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7th annual Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle



The 7th annual Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle, supported by Lecarrow Lazers and in aid of Croí, will take place on Saturday, August 17th from Lecarrow.

  The cycle is organised each year by the family and friends of Darragh Kenny, who passed away suddenly in January 2013.

  There will also be one other event taking place in Lecarrow in aid of Croí in the run-up to the Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle. A darts tournament will take place in Coffey’s Pub on Saturday, August 10th. All are welcome.

  The cycle will feature three different scenic routes including 40k, 80k and 150k and each will start and finish from St. John’s Community Centre in Lecarrow. The 150k route, which will take in counties Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim, will start at 10 am while the 80k will begin at 12 pm and the 40k at 2 pm. The staggered start times will allow each cyclist to rendezvous in Knockcroghery ahead of the finish.

  There will be hot food and refreshments available for all participants afterwards in St. John’s Community Centre, and music will be provided by White Diamond. A raffle will also take place on the night with some great prizes up for grabs.

  Entry to this year’s race costs €50 for Cycling Ireland members and €55 for non-members. There are a limited number of event jerseys still available through committee members. Register now at www.croi.ie/darragh-kenny.

  For further information, check out the Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle Facebook page or contact Sarah Kenny on 086-1201039/Liam Kenny on 086-1209134.



Rooskey Heritage Festival starts on Monday next


Popular event runs from July 22nd to 28th


The Rooskey Heritage Festival returns next Monday (22nd) and runs right through the week until the following Sunday (28th).

  The popular local event kicks off in Reynolds’ Bar next Monday at 9 pm with a trad session in association with Strokestown Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

  Tuesday is Bluegrass music night at The Weir Lodge with music from 9 pm and free entry on the night.

  There’s more music on Wednesday, 24th at Noel’s Bar as the South Roscommon Singers’ Circle lead a Singers’ Session from 9 pm.

  The Festival Marquee comes alive next Thursday (25th) in Rooskey Community Centre as two powerhouses of the Roscommon music scene, Roscommon Solstice Choir and Knockcroghery’s Ukephoric Ukulele Collective come together to stage a very special concert. Show starts at 8 pm and tickets are €10. The concert will be followed by an after-party in Cox’s Bar at 10 pm.

  Renowned playwright, Seamus O’Rourke, takes centre stage in the Marquee on Friday, July 26th. Seamus will perform his critically-acclaimed one-man play Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking, which will be the festival’s very first theatre production. Tickets are €15 (available on website and door) and show starts at 8 pm. The production will be followed by a Monster Trad Session at 10 pm with musicians coming from near and far.

  Saturday, July 27th features a whole host of day-time activities including a Food and Craft Village from 12 pm to 6 pm on the old factory grounds. This will feature lots of unique food and crafts ware as well as well-known vendors.

  Rooskey Community Centre will play host to a Kids’ Zone from 12-6 pm. It’s €6 per for one day while a weekend pass costs €10. There will be face-painting, bouncy castles, storytelling and a falconry display!

  Also taking place from 12-6 pm on Saturday, there will be kayak trips and a climbing wall with Shannon River Adventure as well as a Heritage Boats display and boat trips. There will even be a kayak race from 2-3 pm!

  There will be top class music on Saturday night in The Marquee as Jimmy Buckley headlines this year’s Rooskey Heritage Festival. Jimmy has been performing since 1991 and is one of Ireland’s best-known entertainers. He will be supported by local band 4Degrees West on the night.

  Tickets for this must-see concert are €15 and the show starts at 9 pm and will be followed by late-night tunes with DJ Ronan.

  This year’s festival goes out with a bang on Sunday, 28th as the Food and Craft Village, Kids’ Zone and River Activities return for a second day. There will also be a Dog Show at the community centre from 3 pm and early evening entertainment from Rooskey Post Office, which will host ‘Unlucky Dip’ and bandstand entertainment on Saturday and Sunday from 3-4 pm as well as Tug O’War on Sunday at 5 pm.

  The curtain comes down on what promises to be another wonderful, fun-filled Rooskey Heritage Festival on Sunday, 28th as Manic Ukes take to The Marquee from 8 pm. They will be followed by Festival favourites Late Nite Radio from 10 pm. Tickets for Late Nite Radio are €5 and available on the website or at the door.






Opening Parade to kick off Rose Festival




This year’s Castlerea Rose Festival takes place from Sunday, July 28th to Sunday, August 4th with a whole host of attractions throughout the week.

  The festival will begin on Sunday, 28th with the ever-popular Opening Parade, which features some famous inflatables!

  Castlerea Rose Festival Chairman, John Mulligan, said that following the overwhelming success of last year’s event it was decided to continue with a similar format for this year’s event.

  “We’re looking forward to another great week of Castlerea Rose Festival events. The weather was good last year and hopefully we get the same this year. We had a fantastic year last year when we decided to stretch the festival out over seven or eight days and focus on one event per night. It’s a very similar schedule this year too with plenty happening right through the week,” he said.

  One popular event returning this year will be the Photography Exhibition which takes place at Trinity Arts Centre on Tuesday, July 30th. Glynn’s Photography and Sean Browne will be taking part again this year and the committee has appealed to the people of Castlerea for old photographs to be used solely for the exhibition.

  ‘Pathway of the High Kings to Clonalis House’ makes a welcome return on Wednesday, July 31st.

  Mr. Mulligan said: “The walk starts from the SuperValu carpark and takes about 45 minutes to Clonalis House where Pyers O’Conor Nash will give a rundown on the history of the house. There will be an optional BBQ and Evening Garden Party at Clonalis House that evening”.

  Country music star, Michael English, returns once more for an Open Air Concert at The Fairgreen on Thursday, August 1st. This event is sponsored by Cahill’s SuperValu and will feature a fireworks display after. Admission is just €5 while children will go free!

  The family fun continues on Friday, August 2nd with live Pig Racing on St. Patrick’s Street from 8 pm. There will also be a BBQ, food stalls, street entertainers and amusements before Ireland’s leading Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute act ‘Cash Returns’ perform on St. Patrick’s Street. Admission is free.

  Saturday, August 3rd features the main event, the Rose of Castlerea, from 9 pm at the Trinity Arts Centre.

  Before that though, there’s plenty of other events taking place throughout the day. The Festival Parkrun will take place from 9.30 am at the Demesne, while The Hub will host a Car Boot Sale from 10 am to 2 pm.

  There’s fun for the children from 11 am with a Funzone at the GAA club followed by a ‘Funky Kiddies’ Disco’ at 3 pm.

  The Kearney’s Chemist sponsored Rose of Castlerea Selection Night will kick off at 9 pm with MC Paul Claffey of Midwest Radio.

  Another wonderful Castlerea Rose Festival will come to a close on Sunday, August 4th with more family fun.

  At 11 am there will be a Fun Swimming Gala at the outdoor pool while the very popular Clay Pigeon Shoot will return at 12 noon adjacent to The Hub.

  The Harmac Medical sponsored Family Fun Day will take place from 2 pm at the Somers Park Playground and will feature fly fishing demo, penalty shootout, BBQ, bouncy castles and lots more. There will also be music from The White Cakes.

  The curtain will come down on the festival at 9.30 pm in the SuperValu carpark with Ireland’s number one ACDC tribute band ‘IEDC’. This is another free event and is sponsored by McGourty’s Bar.


The Riptide Movement for Boyle Arts Festival




Dublin band, The Riptide Movement, will perform this Saturday (July 20th) at 10 pm at Daly’s Storehouse as part of the Boyle Arts Festival.

  With four studio albums to their name, most notably the Gold-selling, number one album ‘Getting Through’, the modern rock quartet are renowned for their phenomenal live shows and soaring radio-ready guitar sound that has drawn comparisons with U2, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Joy Division, The Clash and Oasis.

  Lead singer, Malachy Tuohy, said the band were looking forward to their first ever Roscommon gig.

  “This is the first time The Riptide Movement has played in Roscommon. We’re really looking forward to it. The Boyle Arts Festival has developed a really good name and it seems to be going from strength to strength”.

  “The venue is supposed to be a cool, intimate spot too so we’re going to be playing more of a stripped-back set with a more acoustic vibe. We’re looking forward to that as well because we played a similar-type gig in a church in Naas recently and it went down really well,” he said.

  This is an over 18s event, show starts at 10 pm and tickets cost €25.



A celebration of the music of  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons



‘Bye Bye Baby – A Celebration of the Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ is coming to Roscommon Arts Centre this August 9th. Now in its sixth year of touring the UK, the show arrives in Roscommon for the first time!

  ‘Bye Bye Baby – A Celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ features four singers starring as Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio. The show follows the trials and successes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons told through their music and engaging narrative.  Arriving for the first time at Roscommon Arts Centre on 9th August 2019, the BBB boys promise an uplifting night of excellent music, performed to the highest standard.

  Of their first appearance at Roscommon Arts Centre, Musical Director Gary Mullins said: “We’re thrilled to be introducing our take on the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to a brand new audience. It’s a thrill to see theatre audiences up on their feet at the end of the show – bring your dancing shoes!”

  Classics such as December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Opus 17, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and Grease are just some of the hits that are performed by this sensational band. New additions for 2017 include Northern Soul classic, ‘The Night’, and the Four Seasons version of the Beatles classic, ‘We Can Work It Out’.

  Audiences have loved their combination of precise harmony singing and slick original choreography, making this the perfect night out for fans of Frankie Valli and his music.

  Tickets for this show can be purchased from Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office on 090-6625824 or www.roscommonartscentre.ie




Local band ‘The Flies’ release debut album




Roscommon band, The Flies, have just released their debut EP ‘Catch Up To You’, which is available to download at Bandcamp now.

  The Flies are James Doherty (17) on guitar and vocals, JJ Doherty (15) on bass and vocals, Sean-Luke Doherty (18) on drums and vocals, and Darragh Winters (16) on lead guitar. They hail from Cootehall and Boyle and have been performing together since early 2018.

  Their debut EP features four original songs and was recorded at Black Mountain Studios just outside Dundalk.

  The teenage rock ‘n’ roll group recently performed at The Nest in Sligo town as part of the Cairde Arts Festival and played at the Carrick-on-Shannon Carnival fireworks night earlier in the year.

  The lads are in the process of producing a music video for ‘Is This What You Wanted’, taken from their debut album. They also hope to release a follow-up EP at the end of the summer.



Crown to open Boyle Arts Festival



The 30th annual Boyle Arts Festival will be officially opened by Professor John Crown on this Thursday, July 18th and will run until Saturday July 27th.

  With  59 events, including an impressive mix of live music, visual arts, opera, drama, film, comedy, interviews, workshops, storytelling, children’s events, poetry, readings and much more, Boyle is the place to be this summer!

  Tickets for all events can be purchased from the Arts Festival Office, next door to Marian’s on Bridge Street, telephone 071-9663085. Tickets can also be purchased through www.boylearts.com

  Some of the big names to watch out for in the live music genre include The Riptide Movement, The Blizzards, Tommy Fleming, Kieran Goss with Annie Kinsella, Mary Coughlan, The Whileaways,  The Swing Cats, Charlie McGettigan with Paul Harrington, Mules and Men, Flo McSweeney, Fiachra Trench and Carmel McCreagh. Watch out for gigs by local bands Fleetwood Craic and The Martyrs and exclusive album launches from Pete Higgins and Mossie Martin.

  For more information on Boyle Arts Festival 2019 please call to our office on Bridge Street, phone 071-9663085, visit  www.boylearts.com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



New Enchanted Secret Garden unveiled at the Abbey Hotel 



Last weekend saw a great turnout for the Annual Summer Wedding Showcase at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.

  The glorious blue skies and summer sunshine was the perfect backdrop for unveiling the Enchanted Secret Garden, a stunning new feature for intimate outdoor civil and humanist ceremonies at the hotel.

  The hotel were delighted to welcome local wedding suppliers and lots of newly-engaged couples on the day who all sampled some wine, delightful canapés and met with the Abbey Wedding Team.

  “The 10% discount offer for select wedding dates in 2020 has been extended and the wedding giveaway draw will take place on July 31st. So if you haven’t booked your wedding, you still have time to get our discount and to be entered in our free draw to win lots of wedding goodies”, explained Geraldine Grealy, Marketing & PR Manager.

  To arrange an appointment call Julie or Sarah on 090-6626240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Exciting expansion plans at Dalton’s of Fuerty





Now under management of Dolan family





It’s one of the region’s best-known bars – a quaint, character-filled landmark premises in a glorious, idyllic setting – and now it’s facing into an exciting new era. Dalton’s Public House in Fuerty is under new management, having been recently purchased by Joe Dolan, a developer with strong Roscommon roots. The Dolan family – Joe’s brother Brendan, who lives in Ballyforan, is partnering on the project – have announced exciting expansion plans, involving the construction of a major new lounge and ten guest bedrooms. In partnership with them is their nephew, Damien (London). The project, which will create employment during and after the construction phase, is expected to be completed during 2020.

  I’m sitting in Dalton’s Pub in Fuerty on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, chatting with the renowned bar’s new owner, Joe Dolan. An affable and experienced businessman, Joe, Brendan and Damien purchased the pub from the Gately family in May of this year. They are already up and running, business is great, and the Dolan family have been overwhelmed by the friendliness, welcoming nature and support of local people.

  Joe Dolan has been a London-based businessman for many years, but his family are embedded in the community here in Roscommon. Born in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Joe was a small boy when his family moved to Knockvicar in Co. Roscommon, and later to Roscommon Town. He is son of Kathleen and the late Dan Dolan. Kathleen still lives in Roscommon, while Joe has four siblings living in County Roscommon (and a sister in London).

  The bar we are sitting in on this peaceful, warm afternoon is one of the best known in the area. It was made famous by previous proprietors Ann and Don Dalton, the latter now deceased. In more recent years it was purchased by the Gately family and continued to be a popular venue. The pub has always had that special character one associates with traditional Irish bars. And the new owners, their expansion plans notwithstanding, have no intention of changing that delightful character that people associate with this cosy premises.

  Joe Dolan moved to London at 17 years of age, initially working in bars, later moving on to managing and finally owning a number of London pubs. Now aged 45, he says he “fell out of love with London” over the past year or so. The city was changing, crime seemed to be on the increase, and Joe just felt the time had come for him to base himself in a more rural location. “I felt I needed to be part of a community” he reflects. Initially he looked at purchasing a pub in rural England, before fate intervened and he googled ‘rural Ireland pubs’. Dalton’s in Fuerty presented itself. Joe was immediately interested. He contacted his brother (Brendan) and they set about researching the premises and the area. They liked what they discovered about the demographics, the people, the setting, the community. A few weeks later, they were the new owners. 

  Once he read about Dalton’s Pub online, Joe never looked back. He didn’t look at any other potential purchases, anywhere in Ireland.

  “My vision for Dalton’s was formed instantly…in terms of its future development” he says.

  That vision will involve retaining the existing bar in its current guise, while commencing a 2,000 square foot expansion as soon as possible – incorporating a large lounge area and ten bedrooms as guest accommodation.

  The Dolan family have been hugely encouraged by the support they have received in this thriving local community. They are excited by the challenge of running this popular bar and in particular of expanding it into a destination venue.

  We move outside to have some photographs taken. The pub has recently been painted – and is glowing. Passers-by in this friendly community hoot their car horns. The sun is splitting the stones and the visual backdrop is stunning. A bright, new chapter awaits for Dolan’s bar.

  Joe Dolan is now living in Fuerty. He retains business interests in London, but he has found that rural idyll he was looking for.

  “I was born in Leitrim but my heart is in Roscommon” he says as he looks forward to life in the heart of Roscommon.





Boyle beauty Hollie for Miss Universe Ireland



22-year-old Boyle woman, Hollie Funke Hersey, is the current Miss Universe Connacht and she will go forward to represent the province at the final of Miss Universe Ireland on August 1st at the Mansion House in Dublin.

  Hollie recently finished her studies in Fashion Design and Buying at the Dublin Institute of Design. She has also signed as a model with the Andrea Roche Modelling Agency. She is delighted to be among 30 contestants in this year’s Miss Universe Ireland final.

  “I had heard of it (Miss Universe Ireland) last year through a friend but I had been living in Canada at the time and so I couldn’t take part. I was reminded about it this year again and I applied. I was one of over 200 applicants and had to take part in a personal interview and create a biography about myself. It was then narrowed down to 30 contestants and at the Mansion House they’ll choose a Top 10, a Top 5 and then the outright winner,” she said.

  Hollie, a former Abbey Community College student, is the daughter of Tina Funke and stepdaughter of German national, Bodo Funke. She has two sisters, Chloe and Ellie and one brother, Danny. She said she was extremely grateful to her many sponsors from Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim and to her family, friends and local people for their support.

  The Miss Universe pageant attracts contestants from over 100 countries and Hollie says it’s the perfect platform for sharing one of her passions.

  “People think it’s just a pageant but it’s a lot more than that. The motto of Miss Universe Ireland is ‘Confidently Beautiful’.

  “One of my passions is working with Jigsaw, an organisation which helps young people with mental health issues. I also work voluntarily as a music therapist. It’s something that I’m very passionate about because I suffered with anxiety and panic attacks when I was younger. I never thought that I could be part of something so big or get up on stage and represent my town or county and talk about these things,” she said.

  The model and aspiring fashion designer believes that whoever is chosen to represent Ireland at this year’s Miss Universe pageant will be expected to add to recent good results.

  “The director of Miss Universe Ireland is Brittany Mason and since she took over in 2017 Miss Universe Ireland has placed in the Top 20,” she said.

  Following August’s final Miss Universe Ireland show in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Boyle’s Miss Universe Connacht will discover if she is the one chosen to carry the flag later this year at the Miss Universe Pageant in South Korea.

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