News…at a glance – November 29th





Dementia Friendly social tea dance

A Dementia Friendly Social Tea Dance continues every Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm at Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon town. All welcome.

Christmas Experience in Castlerea

The annual Christmas Experience will return to the Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea on Sunday, December 8th.

  Santa Claus will be in residence with his lovely wife Mrs. Claus. There are lots of Christmas activities to enjoy, including cupcake decorating, face-painting, a Christmas Wishing Tree, and story telling.

  This promises to be a memorable Christmas experience for all the family and visitors can even get their picture taken with Santa Claus.

  Please book early on 087-4027175 to reserve your visit. No queues and an enjoyable and relaxed family fun day guaranteed!

Cór Comáin Christmas Concert in Strokestown

Cór Comáin (Roscommon Choir) Ladies’ and Youth Choirs present their annual Christmas Concert at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strokestown on Sunday, December 15th at 7 pm. Tickets for the concert are €10 with proceeds going towards the Strokestown Church Restoration Fund and HeartSafe Project in Kiltrustan.  The concert will be conducted by artistic director Derek Mahady and will feature soloist Maria Matthews, accompanist Celine Kelly, and percussionist Stephanie Pawula. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Race Night in aid of Cootehall Barracks

A Race Night in aid of Cootehall Barracks will take place this Saturday (30th) in Henry’s Bar, Cootehall. There will be nine races on the night and the first is off at 9.45 pm with betting open from 9.15 pm.

  A special auction race will conclude the evening and there will be complimentary food on the night. Those who haven’t bought a horse or a jockey can still support the Cootehall Barracks Fund by laying bets on the night. The aim of the committee is to transform Cootehall Barracks into a three-fold celebration of writer John McGahern’s works, rural policing in the 1940s/50s, and Cootehall’s heritage.

  The facility will have distinct areas that will engage visitors through a combination of visual displays, storyboards, period artefacts, and digital exhibits.  Most of the rooms in the facility will be dual purpose, thus maintaining the facility for community use. For further information, contact Peter Griffin on 086-1539699.

Free ‘military medals’ talk at Athlone Castle

The Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will host a free talk entitled ‘Military medals of the 1914-1923 period’ by Dr. Harman Murtagh this Thursday evening (28th) at 6.30 pm.

  The talk will explore the different medals won during the First World War and the Irish War of Independence.

  Dr. Harman Murtagh is a native of Athlone and currently a visiting fellow at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is the president of the Military History Society of Ireland and a former president of the Old Athlone Society.

As a historian he has written more than sixty books and journal articles. 

  The talk will compliment Athlone Castle’s temporary exhibition ‘Medals of Honour’ which will run until Sunday, December 8th.

  The talk is free, but places are limited, so pre-booking is advised by calling 090-6442130 or emailing:


Solstice Choir’s Christmas Concert in Ballygar

Roscommon Solstice Choir with guests, Choir of Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, will perform at a Christmas Concert event in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar on Friday, December 6th, beginning at 8 pm. (Doors open at 7.30 pm).

  This promises to be a beautiful evening’s entertainment for two very worthy causes: A Food Aid Programme for victims of famine in Zambia, where drought has destroyed the main food crop in the past two years, and the Coláiste Mhuire Transition Year Fund.

  Tickets cost €10 and are available at Ballygar Post Office, Coláiste Mhuire and Centra. There will also be a raffle on the night. Please support.