Plans for Lamb Festival advanced

Plans for a major new Lamb Festival for Roscommon Town were advanced a step further at a public meeting that was well attended in the Abbey Hotel on Monday night of this week.      Speaking to the Roscommon People yesterday (Wednesday) one of the organisers of  the public meeting and the festival Mr. Larry Fallon said that he was very pleased with the turnout.   ‘The meeting went very well and we were very happy with the number of people at the meeting that indicated that they would like to help out with the organisation of the festival. We are now setting  up various small sub-committes who will make the arrangements and report back to an overall organising committee’ he said.   Full details of the festival have yet to be worked out however it is hoped that the festival, which it is hoped will become an annual event, will be held over three days on the May Bank Holiday weekend.   ‘We would have liked to have seen more townspeople at the meeting on Monday night because this will be very much a united festival. It’s not going to be a farmers festival or a town festival. It will be a festival for everyone and organised by everyone’ he said.   The idea behind the Roscommon Lamb Festival will be to celebrate the importance of lamb production in Roscommon. Lary Fallon outlined some of the ideas that the organising committee have in mind at the moment.    ‘Firstly we would hope to have a major focus on the cooking and preparation of lamb in all its forms and we hope to have a celebrity chef here for at least one of the nights of the festival. There will aslo  be a big focus on the different ways that lamb can be cooked and the ways that it is enjoyed in different countries’ he said.   ‘We have the full supoport of An Bord Bia and we hope that they will be launching a major initiative promoting lamb that weekend here in Roscommon Town. We also will have the full support of Agri Aware and the chief executive of that organisation James Kelly – a Roscommon man – was here at the meeting on Monday night and we were very grateful for that support’ he said.   ‘We will also be looking at wool and we hope to have some sort of a fashion event featuring woollen clothing and we are planning a photography and   painting competition in national schools throughout March and April in the run-up to the festival and then we will have the prize-giving on the weekend of the festival itself’ he said.   Larry Fallon says that a lot of work still has to be done but that he is also hoping that the committee will be able to run ‘a significant musical event’ as part of the festival on the weekend in question in the town.   ‘We have been getting advice from an event managment consultant that was involved in the organisation of the Ballinasloe Fair in recent years too’ he said.   ‘We are also very grateful for the support of the IFA and Macra na Feirme and we will also be seeking the support of Roscommon County Council. I am writing to the County Manager Mr. Tiernan this week to seek a meeting and I know that  we have the support of the councillors, a number of whom were at the meeting on Monday night’ he concluded.