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Paul Healy

Drama Group’s ‘Wagons’ roll on All-Ireland finals



Members of Roscommon Drama Group will be making their way to Clonakilty in Co. Cork in early December after their play ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’ impressed the adjudicators in the latest legs of their One-Act Drama Festival tour.

  The drama group’s version of the Tennessee Williams play impressed the Kiltimagh adjudicator, Iggy Bowens, on Sunday, November 10th whose Confined Section award catapulted them into fifth place in the league table with five plays set to qualify for Clonakilty. He also awarded Mary Cox the Best Producer Award and Bernie Maher Best Actress.

  From the drama group’s point of view, this was the perfect response to what had been a very disappoining result at the Cavan Festival the previous weekend.

  In Doonbeg, Co. Clare on Monday, November 11th, the drama group registered their third win on the road with another cleen sweep. Adjudicator Tom Byrne presented the group with the Best Play award, Mary Cox with Best Director, Bernie Maher with Best Actress to Bernie Maher, and Tom Holian with Best Actor.

  In Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo on November 15th, the play finished second, sealing the group’s place in the All-Ireland finals. On the production side the play also received the Adjudicator’s Award for sound and lighting.

  In the the final performance on the circuit in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim last Sunday, Bernie Maher won another Best Actress Award and unusually the Best Director to Mary Cox but the play, somehow, was unplaced.

  Ahead of the All-Ireland finals in Clonakilty on the weekend of December 6th to 8th, the group will give a performance in the Roscommon Arts Centre at 8 pm next Tuesday (December 3rd), supported by The Roscommon Ukulele Collective.  

  Do try to catch this history making play as Roscommon Drama Group go forth to their first All-Ireland One Act Finals.

  Roscommon Drama Group also stages its major three-act autumn production this weekend entitled  ‘Forbidden Fruit’ by local playwright Tom Costello and featuring a large local cast. The group would like to thank the many local businesses for their sponsorship throughout the year.





New era for Paddy Finn’s as Claudia takes reins!







Official opening this weekend


The renowned Paddy Finn’s Bar in Kilteevan is under new management and will host an official opening this weekend! The new proprietor of Paddy Finn’s, a beautiful bar and lounge which is located two miles from Roscommon Town, is Derrane native Claudia Gormley.

  Claudia had been working in the premises in recent years, when it was run by Eoghan and Karol Brennan. She has now decided to lease the state-of-the-art public house and is very much looking forward to her new venture.

  This weekend, official opening celebrations will be held in Paddy Finn’s, starting on Friday evening and running through to Sunday night.

  There will be live music all weekend, with the official opening taking place on Saturday night. It promises to be a great weekend at Paddy Finn’s as Claudia kicks off a new chapter in the history of this very popular character property.

  Claudia is no stranger to the pub trade, having pulled her first pints as a very young girl! She recalls helping out in her late grandfather’s landmark pub in Derrane. Her grandfather was James Gormley and his pub was known as ‘Jas Gormley’s’. She also helped out in her late aunt’s pub, John’s of Doughill. Her aunt, Marlene Walshe, passed away earlier this year (RIP). Claudia has also worked in a number of bars in Roscommon Town.

  Claudia is a member of a very well known and respected local family. Native of Derrane (in the parish of Kilbride), she is a daughter of Seamus and Bernie Gormley.

  Well-known as an activist in agricultural show circles, Claudia was recently elected to the Board of the ISA (Irish Shows Association) for the Western Region, becoming the first Roscommon person to hold that position since the late Joe Murphy did. Claudia is a long-time and valued member of Roscommon Agricultural Show Committee.

  Claudia has been delighted with the support she has received since taking over Paddy Finn’s.

  “This is a really nice area. Kilteevan has so much going for it. There are excellent facilities here and a great community spirit. I would like to see Paddy Finn’s continue to play a central role in the community. St. Joseph’s GAA Club is a very important presence in the area. We also have the very popular Cloonlarge Loop Walk. Kilteevan is a place with a great heritage”.

  As for Paddy Finn’s itself, Claudia has been working there for a few years, and is now enjoying her new role as landlady!

  “I love it…the locals are very nice! There’s always a great atmosphere in the bar, and the banter is always good!”

  Claudia would like to thank the people of Kilteevan for their great support. Everyone is invited to the official opening celebrations. It promises to be a great weekend!

Black Friday shopping bonanza in Roscommon!


County Roscommon is set for yet another ‘Black Friday’ on November 29th with shops and businesses throughout the county offering massive discounts on stock and services as part of the annual pre-Christmas sales bonanza.

  Until just a few years ago, Black Friday was a tradition reserved for the United States of America and scenes of wild hysteria were commonplace as shoppers braved the crowds to grab themselves a festive bargain.

  Thankfully, Black Friday shopping in Roscommon is a much more peaceful affair and shoppers can take full advantage of the major discounts on offer at local businesses without the near-riot atmosphere associated with the event in the States!

  A number of shops in Roscommon have been advertising Black Friday deals for the last few weeks. Local boutiques and clothing stores as well as pharmacies and car dealerships are among those ready to give their customers early Christmas presents.

  Meanwhile, electronic stores, both in Roscommon and further afield, have been synonymous with the event ever since its inception and there are usually exceptional deals to be had on flatscreen TVs, laptops, household appliances and other electrical goods.

  So, don’t miss out this Black Friday and shop local in order to take advantage of the great pre-Christmas deals on offer in businesses across the county!


Christmas Craft and Food Fair in Castlerea


Following on from Castlerea’s very successful Craft and Food Fair last year, this year’s event is taking place in The Hub, Castlerea, on Sunday, December 1st from 10 am to 4 pm, with over 70 stands.

  There promises to be an amazing array of hand-crafted gifts on offer including woodcraft, knitting and crochet, Tombola, jewellery, candles, toiletries, selections of hampers and flower arrangements and much, much more – everything you would like and expect to see will be there!

  The Irish Girl Guides and Scouts will have stands on the day, as will Castlerea Men’s Shed. There will also be a variety of food outlets with local bakery, Benny’s Deli, launching its Chrismas range of festive food.

  Fierce Fun Faces, a popular and talented face-painting outfit, will be on hand to brighten up children’s faces. They will also have their ever-popular glitter tattoos for older children.

  There will be exhibitors from the locality and surrounding environs on the day so come along and support local crafters and food producers!

  There will also be a cookery demonstration which is free of charge. Refreshments will be available. Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, will be MC on the day.