€4k for Charity
June Belton launched herself into the public eye in September, when she held an art exhibition in the Backstage Theatre. Her artwork was on display in the Atrium Gallery during September, when it was auctioned off in aid of St Luke's Hospital. June found out this week that the auction she held to sell her artwork for charity raised a staggering €4,286. This up and coming local artist was inspired to take up painting by her late son, Derek, who passed away after a battle with cancer.
Angie Myles, of The Golden Health Store in Longford, has won this year’s Pat Curran Award for Excellence in Customer Service. Ms Myles was presented with the award, a €500 cash prize as well as a charitable donation of €500, by PPC Ltd and Eskimo-3. Ms Myles decided to present the charitable donation to CASA (Caring and Sharing Association) in Longford. The customers and the readers of Rude Health Magazine, the official magazine of the Irish association of Health Stores, nominated individuals for the Pat Curran Award. Angie, who is native of County Leitrim, has been a nutritional therapist for nearly 20 years.
New Roscommon Hospice
The new hospice building planned for Roscommon town is set to include separate accommodation for families who wish to stay on-site with patients. €6 million euro has been allocated for the building project. The site on the Athlone road is being developed by the Roscommon-Mayo Hospice. The hospice campus will include eight-bedroom suites, along with private outdoor spaces. People of all ages will receive full medical care and therapeutic support, and services will be available to patients receiving long term illness care or end of life care. It is understood that plans will be submitted to Roscommon County Council in the coming week, and it is anticipated that the building works will take a year and it is estimated that the project will be completed by January 2021, at which time funding from the HSE will be made available to support the operation of the services.
Éabha Kenny, from Cloontuskert, Co Roscommon, is a second-year student at the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon town. She will represent Ireland in May 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Broadcom Masters, as part of the International Science and Engineering Fair. The Roscommon student has been named as the overall winner of the Broadcom Masters Award at the SciFest National Final, which was held in Dublin last Friday. The Broadcom Masters International programme will consist of twenty-eight delegates representing twenty-five countries. While attending the Intel ISEF, delegates will participate in the Broadcom Masters International programme which includes, selected Intel ISEF events, an outreach day, and additional specialized events. The very best of good luck to Ms Kenny in her ventures.
Robbery and assault
Longford Gardaí have thanked the public for their help in relation to an incident in which a woman was robbed and a man injured. Last Wednesday night, a woman was followed from Longford train station to a car park where she was robbed, and a young man who intervened to help her was assaulted and received injuries as a result. Gardai issued an appeal for information about the event on Friday, and say there was a great response from members of the public. A canvas for witnesses took place on Wednesday evening last, on the Dublin to Sligo train, the same service which the lady had used the previous week. It is understood that three people have appeared in court in relation to the incident to date.
Council rent hikes
Roscommon County Council has said that its recent rent review process is based on a formula that is handed down by the Department of Local Government. The local authority has confirmed that it is currently carrying out a process to update tenant information which they hold on file and utilise to calculate social housing tenant rents, in order to ensure that correct rent is calculated and charged to tenants of social housing. The method by which rent is calculated has not changed and is based on the income of the entire household. Despite it being a clear condition of receiving social housing support that tenants are obliged to report any changes in their household income when they arise, the changes in income are rarely notified to the council. As a result of this review, some tenants are reporting increases of up to 30 per cent or more. However, the local authority says the increases in rent are proportional to the unreported increase in household income.
Grant Thornton has confirmed that is intends to hire 400 new staff over the coming two-years to fill vacancies in their financial services, advisory, tax, and audit departments as well as further specialist consulting positions. Many of the new additions will be based at the accountancy company’s head offices in Dublin. The remaining posts are coming on stream at other branches in Longford, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kildare, and Limerick. Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has said that the investment by Grant Thornton is a "vote of confidence" in the Irish economy. “The financial services sector is a cornerstone of our economy,” he said, before concluding that the Government remained committed to supporting the creation of “high calibre jobs” in the financial services sector.
Drugs worth €570,000 seized
On 12th of November, as part of an ongoing investigation by the Dublin North Central Divisional Drugs Unit into the sale and supply of controlled substances in Dublin’s north inner city, a 34-year-old woman was stopped in the Dublin 7 area. In the course of a search, it is alleged that cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €20,000 and methamphetamine with an estimated street value of up to €22,000 (pending analysis) were seized. A follow-up search was conducted at a residence on the North Circular Road. This search is alleged to have yielded a seizure of cannabis, methamphetamine, amphetamine and cocaine with a combined estimated street value of up to €528,000 (pending analysis). Two men in their 30s were arrested at the scene.
Scientist with Longford roots discovers new way to tackle cancer
A scientist, with Longford roots, has devised a new method to help fight cancer. Dr Shane Cronin's research has shown that by activating the immune system with the hormone Serotonin, the body can fight the deadly disease more effectively. The Longford man, who made the discovery while working at Harvard, published his ground-breaking paper on this new method of activating the immune system in the medical journal ‘Nature’. Dr Cronin is the son of well-known Ballyjamesduff newsagent, Fintan Cronin, who is originally from St Patrick's Terrace, Longford, and the late Phyllis Cronin.
An ambulance crew which had been moved from Carrick-on-Shannon was returned to be based there on Thursday morning. The news came at a meeting which took place at the unit on Wednesday morning between a senior HSE official, union representatives, and local politicians. Cllr Caillian Ellis who arranged the meeting has been told that the unit will serve as a temporary base for up to six-months and planning permission will be lodged shortly for a new permanent base on the same site in Carrick.
On Saturday November 24th in the Percy French Hotel at 8 pm Strokestown Community Development Association are hosting a night not to be missed. The novel fundraising event ‘The Late Late Toy and Variety Show’ will be compered by comedian and actor, Katherine Lynch and will feature talent from comedian Frank Forde, as well as Miriam Gunn and other local talent. A spectacular night of chat, comedy, music, dance, and toys is promised. All proceeds are for the benefit of the SCDA community playground fund.
There is fantastic concert coming up in Rooskey Church on November 24th featuring the renowned Andy Cooney and Rooskey’s Emer Reynolds. The Conquerors and the Roscommon Solstice Choir will also feature in what will inevitably be an excellent night of entertainment. Proceeds from the night are in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s Project.
Foreign-direct investment in the Democrat region has come in for further scrutiny after the publication of the number of site visits made by the IDA to the region were revealed. Figures released this week show that in the third quarter of this year, only one IDA site visit took place in Roscommon, while Longford only saw two and there were none in Leitrim. So far this year, just nine site visits have been made by the IDA to this area, with Leitrim accounting for five of the nine visits, all in the first half of the year. The IDA claims that the number of site visits does not always reflect investment potential in a county.
The former Whitehouse Hotel in Ballinlough, West Roscommon has closed. Padraic Whelan has run the hotel at Ballinlough since May of last year. Mr Whelan has been renting the 18-room premises from owner Peter Kennedy and it is understood that it was doing a good weekend trade and was popular for functions. Unfortunately, this week Mr Whelan confirmed that the property has ceased trading, with the loss of five part-time jobs. He has thanked his customers for their loyal support during his tenure at the hotel.
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