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News..at a glance - May 11th



Padre Pio Pilgrimage

The Padre Pio Pilgrimage through Holy Cross, Co. Tipperary will take place on Sunday, May 27th. The bus will leave The Crescent, Boyle at 8 am. Enquiries to Moya on 090-662110.

Fundraiser for Portrun Development Association

Portrun Development Association will hold their annual fundraiser night in Paddy Finn’s Bar, Kilteevan on Saturday, May 19th.

  This promises to be a great evening of entertainment including music, finger food and a raffle. Tickets are priced at €10 and can be purchased from the association.

  Funds raised will go towards supporting the efforts of the community group in developing Portrunny and surrounding areas. The new Portrunny Heritage & Nature Trail, Townland Markers, Tidy Towns and plans for a new slipway and an amenity and recreation centre are just a few of the community group’s projects and initiatives that require public support. 

  To find out more, visit www.portrun.ie, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out Facebook page.

Young Environmentalists in national finals

Students from Roscommon have been shortlisted for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards finals, which will be held in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin, on May 22nd.

  The groups from Coláiste Chiaráin, Athlone and Convent of Mercy, Roscommon advanced to the finals with inventive projects raising awareness on topics such as shark endangerment and how to use bins correctly.

  Earlier this year, the groups were tasked with coming up with action projects that would make a real contribution to the environment at a local level.

  Once this was complete, students had to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts at the Connaught ECO-DEN – a Dragon’s Den style pitch meeting.

  The projects were subsequently shortlisted with almost 80 others for the finals of the Young Environmentalist Awards.

  Although the main objective for the finals is to impress the judges and take home a much-coveted award, the students also need your support for the People’s Choice Award. Members of the public have the power to choose the winner of this category and from May 9th-May 20th you can vote online for your favourite project at www.ecounesco.ie.

Tidy Towns Church gate collection

Roscommon Tidy Towns Association will hold its annual church gate collection this weekend (12th and 13th). Your support is greatly appreciated to fund further projects to enhance the town.

  Roscommon town was awarded a Gold Medal in the National Tidy Towns competition last year. New members are always welcome to join the group on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in The Square. 

Volunteers wanted for Sunflower Days

Mayo/Roscommon Hospice is calling for volunteers for National Sunflower Days which take place on June 8th and 9th this year.

  The foundation is currently looking forward to the completion of its hospice building in Castlebar early next year and with your support can also continue to provide local homecare palliative care services in the community.

  Volunteers are needed in all towns across Mayo and Roscommon to help at local stores. If you can give a few hours of your time on any of these days please call 094-9388666. Your support would be most appreciated.

Tea and coffee Morning for Cancer Support

A Tea/Coffee Morning in aid of Roscommon Cancer Support Centre will take place in VTOS on Lanesboro Street, Roscommon town next Thursday (17th) from 11 am-1 pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 

Singers’ Circle eventin Ballinasloe

Ballinasloe Singers’ Circle will host its next get-together at The Dunlo Tavern in Ballinasloe this evening (Thursday 10th) from 9.30 pm. All singers, storytellers, poets, and listeners are welcome. Admission is free. 

Anam Cara hosts information evening

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold a ‘Bereavement Information Evening’ on Thursday, May 17th from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in the Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar.

  The information evening is a free event, however, the organisers will need to confirm numbers. If attending, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Wednesday,16th or call 085-2888888.

Fundraising dance for Mayo/Roscommon Hospice

A fundraising dance night with part of the proceeds going towards Mayo/Roscommon Hospice will take place in Kilronan Castle on Thursday, May 17th in memory of John Joe Baxter.

  Music on the night will be provided by Patrick Feeney and some tickets are still available. All are welcome. Admission is optional but all donations would be gratefully accepted.


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