The Castlerea Rose Festival is back, returning on Monday, July 25th, with a jam-packed programme of events. With musical performances, film screenings, fun runs, pony rides, and lots, lots more packed into the seven-day schedule of events, this year’s festival is bound to have something for everyone.
The festival will culminate with the selection of the Castlerea Rose on Sunday, July 31st, which takes place at 8 pm in the Trinity Arts Centre and will no doubt be the highlight of the festival, but in the lead-up to the selection, there are a host of events taking place over the week that are not to be missed out on!
Monday, July 25th
The festival kicks off with the hugely popular Cooking Demo, which will take place in The Enterprise Hub at 7 pm on the Monday. In addition to the host of cooking demonstrations that will be carried out by accomplished local chefs and the great food on offer, there will be a raffle taking place on the night. Tickets for the event cost €10, and it is sure to be a wonderful (and tasty) evening.
Tuesday, July 26th
Tuesday’s events will kick off at 7 pm with a talk in Castlerea Library by genealogist Martin Curley. This free event aims to encourage people to find out more about the ‘Lost Generation’ of the Black ’47 (the worst year of the Irish Famine), as well as giving attendees the resources to research and learn more about their own family tree.
At 7.45 pm, the Castlerea Rose Festival will be officially opening by World Boxing Champion Lisa O’Rourke.
At 8 pm, one of the festival’s most highly anticipated events will take place – a performance by Ireland’s number one Eagles tribute band, Take It To The Limit. This special show will take place in the new Somers Park Entertainment Area and is sure to be a great night of entertainment. Tickets for the band’s performances usually retail at €29.99, but thanks to Roscommon County Council, Local and Live Funding, the Department of Community and Rural Affairs, and Castlerea Rose Festival, this gig only costs €10 in addition to the booking fee, so this really is an opportunity not to be missed. Admission is limited, so book your tickets in advance on Eventbrite.
Wednesday, July 27th
Wednesday will see a free movie night for adults, sponsored by Connaught Contractors, running as part of the festival. The screening will take place at 9 pm in Somers Park, weather permitting – in the event of rain, the screening will take place in the Hub.
Thursday, July 28th
Children aged between seven and ten are in for a treat on Thursday, as balloon modelling will be taking place from 2 pm at D’Gaff. Booking is essential via 086 0740421.
At 6.30 pm a classic kids movie screening will take place at the Hub, with free face-painting sponsored by Castlerea Garden Centre also available on the day.
At 7.30 pm, Paul Connolly will deliver a presentation on The Landed Estates of County Roscommon at the Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea. He will be examining the Landed Estates in the Castlerea area and a selection of other houses along the River Suck. Paul will also be signing and selling books at this event. Admission is free, and the committee would like to thank Castlerea & District Credit Union for their kind sponsorship of the event.
At 9 pm, rock band Big Generator will perform at The Square, Castlerea. Having firmly established themselves as Ireland’s premier live rock act over the course of a twenty-year plus career, Big Generator will be performing rock anthems from legendary acts such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Springsteen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toto and more. The committee would like to thank Kearney’s Chemists for their kind sponsorship of the event.
Thursday will round off with a magnificent fireworks display in the Square at 11 pm, an event that is sure to be a highlight of this year’s festivities.
Friday, July 29th
Kicking off the weekend’s festivities is a park run, taking place in The Demesne from 9.30 am.
Later in the day at 2 pm, a children’s window treasure hunt with great prizes on offer will take place, starting from sponsor Tom Flynn’s.
At 7.30 pm, there will be an ‘Evening at the Races’, with live on-street pony racing taking place on St Patrick’s Street. Local characters will be competing on special mechanical horses, and it is sure to be a lot of fun – so come along to show some support for your favourite jockey. There will also be face-painting on the day.
Directly following the pony racing event, the free Beat on the Street event will take place with Sean Slattery and The Connections.
Saturday, July 30th
Saturday will kick off with a taster step class, hosted by Sheila Rose from the Workshop, which will take place from 10.30 am at Somers Park. This event is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
There’s also something for the children in store, with an art competition and storytelling event taking place at O’Rourke GAA centre from 11 am, with judging beginning at 12 noon.
This will be followed by a ‘Kidisco’ or children at 3 pm with a surprise guest appearance. There will also be a prize up for grabs on the day for the best disco dancing, as well as several spot prizes. There is an entry fee of €5 per child.
Saturday will round out with a musical performance by Irish country music star, Michael English, a veteran of the Castlerea Music Festival. Sponsored by Cahill’s SuperValu, his performance will take place from 9 pm in the Fairgreen on Saturday, 30th July. The entry fee for this event is €5.
Sunday, July 31st
The newly-reopened outdoor swimming pool in Castlerea will be host to a Swimming Gala from 11 am on Sunday, with a host of different events such as Penny Dive, Belly Flop, etc. set to take place.
The 5k Castlerea Colour Run, in aid of Jigsaw, will be starting off from Lidl at 2 pm. Registration for the run begins at 10 am.
Somers Park will host a not-to-be-missed family fun day from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, featuring a barbeque, bouncy castles, magic show, and much more.
Finally, after a week of amazing events, the festival will close out with the Castlerea Rose selection, which will be hosted by MC Gerry Glennon. The selection will be followed by an after-party in SuperValu carpark, which will include live music from Pub Fiction.
*There truly is something for everyone in store at this year’s Castlerea Rose Festival, no matter what your age or interest. For more information on this year’s festival, or to find out more about any of the events taking place, visit the Castlerea Rose Festival’s Facebook Page.