The Return of the Rossies

Tommy Fleming
Boyle comes alive at the end of May with a 10 day festival to co-incide with The Gathering. “The Return of the Rossies” is Roscommon’s flagship gathering event in association with Roscommon County Council.

Boyle comes alive at the end of May with a 10 day festival to co-incide with The Gathering. “The Return of the Rossies” is Roscommon’s flagship gathering event in association with Roscommon County Council.

The festival line-up includes Tommy Fleming and orchestra in concert, up and coming Irish band Hamsandwich also take to the stage, while a weekend of hot-air ballooning also promises to wow young and old, visitor and locals alike.

Tommy Fleming’s performance (Saturday May 25th) is a unique opportunity for fans to see the singer perform with full orchestral accompaniment.

The singer, who has just embarked on a month long tour of Australia, flies home for this

Roscommon gig which takes place in the walled garden at Lough Key Forest Park, the finale of which will be a fireworks display in the park.

Irish band Hamsandwich, who have just been announced as the support act to Bon Jovi at Slane Castle this summer, continue the celebrations at Lough Key on Sunday 26th May.

One of the most enthralling live acts of recent time, they are well known for their dynamic live performances. With everything from balloons and confetti to their unique crowd interaction each show is a bona fide celebration of this bands raw talent, fun and energy.

The past 12 months have seen the band conquering some of Europe’s top festivals and album number three is currently in the works as the band prepares to take to the stage at Roscommon.

The skies around the county will be filled with hot air balloons during the festival as enthusiasts from all around the world take to the air with balloons of all shapes, colours and sizes for the weekend.

The festival marks their return to Boyle, 20 years on from their last visit. Their visit co-incides with a planned international re-union of Roscommon societies, Lough Key’s participation in BioBlitz, family fun days, a series of military events and various performances celebrating The Connaught Rangers and the launch of Boyle 400.

Throughout the week, events continue with Boyle Musical Society’s celebration of 30 years in existence, Boyle Arts Festival bringing music and film to the town, a rambling bus tour to Roscommon’s four historic houses, angling events, Arigna mining family day, walks, a farmers market and of course a trail of live music events in pubs up and down the town.

Full information is available online at www.roscommon.ie and information/booking for most events is via Roscommon Arts Centre on 0906 625824.