Plenty of 2012 talking points in Dromod and Rooskey

Truth be told, 2012 got off to an unusual and decidedly cosmopolitan start in the greater Rooskey area.

Truth be told, 2012 got off to an unusual and decidedly cosmopolitan start in the greater Rooskey area.

James Heaney, whose parents hailed from the Edgeworthstown and Rooskey areas, was announced as Grand Marshall of one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day parades between New York and Boston.

March also saw the Dromard Area Enhancement Plan released to the public for the very first time in what turned out to be a well attended open meeting.

April however brought a more downbeat outlook on proceedings as Rooskey Church held a special Mass to commemorate the 10th anniverary of the fire at Glanbia.

But it was in overseas quarters that Dromod acquired particular notoriety over the course of 2012. This was perhaps no better exemplified as in the case of ex-pats Elisa Geelan and Lisa McGowan, both of whom played starring roles in ensuring Australian side Padraig Pearse GAA picked up League title honours in August.

Back home and with Budget 2013 looming, there was much uproar locally when Bus Eireann announced plans to withdraw services in the Rooseky area.

It was an admission that led to public meetings and much consternation, leading campaigner Larry O’Connor to blast: “It’s an absolute disgrace.”

Of late, both communities have been doing their bit for Christmas with a flower show and carol service in Rooskey being set for the local church tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7pm.