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‘Living with Dementia’ conference on Monday



The 4th Annual ‘Living with Dementia in Rural Ireland’ conference will take place in King House, Boyle, next Monday (27th) from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. This is a national event and as such will be promoted across Ireland.

  This year the theme is disability and human rights in relation to a dementia diagnosis. There will be eminent speakers from Australia, UK and Ireland present who will share their experiences and expertise.

  This conference is being organised in partnership with Roscommon LEADER Partnership, South Connacht Citizens’ Information Service, the Brothers of Charity, Roscommon and Roscommon County Council.

  You are invited to next Monday’s ‘Living with Dementia in Rural Ireland’ in Boyle to learn more from leading experts on the theme of ‘disability and human rights in relation to a dementia diagnosis’.

All set for a bumper 2019 Loughglynn Music Festival!


This year’s Loughglynn Music Festival will place over the June Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, May 31st until Sunday, June 2nd. The members of the organising committee have gone to great lengths to ensure that this year’s line-up is bigger and better than ever.

  Opening the festival on Friday, 31st of May are father and son duo Dominic and Barry Kirwin, accompanied by their band.

  On Saturday, June 1st you can dance the night away to John Glenn & The Mainliners – the band with the magic beat!

  A huge crowd and superb night is guaranteed

on Sunday, June 2nd, when the Queen of the Woodlands selection event takes place. From 9 pm, nine fantastic contestants for 2019 will take to the stage to be interviewed by popular compere Gerry Glennon. This promises to be an enjoyable event for all the family.

  Following the crowning of the winner, patrons will be able to dance the night away to the very popular Heebie Jeebies band. This popular and exciting band are noted for their highly energetic and lively performances that encourage the audience to the dancefloor and keep them there! The Heebie Jeebies’ have built up a big fan club and will draw a large crowd.

  There will be a late bar each night of the festival and dancing each night from 11 pm until 1 pm.

Road Safety Poster Competition 2019



The Road Safety Poster Competition Awards took place on Tuesday, 14th of May, 2019 in Roscommon Arts Centre.

  This is a joint initiative between the Road Safety Office of Roscommon County Council and the Community Policing Unit of Roscommon Garda District. The aim of the competition is to promote and create awareness of road safety among primary school children.

  5th & 6th class students from 24 primary schools in the Roscommon Garda District participated in the competition this year, with the best three entries from each school receiving prizes.

  The top 5 overall entries were selected from the entries and the first overall prize was a family pass to Zipit and 2nd to 5th overall winners received a family pass to Roscommon Leisure Centre.



Macra evenings in Tarmonbarry and Castlerea



Following on from a very successful collaboration with the Roscommon Lamb Festival which included activities in Loughnaneane Park on Sunday, May 24th followed by ‘The Big Hello’ Barn Dance and Jiving Competition in the Festival Marquee, there will be two Macra na Feirme information evenings taking place on the following dates: Thursday (30th) at 8.30 pm in Keenan’s Hotel, Tarmonbarry and tomorrow (Friday 31st) at 9 pm in the Castlerea Family Resource Centre.

  The evenings will facilitate existing members and those interested in learning a little more about Macra na Feirme are invited to come along, meet up and have a chat about re-establishing and re-energising the Castlerea and Tarmonbarry clubs.

   The clubs are open to all young people aged 17-35 who may be interested in many or all of the following key areas of activity: sport, agriculture, travel, performing arts, public speaking, rural youth, community involvement and social activities.

  For further details please contact 086-780 8987.

Sports grants for Roscommon groups



Senator Maura Hopkins said she was “delighted” to receive confirmation from Minister Brendan Griffin on Monday that the following Roscommon groups have been successful in their applications for equipment under the Sports Capital Grants Programme: Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub – Lough Ree ‘Access for All’ lake fishing boat €38,589; Rahara Rovers FC – mower, defibrillator, jerseys, balls, and nets €7,882; Loughglynn Boxing Club – equipment worth €5,536; Cloonfad United FC – mower, goalposts and ball stop net worth €6,099; Roscommon Golf Club – course maintenance equipment worth €19,139; Castlerea Golf Club – golf course maintenance equipment worth €32,987; Strokestown Golf Club – machinery for course maintenance worth €46,285; Lough Key Triathlon Club – safety & administration equipment improvements worth €1,392; Co. Roscommon Disability Support Group Ltd. – purchase of bowls equipment worth €637.

  Senator Hopkins said: “Clubs which were not successful will be able to appeal the decision. Approximately 1,500 further non equipment only applications are still being processed and will be allocated in September”.

Who will be crowned Queen of the Woodlands 2019?



The 2019 Queen of the Woodlands selection night on Sunday, June 2nd in Loughglynn Community Centre will be the culmination of the annual Queen of the Woodlands competition and the Loughglynn Music Festival.

  Nine beautiful young ladies will compete for the title of ‘Queen of the Woodlands 2019’. After an evening of partying and fun, the girls will take to the stage from 9 pm with a wonderful night’s entertainment guaranteed as the contestants are interviewed by compere Gerry Glennon from Midwest Radio as they attempt to impress the audience with their party pieces. The crowning of The Queen of the Woodlands will take place at 11.30 pm, with reigning Queen Rebecca Finan handing over the mantle.

  The lucky winner will receive a perpetual trophy sponsored by Lynch Roofing, and a substantial cheque, which is sponsored by James Creaton, Loughglynn. She will also receive a cosmetic hamper, sponsored by Murphy’s Totalhealth, Ballaghaderreen, a portrait sponsored by Liam Reynolds Photography, and numerous other gifts and vouchers. The winning queen will also get to represent the area at the Rose of Roscommon selection night for Tralee 2020. Each of the contestants will also receive a commemorative gift.

  All relatives, neighbours and friends are invited to come along early to get good seats and to avail of special entrance rates before 11 pm. This is an enjoyable night’s entertainment for all ages and The Heebie Jeebies band will provide music from 12-2 pm, with a bar extension too on the night.

  Queen of the Woodlands committee members Carmel Grady, Dympna McDonnell, Mamie Creaton, Annette Morris and Una Conway wish to thank this year’s escorts Mark Finan and Enda Crawley.

Roscommon town ‘nuns’ heading to the silver screen for charity



Twenty of Roscommon Town’s best-known amateur dramatic society stars and a few new emerging talents from the area are heading to the ‘Oskars’ this year in a bid to raise funds for students in Ballyleague and Kilrooskey who are building their new astro turf community pitch.

  The Roscommon Drama Group are no strangers to the stage but this talented group have now left the safe surroundings of the theatre and are on a film set to give us their portrayal of what ‘Sister Act’ – the popular Whoopi Goldberg movie – might look like if it was filmed in Roscommon town.

  Some of those taking part include seasoned actors Mairead Nally, James Hoban and Dermot Cox, and new emerging star Michael Lennon (from the Galway Road) who will star in the popular Fr. Ted film on the night of the Oskars.

  “It’s all part of an initiative by Roscommon Lions Club to help the Ballyboro Football Club raise funds for a new astro turf football pitch” said John Tynan, Chairperson of Ballyboro FC.

  “We provide football for children between the age of 6 and 16 years old from an area that covers Kilrooskey, Cloontuskert, Ballagh, Curraghroe, Scramogue, Tarmonbarry, Kilglass, and all the way back into Ballyleague and Lanesborough”.  

  On Friday, May 31st, the film cast and the Lions Club members will be coming together to stage a special Hollywood themed Quiz Night at the Central Bar in Roscommon town at 9.30 pm with an array of great prizes on the night and some good fun with movie clips and teasers. The oranisers wish to thank Paul Carthy and Selina Galvin for their help in organising the event.

* For details on the quiz, the Premiere Night brochure and tickets for the Oskars, call Ciaran at 087-2433201 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tickets on sale for Boyle Arts Festival!




Ahead of the launch of the official programme in a few weeks’ time, tickets for a selection of headline events for Boyle Arts Festival are now available to purchase online. The festival will open on July 18th and continue until July 27th.

  BAF 2019 will feature over 50 events, including musical performances by The Riptide Movement, The Blizzards, Mary Coughlan, Kieran Goss, Tommy Fleming, Emer Barry, The Whileaways, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington.

  To purchase tickets, simply visit the BAF website, www.boylearts.com and go to the ‘Festival’ tab. The Boyle Arts Festival Office will not open until July, so now is the time to beat the rush!


'Worn out joints'?




‘Kinetic Physio’ is a new Chartered Physiotherapy clinic based at the Thrive Health & Wellness Centre, Henry Street, Roscommon Town. Chartered Physiotherapist Sarah O’Doherty treats patients with a wide spectrum of complaints and injuries. One of the most common and troublesome conditions treated is Osteoarthritis. The following piece gives an insight into some of the latest research into this condition...



I frequently see patients in the clinic who are concerned about Osteoarthritis. The phrase ‘Worn out joints’ is something that patients themselves often use to describe the condition, which can cause significant pain and restriction in usual activities.

  Osteoarthritis is not solely caused by so-called ‘Wear and Tear’. To more accurately explain the process we should describe it as a slowing down in the rate at which the body is able to repair the joint surfaces as effectively as it once did. 

  Research has shown that the condition is also inflammatory in nature. Sometimes doctors will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help manage the symptoms. A recent review of the evidence has shown that exercise therapy for Osteoarthritis can be just as effective at managing the symptoms as anti-inflammatory medication. Of course exercise also provides additional benefits for general health, whilst  improving the ability to move around more freely and with more confidence to be active doing the things they like to do.[1]

  Although not all those who suffer from Osteoarthritis are overweight, carrying extra body weight can be a predisposing factor. This is not only to do with the increased weight that a joint has to carry, but also because increased body fat creates a cellular environment that encourages inflammation throughout the body.[2]

  Sometimes I find that people are worried about causing further damage to their joints and struggle to work out what exercise can be done without flaring up the pain. This is where a thorough assessment of your affected joints and muscles can be really useful in getting you moving efficiently and safely again. Following this we work together to plan the best way to formulate an exercise programme that fits in with your lifestyle.

  So if you have joints that have been described as ‘worn out’, don’t despair. The pain from joints that exhibit age related changes can be significantly reduced by a customised exercise programme. Contact me in clinic for a full assessment. www.kineticphysio.ie

[1] Fransen M, McConnell S, Harmer AR, Van der Esch M, Simic, M, Bennell KL. The Cochrane Collaboration, ‘Exercise for Osteoarthritis of the knee’, 2015

[2] MaryFran R. Sowers and Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, The evolving role of Obesity in Knee Osteoarthritis, Curr Opin Rheumatol, 2010.



Paddy’s play to feature at Arts Centre




Bealtaine Festival presents ‘What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?’ by Emma O’Grady at Roscommon Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8 pm.  One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a cassette tape recorder he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; musings on life, love and death and memories of life as a civil servant.
  Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience. This critically-acclaimed show for all ages is an attempt by someone from one generation to understand the previous one and it is especially for anyone who has held themselves back and not allowed their voice to be heard. 

  It premiered at Galway Theatre Festival in 2017 and was developed through support from The Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Laois County Council, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna.   

  Written and performed by Emma and described as ‘beautifully realised’ and ‘a beguiling memoir’ this is a striking piece of theatre that is not to be missed.

  Tickets are on sale now from Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office on 090-6625824 and from www.roscommonartscentre.ie. As part of the Bealtaine Festival there is a reduced ticket price of €12 for those aged 50 plus.


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