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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.


Late Toy and Variety Show in aid of Strokestown Playground



If you are looking for fun, music, entertainment and lots of toys then the Late Toy and Variety Show which takes place in the Percy French Hotel in Strokestown on Saturday, 24th of November (8 pm) could be just the answer for the little people in your life.

  This novel event has been organised by the Strokestown Community Development Association with the community playground committee in a bid to raise funds for the ongoing upkeep and development of the playground in the town.

  Well-known comedian and actor Katherine Lynch, who hails from Mohill, will be a special guest on the night along with comedian Frank Forde and well-known local singer Miriam Gunn. Local children will also be involved with various toy reviews and there will be plenty of comedy, music, dancing and much more.

  The toys on display on the night will be from the newly-extended toy store in Dawn Till Dusk, Strokestown.

  Chairman of the Strokestown Community Development Association, Deputy Eugene Murphy encouraged as many people as possible to turn out on the night to support this very worthy event.   Deputy Murphy said that part two of the Strokestown playground project has now been finalised and is due to open shortly, “making it one of the finest playgrounds in the country”.

  He added: “Funds are needed to meet ongoing costs and upkeep so the Late Toy and Variety Show is a really novel idea to help raise funds for the playground and we urge as many children and families as possible to turn out on the night. There will be plenty of surprises and even some giveaways on the night”.

  Tickets are priced at €10 per adult while children will have free admission. Tickets available at Eurospar and the SCDA Office or contact committee member Mary Tully-Owens on 086-0809776.

‘The Haunted Soldier’ an incredible sculpture which is worth seeing!



An incredible sculpture of a weary WWI soldier has been in place for the past weeks at St. Stephen’s Green and up to Monday when it will return to Dorset, where it was crafted.

  ‘The Haunted Soldier’ was designed by Dorset artist and blacksmith Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam of Dorset Forge and Fabrication to commemorate the Armistice Day Centenary. A 6m high statue, it was created from bits of scrap metal, including horseshoes, spanners, car jacks and brake discs, etc. Sheet metal was used in the hands and face.

  ‘The Haunted Soldier’ depicts a weary and haunted-looking first World War soldier, so many of whom ‘returned’ as dead heroes.

  The exhibit can be seen in St Stephen’s Green until Sunday, November 25th. It’s well worth seeing.


Another brick in the wall





SEAMUS DUKE speaks to PAT COMPTON, Chairperson of Club Rossie, about the ambitious ‘Win a
House in Dublin’ project…


It’s one of the most innovative and ambitious fundraising ventures ever attempted by any organisation in the county. Roscommon County GAA Board are offering a €425,000 house in Dublin as the gala prize in a unique draw which will be held at the end of December.

  The house is located in the suburb of Ashtown and is close to all major amenities including the LUAS line and shopping and leisure facilities.

  Tickets in the draw are priced at €100 each and Club Rossie (the fundraising arm of Roscommon County GAA Board) have set a target of 15,000 ticket sales which, if reached, would raise over €1m.

  This extraordinary figure would be used to fund development work at Dr. Hyde Park and at the new Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Runnabracken.

  I recently met up with Pat Compton, the chairperson of Club Rossie, to find out a little more about this ambitious fundraiser and how it’s progressing.

  Pat began by telling me where the idea came from.

  “It was the brainchild of our treasurer, David O’Connor. David thought it would be a good idea to raffle a house and it took off from there. Ballymore Properties (Sean Mulryan) are the developers and they have put this house at our disposal. We have to pay for it, but it is coming at a reasonable cost and we are very grateful for Sean Mulryan’s support in this venture”.

  Pat continued: “The house is in a development at the old Phoenix Park Racecourse (the address is Royal Canal Park). It’s a three-bedroomed semi-detached house and it’s worth €425,000 at today’s market prices”.

    Pat next alluded to the ambitious target for the draw.

  “We hope to raise €1m (profit). We have a limit of 15,000 tickets…to date we have sold just less than 5,000 tickets and we are happy with the response so far.

  “We have been travelling around the various shopping centres in Dublin and we have been doing events like the Ideal Homes Exhibition. We have also been marketing the draw around the country and at matches. The draw is attracting a lot of interest in Dublin – for obvious reasons. The shortage of houses in the Capital makes this a very attractive draw. It’s a huge prize for just €100…the draw will be held on the 30th of December and we are determined to go ahead on that date”.

   Pat Compton then outlined where the funds raised from the draw will be spent. 

  “The profits will go towards development works at Dr. Hyde Park and also to the start of our Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Runnabracken. It’s for infrastructural developments that will be there for the next generation hopefully”.

   Club Rossie are also busy with other activities.

  “We are going ahead with our usual annual draw next year and we have several other ideas in the pipeline. I have to say there is an excellent committee there…working hard on behalf of Roscommon GAA. 

  “Our supporters in Dublin have been fantastic. They have been very supportive and I thank them for that. But Roscommon supporters all over the country have been great. I have to point out that our biggest sales area to date has been within County Roscommon, which is slightly ahead of those in Dublin, so we have received great support here in Roscommon too”.

  Club Rossie will also be looking for support from the worldwide Roscommon family.  

  Pat: “We will be seeking assistance from all our diaspora around the world as well as from throughout the country. We have to raise enough funds to show our sponsors and supporters that we are serious about what we are doing and we are going to work hard to ensure that this draw is a success”.

* See www.winahouseindublin.com for more details





Arts Centre hosts an evening with Johnny McEvoy



Join singer-songwriter Johnny McEvoy, pictured left, for an intimate evening of music at Roscommon Arts Centre this Friday (9th) at 8 pm. Johnny has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent shows and his current nationwide concert tour is getting a huge response from his legion of fans.

  This nostalgic evening of ‘Song and Story’ features all of Johnny’s many hit songs, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar, Those Brown  Eyes and Long Long Before Your Time – and will also feature some songs from his new album.  Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer-songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented, with many in the folk and ballad style. His concert performance is second to none with his songs beautifully delivered in truly artistic fashion and storytelling of the finest order. 

  This is a concert not to be missed and tickets are on sale now from Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824 and from www.roscommonartscentre.ie.



Art exhibition and sale in aid of Hospice



An Exhibition and Sale of paintings by Lily Walshe, Elphin, will be held in Roscommon School of Art, Antogher Road, Roscommon, on Friday, 16th of November (7-9 pm) in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and Palliative Care.

  The local Palliative Care team helped Lily and the Walshe family during her husband Marty’s final weeks in 2005.

  Lily took up painting as a hobby in 2009, following her retirement from Primary school teaching. She was introduced to Stephanie Cuddy Cullen in August 2011, and has enjoyed weekly classes at Stephanie’s School of Art in Antogher Road since then.

  Lily has held three exhibitions in the past five years and has given the proceeds to Hospice, in gratitude for the care and kindness shown to her late husband and family. Many families have similar stories to relate. On the 16th of November you have another chance to say thanks – by supporting this event. All are welcome. (For more information, call 087-1256167).


People Platform - November 9th


Playtime…another motoring game?

In last week’s Roscommon People, in a humorous reflection on traffic gridlock in Roscommon town, Paul Healy wrote about ‘a new game’ for local motorists which he called ‘How do we get our car home/anywhere?’

  It prompted this reply from Raymond Whelehan of Galway Road, Roscommon:


Dear Editor,

I have another motoring game we can play, it is called ‘Try to get out of town at night’.

  I will leave it to the relevant people who seem available to play during the day but not at night – when demand is there – to maybe reply in your next issue with some ideas.

Yours faithfully,

Raymond Whelehan


Looking for brother with Rossie connections


Katrina Coombs, who lives in the UK, has recently been in touch through the Roscommon People Facebook page seeking assistance in contacting her brother whom she believes may have connections to County Roscommon.

  Katrina believes her brother would be about 40 years of age and that his mother was originally from the county.

  She told the Roscommon People that her brother had previously attempted to contact their father (Michael) in 1993 and it is only recently that she learned of his existence…


‘Hi, I understand you are the local paper for Roscommon. I was wondering if you would be able to help me find my half-brother whose mother lived in Roscommon.

  ‘I don’t really have much information to go by. Her name is Geraldine (unfortunately I don’t have a surname) and she lived in Co. Roscommon. She has a son called Peter who is my half-brother and should be 39 or 40-years-old. He was born in 1979/80. I know she used to work in a pub called ‘Barney’s’ which was closed down 20-25 years ago. I think the pub was in Dublin.

  ‘I would love to get in contact with Peter and so too would my other brother Alex, who is anxious to meet him. If anyone could help in any way I would be truly grateful!’

  * If anyone has any information
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An Appreciation: the late Damien Carty

I was saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden death of my good friend Mr. Damien Carty, which took place on Thursday, September 20th 2018 at Castlerea Community School. A native of Carramore, Bullaun, Loughrea, Co. Galway, he came to teach in Castlerea Community School in 2004. He established himself as a proficient teacher of business studies, mathematics, ICT, but especially in the PLC department, a department that he managed successfully to the very end. He was well respected by his students, fellow teachers, and the principals, vice principals and various staff over the years. Indeed only a few hours earlier I was speaking to him in the staff room where he was putting in motion the training of the school’s Boys’ Junior Football team that he was to manage this year.

  He was a keen sportsman and got involved with football in the school in 2009 when he took over the first year team. This was a talented bunch of players and he managed them in every grade up to senior. He took great pride in managing teams for the school and always had their best interests at heart and they in turn had great respect for him – and while he did not have that much ultimate success with his teams, he always said that taking part was important.

  The first year team of 2009/2010 were beaten in the Connacht Colleges Division C League Final by Foxford and in the Division C Championship Final by Glenamaddy. The second year team of 2010/2011 were beaten by Foxford in the Connacht Colleges Division C League and Championship finals.

  The juvenile team of 2011/2012 were beaten by Ballinamore in the Connacht Colleges Division C Championship Final and in the league semi-final by Gorthnorabbey.

  The junior team of 2012/2013 brought him great joy when they beat Ballinrobe in the Connacht Colleges Division C Championship Final. The senior team of 2013/2014 were beaten by Rice College, Westport in the Connacht Colleges Division B semi-final and by St. Aloysius, Athlone in the Connacht Colleges Division B League semi-final and the Roscommon Colleges County semi-final. In 2014/2015, he took the senior team for a second year; they were beaten by Roscommon CBS in the Connacht Colleges B Championship and the semi-final of the Roscommon Colleges County Championship.

  In 2015/2016, it was back to where he started; the first year team were beaten in league and championship. He took the first year team again in 2016/2017. As there was no competition in Connacht, they took part in the Blitz’ – Mick Tarmey and Liam Campbell competitions.

  Junior team in 2017/2018: As a result of Damien’s passing this team will now be managed by his work colleagues Mr James Reidy and Mr Paul Gooney and no doubt he’ll be looking down on them, making sure they make the right calls.

  I was involved with him during all of those nine years and I have to say that it was a pleasure to work with him. He was a perfect gentleman. He was also very witty, and I will miss the lunchtime chats in the staff room, as will his work colleagues.

  He was a great supporter of the Galway hurling team and was very proud when they won the All-Ireland in 2017, but was disappointed when they lost this year’s final. He was also very proud of his club, Sarsfields. Only on the day before his passing, he was telling me how well they were doing in the championship and how well his neighbours – the Cooneys – were playing. He would always mention them whenever hurling was discussed.

  He will be sadly missed, especially by his mother Claire, brothers Gerry, Ronan and Ciaran, sisters Marie and Anne, sisters-in-law Niamh and Linda, nephews Brian, Marc and David, niece Sarah, uncle Fr. John Naughton, aunts and all extended family and friends, as well as all at Castlerea Community School, to whom I extend my deepest sympathy. 

  Farewell Damien. Thanks for your friendship,  until we meet again some sunny day – and who knows, we might get to manage a first or second year team.

  May he rest in peace.

  – Danny Burke


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