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Paul Healy

Des Bishop and Jack L amongst New Year attractions at Arts Centre

As the festive season approaches and you are racking your brain trying to come up with ideas for gifts, why not let Roscommon Arts Centre do the work for you?

  There are some fantastic events coming up in 2016 so why not treat someone to tickets to one of the following shows: Jack L returns to the arts centre with his new show PHANTASMAGORIA on Friday, 8th January, which features songs from both The 27 Club and The Great Wall of China tours along with new material from his upcoming album. The perfect end to the first week back at work!

  Comedian Des Bishop brings his new show Grey Matters to Roscommon on Saturday, 16th January. In this hilarious show Des is embracing the grey (hair that is!) and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up. Join Des as he confronts the issues of turning 40. A night to blow away those post-Christmas blues!

  On Saturday, 27th February the arts centre is delighted to welcome accordionist Sharon Shannon to its stage. Renowed for her musical collaborations, not just in traditional music, but through all genres Sharon has defied genres and woven her unique style through reggae, hip hop, dance and classical. This promises to be an incredible evening with one of the biggest talents in Irish music.

  Tickets are available now for each of these shows from Roscommon Arts Centre on 090 6625824/www.roscommonartscentre.ie







Tulsk Christmas Fair on Sunday in aid of Cancer Care West

The Tulsk Christmas Fair is now in its 4th year and has been going from strength to strength. This year there will be over 30 stalls which range from TY Enterprise students to art, cakes, woodwork, and of course a visit from Mrs. Claus who will take your letters directly to Santa.

  This year’s event will take place in the Tulsk Inn Country Ballroom on Sunday, 13th December between 1 pm and 6 pm.

  This year’s charity is Cancer Care West, which provides support to cancer patients and their families from all over the West of Ireland. All of Cancer Care West’s services are provided at no cost to patients and they rely heavily on fundraising and donations to meet the cost of these services.

  One of these services is Inis Aoibhan, which is located on the grounds of University Hospital Galway and provides accommodation to patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment at UHG. Inis Aoibhan is a 33-bed residence, which provides a “home away from home” for patients. The Lodge, as it is affectionately known, opened in March 2007 and consistently operates at maximum capacity. There is no cost to patients or their families and, since opening, over 2000 patients from all over the west have stayed for an average of 6/7 weeks.  Pam Stocker who is PRO/stallholder liaison for Tulsk Christmas Fair was diagnosed with cancer in March of this year and was provided with care at the UHG facility: “My medical team referred me immediately to Inis Aoibhan, but in those first few days I had no idea how important this wonderful facility would become to me. I started my treatment in May, which included chemotherapy tablets and radiotherapy from Monday to Friday for 7 weeks.

  “I was incredibly lucky to get a room at Inis Aoibhan in the first week! Staying at The Lodge meant I could walk to and from treatment, rest when I needed to, talk to nursing staff or other patients who understood exactly how I was feeling, and get a breakfast and evening meal handed to me. Going home every Friday to be with my family was wonderful and returning on Monday to The Lodge was comforting, too, in it’s own way.”

  In the end, the decision to have Cancer Care West as this year’s charity at the Tulsk Christmas Fair was a unanimous one and it’s hoped that this year will be the most successful year to date. 


Entertainment at JJ’s

This week at JJ’s, Thursday night is Folk Club night with Mike Banahan and Brendan Emmett.     This wonderful night of music has been running since last Easter and has played host to performances from some very talented musicians and singers.

  Mike says “We’ve had a great time every Thursday evening, it’s a song-filled session and it’s a wonderful place to be midweek.”

  The Folk Club is going down well with audiences so get down to JJ’s tonight (Thursday, 10th December) and every Thursday and listen to top class music right on your doorstep.            

              Also this week, the Junkyard Geordies will perform in JJ’s on Saturday night (13th December). This is sure to be a great night so get down and grab a craft beer from our extensive range while enjoying some top class music.                                                                                          


Entertainment at the Tulsk Inn

The brilliant Seán Corrigan will take to the stage this Saturday in the Country Ballroom at the Tulsk Inn.

  The Fermanagh born country singer has built up a strong fan base with wonderful albums such as: Down That River Road, Hello Heart, One Of These Days and his latest album released this year I Will Wait.

  This is a performance not to be missed so come along and enjoy great dancing from 10 pm this Saturday.