‘Celebrating all that makes Rahara special’

Parish photograph this Sunday!

All those living in Rahara have been asked to congregate at Rahara National School on Sunday, May 29th, at 10.45 am for a parish photograph!  The image will feature in an historic book, Rahara – A Century of Memories, that will be on sale during the Rahara Homecoming, a major festival that will take place from August 12th to the 14th.

  The Rahara Homecoming is one of hundreds of events that are taking place countrywide to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

  The event, supported by Roscommon County Council, was launched in the school on Wednesday, May 18th, with a large crowd attending.

  Over the course of the three-day festival, diverse events will be held. 

  Proceedings will begin with the launch of the historic book in a marquee at Rahara National School on Friday, August 12th, at 8.30 pm.

  That evening, local traditional musicians will perform. Refreshments will be served and there will also be bar facilities.

  The entertainment will continue the following day, with a Family Fun Day at Clover Park, Rahara, from 1 pm to 4 pm. This will include a soccer match, bouncing castles, a penalty shootout, facepainting and much more.

  A Homecoming Buffet will be held in the marquee that night, from 8.30 pm to 10 pm, with entertainment provided by Vinegar Bill. Admission will be by ticket only, with tickets costing €15. There will also be bar facilities.

  On Sunday, August 14th, a Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Ray Milton, the parish priest, in Rahara Cemetery, after which William Gacquin will bring people on a historical tour of the old cemetery.

  That afternoon, at 4 pm, a Farewell Party will be held in the marquee, where refreshments will be served.

  Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, encouraged people to attend the festival.

  “There will be something for everyone and this is, I believe, a tremendous opportunity for people from Rahara and beyond to celebrate all that makes Rahara special,” Cllr. Kilduff said. “Please spread the word.” (Watch out for more coverage in future editions).