The branch has had a wide range of activities in the past year, catering to all age groups. Membership is growing and anyone interested in Irish music, song, storytelling, and dance is always welcome to join the branch or attend our events.
In the past year, the branch has met twice monthly in the Roscommon Community Sports Park building in Lisnamult, from 8 pm to 10 pm on Thursdays. The young musicians of Roscommon have also been meeting there on a monthly basis on Sunday afternoons, also playing in Roscommon’s Lough na nÉan Park (weather permitting).
The group have played in the Care facility in Strokestown and the Fáilte Centre in Donamon on several occasions. They were invited to participate in Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann and took to the stage on one of the outdoor rig gigs in Mullingar. The branch members also recently performed at a Mass for late fellow Comhaltas member Aisling Murphy (RIP) in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon.
The branch is delighted with its successes at all competition levels – the County Fleadh in Ballaghaderreen, the Connacht Fleadh, and the All-Ireland, where Aoife Ní Chonghaile and brothers Diarmad and Cormac Pleimeann did the branch proud. They will be recognised, along with other county winners, by the County Board on November 25th in the Percy French Hotel, where, following a nice meal, a night of great music will be held. Tickets for this event are now available by calling 087 9316673.
During the AGM, chairperson Peadar Brandon gave a hearty welcome to all present. The branch acknowledged the support it gets from other local branches, also extending congratulations to John Carlos on the release of his recent CD. Patsy Hanly’s presentation to the All-Ireland junior winners, his music, and his words of encouragement, were also acknowledged and appreciated. The meeting also saw condolences being extended to families who have recently lost loved ones who gave of themselves to the Irish traditional music scene – not least local stalwart Martin Feeney (RIP).
For more information about the branch or to subscribe to the National Draw for Comhaltas, which is being held in December with substantial prizes up for grabs, please call/text 087 9316673 or email email@example.com.