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About Town -

About Town -

Roscrea Junior Comhaltas

We have almost reached the end of the last year in the first decade of the twenty first century and we are happy to say that 2010was another successful year for our members. The first honours were bestowed in January when four of our membersnamely Cian Hanamy, Darragh Carey Kennedy, Tadgh Maher and John Browne were recipients of the Roscrea People of the year awards. The branch itself received an award at the same event for its hosting of the 2009 Munster Fleadh Cheol. During the year we had large entries from the branch to the Tipperary and Offaly Fleadh's with members progressing to provincial finals and ultimately All Ireland success once again. Many thanks to the teachers and tutors involved. As usual members contributed to many local charitableevents byproviding some fantastic musicalentertainment. We had some great sessions in various establishments around the town and hopefully they will resume in the New Year and we are planning to hold Sunday evening sessions once a Month where young and old will come together to display their talents. The Junior members had a terrific evening of carols and Christmas melodies recently with all the monies collected going to charities, they also entertained the residents and staff of The Dean Maxwell Centre assisted by some senior members. To the outsiders it may have seemed that we were not very active but there were times when members had to devote a lottheir spare time to accommodate the demand on branch members. We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the last year a success. The branch tutors, music teachers, Parents, all who supported our fund raising ventures, but most importantly our Junior Members for without their input there would be no branch activities. Keep up the good work and keep the branch going from strength to strength. We wish to take this opportunity to extend seasons greeting to everyone and hopefully it will be a prosperous New Year. Nollaig Shona gach aon dhuine.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

What better way to shake off the excesses of Christmas AND raise money for a worthy cause than to go for a good walk?!

Join Roscrea Hospice on St Stephen's Day for a walk through the beautiful surroundings of Golden Grove.

We will meet at Dromakeenan Car Park at 10.45am and the walk will begin at 11am. The walk will last about an hour and a half and will end back at Dromakeenan. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbours! Don't forget to wear suitable clothing and footwear (some of the walk might be a little bit mucky!). We will be collecting donations on the day and all the money raised goes directly to the Roscrea Branch of North Tipperary Hospice, providing vital Hospice services to the terminally ill in our community.

If you have any queries please contact Mary McHugh on 087 7736438 or Carmel Moloney on 087 9002900

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Killavilla Women's Group

The Annual General Meeting of the Killavilla Women's Group due to take place on Wednesday night last was cancelled due to weather conditions and will now take place on Wednesday the 2nd February 2011.

Christmas Lights

The contribution requested from the local Business Community towards the Christmas Lights is €95.00. The Chamber has not increased the requested contribution this year in light of the current economic difficulties. However, if we are to continue enjoying Christmas Lights in Roscrea over the forthcoming years then it is imperative now more than ever that all businesses make a contribution to the cost of the lights. All businesses that give their contribution will be issued with a shop front window sticker stating that their business has supported the Christmas Lights and the general public are asked and encouraged to support those businesses. Jo Jo Cunningham has kindly volunteered her time to help the Chamber collect the Christmas Lights contributions. Alternatively contributions can be left in to the Credit Union for the attention of Chamber Secretary, Brian King and your support sticker will be made available to you.

Roscrea Ramblers And Hill-Walkers

Roscrea walking club. All those interested in an open night with the proposal to start a walking club in Roscrea are asked to attend grants hotel in Roscrea at 8 pm on wed the 5th of January . all are welcome young and old . put a reminder in the phone. For more info contact Cathal 086 3399193, Joe 087 8140137 & Mick 087 7975561

Roscrea Hurling Club Year In The Red

Roscrea Hurling Club's Year In The Red is now on sale. Apart from reviewing the year at all levels in the club as well as a review of hurling in our local schools, the magazine has some wonderful articles featuring ongoing developments at St Cronans Park, a review of the year that was 1980 and a feature article on a red hero from the past, John Dillon.

Reprinted in the magazine is a hurling team picked by Mr John Joe Maher, Roscrea's Mr Hurling in 1980. John Joe picked his team from players he had seen playing, had played with or managed. The editorial committee invite hurling supporters to now pick their own "Roscrea Hurling Team For The Ages". When you select your team please send it into Roscrea Credit Union marked for the attention of PRO, Brian King. Alternatively email your team to sammyking91@gmail.com. The magazine is a great read and is available in many local shops or from committee members. "A Year In The Red" is modestly priced at just €4.00.

Roscrea Hurling Club Dinner Dance

Roscrea Hurling Club will host it's annual dinner dance and presentation night on, Friday January 28th 2011 in the Damer Court Hotel. Meal will be served at 8.30pm sharp and guests of honour will include the Roscrea U/21 County Champions from 1983 and 1984. Music will be provided by "Out Of Diesel" and tickets cost just €35.00 each. Tickets available from Secretary P. Loughnane 0878389667, Treaurer Paul Phelan 087763805 or from Jim McDonnell, Aidan Shanahan, Brendan Carey or Liam England

Souvenir Book

Signed copies of the limited edition of the Souvenir Book to mark the visit of President Mary McAleese to Roscrea last year are available at Walsh printers, Main Street, Roscrea at a cost of €30.00 each. The book, which contains a myriad of colour photos and personal memories, was produced by Mr. George Cunningham and there are only about 50 copies of the book for sale. An ideal Christmas present for anyone with Roscrea connections.


Roscrea Citizens Information Centre now has longer opening hours with the following times now Applicable, Monday 10 am to 1p.m , Thursday 10.am to 1p.m and Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Call in to get information of Employment, Health, Tax Social Welfare and many other issues. This is a free, independent and confidential service.


If you would like to contact our Society our confidential Helpline number is 087 9835787.


The weekly practice sessions in the Colaiste are now back in full swing and a full programme of events is being organised, the first of which will be a Christmas special with proceeds going to charities. The proposed inter branch sessions commence in January on a date to be finalised. It is hoped that such sessions will be of great benefit to our members. Three branch members took part in the annual Birr Branch Concert on Sunday last. It was a great occasion and everyone went home will entertained and happy. Well done to all concerned.


The second edition of ROS CREATIONS, which is published in aid of Roscrea Hospice, is currently on sale at most local newsagents and at Bernies SuperValu, who sponsored the project. The book costs 20 per copy or you can buy three copies for 50 euro, making it an ideal and thoughtful Christmas gift. The book was launched on Thursday night last by Winnie Fox and the local committee extend their thanks to her and also to all who contributed recipes to the book, to Carmel Ryan for all her typing and her team for their proof-reading, to Pauline de Feu, Lucy McCarthy and Michael Dyer who provided music at the launch and to all those who bought the book and to the people of Roscrea for their continued generosity to Roscrea Hospice.

Concerned about Suicide?

For immediate assistance call the Life Helpline number at 1800 247100. This is a dedicated 24 hour freephone National Suicide Prevention Helpline. Life provides a confidential 24/7 free national phone and text helpline. The text help number is 51444