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  • 1 Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Bridge St. IRL - Boyle

    The ruins belong to a Cistercian institution founded in 1161 by monks from Mellifont. The church is a remarkable example of Saint Benedict's preferred architecture: an amalgam of the Romanesque and the Gothic. Its buildings were damaged by Cromwell's..

  • 2 King House Interesting

    Museums and art

    Main St. IRL - Boyle

    King House stands at the eastern end of the main street. This residence was probably designed for Sir Henry King by William Halfpenny, one of Edward Lovett Pearce's assistants, around 1730. A fourth wing was probably intended to close the courtyard. ..

  • 3 Lough Key Forest Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N 4 IRL - Boyle

    In the 18C, numerous ornamental trees were planted in this 350 ha park, landscaped by Humphry Repton. A nature trail leads past the Wishing Chair and over the Fairy Bridge, built in 1836 out of local stone, ending up in the Bog Garden, where an abund..

  • 4 Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 61 IRL - Roscommon

    High on a promontory stand the impressive ruins of a Norman castle, built in 1269 by Robert of Ufford and once protected by a lake or marsh. Its massive walls, which are defended by circular bastions at each corner, enclose a large rectangular area. ..

  • 5 Castlestrange Stone Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 362 IRL - Roscommon

    In the middle of a field stands a large round granite boulder decorated with curvilinear patterns in the Celtic style of ornamentation known as La Tène (250 BC).

  • 6 Famine Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Strokestown Park IRL - Strokestown

    The Famine Museum, in the stable yard, houses a comprehensive and detailed exhibition based on State archives and the Strokestown Estate Records for the famine years, used by Cecil Woodham-Smith in compiling her book The Great Hunger. The exhibition ..

  • 7 Park House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Strokestown-Park IRL - Strokestown

    The house, a fine Palladian mansion designed by Richard Castle in the 1730s, consists of a three-storey block with a pillared portico, linked to the service wings by curving corridors. In the 19C, the splendid vaulted stables led to the courtyard thr..

  • 8 Clonalis House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 361 IRL - Castlerea

    For over 1 500 years, the Clonalis estate has been the ancestral seat of the «O'Connor Don» (don means king or ruler), the descendant of the High Kings of Ireland and head of the O'Connors from Connaught. The present-day house, built on a hillock by ..

  • 9 Monastery

    Religious buildings

    N 63 IRL - Roscommon

    The ruined Dominican friary was founded in 1253 by Felim O'Conor. On the north wall of the chancel is a niche holding a late 13C statue of Felim with his foot on a dog. Beneath this, a plaque (probably 15C) depicts eight soldiers, probably foreign me..

  • 10 County Roscommon Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    Church St. IRL - Strokestown

    St John's Church (Anglican - deconsecrated) stands at the north end of the village. It is an octagonal structure designed to resemble a medieval chapter-house. At present it houses a genealogical research service and the County Roscommon Heritage Cen..

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