Roscommon Lamb Festival May 02 - 07 May 2018

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Chairman’s Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2018 Roscommon Lamb Festival. As always, we endeavour to showcase all that’s good about our county and its people. Our Festival kicks off on a farming theme at Roscommon Mart on Wednesday the 2nd of May with a Show and Sale of lambs.

Last year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary a beautiful sculpture of a Ewe with her lambs was created from Lecarrow limestone by local artist Mark Feeley and was unveiled at the Mart. This can now be seen on permanent display outside our Tourist Office in the town square.

Sheep farming has in times past and still is hugely important to the county. While the value of wool may have dropped dramatically over the last 50 years it is highly regarded as a fabric in high end fashion. There will be many examples of wool craft on display throughout the festival. Thankfully sheep meat is more than holding its own for the last few years making it a viable farm enterprise.

There are many things to choose from over the 5 days of the festival the vast majority of which are free and most of it based in or close to the county town. Whether you are into food, drama, history, music, sport, hand crafts or if you just want to experience life down on a sheep farm for a few hours, it’s all available.

Our popular Brazilian Style BBQ returns to the Marquee in the square on Saturday night the 5th, while Sunday sees sheep dog trialling and the Family Fun Day in the park which should prove to be highly entertaining for both young and old.

As an added feature on Sunday in the Park we are holding a Shearing Competition with a difference where shearers from all over the county will represent their local GAA clubs to battle it out for the top prize.

An Chistin at the Hub in Castlerea will host a Pop-Up Lamb Festival dinner on Friday evening while King House in Boyle and Aras an Chontae in Roscommon will host a major Tapestry and Weaving exhibition from Thursday to Sunday. Catherine Fulvio hosts a cookery demonstration at the Abbey Hotel Sunday evening and if that’s not enough you can dance the night away to a Ceili in Kilteevan Community Centre.

Last but not least may I thank the hard working committee and volunteers who have invested a huge amount of their time and energy to make this work and our very generous sponsors without whose help this Festival would not survive.

May I wish all our visitors from near and far a very enjoyable time over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Donal Mee, Festival Chairman