News…at a glance – March 30th



Roscommon writer wins Hennessy Award

Roscommon writer, Louise G. Cole won the coveted Emerging Poetry prize at the 47th annual Hennessy Literary Awards held last week at The Honourable Society of King’s Inns in Dublin.

  Louise G. Cole performs her poetry at the monthly Word Corner Café at the Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, and with the Hermit Collective, a group of writers, artists and musicians who stage pop-up shows in the west of Ireland. Louise also writes fiction and was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award in 2015.

  Speaking about her work Louise said: “I try to mix humour with the pathos of life’s daily sadnesses: frail, elderly parents, humanity’s innate cruelty, bigotry and intolerance, displacement, forgetfulness, environmental disasters”.

  Elaine Cullen, Market Development Manager Moët Hennessy said: “The Hennessy Literary Awards is always a special evening where we get to honour some of Ireland’s best new writers. We’re proud to welcome Louise into the Hennessy family of New Irish Writing”.

Six Nations silverware at Fleming’s today!

There’s a treat in store for Irish rugby fans this Easter week in Roscommon town as the RBS Six Nations and Triple Crown trophies will be on display for photographs at Fleming’s SuperValu in Roscommon town this Thursday (today) from 3 to 4 pm.

  Courtesy of Creggs Rugby Club, this promises to be a very exciting event and all are welcome. It’s a fantastic opportunity for adults and children to have a photograph taken with the famous trophies!

‘An Evening with Percy French’ fundraising concert

An evening with Percy French will be presented by The County Leitrim Percy French Society in Strokestown Parish Church on Sunday, 8th of April at 8 pm. Proceeds are for the three Parish Churches.

  Tickets (€10) can be purchased on the door on the night. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Cathy & Co. on stage as Singers Circle join Fleadh fun!

It’s Roscommon Fleadh time again and to help you ease into the annual Easter weekend festivities, South Roscommon Singers Circle will host a special Singing Session in PJ’s, Castlecoote, on Good Friday night, 30th of March. Special guests on the night will be the one and only Cathy Jordan and her Songbirds. 

  Cathy will be just back from her U.S. tour with Dervish and the Songbirds have been in serious rehearsal in her absence, so a great night of song and joviality lies in store.

  It all starts around 9 pm and admission is free. So do come along – singers and listeners welcome. 

Support after the death of a child

Anam Cara, an organisation that supports parents after the death of a child, will host a free event for bereaved parents on Wednesday, April 4th from 7.30 pm to 9 pm in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.

  Anam Cara is a national organisation that provides bereaved parents with safe and comfortable forums where they can connect with other bereaved mothers and fathers who will understand the depth of their loss and grief.

  Anam Cara events are open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age a child dies at, the circumstances of the death or whether this was recent or not.

  For more information or to order a free copy of the Anam Cara information pack, email or ring their information line on 085-2888888.

Izzy’s pic impresses the judges!

Over 1,500 Irish students drew and photographed what mental health means to them following a call for entries into Mental Health Ireland’s Art & Photography Competition.

  Izzy Butler, St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, was awarded Highly Commended in the competition.

  Issues including anxiety, stress and depression can be difficult for teenagers to talk about.  

  Martin Rogan, CEO, Mental Health Ireland said:  “Young people in Ireland have taken a great interest in mental health and this is very obvious from the entries we have received this year. They are not just interested in their own mental health but show interest in supporting others. This competition creates a platform for discussion that provokes and evokes a deeper conversation”.

  The Exhibition and award ceremony took place last week in Dublin City County on Wood Quay with students and their families present.