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The late Willie Ryan will be greatly missed

The death took place in early December of Willie Ryan, late of Beechwood, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. A quiet, self-effacing man, he lived all but two of his 85 years in Kilteevan.

  The huge community turn-out and involvement in his funeral reflected the high esteem and respect in which he was held and acknowledged his long involvement in community life. This had ranged from working on the fund-raising carnival committee for the new Church in the 1950s to running a local water scheme in the 1970s to his long-term work in the restoration and maintenance of the old graveyard for

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Solve Strokestown floods once and for all

Fianna Fail Cllr. Eugene Murphy has called on Roscommon County Council to solve a serious flooding problem on the Roscommon to Strokestown road “once and for all”.

  The flooding is a regular occurrence on a section of the road a mile from Strokestown on the Roscommon side of the town. The road was flooded badly again this week and cars were only able to pass with great difficulty.

  Cllr. Murphy says “Flooding on this road has been a problem for the past thirty years. There has been hundreds of thousands of euro spent on the road to try

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Rossie roots of new CIA chief

Family express their pride

The appointment of John Brennan as new Head of the CIA is being celebrated this week by his many relations in County Roscommon. Mr. Brennan, whose father is a native of County Roscommon, was chosen on Monday for one of the top jobs in the USA Government when he was nominated as the new Director of the CIA by President Barack Obama. 

  Mr Brennan has a number of relations living in Co. Roscommon, including in Lecarrow and Roscommon town. Mr Brennan, who is aged 57, is a regular visitor to the county, his most recent

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Shock as Roscommons Cinema closes its door

….but hopes high that it can re-open 

Uncertainty surrounds the future of County Roscommon’s only cinema, the Flix facility at Centrepoint Retail Park in Roscommon town which unexpectedly closed earlier this week after the company which runs the complex went into liquidation. 

  A meeting of management and the facility’s “devastated” staff was understood to be taking place on Wednesday evening, as the Roscommon People went to press. 

  The opening of the state-of-the-art cinema and leisure complex in December 2011 came after a long public campaign for the provision of such facilities in a county which, at the time,

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Lions Black and White night boosts defibrillator project

The Roscommon Lions Club hosted an extremely enjoyable Black and White Night in Gleeson’s Townhouse, Roscommon on the 28 th of December. All funds raised went to the Lions Club project to purchase, install and maintain defibrillators in public spaces accessible to all members of the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

  The defibrillators will be placed at strategic locations around the town: Casey’s Filling Station, Athlone Road; The Garda Station; Gleeson’s Townhouse, Market Square and Corrib Filling Station on the Racecourse Road while Larry O’Gara has purchased a defibrillator which

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Gardai advise elderly to be be vigilant in wake of break-ins

Roscommon Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul McDermott has warned elderly people in the area to be vigilant with regard to the possibility of crime and theft. The warning comes in the wake of a number of burglaries and incidents that have occurred in the region in recent months.

  Speaking to The Roscommon People on Wednesday, Sergeant McDermott said that elderly people should never have large amounts of cash on their person or in their home. 

  “Elderly people in particular should never have a large amount of cash at home. They should make sure that it is lodged

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Gala start for national Catholic Schools Week in Roscommon

Scoil Mhuire Convent Primary School and the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon were ablaze with young people on Monday January 21st as Roscommon town and its six schools –CBS Roscommon, Roscommon Community College, Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Gaelscoil De Hide, Scoil Mhuire Convent Primary School and Abbey National School – hosted the national launch of Catholic Schools Week. The week begins next Sunday, January 27th.

  This was the first time the national launch came west of the Shannon and also the first time that the launch involved more than one school in a parish.

  Proceedings got underway with a beautiful Mass at 10 am. Bishop Christopher Jones (Elphin diocese)

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Patients forced to leave Hospital due to cutbacks

Four patients were forced to move to a private Nursing Home from Roscommon County Hospital for the weekend last Friday because the hospital couldn’t afford to keep the surgical ward open. 

  The patients were moved to the Cloverhill Nursing home at Lisgallon on Friday evening last because the surgical ward they had been in was closing for the weekend because of cutbacks. The patients were re-admitted to Roscommon County Hospital on Monday.

  The HSE have confirmed that the move took place and they blamed an the lack of beds on an exceptionally busy January. The HSE said that

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Historic night in Kilglass

On Friday night January 11th a special event took place in Kilglass Gaels Community Centre. A plaque was unveiled to mark the part-financing of the new GAA centre from the proceeds of sale of an earlier Centre at Ballykilcline, Kilglass. The Ballykilcline Centre had been erected in 1983 by Kilglass Community Development Association.

  The Development Association had been formed in 1978 with the objective of community development within the Kilglass area. Following the Association’s formation it had been instrumental in advancing tourism in the area.

  Following lobbying of the then Inland Waterways and Midland Tourism boats were moored

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