Roscommon

  • A 34 year old Roscommon man drowned in Athlone on Sunday night last.

    He has been named as Trevor Brennan from Knockskehan, Lecarrow. He had been socializing with friends when he slipped and fell into the Shannon at Quay Wall at about 11.20pm on Sunday night.

    His remains will be reposing at his home this evening from 4pm until 8pm.

    Removal takes place tomorrow morning to St John's Church, Lecarrow  for funeral Mass at 11am.

    He will be laid to rest in the local cemetery.

  • A man is due before a sitting of Galway district court this morning charged in connection with burglaries in Castlerea over the weekend.

    Two burglaries occurred in Castlerea in the early hours of yesterday ( Sunday) morning.

    A business premises in the Square was broken into and a private house on St Patrick’s Street in the town.

    Gardai arrested a suspect a short time later and he was detained at Castlerea garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    The man  was later charged in connection with theincidents and is due to appear before Galway District later this morning.

  • Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that they are investigating an incident of criminal damage and assault at a house at Falsk, Roscommon in the early hours of this morning.

    Gardai say that the incident occurred at around 5.30am. Reports suggest a large number of men entered the property early this morning.

    Gardai say a number of people were injured during the incident, and three required hospital treatment.

    A number of vehicles were set on fire and a dog was also seriously injured and had to be put down as a result.

    This follows on from a statement by Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice to the Dail earlier this week, in which he said a group of up to 30 men, believed to be working on behalf of a third party, removed three people living at the property and secured it earlier this week.

    Investigations into last night’s incident are ongoing.

  • Sunday will be a busy day in Roscommon Town, as the election count will take place in the Dr Hyde Centre, while Roscommon will host Clare in Dr Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon also in the Allianz Football League.

    Roscommon GAA is advising supporters that there will be no access from the Athlone Road to Hyde Park on Sunday.

    All access for football fans will be from the Golf Links Road, which is the stand side of Dr Hyde Park.

    Supporters are also advised to leave additional time to get to the grounds, given the extra traffic.

     

  • The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has issued a warning to dog owners that ear cropping or other cruel and unnecessary mutilations will not be tolerated after a Roscommon man was convicted of offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) 2013.

    The court had heard evidence from ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons who described obtaining a search warrant for an address in County Roscommon on 27th February 2019, in response to information received regarding a puppy on the premises with cropped ears.

    On execution of the warrant, a blue and white female American Bully pup was found with her ears cropped. The pup was seized and detained.

    Inspector Lyons told the court that she believed the man to be breeding dogs for commercial gain and described how ear cropping is done for cosmetic reasons, purely to achieve a look desired by owners.

    Speaking to Midwest News today ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling  said they take satisfaction from the fact that offences were proven and somebody was held accountable in this case. 

  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will visit Ballaghadereen today, for the official launch of a major investment at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in the town.

    Aurivo has invested €26 million in installing a new spray dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, to boost capacity at the facility by 50%.

    It's part of a wider €48 million five-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable new product development and meet global demand.

    The Agriculture Minister is due in Ballaghadereen at about lunchtime to launch the new developments.

    Meanwhile, the Beef Plan Movement is holding a peaceful protest in Ballaghadereen this morning.

    They say that, two weeks after a list of demands was handed into the Department of Agriculture following a major rally in Dublin, there's been no correspondence from the Minister or his Department.

     

     

     

  • The Garda Ombudsman Commission is investigating an incident in Castlerea in the early hours of Sunday morning in which a Garda was allegedly assaulted.

    The incident occurred at about 1am on Sunday morning, when a Garda was allegedly assaulted by two men at Roselawn, Castlerea.

    The male Garda and the suspected offenders were taken to hospital.

    The matter has now been referred to GSOC, under Section 102 of the Garda Act 2005.

    A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman has confirmed to Midwest News that the incident has been referred to them, and is being examined to determine if an investigation is warranted into the circumstances involved.

     

     

  • The National Ambulance Service will operate from the Loughglynn Ambulance Base from today.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the HSE has confirmed that the ambulance service will be operating an additional emergency ambulance in Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week.

    This service will see crews operating and reporting from the base in Loughglynn, with additional support provided from Roscommon.

    However, there is no clarity yet as to which days the base will operating on or how many staff will be there.

    Senator Hopkins says these are some of the questions she will be putting to Martin Dunne, Director of the National Ambulance Service, when she meets him on Tuesday August 21st.

  • An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to the road development of the N5 between N5 Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

    Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the decision to grant the planning permission, who says the project involves constructing almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads.

    Senator Feighan says that this is a dangerous stretch of road, which is extremely busy, so this work will be welcomed to the many people who use it.

    Meanwhile Mayo County Council has welcomed today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said it is important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland and said “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county saying It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that. It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

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  • It's expected an announcement will be made today on the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    The unit accommodates mostly elderly patients with Alzheimers and dementia, and there have been fears for some time that the HSE may close the facility, as there have been no new admissions since September 2016.

    A senior HSE official said last year that the Rosalie unit would close and alternative care would be provided for the patients, but a strong campaign has been underway in Castlerea to keep the unit open, for the current residents and to provide care into the future.

    Independent assessments have been carried out recently on the residents, and Midwest News understands that senior management are visiting the unit this morning to announce its future.

  • An anti-racist gathering will be held today at 12.30 pm in Rooskey at the Shannon Key West Hotel. According to a social media post the gathering is intended to give people from the Leitrim/Roscommon area an opportunity to condemn the alleged arson attack on the hotel and to reject the kind of casual racism that is increasingly directed at asylum seekers and refugees.

    Those organising the event want an end to the Direct Provision system. They are also opposed to the manner in which Direct Provision centres are imposed without consultation on small communities but say the existence of the system cannot be used as an excuse for racism and for arson.

     

     

     

  • Following on from suspected arson attacks at a hotel in Rooskey, Co Roscommon, a local Councillor is calling for a joint meeting of the Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon municipal districts, in a bid to address what he calls "the escalating events" at the Shannon Key West Hotel.

    Two small fires broke out at the premises on Monday night, 5 weeks after a previous fire at the hotel, which is due to accomodate 80 asylum seekers in the coming weeks.

    Condemning the incidents, Roscommon Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Murphy is now seeking a meeting between the two municipal districts, saying we need to get county councillors from Roscommon and Leitrim working together on the issue, as Rooskey villages straddles the two counties.

    Councillor Murphy is also hoping an official from the Department of Justice would attend such a joint meeting.

    Meanwhile, another anti-racism rally will take place in Rooskey on Sunday.

    The Leitrim / Roscommon United Against Racism group is organising a rally outside the hotel from 12.30 on Sunday afternoon.

  • Approval has been granted today for the N5 road project from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue to go to construction.

    The 34 km road, costing in the region of €200 million, will run from the end of the Ballaghadereen bypass to the townland of Scramogue in Co Roscommon, bypassing Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown.

    Roscommon-based Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation that the project can now proceed to the construction stage, and says the new road will improve journey times along the N5, and will reduce the cost of travel for businesses in Mayo and Roscommon.

     

     

  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.

     

  • Residents in Ballaghadereen are considering taking a judicial review of the decision by Roscommon County Council to grant planning permission for a battery storage facility in the town.

    Permission was granted last December for a battery storage facility at Tonroe, Ballaghadereen - despite a similar facility being refused planning permission by Longford County Council on safety grounds.

    A special meeting of Roscommon County Council was convened yesterday to discuss the matter, however, the council executive did not attend the meeting.

    A deputation from Ballaghadereen outlined their concerns to Councillors, and will now consider a judicial review of the planning decision.

    That's according to local Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan, who says a further public meeting will take place to discuss their options.

     

     

  • Ballina, Roscommon and Sligo are among six historic towns nationally that  will share €1m funding under the Historic Towns Initiative 2020.

    The Heritage Council, along with the new Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan announced the details today. 

    The €1m in capital funding will help to provide jobs and economic stimulus through heritage-led regeneration and will aid the rebuilding of local economies with heritage as a focal point.

    Tralee, Co Kerry, Ramelton, Co Donegal and Clones, Co Monaghan are the other three towns to benefit from toady’s announcement.

    The six towns were selected following a competitive process inviting local authorities to propose projects for heritage-led regeneration in one historic town in their area, with the selection process completed in February 2020, but delayed in line with public health restrictions.

    For further information on the Historic Towns Initiative, visit www.heritagecouncil.ie.

  • 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: https://aib.ie/security-centre

     

  • Bishop Kevin Doran has announced a number of diocesan appointments for the Elphin Diocese.

    Canon Thomas Hever, who's returning from sabbatical leave, has been appointed Parish Priest of Drumcliff-Maugherow with immediate effect, replacing Fr Michael Donnelly who has retired.

    Fr Kevin Fallon, who's currently Parish Priest of Kilglass and Rooskey, is going on sabbatical leave until next Summer, effective from from 10th August, and he will be replaced in Kilglass & Rooskey by Fr Martin Mulvaney, Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul in Athlone.

    In turn, Fr John Deignan, curate at St Peter & Paul's in Athlone, has been promoted to Parish Priest of the area.

     

  • A boil water notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon has been lifted, with immediate effect.

    The boil water notice was imposed on 27th July, due to coliform bacteria detections and low chlorine residuals at locations throughout the network.

    The notice applied to all customers on the Grangemore Public Water supply and Ballinameen Camlin group water schemes, and it affected customers in the Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore and Killaraght areas.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have now confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted, and customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.