Up to 5,000 to attend Caravan Club rally in Roscommon

   Crowds of up to 5,000 people are expected in Roscommon Town this weekend for the 25th anniversary of the Motor Caravan Club of Ireland which will be held at Roscommon Racecourse starting on Friday May 30th (continuing until Monday 2nd June). The club held their annual gathering at the same venue last year and they were so impressed with the site and the welcome that they got in Roscommon Town, they had no hesitation in returning again this year.   Speaking to The Roscommon People on Tuesday the President of the club Mr. Bill Lupton said that they were really looking forward to their return to Roscommon Town this year.   ‘When we decided that we were coming to Roscommon last year a lot of our members were sceptical but after their experience last year they all wanted to come back this year. I can definitely say that of all the towns that we have visited, Roscommon was definitely the best’ he said.   ‘When we decided to come back to Roscommon Town this year we had unanimous approval from our members and we are looking forward to our weekend again. We may even consider Roscommon as a permanent location for our annual gathering in the future’ he said.   ‘We could not get over the generosity and friendliness that we were shown in Roscommon. The people were friendly, the facilties at the site were very good and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Roscommon is a good shopping town too and we could not be happier with what we found there’ he said.   ‘There are also plenty of places to visit in County Roscommon and many of our members came back to County Roscommon after our rally last year to visit places   like Boyle and Strokestown. Roscommon should be promoted more in terms of tourism’ said Bill.   The rally is an invitation to motor home and caravan owners from all over the country to come to Lenabane. They expect the influx to start early in Friday and that will continue all day on Friday.   Members of the public are invited to come along between 12 noon and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday to have a look at the hundreds of vehicles. Entry is free and Bill Lupton says that people are very welcome to attend on both days.   ‘We have our own entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights and and that is confined to our own members but the public are very welcome on Saturday and Sunday afternoons’ Bill concluded.   Manager of Roscommon Racecourse Mr. Micheal Finneran told the People on Tuesday that the rally is very welcome back to Roscommon this year. ‘This was a great event last year. It brought thousands of people into the town and it’s a great boost to the town area economy for the Bank Holiday weekend. I hope it’s anothet great success for them. I’m sure it will be’ he said.