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Gatehouse set for album launch




Since the release of their critically acclaimed solo album ‘Tus Nua’ in 2016, Roscommon based traditional band Gatehouse has gone from strength to strength. Receiving a 5 star review from The Irish Times, the album was described as ‘an unerring gem’.

  On this, their second record, ‘Heather Down The Moor’, they have presented more intricate arrangements and augmented their attention to detail whilst supplementing their core sound with additional instruments, layers and colours all guided by the hand of co-producer Donal O’Connor.

  Band members John and Jacinta McEvoy, Rachel Garvey and John Wynne are steeped in traditional music and it’s no surprise that they are sought after to teach and mentor younger musicians at various summer schools all over the country.

  This new album features new tune compositions from the band’s fiddler John McEvoy which were created especially for this record. Gatehouse have also assembled some of Ireland’s finest musicians to perform on this album including John Joe Kelly, Alan Kelly, Michael McCague and Conor and Paddy McEvoy.

  Gatehouse will launch the album ‘Heather Down The Moor’ with a live performance on Friday, June 21st at 8 pm in Roscommon Arts Centre. Tickets are €15/€12 and are on sale now from the arts centre box office on 090-6625824 and from www.roscommonartscentre.ie

Be a Summer Star at your local library!




Libraries across Roscommon are inviting children to join in the fun at their local library this summer with the launch of Summer Stars. Children can register at their local library in Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Castlerea, Elphin, Roscommon and Strokestown and on the Mobile Library. Summer Stars is an exciting reading based programme for children which is available free of charge in public libraries.

  Starting on Saturday, June 15th and running until the end of August, children are encouraged to register for free at their local library to join the reading adventure. There are rewards along the way for the children as they borrow and read books over the course of the summer. A grande finale event will take place in October where children will be awarded with medal and certificates.

  This year there are some extra special prizes this year and these will be presented at the awards event; a bicycle chosen to suit the winner with the guidance of Roscommon Sports Partnership and two €100 sports shop vouchers. Roscommon Sports Partnership are also offering the winner and their family free cycling safety lessons.

  County Librarian, Sandra Turner, has said: “Summer Stars is another initiative implemented by Roscommon County Library that supports literacy and makes reading enjoyable and accessible for children. It gives the whole family a chance to explore the full range of events and facilities which are available in their local library, such as story time sessions, children’s activities, access to talking books and games, computers and Internet access, and of course books for all ages and abilities”. She also acknowledged and thanked Roscommon Sports Partnership for their assistance.

  The mobile library will be in Strokestown Park House on Saturday, June 15th as part of the Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations. Membership of the library is free of charge and users can borrow up to twelve items at a time.

  Details about library locations, mobile library routes and library opening hours are available online at www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/Services/Community/Library


Roscommon winners at Energia Family Business Awards




There were two Roscommon winners at the inaugural Energia Family Business Awards held at the Mansion House in Dublin.

  Oliver Carty Pork and Bacon took home the silver award for Family Food/Drink Producer of the Year while P&G Cards were crowned Wholesale Family Business of the Year.

  The Energia Family Business Awards celebrate the efforts of family-run businesses in shaping the Irish business landscape. The awards have recognised businesses across the island of all shapes and sizes, with over 200 entries received for its inaugural year, and over 18 well deserving winners crowned at the ceremony, including winners from Roscommon. The awards saw strong representation from different industries nationwide and demonstrate the tenacity of Irish family business.

  Judges this year included JJ O’Connell, National Director and Co-Chair of Family Business Ireland, Mark Christal, Manager of the Regions and Entrepreneurship division of Enterprise Ireland, and Glyn Roberts, CEO of Retail NI (among others).   

  Commenting on the awards, Alan Mulcahy, Head of Sales at Energia said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate the success of family businesses across the island. The range of business sectors represented in the award submissions shows our economy is diverse and fit for the future. At Energia, we partner with businesses all across the island of Ireland and are committed to the communities they serve.

Congratulations to all who entered and well done to the winners”.

Our carefully curated gift guide for your deserving dad




In case you forgot (!), Father’s Day, which usually falls on the third Sunday of June, (this year that’s Sunday 16th), is now upon us. Therefore, if you’re looking for inspiration regarding ways in which you could honour he-who-has-been-a-special-guiding-light-in-our-lives, but find you’re coming up with nothing, don’t fret. You’re in luck, because your favourite family newspaper has, once again, gone on a crusade, done the leg-work and come up with our carefully curated gift guide to help you present your deserving dad with the perfect pressie. No need for thanks folks, sure it’s the least we could do for your darling Papa Bear!

Jammies: He may do comfort, but who says he can’t do style. So, this year, throw out the old man’s well-worn onesie and introduce dad to Roscommon’s latest range of luxury loungewear. Trust us, if daddy plans to spend this Father’s Day relaxing in front of the telly, isn’t it best for everyone that he doesn’t do it in his stretchy t-shirt, boxers and smelly socks. After all, daddy does need to look respectable when he opens the door to your mates!

  Outdoor dining: Gentlemen, choose your weapons…it’s time to grill! If you’ve got a dad who is serious about his outdoor dining, (relax, the weather will pick up), then why not give him the tools of his trade. We’re sure he’d love some sauces, marinades, rubs, spices and dips. However, the old grill sergeant will definitely keep you in his will if you get him tongs, thermometers, a knife sharpener, an apron and a new cook book to help him whip up his own unique ‘signature dad’ feast at your next family barbie!

  For the dad who says, ‘sure I don’t need anything,’ why not get him a gift voucher for his favourite book shop, or for a round of golf. Then again, if he loves his gadgets, why not consider a gift he’d never get for himself…a luxurious smartwatch!

  If dad loves his face furniture, but mam hates the way he gets his food caught in it, grab him a beard grooming kit. To get the big boss started, give him a voucher for his local barber shop and let the professionals school him in the use of beard oil, balm, wax, trimmers, and any other hacks he’ll need to know to help keep those unruly whiskers in shape. We’re sure mam will thank you for turning your dishevelled dad into a sexy dapper dude!

  If dad’s heading off on holidays this summer, why not give the man who often sacrifices style for practicality and durability, a trendy cabin bag. As a surprise, pack it full of useful holiday goodies such as a portable phone charger, Bluetooth headphones, a travel pillow and his favourite author’s latest novel to read by the pool!