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News…at a glance - May 18th



Fundraiser for Portrun Development Association

Portrun Development Association will hold their annual fundraiser night in Paddy Finn’s Bar, Kilteevan on Saturday, May 19th.

  This promises to be a great evening of entertainment including music, finger food and a raffle. Tickets are priced at €10 and can be purchased from the association.

  Funds raised will go towards supporting the efforts of the community group in developing Portrunny and surrounding areas. The new Portrunny Heritage & Nature Trail, Townland Markers, Tidy Towns and plans for a new slipway and an amenity and recreation centre are just a few of the community group’s projects and initiatives that require public support. 

  To find out more, visit www.portrun.ie, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out Facebook page.

Dawn chorus with Roscommon Birdwatch

The Roscommon Birdwatch ‘dawn chorus’ will take place this Sunday (20th) in Mote Park. Those wishing to take part are asked to meet in the carpark at 5 am.

  Birdwatch will also host a talk in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon town on Thursday, 24th. For more information please contact Padraig on 087-9078849.

Family Fun Walk with Lisaniskey NS

Lisaniskey NS Parents’ Association (Oran) is hosting a Family Fun Walk at 12 noon on Sunday, May 20th.

            Entry fee is €5 per individual or €10 per family. The route starts at the school and finishes at the hall where refreshments will be provided.

  This event is organised in conjunction with Lisaniskey NS ‘Active School’ week and Oran GAA ‘Healthy Clubs’ committee. Please come out and support. All welcome!

Táin March this Friday from Ratcroghan!

The Táin March was established in 2011 as a community walking festival to celebrate and promote the epic tale of Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley). 

  This story of envy, honour and military prowess is reputed to have taken place about the time of Christ and involved the armies of Connacht and Ulster in a titanic struggle over a prize bull called Donn Cúailnge.

  The march began in Rathcroghan in Co. Roscommon, where Queen Medb began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley. The 260km walk retraces the route of the epic cattle raid Táin Bó Cúailnge undertaken by Queen Medb of Connacht to the Cooley Peninsula in north Louth some 2,000 years ago.

  This Friday the march sets out from royal site of Rathcroghan at 10 am where children from local primary schools will greet Queen Medb and her marchers and help to send them on their way via Lissonnuffy at the western foot of Slieve Bawn.

  All are welcome to come along to Rathcroghan Mound at 10 am see this spectacle. Further details of the march can be found at the Táin March website (www.tainmarch.ie).

Thank you from Lisacul Tidy Towns

The committee of Lisacul Tidy Towns would like to thank all those who supported the recent cake sale to raise funds for the Tidy Towns. €355 was raised and will go towards the purchase of materials to help the committee make Lisacul look as well as possible.

  The Wednesday Warriors continue to meet every Wednesday at the crossroads at 7.30 pm. All are welcome! 






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Hopkins wants more station upgrades



Senator Maura Hopkins welcomed the visit to Castlerea Garda Station of Minister Flanagan which she said was at her invitation.

  She said: “On many occasions I have raised the need for further investment in policing across Roscommon and it is very positive that Minister Flanagan was able to visit the Castlerea district to meet with Gardaí and learn more about policing challenges within the district.

  “It is very positive that we have seen an increase in Garda numbers across the district with five new Gardaí arriving in recent months. Additionally, the Garda fleet in the district has received significant investment in recent years and is made up of 18 vehicles at present.

  “There has also been significant investment in stations across the district. In Castlerea, over €265,000 was invested in station upgrades in 2016. Significant works have also taken place in Tulsk and Ballaghaderreen to bring the facilities in each station up to standard”.

  Senator Hopkins added: “However, we need to see further station upgrades across the district and I have emphasised strongly to the Minister, the need for works to take place at Ballinlough and Boyle to improve facilities at both locations”.


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Game of Thrones star in tribute to Liz





Ian McElhinney is special guest at Concert in Kilbride



Internationally acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney will be the special guest at a concert in Kilbride Community Centre this Friday evening (May 18th).

  The Game of Thrones star will read a selection of poems during a special celebration of the life and ministry of the late Canon Liz McElhinney.

  This week the busy actor took time out from his schedule to speak with the Roscommon People. He begun by explaining why he will be in Roscommon on Friday night.

  “Liz was married to my cousin, Cyril McElhinney. When she was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neurone Disease) she moved from Roscommon to Lurgan and spent some time writing poetry…I thought it would be nice to record them in a studio and I suggested this at the time to Liz and Cyril…for their own sustenance. So I did, and I gave each of them a copy”.

  Following Liz’s sad passing, a Memorial Service was held in Lurgan, and Ian was asked to read some of the poems on that occasion, which he did, along with his son, Matthew.  

  “It was a wonderful event and it raised a lot of money for MND. As Roscommon was Liz’s final parish, it was decided to hold a Celebration there too”.

  I asked the Belfast-born actor for his memories of Liz.

  “She was a naturally vibrant person. If she was talking to you, you were the focus of her attention, she had a great ability to be totally focussed on you. Liz was very positive with her faith, totally committed to her faith. Also, she was extraordinarily youthful. That’s why I found it so hard when she became ill, so hard to comprehend…this person who I always knew as youthful and vibrant. You would think she would go on forever”.  

  These are busy times for Ian McElhinney. (“I’m glad to be busy…as actors we don’t have pensionable jobs” he quips).

  Ian’s range of work is remarkable. He has had roles in several of the most popular TV series’ of recent decades, including Cold Feet, The Bill, Lovejoy, Taggart, Queer as Folk, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty, The Tudors, The Fall…and on and on it goes!

  There have been film roles too, and of course readers will be familiar with his role as Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones.

  More recently he has starred as the Grandpa Joe’ in the massive Channel 4 hit, ‘Derry Girls’.

  “We expected it to be a success at home” Ian reflects when I ask him about the series. “But we didn’t expect it to be such a success across the water (in the UK). We had great fun doing it and I gather it’s been Channel 4’s biggest comedy success in years. A new series has been given the go-ahead and we will start filming in October or November this year” .

  An instantly recognisable face, his career brings him around the world, but this Friday he will spend a few very special hours in Kilbride in Co. Roscommon, for poignant and special reasons, and for what ultimately is a celebration of a cherished person’s life.

  Ian: “I will be honoured to read Liz’s poems in Kilbride on Friday night. This event will raise funds for MND and it will be a celebration of Liz. She was very warm and personable, vibrant…a wonderful person”.



St. Brigid’s GAA OsKaRs fundraisers



St. Brigid’s GAA Club is running an OSKARS night on Saturday, June 9th at the Hodson Bay Hotel to raise funds for the installation of floodlights on a third pitch in Kiltoom.

  Seven ten minute scenes from well-known movies/TV programmes such as The Shawshank Redemption, Sister Act, Rocky, The Field, The Snapper, Fr. Ted and A Few Good Women will be shown on the night.

  For the past few weeks, 70 local actors have been rehearsing including well-known stars such as Ian Kilbride (Rocky), Aengus O’Rourke (The Field) and David Gleeson (Fr. Ted).

  Each cast is busy organising fundraisers ahead of the event with some events happening in next week including: Choir Fest this Friday in Hodson Bay Hotel at 8.30 pm. This event features well-known choirs such as Mayo Men’s Choir, St. Brigid’s Choir, Le Chéile and Ballybay School Choir. Tickets are €10 and you can pay at the door.

  The Field cast is also hosting a monster BBQ and Boogie Bingo this Sunday (20th) in Hamrock’s, Brideswell at 4.30 pm. The Liam MacCarthy Cup will be in attendance. Bingo with a difference costs €10 for adults and €5 for children. Everyone is welcome.

  The Sister Act cast will host a Style Night in the Sheraton Hotel next Thursday (24th) at 7.30 pm presented by stylist Kathryn Byrne. Tickets are €20 from Sylvia on 086-8031947, Helen on 087-6877629 or from the hotel.