The Roscommon Easter Festival committee has been building up to this weekend ever since it came together two years ago to stage the parade of 2020, which was cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
This year, the parade is the culmination of a two-day festival which will celebrate the reopening of Roscommon society and the opening of a new-look civic space in the county town’s Square.
“It’s hugely important that the parade is back,” says committee Chairperson Larry Brennan.
“It’s one of, if not the best, family days of the year in Roscommon and it’s also a huge day for businesses and the hospitality sector. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the parade and the centenary of An Garda Síochána which makes this year’s event even more special.
“It’s an ideal opportunity too to showcase the magnificent work carried out in the town centre and the fantastic public facility that is the new Square. After all, it was designed as a public realm for use by the public”.
Mr. Brennan, who runs the recently reopened Down The Hatch pub with Seamus Hayden, paid tribute to his fellow committee members, who, he says, have been waiting patiently for the big event.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the committee…thankfully the members that had been in place for the 2019 event and who had put a lot of effort into the 2020 event all agreed to stay involved so that was a huge boost,” Mr. Brennan said.
“A lot of hard work has been done and members have been working tirelessly to organise events this weekend. Everyone has put in a huge effort.
“We are now looking forward to welcoming everyone to the music festival on Saturday which is headlined by the world famous Matt Molloy & Friends and the exciting and fun-filled Easter Parade on Sunday”.