International reunion launched

This summer (30th July – Aug. 9th) Roscommon people from around the world will meet up in Roscommon for an extensive and varied programme of activities and fun. Roscommon Associations in New York, Chicago, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Washington, Dublin and Galway have been making arrangements to partake in the reunion for the past few months. Mayor John Kelly, speaking at the launch of the International Reunion at the Courthouse, Roscommon recently, called on all Roscommon people to participate fully in the events being organised. ‘I am urging all people of Roscommon heritage to visit the county during the International Reunion celebrations. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the facilities and activities available in the county that are second to none.’ County Manager Mr. John Tiernan reiterated this call and praised the contribution of the Roscommon Associations worldwide to the development of the county. ‘The associations have been great ambassadors for County Roscommon and the International Reunion organised by Roscommon County Council brings them all together for a week of celebration, enjoyment and remembrance.’ This year the International Reunion in conjunction with the Castlerea Festival Committee starts off in Castlerea on Wednesday, July 30th with the official opening and parade – touted as one of the biggest parades in the west of Ireland. Danny Burke, Chairman of the Castlerea Festival Committee, outlined the various activities and social events, including the parade showcasing many bands including brass bands and local art groups. ‘There will be many sporting events for young people as well as social events in the evenings – Beats on the Streets – dancing, music, etc.  Thursday is a big family day with children’s entertainment and the famous pig race,’ said Mr. Burke at the launch.  On Friday August 1st the International Queen of Roscommon Festival will be held and one of the participants will be crowned International Queen of Roscommon 2008. Participants from Roscommon Associations worldwide will partake in this event. The August Bank Holiday weekend in County Roscommon is jam-packed with events and activities for all the family with festivals in many of the towns and villages throughout the county. The Boyle Arts Festival ( www.boylearts.com ) will be in full swing as will the ‘Back to Boyle’ weekend which offers people an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane in Boyle visiting old haunts, listening to music and walking with the Curlew Walkers, culminating in a buffet dinner dance in St. Josephs Hall. Full details available from www.boylearts.com/backtoboyle .  If you would like further details or wish to participate in any of the above events please contact Roscommon County Council at 00 353 (0)90 6637100 or email unichuinn@roscommoncoco.ie . Alternatively contact your nearest Roscommon Association who will have full details.   More details in forthcoming issues.