Roscommon

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.

     

  • Up to four masked raiders got way with several thousand euro worth of phones in a robbery in Roscommon town.

    The raid happened around half past four this morning,

     

    In the early hours of this morning a Silver 5 series BMW pulled up outside the Vodafone shop on Main street in Roscommon town.

    Masked raiders armed with sledgehammers forced open the shutters and smashed their way into the shop and offices.

    They took a large quantity of phones worth several thousand euro.

    Gardaí responded to the alarm within minutes but the raiders had already made their escape.

    The number plates on the Silver BMW had been stolen from two cars in the Lanesborough area around half past nine last night.

    Anyone who may have been in Lanesborough or Roscommon between 4 and 5 o'clock this morning and noticed anything suspicious or have dash cam footage is asked to contact Gardai.

     

     

  • A 68 year old woman has died following a crash in Roscommon last night.

    The three car collision happened on the N63 Lanesboro to Roscommon road at around 9:45pm.

    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital.

    The two drivers of the other vehicles were brought to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  • The National Ambulance Service will operate from the Loughglynn Ambulance Base from today.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the HSE has confirmed that the ambulance service will be operating an additional emergency ambulance in Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week.

    This service will see crews operating and reporting from the base in Loughglynn, with additional support provided from Roscommon.

    However, there is no clarity yet as to which days the base will operating on or how many staff will be there.

    Senator Hopkins says these are some of the questions she will be putting to Martin Dunne, Director of the National Ambulance Service, when she meets him on Tuesday August 21st.

  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.

     

  • 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

     

  • Bishop Kevin Doran has announced a number of diocesan appointments for the Elphin Diocese.

    Canon Thomas Hever, who's returning from sabbatical leave, has been appointed Parish Priest of Drumcliff-Maugherow with immediate effect, replacing Fr Michael Donnelly who has retired.

    Fr Kevin Fallon, who's currently Parish Priest of Kilglass and Rooskey, is going on sabbatical leave until next Summer, effective from from 10th August, and he will be replaced in Kilglass & Rooskey by Fr Martin Mulvaney, Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul in Athlone.

    In turn, Fr John Deignan, curate at St Peter & Paul's in Athlone, has been promoted to Parish Priest of the area.

     

  • A boil water notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon has been lifted, with immediate effect.

    The boil water notice was imposed on 27th July, due to coliform bacteria detections and low chlorine residuals at locations throughout the network.

    The notice applied to all customers on the Grangemore Public Water supply and Ballinameen Camlin group water schemes, and it affected customers in the Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore and Killaraght areas.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have now confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted, and customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

     

     

  • The Castlerea Festival will get underway later this evening and runs for 10 days. This is the 30th year of the festival.

    The opening parade starts at 8.30pm and over the next 10 days there is a variety of events taking place in the town. There will be some traffic restrictions while the parade is making its way through the town tonight.

    They include the opening of the new park and playground at the Demense on Sunday afternoon, a food exhibition in the Hub on Monday evening, a walk to Clonalis House on Tuesday, a photo exhibition in the Trinity Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, Michael English live on Thursday night, Pig Racing on Friday, the RSA Safety Shuttle and a Guns N Roses tribute band on Saturday August 4th, the Swimming Gala and Rose of Castlerea on Sunday week and the agricultural show on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Ivan Connaughton has confirmed that he will not be running in next year's local elections.

    The Athleague-based councillor says he's making his intentions known now, ahead of the party's closing date for nominations next Monday.

    In a statement posted on Facebook, Ivan Connaughton confirmed he would not be contesting next May's local elections for reasons previously stated.

    He was first elected to Roscommon County Council in 2014, and stood for Fianna Fail in two by-elections in 2011 and 2014 - narrowly missing winning a seat in 2014.

    Shortly after that by-election, he said he wouldn't stand for Fianna Fail again while Micheal Martin was party leader, and Councillor Connaughton has confirmed again today that he's not happy with the party leadership or the direction of the party.

     

     

     

     

  • The centenary of women's suffrage is being marked in County Sligo today.

    A seminar in honour of the achievements made by women in the trade union movement and politics is being held in Lissadell House.

    SIPTU's hosting the summer school to recognise the contribution Constance Markievicz made to women in politics and to the people of the North West.

    SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council Secretary, John McCarrick says she helped women get the vote.

  • 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.

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    Today has provided a break from the heatwave, as temperatures across the country are considerably lower than previous days.

    Yesterday, Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon recorded the country's top temperature of 28 degrees celsius, with temperatures in Co Mayo ranging from 26 degrees in Claremorris and 25 degrees at Knock Airport to 17 degrees in Belmullet.

    Today temperatures will not exceed 16-19 degrees in Connacht, but warmer, sunnier weather is on the way again over the weekend.

    Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe says temperatures will rise again from tomorrow onwards, with 28 or 29 degrees expected on Sunday and Monday.

     

  • 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.

  • A decision now needs to be made as to how exactly the HSE run Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is to develop, according to Minister for Communications, local deputy Denis Naughten. 

    At a meeting yesterday in the unit with the Minister for the Elderly Jim Daly and attended by local public representatives and HSE representatives, seven different options were presented as to how the unit might progress. 

    At present the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is a residential home for about 12 residents with dementia.

    A local campaign group has worked hard to keep the facility open, after the HSE had stated its intention to close it some months ago. 

    However that decision was reversed and Minister Naughten received a firm commitment from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the unit as a residential facility for patients with mental health issues, would remain open. Leo Varadkar had given the same commitment in 2015 when he was Minister for Health and the future of the unit was under threat. 

     

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

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

  • The N60 road from Castlerea train station to Ballymoe remains closed for another week, as work is continuing on a new overlay on that section of road.

    The works are due to be completed next weekend.

    However, Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is calling for emergency funding to be provided to improve sections of the N60 between Harristown and Ballymoe village.

    Councillor Fitzmaurice says the Summer drought has caused parts of the road to sink, and will require emergency works.

  • The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the quality of drinking water in public supplies across the country remains high.

    The EPA Drinking Water Report for 2017 shows a high level of compliance with microbiological and chemical standards, indicating that most of our water supplies are safe to drink.

    However, there are currently 72 "at risk" supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List.

    It's expected drinking water in Ireland will be in line with EU standards by 2010 - 16 years after the deadline for compliance.

    The number of public water supplies on the Remedial Action List has fallen from 339 ten years ago to 72 at present.

    Irish Water says upgrading works on 38 of these supplies will be finished by the end of the year.

    There are no public water supplies in Co Mayo currently on the Remedial Action List, however, there are two in both counties Roscommon and Galway - both of which are due for completion by the end of this year.

    9 water supplies across the country are currently on a boil water notice - including the Lough Talt scheme will supplies water to over 12,000 people mainly in Co Sligo.

    A planning application has been submitted for a new plant to tackle water quality on the Lough Talt scheme, but the EPA says that due to planning difficulties, there is no timeframe available yet for the completion of these works.

  • A new exhibition of the paintings of Co Roscommon-born artist Roderic O'Conor has gone on display today at the National Gallery in Dublin.

    Roderic O'Conor was born in Castleplunkett in 1860 and his family relocated to Dublin when he was a child.

    The artist spent much of his later life in Paris.

    This new exhibition includes over 60 of his major works, featuring colourful French scenes and striking etchings created during his years in France.

    The exhibition runs at the National Gallery until October.

     

     

  • 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