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Group from Ballaghaderreen honoured at Áras



A group of people from Ballaghaderreen were honoured by President Michael D. Higgins at a garden party at Áras an Uachtarain yesterday (Wednesday) for their work in helping asylum seekers and refugees.

  The group was honoured for their efforts in helping dozens of residents at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in the Abbeyfield Hotel in the Ballaghaderreen integrate into the local community.

  President Higgins thanked all those involved before highlighting the talent and skills being brought to Ireland by asylum seekers and refugees. He called on the people of Ireland to help immigrants and added that there was a need to improve the direct provision system.


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New grant scheme for septic tanks – Hopkins




A new grant aid scheme for the repair or replacement of septic tanks is to be introduced by Minister Eoghan Murphy.

  Senator Maura Hopkins outlined details: “To avail of this scheme, the treatment system must have been inspected under the EPA’s National Inspection Plan and an advisory notice must have been issued.

  “A means test will no longer be applied. The level of grant aid support is being increased to 85% of the total eligible cost of the installation/upgrade or €5,000 (whichever amount is less)”.

  The Fine Gael Senator said that the changes to this new septic tank scheme will be beneficial for many householders across Roscommon and Galway.

  “I am concerned that homeowners who identify issues with their septic tanks cannot avail of the grants scheme to fix the problem and protect water sources. I have raised this issue with Minister Eoghan Murphy TD”.

  Senator Hopkins said that the new scheme is in the final stages of development and exact qualifying criteria will be available in the coming weeks.


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New air ambulance a boost for this area – Naughten




Confirmation that a contract has now been signed for the operation of a second air ambulance base in Ireland – to be located in Cork – has been welcomed by Independent TD Denis Naughten.

  Deputy Naughten says it will take pressure off the air ambulance which is based in Athlone.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People, Deputy Naughten that he had a commitment to establish a second air ambulance covering the southern part of the country included in the Programme for Government and again incorporated into the Department of Health’s Plan for the reform of trauma services across the country.

  Deputy Naughten said: “At present Ireland has one dedicated air ambulance – based at Custume Barracks in Athlone. Now, the development of a second air ambulance at Rathcoole, near Millstreet in Co. Cork, will allow the Athlone-based service to respond to more emergencies in the Midlands and West of Ireland”.

  He added: “Since the current service was launched in 2012, the air ambulance in Athlone has saved countless lives. Now with a second air ambulance coming on stream, the dedicated team from the Air Corps and National Ambulance Service advance paramedics in Athlone will be in a position to respond to many more emergencies”.



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News…at a glance - June 21st




Meeting of Rahara Graveyard committee

A meeting of the Rahara Old Church and Graveyard Committee will be held in Rahara National School on Monday, June 24th at 9 pm. All welcome.


Annual Fuerty Cemetery Mass

The annual Fuerty Cemetery Mass will take place on Friday, June 28th. Families are invited to tidy up their graves and to remove all withered flowers and wreaths that are not looking their best from graves. The Mass will take place at 7 pm.


Solstice Choir at St Joseph’s Church

Roscommon Solstice Choir will perform in St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle on Friday, June 21st at 8.30 pm. Admission €10 and doors open at 8 pm (bring a cushion). All proceeds will go towards St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle Church of Ireland and Touch Ireland (Shannonside Group).


MS Ireland Church gate collections

This Saturday and Sunday (June 22nd and 23rd), Co. Roscommon branch of MS Ireland is holding its annual Church gate collection at Mass times at Athleague Church.

  Branch work is made possible through fundraising and the branch would like to extend a word of gratitude to its loyal Church gate collectors and their helpers.

  As this is its main source of income, the branch is asking for the public’s usual generous support to ensure it can continue its work which began over forty years ago in this area.  



Local Forum meetings take summer break

Roscommon, Galway and Mayo Local Forum meetings are taking a break for the summer holidays. Meetings will recommence in September.


Roscommon GAA Kelloggs Cúl Camps

The annual Roscommon GAA Kelloggs Cúl camp will take place in Dr. Hyde Park from Monday, July 1st to Friday, July 5th from 10 am to 2.30 pm daily for boys and girls aged between 6 and 13 years. Each child who attends the camp will receive a jersey, half-zip training top and backpack.

  Cost is €60 per child, €115 for two children, €160 for three, and €45 per child thereafter. 

  Online booking is essential at kelloggsculcamps.ie in order to guarantee your child a place at the camp. 

  For further information, please contact Willie Hegarty, Roscommon GAA Games Manager, on 086-8356227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Country Music fundraiser in Foxe’s pub

Foxe’s Pub in Roscommon will play host to a Country Music Night fundraiser this Friday (June 21st) from 9 pm in order to raise funds for Ireland’s DiaEuro Futsal squad ahead of their upcoming trip to Kiev in the Ukraine for July’s European Championships.

  Local man, Aidan Raftery, is the team’s sports therapist and the team is made up of players who have Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Ireland will compete at the European DiaEuro Futsal Championships from July 21st to July 26th. Funds raised at this Saturday’s event will go towards flights, accommodation, equipment and gear, etc.

  Music on the night will be provided by Adrian Martin Murphy and there will be a draw with some great prizes on offer. There are also Diabetes Ireland sponsorship cards in businesses around Roscommon at €2 per line or €5 for three lines. The draw will take place on the night. Businesses or individuals who would like to donate a prize can do so by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 089-4304496. Further details are also available on social media.




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