Heart of Roscommon Day – Some Highlights

There was a great response and reaction to the Heart of Roscommon Day I hosted on social media, so I thought I’d share some of the photos here, as they were on a variety of platforms and you might not have seen them all. This is just a brief snapshot of all the images.

Louise shared this photo on twitter – Cows sheltering from the Roscommon weather

Another twitter post, this time from Martin of Ballaghadereen.

Michael shared the image above of Cootehall, Roscommon.

Mark shared Castle Island in Lough Key, Boyle, Roscommon.

Hugh shared Loughglynn Lake.

Some of the Instagram posts from the day. If you search #heartofroscommon you’ll see the rest.

Travel through Ireland shared Ballintubber Castle. Built in the 14th century by Richard de Burgh, Earl of Ulster and one of the most powerful and influential men in Ireland at that time. 

Chalk and Cheese Travels shared Strokestown Park, home of the National Famine Museum.

David shared Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle.

Lucy tells us that The Old Stone House in Ballinlough is an amazing spot for dinner in Roscommon.

Joan spent a lovely morning exploring Boyle one Sunday, and shared the photo of Boyle Abbey.

Lough Key Forest Park shared a lovely image of the park.

The vast wildness of nature and woodlands at Mote Park, shared by The Abbey Hotel.

Jonathan tells us that Strokestown is one of the few planned towns. Modelled on Ringstrasse in Vienna with one of the widest streets in the European Union.

Barry shared a quiet day at Knockvicar.

Darerca told us about The Arigna Mining Experience. A story to be heard in the heart of Roscommon, of men who worked underground, mining coal in conditions that’ll seem impossible to believe. This is Darerca’s cousin Leo Wynne (RIP) in the picture.

Maurice shared The John McGahern Barracks Museum, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Website www.mcgahernbarracks.ie
Put it on the plan for 2023 to come and visit.

Elaine shared the Mural of Queen Medb of Connacht at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk. It also depicts the battle goddess, Morrigan, as a hooded crow at the entrance to Oweynagat. The mural artist Friz.

Chantal shared a photo of her coming out of Oweynagat (Cave of the Cats) at Rathcrogan. This has been described as Ireland’s “Gate to Hell” and the entrance to the Otherworld. It’s also said to be the location where Halloween or Samhain originated from.

Fit Fun Adventures shared the stunning wooden nature chair at the Roscommon Castle sculpture trail.

Eithne shared some lovely photos, including The Gaelic Chieftain.

The stats from the day are above. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in on the day, it was great to see so many lovely images, these are just a fraction of them.

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