Cruachán or Rathcroghan is a mysterious mound situated on the main Dublin to Mayo road, the N5, a couple of miles west of the village of Tulsk. (Five miles south of Elphin). It is one of the three ancient burial sites of Iron Age Ireland and was once the home of Medb the Warrior Queen, who initiated the event that we know today as the Cattle Raid of Cooley, "Táin Bó Cúailnge" or "The Táin" for short. Cruachán was the inauguration site of the High Kings of Connacht and was known to be the site of the entrance to the underworld and a sacred landscape, steeped in mystery and legend. There is an interpretive centre for Rathcroghan in Tulsk. (photo by Cullen Knappen)
Strokestown Park House
At Strokestown, you will find the Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, which can be seen daily by guided tour. The House was the family home of the Packenham Mahon family, the Cromwellian "adventurer" family, and is built on the site of the 16th century castle, home of The O Conor Roe Gaelic Chieftains. (photo by Laurel Lodged)
Strokestown Park Famine Museum
Also on the grounds is the Famine Museum. The Great Irish famine of the 1840′s is now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe. Between 1845 and 1850, when blight devastated the potato crop, in excess of two million people – almost one-quarter of the entire population – either died or emigrated. The Famine Museum is located in the original Stable Yards of Strokestown Park House. It was designed to commemorate the history of the famine of Ireland and in some way to balance the history of the 'Big House'.
The Cistercian abbey, known as Boyle Abbey, was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts and is one of the best preserved in Ireland. Construction began about 1205 and various additions were made into the 17th century. (photo by Andreas F. Borchert)
The Drumanone Dolmen is just west of the town. A dolmen, also known as a portal tomb, portal grave, or quoit, is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb, usually consisting of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table). The Dromanone Dolmen is a site of Irish and European historic archaeological significance. This Dolmen, located outside Boyle, is a fine example of a portal dolmen, and was built before 2000BC.
The remains of Roscommon Castle today include an entrance gate flanked by two large towers. It has rounded corners, bastions, and a series of mullioned windows. Other buildings located on the grounds were added after 1578 by occupant Sir Nicholas Malby, who also altered and renovated the original castle building. (photo by Dagmar Wilhalm)
Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery
Carrowkeel is a Neolithic passage tomb cemetery in the south of County Sligo, near Boyle, County Roscommon. The Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs were built around 3200-2400 B.C. Some 140 circular stone foundations, which are the remains of a pre-historic village, which may have been inhabited by the people who built the cairns. There are fourteen passage tombs. Some can be entered by crawling through a narrow passage. Six more passage tombs are located close by in the Keshcorran complex. For a comprehensive guide to the Carrowkeel Cairns visit Martin Byrne's excellent site Carrowkeel.com . Martin is also a tour guide and can be contacted at the above site. (photo by Jon Sullivan)