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Further work on Lough Funshinagh solutions




 At a meeting in Leinster House last Thursday, Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran committed to carrying out further work on the Lough Funshinagh study to see if a final solution can be found to the ongoing problem, Deputy Denis Naughten has said.

  The meeting with Minister Moran was sought as a result of a request by Cllr. Laurence Fallon on behalf of the local homeowners and farmers with a view to providing clarity on what future works can be carried out to resolve the ongoing serious flooding problem.

  Commenting after the meeting, Cllr. Fallon said: “Following this meeting there will be further work on the cost-benefit analysis, environmental and agricultural impact as well as site investigations on possible outfall solutions.

  “While much of this work can be completed quite quickly, the site investigation works will be dependent on ground conditions to access farmland”.

  Deputy Denis Naughten said: “As soon as this has been completed, the Office of Public Works and Roscommon County Council will be in a position to finalise its approach to addressing the implications of the Lough Funshinagh flooding”.

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News…at a glance - October 18th




Town Twinning Church gate collections

The Roscommon Town Twinning Church gate collection will take place this Saturday and Sunday (19th and 20th).

  Roscommon and Chartrettes (France) celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the town twinning in May this year.

  The Roscommon Chartrettes Twinning Partnership brings many benefits to the community. The sharing of cultural experiences and understanding is important and the opportunities to develop business links and student language exchanges is extremely valuable. 

  Please support the church gate collections at Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon town this Saturday and Sunday.


RSPCA annual street collection in Castlerea

The Roscommon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold its annual street collection in Castlerea town this Friday and Saturday (18th and 19th). 

  The society is looking for volunteers to help on the day. If you can spare a couple of hours, please get in touch. All money raised will go directly to animal welfare.


Self Care to Wellness programme

A ‘Self Care to Wellness’ programme for people living with an ongoing or long-term health condition is starting on Monday, November 4th in Castlerea Primary Care Centre, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. 

  The course is for 2 1/2 hours each day and runs for six weeks. The programme costs €20.  

  For further information contact Jackie Lynott on 087-7185615/094-9034980 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Kilbride Community Alert meeting

A meeting of Kilbride Community Alert takes place on Monday, October 21st at 8.30 pm in Kilbride Community Centre, Fourmilehouse. It is important that each household in the area is represented at this meeting.


‘Try A Dive’ with Roscommon Sub Aqua

Following a very positive response, Roscommon Sub Aqua Club/Search & Rescue will host three more free ‘Try A Dive’ nights in the Roscommon Leisure Centre, on Thursday, 17th, 24th and 31st of October at 8.45 pm.

  This is a great opportunity to find out more about this wonderful club, and to meet some highly experienced members. Please come along and try it out.


Successful Croke Park abseil fundraiser

Roscommon town woman, Syrea Duke, would like to thank all those who supported her ‘Abseil for Breast Cancer Research’ at Croke Park last Saturday. Ninety people took part in the very successful fundraiser.


Special Mass for Healing in Curraghboy

A Special Mass for Healing will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre, Curraghboy, Athlone on Friday, October 25th, 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 for Healing and Benediction will take place after Mass. All are most welcome. Contact 086-4054489.


Line Dancing in Ballinlough every Sunday

Line Dancing classes with Mary Kathleen take place every Sunday from 7 pm to 8.30 pm in Kiltullagh Enterprise, Ballinlough. Always a very enjoyable evening and great for exercise. All age groups and beginners welcome.


Fundraiser for Roscommon Cancer Support Services

Martin Conboy will host his annual fundraiser for Roscommon Cancer Support Services this Saturday night (19th) in Dec’s Bar in Castleplunkett from 9 pm.

  Music will be provided by Celtic Crú and there will be a raffle and auction on the night. Please come along and support. All welcome. 


Haiti Orphanage fundraisers say thanks


The organisers of the recent fundraiser for ‘Our Little Brothers and Sisters’ Orphanage in Haiti, which raised a total of €790, have expressed their gratitude to all those who supported the cause.

  The organisers stated: ‘Many thanks to Dermot Hughes Cars; Damian Traynor, Ballygar; Ardcarne Garden Centre; Breslin’s Bar & Restaurant, Ballygar; Regan’s Bar & Restaurant; Timothy’s Londis; John Mannion, Creggs; Roscommon People Editor and staff, who once again gave us excellent publicity, and Shannonside FM.

  ‘Also to Ursula and Maura, Hannon’s Hotel for their excellent facilities and Dr. John McCullen for his excellent presentation, and members of Guild Catholic Nurses, Roscommon for generous gifts and organising’.


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‘Young Offender’ star Shane brings ‘Wet Paint’ to arts centre






The Young Offenders actor Shane Casey takes to the road in a new show entitled ‘Wet Paint’, which he has both written and performs in.

  It’s 2005 and the country is booming with jambons at an all-time high of €2. That “blind opera singer guy” is coming to Ireland for a special concert in Cork and tickets are impossible to find. Tony has a fresh tan from The Canaries; Pa is wondering how Liverpool will get on in the Champions League, and Barry’s got a secret. Sound familiar?

  Inspired by his time as a painter/decorator himself, Shane Casey’s very funny play depicts a day in the life of two painter/decorators and their boss during the Celtic Tiger era, when anything was possible – at least inside your head.

  Also featuring Michael Sands and Tommy Harris, this show promises a belly-full of laughs as we are all transported back to the golden era of the Celtic Tiger.

  ‘Wet Paint’ comes to Roscommon Arts Centre on Tuesday, October 22nd and tickets are now on sale at box office on 090-6625824 and online at: roscommonartscentre.ie.

Canadian travel professionals visit County Roscommon



Nineteen Canadian travel agents – from British Columbia, Alberta, Québec, Nova Scotia and Ontario – recently visited Roscommon and Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. 

  While here, they attended a B2B workshop, meeting and doing business for 2020 with Irish tourism providers. During their time here, they also took part in an extensive fact-finding visit – to inform and enthuse them about some of the many great things to see and do here for their clients. Their itinerary focussed on Ireland’s ancient history and culinary offering, as well as opportunities to drive business in the off-season months.

  One of the highlights of the group’s action-packed itinerary was a guided tour of Strokestown Park House and the Irish National Famine Museum.