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Local Notes: Paul retires after 45 years of service, national school pupils visit Brussels and Dom Arms hotel reunion – Your Community

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Castlerea man Paul Rowntree retired from An Post, Castlerea on Friday last after 45 years’ service as a postman. It was an emotional day to bid farewell to one of the best. Best wishes and health and happiness to Paul in his retirement from his colleagues in An Post.


Castlerea Community Games Athletics Competition will take place at the Castlerea Community School pitch (beside the school) on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, May 6th children aged up to U-16. Registration opens at 3.30 p.m… Events start at 4 p.m… Children must be from Castlerea Parish.


A group of Sixth Class students from St. Paul’s NS, Castlerea had the privilege of travelling to Brussels by invitation of local MEP, Luke “Ming” Flanagan recently. The students were accompanied by school staff and representatives of the school Board of Management with everyone receiving a very warm welcome from Luke and his team in Brussels. They were given the opportunity to visit the Parliament buildings and to learn more about the workings of the EU. The exciting trip also included a guided tour of the beautiful, historic city of Brussels and an interesting visit to a Natural History Museum. The trip was of enormous educational benefit opening the children’s minds to travel, European languages and new cultures while also giving an insight to the organisation of European politics and the upcoming elections. St. Paul’s NS is taking part in the “Say Yes to Languages” project funded by the Department of Education with this year’s chosen language being French. Navigating the city’s tourist sites and meeting French speakers inspired the children to use their knowledge of French phrases while in Brussels. Thanks to Luke and all his team in Castlerea and Brussels for the wonderful opportunity for young people in Castlerea.


Would you be interested in providing home from home short breaks for children and adults who have an intellectual disability? Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Homeshare Roscommon is recruiting host carers. Training and support provided. Tax exempt Allowances paid. For further information email [email protected] or phone Catherine on 090 6628500 / 087 2126607.


Celtic Druid Temple has announced its summer schedule of Saturday afternoon classes. These classes are practical in nature and include how to light a ceremonial fire, how to make charcoal for water filtration and how to make your own salt. Classes begin on June 8th. More info on the Druidschool tab on or whatsapp 0899855026.


Golf for beginners starts at Castlerea Golf Club on Thursday, May 2nd. There will be five one hour lessons with a PGA Professional. Great exercise and excellent sport for all ages More information or book a place ring/text Paul 0873515991.


Trinity Arts centre Castlerea will present Sandy Kelly and John McNicholl in concert with KMG music on Wednesday, May 8th at 8 p.m.. Tickets €30 for sale now on Eventbrite or text your name and number of tickets required to 087 4027175 and someone will call you back to confirm. This will be a great night of the finest Irish talent, book your seats early.


Trien Players would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support during this year’s production of ‘Mammy’s Boy’.

Pupils from St. Paul's NS, Castlerea on a trip to Brussels organised by MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan.
Pupils from St. Paul’s NS, Castlerea on a trip to Brussels organised by MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.


A reunion for the Don Arms Hotel, Castlerea, where memories were made, is taking place on Saturday, May 4th in Garveys of Ballintubber from 9 p.m. with music by DJ Tosh Mulligan. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are €20, and are now available on Eventbrite. Proceeds from the night will go to Cancer Care West. This will be a night not to be missed.


The winning bonus ball number in Castlerea Golf Club’s lotto for April 24th was 41.Winners of this week’s lotto were Anto McCormack, Liam O’Connell, Colm Wallace and Michael Mulligan. Each receive €100.


 The death occurred peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, April 17th of Dr. Alan Delaney, Doctors Road, Ballyhaunis and formerly of Knockroe, Castlerea and Gormanstown College and UHG. Predeceased by his wife, Joan, parents Dr. Michael and Marcella, and brother Michael (Fr. Ailbe) Delaney, who celebrated the wedding ceremony of former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Martin. Dr. Alan was a wonderful doctor and always carried out his duties in a professional and caring manner. He was very kind to the many patients he attended to over the years and no matter what time they called on him, let it be day or night, he always looked after their needs. He was so approachable. His late father Dr. Michael Delaney did the same for the many people of Castlerea for over 40 years. Alan was a very popular person. He had a great interest in sport and played Gaelic football, rugby and golf. He was also a very good swimmer. He played intercounty football with Roscommon at minor and junior level. He also played for many years with Castlerea. He was a member of the minor teams beaten in the county championship finals of 1956/57. He won a County Senior League O’Rourke Cup Medal in 1959. He was also a member of the Tarmon junior team beaten in the County championship final of 1963. He won a Sigerson Cup with UCG in 1960. He also played Gaelic football with Ballyhaunis and he captained the over 30’s team to win the Mayo County Championship in 1978 after a replay against Claremorris. The trainer of that team was the present Connacht Council CEO, John Prenty,. He also played rugby and golf with Ballyhaunis. He will be sadly missed by his children, Donal, Laura, Keith, Ursula, Aine and Alan; daughters-in-law, Inese, Mary and Eimear; grandchildren, Harry, Adam, Jane, Sophie, Anna, Lukass, Nancy, Maggie, Ailbe and Avery; sisters Pauline Jones (Tulsk) and Joan Walsh (Sligo); cousins, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends. His remains were removed from is his home to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyhaunis, and following Mass of the Resurrection celebrated by Fr. Stephen Farragher with co-celebrants Fr. Chris Garrett, cousin of the deceased and Fr. John Joe Gannon, burial took place in Ballyhaunis Cemetery. Before the final blessing his son, Donal (Dan) gave a eulogy on Alan’s life. The ceremony was enhanced by the music and singing of the Ballyhaunis Church Choir, guards of honour were provided by the Ballyhaunis Rugby and Golf Clubs. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Castlerea man Paul Rowntree who retired from An Post, Castlerea on Friday last after 45 years’ service pictured here with colleagues on his final day.
Castlerea man Paul Rowntree who retired from An Post, Castlerea on Friday last after 45 years’ service pictured here with colleagues on his final day.


 The death occurred peacefully in his 96th year on Tuesday, April 16th at Drumderrig Nursing Home, Boyle of Mr. Henry (Sonny) Clifford, Trien, Castlerea. Predeceased by his sisters Josie and Mary, and nephew Martin (Granlahan). Deceased was a very kind, gentle and jolly person and was always in good humour. He loved when people both young and old would come to visit him and would always make them welcome and have a conversation with them. He had great time for his postman John Sharkey who was very kind to him. He was a farmer and he had a great love for the land. He took great pride in his little tractor and transport box, which he used to do a lot of chores with including his shopping in Castlerea, his Sunday Mass in Trien. Indeed, he was driving his tractor up to the last six months before he went into the nursing home. He was a kind neighbour and a man of great faith. He will be sadly missed by his grandnieces, Stephanie and Mai; grandnephew, William, cousins, neighbours and many friends. His remains were removed from McDonagh’s Funeral Home to St. Caolin’s Church, Trien, and following Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday morning, celebrated by Fr. Kevin Reynolds, burial took place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Castlerea. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Craobh de hÍde will be meeting on Wednesday, May 1st from 3.30-4.30 p.m. for a cup of tea and a chat as Gaeilge in the Library in Castlerea. There are all levels of Irish in the group and all new members are welcome to come along to help improve your spoken Irish and meet some new people.

Beidh Craobh De hÍde – Sa Leabharlann sa gCaisleán Riabhach ar an 1/5/2024 idir 3.30pm agus 4.30pm, buail isteach – beidh an tae agus comhrá againn le chéile.

Tháinig an rang Gaeilge le chéile arís sa leabharlann sa gCaisleán Riabhach ar an gCéadaoin seo cáite.

Bhí daltaí agus a múinteoir ó Phobal Scoil an Chaisleáin Riabhaigh ann freisin chun a gcuid Gaeilge a cleachtadh. Bhí a lán rudaí éagsúla á bplé acu agus bhí spóirt is spraoi acu go léir.

Gabhadh buíochas le Tomás P. Ó’Móráin, le Breda Beirne agus gach duine eile a bhí ann.

“Chíonn beirt rud nach bhfeiceann duine amháin”


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