11th Sep 2012
The Rosemount 2020 focus group have produced a questionnaire, specific to Rosemount, to determine the assets, resources and skills available within the community as well as identifying the social and economic requirements of the parish in terms of employment, housing, infrastructure, services and social integration.
To this end we invite all community members, from the retired to our secondary school students, to fill up the questionnaire provided and “Have your say”. If you require additional copies of the questionnaire for members of your household you can contact the member of our focus group that delivered to your house and they will happily oblige. Alternatively you can pick up spare copies in the shop or download a copy from the Rosemount website on www.rosemount.ie Please note that all questionnaires will be picked up from Monday Sept. 24th to Wednesday Sept. 26th whether they are filled up or not.
This is your opportunity to have your say on the future of Rosemount and how you feel it should develop as a community to meet the challenges ahead so we urge you to take some time out, think about it and put your thoughts on paper.
If you are interested in getting further updates then we would ask you to please email us at email@example.com to register your interest.
Congratulations to Foroige members Amy Slevin, Kaleigh Wade, Grace Kelly, Eva Kelly, Gary Egan, Nicole Egan, Conor Fagan, Nicola Mullen and Sandra Nestor who achieved a Top 10 placing in the TSB sponsored Youth Citizenship Awards. Their project “Farm Safety for Children” will go forward to the TV3 televised final in November.
The wedding took place in Forgney Church on Saturday last of Shay youngest son of Bridget and the late Jimmy Loddick Coolatore and Christine Lloyd Ballymahon , the reception took place in Glasson Golf Club , we wish the young couple many happy years in their new home in Coolatore .
The winners on Tuesday 10th. July were as follows 1st 13 games Joe Brennan and Michael Feeney l €65 each 2nd 11 games Teresa kennedy and Eamon Walsh €35 each 3rd 10 games Tommie Glennon and Ger Muldoon €20 each Table prizes €12. 50 each Joe Colgan and Paddy Brown €10 each Tim Buckley and Bernie Murtagh Jack Rabbit and Tom Hogan Spot prizes €10 each Larry Egan , Margaret Buckley, Tim Buckley, Liam Brown, Liam Coolahan, Brian Farrell, Sheila Keegan and Joe Brennan
The winners on Tuesday 17th July were as follows 1st 10 games Robin Sheridan and Donal Fox; Johnny Ward and Eilish McDonnell ; Jimmy Langan and Michael Keenan €40 each Table prizes €12.50 each.Michael Feeney and Joe Brennan €10 each Carthage Grennan and John Egan ;Joe Colgan and Paddy Brown Spot prizes €15 Peter Kelly €10 each John O’Hara , Fr. Tom Bardon, Michael Feeney, Carmel Looram, Joe Colgan, Eamon Walsh and Tom Fox..
Our game continues on Tuesday next commencing at 9.30.p.m.Jackpot €200 14 games or more.
SEAN CASEY R.I.P.
We were all stunned to learn of the sudden death of Sean Casey Laragh Streamstown on Tuesday 29th May last , the deceased who was a native of Streamstown was in his mid sixties was an employee of C.I. E. until he retired a few years ago. Sean was predeceased by his father Tom in 1967 , he is survived by his wife Mary (nee Carroll ) daughter Emer sons John , Colin and Thomas his mother Helena , brother Eamon sister Mairead and his extended family to whom we extend our sympathy .
ROSE REILLY R.I.P
We were saddened to learn of the death on Monday 28th last of Rose Reilly (nee Brown) Waldersdown Drumraney the deceased who was in her mid eighties was a native of Kilcatherine Rosemount was predeceased by her husband Joe and sister Mary Anne ( Bab) Ballesty ( Dungay Ballymore ) , our sympathy is extended to her sons Fr. Martin and Gerard daughters Sr. Angela, Assumpta, Margaret, Nuala and Patricia , brother Paddy (Kilcatherine) T.J. (Athlone ) and Joe (Dublin ) sisters Nora Farrell (Athlone ) and Eileen ( Dublin ) and her numerous other relatives and friends.
MONICA McCORMACK R.I.P.
We learned with sadness of the death of Monica (Mona ) McCormack (nee Johnston ) Ferboy Moate on Sunday 3rd. June last ,the deceased who was native of Castledaly was in her late seventies had been in ailing health for some time , our sympathy is extended to her husband Peter sons John , Con and Peter daughters Georgina , Monica and Dolores sisters Alacoque Grouden (Castledaly) , Vera Claffey (Moate ) and Joan Claffey (Moate) and their extended families .
Our sympathy is extended to Olive Daly Ballinlig on the death of her aunt Mrs Hannah O’ Hara (nee Purcell) Ginnell Terrace Mullingar who died recently.Our sympathy is also extended to Derek O’Brien Ballinabarna on the death of his mother Margaret Newry Co. Down
Congratulations to Mrs Mary Molloy Brocca Horseleap who celebrated her eightieth birthday on Monday 28th May we hope that she continues to enjoy health to the full for many years to come.
The wedding took place in St. Thomas Church Rosemount on Saturday 2nd June of Cora second daughter of Jim and Catherine Geoghegan Lisnagree and Edward Greene Daingean Co. Offaly .We wish the young couple a long a health life together
Householders in Rosemount are asked to be extra vigilant and security conscious after recent break-ins in the area. Suspicious vehicles should be reported to the local garda
The winners on Tuesday 22nd. May were as follows 1st 13 games Joe MInnock and Larry Egan €65 each 2nd 10 games Danny Walsh and T. J. Brown €35 each 3rd 9 games Ned and Margaret Buckley ; Jimmy Langan and Michael Keenan €12.50 each Table prizes €12.50 each John Egan and Sean Byrne €10 each Mick Feeney and Joe Colgan ; Andreas Dolan and Tim Buckley . Spot prizes€15 John McManus € 10 each Bernie Keenaghan , Marion Roche, Michael Carroll, Robin Sheridan, Carthage Grennan, T.J. Brown and Mary Ward .
The winners on Tuesday 29th. May were as follows 1st 9 games Maureen Farrell and Sheila Keegan; Peter Kelly and Joan Claffey €50 each. Table prizes €12.50 each Sean Byrne and David Boland.€10 each John Ward and Eilish McDonnell ; Dora Minnock and Ann Sheerin; Brian and Phyllis Fox Spot prizes €10 each Donal Boland, John Rabbitt Pat Martin, Eilish McDonnell , Joe Minnock, Michael McGuinness and Dora Minnock.
The winners on Tuesday 5th. June were as follows 1st 11 games Mick Feeney and Joe Brennan; Liam and Ned Brown ; Kevin Dolan and Shane Killian €40 each 4th 10 games Mary Ward and Kitty Finlay €10 each. Table prizes €12. 50 each Michael Nally and Mai Fox €10 each Steve Lonergan and Bernie Keenaghan ; Brian and Phyllis Fox Spot prizes €15 each Ger Muldoon and Fr. Tom Bardon €`10 each John O’Hara Mick Feeney, John Galvin, Maureen Farrell, Martin Healy, Mai Fox and John Rabbitt
We were saddened to learn of deaths of Ned Shanley Fairfield Drumraney who died on Saturday 26th May last , the deceased who was a regular patron of our game until recently and Tom Connor late of Lawbawn Mount Temple who died suddenly on Thursday 7th June who was a regular patron of our game during the early years They will both be sadly missed by all their gambling friends.
Our congratulations go to Mick Rohan Ballinahown who celebrated his ninetieth last weekend .
Our game continues on Tuesday next commencing at 9.30.p.m.Jackpot €190 14 games or more.
Golf Society News
We had a most enjoyable morning in The Heritage, Portlaoise on Saturday last. John O'Brien,once again, took home top honours. This time it was Damien Kelly's presidents prize. An excellent night was enjoyed by all who turned up for the presentation the following night in The Stile. The next outing will be in Moate on Friday evening 6th July 5pm
Our sympathy is extended to Eileen Kelly Baile Bric Og on the death of her mother Mrs Kathleen Kelly (nee Keenan) late of Deerpark Streamstown on the Thursday 17th.May last the deceased who was in her mid eighties and pre deceased by her husband Bill in 1984 was a native of Laragh Streamstown we also extend our condalances to her sons Paul and Billy daughters Mary ,Catherine , Sarah and Noeline her sister Dola McNulty and their extended families .
Congratulation to Timothy and Michelle Buckley, Suntown on the birth of their third son Killian a baby brother for Tadgh, and Cormac and to Johnny and Breda Buckley, Ballinabarna the proud grandparents.
Thanks to Westmeath Community Development who approved funding to get Bowls off the ground in Rosemount and anyone interested leave name in shop -Training to take place during the summer
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
We congratulate the following pupils of Rosemount school who received their first Holy Communion in St Thomas Church Rosemount on Saturday morning last Aoife Fox, Louise Fagan, Ellie Keaveney, Katelyn McHugh-Dolan, Hazel Kelly, Emma Keenan, Adam O’Brien, Sean Conlon and Liam Maxwell
Golf Society News
The Stile Bar Golf Society enjoyed a very successful outing to Portumna on Saturday last. 31 players enjoyed the splendid surroundings of the picturesque forest course. The overall winner on the day was John.O'Brien(39). 1st in Category1 was Declan Mullen(38) while 2nd in Category1 Martin Byrne(33). 1st in Category2 was Jason Bastic(34) on a Countback from 2nd place Peter Keenan(34). Guest/Jnr prize went to Cormac Palmer on an excellent score of 39 points. The next outing will be the Presidents prize in The Heritage, Portlaoise on 2nd June, Tee Time 9.30.
The annual Dochas Charity Walk /Run will take place in Rosemount on Sunday 6th. May at 11.30 am Registration forms available in the shop or from Loreto Boland.
9 members of Foroige went to the local national school last Friday to talk to the children about Farm Safety. The members hope to hold a farm safety talk for the adults in May as the final part of their citizenship program.
The winners of our game on Tuesday 24th..April were as follows 1st 11 games Joe Minnock and Larry Egan ; Aidan and Bernadette McCormack €50 each 2nd 10 games Johnny Ward and David Boland ; Teresa McCormack and Annie Geoghegan €10 each Table prizes €12.50 each Brian Farrell and Sean Molloy €10 each Paddy and Mary Brown ; Tom Fox and Pat Rock Spot prizes € 15 each Shane Killian , John McManus and Carthage Grennan €10 each Donal Fox, Michael McGuinness , Sheila Keegan ,Sean Molloy Mai Fox, Dolores Ryan and Larry Grouden . Our game continues on Tuesday next commencing at 9.30.p.m.Jackpot €130 14 games or more.
Our sympathy is extended to Mrs. Bridie Moran Ballinahiney Streamstown on the death of his sister Mrs. Kathleen Rigney (nee Cunningham ) late of The Island Ballycumber Co. Offaly who died recently. We also extend our sympathy to Pat Cleary Ballinderry on the death of his mother Agnes in London last week .
Congratulations to Martin and Carmel Healy Kilcatherine on the birth of their third child Emma a sister for Sean and Colin and another grandchild for proud granny Catherine Healy. We also congratulate Enda and Anita Kelly Moyvoughley on the birth of their first a baby girl Emma and to proud grandparents Johnny and Anne Kelly Baile Bric Og and first time grandparents Michael and Kay Kelly The Pike Cross Moate .
The annual Dochas Charity Walk /Run will take place in Rosemount on Sunday 6th. May at 11.30 am Registration forms available in the shop or from Loreto Boland.
The winners of our game on Tuesday 17th..April were as follows 1st 11 games Andreas Dolan and Larry Egan €65 each 2nd 10 games John Egan and Sean Byrne ; Joe Colgan and Paddy Brown €30 each Table prizes €12.50 each Eamon Walsh and Teresa Kennedy €10 each Donal Fox and Robin Sheridan; Bernie Keenaghan and Stephen Lonergan. Spot prizes € 15 each Margaret Fox and Kitty Finlay €10 each Jimmy Langan , Donal Boland, Shane Killian, Michael Keenan , Johnny Galvin, Tommy Glennon and Larry Grouden .
Our sympathy is extended to Padraig Harney Clonown Athlone on the sudden death of his brother Tommy.
Our game continues on Tuesday next commencing at 9.30.p.m.Jackpot €120 14 games or more.
Ageing in Place in Rosemount
By Eamon O’Shea (full report)
Currently, our understanding of ageing in rural spaces and how it affects the lives of older people in diverse rural settings in Ireland is poorly developed and based primarily on anecdotal and fragmented evidence. We have little knowledge of how age, the life-course and place - individually and in combination - impact on the potential for rural-dwelling older people to experience a good quality of life in their later years. Nor do we have insight into how older people conceptualise, react to and deal with social inclusion and exclusion, or how communities view advantage and disadvantage in later life. How the relationship between older people and their communities influences the potential for social connection and social engagement in rural areas is also largely unknown. Arising from such knowledge deficits, we cannot be sure if being older and living in rural communities enhances or diminishes quality of life, nor whether rural places are good or bad places in which to grow old. To address these issues the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway conducted a major study of ageing, which involved in-depth research into ten different communities on the island of Ireland. Rosemount was one of the communities chosen to participate in this research. This short paper outlines the main results of the national research project with specific reference to Rosemount where appropriate and relevant. No direct quotes are provided in the paper as this might undermine the confidentiality that we guaranteed the older people in Rosemount who participated in the research. The full national report was launched in February 2012 and is available at www.icsg.ie.
What was the aim of the national study?
The national study aimed to explore how age and rurality combine over the life-course to impact on the likelihood of inclusion or exclusion in later life from material resources, social relations and services in contrasting rural contexts (i.e. village rural, dispersed rural, island rural, remote rural and near-urban rural). It also sought to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the role of individual and rural diversity in the construction of age-related rural social exclusion.
The national study was structured around five core objectives:
1. To explore the meaning of social exclusion for older people in diverse rural communities
2. To investigate the role of the relationship between ageing and rurality in generating inclusion and exclusion across each of the rural settings
3. To assess the implications of ageing in rural areas for the well-being of older people living in such settings
4. To explore differences across Irish and Northern Irish settings
5. To identify appropriate policy and practice responses to improving quality of life for rural older people.
While practice and policy are very important elements of the work, the core contribution of the overall research programme was to develop and test a theoretical framework that can improve our understanding of social inclusion, social exclusion and quality of life among rural older people in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
How was the study conducted?
A qualitative approach was used to generate information on ageing in 10 different communities across Ireland and Northern Ireland. A community in each jurisdiction represented one of five different kinds of rural communities: island, remote, dispersed, village and near-urban. The research involved two main strands:
Community Consultations: A focus group was organised with community stakeholders in each of the 10 study sites. The purpose of these consultations was to gather the views of local stakeholders on ageing, quality of life and social exclusion in their community. In total, 62 stakeholders from the voluntary, private and public sectors took part in these consultation events.
Face-to-Face Interviews: The main body of work for this study involved 106 in-depth semi-structured interviews with older people across the 10 communities. The purpose of these interviews was to elicit the experiences of a diverse group of rural-dwelling older people, with a focus on exclusion, inclusion and participation. The sample included 49 men and 57 women, ranging in age from 59 to 93 years. The sample included sub-groups of older people regarded as being at particular risk of social exclusion, such as those aged 80 years and over; older people living alone; and those with a disability or a chronic ill-health condition.
Rosemount is a small community, situated in the heartland of County Westmeath. It is located within a triangle of three large regional towns: Athlone, 14 miles away; Mullingar, 17 miles away; and Tullamore, 15 miles away. The village is also just four miles from the town of Moate. Rosemount is bordered on both ends by bridges and it is from the river that runs through it that Rosemount derived its Irish name - Baile an Bhric Óig (Ballybrickoge) – ‘the town of the young trout’. The village is particularly well known for its GAA club and for the high level of interest in GAA activities.
The population of the hinterland within which Rosemount is located is in the region of 600 people, with approximately 200 houses in the catchment area. Population age structure data, at the DED level, suggest that 11.2 per cent of residents are aged 65 years and over. The local population is primarily native to the community and up until recently has remained stable in number. While surrounding areas experienced large-scale housing development in the past 10 years, Rosemount did not. Rosemount’s economy is predominantly trade-based and until the current recession, there was very little unemployment. The collapse of the construction industry has had a major impact on the community, with a significant number of the younger generation being forced to emigrate. The loss of young men is considered to have had a serious impact on the community, particularly on the local GAA team and other civic organisations and activities in the area.
Rosemount consists of a primary school, a Catholic church, a pub, a local shop and an extensive GAA complex, which includes a community centre, changing rooms and a number of pitches. The local shop and the community centre represent the nucleus of the village, but it is the GAA community centre, with its large, multi-purpose hall, kitchen and meeting room, that serves as a hub for most community activities. Rosemount GAA club is therefore the main centre of sporting, recreational and social facilities in the parish, accommodating the activities of up to 15 different community organisations on its premises. While Moate is the core local retail and service centre, with shops, restaurants, a post office, GP clinic (with five or six doctors) and a private nursing home, the larger regional towns of Athlone, Mullingar and Tullamore are used regularly and accessible by motorways and national road networks. The closest general hospital with accident and emergency services is located in Tullamore.
Activities for older people centre mainly around the Thursday Club, which was set up to provide social and recreational opportunities for older people in the local community – although numbers in attendance at the club are relatively small. Card games, attended primarily by older people, are also available in the community centre once a week. Additionally, Rosemount is enrolled in the GAA Social Initiative which aims to encourage older men to participate more in the community. A rural transport bus service runs from Rosemount to local towns on Fridays. While there are no night buses, the local pub does provide transport to take people home, if required, after a night socialising.
Rosemount was one of the communities selected for inclusion in the study. Two community consultations, in the form of focus group discussions with rural stakeholders and an inter-generational group drawn from the locality, were held in Rosemount. The latter was the only community in which an inter-generational focus group was undertaken. The primary purpose of the two focus group consultations was to help us to understand the potential for inclusion and exclusion of older people within the area, with a particular emphasis on how the economic, social and structural characteristics of the rural space enhanced or diminished the quality of life and social interaction of older people. A secondary purpose was to source a ‘project enabler’ who, in combination with the other local stakeholders, could assist in identifying and recruiting older participants for participation in the study. Mr. Jimmy Keane took responsibility for this role in Rosemount.
The ‘project enabler’, identified through the community consultations, was given formal criteria outlining the range of interviewees sought for the study. While recognising the limitations of such an approach, this was the best way of ensuring access to as wide as possible a group of older people in the area. The core body of research work in Rosemount comprised face-to-face, in-depth interviews with older people identified in this manner. The purpose of these interviews was to gather information on the experiences of as diverse a group of older people as possible, with an emphasis on what it was like to be grow older in this particular area. The interviews took a life-course approach, which has been found to assist in developing an awareness of the diversity of the ageing experience.
A semi-structured interview guide was used to explore the various items of interest. Key topics included daily life and involvement in rural communities; community context and characteristics; accessing services; sense of home and safety; community relationships and informal supports; income, necessities and standards of living; and quality of life. A short profiling questionnaire was also used to collect socio-demographic and background information. The project enabler organised the interviews with older people, which took place either in the person’s own home or in the centre attached to the GAA club in Rosemount.
The information presented below on the results is based on the key issues identified from our analysis of all of the focus groups and interviews undertaken across the ten sites. For the purposes of this paper, however, we will concentrate mainly on the results from Rosemount and the lessons learned from our interviews with people in the area.
Overall, the community consultations across the island of Ireland illustrate how place, economic, social, infrastructural and individual factors can influence the participation of rural-dwelling older people in economic, social and civic life. Across the ten communities, there was evidence of rapidly changing economic and social structures, decreasing public service provision and a community capacity for innovation and voluntary activity. In Rosemount, while stakeholders noted changes in social connection and the difficulty of engaging some older people in communal activities, the potential for older people to be included was particularly highlighted. A key ingredient in Rosemount was the strong ethos of volunteering in the community and the role of the GAA club in facilitating easier connection across the generations. This was achieved through providing the infrastructure where people could meet up, but also through encouraging and directly providing opportunities for participation and social connection, particularly now through the GAA Social Initiative whereby older people can be more involved in the club and its activities.
What was very noticeable in Rosemount was the strong support for inter-generational solidarity, with younger age cohorts very conscious of the importance of older people in the social and cultural life of the community. There was a heightened awareness within the focus groups of the role and potential of older people in the local community. Similarly, there was a recognition of the responsibility on everyone in the community to ensure that the capabilities of older people were used to the full. Such concern was driven by a strong sense of social cohesion in the area based on, what seemed to us, an explicit value system that older people and inter-personal relationships mattered. Another robust finding was the importance of respect as a key driver in the relationship between young and old. This was explicit in the conversations that unfolded in the two stakeholder meetings, but particularly so in the meeting the inter-generational group that included younger and older people, as well as parents of young children. We heard from the parents of the importance for them of passing on strong values about the need to respect and engage with older people in the parish.
There was a particularly strong sense of duty and responsibility among the people we spoke with in Rosemount. This translated into an explicit desire to facilitate maximum participation for all members of the community. People wanted to make the community as integrated and connected as possible. This is not to paint an idyllic picture of life for older people in the Rosemount area. The loss of natural meeting points for rural people that was a feature of all communities across the country was also evident in Rosemount, although this problem had been partly overcome through developing the Centre attached to the GAA club in the village. Still the loss of multi-site community interfaces and social meeting points, such as shops and post offices was keenly felt. There was also an acknowledgement among stakeholders that some older people are difficult to reach and that not all people want to engage socially in the community. People cannot be forced into social or communal activity and their wish for privacy, if that is their choice, must be respected. However, there was an awareness within both stakeholder groups in Rosemount that isolation in later life can have potential negative health implications and therefore people in such circumstances should be supported, as much as possible and practicable, to participate fully in society.
When the data from all the interviews conducted across the ten communities on the island of Ireland were analysed, it was possible to identify five major inclusion-related issues that mattered in the lives of rural-dwelling older people. These were as follows:
1. Social connections and social resources: Opportunities for social connectedness and supportive relationships.
2. Services: Access to both private and public services.
3. Transport and mobility: Access to private transport and public rural transport schemes.
4. Safety, security and crime: Feeling safe and secure in one’s home and community.
5. Income and financial resources: Having sufficient income and the capacity to budget.
These issues also came up in Rosemount during the face-to-face interviews with older people in the locality, some more than others, but enough to make them significant in terms of their impact on older people. In Rosemount, the related issues of social connection and social resources formed the rationale for the development of the local centre attached to the GAA grounds. This building is the focus of much inter-generational activity and provides the means for social engagement and social interaction in the parish. The GAA club is also a major source of social dividend in the area providing games for younger people and opportunities for social engagement for young and old. It is the outlet for much of the voluntary activity in the area. The clubs involvement in the GAA Social Initiative Scheme has been a major success and has seen the club target older men in an effort to improve their participation, social engagement and visibility in the locality. Even outside the GAA, there is an awareness of the important of keeping older people connected, especially for those who live on their own, or who have recently suffered bereavement. As one interviewee put it: “there wouldn’t be that many living remote that nobody calls to round here”. In general, the older people we spoke with felt that people kept an eye out for them in Rosemount and that there was a strong community spirit. Some people felt that personal attitudes to social engagement mattered in relation to connectivity because if an older person did not want company then it was sometimes difficult for social interaction to take place. In that case, some people felt that while it was important to try to make connections, it was also important to recognise that some older people preferred to be left alone. The majority, however, felt that most older people preferred the company of others and that innovative schemes were always needed to encourage those without much social contact to integrate more in the life of the community.
Access to services was a dominant theme arising from our discussions with older people across the various sites we visited in Ireland and Northern Ireland. In Rosemount, the access problem seemed less acute than elsewhere, probably reflecting the relative centrality of the village and its proximity to a number of major urban centres within driving distance. At the same time, people spoke of the importance of the local shop, not just in terms of purchasing opportunities, but in relation to providing a focus to village life and acting as a space where day-to-day connections could be maintained and sustained. There was general concern among participants in Rosemount about the continued availability of community-based health and social care services given the likely cutbacks occurring in these areas as a result of the financial crisis. On the other hand, many people were comforted by the location of a very good general hospital in Tullamore which was within easy access of their home. Rosemount has also been proactive in terms of health promotion, having established a walking track around the local GAA field where people from the parish and surrounding areas can safely go for a walk. This is an important facility given the safety hazards associated with walking on the roads in rural Ireland nowadays. Similarly, the establishment of a defibrillator programme within the parish shows a willingness to engage in healthy ageing initiatives based on significant community participation. This is a good example of the self-starter nature of the community within Rosemount.
Transport is very important for the independence and autonomy of older people everywhere in Ireland. The same is true for Rosemount. People highlighted the importance of the car in maintaining independence and accessing services within and outside the parish. ‘Doing things for oneself’ was highly valued among participants and the capacity to drive was critical to people’s ability to maintain that independence. While people in Rosemount felt that they could rely on neighbours for a lift in the event of needing one, there was a reluctance, shared among most participants in the national study, to have to rely on others for transport needs. People liked to be independent and not be a burden on others. The availability of the rural transport bus on one day a week is, therefore, an important facility for people in Rosemount who do not have access to a private car but it is used predominantly by older women, who use it as much for socialising and maintaining social contact as for task-related purposes.
There was some concern expressed in the interviews that older men were unable now to access some of the places and activities that had given them great enjoyment in the past. In particular, older men were no longer able to drive to the pub at night, due to the existence nowadays of more rigorous drink-driving laws that meant they were unable to drive home again after a night out having consumed alcohol. While all participants acknowledged the importance of that legislation for road safety, it does mean that some older men living in rural areas are now less connected than before, with fewer social outlets. They are fearful of the drink-driving laws and consequently have stopped going to the pub, which for many may have been the only opportunity to meet and chat with other men. The availability of a taxi scheme offered by the local publican is a partial solution to this problem, but it does not suit all older people and tends to overly formalise and regiment what for many patrons was an informal pleasure.
While older people in Rosemount did raise issues of safety and security it would be incorrect to say that fear was a dominant issue for people living in the area. Feeling safe in one’s own home and in one’s own community was, however, highly valued, as it was elsewhere in the country. People reported that they were more careful nowadays in going about their daily business and lamented generally the lower presence and profile of the Gardai in rural areas, relative to what it used to be. A small number of people felt that the absence of the Garda Siochana in local communities has reduced the quality of life of rural residents. Community alert is part of the social fabric of Rosemount and creates an extra layer of confidence with regard to safety and security in the area in the absence of the local Garda. Each road in the parish is covered by community alert, organised by local co-ordinators, who ensure that all people are aware of the system, particularly those who might be in any way vulnerable through living alone or as a result of sickness or disability. The community alert system is another example of the strong volunteering ethos in the neighbourhood and the private commitment to taking public responsibility for the lives of others.
Wealth and financial resources emerged nationally as an important domain when considering participation in the day to day life of the community. Having money and the capacity for consumption was essential for many aspects of life in Rosemount as well, including social connection, health, transport and access to services. However, interviewees’ accounts offered nuanced and subtle views on rural older people’s living standards. Participants strongly asserted the relationship between money and choice, but at the same time their expectations in regard to current and future consumption were generally low. People did not want very much in terms of material goods and were largely content with their lot. Interestingly, having enough money to buy and run a car was deemed important for some, mainly because of the benefits accruing in relation to mobility and connectivity within and outside the area. Older people were also concerned with the increasing unemployment in the area and the financial implications of this, not for themselves but for their children and other families, including the possibility that more and more young people may have to emigrate in the future.
Reflecting the complexity of individual lives in rural communities, the interviews with older people in Ireland and Northern Ireland demonstrated that there are particular overlapping and interconnecting factors that influence whether a person is more or less likely to be included or excluded across the various domains referenced above. It is how these factors combine and interconnect in an older person’s life that shapes their quality of life in later years. These factors, which stem from individual and rural diversity, include: individual capacity; life-course experience; place and community characteristics; and macro-economic forces.
These factors were also evident in our discussions with older people in Rosemount. In relation to individual capacity what was noticeable was a strong sense of independence and resilience among the older people interviewed in the area. People generally had an optimistic outlook on life and a positive disposition towards the past and the future. For some individuals, a sense of independence was linked to, and reinforced by, a need to maintain financial and functional autonomy from family and others. In essence, older people did not want their family members to feel obliged to support them in later life and wanted to pay their own way. People referred to the importance of remaining active as a way of maintaining independence, keeping healthy and engaged in community life. Work, whether of a private or voluntary nature, provided a sense of purpose and interest in daily life. Having a strong and enduring work ethic was, for some, the dominant factor in how they lived their lives and was very important for self-identity in this community.
Like everywhere else, the older people interviewed in Rosemount came to later life with a multi-faceted life-course experience that contained elements of both advantage and disadvantage accumulated in earlier years. All were agreed, however, that health was critical for remaining active and engaged in older age; the healthier people were the more opportunities they had to participate fully in society. For some people age had meant some compromise in how they lived their life, but most had learned to adapt and focus on the positive aspects of life. People were generally resilient, but had also learned to temper their expectations to match individual capacities. They were not immune from the tribulations associated with the human condition, but sought ways around their problems, most times with the help of others.
The most important mediating influence for people living in Rosemount was the place itself. People were genuinely attached to the locality and took great pride in the community spirit and strong relationships that existed there. When people spoke about place they mostly referenced the people that lived there and the pride of being part of a wider and connected community. In Rosemount, there was still a substantial younger age cohort, renewing the local population and maintaining strong family connections in the area. This helped to preserve the sense of identity and continuity for older residents. A few people spoke directly about their attachment to the land, that they worked all their lives. From their descriptions of farming or tending the livestock, it was clear that there was a contentment and emotional comfort in still being involved in farming, even if that attachment was now only part-time for some. A strong attachment existed not only for indigenous residents, but also for people that had moved into the area, within which they now felt very much at home in older age. There were also people who had moved from Rosemount for work reasons at a younger age but choose to come back to the area upon retirement.
In terms of macro-economic forces, people in Rosemount were concerned about the effects of the current recession and on-going government austerity programme not so much for themselves but for their community. Interviewees spoke about the demise of economic opportunities for younger men, particularly in the building industry, which had been a key sector historically in sustaining the rural economy of Rosemount. People expressed concern for the welfare of families attempting to pay mortgages and for the long-term prospects for the local community. Emigration was also now beginning to impact on the community. While people spoke about the practical effects of any increase in emigration among young men for the GAA club, they were even more concerned generally that the community would lose some of its vibrancy and cohesion. While none of the participants spoke directly about the implications of emigration on their own support networks, there was an implicit concern that such a reduction in the population in the community would impact on informal support structures, including care-giving potential within families.
Key National Recommendations
The following 10 recommendations derived from our analysis of the data across all ten communities reflect the importance of a multi-level, multi-agency response to social inclusion and exclusion among older people living in rural areas that is focused on social production, social resources and social connectivity. They are an acknowledgement of the multidimensionality of factors that influence quality of life in later age and the consequent need for integrated, intergenerational responses to any problems that might arise. Insights gained in Rosemount helped us to formulate practical suggestions for policy-makers. In many cases, the recommendations call for direct involvement of older people themselves in addressing some of the issues that affect people in older age, which is a key feature of community life in Rosemount. The key task of national government and local government agencies, therefore, is to work with local communities to empower older individuals to live more independent and connected lives, thereby enhancing capabilities, maximising participation and reducing disadvantage in later life. We recommend:
• Establishment of an All-Ireland Commission on rural transformation for successful and inclusive ageing.
• Agreement on values and goals with respect to social progress for older people in rural communities.
• Measurement of social progress and social gain in rural communities through an annual social audit of inclusion, exclusion and quality of life.
• Development of an assets-oriented Elders’ Council in rural areas to promote and highlight the capabilities and contributions of older people.
• Identification and nurturing of social entrepreneurs within rural communities as service providers, building upon the existing network of volunteer providers and community-based organisations.
• Provision of basic seed and start-up capital grants for rural projects meeting specific social inclusion/exclusion criteria.
• Utilising existing large-scale and credible social organisations to maximise participation and inclusion of older people.
• Establishment of intergenerational programmes addressing advantage and disadvantage in rural areas, including schools-based initiatives.
• Development of appropriate informal meeting points for older people living in rural communities; places where people can connect better with community and place.
• Greater flexibility with respect to the promotion and development of accessible transport in rural areas.
Implementing these recommendations nationally will not require much by way of additional public resources. Participation and connectivity should be the key drivers for any new policy designed to enhance the social inclusion of older people in rural areas. Any new intervention should recognise the desire among rural older people to maximise the capabilities that they possess and to remain firmly attached to the people and places that define their communities.
Rosemount is ahead of the curve in relation to the empowerment and participation of older people in the community. There is, for example, a strong sense of values with respect to the role of older people in the locality and a belief that all residents bear some responsibility to bring about an inclusive and connected society. Many of the people leading community development and voluntary activity in Rosemount are older themselves and have demonstrated a life-time commitment to social engagement. There is certainly strong evidence of older people maximising capabilities in the parish, many of whom are working to improve the lives of others. Moreover, the current rolling out of the GAA Social Initiative in the area is a good example of where a large-scale and credible organisation like the GAA can be used to maximise the participation and inclusion of older people. In conclusion, there are things that can be done to further improve the lives of older people living in Rosemount, but, based on what has been done already, there is even more for other communities to learn from Rosemount about working towards successful ageing in a rural environment.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank Jimmy Keane in particular and the community of Rosemount for their support in facilitating and arranging the research in the area. A particular debt of gratitude is owed to the interviewees for their time, kindness and hospitality during the research process. Without you the research could not have taken place.
The Stile Bar Golf Society have their next outing in picturesque Portumna on Saturday 28th April. Tee off time is 10.30am. The previous outing in March was very well attended with 30 players enjoying the lovely surrounds of Mullingar G.C. and the excellent weather.
NUIG Social Exclusion Presentation
The report on “Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities” will be presented in Rosemount Community centre this Friday 20th April at 8.30 PM. This research project carried out by NUI Galway covered 10 Communities in Ireland of which Rosemount was one. Professor Eamon O’Shea who headed up this research will present an overview of his findings and in particular recommendations on issues as they apply to this region. Following his presentation a panel of experts from various sectors dealing with this subject will comment and take questions from the floor . Anyone in the region involved with this sector is asked to attend for what promises to be a very informative evening and all are welcome
JOHN FAGAN R.I.P.
We learned with sadness of the sudden death of Sergeant John Fagan on Monday 2nd April ,the deceased who was son of the late Ned (Curragh) and Mary (nee Wade ) Finglas Co. Dublin was in his late forties and based in McKee barracks Dublin , he was previously based in Columb Barracks Mullingar prior to its recent closure , his funeral took place on Wednesday 4th.to Rosemount cemetery with full military honours . The military funeral was provided by his former colleagues from Mullingar in the 4th. Field Artillery Regiment. .
John was pre deceased by his father Ned in 1995 , is survived by his wife son John daughters Teresa , Rachel, Amanda and Tara mother Mary brothers David , Eamon and Anthony sisters Miriam and Bernadette uncles Joe and Sean (Curragh ) and his numerous other relatives to who we extend our heartfelt sympathy
Our sympathy is extended to Mrs Mary Geoghegan Curragh on the death of her aunt Mrs Mary –Anne Coyle late of Curraghboy Co. Roscommon who died recently.
Congratulations to James and Sara Buckley Kilcatherine on the birth of their first child Luke James and another grandchild for proud grandparents Johnny and Breda Buckley Ballinabarna .
The club held their annual Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. It was a great success with 109 children hunting for eggs. Well done to all the members for all their hard work.
The winners of our game on Tuesday 3rd.April were as follows 1st 14 games Liam Ledwith €315 each(including €500 Jackpot ) well done to this popular Ballymahon pair on their success 2nd 12 games Mary Ward and Simon boland €35 each 3rd 10 games Tim Buckley and Andreas Dolan ; Bernie Keenaghan and Steve Lonergan €10 each Table prizes €12.50 each Attracta Colgan and Michael McGuinness €10 each Donal Fox and Robin Sheridan; Joan Claffey and Peter Kelly spot prizes € 15 each Bernie Keenagan , Mary Ward, Aidan McCormack, Tony Kinahan, Anne Geoghegan, Michael Keenan and Liam Brown €10 each Ger Muldoon , Liam Ledwith and Donal Boland . The winners on Tuesday 10th.April were as follows 1st 11 games Liam Ledwith and Joe Walsh €65 each 2nd 10 games Carol and Rory Robbins; Teresa Kennedy and Eamon Walsh, Tim Buckley and Andreas Dolan; Joe Colgan and Paddy Brown €15 each Table prizes €12.50 each John McManus and Seamus Robbins €10 each Joe Brennan and Tosh Rigney; Pat Martin and Carthage Grennan Spot prizes €15 each John McManus and Andreas Dolan; €10 each Joan Claffey, Johnny Ward, Margaret Buckley, Michael McGuinness, Phyllis Fox, Larry Grouden, Sean Molloy and Tosh Rigney .
Our sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Stanley Minnock Twickenham Ballycumber who died suddenly on Wednesday 11th April , he was a regular patron of our game for many years and will be sorely missed by his numerous card playing friends .
Our game continues on Tuesday next commencing at 9.30.p.m.Jackpot €110 14 games or more.
EASTER EGG HUNT
Rosmount foroige club are organizing an Easter Egg Hunt and Bake Sale for all the young people after mass on Sunday. Support would be greatly appreciated.
The winners of our game on Tuesday 20th. March were as follows 1st 13 games Michael Keenan and Jimmy Langan; €65 each 2nd 12 games Brian Farrell and Sean Molloy €35 each ; 3rd. 10 games Joe Brennan and John McManus €20 each Table prizes €12.50 each Michael McGuinness and Attracta Colgan . €10 each Joe Walsh and Liam Ledwith; Fr.Tom Bardon and Larry Grouden. Spot prizes €15 each Michael Hanevy, Tony Kinahan, Michael carroll, Michael Ryan, Shane Killian, Teresa McCormack and Paddy Brown (Drumraney) . €10 each Tommy Glennon , Michael Keenan and Liam Ledwith.
The winners of our Monster pre-Easter game on Tuesday 27th.March were as follows 1st 10 games Joe Kerins and Frank Mulvey ; Vinny Brady and Kitty Naughton; Joe Rooney and Pakie Feeney. €160 each 4th 9 games Ann Connell and Pat Sheerin; Johnny Scully and Celsus Doolan; Michael Carroll and Tony Kinahan; John O’Hara and Carmel Looram; Brendan Langtrey and Michael Rabbitt; Pat Heraty and Michael O’Connor; Michael Duignam and Ivan Jones €17.50 each Last four games Liam Ledwith and Joe Walsh €30 each Table prizes €25 each Tom Rooney and Pat Greene ; Martin and Willie Byrne.€ 20 each Barney Kenny and Eugene Kelly; Michael Dunning and Gerry Wallace ; Eamon Kenny and Ronan Curran; Dolores and Michael Ryan ; Anne Hanlon and Mary Ward . Spot prizes €50 each John Walsh and Ken Egan ; €30 each Michael Hanevy, Mary Geoghegan, Fr. Tom Bardon, Liam Ledwith , Tom Fox, Kitty Naughton, Colm Mc Aleer, Larry Grouden, Sonny Shea and Carmel Looram . Ladies prizes €15 each Dympna Robbins, Teresa McCormack and Maureen Farrell .
Our sympathy is extended to the wife and family of John (Bosco ) Dunne Meedin who died recently , the deceased was a regular patron of our game in the early years and also enjoyed the poker game afterwards
Our game continues on Tuesday next commencing at 9.30.p.m.Jackpot €500 14 games or more.
Our sympathy is extended to Mrs Carmel Healy Kilcatherine on the death of her uncle Jim Hackett late of Moyvoughley who died recently.
Social Exclusion and Aging in Diverse Rural Communities
Launch of the Report on “Social Exclusion and Aging in Diverse Rural Communities” which included input from Rosemount residents will take place in Rosemount Community Centre on Friday 20th April 2012 at 8.00pm.
Over €1,100 was raised for The Cancer Society at a coffee morning on St Patricks morning in te community centre
Our sympathy is extended to Mrs Breda Buckley Ballinabarna on the death of her sister Mrs Eileen Farrell Ballymore who died on Saturday last and to Michael and Martin Ryan on the sudden death of their brother Sean Portarlington and a native of Bloomhill Ballinahown.
Rosemount Amateur Drama Group.
The Drama group presented ‘Many Young men of Twenty’ by John B Keane in Tuar Ard, Moate from Wednesday night to Sunday night last. The play was sold out for four of the five nights. Congratulations to all of the cast and crew on presenting a great nights entertainment and we hope to see them on the stage again
SOS(Save Our Souls) message from Fr Tony
The Novena in honour of St Francis Xavier continues every night until Monday March 12th at 8pm with Mass and a different preacher each night.
The winners of our game on Tuesday 21st. February were as follows 1st 11 games T.J. Brown and Kitty Finlay; Larry Egan and Joe Minnock; Joan Claffey and Peter Kelly €40 each Table prizes €12.50 each Steve Lonergan and Bernie Keenaghan €10 each Anne Connell and Pat Sheerin ; Michael and Dolores Ryan Spot prizes €15 each Jack Rabbitt , Paddy Brown (Kilcatherine ) ,Anne Connell, Bernadette McCormack, Dolores Ryan, Liam Ledwith and Anne Geoghegan €10 each Pat Sheerin, Pat Heraty and Tommy Glennon .
The winners on Tuesday 28th. February were as follows 1st 10 games Maureen Farrell and Sheila Keegan; Ken Egan and Neil O’Sullivan, Brendan Langtrey and Danny Walsh ; Liam Ledwith and Joe Walsh . €30 each Table prizes €12.50 each Joe Minnock and Larry Egan €10 each Ned Shanley and Sean Byrne; Steve Lonergan and Bernie Keenaghan Spot prizes €15 each Donal Boland, Carol Robbins, Larry Egan, Attracta Colgan, Joan Claffey, Bernadette McCormack and Mary Brown €10 each Dympna Robbins, Steve Lonergan and Eamon Walsh.
On Tuesday 27th. March we have a monster pre- Easter game with €2,000 in prizes admission €12.50 (all-in) please keep the date free in your diaries we have our normal game next Tuesday admission €7.50 all in commencing at 9.p.m.Jackpot €470 14 games or more.
Novena of Grace in honour of St. Francis Xavier
This Novena will again take place again in the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Rosemount, Moate. It opens Sunday next 4th March at 8.p.m. and continues nightly at 8.p.m. until Monday March 12th with Mass and a homily each night.
This is the second year for this Novena to take place in Rosemount and Fr. Tony Gavin, who hails from Dublin, says that this has always been a very popular Novena in Dublin. It takes place during Lent when people try to put their spiritual affairs in order and is treated as a sort of Lenten Retreat. Fr. Gavin says that people come for the nine nights and like to hear a good homily. For that reason a different priest is invited for each of the nine nights. Having given it a run in Rosemount last year he was delighted with the response from the people in the parish. Signs were put up on all the main roads around the parish and this proved to be very successful as people travelled from from various places such as Clara, Delvin, Drumraney, Kilbeggan, Moate, Tullamore each night. There was a fair share of young people in attendance as well which was particularly encouraging. Fr. Gavin says that in Dublin the same people have been coming to the Novena for 40 years or more, thus linking into the faith of their parents and grandparents.
This Novena originated in Naples, Italy in 1643, when a Jesuit, MatteoMastrilli, was cured through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, who promised that those who made nine days of prayer in preparation for the anniversary of his canonisation would receive many graces and favours through his intercession. The Novena was first held in Dublin in 1712 in the church at St. Mary’s Lane, now Halston Street. This year it will take place in over 20 Dublin parishes. People like to come to Novenas such as this as everyone forms a bond of friendship as they all will have a common reason for attending.
Written petitions can be left in the church and each night for about ten minutes before mass begins Fr. Gavin will read these out so that those attending can include them in their prayers. Last year he received many phone calls from people asking for prayers from all over the country and even some from abroad. These petitions include prayer for those suffering from all the various serious illnesses, people seeking a suitable partner in life, prayers for employment for themselves or those close to them, prayers for the resolving of family conflicts and for loved ones to experience peace through returning to their faith. The petitions cover most human conditions.
Each night, after mass, people can receive a blessing with a relic of St. Francis Xavier.
Fr. Gavin is looking forward to a good attendance again this year
It is the 75th anniversary of our first play which was staged in 1937 in The Old School Hall. “The Eloquent Dempsey” was produced by Fr. Jennings, C.C. Mullingar. Cast members that night included Catherine McGee, N.T., Maisie Kearney, James Kelly, John Dooley, Joe Daly, Peter McCormack, Michael Carton and Ben Hickey, N.T.
This group performed for a number of years but productions lapsed in the late forties and fifties. The Group was revived again with new players including Tom Byrne, T.J. Grennan. Tommy Duffy, Ethna Kelly and Nora Carroll joining in. Between 1965 and 1978 Michael Carton produced twelve plays and won many awards at local Drama Festivals.
The first production in the present Community Centre was “The Marriage Plan” in 1978. Since then plays such as “The Field”, “Big Maggie”, “Professor Tim” and more modern productions, such as last season’s “Caught on The Hop” have been very successfully produced by Jacqueline Madden.
The play opens in Rosemount Community Centre on Saturday, 25th February, with another performance on Sunday, 26th, at 8.30.p.m. It then moves on to TuarArd, Moate, opening on Wednesday,29th February for five nights.
We hope to make the first night a little bit special with the attendance of as many as possible of former actors and actresses.
THOMAS DUFFY R.I.P.
We learned with sadness of the death of Thomas Duffy late of Ballinabarna on Thursday 9th. February after a long illness , Tommie who was the youngest son of the late Ned and Angela (nee Maguire Ballinderry Moate ) was in his seventy seventh year was formerly employed as a carpenter with C.I.E. He was predeceased by his mother in 1936 and father in 1949 .In his younger days Tommie was involved with the local Feis which he organised along with his late wife Lily (nee Bannon Baskin Drumraney ) who predeceased him in 1982 .
He was also predeceased by his sisters Mary Teresa Fleming (1997 ) and Margaret Forde (Douglas Co. Cork.1999 ) his brothers Johnny (Longford 1990 ) and Joe (Birmingham 1988 ) . Our sympathy is extended to his son Eamon daughters Mary , Angela Lynam and Pauline Fox, brother Eddie (Manchester ) and his numerous other relatives and friends .
Rosemount National School
Enrolments for children starting school in September 2012 are being taken at the moment in Rosemount National School, Rosemount, Moate. If you wish to enrole your child please contact the Secretary at 09064-36220 for enrolment form. all forms must be returned to the school before Friday March 30th
The winners of our Valenties game which attracted 27 tables on Tuesday 14th. February were as follows 1st 12 Kevin Donnelly and Paddy Dolan €260 each 2nd 11 games Michael O’Connor and Pat Heraty ; John Carton and Johnny Feery ; Joe Colgan and Paddy Brown ; Eamon Walsh and Teresa Kennedy €82 .50 each Table prizes €25 each Michael and Dolores Ryan; Tony Kinahan and Michael Carroll €20 each Michael Dunning and Gerry Wallace; Pee Hanley anf Jimmy Dunican ; Brendan and Bunny Donnnelly ; Michael Nally and Mai Fox .Raffle €100 Steve Lonergan. €50 each Nancy Finn and Brendan Donnelly .€30 each Eamon Le Hart , Gerry Mulddon and Johnny Dalton .€20 each Joe Walsh Michael Finan and James Gunning .
Thanks to all who supported the game and helped out on the night especially the ladies who provided the refreshments afterwards and those who bought tickets for the game which was in aid of the local school.
On Tuesday next we have our normal game admission €7.50 all in commencing at 9.p.m.Jackpot €450 14 games or more please be at your tables before that time .
The winners of our game on Tuesday 7th. February were as follows 1st 13 John Egan and Michael Feeney €65 each 2nd 12 games Michael Molloy and Michael Hanevy €35 each 3rd 11 games Michael O’Connor and Pat Heraty €20 each Table prizes €12.50 each Tom Rock and Nancy Finn; Johnny Ward and Eilish McDonnell .€10 each Kitty Finlay and T.J. Brown ; Teresa McCormack and Annie Geoghegan.free pass each 10 games Ned and Margaret Buckley; Sean Molloy and Brian Farrell Spot prizes €15 each Ned Shanley, Michael Nally, Anne Connell, John Carton , Joe Walsh, John Egan and Carmel Looram .€10 each Dora Minnock, Ger Muldoon and Maureen Farrell.
On Tuesday next we have our normal game admission €7.50 all in commencing at 9.p.m.Jackpot €450 14 games or more please be at your tables before that time .
PATRICIA KEENAN R.I.P.
We learned with sadness of the death of Patricia (Potcheen ) Keenan late of Custorum on Monday 30th January last in Mowlam Nur
Rosemount National School
Rosemount Golf Society