Here come the Quack !! Duck Race Sunday 1st May

rubber-duck[1]Remember this guy?

Well he and 499 of his friends have landed in Rooskey in preparation for the 2nd Annual Rubber Duck Race, in aid of the Rooskey Heritage Festival.

1st May  is the date, please join in the fun. Turn up and watch the swarm of ducks racing.  Join in with the activities beside the river.  We will have music, games, and loads of activity at the river side to keep everyone happy.

We are hoping people will support the Duck Race again, as it was a fantastic success last year!

You can manage a duck in the race for €2. (quacken’ value)  

The first three past the post will get a prize.

1st      €75

2nd   €50

3rd   €30


We are also re running a separate competition for all those who want to take part but are not around to buy a line locally. We did it last year, and we got great support.

How it works:

1. Donate €2.00 to the Rooskey Heritage Festival using the button below.

2.  You will get a receipt from Paypal about your donation.

3. We will RANDOMLY SELECT a duck for you, and let you know the number.

4. The Duck Race will take place on Sunday May 1 around 2:00 (ish!)

5. The first three (3) ducks over the line will get a prize. €75 for 1st, €50 for 2nd, and €30 for third. Same as local competition.

All profits go towards the Rooskey Heritage Festival.

There will be cards available all around the village, and with committee members, so please support us and give yourself a chance to win.

Last year we ran short of ducks(!), so if you want to support us, get in early.



Manage a Duck !!

ONLY €2.00!

Buy your DUCKS here
Please let us know your email and we will forward your duck numbers to you :):

All profits go to the Rooskey Heritage Festival.

Buy your DUCKS here
Please let us know your email and we will forward your duck numbers to you :):

Last Years Race

We are delighted to announce that the McFaddens Funfair is coming to Rooskey Heritage Festival.

Check out the McFaddens website to get an idea of their operation.

The funfair will be open from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Should be fun.

More about McFaddens Entertainments

McFaddens Entertainments is an Irish company, that has been in the entertainment business for many generations. The company has varied in form from drama and variety to circus and finally to funfair bringing many fond memories to the people of Ireland for many years.

The experience of the company management is unmatched in the industry as the company has participated in many different events in its life time. The aim of the company has always been to provide a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all its customers and to bring success to any events that it takes part in.

The company has been a member of the showmans guild of Ireland since its establishment.





We are have a litter picking operation on Saturday 16th April @ 9am in conjunction with the Tidy Towns, Rooskey Town & Country Development and the Scouts from Kilglass and Tarmonbarry.
You are all welcome to join in ….as you know many hands make light work.

. We are hoping to kick start a general tidy up of our village before the summer to make it more attractive to ourselves and visitors.

So if you ready, willing and able we are meeting at the community centre.

We’ve had really good feedback and suggestions as to new ideas or ideas to retain for the festival in 2016.

We can now confirm that the water based activities that were around in 2015 will be back for 2016.

We will have the incredibly popular canoe and kayak activities 11811482_984604794894278_6998518101056470734_n[1]under control of the Shannon River Adventure  crew, and they are bringing the little bit scary Climbing Wall.

People love it (rather them than me!).

We’re hoping to have short boat trips also if we can get things sorted out in time.


The street entertainment was a great success last year and we will have bigger and better this year.

We had dedicated a street entertainer along with the buskers last year, and we will have bigger and better this year.

More street entertainers, on Saturday and Sunday.

Return of the very popular Busking Competition on Saturday.

Buskers and invited performers on main street on Sunday.


the big blue play bus

Wow, the people behind the big blue play bus from Roscommon have agreed to take part in the Rooskey Heritage Festival.  We are delighted that they will be in the village on Saturday afternoon (23rd) so that the kids can have a real good time.

The Roscommon Family Play Bus mission is to provide a safe, healthy, happy learning environment for the children so that they may reach their full potential in all areas of personal and intellectual development through this multi-disciplinary project.

The vision for the play bus is that it will offer a high quality early years service for the children and provide a space for parents to access training or support.

The RHF committee is delighted to support and highlight this service and hope that the people in the village take this unique opportunity to check it out, and the kids take the opportunity to have some fun 🙂

Rackhouse Pilfer

We are delighted to announce that Rackhouse Pilfer are performing in the Big Red Barn on Friday 24th July at the Rooskey Heritage Festival.

Rackhouse Pilfer are a high-octane six-piece bluegrass and american roots band. They perform a mix of original songs and their own unique take on songs from Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch, Steve Earl, John Hiatt etc as well as traditional Bluegrass songs. Each of the six members sing and there are big harmonies.

Rackhouse Pilfer  will be a fantastic headliner act for the festival opening night. They are expected on stage after our earlier activities finish (more on that later!).

Heres a couple of songs to get you in the mood.

The first is a version of Bruce Springsteens Atlantic City.  This is closer to The Band’s version.

The second is a Rackhouse Pilfer original Angela, sung on the pier in Mullaghmore.

The third is a live version of The Mountain by Steve Earle, most famously sung by Levon Helm. This impromptu performance, it really shows the bands strengths.

This year to honour our community we would like to create a “Wall of Fame”. We want to include people from our community and the surrounding areas but we need your help!!!!

Our idea is to create a wall which should include a photo and a brief description of the person or people. We want to display these photos around the village to celebrate the past, the people, their lifestyles and their skills and talents.

Above is an example in the format that we would like. We know it’s only April but to do this properly will take a bit of time and organisation.

We would like to include all the photos we receive so if you are interested in this project please make sure that it’s OK with the family of the person you wish to include as a name will be attached to each piece.

Please use the CONTACT FORM to forward information to us, or our Facebook page.

The Sanctuary Players will come to Rooskey to perform The Cripple of Innishmann on Sunday 20th of March.
We are delighted as its a wonderful opportunity to see these fantastic actors at their craft.

The cast is as follows

Pauric Halpin__ Cripple
Bartley_Nathan Beirne
Bobby-Gerard Frayne
Aunts-Lynsey Regan and Elaine English.
Helen- Lorraine mc Glynn
The Doctor- Seamus Garvey
Mammy- Maggie Carrington
Johnny Patten Mike- Declan Fallon and the director is the wonderful Donal Kelly.

Tickets are €10 and can be pre booked by calling 086 8215492.

Note..unfortunately this play is not suited to children under 12 because of its adult content.

Thanks to Cox - Main Sponsors of the Festival

Cox's Steakhouse and Bar

Dromod Village
Co. Leitrim
T:  353 (0) 71 9638 234

Event Sponsors of the Festival

Cox's Steakhouse, Dromod, Co. Leitrim Tel: 353 (0) 71 9638234

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Waterways Ireland

Roscommon County Council

K & D Joinery 44 (0)20 8526 7020

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