a glance – March 9th


An invitation from Roscommon Stroke Support Group

The Roscommon Stroke Support Group invites all stroke survivors and carers to join our group. The group meets every Tuesday from 12.30-14.30 pm in Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon and caters for all ages.

  The group provides exercise therapy, tea and a chat, support and information sessions in a friendly atmosphere.

  If you cannot get to the group there is a private Facebook page, search for Life After Stroke. Irish Heart Nurse Helpline 1800 25 25 50/ 

  If you are a stroke survivor or carer or know of someone who has had a stroke and want further details please contact Martina Greene, Stroke Group Co-ordinator on 087-6057696/email:

Lecture on Town Architecture

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

  At 8.30 pm an illustrated lecture will take place entitled ‘Morphology and Architecture of the market towns of Co. Roscommon’ by Alan O’Connell.

  The lecture will examine how the market towns of Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Castlerea, Roscommon, Elphin, Strokestown evolved over time.

  Alan has an MA in Regional and Urban Planning from UCD. He is currently Head of the Town Centre Planning Unit in Roscommon Co. Council.

  All are welcome to this informative lecture.  

5/10km Fun Run/Walk in aid of Fuerty NS

Fuerty National School Parents Association are holding their annual 5/10km Fun Run/Walk on Monday, 19th of March 2018. Registration will take place from 12 noon. Start time will be 1 pm.

  The event will commence from St. Ciaran’s Community Centre (beside Fuerty Church). Entry fees are adult €10, child €5 & family €20. All proceeds will go towards Fuerty NS. Please support.

AGM of MS Ireland (Roscommon branch)

The 40th Annual General Meeting of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland Co. Roscommon branch will be held on Tuesday, 13th of March 2018 at 6.30 pm in Claire’s Meeting Room, RSG Resource Centre, Derrane, Roscommon.
  New members and all interested parties are invited and are very welcome to attend.

Roscommon Women’s Network hosts chat show

Roscommon Women’s Network is celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 and the 100th anniversary of Irish women winning the right to vote.

  The RWN celebration will be in the form of a ‘chat show’ event being hosted on Thursday, March 8th from 10.30 am to 1 pm (including light lunch) in Gleeson’s Restaurant & Rooms, Roscommon town. 

  Host Christina McHugh will be chatting to many interesting guests – e.g. local actress and comedian Sharon Mannion – as well as women from different cultures, women in politics, etc. There will be music and song and it promises to be a very enjoyable event.

  For more information, call Aine on 086-8099154 or 094-9621690.

Roscommon Ploughing Association Table Quiz

Roscommon Ploughing Association are holding a Table Quiz in Cuisle, Donamon on Friday, 9th of March at 9 pm. Teams of four cost €40 or €10 per person. Please support. 

Rachel into All-Ireland Bake-off finals

A Roscommon student is amongst the finalists in the ‘CEIST All-Ireland Bake-Off’, supported by Odlums. Students from 110 secondary schools nationwide battled it out to reach the finals of the ‘Bake Off’ in a bid to be crowned Ireland’s ‘Best Student Baker’.

  Now students from 14 secondary schools will be mixing, whipping, sprinkling and icing an array of novelty cakes in the finals.  

  The 2018 Junior finalists include Rachel O’Grady from Scoil Muire gan Smál, Co. Roscommon.

  The aim of the ‘Bake-Off’ is to encourage a new generation of bakers, with students asked to design, plan and bake a novelty cake.

  The ‘Bake Off’ final will take place on Friday, March 9th when seven junior finalists and seven senior finalists will create their cake in front of judges.

RSPCA Church Gate collections

Roscommon Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting Church gate collections at Curraghroe and Drum Churches on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March 2018.

  Your support is greatly appreciated and all monies raised goes directly to animal welfare in the county.

Return of the South Roscommon Singers Circle – with special guest

South Roscommon Singers Circle is back (after the storm) on this Saturday night, 10th of March, in Murray’s, Knockcroghery, with a very special guest, the one and only Deirbhile Ni Bhrolcháin.

  Galway singer Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin has had an interesting few months as she sang in The Olympia in Dublin on November 3rd with Cassandra Wilson, Liam Ó Maonlaí, U.S.-based jazz guitarist David O’Rourke and a host of other jazz musicians. She also released her second solo album ‘Starlight Falling1/Coinnlíní Ceoil 1’ in December.

  Deirbhile was raised in a very musical family so it’s hardly surprising that she became interested in music herself. She has been a member of many choirs, having sung with UCG Choir, UCC Choir, The Galway Baroque Singers, the Irish Youth Choir and Cois Cladaigh. She studied Celtic Studies and has an M.A. in Old Irish from UCG which can help when working on the lyrics of older songs and she also has a B.Mus. from UCC, having been fortunate enough to be there when Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was on the staff. 

  So don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the best and most versatile singers west of the Shannon. That’s Murray’s, Knockcroghery, this Saturday and the singing starts around 9.30 pm.

Ballinasloe Singers Circle’s big night!

The Ballinasloe Singers Circle celebrates the significant milestone of being thirteen years in existence with a gathering this Thursday, 8th of March, from 9.30 pm in Clarke’s Dunlo Tavern in Ballinasloe.

  The Singers Circle has built up a sizeable following of singers and listeners over the past thirteen years and the Circle is held on the second Thursday of every month. It is expected to be a fabulous night of song and verse. All welcome!