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Roscommon

Roscommon is one of the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland.

It is in the province of Connacht.

It has an area of approximately 983 sq miles.

It has a population of approximately 59,000.

It is the eleventh largest county in Ireland.

County Roscommon was established in 1292.

The county town of Roscommon is Roscommon.

The Irish name for Roscommon is Ros Comáin meaning Coman’s Wood from St Coman who founded a monastery there in the 8th century.

The ancient site of Cruachán, also known as called Rath Cruachán, is located near the village of Tulsk.

It was the seat of the king of Connacht, Ailill Mac Máta and his wife Méadbh.

In Irish legend Queen Méadbh instigated the famous Cattle Raid of Cooley.

The first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, was born at Longford House in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Maureen O’Sullivan, who was famous for playing the role of Jane Parker alongside Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan movies, was born in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The highest point in Roscommon is Corry Mountain at 1,385 feet.

Roscommon borders seven counties.

These are Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Offaly, Sligo, and Westmeath.

Roscommon borders every other county in Connacht.

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