Harvest Festival Day returns in Castlerea on Thursday, October 12th

Members of the Roscommon OPN (Older Persons Network) Harvest Festival committee pictured at the launch of the Harvest Festival Day event at the Castlerea Enterprise Hub last week. The Harvest Festival Day will take place at The Hub in Castlerea on Thursday, October 12th from 10.30 am to 2 pm. Pic: Kieran Croghan

The popular October Harvest Festival Day for active age groups and representatives of older people in County Roscommon returns this year for the first time after the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday, October 12th.

The event, which is organised by Roscommon LEADER Partnership’s Older Persons Network committee in association with Roscommon County Council’s Age Friendly office, the Gardaí and Healthy Ireland, will focus once again on the theme of health and well-being and will take place in the Enterprise Hub in Castlerea from 10.30 am to 2 pm on Thursday, October 12th.

Highlights of the day-long event will include a presentation on Community Alert and the Message in a Bottle awareness campaign by An Garda Síochána, blood pressure testing by nurses with CROI, a display of traditional threshing, and social dancing. Details on more features and stands will be released in the coming days.

The running order so far involves arrival/set-up/networking on stands from 10.30 am to 11 am, followed by a cooking/drinks demonstration by An Chistin Castlerea staff from 11 am to 11.30 am. From 11.30 am to 12 pm, there will be speakers/presentations. Part one of social dancing will then take place from 12 pm to 12.30 pm (with a break for lunch from 12.30 pm to 1 pm), before part two of social dancing, finishing up at 2 pm.

All active age groups, men’s groups, men’s and women’s sheds members in the county are invited to attend this free event. Help with transport will also be available by contacting Ciaran Mullooly at 086 0836720 or by emailing ciaranmullooly@ridc.ie. More details next week.