1,000 People in Roscommon Say No to the Plastic Straw

Thanks to the work of 7 young members of Kilteevan Tidy Towns, one thousand people in Roscommon have signed a pledge not to use plastic straws.

The organisation believes that by working together, the community can be part of a solution, to some of our environmental problems.

Kilteevan Tidy Towns, Roscommon Co Council and Plastic Free Roscommon. worked together on this project to begin the process to rid  Roscommon from single-use unnecessary plastic items.

The project drew to a close at a Tidy Towns meeting in Kilteevan Community Centre on March 5th when Sophie Coen and Éabha Dolan proudly handed over the signatures to Marguerite Croghan (Secretary) and Hugh Brennnan (Treasurer).

Major credit is due to all members of the team;

James Mooney, Kevin Fannon, Kieran Coyle, Sophie Coen, Éabha Dolan, Adam Lalwani, and Liam Egan.

We look forward to their next project which is already hatching in Kilteevan!!


Story Writing Winners

Lovely photo in this weeks Roscommon Herald of Maria Fox and Ruth Cunningham, both prizwinners in Roscommon Drama Festival Story Writing Competition. Well Done Maria, Ruth and Kilteevan National School.



The Importance of Healthy Sustainable Roscommon


Pictured today at Healthy Sustainable Roscommon events in Gleeson’s Roscommon today;'

Kevin Fannon, Adam Lalwani and Éabha Dolan, members of Kilteevan Tidy Towns “Straws Suck” #Refuse the Straw Action Team, with Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Officer, Roscommon County Council, Elizabeth Stobie, Plastic Free Roscommon, Senator Maura Hopkins and Julie O Donoghue, Plastic Fee Roscommon. 

This was a wonderful event, very well organised with lots of useful practical yet thought provoking advice about a better Roscommon for the future.   We learned that all have to work together towards this goal.

If we all did our small share, this world could be a better place. Vincent Van Gough said "Great things are not done by impulse but a series of small things brought together". 

Well done to all involved in organising this event. Don’t forget the Zero Waste Market in Gleeson’s tomorrow February 17th .

Posted February 16th 2019 



Roscommon Healthy Walk in Kilteevan

 Roscommmon Walks Booklet was circulated this week. The book was developed as part of the Healthy Roscommon Plan 2018-2021. The book identifies 16 short and 2 long distance walks in Co Roscommon. Kilteevan Tidy Towns expressed delighted that the recently developed and award winning Cloonlarge Loop was selected as one of the walks in the book (Walk 12 p. 28).

The first Roscommon Healthy Walk was held February 9th 2019 on The Cloonlarge Loop in Kilteevan.  Despite Storm Eric the previous day a large crowd, ranging in age from 6- 90  turned up. All agreed waking is definitely good for our physical and mental wellbeing. Locals hightlighted the benefits of the "extra" fresh air in walking through boglands.

Feedback from walkers about  the Cloonlarge was very positive . First time visitors were very impressed with all aspects of the trail.
Kilteevan Tidy Towns would like to congratulate Roscommon Co. Council on the production of the excellent  Roscommon Walks booklet.
Thanks to Eiméar Dowd, Tourism Officer, Roscommmon Co. Council for all her hard work in producing the booklet and organising the walk.
Thanks also to Chartered Physiotherapist, Satish Baskaran for his advice and for being on hand in case we needed his expertise. 
Thanks to all who organised and supported this event.
Watch out for more exciting events on the Loop in the near future.
 Posted February 11th 2019





World Wetlands Day Celebration Cloonlarge 2019

A large crowd gathered in Kilteevan today to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2019.

The glorious sunshine shed light on one of our most valuable natural habitats- our boglands.

The theme this year was Wetlands and Climate Change-highlighting the role of Wetlands as a natural solution to reduce the impact of climate change.

We walked, talked and shared stories and memories about the bog.

We learned lots, far too much to cover here, but we were asked to bring home a few key points which we wish to share:

Wetlands function as a natural and extremely efficient carbon sink.

Peatlands cover only 3% of land mass yet they absorb and store twice the amount of carbon of the world’s forests combined. Unbelieveable!


There are Management Plans for the conservation and restoration for our Special Areas of Conservation. We look forward to witnessing that development in the future.


It is vitally important to send records of rich biodiversity to Biodiversity Ireland.

A new national heritage plan - Heritage Ireland 2030 is being drawn up. This new and ambitious strategy for Ireland will value and protect our built and natural heritage for future generations. We can all help to shape this strategy. #heritageireland2030

This is our chance to let the government know our thoughts.  As many submissions as possible are needed to make a good case for heritage at government level. Every submission will help.

You can have your say online  click on the link below

Sincere thanks to our excellent guides Catherine Seale, Water and Communiities, Laura Gallagher NPWS,  Nollaig Feeney Heritage Officer, Roscommon Co Council and Niall Cribbon NPWS. Thanks also to Noreen Shryane Water and Communities for attending.

Back at the Community Centre there was further information sharing and an opportunity to view a specialist taxidermist’s wildlife display.


Then we enjoyed a welcome cupán tae and home-made refreshments provided by Kilteevan Tidy Towns.

A beautiful, informative and relaxed morning was then wrapped up by gentle songs and music provided by members of Knockcroghery Ukulele Group.



St Joseph's GAA Club Celebration in Kilteevan Community Centre

Kilteevan Community Centre was packed to capacity on Friday 28th December for St Joseph’s GAA Club special presentation function. The community Centre was magnificently decorated in our team colours of red and black. The atmosphere on entering the centre of one of community and celebration. We hope to add a photo gallery of the event in the days to come.

Niall Croghan Chairperson St Joseph’s GAA Club was our very professional Master of Ceremonies for the night. Niall welcomed all in attendance to St Joseph’s GAA night of celebration.

Niall went on to say at the outset that “the village has been touched with sadness during the week with the passing of Dan Gillooly”. However, Niall stated “the Gillooly family were keen that this function would go ahead tonight". The Gillooly family were thanked sincerely for this consideration. Sympathy was extended to Teresa, Felicia, and to John, Peter Niall and Dominic. This was followed by a very poignant minutes silence in Dan’s memory. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Special thanks was extended to FIona Coen, Patricia Beirne, Ronnie Beirne, Enda Garvery, John Donoghue, Seamus Maher and Padraig Brennan for their support in organising the event.

Paddy Finns and Hannon’s Hotel were thanked for their support in organising refreshments for the event and Daire Gilleran was thanked for providing the music.

Fr Sean Beirne Club Patron shared Grace before meals and the welcome refreshments were served.


After the meal presentations were made to special guests on the night St Joseph’s 2003 Junior Championship winning panel.

Seamus Hayden & John Greene presented the team with their mementos.

2003 Panel Members

Derek Dowling                       Fergal Towey                                    Joint Managers

Stephen Reynolds                   Anthony Mc Cormack                       Padraig Brennan & Peter Gillooly

Shane Gilleran                        Ollie Brennan                                    Selectors

Declan Donlon                        John Gilleran                                      Larry Brennan & Seamus Hayden

Paul Gilleran                            Peter Gilleran   

Brian Carroll                            Gerry McNulty                                 

Sasha O' Connor                     John Wynne      

Alan O'Keeffe                          John Gillooly     

Mark Gilleran (Emoe)               Peter Gillooly    

Ronan Beirne                          Niall Gillooly

Sean Gilleran                          Dominic Gillooly

Mark Fox                                Gary McLoughlin

Sean Mooney                         Shane Donlon

Joe Davis                               James Gormley

Paul Kelly                              Jack Sexton

Captain Shane Gilleran.

The outstanding role of the Gillooly brothers to this team was acknowledged. 

2018 Panel members

The captain of 2018 team Paul Gilleran presented medals to the 2018 winning panel with the following  panel members.

Paul Gilleran, Ronan Beirne, Craig Simpson,Enda Garvey,Shane Gilleran,David Gibbons, Chris Feeney, Eoin Keenan, Shane O’Malley, Eoin Gilleran, Sean Gilleran, Patrick Fannon, Johnny Mannion, Mark Gilleran, Brian Carroll, Mickey Joe Egan, Nicholas Timothy, Leonardo Araujo, Conor O Malley, Daniel Mangan, Joseph Davis, Patrick Garvey, Jonathon Mooney, James Mooney, David Hughes, Kieran Neilan, Colm Walsh, Mark Bagnel, .

Club Person of the Year

The Club Person of the year award dedicated to the memory of Conor Dempsey.Presented by Alec and Helen Dempsey.

Niall Croghan announced 

"This  player,  is a member of the Executive, member of the organising committee , and liaison for the 50/50 draw.He has given enormous commitment to the club this year and fully deserves to be crowned Club Person of the Year for 2018"- Winner Enda Garvey


Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award Dedicated to the memory of Colm MacElvaney. Colm played with this club between 2004 to 2007 this awards is made in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to the club.

Niall Croghan stated that “This award went to a man who has most given almost a third of a century to St Joseph’s GAA club…."he always and ever  had only one thing at heart and that was the club and its advancement. As a volunteer he gave exceptional commitment to the club".-Winner John Greene

Mary Greene was also presented with a bouquet of flowers by Patricia Beirne

Special Achievement Award  1-Top Scorer

Niall Croghan stated the following-

"This special award is in recognition the contribution made to the club and of a very talented footballer. At underage level he would have stood out among his peers at U14 and U16 level and was recognised as one of the most talented players in the county at that time. Such was his talent that when he playing in a County Under 16 final two players were allocated to mark him, which to this day is rarely seen and is very unusual at underage level.

This player had such talent but for his injuries there would have been no doubt that he would have went all the way representing his county at senior level. We heard earlier the lengths that he has to go to just to be able to play and that shows real commitment to the club. We as a club are very lucky that he was born not very far away from where we are standing now.

For St. Joseph's this man has stood out for his outstanding scoring performance for the last number of years. Indeed his scoring prowess this year was off the charts particularly his ability to score from acute angles. Some of this points he scored this year were outrageous. He has been the top scorer in the club for the last six or seven years at least and this year he was top scorer in Division 5 if not in most other leagues.

To top his ability as a footballer he is very passionate about the club and is a very positive influence for the rest of the players."-Winner  Mark Gilleran.

Special Achievement Award 2.

Niall Croghan stated the following

"This special achievement award is in recognition of the contribution made to the club by this individual. This award is going to someone who firstly will not want the attention as he is always looking to give everyone else recognition no matter when you are talking to him he finds someone to praise. This person has made a significant contribution to the club even though he left us for a number of years and has returned home to where his heart is. He was involved in the club as a young lad played for a number of years, was part of the panel in 1988 that won the junior championship, however injury blighted his football career. It says a lot about the man that his passion for this club never diminished. And why wouldn’t he be very passionate about St Joseph’s. He has St Joseph’s in his DNA. His father was a founding member of the club and his brother captained that 1988 Junior Championship team. He went on and has excelled at management and it’s fair to say that players would run through a wall for him. He was the main architect of our success this year and of course he was joint Manager in 2003 when we last won the junior championship. Some might say that the 2003 and 2018 finals have been St Joseph’s finest two hours of the new millennium".-Winner- Padraig Brennan.

Hall of Fame Awards

Sean Mooney Club Treasurer spoke passionately at length about the outstanding contribution of both men to St Joseph’s GAA Club. -Winners Seamus Hayden and Peter Dolan

Outstanding Co. Ladies Footballer

A presentation of flowers was made to Laura Fleming in recognition of being one the most outstanding Ladies footballers in the country.

Club members who married in 2018

Congratulations was extended to Sean and  Yvonne Gilleran, Chris and Niamh Feeney  and Dominic and  Corina Gillooly .

Congratulations  was also extended 

Paul and Ashling Gilleran on the birth of their daughter Jane ,Bobby & Edel Smith on the birth of their son Adam,and John & Emer Kilmartin on the birth of their daughter Indie.

Posted December 30th 2018


Éanna Introduced to Cloonlarge

Ivan Connaughton Cathaoirleach Roscommon Co Council and Kathleen Shanagher Leas Cathaoirleach recently introduced well know irish biologist and environmental consultant Éanna Ní Lamhna to the Cloonlarge Loop by presenting her with our new brochure. Éanna is well know television and radio presenter, author and educator.  She  promised to walk the loop during her next visit to Roscommon. 

December 2018


Congratulations Kilteevan National School

Kilteevan National School are presented with their award by Cllr. Ivan Connaughton, Chairperson Roscommon Co. Council and Éanna Ní Lamhna, biologist and environmental consultant at Áras on Chontae Roscommon December 11th. 2018   

Congratulations  to Kilteevan National School who won 1st Prize in Co. Roscommon Schools Pollinator Competition and were awarded Best School for promoting Biodiversity. 


No doubt this is a well deserved award given the relationship that the children in Kilteevan National School have established with nature, a vitally important relationship for their future on planet earth.

Well Done we are all very proud of you. Keep your beautiful garden growing. It is a window on the world and shining example for all of us.



Let’s Work Together Towards Plastic Free Roscommon


Kevin Fannon, Sophie Coen, Éabha Dolan, James Mooney, Kieran Coyle and Adam Lalwani officially launched the Staws Suck, #refusethestraw Campaign in Kilteevan Community Centre recently.

The launch was organised by Kilteevan Tidy Towns with the support of Rosommon Co Council, Plastic Free Roscommon, Roscommon Chamber of Commerce and the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

The outstanding support of Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Awareness Officer, Roscommon Co. Council was acknowledged.

The group made a very strong case for refusing the straw stating that plastic straws last for 200 years. They told us single use plastic straws are a perfect example of a wasteful, highly environmentally damaging, day-to-day product that wreaks havoc in rivers, streams, bog pools and oceans while serving no useful purpose.

Over the next few weeks the group will be visiting bars, restaurants and cafes in Roscommon will be asking service providers for support for their campaign.

They are also asking people in Co. Roscommon to sign a pledge promising to say “no thank you to the plastic straw”.

Kathleen Shanagher, Vice Chairperson of Roscommon Co Council complimented Kilteevan Tidy Towns for launching the campaign and congratulated the young people for their leadership in relation to the initiative.

A BIG THANK YOU to Adam, Kevin, Sophie, Éabha, James and Kieran for leading the way towards creating Plastic Free Roscommon. See Roscommon People and Roscommon Herald for a full report and more photos.

Pictured at the launch of Straws Suck campaign in Kilteevan Community Centre,left, front: Elizabeth Stobie Plastic Free Roscommon, Éabha Dolan, Adam Lalwani, Eileen Fahey, Chairperson, Kilteevan Tidy Towns and Sophie Coen.

Back: Kieran Coyle, Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, Leas Cathaoirleach, Roscommon Co Council;

James Mooney, Cllr. Orla Leyden and Kevin Fannon.

Photo Gerard O Loughlin .


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