Roscommon is a
small town of just over 4,000 in the Republic of Ireland. The town,
which is the county town of County Roscommon, was originally set up
around a 5th century monastery that was establish by St Coman.
Roscommon is best known for its busy market and famous hangwoman,
Lady Betty. Other landmarks and famous buildings include the
Dominican Friary that was setup in the middle of the 13th century by
Felim O'Connor who was the King of Connacht.
Roscommon Castle was built shortly after the Dominican Friary and is
another of the small town's most famous buildings. The castle was
built in 1269 with the main purpose of providing a fortress to the
Anglo Norman forces.
There is a popular golf course in Roscommon that was founded at the
turn of the 20th century. Roscommon Golf Club is set in beautiful
parklands and was recently extended to eighteen holes.
Mature beech, ash and sycamore trees are littered throughout the
course and are typical of the beautiful surroundings of much of
Roscommon and the other towns in County Roscommon and the province
The most famous figure from Roscommon's history is Wentworth Dillion,
the Fourth Earl of Roscommon who was an English poet in the 17th
Earl Roscommon's poems were later collected together and released,
along with several other British poets work at the turn of the 18th
Transport links to Roscommon are not extensive but the local train
station, Roscommon Railway Station (which has been opened since
1860) operates services to Dublin and Westport with the Athlone and
Castlerea the nearest stations.
By road, Roscommon is quite easily accessible thanks to its central
location in the Republic of Ireland with many larger transport link
locations in easily commutable distance.
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