Mick Flavin’s seal of approval!

Innis Ree Lodge a finalist in Small  Business Awards next month Singer Mick Flavin made a guest appearance at the recent Christmas celebrations at Innis Ree Lodge in Ballyleague. The Christmas celebration and party took place at the Lodge on December 12th and was a huge success due to the efforts made by staff to ensure everyone enjoyed their special day. Residents, families and friends also attended as well as people from the community. Festivities commenced with the locally-renowned fiddle and flute players, the Sweeney brothers. Eamonn Kelly sang all the old-time favourites and following a traditional Christmas dinner, Mick Flavin made a guest appearance. The popular country and western singer delighted residents by posing for photographs with them and some lucky ladies even had a waltz with him. He sang and dedicated songs on request and everyone joined in. A previous resident who convalesced at Innis Ree Lodge earlier in the year works as a training chef in the local Institute of Technology. He promised residents to return and facilitate a Christmas cookery demonstration. All residents attended this much-anticipated event to see food being prepared and cooked and afterwards everyone was treated to the delicious fare. A poetry recital afternoon was delivered by Roscommon County Library and three of the local schools hosted a Christmas Carol service. There is much excitement these days at Innis Ree Lodge as the nursing home is a finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2008 to be held in the Mansion House on 12th March.  This event recognises the achievements of small businesses nationwide and 37 companies have been shortlisted in six categories. An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern presents these prestigious awards at the gala banquet and ten staff from Innis Ree Lodge will attend the black tie event.