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Connacht champions return home!



Roscommon footballers given hero's welcome



The Roscommon senior football team and management were given a hero's welcome back to Roscommon town last Sunday night following their 1-13 to 0-12 win over Galway in the Connacht Senior Football Final in Salthill.

  There were no speeches at the informal homecoming; all the talking had been done on the pitch. At just after 10.30 pm on Sunday night, the Connacht champions arrived back in Roscommon town in that distinctive Club Rossie bus. Hundreds of fans had gathered; mobile phones were held high to capture the scenes for posterity, or at least for now, the fans cheering and applauding as the beaming players emerged with the cup. And what gentlemen they are! They met the fans with humility and shared joy, posing for selfies, chatting, engaging, operating on adrenaline, the gleaming Nestor Cup the symbol of the great journey they’ve been on, the symbol of what they’ve achieved. Heroes.


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Local youth work service to continue


Local politicians say that Minister Katherine Zappone has confirmed that the youth work service provided by Youth Work Ireland in County Roscommon and East Galway will continue uninterrupted over the summer months.

  There were concerns raised following the award of a new contract for youth work services in the Galway/Roscommon catchment that no service would be provided over the next four months, but clarity has now been provided through Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) to Minister Zappone that this service will continue uninterrupted.

  Deputy Denis Naughten: “This is the second time in recent years that there have been changes to the delivery of youth services in the area and I have pointed out to both Minister Zappone and the Chief Executive of GRETB, Mr. David Leahy, that such chopping and changing is undermining the valuable service needed in East Galway and Roscommon.

  “I have, as a result, requested that the Education & Training Board engage with the youth service providers to ensure that they have regard of the need for a continuity of the staff working with young people in the area” concluded Denis Naughten.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy said that he had raised this matter in the Dáil last week with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. He was now pleased that there is no threat to the service, commenting: “Well done to all the young people who protested against this. I was glad to join with the many young people to highlight this issue in the Dáil”.

  Deputy Murphy said that GRETB has confirmed that it will continue to fund youth services in County Roscommon until the end of September 2019. The funding, which amounts to just over €57,000 for July, August and September, will be drawn down from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) in order to ensure continuity of service.



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Showcasing Roscommon!






Roscommon County Tourism brand, website and brochure, showcasing the county to the tourist


Roscommon County Council, through the Tourism Department, have launched a new Roscommon County Tourism brand, website and brochure, showcasing the county to the tourist and making Roscommon a tourism destination for all to consider.

  Working with Design West, the new brand for Roscommon Tourism was designed to represent the various elements of tourism within the county. The Celtic weave symbol refers to Roscommon’s rich heritage of great tribes, wealthy chieftains and dynastic families. It also represents a water element which is surrounding the county, and fish jumping throughout our amazing waterways.

  The centre feature acts as a portal to the memories of Roscommon – to the trials and epic landscapes of the county; the historical sites you will encounter; and the experiences, communities and welcoming warm nature of our people.

  The new website visitroscommon.ie was designed by JDK Design, around the concept of the new tourism brand. It introduces the visitor to the four themed experiences to discover in Roscommon – Heritage, Water, Trails and Activities.

  The website details the various activities, attractions, accommodation and eateries which Roscommon has to offer the visitor; provides you with details on planning your trip; how to get here by bus, road or rail; and gives you up to date information on the latest events which will be taking place in the county.

  The new brochure details the offering of the website and also provides the visitor with a detailed map of all tourism activities available throughout the county.

  Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice, told the gathering that: “Through working together ¬ – from community, to tourism provider, to Roscommon County Council, to Failte Ireland ¬– we can build a quality product which is appealing, accessible and memorable”.

  Mr. Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council, in launching the new brand, website and brochure, said that this development would “enable growth in the tourism sector throughout the county for the coming years”.

  He stated that “Roscommon County Council recognise that tourism is an important economic driver in Co. Roscommon, particularly from a rural tourism perspective; and has a compelling role to play in safeguarding and growing jobs in the local economy.

  “Through the development of an easily identifiable brand and a modern easily navigated website, Roscommon county becomes a recognisable Tourism location for the tourist from both home and abroad”.

* For more information, check out visitroscommon.ie or pick up a copy of Explore Roscommon in your nearest information point.




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Group from Ballaghaderreen honoured at Áras



A group of people from Ballaghaderreen were honoured by President Michael D. Higgins at a garden party at Áras an Uachtarain yesterday (Wednesday) for their work in helping asylum seekers and refugees.

  The group was honoured for their efforts in helping dozens of residents at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in the Abbeyfield Hotel in the Ballaghaderreen integrate into the local community.

  President Higgins thanked all those involved before highlighting the talent and skills being brought to Ireland by asylum seekers and refugees. He called on the people of Ireland to help immigrants and added that there was a need to improve the direct provision system.


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