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County Roscommon Travel Guide
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Roscommon is a county of quiet country lanes and lakes, of castles and ancient kings, on a landscape of moorland, forest parks and water meadows. It may not be the centre of a bustling wildlife but it has a certain charm. The difference between the north and the south of Roscommon is striking. You can see more economic activity in the south, whereas in the north life goes at a calmer pace.
The River Shannon borders the east of the county and the River Suck the west, with Lough Key, Lough Gara & Lough Boderg to the North and Lough Ree to the east.
The area was the birthplace of singer, poet and artist Percy French(Cloonyquin), singer Clark Dennis (Roscommon), former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds (Rooskey), Fr.Edward Flanagan who created Boystown, Nebraska (Leabeg), Maureen O'Sullivan, famous for her role as Jane in "Tarzan" (Boyle), and well-known Irish actors Tony Doyle (Ballyfaran) and Chris O'Dowd (Boyle).
The harpist Turlough O'Carolan often played there. There is a festival held in his honour every year in the village of Keadue.
The first president of the Irish State under the 1938 Constitution and an important member of the Gaelic League, Douglas Hyde, born in Castlerea and lived in Frenchpark, came from Roscommon.
Top Things to See and Do
Roscommon is the location of the ruins of Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Abbey, the Courthouse, the Sacred Heart Church and the home of Roscommon GAA in Hyde Park.
Boyle, in the north of Roscommon, is home to Boyle Abbey, King House and one of Ireland’s principal lakeside attractions, Lough Key Forest Park and McDermott Castle. There are nature walks, ring forts, cruising, fishing, a bog-garden, an old ice-house, picnic grounds and a fully-serviced caravan and camping site. Herds of deer wander freely through the park.
The Arigna area has a long tradition of mining which dates back to the 1600s when Charles Coote established iron works around here. Charcoal from local timber was used in the smelting process; however, as local timber supplies reduced, it was necessary to find an alternative fuel. It was through this search that coal was discovered in the area. In 1788, the O’Reilly brothers founded an iron foundry where, for the first time in Ireland, coal was used in the smelting process.
Knockcroghery was famous for its duidin claypipes which were produced by Curley's Pipe Factory until the Black and Tan attack during the War of Independence in 1921. Roscommon football captain, Jimmy Murray, who captained Roscommon to two All-Ireland victories in the 1940s, owned a pub here. It is still a well-known pub among people from Roscommon.
Keadue has won the tidy town competition on several occasions and hosts the O' Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School in August.
Other attractions in County Roscommon include Scregg House, Drumanone Dolmen, Glenballythomas, Emlagh Cross, Ardcarn and Castlestrange Stone.
Clonalis House, ancestral home of the O'Conors of Connacht, is to be found surrounded by cypress and redwood trees overlooking a parkland of oak and copper beech. The family here are direct descendants of Connacht's traditional ruling dynasty and in the 12th Century AD, of Ireland's last High Kings.
The famine museum at Strokestown Park House gives an insight into the lives of the Irish people who lived during the Famine.
Rathcroghan or Rath Cruachan was the home of Queen Maeve, the famous Connacht queen who waged war on Ulster over the Brown Bull of Cooley.
O'Carolan Harp Festival - August Bank Holiday
Roscommon Races - August
Patterns are village festivals held all round Roscommon in mid- to late summer.
Connacht Senior Football Final is held here occasionally.
Knockcroghery Fair - September
Strokestown Poetry Competition is held the first weekend in May.
Boyle Arts Festival
Roscommon Dr. Douglas Hyde International Summer School of Traditional Music and Culture - early July
Boyle Josie McDermott Memorial Festival - Traditional flute competition which is held May Bank Holiday weekend
Creggs Harvest Festival
Roscommon Drama Festival - early-mid March
Roscommon Lamb Festival - late April and early May
Neighbor regions/States: Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Galway, Westmeath, Longford, Offaly
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