Strokestown

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Strokestown, shortly before 8pm last night.

    The collision on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town involved a car and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the car was not injured.

    The man’s name has not yet been released.

    The N5 remains closed at Bridge street as a forensic examination is carried OUT.

     Diversions are in place via Four Mile House and Tulsk.

    Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630.

  • A man remains in garda custody this morning in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The 54 year old man was arrested in county Mayo yesterday.

    He is being detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 - Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended.

    The Garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

  • A Donegal man's been remanded in custody, after appearing in court, charged in relation to an attack at a farmhouse in Strokestown.

    The 53 year-old will appear in court again on Friday, along with a second man, who was arrested in Mayo earlier this week.

    PJ Sweeney, with an address of High Cairn, Ramelton, Co Donegal, has been charged with violent disorder, after appearing at a special sitting of Roscommon District Court yesterday evening.

    It's in relation to the attack at a repossessed farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, in mid-December.

     Evidence was given in court of arrest, charge and caution, to which the 53 year-old accused made no response.

     Judge Deirdre Geraghty refused bail but granted him legal aid.

    Mr. Sweeney's been remanded in custody, to appear at Harristown District Court, Castlerea, next Friday.

    Meanwhile, a 54 year old man arrested on Thursday in Co Mayo as part of the investigation into the incident at Strokestown appeared in court on Friday.

    He was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court and was also remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on the same date.

  • The family at the centre of an eviction in Co Roscommon say they're disappointed with the Taoiseach's comments in the Dail over the matter.

    The McGanns believe Leo Varadkar's remarks aimed to deflect attention away from the eviction.

    Last week, the home of the McGann family near Strokestown was repossessed.

    In a statement last night issued through Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, the McGanns say they are shocked by the unforeseen events but overwhelmed by the levels of support they have received.

    In the Dail yesterday, there was a heated debate between the Taoiseach and Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty over a violent attack on security guards who had removed the family from the property.

    Deputy Doherty had said reforms were needed to laws to ensure security officials involved in evictions are identifiable.

    Leo Varadkar fired back and said "when it comes to Sinn Féin - the rule of law and public order - and condemning violence it does not take very long for your balaclava to slip".

    In their statement, the McGanns said the Taioseachs comments are a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from some of the very serious issues relating to their eviction.

    They appealed for privacy - adding they'll be making no further statements as the eviction is a legal matter.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing a 29-year old man, missing from his home in Strokestown since last Wednesday.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen at about 5am on Wed morning last, 19th December.

    Tomas is described as 5' 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It's not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety, and anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Strokestown at 071 - 9633002 or any Garda station.

     

     

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gardai are appealing for the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 29 year old man missing from his home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen on December 19th at approximately 5am.

    He is described as 5" 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It is not known what Tomas was last seen wearing.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Strokestown on 071-9633002, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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    A hunt's underway for a gang of five who carried out an armed raid on a bank in county Roscommon yesterday.

    Four men wearing balaclavas entered the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown at 2.15pm, threatening staff with a handgun and iron bars.

    No one was injured, but the raiders escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black Audi car, driven by a fifth man who had been waiting outside.

    No arrests have been made but an investigation is ongoing and Gardai have been carrying out searches in the area.  

  • An investigation into the conduct of a group of men who carried out an eviction outside Strokestown is underway by the Private Security Authority (PSA).

    According to today’s Irish Times it means the identity of the men, the company they work for and circumstances in which they were recruited will likely become public knowledge. KBC bank, who the men were working for, is also likely be asked to aid the inquiry.

    The investigation by the authority, which has the power to bring people before the courts to face charges, has been under way since last weekend.

    The McGann family were evicted from their home in Falsk, Strokestown  last Wednesday week. In the early hours of last Sunday the property was stormed by a gang who beat the security guards, burned their vans and cars and forced them out of the house.

    The authority’s inquiry is focussed on the men’s activities in the days after the eviction, rather than during the eviction itself.

    In reply to queries from The Irish Times, the authority said: “Following events in Roscommon on Sunday, December 16th, the PSA commenced an investigation into the provision of security services at Falsk. The PSA will not be providing any further information in relation to this matter while its investigation is ongoing.”

    The eviction came on foot of a High Court order. The execution of such orders is not deemed to be security work, meaning registered security guards are not required and evictions do not come under the authority’s remit.

    However, the inquiry will seek to establish if the group was providing security services at the property in the days after the eviction.

  • The Minister for Justice has ordered a review into the regulating and licencing of people enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority.

    It follows an incident yesterday morning when up to eight security guards were attacked at a repossessed home near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

    One man is still in hospital after the incident at the house and farm about 4 kilometres outside Strokestown.

    Yesterday morning's events began at around 4am - it's believed up to 20 people may have been involved, and three vehicles were set on fire.

    A garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

    KBC Bank says it's aware of the situation, but  doesn't comment on individual cases.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has condemned the violence that occurred early on Sunday morning and he has requested his officials to examine the regulations and licensing of personnel enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority.

    That review is due next month.

    The Social Democrats have expressed concern about the way in which this eviction of two brothers and a sister from their family home was carried out, and say banks should do everything they can to reach resolutions with their customers, so that families don't end up being homeless for Christmas.

  • The Justice Minister says the suspected involvement of dissident republicans following the eviction of a Co Roscommon family from their home last week is a "very sinister development".

    Anthony McGann, along with his brother and sister, were evicted from their property near Strokestown just over a week ago, following a court order.

    The eviction sparked an angry response following the involvement of a private security firm, understood to be from Northern Ireland.

    A group of over 20 men then stormed the house on Sunday morning, injuring 8 security men with at least 6 vehicles burnt out.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says criminals can't be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

  • A man has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into criminal damage and assaults carried out by a gang of men at a house near Strokestown, Co Roscommon last month.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a 54 year old man was arrested in Co Mayo this morning and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    It follows an incident at a farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, when a gang of people stormed the property in the early hours of Sunday 16th December and assaulted a number of security guards who were guarding the property following the eviction of a family the previous week.

    Some of the security personnel were injured in the incident, while a guard dog had to be put down and two vehicles were burnt out.

    Gardai say the man arrested in Mayo this morning in connection with their investigation is being held at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

     

     

  • A 54 year old man arrested yesterday as part of an investigation in an incident at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon has this morning appeared in court.

    The man was detained  in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

    A second arrest was made this morning following a search conducted in Co. Donegal. The man in his 50s was arrested under the provisions of Section 30 of the offences against the state Act, 1939. He is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • A man who died following a road collision in Strokestown on Thursday evening has been named. 

    He was Paul O'Gara of Farnbeg, Strokestown. Mr O'Gara, who was in his 70's, died after a car collided with him on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town on Thursday evening shortly before 8pm. 

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Mr O'Gara's remains will repose at McHugh’s Funeral Home, Strokestown on Sunday evening from 4 o’clock until 8 o’clock. He will be laid to rest on Monday following 11.30 Funeral Mass in the Parish Church, Strokestown. 

     

  • More than a thousand people have taken part in a protest in Strokestown in County Roscommon.

    The peaceful demonstration was organised in support of the local family recently evicted in controversial circumstances, from a family farm on the outskirts of the town.

    Those attending today carried banners and tri-colours, calling for an end to forced evictions.

    It follows violent clashes last week in the aftermath of the eviction.

    Two men were arrested and later released following last week's disturbances - and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

     

     

  • A report in today’s Irish Independent says that Gardai are now investigating if the attack on security guards at a repossessed house near Strokestown was organised by people who were annoyed that some of the security work was given to a firm based in Northern Ireland.

    Gardai now believe those who organised the assault did so through WhatsApp.

    The report suggests that although some of those involved have links to dissident groups, Gardai are satisfied the main motive behind the incident was to show how unhappy they were with the decision to give the security work to personnel, some of whom were based in Northern Ireland.

    Officers believe some attackers are possibly security guards themselves, who were annoyed that many of those chosen to protect the house at Falsk, Strokestown, were from the North.

    Others were locals, who opted to join in as a protest, without realising the incident was likely to turn so violent.

    The masked attackers were armed with a shotgun, an axe and baseball bats.

    The axe was used to inflict severe injuries to the dog, which had to be put down humanely afterwards. Eight security guards at the house were injured and three of them had to receive treatment in hospital.

    Gardaí said while some of the organisers had links to dissident republicans, the attack was not connected directly to those groups.

    They also dismissed local rumours the security guards were "loyalists" recruited in Northern Ireland for the work although some of the guards are from across the Border.

    Two companies were involved, one of which is registered in the State. It is thought some of the suspect attackers are also registered with the Private Security Authority.

    Officers from the Garda Special Branch yesterday seized a shotgun, a lorry and a teleporter, and mobile phones in raids on three houses and outhouses in a yard in Co Roscommon.

    As a result of the searches, two men in their 50s and 60s were arrested and taken to Castlerea Garda Station.

    They can be held without charge for up to 72 hours.

    Further arrests are expected.

    It's thought footage from bodycams worn by the security guards during the attack will be a focus of the investigation.

    Garda Commissioner Drew Harris visited Castlerea station last night and spoke with officers involved in the investigation as well as being briefed on the latest developments.

    Chief Supt Tony Healy thanked the local community for their continued support in the wake of the recent events in Strokestown and again appealed to anyone with information to contact Castlerea Garda Station at 094 9621630, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that resurfacing works are due to commence on a dangerous stretch of the N5 at the old GAA pitch in Strokestown in the coming weeks.

    Deputy Murphy says there have been ongoing problems in Strokestown at a major bend in the road at the old GAA pitch and while a number of improvements which he initiated have been carried out, the area continued to be dangerous for motorists so he welcomes the fact that a new surface will be laid on this stretch of road in the coming weeks.

    He says he would still urge motorists to be cautious as the area is still very prone to accidents but hopes that these new resurfacing works will help to alleviate the ongoing problems at this location which have been of grave concern to many members of the public.

    Deputy Murphy had continually highlighted the lack of health and safety plans at various junctions on the main N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Simpson’s Cross, Tulsk and Frenchpark. The Fianna Fáil TD has called for traffic calming barriers to be put in place before there are more major accidents at these locations.  Deputy Murphy has continually raised this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

  • A County Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend.

    A dog was killed, three people taken to hospital and 4 vehicles burned out, when a gang of men approached security staff guarding the house and adjoining farm which had recently been repossessed.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says he's contacting the bank involved to see if anything can be done to ease tensions in the area.

  • A man in his 50s arrested by Gardaí in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th is due to appear in court this evening.

    The man was arrested yesterday in Co Donegal, following a search and detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    The searches are being carried out following an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown last month, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man arrested yesterday is expected to appear before a special sitting of Roscommon District Court at 6pm this evening.

    A man arrested in Co Mayo on Thursday appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court yesterday morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

  • After suffering an opening round defeat last weekend in the Roscommon Senior Championship St. Brigid's managed to get their campaign back on track last night.

    The Kiltoom based outfit overcame Strokestown on a 1-11 to 1-6 scoreline.