News…at a glance – October 20th

Give blood in Castlerea

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service’s mobile unit will be visiting The Enterprise Hub, Castlerea on Tuesday, November 7th from 5 pm to 8.30 pm. This is an opportunity to donate blood, which will help the service to help others. All support is greatly appreciated.

Have you been affected by cancer? Support Group available

Vita House are hosting a support group for anyone whose life has been affected by cancer in some way (past or present). Come along and offer your ideas on how we can support you in a group environment. First session will take place at Vita House on Tuesday, the 24th of October at 7 pm.

RSPCA fundraiser

Roscommon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is holding its annual Street Collection in Castlerea on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st of October 2017.

  Your help will be greatly appreciated. All money raised goes directly to animal welfare in Roscommon.

Fundraising Raffle

Athleague Apostolic Workers are holding their Annual Fundraiser/Raffle in aid of the Missions on Sunday next (October 22nd) in the Community Centre after 10 o’clock Mass.

  Donations of cakes/tarts/jams, etc. will be gratefully accepted at the centre on Saturday, October 21st from 3 pm to 5 pm. Raffle will take place on Sunday. Lines cost €2 each, or you can get three for €5. 

  Prizes – 1st: Hamper sponsored by Martin Conneally; 2nd: €100; 3rd: Bottle of Brandy plus other prizes.

  All money will go directly to the Missions and your support will be greatly appreciated.

Naughten welcomes Jadotville medals

Local Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the decision to award the ‘Jadotville Medal’ to the soldiers of A Company, 35th Infantry Battalion, at Custume Barracks in Athlone on the 2nd of December.

  This comes after Minister Naughten’s decade-long campaign to give proper recognition to the Jadotville soldiers.

  The medal will honour the actions of the soldiers during the siege at Jadotville in September 1961 during the UN peacekeeping operation in the Congo.

Trad for Trocaire in The Tower

There will be another music and singing session at The Tower Inn, Elphin on Sunday, October 29th in aid of Trocaire.  ‘Trad for Trocaire’ has proven to be a popular event and so the organisers took the decision to host this second event following the success of the first. The junior session will take place at 7 pm while the senior session will follow at 9 pm.

Trocaire would like to thank all those who attended the first session and hope to see a similar turnout on the 29th to support this worthy cause. Trocaire also thanks the Roscommon People newspaper for its continued support.

Mass in Donamon in memory of Fr Brendan

Fr. Brendan Casey was all of 44 years of age when he won a County Senior Hurling medal with Athleague in 1975 (see our photograph). A native of Co. Clare, Fr. Brendan served in Donamon from 1971. He was involved in the setting up of Oran Camogie Club. A keen hurler, he came off the bench – at 44 – to help Athleague to that county title win. 
Fr. Brendan SVD died last year and is still very fondly remembered in this area. Athleague Hurling Club have organised a special first anniversary Mass for Fr. Brendan, which will be celebrated at Donamon Castle on this Friday evening, 20th of October (7 pm). All are welcome.