3 People who made us smile this week…
1. Oisin’s Naughton Award!
Former CBS Roscommon student, Oisín Stephens was awarded a Naughton Foundation scholarship worth €20,000 at a ceremony in Trinity College Biomedical Science Institute in Dublin last Saturday.
The award was presented by founding patrons of The Naughton Foundation, Dr. Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel, who were joined by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton.
Oisín has accepted a place at Trinity College studying Physical Sciences. Oisín’s former school, CBS Roscommon, was also presented with a prize of €1,000 in the day towards science facilities.
2. Harmac’s double celebrations
Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice paid tribute to major Castlerea employer Harmac Medical this week as the firm celebrated 20 years in operation.
Cllr. Fitzmaurice offered his congratulations to staff on their 20th year and highlighted “the huge role” played by Managing Director Mick McEnroe over the years.
He said: “The facility in Castlerea has created employment for many people from all over west Roscommon and the boost to the local economy is huge. I’m sure Harmac will keep expanding in Castlerea and we will be back for the next celebration in ten years”.
It was a week to remember for Harmac CEO and President John Somers, who was honoured by Athlone Institute of Technology with a ‘Distinguished Fellowship’ award at Roscommon County Council offices last Thursday.
3. Gracious winners and losers
St. Mary’s of Tulsk landed the Roscommon Ladies Intermediate title following a 5-13 to 2-4 win over Kilglass Gaels in Ballyleague last Sunday.
It was St. Mary’s’ Louise Brady and Kilglass Gaels’ Mikaela McHugh who caught photographer Michelle Hughes-Walsh’s eye as they consoled/congratulated each other at the full-time whistle.
It was a bad week for Conor McGregor and his fans as the UFC superstar was defeated in Las Vegas by Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia. McGregor is rumoured to have made at least $3 million from that bout though so perhaps that will soften the blow!
It was a good week for seven towns and villages in Co. Roscommon following the announcement of €780,000 in funding through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Our person(s) of the week
Our person(s) of the week are the Athleague senior hurlers who ended an 11-year wait for a Roscommon senior title with a win over local rivals Four Roads.
Quote of the week
“I need to consider whether or not to put my name forward. With any such decision…you want what’s best for Fine Gael representation in Roscommon/Galway…ultimately that will be a decision for Fine Gael members at convention…with regard to my own decision, I have to decide what’s best” – Senator Maura Hopkins (See page 18)