News…at a glance – February 8th




Historical Society lecture on TB

This month’s meeting of the Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society will take place on Tuesday, February 12th in The Percy French Hotel, Strokestown. Following the meeting at 8.30 pm, a talk entitled ‘The White Plague – the silent terror of TB’ will be delivered by Eilish Feeley. 

  TB, or ‘Consumption’, as it was commonly called, wreaked havoc on the Irish population in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Few families emerged unscathed from the epidemic.

  According to the Irish Red Cross, up to 10,000 young Irish adults died of the disease in 1904, with many deaths from TB going unregistered as families attempted to hide the perceived shame of the disease from society.

  Historical Society member, Eilish Feeley, is a certified genealogist and was awarded a Master of Arts in History of Family from the University of Limerick in 2018. As well as being a keen local historian, Eilish is secretary of the Mote Park Conservation Group. Her research interests include emigration and family history, DNA Research, Roscommon Quaker families and tenants of the Crofton Estate in Roscommon. All are welcome on February 9th. Admission for non-members is €5.

Local Forum to meet at REGARI

The next Roscommon Local Forum is being held on Monday, February 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Regari Recovery College (the former Lodge building), adjacent to Roscommon University Hospital on the Athlone Road.

  A forum is a regular monthly meeting, the purpose of which is to gather the views and experiences of people using mental health services, their family members and carers to bring about positive change within the mental health service. All are welcome. If interested, please contact Colette Tuohy on 087-4148743 or

Saturday Storytelling at Roscommon Library

Saturday Storytelling for children aged 3 to 7 will take place in Roscommon County Library, Roscommon town this Saturday (February 9th) at 11 am.

Rose pruning talk at Ardcarne Garden Centres

There will be a free ten-minute talk on rose pruning at Ardcane Garden Centres in Boyle and Roscommon town this Saturday (9th) at 11.30 am and 3 pm. All are welcome.

March 9th is closing date for Fleadh!

This year’s Fleadh Cheoil Ros Comáin will be held in Ballaghaderreen over the Easter Weekend. This will be the first time the event has been held in the west Roscommon town since 2009.

  The final date for entries is March 9th when all entries should be with your local Comhaltas Branch secretary. Late entries will not be accepted.  Fleadh entry forms may be downloaded from Facebook pages Fleadh Cheoil Ros Comáin 2019 and also from Comhaltas Bhaile Ros Comáin. Newcomers should read forms carefully before filling them in. 

AFK Community Games return for 2019

The Athleague Fuerty Kilbegnet Community Games have returned this year. Draughts and chess practice is taking place in Fuerty Hall at 12.15 pm each Sunday (U-10s to U-16s).

  Meanwhile, the art, model making and handwriting competitions will take place in Athleague Community Centre this Saturday (9th) at 4 pm. Check out the AFK Community Games Facebook page for more information.

Thank you from IWA Charity Shop

The Irish Wheelchair Association Charity Shop on the Circular Road in Roscommon town would like to take this opportunity to thank the Roscommon People newspaper for highlighting their appeal for donations of shrugs and blankets from the general public.  

  48 elderly and wheelchair users in the Roscommon area were given a beautiful shrug or blanket, gift-wrapped and free of charge.

  Special thanks to all the hand knitters who created beautiful blankets and to the kind people who dug deep in their pockets and purchased new blankets as donations.

  The IWA charity shop witnessed great Christmas spirit among Roscommon people and also got to put a smile on the face of many elderly and wheelchair users. Thank you all!