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Minister: ‘Rosalie decision won’t be dictated by politics’


In what will be seen as a major setback for the campaign opposing its closure, the Minister for Mental Health stated on Wednesday morning that a political decision will not prevent Rosalie Unit in Castlerea from closing.

  Minister Jim Daly was responding to Senator Keith Swanick in the Seanad. Senator Swanick, who is from Castlerea, said he totally opposes the unit’s closure. Minister Daly insisted that it was not a political decision.

  “It won’t be any politician that will dictate the future of that unit. It won’t be any HSE management that will dictate the future of the unit for these people. It will be dictated by clinical best guidance and what’s in the best interests of these patients”.

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Medical Assessment Unit opening hours extended


Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the Taoiseach’s confirmation of the commitment he secured in the Budget of funding to extend the opening hours of the Medical Assessment Unit at Roscommon County Hospital.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People yesterday (Wednesday), Minister Naughten confirmed that discussions with hospital management had already taken place.

  “We have already had discussions with local hospital management regarding the additional staffing requirements at the hospital to extend the MAU opening hours and I understand this is currently going through the recruitment process. A lot of work has taken place to date and this work is continuing,” Minister Naughten said.

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News..at a glance - February 12th


Fleadh entry forms

It appears that some competitors are finding it difficult to download the entry form from the Comhaltas national website. 

  There is a Facebook alternative – Fleadh Cheoil Ros Comáin 2018 or Comhaltas Bhaile Ros Comáin.

  Don’t forget, there’s only about a week to get your entries to your local Comhaltas Secretary by closing date, which is 23rd of February (Easter is much earlier this year).

5km and 10km Walk/Run in Donamon

Oran Gets Active 2018 in conjunction with Roscommon Sports Partnership is hosting a 5km and 10km Walk/Run on Sunday, 25th of February 2018 leaving Cuisle, Donamon, Co. Roscommon at 12 noon. Registration starts at 11 am. 

  Prizes for first male and female home. Cost €10. Open to all. 

For more details contact Michelle on 087-4648437, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Friendship Circle

All are welcome to come to the Friendship Circle for chat, refreshments, games, music and activities. They are held on Sundays from 4-6 pm at The Core (corner of Church Street & Abbey Street).

Special Mass for Healing of the Family Tree

Special Mass for Healing of the Family Tree will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre, Curraghboy, Athlone on Thursday, 22nd of February, commencing at 8 pm. The celebrant will be Fr. John Walsh.

  Confessions will be available from 7 pm prior to Holy Mass and individual blessings for healing will take place after Mass. All are most welcome. Contact: 086-4054489.

Tractor Run for CF in Ballydangan

A major Tractor Run in aid of Cystic Fibrosis is being held in Ballydangan this weekend.

  The Tractor Run will commence at Connaughton’s Pub, Clonark, Ballydangan on Sunday, February 18th.

  Registration from 11.30 am-12.15 pm. Entry fee: €20.

  All proceeds are going towards research for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Your support will be greatly appreciated and all are welcome on the day.

Four Roads Healthy Club launches Walk n’ Talk

Four Roads Healthy Club launches Walk n’ Talk in Tisrara Community Sports Park on Sunday, February 18th.

  This initiative aims to encourage all members of our community to come together as a social group while also having the added benefit of getting active.

  Walk n’ Talk will start at 4 pm every Sunday with walkers welcome to join us any time between then and 6 pm. All age groups are welcome and encouraged to attend.

  This is just the first of many health and well-being initiatives that Four Roads Healthy Club hopes to roll out over the coming year so watch this space! #HealthyFourRoads

Irish Heart Foundation Mobile Health Unit

As part of the Healthy Ireland at Your Library initiative, the Irish Heart Foundation Mobile Health Unit will be outside Roscommon Library on Saturday, 17th of February from 10 am-4 pm.

  Why not come along and avail of free blood pressure checks and information on heart health from qualified nurses. Your support is appreciated.

‘True Friends’ in Rooskey

Rooskey Community Centre will host the production, ‘True Friends’, on Friday, March 9th at 8 pm (doors 7.30 pm).

  The play was written by local man, Seamus Lannon, and features Frank Hussey, Liz Durkin and Roisín Sweeney.

  Tickets are now available in Centra in Rooskey and through the booking line on 086-0890893.


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Harris to open Boyle Primary Care Centre


Senator Frank Feighan has confirmed that the Minister for Health Simon Harris will officially open Boyle Primary Care Centre on Saturday, February 24th at 11.30 am.

  He said: “I am delighted that the Minister for Health has accepted my invitation to officially open the new Primary Care Centre.

  “The facility, now open approximately a month, is providing health services to a population of about 9,000 people in the town and surrounding areas.

  “As I have said before, the Primary Care Centre is a very positive development for the town and the wider North Roscommon area”.

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