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Taste of Roscrea Christmas festival promises to be best yet

Thursday, 30 November 2017

TWO WEEKS out from the start of the sixth Taste of Roscrea Christmas Festival, the organisers say this year's event looks set to be the best yet, with record numbers expected to visit Roscrea for the event.

Roscrea's Castle looks impressive everyday, however, the jewel in the town's crown will be made to look even more spectacular when mountains of fake snow will bring a magical Christmas wonderland to the heart of Roscrea - a big hit with visitors to last year's event.

Last year famous TV personality from Brides of Franc, Peter Kelly, was commissioned to transform the town into a Christmas wonderland using fake snow and once again this year 'Franc' is taking a break from his RTE Show to paint Roscrea white again.

Starting this year's festival is a special event hosted by Bank of Ireland, which will see over 70 local businesses and community groups take part in the Enterprise Town event on Thursday night, December 7.

This year also promises more stalls and special Christmas bargains, as well as more choirs and schoolchildren involved.

One unique local attraction will be the return of an old long-lost type of local bread which was once produced in Monastery of Mount St Jospeh's. The bread, known as "monastery bread" was once made by the monks using old traditional methods and has now returned thanks to the efforts of a group of transition year students.

Killavilla United will host a Fashion Show which will feature fashion from local businesses such as Outdoor World, The Work Wear Centre, Jazz Alley, Moloney's Sport, Ellie Mai, Glitzy Bits and Shaws.

Chairperson of Taste of Roscrea and local Councillor, Michael Smith said the organisers want this year's event to be the biggest yet with something for all the family.

"The Taste of Roscrea has built up a reputation as one of the biggest and best Christmas events in the county and we are really looking forward to this year, which looks set to be the best yet," he said.

"This festival is immensely enjoyable for the young and the not so young, and of course the large numbers attending, shopping local and supporting local enterprises at previous years makes the whole project worthwhile. We save jobs and we create more jobs when we spend in our home area," the Chairman said.

Other Festival highlights include a very important visit by Santa Claus to Roscrea Castle, as well as several different groups of carol singers from local schools and organisations who will fill the town with Christmas songs.

The local Garda will be on hand to assist and inform people about their national safety awareness campaign, which will be accompanied by a simulator which has proven to be a very popular attraction in other towns.

"The committee are delighted to have so much interest from the different organisations within the town and this year the clear message is think local and shop local," the Chairman said.

This year's Taste of Roscrea festival begins at 6pm on Thursday, December 7 and runs all weekend until closing on Sunday December 10 at 6pm. If you are planning to attend wrap up warm and bring a camera for some wonderful family photographs. 

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