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Protest at Falsk property at centre of repossession row




A number of people gathered on Tuesday in front of the Strokestown property which has been at the centre of a High Court repossession order.

  It is believed the gathering was organised to coincide with the midday deadline for the McGann family to leave the home according to the repossession order which was granted by the High Court last month.

  Tuesday’s protest was the latest development in an ongoing legal battle between KBC and the McGanns which began when members of the family were forcibly evicted from the home last December.

  In a statement, KBC said: “The repossession of a family home is always a last resort and comes after a long period of time when all avenues have been exhausted, from a financial and legal perspective”.

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Rapid Response to demonstrate new app



Roscommon Rapid Response, a group which says it intends to “make Co. Roscommon the safest place to have a cardiac arrest”, will host meetings in Roscommon and Castlerea next week to highlight a new mobile app aimed at coordinating responders.

  The new app is designed to allow the user achieve the highest chance of cardiac arrest survival by coordinating CPR responders, defibrillators and emergency services.  

  Those involved with community organisations or businesses and state organisations providing defibrillators in mid Roscommon are asked to attend the meetings on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

  The meetings will take place on Monday (18th) at Gleeson’s Townhouse in Roscommon at 8.30 pm and in The Hub Enterprise Centre in Castlerea on Tuesday (19th) at 8.30 pm.

  Roscommon Rapid Response will demonstrate how the app, which is currently available to download from the App Store, operates and how it will improve outcomes for cardiac arrest patients.


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New group gets down to business!



A large crowd attended the launch of the new Roscommon Business Group in Hannon’s Hotel last Thursday night. The special guest speaker on the night was Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham.

  The aim of the group is to provide a platform for small businesses in County Roscommon whereby they can network on a monthly basis. The provision of training opportunities for members in areas like problem-solving and education is a priority for the group.

  Businesses are welcome to join up (from start-ups to established local businesses). The group will meet on the first Thursday of every month.

  Peter Garvey, Co-ordinator of the group, said that it took a lot of hard work to get the group off the ground but he was now confident that it would grow and prove to be a success.

  Special guest Anthony Cunningham said that being in business can be tough and challenging, but he advised the members to make good use of the forum.

  “Teamwork is always trial and error, we are trying out 14 or 15 new players on the Roscommon panel at the moment and we have to see how they fit into the environment – and it’s the same in business too.

  “There is no such thing as a small question and no such thing as a silly question in business. I would always advise any person who is starting up a business or trying to grow a small business to ask plenty of questions. Teamwork is all about working together and not being afraid to ask questions.

  “People in business should always be able to challenge themselves and ask – is there anything that I could be doing better to improve my business? Everyone makes mistakes along the way, but as long as you can look back and acknowledge where you went wrong and be determined not to repeat those mistakes then you are going in the right direction”.

  Mr. Cunningham said that there is lots of business acumen in County Roscommon, adding: “I often wonder just why the powers that be do not locate more industry in the county”.  Independent TD Denis Naughten wished the new group luck and also advised local businesses and start-ups to seek out the various supports available to SMEs. A number of local county councillors were also present.














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News…at a glance - November 15th



Table quiz in aid of Knockcroghery NS

A fun table quiz in aid of Knockcroghery NS will take place in Murray’s Bar at 9 pm on Saturday, November 23rd. There will be a raffle with super spot prizes on the night. Teams of four cost €40 and can be made up on the night. All support very welcome.


Breastfeeding ‘Mum2Mum’ Group monthly meeting

The Roscommon Friends of Breastfeeding Mum2Mum Group will hold its monthly meet-up in Sensory Me in Roscommon town. All babies, children, parents, and parents-to-be are welcome to join us at 10.30 am on Saturday, November 16th to share information and support.

  The group meets on the third Saturday of every month. Contact Julie O’Donoghue on 087-7554385 for further information or find the group on Facebook.


Disability Support Group Memorial Mass

The County Roscommon Disability Support Group CLG is celebrating its annual Memorial Mass for all service users, families, friends, board of management and staff members in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derrane at 11 am on Wednesday, November 20th. May they rest in peace.

  Families and friends of the deceased are welcome to attend this Mass.

  The choir will be provided by RSG’s music group ‘Guess Who’s Back’.

Ballintubber Ladies Club Christmas Cake Sale

Ballintubber Ladies Club is holding its annual Christmas Cake Sale in Kenny’s Lounge, Ballintubber after Masses on Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd and 24th and, as usual, all proceeds raised will go toward the club’s annual Christmas Party. 

  There will be a great selection of Christmas puddings, cakes, porter cakes, Pavlova, cheesecakes, brown bread, scones and much more on sale, all freshly baked. Please come along and support. There will be a chance to win a Christmas Cake on the day.  

  The Ballintubber Ladies Club’s annual Christmas Party will be held in Kenny’s Lounge, Ballintubber on Friday, December 6th after 7 pm Mass and all are welcome. 

  As always, a great night is promised and the Ladies Club look forward to meeting you all on the night.


Remembrance Mass for County Council staff


A Mass for deceased Roscommon County Council staff and members has been arranged for Friday, November 22nd at 6 pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon town. 

  Refreshments will be served at the Roscommon County Council Offices, Áras an Chontae following Mass. All welcome.


Cam Bóthar Committee’s fundraising auction


The Cam Bóthar Committee is holding a fundraising auction this Saturday (16th) in McDermott’s Lounge, Curraghboy with animals, and other items up for auction.

  Music will be provided by Pat The Man in the lounge on the night and there will be a number of raffle prizes up for grabs. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.


Roscommon Heritage Group meeting on Tuesday


The Roscommon Heritage Group will meet on Tuesday, November 19th at 8.30 pm in Gleeson’s Restaurant and Rooms in Roscommon town. The group aims to conserve archaeology for future generations.

  If interested in joining the group please contact Theresa (group secretary) on 087-7554393 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All welcome.











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