News…at a glance – November 10th


Fr Devine to deliver Dermot Earley Memorial Lecture

Irish missionary, Fr. Padraig Devine SMA will deliver the 4th Lt. Gen. Dermot Earley Memorial Lecture at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University on Thursday, 23rd of November at 6.30 pm.

  The title of the lecture will be Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa.

  Fr. Devine is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, based in Kenya.

  A native of Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon, Fr. Devine is assisted by Fr. Oliver Noonan, another SMA missionary from Cork city. Fr. Devine was recipient of the Caring Award from the Caring Institute in the USA in 2013, and was shortlisted this year for the Tipperary Peace Prize.

  In his address, Fr. Devine will discuss his experience of working with communities in East Africa to promote peace, justice, security, reconciliation, and conflict transformation. In particular, he will focus on Shalom’s approach to its work with tribal and community leaders on education, empowerment and transcending ethnic and religious boundaries to get to the root causes of conflict. Shalom has had considerable success in replacing conflict and violence with peace.

  Admission to the lecture in Maynooth is free. Places can be reserved by email to or by telephone to 01-7086629 before 17 November.

Great War lecture at Percy French Hotel

A meeting of the County Roscommon Historical &  Archaeological Society will take place on Tuesday, November 14th at 8 pm in The Percy French Hotel, Strokestown. Following the meeting is a lecture entitled ‘Ireland and World War 1: Remembrance and Reconciliation’ at 8.30 pm.

  The lecture will be given by former Irish Army officer, Captain (retired) Donal Buckley MA (Hist.). His service included 18 years on border duty and several tours overseas. He has been involved with many cross-border initiatives based on our military heritage and has given lectures in Britain and Northern Ireland. He has also spoken at schools at all levels in Ireland and is involved in the Peace Park in Castlebar.

All are welcome to The Percy French Hotel on Tuesday, November 14th.

Carols for Advent

‘Carols for Advent’ will be held with the Midland Choral Group at St. Conan’s Church of Ireland, Roscommon on Sunday, 26th of November at 6 pm. Everyone welcome.

Active Retirement in Frenchpark and Ballintubber

Retired people are invited to meetings in Frenchpark and Ballintubber on Thursday, November 16th with a view to setting up Active Retirement Associations in both areas.

  The meeting in Frenchpark will take place in Frenchpark Parish Hall at 11 am next Thursday (16th).

  The meeting in Ballintubber will take place in the old schoolhouse building at 2 pm, also on Thursday (16th).

  Members of the Castlerea District Community Policing Unit including Sergeant Adrian Duffy, Garda Tyrone Tobin and Garda Michael Henry will be in attendance at both meetings. There will also be a Crime Prevention talk with Sergeant Paul McDermott, Crime Prevention Officer for the Roscommon/Longford Garda Division.

Adrian’s 100k Challenge for Niamh’s Journey There

On Saturday, 11th of November, Adrian Morris, son of John and Tina Morris from Castlerea Road, Frenchpark, will test himself in a 100K Challenge along the N5 heading West, running and cycling the route.

  Please support Adrian in this Challenge. There are sponsorship cards in local shops. All proceeds to Niamh’s Journey There and all support for Adrian along the route will be greatly appreciated.

Fundraiser for Cancer Support Centre

The third annual fundraising event for Roscommon Cancer Support Centre takes place on Saturday, November 18th in Dec’s Bar, Castleplunkett, with live music by Celtic Cru and a special performance by the Something to Sing About Choir. There will also be a raffle and auction on the night. Refreshments will be served. Admission is €5. Please bring all your friends along and support this worthy cause. 

Christmas Craft Fair in Ballymoe

The annual Ballymoe Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, November 26th in the Fr. Flanagan Centre, Ballymoe from 11.30 am-4.30 pm. 

  Included in this year’s fair is a Kids’ Christmas Fancy Dress with prizes, raffle with fantastic prizes, Christmas wreaths and gifts, home-baking, crafts, jewellery, candles and lots more. 

  A fun-filled day for the whole family. Stallholders can call Eileen on 086-4527060 to book a table. Places are filling up fast.