The Annual Open Family Picnic Day will take place in the grounds of Donamon Castle on this Sunday, July 29th.
The proceedings will begin with Mass in the Divine Word Church at 12.30.
Throughout the afternoon, there will be wonderful family-friendly entertainment. Admission and parking are free.
RTE’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Jake Carter will take to the stage in the late afternoon. This will be Jake’s second appearance at Donamon. Jake has a huge following and will be delighted to meet with his fans. Jake and his band promise a lively performance of music and song.
Other exciting bands to take to the stage will include: The Conquerors, Castlerea Brass & Reed Band, Patsy McCaul, Bill Haugh, Crazy Corner.
This year, a traditional ‘Irish music & song’ group from Leitrim will perform in the castle while the very popular ‘castle tours’ are taking place. Also, Duggan School of Dance will perform on the day.
There will be a big Fisheries Display hosted by the Inland Fisheries Board, showcasing fish and fauna from the River Suck.
There will be plenty of children’s entertainment with bouncy castles, pony and train rides, face-painting, hair-styling, etc. A large selection of books, cuddly toys, bags and jewellery will be on sale. Also, many items will be auctioned.
Tickets for spot prizes will be on sale throughout the day and of course the grand draw will be a big feature. Tickets for the grand draw cost €5 each or you can get a book of 5 for €20.
Funds collected on Sunday will go to the restoration of the castle and to the poor abroad in missionary countries. As this is a very worthy cause we ask everybody to come out and support the Picnic Day.
Guests are welcome to bring their own BBQ or indeed to enjoy the delicious hot dogs, sandwiches, tea & coffee, ice cream/sweets, etc. which will be on sale.
Fr. Pat Hogan, SVD Rector of the Castle and the SVD Community, together with the organising committee, invites everyone to Donamon on Sunday, July 29th and wishes all who attend a very enjoyable experience.
The organisers wish to thank all their loyal supporters who contribute to the event and all who help to make this day a success, including all volunteers, the Civil Defence, Gardai, Roscommon County Council, Rural Social Scheme and all who assist in any way.
About Donamon Castle…
Donamon Castle dates back to 1154 and is home to the Divine Word Missionaries, who came to Donamon Castle in 1939.
The Divine Word Missionaries will celebrate 80 years in Donamon next year.
One of the first ‘recruits’ to come was Fr. Norman Davitt, who arrived in Donamon in September 1939 –and is still part of the community there!