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Former Rose Maria for Ballinamore event





Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will attend a VÓTAIL 100 event at Ballinamore Library this Friday (8 pm) to commemorate the life of the late TD, Mary Reynolds (1889-1974).

  The 2014 Rose of Tralee winner, Mairead McGuinness MEP and Sean McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, will be among the special guests at the special event to remember a local woman who became a trail-blazing TD for Leitrim and Sligo between the 1930s and 1960s.

  Mary Reynolds was a long-standing member of Dáil Éireann, serving as Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim between 1932-1933 and 1937-1961. When she first became a TD in 1932, she was one of just two female TDs – the other being her party colleague, Margaret Collins O’Driscoll, sister of the late revolutionary Michael Collins. Mary proudly holds the record for women winning the most Dáil elections, being returned in nine of the ten she contested.

  Keynote speaker on the evening will be well-known Irish historian Sinead McCoole while MC on the night is Nóirin Clancy, Chair of 5050, an advocacy group she co-founded to promote women in politics. All are welcome.


Kiltoom Drama Group presents ‘Canaries’


Following on the success of their previous play ‘Stolen Child’, Kiltoom Drama Group present ‘Canaries’ under the directorship of Tom Blaine and Pat Grey. The play runs in Kiltoom Parish Hall from Thursday, November 29th to Sunday, December 2nd at 8 pm each night.

  ‘Canaries’ is a holiday farce written by award-winning Dublin dramatist, Bernard Farrell. It is arguably Farrell’s funniest play, and follows the adventures of a group of Irish holiday makers on a package holiday. Everybody arrives at the resort in the best of spirits but soon things start to go wrong and the whole holiday descends into a total farce.

  For this production Kiltoom Drama Group welcomes a number of new actors and actresses.

  The cast features a married couple ‘Marie’ played by Maeve O’Reilly and her husband ‘Tommy’ played by John McGrath who head off on holidays with Marie’s father ‘Da’, played by Ged Rowlands. Elaine Walsh takes the role of ‘Jane’ and her husband ‘Richard’ is played by John Stack. ‘Madeline’ played by Della Sammon meets ‘Fergus’ played by Tony Colgan. Carlos (Francisco Vinas) runs the hotel bar, while keeping eye on the Contessa (Ann Toohey). Gunther, the German psychology professor, played by Sean Arthur, becomes besotted by 19-year-old ‘Erica’ (Lisa Nugent). While no good package holiday would be complete without a holiday rep – ‘Samantha’, played by Sandra Cloonan.

  This play will certainly provide a very good night’s entertainment as the audience is treated to several subplots throughout. So come along and enjoy a taste of the Canaries in Kiltoom this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Series of Youth Masses begins in Roscommon this Saturday




A series of Youth Masses are being organised in Roscommon Town. The overall aim is to provide a Mass for all parishioners, but especially aimed at young people, once a month, over a 6-month period – November 2018 to June 2019.

  The main objective is to deliver a Mass in a format that young people can relate to, employing the two forms of effective communication appropriate to that age group – aural and visual. (Young people receive messages aurally through their music and song, and visually through the technology they use on a daily basis).

  Each Mass would have a relevant theme to young people – in actual fact to people in general, e.g. caring for others, caring for ourselves, resilience, loneliness, gratitude, homelessness, optimism, social intelligence, etc. (Building blocks to help and develop young people’s characters and life skills).

  Some popular appropriate songs will be played throughout the Mass – these can be linked into the theme of the Mass. As the songs are being performed, images will be shown on a large screen that are also linked into the theme of the Mass and the songs being played.

  The first Mass will be held on this Saturday, 24th of November 2018 at 7 pm. This is the normal Saturday evening parish Mass. While this Mass has been designed for young people, it is hoped that people of all ages will attend and benefit from the huge amount of work young people have put into this initiative.

  It is hoped that subsequent Masses will take place on the last Saturday of January, February and March 2019 and if these are successful, it is hoped they will continue every month until June 2019.

  All are very welcome.




‘Words cannot describe the amazing lady she is’



Lucy is Roscommon Carer of Year


Lucy Kelly from Dysart has been named as the 2018 Roscommon CarePlus Carer of the Year.

  Each year Family Carers Ireland recognise carers for the extraordinary hard work and dedication involved in caring for their loved ones every day, through these national awards.

  Lucy was nominated by her daughter Maria, who she cares for. Maria is 22 years old and has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

  Lucy helps her with everyday tasks such as showering, getting dressed and getting her breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maria identifies her mother as both carer and Mum. She says: “She cares for me both as a carer and a Mum. As a mum she radiates good vibes, love and always puts a smile on my face. As a carer she’s always there to look after me, morning, noon and night. Words cannot describe the amazing lady she is”. 

  The national CarePlus ‘Carer of the Year’ awards will take place on November 23rd in the Westin Hotel in Dublin. The awards will be hosted by broadcasters and patrons of the charity, Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan.

  According to CSO Irish Health Survey there are approximately 5,331 family carers in Roscommon providing on average 45 hours of care per week in their homes. Family Carers across Ireland save the State a staggering €10 billion each year. Today 1 in 10 people provide care for a loved one in the home. By 2030, demographic changes predict that one in five people will take on a caring role.

  Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland, said: “A huge congratulations to Lucy who is now the Roscommon Careplus Carer of the Year 2018.

  “Family Carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work very hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for their loved ones, safely, in their own homes. With limited access to services and particularly respite, carers in Roscommon are over-stretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work with three-quarters receiving no payment from the State”.

Ballintubber Shines A Light for Hospice!



Official lighting of Tree this Saturday


Ballintubber community spirit was alive again as the village’s second ‘Shine A Light for Hospice’ tree was erected in the grounds of St. Bride’s Church recently.

  This is a local fundraising effort to support the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and the annual Shine A Light campaign which runs in Knock each year.

  Organisers and locals have described the campaign as “a lovely way to remember a loved one”.

  A special Mass will be held in Ballintubber in order to remember all those for whom cards were purchased this December.

  The official lighting of the tree is set to take place this Saturday, November 24th at 7.30 pm and the lighting will be followed by 8 pm Mass. Cards can be purchased on the night.

  Organisers are encouraging everyone to “give a gift of love” this Christmas while supporting Mayo/Roscommon Hospice by sponsoring a light on the Tree of Light in Ballintubber for a friend, family member, someone you know or indeed in memory of a loved one.

  Organisers have said: “Those who sponsor lights will receive a special card which can be sent to loved ones to let them know you are thinking of them. The card can be used as an alternative to a Christmas card or as a memento of your thoughts at Christmas”.

  The special lights can be sponsored for the living and the deceased and will shine on the tree in the church grounds at Ballintubber throughout the Christmas period.

  The cards are available from Joan Healy on 086-3175801, Marie Finan on 087-9402036 and Eileen Kenny on 087-2308895 and from Kenny’s, Ballintubber and the local post office. Lights can be purchased right up until Christmas Eve. There will be a special mass in St. Bride’s Church on Friday, December 28th at 8 pm to remember all those named on the tree.  

  Last year the Shine A Light in Ballintubber raised a sum of €2,315 and with your support we can help the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice with their new unit, the plans for which were unveiled recently.


Christmas Show at Solas Gallery


Solas Gallery in Ballinamore is delighted to announce the opening of its members’ Christmas Exhibition on Friday, 23rd of November. The show will be running into the New Year and promises to feature colour and style to suit all tastes.

  From still life to wildlife, abstract to landscape, there is little or nothing to compare with the gift of art at Yuletide, a personal treasure to enhance anyone’s life for years to come. Come join us for a glass of mulled wine, some mince pies and a chance to meet the artists and art-lovers alike!

  The show will be officially opened by local man, Michael McGovern, Manager of SuperValu, Ballinamore. Doors open at 7.30 pm. All welcome.


Boyle Musical Society presents The Addams Family




The Addams Family are coming to town this week and the stage is set for the entertainment highlight of the year in Boyle!

  In the twelve weeks since rehearsals began, the cast, committee, crew and production team have spent every moment ensuring that this will be an unforgettable show! So, with the lights set, the soundcheck complete and the orchestra tuned up, the cast are ready to unveil what promises to be Boyle Musical Society’s best show ever!

  This will be a fantastic heartwarming musical comedy, following the dark and ghoulish activities of the Addams Family. The show promises to be a spectacular production for all the family, full of kooky characters, quirky dancing and upbeat musical numbers

  ‘The Addams Family’ is a show for all the family and it opens on Wednesday, 21st of November and will continue until Saturday, 24th of November at 8 pm nightly in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle.

  Tickets are priced at €15 but special concessions of €12 tickets for children, students and senior citizens, will be available for Thursday night’s show. There will be a Matinée performance on Saturday 24th at 2.30 pm and tickets are €15 and €10. Tickets are available from Únabhán beside King House and will also be available at the door every night. Tickets can also be booked by telephone on the BMS Ticketline (071-9663033).  

  For further information please visit www.boylemusicalsociety.com or follow Boyle Musical Society on Facebook.


Drama Group bring ‘Moll’ to Arts Centre


Roscommon Drama Group will take to the stage at Roscommon Arts Centre later this week with their production of John B Keane’s timeless classic ‘Moll’.

  Moll, the new housekeeper, brings great promise for the parish priest, Canon Pratt, and his two curates. However, with the passage of time, Moll turns out to be a tyrant who bestows all of her culinary favours on the Canon and makes life a misery for his two ‘half-starved henchmen’.

  Under the direction of Margaret Madden and starring a host of familiar Roscommon faces, join Roscommon Drama Group for three fantastic nights of theatre on Thursday, 22nd, Friday, 23rd & Saturday, 24th of November from 8 pm sharp. Tickets are selling fast so book now at box office on 090-6625824 or from roscommonartscentre.ie

Black Friday…variety and value!



The Black Friday Bonanza is almost here!! And it’s no longer just a one-day phenomenon now – in many cases, Black Friday bargains last all week!

  It’s a great opportunity for consumers to perhaps strike the deal of the year, certainly to get some timely value!

  Christmas is an expensive time of year for most families and the ‘Black Friday’ period gives people a chance to buy those all-important gifts and goods at the best possible price!

  With a view to helping you get that best possible value, we have a few Black Friday shopping tips to share…

  Firstly, do your research. The Internet is a useful tool for this. Catalogues and leaflets are good shouts too. Find out what you need, or what you want to buy, and make a list. Compare prices across different shops, and look at alternatives to see if there is an unmissable deal available with a particular outlet.

  Try and get into shops before Black Friday itself, as most places run promotions all week. If you are shopping on Black Friday, hit the shops when they open. Be aware they may open early on Black Friday. That way you get the pick of the deals.

  In certain cases, there may be merit in seeking an extra discount, especially if you are buying a number of items. No harm in asking!

  Above all, we’re asking Roscommon People readers to shop locally – support our local small businesses!


History of Sliabh Bán district to be launched next month





A major new publication is about to be added to the already large collection of Roscommon local histories. Covering a large swathe of the eastern part of the county, Sliabh Bán, A Historical Journey, is a 470-page volume which chronicles the lives and times of generations past who lived on and around the rugged mountain.

  This publication is the culmination of twenty years of research and writing by Henry Owens of Lismehy. He has been assisted in recent years by Mike Lennon, now Dublin-based, but who grew up in Corbohill. Bringing it to the publication stage was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ballymore native and RTE Gaelic Games Correspondent, Brian Carthy, and the design and layout staff of Brian’s company, Sliabh Bán Productions. Individuals and businesses in the locality have also come forward as sponsors.

  While individual histories of schools, churches and GAA clubs in the area have been written, this is the first comprehensive historical account of the greater Sliabh Bán district. It encompasses the modern parishes of Kilgefin, Tarmonbarry and Strokestown which include the ancient parishes of Cloontuskert, Kilgefin, Bumlin, Cloonfinlough, Lisonuffy along with the northern end of Kilbride, an area of about 70 square miles.

  The book is divided into fifteen sections which deal with geography, religion, education, natural history, sport, political history, entertainment, drama, infrastructure, farming, business, prominent people and families. There is a lengthy memoir written by the late Dr. Hugh Gibbons in which he recounts his formative years in Ballybeg while Brian Carthy has contributed an account of family life while growing up in Ballymore.

  Thanks to the generosity of many contributors, the book is liberally illustrated with hundreds of old photographs which will evoke memories of events, places and people who have passed on to their eternal reward. The last section is devoted to a miscellaneous collection of photographs under the title ‘Pictorial journey through the years’.

  The publication of this history will help present and future generations discover and reflect on how their ancestors lived through periods of famine, poverty, political subjugation and unrest, while pursuing ordinary day-to-day activities. It also shines a light on how the population around Sliabh Bán evolved from being tenants and cottiers to the modern-day communities of today.

  The launch is scheduled to take place in the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown on Sunday night, December 16th and further details will be announced in the coming weeks.


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