Óenach Cruachain

Gathering the elements of daily life in Connacht’s ancient capital

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is currently home to Óenach Cruachain a collection of thirty-five artefacts discovered within the mid-Roscommon landscape, previously residing in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and unavailable to public viewing. The collection represents the various aspects of the domestic, equestrian, feasting, ritual and at times, brutal lives of our ancestors.

Roscommon’s rich array of field monuments represents the county’s rich archaeological and historical past. The discovery of artefacts associated with such sites brings to life events immortalised in our annalistic record and unveils to modern society a glimpse of the people themselves.

Óenach Cruachain - Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

Roscommon’s rich array of field monuments represents the county’s rich archaeological and historical past. The discovery of artefacts associated with such sites brings to life events immortalised in our annalistic record and unveils to modern society a glimpse of the people themselves. This collection of thirty-five objects at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre features a number of artefacts discovered within the midRoscommon landscape, previously residing in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, and unavailable to public viewing. The collection represents the various aspects of the domestic, equestrian, feasting, ritual and at times, brutal lives of our ancestors.

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Visitor Reviews

  •   The staff was super friendly and helpful; they come across as being very fond of their centre in a nice way. We didn't even have the time to do a guided tour of the complete site as we were just passing through, yet Elaine explained...More

    thumb B S
    6/17/2019
  •   Being from Louth I'm obviously team Cúchulainn 😁, but I have to concede that Rathcroghan is a fascinating place. Mike took me on a tour to the mouth of hell and back. He had a wealth of knowledge about the facts and the fiction of...More

    thumb Forgehound
    6/06/2019
  •   Our tour guide Mike McCarthy took us to Rathcroghan Mound, and to the Oweynagat Cave of the Cats. His knowledge of history and mythology was mesmerizing. His kindness and encouragement was inspiring. Entering into the Cave with Mike was exhilarating! We all felt reborn when...More

    thumb VocalSoundHealer
    6/02/2019
  •   We drove out here from Westport on a rainy day and took the tour with Michael. Michael proved to be a great tour guide and great storyteller and we really enjoyed ourselves. I have read the Tain, but my parents knew nothing of the history...More

    thumb Blythe K
    6/01/2019
  •   We drove for several hours to get to the centre, looking forward to a tour, only be told in an unfriendly manner “we don’t go out in this weather.” It wasn’t even raining - more like a gentle mist. They cited health and safety concerns...More

    thumb Murcada
    6/01/2019
  •   Really enjoyed this visit. Information is presented in a variety of videos and wall boards. Great artefacts on display. Nice focus on Queen Meabh and the Táin. Personal touch from the owner who talked us through some of the displays and was there to answer...More

    thumb Ciara C
    5/29/2019
  •   Really fantastic and immersive experience. The guy who showed us round was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic... even had an ogham tattoo on his arm!

    thumb Sightsee290156
    5/29/2019
  •   I thoroughly enjoyed my few hours in the visitors centre in Tulsk and the Royal Site a few kilometres up the road at Rathcroghan. The visitors centre is staffed by wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable people, only too happy to talk to you about the site...More

    thumb Bozeman-Dublin
    5/28/2019
  •   I got up early the morning of May 9th and researched things to do in the area and thought it looked interesting. I love mythology, mixed with a bit of truth. We got in just a few minutes before 2. Mike was kind enough to...More

    thumb Steve B
    5/17/2019
  •   I was somewhat skeptical about stopping in and taking this tour. I WAS WRONG! Our tour guide, Michael was wonderful. He has so much knowledge of the area and Irish mythology and shares it in a most delightful way. He has a great way of...More

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    5/09/2019