Lamb Festival ‘well established in hearts and minds of the county’

An action-packed programme of events has been organised as part of the ninth annual Roscommon Lamb Festival, which runs from April 27th to May 2nd.

  Fun and entertainment is assured over the May Bank Holiday weekend in a festival that has become a feature of life in Roscommon town. The official opening of the event will take place in Roscommon Mart at 11 am on Wednesday, April 27th, performed by Seán Finan, the national president of Macra na Feirme. There will be trade stands and lamb on a spit.

  Over the following days, there will be such diverse activities as a woven tapestry art exhibition, war exhibition, farm walk, farmers’ market, quilt-making demonstrations, céilí, barbecue and sheepdog trials.

  A Family Fun Day will be held in Loughnaneane Park on Sunday, May 1st, and this always proves extremely popular. With children’s amusements, pony rides, etc, it is certainly not to be missed by kids!

  The majority of the festival’s events will be held at numerous locations in the town, such as in a marquee on The Square, Harrison Court and Roscommon Arts Centre, but some events are held elsewhere, such as at Castlecoote, Knockcroghery, Lecarrow and Drum.

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  The official launch of the event was held at Áras an Chontae, Roscommon County Council’s new offices, on Thursday, April 14th. A large crowd attended the event, launched by Eugene Cummins, the Council’s Chief Executive.

  Gerry Browne, the chairperson of the organising committee, said: “Roscommon Lamb Festival has been a labour of love for quite a few people over the last nine years, but I think at this stage it has become very well established in the hearts and minds of the county.”

  Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, the Cathaoirleach of the Council, said: “This is such a worthwhile event for the farming and wider community of Co. Roscommon.”