Exciting line-up for 2016 Lake and Legends Festival

Ballaghaderreen is gearing up for what promises to be a wonderful Lake and Legends Festival 2016. Starting today (Thursday, July 21st) the festival will run right through the weekend finishing up on Sunday (July 24th).

  As part of the Douglas Hyde Conference, ‘Telling Tales of Revolution’ is scheduled for the North & Western Regional Assembly Conference Room today (Thursday) and this will be the first of many interesting conferences over the weekend.

  Tomorrow (Friday), Roscommon LEADER Partnership invites you to attend ‘Creative Communities Igniting Change’. This conference will explore the potential of creative entrepreneurship to transform local communities. It will take place from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Northern & Western Regional Assembly Room. Booking on 090 6630252.

  Following this conference there will be a ‘Speakers Corner’ in the Square in Ballaghaderreen on the topic ‘Ballaghaderreen – Roscommon or Mayo?’ This promises to be an extremely lively debate and will precede the ‘Shimmy in the Shambles’ which will include  an line-up of entertainment not to be missed.

  Saturday will start bright and early at 10 am with the Farmer’s Market and Craft Fair and this will be followed by the Family Fun Day between 12 pm and 4 pm which will include face painting, a bouncing castle and treasure hunt among other fun activities. The fun continues at 4 pm with a turf throwing competition before the ever-popular Dog Show at 5 pm. Heritage Tours will run throughout the day from 12 pm and 5 pm also. The day will end once again with a line-up of music as part of ‘Shimmy in the Shambles’.

  Finally on Sunday (July 24th), there will be bog trail walks, which will start from 1 pm at the Shambles. There will also be a Car Treasure Hunt starting from 3 pm from the Shambles. Entry is €10 per car and this promises to be a popular event with plenty of spot prizes!

  The festival will be brought to a close with a fishing competition organised by Ballaghaderreen Angling Club in Lough Gara. This will take place from 10 am to 4 pm and there will be sponsored prizes on offer.