The 11th annual Roscommon Lamb Festival is set to open on Wednesday, May 2nd at Roscommon Mart. The festival will run until May Bank Holiday Monday with events at venues right across Co. Roscommon.
Speaking at the recent launch of the festival at Harrison Coffee House, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Orla Leyden said it was an important weekend for the county.
“As well as being an important factor in terms of the economy it’s really important for us as a people – local animation, the social element, the cultural element”.
Cllr. Leyden added: “Roscommon County Council has been delighted to support this initiative, Roscommon Lamb Festival, from the very beginning. The council and the elected members every year ensure that the funding is there to continue support with the Local Enterprise Office in the craft tent, continued support of the family fun day”.
Donie Mee is the new chairperson of the Roscommon Lamb Festival. Donie is a sheep farmer from Four Roads and steps into the position left vacant following Gerry Browne’s ascension to the presidency.
At the recent launch Donie paid tribute to his predecessor and new festival president, Gerry Browne.
“I have to mention Gerry (Browne), I don’t like singling people out but of the ten previous years he’s carried this festival. He’s made it what it is, to be honest. I know he got great work out of his ‘slaves’ here throughout the years but without him it wouldn’t be what it is,” he quipped, before thanking the festival’s many sponsors.
Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins said he was “very encouraged” to see that the festival was receiving impressive backing from local sponsors.
He added: “At the end of the day, this festival is really about showcasing all the wonderful talent that we have in the county in terms of arts and the food industry and tapestry. It’s really a mechanism for them to showcase their goods so we’re sponsoring it and helping them to do that. I think that’s very, very important”.
On launching this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival, Roscommon senior football manager Kevin McStay said: “My big hope for the festival is that the sun shines and that it allows everyone to see Roscommon’s rich heritage in the area of lambs and sheep. I wish the committee and Gerry and Donie only good things, big crowds, good weather, lots of fun and a real community buzz”.
The 11th Roscommon Lamb Festival takes place from Wednesday, May 2nd to Monday, May 7th.