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Departure of Chambers ‘a big loss’




The education sector in Roscommon has suffered a big loss with the surprise departure of well-known school Principal Frank Chambers, a local councillor has said.

  Mr. Chambers, who was Principal of Roscommon Community College up to last Friday, is taking up a new position within the GRETB (Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board) area.

  Independent county councillor Paddy Kilduff is a member of the GRETB Board and also a member of the Board of Roscommon Community College.

  He said: “While I obviously wish Frank every success in his new career move, his departure is a huge loss to the education sector locally.

  “Frank Chambers made an immense contribution in his time at Roscommon Community College. He did a great amount of very positive work over the years and I know that this is appreciated by parents and students and board members.

  “Frank’s contribution to education in Roscommon was one of the finest we have encountered. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Frank and his family the very best in the future”.

  The GRETB has confirmed that Mr. Chambers is taking up a new role and that Ms. Jude Lohan will act as Acting Principal, pending the appointment of a Principal.





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Guess who’s coming to Ireland West Airport?






Management at Ireland West Airport says it is both delighted and honoured to confirm that the airport has received official confirmation from The Vatican that Pope Francis will arrive into the airport as part of a historic papal visit to the Marian Shrine at Knock in August.

  Pope Francis will arrive into Ireland West Airport on a specially chartered Aer Lingus flight from Dublin on Sunday morning, August 26th from Dublin and travel by motorcade the 20-kilometre route along the N17 to Knock Shrine. Following his visit to the Shrine he will return to Dublin from Ireland West Airport later that morning.

  It was following the first ever Papal visit to Ireland in 1979, when Pope John Paul II visited Knock Marian Shrine, that Monsignor Horan began his campaign to build an international airport in Mayo, close to the Shrine. 38 years later the airport is now the fourth busiest in the country and with record passenger numbers of close to 800,000 expected this year, it’s a fitting tribute to his legacy that the airport will welcome Pope Francis this year.

  Speaking ahead of a historic visit to the West of Ireland, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director of Ireland West Airport said: “It will be both an honour and a privilege to welcome Pope Francis in August for what will be a historic first papal visit to the airport and the realisation of the vision of the airport founder Monsignor Horan.

  “This will be a truly historic occasion and will showcase the airport, Knock Shrine and indeed the West of Ireland to a global audience of millions which will have a hugely positive impact for tourism to the region”.


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€565,000 in funding for Roscommon roads



Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed a funding allocation of €565,000 for Roscommon under the Community Involvement Scheme to repair local roads.

  “The Community Involvement Scheme provides an opportunity for communities to have road repair work carried out at relatively modest cost on local roads and cul-de-sacs that would not normally be included on the Council’s main roadworks programme. The funding is approved by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) and provided to the local authority.

  “Roscommon’s grant allocation for the Community Involvement Scheme in 2018 is €300,000 and €265,000 for next year, bringing a total allocation of €565,000”.

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News…at a glance - June 15th



Heritage Group meeting in Gleeson’s

Roscommon Heritage Group will meet on Tuesday, June 19th at 8.30 pm in Gleeson’s Townhouse in Roscommon town.

  For more information, please contact Theresa, acting secretary, on 087-7554393. All are welcome to attend.


MS Ireland’s Nutrition Seminar

MS Ireland will be holding a Nutrition Seminar in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, on Tuesday, June 19th at 11 am.

  Helen Kenny, Nutritionist, will be giving this presentation. Tea/coffee and scones will be provided. All welcome.

  Please RSVP to Mags Ryan on 087-2502031 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, June 18th.


RSPCA Church gate collections

The Roscommon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is holding annual Church gate collections in the following Churches this weekend (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th): Drumboylan, Crossna, Arigina and Keadue.

  Your support is greatly appreciated and all money raised goes to animal welfare in County Roscommon.


St. Dominic’s 50/50 winner

St. Dominic’s GAA Club congratulates Marian Rice, Lisgobbin, Co. Roscommon who won €1,047 in the club’s weekly 50/50 draw on Saturday, 9th June (Seller: David Kilduff).

  The next draw will take place in Murray’s, Knockcroghery this Saturday (16th). Contact 087-3552383 for details or sign up online at www.naomhdominic.ie.


Church gate collections for MS Ireland

This weekend, June 16th and 17th, the County Roscommon Branch of MS Ireland is holding its annual Church gate collection at Mass times at the following Churches: Ballinamore Bridge/Toghergar, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Glinsk and Newbridge. 

  As this is the main source of income for the branch, they are asking for the public’s usual generous support to ensure they can continue the work which began forty years ago in this area.  

  Branch work is made possible through fundraising and the branch would like to extend a word of gratitude to each and every one of its supporters and especially to the loyal Church gate collectors and their helpers.


Thank you from Mayo/Roscommon Hospice!

Mayo/Roscommon Hospice express grateful thanks to all the volunteers and hospice support groups who gave their time to help with their fundraising appeal on National Sunflower days for hospice last weekend. Their kindness and willingness to help is most appreciated.

  The success of the event depends entirely on the support of the public through the volunteer and hospice groups and especially to those who gave so generously to the cause. Hospice also appreciates the kind co-operation of local stores, shops, etc. who allow the foundation to avail of their premises for the event.

  Sunflower Days is one of the foundation’s biggest fundraisers and the support from volunteers and support groups in the community is vital to help them continue to provide local hospice palliative care services free of charge to those in the community living with life-limiting illness.

  With the continued support from the public, two hospice buildings in the region will become a reality in the very near future. It could not be done without the public’s support.


Roscommon Active Retirement outing

Roscommon Town Active Retirement Association invites you to join them on an outing to Arigna Mines which will include a Shannon cruise and three-course meal on Thursday, 28th of June. Cost €50 per person. Places can be booked on 086-1925411.


Liverpool supporters’ bus to Aviva

The Roscommon Liverpool Supporters’ Club will be organising a bus for Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Napoli at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, August 4th.

  The bus is open to everyone and will leave from Casey’s in Roscommon town. The cost is €20 per adult and €10 for 16 and under. To book your place, please text 087-2316692.








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