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Beezneez bring McDwyer comedy to Roscommon

A Beezneez play is always an event to look forward to and patrons of Roscommon Arts Centre will be delighted to hear that Beezneez are back with their latest production ‘Turning Mammy’, on Tuesday, September 29, at 8 pm as part of a 13-venue national tour.

  John McDwyer describes his new play as a comedy with a few serious bits.  Sisters Martha and Mary live together on the family farm. 

  Mary is involved in a long-term search for her baby, which was adopted at birth, while Martha is involved in a long-term wait for neighbour Ambrose’s Mammy to die, so that she can finally marry the love of her life. 

  That’s as simple as it gets, however, as we discover dysfunctional people with deep secrets and passions. 

  Mary obsessed with her search for her baby; Martha obsessed with her search for love through her neighbour, Ambrose who, in turn, is ruled by his care for an ill mother. 

  But are these people anything that they seem to be and do they really understand each other’s needs? All is revealed in a hilarious and sad evening when Ambrose finally comes courting.

  This is John’s ninth stage play and his plays have been performed all over the world..

  This is a play with as many hilarious set-ups as moments of melancholic sadness and is bound to be another Beezneez winner and an unmissable evening of pure theatre. 

Booking now at Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824 or www.roscommonartscentre.ie.




Sister act continues as fourth sister gives birth!

The remarkable story of the three Cloonfad sisters who gave birth on the one day continued last weekend, when a fourth sibling had her fourth child.

  Christina Murray, whose due date was the previous Sunday, gave birth to a daughter, Annalise, at 6.12 pm last Friday in Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar.

  The arrival of Annalise, who weighed 8lbs 10oz, brought joy to Christina and her husband, Alan.

  They live with their two sons – Dylan, eight, and Nathan, four – and their daughter, Leah, three, in Kiltevna, near Dromore, Co. Galway.   Christina is from nearby Cloonfad, like her three sisters – Mairéad, Jolene and Bernie – who had all given birth in Castlebar three days previously.

  Mairéad Fitzpatrick gave birth to Tomás Óg; Jolene Godfrey gave birth to Sorcha; Bernie Warde gave birth to Phelim.  Christina said: “There was great excitement with the other three born on the one day, so it was a bit disappointing that mine wasn’t born that day!” 

World-renowned O’Neill Geraghty School of Irish Dance opens new studio in Roscommon town

Last week Roscommon Town witnessed the opening of its newest facility, a modern fully-equipped dance studio at Roscommon Leizure Zone.

  The ultra-modern studio complete with sprung floors, professional dance surface, mirrors, lights and modern decor is host to the highly successful O’Neill Geraghty School of Irish Dance. 

  The School held its annual summer Irish dance camp in this new studio last week and welcomed students from Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford, Galway, Donegal, Dublin and Belfast. 

  The O’Neill Geraghty School is very proud of its new facility which also provides access to all the other wonderful amenities at Roscommon Leisure Zone.

  The O’Neill Geraghty School of Irish Dance is professionally run by Brian Geraghty ADCRG and Tracy O’Neill TCRG who between them have amassed 35 years of teaching experience. 

  The school spans several counties and is registered with An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha (CLRG), the original and oldest Irish dance organisation with established standards for teachers and adjudicators of Irish dance. 

  An Coimisiun has produced all the big names of Irish dance like Michael Flatley, Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, and hundreds more who entertain audiences worldwide with their flawless talents.

  The O’Neill Geraghty School is highly successful at all levels of Irish dance producing world podium placers, All-Ireland, Great Britain, British Nationals, all Scotland, Connacht and Leinster Champions to name a few. 

  Last year, the school featured in ‘An Jig Gig’ on TG4  with one team getting all the way to the final and performing exceptionally to do Roscommon and surrounding areas very proud.

  The teaching ethos of the O’Neill Geraghty School of Irish Dance is to develop each and every child, irrespective of their ability, through positivity and encouragement. 

  We advocate hard work in a fun environment to promote confidence, fitness and friendships, all the while moving each individual towards their full dancing potential.

  The teachers of The O’Neill Geraghty School of Irish Dance are highly sought after, with schools from Adelaide and Melbourne in Australia and Connecticut in the USA requesting their choreography for the past five years.  Brian Geraghty is also a qualified Adjudicator and travels the world every year to promote our Irish Dance Culture.



Countdown to 149th annual Strokestown Show

The 149th annual Strokestown Agricultural Show will be held in the grounds of Strokestown Park House on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of September next.

The event will feature a great mix of animal-related classes and attractions along with some great family entertainment and the social dimension which one always associates with one of the most famous shows in the entire country.

Various All-Ireland finals will be held with Saturday’s amazing schedule sure to attract competitors and spectators from all over Ireland.

At the recent launch, show chairperson John O’Beirne had a special welcome for representatives of the Angus Society who host their All-Ireland finals in Strokestown every year, with a prize fund of €10,000.

A spectacular show is guaranteed! On the Sunday, a real ‘Family Day’ atmosphere descends on Strokestown and the organising committee have scheduled a stunning variety of events to provide entertainment for the public.

Speaking at the recent show launch, John O’Beirne thanked the many people who help to make the annual Strokestown Show such a success.

Noting that some committee members have actually given a phenomenal more than sixty years’ service, Mr. O’Beirne stressed that everyone involved works in a voluntary capacity. He welcomed the fact that a number of young people have joined as stewards, noting that many are following in their parents’ footsteps by becoming involved at committee level.

Agricultural shows, he noted, are struggling due to lack of funding and lack of young people becoming involved, and accordingly he was delighted with the support of sponsors and the arrival of some ‘new blood’ on to the committee.

Mr. O’Beirne thanked everyone for attending the launch and expressed the hope that the 2015 Strokestown Show will be well supported and will prove to be a big success.

Saturday’s schedule

Saturday of show weekend at Strokestown is traditionally the day on which the majority of animal-related competitions take place.

On Saturday 12th of September next the highlights of this year’s ‘Strokestown schedule’ will include the Angus Society All-Ireland Finals with prize fund of €10,000, the €5,000 All-Ireland Nutrius Animal Feeds Beef Bullock Championship and the €2,000 Greenvale Animal Feeds All-Ireland Beef Heifer Final.

Also taking place will be the €1,200 Hanly’s Hardware and Spar Supermarket All-Ireland Calf Classes. There will be classes in Hereford, Charolais, Limousin, Belgian Blue, Simmental and Shorthorn, with All-Ireland finals in Limousin, Simmental and Shorthorn.

As for sheep classes, there will be a range of these, including Suffolk, Texel, Charolais and Commercial.

There is a Champion and Reserve in each section and the Supreme Champion of the Show. An important and very popular part of the show are the farm and garden produce displays, including fruit and vegetables, hay and pasture, turf, adult and junior cookery, honey, eggs, butter, jams, handcrafts, etc.

New to this section is a qualifier for the All-Ireland Christmas Baking Championship, sponsored by Al Hayes Motors, with a prize-fund of €750 (final at Eyrecourt Show on Sunday, September 20th).

Sunday’s highlights

On Sunday the Strokestown Park Irish Draught Broodmare Champion ships will be held, featuring a €2,000 prize fund. This is sponsored by the Callery Family Endowment Fund.

There will be a range of horse and pony showing classes, including Driving for Style and Appearance.

There will be a Donkey Derby (€100 prize for winner), a great Dog Show, Poultry Section and much more.

Family Fun

Sunday is very much Family Day at Strokestown Show. There will be a Little Miss and Little Master Show, a Miss Teen competition, Glamorous Granny event and of course the ever-popular Baby Show.

Winner of the Best Dressed Lady award will receive a €500 prize and the person deemed to be the Best Dressed Gent will receive a €200 prize.

There will be amusements for children on both days, including FREE bouncy castles! It is hoped that a Tug O’War exhibition will be staged and there will be a Puissance Wall competition in association with The County Roscommon Hunt.

Dog Show

It has been very noticeable in recent years that Dog Shows are growing in popularity. This has certainly been the case in Strokestown and organisers are preparing for their biggest Dog Show yet, taking place on Sunday, 13th of September.

There will be classes for just about every breed of dog you can think of! Sponsors of this popular section are Emlagh Lodge Veterinary Clinic, C&D Pet Foods and Mackle Pet Foods.

New to the Dog Show this year is a qualifier for the All-Ireland Irish Native Breed Championship Final being held at Eyrecourt Show on September 20th.

Entertainment for children…

There will be a real family atmosphere in the grounds of Strokestown Park House on both days. Catering for children is uppermost in the minds of the organisers.

There will be FREE bouncy castles and slides for kids throughout both days. There will also be numerous further amusements. Performing ponies will be in attendance too!

Visit the fabulous Walled Gardens

One of the really special relatively new attractions at the fabulous Strokestown Park House are the Walled Gardens.

A visit is highly recommended. On the Sunday of the Show, the six-acre Walled Gardens will be open, free of charge, to the public. Thanks to the Callery family for this gesture.

Sponsors thanked

Strokestown Agricultural Show is kindly sponsored year in year out by a host of generous businesses.

At the recent show launch, committee chairperson John O’Beirne thanked all sponsors for this much-appreciated support.

He said: “I would like to thank our sponsors for remaining on board with us again this year through difficult times.”

Mr. O’Beirne said it costs about €70,000 to host the show so the value of the sponsors is indeed self-evident. He appealed to the public to support sponsors and to come out and enjoy the show.

Music and dancing!

There will be music and an opportunity for locals and visitors to mingle and socialise throughout the two-day Strokestown Agricultural Show.

Watch out for Marty Mone of ‘Hit the Diff’ renown who will provide entertainment on Sunday afternoon, as will a number of other bands and professional dancers, including Sean Nos dancers.

Come and see Killian and Katelyn – ‘The Jiving Kids’ – give a spectacular afternoon performance on Sunday, September 13th. A Jiving Competition will be held throughout the day!


Castlemine Farm are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership at their Circular Road food kitchen. Bringing the best in professional skills and experience, Alan Burns of Umami Food Company joins Derek and Brendan Allen in their quest to bring the finest of local and international foods to their customers.

Derek Allen told the Roscommon People what motivated him to entice Alan on board at Roscommon. “Alan comes with over 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, having cooked in a variety of roles from personal chef to cooking for royalty and heads of state. He has worked as pastry chef in a 2 star Michelin restaurant and run his own award winning restaurant, The Wild Bergamot, in Scotland. The Wild Bergamot was Harden’s UK Restaurant Guide highest scoring restaurant in Scotland, 3 years running and also achieved Michelin Guide listings. It also won Scottish Restaurant Awards Rural Chef of the Year, Menu of the Year and Wine List of the Year. I have known Alan for 3 years and his passion for quality and his love of food makes him the ideal person to use our hand reared meats to produce appetizing and tasty foods for our customers.”

Alan, who moved to Ireland in 2008, is looking forward to the opportunities the partnership will bring.  “I’m really excited about the collaboration between myself, Brendan and Derek. I will be bringing great flavour’s to the dishes we are showcasing in the shop. By using the best of ingredients supplied by the brothers and cooking the meats long and slow to accentuate the natural flavours, we will be creating pies, pasties and ready meals that are wholesome and satisfying. The pastry in the pies will be made using real dripping from Castlemine beef (the way your granny used to do it) and the fillings will be melt-in-the-mouth meats served in a rich sauce”.

For those customers who enjoy Castlemine Farm ready meals, Alan will be enhancing and improving the recipes. “They will include some of the old favourites such as lasagne and cottage pie, improved by my loving touch! We will however be introducing some new dishes, such as Chicken Saag, a lovely curry from the Punjab region of India, that will bring regional flavours from around the world, reflecting my extensive travels and work experience - think France, India, Morocco to name a few.”

As well producing products for Castlemine Farm, Alan will also be bringing his own range of Umami Food Company products to Roscommon. “My own brand of products, which will include soups, pâtes, hummus and the like, will be available in the near future in the shop so look out for the brand...Umami Food Company...it’s all about taste!”

On this Saturday, September 5th, Alan will be giving Castlemine customers a chance to taste the new products. From 2-4pm there will be tastings available in the shop and Alan will be on hand to talk to customers and get their feedback and ideas. He believes that it’s the customers who decide the products that get made.  “We want you, the customers, to get involved in developing a range of exciting products you cannot live without! We’ve already been told that it’s time to get our Cornish Pasties back on the shelves. I’m going to be kept busy!”

Tel: 090 66 29886 Web: www.castleminefarm.ie


Have a coffee for Hospice

Roscommon/Mayo Hospice Foundation is asking you to have a get-together next month for this year’s annual coffee morning. 

  Mark Thursday September 17th into your diary to host a coffee morning/day/night with your friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours.

  If you can’t organise a get-together on September 17th then don’t worry, you can have it whenever it suits. 

  Why not have a coffee event at the next meeting of your club, ladies group, men’s shed, school event, mother and baby group, etc. while helping those in your local community who need the care of our Hospice Palliative care team.

  If you are unable to host your own coffee morning you can call in to one of the many hosts in your local community who are organising one, keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and local media nearer to the event. 

  Also you can join Mid West Radio and Roscommon/Mayo Hospice at our big Coffee Morning at the TR Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Thursday September 17th from 9.30 am. Tickets available from Mid West Radio. 

  Alternatively, you can make a donation to us directly at the hospice office (094- 93 88666) or online at www.hospice.ie.

  The national coffee morning is supported by Bewleys so we will send you your FREE coffee pack along with all the relevant information.

  Your support and kind generosity would be most appreciated.

  For more information contact Josephine on 094-93 88666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


500-mile cycle to raise awareness for DMD

Join Our Boys event in Roscommon on Saturday

An uncle of Roscommon town brothers Archie, George and Isaac Naughton, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), is undertaking a marathon charity cycle.

  Last Saturday, Robert Kerr and close family friend Luke Donegan left Reading, England, on bikes. They plan to cycle through England and Wales and on to Ireland.

  All things going well, they are due to arrive in Roscommon town on Saturday, September 5, at approximately 1 pm.

  They are aiming to raise €10,000 and people can donate on line by going to https://www.idonate.ie/mobile/fundraiser/31395_join-our-boys---bike-ride.html or alternatively making a donation to Join Our Boys Trust cccount in the Bank of Ireland: account number: 26481623;  sort code: 905424.

  To welcome these heroes to Roscommon, some local cyclists have organised to go and meet Robert and Luke in Athlone on Saturday morning and would be thrilled if members of any adult cycling club could join them.

  The plan is to meet at Casey’s Service Station in Roscommon town at 9.45 am, leaving at 10 am.

  If there are any cyclists who would like to join them in Athlone and cycle back to Roscommon, you would be more than welcome.

  Meanwhile, on Monday, the Join Our Boys Trust invites you to join them in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon Town, to mark the second World Duchenne Awareness Day.

  They will be meeting at 6.15 pm in the Park and plan to hold a short ceremony a mark of solidarity with the international Duchenne community.


Singers Circle Returns

 ‘The autumn days are here again and the night winds chilly blow’ – and that can only mean South Roscommon Singers Circle is back after the ‘summer’ break.  

  The first session of the new season takes place in Murray’s, Knockcroghery, on Saturday, September 5, and the singing starts around 9.30 pm.

  There might even be a Mayo or Dublin song in the mix, so please do come along and join in the merriment – admission is free and all are welcome.

  Up Mayo!!!

‘I give you the gallant old West, boys,

Where rallied our bravest and best

When Ireland lay broken and bleeding

Hurrah for the men of the West.’




RosFM to raffle heifer as station celebrates ten years on air

To mark ten years on air, RosFM Community Radio is holding a monster raffle, with a prize fund of almost €3,000.

  The first prize is a top quality Charolais heifer or the cash equivalent of €1,300. Other prizes include cash sums, holiday breaks and fuel vouchers.

  The raffle is in aid of the RosFM’s ongoing Disability Development and Training, with tickets costing only €5 or €10 for a book of three.

  The draw will take place at the RosFM Studios on Friday, October 23, when RosFM will host an open day to mark 10 years of broadcasting a community radio service to Roscommon town and its environs.

  At the launch of the draw, RosFM chairperson Bernard Kearney said that he was delighted for RosFM to have reached such an important milestone and he expressed his gratitude to all those who have supported and listened to RosFM over the years. 

  RosFM is funded by Pobal, through its Community Services Programme, but also relies on fundraising and commercial activities to fund the station.

  Mr Kearney said that he hoped that “the community would support local members selling tickets in their respective areas.”

  RosFM is available on the radio at 94.6FM and streaming live on the web at www.rosfm.ie




Say ‘I do’ to the Athlone Springs Hotel

The Athlone Springs Hotel is a beautiful venue in the heart of Ireland.

  They are not just a venue; they are your wedding planners. They can help you with all aspects of your wedding, from the ceremony to the entertainment.

  The most important part when choosing your wedding venue is that you feel welcomed from the moment you arrive, personal service with a smile and excellent food that will have your guests raving about your wedding for years to come.

  “It’s all about the little things that make a big difference to your day and it is our promise that we will take care of everything so you can celebrate with your family and friends,” said wedding co-ordinator Nicola Nestor.

  “This contemporary venue hosts a welcoming lobby and drinks reception area in Cedar Cocktail Bar and the stunning Clonellan Ballroom caters for weddings up to 300 guests.

  “The hotel also has its own private garden, where you can escape for your photos and the Manhattan bridal suite is the height of luxury.

  “They know that planning your big day is not easy when you are trying to budget and still have the wedding of your dreams.”

  The wedding team have recently launched an amazing 2015-16 wedding package that starts from €42.50 per person.

  Their wedding packages include complimentary wedding favours and you can choose from a wedding car, three-tier personalised cake, photobooth, music on arrival, three complimentary rooms for your guests on the night of the wedding, civil ceremony package, candy cart reception, personalised monogram and lighting for your ballroom, cocktail and canapé drinks reception and evening buffet “chipper style”. 

  The wedding team are having a ‘show and tell’ weekend on October 1st and would love to meet with you and show you their stunning new ballroom, which has just been decorated recently.

  If you would like to pop in and visit Nicola and the team, just call 090-6444444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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