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Works progressing at Glenamaddy NS



Work is well underway at Glenamaddy National School on a raft of safety measures which will improve safety outside the school.

  The work is being carried out under a Community Involvement Scheme which Cllr. Peter Keaveney applied for on behalf of the pupils, staff and parents of the school. 

  Cllr. Keaveney liased with the GRETB (Galway & Roscommon Education & Training Board) on behalf of the National School to get the ground necessary to carry out the work at the old technical school.    

  Cllr. Keaveney has thanked the GRETB for their support and for giving the ground to carry out the work. These works are also being completed as part of a Clár Scheme.

  Cllr. Keaveney detailed the ongoing work. “The works include setting back of the wall at the old tech next door to the national school, the laying of a new foot path and tarmacadam. A new safety crossing will be installed from Dudley Heights to the National School.

  “The set down area in front of the school will be tarmacadamed and a new footpath laid. The ESB wires on the Kilkerrin Road will be put under ground. Eleven new LED lights will replace the existing lights. The work being carried out will greatly improve  safety at the school and will serve to enhance the Kilkerrin Road,” he said.

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News…at a glance - April 19th


IHF Mobile Health Unit to visit Library

The Irish Heart Foundation Mobile Health Unit will visit Roscommon Library on Wednesday, April 24th from 10 am to 5 pm. Don’t miss out on your chance for a free blood pressure check with an Irish Heart Foundation nurse. 

  Roscommon Library will also host free Community CPR training sessions for adults in Roscommon Library on Friday, May 3rd. There are a small number of places remaining for the 2 pm session – register for a place by logging on to www.HandsforLife.ie. For more information, please contact Lorraine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leader’s community food information sessions

Roscommon Leader Partnership is holding information sessions to gauge the level of interest in expanding its community food services programme throughout Roscommon and surrounding areas. 

  Remaining information sessions will take place in Frenchpark Parochial Hall on Thursday, April 18th at 5.30 pm (north Roscommon) and Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, April 18th at 8 pm (north and east Roscommon).

  RLP Development Officers will be available at each workshop to discuss the project ideas. The workshops will include details of the survey being circulated across the county in relation to meals and wheels service. Roscommon Leader Partnership is undertaking this survey to establish if there is a need to extend the meal delivery service that is currently offered in certain parts of the county.

  For further information, please contact Roscommon Leader Partnership on 090-6630252, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.rosleaderpartnership.ie or call to the RLP Office, Golf Links Road, Roscommon town.

  Closing date for surveys to be completed is Monday, April 29th at 1 pm.

The Dawn Chorus at Creggs NS

Join renowned environmentalist Gordon D’Arcy to listen to the Dawn Chorus on Satuday, April 27th from 5.30 am to 6.30 am. Meeting at Creggs National School and tea/coffee and scones will be served.

Fundraising dance for IMNDA in Tuam

As one in the series of ‘Della’a Benefit Dances’, a fundraising dance in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Association will be held in the Ard-Rí House Hotel, Tuam on Bank Holiday Monday (May 6th) from 3 pm to 6 pm as usual, with music by Jimmy Hynes and the Crusaders.

  All support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated, since any funds raised would help the Association in assisting those suffering from the disease, including local man, Maurice Sirr, Ballymoe (formerly Derryvode, Williamstown). Maurice is well-known over a very wide area because of his work as a videographer and photographer, from his base in Roscommon town.

  Tickets for the dance are €7 and are available from Martin Heverin (087-2238771), Frances Keaveney, (086-8489458), or Leo Finnegan (086-1603043), and they can also be purchased at the door.

Roscommon Garden Club meeting

The next meeting of the Roscommon Garden Club takes place on Monday, April 29th at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town and will start with a ‘Spring Plant Sale’ at 7.30 pm. Following this, Kevin Begley of Coolwater Garden in Co. Limerick will deliver a talk.

  A former soft drinks wholesaler, Kevin transformed his gardens in 2009 and will be showcasing them whilst giving a talk on their development on Monday, April 29th. A presentation not to be missed!

Free CPR training in Derrane

RSG Flexible Learning College, in association with the Irish Heart Foundation and the ‘Hands for Life’ campaign, will host a free one hour CPR training session on Friday, 26th April at 10 am, 11.30 am and 2 pm in the Dale Centre, Derrane, Co. Roscommon.

  For more information or to sign up, call 090-6625852 (Ext. 5) or 086-1668428 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Drama Group plough ‘A Lone Furrow’ at Lamb Festival




To coincide with the Roscommon Lamb Festival on the May Bank Holiday weekend, Roscommon Drama Group are performing ‘A Lone Furrow’, a period drama, in Roscommon Arts Centre on Circular Road.

  The play tells the story of Aleen Cust, the first qualified woman vet in Ireland and Britain. She had problems registering with the RCVS because she was a woman, but the Athleague-based vet, William Byrne, a council member, came to her rescue by employing her as his veterinary assistant. She eventually set up on her own in Athleague and Ballygar.

  The play, of great historical interest, is written by local author Tommy Murray. The premiere of this play is co-directed by Tom Costello and Brigeen Fitzmaurice and features Tom Holian playing William Byrne, Carol Murray as Aleen Cust and Con Connolly as Fr. Conry, the meddling parish priest. The housekeeper to both William and later Aleen is played by Bernie Maher who is also the narrator and the play has a supporting cast of over 25 local actors.

  The monument in front of the Old Jail in the Square, Roscommon was erected by his friends in memory of William Byrne. The play is on from the 2nd to the 4th of May inclusive and tickets are available at Roscommon Arts Centre costing €14/€12. Early booking is advisable at www.roscommonartscentre.ie or on 090-6625824.



Kathleen’s €70,000 win on Winning Streak



A local woman won a whopping €70,000 when she appeared on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show on RTÉ One last Saturday.

  Kathleen Coleman lives in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway but describes herself as a ‘blow-in’ despite living there for more than 40 years. She is originally from Creggs, but she moved to Ballinasloe when she got married to her late husband Danny, who sadly passed away just three years ago.

  Kathleen wasn’t near her phone and she wasn’t watching Winning Streak last Saturday evening week, and when she returned to her phone and saw a dozen missed calls she immediately thought something was wrong. It turned out that this was really good news. Kathleen admitted last week to feeling calm but struggling to get some sleep at night-time such was the excitement ahead of her Winning Streak appearance.

  Kathleen is mum to two adult children: Jason and Sharon, who were both excited to cheer their mum on from the audience. Kathleen is a grandmother to four grandsons, three of whom watched their grandmother from home: Morgan and twins Ben and Sam (8 months old), with the eldest, Charlie, cheering his gran on from the RTÉ audience. Also supporting Kathleen were her sisters, Anne and Margaret, as well as a number of other friends and family.

  Kathleen works in Klassic Cleaners in Roscommon town, where she has worked for more than 20 years.