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Irish Water’s €325,000 project in Ballaghaderreen


Irish Water has announced details of a €325,000 water mains rehabilitation project in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Irish Water says it will improve the continuity of water supply and “put an end to frequent bursts which have caused disruptions to the town of Ballaghaderreen and customers supplied by the Monasteraden Village Group Water Scheme in County Sligo.”

  Senator Maura Hopkins (Fine Gael) welcomed news of the project.

  The project will involve the replacement of approximately 800m of asbestos cement water main with polyethylene pipe located along the L1244 for the benefit of 1,000 customers.

  Working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, the project is scheduled to commence in September 2017 with an estimated completion date in January 2018.

  The project will be carried out in two phases. Phase one will involve investigation works followed by a detailed design of the necessary mains replacement works.

  Phase two will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 800m of 300mm asbestos cement water main.

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Failure on ambulance targets ‘is putting lives at risk’ – Murphy


Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has said that unless ambulance turnaround times improve, lives will continue to be put at risk. New figures released to Fianna Fáil show that virtually all hospitals continue to miss the 20-minute turnaround time for the majority of ambulance calls, with University College Hospital Galway only recording a 6.7% success rate while Portiuncula only had a 12.7% success rate. The figures were for May 2017.

  Deputy Murphy said: “Missing turnaround targets has a knock-on effect for the ambulance service as it makes it harder to respond to new call-outs in the target time if paramedics are delayed at hospitals.”

  Deputy Murphy said Minister Simon Harris needs to work with the National Ambulance Service and the HSE National Hospital Managers to identify why these targets are not been met and to put in place implementation and oversight mechanisms to ensure that they are met into the future.


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News...at a glance - August 18th

Events update from Ardcarne Parish Graveyards Committee

Cemetery Sunday this year will be held on the weekend of 19th and 20th of August in both Kileenan and Ardcarne.

  Kileenan Cemetery Mass will take place this year at 3 pm on Saturday, 19th of August due to early commitments that day. Regular Sunday Vigil Mass will take place in the evening in Crossna Church at usual time.  

  On Sunday, 20th of August Drumboylan Mass will not be affected in any way. Sunday Mass in Cootehall will be moved to 12 noon in Ardcarne Cemetery. People are requested to bring their own chairs with them and a container to take away water which will be blessed during Mass so that people can sprinkle this Holy Water on the resting places of their loved ones.

Fundraising auction in Ballinaheglish

An auction will take place in Ballinaheglish Community Centre on Sunday, 27th of August at 2 pm. The proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the centre and village.

  The committee is now seeking any donations of saleable goods. The centre will be open on Saturdays from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm for drop off of items or collection can be arranged by phoning 086-3868281 or 087-3179362. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Active Age Retirement – bus to the Races!

Active Age Retirement have informed us that they are running a bus for Roscommon Races on Monday, 21st of August.

  The bus will be departing the Sacred Heart Church carpark between 3.45 pm to 4.15 pm. Please note change in time.

Roscommon Gaels set for ‘Kube’ fundraiser

Roscommon Gaels GAA Club will officially launch ‘The Kube’ fundraiser on Friday, 25th of August in P. Kelly’s Bar at 9 pm.

  The Kube is based on the popular TV show which consists of mental and physical challenges focusing on balance, agility and coordination. The actual event will take place on Saturday, October 21st in The Hyde Centre.  

  36 contestants will enter The Kube with there being one eventual winner. All monies raised will be used to complete the dressing rooms at Lisnamult. There will also be a charity dimension to this fundraiser.

  This promises to be a spectacular event. All are welcome to the launch on Friday, 25th.

Blood Donation Clinic at Abbey Hotel

A blood donation clinic will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on 22nd-24th of August from 5 pm to 8.30 pm.

  One in four people need blood but only 3% give blood. Visit www.giveblood.ie to take our donor eligibility quiz. We hope to see you at the blood donation clinic soon. For more information phone 1850-731137.

Castlecoote Tidy Towns’ Annual Duck Race

The annual duck race will take place next Sunday, 20th of August at 4 pm. Burgers and sausages sponsored by Castlecoote Stores will be available and all is in aid of Tidy Towns. Ducks cost €5 each and are on sale in all locations in the village so come along and support this fundraiser. There is a ‘Duck Dress’ section for the children and also a prize for the last duck home. After the duck race there will be music by Billy Garvin and a BBQ in PJ’s.

Dyslexia Workshop in Carrick now enrolling

The Dyslexia Workshop in Carrick-on-Shannon is now enrolling for this September 2017-18. The workshop runs in the Community School, Summerhill, Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday evenings from 6 pm to 8 pm.

  Please pass on the word to anybody that may need our help…new children are always welcome. Please contact us on 087-9436996 if you would like to discuss how we can help our child. Spread the word!

Oran Clay Shooting hosting fundraiser for Ciaran

Oran Clay Shooting are holding a fundraiser in Cuisle Centre, Donamon next Friday, 18th of August at 10 pm.

  This event is in support of Ciaran Hoare who is representing Ireland at the World Clay Shooting Championships in Moscow in September.

  Night Owls will provide music. Donations can be made at the door. There will be a raffle and spot prizes on the night. Finger food provided. Your support would be appreciated.

Graveyard Lighting

There will be a collection taken up on Sunday, 20th of August in Ardcarne for the cost of lighting Ardcarne Church and graveyard for the coming year. There will be no fundraising event towards lighting costs during Heritage Week this year.


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Ward: ‘Lough Funshinagh delay unacceptable’


Roscommon County Councillor Tony Ward has described the delay in approving funding for much-needed drainage works at Lough Funshinagh as ‘unacceptable’.

  He said: “There’s no reason it should be sent to the OPW. There are four or five families threatened and we don’t want a situation where we are going to be looking at this again.”

  Roscommon County Council has employed consultants to carry out a detailed hydrogeological investigation into the behaviour of turloughs in the county and this study is not expected to be completed until 2019.

  Cllr. Ward was informed that Roscommon County Council would not be in a position to progress with any further works until the study was completed.


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