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News...at a glance - February 15th



Support group for parents of LGBTI+

Are you a parent of an individual who identifies as LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender) and would like peer support from other parents? TLC (Tuismitheoirí Le Chéile) is a support group with parents who meet on the last Tuesday of each month in Vita House in Roscommon town from 8 pm to 9 pm. 

  There is also a helpline which you can call on 083-8979280 open every Monday between 7 pm to 9 pm, providing a confidential, safe and supportive space for parents. All welcome.

Athlone Springs hosts Honey Bee conference


The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) Conference and AGM will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd at the Athlone Springs Hotel. 

  This year’s theme is ‘Protecting our Native Honey Bee Heritage’.

  NIHBS is an All-Ireland Association whose main objectives are to promote the conservation, study and improvement of the Native Irish Honey Bee, known as the Black Bee, throughout the island of Ireland.

  Visit: www.nihbs.org or contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Frances is guest speaker at next Garden Club meeting


Roscommon Garden Club’s next meeting will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Monday, 25th of February at 8 pm.

  Last summer the club travelled to Wexford for a two-day trip, visiting gardens in the area. In Camolin, we were delighted to visit the Bay Garden, which is a two-acre garden surrounding an 18th century farmhouse which has been developed over the past 20 years. The present owners, Frances and Iain MacDonald, have patiently restored the house and garden. 

  What started out as a neglected orchard and field has been transformed into an array of different garden areas. You can appreciate the massive knowledge of plants, the careful planning and the excellent design as you make your way around this spectacular garden.

  Both Iain and Frances MacDonald are qualified horticulturists and Frances has been involved in all aspects of gardening for over 40 years. She lectures on gardening and writes a column in the Irish Garden magazine. She trained in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and met her husband Iain while working in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. They moved to Wexford in 1981 and established a successful design and landscaping business. They also find time to take guided garden tours all over the world. 

  The topic of Frances’ talk will be ‘All Year Interest in your Garden’. This is another meeting of the Roscommon Garden Club which is not to be missed!


Cuisle’s Annual Quiz this Friday

Cuisle’s Annual Quiz will take place in Cuisle, Donamon, Co. Roscommon this Friday (15th) at 9 pm. Table of 4 is €40. Refreshments will be provided on the night and all are welcome. For enquiries please contact Cuisle on 090-6662277.


Active Retirement Group for Dáil – and Gaol!

The Roscommon Town Active Retirement Group are going to Kilmainham Gaol and the Dáil on Thursday, 7th of March. If you would like to join us, please book now at 086-1292541.

  Roscommon Town Active Retirement weekly meetings have resumed on Tuesdays at 2.30 pm in the Sacred Heart Hospital education room.


Bealnamulla LFC Table Quiz in Bounty Bar

Bealnamulla LFC are hosting a family fun table quiz at the Bounty Bar, Athlone on Friday, the 22nd of February at 7.30 pm. Teams of 4; Adults €10, U-16s €5. It promises to be a great night for all the family.








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Hip, hip…hurray!




Tommy wins €33,000


A Roscommon farmer won €33,000 on the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE One last Saturday – just seven weeks after having a hip replacement operation!

  Tommy Durr, from Ballinagard, Roscommon, never bought a scratch card in his life, but was gifted his lucky Winning Streak scratch card from a family friend after his release from hospital following his hip surgery.

  Tommy had just returned home from Mass and had made a cup of tea when he tuned into Winning Streak two weeks ago to see his name being called out to appear on the show.

  Tommy’s five children – Padraig, Hughie, PJ, Rosemary and Suzanne – and eleven of his fifteen grandchildren were in RTE to cheer him on in the Winning Streak studio last Saturday. He is delighted with the support he has received from his family, neighbours and friends.

  Tommy is looking forward to getting back to work on the farm. He enjoyed his recovery time in Fearna Manor Nursing Home and is so thankful to the staff there who helped with his recuperation.

  With his winnings, Tommy will “look after his family” and also wants to take a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina later in the year with a group from his parish.

Funding boost for Arigna Mining Experience – Feighan




Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Arigna Mining Experience which is among thirteen organisations nationwide awarded a total value of €65,000 under the Geopark Grant Scheme.


  “This Geological Survey Ireland funding programme supports the development and publication of educational and outreach materials.

  “The aim of the fund is to encourage the telling of the Irish geological story, improve the understanding of geoscience and to engage with groups throughout the country.

  “This funding is also great recognition of the work invested by everybody involved in developing and promoting the Arigna Mining Experience”.

  The funding was announced by Sean Canney TD, Minister of State for Natural Resources at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

JJ’s shortlisted for Live Music Venue award



JJ Harlow’s in Roscommon town has been shortlisted in the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) Live Music Venue of the Year Awards.

  The awards recognise Irish venues which deliver the very best standards in live music entertainments and JJ Harlow’s has made the final 25 venues in Ireland.

  The IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 26th at IMRO Headquarters in Dublin. Along with one overall award for National Live Music Venue of the Year, awards will be presented for the leading live music venues in regions nationwide, including Connacht.

  To vote for JJ Harlow’s, Market Square, Roscommon town, log on to www.surveymonkey.com/s/imrovenueawards.