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Paul Healy

‘This is so exciting…roll on Tralee!

 

 

I had a busy week running around picking up the last few things ahead of my trip to Tralee. There was great excitement in the build-up to my send-off party in Rooskey last Friday night – everyone is so full of support and well wishes!

Thursday, August 9th

 

Two of my cousins visited me this evening and we spent a few hours trying on outfits and going through my schedule and labelling different outfits for different events. I had to but two extra clothes rails for the spare room to hang up all my dresses! I also picked up my hats from Rachel Feeley in Roscommon – they are amazing!

Friday, August 10th

 

Had my send-off party in my home village of Rooskey tonight – so much fun! It all felt surreal…every time I put on the Roscommon Rose sash I have to pinch myself! All my relatives were there, from as far away as Dublin and Portlaoise, and so too were all my friends from Roscommon and the Rose Committee. Roses from previous years were there to lend their support too as well as many people from the local community.

Saturday, August 11th

Another busy day as I had to organise my work and make sure that everything is covered for the next couple of weeks. My cousins were a big help again as we finished my packing. I then had a hair appointment before heading to the Kilbeggan Races. From there I attended another send-off party, this time at the Red Parrot in Roscommon town along with Roscommon Rose Escort, Paul Clabby. Paul is an absolute gentleman and I’m delighted that he’ll be in Tralee with me. Whatever Rose he ends up with will be very lucky!

  My family, friends and members of the Roscommon Solstice Choir also came along and we had another great night. The excitement is really building now!

Sunday, August 12th

 

Final checks done! I’ve had a lovely day with my family and friends. I met my friends for lunch before going to a family fun day in Annaduff, where my mother grew up and where my granny still lives. I chilled out with extended family in granny’s for a while and they toasted me with champagne! We finished off the weekend with dinner to celebrate both my Rose journey and my brother’s birthday! Roll on Tralee!

 

*Roscommon Rose Eimear Reynolds will be in Tralee this weekend for the 2018 Rose of Tralee Festival which runs from Friday until next Tuesday (21st).

 

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Fitzmaurice welcomes Francis River works

Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice has welcomed the start of work on the Francis River in Castlerea Town.

  The work is being undertaken by Castlerea Towns Trust and Inland Fisheries Ireland and will include cleaning the river and narrowing it in parts to make it flow faster and to reduce the build up weeds. The work will also include new fish pools and gravel beds to encourage more fish to spawn.

  Cllr. Fitzmaurice said: “This work is very welcome as the river has been very low this summer and it looked very poor with the large build-up of weeds. I hope this will greatly improve this amenity which runs through our town park”.

 

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‘24/7’ service needed at Loughglynn base

 

The HSE confirmed last week that the National Ambulance Service will operate from the Loughglynn ambulance base from Monday of this week (13th of August).

  Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins said that the HSE had informed her of the development. She said: “The HSE has told me that the ambulance service will be operating an additional emergency ambulance in Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week. This service will see crews operating and reporting from the base in Loughglynn. Additional support will be provided from Roscommon”.

  Senator Hopkins said this is a positive and welcome development but that a ‘24/7’ service is required.

  “This region was identified as an ambulance blackspot area by HIQA in 2014. I have been calling for an increase in resources to ensure the full operation of the base in Loughglynn for several years now. I have worked closely with Minister for Health Simon Harris, Cllr. Michael Creaton and the National Ambulance Service in order to secure these additional resources”.

  Senator Hopkins continued: “While these resources are positive, I want to see the ambulance base operational on a 24-hour basis for seven days per week”.

  She said she will raise the need for a 24/7 service when she meets Martin Dunne, Director of the National Ambulance Service, in the coming weeks.

  In the meantime, the Ambulance Service has confirmed that they will be continuing to review ambulance cover in this region. 

 

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Driver tests positive for cocaine on N61

A driver stopped by Gardaí during a routine patrol on the N61 in Roscommon tested positive for cocaine last Wednesday (8th).

  The driver was stopped by members of the Roscommon Roads Policing Unit, who returned a reading for cocaine following a preliminary roadside drugs test.

  The driver was arrested and taken to Roscommon Garda Station for further testing.

 

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