Nicknamed the Land of Memories, Roscommon was the focal point for ‘Moone Boy’ the hit Sky comedy, written by and starring O’Dowd, as he took a walk down the memory lane of life in 1990s Ireland.
O’Dowd is often spotted during short breaks at home and he is something of a tireless champion for Roscommon and the West of Ireland.
On a more serious historical note, Roscommon is also home to archaeological sites that date back to more than 4,500BC, as well as beautiful stately homes and mythical sites. In Rathcroghan, just outside Tulsk in County Roscommon, you’ll find the Cave of the Cats which is thought to be the entrance to the Otherworld and home to the Fairies.
Steeped in History, Roscommon is a county of castles, ancient kings and spectacular landscapes making it a great place to explore with all the family. But that’s not all the county has to offer.
The Arigna Mining Experience is another place that lets you step back in time and see what coal mining was like from the 1700’s until it’s closure in 1990.
For those looking to enjoy something more adventurous, water sports are a great way to use your extra time and energy. Leisurely boat rides, canoeing and kayaking are all available at a variety of locations throughout the county. While, Baysports Water Sports Centre (just over the border in Athlone) has almost an acre of interlinking walk ways, slides, towers and obstacles as well as the world’s tallest floating slide according to Guinness World Records.
For a leisurely stroll, Lough Key Forest Park has beautiful forest trails as well as more vigorous activities such as zip-lining, woodland Segway, safari and Boda Borg.
Perfectly situated in the centre of Ireland, Roscommon is a great location for those who want to be near everything while paying less. Just 30 minutes to Athlone and Sligo and 90 minutes to Galway and Dublin airport, living in Roscommon makes getting around easy.
But with a population of 64,544 and many major towns – Roscommon town, Boyle, Frenchpark, Roscommon, Castlerea, Strokestown and Ballaghaderreen – you’ll find you won’t want to leave Roscommon very often.
With traditional craft and heritage, sports and agriculture, as well as cultural festivals like Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon has it all!
Now, let’s take a look at the key Roscommon stats: