Exciting line-up for this weekend’s Lough Ree Summer Prom Festival

News Reporter


News Reporter

First Night on the Prom.......Andrew Reynolds, Vera Cusack, Patricia Rogers and Mary Egan from the Roscommon Solstice Choir pictured with Alan Horohoe and Ciaran Mullooly from the Lough Ree Summer Prom Festival committee. The Solstice Choir will perform for charity in a marquee at the marina in Ballyleague on Thursday, May 28 at 7.45pm. Photo by Joe McGrath
The Lough Ree Summer Prom Festival is taking place this weekend to mark the official opening of a new riverside park and promenade in Ballyleague and an exciting and comprehensive programme of events has been lined up.

The Lough Ree Summer Prom Festival is taking place this weekend to mark the official opening of a new riverside park and promenade in Ballyleague and an exciting and comprehensive programme of events has been lined up.

The Lough Ree Summer Prom Festival will take place from Thursday, May 28 to Bank Holiday Monday, June 1 to mark the official opening of the new riverside park and promenade in Ballyleague, Lanesboro.

A comprehensive programme of music, heritage and water sports events has been organised. 
The festival starts on the Thursday, May 28 at 6.30pm with ‘Swim Past the Prom’ . Organised by the Lanesboro Triathlon Club, this swim will start downstream (north of the bridge) at the slip-way just beside the apartments en route to Hanley’s Marina.

For more information, contact Mark Kenny, Secretary, Lanesboro Triathlon Club at markekenny@gmail.com.

After the swim at 7.30pm, ‘The First Night on the Prom’ will take place. It’s a gala concert with the Roscommon Solstice Choir in a large marquee at the marina in Ballyleague.

This choir has 90 singers under the one roof so it will be a night to remember. All proceeds from this concert will go to St Christopher’s services , Longford. Tickets will be available in shops throughout the town in the coming days.

On Friday, May 29 , the festival will continue at 5.30pm with the opening of Heartlands - an exhibition celebrating the Heritage of Bord Na Móna over 60 years, organised by Lough Ree Lanesboro Angling Hub at St Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.

This exhibition will focus not only on the work on the bogs but the building of the three residential centres by Bord na Móna in Cloontuskert, The Green and Derryhaun in the 1960s. Exhibition will be on display throughout the weekend in the hall.

On Friday night, the highlight will be a ‘ Friday Night Big Band on the Prom’ recital, organised byBallyleague Village Renewal & Tidy Towns Committee. This will be a recital on the banks of the Shannon in a marquee at the Waterways Ireland marina in Ballyleague by the Defence Forces Band of the Eastern Brigade (Custume Barracks, Athlone).

On Saturday, May 30, a two-Day International Coarse Angling Competition , organised by Lough Ree Lanesboro Angling Hub, gets underway.

Registration will be held from 8am to 9am at Lanesboro Parish Hall on Saturday morning. Draw for pegs is at 9am, with fishing being carried out from 11am to 4pm each day.

The Official Opening of the competition will be performed by Inland Fisheries Minister of State Joe McHugh TD at 11am on Saturday morning at the ESB hot water stretch.

For more information, contact Philip Gordon by emailing loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com

The Presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday, May 31 at 6.30pm.

The festival will continue on Saturday at 10am with a Bug Watch Biodiversity Event for children which was organised by BallyleagueVillage Renewal & Tidy Towns committee with Nuala Maddigan of the Irish Peatland Council. This will be an introduction to what biodiversity means for children. The event takes place at 10 to 12noon for 6-9 year olds and at 12.10pm to 2.10pm for 10-14 year olds. with participants meeting at The Promenade, Ballyleague Riverside park, beside the bridge.

From 12 noon to 3pm on Saturday, an open day event called ‘Who’s For Tennis?’, organised by Lough Ree Bay Tennis Club, will take place.

Come along to learn how to play on the tennis courts at Ballyleague marina. The club particularly welcomes new adult members and beginners. Contact loughreebaytennisclub@gmail.com for more.

One of the highlights of the Saturday programme will be a recital entitled, ‘Youth on the Prom’ by the Co Roscommon Youth Orchestra and Guests on the banks of the Shannon (The Marquee at the Marina) at 3.30pm. To find out more, email Avril Carr at roscommoncountyyouthorchestra@gmail.com.

At 3pm on Saturday there will be a great treat for young people with a performance by the the Irish Coastguard Helicopter Rescue Display team. It will take place in the Bay just inside the cut with the professional assistance of the RNLI Coosan Point Station and Lough Ree Sub Aqua club

At 4pm, Sunday Independent LIFE magazine Photographer Kip Carroll will host a Photography Masterclass on the Prom, organised by Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns.

The meeting point for the workshop is The Promenade, Ballyleague Riverside park.

This event is ticket only and pre-booking is essential. Book your spot by emailing keepballyleaguetidy@gmail.com.

Finally for now, news of a very special event has caused great excitement throughout the area.

Lough Ree Lanesboro Angling hub is holding a children’s fishing competition on Monday, June 1. This competition is for children aged 13 years and younger. Entry fee will be €2 per child.

Fishing will start at 12 noon at the hot water stretch in Lanesboro and the new fishing promenade in Ballyleague.

The hub looks forward to seeing a large number of young fishermen and ladies there on the day enjoying a wonderful competition. There will be lots of prizes for all.

For more information please contact Philip Gordon from the committee atloughreeanglinghub@gmail.com

For more details on the festival, visit www.loughree.ie