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Fundraising Cycle from London to Ballaghaderreen



Preparations are continuing for next week’s cycle from London to Ballaghaderreen which the organisers and participants hope will raise up to €100,000 in aid of diseases that affect the brain.

  The group will cycle roughly 550 km to generate funds for treatment of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). This cycle is in memory of Ballaghaderreen man Frank Kelly (RIP).

  Cyclists will leave the Claddagh Ring pub in London on Monday, September 30th and cycle to Liverpool over three days.

  They will then get the ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. On Friday, October 4th an official reception at Croke Park will be held, where more cyclists will join the group.

  The team will set off for Athlone and on to Roscommon town. They will then cycle through Ballymoe and Castlerea, heading for their final destination, Ballaghaderreen. The finish line is Ballaghaderreen GAA clubhouse and pitch, which was Frank Kelly’s hallowed ground.  

  There are ongoing fundraisers in many parishes between now and October 5th.



Ros Na nÓg Children’s Book Festival




It’s that time of year again and Ros Na nÓg, Children’s Book Festival is back and we have an impressive line up scheduled for Roscommon County Library Service for the Month of October.  Our six branches will be hosting events to suit all age groups, and we hope this will be one of our best years ever!!

This festival has been running for several years now and it will continue to be a central focus for library services for children for years to come.

In October 2019, children will again have the opportunity to meet some of their favourite authors and take part in fun events for the whole family.

The annual Children’s Book Festival helps spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families, authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians all over Ireland.

We have over 30 events organised throughout the County so please visit your local branch library or check our website at www.roscommoncoco.ie.  See details listed below.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include performances and workshops by the following writers, illustrators and storytellers:

            Niall de Burca

            Wayne O’Connor

            Colm Keegan

            Derek Mulveen

            Graham Tugwell

            E.R Murray and Alan Early

            Gem Puppets with Carmel Balfe

            Stories and Singing with Dee-Dee

            Award winning Author and Performer Graham Tugwell will be performing in all of our Libraries with his interactive storytelling of magic and adventure where the kids become the heroes of their own tales in his show entitled “Greetings Heroes”.

Noted authors in their own right Alan Early and ER Murray have teamed up together for their workshops called “The Unusual Suspects” as they put each other under the spotlight for some rigorous interrogation about their writing techniques and routines!  Learn where ideas come from, see where authors write and learn about what writing novels entails on a day to day basis.  They’ll also read from their novels and give you plenty of opportunity to ask your most burning questions about what it’s like to write books for a living.

Of particular interest this year are workshops for Teenagers.  The first of which is:

The ELMINOPY Poetry Workshop by Colm Keegan. Colm is a writer from Dublin who has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writers Award for both Poetry and Fiction.

Galway native Author and Illustrator Derek Mulveen will host workshops in every Library around the county for Teenagers which will focus on building confidence in reading and writing.

Master Storyteller Niall de Búrca, who is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers will be performing in both Boyle and Roscommon libraries.  He is a particular favourite on both national and international platforms due to the diversity of his tales and talent.

Niall de Búrca will be back in action again at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on October 3rd for the Summer Stars Awards Ceremony. This event is for all the Children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge and it is where they will be presented with their medals.  Over 1000 Children throughout the County took part in this challenge and all of these children will receive their invitation prior to this event, stating at which time slot they have been asked to attend.

There has never been a better time to check in with your local library, where thanks to the new all-Ireland access library membership card, you can access books, DVDs and audios in any of the 330 branch libraries throughout the Country.  Library membership is free of charge for everyone as are all our events.   For a full overview of the services and facilities that we have available, call in to your local library where our dedicated staff are on hand to assist you.

County Librarian Sandra Turner would like to thank the staff, teachers and parents for their continued support of the Ros Na nÓg Festival.  Ros Na nÓg is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government Five-Year Initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.  Further information is available from www.creative.ireland.ie  and www.ireland.ie


‘Come for the racing stay for the craic’




The Roscommon Racecourse will stage its final meeting of the year on Monday next, September 30th, with the first race due off at 2.05 pm. The feature race is the €55,000 Grade 3 Ballymore Properties Irish EBF Novice Steeplechase.

  Bearing in mind that 10 inches of rain fell on the track during the month of August, the racecourse is in great shape. Now is the time that some of the winter horses start to reappear after a summer break and some very good horses are expected to line up next week.

  Apart from Ballymore Properties, sponsors on Monday include Service Matters, Roscommon On-Course Vets and the EBF. The best-turned out prize is kindly sponsored by Keen Print, Golf Links Road, Roscommon.

  Racecourse Manager, Michael Finneran, would like to thank all sponsors, many of whom have had a  very long association with the racecourse. A number of new sponsors have also come on board.       

  Those involved with the racecourse say they have received terrific feedback regarding the redevelopment of the old weigh room and in due course they will look at upgrading more facilities at Roscommon Racecourse.

  It’s been a great season of racing at Roscommon. On Monday, there will be music in the main bar after the second last race with Henry & The Usual Suspects.

  There is a competition in the racecard for a free bet. Admission for adults is €15, with OAPs/students admitted for €10.

  The Ros Special for €35 consists of admission, a race card, a two-course meal and a €10 betting voucher. For further enquiries email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 087-2203288. Log on to www.roscommonracecourse.ie for updates or follow on Facebook for more information.

‘80s and ‘90s Video Disco in aid of charities




A charity fundraiser with a difference will be held in Roscommon town during the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

  Nancy’s Nightclub on Castle Street will host a ‘Sensational Halloween ‘80s and ‘90s Video Disco’ on Friday, October 25th. Patrons will be able to relive that golden era – enjoying all the big hits from yesteryear and seeing the stars from the ‘80s and ‘90s on the big screens.

  This event is being held to raise funds for Roscommon Palliative Care and also for breast cancer research.

  Doors open at 10 pm and there will be a late bar on the night. The ‘Video Jockeys’ (VJs) are Brendan Nugent and Seamus Duke.  

  Tickets are €10 and are available in various outets throughout Roscommon town and/or at the door on the night. 

  Come along and support a worthy cause – and have a great night out as well. It promises to be the event of the year!

  For further details, contact 086-8335380.



Roscommon footballer to feature on TG4 Series



Chris Dineen is set to feature on TG4’s GAA series ‘Underdogs’ which airs tonight (Thursday) at 9.30 pm.

  The Castlerea St. Kevin’s club man is the youngest of eight siblings with two of his brothers, Nigel and Cathal, having represented Roscommon at senior level.

  Chris himself played on the Roscommon U-21 team that reached the All-Ireland final against Dublin in 2012.

  The Castlerea St. Kevin’s man now wants to reach his full potential with the ‘Underdogs’ and prove that he is good enough to play with the Roscommon senior team.

  Those who are successful in making the Underdogs panel will be able to play against the Mayo senior football team as part of the TV series.

Animal Farm comes to the Backstage Theatre!



The members of Backstage Youth Theatre in Longford have been given the opportunity to work with a professional director.

  This year the members are lucky enough to work with Director and Performer Andy Crook who will direct them in a new production of ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.

  This terrifying fairy story will tell the tale of social and political change and its repercussions through vivid physical theatre and cabaret performance in this new adaptation of ‘Animal Farm’.

  ‘Animal Farm’ comes to Backstage Theatre on Friday, September 27th & Saturday, September 28th, with a special performance for school groups on Thursday, September 26th. For more information contact 043-3347888 or visit www.backstage.ie.

Kenny stars in ‘Crowman’ tonight



One of Ireland’s most renowned actors will perform this evening (Thursday) in Roscommon Arts Centre.

  Jon Kenny is best known as one half of the legendary D’Unbelievables. In more recent times, he has appeared alongside actress Mary McEvoy in John B. Keane’s ‘The Matchmaker’, but his latest show ‘Crowman’ shows Kenny in a very different light.

  ‘Crowman’ tells the story of a lonely bachelor named Dan. He is a crow-hating man who noisily tries to shoo the blighted birds away and he is a master of distraction who measures out his life by the number of funerals he attends every week.  

  When Dan hears about the passing of a dear friend on the radio, his world is shattered as he is forced to look back on his own troubled youth and face up to his demons.

  In the play, Jon plays multiple characters with amazing ability as his real talent as a straight actor comes to the fore.

  The play, which is currently on a national tour, has received rave reviews from critics and Jon brings this show to Roscommon Arts Centre for one night only.

  ‘Crowman’ takes place tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Call 090-6625824 or book online at: roscommonartscentre.ie.

Roscommon Drama Festival AGM




The AGM of the Roscommon Drama Festival Committee was held in Gleeson’s Townhouse, Roscommon on Tuesday, September 10th.

  The following officers were elected – Chairperson: Mary Finn; Treasurer: Caroline Egan; Secretary: Mairead Nally; PRO: Jimmy Hoban.

  Great satisfaction was expressed with the tremendous success of the festival in 2019 with the committee eagerly looking forward to the 2020 event, which will take place from March 6th to 14th inclusive.

Primetime Emmy award for Chris!



Actor Chris O’Dowd picked up a prestigious award last Sunday evening in the US. The Boyle, Co. Roscommon native won a Primetime Emmy award, which recognises excellence in television programming.

  O’Dowd received the accolade in the Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama category for his role in the television series ‘State of the Union’.

  This is not the first time Chris has tasted Emmy success as his comedy series ‘Moone Boy’ won an International Emmy Award in 2013.

  Senator Frank Feighan has hailed fellow Boyle man Chris O’Dowd’s latest success. 

  “I want to extend my hearty congratulations to Chris. This is an amazing achievement”.

  Senator Feighan believes that the actor is a great ambassador for Roscommon and his native Boyle.

  “Despite his huge success, Chris has never forgotten his roots and is always keen to promote Boyle, Roscommon and Ireland at every opportunity. I wish him continued success”.


See you at Ballyforan Fair…



All roads lead to Ballyforan this weekend for the annual Fair & Festival which takes place over Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd, with a whole host of attractions and €6,000 in prize money up for grabs.

  This year’s fair and festival will kick off with the Horse and Sheep Fair at 10 am on Saturday 21st. 

  Sunday will see plenty of fun for all the family with live music and an auction on The Green and much more!


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