Paul Hickey Plans for the widely-heralded Roscommon Lamb Festival that is scheduled to take place over the May bank holiday weekend will be finalised this (Thursday) evening at a meeting Gleeson’s Townhouse at eight o’clock. It is believed that a gala celebrity chef-prepared dinner, an international lamb cooking event featuring dishes from 15 countries, and a South American barbeque are some of the events that will delight patrons of the festival when it takes place. Speaking to Roscommon People yesterday evening (Wednesday), the chairperson of Roscommon Lamb Festival Committee Laurence Fallon hinted that a number of ‘very exciting’ events will make Roscommon Lamb Festival ‘a bank holiday weekend to remember’. He did not reveal the precise nature of these events, but it is understood that these are just some of several very colourful features of what promises to be a weekend that will attract huge crowds to Roscommon town. Roscommon Lamb Festival will be officially launched on Tuesday April 1st. With the launch due to take place in less than three weeks, the voluntary committee is appealing to businesses in Roscommon town and in the county to give financial support to the Lamb Festival. As he prepared for this (Thursday) evening’s very important meeting in Gleeson’s Townhouse, Mr. Fallon told Roscommon People that the Festival Committee concerned about about a perception that sponsorship money being raised in the community is being used to cover administration costs. ‘We are concerned that there is a perception out there that sponsorship money is being used to cover administration costs. The administration work is being done by Mid-South Roscommon LEADER at no cost to the festival and all sponsorship from the business community is going directly towards festival events and marketing of the festival. ‘We are appealing to businesses throughout the county and to businesses that have a relationship with County Roscommon to support the lamb festival in whatever way they can. This week we are finalising plans for some very exciting events, and it promises to be a weekend that will attract massive crowds to Roscommon town, but it is important that we would raise more funds,’ said Mr. Fallon. ‘Starting with tonight’s meeting we will be redoubling our fundraising drive,’ said the committee chairperson.