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Major investment for Monksland





Deputy Denis Naughten and Senator Maura Hopkins have both welcomed the allocation of Government funding of €2.75m and a further €900,000 by Roscommon County Council to develop a new life sciences innovation hub in Monksland in Athlone. Senator Hopkins has claimed that the funding was allocated on foot of her engagement on issues with Minister Michael Ring, while Denis Naughten has pointed out that he was a member of the initial sub-committee which developed the project,

  The funding is to refurbish a disused building in Monksland Business Park into a life sciences and co-working hub to support existing rural enterprises requiring high speed broadband and support for start-up companies.

  The hub will build on the software and life sciences businesses in the Monksland area and will be funded through the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund announced by Minister Michael Ring on Wednesday. 

  The project, which was initially spearheaded by Athlone Chamber and supported by Roscommon LEADER Partnership, is now being promoted in conjunction with Roscommon County Council and Enterprise Ireland.

  Denis Naughten, who was a member of the initial sub-committee which developed the project, said: “Many small and start-up businesses outside of the main towns are struggling to access quality broadband that can make their enterprise a success and this project can help fill that void.

  “Over time this project has expanded to become a potential key driver of new jobs not just in Monksland but in the towns around our region, by attracting innovative start-up companies into our area”.

  Senator Hopkins said that she recently brought Minister Ring to Co. Roscommon and these funds had been secured as a result. She said: “I am pleased to have worked closely with Minister Ring and Roscommon County Council on this application. By supporting start-ups in the life sciences sector, it will consolidate the existing presence in the area and will provide a route to major growth in the pharma sector right across the region”.

  Senator Hopkins concluded: “I want to thank Minister Michael Ring for making this funding available and I will be continuing to work closely with him to ensure that we can secure further investment for other projects to increase job opportunities across Roscommon and Galway”.



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News…at a glance - November 8th



Ballintubber Defibrillator Church gate collection

Ballintubber Defibrillator Group is holding its annual Church gate collection this Saturday and Sunday (9th and 10th  of November). 

  There are currently three defibrillators in the parish, one in the village opposite the Church, one at the head of Carane Road and one at the Enfield GAA pitch. The group is endeavouring to encourage new people to train to use the defibrillators and will be holding more training very soon. The aim would be that every household would have someone trained to use a defibrillator and be able to resuscitate someone in need if required. 

  The defibrillators, batteries and their covers are quite costly and your support for the Church gate collection would be greatly appreciated.

Saint Vincent de Paul Church gate collections

Saint Vincent de Paul, Roscommon Conference, is holding its annual Christmas Church gate collection this Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th at Roscommon and Kilteevan Churches. Your support and generosity would be gratefully appreciated.

North Galway Vintage and Heritage Club Autojumble

The North Galway Vintage and Heritage Club will host its annual Autojumble this Sunday (10th) at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre.

  There will up to 50 trade stands and car boot traders on the day with items for sale such as parts for both vintage and new machinery, including cars and tractors, service tools both new and second-hand, bric-a-brac, crafts, and small food producers. Visitors to the Autojumble may also discover antiques, clothing, footwear and many other items on the day.

  Other attractions on the day include the club’s vintage display and a model diecast display.

  This is the club’s final event of the year and traders are welcome by invitation only. For more information, contact Ted on 086-4553776, Mike on 087-2967040/087-4357346 or Danny on 086-8510445; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow the North Galway Vintage and Heritage Club on Facebook or www.ngvhv.com.

Roscommon Town ICA Guild meeting

The next Roscommon Town ICA Guild meeting takes place in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon town on Tuesday, November 12th at 8 pm.

  Members are asked to please make every effort to attend. There will be a wine tasting and cheese reception on the night.

  For those interested in joining the Roscommon Town ICA Guild, please contact 086-8230754 for more details.

Church gate collection for Ballinderry Old Graveyard

The annual Church gate collection in aid of the Ballinderry Old Graveyard restoration project will take place in Fourmilehouse this Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th. All support would be gratefully appreciated.

Public meeting ahead of Shoebox Appeal

The annual Team Hope Shoebox Appeal returns to Co. Roscommon and organisers have called a public meeting at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon town tonight (Thursday 7th) from 8 pm. Those wishing to volunteer this year are invited to come along as Team Hope seek help with school shoebox collections across the county, as well as sorting boxes, and sourcing fillers. Donations are also needed to fill shoeboxes, which will be delivered to children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

  For more information, visit www.teamhope.ie or text 085-7320027.

Rosary at Kileenan and Ardcarne Graveyards

The Rosary will be recited in Kileenan and Ardcarne Graveyards at 2 pm and 3 pm respectively on Sunday, November 17th.

Mass at Knock Shrine this Sunday

Mass will be held at Knock Shrine this Sunday (November 10th) at 3 pm for all parents who have lost children. Those wishing to have the names of loved ones included in prayers are asked to attend at 2.30 pm.


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Roscommon Drama Group claims four awards in Ballina



Roscommon Drama Group started out on the trail to Clonakilty for the All-Ireland One Act Finals at the Ballina Drama Festival with an award-winning performance of Tennessee Williams’ ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’.

  Set in the Deep South and telling the story of malice, greed and revenge, the group captured all the elements of the play. There were sterling stage performances from Bernie Maher as Flora, a southern belle dominated by her husband Jake, played by Con Connolly. Jake burns down a neighbour’s business –owned by Silva Vicarro – who is in competition with Jake. Silva, played by Tom Holian, takes his revenge on Jake and on the innocent Flora as the play progresses.

  Featuring a very strong cast under the direction of Mary Cox, backed up by a very large backstage crew, the Roscommon Drama Group was to get its Clonakilty mission off to a flying start.  

  When the adjudicator Walker Ewart gave his decision there were celebrations galore among the Rossies and their band of supporters as Bernie Maher won best actress, followed by Tom Holian as best actor and the icing on the cake as the play won the Confined Competition and Mary Cox won the best director award.

  A great start with a win and twelve points in the bank on the first outing of six to lay a solid foundation for the weeks ahead as the group strives to qualify for Clonakilty in December.

  On Sunday next Roscommon Drama Group take to the stage for the second leg of their journey in the Touchline Theatre at Cavan Rugby Club.



Folk sensation Lisa O’Neill for Knockcroghery




Hot on the heels of a hugely successful Singers Festival, South Roscommon Singers Circle have another sensational night of entertainment lined up this week.

  It’s a gig not to be missed and a rare opportunity, in the midlands region, to hear and see Lisa O’Neill live in concert with special guest Ku Kilian.

  The performance takes place in Murray’s Lounge, Knockcroghery, this Thursday, the 7th of November at 8 pm.

  Lisa O’Neill was recently nominated for four RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards: Best Folk Album, Best Original Folk Tracks, Best Traditional Folk Track and Best Folk Singer.

  She was also nominated for four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Folk Singer of the Year, Best Traditional Track, Best Original Track and Best Album.

  A voluntary contribution (€10 suggested) will be requested on the night.