Roscommon Lamb Festival April 29th - 4th May 2020

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Chairman’s Welcome

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you together with family and friends to the 2020 Roscommon Lamb Festival. This is our 13th annual festival and as always we have a wide and varied list of events lined up for your entertainment.

The Festival kicks off on Wednesday the 29th of April with a Show and Sale of lambs at Roscommon Mart followed later on that evening by a Thanksgiving for the Flocks of the Fields in St Coman’s Church of Ireland. The ever popular Roscommon Lamb BBQ takes place in the Festival marquee in the town square on Saturday the 2nd of May and the much anticipated Family Fun Day in Loughenane Park happens on Sunday the 3rd of May. Both of these events take on a life of their own that will leave you wanting for more of the same again next year. The month of May marks a time in the sheep farmer’s calendar when the hard struggle of late nights and early mornings are replaced by happy faces and bountiful fields of playful lambs.

Considering the importance sheep farming means to this region, it’s little wonder that all things wool and farming take centre stage in our festival. We will be covering many new topics from history, art, nature walks, farm walks and demonstrations in craftworks of many kinds which should be of special interest to children as well as adults. We are also glad to be welcoming back ’Interconnections 3’ which is a biennial international weaving art exhibition which will feature in the Arts Centre over the weekend of the festival before it goes on tour.

Both the Enterprise and Festival marquees in the town square will be showcasing many of the wonderfully talented crafters and artisan food producers in the county and the general area over the weekend. Music and dancing feature highly on our programme with both Céilí dancing and Social dancing being catered for while many of the local pubs will be holding music sessions throughout the festival. Our brochure is packed with details of where and what’s going on throughout the festival. You could do worse than book in to one of the many hostelries in the county town or its environs allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of what promises to be a great weekend.

The Festival itself has always been run on a non for profit basis under the guidance of a very hard working voluntary committee. Most of the events are free to attend and those that aren’t are made as affordable and family friendly as possible. The task of putting on an event of this scale would not be possible without the generous funding and help we receive from Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Local Enterprise Office in particular as well as some assistance from Leader.

We must also acknowledge our main sponsors Kepak Group, Roscommon Mart, FBD Insurance, P Coffey & Sons Ltd, Murray Timber Group, Sidero(John Mee) and the many local businesses and individuals who give so generously towards the festival. I would urge you to take time to read the list of sponsors in this programme and to give priority to supporting these businesses as they certainly deserve it. Special thanks to all the volunteers who give of their time unselfishly during our festival. They are the unsung heroes. I would also like to acknowledge our media partners , Roscommon Herald, Roscommon People, Shannonside Radio and Ros FM who give us great coverage leading up to and throughout the whole festival. 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.