Rooskey Heritage Festival starts on Monday next


Popular event runs from July 22nd to 28th


The Rooskey Heritage Festival returns next Monday (22nd) and runs right through the week until the following Sunday (28th).

  The popular local event kicks off in Reynolds’ Bar next Monday at 9 pm with a trad session in association with Strokestown Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

  Tuesday is Bluegrass music night at The Weir Lodge with music from 9 pm and free entry on the night.

  There’s more music on Wednesday, 24th at Noel’s Bar as the South Roscommon Singers’ Circle lead a Singers’ Session from 9 pm.

  The Festival Marquee comes alive next Thursday (25th) in Rooskey Community Centre as two powerhouses of the Roscommon music scene, Roscommon Solstice Choir and Knockcroghery’s Ukephoric Ukulele Collective come together to stage a very special concert. Show starts at 8 pm and tickets are €10. The concert will be followed by an after-party in Cox’s Bar at 10 pm.

  Renowned playwright, Seamus O’Rourke, takes centre stage in the Marquee on Friday, July 26th. Seamus will perform his critically-acclaimed one-man play Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking, which will be the festival’s very first theatre production. Tickets are €15 (available on website and door) and show starts at 8 pm. The production will be followed by a Monster Trad Session at 10 pm with musicians coming from near and far.

  Saturday, July 27th features a whole host of day-time activities including a Food and Craft Village from 12 pm to 6 pm on the old factory grounds. This will feature lots of unique food and crafts ware as well as well-known vendors.

  Rooskey Community Centre will play host to a Kids’ Zone from 12-6 pm. It’s €6 per for one day while a weekend pass costs €10. There will be face-painting, bouncy castles, storytelling and a falconry display!

  Also taking place from 12-6 pm on Saturday, there will be kayak trips and a climbing wall with Shannon River Adventure as well as a Heritage Boats display and boat trips. There will even be a kayak race from 2-3 pm!

  There will be top class music on Saturday night in The Marquee as Jimmy Buckley headlines this year’s Rooskey Heritage Festival. Jimmy has been performing since 1991 and is one of Ireland’s best-known entertainers. He will be supported by local band 4Degrees West on the night.

  Tickets for this must-see concert are €15 and the show starts at 9 pm and will be followed by late-night tunes with DJ Ronan.

  This year’s festival goes out with a bang on Sunday, 28th as the Food and Craft Village, Kids’ Zone and River Activities return for a second day. There will also be a Dog Show at the community centre from 3 pm and early evening entertainment from Rooskey Post Office, which will host ‘Unlucky Dip’ and bandstand entertainment on Saturday and Sunday from 3-4 pm as well as Tug O’War on Sunday at 5 pm.

  The curtain comes down on what promises to be another wonderful, fun-filled Rooskey Heritage Festival on Sunday, 28th as Manic Ukes take to The Marquee from 8 pm. They will be followed by Festival favourites Late Nite Radio from 10 pm. Tickets for Late Nite Radio are €5 and available on the website or at the door.