Castlerea

  • A man remains in garda custody this morning in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The 54 year old man was arrested in county Mayo yesterday.

    He is being detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 - Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended.

    The Garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Castlerea’s Aoife O'Rourke won gold at the Women's European Boxing Championships last night.

    She beat Poland's Elzebieta Wojcik to become only the second Irishwomen to win gold at the Elite level.

    The Roscommon native won the fight on a unanimous decision.

  • Castlerea based Fianna Fail Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice has been elected Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council today.

    A grouping of six Fianna Fail, two Fine Gael and two Independents backed Cllr Fitzmaurice in a vote earlier today to be elected Cathaoirleach for the coming year.

    Fine Gael’s Liam Callaghan is the Leas-Cathaoirleach.

  • Aoife O'Rourke from Castlerea is guaranteed to win at least a silver medal after her middleweight semi-final against Russian opponent Anastasia Shamonova at the European Women's Elite Championships in Madrid. 

    The Roscommon native outclassed Shamonova, the current World and Olympic Youth champion, winning on a split decision with one of the five judges awarding the fight to the Russian.

    O'Rourke now progresses to this evening's final against Poland's Elzebieta Wojcik.

  • Castlerea boxer Aoife O’Rourke is in action today at the Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

    Aoife is in last 16 action against Lauren Price of Wales in the 75kg Category.

  • Aoife O'Rourke has bowed out of the Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

    The Roscommon fighter lost her middleweight last 16 encounter with Lauren Price of Wales.

  • Castlerea’s Aoife O’Rourke upgraded her guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver in emphatic style at the European U/22 Championships in Targu Jui, Romania.

    Both women produced massive last-four performances to progress to Sunday’s finals.

    The Roscommon middleweight scored a unanimous decision – with a few 10-8 rounds apiece thrown into the bargain – versus France’s Belinda Limuka and Italy’s Carlotta Paoletti.

     

    European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Targu Jiu, Romania March 24/April 2

    April 1st

    Finals

    60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) v Francesca Matuschiello (Italy)
    75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Busenas Sermeneli (Turkey)

    Irish squad

    Female

    75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver, at least)
    60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Silver, at least)
    57kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
    51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
    48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)

    Male

    52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
    56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
    75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
    91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)

  • Olympic Boxing Club’s Gabriel Dossen gets his European U22 Boxing Championship campaign underway today in the 75kg category this afternoon when he faces Hambardzum Hakobyan from Armenia in the last sixteen.

    Gabriel is expected in the ring at approximately 2pm Irish Time.

    Castlerea’s Aoife O Rourke is through to the Semi-Final of the Womens U22 75Kg Category.

    She fights Carlotta Paoletti of Italy with the fight expected to be held tomorrow but there is still no confirmation on when it will take place.

     

  • The Castlerea Festival will get underway later this evening and runs for 10 days. This is the 30th year of the festival.

    The opening parade starts at 8.30pm and over the next 10 days there is a variety of events taking place in the town. There will be some traffic restrictions while the parade is making its way through the town tonight.

    They include the opening of the new park and playground at the Demense on Sunday afternoon, a food exhibition in the Hub on Monday evening, a walk to Clonalis House on Tuesday, a photo exhibition in the Trinity Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, Michael English live on Thursday night, Pig Racing on Friday, the RSA Safety Shuttle and a Guns N Roses tribute band on Saturday August 4th, the Swimming Gala and Rose of Castlerea on Sunday week and the agricultural show on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two burglaries in the town overnight.

    A business premises at The Square was broken into at about 1am this morning, and a sum of money was taken which was later recovered.

    A house on St Patrick Street was also broken into.

    Gardai arrested a suspect a short time later, and he's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai are asking any witnesses, or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the town centre between 1am and 3.30 this morning, to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.

     

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two separate incidents that took place over the past week.

    On Saturday morning last, an aggravated burglary occurred at a house in the Knockroe Park area of Castlerea, shortly before 5.30am.

    A man in his 20's was seriously assaulted after confronting two men in his home.

    The man was taken to Sligo University Hospital, and Gardai in Castlerea are investigating.

     

    Gardai are also investigating an armed robbery that took place at a service station in Frenchpark last week.

    Two men, allegedly armed with a slash hook, entered the business premises at about 9.10 pm last Thursday night and stole a small sum of cash.

    No-one was injured in the incident, and investigations are ongoing.

     

    Gardai in Castlerea are asking anyone with information on either incident to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.

     

     

  • Gardai in Castlerea have renewed their appeal for witnesses, following a public order incident which occurred at the Rose Lawn area of the town on the early hours of last Sunday morning.

    The incident occurred at about 1am, during which a male Garda and two men received injuries and all three were taken to hospital for treatment.

    They have subsequently been discharged from hospital, and the incident has been referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission and is being examined by them.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Gardai in Castlerea at 094 - 96 21630 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

  • Unions representing staff at the Rosalie Unit are meeting this afternoon (Monday), as the HSE is planning to redeploy the staff at the unit to other facilities in Co Roscommon and neighbouring counties.

    The HSE has controversially closed the facility that had been caring for elderly residents with dementia.

    A number of residents in the Rosalie Unit have already been moved to other care home facilities, and staff are now being asked to apply for transfers to other mental health facilities in counties Roscommon, Galway and Mayo where vacancies currently exist.

    The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council has criticised the move, as he says the HSE had promised to consider the Castlerea facility for other purposes, but now it looks like there is no such plan going forward.

    SIPTU, Forsa and the PNA - who represent the staff involved- will be meeting today to consider their options.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice told Midwest News today that some staff members who have worked at the Rosalie Unit for years are now faced with applying for jobs in Roscommon Town, Boyle and Ballinasloe.

    He's also concerned about what this will mean for the future of the Rosalie Care Home.

  • An emergency meeting of Roscommon county Council took place this morning to discuss what’s termed the “imminent” and “brutal” closure of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    There has been widespread local anger over the confirmation from the HSE earlier this month, that the Rosalie Unit would cease to function as a community psychiatric unit.

    Alternative care arrangements, according to the HSE, are being put in place for each of the present residents of the facility.

    Up to 70 protesters gathered at the gates of the Rosalie Unit on Thursday last to condemn the HSE’s decision.

    The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon Municipal District, Independent councillor Nigel Dinneen called for today’s emergency session – calling on the HSE to reverse its decision to close the Rosalie Unit as a community psychiatric unit.

    He told Midwest News this afternoon that councillors have agreed to write again to Ministers Harris and Daly , asking them to instruct the HSE to reverse the unit’s closure.

     In addition they have written to the Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin calling on him to have the decision reversed or withdraw from the Confidence and Supply Agreement his party has with the government.

    It’s expected that a Private Motion debate in the Dail proposed by Fianna Fail’s Eugene Murphy on the Rosalie Unit and its future will take place next week.

  • A new playground and carpark can go ahead at the Demesne in Castlerea, after Roscommon County Councilors passed the part 8 planning permission.

    The project will mean a refurbished playground for the town, and a new carpark that can be used by people attending both the playground and the public swimming pool.

    Locally-based business Harmac Medical has given a large donation towards new playground equipment.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is hopeful the project can get up and running before the swimming pool opens for the Summer season.

    He says the development will greatly enhance amenities in the town.

  • A decision now needs to be made as to how exactly the HSE run Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is to develop, according to Minister for Communications, local deputy Denis Naughten. 

    At a meeting yesterday in the unit with the Minister for the Elderly Jim Daly and attended by local public representatives and HSE representatives, seven different options were presented as to how the unit might progress. 

    At present the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is a residential home for about 12 residents with dementia.

    A local campaign group has worked hard to keep the facility open, after the HSE had stated its intention to close it some months ago. 

    However that decision was reversed and Minister Naughten received a firm commitment from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the unit as a residential facility for patients with mental health issues, would remain open. Leo Varadkar had given the same commitment in 2015 when he was Minister for Health and the future of the unit was under threat. 

     

  • Deliver on your promises to the people of Roscommon and keep the Rosalie Unit open in Castlerea. That’s the simple message that a delegation from Castlerea will deliver to Ministers Simon Harris and Jim Brady when they meet in Dublin on Wednesday evening.

    The Rosalie unit in Castlerea, is a residential facility for elderly  people with psychiatric conditions. The facility had catered for up to 34 residents in recent years, but is now down to 12 people, with no new admissions for some time.

    Three years ago, when news of the possible closure of the facility emerged, the people of Castlerea and surrounding areas were given a commitment by the then Minister Kathleen Lynch that the unit would not close.

    But according to Liam Walsh, a member of the delegation travelling to Dublin on Wednesday, and whose mother is a resident of the Rosalie Unit, the future of the unit remains in the balance.

    He spoke to Midwest News today about why the delegation is travelling to Dublin for the third time this year in an effort to retain the unit.

  • The N60 road from Castlerea train station to Ballymoe remains closed for another week, as work is continuing on a new overlay on that section of road.

    The works are due to be completed next weekend.

    However, Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is calling for emergency funding to be provided to improve sections of the N60 between Harristown and Ballymoe village.

    Councillor Fitzmaurice says the Summer drought has caused parts of the road to sink, and will require emergency works.