Contae Ros Comain, in Irish; taking it’s name from the Irish Ros - meaning a wooded, gentle height and
Coman; which is the name of the county’s saint. Roscommon is in the West region of Ireland in Connacht.
It is three quarters surrounded by water and also of all the counties through which the River Shannon passes,
Roscommon has the longest stretch.
This county has much to offer and is bursting with historic and cultural treasures. It hosts an array of castles,
megalithic tombs, stately homes, lakes rivers and forest parks.
Places to visit in County Roscommon include:
This 18th century windmill, which is fully restored and working, is the oldest type in the country. It was perfectly
located, in order to harness the winds that swept over the plains of Elphin.
This 13th century Norman Castle - which is now in ruins is both dramatic and imposing. In layout, it is
quadrangular and has rounded bastions at it’s corners and a double towered entrance gate.
In the town of Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon, there boasts an impressive Gothic cathedral which has a
very tall tower and spire, which are visible for miles around. This 19th-century stone cathedral is the seat of the
Catholic Bishop of Achonry.
La Tene Stone
This early Iron Age boulder (c.500 BC) is set alongside the entrance to Castlestrange House. The pinkish
coloured granite with curvilineardecoration, was most probably a focus of pre-Christian ritual.
The abbey was founded over 750 years ago by Felim O’ Connor - the King of Connacht. He was also buried here
in 1265. The abbey is located on the outskirts of old Roscommon Town.
The Sacred Heart Church
The Sacred Heard Catholic Church, located in Roscommon Town is notable for various reasons. It boasts a
53m-high spire and its interior also features colourful mosaics on the floor and walls. Some of these were inspired
by the artist’s - Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Boyle, in county Roscommon is nestled at the foot of the Curlew Mountains and is between the Lough’s of
Gara and Key.
Boyle is an area of great beauty, archaeological and historical interest.
Areas of interest in Boyle include: King House Georgian Mansion and Boyle Abbey.