Thursday evening the 4th of December 2014 promises to be a most special and memorable evening in Roscrea. At approximately 5.30pm that evening the new Roscrea Christmas Song entitled “love Came” will be sung live on Castle Street as part of a series of events that will take place to coincide with the launch of the “Taste Of Roscrea Festival”. The CD is a remarkable community project aimed at bringing the local community together to celebrate something very special in the town.
Speaking this week the Chairman of the local Enhancement Committee, Brian King, told us how in the late summer of 2014, he approached his good friend Seamus Doran with a view to composing a live community song in advance of the All-Ireland Hurling final. Time and logistics meant it wasn't possible this year but thanks to the creative talent of Seamus, a Roscrea Christmas song was quickly penned, the local schools were contacted and Michael Smith and the “Taste of Roscrea” came on board. The cd and the big launch on December 4th is the result.
Some of the many participants in the Roscrea Christmas CD
Seamus Doran commented that without the cooperation, goodwill and assistance of the teachers and pupils of Corville, Dromakeenan, Sacred Heart, Scoil Eoin and St Cronan's primary schools, the CD would have been impossible to produce. Seamus said that a huge debt of gratitude is due to our Primary Schools Principals, The Roscrea Enhancement Committee, Brian King & Roscrea Credit Union, Brian Colclough & Supervalu, Michael Smith, Fr. Pat Treacy, John Lupton, Peter Dooley & Walsh Printers, Denis Moloney, Seán Hogan, Paul Dwyer and Daryl Hogan, Bertie Fitzpatrick, and Andrew Walsh for their support and dedication to this recording.
Brian King (Chairman Of the Roscrea Enhancement Committee), Seamus Doran (Singer/Songwriter Of Love Came) and Michael Smith (Taste Of Roscrea) review the Roscrea Christmas Song one last time before the CD hits the local shops on December 4th.
Brian King said that the CD project “epitomises one of the key objectives of the “Enhancement Plan” which is bringing people together throughout the local community from various groups, organisations etc all working together with a common goal, in this case a Roscrea Christmas CD to lift peoples spirits and help raise funds for our local schools”. Brian said that Seamus has thanked all involved but that the greatest thanks of all should go to Seamus himself who has put such a huge effort into the project. Brian king also thanked the “Taste Of Roscrea Committee” and in particular Michael Smith who was said to have given great assistance.
Cllr Michael Smith thanked and congratulated all involved. Cllr Smith said it was an honour for the “Taste Of Roscrea” to host the launch of the CD which he said was a wonderful idea that deserves great praise. Cllr Smith said he looks forward to a big turnout of people on December 4th and indeed throughout the four days of the festival.
Brian King went on to say that the CD launch is one of a number of events that will be happening around the launch of “The Taste Of Roscrea” festival. Brian said that the Chamber Of Commerce would be lighting their all new Christmas lights the same evening and that the Lions Club were also on board with the official lighting of their Christmas Tree in Rosemary Square. As we go to print Deirdre and Donna from the Kickback Cafe are also researching the possibility of another big event that evening so everyone is encouraged to keep up to date with local news in the build up to the 4th of December.
The CD itself will feature a number of Christmas favourites plus of course the much anticipated Roscrea Christmas Song “love Came”. The CD will go on sale on Thursday the 4th of December and all profits arising from sales will go directly to the schools involved.
The organising committee hope that all who listen to the children of our Primary Schools Choirs coming together as one, will be touched in a special way this year, and perhaps in the words of Seamus Doran “reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “Love Came”.