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World Spine Day

How healthy is your spine?

Throughout the country people with spinal complaints suffer every day, often without having their complaint assessed and not knowing what is the cause of their existing problem.

  In support of World Spine Day on Friday 16th October, Bradley Clinic is providing complimentary consultations for the public for one full week.

  In conjunction with this the Chiropractic Association of Ireland will promote their yearly campaign, called Straighten Up Ireland.

  This is a campaign that provides the public with basic exercises and advice to keep and maintain a healthy spine, which most of us do not think about from one end of the week to another.

Why is our spine so important?

Our spine is a structure which protects our spinal cord, which is part of our nervous system.

  The nervous system controls every function that your body has, from allowing us to use the muscles involved in bending over and tying our shoe laces, to the more intrinsic functions of blood flow, digestion and fighting disease without conscious thought. 

  This is why it is so important to look after your spine as we only have one and it cannot be replaced.

  Some symptoms and complaints that our spine is related to, are, back pain and neck pain, disc problems causing pain into the hips legs and buttocks, sciatica, headaches, arm and shoulder pain, pregnancy pains and pins and needles into the extremities.

  The most common misconception in the general public is that our spine only affects our back, however the spine is related to the majority of nerve, muscle and joint complaints that people suffer from on a daily basis.

Open Week at Bradley Clinic

At Bradley Clinic our complimentary consultations will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford Town for both Chiropractic and Physiotherapy.

  During our consultation our practitioner will assist you with any questions you may have and fully assess the complaint that you are presenting with.

  If you wish to avail of a complimentary assessment by one of our practitioners, please call 071-9671100 or 043-3336565, or visit www.bradleyclinic.com for more information.


Pamper Night for Breast Cancer Research at Motivation Athlone

Event is on Wednesday October 21

The team of experts from Motivation Weight Management Athlone will be holding an Open Evening in aid of Breast Cancer Research on Wednesday, 21st October from 5 pm to 8 pm.

  Come along and enjoy an evening of pampering, health checks, competitions and a charity raffle in aid of a great cause.

  Everyone is welcome to attend. Food, drinks, entertainment and pampering on the night! Motivation will also be offering 10% off all of our programmes on the night.

  Motivation has clinics nationwide and is almost 20 years in operation in Ireland. Clinical studies show that the Motivation programme has an 82% success rate and the company prides itself in having over 100,000 success stories. 

  Programmes are specially designed for men, women and adolescents with any amount of weight to lose and take place through private, one-to-one consultations with experienced advisers and doctors. 

  The Athlone clinic, now in its fifth year of operation, has succeeded in helping thousands of locals shed stones, making Athlone & environs a healthier place to live.

 The reasons for our success

Motivation’s success is founded on the company’s unique approach to weight management, which focuses not just on what people eat, but why.

  This ground-breaking concept was pioneered by world-renowned French-Canadian Bariatrician Dr. Maurice Larocque, who developed the revolutionary ‘Mental Weight’ concept, to help people achieve and maintain their ideal weight by identifying and tackling the root cause of their eating habits and behaviours. 

  So come along to our Charity Pamper Night in our clinic at Unit 13, Inis Oir, Golden Island, Athlone (opposite the cinema) on Wednesday, 21st October between 5 pm and 8 pm to raise funds for a well-deserved cause and to avail of your FREE health checks.

  For further information call Motivation Athlone on 090-6479748.



Exciting programme for 2015 South Roscommon Singers Festival

The programme for the South Roscommon Singers’ Festival 2015 was launched in PJ’s Bar, Castlecoote, recently and once again there is a jam-packed cornucopia of delights in store for aficionados of traditional, old-time, folk and gospel singing. 

  The festival takes place from Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27.

  The festival, which, once again, extends from Knockcroghery and Lecarrow to Roscommon town and Castlecoote, will feature an array of international acts, as well as the best of the home-grown variety.

  Old-time banjoist and balladeer Sara Grey returns from the USA with Kieron Means (guitar and vocals) and Ben Paley (fiddle) to present a ‘Song Talk’ on murder ballads, as well as a couple of concert appearances.

  Brigitte and Katelle Kloarag return from Brittany after a long absence, as well as Thomas McCarthy (London), and Chris Miles, Barbara Dymock and Jack and Angela Plunket, from Scotland, and Jim Bainbridge and Nik and Fiona Vickers, from England.

  A host of local singers and musicians will also contribute to a series of concerts, song talks and sessions.

  One of the main features of the festival will be the opening salvo on Thursday night in Hannon’s Hotel – the Roscommon People-sponsored Annie McNulty Award Presentation Concert.

  This involves a showcase of Roscommon musical talent: Gatehouse, featuring John Wynne, John and Jacinta McEvoy and Rachel Garvey; Boyle balladeer and songwriter Donal O’Connor; south Roscommon singers Frank Brennan and Johnny Johnston and storyteller Vincent Pierce (MC).

  This year’s guests of honour and recipients of the Annie McNulty Award will be The Grehan Sisters from Boyle.

  Also, for the first time there will be a Gospel Concert in St. Coman’s Church of Ireland, Roscommon town, on Saturday night, featuring an array of international acts as they present some amazing and uplifting Gospel songs and Spirituals from the Americana and European traditions.

  A fascinating series of ‘Song Talks’ in Murray’s in Knockcroghery will feature strongly all day on Saturday, as well as informal singing and music sessions throughout Knockcroghery and Lecarrow over the weekend.

  Watch this space for full details over the coming weeks or check out www.southroscommon.ie where you can download the full programme.


‘Draw in Athleague, victory in Cardiff, defeat in Warsaw…’

On a ‘Super Sunday’ which saw Ireland’s rugby and soccer teams playing two momentous internationals, thousands of sports fans congregated in pubs, hotels, sports clubs and cinemas to watch the drama unfold. ‘Super Sunday’ sports fever took the same hold in Roscommon as elsewhere around the country. We persuaded SEAMUS DUKE to spend Sunday afternoon in local pubs, watching us watching them…

People in this country are sports-mad. Any excuse and we are away. It is very seldom that two of our premier international teams are involved in major fixtures on the same evening, one after the other –and that’s what happened last Sunday.

  It has been a bad time for rural publicans in recent years but last Sunday evening most of them got a boost.

  After the drawn County Hurling final I made my way to Roscommon town where the Ireland v France World Rugby Cup match was kicking off.

  The atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium could be felt as the game started.

  I missed the pre-match chat with Matt Cooper and guests, but from the opening exchanges it was obvious that this was going to be a monumental battle as the ferocious hits went in one after the other. The thirty players, with no regard for their personal safety, threw themselves into a battle which was frightening in its intensity. The pub was packed as punters roared on their heroes.

  “Go on Johnny”, “Great hit Paulie”, “Ah for Jaysus sake referee” could be heard as the game took shape.

  Ireland were hanging on a bit and then there were groans as first, Johnny Sexton, and then, Paul O’Connell, suffered really bad injuries.

  “We’ll see now if Madigan is up to it” one man roared at the TV. “I think we are bunched now for sure” said another.

  At half-time and we were left with the sight of Paul O’Connell being stretchered off, taking oxygen as he made his way to the dressing rooms. Was that going to be our World Cup hopes up the spout?

  The cocktail sausages and sandwiches were very welcome at the break as we pondered just how Ireland would be able to cope without their talisman and inspirational captain. But the answer came very quickly. Ian Madigan did actually step up to the mark and then, as if to signal that Paul O’Connell was handing on the baton, on came Ian Henderson to show that we have a new superstar in the Irish pack. The big man from Ulster was brilliant as he helped drive Ireland on.

  It was relentless in the second half as Ireland drove forward. The French blue machine was in reverse.

  Sean O’Brien was everywhere, Conor Murray was directing the play, Madigan was kicking brilliantly, Henderson was controlling the lineout along with 6 foot 11 inch Devin Toner. Athlone man Robbie Henshaw was awesome, putting in hit after hit.

  Stuart Barnes, the co-commentator on TV3, said:  “If I was Irish I would be so proud of these men here today. This is just phenomenal” – and it was that surely.

  The tries came eventually. Rob Kearney and Conor Murray got across the Cardiff whitewash. Ireland had beaten the mighty French, against all the odds. Not alone did Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton have to go off, but we lost one of our greatest warriors in Peter O’Mahony too.

  The Irish supporters were fantastic. Joe Schmidt has masterminded a brilliant victory. However I have seldom seen a man as shell-shocked after a major victory. He knew it had come at a huge cost.

  Back in the pub, everyone was on their feet for the last ten minutes. Fists were shaken at the TV, some people were close to tears. You had to marvel at this Irish team and the way they refused to bend the knee. It was a really great day to be Irish. Bring on Argentina now.

  Even watching that rugby game was exhausting. Could we go to Warsaw and win and qualify for Euro 2016?  

  Eamon Dunphy was aghast in the studio. His ‘love child’ Wes Hoolihan was not playing. “I’m told it’s due to injury” said presenter Darragh Maloney. But he was named in the substitutes, so Eamon was having none of it.

  “Martin O’Neill doesn’t trust Wes Hoolihan and it shows a lack of ambition” said Eamon. Oh dear, we are getting off to a bad start.

  The stadium in Warsaw looked magnificent and the Poles gave their side massive support. We were going to be up against it. When Poland took the lead in the 13th minute the pub fell silent. The writing was on the wall. However the gloomy mood did not last too long. Two minutes to be precise. A Polish defender decided that he would try to decapitate Shane Long and the referee pointed to the spot and Johnny Walters walloped the penalty to the Polish net and now the ‘Oles’ could start again.

  But Poland were dangerous going forward and just when we thought we would get to half-time, Lewandowski struck for his customary goal. The Bayern Munich striker has scored a hatful of goals this season and he powered a header home in the 42nd minute. Poland 2-1 up at the break.

  There was no shortage of encouragement as the punters shouted their support for Ireland and the much talked about Wes Hoolihan and Robbie Keane came on to try and rescue the situation.

  There was to be no late equaliser however and at the close, a very glum ‘Holy Trinity’ of John Giles, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy agreed that we were not good enough. Still, we have the play-offs!

  When the soccer was over, the screens were switched back to TV3 where they were showing highlights of the rugby. The smiles returned as we basked in the glow of a never-to- be-forgotten display.

  It was a momentous day. A long day of sport. A draw in Athleague, victory in Cardiff, and a loss in Warsaw. And the good news is that there is more to look forward to next weekend. I suppose you can’t win them all. But it was a day that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

* On ‘Super Sunday’, Seamus Duke watched the action unfold in Down The Hatch and Pat Kelly’s.














St. Angela’s College welcomes you to their Open Day 2015!

On the shores of Lough Gill, and still only minutes from Sligo town, St. Angela’s College, Sligo offers a wide range of CAO Undergraduate programmes for September 2016. As College of NUI Galway, St. Angela’s College programmes are accredited by the University, offering the only university-level education in the region. 

  The College opens its doors to welcome prospective students, parents and Guidance Counsellors to their Open Day on Thursday, 22nd October 2015.

  The Academic Departments of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, Education and Home Economics offer programmes in: Textiles, Fashion and Design with Business Management, Food and Business Management, Health and Disability Studies, Nursing Degrees (General or Intellectual Disability), Home Economics Teacher Education (which includes a choice of a second teaching elective: Biology, Religious Education, Irish or Economics).

  “St. Angela’s College’s student enrolment now stands at over 1500 students” explains Dr Anne Taheny, President of St. Angela’s College, Sligo.

  “This unprecedented growth places the College in an excellent position to continue to offer the highest quality University-level programmes with small classes and a strong community spirit.”

  She continues: “Our Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to visit the College and meet with students and staff as well as take a tour of the campus and see our state-of-the-art facilities.”

  As Sligo continues to thrive as a student destination, now is the ideal time to consider a University qualification with our range of programmes on offer for 2016, including: Textiles, Fashion and Design with Business Management, Health and Disability Studies and Food and Business Management.

  The College also offers a Diploma in Foundation Studies programme for school leavers and mature students who wish to study at third level. Participants who successfully complete this Access Course are eligible to apply for direct entry to full-time degree courses at St. Angela’s College or NUI Galway. HEAR/DARE routes also available.

  For more information on St. Angela’s College, Sligo contact Seán Kelly on 071-9135658 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie


Mary Claire wins PPI Radio Award

Mary Claire Grealy, presenter of the daily ‘Let’s Talk’ programme on Shannonside FM, was one of the winners at last Saturday night’s PPI Radio Awards in Galway. 

  Mary Claire won in the Specialist Speech Programme Category and took home the Gold Award for her compilation of a documentary piece called ‘A Phoenix from the Ashes’ which highlighted the rise and restoration of the landmark St. Mel’s Cathedral in Longford.

  The prestigious PPI Radio Awards celebrate the art and skill of radio production and programming.


Innovative singer-songwriter Graham on stage in JJ’s

Graham Sweeney, an innovative young singer-songwriter from Achill Island, will play in The Square House Social in JJ Hawlow’s, Market Square, Roscommon town, on Friday, October 16.

  Graham utilises a combination of techniques, blending traditional guitar playing with his own unique style of finger-tapping. The result is a truly distinctive sound that captivates audiences and leaves them wanting more.

  During his dynamic live sets, he shifts seamlessly between percussive guitar riffs and delicate vocal melodies.

  Meanwhile, on Saturday, October 17, The Suitcase Junket – Matt Lorenz’s internationally touring one-man ban – will perform at the same venue.

  Matt Lorenz is a Vermont-born musician, visual artist and tinkerer. The Suitcase Junket’s artistic vision is one of salvaged and repurposed objects, images and emotions.

  With masterful command over instruments of his own creation, he silences a room with the first notes of his throat singing and holds the crowd until the final chords of his guitar.


Netflix and…Chill?

At the risk of sounding far more mature than my 24 years, it seems to me that staying in really is the new going out. Bar the bi-annual nightclub appointment, most of my Friday and Saturday nights are spent in front of the television.

My excuses include: I work weekends. S.O. is away gigging with the band so I have no-one to go out with. X Factor is on.

The real reasons: I am lazy. I don’t want to talk to other humans. I don’t want to put on a bra. The Netflix era has well and truly been established.

From House of Cards to Narcos (the new Breaking Bad), the online provider has lured us in with its seductive array of shows to gorge ourselves on. It all fits in quite nicely with our need for speed and sheer refusal to wait until next week’s showing of our favourite programme.

We binge at an alarming rate, gathering a fine collection of crumbs on our double chins and relishing the ability to literally not lift a finger as the streaming service automatically skips to the next episode.

Whoever came up with that gem must be the same type of evil genius that places treat-size goodies at the till counter. Long gone is the crippling agony of waiting for online free sites that cut out halfway through a massive shoot scene… WHO KILLED WHO?!

Is this the future of television? After all, we are no longer impressed by live pause and recording shows from our mobile phones. We want it all and we want it now. Dinner and a movie once meant a nice restaurant and a cinema jaunt. It now consists of a takeaway pizza and the latest offering from our streaming companion.

An invitation to come over, watch Netflix, and chill must be treated with extreme caution, unless you are a fan of the glorified booty call. The online catalogue has attached an allure to something so simple, so it doesn’t sound creepy as feck when the lad you just met on Tinder invites you over to his parents’ house to merely sit on the couch. Oh he wants to Netflix and chill? How appealing!

With a largely youthful following, one might wonder if this television revival will indeed be the death of pre-drinking and club-hopping. Will your twenties be spent slouched on your recliner instead of a bar stool? Are you now more likely to overdose on Kinder Bueno than cocktails? Probably not because you still have a life but for me, Netflix is the DJ and the couch is my dancefloor. R.I.P. social life.

Féile Strokestown 2015 begins on Friday

Féile Strokestown 2015 takes place from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th next. This will be the 14th annual such celebration of Traditional Irish music, song and dance in Strokestown. The weekend line-up includes concerts, ceilis, workshops and impromptu sessions. The weekend starts with a special celebration of the contribution made by the late Pauline Hanly to the traditional arts. The committee of Féile Strokestown invite you all to celebrate Pauline’s great contribution in The Percy French Hotel on Friday, October 9th at 8 pm.

  The festivities will formally kick off at 7.30 pm on Friday evening with the official opening, which will feature music by young musicians from Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath. 

  On Saturday, 10th of October we will be showcasing the great Roscommon Flute-playing style.

  On Saturday afternoon from 2 pm-4 pm Roscommon’s John Wynne will give a presentation on Roscommon Flute-playing. A masterclass in Sean Nós singing will be given by Roisín White (TG4 Gradam Award winner, 2015) between 2 pm and 4 pm on the Saturday.

  On Saturday night, October 10th, there’s a very exciting prospect with a major concert featuring Matt Molloy and Seán Keane (both of The Chieftains) and Arty McGlynn. This will take place in The Percy French Hotel, starting at 8 pm.

  We will be celebrating the songs and stories of Percy French on Sunday, October 11th in the Percy French Hotel at 2 pm. Also on Sunday, 11th of October (4 pm) there will be a Céilí Mór with the Tulla Céilí Band at 4 pm in Percy French Hotel. Meanwhile there will be sessions in pubs daily and nightly.

  To find out more, see www.feilestrokestown.com and/or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or call Mairead on 086-8546433 or Anne on 086-3750298.






South Roscommon Singers Festival launched

The programme for South Roscommon Singers Festival 2015 was launched in P.J.’s Bar, Castlecoote, last week and once again there is a jam-packed cornucopia of delights in store for aficionados of traditional, old-time, folk and gospel singing. 

  The festival takes place from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th October.

  The festival, which extends from Knockcroghery and Lecarrow to Roscommon Town and Castlecoote, will feature an array of international acts as well as the best homegrown talent.

  One of the main features of the festival will be the opening salvo on Thursday night in Hannon’s Hotel, the Roscommon People sponsored Annie McNulty Award Presentation Concert with a showcase of Roscommon musical talent.

  Acts on the night include; Gatehouse featuring John Wynne, John & Jacinta McEvoy and Rachel Garvey; Boyle balladeer and songwriter Donal O’Connor; South Roscommon Singers Frank Brennan and Johnny Johnston and storyteller Vincent Pierce.

  This year’s guests of honour and recipients of the Annie McNulty Award will be The Grehan Sisters from Boyle.

  Also, for the first time there will be a Gospel Concert in St. Coman’s Church of Ireland, Roscommon, on Saturday night featuring an array of international acts as they present an uplifting selection of Gospel songs and Spirituals from the Americana and European traditions.

  A fascinating series of ‘Song Talks’ in Murray’s in Knockcroghery will feature strongly all day on Saturday as well as informal singing and music sessions throughout Knockcroghery and Lecarrow over the weekend.

  Watch this space for full details over the coming weeks or check out www.southroscommon.ie where you can download the full programme.

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