Roscrea Beo Festival Updates
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All the latest news in the build up to this year’s festival which runs from the 22nd to the 25th of August
Plans Progressing For Second Roscre Beo
Roscrea Beo was formed by like minded locals to promote local heritage, enhance the sense of community and support local business. Roscrea, Ireland’s 3rd oldest town provides an unrivalled setting for this “festival of Family Fun”.
Roscre Beo held its first annual festival in 2012. It was deemed a huge success as over 1,000 spectators poured into Roscrea Castle and surrounds. It hoped to build on this success in the coming year. The festival will begin this year on Thursday 22nd of August with the launch of “Echoes of Roscrea” in the White House. This especial CD is crafted to commemorate Roscre Beo and the Town’s history and traditions. Local musicians and singer songwriters have been busy practicing , recording and perfecting over the last few months. There are songs and stories never before recorded as well as some truly exciting collaborations. Echoes of Roscrea will be a real treat for the music aficionado as well as the casual listener.
Friday August 23rd
Continuing the festival sees a special of Sean Keane’s “The Scattering “in the Abbey Hall. Sean a native of Galway has toured the world over and they are proud to announce he will perform at the festival. He has received rave reviews and awards in Ireland as well as abroad. His traditional, folk and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique and unforgettable style. To reserve your ticket contact Tom Stapleton (087) 2238040.
Saturday August 24th
For almost 1,000 years O’Meachair family has called Roscrea and its surrounds home. The popular surname and its derivatives Maher, Meagher etc. All originate from the locality. Leaving Damer House at 10 a.m they begin a voyage of discovery on the O’Meachair tradition, which takes in prominent castles, tales and stores of yesteryear. There will be talks by special guests as well as family members, be sure to book your place as places are limited.
Later at 2p.m in the Colaiste Phobal sports field (formerly C.B.S) the Cu Chulainn hurling skills competition will take place. Roscrea a town with such a rich hurling tradition will be put to the test. Under 12 competition is at 2 p.m, under 18 at 3p.m and senior at 4p.m. Entrants are tested on 65, poc fada, sideline cut and penalty skills. Entry costs €3 per event or €10 for all four. Entry is by application form which is available on their web-site. For spectators and those who take part there will be a number of activities such as model airplanes and climbing wall. This promises to be a fun day for hurlers and spectators, so come along and enjoy.
To finish the day they have the return of “The Miscellany” which will begin in the Damer House Annex at 7.30p.m. Nurtured, cared for and developed by Mary Arrigan, the Miscellany this year will be an eclectic line up of songs, stories tales and more. The line-up will announced shortly so keep an eye on the website for further details.
Sunday August 25th
Starting the day off is a trek in the Slieve Bloom Mountains let by mountaineer and enthusiast Joe Coughlan. Those in attendance are no doubt in for an exhilarating treat. Details will announced shortly.
In the afternoon Roscrea Castle and surrounds will cater for the rest of the day’s events. This year is jam packed with events bigger and better than before. They have the return of Cork circus with a lager shoe, the return of the Blacksmiths led by Eric O Neill, face painting, Tom Stapleton photograph exhibition, Climbing Wall Stocks & Torture equipment, medieval re-enactments, market stalls, wheel of fortune, Comhaltas CD performers, trophy presentation, local picture exhibition and much much more.
At the same time the gig rig will see the performance of Mundy as well as local bands including T.M.C and Terence Cosgrove. For further details and future announcements visit their website: firstname.lastname@example.org. The success of the festival for Roscrea relies on all , Spread the Word..............
CD launch as Part of the Beo Festival
There will be a CD Sponsored by Roscrea Credit Union launched on Thursday 22nd August featuring local artists performing local material called “Echoes of Roscrea” to kick-start the Annual Beo Festival. It will be launched in The White House at 8pm. It will feature Music, Song and Peotry with well-known artists including Carmel Minogue, Cian & Conal Hanamy, Tadhg Maher, Seamus Doran, John Browne, Roscrea Community Choir, Coláiste Phobal School Choir, Katie Ryan, Theresa Larkin, Joan Murray, Seanie Gleeson, Lisa Ryan and the list goes on! This promises to be a great night and a much sought after CD which showcases the talent locally. Come along and enjoy a wonderful nights entertainment.
Cú Chulainn Hurling Skills Competition
As part of the ‘Ros Cré Beo’ festival a Hurling Skills Competition will take place in the Coláiste Phobal Sports Field (formerly CBS) on Saturday 24th August starting at 2pm for Primary Schools (under 12), 3pm for Secondary school students (under 18) and 4pm for adults. The Hurling skills will include one attempt at a 65’ (must be a goal or point), Side-line Puck (must be a goal or a point), Penalty (must score a goal on a well-known goalkeeper) and Poc Fada. The overall winner in each category will receive the ‘Cú Chulainn Perpetual Shield’. The cost will be €2 per event or €5 to enter all 4 events listed above. There will be prizes for individual skills also. All monies along with your Name, Date of Birth (under 12 & 18 categories), Club/School name and contact/mobile number must be given to Tadhg Maher, 14 Newline, Roscrea (Co-Ordinator of the event) or handed into Coláiste Phobal Secondary School by Friday 2nd August. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website www.roscreabeo.com. Entries will not be accepted on the day. This promises to be a fun day for all so we hope as many as possible will come along and see who will be crowned the ‘Cú Chulainn’ Award winners 2013!