• There's a Roscommon connection to the Oscar nominations announced earlier today.

    Paul Young, a native of Boyle, is CEO of animation studio Cartoon Saloon, and the company's short film "Late Afternoon" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category.

    This is the fourth nomination for Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny - having being already nominated three times previously for Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy awards.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Boyle native Paul Young and his company for once again putting Ireland on the world stage, thanks to this latest nomination.

    Senator Feighan is sending best wishes to the Cartoon Saloon team in the upcoming Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

  • Firefighters are battling a forest fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea again this morning.

    Ballaghaderreen, Boyle and Elphin brigades are back out at the blaze, after battling it into the early hours of this morning.

    They also have air support from one water carrier helicopter.

    Midwest News understands the blaze is extensive but no homes are under threat at present.

  • The Boyle/Gurteen Rd (R294) is currently closed between Cloonloo and Boyle due to an incident, diversions are in place.

    An arctic truck has overturned on the road after driving too close to the edge.

    Gardai are currently unloading the cargo of the truck and have advised people to use alternate routes.

    It’s expected the road will be fully reopened this evening.

  • Irish Water has confirmed that the Boyle Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon is to be extended to Grangemore.

    Irish Water is to invest €2.4 million in extending the scheme to the Grangemore area, where consumers have been on a boil water notice for some time, and have faced regular disruptions to their water supply.

    Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that contracts have now been signed for works to improve the water supply in the area by extending the Boyle water supply to Grangemore and disconnecting the existing water treatment plant.

    The project is due to be completed by the end of the year.

  • Former junior minister,Sligo’s John Perry has warned Fine Gael it risks losing power at the general election if he is not on the party ticket in Sligo-Leitrim. 

    Mr Perry told today’s Irish Independent, that if Fine Gael is not serious about winning two seats [in Sligo-Leitrim] than it won't be in government."

    John Perry, who previously took a High Court action against Fine Gael over a dispute about him running in the general election, has not ruled out running as an independent if he is not added to the party ticket.

    He claims that private polling puts him in a strong position in the constituency.

    Mr Perry's declaration follows the surprise departure of former TD and senator Gerry Reynolds who quit the Fine Gael Dáil election ticket last week.

    Mr Reynolds stated that it would not be possible to continue to expand and protect his business interests and serve as a TD.

    Mr Perry faces competition from Senator Frank Feighan, the former Roscommon TD, who has also confirmed that he would be interested in contesting the next election in Sligo-Leitrim.

    Mr Feighan's home town of Boyle in north Roscommon was moved into the Sligo-Leitrim constituency in the most recent redrawing of boundaries.

    But Mr Perry argues that his political base in Ballymote in south Sligo means he is best placed to win votes for the party.

    Fine Gael has already selected Sligo councillor Sinead Maguire to run in the constituency, where sitting TD Tony McLoughlin is retiring at the next election.

    Other local figures who have expressed an interest in being on the ticket include councillors John McCartin, Ita Reynolds and Enda McGloin, as well as Noel Merrick, a former chairman of the constituency executive.

    Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran is expected to visit the constituency today to meet potential candidates.


  • A man has died after a single vehicle collision in Boyle this morning.

    The driver of the car, who was in his 80’s, died when the car he was driving left the road at Old Carrick Road, Boyle at around 10am. He was the sole occupant of the car.

    His body has been removed to Roscommon University Hospital where a post mortem will take place.

    The road is currently closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic investigation and local diversions are in place.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 - 9621630, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


  • A 44 year-old man has been jailed for five years for a one kick assault in Roscommon that has left his victim wheelchair bound.

    Roscommon Circuit Court heard Gintautis Motiejunas suffered catastrophic brain damage when he sustained a kick to the head in an incident in Boyle in February 2017.

    The father of four is now confined to a wheelchair, paralysed on his left side and deaf in one ear.

    The court heard the victim is unlikely ever to make a full recovery.

    Judge Frances Comerford sentenced Arturis Sakurskis, who had pleaded guilty at an earlier court sitting to assault causing harm, to eight and a half years in jail, suspending the final three and a half years.



  • 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.



  • Senator Frank Feighin has been added to the Fine Gael ticket to contest the next general election in the Sligo/ Leitrim constituency.

    The additional place on the party’s ticket arose after former TD, Leitrim based Gerry Reynolds pulled out of the race a few weeks ago.

    Former junior minister, Sligo based John Perry was keen to be the replacement candidate for the party.

    However, yesterday Mr Perry, who fought a high-profile battle against the party in the High Court in 2015 to contest the 2016 election, lost out to former TD and sitting Senator Frank Feighan who will now run in this 4 seater constituency.

    Mr Perry had lobbied strongly to contest the next general election and had claimed private polling showed him in a strong position to win a seat.

    However the party opted for Frank Feighan, whose home town of Boyle was moved into the Sligo-Leitrim constituency in the most recent redrawing of boundaries.

  • A man in his 40's has been taken to hospital after a dramatic river rescue in Boyle, in Co Roscommon this afternoon.

    It's understood the alarm was raised at around lunchtime when the man is believed to have entered the water near the town centre.

    Efforts were made to throw life rings to the man but these proved unsuccessful, and he was eventually rescued when a teenage boy waded into the water near the GAA club and pulled him to shore.

    He was subsequently treated by emergency services before being transferred to hospital where he is understood not to have suffered any life-threatening injuries.