There has been a 22% increase in job vacancies in Leitrim in the third quarter of this year according to IrishJobs.ie. Whereas there is a much lower increase in Roscommon, which has only seen a 6% rise, with Longford doing marginally better at 7%. In previous years Roscommon had seen the highest increase, with improvements of 20% not being uncommon.
Planning permission granted
News broke this week at no appeal has been lodged with an Bord Pleanála against the waste-to-energy plant planned for Ballaghaderreen. The deadline for appeals closed on October 10th, and despite local action group; Tibohine Action Group having opposed the project to date, no appeal has been filed. In September of this year, Roscommon County Council granted permission to Biocore Environmental to retain and complete the €8-million facility. The Tibohine Action Group, which has publicly opposed the project, indicated it would appeal the council’s decision to the board, however, an Bord Pleanála has confirmed that no appeal has been lodged with them. Biocore Environmental has confirmed that it has now received the final grant of planning from the council.
In the lead up to Christmas this year, Longford shoppers will be able to of avail of free off-street parking in the county town. The news comes amid renewed calls for the charges to be waived for the entire festive season. However, Longford County Council has only agreed to afford motorists free parking in off-street car parks over the course of four Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas. The dates which the waiver applies to are December 1, 8, 15, and 22. It was also agreed by the Council that the same rule would be applied on Friday, November 30th, when a group of visitors from Longford's twinning-town in France, Noyal-Chatillon-Sur Seiche, are due to attend the annual turning-on of the Christmas lights in the town.
Cycle for Hospice
This Sunday the 4th of November, at 9.30 am, a cycle in aid of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice will take place. The event was rescheduled to next Sunday after weather warnings were issued for its original date. Registration will open at 8 am at the old school community centre in Rooskey. The cost of single entry is €20 while family entry is €30.
Strokestown Park House
A short film about the local heritage attraction that is Strokestown Park House has been created by Red Marble Productions. It is hoped that the film will be released to the public soon, so keep an eye out on their social media pages; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news. In other Strokestown Park House related news, from Thursday 1st November, the House will be switching to the winter opening hours of 10.30 am - 4.00 pm and the daily tours will be at 2.00 pm.
Longford ‘Dead of Night’
On Halloween evening just gone, the dark streets of Longford came alive with a wonderfully frightful display of colour, music, and noise as the 13th annual ‘Dead of Night’ festival swung into action. The free annual Halloween festival saw over 5,000 people gather to witness a giant inflatable Spiderman lead the carnival parade through the winding streets of the town. There were magical street performers and lots of energetic music to entertain the massive crowds.
Roscommon Women's Network and GRETB
course for a healthier, greener you will take place at Strokestown Park House on Wednesday 7th November from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm and also at St Joseph's Resource Centre in Boyle on Thursday 8th November, from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. The courses will be held one morning a week for six weeks and are free of charge. The course contains a bit of horticulture, some cookery, shopping tips, waste reduction tips, and some nature walks as well as many more fun activities. To book your place call 094 962 1690, text Nora on 086 809 9154, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Roscommon evening
Roscommon County Council and Roscommon LCDC are hosting a ‘healthy evening’ on 7th November at 7.30 pm in Áras an Chontae, Roscommon Town. An evening of inspiration, motivation, and simple steps to beat those winter blues.
Rooskey action plan
Rooskey Town and Country Development, together with Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils, and JH Public Affairs; are delighted to announce the launch of their integrated action plan for Rooskey and the surrounding areas. On 22nd November at 8 pm in the Community Centre in Rooskey, the action plan will be unveiled to representatives of all our local businesses and voluntary groups, as well as any interested members of the public are all welcome to attend.
A nutrition information and sampling evening will take place on Wednesday 7th November in the Hyde Centre. There will be explanations of the benefits of nutrition and testimonials from multiple people. All are welcome.
Strokestown Community Development Association are holding a table quiz in aid of the Strokestown Easter Parade. The quiz on November 9th in Hanly’s Bar Strokestown @ 9.30pm. Table of 4 €40 Refreshments & Raffle on the night. Please support.
SCDA Lotto draw
The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 8, and 11. There was no Jackpot Winner. The three "lucky dip" winners are; John Flanagan, Nadnaveigh, Ellie Parker, Curraghroe, and Paul Rogers, Scramogue. The next draw will take place on Tuesday, 30th October 2018, at the SCDA Office on Bawn Street, Strokestown. The jackpot for the next draw is €630.
The closing date for the receipt of entries for the 21st Strokestown International Poetry Prize is Friday, 7th December 2018. Full details are available at www.strokestownpoetry.org.
Tidy Towns AGM
Strokestown Tidy Towns are holding their Annual General Meeting on November 5th, in SCDA Office on Bawn Street, at 8 pm. It is hoped that this year a new committee will be elected with a view to taking Strokestown to the next level, within the scope of the objectives set out for Tidy Towns committees. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
Forest Park church reopens to the public
After a substantial amount of remedial work, the derelict church in Lough Key Forest Park has reopened to the public. The old Rockingham church on the grounds of the park, located outside Boyle, Co. Roscommon, received funding from Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in 2017 in the form of two separate grants. The grants which amounted to €17,000 had to be match funded by the park management company Moylurg Rockingham DAC.
War dead memorial
It is understood that work is progressing on a memorial to the 127 men from Boyle who lost their lives in the First World War. Boyle lost more men in the last year of WWI than in any other year of the war. The memorial is due to be unveiled on Sunday, November 11th at 11 am at King House, Boyle.
I am launching my latest book 'We are the Survivors' about the Workhouse in Boyle in famine times, on the 16 Nov. at 8pm in King House, Boyle.
Among other items, it tells the story of 52 orphan girls from the local area leaving via a Bianconi coach for onward travel to Australia. We have the 'good news' stories of descendants. The book also gives details of the Rockingham and Woodbrook Estates evictions with several emotive drawings by local Roscommon artist Michelle Simon. It also narrates the trojan assistance given by the Quakers and first hand accounts from people who were living during this momentous occasion.
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