Roscommon to host regional celebration of National Services Day

This year’s National Services Day takes place on Saturday September 2nd.  It is an occasion that affords frontline, emergency and security services a platform, through a series of events, to thank the public for their support and assistance.

To coincide with this year’s celebration, a regional event will take place in Roscommon which is being hosted by the county’s Emergency Services, a collaboration between An Garda Síochana and Roscommon Civil Defence.

As part of the day’s events, there will be an Emergency Services Vehicle Display from 10am to 2pm at Strokestown Park House and National Famine Museum and members of the public are warmly invited to this event.

There will also be a formal recognition and remembrance ceremony at the Vaulted Stables, in Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum, at 12pm. Master of Ceremonies for the day’s events will be Inspector David Cryan of Roscommon Garda Station.

There will be a one-minute silence in memory of former members of the frontline emergency and security services which will be led by Claire Keane, Roscommon Civil Defence Officer on behalf of the local National Services Day Committee.

Speaking ahead of the official local commemoration, Ms. Keane said the day was an acknowledgement to her colleagues who work across the emergency services in the region: “I want to acknowledge and thank my colleagues across the Emergency Services, full time, retained and voluntary for the work they carry out day in day out.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of my colleagues during the last number of years when the Covid 19 Pandemic was a constant in all of our lives. Today and indeed every day, our emergency services ensure we live in safe communities and when assistance is required it can be called upon with confidence”, said Ms. Keane.

Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. John Keogh, said the National Day of Commemoration was an important event to acknowledge both the work of all emergency services and the support of the public.

“The national day of commemoration acknowledges the fine, very often unsung work of our emergency services who collaborate in a most efficient and effective manner. It is only in times of emergency that the immense value and importance of our emergency services can be fully appreciated.

“The work of our emergency personnel, particularly in times of crisis is supported by commitment, continuous training and personal development all year round, ensuring our services are fully prepared for all eventualities”, said Cllr. Keogh.