road By watching the road ahead and anticipating any likely problems, your driving will become smoother, more controlled, and be safer for all. Drive in as high a gear as is suitable to road conditions, and at bends, reduce your speed gently and accelerate smoothly when you are halfway through to help reduce fuel use.

Avoid idling Once you turn the engine on, drive off gently without delay. This will reduce excessive fuel consumption and pollution. Even if you’re waiting only 30 seconds, it is more

economical to switch the engine off and start it again when necessary. Incidentally, many newer cars have an automatic stop/start function, which means you don’t have to think about this.

Reduce unnecessary drag

You can save 3-5% by using the car’s air-conditioning to cool down rather than leaving the windows open while you drive.

Avoid short journeys A cold engine uses significantly more fuel than a warm engine. So, once you reach your staycation destination, opt to walk or cycle where you can and avoid using your car for short journeys.

2019 levels at regional locations, and 16.3% lower in Dublin. HGV traffic volumes are exceeding 2019 levels for the seventh consecutive week in selected regional locations. The volume of HGVs measured at selected sites in Dublin from June 21st

to August 8th 2020 exceeds that measured for the same period in 2019 by 3.9%. The CSO also said that journeys by rail and bus in Ireland are 57% lower than pre Covid-19 levels. Commenting, Olive Loughnane, Statistician, said: “The number of passenger journeys on

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Irish traffic returning to pre-pandemic levels The level of traffic throughout Ireland is returning to prepandemic levels, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has said. The latest transport bulletin from the CSO shows that car traffic volume for the week ending August 8th was just 12.6% lower than


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public transport has dropped dramatically since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, with journeys by rail most severely hit. Public transport volumes are

recovering at a much slower rate than road traffic. Data from Irish airports shows that air transport continues to be heavily impacted by restrictions”.



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hours to help farmers who have any queries on their payment status,” he said. Brian Rushe said it was important that any pre-payment queries could be addressed, as many issues can be resolved over the phone. IFA is asking farmers who have a query from the Department to respond immediately. Otherwise, their payment will be held up. IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins welcomed the commitment by the Department to being ANC payments on September 16th, which is in line with previous years. 85% payment will be issued to all farmers whose land area has been cleared and who have met the minimum stocking. The remaining 15% payment will be issued in early December. Up to 100,000 will qualify for ANC payments in 2020 worth up to €250m.

‘Blacklisting’ of farmers by the Department must end – IFA IFA Animal Health Chairman, Pat Farrell, said the Department of Agriculture’s blacklisting of farmers through the recently announced TB Herd Risk letters has devalued animals on 20,000 farms throughout the country. “This raises very serious issues for these farmers who through no fault of their own have had TB outbreaks. It will have implications for selling cattle and calves from their farms,” he said.

He said this “underhand approach” by the Department to publicise farmers’ TB history raises very serious data protection concerns by identifying the TB history of herds previously purchased from. The IFA Chairman said this attempt by the Department to “penalise” farmers because of the Department’s own failings to resolve the TB outbreak effectively must be stopped immediately and the letters withdrawn.

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Show and sale of weanlings, Tuesday, September 8th: There was a good entry of excellent quality weanlings on offer, with a vibrant trade for both bulls and heifers resulting in a high clearance of lots. The top price of the evening went to the weanling pictured (above), weighing 415kgs and fetching €4,250 – an average of €10.24 per kilo. The average price of the bulls stood at €2.61 per kilo, which was well up on the comparative sale last year. Weanling heifers were also dearer per kilo on the previous year. Weanling heifers made from an average of €2.62per kilo up to €4.61 per kilo. Weanling bulls made from an average of €2.61 per kilo up to €10.24 per kilo.

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A Limousin-cross led Roscommon’s Mart weanling show and sale on Tuesday, September 8th, when the hammer fell at €4,250. The January-2020-born EBY son, out of a Belgian-Bluecross dam, a Torres de l’Ecluse daughter, weighed 415kgs and was presented for sale by Joe and Declan Davis of Carraweeney, Williamstown, Co. Galway.

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At a recent meeting with the Department of Agriculture, IFA called for the maximum pay-out of this year’s farm schemes given the difficulties arising from Covid-19 restrictions. IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe, who led the IFA delegation, said that given the restrictions in place at the time of application – the postponement of clinics and remote working in the Department of Agriculture – every effort must be made to issue all payments that are due. “IFA urged the Department to put in place alternative arrangements for farmers who normally attend the very important clinics at the Department of Agriculture Stand at the Ploughing Championships, which isn’t taking place due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The Department committed to putting in more resources through a dedicated telephone service with extended

There is a special sale of weanlings on Tuesday, September 22ndat 4 pm. Bookings will be accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, September 17th. Dry cows, heifers and bullocks, Friday, September 4th: There were increased numbers on offer at last Friday’s sale, which included an excellent entry of super quality bullocks. Trade was brisk, with plenty of buyers sourcing stock resulting in a high clearance of lots. Bullocks averaged from €2.34 per kilo up to a max of €3.10 per kilo. Heifers averaged from €2.01 per kilo up to €2.70 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from an average of €1.83 per kilo up to €2.17 per kilo. Bullocks ranged from an average of €2.34 up to €3.10 per kilo. Heifers ranged from an average of €2.01 per kilo up to €2.70 per kilo.

Dry cows ranged from €1.83 up to €2.17 per kilo. There is a special sale of heifers and general sale of bullocks and dry cows on Friday, September 11th, at 11 am. There are 75 pens on offer, with sales commencing ay 11 am. Intake will be from 7.30 am up to 9.30 am, with viewing by appointment from 10 am to 10.45 am. There is limited access to the ring for buyers only, and our online bidding facility with LSL is available. Gates close at 9.45 am. There is a special sale of bullocks and general sale of heifers and dry cows on Friday, September 18th, at 11 am. Bookings will be accepted up to 5 pm on Thursday, September 10th. Sheep sale: Wednesday, September 9th: This week, there was a large entry of sheep on offer

with a similar trade taking place. Finished lambs made up to €121 for 51.5kgs. There were excellent quality ewe lambs on offer, with prices fetching as high as €130. Stag ewes made from €43 up to €128 per head. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID tag set. Sales continue on Wednesdays at 11 am, with intake from 8 am. Sheep must be penned by 10 am. Sale of breeding ewes: Saturday, September 5th: The numbers on offer this week were slightly smaller than the previous, though a firm trade remained all round. Sales continue for breeding sheep on Saturday next, September 12th, at 11 am. There will also be a Pedigree Charollais ram sale at 1.30 pm. Viewing time from 12 noon to 1.15 pm.

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Castlerea Sale, September 3rd, 2020: There was a large entry of stock presented on Thursday last and demand for stock remains strong as we head into the peak autumn sales. Bullocks reached a top of 2.77 a kilo, while the heifers peaked at 2.67 a kilo, with a lot of farmer activity this week. The weanling numbers continue to grow with strong demand from the exporters and farmers this week. The bulls topped out at 3.26 a kilo and the heifers reached 3.47 a kilo. The cows with calves at foot met a flier of a trade with €2,400 obtained for a Limousin cow and her Charolais heifer calf at foot. The top dry cows exceeded a €2.00 a kilo while the runners reported a good clearance. Cows with calves at foot made from €960 to €2400. Runners made from €280 to €800 for continental lots. Weanling bulls, sample prices: Ch 245kgs €800, Ch 290kgs €820, Ch 275kgs €810, Ch 420kgs €1000, Lmx 335kgs €950, Ch 360kgs €870, and Ch 370kgs €950. Weanling heifers, sample prices: AAx 265kgs €920, Ch 295kgs €800, Ch 380kgs €1000, Ch 310kgs €790, Ch 350kgs €890, Lmx 385kgs €910, and Lm 265kgs €740. Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on Thursday next, September 10th, with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with Covid-19 restrictions in place for both buyers and sellers.


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The late Irene Hanlon – a lady with a warm, friendly personality The late Irene Hanlon (nee Hamill) had an infectious smile and a lovely, friendly personality. Her untimely death, which followed a short illness, was widely felt across the community. Her passing is greatly mourned by all who knew her. Married to her loving husband Noel for 37 years, she was mother to Nicola, Tomás and Catherine. Irene died peacefully in the devoted care of staff at Mullingar General Hospital, on July 8th, 2020. A native of Cloonslanor, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, the late Irene Hanlon was widely known through her work in the hospitality industry. While she worked in a number of establishments in the area over the years, she was particularly associated with the Royal Hotel in Roscommon town. For many years Irene was a familiar

Fans pictured at Dr. Hyde Park for Sunday’s first semi-final, between St. Brigid’s and Boyle.

Move on flu vaccine clinics welcomed

The Minister for Health has confirmed he will ensure out-of-hours flu vaccination clinics are provided in the coming weeks to facilitate access for school children and working families. Deputy Denis Naughten, in a press statement, said that the Minister was responding to his request. “I had pointed out that not only must the vaccine be made available to as many people as possible, but it is also imperative that schoolchildren and families can obtain a flu

vaccination at a time that is convenient for them, in a socially distant manner”. In response, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, said that out-ofhours vaccination clinics will be provided to facilitate the highest possible uptake of the flu vaccine this winter. Commenting on the Minister’s response, Denis Naughten said: “If people go to the effort of protecting themselves, our older people, and our health service by availing of the

vaccine, the last thing we need is to have them put on a waiting list because they can only avail of it 9-5 Monday to Friday. “We were lucky that when Covid-19 struck in March we were pretty much out of the flu season, but that will not be the case if we have another surge in coronavirus infection this autumn. “We cannot allow a further wave of infection to cause chaos in our hospitals this winter under any circumstances,” concluded Denis Naughten.

and friendly face in the Royal Hotel, during which time she endeared herself to everyone. A genuine and hard-working lady, she was noted for her warm smile and easy-going, friendly personality. Along with family members, she was involved with Roscommon Show Society and was a keen supporter of this annual event. Irene, of St. Ciaran’s Park, Roscommon, was a devoted wife and mother who is greatly missed by her husband Noel, children Nicola, Tomás and Catherine, and by sisters, brothers, further relatives, neighbours and friends. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Following Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon, burial took place in St. Coman’s Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

A passionate Gael and a great Roscommon man < SEAMUS DUKE

There was deep sadness in Roscommon GAA circles and throughout the county at news of the death of former Castlerea St. Kevin’s and Roscommon footballer James (Jimmy) Finnegan. Jimmy was a member of the Roscommon team that won the All-Ireland U-21 title in 1966 and went on to play for Roscommon seniors for many years, winning a Connacht senior title in 1972. Involved with many teams throughout the years as a coach and selector (club and county) he was alongside John Tobin when Roscommon dramatically won the Connacht title in 2001. Indeed I had the pleasure of serving as an U-21 selector with Jimmy when Pat Lindsay was

manager of the Roscommon team. He was a passionate Roscommon man who loved coaching players and generally being involved with teams. On the weekend of his passing, a minute’s silence was observed at all club championship games in the county in honour of the late Jimmy Finnegan who was described by many as a great Castlerea man, a great Roscommon man and a great GAA man who loved the game of Gaelic football. A psychiatric nurse by profession, Jimmy was immensely popular with work colleagues, as with the GAA fraternity and the wider community as a whole. To his wife Mary, sons Dara, Niall and Seamus, and to all his family and many friends I extend my deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

Dementia – What you can do for your community < FIONA FOLEY National Co-ordinator, Dementia: Understand Together in Communities

transport, banking, health, voluntary and community sectors have joined the campaign to help create dementia-inclusive communities.

As part of World Alzheimer Month this September, the Roscommon People, in partnership with the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign, is featuring a series of articles on aspects of life with dementia. In this first article of the series, we focus on community and what you can do to support people with dementia and their families locally. Stigma is a significant barrier for people with dementia in living as well as possible. It can prevent them seeking support and stop others talking to them, excluding them from community life. Dementia: Understand Together aims to raise awareness and increase people’s understanding of dementia, to inspire the nation to stand together with those affected. The majority of people with dementia in Ireland live in the community. These communities have been going through significant changes this year that have brought challenges for people with dementia and their families. The nature of business and community services is also changing. Businesses, service providers and community champions can, and are, making a big difference to quality of life for people with dementia and their families by enabling them to become actively engaged in communities. Making businesses, services and activities accessible to people with dementia, especially with Covid-19 restrictions changing the way we interact, is immensely important for their well-being. Alongside more than 340 community champions, over 40 national partner organisations from the retail,

Simple actions There are six simple actions we can all take to support people with dementia and their families: • See the person, not the dementia • Talk about dementia • Ask how you can help • Stay in touch • Support the person to keep up hobbies and interests • Make sure your space or service is easy to use The Dementia: Understand Together campaign has created tip sheets for businesses and community-based organisations to support them in making their services dementiainclusive. To support our community champions, we have a range of resources including our virtual Champion Cafés where you can connect with other champions and listen to interesting guest speakers, as well as providing guides, flyers, and badges for distribution. The Dementia: Understand Together campaign is led by the HSE in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Age Friendly Ireland. For information on supports such as weekly Virtual Dementia Cafés for people living with dementia and family carers, as well as information on how to become a dementia champion in your community, visit www. or Freefone 1800-341341 (Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm).


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We are now seeking quality family homes in all areas. Reply in confidence to REA Seamus Carthy on 090 6630001.






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Impressive 6 Bedroom family home situated in a sought after location at the junction of Circular road and The Walk in Roscommon Town. Considered a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial and modern family home built 2008, the said home is presented to a high specification and benefits from a detached Garage and attractive landscaped garden to rear. All bedrooms are ensuite, offering obvious potential. Enquiries and viewings are now invited.

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. Altogether, a most impressive property and we now invite viewings and all offers to sell.

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Recent sales by REA Seamus Carthy REA Seamus Carthy are delighted to confirm their continued, exceptionally busy period. This week, through their office in Roscommon town, they have successfully negotiated the sales of the following properties: Antogher Court, Roscommon Town; Ballinagard Road; Carrowbehy, Castlerea; Oldwood, Roscommon Town; Scramogue Manor, Scramogue; Kilkeevin Park, Castlerea; Glenview, Roscommon Town; Srah, Ballinlough; Cnoc Na Gao-

ithe, Lanesboro; Cluain Fraoigh, Roscommon Town; The Avenue, Ballinlough; Castleplunkett Village; Ballinderry, Fourmilehouse; and The Baroney, Strokestown. If you are thinking of selling, we have a number of underbidders seeking properties in various locations throughout the county. Contact our office today, REA Seamus Carthy, on 090 6630001, Goff Street, Roscommon Town.

Impressive residence on market with REA Seamus Carthy On the market with REA Seamus Carthy is this most impressive, fourbedroomed, 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 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 property is for sale by our online auction platform, on September 22nd, with a guide price of €143,000. For more information, contact REA Seamus Carthy today on 090 6630001, email info@ or log on to

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Bargain of the week with John Earley

This week, John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is seeking all offers above €60,000 for a “self-advertising” commercial unit, located at 2, Stonecourt, The Square, Roscommon. John describes the property as being “a primely located commercial unit of approximately 700 square feet located in the busy Stonecourt development on the town square (formerly East West Travel)”. With ample free car parking facilities at the rear and on The Square, the said unit would suit various commercial pursuits due to both size and location. The auctioneers now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €60,000 to sell. BER: C2. For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Stone Court, The Square, Roscommon on 090 66 26579 or email

This week, Property Partners Earley, Roscommon, are seeking houses in all areas of Roscommon for cash clients and disappointed underbidders. Houses in the general Strokestown, Tulsk and Ballinagare areas are of particular interest, with four properties having being sold here in the past few weeks. Property Partners have been selling property for generations and offer a nationwide network of offices offering exceptional local knowledge. With an extensive, computerised database of active buyers, Property Partners Earley are best placed to advise on all your property matters. They offer a professional marketing plan designed to deliver their goal of selling your home for the highest price possible. We have now launched our 360-degree virtual tour service at no extra cost and have sold a number of properties to overseas clients who are unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions. Your property will be listed on all major websites to include, and With over 3,000 unique hits on the Property Partners website each day alone, you property will be marketed to the forefront. Local knowledge, nationwide. For further details or to arrange a free consultation, please contact either John Earley (FIPAV) or David Diffley (MIPAV) of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon, on 090 66 26579 or email

Property Partners Earley close sale of Corraun Business Park, Roscommon This week, John Earley (FIPAV) of Property Partners Earley is pleased to advise that he closed the sale of a substantial, part-tenanted, mixed-use commercial/residential investment property of approximately 10,300 square feet, know as Corraun Business Park (Racecourse Road, Roscommon town), for a very satisfactory price. John describes the property as being “a substantial and purpose-built commercial/residential property, occupying a prime location beside town. The said property is partly tenanted with a strong contracted rent”. Solicitors with carriage of sale were Messers

O’Brien Lynam & Co., 15, Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 2. John further commented: “We have 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 John Earley (FIPAV) at Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090 66 26579, email jearley@propertypartners. ie or log on to


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• An impressive 4 bed two-story residence on its own private gated grounds. • Property finished to a high standard. • Ideally located 6 minutes from Tulsk, 8 minutes from Elphin, 25 minutes from Roscommon. • Accommodation: porch, sitting room, lounge, living room, kitchen/ dining room, utility, and bathroom. First floor, 4 large bedrooms one with en-suite and large balcony, and a family bathroom. • Surrounded by large manicured lawns with 2 large sheds and decking to the rear. BER C2.

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Goff Street, Roscommon, adjacent to Allied Irish Bank and Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke

Offers in excess of €100,000 invited for retail unit

On the market with Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke is a sizeable retail unit, comprising retail area, office, rear store, kitchenette and WC. The unit is strategically located in the heart of Roscommon town, Goff St., adjacent to Allied Irish Bank and Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke. Occupying an internal area of approximately 839 square feet (78 square metres), this property is ideal as an investment opportunity or for

any type of business, given its location, size, and walk-in condition. Seldom does an opportunity arise to acquire a unit of this calibre, optimally located in Roscommon town. Viewing comes highly recommended and by appointment only. For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact the selling agent David Flynn at Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke, Goff St., Roscommon on 090 6627200 or email



• 4 bedroom semi-detached residence in the much sought after estate of Shannon Grove. • Finished to a very high standard including coving, cornicing, stove fireplace with back boiler. • Ground floor entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility and W.C. First floor 4 bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and one en-suite, main bathroom and hot press. • Turn-key condition, bright and spacious. • Manicure garden front and rear with patio area. • Walking distance to the village of Ballyleague with all its amenities.

• 4 bed dormer bungalow residence on circa 1862sq,ft, under construction. • Ideally located on a much sought after large site with great views of the surrounding countryside. • Accommodation: ground floor porch, entrance hall, living room, kitchen/dining room, sunroom, utility, study or bedroom, bedroom and family bathroom. First floor will comprise of 2 large bedrooms one en-suite. • Option to purchase a further C. 20acres of agricultural land. • 7km from Charlestown and 15km from Knock International Airport. Call David Flynn 0906627200 or email



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Price Guide: €265,000 ono to sell.

All offers after €150,000 to sell.

All offers after €140,000 to sell.



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A quality property finished to a very high standard by its present owners with many extra features and boasting spacious living accommodation throughout. The said residence stands on a large mature site area of c. 0.54 of an acre and commands excellent views of the surrounding picturesque countryside situated within walking distance of Kilteevan village, school, public house and church. Primely located approx. 4.8km from Roscommon town just off the main Lanesboro road, the auctioneer now invite immediate viewing and all offers to sell. BER: C3

An attractive and spacious semi-detached residence located in a much sought after development on The Galway road adjacent to Roscommon town and all amenities. The said property is finished to high standard and has the benefit of a select location minutes from the town centre. The said property would suit the owner occupier or investor alike due its quality & location and the auctioneers now invite immediate enquiries and all offers after €150,000 to sell. BER: D1. Legal: Sinead Neilan, Messers Liddy Neilan & Co, Roscommon. Tel. 090 66 27498.

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

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


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PropertyPeople PSRA no. 001090

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

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

For Sale - New to the Market GALWAY ROAD, ROSCOMMON 4 Bedroomed Bungalow on a Large Corner site Large 4 Bedroomed Bungalow on a Large Corner site which would be suitable of further development subject to planning permission being granted. Accommodation consists of Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, utility, 4 Bedrooms with one en-suite and a bathroom, 2 separate rooms which would be suitable for an office / Salon which is attached to a large garage. The Property is in excellent condition. The Residence is situated in a much sought-after area and within walking distance of all local amenities. Viewing is highly recommended. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail Legal: Peter H Jones Solicitors, Goff Street, Roscommon. Phone :- 09066 26925 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ballaghaderreen area of Co. Roscommon

Quality home in pristine condition for sale at €95,000 On the market with estate agent Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke is an ideal starter home/investment property in the Ballaghaderreen area of Co. Roscommon with an asking price of €95,000. This three-bedroomed property is located just off the Charlestown road in Ballaghaderreen, close to Castlebar, Roscommon, Sligo, and Knock International Airport. An impressive semi-detached residence, the property is presented in pristine condition throughout, decorated to a very high standard internal-

ly and externally. The rear garden has decking, is fully fenced for privacy and features a large detached garage. The entrance hall is spacious, with timber flooring and stairs to the first floor. The large living room on the left also features wooden flooring, as well as an open fireplace, and double doors leading to the dining/kitchen room at the rear of the property, with fully fitted units, integrated appliances, and tiled flooring. There are double sliding patio doors leading to the garden and patio area.

Lands for sale at Fearagh, Ballymurray


Circa 2 acres with direct access onto Lough Ree, suitable for development subject to planning permission being granted. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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

For Sale FARNAKELLY, CASTLECOOTE, ROSCOMMON CIRCA 26 ACRES The land would have development potential and parts of the land would suitable for Forestry subject to planning permission being granted. Approximately ½ of the lands are of top quality. For further details contact the office on 09066 27003 or e-mail

On the first floor, there are three large bedrooms (one ensuite), a main bathroom and a hot press. Woodside is a well-maintained residential development within walking distance of a host of amenities, including schools, church, shops, restaurants and pubs. This property is in showhouse condition and well worth a viewing. For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact our office on 0906627200 or email pburke@

Circular Road, Roscommon Town.

Six-bedroomed residence at Circular Road, Roscommon This week, Pat Hughes & Company has an impressive, six-bedroomed, two-storey residence for sale at Circular Road, Roscommon Town. The residence stands on a large site with a garage to the rear, and is located in a prominent location in Roscommon town, close to all amenities. Downstairs accommodation consists of two sitting rooms, a dining room, kitchen, utility, bathroom and bedroom with fitted units. Upstairs has five double bedrooms (all ensuite), with two having the benefit of walk-in wardrobes, and the other three featuring fitted units. This property would be an ideal investment opportunity as a B&B, or would make a large family home. Viewing is highly recommended. For further information or to make an appointment to view, contact the office on 090 6627003 or email info@pathughesauctioneers. com. Advertorial

Considering buying or selling? Talk to Pat… If you are thinking of buying or selling, contact Pat Hughes in the strictest confidence for his free, professional advice. For further details on all properties on offer with Pat Hughes & Company, contact the office on 090 6627003 or email info@

This week, Pat Hughes & Company has circa 14 acres of land for sale at Fearagh, Ballymurray. The lands have direct access onto the Hind river and are situated in two blocks less than a mile from Portrun Bay. The lands are low-lying but would be ideal for summer grazing. Pat is confirming that he will accept the first offer of €15,000 for these lands. For further details, contact the office on 09066 27003 or email Sale agreed on bungalow in Roscommon town This week, Pat Hughes & Company are confirming the sale of an attractive, three-bedroomed bungalow that recently went on the market at Cloonbrackna Court, Roscommon Town. The residence, which was well situated and had development potential, sold within three weeks. Similar types of properties are urgently required. Contact the office on on 090 6627003 or email info@

Sale agreed on bungalow in Roscommon town

This week, Pat Hughes & Company are confirming the sale of an attractive, three-bedroomed bungalow that recently went on the market at Cloonbrackna Court, Roscommon Town. The residence, which was well situated and had development potential, sold within three weeks. Similar types of properties are urgently required. Contact the office on on 090 6627003 or email info@

Final offers invited for 3-bedroomed residence at Skrine

This week, Pat Hughes & Company are confirming that they are now accepting final offers for a large, threebedroomed detached residence at Skrine, Roscommon, which only went on the market two weeks ago. The residence stands on circa two and a half acres and is located just four miles from Roscommon town. Pat is confirming that the property has generated a lot of interest and is hoping to conclude the sale in the coming days. For further details, contact the office on 090 6627003 or email


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Four-bedroomed house in Glenview, Roscommon Three-bedroomed bungalow at Corramore, Kiltoom

Three-bedroomed bungalow at Corramore, Kiltoom 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, and close to the M6 DublinGalway motorway. It’s on the books of Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers. The property itself is in need of modernisation, but represents excellent value and offers huge potential for future expansion and renovation. There is an array of outbuildings adjacent, with concrete yard. The property comes with 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, electricity, and septic tank. Accommodation includes a porch to the front, a reception hallway, a living room, kitchen/dining room, a utility room, a back hallway, three bedrooms and a 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 090 6663700 or email Weekend, evening and bank holiday viewings are available by prior arrangement.

No. 37, Glenview is a four-bedroomed, twostorey, semi-detached residence located on the Galway Road on the outskirts of Roscommon Town, within walking distance of all transport, primary and secondary schools and all amenities. The property is a ready to go investment opportunity. It’s on the books of Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers. The layout internally is spacious, boasting four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a decentsized garden to the rear of the property, which is fully fenced off, and the driveway, tarmacadamed and kerbed, extends to the side of the house, with ample parking for two/ three cars. Accommodation includes a reception hallway with a guest WC off, a sitting room with an open fire and double doors leading into a large, open-plan kitchen/dining room, a utility room with access to back garden, and four bedrooms in all (the

large, master bedroom is ensuite) and a main bathroom. This property is ideally suited as either a family home enabling first-time purchasers to get on the property ladder at an affordable price or indeed as

an investment property due to location and demand for properties of this type. Glenview is a wellmaintained estate with a good mix of both owner/ occupier and investment properties. Contact the office for

further information or to arrange an appointment on 090 6663700 or info@ connaughtonauctioneers. ie. Viewings are available of properties and are guided by ongoing national and local guidelines.

No. 37, Glenview is a four-bedroomed residence at Galway Road, Roscommonn town.


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Luxury 5 bedroom residence new to the market at Ballyforan PSRA Licence No: 003201

New to the Market: -


Derrymacar, Newtowncashel Co. Longford N39 W866 Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a superb

picturesque farm all top-quality lands, well maintained and fenced together with spectacular views and direct access to Derrymacar Lake. There are some wonderful specious of mature trees situated around the farm with numerous old farm buildings and cottages together with old courtyard. A private natural spring water supply services the lands and the dwelling house which is in need of renovation.

Price Region: € 500,000


Oates Auctioneers are offering for sale a luxurious 5-bedroom dormerstyle residence, which is situated in a quiet country setting two miles from Ballyforan Village and convenient to the towns of Athlone, Roscommon and Ballinasloe. Built to the highest standards with attractive cut stone façade, this residence boasts five bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and with walk in wardrobes. The home boasts superb internal fin-

ish with excellent fitout and no expense spared throughout. There is an open plan large feature Kitchen/ Dining Room to the rear with emphasis on natural light. Extras include slabbed exterior walls, four zone dual heating system and excellent cut stone walling to the front together with landscaped grounds. Price Region: €285,000. Please contact Oates Auctioneers for further details, Church Street,

Taughboy, Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon

Roscommon town, telephone: 090 6627878. E-

mail; Website:

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Cappagh Bridge, Kilconnell Ballinasloe, Co. Galway H53 AY94

Approached via a curved driveway this stunning 4 bedroom 2 storey residence is located in a quite country setting 2 miles from Kilconnell Village, 10 minutes to Ballinasloe, 30 minutes to Athlone Town and only 40 minutes to Galway City. Built to a high standard and well maintained by its present owners this residence comprises entrance hallway, sitting room, living room, open plan kitchen/dining room and utility. First floor - 4 large bedrooms (master ensuite) and family bathroom. Outside a large detached garage, attractive decking and large private garden. Overall, this is a most impressive residence for which the Auctioneers invites viewings and offers.

Price Region: € 279,500


WANTED WANTED 50 TO 100 ACRE RESIDENTIAL FARM WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF ROSCOMMON TOWN FOR CASH CLIENT. All queries dealt with in strictest confidence. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon F42 F584

Impressive new build property currently under construction in a highly sought-after residential location set adjacent to Mote Park Forest and amenity park being 10 minutes to Roscommon Town and 15 minutes to Athlone Town Centre. Built to a builder’s finish with a provisional Ber A rating, this property comprises majestic entrance hallway with feature oak stairway, open plan kitchen/ dining room, sitting room, utility, office and bathroom. First floor, 4 large bedrooms, 3 ensuite together with family bathroom. Spacious elevated site area extends to c. 0.65 acres with all mod cons including air to water heating system, and heat recovery system, hollowcore flooring together with solid oak doors throughout. Price Region: €365,000 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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1 Oaklawn Drive, Racecourse Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42 A252

Attractive 3 bedroom semi-detached house located on the Racecourse Road adjacent to local shop, restaurant, filling station and children’s playground. Within walking distance of Roscommon town centre and all amenities including railway station, this property would make a suitable starter home or investment property. Accommodation includes entrance hallway, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms and family bathroom. Price Region: € 159,500 BER Rating: C2

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:

Thornfield, Mount Talbot, Ballygar, Co. Galway.

‘Once in lifetime opportunity’ at Mount Talbot, Ballygar On the market with Moran & Co., Ballygar, is this valuable holding of prime lands, consisting of a historic walled garden and stone outbuildings, together with a four-bedroomed bungalow residence thereon. Moran & Co. say the opportunity to purchase this property at Thornfield, Mount Talbot, Ballygar, Co. Galway (F42 A074) is a once in a lifetime one. This most desirable property was once the site of ‘Thornfield House’ (now demolished). Remaining is the ornate entrance erected circa 1840, a protected structure comprising inner and outer piers of channelled ashlar limestone with cast-iron railings and gates between. The lands comprise circa 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres), and are almost all prime quality farmlands, laid out in one division. They are bounded on two sides by the N63, on one side by a minor public roadway, and on one side by the River Suck. A small

portion along by the river (circa 1.2 hectares/3 acres) is in the National Heritage Area and Special Protection Area. A pathway from the ornate entrance leads to the old cobbled courtyard, a ruinous two-storey house, imposing old stone outbuildings with bell tower, and the magnificent former walled garden. The property is part of the rich heritage of Mount Talbot. It is located on the Roscommon/Galway border and has an idyllic and scenic location overlooking the River Suck and the stone arches of Mount Talbot bridge. This amazing property can be a coveted residential holding of lands, a shrewd investment opportunity and – subject to planning permission – could be suitable for a variety of business/tourism/recreational uses. There is also site potential subject to planning permission. The bungalow residence, which was constructed in the 1970’s, is perfectly

located and has its own entrance off the N63. This is a bright spacious house (circa 168 square metres) with a garage (circa 27.5 square metres), a good level of accommodation and mature gardens. It has a commanding view of the landscape, and there is unlimited potential to modernise, extend and develop. The property is being offered in one lot and in two lots as set out hereunder: lot one consisting of the lands (circa 12 hectares), together with outbuildings, and lot two consisting of the four-bedroomed bungalow, sitting on circa 0.3 hectares. The property is located in the heart of Ireland on the N63, a short drive from Ballygar and Athleague, and close to Mount Talbot Primary School. There are excellent amenities in the wider area. For full details, contact David Moran of Moran & Co., Ballygar by calling 090 6624531/087 2786664, or email


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

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

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< FIREWOOD & TURF: High quality seasoned hardwood timber split and turf, suitable for stoves and open-fire. Available in 500kg bulk bag and 25kg bag. Very competitively priced and delivery can be discussed. Call 086 3312411 after 6pm. < TOP QUALITY hopper turf. Delivered. Tel. 087 6810849. < FOR SALE: Large lorryloads of turf. Screened and delivered. Orders for this year’s turf taken now. Tel: 086 7236301 < GOOD QUALITY 10’x6’ loads of turf. Can be delivered. Also bags of turf. Tel. 086 3776948.

SITUATIONS VACANT < CHILDMINDER REQUIRED: Kind, reliable childminder required for two school going children in the Creggs/Athleague area. Transport required for dropoffs and pick-ups. For more information please call. Phone: 087 7611020 < PART-TIME CHILDMINDER/HOUSE KEEPER REQUIRED: For 3 school going children, Roscommon town area. Own car essential Phone: 086 8269638 < CLEANER REQUIRED: For Roscommon Town office, two mornings per week, Apply to Box No: 2028 c/o Roscommon People, Abbey Street, Roscommon. Closing date Friday, 18th September 2020

SITUATIONS WANTED < CHILDMINDER: Reliable lady available for childming in minders own home. Castlerea area. Phone: 086 2683446


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Contract for Services County Roscommon Traveller Health Project (CRTHP) invites applications for the post of

1 x Afterschool Childcare Lead 1 x Afterschool Childcare Assistant The Afterschool Childcare posts will be contracted to County Roscommon Traveller Health Project to provide afterschool/homework supports to children and young people on the Big Blue Play Bus service. The successful applicants will be required to work as part of a team and have: • Minimum FETAC Level 5 in Childcare • Minimum 1 years’ experience in Childcare or Afterschool setting • Competent in consideration of the needs of children • Good Communication and relating to skills with children, staff and parents • Up to date knowledge of legislation and regulations • Updated Children’s first safeguarding regulations and reporting procedures • A full clean driving licence and own transport is essential

Are seeking to recruit a part time


For Receptionist/Clerical Worker, 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 requested to email their CV and Cover Letter to: Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm Friday, 25th September 2020.

• Satisfactory references and Garda vetting will be required Schools term applies to these posts

Working hours:

Posts are subject to funding Roscommon LEADER Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer County Roscommon Traveller Health Project is a partnership organisation working together to achieve Equality and Human Rights for the Traveller Community This project is funded by Healthy Ireland and managed by Roscommon LEADER Partnership

Please forward CV with written references to the Director of Nursing. Or Email:

Ideally candidates would have driving experience, a fork-lift licence and HGV licence. Professionalism with regards to attitude, image and performance is essential. Flexible hours available. Please email CVs to:

(Full-time) Minimum Fetac Level 5 Please apply to: Or post to: The Manager, Tots Haven, Shannon Haven, Dromod, Co. Leitrim

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Before and after School in Kiltrustan National School Please send letter of application and CV to: The Principal Kiltrustan National School Strokestown, Co. Roscommon on or before 17th September.

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FAMILYNOTICES ....ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNIVERSARIES THANKSGIVINGS SHOULDER WOUND OF CHRIST O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen. J.C.

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HANLON (Hamill) Irene St. Ciaran’s Park, Roscommon, formerly of Strokestown

The family of the late Irene Hanlon would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported us and sympathised, who sent floral tributes, Mass Cards and messages of condolences via text, phone and email. To all those who called to our house and lined the route on Irene’s journey to the Sacred Heart Church and burial after the Mass in St. Coman’s Cemetery. Thanks to Dr. Hanratty and Dr. Crosbie and all the staff at Castle Street Surgery and the staff of Mullingar General Hospital for all the care which they gave to Irene, it was above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks also to Fr. Pravin for celebrating Irene’s Funeral Mass. Thank you to Tom and Pat Smyth and staff for their professionalism and attention to detail in handling all the Funeral arrangements. Thanks to the gravediggers for preparing Irene’s final resting place. Thank you to Fred Mulryan for the beautiful music at Irene’s Funeral Mass. Thank you to Hannon’s Hotel and staff for the beautifulf meal and hospitality after the Funeral. It was very much appreciated by all considering the current restrictions. As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our deepest gratitude.

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COMISKEY Joan Who passed away on 13th September 2019

KELLY Bridget (Bridgie) Tonlagee, Roscommon (10th Anniversary)

We the family of the late Joan Comiskey (née Costello) namely her husband Seamus, daughters Natasha, Jackie and son James, sonsin-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandson, sisters, brothers, and extended family wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the sympathy, kindness and support shown by so many at the time of Joan’s death. We were overwhelmed by the amount of support that was shown to us on our very sad loss. We would like to express our gratitude to everybody who phoned, texted, messaged us, sent Mass Cards and all who visited our home for Joan’s wake. A very special thank you to Fr. Kevin Fallon, Fr. Eugene McLoughlin and Deacon Seamus Talbot who celebrated the beautiful Requiem Mass along with the lovely choir. We would also like to thank and acknowledge all the staff of Roscommon Hospital especially in St. Teresa’s and St. Coman’s wards for the wonderful care of Joan especially to Dr. O’ Meara over the many years, to the nurses, care assistants, kitchen staff and ambulance personnel. We cannot express how much you all mean to us. A very special thank you also to the Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Catherine’s ward, Rehab and Respite, nurse’s, care assistants, kitchen staff and every department in the building. Thanks also to the District nurses, Margaret and Martina for their outstanding care of Joan. Thank you to the Primary Care Unit especially Dr. David Sharkey, for over 40 years medical care along with Dr. Farrell and Dr. Brennan. Thanks also to Dr. Claire Quinn of Roscommon Medical Centre. A special word of thanks to the wonderful Catriona and Roscommon Home Services for the great care of Joan in her home for many years. Also to Geraldine and the Pallitive Care team in hospital, thank you. A special word of thanks also to all at RosMed Pharmacy for all of your kind assistance throughout the years. Thank you to Smyth’s Funeral Directors who provided a professional and dignified Funeral for Joan, especially Pat, Gillian, Tom and John Smyth for your support and guidance. Thanks also to John Hoare and the gravediggers. To our wonderful neighbours and friends, for all who brought food and refreshments to our home especially Sean Mulry and Liam McNeill, a sincere thank you to you all. A special word of thanks to the Roscommon Gaels club and membership for helping the family out during this difficult time, providing refreshments in the Hyde Centre after the burial. We are eternally grateful. Thank to the Guards for helping to take Joan on her final journey. First Anniversary Mass will be offered for Joan in Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Sunday, 13th September at 11.30am Mass.

Of all the gifts on Earth However great or small. To have you as our sister. Was the greatest gift of all.

MACKLIN Joseph Mote Park, Roscommon Who died on the 7th of September 2003 (17th Anniversary)

Never more than a thought away Loved and remembered every day.

Lovingly remembered by your sister Marie, brother Michael, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.

Always remembered by your family. Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 13th September at 10 am in St. Patrick’s Church, Athleague.



Late of Bumlin, Strokestown Four mile House and Glenamaddy (3rd Anniversary)

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

Always remembered. Anniversary Mass will be in Four Mile House Church at a later date.

Radharc na Coille, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo (8th Anniversary) Who died on 11th September, 2012

Never more than a thought away.

Loved and remembered every day by his wife Caitriona, daughters Lucia and Eloise. Anniversary Mass in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kilmovee on Sunday, 13th September at 10am.

We miss you in so many ways, We miss the things you used to say, And when old times we do recall, It’s then we miss you most of all.

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COMISKEY Joan Rembering a good hearted sister-in-law. You left beautiful memories and you never be forgotten

Scrine, Athleague, Co. Roscommon Third generation Monumental Sculptors specialising in: • New Headstones • New Inscriptions • Restoration and Cleaning of Monuments • Wall Plaques and Name Plates • Grave Maintenance Service

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Kilderney, Curraghboy

Clooneenbane, Roscommon (8th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Ellen (Nellie) Gacquin, Kilderney, Curraghboy whose 3rd anniversary occured on 5th September 2020. We’re missing you a little more Each time we hear your name, We’ve cried so many tears Yet our heart’s broken just the same We miss our times together Things in common we could share, But nothing fills the emptiness Now you’re no longer there. We’ve so many precious memories To last our whole life through Each one of them reminders Of how much we’re missing you

Deeply loved, sadly missed and always remembered by her son William, daughter Maureen, daughters-inlaw Carmel and Rosaleen, grandchildren Colm, Suzanna and Raymond.

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

Glinsk Post Office, Co. Galway Who passed away on 13th August 2020

CURLEY Bridget Tobberconnor, Rahara (12th Anniversary) 11th September 2008

FIORENTINI (nee Curley) Bridie Tobberconnor, Rahara and Cheltenham, England (9th Anniversary) 24th September 2011

KING Brian Ballyfeeney, Kilglass, Co. Roscommon (13th Anniversary)

In loving memory of Kieran, who died 10th September 2012 Each of us, in our own way. Have special thoughts, of you today. Just as you were, you will always be, someone special in our memory.

Always remembered by Peggy and all the family. Anniversary Mass in Cloverhill Church on Saturday, 12th September at 8pm.

KILLIAN Paddy Cullawinna, Four Roads, Roscommon. Who passed away on 5th September 2016. R.I.P. (4th Anniversary)

Anniversary Mass will be held in St. Brigid’s Church, Curraghboy on Sunday, 13th September at 10am.



No matter how life changes No matter what we do A special place within our hearts Is always kept for you.

Lovingly remembered by your wife Teresa, sons, daughters and extended family. Paddy’s 4th Anniversary Mass will take place in the Church of The Good Shepherd, Four Roads, on Sunday, 13th September 2020 at 11 am.

Margaret Ann’s husband, Marty, and loving family, Gabriel, Declan, Lisa, Mark and Aidan, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, her brother Pat Curley and sister Mary O’Boyle would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all who sympathised and supported us during our sad loss. We have been so touched by the kind messages received through cards, phone calls and texts from the moment of Margaret’s diagnosis, as well as all the visitors and flowers she received. Since her passing, the many messages, cards and touching condolences offered on and Midwest Radio have brought us much comfort. We wish to thank the incredible staff of Galway Hospice. Margaret received such wonderful care during her final weeks and she was treated with such respect and dignity. We, her family, feel indebted to you all because of the wonderful compassion you showed us and the space you provided for us to spend those precious last days with her. To Fr. Donal Morris, we would like to thank you for the beautiful ceremony you delivered on the day and the support you gave Margaret and Marty over the past few months. Thank you also to Fr. Liam Kelly, who concelebrated the Funeral Mass and for the prayers at the cemetery. Our heartfelt gratitude to Tommy Dowd and family who were of great assistance during this difficult time. Thank you for your invaluable help in arranging the Funeral and for your wonderful support. A sincere thank you to the gravediggers who prepared Margaret’s final resting place and who went above and beyond their call of duty in doing so. We were extremely moved by the level of support we received from our wonderful neighbours, relations and friends. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who cooked and brought food to the house. Thank you to all who travelled far and wide to show your wonderful support to us. To all of you who lined the roads, on the day Margaret’s remains were brought home and on the day of the Funeral, your presence was so heartfelt and meaningful. Thank you to the Scappitticci family for the delicious meals you provided. Also, many thanks to Anne Harlow for arranging the beautiful flowers. As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Margaret’s Month’s Mind Mass will be on Saturday, 12th September at 11am in St. Michael’s Church, Glinsk. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, the Month’s Mind Mass will be restricted to family only but the Mass can be listened to on the local radio 108FM. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


In loving memory of our dear mother and sister. Deep are the memories and there they will stay, No passing of time can take them away. You are in our hearts and there the both of you will stay.

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

Loved and remembered always by your daughter Francesca, sisters Mary, Ann Veronica and brothers-inlaw. Also remembering at this time our dearest: Father: Jimmy Brother: Michael Sister: Catherine May all of you Rest In Peace.

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Sadly missed by Gerry, Helena, Ellie-Ann and Katie. Mass will be offered.

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Silent memories keep you near As time unfolds another year. From our lives you may be gone But in our hearts you still live on.

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086 3482387 ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I, Brendan Boland, intend to apply for planning permission for single storey extension and modifications to the existing house, to provide for a granny flat, demolition of the existing garage and outhouse and the ancillary building attached to it, provide utility area in the existing adjoining shed, provide tool shed in the existing hay barn building and provision of a replacement septic tank and percolation area, and all associated and ancillary works and site services at Tulrush, Ballinasloe 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 and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL Further information. We, ESB Telecoms Ltd hereby give notice that further information has been submitted in relation to our planning application, planning reference 19/396, for the Construction of a 36 metre high free standing lattice communication structure and its associated antennae, communication dishes and ground equipment, within a 2.4m high palisade fence compound at ESB’s existing Flagford 220kV substation, Townland of Culleenatreen or Flagford, Co. Roscommon.

A submission or observation in relation to the “Further Information” may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 not later than two weeks after the receipt of the newspaper notice and site notice by the planning authority. There will be no fee payable on a further submission/observation if it is accompanied by a copy of the acknowledgement of a previous submission/observation.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Simon Connaughton and Lisa Manning are applying to Roscommon County Council for full planning permission to construct dwelling house along with domestic garage, new treatment system and percolation area and all ancillary site development works at The Glebe Td. Athleague, 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 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd, Unit 5, Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42 C982. Ph: 0906634365 Mob: 0878228529 E: & Web: Architects – Consulting Engineers

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL I am applying for planning permission for erection of new dwelling house and domestic garage, with septic tank and percolation area and ancillary site development works on site at Lisbaun, Kiltoom, Athlone. Signed: John Murray The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL McGuinness Construction Ltd intend to make application to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to relocate existing steel framed and cladded storage shed on site to rear of site, construct single storey timber framed dwelling, construct proprietary effluent treatment system and percolation area, associated site development works and services and retention permission for front entrance wall and gate at Ballytoohey, Termonbarry, Co. Roscommon.

Signed: Gaynor Architectural + Design Services Ltd. Fallon Avenue, Roscommon. Phone: 090 6626974 Mobile: 086 8115449 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL We, Sean and Tanya McGarry are applying to Roscommon County Council for planning permission to demolish existing dwelling house and to construct replacement house and to upgrade existing treatment system and carryout all ancillary site development works Kilnamanagh, Frenchpark, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submission or observation will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: James Lohan Consulting Engineer Ltd, Unit 5, Ballypheason House, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42 C982. Ph: 0906634365 Mob: 0878228529 E: & Web: Architects – Consulting Engineers


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Stablemates Santiago, left, and Tiger Moth battle it out in the Irish Derby

There is only 1 meeting today, in the afternoon, at Navan on the level at 1.15pm. There are 2 meetings tomorrow, in the afternoon at Limerick on the flat at 1.45pm and over the sticks in the evening at Kilbeggan away at 3.10pm. On Saturday the first day of Champion’s Weekend takes place, on the flat, at Leopardstown at 2.00pm. Day 2 takes place at the Curragh on Sunday away at 2.00pm. On Monday there is an afternoon NH meeting at the Cleveragh in Sligo at 1.05pm and in the evening flat racing in Tipperary starting at 3.00pm. Tuesday evening there is a replacement meeting in Tipperary at 1.00pm. Champions Weekend Preview On Saturday there are 2 Group 1 races in Leopardstown, the Matron Stakes and the Champion Stakes backed up by a pair of Group 2, the Champion Juvenile Stakes and the Boomerang Mile. There is also a Group 3 Paddy Power Stakes. The Champion Stakes looks a match between English raider Ghaiyyath and Aidan O’Brien’s Magical who is drifting in the ante post market. The Matron Stakes is much more open with Ballymore’s Peacful heading the market from son Donnacha’s Fancy Blue and Jessica Harrington’s Albigna At the Curragh on Sunday there are 4 Group 1 contests with the Derrinstown Flying Five stakes, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, and the final classic of the season the St Leger with the Group 2 Blanford Stakes. These are more open races with no odds-on favs. Remember that Ryan Moore was in lockdown quarantine here last week to ensure that he could ride at this meeting before conditions changed. All his mounts should be respected and given full consideration. Unfortunately we don’t have riding arrangements as we go to press.

On Saturday the final classic across the Irish Sea takes place in Doncaster. The St Leger has 6 Irish trained entries with 4 from Aidan O’Brien and one each from son Joseph and Andy Slattery. Ballydoyle’s Santiago and William Muir’s Pyledriver share favouritism at 11/4. It will be very interesting to see O’Brien Sn’s riding arrangements and especially who rides the Irish Derby winner Santiago and he gets the nod over Muir’s charge who has yet to win a Group 1. Do not rule out Tiger Moth, also from Ballydoyle, who was runner-up in the Irish Derby. The good news is that television viewers can follow the action on RTE 1 from 3pm to 5.45pm on Saturday, while RTE 2 will show Sunday’s action from 3pm-5pm. Last Saturday on the all-weather at Kempton under Frankie Detorri Enable brought her career in Britain to a close pulverising her 7 rivals by 7l in the Group 3 September Stakes in a pipe opener for a tilt at winning a third Prix de L’Arc where she will meet Ballydoyle’s star mare Love. Also on Saturday Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams won the Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock for jockey Oisin Murphy. Glen Shiel was second for Hollie Doyle on her first British Group 1 ride with Golden Hoarde 3rd. The winning distances were 1 ¼ l and a neck. Ryan Moore returned to Britain after the easing of the Irish Covid-19 restrictions and rode Aidan O’Brien’s Lope Y Fernandez but could only finish 7th. Despite an unfavourable high draw the Barclay Tagg trained Tiz The Law was red hot fav to win the Kentucky Derby last Saturday but Bob Baffert’s Authentic, drawn even wider, put paid to their Triple Crown hopes beating the fav by 1¼l with Mr Big News another 2l back in 3rd. It was Baffert’s 6 win in the race, a joint record.

Racing News Yesterday saw the first paying crowd in British racing since the Covid-19 lockdown. There were approximately 2,500 paying punters in attendance. However news emerged on Tuesday evening that today, tomorrow and Saturday must be run behind closed doors following instructions from director of public health for Doncaster, Dr Suckling, over concerns over the rise of incidents of the virus in the area. This was prior to social gatherings of more than six people being banned from Monday by Boris Johnson in a news briefing yesterday following a rise in Covid-19 cases. The status of other racing pilot events scheduled for Warwick on September 21st and for Newmarket on September 24th, 25th, and 26th have to be clarified by the British Government. Following spate of equine fatalities at the Southwell track in England racing has been suspended until further notice. There were 2 fatalities at the Nottinghamshire course on this day week. The British Horseracing Authority were already looking into the circumstances of six fatalities at the venue between July 1st and August 24th. The racecourse and the BHA’s veterinary team, racecourse department and course inspectors will investigate the specific circumstances of each incident to establish if there are any links between them. Point to Point Corner With the start of the 2020/21 point-to-point season is just over a week away on Saturday week at Ballingarry and at Oldcastle is on Sunday 20th, Tattersalls have announced a sponsorship package that will offer sponsorship to every single Point to Point meeting which takes place in the Autumn of 2020. Details next week.


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Key score: St. Brigid’s score a decisive goal against Boyle at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday. Picture: Michael McCormack

Brilliant Brigid’s foil Boyle Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC semi-final St Brigid’s 2-15 Boyle 2-9 < SEAMUS DUKE

Playing the style of open, attacking and expansive football that we have seen from them all the way through this championship, Benny O’Brien’s young St. Brigid’s side have powered into the county senior final on the back of another outstanding performance in this very enjoyable semifinal played at Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday. On the mounting evidence of what we have seen so far, and especially in this resounding victory, Padraig Pearses will have to be at their very best to deny this very talented, well balanced and well coached St. Brigid’s team. Boyle came to Dr. Hyde Park with strong claims to be the favourites to make it to their first senior final since 1927, but they were second best for most of an encounter which was played in almost perfect weather conditions. With the Kiltoom young guns Ruaidhri Fallon, Ben O’Carroll, Ciaran Sugrue, Brian Derwin and Paul McGrath on fire, Boyle were struggling from early on. Add in the more experienced performers like the Sheehys, Peter Domican, Eddie Nolan and Ronan Stack – all of whom made huge contributions – and it meant that St. Brigid’s were never in trouble and looked winners a long way before the final whistle.

Boyle actually started the match on the front foot and were ahead via a Donie Smith free early on. But in the 6th minute Ciaran Sugrue’s low shot appeared to be going wide but Ruaidhri Fallon sneaked in at the far post to fist it home for a superb opportunist goal – and now the St. Brigid’s men were up and running. Some of the football that St. Brigid’s played for the rest of the half was a joy to behold as points rained over from a variety of angles, scores coming from all over the field. They had ten different scorers, including four of their defenders. Boyle were struggling, and by half-time they were down 1-7 to 0-5, with two of their points coming in stoppage time. Boyle did improve on the restart, but it was a false dawn as St Brigid’s tightened their grip on proceedings. By the 50th minute they led by 1-14 to 0-7. A well-taken goal from sub Colin Goldrick gave Basil Mannion’s team some hope and the margin was down to four when Enda Smith powered through for a second Boyle goal in the 54th minute. The St. Brigid’s response was emphatic. Two minutes later James Martin’s brilliant kick-out was fielded by Eoin Sheehy who sent Ruaidhri Fallon racing away and his clever pass to Ben O’Carroll was dispatched to the Boyle net. Game over. Many people acknowledged at the start of this championship that St. Brigid’s had a very talented young team but that it might be a year or two too soon for them to be ready to challenge for a senior title. They have proven over the past two months that not alone are they ready to challenge, they

are certainly good enough to win it. Their swashbuckling style of attacking play is so easy on the eye and they will relish the chance to play for the Fahey Cup on Sunday week. For Boyle, it was another desperately disappointing day. They have been in four of the last five semi-finals and have come up short. They will certainly have no complaints with the result last weekend. It will take a huge effort for them to come back as strong next year again. Note: The game was well refereed by Seamus McManus. St. Brigid’s: James Martin; Darragh Sheehy (0-1), Peter Domican, Pearse Frost (01); Alan Daly (0-1), Ronan Stack, Paul McGrath (0-1); Brian Stack, Eddie Nolan (0-1); Donnacha Gately, Eoin Sheehy (01), Ruaidhri Fallon (1-0); Ben O’Carroll (12, two frees), Brian Derwin (0-3, one free, one mark), Ciaran Sugrue (0-4). Subs used: Jack McDonnell for Gately (47), Ruari Smith for McDonnell (59), Robbie Dolan for Gately (59). Boyle: Robert Kearney; Killian Cox, Conor Flanagan, Ciaran Beirne; Evan McGrath, Seanie Purcell, Tadhg McKenna (0-1); Roch Hanmore, Enda Smith (1-0); Tadhg Lowe, Donie Smith (0-3, 2 frees), Kieran Cox; Mark O’Donohoe (0-2), Cian McKeon (0-2), Cathal Feeley (0-1). Subs used: Jack Moran for Kieran Cox (38), Mark O’Connor for Lowe (45), Colin Goldrick (1-0) for O’Donohoe (46), Michael Hanmore for Beirne (56), Seamus Kane for Feely (58 mins). Referee: Seamus McManus (Clann na nGael).

Action from last Sunday’s exciting Roscommon Senior Football Championship semi-final between St. Brigid’s and Boyle. Picture: Michael McCormack

Stat attack Wides: St. Brigid’s 5; Boyle 3 Yellow cards: St. Brigid’s 0; Boyle 2 (Donie Smith, Seamus Keane) Black cards: St. Brigid’s 0; Boyle 1 (Cian McKeon) Red cards: St. Brigid’s 0; Boyle 0 Man of the Match: Eddie Nolan (St Brigid’s)


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The scene at the final whistle. Picture: Mick McCormack

Pearses deny Clann in thriller Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC semi-final Padraig Pearses 1-11 Clann na nGael 1-10 < SEAMUS DUKE

A point from Lorcan Daly in the 5th minute of stoppage time saw defending champions Padraig Pearses edge past neighbours and rivals Clann na nGael after a thrilling semi-final played at Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday. Clann will look back on a number of missed opportunities to win the match which they had late on, but you have to hand it to Pearses who never lost their composure despite having fallen two points behind inside the final ten minutes. Pat Flanagan’s men kicked the last three points with-

out reply to get back into another decider. With a national TV audience watching on, this was a great advertisement for Roscommon club football. Pearses made the better start and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after just 14 minutes with Ronan Daly outstanding for the champions at centre half-back. Indeed Pearses could have been further ahead were it not for a brilliant save by Ronan O’Reilly to deny Conor Payne in the 23rd minute. Clann got back into it in the second quarter and with Fergal Lennon, Ultan Harney and Cathal Callinan playing well, they were level (0-6 each) by half-time. Clann had their own goal chance in the 30th minute but Fergal Lennon’s goal-bound shot was parried by Paul Whelan. Goals were always going to be precious in a game like this

The winning point…securing victory for champions Padraig Pearses. Picture: Mick McCormack

and Pearses scored a vital threepointer in the 33rd minute. Ronan Daly made another storming run and his cross was fisted to the Clann net by Emmett Kelly. When Niall Carty and Kelly followed up with points, Pearses were five points ahead by the 36th minute. Clann re-jigged their side, brought on Donie Shine, and then took over for a period, scoring 1-4 without reply. Ciaran Lennon pointed two frees and Donie Shine pointed another after a brilliant catch for a mark. In the 51st minute Cathal Callinan crossed from the right-hand touchline and ‘super sub’ Shine rose highest to fist to the Pearses net. Indeed Clann could have pulled further away in the 54th minute but Callinan’s shot was well saved by Paul Whelan, and in the follow-up play Ciaran Lennon hit a post, and eventually Shine pointed and Clann were now two points ahead. As the tension mounted it was Pearses who held their nerve best. The outstanding Ronan Daly pointed for the champions in the 57th minute and then in injury-time sub Sean Ryan took a great mark under pressure and pointed to level the scores. Clann wasted possession at least three times in the final minutes. It was to prove costly for the Johnstown men. It was Lorcan Daly who eventually won it for Pearses in the 5th minute of injurytime when the ball broke to him beyond midfield and he soloed through to point from 25 metres.

On the kick-out referee Marty Parker blew the final whistle. Pearses had nicked it and their grip on the Fahey Cup is still intact. Clann will spend the winter wondering how they let this one slip. It was a tremendous contest for the neutrals watching. Pearses’ meeting with St. Brigid’s in the final will be eagerly awaited as it will be a clash of styles, with the more experienced Pearses putting their title on the line against the young guns of St. Brigid’s. It promises to be a great decider in this, the strangest of summers. Note: The game was well refereed by Marty Parker. Padraig Pearses: Paul Whelan; Shane Carty, Anthony Butler, Shane Mulvey; Gavin Downey, Ronan Daly (0-2), David Murray; Niall Daly, Conor Daly; Lorcan Daly (0-2), Niall Carty (0-2), Paul Carey (0-1 free); Emmett Kelly (1-1), Hubert Darcy (0-1 free), Conor Payne (0-1). Subs: Charlie Nevin for Carty (50), Sean Ryan (0-1, mark) for Kelly (55), Seanie Fahy for Payne (59). Clann na nGael: Ronan O’Reilly; Shane Pettit, David Flynn, Stephen Flynn; Fergal Lennon, Ultan Harney, Emmett Kenny; Cathal Shine, Dylan Sumner; Paul McManus, Cathal Callinan (0-1), Cian McManus (0-1); Conor Farrell, Jamie Fahy, Ciaran Lennon (0-4, frees). Subs: Fergus Lennon for P McManus (25), Donie Shine (1-2) for Farrell. Referee: Marty Parker (St. Faithleach’s).

The key goal of a tight game! Picture: Mick McCormack

Stat attack

Wides: Padraig Pearses: 7 (2, first half ); Clann na nGael: 11 (5, first half ) Red cards: 0 Black cards: Padraig Pearses 2 (David Murray 29, Niall Carty 65); Clann na nGael: 0 Yellow cards: Padraig Pearses: 0; Clann na nGael: 4 (Cathal Shine, Dylan Sumner, Ciaran Lennon, Jamie Fahy) Man of the Match: Ronan Daly (Padraig Pearses)


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Billy’s boys blitz St Aidan’s Rampant Oran set up final date Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC semi-final Oran 4-16 St Aidan’s 0-4 < SEAMUS DUKE

Oran swept into their fourth intermediate final in five years when they dismissed the challenge of a very disappointing St. Aidan’s at Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday last. Billy Donnellan’s men took charge from the throw-in, led by ten points (2-7 to 0-3) at halftime and freewheeled to victory in a one-sided second half. Darragh Walsh and Terence Kelly swopped points in the opening three minutes, but once Kieran Whyte crashed home a 5th minute goal after a storming run from Ciaran Lawless, the floodgates opened. Charlie Carthy, Jack Earley, Cathal Kenny and Ciaran Lawless were rampant as Oran swept forward relentlessly. Oran’s second goal arrived in first-half stoppage time when Cathal Kenny finished a great move after great work from Carthy. With the score at Oran 2-7 St. Aidan’s 0-3 at the break, the game was over as a contest, even at that stage. St. Aidan’s did make some changes for the second half, but it didn’t make any difference to the flow of the game as Oran continued to dominate. Johnny Coyne scored St. Aidan’s lone

second-half point in the 41st minute, while the Oran scoring spree continued. Sub Jack Gunning scored a simple goal after a poor kick-out from James Kenny, and a minute later Charlie Carthy grabbed another goal to extend the lead to a whopping twenty points. After all the heartbreak and bad luck that they have encountered over the past five years, it remains to be seen if this will finally be Oran’s year. Certainly they have not put a foot wrong in the championship so far. Colin Walsh, Kevin Concannon, Ciaran Lawless, Darragh Walsh, Charlie Carthy and Cathal Kenny were outstanding. Of course the real big test awaits them in the final against St. Dominic’s. For a very disappointing St. Aidan’s, Terence Kelly, Cathal Kelly and Keith Waldron made most impact – but the team was totally outclassed. Oran: Paul Brandon; John Martin, Colin Walsh, Kevin Concannon; Eoghan Grady, Thomas Fetherston, Jack Casey; Ciaran Lawless (0-1), Connie Regan; Kieran Whyte (1-0), Darragh Walsh (0-6, 5 frees), Eamon Kenny; Charlie Carthy (1-3, 2 frees), Cathal Kenny (1-2), Jack Earley (0-1). Subs: Paul Kenny (0-3) for Earley (32), Ciaran Casey for Whyte (41), Mike Dwyer for J Casey (44), Jack Gunning (1-0) for E Kenny (50), Mark Gunning for Fetherston (54). St. Aidan’s: James Kenny; Cathal Mears, Mark Higgins, Cathal Kelly; Donal Kelly, Keith Waldron, Darragh McCarthy;

Oran’s John Martin and Terence Kelly of St. Aidan’s in action last weekend. Picture: Michelle Hughes Wals

Shane Byrne, Diarmuid Treacy; Adam Cummins, Andy Higgins, Gary Kelly; Terence Kelly (0-2, 1 free), Cathal Dolan, Ciaran Fallon. Subs: Johnny Coyne (0-1) for C Fallon (h/t), Nigel Kelly for Cummins (h/t), Frankie Galvin

for Byrne (45), Brian Coyle for M Higgins and Raymond Kennedy for T Kelly (53). Referee: Dermot Lyons (Castlerea St. Kevin’s). Man of the Match Charlie Carthy (Oran)

Oran’s Thomas Feathersto in last weekend’s Roscom n and Shane Byrne of St. Aidan’s in action mon IFC semi-final. Pictur Hughes Walsh e: Michelle

Roscommon People IFC Team of the Week Mark Miley (St Dominic’s) Kyran Dockery (St Dominic’s)

Colin Walsh (Oran)

Jack Casey (Oran)

Eoin McCormack (St Dominic’s)

Ciaran Lawless (Oran)

Diarmuid Treacy (St. Aidan’s) and Eoghan Grady (Oran) in action in last weekend’s Roscommon IFC semi-final. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Micheal Byrne (St Dominic’s)

Kevin Farrell (St Faithleach’s)

Tom Appelby (St Dominic’s)

Ciaran Murtagh (St Faithleach’s)

Darragh Walsh (Oran)

Conor Fallon (St Dominic’s)

Thomas Fetherston (Oran)

Daire Keenan (St Dominic’s)

Charlie Carthy (Oran)


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St Dominic’s stun high-flying St Faithleach’s Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC semi-final St Dominic’s 1-9 St Faithleach’s 0-10 < SEAMUS DUKE

St. Dominic’s Eoin McCormack in action during the intermediate semifinal clash at Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

A stunning first-half display, at the end of which they led by a 1-6 to 0-1, was the key for St. Dominic’s as they shocked pre-match favourites St. Faithleach’s in this well contested IFC semi-final at Dr. Hyde Park last Saturday. Despite losing key midfielder Keith Doyle through injury during the week, Thomas Gilleran’s side tore into St. Faithleach’s from the throw-in, and with their half-back line of Brendan O’Meara, Eoin McCormack and Jack Lohan providing a superb platform, they overpowered a Ballyleague side for whom nothing went right on the day. The loss of talisman Diarmuid Murtagh with a leg injury halfway through the first half was a huge blow to St. Faithleach’s. Even more misfortune was to befall the Ballyleague men in the second half as Stephen Ormsby was shown a red card (a yellow card following an earlier black card) and sub Colm Mangan was shown a black card, meaning that Walter Burke’s side finished the game with 13 men. To be fair, St. Dominic’s had the damage done long before then. With less than five minutes on the clock, they led by 1-2 to no score. After early points from

Daire Keenan and Conor Fallon, in the fourth minute Darragh Donnelly was engaged by three Faithleach’s defenders. He went to ground and referee James Murray pointed to the spot. Donnelly crashed home the resultant spot-kick. With Keenan, the ageless Fallon and Tommy Hurley always a threat, Thomas Gilleran’s side cruised into a 1-6 to 0-0 lead. Nothing was going right for St. Faithleach’s and it took them until the 5th minute of injury-time to record their first score, a point from distance from Cathal Gunn. The Ballyleague men did improve in the second half but St. Dominic’s always seemed capable of getting a score to keep their vaunted opponents at arm’s length. St. Faithleach’s reduced the margin to two points deep into injury-time – with Cathal Connelly, Ciaran Murtagh, Kevin Farrell and Cian Glennon leading the fightback – but the damage was done and the Knockcroghery men were through. So now we have an intriguing final in prospect, with Oran – in their fourth final in five years – meeting a St. Dominic’s side which nobody will be writing off after what has been a splendid campaign so far. St. Dominic’s: Mark Miley; Kyran Dockery, Michal Feeley, Micheal Byrne; Jack Lohan, Eoin McCormack, Brendan O’Meara; Paddy Fallon, Tom Appleby; Declan Dowling, Darren Dolan, Tom Hurley (0-1); Conor Fallon (0-4, three frees), Daire Keenan (0-2), Darragh Donnelly (1-2, 1-0 pen, one free, one ’45). Subs used: Jack O’Beirne for Dowling

Tommy Hurley of St. Dominic’s coming under pressure from St. Faithleach’s Adrian Murtagh during Saturday’s game. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

(47), Noel Watson for Hurley (60). St. Faithleach’s: Michael O’Donnell; David Harrison, Mikey Cox, Adrian Murtagh; Mikey Dunne, Kevin Farrell (01), Cian Glennon; Cathal Gunn (0-1), Dave Rooney; Ciaran Murtagh (0-8, six frees), Brian Murtagh, Conall Kennelly; Diarmuid Murtagh, Darragh Hussey,

Stephen Ormsby. Subs: Darren Nerney for Harrison (10), Aidan Dooney for Diarmuid Murtagh (13), Jonathan Hussey for D Hussey (h/t), Stephen Walsh for Rooney (53), Colm Mangan for Dooney (58). Referee: James Murray (Tulsk). Man of the Match Brendan O’Meara (St. Dominic’s).

LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS Senior Football Championship semi-finals St Brigid’s 2-15 Boyle 2-9 Pádraig Pearses 1-11 Clann na nGael 1-10 Senior Football Championship Relegation play-off Tulsk 1-10 Fuerty 1-9 Intermediate Football Championship semi-finals Oran 4-16 St Aidan’s 0-4 St Dominic’s 1-9 St Faithleach’s 0-10 Intermediate Football Championship Relegation play-off Kilbride 3-11 St Barry’s 0-12 Junior A Football Championship Group A St Dominic’s 5-13 Castlerea St Kevin’s 1-15 Western Gaels 1-14 Roscommon Gaels 2-6 Junior A Football Championship Group B St Ronan’s 6-14 Boyle 2-8 St Brigid’s 2-9 St Michael’s 1-10

Darren Dolan (St. Dominic’s) and Ciaran Murtagh (St. Faithleach’s) in action on Saturday. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Junior A Football Championship Group C Pádraig Pearses 1-15 Elphin 0-2 Clann na nGael 1-15 Kilglass Gaels 1-9 Castlerea St Kevin’s 5-10 Kilglass Gaels/St Barry’s 2-7 Castlerea St Kevin’s 9-8 Tulsk 3-5


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GAA Extra-time The man on the ladder

Donie shines, but Pearses reign…

Paul Healy

Pat ‘has great pride in that field!’ < PAUL HEALY

Monday: When I saw the man on the ladder – the weekend’s first ‘man on a ladder’ – I thought of all the football he must have seen over the years, of how strange the GAA world of 2020 must be for him. I couldn’t see his face, could only guess as to his age. He surely saw Earley, I reckoned. He must have seen O’Malley. Maybe he even saw Murray and Keenan – and Bill Carlos himself! He must have seen the Terrible Twins too, and O’Connell, and probably Packy McGarty, and he undoubtedly saw Spillane and ‘Bomber’ and Egan, and Heffo’s Dubs. Once I read the St. Michael’s tweet, I knew this then unnamed man has seen a lot of that ground (Ardcarne Park, Cootehall). Always from better vantage points, mind you. He knows those green fields in the distance, those lovely trees, that familiar, beautiful landscape. And the pitch itself? He surely knows every inch of that field. You can be sure he lined out there in his day, maybe even lined the pitch. He’s probably done most of the jobs that selfless club volunteers consider a labour of love. I reckoned he’s probably seen it all – and loved every bit of it. I had no doubt that he’s watched the big stars over the years, but that his heart – almost certainly – is lifted most by the glow you get from watching new players emerge…the wheels of the club turning, this, the parish heartbeat. In life, it’s hard to be sure of anything. But you can be sure that the man on the ladder never thought he’d watch a St. Michael’s game in this manner. Posting the photo, his club tweeted at the weekend: “This man has rarely missed a St. Michael’s match and today was no different, albeit from afar”.

Man on ladder (1): Pat Heslin watches St. Michael’s v St. Brigid’s at Ardcarne Park on Saturday. Picture courtesy of St. Michael’s GAA Club

“This man”? I just had to investigate! Wednesday: After I spoke with St. Michael’s, and told them of my interest, I received a call from Eddie Heslin. That’s how I found out

that the man on the ladder is Eddie’s father, Pat Heslin. Eddie filled me in on his father’s GAA passion. Pat Heslin (83) is a native of Cootehall. He’s married to Frances. Involved with St. Michael’s for well over 40 years, he played a bit of football as a young man, and has been a loyal club volunteer through the decades, so much so that he was at one stage honoured with election as Club President. Pat will celebrate his 84th birthday on September 29th. Covid-19 restrictions meant that Pat could not get to see St. Michael’s in action all summer, especially as matches were generally at neutral venues. So, when St. Michael’s were finally at home last weekend (in the Junior Championship, against St. Brigid’s) Pat put his plan into operation. He turned up at his beloved ground with a small (but effective!) ladder. Then 83-year-old Pat, whose grandson Mark plays for the club, proceeded to watch the entire game, over the wall! Eddie told the Roscommon People: “My father would have great regard for rules, so he’d want to observe the restrictions. He wondered if this would be okay to do, and was assured that it was. It was his own idea! “He’s very passionate about St. Michael’s. Over the years he’d have lined the pitch, done his share of fundraising, that type of thing. He has great pride in that field!” To be honest, I hadn’t expected that the man on the ladder might be 83, going on 84. Now I know that he has indeed seen it all, now I know of his quiet, dignified devotion to the GAA, of his great service to St. Michael’s. He has seen Earley, he has seen O’Malley, he was a young boy in Cootehall when Roscommon won Sam (twice). Most of all, he has seen the generations of footballers who have graced Ardcarne Park since the club was formed in 1941. Last Saturday, he implemented his plan – and watched St. Michael’s, on the pitch he loves, across a wall, while standing on a ladder. To paraphrase a famous politician from a famous Ard Fheis many years ago: “Ye can have your lockdown and restrictions, but ye can’t have the GAA diehard!”

I could have ‘flashed my press card’ I suppose – I could even have rooted the ladder out of the shed – but instead I watched Clann v Pearses on TG4. Sport can be cruel; it also invites competitors to seize the moment. We saw all of this during Sunday’s fascinating televised contest. Clann suffered heartbreak, coming within touching distance of the final. The details are in our match report; by my calculation they left 1-5 or so behind, with some critical poor decision-making towards the end proving very costly. In contrast, Padraig Pearses showed composure and nerves of steel. They are streetwise now, calm in a storm. The game ebbed and flowed. Pearses seemed to be in control, but then Clann had a purple patch. This was a tremendous effort by Clann, and their hearts will be heavy this week. When he joined the action, Donie Shine rolled back the years with some inspirational interventions. But Pearses stood their ground, like champions so often do, and they were very impressive in so doing. If any fans had been there, they’ve had been on the edge of their seats. Any ‘ladder fans’ might have experienced a worrying wobble or two. A fine contest, well done to both teams.

CLOSE! Action from Sunday’s thriller between Clann and Pearses. Picture: Michael McCormack

Roscommon People SFC Team of the Week James Martin (St Brigid’s) Darragh Sheehy (St Brigid’s)

Peter Domican (St Brigid’s)

Fergal Lennon (Clann na nGael)

Ronan Daly (Padraig Pearses)

Eddie Nolan (St Brigid’s)

Lorcan Daly (Padraig Pearses)

Emmett Kelly (Padraig Pearses) Man on ladder (2): Eamon O’Rourke watches St. Brigid’s v Boyle from St. Coman’s Cemetery – overlooking Dr. Hyde Park – on Sunday! Picture: Michael McCormack

Shane Carty (Padraig Pearses)

Shane Mulvey (Padraig Pearses)

Ruaidhri Fallon (St Brigid’s)

Eoin Sheehy (St Brigid’s)

Brian Derwin (St Brigid’s)

Cathal Feely (Boyle)

Ciaran Sugrue (St Brigid’s)


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Kilbride lead way as ladies’ championship hots up!

Four Roads ladies: Junior B County champions. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Abbey Hotel Senior Championship semi-finals

Last Sunday the Abbey Hotel Senior Ladies football championship semi-finals took place. Fourin-a-row champions Kilbride took on Western Gaels. As expected, Kilbride ran out very easy winners. Western Gaels have experienced a difficult 2020 championship campaign. Hopefully this young team can now regroup and bounce back next year a stronger and better senior team. Player of the match for Kilbride was Aisling Hanly, the 16-yearold scoring 2-5. For Western Gaels, county footballer Jenny Higgins was the backbone of the team. As for Kilbride, they are still unbeaten in this year’s campaign. Final score: Kilbride 5-14 Western Gaels 1-6. Over in Croghan, Shannon

Gaels welcomed the Clann na nGael ladies for their semi-final clash. This game was a tighter affair. The only goal came when Aine O’Dowd converted a penalty. Clann had too many wides and Shannon Gaels edged it with scores from O’Dowd (again) and Sorcha Bruen. Final score: Shannon Gaels 1-8 Clann na nGael 0-7.

McNeill’s Foodstore & Catering Intermediate Championship semifinals

In Mulhern Park, St. Ciaran’s took on St. Brigid’s. The two sides had met earlier in the competition where they could not be separated. On Sunday, St. Brigid’s led 3-7 to 1-3 at half-time. St. Ciaran’s came out with all

guns blazing in the third quarter and for 15 minutes they dominated, outscoring St. Brigid’s by 3-3 to 0-2 to draw level. St. Ciaran’s led by a point – 4-6 to 3-8 – but St. Brigid’s drew level and edged in front with scores from Aine O’Brien and Andrea Whyte. As the game ticked into injurytime, St. Ciaran’s won a freekick on the 45-yard line. Sadly for St. Ciaran’s, the effort sailed wide and the final whistle blew to scenes of joy for St. Brigid’s. Final score: St. Brigid’s 3-11 St. Ciaran’s 4-7. In Ardcarne Park, St. Dominic’s – without county players Aoife Gavin and Aimee O’Connor – faced Boyle. This game lived up to expectations with some great individual performances. On the final whistle, Boyle were winners by six points. Boyle now play St. Brigid’s in the final on

Saturday, 19th of September (in Ballyforan) as part of a double header with the Abbey Hotel senior final between Kilbride and Shannon Gaels. Final score: Boyle 3-11 St. Dominic’s 1-11.

Keenan’s Bar & Restaurant Junior A Championship semi-finals

In the first semi-final Éire Óg welcomed St. Barry’s to Loughglynn – but that’s where the Éire Óg ladies’ kindness ended! The home team dominated. To their credit, the St. Barry’s ladies never gave up and got more into the game and started to pick up the breaks, but Éire Óg went in at half-time in control on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-3. St. Barry’s got the perfect start to the second half with a fisted

goal from corner-forward Aoife Gaynor followed by a pointed free from the same player. Éire Óg recovered their composure and kicked point after point for the remainder of the half and ran out deserving winners. Final score: Éire Óg 1-20 St. Barry’s 2-4. St. Faithleach’s held on as Michael Glavey’s made a spirited comeback after being behind by 3-9 to 2-1 at half-time. With four minutes to go there were still ten points between the teams. A goal and three points by midfielder Joanne Cregg and points by Niamh Fleming (2) and Hannah Burke without reply made it a nervy last few minutes for the home side. When referee Tony Brennan blew the final whistle it was much to the relief of the St. Faithleach’s girls and to the disappointment of Michael Glavey’s.

Final score: St. Faithleach’s 5-12 Michael Glavey’s 6-8.

Junior B County Final The first championship final of a most unusual season was down for decision last Friday in Tarmonbarry as Four Roads and Kilmore battled it out in an eagerly-awaited Junior B Final. Final score: Four Roads 4-8 Kilmore 3-8.

Dates for the Diary Junior C Final: 11th of September in Ballyforan at 7.30 pm. Junior A Final: 18th of September in Ballyforan at 7.30 pm. Intermediate Final: 19th of September in Ballyforan at 1 pm. Senior Final: 19th of September in Ballyforan at 3.45 pm.

Diane is new ladies’ manager! The Kilbride panel…still on course for an astonishing five-in-a-row. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Shannon Gaels ladies are through to the Senior County Final. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Roscommon LGFA are delighted to announce the appointment of Diane O’Hora as manager of the intermediate team, commencing in 2021. Diane is a former All-Ireland senior winning captain with Mayo and has great experience and success in coaching and management. She coached Down to win the All-Ireland Intermediate title and has had provincial and league success with Longford and Meath. She has also managed clubs in Meath and Dublin to county success, as well as Roscommon club St. Brigid’s, who reached a Connacht senior club final under her stewardship. Roscommon LGFA Chairman Brendan Cregg is delighted to welcome Diane into the Roscommon ladies’ set-up. Brendan said Diane O’Hora will bring the same commitment and dedication to the Roscommon ladies panel that she had when she played. Roscommon LGFA wishes Diane all the best for the 2021 season.


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Four Roads and three challengers eye hurling final! < SEAMUS DUKE

Kepak Roscommon SHC semi-finals (Both games on Sunday at Dr Hyde Park) Four Roads v Athleague at 1 pm Having missed out on winning the title for the previous three years, Four Roads were back at the top of the club hurling tree last year – and from what we have seen so far this year there is nothing to suggest that they won’t be contesting for another title. Joe Mannion’s side stuttered in their opening match against St. Dominic’s when they eked out a draw, but when their backs were to the wall against Padraig Pearses they showed their mettle. The champions still have many top class performers in their ranks, not least the inspirational Micheal Kelly who continues to drive his side on from centre half-back. Cathal Dolan, Shane Curley, Jamie Lawlor and Johnny Moran also have vast experience. Athleague will welcome back Eamon Flanagan after injury and with the likes of Niall Connolly, Gary

Fallon, Pat Nolan, Alan Moore, Darragh Heavey and Cian Murray in their ranks they are not without a chance. However, it would be more than a mild surprise if Four Roads were not to prevail here. Prediction: Four Roads.

Senior Camogie Final is on Saturday < SEAMUS DUKE

Defending champions St. Dominic’s face Athleague in the County Senior Camogie Final this Saturday in Ballyforan at 4 pm and the Knockcroghery-based club will be hoping to hold on to the title they won in such style in 2019 – their first title in 28 years. St. Dominic’s have a core of very competent performers like Caroline Connaughton, Susan Spillane, Caroline Dowling, Joanne Beattie, Niamh

Tremane v Padraig Pearses at 4.30 pm Tremane will be relishing the chance to make a rare final appearance after a couple of excellent displays in the championship so far. Seamus Qualter’s men will be looking to the likes of Peter and Mike Kellehan, Sean Melia and the Brennans to lift them. Tremane will also be hoping that talisman Niall Kilroy is fit to play. Pearses had a very good win against St. Dominic’s in a winner-take-all match in the last round. They look a good side this year. Padraig Dolan, Shane Naughton, Cathal Kelly, Eoghan Costello, Oisin Kelly and the prolific Daniel Glynn are stand-out aces in their pack. It’s a hard game to call but Pearses look stronger overall and they have a number of options off the bench which should carry them through. Prediction: Padraig Pearses.

Creggs’ Lotto relaunched! The new 2020-‘21 season Creggs Rugby Lotto ticket is on the way. The feature image features a rampaging Danny Ar-

‘The Lynch ladies!’…pictured at Athleague v Tremane senior hurling championship match recently. Picture: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Dreading the drop! Football relegation play-offs < SEAMUS DUKE

In the Hodson Bay Hotel SFC last Saturday, Tulsk preserved their senior status when they edged out Fuerty (by 1-10 to 1-9) in Strokestown after a thrilling contest. Fuerty led for most of the game but Tulsk came

Watson, Rachel Dolan and Emer McNally. Dominic’s have a few injury problems but they still look a strong side. Athleague will be hoping that Rachel Fitzmaurice, Niamh Farrell, Niamh Conway and Laura Fleming can lead the way. They have a very young team which has had a lot of underage success in recent years, but this is a big step up. St. Dominic’s look the better bet and can retain their title. Prediction: St. Dominic’s.

late to snatch victory with sub Timmy Fitzmaurice grabbing the winner. Fuerty will therefore play in the Intermediate Championship in 2021. Kilbride were impressive winners against St. Barry’s (3-11 to 0-12) in the IFC play-off in Ballyforan. Roscommon county star Conor Devaney scored 2-5 as Kilbride preserved their status for another year, with St. Barry’s now consigned to the junior ranks for 2021.

nold supported by Alan Brandon and Brian Donohue in a home game on the new 4G pitch. Please support the club’s main

fundraiser and make sure you are in the Creggs Rugby Lotto! You support is much appreciated!


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Horan’s hat-trick brings shield home for Ballaghaderreen! < DAN DOONER

Treble-chasing Roscommon & District Football League Division One champions, Ballaghaderreen, sealed their first Connacht Shield last Saturday evening with a convincing 5-2 win over Galway side Colemanstown United in Lecarrow. Man of the match, Cathal Horan, was Colemanstown’s chief tormentor as he completed a clinical hat-trick midway through the second half. Skilful playmaker Danny Browne had also added a brace of penalties before Colemanstown grabbed two late consolation goals through a Stephen Rabbitte header and a penalty of their own

from the impressive Richie Lally. In truth, despite United’s second-half improvement and late rally, this was a one-sided provincial final as an organised and disciplined Ballaghaderreen side took control of proceedings from the first whistle. The west Roscommon club went close to opening their lead when Cathal Horan’s cross just eluded Leon Sinnott and Danny Browne at the back post in the seventh minute. The floodgates were to open just three minutes later, however, when Thomas Greene found Horan with a brilliant crossfield ball and the striker headed past Alan

Finn in the Colemanstown goal. Horan’s second, and arguably his best, came in the 27th minute. Another fantastic pass, this time from Sinnott, caught out Conal Doherty, before Horan took it out of the air superbly and dinked his finish over the onrushing Finn. It was then ‘game over’ with seven minutes still to play in the first half. Danny Browne was sent sprawling in the Colemanstown penalty area before dusting himself down to send Finn the wrong way from the spot. Colemanstown improved after the interval and Ballaghaderreen’s fourth goal came against the run of play on the hour mark. Hor-

Ballaghaderreen FC captain Bruce Holton lifts the trophy.

Ballaghaderreen FC, 2020 Connacht Shield winners: Pictured (back row) are Paddy Regan, Gavin Conway, Dermot Horan, Usama Israr, Patrick Callaghan, Cathal Horan. Front row: Thomas Greene, Leon Sinnott, Bruce Holton (captain), Danny Browne, James Horan.

an was sent clear by brother Jimmy and he wrapped up his club’s first provincial title with a composed finish into the far corner. Ballaghderreen weren’t finished, however, and with fifteen minutes of normal time left Browne won and scored his second spot-kick to make it five after Horan had squared the ball unselfishly in front of goal. There was still time for Colemanstown’s second-

half performance to get the reward it deserved as they found the net with two goals late on. With the league Division One and Connacht Shield titles now safely in the bag, it’s back to Lecarrow this Friday night where Ballaghaderreen will be heavy favourites to complete a magnificent treble against Roscommon United in the Division One Cup final. Ballaghaderreen FC: Der-

‘We were sublime… now we’re ecstatic!’ < DAN DOONER

Pictured are joint managers James Holton and Brendan McGreal.

Ballaghaderreen joint manager, Brendan McGreal, was understandably pleased with his side’s efforts at the tail-end of an impressive season. “It was an unbelievable performance. Words can’t describe how I’m feeling. We’re ecstatic at the moment. Our first-half performance was just sublime. Every part of our game was spot on and Cathal Horan was just on fire up front. “We know what Cathal (Horan) did in the Division One Cup final last year up here (in Lecarrow). We were two goals down and he ended up with a hat-trick. But to score a hat-trick in a provincial final must be very special for him. I’m

delighted for him. He has put in a massive effort over the last couple of weeks. He’s just an unbelievable player. But everyone played their part in fairness. This is a very strong Ballaghaderreen team. “We knew that Colemanstown were going to be very strong and physical. We wanted to play our football to put them on the back foot early on, which we did with our first two goals. But it’s hard to talk about it because I’m just so happy. A first provincial title (at adult level) for this club, it’s what dreams are made of. “When you get relegated, you think to yourself, is it our fault? What are we doing wrong? But we had a plan and we stuck with it over the last few years.

Nights like tonight make it all worthwhile. “We’re going to give it (Premier Division) a good go next season and see where it brings us,” he said. Hat-trick hero, Cathal Horan, felt the club’s first taste of Connacht success was richly deserved. “It’s an unreal feeling. We deserved to win. We were a lot better than them. They worked hard but we worked harder and we were full value for it. “It’s a massive thing for the club. The last few years haven’t panned out how we wanted. But Ballaghaderreen should be up near the top where we are this evening. What goes on behind the scenes in this club is unreal. We deserve this,” he said.

mot Horan, Thomas Greene, Paddy Regan, Gavin Conway, Usama Isbar, Leon Sinnott, Jimmy Horan, Bruce Holtan (captain), Patrick Callaghan, Danny Browne, Cathal Horan. Subs used: Cian McCann for Sinnott (60 mins), Christopher Dunne for C Horan (84 mins), Aiden Dowd for Callaghan (84 mins), Domhnall Forrest for Browne (87 mins), Matthew Towey for J Horan (87 mins).

Colemanstown United: Alan Finn Jnr., Stephen Rabbitte, Alan Finn, Jason Finn, Conal Doherty, Gary Lally, Damien Wynne, Padraig Quirke, Eoin Kenny, Dylan Grady, Geordan Kenny. Subs used: Tomas Flannery for E Kenny (22 mins), Richie Lally for Quirke (half-time), John O’Brien for Grady (64 mins), Tomas Carr for J Finn (96 mins). Referee: Jimmy Cawley.

Congratulations to James, Brendan and all the players in the TP Brennan Connacht Shield Final 2020

Soccer fixtures Friday, September 11th Norio’s First Division Cup semi-final At Lecarrow (8 pm): Roscommon Utd v Ballaghaderreen

Sunday, September 13th Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Final At Lecarrow (2 pm): * Pairing not known as we go to press

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