The 17th Lough Ree Environmental Summer Festival commences on Thursday 23rd of July and continues until Sunday.
The event has undoubtedly put Lanesboro/Ballyleague are on the map where creating awareness of our environment.
The history of the festival and the sheer impact it has on the community is a story within itself. Since its inception in 1998 the event has grown and now attracts visitors from all over Ireland as well as an International audience.
Over the years the festival attracted local, national and international visitors to share in the events with the remit of raising awareness of environmental issues.
The event is open to everyone, even those with just a fleeting interest in environmental matters. This year’s programme aims to provide something for everyone to explore our beautiful environment and enjoy the great outdoors.
A feature this year is a three-day poetry workshop facilitated by renowned poet Noel Monahan where they will also be delving into the past with an exhibition of photographs celebrating the businesses through the ages.
Due to popular demand the Lough Ree Environmental Summer Festival are bringing back bush craft camping and a stained glass workshop.
Fishing, archery, woodland and bog trips, as well as family fun by the lake are also listed on the programme available from local shops. Organisers hope you will take part in some of the activities and ramble through the many exhibitions.
As part of the programme of events during the Festival this year, and in conjunction with Abbott Longford, the committee are hosting a Junior Nature Competition titled ‘Our Local Environment’ on the 24th, 25th and 26th July 2015. This encompasses all aspects of local environment e.g., animals, plants, trees, land or Waterways, and should be displayed in a visual billboard type of display on an A3 poster. Individual or group entries are welcome.
Projects must be returned to: Lough Ree Community Resources, Main Street, Lanesborough, Co Longford, no later than Friday the 24th July 2015. Judging will take place during the Summer Festival. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. For further information contact Brigid Mullooly on 086-8807596 or Mark Casey 087-2317669.