Roscommon Chamber of Commerce President Brendan Allen has said this weekend’s Roscommon Easter Festival will provide a badly-needed boost to morale as well as the local economy.
“This weekend’s Easter Festival is testament to the new space we have (the Square) and also the re-emergence of the world we once knew following the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
“It’s a culmination of a couple of things really. We have been through a tough couple of years in terms of Covid. We now have a Square which is there to be utilised.
“It’s great for the town to see the return of festivals and events. I would hope that we would see more festivals taking place here throughout the summer. But it’s also important to remember that the hosting of festivals takes a lot of energy and relies on volunteers coming forward to do the work,” he said.
During his tenure as Chamber President, Mr. Allen has helped guide Roscommon through a global pandemic, which led to the temporary closure of a number of local businesses. As he prepares to hand over the chain of office at next week’s Chamber AGM, the first Easter Festival in two years is the reward for two years of hard work during one of the most uncertain periods in the country’s history.
“The impact of festivals is obvious…it brings people into town and local hospitality businesses will get a great day out of it. It’s not only a boost for the local economy but it also boosts people’s morale – so it’s great to have it back!”