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Irish Water will limit disruption in Castlerea



Irish Water, in partnership with Roscommon County Council, are set to carry out works in Arm and on Church Road, Castlerea. The works will involve the replacement of 700 metres of ageing cast-iron water mains and service connections and the laying of new water service connections from the public water main in the road to local properties.  

  The works will take place from the Castlerea Primary Care Centre, along the N60 to the Castlerea Road and Main Street junction, and extend for a short distance on the R361. Once complete, a further 530 metres of water main will be replaced on Church Road. 

  The works in Arm are due to start in late May, and are expected to be completed in July. The project on Church Road will start immediately afterwards and take approximately eight weeks.

  Commenting on the project, Dave Murphy, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme said: “Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but will also improve the reliability of water supplied to businesses and residents.

  “We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption”.

  There may be some water shut-offs. Customers can call a customer care helpline on Callsave 1850-278278 with any questions about the project.

Murphy: Cynicism and apathy among electorate




Speaking to the Roscommon People at the Hyde Centre last Saturday, Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy spoke of how politics is changing in Ireland.

  “Overall the Fianna Fáil vote (in Roscommon) is pretty good. There are quite a number of Independents elected too, while Fine Gael seem to have fared pretty badly in this election.

  “I keep saying that politics has changed and changed dramatically. The parties are never going to be as dominant as they were, and you’re always going to have more Independents, but again the concern here is that the turnout for the county is around 60%. It’s a poor enough showing really, it means that up to 40% of people aren’t voting and some of those people just don’t have an interest.

  “I put that down to cynicism, apathy…and I think too much has been promised in the past and not delivered to people. I think politicians have been seen to have let people down and are maybe not addressing the issues. There’s no doubt about it, that cynicism and apathy is there,” he said. 


Cummins leads the way in Boyle




Huge personal votes for John Cummins, Valerie Byrne and Michael Mulligan and the return of Tom Crosby were the main talking points in the Boyle LEA which returned two Fianna Fáil councillors, one Fine Gael, one Sinn Féin, one Independent/HAC (Hospital Action Committee) and one further Independent.

  Crosby’s comeback (he lost his Council seat in 2014) was a notable achievement, the Tarmonbarry man returning to the political spotlight in Roscommon after that five-year absence.

  Sunday was a day of celebration for Joe Murphy too, with the Fianna Fáil man successful in his first campaign (he was co-opted on to the Council in 2016 when his brother Eugene won a seat in the Dáil). Meanwhile, outgoing Fine Gael councillor Liam Callaghan was comfortably re-elected, this time with a notable ‘personal best’ of 1,000 first preference votes.

  Cummins and Byrne both passed the quota on the first count, and Mulligan could relax too. It was evidence from early tallies on Saturday that Liam Callaghan and Tom Crosby would also be elected. While Cllr. Joe Murphy polled less than his brother Eugene did in 2014, he was favourite throughout the weekend to hold off Fine Gael’s Keith Suffin the battle for the sixth seat. And so it proved.

  John Cummins topped the poll with a phenomenal 2,124 votes, and while he clearly gained votes because of the decision of outgoing councillor Rachel Doherty not to run, it was nonetheless a superb vote and a powerful endorsement of Cummins’ status as a hard-working councillor.

  Valerie Byrne hit a career best with a massive 1,641 on first preferences, joining Cummins in being elected on the first count. Michael Mulligan (Sinn Féin) took the third seat, polling an excellent 1,431.

  Crosby (1,017) and Callaghan (1,000) were next on the first count and both destined for election. Fine Gael had two more runners, Keith Suffin on 622 and Andrew Reynolds on 584. Suffin stayed longest in the race as the various counts unfolded and there was ongoing speculation that he might have an outside chance of denying Joe Murphy.

  Meanwhile, Saijad Hussain, while expressing disappointment that his vote wasn’t higher, impressed observers with his first electoral outing, claiming 527 number ones. Aidan Sampey (Fianna Fáil) polled 491, which kept him out of the business end of things, while Independent candidate Mary O’Donnell attracted 119 number ones and was first to be eliminated.

  Ultimately Murphy had a good bit to spare over Suffin and the former was elected following the distribution of Andrew Reynolds’ transfers.






News…at a glance - May 31st

Saturday Storytelling at Roscommon Library

Saturday Storytelling will take place at Roscommon Library on Saturday, June 8th at 11 am for 3-6-year-olds. Please call the library on 090-6637277 to book a place.


Lisacul Tidy Towns Cake Sale

Lisacul Tidy Towns will hold their annual Cake Sale this Sunday (June 2nd) before and after Mass in Lisacul Church.

  The funds raised will help buy products such as paint and plants as well as going towards a number of projects the committee is currently undertaking. Your support is always appreciated. 


Cavetown Walk for Hospice this Sunday

 A fundraising 6km walk will take place at Cavetown Lake, Co. Roscommon this Sunday (June 2nd), commencing at 2 pm. Refreshments will be provided after the walk and part of the proceeds will go to Roscommon/Mayo Hospice. Please support.


Cemetery Mass in Ballintubber

The Annual Ballintubber Cemetery Mass will take place this Sunday (June 2nd) at 3 pm and will be followed by tea and scones and a cake sale in the Old Schoolhouse.


Roscommon SPCA fundraising events

A number of Roscommon SPCA fundraising events will take place in the month of June. The society will hold annual Church gate collections this Saturday and Sunday (June 1st and 2nd) at Clonown, Dysart and Loughglynn Churches. On June 8th and 9th, Church gate collections will take place at Mantua and Kilmactranny Churches.

  Saturday, June 15th will see a car boot sale at Casey’s Londis, Roscommon town and Church gate collections will also take place that weekend at Drumboylan, Crossna, Arigna and Keadue Churches.

  Finally, on Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd, Church gate collections will take place in Boyle.

Launch of Historical & Archaeological Society Journal 2019

The County Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019 Journal at 6.30 pm on Tuesday, June 4th in Arás an Chontae.

  The launch will be performed by Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council.  

  The journal is replete with articles by 33 contributors and nearly 200 pages and costs €15.

  Music on the night will be provided by the Knockcroghery Ukelele Collective and refreshments will be served.

  The journal will be available at a number of outlets in the county including ETL, the County Museum in Roscommon town and Cruachan Ai in Tulsk. Contributors, advertisers and members of the public are welcome.


Campaign Call - County goes to the polls



DAN DOONER asked the various parties to assess how their campaigns have gone…


Frank Curley, Fine Gael Director of Elections

Fine Gael Director of Elections, Frank Curley said he is very happy with how the party’s campaign has gone in Co. Roscommon.

  “We are very confident that we have done everything we could have done in this campaign. We ran six excellent candidates whom I would expect to be elected. They have been well received on the doors and I think it has been a good campaign overall,” he said.

  Mr. Curley said Fine Gael’s election expectations remained very high in County Roscommon.

  “We have six excellent candidates so the expectation is to get six elected,” he said.

  Mr. Curley did however have one complaint when it came to the sheer size of the electoral areas candidates were expected to cover.

  “The areas are so large that it’s almost impossible to cover all of them. For example, from where I am near the bridge at Lanesboro to where (candidate) Gerry Coffey is, it’s 21 miles, so it’s difficult to cover that much ground and to be effective. Having said that, that hasn’t stopped us from going all out to get our people elected,” he said.


P. Burke, Roscommon Fianna Fáil Chairman

Fianna Fáil Comhairle Dáil Ceantair Chairman, P. Burke, is feeling positive ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday) local election vote in Co. Roscommon.

  “We have nine candidates overall with three in each local electoral area. I would say that it has been a very, very good campaign, a lively campaign overall.

  “We have first-timers in two of the electoral areas, and we also have Aidan Sampey, who wasn’t elected last time. All candidates have had very good campaigns. All of them have got out there in the last few weeks. The feedback we’re getting from each of the directors (of elections) is that each candidate has worked very hard,” he said.

  Having received feedback from each of the three local electoral areas in Co. Roscommon, Mr. Burke said he would be “surprised” if Fianna Fáil didn’t win six seats in Friday’s election.

  “We have more candidates than any other party and therefore we will be going out to maximise our vote…while you would hope to get nine, realistically you aren’t going to get nine. There’s a lot of competition out there but I would be surprised if we didn’t get six. That’s my feeling anyway, but you could have one or two more. It is hard to call it though because there are going to be twos and threes and in particular areas it could be tight.

  “All candidates have tried really hard and we have a great chance of maximising our vote,” he concluded.


Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin spokesperson

Sinn Féin spokesperson Claire Kerrane was pleased with her party’s campaign ahead of this Friday’s Local Elections. The party is running three candidates in Co. Roscommon including outgoing councillor Michael Mulligan and Joe Harney in the Athlone electoral area and Seamus O’Brien in the Roscommon area.

  “We feel we ran a very strong, positive campaign. Our objective at the beginning of the campaign was to knock on as many doors and get to talk to as many people as possible and we feel we did that.

  “Joe Harney had a stellar performance as a first-time candidate in the Athlone electoral area as did Seamus O’Brien in the Roscommon LEA. We are also confident of re-electing Michael Mulligan, this is his fourth election and his record speaks for itself. We are very confident of retaining that seat. We’d be confident of getting three seats,” she said.

  Ms. Kerrane said the majority of issues raised on the doors of Roscommon revolved around investment in rural areas when it came to jobs, infrastructure, broadband and cost of living. She added that while most candidates in this year’s local elections raised the need for more investment, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael voted against Sinn Féin’s Rural Equality Bill after the last local elections.

  “Politics don’t happen in a vacuum, these people need to be held to account. We came across so many people who get up early and are at work and who have nothing left at the end of the month. The carbon tax, for example, is just another charge hitting ordinary families and workers who work for everything and get nothing,” she said.

  One of the issues raised in Boyle was wheelchair accessibility, according to Claire Kerrane.

  “We met three people who can’t go into town from their homes in Boyle because they can’t get off the kerbs in some estates. Michael Mulligan has done good work in this regard in Ballaghaderreen and we’ll be looking to ensure that all these towns are made wheelchair-friendly,” she said.






Sod turned on phase two of Community Sports Park





The sod was officially turned on the latest phase in the development of the Roscommon Community Sports Park last Friday which will see the development of new dressing rooms, meeting rooms and toilets at Lisnamult.

  Lisnamult resident Tommy Parker carried out the official sod turning while Fr. John Cullen offered a blessing to the facility and all those who use it.

  Chairman of the Roscommon Community Sports Park committee, Liam Stephens, thanked the “hundreds of kids and adults” who use the facility each week for their continued support.

  “Since the AstroTurf opened five years ago it has been a huge success with many, many users. I want to thank Roscommon Leader Partnership and Roscommon County Council for making that happen,” he said.

  Mr. Stephens also thanked former chairpersons Orla Leyden and John Horan for all their hard work as well as those who work each week to maintain the facility including caretakers and other officials.

  He added that phase two construction work would be carried out by John Gaynor and overseen by PJ Moran.

  Anthony Doolan, Chairperson of Lisnamult Residents’ Association, said it was a “great honour” for Lisnamult and thanked local residents for sharing the grounds with the people of Roscommon.

  Mr. Doolan also thanked committee members, local councillors, Tomás Beades, Amanda Mee, Projects Officer at Roscommon Leader Partnership and James Rogers and John Hannon for their hard work on behalf of Roscommon Community Sports Park.

  Former Chairperson of Roscommon Community Sports Park, Cllr. Orla Leyden, said she was delighted to play her part in the development, having secured funding for the facility through Roscommon Leader. Cllr. Leyden said she also secured funding of €62,500 under the Sports Capital Grant for phase two.

  She added that “this combined with the sizeable support of LCDC funding with the great work of Amanda Mee and Tomás Beades, Roscommon Leader Partnership, will facilitate the development of these dressing rooms and multi-purpose rooms for the community”.

  Cllr. Leyden concluded by wishing Chairperson Liam Stephens and his hard-working committee as well as Anthony Doolan and the Lisnamult Residents’ Association every success with the project.





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)

















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)

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”. 



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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