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County Roscommon ( ) is one of the traditional counties of Ireland and is located within the province of Connacht. It was named after the town of Roscommonmarker. The county covers an area of .

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 Leitrimmarker. 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 Irelandmarker. [13909]

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


County Roscommon is twinned with Tucsonmarker, Arizonamarker, USAmarker [13910] and with Castle Point, Essex, Englandmarker since April 1998.

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, Frenchparkmarker, 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


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.

Tulskmarker 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.


  1. Twinning
  2. Roscommon Links Accessed 11 November, 2008

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