• 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.
  • '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. Price is inclusive of P+P)
  • One of three limited, bespoke Ogham plaques exclusively produced for Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, featuring a representation of Medb (Maeve), the warrior queen who ruled Connacht from her seat in Rathcroghan. A central figure in Ireland’s epic past and instigator of the great Táin Bó Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley). This is our earliest reference to Medb, based on the Ogham inscription at Oweynagat, Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon.
  • One of three limited, bespoke ogham plaques exclusively produced for Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, featuring a representation of Fráoch, the legendary warrior of Connacht, whose heroic deeds are immortalised on the Rathcroghan landscape. This reference is based on the Ogham inscription at Oweynagat, Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon.  
  • One of three limited bespoke ogham plaques exclusively produced for Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. Featuring a representation of the Mórrígan – Mór Ríoghain (Great Queen) the Battle Goddess of Ireland whose ‘fit abode’ is the Cave of Oweynagat, Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Examines one of the most important frontier regions of Europe in the thirteenth century by defining the relationship between Gaelic lords, Anglo-Norman lords, and the medieval environmental landscape of the King’s Cantreds, a space that was both the homeland of O’Conor royal authority from the eighth century and a defined holding of the English kings in the early thirteenth century. This work offers a new and innovative insight into the history of thirteenth-century Ireland by exploring the interplay between Gaelic lords, Anglo-Norman lords, and the medieval environmental landscape that connected them. Focusing on the king’s cantreds of Roscommon, a space that was both the homeland of the O’Conor royal authority from the eighth century and a defined holding of the English kings from the early thirteenth century. The book explores the frontier landscape as an active player in its own right within Irish history and discusses the way that both Gaels and Anglo-Normans interacted with, and were in turn influenced by, this environment. This unique approach to Irish history enables the author to step away from the traditional view of a dyadic relationship between Gaelic and Anglo-Norman lords and instead demonstrate that not only did both sides alter and change the environment around them according to their perceptions of their enemies and the threat posed by the land, but that the landscape itself was to play a significant role in shaping and influencing the identities and destiny of its inhabitants.
  • Richly illustrated, this book is a valuable resource not just for the people of Roscommon, but a template for memorial studies in other counties. This research began in 2012 with the study of the grave memorials of the late 17th century to the 1860's in Ballintober Old, Co. Roscommon. The richness of memorial work here is indication of the importance of Ballintober and the O'Conor family. A catalogue of these memorials, including the full inscription, photo and references is given. Details: 528 A4 pages, 1,331 colour images, hardback only. Mary B. Timoney, originally from Waterford and living in south Sligo, has been researching graveyard memorials since 1984. She received an M. A. from UCC in 2001 for her study of 'The Decorated Box Tombs of the Skreen School, Co. Sligo, c. 1780 - 1850'. In 2005 she published 'Had Me Made, A Study of the Grave Memorials of Co. Sligo fro c. 1650 to the Present'. She has lectured and published on grave memorials in Co.s Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo as well as on the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland, and on the care of graveyards.
  • 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.
  • The fourth instalment of the Sligo Field Club Journal edited by Martin A. Timoney and Jim Foran.  
  • 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.
  • Contents include:
    • Bunduff Four-poster
    • A Sand Dune or Mound
    • Moytara Stone Axheads
    • A Priest, A Cairn and a Bead
    • A Violent Death in Medieval Sligo
    • The Place Name Bradullen
    • Sligo Salt Industry : 1700-1850
    • Map of Sligo Gas Network in 1861
    • Gulls of Sligo Town
    • Dragonflies and Damselflies of Sligo
    • Yeats International Summer School.
  • Sligo Field Club was 70 years old in 2015 and to celebrate the occasion it has published the first volume of what it hopes will be an annual journal. There are 15 articles covering a period of 5,000 years. Topics included:
    • Megalithic tombs of Sligo
    • Early Christian sites and early roads
    • The symbolism of Griffins
    • Folklore on the source of the Moy
    • The Spanish Armada and Sligo business history
    • The Jalandhar Mutiny
    • Barytes mining and aspects of the natural world such as ornithology, butterflies and moths.
  • Full Descriptions of Eighty Memorials from all over Co. Sligo with comparative entries for over 500 memorials which commemorate past loved ones, some, the short and only annals of many a departed soul, others monuments of national importance, together with notices, details and location of the graveyards. The styles of artwork, the first written description of the Masons of Sligo, who so lovingly carved these monuments, notices of the families commemorated, their lives and properties illustrated by 230 photographs, selected from an archive of 7,000 photographs, rubbings, drawings and a map. Provided to assist the reader in appreciating those memorials and the many other memorials to the dead of Co. Sligo of the last 4 centuries.
  • This collection of 34 essays celebrates fifty years of the Sligo Field Club and reflect the interests of its members in the archaeology and environment of County Sligo, Ireland. A wide variety of subjects are included supported by photographs, illustrations and maps. With contributions from the likes of Stefan Bergh, Mary B. Timoney, Peter Harbison, Catherine Swift, Nollaig Ó Muraíle, Kieran O'Conor, Etienne Rynne and many more, it provides a fascinating insight into Co. Sligo's past and heritage.
  • A wide range of authors describe, analyse, interpret and re-interpret parts of the complex understudied, and at times misunderstood, archive of eight thousand years of Co. Sligo’s past. Drawing on new and exciting knowledge about what Sligo looked like at times in the remote past, the events which changed lifestyles and the products of humble and status craftsmen the authors give us a greater understanding of our county and its place in Ireland’s past and present and they inform us of some inspired intellectual and artistic giants of more recent centuries. The illustrations draw us out into the Sligo landscape, so richly endowed with the natural beauty, archaeology and history that surrounds us all the days of our lives.
  • Paul Connolly, originally from Mount Talbot, County Roscommon, has a keen interest in history, particularly in the history of his local area and county. Paul is the administrator for the very popular Facebook page that shares its name with this publication. This beautiful bespoke book is a paperback and the width of the spine gives an indication of the thickness of the book, 273 pages jam packed full of photographs and information.
  • 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 ​ The contents of issue 21 are as follows:
    • Editorial
    • Maria Tsvetoukhina, Tatyana Mikhailova, Grigory Bondarenko:
    • The Ulster Cycle in Russia
    • Mary Leenane:
    • Cú Chulainn’s ríastrad and Related Contortions
    • R.B. Warner:
    • Ptolemy’s Isamnion Promontory: Rehabilitation and Identification
    • John Ó Neill:
    • Lieutenant-General Alexander Campbell’s Loughnashade Horn
    • R.B. Warner:
    • A Lost, Iberian-style, Bronze Age Gold Neck-ring from near Navan, Co. Armagh
    • C. O. Hunt:
    • Fire, Rush Lights and Pine at Navan?
    • Victoria Ginn:
    • Power to the People: Reinterpreting Bronze Age Society
    • M. Baillie and D. Brown:
    • A Chronological Framework for the Period from 208 BC to AD 600
    • Lisa Coyle McClung:
    • The Late Iron Age Lull – not so Late Iron Age after all!
  • 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'.
  • 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).
  • Rathcroghan (Crúachain) is often referred to as both a 'Celtic' Royal Settlement and a sacred burial place; it is one of several major royal sites in ancient Ireland, such as Tara, Co. Meath, Knockaulin, Co. Kildare, and Navan Fort near Armagh, that are frequently mentioned in early literature. While these sites had special importance in early historic times, and in some cases bore and extraordinary weight of myth and legend, we now know that they are older archaeological assemblages of impressive complexity and size. This book is the result of a major programme of archaeological field research at Rathcroghan in County Roscommon in the West of Ireland. The project involved the use of a range of geophysical techniques to explore a number of extraordinary monuments in the Royal Site.