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Death of former Roscommon footballer



Former Roscommon footballer John Lynch, who won an All-Ireland Minor title for the county in 1951 before going on to play in the 1962 All-Ireland senior final defeat to Kerry, sadly passed away yesterday following an illness. He was in his mid-80s.  He was a successful roofing contractor in Co. Galway and his brother Colman’s company, Lynch Roofing Systems, sponsored Roscommon GAA in the 1990s.

  Mr. Lynch, who played at full-back for Roscommon, hailed from Cloontowart, Lisacul and played his club football with Loughglynn, Michael Glavey’s and Tuam Stars.

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Interviews being held for extra consultants for Roscommon Hospital




The Saolta Hospital Group is in the process of holding interviews for additional consultants at Roscommon Hospital.  

  Deputy Denis Naughten has claimed that the planned investment in consultant staff at the hospital is a direct result of his input into Government formation talks and Budget 2018.

  One of the positions in question is a new full-time permanent Consultant Physician post with 32 hours per week based at Roscommon County Hospital and a further seven hours per week based at Galway University Hospital, which allows the consultant to access treatment services at all local hospitals.

  Deputy Naughten said that the important issue now is to secure suitably qualified candidates for the positions.

  “This has been a challenge across the HSE in recent years, with up to one-third of consultant posts not being filled”.

  Deputy Naughten said that €750,000 a year will be invested in Roscommon Hospital for the development of services for older people – to stop them being admitted to hospital and allow them to return home quicker – and that this reality should make the Roscommon position more attractive.

  Deputy Naughten said that the focus of the new work of the expanded medical team at Roscommon’s Medical Assessment Unit will be on preventing people, particularly older people, from having to be admitted to hospital in the first place and also minimising the length of time people need to spend in hospital. This has already led to the training of 13 doctors in Roscommon Hospital.

  The Independent TD added: “This is the first significant investment at the Urgent Care Centre in Roscommon Hospital since the A&E closed in 2011 and forms part of a commitment which I secured in the Programme for Government”.

  Along with the new consultants, local management at Roscommon Hospital are  recruiting 15 additional staff including a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech & language therapist, dietician, pharmacist, social worker and specialist nurses who will form a multidisciplinary ‘Frailty Team’ focused on keeping older people out of hospital and out of nursing homes.


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Hopkins to push for better pay for members of Defence Forces



Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says she has raised the need for better pay and conditions for members of the Defence Forces with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe.

  Senator Hopkins said that she fully understands why some members of the Defence Forces are frustrated about their pay and conditions. She called for increased pay and improved conditions in order to improve retention within the force and also to attract new recruits.

  Noting that the Independent Pay Commission is looking into the matter, Senator Hopkins said that following publication of that body’s report in the coming weeks, she wants to see swift action taken.

  She pledged to “continue” to raise this issue with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Kehoe “until we see improved pay and conditions”.




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News…at a glance - June 7th


Family Carers Ireland to host public meeting

Family Carers Ireland will host a public meeting next Monday (10th) in The Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, from 10 am to 1 pm to be followed by a free lunch. 

  Families from counties Laois, Offaly Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Roscommon will be in attendance on the day. All TDs and MEPs from those areas are invited to listen to the voice of carers and hear about the challenges they face.  

  This event is free and a free bus will be laid on but it is essential that you contact Bernie Dowling on 086-8099494 with name and phone number in order to confirm your attendance and whether or not you require a seat.

  For more information, email Bernie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 086-8099494.


Rescheduled Ballintubber Cemetery Mass

The Annual Ballintubber Cemetery Mass, which was cancelled due to the inclement weather last Sunday, will now take place this Sunday (9th) at 3 pm and will be followed by tea/coffee and scones in the Old School House in Ballintubber.

Cake Sale for Clooncagh NS

Clooncagh NS will host a fundraising Cake Sale at the school from 1 pm to 3 pm on Friday, June 14th. There will also be a raffle on the day. Please contact Antoinette (087-7936493) or Sandra (087-7694741) if you would like to donate a cake. All support on the day would be greatly appreciated.

Bees and Butterflies at Ardcarne

Ardcarne Garden Centres in Boyle and Roscommon town will play host to a ‘Gardening for Bees and Butterflies’ event on Saturday, June 15th from 11 am until 12 noon. Discover how to help native pollinating insects and encourage other wildlife in your own garden. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Clean-up at Kilcroan Cemetery

The next clean-up of Kilcroan Cemetery will take place this Sunday (9th). Rota is as follows: Ann Collins, Suzanne Rainey, Katherine Kearns, Elizabeth Swift, Fidelma Croghan, Margaret Killackery, Ann-Marie Connaughton, Siobhán Feeney, Tommy Timothy, Peter Mahon, Martin Joe Morgan, Paddy Morgan, Michael Ward, Sean Coneran, William Keavney, Eddie Keane, Christy Tully, Billy Griffin, Tommy Gillooly.

Áirc Midlands Coffee Morning in Melting Pot

Áirc Midlands will host a Coffee Morning in The Melting Pot, Roscommon Town next Tuesday (11th) at 11 am for family, friends and supporters of children with additional needs. For more information on this event or any of the work Áirc Midlands does, log on to www.aircmidlands.com or call 085-1194041.

Roscommon MS Church gate collections

The Co. Roscommon branch of MS Ireland will hold annual Church gate collections on Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th) at the following Churches: Ballinamore Bridge/Toghergar, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Glinsk and Newbridge. The following weekend (22nd and 23rd) collections will take place at Athleague Church.

  As this is the main source of income for the local branch they are requesting the public’s usual generous support in order to continue the important work they commenced over forty years ago.

  Branch members would like to extend a word of gratitude to supporters as well as Church gate collectors and their helpers.












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