Roscommon senior football manager, Kevin McStay, officially launched the 11th Roscommon Lamb Festival at Harrison Coffee House in Roscommon town on Thursday last (22nd). The festival will take place from Wednesday, May 2nd to Bank Holiday Monday (7th).
Kevin McStay seemed to enjoy, what was for him, a unique public engagement.
“As a former pundit on The Sunday Game and as your county manager, I’ve spoken at primary schools, secondary schools and third level institutions. I’ve spoken to groups all over the country and I’ve attended close on 40 club annual dinner dances…and survived them! I’ve coached teams and business people, I’ve cooked in front of critics, I’ve selected Roses at various festivals but tonight is the first time I’ve ever been involved in launching a Lamb Festival”.
The Roscommon manager assured those present that he had done his homework, however.
“Once Gerry (Browne) said it to me I said ‘Jaysus I’ll have to go away now and find out about lambs’. The best thing I did was I went to a website called ‘sheep101’. Now I know that a lamb is less than one-year-old, it has generally – which I saw underlined – no offspring, and they produce lamb meat. A sheep is generally older than one year and they do produce offspring and their meat is mutton. I now know what a ewe is and what a ram is and just this morning I found out what a ‘wether’ is – that sounds a bit sore!
“We’re awful lucky to have this festival in Roscommon town. My dad always used to say: ‘Well done is so much better than well said’. I get a great sense from the festival and from knowing Gerry Browne and his committee that they’re not talking about it, they’re doers, the thing gets done. The resilience and the commitment they’ve shown has now brought this to its 11th year so the proof is in the pudding and that’s fantastic,” he said.
* The 11th edition of the Roscommon Lamb Festival will be officially opened on Wednesday, May 2nd at Roscommon Mart by IFA President Joe Healy and will continue until Bank Holiday Monday (7th). A full list of events is available at www.roscommonlambfestival.com and the Roscommon People Facebook page.
* Coverage will continue in the Roscommon People over the coming weeks.