News…at a glance – February 9th



Comhaltas Music Session – and congrats to Patsy!

Roscommon Town branch of Comhaltas will hold its next traditional session in Doorly’s Corner House Pub on this Sunday evening from 6 pm to about 8.30 pm. All good listeners welcome.

  The branch extends it congratulations to our friend and member, the great Patsy Hanly, who received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the renowned TG4 Gradam Cheoil Awards, broadcast live from the Waterfront Auditorium in Belfast on Sunday night last. 

  As usual, Patsy played with style and grace and his lovely, bilingual acceptance speech showed what a genuinely humble person he is and why he is generally accepted as being the most popular flute player in Ireland today. 

  ‘Nár laga Dia thú Patsy Hanly’. 

Irish Water update on local water supplies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says two large water supplies in Co. Roscommon are being removed from their Remedial Action List (RAL).

  The North East Roscommon and Ballinlough water supplies have been removed from the EPA’s ‘to do’ list while works are progressing on the Grangemore and North Roscommon water supplies to secure their removal.

  The Ballinlough water supply, which serves approximately 3,500 customers, has been removed from the RAL following extensive investment and upgrading by Irish Water working in partnership with Roscommon and Mayo County Council. 

  A boil water notice was lifted on the North East Regional scheme in September 2016 after being in place for two and a half years following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply.

  To address this, Irish Water installed a temporary water treatment plant consisting of coagulation, containerised filtration and a UV disinfection system at Lisheen Lake.

  Construction works on the long-term solution for North East Roscommon are now complete and involved the construction of a new water treatment plant and intake works which is abstracting and treating water from a new source at Grange Lough.

An urgent call to all poets!

The 20th annual Strokestown Poetry Festival will be held later this year (May 3rd-7th).

  If you are a Roscommon resident, or attend a writing group in Co. Roscommon, then you may like to enter the Roscommon Poet’s Prize. You can enter an unpublished poem of up to 70 lines on any subject. The winner receives a prize of €150 and will be invited to read their work at the Poetry Festival.

  A special competition to mark Strokestown Poetry Festival’s 20th anniversary is also running now, and is open to writers from anywhere in the world. The task is to go online to look at the 20 images displayed and write up to 20 lines of verse in response. There will be 20 winners, who will get to see their poems displayed alongside the photographs during the festival, the overall winner receiving €100 and the runners-up each receiving €20.

  Please note however that closing date for entries is this Friday, February 9th. Contact for more.

Ballaghaderreen Tennis Club Quiz Night

Ballaghaderreen Tennis Club presents a Quiz Night in Durkin’s Bar & Restaurant, Ballaghaderreen on Friday, 9th of February at 9 pm. Table of four, €40. Prizes, glory, fun! 

Historical Society meeting and talk

A meeting of the Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society will take place on Tuesday, 13th of February at 8 pm in the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown.

  At 8.30 pm an illustrated lecture will take place on the theme ‘Digitising Roscommon’s Crucifixion Plaques.’ This will be given by Orla Power, a graduate of UCC.

  Orla studied the application of photogrammetry in recording cadaver-type memorial stones of the 15th to 18th centuries in Ireland.

  A co-founder of Digital Heritage Age, her most recent endeavours include the launch of the Sheela-na Gig 3D heritage project, which is part-funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland.

  All are welcome to this lecture.

Kilmovee 10k Road Race in aid of Hospice

The 9th Annual Kilmovee 10km takes place on Holy Saturday 31st of March from Kilmovee GAA centre (near Knock Airport), commencing at 1 pm.

  Proceeds to Kilmovee Shamrocks GAA and Mayo/Roscommon Hospice palliative care service. Cash prizes for all categories. Refreshments available after race in the community centre.

  Sponsorship cards available by contacting 094-9388666; email