Fergal O’Donnell to open Roscommon Show

Roscommon Minor Manager Fergal O’Donnell will perform the official opening of Roscommon Show on Saturday next, August 18 th at Acres, Athlone Road, Roscommon. The event promises to be a fun day for all the family and this year’s programme has been extended to ensure even greater fun for children in attendance. Free transport will be provided to the site from the town between 12 noon and 5 pm. The transport will be provided by Athlone Cab Company, with pick-up points at The Square, The Library, Regan’s and Casey’s Garage. The launch of the 37th Roscommon Agricultural Show took place at a function in Hannon’s Hotel on Thursday night last, August 9th. Guests were welcomed to the event by PRO Evelyn Killeeen. Chairman Christy Tully thanked his fellow committee members for all their hard work in advance of the show. Christy is a well-known member of the Show Committee for many years and his family has been involved with the show since its inception in 1970. This year’s event is being held at Acres, in the field in front of Acres House, located just across the road from Hannon’s Hotel on the Athlone Road. Mr. Tully thanked Eithne, Denis and members of the Doran family for their generosity in providing the site, which he described as ‘one of the finest venues in the country.’ The many sponsors involved in supporting this year’s show were also thanked by Mr. Tully, and he had a special mention for main sponsors Jim Derwin and Jim Hughes Plant Hire of Ballygar. Judges and stewards for the event were also thanked, as was the Hannon family, who have long been associated with Roscommon Show. Veterinary supervision on the day will be provided by John O’Rourke and James Finn of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic.  This year’s show is a more family-oriented event, with lots of events catering for children. Admission is free for children under 14, and there will be lots on offer for the younger visitor, including activities of all kinds.  The show was officially launched by Cllr. Tony Ward, Deputy Mayor of Roscommon. He praised the many people involved in the show during its 37-year history and also paid tribute to the sponsors, without whom the show would not go on. Cllr. Ward said that he was delighted to see the programme of events broadened out to cater for all age groups. ‘It would be a pity if this committee didn’t get a fine day, because a lot of work and thought has gone into this programme,’ said the Deputy Mayor.  ‘Insurance is a headache for every organisation and I am glad to see that the Departments of Agriculture and Finance have come some way and a long way, in addressing this problem,’ said Cllr. Ward. Good wishes were also extended to the show and the show committee by Deputy Michael Finneran, Cllr. Domnick Connolly, Cllr. Martin Connaughton and IFA Development Officer Adrian Leddy.