News…at a glance – May 17th


‘Thank you’ from Roscommon town DIL

The Roscommon town Darkness Into Light Committee would like to express sincere thanks to everyone who participated in walking, talking and running with us at our Annual Darkness Into Light event last Saturday morning (11th).

  Thank you for turning up in your hundreds at the early hours of a bright and dry morning to support this worthy cause, demonstrating your enthusiasm for spreading the message of Hope.

  A special thanks also to all our volunteers, those who kindly donated and for the beautiful music of Roscommon Solstice Choir. Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2020!


Barn dance in aid of Hospice

A Big White Barn dance in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice will take place in the Punch Bowl, Ballyhean, Castlebar on Friday and Saturday, June 7th and 8th. Music by Cliona Hagan and Stuart Moyles on Friday night and Patrick Feeney and Nigel Livingstone on Saturday night with full bar in marquee. Tickets available at local hospice shops, online at or at the Punch Bowl. All welcome.


Roscommon Heritage Group meeting

Roscommon Heritage Group will meet on Tuesday, May 21st at 8.30 pm at Gleeson’s Townhouse, The Square, Roscommon town. If interested please call the re-elected secretary, Theresa on 087-7554393 or you can email her at


Monster Auction in aid of St Ronan’s Hall

A fundraising Monster Auction will take place this Saturday (18th) at 3 pm to aid the refurbishment of St. Ronan’s Hall in Keadue. Items available will include furniture, electrical items, vouchers, unwanted gifts, and much more.

  Donation drop-off point at St. Ronan’s Hall this Saturday (11th) from 1 pm to 2 pm and Thursday (16th) from 8 pm to 10 pm. Contact 087-2459222 or 087-2021620 if you want items collected.


Roscommon SPCA fundraising events

Roscommon SPCA will host a number of fundraising events over the next two weekends.

  The animal welfare society will host a car boot sale this Saturday (18th) at Casey’s Londis, Roscommon town, from 9 am to 3 pm.

  Roscommon SPCA will host its annual street collection in Ballaghaderreen next Friday and Saturday (May 24th and 25th). Your help would be greatly appreciated.

  On the same weekend, the SPCA will hold annual Church gate collections on Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th) at Elphin, Creeve and Ballinagare Churches. All money raised will go directly to the society’s community spaying/neutering programme for cats. 

Wellbeing Talk at St Coman’s Wood

An informative Wellbeing Talk will take place at St. Coman’s Wood NS in Roscommon town on Thursday, May 23rd at 8 pm. This educational and informative talk will take place in the hall on the junior site and will be delivered by the National Parents Council.

  “All parents of children in the school are welcome to attend and will benefit greatly from the advice and knowledge to be gained on the night. The well-being of your child and enhancing their lives should be paramount for all parents and this talk will cover a lot of key areas,” said Geraldine Grealy PRO for St. Coman’s Wood.

  For further information, parents can call the school, visit the school website follow them on Twitter or check out The Parents Association are encouraging all parents to please support and attend this short talk if possible before the end of the school year.


Cuidiú Week runs until next Monday

Parent support charity Cuidiú has invited its 20+ branches nationwide to join in the ongoing celebration of Cuidiú Week 2019 (Monday, May 13th to 20th).

  Cuidiú is a national charity which is run solely by volunteers. Across the country volunteers will host local events during Cuidiú Week, the charity’s annual 7-day promotional campaign.

  From Monday, May 13th, Cuidiú Longford-Roscommon will spend seven days engaging and promoting Cuidiú as a whole organisation with emphasis on our three key sectors: antenatal, breastfeeding support and parent to parent support.

  Cuidiú means so much to so many. Branches nationwide reach 100s of parents every week. ‘Cuidiú Week’ gives the organisation an opportunity to be seen by new audiences within our local communities.

  For more information on Cuidiú Longford-Roscommon check out the Facebook page or log visit