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Cuisle to close tomorrow as IWA ignores appeals for ‘stay of execution’




Barring an unexpected twist today (Thursday), the Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon will be officially closed by the Irish Wheelchair Association on Friday.

  Appeals for a ‘stay of execution’ for six or twelve months have so far fallen on ‘deaf ears’. Instead of time being ‘bought’ with a view to resolving the crisis, there are now only hours remaining in the 22-year existence of this facility.

  The closure will result in the loss of about 45 jobs, and will be a major blow to the local economy. Furthermore, and most pertinently, there is dismay and sadness amongst services users from all over the country.

  About 2,000 people attended a rally in Roscommon Town on Saturday, held in protest at the shock closure announcement.

  The rally heard calls for the IWA board to step down and for the closure to be deferred.

  The campaign against the closure appeared to be given significant impetus on Thursday when the Joint Oireachtas Health Committee decided to write to the IWA board requesting a deferral of the closure. IWA CEO Rosemary Keogh said that she would bring any such request to the attention of the board.

  Last-gasp efforts to avert the closure have revolved around calls for a ‘stay of execution’ so that the possibility of putting together a financial rescue package and/or exploring alternative options could be discussed with the IWA and other stakeholders.

  However, as we go to press on Wednesday night, the silence from the IWA is deafening. The IWA has declined to answer questions put to it by the Roscommon People on Wednesday morning. The die appears to be cast.



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Three men charged over robbery of sex workers





Three men with Dublin addresses were remanded in custody at a sitting of Harristown District Court in Castlerea last Friday in relation to the robbery of two sex workers in Roscommon town last month.

  The men were arrested in the West Dublin area on November 19th following searches of three properties as part of ‘Operation Quest’, an investigation involving Gardaí, Interpol and Europol into recent robberies and assaults on sex workers.

  The three men arrested were Ioan Galben (37) with an address at 2, Warrenstown Park, Blanchardstown, Andre Tiganasu (33) of 24, Garryknock, Carpenterstown, Castleknock and Samuel Pop (25) of 10, Charnwood Court, Clonsilla. A Romanian interpreter was engaged in the cases concerning Mr. Galben and Mr. Tiganasu.

  Each of the accused is charged with theft under Section 14 of the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001 and with the possession of an offensive weapon contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990, at Stonecourt, Roscommon town on October 28th.

  At Friday’s sitting, both Mr. Galben and Mr. Tiganasu were remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday, December 6th while Mr. Pop was remanded in custody to appear before the next sitting of Roscommon District Court.


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News…at a glance - November 29th





Dementia Friendly social tea dance

A Dementia Friendly Social Tea Dance continues every Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm at Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon town. All welcome.

Christmas Experience in Castlerea

The annual Christmas Experience will return to the Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea on Sunday, December 8th.

  Santa Claus will be in residence with his lovely wife Mrs. Claus. There are lots of Christmas activities to enjoy, including cupcake decorating, face-painting, a Christmas Wishing Tree, and story telling.

  This promises to be a memorable Christmas experience for all the family and visitors can even get their picture taken with Santa Claus.

  Please book early on 087-4027175 to reserve your visit. No queues and an enjoyable and relaxed family fun day guaranteed!

Cór Comáin Christmas Concert in Strokestown

Cór Comáin (Roscommon Choir) Ladies’ and Youth Choirs present their annual Christmas Concert at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strokestown on Sunday, December 15th at 7 pm. Tickets for the concert are €10 with proceeds going towards the Strokestown Church Restoration Fund and HeartSafe Project in Kiltrustan.  The concert will be conducted by artistic director Derek Mahady and will feature soloist Maria Matthews, accompanist Celine Kelly, and percussionist Stephanie Pawula. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Race Night in aid of Cootehall Barracks

A Race Night in aid of Cootehall Barracks will take place this Saturday (30th) in Henry’s Bar, Cootehall. There will be nine races on the night and the first is off at 9.45 pm with betting open from 9.15 pm.

  A special auction race will conclude the evening and there will be complimentary food on the night. Those who haven’t bought a horse or a jockey can still support the Cootehall Barracks Fund by laying bets on the night. The aim of the committee is to transform Cootehall Barracks into a three-fold celebration of writer John McGahern’s works, rural policing in the 1940s/50s, and Cootehall’s heritage.

  The facility will have distinct areas that will engage visitors through a combination of visual displays, storyboards, period artefacts, and digital exhibits.  Most of the rooms in the facility will be dual purpose, thus maintaining the facility for community use. For further information, contact Peter Griffin on 086-1539699.

Free ‘military medals’ talk at Athlone Castle

The Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will host a free talk entitled ‘Military medals of the 1914-1923 period’ by Dr. Harman Murtagh this Thursday evening (28th) at 6.30 pm.

  The talk will explore the different medals won during the First World War and the Irish War of Independence.

  Dr. Harman Murtagh is a native of Athlone and currently a visiting fellow at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is the president of the Military History Society of Ireland and a former president of the Old Athlone Society.

As a historian he has written more than sixty books and journal articles. 

  The talk will compliment Athlone Castle’s temporary exhibition ‘Medals of Honour’ which will run until Sunday, December 8th.

  The talk is free, but places are limited, so pre-booking is advised by calling 090-6442130 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Solstice Choir’s Christmas Concert in Ballygar

Roscommon Solstice Choir with guests, Choir of Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, will perform at a Christmas Concert event in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar on Friday, December 6th, beginning at 8 pm. (Doors open at 7.30 pm).

  This promises to be a beautiful evening’s entertainment for two very worthy causes: A Food Aid Programme for victims of famine in Zambia, where drought has destroyed the main food crop in the past two years, and the Coláiste Mhuire Transition Year Fund.

  Tickets cost €10 and are available at Ballygar Post Office, Coláiste Mhuire and Centra. There will also be a raffle on the night. Please support.





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Investment in Roscommon Main Drainage Sewerage Scheme



Cllr. Orla Leyden has welcomed investment in the Roscommon Main Drainage Sewerage Scheme, stating that this is important infrastructure for the county town.

  Cllr. Leyden said that Irish Water will improve the sewer network in Roscommon town by upgrading the existing network and constructing new sewers, pumping stations and storm water holding tanks.

  Once completed, Cllr. Leyden stated that incidence of storm water overflows and pollution events will greatly decrease. It will reduce the risk of sewers flooding; improve water quality in the Jiggy and Hind rivers, ensure compliance with Irish and EU regulations and facilitate economic development.

  Roscommon County Council has recently granted planning permission for these works.

This project will include the construction of new higher capacity sewers, pumping stations and storm water holding tanks.

  It is anticipated that construction will commence at the end of 2020 and is expected to be completed within 18 months. Irish Water will be in contact with local businesses and residents who will benefit from these works ahead of construction.


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