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Roscrea Speakers Club

Roscrea Speakers Club

This Thursday evening (February 16th) will host an open evening. Do join us for a relaxed evening of stories, tales and most importantly laughter. Bring your friends and enjoy a superb social evening. Venue - Racket Hall Hotel, Dublin Road. Time: 8pm sharp.

Roscrea Drugs’


A meeting of Roscrea Drugs’ Initiative takes place in the Legion Hall on Thursday February 23rd at 8pm. All those interested in seeking additional facilities for the community of Roscrea and District to support individuals and their families effected by drug abuse are asked to attend the meeting. If Roscrea is to be successful in accessing its entitled share of national resources, which the Drugs’ Initiative continues to lobby for, it must have as wide a support as possible within the community.

Badminton Club News

It’s been an extremely busy few weeks for Roscrea Badminton Club with many of its members competing in team and individual finals. In the teams of four competition, we contested nine finals which was a tremendous achievement. Congratulations to all the players involved and congratulations also to the Selectors whose contribution to the success should be recognised. In the mens fours we won the first, second and third division and we finished runners up in the 5th division. In the ladies fours we won the second division and we were runners up in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th division. In the Tipperary County Doubles Competition Roscrea Players contested eight finals.

There was an all Roscrea final in the ladies doubles second division where Nicole Curry and Anne Marie Lawlor overcame the challenge of colleagues Tanya Riordan and Sinead Ahearn. P’J Deane and Gerry Noble also enjoyed a great victory over “Drangan” in the third division. Congratulations to all those involved in helping organsie a great evening of sporting drama.

On Friday last, the club was awarded a RCTLC Sports Award for it’s development and success in recent year’s particularly last year when we were recognised as one of the most successful clubs in the country. Club Chairman Brian King accepted the award on behalf of the club.

Also in attendance was Club Secretary, Frank Coleman and his partner Theresa Dooley, former Club Selector Patrick Hartnett and Club Treasurer Pat McGee and his wife Aine. The Chairman would again like to pay tribute to the players, the executive of the club, and the club selectors both past and present. On behalf of the club a sincere thanks was paid to the organsisrs of the awards ceremony, RCTLC, the selection committee and Marie Tooher in particular who plays such an instrumental part in the organising of the sports awards and the St Patrcik’s Day Parade amongst many other projects throughout the year in Roscrea. Training takes place every Tuesday evening at 8pm in Shinrone Community Hall. The nightly fee for training remains at just J5 which is extremely competitive when compared with the costs of various other sports and classes available. For further information, please contact Brian King at 0874145279.

Community Choir

The AGM of the Roscrea Community Choir took place on the 23rd of January in the Methodist Hall at 8pm. The following officers were elected: Chairman Pat Carey, Musical Director, Joan Murray, Joint Secretaries, Denis Heenan and Rose Marie Doyle, Joint Treasurers, Wesley Beck and Betty Conlon-McCann. Pro is John Meagher and committee members include, Irene Hastings and Del O’Reilly. The choir plans to hold four workshops beginning on Monday the 20th of February at 8pm in the Methodist Hall. New members are welcome.

Dean Maxwell

A small number of copies of “The Wisdom Of Age” which features the stories of fifty elderly people associated with the Dean Maxwell Home in Roscrea are still available. Such has been the popularity of this book, that those responsible for it’s production were awarded a well deserved “People Of The Year” Award in January and copies of the book have been sent to the four corners of the world. Those interested in purchasing one of the few remaining copies or indeed in obtaining one of the 2012 Dean Maxwell Calendars can do so by calling to the dean Maxwell Home or to Brian Redmonds at Castle Street, Roscrea.


The annual trip to Medjugorge will take place from Saturday the 19th of May. For full details, contact Marie Fogarty at (087)2826088.

Scouts News

January 2012 was another eventful month for Roscrea Scouts with a number of section and individual highlights to note. Individual highlights included Kalen McNamara coming second in the Lions Club Young Ambassador competition and Conor Abbot successfully completed his wodbadge.

There was also news of a Chief Scout Award for Sinead Flanagan. Sinead becomes the last from the group to complete the Chief Scout Award under the old format prior to the introduction of the One Programme, she also becomes the first female member of the group to achieve the award. Sinead will be presented with her award in the near future along with Shane Culleton whose award was confirmed just before Christmas.

Our Cub packs took part in the County Cub Challenge in Durrow on January 15th with one of the teams from Tuesday Cubs finishing third and they will now go on to represent the group and the Slieve Bloom County in the National Cub Challenge at the end of February in Maynooth. The competition tested their skills in different areas of scouting skills such as track and trail, orienteering, campcraft and pioneering amongst others. It was a fantastic achievement by the cubs and we wish them all the best in the National Challenge.