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Army personnel from Roscommon spend Christmas in Lebanon

A number of Roscommon men in the Irish Army spent Christmas serving in Lebanon –including Cpl. Shane Mulryan, CS Tony Macklin, Private Cooley, Sgt. James Kelly and Capt. Gerry Casey. The men have sent greetings to loved ones back in Roscommon through the Roscommon People. 

  Celebrations commenced with Christmas Eve Mass by Chaplain Fr. David Tyndall. This was followed by Christmas Day Mass which was celebrated in the outposts located close to the Israeli border for the Irish soldiers serving with the United Nations in the name of peace. 

  Afterwards Christmas Dinner continued in the tradition of the


Council in appeal to public over household charge and unpaid rates

There was some good festive news for people in Roscommon as a result of the 2013 budget which was agreed by councillors at the annual estimates meeting just before Christmas. 

  A 2% drop in commercial rates was agreed and there is also a freeze on water rates for businesses for 2013. It was also announced at the meeting that street cleaning would resume in Roscommon, Boyle and other towns over the Christmas period and on Sundays in the New Year. To add to the good news it was also announced that the civic amenity centres will open again on


Over 100 farmers on stand-by to help patients in winter

Cllr. Domnick Connolly has warmly welcomed the establishment of Local Response Groups to transfer patients to Roscommon County Hospital in the more adverse weather conditions during the potentially frosty winter months.

  This initiative, established recently by the Roscommon Fora Organisation and Roscommon IFA and in conjunction with An Gardai Siochana, will tackle the problem of bad weather conditions which leave some roads inaccessible to emergency vehicles, with the result that people run the risk of not been able to receive basic healthcare in the event of an accident or emergency in a timely manner.

  To combat this problem,


Register septic tank now to qualify for grant Feighan

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan is reminding householders to register their septic tanks and domestic waste water systems before the February 1st deadline, to be eligible to apply for remediation grant.

  “Septic tank owners now just have a couple of weeks to register their systems ahead of the deadline on February 1 st ,” he said.

  “I would like to remind householders that eligibility to apply for a remediation grant will not be possible for those who have not registered their systems.

 “Risk-based inspections of septic tanks are due to commence shortly and owners of


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


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


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


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,


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


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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