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The historical 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 exhibitions.
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.
Twinning
Roscommon is twinned with the charming French town of Chartrettes. The twinning is to promote relations between the two towns, cultural, business and social exchanges.
 
Useful contact details for Roscommon
Roscommon Chamber of Commerce tel: (353) (0)903 27487
Roscommon County Enterprise Board tel: (353) (0)903 26263
Roscommon Tourist Office (May-September) tel: (353) (0)903 26342
Galway Tourist Office (rest of the year) tel: (353) (0)91 563081
Irish Rail (Iarnrod Eireann)
www.clubi.ie/railnet
tel: (353) (0)903 26201
Bus Eireann (Athlone) tel: (353) (0)902 73322
Golf Club tel: (353) (0)903 26382
 
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