Business…at a glance


Mary dishes up a taste of home!

Pictured in Roscommon town recently were Annie and Vincent Timothy of Timothy’s Londis Plus, Abbeytown; presenter Catherine Fulvio and Rooskey native, Mary McGowan. Mary appeared in last night’s episode of RTÉ’s ‘Tastes Like Home’, the show in which Catherine visits families across Ireland who will show her how to make their favourite ‘Tastes Like Home’ dishes before she jets off to locations around the world to recreate the dishes for their family and friends.

  Rooskey woman, Mary, taught Catherine how to cook her dish of Roscommon Spring Lamb cutlets with apricot barbeque glaze and roast vegetables with couscous salad and Harissa-style dressing so Catherine could recreate the dish for Mary’s daughter, Lisa, who lives in Vancouver.

SIRO breaking ground in Monksland!

SIRO, the open-access wholesale broadband provider delivering Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 50 towns nationwide, celebrated ‘Gimme Fibre Day’ (the international milestone organised by the FTTH Council to celebrate FTTH technology) by breaking ground in Monksland, Co. Roscommon, which is one of the first 25 SIRO towns.

  Gigabit broadband powered by SIRO is now available to over 110,000 homes and businesses in 25 towns across the country with over 12,000 customers now connected to the network via six retail partners.

  Given the substantial rollout of Fibre-to-the-Home broadband in Ireland in the past two years, Minister Denis Naughten and SIRO have also both jointly requested the FTTH council to include Ireland in its next league Table (Market Panorama) which will be published in February.

VAT rate retention ‘vital for tourism in Roscommon’

Senator Frank Feighan has said the retention of the 9% VAT rate is vital for tourism in Roscommon.

  “The latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), showed an increase of 2.9% in overseas visits to Ireland for the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. 

  “Separate data from Fáilte Ireland showed that 52,000 overseas tourists came to Roscommon in 2016, a trend which I hope will be built on further this year.

  “Tourism accounts for 11% of total employment in Ireland with 60,000 jobs in the hotel sector alone. Over 13,000 new jobs were created in the tourism and hospitality sector in 2016, bringing the total number of new jobs since 2011 to almost 50,000.

 “While there is still uncertainty about the outcome of the Brexit process, tourism continues to be a national success story” Senator Feighan said.