Lough Ree Monster returns to Lanesboro!


Lanesboro is currently preparing for one of its biggest weekends of the summer with The Lough Ree Monster Festival due to take place across this bank holiday weekend.

  The festival was officially launched last Friday (July 31st) in the Lough Ree Resource Centre followed by a performance of the play ‘The Lough Ree Monster’, which was penned by Newtowncashel native John Kenny.

  The play, which was directed by Dermot Healy, ran for a second night last Saturday in St. Mary’s Hall. Local organiser, Joe O’Brien, says there will be lots of different fun and games throughout the weekend.

  “This event has been 16 months in the making and we’ve worked hard to get the very best in entertainment for the town,” he said.

  There will be events for all the family this weekend including a family fun day, a planetarium and a gyroscope, to name just a few.

  The fun will begin on Friday with a kids’ disco from 7-9 pm. The Lough Ree Monster is due to arrive between 9 and 9.30 pm, just in time for live music from David Kiernan and Cliona Hagan later that night.

  “The Monster looks great and a big thank you must go to Kevin Hanlon and his wife Stephanie for creating it,” said Joe.

  Country music superstar Mike Denver is the highlight on Saturday night and there will also be performances from Painted Skies, Reprisal and Natty Wailer over the weekend.

  Joe adds: “There will be a fireworks display on Sunday evening to give the Lough Ree Monster a big send-off as it returns to the lake. The monster will be leaving at 9 pm.”

  The long weekend will continue on Monday afternoon as Lanesboro Triathlon Club host a sponsored swim at 2 pm with all proceeds going towards Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.

  On Monday evening, Lanesboro Credit Union will celebrate its 50th jubilee with festivities in the Big Red Barn beginning at 7 pm.

  Joe reckons Lanesboro will be a hive of activity throughout the weekend and the fun could reach fever pitch on bank holiday Monday as Roscommon fans return from Croke Park.

  “It’ll definitely be the place to be to celebrate a Roscommon win next Monday evening!” he said.

  So head along to Lanesboro this weekend for the return of the Lough Ree Monster and a fun-filled festival the whole family will enjoy!