G’wan the Rossies!

Charlie wins in the ‘Big Money Game’ Roscommon town native Charlie Costello was a real winner in last week’s ‘The Big Money Game’, scooping over €29,000 and a car. The lucky ‘The Big Money Game’ ticket was recently sold in Willie Walshe’s Centra, Lower Castle Street, Roscommon. The lucky ticket owner was Charlie Costello, a native of Roscommon town who now lives in Longford. The ticket was purchased by his girlfriend Bernie. A self-employed painter and decorator, he works all around County Roscommon and intends to use his winnings on a house renovation project. He won €29,250 and a Renault Clio car in last Saturday’s ‘The Big Money Game’ on RTE. He is pictured with Mary Costello, Harry Cooke, Head of Operations and Corporate Affairs at the National Lottery, Laura Woods, ‘The Big Money Game’ host, Charlie Costello and Bernie Byrne, National Lottery Ticket Selling Agent. Ciaran scoops top health media award Well done this week to Ciaran Mullooly, Roscommon town resident, who landed a major media award in the past week.    Ten health and medical journalists were recognised for excellence at the seventh annual GlaxoSmithKline Irish Medical Awards which were held recently.  Amongst those recognised was Roscommon town based journalist and Lanesboro native Ciaran Mullooly of RTE who scooped the top award and was named Irish Medical Journalist of the Year. He received a specially commissioned sculpture by leading silversmith Seamus Gill and a cheque for €3500.   Ciaran received the accolade for his scoop on breast cancer misdiagnosis in the Midlands region and for the quality of his follow-up reporting when the original story was having a seismic impact on public policy. His sensitive, well-judged and ethical reporting on both radio and television of the impact on those most affected by the misdiagnosis, the patients and their families guaranteed that he would be amongst those recognised at the ceremony.   Journalists from print, broadcast and electronic media were honoured at a special ceremony at The Royal College of Physicians Dublin. Melting Pot Fundraiser Mickey Monaghan from Oran is leading a team of volunteers to Nigeria to construct a school in the Mutum Biya district. The organisation Mickey is going to work for is called De La Salle Developing World Projects. The group work mainly in the developing world building schools, hospitals and houses. Mickey has been involved with them for the last few years working in Ethiopia 2006-2007, and this year he has been selected to lead the team.    A group of friends have got together to organise a fundraising night in the Melting Pot (Roscommon) on Friday the 20th of June starting at 8 pm. Featuring a host of local talent including Emma Donnelly, Dave Fagan, Almost Famous, Lyle and Caroline Dove, Sarah Keane plus many surprise guests. Tickets are limited so booking early is advised. To book please phone 087-6446019 or simply call into the Melting Pot. www.gaaroscommon.ie Roscommon GAA County Board’s new website www.gaaroscommon.ie has received a tremendous response, guests were told at the launch of the 2008 football and hurling championships which were held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Thursday night last.    Hurling Board chairperson Brian McDonnell praised County Board PRO Michael Fahey for the success of the new website and Mr. Fahey and County Board chairperson Michael McGuire both appealed to clubs to use and contribute to the new state-of-the-art website.  WOW (winner of week)  Our winner of the week has to be a young lady who is established as a firm favourite of this column