Traditional threshing display at harvest festival in Castlerea on Thursday

A traditional threshing display by one of County Roscommon’s best known tillage farmers will be one of the highlights of Thursday’s Harvest Festival at the Enterprise Hub in Castlerea, when a crowd of over 200 people from community groups all over the county is expected to gather in attendance.

The event is organised by the Roscommon Older Person’s network in association with Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Roscommon County Council, An Garda Síochána and many more groups.

The festival day is being organised as part of a health and wellbeing initiative by the OPN, and will include activities such as blood pressure testing, social dancing, a live cooking demonstration by An Chistín, information stands from Alzheimers Ireland, Alone, Local Link Transport, and Muintir na Tire, and a demonstration by the Ballnlough Active Age Group on pole walking recreational activity.

Members of the Roscommon OPN (Older Persons Network) Harvest Festival committee pictured at the launch of the Harvest Festival Day event at the Castlerea Enterprise Hub last week. The Harvest Festival Day will take place at The Hub in Castlerea on Thursday, October 12th from 10.30 am to 2 pm. Pic: Kieran Croghan

“The event is open to all active age groups in the county and is free”, commented Bernie Kearney (Chairperson of the Roscommon OPN). “We will have over three hours of activity for everyone, including a free lunch and we hope to mark the harvest festival in an appropriate way”.

An Garda Síochána will be in attendance to talk to older people about crime prevention over the winter months, community alert month and the importance of the Message In A Bottle initiative for maintaining details of medications in your home, where they can be easily accessible to the emergency services. This project is operated in association with Roscommon Lions club.

The event will run from 10.30 am to 2 pm and transport is available by contacting or calling 086 0836720.