The Chamber of Commerce have finalised the events leading up to the Christmas. Events will be kicked off on Black Friday when businesses throughout the town will be offering special deals. Check the Roscommon People and/or the Roscommon Chamber of Commerce website for the participating businesses and the deals that they will be offering to the shoppers in Roscommon Town on Black Friday.
Next will be the turning on of the Christmas lights on Sunday, 27th of November. The lights will be turned on at 5 pm. We would encourage everyone, young and old, to come to The Square and celebrate this annual event. The Christmas Lights Committee have been working hard over the last number of weeks and months to get the lights up and operational and the event is always a great occasion in town. Several restaurants in the town will be making available free hot chocolate to the children attending the turning on of the lights. The Chamber very much appreciates the restaurants doing this free of charge in order to enhance the experience for the children. Molloy’s Café, Rogue & Co., Gleeson’s Townhouse, Regan’s Restaurant, the Harrison Café and the Peppermill are all to be congratulated for enhancing the turning on of the lights event. We would urge people to support these businesses over the course of the Christmas and into the future.
Throughout the Christmas the Chamber will be trying to keep the ‘festival feel’ about the town with piped music. AIB is sponsoring the best Christmas Window Display competition and many of the businesses in town will be doing up their windows to enhance the Christmas spirit and atmosphere about the town. Contact either Edward Donnellan of Donnellan’s Menswear, Oliver McGuinness of McGuinness’ Pharmacy or Carmel Harlow in AIB to enter the competition.
Also, throughout the Christmas, the local press will be running campaigns to encourage people to shop in Roscommon and will be offering vouchers to lucky readers.
On Sunday, 11th of December the Roscommon Harriers will be having a Fun Run ending up in The Square to help kick off the Christmas festivities. Entry is free, but donations for the Christmas Lights Committee will be accepted on the day. Anyone interested in participating should get their Santa hats and elf shoes dusted off. You don’t have to make a fool of yourself, but it is encouraged! Roscommon Chamber is arranging refreshments afterwards, so come along and join in the Turkey Trot.
The businesses on Main Street will be organising street food, carol singing, stalls and music on The Square, culminating in the school choir entertaining the shoppers on The Square outside the Bank of Ireland. To this end there will be a bandstand on The Square where a couple of local bands will perform along with the school choir from the Convent of Mercy under the direction of Ms. Siofra Cox.
The final event being organised by the Chamber on Saturday, 17th of December needs no work whatsoever from the Chamber or indeed promotion by the Chamber; the Solstice Choir will be performing on The Square. The county is extremely fortunate to have such talent available and willing to share their love of singing with the people.