Series of activities for ‘Join Our Boys’ this weekend

PLEASE SUPPORT WEAR ORANGE DAY (Friday, April 29th – Sunday, May 1st)

The Join Our Boys Trust was established in 2014 to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to raise funds to support the three Roscommon brothers Archie, George and Isaac Naughton, all of whom have DMD.

  May 1st will be George and Isaac’s sixth birthday, and there are a number of events organised to celebrate with them.

  From 5 pm this Saturday (30th of April) to 5 pm on Sunday (May 1st) there will be a variety of events taking place in Roscommon to raise much-needed funds for the cause.

  There is something for everyone over the weekend in question and it all starts with a run/walk in Loughnaneane Park in Roscommon town.

  The run/walk is the first event of a 24-hour ‘Keep Moving Challenge’ which will be led by personal trainer and Roscommon Harriers coach, Sinéad Gannon. Sinéad’s group will continue their challenge at 7 pm in Gleeson’s Townhouse where Jacqui Snype will be leading a 24-hour knitting challenge.

  Jacqui and Sinéad will be driven to Gleeson’s by local blood bikers, Slawomir Jurek and Tom Cummins. They will be part of an entourage which will arrive at Gleeson’s Townhouse at 4.45 pm prior to events taking place on Saturday.

  These Join Our Boys events will run alongside the Roscommon Lamb Festival which will be taking place in the town over the weekend.  There will be a fun sports day on Sunday at 12 noon before the events finish in the Lamb Festival tent at 5.30 pm with birthday cake and a children’s disco.

  Everyone is encouraged to come to Loughnaneane Park on Sunday wearing orange as local man, Damien Hogan, is kindly capturing the scenes from a drone above Roscommon.

  Organisers have called on local clubs, schools and businesses to come out in force to support this worthy cause. They are also encouraging schools and businesses throughout Ireland to wear orange on the 29th of April or any other day, and to post pictures on the Join Our Boys Facebook page. This year there will be a prize for the school with the best photograph uploaded.

  For more information about the challenges or indeed the Join Our Boys Trust call Sinéad Gannon on 087-9215490 or Jacqui Snype on 087-9694747, log onto or email