Co Roscommon

  • A Roscommon TD says he wants answers from TII about what is happening in regards to the gritting of major routes in the county.

    There were very poor driving conditions on many roads in Roscommon this morning following snow overnight, including accidents on the N5 and N4 roads.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he has received numerous complaints over the condition of some roads in Roscommon over the past number of days, but particularly overnight last night.

    He says Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is responsible for telling Roscommon County Council and other local authorities which roads to grit and he wants answers as to why major routes in Roscommon appear not to have been gritted last night.

    Roscommon County Council confirmed that it did not grit roads in the county overnight on the basis of forecasts received from Met Eireann.

  • There are 70 American students in the county Roscommon village of Ballintober at present, all taking part in an annual international archeological study programme entitled “Castles in Communities, the archeological project at Ballintober Castle”. 

    This evening at 7pm at the old school house in Ballintober, everyone is invited to attend a lecture on the 2018/2019 field schools and it will provide an opportunity for members of the general community to learn about what the students are discovering.

    Rebekah Mills is one of the US students taking part in the study programme and she has been giving Midwest News more details about the programme and the experience of learning and living in the Ballintober community.

  • The Connacht GAA Football Championship Finals, Senior and U20, scheduled for Sunday 17th June 2018 will take place in Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon.

    This decision was made following discussion between the Connacht GAA Council and Roscommon County Board officers and in consultation with the National Infrastructure and the National Health & Safety Committee. Making this decision Connacht Council recognised the financial constraints of Roscommon County Board and agreement was made to hold the game in Roscommon subject to a number of conditions.


    Those conditions include:

    • Confining the capacity to 18,870
    • No tickets being available for sale on the day
    • Roscommon covering the cost of a temporary scanning system 
    • CCTV being in place

    Connacht Council also stressed that Dr Hyde Park will not be considered for future provincial finals until a new entrance is completed in front of the terrace on the Athlone Road side of the ground, permanent metered turnstiles are installed, dressing rooms are built to modern standards, and all roadways behind the stand are tarred.

  • Emergency services attended the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Castlerea yesterday evening.

    The driver of the car was taken to Sligo University Hospital by ambulance with serious head injuries following the collision, which occurred at about 6pm on the Williamstown Road, just outside Castlerea.

    Gardai, fire and ambulance services attended the scene.

  • Roscommon’s Donie Smith is set to find out today if he will face disciplinary action following an incident involving Mayo’s Keith Higgins during Saturday night’s opening league encounter in Castlebar.

    Smith’s hand appeared to make contact with Higgins’ eye area, although it is understood Roscommon contend there was no intent, and the forward didn’t touch the eye or lower his hand to interfere with the eye area.

    The Irish Daily Star say the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee are set to review footage of the incident today.

    If GAA chiefs decide Smith has a case to answer, the charge is likely to be a Category Three offence of behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent which carries a minimum one-match ban.