Roscommon…or as we sometimes say…Ros Com On! Well, next Sunday, June 21st is a battle cry to people of Roscommon to join us in one online feast of Roscommon (2 pm Roscommon time) for approximately two hours of a celebration of what is a taste of how amazing this county is.
Roscommon Bound…A Global Rossie Strategy, was launched last December by Minister Paschal Donohoe, whose mother hails from County Roscommon. This was only the start of a really enthusiastic, ambitious effort to connect people from Roscommon all over the world. Little did we know in December how important this would become.
Roll forward to March 2020 and Covid-19 puts a stop to everything which is considered ‘normal’ – the chance to meet up, the chance to return home for the weekend, the chance to fly home for summer holidays or indeed the chance to fly to family who have settled elsewhere.
This will be a two-hour livestreamed event via Roscommon Bound on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, and will feature a host of Roscommon people both at home and abroad. There will be a great deal of content across many spheres, from sports to arts to tourism and local business.
Summer wouldn’t normally be summer without the primrose and blue dreaming of glory (and indeed achieving it!) so there will be a catch up with some sporting legends and a look back on great moments from Danny Murray, captain of the 1980 All-Ireland team, to the stars of the present such as dual player Niall Kilroy and Conor Cox, to an upcoming star, Aaron Oyiki.
Other sportstars to feature on the day include Danni Neilan (unbeaten MMA fighter), Jenny Higgins from the LGFA, and Aoife O’Rourke and Donal Ward from the world of boxing.
The business world is also well represented from Willie Murphy and Saj Hussain in Ballaghaderreen, John Mee from Sidero in Monksland and Studio Meala in Boyle discussing the benefits to having a business and working in Roscommon.
The event will be peppered with highlights from the Roscommon world of the arts from poet Jane Clarke to a specially commissioned piece by Brian Leyden and many musical items including from the Solstice Choir, Fintan Donnelly, John Dunning and more. A dramatic piece by local actor Paraic Newman will tug at the heart strings for those who have experienced the ‘ache for home’.
The event is the work of the Regeneration Unit, Community and Enterprise, with input from various community groups and the Global Rossie family around the world. There has been a huge interest in the project both from within the county to Rossies around the globe and according to Nollaig Whyte, who is spearheading the initiative: “We have had a great ‘complaint’ in that we have been inundated with content. We have worked with local company Mimar Media to produce an amazing piece for Roscommon people everywhere. Hopefully they will be proud to promote their county to wannabe Rossies”.
You can follow the event live on the day via @Roscommon Bound on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and we would request that you share this amongst your Roscommon friends and family, wherever in the world they may be. You can message on the day using the #ForTheLoveofRos
C’mon the Ros!