Roscommon

  • A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link: https://aib.ie/security-centre

     

  • Connacht GAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathal Cregg as the new Connacht GAA Provincial Games Development Manager in succession to John Tobin.

    Cathal has worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Officer with Connacht GAA for the past 5 years having previously qualified with a Sport Science Degree and a Research Masters in Exercise Physiology  from Dublin City University and is currently finishing his PhD. 

    He is a member of the Western Gaels GAA club in Roscommon and has been part of the Roscommon Senior Inter-County football team since 2006. He has represented Connacht on many occasions since 2007 winning an Interprovincal title in 2014, played for Ireland in the 2014 International Rules Series in Australia, won two Sigerson cups with DCU and a freshers All-Ireland with NUIG.

  • A new playground and carpark can go ahead at the Demesne in Castlerea, after Roscommon County Councilors passed the part 8 planning permission.

    The project will mean a refurbished playground for the town, and a new carpark that can be used by people attending both the playground and the public swimming pool.

    Locally-based business Harmac Medical has given a large donation towards new playground equipment.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is hopeful the project can get up and running before the swimming pool opens for the Summer season.

    He says the development will greatly enhance amenities in the town.

  • Connacht U17 Championship 
    Mayo 4-20 
    Leitrim 1-08 

    Connacht Junior Championship Quarter Final 
    Mayo 2-15 
    Roscommon 1-17 

  • A family advocate, who travelled to Dublin yesterday for a meeting on the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, has described the events as a shambles.

    HSE management failed to attend the meeting between a local delegation and Ministers Harris and Daly over the future of the unit.

    A local delegation made up of Oireachtas members, family advocates and local councillors were due to meet with Ministers Harris and Daly and Executive Clinical Director for HSE West Amanda Burke and Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan. However Ms Burke and Mr Canavan were not in attendance.

    This was despite a formal request from Senator Maura Hopkins’ office requesting they attend so a clearer picture could be gained about what is happening with the Rosalie Unit.

    It was agreed that the meeting would be reconvened and Senator Hopkins wants a new date confirmed by the end of today.

    Liam Walsh’s mother is a resident of the Rosalie Unit and he was party of the family delegation that travelled to Dublin yesterday. He told Midwest News they are beyond frustrated

  • A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • The Fire Service attended the scene of a fire in Ballaghaderreen last night.

    The fire, which is believed to have broken out in the attic of a house on Barrack Street, occurred after 9pm.

    No injuries were reported and traffic restrictions were in place for a time last night.

     

     

  • The Honorary Freedom of Co Roscommon will be accorded to Ballaghadereen native Brian O’Doherty next Thursday.

    The New-York based internationally-acclaimed writer, artist and art critic will celebrate his 90th birthday next month.

    The decision to award him the Freedom of Roscommon was made at a meeting of Roscommon County Council in January.

    Mr O’Doherty is more widely known in this country as Patrick Ireland – but he buried that name in 2008 following the peace process, and resumed his birth name.

    He will be accorded with the Freedom of Roscommon at a ceremony at the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin next Thursday and his new exhibition entitled “Language and Space” will be officially opened at the museum that afternoon.

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gardaí are investigating a robbery at a bank on Main St, Strokestown Co Roscommon.

    The incident occurred at the Bank of Ireland branch shortly before 3pm today.

    Four masked men entered the building with what's believed to be a handgun and iron bars.

    They stole an amount of cash and fled in a black Audi in the direction of Elphin Road.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

    However, road conditions are a lot worse in Roscommon.

    The Castlerea to Roscommon road and roads around Ballintubber are reported to be in a dangerous condition, and Gardai in Roscommon town are advising people not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary as many roads are impassable.

  • House prices nationally rose by 2.5% during the first three months of 2018, according to the latest House Price Report released today by property website, Daft.ie. The average price nationwide was €247,000, 7.3% higher than a year ago. Compared to their lowest point in 2013, prices nationwide have risen by an average of 50% or just over €82,500.

    In Mayo, prices in the first three months of 2018 were 3% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 11% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €145,000, 31% above its lowest point. In Roscommon prices are up by 4% compared to a year ago, in Sligo 5%, and in Galway County 11%.

    In Dublin, prices rose by 2.3% in the first quarter of the year. This means that the average price in the capital is now €145,000 higher than five years previously. In Cork and Galway cities, prices rose only marginally in the first three months of 2018 (by 0.3% and 0.1% respectively) but are now 59% and 70% higher than their 2013 lows.

    The number of properties available to buy on the market nationwide continues to fall. There were just over 20,000 properties on the market in March. A significant increase in Dublin listings – up from 2,700 a year ago to 3,500 now, largely offset a fall in availability elsewhere. The number of properties on the market outside Dublin is now at 16,800, down 1,000 on a year ago and the lowest on record, for a series starting in January 2007.

  • A Roscommon Senator says she is very frustrated after HSE management failed to attend a meeting between a local delegation and Ministers Harris and Daly over the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says she is very frustrated following the events of yesterday evening.

    A local delegation made up of Oireachtas members, family advocates and local councillors were due to meet with Ministers Harris and Daly and Executive Clinical Director for HSE West Amanda Burke and Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan. However Ms Burke and Mr Canavan were not in attendance.

    This was despite a formal request from Senator Hopkins’ office requesting they attend so a clearer picture could be gained about what is happening with the Rosalie Unit.

    It was agreed that the meeting would be reconvened and Senator Hopkins wants a new date confirmed by the end of today.

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    A hunt's underway for a gang of five who carried out an armed raid on a bank in county Roscommon yesterday.

    Four men wearing balaclavas entered the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown at 2.15pm, threatening staff with a handgun and iron bars.

    No one was injured, but the raiders escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black Audi car, driven by a fifth man who had been waiting outside.

    No arrests have been made but an investigation is ongoing and Gardai have been carrying out searches in the area.  


  • Some areas of the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough were without water again today – for the second time in four days -due to a burst in a pipe.

    Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says it’s not good enough that local residents and Carrick national school are without water once again, as this has happened a number of times in recent weeks.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice is calling on Irish Water to replace the pipe in the area as a matter of urgency. 

  • Irish Water has confirmed that a section of pipe in the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough that’s prone to repeated bursts, will be replaced – but not until August, which is totally unacceptable according to a local Councillor.

    The section of pipe running from Ballinlough village out the Carrick National School has had a number of bursts in recent weeks, causing water outages or low water pressure for householders and businesses in the area, as well as Carrick school.

    Irish Water has now agreed to replace the 2km section of pipe, and has scheduled the work for August.

    While welcoming the pipe replacement, Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s unfair on customers affected by the outages that the work is still three months away…

  • Roscommon/ Galway union representative is the new President of Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO).

    Joe Killeen is now president of INTO in its 150th year.

    He is the principal t in Lough Cutra NS Gort.

    He began his teaching career at Kiltrusten NS, in Strokestown.  Since 1987 he has been principal of Lough Cutra.

    As an INTO Executive member Joe represented District 6 on the Small Schools Task Force set up in 2012 by the union to advise the executive on opposing proposals by the Department of Education and Skills to close small schools. He has held the post of vice president for the last 12 months.

    Speaking after taking office today Joe said he was looking forward to leading the teachers of the 32 county teachers union through its 150th year. Adding that he will be working hard to eradicate the present situation where there are two different pay scales for teachers doing the same job.

  • Christy Ring Cup 
    Group 1
    Round 2

    Kildare 2-14
    Mayo 1-15 

    Wicklow 2-16 
    Roscommon 0-16

    Lory Meagher Cup 
    Sligo 4-14
    Lancashire 2-19 

  • A deputation from Castlerea were planning to travel to Dublin later today to meet with the Health Minister Simon Harris and the Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly, in relation to the future of the Rosalie unit in Castlerea.

    However, Minister Daly has requested that the meeting be postponed, due to diary issues.

    It’s now been rescheduled for three weeks time -Wed 28th March.

    There are major concerns about the future of the home, which accommodates 13 elderly people with Alzheimers and dementia, after the HSE said the facility is not part of its long-term plans.

    No new admissions have been taken into the home for the past year and a half.

    However, a campaign is underway locally to retain the Rosalie unit, with thousands of people signing a petition to that effect.

     

  • Met Eireann has issued a Status Red Snow-Ice Alert for the five counties of Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

    As is the case with a red weather warning, schools in those counties are likely to close today and remain closed until the warning is lifted.

    Forecasters say total snowfall up to mid-day tomorrow could reach 25 cm ,while a status orange warning has been extended to Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

    It follows a very cold night, with snow showers in parts of the east, south and midlands.

    The West of Ireland has escaped most of the snow showers, however, it’s on the way, with snow falling in the past hour or two in areas of Co Roscommon and moving into East Mayo.

    Temperatures overnight dropped to between minus 2 and minus 5 across the West & Northwest, with minus 3 recorded at Knock Airport, and temperatures are not expected to rise above zero today.

    The arrival of Storm Emma tomorrow is set to bring heavy snowfall and gale force winds.