Kenny visit proves a big hit at RosWIN Fair

Stallholders at the RosWIN Pre-Christmas Fair in the Royal Hotel on Saturday last got a wonderful surprise when comedian Jon Kenny attended the fair for over two hours, taking time out to talk to the many stallholders.   Deirdre Ó Murchadha, Co-ordinator of RosWIN, told Roscommon People that stall holders were delighted with the appearance of the famous funny man. ‘Stall holders were delighted. He was very interested and signed up at a couple of stands. He had a personal word for everyone and people thought he was brilliant.’ Another man who made a big impression at Saturday’s Fair was Gerry Jago from Fourmilehouse who was the Town Crier for the day and who could be heard on the streets of the town advertising the fair and urging people to attend. Hundreds of people attended the event and stall holders, many of whom are women operating small businesses, were delighted with the opportunity to showcase their wares. Many of those advertising holistic therapies got a wonderful response, as did the many arts and crafts stall holders. Before his departure from the Fair, Jon Kenny was presented with a picture by Fidelis Hennigan and he thanked all involved and praised the efforts of Fair organisers.  At noon the Fair was officially opened by Christine McHugh, Editor of the Roscommon Herald. Throughout the day Marian and Andy Rimmer and Fiona Kelly provided guests with free Fair Trade tea and coffee, while in a dedicated performance space, Stacey and Michaela Fogg from Longford played pieces from their forthcoming CD which is being launched after Christmas, with proceeds to Tullamore Cancer Unit.