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.