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RUH hosts launch of new model of care



Roscommon University Hospital (RUH) recently hosted the launch of a new urology model of care.

  The HSE’s national clinical programme for surgery is developing models of care for a number of surgical specialties. The latest is for urology and this model of care looks at the range of activity delivered and areas where there are gaps in the service.

  Urology focuses on surgical and medical diseases in the urinary-tract and in the male reproductive organs.

  RUH played an important role in the development of the new model of care by being the site for a Rapid Access Haematuria Service, which is one of the key initiatives under the new model of care.

 The Rapid Access Haematuria service in RUH began as a pilot scheme in December 2018.

  It was designed as a one-stop clinic for patients who have symptoms of blood in the urine, known as haematuria, with procedures and investigations carried out within a target of 28 days.

  Mary Garvey, General Manager in RUH said: “The success of the pilot in RUH demonstrated that the proposed model of care, when implemented across the country, will improve the access for patients to the services.

  “We are proud to have been selected as the pilot site under the urology model of care and to have successfully implemented it”.


News…at a glance - October 11th



Lisnamult Indoor Market is this Sunday

Lisnamult Indoor Market will be held in Greenfields Childcare Centre, Lisnamult on Sunday, October 13th from 12 noon to 4 pm. All welcome.


Roscommon Heritage Group meeting

Roscommon Heritage Group will meet on Tuesday, the 15th of October at 8.30 pm in Gleeson’s Townhouse in Roscommon town square.

  The aim of the group is to conserve archaeology for future generations. Please contact our secretary Theresa on 087-7554393 for more information.


Oran GAA Football Club table quiz

Oran GAA Football Club are holding a table quiz as a fundraiser for the intermediate team who have reached the county final. The table quiz takes place in Cuisle Accessible Holiday Resort on Saturday, the 12th of October, starting at 9 pm. There will be an auction and raffle on the night. A table of 4 will cost €40.

  If you would like to contribute to the auction/raffle, your support would be greatly appreciated.


Calling all owners of old vehicles

The pupils of Ballinagare, Frenchpark and Fairymount National Schools are currently working on the theme of ‘Travel and Transport’. They are doing this as part of a collaborative cluster, working also with the Frenchpark pre-school and St. Nathy’s College. They would really love if anybody who has old vehicles (cars, tractors, bikes, etc.) would be willing to show them to the group.

  If you can help in any way, please contact the cluster co-ordinator, Caroline Madigan on 089-49870564 or 086-1685367.


Statue unveiling at Cloontuskert Cemetery

The Cloontuskert Cemetery Committee will be unveiling the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries at Cloontuskert Cemetery this Sunday (October 13th) at 3 pm.

  Proceedings will commence with the blessing of the statue and the consecration of the Holy Souls to the Sacred Heart of Our Lady of Fatima for her protection. This will be followed by the Rosary.



Talk at Solas Family Resource Centre in Ballygar

Solas Family Resource Centre, Ballygar are hosting a talk on caring for your health naturally, using Doterra Oils.  Regina and Donna will speak about how Doterra oils can impact and benefit your overall health and wellbeing, while reducing the toxins in your daily life. There will be a focus on sleep, reducing anxiety and using the oils for many ailments.  All are welcome on the evening of Friday, October 11th at 8 pm in the old school building, Market Square, Ballygar. The event takes place during Mental Wellbeing Week.


MS Ireland open meeting

An open meeting of MS Ireland’s Roscommon branch will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 7.30 pm in St. Joseph’s Community Resource Centre, Abbeytown, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

  The meeting will begin with a prayer before there will be a discussion on physiotherapy, yoga and exercise programme. There will then be an informal presentation on the MS Ireland website by Mags Ryan.

  The branch Christmas party, calendars and branch Christmas Card arrangements will also be discussed on the night.

  There will be tea/coffee and refreshments to round off the evening. You are invited to attend this meeting and your presence and input will be greatly appreciated.  Please let organisers know whether or not you can come along for a cuppa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



County on weather alert as Storm Lorenzo arrives




Businesses and homeowners in Roscommon and surrounding counties are braced for high winds and torrential rainfall after Met Éireann issued three weather warnings ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Lorenzo later today (Thursday).

  A status orange wind warning is currently in place for neighbouring Galway and Mayo as well as Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick while yellow wind warnings are in place for the rest of the country from 9 am today (Thursday) until 6 am on Friday. It’s expected that Hurricane Lorenzo will be downgraded to a powerful storm by the time it reaches the west coast of Ireland but the National Emergency Coordination Group met yesterday morning to discuss the measures that will need to be taken ahead of the storm’s arrival.

  Gardaí have warned motorists that driving conditions will be hazardous while the ESB have said that power outages are expected from Thursday evening into Friday morning. The Defence Forces are on standby to offer assistance in affected areas. 




Keadue leads the way in Tidy Towns 2019




Keadue once again took top spot in County Roscommon in the annual Tidy Towns competition as Glaslough in Co. Monaghan was crowned the Overall winner.

  Keadue earned a mark of 342 out of a possible 470, up six marks on last year and just four off Overall Winner Glaslough.

  Keadue Tidy Towns members expressed their delight at the result and the town’s 10th Gold Medal. Keadue also received €1,000 as the county’s tidiest location as well as €900 as a Gold Medallist.

  A statement from the committee read: “Keadue Tidy Towns would like to thank all our volunteers, Scoil Chil Ronain, residents, businesses and various committees for their ongoing support. Thanks also to our RSS worker, Roscommon County Council, Roscommon Leader Partnership and our local SuperValu”.

  Meanwhile, there were further success stories in the county with Castlecoote and Roscommon winning Gold Medals and Ballintubber earning Bronze. Castlecoote was also named as ‘Highly Commended’ in the county category, winning €800.

  There was also success for Cloontuskert in the ‘A’ category and Tarmonbarry in the ‘C’ category. Cloontuskert volunteer James O’Neill also received a ‘highly commended’ award in the Community Heroes section. 

  Kilteevan’s Cloonlarge Loop Walk was also second in the national sustainable development award and received €800 for the local community.

  Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins offered her congratulations to all local winners.

  “I want to congratulate all those across County Roscommon and East Galway on their achievements. It is great to see that our Tidy Towns committees, who work tirelessly throughout the year to improve their local surroundings, have been recognised for the work they do,” she said.


HSE confirms Rosalie Unit to become Day Centre





It was confirmed at a Committee meeting with Oireachtas members and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris and HSE officials yesterday morning (Wednesday) that the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will become a Day Centre for psychiatry of later life patients and adolescents after the two remaining patients have been transferred.

  Responding to a question from Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD, HSE Chief Operations Officer, Anne O’Connor, said: “My understanding is that seven (residents) have been transferred, with two to go over the next two to three weeks. The facility is to be used as a mental health hub with two day hospitals for psychiatry of later life patients and adolescents. They are day services, not accommodation”.

  Plans to transform the Rosalie Unit into a mental health hub had been mooted in June of this year. Proposals include a seven-day children and adolescent service which would serve Roscommon, Mayo and parts of Sligo and Leitrim. It would provide care to young people who would otherwise attend A&E Departments.

  It was also proposed that a Psychiatry of Later Life Day Hospital would operate five days per week and serve people from Roscommon and north Galway.  Speaking on Wednesday following the Committee meeting, local Sinn Féin spokesperson Claire Kerrane, who had raised the issue with Deputy O’Reilly, said the Government has broken a 2015 commitment to protect residents from the closure of the Rosalie Unit.

  “At the Health Committee, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD, who had previously met with the families of the Rosalie Home, asked the HSE to confirm their plans for the Home in Castlerea. 

  “The HSE confirmed that the Rosalie Home would become a Day Centre for psychiatry of later life patients and adolescents once the two remaining residents were removed. There will be no accommodation provided. 

  “Deputy O’Reilly also put on the record that of the nine residents who have been forced to leave the Rosalie Home in recent weeks, three have since sadly passed away. The HSE did not respond to or acknowledge this in their reply. 

  “The consequences of the inaction of our elected representatives despite all of their talk of saving the Rosalie Home have been felt by the residents of the Rosalie Home who should have been protected and their wishes respected. That commitment made to them and their families by Government in 2015 was broken”.

Racecourse tribute to the late Fonsy Nolan




In a statement this week, the Board of Directors of Roscommon Racecourse paid tribute to the late Fonsy Nolan of The Spinney, Roscommon and formerly of Newtown, Roscommon and Ballygar, Co. Galway, who died at Roscommon University Hospital on Friday last.

  The late Mr. Nolan is mourned by his wife Ann, daughters Mary and Clare, son James, extended family, neighbours and friends.

  Paying tribute to a much-loved colleague, the Board statement read:

  “Fonsy Nolan was one of the early members of Roscommon Race Committee and represented the racecourse in several roles, including President, over the years.

  “Fonsy also fulfilled the duty of Local Steward at the racetrack on race days.

  “Fonsy was a loyal, committed member of Roscommon Racecourse over several decades and will be sadly missed by the members of the racecourse and the racing public. May he rest in peace”.

New cell block for Roscommon Garda Station?




Independent TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that planning permission is being sought for the development of new modern cells at Roscommon Garda Station in Roscommon town.

  “The current cells do not meet modern standards and can pose unacceptable risks to both Gardaí and those in custody in the Garda Station.

  “As part of the redevelopment the current cell block will be completely demolished and replaced with a new cell block which will bring the facilities up to the standards available in other similar stations across the region.

  “Once planning has been approved by Roscommon County Council I would expect that funds will be provided to fast-track the construction of these facilities,” said Deputy Naughten.

Cllr. Naughten welcomes ‘taking in charge’ of River Village estate



Cllr. John Naughten has welcomed the taking in charge of the River Village estate in Monksland by Roscommon County Council.

  “The decision was taken at a recent meeting of Athlone Municipal District and I welcome the fact that this estate has now been taken in charge. It is something that residents had been seeking for some time,” stated Cllr. Naughten.

  Cllr. Naughten added: “Irish Water will now be taking responsibility for the water supply and the sewerage while Roscommon County Council will be taking responsibility for the roads, footpaths and lighting in the estate. 

  “I also expect that a number of other estates in the Monksland area will be taken in charge over the coming months”.

Roscommon man receives Gradam an Chomhaltais



Roscommon’s Liam Ó Cuinneagáin was the worthy recipient of the GRADAM AN CHOMHALTAIS 2019 recently. The award ceremony was held at Tionól Leo Rowsome in September in the home of Comhaltas, Cultúrlann na hÉireann, Belgrave Square, Dublin.

  When the GRADAM was first instituted it was intended as an opportunity to salute noted and dedicate cultural artists who by their service and vision played a significant role in Ireland’s cultural journey.

  In the intervening years many men and women, a sheas an fód and gave inspiring service, have been selected for the GRADAM. Liam Ó Cuinneagáin has now joined a very select group of people in winning this award.

  Liam, who never seeks the limelight, was celebrated on the night for his work throughout the years. Whether in Roscommon or as a national officer in Comhaltas, he has ‘beavered’ away without any ‘trumpet blast’, but now the fruits of his endeavours have been generously and warmly acknowledged. His family and friends joined him to celebrate this deserved award.

  Liam Ó Cuinneagáin’s cultural journey was recounted. Liam has lived a colourul and eventful life with his wife Máire, family and close friends always his inspiration.

  The revered uilleann piper and Comhaltas founder Leo Rowsome would undoubtedly have been so pleased with the event and the choice of Gradam recipient.

  At this lovely gathering, here was testimony of Liam’s lifelong mission to promote Irish culture at every available opportunity.

  Go raibh Rath Dé ar Liam agus a chúram i gcónaí.




News…at a glance - October 4th



Roscommon Stroke Support Group bag packing day!

Roscommon Stroke Support Group are having a bag packing day at Tesco, Roscommon on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th. We would be grateful if you could spare an hour or two.

  All proceeds go towards our Roscommon Stroke survivor support group. It provides weekly exercise and social therapy in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon every Tuesday from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm, along with information and outings throughout the year.  

  Please contact Martina Greene on 087-6057696 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

  All stroke survivors and carers are welcome to join the group. For more information on this log on to www.irishheart.ie.

Historical Society lecture on Herdsmen

A meeting of the Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society will take place at 8 pm on Tuesday, October 8th in The Percy French Hotel, Strokestown.

  Following this, at 8.30 pm, a lecture entitled ‘A Class Quite Distinct – West of Ireland Herdsmen in the 19th century’, will be given by John Cunningham, Belclare, Galway.

  John is Director of the MA History Programme at NUI Galway and a recent editor of Saothar: Journal of Irish Labour History. He is currently writing the biography of Tom Glynn (1881-1934), the son of a herdsman from Gurteen, Co. Galway who became a notable radical journalist and anti-war campaigner in Australia. All are welcome.

Blessing of the Animals this Sunday

A Blessing of the Animals will take place this Sunday at The Friary in Athlone at 3 pm. There will be a cake sale and refreshments served in the garden afterwards.

  All animals are welcome. Owners are asked to keep cats in carriers and dogs on leads. Owners can bring a photograph/herd number of the pet or animal to be blessed. This is a fundraiser in aid of the Athlone SPCA and the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. All support welcome.

Fundraiser for Athleague Apostolic Workers

Athleague Apostolic Workers are holding their annual fundraiser/raffle in aid of the Missions on Sunday, October 13th in Hamrock’s Lounge after 10 am Mass. Donations of cakes/tarts/jams will be gratefully accepted at Hamrock’s before Mass.

  Lines cost €2 each or 3 for €5. 1st prize is a hamper sponsored by Martin Conneally, 2nd prize is €100 and 3rd prize is a bottle of brandy. There will also be other prizes on the day. All monies raised will go directly to The Missions and your support would be greatly appreciated.  

Breastfeeding peer support at Trinity Arts Centre

A breastfeeding peer support group meets every Wednesday morning from 10.30 am to 12 noon at the Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea.

  A Baby and Toddler Group also meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 am to 12 noon in the Trinity Arts Centre. All welcome.

Family Drop-In Clinic at Riverside House

A Family Drop-In Clinic in association with the Castlerea Community and Family Resource Centre, takes place at Riverside House, Castlerea from 9.30 am to 12 noon every Tuesday during the school term.

  This drop-in service is open and free of charge to all parents who may want to seek advice or guidance on any issue relating to home life.

  This initiative is run in partnership with Foróige and Tusla Family Support Service. For more information, contact Aisling on 086-4615537.


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