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Roscommon footballer to feature on TG4 Series



Chris Dineen is set to feature on TG4’s GAA series ‘Underdogs’ which airs tonight (Thursday) at 9.30 pm.

  The Castlerea St. Kevin’s club man is the youngest of eight siblings with two of his brothers, Nigel and Cathal, having represented Roscommon at senior level.

  Chris himself played on the Roscommon U-21 team that reached the All-Ireland final against Dublin in 2012.

  The Castlerea St. Kevin’s man now wants to reach his full potential with the ‘Underdogs’ and prove that he is good enough to play with the Roscommon senior team.

  Those who are successful in making the Underdogs panel will be able to play against the Mayo senior football team as part of the TV series.

Animal Farm comes to the Backstage Theatre!



The members of Backstage Youth Theatre in Longford have been given the opportunity to work with a professional director.

  This year the members are lucky enough to work with Director and Performer Andy Crook who will direct them in a new production of ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.

  This terrifying fairy story will tell the tale of social and political change and its repercussions through vivid physical theatre and cabaret performance in this new adaptation of ‘Animal Farm’.

  ‘Animal Farm’ comes to Backstage Theatre on Friday, September 27th & Saturday, September 28th, with a special performance for school groups on Thursday, September 26th. For more information contact 043-3347888 or visit www.backstage.ie.

Kenny stars in ‘Crowman’ tonight



One of Ireland’s most renowned actors will perform this evening (Thursday) in Roscommon Arts Centre.

  Jon Kenny is best known as one half of the legendary D’Unbelievables. In more recent times, he has appeared alongside actress Mary McEvoy in John B. Keane’s ‘The Matchmaker’, but his latest show ‘Crowman’ shows Kenny in a very different light.

  ‘Crowman’ tells the story of a lonely bachelor named Dan. He is a crow-hating man who noisily tries to shoo the blighted birds away and he is a master of distraction who measures out his life by the number of funerals he attends every week.  

  When Dan hears about the passing of a dear friend on the radio, his world is shattered as he is forced to look back on his own troubled youth and face up to his demons.

  In the play, Jon plays multiple characters with amazing ability as his real talent as a straight actor comes to the fore.

  The play, which is currently on a national tour, has received rave reviews from critics and Jon brings this show to Roscommon Arts Centre for one night only.

  ‘Crowman’ takes place tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Call 090-6625824 or book online at: roscommonartscentre.ie.

Roscommon Drama Festival AGM




The AGM of the Roscommon Drama Festival Committee was held in Gleeson’s Townhouse, Roscommon on Tuesday, September 10th.

  The following officers were elected – Chairperson: Mary Finn; Treasurer: Caroline Egan; Secretary: Mairead Nally; PRO: Jimmy Hoban.

  Great satisfaction was expressed with the tremendous success of the festival in 2019 with the committee eagerly looking forward to the 2020 event, which will take place from March 6th to 14th inclusive.

Primetime Emmy award for Chris!



Actor Chris O’Dowd picked up a prestigious award last Sunday evening in the US. The Boyle, Co. Roscommon native won a Primetime Emmy award, which recognises excellence in television programming.

  O’Dowd received the accolade in the Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama category for his role in the television series ‘State of the Union’.

  This is not the first time Chris has tasted Emmy success as his comedy series ‘Moone Boy’ won an International Emmy Award in 2013.

  Senator Frank Feighan has hailed fellow Boyle man Chris O’Dowd’s latest success. 

  “I want to extend my hearty congratulations to Chris. This is an amazing achievement”.

  Senator Feighan believes that the actor is a great ambassador for Roscommon and his native Boyle.

  “Despite his huge success, Chris has never forgotten his roots and is always keen to promote Boyle, Roscommon and Ireland at every opportunity. I wish him continued success”.


See you at Ballyforan Fair…



All roads lead to Ballyforan this weekend for the annual Fair & Festival which takes place over Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd, with a whole host of attractions and €6,000 in prize money up for grabs.

  This year’s fair and festival will kick off with the Horse and Sheep Fair at 10 am on Saturday 21st. 

  Sunday will see plenty of fun for all the family with live music and an auction on The Green and much more!


Ring to open new facilities on Saturday 



Minister Michael Ring will be in Castlerea on this Saturday, 21st of September, to officially open new pathways which have recently been developed at The Demesne in the town.

  The 100th anniversary of the acquiring of lands at the Demesne for the benefit of the local community was celebrated at the location last Sunday. 

  Minister Ring will perform the honours at 10.30 this Saturday. There will be a tree-planting ceremony. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

Roscommon Garden Club returns



Roscommon Garden Club returns on Monday, September 30th at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, starting at 7 pm. 

  The evening will start with a plant sale which will be followed by a talk given by Leonie Meehan from the Irish Fuchsia Nursery in Ballymurragh, Co. Wexford.

  The Irish Fuchsia Nursery is owned and managed by Leonie, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge. Leonie spent most of her adult life working in AIB and she fulfilled her ambition to study horticulture at the National  Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, returning to full-time education as a mature student.

  After graduating she ran a small landscaping business in Wexford before going on to teach horticulture, design and several related modules at Pearse College of Further Education in Dublin.  She remained in this job for 13 years becoming Head of the Environmental Department and co-ordinator of horticultural studies at the school. 

  During her years in adult education she designed a silver medal-winning Small Garden at Bloom in 2008 and a gold medal and Best in Show in the Educational Category at Bloom 2013.

  In September 2017 she was fortunate enough to take over a sizeable stock of Fuchsia  cultivars and establish the Irish Fuchsia Nursery in Gorey, Co. Wexford.  She propagates and sells these fuchsias to the Irish market through direct sales, local country markets and national garden and plant shows. Leonie’s talk is not to be missed.


St Joseph’s GAA Club supporting HPV vaccine jersey initiative




St. Joseph’s GAA Club in Kilteevan is one of about 50 GAA clubs nationwide which is supporting the HPV vaccine jersey initiative which was launched by the family of the late Laura Brennan.

  Laura died on 20th March 2019 from cervical cancer caused by HPV (the human papillomavirus). She appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ to discuss her diagnosis. The Clare native spent the last 18 months of her life campaigning to improve uptake rates of the HPV vaccine, which could have prevented her cancer from developing.

  Laura approached the HSE in 2017 after receiving a terminal diagnosis. There has been an almost 20 per cent increase in the uptake of the vaccine after her work in promoting it.

  After Laura’s death, her brother Kevin was approached by Clare GAA with an offer of support, to help honour Laura’s legacy and improve the uptake of the vaccine. He asked them to wear the HPV vaccine logo on their jerseys.

  Kevin went on social media and asked his community for support. Within a week there were over 40 clubs on board and that number is growing by the day and now includes St. Joseph’s GAA Club in Roscommon.

  Former Roscommon manager Kevin McStay took to social media with a powerful video with his three daughters urging parents of first year boys and girls in secondary school to get the vaccination.

  To encourage clubs outside of Clare to get involved, past and current GAA stars including Kieran Donaghy, Anthony Daly and Eddie Brennan came on board.

   First-year boys in secondary school will be offered the HPV vaccine for the first time, which helps protect people against a variety of cancers. Girls have been offered the vaccine since 2010.

  For more information visit www.hpv.ie.

* Any club that is planning on purchasing club gear over the coming weeks are asked to consider placing the HPV logo on their club gear. Alternatively, training jerseys with the HPV logo, a club’s colours and crest and player’s initials are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at a cost of €17 for an adult size and €15 for a child’s size.






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)



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