Roscommon

  • A Roscommon woman has been fined €9,000 by a Dublin District Court after failing to pay for almost 150 journeys through the M50 toll.

    A total of 10 drivers accused of dodging M50 tolls were hit with fines amounting to almost €120,000 earlier this week.

    The court heard Marie McDonagh, with an address at Cluain Airne, Lanesboro Road, Roscommon was the owner of a goods vehicle, which had a history of 148 unpaid trips on the M50.

    Judge John Brennan fined her 9,000 euro on five sample counts.

     

    On top of the fines, each vehicle owner was ordered to pay 750 euro in prosecution costs.

    The judge said the fines must be paid within six months.

  • A farmer has been seriously injured in a farm accident in Co Roscommon.

    It's understood the incident occurred yesterday evening at Kilmore, near Carrick on Shannon when a bale and pallet fell on the farmer while he was stacking them in a shed.

    The man was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital with serious injuries.

     

     

  • Gardai and the Health & Safety Authority are investigating the sudden death of a man in his 50's on a farm in Co Roscommon.

    The farmer's body was discovered yesterday and reported to Gardai, but it's not clear when he died.

    Gardai attended the scene at a farm in the Killeglan area of Taughmaconnell in south Roscommon yesterday evening, and the man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination.

    It's now believed he died as a result of a farm accident.

    Local sources indicated that he was patching bales in the yard when he slipped between the silage bales and was unable to free himself.

    This is the second farm fatality in Co Roscommon in the past month.

     

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    A Roscommon farmer has topped the poll among Roses and Rose Escorts to become the Rose Escort of the Year at the 2018 Rose of Tralee festival.

    The result was announced live at the festival dome last night by host Daithí O'Sé.

    Paul Clabby from Fourmilehouse, Roscommon beat off competition from 56 others to be  named Rose Escort of the Year and presented with a cheque for €1,000.

    Meanwhile, the Mayo Rose Rachel Gibbons from Hollymount is one of the remaining 14 Roses that will be interviewed in the second part of the Rose of Tralee live section tonight, starting at 8pm.

    The winner will be crowned at about 11.15 pm.

     

  • A Midlands-Northwest MEP insists it is possible for the Irish Government to scrap the Mercosur deal.

    Today, the Dáil will vote on Sinn Féin's motion calling for the trade agreement to be rejected.

    Farmers strongly oppose the deal because of the amount of beef that would be allowed into the EU from South America, with thousands of farmers protesting outside the Dail yesterday to highlight their concerns.

    Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy says it will be possible for Ireland to 'kill' the agreement.

     

    Meanwhile, Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy says his party will support Sinn Féin's motion today.

     

  • Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has confirmed that she will be voting NO in the forthcoming referendum on repealing the 8th amendment.

    Senator Hopkins says she does support terminations in case of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities, and when a woman’s life or health is at risk, however, she cannot support abortion without restriction for up to 3 months.

  • Roscommon 2-11 0-13 Kildare

  • In terms of the 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19, Co Roscommon is now higher than Co Leitrim - which had been named as a county of concern by the National Public Health Emergency team.

    In the two weeks up to Sunday 20th September, Co Roscommon had a 14-day incidence rate of 43.4 cases per 100,000 of the population - while Leitrim was on 34.3.

    Mayo's incidence rate per 100,000 people is 26.1, while it's over 30 in Galway and 18.3 in Sligo  -compared to 96.7 in Donegal.

    The data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows Leitrim has seen a significant drop in its 14-day incidence rate - down from 81 earlier this month to 34.3 over the last 14 days.

     

  • Roscommon is one of 7 counties that have no registered in-home childminders.

    New figures show that there are only 81 registered in-home childminders in the country.

    Since 2016, there has been a legal requirement for childminders to register with Tusla if they are caring for four or more pre-school children.

    And from February of this year childminders have to register if they're minding 7 school-aged children or 6 mixed-age children.

    Registration costs €40.

    According to figures in the Irish Times, the number of registered childminders dropped from 90 in 2018 to 81 in the second quarter of this year.

    The number of registered childminders in Mayo fell from 4 last year to 3 this year - in Sligo there are 4 registered childminders in 2019, and 13 in Galway - the 2nd highest number in the country.

    It is estimated that one in 10 children under the age of 12 are cared for by childminders. Parents of children who access registered childcare can avail of a subsidy under the Affordable Childcare Scheme, but not if their children are with unregistered minders.

    However, registration could potentially bring some childminders, not currently registered for tax, into the tax net.

     

  • As the nation continues to come together to battle the Coronavirus, support for the heroic frontline medical staff is constantly required, even down to essential toiletries that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff require after a long, hard shift. 

    Roscommon man Howard Simpson took on the challenge of raising awareness and sourcing donations in response to a simple appeal he came across on Twitter.

    In just two weeks, over €13,000 has been raised in response to the initiative that Howard Simpson set up to support the appeal and now ‘Covid Care Packs’ are being distributed to 27 hospitals around Ireland.

    Having recently set up a GoFundMe page to raise an initial target of €10,000, Howard and his extended family are now working to pack shower gel, shampoo and wipes that they have been accumulated with the help of Irish brands. Currently 3,000 packets of WaterWipes have already been pledged, along with Nivea shower gel, Radox shampoo and additional shower gel products supplied by Primeline, with the greatly welcomed offer from Fastway Couriers to deliver the products to the medical staff in need.

    Howard hopes that he can support frontline workers in combatting the spread of the coronavirus among staff who continue to work in the affected hospitalsand is now is calling on the public to continue to support the campaign in order to be able to continue helping the frontline healthcare staff. 

    To contribute to the ongoing fundraiser visit Howard’s GoFundMe page: gf.me/u/xtvzxx

     

  • Roscommon made light work of Leitrim in the FBD League semi-final.

    It finished Roscommon 7-16 0-7 Leitrim.

    The Rossies now look forward to a home final against Galway next Saturday at 2pm in Hyde Park.

     

  • A Roscommon man will be sentenced next month, after pleading guilty to attempting to murder a woman in the county last year.

    He had previously pleaded guilty to threatening to kill her and to harassing her over the previous days.

    38-year old Gerard Mooney of Castle Hill, Castlerea was before the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

    The Irish Times reports that he pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Stephanie Clifton on February 12th 2017 at Cartron, Carrick on Shannon.

    He had previously been arraigned before the court on a number of related counts and had pleaded guilty.

     

    Mr Mooney had admitted committing burglary on February 12th 2017 at the home of Stephen O’Donoghue in Cartron, Carrick on Shannon. This involved him entering as a trespasser and committing assault causing harm to Stephanie Clifton.

    He had also admitted to the possession of a shotgun, making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to Ms Clifton and the criminal damage of Mr O’Donoghue’s door on the same occasion.

    He had further pleaded guilty to harassing Ms Clifton by persistently following, watching, pestering or communicating with her between February 7th and 12th 2017.

    Gerard Mooney had been due to go on trial for the attempted murder next May, but that date was vacated on Monday following his guilty plea.

    Justice Michael White remanded the accused in custody for sentencing on Tuesday 18th December.

     

     

     

     

     

  • At an Ard Chomhairle meeting of the GAA in Croke Park this morning the following decisions were taken across a range of issues. 

     

    Experimental Football Playing Rules 

    The proposals relating to the restricted use of the hand-pass, the sideline kick, the introduction of the ‘sin bin’ and the advanced mark were all sanctioned by the meeting.  

    An amended version of the kick-out proposal was also passed that will see all kick-outs take place from the 20m line without having to pass the 45m line. 

    The experimental period will cover the pre-season competitions run by the provincial councils and the Allianz Football Leagues. 

     

    Second-Tier Football Championship 

    There was broad support for the introduction of a second-tier football championship and it was agreed to discuss possible formats at the January meeting of Ard Chomhairle to allow a motion to proceed to Congress in February.

     

    Roscommon Motion 

    A Roscommon motion with regard to a ‘blank canvas’ approach to fixture making was defeated. 

    The GAA President invited them to submit their own proposals with regard to fixture making for consideration. The GAA will conduct its own review of fixtures starting early next summer.

    A representative of the CPA will be invited to take part in the process. 

     

    GAA Master Fixture Plan 

     

    The following CCCC proposals relating to the Master Fixture Plan were all were passed. 

     

    Allianz Hurling Leagues

    Proposal 1; Allianz Hurling Leagues in 2019 to be run on the same basis as in 2018. From 2020 onwards, Allianz Hurling League Division 1 to be structured as follows:

     

    Division 1 – Group A                                       Division 1 – Group B

    1st Placed team 2019 Div 1a                          2nd placed team 2019 Div 1a

    4th Placed team 2019 Div 1a                         3rd placed team 2019 Div 1a

    Winner of Div 1a relegation play-off             Loser of Div 1a relegation play off

    2nd placed team 2019 Div 1b                         1st Placed team 2019 Div 1b

    3rd placed team 2019 Div 1b                         4th placed team 2019 Div 1b

    Promoted Div 2a team                                   5th placed team 2019 Div 1b

    • Groups to run on a two year cycle (2020, 2021)
    • To be redrawn for 2022 and every two years thereafter based on formula above (“5th placed team Div 1b” to change to “Relegation final winners” for this purpose).
    • Relegation from 2020 onwards to be after Relegation Play-Off between bottom placed team in Group A and Group B.
    • Winner of Div 2a final is promoted annually to replace relegated team
    • 1st placed team in each group to advance directly to Allianz Hurling League Semi Final
    • 2nd and 3rd placed teams from each group to meet in “crossover” quarter finals (2nd 1a v 3rd 1b and 3rd 1a v 2nd 1b)

     

    Hurling Championships

    Proposal 2:Central Council to sponsor a motion to Congress seeking that Joe Mc Donagh Cup Final be Winner on the day

     

    Proposal 3:That Central Council sponsor a motion to Congress making the All Ireland Hurling Preliminary Quarter Finals “Winner on the day”

     

    All Ireland Senior Football Championship

    Proposal 4: Central Council consider granting deviation from Rule 6.28 for the 2018 Championship to allow for Phase 1 games to be home venues for the provincial champions, with Phase 2 games being in Croke Park.

     

    Proposal 5: For 2019, C.C.C.C recommends to Central Council that in accordance with Riail 6.28 the groupings for the 2019 Quarter Final Group stages should be as follows:

    Group 1; Munster Winners, Ulster Winners, Leinster Runners-Up (or Rd 4 Winner), Connacht Runners-Up (or Rd 4 Winner)

    Group 2: Leinster Winners, Connacht Winners, Munster Runners-Up (or Rd 4 Winner), Ulster Runners-Up (or Rd 4 winner)

     

    U20 Football Championship

    Proposal 6: Central Council to consider introducing the new U20 proposal as a one year experiment, with its scheduling and place in the calendar to be reviewed in Sept 2019

     

    Proposal 7: Central Council to consider motion to Congress to allow players to be eligible for U20 once their Senior team has exited the All-Ireland Championship. 

     

    Minor Championships

    Proposal 8: Minor Finals and Semi-Finals should remain in Croke Park in 2019 ahead of an evidence based recommendation from the Games Development Work Group on the matter

     

    Finish on the Day Recommendations

    Proposal 9:Central Council to facilitate motion to Congress to tidy up issues around Winner on the Day

     

    Proposal 10:That instead of Free Pucks/Free Kicks, Central Council give permission to C.C.C.C to develop “Winner on the Day” proposals for the 2019 Season based around penalty pucks/penalty kicks instead of Frees.

     

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council is appealing to Gardai to be lenient on drivers whose motor tax has not been renewed in time.

    Castlerea Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says the motor tax office in Roscommon Town has now been closed to the public.

    The office will process postal applications, which will be sent out by post accordingly, while motorists are urged, the first instance, to renew their tax online at www.motortax.ie

    However, Councillor Fitzmaurice says there may be some drivers who don't have internet access, and he's appealing to the Gardai to be lenient for the next month or two.

  • Roscommon native Dr John Killeen has been re-appointed as Chairperson of the Marine Institute for another 5-year term.

    An engineer by profession, Dr Killeen was President of Engineers Ireland from 1995 to 1996 and a retired managing director of Cold Chon Galway Ltd.

    In 2009 he was chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway and three years later was President of the Volvo Ocean Race finale and festival which broke all attendance records for a sporting event in Irelnad.

    He became an Honorary Freeman of Galway City in 2012, and in 2014 he was appointed Chaiperson of the Marine Institute.

    Minister Michael Creed has today reappointed John Killeen for another five year term with immediate effect, and says he has the experience and knowledge to continue to lead the Board of the Marine Institute and ensure it has the skills to deliver on its key role as the national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation.

  • Roscommon-native James McDermott, is set to become the first Rossie since 2011 to win a Cork SFC title.

    The 31-year-old will be at midfield for reigning Cork and Munster champions Nemo Rangers in their match against Duhallow on Sunday at Páirc Uí Rinn which throws-in at 4pm.

    Niall Daly is the last Rossie to win a Cork SFC title, winning on that occasion with UCC.

  • The elderly woman who died in a road collision in Athlone yesterday was a native of Arigna in Co Roscommon.

    Sr Bernard Lynch, who was in her 90's, died when the car she was driving was involved in a single-vehicle collision near the Golden Island shopping centre in Athlone shortly after 2pm yesterday afternoon.

    Sr Bernard had spent over 50 years in Athlone.

    She worked in education for most of her life, and served as principal of a local primary school for over 20 years until her retirement in 1993.

    She remained actively involved in St Peter and Paul's parish, and in a posting on Facebook, the parish said Sr Bernard touched the lives of many families in her 50-plus years in Athlone and will be fondly missed by all.

     

  • Roscommon 3-10 Armagh 0-15

    Roscommon are on the cusp of a third promotion to Division 1 in five years after making their goals count against Armagh at the Athletic Grounds this evening.

    Two Enda Smith penalties and a Conor Daly goal made the difference for Anthony Cunningham’s men, having trailed by two points at the break after Smith’s first conversion.

  • A Roscommon Senator is calling on her colleagues in Government to improve pay and conditions for members of the Defence Forces.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has raised the issue this week with Taoiseach Leo Varadker and the Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe.

    She says members of the defence forces are among the lowest-paid in the Civil Service at present, and better pay and conditions are needed to improve retention rates with the force and to attract new recruits.

    The Independent Pay Commission is currently looking at the matter, and is expected to publish a report in the coming weeks.

    Senator Maura Hopkins says, following that report, she wants to see swift action on this issue, as members of the defence forces and their families are currently relying on the Family Income Supplement to receive a decent income.

     

  • A Roscommon Senator is calling for increased train services on the Dublin-Westport line - in particular a later evening service.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the last train leaving Dublin for Westport each evening is at 6.15pm, which can pose a problem for people commuting to Dublin for work.

    She's comparing this service with the Cork route, where the last train leaving Heuston Station for Cork is 9pm at night.

    The Roscommon Senator claims it's up to the travelling public to contact Irish Rail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to highlight their requirement for improved services.