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Abbey Hotel Roscommon Summer Wedding Showcase



We are gearing up for yet another exciting Abbey Hotel Roscommon Summer Wedding Showcase on this Sunday, 14th of July. Doors open from 2-5 pm. As usual, there will be lots of goodies for Abbey ‘brides to be’ who register on the day, including a complimentary glass of wine and canapés with a massive 10% discount off select wedding packages on the day only.

   The Abbey ‘Secret Garden’ and new designer chiavari chairs will be unveiled, making this pretty feature the perfect setting for intimate outdoor ceremonies. 

  Meet our award-winning chefs and dedicated wedding team who will be on hand to meet and conduct showarounds with all the lovely couples on the day. Visit our Abbey Brides’ pamper zone where make-up artists will be transforming Abbey ‘Brides to be’ with Mini Makeovers on the day. Meet award-winning milliner Ana Victoria Mulcahy and win one of her stunning bespoke hats – a perfect gift for a deserving Mother of the Bride, or if you have a summer wedding coming up.  

  “We have teamed up with the lovely Karen Bowden from the newly-opened Boley Thomas Bridal who have given us a fairytale wedding dress to give away to one lucky bride to be. Come and meet Ka­ren on the day as she showcases a selection of stunning dresses from her new range. If you are on the look-out for a Mother of the Bride outfit we have ‘DONT CALL ME DEAR’ boutique who will be showcasing a selection of outfits with a great pop-up sale in store on the day. ‘Guy Clothing’ in Tullamore have sponsored a suit voucher for a groom and there are lots of other supplier discounts and giveaways which include a free bagpiper welcome, a room decor package from ‘Infinity Decor’ in Athlone, goodies from ‘Molloy’s Pharmacy’ and ‘VIP Wedding Decor’ and lots of pampering treats in our Abbey Brides pamper zone” explained Geraldine Grealy, Marketing Manager at the Abbey.

  It promises to be a great day out for those in the early stages of sourcing the perfect all-round venue and looking for the best value discounts from our recommended wedding suppliers. Remember to enter the draw for any of the above prizes couples must pre-register on the day of the Wedding Showcase  or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  Terms and conditions apply. Showarounds are by appointment. Follow the Abbey Hotel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for further updates or phone 090-6626240 to book an appointment with our wedding coordinators.


Lydia’s sparkling success!


Emerging jewellery maker Lydia Clayton, who is from Athleague, is among a group of 12 graduates who will have their work featured in Aurea, an exhibition of stunning silversmithing work and precious jewellery in gold, silver and gems that will open at the National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 12th of July.

  The exhibition will present pieces designed and created by the 2019 graduates of DCCoI’s renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course, showcasing the high level of craftsmanship and unique skills honed by the students during the intensive two-year programme at DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing. Aurea will be officially opened by Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, and runs until Monday, 5th of  August.

   Lydia Clayton graduated with BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork and Jewellery from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin in 2016. It was at NCAD that Lydia’s fascination with the world of jewellery started. Following her graduation, she moved to the Netherlands where she trained with master goldsmith Froukje Idsardi. She was also given the opportunity to go on work experience with goldsmith and diamond setter Nigel O’Reilly. During her time with Nigel she gained valuable knowledge about becoming a diamond setter and she will continue her training with Nigel in a full-time position after graduation. Ultimately, Lydia’s future plans are to set up a studio/gallery in Ireland to sell high-end bespoke jewellery to private clients.

* Aurea runs at the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny until Monday, 5th of August 2019.


Ballintubber Heritage Festival starts this Sunday!





The Ballintubber Heritage Festival returns with a whole host of events taking place throughout the month of July.

  This Sunday (7th) Ballintubber Castle will play host to a welcome reception for returning professors and students from Foothills College in California and Columbia University in New York, who will once again take part in excavations at the castle as part of the ‘Castles in Communities’ project. The welcome party will kick off at 4 pm and will feature a recital by Castlerea Brass & Reed Band and local piper, Patrick Greenway, as well as guest speakers. This will be followed by a Garden Party and BBQ at Garvey’s pub with music and dancing on the night.

  Ceili dancing will take place from 7.30 pm to 9 pm each Wednesday (10th, 17th and 24th) throughout the month of July with Mildred Beirne at Garvey’s pub and this will be followed by weekly trad sessions.

  On Sunday, July 14th there will be a guided looped walk with Michael Bell from 3 pm. The walk will take place from Ballintubber Castle to Willsgrove Hall, returning to the castle.

  Spend a day in the bog with Garvey’s bar on Monday, July 15th and experience turf cutting, footing and clamping. There will be tea, eggs, brown bread and bacon served after the ‘hard work’ is done! Those attending will assemble in Garvey’s car park at 12 noon.

  David Swift will present a medieval workshop featuring the Viking period at the Old Schoolhouse at 8 pm on Tuesday, 16th.

  On Friday, 26th St. Brigid’s Well will play host to a Celtic Spirituality Service and St. Brigid’s Cross making demonstration from 7.30 pm. This will be followed by a lecture exploring Irish Lore and Mythology by Con Connor at the Old Schoolhouse at 8.30 pm.

  Mary Timoney will present a lecture at the Old Graveyard on Saturday, July 27th at 11 am with the official opening of Heritage Weekend taking place in the Old Schoolhouse at 12.30 pm. Heritage Weekend will officially start with an exhibition of butter making, traditional brown bread making, crafts country market, car boot sale and much more.

  There will also be guided tours of Ballintubber Castle, tea and scones served in the Old Schoolhouse, food outlets and children’s events throughout the day. A guided tour of the village will take place at 2 pm.

  On Sunday, July 28th visitors to Ballintubber can enjoy a demonstration on traditional hay making at 2 pm followed by a visit to Willsgrove Hall and tug o’war at Garvey’s pub. There will be evening entertainment from the local comhaltas group in Kenny’s bar.

  Ballintubber is all set for another busy Heritage Festival with plenty more events to be confirmed so keep an eye out for further events on the Ballintubber Facebook page.


‘I hope you feel part of this new community’





End of Ramadan celebrated at Kilbride event


Roscommon LEADER Partnership in association with Roscommon County Council and other local groups hosted an AIM (Accessibility and Inclusion for Migrants) event to celebrate the end of Ramadan recently in Kilbride Community Centre.

  Families from the local Syrian communities were invited to the centre to celebrate the festival of Eid and enjoyed a number of events taking place throughout the day.

  There was a ‘Fun and Frills’ corner for children including a play area and face-painting, as well as a lego demonstration by Sean Fleming of Foróige.

  Roscommon LEADER CEO Martina Earley welcomed those in attendance before Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins addressed members of the Syrian community.

  “I can only imagine what each of you have been through on your long and difficult journey to Ireland…I can only imagine the pain of having to leave Syria for a strange land and leaving loved ones. It must have been very, very difficult.

  “I hope you feel safe in Roscommon and when you go to bed at night I hope you feel secure. I hope you feel part of this new community – a community that will allow you a new opportunity,” he said, before speaking of his pride when travelling around Roscommon and seeing children of “all different nationalities and colour playing together”.

  Following a delicious meal, which was provided by The GROW Truck, SICAP Coordinator with Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Linda Sice, explained the reasons behind the event.

  “Some of the newly-resettled Syrian refugees together with ourselves in Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Roscommon County Council put together this event which is celebrating the end of Ramadan. We’re having some nice food supplied by the community centre and the GROW Truck and some Syrian music and dance as well as activities including the play bus for the kids.

  “We wanted this event to be family-friendly and to provide the people of Roscommon with more information about the culture of Eid and the Syrian culture in general. I think that’s the best way to support integration where we learn about each other’s culture. This is our way of celebrating their festivals.

  “I think the Syrian families want to engage, but language is a challenge. Many of them are going to English classes provided by the GRETB and you can see a massive difference in their language skills.

  “We have the help of Ghassan Shamet, who won a ‘People of the Year’ award last year, and he’s a great motivator and a great young man to engage in the community. We also have Ghadder Alhendi in Athlone, a young woman who is deeply involved as well,” she said.

  The recent event featured panel discussions as well the launch of Accessibility Inclusion for Migrants (AIMS), which Roscommon LEADER Partnership’s Paul Clabby described as a European project which had been organised in conjunction with LEADER’S technical partners, Momentum Consulting, as well as other stakeholders including Roscommon County Council and GRETB.

  “We all came together to see what we could do to promote inclusion in the county for these resettled families, so we said we’d celebrate Eid.

  “Today at the launch of AIM we discussed the new Intercultural Integration Plan for Co. Roscommon. That’ll be where we will all be joining together to implement this plan and to get feedback from refugees and Syrians.

  “We also launched some tools for educators to use and we hosted the national launch of AIM, which will equip the youth workers and educators of the region with tools and resources to be able to socially integrate refugees and migrants in the classroom environment,” he said.

  Mr. Clabby said that with the opening of the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen, stakeholders such as LEADER have had to “pull up their socks” and come up with new ideas to enable refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into local communities.

  The Eid celebration on June 6th in Kilbride Community Centre was the latest in a long line of events to be celebrated by Syrians and locals alike.





Roscommon to host two-day race meeting



€1,200 for Best Dressed Lady on July 8th


Roscommon hosts an attractive two-day meeting on Monday and Tuesday, the 8th and 9th of July, with the first race on both days off at 6 pm.

  Monday is Ladies Day, which is once again generously sponsored by SuperValu, Co. Roscommon. The lucky winner will receive a first prize of €1,200, while the other nine finalists will each get €100. 

  Celebrity judge on the evening will be Gretta Peters, fashion blogger and columnist.

  The €60,000 Listed Lenabane Stakes is Monday’s feature, and during the evening, the new building at the racecourse will be officially opened by Brian Kavanagh of Horse Racing Ireland.

  Tuesday is an all national hunt card and there are bound to be plenty of pointers on view that night for the upcoming Galway Festival.

  Michael Finneran, Racecourse Manager, would like to thank all sponsors for the two-day fixture including the EBF, Property Partners Earley, Roscommon Herald, Diageo, SuperValu, Co. Roscommon, Connolly Red Mills, The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, JP McManus, Helen Mee O’Farrelly and the Dolan family.

  The prize for the best
turned out horse in each race on Monday is sponsored by Lynch Flooring, Golf Links Road, Roscommon, while YK Signs, Athleague, kindly sponsor Tuesday’s prizes.

  There is music in the main bar after the second last race on both days, courtesy of Henry & The Usual Suspects and Derek Campbell respectively.

  Admission for both days is €15 for adults, and €10 for OAP/students, with children under 16 free. Attractive group discounts available and the Ros Special: €35 to include admission, race card, two course meal and a €10 betting voucher.

RSG Derrane celebrating 30th Anniversary







You are invited this Friday!


All this week, the Roscommon Disability Support Group (RSG) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in Derrane (from July 1st to Friday, July 5th).

  The group was founded in 1989 at the old parochial house in Derrane, outside Roscommon town, and in recent years a long-term lease has been secured from the Diocese of Elphin. The organisation was set up as an innovative group by people with disabilities for people with disabilities and remains a focal point today.

  RSG provides services in the home, workplace and socially to people with physical and or sensory disabilities, some of whom would also have other secondary disabilities, older people and children. It is an integral part of County Roscommon communities and voluntary sector and a leading service provider in the disability and older persons care sector.  

  RSG is a not for profit company and an approved HSE care provider and these services funded by the HSE vary from home care to personal assistant services. The organisation holds charitable status and tax exemption status for donations. The Board of Management consists of eight volunteer members and directors who receive no remuneration.

  RSG is under the leadership of Margaret Bourke and her team for the past 15 years. Peter Gallagher was previously in charge and Mary Casey who was very much part of this team for 21 years retired last October. The dedication and commitment of this growing team has contributed in no small way to the expansion of services and current employment of over 120 people. Three successful HSE tenders over the past five years has been instrumental in RSG’s successful expansion of care service provision into the surrounding counties of Mayo and Galway. RSG is a large player in the employment sector greatly benefitting the local economy.

  Looking back the years much has been achieved. RSG was awarded the Charity Quality Mark this year. 2019 also saw the upgrading of the accessible transport bringing the much-needed transport up to even greater quality standards. Bus transport has been in operation since 2006 in conjunction with Roscommon MS and many of their clients use the different service facilities that are available at RSG. The Community Employment Scheme funded by the Department of Social Affairs under the direction of Mary Ganley and Bernie Connolly runs this service and without this support it could not operate. Both Mary and Bernie have 40 years combined service with the company. Transport is heavily reliant on donations and fundraising such as bag packing and church gate collections. Volunteer drivers are always welcome to increase transport availability. At the facility in Derrane, a new car park has also been installed to facilitate the overflow of parking cars at the Resource Centre.

  RSG Derrance offers a wide range of activities and services. A singing group ‘Guess Who’s Back’ was set up in 2016 to accommodate different music interests and talents and the group is a partner of Music Network.

            All are welcome to get involved and there is no musical criteria required to join.

  Other programmes and services on offer at RSG Derrane include: Independent Living Life Skills Programme; RSG Flexible Learning College; The Dale Centre;

Nuala’s Garden and Horticultural Centre; RSG’s Sensory Garden; Derrane Craft Workers; Roscommon U3A; Co. Roscommon Seniors Network; and the 24/7 Care Service.

  Further information about these services and RSG Derrance is available at www.rsg.ie or on the RSG Facebook page.






Pangan Restaurant to reopen under new ownership



Monksland eatery offers Asian street food


Pangan Restaurant in River Village, Monksland is making a comeback under new ownership. The spacious eatery, which offers a taste of Asian street food, was the subject of a closure order in April of this year following a visit by an HSE inspector. New owner Yuyang Shang and the current team have been working hard since the restaurant’s reopening in order to reach the highest possible standards.

  Yuyang acknowledges that the aftermath of the visit was a wake-up call for the previous owners and following consultation with Fast-Casual Consultancy Services, who had been brought in to ensure the restaurant was swiftly returned to a sound operational standard, it was evident that they (the previous owners) could not devote the necessary time to the business that it deserved.

  Yuyang, who along with her partner has owned and operated three other restaurant businesses in the Galway area over the last 15 years, says: “It was quite a surprise when I discovered they were willing to sell up. I only live 30 minutes away from Monksland, it was too much of an exciting opportunity to turn down. Ireland is a small place; I am friends with the Head Chef and know his extraordinary ability and passion so it was a no-brainer”.

  Manager Rebecca explained that following the closure order the restaurant was quickly brought up to standard with new sinks and storage as well as more regular checks of the food storage and preparation areas and Pangan reopened just after the Easter weekend for a fresh start.

  The new protocols are now evident throughout the restaurant, including the installation of a flat screen TV at the till area, which shows live CCTV images from the kitchen. Rebecca said this was very much in keeping with the Asian street food style of cooking in the open with complete transparency

  “The customers can see what is happening in the kitchen and how food is being prepared,” she said.

  The Head Chef had expressed absolute disappointment with the closure order, but said that “valuable lessons had been learned and acted upon” and was looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers to Pangan.

  During a recent visit and tour of the premises, the Head Chef brought out two dishes for our reporter to try: Beef Thai Panna and Kimchi Fried Rice.

  The ‘Beef Thai Panna’ quickly became a new favourite, while the fried rice was certainly an excellent attempt at replicating a dish made famous on the streets of Seoul and Daegu.

  Yuyang and Rebecca proudly described their menu as an authentic taste of Asia showcasing real Asian street food.

  Rebecca said: “We offer only the freshest food. It raises our costs because we buy the most expensive cuts of meat and ribs, for example. We buy our meat from a butcher in Athlone so that we can be sure it’s as fresh as possible”.

  While Pangan was quiet when Roscommon People visited at opening time on a sunny Thursday evening recently, business quickly picked up with phone orders and walk-in customers. It’s a bright and modern establishment with photographs of old Asia adorning the walls.   Rebecca said: “We have regular customers who have stood by us, who we would like to thank and it is getting busier again. We are hoping to celebrate our first year in business this month with special offers and some gifts for our customers,” she said.

  Yuyang, Rebecca and the rest of the Panang team look forward to welcoming new and returning customers this summer too!

Pangan is located at Unit 1, River Village, Monksland, Athlone, Co. Roscommon N37 T2F8. For reservations or orders contact 090-6490066 or click www.pangan.ie. You can also follow Pangan on Facebook.


Lanesboro to host Two Provinces Triathlon



Lanesboro Triathlon Club will hosts its annual sprint distance triathlon on Saturday, July 13th. The race is now in its ninth year and is well-known in triathlon circles as one of the best sprint distance races in the country and will be part of Triathlon Ireland’s BMW National Series for the third year in a row.

  The race will feature a 750m swim in Lough Ree, 20km cycle and out-and-back run on the Rathcline Road. The race also includes a Try-a-Tri, with a shorter 200m swim, and the option to take part in an aquabike event (swim and bike). Both these events take place simultaneously on the same course as the main race.

  The Two Provinces Kidathon, which is open to children aged 8 to 15, will take place on Friday, July 12th at 7.30 pm.

  For further information on these events, timetables, courses and much more please see the race website: www.twoprovincestriathlon.com.



‘Castles in Communities’ project marks five years

This year’s ‘Castles in Communities’ project was recently launched at Kenny’s bar in Ballintubber. It is the fifth year of the project and Dr. Neil Brady and his fellow professors and up to 70 students from Foothills College in California and Columbia University in New York will arrive to continue excavations in the grounds of Ballintubber Castle, which is owned by Pyers and Marguerite O’Conor-Nash.

  Speaking ahead of this month’s event, chairperson of both Ballintubber Tidy Towns and the Heritage Festival, Eileen Kenny, said the committee was delighted to once again welcome the visiting archaeologists.

  “This event is a major endorsement of Ballintubber Castle and its surrounds and indeed the enormous potential it has to offer with regards to the development of tourism and creating sustainable jobs in our region,” she said before paying tribute to Roscommon County Council staff and local councillors as well as landowners Pyers and Marguerite O’Conor-Nash and Dr. Neil Brady and his colleagues.

  Ms. Kenny added: “We’re really looking forward to the American professors and students returning for what promises to be another wonderful Ballintubber Heritage Festival. It’s brilliant to see the information that has been discovered so far and everyone here is excited to see what’s discovered this year.

  “Everyone is very welcome to come along to the lecture evenings which will take place in the Old Schoolhouse throughout the month and the students and archaeologists will display their findings over Heritage Weekend”.

It’s ‘Touch and Go’ at the Arts Centre



It’s been a while since Beezneez Theatre Company produced a farce and audiences will be well aware that nobody does it better! Beezneez return to Roscommon Arts Centre on Tuesday, July 16th at 8 pm with the hilarious Touch and Go and audiences are in for a treat.

  John McDwyer directs Pat Feeley, Karen Gordon, Jacinta Gormley, Noel O’Callaghan and Valerie Traynor in Derek Benfield’s Touch and Go, an avalanche of mix-ups and mistaken identities.   While George’s wife is in America, he lends his flat to his friend, Brian, who entertains his lover there, unaware that, at the same time, George is over at his flat being entertained by Brian’s wife. When George’s wife comes home a day early…well you know the rest. Book now and fasten your seat-belt.

  Tickets are available now from Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824 and from www.roscommonartscentre.ie.



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