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Roscommon

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Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin, "Saint Coman's wood") is the county town in the county of Roscommon in Ireland.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Dublin[edit]

Follow the M4, then take the M6 Galway-bound until Athlone. Finally take Exit 12 for Roscommon just after crossing the River Shannon.

By train[edit]

From Dublin[edit]

Regular service to 1 Roscommon station on the Westport line from Heuston station. Advanced tickets can be bought online.

By bus[edit]

From Dublin[edit]

Regular service from Dublin (Busaras) to county Roscommon, serving towns of Strokestown, Tulsk, Ballinagar, Frenchpark and Ballaghaderreen, departing Dublin Busaras at 07:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 16:30, 22:30. The journey will taken between 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

From Galway[edit]

Regular service from Eyre Square to Roscommon town via Mountbellow/Ballygar seven days a week. Timetable and far info can be found here.

Get around[edit]

There are a number of local taxi and hackney operators, with a taxi rank located at The Square, Roscommon Town. There are no local bus routes within the town, but it is small enough to easily explore on foot without worry of getting lost.

Hitchhiking may be a dying aspect of Irish culture, but it is possible nonetheless. If you'd hope to hitchhike your best bet is to walk a kilometre or so out of town in order to increase your chances of being picked up.

See[edit]

  • Rinn Dúin Medieval Village, Lecarrow. Deserted Medieval Village.
  • Roscommon Castle. Ruins of a large Norman castle constructed in 1259.
  • 1 Roscommon Abbey, Circular Rd. Ruins of a Dominican Friary. (Q28232590) on Wikidata Roscommon Abbey on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sacred Heart Church, Abbey St. Impressive Catholic church with sunken grotto, painted ceiling and mosaic floor. Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon (Q17016395) on Wikidata Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon on Wikipedia
  • Roscommon Library, Abbeytown. Interesting building, which formerly served as an infirmary.
  • Rathcroghan, the oldest and largest un-excavated Royal Site in Europe. Visitor centre located in the village of Tulsk, with the site itself located a few kilometres west of Tulsk on the N5.
  • Arigna Mining Experience a centre dedicated to the coal mining history of Arigna over a period of 400 years, local geology and coal, as well as new forms of renewable energy. It is Ireland's first museum dedicated to coal mining.
  • La Tene Stone Castlestrange Demense. Ornamental stone dating to 200BC.

Do[edit]

  • Roscommon Golf Club, Golf Links Road. 18 holes.
  • Swimming Pool, Roscommon Leisure Centre.
  • 1 Roscommon Racecourse, Lenebane, Racecourse Road, Roscommon town, F42 V052, Ireland, +353 90 6626231, . Roscommon races (Q7367585) on Wikidata Roscommon Racecourse on Wikipedia
  • Portrun Playground, jetties and scenic walks on the banks of Lough Ree. No boat rental, though boats can dock at the modern jetty for free.
  • Suck Valley Way. Walking trail along the banks of the River Suck, which can be completed in numerous sections. The section from Castlecoote to Athleague is highly recommended, though undertaking any stretch of this path depends on sound underfoot conditions.

Buy[edit]

Clothing[edit]

  • John Ward Menswear, Church St.
  • Spirit Clothing, Harrison Centre.
  • Donnelan's, Main St.
  • John Corcoran Menswear, Church St.
  • DV8, Main St.

Eat[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

  • Jackson's, The Square. Italian Restaurant.
  • Gleeson's, The Square. Traditional Irish food.
  • La Trattoria, Stone Court Shopping Centre. Italian Restaurant.

Fast Food[edit]

  • Magnum's, Main St, Roscommon.

Drink[edit]

Traditional Pubs[edit]

  • J.S. Murray's, Knockcroghery. Pub.A very famous pub, with the football from the 1944 All-Ireland final is still on display in the pub.
  • The Claypipe, Knockroghery. 1970s feel.
  • Ned's Bar, Knockcroghery.
  • Central Bar, The Square, Roscommon Town. Pints €4 (September 2019).
  • JJ Harlows, The Square, Roscommon Town. Impressive selection of craft beers/spirits, with a focus on Irish producers. Live music most weekends.
  • McCrann's, Castle St. (Opens from 9pm onwards, Wednesday - Sunday). Original mid-20th century interior, with a simple drinks offering. A must for those after a genuinely traditional pub.

Modern[edit]

  • The Hollywood, Castle St.
  • Cattigans, Castle St

Nightclubs[edit]

  • Rockford's, Castle St.

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

Visit Roscommon

Go next[edit]

  • Carrick-on-Shannon
  • Athlone
  • Knockcroghery


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