Roscommon is located in the heart of Ireland 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.As you can imagine it is a magnet for fisherman from all over Europe, making the region one of the most popular angling destinations in the country.
Elphin, a market town in County Roscommon situated between Roscommon Town and Sligo, and it is only a short drive from Carrick-on-Shannon, Boyle and Knock Airport. The town of Elphin has had some historical people originate from this area such as Percy French, songwriter, entertainer and water colour artist, and Oliver Goldsmith, the poet, author and physician may have been born in this area. Elphin Windmill, as above, is a beautiful sight, built in the 1700′s. Elphin town which has its background in agriculture has a regular mart nearby.
Visitor Attractions in Roscommon and the surrounding area.
While visiting Roscommon take a trip to see the wonderful period houses in Roscommon such as Strokestown Park House and Gardens and Famine Museum, Clonalis House, and King House, the Georgian mansion built in the 1700′s in Boyle, County Roscommon. Roscommon has something for all the family such as Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon and Tullyboy Animal Farm Visitor Centre, a real working farm where people of all ages can get up close and pet the animals, located close to Lough Key. The Clay Pipe Workshop and Visitor Centre in Knockcroghery is keeping the 300 year old Irish tradition of Clay Pipe making alive.
For those seeking a more historical experience in County Roscommon, why not visit Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Friary, Boyle Abbey and Donamon Castle just 10 minutes from Roscommon town. The Castlestrange Scribed Stonenear Athleague in County Roscommon should also be visited. Find out about Roscommon coal mining which started as far back as the 1700′s at the Arigna Mountains & Mining Experience at Arigna, Co Roscommon. Roscommon town is home to the magnificent Sacred Heart Church which has some beautiful work both inside and out. The traditional village of Keadue at the end of the Argina Mountains is home to the O’Carolan International Harp Festival, visit the Keadue Court Tomb which is in excellent condition, near Lough Meelagn. Keadue is an area with many Forts, Ring Forts, Crannogs (man-made islands used for defence) and sites of historical interest..