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Roscommon County Childcare hosting wide variety of workshops




Roscommon County Childcare Committee (Roscommon CCC) are holding their annual Continuing Professional Development event on Wednesday, the 23rd of October.

  This takes place in the Abbey Hotel and runs from 2 pm to 7 pm. They have a variety of interesting workshops which will support early years and school age childcare services.  

  Participants can attend a variety of workshops for just €10 per person with tea and scones included.

  On the day there will be a Tusla Meitheal workshop from 2 pm to 4.30 pm for all agencies working with children, young people and families.

  A School Age childcare workshop called ‘Taking School Age Childcare Towards a Bright New Future’ will take place.

  ‘Effective Communication with Parents’ will run from 5 pm to 6 pm while ‘Consultation on Draft Childminding Action Plan’ will take place at the same time.

  ‘Tusla Inspection & Corrective Actions Preventative Actions (CAPA) process’ will take place from 6 pm to 6.45 pm. ‘Registration of school-age childcare and re-registration of Early Years services information workshop’ will run at the same time. Roscommon CCC hope this event will inspire those with an interest in the early years’ and school-age sector including educators, owners/managers of early years’ services, students, community employment participants, agency staff and parents.

  For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 094- 9622540.



Highlights of 2019 South Roscommon Singers Festival





Highlights of this year’s South Roscommon Singers Festival include a Soapbox & Songs event at the Harrison Court in Roscommon town, starting at 3 pm on Friday, 25th of October, on the theme of Climate Change/Global Warming. Here the aim is to combine and celebrate the great traditions of Free Speech, Political Oratory, Folk Song, Satire, Drama, Poetry, Mime & Artistry.

  Headlining this event, from the musical perspective, will be The Strawberry Thieves – a socialist choir from London and Ukephoric – Roscommon Ukulele Collective, with a host of guest speakers, balladeers and performance artists also taking part.

  Saturday’s highlight will be the ‘I’ll Fly Away’ Church Concert at St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery. Starting at 8 pm sharp, this is a concert of Gospel songs, Spirituals and songs of inspiration, with headline acts: LANDLESS, an all girl, bi-national, four-part harmony group; London duo Nicola Kearey & Ian Carter, aka Stick in the Wheel with their raw minimalism, setting vocals to simple accompaniments and handclaps and West Virginia girl Alice Wylde and her husband David with their unique style and delivery of Appalachian Church Songs and much, much more.

  Also on the bill are many more local and visiting guests – two hours of inspiring entertainment in the magnificent setting and the acoustic bliss of St. Patrick’s Church.

  On Sunday, the highlight of the afternoon will be a music, song and dance ‘Floor Show’ in Paddy Finn’s in Kilteevan. This will include the presentation of the Roscommon People sponsored ‘Annie McNulty Award’ to An Góilín Traditional Singers Club from Dublin.

  Other events to look out for over the weekend are a couple of very interesting Song Talks, Recitals and Singing Sessions galore at Murray’s and Ned’s Bar, Knockcroghery.


Spooky Storytelling for children at Athlone Castle!




Athlone Castle has announced that its popular annual Halloween ‘Spooky Storytelling’ event will take place on Saturday, October 26th.

  Children and adults are invited to join storyteller and singer Helena Byrne for this special Halloween event at Athlone Castle in the unique atmosphere of a creepy castle, steeped in history. These interactive storytelling sessions will transport children’s imaginations into the magical festival of Samhain, with spooky tales of ghosts, ghouls and fairies.

  Four storytelling sessions will take place in the Upper Keep of Athlone Castle at 12 pm, 2 pm, 3.15 pm and 4.30 pm. The first and second sessions at 12 pm and 2 pm are suitable for children from 3 to 6 years of age and will include fun nursery rhymes and activities suitable for that age group.

  The last two sessions at 3.15 pm and 4.30 pm are suitable for children of 7 to 11 years of age and include fun exercises for children to create their own characters and stories. Every child is a storyteller in the making!

  All children attending the event are encouraged to get in the mood for Halloween by wearing their costumes to the storytelling sessions! Each storytelling session will be followed by a Ghouls Parade around the castle keep (weather permitting).

  Admission to the event for children aged 3 to 11 years is €9, with €5 for accompanying adults. Family tickets are €25 (2 adults with 2 children) and €40 (2 adults with 4 children).  

  Goodie bags with a selection of treats and admission to the Castle Visitor Centre is included in the price. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The event is not suitable for children under 3 years. Places are limited, therefore booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment. Places for the storytelling sessions can be booked online at www.athlonecastle.ie or for further information telephone 090-6442130.




For a fun, SPOOKY, EERIE Halloween day out – visit Glendeer Pet Farm!





Come along to a Spooktastic Halloween at Glendeer Pet Farm…if you dare!!!

  Looking for somewhere to bring the kids over the mid-term break? This is the perfect day out for kids, both big and small!! With ghosts, ghouls, scarecrows and witches aplenty, you will be guaranteed a Spooktastic time!

  Cast spells with Willow the Witch, toast marshmallows over an open fire and enter the eerie maze…but be warned, it’s at your own risk.

  Follow Pumpkin Passage through the Forbidden Forest to see where it takes you and be scared by lots more ghosts and ghouls this Halloween! 

  Glendeer Pet Farm, Drum, Athlone (take exit 13 off M6 and follow signs for Drum) is suitable in any weather with plenty of facilities under cover. But it’s not all about scares during this Halloween experience as you will also get to interact with the friendly animals on the farm. 

  Children can feed, pet and even hold some of the animals which include puppies, rabbits, deers, pot belly pigs, llamas, alpaches, emus, wallabies, goats, donkeys, sheep, the cheeky monkeys, meerkats and much more!

  Not only will you see all the Halloween scenes but children can race on the double obstacle course and lose themselves in our timber maze along with the slides, swings, seesaws and very popular glider swing in the large outdoor playground.

  They can also avail of the indoor adventure area with lots of slides and bridges, which makes Glendeer Pet Farm a perfect location, even on those wet days. 

  While the big ones are burning off some energy, the little ones will be well entertained in the soft play barn and the all-weather sand pit...just beware of the ghosts and ghouls in the Forbidden Forest on your way there!

  Adults can enjoy freshly ground coffee/tea and home-made treats are available in the coffee shop.

  Groups and birthday parties catered for by appointment. Special rate for 20 or more children.

  We are open from Saturday, the 26th of October until Sunday, the 3rd of November for Halloween. From Monday to Saturday, we open from 11 am-5 pm and from 12 pm-5 pm on Sundays.

  Admission is €9 for adults & €9 for children, under 18 months are admitted free. For more information contact us on 090-6437147 or visit www.glendeerpetfarm.ie.