With so many great voluntary groups in Co. Roscommon and surrounding areas, charity really does begin at home!
Just before Christmas we were struck once again by the fantastic work being carried out by Team Hope and the generosity shown by the good people in Roscommon who collected hundreds of shoeboxes.
Generosity isn’t just for Christmas, however, and 2018 will provide plenty of opportunities to get out and do your bit! Giving of your time and effort is not only appreciated, it feels damn good too!
Support your own
Sky Sports by the fire might be warm and cosy but the local GAA and soccer clubs are where it’s at! With fantastic sport a short drive or walk away, your best bet is to get out for some fresh air.
Get to know the county stars as they slog it out against each other for their clubs or take part in yet another white knuckle Roscommon & District Football League title race featuring some of the best junior soccer clubs in Connacht.
You’ll not only be rewarded with some HD sports action, you’ll also get to meet the neighbours!
Visit local attractions
Visitor numbers are up at Lough Key Forest Park and Strokestown House and the Roscommon Arts Centre is set for a €730,000 facelift. Now is the time to head along and see what all the fuss is about!
Co. Roscommon is blessed with some fine local attractions but they require the support of Roscommon citizens.
Lough Key’s position as a firm family favourite was cemented recently with news of a 33% rise in the number of visitors to the north Roscommon amenity in 2017.
The arts centre in Roscommon town has played host to some terrific productions in the past few years and this year’s programme of events kicks off with some terrific live music from Sean Keane, Frances Black and Kieran Goss this month.
Cheer on the Connacht champions
What a year 2017 was for Roscommon football! With the senior team and U-17s both claiming Connacht titles, the future is certainly bright at Dr Hyde Park.
This year, the Roscommon senior team will be favourites to make yet another Connacht final and with the excitement of the new ‘Super 8’ format for this year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, 2018 promises to be another exciting year for Kevin McStay’s team.
Get up, get active!
Roscommon is an active county, of that there is no doubt. There are an abundance of sports clubs and leisure facilities in throughout the county as well as events such as Oran Gets Active and the Ronan McCormack Charity Challenge to get the people of Roscommon moving.
If a healthier lifestyle is part of your New Year’s Resolutions then rest assured, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to follow through on your plans for 2018!
On that note, tune into RTE’s Operation Transformation from next week and follow our very own leader, Tulsk native David Cryan as he gets the New Year off on the right foot.