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Declan Nerney returns for Race Dance

Having recorded numerous top-selling albums to date, and established some great self-penned songs – and many great cover versions like ‘Stop the World’ – Declan Nerney continues to enthrall audiences right across the world.

  The County Longford singer has just this week finalised plans for the annual Marquee in Drumlish Festival which will take place in his home town of Drumlish County Longford in mid-August.

  In September over 300 fans will join him for his ‘Hooley in The Sun’ on the continent, but will he rest up now ahead of this hectic schedule? No, not at all ….Declan Nerney will bring his wonderful live dance show to the Race Dance at The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon this Tuesday night August 4th.

  Doors open at 11 pm with dancing from midnight. Don’t miss Declan Nerney after the races on Tuesday night!



‘Dec’s Bar’ opens at The Plunkett Inn

It promises to be a bumper weekend in the village of Castleplunkett when The Plunkett Inn Bar & Lounge re-opens under the new management of Ballintubber native Declan Conboy.

  ‘Dec’s Bar’ will be officially opened at The Plunkett Inn this weekend and there is a fantastic line-up of musical entertainment lined up to mark the event.

  On this Friday night the grand opening will take place while on Saturday night the 1st of August there will be music featuring a host of talented local artists. On Sunday night DJ Cush will be providing the entertainment.

  The Plunkett inn will also be catering for all types of celebratory occasions including birthday, communion and confirmation parties and is the ideal place to host your special occasion.

  New proprietor Declan Conboy has gained substantial experience in the pub industry – having working in bars for many years – and he is now embarking on this exciting new project and looking forward to receiving the support of locals.

  It promises to be a great weekend in Castleplunkett with the official opening of ‘Dec’s Bar’s’ at The Plunkett Inn. Make sure to call in!


Castlerea Rose Festival & Show to attract crowds

The 27th annual Castlerea Rose Festival got underway with a spectacular opening parade on Wednesday night.

  Colour and theatre paraded through the streets in a carnival atmosphere to officially launch the festival, which will run until Sunday, August 2.

  A variety of different events will be held over the next few days, including a traders’ market, a photo exhibition and an open-air concert.

  Sunday promises to be a particularly exciting day. A family fun day will be hely from 1 pm in The Demesne, which will include a BBQ, sports day, penalty shoot-out, bouncy castles and face-painting.

  The Rose of Castlerea Selection Night, the centrepiece of the festival, will be held in Trinity Arts Centre at 9 pm. This promises to be a fantastic night’s entertainment, with the crowning of the 2015 Rose of Castlerea.

  Meanwhile, the Castlerea Agricultural Trade and Craft Show will place in Castlerea Mart on Monday, a bank holiday, from 11 am.




Legends of music in Arts Centre stage this August!

It’s all about the music this August at Roscommon Arts Centre as they prepare for music legends Dervish on August 6th and Brendan Bowyer on August 15th to delight audiences.

This will be Dervish’s debut performance at the Arts Centre and with Strokestown native Cathy Jordan leading the troupe, audiences are in for a fantastic evening of music with one of the leading Irish bands on the folk/roots circuit worldwide.

Meanwhile, enjoy an evening of nostalgia and great music with Brendan Bowyer at Roscommon Arts Centre on Saturday 15th August at 8 pm.

The legendary Brendan Bowyer and his Band will perform all of his many hits in this Concert Show of pure nostalgia.

Brendan has the same high energy today as he was renowned for in the exciting days of The Royal Showband and The Big Eight.

He will be joined on stage on the night by his daughter Aisling who is fresh from her own highly-rated show in Las Vegas, ‘The Hucklebuck’, the title of course of the biggest of her dad’s six No. 1 hits, which went platinum internationally, and is still as popular today.

Tickets for both events are available from Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824 or log onto www.roscommonartscentre.ie.

Ballintubber Heritage and Eileen Óg Festival Weekend (24-26 July)


Ballintubber Heritage and Eileen Óg Festival weekend activities start on Friday the 24th of July at 7 pm with a Celtic spiritual religious service at St. Bride’s Well in The Old Graveyard. At 7.30 pm Con Connor will give an illustrated demonstration of ancient cobbling techniques in The Old School House. Evening entertainment is provided by traditional music from Claremorris Ceoltas, set dancing with Mildred and storytelling in Garvey’s starting at 9.30 pm.


Saturday’s events start at 11 am with a tour of The Old Graveyard by archaeologist Mary Timoney, where she will share her vast research on the stone masonry and symbolism of historic headstones.

The official opening of the festival weekend by Eileen Óg and McGrath is at 1 pm and traditional farming methods will be demonstrated by scythe cutting of the meadow in the bio-diversity garden at 2 pm.

There will be butter churning and displays of homemade breads in The Old School House from 11 am to 6 pm, and also various craft demonstrations such as St. Bridget’s cross making, with refreshments served.

Throughout the village all day there will be displays of vintage cars and machinery, farm animals and fowl, bouncy castle and pony rides. Traditional music and Irish stew will also be served all day in Garvey’s.


Sunday’s events start at 2 pm with a historic walk of the village and dancing at the crossroads. Horse shoeing will be demonstrated at The Old Forge at 3 pm and traditional hay making will also be demonstrated.

The trail of The Willsgrove Mile will start from The Old School House at 4 pm. There’ll be a cake sale and refreshments served all day in The Old School House.

Guided tours of Ballintober Castle will be given on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and any finds will be displayed in The Old School House. There will also be food and craft stalls throughout.


On Monday morning at 11 am Ballintubber will welcome American ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley. Ambassador O’Malley will be given a tour of Ballintober Castle and he will plant a ceremonial tree in the village.

There will be a medieval workshop for children aged 7-12 at 2.30 pm at The Castle, costumes will be provided.

In the evening there will be a farewell party for the American guests in Kenny’s Lounge, with barbeque and music by Moonlight Serenades and special guest.

5 Highlights of Ballygar Carnival 2015…

Thursday July 30th to Tuesday August 4th

Nathan Carter

Perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated musical entertainment of the carnival will be the performance of Irish Country sensation Nathan Carter at the Mattie McDonagh Centre on Friday, July 31st from 11.30 pm.

The heartthrob shot to stardom with his single ‘Wagon Wheel’ in 2013, which catapulted him to the forefront of Irish County Music. Make sure not to miss Nathan and his band at the carnival. Tickets are €15.

Ballygar Truckin’

One of the events which has sprung to prominence in recent years is the Ballygar Truckin’ which takes place this year on Saturday, August 1st from 12 noon, with fun for all throughout the day.

This novel event has raised in excess of €34,000 over the last two years. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day with live music, face-painting, barbecue and lots, lots more!

Heritage & Fair Day

The Heritage & Fair Day which this year will take place on Monday 3rd of August is set to be a major hit again, with free puppet shows, stilt walkers, circus acts and a magician.

There will also be a Craft Fair and Cake Sale for the Friends of the Belarus Project and a sheep dog demonstration by renowned dog trainer Eamon Egan.

The Wolfe Tones

Ballygar Carnival has always been noted for its musical flair, and the festival welcomes one of the country’s most iconic Irish trad, rebel and folk bands when the ever-popular The Wolfe Tones perform on Sunday night 2nd of August at the Mattie McDonagh Centre from 11.30 pm.

Nature Walk with Elaine O’Riordan

For the more easy-going carnival-goer, a Nature Walk and Treasure Trail takes place in the forest with NUIG Ecologist Elaine O’Riordan on Tuesday 4th of August at 1 pm. This promises to be a wonderful relaxing walk and the perfect way to wind down after the carnival.

Fun for all the family at 27th annual Castlerea Rose Festival and Agricultural Show

The 27th annual Rose of Castlerea Festival will take place from Wednesday, July 29, until Sunday, August 2.

It promises to be five days filled with lots of free family events and lots of entertainment for all ages!

Every year, the organisers strive to make the festival bigger and brighter and this year is no different.


On the Wednesday night, there will be a spectacular grand opening parade.

A world of colour and theatre will parade through the streets in a carnival atmosphere to officially launch the festival.

There will be some never-seen-before bright exhilarating inflatables to help create a spectacular evening for all.

Following the parade, the amazing Michael English and his band will play all their latest hits.


On the Thursday, the day will start with a fantastic traders’ market at 10 am on St Patrick’s Street.

Then on Thursday evening at 7 pm, there will be the first ever bubble soccer tournament to Castlerea.

After the great success of last year’s ‘Reeling through the Years’ photo exhibition, it will be returning again this year in the Trinity Arts Centre, also at 7 pm.

At 9 pm Declan Nerney and his band will perform all his greatest hits in the heart of Castlerea in a free open-air concert.

This will be followed by a fantastic fireworks display.


Friday brings another busy day. During the day, there will be a children’s window treasure hunt and a teenage make-up master class.

Then at 8 pm, there will be a live pig racing with street entertainment, providing loads of fun for all the family. Music will be provided by a sensational local band ‘The White Cakes’.


Saturday is a day for the children. The events start bright and early at 10 am, with a children’s colouring competition, cupcake decorating and teddy bears picnic all being held in the Hub.

Then, if they are not too tired, there will be a funky kiddies’ disco with DJ Keith at 4 pm.

That evening at 8.30 pm brings us another new event, ‘Trad at the train station’. This promises to be an excellent evening with set dancing with Mildred Beirne and Music by the Duntally Céilí band.

Also at 8.30 pm, there will be a White Collar Boxing exhibition in the Hub. ‘The clash of Castlerea’ promises to be a boxing bonanza full of excitement, rivalry and entertainment.


Sunday brings us to our family fun day, starting with a swimming gala at 11 am followed by a family fun day in the Demesne at 1 pm which will include BBQ, sports day, penalty shoot-out, bouncy castles, face-painting and much much more.

For all the fitness enthusiasts, there will be a 5km/10km fun run/walk/jog starting at 2.30 pm. At 3 pm we introduce another new event the Castlerea heritage walk.

There will be a stroll through the hundreds of years of history throughout the town. Then at 4.30 pm, the ‘Gaelic for mothers and others’ will battle it out in a fun football blitz in the O’Rourke Centre.

Then, to finish off our festival, we will have the Rose of Castlerea selection night at 9 pm in Trinity Arts Centre. This promises to be a fantastic night’s entertainment, with the crowning of the 2015 Rose of Castlerea.


Castlerea Agricultural Trade and Craft Show will take place on Monday, August 3, which is a bank holiday. 

The committee have devoted lots of effort to ensure that the event will be highly successful. 

The first such event was staged in 1995. This year''s event will b opened by Ballinlough man Seán Finan, the national president of Macra na Feirme. 

First-ever Rooskey Heritage Festival

Rooskey village is to host a major event this weekend: the inaugural Rooskey Heritage Festival, from Friday to Sunday.

  The entire weekend will be filled with activities that will cater for, and entertain, young and old.

  The River Shannon, as a focal point, will be utilised for kayaking, canoeing, river races, boat trips and a demonstration from Longford Sub Aqua.

  Rooskey village is also the location for the 2015 Shannon Boat Rally and it is expected that up to 100 boats will be harbouring here that weekend.

  A food and craft village is being constructed, with up to 40 stalls showcasing traditional culinary skills, homemade produce and handcrafted wares throughout the weekend.

  This will all be taking place in a specially constructed marquee that is located in the centre of the village. 

  Activities for children will include a puppet show, train rides, pet farm, face painting, bouncy castles and a climbing wall.

  Street entertainment will include various displays of vintage cars and tractors, along with two army LTAVs.

  Richie Clarke, wood carver, will also be creating a unique piece of art from an 8 ft. piece of cedar wood during Saturday and Sunday which will then be on permanent display in the village.

  Alongside all this there will be a vintage car and tractor display on Sunday.

  Musically, Friday night’s entertainment is being provided by the hugely popular band ‘White Chalk’, who have just returned from supporting ‘Kodaline’ on their UK tour.

  A busking competition will take place in the village on Saturday from 2 pm until 6 pm and there will be a prize of €500 for the winning entry.

  Saturday night’s entertainment is Patrick Feeney, who has had major success as part of the ‘Three Amigos’ group’ with Jimmy Buckley and Robert Mizzell.

  Sunday’s entertainment is a medley of local solo artists, bands and talent starting from 4 pm untill late. All this will be taking place in the Big Red Barn behind the Community Centre, located in the middle of the village.

  Rooskey Heritage Centre is located beside CJ’s Bar and have a fantastic display of memorabilia from times past and will be available to answers any questions people may have.

  Michael Bell is leading a nature trail on Sunday 26 at 3 pm. There will be a bus leaving from the Heritage Centre. Michael is an expert in his field and this event will give young and old an appreciation of what's on our doorsteps.

  The festival will be officially opened on Friday at 7.30 pm at the River Shannon, with a blessing Fr Kevin Fallon, the local parish priest, followed by entertainment from local traditional artists and the Raheen Pipe Band.

  The committee and people of Rooskey look forward to seeing you there and for more information log onto www.rooskeyheritagefestival.com or check out Rooskey Heritage Festival on Facebook.




Donamon Castle hosts Annual Family Picnic on Sunday

The annual Family Picnic Day takes place on next Sunday July 26th at Donamon Castle, Donamon, Co. Roscommon commencing with Mass at 12.30 pm.

This is a special year as the Open Day is twenty years old. Donamon Castle on the banks of the River Suck is an ideal location for this enjoyable, fun-filled event.

The Open Family Day started in 1995 to raise much-needed funds for the Divine Word Missionaries’ work at home and abroad and for the restoration work on Donamon Castle and this event proves to be a fun-packed and enjoyable day for young and old and for our visitors from abroad.

Donamon Castle is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Ireland, dating back to 1154.

Great entertainment

This year’s programme incorporates a blend of entertainment to suit all tastes with bands such as The Heebie Jeebies, The Conquerors, Busy Fingers, Castlerea Brass & Reed band and Patsy McCaul. The Duggan School of Dance will also feature on the day!

There are many activities planned for the children with ‘Bozo the clown’ with his many tricks, face-painting, pony and train rides, bouncy castles.

There will also be a variety of various fish on display in association with Inland Fisheries Ireland and of course the popular eagle display!

The Family Day is made possible because of the dedicated work undertaken by a very active committee, local volunteers and the help of many organisations and generous sponsors. Much-appreciated is the help of many agencies such as Roscommon County Council, Gardai, Civil Defence, Roscommon Leader Group, Kilbegnet Development Association Rural Social Scheme and many other local groups too numerous to mention.

The Divine Word Missionaries in Donamon and the organising committee would like to welcome and invite everyone to this enjoyable event. Admission and parking are free.

You are welcome to bring along your own barbeque or enjoy tea, coffee and soft drinks, sandwiches, sweets and ice cream which are available to buy on the day.

Auction & Grand Draw

There will be many spot prizes throughout the day and of course the exciting auction. The day concludes with a grand draw with 1st prize €1500 and many more prizes. Tickets are available to buy throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Meet Marty, Shane and Brendan at Brideswell Pattern Festival!

Marty Morrissey, Shane Owens and Brendan Shine are amongst the big attractions in Brideswell for the annual Pattern Festival.

  It starts this Thursday, July 23rd with the official opening in O’Connell’s pub. Traditonal music on the night and all musicians are welcome.

  Right through from Thursday to Monday we have an action-packed schedule of events that once again will leave everyone with fond memories of their visit to the heartland of South Roscommon.

 These include Céilí Mor on Thursday with The Anally Céilí Band, the much-anticipated ‘The Cube’ with MC Marty Morrissey on Friday and so much more!

  On Saturday activities include a walk in association with the local defibrillator group, a family cycle and an adult cycle.

  There’s a special tour of Derryglad Folk Museum too – and a GAA Blitz!

  On Saturday night Ireland’s newest country sensation Shane Owens and his band perform (with Sean Brennan). 

  On Sunday 26th July there’s an action-packed schedule of events starting with the Annual Pattern Mass at 12 noon in the village followed by a cake sale in aid of Brideswell National School and Wheel of Fortune.

  There will also be children’s workshops, entertainment and amusements, and traditional stations and don’t forget at 4 pm we have Monstor Bingo with a prize fund of €2,500 doors open at 3.30.

  On Pattern Sunday night Brideswell Pattern Festival committee have organised a special night with Brendan Shine and his band with Sean Brennan as a support act.

  The festival ‘Scattering’ takes place on Monday 27th in Hamrock’s pub with a massive BBQ at 9 pm followed by music with ‘Tickle the Pig.’ Music in local pubs throughout the festival.

  For more information contact us on www.brideswellpatternfestival.com, call Tomas on 086-0876933, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find the Festival on Facebook.


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