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It’s Londis Family Day at Roscommon Races next Monday


Racing returns to Roscommon on Monday, August 19th for an all flat card, with the first of seven races due off at 5.20 pm.
  This is Londis Family Day and it is the second year that the Londis shops in Roscommon town are kindly sponsoring what promises to be a great night for all the family.
  There is lots of free entertainment for the children, such as Pirate Boat Train, Tea Cup Ride, face-painting and the Disco Dome. Once again, children under 16 have free admission. This is the last chance for the children to go racing at Roscommon before they return to school and Ireland’s leading jockeys and trainers will be in attendance.
  Roscommon Races receive great support from the local business community and sponsors next week include Murray Ambulance, Eurona Brisknet, Londis Roscommon, Hydrotech Water Treatment Ltd., the Cleary family, Foran Equine and the EBF.
  Gerry Gill Motors kindly sponsors the prize for the hard-working grooms for the best turned out horse in each race.

  There will be music in the main bar after the second last race with Billy Garvin.
  As always, Roscommon Racecourse offers value to customers and there is a special voucher for €35 available, which includes admission, race card, two-course meal and a €10 betting voucher. Discounts are also available for group bookings.

  Check out Roscommon Racecourse on Facebook or visit www.roscommonracecourse 
for updates.


€21,675 funding for County Library projects



Two projects in Ballaghaderreen will benefit from funding of €21,675 following an announcment from the Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, Sean Canney. The funding is part of €650,000 which will aim to provide library supports to communities and individuals at risk of being socially excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged.

  The two Roscommon projects will be rolled out in partnership with the GRETB, Tusla and Foroige.

  Announcing the funding, Minister Canney said: “Our public library system has an important role to play in delivering additional educational services to comply with our Sustainable Development Goals. I am delighted to approve this funding which will help meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities and facilitate inclusion and participation by all”.

  Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring also commented on the announcement.

  “I am delighted that this funding has been allocated to libraries across the country. Everyone should feel that the library is a space for them. This funding will help reach out to communities who may not have previously engaged with the service,” he said.

  The funding will provide access to educational, lifelong learning, social inclusion, and community participation supports available through the public library service. It will also support digital literacy, digital access and digital capacity for disadvantaged and marginalised communities, and provide literacy supports in tandem with the national Right-to-Read Programme.


Working Artists Roscommon exhibit opens on Friday



Working Artists Roscommon (WAR) have announced details of their exhibition, which opens this Friday (9th) and runs until October 4th in the new gallery space in Roscommon Arts Centre as part of the 8degrees West celebration.

  Working Artists Roscommon are a group of six visual artists, namely Frances Crowe, Joseph Cunniffe, Honor Fitzgerald, Dympna Molloy, Noel Molloy and Anne Rigney, who have been together since 1990 in diverse media including painting, mixed media, collage, ceramics, wood sculpture, found objects, stone, bronze, fibre art, and performance. Their aim was to create a greater awareness of contemporary art in Roscommon and to help each other feel less isolated as artists living in rural Ireland. They also wished to create spaces for their work to be exhibited and find studio space in which to work. 

  WAR were instrumental in receiving initial funding from the Arts Council which was used to establish Roscommon Arts Centre. This exhibition in the new Gallery space is in a sense, a dream come true for the members of WAR. 

  Since their formation twenty-nine years ago, WAR have exhibited both nationally and internationally including in Germany, Poland, Scotland, USA, Canada and China, within their own individual practises and as a group.

  The exhibition will be officially opened by Mr. Maurice Buckley, Executive Chairman of the Office of Public Works. Maurice’s connection with Roscommon and Working Artists goes back to the 1990s. He has been a staunch supporter of the arts in Roscommon.

  The exhibition will be an eclectic mix of paintings, oil, acrylic, water colours by Honor Fitzgerald and Anne Rigney; a series of wall and free standing works of found object by Noel Molloy; Wood sculpture by Joe Cunniffe, bronze sculpture and installation by Dympna Molloy and a series of wall and free standing fibre work installations by Frances Crowe.

  Noel Molloy will also create two performance pieces titled ‘Going Home’ on Friday, August 16th at 4 pm and ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ on Friday, September 20th at 4 pm (Culture Night). All events are free.

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Coming soon: ‘Gentle on My Mind – The Glen Campbell Story’



From the promotions company that brought you the highly acclaimed Carpenters Story starring Kim Dickinson, and such well-known country acts as The Three Amigos, J&C Promotions is proud to present ‘Gentle on My Mind – The Glen Campbell Story’, starring master guitarist and well-known country music personality, Ciarán Rosney with his five-piece band, featuring such popular musicians as Billy Burgoyne (ex-Daniel 0’Donnell) and fiddle player extraordinaire Denise Boyle.

  The show will take you on a truly amazing journey featuring some of Glen Campbell’s best-known hits, from Rhinestone Cowboy to Wichita Lineman, and, unique to this show will be Ciaran’s unrivalled interpretation of Glen’s guitar-playing prowess.

  The show will also include state-of-the-art video projection with tasteful lighting and a full live music experience.

  See ‘Gentle on My Mind – The Glen Campbell Story’ in the Backstage Theatre, Longford on Thursday, 19th of September (call 043-3347888); Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo on Friday, 27th of September (www.hawkswell.com/call 071-9161518); and Roscommon Arts Centre on Thursday, 3rd of October (www.roscommonartscentre.ie/call 090-662582).

* Also a number of other venues nationwide.



Golden memories at the Silver Eel




Thursday, July 4th, Independence Day USA, was one of the biggest holidays in that country. It is celebrated in many ways, with Manhattan becoming a ghost city on that day as most residents flee to the beach, parks, country locations and to the far reaches of Long Island. Outdoor barbecues are high on the agenda, where the simple food – even the old American hot dog – tastes a dozen times better alfresco.

  However, this great holiday is also celebrated on this side of the Atlantic – though admittedly on a more modest scale. So it was the perfect day for 52 patrons and staff from the Elphin Cay Care Centre to set off to our favourite restaurant, the lovely Silver Eel, just twenty minutes up the road.

  Upon our arrival, the delightful Jackie, our host, was there to greet us and get us all settled in the vast lounge. Drinks, tea and coffee were all served promptly by the catering staff. In minutes, all and sundry were in a celebratory mood and enjoying the glorious beauty of the marina just metres away, and the view of the flotilla of boats and yachts of all sizes moored at the dock.

  Then we were escorted to the delightful, decorated dining room for an excellent luncheon. The menu was generous with four entrées and an equal number of mouth-watering desserts, red and white wine, soft drinks, etc. The din of banter, laughter, and funny stories ensued throughout the meal, and the empty plates at the end were a sure indicator of the quality of the food.

  We were then invited by our gracious manager Catherine McGrath to return to the lounge as the music had just started – provided by local band ‘The Featherheads’. In minutes, the dance floor was filled with patrons. All danced to various tempos, and later a huge raffle took place with delightful prizes – and very few went home empty-handed.

  It was a most entertaining day, so well planned, organised and executed by the staff of the Silver Eel, Day Care Centre and the most competent drivers of the buses. Well done all.



Lakes and Legends Festival promises great family fun!




The annual Ballaghaderreen Lakes and Legends Festival will take place from Friday, August 16th to Sunday, August 18th this year and will see the iconic Midnight Club reopening for one weekend only!

  This year’s festival will kick off with an ‘80s Disco in the Midnight Club on Friday night from 10.30 pm. This promises to be a night full of nostalgia; if you’re too young to remember the Friday night discos of years ago, prepare to be amazed!

  Michael English and his band will be in Ballaghaderreen on Saturday, August 17th with special guest, Carrie Loftus. This event is in association with Ballaghaderreen Boxing Club and there will be a late bar on the night. Doors open at 9 pm and entry is just €15. An after-show country disco will follow the live music.

  Family Fun Day takes place on Sunday, August 18th with a whole host of events for the whole family to enjoy including the inaugural Ballagh Ball Race from 3 pm and a wonderful Dog Show from 3.30 pm.

  There will also be a local walking tour taking place from 12 pm to 2 pm on Sunday. The walk will take in the Bockagh Hill Loop which is 4.5km. Meet at The Square at 11.30 am.

  This year’s Lakes and Legends Festival will come to a close on Sunday evening at the Family Dance with live music from Chris Dallat from 7 pm to 9 pm. Admission is €8 per person or €15 for two people and U-16s go free. There will also be a raffle on the night.

  There will be a carnival atmosphere in Ballaghaderreen throughout the weekend of August 16th to 18th and the Lakes and Legends Festival is one event you don’t want to miss!

  For further information, call 094-9862565, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or check out Ballaghaderreen Lakes and Legends on Facebook.

Judging for Pride of Place 2019 to begin



Roscommon County Council have nominated three community groups to the Pride of Place Competition 2019, namely: Athleague Tidy Towns (Category 1: Population 0-300), Lisacul Community Development Company (Category 2: Population 300-1,000), and Boyle Town Team (Category 4: Population 2,000-5,000).

  Judging for the 2019 Competition will take place on Tuesday, 13th of August 2019 and Wednesday, 14th of August 2019. The Pride of Place judges will conduct a site visit to each community group during which time they will meet with community representatives. The visit will consist of a formal presentation by representatives of the local community highlighting their achievements and the reasons why they deserve a Pride of Place Award. The format of the rest of the visit is up to each individual community but usually includes a short tour of the local area highlighting some locations of specific interest.   

  Roscommon County Council would like to wish each of the entrants the best of luck in the upcoming judging and would also like to invite members of the community to come along on the day of judging to show their support to this very worthwhile community initiative. 


  For more information on the competition, please contact Claudette Collins, Pride of Place Liaison Officer at 090-6637205, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Festival Dance with Michael English



Michael English will be the star attraction at this year’s Ballaghaderreen Lakes and Legends Festival Dance. Michael and his band will be performing on Saturday, August 17th in association with Ballaghaderreen Boxing Club.

  The country music star will be supported by the wonderful Carrie Loftus for what promises to be a fantastic night of dancing with an After-Show Country Disco to follow the live music.

  Doors open at 9 pm and admission is €15 with a late bar on the night.


Family Fun Day on Sunday 





Sunday, August 18th is Family Fun Day at the Ballaghaderreen Lakes and Legends Festival with a variety of fantastic events and plenty of entertainment taking place from 1.30 pm to 4 pm.

  A Children’s Fancy Dress Competition will get the fun underway at 1.30 pm and this will be followed by the Children’s Treasure Hunt from 2.15 pm.

  The first ever Ballagh Ball Race (sponsored by Lynch Roofing) will begin at 3 pm. This is a downhill ball race and balls can be purchased from local businesses. There are huge cash prizes to be won for the first ball over the line!

  The Midnight Club will play host to a fantastic Dog Show at 3.30 pm and there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day including face-painting, bubble tricks, stilt walking, a visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, hair braiding and Kilmovee Shires, Ned and Ted.

  Don’t forget to bring you dancing shoes for Sunday night’s Family Dance from 7 pm to 9 pm, featuring entertainment from Chris Dallat. Admission is €8 per person or €15 per two people, with U-16s going free. There will also be a raffle on the night.


Friday ‘80s night in The Midnight Club – The way it was!


On Friday, August 16th, The Midnight Club in Ballaghaderreen will host an exact replica of a 1980s disco!

  For teenagers of the ‘80s it could be any hall in any town in Ireland. The classic teen discos of the ‘80s were generally the same wherever you went, boys on one side, the girls on the other, the long walk across the floor to ask ‘Will you dance?’ The heartbreaking response: ‘No thanks!’ followed by the even longer walk back! These very memories are still enough 30 years later to bring back those nervous butterflies to many.

  For one night only you can go back in time on opening night of the Lakes and Legends Festival in Ballaghaderreen. Everything will be as it was, with classic tracks from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The 16th of August also happens to be the anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, so no doubt a few numbers from ‘The King’ will also get a spin!

  Dig out your ‘80s gear as some long-retired DJs return to the booth for what promises to be an unforgettable night of nostalgia. There will be a fully licensed bar and admission is just €5. Doors open at 10.30 pm.

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