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Roscommon Travel Guide
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Roscommon is the county seat of County Roscommon. It is located in the heart of County Roscommon, close to the rivers Suck and Shannon as well as Lough Ree. The town is home to a number of historical buildings such as Roscommon Castle and Abbey and the Old Roscommon Gaol (County Library). The Arts Centre hosts a programme of events all year round. The race course with stand and reserved enclosures has regular meetings throughout the year.
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Roscommon Castle to the north of the town was built by the Normans in 1269 and four years later was captured by the Irish and razed to the ground, only to be rebuilt in 1280. The Governor of Connacht, Sir Nicholas Malby, built a manor house in the castle in around 1579. The castle was occupied by the Confederate Irish troops from 1645 to 1652 only to be captured by Cromwellian troops, after which it fell into disrepair. In the main street is the renovated Bank of Ireland (formerly Harrison Hall) which was once the courthouse and later served as the Catholic church until 1903. The County Museum and Tourist Office have a unique
"Star of David" window. Roscommon Jail, which was built in the early 18th Century, was originally a jail, then lunatic asylum and later a private hospital. It has recently been developed into a residential / shopping complex. Roscommon Abbey was a Dominican Priory founded in 1253, and is the burial place of the last High King of Ireland - Phelim O'Connor.
Roscommon Golf Club (18 holes) was founded in 1904. The course surrounded by mature sycamore, beech, whitethorn trees and ash trees, measures 6,390 metres. Dr. Hyde Park, with a capacity of 30,000 is one of the most important GAA venues in Connacht in Ireland and is home to the county footballers and Roscommon Gaels club. A horse racing course is situated approximately 1.6 km (1 mi) from the town centre, the track itself is an oblong right-handed track 2 km (1.25 mi). It is known for the meets immediately after the Galway Races in August. Roscommon's most successful sport - St Coman's handball club. Established in 1930 the club has produced many All-Ireland and even World championship winning handballers. Mote Park is a popular park for walking around.
Nearby cities/suburbs: Longford (30 km), Athlone (32 km),Strokestown (35km), Castlerea (38km), Glasson (40km), Galway (75 km), Dublin (145 km) It is also served by the Westport-Dublin railway line.
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Edited by: derick on 22.01.2010