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Win €1,000 with Ros FM!



Local community radio station Ros FM announced a new fundraiser earlier this week which will see the winner claiming €1,000.

  To be in with a chance of winning the cash contestants will be asked to guess how many balls are in the back of the Lynch Flooring VW Beetle.

  Guesses cost €2 each or €5 for three guesses and the Beetle will be at different locations throughout Roscommon town and surrounds in the coming days.

  Ros FM broadcasts Monday to Friday from 11 am to 7 pm on 94.6FM.


‘Who do you think he is?’



Genealogy and Local History Conference on August 24th


Roscommon Town Team will host a Genealogy and Local History Conference and ‘Who Do You Think He Is?’ on Saturday, August 24th in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon town with registration from 9.30 am.

  There will be talks and presentations throughout the day including ‘Researching Living Relatives’ with Mary Leyden; Your Town History with Marian Harlow; Sources for Genealogy and Local History with Eilish Feeley; Graveyards – A Source for Local and Family History with Mary Timoney, and much, much more.

  The conference will also feature a very special ‘Who Do You Think He Is?’ at 8 pm which will result in a well-known local personality discover more about their roots!

  ‘Who Do You Think He Is?’ will begin with a short presentation by Eilish Feeley and Mary Leyden on their experiences using DNA in Genealogy and Family History research.

  Following on from the presentation, a local mystery man will discover the story behind his family history while building his family tree. As part of this light-hearted look at the scholarly topic of genealogical and family history research, the organisers have conducted ancestral DNA profiling of this local personality. Is our man a true Rossie? Find out on Saturday, August 24th!

  Admission for this event, which is supported by Creative Ireland, is €5 and booking is available through the Roscommon Tourist Office at 090-6625613, Eilish Feeley on 087-2940544 and Mary Leyden on 087-6335511.


Omniplex to invest €2.5m in Roscommon cinema



Omniplex Cinemas officially reopened the cinema at Centre Point Retail Park, Roscommon town last Friday (9th). The company announced its plans to secure the long-term future of the cinema with a €2.5m investment last Thursday, just days after C&L Plex announced it would close its doors permanently.

  Mark Anderson, Director of Omniplex Cinemas said: “Roscommon deserves a quality Multiplex, so we have decided to step in to re-open the former ‘C&L Plex’ cinema and offer employment to former C&L Plex staff members”.

  There are plans to renovate and expand the cinema which officially reopened under the Omniplex Cinema brand last Friday.

  Mark Anderson added: “As we continue to expand cinemas into large and medium-sized towns around Ireland, the demand for cinema grows. For the last five years in a row, Ireland has had the highest cinema-going population in Europe and admissions are still growing”.

  Omniplex’s involvement in Roscommon is part of the cinema group’s major expansion plans in the Republic of Ireland – including a 10-screen D’Luxx Cinema in Salthill, Galway as well as plans for new cinemas in Ballinasloe, Killarney, Longford and Shannon. Omniplex also recently announced plans for a 5-screen cinema in Mullingar.

  The company confirmed this week that cinema listings and online booking would soon be available for the Roscommon cinema at www.omniplex.ie.



Wild Rovers to perform at PJ’s of Castlecoote  


PJ’s of Castlecoote will host one of its famed live music sessions this Saturday night (17th), welcoming Abbeyleix group Wild Rovers AKA Drops of Green from 9.30 pm.

  The Laois ballad/folk group have appeared at a wide range of folk festivals having burst onto the scene at the ploughing championships in 2017.

  Come along and enjoy what promises to be another wonderful evening of music in the picturesque surrounds of PJ’s of Castlecoote this Saturday night! Find us on Facebook for updates on upcoming performances.

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.

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