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The annual SiarScéal Festival, now in its sixth year, took place over four days from 22-24th March. Even the sun came out for the proceedings which included poetry readings, music, art, cinema, workshops and much more.
Part of the Festival proceedings include the annual Hanna Greally Literary Awards. Richie Farrell and Cllr Eugene Murphy, Roscommon's County Librarian and Mayor respectively presided over the award-giving ceremonies.
Also included in the programme was the launch of the SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection which celebrates five years of work submitted to the Hanna Greally awards. The Mayor paid tribute to the anthology and congratulated all involved, describing it as a work of great literary merit and also an endorsement of Roscommon's standing as a leading heritage county. The anthology is available to buy online.
SiarScéal founder Gwen Bond officiated over ceremonies with Sean Hanily MC, Director of Abbey Music, managing the days events. The formal part of the Festival was bought to a conclusion on Saturday night with a concert recital by NUI Galway Chamber Orchestra. Those not exhausted by the proceedings took part in an early morning heritage tour the following day, starting out at the Cruachan Aí Centre.
A short video by Oscar Duggan of The Manuscript Publisher, showcases the rich diversity of talent that was on display over the four days.