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€213,000 for Kilmurray Hall




Over €213,000 is to be provided under the LEADER Programme to support the redevelopment of Kilmurray Community Hall.

  Welcoming the news, Senator Hopkins stated: “This funding approval by Roscommon LEADER Partnership is great news for the entire community.

  “It will allow for extensive renovations of the hall including structural works, new windows, new floors, rewiring, an upgraded fire alarm system as well as other ancillary works”.


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Cllr. Naughten welcomes work to improve derelict Parkway site




 Cllr. John Naughten has welcomed the start of a clean-up project on a derelict site in Monksland, Athlone.

  “The work being funded by Roscommon County Council to clean up a derelict site in Monksland, which is known locally as the Parkway site, is extremely welcome,” stated Cllr. Naughten.

  Cllr. Naughten said that he has been raising the condition of this site from a health and safety point of view with Roscommon County Council on an ongoing basis, with the support of his Council colleagues.

  “The residents in the area were very concerned that a serious incident would occur at this location due to the fact that the site was unsecured and a number of derelict portacabins, which were in a dangerous condition, remained on site at the location. I am delighted that work is now underway to improve this location”.

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News…at a glance - July 12th



Mass for Liam Gilmartin in Knockcroghery

St. Dominic’s GAA Club will hold a special mass in memory of the late Liam Gilmartin and all the members of Roscommon’s 1943 and 1944 All-Ireland winning team in Knockcroghery Parish Church this Saturday (13th) at 11 am. All are welcome to attend.


Almost €10k raised for Hospice!

The total amount raised in Roscommon following the recent National Sunflower Day for Hospice was €9,922.44. Your generous support is most appreciated. All funds raised will go to supporting local Hospice palliative care services and the construction of the new Roscommon Hospice building.


Clean-up at Kilcroan Cemetery

The next clean-up of Kilcroan Cemetery will take place this Sunday (14th). The rota is as follows: Rosaleen Timothy, Bernadette Griffin, Carmel Waldron, Mary Collins, Marian Keegan, Caroline Hegarty, Assumpta Ward, Kathleen Finneran, Chris Tiernan, Michael Lyons, Paddy Joe Fahy, John Morgan, Tommy Connaughton, Philip Gunning, Tom Waldron. Shane Conneely, Seàn O’Brien, Howard Simpson, Brendan Keegan and Gabriel Dolan.

‘Hot to Trot’ charity pony drive

The annual ‘Hot to Trot’ pony drive will take place on Sunday, August 4th in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). The ponies are leaving from Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon at 3 pm sharp. Join them afterwards at Farrell’s Lounge in Frenchpark for traditional music, a raffle and light refreshments. For more information contact Marian Callaghan Coyne on 086-8688302.


Walk/run fundraiser in Taughmaconnell

The Taughmaconnell Special Needs Association is holding its annual 5km and 8.5km walk/run this Saturday (13th) at 4 pm from Killeen Pub, Togher, Taughmaconnell with registration commencing at 3.15 pm. Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle on the day. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Comhaltas session in Doorly’s Pub

The Roscommon town branch of Comhaltas will hold its next monthly session in Doorly’s Pub, Roscommon town this Sunday evening from 6 pm until about 8.30 pm. All are welcome. 


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Exciting expansion plans at Dalton’s of Fuerty





Now under management of Dolan family





It’s one of the region’s best-known bars – a quaint, character-filled landmark premises in a glorious, idyllic setting – and now it’s facing into an exciting new era. Dalton’s Public House in Fuerty is under new management, having been recently purchased by Joe Dolan, a developer with strong Roscommon roots. The Dolan family – Joe’s brother Brendan, who lives in Ballyforan, is partnering on the project – have announced exciting expansion plans, involving the construction of a major new lounge and ten guest bedrooms. In partnership with them is their nephew, Damien (London). The project, which will create employment during and after the construction phase, is expected to be completed during 2020.

  I’m sitting in Dalton’s Pub in Fuerty on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, chatting with the renowned bar’s new owner, Joe Dolan. An affable and experienced businessman, Joe, Brendan and Damien purchased the pub from the Gately family in May of this year. They are already up and running, business is great, and the Dolan family have been overwhelmed by the friendliness, welcoming nature and support of local people.

  Joe Dolan has been a London-based businessman for many years, but his family are embedded in the community here in Roscommon. Born in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Joe was a small boy when his family moved to Knockvicar in Co. Roscommon, and later to Roscommon Town. He is son of Kathleen and the late Dan Dolan. Kathleen still lives in Roscommon, while Joe has four siblings living in County Roscommon (and a sister in London).

  The bar we are sitting in on this peaceful, warm afternoon is one of the best known in the area. It was made famous by previous proprietors Ann and Don Dalton, the latter now deceased. In more recent years it was purchased by the Gately family and continued to be a popular venue. The pub has always had that special character one associates with traditional Irish bars. And the new owners, their expansion plans notwithstanding, have no intention of changing that delightful character that people associate with this cosy premises.

  Joe Dolan moved to London at 17 years of age, initially working in bars, later moving on to managing and finally owning a number of London pubs. Now aged 45, he says he “fell out of love with London” over the past year or so. The city was changing, crime seemed to be on the increase, and Joe just felt the time had come for him to base himself in a more rural location. “I felt I needed to be part of a community” he reflects. Initially he looked at purchasing a pub in rural England, before fate intervened and he googled ‘rural Ireland pubs’. Dalton’s in Fuerty presented itself. Joe was immediately interested. He contacted his brother (Brendan) and they set about researching the premises and the area. They liked what they discovered about the demographics, the people, the setting, the community. A few weeks later, they were the new owners. 

  Once he read about Dalton’s Pub online, Joe never looked back. He didn’t look at any other potential purchases, anywhere in Ireland.

  “My vision for Dalton’s was formed instantly…in terms of its future development” he says.

  That vision will involve retaining the existing bar in its current guise, while commencing a 2,000 square foot expansion as soon as possible – incorporating a large lounge area and ten bedrooms as guest accommodation.

  The Dolan family have been hugely encouraged by the support they have received in this thriving local community. They are excited by the challenge of running this popular bar and in particular of expanding it into a destination venue.

  We move outside to have some photographs taken. The pub has recently been painted – and is glowing. Passers-by in this friendly community hoot their car horns. The sun is splitting the stones and the visual backdrop is stunning. A bright, new chapter awaits for Dolan’s bar.

  Joe Dolan is now living in Fuerty. He retains business interests in London, but he has found that rural idyll he was looking for.

  “I was born in Leitrim but my heart is in Roscommon” he says as he looks forward to life in the heart of Roscommon.