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GSOC to investigate Castlerea incident



The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission will investigate the circumstances of an alleged incident involving a member of An Garda Síochána and two members of the public in Castlerea last weekend, it has been confirmed.

  The alleged incident occurred in the Roselawn area of the town at approximately 1 am on Sunday morning and resulted in three people being taken to hospital.

  There had been two attempted burglaries in the area earlier that night and it is understood that a man was apprehended at the rear of one of the properties.

  It is understood that the incident which is under investigation by GSOC occurred later when a Garda approached two people as they were walking home from a night out and resulted in three men, including an on-duty Garda, being hospitalised.



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News…at a glance - December 14th



Family Tree Holy Mass in Curraghboy

A special Family Tree Holy Mass will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre, Curraghboy, Athlone on Thursday, December 13th (this evening), commencing at 8 pm.

  The celebrant will be Fr. John Walsh. Confessions will be available from 7 pm, prior to the commencement of Holy Mass. Individual blessings and Benediction will take place afterwards. All are most welcome. Contact 086-4054489 for more information.

Festival of Lessons and Carols in St. Coman’s

St. Coman’s Church of Ireland on Henry Street in Roscommon town will play host to a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas today (Thursday, December 13th). All are welcome.

The Friendship Circle  – every Sunday

The Friendship Circle meets at The Core, Roscommon town every Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm. All are welcome.

Christmas Concert in Frenchpark Church

Bernadine Casserly, accompanied by Ann Kielty, will perform a Christmas Concert in St. Asicus’ Church, Frenchpark tonight, Thursday, December 13th, at 8 pm in aid of Frenchpark & District Childcare.

  Don’t miss out on this magical evening of singing, guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit! Tickets cost €10 and are available at www.eventbrite.ie or by phoning 094-9870111.

‘80s Disco Night for Hospice

An ‘80s Disco Night out with a raffle and auction in aid of the new Roscommon Hospice Unit will take place in Cattigan’s Bar on Castle Street, Roscommon on Saturday, December 15th with music by DJ Seamus Duke.

  Sponsorship and items for auction welcome. Contact Seamus on 086-8335380.

Carol services in Roscommon and Ballinlough

St. Coman’s Church of Ireland will host a carol service tonight (Thursday, December 13th) at 8 pm.

  There will also be a carol service this Friday (14th) at Ballinlough at 8 pm. All are welcome to both services.

Bealnamulla LFC Christmas Draw

Bealnamulla Ladies Football Club is holding its annual Christmas Draw in The Bounty Bar and Restaurant this Sunday (December 16th) at 6 pm.

  There are great prizes to be won on the night. Tickets available from all players and committee members. The club looks forward to seeing you there.

Roscommon SPCA Church gate collections

The Roscommon SPCA will hold its annual church gate collections at the Ballyforan and Ballymoe Churches this Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th). Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club AGM

On Friday, November 30th, Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club held its AGM with the following roles being assigned: Chairman, Michéal Farrell; Secretary, Tracy Gray; Treasurer, Paula Carberry; Diving Officer, Paul Newman; Equipment Officer, Kevin Connor; Training Officer, Herbert Farrell; Safety Officer, Fergal MacElgunn; Child Protection Officer, Herbert Farrell; PRO, Brian Farrell.

  For any enquiries relating to the sub aqua club, please contact Tracy on 087-9765911 or Michéal on 087-9624050.

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New 50-bed unit at Sacred Heart Hospital could be delayed until 2024 – HAC



The HAC (Hospital Action Committee) has expressed concern that a new 50-bedded unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital which was planned to be completed by the end of 2021 could be delayed by as much as three years.

  Cllr. Valerie Byrne says she is concerned that it may not be completed until 2024.

  Cllr. Byrne said that in a letter to the Hospital Action Committee in October 2016, Minister for Health Simon Harris had outlined his commitment to a new Community Nursing Home at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon by 2021. 

  “In 2016 the Minister’s letter stated that the Sacred Heart project was at appraisal stage, the first step in the process” she said. 

  Cllr. Byrne continued: “The Sacred Heart Hospital is one of our fundamental health services in the county and we must ensure that these improvements are made in a timely manner”.

  The project will involve replacing 50 existing beds and include refurbishment and upgrade of some of the hospital to standards required by HIQA.

  Cllr. Byrne stated that the HAC will be raising this matter with the Minister at their next meeting with him.

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Kilteevan leading the way to plastic-free Roscommon



Six young members of Kilteevan Tidy Towns launched the Straw Sucks #refusethestraw campaign at a recent Coffee Morning in Kilteevan Community Centre. Launching the campaign were Kevin Fannon, Sophie Coen, Kieran Coyle, Éabha Dolan, James Mooney and Adam Lalwani.

  The campaign was organised by Kilteevan Tidy Towns with the support of Rosommon Co. Council, Plastic-Free Roscommon, Roscommon Chamber of Commerce and the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

  The group stressed the fact that plastic straws last for 200 years. Kilteevan Tidy Towns asked everyone in Co. Roscommon to simply say ‘No Thank You to Plastic Straws’ because single-use plastic straws are a perfect example of a wasteful, highly environmentally damaging, day-to-day product that wreaks havoc in rivers, streams, bog ponds and oceans, while serving NO useful purpose.

  The need to kick our habits in relation to single-use plastic items was highlighted. The message from Kilteevan Tidy Towns was clear. We believe we can bring about change. We just need to do something about it

   Speaking at the launch, Kevin Fannon said the “the distressing and very upsetting video of the turtle with a straw stuck in its nose reminded all of us about the vulnerability of all our wildlife. We know that we all contribute to the problem, and it can seem difficult to know what to do about it”.

  “However”, Kevin added, “the full picture is not one of doom and gloom. As young people we believe that in relation to plastic, we are not helpless. We want to lead the way by starting with a small action of saying ‘no thank you to the plastic straw’.

  Sophie Coen informed the gathering that “it has been estimated that upwards of 500 million single-use plastic straws are thrown away in the United States alone every single day”. Sophie said “we want to free Co. Roscommon from single-use plastic items. Stopping our reliance on unnecessary single-use plastic at source is the key to becoming plastic-free”.

  Éabha Dolan stated “we, the young people of Kilteevan, care about our environment and we know that many other people young people care deeply about it too. We believe that by working together we can be part of a solution to some of our environmental problems”.

  Over the next few weeks the group will be visiting bars, restaurants and cafes in Roscommon asking service providers to support them in their campaign.

  They are also asking people in Co. Roscommon to sign a pledge promising to “say no thank you to the plastic straw”.

  Vice-chairperson of Roscommon Co. Council Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher complimented Kilteevan Tidy Towns on launching the campaign and congratulated the young people for their leadership in relation to the initiative. She also complimented the group for their achievements in the competition in the past four years and wished them every success in the 2019.