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Paul Healy

Paul Healy


Castlemine Farm are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership at their Circular Road food kitchen. Bringing the best in professional skills and experience, Alan Burns of Umami Food Company joins Derek and Brendan Allen in their quest to bring the finest of local and international foods to their customers.

Derek Allen told the Roscommon People what motivated him to entice Alan on board at Roscommon. “Alan comes with over 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, having cooked in a variety of roles from personal chef to cooking for royalty and heads of state. He has worked as pastry chef in a 2 star Michelin restaurant and run his own award winning restaurant, The Wild Bergamot, in Scotland. The Wild Bergamot was Harden’s UK Restaurant Guide highest scoring restaurant in Scotland, 3 years running and also achieved Michelin Guide listings. It also won Scottish Restaurant Awards Rural Chef of the Year, Menu of the Year and Wine List of the Year. I have known Alan for 3 years and his passion for quality and his love of food makes him the ideal person to use our hand reared meats to produce appetizing and tasty foods for our customers.”

Alan, who moved to Ireland in 2008, is looking forward to the opportunities the partnership will bring.  “I’m really excited about the collaboration between myself, Brendan and Derek. I will be bringing great flavour’s to the dishes we are showcasing in the shop. By using the best of ingredients supplied by the brothers and cooking the meats long and slow to accentuate the natural flavours, we will be creating pies, pasties and ready meals that are wholesome and satisfying. The pastry in the pies will be made using real dripping from Castlemine beef (the way your granny used to do it) and the fillings will be melt-in-the-mouth meats served in a rich sauce”.

For those customers who enjoy Castlemine Farm ready meals, Alan will be enhancing and improving the recipes. “They will include some of the old favourites such as lasagne and cottage pie, improved by my loving touch! We will however be introducing some new dishes, such as Chicken Saag, a lovely curry from the Punjab region of India, that will bring regional flavours from around the world, reflecting my extensive travels and work experience - think France, India, Morocco to name a few.”

As well producing products for Castlemine Farm, Alan will also be bringing his own range of Umami Food Company products to Roscommon. “My own brand of products, which will include soups, pâtes, hummus and the like, will be available in the near future in the shop so look out for the brand...Umami Food Company...it’s all about taste!”

On this Saturday, September 5th, Alan will be giving Castlemine customers a chance to taste the new products. From 2-4pm there will be tastings available in the shop and Alan will be on hand to talk to customers and get their feedback and ideas. He believes that it’s the customers who decide the products that get made.  “We want you, the customers, to get involved in developing a range of exciting products you cannot live without! We’ve already been told that it’s time to get our Cornish Pasties back on the shelves. I’m going to be kept busy!”

Tel: 090 66 29886 Web: www.castleminefarm.ie


Have a coffee for Hospice

Roscommon/Mayo Hospice Foundation is asking you to have a get-together next month for this year’s annual coffee morning. 

  Mark Thursday September 17th into your diary to host a coffee morning/day/night with your friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours.

  If you can’t organise a get-together on September 17th then don’t worry, you can have it whenever it suits. 

  Why not have a coffee event at the next meeting of your club, ladies group, men’s shed, school event, mother and baby group, etc. while helping those in your local community who need the care of our Hospice Palliative care team.

  If you are unable to host your own coffee morning you can call in to one of the many hosts in your local community who are organising one, keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and local media nearer to the event. 

  Also you can join Mid West Radio and Roscommon/Mayo Hospice at our big Coffee Morning at the TR Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Thursday September 17th from 9.30 am. Tickets available from Mid West Radio. 

  Alternatively, you can make a donation to us directly at the hospice office (094- 93 88666) or online at www.hospice.ie.

  The national coffee morning is supported by Bewleys so we will send you your FREE coffee pack along with all the relevant information.

  Your support and kind generosity would be most appreciated.

  For more information contact Josephine on 094-93 88666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


500-mile cycle to raise awareness for DMD

Join Our Boys event in Roscommon on Saturday

An uncle of Roscommon town brothers Archie, George and Isaac Naughton, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), is undertaking a marathon charity cycle.

  Last Saturday, Robert Kerr and close family friend Luke Donegan left Reading, England, on bikes. They plan to cycle through England and Wales and on to Ireland.

  All things going well, they are due to arrive in Roscommon town on Saturday, September 5, at approximately 1 pm.

  They are aiming to raise €10,000 and people can donate on line by going to https://www.idonate.ie/mobile/fundraiser/31395_join-our-boys---bike-ride.html or alternatively making a donation to Join Our Boys Trust cccount in the Bank of Ireland: account number: 26481623;  sort code: 905424.

  To welcome these heroes to Roscommon, some local cyclists have organised to go and meet Robert and Luke in Athlone on Saturday morning and would be thrilled if members of any adult cycling club could join them.

  The plan is to meet at Casey’s Service Station in Roscommon town at 9.45 am, leaving at 10 am.

  If there are any cyclists who would like to join them in Athlone and cycle back to Roscommon, you would be more than welcome.

  Meanwhile, on Monday, the Join Our Boys Trust invites you to join them in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon Town, to mark the second World Duchenne Awareness Day.

  They will be meeting at 6.15 pm in the Park and plan to hold a short ceremony a mark of solidarity with the international Duchenne community.


Singers Circle Returns

 ‘The autumn days are here again and the night winds chilly blow’ – and that can only mean South Roscommon Singers Circle is back after the ‘summer’ break.  

  The first session of the new season takes place in Murray’s, Knockcroghery, on Saturday, September 5, and the singing starts around 9.30 pm.

  There might even be a Mayo or Dublin song in the mix, so please do come along and join in the merriment – admission is free and all are welcome.

  Up Mayo!!!

‘I give you the gallant old West, boys,

Where rallied our bravest and best

When Ireland lay broken and bleeding

Hurrah for the men of the West.’