After recently moving to Roscommon, thought we should get out and explore. Me and my son set of for wander round the new neighborhood. And what we came across was the ruins of the Roscommon Castle.
Set about 2 minute drive from the town centre and with a lovely area for walking and children’s playground we wandered round until we came to the castle.
A Brief History Of The Castle
Information courtesy of Visit Roscommon
“Now in ruins, this dramatic and imposing 13th-century Norman castle was once in the hands of Hugh O’Connor, King of Connaught. It features a quadrangular plan with rounded bastions at the corners and a double-towered entrance gate.
Roscommon Castle, a 13th-century Norman structure, was built in 1269 by Robert de Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland, on lands which were taken from an Augustinian priory.
The castle was laid siege by the Connacht King Aodh O’Connor in 1272. Eight years on, it was once more in the possession of the English garrison and fully restored. By the year 1340, the O’Connors had regained possession and held it until 1569, when it then fell to Sir Henry Sidney, the Lord Deputy”
Our Visit To The Castle
The Roscommon Castle ruins is free to visit and is its surrounding walking tracks.
The castle from across the park looks beautiful and as you can see the structure is largely still well visible.
The entrance to the castle through the stone arch.
Once inside the ruins become more visible and you can really see where it all once stood
There are stairwells going up, but they are gated shut due to safety. And the obvious ruins of the site.
One of my favourite shots from the back of the castle. Luckily I managed to capture the glaring sunlight through the windows and gate.
Another shit of one of the corners of the castle again showing the ruins and what once was a castle.
Adjacent to the castle is a lake situated perfectly in the centre of the park. Full of ducks, which we now regularly enjoy going to with the kids to feed them.
And again the pond this time they see us with food. And come running.
Walking tracks around the pond to enjoy and to stretch the legs. There is also a outer walking track for longer walks.
Also situated in this park is a good quality playground
This place is great way to kill an hour or so in the morning and would be a perfect picnic spot in the summer.
Thanks for stopping by its been a pleasure.
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