A spokesperson for the hard-working Christmas Market committee this week expressed their delight with how the event unfolded last weekend.
Speaking to the Roscommon People this week, the spokesperson said: “We wanted to bring as much entertainment, excitement and Christmas spirit to the people of the town and surrounding areas and the market-goers were not left disappointed.
“Vendors were welcomed from all parts of the country as well as from the Strokestown area. There was a wide range of food on offer throughout the three days including burgers, hot dogs, crepes, hot chocolate, mulled wine, as well as some wonderful new choices including toasted marshmallows and Spanish donuts, to name just a few.
“The transition year students from Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown also showcased their amazing enterprise products. There was another great line-up of music this year from the Blackstick School of Music, the Blacksticks band; Peelo School of Dance, Feef, Pub Fiction, Brían Farrell, and our wonderful Friday night host John Nugent from Our Voice FM, who did an amazing job entertaining the crowd and keeping the show on the road!
“The novelty acts for the kiddies were a great hit and we got to meet the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, the Gingerbread Man, and some local Elves. Not to forget our carousel for the little ones and of course the now famous ‘Rodeo Reindeer’, where local clubs and teams competed against each other to become rodeo champion!”
Santa Claus was also in town last weekend and the Strokestown Tractor Rally also proved popular with those in attendance.
“We had a beautiful weekend of smiling faces, happy children and Christmas fun. The event came to a close with some lovely carol singing from the committee and some of the vendors,” the committee spokesperson added.
“The weekend would not have been possible without the cooperation of the businesses and residents of Bawn Street, and we would like to extend a massive thank you for all your help and support.
“We would also like to thank Richard Rhattigan, and the volunteers who assembled the chalets, Mid-Roscommon Vintage Club and the Christmas lights group, who once again have outdone themselves with the amazing display. They spent many hours getting the town ready to sparkle in time for the market and Santa’s arrival, and they are continuing to raise funds to add to the lights in the town going forward on their Facebook page”.
The committee also paid tribute to Roscommon County Council, the Arts Department, Roscommon LEADER, local public representatives, Tighe’s Agri, Barna Waste and the local Town Team, for their support in hosting the event.
“In addition, we would like to thank the following for volunteering their time or supporting the market in other ways: Frank Hanly (Eurospar), Barry Hanly (Strokestown Hardware), Gerry and Marilyn Kennedy (Westgate B&B), Pat Brogan Tractors, Strokestown Community Centre, Pauline Lavin, Gerry Jago, Cormac Dalton, Martin Greene, TY students from Scoil Mhuire, Mike Snype, and to everyone who assisted at the weekend with traffic management.
“Also, to anyone else who has helped us out in any way, we express our thanks,” the spokesperson said.
“The Christmas market has brought the community together and everyone has truly enjoyed the weekend. It makes all the hard work and organising worthwhile”.
The Strokestown Christmas Market committee includes: Martina Murray, Louise Greene, Claire McDermott, Julia Goodwin, and Steve Wintersgill. Our sources in The North Pole have confirmed that all are on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list this year!