Why choose Roscommon?
Roscommon is located in Ireland’s Midlands, and borders counties Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Westmeath and Offaly. It’s central location is highly attractive and provides locals with access to many other major towns and attractions nearby.
The average commute time in County Roscommon is below the national average, and 60% of people travel to work in less than 30 minutes. With such a pleasant commute those living in the region can spend their evenings however they wish. On top of this, the cost of living here is far below that of Ireland’s cities, allowing you more disposable income.
There is an extremely proud history in Roscommon, too. Sites such as Roscommon Castle and Boyle Abbey have lasted hundreds of years. Townlands such as Strokestown, Boyle and Roscommon Town are often bustling with people at weekends, ensuring that you will never find boredom in the county. Choose Roscommon and you won’t regret it!
With almost 6,000 students, Athlone Institute of Technology supplies a large amount of the workforce in Roscommon, and offers graduates of the highest calibre to employers in the area.
The IDA established a business park – Roscommon Business and Technology Park – to attract companies to the region. It is designed and to a high standard to suit both manufacturing and international services sectors.
Major companies in County Roscommon include Biotech Healthcare, Harmac Medical and Nordson Medical. Athlone, which is on the border of Roscommon and Westmeath, is home to several others such as Alkermes and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
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Roscommon has so much to offer families.
As part of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, Roscommon has a wide selection of trails and walkways for you to explore. Spend your free time cycling along the River Shannon, visit Rathcroghan Visitor Centre or enjoy a day out in Lough Key Forest Park and you are sure to enjoy yourself.
If you’re interested in history, the National Famine Museum is located in Strokestown while Roscommon Castle, Boyle Abbey and The Arigna Mining Experience attract visitors all year, and are great places to spend a family Saturday!
Living in Roscommon offers you fantastic variety. With several large towns such as Roscommon Town, Strokestown, Boyle, and Ballaghadreen, there is something happening in every corner of the county.
If adventure is your thing then Roscommon is perfect. Lough Key Forest Park and the Arigna Mining Experience are popular adventure parks. Try zip lining, boat tours or escape rooms at Lough Key or experience a unique insight into what coal mining life was like at the Arigna Mining Experience.
There are several exciting annual festivals in the county, too. Boyle Arts Festival celebrates artists from around Ireland, the O’Carolan Harp Festival takes place in August each year, and the Percy French Festival celebrates the life of the famous writer, poet, painter, songrwriter and entertainer in January of each year.
With so much happening here, you will never find it difficult to fill your free time in Roscommon!