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One of Ireland's undiscovered counties is that of Roscommon, in the heart of Connaught in the west of Ireland. Covering an area of 984 square miles and with a population of just over 51,800, Roscommon offers peace and tranquillity in an idyllic landscape of lakes, rivers and wooded countryside. The name Roscommon stems from the Irish word 'Ros' meaning a gentle terrain with plenty of trees and 'Conman', the name of the county's famous Irish saint and the first bishop of the See.

Bound by the extensive waterways of the River Shannon and Lough Ree to the east, the River Suck in the west and Lough Key in the north, County Roscommon is a haven for lovers of boats, watersports and of course, angling. Cruising on the water in Roscommon is one of the most enjoyable ways to discover this unspoiled pocket of Ireland. Visitors can also discover a rich heritage of early colonization in Roscommon with many burial grounds, megalithic tombs and ring forts. The royal burial site at Rathcroghan was also home to the kings of Connaught and later become home to the high kings of Ireland. Extensive boglands are found in the west of the county providing turf for winter fuel.

County Roscommon boasts of magnificent preserved forested land with abundant wildlife open to the public. Lough Key Forest Park near Boyle is 350 hectares of mixed woodland, lakes, islands, medieval priories and a castle. It is one of the most picturesque locations in Ireland.

Principle towns of County Roscommon

Historical Roscommon is the county capital. Other towns and significant settlements are Boyle, Castlerea, Elphin, Strokestown, Tulsk and Hodson Bay.
Please see the town guides for further information.

Business Information
Traditionally the chief industry in County Roscommon has been farming or agricultural related activities. Today farming accounts for 30% of employment in the county. Food manufacturing, bacon production, cannery, dairy food, poultry and other meat products are well represented. Agricultural engineering plants have expanded their output to include commercial and industrial products including those for waste management and building. Tourism is a relatively fledging industry for County Roscommon with great potential for further development.

The Roscommon County Enterprise Board and WESTBIC are both very active with the development of new businesses in the county and the ongoing expansion of existing enterprises. Good opportunities exist in County Roscommon for tourist related activities and niche businesses in the services sector and manufacturing.
 
Helpful contact details for business enquiries
Roscommon Chamber of Commerce   tel: (353) (0)903 27487
Roscommon County Enterprise Board tel: (353) (0)903 26263
Enterprise Ireland tel: (353) (0)91 735900
WESTBIC (Business & Innovation Centre for the west of Ireland) tel: (353) (0)903 25196
Arigna Leader Company (north County Roscommon) tel: (353) (0)78 46186
Mid South County Roscommon Leader Company tel: (353) (0)902 88292
Roscommon County Council tel: (353) (0)903 37100
The Irish Trade Board tel: (353) (0)91 756600
The Industrial Development Agency (IDA) tel: (353) (0)91 751111
FAS - the National training and Employment Authority tel: (353) (0)903 26820
     
Other sources of finance applicable to buiness start up, development and acquisition, and related services:
Credit Unions   tel: (353) (0)1 4908911
National Irish Bank tel: (353) (0)1 6785066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit) tel: (353) (0)1 6777623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund tel: (353) (0)1 4784091
     
The Dept. Of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: TEL (353) (0)1 661 4444; www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and business development.
 
Travel (also see town guides)
Being located in the centre of Ireland, County Roscommon is easily accessible and is en route to Counties Galway and Mayo to the west. Galway city is only 75 km away. The nearest airports are Knock in County Mayo, Galway Airport and Sligo Airport. County Roscommon is well served by Irish Rail. The Dublin to Sligo link passes through Boyle on the north of the county while the Dublin to Westport-Ballina line serves Roscommon town and Castlerea. Bus Eireann also run an efficient service across the county. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire are the nearest seaports if traveling from the continent.

Airport
Knock International Airport
(and car hire bookings from Knock Airport)
www.west-irl-holidays.ie
tel: (353) (0)94 67606
Galway Airport tel: (353) (0)91 7755569
Sligo Airport tel: (353) (0)71 68560
 
Bus
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie
tel: (353) (0)902 78792
 
Ferry Services
Brittany Ferries
www.brittany-ferries.co.uk
tel: (353) (0)21 277801
Irish Ferries
www.irishferries.ie
tel: (353) (0)21 551995
P&O European Ferries
www.poef.com
tel: (44) (0)870 2424777
Stena Line
www.stenaline.com
tel: (353) (0)1 2047700
Swansea Cork Ferries
www.swansea-cork.ie
tel: (353) (0)21 271166
 
Train
Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) www.clubi.ie/railnet tel: (353) (0)902 73311
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
 
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