Roscommon Lamb Festival May 01 - 06 May 2019

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Chairman’s Welcome

It gives me great pleasure on my own behalf and that of our hard working committee to welcome you to our 12th Annual Lamb Festival.

We have down through the years received great support and funding from Roscommon Co Council under Eugene Cummins and the Local Enterprise Office under Louise Ward and Jeremy Cullen together with generous sponsorship from companies such as Kepak, Roscommon Livestock Mart, FBD, Murray Timber Group, Paddy Coffey and Sons, Lecarrow and more recently John Mee who kindly sponsored our very popular GAA Club Shearing competition which takes place at the festival again this year. We have many more sponsors who are listed in this booklet without whose help we would be unable to run the festival and we would kindly ask where possible to support them and keep jobs local. I would also like to thank our friends in the media particularly the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People, Shannonside Radio and Ros FM for the tremendous coverage they give us.

When you browse through our brochure you will see that there is an extensive and interesting list of events to choose from. We have guided tours, historic walks and talks, nature walks, farm walks, dramas, a Wool Seminar, golf competition and dog trials. Over the weekend the Local Enterprise Craft Marquee hosts many high end crafters who ply their trade in Co. Roscommon. Our Festival marquee hosts many displays from a Farmers market, artisan food products, wool craft demos, pottery, copper craft, basket making and rushwork, a blacksmith, quilters, woodland craft etc. We even have the Roscommon ICA showing off their Boxty making skills and doing workshops for children. Our popular Brazilian Styled Lamb BBQ takes place in the Festival Marquee on Saturday night with music and dancing so a great nights craic is guaranteed.

This year Roscommon town celebrates their 21st Town Twinning Anniversary with Chartrettes so it gives me great pleasure to welcome our special guests from France to our BBQ and hope they enjoy their stay over the weekend of our festival.

Sunday sees Roscommon in its splendour with the Fun Day in Loughnaneane Park so get your picnics ready and bring all the family to where loads of entertainment is guaranteed. Later in the evening you can enjoy a Ceili in the Quad at 7pm followed by a Barn Dance at 9pm in the Festival Marquee run by Roscommon Macra in celebration of their 75th reunion. So get your dancing shoes at the ready for a jiving competition on the night.

Finally I wish to thank my hard working voluntary committee and the volunteers who put in so much work unselfishly throughout the year and over the duration of the festival to make it the success that it is. Míle buíochas. To all our visitors from near and far we hope you have an enjoyable May Bank Holiday and stay safe.

Donal Mee, Festival Chairman.