Reeling in the Archives ….


Kenny turns up heat on Finneran over Hospital

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny visited Roscommon town this week to meet with Roscommon Hospital staff and turn up the heat on newly-appointed Minister of State Michael Finneran.

Deputy Kenny said that Minister of State Finneran will have to back up his words on the issue of Roscommon County Hospital with deeds – or else consider his position.

Deputy Kenny was speaking at a press conference in the Abbey Hotel on Monday last after a meeting between hospital staff at various levels and Fine Gael TDs. The Fine Gael leader was joined by local Fine Gael TDs Denis Naughten and Frank Feighan and local councillors and Fine Gael activists.

It was put to the Fine Gael leader that Minister of State Michael Finneran has pledged to stand with the people of Roscommon on the hospital issue. Enda Kenny responded saying that as a Minister of State, Deputy Finneran has new-found influence within the Fianna Fáil party and he (Deputy Kenny) would expect him to go to Mary Harney and the Taoiseach and state what is needed in Roscommon. “I hope he backs up those words with deeds and if those are not provided that he will consider his position in due course,” said the Fine Gael leader.

(From 23 May 2008)


From Seamus Duke column … A turkey in every sense

For someone who does not watch a lot of TV I’m almost ashamed to admit that I watched a lot of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final on Tuesday night and what a waste of time that was. Apart from Dustin making a laughing stock out of the competition (not a hard thing to do) and the country in one fell swoop, it was woeful entertainment and any connection between the show and some actual music was purely coincidental.

I know that Dustin was no worse than a lot of the others but I almost felt like hiding behind the couch when he (it?) was on. It was brutal stuff altogether. I have been listening to the radio on Wednesday morning and it is funny to hear the people on RTE in particular trying to justify the entourage that they sent to Belgrade, spending taxpayers’ money in the process.

(From 23 May 2008)  



Political rivals in celebrity cook-off final on Friday

The two finalists for the RLF Restaurant Celebrity Cook Off were announced after two fantastic semi-finals this week as part of the Roscommon Lamb Festival 2010 with the grand final taking place this Friday 30th April in the Festival Marquee on the Square.

On Sunday night a packed out Gleeson’s Townhouse saw Denis Naughten (representing Clann na nGael and The Athlone Springs Hotel) win over the public vote against Micheál Curley who represented Coffey’s Bar, Lecarrow and the Roscommon Hunt. Denis will go head to head against Eugene Murphy who won Monday’s semi-final against Maureen Claffey (Hester’s Golden Eagle & Castlerea Musical Society) in Jackson’s Restaurant on Monday night. Eugene is representing Strokestown Community Initiatives and The Percy French Hotel.

Throughout the previous heats, all of the celebrities have been kindly helped by the head chefs of the restaurants they originally cooked in. The two political rivals will swap policies for pots and pans on the night of the final, which will be a brilliant night where the two finalists will cook a brand new lamb speciality for the final public vote.

(From 3 April 2010)




‘Ming’ looks into crystal ball…and foresees change!

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP has claimed there is a distinct possibility that the three TDs elected in the Roscommon-Galway constituency in the next General Election will be two Independents and one Sinn Féin candidate.

Roscommon has traditionally been a Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael stronghold, but ‘Ming’ believes that will change in the coming months.

In a Twitter post, he said: “Roscommon/Galway now has the potential to lead change at next GE, with Michael Fitzmaurice, Denis Naughten and Claire Kerrane. That would be representation. Can happen”.

Ms. Kerrane, who previously worked as Mr. Flanagan’s secretary, was confirmed as Sinn Féin’s candidate last weekend.

(From 27 March 2015)

* Ming was just one election out, but a pretty impressive prediction all the same!


Roscommon designers feted

After much deliberation, the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture regional finalists for Roscommon have been announced.

Secondary schools from all over Roscommon and from every part of the country submitted designs using every sort of junk possible, and now these local designs will be showcased at the Western regional final on 11th of March. Tickets are on sale now from the Royal Theatre Castlebar’s box office.

The Roscommon finalists are Le Paon Majestueux from Elphin Community College, Gold Blend from Scoil Mhuire Strokestown, Metallo Penna from Scoil Mhuire Strokestown, Weave Used Paper from Scoil Mhuire Strokestown and Pearlection from Scoil Mhuire Strokestown.

All of the regional finalists of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture recycled fashion competition will storm the catwalk in The Helix on the 6th of March 2015.

(From 20 February 2015) 




From Paul Healy’s Weekly Column:

An old man is walking in the wrong direction in the middle of a roundabout in Roscommon town. Held up and showing varying signs of amusement/frustrastion are two cars, a jeep, a lorry and a guy on a bike. The old man is in no hurry. In fact he’s quite leisurely about it all. It’s man versus car, and there’s only one winner. It’s as if Henry Ford had never bothered. Trump bombed Syria and there’s a Brexit-shaped crisis on top of us but at this moment in time this old man has slowed the world down – well at least he’s stopped us all in our tracks in Roscommon. Everyone – lorry, cars, cyclist – waits for his next move. He completes his journey. The world moves on again.

Fair play to him (not that I’m recommending it of course).  Everyone needs a breather and to take stock, every now and again.

(From April 2017)