Roscommon News

  • The endoscopy service at Roscommon University Hospital has been developing year on year with a corresponding increase in activity with almost 3900 procedures conducted in 2018.

    One of the latest developments has been the appointment of Amy Forde as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP) in Gastroenterology at the hospital, joining the growing group of nurse endoscopists nationally. Since her registration in September 2017, Amy has completed over 1000 procedures at Roscommon University Hospital and she has attained the quality indicators to become a registered endoscopist with BowelScreen – the National Bowel Screen Programme.

    Amy completed her general nursing training in Galway University Hospitals in 2007 and has since gained experience working with patients with colorectal conditions in both Oxford in the UK and in St. Vincent’s Private Hospital in Dublin. In 2012, Amy completed a Graduate Diploma in Cancer Nursing (Colorectal) in UCD to advance her knowledge and skills in caring for this cohort of patients. She started working at Roscommon University Hospital in 2014 when it became one of the 14 Bowel Screening colonoscopy units in Ireland. Since the commencement of BowelScreen in Roscommon, Amy has co-ordinated the care of all patients referred for colonoscopy to the hospital from the programme.

    In 2014, Amy commenced her training in endoscopy, and under the mentorship and guidance of surgeons Mr Liam McMullin, Mr Mohammed Eldin and Mr Tapas Chatterjee, undertook her Clinical Practicums in endoscopy in Roscommon University Hospital. In 2017 Amy completed a Master of Science Nursing Advanced Practice (Gastroenterology).




  • 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.

  • The village of Elphin in Co. Roscommon was buzzing with excitement today with news a local shop which has been in the same family for three generations sold last night’s Daily Million Plus winning ticket worth a cool €500,000.

    The Quick Pick ticket was sold yesterday (8thMarch) at Glancy’s Supermarket in the centre of Elphin which has a population of just over 500. The shop has been owned by the same family for over 100 years.

    Shop owner Dessie Glancy - whose grandfather and father ran the business before him - said news of the win on last night’s Daily Millions Draw spread like wildfire in the village.

    Dessie said “We got the all important call from the National Lottery after 9pm and there has been talk about nothing else here since! This amount of money is life-changing to somebody in our community.  We’ve already had lots of locals in the store since we opened this morning checking their tickets in the hope that they are the lucky winners!’

    He said “This is our first big National Lottery win so we’re going to enjoy the celebrations. The store has been open for over 100 years with my grandfather and then father involved before me so it really is an important part of the community. The majority of our customers are local. We are absolutely thrilled for whoever the winner is and we wish them all the luck in the world with their win”.

    The winning numbers for the Daily Million Plus top prize were:
    06, 18, 22, 26, 28, 31 and the Bonus was 20.

    The National Lottery asks all players to check their tickets. If you’re the lucky ticketholder, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444.


  • Fine Gael has selected Ballaghaderreen based Senator Maura Hopkins to contest the next General Election for the party in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    The convention took place at Gleeson’s in Roscommon town last night.

    Two names went forward for consideration at the convention – Senator Hopkins and Councillor Michael Finnerty.

    It is understood that while Senator Hopkins was selected, Councillor Finnerty will be added to the ticket at a later date.

    Cllr Finnerty last stood in a General Election 30 years ago and will contest the local elections next month in the Ballinasloe Municipal District.

  • Firefighters are battling a forest fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea again this morning.

    Ballaghaderreen, Boyle and Elphin brigades are back out at the blaze, after battling it into the early hours of this morning.

    They also have air support from one water carrier helicopter.

    Midwest News understands the blaze is extensive but no homes are under threat at present.


    Firefighters battled a major forest fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea yesterday evening and into the early hours of this morning.

    The fire service from Ballaghaderreen battled the blaze from early yesterday evening and they were joined by brigades from other areas also.

    Midwest News understands that firefighters battled the extensive blaze into the early hours of this morning and the blaze was brought under control.




  • Gardai are advising supporters attending tomorrow evening’s Allianz League game between Mayo and Roscommon in Castlebar to arrive early and not to park on the N5.

    Gardai say a crowd of between 12,000-15,000 is expected at Elverys MacHale Park for the game which throws in at 7pm.

    Gardai are advising those attending to arrive as early as possible and not to park on the N5 road – instead they should use the official car parks in the town and at the Military Barracks.

    If people are intending to walk to the ground they should wear florescent jackets so they are plainly visible.

    Supporters are asked to co-operate with Gardai and stewards on duty for the game.

    They are also advising that tickets are on sale prior to the match at local Super Valu and Centra outlets, at the early bird price of €15, as opposed to €20 on match day.

  • Gardai are appealing for information following a break-in to a hardware shop in Castlerea overnight. 

    Michael Cooney and Sons Homevalue, Main Street in Castlerea was broken into last night or early this morning and a number of items were stolen. Gardai are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious between 8pm on Saturday evening and 5am this morning to contact them on 094-9621630. 

  • The HSE Community Healthcare West Chief Officer says no decision has yet been taken on where residents of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will be moved to.

    Tony Canavan was speaking to Midwest News today following the news earlier this week that the unit will not continue to operate in its current guise.

    It follows a review by Dr James Anderson of the clinical assessments of the needs of each resident of the unit, on behalf of the HSE.

    The assessment concluded that two of the current residents required inpatient psychiatric care in a different setting, while the remaining 10 patients’ needs were exclusively supportive of general nursing at the time of inspection.

    Tony Canavan told Midwest News this evening that the unit will cease to be used as it currently is and alternative arrangements will be put in place for the 12 residents.

    He told Midwest News the HSE only wishes to ensure patients are receiving the best possible care they can.

    Meanwhile the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today strongly condemned the decision of the HSE to close the Rosalie Community Psychiatric Unit in Castlerea. The PNA said the closure, which the HSE has claimed is in line with the recommendations of the Anderson Report, is a clear breach of repeated political commitments to keep the unit open and is against the wishes of service users and their families/carers.

    The PNA is seeking urgent clarification on HSE comments to the media regarding their concerns over the level of care being provided in the Rosalie Unit. The PNA totally rejects these reported comments from the HSE that have caused deep distress to staff working in the unit. The PNA is meeting with HSE management in the next week to seek clarification on the implications for services of the Anderson Report, and the HSE response to the closure of the Rosalie Unit.

  • Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement of funding for the development of a marina at Lake O’Flynn.

    The marina, which will be developed by Ballinlough Development Association, will include berths for 24 angling boats, a floating jetty, a fishing stand which includes access for those with reduced mobility, a playground, parking and toilet facilities.

    Deputy Naughten said “I am delighted to see that this impressive project has been successful in its application for funding. The development of a floating jetty will help to develop the area as an angling destination as part of the new Hidden Heartlands tourism region and attract increased visitor numbers.

    The project is expected to cost in the region of €450,000.


  • A 50 year old man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into criminal damage and an assault at a repossessed house in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the brawl at the property on the 16th December.

    The attack came after the security guards were filmed evicting a family from the house a number of days before.

    The man was arrested in Roscommon this morning and is being held at Castlerea Garda station.

    He's the 6th person to be arrested in connection with the investigation.


  • A man in his late 30s was arrested yesterday evening in Co Meath as part of ongoing investigations into incidents at Falsk, Strokestown on Sunday 16th December 2018.

    He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Castlerea Garda Station.

    This is the 8th person to be arrested in connection with this investigation, two are currently before the courts.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the brawl at the property on the 16th December.

    The attack came after the eviction of a family from the house a number of days before.

    The investigation is ongoing according to Gardai.

  • A man in his 40s has been charged in connection with the discovery of a drone and drugs in a car next to Castlerea prison in Co. Roscommon yesterday morning.  

    Garda found two mobiles, a smart watch, around 440 tablets and cannabis herb along with a drone which was in the process of being set up, when they stopped and search a car yesterday morning.

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

    A man and a woman were arrested, the woman in her 40s has since been released without charge while the man is due to appear before Castlerea District Court on May 26th.


  • A new Business Alert scheme is being set up in Castlerea.

    Over 50 businesses in the town have already signed up for the free service, which is designed to share information among local businesses about any security or crime-related incidents, such as shoplifting.

    A similar service is already operating successfully in Castlebar.

    Members will also receive a weekly message on Whatsapp offering advice on safety and security measures for business.

  • The North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant was officially opened this morning.

    The investment from Irish Water and Roscommon County Council in this project totals €9.5m. It follows a long-term boil water notice on the supply, which affected over 7,600 people and businesses.

    The new water treatment plant will service Elphin, Strokestown, Rooskey, Kilmore, Scramogue, Tarmonbarry and Ballyleague.

    The project also included a temporary water treatment plant, while the new structure was being constructed.

    The completed project provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at risk schemes.

    The opening was performed this morning by Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr Ivan Connaughton.

    Senator Hopkins told Midwest News that it is a good day for all the areas served by this plant.

  • One man was taken to hospital after he was struck by a van in Ballaghaderreen earlier today.

    The man was struck by the van on the Main Street at 12.15 this afternoon.

    He was attended to by Ballaghaderreen Fire Service first responders before being transported to hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

  • The Saolta Hospital Group is in the process of holding interviews for additional consultants at Roscommon Hospital.

    Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten says this is a result of the investment he secured for the hospital in Budget 2018.

    One of the positions is a new full-time permanent Consultant Physician post with 32 hours per week based at Roscommon Hospital and a further seven hours per week based at Galway University Hospital which allows the consultant to access treatment services at all local hospitals.

    Deputy Naughten says this investment in consultant staff is a very positive development for Roscommon Hospital and will allow for the expansion of local medical services but the important issue now is to secure suitably qualified candidates for the positions.

    This has been a challenge across the HSE in recent years with up to one-third of consultant posts not being filled.

  • Frailty is a common real life condition with up to 30% of people over 75 years being affected. To meet the complex needs of older people requires our healthcare systems to adapt and recognise frailty as a real life condition. This is particularly relevant for Roscommon University Hospital (RUH) which serves the West/Northwest and which has shown to have the largest population of residing older adults in Ireland (DOH, 2016).

    The HSE National Frailty Education Programme was developed to provide all members of a multidisciplinary team with an understanding of frailty and frailty assessments, thereby allowing early recognition of frailty, improved healthcare management and a better outcome for older adults when accessing a health service.

    Three staff members in RUH trained as National Frailty Facilitators and committed to the roll out of the programme throughout 2018 to promote a culture change in organising and delivering the programme to the staff. The team launched a frailty awareness campaign, compiled a frailty leaflet for staff and were instrumental in piloting a frailty assessment tool into the Medical Assessment unit.

    Generally the National Frailty Education Programme is delivered as a one day course and this resulted in the hospital doctors being unable to attend due to time constraints. RUH frailty facilitators proposed a modular approach to the delivery of the frailty programme to all hospital doctors over a 3 month time frame (1 hour sessions). 13 doctors undertook the programme each third Friday where the frailty facilitators delivered one module at a time for seven sessions until all modules were completed. Positive feedback from the doctors identified that the areas covered in the programme were very relevant to clinical practice.

    All doctors in RUH completed the programme between September and November 2018 and were the first group of doctors within Saolta and nationally to have completed the National Frailty Education Programme.