16th April 2013
This week we discovered that Galway County Council have decided to take away our public rubbish bins, the excuse given was that in other tidy town villages, having no bins were a great success. It was also noted that people were using the village bins to dump household rubbish, resulting in over flowing and what with dogs and cats attacking the rubbish leaving it strewn all over the place. It has to be said that it is not just Roundstone loosing their bins it is in fact all the small villages throughout Connemara. We will be monitoring it closely and when speaking to Tommy O’Sullivan regarding this dilemma, Tommy said the he will be following the progress and that he will not hesitate to prosecute should he find litter and dumping taking place. In some ways, it could be a God send to have the bins removed, it will certainly make us as a community to see that there is no litter lying around, we will see.
Tidy Towns Committee:
A meeting of the Committee took place in Eldon’s Hotel on Thursday last, eight members attended. It was decided from the meeting to hold the annual massive clean up on Thursday next at 7pm, weather permitting. In the mean time, it was suggested that some members would do house to house calls to outline what our plans are, and to look for their help in either donating a plant or making a money donation, and to also ask for their help in the clean up and to take responsibility for outside their immediate door and step. Last year we spent over €1000 for the flowers for the barrels and hanging baskets. The baskets were a bit of a disappointment as the high winds played havoc on them. So we are offering the empty baskets to anyone who would like to fill them and take care of them themselves. The Inishnee clean up will be organised at a later date. The beaches have already gotten a good clean up but with the very heavy southerly winds we have had today, I shudder to think what will be washed up again.
Forth Coming Events:
Car Boot Sale
American Tea Party
Next Meeting Thursday 25th At Eldons
Our Sympathies go to John Sheridan and his family, on the death of his brother Vincent, who was laid to rest today in Birmingham. May he rest in peace.
To Martina Conneely and to Lorraine DeCourcey who have just celebrated big O’S birthdays over the weekend. I know Martina your exact date has still to come but sure, we may get another party out of you both yet.
Zumba classes have recommenced on Friday nights in the lower hall at 8pm for you active ladies and gents, and also the Computer classes are back on the Thursday evenings.
Richard has told me that he will be taking a rest from the news and I appreciate where he is coming from. It is a full day’s work to gather news and to prepare it and Richard at present is bogged down with work. He is secretary to RDC and Tidy Towns. Is Chairperson to the Youth Club who meets every Friday night. He is also responsible for the Mass preparations for Fr. Jarleth here in the Roundstone church, as well as being active with the Order of Malta Ireland. So I am afraid you will have to put up with me for the next few months, although he tells me that he will do the occasional broadcast to give me a little time to myself and cover my holidays.
Do not over do it Richard and enjoy the sabbatical.
Richard will however make sure that the weekly bulletins go on the website after he tidies them up from my news.
27th March 2013
TG4 continue to film in the village winding up on Friday evening, filming their five part drama series of “An Bronnatas” Suffice to say, the filming has created a great buzz in the village, really rather reminds me of the making of “The Match Maker” some years ago. The crew started filming on Dogs Bay, and the rest back in the village. I feel we should thank the film crew and TG4 for the courtesy they have shown in the village, but more importantly in choosing our village to feature in their television series and for keeping our young occupied and putting a few bob back into the village. We wish them luck with this series.
St Patrick’s Day Parade:
The parade featured around 20 floats consisting of the three local schools, vintage cars, trucks, trailers, ponies and horses.
There where two runner-ups, the first being Pat Thornton & Co with their float “Monty Halls & Shoulders Great Escape”, which was very clever indeed, and the second was Eugene Carroll & Co, with their float of “Shergar Horse Meat Saga”. Eugene and gang created a very clever and well thought out float. But the overall winning float went to Ann Conneely & Co , for their float “The Gathering in Craggy Island”, it really was hilarious! Some of the photos taken by Sam Reynolds Photography are now up on the website, and you can view them here. They all received a trophy and certificate. All of the school kids involved each received a medal for their part in the parade. The kids truly put on a great show.
Afterwards, all the children where invited down the the Community Hall for a bit of a party, which included a bouncy castle and a disco. A snake handler also provided some entertainment for them. Mike & Feichin started off the music in The Shamrock Bar after the parade. Fiachra & Sophie played in Kings Bar later that evening. The Chinese lantern display had to be postponed but weather permitting it should go ahead on Easter Sunday. DJ Mike O'Malley, who was also the commentator for the day, finished off the festivities with a disco in The Shamrock Bar. Great craic altogether with a perfect end to a great day. Well done to the committee and to all the voluntary help, particularly Paul Delapp and Patrick McDonagh in setting up the banners.
It was also great to have The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Unit From Craughwell to take part in the parade with their officers of the Day Deputy Officer in Charge, Maura Lyons, Cadet Officer, Eilis Ruffles, Training Officer, Michelle Nee, Cadet Leader Colette Lyons, with Senior Cadet Members, Eamon and Sean Lyons and Aaron Mc Donnell. These Cadets range in ages from 10 to 16 years. Aoife Lyons, Ashlee Nee, Sean Lyons, Ciaran Lyons, Aisles Lyons, Emer Lyons, and Hermione Ruffles. My thanks to The Order of Malta Craughwell Unit for taking the time to join us for our Roundstone St Patrick’s Day Parade and for showing our Community what they represent in the name of The Order of Malta Ireland. It is a wonderful example of the work they do within their own Community for the young and the senior citizens alike. Therefore it is hoped that in time through the Roundstone Youth Club, we will create the same structure with our own Order of Malta Ireland Community Care Corps unit to be used as a Community Care Service vehicle for our surrounding parishes. The Roundstone Parade Committee wish to thank everyone who sponsored, supported and participated in the parade.
Dogs Bay Clean Sweep:
My thanks to the members of the Roundstone Youth Club, for their effort in helping with a clean sweep on Dogs Bay yesterday. Forty-five bags were filled up with unbelievable rubbish. A little disappointing that there were no other adults from the Community to help out, apart from Paul Delapp and Patrick McDonagh with a large van, the old reliables. We were not able to complete the clean up yesterday, therefore we had to go out again this afternoon collecting some more bags. However, one must not forget Peggy Ward and Mary McDonagh and Tony Loughnanne, who all the year around are constantly keeping our roads and beaches clear of litter. My thanks to the kids for yesterday and to Tommy Sullivan Community Warden to arrange collection of the rubbish by the Galway County Council.
John Luskin RIP:
Condolences on behalf of Roundstone, and myself of course, to the immediate Luskin Family and friends on the passing of John Luskin, who was buried last Friday in Cong. John Luskin was very much involved with the Connemara Pony Society for many years. In fact, he was also President of The Roundstone Pony Show from day one. John will be missed, for his incredible influence relating to the Connemara Pony Society in more ways than one. For the short time I got to know him, he was truly one of natures gentlemen. May he rest in peace.
Greeta King RIP:
Condolences also to the King Family on the passing of Greta King, originally from Inishnee, who died in London. Funeral Mass was held in the Star of the Sea and buried in Gurteen last Saturday. May she also rest in peace.
Easter Egg Hunt At Errisbeg House:
Just a reminder that next Monday 1st April is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the under 12’s at Errisbeg House. So if anybody has any spare eggs, I would be grateful to have them for the kids. There will be lines for sale, it’s the one opportunity to get a few bob into The Youth Club. We have had to start from scratch, having had no club for the last two years, but we are back. Over the years, parents have always been generous with the spare eggs, so I am thanking you all in advance. By the way, the Easter Egg Hunt is not just confined to Roundstone, it’s totally open to any young children and their parents. Golly, I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I chew, oh well its all good fun.
Rosie’s Hair Salon:
On Good Friday there will be a coffee afternoon at 4.30pm to 6pm in aid of The Irish Cancer Society, with a raffle also taking place and thee are plenty of spot prizes. Rosie asked that if anybody wants to sponsor an item, or make some cakes for this event, it would be appreciated for this worth while cause. We are a nation of generosity.
Cash for Clobber:
Finally, I have just received another cheque for €144 from the clothes collected for Cash for Clobber, which of course will go to the National School. So more old clothes please, if you would like to have them taken away, you can leave them up to me in Errisbeg House.
Well thats all for this week. Have a very Happy and Holy Easter. By the way there will be a dawn mass at 6.30am on Easter Sunday in Gurteen Graveyard, could be very cold so lots of warm clothes people.
13th March 2013
I hope all you mothers had a great day on Sunday, being totally pampered by your family members, “those mothers well deserve a little pampering!”
The Roundstone Faroige Youth Club was officially back on track last Friday, and by next week, we should have about 12 young people in the club. If all goes well for the year 2014, there will be a few more. My thanks to the 5 leaders, Geraldine Coyne, Michael Mahon, Johnny Sheehan, Ellen Mitchell and Vivienne Keaney, I have the feeling it’s a good team to work with.
The Alexander Nimmo Triangle:
This Wednesday in the lower hall at 8pm, Siobhan Vaughan will be giving a cooking demonstration. The cost of this event is €5.00 per person, and monies raised will go towards the Alexander Nimmo Triangle.
St Patrick’s Parade:
Its all systems to go for next Sunday for the 3rd Roundstone St. Patrick’s Day Parade, commencing at 2.30pm. The last of the fund raising events for the Parade was the card game on Sunday night, which was held in Kings Bar, O’Dowds and the Shamrock Bar. The winning table was Seamus Walshs’ team from Oughterard. Apart from the actual parade, there will be lots of fun and games, plus a barbecue down by the pier. So all we have to do is pray for good weather, not just for us, but for Clifden as well. And good luck Clifden with your annual parade.
Paddy the Yank:
Talking to Paddy the Yank a few days ago, he informed me that he was duly elected out of one hundred candidates to be the Grand Marshal in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naples. Of course typical me, I thought it was Naples in Italy! Of course I was intrigued as to how on earth he landed that one. However luckily this morning, I was talking to Michael Ferron who put me right, it is of course Naples, Florida. You see it pays to make sure of ones facts. Paddy will totally be the right man in this formal role. Paddy a word of advise, wearing your socks green is a must, you are a Roundstone Ambassador and remember, dignity at all times! Anyway, congratulations to you Paddy have a great day, as I now you will. No better man for the role and we are all really looking forward to some great photo’s.
Roundstone Development Council:
Just a reminder, tonight (Monday) at 9pm is the AGM of the Roundstone Community Development Council in the lower hall and all are welcome to attend.
Finally you may or may not know, TG4 are producing a five-part drama in Roundstone and are looking for extras of all ages for the two weeks of filming, commencing Tuesday 19th March. The drama is called An Bronntanas, and it’s a thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara. The rescue crew receives a distress signal on a stormy night, to discover a fishing boat with one dead women on board with a cargo of drugs worth one million euro. The crew is challenged with a moral dilemma, either bring the dead women ashore and hand over the drugs to the authorities or leave the dead women on board and sell the drugs to save their struggling village. It’s a decision that will change their lives forever. For more information, please call Louise on 087 - 6721303 or email email@example.com.
Well that’s all from me for this week. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day to one and all.
27th February 2013
Apologise for no news from last week, what I had was very little, and some items were not strictly correct or verified, so I felt it was better to leave it last week. However, tonights news really relates to dates for the diary for the forth coming events for the month of March.
Roundstone Faroige Youth Club:
I am delighted to say that we have just been informed that the six new youth leaders have now received Garda clearance to re-open the Roundstone Faroige Youth Club. The leaders have completed their youth training, and the ISA emergency care & AED training course. In two weeks time, we will get under way to form in the name of the Order of Malta, an ambulance corps community care program with our youth here in Roundstone. The Roundstone Faroige Youth Club will re-open on Friday 8th of March in the Community Hall from 8pm to 10pm. The Youth Club will remain open each Friday until the first Friday in May 2013. The Youth Club is open to all the Roundstone kids, only if they are attending secondary school. The leaders for this year will be Richard de Stacpoole, Geraldine Coyne, Ellen Mitchell, Michael Mahon, Vivienne Keaney and Johnny Sheehan, all on a rotary basis. I am not sure yet how many young people we will have, but it is great to re-open the club again, you could call it a small gathering of sorts.
The coffee morning and cake sale, hosted by Mary & Patrick McDonagh of The Shamrock Bar last Sunday, in aid of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, was a great success. The St. Patrick’s Day Committee wish to give a huge thanks to all who supported the event by attending and donating raffle prizes and cakes. The coffee morning raised €480. Fundraising is still on going for the parade on March 17th, with a table quiz on Friday March 1st, being held in The Shamrock Bar, €20 per table with four on a team. And on 10th March, a 9x9 card drive, will be split between O’Dowds, Kings and The Shamrock, with prize money of €1200. The card drive is being organised by Donal Nee and Michael King.
St. Patricks Day Parade:
All systems go for the Roundstone St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013, it promises to a good one. Lots of entertainment, and a BBQ down by O’Dowds. And if anybody is interested in taking part with a float, just contact Katrina Keane 085-2103973.
The Roundstone Development Council will be holding their AGM in the Lower Community Hall on March 11th at 9pm, and is open to everybody who wishes to attend. We really do encourage that members of the community attend, not only to hear about future plans for Roundstone, but also to have your input with other ideas for the good of the village that could be implemented.
Easter Egg Hunt at Errisbeg House:
A note for the diary, Easter Monday 1st April, oh that’s a little worrying, April fools day oh well we must hack on, we will be having the annual Easter Egg Hunt up at my place (Errisbeg House) for the children under 12 years of age at 2.30 pm. As usual, I would like to ask for any spare eggs that are left over for the day of the hunt. This is a fund raiser for The Youth Club, as we are starting up the club again from scratch, so we need your support. We are also holding a raffle, €2 per line, which are now available to buy in all the businesses around the village. The draw will be held after the Egg hunt on the 1st April.
Grace Jameson RIP:
We would like to give our condolences on behalf of Roundstone and myself of course, to David Jameson, on the passing of his mother Grace. David has a house here in Roundstone and is very supportive and well known in Roundstone. Grace was laid to rest this weekend in Belfast. May Grace rest in peace.
Kathleen Leyne RIP:
Our condolences to the immediate family on the death of Kathleen nee Leyne, originally from Roundstone, who passed away after a long illness yesterday morning. There are no funeral arrangements as yet. May Kathleen rest in peace.
On Sunday 3rd March, there will be country stalls on the Compass, 11am to 4pm. The outdoor Country Market on the tennis courts, will start again for the season on Sunday 31st March, I.e Easter Sunday.
Finally, on a different note, just to mention that this years Novena in Clifden was very dignified and very well organised. I take my hat off to the organisers, and the various community members i.e. readers, ministers etc., who gave their time for this years wonderful Novena.
Well, there you have it, that’s all from me for this week.
4th February 2013
I don’t have a great deal of news for you this week. Already in the month of February, time stops for no one. We are already planning the events for the year 2013, no peace for the wicked, but all good fun.
The last of the time capsule letters have now been separately vacuumed in plastic envelopes and sealed. These are now ready to be placed permanently for the next 50 years in the capsule, which will be done this week, with the help of the Roundstone FAS boys, in the Alexander Nimmo Triangle. Even though the capsule had to come back up again for obvious reasons, the capsule planting ceremony on 1 January 2013 will still be the official date that we will recognise in our records. Once we have raised enough funds, a metal plaque will also be placed on the top stating “Time capsule planted in the year 2013 to be opened 2063,” or something to that effect.
On behalf of us all, we would like to congratulate our own Roundstone man Mark Broderick on his forth coming marriage in April in Thailand, and to congratulate the happy couple on the birth of their new baby boy. We wish all three of them long life together.
As Ann mentioned last Monday, we had a meeting relating to the Year of the Gathering. Not a lot came out of it, but ideas did appear - it’s just a question of how to implement them. However in April, we do have a group of 25 members from Noyelles Sous lens Rotary Club coming to Roundstone for a long weekend. These guys are from our twinned village in France, so we are going to use this gathering as part of Roundstone’s contribution. Out of this group, 2 of the members have been here before, the rest have never been here, so we have a bit of work to do to make them all welcome. If you check out ‘Frozen in Time’, written by Finn Delaney, we are there as a past gathering, relating to the Time Capsule on 1 January. Christina Lowry has her Irish nights up as a future gathering. If anybody else from Roundstone has ideas to keep Roundstone very much alive with a gathering, go for it, we have the perfect opportunity through the gathering website to bring in more people into the area for the year 2013.
Cash for Clobber:
Just a gentle reminder to people out there we still need some old clothes bagged in the special cash for clobber bags, which can be found in the post office. We have already collected another twenty full bags, but to make a worth while collection, we need 30 bags minimum. So have a good look around for old clothes, sheets, blankets etc and leave them up with me, and as usual the monies will go to the national school, for the refurbishment of the bathrooms.
XL Store of The Year Awards:
This week I heard that Michael Reynolds, from Ferrons XL, in the centre of the village, was presented with a Certificate of Excellence from the XL Group at The Store of the Year Awards 2012, in the category of Best Fresh Meat Offering. So well done to Michael and his staff, it’s always nice to have some sort of recognition in what ever we do. As soon as we have photos from the event, we will post them here.
John Joe(Bobby) King RIP:
We would like to give our condolences to the immediate family of the passing of John Joe King on Saturday morning from Ervallagh. John Joe is a brother of Betty O’Malley of the cottages. John Joe is in the House of repose in Ballyconneely for today and will arrive in the Roundstone Star of the Sea Church tonight at 8pm, with a funeral mass at 12pm tomorrow Tuesday, and will finally be laid to rest in Gurteen after the funeral mass. May John Joe rest in peace.
Finally, just to thank the person who took the initiative to re-paint, what I call the blessed white wall down on the lower quay, getting rid of the political statement graffiti that was written on the wall this weekend. It was painted over immediately after the guards had made their inspection. Apparently the same wording that was on our wall also happened in Clifden and Oughterard. So my thanks to the said person, it was most appreciated.
7th January 2013
I don’t know about anybody else, but I am certainly glad to get back to some sort of normality. However having said that, the last two weeks has been an extraordinary few, what with all the various events that took place.
Fund Raising Events:
The Memorial Ribbons for the Christmas trees raised €180. The Christmas cake made by Siobhan Vaughan to raffle off raised €200. Cash For Clobber raised €192. All of these funds will be given to the National School toward the refurbishment of the bathrooms. A huge hamper, donated from Mary T King, which was selling for €2 a line for the Roundstone Youth Club, raised total of €76, and guess what, Mary T. King won it back again yesterday!
The Tidy Towns hamper raised €100, and this was won yet again (Her forth Hamper) by our own Josephine & Theresa Mannion from Murvey, ha ha still waiting Josephine for the invitation to have a snack with your family!
The children’s bingo in the Community Hall raised €750 for the Roundstone Play Group, thanks to the local Lotto who sponsored the prizes and a donation from a private person of €200 giving a total of €950. So you can see it has been a busy few weeks. A huge thanks to one and all that supported these events in one form or another.
What an extraordinary and a unique event this was! The countdown for the capsule to be interred started at the 12pm mass on Tuesday morning, New Year’s Day, with a blessing of the letters in the capsule, then all the children carried the capsule together from the church, walking through the village to The Nimmo Triangle. Marcus Hernon, now known as The Pied Piper, along with his two son’s Ponsias and Brendon, followed behind, playing Traditional Irish music on their flutes, kindly sponsored by The Irish Nights.
Before the actual planting of the capsule, Cllr Eileen Mannion gave a few words of welcome to our visitors and to all our young who are working across the water, in particular to a group of 12 Italians, who, having read about Roundstone and The Time Capsule Project, came over specially for a few days to witness this event. Then Marcus Hernon gave a musical interlude with our local dancers. As it was Patrick Mc Donaghs’ brain child, he had the privilege of finally sealing the capsule and placed it into the manhole on the Nimmo Triangle.
So you could say we had the first gathering in Connemara for the year 2013.
The capsule will be reopened in 50 years time, in the year 2063, and it is hoped that PJ McDonaghs new little baby daughter Ella, born 21 December 2012, so close to the date of 1 January 2013. The letters are listed, with one copy placed in the capsule and the other in the church records. All the photos relating to the capsule are viewable here.
Rugby Kick Off:
Following the burial of the time capsule, Connemara Rugby Club kick off continued the festivities on the pier as a fund raising event. Music and food were provided and a set of rugby goal posts was floated in the middle of the harbour. A goal kicking competition set against the spectacular back drop of The Twelve Bens provided a focus for the afternoon, and large crowds were kept entertained throughout the day. The local community members were doing a great trade serving hot and cold refreshments.
I am sure that Johnny Sheehan would like to thank all the local community members that helped out on the day, Francis Ashe for the use of his lighting and power, Patrick and Paddy McDonagh for collecting all the kicked rugby balls from the tide, Electrics, John Sheridan, the barbecue gang Siobhan Vaughan, Maurice Ryan, Ted & Donna Sherwood, and most of all, to DJ Mike who, incidentally, gave his time and equipment for free and was a great MC.
Let us also not forget the 12 local sponsors who donated various items for the Raffle. It was a superb event, and can only get better and better each year. Well done Johnny.
By the way, the winners of the kick off were the two Staunton Brothers, Mark and Niall.
9x9 Championship Card Drive:
This took place yesterday in The Shamrock Bar, O’Dowds, and Mary Kings, and was another great success. There were 9 tables altogether. The winning table came from Mary Kings, with Frank McDonnell, Paddy Francis O’Donnell, and Tom Antony O’Donnell.
First Aid Training:
The First day of the Certified ISA First Aid and Defibrillator Training took place today under the instruction of Orla Conneelly, in Eldon’s Hotel. This course was most interesting, and certainly covered all sorts of accidental situations. Certainly this training will stand us all in good stead. We have the second day tomorrow. The list of the trainees, once the training is completed, will have their numbers put up in the notice board and a list also kept with the Defibrillator. Should, if God forbid we have need to use the Defibrillator. The machine for the time being is with Seamus and Christina Lowry. We will have to fundraise for an outside cabinet to house the machine at a cost of €650. As soon as we can get the funds to purchase the casing, it will be placed on the Eldon’s Hotel Wall.
As from today, the Roundstone website has had a nice new face lift, with new webmaster, local man Sam Reynolds.
The reason for this upgrade and change of webmaster, is due to the fact that that our original webmaster, Robert Bate, had resigned, as he has gone back to New Zealand. While he was out there, we found it difficult to keep the site updated quickly, being so far away. Robert had been the webmaster of the site for a number of years; in fact, it was Robert who created the Roundstone website in the first place, so thanks Robert for all your good work over the past.
It should be a smooth change over. I don’t for-see any glitches to happen, but if it does, it can be sorted quickly, as Sam lives in the village.
Pottery hand building classes, 10 sessions in all, will start on the 15th January, and run each Tuesday 6.30 pm to 8.30pm. The cost for these classes will be €120 per person. Students will have their work glazed and fired for them. Contact Seamus Laffan at Roundstone Ceramics on +353 (0) 95 35874.
Finally, Happy New Year to one and all, and hope your New Years resolutions will be successful.
17th December 2012
With Christmas just a few days away, the Christmas trees in the village are light up, one at the flag poles with a Crib at the base, one on the Alexander Nimmo triangle, and one at the bottom of the village. All the windows with wonderful decorations and lights, all very jolly.
The countdown for those letters to be written for the planting of the time capsule, which is on the 1 January 2013. Just get in touch with Patrick McDonagh of the Shamrock Bar or myself (Richard) for the special envelopes. There are only 13 days to go to have them written.
Radio Christmas Party:
To kick off the season of good will leading up to the Christmas period, the Connemara Community Radio held a Christmas party at the Abbeyglen last Friday for all the staff and volunteers, without a doubt Paul and Brian Hughes put on a very good show for us, excellent food, music and dancing. It really was a good night out.
Rosie’s Salon Pampering Day:
On Saturday, Rosie Mannion opened up her Salon for the ladies pampering day. I must say, after Friday nights entertainment, I could have done with a little pampering myself. However, a busy day in the Salon, serving mulled wine and of course the banter went on through the day, nice of Rosie to carry on the spirit of the lead up to Christmas in the village.
Children’s Christmas Party:
Yesterday, in the top part of the Community Hall, a children’s Christmas party was held, with a visit from Santa and his assistant, a strange looking Elf, where escorted to the hall by one of his reindeer, with James de Courcey’s pony and trap, nice one James. Presents were dished out to the kids in the grotto, while Santa was chatting to them, and then there was a bouncing castle, disco music, food and hot punch. Then there was the draw for the enormous hamper, delighted to say this was won by Josephine Mannion and get this, Josephine also won the lotto hamper, “Josephine guess who is coming to visit to help you sort out those hampers “!. I take my hat off to Maurice Ryan and his group of volunteers in helping to arrange this wonderful annual event.
The Information Evening - Walks:
Wednesday, there was a public information session about two potential new walks for Roundstone, with representatives from Forum and Failte Ireland, giving a talk in various advantages of having walking loops in the area of Roundstone. But of course, crossing land requires permission to be sought from the various owners, hence the reason for this meeting, to explain to the land owners as to what the Failte Ireland criteria for the loops entails. Their main concern was of course insurance, however that was put to rest. The two loops that were discussed were the Fuchsia Lane loop, a 3Km loop and the Giorrán Loop, which is a 6Km loop. There is still a bit more work to bring these loops to fruition. All in all, a positive reaction to the meeting.
Championship of Connemara Card Drive:
As was mentioned over the last few weeks, the 9x9’s Championship Connemara Card drive which was due to take place next Sunday, has had to be cancelled until the 6 January. This is owing to the fact that Renvyle will be holding their card drive on that Sunday. So as I say, ours will be on the 6 January in the Shamrock Bar, Mary Kings Bar and in O’Dowds Bar, €20 per person, with a purse for the winners of €1200. There are a few places left, should you wish to take part, get in touch with Michael King 087 6738198 or Donal Nee 087 8885775.
National School Nativity Play:
One of the highlights of this festive season, is of course, the National School Children’s Nativity play, which will take place on Friday 21st after the school mass, which will be said at 10am, followed by refreshments, then Ho Ho Ho, himself arrives . Busy day for the school. All are welcome to support the kids.
Blessing of the Christmas Tree & Crib:
Will take place one day this week, have to check with Fr Jarleth. We will also have the red ribbons for sale in memory of our deceased to be placed on the tree. These can be found in the shops €2 each and the funds will go towards the school.
And finally, I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out Fr. Jarleth regarding the church for the year 2012, the Tidy Towns Committee, in fact to all volunteers relating to the village. A particular thanks to Tony Loughnane, who kept the village swept and emptied the bins right throughout the year and also to those that helped me personally, its been quite a tough year for all of us in one way or another, so lets hope the year 2013 will be a good one. Keep up the good work everybody.
By the way, it will be the last of the market stalls next Sunday before Christmas in the top part of the Community Hall. There will be a raffle for one of Siobhan’s home made Christmas cakes, all proceeds will again go to the national School, as new bathrooms are desperately needed.
Well, that’s all from me for this week. A very happy and safe Christmas to you all and special Christmas greetings to all those overseas. Speak to you again, God willing, in the New Year.
3rd December 2012
We are now into December and Christmas will soon be upon us Ho! Ho! Ho!
Tidy Towns Certificate:
Galway County Council hosted a civic reception in Galway last week to celebrate the area’s who take part in the Tidy Towns Competition. Roundstone was presented with a very nicely framed Certificate, for the Committee’s excellent work from County Mayor Thomas Welby, which was accepted by Cllr Eileen Mannion on our behalf, as unfortunately no one from the Roundstone Tidy Towns Committee was able to attend the reception. However, last Friday, Eileen Mannion presented the certificate to me on behalf of the County Mayor in Clifden. The framed certificate is now hanging in the village notice board, should any one wish to see it. It’s the first time in years that Roundstone has at long last got some sort of recognition for the on going work in enhancing the village, so well done everybody.
The Sewage manhole located at the bottom of the village, at long last, after all these years, has now been upgraded, with the work being completed two days ago. Our thanks to the various Councillors’. We are now pushing for an extension of the sewage pipe from the new manhole. At the moment, the waste pipe is less than 20 meters from the road, we need another 40 meters attached to it to bring the waste products further out to sea. Talks for a new sewage treatment system for Roundstone are still on going, this could take some time to come to fruition. However, at least our voices are now being heard. Pressure will be on going from our end until our infrastructure for the village is put right.
Geraldine Coyne’s 50th Birthday:
Good wishes’ to Geraldine Coyne, who celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday. Tara and friends organised a surprise party for her in the Shamrock, and unknown to Geraldine, her other daughter Lisa, who has been in Australia for the last year, arrived home to celebrate her mothers 50th with her. What a surprise that was for Geraldine, you should have seen her face. Nice one!! Anyway, Happy Birthday from us all Ger and may you have many more.
While we are on the subject of birthday’s, Martin & Ellen O’Donnell’s youngest daughter, Rachel, reached her 17th birthday yesterday. Where dose the time go, it seems only yesterday Rachel was a Youth Club member. Best wishes from your Mum and Dad, and of course from me, and may you have many more. Now Martin, don’t be shy sing happy birthday!
Aloe Vera Information Evening:
A note for the Diary, if anybody is interested, The Shamrock Bar is hosting an Aloe Vera Information evening on Friday 14 December at 8pm. Included in the evening will be demonstrations on weight management programs, and lots more. I am also told you can leave your purse at home for that night.
The count down has started for the planting of the time capsule on News Year’s Day. There’s plenty more special paper and envelopes are still available, either contact myself or Patrick McDonagh from the Shamrock.
Yesterday afternoon down in the community Hall, Erin Gibbons gave a talk and slide show on ‘NO to Sceirde,’ a proposed off – shore wind farm along the Roundstone and Carna Coastline, which will spoil Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way. These turbines are 40ft high and stick out like sore thumbs. It is quite shocking to think that one day we will see our coastline littered with these turbines, not good for tourism, but also have many more detrimental results. Erin is showing the same talk next Saturday the 8 December in the Clifden Library from 12pm to 1pm. I would strongly recommend you to see for yourselves what I am talking about. We were all asked to sign a petition to Failte Ireland relating to these potential eye sores all along our coast. This signed petition will be handed in on the 8 December. I just have the sneaky feeling the turbines will happen along our coast, as these wind farms are the thing of the future. But not the amount of turbines the powers that be are thinking of and what kills me is that company’s are being granted fore shore licences willy nilly, without looking at the consequences to our coast line, to eventually make money by selling off the surplus of power to other countries. Anyway, that’s just my way of thinking, I just wonder what you think of these wind farms along our coast. The jewel in the crown will be destroyed. I am hoping that Roundstone/ Connemara friends overseas might have the same feelings as I do and make contact with me via a letter or email to express their feelings and have them forwarded to the powers that be. Let the battle commence with your help.
I would like to bring to your attention, our defibrillator is now up and running again. Having had to purchase a new battery and new electro pads, the defibrillator has now been put back into Christina and Seamus Lowry’s shop. Eventually, once we have purchased an outside casing for the apparatus, it will be placed on the wall of Beola Restaurant.
Santa will make his annual visit to the village on the 16 December, with the Children’s Christmas Party in the Community Hall, with a bouncing castle, raffles and fun for all the family.
Just before I sign off, tune in next Sunday on Connemara Community Radio at 7pm to The Josephine deCourcey program “Senior side of the street”. With Josephine is her guest Kathleen Flaherty from “The West Wind Blows Program”. Kathleen will give the results of the short story competition.
25th November 2012
The newly cleaned graveyard was officially blessed today and being the month of The Holy Souls, The Rosary was said in English and in Irish, celebrated with Father Jarleth PP.
This was certainly a unique event. For many years, this was a neglected graveyard, with the ruins of St. Mathew’s chapel on the site, including some very early graves, one of them being dated 1198. This will now become an annual event, just like the blessing of the other graveyards around our area. After the blessing, Barbara and Jim McEleney invited everybody back for tea and sandwiches as part of the celebration of St. Mathew’s graveyard.
I am told locally, that this was the first ever graveyard within our area. This would explain the great turn out, particularly local people from Carna, as there was at that time nowhere to bury their dead.
Two years ago, a TUS scheme was brought into the area, employing some of our own local lads, i.e. John Conneelly, and Paul Keaney, their first job was to clean and open up the path, now known as the Failte Ireland Inishnee loop. This loop passes right by the grave yard. John & Paul also started to trim and tidy up the graveyard. After having completed their term of work, a year later two more different local lads, Morgan Mannion and Damien O’Malley came on the scene. Their target was to finish the clearing of the graveyard. And what an incredible job they have done. The grave yard has completely taken on a new image, the respect for our lost ones is now well in place.
Credit must also be given To Barbara and Jim McEleney, who live on Inishnee, and who were the supervisors of the lads for this project, their dedication to clean up the loop and graveyard has really paid off and we thank them for it.
We are also very grateful to Thomas Welby and to the Heritage Officer Marie Mannion for their cooperation in implementing this project to fruition.
Here are some photos of this unique event, they are not brilliant, but at least you will have some idea of what took place.
19th November 2012
Here is one for the members of the O’Dowds & Griffin family, well perhaps they know all ready, I have just heard that Niall Griffin (obviously from Roundstone) is now with a well known firm of Auditors, Ernst & Young based in Luxembourg. After graduating some weeks back from NUIG with First Class Honours, I might add, with a Bachelor of Commerce with Spanish. So Congratulations Niall, hopefully some day with Niall’s expertise that he has gained, may be brought back to the west, well, Roundstone of course!
Cash for Clobber:
Two weeks ago the Cooks town Textile recyclers, i.e., Cash for Clobber came to collect 38 bags of clothes. I was somewhat concerned whether we would get paid for the bags, so was quite prepared not to collect any more until the first batch was paid for. This morning I received a cheque for one hundred and ninety-two euros for the Roundstone National School, to go towards the up grade of the Children’s toilets, which are in dire need of attention. So people now that we have been now been paid, green light given to collect again, and to use my place as a collection point.
Michael Reynolds has just informed me that the ATM machine will be leaving the Post office at the end of this month. I am assuming from the retailer i.e. Michael’s point of view, it’s just not feasible with all the hidden expenses to keep the machine topped up. This will certainly be a loss to the village. Quite what we can do about it to keep in place beats me.
With the aid of Galway County Council and our own FAS team, the wall known as Ryan’s wall is being moved a few feet back from the main road towards the Triangle, this improvement is certainly going to help the traffic congestion during the summer, that bit of an area has for years caused many headaches. It’s hoped that it will be completed before the year 2013.
Talking about improvements, the finest man in Roundstone, our own Bob Woods, has been taken on a TUS scheme for Roundstone, and has been allocated to work on clearing the brambles etc all the way up Farrell’s Road. Well I have to tell you, I went to have a look, and in such a short time, with not much tools, Bob has done a fantastic job of ridding all the brambles, it’s the most lovely pathway. What I love about Bob is his enthusiasm and interest for this project. If we had more enthusiastic people like him, we would be well away. Good on you Bob, you may not know it you could earn us a few more possible points for the tidy towns competition next year.
The Inishnee Loop Walk, Final Inspection Report 2012:
Cormac MacDonnell the National Trails Officer, wrote to Barbara McEleney to inform her that the final inspection of the Inishnee Loop Walk was carried out by the National Trials Office/Irish Sports Council in August 2012. They acknowledge the good work that has been carried out on the trail and are pleased to report that the loop complies with the National standard. The trail will now be listed on the National Trails Register and recorded as accredited. Well done to all involved, including Barbara and Jim for your persistent work on bringing the Inishnee Walk to fruition.
New Roundstone Walk:
A provisional date for an information evening about a new walk in the Roundstone area has been set. We are thinking of other Failte Ireland walks, letterdyph, and Errisbeg Hill in conjunction with Farrell’s Road. This will be a public meeting at 7.30pm Wednesday 12th December, 2012. Marie Louise Heffernan (Ecologist) is available to talk about the ecology of the area. Karen Mannion (Heritage Officer) is free to talk about the economical value and it is hoped to get a landowner from another area which has a similar type walks in operation and who can answer any questions from our own landowners about concerns they may have. Once all the speakers are confirmed, the Rural Recreation Officer, Rosaline Ní Shúilleabháin from Forum will look at the layout for the evening and how to advertise it. More details later as to this Public meeting as it unfolds.
5th November 2012
As is the norm for this time of the year, every thing has gone very quiet, so therefore owing to the Monday of the bank holiday; there was no news from Roundstone broadcasted, so will go back a week of the various events that took place of that Bank holiday weekend to present week.
Bridie Davis, Inishnee:
Congratulations to Bridie Davis who was nominated from Roundstone as the women of the year, Bridie received The Community Appreciation Award on the 27th October for all her work that was implemented over the years to enhance Inishnee, re water, new bridge, electricity, waste bins and roads. Her award was part of the Clifden Bicentenary 2012 presented by DJ Tony Fenton, who by the way was given the freedom of Clifden that same night. For all your work, well deserved Bridie
As part of the on going fund raising for the tidy towns project, on that same night Patrick and Mary McDonagh from the shamrock hosted a Table quiz with ten tables, a great night all round, which raised €200. Our thanks to all those that sponsored the prizes.
Champion Connemara 25 Card Drive:
Which reminds me, also as part of the Tidy town’s project, a note for the Diary, on 23rd December the Champion Connemara 25 Card Drive will take place, not sure of all the details, Donal Nee and Michael King are the organisers, so just get in touch with them should you want to take part.
Halloween Party, Shamrock Bar:
The Shamrock also hosted a Halloween Fancy Dress party, golly what fun that was, some fantastic imaginative costumes, I suppose the incentive to dress up was the fact that Mary and Patrick put up a purse of €100 for the best costume, which was won incidentally by Katrina Keane, Marion McDonagh, Vivienne Keaney and Amanda McNally, in their home made costumes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Greg Biernacki and Rosie Mannion:
Congratulations to Rosie Mannion, daughter to Joseph and Josephine Mannion of Murvey who got engaged to Greg Biernacki, this weekend. Greg originally from Poland has been a member of the community for a number of years now. We wish them both well for the future.
Mass in Gurteen Graveyard:
On Sunday 11th November as part of the month for all Souls we will be having a mass with Father Jarleth in the Gurteen grave yard at 2.30pm, naturally weather permitting, so this would be a good opportunity this week to have the various graves tidied up.
Congratulations to Lucy Mannion, Fergal McDonagh, Hannah O’Toole, Rebecca Conneelly, Shane Mannion and Tara Coyne on their graduation. Their graduation ball was held at the Downhill Hotel in Ballina. While I think about it, these were the last group that Geraldine Coyne and myself had in the youth club, “Every end has a new beginning”, we are about to re open the youth club again, once the Garda vetting is done and dusted and the leaders training is completed, I hope the new generation will be as great as this chapter closes. So the best of luck guys for the next stage the, Leaving Cert in June.
Marion McDonagh graduates this coming Friday as a Phyiatric Nurse and will be based in the Castlebar hospital and next Saturday James O’Toole will also graduate In Engineering in Dublin. So congratulations to you both
Philip Reynolds son of Carole and Michael Reynolds, Philip is about to take his leave from Roundstone, he departs Wednesday for Australia for a month then he will then move on to New Zealand for a year. We wish you all the best of luck Philip; try not to go native man!
Keep smiling and have a great week
15th October 2012
Again not much news, but then on the other hand, what with yet another little upgrade of the Community Hall, by having all around the wall sockets for computers, for beginners and advanced students, which is now part of the North West Connemara Adult Education, its great to see the lower hall being used more, what with painting classes on Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm with Cathal O’Malley, Zumba dancing in the top hall starting tonight, Indoor country market this coming Sunday, there are a few more spaces for Pottery classes with Seamus Laffin, Roundstone Pottery on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm, enough to keep us busy for the Winter.
Time Capsule Update:
As time is marching on for the planting of the time capsule in the Alexander Nimmo Triangle on the 1st January 2013, within the next few days flyers explaining this project will be circulated and we have set up a website relating to the capsule www.roundstone.biz with a method to pay for the special envelope and paper online. This website will be linked on to the Roundstone website www.roundstone-connemara.com. Other wise these envelopes are can be sought through Donal Nee, Roundstone Hotel, Patrick at the Shamrock bar, Nicky in O’Dowd’s and of course myself.
I now have the dates for the annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2013 with the Order of Malta. Last year we took 9 people from Roundstone; this is not by the way just confined to Roundstone. The dates are 2nd May to 7th May 2013. So if anybody would like to join me on this pilgrimage just get in touch with me 086 8215153
The Anglers Return, Toombeola:
Concert & Workshops with John Carty, Arty McGlynn, Jimmy Higgins, Fiachra O'Regan and friends. To end off the weekend i.e. the Sunday 8.30pm there will be a Concert @€15 a head (seating limited; advance reservation/ticket required). Saturday and Sunday features music workshops and concerts with some of Ireland's most distinctive musicians.
For more details ring Lynn Hill at +353 (0)95 31091 or check out her website.
Michael and Nancy King from Inishnee, their Daughter Annette King is getting married next weekend in Kinsale. We wish them all well.
Belated birthday wishes to John Mongan, who has reached his 60th birthday last week, I hope, John you celebrated the day appropriately with a party, trust me being in our sixties is just great.
Car Boot Sale:
In the new Carna Boat house in aid of the Carna Life Boat next weekend.
Now stands at €8’050, with the roll over of €150, Next weeks draw is in Kings Bar
Well, there you have it something for everybody during the week.
8th October 2012
The work being carried out to date on the Hall Grounds is beginning to look really good. Paddy McDonagh the contractor has made great progress in the past few weeks. He has reduced the side walk in front of the Roundstone sign and this will elevate a lot of the congestion of traffic in that area especially around bus arrival and departure times. He has widened the entrance to the hall area which will be a proper parking area in future with more spaces. A lot of Stone walls have been erected and work is still on going.
The Farmers Market:
Which we have had all summer is continuing on a smaller scale fortnightly through the winter, and is coinciding like a car boot sale event. As well as Siobhan’s home baking there were many other stalls selling home knits ,jewellery etc and a free tea and coffee facility is available to all. If you would like to take part in this there are available spaces for some more stalls to enable to be ongoing over the winter. The summer’s Farmers Market returns for one day on the Halloween Bank holiday week-end
A walk of 13 people took place on the Inishnee Loop yesterday after Mass. This was part of the Failte Ireland all over Ireland walk planned for yesterday. This particular walk was pin pointed as one of the 6th best walks in Ireland, in the Sunday Times paper some weeks ago. New TUS lads have been offered to the community and will be taking over from John and Paul who did such a wonderful job over the last year, clearing and trimming this area to bring it to what it is today. We are looking forward to the continued good work from our new recruits, around Inishnee.
On Sunday 28th of October the official blessing of the time capsule will take place at the 12 o’clock Mass with two tables manned after mass with the envelopes and details of what to do to be part of the initial planting of the capsule. As we have already said many times the price is €10 per special paper & envelope. As from Dec 1st there will be a count down and the actual placing of the capsule will take place on New Years day with a grand ceremony on the triangle
Roundstone Lotto Committee:
Would like to apologise to all its lotto participants for not being able to go ahead with the lotto this week-end. Normally the tickets from the shops are left into one or other of the bars and which are collected at 9.30 each Sunday night. Alas, Ferron’s shop omitted to do this, this week, and as we were aware that tickets had been sold in this shop and there was no access to it after 8pm we had no alternative but to postpone until next week. A small draw of two by €50 was made on the night for the people who came out to support it and all tickets were put back for next Sunday.
The Lotto committee members send their apologies for this.
A Tidy Town Committee:
Will take place on Thursday next at 8.30pm and we would love to see some new comers join out group. We are very proud of the extra 9 points which we gained in last year results and what with the extra work going on in the village perhaps next year may bring us a lot more with your help.
1st October 2012
As the season is slowly coming to an end, I have very little news; however here are a few snippets.
Congratulations to Maeve 0’Neil who came first in a Seanos dancing competition for the under twelve’s on Saturday in Mayo, and then there was a dance off of all the winners of the various classes, Maeve won this as well and therefore walked off with the championship cup. The one thing about Maeve she certainly is consistent.
Roundstone Faroige Youth Club:
I did announce last week that the Youth Club in Roundstone is going to open on 5th October, but unfortunately this will be not the case. Having met with representatives from Faroige, they informed me that there is now a new process to follow, which could take 6 to 7 weeks before we become affiliated with Faroige. Having not had a Faroige club going for the last two years, we have to start all over again, Garda vetting for all volunteers and Leaders, which could take a few weeks, with a lot more paper work, also all the voluntary leaders will have to have complete 6 hours training which is either going to happen on 20th October or 3rd November from 10am to 4.30pm. However, in some ways it will give me a bit more time to brain storm with the other volunteers to put the club in place and get it on the right path. It’s a shame not to open, but we must have the Faroige Insurance that’s the way the climate is.
Monty Halls, marine biologist and TV presenter, was awarded the Freedom of Connemara at a ceremony in Clifden; coinciding with the Clifden Arts Festival. The honour was to thank him for the wonderful exposure Connemara received during his TV series and subsequent book, Monty Halls Great Irish Escapes. This magnificent series; watched by over 2 million viewers in the UK alone, showcased Connemara in all its beauty. So congratulations Monty so well deserved.
Winter Country Market:
It’s good to hear that Johnny Sheehan has 16 stalls interested in attending the winter market in the upper Community Hall which starts Sunday 7th October 11am to 4pm.
Person of the Year:
The Ballot box that Ann had placed in the church, asking people to nominate a person of the year award representing Roundstone, who has dedicated time and energy to making their area a better place. This box of this Connemara project was opened on Friday, the results were passed on to Paul Hugh’s of the Abbeyglen, Paul, I am assuming is a member of the Clifden chamber of commerce who are the instigators for this award.
That’s all I can tell you at this stage, Ann will probably reveal all next Monday.
And just to remind you, don’t forget to get your stories into the Connemara Community Radio story competition, just to let you know that the closing date is 12th October, just make contact with Bridie at the radio with your potential winning story.
Keep smiling and have a great week.