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Ballintubber Pride of Place The next Pride of Place meeting takes place in the Old School on Thursday July 3rd at 8 30 pm sharp. As judging takes place on July 15th all groups taking part are asked to send representatives to the meeting. Ballintubber Defibrillator Fund Organisers of the Ballintubber Defibrillator Fund this week thanked everyone who has already donated towards the purchase of defibrillators in the area. To date, approximately €7,000 has been raised and the local committee are now in the process of purchasing defibrillators.    It is proposed to hold a further fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, 17th August, weather permitting, to raise extra funds for the insurance and maintenance of the defibrillators. Contributions are always welcome to provide additional units in the area. Work starts at Cordrehid Deputy Frank Feighan (below) and Cllr. Gerry Garvey have welcomed the commencement of work on the Cordrehid Cortober level crossing on Monday last, following their representations to Iarnród Éireann. This was a very dangerous junction for the locals involved in using it and also for the passengers using the service. Daffolid Day 2008 raises €24,000 The total raised by Daffodil Day in Roscommon Town and surrounding areas for 2008 amounts to €24,880. The voluntary co-ordinators of Daffodil Day in Roscommon would again like to thank the generous contributors and our fellow volunteers who made it possible to achieve this large amount. The co-operation of the businesses and the community at large was much appreciated.

Exciting line-up for Boyle Arts Festival

The Boyle Arts Festival programme was launched in the new festival office last Thursday the 26th June and will run from Friday 25th July to Friday August 1st with something of interest for everybody.   This year's festival will also include the well-known annual art exhibition in King House and will feature the finest of contemporary Irish art that the country has to offer with the work of over 130 artists being featured throughout.   There is a range of things to do and see this year as the committee have put together a programme that will capture the imagination of most. Everything from opera to traditional and from folk to pop culture there is there for music lovers.   The famous Irish song writer and singer Phil Coulter will also be performing at the festival on Wednesday 30th July and will treat the audience to renditions of his collection of world renowned songs during a night which promises to be enjoyable for all.   Again this year there is an excellent comedy element incorporated in the programme with funny man Kevin McAleer making an appearance during the week. There are also performances from the Boyle Drama Group as well as the Roscommon Youth theatre.   For the younger people there will be a range of workshops which they can partake including a circus workshop with free admission and a performance by the Daft Antic circus on the final day of the festival which is a must-see event.   However there are not only workshops for the young festival goers as there are a host of writing, painting and pottery workshops for adults on offer during the week.   There is also a wealth of local talent on display throughout the week with John Carty, well-known traditional music player teaming up with poet Ann Joyce to present 'The Queen Meabh Suite', a concert centred on Queen Meabh of Connacht.   The Grehan sisters are also performing folk singing during the festival on Friday July 25th which promises to be a night not to be missed. The sisters have been performing since the 1960s and are returning to their hometown of Boyle for one night only.   Other events with local elements incorporated will see the film 'O'Donohoe's Opera' being performed, a recital by local musician Thomas Cryan, writings from Moylough Writings Group and historical lectures on Roscommon taking place.   For further information on Boyle Arts Festival, call (071) 96 63085 or visit the website on www.boylearts.com

Shaping the Past

An exhibition of art work by Claire Attenbury will open on Saturday 5th July at 7 pm in the Angling Centre, Athleague, Co. Roscommon. Claire is a local artist who uses Celtic myths, legends and places of Irish heritage as a source for inspiration. Her works are filled with novelty and creative use of media. Her work is often a mix of collage, paint and low relief. Her range is vast and always full of excitement and invention. She studied at Stockport School of Art and Wolverhampton University where she gained a BA in Fine Art.

A feast of world music at Carrick Water Music Festival

Don't be a sitting duck, get out and enjoy the Carrick Water Music Festival! Yes it's that time of the year again when we commence the count down to the Music Festival that brings a vast array of musical genres, talent and events to Carrick on Shannon.  Under the guidance of Artistic Director, Gwendolyn Masin, this summer's festival promises to be better than ever with jazz, rock, world music, opera, traditional, drama, singing workshops, street entertainers and much more! Proudly sponsored by MBNA, the Festival will be officially declared live when launched on Friday 8th August. The packed programme will then commence on Saturday 9th August with the very familiar and much loved 'Jazz Lads' taking to the waters on Moon River. Throughout the week more jazz will be provided by The Original Guinness Jazz Band, you can sample some world music with the Slovak Festival Orchestra, the South American sounds of Lunfardia & Havana Son and the wonderfully talented French singer, Caroline Moreau.  You can enjoy a taste of traditional music with a slice of Rock with the 'Blood Red Mountain Band' and there will also be a not-to-be-missed big band swing experience with the Black Magic Big Band who delighted audiences when they played to a packed house in 2006.  For a very special treat join us for the Key Note Festival Event in the stunningly refurbished Grand Ballroom in The Landmark Hotel.  Enjoy a delectable meal and be enthralled for the evening by the stunning vocal ranges of the world famous Veronica Dunne Singers.  And still there is more

Glinsk Song Contest and the US connection

The curtain goes up on the 21st Anniversary Glinsk Song Contest on Sunday night July 13th in Glinsk Community Centre - amid speculation that the Contest may be coming to the end of the line.  Glinsk holds the record for longest running Song Contest ever in Ireland. The first song on the night is 'Prodigal Son' which has been written by Stephen Housden and Frank Howson, both of whom are probably better known in Hollywood than in the West of Ireland.  Frank has written and directed thirteen movies including 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.  Co-writer, Stephen Housden has had his music featured on the soundtrack of 'Crocodile Dundee' and 'Baywatch'. Strangely enough, the final song on the night 'New York & You' also has an American connection as it was written at JFK airport by Sinead Cunningham who now lives in Galway and co-written by Rob Seals. Sean Kelly will be representing the sunny south-east with his song 'Cold Light of Day'. Sean says he is delighted to have reached the final at Glinsk again. 'It is essential for song-writers to have a platform to present their work', he added, 'and all of us appreciate the hard work and efforts by the Glinsk organisers and their sponsors'. The fact that the number of songs entered in Glinsk this year has been twice the number received over the past few years confirms that songwriters and composers really do need a 'shop-window' for their work. The thirteen finalists performing in Glinsk this year will have the biggest audience ever as all songs will be available worldwide through radio station Shannonside/Northern Sound and the world wide web. The organisers of Glinsk Song Contest wish to thank all of their generous sponsors who have made this Contest possible over the years.  All patrons are requested to be seated at Glinsk Community Centre not later than 8.40 pm on the night of Sunday July 13th.

100 Years Ago

Two weeks in prison The King, at the suit of Mr. J F Ryan, D I, charged a tinker's wife named Cawley with maliciously breaking a shop window, the property of Miss Bessie McHugh, on the evening of the 10th of June. Ex-Sergeant Woods deposed that on the evening in question he was going round Mr. Gannon's corner, and he heard the crash of glass and saw Miss McHugh's window broken; he saw the prisoner coming across the street and heard her saying 'it is broke; I broke it'. Prisoner did not cross-examine. Sergeant McLean deposed that he heard the crash of glass that evening when coming down Church street and saw Miss McHugh's window broken; he saw the prisoner and she admitted having broken it; he placed her under arrest. Prisoner did not cross-examine. Mr. John Flanagan, book-keeper in Miss McHugh's, deposed that the pane of glass could cost about 25s. Prisoner made no defence and was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment. Board of Guardians The Master (Mr. J. Murphy) reported that the total number of inmates in the house during the week was 146, of whom 29 were in hospital. 36 casuals, of whom four remained over, were admitted. During the week he engaged Mrs. Mary Cruise, for the sum of 2s, to accompany the children to the Convent school and back again. He also reported that he sold three pigs on Friday at £5 10s each and proposed attending Roscommon market to-day to buy pigs to replace those sold. Threatening notice A young man named Dominick Shannon charged at Hillstreet, Co. Roscommon, has been returned for trial charged with having affixed a notice to the residence of a bailiff named Cryan which conveyed threats of murder. A Government expert in hand-writing, Dr. Nolan Bray, stated that the writing in the threatening notice corresponded in every particular with what was shown to him as being Shannon's calligraphy taken from an account book. The accused denied the charge. Opening in Tulsk We are glad to notice that the old established and extensive licensed premises 'Kelly's', Tulsk, has been re-opened for the past fortnight under the able management of Messrs. George and Michael Kelly. The premises have been completely renovated and every department will be found replete with goods of the highest quality. Death of Mrs. Hayden We deeply regret to announce the death of Mrs. James Hayden, which occurred at her husband's residence, Highlake, County Roscommon, on Thursday. To Lovers of Horses To the Editor of The Journal June 30th, 1908 Sir, - Apart from the actual benefit resulting to the horses, there is no better method of drawing attention to the cruelty of the tight bearing or hame rein than the erection of notice boards on our hilly roads, asking the drivers to slacken the rein when going uphill. Over 40 such boards have already been put up in various neighbourhoods, and the Anti Bearing Rein Association now offer to pay the expenses of erecting others in any district if anyone locally interested will obtain permission for suitable sites, on either public or private ground. May I, through your columns, be allowed to say that I shall be happy to send all necessary particulars to anyone willing to help? - Yours faithfully Ernest Bell Hon Sec, ABR Association York House, Portugal Street Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC. Cardinal Logue and Anti-Clericals Cardinal Logue, in a speech delivered in Kilkenny on Saturday, referred to the growth of what he called a small anti-clerical clique, inimical to the success of the schools and to the success of the Gaelic League, but the day they succeeded in turning a section of the people against the priesthood would see the end of the Gaelic League. He found that there was a spirit getting up amongst a small clique in Ireland which was hostile both to the success of our schools and to the success of the Gaelic League. He found that an effort was being made on the part of a small clique, who seemed to have been touched, and touched deeply, with the mania that had nearly ruined education in France, and who in consequence, like their Nonconformist friends in England, wished to get the priests outside the schools, and were endeavouring to get up jealously between the people and the priests.

Impressive new home at Ballyforan

A large four-bedroom dormer bungalow under construction at Shanballylosky, Ballyforan, is currently for sale with Property Partners Earley in Roscommon.  The house is sited in an excellent location, just 2.5 km from the village of Ballyforan on the main Athlone road. It will be finished to a very high standard, complete with stone façade porch and conservatory. Accommodation is comprised of reception hallway, lounge, kitchen/dining room, utility room, sun room, four bedrooms, shower room and family bathroom. The master bedroom is en-suite. There is a generous garden to the rear. Viewing of this fine property is highly recommended. To arrange a viewing, call (090) 66 26579. Property of the Week Agent? Property Partners Earley What? Four-bedroom dormer Where? Ballyforan Price? €300,000

Launch of Knight's Court on Sunday

If you fancy regal living in a three-storey house in Roscommon town centre, then look no further than Knight's Court at Castle Street, Roscommon, which is being sold by Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke in Roscommon, with a guide price of €240,000. The three-bedroom homes have private balconies and are located near the beautiful Loughnaneane Park and Roscommon Castle. The houses include fully fitted kitchen, tiled bathroom and en-suite, and all sanitary ware is included, as is a fireplace in the sitting room. All 13 houses are painted internally and externally and the wet areas have been tiled. Apart from those features, the house is presented to a builder's finish. There is ample parking to the front of each property and extra parking to the rear. The properties will be available for viewing this Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm. Simply go along and see for yourself what's on offer at Knight's Court on Sunday afternoon. Alternatively, if Sunday doesn't suit your schedule, simply ring Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke on (090) 66 27200 to arrange a viewing. Property of the Week Agent? Sherry FitzGerald P. Burke What? Three-bedroom house Where? Knight's Court, Castle Street Price? €240,000 (Guide price)

Luxury sites for sale at Crofton Court

A number of luxury sites at Crofton Court, Golf Links Road, Roscommon, have recently come to the market with ERA Oates Auctioneer in Roscommon. The sites are fully serviced and have outline planning permission for two storey houses in one of Roscommon town's most prestigious areas. For further information, call ERA Oates, Roscommon, on (090) 66 27878.

Prime shop unit for lease in Roscommon town

A prime shop unit located at Golf Links Road, Roscommon, has recently come up for lease with ERA Oates in Roscommon. The shop unit measures 3,000 sq. ft. and is located in an established shopping area with ample parking.  It is suitable for a variety of businesses and can be sub-divided if the market interest dictates. For further information on this unit, call ERA Oates in Roscommon on (090) 66 27878.
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