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Naughten unveils new angling developments



Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is delighted to announce that the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD has officially launched new angling developments at ‘The Golden Mile’, Athlone, Co. Westmeath and at Lough Acalla, Kilconnell, Co. Galway.

  These works were completed under the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) and greatly enhance the angling infrastructure in both counties.

  The wheelchair accessible angling structures at Athlone comprise floating fishing stands and a connecting bridge to provide for all-year-round fishing.

  The total investment in Athlone amounted to €73,000 to build up access causeways, the removal of old wooden structures and the design, manufacture and fitting of three floating angling stands.

At the River Suck, Lough Acalla, development, two large old wooden angling stands were removed and replaced with a fixed concrete catwalk and floating galvanised angling stand. A new path was constructed from a set down area in the existing carpark, providing wheelchair accessibility to the entire structure.

  Together with other development works at Emlaghroyan, the total development in this River Suck project was €87,000.



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News...at a glance - November 17th



Roscommon Ploughing AGM

The Roscommon Ploughing Association AGM takes place in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon Town on Wednesday, November 22nd at 9 pm sharp.

  All those interested are asked to please be in attendance as a review of the ploughing year will take place.

  New members, young and old, are also more than welcome, so please come along on the night.


Ballinderry graveyard project: A thank you

Ballinderry Old Graveyard Project wish to thank all the people who contributed so generously to its recent church gate collection. The total amount collected was €654.73.


Shoe Box Appeal in Ballaghaderreen

Team Hope’s Operation Christmas Child is currently taking place in Ballaghaderreen, giving the gift of love across the globe. Many children who receive a Christmas shoe box are living in orphanages, hospitals, homes, in the street or in families stuck in the poverty trap. Families in the parish are urged to please, if possible, fill a shoe box for the less well off in the developing world. Flyers are available at the back of the church. 

  Boxes will be collected at Mass on Sunday morning. The shoe box should be wrapped (lid and box separately), the age group you wish the box of goodies to go to (i.e. 2-4, 5-9, 10-14 noted and whether it’s for a boy, or girl. Full list of suggested items is available at the back of the church). Representatives from Team Hope will be present at Mass next Sunday.


Kilmovee Christmas nights!

Kilmovee will play host to two Christmas nights at the pop-up restaurant in the beautiful Thatch Cottage this December.

  On Saturday, December 2nd it’s €25 for 3 courses and bring your own bottle. On Saturday, December 16th, the 5 Course Christmas Gourmet Menu costs €32.50 while diners can once again bring their own bottle. Booking is essential.  

  For reservations, please ring 094-9649484 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. €10 per per person deposit to secure booking, (redeemable against the meal). Please see Kilmovee Heritage and Tourism Facebook page or the community website www.kilmovee.info for full menu details. 


Table quiz in Clonown

The annual Clonown table quiz takes place on Thursday, November 30th at 8 pm in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel. Tables of 4 cost €40 and tea and refreshments will be served. There will also be great prizes and a raffle on the night. Please come along and support.


Annual Mistletoe Ball in aid of Hospice

The annual Mistletoe Ball in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice takes place on Saturday, 9th of December at 7.30 pm in Hotel Ballina.

  With a drinks reception followed by a festive four-course meal and music by Concord, this Christmas Party Night is not to be missed!

  Expect a fun-filled night with surprise guests and lots of entertainment. Tickets on sale now through Eventbrite or call the Hospice Office, Knock on 094-9388666. Your support is greatly appreciated.


‘Summertime’ art exhibition

Claire Attenbury will be holding an exhibition of her latest works – ‘Summertime’ – in Roscommon Library from 14th to 25th of November.

  It will feature another range of exciting, colourful and hugely imaginative pictures. Her studies are in mixed media and always full of novelty, humour and delight.

  Soon after she completed her studies at Wolverhampton University Claire came to live in Ireland, where she has now resided for 20 years. 


Christmas Fair in Ballinagare

Ballinagare Community Centre Ladies Club are holding a Christmas Fair on Sunday, 26th of  November from 12 noon to 4 pm in the Community Centre (behind the Church).

  There will be crafts, cakes and produce, raffles and many other stalls. All welcome. No admission charge. Come along and join us for some festive fun and shopping.


Ballyleague Christmas Lights – we need your help this Saturday!

Ballyleague’s Christmas Lights committee needs help urgently next weekend to put up the Village Christmas Tree and street lights.

  If you can give them an hour or two on Saturday next please call the Chairman Noel now on 086-2936180. They have twice as much street lighting to put up this year and need help badly next Saturday, November 18th from 10 am onwards. If they get help the lights go up...if not, don’t complain! So please ring or text Noel this week if you can help. Come out on Saturday and you won’t be asked back for another year!

  The meeting point is Ballyleague bingo hall at 10 am on Saturday morning next, November 18th.

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Political People - November 17th


Are these the record-breakers?


You read it here first…not in another Roscommon newspaper, and not even in The Phoenix, both of which have been playing catch-up!

  Speculation, that is, about the return of that immensely popular series – ‘Fun and games at Fianna Fáil Conventions.’

  Over recent weeks we’ve been leading the way with our insights into the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring ahead of the upcoming FF Selection Convention.

  “A boisterous convention” is expected, the latest edition of Phoenix magazine muses. What really interested us was the magazine’s confident assertion that the three sitting TDs –Michael Fitzmaurice, Eugene Murphy and Denis Naughten – will all be returned at the next election.

  That may well be the case (we’ll tell you in due course!) but it’s an interesting prediction, because it has never happened before! Roscommon, famously, has never once returned the same ‘team’ to Dáil Éireann!

  I’ve been covering general elections in Roscommon since 1989, and here’s how the drama has unfolded.

  Going into 1989, Sean Doherty, Terry Leyden and Liam Naughten were the sitting TDs. That 1989 election saw the historic success of Tom Foxe of the Hospital Action Committee, at the expense of Sean Doherty. Leyden retained his seat, while John Connor outgunned Naughten, his sparring partner within Fine Gael.

  In 1992, Roscommon was rather uncomfortably aligned with Longford. Foxe held his seat, Sean Doherty made a winning comeback, John Connor reclaimed the traditional Fine Gael seat and Albert Reynolds topped the poll.

  Change again in 1997; Reynolds and Doherty retained their seats, Tom Foxe lost out. Denis Naughten, in his first general election, reclaimed the seat which his late father, Liam, had traditionally battled for with John Connor; and the dapper Kenagh gent Louis Belton regained his seat after falling victim to the largely loveless Longford/Roscommon marriage five years earlier. 

  2002 was notable for the surprise triumph of Mae Sexton (Progressive Democrats), who caught Fianna Fáil’s Dr. Greg Kelly just as he, quite reasonably (as it seemed at the time), was about to rehearse his acceptance speech. By now, FF giants Reynolds and Doherty had left the Dáil stage. Naughten retained his seat and Fianna Fáil had two newcomers, in Peter Kelly and Michael Finneran.

  Roscommon was back in with South Leitrim for the 2007 election; a famous triumph for Fine Gael, with Frank Feighan joining Naughten in a two-seat swoop. Michael Finneran retained his seat.

  Maybe in 2011 we’d finally, and historically, see the same team being elected in Roscommon? No! Well, circumstances intervened. Finneran opted to retire. Ivan Connaughton replaced him on the Fianna Fáil ticket, but didn’t make it. The Fine Gael duo were not for moving; they were joined by a certain Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.

  Finally, to 2016, and it’s victory to Independents Denis Naughten and Michael Fitzmaurice, and a long-awaited breakthrough for Eugene Murphy.

  Is this the ‘dream team’ that – for the first time since the foundation of the State – is set to get the ‘green light’ from Roscommon’s famously discerning electorate?

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Breaking Ball – November 17th



Dominic’s search for new manager!

St. Dominic’s GAA Club are inviting expressions of interest for the position of manager of the Intermediate men’s football team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Anyone interested in this position can send their name in confidence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date is Wednesday, 22nd November.


Rossies in Fr Manning Final!

Roscommon qualified for the 2017 Fr Manning Cup final where they will face Kildare this coming weekend after a one-sided 3-16 to 0-3 romp against Meath in Kiltoom last Saturday.

  In control in all sectors, Aaron McDermott supplied the goal as the home side led 1-8 to 0-1 at half-time. Fearghus Lennon and McDermott added further goals after the break and it was no more than Roscommon’s excellent play deserved.

  An outstanding display from the young Rossies who will now have an opportunity to make up for the disappointment of losing the Ted Webb final earlier this year when they face Kildare this Saturday in Longford.

Roscommon: D Connolly; C Brogan, D Farrell, K Gunning; C Quinn, J Hester, N Moran; D Murray, J Lohan; A McDermott (1-3), C Carthy (0-1), R Dolan (0-1); L Ormsby (0-3), F Lennon (2-2), J Fitzpatrick (0-3). Subs: S Cunnane for Murray, E Crawley for Carthy, J Doory (0-2) for Quinn, C Walsh for Dolan, J O’Beirne for Moran, S O’Neill (0-1) for Lohan.


Brigid’s’ dream year continues!

St. Brigid’s’ dream year at underage level continued with a convincing 2-10 to 1-5 win over Mayo champions Balla in the Minor ‘A’ decider at Bekan last Friday.

  Brian Derwin was impressive once again and he converted an early penalty to set them on their way. With Shane Cunnane, Ian O’Rourke, Donnacha Gately, Ciaran McBrearty and Ciaran Sugrue all playing well, Brigid’s were in control and when Sugrue scored Brigid’s’ second goal, it confirmed their superiority. Aaron Walsh responded with a goal to keep Balla in it but in truth, the Roscommon champions were never in trouble and coasted home in impressive fashion.

St. Brigid’s: S Smith; P Frost, R Minagh, P McGrath; K Connor, C McBrearty, M Haran; N Murray, S Cunnane (0-2); I O’Rourke (0-1), D Gately (0-3), E Egan (0-1); T O’Carroll, C Sugrue (1-1), B Derwin (1-2). Subs: D Murray for O’Carroll, R Dolan for Egan, C Quinn for Haran, R Smith for Sugrue.


A game too far for Tulsk!

Having played three games in five days to reach the final, Tulsk finally ran out of steam against an impressive Annagh Rovers side from Mayo in last Friday’s Minor ‘B’ Final at the Connacht Centre of Excellence, losing 0-10 to 0-3.

  Trailing 0-5 to 0-1 at the break, things went from bad to worse for the Roscommon side and despite a couple of converted frees from Thomas O’Rourke, Annagh Rovers ran out easy winners.

Tulsk: D Jordan; K Jennings, E Flynn, C Moylan; D Gaughan, G Galvin, F Moylan; D Coyne, L Cribben (0-1); D Connolly, T O’Rourke (0-2), J Egan; T Fitzmaurice, C Fahey, D Carbin. Subs: N McCann for Gaughan, L Galvin for Carbin.


O’Rourke for Club Rossie Banquet

The annual Club Rossie Banquet, which will feature the presentation of Connacht winners’ medals to the Roscommon senior team, takes place in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Friday, November 24th.

  Special guest will be Sunday Game analyst and two-time All-Ireland winner, Colm O’Rourke. Attendees can relive the 2017 season while enjoying a five-course meal and live music.  

  Tickets are priced at €50 with a table of 10 available for €400. Tickets are on sale at clubrossie.ie/shop, Roscommon County Board offices (10 am to 4 pm) and from David 086-8399584 or Brian 087-2420896. Funds raised will go towards the development of inter-county teams for 2018.


Thursday night lights for young hurlers

U-17 hurlers will represent their clubs under the floodlights in Athleague tonight (Thursday 16th) in an 11-aside competition in memory of Roscommon hurling legend, Mike John Lane.

  The action will begin at 6.30 pm when Four Roads take on Athleague/Tremane. The second match of the evening features St. Dominic’s and Pádraig Pearses at 7.30 pm.


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