The President of Roscommon Chamber of Commerce, Declan Molloy, says the businesses of the town and surrounding areas are looking forward to a busy weekend.
Hyde Park will host the Minor and Senior Connacht Football Finals this Sunday and it is expected that up to 20,000 football fans will be in town.
This offers local businesses the opportunity to showcase what’s best about Roscommon town and surrounding areas.
Mr. Molloy said that hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, fast food outlets and pubs should all benefit from the influx of people over the weekend.
Mr Molloy went on to say how important it is to the local economy that Hyde Park is developed as a premium venue for GAA games in the area.
“Due to our location it will mean we can attract more matches, such as the likes of All-Ireland ‘Qualifiers’ when a neutral venue is required – and neutral supporters from neighbouring counties can easily access the grounds. A developed Hyde Park will be good for generations to come.”
Chairman of Roscommon Town Vintners Mr Larry Brennan said that having the Connacht Final in Roscommon town was a huge and very welcome boost for local pubs.
“Not only will the pubs benefit but the whole hospitality sector including hotels, restaurants, shops, takeaways, B&Bs etc. will all benefit substantially from the town’s hosting of such a large event as a Connacht Final,” he said.
“Many other towns on the Sligo and Mayo routes stand to benefit substantially also. It underlines the importance that the development of Hyde Park is to the entire business community of the county,” Mr. Brennan concluded.
Mr. Molloy thanked everyone involved in organising the fixture in Roscommon this weekend.
“Hopefully the sun will shine. My message to the public is come early and enjoy the atmosphere that ‘Connacht Final Day’ brings to the area.”