People Platform – May 19th

Proceeds of Roses’ car wash for Pieta House

Yvonne Donohue, Chairperson of the Roscommon Rose of Tralee Centre, has been in touch asking if we could mention a fundraising event that takes place this Saturday – and of course we are happy to oblige!

  It’s a ‘Fundraising Car Wash’ and it will be held on Saturday next, 20th of May from 10 am-4 pm at the Fire Station at Circular Road, Roscommon.

  This event is a fundraiser with Roscommon Rose of Tralee 2017 Deirdre Cribben/Roses/Escorts/Rose Team and Roscommon’s firemen and Dolphin Car Wash.

  Proceeds from the day will go to Pieta House West.

   A donation from people who avail of the car wash on the day will be greatly appreciated.

Here we go again…

The national newspapers have been crystal gazing (kind of) on the All-Ireland Football Championships. We couldn’t resist (nervously) checking to see what the verdict is on the rather inconsistent Rossies…

  The Irish Independent of May 15th determined that Conor Devaney is Roscommon’s current ‘key man’ and that Ultan Harney could make a name for himself in 2017.

  Only two out of five experts actually predicted that Roscommon will make the last eight!

  We move next to the Irish Times (May 15th) in which Sean Moran has Roscommon 7th in the betting to win Sam (admittedly at 40/1!).

  He writes: “Since an encouraging 2016 league campaign the last year has been a nightmare.” (We know).

  He adds that the collapse in the Connacht Final replay was followed by a “management schism” and a hopelessly outgunned league campaign.

  “There are positives, however faint. The draw has been kind and, although relegated, the team battled along the way. Strength is in attack but issues at centrefield and in defence remain.”

  And so to the Sunday Times (14th of May): “Roscommon need a decent run for their confidence and self-esteem. So do vast swathes of Leinster.”

  Let the fun begin!

Monster update!

We’re delighted to hear from our friend Joe O’Brien, a true community champion, that preparations are continuing with great momentum for the much-anticipated Lough Ree Monster Festival.

  According to Joe: “The full programme for the Lough Ree Monster Festival is almost complete and there promises to be an exciting line-up of events throughout the weekend.

  “Already we have Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver and AC/DC tribute band IE/DC booked for the three nights in the Red Barn. The Lough Ree Monster Festival events will be staged in the Big Red Barn on a site at the back of the Friends of Asthma shop (old Post Office). The committee would like to thank the Johnston family for the generous donation of the site on the banks of the Shannon.”

  The Lough Ree Monster in 1992 set sail from Johnston’s family home at the ‘Cut’ and the Lough Ree Monster of 2017 will once again set sail from the same location on Friday, 4th August and it will make its return journey on Sunday night, 6th August where the Monster will get a grand farewell and be sent away with a display of fireworks.

  Joe’s parting tip (for this week) is as follows: “Make sure you book your holidays for this time (early August) as it will be a marvellous time to be in Lanesboro!”

A thank you from Cancer Support Service

We were delighted to hear that the recent Golf Classic hosted by our friends in the Roscommon Cancer Support Service was such a success.

  The Classic was held at Roscommon Golf Club and attracted great support, evidence of the huge public goodwill there is towards supporting services of this nature.

  This week Roscommon Cancer Support Service contacted the People to express thanks to all concerned.

  “We would like to thank the volunteers, golfers and businesses who supported the recent Golf Classic fundraiser.”

  The organisers’ current plans are to run this event on a bi-annual basis.

  “The event was hugely successful and we hope to see everyone again in 2019!” concluded the spokesperson for the Roscommon Cancer Support Service.

No smoke without ire (Part 2)

Ian Hestor of Carrowduff, Ballymacurley has been in touch again this week. Last week he wrote on the fall-out from the impending closure of the ‘cigar factory’ in Ballaghaderreen; this time Ian wishes to raise issues to do with a recent bog fire locally.   

  “The rain is welcome in more ways than one with fires out of control across the country. Besides cutting back in water usage trying to control the spread of wind-driven fires, it gives the firefighters a chance to save conservation areas and forestry.

  “Last Tuesday week (9th of May), a fire broke out in a bog at Carrowduff, Ballymacurley, threatening wildlife, a coniferous forest, local farm animals and homesteads. Thankfully, it was not driven by an easterly wind, which had died down by then. They say lightning never strikes twice but in this case this is the third time in as many years that this area has been hit, with each fire happening at night.”

  Mr. Hestor has drawn the conclusion that someone is maliciously setting off these fires for their own “gratification.”

  Mr. Hestor goes on to say that Minister Mary Humphreys has a lot to answer for “in her attempts at political point-scoring” by amending the Wildlife Act to facilitate the burning of land well into the spring.

  He continues: “The people here in Baymacurley were fortunate this time, had it been earlier in the month the outcome might have been a lot worse. Those with maliciously start such fires don’t have the capacity to see the consequences of their insidious behaviour, the impacts on bog vegetation and its depending wildlife and the only hope is that this one (culprit) will be found out before long.”

  Ian has appealed to anyone who saw anything untoward in the area in question last Tuesday week to contact Castlerea Gardai on 094-9621630 or Oran Text Alert.