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County Roscommon is known for it rolling hills of rich farmland, raised bogland and many fishing lakes.

During the Irish Famine (1845-1848) the county suffered severly as many people died and more fled overseas when the potato harvest failed due to blight. Strokestown Park House has a fine famine museum which provides an insight into the lives of the those who experienced this terrible period in Irish history.

For visitors seeking an active experience an essential stop is Lough Key Forest Park. The park is more than 840 acres and includes nature trails, ancient ring forts and historic monuments, river cruising, lake fishing, picnic grounds an old ice-house. Accommmodation is available at the caravan and camping park. Don't be surprised if you spot deer wandering through the park either s the park is an ideal place to see local wildlife. The forest park is is situated only 8 km east of the town of Boyle.

Another great attraction to visit is Clonalis House. This victorian manor situated outside of Castlerea, is the ancestral home of the O'Conors who were the last High Kings of Ireland and Kings of Connaught. The O'Conors clan heritage extends back over 1500 years and the some of the ruins of their 17th century home can still be viewed in the grounds.
The Abbey Hotel in Roscommon is a lovely 18th century Manor House hotel. The setting for the hotel is idyllic with it's own private grounds and gardens. The hotel name is dervied from the Dominican Abbey, built in the 13th century by Felim O'Connor, famous for being the last high King of Connacht. The ruins of the Dominican Abbey remain visible from the hotel to this day. The hotel exudes casual elegance with a relaxed ambience. It is considered to be one of the top hotels in the modlands and is well worth a visit for a short break in the country.
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Set in the grounds of a historic Cistercian Abbey, Abbey House is located just a few minutes walk from Boyle, County Roscommon. This part of the country, located about half way between Dublin and Donegal, is perfect for a relaxing holiday. The large Victorian house is surrounded by beautiful mature gardens. Inside, the house is elegantly decorated and you'll feel right at home here. There are six guest bedrooms, most of which are ensuite and you will have access to a cosy TV lounge with its own open fire.
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Your hosts welcome you to Armcashel B&B, which is located in the beautiful and scenic county of Roscommon. Here you will find plenty of things to do and see. The property overlooks the Clonalis estate which is steeped in history as the home of the O'Connor clan. For the golf enthusiast Castlerea golf course is just a 2 minute walk from Armcashel. In the nearby Strokestown you will find a genealogy centre and a famine museum, also in the village of Tulks which is only 20 minutes from here you will find the crua chan ai visitors centre. This is the perfect base for touring the Connemara area, also taking in Westport and Galway city aswell.
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The 4 Star Athlone Springs Hotel is ideally located close to the county borders Westmeath and Roscommon. Situated in the Midlands and Lakelands region of Ireland this modern, contemporary hotel is halfway between the cities Dublin and Galway and easily accessible from all areas of the country. The excellent facilities include a 20m pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and spa treatment rooms. The bedrooms are designed to provide a deep, relaxing sleep. The Cedar Restaurant offers a great dining experience with excellent service along with a eclectic and interesting menu. This modern hotel is perfect for a short break, corporate events, a girls weekend, family reunion or any occasion you require.
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Boyle Arts Festival is highly regarded for its group exhibitions of contemporary Irish art, as well as its programme of classical music. The beauty of Boyle Arts Festival is the emphasis it places on small, intimate events in historical and architecturally unique buildings. This 10 day festival has a strong reputation as one of Ireland's best arts festivals. Although music and art are the cornerstones of the festival, more recently different events are promoted such as drama, film, literature and storytelling, comedy, singers nights and street theatre and an appealing mix of workshops and childrens programmes. Local art exhibitions, pop-up galleries and craft trails are now part of the programme which has made art accessible to all who get involved.
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Cuisle Holiday Centre, only 10 mins from the thriving market town of Roscommon, provides accessible and supported holidays and breaks to people with disabilities. Is nestled in a secluded tranquil country setting and is the ideal base for your holiday or short break,offering easy access to local historical sites, angling facilities, shopping, entertainment and spectacular scenery. Your individual needs are Cuisles priority. You will want to come back!.
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A warm welcome awaits you at Forest Park House. An ideal base for touring the North West region. Located at the main entrance of Lough Key National Park on the N4 between Carrick on Shannon and Boyle. All rooms are furnished to a high standard with TV, luggage racks, mineral water and toiletries. There is private parking to the rear of the house and an extensive breakfast menu.
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The Hodson Bay Hotel is a luxurious 4-star hotel only 5 minutes from Athlone town centre. The location of the hotel, on the shores of Lough Ree, adjacent to Athlone Golf Course makes it an ideal retreat from city life. Situated in Ireland's lakeland region, the hotel leisure facilities include a 20-metre indoor swimming pool with children's pool along with a steam room, sauna and gymnasium. The award-winning Spa at Hodson Bay Hotel offers a wide selection of treatments and spa packages. Hodson Bay Hotel has luxurious rooms, most with stunning views of the lake and golf course. The marina and Bay Sports offer many water-based activities. Dining at the Hodson Bay, guests can enjoy the L'Escale Restaurant and the Waterfront Bar with carvery. Located in Athlone off the M6 motorway, Hodson Bay is half way between Dublin and Galway, each only 1 hr drive away.
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Kilronan Castle Hotel is located in Ballyfarnan in County Roscommon. This luxury hotel is one of the few Castle Hotels that can trace its roots back to royal families. Kilronan Castle Hotel is majestically set on the beautiful shores of Lough Meelagh and is surrounded by forty acres of tranquil scenery, which includes ancient forests and lush green pastures. This luxurious hotel is committed to ensuring that guests enjoy comfort and the highest level of service. Kilronan Castle Hotel is also home to the Kilronan Castle Spa, which offers guests the ultimate in luxury pampering treatments. Activities such as fishing, golf, bowling, boating trips, arts and drama can all be enjoyed locally.
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The people behind the Roscommon Lamb Festival understand that nothing comes close to the taste of succulent spring lamb cooked to perfection. This May bank holiday weekend, they will host their annual festival to celebrate that fact, but the Roscommon Lamb Festival is about more than lamb; it has developed into one of the Midland’s top agricultural, country, and family festivals. Tasty features of this year’s event include the Best of Roscommon Food & Drink event “Real Roscommon Food” on the Friday, when experts will speak on a range of topics including the health benefits of food from Roscommon Farms, and highlighting the importance of branding in relation to food products. A celebrity chief to be announced will demonstrate the use of local produce, and there will be tastings of superb Roscommon food. Get your fill of the best-quality locally sourced food at the massive barbecue on the Saturday, and cheer on the World Record Sheep Shearing Attempt on Sunday. A Made in Roscommon Craft Tent and a Wool Craft Village complete what promises to be a weekend of fun for all the family.
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