Roscommon Lamb Festival news



Pick out your best twin lambs


The official opening of this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival will take place on Wednesday, May 1st at Roscommon Mart and will be performed by Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Ivan Connaughton.

  The event will also feature the presentation of the Oliver Burke Memorial Trophy for the best commercial ewe with twin lambs.


Knowledge Transfer event


A knowledge transfer event will take place in Four Roads on Thursday, May 2nd as part of Roscommon Lamb Festival.

  The sheep farm walk will take place on the farm of John Curley at Carntleva, Four Roads and is organised in association with Teagasc.

  Representatives of Kepak Athleague and Coffey’s of Lecarrow will speak on the subjects of sheep meat and wool. The event will be signposted from Four Roads. For further information call 086-3276061.


Carty to chair wool seminar


The various uses of wool and opportunities to add value to wool produced in county Roscommon will be explored at a Wool Seminar in Roscommon on Thursday, May 2nd as part of Roscommon Lamb Festival.

  Darren Carty of the Irish Farmers Journal will chair the discussion. Speakers at the event will include wool blogger and sheep farmer from Kilkenny, Suzanne Crampton, sheep farmer and ICSA Sheep Committee Chairman, John Brooks from Taughmaconnell, Kevin Dooley, a wool merchant from Roscrea and Saoirse McHugh, a Green Party candidate in the European elections in this area. She is an environmental activist from Achill.


Special Farmers’ Market


A special farmers’ market will be held on Friday, May 3rd in the Market Square in Roscommon as part of Roscommon Lamb Festival.

  The special market will feature hand craft demonstrations and exhibitions including wool spinner Bridget Banham and members of Castle Quilters who will have an exhibition and sale of hand quilted products. County Roscommon ICA guild will hold a demonstration of knitting, crochet, millinery, decoupage and boxty making. There will also be workshops for children.


Macra’s Big Hello


Macra na Feirme will host a major get-together of members past and present as they celebrate their 75th anniversary during this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival.

  ‘The Big Hello’ event takes place in the Lamb Festival Marquee in the Square in Roscommon on Sunday night, May 5th. It promises to be a night of fun and reminiscence for Macra members past and present.