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Award-winning visual artist at arts centre

 

 

The recipient of the 2018 Roscommon Visual Artists Forum Award, Siobhan O’Connor, will launch her exhibition ‘Structural Process and Possibility’ on Saturday, June 9th at Roscommon Arts Centre.

 

  Castlerea-born artist Siobhan’s work explores architectonic construction and buildings or structures that are constantly been built, changed or shifted creating our landscape today. The exhibition will feature scultpural structures created using modern building materials such as concrete, metal and wood. Through these sculptural works, the material properties of these often unyielding materials will be pushed, reconfigured, resignified.  

  Process and materiality play a central role in O’Connor’s work where she is interested in the potentiality of building from simple lines, basic colours and simplified shapes. Her work considers how structures holds up one another; tension and suspension weight and balance. Her drawings are presented as almost procedural blue prints that can be executed and further used as a plan for works that don’t necessarily exist.

  This exhibition consists of a concrete and metal structure and a series of drawings. The structure is made of handmade concrete blocks, some of which are dyed a black and striking blue.

  Exhibition opens on Saturday, June 9th at 3.30 pm and runs until June 30st. All are welcome to attend the launch.

Wyvern Lingo set for Boyle Arts Festival

 

 

Music group Wyvern Lingo have been confirmed for the Boyle Arts Festival on Sunday, July 22nd at 10 pm in The Storehouse.

  Wyvern Lingo is Caoimhe Barry (vocals and drums), Karen Cowley (vocals, synth and bass) and Saoirse Duane (vocals and guitar). Three girls with young hearts but witchy old souls who perform sensual, beat-driven R&B flavoured pop and have their own private language – the wyvern lingo!

  Originally bonding over albums by Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel, then starting their own thread of music, which stitches together a rough but resilient tapestry of influences, taking in folk, hip-hop, rock and R’N’B, all united by the spectral chill triggered by their unique vocal harmonies.

  Of their debut album ‘Wyvern Lingo’, released in February, they said: “We were trying to find a title that would capture a glimpse into our world. W3hat better way than to self-title the album! This is us.

  “These songs are a collection of experiences, both separate and shared. Experiences that shape how we view the world, and how we’ve come to terms with the way our lives have unfolded”.

  Tickets are now available on www.eventbrite.ie. For more information, please visit our website www.boylearts.com.

 

Rosalie and reassurance: Someone order a pinch of salt!

 

 

 

Minister Denis Naughten says the HSE has provided reassurances over the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea. Deputy Eugene Murphy is giving him and the HSE the benefit of the doubt. Senator Maura Hopkins says she’s far from convinced, and I’m inclined to share her scepticism.

  I’ve read enough HSE (and political) statements over the years to advise that the correspondence sent by the HSE to Minister Jim Daly should only be consumed if there’s a significant dose of salt on stand-by.

  It’s classic ‘commit to nothing’ stuff and in my opinion it by no means offers reassurance to Rosalie residents and their families.

  The HSE’s Tony Canavan begins by informing  Minister Daly that a Clinical Assessment process which is currently underway is expected to be completed shortly.  He adds that engagement between the HSE and local stakeholders should be maximised in the meantime.  The above statement offers no reassurance to anyone.

  Mr. Canavan goes on to say that no decision will be taken in relation to the Rosalie Unit until ongoing assessments have been completed and reviewed.

  That part of the statement should also be read with the pinch of salt nearby.

  Mr. Canavan does say that it is intended that the Rosalie facility will continue to form part of the service delivery of healthcare in the Roscommon area – but he does not rule out change, adding: “if any change should arise from its current use, it will be done in consultation with public representatives and relevant stakeholders for the area”.

  I’ve read a lot of HSE (and political) statements over the years – I fear that this correspondence from Mr. Canavan provides no grounds for optimism about the future of the Rosalie Unit.

  Hopefully my assessment about the HSE’s assessment is wrong!

  Having made this rather negative assessment, I will add that political will could yet save the facility.

  In this matter we have the usual ‘which comes first, HSE or Government?’ codology, with the public led on a merry dance. Sure, the HSE runs the health service, but surely the minister of the day and his or her Department has the real power?

  There is an onus on Minister Naughten and Senators Hopkins and Frank Feighan, and opposition politicians of course, to continue to fight the good fight for the future of this facility.

 

Leyden: ‘Tour app puts Roscommon on the map’

 

 

A new interactive heritage tour app, which was commissioned by Roscommon Town Team and produced by Mimar Media, was launched recently at the Roscommon Arts Centre. The app provides the user with a self-guided Interactive Heritage Tour of Roscommon town.

  Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Orla Leyden described the app as a “highly valuable tool for tourism promotion” and said it put Roscommon on the Interactive Map along with other walking tour experiences in places like Amsterdam, Siena, Bath and San Francisco.

  “This self-guided Interactive Heritage Tour brings us on a journey through time in Roscommon heritage town. Through striking footage it brings 10 places of heritage interest to life, featuring interviews with locals and historians that passionately recount the various heritage aspects and  stories of our County Town. 

  “Well designed signage at the ten locations direct locals and visitors alike to access the interactive tour using a mobile device through a QR code app as they enjoy this 5 km walk which will take the average heritage explorer 2 hours to complete.

  “I would like to thank all of the contributors who are the stars of the show for their time and for sharing their knowledge and interest in our rich heritage. The presenters were informed, articulate and engaging throughout.

  “The production team can take a bow for developing accessible and engaging material that leaves the visitor ready to explore Roscommon Town’s incredible heritage and to learn more – it portrays a sense of place and gets to the very heart of our town”.

  Cllr. Leyden went on to praise those involved in producing the app including Mimar Media, Roscommon Town Team, Roscommon Tidy Towns, Roscommon County Council FD Design, Roscommon Heritage groups and all those who acted as presenters.

 

Race Dance returns to the Abbey Hotel…with Patrick Feeney

 

 

The Race Dance returns to the Abbey Hotel next Monday night with a special double bill featuring Patrick Feeney and Sean Brennan.

  There will be live dancing in the fabulous Abbey ballroom from 10.30 pm with “the talk of country”, Patrick Feeney and his band.

  Patrick was born to sing and has enjoyed huge success since the release of his debut album as a teenager back in 2003.

  Patrick’s work with his band, plus his concert career as one third of the sensationally successful Three Amigos, the others being Jimmy Buckley and Robert Mizzell, has resulted in sold-out shows and many national and international TV appearances. The Abbey ballroom will certainly be the place to be after Lenebane on Monday night!

  Also on Monday night in the Abbey Hotel, Sean Brennan will be performing live in the bar from 9 pm. Now, that’s a race double that can’t be topped!

Countdown continues to Midsummer’s Day with Stars!

 

 

Roscommon town will host Ireland’s largest Country Music Festival on June 24th next – with over 16 acts confirmed.

  The local racecourse with its state-of-the-art facilities is the venue for the event which once again succeeded in attracting some of the biggest names in the country music scene including Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Patrick Feeney, Philomena Begley, Brendan Shine, Louise Morrissey, Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady, Gerry Guthrie, Daniel O’Double and many, many more.

  Concert promoter and Shannonside Northern Sound broadcaster Joe Finnegan welcomed the fact that the event is returning to Roscommon town for the 6th year.

  “I’m thrilled that the top names from Ireland’s country music industry will be joining us again in Roscommon. We want to make the show even more special than last year and again we are very excited about the family aspect of the day with the return of our special children’s play area and some new fun attractions” stated Mr. Finnegan.

  Visitroscommon.com and Roscommon County Council are proud partners of this year’s event.

  It has been confirmed that following the main event Mike Denver and his Band will provide the music at the special festival dance in The Abbey Hotel.

  Tickets for the event are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie and can be purchased locally in ETL, Roscommon; Mulvey’s House of Gifts, Carrick-on-Shannon; Towey’s, Ballaghaderreen; Golden Discs, Athlone; Donlon’s Newsagents, Longford; Joe O’Brien’s, Lanesboro; McDonagh’s Topaz, Boyle; Lyons Mace, Castlerea and ticketmaster.ie. Tickets can also be purchased at the Shannonside Northern Sound studios in Longford.

  Gates open at 12 midday and the show starts at 2 pm. Free parking on site. More details are available on the Shannonside website and facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Legend of Luke Kelly at Roscommon Arts Centre

 

 

Join Dublin singer/songwriter Chris Kavanagh in celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend in Roscommon Arts Centre on Thursday, June 21st at 8 pm.

  A popular performer at the arts centre over the last few years, Chris makes a welcome return to the stage as he sings the songs of legendary performer Luke Kelly.

  Chris was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old and his performances capture the depth and passion of the great man he was so heavily influenced by. Over the past sixteen years he has amazed audiences at home and abroad and sold out many prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street and The Cork Opera House with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly’s family.

  Chris released his own album of original material ‘Voice of The People’ in 2011 and shortly afterwards performed with The Dubliners for two weeks on their German tour. Chris will be joined on stage on the night by musicians Hilary Kavanagh, Joe Finn and Michael Howard.

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

 

 

 

 

How to avoid ‘first-time buyer’ rookie mistakes

 

 

Just because you can afford to repay a mortgage doesn’t necessarily mean you can afford to own and run a home. Now, stay with us here while we explain.

  Each year AA Ireland Home Insurance very helpfully analyse expenses regarding the ownership and the maintenance of running a home. Their latest figures, released at the end of last year, found that it ‘costs about €16,000 per year to run a house’.

  We tend to forget those little extras that come with having a roof over our heads; for example, as well as paying your mortgage, you’re gonna need a slush fund for maintaining and repairing your home.

  For example, the likes of a broken boiler, a washing machine that refuses to spin, a burglar alarm that needs servicing; add to that the ESB bills, the cost of heating oil/fuel, building and content insurance, ‘phone and broadband services, satellite TV costs, refuge collections, garden/outdoor costs like repairing a patio, painting fences and gates and of course the property tax, etc., can all add up.

  Buying your first home is possibly the biggest and most expensive decision you’re ever likely to make, however, while chatting to some first-time buyers, (my youngest daughter included), I’ve realised many people appear to be both overwhelmed and poorly prepared for this step, and sadly that can mean making some easily avoidable mistakes. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few pointers that we hope will prove helpful.

Preparation is key

 

There’s a lot of competition out there; use it to your advantage and approach an independent financial broker for advice. I’ve advised my daughter to shop around before she accepts a mortgage. She’s in a strong negotiating position, she’s got an excellent credit profile, she’s holding all of the cards at the moment, (and so are you); so it’d be unwise to accept the first offer you get. Remember, your bank may not be offering you the most suitable financial package specific to your needs, so take it handy and don’t be rushed into any deal you may regret at a later date.

 

Location, location, location

What are your main criteria when it comes to neighbourhood/community? Are you planning a family? If so, what are the schools like? Is there local public transport nearby, what about shops and other essential services? And, most importantly, how safe is it, as in what’s the crime rate like?

Temptation

 

Don’t get lured in by the more expensive ‘ready to hang your coat’ house that looks prettier than the home that needs a slap of paint; but that you can comfortably afford. It’s easy to add on that bit extra to your long-term loan but keep in mind the long-term charges associated with that ‘few extra thousand’. Who knows, things may not always be as rosy as they are now; besides, you’ll need the extra few quid to book that holiday or pay your car tax and insurance.

 

Survey

 

Never, ever be tempted to forgo the cost of hiring a surveyor whose professionally trained eye will spot possible structural damage that could end up costing you a fortune. Use his/her report to strengthen your negotiating position on the asking price.

 

Get everything in writing

 

I cannot stress this strongly enough, especially if you’ve got your eye on that antique bureau or that fabulous dining room table that you think (but haven’t confirmed) are included in the overall price. Leave no room for ambiguity.

 

 

 

 

 

Dubs star Philly launches CBS magazine

 

 

Dublin football legend, motivational speaker and author, Philly McMahon spoke to TY students and their families last week at the launch of the school’s magazine Rosc Chomáin 2018 – written and edited by this year’s Transition Year classes.

  Philly spoke honestly to the students about his own experiences, in particular the loss of his older brother to drug addiction in 2012. He recounted how this event motivated his decision to make choices everyday which would positively influence both his own life and the lives of others. He told them that playing and excelling at football provided him with confidence and a sense of purpose. 

  Students heard how his life experiences spurred him on to excel both in sport and in business, and helping him to secure three All-Ireland medals and his own successful businesses. In a very open and witty address, he urged all students in attendance to make a conscious decision to be positive, help others and do their best in whatever path they choose.

  The Dublin footballer was glowing in his praise of the Transition Year students and the work they had undertaken on the magazine and other initiatives throughout the year.

  School principal, Ms. Gallagher, also praised the Transition Years for their efforts throughout the year.

  “The magazine offers the opportunity to chronicle some of the developments within the school throughout the year, and allows us to relive some of the successes we have achieved in that time such as engagement in sports, the arts, school trips and out of class activities – all of the extra-curricular activities which allow us to build the qualities of determination, commitment, courage, compassion and enterprise that we value as a school are contained within its page”.

Coming soon: Midsummer’s Day with the Stars

 

 

 

Ireland’s biggest country music superstars for Roscommon

 

Roscommon Town will host Ireland’s largest Country Music Festival on June 24th next with over 16 acts confirmed.

  The local racecourse with its state-of-the-art facilities is the venue for the event which once again succeeded in attracting some of the biggest names in the country music scene including Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Patrick Feeney, Philomena Begley, Brendan Shine, Louise Morrissey, Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady, Gerry Guthrie, Daniel O’Double and many, many more.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People this week concert promoter and Shannonside Northern Sound broadcaster Joe Finnegan welcomed the fact that the event is returning to Roscommon Town for the 6th year.

  “I’m just thrilled that the top names from Ireland’s country music industry will be joining us again in Roscommon. We want to make the show even more special than last year and again we are very excited about the family aspect of the day with the return of our special children’s play area and some new fun attractions” stated Mr. Finnegan.

  Visitroscommon.com and Roscommon County Council are proud partners of this year’s event.

  It has been confirmed that following the main event Mike Denver and his Band will provide the music at the special festival dance in The Abbey Hotel.

  Tickets for the event are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie and can be purchased locally in ETL, Roscommon; Mulvey’s House of Gifts, Carrick-on-Shannon; Towey’s, Ballaghaderreen; Golden Discs, Athlone; Donlon’s Newsagents, Longford; Joe O’Brien’s, Lanesboro; McDonagh’s Topaz, Boyle and ticketmaster.ie. Tickets can also be purchased at the Shannonside Northern Sound studios in Longford.

  Gates open at 12 midday and the show starts at 2 pm. Free parking on site.

* More details are available on the Shannonside website and facebook page.

 

 

 

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