Roscommon county is an inland county in the heart of Ireland with the ancient town of Roscommon acting as its principal town.
Strategically located just 20 minutes from the M6 Dublin – Galway motorway the towns central location provides access to two international airports Dublin and Knock and is also on the Westport – Dublin railway line providing 5 connections each way per day to the capital. Regular bus services to regional and national locations also pass through the town.
County Roscommon, in the province of Connaught, is home to many historical and archaeological sites and is known for its lakes and forests.
The name of Roscommon comes from ‘Ros’ and Irish word meaning wooded, gentle terrain and Comán, from Coman mac Faelchon, a famous Irish saint and the founder, first abbot and bishop of Roscommon.
Legend has it that Rathcroghan, near Tulsk, was the seat of Queen Medb (Maeve), the Kings of Connacht, and later, home to the High Kings of Ireland.
Roscommon Castle is a 13th-century Norman castle in Roscommon town. After being won and lost by siege multiple times over the course of four centuries, it was burned down one final time in 1690. It is a ruin today, but still stands. The castle is next door to Loughnaneane Park, a wildlife gem.
Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum is an award-winning museum dedicated to telling the story of the great Irish Famine, and it contains some of the most extensive records from the time of the Famine.
Rindoon is a deserted medieval town situated on the peninsula of St. John’s Point, on the western shore of Lough Ree. Built in the 13th century, with a town wall, castle, medieval hospital, church and mill, it is one of the most important complexes of medieval monuments in Ireland
Other places to see and visit in Roscommon are:
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