People Platform – May 3rd






Celebrating Mass with Dawn Chorus

Dear Editor,

I just had to put pen to paper to let the people (your readers) know about the beautiful Dawn Mass I attended in Loughnaneane Park at 7 am on Sunday, April 21st. Fr. John Cullen celebrated. 

  We had no human choir but we had the dawn chorus. What a beautiful sound! The birds were joined by the pigeons and a donkey. You got such a feeling of peace, the world is not such a bad after all.

  I silently thanked God for the privilege of being there.

  A sincere ‘thank you’ to Fr. John Cullen for making it such a beautiful event, which was well worth the early rising.

Thank you!

P.S. We were home again by 7.55 am.

(Name and address with editor)



Daffodil Day raises over €19,000 in Roscommon


Roscommon town

Dear Editor,

The Irish Cancer Society and the local voluntary organisers of Daffodil Day 2019 in Roscommon town and environs, wish to thank  the public for their financial contributions, and for their donations of fresh daffodils, and the prison service, staff and prisoners in Castlerea for growing and donating potted daffodils. A total of €19,956.70 (which includes funds raised through coffee mornings) was raised.

  Once again this year, we had the assistance of the students of the Convent of Mercy Transition Year, for which we are very grateful, and we extend our thanks to them as well as their principal and class coordinators for their co-operation.

  We thank the shops, offices and other outlets which allowed us to place Daffodil Day boxes in their premises and allowed our volunteers to stand inside or outside their premises on Daffodil Day.

  Contributing to this year’s success were the  coffee mornings hosted by Caitlín McConn and Brian Mugan in JJ Harlow’s; a coffee morning held by the staff in St. Coman’s Wood Primary School; and a coffee morning held by Kilteevan Community Development Group Ltd. in Kilteevan Community Centre. Well done and thanks to all involved.

  Thanks are also extended to Sean Doyle & Sons Ltd. for the use of their premises in Harrison Centre, Roscommon as a depot for receiving fresh daffodils and to operate from throughout the event.

  The cooperation and support of the local media, radio and print, photographers, and  the Parish Office have all played their part in the success of Daffodil Day.

  The Knockcroghery Ukulele Collective provided musical entertainment at the coffee morning in JJ Harlow’s and on the street during Daffodil Day which was much appreciated by the volunteers and the public alike, and for that we say thank you.

  Without our dedicated volunteers, Daffodil Day would not be possible so sincere thanks to all for their involvement in the weeks before Daffodil Day and over the two days at the depot and on the streets. We hope you will join with us again next year.

Yours sincerely,

Eilish Humborg,

(On behalf of the Irish Cancer Society

and Roscommon Daffodil Day volunteers)