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News…at a glance - September 13th




Come along to NCBI Coffee Morning

The National Council for the Blind Roscommon branch will host a number of fundraising events in coming weeks and welcome all support.

  On Saturday, September 21st NCBI will host a cake sale while on Saturday, 28th volunteers will take part in a fundraising bag pack in Tesco, Roscommon town.

  In between, on Wednesday, September 25th the charity will host a Coffee Morning in NCBI Roscommon on Church Street from 10 am.

  Optician John Weldon will be the guest speaker from 11 am. The organisers invite you to come along and meet John who has kindly given up his valuable time to explain the power of sight; the various causes of sight loss, and the steps you can take to care for your eyes.

  Local community radio station Ros FM will also be broadcasting live from the event.

  Don’t miss this chance to come and support NCBI in their fundraising efforts!

Athleague Active Age meeting on Monday

Athleague Active Age will meet on Monday, September 16th in Athleague Angling Centre due to renovations which will be taking place in Athleague Community Centre over the next few weeks. The group would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Culture Night exhibition in Ballaghaderreen

As part of Culture Night on Friday, September 20th, an exhibition entitled ‘Finding Common Ground’ will take place in Spells Bar, Ballaghaderreen from 6 pm to 9 pm.

  The exhibition will be organised by Community Art Group, Ballaghaderreen and Ballaghaderreen Writers’ Group and will take place in the Rum and Black Performance Area upstairs.

  Most of the visual art works on display will be available for sale at affordable prices. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to do some art or writing of their own at the Open Table and work can be brought home.

  This is a free event and all are welcome to come along on Culture Night, September 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm.

  For more information, please contact Spells on 094-9860144 or the Art and Writers Group on 087-1202432.

Mass for cancer patients/survivors

The annual Mass for survivors of cancer, those undergoing treatment and those who have gone to their eternal reward will take place on Friday, September 20th in Donamon Castle at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.

Kevin Hoare Memorial Golf Classic

The Kevin Hoare Memorial Golf Classic will take place in Kilkee Golf Club, Co. Clare this Saturday (14th).

  Kevin, who was a son of Michael Hoare, formerly of Roscommon town, sadly passed away following a workplace accident in London in 2017 at the age of 26. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will go towards Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic.

  Booking available with Mike on 087-4196583 or through Kilkee Golf Club on 065-9056048. Cost is €120 per team of four.

  Organisers are also running an auction on the Kevin Hoare Memorial Fund Facebook page with some terrific items available.


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People Platform - September 13th




Kind Irish Times reader comes to the rescue


A letter from Castlerea woman, Samantha Webb, appeared in the Irish Times’ letter to the editors section on Tuesday, offering thanks to a kind reader who offered Samantha, her son Jamie and her sister a lift home from Barretstown recently.

  The letter is reproduced here with Samantha’s permission.



Co. Roscommon


Recently your published a report on the Irish Rail service, ‘People were gone demented – I’ll never travel on Irish Rail again’ (Irish Times News, August 22nd), in which your reporter Colin Gleeson interviewed me, my sister and my son Jamie, among others, regarding the appalling conditions on the Westport to Dublin train.

  We were travelling to Dublin on the train to attend Barretstown for the weekend, as part of Jamie’s treatment for leukaemia at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

  As a result of your article, we received a phone call on Saturday while we were in Barretstown, to say that a reader had contacted your office to offer us a lift home! He had read your article and was adamant that we would not have to be subjected to such conditions on the homeward journey.

  Your reader came from Dublin to Barretstown on the Sunday afternoon, and drove myself, Jamie and my sister home to Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

  I just wanted to acknowledge in your paper the kindness and generosity of your reader, who sacrificed his Sunday to come to make life easier for a sick little boy he had never met before.

  We cannot thank him enough. He knows who he is and will never be forgotten.

Yours, etc.,

Samantha Webb


Reader ‘drained’ by this issue…


Dear Editor,

I would like to find out who is responsible for maintaining water drains on roads in Roscommon town. I presume it is Roscommon County Council – or maybe the National Roads Authority?

  The reason I’m asking is that down Convent Road (as an example) there are water drains that have not been cleaned out/unblocked for close on ten years (see photograph). I’m not sure what the logic is in ignoring this obvious work/maintenance that is required to make the water drain fit for purpose.

  When there is heavy rain the water flows past the blocked drains and heads down to the little roundabout where it creates a flood in two places on the Lough Road. This can make it dangerous for drivers who are forced to pull out to avoid floods. Some pull into oncoming traffic which is approaching the roundabout from Fuerty – these cars don’t expect traffic coming from the other direction in their lane.

  This year, the roads were totally resurfaced and it seemed that the drains were removed, or at least covered in tarmac. I thought maybe the plan was to remove the drains, but wondered where the water was going to go! Alas, the drains were not removed, they were just covered in tarmac – and when tarmac was removed/cleared the drains had still not been unblocked – a missed opportunity.

  If it is the responsibility of Roscommon County Council, maybe we have a situation whereby they expect the residents of the road to unblock the drain, or at least cut the grass growing from the drain? I would have thought paying Local Property Tax would cover the maintenance of drains.

  Maybe they will get unblocked this year…or even by the end of next year, when that decade is up!

Yours sincerely,

(Name and address with Editor)



Celebrating local literature and music



Three of Roscommon’s best known writers – Brian Leyden, Jane Clarke and Michael O’Dea – will feature in an event which recognises the distinct literary heritage of Roscommon and the surrounding areas.

  Roscommon Arts Centre will host the 8 Degrees West programme on Saturday, September 14th which will feature an afternoon of masterclass workshops and will be followed by a collection of readings and music.

  The ‘Heartlands Writers’ recognise the Hidden Heartlands of Roscommon and surrounding counties as a region which possesses a distinct literary heritage similar to the writing tradition that Northern Ireland has long been appreciated for.

  “The Hidden Heartlands are the lands of literary giants such as (Oliver) Goldsmith, (John) McGahern and Douglas Hyde – but they are also the lands of present-day writers such as Brian Leyden, Jane Clarke, Vincent Woods, John Waters” explains Michael O’Dea.

  “In much the same way as we have undersold the touristic potential of these counties, we have not fully appreciated the richness of their 

literary heritage either”.

  The Heartlands Writers event at the arts centre will consist of three workshops, one with Jane Clarke entitled ‘The Art of Metaphor’, ‘Write On’ with Brian Leyden and ‘Sculpting a Poem from the Rough Block’ with Michael O’Dea.

  Workshops take place from 2 pm to 5 pm. Later that evening from 7 pm to 8.30 pm the three writers will present a Literary Miscellany in the arts centre’s auditorium, accompanied by musicians.

  Tickets for the workshops are priced at €15 each while tickets for the Literary Miscellany are also €15. There is a special ticket offer of €25 available to anyone who wishes to attend both a workshop and the Literary Miscellany. Booking is open now at Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824.



Arts Cabaret at JJ Harlow’s on September 21st



M2 which features artists Noel Molloy and Patrick Anderson McQuoid, in conjunction with Culture Night (September 20th) and Roscommon Arts Office, will host a night of Arts Cabaret including performance, poetry, music and video in JJ Harlow’s Bar, The Square, Roscommon on Saturday, September 21st from 7 pm to 11 pm.

  This is a free event and all are welcome. For more information, see https://faxboxart.weebly.com/news-2019.html