News…at a glance – August 4th


Special Mass for Healing

A Special Mass for Healing of the Family will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Prayer Centre, Curraghboy, Athlone on Friday, 11th of August, commencing at 8 pm. The celebrant will be Fr. John Walsh. Confessions will be available from 7 pm prior to Holy Mass and individual blessings for healing will take place after Mass. All are most welcome. For further details, contact 086-4054489.

Comhaltas Castlerea Music Session

The next Castlerea Comhaltas music session takes place this Friday, 4th of August. The Session for Comhaltas Castlerea Rambling House Drop will be held in Doherty’s bar. All are welcome.

Launch of new craft tourism initiative

Inside CRAFT, an ambitious new craft tourism initiative, is set to raise the profile of Counties Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon and Longford as a creative region by showcasing the work of craftspeople, designers and artists living and working here.  

  As part of a long-term creative strategy ‘Creative Connections’ pioneered by the Local Enterprise Offices of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, over the next six months Inside CRAFT will embark on a collaborative series of pop up-events, craft trail open studios and a new website and social media activity.

  The official network launch will take place this Thursday, 3rd of August in the Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan and will be officially performed by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.  

  Participating Roscommon crafts people include: Anne Rigney, Frances Crowe, Geraldine Beirne, Irish Felt Fairy, Kate Oram, Michelle Made This, Naomh Padraig Handcraft, Rachel Feeley, Siobhan Cox, Smyth Knives, The Claypipe Visitor Centre and Una Bhan Tourism & Crafts.

Castlecoote Tidy Towns Duck Race

Castlecoote Tidy Towns are holding their Duck Race on Sunday, 20th of August at 4 pm. Delicious burgers and sausages will be served and all is in aid of Tidy Towns. Come along and enjoy the fun at the river at Castlecoote Stores – maybe your duck will win a prize (whether it comes first or last).

  The Sub Aqua team will be on duty to add to the excitement and to make sure no duck will stray.

  A fun day out is guaranteed for all the family. Music with Billy Garvin in PJ’s will round off our day of fundraising. The village is now preparing for the final judging so a huge thanks to everyone who has worked so hard at having everywhere looking fantastic.

Bus to Lough Derg – some seats available

There are some seats available on the bus to Lough Derg leaving Ballyleague Hall at 7 am on Sunday, 27th of August. The bus passes through Scramogue, Rooskey, and Carrick-on-Shannon. All are welcome. For further enquiries, contact Mary at 043-3321969.

Castlerea Celtic Youths’ Fun Cycle fundraiser

Castlerea Celtic Youths Fun Cycle fundraiser will take place on Saturday, 12th of August from 10 am to 5 pm at The Square, Castlerea. This event always delivers a fun but challenging environment for our young players.

  We would appreciate your support on the day by honking your horn when passing or a small donation – or why not both. 100% of all proceeds from our Cycle Fundraiser goes towards the further sporting development of our boys and girls teams. We look forward to your continued support on the day.

Annual Franciscan Pilgrimage to Lourdes            

The annual Franciscan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 22nd-27th of September 2017. Fare is €699. Flights are available from Dublin and Shannon.

  For further information and application forms contact Pilgrimages Abroad on 01-6359300. Sick/disabled pilgrims apply by contacting 021-4370302.

Cancer Care West Fun Run/Walk in Keadue

The annual 5k fun run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West and Keadue Tidy Towns will take place on Friday, 4th of August. Registration will take place at 7 pm in Keadue Hall, and the run/walk will start at 7.30 pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome.