Episode 78: Faces & Places – Lough Rynn Harvest & Vintage Festival

Today’s Face’s & Places episode takes us to the shores of Lough Rynn, and more specifically the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle for the Harvest and Vintage Festival held there at the end of August. A great day’s entertainment and excitement for all ages as the modern met the historic in the most scenic of locations.

Breifne first caught up with Captain Jack Sparrow or , Will of Corvenieos Entertainment, who entertained the younger folks during the day, allowing the parents to take their time drifting through the various stalls and exhibits on the fabulous grounds of Lough Rynn Castle Hotel.

Johnny Brady talks about his summer exploits which saw him play at many of the counties numerous festivals over the last few months including Manorhamilton, Leitrim Village and Ballinamore before his afternoon performance at the festival here.

Tommy from Shannon River Adventure has us heading to the sky on his movable climbing wall.

John McGuinness, chairman of the festival, looks back at the success of the day celebrating the biggest crowd in the events history with attendees from far and wide across the north west. He thanks the Lough Rynn Hotel for hosting the event and permitting the festival use the grounds of the hotel all in aid of the Bornacoola Community Development group who provide community facilities in the parish of Bornacoola.

We hear about Rooskey After School’s attempts to raise funds to develop the facility and provide a quality service for the community of Rooskey, looking after the youngest generation of local children. Their fundraising draw includes a top prize of a Charolais heifer.

Joe Blount, the head beekeeper of Lough Rynn Bee Keepers association shares with us a little bit about how they create their own honey from local bees just half a mile from the hotel grounds.

Author and Illustrator Dolores Keaveney tells us about her children’s books including ‘If I Were A Bee’ and ‘The Little Sunflower Seed’ as she talks about her next book, her 15th publication, ‘Dee The Bee’.

Woodturner Martin Reilly discusses some of his own work, a collection of bowls, bread boards and cake stands, which has been flying off the shelves at the crafts tent in the festival.

Patrick McDonagh from Boyle talks about his restored Jeep which served in World War II in 1943. The journey it took from France and the low countries at the tail end of the war to north Roscommon and how cool it makes him the coolest dad in the playground in his son’s school.

Finally we chat to Mike Oliver and his owl Enid as they move around the fair ground and take pictures with the children who are captivated by Mikes buddy.


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