• Bank warns of vishing scam as customers in Roscommon report suspicious calls

    A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link:


  • Connacht GAA announces appointment of Cathal Cregg as Provincial Games Development Manager

    Connacht GAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathal Cregg as the new Connacht GAA Provincial Games Development Manager in succession to John Tobin.

    Cathal has worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Officer with Connacht GAA for the past 5 years having previously qualified with a Sport Science Degree and a Research Masters in Exercise Physiology  from Dublin City University and is currently finishing his PhD. 

    He is a member of the Western Gaels GAA club in Roscommon and has been part of the Roscommon Senior Inter-County football team since 2006. He has represented Connacht on many occasions since 2007 winning an Interprovincal title in 2014, played for Ireland in the 2014 International Rules Series in Australia, won two Sigerson cups with DCU and a freshers All-Ireland with NUIG.

  • Councillors pass Part 8 planning for new playground & carpark in Castlerea Demesne

    A new playground and carpark can go ahead at the Demesne in Castlerea, after Roscommon County Councilors passed the part 8 planning permission.

    The project will mean a refurbished playground for the town, and a new carpark that can be used by people attending both the playground and the public swimming pool.

    Locally-based business Harmac Medical has given a large donation towards new playground equipment.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is hopeful the project can get up and running before the swimming pool opens for the Summer season.

    He says the development will greatly enhance amenities in the town.

  • Fianna Fail Councillor calling on Government to put permanent ambulance team in Loughglynn

    A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • Gardai say main roads in Mayo are passable, but conditions a lot worse in Roscommon

    Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

    However, road conditions are a lot worse in Roscommon.

    The Castlerea to Roscommon road and roads around Ballintubber are reported to be in a dangerous condition, and Gardai in Roscommon town are advising people not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary as many roads are impassable.

  • Meeting with Minister Simon Harris this evening over future of Rosalie Unit in Castlerea has been postponed

    A deputation from Castlerea were planning to travel to Dublin later today to meet with the Health Minister Simon Harris and the Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly, in relation to the future of the Rosalie unit in Castlerea.

    However, Minister Daly has requested that the meeting be postponed, due to diary issues.

    It’s now been rescheduled for three weeks time -Wed 28th March.

    There are major concerns about the future of the home, which accommodates 13 elderly people with Alzheimers and dementia, after the HSE said the facility is not part of its long-term plans.

    No new admissions have been taken into the home for the past year and a half.

    However, a campaign is underway locally to retain the Rosalie unit, with thousands of people signing a petition to that effect.


  • Met Eireann issues Red weather warning for the East, while snow begins to move towards the West of Ireland

    Met Eireann has issued a Status Red Snow-Ice Alert for the five counties of Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

    As is the case with a red weather warning, schools in those counties are likely to close today and remain closed until the warning is lifted.

    Forecasters say total snowfall up to mid-day tomorrow could reach 25 cm ,while a status orange warning has been extended to Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

    It follows a very cold night, with snow showers in parts of the east, south and midlands.

    The West of Ireland has escaped most of the snow showers, however, it’s on the way, with snow falling in the past hour or two in areas of Co Roscommon and moving into East Mayo.

    Temperatures overnight dropped to between minus 2 and minus 5 across the West & Northwest, with minus 3 recorded at Knock Airport, and temperatures are not expected to rise above zero today.

    The arrival of Storm Emma tomorrow is set to bring heavy snowfall and gale force winds.


  • Michael Glavey's lose to Moy in All-Ireland Intermediate Final

    AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Final 
    Moy 1-10 
    Michael Glaveys 0-07 

  • Ministers agree to meet delegation to discuss future of Rosalie Unit in Castlerea

    The Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly have both agreed to meet a delegation to discuss the future of the Rosalie Home in Castlerea.

    That’s according to Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins, who has spoken with both ministers, and says they have agreed to meet a delegation.

    Senator Hopkins is currently arranging the meeting, which would also include HSE management.

    In addition, she says Minister Jim Daly will visit the Rosalie Unit at the end of this month, where he will meet with residents, family members and healthcare professionals.

    Up to 300 people attended a public meeting in Castlerea last Thursday night amid concerns that the Rosalie unit may close, as the HSE says it is not part of their plans going forward.

  • N5 and N17 roads reopen following collisions yesterday evening

    The N5 road has reopened following a crash in Roscommon overnight.

    Part of the N5 had been closed after a multiple-car collision near Strokestown near Strokestown Golf Club.

    Three vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened shortly before 8pm.

    Meanwhile the N17 road reopened around 11.30pm last night following a two-car collision in the village of Ballindine.

  • N5 Road reopens following removal of jack-knifed truck

    The N5 Road between Tulsk and Ballinagare has reopened to traffic following the removal of a jack-knifed truck. Conditions remain slippery in that area so Gardai are advising motorists to exercise caution. 

    The N4 on the Boyle side of Carrick on Shannon is closed following an accident involving a lorry and a number of cars. Gardai say the road will remain closed for a number of hours.

    The Kiltimagh/Balla Rd (R342) has reopened to traffic after a truck overturned there yesterday evening.

  • Post mortem due to take place today on man who died in crash in Boyle yesterday

    A post mortem is due to take place today, after an elderly man died in a crash in County Roscommon.

    It happened yesterday morning, after the car he was driving struck a wall on the Old Carrick Road in Boyle, at around 10am.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses.



  • Proposal for 24/ 7 service at Loughglynn ambulance base

    The HSE is proposing to extend the service at the Loughglynn ambulance base in Co Roscommon to a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week service.

    At present, ambulances crews are deployed to the Loughglynn base for possibly a few hours per day, but it’s now proposed to extend it to a round-the-clock service, as the ambulance base covers a wide area of West Roscommon and East Mayo.

    The issue was discussed yesterday at the HSE Regional Forum meeting in Galway, where councillors were informed that discussions are already underway, and it's hoped to extend the service within the next 6 months.

    Loughlynn-based FG Councillor Micheal Creaton says it’s a welcome development as the ambulance base at present is only manned on a part-time basis.

  • Public meeting in Castlerea tonight on future of Rosalie care home

    A public meeting will take place in Castlerea tonight, to discuss the future of the Rosalie Care Home.

    The unit currently accommodates 12 elderly patients with Alzheimers and dementia, but the future of the home is in doubt, following an admission recently by the HSE that there will be no new admissions, while families of residents are to be consulted about moving them to other facilities in Castlebar and Ballinasloe.

    Liam Walsh, who’s mother Breda is a resident at the Rosalie Home for the past 8 years, has organised tonight’s meeting in Hesters Golden Eagle Lounge at 8pm and is appealing to the local community to come along and join the campaign to try and retain the Rosalie Home – not just for the current residents but for those who will need such mental health facilities in years to come…

  • Public meeting on future of Rosalie Unit in Castlerea hears of written confirmation to public representatives of assurances given on future of unit in 2015

    A public meeting in Castlerea last night on the future of the Rosalie Unit heard that a now senior Minister had received written confirmation of assurances given in 2015 over the future of the unit.

    The meeting was held last night over fears about the future of the unit, which is currently home to 12 elderly patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

    The HSE has confirmed there will be no new admissions, while the families of residents are to be consulted about moving them to other facilities in Castlebar and Ballinasloe.

    Earlier yesterday a family delegation met with senior HSE official Tony Canavan, who told them that the unit is not in the future plans of the HSE.

    In 2015 the Rosalie Unit was in danger of closing but the situation was resolved and assurances were given at that time by Minister Kathleen Lynch and HSE officials about the future and longevity of the unit.

    Those assurances have been denied by HSE officials in recent months.

    However at last night’s meeting, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten read his notes from that meeting with the Minister in 2015 and also a letter he received from the private secretary to then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, reiterating those commitments.

    Minister Naughten told Midwest News today that he has made representations to the Minister for Health and the HSE in recent days and says he expects that the commitments given in 2015 will be stood by.

  • Respond Housing purchases 12 houses in Ballaghaderreen

    Respond Housing has purchased 12 houses in Ballaghaderreen.

    These are 12 three bed houses which will be home to 12 families from the social housing list in Roscommon.

    These 12 houses represent just over one fifth of the 55 households who have expressed a preference to live in Ballaghaderreen.

    While offers have been made to some families, Respond will host a viewing day for people who have offers to live in the new houses and those who have been nominated for the local authority. This viewing day will take place on March 26th.

    Respond expects that people will begin to move into the houses in early April.

  • Roscommon Cllr describes current fodder transport subsidy as a cocktail of bureaucracy

    A Fine Gael Cllr has described the current fodder transport subsidy scheme as a cocktail of bureaucracy.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Cllr Liam Callaghan says while the scheme is very welcome, many farmers are disappointed with the amount of paperwork and third party involvement.

    He says at present the farmer has to have a farm advisor visit his farm to carry out an assessment, an application is then made to the Department of Agriculture, who in turn notify the local co-op, the co-op then source the fodder on behalf of the farmer. The farmer pays the co-op for the fodder and transport and the Department then reimburses the farmer for the cost of the transport.

    Cllr Callaghan says this system could be simplified and farmers should be allowed to source their own fodder, which would speed the entire process up.

  • Roscommon FG Senator voting no in 8th amendment referendum

    Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has confirmed that she will be voting NO in the forthcoming referendum on repealing the 8th amendment.

    Senator Hopkins says she does support terminations in case of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities, and when a woman’s life or health is at risk, however, she cannot support abortion without restriction for up to 3 months.

  • Roscommon woman waiting 15 years to see a neurologist

    A Roscommon woman who’s living with Huntington’s Disease is waiting for the past 15 years to see a neurologist.

    An audit of neurology services shows Ireland has less than half the recommended number of neurologists, less than half the number of recommended MS nurses and less than a third of the recommended number of specialist nurses for Parkinson’s disease.

    To mark National Brain Awareness Week, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and its member organisations have launched the “Invest in Neurology” campaign, calling on Government to tackle these unacceptable staffing shortages and invest in neurology centres nationwide, as well as improving access to critical tests such as MRI.

    Caroline Glynn from Curraghboy in Co Roscommon is a mother of three children.

    Huntington’s Disease has been in her family for generations, and she took a test in 2001 and found out that she also carries the HD gene and is at high risk of developing the disease.

    On our lunchtime news today, Caroline will explain what HD is, and the kind of delays she’s facing in accessing neurology services….

  • Sitting Roscommon/Galway TD Eugene Murphy selected by party to stand in next election

    Sitting Roscommon/Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy was last night selected by the party to stand for the party in the next General Election.

    Deputy Murphy was unanimously selected and ratified to be the single candidate for the party in the constituency.

    In advance of the convention, Fianna Fail headquarters had issued a directive that only one candidate was to be selected, and after the three other candidates who initially accepted nominations withdrew, the sitting TD was unopposed.

    Over 200 people turned out to the convention in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town, which was chaired by Mayo TD Dara Calleary.