Thursday, 26 February 2015

G’wan the Rossies!

‘Fight night’ to aid flooding victims

A novel fundraiser entitled ‘Fight for the Flood’ will take place in Hodson Bay Hotel on Thursday, January 28th next at 7 pm.

The event is in aid of all the local people who were recently affected by flooding in the Athlone area. Organisers are expecting a large turn out on the night considering the particular charity and also that this is the first of its kind of an event in the area for quite some time.

Fighters on the night will consist of staff members and managers of the Hotel, together with members of the gym and leisure centre. The level of experience ranges from three months to over one year and this should prove to throw up a few surprise results.

12 fighters in total will compete in a knockout style format with up to 11 fights in total taking place over the course of a very busy and entertaining evening. 

Fights will consist of two two-minute rounds with the winner being decided on points or knockout.

Participants have been expertly trained under the guidance of local man Leon Brydone who is also a member of staff at the Hodson Bay leisure centre. Leon, who trains under his instructor Mary Mannion at Ballybay Hall Taekwondo, is the current two time European Taekwondo middle weight champion and is a member of the Irish world taekwondo team which won gold in 2007.

Leon explains, “We started this programme over a year ago with basic self defence. 

From self defence we moved onto Taekwondo techniques and we hope to run many similar events in the coming future. We would ask people to come out on the night and support a very worthy cause and enjoy a very entertaining night. 

A full bar facility will be available on the night in the main Clonmacnoise suite in the hotel and entry will be payment at the door.”

Genetic engineering and the bid for Sam

The wonders of science are to be brought to bear on the footballers of County Rocommon, leading to the creation of a hybrid Roscommon footballer, from five of the 2009 team!

The project is part of an innovative competition which will run at fotoframe, Church Street, Roscommon. Photographer Ken Nolan will create an image of a hybrid Roscommon footballer, using parts of five of the 2009 team that played Leitrim last year. The lucky winner, who can name all the players included, will win a €250 voucher from fotoframe.

Dream win for Mick

Castlerea man Mick Jury saw his dream come true on Friday last, when he won €75,000 on Deal or No Deal TV gameshow.

Mick (54) is originally from Croydon, South London. Married to Kathleen, he has been living in Castlerea for 30 years. The couple have five children and two grandchildren. Mick met Kathleen when he was visiting cousins in Roscommon. His cousin had a date with Kathleen’s cousin and they were persuaded to double date.

A carpet and flooring contractor, Mick loves music and collects records, including those from his favourite band ELO. With his winnings, he plans to clear some debts and take his family on a sun holiday.

Mick bought his lucky Deal or No Deal Scratch Card in Mulvihill’s, Main Street, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. The shop owners, Dermot and Bernie, were box openers on the show. The couple are Mick’s lucky charm. He once won a trip to Lourdes in their pub!

Vote for Olwyn

Don’t forget to vote for Olwyn Murray this Sunday night, when she appears on the All Ireland Talent Show.

Olwyn Murray from Ballyhaunis, is a daughter of Roscommon town native Breda McNeill of McNeill’s shop in Abbeytown. Having got through the first round of the All Ireland Talent Show, she will now appear on Sunday night’s programme.

A granddaughter of Mary McNeill from McNeill’s shop, 17-year-old Olwyn, who lives in Ballyhaunis, previously appeared on the Late Late toy show and also recently featured on the ‘MWR Night with the Stars’ line-up.

Doodle 4 Google

Six students from Co. Roscommon are on tenderhooks this week after receiving news that they are in with a chance to win the national Doodle 4 Google competition. Everyone in Co. Roscommon is now being urged to log on to and vote for the students and their doodles to bring the Doodle 4 Google crown to Roscommon.

  The following students are among 80 regional finalists in with a chance of winning the competition: Marie Shannon (2nd Class) from Runnamoat NS; Leah Grogan (2nd Class) from Cloonakilla NS in Athlone; Niamh Madden (4th Year) from Mean Scoil Muire Gan Smal in Roscommon; Eva Kineafsey (2nd Year), Nicola Boyle (3rd Year) and Kenny Ryan (2nd Year) from Castlerea Community School in Castlerea. 

  The big vote opened on Monday 18th January until 1st February and the 4 doodles (one from each group) receiving the most public votes will go forward to the final where Google’s Chief Webmaster and Graphic Designer Michael Lopez will select the overall winner. The winning doodle will feature on the Google homepage where it will be seen by millions of internet users and the winner’s school will receive a €10,000 technology grant.

  The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland and this year students were asked to create a doodle on the theme ‘My Future’.

  For more information and to vote for the winning doodles go to where the website is available in both English and Irish.