• It would be impossible to discuss Irish history or mythology without considering its most vivid female character, the Iron Age Warrior Queen Medb (Maeve). Although once generally regarded as an historical character, modern scholars see her in a somewhat different light, in the guise of a divine goddess like figure. Whichever way you consider her there is no doubt that she captures the imagination of generations. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Medb seems to embody all aspects, from the royal and sacred, to the mythological and divine. This enigmatic queen crosses all borders with her universal appeal, and it is certainly no exaggeration for us to regard her as a national emblem. This beautiful bespoke fold out Family Tree Wallchart display, gives details of Queen Medb's life, character, numerous marriages and offspring, death and burial. Size - A2, full colour, 200gsm gloss.
  • This driving tour has been designed for the visitor to Rathcroghan to be able to experience a selection of the great number of monuments on the landscape here in your own time and at your own pace. This unique environment has been interacted with for over 6,000 years, beginning in the Neolithic, and continuing to be used in different forms up until the late medieval period at least. The monuments here fall into a range of categories, from burial and funerary monuments, to settlement sites and field boundaries. Aside from these, monuments such as Rathcroghan Mound and the cave of Oweynagat give us an insight into the minds of the people who constructed and used these monuments. Viewing this archaeological landscape in association with the huge corpus of medieval Irish literature that refers to Cruachan Aí and, in particular, the cast of characters that we encounter in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley) allows us to gain an understanding of the lives and beliefs of the Iron Age and early historic Irish.
  • Written by Tom Condit and Fionnbarr Moore, this heritage guide is an excellent way for you to make your acquaintance with the enigmatic monument of Oweynagat, (Uaimh na gCat), the Cave of the Cats. This unique monument, comprised of a man-made souterrain attached to a limestone cavern, is very interesting from a geological point of view, but it is the epic literature that truely brings the cave to life. Complete with a reconstruction drawing of the monument, this should be your first port of call before visiting 'Ireland's Gate to Hell'.
  • Pack of Six Celtic Mythology Greeting Cards depicting Tír na nÓg, The Children of Lir, Queen Medb, Étaín and Midir, Deirdre of the Sorrows and Cúchulainn. An ideal gift for mythology enthusiasts. Image on the front, text on the back, blank on the inside for your message. Format 5x7. Individually sealed with envelopes.
  • The town and castle of Rindoon were founded in 1227 as a royal Anglo-Norman borough and fortress on the sometimes turbulent frontier between the Anglo- Norman colony in Ireland and a region controlled by the Irish O'Conor kings of Connacht. The well preserved remains at Rindoon are regarded as being one of the most important medieval complexes still standing in Britain and Ireland. It is, also, without doubt one of the finest examples in Europe of a deserted medieval town. The deserted town and castle of Rindoon are situated on the peninsula of St. John's Point, which runs out south eastwards from the western, Connacht shore of Lough Ree. It is hoped that this guidebook will provide not only information, but enjoyment for those who visit Rindoon and St. John's Point. Its detailed nature will hopefully also make it a contribution to the ongoing academic research currently being carried out on Ireland's medieval towns, castles, abbeys and priories.
  • Rathcroghan and Carnfree (Celtic Royal Sites in Roscommon), by Prof. Michael Herity. This guide is based on a survey of the antiquities in an area of 100 square kilometres around Cruachain and Carnfree begun before 1980. The results of the survey have been published in four articles in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988).
  • "In Roscommon Castle a Visitor’s Guide Margaret Murphy and Kieran O’Conor chart the history and architectural development of Roscommon Castle from the mid-thirteenth century onwards. The full colour illustrated guidebook has chapters called: The History of the Castle, The Siting of the Castle, A tour of the Late Thirteeneth-Century Castle, The Late Medieval O’Conor Occupation and A Tour of the Late Sixteenth-Century Castle. The guidebook also includes two detailed historical reconstruction drawings by Daniel Tietzsch Tyler. This guidebook is intended to be a comprehensive guide for visitors to Roscommon castle, as well as a point of reference for academics and local historians. Historic Reconstruction Drawings used in the guidebook intended to give the visitor an impression of what the castle may have been like in the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries." "Authors: Dr Kieran O’Conor is a lecturer in archaeology in NUI, Galway. Margaret Murphy MA graduated from NUIG in 2002, after writing her Masters Dissertation on the subject of Roscommon Castle. She wrote the guidebook based on the findings of her Masters. She works as a freelance archaeologist and lives in Galway."
  • "In 'Roscommon Abbey: A Visitor’s Guide' Dr. Kieran O’Conor and Brian Shanahan chart the history and architectural development of Roscommon Abbey from the mid-thirteenth century onwards. The full colour illustrated guidebook has chapters called: Ecclesiastical activity at Roscommon before the Dominicans; Who were the Dominicans? The foundation of the priory in 1253; the subsequent history of the priory; the siting of the priory; the physical remains at Roscommon priory today; a tour of the thirteenth-century priory and a tour of the fifteenth century priory. The guidebook also includes two detailed historical reconstruction drawings by Daniel Tietzsch Tyler and a box text by Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB outlining a typical day in the life of a Dominican Friar in medieval Ireland." 'Authors: Dr Kieran O’Conor is a lecturer in archaeology in NUI, Galway. Brian Shanahan worked in the Medieval Rural Settlement project with the Discovery Programme.'
  • The County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon's past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody. Vol. 8 (2000) includes the following articles: - St Patrick Church Knockcroghery, - Walter A Jones, - 8th Century Stone, - Extracts from Roscommon Herald 1897, - Cregameen and other Townlands in the Parish of Kilkeevin, - An Early Map of Castlerea, - From Fuerty to Wisconsin, - How the Parish of Kilkeevin cane into existence, - The Demise of Vernacular Architecture in Co. Roscommon / Dream Cottage, - Elphin Transition Year Students take stock, - Cruachan Ai to the future from the past, - The Lavin Sept, - The Village Stations in the 1920's, - The Chronicle of the 19th Century, - The Park, Athlone from Brewery to Secondary School, - Ballintubber by Reflection - A.D. 2000 - Roscommon Town, - Nimble Hands, - Douglas Hyde - His Diaries, - Buried Pipe Heads came alive and an old craft revived, - James J. O'Kelly Forgotton Patriot, - Private Patrick Banks 1251 88th Regiment, - The Highs and Lows of the Cregga Hills, - Industrial Development in County Roscommon, - Archaeological Acquisitions in 1861, - The Meeting of Kings in County Roscommon 997 A.D., - The Destitution Census The Diocese of Elphin, - Corn Milling Through the Ages, - What We used to Die of, - The Doon of Drumsna, - Extracts from Roscommon and Leitrim Gazette, - Roscommon Presbyterian Church, - Justice William J. Brennan Jr.United States Supreme Court Justice, - Growing up in Ballintubber, - A Ramble around the Northwest of Lough Gara, - Horse Doctors - The old and the New, - The Smith, - The Fair Day is a thing of the past, - Some Roscommon Wild Geese, - The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1846, - Farming in the Forties, - Disappearing Customs, - Rural Life in the Forties, - Vaughan Vibrations / Flood Control, - St. Johns - An area of international historical significance, - Attempts at Land reform in South Roscommon 1854 - 1867, - Roscommon Flowery Vales, - History of the O'Conor's, - Battle of Kinnitty 1397, - ​Urney Church
  • ​The Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon's past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody. Vol. 9 (2003) includes the following articles: - Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society-information, - A Tribute to Mary Gormley, - An Unsolved Mystery 1903, - In the Shadows of the Curlews, - The Tour of 2002, - Paddy Moran of Crossna, - Cloontuskert Parish 1749, - Roscommon Protestant Meeting 1812, - The Roscommon Abbey Watercolour, - A County Roscommon Farmers' Journal 1839 - 51, - Where was Major Denis Mahon shot?, - Land League and Agrarian Crime, - The Shepherds' Association in Roscommon, - Medieval Settlement Focus moves to County Roscommon, - The Moated Site at Cloonfree, Co. Roscommon, - Early Medieval Settlement and Economy in North Roscommon, - Field Kilns of the Mid 19th Century, - A Lime Kiln of the Ballymoe - Glinsk Area, - Early use of concrete in County Roscommon, - Heritage in Roscommon, - Scregg House, Killinvoy, Co. Roscommon, - Séan Ó Neachtain (1640/50 - 1728), - Granlahan School, - Roderic Ó Connor, His Heritage, His Education, His Legacy, - The Croftons in Connacht, - The Connacht Scene in the 1612 Period, - The Boys Town Connection - 2002, - My Memories of Main Street, Roscommon, - Home Chores of the Century Past, - Description Front & Back Cover, ​- Our Graveyard.
  • Centenary in Reflection 2016 Anthology is a momentous is snapshot of global and local history and culture; a space created to review times past, voiced by writers and students locally and internationally. Provocative words on two world wars, emigration, and reminiscences about 'how we once lived' are contained within these pages. The story of how, as a nation re-birthed through the 1916 rebellion, it is that event and the fundamental truths proclaimed in the Proclamation of the Republic that haunts the psyche of our imagination, informing our views about the needs of the present as we rise to the challenges that lie ahead. 'The Irish Republic is entitled to and hereby claims the allegiance of the Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens.' Let the story begin. ​SiarScéal is an annual festival that celebrates the history and culture of the Roscommon environs, through all art forms and media and with the participation of communities and schools. The Festival also hosts the international Hanna Greally Literary Awards.
  • Memories and photographs from the town land of Curcreigh in County Roscommon. Michael Dalton recollects his childhood and early years as he observes a way of life and a farming population fast disappearing. A way of life which was typical of so many other townlands in the West of Ireland.
  • This volume is focused on the Roscommon module of the Medieval Rural Settlement Project. This is a preliminary publication mainly examining the issues of sources and methodology. In focusing here on the area of North Roscommon, the Discovery Programme is attempting to advance an aspect of Irish medieval rural settlement studies that has been largely neglected by archaeologists: i.e. the study of the Gaelic lordships in the period after c.1170 AD.
  • For the nostalgic among you, this classic album by Horslips is a must for any music collection. Still great after all these years. Track List - Setanta, Maeves Court, Charolais,The March, You Can't Fool The Beast, Dearg Doom, Ferdia's Song, Gae Bolga, Cu Chulainn's Lament, Faster Than The Hound, The Silver Spear, More Than You Can Chew, The Morrigan's Dream, Time To Kill. Jim Lockhart keyboards, flute, whistles, uilleann pipes, vocals. Eamon Carr drums, bodhran, percussion. Barry Devlin bass, vocals. Charles O’Connor fiddle, mandolin, concertina, vocals. Johhny Fean guitar, banjo, vocals.
  • This collection of nineteen short stories deals with murder, the supernatural, immigration, separation, relationships, love and life. While the stories are set mainly in rural Ireland some inevitably cross the Irish sea. They provide a glimpse of Irish life fast disappearing and range from dark comedy to poignancy. In 'Lady of the Lake' the peace and tranquility of a lakeside village is broken by the murder of a quiet if somewhat inquisitive stranger. The ticking of an old clock brings back childhood memories of a formidable old woman in 'Kate the Bush.' ​The short story 'The Homecoming' explores the relationship between a father and son against the background of immigration and advancing years. In 'A Grave Matter', Flaherty's pub is frequented by local drunkards, headers, wasters and anybody else who happens yo be passing by and has the misfortune to call in.
  • Thomas J. Devine was born on the 16th of November 1862 at Clarkwood, Co. Sligo. ​He was an administrator of public affairs for County Roscommon over a lengthy period. ​​The table of contents include: - James J. O' Kelly - The Irish Party and the United Irish League - Thomas J. Devine's Family Background - Early Political Career - Jasper Tully - Selection of Candidates - The Election Campaign - The Election and How its Result was Received - Life After Politics
  • This is an A to Z celebration of Roscommon Writers, with work from Gerry Boland, Patrick Chapman, Jane Clarke, Margret Cousins, Bithia Mary Croker, Charlotte O'Conor Eccles, Percy French, Kieran Furey, Oliver Goldsmith, Hanna Greally, Kevin Hora, Douglas Hyde, Ann Joyce, Brian Leydan, Alice Lyons, Tomás Láidír MacCoisdealbha, John McGahern, Arthur Murphy, Turlough O'Carolan, M.F. Ó'Conchuir, Micheal O'Dea, Brian O'Dougherty, Seán Ó'Neachtain, Thomas Heazle Parke, Grace Rhys, Dermot Somers, Edward Synge, Marie-Louise Legg, David Thomson, Mary Turley-McGrath, John Waters and William Robert Wills Wilde. Foreword by Professor Mary McAleese. Contains a Literary Road Map of County Roscommon.
  • This guidebook contains entries on every aspect of Rathcroghan, from its archaeological and historical landscapes, through to its literary and mythological associations. This publication is the quintessential user’s guide to this fascinating archaeological landscape. Drawing upon historical, literary and cutting-edge archaeological research, Rathcroghan: The Guidebook is designed to bring the reader on a journey through time at Rathcroghan, from the first settlers to this broad limestone plain in the Neolithic period, through to the political mechanics of late medieval Machaire Connacht. Thereafter, you will be taken on a journey of a different kind. You will see how our ancestors wove a tapestry of literature on top of this canvas of Rathcroghan, connecting physical landmarks and ancestor burials with the intoxicating narrative of Queen Medb of Connacht and the Ulster Cycle of Tales, filled with war and strife, jealousy and intrigue, gods and mere mortals.
  • Contents include:
    • A Souterrain in a Midden at Culleenamore
    • A Chair for Dubhaltach Mac Fhir Bhisigh
    • The ‘Poets Chairs’ at Skreen
    • Mac Fhirbhisigh Memorial: unveiling
    • Evidence for Surnames in Sligo Placenames
    • Jones Family, Benada Abbey, Co. Sligo
    • German Perceptions of Sligo: 1850s, Col. W.G. Wood-Martin, 1847 - 1917
    • Marine Debris Along the Sligo Coast
    • Death’s-head Hawk-moth in Co. Sligo
    • An Interview with Jack Flynn.
  • The Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon's past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody. Vol. 13 (2016) includes the following articles: - 1916 people on front of Journal, - An interesting pair of images of the Last Judgement from Roscommon and Fuerty, - Rinn Duin Bee Boles, - The Demise and Demolition of Mote Park, - Ending Civil War Bitterness? Frank McDermott and the foundation of the United Ireland Party, September 1933, - In the footsteps of the noble Gael, - The Most Famous Irishman of the 19th Century America Patrick Stephen Gilmore, - An investigation into the formation, activities and impact the Ladies Land League had on Irish History, - 'Poor relief in pre-Famine Roscommon: the case of parish vestries' - Roscommon's Extraordinary Literacy Heritage, - Strokestown Poor Law Union 1850-1870, - Sir William Wilde as Archaeologist, - Agrarian Violence in Kilbride & Kilgefin 1843-1844, - The Cadiz Sisters, ​- Castlecoote Boys and Girls N.S. pics, - Castlereea Water Pum, - Cloonfree N.S. Strokestown 1950's, - The Devenish Family, - The Life and Times of Dr. John J. Harrison MD 1815-1890, - Dundonnell Castle, Co. Roscommon, - Famers March - Roscommon Contingent 13th October 1966, - Father Plunkett's Mouments (RO 027-025) - Gamekeepers in Connacht, - Langtree: Ancestral Irish Home of the Shera/Sherar Family, - Marist Brothers' School - 1966 - Confirmation, - Muiris Mac Curtáin, - Remembering Master Moriarty and Castlecoote N.S. in the '50s, - Working the margin. The Archaeolgy of the N5 Ballaghadereen Bypass road project, - Our Society's 2015 Tour, - The History of Strokestown's Houses - part 3, - Peter Joseph Hayden 1908-1981, - Evidence for the Clay Pipe Industry in Knockcroghery, - The aftermath of the burning of Knockcroghery Village, - Springlawn Wedding, - The Medieval History of St. Patrick's Priory, Tulsk, - The Carmelite House of the Holy Cross, Slewshancogh, - The placename 'Elphin' and the Book 'Taliesin', - Strokestown Macra na Feirme, 1967, - A Stramboys Suit from Grange, Curraghboy, - Re-opening of St. Patrick's National School in 1955, - Athleague National School 1923, - Constables of Athlone Castle, - St. Coman's Park - Roscommon's Famous GAA Ground, - Masters of Carpentry, - A Holy Trinity Baptismal font from Rahara Medieval parish church, - Introduction to 1916 Seminar, - The Backroom Boys of Roscommon, - The Imagination of an Insurrection: Patrick Pearse and the quest for the 'authentic' Ireland, - 1916 and the Roscommon Country House, - Did it really matter - Roscommon women and the Easter Rising, - Brothers in arms: the story of the Neilan brothers and the Easter Rising, - George Noble Plunkett - Count of the Holy Sepulchre, M.P. for North Roscommon.
  • The Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon’s past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody.
  • The Dysart Rural Men's Group was established in 2007 to provide a social outlet for men from the wide catchment area of Dysart, enabling them to meet in the local community centre and engage in various projects/activities. The men's group have left a wonderful legacy with this publication and is now to be added to their other projects which are showcased in this book. This publication is replete with beautiful photographs and captures 10 years of memories, friendships, fulfillment, achievements and community spirit.
  • 'The Morrigan at the Cave of Oweynagat', t-shirt. A unique, high quality ADULT t-shirt, exclusively produced for Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. (Image by Charlotte Krause)
  • Covering a large swathe of the eastern part of the county, 'Sliabh Bán, A Historical Journey', is a 470-page volume which chronicles the lives and times of generations past who lived on and around the rugged mountain. This publication is the culmination of twenty years of research and writing by Henry Owens of Lismehy. He has been assisted in recent years by Mike Lennon, now Dublin-based, but who grew up in Corbohill.  
  • Remembering St. Comán - Patron Saint of Ros Comáin by Noel Hoare. This book traces the legacy of St. Comán across the centuries, and in so doing sheds light on generations of Roscommon people. This is a comprehensive historical, archaeological and folklore-based study carried out by amateur historian Noel Hoare, where no stone was left unturned as he sought to bring the story of St. Comán and his importance in Co. Roscommon to light. A must have for anyone interested in Roscommon and it's origins.
  • Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland's Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient 'Royal Sites' of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. The contents of issue 22 is as follows:
    • Editorial
    • Ranke de Vries: The Ulster Cycle in the Netherlands
    • J.P. Mallory and Gina Baban:  Excavations in Haughey’s Fort East
    • Meriel McClatchie: Food Production in the Bronze Age: Analysis of Plant Macro-remains from Haughey’s Fort, Co. Armagh
    • Gina Baban: Late Bronze Age Pottery from the Excavations at Haughey’s Fort East
    • Dirk Brandherm: Late Bronze Age casting debris and other base metal finds from Haughey’s Fort
    • R.B. Warner: The Gold Fragments from Haughey’s Fort, Co. Armagh: Description and XRF Analysis
    • Rena Maguire: The Y-piece: Function, Production, Typology and Possible Origins
    • Billy Ó Foghlú: Irish Iron Age Horns, and the Conical Spearbutt of Navan: A Mouthpiece Investigation
    • Chris Lynn: Some Pictish Symbols: Leatherworking Diagrams and Razor Holders?
    • Grigory Bondarenko: A ‘Kshatriya Revolution’ in the Ulster Cycle?
    • Paul Gosling: The Route of Táin Bó Cúailnge Revisited
  • This 2nd edition of the book explores the history and times past of the parish of Taughmaconnell in South Roscommon and comes eighteen years on from the first iteration. The aim of the book is to provide a window into a way of life, much of which is no longer to be seen. It is the story of struggle, comradeship and an appreciation of community.
  • Contents Waddell, John: Equine cults and Celtic goddesses, 5-18. Hicks, Ronald: The rout of Ailill and Medbh: myth on the landscape, 19-34. Fenwick, Joe: The late prehistoric ‘Royal Site’ of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon: an enduring paradigm of enclosed sacred space, 35-51. McCarthy, Mike & Curley, Daniel: Exploring the nature of the Fráoch Saga – An examination of associations with the legendary warrior on Mag nAí, 53-62. Warner, R.B.: Ptolemy’s River Winderis: a corrected identification, a sea-monster and Roman material from the adjacent sandhills, 63-67 Ó Drisceoil, Cóilín & Walsh, Aidan: New radiocarbon dates for the Black Pig’s Dyke at Aghareagh West and Aghnaskew, County Monaghan, 69-79. Brandherm, Dirk; McSparron, Cormac; Kahlert, Thorsten & Bonsall, James: Topographical and geophysical survey at Knocknashee, Co. Sligo – Results from the 2016 campaign, 81-96. Wilkinson, Anthony: Knocknashee – Local perceptions, 97-98. McCafferty, Patrick: The fear of fairy forts: archaeological preservation by plague and superstition, 99-106.