Rooskey Heritage Festival kicks off

The second annual Rooskey Heritage Festival will be held from Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24th inclusive, with an extensive programme of events lined up.

  Last year’s inaugural festival, which cost more than €20,000 to stage, was an outstanding success. This weekend’s event, sponsored mainly by Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod, promises to be even better.

  Proceedings will get underway at 8 pm on Friday in the Big Red Barn, which will be erected at the village and will host the music events.

 ‘Dancing Through the Years’ at 9 pm. From 11 pm until late, ‘Rackhouse Pilfer’ will play, with admission being €10.

  Proceedings will begin on Saturday with a variety of events held in Rooskey Community Centre from noon until 6 pm. Various amusements will be located at the old factory car park, where a heritage wall and display will also be available to view.

  At the harbour during Saturday, many water-based activities will be held, including kayaking, canoeing and boat trips. At the same venue, there will also be street entertainment, a busking competition and street art.

  That night in the barn from 9 pm until late, a variety of musicians will play.

  Events will again be held in the community centre from noon until 6 pm on Sunday, with activities from Saturday repeated, along with a Custard Pie Puppet Show at 4 pm.

  At 3 pm at the factory car park, there will be a flag-raising ceremony and reading of the Proclamation to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. There will also be amusements and a heritage wall and display.

  The festival will close with many musical performances on Sunday night in the Big Red Barn. From 5 pm onwards, there will be ‘Music with Local Talent’. From 10 pm onwards, ‘Late Nite Radio’ will perform, with admission being €5.