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Celebrations for Abbey Health & Fitness at Q Mark Awards




There were smiles all round for the management and staff from Abbey Health & Fitness Roscommon at The Clayton Hotel on Dublin’s Burlington Road recently where the National Q Mark Awards ceremony took place.

  The gala event was a chance for all those nominated to celebrate the high standards they had achieved in rigorous audits by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), the proud guardians of the Q Mark suite of quality standards.

  To make it onto the list, each enterprise had to earn a place in the top six per cent of the audits carried out across the island of Ireland.

  The Abbey Health & Fitness Club, at the Abbey Hotel, is a family-run, state-of-the-art facility set amid the fantastic surroundings of the old Abbey in Roscommon town. The club won a Q Mark award last year and was thrilled to be nominated once again in 2019.  

  Management and staff feel this nomination shows customers that they provide an excellent service and the dedication to keeping standards very high.

  Tom Grealy, Manager at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon says: “It’s a great honour to be nominated for the Q Mark Awards as this award has been going on for over 50 years and it is fantastic that our company has been recognised”.


New Roscommon Business Group launches this evening



A new business networking body – the Roscommon Business Group – will be launched this evening.

 This is a group which aims to provide a platform for small businesses in the county. The launch will take place at 7.30 pm this evening (Thursday, 7th) in Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon town.

  Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham, the special guest on the night, will officially launch the group while local public representatives are also expected to be in attendance.

  A spokesperson said: “Roscommon Business Group has been set up to allow businesses in County Roscommon to network on a monthly basis, with each business also being featured on the group’s website.

  “It is accepted that being self-employed can be quite difficult and the Roscommon Business Group hopes that by providing a platform for small businesses, there will be added support in areas such as problem solving and education.

  “Training opportunities for members will also be a priority and is also hoped that the profile of each business is improved and enhanced as a result of their membership.

  “In addition, Roscommon Business Group will work with local start-up ventures by providing advice and support into the future. The group intends to gather together monthly with meetings taking place on the first Thursday of the month and new members are always welcome”.

Ros FM celebrates on the double!




Ros FM volunteers and members were celebrating on Friday, October 18th when the local community radio station was honoured at two awards ceremonies on the same night.

  The station’s night of glory began when members of the team were honoured as the ‘Group of the Year’ at the Roscommon LEADER Partnership Community Volunteering Awards in Kilbride.

  Later that same evening, Ros FM’s Gerry Jago was on hand to accept a Gold Award at the annual CRAOL Achievement Awards in the Springfield Hotel in Co. Kildare.

  The radio station was honoured for a documentary entitled ‘John’s Dream Machine’ which aired this year.

  The programme featured the inspiring story of Williamstown native John Tobin’s ascent of Croagh Patrick in 2016. John, who has cerebral palsy, became the first wheelchair user to make it to the summit of Ireland’s Holy Mountain, assisted by local volunteers and members of Roscommon Civil Defence.

  Ros FM volunteer and presenter, Gerry Jago, said everyone at the radio station was thrilled with the awards.

  “I was at the CRAOL Awards in Leixlip representing Ros FM when I got a message off one of the other volunteers saying we had won a LEADER award. A few minutes later it was announced that we had won a Gold Award at the CRAOL event. We’re absolutely delighted; it was a brilliant weekend for Ros FM.

  “It wasn’t just about picking up the awards though, it was what the judge (at the CRAOL Awards) said about the radio station helping to make John’s dream come true which meant so much. It was also great to be honoured by our own community in Kilbride…and the recognition we got from LEADER too,” he said.


Roscommon readers rejoice


Hundreds of young library users from all over the county gathered in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday, 3rd of October to celebrate their wonderful success of reading with their local library during the summer holidays.

  More than 1,300 children rose to the challenge of ‘Summer Stars’ which encouraged them to read as many books as they could during the months of July and August!

  This year has seen a 50% increase in the number of children taking part, with almost 10,000 books in total read over the course of the summer.

  The library service hosted events and competitions as part of ‘Summer Stars’ and participants received incentives such as bookmarks, pencils, bags and wristbands for taking part. This year there was an added bonus of the chance to win a bicycle or sports voucher.

  Each child received a certificate of completion and a special invitation to attend a celebration evening where they would receive a medal and listen to some tales from renowned storyteller Niall de Búrca.

  Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice attended the event as he awarded the top prize of a brand new bicycle to Ryan Diffley, who is a member of Strokestown Library. Roscommon Sports Partnership agreed to give family bike safety lessons to Ryan. Other winners on the night were users of Boyle Library and the Mobile Library.  

  County Librarian, Sandra Turner congratulated all the children and their huge achievement as she also paid tribute to the grown-ups who supported them by bringing them to their local library.

Great turnout for launch of Inglot range at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy…



The gala launch of the Inglot range at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy at Harrison Centre, Roscommon on Saturday afternoon was a very enjoyable and positive event.

  There was a huge turnout and a terrific atmosphere. iRadio were doing a live broadcast, top millner and fashion blogger Jennifer Wrynne was amongst the guests, and the professional masterclasses were being keenly observed, iPhones clicking relentlessly!

  Welcoming the public were proprietor Tina Geraghty, Store Manager Faye Reynolds, Graham Mulhearne (Head of Marketing with Molloys), Sarah Collins (Head of Operations), and Sheelagh O’Neill (Head of Retail).

  Proprietor Tina Geraghty and staff can be very proud of the new-look premises which is bright, beautiful and innovative in terms of the layout of this spacious landmark pharmacy.




Our top five innovative wedding style edits






Each season we do our absolute utmost to bring you, our beautiful Roscommon brides-to-be, the most up to date wedding trends, and, whether that’s gowns, suits, flowers, venues or favours, as we care about our readers, we strive to try and cover it all.


  Therefore, if you’re about to tie the knot this autumn/winter or spring 2020, and are on the look-out for a statement wow factor outfit, the news on the catwalks this season is ruffles, 3D florals, tiered skirts, collars, edgy ‘90s silhouettes, long sleeves a la Ellie Goulding,  duster style robes, and…wait for it…jumpsuits!

  So readers, if you want to rock a modern take on vintage tailoring without losing the uniqueness of your own signature style, why not take a look at what we hope are our top five innovative edits; we’re sure they’ll provide you with lots of inspiration.


1: 3D Florals


If you’re looking for something different and daring, we suggest you might like to glide down that aisle in either an embroidered or an appliqued style 3D floral design showcasing layers and layers of wispy fabric. Now, while tulle is the preferred choice, do have a chat with your dress designer/provider and have fun trying on  samples of what we’re sure will be the wonderfully fresh and frivolous spring/summer 2020 alternative to the traditional wedding gown.


2: Tiered skirts

A tiered skirt is an enchanting throwback to the ‘70s, incorporating a fun nod to today’s boho chic trends. Think of this style as a slightly deconstructed take on your own mother’s willowy wedding gown. In addition, if you wanted to add an extra bit of nostalgic whimsy to this highly structured look, why not consider a cinched in waist and a sweetheart neckline.


3: Duster robes

Yes, we know, it sounds like a dressing gown, but think Downton Abbey with luxurious long-sleeved, wraparound styles, incorporating a set of cleverly concealed pockets enabling you, the on-trend bride, to have and to hold, (see what we did there), your lippy, a tissue and your mobile phone!


4: The halter

Meghan Markle set the trend with her sleek Stella McCartney wedding reception number and, this year, long after the honeymoon has ended, the Duchess of Sussex’s style is still proving to be a real showstopper with fashion-forward brides! However, if you want to amp up your own personal style, and add a touch of sophisticated drama to your gown, why not pop on an oversized, detachable statement bow.


5: Quirky jumpsuits

If you’re a bride who doesn’t do delicate lace or diaphanous layers, why not forget the gown and instead consider an elegant jumpsuit? A jumpsuit is comfortable, stylish, warm in the winter, and easy to dance in; just ask Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner, who wore one for her wedding to Joe Jonas! And, if your poor mother is worried about what the posh neighbours might say, you can always customise your look by making a grand entrance showcasing an elaborate yet removable matching train and a fit-for-a-princess tiara. G’wan, be brave and do something different, we dare you!



Rockin’ Rhymes comes to arts centre




This week, Roscommon Arts Centre gets ready to welcome Branar Theatre Company back to Roscommon with a new show that has been developed with the support of Roscommon Arts Centre/The Creative Ireland Roscommon programme. ‘Rockin’ Rhymes’ is the latest offering.

  ‘Rockin’ Rhymes’ is a new departure for the company and this time around they’ve focussed on developing a music show – similar to a gig for kids, but with some very familiar material. It is a rock ‘n’ roll adventure featuring nursery rhymes as you’ve never heard them before. 

  Did little Miss Muffett jive around her tuffet? Were Jack and Jill bopping up that hill? Was it a funky beat that made the cradle really rock? Rockin’ Rhymes is a new music show for music lovers aged 2 to 102.

  Original songs based on the well-loved nursery rhymes will be performed by a live 5-piece band, accompanied by animated illustrations by artist Maeve Clancy and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. 

  The show has been receiving rave reviews and standing ovations from audiences at the Baboro International Children’s Festival and we look forward to presenting it to local audiences this Friday afternoon (November 1st) at 2 pm. Tickets are priced at €8 and €6 and are now available from box office on 090-6625824.


So, What do you think of Halloween?


Bernie Naughton

Publican (PJ’s, Castlecoote)


I love Halloween as I enjoy the atmosphere and the ambience in PJ’s Bar. I enjoy a lot of things about it although it may be getting a bit ‘Americanised’ with the amount of money being spent!

  We had a Halloween party in the bar last weekend. We had music, and also gave out a hamper. It was a great night. We decorate the  pub for Halloween…lighting, witches, suitable decorations about the place!

  I like Halloween and it’s nice to see it being celebrated. Local children call to the house looking for sweets, which is a nice tradition.


James Hoban

(Member of Roscommon Solstice Choir, community activist)


I would have to say that Halloween is a bit overrated! The children trick-or-treating is fine but Halloween seems to have gone out of proportions now. It is very interesting because there wasn’t half the dressing up in the past and people seemed to enjoy it just as much. It’s gone very expensive (for families) nowadays.

  There wouldn’t be any particular Halloween traditions in our house. Of course we stock up on food for the children who call trick-or-treating. The family are grown up now and it meant more in the past when we were younger. It is just an ordinary night for us now!


Noel McTiernan

(Owner, Sasta Fitness in Roscommon, and community activist)


I enjoy Halloween. I like the traditions that come with it – for example the children trick-or-treating. Also the fact that we remember those who have passed away. I wouldn’t celebrate it now, to be honest. We do stick up a few decorations just to catch the eye.

  We would have a tradition in our house of playing some Halloween games such as dunking for apples. We would still do the odd game, just something small with the family. Halloween is worth celebrating and there are plenty of traditions that are still going to this day.


Funding boost for social enterprises in Roscommon



Roscommon LEADER Partnership are inviting applications from local social enterprises for the Small Capital Grants Scheme, announced this week by Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development.

  The scheme will provide grants of between €2,000 and €15,000 for equipment, repairs and refurbishments which will enable social enterprises to improve their service.

  The scheme is an initiative under the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2018-2022, which the Minister published in July, and will be administered through the Local Development Companies.

  CEO of Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Martina Earley said: “Along with all Local Development Companies throughout Ireland, our staff have been supporting social enterprises through SICAP, LEADER and other programmes for many years and this new fund will give the sector a significant boost, particularly by assisting early stage projects that have huge capacity for positive social impact”.

  Announcing the scheme, Minister Ring stated that one of the main objectives of the ‘National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022’, is to grow and strengthen social enterprises.

  “The new small capital grants scheme will support over 100 social enterprises through funding of €1 million from the Dormant Accounts Fund. It will provide grants of between €2,000 and €15,000 to enable social enterprises to make small equipment purchases, or to carry out refurbishments to their premises to help them to improve their service delivery.

  “The scheme will be of particular interest to smaller or start-up social enterprises which do not necessarily have the capacity to compete for larger grants”.

  Full details of the Small Capital Grants Scheme for Social Enterprises, including applications forms and guidelines, are available by checking www.roscommonleaderpartnership.ie.

  All applications must be received by Roscommon LEADER Partnership by 3 pm on Monday, November 11th. While Roscommon LEADER Partnership will administer the fund, all decisions on grant awards will be made by the Department of Rural & Community Development. It is expected that applicants will be notified of the results of their application by the Department of Rural and Community Development by December 11th.




Two theatre highlights coming to Roscommon



Two theatre highlights of the season are set to come to Roscommon Arts Centre with ‘Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer’ and Blue Raincoat’s ‘Shackleton’ taking the stage in the coming weeks.

  Blue Raincoat Theatre Company are Ireland’s longest running ensemble and ‘Shackleton’ is their acclaimed award-winning production, which tells the extraordinary story of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to traverse the Antarctic continent.

  Their ship, the Endurance, ice bound on the Weddell Sea, was crushed and sunk, leaving all crew stranded thousands of miles from home. What follows is a unique story of willpower, determination and above all, hope.

  Nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards, including Best New Play, Best Set Design and Best Sound Design, this is a story of endurance told using original footage and scaled puppetry. It plays Roscommon Arts Centre on Saturday, November 9th and tickets are now on sale.

  A second show, celebrating Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean is also winging its way to Roscommon on Saturday, November 2nd. Hear the riveting stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, Terra Nova and Endurance.

  Aidan Dooley’s extraordinary one-man show continues to enthral audiences around the world and with limited tickets still remaining for this show, there is no denying how popular it still is!

  A special ticket price of just €30 for both shows (€15 each) is on offer at the box office, but early booking is advisable as we fear the demand may exceed the supply! Contact box officer on 090-6625824 to check availability.

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