Enda Oates to launch new Mullooly book in Roscommon

After spending nearly 20 years in community development work and a career of 30 years in broadcasting, Ballyleague resident and TV reporter Ciaran Mullooly has published a new book.

  Back To The Future is the title of the publication to be launched in Roscommon Town next week by local man and RTÉ Fair City actor Enda Oates – a recent winner of an Irish Film and Television award.

  The event will take place in Roscommon County Library on Friday, November 13, at 6 pm.

  The book is a collection of stories reflecting on rural Ireland, recession and the renewal of community life in the county through some of the initiatives similar to the ones Ciaran has helped to foster along with the committees of the Ballyleague Village Renewal and local men’s shed groups in the Shannonside village since 2008.

  Ciaran is also writing in the new book about the economic challenges facing Co Roscommon as Bord na Móna and ESB both downsize their operations.

  There’s a special feature on the last surviving resident on an island on Lough Ree and a look again at how Roscommon Hospital lost its emergency department in such controversial circumstances.

  Ciaran is a former president of Roscommon Lions club, where he worked with the committee to help raise €200,000 to open the new Quad Youth Centre.

  He was also community project manager for the €300,000 riverside park development in Ballyleague, which opened earlier this year and reflects in the book on how the Ballyleague-Cloontuskert-Ballyleague area is coping with the difficulties brought about by recession.

  Back to the Future will draw on some material originally written by Ciaran for the Roscommon Champion newspaper over a 15-year period and will be on sale in the Ballyleague and Roscommon area next week.

  GAA broadcaster Marty Morrissey will preside at a special reading in Lanesborough Community College on Tuesday, November 10, at 8 pm.