Here is the press release a member of the Roscommon's Journey To Hope movement wrote for publicising our Stop in Strokestown campaign! Hope you all enjoy...
‘Stop at Strokestown’ is the message which will greet hundreds of commuters and holiday makers who pass through Strokestown as they drive west this August Bank Holiday. Emmett Corcoran, from the ‘Stop at Strokestown’ campaign says that the town is missing out on thousands in potential business as people drive through the town on the N5 without stopping.
Now Strokestown is to begin a campaign to try to win back some of this potential business. On the Friday night of the Bank Holiday local businesses, stall holders and community groups will be selling there wares on the main road, which is the second widest street in Ireland. Anybody who wants to partake is welcome to telephone Emmett on (089) 2044040 to find out more information.
Corcoran said that he hoped that young people would see this as an opportunity to develop some entrepreneurial ventures. He is concerned that many of his peers are leaving Roscommon with a sense that there was no hope of a job or in fact a life here. However, he believes that there are still opportunities in the County for those with initiative and the right encouragement.
Emmett has started a Facebook page called ‘Roscommon’s Journey to Hope’ to try to build a positive attitude to the potential that there still is in Roscommon. He is delighted with the fantastic effort put in by the Strokestown community and businesses in recent years. Derelict buildings have been given a new lease of life, and colourful street signs that recount the history of the local area have been erected. The Tidy Towns Committee has made a fantastic effort, making Strokestown attractive and welcoming to all who enter it.
Strokestown is a town on the move, with a community spirit that cannot be stopped. The business owners, residents and community groups have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the last two years, and as a result the people of Strokestown have brought their lovely village back to live. It is in this spirit of coming together and achieving what many said could not be done that makes Strokestown a shinning example of what communities, despite tough economic times, can achieve.
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
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