Gardaí have seized a firearm and a number of vehicles, as they investigate last weekend's violence at the scene of an eviction in Roscommon.

    Two men were arrested this morning in connection with the incident in Falsk near Strokestown.

    8 security officers, who were guarding the empty property, were injured and several vehicles were torched by a group of masked attackers.

    The detained men are aged in their 50s and 60s, and are being held under the Offences against the State Act, at Castlerea Garda Station.

    Gardaí say a lorry and a teleporter were among the vehicles seized during searches of houses and sheds at four locations.





  • The two males who had been detained in relation to an incident at a repossessed house at Falsk in Roscommon have this morning been released this morning without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The men were being questioned about the illegal possession of a shotgun, which was seized in searches carried out by Gardaí investigating the assault on security guards protecting a repossessed house outside Strokestown last Sunday. 

    The investigation is ongoing and Gardai have renewed their appeal to anyone with information to come forward and contact us here at Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.


  • Two men have been arrested in connection with an incident that occurred in Roscommon on the 16th of December, 2018.


    The criminal damage and assault happened at a house at Falsk.


    The men - who are in their 40s and 50s - will appear before Castlerea District Court this morning.

  • A man and woman were arrested in Castlerea this morning as Gardai seized controlled drugs, a drone and a number of other items.

    At about 11am this morning, Gardai stopped and searched a car at Harristown -adjacent to Castlerea Prison.

    During the course of the search, two mobile phones, a watch phone, about 440 tablets and cannabis herb were recovered, along with a drone which was in the process of being set up.

    The 46-year old man and 45 year old woman were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    The Governor of Castlerea Prison said in a statement this evening that the prison works closely with Gardai, and welcomes their invention and continued support in assisting the prevention of contraband entering the prison.




  • Two men have appeared in court this week charged with conveying drugs into Castlerea Prison.

    The Irish Times reports that John Kennedy, Castleburn, Ballymote Co Sligo is charged with unlawful possession of PVP at Ballisodare Post Office on April 9th 2015.

    He is also charged with conveying the drug into Castlerea Prison on a date between April 9th and April 10th, 2015.

    The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges at yesterday’s sitting of Sligo Circuit Court.

    His co-accused, Brian Duke, of Cois Abhann, Collooney, Co Sligo is charged with unlawful possession of PVP on a date between February 1st and April 9th at Cois Abhann.

    He is also charged with conveying the drug into Castlerea Prison on a date between February 1th and April 10th, 2015. Mr Duke also pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

    The case was due to begin yesterday before a jury of eight men and four women, but has now been put back to next Monday, after some legal issues arose.

  • It has emerged that, during the recent bank robbery in Strokestown, two young people were held hostage during the raid – one of whom has special needs.

    Roscommon-Longford TD Eugene Murphy raised the issue this week with the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, and called on the Minister to provide more Gardai to rural areas.

    The Fianna Fail TD told the Dail that a daring robbery took place at the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown last month, and despite the efforts of local Gardai, the culprits got away.

    Deputy Murphy asked the Minister to look into exactly what happened, and to provide more Gardai on the beat in towns such as Roscommon and Strokestown.

    Since 2014, 42 Gardai have retired in the Roscommon / Longford division, while a number of rural Garda stations have closed including Ballintubber, Ballygoran, Knockroghery and Tarmonbarry.

    Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he now understands two young people involved in a flag day outside the bank in Strokestown were pulled inside and held hostage during the raid.

  • Tyrone received a boost last night as forward Peter Harte had one of his three black cards this season rescinded.

    The former All-star will now be available for their 'Super 8s' clash with Roscommon tomorrow.

    Peter Harte picked up one of the black cards in their Ulster semi-final defeat to Donegal and then the other two in the qualifier victories over Longford and Cavan, which led to a one-match ban.



  • U20 Leo Murphy Cup

    Roscommon 2-10 1-13 Mayo

    U20 Philly McGuinness Cup

    Longford 4-11 2-8 Sligo

  • Unions representing staff at the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea are to return to the Workplace Relations Commission next month, following what they term is a "breach of trust" by the HSE.

    An agreement had been entered into under the guidance of the WRC that would involve the HSE engaging with staff about their future plans, but unions say this has not happened, and staff members are now being asked to apply for a transfer to vacant positions in a number of psychiatric units across Roscommon, Galway and Mayo.

    The staff members are represented by SIPTU, Forsa and the PNA.

    A number of residents in the Rosalie Unit have been transferred to other care settings in recent weeks, and it's understood only 5 residents remain in the Castlerea facility.

    Padraig Mulligan of the Forsa trade union says it's not acceptable to expect a staff member to travel as far as Portumna for work.....

  • A venue has been confirmed for the Masters GAA Shield Final.

    The meeting of Roscommon and Mayo will take place in Fr Manning Gaels Community Pitch in Drumlish on Saturday September 15th.

    The venue will also stage the final meeting of Dublin and Tyrone.

    Throw in times have yet to be confirmed.

  • Visiting restrictions are in place on inpatient wards at Roscommon University Hospital, due to an increase in the number of patients with flu.

    The public are asked not to visit, in an effort to prevent the spread of flu.

    General Manager of Roscommon University Hospital Mary Garvey is appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff, and not to visit patients in hospital, other than in exceptional circumstances following discussion with the relevant ward manager.

    The HSE says it's not too late to get the flu vaccination, and those in high-risk groups are urged to get the vaccine.


  • Visitor restrictions are currently in place on St Coman’s Ward in Roscommon University Hospital due to a number of confirmed cases of flu. Management at the hospital is asking people to comply with the infection control measures that are in place on the affected ward and which will remain in place until further notice.

    Presently, there are cases of the flu in the community and those with flu symptoms should not visit patients in the hospital. It is imperative that only essential visiting takes place at this time in consultation with management on the ward.

  • Roscommon Stroke Support Group is having a bag packing day on Friday and Saturday next (18th/19th October).

    The Group is appealing to anyone who may have an hour or two to assist in the fundraising effort to contact them.

    All proceeds from the weekend go towards the Roscommon Stroke survivor support group which provides, weekly therapy, information sessions, outings and lots more in Hannons Hotel Roscommon every Tuesday afternoon, along with outings throughout the year.

    All stroke survivors and carers are welcome to join the group.

    To assist in the weekend fund raising effort you can contact Martina Greene 087 6057696 for more information or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Voting gets underway today for the 16th IFA national president and will conclude on Friday, December 13.

    The new president will replace Galway based farmer Joe Healy.

    The contenders are John Coughlan from Cork, Tim Cullinan from Tipperary and Angus Woods from Wicklow.

    The candidates have engaged with members at 17 debates around the country in the last month.

    Branches in Peterswell, Galway and Knockcroghery, Roscommon will cast their votes this evening.

    The national count will take place in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, December 17, with the next IFA president due to take up office at the AGM in January 2020.

  • The walk-in x-ray service at Roscommon University Hospital is no longer available for certain non-urgent x-rays, due to a malfunction of equipment in recent weeks.

    The matter was raised with the Minister for Health Simon Harris by Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy recently.

    Deputy Murphy says he became aware in recent weeks that many people were unable to have x-rays of the hip, spine, pelvis and abdomen carried out at the walk-in facilities at Roscommon Hospital.

    He says this is an excellent service and local GPs often refereed patients into the walk-in facility.

    Deputy Murphy says he understands that some x-ray equipment malfunctions in recent weeks beyond repair and the service whereby GPs referred patients directly for non-injury related conditions has been affected.

    X-rays of the chest can still be performed.

    GPs have been asked to refer patients to other hospitals in the region for other x-rays.

  • The walk-in x-ray service has now resumed at Roscommon County Hospital.

    The service has not been available for some time due to a malfunction of equipment, which meant many people were unable to have x-rays of the hip, spine, pelvis and abdomen carried out at the walk-in facility at Roscommon Hospital.

    The new equipment is now up and running and the walk in x-ray service has now resumed, according to Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy....

  • As areas of Ballinlough in Co Roscommon are without water once again today, Irish Water say they’re treating this as a matter of priority.

    A 1km length of water main running from the village to Carrick National School has had a number of bursts over the last 6 months, leaving the school and surrounding houses without water.

    A section of the pipe burst yesterday, and another today, and Irish Water says repairs are underway.

    The issue was highlighted on Midwest News yesterday by Roscommon Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who called on Irish Water to replace this section of pipe immediately.

    In response to queries from Midwest News, Irish Water say their staff, along with Roscommon County Council, have carried out numerous repairs to this section of pipe over the last 6 months.

    Irish Water say they’re actively investigating the underlying causes of these bursts, and are currently finalising a plan of action to resolve them.

    A spokesperson says short-term measures are also being investigated to reduce the frequency of bursts and minimise disruption for customers in close proximity to Carrick national school.


  • Westdoc has confirmed that Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon have merged since the start of this year, in terms of providing out-of-hours GP services.

    Yesterday, Galway County Councillor Michael Connolly told Midwest New that a Westdoc base had been in operation in Glenamaddy for a number of years, but since Christmas, people in the East Galway region who phone Westdoc for a GP at night or weekends are being advised to travel to Tuam or Roscommon.

    Westdoc has confirmed to Midwest News today that, due to the onerous rota expected of GPs due to the non-filling of vacant posts in rural areas, and the low numbers attending the service, the Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon cells have now merged.

    In a statement, Westdoc says the GPs are based in the new Primary Care Centre in Roscommon, while patients will also be seen in Glenamaddy or Castlerea as deemed appropriate by the doctor.

    New practice nurses have been employed to operate from the Primary Care Centre in Roscommon at weekends to further enhance the service.

    Westdoc says that, despite the merger, there will be no change in the hours of service provided to patients.


  • A woman has been airlifted to University Hospital Galway after a single vehicle collision near Roscommon town.

    The car she was travelling in hit a wall shortly after 3pm at Rockfield, Oran, on the Roscommon-Ballymoe Road.

    Her condition is currently unknown.

    The road was closed for a period of time, but has since reopened.

  • A woman who stopped her car to assist two men on the side of the road last night near Ballaghadereen was robbed of over €100 euro.

    The incident occurred at about 8.15 yesterday evening, when a woman driving in the Aughalustia area of Ballaghadereen saw a van parked on the side of the road with the hazard lights on, and she stopped to give assistance.

    The van is described as dark-coloured, possibly a Toyota or Nissan with a 171 or 181 registration.

    There were two men in the car, and the first asked the woman for directions and also for a wheelbrace.

    One of the men was described as tall, of medium build with no front teeth, while the second was stockier with a reddish beard and hair.

    Both spoke with Irish accents.

    When the woman went to assist, one of the men reached into her jacket pocket and stole over €100 in cash.

    The woman ran back to her car and locked the doors, but she had dropped her keys on the ground.

    At that point, the lights of an oncoming car became visible, and the men drove away in the direction of Moyne Cross.

    The woman alerted Gardai, and they're anxious to speak to anyone who has information on the incident-  particularly the driver of the car that came on the scene.

    Gardai in Castlerea can be contacted at 094 - 96 21630.