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New air ambulance service lifts off – Naughten




Denis Naughten, TD has welcomed confirmation that a second air ambulance, based in County Cork, has become operational. He pointed out that it will take pressure off the air ambulance based in Athlone and provide more comprehensive air ambulance coverage throughout the country.

  Denis Naughten says he secured a commitment to establish a second air ambulance covering the southern part of the country as part of the Programme for Government and to have it incorporated into the Department of Health’s plan for the reform of trauma services across the country.

  Welcoming the commencement of the service, Denis Naughten said: “Ireland had one dedicated air ambulance based at Custume Barracks in Athlone and the development of the second air ambulance at Rathcoole, near Millstreet in County Cork, will allow the Athlone-based service to respond to more emergencies in the Midlands and West of Ireland”.


Roscommon Show launch is next Thursday



Roscommon Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday, the 17th of August next. With extra classes lined up, and a prize fund of €50,000, this year’s show is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

  There will be free kids’ entertainment on the day. Entry is free.

  Volunteers will be needed on the day. Meetings take place every Thursday night at 9.30 pm in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon.

  For further information, call Damian Hannon (Chairperson) on 086-8509845, or Christy Tully (PRO) on 086-2209338.

  The Show launch will be held on Thursday, August 8th in Hannon’s Hotel at 9 pm. All are welcome.

News…at a glance - August 2nd




Car Boot Sale for Cancer Support

There will be a Car Boot Sale in aid of Roscommon Cancer Support Centre at Casey’s Supermac’s this Saturday (August 3rd) from 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is €15 per car/van, and there is no need to book.


Kilkerrin/Clonberne Cemetery Masses

The annual Cemetery Masses in Kilkerrin/Clonberne Parish will take place in Kilkerrin Cemetery on Monday, August 5th at 12 noon and in Clonberne Cemetery on Sunday, August 11th at 11 am (weather permitting). Please let people know who may wish to come home for this occasion. Cemetery maintenance envelopes will be taken up at these Masses.


Special Mass for Healing in Curraghboy

A Special Mass for Healing will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre on Friday, August 9th, commencing at 8 pm. The celebrant will be Fr. John Walsh. 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


Cemetery Sunday Mass

Cemetery Sunday Mass will take place in Cloontuskert Cemetery on Sunday, August 11th, at 6 pm.

7th annual Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle

The 7th annual Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle, supported by Lecarrow Lazers and in aid of Croí, will take place on Saturday, August 17th from Lecarrow.

  The cycle is organised each year by the family and friends of Darragh Kenny, who passed away suddenly in January 2013.

  There will also be one other event taking place in Lecarrow in aid of Croí in the run-up to the Darragh Kenny Memorial Cycle. A darts tournament will take place in Coffey’s Pub on Saturday, August 10th. All are welcome.

  The cycle will feature three different scenic routes including 40k, 80k and 150k and each will start and finish from St. John’s Community Centre in Lecarrow. The 150k route, which will take in counties Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim, will start at 10 am while the 80k will begin at 12 pm and the 40k at 2 pm. The staggered start times will allow each cyclist to rendezvous in Knockcroghery ahead of the finish.


Kilcroan Cemetery clean-up this Saturday

The Kilcroan Cemetery clean-up continues on Saturday, August 11th and the rota is as follows: Margaret Joyce, Bernie Flynn, Marie Finan, Mary Rowntree, Eileen Joyce, Eileen Kane, Breda Muldoon, Johnny Kenny, Shane Gunning, Des Joyce, Michael Gillooley, Marty Nally, Noel, Egan, Seamus Connolly, Liam O’Brien, Tommy Joyce, Tom Flynn and Kieran Mahon.


Open Day at RSG Flexible Learning College

 RSG Flexible Learning College at the RSG Centre in Derrane will host an Open Day for QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 on Thursday, August 8th from 10 am-5 pm. All are welcome.

  RSG Flexible Learning College are providers of Manual Handling and Safe Patient Moving, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and IT training.

  For more information on RSG Flexible Learning College visit rsgcollege.ie or call 090-6625852 Ext. 221/086-1668428 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Lecarrow Community NS to open under GRETB



Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) has announced that Lecarrow Community National School, formerly St. John’s National School, Lecarrow, will re-open for the 2019/2020 school year under the patronage of GRETB. This follows the transfer of patronage from the Diocese of Elphin to GRETB. It will be the first community national school in Co. Roscommon and the GRETB has said it offers a progressive model of primary education underpinned by a unique multidenominational ethos. 

  Community National Schools are managed by Education and Training Boards and are publicly funded, publicly managed, multidenominational schools.

  David Leahy, Chief Executive of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, recently expressed his gratitude for those who made Lecarrow’s new school possible.

  “I would like to thank in particular Bishop Kevin Doran and Fr. Ray Milton for their support and confidence in GRETB. GRETB, which is already patron to 20 post-primary schools in Galway and Roscommon, believes that more diversity is required to meet the changing needs of our population and is excited to work with staff, pupils, parents and the wider community of Lecarrow Community National School in delivering greater choice in primary education in County Roscommon. 

  “Having GRETB as patron means the school will benefit from a broad range of services and supports for their Board of Management and staff, such as administrative, financial, IT, HR, corporate governance and buildings. This ensures that the staff of the school have more time to focus on excellence in teaching and learning,” he said.

  GRETB are inviting all enquiries regarding enrolment at the school on 091-874519 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





SIPTU wants Minister to intervene in ESB power stations crisis




SIPTU has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to take direct responsibility for solving the crisis concerning the continued operation of ESB power stations which is threatening thousands of jobs in the midlands. The call came following a protest by Bord na Móna workers in Lanesboro on Monday evening.

  ESB Group of Unions secretary, Willie Noone, said: “The news that An Bord Pleanála has refused Shannonbridge Power Station in County Offaly a licence to develop a biomass fuel firing system threatens hundreds of jobs in the midlands region.

  “It is now highly likely, that due to increasing costs, the ESB may deem the continued operation of Shannonbridge Power Station unviable as early as January 2020, although it does have a licence to continue burning peat until the end of next year. This means that over 300 direct jobs are at risk with hundreds more that indirectly rely on the operation of the power station also under threat.

  “With the future of Lough Ree Power Station in County Longford also on a knife-edge the Bord na Móna Group of Unions is calling on Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to take direct responsibility in finding a solution to a crisis which threatens to economically devastate the midlands,” he said.

  He added: “The current debacle in relation to the treatment of Bord na Móna workers in Lanesboro, Co. Longford cannot be allowed to be repeated across the midlands region which is heavily reliant on the power generation industry. It is clear from the hundreds that joined a protest march on Monday evening in support of the Lanesborough workers that midland communities are united behind a call for government action”.

Decision to refuse planning at Shannonbridge must be appealed – Murphy



Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has said the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment of an ESB power station to co-fuel the Shannonbride power station with biomass must be appealed.

  Deputy Murphy said the decision is another massive blow to Bord na Móna and ESB workers across the midlands who have “seen their livelihoods decimated bit by bit in what is fast turning out to be a summer of discontent”.

  He said: “We have known for a long time that Bord na Móna will be diversifying over the coming years, but there must be time to transition. You can’t shut up shop on an entire industry that has provided employment for successive generations without first putting in place tangible alternatives and safeguarding the local economy.

  “I attended the protest by workers in Lanesboro this week to lend my support to those who have been let go by the swift changes. Hundreds turned out to protest. There is much anger. People feel hard done by with such little consultation and massive changes taking place almost overnight.

  “The Government has been very lethargic in dealing with the matter. They dragged their heels on establishing a transition forum and the delay in their application for EU funding was nothing short of disgraceful. I am calling on the ESB to immediately appeal the decision”, he concluded. 


Fitzmaurice slams ‘agenda to lay off workers’



Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has slammed what he says is an apparent agenda to lay off Lough Ree Power Station workers in Lanesboro.

  Speaking following Monday evening’s protest in Lanesboro, Deputy Fitzmaurice said he was concerned that the agenda was being driven by some Bord na Móna personnel who are intent on letting staff go.

  “As I said at yesterday’s meeting, we sat down with Bord na Mona a year ago and they waxed lyrically about their vision for the future – calling it a ‘just transition’.

  “But recent developments have proven to us that Bord na Mona are trying to force through an ‘unjust transition’.

  “It was heartening to see the crowd which turned out to support the workers on Monday evening. Many of those people present had a family member or friend who worked in the bogs in the Mount Dillon area,” he said.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice added: “When Bord na Móna’s decarbonisation plan was revealed, it had been agreed that the company would look for around 450 redundancies while the remaining workers would be left with a clear path of work for the next few years while the company diversified its operations. 

  “We also sat down with Bord na Móna representatives recently and pledged our support to try and help them to maintain as many jobs in rural Ireland as possible”.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice added that he was disappointed to hear that the ESB’s power plant in Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly had been refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanala, saying that it represented a danger to a further 300 jobs on top of the uncertainity in Co. Longford. He echoed SIPTU’s demands that Minister Richard Bruton intervene in the crisis.


Roscommon priest named Bishop of Clonfert


Pope Francis recently announced the appointment of Fr. Michael Duignan from Bealnumulla, Athlone, Co. Roscommon as the new Bishop of Clonfert. The announcement was made on Tuesday, July 16th in St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Loughrea by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo.

  Fr. Duignan is a priest of the Diocese of Elphin and replaces Bishop John Kirby, who had been in the role for the past 31 years. The bishop-elect is 49-years-old and the eldest of six children from Bealnamulla. He studied for the priesthood in Rome, where he also studied for qualifications in theology, including a doctorate.

  Fr. Duignan has taught Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at St. Angela’s College in Sligo and had also been Assistant Diocesan Secretary in Elphin. He has also been a member of the Elphin Diocesan Pastoral Council, Council of Priests, Finance Committee, College of Consultors and the Diocesan Safeguarding Executive.


County Council supports creation of task force


Roscommon County Council has supported a motion calling on the Government to create a task force in order to help combat the planned lay-offs at Bord na Móna, which it was revealed this week has lost almost €50m in the last 12 months.

  Cllr. Tom Crosby proposed establishing the task force for stakeholders including Bord na Móna, the ESB, various unions, IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Roscommon, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and Galway County Councils.


Murphy says rehab unit may be victim of overspend




Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has reiterated that he fears that a multi-million euro project at Roscommon University Hospital – namely the medical rehab unit – could be jeopardised because of the overspend on the National Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband Plan.

  Noting that the Roscommon project is subject to capital funding availability, Deputy Murphy said that Robert Watt, the Secretary General of the Department, has indicated that between 2020 and 2022 at least €385 million extra will be required to complete the National Children’s Hospital project.

  Deputy Murphy said that the programme for completion of works on the medical rehabilitation unit at Roscommon University Hospital is subject to capital funding availability.

  He said it is “complete nonsense” for Minister Paschal Donohoe to suggest that no projects will be impacted by the Children’s Hospital overspend.

   “Senior HSE officials disagree with Minister Donohoe’s contention” the local TD said.

  On the local hospital project, Deputy Murphy welcomed the fact that a design team has been appointed and that a pre-planning meeting has been held with Roscommon County Council.




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