Plans are in place for a huge festival, called Lough Ree Monster 2017, to be held in Lanesboro, Ballyleague and surrounding areas next year.
At times over recent years Lanesboro has staged a Summer Festival, including a bumper series of events to mark The Gathering, the State’s tourism initiative, in 2013. A follow-on Lanesboro G2 Festival was subsequently held.
This year, no such event is being staged, but that is only a brief interlude – because quite literally a ‘monster’ festival is planned for next year, which will take place from Thursday, August 3rd, to Monday, August 7th.
A campaign is also underway to raise funds to build a huge ‘monster’ that will be a centrepiece of the festival.
It will be transported by water from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro/Ballyleague.
“The arrival – and saying farewell to it – will be the main things because that’s what the festival will be centred around,” Joe O’Brien, the secretary of the festival’s organising committee, said.
“We will have loads of different events around it.”
An exact itinerary for the festival has yet to be put together, but a diverse programme will feature musical, cultural and sporting events. Mike Denver, the Irish country music singing star, will play on the Saturday, August 5th.
Preparations for building the monster are currently only in their infancy – the project is with the designers at the moment – but Joe has confirmed that “it will be big”, and is expected to cost at least a few thousand euro.
It will be worth it, no doubt – it promises to be a great festival!
(Further details in future editions of the Roscommon People).