News…at a glance – February 22nd



Youth Mass at Sacred Heart Church

The 7 pm parish Mass this Saturday (23rd) in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon town has been especially designed for young people, by young people, in conjunction with the three secondary schools in the town, and the Parish Clergy.

  People of all ages are invited to attend this normal parish Mass and benefit from the huge amount of work our young people have put into this community initiative.

  The theme of this month’s Mass is ‘Social Justice’ and includes homelessness.

  Aimee Carty from Ballygar was 15-years-old when she was walking down Shop Street in Galway and saw a young homeless man. This moved her to compose a beautiful song called ‘Tell Me Your Story’ and to contact the Simon Community in Galway to offer the proceeds of selling her song to the homeless community they helped. The organisers of this Saturday’s Youth Mass are delighted to welcome Aimee and Hazel Murray to perform this special song.

Six new defibrillators for Tarmonbarry/Scramogue area

Independent candidate for the Boyle Municipal District Tom Crosby has welcomed the introduction of six new defibrillators which will replace the existing ones which were installed over a decade ago at locations throughout the parish of Tarmonbarry/Scramogue.

  The locations include Whitehall and Scramogue Churches, outside St. Barry’s GAA Centre, at Northyard Slatta Crossroads, Cullaigh on the old N5 road and at Tonycurnen, Ballyhubert, Curraghroe.

  Mr. Crosby said: “As Vice-Chairperson of the defibrillator committee I see first-hand the importance of having this life-saving equipment in a local community and am delighted to see that Westward Scania in Strokestown recently installed a new defibrillator in their filling station. 

  “I am delighted to confirm that the Tarmonbarry/Scramogue Defibrillator Committee have been successful in receiving grant-aid over the last two years to enable us to replace the old units from the Sliabh Ban funding project which will help us purchase the new defibrillators. The committee is now planning fundraising later on in the year in order to purchase heated units which will ensure that they are of the highest standards to protect and prolong the life of the units”.

  Mr. Crosby thanked his fellow committee members for their ongoing support and commitment to this cause and urged other businesses and organisations to consider installing defibrillators at their premises’ “as such a proactive approach could save lives”.

Table Quiz in Cloonycolgan

Cloonycolgan Community Centre Committee will host a table quiz this Saturday at 8.30 pm sharp in the community centre. Tables of 4 cost €20. Every hot drink purchased entitles an entry to the next Oran Parish Lotto Draw. To book a table contact Sheila on 089-4133029 or Phil on 087-1647039.

  On Shrove Tuesday (March 6th) the committee encourages you to come along and help make pancakes in the Cloonycolgan Community Centre at 8.30 pm. 

  A talk on home security with Sgt. Paul McDermott will take place on Wednesday, March 7th at 8 pm in the centre.

  On St. Patrick’s Day, there will be early evening entertainment with traditional music and ‘open mic’ for singers in the community centre. All are welcome.

Kevin Myers’ talk at Castlecoote House

Well-known journalist Kevin Myers will give a series of three talks at Castlecoote House, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon entitled ‘No Right to Be Right; No Right to be Wrong; The Fictions of Freedom in the 2lst Century’ on Tuesday, March 21st, Tuesday, April 16th and Tuesday, May 14th. Each talk begins at 7.30 pm followed by questions and answers. Tickets are €15 per evening. See for more information.