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  Conor O'Connell  

Conor O’Connell, Kilcolman, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, who has been chosen as one of the monthly winners for the month of November in the Boyne Valley Honey Book of Kells National Art Competition.  His prize was a framed print from the Book of Kells.  Conor is a pupil of St. Attracta’s National School, Ballaghaderreen.  Conor will now be shortlisted for consideration as an overall prize winner


New Recording Studio Open in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

In exciting news for Ballaghaderreen, Youth Work Ireland and Michael Cafferkey have teamed up to provide the town’s first professional Music Recording Studio, e=mcstudios. The studio, located in the Youth Centre in St Mary’s Hall Cathedral Street, is designed to offer Ballaghaderreen’s young musicians an opportunity to have their music recorded to an excellent standard ready for release. The studio may also be hired by anyone else at the low cost of €99 - €135 per day, and this is hoped to provide vital revenue for the continued development of the centre and the services it can provide.

e=mcstudios consists of two fully acoustically treated rooms, meaning that your music can be captured and reproduced as faithfully as possible. The studio uses industry standard Pro Tools software and hardware which supports 48 track recording and can record 18 inputs simultaneously. There are a large collection of microphones on offer to meet any recording need and 4 independent headphone mixes means you’ll always be able hear exactly what you’re playing. The studio can also offer location recording where recording in the studio is not feasible. This could include the recording of choirs or piano recitals, the recording of a live performance of a band or recordings of interviews or speeches.

 While not recording, clients can make use of the handball or badminton courts as well as the air hockey and pool tables.

Michael Cafferkey is a local sound engineer who has completed a sound engineering course in the Poppyhill School of Recording, has a Higher National Diploma in Music Performance and Production from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Cork and is currently undertaking courses in Music Production, Sound Engineering and Professional Mixing Techniques.  Michael has extensive experience with both Studio and Live Sound Engineering and will do his utmost to provide a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for you during the recording process.

e=mcstudios is available for bookings immediately, and you can contact the studio by phone at (086) 1672039 or by email at

The studio’s website will soon be up and running and can be found at

  Abbeyfield Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre  

Few developments in Ballaghaderreen were greeted with as much public enthusiasm as the new Abbeyfield Hotel Conference and Leisure Centre which opened in April 2008 .


For many years, the town, an important market town with a large hinterland in counties Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo was without a hotel, meaning that the town lost out in business terms. Now, all that is to be put right, with the creation of a state-of-the-art four-star hotel designed by Architects ‘Turner Designs Roscommon’ and ‘Westcon Engineering’  Oranmore , Galway ,incorporating a contemporary design with all the facilities of an ultra modern hotel, while retaining a traditional atmosphere and timeless elegance.

The new hotel is built in an historic area of the town, on the site of an old Abbey which also formed part of the Bishop’s Palace in Ballaghaderreen for over 100 years.

The hotel is developed on an extensive 5.25 acre site and over 2,000 shrubs and trees are planted as part of its landscaping plan, and these complement the mature trees which already surround the site.

Until now, local weddings have had to take place in a distant location, but the Abbeyfield Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre provides the perfect backdrop for Roscommon nuptuals and as the hotel hosts one wedding party each day, they promise to give full attention to providing wedding guests with the perfect day.

The Abbeyfield Hotel is built to 4 star specifications, offering 70 luxurious bedrooms, comprising of 40 bedrooms in the main hotel and an additional 30 contemporary executive and family suites, each with their own living areas.  As well as the unrivalled Gray Suite, state of the art conference facilities, a superb leisure and Wellness Centre and of course a top class restaurant, Oscars Restaurant.

Guest rooms in the hotel feature as standard plasma screen with interactive TV, free wifi access, club executive class beds, tea and coffee hospitality tray, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. Most rooms include individually controlled air conditioning.

Elegant banqueting suites cater for every event from an intimate dinner to a large gala ball. The hotel has flexible conference facilities for 300 delegates and can also facilitate smaller groups of 35-40 people and 15-20 people in its well-appointed meeting rooms.

The leisure centre features a 15-metre pool on the ground floor. Guests and members can also look forward to a sauna, steam room and spa bath. Upstairs features include air conditioned gym with state-of-the-art equipment, an aerobic and exercise studio and treatment rooms.

The developer of the new hotel project is local man Martin Carty. Martin has been in the construction business in the Ballaghaderreen area for 30 years, having completed a number of housing developments, but this is by far the most prestigious project undertaken to date.

The hotel was developed by Archhill Properties Ltd and the contractors to the new hotel is Carty Building (Ballaghaderreen) LTD, of which Martin is Managing Director of both. The new hotel employs 75 people.

The hotel is located on the main entrance to Ballaghaderreen from the planned new by-pass of the town, ensuring ease of access to both the town and the N5 for residents and guests.

For further information telephone (094) 98 62736, fax (094) 98 62738, email or visit

  Ballaghaderreen Community Park  

Great progress has been made at Ballaghaderreen Community Park in 2006 with the 130m x 100m playing area now completed, and the training/jogging track and fence due to be finished shortly. The main contractor is ‘Emerald Pitch Services’ of Edenderry, Co. Offaly.  Work began in late June and progressed at a great pace during the beautiful summer weather.  Topsoil was removed and stored; the field laser levelled; the soil replaced and mixed with Wexford sand; then the drainage work carried out.  The field was seeded in September and is now sporting a lovely green carpet of grass.  The playing area should be ready for use in late summer 2007.

Early in 2006 the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism, Mr. John O’Donoghue TD, officially launched the project and turned the first sod, while Rev Dr Thomas Flynn blessed the park and all who work and use it for recreation in the future.  St. Attracta’s School Band entertained the attendants, which included local politicians, members of the media, children, teachers and many other locals.

By this summer the field and track will be ready for use.  A very successful fundraising draw last spring raised a profit of €50,000, while the company were successful in obtaining an amenity grant of €4,000 from Roscommon County Council in 2006.  Almost all of this money has been spent to meet the local contribution needed to supplement the €120,000 received from the Sports Capital Programme and €24,000 of Clar Funding.  When this phase of the project is complete it will have cost in the region of €200,000.

The committee are now concentrating on the provision of changing facilities in a new Clubhouse, which it is hoped will be built this year.  A Walking Lane around the field is also planned, while an Astroturf Pitch will complete the development.  The committee are hopeful they will be successful for another grant under the 2007 Sports Capital Programme towards the cost of the Clubhouse.  Again however a local contribution of 20% will be necessary to meet any allocation.  The committee have launched a ‘Sponsor a Block’ campaign, whereby people interested in contributing to the building costs of the Clubhouse may sponsor a block, or more than one block, for €50 each.  A receipt will be issued and the sponsor’s name will be displayed in the Clubhouse for future generations to see.  The committee are appealing for support for their fundraising campaign so that the dream of a top-class sports and recreation facility for everyone will become a reality.  They would especially love to receive any donations from Ballaghaderreen people living abroad who would like to be associated with this project in their native area and have that help recognised through the displaying of all the sponsors names.

Those wishing to help may credit the account of Ballaghaderreen Community Park at AIB, Main Street, Ballaghaderreen:

A/c No:              61348165

Sort Code:         93-25-58

The committee would like to thank all who have contributed in any way to this project, and are hoping for your continued support.

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