town of Roscommon is the county town seat of
County Roscommon. With a local population in
excess of 3,400, the township of Roscommon (Ros
Comain in Irish) is land marked by the magnificent
ruin of Roscommon Castle to the north of the
town. Built in 1269 by the Normans, this
impressive castle is a popular tourist attraction
for the town of Roscommon.
In the town are the remains of a Dominican abbey
founded in 1253 by Felim O'Connor, King of
Connaught and the old Gaol, now tastefully
incorporating a retail centre, the Stone Court.
Roscommon houses the County Museum in the Square.
The sacred Heart Church dominates the skyline of
Roscommon with a 52 metre high spire. Over the
main door is a superb example of mosaic depicting
two bishops of Elphin connected with the building
of the church.
Modern day Roscommon is a lively market town with
an excellent retail centre in town, restaurants,
character pubs and very friendly residents. The
beautifully refurbished County Library in
Roscommon is also sometime host to art
The County Council and County Enterprise Board
are both based in Roscommon.
Visitors to Roscommon can enjoy excellent golf
set in spectacular parklands on the outskirts of
town. Fishing and angling are both readily
available in the many rivers and lakes
surrounding the town. Roscommon's renowned
Racecourse has numerous meetings each year. Other
sporting facilities include Hyde Park, the
location for many Gaelic football matches with a
seating capacity for up to 33,000 spectators.
The town also has a history and tradition of
colourful monthly fairs.
Business in Roscommon is largely retail based
with a growing services industry.
The manufacturing of mosaics, plastics, castings
and leather goods make up part of the industry
profile of the town along with engineering, food
and agricultural production and pharmaceuticals.
The Roscommon Chamber of Commerce and the County
Enterprise Board are both very active with new
and local business initiatives.
Accessible by road, main line rail from Dublin
and the country wide bus service, Roscommon is an
ideal destination to enjoy the heart of Ireland.
is twinned with the charming French town
of Chartrettes. The twinning is to
promote relations between the two towns,
cultural, business and social exchanges.
contact details for Roscommon
|Roscommon Chamber of Commerce
||tel: (353) (0)903 27487
County Enterprise Board
||tel: (353) (0)903 26263
Tourist Office (May-September)
||tel: (353) (0)903 26342
Tourist Office (rest of the year)
||tel: (353) (0)91 563081
Rail (Iarnrod Eireann)
|tel: (353) (0)903 26201
||tel: (353) (0)902 73322
||tel: (353) (0)903 26382