Monster festival planned for Lanesboro-Ballyleague

Lanesboro and Ballyleague all set for 2017 festival

Monster festival planned for Lanesboro-Ballyleague
By aisling kiernan

A monster festival is currently being planned for Lanesboro and Ballyleague next year.

The Lough Ree Monster Fest, which organisers promise will be bigger than anything ever seen in counties Longford and Roscommon before, will kick off during the Bank Holiday weekend in August, 2017.

Such are the plans for the event, fundraising is now key and it is with this in mind that the committee members are now gearing themselves up for a huge fundraising night in Longford town that is expected to take place next month.

On June 17 next the committee will hold a ‘Greyhound Night’ at Longford’s Greyhound track and members are encouraging everyone to come out and support the event on the night.

“We decided to put on a huge festival and so 2016 will focus on fundraising and then we will hold the festival in August 2017,” a delighted Joe O’Brien, committee member told the Leader.

“This is going to be a huge festival - we have decided to involve all communities from both sides of the bridge and bring all sides together,” he added.

“We are very excited about it; we are going to build a monster and the students at Lanesboro Community College are currently helping us with that.

“Our plan is that this monster will come down on the lake during the festival.”

The area is no stranger to festivities and with both villages nestled on the banks of the River Shannon it is an ideal location to celebrate all that is wonderful there.

“The interest in this is huge and our aim is to bring people back home to Lanesboro and Ballyleague; we also want to encourage people in Ireland to come to our area and see it for themselves,” continued Mr O’Brien.

“All support is greatly appreciated and this is something that we are all really looking forward to.”