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Thirty-three candidates contend for eighteen seats




A total of thirty-three candidates are contesting the local elections in Roscommon this week (Friday, 24th of May) with eighteen seats up for grabs in three electoral areas.

  Athlone, Boyle, and Roscommon Municipal Districts will each return six councillors.

  There are twenty-nine male candidates and just four female candidates. Fianna Fáil are fielding nine candidates, Fine Gael six, Sinn Fein three, the HAC one, and there are a further fourteen Independent candidates.

  The people will also vote in the European Parliament elections for the Midlands North-West constituency, to which four MEPs will be elected.

  Polling stations countywide will open at 7 am on Friday and remain open until 10 pm.

  The process of counting of votes will commence on the Dr. Hyde Centre, Roscommon at 9 am on Saturday morning. The Returning Officer is Mr. Shane Tiernan.

            Your candidates, your choice – The candidates contesting the local elections in County Roscommon on Friday, 24th of May are:




Athlone: 6 seats

Ivan Connaughton (Independent)

Laurence Fallon (Independent)

Ger Grehan (Fine Gael)

Malachy Hand (Fianna Fáil)

Joe Harney (Sinn Féin)

Seamus Kelly (Fianna Fáil)

John Keogh (Fianna Fáil)

Donal Kilduff (Independent)

Derek McCabe (Independent)

John Naughten (Fine Gael)

Tony Ward (Independent)

Boyle: 6 seats

Valerie Byrne (Independent)

Liam Callaghan (Fine Gael)

Tom Crosby (Independent)

John Cummins (Fianna Fáil)

Sajjad (Saj) Hussain (Independent)

Michael Patrick Mulligan (Sinn Féin)

Joe Murphy (Fianna Fáil)

Mary O’Donnell (Independent)

Andrew Reynolds (Fine Gael)

Aidan Sampey (Fianna Fáil)

Keith Suffin (Fine Gael)

Roscommon: 6 seats

Gerry Coffey (Fine Gael)

Domnick Connolly (Independent)

Nigel Dineen (Independent)

Paschal Fitzmaurice (Fianna Fáil)

John Groarke (Independent)

Orla Leyden (Fianna Fáil)

Marty McDermott (Fianna Fáil)

Padraig Morris (Independent)

Séamus O’Brien (Sinn Féin)

Kathleen Shanagher (Independent)

Anthony (Tony) Waldron (Independent)

















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Seventeen candidates offer ‘Euro vision’


The candidates contesting the European Parliament four-seat Midlands North-West constituency on Friday, 24th of May are:


Cyril Brennan (Solidarity/People Before Profit)

Matt Carthy MEP (Sinn Féin)

Peter Casey (Independent)

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP (Independent)

Patrick Greene (Direct Democracy Ireland)

Dominic Hannigan (Labour)

Fidelma Healy Eames (Independent)

Dr Dilip Mahapatra (Independent)

Mairead McGuinness MEP (Fine Gael)

Saoirse McHugh (Green Party)

James Miller (Independent)

Diarmuid Mulcahy (Independent)

Olive O’Connor (Independent)

Michael O’Dowd (Renua)

Anne Rabbitte TD (Fianna Fáil)

Brendan Smith TD (Fianna Fáil)

Maria Walsh (Fine Gael)

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Two entire Apiary wiped out by weed killer spraying



Beekeepers have called on farmers to check before they spray either insecticides or herbicides. Local beekeepers say that two beekeepers in the midlands had their whole apiary completely wiped out when bees went out to forage on dandelions that had been strayed with weed killer.  

  Most gardeners and farmers are aware that insecticides, even in microscopic residual amounts, will kill all insects, including the essential pollinators like bees. Weed killer chemicals also kills bees. The bees bring weed killer residues back to the hive and it also kills the immature and larva bees, wiping out entire hives.  

  One affected beekeeper from Roscommon said: “I had buckets full of dead bees in my hives, it was a complete catastrophe. It was heartbreaking to see so much needless death. If the farmer had sprayed on a cold day or sprayed before the dandelions flowered or told me he was about to spray, I could have taken action.

  “That same farmer or a neighbouring farmer is depending on my bees to fertilise their crops or orchards, that fertilisation will not now happen so two families’ incomes have been destroyed as well as the death of thousands of bees. The farmer did not know there was a hive of bees nearby, but he should have known that a field full of dandelions in full flower would have attracted bees from up to two miles away”.

  Commenting, Patrick Towers, the Chairperson of the Roscommon Beekeepers Association said: “There are two groups of people affected here: the beekeeper loses their hive and their honey crop, and a neighbouring farmer has a greatly reduced income if there are not enough pollinators left alive in that area. Strawberries, beans and peas, apples and pears, blackcurrants and tomatoes are just some of the local crops that will fail if there are no bees to pollinate them”. 

  He continued: “Many people need to take local honey to keep their allergies under control. Antihistamines simply don’t work for them, but honey from apiaries local to them does. If we lose the local beekeepers, we lose access to this local remedy that for many works better than steroids and other pharmaceuticals”.

  Mr. Towers concluded: “Bees can be moved to a clean location or kept in their hive for a day or spraying can be done when the bees are not foraging. All the beekeepers are asking for is some forethought and planning by the farmers prior to spraying”. 



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News…at a glance - May 24th


Roscommon MS Church gate collections

Roscommon branch of MS Ireland is holding its annual Church gate collection at 9.30 am Mass this Saturday at Ballinaheglish Church. All donations would be appreciated.

Sunflower volunteers wanted in Roscommon!

National Sunflower Days for Hospice will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 7th and 8th and as many volunteers as possible are needed to help raise funds and make the event a success. Sunflowers will be on sale at stores in Roscommon town and other local towns. Any time you can give on those dates would be most appreciated.

  Make this your special favour to the cause of hospice and call 094-9388666 now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included. Your support would be most appreciated.

Upholstery Course in Glenamaddy

Glenamaddy & District Development Company, in conjunction with GRETB Community Training, will host a four-week upholstery course in the Old Tech in Glenamaddy from Thursday, May 30th from 10 am to 12 pm. Spaces are very limited.

  Contact Martina at 094-9638517 or 086-0597444 or drop into the office.

Annual Hospice Social in Hamrock’s

The Athleague Fuerty Hospice Support Group is having its Annual Social at Hamrock’s Lounge, Athleague on Sunday, June 2nd. Music will be provided by The Lancers. There will also be a raffle on the night with lots of great prizes. Please support. All donations welcome.  

Memorial Pool Tournament at The Hollywood

The 12th annual Gerry Mannion Memorial Pool Tournament will take place on Friday, 31st of May at The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon town.  

  Gerard Mannion (RIP, 2002) is the son of Marty Mannion (RIP) and Phil Mannion from Four Roads.

  This is a singles tournament and will comprise of approximately 15 players all of whom are family, relations, friends and associates of Gerry. The first round will be played on a one-frame knockout basis, while the semi-finals and final will be the best of three frames. This year a doubles competition will be introduced to get proceedings underway.

  There will be no entry fee – however donations will be gratefully accepted and all monies collected on the night will go towards Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

  Last year a total of €500 was raised for The Ronald McDonald House which provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalised or undergoing extended treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

  This year’s event starts at 9 pm and everyone is welcome on the night.


Special Mass for Healing in Curraghboy

A Special Mass for Healing will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre, Curraghboy this Friday (24th) commencing at 8 pm.

  The celebrant will be Fr. Tony Emeka, MHF. Confessions will be available from 7 pm prior to the commencement of Holy Mass. Individual Blessings for Healing and Benediction will take place after Mass. All are most welcome. Contact 086-4054489.


Blood Donation Clinic at Abbey Hotel

A blood donation clinic will take place at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town on Tuesday, May 28th, Wednesday, 29th and Thursday, 30th from 5 pm to 8.30 pm.

  All support would be greatly appreciated. For more information, LoCall 1850-731137 or check out Facebook and Twitter.


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