• ​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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • The Galway Archaeological and Historical Society was founded in 1900 to promote the study of the archaeology and history of the west of Ireland. Since 1900 the society has published forty-five Volumes of its journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, a publication which is an essential work of reference for anyone working in the area of Irish History and archaeology. With this support of the Heritage Council, the full text of these forty-five Volumes is now available on compact disk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roscommon map history, dozens of detailed maps. An exciting pictorial journey through maps of Roscommon from the 1500's to the present. Below is a collection of maps included in the dvd. ​- Mercator 1592 - Ortelius 1598 - Boazio 1606 - Visscher 1689 - 1700 Thompson Family Names - Roscommon County Map 1776 - 1817 Edgeworth -7 Griffin - 1837 Samuel Lewis - L. J. Richards Memorial Atlas 1901 - Roscommon Irish Place names - Irish Maps from 1898 - Eire 2016 Map proposal
  • 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.
  • 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 the Mórrígan – Mór Ríoghain (Great Queen) the Battle Goddess of Ireland whose ‘fit abode’ is the Cave of 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.'
  • "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."
  • This investigation considers the places on the Irish landscape where open-air Gaelic royal inauguration assemblies were held in the period c. 1100-1600. Specially designated inauguration sites played an important role in the political life of Gaelic lordships in later medieval Ireland. Gaelic ruling families often appropriated prehistoric ritual landscapes for their royal assemblies in order to attach the pedigree of a royal candidate to an illustrious past; such sites might be an alleged burial place of an eponymous ancestor or a legendary heroic figure, or an ancient landscape associated with renowned events. This study of their physical appearance, place-names, and geographical and historical contexts ranges over all the archaeological sites identified as inauguration places - enclosures, sepulchral mounds, natural places, ringforts and churches, and associated inauguration furniture in the form of leaca and stone thrones, basin stones and sacred trees. Irish royal assembly places and practices are viewed in relation to sites elsewhere in Britain and greater Europe, and the circumstances that brought about the ending of the Gaelic practice of inauguration are also considered. Author - Elizabeth Fitzpatrick