Positive developments in Lecarrow Knockcroghery areas

With a new restaurant open and planning permission granted for 17 new houses in Lecarrow, the times are certainly changing in Lecarrow as it prepares for 2008. Positive developments are also expected in Knockcroghery and Kiltoom and a new ten-teacher school is being planned for Glanduff. An expanding population requires greater levels of service and work is ongoing across a range of sectors to ensure that such new services are provided. A new restaurant has also opened this week in Lecarrow, a very welcome addition to the south Roscommon area. The Yew Tree is located in the village of Lecarrow and is operated by the Ahern family from Kiltoom and we wish them well in their new venture. With a growing population in the area and an increased tendency to dining out, The Yew Tree will no doubt prove pleasing to the palate of south Roscommon diners. Apart from the new restaurant, a new sewerage scheme for Lecarrow has been commissioned and planning permission has also been granted for 17 houses in the village. The death of Jimmy Murray of Knockcroghery in January of this year brought with it the end of an era in the village life as a man who was the father of football in County Roscommon went to his eternal reward. During his lifetime, he won every footballing award on offer, captaining Roscommon to All Ireland success in 1943 and 1944. He was also a stalwart on the local club scene, whether with St. Patrick’s or later St. Dominic’s. In terms of inter county football, he won an All Ireland junior title in 1940, captained two All Ireland winning teams, won Connacht titles in 1943, 1944, 1946 and 1947 and also won an Oireachtas medal. Born in 1917, he provided a living link with local events such as the burning of Knockcroghery during the War of Independence and during his lifetime he saw his local village grow and expand, having watched the changes from behind the counter of the shop and pub with which his family was associated with for years. A new water supply for the area comprising Lecarrow, St. John’s, Knockcroghery and parts of Rahara is expected to be provided in 2008. Wells are expected to be bored in Toberdan, Lecarrow, for the new supply and reservoirs erected at various locations in the area. The project has gone out to tender and work is expected to commence in the new year. Towns in the region continued their work in the Tidy Towns competition, with great strides being made in Knockcroghery and Kiltoom. With an expanding population, a new ten-teacher school is planned for Glanduff and planning permission for the new building will be sought in the new year. On the arts front, there is a vibrant music scene in the region and Murray’s of Knockcroghery is the heartland of the South Roscommon Singers Circle which meets there regularly. A number of books and CDs were published by local singers and authors this year, among them a book examining the subject of return emigration, which was launched on Friday 31 st August. The book ‘A South Roscommon Emigrant: Emigration and return 1890 – 1920’ was written by Diane Dunnigan, herself a retired government official from the US who returned to live in south Roscommon. She came to study the phenomenon of return emigration while studying for a Masters Degree in Local History at NUI Maynooth. As the subject of her book, she looked at the life of Margaret ‘Maggie’ Brennan of Carnamaddy, Kiltoom. The book is currently on sale locally. As 2008 beckons, further positive developments are expected in the south Roscommon area as the vibrancy of local voluntary groups continues to be the heartbeat of an expanding local community.