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Busy week’s action as locals compete in UK

A number of Roscommon darts player will be in action in Hull this week as the busiest week in the BDO Darts calender takes place.

  At time of going to press, Tuesday’s Grand Slam of Darts Qualifiers have concluded. Gary Concannon was unfortunate to lose out to Wayne Warren of Wales in the first round. McDermott’s team-mate and Irish Number 1 David Concannon took a 5-4 win over Paul Harvey of England in his first game to progress to the last 64 where he took on Keita Ono of Japan.

  A 5-3 win here put David into the last 32. An unlucky 5-2 loss to Joe Chaney put David out of the event but hopes will be high for further progress in the coming days.

  David will compete in the Lakeside World Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday and the Winmau World Masters Qualifiers on Thursday. Roscommon Youth player Ronan McDonagh will compete in the same events in the Youths section also.

  We wish all players continued success and the best of luck in all competitions.

LEAGUE: The first round of The Hannon’s Hotel sponsored Roscommon Darts League starts on Friday, 16th of October with these fixtures: An Bothar Rua v Ned’s; The Hatch Bar v The Hollywood; The Forge v Flanagan’s; McDermott’s v Charlie’s.

ROUND ROBIN: In the Round Robin event in The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon town last Friday, there was an exciting final between two Ballinaheglish players.

  Gary Concannon met his cousin Thomas Concannon in the final with Thomas winning 4-2 win. Many thanks to all who took part and to The Hollywood Bar for use of their premises.

  The final Round Robin of this summer will take place in The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon town this Friday. Names by 9 pm. For more details or to enter your name contact David on 086-0823180.

  For more details on further upcoming fixtures/darts news check rosdarts.com.


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Golf News - 9th October

Boyle Golf Club

Well done to our Ladies Team who won the Roscommon Cup last weekend for the second year running.

Boyle finished first with Roscommon in second and Strokestown in third. Individual winners: 1st Ronnie Clarke (Strokestown); 2nd: Sandra Kelly (Roscommon); Gross Hilary Collins (Carrick); 3rd: Regina McLoughlin (Boyle) and 4th: Mary O’Gara (Roscommon).

The winning Boyle team was Tish Perry, Liz Dwyer, Claire Cryan, Kathleen Candon, Susan O’Mahoney, Moira Egan & Regina McLoughlin.

The Winter League commenced last weekend with Team Gaffney leading on 121 points and Team Heslin in 2nd place on 119 points. Round two takes place from Thursday to Sunday this week with all still to play for.

Date for your diary is the Golf Classic in aid of the Alzheimers Society on the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

Carrick-On-Shannon Golf Club

Ladies: Open Day every Tuesday. The ladies AGM will take place this Friday at 8 pm. 
 Our Captains Outing will take place on Saturday, October 24th to the Slieve Russell followed by a meal in the Bunker Bar. 

Winter Alliance: The Captains for this year's alliance are Frances Molloy and Mary Molloy. The Alliance will run on the first Saturday of every month starting on November 7th.

Castlerea Golf Club

The results of this week’s Men’s Competition, sponsored by Kelly Henry Medical Centre – 1st: Michael Doyle, 46 points; 2nd: Padraig Casey, 45points; Cat. 1: Tony Mitchell, 41 points; Cat. 2: Patrick O’Connor Junior, 42 points and Cat. 3: Padraig Henry, 39 points.

The recent winners of the Ladies Competitions are as follows – 1st in October: Margaret Henry, 38 points, sponsored by Sonas; 29th September: Mamie Creaton, 34 points, sponsored by Paul Lafferty and 24th September: Mamie Creaton, 37 points, sponsored by Keith Revins.

Roscommon Golf Club

Gertie Spillane was the winner of Tuesday’s ladies’ 18-hole competition, sponsored by Keenan’s Butchers with 31 points, while June Halliday came second with 27 points.

Margaret Brennan won last Thursday’s ladies’ senior 9-hole open with 20 points while Kay Ruane was second, with 20 points also. The senior men's competition was won by John Martin on 38 points, with Michael Brennan second on 38 points and Michael Dolan third on 35 points.

The winner of Friday’s 18-hole Open was Jimmy Lennon with 39 points.

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Féile Strokestown 2015 begins on Friday

Féile Strokestown 2015 takes place from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th next. This will be the 14th annual such celebration of Traditional Irish music, song and dance in Strokestown. The weekend line-up includes concerts, ceilis, workshops and impromptu sessions. The weekend starts with a special celebration of the contribution made by the late Pauline Hanly to the traditional arts. The committee of Féile Strokestown invite you all to celebrate Pauline’s great contribution in The Percy French Hotel on Friday, October 9th at 8 pm.

  The festivities will formally kick off at 7.30 pm on Friday evening with the official opening, which will feature music by young musicians from Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath. 

  On Saturday, 10th of October we will be showcasing the great Roscommon Flute-playing style.

  On Saturday afternoon from 2 pm-4 pm Roscommon’s John Wynne will give a presentation on Roscommon Flute-playing. A masterclass in Sean Nós singing will be given by Roisín White (TG4 Gradam Award winner, 2015) between 2 pm and 4 pm on the Saturday.

  On Saturday night, October 10th, there’s a very exciting prospect with a major concert featuring Matt Molloy and Seán Keane (both of The Chieftains) and Arty McGlynn. This will take place in The Percy French Hotel, starting at 8 pm.

  We will be celebrating the songs and stories of Percy French on Sunday, October 11th in the Percy French Hotel at 2 pm. Also on Sunday, 11th of October (4 pm) there will be a Céilí Mór with the Tulla Céilí Band at 4 pm in Percy French Hotel. Meanwhile there will be sessions in pubs daily and nightly.

  To find out more, see www.feilestrokestown.com and/or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or call Mairead on 086-8546433 or Anne on 086-3750298.






South Roscommon Singers Festival launched

The programme for South Roscommon Singers Festival 2015 was launched in P.J.’s Bar, Castlecoote, last week and once again there is a jam-packed cornucopia of delights in store for aficionados of traditional, old-time, folk and gospel singing. 

  The festival takes place from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th October.

  The festival, which extends from Knockcroghery and Lecarrow to Roscommon Town and Castlecoote, will feature an array of international acts as well as the best homegrown talent.

  One of the main features of the festival will be the opening salvo on Thursday night in Hannon’s Hotel, the Roscommon People sponsored Annie McNulty Award Presentation Concert with a showcase of Roscommon musical talent.

  Acts on the night include; Gatehouse featuring John Wynne, John & Jacinta McEvoy and Rachel Garvey; Boyle balladeer and songwriter Donal O’Connor; South Roscommon Singers Frank Brennan and Johnny Johnston and storyteller Vincent Pierce.

  This year’s guests of honour and recipients of the Annie McNulty Award will be The Grehan Sisters from Boyle.

  Also, for the first time there will be a Gospel Concert in St. Coman’s Church of Ireland, Roscommon, on Saturday night featuring an array of international acts as they present an uplifting selection of Gospel songs and Spirituals from the Americana and European traditions.

  A fascinating series of ‘Song Talks’ in Murray’s in Knockcroghery will feature strongly all day on Saturday as well as informal singing and music sessions throughout Knockcroghery and Lecarrow over the weekend.

  Watch this space for full details over the coming weeks or check out www.southroscommon.ie where you can download the full programme.