Minister Paschal Donohoe Launches Roscommon Bound Global Rossie Strategy

A Rossie at Heart… Minister Paschal Donohoe Launches Roscommon Bound – Global Rossie Strategy

Minister Paschal Donohoe was back to his roots in Roscommon on Monday, December 9th to launch “Roscommon Bound, the Global Rossie Strategy” and website. The Minister was also presented with his Roscommon Passport.

“My mother Caitlin grew up in Ballinagare, near Frenchpark in County Roscommon so I was honoured to be asked to launch this strategy which aims to connect people of Roscommon origin around the world” stated Minister Donohoe from the launch in Roscommon County Council offices.

There are an estimated 945,000 people with Roscommon roots around the world. These people include the established diaspora whose parents or grandparents left Roscommon many years ago and more recently people who have left for adventure and to gain new experiences.

“The Strategy is about connecting with this larger Global Rossie Family so that we know what our Global Rossies are achieving and that they are kept up to date with developments here at home” said Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council.

One of the most innovative actions that emerged was to present each secondary school student with a “Roscommon Passport” as they graduate from Secondary School. Students receive their Roscommon passport as they embark on study or work as a reminder to keep the link with their homeplace and to remember to support their home county as they continue through their lives.

“It is about being passionate about your homeplace, about celebrating all that is wonderful about our people and our county. We will mark this with the Global Roscommon Day which will take place on June 21st 2020” concluded Paschal Fitzmaurice, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.

Business, communities and individuals all have a role to play in promoting their home county and keeping the connection with their people around the world.

Watch our Roscommon Bound launch highlights videos

What makes a true Rossie?

The answer to this could extend to volumes the size of the Book of Kells. How do people show their Roscommon roots?

“How do you keep your Roscommon link alive?”, is a question we put out on social media some time ago, and it was fascinating to see the response. People shared the post far and wide and we received some fabulous images of how people maintain their link to Roscommon, even if they are far from home.

These images are captured in the beautifully produced Roscommon Bound – A Global Rossie Strategy. This coffee table style book includes images from across Roscommon, so no matter where you come from in Roscommon, you will have an image that is no more than 10 miles from your home place or maybe even your actual homeplace.

This coffee table style book will be available to purchase for your loved ones at home and abroad from the following outlets:

  • Molloy’s Bakery, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town
  • Roscommon Town Museum, the Square, Roscommon
  • Benny’s, Castlerea
  • Una Bhán, Boyle
  • Cruachan Ai, Tulsk
  • Derryglad Folk Museum, Curraghaboy

We are always interested in hearing how you keep your Roscommon Connection, make sure to email us your story (at which may end up featured on this site.

Service Matters

“At Service Matters we are proud to be headquartered in Roscommon. As a rural employer with national reach, we value our position in Roscommon and nationwide. Our ability to have great staff in business is an important reason why our Head Office is in Roscommon. Based in the middle of a strong national road infrastructure, in Roscommon we are ideally placed to service our All-Island customer base”

Specialists in industrial laundry and hygiene rental, Service Matters was established in 1997 by local man Vincent Collins, operating out of Roscommon Town.

Service Matters is now Ireland’s leading Independent Hygiene Rental Workwear Specialists.

Service Matters provides a service to its customers to ensure a safe and clean premises and to provide staff with uniforms tailored to suit the customers’ requirement and the individual job role.

View of the Service Matters Premises

From dust control and specialised floor mats, pest control services, to washroom solutions, there is wide range of products tailored to customer requirements.

A large part of the business is a dedicated Uniform service for all industry needs, from motor mechanics and chefs, right through to specialist cleanroom garb and food trade, manufacturing; and everything in between.

“Roscommon is often a very attractive location for people, as it has the right mix of services and infrastructure, whilst offering a rural lifestyle opportunity”.

In 2018 Service Matters was awarded an All-Star Accreditation at the All Ireland Business Summit and in recent years has expanded its operation to include offices in Dublin, Limerick and Tyrone.

Aurivo Dairy Ingredients

“Roscommon and the region has a lot to offer, i.e. good quality of life, competitive housing process, good broadband, third level colleges, local international airport in Knock, high skilled young people who would like to return to the West of Ireland to work and live again with their young family”

Ballaghaderreen is the central location of one of Ireland’s top dairy manufacturing businesses, Aurivo Dairy Ingredients. The company has a long history with the town having set up there in 1972.
Aurivo Ballaghaderreen now produce a wide variety of powdered milk and butter to 46 countries worldwide.

The town’s central location within the western region as well as the water supply available were two of the determining factors for locating in the town.

“The people, the community, the high regard that is held for dairy ingredients in the region helps encourage those in the area to want to work in Aurivo Ballaghaderreen. Aurivo dairy ingredients has a reputation as a good employer and provider to the local community and its businesses”.

Aurivo employ approximately 70 staff in their Ballaghdereen Dairy ingredients plant.

Aurivo Dairy Ingredients has been recognised nationally for awards for Best Use of Energy Technology and an SEAI National Energy Award in recent years.

Black Donkey Brewing Ltd

“Our rural setting enables short and quiet commuting distances. Also access to cheaper housing, a safer environment and good schools”.

Black Donkey is run by Michaela Dillon and Richard Siberry, who moved back from overseas to set up their company in Roscommon in 2014.
Based in Ballinlough, County Roscommon, Black Donkey Brewing produces handcrafted multi-award winning beers of the highest quality. All products are brewed and packaged on site in Roscommon using wherever possible, locally sourced ingredients.

“Black Donkey was created with the local backdrop as inspiration. As a rural based company it is important to maintain a matching image. We created the “Irish Farmhouse Ale” as its first beer followed by “Sheep Stealer” tipping a hat to the local nickname and Roscommon’s colourful history. We have worked with Arigna Mines and Rathcroghan Heritage Site on similar mutually beneficial initiatives and there still remains a wealth of other untapped opportunities to highlight Roscommon”.

Their company continues to grow having gained recognition through its award winning in the Killarney Craft Beer competition in 2015, Alltech Craft Beer competition in 2026 and 2017 and as County Enterprise Award Winners in 2018.

The company currently employ two full-time and 1 part-time employee and export to markets in Russia, the UK and the USA. They work closely with local colleges and feel that “their proximity to both Galway and Athlone, and the science based courses available there are a definite advantage”.

Harmac Medical Products

“Lack of traffic congestion, affordable housing and high quality of life” are identified as three of the reasons why people are attracted to work in Harmac Medical in Castlerea, County Roscommon according to its MD , Mick McEnroe.

Harmac Medical products is a US owned full service contract manufacturer of custom, disposable medical devices. Harmac provides integrated solutions and full manufacturing services for Medtech companies of all sizes including leading Fortune 500 companies located around the globe.

Their manufacturing occurs in Class 100 to 100,000 Cleanrooms.Harmac was established in Castlerea in 1998 and employs approximately 300 staff in its recently expanded site. Their main export markets are UK, EU, India and USA.

“Roscommon is geographically located close to all the major medical device companies in Ireland” states Mick McEnroe. This is particularly important for a company with a broad range of capabilities to meet this industry’s needs. Its capabilities include product design and development, prototying, injection and insert moulding, blow moulding, assembly rf welding, uv bonding, heat sealing, ultrasonic welding, tip forming, form fill seal packaging and sterilisation.