Thursday, 2 April 2015

Lots of events planned for Roscommon Lamb Festival 2010

Roscommon Lamb Festival 2010 is a celebration of family fun, great food, farming, heritage, crafts and community spirit in County Roscommon, taking place on the May Bank Holiday, from Wednesday 28th April to Monday 3rd of May 2010.

The Lamb Festival is now in its third year and growing from strength to strength with a vision of creating a nationally-recognised festival for the Roscommon and Shannonside regions. Based on the fact that Roscommon has the highest lamb output in the country, the festival celebrates lamb in a diverse range of events over the course of the weekend.

As always, food, farming, heritage and family fun are the cornerstone of the festival - highlights include ‘The RLF Restaurant’ - a countywide event that will see local personalities from all sectors compete in a cook-off against each other in local restaurants. It will run over a number of weeks with the final being held on Friday, 30th April in Roscommon during the festival.

On Saturday the ever-popular Women in Business Fair and the BBQ Brazilia & Irlanda takes place. Sunday will see a massive Family Fun Sunday in Loughnaneane Park and the square with lots of fun with entertainment, facepainting, Pet Lamb, Little Bo Peep/Boy Blue Competition, a showcase of traditional skills as well as the Global Kitchen which highlights the diversity and multiculture of the people of Roscommon and how they can cook lamb in many ways in their countries.

Another farming aspect is the International Sheep Dog Trials that are taking place in Roscommon Town. A Wool Village is planned for Market Square with sheep shearing, wool spinning, weaving, feltmaking, knitting, dyeing, interactive weaving project and more. To end Sunday’s festivities is The Big Ol’ Barn Dance with “The Crimson Crows” in the Festival Marquee - so get your dancing shoes ready! 

If all that hasn’t tired you out - the festival winds down on Bank Holiday Monday with a sponsored 10km mini marathon in association with the Roscommon Carers Association - led by a well-known personality. 

This is just a snippet of what’s going on during Roscommon Lamb Festival 2010 with many more events to be finalised. For more information visit: and follow us on facebook at

Exhibition of visual art from local artists

Local poet Paul Leyden will perform the official opening of an exhibition of local visual art at 8 pm on Thursday evening, 29th April.

At the opening, Mr. Leyden will recite some of his poems. The exhibition takes place in the old AIB Bank, Church Street, Roscommon and runs from April 29th to May 2nd, as part of Roscommon Lamb Festival.

The exhibition is organised by artists Honor Fitzgerald and Noel Molloy and includes artists Fran Crowe, Gillian Gannon, Kristy Verenga, Angie Duignan, Katie Browne, Annette Gaffney, Margo McNulty, Ann Rigney, Joe Cunniffe, Dympna Molloy, Ros Art, Mantua Art, Siobhan Carlos, Lorna Brennan, Martha Lynn, Maree Bannon, Joanne Hughes, Nollaig Molloy, Niamh Molloy. Bob Attenbury, Joan Attenbury, Clair Attenbury, Ian Marks, Micheal J. Farrell, Frances McGonigal, Stephanie Cuddy, Honor Fitzgerald, Noel Molloy who all are working in Roscommon.

Visit to see all the other exciting events that are taking place over the weekend. You can also follow the festival on where you can interact with other fans and share photos and stories from the weekend.

Don’t forget the Big Ol’ Barn Dance

Get your dancing shoes on for the Big Ol’ Barn Dance which takes place on the Sunday night of the festival, May 2nd at 9 pm.

Northwest’s newest talent, The Crimson Crows, will provide a fantastic night of country, blues and rock n roll in the festival marquee. Full bar on the night, tickets only €10 available from the festival ticket office, Gleeson’s Townhouse, Jackson’s Restaurant and selected outlets. See for more details.

Family Fun Sunday in the park

A full menu of activities are taking place in Loughnaneane Park in the full glory of Roscommon Castle as part of Roscommon Lamb Festival 2010.

Linking up with the Wool Craft Village in the Square and the International Sheepdog trials in Walshe’s Field, there will be something for everyone as family fun, heritage and food are showcased all in one place! Facepainting, balloon modelling, music, pony rides, dancing and entertainment will all be on offer. Admission is free, so bring all the family. Highlights include: Sheep racing with raffle sweepstake, Pet Lamb, Bo Peep & Boy Blue Competition sponsored by Texas department store and Island View Canine Creche, the Army No. 1 Band, Traditional Skills Showcase, Global Kitchen International Food Village, Global Dance Showcase and much more.

Visit to see all the other exciting events that are taking place over the weekend. You can also follow the festival on where you can interact with other fans and share photos and stories from the weekend.

Roscommon Lamb Festival is going to be wooly good fun!

Wool is the order of the day on the Roscommon Lamb Festival’s Family Fun Sunday on the 2nd of May.

The main event sees two venues in the town, a Wool Craft Village in the festival marquee and just up the laneway in Loughnaneane Park is the Family Fun Sunday in the Park.

Both venues will be great fun and celebrate wool in many ways! New to the Lamb Festival this year is the Wool Craft Village which will take place in the festival marquee on the Square. There will be much to see and do, exhibitors selling specialist supplies for all your knitting needs, sheep shearing demonstrations, an interactive knitting circle and numerous demonstrations from leading artists and groups to introduce you to lots of new techniques with wool. There will be demonstrations in feltmaking, weaving, knitting, natural dyeing of wool and crochet throughout the afternoon. There will also be a group of spinners spinning the freshly sheared wool for knitting and you will have the opportunity to join in and learn how to spin yourself.

Members of the Roscommon knitting circle, The Cast Offs, will form a large knitting circle which you can join in on. Some wool and needles will be available but if you have any of your own be sure to cast on and come along!

It is hoped to have enough knitted/crocheted squares to stitch together and display at the end of the festival. Fibre Artist Fran Crowe will demonstrate her tapestry weaving and also natural dyeing of wool. Merrove Guiren will be running an interactive weaving demonstration and that’s just on the Square!

Lamb Festival has heritage at heart

A new aspect to this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival is the many heritage events that are taking place.

With walks all over the county, the festival highlights and appreciates the heritage and natural beauty that Roscommon has to offer for its townspeople and visitors.

On Friday 30th April, there are two walks in Rindoon, Lecarrow with St. John’s Heritage Group take place at 3 pm and 6 pm, meeting at Lecarrow Community Centre. Saturday 1st May sees a guided tour of Rathcroghan with NUIG’s Joe Fenwick starting from the Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre, Tulsk.

Sunday 2nd May kicks off with a 13-14 km walk for walkers and walking clubs on the Suck Valley Way starting from the Angling Centre in Athleague - please contact Martin Dunne on (087) 2665951 by 26th April.

The festival also has two tours in the county town, the first being a guided walking tour of Roscommon Town with local historian John Kerrigan at 12 pm from the county library. 2.30 pm sees a fascinating architectural tour of Roscommon’s Sacred Heart Church with Katriona Byrne, architectural historian and conservation consultant.

All of the heritage events are free to all, however places are limited on certain tours. You can register for free online at and see all the other exciting events that are taking place over the weekend. You can also follow the festival on where you can interact with other fans and share photos and stories from the weekend.