• A public meeting will take place in Ballaghaderreen this Thursday evening to give people an opportunity to hear more about a proposed battery storage facility planned for the town.

    Roscommon County Council recently granted planning permission for a battery storage facility at Tonroe in Ballaghaderreen.

    The planned facility would be located close to Kilcolman housing estate and some residents and locals have expressed concern about the safety of such a plant.

    Permission has been granted for 10 battery storage containers and 20 coolers.

    Planning permission for a similar facility in Longford was refused by Longford County Council on safety grounds.

    Local Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan told Midwest News there are concerns about the planned facility in Ballaghaderreen.


    The public meeting will take place this Thursday evening, upstairs at Spell’s Bar and starts at 7.30pm.

  • A public meeting will be held in Castlerea next Monday night to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit, which provides residential care for 12 people with dementia.

    It now appears the unit will close, following comments made by Tony Canavan of the HSE on local radio yesterday, and at a meeting with local Oireachtas representatives on Friday last.

    Families of the residents being cared for at the Rosalie Unit say they have had little or no engagement with the HSE on the future of the unit- despite Minister Jim Daly saying several months ago that the HSE should engage with local stakeholders before making any decision.

    A public meeting will take place in Hester's Golden Eagle Lounge next Monday evening at 8.30 to try and prevent the closure of the 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…

  • 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.

  • A public rally in Roscommon town today, will call for the closure of a wheelchair accessible holiday centre to be reversed.

    The #SaveCuisle Support Group has organised the demonstration over plans to shut Cuisle Donamon next Friday.

    It'll also lead to the loss of 48 jobs at the centre, which is run by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    The march will begin at the new Civic Headquarters of Roscommon County Council at 1pm and proceed to the town square for a public rally at 1.30pm.

  • A major public rally to try and save the Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon will take place in Roscommon Town this Saturday.

    The Save Cuisle Support Group has organised a march from the new Roscommon County Council Civic Headquarters at 1pm on Saturday, proceeding to the town square for a public rally.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association is planning to close the Cuisle centre in Donamon at the end of this month - with the loss of over 40 jobs.

    For over two decades, Cuisle has been a holidays and respite centre for people with physical disabilities and their families, while the facility also hosts parties and private functions.

    The Save Cuisle Support Group is calling on the IWA to postpone closing the centre, and explore alternative solutions to keep the holiday resort open.

  • The ISPCA has rescued over 100 dogs in just three days.

     86 dogs, including 23 puppies, were removed by inspectors from an unlicensed dog breeders in County Roscommon.

    The dogs were being kept in poor conditions and had only one person to care for them all, with nineteen suffering from health issues.

    Another 17 puppies were then removed from a house on Thursday.

    The dogs will not be available for re-homing for several weeks and in the meantime the ISPCA is asking for donations to help with their care.


    There is racing at Roscommon this evening.

    The first of an eight race card goes to post at 4.45.

  • Action at Roscommon continues this evening with the first of a seven-race card going to post at 6 o’clock.

    The National Hunt card has some fascinating races and Midwest Radio’s tip today comes in the 7 o’clock race Chasing Abbey.

    We had a winner yesterday in our Daily Racing tip with Calling Time romping home at 15/2.

  • There's racing at Roscommon this evening with action getting underway at ten-to-five.

    There's a seven card race with the last going to posts at 7:50.

  • A 7-race card at Roscommon gets underway at 4pm this afternoon.

    The ground at Roscommon is soft, yielding in places.

  • There is racing today at Roscommon, where the first of a seven race card gets underway at 5.50.



  • There's racing in Roscommon this evening, with the first race off at 5.25.

  • There's racing in Roscommon today, with the first of a 7-race card off at 1.15

  • Naas racecourse will stage the return of horse racing on June 8th.

    Horse Racing Ireland have revealed the fixtures for June after a board meeting was held yesterday.

    At the Curragh during the first week of action - the 2000 Guineas go ahead on Friday June 12 and the 1000 Guineas on Saturday June 13.

    The Irish Derby retains its traditional date on Saturday, June 27, as does the Irish Oaks on Saturday, July 18 while National Hunt racing will resume at Limerick on June 22.

    Racing will resume at Roscommon racecourse on Monday June 15th.

    All meetings will take place behind closed doors.

  • Iarnrod Eireann is advising people to check their times before travelling this weekend.

    Galway and Mayo customers face changes due to the construction of an underpass on the Athlone to Mullingar Greenway.

    There'll be bus transfers between Tullamore and Ballinasloe for Galway services and between Tullamore and Roscommon for Westport services.

  • A county Roscommon attraction centre will host a group of international scientists tomorrow showcasing land features and settlements formed since the last Ice Age.

    The International Quaternary Association (INQUA) are visiting the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre as part of a series of field trips run in conjunction with their international congress.

    Daniel Curley is the manager of the Roscommon visitor centre and he explained that the congress delegates are coming to see the results of glacial processes on the landscape and ancient settlements in the heartlands of Ireland.

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have been working since yesterday evening to repair two bursts to a watermain serving Ballaghadereen town and parts of Co Sligo.

    The bursts are impacting on water supply to homes and businesses on Main St and the Charlestown Road in Ballaghadereen and in Derrinacartha.

    Areas of Co Sligo affected include Banada and Keel Banada.

    Irish Water says it's expected the works will be completed by this morning, and it may take two or three hours for normal supply to return to all customers, as the network refills.




  • A report on the future of the Castlerea Fire Station is expected to be brought before Roscommon County Councillors at their meeting next month.

    Following queries from Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice on the future of the fire station, which is currently being used as a Covid-19 test centre, Council CEO Eugene Cummins said he hopes to bring the report before councillors at their July meeting.

    The fire station in the town has been closed for almost three and a half years.


  • A report in this morning's Irish Times says the Department of Justice has confirmed it will not renew a contract with the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, which has housed Syrian refugees for more than a year. 

    The contract with the Abbeyfield Hotel expires in December 2019 and the Department of Justice is said to have chosen four other premises across the State which it says are suitable for future use as reception centres. 

    However a Department of Justice spokesperson did not confirm the same information to Midwest News in response to a question yesterday. 

    Midwest News asked the Department a decision had been made on the future of the centre after the contract expires in December 2019 and if it was true the Department had chosen not to renew the contract with the Abbeyfield. 

    In response yesterday a spokesperson told Midwest News that the current contract for the EROC services in the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen is due to expire at the end of 2019 and any discussion on its future at this time would be premature. 

    The two responses seem to be at odds. 

    The Irish Times reports today that the Department confirmed the Abbeyfield Hotel was not successful in its application to be considered for future use, once its current contract ends. 

    The Department told the paper it would not be appropriate to specify the reasons for non-qualification but stressed that a failure to qualify in no way invalidates the current contract for EROC services in any existing centre. 

    The current contractor of services at the hotel is Irish company Next Week & Co Ltd, whose directors are listed as Laurent Salmon and John Crean. 

    The Department said it was unlikely in the extreme that persons currently resident in the Ballaghaderreen EROC would still be there in December 2019. 

    The Abbeyfield was chosen in January 2017 to act as an Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre for the mostly Syrian refugees for two years.