‘There’s great support for the arts in Roscommon’

23-year-old musician Ciara Lawless says there are many advantages to living in Roscommon including wonderful local scenery, shopping, safety, and a well supported local arts scene.

  “I would definitely encourage younger people to make the move to Roscommon. There’s fantastic scenery here and so many good places to enjoy walks in the outdoors – Mote Park is amazing!

  “I’ve always felt totally safe in Roscommon and I think that’s so important these days. There’s a great variety of shops in the county and it’s close to towns like Galway and Athlone too,” she said. 

  As for history and the arts, Ciara believes Roscommon is punching well above its weight. 

  “There’s also so much history here and the development at Rathcroghan will have a huge knock-on effect in terms of tourism,” she said.

  “As a musician I can also say there’s great support for the arts in Roscommon. Roscommon Arts Centre is an incredible arena and the recently published sourcing guide which showcases local talent would make you proud to be from Roscommon”.

  Finally, Ciara has experience in business too as ‘The Flower Fairy’ florist in Roscommon town. She believes more support and guidance for younger entrepreneurs would be helpful.  

  “While there are so many great supports and services for young people in Roscommon, I’d like to see a little bit more support for young people starting out in business. Maybe a brochure with a list of available supports and advice?”


*Ciara is a radio presenter with RosFM as well as a singer/songwriter. Her debut album ‘Agapé – This Means Love’ is set to be released in March of this year ahead of a European tour. The album features 14 original songs and will be available on all streaming sites.