UGUST 26th 2012 promises to be a very memorable day for the people of Roscrea and its neighbouring villages and parishes. The Damer House and the Roscrea Castle Complex will play host to the first Roscrea family festival in quiet some time.
he festival will be called Roscrea BEO, admission will be free of charge and the organising committee are convinced it will be a great success.
Commencing at 2pm that day there will be busking competitions for young and old. A puppet show on the castle lawn will take place and their will be lots of fair day activities spread throughout the castle grounds similar to what Roscrea families would have experienced in years gone by at the famous St Anne’s field day.
There will be a number of medieval food stalls as well as crafts stalls and artisan stalls with plenty of vintage equipment also on display. Children’s face painters will be available and a hurling skills competition will take place which promises to be most exciting. In addition there will be a mechanical cow and plenty of other novelties on display.
Because the festival is part of heritage week the OPW will be very much involved and an historic theme will run throughout the whole day. In this regard there will be exhibitions featuring Roscrea photos and for the younger people a history quiz will take place. There will be a number of walking tours which will feature great stories about Roscrea, the town’s buildings and tales of times passed.
A number of demonstrations will take place including sheep sheering and a blacksmith demonstration. The legendary wheel of fortune will be given a revival on the day and steeling a lot of the attention will hopefully be the historic enactments group. Sword fighters, archers, and warriors from the past will all feature as part of the enactments which is sure to draw a great crowd.
Throughout the day entertainment will be provided by buskers and Roscrea Comhlatas. In addition a string quartet will entertain audiences throughout the afternoon and a Gregorian chant will take place later in the evening in the Church of Ireland.
To complete the fun filled day a concert will take place in the grounds of the castle. The concert will feature the best of local bands and artists and promises to be a super occasion. Later in the evening the Roscrea Miscellany will make a comeback and there are great plans to make this a very special event.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.