Towards the end of last year we where grant aided €2.500 from Boyle Municipal District funding. Thanks for the capital grant, we think we’ve made the besto f it.
With this money we purchased 10 gazebos in a variety of colours and 7 foldup tables.
These items will be used to facilitate our food and craft stalls this year and other events during the year.
Great atmosphere at the Easter Rooskey Duck Race.
It was a bit of quack, very egg-citing, and certainly not a bit re-duck-ulous. Thanks for all the support, we had a great turnout, especially since the Roscommon team was playing later in the day.
We had a great turn out, especially the kids, so thanks to all of you.
Winners are as follows race one;
Sally Cattigan €100
Charlie Mc Allister €75
Frank Moran €50
John Hegarty €100
Ciaran Nally €75
Teresa Reynolds €50
The Manic Ukes entertained many of the duck followers in Noels Bar after the race, and were a hugh success. We’ll see more of this mob at the Rooskey Heritage Festival itself 😀
We also want to make a special point of thanking our volunteers for the day without whom this madness would not be possible. Volunteers are really the foundation of our Festival.
So Terry Clews and Michael Campbell , thanks guys for everything ye do.
Also thank you to Tighe’s Centra Rooskey for selling our ducks and Ciaran Fallon for giving us power for our Mc on the day the wonderful Paul Neary.
Shane and Callie are our kayaking team for the duck race and during our festival but not only do they do this they have both volunteered at other occasions. Shane sold tickets on St. Patrick’s Day and Callie was one of our Roses.
We the committee want to thank everyone who helped with our parade in anyway on Saturday. The stewards and ticket sellers did a great job. We also want to thank our local garda who made it his business to help out at the bridge.
To Eugene Murphy TD, Fr. Kevin, Cllr. Joe Murphy, Cllr. Sean McGowan and our festival Rose Natasha Mahady, thank you all for your continued support.
To all the businesses, clubs, organisations and individuals who entered a float, ye where all brilliant.
To the sponsors of our raffle prizes, Manor House Marine, Costcutters and The Weir, thank you.
Our next event will be our annual 🦆 race which takes place Easter Sunday at 1.30pm and we hope to see ye all there. 🐥🐥
There are loads of great photos of the day on Facebook, check them out here.
After the BIG RACE on Easter Sunday (you can buy ducks here) or locally, our next event will be and ye will love it. 🐥🐥🐥❤
We’ll leave it at that for time being 😀
Annual Rooskey Duck Race is back on 1st April (Easter Sunday 1:30). A really popular event with young and old, come down and enjoy the quack,
Can you believe its out 4th????????
Remember the first? Here was a video we did…..
Thanks to all who took part in our St Patricks Day festivities, the parade was a great success, and we had a draw as a fundraiser. Thanks everyone
Results from our draw;
4th place bottle of whiskey, scouts
3rd place coffee percolator; Tommy Gaffney
2nd place Hamper; Collette Kelly
1st place Darragh Mc Guire; Voucher for a Day Boat sponsored by Manor House Marine.
Congratulations to all our winners.
Thanks everyone for your support. ☘☘☘
At our AGM it was suggested that the perception is has it that the festival committee has lots of money, well to be blunt about it, we don’t. 😕
Our festival cost nearly €30,000 to run last year and all of this money was received through sponsorship, donations, grant aid and fundraising events.
I can hear you asking how?
How does a small community festival cost so much and here briefly is the answer.
Barn €8000 / Insurance €1300 / Toilets €1500 / Kiddies events €4000 / Sound €1000 / Music €7000 / Advertising €2000
And sundries makes up the rest.
All these figures are available for anyone to see if your interested after all we are aware that everyone of you who buys a duck, a raffle ticket or pays into the Barn is supporting us in our endeavour to do something positive for Rooskey.
We are working tirelessly behind the scenes to do our bit for the community we live in and we feel that as a group of volunteers we are doing OK.
We ended last years festival with a small amount of funding ( approx €4,500) in our kitty and we have all ready paid our deposit of €2000 for the Barn.
The RHF was never about making profit, it was established to bring something positive to our community at large and to give us the residents a pride of place and we think we do a good job on this.
Positive things appear to be starting for our village with the development of a playground, the harbour getting some work done and maybe even the hotel reopening.
The RHF committee are delighted to play a small part in all this progress and long may it continue.
We also want to thank you guys for your support to date and hopefully your support into the future.
The committee for this year is as follows;
Maura Mc Cormack
Paddy Joe Nugent
I apologise for this long winded post but I thought
(a) you are entitled to know where the money goes and
(b) it’s nice to know who is running the festival.😀
Again we are always on the look out for help so if ye have it in your mind to get involved either in a small way or big we would love to hear from you. Everyone is welcome.
So come on Ireland in the Rugby, Enjoy the parade after and finally rumour has it there is music in the local public houses on the night.
Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact some of the above.
The Second Annual Rooskey St Patricks Day Parade
The Rooskey Heritage Festival committee are hosting the second St. Patrick’s Day Parade 🙂 to be held in our beautiful little village.
All community groups, businesses, clubs, associations and individuals are welcome.
We would like to encourage floats to incorporate some music if at all possible. Remember try and incorporate music to your floats and if there’s any local musicians out there that would like to be part of our Parade …. get in touch.
There will be prizes on the day for the bests float etc. 😀
To take part please contact a member of the committee before 12 March.
Plans for this years Parade are well underway but we could do with some extra hands.
If you could spare a couple of hours on St. Patrick’s Day we would really appreciate it. ☘ Contact Ger 086/ 821 5492 or Orla on 087/3134045 if you can help out. ☘☘
Lets have fun…
A hugely enjoyable night was had by all in Coxes Dromod, and a big thanks to all our Roses, their escorts, the sponsors, the judges, the wonderful Brendan Farrell, but especially the great support of the public who came and supported this event.
It was the final fundraiser before the actual Rooskey Heritage Festival, so we really appreciate the time and effort from all.
Each of the ladies were a joy and we had some craic for the evening with them. Each showed themselves to talented, confident young ladies, each performing admirably in front of a large crowd. Brendan Farrell interviewed each, and each then did a ‘bit’, a poem, a song, a demonstration :D. The crowd loved it.
While nobody loses, the judges crowned Matasha Mahady the overall winner. Congrats Natasha, we think your particular
Big thanks to the Kilmore Vintage Club who will hold a car run on Sunday at the Rooskey Heritage Festival.
The vintage run will finish about 1:00 on the day, and many of the cars will be parked up on display for the rest of the afternoon.
The vintage club is a huge supporter of the Rooskey Heritage Festival and had the award winning float our recent St Patricks Day parade.