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A series by Shane Reynolds

THIS WEEK  ... Close friends Clodagh Compton and Yvonne Collins from Strokestown, both embarked on an exciting new venture in April 2011 when they departed for Australia. Clodagh, daughter of Pat and Linda, and Yvonne, daughter of Francis and Ita, report on their experiences of Australian culture, their new lifestyle and encounters with big insects!

I came, I saw, I had fun ... but  my heart is in Strokestown

Clodagh’s story 

Melbourne for me was an amazing city. I registered with a few recruitment agencies and got some temping work in offices around the city


Toy Town Toymaster opens in Roscommon

Looking for toys?…..then look no further than the new Toy Town Toymaster store, Roscommon, who have got hundreds of amazing toys at great prices!

  Located in a new state-of-the-art premises at the Roscommon Retail Park, Toy Town is a store which takes pride in the wide range of toys available. If you are not sure what you are looking for Toy Town Toymaster is the perfect place to start!

  With all it has to offer, Toy Town is a premier shopping destination and the ideal place to find the perfect gift with Christmas around the corner!



Timothys Londis wins Retail Excellence Award

Timothy’s Londis Plus, Abbeytown, Co. Roscommon was a proud winner of a Gold Award at the Londis Retailing Excellence Awards 2012, crowning the final day of the Group’s conference, which recognised the strong role that Londis Retailers play in their respective communities, providing employment, sourcing local products, supporting local causes and servicing the needs of the communities in which they operate.

  In winning this award, the store was independently audited across a range of criteria including the emphasis placed on customer care, the quality of their fresh food offering, the depth and breadth of their product range, and the


Caring for the Elderly

Quality all the way at Central Park Nursing Home

Located in the heart of the quaint village of Clonberne situated in North-East Galway, Central Park Nursing Home offers top quality care provided by highly skilled and dedicated staff. 

  Central Park Nursing Home is a purpose-built, family-run Nursing Home providing long-term care respite and short-term holiday care. Their location affords easy access from Galway, Roscommon, Ballinasloe and surrounding areas while still retaining the charm of its idyllic country setting.

  Central Park Nursing Home is committed to delivering a caring health care service, in a home from home environment that


Abbey Hotel an ideal venue to host all your pre-Christmas celebrations and events

If you have yet to book your annual Christmas Party night there are still places available for your ultimate party night out at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.

  All party night packages €39 and include hot punch on arrival for all guests, red/white wine with your four course meal, party hats, crackers and private function rooms are available for smaller parties upstairs.

  Their party night on the 15th December is almost full so they are urging party-goers to get their office or group party night bookings in to them as soon as possible.

  They have some amazing bands


ORourke delighted with response to book

Shane Reynolds 

Mary O’Rourke, the former Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail, and one of the country’s best-known politicians over recent decades, signed copies of her autobiography ‘Just Mary’ in Eason’s Bookshop, Roscommon, last Friday afternoon. The book has gone to the top of the Irish bestsellers’ list. 

  Speaking to the Roscommon People, Ms. O’Rourke said: 

  “I’m delighted with the way everyone has responded to the book and I didn’t expect it to be as successful as it has been. But that is down to the people throughout the country who have supported it and have come to my


Appletiser StyleFIX set to sparkle at Quayside, Sligo

For the third year running, Appletiser StyleFIX has taken to the roads to visit shopping centres right across the island of Ireland with a fabulous runway show and beauty stations which offer stylistas a fabulous one-stop fashion-fix as they shop.  Lightly sparkling, natural fruit juice Appletiser has once again teamed up with Ireland’s top shopping destinations and is bringing StyleFIX to Quayside Shopping Centre, Sligo on Saturday 10 November.

Audience members at the events will enjoy high-impact fashion shows throughout their shopping Saturday where models will showcase a whole host of hot-to-trot winter trends on the catwalk.  With a super


Time Pieces launches big Christmas Sale!

20% discounts at renowned shop

Time Pieces, Roscommon are hosting their massive Pre-Christmas Sale from Sunday 11th to Sunday 18th November inclusive. Customers of this much-loved outlet can avail of some very attractive discount offers as the countdown to Christmas begins. 

  As anyone who has ever had the pleasure of visiting Time  Pieces will know, this delightful shop – often referred to as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ – features a wonderful array of items, many of them unusual and unique, all of them eye-catching and appealing.

  Time Pieces currently have a wonderful selection of Christmas gifts in stock including


New Scrappage deal at Donnellan Co

Donnellan’s now open Sundays 1.30-5.30pm

Donnellan and Co., Roscommon, are running a new ‘coat and jacket’ scrappage deal which will knock your socks off! You can now get up to €100 off with their amazing new offer!

  Just bring in your old coat or casual jacket to Donnellan and Co., and they’ll give you between €50 and €100 off a new one, depending on how much you spend! You just can’t lose with this fantastic new scrappage deal at Donnellans!

  All trade-ins will be donated to local charities. 

  Donnellans and Co., Roscommon, is open 7 days a


Ben back on Roscommon stage

A play written by the writer of the hit TV programme ‘Pure Mule’ will be staged in Roscommon later this month. The play, called ‘Eden’, will star Roscommon town native Ben Mulhern and Hazel McGlynn, who is a first cousin of Fr. Ted star Pauline McGlynn (Mrs. Doyle). 

  The play, written by writer and former actor Eugene O’Brien, who was also responsible for co-writing RTE’s ‘Pure Mule’, will be staged over three nights on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Monday 19th November, and is an enthralling realistic portrayal of the breakdown between a married couple in rural Ireland.


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