G’wan the Rossies!

Regional Rose final on Saturday  Best wishes this week go to a regular in this column, Roscommon Rose of Tralee winner Caitriona O’Connor, who this weekend takes part in the regional finals of the Rose of Tralee.    It is thought that six Roses will be selected at the regional finals (which take place in Portlaoise on Saturday night) to go forward to the famed Rose of Tralee event later in the year.    The regional finals take place on Saturday night in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise where the master of ceremonies will be Ray D’Arcy of Today FM.   Caitriona, who is sponsored by Gleeson’s Townhouse in Roscommon town, will be joined on Saturday night by supporters including family, Rose of Roscommon committee members and friends.    The Roscommon People wish Caitriona every success on Saturday night and we know that she will represent her county well.  Emma is the mystery winner at Ballyfeeney NS Emma Prendergast from Ballyfeeney NS was revealed as the mystery Ballyfeeney NS winner in the Mace safe cycling to school art competition. On Tuesday last, June 10th, she got a surprise when the Mace Road Safety team turned up at the school and made the announcement. And this week, we’ve decided that Emma is our winner of the week! The team presented Emma with a €200 voucher to spend on educational equipment for the class, a €400 voucher for the school, a weekend break for their teacher, not to mention a well-deserved surprise present for themselves! The winning Safe Cycling to School poster from Ballyfeeney National School was selected from hundreds of entries received from primary schools throughout County Roscommon. Over 8,000 entries were received in total from Primary Schools throughout Ireland. The art competition called on all primary school students to draw a poster on the theme of cycling to school safely and is part of the overall MACE Safe Cycling to School campaign, which is supported by the Road Safety Authority. Rossies the top talkers!  It’s official – Roscommon citizens are blessed with the gift of the gab, talking more than any other county in Ireland. ‘3’, Ireland’s mobile media network, has revealed its first series of findings from ‘Ireland’s Talking Habits’ – an extensive study by ‘3’ of its customers’ phone usage, habits and trends.   Coming in close second are the motormouths in Mayo who missed out on the top spot by one talking percent.  Roscommon also topped the poll for top pre-pay talkers with Louth loudmouths coming in a close second. Texting a whopping 97% more than their Dublin counterparts, Roscommon 3 customers also demonstrate that even when they’re not talking they like to keep in touch by text, texting a whole third more than their Galway neighbours.   Overall the top mobile talking counties in Ireland on 3 are Roscommon, Mayo, Offaly, and Meath. In fifth position are neck and neck natterers, Donegal and Louth with the same number of talkers in each county.    The quieter counties are Waterford and Longford who came in a respectful last place with a considerable number of county chinwags going on. These two counties talked a considerable 25% less than the champion chatters in Roscommon.   Rachel Channing, Head of PR & Communications, 3 commented, ‘The results show that the West of Ireland loves to talk, Roscommon and Mayo top the poll and take the Talking Trophy for 2008.  The results reinforce the cliché that the Irish love to talk, across Ireland we saw major chinwagin’ statistics but Roscommon talked through to scoop this year’s title.’  All cheer the  Polish Rossies! There may be no Irish, English, Scottish or Welsh involvement but the European Soccer Championships have still commanded great interest in week one – and come to the aid of some of our struggling pubs.    According to reports a few local hostelries had large crowds of Polish people in to support Poland against Germany on Sunday night.    We’re delighted that the pubs in question got this boost and here’s wishing all Poles in County Roscommon every success as their team play their final two group games. Poland played well against Germany but lost 2-0, but they can still qualify.    So come on the Polish Rossies! Gleesons gets the Times treatment  Well done to well-known business people and husband and wife team par excellence Eamonn and Mary Gleeson whose new Market Deli featured prominently in last Saturday’s Irish Times.    Under the headline ‘Local Heroes’ Hugo Arnold began by describing Roscommon as ‘a happening town’, alluding to the arrival of Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Dunnes.    He goes on to sing the praises of the town centre and focuses in on the new Market Deli recently opened by the Gleesons.    ‘Mary and Eamonn Gleeson bake 40 loaves of brown bread every day, along with 60 or so scones.’    The author of the article goes on in some detail about the quality and range of produce available in the new Deli, stating that sourcing local produce is ‘surprisingly difficult.’    This, he says, is where the recent Roscommon Lamb Festival came in, and Arnold goes on to write of its success. So well done to the Gleeson’s on welcome exposure for Roscommon! People’s people of the week  Cancer Care West and Mayo Cancer Support Association have announced that they intend to attempt to beat the world record for the most bras tied together! Here in Roscommon Eileen Duignan will be the local co-ordinator and we think it’s a wonderful idea. Eileen will collect in Roscommon and we will publish full details over the coming weeks. The People will be supporting this campaign and this week we salute the organisers, the Mayo-ites and Eileen, as our people of the week. There’s no more worthy cause after all. Full details next week.