Newsdesk – August 4th


GAA supporters to be reimbursed after being ‘wrongly clamped’

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan says Irish Rail will be reimbursing five Roscommon GAA supporters who had their cars wrongly clamped at Boyle Garda Station at the weekend.

  Senator Feighan met with Irish Rail to discuss the issue and says the company accepted there were some problems with the paid parking system at Boyle station.

  According to Senator Feighan, Irish Rail said the matter will be resolved to the satisfaction of the car-owners who were affected.

  The motorists discovered their vehicles had been clamped when they returned to Boyle station from the Roscommon-Mayo game in Croke Park on Sunday.

  Senator Feighan: “Irish Rail said that not only will it reimburse the motorists, but it will apologise to the customers in question.

  “I also think this is an opportune time for the rail company to reconsider the use of paid parking at Boyle station. There are many other similar-sized towns along both the Sligo and Westport lines which do not have paid-parking in place.

  “I think paid-parking at the station in Boyle is not only bad PR for the town, but also for Irish Rail.

  “Separately, I have also raised concerns about Roscommon supporters in Boyle who pre-booked seats on the Boyle-Dublin train for last Sunday’s game only to find there were no seats available to sit on for the journey.”

William Partridge remembered at Ballaghaderreen commemoration

On the 22nd of July, Roscommon Sinn Féin held a commemorative event in Ballaghaderreen to remember William Partridge who died one hundred years ago after playing a central role in the Easter Rising.

  Events commenced in Ballaghaderreen Library where Dr. Conor McNamara, a historian and lecturer from NUI Galway, gave a talk on William Partridge. Conor gave a fantastic account of Partridge’s life and what led him to become the most prominent leader of the Dublin workers after Jim Larkin and James Connolly during the Great Lockout of 1913.

  The talk followed a march to William Partridge’s grave at Kilcolman cemetery. Here, proceedings were chaired by Roscommon Sinn Féin’s spokesperson, Claire Kerrane. Cllr. Michael Mulligan read the Proclamation and Seamus O’Brien read the Roscommon Roll of Honour.

  A number of wreaths were laid on the grave of William Partridge. Martin Hogan laid a wreath on behalf of the Coen/Mulrennan Cumann, Ballaghaderreen, Henry Hughes laid a wreath on behalf of Roscommon Sinn Féin, Jim Gaffney laid a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement and Liam McAuley laid a wreath on behalf of the Partridge family. Brenda Flanagan played the role of Constance Markievicz recreating the scene that took place at the grave one hundred years ago where Constance Markievicz delivered his funeral oration in which she described Partridge as “the purest-souled and noblest patriot Ireland ever had.” Markievicz then fired a salute over the grave with her own pistol.

  Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn gave a powerful and moving oration at the grave. Events ended with the lowering of the flags and a rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann with refreshments in the Fiddler’s Elbow afterwards.

  Roscommon Sinn Féin would like to pay special thanks to members of the Partridge family who attended on the day.

  We also wish to thank the colour party, the Four Green Fields Flute Band, Dr. Conor McNamara, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn and all who played a role in making the event so memorable. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.

Ireland Cares – Celebrate Roscommon’s unpaid Carers

The Irish Red Cross is calling for Roscommon to celebrate its unpaid Carers by nominating them for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award.

  The award is open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care. Previous winners include men and women from around the country who provide care for loved ones that are ill, vulnerable or living with a restrictive disability.

  Last year’s winner, Vincent Callaghan from Roscommon, has cared for his two children all their lives. Whilst in 2015, Bernie O’Reilly from Cavan, has cared for her son Damien who has cerebral palsy for more than 30 years.  

  Pat Carey, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, praised Ireland’s Carers. “Unpaid Carers offer a standard of living to sick and vulnerable members of the community that would be impossible without their selfless commitment. It is essential that both Carers and care recipients are recognised and supported members of our communities and of society as a whole.”

  As part of its Health and Social Care programme, the Irish Red Cross offers a range of resources and services for Carers in Ireland.  Services include a Carers Handbook, ‘Helping You to Care’ course, Therapeutic Hand Care services and free First Aid app.

  The Irish Red Cross are currently in the process of developing a Carers app, aimed at helping carers and family members care for the most vulnerable. 

  Nomination can be made online or you can download an application from and should be returned by Thursday, 31st of August. The winner will be announced in November and the 2017 national winner will receive a cash prize and luxury hotel break.

Threshold ‘protects more than 1,000 people from homelessness in west of Ireland’

New figures from national housing charity, Threshold show that its Tenancy Protection Service prevented 1,014 people from becoming homeless in the west of Ireland in the last year. The figure is included in the Galway Tenancy Protection Service Annual Report 2016-17, which was launched last Sunday, 27th of July by Minister of State for Community Affairs, Natural Resources, and Digital Development, Seán Kyne, TD.

  The Galway-based service opened in June 2016 and provides advice and support to households at risk of homelessness in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Almost half of the 534 households supported by the service were families, and a total of 406 children were prevented from becoming homeless. 

  The report found that the two biggest factors that threatened tenancies were tenants being issued with notices of termination requiring them to leave their rented property (35%), and rents being increased by their landlord (31%).

  Mr O’Sullivan added: “Historically, homelessness has primarily been a problem in urban areas but it is no longer a phenomenon confined to Galway city; severe housing shortages in towns such as Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Tuam, Gort, Castlebar, Westport and Roscommon Town have increased the risk of households becoming homeless right across the west. While the majority of those contacting us were from the Galway area (88%), 6% were living in Mayo and 2% in Roscommon.”