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County Fleadh this weekend in Ballaghaderreen


Ballaghaderreen is set to host its first Fleadh Cheoil in ten years this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

  The weekend will kick off in Durkin’s at 8 pm on Good Friday with music and dancing with the Salamanca Céilí Band.

  Saturday and Sunday will see music, song and dance as part of the ‘Open Air on the Square’ in Ballaghaderreen Town Square from 4 pm to 7 pm each day.

  Easter Sunday will see the presentation of the Ceol Gradam award to local concert flute player, Kieran Donoghue, from Edmonstown, Ballaghaderreen.

  Bank Holiday Monday is competition day with a huge number of competitors set to take part under one roof at St. Nathy’s College. Craic, ceoil agus ól will flow from all the pubs over the four days and nights.

  Duffy’s SuperValu will also welcome all buskers to the shop throughout the weekend and the best voted act will receive a cash prize of €50!

  Accommodation is selling fast however so if you’re planning to go or have friends or family coming, book your accommodation as soon as possible!

  There are also a dozen food outlets and with everything from á la carte to gastro pubs, coffee shops, fast food and delis, you won’t go hungry!

  The organisers of this year’s County Fleadh cordially invite you to Ballaghaderreen this Easter Bank Holiday weekend for four days of wonderful music and entertainment.

Breakout for Hospice in Castlerea this weekend



The inaugural ‘Breakout for Hospice’ a major fundraiser by members of An Garda Síochána and the prison service in conjunction with Mayo Roscommon Hospice, will take place this Easter Saturday (20th) in Castlerea.

  There will be 120K, 70K and family cycles on the day as part of the day-long event which will also feature a family fun day including bouncy castles, face painting, an Easter Egg Hunt and a BBQ. The Garda Air Support unit will also be landing for a visit and so too will the Garda mounted and dog units.

  Later, the event will move on to Castlerea St. Kevin’s GAA Club for a challenge match between An Garda Síochána and The Irish Prison Service. Organisers will also welcome members of the Roscommon senior football panel who will be there to meet and greet the kids and pose for photos and sign autographs.

  Following the match, the organisers invite everyone back to Hester’s Golden Eagle for a great night’s entertainment with live music, an auction, raffle and food.

  On the night there will be some very special items up for auction including signed Irish and Connacht rugby jerseys courtesy of Connacht and Ireland star Bundee Aki.

  Those who would like to donate to the event or register for the cycle can do so at www.hospice.ie (Just follow the link for ‘Breakout for Hospice’). For more information, call 094-9388666 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Family fun this Easter at the Arts Centre



If you are looking for some fun family entertainment this Easter, check out ‘Princesses Can Be Pirates’ on Thursday, April 25th at 2 pm at Roscommon Arts Centre.

  This production for children aged 4+ years and families is a highly energetic, fun and enjoyable dance performance that seeks to playfully question and explore what is considered ‘typical’ or ‘normal’ behaviour for girls and for boys.

   Play is everything and everywhere, so brave or foolhardy, the two extraordinary performers join forces as they journey into unknown territory. In a series of lively scrapes and escapades, they swap toys and activities, in their question to defy stereotypes and break the norm. The world has much to offer and this duet celebrates it in a dynamic and humorous performance. Great for young and old alike.

  Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from box office on 090-6625824 and from roscommonartscentre.ie.

War of Independence Easter Commemoration



The Co. Roscommon IRA Commemoration Committee are holding their annual Easter Commemoration at the grave of Capt. John McGowan in Tibohine Cemetery on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

  John McGowan was taken from a neighbour’s house in Rathkeery, Frenchpark by Black and Tan forces a few nights before Christmas 1920 and brutally shot dead on the doorstep. John McGowan was captain of the local Tibohine IRA company and was 26-years-old when he was killed.

  The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Easter Sunday afternoon when a parade will assemble at Tibohine NS at 3.30 pm and, headed by a Colour Party and the Raheen Pipe Band, will then proceed to the graveside of John McGowan in Tibohine Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place, the Roscommon Roll of Honour will be called out, and the Proclamation will be read. A piper’s lament will be played as the flags are dipped and raised and an oration will be delivered.

  The commemoration ceremony will also remember Capt. Thomas McDonagh, a native of Co. Sligo, who was killed in action in the Ratra Ambush near Frenchpark in 1920. Thomas McDonagh was shot dead in the ambush 99 years ago on September 1st, making him the first casualty as a result of the War of Independence in Co. Roscommon. The remains of Thomas McDonagh were buried in Temple Ronan Cemetery, Co. Sligo.

  Earlier in the day there will be a wreath-laying ceremony in Ballinlough. This ceremony will take place at the Republican Memorial after 12 o’clock Mass in the village.