Roscommon

  1. Rinn Duin Castle Loop

    Lecarrow, Roscommon

    The name Rindoon (in Irish ‘rinn duin’) means a fortified headland. The Rindoon Peninsula in County Roscommon extends into Lough Ree approximately in the centre of Ireland. The strategic importance of the peninsula was recognised by the Anglo-Normans and a castle and garrison was established here in 1227. The castle was protected by a substantial town wall which defended the neck of the peninsula. Today, Rindoon is possibly the best preserved deserted Norman town in Ireland – with substantial remains of the castle and harbour, the town wall, a stone windmill, ecclesiastical sites, a church and graveyard. There is a Bee Bole (18th century beehive alcove) located behind St John’s House at the start of the walks. For those interested in habitat and birdlife the shoreline is home to many species of birds - including egrets, whimbrels, merlins, herons and ducks. Walkers should note that the overall site has returned to pasture is now a working livestock farm – cattle, sheep and a few inquisitive donkeys wander the peninsula with you! Read more

  2. King House Georgian Mansion

    Boyle, Roscommon

    King House is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion, in Boyle County Roscommon, built in the early 1700s for Sir Henry King whose family was one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland. Read more

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  3. The Claypipe Centre

    Knockcroghery, Roscommon

    Come and see how the traditional Irish Clay pipes were made! Ethel will be delighted to give you a demonstration and tell you about the history of this famous pipe-making village. There are wonderful photographs and artifacts to enjoy. Read more

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  4. Castlerea Railway Museum and Pub

    Castlerea, Roscommon

    One of the major attractions at the Castlerea Railway Museum and Pub, is locomotive A55, a Metropolitan Vickers of Manchester, diesel electric locomotive dating from 1955, which was purchased from Iarnród Éireann. Read more

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  5. Roscommon Racecourse

    Roscommon Town, Roscommon

    Day and evening meetings in Roscommon Racecourse. Read more

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  6. Clonalis House

    Castlerea, Roscommon

    Clonalis House is the ancestral home of the O' Connors of Connacht. The family are decesdants of the last High Kings of Ireland and they were the traditional Kings of Connacht. Read more

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  7. Lough Ree Power Boat School

    Athlone, Roscommon

    A part of Hodson Bay Watersports, Lough Ree Power Boat School in Athlone, County Roscommon is the leading motorboat and powerboat training school in Ireland. Read more

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  8. Strokestown Park House and Garden

    Strokestown, Roscommon

    Strokestown Park House is an 18th Century mansion, faithfully restored, retaining its original furnishings with professionally guided tours. It is located in County Roscommon and also has a six acre walled garden. Read more

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  9. Abbey House

    Boyle, Roscommon

    Abbey House is a Victorian house between historic Boyle Abbey and the Boyle River. The premises is within walking distance of the town centre, King House and Lough Key Forest Park. Abbey House has large mature gardens and adequate parking facilities. Read more

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  10. Doctor Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre

    Frenchpark, Roscommon

    Douglas Hyde was the first President of Ireland and co-founder of Conradh Na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League). The interpretative exhibition and information centre, in Frenchpark County Roscommon, is dedicated to this remarkable man. Read more

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