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County Roscommon
Contae Ros Comáin
Coat of arms of County Roscommon
Motto: Constans Hiberniae Cor  (Latin)
"Steadfast Irish heart"
Location
Map highlighting County Roscommon
Statistics
Province: Connacht
County seat: Roscommon
Code: RN
Area: 2,547 km2 (983 sq mi)
Population (2006) 58,700
Lough Key

County Roscommon (Irish: Contae Ros Comáin) is one of the traditional counties of Ireland and is located within the province of Connacht. It was named after the town of Roscommon. The county covers an area of 2,547 square kilometres (983 sq mi).

Roscommon is the 11th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area, the fifth least populous county in Ireland and has the second least population density after Leitrim[1]. It's the third largest of Connacht’s 5 counties in size and fourth largest in terms of population. In 2008 it was revealed that statistically, Roscommon has the longest life expectancy of any county on the island of Ireland. [1]

Lough Key in north Roscommon is noted for having thirty-two islands. This is, coincidentally, the number of counties on the island of Ireland.

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Twinning

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County Roscommon is twinned with Tucson, Arizona, USA [2] and with Castle Point, Essex, England since April 1998.[2]

Notable residents

  • Douglas Hyde (1860–1949), was an Irish scholar of the Irish language who served as the first President of Ireland from 1938 to 1945. He founded the Gaelic League, one of the most influential cultural organisations in Ireland. Hyde is buried in The Hyde Museum, Frenchpark, Roscommon.
  • Percy French (1854–1920), was one of Ireland's foremost songwriters and entertainers in his day. In more recent times, he has become recognised for his watercolour paintings as well.

Towns and Villages

History

Roscommon comes from the Irish 'Ros' meaning a wooded, gentle height and 'Coman', the name of the county's famous saint and the first bishop of the see. Rathcroghan was home to the Kings of Connacht and then to the High Kings of Ireland.

Tulsk is the nearest village to the mythological site of Rath Cruachán, home of Queen Medb (Maebh, Maeve). This was the starting point of the Táin Bó Cúailgne, or Cattle Raid of Cooley, an epic tale in Irish mythology.

Dr Douglas Hyde (first Irish president) was born in County Roscommon and the GAA park in County Roscommon is named after him - Hyde Park. Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum is an award-winning museum for its portrayal of the great Irish Famine.[9]

Notes

  1. ^ Corry, Eoghan (2005). The GAA Book of Lists. Hodder Headline Ireland. pp. 186–191. 
  2. ^ Twinning
  3. ^ For 1653 and 1659 figures from Civil Survey Census of those years, Paper of Mr Hardinge to Royal Irish Academy March 14, 1865.
  4. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  5. ^ http://www.histpop.org
  6. ^ http://www.nisranew.nisra.gov.uk/census
  7. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". in Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A.. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 
  8. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November), "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850", The Economic History Review Volume 37 (Issue 4): 473–488, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120035880/abstract 
  9. ^ Roscommon Links Roscommonlinks.com Accessed 11 November 2008

See also

External links


Coordinates: 53°45′N 8°15′W / 53.75°N 8.25°W / 53.75; -8.25

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County Roscommon is in West Ireland.

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Roscommon is fairly short on attractions. It has no real wilderness but most of its farmland is poor. The most notable feature is the river Shannon and its lakes which stetch along the eastern border of the county. The population is sparse and the county has had a long history of decline and emigration along with most of the west of Ireland.

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County Roscommon
Contae Ros Comáin
Coat of arms of County Roscommon
Location
centerMap highlighting County Roscommon
Statistics
Province: Connacht
County Town: Roscommon
Code: RN
Area: 2,547 km² (983 mi²)
Population (2006) 58,700

County Roscommon (Irish: Contae Ros Comáin ) is a county located in central Ireland. Area: 2547 km² (983 square miles). Roscommon is in the province of Connacht. It is the only county in Connacht (or Connaught) that does not have a sea shore.

Roscommon is also the name of the county town. Athlone, on the River Shannon, which lies partly in Roscommon and partly in County Westmeath (in the neighbouring province of Leinster), is considered to be Ireland's most central town. Tulsk is the nearest village to the mythological site of Rath Cruachán, home of Queen Medb (Maebh, Maeve) and the Morrigan, which was the starting point for an epic tale in Irish Literature of the Táin Bó Cúailgne, or Cattle Raid of Cooley, famously translated by Thomas Kinsella. Roscommon has much to interest those interested in Irish heritage or history.

Lough Key in north Roscommon is noted for having thirty-two islands. This is, coincidentally, the number of counties on the island of Ireland.

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Twinning

County Roscommon is twinned with Tucson, Arizona, USA [1] and with Castle Point, Essex, England since April 1998.[1]

Towns and Villages

External links

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.castlepoint.gov.uk/Category.asp?cat=1200


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at County Roscommon. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

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