Information Roscommon Ireland

Welcome To Roscommon!

Roscommon is an inland county situated between the Shannon River, to the east, and its chief tributary, the Suck River, to the west.

The counties main attraction is the beauty of island-dotted lakes. Much of the county is level plain, bogland and river meadow - broken with low hills and many lakes.

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The Irish National Famine Museum is housed in an ascendancy pile in County Roscommon, ironic given the fact that Irish landlords were among the least affected classes when it came to the starvation of hundreds of thousands and emigration of hundreds of thousands more in the mid to late 1840s. However, the deaths of whole families of tenants naturally had a financial and social impact on those whose main income came from rents. Indeed, agents and landlords who evicted tenants for non payment jeopardised not just their livelihoods in risking a search for new tenants in such a depressed market, but their lives too: Seven of them were murdered in 1847 alone.

All of this is dealt with in the stable block of Stokestown House, where reproductions from newspapers and original documentation from the period is on display. Phytophthera Infestans is the scientific name given to the potato blight that afflicted millions of Irish, and the west of Ireland – including Roscommon – was the area worst affected. Other parts of the house can be explored too, to get a feeling as to what the landed gentry might have got up to in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Clonmacnoise in County Offaly is one of the most well preserved monastic settlements in Ireland: Boyle Abbey in County Roscommon is another. On the border with County Sligo, the early Cistercian monastery dates to the middle of the twelfth century. Buildings of both a domestic and religious function can be found, kitchens alongside cloisters gardens, enabling visitors to glean a perspective on life for the inhabitants in accommodations that later served as a garrison for an ally of James I. A gatehouse serves as the entry way – it would have had guards on shift work all day and night to welcome and house guests in monastic times, and it serves as a welcome today too, into the buildings and grounds themselves, that are all well worth a look.

General information Roscommon

County Roscommon (Contae Ros Comáin in Irish) is in West of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

Roscommon comes from the Irish 'Ros' which means wooded, gentle height and 'Comán', the name of the county's famous saint. Rathcroghan was once home to the Kings of Connacht and later to the High Kings of Ireland. Tulsk is the nearest village to the mythological site of Rath Cruachán, the home of Queen Medb (Méadhbh, Maeve) . Lough Key in north of the county is noted for having thirty-two islands. Roscommon is twinned with Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Accommodation in Roscommon

Roscommon provides you with an array of accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Roscommon.

Hotels in Roscommon

Hotels in Roscommon provide all of the modern comforts and conveniences need to ensure a relaxing night’s sleep, amongst the rich greens of the Irish countryside. Hotels in Roscommon include Hannons in Roscommon Town.

Bed & Breakfast in Roscommon

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Roscommon provides you with the comforts of home and a deliciously cooked breakfast at a reasonable price. B&B in Roscommon includes names such as Cesh Corran in Boyle.

Roscommon Restaurants

Roscommon’s rural setting is reflected in its restaurants with many using fresh produce used in traditional recipes. There are of course more modern options also. Popular restaurants in Roscommon include Jackson’s in Roscommon and the White House in Ballinlough.

Shopping in Roscommon

There is plenty of choice when shopping in Roscommon. Whether you are after the personal touch of family run shops, or the modern facilities of the Golden Island Shopping Centre, you will find it in Roscommon.

Roscommon Car Rental

Car rentals in Roscommon facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. You can pick your rental up at the likes of Roscommon Town Car Hire, Castlerea Car Hire, Ballinlough Car Hire and Carrick-on-Shannon Car Hire.

Roscommon Golf

Roscommon has many golf courses including Roscommon and Strokestown Golf Clubs. Improve your game on the quiet parkland courses of Roscommon.

Attractions Roscommon Ireland

Boyle Abbey - Boyle

An impressive and well preserved Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. Though mutilated during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey nevertheless retains its ability to impress the visitor as one of the most formidable of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland. A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses an exhibition.

Clonalis House - Castlerea

Clonalis is the ancestral home of the O'Connors, Kings of Connaught and the family from which the last High Kings of Ireland came. The O'Conor inauguration stone, similar to the Stone of Scone which lies in Westminster, belonged to the O'Connor clan for 1,500 years. A fascinating historic archive of over 100,000 documents is maintained at Clonalis, including a copy of the last Brehon Law judgement, handed down about 1580. A harp owned by Turlough O'Connor, the blind Irish bard, is on display in the house.

Elphin Windmill - Elphin

A fully restored, working 18th century windmill, the oldest type in the country. It was perfectly located to harness the winds sweeping over the plains of Elphin. It has a thatched revolving roof and four sails that are turned into the wind by using a tail pole attached to a cartwheel on a circular track.

King House - Boyle

The house was built in the 1720s by Sir Henry King, King House is one of the most important provincial townhouses in Ireland and Britain. It was home to the Earls of Kingston until 1788 when it became a military barracks for the Connaught Rangers Regiment of the British Army, and later for the Irish Army. Now beautifully restored, King House has a series of exciting interactive exhibitions focusing on Gaelic Ireland, the King Family and their time as landlords, the construction of the house and its military history.

Roscommon County Museum - Roscommon

The museum has a unique collection of artefacts relating to the history of the county, the town and its people. Formerly a Presbyterian Church, it was built in the 1860s. A collection of horse drawn farm machinery is also displayed in a yard behind the museum.Items on display include a ninth century inscribed slab from St. Comans foundation, Church street Roscommon, a replica of the Cross of Cong with the inscription "made in Roscommon", and a superb example of a "Sheel na Gig" figure from Rahara.

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