News…at a glance – September 29th


Brian Carthy to unveil O’Malley Memorial Monument

The Gerry O’Malley Memorial Monument in Brideswell will be unveiled by RTE’s Brian Carthy on Saturday, 7th of October next.

  The memorial committee would like to acknowledge the contribution to their fundraising efforts by the GAA, GAA clubs, County Council, companies and the general public who supported this project through sponsorship, donations and the sale of raffle tickets.

  The committee says: “Through this outflowing of support and generosity we have now completed a memorial in memory of a man who brought so much joy to the people through his heroics on the playing fields in both football and hurling.”

  The committee would like to invite all who supported this project and the general public who can attend to the unveiling ceremony which will take place on Saturday, the 7th of October at 3 pm in Gerry’s home village of Brideswell.The unveiling will be performed by Brian Carthy, RTE Gaelic Games Correspondent and commentator, a lifelong friend of Gerry O’Malley’s.

Service of Celebration of Harvest

A Service of Celebration of Harvest will take place in St. Coman’s Church of Ireland, Henry St, Roscommon at 3.30 pm on Sunday, 1st of October. All welcome.

  ‘Come, ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest-home!’

Trad for Trócaire

A Trad for Trócaire fundraising event will be held in the Tower Inn, Elphin on Sunday night, October 1st. There will be two sessions – Junior session will commence at 7 pm and Senior session will commence at 9 pm.

  Collections will be taken on the night. For more information, visit the Trócaire website

€600,000 Music Generation funding welcomed

€600,000 in funding has been set aside to develop plans for an increased provision of music education services in Roscommon. The funding, to be allocated over the next three years, was announced by Music Generation.  Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Orla Leyden said that Music Generation, initiated by Music Network, has been made possible by the philanthropic support of U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board working with the Roscommon Music Education Partnership, which includes Roscommon County Council.  

  Cllr. Leyden: “U2’s guitarist The Edge has said that the band is immensely proud of the project as it aims to make music tuition available to every child and young person in Ireland. Roscommon County Council is also proud to play its part in this excellent inclusive Music Project for children and young people in County Roscommon.” 

  Senator Frank Feighan said: “This is a great boost for Roscommon and for the work of Music Generation, which is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme.”

  Senator Feighan said this funding will help create increased access to non-mainstream music tuition for children and young people in Roscommon.

  Cllr. Orla Leyden said that she is really excited for children and young people in Roscommon as the Music Generation project will “make a really positive impact to the lives of children throughout the county.” (See also page 29).

Work at dangerous junction welcomed

Senator Maura Hopkins has stated that it is extremely positive that works are being completed at a dangerous junction in Derrnasliene, Derrinacartha, outside Ballaghaderreen. She said that residents are very happy with the high quality of work on this project by Roscommon County Council.

  “Funding for the project was approved earlier this year by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. I worked very hard with Roscommon County Council to ensure that this funding was secured.”

  Senator Hopkins added: “I want to strongly compliment the landowner who facilitated these works. This junction was extremely dangerous and was a very high risk area for accidents. These works dramatically improve visibility and safety at this junction for residents and road-users.”