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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.


‘Gatehouse’ on stage in Ballinasloe




On Friday, the 15th of November, ‘The Pillar House’ in Ballinasloe welcomes top Trad group ‘Gatehouse’.

  Having just released their 2nd album – ‘Heather Down the Moor’ – which is performing very well and getting some great reviews, the band are touring Ireland with it.

  Gaining inspiration from the rich history and beautiful hinterland of Lough Key Forest Park, ‘Gatehouse’ was named after the ‘Tiara’ gate lodge, situated at the entrance to the Rockingham Estate near Boyle,  

  They are an Irish traditional group boasting an exciting line-up of experienced traditional musicians including singer Rachel Garvey, Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, John McEvoy on fiddle and mandolin and John Wynne on flutes and whistles.

  Certainly Ballinasloe will be enriched for having this band perform in the town and there is no finer venue than The Pillar House’s intimate setting to enjoy this ‘not to be missed’ gig.

  Tickets are only €10 and available at www.thepillarhouse.ie or by calling the venue at 090-9643939.


‘God has no Country’ on stage in Glenamaddy




Donal Courtney’s much-acclaimed one-man show ‘God has no Country’ comes to Glenamaddy. The play depicts the true war-time exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty who heroically saved 6,500 Jews and allied POWs during the second World War. The play has been published by EdCo as part of the new Junior Cycle English Syllabus.

  The show commences at 8 pm in Glenamaddy THT on Friday, November 8th. Tickets cost €12 and are available through the booking line on 086-2045896.


‘Finding Julia’ on stage in Ballinasloe





St. Brigid’s Hospital Heritage Group with Club Damhsa Beal Atha na Sluaigh and Miserearl Productions present Finding Julia…a new play about the woman who loved Liam Mellows in the Town Hall Theatre, Ballinasloe on Wednesday, the 13th, Thursday, the 14th and Friday, the 15th of November, starting at 8 pm.    

  Julia Mary Morrissey was just 24-years-old when she commanded 50 women during the Galway Rising of 1916. However, in the aftermath of the revolutionary period, these women were written out of the story, their ideals and sacrifices largely forgotten.

  Written by Pat Johnston and directed by Declan Kelly, this play reflects on the life of Julia Mary Morrissey against a background of the changes in Irish society from 1916 up to 1974.

  Based on the faint traces of her life and with song, poetry and dance, the play is set in East Galway, from Athenry to Ballinasloe. Admission €12 (concession €10).


Celebrations for Abbey Health & Fitness at Q Mark Awards




There were smiles all round for the management and staff from Abbey Health & Fitness Roscommon at The Clayton Hotel on Dublin’s Burlington Road recently where the National Q Mark Awards ceremony took place.

  The gala event was a chance for all those nominated to celebrate the high standards they had achieved in rigorous audits by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), the proud guardians of the Q Mark suite of quality standards.

  To make it onto the list, each enterprise had to earn a place in the top six per cent of the audits carried out across the island of Ireland.

  The Abbey Health & Fitness Club, at the Abbey Hotel, is a family-run, state-of-the-art facility set amid the fantastic surroundings of the old Abbey in Roscommon town. The club won a Q Mark award last year and was thrilled to be nominated once again in 2019.  

  Management and staff feel this nomination shows customers that they provide an excellent service and the dedication to keeping standards very high.

  Tom Grealy, Manager at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon says: “It’s a great honour to be nominated for the Q Mark Awards as this award has been going on for over 50 years and it is fantastic that our company has been recognised”.


New Roscommon Business Group launches this evening



A new business networking body – the Roscommon Business Group – will be launched this evening.

 This is a group which aims to provide a platform for small businesses in the county. The launch will take place at 7.30 pm this evening (Thursday, 7th) in Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon town.

  Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham, the special guest on the night, will officially launch the group while local public representatives are also expected to be in attendance.

  A spokesperson said: “Roscommon Business Group has been set up to allow businesses in County Roscommon to network on a monthly basis, with each business also being featured on the group’s website.

  “It is accepted that being self-employed can be quite difficult and the Roscommon Business Group hopes that by providing a platform for small businesses, there will be added support in areas such as problem solving and education.

  “Training opportunities for members will also be a priority and is also hoped that the profile of each business is improved and enhanced as a result of their membership.

  “In addition, Roscommon Business Group will work with local start-up ventures by providing advice and support into the future. The group intends to gather together monthly with meetings taking place on the first Thursday of the month and new members are always welcome”.

Ros FM celebrates on the double!




Ros FM volunteers and members were celebrating on Friday, October 18th when the local community radio station was honoured at two awards ceremonies on the same night.

  The station’s night of glory began when members of the team were honoured as the ‘Group of the Year’ at the Roscommon LEADER Partnership Community Volunteering Awards in Kilbride.

  Later that same evening, Ros FM’s Gerry Jago was on hand to accept a Gold Award at the annual CRAOL Achievement Awards in the Springfield Hotel in Co. Kildare.

  The radio station was honoured for a documentary entitled ‘John’s Dream Machine’ which aired this year.

  The programme featured the inspiring story of Williamstown native John Tobin’s ascent of Croagh Patrick in 2016. John, who has cerebral palsy, became the first wheelchair user to make it to the summit of Ireland’s Holy Mountain, assisted by local volunteers and members of Roscommon Civil Defence.

  Ros FM volunteer and presenter, Gerry Jago, said everyone at the radio station was thrilled with the awards.

  “I was at the CRAOL Awards in Leixlip representing Ros FM when I got a message off one of the other volunteers saying we had won a LEADER award. A few minutes later it was announced that we had won a Gold Award at the CRAOL event. We’re absolutely delighted; it was a brilliant weekend for Ros FM.

  “It wasn’t just about picking up the awards though, it was what the judge (at the CRAOL Awards) said about the radio station helping to make John’s dream come true which meant so much. It was also great to be honoured by our own community in Kilbride…and the recognition we got from LEADER too,” he said.


Roscommon readers rejoice


Hundreds of young library users from all over the county gathered in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday, 3rd of October to celebrate their wonderful success of reading with their local library during the summer holidays.

  More than 1,300 children rose to the challenge of ‘Summer Stars’ which encouraged them to read as many books as they could during the months of July and August!

  This year has seen a 50% increase in the number of children taking part, with almost 10,000 books in total read over the course of the summer.

  The library service hosted events and competitions as part of ‘Summer Stars’ and participants received incentives such as bookmarks, pencils, bags and wristbands for taking part. This year there was an added bonus of the chance to win a bicycle or sports voucher.

  Each child received a certificate of completion and a special invitation to attend a celebration evening where they would receive a medal and listen to some tales from renowned storyteller Niall de Búrca.

  Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice attended the event as he awarded the top prize of a brand new bicycle to Ryan Diffley, who is a member of Strokestown Library. Roscommon Sports Partnership agreed to give family bike safety lessons to Ryan. Other winners on the night were users of Boyle Library and the Mobile Library.  

  County Librarian, Sandra Turner congratulated all the children and their huge achievement as she also paid tribute to the grown-ups who supported them by bringing them to their local library.

Great turnout for launch of Inglot range at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy…



The gala launch of the Inglot range at Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy at Harrison Centre, Roscommon on Saturday afternoon was a very enjoyable and positive event.

  There was a huge turnout and a terrific atmosphere. iRadio were doing a live broadcast, top millner and fashion blogger Jennifer Wrynne was amongst the guests, and the professional masterclasses were being keenly observed, iPhones clicking relentlessly!

  Welcoming the public were proprietor Tina Geraghty, Store Manager Faye Reynolds, Graham Mulhearne (Head of Marketing with Molloys), Sarah Collins (Head of Operations), and Sheelagh O’Neill (Head of Retail).

  Proprietor Tina Geraghty and staff can be very proud of the new-look premises which is bright, beautiful and innovative in terms of the layout of this spacious landmark pharmacy.




Our top five innovative wedding style edits






Each season we do our absolute utmost to bring you, our beautiful Roscommon brides-to-be, the most up to date wedding trends, and, whether that’s gowns, suits, flowers, venues or favours, as we care about our readers, we strive to try and cover it all.


  Therefore, if you’re about to tie the knot this autumn/winter or spring 2020, and are on the look-out for a statement wow factor outfit, the news on the catwalks this season is ruffles, 3D florals, tiered skirts, collars, edgy ‘90s silhouettes, long sleeves a la Ellie Goulding,  duster style robes, and…wait for it…jumpsuits!

  So readers, if you want to rock a modern take on vintage tailoring without losing the uniqueness of your own signature style, why not take a look at what we hope are our top five innovative edits; we’re sure they’ll provide you with lots of inspiration.


1: 3D Florals


If you’re looking for something different and daring, we suggest you might like to glide down that aisle in either an embroidered or an appliqued style 3D floral design showcasing layers and layers of wispy fabric. Now, while tulle is the preferred choice, do have a chat with your dress designer/provider and have fun trying on  samples of what we’re sure will be the wonderfully fresh and frivolous spring/summer 2020 alternative to the traditional wedding gown.


2: Tiered skirts

A tiered skirt is an enchanting throwback to the ‘70s, incorporating a fun nod to today’s boho chic trends. Think of this style as a slightly deconstructed take on your own mother’s willowy wedding gown. In addition, if you wanted to add an extra bit of nostalgic whimsy to this highly structured look, why not consider a cinched in waist and a sweetheart neckline.


3: Duster robes

Yes, we know, it sounds like a dressing gown, but think Downton Abbey with luxurious long-sleeved, wraparound styles, incorporating a set of cleverly concealed pockets enabling you, the on-trend bride, to have and to hold, (see what we did there), your lippy, a tissue and your mobile phone!


4: The halter

Meghan Markle set the trend with her sleek Stella McCartney wedding reception number and, this year, long after the honeymoon has ended, the Duchess of Sussex’s style is still proving to be a real showstopper with fashion-forward brides! However, if you want to amp up your own personal style, and add a touch of sophisticated drama to your gown, why not pop on an oversized, detachable statement bow.


5: Quirky jumpsuits

If you’re a bride who doesn’t do delicate lace or diaphanous layers, why not forget the gown and instead consider an elegant jumpsuit? A jumpsuit is comfortable, stylish, warm in the winter, and easy to dance in; just ask Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner, who wore one for her wedding to Joe Jonas! And, if your poor mother is worried about what the posh neighbours might say, you can always customise your look by making a grand entrance showcasing an elaborate yet removable matching train and a fit-for-a-princess tiara. G’wan, be brave and do something different, we dare you!



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