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There was a tremendous boost for Glasson Golf Club this week with the news that one of the premier events on the European Challenge Tour will be played there in early August. The Roscommon People can reveal that Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club will be the host venue of the €150,000 Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson to be played from August 2-5.    The Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson, is part of the legacy of The 2006 Ryder Cup. After staging the biggest event in world golf, it is important that Ireland maintains its links with The European Tour and provides a platform for the development of the next generation of Irish players on Tour. The 2007 Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson will provide over 30 aspiring Irish players with the opportunity to play in an international tour event on home soil.     The 2007 Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson, will feature many of Ireland's brightest young golfing hopefuls as they attempt to secure their European Tour cards for the 2008 season by finishing in the top 20 in the Challenge Tour Rankings at the end of this year. Local interest will stem from 2003 Walker Cup player Colm Moriarty, who is now the Touring Professional at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club.    Speaking to The Roscommon People this week Colm Moriarty said that he is really looking forward to the event in August. 'It's brilliant to have this major event at my home course. I'm delighted that the club have agreed to hold the event and it will be great to be able to play a major event on home soil.'   Tom Reid, owner and President of Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club, expressed his delight at having the opportunity to bring such a prestigious golf event to Ireland's midlands.    He said: 'We are absolutely delighted to be staging our first European Challenge Tour event this August and we look forward to showcasing what Glasson and the spectacular scenery of the surrounding area have to offer. We would like to thank Horizon Sports Management for securing this opportunity for us, and are very much looking forward to working with the Challenge Tour to ensure that the Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson, becomes one of the most successful and high profile events on the 2007 Challenge Tour Schedule.'

Earley to launch revived Roscommon Drama Festival

Roscommon Drama Festival has been revived in the county town following an absence of 27 years. The festival was launched in Gleeson's Restaurant last Thursday night, 1 st March.   The speakers on the night were Canon Eugene McLaughlin, President of the Festival committee and Con Connolly, Chairman of the committee.   The festival will run for eight nights at Roscommon Arts Centre from Friday March 9 th to Friday March 16 th . Brid McBride, journalist, theatre critic and broadcaster will adjudicate with participating groups competing for awards and nominations to the All-Ireland Finals. Huge interest has been expressed by drama groups and societies right around the country with groups from Tubbercurry, Skibbereen, Galway, Thurles, Sligo, Dunmore and Athlone performing a wonderful mix of plays. The festival will be officially opened by Major General Dermot Earley on Friday the 9 th of March.    The original Festival ran in the Royal Cinema from 1960 until 1980 and it now makes a welcome return to the cultural and social calendar of Roscommon. Ticket prices have been set at €12/€10 and bookings can now be made at Roscommon Arts Centre on 090 66 25824. Full details on all aspects of the festival are available from www.roscommondramafestival.com   It was the Festival committee's desire to have awards with a local input that led to the commissioning of Michael Fayne who designed and produced the collection of bog oak pieces which will go to the winners in the various categories of this years eagerly awaited revived Festival.   Born and reared in the Parish of Kiltoom and Cam in South Roscommon where he still resides, it was Michael's long time admiration of the work of the renowned artist Michael Casey of Newtowncashel that led him to develop his own craft.    The perpetual award takes the form of a sculpture by Genesis Fine Arts in Mullingar entitled 'Four Seasons'.   Speaking at last week's launch chairman of the Festival Committee Mr Con Connolly said ' From 1960 to 1980, the Festival was a fixture in Roscommon's annual calendar of events, until it ceased, due to the unavailability of a suitable venue, when the Royal Cinema closed. Now, with the excellent facilities provided by Roscommon Arts Centre, a re-established festival committee and the support of the local community, we believe that it will become an annual fixture again.   ' The support and encouragement of every single person involved in reviving the Festival, from volunteers, sponsors, business people, local media and community and general well-wishers is sincerely appreciated and it is wonderful to see so many of them here tonight and a testament to the love of drama, story-telling and socialising that has been evident in Roscommon for many years.    'We would like to thank Eamonn and Mary Gleeson for providing the Festival Committee with a base here in their superb Townhouse Guesthouse and Restaurant and also John Keane and Sons for kindly sponsoring our launch.    'Heartfelt thanks to all the many local businesses, professionals and enterprises that sponsored groups and awards or took out adverts in the festival programme and, in particular, we would like to thank O'Brien's Pharmacy and Health Food Store for sponsoring our perpetual award. Amateur drama is akin to the GAA, the players may not get paid but it still involves many expenses and the festival could not have gone ahead without the generosity shown by our sponsors, patrons and friends.    'One of the features of this year's festival that we are proud of is the beautiful Bog Oak sculptures that are to be presented as awards at the festival and we would like to thank their creator, Michael Fayne for his artistry and hard work in designing such unique piece.   'We are fortunate to have been able to put together such an inviting and exciting programme and we would urge people to make the most of it by booking their seats now. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the best amateur drama groups in the entire country perform acclaimed plays right here in Roscommon. A live drama performance needs a good audience to really take off, so come along to a night of guaranteed entertainment! All bookings can be made at Roscommon Arts Centre 090 6625824.' 

MS Ireland Roscommon

The 32nd annual general meeting of MS Ireland Roscommon branch will take place on Monday, March 12th in Resource Centre, Derrane, Roscommon at 8 pm.   Further information on the branch is available from Sean Brennan (chairperson) on 090-6626587, Pat Buke (secretary) on 090-6625309 or Agnes McKeogh (treasurer) on 090-6625371.  

Kelly says bypass may not start until 2010

Cllr. John Kelly has this week claimed that following more correspondence from Mr. Fred Barry, CEO of the NRA -- dated March 5 -- it  appears that the Ballaghaderreen Bypass has merely been 'nudged forward' and any talk of a €62 million commitment to it is 'more than premature'.   'The letter confirms that 600,000 Euro is being provided in 2007 for the CPO process to begin this year but it also says that there is no likely start date for construction as I have previously stated' he told the People.   'Mr. Barry says that other major projects will get priority as we have heard before so we have only received confirmation that the CPO process will begin and nothing else. From the correspondence I have received it would appear that the start date is likely to be after 2010.   'I was attacked at a recent council meeting for saying that before and now it appears that I was right in my analysis all along.   'It would appear that one arm of bureaucracy does not know what the other arm is doing and someone is misleading us' stated Cllr. Kelly.   'We now need a Government statement on the matter giving us a definite start date for construction of the bypass because I was of the opinion that Mr. Fred Barry was in charge of the road programme but some politicians think they are' he concluded.

Convent staff say firm no to merger

Staff of Roscommon Convent of Mercy have formally rejected any talk of a merger of second-level schools in Roscommon town.    The possibility of such a merger taking place is under the spotlight again this week with a major public meeting of parents of students who attend the Convent of Mercy Secondary School being organised (Thursday night, March 8th in School Assembly Hall, 8 pm).    The Convent of Mercy invited all parents and guardians to attend the meeting.    Staff at the Convent then took the step of writing to parents and guardians ahead of the meeting - to advise of their opposition to any merger.    In strongly-worded correspondence the staff advise those attending the meeting of what they see as the dangers associated with the formation of a co-educational secondary school in the town.   The letter gives the following reasons why staff at The Convent are opposed to any amalgamation:  '1: Single sex education has served Roscommon well for almost a century.  2: Since 1929 The Convent Secondary School has  provided the girls of the town and its environs with a broad education with a huge emphasis on acedemic achievement, extra-curricular activities and pastoral care. The support of the public is evidenced by the increased enrolment in recent years. 3: It is generally accepted that girls perform better educationally in a single-sex environment.  4: By amalgamating schools parents will be deprived of the choice of single-sex education for their children.  5: The amalgamated school would have a student body in excesss of 1,000 and with this increased size comes added control behavioural and social issues.  6: The personal nature of a small school would become lost in such circumstances.'   The letter goes on to say that the main driving force behind the move is the need for capital investment in the schools in question. However the staff say this is an issue that can be overcome and they say there is more to education than the buildings in which that education takes place.   It is clear from the letter that the staff at The Convent of Mercy are strongly opposed to any amalgamation proposals which may arise from any future negotiations as revealed exclusively three weeks ago in The Roscommon People.    At that time the Principal of The Convent of Mercy Secondary School Mr. Tom Judge said that the staff were 'devastated and saddened' at the prospect of an amalgamation. It is hoped that the position of the Sisters of Mercy who own the School will become clearer following the meeting this week.   Full report on the parents meeting in next week's isssue.

Schools Enterprise Finals

Finger puppets, photos and fruit will battle it out for the top billing at the annual schools enterprise finals which take place on Wednesday next (14th) in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. Three schools took part in this year's competition, Convent of Mercy and CBS in Roscommon and Elphin Community College. On March 1st, judges selected the winners from all three schools, who now go forward to the county final. Our photograph shows Convent of Mercy students Claire Kelly, Breege Gibbons and Karen Murphy - with their entry Gimme 5 Finger Puppets. Pic: Michael McCormack.

Earley to launch revived Roscommon Drama Festival

Roscommon Drama Festival has been revived in the county town following an absence of 27 years. The festival was launched in Gleeson?s Restaurant last Thursday night, 1 st March. The speakers on the night were Canon Eugene McLaughlin, President of the Festival committee and Con Connolly, Chairman of the committee. The festival will run for eight nights at Roscommon Arts Centre from Friday March 9 th to Friday March 16 th . Brid McBride, journalist, theatre critic and broadcaster will adjudicate with participating groups competing for awards and nominations to the All-Ireland Finals. Huge interest has been expressed by drama groups and societies right around the country with groups from Tubbercurry, Skibbereen, Galway, Thurles, Sligo, Dunmore and Athlone performing a wonderful mix of plays. The festival will be officially opened by Major General Dermot Earley on Friday the 9 th of March. The original Festival ran in the Royal Cinema from 1960 until 1980 and it now makes a welcome return to the cultural and social calendar of Roscommon. Ticket prices have been set at ?12/?10 and bookings can now be made at Roscommon Arts Centre on 090 66 25824. Full details on all aspects of the festival are available from www.roscommondramafestival.com It was the Festival committee's desire to have awards with a local input that led to the commissioning of Michael Fayne who designed and produced the collection of bog oak pieces which will go to the winners in the various categories of this years eagerly awaited revived Festival. Born and reared in the Parish of Kiltoom and Cam in South Roscommon where he still resides, it was Michael's long time admiration of the work of the renowned artist Michael Casey of Newtowncashel that led him to develop his own craft. The perpetual award takes the form of a sculpture by Genesis Fine Arts in Mullingar entitled ?Four Seasons?. Speaking at last week?s launch chairman of the Festival Committee Mr Con Connolly said ? From 1960 to 1980, the Festival was a fixture in Roscommon?s annual calendar of events, until it ceased, due to the unavailability of a suitable venue, when the Royal Cinema closed. Now, with the excellent facilities provided by Roscommon Arts Centre, a re-established festival committee and the support of the local community, we believe that it will become an annual fixture again. ? The support and encouragement of every single person involved in reviving the Festival, from volunteers, sponsors, business people, local media and community and general well-wishers is sincerely appreciated and it is wonderful to see so many of them here tonight and a testament to the love of drama, story-telling and socialising that has been evident in Roscommon for many years. ?We would like to thank Eamonn and Mary Gleeson for providing the Festival Committee with a base here in their superb Townhouse Guesthouse and Restaurant and also John Keane and Sons for kindly sponsoring our launch. ?Heartfelt thanks to all the many local businesses, professionals and enterprises that sponsored groups and awards or took out adverts in the festival programme and, in particular, we would like to thank O?Brien?s Pharmacy and Health Food Store for sponsoring our perpetual award. Amateur drama is akin to the GAA, the players may not get paid but it still involves many expenses and the festival could not have gone ahead without the generosity shown by our sponsors, patrons and friends. ?One of the features of this year?s festival that we are proud of is the beautiful Bog Oak sculptures that are to be presented as awards at the festival and we would like to thank their creator, Michael Fayne for his artistry and hard work in designing such unique piece. ?We are fortunate to have been able to put together such an inviting and exciting programme and we would urge people to make the most of it by booking their seats now. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the best amateur drama groups in the entire country perform acclaimed plays right here in Roscommon. A live drama performance needs a good audience to really take off, so come along to a night of guaranteed entertainment! All bookings can be made at Roscommon Arts Centre 090 6625824.? 

MS Ireland Roscommon

The 32nd annual general meeting of MS Ireland Roscommon branch will take place on Monday, March 12th in Resource Centre, Derrane, Roscommon at 8 pm.  Further information on the branch is available from Sean Brennan (chairperson) on 090-6626587, Pat Buke (secretary) on 090-6625309 or Agnes McKeogh (treasurer) on 090-6625371.  

Kelly says bypass may not start until 2010

Cllr. John Kelly has this week claimed that following more correspondence from Mr. Fred Barry, CEO of the NRA -- dated March 5 -- it  appears that the Ballaghaderreen Bypass has merely been ?nudged forward? and any talk of a ?62 million commitment to it is ?more than premature?. ?The letter confirms that 600,000 Euro is being provided in 2007 for the CPO process to begin this year but it also says that there is no likely start date for construction as I have previously stated? he told the People. ?Mr. Barry says that other major projects will get priority as we have heard before so we have only received confirmation that the CPO process will begin and nothing else. From the correspondence I have received it would appear that the start date is likely to be after 2010. ?I was attacked at a recent council meeting for saying that before and now it appears that I was right in my analysis all along. ?It would appear that one arm of bureaucracy does not know what the other arm is doing and someone is misleading us? stated Cllr. Kelly. ?We now need a Government statement on the matter giving us a definite start date for construction of the bypass because I was of the opinion that Mr. Fred Barry was in charge of the road programme but some politicians think they are? he concluded.
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